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Friday: Scared

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

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Mallory put the number on the calendar and discussed the weather. She said the day of the week and month of the year in Spanish.  Mallory reviewed our color “blue”, “circle” shape, Spanish words: sad, hello, happy and our Sign language words: no, yes, play.  We sang our morning songs, days of the week and months of the year. 

Language and Literacy:  We reviewed what we learned yesterday.  Today we will be discussing the feeling “Scared”.  The children all showed me what their face would look like if they were scared!  Discussed:  What would you do if you were lost?  Would you feel scared?  We looked at their “I Can Write” projects and discussed how the pig was scared because he was lost and doesn’t want to be late to the party.  They told me how we could help the pig find his way to the party by tracing the line.  So we traced the line together getting the pig to the party safely.  The fish was lost and couldn’t find her way to the flower.  The children told me to trace the line and get her to her flower.  We continued this with the Kangaroo to her Key.  

Social Emotional Development:  Discussed:  How do you feel when you go some place new?  Why do you think some people feel scared?  Mallory came up to the World Map and showed us where we live.  I then took the children to the yellow continent on the map.  This continent is called Europe.  Poland is a country in Europe.  Explained how some people feel scared to eat new foods, hear new languages, or be around people they’ve never met.  When they get to know the people and places, they learn to love them.  We discussed trying new foods even if they look yukky because they may taste really yummy.  Explained that Poland has delicious pizza.  Each child took a piece of the paper pizza and touched it to the yellow continent on the World map (Europe).  We thought about other things that might be similar here (home) and in Poland.  Country Fact:  Did you know that the world’s tallest man is a ski jumper from Poland? Polish jumper Malysz is the world’s tallest man, standing 9 feet tall.  I used the measuring tape to show them 9 feet tall.  They noticed that this man would not be able to stand up straight in my home.  We had to go look at how tall he was in the kitchen.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  What can you do to help someone who feels scared?  We brainstormed scary things such as spiders, dark shadows or getting lost.  Discussed:  What kind of present might scare you?  We discussed how they would draw one scary thing and one happy thing on their journal page and then cover it with a square to make a present.  We reviewed the letter P.  It is a quiet lip popper and says /p/.  The children took turns using the “P” pointer and took it to items that began with the letter P in the room.

Social Emotional Development:  How can you make yourself feel better when you are scared?  I had the children hold their hands out wide and stretch to the side.  I then told the children to pretend they heard a strange noise outside their window.  I shook a Maraca instrument behind me and said “What was that noise!” I had the children pretend they were scared and bring their arms in to give themselves a reassuring hug.  We did this several times.  They thought it was funny.

Show and Tell:  Each child brought in a blue item.  They came up one at a time to show us their item and tell us why they brought it.  Lucas said he brought his blue ball because Thomas told him too!!!  They are so cute doing their show and tell.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Little People Toys free play 

Thursday: Surprised

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

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Mallory put the number on the calendar and discussed the weather. She told us the day of the week and month of the year in Spanish.  We counted from 1-20 in English and Spanish.  Mallory reviewed the color “blue”, “circle” shape, Spanish words: hello, sad, happy and Sign language words: yes, no, play.  We sang our morning songs: days of the  week and months of the year.  

Creative Development:  Discussed:  What sounds make you surprised?  We looked at the craft that they will be making in afternoon centers and discussed.  It was a Pop-up Surprise friend.  

Language and Literacy: Discussed:  When is your birthday?  We wrote all the months on the board and made columns.  I wrote each child’s birthday down under the correct month.  We counted the number of children in each month and wrote that number in the column.  We discussed which month had the most birthdays and which month had the least amount of birthdays.  May was the winning birthday month.  We had a box with a mystery Present.  I opened the box and pulled out the Hands-On letter Pp and said “SURPRISE”!!!  We discussed the letter.  This letter is a quiet lip popper.  When you make the sound your lips are working and they are popping.  Your voice box is Off so that is quiet.  This is where it gets the name quiet lip popper.  Everyone practiced saying the /p/ sound.  I then passed the box to a child and said “SURPRISE” .  That child opened the box and pulled out the letter and said it’s sound and name /Pp/.  That child then passed the box to the child sitting next to them and said “SURPRISE” to them.  They then got to open the box and say the sound and letter name.  We continued this until each child had a turn with the box “present”.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  What does your body do when you are very surprised?  Many people jump when they are surprised.  The children started walking around the room.  When they least expected it, I yelled “Surprise”!  They jumped and looked at me.  We discussed what their reactions were.  

