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Sugar vs. Salt

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  • You will need about 1/4 cup of white sugar and 1/4 cup of regular salt
  • Place sugar in 1 bowl and salt into a second bowl without child seeing
  • Place the two bowls in front of the child
  • Ask child to touch the two ingredients and describe how they feel
  • Ask child to smell the two ingredients and describe how they smell
  • Ask child to carefully shake the bowls and describe what they hear
  • Ask child if they think the same ingredients are in each bowl or if they are different 
  • Ask child to taste the two ingredients and describe how they taste
  • Help child understand the meaning of sugar and the meaning of salt by how they feel, smell, sound, and taste


  • 1/4 cup of white sugar
  • 1/4 of regular salt
  • 2 bowls

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Review
  • Color - White
  • Number - Eight, 8
  • Alphabet Letters - W, N
  • Senses - Taste
  • Character Trait - Self-Control
  • Target Words - Good-night, Sweet, Sour, Next

Monthly Proverb

Dutch - A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains

Did You Know?

" Approximately two-thirds of parents surveyed would like information about ways to support children’s early reading and school readiness skills, ways to help children’s social-emotional development and how to use positive discipline." Washington Early Learning System

Books to Read

"Black and White Rabbit’s ABC"
by Alan Baker (Activity 9)

"Goodnight Moon"
by Margaret Wise Brown (Activity 14) (audio book available)

"Cars and Trucks and Things that Go"
by Richard Scarry (Activity 26)

Music Playlist

"Alphabet Medley"
by Sharon, Lois & Bram Album: Sing A to Z (Activity 1)

12 Variations on “Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman” K.265 (Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star) Mozart"
by George Szell; Cleveland Orchestra Album: Mozart: Piano Concertos K. 467 & 537; Variations K.265 (Activity 20)

"10 Crunchy Carrots"
by Charlotte Diamond Album: 10 Carrot Diamond (Activity 6)

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Singing Time

(Activity 23 Month 10)

I wake up in the morning early 

And always the very first thing  

I poke up my head and I sit up in bed 

And I sing and I sing, and I sing.

 (This poem was memorized and recited each morning in our family.  Use this poem or find your own for your wake-up routine.)