The Horse Project

About this resource
Reviewed: 2008

The Horse Project included in the “Projects” section of this site is avivid example of how teacherscan pick up on the spontaneous interests of preschool-age children and involve them in finding answers to their questions about something in their own environment worth learning about. The children are given ample opportunities to take initiative in the investigation and to deepen their knowledge and understanding of various aspects of the nature and care of horses.

The topic of this project helped to make possible the involvement of many parents in the work of the children. Their involvement also enabled the teachers to get to know the parents better. Because of this connection, the families were able to appreciate how much their children were learning.

This report also gives us a clear example of how good project work can address most of the goals and many of the benchmarks outlined in the Illinois Early Learning Standards.

Author: Lilian Katz

Lilian G. Katz, a professor emerita at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been an international leader in early childhood education. She has lectured in all 50 U.S. states and in 43 countries. Dr. Katz also has authored more than 150 publications about early childhood education, teacher education, child development, and parenting.