Physical Development:  Discussed:  What might surprise you in the garden?  The children told me the names of vegetables that we can grow in the garden. I had a box that we made look like a garden and in a slit on the top was a vegetable sticking out.  I pulled up the vegetable and said “Surprise” it was a carrot. I picked some children to come up and pull the carrot out and say “surprise” and then put it back in the slit.

Language and Literacy:   We learned how to form the capital and lowercase letter Pp.  Each child got to practice making the capital and lowercase Pp on the wipe off board and I Can Write paper.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Outside Play  Center 2:  I Can Write Project:  The children will practice writing the capital and lowercase P.  Center 3:  My Little Journal-  The children will go to the P page and practice writing more capital and lowercase P’s.  They will then draw a scary present and a gift that would make someone happy on the  page.  They cover the present with a square piece of paper and can lift it up and say “Surprise”.  Center 3:  Surprise Friend-  The children will paint a paper cup.  They will then stick a straw through the bottom of the cup and add a surprise sticker face to the straw.  They can glue on wiggly eyes.  They will decorate their cups with festoon.  The children then can play peek-a-boo or surprise by hiding the face in the cup and making it Pop-Up.  

Wednesday: Mad

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

Reminder:  Bring an item that begins with the letter P for tomorrow, Friday’s show and tell.

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Mallory put the number on the calendar and discussed the weather.  She told us the day of the week and month of the year in Spanish.  The children sang the days of the week and months of the year songs.  We reviewed our numbers 1-20 in English and Spanish. Mallory reviewed our color “blue” and “circle” shape.  She also reviewed our new Sign Language words: yes, no play and Spanish words: hello, sad, happy. 

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  How does your face look when you are mad?  What sounds do you hear in the word mad?  What sound do you hear at the end of the word mad? (/ad/)  We sounded the word out and wrote the letters on the wipe off board.  We discussed the word “mad”.  I then took the “m” off of mad and put an “s” in place of it.  We discussed this new word “sad”.  I went back and forth between the two words having the kids read them and spell them.  I then took off the first letter and added “gl” to “ad”.  The children helped me read that new word “glad”.  We kept practicing reading the words and recognizing the letter changes.  We even read the words on the word cards.  I then had the children help me read the I Can Read Book by reading the words mad, sad and glad.  Each child then came up and found the words mad, sad or glad in the book for me by pointing at them. We also looked at our I Can Write Project and discussed how we would Make lines and practice making the capital and lowercase Ff  today in afternoon centers.

Creative Development:  Discussed:  What colors do you think represent the feeling of mad?  The children closed their eyes and thought about a time that they were mad.  They each told me about the time they got mad and what happened to make them feel that way.  I showed them how when they are mad they can paint mad to let their feelings out.  

Physical Development: Discussed:  What sound does it make when you stomp your feet? All the children stood up and pretended to be mad and stomp their feet while I counted to 10.  They said they weren’t tired so we stomped again.  I then had them take some deep breaths breathing in through their noses and blowing out through their mouths.  We discussed how we could do this to calm ourselves down when we are mad. Discussed what might happen if someone got mad and stomped away, kicked or hit something or someone.  We told actions that are harmful and then discussed safe ways to express anger.

Science:   Discussed:  Why do we need to control our anger?  Explained that when we explode and start to yell or kick, it often hurts others and ourselves.  We did an experiment of what it looks like when we are calm and when we explode.  I put two scoops of baking soda in a cup and discussed how it is just sitting there all calm and relaxed.  I then said now it is going to get very angry and poured vinegar into the cup.  The vinegar made the baking soda EXPLODE with Bubbles and run over the cup and into the bowl.  The children thought this was awesome.  We did the experiment a couple times.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Outside Play  Center 2: Mad Colors-  The children will paint a picture showing they are angry.  Center 3:  I Can Write Project-  the children will follow the straight line left to right, curved line and squared line to work on letter formation and tracing.  They will then practice making their capital and lowercase letter Ff.  

