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G and Y

Developing finger dexterity while practicing sound/letter recognition

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  • Gather 12 pinch wooden clothespins
  • With a permanent marker and using all of the following letters,  write one of the letters on each clothespin
  • G, Y, O, U, D, M, C, R, B, F, A, E
  • Place a small tree branch in a vase (or use the edge of a bucket or box)
  • Next, say a letter sound and let the child find the clothespin that makes that sound and clip to the tree branch
  • Repeat for all letter sounds so the 12 clothespins will be attached to the branch
  • Now, say a letter name and the child finds the correct clothespin on the branch to remove
  • Repeat, saying letter names until all the clothespins are removed
  • Watch this video to learn the sound of "G"

Simplify

Group the clothespins with the letters into smaller groups for a child to find. For example, place letters G, Y, and O in front of the child for letter sounds and ask him to find the clothespin that makes the "G" sound and clip to the branch.  Repeat for the "Y" sound and finally the "O" sound.  

Next, place U, D, M, and C in a group and ask the child to find and place on the branch the letter name when told to find that letter.  In the last group place  R, B, F, A, and E for them to select when they hear the letter sound and place the correct clothespin on the tree.

If the activity becomes too long for the child, break it into 3 different time periods over a day or week.

Opening and clipping a clothespin is a wonderful finger dexterity skill for holding pencils and crayons.  If this is difficult, have a child hand to you the selected clothespin and together pinch the clothespin open and add to the branch.

Extend

Place the clothespins in a bucket. Let child say aloud "Sound" or "Name" and then the child picks a clothespin from the bucket. If the child said "Sound", he makes the sound of the letter.  If the child said "Name", he says the name of the letter. 

QUESTIONS FOR CHILD

Is it easy or hard for you to remember the names of the alphabet letter? Why do you feel that way?

Name something that is easy for you to do.

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Review
  • Color - Green
  • Number - Five, 5
  • Alphabet Letters - G, Y
  • Senses - Review
  • Character Trait - Confidence
  • Target Words - Stop, Go, Slow, More

Monthly Proverb

Hasidic- The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others

Did You Know?

 "Advances in cognitive science make it clear that very young children are capable of much more academically than was previously imagined." The Albert Shanker Institute 

Books to Read

"Sheep In A Shop"
by Nancy Shaw (Activity 7) (audiobook option)

"I Don't Want To Be A Frog"
by Dev Petty (Activity 8)

"Popcorn"
by Frank Asch (Activity 16)

"Sheep in A Shop". VIDEO
by Nancy Shaw (Activity 7)

"I Don't Want To Be A Frog". VIDEO
by Dev Petty (Activity 8)

"Popcorn". VIDEO
by Frank Asch (Activity 16)

Music Playlist

"I Believe in You"
by Divo and Celine Dion Album IL Divo/Ancora (Vocal Classical) (Activity 18)

"She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain"
by Gay Blazers Album The Treasury of Barbershop Quartets (Barbershop Quartet) (Activity 19)

"What’s Your Name"
by Mike Soloway Album Hungry for Manners (Childrens) (Activity 1)

"What's Your Name" VIDEO
by Mike Soloway (Activity 1)

"She'' Be Comin Round the Mountain" VIDEO
by Gay Glazers (Activity 19)

"I Believe In You" VIDEO
by Divo and Celine Dion (Activity 18)

Monthly Materials List

Click Here to view the list!

Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Red says STOP

(Activity 14 Month 6)

Red says STOP 

Green says GO

Yellow says WAIT

You better go SLOW

5 Little Ducks Went Out to Play

(Activity 26 Month 6)

Five little ducks Went out one day

Over the hill and far away

Mother Duck said “Quack, quack, quack, quack”

But only four little ducks came back.

 

Four little ducks Went out one day

Over the hill and far away

Mother Duck said “Quack, quack, quack, quack”

But only three little ducks came back.

 

Three little ducks Went out one day

Over the hill and far away

Mother Duck said “Quack, quack, quack, quack”

But only two little ducks came back.

 

Two little ducks Went out one day

Over the hill and far away

Mother Duck said “Quack, quack, quack, quack”

But only one little duck came back.

 

One little duck Went out one day

Over the hill and far away

Mother Duck said “Quack, quack, quack, quack”

But none of the five little ducks came back.

 

Sad Mother Duck Went out one day

Over the hill and far away

The sad Mother Duck said

"QUACK QUACK QUACK."

And all of the five little ducks came back.