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Friday: Protect Yourself

Sep 20, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Will put the number on the calendar and discussed the weather.  Reviewed the days of the week and months of the year.  Celebrated Miss Felicia’s Bday!!!!!

Songs:  Sang morning gathering songs, days of the week and months of the year.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what they learned about pants.  The children told us what they know about protecting themselves.  Discussed:  What should you wear when you ride a bike to keep safe?

Shapes:  Discussed:  What parts of your body should you protect when you are riding a bike?  Explained that elbow and knee-pads will help protect our body if you fall off or crash when you are on a bike, skateboard or roller blades.  We looked at the puzzle pieces and worked together to put it together.  They discussed the picture.

Gross Motor:  Discussed:  Do you think there is any safety gear that can help protect our mouth? Did you know that many people who play sports wear a mouthpiece to keep their teeth safe?  Can you think of other ways to protect your face?  Encouraged children to open and close their jaws as if chomping food.  Pretended their arms are big jaws and used them to chomp.  They listened to the CD and moved to the music while chomping their arms.

Visual Art:  Discussed:  What can you do to protect things that aren’t on your body?  Explained that some people protect their property, pets, or belongings by building a fence.  The children sorted the shapes into two piles by color.  They planned how to build a protective area around the circles by using  blocks.   We had two groups build a protective area around the blocks and discussed each.   

Visual Art:  Discussed:  Why do you think it is important to wear a helmet?  Explained that your brain is located inside your head and is protected by your skull.  Your skull can break if hit hard.  A helmet protects your brain and skull.  They looked at how to make sculptures out of noodles by dipping the end in water and sticking to another noodle.  They made brains in their cups.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: They made their own brain sculptures in a souffle cup.  They wet the ends of the packing noodles and stuck them together.  

Thursday: Pants

Sep 20, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Will added the number to the calendar and discussed the weather. Reviewed the days of the week and months of the year.

Songs:  Sang the morning gathering song, months of the year and days of the week.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what they learned about shirts.  They will be discussing pants today.  Discussed:  What do you like best about the pants you are wearing today?  Did you get to choose the pants you wore or did someone else?  Fun Facts:  Pants came about 1789.  After WWII, jeans evolved into rebel wear for teens and then for the hippies.  Denim is unique because it is woven with two yarn colors:  the indigo yarn and the “filler” yarn, which is undyed.  Jeans are called “waist overalls” or just “overalls”  until 1960 when Levi Strauss changed it to its popular name of “jeans”. 

Social Skills:  Discussed:  What do you wear to bed?  How do pajama pants feel? 

Speaking:  Discussed:  What do you think it would feel like to have ants in your pants?  Children show how they would act if ants were crawling on their legs.   They looked at the game board pieces.  They placed the cards face down in the draw pile.  One child draws a card; if he draws a 1 or 2 he moves that many spaces, but if he draws an ant he goes back to the nearest pair of pants.  We continued until all the ants make it to the house. 

Emergent Reading:  What animals live near you or in your yard?  We brought a box out and the children had to guess what we found in the garden today.  We gave them clues to help them figure it out.  We taped the cat to the garden.  The children crawled around quickly like cats and meowed. 

Global Citizenship:  Discussed:  What do you think you would serve at a tea party?  Did you know that people in England drink more tea than anyone else in the world?  We found England on the World Map.  Pretended to hold a teacup and take sips.  Asked:  “Have you ever tasted tea?  Have you ever had a tea party?  etc.” 


Afternoon Centers:
Center 1: Pajama Pants Collage-  they will cut fabric pieces and glue them onto paper to make different pants.  

Wednesday: Shirt

Sep 20, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Will put the number on the calendar and discussed the weather.  Reviewed days of the week and months of the year in English and Spanish.  Reviewed colors, shapes, letters and sign language

Songs:  Did Morning gathering song, days of the week and months of the year.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what they learned about coats.  Discussed:  What kind of shirt are you wearing?  Compare and contrast the shirts. (long sleeves, buttons, t-shirts, with collar..)  Fun Facts:  Until the 1950’s t shirts were considered to be underwear.  The first t-shirt worn was by the WWI soldiers in Europe which were made from a lightweight cotton.  Cotton has been grown for 6,000 years.  U.S. textile mills spin almost 10 million bales a year.  One bale of cotton is enough to make 1,217 men’s T-shirts. 

Visual Art:  Discussed:  What do all buttons have? Holes!  They discussed the different holes that they could have.  They had shirts and supplies in a pile and pretended to buy the supplies they need to make their own shirts. 

