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Wednesday: Duck

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.  We reviewed the pattern on the calendar.  Gretchen reviewed the colors, shapes and Sign Language words.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the children learned about swimming.  Today the children told us everything they know about Ducks.  Fun facts:  Ducks are also called waterfowl, or aquatic birds and are most often seen swimming in flocks in waters.  A female duck is called ‘hen’ and has orange beak and dull-brown feathers, unlike the drake (male duck) which has extravagant green plumage and wide flat yellow beak.  Ducks have no nerves or blood vessels in their feet so they never feel hot or cold.  They have waterproof feathers.  You will be surprised to know that ducks have three eyelids.  

Creative Development:  Who are you with when you go to the lake or the river?  We discussed how many people are in their families.  Explained that animals, like ducks, have families, too.  We looked at the duck family craft they are making in afternoon centers.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What sounds have you heard a duck make? Explained that most ducks make a “quack” sound, but one special duck (the Phonic Tag) can only make the /d/ sound.  We looked at the Phonic tag and discussed the letter Dd.  We named words that begin with the letter D.  We then looked in the dictionary for D words.

Physical Development: Discussed:  What do you do when you get food on your face?  Discussed what it means to have manners at the dinner table.  The children took turns naming polite or impolite actions at the table.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  How many ducks have you seen together? We recited a poem using our fingers to act it out.  We then had 3 (children) ducks stand at the front of the room and while we recited the poem they acted it out.  

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

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Outside Play  Center 2: Duck Family Art- The children took 3 ducks of different sizes and decorated them.  They then added them to a string and put the baby duck at the end.  

 

Tuesday: Swimming

May 15, 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 sailboats.  Today the children told me everything they know about swimming.  Fun facts:  Some people think swimming started when a person fell into the water panicking, he started to swim in a way we call today dog paddle.  Peanuts are a source of energy for swimmers.  Swimming can be done for competition and it is helpful in survival.  An hour of vigorous swimming will burn up to 650 calories.  It burns off more calories than walking or biking.   Swimming strengthens the heart and lungs.  It works out all of the body’s major muscles and can help to reduce stress.  Water’s buoyancy make swimming the ideal exercise for physical therapy and rehabilitation or for anyone seeking a low-impact exercise. 

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  Why should you wear a life jacket in a boat?  We looked at the Bilingual book.  We read it allowed in English and Spanish. The children also practiced reading the book in English and Spanish. 

Science:  Discussed:  What have you seen sink in water?  What floats? We discussed what it means to sink or float.  The kids collected several items from the room to see if they would sink or float in the bucket of water.  They predicted what they thought might happen to the object before we put it in the water. 

Creative Development: Discussed:  Where do you like to go swimming?  Explained that many people swim where there is sand, like a beach.  Beaches come in all shapes and sizes.  We had each child tell the first letter in their names.  They told us what they liked to do when they swam.

Physical Development: Discussed: How do you move your body when you swim?  We all stood up and pretended to be swimming.  We did the butterfly stroke, back stroke, freestyle and more.  The children then laid on the floor and pretended to kick their feet like they were swimming.  

Show and Tell:  Each child was to bring an item that began with the same letter as their first name. They came up one at a time to discuss their item.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Outside play Center 2: Bilingual Book- The children colored the book and assembled it.  They then read the book together again. 

 

Monday: Sailboat

May 15, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

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

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  We reviewed what we learned Friday about Mother’s Day.  Today the children told me everything they  know about sailboats.  Fun facts:  A sailboat is a boat propelled partly or entirely by sails.  We looked at pictures of sailboats

Creative Development: Discussed:  What color sailboat would you like best?  We looked at the sailboats they will be making in afternoon centers.

Language and Literacy:   Discussed:  What have you seen in a lake?  We looked at some picture cards to learn new Spanish words.  Alligator-caiman (cah-e-mahn);  dog-perro (per-ro);  duck – pato (pah-to);  water- agua (a-kua); soap- jabon (hah-bo-ne);  rainbow-arco iris (ar-co ee-ris); cup- taza (tah-thah);  spoon- cuchara (coo-chah-rah)

Physical Development:  Discussed:  What shapes do you see on a sailboat?  We discussed what we needed to do to make a snack.  We had to wash our hands.  We then made a sailboat snack.  We used a hard boiled egg and cut it lengthwise.  We then took a pretzel stick and added a cheese cube to it.  We stuck the pretzel stick with cheese cube in the hardboiled egg to make a sailboat.  The kids each made their own and then they ate it up.

Science:  Discussed:  What items in nature do you think float like a boat?  We had a tub of water and we used items from nature to see if they would float or sink.  The children predicted what they thought might happen before we put the items in the water.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Outside play  Center 2: Soup Bowl Sailboat-The children will color the sails and bowl with marker.  They will then assemble their boats.    

