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Read book "The Greedy Triangle" and name shapes

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  • Read the book “The Greedy Triangle” by Marilyn Burns or Read/Listen here
  • Cut out a circle, triangle, and square shape with a child using red, blue, or yellow paper (use shapes from Activity 3 if you prefer)
  • Talk about the shapes - number of sides, corners, etc.  
  • Review the names of these shapes
  • Have child close eyes and hide a penny under one of the shapes
  • Ask the child to guess where the penny is by naming a shape and color
  • Continue until each shape is used to hide a penny
  • Trade roles and let the child hide the penny under a shape


Use just one shape to begin.  For example, place only a circle on the table and place the penny underneath.  The child needs to say aloud  "circle" to look for the penny. Chat about how the circle looks - no corners, round like a tire or cookie.  Proceed by placing just the square on the table with the penny underneath and again child says aloud  "square" to look for the penny.  Do again with only the triangle shape placed on the table. Always chat about how the shapes look


Ask the child to recall all the shapes talked about in the book "The Greedy Triangle"


Have you ever wanted to be someone different?  What would you like to change into?

Do you have any inventions in your brain?


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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Triangle
  • Color - Red, Yellow, Blue
  • Number - Four, 4
  • Alphabet Letters - D, M
  • Senses - Taste
  • Character Trait - Love
  • Target Words - Day, Later, Night, Now

Monthly Proverb

Arabic-Every day of your life is a page of your history

Did You Know?

"Investing in high quality pre-kindergarten can make every family in America safer from crime and violence. Law enforcement leaders know that to win the war on crime, we need to be as willing to guarantee our kids space in a pre-kindergarten program as we are to guarantee a criminal a prison cell," said Sanford Newman, president of Fight Crime

Books to Read

"The Greedy Triangle"
by Marilyn Burns (Activity 2)

"Mouse Paint"
by Ellen Stoll Walsh (Activity 9)

"The Very Busy Spider"
by Eric Carle (Activity 17) (audiobook available)

"The Greedy Triangle" VIDEO
by Marilyn Burns (Activity 2)

"Mouse Paint". VIDEO
by Ellen Still Walsh (Activity 9)

"The Very Busy Spider" VIDEO
by Eric Carle (Activity 17)

Music Playlist

"An Die Schonen, Blauen Donau - Walzer Op. 314 Johann Strauss"
by Berliner Philharmoniker Album 100 Best Karajan 100 Best Classics (Classical) (Activity 20)

"The Alphabet Song"
by Cedarmont Kids Album 100 Singalong Songs for Kids (Children) (Activity 4)

"Love Grows One By One"
by Priscilla Herdman Album Daydreamer (Children) (Activity 13 & 20)

"The Alphabet Song" VIDEO
by Cedarmont Kids (Activity 4)

"Love Grows One by One" VIDEO
by Priscilla Herdman (Activity 13 & 20)

"An Die Schonen, Blauen Donau-Walzer Op.314" VIDEO
by Johann Strauss (Activity 20)

Monthly Materials List

Click Here to view the list!

Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

The Itsy Bitsy Spider

(Activity 21 Month 4)

The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the waterspout

Down came the rain and washed the spider out 

Out came the sun and dried up all the rain 

And the itsy bitsy spider climbed up the spout again.

Do You Love Me? to “Brother John” tune

(Activity 26 Month 4)

Do you love me? Do you love me?

Yes, I do.  Yes, I do.

Give me hugs and kisses.  Give me hugs and kisses.

I love you. (two kiss sounds)  I love you. (two kiss sounds)