Friday, February 3, 2017

Toddler Playschool: U is for Up & Under: Exploring Opposites {free printable}

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Exploring opposites with toddlers can be a very enlightening time for them. It's always so rewarding for me to see those moments when the light turns on and they start to understand a concept.  So for the letter U, I put together this free lesson plan for opposites such as up and under.
This curriculum is ideal for 2-3 year olds. We'll be reinforcing colors and shapes and introducing letters and numbers. There will also be exploration of different themes each week as we proceed through the alphabet. It provides a flexible framework of activity ideas that can used in the home or classroom. Disclosure: This post contains Amazon affiliate links. Please see here for more info.
Up, Up, Down! by Robert Munsch
Black Cat, White Cat by Sigal Adler
The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster
Big is Big (and Little, Little) by J. Patrick Lewis
The Quiet Book / The Loud Book by Deborah Underwood
Songs and Fingerplays
Bounce (Imagination Movers)
Black Cat, White Cat
Black cat, black cat, what color are you?
"I'm as black as night, it's true."
White cat, white cat, what color fur do you grow?
"It grows as light as the winter snow." 
Good Morning
Good morning, good morning
It's a good, good, good, good morning
I say "hello" and "how do you do?"
To all my friends and my family too
Good morning, good morning
It's a good, good, good, good morning
Goodbye, goodbye
It's time to say "goodbye"
I say "see you later" and "we'll meet again"
To all my family and my friends
Goodbye, goodbye
It's time to say "goodbye"
--Unknown, adapted by Andie Jaye
Can You Make Yourself Large/Small
(tune of Do Your Ears Hang Low?) 
Can you make yourself large?
So you're as big as a barge?
Do you tower in the sky?
Does your head stick way up high?
Are you great big like a tree?
Does a house come to your knee? 
Can you make yourself large?
Can you make yourself small?
So you can't be seen at all?
Are you shorter than a plant?
Are you tiny as an ant?
Do you get lost in a house?
Does your voice sound like a mouse?
Can you make yourself small?
--Traditional, adapted by Andie Jaye
U Page for Alphabet Book
Create a page for the alphabet book. Each page is blank except for the week's letter. Children can be provided with an open-ended activity to decorate the page of their book.  Or you can use the suggested activities to set up an activity to create the page. Once done, pages can be laminated and bound with spiral binding or rings. You can find a template for this book here.   
Click the link below to download 

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