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Friday: St. Patrick’s Day

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

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Miss Kim put the number on the calendar, the children told me the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  We reviewed our Spanish and Sign language words.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts: Today the children told me what they know about St. Patrick’s Day! St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated March 17 each year.  It originates in Ireland to celebrate their patron saint, Patrick.  Fun Facts:  St. Patrick’s Day is a national holiday of Ireland and is an annual feast day celebrating the patron saint.  It is a popular holiday in the United States.  People wear green and eat corned beef and cabbage.  The shamrock, pot -of-gold and leprechauns are also associated with St. Patrick’s Day.  The shamrock was worn as a badge on the lapel.  Three is Ireland’s magic number and the three petals that make up the shamrock are supposed to bring good luck.  The three leaves also represent the Trinity in the Christian religion.

Numbers:  Discussed:  How many coins do you think can fit in this container? The children estimated what they thought would fit.  We used Lima beans as our coins.  We then counted together to see how many would fit in the small container.  We then had two other sizes of containers that we used to see how many “coins” Lima beans would fit in them.  We compared more and less in each container.

Social Skills:  Discussed:  Where would you hide your gold?  Legends about leprechauns say they have a pot of gold they hide in a safe place.  I had a pot of gold.  I had the children hide their eyes and hid the pot of gold in the room.   We did this several times.

Visual Art:  Discussed:  What other colors do you think are associated with St. Patrick’s Day?  Some traditions have included leprechauns and rainbows.  We are going to make a design on blue paper with glue.  The children will then sprinkle on salt.  They will then paint it with water color paint to make  a colorful design.  They will tear pieces of gold paper to make a pot of gold. 

Health and Safety:  Discussed:  What color is your favorite food?  We took some bread and used different colors of milk to paint the bread.  We made our milk colors with food coloring.  We then used BBQ baster to paint the bread.  We toasted the bread and added butter and enjoyed a rainbow snack.

Visual Art:   We went outside and discussed all the things that we saw in nature that is green.  We also looked for items that aren’t colored from nature. 

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Outside Play

Thursday: Rabbit

Mar 15, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Will 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 we learned about weeds.  The children told me all that they know about Rabbits today.  Fun Facts:  A male rabbit is a buck. A female rabbit is a doe. A baby rabbit is a kit.  A rabbits teeth never stop growing. Rabbits purr similar to a cat.  Domesticated rabbits are born without fur. Domesticated rabbits eyes do not open until they are about 2 weeks old.  Rabbits cannot vomit.  Rabbits need hay to assist the digestive system and prevent fur balls in their stomach.  A group of rabbits is called a herd.

Visual Art:  Discussed:  What do rabbits eat?  Rabbits eat all kinds of fruits and veggies.  They eat juicy grass (moist or green), hay, spring greens, broccoli, sprouts, carrots and carrot tops, chopped celery, cilantro, green peppers, parsley, watercress, dried sweet corn, sow thistle, dock leaves, brambles, spinach, kale, cabbage, lettuce, cucumber, most herbs, apple, banana, pineapple, melon, peach, pears, strawberries, seedless grapes, raisins. We looked at the Bunny basket that they will be making in afternoon centers.

Speaking:  Discussed:  Where do rabbits live?  Most rabbits live underground in burrows or rabbit holes.  They like to visit gardens for fresh food.  We looked at the 3 story sequence cards and discussed what was happening on each picture.  The children then had to put the pictures in order on what was happening.

Visual Art:  Discussed:  Why do rabbits have big ears?  Big ears allow rabbits to hear predators before they get too close to attack.  We looked at the Orange bird and said “orange” softly. Discussed if we thought a bunny could hear us say that.  Explained that birds and rabbits get along nicely.  However, if the bird screeches too loudly, it hurts the rabbit’s ears. 

Show and Tell: Today is Orange day and all the children were to wear orange.  We counted how many had orange on and how many did not have orange.  We compared those numbers and discussed more and less.

