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January: Going On Safari

Jan 18, 2016   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on January: Going On Safari

Pack your bags, put on a hat and get ready for a big adventure to the African grasslands. In the National park you will see elephants, zebras and maybe even get kissed by a Giraffe. Wow! They have very long tongues. Learn about people who live in the great savannah. Celebrate their art, make beads, learn to drum and don’t forget to sleep under a mosquito net! If Africa seems far away, find your own safari in your backyard. Hunt for beetles in the grass, make your own shelter and relax in the shade.

Letters we will learn this month:
Ee, Zz &Ss

Numbers the children will work with and count to this month:

9 & 10

Shape of the Month:

Oval

Color of the month:

Yellow

Pattern:

The children will work with the basic ABCD pattern.  They will discuss the pattern daily on the calendar and be asked to continue that pattern.  They will work with shapes and place them in a pattern and continue it.  They will also put numbers and letters into the ABCD pattern.

Friendship Trait discussed and used throughout the daycare and discussed daily:

Patient

Sight Words for this Month:

Jumps, in, out, of

Spanish Words for this Month:

Leon (Lion), Elefante (Elephant), Rinocerante (rhinoceros), Cebra (Zebra), Jirafe (Giraffe), Guepardo (Cheetah), Oval (Oval), Amarillo (Yellow), Nueve (Nine), Diez (Ten), saltos (jumps), en (in), Afuera (out), de (of).

Sight Words your child Reviews everyday during calendar time which we add to monthly: 

the, and, look, at, you, to, can, in, love, not, it, is, a, my, go, stop, we, what, run, jump, finds, he, she, play, away, see, I, big, up, said, mad, like, little, sad, honest, glad

(Miss Kim also uses the sight words in sentences and the children will read the sentences.  We discuss if their mouth matches the sound or not when they read the word if it is something they have guessed on.)

Sign Language Words they Know:  

bird, all done, friend, smile, snow, love, alligator, sorry, bug, please, thank you, milk, water, eat, more, up, down, help, no, yes, cold, horse

Spanish words they know:

Numbers 1-20, Months of the year, Days of the week, horse, dog, puppy, grandma, boy, girl, cat, hat, barn, grasshopper, toothbrush, lion, jaguar, dragonfly, zebra, rocket, x-ray fish, kangaroo, octopus, ball, xylophone, leaf, owl, volcano, violin, frog, umbrella, globe, rabbit, mushroom, watermelon, whale, yam, monkey, elephant, jellyfish, cloud, sun, nut, egg, button, zipper, drum, quilt, kite, apple, grapes, star, underwear, hat, nest, queen, ant, bunny, pig, puppy, horse, feather, computer, lizard, snail, bird, money, fish, nest, cow, king, tractor, mouse, lamb, cat, hammer, chick, egg, ladybug, cake, hat, tree, and spider. “Como se llama” (it means, what is it called?) and also, “Hoy es…” (it means, today it’s…).

 

Recipe’s For the Month:

Giraffe Snack:

Supplies: Plastic Knives and Craft sticks or Spoons.

Ingredients: Tortillas, Peanut Butter, Bananas, and Raisins.

Directions:

1. Encourage each child to demonstrate proper hand washing. (Count to 10 using soap and warm water.)

2. Cut long strips of tortilla for the giraffe’s neck and a piece for the head.

3. Invite Children to spread peanut butter on their tortillas.

4. Add spots with banana slices and/or raisins.

5. Eat and Enjoy!

November: On the Go

Dec 7, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on November: On the Go

Hop on your tricycle and pedal on down the road. This experience will keep your mind and body moving. Learn about traffic signs, maps and how to fix cars in your own make-believe service station. Go by road, then by sky. Float up in a hot air balloon, then land on a tugboat in the middle of the sea. When you think you can’t go any further, think “I can” and ride a little engine that could.

