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Goodnight, Sweet, Sour, Next

Read book "Goodnight Moon"  with a fun counting activity

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  • Read book “Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Write the word "Goodnight" on an index card
  • Go through the book and each time the word "Goodnight" is written or read, let child place a slash mark (line, tally mark, hash mark) on the index card 
  • Count the number of slash marks together. (Goodnight is found 20 times)

*Activity 10 in Month 10 reinforces target words "sweet" and "sour"


When reading the story aloud, emphasize with your voice the word "goodnight" so child can make the tally mark


Teach child how to make a tally mark of five.  This is when you make four verticle lines and then place a diagonal slash over the four lines to indicate five.  Count aloud by five's when all 20 "goodnights" are found.

Let child look at book and find the word "goodnight" on their own, pointing to the word and making the tally mark.  Use another favorite book and choose a word for child to find and tally.


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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Review
  • Color - White
  • Number - Eight, 8
  • Alphabet Letters - W, N
  • Senses - Taste
  • Character Trait - Self-Control
  • Target Words - Good-night, Sweet, Sour, Next

Monthly Proverb

Dutch - A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains

Did You Know?

" Approximately two-thirds of parents surveyed would like information about ways to support children’s early reading and school readiness skills, ways to help children’s social-emotional development and how to use positive discipline." Washington Early Learning System

Books to Read

"Black and White Rabbit’s ABC"
by Alan Baker (Activity 9)

"Goodnight Moon"
by Margaret Wise Brown (Activity 14) (audio book available)

"Cars and Trucks and Things that Go"
by Richard Scarry (Activity 26)

Music Playlist

"Alphabet Medley"
by Sharon, Lois & Bram Album: Sing A to Z (Activity 1)

12 Variations on “Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman” K.265 (Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star) Mozart"
by George Szell; Cleveland Orchestra Album: Mozart: Piano Concertos K. 467 & 537; Variations K.265 (Activity 20)

"10 Crunchy Carrots"
by Charlotte Diamond Album: 10 Carrot Diamond (Activity 6)

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Singing Time

(Activity 23 Month 10)

I wake up in the morning early 

And always the very first thing  

I poke up my head and I sit up in bed 

And I sing and I sing, and I sing.

 (This poem was memorized and recited each morning in our family.  Use this poem or find your own for your wake-up routine.)