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Introducing #7

Recognizing numbers 1-7

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  • On a whiteboard/chalkboard write the numbers 1-7
  • Have a bowl of ten objects (jellybeans, pennies, crackers, etc.)
  • Silently, place six jellybeans on a table and let child count the jellybeans aloud
  • When the child correctly touches and counts the six jellybeans, let child erase the numeral 6 on the board
  • Repeat by placing three jellybeans on a table.  Again, let the child touch and count aloud the number of jellybeans and erase the numeral 3 on the board
  • Continue until all the numbers have been erased


Count aloud with the child while he touches and counts each of the jellybeans.


After doing the activity, here is a way to change it and make it more difficult.  This time have no numerals written on the whiteboard.  Place any number (between 1 and 7) of jellybeans in front of the child.  Ask the child to count aloud the number of jellybeans and have the child write that number on the whiteboard.  For example, place 4 jellybeans on the table, and child counts the number of jellybeans and writes 4 on the whiteboard.  Next, use a different number of jellybeans, 6, and let the child count the jellybeans aloud and write the numeral 6 on the whiteboard.  Continue until the child has counted and written all of the numbers from 1 to  7.


Can you find and count 7 black items in this room?

If you could have seven of anything you wanted, what would that be and why?


  • whiteboard/chalkboard
  • whiteboard markers/chalk
  • bowl
  • 10 small objects (jellybeans, pennies, crackers, erasers, etc.)

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Review
  • Color - Black
  • Number - Seven, 7
  • Alphabet Letters - J, I
  • Sense - Smell
  • Character Trait - Courage
  • Target Words - Long, Little, Short, Small

Monthly Proverb

Chinese - If you get up one more time than you fall, you will make it through

Did You Know?

"Before children enter elementary school, they must develop many linguistic and cognitive skills that will make later academic learning possible. By the age of five, however, children differ markedly in their success in reaching these developmental goals." Entwisle & Alexander, 1993

Books to Read

"The Little Engine That Could"
by Watty Piper, Illustrator Loren Long (Activity 12) (audiobook available)

"My Very First Mother Goose"
with Ioa Opie Editor and Rosemary Wells Illustrator (Activity 26)

"The Color Monster, A Story About Emotions "
by Anna Lienas (Activity 8)

"The Color Monster, A Story About Emotions" VIDEO
by Anna Lienas (Activity 8)

"The Little Engine that Could" VIDEO
by Watty Piper (Activity 12)

Music Playlist

"America (My Country Tis of Thee)" VIDEO
by the Hit Crew, Album: Drew’s Famous Music for Summer Games and Activities (Activity 13)

by Willa Brigham, Album: Healthy Happy Habits (Activity 25)

"Miss Mary Mack"
by Ella Jenkins, Album: You’ll Sing a Song and I’ll Sing a Song (Activity 9)

My Country 'Tis of Thee
by Aretha Franklin (Activity 13)

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Jack and Jill

(Activity 19 Month 9)

Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water.

Jack fell down and broke his crown and Jill came tumbling after.