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Friday: Good Listening

Sep 28, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Lucas told us the weather and found the number for the calendar.  He told us the day of the week and month of the year in Spanish.  We reviewed our shape, colors, Spanish and Sign language words.  We sang our morning songs.  

Science:  Discussed:  What makes a good listener?  How does your sense of hearing help you gather information? We put a blanket over the slide to make a partition.  I had one child sit on one side and another child sit on the other side so that they couldn’t see each other.  One of the children made a noise with his body(clap, slap their knees, stomp, noise with mouth, etc.).  The other child had to guess what the child was doing and tell about what it reminded them of.  We did this until each child had a turn to listen and make a sound.  

Social Emotional Development: Discussed:  What are happy sounds?  Sad sounds? Angry Sounds?  We looked at the Little Learning Cards and reviewed each one (k, 1, 2, blue, purple, circle, p, f). I then drew an angry face, sad face, sleepy face, happy face, surprised face, and scared face on the back of each card.  The children came up and picked one of the faces and told me the emotion.  They then turned the card over and told about the card.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:   Discussed:  How can you remember what you hear?  We set up a pretend grocery store and each child got dollars. We discussed how much each item cost.  The children came up one at a time to buy some groceries and had to decide if they had enough money for that item.  They could also buy more if they had more money left.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  How can you listen with your eyes?  The children learned the sign for “Please”: place open hand in front of chest, palm facing in and circle clockwise. We discussed how we would play a form of “Simon Says” but I will use the sign for “Please” instead and then ask them to do something.  If I use the sign for “please” then they do the action but if I don’t sign “please” then they don’t do it.  They had a very very hard time with this.  Thomas and Samuel were able to follow it one time.  It was funny!!

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Outside Play

Thursday: Computer

Sep 27, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Lucas put the number on the calendar and told us the weather.  He reviewed our shape, colors, Spanish words and Sign Language words.  Lucas told us the day of the week and month of the year in Spanish. We said all our days of the week and months of the year. We also counted to 20 in English and Spanish.  

Creative Development:  Discussed:  When have you used a computer?  Some people use the computer to send letters or to talk with others.  What are the parts of a computer?  We looked at my real laptop and discussed the parts of the computer. The children will make their own computers in afternoon centers.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  How do computers know what to do? We give computers commands by clicking on buttons or typing.  We looked at the real Laptop and I clicked on a button and we watched what the computer did.  Discussed how did the computer know to do that? We talked about the internet and how we can find games there to play.  We got to play games with Elmo and discussed how the computer knew to do that.  I had the Brain Box which was a cube that told us to do something on each side of it.  Each child came up one at a time and rolled the dice to see what command it landed on the children followed the command.  Commands on the Brain Box: wave hello, jump 2 times, make a Circle with your fingers, tiptoe to something purple in the room, spin around 1 time, walk to something blue in the room.  

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed:  Did you know that computers allow you to send letters, read information, talk and watch videos?  They also help you solve problems. We wrote the number 1 on the wipe off board.  A child went and got 1 object.  We counted to one and counted out body parts that we had one of.  We then had a child go get 2 objects and Miss Kelly wrote the number 2 on the wipe off board.  We counted to two and counted out two body parts.  We put 1 +2 on the wipe off board and discussed if we counted the objects that the children brought over then we have 3 objects all together. Discussed how 1 + 2= 3.  

Language and Literacy:   Discussed:  Who do you know that lives far away?  What do you think it would be like to see them and talk to them? We had a box that had a square large hole cut in both ends so it looked like a computer screen.  We invited a child one at a time to come up and look at us through the box.  They pretended to be in the computer talking to us from far away.  Each child took turns doing this.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Outside Play  Center 2:  Computer Art-  Each child colored their computer patterns.  They also colored their mouse.  We then helped them to assemble their computers.  

Wednesday: Mail

Sep 26, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Lucas discussed the weather and added the number to the calendar.  He reviewed the colors, shape, Spanish and Sign language words.  We sang our morning songs.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What could you send in the mail?  What kind of things have you received in the mail?  How does a mail carrier know where to deliver the letters? An address tells the carrier where to take the letter.  An address tells us the name of the person, their house number, the street, the city and even the state.  I put the hands on letter P in an envelope and addressed it to P.  I put my address and showed the children how we do this.  We also discussed how the envelope has to have a stamp on it so that it can be mailed.  We repeated this with the K and F.  

