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Review Circle and Square

Using target word while reviewing shapes

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  • On a child’s back, make a large circle with your finger.  Ask the child to tell you what shape you drew
  • Next, draw a large square on the child’s back.  Ask the child to tell you what shape you drew.
  • Have the child draw circle and square on your back.  See if you can tell them which shape they drew


Give a child a round shape (lid from a plastic container, plate, etc.) and a square shape (cracker, napkin, book, etc.) to hold.  Let him hold up the correct object to tell you what shape you are drawing on his back.

When it is the child's turn to draw on adult's back, let the child hold a plastic round lid on your back for tracing and drawing a circle.  Find a square object for him to hold and trace for a square shape.


Have an adult draw a series of circles and squares on a child's back. Ask the child to tell you the sequence aloud.  For example, draw a circle, circle, and square.  Ask the child to tell you - circle, circle, square.  Try another series - circle, square, circle, square, square - and see if the child can verbally recall the order.  Continue with different sequences and allow the child to have success and failure. 

Watch this video for reinforcing the shape of a circle.


Can you answer this riddle: 

Dinner plates and most coins
Pizza bases and rings
The letter after N
What shape are all these things?

What do you think would happen if a wheel was a square shape?


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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Circle, Square
  • Color - Red
  • Number - Three, 3
  • Alphabet Letters - C, R
  • Senses - Smell
  • Character Trait - Manners
  • Target Words - On, Top, High, Low

Monthly Proverb

Golden Rule - Do unto others as you would have them do to you

Did You Know?

“The human brain is 90% developed by age 5." Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

Books to Read

"Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners"
by Laurie Kelly (Activity 12)

"The Alphabet Book"
by P.D. Eastman (Activity 4)

"Goldilocks and the Three Bears"
by Jim Aylesworth (Activity 13)

"The Alphabet Book". VIDEO
by P.D. Eastman (Activity 4)

"Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners" VIDEO
by Laurie Kelly (Activity 12)

"Goldilocks and the Three Bears" VIDEO
by Jan Brett (Activity 13)

Music Playlist

"Three Little Birds"
by Bob Marley Album Legend (Reggae) (Activity 6)

"Race: The Final Starlight Express"
Album Starlight Express Original Cast (Broadway - Pop) (Activity 18)

"Clap Your Hands Now"
by Pam Donkin Album A Hop, Skip, and a Jump (Children) (Activity 15)

"Three Little Birds" VIDEO
by Bob Marley (Activity 6)

"Clap Your Hands Now" VIDEO
by Pam Donkin (Activity 15)

"Race: The Final Starlight Express" VIDEO
by Starlight Express Original Cast (Activity 18)

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Way Up High In An Apple Tree

(Activity 26 Month 3)

Way up high in the apple tree

Two little apples smiled at me

I shook that tree as hard as I could

Down came the apples

Mmmmmm they were good.

Peter (child’s name) Uses One Hammer

(Activity 21 Month 3)

Peter (use child’s name) hammers with one hammer one hammer one hammer 

Peter hammers with one hammer all day long (tap fist on the floor)

Pater hammers with two hammers, two hammers two hammers (tap other fist too) Peter hammers with two hammers all day long.

Peter hammers with three hammers, three hammers three hammers (add one  foot) Peter hammers with three hammers all day long.

Peter hammers with four hammers four hammers four hammers (tap other  foot too along with fists) Peter hammers with four hammers all day long.

Peter hammers with five hammers five hammers five hammers (use your head)  Peter hammers with five hammers And then he goes to sleep!