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Feb 28, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form.  Gretchen put he number on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish. Gretchen reviewed the colors, shapes and Sign Language words. 

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what we learned about strength.   Today the children told me everything they know about Balance.  This was hard for them to understand until I showed them how to balance.  Fun facts:  There is a mechanism in the inner ear that controls our balance.  Eyesight allows the body to align correctly with the room.  Both the inner ear and muscle sensory work together to balance movement.  You also have to balance your diet.  

Creative Development:  Discussed:  How would you balance if you were a (insert animal) (lion, bear)? I place a foam shape on the floor. I had one child run to the shape, stand on it and balance on one foot.  We counted to see how long they could balance on one foot without the other one touching the ground.  They will make a Bear Mask in afternoon centers.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What kind of things can you balance on your hand?  Everyone tried to balance a marker standing up.  We looked at the Brain Box and tried to balance it on our fingers.  Each child came up one at a time and tried to balance the Brain Box and when it fell they had to follow the directions that landed face up.  Brain Box sides said:  Do 11 jumping jacks; Stomp your feet 12 times; Jog to something pink in the room; Walk backwards to something red in the room; Make a heart with your hands; Kick your feet 13 times. 

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  What would happen if you only ate one type of food every day?  We discussed the 5 food groups and why it is important to eat something out of each food group to get all our vitamins and stay healthy.  We looked at our My Little Journals and discussed the foods on the back of the book and which food belonged to which food group.  

Physical Development:  Discussed:  What tricks can you do as you balance?  I spread some of the foam shapes in a circle and then lined some of the foam shapes up in another area.  I had each child come up one at a time.  They had to jump on one foot around the circle of foam shapes.  They had to stand on one foot and try to clap 13 times.  They then had to go to the line of foam shapes and pretend it was a balance beam and walk on them without falling off.  I then had them walk backwards with their eyes closed.  They had a lot of fun but it was very hard for them to stand on one foot.  

Show and Tell:  Each child brought in one piece of play food!  They had to come up and tell us what food it was and which food group it belonged in. 

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1:Little People toys  Center 2:  Bear Mask-  The children cut out a foam nose to glue on the mask.  They then tore the napkin into pieces to glue on the mask for fur.  We put our masks on and pretended to be bears balancing on two feet.    Center 3:  My Little Journal- The children will go to the back page of the journal.  They will draw a line from the food to the matching food group. 

Wednesday: Strength

Feb 27, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form.  Gretchen told us the weather, found the day of the week in Spanish and added the number to the calendar.  Gretchen reviewed our colors and shapes.  

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about growth.  Today the children told me what they know about strength   They were unfamiliar with this term so we had to change it to being strong.  Fun facts:  When you want to move, your brain sends signals to these muscles and tells them to adjust the position of your underlying skeleton.  The human body has about 650 muscles.  The muscles’ main responsibility is for changing or maintaining posture, moving, and movement of internal organs.

Social Studies:  Discussed:  What exercise equipment do you know?  We had pictures of different foods and exercise equipment.  The children told me how much each item cost.  We then used the dollars to buy some of the items but we did not have enough to buy all the items.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  What is your biggest muscle?  Discussed that we have very big muscles in our legs and very tiny muscles, for example, in our eyelids.  We feed our muscles by exercising and eating healthy food.  We looked at the pattern card and created some patterns.  The children came up to pick the correct picture to continue the pattern.  Examples, carrot, ball, carrot, ball   or  carrot, ball, ball, carrot, ball, ball.  

Science:  Discussed:  What or who helps you lift heavy objects?  We had a bucket filled with rocks and heavy items.  Each child tried to lift it and discussed if it was hard or easy to lift.  We had a rope tied to the bucket handle.  We looped the rope around a chair to make a pulley system.  The children came up one at a time and pulled on the rope to lift the bucket.  We added heavier items to the bucket and it was very difficult to lift.  Discussed if it was easier or harder to lift with the pulley system.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  How do your muscles know how to move?  Explained that your brain tells your muscles to move. I then asked the children to do different things with their bodies and we discussed how our brain is telling that arm or leg to move.  We stuck out our tongues and discussed that the tongue is made up of many muscles.  

