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Wednesday: Kite

Feb 17, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Samuel put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  He reviewed the Spanish and Sign Language words. 

Brainstorm/Fun Facts: We are learning about Kites.  The children told me what they know about kites and what shape a kite is in.  Fun Facts:  Kite flying was banned in China during the Cultural Revolution, anyone found flying a kite was sent to jail for up to three years and their kites destroyed.  When the Japanese were building some of the early temples & shrines they used large kites to lift tiles and other materials to the workmen on the roofs.  Alexander Bell, the inventor of the telephone also developed the tetrahedral kite, which was very successfully used for man carrying.  Benjamin Franklin used a kite to prove that lightening was electricity.  In 1847, a young boy won a competition to fly and land a kite on the other side of the Niagara River.  They then used the kite line to pull larger cables over the river, enabling them to start work on building the first railway bridge between Canada and the USA. 

Gross Motor:  Discussed:  How high do you think you can jump?  We invited the children to reach up high and then low.  We had one child at a time come up and start low and jump high off the ground.  We placed a ruler near where they were jumping to measure how high they got off the ground.  We wrote that on their Watch Me Move Shape. 

Environmental Science:  Discussed:  What materials do you think can be used to make a kite?  We experimented with heavy and light materials to see what would work best.  We walked through the room to find objects that we thought might work.  We safely tossed them in the air and saw if they gently floated down or if they just fell.  Discussed which items are heavy? and light?

Emergent Reading:  Discussed:  How many questions can you ask about a quilt? We wrote their questions down and counted how many they thought of.  We picked another Q word and replaced the word quilt in each question with the new word.  We tried asking or answering the new question. 

Fine Motor: Discussed: Did you know that Chinese kites are sometimes in the shape of a very, very long dragon?  The dragon symbolizes wisdom.  The children worked together to make a dragon face on a heart shape.  They then each came up and took a strip of paper and linked them together to make the dragon long.  We counted how many links we added.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Legos  Center 2: My Little Journal-  They went to the Q page and practiced putting a Question mark on the page.  Center 3:  They decorated their Watch Me Move Shape pattern. 

Tuesday: Valentine’s Day

Feb 16, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Samuel did all his Spanish words.  We put up the number on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  Reviewed our Sign language words. 

Brainstorm/Fun Facts: We reviewed what they learned about drums.  Discussed:  How do you show love? Fun Facts:  Saint Valentine’s Day, commonly shortened to Valentine’s Day. is an annual commemoration held on Feb. 14 celebrating love and affection.  It is a day in which “lovers” (mommy and daddy; boyfriend and girlfriends: or just friends) express their love for each other by presenting flowers or sending greeting cards.  Modern symbols include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged cupid. 

Visual Art:  Discussed:  How do you show your friends that you love them?  We looked at the Love Bug Headband they will be making in afternoon centers.

Social Skills:   Discussed:  Why do you think many people associate hearts with Valentine’s Day?  Miss Kayla hid foam hearts all around the room while I was talking with them.  They all got to go on a Heart Hunt.  They gathered all the hearts and then we counted how many they found.

Health and Safety:  Discussed:  What types of red food do you like to eat?  We looked at several different red foods and discussed if we like to eat them.  I then had some homemade strawberry jam and we toasted some toast.  Each child got to eat some toast with strawberry jam.  They loved this!!!

Visual Art:   Discussed:  To whom would you like to give a Valentine? I showed them how to add paint to half of a heart pattern. I then closed it onto the paint and we looked at the pattern it made with the paint.  The children will create one in afternoon centers.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Wooden BlocksCenter 2: Colored Heart Craft-  The children will add paint to half the heart pattern and then close the heart pattern and press it onto the paint.  They will open the heart to see the pattern.  Center 3:  Love Bug Headband-  they can decorate their headband pattern. They will tape the hearts onto the pipe cleaner and tape the pipe cleaner to the headband.

Monday: Drums

Feb 13, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Samuel is the new calendar and meteorologist for this week.  He put the numbers on the calendar from this weekend. He found the day of the week in Spanish and discussed the weather.  He reviewed the Spanish and Sign language words for us also. We also reviewed our Sight words.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts: We reviewed what we learned Friday about carpet. Today the children told me what they know about drums.  Drums are used to make music. They help keep a rhythm and beat to a song.  Fun facts:  The Jembe is made from a single piece of wood and carved into the shape of a goblet that is hollow throughout with a skin covering over the top.  The drum is played with bare hands.  In many parts of Africa the use of music is not limited to entertainment: it serves a purpose to the local community and helps in the conduct of daily routines.  Traditional African music supplies appropriate music and dance for work and for religious ceremonies of birth, naming, rites of passage, marriage and funerals.  A drum is called a membranophone, or an instrument that creates sound by striking a stretched membrane with some type of object, usually rounded stick. Drums consist of hollowed out pieces.