Emergent Reading:  Discussed:  What do you see around the room that starts with the /c/ sound?  They discussed words that begin with C and looked at the hands-on Letter C.  We also discussed how to form the letter C.

Health and Safety:   Discussed:  What kinds of vegetables have you eaten before?  Make a list with the children of the vegetables with which they are familiar.  They looked at the food group pieces and discussed.  They jumped in place if they have eaten broccoli.  Reminded them about the friendship feather “polite”.  They had to politely ask the person sitting next to them to please pass the broccoli. 

Emergent Reading:  Discussed:  What do you think might happen if you put on someone else’s shirt?  They looked at the Rebus Reader and discussed the title.  They discussed the key cards.  We passed out the key cards to a child and held it up to as that was read in the story. 

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Dipped buttons in  paint and made prints on their shirts.  They then used the yarn to attach the buttons to the shirts.  Center 2:Placed the Hands-on C under a piece of paper.  They then used the side of a crayon to make a rubbing.  

Tuesday: Coat

Sep 20, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Will put the number on the calendar and discussed the weather.  Reviewed the days of the week and months of the year.  Counted to 20 in English and Spanish.  Reviewed their colors, shapes, letters and sign language words.

Songs:  Sang morning gathering song, days of the week and months of the year. 

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what they learned about hats.  Today they will be discussing coats.  Discussed:  When do you wear a coat?  Fun Facts:  A coat is a long garment worn by both men and women, and children for warmth or fashion.  Long cloaks were popular with both boys and girls through the 16th and 17th centuries.  From about 1750 every British village woman owned a hooded cloak which was the usual outdoor wear.

Emergent Reader:Discussed:  How big is your coat?  Your mom’s coat?  We looked at the capital and lowercase letter C.  We discussed the sounds that it makes.  They set the two sizes of letters on an adult coat and a child had to come up and find the big letter.  They then placed the little letter on the small coat. 

Numbers:  Discussed:  How does your coat fasten? Compare and try on different types of coats.  Explain that coats have a variety of fasteners; some examples include zippers, buckles, buttons and snaps.  They counted out one and two buttons. 

Social Skills:  Discussed:  What do you like to wear?  Looked at magazine pictures of clothing.  Miss Mikie picked out one in her head on what she would wear.  The children had to guess which one she was thinking about.  Miss Mikie gave clues if needed.

Life Science: Discussed:  What types of coats do animals wear?  Animals wear scales, fur or feathers. They looked at pictures of different animal coats. 

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Outside Play  Center 2:  The children will assemble their pocket counters by folding the paper on the dotted line.  Cut the two pockets apart.  Tape the edges.  They will also cut out the two buttons.   Center 3:  The children got to draw a coat and make an animal pattern on it. 

Monday: Hat

Sep 20, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Will is the new calendar and weather boy for this week.   He added the numbers to the calendar and discussed the weather.  Reviewed the days of the week and months of the year in English and Spanish.  Reviewed our sign language words, colors, shapes and letters.  Counted to  20 in English and Spanish.

Songs:  Sang morning gathering song, days of the week and months of the year.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what they learned about Socks and Shoes.  Today they learned about hats.  Discussed:  When have you worn a hat?  Fun Facts:  The straw hat was made in America in 1798 by a 12 year old girl in Rhode Island.  The Sombrero gets its name from the Spanish Word Sombre which means “shade”.  There are over 100 different types of hats such as baseball top hats, Fedora, hard hat and cowboy hat.

Shapes:Discussed:  Who do you think wears hats?  Explained that adults and children wear hats for sun protection, to stay warm or to dress up.  Community helpers wear hats as part of a uniform.  They took the game pieces and put the hats face down.  Each child took turns drawing a hat and placing it with the person that it belongs too. 

Physical Science:  Discussed:  Do you think the wind can blow hard enough to make a hat fly away?  We placed a hat on the floor.  The children each came up one at a time to try to blow the hat and see if they can move it. We then used a blow dryer to see if the hat moved.  We experimented with other hats and light items.

Dramatic Play:  Discussed:  If you could pretend with any hat, which hat would you choose to wear?  Explained that when you pretend it is a way of using a “prop” to tell a story.  They looked at the story pieces  from the story “Beatriz, Bananas and the Very Tall Hat.”  They reviewed the story and then made up their own story with the story pieces. 

