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Reading book "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" and emphasizing verbal manners

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  • Read the book “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” by Jim Aylesworth or Read/Listen here to "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" by Jan Brett
  • Chat about Goldilock’s manners
  • For example, Did she have permission to enter the bear's home?; Was it okay to eat their food without asking?; Did she apologize for breaking the chair?
  • Teach the child to communicate verbally (no pointing) when they would like something on the table. For example, “Please, pass me the fruit.”
  • Practice passing food to the right (counterclockwise) at the table.  At mealtime have a dish to pass for a child to practice - using a plastic or wooden serving bowl is best
  • (Manners also in Activity 8 for Month 3)


Encourage child to tell you what are good table manners.


After reading “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” or Read/Listen here, ask the child what was the first thing Goldilocks did after entering the house.  Ask what she did next and what was the last thing that happened in the story.


Why is it not polite to enter a home without an invitation?

How do you know this book is a pretend story or fairy tale?

If your stuffed animals could talk, what would they say?


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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!