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Under, Up, Down, Tall

Using exercise to teach target words

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  • 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


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


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.


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?


  • 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". VIDEO
by David Carter (Activity 1)

"Head to Toe". VIDEO
by Eric Carle (Activity 10)

"Deep in The Swamp". VIDEO
by Donna Bateman (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: Favorite 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" VIDEO
by Pete Fountain (Activity 2)

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

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

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Sing/Say The Alphabet

(Activity 26 Month 5)


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