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

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1:  Lincoln Logs and Library books Center 2:  Play Money Project-  The children will practice cutting by cutting out the play money and pictures.    Center 3:  Beehive Stamping- The children will use bubble wrap to dip into paint and stamp the beehive for Friday’s lessons.  The children will then glue the beehive parts to the base.  They can then add bee’s by using their finger prints.  

Tuesday: Growth

Feb 26, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form.  Gretchen put the number on the calendar, discussed the pattern and discussed the weather.  She found the day of the week in Spanish.  Gretchen reviewed the colors, shapes and Sign Language.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what we learned about a check up.  The children then told me what they know about growth.  We discussed things that grow.  The first year of life is a time of astonishing change during which babies, on average, grow 10 inches in length.   A major growth spurt occurs at the time of puberty, usually between 8 to 13 years in girls and 10 to 15 years in boys.  By the time girls reach age 15 and boys reach age 16 or 17, they will have reached physical maturity.

Creative Development:  Discussed:  How tall are you? Are you taller than a flower?  A chair? A house?  I measured each child to show them how tall they really were.  We compared their height to other children.  We looked at the growth chart that they will be making in afternoon centers.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What do you think it means to be nimble?  We used several children to show those that are more nimble than others.  Explained that Nimble means that you can move easily and quickly.  We looked at the Rhyme “Jack Be Nimble” and discussed why he might need to be nimble to jump over a candle stick.  I then placed a cardboard tube standing up on the floor.  I replaced Jack’s name with a child’s name and read the rhyme again.  I had that child come up and jump over the candle stick.  We played this until each child got a turn to be in the rhyme.

Mathematics and Reasoning ;  Discussed:  Who is the youngest person in your family?  Who is the oldest?  Who is the tallest person?  Explained that babies grow into adults of all sizes.  We looked at photos of baby, toddler, child, teenager and adult.  I had the children put them in order from the youngest person to the oldest person.  

Social Studies:  What were you like when you were a baby?  We discussed how they could draw a self-portrait of themselves and I drew myself on the wipe off board.  We discussed all the things they can do now that they couldn’t do when they were a baby. 

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1: Variety of Toys  Center 2:  Self-Portraits-  The children will draw themselves as a baby and then what they look like now.  Center 3:  Doggie Growth Chart-  The children will add eyes and color the chart.  We will then help them assemble it.  They can hang them on their wall at home and use the clothespin to mark how tall they are and watch how they grow. 

Monday: Check Up

Feb 25, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form.  Gretchen is the new calendar and meteorologist for this week.  She added all the numbers to the calendar, discussed the weather and discussed the pattern.  She found the day of the week in Spanish.  Gretchen reviewed our colors, shapes, Sign Language and Spanish.  

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what we learned about being a winner.  Today the children told me everything they know about a Check Up!!  Gretchen knew right away that that meant going to the doctor.  During a check up the doctor examines many things like heart rate, breathing and vision.  When you get a check up your height and weight are recorded.  The doctor uses a stethoscope to listen to your heartbeat.

Creative Development:  Discussed:  What do you keep in a bag?  What does a doctor keep in his bag?  We looked at the Doctor Bag Art that they will be doing in afternoon centers.  

Social Emotional Development:  Discussed:  What is your favorite way to stay fit?  We looked at the illustrations on the dominoes cards and discussed what they were doing to stay fit.  I put the dominoes face down and turned one over to start.  The children took turns drawing a card and if they had a matching picture they placed it next to the card matching card face up.  We played until all the cards were matched.  

Science:  Discussed:  What colors are inside your mouth?  We passed a couple mirrors around to see the inside of our mouths.  Explained that our tongue, gums and tissue are pink inside our mouth.  We looked at their My little Journals and I showed them how they could draw a mouth and color it pink.  

Mathematics and Reasoning;  Discussed:  Why does your heart make a pounding sound?  I had a real Stethoscope that I let each child come up one at a time and listen to their heartbeats.  They loved hearing them.  I had 3 of the children start jumping and then listen to their heart beats again.  They told us that they were beating really fast.  Explained that the heart sound comes from it pumping blood through the body.  Explained that a heartbeat has a rhythm like a drumbeat.  

