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Tuesday: Rainy Day Fun

Apr 30, 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 pattern, told us the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  He reviewed our colors, shapes and Sign Language words.  

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  The children told me everything they know about What the rain makes.  

Creative Development: Discussed:  What does rain mix with to make mud?  What do you like to do with the mud?  Explained that pigs are known for playing in the mud.  We looked at some dirt and I asked children what I needed to add to make it mud!  We then added water and made some mud.  I showed the children how to use the mud to smear on the pig pattern.  

Social and Emotional Development:  Discussed:  When have you seen a rainbow?  What is your favorite color from the rainbow?  Explained that when sun and rain mix, they make a rainbow.  We had a large rainbow made out of paper.  I had each child come up and pick a color of paint.  They painted a line on the paper to make a rainbow together as a class.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  What do you like to wear when it is raining?  We sat in a circle and I laid the matching cards face down in the middle of the circle.  Each child took turns turning two cards over and told us the pictures they saw.  They then told us if they matched or not.  If they got a match they took the cards but if they didn’t get a match they turned them back over and the next child had a turn.  We  played this matching game until all the matches were found.  

Social Studies:  Discussed:  What have you seen the rain wash away? Sometimes trash gets thrown on the side of the road or dumped in yards, parks and play places where it does not belong.  You can help the earth by helping keep it clear of garbage.  I gave each child a grocery bag.  We took a long walk outside in the neighborhood picking up trash.  We then discussed how trash was dirty and that we can’t touch anything till we wash our hands.  We all came inside and looked at our trash and washed our hands.  Discussed why it is important to keep our earth clean. 

Show and Tell:  The children were to bring in a Homemade Birthday card for Thomas! Thomas sat on Miss Kim’s lap and we read all his birthday cards.  We had chocolate chip cookie cake after lunch for his birthday. 

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Outside Play   Center 2: Paint with Mud- The children had a pig pattern that they made his facial features.  They then took some mud and smeared it on the pigs body.  Center 3:  My Little Journal-The children will go to the purple page and draw a river.  They will then use the purple paper to make a purple raft and tape it to the river.  

Monday: Rainy Day Fun

Apr 30, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

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

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Discussed everything the children know about when it rains.  

Science:  Discussed:  What can you use when it is raining to help you stay dry? Explained that an umbrella is made to keep the rain off of whatever is under it.  We discussed the rain cycle.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What do you do when it starts raining and you are outside? Where can you take shelter from the rain?  Explained that many things such as grass, trees, flowers, animals and plants need the rain.  Sometimes we do not like to get wet. I read a poem and we discussed.  

Creative Development: Discussed:  Where do you think the rain comes from?  We learned how to use the eyedropper and drip drops of water onto their Umbrella pattern.  I showed the children how to mix paint with water to make it runny.  

Physical Development: Discussed:  What do you see on the ground after it rains? Explained that after it rains, puddles sometimes form on the ground.  I had several big puddles placed around the room.  I had one child stand at each puddle and then asked them to follow my instructions.  “Jump OVER the puddle.”  “Jump IN  the puddle.”  “Roll over the puddle.” “Run AROUND the puddle”   etc.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  How fast can you count raindrops? Explained that although you could never count all the drops of rain that fall, you can try to count the drops you hear.  I tapped on the drum and the children had to listen and tell me how many “raindrops” they heard.  We did this several times.  I then dropped the pom-poms onto the drum and we listened to that sound.  I passed out a cloud to every child and then passed them each 4 pom-poms.  I tapped on the drum and the children had to count how many times it was.  They then added that many pom-poms to their cloud.  We did this several times.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Outside Play Center 2: Rainy Day Art- The children used watered down paint to suck up in an eyedropper.     They then made it rain different colors onto the umbrella pattern.   

 

Friday: Campfire

Apr 26, 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.  She reviewed our colors, shapes, Spanish and Sign language words. 

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what we learned about rattlesnakes.  Today the children told me everything they know about campfires. Fun facts: During hot, dry or windy weather, campfires are often disallowed.  Use small twigs, dry leaves or grass, dry needles, large pieces of wood to build a fire.   

