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Read book " Old Henry" and make a "Friendship Branch"

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  • Gather a small branch of a tree to put into a vase to keep for the month.  This will be a “Friendship Branch.”
  • Chat about the child’s friends and why they are friends
  • Ask child to cut open a brown paper bag and give him a round stencil (lid, pan, etc.) about 4 inches wide
  • Ask child to trace around the circle nine times on the paper bag (save for Activity 13 in Month 11)
  • While working continue to chat about ways to be a friend - helpful, happy, shares, etc.
  • Read the story “Old Henry” by Joan Blos


Instead of drawing around nine circles, make only five cirles when tracing around a cup/pan


  •  "Old Henry" by Joan Blos
  • small branch from a tree
  • vase for branch
  • scissors
  • brown bag
  • round stencil (lid, pan, etc.)
  • pencil

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Oval
  • Color - Brown
  • Number - Nine, 9
  • Alphabet Letters - Q, T, L
  • Senses - Sight
  • Character Trait - Friendliness
  • Target Words - Fast, Front, Sort, Same

Monthly Proverb

Spanish - Tell me who you’re with and I’ll tell you who you are

Did You Know?

"The brain develops rapidly during the first five years and quality preschool programs can have a profound impact during this time.” CA First 5

Books to Read

"Fish Eyes: A Book You Can Count On"
by Lois Ehlert (Activity 7)

"Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?"
by Bill Martin (Activity 8) (audio book available) (NOTE: Please look for the 25th anniversary edition where the text is back to the original wording)

"Old Henry"
by Joan Blos (Activity 12)

Music Playlist

"The Alphabet Song"
Album: Big Don’s Big Beat (Activity 5)

"Por Una Cabeza by Carlos Gardel"
Album: The Very Best (Activity 20)

"The Turtle Song"
by Suzi Shelton Album Simply Suzi (Activity 11)

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

There Was A Little Turtle

(Activity 11 Month 11)

There was a little turtle who lived in a box.

He swam in the water, he climbed on the rocks.  

He snapped at a mosquito, he snapped at a flea, he snapped at a minnow and he snapped at me.

He caught that mosquito, he caught that flea, he caught that minnow, but he didn’t catch me.

Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep

(Activity 19 Month 11)

Now I lay me down to sleep.  

I’ll count these hands instead of sheep.  

Help me to remember these friends I made.      

And all the wonderful times we played.