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Making Bed

Part 2 : Learning responsibility - reasons for clean sheets

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  • Share with a child why clean sheets are necessary since we sleep almost 1/3 of our lives
  • We are each responsible for our health and having a clean sleeping environment helps to get rid of germs
  • If possible look at a "dirty" pillowcase with a magnifying glass or under a microscope
  • Explain that beds can have dust mites - microscopic bugs that eat dead skin cells
  • Sheets can get dirty with natural body oils, dirt, perspiration, and crumbs if food is eaten in bed
  • Once a week, beds should have clean sheets
  • Together with a child remove dirty sheets from bed and place in laundry basket
  • Show how to place sheets into washing machine - nothing but sheets and pillowcases should be in the load
  • Add detergent and choose hot water for washing.  Dry completely in dryer or outside in sunshine
  • A mattress pad should be over the mattress - launder when necessary (weekly or at least monthly)
  • Practice making the bed together using clean sheets
  • Add the bottom sheet - if fitted pull over all 4 corners.  If a flat sheet, review how to create a hospital corner for bottom corners.  Smooth out the wrinkles.
  • Add the top sheet making a hospital corner at the 2 corners at the foot of the bed
  • Add a blanket, duvet or bedspread to cover the bed
  • Add the pillows to the top of the bed
  • Children who bathe and wash hair often, sleep in clean pajamas, and have no toilet accidents should have clean sheets weekly
  • When a child is ill, explain sheets should be washed daily (pillowcase for sure) to keep germs away
  • This is a lifelong responsible habit that is easily taught by example at a young age

Materials

  • child's bed
  • laundry basket
  • washing machine

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Review
  • Color - White
  • Number - Eight, 8
  • Alphabet Letters - W, N
  • Senses - Taste
  • Character Trait - Self-Control
  • Target Words - Good-night, Sweet, Sour, Next

Monthly Proverb

Dutch - A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains

Did You Know?

" Approximately two-thirds of parents surveyed would like information about ways to support children’s early reading and school readiness skills, ways to help children’s social-emotional development and how to use positive discipline." Washington Early Learning System

Books to Read

"Black and White Rabbit’s ABC"
by Alan Baker (Activity 9)

"Goodnight Moon"
by Margaret Wise Brown (Activity 14) (audio book available)

"Cars and Trucks and Things that Go"
by Richard Scarry (Activity 26)

Music Playlist

"Alphabet Medley"
by Sharon, Lois & Bram Album: Sing A to Z (Activity 1)

12 Variations on “Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman” K.265 (Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star) Mozart"
by George Szell; Cleveland Orchestra Album: Mozart: Piano Concertos K. 467 & 537; Variations K.265 (Activity 20)

"10 Crunchy Carrots"
by Charlotte Diamond Album: 10 Carrot Diamond (Activity 6)

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Singing Time

(Activity 23 Month 10)

I wake up in the morning early 

And always the very first thing  

I poke up my head and I sit up in bed 

And I sing and I sing, and I sing.

 (This poem was memorized and recited each morning in our family.  Use this poem or find your own for your wake-up routine.)