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Friday: Sight (eyes)

Sep 9, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Gretchen put the number on the calendar and discussed the weather.  We said the days of the week and months of the year in English and Spanish.  Reviewed the color, shape and letter (p, pink, circle).  Reviewed the sign for touch.  We counted to 20 in English and Spanish using the 100’s chart.

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

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what the children learned yesterday.  Today they will be learning about Sight.  Discussed:  What amazing things can you do with your eyes?  Explained that our eyes help us to “see” things. This is called sight (or vision).  Fun Facts:  The average person blinks about 12 times a minute.  An eagle can see a rabbit about 1 mile or 1760 yards  away.  Now the average person needs to be about 550 yards away to see the same rabbit. The black circle in the middle of our eye is called the pupil.  The part of our eye that is colored is called the Iris.

Visual Art:  Discussed: How can you see music?  Explained that dancing is one way you see music. Some people also use sign language to sing.  The children used their dancing props that they made in afternoon centers to dance to the music.  They did different movements: shake it high, low, to the right, to the left, move it in a circle.  They listened to Track 14 “I See the Sunshine”.

Social Skills:  Discussed: How can you see your own head? Explained that mirrors help us see our own face. We traced their head and shoulders in afternoon centers.  Each child took their tracing and followed Miss Corrie’s directions.  She discussed what else they see on their heads.  She showed them how to draw the eyes on the wipe off boards and then they drew their eyes on the tracing of their heads.  They continued until all the parts were drawn.

Shapes:  Discussed: What shapes or designs are on your clothing? Each child was to wear clothing with shapes so they each took turns standing up to show the shapes on their clothes. They looked at the Shape Design Mat and found the circles used to make the pictures.  The children took turns coming up one at a time to take the correct color and size of foam circle and match it to the ones on the Mat to complete the pictures.

Speaking:  They looked at each photo and told Miss Corrie what they saw: shoe, eye, ear.  They learned the words in Spanish.   Shoe-Calzado “Kal-sa-doh”; Eye-Ojo “Oh-ho”; Ear-Oreja “Oh-ray-ha”. They also learned “I see” in Spanish- Yo veo “Joh vay-oh”.  Miss Corrie hid the tags around the room and chose a child to go find one.  They then had to say what it was in English and Spanish and also include I see: I see a shoe “Yo veo calzado”.  She practiced this with each child

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Wooden Blocks

Thursday: Legs

Sep 8, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Gretchen put the number on the calendar and told us the weather.  She told us the color of the month: Pink.  She tried to tell us what shape it was: circle.  I also asked her what letter this was: P.    We all reviewed the days of the week and months of the year in English and Spanish.  We also looked at the 100’s chart and 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 yesterday and arms.  Today we will be learning about legs.  Discussed what a leg is.  Each child showed me what amazing things they can do with their legs.  Fun Facts:  The human leg contains two long bones, the tibia and the fibula.  Our legs help us walk and balance.  Our legs have 4 muscles.

Physical Science:  We looked at a sock and they told me what they saw. If we can’t see, what other senses can we use to figure out what something is?  Each child told me something they could feel, smell, hear, and taste.  Each child came up one at a time and felt the sock in the bag and told me what it felt like: hard, soft, scratchy, squishy, etc…  Discussed what they can use a sock for: make a puppet, to keep our feet warm, bean bag, to hide toys in, etc..

Speaking:   Discussed: What is the farthest part of your legs you can touch?  We learned the sign for “touch”:  Place left hand in front of body, palm facing down.  Use right middle finger to touch the top of the left hand.  We repeated the sign until everyone was able to do it correctly.  We then sang a song to the tune of “Row, row, row your boat” as they signed the word touch in the song and acted it out.  Song:  Touch, touch, touch your thigh, Touch it if you can.  Reach up high and touch your thigh, Touch it if you can.  (Continued signing and changing words… thigh, knee, ankle, foot, etc.. )

Emergent Reading:  Discussed: What kinds of things might you find in a garden? Explained that fruits, vegetables, flowers, insects or rocks can be in a garden.  The children hid their eyes and then all went together to try to find the potato picture.  We sang the song, “One Potato, Two Potato, ”

Logic:  Discussed:  How can  you use your legs to announce something?  We then played a game of Bingo.  The pictures were different parts of their body. 

