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  • Language Skills
  • Social Skills
  • Problem Solving Skills


Read "The Grouchy Ladybug" and  practice verbalization skills

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  • Learning to be "joyful" can be characterized by not being  "grouchy"
  • Read story "The Grouchy Ladybug"  by Eric Carle
  • Ask child to share things that makes him "grouchy"  
  • Make a list of the "grouchy" items (Showing a child how you use writing skills is important to their wanting to learn to write. When we say “make a list” please use paper/pencil or chalk/dry erase board and let child watch you write)
  • Discuss what you can do together with a child so those grouchy items can turn into "joyful" happenings
  • For example, the statement "When I go to bed I get grouchy because I don’t like to brush my teeth" can be discussed and different solutions presented. Perhaps, giving a timer for a chld to set for how long to brush, purchasing a different toothbrush or flavor of toothpaste, or learning about preventing cavities  can make brushing teeth a  "joyful" bedtime routine.  


Share something that makes you grouchy first and then ask child to tell you something that makes them grouchy.


Chat about how you can change a feeling of "grouchy" to feeling "joyful".  For example, I was feeling "grouchy" because I had to pick up my toys. Mom suggested we put on some music and set a timer to see how long it would take to pick up the toys.  Now I feel "joyful".


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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Circle
  • Color - Blue
  • Number - Two, 2
  • Alphabet Letters - B, F
  • Senses - Hearing
  • Character Trait - Joyfulness
  • Target Words - Big, Bigger, Happy, Small

Monthly Proverb

Unknown  “Every day may not be good, but there’s something good in every day."

Did You Know?

“A 3-year-old toddler's brain is twice as active as an adult's brain.”- Sean Brotherson, NDSU

Books to Read

"Color Dance"
by Ann Jonas (Activity 8)

"The Grouchy Ladybug"
Eric Carle (Activity 12)

"Chicka Chicka Boom Boom"
by Bill Martin and John Archambault (Activity 4)

Music Playlist

"Jump Up It’s A Good Day"
by Brady Rymer Album Here Comes Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could (Children) (Activity 10)

"Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes "
by Countdown Kids Album 100 Silly Songs (Children) (Activity 24)

by Nabil David Huening Album Children’s Virtues Songs (Children) (Activity 13)

"If You’re Happy and You Know It "
by Dora the Explorer Album Party Favorites (Activity 26)

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Touch Your Nose

(Activity 25 Month 2)

Touch your nose, touch your chin, That’s the way this game begins. 

Touch your eyes, Touch your knees; Now pretend you’re going to sneeze.  

Touch your hair, Touch one ear; Touch your two red lips right here.  

Touch your elbows where they bend, 

That’s the way this touch game ends.