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  • Motor All Skills
  • Social Skills

Playground Visits (Gross Motor)

Participating in verbally directed obstacle course

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  • Make every effort this month for playground visits
  • Use swings to practice leg pumping, slides for climbing ladders, teeter totters, etc.
  • Say aloud an obstacle course for child to follow:
  1. Run to slide
  2. Walk backwards to sandbox
  3. Touch slide with your elbow
  4. Put your right foot in the sandbox, etc.


Limit your oral directions to two or three directions at a time so child can remember and do the activity in the order given.

No playground handy then find open space in a field, parking lot, etc. and bring a few items - jump rope, ball, bike, etc. to create your own obstacle course. For example, run to the jump rope, jump with the rope 3 times, pick up the ball and bounce 4 times, run back to the adult and say the alphabet. 


For better physical benefit, use directions that use the whole playground.  Encourage child to take on the role of deciding what the obstacle course will be and saying it aloud before he attempts to do all the activities


When you invite a friend over to play, do you like to play together outside or inside and why?

Can you name three friends that you feel are the most fun to play with and why?


  • playground with numerous play equipment

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Rectangle
  • Color - Orange
  • Number - 1-4 Review
  • Alphabet - O, U
  • Senses - Sight
  • Character Trait - Responsibility
  • Target Words - Under, Up, Down, Tall

Monthly Proverb

Yiddish- If each person sweeps in front of his own door the whole street is clean

Did You Know?

"The brain builds itself in response to the child’s experiences. Brain circuits that the child uses in daily life are strengthened. Those that the child doesn’t use fade away. "

National Research Council From Neurons to Neighborhoods, 2000 

Books to Read

"AlphaBugs: A Pop Up Alphabet Book"
by David Carter (Activity 1)

"Deep In The Swamp"
by Donna Bateman (Activity 22)

"Head to Toe"
by E. Carle (Activity 10)

"AlphaBugs: A Pop Up Alphabet Book". VIDEO
by David Carter (Activity 1)

"Head to Toe". VIDEO
by Eric Carle (Activity 10)

"Deep in The Swamp". VIDEO
by Donna Bateman (Activity 22)

Music Playlist

"When The Saints Go Marching In"
by Pete Fountain, Album: Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans? (Jazz) (Activity 2)

"Go, Flush, Wash, Dry"
by Martin Kerr, Album: Favorite Songs from the Family Learning House (Children) (Activity 24)

"The Noble Duke of York"
by Susan McRae, Album: Barney’s Song Book - 16 Favourites for Kids (Children) (Activity 15)

"When The Saints Go Marching In" VIDEO
by Pete Fountain (Activity 2)

"The Noble Duke of York" VIDEO
by Barney's Magical Musical Adventure (Activity 15)

"Go, Flush, Wash, Dry" VIDEO
by Martin Kerr, Album: Favorite Songs from the Family Learning House (Children) (Activity 24)

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Sing/Say The Alphabet

(Activity 26 Month 5)


Now I’ve said my ABC’s, Next time won't you sing with me.