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Reinforcing #7

A counting and memory activity

Instructions Printer-Friendly

  • Have a child pretend to get ready for guests invited for dinner. There will be seven guests. Encourage the child to count aloud while gathering the plates, knives, spoons, forks, and napkins. When placing the utensils on the table at the place settings have the child count aloud.
  • Ask the child to place seven plates on the table (paper or plastic).
  • Ask the child to place seven knives (regular silverware/plastic) on the table next to each plate on the right side - one for each guest
  • Ask the child to place seven forks (regular silverware/plastic) on the table next to each plate on the left side - one for each guest
  • Ask the child to place seven spoons (regular silverware/plastic) on the table next to the knife - one for each guest
  • Ask the child to place a napkin at each place setting

Simplify

Click here to watch a video introducing the number 7

Extend

Ask the child to take away one place setting (plate, knife, fork, spoon, napkin) and ask how many people will be sitting at the table (six)

Ask the child to take away another place setting and ask how many people will be sitting at the table (five)

Continue asking the child to take a place setting away one by one until you have zero place settings at the table

QUESTIONS FOR A CHILD

Will you tell me seven of your favorite foods?

If you could invite seven people for dinner, name the person and why you wanted to eat dinner with them?

Materials

  • child and adult
  • seven plates (plastic or paper)
  • seven each of regular silverware/plastic knives, forks, and spoons
  • seven napkins (paper or cloth)

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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)

"Teeth"
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.