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First Name

Using paper plates for a name puzzle

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  • You will need two paper plates
  • On the first plate write child’s name using uppercase print for first letter and lower case print for remaining letters.  Repeat name on second plate.
  • Cut one plate into 3 to 6 jigsaw type pieces. Can draw lines for puzzle on back of plate for child to use as a guide
  • Let child put cut plate pieces together to spell his name using uncut paper plate as a guide

Simplify

Let an adult cut the paper plate into jigsaw pieces.  Child should place cut pieces on top of first paper plate to match with his name.

Extend

If child doesn't need second name plate as a guide, cut that plate into jigsaw pieces also.  Use with spelling words for older child.

Materials

  • 2 white paper plates
  • marker
  • scissor

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Triangle
  • Color - Red, Yellow, Blue
  • Number - Four, 4
  • Alphabet Letters - D, M
  • Senses - Taste
  • Character Trait - Love
  • Target Words - Day, Later, Night, Now

Monthly Proverb

Arabic-Every day of your life is a page of your history

Did You Know?

"Investing in high quality pre-kindergarten can make every family in America safer from crime and violence. Law enforcement leaders know that to win the war on crime, we need to be as willing to guarantee our kids space in a pre-kindergarten program as we are to guarantee a criminal a prison cell," said Sanford Newman, president of Fight Crime

Books to Read

"The Greedy Triangle"
by Marilyn Burns (Activity 2)

"Mouse Paint"
by Ellen Stoll Walsh (Activity 9)

"The Very Busy Spider"
by Eric Carle (Activity 17) (audiobook available)

Music Playlist

"An Die Schonen, Blauen Donau - Walzer Op. 314 Johann Strauss"
by Berliner Philharmoniker Album 100 Best Karajan 100 Best Classics (Classical) (Activity 20)

"The Alphabet Song"
by Cedarmont Kids Album 100 Singalong Songs for Kids (Children) (Activity 4)

"Love Grows One By One"
by Priscilla Herdman Album Daydreamer (Children) (Activity 13 & 20)

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

The Itsy Bitsy Spider

(Activity 21 Month 4)

The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the waterspout

Down came the rain and washed the spider out 

Out came the sun and dried up all the rain 

And the itsy bitsy spider climbed up the spout again.

Do You Love Me? to “Brother John” tune

(Activity 26 Month 4)

Do you love me? Do you love me?

Yes I do.  Yes I do.

Give me hugs and kisses.  Give me hugs and kisses.

I love you. (kiss kiss sound)  I love you. (kiss kiss sound)