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Preparing for Christmas

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

We had a busy morning: The children practiced their Christmas songs and we used props.  The children also worked on making their presents for you.  We also discussed how many days left till Christmas and discussed what color a star is and such.  

Monday: Candle

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

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Lucas is the calendar and meteorologist boy for this week.  He was not here today so we did it together.  We reviewed our colors, shapes and Sign language words.  We also worked on singing our Christmas songs.  

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about singing.  The children told me everything they know about Candles.  What makes light in the darkness?  Fun Facts:  The Egyptians and  Cretans made candles from beeswax, as early as 3000 BC.  Candles were traditionally used to light up Christmas trees before electric lights.  Candles are used in 7 out of 10 U.S. households.  There are more than 350 makers of candles in the U. S.  Candle manufacturers’ surveys show that 96% of all candles purchased are bought by women.

Creative Development:  Discussed:  What sound does a burning candle make?  Some candles can make a crackling sound.  We looked at the Candle Wreath they may make in afternoon centers if time between singing.  

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed:  How does a candle help you see at night?  We looked at the picture cards and discussed each object.  

Physical Development:  Discussed:  What are the different parts of a candle?  A candle has the wax, wick and a flame.  We looked at their My Little Journals and discussed the red page.  They will make candles with red paint and add a flame.  

Science:  Why do candles need wax?  Wax is used for candles because it keeps the wick from burning too fast and repels water.  I showed the children how to draw with a wax candle.  We then colored over it with watercolor paint and watched the drawing appear.  If time the children will make their own drawing. 

Show and Tell:  The children each brought a red item. Each child came up one at a time to show their item and show us the red.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Wooden Blocks/ Signing Christmas songs.   Center 2:  Candle Wreath if time  Center 3:  My Little Journal red page if time and Drawing a picture with candle wax if time.

Friday: Singing

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

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Samuel was the calendar boy and put the number on the calendar.  He also discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  Samuel reviewed all the shapes, colors and Sign Language words. Sang our Christmas songs.  

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about bells.  The children told me all that they know about Singing.  We discussed each child’s favorite song.  Fun Facts:  When you sing, you sing with your diaphragm and kind of your chest, not your throat.  Less than 2% of the population is tone deaf.  No two people in the world have the same singing voice.  Singing helps you with your breathing because it clears your lungs of stale air and takes in a fresh supply of oxygen for the body.  

Physical Development:  Each child named an animal.  Discussed: How does that animal sound when it sings?  

Social Studies: Discussed:  What sounds do you know about the weather? We looked at the World Map and discussed the different weather in different parts of the world.  We looked at North America where Canada is.  Explained that it snows a lot in Canada.  Would you want to sing outside in the snow?

Language and Literacy: Discussed:  What sound does M make? We sang a Mmmmm song!!  Then we sang, “We wish you a merry Monkey”.  We discussed words that begin with M.  

Show and Tell:   The children all brought an item that begins with the letter M.  They came up one at a time and told us about their item and what letter it starts with.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Practiced Christmas Songs/ Outside play 

Thursday: Bells

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

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Samuel was not here today so we did calendar together.  We found the number and put it on the calendar and discussed the pattern. We discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  We reviewed all our colors, shapes and Sign language words.  We sang our Christmas songs.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about owls.  Today the children told me all that they know about Bells.  We discussed the types of bells that they have seen.  Fun Facts:  Campanology is the study of bells.  The Liberty Bell is our symbol of freedom.  The biggest bell in the world is in Japan.  It is 24 ft tall. Some bells have clappers and some bells don’t.  The clapper hangs from the middle of the bell to help make it ring.  

Creative Development:  Discussed:  What are the parts of a bell? A bell has a body, clapper and crown (the handle).  We looked at the bells they will be making in afternoon centers. 

Social Emotional Development: Discussed:  Why do some animals wear bells?  (For example; cow bells, cat bells or horse bells.)  We rang and played with our bells.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  How is a xylophone like a set of flat bells?  We looked at the Hands-on X and discussed the sounds that x makes.  X is hard because it borrows his sound from other letters.  He also says several sounds.  He can say /z/ or /ks/ or /gz/.  We discussed that not too many words start with this letter and we looked at the 4 words in the dictionary.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  Why do some churches or city buildings ring bells?  Some bells ring to signify the beginning of an event, an emergency or to tell the time.   I made a clock on the flooring using the large numbers 1-12.  I walked around the clock saying the numbers.  I then had Mallory start at 12 and walk to the 1.  I rang the bell 1 time.  She stepped to 2 and I rang the bell 2 times.  We continued this all the way to 12.  I asked them what I was doing!  They said I was ringing the bell the same number that Mallory stepped on.  I told them that is how we know what time it is by counting the number of times the bell rings.  

