Nursery Age 1 - Lesson 5

(Follow the links to learn more about using the ideas listed.)

What to do in Week One
(Just a suggestion)


The Shape of Me and Other Stuff by Dr. Seuss


Proverbs 8:11

"For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it."

Nursery Rhyme

A Diller, A Dollar

A diller, a dollar, a ten o'clock scholar!
What makes you come so soon?
You used to come at ten o'clock,
But now you come at noon.

Speech & Vocabulary

Comparing: (at play time) This tower of blocks is tall, this tower of blocks is taller, this tower of blocks is the tallest!

Indoor Games

Climbing Stairs

This is a learning game.  If your child has never learned to climb stairs you can begin now.  Toddlers should learn to climb stairs by crawling, not standing.  Likewise, when coming down the stairs, help your toddler to crawl down feet first.  My daughter loved to climb stairs over and over.  Make sure to put up a gate or close the door at the top and/or bottom of the stairs at all times.  Supervise your toddler constantly while on the stairs.

Another way to practice climbing stairs, is to climb cushions that are layered to resemble stairs.

Classical Music

Bach: Gavotte from French Suite No. 5 BWV 816

Children's Songs


Foreign Languages

(For learning French -- you can substitute with choices of your own in a different language.)

Part One: Learn a song in French -- Au clair de la lune
Part Two: French Vocabulary -- l'ours (bear)


Optional:  Choose an exercise from an exercise book to use with your toddler daily.

Arts and Crafts

The art lessons will begin at Lesson 11.  Until then just introduce your toddler to jumbo crayons and paper.  Scribble away!

What to do in Week Two
(Just a suggestion)


The Lion and the Little Red Bird by Elisa Kleven


Proverbs 8:11

"For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it."


"Daffodowndilly" from When We Were Very Young by A. A. Milne

Sign Language

Suggestion:  Teach the sign for BANANA.

Outdoor Games

(Depending on the season of the year you can rearrange these suggestions to work for you -- see the outdoor games link above.)

Hoops Fun -- use a small hula hoop outdoors for rolling; walking or crawling through; or even to lay on ground then step over hoop rim into the middle and back out again.

Musical Exploration

Drumming -- use a real or toy drum, or even a kitchen pot turned upside down.  Using the palms of your hands tap out a rhythm.  Encourage your toddler to try and copy you.


Fi La Nana, E Mi Bel Fiol (Italian) from the Lullabies Around the World CD


Hand Puppets -- you can find regular hand puppets at any toy store.  You could also make a hand puppet out of felt.  Just trace and cut out two identical shapes that will fit over your hand.  Sew them together and decorate your puppet.  You could use your hand puppet to help with the drumming (musical exploration) time or to help sing Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

You could also make a bear puppet to reinforce the french word, l'ours, for this lesson.  If you can try to make your puppet activity match at least one other learning activity on the lesson plan, you can increase your toddler's retention of new knowledge.

Nature Study

Choose from the list of suggestions according to the current season.

Art Appreciation

Children's Illustrators Art Appreciation

Jane Hissey -- Show your toddler the artwork of Jane Hissey in the book Old Bear.


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