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Long, Little, Short, Small

Learning synonyms

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  • Ask child to fill a glass with a little amount of water.  Place filled glass on counter
  • Give child a second glass and fill with a small amount of water.  Place filled glass on counter.
  • Chat about how much water is in each of the glasses.  Are the amounts similar?
  • This is a beginning explanation that some words mean the same thing (synonyms)
  • Little and small are words that can be used to mean the same thing


Write the word "synonym" on a sheet of paper. Count the number of letters in synonym - 7.  Ask which letters are used twice in the word synonym (there are 2 y's and 2 n's)  Explain that a synonym is a word that means exactly or nearly the same as another word.  Say two words and ask child if these two words are synonyms or mean almost the same thing. Encourage child to say the word "synonym".

shut - close (Yes); sack - bag (Yes);  big - little (No);  angry - happy (No); small - tiny (Yes); fast - slow (No); couch - soft (Yes)


Ask child to think of synonyms to these words: choose one of the words and see if child can say the synonym

infant/baby; fast/quick; large/big; ill/sick; funny/silly; shut/close; stone/rock; present/gift; father/dad; house/home; chef/cook; evil/bad; happy/glad 


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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Review
  • Color - Black
  • Number - Seven, 7
  • Alphabet Letters - J, I
  • Sense - Smell
  • Character Trait - Courage
  • Target Words - Long, Little, Short, Small

Monthly Proverb

Chinese - If you get up one more time than you fall, you will make it through

Did You Know?

"Before children enter elementary school, they must develop many linguistic and cognitive skills that will make later academic learning possible. By the age of five, however, children differ markedly in their success in reaching these developmental goals." Entwisle & Alexander, 1993

Books to Read

"The Little Engine That Could"
by Watty Piper, Illustrator Loren Long (Activity 12) (audiobook available)

"My Very First Mother Goose"
with Ioa Opie Editor and Rosemary Wells Illustrator (Activity 26)

"Of Colors and Things"
by Tana Hoban (Activity 8)

Music Playlist

"America (My Country Tis of Thee)"
by the Hit Crew, Album: Drew’s Famous Music for Summer Games and Activities (Activity 13)

by Willa Brigham, Album: Healthy Happy Habits (Activity 25)

"Miss Mary Mack"
by Ella Jenkins, Album: You’ll Sing a Song and I’ll Sing a Song (Activity 9)

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Jack and Jill

(Activity 19 Month 9)

Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water.

Jack fell down and broke his crown and Jill came tumbling after.