Visual Art:  Discussed:  What could you use to make a drum?  Explained that Africans took a tree trunk, hollowed it out and spread the skin of an animal over it to create drums. We looked at the drum they will be making in afternoon centers. We also looked at a pair of drums that I had.  The children got to use the drum sticks and come up one at a time to play the drums for all of us.

Numbers:   Discussed: How high can you count?  We looked at the hands-on number 1 and 2.  I put them together to make 12 and the children told me the number.  We then counted to 12.  We looked at the Counting Card and counted the hearts and placed the hands-on 1 and 2 in the correct places.

Logic:  Discussed:  How are drums similar or different from other instruments?  We named different instruments and compared that to a drum.  I laid three pictures on the floor: kite, drum, mask.  I read a clue and asked one child to come up and turn over the cards that did NOT match the clue.  Clues were:  I make music, you can play with me at a party, you can paint me, you can make me fly, you can play with me, some people dance with me.

Emergent Reading:  Discussed:  How does the beat of a drum change?  They had a very difficult time figuring this question out.   We experimented by pounding on the floor or our laps quickly and slowly.  We looked at the Hands-on letter S and Q.  Discussed that S is for Slowly and Q is for quick.  I told the children that if I raise the S they have to pound slowly on the floor and if I raise the Q they have to beat quickly on the floor.  We did this several times as I changed the letters. 

Gretchen B-day:  The children all brought a birthday card for Gretchen.  She sat on my lap and we read all the cards. 

Show and Tell:  The children all brought in 12 items.  Each child counted out their items to the class and we discussed if they had the correct number.  If something needed added or subtracted we discussed and fixed their bag of items to equal 12.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Waffle Blocks and Bowling pins free play. Center 2: Drum Art-  The children will use a cotton swab to paint the paper for their drums. They will then roll the paper to make the bottom part of the drum.  They will place a lid for the top part.  

Friday: Carpet

Feb 10, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

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

Brainstorm/Fun Facts: We reviewed what we learned about lanterns.  The children told me all that they know about carpets today.  We looked at some samples of carpet.  Fun facts:  Carpet is a textile floor covering that is distinguished from the more general term “rug” by being fixed to the floor surface and extending wall to wall.  The earliest peoples covered the floors of their dwellings with animal skins, grass, or later woven reed mats.  Each year, several pounds of soil can accumulate in and under a carpet.  To make a carpet brighter, sprinkle salt onto the carpet and let it stand for an hour before vacuuming it up.  Salt is also effective in removing muddy footprints.

Numbers:  Discussed: What do you like to collect?  Read the book again, “My Granny Went to Market: A Round-the-World Counting Rhyme”.  We discussed what she collected in the story.  We then looked at the Pocket Counters that the cut in afternoon centers this week.   We counted the strips of cats, drums and masks.  We added more to them to make addition problems.  We wrote the addition problems that we made on the wipe off board. 

Patterns: Discussed:  What types of designs have you seen on carpets?  We looked at the pattern strip and made different patterns with the carpet squares.  Discussed how the patterns keep repeating.

Social Skills:  Discussed:  What do you think it means to be respectful?  Respect is a way of showing someone or something kindness and consideration.  When you are being respectful you are treating people the way you would like to be treated.  I gave lots of examples on how the children don’t show respect and how they can show respect.  Each child told me a way they would show respect to someone.  They received a feather if they could tell me a way to show respect.  If  they did not show their friends respect or Miss Kim respect in lessons they lost their feather.  I put all the feathers in their mailboxes.

Emergent Reading:  Discussed:  What kinds of carpets have you walked on? Kings and Queens walk down long red carpets?  We looked at the capital and lowercase letter “Qq”.  We discussed that it is a borrower and borrows K and W’s sound.  It says “kw”.  We discussed that Q is always always always followed by a U when we write words.  We wrote several words that begin with Q.  We looked in the dictionary to find more words that begin with Q.

Show and Tell: Each child brought in a Q item.  They came up one at a time and told me what they brought and why they brought it.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Large Cardboard Blocks  

Thursday: Lantern

Feb 9, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Rudy told us the weather, added the number to the calendar and found the day of the week in Spanish.  We reviewed our Spanish and Sign language words.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts: We reviewed what we learned about Masks.  Discussed:  What do you know about lanterns?  Lanterns are used mainly for lights.  The Chinese have used paper lanterns in celebrations for thousands of years as a symbol of hope and good wishes.  Fun Facts:  Qinhuai Lantern Fair is held during the Spring Festival in Nanjing.  The lantern fair is a very popular folk culture activity among the local people. 