 

Thursday: Fishing

May 9, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form.  Maggie 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. Maggie reviewed all the shapes, colors, and Sign Language words.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming: The children reviewed what we learned yesterday about Waterfalls.  Today the children told me everything they know about Fishing.  Fun facts:  Fish have been on the earth for more than 450 million years.  Fish were well established long before dinosaurs roamed the earth.  There are over 25,000 identified species of fish on the earth.  There are more species of fish than all the species of fish than all the species of amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals combined.  The largest fish is the great whale shark which can reach fifty feet in length.  The smallest fish is the Philippine Goby that is less than 1/3 of an inch when fully grown.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What do you think it would be like to catch a fish?  We looked at the Poetry Poster and read the Poem together several times.  We then acted the poem out and the kids loved this poem.  Poem:  1, 2,3,4,5  Once I caught a fish alive.  6,7,8,9,10  Then I let it go again.  Why did I let it go? Because it bit my finger so!  OUCH!!!  

Creative Development: Discussed:  What do you think is the hardest part about fishing.  We looked at the fish and poem that they will be decorating and putting on a stick to pretend to go fishing.  We acted the poem out using the fish on the fishing pole

Social and Emotional Development:  Discussed: How many fish have you caught?  Where did you keep them?  We had a folder game that we played.  Each child had a marker on the board.  We spun the spinner and looked at the color it landed on.  They moved to that color on the path.  If they landed on a number it had a + or – in front of the number they had to put that number of fish back in the water or collect that many fish. We played until we got to the finish circle.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  How big is the biggest fish you have seen?  We had a fishing pole with a pipe cleaner for a hook. Each child came up one at a time to catch the fish we made out of loops of paper.  Each child caught two fish and would tell which fish was bigger.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Outside play   Center 2: Mother’s Day gifts  Center 3:  Big Fish Art- The children took the pattern of the fish with the poem on it and decorated it.  They then attached it to a string and Popsicle stick. 

 

Wednesday: Waterfall

May 9, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

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

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the children learned about alligators.  Today the children told us everything they know about waterfalls. Fun facts:  Angel falls in Venezuela is the worlds tallest waterfall reaching up too 3, 212 ft.Victoria Falls is the largest waterfall in the world and is more than a mile long.  Waterfalls are found in the rain forest  little streams and in the city if the waterfall is man made.  

Physical Development:  Discussed:  How do you think a waterfall sounds?  We looked at the I Can Count project that they will be doing in afternoon centers.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What is the biggest waterfall you have seen?  The smallest?  We had a towel and washcloth and pretended they were a big and small waterfall.  We shook them and had the kids pretend to swim under the falls.  Explained that Angel Falls are the tallest falls in the world.  They are located in Venezuela.  We had the hands-on letters in a bag and had one child come up to pull one out.  They had to tell if it was a capital or lowercase letter.  They then shook the water fall (towel or washcloth) that matches the size of the letter.  We did this until each child had a turn.  

Social and Emotional Development:  Discussed:  What can you find in the water at the bottom of a waterfall?  We worked together to put a puzzle together.  I picked several children to come up and fit the pieces together. We then discussed the puzzle.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  What shapes have you seen around a waterfall?  Explained that some people travel down rivers and streams in canoes and kayaks.  Boats that are narrow in the front and back are easy to steer down the river and around any obstacles. We practiced drawing a diamond shape on the wipe off board.  They will be making a diamond in their Journals in afternoon centers.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Outside play/Legos & Birthday Ice Cream Cake with Mr. Rodney Center 2: My Little Journal-We went to the page with the diamond.  The children tried to draw a large diamond shaped-boat on the top of the page.  They told us what would happen to that boat if it gets to a waterfall. Center 3:  I Can Cut Project-The children cut the strips to make it look like a waterfall. they then glued on animals to the waterfall. 

 

Tuesday: Alligator

May 7, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form.  Maggie 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.  

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what we learned about Cinco de Mayo.  Today the children told me everything they know about Alligators.  Fun facts:  Male alligators on average are 13 feet long and weigh about 1, 000 pounds.  Females usually do not reach 10 feet.  Airplanes in America collide with an average of 1 alligator a year on runways.  Alligator’s jaw muscles used for biting (closing mouth) are very strong.  However, the muscles an alligator uses to open its mouth are weak–one can hold the jaw shut with bare hands or a piece of duck tape.  An alligator cannot move its tongue, and must raise its head to swallow.  To hatch, a baby alligator uses their egg tooth (at the tip of their jaw) to break the egg.  The eyes of a large alligator will glow red and those of a smaller one will glow green when a light is shined on them.  This fact can be used to find alligators in the dark.  

Creative Development: Discussed:  What animals begin with the letter A?  We looked at the alligator Art they will be making in afternoon centers.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  How does the lowercase “a” look like an apple?  We looked at the Letter Aa card and discussed what Aa says.  We then discussed words that begin with the letter Aa and looked in the dictionary to find more A words.  