Visual Art:  We planted grass seeds on Day  1 of lessons for March.  Today the children drew what they saw on their charts.  We discussed how tall the grass was, the roots and that we could still see some seeds.  The children will take their Observation card and plant home with them today.

Speaking:   Discussed:  How do rabbits talk?  Explained that rabbits do not make noise when they are hungry, tired or scared.  Instead, they become very quiet.  They communicate with body language.  We reviewed the sign for “Please”.  We ALL know this sign.  Please Sign- Place open palm hand in front of chest, palm facing in.  Circle it clockwise.  I had a paper carrot and the children had to be very quiet and use the sign for Please to ask for it.  If they were unable to use their sign then they did not receive the carrot.  We did this so that every child had the opportunity to get the carrot. We learned some new Rabbit Language.  Ben helped us demonstrate what the rabbit would do and what that meant.  Rabbit lays head flat on floor which means please, pet me.  Kicking—I’m upset with you.  Licking—I love you.  Soft teeth grinding—I’m very happy.  Back turned to you—I’m ignoring you.  Ears forward—I’m surprised.  Ears back—I’m stressed.  Scream—I’m hurt.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Outside play  Center 2: Bunny Basket Art-  They will dip their fingers into paint and make prints on their bunny pattern.  They will add sticker eyes, whiskers and glue on a nose and tail.  They will then tape their basket together.  

Wednesday: Weed

Mar 14, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Will 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 produce.  Today the children told me what they know about weeds.  Weeds are plants that grow in places where we don’t want them. They take the nutrients from other plants.  Fun Facts:  There are different types of weeds: Broadleaf weeds and Grassy weeds.  Weeds are also classified by their life cycle.  Just like flowers and other desirable plants, they can be annual, biennial or perennial.  Annual-complete their life cycle in one year.  Biennials take two years to germinate, bloom and die.  Perennials live at least two years and have potential to reproduce indefinitely.

Gross Motor:  Discussed:  Why do you think weeds are pulled out of the ground? Weeds get in the way of seeds growing into strong plants.  We had several different objects to pull.  We had some that were very heavy and they couldn’t move to light objects.  Each child tried to pull each item and they even tried to pull Miss Kim, Ben or Andrew.  We discussed which objects were easy to pull and which ones were more difficult.  The children then told me what they wanted to fill in the blank with on the Watch Me Move Shape.  They could use what they pulled today or something they have pulled at their house. 

Logic:   Discussed:  How do you know a bad weed from a good plant?  It is sometimes hard to tell the difference, so you must look carefully at differences between the leaves, stem color and roots.  The children looked at the three picture clue cards and discussed.  I turned them face down and called a couple children to answer the clues.  They turned the cards over if they fit the clues.  Pictures were: carrots, green beans, tomato.  Clues were:  I am living, I am vegetable, I am a fruit, I am produce, I am orange, and I am long.

Global Citizenship:  Discussed:  What tools do people use to pull objects? Very small things such as hairs or small weeds are sometimes pulled with tweezers. We found Japan on the World Map.  Explained that most Japanese meals include rice and tea and are eaten with chopsticks called, “hashi”.  We looked at chopsticks and I showed them how we could pick things up with them.  We looked at the Japanese flag and added it to the World Map. 

Emergent Reading:   Discussed:  What animals live in a garden?  Sometimes animals can be found in the garden. The plants, vegetables and seeds attract all kinds of animals.  We looked at a picture of a Hen and discussed what letter it begins with.  We then looked at how to spell the word.  We added it to our garden.

Tumble Bus Day:  Please see the activity sheet by the front door to see what the children played today on the bus. 

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Outside Play Center 2: Watch Me Move Shape-  They will decorate their shape that we wrote on what they could pull.  

