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Listen to the song "Miss Mary Mack" and using dominos for building

Instructions Printer-Friendly

  • Listen to the song “Miss Mary Mack” while sharing this activity. Click here to view the song
  • Together select seven black dominoes
  • Let child line up the seven dominoes in a trail so that when the first one is pushed all the remaining dominoes fall down
  • Alternate with the child different ways to line up the black dominoes so all fall down

Simplify

Begin with only two dominoes and push one domino to knock over both of the dominoes.  Add one more domino and see if the three dominoes can fall in a line.  Keep counting dominoes, one at a time, and see if the child can make a trail of falling dominoes.

Extend

Select the dominoes with one to seven dots for lining up and line up in order of the number of dots. Ask the child if you added one more domino to the seven dominoes, how many dominoes would you have?  Line up and see if the child can make a trail for all dominoes to fall. Keep adding and counting one more domino to the trail. 

Learn a fun clapping rhythm to "Miss Mary Mack" by clicking here

QUESTIONS FOR A CHILD

Can you recite a fingerplay or poem by memory?

Describe a great day. What are you doing that makes it so special?

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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

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.