Creative Development:  Discussed: Do you know your address?  We wrote their address on a piece of paper. We discussed how the name goes first, then street address and then city, state and zip.  The children will draw a picture of their house on the paper with their address in afternoon centers.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What could you use to carry a lot of mail?  I had a piece of paper with each child’s name written on it and inside the paper was a word.  The children had to find their name and we read their word. They had to find people with Rhyming words to their word and sit with that group of rhyming words.  We then read the rhyme “A Tisket, A Tasket” and pulled out the rhyming words in that.

Physical Development:  Discussed:  How does a mailbox look?  We discussed different mailboxes.  I had my real mailbox that I used to use in my Kindergarten class room and the children got to see and explore that.  We then opened it and found a letter!!  Miss Kelly wrote us a letter.  We read the letter and discussed.  The children will write letters in afternoon centers to a family member.  We reviewed everything they learned for the month.

Show and Tell:  Each child brought an item that began with the letter P, K or F.  The children came up one at a time and told us about their item.  They also had to tell us what letter their item started with.

Tumble Bus Day: All the children went on the tumble bus.  Please see the form by the sign in and out form to see what activities they did on the bus.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Postcard:  The children will help write a letter to a family member. They will  tell Miss Kayla what they want to say.  They will then  color a  picture on the front of the card.  Center 2: The children drew a picture of their house on the paper with their address. Center 3: Outside play/ Little People

Tuesday: Phone

Sep 25, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Lucas discussed the weather and put the number on the calendar.  He told us the day of the week and month in Spanish.  He reviewed our colors, shape, Spanish and Sign language words.  We sang our morning songs.   

Creative Development:  Discussed:  Who do you like to call on the phone?  Why do you think each family has a different phone number?  We looked at the phone that they will be making in afternoon centers.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  How is talking on the phone different from writing a letter?  Similar?  I used my cell phone and called the house phone to talk to Miss Kayla.  The kids thought that was funny.  I told her I needed some eggs!  We discussed how I could tell her something quickly on the phone faster than writing her a letter.  When you mail a letter it takes a couple days to get the mail to them.  We looked at the pattern guide and invited them to pat their legs as they say “letter” and clap their hands as they say “phone”.  We did a pattern with clapping and patting our legs saying “letter” and “phone”.  We then made a pattern with the boy and girl picture one was holding a letter and the other a phone.  The children helped me do the repeating pattern of  phone, letter, phone, letter, etc.  They continued it using the picture cards.  We then changed the pattern to phone, phone, letter, phone, phone, letter and also letter, letter, phone, letter, letter, phone.  The children helped to continue all the patterns.

Physical Development: Discussed:  What is an emergency?  Who should you call in an emergency?  9-1-1 is an emergency number if you need the police, firefighter  or ambulance.  I held a baby doll and we pretended to be babysitting.  We discussed different scenarios (acting them out with the baby) and decided together if each one is an emergency or not.  Each child practiced dialing 9-1-1 on a fake telephone.  All the children then stood up and held up 5 fingers.  We did the rhyme together “Five Little Monkey’s Jumping on the bed”.  The children all acted it out by jumping and falling down.  I then named a child to call the doctor and they said “No more monkeys jumping on the bed!”

Science:   Discussed:  How do you think a phone works?  We discussed how when I called Miss Kayla on the cellphone it rang in the house.  We discussed the phone lines outside and technology.  We discussed vibration and made noise with our mouth to make our throats vibrate.  We then held onto a string and felt it vibrate when I flicked it.  Discussed how sound travels like a wave you cannot see.  We made waves on the string.  We used two paper cups and put a string in the bottom of them to make a phone.  I had one child at a time come put the one cup on their ear while I talked in the other cup, making sure the string was tight,  and they felt the vibration.  The children also felt the vibration on the string when I talked.  

