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Easter Egg Hunt

Mar 29, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

We did our Easter Egg Hunt this morning instead of lessons.  The children all got to go outside and hunt for eggs.  They all got lots of candy, money, stickers and erasers.  It was another wonderful year!!

Thursday: Easter

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

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

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what we learned about butterfly wings.  Today the children told me everything they know about Easter.  Easter celebrates the resurrection of Christ as well as arrival of spring.  The Easter bunny comes the eve before Easter and hides eggs for the kids in the garden and inside the house.  Easter has many symbols like decorated eggs, chicks, lambs and palm branches.  

Creative Development:  Discussed:  Do you see bunnies around Easter time?  We looked at the bunny headband they will be making in centers.  I had each child come up one at a time and wear the bunny headband.  They then tried to hop on one foot and then hopped on two feet. 

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed:  What do you know about bunnies?  I encouraged children to listen to the following clue and hold up the same number of fingers to match the answer without talking.  How many ears does a bunny have?  (2) How many tails does a bunny have? (1) How many eyes does a bunny have? (2)  How many paws does a bunny have? (4) How many noses does a bunny have? (1)  How many pieces of fur does a bunny have? (too many for our fingers) ect.

Physical Development: Discussed:  What is your favorite snack? What kind of food do you think a bunny likes to eat? We discussed what we had to do before we made our Bunny Snack.  We put strawberry cream cheese on a rice cake.  We put raisins for eyes, pretzel sticks for whiskers, carrot nose and coconut mouth.  We then added long banana pieces for the ears.  Everyone got to eat up their bunnies.  

Second Language Acquisition:  Discussed:  Do you decorate eggs for Easter?  Some families decorate eggs to celebrate Easter.  We had all the children hide their eyes.  We then hid different colored eggs around the room.  Each child had to go find one egg.  They had to tell me the color of their egg when they turned them in.  We discussed how we will be doing our Easter Egg Hunt tomorrow.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Waffle Blocks and Bowling Pins and Coloring Center 2: Bunny Headband-  They children will paint their headband and add bunny faces. Center 3:  The children will get to cut out and decorate their own paper eggs. 

 

Wednesday: Butterfly Wings

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

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form. We did the calendar together.  We found the day of the week in Spanish, found the correct number and pattern and discussed the weather.  The children reviewed their colors, shapes and Sign Language words.  

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what we learned about butterfly parts.  Today the children told me everything they know about butterfly wings.  Fun facts:  A butterfly has four wings, two fore wings and two hind wings.  Strong muscles in the thorax move  the wings up and down in a figure-eight pattern during flight.  I showed them on the wipe-off board what a figure 8 pattern was.  The coloration of these insects serves many purposes, including:  Camouflage, warning (brightly-colored butterflies are either bad-tasting or  mimic  similar-looking bad-tasting butterflies), and soaking up heat. 

Creative Development: Discussed:  What shapes would you like to see on your wings if you were a butterfly?   We looked at the butterfly wing art they will be doing in afternoon centers.

Social and Emotional Development:  Discussed:  What games would you play if you were a butterfly?  I gave one child the Brain & Body Box and had another child chase them through the room to try to tag them.  Once the child was tagged he/she came to the front and rolled the Brain Box.  They followed the directions that landed up.  We did this for each child to have a turn being chased and rolling the Brain Box.  Brain Box Directions:  Buzz 14 times, jump in place 15 times, flutter your wings 16 times, hop to something yellow in the room, find something in the room that you can use to create a hexagon (we used markers), spin to something black in the room

Physical Development:  Discussed:  Why do you think butterflies have different colored wings and patterns?  Explained that the patterns on the butterfly’s wings help other butterflies to recognize it, and that the bright colors chase off some predators.  We looked at their My Little Journal’s.  Discussed how to make the same pattern on the other wing of the butterfly.  

