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Tuesday: Rain

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

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Rudy put the number on the calendar, found the day of the week in Spanish and discussed the weather.  He reviewed the sign language words. 

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

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what they learned about the rainy and dry season.  The children told me what they know about Rain.  Explained that water from the oceans and lakes goes up (evaporates) into the sky and becomes a cloud. When the cloud meets cold air, it turns into rain.  Fun Facts:  Rain drops can fall at speeds of about 22 miles an hour.  Rain starts off as ice or snow crystals at cloud level.  Louisiana is the wettest state in the U.S. which received an annual rainfall of  56 inches.  Rain is recycled water that evaporated from our worlds lakes, rivers, oceans, seas, etc.  The umbrella was originally invented to protect people from the hot sun. 

Visual Art:  Discussed:  How do you think the rain clouds get so full?  Did you know that every cloud has moisture in it?  Explained that the more moisture (rain) a cloud holds, the fluffier it will look. If the moisture meets warm air, the cloud gets smaller.  They practiced picking up water with an eye dropper so they could paint their umbrellas in afternoon centers.

Shapes:  Discussed:  What shapes could you use to make a rectangle? I cut shapes out of paper and we pieced them together to try to make a rectangle.  We  then used the foam rectangular shapes to make different things:  we made a house, tree, man, etc.   Each child came up one at a time to make something out of the rectangles.  We looked at items in the room and found different shapes in the objects.

Emergent Writing:  Discussed:  Can you count the raindrops?  Explained that we can use tools like a rain gauge or bucket to measure how much rain falls, but it would be very hard to count each raindrop.  We discussed how to dip our finger in the water and make drops on the paper. 

Speaking:  Discussed:  How can you predict the weather?  What signs do you watch for?  Some leaves turn over if they need water.  Soon it will rain.  We learned new Spanish words:  Rain-Lluvia (Lyoo-ve-ah);  Sun-Sol (Sohl);  Cloud-Nube (Noo-bay);  Leaves- Hojas (o-hah).  Once they learned the words in Spanish, I put one of the weather cards behind the leaves and the children had to guess in Spanish which one it was.  I then had each child try to say each word in Spanish by looking at the picture.  Andrew and Ben were the only two that remembered all the Spanish words. 

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Outside Play  Center 2: They each got an umbrella pattern.  We had watered down paint and they used the eye dropper to get the paint and squirt it on their Umbrella.   Center 3:  My Little Journal-  They went to the page with 5 on it.  They dipped one finger in the water/paint mixture and made 5 drops on their journal page.

Monday: Dry/Rainy

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

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Rudy is the new calendar and weather boy for this week.  He put the number on the calendar and discussed the weather.  We found the day of the week in Spanish and reviewed the sign language words.

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

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:   The children told me what they thought the dry and rainy season meant.  Some places (tropical locations) only have two seasons- dry and rainy.  The temperatures stay fairly constant all year long.  Fun Facts:  The dry season is characterized by its low humidity, and some watering holes  and rivers drying up.  Animals are forced to migrate due to the lack of water.  Floods cause rivers to overflow their banks, and some animals to retreat to higher ground.  The wet season is a time when air quality improves, freshwater quality improves, and vegetation grows significantly, leading to crop yields late in the season. 

Speaking:  Discussed:  What happens when it rains? We learned the sign for  Rain– Place both hands open, palms facing out in front of body. Move hands up and down, with palms facing down.  We sang a song and did the sign for Rain each time it was sung in the song.  We then learned the sign for Dry and sang the song again and replaced rain with dry.  Dry- Wipe your index finger under your lip and curling it back into your hand.

Logic:  Discussed:  What tools are helpful in different types of weather? Explained that you need different clothes, tools, and accessories for various types of weather.  We looked at the Logic cards and named each item or weather.  I had one child at a time come up and match one type of weather with the item that goes with it.

Numbers: Discussed:  What could you do to help prepare the yard for rain? Explained that some jobs may need to be done when it is raining, or when it is really dry out.  For example, things may need to be covered (0r uncovered) or plants brought inside, etc.  Discussed how they think people get money.  One way we can earn money is to do a job.  I used the ABC Bucks and had them do a job in the room and then paid them a dollar.  We discussed the shape of the dollar.