Social Studies:  Discussed:  What are your teeth shaped like?  How are they similar to or different from an alligator’s teeth?  We learned the sign for Alligator.  Place one hand above the other with open, curved fingers.  Move hands together up and down like an alligator’s jaws.  We then sang a song and when we said “alligator” the children did the sign for the word.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  How many times do you chew your food?  Explained that an alligator doesn’t chew its food.  It bites off pieces or shreds it and swallows rocks to help break up the food.  We signed “alligator”.  Discussed how the sign is similar to the way on alligator’s teeth chomp together. We looked at the Hands-on number 1 and 9.  The children told me how to make the number 19 with those numbers.  We then counted out 19 rocks. I then had one child come up to count out 1 rock and another child come up to count out 9 rocks.  

Show and Tell:  Each child was to bring an item that begins with the letter “A”.  They came up one at a time to show that item and tell us about it. 

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Outside Play Center 2: Alligator Art- The children took a capital A pattern and turned it into an alligator by adding teeth, an eye and coloring it.  

 

Monday: Cinco de Mayo

May 6, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

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

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Discussed what the children know about Cinco de Mayo.  Fun facts:  The holiday celebrates an unexpected victory. The holiday actually celebrates the Mexican victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The Mexican army won the battle despite being smaller and ill-equipped. They celebrate by playing games, having parades, eating Mexican food, dancing and more. 

Social and Emotional Development:  Discussed:  What are some of the activities your family does at a party? Pinatas are common party activities in Mexico. 

Physical Development: Discussed:  What kind of games do you play with a ball?  The Balero is a ball and a cup game often played by children and adults in Mexico.  Each child got to play this game with the Baleros that we made out of bottles.  They have one to take home and play with as well.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  What is your favorite food?  Many Mexican meals include beans.  The most popular bean is the pinto bean. We had the numbers 1-5 written on 5 cards.  I laid them face down on the floor.  We also had the Spanish words for One – Five written on cards. I had one child at a time come up and pick a number card.  They had to tell me the number and then put that many beans on that card.  They then had to find the Spanish word for that number.  We lined the numbers up from smallest to biggest. 

Creative Development:  Discussed:  Do you wear special clothes to a family celebration?  Many people in the Mexican culture wear sombreros (hats) and will decorate them during a fiesta (party).  We looked at the sombreros that they will be making.  

Physical Development:  Discussed:  What kind of dips do you eat at a party?  Guacamole is a common dip, side dish and ingredient to Mexican meals.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Outside play/Legos Center 2: Sombrero Art-  The children will decorate their sombrero pattern any way desired.  They will then get to wear them around.  

Friday: Raft

May 3, 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 weather and found the day of the week in Spanish. He reviewed the colors, shapes, Sign Language and Spanish words. 

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what we learned about beavers.  Today the children told me everything they know about rafts.  Rafts can be inflatable or made out of wood or other materials.  They are all colors and shapes.  They are made for lots of people or only one person.

Social and Emotional Development:  Discussed:  When have you had to be responsible?  Discussed some safety rules that are important when you are at a river or lake.  For example, never swim alone, wear a life jacket and stay within limits.  Discussed all kinds of ways we can be responsible.  Each child got a Friendship Band saying, “I am Responsible”.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What is real and what is make-believe?  We looked at the images on the Look and Find Poster and discussed what was real and make-believe.  I picked the 4 children that were sitting the quietest  on their bottoms.  They came up one at a time to pick a Look and Find Glass.  They had to help me read it and follow the directions by using the Poster to help them answer the questions. Look and Find Glass 1:  Look and find a raft.  What else is the same color? Pretend to float on a raft.  Look and Find Glass 2:  Look and find a bubble.  What else is the same shape as a bubble? Pretend to pop bubbles in the air.  Look and Find Glass 3:  Look and find a shirt.  What else is on the clothesline?  Find something in the room that is the same color as your shirt.  Look and Find Glass 4:  Look and find a duck.  How many other animals do you see on the poster? Open and close your arms like a duck’s bill.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  What have you seen floating down a river? We looked at the Counting card.  The children told me the number: 19.  They then told me how to write the number 19. We also counted the shapes on the Counting card.

Physical Development:  Discussed:  What is your favorite color?  How many children like purple? We looked at the My Little Journal’s to see the purple page.  We discussed how they all drew a river and then made a purple raft to float on the river in afternoon centers this week.  

