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Monday: Airplane

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

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Keira is the new calendar and meteorologist for the week. She put the numbers on the calendar and told us the weather.  Keira told us all the colors, shapes and sign language words with no help.  She helped us find the day of the week in Spanish.  We reviewed all our Spanish words.  

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about going by animal.  The children then told me everything they know about airplanes.  Fun Facts:  Airplane travel is the safest way to travel.  Airplanes leave long white lines that are caused when water is released as a gas from the airplane and then turns to ice crystals at high altitude.  Airports in the US cater to about 29, 000 domestic and international flights each day.  The US airline industry makes approximately 170 billion US dollars each year.  No flying bird can stop a jet engine.  During the testing phase of jet engines, testers throw whole chickens through the jet engines to ensure they maintain full functionality.  

Creative Development: Discussed:  Where would you like to go in an airplane?  We had a box on the floor and each child got to try to fly the airplane into the box.  They did very good with this.  I then showed them the airplanes they will make in afternoon centers.

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed:  What parts of an airplane can you name?  We looked at the Theme Poster and pointed out the parts on that airplane: wings, tail, propeller and engines.  The children used the foam shape triangles to make the patterns on the Parquetry cards.  Some of the patterns were complex and we had to discuss how to make the shapes.

Language and Literacy: Discussed:  Why do you think a car cannot fly?  Discussed how airplanes have wings and were made to fly and cars do not have wings.  We learned a new word family /ar/.  I wrote it on the wipe off board and we discussed the sound.  I then added a letter to the beginning of it and we sounded out the new words.  The children would try to change the sound /ar/ and we discussed how that word family will say the same thing with the different letters in front of it.  We added letters like..  f–/ar/ so far,  c–/ar/ so car, /star/, /cars/ and more words. 

Physical Development:  Discussed:  When is it dangerous to fly in an airplane?  When the weather is stormy, it can be dangerous to be in an airplane.  Explained that their is an area that often has bad weather known as the Bermuda Triangle where many airplanes have disappeared.  I showed the children how to draw an airplane for their journal pages.

Show and Tell:   The children were all supposed to bring a triangular item to show.  The children that brought an item came up one at a time and told us about their item.  They also showed us how it was triangular.  The children also brought in Birthday cards for Miss Kim and Maggie.  I read all my birthday cards out loud to the children.  They were so sweet.  Maggie will read hers tomorrow when she is here. 

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Waffle blocks and Bowling pins  Center 2:  My Little Journal- They will go to the page with a triangle.  They will draw an airplane on the page and then make a triangle out of paper to hide the airplane under it.  They can then make their airplane disappear.  Center 3:  Airplane art-  the children will color the wings, tail and painted Popsicle stick.  They will glue on the wings and tail to the Popsicle stick and then tape the straw onto the stick and fly.

Friday: Go by Animal

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

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

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We what we learned about going by feet.  Today the children told me what they know about going by Animal.  Discussed: What types of animals can people ride?  Fun Facts:  Horses can travel upwards of thirty ( and some, even forty) miles per hour.  Camels can travel many days without food or water.  Elephants are also able to carry an enormous amount of cargo when traveling.  There is evidence that horses were first ridden as much as 5, 000 or more years ago.  

Physical Development:  Discussed:  Where have you seen animals following a path?  We looked at their I Can Write project and reviewed how they had the animal follow the path.

Social Studies:  Discussed:  Why do you think some people ride elephants?  In some countries, such as India, elephants are used to carrying people and supplies through the thick forests where vehicles cannot drive.  We looked at India’s flag and found the pink land on the World Map where India is located.  The children practiced making elephant noises.  I had Thomas as the lead Elephant and all the other children (elephants) grabbed a hold of each child’s shirt as their tail and followed Thomas through the house.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  What other animals can we ride?  Camels are used in deserts because they can go without water for long periods of time.  I invited the children to move their hand up and down like a camel moves.  We sang a Camel song and put a different child’s name in it when we changed the number of humps.  All the children helped sing.  Song: “Alex(name of daycare child) the camel has five humps, Alex the camel has five humps, Alex the camel has five humps, Go, Alex, Go! (take hand behind back until the next line is done.)  Boom, boom, boom, boom,      Boom, boom, boom, boom.  (Pull hand out from behind back with one less finger and repeat)     Last verse:  Alex the camel has no humps…….  Boom, boom… Neigh. No Humps?  Alex is a horse, of course!

