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Thursday: States of Water

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

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

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what we learned about a rainbow.  Today we talked about what water looks like when it is frozen (solid)? Liquid? Gas?  We reviewed the science lesson yesterday when we took an ice cube and used a blow dryer to heat it up and watch what happened.  Fun facts:  Clouds, snow, and rain are all made up of some form of water.  A cloud is comprised of tiny water droplets and/or ice crystals, a snowflake is an aggregate of many ice crystals, and rain is liquid water.  Water is known to exist in three different states; as a solid, liquid or gas.  Water usually makes up 55% to 78% of the human body.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  How does water in a lake change during a year? We looked at the postcards that we did yesterday to discuss our lakes that we were to make.  We discussed what we could see at a lake during certain times of year. 

Physical Development: Physical Development- How can an umbrella help you in the sun? In the rain? We talked about the letter U and the sound it makes.  We then discussed words that begin with that letter.  We taught them how to make the capital and lowercase letter.  We had each child come up one at a time to practice making the capital and lowercase U on the wipe off board. We looked at their journals where they practiced yesterday making the letter Uu.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  When do you see steam? Ice? We looked at the Pattern Guide and had them identify the states of water (liquid, solid, or gas).  We had the children repeat the pattern and then see if they could continue it without our help using the picture cards:  liquid (water glass), solid (ice cubes), gas (pot w/steam), liquid (water glass), solid (ice cubes), gas…etc.  We then moved the pictures around to make a different patterns. Each child came up to continue the pattern.

Show and Tell:  Each child brought in an item that begins with the letter U.  They came up one at a time to discuss the item they brought. 

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Outside play & Garden play Center 2: Glass of Art-The children blew bubbles in a bowl of watery paint.  They then pressed the paper glass to the bubbles to make prints.   Center 3:  Toothbrush Art- the children will use a toothbrush to paint with.   Center 4: Learning cards- The children will cut apart their learning cards.

 

Wednesday: Rainbow

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

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

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what they learned about the water cycle. Today the children told everything they know about Rainbows.  Fun facts:  A rainbow occurs when it is raining in one part of the sky and sunny in another.  The colors of the rainbow are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.  An easy way to remember the colors of the rainbow is ROY G. BIV.   It is believed that rainbow got its name from its shape.  A rainbow’s arc looks similar to a bow for shooting arrows.  People also noticed that this colorful arc would only form when it was raining so they called it a rainbow.  Scientist Isaac Newton explained how a rainbow forms.  Sunlight is really made up of colors of the rainbow. When those colors are all mixed together it is called white light. White light is the light we see everyday.  Each raindrop makes its own rainbow but it takes millions of raindrops for us to see a rainbow.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What is your favorite thing about the rain? We read the title of the Poetry Poster “Rain, Rain Go Away”.  We recited the poem several times.  We had the children pretend to shake their rainbow each time they heard the word “rain” in the poem.  We then discussed other forms of weather and said the poem again replacing the word rain with the other form of weather. 

Creative Development: Discussed:  How can you make a rainbow shape with your body?  We told the children to pretend it was raining.  They then went around the room searching for sunshine (paper plates hidden in the room).  Each time they found a paper plate, they touched the floor and made their body in an arch like a rainbow.  Explained that the sun reflects its light in the raindrops. This makes the rainbow.  We looked at the rainbows that the children will be making in afternoon centers. 

Physical Development: Discussed:  What foods do you eat that match rainbow colors?  We talked about the rainbow snack that we ate yesterday and discussed the colors in the fruits and cottage cheese that we used to make the rainbow.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  What is your favorite color of the rainbow?  We had numbers written on shapes and spread around the floor.  We had one child come up and name one of the colors of the rainbow.  We encouraged her/him to run to that color then flip it over and identify the number.  We then had that child hop in place as she/he counts to that number.  Each child had a turn to do this activity. 

Science:  Discussed:  Where have you seen frozen water?  We put an ice cube in the bowl and invited the children to touch it.  Explained that water’s state changes when temperatures change.  We then used a blow dryer to heat up the ice and watch what happens.  The children used descriptive words for the various states of water. 

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Outside play Center 2: Rainbow Art-  The children cut a paper plate in half and painted one half to resemble the sun.  They then cut color strips and attached to the sun.  They used cotton to create clouds.   Center 3:  My Little Journal- The children practiced writing their capital and lowercase letter Uu.  They then drew a U upside down to make it into an umbrella.   Center 4: Postcard-  The children drew a lake picture.  They then had the teacher help them write a sentence about their lake.  

