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Fast, Front, Sort, Same

Understanding the meaning of fast and front

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  • Say these words very slow in syllables and have child repeat with a fast voice
  • al  pha  bet;  mov ie;  af  ter  noon;  tri  cy cle;  mu se  um;  fin ger  play; etc.
  • Have the whole family/friends line up in front of a door 
  • Ask child to go to the front of the line 
  • Next, ask child to stand in front of mom, in front of dad, etc.
  • Optional: Activity 1 and Activity 20 in Month 11 also incorporate the use of the word fast


Use only two syllable words for child to combine in a fast voice - rock   et; chick  en; num  ber; litt  le; far  mer; sham  poo; fi   nish; etc.


Use a variety of syllable words - for  get  ful; o  per  a  tion; ex  plain; car  pen  ter; wa  ter  me  lon; com  plete; etc.


  • 2-3 friends, family members, classmates, etc.

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Oval
  • Color - Brown
  • Number - Nine, 9
  • Alphabet Letters - Q, T, L
  • Senses - Sight
  • Character Trait - Friendliness
  • Target Words - Fast, Front, Sort, Same

Monthly Proverb

Spanish - Tell me who you’re with and I’ll tell you who you are

Did You Know?

"The brain develops rapidly during the first five years and quality preschool programs can have a profound impact during this time.” CA First 5

Books to Read

"Fish Eyes: A Book You Can Count On"
by Lois Ehlert (Activity 7)

"Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?"
by Bill Martin (Activity 8) (audio book available) (NOTE: Please look for the 25th anniversary edition where the text is back to the original wording)

"Old Henry"
by Joan Blos (Activity 12)

Music Playlist

"The Alphabet Song"
Album: Big Don’s Big Beat (Activity 5)

"Por Una Cabeza by Carlos Gardel"
Album: The Very Best (Activity 20)

"The Turtle Song"
by Suzi Shelton Album Simply Suzi (Activity 11)

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

There Was A Little Turtle

(Activity 11 Month 11)

There was a little turtle who lived in a box.

He swam in the water, he climbed on the rocks.  

He snapped at a mosquito, he snapped at a flea, he snapped at a minnow and he snapped at me.

He caught that mosquito, he caught that flea, he caught that minnow, but he didn’t catch me.

Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep

(Activity 19 Month 11)

Now I lay me down to sleep.  

I’ll count these hands instead of sheep.  

Help me to remember these friends I made.      

And all the wonderful times we played.