Emergent Reading:  Discussed:  What helps you see in the dark night?  Explained that in all countries there is day and night.  We sat in a circle and I gave each child 2 play dollars.  I then placed all the matching cards face down on the floor.  Each child took turns turning over two cards to see if they got a match.  If they did not get a match they had the option to spend a dollar to turn over another card to find a match.  Each child had 2 dollars to spend if they wanted too.  They really liked playing the Memory game this way.

Visual Art:   Discussed:  What do you think of when you see the color red?  In China, red represents happiness, courage and success.  Traditional lanterns are red. We looked at the paper lanterns they will be making in afternoon centers.

Physical Science:   Discussed:  How can light and water bend a pencil?  We had a glass of water and placed the pencil in the water. The children took turns coming up to look down into the water from above the cup.  They then looked at the pencil in the water from the side of the cup.  They discussed how the pencil looked bent.  Discussed that the reason it looks bent is because the water bends the light and tricks your eyes into making you think the pencil is bent.

Listening:  Discussed:  What do you wish you could have? A celebratory lantern can sometimes remind us that happiness comes from hope and dreams and not from having lots of things.  We looked at the title of the story, “The Money Bag”.  Explained that in Korea, this story was told to help people remember that they need to work hard, follow the rules, and be happy with what they have.  I read the story to the kids as I acted it out with my Storytelling Pieces.  We discussed the story in detail.  Discussion Questions:  Why did the man and woman go to the top of the hill?  (to get  bundles of wood)  How many bundles of wood did they cut?  (2)  What did they do with the 2 bundles? (one was used for fire wood and they saved the other one to take to market to sell)  What did they buy at the market?  (they wanted to sell the bundle to buy rice)  What happened to the bundle that they were to sell at market?  (It was taken by an old man)  What did the old man give the woodcutter?  (a money bag)  Why did the money bag stop giving silver coins?  (because the woodcutter got greedy and opened it more than once a day)  How would you use the money if you had a magic money bag?

Afternoon Centers: Center 1:  Variety of Toys Center 2: Paper Lantern Art-  The children will use markers to decorate their red paper lanterns.  They will then cut slits in the lantern and add red and gold streamers to it.  

Wednesday: Mask

Feb 8, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

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

Brainstorm/Fun Facts: We reviewed what they learned about passports and money.  Today the children told me what they know about Masks.  Fun Facts:  A mask is an object normally worn on the face, typically for protection, disguise, performance or entertainment.  There are oxygen mask, surgical mask, pocket mask, diving mask, ski mask, hurling “helmets” mask.  We looked at pictures of all the different types of mask.

Visual Art:  Discussed:  Did you know Carnival is celebrated all over the world immediately before Lent?  Common festivities include parades, street parties and masks. The largest Carnival party is in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.  We looked at the masks that they will be making in afternoon centers.

Emergent Writing:  Discussed:  Deepavali is a festival in Malaysia when the homes are lit with tiny lights to celebrate good over evil.  The children each came up and practiced writing the number 11 on the wipe off board.  They also practiced drawing a heart. 

Shapes:  Discussed:  What sounds might you hear at a celebration?  We looked at the foam hearts and practiced making designs with them.

Speaking:   Discussed:  What do you need to put on a party?  We learned new Spanish words today.  Mask- Mascara (Mas-ka-ra); Drums- Tambors (Tam-bors); Suitcase- Maleta (Mah-lay-tah); Money- Dinero (De-nay-ro). 

Tumble Bus Day:  Mr. Mik came dressed up like Goofy today!!  The kids thought that was silly.  See the form at the front door of the activities they played today.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Wooden Blocks  Center 2: Mask Art- the children will use a pipe cleaner stamp to put in paint and stamp on their mask.  They will then add hair out of curling ribbon.  We will tape a straw on the mask so they can hold it to their face.  Center 3:  My Little Journal-  They will all practice making the number 11.  They will then cut out two strips of paper and glue them together to make the number 11.  They will then draw a heart on top of each one to turn them into a candle.  Center 4:  They will practice making designs out of the foam hearts.

Tuesday: Passport and Money

Feb 7, 2012   //   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 told us the weather.  He reviewed all the Spanish and Sign Language words. 

