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Read "Beach Ball" and  enjoy star gazing

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  • Read book “Beach Ball” by Peter Sis
  • Have a child place on five index cards or small paper plates 1 to 5 star stickers. You will need 15 stickers.
  • Quickly flash the card and let child say number of stars without counting each star
  • A quick game to review the numbers 1 to 5


The goal is for child to visually see the number of stars without counting and state that number aloud.  If child needs to touch and count the stars to be successful that is fine.  Practice holding up the different cards multiple times and see if child begins to recognize how many stars are on the cards quicker and without counting.


Flash the cards to the child VERY quickly for them to tell you how many stars are on the card.


  • Book "Beach Ball" by Peter Sis
  • five index cards or small paper plates
  • 15 star stickers/or can draw stars on the cards

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Star
  • Color - Violet
  • Number - Review
  • Alphabet Letters - S, V
  • Senses - Touch
  • Character Trait - Respect
  • Target Words - Hot, Soft, Above, Below

Monthly Proverb

Scottish-He that is wise can make a friend of a foe

Did You Know?

"The foundations of social competence that are developed in the first five years are linked to emotional well-being and affect a child’s later ability to functionally adapt in school and to form successful relationships throughout life." National Scientific Council on the Developing Child

Books to Read

"The Monster At The End of This Book"
by Jon Stone (Activity 13)

"Beach Ball"
by Peter Sis (Activity 7)

"Mouse Paint"
by Ellen Stoll Walsch (Activity 8)

Music Playlist

"A - You’re Adorable"
by Perry Como Album The Very Best of Perry Como (Pop)(Activity 4)

"Hello, My Name is Joe"
by Ellen and Peter Allard Album Sing It! Say It! Sway It! Vol. 2 (Children) (Activity 1)

"Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star"
by Ella Jenkins Album Early Early Childhood Songs (Children) (Activity 3)

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Nursery Rhyme

(Activity 26 Month 7)

Star light, Star bright

Star light, Star bright

I wish I may, I wish I might

Have the wish I wish tonight