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Three Things


- Draw and or write a "Three Things Book": (template here) three things that make you happy, three things that make you sad, three things you like, three things you dislike, three things that are important to you, three things you fear, three things you would like to do, three things you would like to see, three wishes, three gifts you'd like to get, three gifts you'd like to give.

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All About Me


Start your new school year by making a book that records all things having to do with your little one: height, self portrait, favorite things (color, game, movie, food, animal, outfit), birthday, etc. There are many poster and book templates out there if you'd rather go that route: here, here, here, and here are a few.

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Uniquenesses


Watch "Same, Same" video &/or read the book. Get your child thinking about what makes his world unique & special. How would your child describe himself & his surroundings to a pen pal?

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Books:


  • I See Myself - Vickie Cobb
  • My Dog Is As Smelly As Dirty Socks And Other Family Portraits - Hanoch Piven
  • Jack's Talent - Maryann Cocca-Leffler
  • Incredible Me! - Kathi Appelt
  • The Story of Ferdinand the Bull - Munro Leaf
  • Leo the Late Bloomer - Robert Kraus
  • I Like Me! - Nancy Carlson
  • What I Like About Me! - Allia Zobel Nolan
  • Shades of People - Shelley Rotner
  • Same, Same, But Different - Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw

 

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General Goals:


  •  Recognize similarities & differences in other people and themselves.
  •  Begin to appreciate the uniqueness in self & others around them.
  •  Demonstrate self awareness, artistic expression, & begin to gain basic proper proportion by sketching a self portrait.
  •  Gain historical perspective with personal timeline & writing "yesterday...today" statements.
  •  Understand what a biography is by writing a simple one of their own.
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Introduce Our Solar System


Here’s a fun little song by Story Bots to introduce our solar system to your little ones.

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Itchy's Word Search


Another of our little alphabet friend Itchy's worksheets, this word search could be done any week, but your child should be able to complete it solo at this point in the year so I stick the link in here. And remember, if you child likes those on line games, to check out what game Itchy is playing these days here.
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Itchy's Pumpkin Maze


Here's another Itchy worksheet to tie your alphabet chart in with the theme this week just for fun. Here is a pumpkin maze. And don't forget to check Itchy's games on line, too.
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Itchy's Autumn Leaves


For those using Burton Reading as your main curriculum, I found a fun little worksheet to tie your alphabet chart in with leaves this week. Itchy, the character used for the letter "i", is now featured in some worksheets. I will post links to them as they are useful throughout the year. The first one here reviews numbers & colors. Just a way to have some fun with Itchy the inchworm. : ] You may wish to try the games on Itchy's site as well. I think the games get changed up randomly so when I give you the worksheet links, you can check in to see what game is featured that week as well. Games are found here.
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Sun, Earth, Moon Model


This great idea can help make it easier to explain how the earth rotates around the sun & the moon rotates around the earth. Clever!