Science:   Discussed:  How do you think a bell makes its sound?  The sound the bell makes depends on three things: the type of material, the thickness of the material, and the size of the bell body.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Outside play/Practice Christmas songs/Little People Center 2:  Make a Christmas Bell  if time

Wednesday: Owl

Dec 12, 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.  Samuel told us the colors, shapes and Sign Language words.  We practiced singing our Christmas songs.  

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about Ice.  The children told me what they know about Owls today.  Owls are nocturnal, which means they are awake at night.  Fun Facts:  Owls are known for their distinct call.  Owls appear as wise and noble characters in many children’s stories.  There are about 205 species of owls.  Owls’ eyes are fixed in their sockets.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  How does the song of an owl and cat sound differently?  We then looked at new sight words:  look, at, the, he.  I had to discuss how to get their mouth ready for the first letter sound before they just guessed the word.  They had to make their tongue get in its spot or their mouth get in its spot before trying to say the word.  We discussed the word family “at”.  We read the, I Can Read book together.  I had the children read all the sight words that we learned.  After reading the story, I had the children come up one at a time and read a sight word and underline it.  We also practiced writing our Capital and lowercase V. 

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed:  What do you think an owl looks like?  We looked at three different sized Owls.  The children had to work together to put them in order from Biggest to smallest.  They then worked together to put them in order from smallest to biggest. We discussed how many of each size that we had.  

Science:   Discussed:  What does a high pitch sound like?  How about a low pitch?  Which do you think is the sound an owl makes?  We had 2 small glasses and 2 big glasses with water in them at different levels. I tapped on the glass with a pencil and we found the glasses that had a high pitch and a low pitch.  

Physical Development:  Discussed:  What helps an owl fly?  Parts of an owl:  big eyes with great vision, feathers to help fly, and claws to grab things.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Outside Play/ Practice Christmas songs/ Center 2:  I Can Read book-  Underline their sight words: Look, at, the, he  Center 3:  I Can Write project-  They will practice tracing lines and making their capital and lowercase V. 

Tuesday: Ice

Dec 11, 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.  Samuel reviewed all our colors, shapes and Sign Language words.  We sang our Christmas songs!

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about Animal tracks.  Today the children told me all that they know about Ice.  How is ice made?  Ice is water that is frozen.  Fun Facts:  Ice covers 10 percent of the Earth’s land mass.  When the ice looks white it’s because there are tiny air bubbles in it that refract light.  Water expands as it freezes to make ice.  Hot water freezes faster than cold water.  Water begins to freeze at 32 degrees.  

Creative Development:  Discussed:  How do you think ice sounds?  We had ice in my cup and ice in a bowl.  We listened to the ice in my cup.  We then passed around the bowl of ice so that each child could feel it and shake it to listen to the sound it made.  We looked at the Ice Collage that they will be making for centers.  

Physical Development:  Discussed what shapes do icicles form?  We looked at their My Little Journals and learned how to make a Letter V.  We discussed how they look like Icicles.  Each child practiced writing the capital and lowercase V on the wipe off boards and in their  Journals.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  How do you think ice forms on objects?  When it is very cold and it snows, the snow water freezes to the outside of objects.  We learned some new Spanish words today.  Drum-“tambor” (tam-bor); piano-“piano” (pia-nou);  violin- “violin” (vaio-lin); mouse-“raton”(rah-tone);  ice- “hielo” (e-ay-lo); star- “estrella” (es-trayl-lyah); candle- “vela” (vay-lah); cookie- “galleta” (gal-lyay-tah).

Social Studies:  Discussed:  Old freezers or refrigerators were called ice boxes.  What do you keep in your fridge?  We learned the sign for “milk” and “cookie”.  Cookie-  Take your left hand palm facing up.  Make a relaxed C with your right hand put down on your left and twist left then right.  Milk-  Take your right hand and open then close your fist like milking a cow.  We sang “If your happy and you know it, eat a cookie”  We practiced using our signs for Cookie and milk.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Outside Play/Practice Christmas songs/Legos Center 2: Icicle Art-  The children will make a house and use glitter and glue to make icicles hanging from it.   Center 3: My Little Journal- The children will practice making capital and lowercase V’s.  They will then make a lot of V’s on the page to make it look like icicles. 