Show and Tell:  The children each brought in a play phone.  They came up one at a time to show us their phone and tell us what we can use it for.  We also practiced dialing 9-1-1 on their play phones.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Outside play/ Legos Center 2:  Phone Art-  The children will paint a phone pattern and glue the number keys on it.  They will then color and staple their phone books.  

Monday: Body Language

Sep 24, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Lucas is the new calendar and meteorologist for this week.  Each child got new jobs for the week. We sang our morning songs.  Lucas came up and told us the weather and put the numbers on the calendar.  He told us the colors: purple, blue;  “circle” shape, Spanish words: hello, sad, happy and the Sign language words: yes, no, play.

Creative Development:  Discussed:  How can you talk without using words? Explained that we can talk with our body language and the way we look.  How does a cat talk to you?  Cats communicate with their tails.  We looked at the cat that they will be making in afternoon centers and discussed the cat parts.  We looked at the cat feeling cards to discuss how the tail would look depending on the cats mood.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  How do animals show feelings?  We looked at the animal matching cards. We played the matching game.  We sat in a circle and each child took turns turning over 2 cards to see if they had 2 matching cards.  They had to tell us the animals that they saw.  We played until we found all the matches.  

Lanugage and Literacy:  Discussed:  How can animals show that they feel scared?  Some animals communicate they are scared with screeching sounds, scents, standing tall or pretending to be dead.  We looked at our journal pages and found the page with the number 2 on it. I showed the children how to form the number 2.  I then drew two scared animals on the page.  Each child came up one at a time and practiced writing the number 2.  

Science: Discussed:  If you have a pet, how does it let you know that it is hungry?  I had 3 bowls and 3 animals.  I chose 3 children to have an animal and pretend it is hungry and do something to show me it is hungry then I would fill up its bowl so they could eat.  We did this a couple times so each child had a turn to pretend to be the hungry puppy.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Outside play Center 2:  Cat art-  The children will color and cut out their cat pieces. They will stuff a brown bag for the body of the cat.  They will then assemble the cat parts and cut out their cat feeling cards.  Center 3:  My Little Journal-  The children will practice writing their number 2. They will then draw 2 scared animals on their journal page.

Friday: Work Together

Sep 24, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Samuel put the number on the calendar and discussed the weather.  He found the day of the week in Spanish.  We reviewed our colors, shape, Spanish words and Sign language words.  We sang our morning songs.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  What do you do if someone asks for help?  Who helps you?  We looked at the I Can Count project.  We discussed the number 1 and 2 on the cards.  I had the children count out 1 child to put with the one and count out 2 kid picture cards to put with the 2.   Each child came up and took turns matching the correct number children to the correct card.  We then learned that if we added 1 + 2 that would equal 3. We did this math on the wipe off board and used the picture cards to help us figure out the answer.  

Language and Literacy:  How can having someone help make a task go faster?  When people work together, it makes less work for each person.  I had the children hide their eyes so that they couldn’t see where I hid the K and the picture of the Key.  I had them pay attention to the K arrow that I had and where it was pointing as where to go to try to find the K with the Key picture.  The children worked together to find the K and Key picture.  They had fun doing this.  We did it several times to give other children the opportunity to find the pictures.  We reviewed how to form the letter Kk and went through the dictionary to discuss all the words that begin with K.  

Creative Development:  Discussed:  How can you include everyone’s ideas when you work together?  Discussed the importance of making room for people physically and creatively when working together.  We looked at the pictures they made with their hand print and foot print.  We discussed how they could turn those prints into animals or a garden.  The children will make room for all their other artwork on that paper.  

Science: Discussed:  How could something be easier if you do it with a friend?  We had a stamper in a bag and each child came up one at a time to feel it without looking.  After everyone had a chance to feel it, they guessed what they thought it was.  Kade guessed it correctly which helped everyone else get the right answer. The children then each came up one at a time to stamp on a piece of paper and then as soon as they made some stamp prints they ran around the room till each child had a turn to stamp.  We discussed how we worked together to stamp on the paper.  

Social Emotional Development:   Discussed:  How many thumbprints do you think it would take to cover a letter K the size of the hands-on letter? We counted how many of Miss Kim’s thumbprints would fill up the Capital K.  

