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Thursday: Valentine’s Day

Feb 14, 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 for calendar so we did it together.  We put the number on the calendar and discussed the weather.  We discussed the pattern and found the day of the week in Spanish.  We reviewed our colors, shapes, Spanish and Sign Language words.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what we learned about cooking and baking.  The children told me everything they know about Valentine’s day and why we celebrate it.  Fun Facts:  Valentine’s Day is celebrated every year on February 14th.  Sending Valentine’s Day cards became popular in the mid 1850’s.  People give many different gifts on Valentine’s Day like chocolates, cards or teddy bears. Valentine’s Day has many symbols like hearts, cupid and roses.  

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed:  What does it mean to give your heart to someone?  I gave each child a foam shape heart.  I said the rhyme and the children placed the heart where it said to.  We did this several times.  Rhyme:  One, two, heart on my shoe, Three, four, heart on the floor, Five, six, anywhere you pick.  Seven, eight, on your head, don’t wait.  Nine, ten, let’s do it again.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What do you like most about your best friend?  We discussed things we can say to someone on Valentine’s Day.  I wrote the phrases they said down.  I taught them how to fold the paper in half and draw a half of heart.  I cut it out and showed them that when I unfold the paper it makes a heart.  Each child got to make their own heart.  They then told us what to write on it and decorated their heart for someone at home.  

Creative Development:  Discussed:  How do you know if mail belongs to you?  I took some Valentine’s cards and read out the name to see who it belonged to.  We then looked at their Valentine’s day bags that they made with their names on it.  Discussed how they will be putting the cards in these bags.  

Social Emotional Development:  I picked one child to wear the bug crown.  That child stood in the middle of the other children that made a circle around him/her.  The child in the middle with the crown closed their eyes and spun around while we said a rhyme.  Rhyme:  Hug Bug, Hug Bug, Spinning around, Give a hug To the friend you found.  When the rhyme was done they opened their eyes and said a child’s name that they were looking at.  They then went to that child and gave them a Bug Hug by hugging or hooking two fingers together or joining elbows or even a handshake.   The child passed the Crown to the child they hugged.  Then that child went to the center with the crown.  We continued doing this until each child had a turn.

Valentine’s Day:  Each child worked with a teacher to mail their Valentine’s cards.  We had a sucker for lunch and special cookies in afternoon snack.  

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1:  Lego’s  Center 2:  I Can Read BookWe discussed the “an” word family during lessons.  We found the words that used “an”.  The children will underline the word family “an” in the words in the book.    Center 3:  Valentine’s Cards-  Each child made a half heart on a folded piece of paper.  They then cut it out, told us what they wanted to say on it and decorated it.

Wednesday: Bake & Cook

Feb 13, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

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

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what we learned about chopping and stirring.  Today the children told me everything they know about baking and cooking.  You can bake many things like cookies, pizza or pie.  When baking you use the oven and when you cook you use the stove top.   When  using the stove you have to be careful not to touch it because it can be very hot.  

Creative Development:  Discussed:  What is your favorite  pizza topping? Explained that pizzas are baked in an oven. We looked at the pizza they will be making in afternoon centers.  

Physical Development:  How do you move your arms and hands when you roll something?  We discussed what we needed to do before we bake or cook in the kitchen.  We need to wash our hands and clean our surfaces. We went to the kitchen and each child got some dough to roll with their hands.  They made it into a long snake.  We then turned the dough into the first letter of their name.  We looked at their baked bread letters.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  Why do you need to be careful around a stove? We had a pot and pretended to be cooking hot noodles.  We looked at the hands-on number 12.  I placed the numbers into the pot and stirred it twelve times.  I then had each child come up one at a time to use the tongs to pick up the noodles (numbers) out of the pot.  They had to be careful because it was hot. 

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What foods begin with the letter L?  Which of these foods would you bake or cook?  We looked at the hands-on letter L and discussed the sound it makes.  I placed it in a Lunch box.  We passed the lunch box around counting to 12.  When the twelfth person had the box, they pulled out the letter. That child told us the letter, sound and a food that begins with that letter. We continued until everyone had a turn.  