Tuesday: Sad

Sep 11, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Mallory added the number to the calendar and discussed the weather.  She reviewed the day of the week and month of the year in Spanish.  We sang our days of the week and months of the year songs.  The children practiced counting to 20 in English and Spanish.  Mallory reviewed the “circle” shape and color “blue”.  

Mathematics & Reasoning: Discussed:  How can you move your body to show that you are happy?  How do you show your hands to show you are happy? (High five, clap, fist bump, etc.)  We looked at the Journal pages that they did yesterday in afternoon centers.  They made “Five Funny Fingers”  and they practiced writing their Ff.  I had each child come up one at a time to practice making their capital and lowercase Ff.  

Social Emotional Development:  Discussed:  What type of voice makes you feel happy?  Feel Scared?  When we get along with friends and talk with gentle voices, we feel happy.  When we hear shouting or screaming, we feel sad or scared.  We played a Folder Game.  Each child had a marker and got to spin the spinner.  They told the color that they landed on and moved their marker along the path to that color.  Whomever reached the school  first won. They were all winners though because we played until each child reached the school.  

Creative Development:  Discussed:  How does your body look when you feel sad? The children demonstrated their ideas.  I showed the children how to squeeze the eyedropper and dip it into water and then fill it up. I then showed them how to make it drip out of the eyedropper.  They will add tears to their sad face during center time.

Physical Development:  Discussed:  What color is a sad color?  Some people say they feel “blue” when they are sad.  I showed the children how to make a sad face by drawing a circle first.  They will make their own sad faces during afternoon centers.

Language and Literacy: Discussed:  When you ask a friend to play, what answer makes you happy? Sad?  The children learned the Signs for “play”, “yes” and “no”.  We practiced them a lot.  We then sang a song using the  sign language words in place of the words for “yes”, “play” and “no”.  Some of the children had me help them with their fingers on the signs.  

Social Emotional Development:  Discussed:  How do you know when someone is sad?  We can look at a person’s face, his body language or listen to his words to help us know when someone is sad.  We looked at the Photo Cards of the Happy face and the Sad face.  When we saw the Happy face we threw our hands up in the air and said “happy”.  When we saw the sad face, we put our heads down and stuck out our lip and said “sad” in a soft voice.  We learned the word for “Happy” and “Sad” in Spanish.  “Feliz” is happy and “Triste” is sad.  

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Happy and Sad face-  The children took the sad face and added paint tear drops to it by using the eyedropper in paint.  They taped the faces on a Popsicle stick.   Center 2: My Little Journal-  The children went to the blue page and drew a Blue sad face.  Center 3:  Outside Play

Monday: Happy

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

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Mallory is the new calendar and meteorologist for this week.  She added the numbers to the calendar and discussed the weather.  She found the day of the week in Spanish.  We sang the days of the week and months of the year songs.  We counted to 10 in English and Spanish. At the start of each new week, your children switch jobs.  All the children got new jobs for the week.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  Each child showed me their happy face.  How can you make a friend happy?  We looked at the Storyboard pieces and discussed the items. I read the title of the story, “Fran the Fish”.  The children predicted what they thought the story would be about.  We read the story and acted it out as I read.  I used the story pieces to help tell the story.  We discussed how Fran was being bossy to her friends.  After we read, I asked questions to check for comprehension.  Questions:  What color was Fran the fish? (blue with colorful scales)  Why did Trudi and Wally swim away from Fran the fish?  (she was not nice to them and wouldn’t play with them)  What did Fran say after she realized she was bossy? (She said she was sorry and that she loved that you invited her to play and will try to be more like them.) When have you needed to say sorry? 

Creative Development:  Discussed:  What colors make you feel happy? We looked at the paper fish that looked like Fran that they will make in afternoon centers.