Show and Tell:  Each child brought an item in that begins with the Letter K.  They came up one at a time to show their item and tell why they brought it.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Outside play/ Blocks

Thursday: Say Sorry

Sep 20, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Samuel put the number on the calendar and discussed the weather. He found the day of the week and month of the year in Spanish.  He reviewed his colors: purple, blue; shape: circle; Spanish words: hello, happy, sad; and Sign Language words: yes, no, play.  We sang our morning songs.

Creative Development:  Discussed:  What do you do when you hurt someone’s feelings?  It is important to say sorry.  If you hurt someone’s feelings, how might their face look?  We took turns showing our sad, angry and worried faces.  Discussed how their face would change if we said, “Sorry”.  We looked at the Feelings Mirror that they will be making in afternoon centers.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  Why do you think we have rules?  What rules should we have when we do school time?  We looked at the hands-on number 2. Each child came up one at a time and traced the 2 with their fingers and then took 2 foam shapes.  When they were all done, I had each child show me their two foam shapes while they counted them. Some of the children noticed that they didn’t have 2 so we had to fix that.  Each child then told me 2 rules that were important to them.  

Language and Literacy: Discussed:  What should you say if you don’t follow the rules?  We looked at the hands-on letter K.  We discussed the sound it makes.  We talked about words that start with K: kick, Kade, Kelly, etc..  Explained that the rule is to sit still if you are angry. Do not Kick.  We sat in  a circle and passed the K around while we counted to 10.  Whoever was holding the K when we got to 10,  pretended to Kick and they then said sorry.  We continued playing until each child got a turn to kick and say sorry.  

Social Emotional Development:   Discussed:  What if someone says, “I’m sorry” to you?  What do you do?  We told stories about times we were hurt and told “sorry”.  Explained that when someone says sorry, we can forgive them and say, “It’s okay.”  Each child wrote “OK” on a piece of paper and we noticed the letter “K” in it.   

Cade’s Birthday:  Each child brought in a homemade birthday card for Cade!!!  Cade sat on my lap and we got to read all his birthday cards and look at the pictures.  We ate birthday cake after lunch.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Outside play Center 2: I Can Count project- The children will practice their cutting skills by cutting out the counting pieces.   Center 3: Feelings Mirror-  The children will glue the mirror on the paper and decorate the paper.  They will then attach the emotion faces wheel to the back of the paper with a brass fastener.  They can make faces in the mirror to match the emotions on the wheel.  

Wednesday: Care

Sep 19, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Samuel put the number on the calendar and discussed the weather.  He found the day of the week and month of the year in Spanish.  He reviewed the colors “blue & purple”, shape “circle”, Spanish words  and Sign language words.  We sang our morning songs, counted from 1 to 20 in English and Spanish and reviewed our months of the year and days of the week.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  Who takes care of you?  When do you think is a good time to care?  We looked at the Bilingual Books and read the English and Spanish words.  The children will draw a happy, mad and sad face in the books in afternoon centers.  We also discussed the letter Kk and learned how to write it.  Each child practiced writing it on the wipe off board.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  How can you show a sad friend that you care?  We counted out 2 foam shapes.  I invited a child up to give them 2 hugs, two handshakes, two high fives, two kisses and two love pats.  Gretchen wanted me to give her 2 spankings and she laughed.  We then counted our body parts that we have 2 of.  We also counted to 2 in Spanish.  We looked at the counting card and number 2.  We counted the 2 circles and put 2 foam shape circles on those two circles.   

Physical Development:  Discussed:  How do your parents care for you?  We discussed ways  that their parents love them and how they can love their friends.  We discussed how we could share love by sharing some strawberry jam.  I showed the children how to add sugar to a bag of strawberries.  They all took turns squishing the bag to make jam.  We had crackers with strawberry jam on them.  They loved this snack.   

Social Emotional Development:   Discussed: Do babies need the same care as big kids?  Why or why not?  Does everyone need the same kind of help?  

Show and Tell:  Each child brought in two items.  They came up one at a time and counted their two items.  Everyone did awesome with counting.  Please have your children bring multiple items in a bag labeled with their names so that we make sure to get them home.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Outside Play Center 2: Bilingual Book-  The children will put the book in order and draw a happy, sad and mad face on the appropriate pages.  Center 3:  My Little Journals & I Can Write Project-  The children will practice writing their capital and lowercase K.  They will then make thumb prints using paint on a Large K on their journal page.  Center 4:  Team work garden-The children will dip their hand and foot in paint and make a print on a piece of paper.  They will turn it into a flower or animal of their choice.  

