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Use song "When The Saints Go Marching In" for listening skills while marching and recognizing rectangular colors

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  • Have one sheet of rectangular-shaped construction paper for each of the following colors:  Orange, Red, Blue, and Yellow
  • Make a ladder path on the floor with the colored papers - can tape on the floor if needed
  • Play music, “When the Saints Go Marching In” or  listen/watch video here or hum a tune while child marches next to the colors going forward and backward along the “ladder” of colors
  • Stop the music and child stops next to the closest rectangle
  • The child says the name of shape (rectangle) and the color next to him
  • Start the music again for the child to march again next to the ladder and continue to stop the music and say the name of shape and color


Hold child's hand while marching to the music up and down the ladder and together stop and name shape and color


Talk about one of the instruments you hear in the song - a clarinet. It is a woodwind instrument with a reed mouthpiece.  Click here to see a clarinet. Explain how musicians playing together compose a band.


Does your family know anyone who plays an instrument or is in a band? 

Do you think it is easy or hard to play an instrument and why? What does "practice" mean if someone tells you to go practice your instrument?


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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Rectangle
  • Color - Orange
  • Number - 1-4 Review
  • Alphabet - O, U
  • Senses - Sight
  • Character Trait - Responsibility
  • Target Words - Under, Up, Down, Tall

Monthly Proverb

Yiddish- If each person sweeps in front of his own door the whole street is clean

Did You Know?

"The brain builds itself in response to the child’s experiences. Brain circuits that the child uses in daily life are strengthened. Those that the child doesn’t use fade away. "

National Research Council From Neurons to Neighborhoods, 2000 

Books to Read

"AlphaBugs: A Pop Up Alphabet Book"
by David Carter (Activity 1)

"Deep In The Swamp"
by Donna Bateman (Activity 22)

"Head to Toe"
by E. Carle (Activity 10)

"AlphaBugs: A Pop Up Alphabet Book". VIDEO
by David Carter (Activity 1)

"Head to Toe". VIDEO
by Eric Carle (Activity 10)

"Deep in The Swamp". VIDEO
by Donna Bateman (Activity 22)

Music Playlist

"When The Saints Go Marching In"
by Pete Fountain, Album: Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans? (Jazz) (Activity 2)

"Go, Flush, Wash, Dry"
by Martin Kerr, Album: Favorite Songs from the Family Learning House (Children) (Activity 24)

"The Noble Duke of York"
by Susan McRae, Album: Barney’s Song Book - 16 Favourites for Kids (Children) (Activity 15)

"When The Saints Go Marching In" VIDEO
by Pete Fountain (Activity 2)

"The Noble Duke of York" VIDEO
by Barney's Magical Musical Adventure (Activity 15)

"Go, Flush, Wash, Dry" VIDEO
by Martin Kerr, Album: Favorite Songs from the Family Learning House (Children) (Activity 24)

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Sing/Say The Alphabet

(Activity 26 Month 5)


Now I’ve said my ABC’s, Next time won't you sing with me.