 

Tuesday: Water Cycle

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

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

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  The children reviewed what they learned last week, it was a long break so they had forgotten.  Today the children told us what they know about the water cycle.  They had a hard time with this even though we have learned this several times. What do you like to do in the rain?   Fun facts:  Evaporation: heat from the Sun causes water on Earth (in oceans, lakes etc) to evaporate (turn to liquid into gas)  and rise into the sky.  This water vapor collects in the sky in the form of clouds.  Condensation:  As water vapor in the clouds cools down it becomes water again, this process is called condensation.  Precipitation:  Water falls from the sky in the form of rain, snow, hail, or sleet.  Collection: Oceans and lakes collect water that has fallen. Water evaporates into the sky again and the cycle continues.   There is the same amount of water on Earth as there was when the Earth was formed.  The water from you faucet could contain molecules that dinosaurs drank.   Water is composed of two elements, Hydrogen and Oxygen.  Nearly 97% of the world’s water is salty or otherwise undrinkable.  Another 2% is locked in ice caps and glaciers.  That leaves just 1% for all of humanity’s needs-all its agricultural, residential, manufacturing, community, and personal needs.  Water regulates the Earth’s temperature.  It also regulates the temperature of the human body, carries nutrients and oxygen to cells, cushions joints, protects organs and tissues, and removes wastes.  75% of the human brain is water and 75% of a living tree is water.  A person can live about a month without food, but only about a week without water.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  Where do you think the rain goes?  Explained that rainwater is caught in lakes, rivers, puddles and other bodies of water.  We looked at their Journals and counted the items on the page.  We discussed the number 20.  

Creative Development: Discussed:  What do you think the clouds might feel like? The children touched the cotton ball to feel what it felt like.  We also felt the blue cellophane and yellow stickers to discuss how they felt.  We read the pages in the Water Cycle book.  The children will work on the book in afternoon centers. 

Physical Development: We discussed the colors in a rainbow.  The children made a rainbow snack.  We used blueberries, purple grapes, kiwi, mango, red raspberries to make a row of color with each.  At the end of the rainbow we put a “cloud” cottage cheese.  The children each made their own rainbows and then we ate them up.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  What is your favorite thing to do with water?  We had cards that were Dominoes with pictures on them.  We spread them on the floor.  The children took turns choosing a domino piece and matching it with another.  We connected the matching pictures until all the domino’s were used. 

Physical Development:  Discussed:  What happens when you jump in a puddle?  We had puddles spread around the room.  The children then jumped from puddle to puddle as we counted.  

Show and Tell:  Each child was to bring in 20 items.  They came up one at a time to count the 20 items.  We discussed if they had too many, too few or just the right amount.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Outside play Center 2: Water Cycle Book-  They used the supplies cotton ball, yellow sticker and blue cellophane to decorate the page they thought it would go best with.  They then colored the pages and put the pages in order to staple them together.   Center 3:  My Little Journal-The children went to the page with the number 20.  They then practiced making the number 20.  They drew a large lake or puddle.  They then put 20 raindrops on the page. 

 

Friday: Dishes

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

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

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what they learned about Laundry.  Today the children told us everything they know about dishes.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  How many plates are used at your family dinner?  We looked at their I Can Count Project.  The children used their pieces that they cut out to practice setting the table.  They set the table with 4 plates and 4 cups.  We did other math equations for the children to solve.  

Creative Development: Discussed:  How is your favorite kitchen utensil used?  We looked at various utensils and discussed their usages.  We then used forks to paint with earlier this week in afternoon centers. 

Science:  Discussed:  What tools do you need to wash dishes?   Each child came up one at a time to feel the item in the bag.  When each child had a turn to feel it, they guessed what they thought the item was.  It was a dishcloth.  We discussed what we used it for.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  How do you use specific dishes?  We looked at the Hands-on Letter  Uu.  We discussed how the shape reminds them of a cup.  We held the letter up for right side up.  We then said, “upside down” and held the letter U upside down.  The children did this with the letter to pretend the cup dumped out.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Outside Play 

 

Thursday: Laundry

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

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

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what we learned about car washes.  Today the children told everything they know about Laundry.  Discussed what we did with dirty clothes.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  Where do you dry your clothes?  Some people put clothes in a dryer and others hang them on a line.  We looked at the Phonics tag.  The letter “Uu”.  We hung up a clothesline between two chairs.  We had the Phonic tags in the tote bag.  I invited one child to pull out one of the tags.  If the child pulled out the “underwear” tag, I asked him/her to hang a piece of clothing on the line.  If he/she pulls out the “umbrella” tag, then he/she would take a piece of clothing off of the line.  We played this game until all the clothes are on the line.  

