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A & E

Finding pictures of animals with names beginning with A and E; Reading an animal rhyme and watching an A and E animal in action

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  • Ask child to think of an animal that begins with short sound of A - antelope, ant, alligator, anteater, etc.
  • Find picture of an animal beginning with A and put into 3 ring binder behind the letter A (Easy way to find pictures is to type “Free pictures of animals” in internet search engine)
  • Go and learn about aardvarks here - hear a rhyme and watch a video 
  • Ask child to think of an animal that begins with short sound of E - elephant, elf (baby newt) elk, etc.
  • Find picture of an animal beginning with E and put into 3 ring binder behind the letter E 
  • Go and learn about an eyelash pit viper here- hear a rhyme and watch an amazing video showing how the pit viper strikes

Simplify

Already have pictures of animals that begin with A and E.  Say the name of the A animal and see if child can select from a group of animals. Say the name of the E animal and see if child can select from a group of animals.

 Visit this website to introduce a child to an A animal

Visit this website to introduce a child to an E animal

If cutting out the pictures is too hard - just let child tear it out.

Extend

Encourage child to use scissors to cut out the animal pictures or have them draw their own animal pictures. 

 

QUESTIONS FOR CHILD

What did you notice about an aardvark? Click here

Materials

  • picture of animals that begins with A and E
  • 3 ring binder

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Square
  • Color - Yellow
  • Number - One, 1
  • Alphabet Letter - A, E
  • Senses - Touch
  • Character Trait - Caring
  • Target Words - In, Out, Empty, Full

Monthly Proverb

Swedish - The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your own arm.

Did You Know?

Children who are not ready for kindergarten often have trouble succeeding in school. Those who do poorly in school are more likely to need to repeat classes, need special education, drop out of school, become teen parents, and get into trouble with the law. As adults, drop-outs have trouble making a living wage, and are at risk of poverty and homelessness

From Plan for the Washington Early Learning System – Draft 12/1/09 (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2005; Isaacs, 2008).

Books to Read

"The Mitten"
by Jan Brett (Activity 22)

"Little Blue and Little Yellow"
by Leo Lionni (Activity 8)

"How Kind"
by Mary Murphy (Activity 12)

Music Playlist

"The Hokey Pokey"
by Music for Little People Choir from album Toddlers Sing Playtime (Children) (Activity 14)

"Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major, K448 II."
Andante by Alicia de Larrocha from album Mozart: Concerto & Sonata for 2 pianos (Classical) (Activity 20)

"ABC (The Alphabet Song)"
from album Dora the Explorer (Children) (Activity 1)

Monthly Materials List

Click Here to view the list!

Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Select one poem for child to memorize this month and recite it at bedtime plus one song/fingerplay to learn. Here are two examples:

My NAME Song

(Activity 25 Month 1 - Sung to tune of BINGO)

There was a family had a child

and Carly (insert child's name) was her name.

C - A - R - L - Y C - A - R - L - Y C - A - R - L - Y (spell child's name)

And Carly (insert child's name) was her name

Kind To Others

(Activity 13 Month 1 - Fingerplay)

5 little children

Standing in a row ( hold up 5 fingers)

They are kind to others

Everywhere they go. (walk hand in front of body)

I am one of the children (point to self)

Standing in a row (hold up 5 fingers)

I'll be kind to others (point to self)

Wherever I go. (walk hand in front of body)

(This fingerplay works as a reminder to a child to be kind in any situation- without saying a word. Just walk hand in front of body to silently signal a child to remember to be kind or use actual sign language for the word kind.)