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

Tumble Bus Day:  See the activity they did today on the bus by looking at the form by the Sign-in sheet.

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1:  Little People and Builder blocks. Center 2:  Valentine’s bags-  The children made their Valentine’s bags for tomorrow.  They got to add arms, legs and a heart for a head.    Center 3:  Pizza Art-  The children used red paint to put sauce on their pizza.  They then glued on mushrooms, string for cheese, and pepperoni pieces when the paint was dry.  They put their pizza’s in their pizza box.  

Tuesday: Chop & Stir

Feb 12, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form.  Kade is still on vacation so we did the calendar together.   The children discussed the weather and found the number for the calendar.  They discussed the pattern and found the day of the week in Spanish.  We reviewed our colors, shapes, Spanish and Sign language   

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what we learned about measuring and pouring.  Today the children told me everything they know about chopping and stirring.  We discussed how you can chop ingredients with a knife like vegetables, fruits and meats.  You can use a spoon to stir ingredients together when making a soup. 

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  Which of these items should we chop before adding to the soup? (carrots, onion, salt, pepper, meat, celery)  I passed out the Story telling piece to several children so that they could help with the story.  We looked at the title and the front cover and the children predicted what they thought the story would be about.  I read the story and we discussed while reading.  When the people in the story added an item to the soup, the child with that item came and put it on the pot.  After reading the story, the children answered questions to see if they comprehended it. Discussion Questions:  How many wanderers came into the village? (3)  What did the wanderers bring with them? What did they have to share? (pot filled with water and a stone to make stone soup) What did the villagers do when the wanderers came?  (hid their food). What did the first villager add to the stone soup? (salt and pepper)  What did the villager’s end up sharing for the soup? (carrots, celery, onion, meat, potatoes)  How did the village feel after the feast?  (happy and danced)

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  What could you use to stir the food?  I picked two children to find an item in the room that they could use to stir with.  We counted out 12 foam shaped hearts and placed them in a bowl.  I used the two items that the children brought me to stir my hearts.  We looked at the number 12 and discussed how to write it.  I had the birthday girl come up and stir the hearts 12 times.  

Physical Development:  Discussed:  When you eat soup, what do you like to be left in big chunks?  We looked at their I Can Cut project for this afternoon centers.

Science:  Discussed:  What objects in nature could you chop?  We had items collected from nature, sticks, leaves and rocks.  I invited several children up to chop the items into pieces and put into the bowl. I then added water to the bowl.  Each child then helped us stir the nature soup.  

Creative Development:  Discussed:  What kind of designs can you make when you stir together two colors?  We went to the kitchen and each child got some shaving cream squirted in front of them.  They then got to choose a color of paint.  I squirted some in their shaving  cream.  They used a paint brush to stir up the paint and shaving cream.  They then used a piece of paper to push onto their paint mixture.  They then got to choose another color to add.  

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1:  Legos   Center 2: I Can Cut Project-The children will cut their project and glue the food to the pot. They will then paint it with water color to add water to their stock.     

Monday: Measure & Pour

Feb 11, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  1 Comment

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form.  Kade is the calendar and meteorologist for this week and he was not here.  We found the numbers for the calendar and discussed the weather.  We discussed the pattern and found the day of the week in Spanish. The children reviewed their colors, shapes, Spanish and Sign Language   

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  The children reviewed what they learned about cleaning and safety.  Today the children told me everything they know about measuring and pouring.  Discussed things we can use to measure and pour.  Fun facts:  When cooking you use recipes which combine different types of food groups.  When you measure ingredients you use measuring cups for wet and dry foods.  Measuring cups for wet ingredients have a pouring spout and measuring cups for dry ingredients are like scoops.  