Social Studies:  Discussed:  What have you cooked over an open fire?  We looked at our I Can Cut projects that we did and discussed all the items.  

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed:  If you were camping in the desert, what animal tracks might you see in the morning? We recalled the nocturnal animals that live in the desert.  Discussed which of those animals would be afraid of the campfire? We looked at the My Little Journals and discussed how to get the campers to the fire.  

Social and Emotional Development:  Discussed:  How can you be safe around a campfire? 

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What kinds of ways can you move carefully?  We looked at the Little Learning cards and thoroughly reviewed each one.  Cards:  Hh, Yy, Ii, Orange, Brown, 17, 18, square.  I then laid them face down in a circle to represent a campfire.  I had one child at a time come tip toe around the fire.  They would then chose one of the cards to step on.  They had to pick it up and tell me what it was.  If it was a letter they had to tell me the sound(s) and tell me words that began with that letter.  They would then find something in the room that started with that letter. If it was a shape or color they had to find the shape or color in the room and tell me the shape or color in English and Spanish.  If it was a number they had to jump that many times and tell me the number in English and Spanish. Each child got a turn to to this.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Outside play Center 2: My Little Journal- The children will use a pencil to follow the maze to get the cowboy and cowgirl to the campfire.

 

Thursday: Rattlesnake

Apr 25, 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 discussed the pattern on the calendar.  Keira reviewed the colors, shapes, Sign Language and Spanish words.  

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what we learned about coyotes. Today the children told me everything they know about rattlesnakes.  Fun facts:  Rattlesnakes are best known for, and most easily recognized by, their rattle.  Rattlesnakes are found in the southern parts of the United States, from the deserts to the mountains and grow between 3 and 4 feet.  There are 16 different types Rattlers such as the Eastern Diamondback, Western Diamondback, Sidewinder to name a few.  All rattlesnakes have rattles, are venomous and are pit vipers. 

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What letters can you make with your body?  We made all the letters we could with our bodies.  I showed the children the hands-0n letter Y, H, I.  We discussed the sounds they made.  I then put them in a box and tied one to the rope  without the children seeing.  I asked one child to guess which letter was on the end of the rope (snake) in the box.  If they guessed correctly I pulled up the rope (snake) and they told me the sound the snake was making (it made the sound of the letter).  We did this so every child had a turn.  

Creative Development: Discussed:  How do you think a rattlesnake’s rattle makes noise?   I showed the children the shaker they will make in afternoon centers that sounds like a rattlesnake.

Physical Development: Discussed:  What parts of your body can you use to make noise?  The children made noise using different parts of their bodies: hands, feet, mouth, tongue, etc.  We then discussed how we could politely ask people to leave us alone?  The rattlesnake shakes his tail.  We played a little game where one child sat in the barn and the other children walked around the room. If the other children got close to the child in the barn then that child would start clapping his hands to remind them to get away.  

Physical Development:  Discussed:  Why do you think a snake sheds it’s skin?  Explained that when snakes get bigger, they outgrow their skin.  They rub against a rock to separate the old from new skin, and then wiggle and crawl out of their old skin.  We rolled the Brain box and followed the directions on the box:  Directions:  Walk backwards to something orange, wiggle to something brown, howl like a coyote, trot to the number 18, make a square with your fingers, jump 17 times. 

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  What designs can you see on your skin or your clothes?  We went to the 18 in their My Little Journals.  I showed them how to draw a snake and put 18 diamonds on his back.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Outside play/ Lincoln logs Center 2: My Little Journal-The children will go to the 18 page and draw a snake.  They will then put 18 diamonds or circles on his back.  They will practice writing the number 18.   Center 3:  Little Learning Cards- The children will practice their cutting skills by cutting out their learning cards. Center 4: Rattlesnake Shaker- The children will paint the ribbon to add pattern’s to the snakes body.  They will then decorate the tube with markers.  They will add some rice to it and tape it shut.  

 

Wednesday: Coyote

Apr 24, 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 reviewed the pattern on the calendar.  Keira reviewed our colors, shapes and Sign Language words.  