Science:  Discussed:  How do you think a butterfly can hide? Explained that a butterfly’s wings can help it hide among the many flowering plants where it likes to sip nectar.  This also helps keep the butterfly safe.  We had 10 matching butterflies made out of different colored paper and fabric.  I placed one of the matching pairs on the floor and then hid the other matching pair around the room on the same color of object that the butterfly was.  Each child came up and grabbed one of the butterflies and had to fly around the room to find the other matching pair.  They had to look for things the same color so that they could try to find the butterfly that was hidden on that object.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Wooden Blocks Center 2: My Little Journal-They had to draw the matching shapes on the other wings of the butterfly to make both sides match.  They then colored the shapes matching colors on both sides.  The bee also needed to have stripes drawn and wings.   Center 3:  Butterfly Wing Art- The  children will decorate the butterfly pattern with shapes and try to make matching designs on both wings.  

Tuesday: Butterfly Parts

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

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form. Kade did the calendar today.  He found the number to put on the calendar and discussed the pattern.  He then told us the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  Kade reviewed our colors, shapes and Sign Language words.  

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what we learned about helper butterflies.  Today the children told me everything they know about butterfly parts.  Fun facts:  A butterfly can be divided into three parts the head, thorax (middle), and abdomen.  All butterflies do have 6 legs, but the first pair of legs is very tucked against the thorax and hidden in the body’s fuzz.  Butterflies have 4 wings, each side of the body has a fore-wing and a hind-wing.  Discussed:  Which body parts do you have that are similar to a butterfly?  What is different?

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  How has your body changed as you have grown? Reviewed the lifecycle of a butterfly.  We then looked at the pattern strip and discussed.  We continued the pattern with the picture cards.  I then changed the pattern and the children had to tell me the new pattern and continue it with the pictures.  We did several different patterns.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What are the parts of a butterfly? We discussed all the things they learned about butterflies this month.  They will use the post card to write to a family member and tell them something they learned.

Science: Discussed:  How does a butterfly sip the nectar from the flowers? I showed the children how to suck or blow through a straw.  Each child got a straw and a cotton ball.  They practiced sucking the cotton ball so it sticks to the straw.  They also practiced blowing the cotton ball across the floor.  We then used a wadded up piece of paper to blow across the floor and try to pick up by sucking in the straw.  They did an eraser, marker, and also tried larger heavy toys.  We discussed the differences on the weight of the toy and why some worked and some didn’t.  

Creative Development: Discussed:  How many legs do you have?  How many legs do you think a butterfly has?  Explained that a butterfly is an insect, which means it has six legs.  I asked the children, “how many people would it take to make six legs?”  I called one child up and they counted our legs and we had 4.  Mallory told us we needed one more child to make 6 legs.  We then sang a little song about legs.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Little People Center 2: Postcard-The children drew a butterfly on Post card making sure to include 6 legs and 4 wings.  They then told us what they would like to write on the postcard to a family member.  They had to tell us what they learned about butterflies and we helped them write it.  

 

Monday: Helper Butterfly

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

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form. Abby is the calendar girl and meteorologist for this week but will be on Spring break.  I picked Ava to do the calendar and weather today.  She put the numbers on the calendar, found the day of the week in Spanish and discussed the weather.  Ava reviewed our colors, shapes, Spanish and Sign Language words. 

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what we learned about butterfly flutters.  Today the children told me what they know about Helper Butterflies. Butterflies move from flower to flower looking for nectar to drink, carrying pollen on their legs. Butterflies prefer certain flowers and are considered especially important for certain areas and specific plants.  Butterflies are attracted to brightly colored flowers that contain deeply hidden nectar.  

Creative Development:  Discussed:  How do butterflies eat?  Explained that butterflies use long, needle-like tongues to suck the nectar from a flower much like the eyedropper sucks up the paint.  We looked at the eye dropper and learned how to use it like a butterfly sucks up the nectar.  We will make a butterfly in afternoon centers.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  What is your favorite type of flower?  We had different sizes of butterflies, bees and flowers.  I had 3 children work together to put the flowers in smallest to larges order.  I then called up other children to place a certain size of bee or butterfly onto a certain size flower.  Example, “Place the large butterfly on the small flower.  Place the medium size bee on the large flower.”  We did this until all the sizes were placed on a certain flower.  

Physical Development: Discussed:  How do butterflies pollinate flowers?  We discussed the letter N.  The children told me all the N words.  We then learned how to write the capital and lowercase N.  Each child came up one at a time to practice writing the letter on the wipe off board.  

