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Introducing #5

Pattern making using shoes

Instructions Printer-Friendly

  • Collect five pairs of shoes - using child or adult shoes
  • Separate the shoes into two piles - left and right shoes
  • Together count the right shoes (5)
  • Together count the left shoes (5)
  • The child gets the five right-footed shoes and adult the five left-footed shoes
  • The adult makes a “pattern”  selecting any two left shoes; placing the two shoes on the floor. 
  • Ask the child to copy the pattern with two matching right shoes by placing the two shoes in the correct pattern on the floor
  • The pattern can be a design pattern of using the shoes to create a "picture" OR a pattern of placing shoes in order, For example, first place the sandal on the floor and then blue sneaker next to the sandal
  • Make a pattern using three shoes 
  • Make a pattern using four shoes
  • Make a pattern using five shoes

Simplify

If making a pattern with the shoes is difficult, place all five pairs of shoes in a pile and select one shoe.  Ask the child to find the matching shoe.

Watch this video to learn about the number 5

Extend

Reinforce listening skills by verbally describing a shoe for the child to match.  For example, please find the two shoes that are blue, with white laces, and a rubber sole OR find the two shoes that are brown and have no back heel.

QUESTIONS FOR CHILD

Are you older or younger than 5 years? What age would you like to be and why?

If you could have 5 of something, what would that item be and why?

Materials

  • 5 pairs of shoes (child or adult - boots, slippers, etc.)

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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"
by Nancy Shaw Video (Activity 7)

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

"Popcorn"
by Frank Asch Video (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"
by Mike Soloway Video (Activity 1)

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

"I Believe In You"
by Divo and Celine Dion Video (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.