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  • Language Skills
  • Motor All Skills
  • Problem Solving Skills

Balance (Gross Motor)

Following oral directions, improving balance, and learning to focus while playing song "Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major, K448, II. Andante

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Listen to song Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major, K448, II. Andante  in the background while asking child to follow these directions

  • Ask child to stand very still on two feet
  • Ask child to stand on one foot
  • Ask child to hop on two feet
  • Ask child to hop on one foot
  • Ask child to stand on right foot
  • Ask child to hop on right foot
  • Ask child to hop on both feet
  • Ask child to stand on left foot
  • Ask child to hop on left foot
  • Ask child to stand on both feet
  • Ask child to stand on two feet while you count to 5
  • Ask child to stand on one foot while you count to 5
  • Hop on two feet
  • Hop on one foot

Simplify

When saying aloud to child what to do, stand next to child and do each motion along with child.

Extend

Encourage child to come up with his own motions and say aloud for adult to follow.

Materials

  • any music playing in background (we suggested Sonata for Two Pianos for child to hear a classical piano piece)

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Square
  • Color - Yellow
  • Number - One, 1
  • Alphabet Letter - A, E
  • Senses - Touch
  • Character Trait - Caring
  • Target Words - In, Out, Empty, Full

Monthly Proverb

Swedish - The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your own arm.

Did You Know?

Children who are not ready for kindergarten often have trouble succeeding in school. Those who do poorly in school are more likely to need to repeat classes, need special education, drop out of school, become teen parents, and get into trouble with the law. As adults, drop-outs have trouble making a living wage, and are at risk of poverty and homelessness

From Plan for the Washington Early Learning System – Draft 12/1/09 (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2005; Isaacs, 2008).

Books to Read

"The Mitten"
by Jan Brett (Activity 22)

"Little Blue and Little Yellow"
by Leo Lionni (Activity 8)

"How Kind"
by Mary Murphy (Activity 12)

Music Playlist

"The Hokey Pokey"
by Music for Little People Choir from album Toddlers Sing Playtime (Children) (Activity 14)

"Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major, K448 II."
Andante by Alicia de Larrocha from album Mozart: Concerto & Sonata for 2 pianos (Classical) (Activity 20)

"ABC (The Alphabet Song)"
from album Dora the Explorer (Children) (Activity 1)

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Select one poem for child to memorize this month and recite it at bedtime plus one song/fingerplay to learn. Here are two examples:

My NAME Song

(Activity 25 Month 1 - Sung to tune of BINGO)

There was a family had a child

and Carly (insert child's name) was her name.

C - A - R - L - Y C - A - R - L - Y C - A - R - L - Y (spell child's name)

And Carly (insert child's name) was her name

Kind To Others

(Activity 13 Month 1 - Fingerplay)

5 little children

Standing in a row ( hold up 5 fingers)

They are kind to others

Everywhere they go. (walk hand in front of body)

I am one of the children (point to self)

Standing in a row (hold up 5 fingers)

I'll be kind to others (point to self)

Wherever I go. (walk hand in front of body)

(This fingerplay works as a reminder to a child to be kind in any situation- without saying a word. Just walk hand in front of body to silently signal a child to remember to be kind or use actual sign language for the word kind.)