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Right Handed or Left Handed

Sometimes you need to observe to learn

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  • Chat with child about how a scientist observes in order to learn
  • Have child do the following nine activities while you are the “scientist”  doing the observing
  • Record for each activity if child used left or right hand or foot

1. Ask child to pick up any small object (Record right or left hand used to pick up)

2. Ask child to pick up a pair of scissors (Record which hand did the picking-up)

3. Ask child to cut piece of paper in half (Record which hand did the cutting)

4. Ask child to write his name on a piece of paper (Record which hand did the writing)

5. Tell child his back has an itch and it needs to be scratched (Record which hand attempted the scratching)

6. Ask child to clap their hands (Record which hand is higher)

7. Ask child to fold his arms in front of his body (Record which forearm is on top)

8. Place a ball in front of child and ask him to kick (Record which leg did the kicking)

9. Ask child to walk up three steps (Record which foot was placed on the first step)


  • Talk about the results with child saying you were watching if he used his right hand or left hand more often
  • Remind child that there was no right or wrong answer as you were a “scientist” and making observations


  • pen and paper (for adult)
  • any small object
  • scissors
  • piece of paper
  • pencil
  • ball 

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Oval
  • Color - Brown
  • Number - Nine, 9
  • Alphabet Letters - Q, T, L
  • Senses - Sight
  • Character Trait - Friendliness
  • Target Words - Fast, Front, Sort, Same

Monthly Proverb

Spanish - Tell me who you’re with and I’ll tell you who you are

Did You Know?

"The brain develops rapidly during the first five years and quality preschool programs can have a profound impact during this time.” CA First 5

Books to Read

"Fish Eyes: A Book You Can Count On"
by Lois Ehlert (Activity 7)

"Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?"
by Bill Martin (Activity 8) (audio book available) (NOTE: Please look for the 25th anniversary edition where the text is back to the original wording)

"Old Henry"
by Joan Blos (Activity 12)

Music Playlist

"The Alphabet Song"
Album: Big Don’s Big Beat (Activity 5)

"Por Una Cabeza by Carlos Gardel"
Album: The Very Best (Activity 20)

"The Turtle Song"
by Suzi Shelton Album Simply Suzi (Activity 11)

Monthly Materials List

Click Here to view the list!

Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

There Was A Little Turtle

(Activity 11 Month 11)

There was a little turtle who lived in a box.

He swam in the water, he climbed on the rocks.  

He snapped at a mosquito, he snapped at a flea, he snapped at a minnow and he snapped at me.

He caught that mosquito, he caught that flea, he caught that minnow, but he didn’t catch me.

Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep

(Activity 19 Month 11)

Now I lay me down to sleep.  

I’ll count these hands instead of sheep.  

Help me to remember these friends I made.      

And all the wonderful times we played.