Physical Science:   Discussed:  What clothes could you wear in any type of weather?  I had an object in a bag and the children had to come up one at a time to feel the object without looking.  After everyone had a chance to feel the object they tried to guess what it was.  It was a plastic hat and no one could guess it.  Explained that a hat can protect your head from the sun, and help keep the rain off.  The children discussed what else a hat could do.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: They cut out a rectangle and turned it into a Dollar by decorating it.  Center 2: Outside Play

Thursday: Winter

Nov 3, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Max was not here in time for calendar today so we did it together.  We added the number to the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  We reviewed our Sign language words.

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

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what they learned about Autumn.  The children told me what they know about Winter. Winter is when the earth is farthest from the sun.  In places that experience winter it is the coldest season of the year. Fun Facts:  Snowflakes are really ice crystals in various patterns.  Antarctica is the coldest place on earth with the coldest reported temperatures being -89.4 C or -129 F.  The most snowfall within 24 hours in the U.S. was 63 inches and occurred in Colorado.  We used a measuring tape and saw how deep 63 inches of snow is. 

Emergent Reading:  Discussed:   What do you think happens to flowers in the winter? In some places where it snows, some flowers (perennials) rest under the ground and grow again in the spring.  We looked at the letter Flowers and discussed the letter and sound: Ww.  We each told an item that started with the letter W.  We then looked in the dictionary and found lots of W words.  I had a white blanket and pretended it was snow.  All the children hid their eyes and I hid the two flowers under the “snow” blanket.  I picked one child to come up and dig in the snow to find the flowers.  We did this until each child had a turn to dig for the flowers.

Emergent Reading: Discussed:  What words make you think of winter?  I showed the children how to fold a blank piece of paper several times until it was a small square.  I then showed them how to cut out small areas.  We unfolded the paper and saw the beautiful snowflake.  I then folded another piece of paper and showed them what would happen if they cut too much of the fold off.  They found out it would fall apart.  They will practice making snowflakes in afternoon centers.

Emergent Writing:  Discussed:  What do you think the weather on top of the mountains is like in the summer? Did you know that some mountains are so high that the weather is always cold like winter?  Many mountains have snow on top, even in the summer time.  We looked at our Journals and discussed how to make the capital and lowercase Ww.  I showed them how to write the letter on the wipe off board.  Each child came up and practiced writing the capital and lowercase W. 

Health and Safety:  Discussed:  What foods do you eat that are cold?  Explained that many cold foods can make you think of the cold season of winter.  We are going to make ice cream today.  I showed the children how to measure all the ingredients out.  We took 1 cup of milk and poured it into a baggy.  We then added 2 tablespoons of sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla and zipped the baggy shut.  In a large Gallon baggy we filled it half full with Ice and then added 12 tablespoons of rock salt.  We put the milk mixture baggy into the baggy of ice.  The children passed it around shaking and rolling it around.  It took us several minutes to get the milk to freeze. We then each got to eat some YUMMY ICE CREAM!!!!

Show and Tell:  Each child brought an object that started with a “W”.  They came up one at a time and told us about their item and why they brought it.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Free Play with Large Cardboard Blocks.  Center 2: They will practice folding paper and cutting pieces out of it to make snowflakes. Center 3:  My Little Journal-  They went to the W page and practiced writing their capital and lowercase W.  They then drew a capital and lowercase W in the blank area and traced it with green like grass.  They added cotton to the tops of the W to make it look like snow on the mountains. 

Wednesday: Autumn

Nov 3, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Max put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  He told us all the signs for our words: water, touch, shoe, eat, more, banana, apple

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

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what we learned about Summer.  Today the children will tell me what they know about Autumn.  Autumn is often referred to as “fall” because many leaves fall from trees this time of year.  Autumn is the season between summer (hot) and winter (cold).  Fun Facts:  Most leaves fall from trees because the ends of the branch are sealed off near the leaf stem to protect the tree through the long winter months.  Fall colors are best when late summer is dry and autumn has bright sunny days & cool nights below 40 degrees.  Trees take water from the ground through their roots & take carbon dioxide from the air. They also use the energy from sunlight to produce sugar which together is called photosynthesis. 

Visual Art:  Discussed:  What colors have you seen on trees before the leaves fall?  The leaves on many deciduous trees change color before they fall off the tree.  Looked at the art project they would be creating in afternoon centers.

