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M is for Monkey

Today we started our study of the letter “M” and star shapes. Here are some of the highlights of our morning.


To begin our morning we read the book Ten Little Monkeys: Jumping on the Bed. This book has fun pictures to go along with the song many children know. Fun!

Here is a copy of Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed.

Five little monkeys jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head
So Momma called the doctor and the doctor said
No more monkeys jumping on the bed!

Four little monkeys jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head
So Momma called the doctor and the doctor said
No more monkeys jumping on the bed!

Three little monkeys jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head
So Momma called the doctor and the doctor said
No more monkeys jumping on the bed!

Two little monkeys jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head
So Momma called the doctor and the doctor said
No more monkeys jumping on the bed!

One little monkey jumping on the bed
He fell off and bumped his head
So Momma called the doctor and the doctor said
No more monkeys jumping on the bed!

No little monkeys jumping on the bed
None fell off and bumped his head
So Momma called the doctor and the doctor said
Put those monkeys back in bed!


We also read a book I have had since I was a little girl called Snow because we had our first snow of the season last night. I am not sure what it is about this book that I always liked, but it is a reminder of all of the fun things you can do in the snow. The children enjoyed this book and it prompted discussion of things they like to do in the snow.


After the stories the children made monkeys out of the letter “M”. I got the idea from Izzie, Mac and Me.


To make the monkeys I cut large “M’s” out of brown construction paper. From the same brown I cut two ear shapes and a tail. From a different shade of brown I cut some circles to go in the center of the ear. The children glued everything to another piece of construction paper and added large googly eyes and a smile. I think they turned out really cute.


Later, the children glued shiny stars to a worksheet I made. I made boxes with the numbers 1-6 and stars to match the number. The children were to glue the correct number of stars in each box. This activity went with our shape of the week as well as helped with one-to-one correspondence. (Stickers would have worked even better, but I already had these stars that require glue.


Using masking tape I made this “M” maze for the children on the floor. They were to start at one “M” and end up at the other “M”.


Lastly, the children colored white paper sacks with markers. These sacks will be for our Christmas exchange. Each child has been asked to bring in some small items to put in each child’s sack for our gift exchange in a few weeks. The items could be stickers, pencils, erasers, crayons, etc. On the day of our party each child will receive a sack full of goodies.

We had a great morning learning about the letter “M”. On Wednesday we will do more “M” activities. Check back tomorrow for another frugal and fun Christmas ornament idea. Have a great day.