Tuesday: Share

Sep 18, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Samuel discussed the weather and added the number to the calendar.  Samuel told us the day of the week and month of the year in Spanish.  We reviewed our Spanish and Sign language words.  Samuel told us the shape and color.  We counted to 20 in English and Spanish.  The children sang their morning songs.  

Creative Development:  Discussed:  What do you know about sharing? How do you think others feel when you share with them?  I gave two children matching heart halves and two other children another color of matching heart halves.  They then had to share their halves with a child that had a different color than they had so that they could make a whole heart.  I showed the children how to weave the hearts to make them one!  This will be difficult for them to do.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  When is it hard for you to share?  We looked at the photo cards and discussed the feelings that we saw.  I laid the cards face down and picked one to start telling them a story about sharing.  We would draw another card and continue the silly story using the feelings in our story.  

Science:  Discussed:  What do you think happens when you mix colors?  I took red and blue paint and the children predicted what they thought might happen when I mix them together.  I then mixed them and they noticed that red and blue turned to purple.  Discussed how the colors where sharing and made a new color.  Each child took turns taking the purple paint brush and painting something purple in the room.  

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed:  What do you have that you can share?  The children each got up and got picked out one toy to bring back to lesson area.  We sat in the circle and discussed the item that they brought back and put it in the middle of our circle.  I then played a sharing game.  I asked one child to find me a shape that has a circle and share it with me. I continued asking each child a question to find that specific toy that they could share with me.  

Physical Development:   Discussed:  What is your favorite purple thing that you can share? (For example grapes, socks or toys.)  We discussed things they could share and I drew the objects they said on the wipe off board.  This is what they will be doing in their journals in afternoon centers.

Show and Tell:   Each child brought in something that was purple.  They came up one at a time and told us about their item.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Outside play  Center 2:  My Little Journal-  The children will go to the purple page and color the paint brush purple.  They will then draw a picture of something that  they can share that is purple.  Center 3:  Share a Heart-  The children will weave the two heart pieces together.  Center 3-  The children will mix red and blue together to paint a purple picture.  

Monday: Include Everyone

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

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Samuel is the new calendar and meteorologist boy. He told us the weather and put all the numbers on the calendar from the weekend.  We reviewed our Spanish and Sign language words, found the days of the week in Spanish, reviewed the color “blue” and shape “circle”.  We counted to 20  in English and Spanish.  We also sang all our morning songs.  

Creative Development:  Discussed:  How many friends do you think you can have?  You can have many, many friends.  There is always room for one more.  What should you do if someone asks to join you in play?  It is important to find a way to help everyone feel included.  We looked at a “Circle of Friends” headband that the children will create in afternoon centers.  

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed:  What are the different ways to make enough room for everyone?  I made a circle with the circle foam shapes.  We discussed how to make my circle bigger and add more foam shapes.  I then showed the children the Parquetry Card which had a design made on it with large, medium and small circles.  The children had to use the foam circles to place on the correct size to complete the cards.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  How do you feel when you are included? How do you feel when you are not?  We sounded out the word “sad”.  We discussed the letters in sad and worked on spelling the word.  I wrote the word on the wipe off board.  We then discussed how we could erase the “s” and let another friend sit there to spell different words like “mad”, “glad”, “fad”, “had”, “dad” and more.  We then practice recognizing those words on the word cards.   Mallory was able to read almost all of them.  

Social Studies:   Discussed:  Whom should you include when you play?  Discussed the importance of including children you know and those you don’t know.  It is important to include children who look different than you or who have special needs, too.  

Show and Tell:  All the children brought in items that were circular.  Each child came up one at a time and discussed the item they brought and showed us how it was circular.  


Afternoon Centers:
  Center 1: Outside play/ Legos Center 2:  Circle of Friends headband- The children will paint 4 puzzle piece people.  They will then link them together and put them on their headbands.  

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