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  • Social Skills
  • Problem Solving Skills

Responsibility

Learning a responsible task

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  • Give a child a “responsibility” to do this month - decide on the task together   
  • For example, make the bed in the morning, sweep the floor under the table after dinner, or checking lights are off in unused rooms
  • Show the correct way to complete the task
  • Follow up throughout the month that the task is being accomplished
  • Use a calendar and write letter “R” for responsibility on each day the task is completed
  • Listen to this video to help learn about being responsible

Simplify

Let the child do the task for one week if a month is too long. Give a different responsibility for the next week and then alternate weeks for the two tasks.

Extend

Every day that the task is completed, give encouragement that the task is finished quicker and better than the day before. Just doing a task is okay but doing a task well is better.  By consistently working on this one task for a whole month a work ethic skill will be taught.

QUESTIONS FOR CHILD

What is a responsible task that your mom or dad does for the family?

What would happen to our home if nobody was responsible for doing chores?

Materials

  • calendar
  • pencil

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Rectangle
  • Color - Orange
  • Number - 1-4 Review
  • Alphabet - O, U
  • Senses - Sight
  • Character Trait - Responsibility
  • Target Words - Under, Up, Down, Tall

Monthly Proverb

Yiddish- If each person sweeps in front of his own door the whole street is clean

Did You Know?

"The brain builds itself in response to the child’s experiences. Brain circuits that the child uses in daily life are strengthened. Those that the child doesn’t use fade away. "

National Research Council From Neurons to Neighborhoods, 2000 

Books to Read

"AlphaBugs: A Pop Up Alphabet Book"
by David Carter (Activity 1)

"Deep In The Swamp"
by Donna Bateman (Activity 22)

"Head to Toe"
by E. Carle (Activity 10)

"AlphaBugs: A Pop Up Alphabet Book"
by David Carter Video (Activity 1)

"Head to Toe"
by Eric Carle Video (Activity 10)

"Deep in The Swamp"
by Donna Bateman Video (Activity 22)

Music Playlist

"When The Saints Go Marching In"
by Pete Fountain, Album: Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans? (Jazz) (Activity 2)

"Go, Flush, Wash, Dry"
by Martin Kerr, Album: Favourite Songs from the Family Learning House (Children) (Activity 24)

"The Noble Duke of York"
by Susan McRae, Album: Barney’s Song Book - 16 Favourites for Kids (Children) (Activity 15)

"When The Saints Go Marching In
by Pete Fountain Video (Activity 2)

"The Noble Duke of York"
by Barney's Magical Musical Adventure Video (Activity 15)

Monthly Materials List

Click Here to view the list!

Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Sing/Say The Alphabet

(Activity 26 Month 5)

ABCDEFG   HIJKLMNOP  QRSTUV  WXYZ 

Now I’ve said my ABC’s, Next time won't you sing with me.