Creative Development: Discussed:  How do your clothes get dirty?  We looked at the paper shirt they will be making dirty in afternoon centers.  Discussed what can make the stains. For example, yellow could be mustard, or green could be grass.  We pretended to wash the shirts by flipping it over on the white side and hanging it on the clothesline.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  We wrote the numerals from 0-20 on paper plates.  We spread the plates on the floor numeral side down.  I had one child come up and turn a plate over.  They then had to add the same amount of clothespins onto the plate.  If the child turns over a 0, 2, or 20.  I gave them the matching Hands-on number and invited him/her to go again.  

Social and Emotional Development:  Discussed:  Where do you put your dirty laundry?  We looked at the laundry basket and experimented with different ways to push or roll the basket.  Had the child guess which line he/she could move the basket beyond with one big push.  We then added weight to the basket to see if they could push the basket as far.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Outside Play Center 2: Laundry Art- The children used markers to decorate the front and back of the Shirt to make them look the same.  We then used paint to make “stains” on one side of the shirt.    Center 3:  Painting with dishes- The children used forks to dip into paint and paint on paper.   

 

Wednesday: Car Wash

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

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

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what we learned about tubs.  We discussed what a car wash is.  We also discussed how we could clean a vehicle.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What is it like to ride an elevator, people mover or escalator?  Some car washes automatically move the car washes automatically move the car through the wash.  We put a blanket over the chairs to make a car wash.  We had the children go through the car wash on their hands and knees.  They had to listen carefully for the instructions:  “Go!”  As they moved through the car was, Miss Mikie shouted, “Stop!”  We alternated between stop and go as the children moved through the car wash.

Science: Discussed:  Have you blown bubbles before?  We covered the bottom of the bottle with the sock.  We added soap to the water.  Discussed how it looks different.  We dipped the sock into the soap.  Discussed how the sock’s shape changed.  We then blew through the mouth of the bottle and watched what happened to the sock.  What made the bubbles appear.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  How does your car get dirty?  We had a large car cut on the floor.  We shared ideas about how cars get dirty.  We then tossed the foam shapes all over the car to make it “dirty”.  We then had one child at a time come up and pick up a shape and place it on the counting card.  The children took turns cleaning off the spots until the card is filled.  We then counted the shapes on the card “20”.  We then counted how many foam shapes were left on the car.  

Social Studies:  Discussed:  How much do you think it costs to get a car wash?  We wrote all the children’s estimates down on the board.  Discussed how much money it costs for the car wash and asked each child to count out the same amount of play dollars.  The children pretended to pay for a car wash and drove the car through it.  

Miss Kayla’s Birthday:  The children brought cards for Miss Kayla and she read them with the children.  We also got to eat cake after lunch.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Outside play Center 2: Play Money Project- The children cut the money and car wash parts out.  They then folded and taped the stand of the car wash.  They also had a paper car that they could drive through the car wash.  

 

Tuesday: In the Tub

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

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

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what they learned about flowers & blooms.  Discussed: what do you do when you get dirty? We talked about tubs!  

Creative Development:  Discussed:  When do you take a bath? We looked at the bathtub art that they will be making in afternoon centers.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What is your favorite toy to take in the tub?  We read the title of the I Can Read Book “Rub-a-dub-dub.”  We discussed the rhyming words.  We read the whole book and discussed all the rhyming words.  The children came up one at a time to circle two words that rhyme.  

Science: Discussed:  How does the water change after you take a bath?  Explained that water is clear, but light can make it appear blue.  We thought of other things in nature that are blue.  The children came up one  at a time to take the blue paintbrush and find something blue in the room to paint.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  What is too big to fit in your tub? Where would a whale take a bath?  We have several containers that can fit inside of each other (nesting).  We pretended they were tubs.  We had various sizes of objects also.  I had one child come up and pick the biggest item and put it in the tub he thinks it will best fit in .  We then had another child find the smallest item and find the tub it best fits in.  We continued this until all items were put in the appropriate size of container.  

Show and Tell:  All the children wore blue today.  We  had each child stand up and show their blue clothing.  We then counted how many children had blue and how many did not.  We discussed more and less. 

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Outside play Center 2: Bathtub Art- The children drew a face on the person.  We had them cut out the person and the toys.  They colored their tubs and glued the objects to the tub.  They then dipped bubble wrap into paint and made bubble prints in and around the tub.  We also added stickers to the tub.    Center 3:  I Can Read Book-  The children wrote their names on the book and went through and circled the matching words.  