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1:Card Board Large Blocks  Center 2:  Doctor Bag Art-  The children will use paint to decorate their bags.  They will also add a band-aid.  They can then put cotton balls, band-aids and a tongue depressor into it.    Center 3:  Name Tags-  The children will practice writing their names.  

Friday: Be a Winner

Feb 22, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form.  Maggie put the number on the calendar, discussed the pattern, found the day of the week in Spanish and discussed the weather.  We reviewed our colors, shapes and Sign Language.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what we learned about throwing and catching.  Today the children told me everything they know about being a winner.  When you win a race or tournament you receive a medal or a trophy.  In the Olympics the winner receives a gold medal.  A winner is also a good leader.

Science:  Discussed:  What would be a good prize to win? We had an object in a bag and each child came up one at a time to feel it without looking.  After every child had a turn to feel, they guessed what it was.  Mallory guessed a necklace which was close and then Gretchen guessed that it was a Medal.  We discussed ways they could be winners or good leaders here at school and at home.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  What would you do if you were running a race and didn’t know which way to go?  We reviewed the letter G and discussed the sound.  We discussed words that begin with that letter. I had the Alphabet Strip and each child came up one at a time to take the G pointer and find the letter G g on the Alphabet strip.  They were a winner if they could find it.  

Physical Development:  Discussed:  What can you do to be a winner today?  Explained that many times a winner is also a leader.  A good leader shows others how to follow the rules.  We discussed how they could be winners at home and at school by following the rules.  We looked at their I Can Write Project that they did yesterday in afternoon center.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What number do you think represents a winner?  We discussed how normally the number 1 represents a winner but you can also come in 13th place and still be a winner if you did your best and had good sportsmanship.  We looked at our journals and counted the 13 baseballs.  

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1: Puzzles, coloring  and lacing toys  

Thursday: Throw and Catch

Feb 21, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form.  Maggie told us the weather and put the number on the calendar.  We reviewed our colors, shapes and Sign Language   

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what we learned about kicking. The children told me everything they know about catching or throwing.  Discussed the parts of your body that you use to throw and/or catch.  There are many types of balls like baseballs, basketballs, soccer  balls and footballs.  You can throw a ball underhand or overhand.  You can catch a baseball with a glove or a basketball with your bare hands.  

Creative Development:  Discussed:  What is your favorite kind of ball to catch? We looked at the baseball gloves that they made yesterday in afternoon centers.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What words can you think of that begin with the letter G?  We looked in the dictionary to find more G words.  The children were getting confused with the letter J sound.  We discussed how G says /g/ like goat but sometimes borrows the j sound.  We only talked about the /g/ sound not the /j/ sound.  We looked at the hands-on Letter Gg.  

Mathematics and Reasoning;  Discussed:  How many times can you catch a ball? I called the children up one at a time and we counted how many times they were able to catch the ball  before they missed it.  We tried to get to 13 times.  The children were unable to catch it 13 times without dropping so Mallory threw the ball to Miss Kim so that I could catch it 13 times.  They counted as I caught it.  We looked at the Hands-on 13.  They discussed how too make the 13.  Each child came up one at a time to practice writing the number 13.  

Physical Development:  Discussed:  What are different ways you can throw a ball?  Each child demonstrated the way they can throw a ball.  We tossed the ball low, high, sideways, throw our legs, turning around, under hand and over hand.  

Show and Tell:  The children brought in 13 items.  They also had to bring in one item in that 13 that begins with the letter G.  Each child came up one at a time to count their 13 items and show us their G item.  Thomas and Lucas brought Marshmallows to share.

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1: Wooden Blocks Center 2:  My Little Journal-  The children will go to the page with 13 on it. They will practice writing 13. They will then make a ribbon with 13 on it.  We discussed how you can come in 13th place for something.     Center 3:  I Can Write Project-  The children will practice making lines by tracing the dotted lines on the one side of the sheet. 

