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Tuesday: Lemon

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

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Thomas put the number on the calendar and discussed the weather.  He found the day of the week in Spanish.  Thomas told us all the colors, shapes, Spanish and Sign language words.  We all counted to 20 in English and Spanish.  We sang our morning songs.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about Apples.  Today the children told me everything they know about Lemons.  Fun Facts: Lemons are  good for soar throats.  Lemons are useful for even small things apart from the big things such as fighting cancer, and strengthening the blood vessels.  A quick rub of a lemon in the armpits helps to combat the unpleasant smell.  Lemons are the single largest best source of Vitamin C.  It has been found that a single lemon contains as much as 40mg of Vitamin C.    It has been found that a cup of black tea everyday with lemon added to it reduces certain types of skin cancer.  

Science: Discussed:  What colors can you find in a lemon? We looked at a lemon and discussed the colors.  Miss Bridgette collected leaves and flowers for us from outside.  I showed the children the colors and we laid them on a piece of paper.  I put a piece of fabric over the plants and used a rubber mallet to pound.  The children discovered that the color came off the plant and went onto the fabric.  They each will get to do this in afternoon centers.  

Mathematcis and Reasoning; Discussed:  How are lemons and oranges similar?  How are they different?  We cut open an orange and lemon and looked at all the similarities and differences.  We discussed the rind, the seeds and the fruit.  The kids got to taste each piece of citrus fruit: orange, grapefruit, lemon and lime. It was funny watching their faces pucker.  We looked at the Monthly poster and counted the lemons we saw.  I then had the numbers 1 through 5 written on a piece of paper in a basket. One child at a time came and drew a number.  They had to tell what the number was and count that many lemons or oranges on the poster. 

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  If you were a pig, what fruit would you want to eat?  We looked at the I Can Read book and wrote the sight words on the board to discuss each one.  Sight words:  I , have, a, little, big .  We read the story together because the children practiced reading the sight words.  I had each child come up and point to the “I have” in each sentence and we underlined them and counted how many we had.  

Physical Development:   Discussed:  What could you make with lemons?  Lemons can be used to make pies, cakes, muffins and lemonade.  We looked at the 3 page in their little journals.  Discussed how the children will draw 3 lemons and color them.  They will then use a grater to grate some of the lemon zest and glue onto their paper.  

Show  and Tell:  The children all wore yellow today and we looked at all the yellow they were wearing.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Outside play  Center 2: Pounding colors-  The children will be placing leaves and flowers under a piece of cloth and using the rubber mallet to pound the colors onto the cloth.   Center 3:  I can Read book-  The children will find the words “I have” and underline them.  They will also write their names on the books. They can cut out their sight words to work with at home.  Center 4:  My Little Journal-  The children will go to the 3 page and draw 3 lemons and color them.  They will then grate the lemon rind to glue onto their lemons.  

Monday: Apple

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

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Thomas is the new calendar and meteorologist for this week.  He put the numbers on the calendar and discussed the weather.  He reviewed all our shapes, colors, Spanish and Sign Language words.  Thomas found the day of the week and month of the year in Spanish.  We all reviewed our days of the week and months of the year.  We also counted to 20 in English and Spanish. We sang our morning songs. 

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about leaves.  The children told me everything they know about apples.  Fun facts that we discussed:  Apples float because 25% of their volume is air.  We put them in water and tried to make them sink but they kept popping back to the top of the water.  The largest apple ever picked weighed three pounds, two ounces.  Apples come in different variety of colors such as red, yellow, green, etc.  China produces more apples than any other country.  Apples are a member of the rose family.  A bushel of apples weighs approximately 42 pounds.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What are parts of an apple?  What is your favorite part?  We looked at an apple and identified the stem, skin, flesh and seed.  We looked at the front cover of the Storytelling Script.  We discussed the cover of the story.  We read, “Johnny Appleseed’s Dream”.  We read the story and discussed what Johnny Appleseed did for people.   Asked questions after reading to see if they comprehended the story.  Questions:  What was Johnny’s dream? (Growing apples all over the United States of America so that no one would ever have to go hungry!)  Who gave him his first seeds?  (a Cider mill)  Where can you find apple seeds?  (inside apples)

Creative Development:  Discussed:  If you could plant fruit trees all over the world, which fruit tree would you choose?  Why?  We looked at the paper Johnny Appleseed that they will make in afternoon centers.  

Social Emotional Development:  Discussed:  What color are apples?  We looked at the folder game and talked about how each tree had a different color of apple on it.  Discussed that some trees produce red apples, while others grow green or yellow apples.  Each tree grows only one color of apple.   We all sat in a circle and I laid the apple cards face down.  One child at a time picked one of the cards.  They told us what color of an apple it was and what tree it belongs on.  They had to place it on the correct tree according to color.  We then discussed the word or item to see if the beginning sound matched the letter on the tree.  

