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Thursday: Puppy

Apr 7, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Grady added the number to the calendar, found the day of the week in Spanish and discussed the weather. 

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what they learned about Panda bears.  Today they told me what they know about puppies.  Discussed:  What is a family?  Families come in different sizes and kinds, but all families love and take care of each other.  Fun facts:  Puppies are born totally dependent upon their mothers.  Dogs can have 1-10 puppies in a litter.  Puppies can weigh a pound to half pound.  There are 27 true species of dogs.  Puppies feed off of their mothers milk.  We looked at pictures of puppies and did a rhyme. 

Logic:  Discussed:  If you could adopt a baby animal which animal would you choose?  We sat in a circle and each child got a bingo playing card.  They also got goldfish crackers to use as markers for their boards.  We put a goldfish on the free space.  I showed them an animal card and they told me what that animal was and then found that animal on their playing cards and put a goldfish on that spot.  We played until all boards were filled up and they said “Bingo”.  They then ate their goldfish.

Emergent Writing:  Discussed:  Do you look similar or different from your parents?  Not all children look like their parents.  But all children are beautiful.  Discussed that some dogs have spots and some do not.  All the spots are not just round like a circle.  Most dogs do not have round spots.  We looked at the Practice Pal Strip and discussed how they would be making lines or squiggles on the dogs body.

Physical Science:  Discussed:  What is your favorite food treat?  Some families give dog bones to puppies as treats.  We looked at a bag of dog treats, “bones” and estimated how many were in the bag.  They also passed a bone around and discussed what they felt and smelled.  We then counted out the bones to see if they estimated correctly. 

Speaking:Discussed:  In what ways would you show a new puppy that you love him?  When you take care of a pet, you adopt the pet. Although you did not give birth to the puppy, you love the puppy very much.  We learned the sign for “water”. Discussed how some people can’t hear so need to use sign for things so that they can communicate.  The children learned that Maya knew the sign for “sit” and “speak” because Miss Corrie taught her those.  Miss Corrie and Maya showed the kids her tricks by using sign language.  I had the children ask for water using their signs. 

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Outside Play!  Center 2:Practice Pal Strip-  They will add the head and tail to the body strip.  They will then practice making spots, lines and squiggles.  

Wednesday: Baby Panda Bear

Apr 6, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Grady added the number to the calendar, found the day of the week in Spanish and discussed the weather.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts: Reviewed what they learned about baby seahorses.  The children told me what they know about panda bears today.  Fun Facts:  Normally mother Panda gives birth to a baby panda every two years.  Baby pandas are born blind.  Their eyes open after they are six to eight weeks old.  At birth baby panda’s weigh under 6 ounces and are 6 inches in length.  Panda cubs are dependant for about two to three years.  We looked at a bag of food that weighed 6 ounces for the children to see how heavy it was.  They also explored the 6 inches on the ruler for the length of the panda.  We sang “Happy Birthday” to the baby panda.  Discussed:  Do you know when you were born? The day you are born is called your birthday.

Visual ArtDiscussed:  How do you celebrate a birthday in your family?  How do you think a panda bear or other animal would celebrate?  I put a paper plate on the floor that represents a cake.  Each child came up and had to tell how old they are.  They then counted out the same number of candles (markers) as they are old and placed them on the cake. 

Listening:  Discussed:  How did your parents carry you when you were a baby?  A panda bear carries its young in its mouth like a puppy or kitten.  Each child went and got a stuffed animal in the room to use while we read the story.  Discussed the front cover, title page, author, illustrator and title of the book: “Carry Me: Animal Babies on the Move”.  The children pretended to hold the baby animals in their mouths by holding them under their chins.  I read the book and stopped on each page so the children could carry the baby the same way as the animal on the page.  After reading the book, we reviewed all the animals and how they held their babies. 

Chit Chat:Discussed:  What is your favorite kind of weather?  Did you know that pandas are used to playing in the rain because they live in China’s rain forests?

Patterns:  Discussed:  How heavy do you think you were when you were born?  How heavy is a baby panda?  We looked at 3 1/2 ounces of sugar in a zip-lock bag and a 5 pound bag of sugar.  Discussed that one is lighter and one is heavier.  The 3 1/2 ounces represents a baby panda and the 5 pound bag is about what you weighed when you were a baby.  The children passed the two around and couldn’t believe how much heavier the 5 pound bag was.  Some of the kids had a hard time picking up the 5 pound bag.

Show and Tell:  Each child was to bring in a baby picture of themselves when they were born.  The kids just had so much fun looking at the pictures of everyone!  We compared what the child looks like now to what they looked like in the pictures.  The children told me differences and changes from their baby pictures to what they look like now. 

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Waffle Blocks and Bowling Pins Center 2:  Panda Birthday Shaker-  They will take one paper plate and decorate the back of it like a birthday cake.  They will take the second paper plate and decorate it like a panda’s face.  We will then place the two plates together and staple them adding beans to make them a shaker.  