Social and Emotional Development:  Discussed:  What is your favorite color? What do you think a butterfly’s favorite color is?  Explained that butterflies favor red, yellow and green plants.  I showed the children 4 flowers of different colors.  I laid them in different areas of the room. I had all the children fly to the color that they liked the best.  I wrote down how many children were at each color.  We then discussed which color was liked the most and least.  We had to do it again with 2 colors to break a tie so they flew to their favorite of two colors as well.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Legos Center 2: Butterfly Flower Art-The children used watered down paint to suck up with their eye dropper and drip it onto coffee filters.  They then used pipe cleaners to gather in the middle and make a butterfly.  Center 3:  My Little Journal-Each child will practice writing their capital and lowercase N.  They will then draw a large N on the page and trace it with glue.  They will sprinkle glitter to that like it is nectar.   

 

Friday: Butterfly Flutters

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

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

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the children learned about Migration.  We talked about what Butterfly Flutters was.  Flutter means quick and strange movements.  Butterflies communicate with each other by color, chemicals, sound and physical actions.   Two butterflies is a flutter (group).  We discussed groups that the children belong too.  Discussed groups such as family, friends, gender, church and other community-based groups.  

Creative Development:  Discussed:  What do you think “flutter” means?  We looked at our butterfly kites that they made in afternoon centers this week. I showed them how they flutter when we move them up and down.  We discussed how they matched if they pressed the one painted butterfly to the blank butterfly correctly.  Their butterflies are hanging from the ceiling with the bees.  

Social and Emotional Development:  Discussed:  How do you know which butterflies belong to a flutter? Explained that butterflies of the same flutter all look alike.  We had matching cards and looked at the butterflies to find two matching ones and discussed how they belonged to the same flutter.  We then played a matching game with the matching cards.  We sat in a circle and each child took a turn to turn 2 cards over.  If they did not have a match then it was the next child’s turn and if they had a match we all cheered and then let the next child have a turn.  While we played we discussed how the children needed to watch the cards and remember what was turned over so they could get a match also.  

Social Studies:  Discussed:  How can you talk without speaking?  Explained that sign language doesn’t have to be heard, only seen.  I asked them things in Sign Language and they told me what I said.  I then showed them how to do “butterfly” in Sign Language.  Butterfly- Cross both hands in front of chest, palms facing in and link thumbs.  Open and close hands, making wing-like movements.  We then sang a song and Signed the word “butterfly” in the song. 

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed: How many butterflies do you need to make a flutter?  Explained that just two butterflies can be a flutter.  We looked at our Little Journals and reviewed the number 16.  We then reviewed how they drew 2 butterflies to make a flutter.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Coloring and Wooden Blocks 

Thursday: Migration

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

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

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  We reviewed what we learned about butterflies.  The children told me everything they know about migration.  Fun facts:  Monarch butterflies are not able to survive the cold winters of most of the United States so they migrate south and west each autumn to escape the cold weather.  Monarch butterflies are the only insect that migrates to a warmer climate that is 2,500 miles away each year.  Butterflies migrate for 2 reasons.  They can not withstand freezing weather and the larval food plants do not grow in their winter climate.

Social Studies:  Discussed: What is the weather like today?  We looked at the World Map and found North America.  I pointed to the place that we live.  We discussed how it is cold here right now.  We discussed that the closer a place is to the middle of the earth, the warmer it is.  I walked to the middle of the room and pretended it got warm.  I moved my finger to the middle of The World map and discussed how those places are warm.  We looked at Mexico on the map and discussed how warm it is.  The butterflies like to migrate to Mexico and hibernate in their Fir Trees.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What gets cold on you when you go outside?  We looked at the Hands-on letter N and B.  We said the sound to each letter.  We said “North” for the N to pretend it is hot.  We said “Brrr” for the B and pretended it was cold.  I put the two letters in a bag and had one child at a time come up and pull one of the letters out without looking.  If they got the B they said “Brrr”.  If they pulled out the N then they said “North” and flew away like a butterfly. We also looked in the dictionary to find all the N words.  I also showed them how to make the capital and lowercase Nn.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  Who is taller than you?  Who is shorter than you?  I had each child stand up one at a time and pick someone they thought was taller and we compared.  Then they picked someone that was shorter and we compared.  We looked at their I Can Count project sheet.  We looked at the math problem and discussed. We counted the parts of the caterpillar that were all ready there and discussed how many sticker dots we had to add according to the math problem.  We then discussed what number that equaled.  