Monday: Animal Tracks

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

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Samuel is the new calendar and meteorologist boy this week.  He was not here today so we did it together.  We added all the numbers to the calendar, found the day of the week in Spanish and discussed the weather.  We reviewed our colors, shapes and Sign Language words.  Practiced singing Christmas songs. 

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about Pianos.  Today the children told me all they know about Animal tracks but they had a difficult time with this. Fun Facts:  Animal tracks are imprints left behind in soil, snow, mud or other ground surfaces that an animal walks across.  Animal tracks are used by hunters in tracking their prey and by naturalists to identify animals living in a given area.  Animal tracks may look different based on the weight of the particular animal.  Tracks can be fossilized over millions of years.  

Creative Development: Discussed:  What can animal tracks tell you about how an animal moves?  The farther apart the tracks are, the faster an animal may be moving.  The distance between tracks may also give clues about how long the animal’s legs are.  We looked at the reindeer the kids will be making in afternoon centers.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What might happen if you follow mystery animal tracks?  We acted out and read the story,” Tracks in the Snow”.  I laid pictures down as I read the story of animals and their tracks.  The children had to act the story out as we read. After we read, I asked the children questions to check for comprehension.  Discussion Questions:  Which animal tracks were in the snow? (bear, skunk, bunny).  Which animal made a grumbling noise? (bear)  Which animal made a stinky smell? (skunk) Which animal is your favorite? Why?  Who else do you think might live in the winter woods?

Social Emotional Development:  Discussed:  What do you think is the difference between bear and rabbit tracks?  Discussed how the size of an animal impacts the size of their feet and tracks.  We played a folder game.  The children had to draw a card and match the animal to the correct foot prints.

Mathematics and Reasoning:   Discussed:  What kind of noises can you hear as animals walk outside?  The sounds depend on where the animals walk.  How do you think it would sound if an animal stepped in mud? Ice? Leaves? Snow?  We had three items:  bubble wrap, foil and cardboard.  We listened to the sounds each one made. I then had one child at a time come up and close their eyes.  I had them walk on one of the items and tell me what they were walking on.  They did very good figuring what they were on.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Variety of toys  Center 2:  Reindeer Headband- The children will trace their hands and then cut the hand prints out.  They will glue the hands for antlers, eyes, nose onto the head pattern.  They can also decorate the reindeer as desired.  We will then help them fit it around their heads.  

 

Friday: Piano

Dec 7, 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 found the day of the week in Spanish.  Mallory reviewed her colors, shapes and Sign Language words.  We also practiced signing our Christmas songs.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about string instruments.  Today the children told me all they know about Pianos.  Fun Facts:  The piano is known as “The King of Instruments”.  The average medium size piano has about 230 strings.  The first note (on a standard 88 note keyboard) is A.  The last note of the keyboard is C.  

Physical Development:  Discussed:  What are the parts of a piano?  A piano has keys, strings and hammers.  When a key is pushed, a hammer hits a string and makes it vibrate.  This is what creates the musical sounds.  We looked at the I Can Cut Project they did last night in centers.  I had each child come up one at a time and match the colored note to the correct color of key on the piano.

Science:  Discussed:  What color are the keys on a piano?  Most of the keys on a piano are white (52 of them) and some of the keys are black (36).  Together, they make the 88 keys on a piano.  We looked at their Journals and found the white page where they made the piano keys.  We discussed everyone’s work.  

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed:  How many keys can you press at one time?  We looked at the paper piano and talked about how many keys we could push at one time.  Discussed that a song is made of many notes like a word is made up of many letters.  We looked at the puzzle pieces.  I picked one child at a time to come up and pick a piece of the puzzle and fit it together with another piece. We discussed the puzzle when it was all finished. 

Language and Literacy:   Discussed:  What is your favorite kind of instrument?  Piano, string instrument, horns, drums?  We looked at the Letter Set card and discussed the letter V.  We reviewed words that begin with the letter V like violin and viola.  We then looked at the letters S, P and H and discussed words that started with those letters like string instruments, piano and horns.

Show and Tell:  All the children wore white today.  I had each child stand up and show us all the white items that they were wearing.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Wooden Blocks  

Thursday: String Instruments

Dec 6, 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 reviewed the colors, shapes and Sign Language words.  We practiced signing our Christmas songs. 

