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Introducing #3

The song "Three Little Birds" helps with learning number three and a calendar activity

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  • Listen to the song "Three Little Birds" by Bob Marley or watch video here.  Count how many times you hear the word “three”.  (Three is sung twice in the song)
  • Make flashcards of numbers 1, 2, and 3 
  • Let the child choose one of the flashcards
  • The child decides on an activity to do that selected number of times
  • For example, if the child selected number 2, they could choose to clap 2 times.  If the child selects the number 3, they could choose to jump 3 times, etc.
  • Look at the calendar together and review any special dates (such as birthdays or events) that should be put on the calendar for this month
  • Using a red crayon let the child draw a circle or square around each calendar month’s number 3.  A child should be finding all twelve number 3’s on the 12-month calendar


Watch this video to sing about 3


Encourage the child to put the flashcards in the correct order - 1,2,3

When making a mark on each month's number 3 - say the name of the months


Do you have a favorite number and why?

Can you tell me something you did today that was kind?


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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"
by P.D. Eastman Read/Listen (Activity 4)

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

"Goldilocks and the Three Bears
by Jan Brett Read/Listen (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"
by Bob Marley video (Activity 6)

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

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

Monthly Materials List

Click Here to view the list!

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!