Wednesday: Kick

Feb 20, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form.  Maggie discussed the weather and put the number on the calendar.  She found the day of the week in Spanish.  Maggie reviewed our colors and shapes.  

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what we learned about jumping.  Today the children told me everything they know about kicking.  Many sports require kicking like soccer, football and rugby.  In soccer the players try to kick the ball in the goal and in football kickers try to kick a field goal.  When you swim you kick your legs back and forth quickly.  Kicking is good exercise.

Physical Development:  Discussed:  What gives you energy to play sports like soccer or kickball?  We discussed healthy foods that give us energy and unhealthy foods that don’t.   We made Kicking Kabobs for the children to eat and enjoy.  We took a slice of banana, piece of pineapple and grape and put them on a pretzel stick.  I then dipped them in vanilla yogurt and sprinkled coconut on them.  They ate them and enjoyed.  They loved this snack.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What is okay to kick?  What is not okay to kick?  Why? We looked at our Bilingual Books.  We read through the book in English and Spanish and discussed.  The children will make their own in afternoon centers.

Mathematics and Reasoning ;  Discussed:  How many kicks do you think you could get in the box?  We looked at the 13 counting card and discussed the number.  The children counted the hearts on the card.  Each child got to try 2 times to kick the ball into the bucket.  If it made it in the bucket we counted that as One.  Each child got to take turns trying and we continued taking turns until we got 13 kicks that ended up in the bucket.  We then counted out 13 foam hearts.  

Creative Development:  Discussed:  What sports require kicking? Explained that soccer, kickball and football use kicking. Swimming also uses legs for kicking.  Each child laid on their belly and pretended to be swimming in the water by kicking their feet.

 

Tumble Bus Day:  See the form by the front door to check out the activity they did today.  

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1: Community Helper Toys  Center 2:  Bilingual Book-  We read the book in English and Spanish during lessons.  The children put the book together and colored it.    Center 3:  Play Ball Art-  The children decorated their baseball glove patterns.  They then used yarn to sew the two parts of the glove together.  

Tuesday: Jump

Feb 19, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form.  Ava did the calendar today since Maggie was not here yet.  She found the day of the week in Spanish, discussed the weather and put the number on the calendar.  We reviewed our colors, shapes, and Sign language words.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what we learned about running and racing.  The children told me everything they know about jumping. There are many animals that can jump like the kangaroo, the tree frog and rabbits.  You can do different jumping exercises like jumping jacks, tuck jumps, and jumping side to side.  The most simple method for measuring vertical jump height is against a wall.  

Creative Development:  Discussed:  What animals are known for jumping? Can you jump like those animals?  We looked at the frog hats that they will be making in afternoon centers.  

Science:  Discussed:  How many different ways can you jump? Each child tried different ways to jump (sideways, backwards, forwards, feet together, feet apart, etc.)  We looked at the pink paint brush and discussed.  I placed it on the floor and had a child jump to the paint brush (on one foot, feet apart, etc.).   They took the paint brush and found something pink in the room to paint.

Mathematics and Reasoning ;  Discussed:  How far do you think you can jump?  How could you measure a jump?  We used masking tape as a starting point.  Each child stood behind that and jumped as far as they could.  We placed masking tape where they landed and measured how many inches they jumped.  We compared their jumps to others.  Discussed how some legs are longer and some muscles stronger than others which makes you jump farther.  

Physical Development:  Discussed:  Where is it safe to jump?  Where is it not safe to jump?  Explained that it is not safe to jump on the bed.  I invited 5 children to be the monkeys to act out our rhyme.  We did the “Five Little monkeys Jumping on the Bed”, rhyme.  The children helped me decide how many monkeys were left when one fell off the bed.  

Show and Tell:  Each child brought an animal or thing that can jump.  They came up one at a time to show their item and discuss.

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1:  Lego’s  Center 2:  Frog Headband-  the children will paint the frog pattern.  They will then add eyes, nose and a tongue.  We will fit them to each child’s head.   

Monday: Race & Run

Feb 18, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form.  Maggie is the calendar and meteorologist girl for this week.  She was not here today so Ben did calendar today.  He added the numbers to the calendar and discussed the weather.  We reviewed our colors, shapes and Sign Language words.  