Patterns: Discussed:  How do you think hats help show who is in charge?  Explained that some hats (or what’s on them) represents people with authority (someone in charge of something) such as a queen, king, police officer, etc..  Placed the crown on the child’s head and we invited anyone wearing pink to stand or we picked another color that several children were wearing.  The kids grabbed stuffed animals and discussed how to classify them into groups.  The children took turns wearing the hat and telling how they would classify the stuffed animals. 

Show and Tell:  Each child came up one at a time and showed the hats that they wore to school. 

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Trains and Build a Blocks.  Center 2: My Little Journal -They went to the brown page and colored the bird brown.  They then drew a picture of something that was brown.  Center 3:  Discover Game Pieces-  They colored and cut out the hats on the people. 

Friday: Socks and Shoes

Sep 16, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Mallory put the number on the calendar and discussed the weather. She reviewed pink, circle, A & P, and the sign for touch. We reviewed the days of the week and months of the year in Spanish and English.  We counted to 20 using the number chart in English and Spanish. 

Songs:  Sang the morning gathering song, days of the week and months of the year. 

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what they learned about taste.  The children told us what they know about Socks and Shoes.  Discussed:  What do you wear on your feet?  Explained that there are many different types of shoes, socks, boots and sandals. 

Visual Art:  Discussed:  What do you see that is brown?  They looked at the color bird and told what color it was.  Each child then looked around the room and told us what they saw that was brown.  Miss Corrie held the bird up as we sang a song to the tune of “Baa, Baa Black Sheep”.  Replaced the brown items with other brown items we saw as we sang the song twice.  Song:  Brown bird, brown bird, What pretty feathers. Yes bird, yes bird, They are brown. Just like the desk, and like the floor, The color of Brogan’s shirt and teddy bear. Brown bird, brown bird, What pretty feathers.

Speaking:  Discussed:  What do you do before you put your shoes on?  What do you do after you put your shoes on?   We looked at the story sequence cards and discussed each picture.  We then discussed what order the pictures should be in.  The pictures  were of a foot with no sock, a foot with a sock and a foot with a shoe. 

Visual Art:   Discussed:  What design is on the bottom of your shoe? Children take turns stepping on the sand and making footprints.  They then each came up one at a time to make a stamp of their shoes or bare-feet in the sand.  We looked at all the different prints. 

Gross Motor:  We practiced chomping like an alligator with both of our hands.  Each child had to count to the highest they could while they chomped their hands and we wrote the highest number that they could get to on the little person pattern for them to decorate.

Show and Tell:  Each child was to wear brown to school today.  They came up one at a time and found the brown on their clothes.  If they did not have brown then they told us what color they had on.  We counted how many had brown and how many did not. We compared. 

Speaking:  Discussed:  How do you know which shoes are yours?  Each child took off one shoe and threw it in the middle in a pile.  We played a song and sang while they walked in a circle and one child at a time found their shoe. 

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Outside Play 

Thursday: Taste (Tongue)

Sep 16, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Mallory put the number on the calendar and discussed the weather.  Reviewed color “pink”, shape “circle”, letters A & P, and sign language words “touch”.  We counted to 20 in English and Spanish.

Songs:  Sang the morning gathering song, days of the week and months of the year.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what they learned about Touch (Skin/Fingers).   Today we are learning about Taste (Tongue).  The children told Miss Mikie what they know about their tongues.  Discussed:  What amazing things can you do with your tongue?  Explained that our tongue is the only part of our body that can taste things.  Fun Facts:  Our tongues have four basic types of taste buds:  bitter, sour salty, and sweet.  Most insects use their mouths to taste flavors just as we do.  But some insects can use other parts of their bodies to taste with, too!  For example, a butterfly tastes food with its mouth and its feet.  Ants can taste food with their mouths and with their antennae. People can only taste food and liquids with the taste buds in their mouths. But we sense flavors by using our sense of smell, too!  We also have a few taste buds on the lips (especially salt-sensitive ones), the inside of the cheeks, the underside of the tongue, the roof of the mouth and the back of the throat.

Gross Motor: Discussed:  Why do we chew food?  Explained that our teeth help us chew food into smaller pieces so that we don’t choke and it is easier to digest. The children practiced opening and closing their mouths to pretend to chew food.  They then put their arms on top of each other and open-close them as though chomping like an alligator. 

Emergent Reading:  Discussed:  What do you think could be in the garden that begins with the letter A?  We discussed the sounds A makes.  They looked at a picture of an apple and told what it was.  They were encouraged to emphasize the /a/ sound.  Discussed what they might do if they found an apple in the garden?  Pretended to take a bite of an apple, described the taste and then passed to the next child.  They taped the apple on the garden display. 

