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Nowadays, we have good resources for children who attend schools and daycares in their first years of life, where different programs offer different learning curriculum.

The daycares offer in their activities what we call free play where they give the opportunity for the child to choose their own game.

Play preference reflects the values ​​that children are being raised in within their culture. The individualistic culture may make the child prefer this play time to be alone, sometimes in competitive activities and in smaller groups, in activities that they can do alone.

We can see a difference between children from collective and collaborative cultures who may emphasize inclusion and play in larger groups. For some cultures moderation is important, in other cultures it is to be very expressive which may or may not seem boisterous or aggressive in a room. Another case in the game will vary depending on the role the child plays.

If children are raised in a rural area, they may be playing the roles of farmers taking care of animals, driving tractors unlike children raised in the city, they can drive taxis and buses to act out these roles.

To have in the learning environments books from different cultures, puzzles, music where children can understand and learn words from different cultures.

Considering the impact of technology that has changed the power of books, reading and interest in looking at books.

Don’t just read the story, let the child build a story simulation. Story-related projects can make art sing will help the child understand the culture. Encourage imitation games based on these stories. Provide opportunities for children to sing and dance.

There is much more to the interest of learning through play than just artifacts that you can bring into the classroom.

Courtesy of Precious Moment Child Care


Activity for children 4 to 5 years old


  • Letters from the alphabet cut out
  • Markers
  • Sheets

This activity consists of recognizing the letters of the alphabet and writing it:

  • The letters that make up the alphabet are given to the children, they observe, manipulate and recognize them
  • After recognizing them and practice their sounds they write them down to confirm their knowledge and sounds

Development that evolves: The child practices fine motor skills and self-esteem by finishing their writing. In this activity, hand-eye coordination is worked on, when children are recognizing letters, fine motor skills when using a pencil or maker, segregating the letters.


SPOTLIGHT: Maria Nuncio

My name is Maria Nuncio. I’m originally from León Guanajuato, México. I came to Milwaukee in 1995 with my husband. We have been married for 30 years and we have 4 children.

In 2007 I applied for a day care home license, getting it in April in the same year, under the name of my small world.

I started taking a course at the Hispanic Center in the southside of Milwaukee and that’s where I met a colleague who told me about the early education associate. She encouraged me to continue studying.

In 2012 I met Carmen Hernandez, she is the president of Proveedoras Unidas, a support group and thanks to this association I have been able to strengthen my skills and knowledge in this field of education without losing the desire to excel.

In 2017, I finished my associate in early education and 4 credentials. I love my job because I have been able to be with my children and not neglect my home and work on what I like and provide support to the families that I give them my services.

It is a satisfaction that fills me with great pride. I still don’t feel fulfilled, I have new goals that I will continue working on to achieve them. Now my goal is to finish my degree in early education.