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G & Y

Developing finger dexterity while practicing sound/letter recognition

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  • Gather 12 pinch wooden clothespins
  • Write with permanent marker the following letters on one of the clothespins
  • G, Y, O, U, D, M, C, R, B, F, A, E
  • Place a small tree branch in a vase
  • Now say a letter sound and let child find that clothespin and clip to tree branch
  • Repeat for all letter sounds so all clothespins will be on the branch
  • Next, say a letter name and child finds that clothespin on the branch and remove
  • Repeat, saying letter names until all the clothespins are removed

Simplify

Group the clothespins with the letters into smaller groups for child to find. For example, place letters G, Y, and O in front of child and ask him to find the G sound , then the Y sound and finally the O sound and clip to branch.  Next place U, D, M, and C in a group and ask child to find and place on branch each letter when told to find that letter.  Last group place  R, B, F, A,  and E for them to select when they hear the sound the letter makes and place on tree when asked.

If this is too long of an activity for a 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 becomes frustrating have child hand to you the selected clothespin and together pinch the clothespin open and add to the branch.

Materials

  • 12 -pinch wooden clothespins
  • branch (can use edge of bucket or box)
  • marker 

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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)

"But Where Is The Green Parrot?"
by T. Zacharia (Activity 8)

"Popcorn"
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)

Monthly Materials List

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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 to play

Over the hill and far away

Mother Duck said “Quack, quack, quack”

But only four little ducks came waddling back.

 

Four little ducks went out to play 

Over the hill and far away

Mother Duck said “Quack, quack, quack”

But only three little ducks came waddling back.

 

Three little ducks went out to play 

Over the hill and far away

Mother Duck said “Quack, quack, quack”

But only two little ducks came waddling back.

 

Two little ducks went out to play 

Over the hill and far away

Mother Duck said “Quack, quack, quack”

But only one little duck came waddling back.

 

One little duck went out to play 

Over the hill and far away

Mother Duck said “Quack, quack, quack”

But no little ducks came waddling back.

 

Father Duck went out one day

Over the hill and far away

Father Duck said

"QUACK QUACK QUACK."

Five little ducks quickly waddled back.