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Skating (Gross Motor)

Indoor "skating" with song "12 Variations on 'Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman", K.265  (Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)

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  • Practice skating/sliding indoors by cutting 2 sheets of waxed paper slightly longer than child’s foot
  • Being barefooted and on a non-carpeted floor works best for this “skating”
  • Child places feet on the wax paper and without lifting feet, skates across the floor
  • Play some music while child (you can join in....) skates. Use song "12 Variations on “Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman"
  • Sometime this month let child skate with real skates - roller skates, roller blades, or ice skates


When skating encourage child to alternate feet - sliding with right foot and then left foot.


Encourage child to come up with a "skating" routine that can be memorized and repeated for the family.


  • waxed paper
  • scissors
  • song "12 Variations on Ah, vous dirai-je,Maman"(Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star) by Mozart; album "Essential Classics - Mozart Piano Concertos No. 21 and 26  OR music of your choice (optional)

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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.)