Letters we will learn this month:
Cc, Ww & Tt

Numbers the children will work with and count to this month:

5 &   6

Shape of the Month:

Triangle

Color of the month:

Orange

Pattern:

The children will work with the basic ******** pattern.  They will discuss the pattern daily on the calendar and be asked to continue that pattern.  They will work with shapes and place them in a pattern and continue it.  They will also put numbers and letters into the ******* pattern.

Friendship Trait discussed and used throughout the daycare and discussed daily:

Grateful

Sight Words for this Month:

*****

Sight Words your child Reviews everyday during calendar time which we add to monthly: 

the, and, look, at, you, to, can, in, love, not, it, is, a, my, go, stop, we, what, run, jump, finds, he, she, play, away, see, I, big, up, said, mad, like, little, sad, honest, glad, I, have, pig, lemon & tree.

(Miss Kim also uses the sight words in sentences and the children will read the sentences.  We discuss if their mouth matches the sound or not when they read the word if it is something they have guessed on.)

Sign Language Words they Know:  

bird, all done, friend, smile, snow, love, alligator, sorry, bug, please, thank you, milk, water, eat, more, up, down, help, no, yes, cold, horse

Spanish words they know:

Numbers 1-20, Months of the year, Days of the week, horse, dog, puppy, grandma, boy, girl, cat, hat, barn, grasshopper, toothbrush, lion, jaguar, dragonfly, zebra, rocket, x-ray fish, kangaroo, octopus, ball, xylophone, leaf, owl, volcano, violin, frog, umbrella, globe, rabbit, mushroom, watermelon, whale, yam, monkey, elephant, jellyfish, cloud, sun, nut, egg, button, zipper, drum, quilt, kite, apple, grapes, star, underwear, hat, nest, queen, ant, bunny, pig, puppy, horse, feather, computer, lizard, snail, bird, money, fish, nest, cow, king, tractor, mouse, lamb, cat, hammer, chick, egg, ladybug, cake, hat, tree, and spider. “Como se llama” (it means, what is it called?) and also, “Hoy es…” (it means, today it’s…).

 

December: Sights & Sounds of Winter

Dec 7, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on December: Sights & Sounds of Winter

Celebrate the holiday season with music and beauty. March and beat a drum, hear the horns and the harp. Dance with joy inside and out. The sounds continue as you follow the animal tracks down the snowy path, tip toe on crackling ice and hear the hoofs and bells of horses. When you hear the teapot whistle, come back inside for a treat. Sit by the fire, eat cookies and explore the shadows of late afternoon.

Letters we will learn this month:
Vv, Xx &Mm

Numbers the children will work with and count to this month:

7 & 8

Shape of the Month:

Star

Color of the month:

White

Pattern:

The children will work with the basic AABB pattern.  They will discuss the pattern daily on the calendar and be asked to continue that pattern.  They will work with shapes and place them in a pattern and continue it.  They will also put numbers and letters into the AABB pattern.

Friendship Trait discussed and used throughout the daycare and discussed daily:

Loving

Sight Words for this Month:

plays, look, at, it

Sight Words your child Reviews everyday during calendar time which we add to monthly: 

the, and, look, at, you, to, can, in, love, not, it, is, a, my, go, stop, we, what, run, jump, finds, he, she, play, away, see, I, big, up, said, mad, like, little, sad, honest, glad, I, have, pig, lemon, tree, we, in,   and by

(Miss Kim also uses the sight words in sentences and the children will read the sentences.  We discuss if their mouth matches the sound or not when they read the word if it is something they have guessed on.)

Sign Language Words they Know:  

bird, all done, friend, smile, snow, love, alligator, sorry, bug, please, thank you, milk, water, eat, more, up, down, help, no, yes, cold, horse

Spanish words they know:

Numbers 1-20, Months of the year, Days of the week, horse, dog, puppy, grandma, boy, girl, cat, hat, barn, grasshopper, toothbrush, lion, jaguar, dragonfly, zebra, rocket, x-ray fish, kangaroo, octopus, ball, xylophone, leaf, owl, volcano, violin, frog, umbrella, globe, rabbit, mushroom, watermelon, whale, yam, monkey, elephant, jellyfish, cloud, sun, nut, egg, button, zipper, drum, quilt, kite, apple, grapes, star, underwear, hat, nest, queen, ant, bunny, pig, puppy, horse, feather, computer, lizard, snail, bird, money, fish, nest, cow, king, tractor, mouse, lamb, cat, hammer, chick, egg, ladybug, cake, hat, tree, and spider. “Como se llama” (it means, what is it called?) and also, “Hoy es…” (it means, today it’s…).