Logic:  Discussed: How do you think using your senses (sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste) can help you solve a puzzle?  Explained that when we use our senses we are gathering information that our brain will keep (that’s how we learn) and use for many reasons, including solving puzzles. Showed children the picture cards and explained that your friend called and asked you to get a gift for his mom.  (He didn’t say what it was, he only left four clues.)  Placed the 4 clue cards on the floor, clue-side down.  Picked a child to come up and hand me one clue card.  We read the clue and discussed which picture we think fits the clue card. We read all 4 clues until we found the correct picture to fit all the clues.  (I taste sweet. I am food. I grow on trees. I am a fruit) (Answer: apple). 

Global Citizenship:  Discussed:  Where do you live?  Where is England?  We looked at the World Map to find these places.  They taped the England flag to that country.  They discussed facts about England.  Facts:  The world’s first zoo was opened in London in 1829.  The Windsor Castle is the largest royal home in the world and it is in England.


Afternoon Centers:
Center 1: Outside Play.  Center 2: Finished lacing the shoes that they painted yesterday.  

Wednesday: Touch (Skin/Fingers)

Sep 14, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Mallory put the number on the calendar and discussed the weather.  We reviewed the days of the week and months of the year. We counted to 20 in English and Spanish.  Mallory reviewed the shape, color, letter and sign language:  circle, pink, p, and touch in Sign. 

Songs:  Sang morning gathering song, days of the week and months of the year.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what they learned about smell(nose).  Today they told me what they know about Touch (Skin/Fingers).  Discussed:  What is your favorite thing to touch?  Fun Facts:  Shivering is a way your body has of trying to get warmer.  The nerve endings in your skin can tell you if something is hot or cold. There are about 100 touch receptors in each of your fingertips.  Rattlesnakes use their skin to feel the body heat of other animals. 

Numbers:  Discussed: What do you have two of on your body? What do you wish you had two of on your body?  Looked at the Hands-on number 2 and discussed it.  We counted out two objects.  We counted to two in English and Spanish.  We found two foam shapes and added them to the Counting card.

Gross Motor:  Discussed:  What do you think texture means? They did not know this word.  Explained that texture is the way something feels on its surface. Some textures include smooth, bumpy, rough, soft, hard, etc.  What kind of textures do you think  you could find outside?  We then took a walk outside and each child told me a texture that they found.

Emergent Reading:   Discussed:  How do your fingers know what they are feeling? Explained that when you touch something, your skin has tiny nerves. These nerves are like little wires that bring the touch message to your brain.  This is how you know if something is hot, cold, rough or soft.  We looked at the hands-on letter Aa and discussed the capital and lowercase ones.  They practiced writing the letters in the air.  We discussed words that begin with A.  They learned how to form the capital and lowercase letter A.  Each child practiced writing the capital and lowercase letter A on the wipe off board. 

Visual Art:  Discussed:  What different textures might be used in art?  We explored different art materials and discussed the various textures.  We had a little rice in different baggies.  We decided to add food coloring to each bag to change the color of the rice.  They liked watching the Rice change colors.

Show and Tell:  Each child brought 2 items to show.  The children came up one at a time and had to tell us about their items and count them.

Tumble Bus Day

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Outside play Center 2: My Little Journals-  They will practice writing the capital and lowercase Aa.  They will then make a capital A with glue and sprinkle sand on it.  Center 3:   Texture Hanger-  The children will trace their hands and cut them out.  They will glue their hand print on a piece of paper and decorate it with the colored rice.

Tuesday: Smell (Nose)

Sep 13, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Mallory put the number on the calendar and discussed the weather.  Reviewed the days of the week and months of the year in English and Spanish.  Discussed how many days are in a week and how many months are in a year. 

Songs: Sang morning gathering song, days of the week and months of the year.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what they learned yesterday about hearing (ears).  Today the children told us what they know about Smell (nose).  Discussed: What amazing things can you do with your nose?  Fun Facts:  As you breathe in, air enters through your nostrils which contain tiny little hairs that filter all kinds of things trying to enter your nose, even bugs!  Dogs have 1 million smell cells per nostril and their smell cells are 100 times larger than humans!  If your nose is at its best, you can tell the difference between 4000-10,000 smells! As you get older, your sense of smell gets worse. Children are more likely to have better senses of smell than their parents or grandparents.