Tuesday: Produce

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

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.   William added the number to 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 flowers yesterday.  The children were to tell me what they know about Produce today. The children did not know what produce was so we had to discuss it in detail. Produce is the name for fresh picked fruits and vegetables.  Fun Facts:  Beets are an excellent source of folic acid, and a good source of fiber and Vitamin C.  They help maintain memory function, promote healthy aging, and protect against birth defects.  They may reduce the risk of some cancers.  Broccoli is an excellent source of Vitamins A and C.  It helps to maintain a healthy immune system, good vision, and strong bones and teeth.  It also promotes healing and lower the risk of some cancers.  Cabbage is an excellent source of Vitamin A and C.  It promotes healing, vision health, and strong bones and teeth.  It also helps maintain a healthy immune system and may lower the risk of some cancers. 

Emergent Reading:  Discussed:  What is your favorite produce snack? We looked at the Hands-On Letter H and discussed the sound and letter.  We reviewed words that begin with H.  We had a box that had a mouth, eyes and nose.   The children had to name this box.  Will named it Hoggy!  I placed produce cards face down on the floor.  Each child came up one at a time to pick one produce card and tell what it was.  They then fed Hoggy the produce. 

Physical Science:  Discussed:  Where do you find produce?  Some produce is sold in stores, roadside stands or markets.

Visual Art:  Discussed:  What color produce have you seen?  Produce comes in all colors.  To have the most balanced diet, we should try to eat food from all colors of the rainbow.  We discussed the afternoon center they will make.

Numbers:   Discussed:  What kind of produce would you like to buy at a store?  We had 12 different items for the children to buy.  Ten of the items were produce and two were not.  The children had to tell me if it was produce or not.  They each had 5 dollars to spend. I called them up one at a time and they picked the produce or item they wanted to buy and eat.  I charged them anywhere from 5 to 2 dollars for the item depending on popularity.  The children then got to enjoy their produce. 

Sight Words:  We reviewed our sight words.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Outside Play  Center 2: Color Garden Art-  The children painted the 1/2 egg carton brown to represent soil.  They then added color coded dots to each row.  They made a yellow piece of corn, red tomato and orange carrot.  They cut slits in the tops of the egg carton and slid the matching color produce in the same row with the matching color dot.  

Monday: Flowers

Mar 12, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  William is the new calendar and meteorologist boy for this week.  He added all the numbers to 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 we learned about leaves.  The children told me what they know about flowers. Many plants produce flowers which can later become a vegetable.  Fun Facts:  Tulip Bulbs can be substituted for onions in a recipe.  The very expensive spice, Saffron, comes from a type of crocus flower.  Almost 60 percent of fresh-cut flowers grown in the U.S come from California.

Patterns:  Discussed:  How tall is the tallest flower you have seen? We looked at the pattern cards and made different sizes of sun flowers.  We discussed how to make them bigger and smaller.  The children told me the tallest and the shortest. 

Emergent Reading:  Discussed:  What do you find in a garden other than plant?  We discussed our new sight words.  I showed the children how to spell them and get their mouths ready to make the sounds.  We wrote them on the note cards and practiced all our sight words.  New sight words:  for, find, they, look.  All the sight words that the children have learned:  are, you, and, it, is, on, at, in, I, a, go, we, can, to.  We then looked at our I Can Read book.  The children helped me read it by recognizing their sight words. I then had them come up and circle a sight word in the book.

Social Skills:  Discussed:  When have you waited a long time? Vegetables take a long time to grow from a seed (weeks to months). When you wait without complaining you are being patient.  I showed the children a diamond shape and the children could Hop.  When I put the diamond down they had to wait patient until it came up again. They waited and waited.  We did this several times.  We then discussed the Letter Hh.  The children told me words that begin with H.  We looked in the dictionary and found that there are lots of H words.  They had to be patient while I read them. 

Visual Art:   Discussed:  What does your favorite flower look like? We looked at the art project we will be making for afternoon centers.

Visual Art:  The children looked at their grass seeds that they are growing and added to the Observation Chart on what they noticed

Show and Tell:  Each child was to bring in an item that starts with an H.  They all did their show and tell and discussed their items.  Some of the children brought in their personal body as H words like their; Head, hand, heel and happy.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Outside play and Wooden Car track  Center 2: Finger Flowers Art-  The children drew grass, stems and leaves.  They then used paint to make finger prints as the flowers.   Center 3:  I Can Read Book-  The children circled or underlined their sight words: they, for, find, like.  They the colored the pictures. 