Creative Development:  Discussed:  What do you think will happen if we mix blue and red paint?  I had the two paints on a piece of board.  I then mixed them together to see if they got the correct predictions.  Mallory guessed that it would make purple.  We learned how to use an eyedropper.  We sucked up water and dripped it out. We counted 11 drips.   They will have to use this in afternoon centers.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  How do you feel when one type of food is mixed with another food?  Discussed how recipes combine foods and food groups.  We discussed different combinations of foods.  We learned new Spanish words:  Milk-leche (lay-chay); strawberry-fresa (fray-sah); broccoli-brocoli (bro-ko-li); bread-pan(pahn); chicken-pollo (pol-lyo); ball-pelota (pay-lo-tah); doctor (dok-tar); teeth- dientes(den-tas).  

Science:  What types of ingredients do you think are good for pouring?  We had a variety of dry and wet ingredients. We discussed the similarities and differences.  Discussed which are dry and wet. Discussed which ingredients we can pour slowly.  Which ingredients can we scoop easily.  We discussed the different scooping and pouring tools.  

Mathematics and Reasoning ;  Discussed:  How man of the smallest cup do you think it will take to fill up the largest cup?  We used a liquid one cup measuring cup and looked at the dry measuring cups: 1 cup, 1/2 cup and 1/4 cup sizes to see how many of those would fit in the 1 cup wet measuring cup.  The children made their predictions and we then put water in the dry cups to see how many it would take each size to fill up the wet measuring cup.

Social Studies:  Discussed:  How have you helped in the kitchen?  We learned 2 new Signs: “help” and “smile”.  Help- take your fist and place in your open hand and move upward.  Smile-point each index finger at middle of mouth and move them outwards as you smile.   We then sang a song and replaced the words with the two new Sign Language words. 

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1:  Waffle blocks & Bowling Pins Center 2:  Pitcher Art- The children will take watered down red paint and blue paint.  They will use the eye dropper to drip one color on their pitcher.  They will then get the other color and drip it on top of the previous color to see what happens.  They will try doing at least 11 drips.  

Friday: Cleaning & Safety

Feb 8, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

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

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  The children reviewed what they learned about Proteins. They had forgotten already what a protein was.  Today the children told me everything they know about Cleaning & Safety. What can we do to keep a kitchen clean and safe?  Fun facts:  You must wash hands with WARM water and SOAP before eating, after using the bathroom or when they are visibly dirty.  Warm water and Soap kills germs but Cold water does not.  Eating and drinking from clean surfaces help prevent food borne illnesses.  When handling hot items you have to use oven mitts and be careful not to touch hot surfaces.  

Creative Development:  Discussed:  Why is it important to wash your hands often? We looked  at the craft they made to hang on their bathroom doors to remind them to wash their hands.  

Social Emotional:  Discussed:  Would you prefer to eat off of a clean or dirty plate?  Why?  We played a folder game.  The children had to name the 5 food groups:  grains, dairy, protein, vegetables, and fruits. Each child rolled the dice and would have to move from their plate that many times around the board.  They had to name the food group that they landed on and if they did not have that yet then place it on their plates.  We continued the game until everyone had all the food groups on their plates.  

Physical Development:  Discussed:  What is a safe way to handle items in the kitchen that are hot? Discussed what to do when something is hot and why oven mitts are useful.  We had a variety of kitchen items such as measuring cups, bowls and play food.  Two children at a time had to go to the pot and pan put food or an item on it and run across the room holding the pan with an oven mitt because it was “hot”.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  How should you carry something made out of glass?  We looked at the Phonic Tag for the letter “J”.  Discussed the sound that letter makes.  We then discussed J words and looked at their My Little Journals that they did the other day practicing writing their Jj.  

