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Telephone Basics

Learning to use a phone

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  • Show child a telephone and share the basics - where to talk into the phone, how to hold a phone to hear, buttons to push to make a call or numbers to dial on a rotary phone, etc.
  • Locate and count the phones in your home and mobile phones
  • Ask child to tell you some of the uses of a phone (for example, to keep in contact with family members and friends, to get help in an emergency, to use for work purposes, etc.)


Have an imaginary phone conversation with child 


Write child's phone number - using the hyphen on a strip of paper.  Have a number spinner from 0 to 9 and ten types of markers (pennies, raisins, etc.)  Let child spin and say the number aloud where the arrow stops.  If that number is part of his phone number, place a marker on the number.  Continue spinning until the phone number is complete with markers.


  •  telephone/cell phone

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Heart
  • Color - Review
  • Number - Six, 6
  • Alphabet Letters - H, P
  • Senses - Hearing
  • Character Trait - Honesty
  • Target Words - Good-by, Many, Match, Why

Monthly Proverb

If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.

Did You Know?

"Children with below average language skills can make rapid improvements if their parents take simple steps to change the way they interact with them." University of Sydney

Books to Read

"Museum ABC"
Activity 11

"My Very First Book of Shapes"
by Eric Carle (Activity 2)

"Big Red Barn"
by Margaret Wise Brown (Activity 8)

Music Playlist

"Old MacDonald Had a Farm"
by Countdown Kids Album 100 All Time Children’s Favorites (Activity 10)

"Salve Regina - Antiphona (tonus monasticus) in Honorem Beatae Mariae Virginias"
Album Salve Regina Gregorian Chant by Benedictine Monks of the Abby of Saint-Maurice & Saint-Maur, Clervaux (Activity 21)

"You’ll Be In My Heart"
by Phil Collins Album Tarzan (Movie Soundtrack) (Activity 18)

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Up Down Turn Around

(Activity 14 Month 8)

Up, down

Turn around.

Touch the sky,

And touch the ground.

Jiggle tummy,

Blink your eyes, 

Blow a kiss, 

And say “good-bye “

I Need To Be Honest

(Activity 13 Month 8)

I need to be honest

  My mom and dad say

And telling the truth

  Is just one way!


Why be honest

I ask mom and dad.

You will feel your best

When the truth is always said.