Physical Science:   Discussed:  What happens in nature to let you know that the season is changing?  We used the Theme poster to answer questions from the magnifying glass.  We had 4 magnifying glass patterns that told us to look for an object and then do some activities.  I picked the children sitting the best one at a time to do the activity.  Magnifying glass 1: Picture-“Flower”.  Look and find a flower.  Find something else the same color as the flower.  What else grows in the spring?  Magnifying glass 2:  “Fully Leaved Green Tree”-Look and find a tree.  Which season do you think this tree is in?  What is different about the tree in another season?  Magnifying glass 3:  “Bird”-  Look and find a bird.  Pretend to fly like a bird.  What other animals do you see?  Magnifying glass 4:  “Tree branches with Colored leaves”- Look and find a leaf.  Can you count 6 leaves?  Pretend to be a leaf floating to the ground in the fall. 

Shapes:    Discussed:  What are some items in nature you think look like a rectangle? Did you know that tree trunks resemble a rectangle?  A rectangle is long on two sides and short on two sides.  We had a rectangle taped to the floor.  They stood in the rectangle and pretended to be leaves in a tree in the summer blowing in the wind.  It then turned fall and the wind got really strong and blew them out of the tree.  We discussed how leaves float to the ground gently.   

Show and Tell:  Each child was to bring in a Rectangular Object.  They each came up one at a time and discussed their objects. 

Patterns:   Discussed:  What do you think animals do to stay safe in the winter?  Explained that some animals build warm shelters and then fill them with food.We looked at the foam sorting shapes and discussed the sizes, shape and colors.  Each child then helped to build a shelter out of the shapes for the bear and groundhog. 

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Outside Play  Center 2: Discover Color Project- We squirted yellow, orange and red paint onto a green leaf pattern.  The children then used their paint brush to paint the leaf and blend the colors.  

Tuesday: Summer

Nov 3, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Max is the new calendar and weather boy for this week.  He put the numbers on the calendar, found the day of the week in Spanish and discussed the weather.  We reviewed the sign language words. 

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

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Discussed that we will be talking about the seasons this month.  The children had to tell me what they know about the Summer.  Summer is the season that happens when you are closest to the sun.  People who live on the other side of the world have winter when you have summer.  We looked at the globe and found us and discussed who was having Spring since we were in the Fall.  Fun Facts:  In the United States the sun shines longer in the day and we have fewer hours of darkness.  It rains less in the summer and the temperature is usually hot or warm.  When there is no rain, the earth can get very dry and hard.  In some places around the world, there is a danger of fires when the land gets too dry.  Thunder and lightning storms occur more often in the summer. 

Visual Art:  Discussed:  What makes summer so hot?  We looked at the Sun project that they would create in afternoon centers.

Speaking:  Discussed:  How do you decide what to wear every day? How does the weather help us know what to wear?  We looked at the four season poster and discussed.  We looked at the people cards and discussed what season they belonged in by what they were wearing. 

Visual Art:  Discussed:  What colors have you seen in the sunshine?  The closer the sun is to the horizon (sunrise and sunset) the more red/orange you can see.  We looked at the color bird.  Discussed the color orange.  We found all the orange in the room.  Show and Tell:  The children were to wear Orange to school.  Each child came up one at a time and we found all the orange on their clothing.  We then counted all the people that wore orange and all the ones that did not and compared.

Social Skills:   Each child worked on recognizing their names.  I had name tags with their full names written on them.  I held the name tags up one at a time and if they recognized it then they came up to get it.  They had to tell us their full name.  We did this until everyone had their name tag.

 

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Outside Play  Center 2: They worked on writing their first names on a blank name tag.  Center 3:  They got to use yellow paint and used the noodles to turn the sun yellow.  They then glued the noodles onto  the sun.  They cut out strips of paper to glue onto the sun to make the rays.

Monday: Halloween Party

Nov 3, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

We all came dressed up in our costumes!  The children got to go trick or treating to three neighbors houses. 

All the children helped me carve a pumpkin

We made pumpkin pudding and the children got to mix up their own bag.

They then painted bags and turned them into pumpkins.

We had lots of treats and had a lot of fun!

 

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