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

Instructions Printer-Friendly

  • 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 floor if needed
  • Play music, “When the Saints Go Marching In” or hum a tune while child marches next to the colors going forward and backwards along the “ladder” of colors
  • Stop the music and child stops next to the closest rectangle
  • Child says name of shape (rectangle) and the color next to him
  • Start music again for child to march again next to ladder and continue to stop music and say name of shape and color


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


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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

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by David Carter (Activity 1)

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

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

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: Favourite 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)

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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.