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what they learned about the desert cottontail.  Today the children told everything they know about the Coyote. Fun facts-Coyote is an animal that belongs to the canine family.  Often known by the name of Prairie Wolf, a coyote is found in North and Central America.  Their diet consists of rabbits, insects, mice, fruits, lizards and other foods as well.  The coyote reaches a running speed of 40 miles per hour. 

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What do you see outside at night?  We looked at the post cards the children will be making in afternoon centers.  We reviewed what they learned about this month.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  What sounds do you hear at night?  Explained that because these animals (coyote, snakes) are active at night.  They are sometimes heard before they are seen.  We made the sounds for a snake and coyote. We then worked on making several different patterns with these animal cards.  Examples:  snake, coyote, coyote, snake, coyote, coyote, ect.  

Physical Development:  Discussed:  Where do you think a coyote sleeps? Explained that the coyote digs a hole to sleep safe and cool.  We made a Desert Dessert.  The children took a baggy that had vanilla wafers and a graham cracker in it.  They then crushed it up to make sand. I put vanilla yogurt and apricot pieces in the cup.  They poured the sand on top of the yogurt and fruit and ate up this yummy snack. 

Social and Emotional Development:  Discussed:  What do you like to chase? Explained that coyote parents sometimes catch live mice to teach their pups how to hunt.  I picked one child to be the mouse and two children to be the coyote.  I had them chase the mouse and try to catch him/her.  They would then bring the mouse back to their babies.  We did this several times to give everyone a turn.

Show and Tell:  Each child brought in an item that began with the letter Ii, Yy, or Hh.  They came up one at a time to tell us about their item and why they brought it.  

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

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Lego’s  Center 2: Postcard-  The children will tell us what they learned about the desert and we will write that on their card.  They will then paint black water color paint over white crayon to make the night sky.   Center 3:  I Can Cut project-  The children will practice their cutting skills and cut apart the pieces.  They will then make logs, marshmallows and hot dogs with the pieces.  They will make a campfire scene.  They can pretend to sell their campfire pieces by using the dollars.  

 

Tuesday: Desert Cottontail

Apr 23, 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 the colors, shapes, Spanish and Sign language words.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what they learned about the Desert Sky.  Today the children told me everything they know about a cottontail.  Fun facts-The desert cottontail has brown-gray fur above and lighter fur on its undersides.  The female desert cottontail is usually a little larger than the male.  The desert cottontail eats grasses, cacti, bark, twigs and mesquite.  The desert cottontail can be found in woodlands, grasslands, brush and desert areas.  

Creative Development: Discussed:  What is your favorite part of a rabbit?  We looked at the craft they will be making in afternoon centers.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  Who is bigger than you? Who is smaller?  We had desert animals of different sizes.  The children put the 6 animals into order from biggest to smallest.  I then asked each child to find a certain animal based on size compared to another animal.  Examples, What is larger than a cottontail? What is smaller than the coyote?  We also discussed why might the cottontail be afraid of larger animals?  

Science:  Discussed:  What color is your hair?  We looked at the journal and found the orange page.  We discussed the color orange and are going to draw a bunny with orange spots.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  How fast can you hop? Explained that cottontail’s best defense is his ability to move fast and hop high.  All the children hopped around the room fast and high.  We discussed the first letter in the word “hop”. The children had difficulty with this letter.  We discussed how the wind comes out of our mouth when we make the /h/ sound.  The children told me other words that begin with the letter H.

Show and Tell:  All the children were to wear orange today.  They stood up one at a time to show us the orange on their clothing.  We then counted how many people wore orange and how many did not and compared.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Outside play  Center 2: Cottontail puppet- Each child will add eyes, nose and ears to the head of the bunny.  They will glue the head to the small lunch bag and decorate it as desired.  Center 3:  My Little Journal- The children will go to the orange page.  They will color the paintbrush orange.  They will then trace their hands with 2 fingers raised to resemble a rabbit head.  They will then give the rabbit some patches of orange.  

 

Monday: Desert Sky

Apr 22, 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 calendar and meteorologist girl for this week.  She put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  Keira reviewed our Spanish, colors, shapes and Sign language words.  