Physical Development:  Discussed:  What does an apple taste like?  We tasted an apple from the apple tree.  We looked at their My Little Journals and discussed the letter A.  I showed the children how to trace the lowercase ‘a’ and turn it into an apple.  Each child also came up one at a time to practice writing their capital and lowercase A.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Outside play Center 2:  My Little Journal-  The children will practice writing their capital and lowercase Aa.  They will then each trace the cardboard lowercase a and color it and make it into an apple.   Center 3:  Johnny Appleseed Art-  The children will color and put together a Johnny Appleseed.  

Thursday: Branch

Oct 4, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

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

Discussion: Discussed:  What do you think it means to be honest.  Honesty means you tell the truth.  When you are honest people can learn to trust you and believe  in the things you say. What do you know about branches of trees? 

Creative Development: Discussed:  If you were a tree, what would you want on your branches?  We looked at the Apple hat that they will be making in afternoon centers.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What can you find in this room that could help you carry many apples that fell off a branch? We got the grocery cart and golf cart and discovered that we could fill those up with apples and push them around the room.  We discussed the letter A and what sounds it makes.  We looked in the dictionary and found lots of A words.  We also put the hands-on Letter A in the grocery cart and pushed it around the room. 

Physical Development: Discussed:  How do you think branches break off trees?  Branches are not actually part of a tree’s trunk.  A branch is connected to the trunk by overlapping tissue called the branch collar.  Wind, storms, insects and diseases can weaken branch collars.  We discussed how we had to wash our hands before we mess with any food.  I showed the children how to make a mini apple pie.  We added sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg to diced up apples.  We then used refrigerated biscuit dough to push into a muffin pan and make the crust.  We added the apple mixture to the biscuit and then cut the 2nd biscuit into strips to make the lattice top.  We baked it in the oven and the children will get to enjoy this treat during afternoon snack. 

Show and Tell:  Each child brought in an item that begins with the letter A.  They came up one at a time and discussed their items. 

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Outside play Center 2: Apple Headband-  The children will put an A on each apple and glue them to their headband.  They will then decorate their headbands as they desire.  Center 3: My Little Journal-The children will go to the page that has a green paint brush.  They will then draw a branch on the page and tear pieces of green paper to add to it for leaves.

Wednesday: Trunk

Oct 3, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Abby told us the weather and put the number on the calendar.  She found the day of the week in Spanish.  She reviewed the shapes-circle, rectangle; colors-blue, purple, green; Spanish words-happy, hello, sad; and Sign language words-no, yes, play, apple. 

Physical Development: Discussed: What do you know about tree trunks?  Which parts of the tree are above the trunk?  Below the trunk?  We looked at the rectangle shape and discussed how it could look like a tree trunk!  We went to the Little Journal page with the rectangle.  I showed the children how to trace the rectangle shape. We then added leaves and roots to the trunk.  They will do this in afternoon centers. 

Language and Literacy: Discussed:  What could you find living in or around a tree?  We looked at the new Look and Find Poster and discussed all the things we could see.  I picked the child sitting the best to come up and pick a Look and Find Glass to do what it said to do. I had 4 Look and Find Glasses so 4 children got to come up one at a time and follow the directions.  Look and Find Glass 1:  Look and find an apple. Count the apples on the tree. Find something else that is the same color.  Look and Find Glass 2:  Look and find a fruit tree.  What is taller than this tree?  What is shorter than this tree?  Look and Find Glass 3:  Look and find a squirrel. Wiggle your tail like a squirrel.  What do you see next to the squirrel?  Look and Find Glass 4:  Look and find a bird.  What is the same color as the bird?  Pretend to fly like a bird.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed what you could use to measure a tree?  We looked at the number 3 and counted to 3 in English and Spanish.  I showed the children how to make a number three. 

Show and Tell: The children brought 3 items.  Each child came up one at a time and counted their items.  We discussed if they needed more or less or if they had the correct amount.  We also counted their items in Spanish.

Tumble Bus Day:   See the form by the Sign in sheet to see what activities your child did on the bus.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1:  Waffle blocks and Bowling Ball with Pins  Center 2: My Little Journal-The children will go to the rectangle page and trace the foam shape rectangle or make a rectangle on their own.  They will then turn that rectangle into a tree by adding roots and leaves. The children will add the leaves by making a handprint out of paint.   

