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Reinforcing #4

Counting and grouping food

Instructions Printer-Friendly

  • Place a handful of four different types of food -  grapes, raisins, pretzels, cereal etc. on the table  
  • Let child count aloud and remove four of each type of food

Simplify

Have adult make a group of four items - pretzels; and then let child make a matching set of four pretzels.  Continue to make a set of four with different items and let child make a matching set.

Extend

This is an easy way to introduce addition.  When child has made one set of four items (for example grapes) let them make another set of four items (for example raisins).  Let them count aloud how many food items are in both sets.  Four plus four would be eight items.

Materials

  • handful of four different types of food (grapes, raisins, pretzels, cereal, etc.

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Triangle
  • Color - Red, Yellow, Blue
  • Number - Four, 4
  • Alphabet Letters - D, M
  • Senses - Taste
  • Character Trait - Love
  • Target Words - Day, Later, Night, Now

Monthly Proverb

Arabic-Every day of your life is a page of your history

Did You Know?

"Investing in high quality pre-kindergarten can make every family in America safer from crime and violence. Law enforcement leaders know that to win the war on crime, we need to be as willing to guarantee our kids space in a pre-kindergarten program as we are to guarantee a criminal a prison cell," said Sanford Newman, president of Fight Crime

Books to Read

"The Greedy Triangle"
by Marilyn Burns (Activity 2)

"Mouse Paint"
by Ellen Stoll Walsh (Activity 9)

"The Very Busy Spider"
by Eric Carle (Activity 17) (audiobook available)

Music Playlist

"An Die Schonen, Blauen Donau - Walzer Op. 314 Johann Strauss"
by Berliner Philharmoniker Album 100 Best Karajan 100 Best Classics (Classical) (Activity 20)

"The Alphabet Song"
by Cedarmont Kids Album 100 Singalong Songs for Kids (Children) (Activity 4)

"Love Grows One By One"
by Priscilla Herdman Album Daydreamer (Children) (Activity 13 & 20)

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

The Itsy Bitsy Spider

(Activity 21 Month 4)

The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the waterspout

Down came the rain and washed the spider out 

Out came the sun and dried up all the rain 

And the itsy bitsy spider climbed up the spout again.

Do You Love Me? to “Brother John” tune

(Activity 26 Month 4)

Do you love me? Do you love me?

Yes I do.  Yes I do.

Give me hugs and kisses.  Give me hugs and kisses.

I love you. (kiss kiss sound)  I love you. (kiss kiss sound)