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  We reviewed what we learned on Friday.  I did not have time Friday to type the lessons up.  They learned about Plants of the Mojave on Friday. Today the children told me what they know about the desert sky. Fun facts:  Clear, cloudless skies help to quickly release heat at night.  The very dry air of the desert holds little moisture and thus holds little heat so as soon as the sun sets, the desert cools considerably.  As the air and ground temperatures cool, the many diverse nocturnal creatures emerge from hiding places to search out food, water and possible mates.

Physical Development:  What have you used to make pictures and art? We looked at Yarn and discussed what letter it starts with.  We then discussed how “Y” can make lots of different sounds because he borrows other sounds.  I wrote several different words with “Y” in it and we discussed the sound it made in that word.  Y can say /y/, /ie/, /ee/, /i/.  I taught the children how to make the capital and lowercase Yy.  Each child came up to practice making the letters on the wipe off board.  This letter was a little difficult for them.  

Science:  Discussed:  What do you wear when it is hot outside?  What do you wear when it is cold outside?  Explained that in most deserts it is very hot during the day, but at night it can get very cold.  

Creative Development: Discussed:  What do you see when you look up at the night sky?  Discussed if children see city lights or stars at night where they live.  I had all the children lay down and close their eyes.  They pretended to be looking up at the night sky and told me things that they saw.  We looked at the night sky drawing they will make in afternoon centers.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  What games have you played at night?  We played bingo together.  Each child got a bingo card and some blocks as their markers.  We played until everyone filled up their cards.  Everyone was a winner. 

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Outside play Center 2: Starry Night Art- The children will draw mountains on black paper with white chalk.  They will then add stars to the sky.   Center 3:  My Little Journal- The children will practice making their capital and lowercase Yy.  They will then draw a large Y on the blank area of the page and glue Yarn over it to make a blanket. 

 

Thursday: Cactus

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

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

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what we learned about Burros.  Today the children told us everything they know about Cactus. How does a cactus feel.  Fun facts:  Cacti have sharp spines instead of leaves.  Some cacti reach heights of 3 to 10 feet.  Cacti store water so the plant can survive during long periods of drought.  One of the most familiar cactus is the Aloe Vera whose spiny stems are filled with a gel that is soothing to burns.  

Creative Development:  Discussed:  How does your face look when you get poked?  We looked at the Cactus Sculpture that they will be making this afternoon. 

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  How many different plants have you taken care of?  We looked at the hands-on number 1 and 8.  We discussed how to make those two numbers into 18.  We then practiced counting to 18.  Explained that spikes on a cactus actually help provide some shade and protection for the plant. Each child came up one at a time to put 10 toothpicks on the numeral one and 8 toothpicks on the 8. They then counted all the toothpicks to get to 18.  

Science: Discussed:  What happens when you get wet?  We did an experiment.  We got paper towels wet.  We laid one wet paper towel out on a tray.  We rolled up the second towel and paper clipped it to secure it.  The third paper towel we rolled up and rolled it with a piece of wax paper.  We put them all on the tray and then will check them tomorrow.  We predicted what they thought might happen to the three different ones.  Explained that the waxy coating on the cactus helps it hold onto the moisture.  The wax paper rolled wet paper towel should still be wet tomorrow when we check. 

Language and Literacy: Discussed:  What letters can you make with your body? Explained that one  of the most common cacti, the saguaro cactus, has arms that branch out from its large stem, just like the letter Y.  We looked at the Y letter card and discussed the sounds it makes.  We talked about words that begin with the letter Y.  We used a piece of yarn to make the letter Y.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Variety of Toys/Outside play Center 2: Cactus Sculpture-  The children will press a starch noodle onto a wet paper towel and then stick them together to make a cactus.   

 

Wednesday: Burro

Apr 17, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form.  Dylan was not here yet this morning so we did calendar together.  We discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  The children discussed the pattern and found the number for the calendar.  They reviewed their shapes, colors, Spanish and Sign Language words.  

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what they learned about desert tortoise.  Today the children told me what they know about burros (donkeys).  Fun facts:  Burros average between 42 and 48 inches in height and weigh about 500 pounds.  We used a measuring tape to see how tall that was.  Burros are well adapted to the desert; have tough hooves that can handle sand and rock, woolly hair to insulate from desert heat and cold.  Wild burros live in California, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Arizona. 