Friday: Leaves

Mar 12, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

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

Brainstorm/Fun Facts: We reviewed what they learned about stem and sprouts.   Today the children told me  what they know about leaves.  The leaves of a plant catch sunlight and turn it into food for the plant.  Fun Facts:  In most plants, leaves are the major site of food production for the plant.  Structures within a leaf convert the energy in sunlight into chemical energy that the plant can use as food.  This process is called photosynthesis.  A leaf is made of many layers that are sandwiched between two layers of tough skin cells.  Veins support the leaf and are filled with vessels that transport food, water, and minerals to the plant.

Listening:  Discussed:  What is the tallest plant you have ever seen?  Would you climb a beanstalk like Jack?  How many different colored beans have you seen?  I taped the beanstalk together and put it on the wall.  I used the storytelling pieces to help tell the story, “Jack and the Beanstalk”.  After reading and discussing the story the children answered questions for comprehension.  Questions:  Why did Jack need to sell the cow? (to get money for food)  What did the butcher give to Jack? ( 3 beans)  How did the mom feel about the beans?  What was at the top of the beanstalk?  What would you do if you had a bag of gold coins?

Emergent Reading:  Discussed:  Plants have leaves, but animals do not.  We looked at the matching cards and discussed if they have leaves or not. I placed all the cards face down and we played the memory game.  When the children turned over the cards they had to tell me the name of the object and if it had leaves or no leaves.  We cheered if they got a match.

Physical Science:   Discussed:  Can you see the “breath” (water vapor) from a tree?  We took a baggie with a rock and found a tree outside.  We attached it over a limb and used a twisty tie to secure it.  We looked at it later to find a few water drops in the bag.  Discussed how this was the tree breathing (water vapor).

Fine Motor:  Discussed:  How many leaves do you think can be on one plant?  Some plants have only one large leaf while others have many smaller leaves.  We looked at the discovery project sheet that they completed days ago in afternoon centers. 

Show and Tell: Each child was to bring in a leaf.  They came up one at a time and discussed their leaves.  We compared the shapes and sizes of them.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Outside play 

Thursday: Sprout and Stem

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

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Mallory added the numbers to the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  She reviewed the Spanish and Sign language words.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts: We reviewed what we learned about roots.  Today the children told me what they know about sprouts or stems.  Sprouts grow from a seed and push up through the soil.  Later, they become a stem that supports the leaves of a plant.  Fun Facts:  Sprouts are a live-form, they are just born baby plants at the advent of life loaded with all the good stuff, which is stored in the seeds.  When you eat these sprouts, all the good miraculous things at the beginning of life are reaching you and will help you.  Sprouts contain all the vitamins that your body needs for complete development.  Stems carry water and nutrients taken up by the roots to the leaves.  Then the food produced by the leaves moves to other parts of the plant. Stems also provide support for the plant allowing the leaves to reach the sunlight that they need to produce food.  Where the leaves join the stem is called the node.  The space between the leaves and the stem is called the internode. 

Shapes:  Discussed:  Did you know that real diamonds are formed underground?  We looked at the diamond foam shapes.  We discussed how we could make different shapes by putting them together.  We made a tree with the diamonds.  We looked at the Shape Design mat and discussed what we saw.  The children will play with the mat in afternoon centers.

Social Skills:  Discussed:  If you were a plant, what color flower would you want to have?  We took the children one at a time and painted their forearm to make the stem print.  We then painted their hands to make the leave prints.  The child then took a paint brush and painted the flower on. 

Visual Art:  Discussed:  How is your body like a plant?  We looked at the Flower Card and reviewed the parts of a plant.  We compared each plant part to our body.  We discussed the head band and leaves they will be making in afternoon centers.

