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C & R

Learn about letter R, find a picture of an animal beginning with R, watch an "R" animal in action

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  • Show a child the letter R and review the sound R makes
  • Draw letter R on an index card with a wide glue stick.  Immediately shake sand, salt, or sugar on top of the glue.  Shake excess off and look at the letter R
  • Look for the letter R on a cereal box, newspaper, or magazine and circle with a red marker.  Find 3 letter R's to circle. 
  • Ask the child to think of an animal that begins with R - rabbit, reindeer, raccoon, rhinoceros, etc.
  • Find a picture of an animal beginning with R and put into 3 ring binder behind the letter R (Easy way to find pictures is to type “Free pictures of animals” in internet search engine)
  • Visit to see a Roseate Spoonbill pink bird


Look for pictures of animals that begin with the letter "R" in old magazine/catalogs or child can draw his own picture of an animal


Discover together another animal that is pink in color. Ask the child how you would go about finding this animal. (pink katydid, pygmy seahorse, web-footed gecko, orchid mantis, domestic pigs, starfish or sea stars, elephant hawk moth, Amazon river dolphin...)


What makes someone smart?

Would you rather explore space or the ocean?


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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!