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Reading and Thinking

Read selections from book "My Very First Mother Goose"

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  • Acting out nursery rhymes 
  • Ask the child if they understand the term “Mother Goose”.  Mother Goose is used for a collection of nursery rhymes written by different writers over many years
  • Select together seven nursery rhymes to read aloud
  • Find the rhyme “Jack and Jill”  in “My Very First Mother Goose” book and read aloud
  • Print out the nursery rhyme “Jack and Jill” from this month or write it on a piece of paper while child is watching
  • Let child circle the letter J (there are 4 J’s in the rhyme)
  • Ask child to say another word that begins with the “J” sound (jet, job, Jake, jelly bean, jam, jelly, jail, jaw, Jack-o-lantern, jazz, jog, etc.)
  • Encourage child to think of seven words that begin with “J”.  Give clues - 

Fast airplane that flies in the sky (jet)

A food that is sweet that you spread on bread (jam or jelly)

A way to move your body that is faster than a walk but not as fast as a run (jog)

A body part on your face under your nose (jaw)

A type of work that adults have (job)

When it is cold outside, I like to wear this (jacket)

This is an animal that lives in the jungle and runs very fast (jaguar)

  • Give child a plastic bucket/container and together recite the poem while acting out the rhyme.  Choose who will be Jack and who will be Jill
  • Ask child to think of another nursery rhyme to act out (Humpty Dumpty, Jack Be Nimble, etc.)

Jack and Jill went up the hill

To fetch a pail of water.

Jack fell down and broke his crown

And Jill came tumbling after.


Introduce child to only one nursery rhyme - Jack and Jill


Encourage child to memorize the poem, "Jack and Jill"


  • Book " My Very First Mother Goose" by Ioa Opie & Rosemary Wells
  • printed copy or hand written copy of "Jack and Jill"
  • bucket/container
  •  pencil

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Review
  • Color - Black
  • Number - Seven, 7
  • Alphabet Letters - J, I
  • Sense - Smell
  • Character Trait - Courage
  • Target Words - Long, Little, Short, Small

Monthly Proverb

Chinese - If you get up one more time than you fall, you will make it through

Did You Know?

"Before children enter elementary school, they must develop many linguistic and cognitive skills that will make later academic learning possible. By the age of five, however, children differ markedly in their success in reaching these developmental goals." Entwisle & Alexander, 1993

Books to Read

"The Little Engine That Could"
by Watty Piper, Illustrator Loren Long (Activity 12) (audiobook available)

"My Very First Mother Goose"
with Ioa Opie Editor and Rosemary Wells Illustrator (Activity 26)

"The Color Monster, A Story About Emotions "
by Anna Lienas (Activity 8)

"The Color Monster, A Story About Emotions" VIDEO
by Anna Lienas (Activity 8)

"The Little Engine that Could" VIDEO
by Watty Piper (Activity 12)

Music Playlist

"America (My Country Tis of Thee)" VIDEO
by the Hit Crew, Album: Drew’s Famous Music for Summer Games and Activities (Activity 13)

by Willa Brigham, Album: Healthy Happy Habits (Activity 25)

"Miss Mary Mack"
by Ella Jenkins, Album: You’ll Sing a Song and I’ll Sing a Song (Activity 9)

My Country 'Tis of Thee
by Aretha Franklin (Activity 13)

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Jack and Jill

(Activity 19 Month 9)

Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water.

Jack fell down and broke his crown and Jill came tumbling after.