Sight Words:  The children read all the sight words and we learned a few more.  Sight words:  I, a, in, at, on, is, it, and, you, are.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts: We reviewed what we learned about cameras.  The children told me what they know about passports or money.  Discussed:  What do you need to take with you on a trip?  Fun Facts:  Adult passports are valid for 10 years while children’s passports are valid for five years.  A passport is an official document issued by a government, identifying an individual, granting him permission to travel abroad, and requesting the protection of other governments for him.  We looked at Miss Kim’s passports and we also looked at how money is different looking in other countries.  We looked at the differences in Coins and dollars.

Speaking:  Discussed:  What do you drink at a restaurant?  We practiced the Sign for “more”: hold thumb and fingers together, palms facing in.  Move hands together and apart.  We then sang a song using our Sign language to replace some of the words: more, please, thank you, milk!

Numbers:  Discussed:  Where should you keep your money?  Where can you keep your money when you travel?  Discussed what might happen if we put money in a jar outside in the garden.   Discussed good and bad places to hide money.

Logic:  Discussed:  What games do you play when you travel in the car or an airplane?  We only had 6 bingo cards.  The children that got to play Bingo are the children that were able to recognize their names on their name tags.  I showed them their name and if they recognized it they came up and read their name.  That  was their ticket or passport to play Bingo.  I had 7 children recognize their names today.  Two children shared one Bingo card.  We played Bingo using Lima Beans as their place cards.  Andrew was the first person to fill up his whole bingo card.

Physical Science:  Discussed:  How do coins look the same and different?  We looked at pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters.  I put the coins in a bag and shook the bag and the children had to guess what was in the bag.  I then put dollars in the bag and the children had to guess what it was.  They discussed the sounds that they heard and how they were different.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Legos  Center 2: Pocket Counter-  Each child took their Counter and cut the pieces out.  They then had to put the strips in their envelopes.  They drew out one strip and counted the objects.  They had to find the number that matches the number of objects.  Please do this more at home.  Center 3:  They will decorate their Valentine’s bag!

Monday: Camera

Feb 6, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Rudy is the new calendar and meteorologist this week.  He put all the numbers on the calendar from this weekend.  He discussed the pattern.  He discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  He told us all the Spanish and Sign language words.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts: We discussed what they know about a camera or what they can do with a camera?  Fun Facts:  Nearly all cameras are made up of the same basic parts: a body (the lightproof box), a lens and a shutter to control the amount of light reaching the light-sensitive surface, a viewfinder to frame the scene, and a focusing mechanism.  We looked at my camera and we looked at a real Polaroid camera. 

Visual Art:  Discussed:  What do you want to take a picture of in this room?  We looked at the camera that they will be making in afternoon center.

Emergent Reading:  Discussed:  What activities do you like to do?  Do you have any pictures of you doing that activity? We looked at the hands-on letter J.  Discussed the sound and letter.  We discussed words that begin with the letter.  We looked at a  jump rope. The children got to see if Miss Kim could still Jump Rope.  The children helped tell me how to make the jump rope into a J shape.  The children then took turns trying to jump over the biggest part of the J.  We looked in the dictionary and found all the J words.

Emergent Reading:  Discussed:  What do you buy at the market or store?  We looked at the book and discussed the concepts of print: front cover, back cover, title page, title, author illustrator and that we read the book from front to back and left to right.  We read the book, “My Granny Went to Market; A Round-the-World Counting Rhyme”.  While we read the children had to repeat what and how many Granny bought and where she bought it around the world.  After reading the story the children had to each try to remember what she bought and where she bought it.

Numbers:  Discussed:  How can you take a photo of yourself?  Some cameras have a self-timer. This feature allows you to push the camera’s button and then sit down for the photo. We looked at the counting card.  Discussed the number 11.  We counted the 11 hearts on the card and counted to 11 in Spanish.  We looked at the hands-on number 11 and the children helped me make the number 11 with the 1 and 1. Show and TellThe children all brought in 11 items.  Each child came up one at a time and counted out their items.  If they brought to many or not enough we discussed how many more or less they needed and fixed their bags. 

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Outside Play  Center 2: Camera art-  The children will each make their own camera.  They will then draw pictures to put in the camera to view.  Center 3:  My Little Journal-  They will go to the red page and color the bird red.  They will then draw a red boat.

Friday: Airplane/Boat

Feb 6, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Max found the number and put it on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish. 

