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Self Control

Learning patience

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  • Waiting is a beginning step for developing self control
  • Putting puzzles together and playing games that take turns teach a child to wait, and is a good way to reinforce self control
  • Play a favorite game like Chutes and Ladders, Candyland, memory card games, lotto games, etc. and praise a child when waiting for his turn nicely
  • Playing a game with four participants means a longer wait time between turns and helps to reinforce self-control  

Extend

When child understands taking turns with adults, invite another child to play the game and see how taking turns occurs with a peer.  What we see as an adult can easily change with a different cast of participants.

Materials

  • child's favorite game or puzzle

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Review
  • Color - White
  • Number - Eight, 8
  • Alphabet Letters - W, N
  • Senses - Taste
  • Character Trait - Self-Control
  • Target Words - Good-night, Sweet, Sour, Next

Monthly Proverb

Dutch - A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains

Did You Know?

" Approximately two-thirds of parents surveyed would like information about ways to support children’s early reading and school readiness skills, ways to help children’s social-emotional development and how to use positive discipline." Washington Early Learning System

Books to Read

"Black and White Rabbit’s ABC"
by Alan Baker (Activity 9)

"Goodnight Moon"
by Margaret Wise Brown (Activity 14) (audio book available)

"Cars and Trucks and Things that Go"
by Richard Scarry (Activity 26)

Music Playlist

"Alphabet Medley"
by Sharon, Lois & Bram Album: Sing A to Z (Activity 1)

12 Variations on “Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman” K.265 (Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star) Mozart"
by George Szell; Cleveland Orchestra Album: Mozart: Piano Concertos K. 467 & 537; Variations K.265 (Activity 20)

"10 Crunchy Carrots"
by Charlotte Diamond Album: 10 Carrot Diamond (Activity 6)

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Singing Time

(Activity 23 Month 10)

I wake up in the morning early 

And always the very first thing  

I poke up my head and I sit up in bed 

And I sing and I sing, and I sing.

 (This poem was memorized and recited each morning in our family.  Use this poem or find your own for your wake-up routine.)