Recipes

Stringed Snack:

Ingredients: Round Crackers, String Cheese, Pretzel Sticks, Cream Cheese

Supplies: Plates, Plastic Knives

Directions:

1.Wash Hands and  Work Surfaces

2. Place 2 crackers, a cheese stick and a handful of pretzel sticks on a plate.

3. Spread some cream cheese on the crackers.

4. Arrange the items to make a favorite stringed instrument like a guitar or violin.

5. Eat & Enjoy

 

Experiments:

Ice Fishing

Supplies: Ice Cubes, Bowl of Water, Spoons, String or Yarn, and Salt

Predict: How many different ways can you pick up an ice cube?

Directions:

1. Fill bowl with water and ice cubes. Place String or Yarn on top of the ice cubes. Try to pick up the ice cubes with the string (it wont work)!

2. This time place string on ice and sprinkle a little bit of the salt on top. Wait for a minute or two. Then pull the string out and describe what happened.

Explain: When salt is sprinkled over ice, the ice melts. However, when it is used in such a small amount, like in our experiment, the water around the ice freezes again quickly. This means that the string gets trapped as the water around it refreezes, making it stick to the ice.

Water Bells

Supplies: 7-8 glasses, Water, Metal Spoons, Food Coloring (optional)

Predict: How can you make music with water glasses?

Directions:

1. Fill each glass with different amounts of water. Color with food coloring if desired.

2. Explore the various sounds made when tapping the different glasses.

3. Put the glasses in order from least to most full, and then try to tap out a scale.

4. Try to make up your own songs with the water glasses.

Explain: The container with the most water will have the lower tone because the vibrations travel through water, which slows them down to create deeper tones.

October: In the Orchard

Oct 20, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on October: In the Orchard

Children will love exploring the colors, tastes, smells and sounds inside an orchard. Climb up an apple tree, count seeds and discover roots. Then, compare the many different fruit trees growing in our make-believe orchard. From cherries to avocados, children will be delighted to eat up learning. The adventure continues as they uncover silly animals living above, below and in the orchard. Porcupines, raccoons and squirrels will guide them to the back of the orchard where nut trees and other unexpected adventures grow.

Letters we will learn this month:
Aa, Oo & Rr

Numbers the children will work with and count to this month:

3 & 4

Shape of the Month:

Rectangle

Color of the month:

Green

Pattern:

The children will work with the basic ABB pattern.  They will discuss the pattern daily on the calendar and be asked to continue that pattern.  They will work with shapes and place them in a pattern and continue it.  They will also put numbers and letters into the ABB pattern.

Friendship Trait discussed and used throughout the daycare and discussed daily:

Honest

Sight Words for this Month:

I, Have, A, Pig, Lemon & Tree

Sight Words your child Reviews everyday during calendar time which we add to monthly: 

the, and, look, at, you, to, can, in, love, not, it, is, a, my, go, stop, we, what, run, jump, finds, he, she, play, away, see, I, big, up, said, mad, like, little, sad, honest, glad, I, have, pig, lemon & tree.

(Miss Kim also uses the sight words in sentences and the children will read the sentences.  We discuss if their mouth matches the sound or not when they read the word if it is something they have guessed on.)