Emergent Reading:Discussed:  What is your favorite smell? We had three sight words to learn: is, a, it.  I wrote each one at a time on  the wipe off board and discussed the letters and sounds.  We then worked on writing the words in the sentence.  They had a very difficult time with this.  After we learned the words, each child had to read each of the words.  We then looked at the “I can Read” book and each child came up one at a time to find one of the sight words. 

Patterns: Discussed:  Why do you think some things or animals smell bad?  Explained that bad smells can announce danger. For example, spoiled food or animals make bad smells to scare away predators.  We worked on patterns: skunk, flower, skunk, flower. We then made the patterns harder. 

Emergent Reading:  Discussed:  What do you like about flowers?  If you pick a flower, always ask first. If you pick a flower in someone’s yard without asking, it is stealing.  We looked at the letter Aa.  We talked about the sounds it makes and all the words that start with A.  We also used the dictionary to help us.

Show and Tell:  The children brought in items that start w/A.  They each came up one at a time to show their item and discuss it.  

Social Skills:Discussed:  What do you think it means to be polite?  Ben was able to answer this question.  Explained that polite means to think of others and how your actions will make them feel. Discussed how some people are polite in different scenarios.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Outside PlayCenter 2: I Can Read journals-  They will go through the book and underline their sight words: a, it.  They will circle the sight word: is.  Center 3:  Lace it up Craft- The children will use materials to paint a shoe pattern.  Once the paint dries they will practice lacing their shoe pattern.

Monday: Hearing (ears)

Sep 12, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Mallory is the new calendar and weather girl for this week.  She put up the numbers on the calendar and discussed the weather.  She told us the color and shape: pink, circle.  We reviewed the days of the week and months of the year in English and Spanish. We used the 100’s chart and counted to 20 in English and Spanish. Reviewed our Sign Language word: “touch”.

Songs:  Sang morning gathering songs, days of the week and months of the year.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what they learned about eyes on Friday.  Today they told me what they know about ears and hearing.  Discussed:  What amazing things can you do with your ears?  Explained that we use our ears to hear things. Can you wiggle your ears? They saw Miss Kim wiggle her ears.  Fun Facts:  Your ears help you hear sounds but did you also know that they help you keep your balance?  Your eardrum is smaller and thinner than the nail on your pinky finger.  When you go up to high elevations the change in pressure can cause your ears to pop.  Dolphins have the best sense of hearing among animals. They can hear 14 times better than humans.

Emergent Reading:  Discussed:  What parts of your body do you have that come in pairs (two)? We discussed what pairs are. We talked about all the body parts that come in pairs such as ears, eyes, knees, legs, etc.. We looked at the matching cards and the children told me what the picture was.  I then placed all the cards face down and each child took turns turning over two cards to see if they could find a match. We played “memory” until all kids had a turn and all matches were found.

Fine Motor: Discussed:  What objects can help you hear better?  Explained that there are hearing devices (hearing aids, cochlear implants, etc) that can help someone hear.  People also use megaphones, microphones and speakers to make the volume louder.  Looked at a Megaphone that they will be making in afternoon centers.

Listening:Discussed:  Why is it important to listen?  Explained that the more that you hear, the more you are able to understand.  I read the title of the participation story, “Beatriz, Bananas and the Very Tall Hat”.  Each child had a picture to the story.  When I read the story, as I read one of the words that matched the picture they would hold it up if they had that picture.  After I read the story, they had to answer questions to see if they comprehended it.  Questions:  Why did Beatriz make a hat? (so you could see her over the weeds)  Why was she making more hats? (Because her friends wanted them)  How many did she make? (10) Why did she get tired walking to the Market? (she had no breakfast and was hungry)  What did she eat after she took a nap? (Banana)  What happened to her hats while she was asleep?  (The monkey’s took them)  How did she get them back?  (The monkey’s copied her movements and threw them down when she threw her hat down)  What do you eat for breakfast?  What do you do when you get angry?

Physical Science:Discussed:  What noises can you recognize without seeing them? Discussed inside and outside sounds.  We had 6 containers; three containers were filled with Lima beans, rice and sunflower seeds.  The other three containers were filled with the matching item.  We shook each container to see if they sounded the same or different.  The children then had to find the matching container that sounded the same.  They had a difficult time with this. 

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Outside Play Center 2:  Megaphone craft-The children will use scissors to snip the edge of the megaphone.They will decorate it with pieces of scrap paper and crayons.  They will then roll the megaphone and tape it together. 

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