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Tuesday: Ribbon

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

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Mallory was sick today so we did calendar together.  We put the number on the calendar and discussed the weather.  We reviewed our colors and shapes.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about drums.  The children told me what they know about ribbons.  Discussed:  In what ways can you dance with a ribbon?  Where do we see ribbons?  Fun Facts:  Ribbons appeared when civilizations began crafting fabrics.  They are among the oldest decorative materials.  Ribbon can be made from a wide range of materials.  The ribbon may weave as many as 144 pieces of fabric simultaneously.  Many different colors of ribbons are used to show awareness.  

Creative Development: Discussed:  How can you make a ribbon into a circle (wave, line, etc.)?  We looked at the dancing ribbons the kids were going to make in afternoon centers.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  Why does it look like a shooting star has a ribbon?  Sometimes a meteor burns up in the sky and leaves a little trail.  It looks like a ribbon in the sky and many people call them shooting stars.  I laid red and white foam shapes on the floor.  I then placed a long and short white and red strip of paper on the floor. The children came up one at a time and picked a star. If the star was big they would pick the long strip of paper in the same color as the star to make the trail of the shooting star and if it was a little star they would pick the short strip of paper matching the color.  They will make the star shoot across the sky.  They will then start to sort the stars according to their color.  Each child got to come up and make a shooting star and help sort the stars according to their color.  

Science:  Discussed:  How are a white ribbon and snow similar? Discussed how snow is white and covers the grass when it falls.   We watched the ribbon fall to the ground and also cover the ground like snow. The children came up one at a time and felt a dry ribbon and a wet ribbon and compared.  I then placed the wet ribbon in the freezer.  When the frozen wet ribbon came out of the freezer we discussed what it felt like and how long it took to melt and what happened when it did melt.  Each child took the white paintbrush and painted something white in the room.

Language and Literacy:   Discussed:  what sounds do you think a ribbon can make?  We shook our ribbon gently and listened for noise and we also shook it hard and listened again.  I then whipped it quickly up and down and we discussed the noise it made?  I read the title of the book and asked the children what they think sound means.  We discussed how you hear sound.  I read and discussed the book, “Sound and Hearing”

Elfapalooza:  Mr. Mik came today and put on a Christmas concert for the kids!!!  He had drums and all kinds of fun instruments.  They sang songs and told jokes.  The kids had a lot of fun!!

Songs:  We practiced our Christmas concert songs for the Christmas party.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Discovery Toys: Builders, Benders & More and Lincoln Logs  Center 2: Dancing Ribbon:  The children will decorate the handle any way they desire and then tie a ribbon on it.  They can use this to dance around with.   Center 3:  My Little Journal- The children will go to the white page and cut out 7 white strips of paper to make the piano keys by gluing on the page.  They will glue on 7 black strips to make a piano.  They will label the keys A-G

Monday: Drums

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

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Mallory is the new calendar and meteorologist girl for this week.  We said “Goodbye” to November and “Hello” to December.  We discussed how this was the last month of the year and it is the twelfth month of the year.  We talked about the Holidays in December. Mallory found the day of the week and month of the year in Spanish.  She also put the numbers on the new calendar and discussed the weather.  Mallory reviewed the shapes, colors, Spanish and Sign language words. 

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We discussed how we will be talking about sights and sounds of winter for this month.  Today we will be discussing drums.  The children told me all they know about drums.  Fun Facts:  The concept of drums are as old as mankind.  A drum is called a membranophone, or an instrument that creates sound by striking a stretched membrane with some type of object, usually a rounded stick. The drum was used in warfare, both as a means of giving signals to the soldiers and to create noise  and drive fear into the enemy. The drum is said to be man’s oldest musical percussion instrument.  Discussed:  What can  you pound on to make a noise? We practiced beating on different objects.

Creative Development:  Discussed:  What materials do people use to make drums?  Explained that some drums are made from wood, animal skin, bark, plastic or metal. We looked at some drums that I had and some pictures.  We listened to the different sounds they made depending on where they were sitting.  I had two sticks (one with ridges and one with straight edge).  I rubbed the straight edge stick over the ridges on the other stick and we discussed the sound it made.  I then rubbed the smooth sides together and we talked about the different sound. I showed the children the drum they will be making in afternoon centers. 

Language and Literacy:  Discussed: How many beats are in your name?  We pounded the drum or clapped the beats of everyone’s names.  We also thought of more names and words to discuss the beats in them.  We talked about syllables and how each syllable has a vowel sound.  

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed:  What shapes can you see on your drum?  We looked at the drum they will be making in afternoon centers.  I showed the children the Mystery Shape Envelope and asked them  to guess what shape was inside.  No one guessed the shape so I gave them clues to see if that would help them get the correct shape.  Clues:  I have many straight lines.  I have five points. I share a name with lights in the night sky.  (Mallory got it when I read the clue about sharing a name with lights in the sky). What Shape am I?  We looked at the Star and counted the lines and points.  

Social Emotional Development:   Discussed:  How softly and loudly can  you pound?  I had one of the big kids hide their eyes while I hid a stick in the room.  We asked that child that hid their eyes to go find the stick. We helped by pounding softly when they were farther away from the stick and we got really loud when they were close to the stick to help them find it.   We played a couple times giving a new child a chance to find the stick while we pounded. 

Songs:  We practiced singing our Christmas songs for this year’s Christmas party!

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Outside play or Lacing  shapes and Library books.  Center 2:  Drum Art-  the children will color the shapes on the drum pattern.  They will then roll the drum body and tape it to fit the inside of the cardboard lids.  They can then use the sticks to play on their drums.   Center 3: Nametags-  The children will practice writing their names on a nametag.  

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