Speaking:  Discussed:  What have you seen in a garden?  We looked at each photo card and discussed each item and if we see that in a garden.  We then learned the Spanish word for each picture and practiced them.  The children were excited to learn new Spanish words.  Flower- flor (flor); Rabbit- Conejo (Co-nay-hoj); Bee- Abeja (Ah-bay-hah);  Green Beans- Habichuelas (Ah-be-choo-ay’-lah)

Visual Art:  We looked at our gardens that we planted on Day 1 of March.  The children discussed what they saw happening to the grass seed.  We then drew what we saw on our observation card.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Variety of Toys  Center 2: Flower Headband-  The children will decorate their headbands and glue on sunflower seeds.  They will then decorate the leaves and put their leaves on their hands and dance around.  Center 3: Shape Design Mat-  The children will make shapes with the foam diamonds.

Wednesday: Roots

Mar 7, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Mallory added the number to the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  She reviewed the Spanish and Sign Language words. 

Brainstorm/Fun Facts: We reviewed what we learned about worms.  The children told me what they know about roots. The roots drink water and nutrients from the earth.  Fun Facts:  Roots are the parts of a plant that grow down into the soil or water, anchoring it and soaking up all the water and minerals the plant needs to grow.  Roots are protected at the end by a thimble shaped root cap as they probe through the soil.  On every root there are tiny hairs that help it to take up water and minerals.  Some plants, such as carrots, have a single large root, called a taproot.  Some roots you can eat. 

Emergent Writing:  I discussed how to form the capital and lowercase Kk.  Each child came up one at a time to practice writing the Kk on the wipe off board. 

Physical Science:  Discussed:  What kind of roots do you think are good to eat? Many vegetables we eat are actually the root of the plant. (Some examples include carrots, radishes, and beets). The children took a bag that was filled with a mystery object.  They each took turns feeling it and shaking it to guess what they thought was in it.  They all guessed a “hot dog”.  The item in the bag was a carrot.  They had another bag as well to feel and shake.  The children guessed it was sand and the actual item was seeds.  They had to compare the two bags and tell similarities and differences. 

Numbers:  Discussed:  Plants need roots to grow. What do you need to grow?  They looked at 6 items.  They discussed if these items were items that they need to “survive and grow” or are they “wants”.  The items were: bear, truck, baseball, food, water, clothes.  The children then had 3 dollars and got to come up and place it on the item they thought they needed to survive and grow. 

Logic:  Discussed:  What living things have roots? A plant is a living thing that needs roots. Animals are living, but do not have roots.  The children looked at the domino pictures and discussed if they were a plant or animal.  We laid one face up and mixed the rest up face down.  Each child came up one at a time and turned a card over and tried to match it to one of the domino’s face up.  They had to tell if it was a plant or animal. 

Speaking:  Discussed:  Roots grow down into the ground before they begin to let the plant grow up.  We learned the the Sign for “UP” and “Down”.  Point to the ground with your index finger to use the sign for “down”.  The children had to use their index finger and point up for the sign “up”.   We then sang a song and used the sign for “up” and “down” while we sang.  The kids thought these signs were easy!

Tumble Bus Day:  See the Form at the front door for the activities on the bus.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Outside Play  Center 2: My Little Journal- The children each will practice writing their capital and lowercase K.  They will then make a K out of bandaids.   

Tuesday: Worm

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

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

Brainstorm/Fun Facts: We reviewed what they learned about sun and water.  Today the children told me what they know about worms.  Worms eat dirt and then poop it out.  This makes the soil filled with nutrients and very good for growing plants.  Fun Facts:  A worm has no arms, legs or eyes.  There are approximately 2,700 different kinds of earthworms.  Worms live where there is food, moisture, oxygen and a favorable temperature.  If they don’t have these things, they go somewhere else.  In one acre of land, there can be more than a million earthworms.  The largest earthworm ever found was in South Africa and measured 22 feet from its nose to the tip of its tail.  We used a measuring tape to figure out how long that was. 