Numbers:  Discussed:  Why can’t you just take whatever  you want from a store?  Explained that people and even stores have to buy what they need or want.  If you take something without paying, it is stealing.   We had circles that we pretended were money and counted them to see how many we had.  I then practiced with each child throwing a ball and kicking a ball.  We placed a bucket on the floor and each child took a dollar “circle”.  When it was their turn they paid me a dollar so that they could throw the ball into the bucket and then kick the ball into the bucket.  We counted how many dollars I collected from them so they could play the game.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Miss Felicia will trace their heads and shoulders onto paper so that they can draw their facial features.  Center 2: Dancing Prop:  The children will add hair to a tube, eyes, nose, and mouth and tape it to a Popsicle stick.  Center 3: Legos

Wednesday: Arms

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

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Gretchen put the number on the calendar and discussed the weather. 

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

Review/Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We used the 100’s chart and counted to 20 together in English and Spanish.  We reviewed the days of the week and months of the year in English and Spanish.  We reviewed the shape: circle and color: pink.  We reviewed the quiet lip popper Pp.    Discussed:  What different ways can you move your arms?  What is an arm, where is it and how many do you have?

Listening:  Discussed:  What is the first thing you do in the morning? We looked at the book “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush”.  We discussed the concepts of print: front cover, back cover, title page, author, illustrator, and title of the book.  We read the book and acted it out as we read.  After reading, the children told me what happened in the story. 

Numbers: Discussed:  What parts of your body do you have only one?  We looked at the hands-on number 1 and placed it by the one body parts.  We looked at the counting card and added one foam circle.  The children all counted to one in English and Spanish. 

Visual Art:  Discussed:  What do you think you would see if you looked inside your body?  Did you know that an x-ray machine is like a camera but it takes a picture of the bones inside our bodies?  We looked at pictures of X Rays and the children told me what body parts they were.  They will put bones together to make a body in afternoon centers.

 Emergent Reading:  Discussed:  What does it mean to pounce?  Explained that pounce is the term used to describe when a person or animal jumps.  We had the letter P written on 5 pieces of paper.  I spread them out on the floor and each child one at a time pounced from P to P. 

Show and Tell:  The children each brought in 1 item to show the class.  They stood up one at a time to discuss what they brought and how many they brought.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Wooden Car tracks and village  Center 2:  The children took the hands on letter P and laid it under a piece of paper.  They then used the side of a crayon and did a rub over the covered P.  They noticed that the P shape came through.  Center 3:  Bone Art-  The children punched out the bone parts to glue them onto black paper and make their body out of bones.  We discussed how to put the bone parts together in class in the morning . 

Tuesday: Body

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

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Gretchen is the calendar and  weather girl for this week.  She put the numbers on the calendar and discussed the weather. We said all the days of the week and months of the year and discussed how many days are in a week and months in a year.

Songs:  Listened to our morning gathering song, days of the week and months of the year.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts: Discussed:  How is your body different from other family member’s bodies?  This was a very hard thing for them to answer.  Discussed fun facts: Your heart beats around 100,000 times a day.  Most adults have 32 teeth.  Infants blink only once or twice a minute while adults average around 10.  As well as having unique fingerprints, humans also have unique tongue prints.

Patterns:Discussed- What do you want to collect?  What does it mean to collect?  Explained that collecting means to find and keep many items that have something in common.  We put all the brown and pink foam circles in a bag.  Each child came up one at a time and pulled out a foam circle.   They had to tell me what color it was and put it in the matching color envelope.  We did this until everyone had a turn.  We then dumped out all the brown circles and counted them and then counted all the pink circles.  We discussed more and less.

Emergent Reading: Discussed:  What could you put in your pocket that starts with the /p/sound?  We discussed words that start with p.  Discussed what sound P makes and that your lips pop when making the sound.  This sound/letter is called a quiet lip popper.  We used the P on the stick to pass around to each other while we played, “In My Pocket” and when I stopped the music the person holding the P had to jump up and say the sound and letter.  Remember parents that p does not say /pu/ or words would say puig, and pueople.  P is a silent/quiet sound where your lips pop with air.  If you have any questions please see Miss Kim.

Emergent Writing:    Discussed:  What can you think of that is pink?  What shapes would you use to draw it?  We looked at their journals and discussed how they could draw a pig, flamingo, shirt, pants, balloons, etc.. 

Health and Safety:  Discussed: Why do you need to eat?  Ben said to give us energy.  We discussed how important it is to eat good healthy food.  Did you know that food gives us energy to play, it helps us grow, and gives us vitamins to stay healthy?  We discussed how we have to wash our hands and prepare our surfaces before we make things with food.  They are going to build a Body Snack.  We used graham crackers for the body.  We used a circle cracker for the head and raisins for the eyes, nose and mouth.  We used pieces of graham crackers to make the arms and legs.  We used peanut butter on the objects to get them to stick together.  They enjoyed this activity.  We were out of raisins so replaced with M’Ms.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1:My little Journal- they went to the pink page and drew a picture of something that is pink.  Center 2:  Outside play

Friday: Head

Sep 2, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. We discussed the days of the week and months of the year.  We counted how many months there are in a year and how many days of the week there are. 