Science:  Discussed:  How do you get energy for the active things you like to do?  Explained that when butterflies travel they need food for energy.  They store up food for their long flights in the spring and summer.  I had several children at a time go pick up nectar (small toys) and put it down their shirts.  When they got as much as they could in their shirts they brought it over to me and we counted how many pieces they got. They discussed if they had enough pieces to share with their friends or not.  Each child got to do this. 

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

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Variety of Toys Center 2: I Can Count Project-The children will add stickers to the caterpillars to make the numeral and quantity match.  Center 3:  Fluttering Butterflies Art- the children will paint one butterfly.  They will then press the second butterfly onto the painted one to make a matching pattern.  They will attach the two together with a ribbon and put a craft stick on the ribbon to turn it into a kite.  

Wednesday: Butterfly

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

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form.  Lucas was not here today so we did the calendar together.  The children discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  We put the new number on the calendar and discussed the pattern.  We reviewed our colors, shapes, and Sign Language.  

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what we learned yesterday about the Chrysalis.  The children told me everything they know about butterflies.  Fun facts:  Butterflies range in size from a tiny 1/8 inch to a huge almost 12 inches.  Butterflies cannot fly if their body temperature is less than 86 degrees.  There are about 24, 000 species of butterflies.  There is an average life span of a butterfly- it is usually about one month.  Although the smallest butterflies that you can usually spot feasting on the flowers in your front yard will usually only live about one week.  Mourning Cloaks, some tropical Heliconians, and Monarchs are some of the only butterflies that have an average life span of about nine months.  

Creative Development:  Discussed:  How does a caterpillar turn into a butterfly? We looked at the 4 stages of the butterfly and the children had to put them in order;  egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, butterfly.  We then looked at the Lifecycle Plate that they will be making in afternoon centers.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  How do you think you could catch a butterfly? We looked at the Letter Cards: N, Q, and B. We discussed the sounds and words that begin with each letter.  I laid 6 picture cards around the room.  I had one child pretend to be a butterfly and fly to get one of the picture cards.  They told me what the item was and told me the letter it begins with.  They had to put it with the matching letter.  We continued this until all the cards were matched with the matching letter.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  What shapes might you see on a butterfly?  We had 3 paper butterflies and each had one number on it: 1, 6, 0r 16.  One was pink, one was red and one was yellow.  I had the children hide their eyes and placed them on objects in the room that were the same color that they were.  We discussed how the butterfly’s wings help it blend into the environment.  This camouflage helps protect it.  We looked at the hands-on number 1 and 6.  We discussed how to turn those two numbers into 16.  I then picked one child and showed them the number 1.  That child went to find the butterfly with the number one on it and bring it back.  We did the same about finding the butterfly with the 6 and 16 on it.   We discussed the color of the butterfly and why it was hidden on that same color object.  Each child came up one at a time to practice writing the number 16. 

Physical Development:  Discussed:  How can you retell the story of a butterfly without words?  The children had a hard time answering this question so we acted it out without talking.  Everyone became an egg and curled up in a ball on the floor.  We then stretched out and wiggled across the floor eating everything in site because we were a caterpillar.  We then rolled up into our hard shell and went to sleep (chrysalis).  We then woke up an stretched our wings out and flew around the room (butterfly).  We discussed how they used their Body to act out the life-cycle of the butterfly.

Show and Tell:  Each child brought in 16 items.  They came up one at a time to count out their 16 items. 

Tumble Bus Day:  Please see the form by the front door to see the activity that the children did today on the bus.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Legos Center 2: My Little Journal- The children went to the 16 page.  They practiced writing the number on the page.  They then drew 2 butterflies and made 16 dots  total on them.   Center 3: Lifecycle Plate Art-  The children glued on the 4 stages of a butterfly on a plate.  Under each stage they made that stage using beans.  They also colored it to add detail to the stage.  

