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Monday: Cowboy Boots

Apr 2, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form.  Thomas is the new calendar and meteorologist boy for this week.  He discussed the weather and put the number on the new calendar.  We said “Goodbye” to March and “Hello” to April.   He found the day of the week and month of the year in Spanish.  Thomas reviewed the colors, shapes and Sign Language.  

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Discussed that we will be learning about cowboys, dunes and deserts this month. Reviewed what we learned last month.  The children told me all they know about cowboy/cowgirl boots.  Fun Facts- Western cowboy boots evolved out of a very practical necessity, namely the need to protect the feet for people who stayed outdoors for long hours, sometimes even days on end, in harsh, bitter cold weather.  This boot had only one use-its thick, sturdy nature protected the feet.  Two basic styles of cowboy boots, western and roper.  

Physical Development:  Discussed:  Some boots and shoes make sounds as you walk.  What sound does your name make?  We had the children stomp to make sounds with their feet.  We then discussed how their names have beats or syllables.  Each child said their first name and we clapped to the beats.  I then held up each child’s full name tag, if the child recognized their name then they came up to get it.  They had to say their first name, middle name and last name and stomp or clap out the syllables.  We did this for each child.  

Creative Development: Discussed:  What color is your favorite pair of boots (or shoes)?  Explained that the height of boots also helps protect the feet from getting scratched by weeds or bitten by animals.  We looked at the boots they will be making in afternoon centers.  

Language and Literacy: Discussed:  What parts of your body do you move when you dance?  We talked about square dancing and the two step that you can do to country dancing.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  What shapes do you see on your shoes?  We looked at the Mystery Shape envelope.  The children tried to guess the shape.  I then gave them clues to help them.  They had it narrowed to two shapes: diamond and square.  Clues:  My sides are all straight lines.  I have four corners.  My sides are all the same length.  Grady was the one to guess the square.  

Show and Tell:  Each child brought in an object that was square shape.  They each came up one at a time to show what they brought and discussed the shape.  

Physical Development:  Discussed:  How do you think boots help cowboys do their work?  I placed two boots on one side of the room and two on the other side of the room.  We did a relay of things between the two sets of boots.  First we jumped over the first set to pretend it was a fence.   We then went backwards, pulling weeds to the next set of boots.  We then kicked our horses and galloped back to the first set of boots.  The last thing we did was walk with high knees to the boots trudging through the mud.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Outside play Center 2: Cowboy Boot Art- The children will use pokey balls to dip into paint and decorate their cowboy boots.    Center 3:  Name tags-  The children will practice writing their names on their name tags.