Social Studies:  Discussed:  What does a burro say?  “Heehaw!”  We looked at the Bilingual Book and the children had to predict what the story would be about.  The title is “Where is it?”  We read the book together in English and Spanish.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  What would you want a burro to carry for you?  We looked at the Counting Card. The children told me the number was 18.  We counted the squares on the card and discussed how to make the number 18.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  When do you like to run?  Do you run in the sun?  I had the children help me spell the word “run” on the wipe off board.  We discussed the word family “un”.  I then made new words by changing the first letter; fun, sun, bun, buns, pun.  The children read all the words as I changed the letters.  

Creatvie Development:  Discussed:  What part of your body do you use to help you stay cool? We discussed how the burro flaps his ears.  The children will make ears for them to wear in afternoon centers.

Show and Tell:  Each child was to bring in 18 items.  They came up one at a time to count out their items.  We discussed if they had the correct amount or too many or too few. 

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

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Wooden Blocks Center 2: Bilingual Book- The children will put the book together and color it. They will then practice reading the book.  Center 3:  Burro Ears- The children will make ears and wear them around the room. 

 

Tuesday: Desert Tortoise

Apr 16, 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 because Dylan was not here today.  The children told me the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  They helped me continue the pattern on the calendar and found the correct number.  We reviewed all our colors, shapes, Spanish and Sign Language words.  

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what we learned about Mojave Desert.  The children then told me everything they knew about a Tortoise (turtle).  Fun facts-  The desert tortoise is a large herbivore (plants/grass) and the official reptile in the states of California and Nevada.  A desert tortoise’s diet may include herbs, grasses, some shrubs and the new growth of cacti and their flowers.  The desert tortoise is able to live where ground temperatures may exceed 140 degrees F because of its ability to dig underground burrows to escape the heat.  

Creative Development: Discussed:  What color would your shell be if you wanted to blend into the sand? Explained that the desert tortoise’s shell helps him blend in with his surroundings to stay safe.  We looked at the Turtle Pull Toy they will be making in afternoon centers.

Science: Discussed:  What two colors do we need to make orange? We looked at red, blue and yellow paint.  The children told me two colors they wanted to mix to see if it made orange.  We tried red and blue which made purple.  They then tried blue and yellow which made green.  Thomas guessed it correctly when he told us to mix red and yellow first to make orange.  The children then took the orange paint brush one at a time and pretend to be a tortoise.  They crawled to something orange in the room to paint.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  How would you run if you were in a race? I had 3 children at a time line up on a line and race to me.  We discussed who was the cottontail and who was the tortoise.  I had the cottontails then compete and the tortoise compete.  We did this till we discovered who the cottontail was and who the tortoise was.  Everyone was a winner.  I then had the children stand up near the rocking chair.  They had to run in place every time they heard the word “hare” in the story.  They then had to take a slow baby step when they heard the word “tortoise” in the story.  I read the participation story “The Tortoise & the Hare”.  As I read the children listened for the words: tortoise and hare and did the actions above.  We discussed the story while we read and showed pictures of the other characters in the story to help act out the story.  When the story was finished, all the children had reached the finish line.  I then asked the children several questions about the story to check for comprehension.  

Creative Development:  Discussed:  When do you go to sleep? Explained that the desert tortoise will sometimes fall asleep just because he is very hot. This is called aestivation.  I had the children pretend to be a desert tortoise and crawl around the room.  When I said, “Hot Sun!” then the children will stop and lay down to go to sleep.  When I said, “Cool Wind!” the children will start crawling again through the room.  We did this several times.  

Show and Tell:  The children all brought in orange items.  They came up one at a time to show what they brought.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Legos Center 2: I Can Write Project Sheet-  The children practiced writing their capital and lowercase Ii.    Center 3:  Tortoise Pull Toy- The children painted paper bowl which is the turtles back.  They colored the turtle pattern and added eyes.  They then glued the bowl  to the turtle body and taped on a string so they could pull it through the room.   Center 4: I Can Cut Project sheet- The children will work on their cutting skills by cutting out the flowers and numbers.  They will then work on math problems.  

 

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