Show and Tell:  Each child was to bring an item that makes them Happy!!!  They came up one at a time and discussed the item that they brought and why it made them happy.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Fishy Friend Art-  The children will color the paper fish.  They will then add  colored stickers and sequins.  Center 2:  My Little Journal:  The children will practice making the capital and lowercase Ff.  They will paint their hands and make a hand print on the page, to make “five funny fingers”.  They will draw a face at the palm of the print and pretend the fingers are the hair.   Center 3: Outside Play

Friday: Playing Together

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

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Gretchen put the number on the calendar and discussed the weather.  She told us the day of the week in Spanish.  We sang the days of the week song and months of the year song.  Reviewed saying our numbers from 1-20.  We also said our numbers in Spanish from one – ten.  

Physical Development:   Discussed:  What can you share with a friend?  We looked at the I Can Cut project and discussed what they would be doing in afternoon centers. 

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  How do you ask someone to play with you?  We worked together to put a puzzle together. We discussed the picture that the puzzle made and how the kids were sharing.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What words can you think of that begin with the /f/ sound?  We looked in the dictionary and found more words that begin with the letter F.  We practiced writing the capital and lowercase letter F on the wipe off board.

Social Emotional Development:  Discussed:  Why is it important to take turns when you play together? What might happen if a friend didn’t take turns with a toy.  We discussed how to trace the Hands-on number one onto our Journal page.  The children also practiced making 1’s.  

Show and Tell:   Each child brought an item that starts with the letter F.  I had them come up one at a time and tell us about their items and why they brought them.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Outside Play  Center 2:  My Little Journal-  The children practiced tracing the hands-on number 1 onto the 1 page.  They then practiced making 1’s.  Center 3: I Can Cut project:  The children will cut out the people and then draw a picture of something that they can share to glue onto their hands.  

Thursday: You are Special & Getting to Know You

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

Don’t forget to bring an item that begins with the letter F for tomorrow, Friday’s lessons.

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Gretchen told us the weather and hung the picture up that matched.  She then found the number for the calendar.  She reviewed the color ” blue” and “circle” shape.  She found the day of the week in Spanish.  

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We counted our numbers from 1-20.  The children sang songs which taught them about the days of the week and months of the year. We read all the days of the week and months of the year.  Discussed how people are special.

Social Emotional Development: Discussed:  What do you think respect means? They didn’t understand this term so we gave lots of examples on how to show respect.  Respect means that you treat someone with honor and even though they might be different from you, you accept the differences and are kind to them.  We all shared ways that we could show respect.  I put an “I am respectful” friendship band on their wrists, throughout the day we pointed out when they were being respectful or disrespectful.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  How can you use your body to show the number one?  Each children demonstrated a way they could show one by using their bodies.  We looked at the counting card discussed the number 1.  We then practiced counting one object.  I also demonstrated how to write the numeral 1.  The children came up one at a time and practice writing 1 on the wipe off board.

Physical Development:  Discussed:  What color are your eyes? Is your nose big or small? What shape are your lips?   We looked at our “My Little Journals”.  The children helped me find the page with a circle on it.  I showed the children how to draw a circle and then we turned it into a face.  The children told me what parts to add.  They will do their book in afternoon centers.  Each child came up one at a time to practice drawing a circle.

Creative Development:  Discussed:  What is your favorite color? Does everyone like the same color?  We looked at the craft we will be making in afternoon centers “paper friends”.  

Language and Literacy: Discussed:  What should you say if another child asks you to play? You can reply with a “Yes, thank you.” Or say, “No, thank you.”  We looked at the hands-on letter Ff.  We discussed the sound and the letter.  We bite on our lower lip to say this sound and we blow cool air onto our bottom lip.  The children felt the air and discussed what they were biting on.  This sound is called, “Quiet Lip Cooler”.  It is quiet because there is no vibration coming from our voice box to make the sound. We practiced the “Quiet Lip Cooler”.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  What is your favorite sport? Does everyone  like the same sport? We looked at the Hands-on Number 1 and clapped one time.  The children then all stood up and jumped one time.  We did several actions one time: kicked, tapped our heads, threw a pretend ball, spank our bottoms, etc.

Physical Development:    Discussed:  What is your favorite food? Does everyone like the same foods?  We discussed what we needed to do before we handled food.  We all have to wash our hands because we are making a cooperative snack with a friend.  I asked one child to pick one friend and come to me.  One child picked some goldfish and put in the cup and the other child picked some Skittles to add to the cup.  I mixed up the snack and then they shared their snack together.  

