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Drawing (Fine Motor)

Drawing and describing a picture

Instructions Printer-Friendly

  • Gather crayons and paper and chat about drawing a picture
  • Show the best way to hold a crayon (using a crayon encourages finger strength to make a drawing while markers are lighter to use)
  • Ask a child to draw a picture of you and encourage the child to take as much time as he wishes
  • Have the child describe what he drew when he is finished
  • Have the child draw you again and ask him to include a head, body, arms, and legs if these were not included in the first picture

*Remember, they are learning and developing! The child's picture may not appear to have a head, body, legs, etc. Just because their art skills aren't fully developed doesn't mean they didn't draw what you requested. This is why you ask them to point out and verbalize what they've drawn. Most importantly, as an adult, you need to use your imagination!

Simplify

Let the child tell you about what he sees when he looks at you.  Encourage him to be specific about the color of eyes, number of ears, the color of lips, number of legs, etc.

Extend

When the child is finished drawing a picture of the adult, ask him to tell a story about the adult in the picture.  Give hints using - who, what, when, where, and why if the child needs help in developing an oral story.

QUESTIONS FOR CHILD

Would you rather draw with crayons or play with Legos and why?

Can you tell me about your favorite picture hanging in your home?

Materials

  • crayons
  • paper

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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)

"I Don't Want To Be A Frog"
by Dev Petty (Activity 8)

"Popcorn"
by Frank Asch (Activity 16)

"Sheep in A Shop". VIDEO
by Nancy Shaw (Activity 7)

"I Don't Want To Be A Frog". VIDEO
by Dev Petty (Activity 8)

"Popcorn". VIDEO
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)

"What's Your Name" VIDEO
by Mike Soloway (Activity 1)

"She'' Be Comin Round the Mountain" VIDEO
by Gay Glazers (Activity 19)

"I Believe In You" VIDEO
by Divo and Celine Dion (Activity 18)

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 one day

Over the hill and far away

Mother Duck said “Quack, quack, quack, quack”

But only four little ducks came back.

 

Four little ducks Went out one day

Over the hill and far away

Mother Duck said “Quack, quack, quack, quack”

But only three little ducks came back.

 

Three little ducks Went out one day

Over the hill and far away

Mother Duck said “Quack, quack, quack, quack”

But only two little ducks came back.

 

Two little ducks Went out one day

Over the hill and far away

Mother Duck said “Quack, quack, quack, quack”

But only one little duck came back.

 

One little duck Went out one day

Over the hill and far away

Mother Duck said “Quack, quack, quack, quack”

But none of the five little ducks came back.

 

Sad Mother Duck Went out one day

Over the hill and far away

The sad Mother Duck said

"QUACK QUACK QUACK."

And all of the five little ducks came back.