Sign Language Words they Know:  

bird, all done, friend, smile, snow, love, alligator, sorry, bug, please, thank you, milk, water, eat, more, up, down, help, no, yes, cold, horse,tree

Spanish words they know:

Numbers 1-20, Months of the year, Days of the week, horse, dog, puppy, grandma, boy, girl, cat, hat, barn, grasshopper, toothbrush, lion, jaguar, dragonfly, zebra, rocket, x-ray fish, kangaroo, octopus, ball, xylophone, leaf, owl, volcano, violin, frog, umbrella, globe, rabbit, mushroom, watermelon, whale, yam, monkey, elephant, jellyfish, cloud, sun, nut, egg, button, zipper, drum, quilt, kite, apple, grapes, star, underwear, hat, nest, queen, ant, bunny, pig, puppy, horse, feather, computer, lizard, snail, bird, money, fish, nest, cow, king, tractor, mouse, lamb, cat, hammer, chick, egg, ladybug, cake, hat, tree, orange, and spider. “Como se llama” (it means, what is it called?) and also, “Hoy es…” (it means, today it’s…).

Recipes:

 Purple Plum Glitter Dough:

Ingredients: 1 cup Flour, 1 cup Water, 1/4 cup Salt, 1 tbsp. Vegetable Oil, 2 Tbsp. Cream of Tartar, 1 Kool-Aid Packet (Grape Flavored), Glitter

Supplies: Pot, Stirring Utensil, Stove

Instructions:

1. Add Flour, Water, Salt, Vegetable Oil, and Cream of Tartar to the pot and stir.

2. Then add Kool-Aid Packet and Glitter to the pot and stir again until mixed.

3. *With Adult Help* Heat the pot on medium and stir, stir, stir.

4. After one minute, scoop onto counter and play! If dough is too sticky, heat longer.

 

Ladybug Pizza:

Ingredients: English Muffins, Red Marinara Sauce, Olive Slices, Red Bell Pepper Slices

Supplies: Oven, Plates, Baking Tray, Plastic Knives

Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

2. Spread the Red Marinara Sauce on an English Muffin half.

3. Use the Olives to design a ladybug.

4. Place a Red Pepper Slice down the middle to separate the wings.

5. Bake for 5-10  minutes, then enjoy!

Field Trip To Stuckey Farm Apple Orchard:

On Monday October 19th we went to Stuckey Farm to learn about the apple’s that they grow and we got to taste some apple’s and pick some apple’s for ourselves!

 

September: Friends and Family

Oct 1, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on September: Friends and Family

Welcome your children to a wonderful new year of school and help them learn important lessons about friendship, taking turns, understanding differences and saying sorry. Your children will practice teamwork as well as many different ways to communicate their feelings. Show happy with only your face. Practice dialing a phone and even write a letter to a pen pal. Friends and Feelings is a special and warm way to start a great year.

Letters we will learn this month:
F,P,K

Numbers the children will work with and count to this month:

1 & 2

Shape of the Month:

Circle

Color of the month:

Blue

Pattern:

The children will work with the basic AB pattern.  They will discuss the pattern daily on the calendar and be asked to continue that pattern.  They will work with shapes and place them in a pattern and continue it.  They will also put numbers and letters into the AB pattern.

Friendship Trait discussed and used throughout the daycare and discussed daily:

Respectful

Sight Words for this Month:

He, She, is, a, honest, sad, glad, mad

Sight Words your child Reviews everyday during calendar time which we add to monthly: 

the, and, look, at, you, to, can, in, love, not, it, is, a, my, go, stop, we, what, run, jump, finds, he, she, play, away, see, I, big, up, said, mad, like, little, sad, honest, glad

(Miss Kim also uses the sight words in sentences and the children will read the sentences.  We discuss if their mouth matches the sound or not when they read the word if it is something they have guessed on.)