Tuesday: Chrysalis

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

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form. Lucas told us the weather, found the day of the week in Spanish and put the number on the calendar.  He also discussed the pattern on the calendar.  Lucas reviewed our colors, shapes, Spanish and Sign language.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  We reviewed what we learned yesterday about caterpillars.  Today the children told me what they knew about the Chrysalis.  They needed help with this because they forgot what it was.  Fun facts:  Chrysalis is the growth stage between caterpillars and butterflies.  The chrysalis is covered in a hard, shell.  In the chrysalis stage, wings are fully formed, antennae are formed and the chewing mouth parts of the caterpillar are transformed into the sucking mouth parts of the butterfly. 

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What would you do if you woke up with wings? I read the title of our I Can Read book “Lifecycle of a Butterfly.”  The children told me what they thought the book would be about from the title.  I had to describe what “lifecyle” was.  We read the book 2 times and discussed.  We pulled out the words that the children knew.  

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed: How long do you sleep?  What do you do when you wake up?  We figured out that a few of the children get 10 hours of sleep at night.  We looked at the counting card 16.  The children told me the number and we counted the shapes on the card.  I had one child at a time come up and lay on the large blanket.  I then rolled them up in the blanket to make them a Chrysalis.  We all counted to 16 and then that child unrolled themselves to get out and fly away as a beautiful butterfly.  Each child had a turn and thought this was really fun.  We took some cute pictures.  

Physical Development: Discussed:  Do you have a snack before bedtime?  The children told me what I had to do before I touched food.  I went and washed my hands.  We took one large round cracker for the head.  Four pieces of pepperoni for the body.  We broke 5 pretzel sticks in half to make the legs and antennae.  We used 3 gummy life-savors for the eyes and mouth.  The children each put their own caterpillar together and then we ate them up.  

Science:  Discussed:  What color chrysalis would you make if you were a caterpillar? We looked at their My Little Journals yellow page.  We talked about how to take a yellow piece of paper and roll it up to make a chrysalis to put on that page.  We will do this in afternoon centers.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Community Helper toys  Center 2: My Little Journal-  The children will go to the yellow page and color the paint brush yellow.  They will then use a yellow piece of paper to roll up and make a Chrysalis.    Center 3:  I Can Read Book-  the children will write their names on the book and practice reading it to the teachers.  

 

Monday: Caterpillar

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

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

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the children learned about eggs.  The children told me everything they know about caterpillars.  Fun facts:  Butterflies and moths spend their childhood as caterpillars. Caterpillars eat constantly.  They outgrow their skin and shed it several times. 

Creative Development: Discussed:  How long do you think a caterpillar is?  We looked at how we can make caterpillars using cornstarch noodles.  They will do this in afternoon centers. 

Science: Discussed:  What color butterfly do you think a yellow caterpillar will become?  I had one child crawl on the floor like a caterpillar with the yellow paint brush and find something yellow in the room to paint.  We did this until each child had a turn.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What do you think caterpillars eat? I gave each child a storytelling piece for the story.  I read the title of the participation story, “What Shall I Eat Today?”  The children predicted what they thought the story was about.  I read the story.  When I read the food that the Caterpillar ate, the child holding that storytelling piece would bring it up and feed it to the caterpillar.  After reading the story, I asked questions to check for comprehension. Questions:  Where did the butterfly lay her egg? (on a leaf)  What did the caterpillar eat first? (one strawberry)  How many cherries did the caterpillar eat? (4)  How many plums did the caterpillar eat? (3) How many oranges? (5) How many lemons?  (6)  How many pears? (2)  When the caterpillar was full and went to sleep what happened? (shed his skin to reveal a soft shell called a Chrysalis and the shell hardened and he stayed in there for 2 weeks.)  What did the caterpillar turn into when he woke up?  (butterfly)

Physical Development:  Discussed:  Why do caterpillars shed their skin? Explained that after caterpillars eat lots of leaves, they get too big for their skin.  We looked at their My Little Journals and found the Q page. We discussed how to make the capital and lowercase Q.  I had each child come up and practice writing the capital and lowercase Q on the wipe-off board.  

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

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Large Cardboard Building Blocks Center 2: My Little Journal-The children will practice making capital and lowercase Q’s. They will then draw a big circle leaf on the page.  They will have a caterpillar eat through the side of the leaf to make it look like a Capital Q.  Center 3:  Caterpillar Sculpture-  The children will take cornstarch noodles and dip them into water and stick them together to make a long caterpillar.  They will then add two small straw pieces for the antennae.  

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