Time4learning.com’s preschool curriculum includes two sections that teach about animals found in the farm as well as the zoo. The farm section starts off with an interactive video which had my daughter singing along with “Old MacDonald". As the cute farmer sings his song, he introduces the child to several farm animals and their sounds. The best part about this video is that the words or letters pop up on the screen as they are being sung. For instance as the farmer sings “E-I-E-I-O"…the vowels are popping up on the screen. This allows for visual and verbal recognition as the child connects the word with the pictures.
The other three parts for the farm sections include, "Write your own story," "Find it," and "Match it." My daughter and I found that the “Write your own story" was interesting as it allows the child to use her own imagination. Various multiple choice questions are set forth such as “What kind of food do you like to eat for breakfast?"…then the child is given four kinds of food such as muffins, eggs, biscuits, or fruit. The answers the child gives is then put into their very own story that they helped “create". The child can choose a different answer for the questions each time, so the story can be different each time as well.
The zoo animal section starts off with a video which brings together the letters of the alphabet with the animals found in the zoo. The cartoon character speaks to the child as she states each letter of the alphabet while introducing the child to a zoo animal. For instance, she will say, “V is for the vulture". Each letter of the alphabet is also shown so that the child can relate the letter with the animal. Letter recognition seems to come up in additional lessons besides the alphabet lesson, which helps the child to keep practicing letter recognition as well as phonetics. The other games in the zoo lesson included "Memory Match", "Find It", and "Paint It".
While your preschool child may have enjoyed learning about the animals online, they probably would enjoy being introduced to the animals in person…much more! Try taking a trip to the zoo or to a farm to allow your child to see up close what these animals look like, what they eat, and what they feel like.
Another great way to spend time teaching your child about animals is to have your preschooler cut out animal pictures out of a magazine along with the letter it starts with. Have your child compile these pictures into an “Animal/Letter Book". For instance, a page may have a picture of a horse along with the letter H. Again, this allows for the child to connect the animal with the letter.