Language and Literacy:   Discussed:  What animals would you use to pull a wagon?  We looked at the letter card “Ww”.  The children reviewed what the letter was, the sound it makes and the label (least windy sound).  We talked about worm and wagon starting with W.  We had a wagon that we used to let one or two children sit in and another child pulled it through the house.  They had so much fun pulling each other.  Every child had a turn to pull the wagon and sit in the wagon.  We discussed how animals like an ox, horse or even a dog could pull a wagon.  

Show and Tell:  The children brought in 5 items so that we could practice counting to 5.  Each child came up one at a time and pulled their items one by one out of their bags while counting them.  We got to look at all the different items.  The children did very well counting to 5.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Outside Play/ Bowling Pins and Waffle blocks 

Thursday: Go by Foot

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

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Cade put the number on the calendar and discussed the weather.  He found the day of the week in Spanish with the help of his friends.  We reviewed our colors, shapes, Spanish and sign language words.  

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about bikes.  The children told me everything they know about their feet.  Fun Facts:   A human foot & ankle is a strong, mechanical structure that contains 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 muscles, tendons & ligaments.  Many people have one foot larger than the other, so it’s best to fit the larger one while standing. Walking is the best exercise for your feet.  It contributes to your general health by improving circulation and weight control.    The children showed me how fast they could walk to the gate and back.  Some of them wanted to run instead of walk so we had to practice walking fast. 

Creative Development:  Discussed:  What kind of shoes do you like to wear when you walk?  I picked two children at a time and we compared the bottom of their shoes together.  We discussed the texture and feel as well as the design.  The children will be painting a cardboard shoe in afternoon centers.  I showed them how to put the shoe string in the shoe to lace the shoe and then practice tying it.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  Why do we walk on paths?  Discussed how paths are made, why they keep us safe, and how they help us know where to go.  We looked at the hands-on letter W.  We discussed the sound it makes.  We talked about the wind coming out of our mouths to make the sound.  I showed them the three windy sounds by using a pencil and watching it move (w, h, wh).  We discussed the W is the least windy sound because the pencil only moved a little bit when I made that sound.  We talked about a few words that start with W: walk, water, wind, word, etc.  We had a giant W made on the floor with masking tape. I had the children line up at the start of the W path.  When I showed them the hands-on letter W they would start walking on the W tape.  They had to stay on the tape and follow the path cause if they fell off they would be in the water.  When the hands-on W disappeared they had to stop walking.  I then showed it again and they started walking.  I continued making the W disappear and appear until they made it to the end of the W.  They then had to jump in the water and swim to the start of the W and start again.

Physical Development:  Discussed:  What words can you think of that begin with the /w/ sound?  We looked through the dictionary to find more W words.  I showed the children how to write the capital and lowercase W.  Each child came up and practiced writing the capital and lowercase W.  We looked at their journals and showed them how they would be making a W out of string and taping it on their page.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:    Discussed:  How big is your foot? Is your foot bigger or smaller than your leg? Your nose? What other parts of your body are smaller than your foot?  Which are bigger?  We used foot prints that Kade made for us to measure everyone.     Each child came up and laid on the floor one at a time and we measured how many feet tall they were.  We compared each child to see if they were more or less feet tall.  We then measured some arms, legs and the desk to show how we could measure different things with the feet.  

Show and Tell:  Each child brought an item that begins with a W.  They came up one at a time to tell us about their item and what letter it begins with.  We had waffles, whales, wrestling men and arena and a watch.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Outside play/ Little people  Center 2:  Foot Art- They will paint one side of their shoe.  We will then practice lacing our shoes and tying.  Center 3: My Little Journal-The children will practice writing the capital and lowercase W.  They will then make a W out of yarn and tape it to the page. 

Wednesday: By Bike

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

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Cade discussed the weather and found the number for the calendar.  We reviewed our colors, shapes, Spanish and Sign language.  Cade found the day of the week in Spanish.  

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about trucks.  The children all told me what they know about bikes.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  How many wheels does a bike have?  Discussed that bikes can have two wheels or three wheels (tricycle).  We looked at our Bilingual Books.  We discussed each vehicle on the pages in English and in Spanish.  We looked at the bike and discussed the number of wheels on it.  We practiced reading the book in English and Spanish a couple times.  I wrote the word “go” on the wipe off board and the children sounded the word out.  I had one child come up at a time and find the word “go” in the book.  We counted how many times “go” appeared in the story.  