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1:  Puzzles and Lacing toys

Thursday: Protein

Feb 7, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form.  Keira discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  She also added the number to the calendar and discussed the pattern.  Keira reviewed all our colors, shapes, Spanish and Sign language words.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about grains. They already forgot the term “Grain”.  Today we learned what Protein was.  They were unsure so couldn’t tell me about this food group.  We discussed all the meats and things that were proteins and where they came from.  We went through our lunch and snack menu and discussed each food group.  The children had to tell me what type of food it was when I named it.  Fun facts:  Sources of protein include meat like fish or chicken or eggs, dairy products like milk and cheese.  Proteins are used for energy in the body and can help form muscles.  Proteins also help protect the body from bacteria, fungi and viruses.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  What can you use to catch fish?  Explained that we need to catch some protein.  We will catch and count fish.  I showed them the pipe cleaner with all the fish.  We counted the fish and discussed their designs.  We then did lots of addition math equations using the fish.  We did 10 +1= 11; 10 +2=12; 10 +3=13; 6+6=12; 7 +8=15; and many more… 

Physical Development:  Discussed:  What does a healthy, balanced meal look like?  We discussed how we should have each of the food groups on our plates:  protein, vegetable, grain, fruit, dairy.  I picked several children to come up one at a time and help put a puzzle together.  We had to discuss how the pieces fit together by the colors and items on the pieces.  Once the puzzle was together we discussed the food groups in the picture.  I explained that a balanced meal uses each of the food groups to make a whole meal just like a puzzle uses parts to make it whole.    

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What foods can you think of that begin with the /j/ sound?  (jam, jelly, jelly beans, jambalaya,  jellyfish, junk food)  We went through the dictionary to discuss all the J words.  

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed:  What is your favorite way to eat beans? Many people eat beans in salads, tacos, burritos, chili or baked beans.  We looked at the hands-on number 11.  We discussed how to trace them to make the number 11 on our paper.  

Show and Tell:  Each child brought in a bag full of 11 items.  They came up one at a time to count out their 11 items.  If they brought too few we discussed how many more we needed and if they brought too many we discussed how many we needed to take away.  

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1: Variety of toys  Center 2:   Catching Fish-  The children will punch out and decorate their fish.  They will then make a hook on the end of a pipe cleaner.  They can take them home and do math activities.  Center 3:  11 Beans-  The children will trace the Hands-on number 11.  They will then glue 11 beans on the number.  

Wednesday: Grains

Feb 6, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

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

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about vegetables.  Today the children told me everything they know about grains.  They could not tell me anything because they did not understand this term.  We have discussed it before but it is a harder term.  I reviewed in detail what grains were.  We discussed if we can grow a loaf of bread or if it has to be made from something.  We looked at Flour and felt it and discussed how this is a grain.  We use it to make bread, pasta, crackers, etc.  We went through our weekly lunch menu and I read each item for lunch and snacks and they had to tell me the grain food items.  We looked at the grains group on the food pyramid.  Fun facts:  There are many grains like flour, oatmeal and rice.  Grains are used to make food products like bread, cereal, pasta and popcorn.  Grains give the body energy, vitamins and minerals.  We discussed the process of when you plant wheat what has to happen to turn it into flour.  

Creative Development:  Discussed: How is bread made?  Explained that bread is made from grain like wheat or oats.  We looked at the Sandwich Art they will be doing in afternoon centers working with oats. 

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  What type of grain is best for your heart?  Explained that whole grain has the most nutritional value for your heart.  For example, choose whole wheat bread over white bread.  We looked at the counting card and reviewed the number 11.  We discussed how to make the number 11.  We counted to 11.  We discussed if we had enough fingers to count to 11.  We tapped on our hearts like a heart beat, eleven times.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What is your favorite type of jelly or jam?  On what type of bread or crackers do you put jelly?  We looked at the Hands-on letter J.  Discussed the sound it makes and words that begin with that sound.  

Physical Development:  Discussed:  How might rice fields and wheat fields be different? Discussed how rice fields are flooded with water and wheat is planted in moist soil.  We looked at their My Little Journal’s and went to the 11 page.  We discussed how to make the number 11.  I then showed them how to make heart shapes with their thumb prints.  We counted 11 heart thumb prints.

Show and Tell:  The children brought in an item that begins with the letter J.  They came up one at a time and discussed the item they brought.  

