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Hot, Soft, Above, Below

Above or below 

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  • Place hand on your stomach to use as a dividing line for above and below
  • Ask child to name a body part above stomach (head, ears, shoulders, etc.)
  • Ask child to name a body part below stomach (legs, knees, feet, etc.)
  • Alternate between naming body parts above and below for five turns

Simplify

Tell child a body part and ask if the part is above or below your stomach.  For example, is your head above or below your stomach/hand?

Extend

Use a variety of body terms and see if child can locate on their body - head, neck, chest, arm, hand, leg, foot, heart, brain, liver, kidneys, pelvis, pancreas, appendix, lungs, mouth, lips, teeth, tongue, liver, esophagus, gallbladder, spleen, small intestine, pituitary gland, toenails, spinal code, larynx, rib cage, etc.

Materials

  • adult and child

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Star
  • Color - Violet
  • Number - Review
  • Alphabet Letters - S, V
  • Senses - Touch
  • Character Trait - Respect
  • Target Words - Hot, Soft, Above, Below

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"The foundations of social competence that are developed in the first five years are linked to emotional well-being and affect a child’s later ability to functionally adapt in school and to form successful relationships throughout life." National Scientific Council on the Developing Child

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