Brainstorm/Fun Facts: We reviewed what they learned about maps.  Discussed: What children could ride in to go across the ocean? The children also told what they know about a boat or airplane.  Fun Facts:  On Dec. 17, 1903, the Wright brothers produced the first manned, power-driven, heavier-than-air flying machine near Kitty Hawk, N.C.  The first flight lasted 12 seconds, but later flights on that same day were a little longer; a safe  landing was made after each attempt.  The machine was a biplane with two propellers chain-driven by a gasoline motor.  Sailboats differ from other types of boats in that they are propelled partly or entirely by wind; they use sails to transform the power of the wind into power that moves the boat through the water.

Health and Safety:  Discussed:  What shape is a boat?  Discussed how we wash our hands before we mess with food.  Today we will be making a boat sandwich.  We used pita bread and cut it into half to make two boat shapes.  We then added a variety of meats to each pita half.  We added turkey, pastrami, salami, ham and chicken.  We then added lettuce, tomato, cucumber.  We cut the boat sandwich into pieces and everyone got to enjoy some of the sandwich.

Emergent Reading:  Discussed:  What noise does a jet make?  What sound does the letter J make?  We put the capital and lowercase J flower in the room somewhere and the children had to fly to one of them pretending to be a jet.

Patterns:  Discussed:  Would you rather travel by boat or by plane?  The children sorted the foam hearts by color.  We looked at the sorting sheet with the jet and ship.  The children decided which one they would like to ride in and placed a heart on that vehicle.  We then counted how many hearts on each and discussed more and less.

Emergent Writing:   Discussed:  What might you find on a boat that is red?  We looked at the My Little Journal and found the red page.  Discussed that they will draw a red boat on this page and color the bird red.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Outside Play

Thursday: Maps

Feb 2, 2012   //   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 reviewed the Spanish and Sign language words. 

Brainstorm/Fun Facts: We reviewed what they learned about suitcases.  The children told me what they know about maps.  Discussed what they might see on a map?  We looked at an Indianapolis map.  Fun Facts:  A map is a visual representation of an area.  Cartography or map-making is the study and practice of crafting representations of the Earth upon a flat surface and one who makes maps is called a cartographer. Maps exist of the solar system and other features such as star maps.

Shapes:  Discussed:  What shape is love?  Explained that many people use the heart as a symbol of love.  We looked at the heart shape.  I showed the children how to touch their thumbs together and curve their fingers to make a heart shape.  Explained that people need love all around the world.  Most people live on land. We looked at the map and put the heart on colors that represent the land.  Discussed what blue represents on the map?  Discussed how to show love in different ways to people we don’t know.

Physical Science:  Discussed:  Maps are like pictures of places.  What buildings would be on your city map? I picked four children that were sitting nice with hands in their laps to come up and choose a magnifying glass and follow the directions on it.  Magnifying glass 1- Toy Train:  Look and find a train in the Storytelling poster.  What shape are the wheels?  Roll your hands like the wheels of a train.  Magnifying glass 2-World Map:  Look and find a map on the Storytelling Poster.  Where would you like to go?  What colors do you see on the map?  Magnifying glass 3- Airplane:  Look and find an airplane.  Pretend to fly around the room.  What else flies?  Magnifying glass 4- Suitcase:  Look and find a suitcase.  What else can you pack things in?  What is in the suitcase?

Shapes:  Discussed:  How do you get to school?  Discussed modes of transportation and the roads or paths the children follow.   We looked at the discover game project.  I had a child come pick one of the modes of transportation.  They then took a q-tip and followed the path for that mode of transportation.  Four children got to do this activity.

Global Citizenship:  Discussed:  What animals do you see on the World Map?  We looked at the Green continent on the map which was the United States.  We looked at the flag for the United States.  We learned that today is Ground Hog Day.  Discussed:  Each year on February 2nd, in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, people gather to watch famous Phil, a ground hog, rise from his burrow.  Tradition has it that if he sees his shadow there will be six more weeks of winter or if he doesn’t it will be an early spring.  We looked at pictures of Phil the ground hog.  Fun facts:  Groundhog day is a fun holiday that is observed in the United States and Canada on Feb. 2nd each year.  It originated in Germany, people believed that when they started to see badgers that spring was close behind.  They would use these sightings as a sign of when they should begin to plant their first crops of the New Year. Some groups of German immigrants settled in Pennsylvania.  Due to the fact that badgers are not native to this area, groundhogs (a close looking cousin of the badger) were used in predicting the weather.  We went outside in the front yard and looked for our Shadows.  We then stepped on each other’s shadow and played with our shadows. 

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Outside Play  Center 2: Discover Project Sheet-  The children will cut apart the transportation cards.  They will then follow the path of the transportation with a q-tip.  

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