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Nursery Rhyme

Star Light, Star Bright

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  • Recite the poem “Star Light”
  • Each night this month, look at the stars and recite the poem
  • Discuss the word “wish”
  • On a star-shaped paper note (cut your own or purchase), have the child give you a wish to write down
  • Keep wishes posted on a door or mirror this month


 Star Light, Star Bright

Star light, Star bright

I wish I may, I wish I might

Have the wish I wish tonight


Write the poem on an index card and keep handy to use

When learning to memorize, repeat, and memorize one line at a time.  

For example, repeat Star light, Star bright, and make sure the child has this memorized before adding the next line - I wish I may I wish I might.  

Always recite and start from the beginning when adding the next line.  For example, Star light, Star bright, I wish I may I wish I might.....Star light, Star bright, I wish I may I wish I might, Have the wish I wish tonight.


Memorization is a needed skill throughout our lives.  Here is another poem to share with a child. It was written in 1895 by Gelett Burgess and is a short nonsense poem

I never saw a Purple cow,

I never hope to see one;

But I can tell you, anyhow,

I'd rather see than be one.


Can you tell me something you always want to remember and why?

Can you tell me something that you want to forget and why?

What would rather be in the sky; a cloud, a star, the moon, or the sun, and why?



  • Poem "Star Light"
  • star-shaped paper (cut your own or purchase)
  • pen
  • tape

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Star
  • Color - Purple
  • Number - Review
  • Alphabet Letters - S, V
  • Senses - Touch
  • Character Trait - Respect
  • Target Words - Hot, Soft, Above, Below

Monthly Proverb

Scottish-He that is wise can make a friend of a foe

Did You Know?

"The foundations of social competence that are developed in the first five years are linked to emotional well-being and affect a child’s later ability to functionally adapt in school and to form successful relationships throughout life." National Scientific Council on the Developing Child

Books to Read

"The Monster At The End of This Book"
by Jon Stone (Activity 13)

"Harold and the Purple Crayon"
by Crockett Johnson (Activity 8)

by Suzy Lee (Activity 7)

"Wave" VIDEO
by Suzy Lee (Activity 7)

"Harold and the Purple Crayon". VIDEO
by Crockett Johnson (Activity 8)

"The Monster At The End of This Book". VIDEO
by Jon Stone (Activity 13)

Music Playlist

"A - You’re Adorable"
by Perry Como Album The Very Best of Perry Como (Pop)(Activity 4)

"Hello, My Name is Joe"
by Ellen and Peter Allard Album Sing It! Say It! Sway It! Vol. 2 (Children) (Activity 1)

"Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star"
by Ella Jenkins Album Early Early Childhood Songs (Children) (Activity 3)

"Hello, My Name is Joe" VIDEO
by Ellen and Peter Allard (Activity 1)

"A - You're Adorable" VIDEO
by Sesame Street (Activity 4)

"Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" VIDEO
by Ella Jenkins (Activity 3)

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Nursery Rhyme

(Activity 26 Month 7)

Star light, Star bright

Star light, Star bright

I wish I may, I wish I might

Have the wish I wish tonight