Songs:  Listened to our circle time song, days of the week, months of the year and “I’m Special”.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Discussed:  What can you do with your head? What things are on your head?  Each child took turns showing us what they could do with their heads.  We did a song to the tune of “If Your Happy and You Know It”.  We changed the boy and the girl so that the boys had a turn to nod their heads and the girls had a turn to nod their heads.

Visual Art:  Discussed:  What color are your eyes? We used a mirror to look at our eyes to figure out the colors of them.  We counted how many children had blue eyes and how many had brown eyes.  We compared the number.  We discussed the parts of our eyes.  I drew an eye on the wipe off board and they told me how to add to it.

Shapes:  Discussed:  What do you see in this room that is a circle? The children took turns running over to a circle in the room and tapping it then running back to their seats.  The children then drew a circle in the air and on the floor.  They each took turns drawing a circle on the wipe off board with a marker.  We put the circle shape on the clothes line and discussed the shape.

Emergent Reading:  Discussed:  What part of  your body helps you see things? The children could not answer this question.  They told me their nose, elbow and knee helps them see.  We discussed that our eyes help us see.  Talked about if we close our eyes can we see our friends?  If my elbow looks at it and my eyes don’t can I see it? Tools such as glasses and telescopes help us see even better.I had 4 magnifying glass patterns on the floor.  I picked a child that was sitting the best to come pick a magnifying glass and tell the picture on it and do what it asked them to do.  1st Magnifying glass picture “Tongue”- Look and find the tongue on the theme poster.  Say your name as you stick your tongue out.  Wiggle your tongue quickly.  2nd Magnifying glass picture “foot”-Look and find a foot on the theme poster.  Stand on one foot.  Try to hop on one foot.  3rd Magnifying glass picture “hand”-Look and find a hand on the theme poster.  Clap our hands up high.  Count to 10 as you clap your hands. 4th Magnifying glass picture “Nose”-Look and find a nose on the theme poster.  Touch your thumb to your nose.  Hold your nose and say your name.

Emergent Reading:   Discussed:  What do you see in this room that is red? I picked a child to come up and wear a red hat and stand in the circle.  We recited the rhyme together as a class.  The child in the circle then got to pick the next child to come wear the red hat and stand in the circle.  We continued to recite the rhyme each time a new child was in the circle until all children had a turn.  Rhyme: ” This is the circle that is my head.  This is my mouth with which words are said.  These are my eyes which I use to see.  This is my nose–Ew! – What’s so stinky?  This is my hair that grows from my head And this is my hat all pretty and red. “

Show and Tell:  Each child brought a circular item to school .  They came up one at a time and discussed why they brought their items and what shape it was. 

Afternoon Centers: Center 1:  Outside Play

Thursday: Me (First Day of Lessons)

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

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. We discussed the new month. 

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Discussed:  What do you like about yourself?  They had a difficult time answering this question so I had to give them several ideas. 

Social Skills:  Discussed:  Who gave you your name?  Discussed first and last names. Why do some family members share the same last name.  They were supposed to bring in why they were named their name or who they were named after.  I only had 2 children participate in this.  I then held up name tags with their full names and if they recognized it they could come up to get their name tags.  Most of the children did not recognize their names.  We read their name tags and discussed their full names.

Visual Art:  Discussed:  Who named the birds?  Explained that scientists who discover a new animal, also give the animal a name.  Birds are named for their features, where they live, or after the person who discovered them.  I showed the pink bird to the children.  They told me the color.  I had them hide their eyes and I hid the bird.  I picked one child to find the bird and then they got to name the bird.  We did this to give several kids a turn at finding and naming the bird. 

Visual Art: Discussed: How could you use these supplies to make a puppet of yourself?  I held up all the supplies and we discussed how to make a puppet.  We looked at the puppets that they made in afternoon centers yesterday.

Speaking: Discussed:  What is your favorite part of your body?  We named all the parts of our bodies.  We looked at the poster and discussed what they saw.  The children compared themselves to the boy and girl in the poster.  They told the similarities and differences.  I then threw a ball to a child.  They threw the ball back and showed me something amazing that their bodies could do.  We then labeled all the body parts on the poster.  Each child came up and found a body part to label.

Show and Tell: The children all brought a picture of themselves.  Each child came up and told us about their picture.  They also told us what their full name was and why they had that name, if they knew the answer. 

Afternoon Centers: Center 1:   Discover Colors:  The children will discuss their eye color and then use a marker to color on the eye pattern.  They will add the black die cut circle for the pupil.    Center 2: Outside play

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