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  • Language Skills
  • Motor All Skills

Sponge Painting

Creative painting

Instructions Printer-Friendly

  • Ask child to join you in this activity of painting (emphasize letter "P")
  • Gather small pieces of sponges or foam and clip clothespins to the foam to use as handles
  • Place a collection of paint colors on a covered table or at an easel
  • Cover child with smock or old shirt that buttons in back
  • Let child clip the clothespins onto the sponges, dip into the paint and paint
  • Painting lets a child be creative and in control
  • Encourage child to create their own artwork giving ideas of what to paint if needed

Extend

Using a variety of sizes of paintbrushes aids in developing motor skills

Materials

  • sponge/foam pieces
  • clothespins
  • paint- color choice is up to you
  • paint cups/tubs
  • tablecloth/cover
  • art smock
  • painting paper 

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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.