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Ball Bouncing (Gross Motor)

Ball bouncing with verbal skills

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  • Practice ball bouncing - let child push ball to floor (dribble) and catch and let child throw ball up in the air and catch
  • Add different ways to catch: bounce once and catch, bounce twice and catch, bounce and catch below knees, bounce and catch above knees, bounce above belly button, bounce pass to a partner, etc.  
  • Bounce and let child think and say a word that begins with G (go, gather, good, game, etc.)
  • Bounce and let child think and say a word that begins with Y (yellow, you, yo-yo, yell, etc.)

*A rubber playground ball about 8 inches in diameter works well with preschool size hands

Simplify

It is easier to begin by bouncing a ball from adult to child for them to catch.  When they become good at catching, let them initiate their own bounce and catch

Extend

Use different sizes of balls and different types of bounce balls (tennis balls, basketball, soccer ball, raquetballs, small hi bounce balls, etc.)

Materials

  • playground ball ( 8 inch ball is ideal for small hands)

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Review
  • Color - Green
  • Number - Five, 5
  • Alphabet Letters - G, Y
  • Senses - Review
  • Character Trait - Confidence
  • Target Words - Stop, Go, Slow, More

Monthly Proverb

Hasidic- The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others

Did You Know?

 "Advances in cognitive science make it clear that very young children are capable of much more academically than was previously imagined." The Albert Shanker Institute 

Books to Read

"Sheep In A Shop"
by Nancy Shaw (Activity 7) (audiobook option)

"But Where Is The Green Parrot?"
by T. Zacharia (Activity 8)

"Popcorn"
by Frank Asch (Activity 16)

Music Playlist

"I Believe in You"
by Divo and Celine Dion Album IL Divo/Ancora (Vocal Classical) (Activity 18)

"She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain"
by Gay Blazers Album The Treasury of Barbershop Quartets (Barbershop Quartet) (Activity 19)

"What’s Your Name"
by Mike Soloway Album Hungry for Manners (Childrens) (Activity 1)

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Red says STOP

(Activity 14 Month 6)

Red says STOP 

Green says GO

Yellow says WAIT

You better go SLOW

5 Little Ducks Went Out to Play

(Activity 26 Month 6)

Five little ducks went out to play

Over the hill and far away

Mother Duck said “Quack, quack, quack”

But only four little ducks came waddling back.

 

Four little ducks went out to play 

Over the hill and far away

Mother Duck said “Quack, quack, quack”

But only three little ducks came waddling back.

 

Three little ducks went out to play 

Over the hill and far away

Mother Duck said “Quack, quack, quack”

But only two little ducks came waddling back.

 

Two little ducks went out to play 

Over the hill and far away

Mother Duck said “Quack, quack, quack”

But only one little duck came waddling back.

 

One little duck went out to play 

Over the hill and far away

Mother Duck said “Quack, quack, quack”

But no little ducks came waddling back.

 

Father Duck went out one day

Over the hill and far away

Father Duck said

"QUACK QUACK QUACK."

Five little ducks quickly waddled back.