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Read book "Of Colors and Things" and a counting activity to do in the car

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  • Read book “Of Colors and Things” by Tana Hoban
  • This month have child “spy” black cars on the road while in the car
  • Show child how to make a “tally” chart, a slash for each black car seen - with four lines vertical and then the fifth line crossing the four lines to show a set of five
  • Each time you are in the car have the “tally” chart ready for child to use
  • At the end of the month (day,week) count together the marks that show how many black cars were seen


Instead of keeping a running tally of black cars for the month, try for a day or just during one trip in the car.


When you are counting the tally marks, together count by fives


  • Book "Of Colors and Things" by Tana Hoban
  • create "tally chart"(piece of paper, poster board, dry erase board, etc.) writing utensil (pencil, chalk, dry erase marker, 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)

"Of Colors and Things"
by Tana Hoban (Activity 8)

Music Playlist

"America (My Country Tis of Thee)"
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)

Monthly Materials List

Click Here to view the list!

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.