Sign Language Words they Know:  

bird, all done, friend, smile, snow, love, alligator, sorry, bug, please, thank you, milk, water, eat, more, up, down, help, no, yes, cold, horse

Spanish words they know:

Numbers 1-20, Months of the year, Days of the week, horse, dog, puppy, grandma, boy, girl, cat, hat, barn, grasshopper, toothbrush, lion, jaguar, dragonfly, zebra, rocket, x-ray fish, kangaroo, octopus, ball, xylophone, leaf, owl, volcano, violin, frog, umbrella, globe, rabbit, mushroom, watermelon, whale, yam, monkey, elephant, jellyfish, cloud, sun, nut, egg, button, zipper, drum, quilt, kite, apple, grapes, star, underwear, hat, nest, queen, ant, bunny, pig, puppy, horse, feather, computer, lizard, snail, bird, money, fish, nest, cow, king, tractor, mouse, lamb, cat, hammer, chick, egg, ladybug, cake, hat, tree, and spider. “Como se llama” (it means, what is it called?) and also, “Hoy es…” (it means, today it’s…).

 

 

Thursday: Bee

May 21, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Thursday: Bee

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish.Austin put the number on the calendar, discussed the pattern and found the day of the week in Spanish.  He helped us review our numbers, Sign language, Spanish and Sight words.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the kids learned about rabbits.  Discussed:  What do you know about bees? Show and Tell:  The children were to wear clothing with lots of colors.  We looked at their clothing and discussed the different colors.  I then named a color and the children wearing that color got to buzz around the room like bees.  I did this with all the colors I could think of. Some of the children got to Buzz a lot because they had a lot of different colors on their clothing.   Fun facts:  A honeybee has to travel over 55,000 miles and visits approx. 2 million flowers to make 1 pound of honey. A honeybee can fly approximately 15 miles per hour. Honeybees are the only insect that produce food for humans. Honey is the ONLY food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including water. A typical beehive makes more than 400 pounds of honey per year. Approximately 7-8 pounds of honey are consumed by bees to produce 1 pound of beeswax. Honeybees are a great scientific mystery because they have remained unchanged for 20 million years even though the world has changed around them.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  Where do bees live?  Set out blocks and pompoms.  Encouraged children to set up a flower garden and play with the pompom bees.  Explained that bees are found all over the world, except in Antarctica, were it is too cold for them to live.  We learned a couple new Spanish words and some of them are words we already knew.  Rabbit- Conejo;  Frog- rana; Yam- batata; flower- flor; Rocket- cohete.  We practiced our new words several times.  Placed the “flower” Spanish Card and one other photo card on the floor.  Encouraged the children to pretend to be a bee and start on the flower card.  Gave them directions for where to buzz next.  For example, “Buzz to the conejo(rabbit).”

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed:  How does a bee help a garden?  Invited the children to tear toilet paper into small pieces.  Pretended it is pollen.  I placed flower cut outs all over the room and put pieces of pollen(toilet paper) on each flower.  Had the children become buzzing bees and pick up one piece of pollen from a flower and put it on another flower.  Continued to transfer pollen pieces until I announces, “Stop!”  Each child stood next to a flower and counts the amount of pollen on the flower.  Used the counting card 10 and checked if the amount of pollen is greater than or less than 10.  

Creative Development: Discussed:  What types of flowers do you think bees like the most?  Sprinkled cornmeal onto one plate.  Invited the children to press the cotton ball into the cornmeal and then shake it off onto an empty plate.  Looked at the flower photos and encouraged the children to talk about the colors and shapes that they see.  

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed:  What do you think it would be like to go inside of a bee hive?  Invited the children to play with Pattern Blocks and work together to connect all of the pieces.   Showed the children the hexagon Pattern Block and count its 6 sides together.  Explained that a beehive is made with hexagon cells.  Honey is stored in the hexagon.  Invited the children to put different shapes together to create a hexagon.  Figure out together how many different combinations of shapes can make a hexagon.  

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Pollinate the Poppies-  Encouraged the children to paint stems and other details on the background paper.  Cut out or tear the colored paper to create flowers then add paint to the middle of them.  Used cotton balls to pick up and shake cornmeal over the flowers and make finger print bees on the painting.

