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Yellow Meal Date

Introducing use of a calendar while reviewing the color yellow

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  • Think of foods together that you could serve for a yellow meal. For example, macaroni and cheese, banana, lemon Jell-O, yogurt, or pudding, sautéed yellow peppers, cheddar cheese, milk with yellow food coloring, corn, yellow squash, grapefruit, water with a yellow lemon, pineapple, etc.
  • Make or find a calendar for child to use
  • Look at calendar together and review any special dates - birthdays or events - to put on the calendar for this month
  • Select a Yellow Meal date for the family
  • Color the date on the calendar with a yellow crayon
  • Make a list and gather and shop for the yellow foods you will need
  • Get the yellow placemat (Activity 18 Month 1) to use for the yellow meal
  • Ask child/family to wear something yellow for the meal
  • Enjoy the yellow meal as a family

Simplify

Instead of making the meal, let child cut out pictures of yellow food, while wearing a yellow outfit on the selected date and glue onto a paper plate.

Extend

While deciding and shopping for the food, name the food and if it is a fruit, vegetable, grain, meat, etc.

Materials

  • calendar
  • yellow crayon
  • yellow foods
  • yellow placemat (Activity 18 Month 1)
  • yellow clothing

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Square
  • Color - Yellow
  • Number - One, 1
  • Alphabet Letter - A, E
  • Senses - Touch
  • Character Trait - Caring
  • Target Words - In, Out, Empty, Full

Monthly Proverb

Swedish - The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your own arm.

Did You Know?

Children who are not ready for kindergarten often have trouble succeeding in school. Those who do poorly in school are more likely to need to repeat classes, need special education, drop out of school, become teen parents, and get into trouble with the law. As adults, drop-outs have trouble making a living wage, and are at risk of poverty and homelessness

From Plan for the Washington Early Learning System – Draft 12/1/09 (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2005; Isaacs, 2008).

Books to Read

"The Mitten"
by Jan Brett (Activity 22)

"Little Blue and Little Yellow"
by Leo Lionni (Activity 8)

"How Kind"
by Mary Murphy (Activity 12)

Music Playlist

"The Hokey Pokey"
by Music for Little People Choir from album Toddlers Sing Playtime (Children) (Activity 14)

"Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major, K448 II."
Andante by Alicia de Larrocha from album Mozart: Concerto & Sonata for 2 pianos (Classical) (Activity 20)

"ABC (The Alphabet Song)"
from album Dora the Explorer (Children) (Activity 1)

Monthly Materials List

Click Here to view the list!

Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Select one poem for child to memorize this month and recite it at bedtime plus one song/fingerplay to learn. Here are two examples:

My NAME Song

(Activity 25 Month 1 - Sung to tune of BINGO)

There was a family had a child

and Carly (insert child's name) was her name.

C - A - R - L - Y C - A - R - L - Y C - A - R - L - Y (spell child's name)

And Carly (insert child's name) was her name

Kind To Others

(Activity 13 Month 1 - Fingerplay)

5 little children

Standing in a row ( hold up 5 fingers)

They are kind to others

Everywhere they go. (walk hand in front of body)

I am one of the children (point to self)

Standing in a row (hold up 5 fingers)

I'll be kind to others (point to self)

Wherever I go. (walk hand in front of body)

(This fingerplay works as a reminder to a child to be kind in any situation- without saying a word. Just walk hand in front of body to silently signal a child to remember to be kind or use actual sign language for the word kind.)