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Reading book "Do Onto Otters: A Book About Manners" and  learning good table manners

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  1. Chewing with mouth closed
  2. Placing  a napkin on  a lap as soon as sitting down
  3. Using please and thank you (word please is used when you want something  and thank you when you receive something)
  • Write these three habits on a sheet of paper with your child and review them daily before sitting down to eat throughout the month
  • The European Journal of Social Psychology suggested a new habit takes 66 days of repetition.  By introducing and reinforcing good habits to preschoolers, the goal of practicing good manners should last a lifetime 


Practice with a child in chewing with mouth open and then with mouth closed.  Ask what looks nicer. You could look in a mirror together to see how you look with mouth open or closed. 


Let the child "read" the three manners you have written down to practice before meals.

See if the child can state another manner they think is important when eating


How would you like otters to act? How do otters want you to act to them?

Can you tell me about "The "Golden Rule"? (Do to others as you would have others do to you.)

Do you have friends that are different from you? Do they have the same needs as you? 


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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Circle, Square
  • Color - Red
  • Number - Three, 3
  • Alphabet Letters - C, R
  • Senses - Smell
  • Character Trait - Manners
  • Target Words - On, Top, High, Low

Monthly Proverb

Golden Rule - Do unto others as you would have them do to you

Did You Know?

“The human brain is 90% developed by age 5." Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

Books to Read

"Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners"
by Laurie Kelly (Activity 12)

"The Alphabet Book"
by P.D. Eastman (Activity 4)

"Goldilocks and the Three Bears"
by Jim Aylesworth (Activity 13)

"The Alphabet Book". VIDEO
by P.D. Eastman (Activity 4)

"Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners" VIDEO
by Laurie Kelly (Activity 12)

"Goldilocks and the Three Bears" VIDEO
by Jan Brett (Activity 13)

Music Playlist

"Three Little Birds"
by Bob Marley Album Legend (Reggae) (Activity 6)

"Race: The Final Starlight Express"
Album Starlight Express Original Cast (Broadway - Pop) (Activity 18)

"Clap Your Hands Now"
by Pam Donkin Album A Hop, Skip, and a Jump (Children) (Activity 15)

"Three Little Birds" VIDEO
by Bob Marley (Activity 6)

"Clap Your Hands Now" VIDEO
by Pam Donkin (Activity 15)

"Race: The Final Starlight Express" VIDEO
by Starlight Express Original Cast (Activity 18)

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Way Up High In An Apple Tree

(Activity 26 Month 3)

Way up high in the apple tree

Two little apples smiled at me

I shook that tree as hard as I could

Down came the apples

Mmmmmm they were good.

Peter (child’s name) Uses One Hammer

(Activity 21 Month 3)

Peter (use child’s name) hammers with one hammer one hammer one hammer 

Peter hammers with one hammer all day long (tap fist on the floor)

Pater hammers with two hammers, two hammers two hammers (tap other fist too) Peter hammers with two hammers all day long.

Peter hammers with three hammers, three hammers three hammers (add one  foot) Peter hammers with three hammers all day long.

Peter hammers with four hammers four hammers four hammers (tap other  foot too along with fists) Peter hammers with four hammers all day long.

Peter hammers with five hammers five hammers five hammers (use your head)  Peter hammers with five hammers And then he goes to sleep!