Wednesday: Rabbit

May 21, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Wednesday: Rabbit

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish. Austin put the number on the calendar, discussed the pattern and found the day of the week in Spanish. He helped us review our numbers, Spanish, Sign language and Sight words.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the kids learned about crows.  Discussed:  What do you know about rabbits?  Fun facts:   A female rabbit is called a doe. A male rabbit is called a buck. A young rabbit is called a kit (or kitten). Rabbits live in groups. The European rabbit lives underground, in burrows. A group of burrows is known as a warren. More than half of the world’s rabbits live in North America. Rabbits have long ears which can be as long as 10 cm (4 in). Rabbits have a lifespan of around 10 years. Rabbits are herbivores (plant eaters). Pet rabbits that live inside are often referred to as ‘house rabbits’. Rabbits reproduce very quickly. This can be a major headache for people living in agricultural areas where rabbits are seen as pests. Rabbits are born with their eyes closed and without fur.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  How does a rabbit move? Invited the children to explore different ways of hopping or jumping(on one foot, backwards, in a circle, etc.).  Taped an uppercase letter R on the floor.  Showed the children both photo cards.  Invited the children to choose whether he wants to hop like a rabbit or blast off like a rocket.  Observed as the children hop or run on the taped line.  As the other children wait for their turn, they were encouraged to draw an R in the sky with their arms.  We practiced writing the  capital and lowercase Rr on the Wipe off boards.

Creative Development: Discussed:  Why do you think rabbits have such big ears?  Invited the children to be very quiet and explore the outdoor area for sounds.  Explained that big ears allow rabbits to hear approaching predators. The children cut the bottoms out of paper cups and were encouraged to listen with the cups at their ears.  The children played a game of “I Hear with My Rabbit Ear.”  Invited the children to describe a sound and then give clues (or children ask questions) for the others to guess what it is.  

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed  Where do rabbits live?  Set out blocks, cups and Rabbit counters.  Invited the children to freely play with them.  What do they build and do with them?  Explained that most rabbits live underground in burrows or rabbit holes.  Invited the children to use the Rabbit Counters to create groups according to the math stories on the cards.  Encouraged the children to start with level 1 then try the more challenging levels when they are ready.  

Creative Development: Discussed:  How do you think rabbits talk to each other?  Invited the children to try to have a conversation with a partner without words–only movements and gestures.  Explained that rabbits are very quiet when they are hungry, tired or scared.  They communicate with body language.  Demonstrated each of the rabbit language movements listed here.  Invited the children to mimic as they pretend to be rabbits:  –Head flat on the floor=Please pet me.  Kicking=I’m upset with you, Licking=I love you, Soft teeth grinding=I’m very happy, Back turned to you=I’m ignoring you, Ears forward=I’m surprised, Ears Back=I’m stressed and Scream=I’m hurt.  

Show and Tell:  The children came up one at a time to share the items they brought in that began with the letter R.

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Rabbit Mask-The children cut out the center of a paper plate to make a large O.  Then they decorated it with crayons, cotton balls and ears then attached a craft stick.    Center 2- My Little Journal-The children practiced writing the capital and lower case letter Rr.  They then traced the hands-0n letter  R on the page.  Added ears and whiskers to turn it into a rabbit.  Finished the sentence:  The rabbit is____________________. 

Tuesday: Crow

May 21, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Tuesday: Crow

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish. Austin put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather, found the day of the week in Spanish and discussed the pattern.  He helped us review our Spanish, numbers, sight words and Sign Language.

 Fun Facts/Brainstorming:   Reviewed what the kids learned about moles.  Today the children told us what they know about crows.  Discussed:  What kinds of birds do you think like to visit gardens.  Crows have shiny jet black plumage with curious eyes, hoping gait, and a remarkable level of intelligence. Crows are in fact very interesting birds, who perform some astounding feats with their cleverness and dexterity. It amazes most of the humans who often consider them as simple nuisance. These birds are so resilient and intelligent that they have been successful in outsmarting humans for accessing food from their domain. Their level of intelligence sets them apart from other birds! With more than 120 species, crows thrive in almost all the continents, other than Antarctica. “Cawing” is the sound they make, and they have a sophisticated form of communication language.  We practiced doing patterns.  We did an AABBCC pattern through movements: caw,caw (hold hands to mouth and caw), flap, flap (flap arms up and down), peck, peck (bop head back and forth).  

