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 Day, Later, Night, Now

Observing the sky to learn target words

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  • Go outside during the day and ask what color is the sky and what is shining in the day sky
  • Go outside during the night and ask what color is the sky and what is shining in the night sky
  • Chat about the sun and how it helps us - it keeps us warm, it provides light, it helps to grow our food; it is the largest star in the sky
  • Chat about the moon and the different shapes - use a round cookie (optional) to share the shapes - full, crescent, quarter, new


Each week take a look at the sky during the day and night  - and let child ask questions and make observations 


Introduce how the earth rotates - it rotates once every 24 hours.  Using a globe, place a sticker on the globe where you live.  Shine a flashlight a few inches to the left of the sticker.  Keep the flashlight in the same position.  Now turn or rotate the globe counterclockwise, and when the flashlight hits the sticker that is morning when the sun appears to be rising.  Continue to rotate the globe slowly until the flashlight is not able to light up the area around the sticker.  Explain that now it is nightime where the sticker is and daytime where the flashlight is shining.  Continue to rotate the globe until the sticker is reached by the flashlight. Explain that we rotated the globe very slowly but that the Earth actually rotates at 1000 miles an hour. (that is faster than a commercial airplane) There are 8 phases of the moon - share those phases with the child; New Moon, Waxing Crescent Moon, First Quarter Moon, Waxing Gibbous Moon, Full Moon, Waning Gibbous Moon, Third Quarter Moon, Waning Crescent


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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Triangle
  • Color - Red, Yellow, Blue
  • Number - Four, 4
  • Alphabet Letters - D, M
  • Senses - Taste
  • Character Trait - Love
  • Target Words - Day, Later, Night, Now

Monthly Proverb

Arabic-Every day of your life is a page of your history

Did You Know?

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Books to Read

"The Greedy Triangle"
by Marilyn Burns (Activity 2)

"Mouse Paint"
by Ellen Stoll Walsh (Activity 9)

"The Very Busy Spider"
by Eric Carle (Activity 17) (audiobook available)

Music Playlist

"An Die Schonen, Blauen Donau - Walzer Op. 314 Johann Strauss"
by Berliner Philharmoniker Album 100 Best Karajan 100 Best Classics (Classical) (Activity 20)

"The Alphabet Song"
by Cedarmont Kids Album 100 Singalong Songs for Kids (Children) (Activity 4)

"Love Grows One By One"
by Priscilla Herdman Album Daydreamer (Children) (Activity 13 & 20)

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

The Itsy Bitsy Spider

(Activity 21 Month 4)

The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the waterspout

Down came the rain and washed the spider out 

Out came the sun and dried up all the rain 

And the itsy bitsy spider climbed up the spout again.

Do You Love Me? to “Brother John” tune

(Activity 26 Month 4)

Do you love me? Do you love me?

Yes I do.  Yes I do.

Give me hugs and kisses.  Give me hugs and kisses.

I love you. (kiss kiss sound)  I love you. (kiss kiss sound)