Show and Tell:  Each child was to bring 1 item from home to share with the class.  I had one child at a time come up and stand with me.  They showed their item to the class and told us about it.  We discussed why we brought the 1 item today.  We were learning about the number 1.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Outside Play Center 2: Paper Friends Art-  The children will pick two colors of paint that our their favorite.  They will put a couple drops of one color on one paper friend and put a couple drops of the other color on the other paper friend.  They will fold the friends on top of each other and press to blend the paint.  When the paint dries they will add a face, hair and a heart to join the friends.  Center 3:  My Little Journal- The children will go to the circle page and practice drawing a circle.  They will then turn that circle into a face by adding eyes, nose, mouth, ears and hair.

Wednesday: Say Hello & Places Friends Meet

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

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Gretchen is the calendar girl for this week.  Please check the job chart to see what your child does for a job this week.  We discussed the month and day of the week.  We talked about how we spell the words.  We discussed and wrote the date in Spanish.  Gretchen found the days of the week and months of the year in Spanish.  Gretchen told us the weather and put it on the weather chart.  Gretchen added all the numbers to the Calendar to catch us up.  

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Discussed how do you say hello to a friend? To a stranger? 

Creative Development: Discussed:  What does your best friend look like?  We looked at the stick puppets that they will be making to look like their friends.

Mathematics & Reasoning:   Discussed: What shapes do you see on your friend’s face?  We looked at the Mystery Shape Envelope and each child guessed which shape was inside.  I then read the following clues to see if they could come up with the correct guess:  I have no points or corners.  I am the shape of most balls.  Things this shape can roll.  Thomas guessed the correct shape by the clues that were given.  We looked at the “Circle” and discussed the shape.  We then found circles in the room.  

Social Studies:   Discussed:  Can you say hello in another language?  How does it sound?  We looked at the World Map and found where we live.  We discussed that in other places they use a different language so they would say Hello differently.  We practiced saying Hello in Spanish, “Hola”.  We then said Hello in Sign language.  Explained that it doesn’t matter what language we speak, we can always say hello with a smile.  

Creative Development:  Discussed:  Where did you meet your best friend?  I placed picture cards around the room. I had one child at a time come up and roll the dice and they ran to that place that it landed on.  The dice told them which picture they needed to run to.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  How do you feel when a friend comes over to your house?  We looked at the book “A Visitor for Bear”.  We discussed the front cover of the book, the back cover, the title, the author and the illustrator.  I read the book to the children and we discussed while we read.  After I read the book, I asked the children questions to see if they comprehended what we read.  I asked some children to tell me about the story.

Science:  Discussed:  What could you do with a friend at the lake (beach, pool)?  We looked at the blue paint brush and discussed the color.  Each child took the paint brush and found something blue in the room to paint.  We also found blue on our clothing.

Mathematics & Reasoning:  Discussed:  Where is your favorite place to play with a friend?  We looked at the foam sorting shapes.  We discussed the shape and color.  They are circles that are blue and purple.  I had the children make two piles and sort the shapes according to color.  Each child came up one at a time and grabbed two of the foam shapes and put them either in the blue pile or purple pile depending on the color.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  How is your face different from your parents?  How is it the same?  We looked at the Look and Find Poster of the month.  The children told me the feelings that were being displayed on the poster.  I picked 4 of the best sitting children to come up one at a time and pick a Look and Find Glass.  The children had to follow the directions on the Look and find glass.  Look and Find glass 1:  Look and find sad.  What makes you feel sad? Make a sad face.  Look and find glass 2:  Look and find happy.  What makes you feel happy?  Make a happy face.  Look and find glass 3:  Look and find mad.  What makes you feel mad?  Make a mad face.  Look and find glass 4:  Look and find scared?  Make a scared face.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Outside play Center 2:  Stick puppets:  The children will dress and decorate their two stick puppets any way desired to make them look like their friends.  Center 3:  Make your own game:  The children will each get their own dice to take home.  They will color and cut out the game cards to play it at home with their parents.  

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