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Under, Up, Down, Tall

Using exercise to teach target words

Instructions Printer-Friendly

  • Ask a child to crawl under a table
  • Ask a child to find a rectangular item and place it under a chair
  • Ask what is under grass (dig to find out) or under the bed
  • Find a staircase and ask a child to climb up 3 stairs, go down 2 steps, etc.
  • Name a body part under your nose
  • Jump up 5 times

Simplify

Here are some simple actions to reinforce our target words:

Together find on your child's hand a tall finger and a short finger.

Together look under the bed

Together throw a ball up in the air

Together lie down on the floor

Extend

Ask the child to put each of the words into a sentence; under, up, down, and tall. For example: I like to go under the covers when I go to bed. Can I go down and play in the basement? etc. Encourage the child to create their own sentences.

QUESTIONS FOR CHILD

Would you rather be a tall person or a short person and why?

Would you rather live up in a tree or down in a cave?

Materials

  • chair, table, bed, stairs, etc...

     

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Rectangle
  • Color - Orange
  • Number - 1-4 Review
  • Alphabet - O, U
  • Senses - Sight
  • Character Trait - Responsibility
  • Target Words - Under, Up, Down, Tall

Monthly Proverb

Yiddish- If each person sweeps in front of his own door the whole street is clean

Did You Know?

"The brain builds itself in response to the child’s experiences. Brain circuits that the child uses in daily life are strengthened. Those that the child doesn’t use fade away. "

National Research Council From Neurons to Neighborhoods, 2000 

Books to Read

"AlphaBugs: A Pop Up Alphabet Book"
by David Carter (Activity 1)

"Deep In The Swamp"
by Donna Bateman (Activity 22)

"Head to Toe"
by E. Carle (Activity 10)

"AlphaBugs: A Pop Up Alphabet Book"
by David Carter Video (Activity 1)

"Head to Toe"
by Eric Carle Video (Activity 10)

"Deep in The Swamp"
by Donna Bateman Video (Activity 22)

Music Playlist

"When The Saints Go Marching In"
by Pete Fountain, Album: Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans? (Jazz) (Activity 2)

"Go, Flush, Wash, Dry"
by Martin Kerr, Album: Favourite Songs from the Family Learning House (Children) (Activity 24)

"The Noble Duke of York"
by Susan McRae, Album: Barney’s Song Book - 16 Favourites for Kids (Children) (Activity 15)

"When The Saints Go Marching In
by Pete Fountain Video (Activity 2)

"The Noble Duke of York"
by Barney's Magical Musical Adventure Video (Activity 15)

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Sing/Say The Alphabet

(Activity 26 Month 5)

ABCDEFG   HIJKLMNOP  QRSTUV  WXYZ 

Now I’ve said my ABC’s, Next time won't you sing with me.