Tuesday: Baby Seahorse

Apr 5, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Grady put the number on the calendar and discussed the weather.  He found the day of the week in Spanish.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:Reviewed what they learned about a baby platypus.  Today we are learning about a baby seahorse and the children told me what they know about a seahorse.  Fun facts:  They will grow anywhere from 6-12 inches long.  You can find seahorses of all different colors, including red, blue, yellow, black and some are even spotted.  Males are responsible for child bearing.  Females deposit into a pouch on the male, who then fertilizes them and carries them to term.  Once born, the baby seahorses are on their own.  They can have 100-200 babies at a time.  Swimming vertically with bendt head and tail, gives it the appearance of a horse.  Discussed:  In what ways do dads help unborn babies?  Did you know that the daddy seahorse carries the babies?  Male seahorses have pouch that holds the eggs until they are hatched into baby seahorses.  We did a counting rhyme.  We looked at pictures of seahorses and looked at a ruler to find 6 and 12 inches.

Social Skills:  Discussed:  How can you help take care of a baby animal?  All animals need food, water and safety.  We looked at the little helpers poster and went through each child’s job again.  We discussed which jobs help animals and how they help? 

Math: Discussed:  What are some things your dad has taught you?  Seahorse parents teach their babies how to eat, move and behave.  We looked at the hands-on number 8.  They told me the number.  We counted to 8 and counted the octagons on the counting card.  I had the children show me 8 fingers and some of them needed help.  We put 4 dots plus 4 dots on the wipe off board and learned that that equals 8.  We then changed the numbers of dots on each line but continued to make them equal 8 when we added them together.  Each child practiced writing the number 8 on the wipe off board.

Book Worm:   Discussed:  What do you think it would be like to be a queen?  We looked at the hands-on letter Qq.  Discussed the sound it makes and told words that begin with the letter.  We looked in the dictionary to find more words that start with Q.  I demonstrated how to form the capital and lowercase Q. 

Emergent Writing:   Discussed:  I showed them the felt shape and asked, “Why do you think this shape is called an octagon?” We counted the sides and discussed that”octo” means 8.  We looked at the octagon on their journal page and discussed how they would try to draw one.  I demonstrated on the wipe off board how to draw an octagon and they will do that in afternoon centers.

Show and Tell: The children all brought 8 items and had one begin with the letter “Q”.  Each child came to the front of the room one at a time and and counted out their 8 items.  We helped them fix the items if they brought more or less than 8.  They then found their “Q” item. 

Afternoon Centers: Center 1:Played with a variety of Toys Center 2: My Little Journal-  they will practice drawing an octagon and then draw eight legs on it to turn it into a baby octopus.  Center 3:Fishy Hands- They will add a tail and fins to the paint hand print that they made yesterday.  They will turn the hand-print into a fish and decorate.  Center 3:  Fishy Snack Cup-  They will decorate a cup with markers or crayons.  They will then add eyes and tape on the fin and tail.  We will use these for lessons on Friday.

Monday: Baby Platypus

Apr 4, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Grady is the calendar helper for this week.  He added the numbers to the calendar.  He discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.

Little Helpers:  Grady is the calendar and meteorologist.  Marissa is the crumb catcher.  Averee is the lunch helper and the laundry helper.  Mallory is on garbage patrol.  Will is the dollar/clean up helper.  Ben is the recycler.  Andrew is the snack/treat helper.  Ava is the animal feeder.  Brogan is the bathroom helper.  Ella is the cot helper.  Gretchen is the mail carrier. 

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what they learned about kittens.  Today we are learning about baby Platypus and the children told me what they know about them.  Discussed:  What type of animals grow inside an egg?  Explained that some animals grow inside the mother; other animals grow inside an egg.  Fun Facts: A newly hatched platypus is about the size and weight of a bean.  We passed around a bean to see how light they are.  It is blind, hairless and completely helpless.  Platypuses lay between one and three eggs at a time, once a year.  They are fed by their mother’s milk.  We did a rhyme that the children acted out.

Physical Science: Discussed:  What baby animals have you seen?  The children looked at the theme poster and named the baby animals that they see on the poster.  I picked the children that were sitting nice with their legs crossed to come up and pick a magnifying glass.  The magnifying glasses asked them to do things with the poster.  Magnifying glass 1: Baby Monkey-Look and find a monkey.  Where is the baby monkey riding?  Pretend to swim from a tail.  What other animals have a tail?  Magnifying glass 2:  Baby Platypus-  Look and find a platypus.  What is the baby platypus in?  Make yourself small like an egg.  What other animals grow in an egg?  Magnifying glass 3:  Baby Bunny-Look and find a bunny.  Count the baby bunnies. Hop with both feet together. What other animals hop?  Magnifying glass 4:  Baby Seahorse-  Look and find a seahorse.  How many seahorses do you see?  Pretend to swim in the sea.  What other animals swim?