Science:  Discussed:  What happens when you ride down a hill or ramp on your bike?  What is the tallest hill you have ridden down on your bike?  I had a total of 14 books and used 1 book to place the wooden board on. Samuel got me a car and we had to push it to roll it down the ramp.  I then put 14 book under the ramp and rolled the car again.  We discussed the difference between they slant of the ramp and what the car did.  Each child got to choose how many books they wanted holding the ramp up and then picked a car to roll down the ramp.  We had a good time with this.  I then had the ramp on my knee so it was almost a straight down slant and we noticed that most of the cars crashed.  We talked about how it would be really hard to ride our bikes up or down this “hill” (ramp).  

Physical Development: Discussed:  What part of the body does a bike helmet protect?  We had a bike helmet that we put on Lily’s head.  We discussed how it would be safe when we road our bikes if we fell.  I showed the children a hard boiled egg and discussed what they thought would happen if the egg fell and hit something hard.  I had the egg fall onto the “road” (board).  We looked at the egg and noticed that his head was cracked and he was hurt.  I then put the egg in the bike helmet and dropped it into the “road” (board).  The children saw that the egg did not crack this time!  Discussed how a hard outside like a helmet can help keep what is inside, your head, safe.  

Science:  Discussed:  When riding a bike, what color should you wear so others can easily see you?  For safety purposes, it is recommended you wear or use a flag with bright colors, such as orange.  We looked at their journals and found the orange page.  We discussed how we made an orange flag out of paper and glued it onto our journal page yesterday in afternoon centers.  We can use a nice orange flag on our bikes so that people can see us better.  

Show and Tell:   Each child wore orange today.  They came up one at a time and showed us all the orange clothing or hair pretties that they had. 

Tumble Bus Day:  Please see the form by the front door to see what activities they did on the bus today. 

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Large Cardboard Building Blocks Center 2:  Bilingual Book-  The children will assemble the book and color the pictures.  They will also try to find the word “go” and underline it.  We will practice reading the book again in Spanish and English.  Center 3: I Can Write Project:  The children will practice tracing the lines to get the animal to its transportation.  

Tuesday: By Truck

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

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Cade is the new calendar and meteorologist for this week.  He discussed the weather and found the number for the calendar. Cade helped us find the day of the week in Spanish.  We reviewed our shapes: circle, triangle, rectangle.  Colors: brown, blue, purple, green, orange; Spanish and Sign language words.  We counted to 20 in English and Spanish.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts/Creative Development:  The children told me all that they know about trucks.  Discussed what kinds of trucks have you seen? There are many kinds of trucks including pick-up trucks, dump trucks and monster trucks.  The children will be making a truck in afternoon centers.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  How is a truck different from a car?  We looked at the Semi Truck pictured and compared each vehicle one at a time to the truck.  We discussed all the differences.  We learned the Vehicles names in Spanish also while we were discussing them.  Spanish words:  Truck-camion (cah-me-on); car-carro (car-r0); train- tren (trayn); airplane-avion (ah-ve-on); bus- autobus (ah-oo-to-boos); boat- barco (bar-co); road- camion (cah-mee-no); bike-bicicleta (be-the-clay-tah).

Physical Development: Discussed:  Who drives a truck?  Discussed jobs for which people drive trucks: farmers, mail carrier, firefighter, etc. We learned the sign for Drive!  Drive- Make your hands into fists and pretend that you are gripping a wheel.  Turn back and forth.  We had all the vehicle photo cards in a bag along with pictures of food, toys  and furniture.  I invited one child at a time to draw one picture out of the bag.  The child told me what that item was and then if it was something they could drive, everyone would show the sign for Drive.  If it was not a vehicle then they had to put it in a pile on the floor.  

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed:  What do you know about monster trucks?  Monster trucks are big trucks with large tires that are often used in shows.  Sometimes they crush cars that are no longer running.  We made some ramps out of pieces of wood.  The children used the matchbox  cars and a toy monster truck to have the truck go down the ramp and crash the cars.  They really enjoyed playing with this.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  My Little Journal-  The children will go to the Orange page and color the paintbrush orange.   They will then cut or tear a piece of orange paper to make a flag and glue that onto the orange page.  Center 2:  Build a Truck Art-  The children will color and decorate the truck pieces and then assemble the truck.  Center 3:  Outside Play