 

Monday: Flowers & Blooms

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

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

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what we learned about pet groomers.  Today the children told me all about Flowers and Blooms.  We discussed where we found flowers.  Talked about how we would be planting the garden soon. 

Social and Emotional Development:  Discussed: What is your favorite color for a flower.  We played a matching game with the cards that had flowers on them.  Each child turned 2 cards over to see if they had a match.  We played until all matches were found.  

Language and Literacy: Discussed:  How does a flower grow?  We looked at the Story Sequence Cards.  We discussed each card in detail and discussed what was going on.  We then put the Story Sequence Cards in order according to what was happening.  

Physical Development: Discussed:  How did you think a flower moves?  What happens when a strong wind blows?  Invited the children to squat down low and pretend to be as small as a seed.  Explained that flowers grow from seeds, like many other plants.  Discussed the type of things any plant needs to grow (sun, soil, and water).  The children pretended to be sprouts and turned into full-grown flowers.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  Where have you counted flowers?  We had flower pots with numbers written on each one.  We then had flowers with dots.  We had the children pick a flower and count the dots.  They then had to find the matching number on the pot.  We did this until all flowers were matched to the pots.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Outside Play 

 

Friday: Pet Groomer

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

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

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the kids learned about rocks.  Today the children told me what they know about a Pet Groomer.  They were not sure of what this was.  How can pets get dirty?   Fun facts:  grooming is any activity–whether on your part or his– that contributes to your pet’s physical appearance and makes him cleaner or more hygienic.  For dogs, brushing and bathing should be done regularly, as most dog breeds don’t lick themselves clean like cats.  Dogs nails need trimmed and dogs and cats teeth need brushed. 

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What supplies do you need to wash? We looked at the word family “ub”.  We made all kinds of words by putting new letter(s) at the beginning of “ub”. Examples; tub, rub, scrub, club, dub, etc. 

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed:  How could you dress up your pet?  Explained that when a pet visits the pet groomer, sometimes he comes home with bows, collars, bandannas or other decorations.  We looked at our foam shapes and made designs with them.

Social and Emotional Development:  Discussed:  Which kind of pet do you wish you had?  How often would you wash your pretend pet? The children pretended to roll in the mud and get all dirty.  I then helped them wash and scrubbed them clean.  

Language and Literacy:  We looked at their My Little Journal’s and reviewed the letter D.  Each child came up one at a time to practice writing the capital and lowercase D on the wipe off board again.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Legos Center 2: I Can Write Project- The children practiced tracing the lines and writing their capital and lowercase Dd.  Center 3:  My Little Journal-  The children practiced writing their Capital and lowercase Dd.  They also drew a giant capital and lowercase D on the page.  They tried to turn the D into a dirty dog. 

 

Thursday: Rock

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

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form.  Gretchen 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 ducks.  Today the children told us everything they know about rocks.  Fun facts:  Rocks and stones are naturally occurring solids made up of minerals.  The Earth’s crust is made up of a rock.  Rocks have been used by humans for millions of years, from early tools and weapons through to various construction materials.  Molten rock below the earth’s surfaces is called magma.  The earth’s surface is made up of massive slabs of rock known as plates.  Most rocks are hard but not all of them.  Rocks come in all different sizes and their weights are all different.  

Physical Development:  Discussed:  Where do you walk that has rocks?  We looked at their I Can Write Project sheets and reviewed the letter Dd. The children came up one at a time to practice writing their capital and lowercase Dd on the wipe off board.  

Social Studies:  Discussed:  What do you know about fossils?  We looked at the World Map and found South America.  We then touched the bottom of South America where Argentina is.  We looked at Argentina’s flag and discussed.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What happens when you throw a rock in the water?  We had lots of rocks and sorted them by size.  We placed small rocks on the lowercase Hands-on letter d and large rocks on the uppercase letter D.  The children then took turns “dropping” the rocks into the water to watch them splash and discussed what they saw.  We Dropped for the letter D. 

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  Where have you seen a lot of rocks?  We looked at the number 19 on the wipe off board.  We discussed the two numbers that made 19.  We counted out 19 rocks.  We looked at our Journal page and counted the 19 ducks.  I had the children come up one at a time to practice writing the number 19.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Outside play Center 2: My Little Journal-  The children went to the 19 page and practiced writing the number 19.  They then dipped their fingertips into paint and made 19 prints on the page to represent rocks.   

 

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