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1:  Wooden Blocks Center 2:  Sandwich Art- They will spread red paint for jam on one slice of bread and spread brown paint on the other slice.  They will then glue oats around the edges.   Center 3: My Little Journal- They will go to the 11 page and make prints with their thumbs to make 11 heart shapes.  They will then draw stalks out of each heart to look like the number 11.  Center 4:   Design a Sign craft-  The children will make a hand print with paint onto the cardboard door sign.  They will then add blue stickers as bubbles.  

Tuesday: Vegetables

Feb 5, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

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

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about fruits.  The children told me everything they know about Vegetables.  Fun Facts:  Vegetables come from seeds that are planted in the ground.  There are many types and colors of vegetables like red tomatoes, green broccoli and yellow corn.  Vegetables provide vitamins and fiber for the body.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What is your favorite vegetable. We looked at the new Look and Find poster for this month.  We discussed the food pyramid and the activities the children are doing to stay healthy.  The children picked the vegetable they liked that was shown on the poster.  I chose the 4 children that were sitting quiet, nice and criss-crossed.  They came up one at a time to choose a look and Find glass and follow the directions on it.  Look and Find glass 1- Look and find a vegetable.  Count the vegetables on the poster.  Pretend to chop vegetables.  Look and Find glass 2- Look and find a ball.  What kind of sport is played with this ball? (baseball)  What is your favorite sport? (Lucas said Football).  Look and find glass 3- Look and find a piece of fruit. What else is the same color as this fruit?  What color is your favorite fruit?  Look and find glass 4-Look and find a helmet.  What else can you wear on your head in the poster?  Pretend to ride a bicycle.  

Social Emotional Development:  Discussed:  When have you had to wait a long time?  Explained that patience means waiting nicely.  Discussed that when we grow vegetables, it takes a long time for the food to be ready.  I had all the children squat and pretend to be a seed.  I told them to wait until I watered them.  Once I watered them, they pretended to grow slowly.  Then they had to wait for the sunshine, when they saw the sun they stretched out their arms and pretended to grow a vegetable hand.   I congratulated them for patiently waiting for water and sun.  I gave each child a Friendship Band.  

Science:  Discussed:  If you had a bean farm, how many beans would you want to grow? We discussed how we could grow a bean plant from beans.  I had 4 beans.  We took wet paper towel and put the beans on it and placed them in a bag.  We added a little extra water to the bag and placed it in the window.  Each child made a prediction on how many days they thought it would take for them to sprout.  I wrote their predictions on a piece of paper and we will check it daily to see who predicted the amount of days.  

Physical Development;  Discussed:  What are some red vegetables? (tomatoes, red peppers, beets, radishes, red cabbage, red onions).  We looked at their My Little Journals and found the Red page.  We discussed how they will draw a red vegetable on that page.  

Language and Literacy:  We discussed the Letter J.  The children told me words that begin with the letter J.  I then showed the children how to write the capital and lowercase letter Jj.  The came up one at a time to practice making the letter Jj on the wipe-off board.

Show and Tell:  The children brought in a Vegetable.  Each child came up one at a time to tell us about their item, discuss if they like it and why they brought it in.

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1:Little People  Center 2:   My Little Journal-  the children went to the red page and colored the paint brush red.  They then drew a vegetable or food that is red.  Center 3:  My Little Journal-  The children went to the J page.  They practiced writing the capital and lowercase Jj.  They then drew a large J on the page and put a rectangle around it, to put it in a jar.  They could try to write the J is in the jar.  

Monday: Fruits

Feb 4, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

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

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what we  learned about dairy.  Today the children told me everything they know about Fruit.  Fun Facts:  There are many types of fruit like apples, bananas, mangoes, blueberries and kiwi. Fruits grow on trees and vines. Some fruits have seeds on the outside like strawberries and pineapples.