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed:  What do you think a crow likes to eat from the garden?  Opened the refrigerator or cupboard and invited the children to search for foods they thought a crow might eat.  Explained that crows eat foods such as fruits, grains, nuts, acorns, snails,small birds, eggs rabbits, mice, toads, snakes and insects.  We mixed up the game cards and spread them face down on the floor.  Had the children turn over one card at a time.  If it is food, he flips over another card.  If he flips over a scarecrow, the game is over.  Counted the amount of food flipped over and compared the amount to the unflipped food cards.  Repeated the game to try and beat the score.  

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed: What type of face would you make to scare away a crow?  Invited the children to explore making different faces in the mirror. What types of emotions do they demonstrate?  Handed the scarecrow parts to the children then showed them one that was completed. Invited the children that have the matching parts to work together to build the scarecrow.  After the scarecrow is completed, encouraged the children to name its emotion and decide if it wold scare away a crow.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  How do you think crows communicate with one another?  Gave a simple task and invited the children to try to communicate with one another by only making sounds.  As the children played, I explained that crows can make over 20 different sounds that each means something different.  Invited the children to point to a person or a photo in the room and make the appropriate first letter sound.  Encouraged the others to copy the sound.

Science:  Discussed:  How do you think a crow uses its beak?  Invited the children to explore the outdoor area and find nature items that can be used to pick up a leaf or a rock.  Observed as they gathered objects and experimented with their use.  Explained that crows are highly intelligent.  They can pick up small twigs and use them as tools to find food.  Set out a variety of nature tools (such as sticks) and kitchen tools (such as spoons).  Encouraged  the children to problem solve different ways to use each tool to pick up and carry various objects.  Try picking up different objects such as blocks, paper, leaves, rocks…Experimented with scraping, poking, and scooping things with the “tools.”

Afternoon Centers:   Center 2- My Little Journal -The children traced or drew a large black diamond on the page.  Added wings, a head and beak to turn it into a crow.  Drew a cornfield around the crow if desired.  Finished the sentence:  The crow is__________________________.     

Monday: Mole

May 18, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Monday: Mole

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish. Austin is the new calendar and meteorologist for this week.   He discussed the weather, put the numbers on the calendar, and found the day of the week in Spanish. He helped us review the numbers, Spanish, Sign language and Sight words.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the kids learned about weeds.  Today the children told us what they know about Moles.  Discussed: Where do you think you could find a mole? Fun facts:  Moles have a cylindrical and furry body. The shovel-like patches on the noses of golden moles and marsupial moles differentiate them from true moles.   Moles create a network system of firm-walled tunnels to catch food or escape predators. The network system is only known to the mole living in it. Moles are known for constructing special underground larders to store food. When they catch a prey they paralyze it with a toxin present in them and hence they store their food for future use. Researchers have found out thousands of earthworms stored in these larders.  Moles squeeze out the dirt and soil from an earthworm’s gut before consuming it. Moles have long curved claws and an overgrown, shovel-shaped wrist bone which they use to dig tunnels. Moles come out on earth’s surface either to collect the nesting material or to search for a new home. Moles improve the fertility of soil because they aerate and mix the layers of soil by constant digging. It also helps in creating a drainage system for soil. Moles eat up insects and weeds that make soil futile.

Social and Emotional Development: Discussed:  Which animals do you think are harmful to the garden?  Explained that moles like to eat the roots of many vegetable plants.  Invited the children to explore the colors on the game cube and try to find items in the room that are the same colors.  Encouraged the children to take turns rolling the color cube then moving a game piece to the vegetable that is that same color.  Continued until all players are in the garden.  