Show and Tell and Samuel Birthday:  Each child brought in 19 items and a Birthday card for Samuel.  They came up one at a time to count out their items.  After everyone was done with their 19 items.  Samuel came and sat on my lap and we read all his Birthday cards.  We had a sugar cookie birthday cake for Samuel after lunch.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Outside play 

 

Thursday: Beaver

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

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form.  Kade was not here yet so we did calendar together.  We added the number to the calendar, discussed the 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 rivers. Today the children told me every thing they know about Beavers.  Fun facts:  beavers weigh anywhere between 30-60 pounds and are 2-3 feet long, not including their tail.  Beavers’ front teeth never stop growing.  Beavers keep them from getting too long by their constant labor of chewing and gnawing.  They are experts in building dams, to create a safe and comfortable habitat for themselves.  They are skilled at working underwater.  Beavers ears and noses have valves that they can close before submerging themselves under water.  Their front teeth stick out of their closed mouths so they may work underwater without swallowing water.  Their tails are used as rudders.  They can remain underwater for 15 minutes.  These animals area active all winter, swimming and foraging in their ponds even when a layer of ice covers the surface.

Creative Development: Discussed:  What do you do with your teeth? Explained that beavers use their teeth to cut branches from trees and to throw small ones.  We looked at the Beaver Puppet they will be making.

Science: Discussed:  What colors have you seen in the water? We discussed what might happen when red and blue mix together.  We had blue water and red water.  We looked at different items through the water to see if they changed colors from the original color. We placed a piece of white paper behind the dish of water to see what color it looked like when we looked through the water.  Discussed how it looked different because of the water but doesn’t actually change the color when we take it away from that color.  I then poured the red water and some blue water into another bowl and we watched the colors blend and turn purple.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What do you need to float on water? We looked at the title of the book and told what the book was going to be about. “Floating or Sinking”.  We read the book and discussed as we read.  At the end of the story the children looked at different items to tell if they float, sink or can do both.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  How do beavers build their homes?  We looked at the foam shapes and discussed their colors and size.  I told the children we were going to sort them by Color AND Size.  The children came up one at a time to sort several pieces and stack them to build a dam.  

Show and Tell:  The children all brought in an item that was purple.  They came up one at a time to show their purple item and discuss. 

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Outside Play Center 2: Beaver Puppet-The children will add eyes, teeth and a face to the pattern.  They will then decorate the beavers tail and his belly on the bag.  They will glue or tape all the parts onto the bag to assemble their puppet.  

 

Wednesday: River

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

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form. We had April fly away until next year and then we flew the new month onto the board “May”.  Kade put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  He also found the month of the year in Spanish.  Kade reviewed all our colors, shapes, Spanish and Sign Language words.  

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  We discussed what this months lessons were going to be about.  This month they will be learning about water and things that go with water: Boats, Bubbles and Floats.  Today we learned about rivers and the children told me everything they knew about a river. Fun facts:  The longest river in the world is the Nile River, it reaches around 4132 miles in length.  The longest river in the USA is the Missouri River, stretching around 2, 340 miles in length.  Rivers have many uses including: fishing, bathing, transport, rafting and swimming among others.  Most of the world’s major cities are located near the banks of rivers.  A river is a natural course of water, usually freshwater, flowing toward an ocean, a lake, a sea or another river.  All rivers start at the highest point in the area called the source.  As it flows downstream, it gains more water from other streams, rivers, springs, rainfall, and other water sources.  Rivers have been a source of food since pre-history.

Creative Development: Discussed:  What have you found in a river? We looked at the river art collage they will be making in afternoon centers.  

Social Studies: Discussed:  Is there a river in your city? What is its name? I placed their name tags on a blanket face down.  I had one child come jump in the “river” on the blanket and pick a name tag.  They held that name up so all the children could see it.  If the child recognized his or her name then they came up and jumped in the river to grab another name tag to hold up.  We helped the little guys read their name.  We did this until all children had a chance to jump in the river and get a name tag.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  What shapes have you seen in or near a river?  We had a shape in the Mystery Envelope and each child tried to predict what shape was in there.  I then gave the children clues to see if they could narrow down their prediction to the correct shape.  Clues:  I have four sides and four points.  A jewel shares my name.  A baseball infield is shaped like me.  What shape am I?  

Science:  Discussed:  How do you think rivers are made?  Rivers are like water paths. Most rivers are hidden underground.  Excess water from lakes or springs finds grooves and flows.  We had a large bucket of sand.  The children made grooves in the sand with their fingers.  We then poured  water in the grooves to watch them flow.  

Show and Tell: The children were all to bring in a diamond shape item.  They came up one at a time to tell us about the item that they brought and why they brought it.

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

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Outside play Center 2: Name tags- The children practiced writing their names.   Center 3:  River Collage Art-  We soaked white paper towel in a blue water.  It was supposed to turn it blue but didn’t quite work out right.  They drew a river on yellow paper with markers.  They then added trees, flowers and anything they wanted.  They tore the paper towel into pieces.  They glued the blue pieces onto their river to represent the water. 

 

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