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In, Out, Empty, Full

Understanding words in and out by singing “Hokey Pokey

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  • Listen to the song “The Hokey Pokey” from album "Toddlers Sing Playtime" and do the actions with child.  Focus on the words "in" and "out".

The Hokey Pokey

You put your right foot in,

You put your right foot out,

You put your right foot in, And you shake it all about.

You do the Hokey Pokey, And you turn yourself around,

That's what it's all about.

 

You put your left foot in,

You put your left foot out,

You put your left foot in, And you shake it all about.

You do the Hokey Pokey, And you turn yourself around,

That's what it's all about.

 

You put your right hand in,

You put your right hand out,

You put your  right hand in, And you shake it all about.

You do the Hokey Pokey, And you turn yourself around,

That's what it's all about.

 

You put your left hand in,

You put your left hand out,

You put your left hand in, And you shake it all about.

You do the Hokey Pokey, And you turn yourself around,

That's what it's all about.

 

You put your right shoulder in,

You put your right shoulder out,

You put your right shoulder in, And you shake it all about.

You do the Hokey Pokey, And you turn yourself around,

That's what it's all about.

 

You put your left shoulder in,

You put your left shoulder out,

You put your left shoulder in, And you shake it all about.

You do the Hokey Pokey, And you turn yourself around,

That's what it's all about.

 

You put your right hip in,

You put your right hip out,

You put your right hip in,  And you shake it all about.

You do the Hokey Pokey, And you turn yourself around,

That's what it's all about.

 

You put your left hip in,

You put your left hip out,

You put your left hip in,  And you shake it all about.

You do the Hokey Pokey, And you turn yourself around,

That's what it's all about.

 

You put your whole self in,

You put your whole self out,

You put your whole self in, And you shake it all about.

You do the Hokey Pokey, And you turn yourself around,

That's what it's all about.

 

(You may sing using other body parts like elbow, head, nose, knee, etc.)

Extend

Before beginning the song, ask child to hold up right hand, shake left hand, tap right foot, hop on left foot, point to right shoulder, shrug left shoulder, slap hand on right hip and place elbow on left hip.  A fun way to check if child knows right and left body parts.

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Square
  • Color - Yellow
  • Number - One, 1
  • Alphabet Letter - A, E
  • Senses - Touch
  • Character Trait - Caring
  • Target Words - In, Out, Empty, Full

Monthly Proverb

Swedish - The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your own arm.

Did You Know?

Children who are not ready for kindergarten often have trouble succeeding in school. Those who do poorly in school are more likely to need to repeat classes, need special education, drop out of school, become teen parents, and get into trouble with the law. As adults, drop-outs have trouble making a living wage, and are at risk of poverty and homelessness

From Plan for the Washington Early Learning System – Draft 12/1/09 (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2005; Isaacs, 2008).

Books to Read

"The Mitten"
by Jan Brett (Activity 22)

"Little Blue and Little Yellow"
by Leo Lionni (Activity 8)

"How Kind"
by Mary Murphy (Activity 12)

Music Playlist

"The Hokey Pokey"
by Music for Little People Choir from album Toddlers Sing Playtime (Children) (Activity 14)

"Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major, K448 II."
Andante by Alicia de Larrocha from album Mozart: Concerto & Sonata for 2 pianos (Classical) (Activity 20)

"ABC (The Alphabet Song)"
from album Dora the Explorer (Children) (Activity 1)

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Select one poem for child to memorize this month and recite it at bedtime plus one song/fingerplay to learn. Here are two examples:

My NAME Song

(Activity 25 Month 1 - Sung to tune of BINGO)

There was a family had a child

and Carly (insert child's name) was her name.

C - A - R - L - Y C - A - R - L - Y C - A - R - L - Y (spell child's name)

And Carly (insert child's name) was her name

Kind To Others

(Activity 13 Month 1 - Fingerplay)

5 little children

Standing in a row ( hold up 5 fingers)

They are kind to others

Everywhere they go. (walk hand in front of body)

I am one of the children (point to self)

Standing in a row (hold up 5 fingers)

I'll be kind to others (point to self)

Wherever I go. (walk hand in front of body)

(This fingerplay works as a reminder to a child to be kind in any situation- without saying a word. Just walk hand in front of body to silently signal a child to remember to be kind or use actual sign language for the word kind.)