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed:  Where do you think a mole lives?  Moles eat, sleep, take care of babies and play in tunnels that they dig underground.  Invited the children to explore the area for things to crawl underneath.  Encouraged the children to create a mole maze on the wall.  Problem-solve how to build a series of tunnels with cardboard tubes.  Helped the children cut the tubes so that a marble can roll through one and drop to the next.  Invited the children to tape the tubes to the wall and position them so that a marble will roll from one to the next, all the way down to the floor.  

Science:    Discussed:  How do you think a mole finds its way around underground?  Invited the children to close their eyes and try to slowly walk around the room without bumping into anything.  Explained that moles have a very poor sense of sight but find their way around with their keen sense of smell.  Experiment:  Had 3-4 cups with various strong scents (peanut butter, vinegar, lemon, cinnamon)  Made 2 cups of each scent.  Covered the cups with aluminum foil and poked holes in it. We wrote the first letter of the item on the bottom of the cup.  Invited the children to pretend to be moles and smell the contents of the cups.  They then tried to match the pairs of scents and checked the bottom of the cup to see if it was a match.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What do you think a mole would like to eat from the garden?  We looked at their I Can Read Books and read the book together.  We discussed the period and that it is the end of a sentence. Had the children clap when they saw the period.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  I Can Read Book-  The children went through the book and circled the periods and re-read the story. They went to the last page and drew the food they like on the last page.  

 

Friday: Weeds

May 18, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Friday: Weeds

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish. Lily put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish. She reviewed the sight words, Spanish, Sign language and numbers.

Fun Facts:  Reviewed what the children learned about Produce.  Today the children told me what they know about weeds.  Discussed  How do weeds hurt a garden?  Any plant that is unwanted, out of place, or just has no discernible value can be considered a weed. Approximately 3% (8,000 of 250,000) of plant species found worldwide are classified as weeds. Broadleaf weeds usually have flat leaves, net-like veins, and grow by means of a taproot or coarse root system. When they first germinate, two leaves emerge from the seed. Grassy weeds grow narrow, upright leaves and have parallel veins. They sprout only one leaf from the seed pod and develop a finer, more fibrous root structures. Weeds are also classified by their life cycle. Just like flowers and other desirable plants, they can be annual, biennial or perennial.

Social Studies: Discussed:  Where do you think you can find weeds?  Invited the children to bury the wands in the dirt and explored pulling them out as if they were weeds.  Encouraged the children to retell a portion of the story using the Story Sequence Wands.  Invited the children to use the words first, next, then and last.  Imagined weeds are growing around the beanstalk.  Encouraged the children to draw what might happen next.  

Social and Emotional Development: Discussed:  Why do you think it is important to be honest?  Invited the children to explore the Theme Poster and say what they see.  Told the students about something on the Theme Poster that may be true or false.  Invited the children to shout out “true” or “false”.  Continued modeling true or false statements and asking for the children’s responses.  Encouraged each child to say one thing that  is true about himself then give him a Friendship Bracelet.  Explained that it is important to be honest because lies can hurt and make people sad.  If you are always honest, people will believe what you say.

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed:  How do you remove weeds from a garden?  Explained that weeds can crowd other plants and block them from getting sunlight or nutrients.  Invited the children to explore wrapping yarn all around the sticks.  Encouraged them to tie it, twist it and wrap it.  Invited the children to work together to figure out how to cut and untie the yarn to free the sticks from the “weeds.”  Allowed the children to work independently or in a small group.  

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed:  How can you tell the difference between a weed and a fruit or vegetable in the garden?  Weeds look similar to pants and are sometimes hard to spot.  Some have flowers and others look like grass.  Invited the children to search for weeds outside. Looked in cracks in the cement, in the grass or at the base of trees and other plants.  Set a mixture of snack foods in a tray.  Invited the children to wash their hands.  Name one of the items as the weeds and encourage children to “weed ” out the mix.  Sort the other snack items if desired  Then, ate and enjoyed.  

 

 

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