Visual Art:  Discussed:  How do you think a worm moves?  Worms have no arms or legs.  They move by stretching out long and then squeezing in short.  I placed a rubber worm across the floor and picked 3 or 4 children at a time to try to wiggle to it moving like a worm.  They had a hard time moving with no arms and no legs.  In afternoon centers, they will use the rubber worms to dip into muddy water and paint a worm pattern.

Emergent Reading:  Discussed:  How do you think a worm hears?  Worms do not have eyes, ears or a nose.  They feel sounds with their whole body.  When we walk, it feels like thunder to a worm.  We looked at the hands-on K and discussed the sound.  I had all the children lay down like a worm and pretend to sleep.  I had Andrew be the King K and when he Kicked the worms would wiggle and wake up.  We also discussed if they could feel his movements in the floor with their bodies. 

Numbers:  Discussed:  How do you think a worm digs? Remember, a worm has no arms or legs for digging.  Worms eat their way through the ground and through the tunnels.  We looked at the hands-on number 1 and 4.  The children told me how they thought we could make the number fourteen.  They first made 41.  We then counted to 14 in English and Spanish.

Emergent Reading:  Discussed:  How big do you think a worm hole is?  A rabbit hole?  We looked at the book and the children told me the concepts of print: front cover, back cover, title page, title, author and illustrator.  We looked at the title of the book and predicted what we thought the book would be about: “Who’s in the Garden?”  We read the book and discussed.  The children told me the animals that visited the garden. 

Show and Tell:  The children were to bring 14 items to show.  Each child came up one at a time and counted out all of their items.  We discussed if they got the correct number or if we needed more or less.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Outside Play Center 2: Muddy Worm Art-  The children dipped the rubber worms into muddy water and dragged them onto the worm pattern to make designs. 

Monday: Sun and Water

Mar 5, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Mallory is the new calendar and meteorologist girl for this week.  She added the numbers to the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  She reviewed all the Spanish and Sign language words.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts: We reviewed what we learned about seeds.  The children told me what they know about sun and water today.  Discussed:  How do you think the sun helps plants grow? The sun helps the plants make food.  Fun Facts:  Evaporation is when the sun heats up water in rivers or lakes or the ocean and turns it into vapor or steam.  It then goes into the air.  Water vapor in the air gets cold and changes back into liquid, forming clouds.  This is called condensation.  Precipitation occurs when so much water has condensed that the air cannot hold it anymore.  The clouds get heavy and the water falls back to the earth in the form of rain, hail, sleet or snow.  The earth is made up of 70 to 75 percent water. More fresh water is stored under the ground in aquifers than on the earth’s surface. Roughly 70 percent of an adult’s body is made up of water.

Patterns:  We looked at the foam Diamond shapes.  Discussed the shape and the two colors.  We had one cup with a brown diamond and the other cup had an orange diamond. The children came up one at a time and sorted the diamonds in the matching cup.

Health and Safety:  Discussed:  What would you want to grow in your garden?  We had apple butter on our plates to represent the soil.  I then added skinny pieces of celery for the stems of their plants and then they added dried fruit as the flowers.  They got to eat their yummy gardens.  The kids loved skinny celery and apple butter.

Emergent Reading:  Discussed:  What would you do with the plants in your garden? We looked at the Kk letter flowers.  Discussed the sound, it is a quiet tongue scraper.  We looked in the dictionary and found lots of K words.  We discussed how the K is even silent in some words: knife, knee.   

Emergent Writing:   Discussed:  In what direction does a seed grow?  Explained that a seed first grows down (roots) and then it grows up (stem).   We looked at our My Little Journals and found the Diamond page.  I discussed how to make the Diamond shape.  Each child came up one at a time to practice making the diamond shape on the wipe off board. 

Show and Tell:  Each child brought an item that starts with a K.  They came to the front of the room one at a time and discussed their items.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Legos  Center 2: My Little Journal- They practiced making a Diamond  on the page. They then turned the diamond into the seed and had roots and stem grow.  Center 3:  They will cut out a stem and some leaves.  They will then glue it onto their “soil” brown paper. 

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