Tuesday: Roots

Oct 2, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Abby was not here today so we did the calendar together.  We discussed the weather and hung up the number.  The children found the day of the week in Spanish.  We reviewed our colors, shapes, Spanish and Sign language words.  We counted to 20 in English and Spanish.  We also reviewed the days of the week and months of the year.  We sang our morning songs.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about seeds. The children told me what they know about roots.  We then learned some fun facts about roots.  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.  In some plants such as beet roots and carrots, the roots are also a food source.  When a seed begins to grow, its first root is called a primary root.  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 grass, have lots of small roots, called fibrous roots, branching off in all directions. Discussed:  How do you think roots help a tree?

Science: Discussed:  How do you think roots help a tree stand tall? We took a long stick and tried to make it stand up on one end but it kept falling over.  We discussed why it keeps falling over.  We then used string on the stick to help it stand up.  The children helped hold the string to hold the stick up.  We discussed  how the roots spread out to distribute the weight of a tree and provide a strong foundation.  

Creative Development:  Discussed:  How are roots and branches similar?  Explained that roots reach out under ground even farther than branches reach out in the air.  We looked at the tree art they will be doing in afternoon centers.

Language and Literacy: Discussed:  What is an orchard?  An orchard is a farm of trees that grow fruits or nuts.  We looked at the title of the book and the children made predictions on what they thought might happen. The title of the book was “A Visit to the Apple Orchard”.  We discussed the concepts of print: front cover, back cover, title, author, illustrator, and how we read  a book from left to right and front to back.  The children learned the Sign for “apple”: make your hand into a fist and extend the index finger knuckle.  Bring the knuckle to your cheek and twist it.  We read the book and discussed what we were reading.  While reading the book the children listened for the word “apple” and did the sign for it when they heard it.  

Science:   Discussed:  How do you think roots help make leaves green?  We looked at the green paint brush and discussed the color.  The children took turns taking the paint brush and finding something in the room that is green and painting it.  Discussed that roots drink water and oxygen and deliver them to the leaves.  This helps make leaves green

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  What color do you think the roots of a tree are?  The roots of the tree are the same color as the trunk, generally brown.  We put all the foam shapes in a bag and had each child come up one at a time.  The child predicted what color they would pull out, green or brown.  They pulled the shape and and told the color and told if it was more similar to a root or a leaf.  They then laid it in the correct pile to match by colors.  They discussed which pile had the most in it.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Large Cardboard Blocks  Center 2:  Roots and Branches Art-  The children will fold out the bottom and top of the paper tube, which represents roots and branches.  They will attach it to the paper and sponge paint the leaves.  They will glue the leaves onto the tree and paper. 

Monday: Seed

Oct 1, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Abby is the new calendar and meteorologist for this week.  She wasn’t feeling well this morning so we did calendar together. Discussed the new month of October.  We put the number on the calendar and discussed the weather.  We read the days of the week and months of the year.  The children reviewed the shape, colors, Spanish and Sign language words. We sang our morning songs.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We discussed what we know about seeds?  We looked at pictures of different seeds and also real seeds.  The children compared them.

Creative Development: Discussed:  What do you think a tree seed looks like?  Tree seeds come in many shapes and sizes. I asked children to bring in seeds that they find at their houses from outdoors or from fruits that they eat, so we can look at those.  We compared pine-cone seeds, acorns, cherry pits and apple seeds. We looked at the craft they will be making in afternoon centers.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  Which shapes have four sides?  We looked at the Shape Mat on the wall to discuss all the shapes with 4 sides.  I held up the Mystery Envelope and each child tried to guess the shape in the Envelope.  I told them that the shape has 4 sides and 4 corners.  After the children guessed, I gave them another clue that 2 of the sides are long and 2 are short.  I also told them that many doors and windows are shaped like that shape.  That is when Kade and Thomas knew it was a Rectangle in the Envelope.  We made a rectangle out of the seeds that we had.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  In what ways do seeds look differently?  We looked at pictures of seeds and real seeds and discussed the differences in them.  I wrote a child’s full name on the wipe off board and if they recognized their name they stood up and  read it to us.  We are having difficulties recognizing our full names.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  How many seeds do you think there are inside an apple?  We cut open 4 apples to count the seeds in each one and noticed that there were a different number of seeds in each apple.  I then had each child come up one at a time and count seeds to match the number on the Apple Counting Project Mat.

Show and Tell:   Each child brought in a rectangular item.  They came up one at a time and showed their item and discussed how it was rectangular.  They told me where the long and short sides were.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Outside play  Center 2:  Name tags-  The children will practice writing their first name on the name tag. Center 3: Apple Seed Art- The children will paint two leave shapes from the paper plate green. They will use the rest of the plate as the core of their apple. They will paint the apple core red and try to leave the middle white.  They will then glue on a number of seeds to match their age.  Center 4: Apple Counting Seed project- The children will practice counting out seeds to match the numbers on the mat.