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about Horns.  Today the children told me everything they know about String Instruments.  We discussed how String instruments are different than wind instruments.  Fun Facts:  String instruments are musical instruments that produce sound from vibrating strings.  Some common instruments in the string family are guitar, sitar, electric bass, violin, viola, cello, double bass, banjo, mandolin, ukulele,  bouzouki and harp.  Plucking is used as a method of playing on instruments by using a finger or thumb.  

Creative Development: Discussed:  How many strings do you think are on a violin?  Violins have 4 strings.  We looked at the Violin that they will be making in afternoon centers. 

Physical Development:  Discussed:  What are the parts of a violin? A violin has a body, neck, strings and a bow?  We made a string instrument using food.  We used string cheese, pretzels sticks and round crackers (Ritz).  They then ate them up!

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  How many strings does a guitar have? A guitar has six strings. All the children  pretended to draw six lines (strings) on the floor with their finger.  Did you know a harp has 47 strings?  We all then drew 47 strings on the floor.  We looked at the Hands-on number 7 and counted to 7.  I showed the children how to trace the Hands-on 7 so that they could turn it into a string instrument.  

Language and Literacy:   Discussed:  How do big stringed instruments sound different than small stringed instruments? We used a large and small bowl and a large and small glass cup to listen to the different tones that they make.  We discussed the one that had a high pitch and a low pitch.  Explained that the violin and viola are alike, except for their size.  A viola is larger than a violin.  We looked at the Hands-On letter V and discussed what it says.  We discussed all the words we could think of that start with the letter V.  I showed the children how to make a letter V on the wipe off board.  We practiced making a high pitched sound and a low pitched sound.  I showed them the capital V and they made the the low pitch sound.  I showed them the lowercase v and they made the high pitch sound.  Each child came up one at a time to find the letter V on the alphabet strips.  

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

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Community Helper Toys  Center 2:  Violin Art-  The children will color the violin parts with markers.  They will then staple the parts together and we will help them add their strings.  They can then use the Bow to play the violin.  Center 3:  Strumming Seven-  The children will trace the Hands-on number 7 onto a piece of paper.  They will then cut the seven out.  They will draw 7 lines to make the strings of the 7 and turn it into an instrument.  They will also color the 7.  Center 4:  I can Cut project- The children will cut out the colored notes.  They will then match those notes to the matching color of key on the piano. 

Wednesday: Horn

Dec 6, 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 found the day of the week in Spanish.  Mallory reviewed the colors, shapes and Sign Language words.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about Ribbons.  The children told me all that they know about horns.  Discussed: What parts of your body do you use to play a horn?  We looked at pictures of different horns. 

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What does a horn look like?  Horns come in many shapes, sizes and colors.  There are yellow brass horns, big horns like a tuba and small trumpets.  We had 4 Look and Find glasses and the 4 best sitting children got to come up one at a time and follow the directions on the glass.  They used our new Theme poster for the month to find what they needed to.  Look and Find Glass 1:  Star–Look and find a star.  Can you count the stars on the poster?  Look around the classroom for a star shape.  Look and Find Glass 2:  Mouse– Look and find a mouse.  What other pictures on the poster begin with the /m/ sound?  Wiggle your nose like a mouse.  Look and Find Glass 3:  Drum–Look and find a drum.  Pretend to pound a drum seven times.  What could you use in your room to make a drum?  Look and Find Glass 4:  Horn– Look and find a horn.  What is the same color as the horn?  What else makes noise on the Poster?

Social Emotional:  Discussed:  What type of music do you love?  We looked at the Friendship Band and discussed how we could show love.  Discussed if it is a different love when you show love for a thing rather than a person?   I had each child tell me what they love and I wrote it on their Friendship band and put it around their wrists.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  How do horns work?  Explained that horns are wind instruments.  They need us to blow through them to make a sound.  We looked at the counting card with the number 7 on it.  We counted to number 7 in English and Spanish.  We made a horn out of paper and each child got to come up and practice blowing the horn seven times.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What do we need to make a band?  Explained that a band is a group of musicians who play their instruments together.  We listed various types of instruments.  We looked at their “My Little Journals” and went to the 7 page.  We counted the horns on that page.  I showed the children how to draw horns.  They will draw 7 horns in afternoon centers.

Show and Tell: Each child brought in 7 items and they include a star object and a white object.  They came up one at a time to count the objects in their bags.  We discussed if they had more or less or the exact amount.  We then found all the white objects and all the stars in their 7 items.  The kids did great with this activity.  

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

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Outside play/ Legos  Center 2: My Little Journal-  the children went to the 7 page.  They each made 7 finger prints using a stamp pad.  They then turned those finger prints into a horn. 

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