When we lived in Oklahoma, my kids were really young. In fact, my middle three don’t even remember living there. But there was a city park about an hour from us that has winding pathways, waterfalls and beautiful ponds where the ducks would gather.
Every April the park is flooded with visitors as the park erupts with brightly colored azaleas. And I’m not talking a bush or two here and there, I mean thousands upon thousands of azaleas. I remember going as a kid and it was literally a highlight of our year.
We would drive for what seemed like hours to this park that is nestled in the middle of town, yet once you are in the park, it feels like you’re miles away from anything. You would see people fishing in the pond, having family picnics in the grass and kids swarming the playground laughing and enjoying life. I can even remember feeding the ducks with leftover bread and crackers a time or two.
As I got older and life got busy, I wasn’t able to attend the yearly festival and I missed it. So when we found out we were pregnant, I told my husband I wanted pictures there with our kids every spring during the festival. We made that happen several times before we moved away and I love those pictures. They are so colorful and bring back a flood of memories.
Counting the Ducks
I remember taking our oldest there when he was probably four years old. He was quite the handful and loved to run and play outside. So as soon as he saw the playground, he was ready to go. But I remember taking him by the hand and walking around part of the pond looking at the ducks.
We talked about the color of the ducks and about how fast they were swimming. And then he wanted to count them. There were more than he could count at the time, but it didn’t stop him from trying! We worked at it for probably almost 15 minutes before he moved on to the next thing.
What Ducks Taught Me About Homeschooling
That was my first glimpse of homeschooling. Just enjoying the day together as a family. Playing and learning all at the same time. It was and still is part of the reason I knew we could homeschool. He was a wild and crazy boy, but I saw so much excitement to learn and absorb all the information he could find, that I didn’t want that bottled up in a classroom 6+ hours a day.
That day also taught me that learning doesn’t always happen in a book or on paper. Learning can be done anywhere at anytime with anything. We counted ducks and trees and flowers and bushes until we couldn’t count anymore (math) and talked about all the different types of trees and flowers blooming everywhere (science). There is also an on-site Five Civilized Tribes Museum where we talked about his Native American heritage (history and art). Then all the way home he retold us everything he saw, heard and observed (language arts).
Hands-on Learning is Best
Now I know not all kids like hands-on learning, but for many preschoolers it is a wonderful way to help them learn and retain information. That’s another part of homeschooling I love. We can take a trip to the zoo and then come home to do some fun activities about what we just saw.
This printable Duck Counting pack is the perfect hands-on addition to your preschoolers learning. Whether you’re studying ducks, the rainy spring weather or just need a fun counting activity for additional practice, this pack fits the bill.
Included in this pack
In this printable pack you will find 8 different pages of activities geared toward preschoolers. It could also be used with kindergartners as a way to review or evaluate their counting (0-10), addition and subtraction skills.
- How many ducks? On these two pages students will count the number of ducks on the pond.
- Counting Ducks – Students will cut out the little ducks and pond on the first page, then use them to answer and work through the questions on the next page.
- Matching – The next two pages allows students to math the numbers, which they can trace, to the number of ducks in the other column.
- Addition and Subtraction – The last two pages have five math problems each (addition on one page, subtraction on the other).
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The Counting Ducks printable pack includes 8 pages of activities that will help children working on numbers 0-10 as well as addition and subtraction with these numbers. Between asking questions and some fun, hands-on learning, preschoolers will master their numbers up to 10 in no time!
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