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Monday: Honeycomb

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

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

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what we learned about beehives.  Today the children told me what they know about Honeycomb’s.  The children had a hard time with this one until I showed them some pictures.  Fun Facts:  Honeycomb is built by honey bees in their nests to contain their larvae and stores of honey and pollen.  Bees build the honeycomb by using flakes of was from their wax glands and form it into the shape of a hexagon.  Fresh, new comb is sometimes sold and used as a spread for bread.

Creative Development:  Discussed:  What shape would you make the holders for your honey?  We looked at the hexagon stencil. Explained that honeycombs are in the shape of a hexagon.  They are made of wax.  Bees fill the honeycombs with honey.  In afternoon centers the children will trace the hexagon shape several times to make their own honeycomb.  They will then fill the honeycomb with honey by painting the inside of their tracings.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  How many hexagons make a honeycomb?  We tried to count all the hexagon’s in a honeycomb but their were more than 57 and the kids were tired of counting.  Explained that the number of cells (hexagons) in a honeycomb increases day after day as the bees work to build a bigger hive.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  How are bees different from each other? Explained that their are many (over 20,000 known species) different types of bees.We looked at the Book of the Month: “Bumble Bee”.  We read the book and discussed what we learned about Bumble Bees.  

Science: Discussed:  Where do bees go at night?  They sleep.  We looked at the black color brush and discussed if Night or day was like that color.  I laid a blanket on the floor and chose 3 “children” bees at a time to buzz around the room.  When I held up the black paintbrush they had to fly to their hive and hide under the blanket to go to sleep.  I then told them to “wake-up” and they buzzed around the room again.  We did this several times and all the children had a turn to be a buzzing bee.  

Show and Tell: Everyone brought in a black item to show.  Each child came up one at a time to tell us about their item.  Dylan’s birthday was Sunday and everyone brought him a Birthday card! He sat on my lap and we read all his cards. We ate cake at lunch time!

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Legos  Center 2: My Little Journal-  They will go to the black page and make a black hand-print to turn into a bumble bee.  Center 3:  Honeycomb Stencil-  the children will trace the hexagon shape several times to make a honeycomb on their paper.  They will then fill in each hexagon with paint pretending it is honey.  

Monday: Beehive

Mar 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 February and it flew away.  We then said “Hello” to March as it flew to the board.   Gretchen found the day of the week and month of the year in Spanish.  She added the number to the new calendar and discussed the weather.  Gretchen reviewed our colors, shapes and Sign Language.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what we learned last month.  We discussed the new theme for this month will be about Bees and Butterflies. Today we discussed where have you seen a beehive and the children told me everything they know about beehive’s.  Fun facts:  Bees often build their hives in trees or rock cavities.  A typical beehive makes more than 400 pounds of honey per year.  Tens of thousands of beehives are needed for pollination nationwide.

Creative Development:  Discussed:  What colors do you see on a beehive?  We looked at the beehives the children made in afternoon centers.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed: What can you find inside a beehive?  Discussed how bees work and sleep inside the beehive. I had the children’s full names written on large index cards.  I showed them the card and if it was their name they would get up and grab their name and buzz around the room like a bee.  They had a hard time recognizing their full names.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed: What shapes do you think you would find in a beehive? The children looked at the Mystery Shape Envelope and tried to guess what shape was inside.  This shape was a hard one so no one was able to guess it.  I gave them clues to help but it was still too hard. Clues:  I have no curved lines.  I have equal sides.  I have six sides and six points.  This shape is a Hexagon!  Explained that the inside of a beehive often has hexagon-shaped cells.  We studied the hexagon shape.  

Physical Development:  Discussed:  How do you think beehives and bee nests are made?  Explained that bees form wax on their abdomens then use it to make the beehive.  It takes many bees (colony) to make a beehive.  

Show and Tell:  Each child brought in something that was in a Hexagon shape.  They came up one at a time to show their item and discuss it.  They even counted the sides of the Hexagon.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Lacing toys and wooden blocks