Creative Development:  Discussed:  I hid pokey balls “seeds” all over the room.  The children each had to go find 1 seed and 3 children had to find 2 seeds.  They placed the seeds a basket.  We had two baskets.  When all the seeds were collected we counted how many seeds were in each basket.  We discussed more and less.  I then showed the children how to use the pokey balls to do the afternoon center where they would be making a strawberry. Explained that most fruit hides its seeds inside but a strawberry has seeds on the outside.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  Most fruits grow on trees, though some grow on small plants like vines and bushes.  What type of fruits grow on a vine?  I placed two pieces of string on the floor.  I dumped out the foam heart shapes.  I had the children come up one at a time and place a heart on the string “vine”.  They had to place all the pink hearts on one “vine” (string) and all the red one’s on the other one.  They sorted the hearts by color.  We then counted all the red hearts and all the pink hearts.  We discussed how many hearts on each vine.  

Science:  Discussed: Why are fruits different colors? We looked at the red paint brush and discussed what fruits are red.  I laid pictures around the room of red fruit.  I chose one child at a time to take the paint brush and find a red fruit, paint it and then tell me the type of fruit it was. I went around painting all the kids clothing because they were all wearing red.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  How often do you eat fruit?  We looked at our daycare menu and went through each day this week.  We discussed the foods we were eating for lunch and they told me which one was a fruit.  We had 4 days of fruits for this week.  Looked at the cover of the book Healthy Habits.  We found the front cover, back cover, title page and author and illustrator of the book.  They predicted what they thought the book would be about by the title.  We read and discussed the book.  

Show and Tell:  The children stood up one at a time and showed all the different red in their clothing.

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1: Large Cardboard Blocks   Center 2: Strawberry Art-  The children used the pokey balls to dip into paint and make prints on the strawberry pattern.  They then added the hull to the top of the strawberry.    

Friday: Dairy

Feb 1, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form. We said “goodbye” to January and “hello” to February.  We had January fly away and February fly to the board.  We found the month in Spanish.  Cade put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish. He reviewed our colors and shapes. 

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Discussed our new theme for this month.  We will be talking about food and fitness.  I explained to the children what fitness was.  I had the children tell me everything they know about Dairy items.  They did not know what that was so I had to explain. They then told me what they like best that is made from milk.  Fun facts:  Dairy products are generally defined as food produced from the milk of mammals.  There are many types of products like milk, cheese, yogurt, and ice cream.  The calcium in milk helps build bones and keep them strong.  

Science:  Discussed:  How do farmers milk a cow?   We discussed how they can use their hands or machines.  We looked at a latex glove and I filled it up with water.  We discussed how it looks like a cows utters.  I then put a small hole in the tip of the fingers so that we could milk it and have the water come out.  We discussed what we saw when we pulled on the fingers.  I then sprayed all the kids with water.  They thought that was so funny and ran through the room.  I sprayed them and put water in the bucket to milk the “cow”.  We emptied the glove of water.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What is your favorite ice cream flavor?  I asked each child what letter their name starts with.  I wrote that letter on the wipe off board.  We discussed other words that begin with that letter and things that can go on their ice cream that start with that letter. The children will practice writing their names in afternoon centers.

Mathematics and Reasoning ;  Discussed:  Milk is good for our bones as well as other body parts.  What parts of our body do you think need milk?  I showed the children the Mystery Shape Envelope.  They each guessed what shape was inside. I then helped them narrow their decision by giving them clues.  Clues:  I have two bumps on my top.  I have one point on my bottom.  I have the same name as an important organ in your body.  The children were able to guess the shape after the second clue.  We pulled the heart shape out of the envelope and discussed it.  We added it to our shape poster.

Creative Development:  Discussed:  Which parts of a cow are similar to your body parts?  Which are different?  We looked at the Cow Art they did yesterday in centers.  We discussed how cows have one heart and four stomachs.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed: Why do we need dairy?  Explained that dairy products are made from milk.  Dairy has calcium, which makes our bones and teeth strong.  I had the children tap their teeth and then tap various bones in their body.  We then led them in a tapping sequence. (For example: tap teeth, tap knee, tap teeth, tap knee.)

Show and Tell:   Each child brought in a Heart-shaped item.  They came up one at a time to show and discuss their items. 

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1:   Community Helper toys Center 2:   Name Tags- The children practiced writing their names on the name tags. 

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