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Reading "The Monster At The End of This Book" and give positive reinforcement

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  • Give a child positive reinforcement when playing nicely or behaving well.  Positive reinforcement or praise is given when deserved.
  • Give a real compliment and explain why the compliment is being given.  For example, “The way you picked up your toys the first time I asked, makes me very happy and now we have time to do something extra.”
  • Try for a compliment each day
  • Read the book “the Monster at the end of this Book" by Jon Stone or Read/Listen here 


Have the child actually do the turning of the pages in the book "the Monster at the end of this Book".

Have two boxes/baskets/containers and make one of them pretty with a ribbon or other decorations and name it your "Respect" box The second box/basket/container should be old and in need of repair and named "Disrespect".  Encourage the child to find items in the house that would show respect: toy that is in good condition,  a new looking book, piece of clothing that is without stains or rips, etc. and put in the "Respect" box. Now have the child find items to put in the "Disrespect" box: a book with torn pages, a toy that is broken, clothing with stains or rips, stuffed animal missing a part, a game that doesn't have all the pieces, etc. Chat about showing respect to others and to property.


Chat about what a child thinks are monsters and what they look like.  Ask what types of objects or people make a child happy.  Ask what types of objects or people make a child scared or afraid.  Talk about what things are real (thunder, sirens, etc.) and things that aren't (monsters, fairies, etc.)


Can you tell me some names of people who you respect and why?

Do you have a favorite toy or stuffed animal and do you treat it differently than your other toys and why?

Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Star
  • Color - Purple
  • Number - Review
  • Alphabet Letters - S, V
  • Senses - Touch
  • Character Trait - Respect
  • Target Words - Hot, Soft, Above, Below

Monthly Proverb

Scottish-He that is wise can make a friend of a foe

Did You Know?

"The foundations of social competence that are developed in the first five years are linked to emotional well-being and affect a child’s later ability to functionally adapt in school and to form successful relationships throughout life." National Scientific Council on the Developing Child

Books to Read

"The Monster At The End of This Book"
by Jon Stone (Activity 13)

"Harold and the Purple Crayon"
by Crockett Johnson (Activity 8)

by Suzy Lee (Activity 7)

"Wave" VIDEO
by Suzy Lee (Activity 7)

"Harold and the Purple Crayon". VIDEO
by Crockett Johnson (Activity 8)

"The Monster At The End of This Book". VIDEO
by Jon Stone (Activity 13)

Music Playlist

"A - You’re Adorable"
by Perry Como Album The Very Best of Perry Como (Pop)(Activity 4)

"Hello, My Name is Joe"
by Ellen and Peter Allard Album Sing It! Say It! Sway It! Vol. 2 (Children) (Activity 1)

"Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star"
by Ella Jenkins Album Early Early Childhood Songs (Children) (Activity 3)

"Hello, My Name is Joe" VIDEO
by Ellen and Peter Allard (Activity 1)

"A - You're Adorable" VIDEO
by Sesame Street (Activity 4)

"Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" VIDEO
by Ella Jenkins (Activity 3)

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Nursery Rhyme

(Activity 26 Month 7)

Star light, Star bright

Star light, Star bright

I wish I may, I wish I might

Have the wish I wish tonight