Book Worm:  Discussed:  What could you do to calm a crying baby?  Many mothers hold or rock babies to calm them and help them sleep. Parents sometimes sing lullabies as they rock their babies.  The children stood up and pretended to hold a baby while rocking side to side.  I read the rhyme, “Rock-a-bye Baby”.  I then did the rhyme faster and the kids had to keep up with the tempo when they rocked side to side.   They also all fell down at the end of the rhyme.

Visual Art:  Discussed:  What kind of baby would be most safe in a tree? (Birds, squirrels, etc.)  Which of those animals grow inside an egg and which grow in the mommy’s tummy?  We looked at the art project that they will be doing in afternoon centers.  They will make a print with paint of their arm and hand.  They will then draw a baby in the tree. 

Patterns:  Discussed:  Where would you hide eggs to keep them safe until the baby animals come out?  Explained that many animals hide their eggs and babies to keep them safe.We looked at the sorting set and discussed the colors of the grass and dirt.  We placed a brown octagon on the green grass. We discussed how visible it was.  Discussed what color we could put on the green grass to make it blend in.  I picked two children to come hide the egg and baby platypus with the foam green or brown octagon shapes on the grass or dirt.

Show and Tell:  Each child was to bring in an item that was in the shape of an octagon. They got to stand up in front of the children and tell us about their object.  They also counted the sides to make sure it had 8 sides. 

 Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Large Cardboard Blocks  Center 2:  The children will paint their arm and each hand to make a print on the paper and turn it into a tree.  They will then draw a baby animal in the crib and glue it to the tree that they made.     Center 3: Fishy Hands- They will start this project today and finish it another day this week. They will choose a color of paint to make a hand print and then some fingerprints around that hand print.  This they will then turn into a baby fish.

Friday: Kittens

Apr 1, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Ella put the new number on the calendar. We discussed the new month and said bye to “March”.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:Reviewed what they learned about bird watchers.  This month we will be learning about baby animals.  Today the children told me what they know about kittens.  Fun Facts:  An average cat has 1-8 kittens per litter.  Kittens weigh at birth a maximum of 2 pounds and a minimum of 1 pound.  Kittens can be all different colors such as blacks, brown, white grey, cream, orange, mixed colors and breeds, and even fur less skin colored ones.  They sleep 18 hours a day.  They drink their mommies milk and then will begin to eat cat food at around 8-12 weeks old. We looked at pictures of kittens and passed a container of yogurt around that was a pound to relate it to a kitten’s weight.  Discussed:  Where do you think a baby kitten grows? Some animals (most mammals) grow babies inside the mommy’s tummy.  We did a finger-play.

Visual Art:Discussed:  What color would you want your fur to be if you were a kitten?  Kendall and Kaleigh are here today being helpers and they hid the kitten masks that they made in centers yesterday around the room.  Explained that sometimes when a cat is going to have kittens, she hides to keep the kittens safe.  The children then had to go find all the kitten masks in the room! 

Shapes:  Discussed:  What would you want to give to someone who was going to have a baby?  Many people buy a gift when a mother is going to have a child.  We looked at the shape box and each child took turns guessing what shape they thought was inside. We pulled out the shape “octagon” and discussed it.  We discussed different things that could be octagon.  The children are to bring an item that is octagon on Monday.

Social Skills:  Discussed:  What would you name a baby kitten?  What about a baby pig?  Many people choose a name for their baby while its still inside the mommy’s tummy.  I took each child’s name tag and held them up one at a time.  If the child recognized their full names then they came up and read their names and took their name tags.  If the child didn’t recognize their name then I put them on the desk and waited till the next time around. 

Visual Art: Discussed:  Why do you think a kitten moves its tail?  Did you know that most kittens use their tails to express themselves. They use them to show when they are happy, scared or sad.  We looked at the brown wand and discussed the color.  I had the ribbon flowing downward and explained that when a kitten’s tail is gently pointing downward it usually means he is relaxed. I then held the ribbon straight up and explained that when a kitten raises its tail, it usually means he is saying hello.  Show and Tell:   I had each child come up one at a time and take the brown wand.  They showed us all the brown on their clothing and bodies.  We then counted how many children wore brown and how many  didn’t .   We discussed more and less.

Emergent Writing:  We made a class book about birds and eggs.  This was part of yesterdays lessons but we did not have time to complete it.  The children had Kaleigh or Kendall trace their hand, fist, or foot.  The children then turned that into a bird or egg.  Once they were done with their illustrations they brought the page to Miss Kim or Miss Corrie and we wrote the facts about the bird or egg that they thought you should know.  Please look at the class book by the front door when you pick up your child!

Afternoon Centers: Center 1:  Puzzles and lacing