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what we learned about setting and serving. Today the children told me everything they know about racing and running.  Fun facts:  There are many reasons to run like for exercise or for a race.  People run on tracks, on trails or in their neighborhood.  Heart rate is the number of heart beats per minute.  Your heart rate speeds up when you run.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  Where are safe places to run?  Where are unsafe places to run?  We looked at the /an/ card and reviewed this word family.   I then added different letters to the beginning of /an/ and the children took turns reading the new words.  

Physical Development:  Discussed:  What numbers are on a clock?  I drew a circle on the wipe off board and filled in the numbers as the children told me them.  We discussed how the clock looks and what numbers are on the top, bottom and two sides. We had a spoon race.  I had a bowl full of cotton balls on one side of the room and an empty bowl on the other side of the room.  I had two children pick up the cotton balls on their large spoons and race them to the empty bowl.  They continued to do this until all the cotton balls were in the other bowl.  I used my timer to time them. I timed each group of children and we discussed the times and whose time was the fastest and discussed the differences in times.  

Mathematics and Reasoning ;  Discussed: How does your heartbeat (heart rate) change when you run? We all found our heart beats. I helped them if they needed it.  I then had them do jumping jacks, jumping and running in place. They then felt their heart rate and told me what they noticed.  I had the older kids play a game of running around the room picking up foam heart shapes and putting them on the Parquetry cards as fast as they could to fill out the pattern. 

Creative Development:  Discussed: How do you feel when you win?  Lose?  We looked at the medal’s that all the children will make in afternoon centers. We discussed when you try your best that we are all winners.  

Social Emotional Development:  Discussed:  Which type of race would you like to be in?  We discussed all the different types of races they could be in.  I then had 4 columns on a paper and we had an event at the top of each column;  run, jump, throw, kick.  Each child voted on which of the 4 races they would like best. When everyone picked their top event,  we compared the columns and discussed most and least votes.  

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1: Outside play/Little People  Center 2:  My Little Journal-  The children will make a clock and fill in all the numbers.   Center 3:  Medal Art-  The children will decorate their medal and glue on glitter. 

Friday: Set & Serve

Feb 15, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form. Kade was not here yet so we did calendar together. They found the day of the week in Spanish, discussed the weather and put the number on the calendar.  We reviewed our colors, shapes and Sign Language words.  

Brainstorm/Fun Facts: Reviewed what we learned about Valentine’s Day.  The children told me what they know about Setting and Serving.  How do you help set the table or serve meals? When setting a table, you get out everything you need for dinner like plates, bowls, silverware and glasses.  The table can be set for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  People serve many different types of food throughout the day;  for breakfast you might eat bacon and eggs, lunch might be a turkey sandwich and dinner could be spaghetti.  

Social Studies:  Discussed:  What does your family typically serve for breakfast? Lunch? Dinner?  We looked at the new country flag and discussed the colors and design.  We looked at the World map and found China.  Discussed that they had over 3, 800 different types of fish in their lakes and rivers.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What dishes would you need to serve soup?  We looked at their I Can Read book and learned new sight words.  We also discussed the “an” word family again.  The sight words we discussed; ran, a, to, the, for, and.  I  wrote the sentences in the book on the Wipe-off board so they could see the letters better.  The children had to read the sentences by what they learned.  I did not help them.  Mallory and Thomas knew almost every word.  

Language and Literacy;  Discussed:  What would you serve a lion for dinner?  We made a list of the foods the children said a lion would eat.  We looked through all the words we listed to see if they had L’s in the word.  We erased the words without L.  We discussed other words that had an “L” in them as well.  

Social Emotional Development:  Discussed:  What should we do to be a good host?  We had to discuss what “host” meant.  Explained that when we have guests, we should take care of their needs.  Some examples include bringing them food, asking if they want a drink and playing what they want to play.  We had the numbers 1-4 written on pieces of paper.  I laid them face down.  I had a child pick a number and tell me what it was.  They then had to set the table for that many people.  They used paper plates to set the table with.  Each child had a turn at this. 

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1:  Legos 

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