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Thursday: Bird

Sep 26, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form. Lucas put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  He reviewed our colors, shapes, Spanish, Sign Language and Sight words (it, is, a).

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what they learned about cats.  Today the children told me everything they know about birds.    Where do birds live?  Fun facts:  Some bird species are intelligent enough to create and use tools.  Hummingbirds can fly backwards.  There are around 10,000 different species of birds worldwide.  The chicken is the most common species of birds.  Birds have feathers, wings, lay eggs and are warm blooded.  They have hollow bones which help them fly.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed: What color would you want to be if you were a bird? Explained that all birds have feathers that make up the colors you see on a bird.  The children then flew to something in the room that is the color they would like their feathers to be.  We went to the My Little Journals- The kids are drawing a yellow bird on the back page in afternoon centers.

Mathematics and Reasoning:   Discussed: What part of your body is similar to the size of a bird? We passed the feathers around and had the children compare the size of the feathers to their feet or other body parts.  Discussed how the feathers felt. We discussed which feather was the smallest and which one was the largest .  We then put them in order from smallest to largest and largest to smallest.

Social and Emotional Development:  Discussed: How do birds talk?  Explained that most birds have a unique call or song according to their bird type.  Some birds can copy the sounds they hear.  I had one child stand up and say their full name.  The other children repeated his/her name.  We continued this with all the children.  Some of the kids don’t know their full names.  We then had the children say something so we could copy them, this is called “parroting”.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed: What pets do you like to play with outside? What might happen if you took a bird outside to play?  We discussed what Bilingual is.  I then read a book that was Bilingual.  The children helped me read the book in English and in Spanish.

Social Studies:  Discussed: How do you take care of a pet bird?  Explained that when you have a pet and you help take care of it, you show a loving behavior.  I had the children work together to gather toys and build a nest. They built a huge nest and Gretchen sat in the middle “chirping”.  We discussed how they were loving by working together and making a nice large nest for a bird.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Outside play Center 2: My Little Journal-The children will draw a yellow bird on the back page of the journal.  (Mother Goose Times messed up the lessons this month with the journals so we had to put it on a different page).    Center 3:  Bilingual Book- The children will color the pages, punch them out and assemble the book in order.   Center 4: My Little Journal- The children will go to the back page and draw a path to help each pet find his home.  

 

Tuesday: Dog

Sep 24, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form.   Lucas 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 the children learned about keeping friends. Today the children told us what they know about dogs?  Discussed: How do dogs show their feelings?

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed:  How do you take care of a pet?  Explained  that when your family has a pet, everyone has to work together to take care of it.  We looked at the puzzle pieces and I choose a child to come up and find the piece that fit with my piece.  I then picked children sitting the best to come up one at a time and find a piece of the puzzle and fit it to the other pieces.  Once the puzzle was put together, we looked at the picture that it made and discussed.

Creative Development: Discussed: How would you feel if your puppy was lost? We looked at the craft they will be making in afternoon centers.  We used the puppy shaker as a lost puppy. I had the children hide their eyes and I hid the puppy!  The children had to help me find my lost puppy.  We did this several times because the children loved helping me find my lost puppy. 

Language and Literacy :   Discussed: What tricks can a dog do?   We read the script to the children.  We then picked 3 children to come up and be part of the story.  We read the script again and acted out the story.

Physical Development:  Discussed: How do you care for a dog?  Explained that dogs not only need food and water, but they also need love, exercise and chew toys.  Many people give dogs bones to chew on.  We looked at the Hands-on letter T.  The children told me what letter it was.  We then discussed words that begin with T.  We looked at the My Little Journal T page and the children will be practicing their T.  Each child came up one at a time to practice writing the Capital and Lowercase Tt.  

Show and Tell:  The children all brought in an item that begins with the letter T.  They came up one at a time to show their item, tell us about it and discuss why they brought it.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Outside Play Center 2: Puppy Shaker-The children will be using markers to decorate the cardboard tube.  They will then add ears and a face to the puppy. They can then hide their puppy or make music with their puppy.    Center 3:  My Little Journal- The children will practice making their capital and lowercase Tt’s.  They will then draw a puppy on the page and make a giant T bone for it to eat.   

 

Monday: Keeping Friends

Sep 23, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form.  Lucas is the new calendar boy for this week.  He found the numbers for the calendar and put all 3 of them on.  He discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  He reviewed our colors, shapes, Spanish and Sign Language words.  

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what we learned about Pen Pals.   Today the children told me how they could be a good friend.

Mathematics and Reasoning:   Discussed:  How can you be kind to your friend when you are playing a game?  We played a folder game together.  We had the children work together to deliver the letters to the correct house.  The children would draw a card and tell us the color and number on the letter.  If they didn’t know it their friends would help them.  They then drove the letter down the windy road to get the the matching house. We clapped for everyone after they delivered the mail.  

Social and Emotional Development:  Discussed:  How do you help keep your friends healthy when you are sick?  Explained that it is important to wash hands to keep germs away from your friends. I put some glitter on my hand to represent germs.  I had one child come up and shake  my hand.  I then shook everyone else’s hands.   The children kept noticing that the germs from my hand were getting on their hands.  We talked about when we touch things or other people we will get germs from them.  We have to wash our hands to clean the germs off.  Explained that germs spread fast when hands are not washed.  We all went to the bathroom and washed our hands with soap and water and watched the germs disappear.  

Social Studies:  Discussed:  How many friends would you invite to a party?  Explained that during many holiday celebrations around the world, there are parades where the country flag is carried and proudly displayed.  Many people participate in parades.  We looked at the flag they will be making in afternoon centers. 

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What could you give a friend to show you care? Explained that all you need to give a friend is your time.  It is nice to just go for a walk, play together outside, or do something you both enjoy.  We looked at the My Little Journals and discussed how we can draw a picture of us playing with our friend outside.  I took the children on a walk to find yellow and green things in nature.  They will glue these onto the yellow page in the Journals in afternoon centers.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Outside play Center 2: My Little Journal- The children will draw a picture of them playing with a friend on the yellow page. They will then glue on yellow and green nature objects to show that they are outside.    Center 3:  Flag Art- The children will make their own flag.  They are going to cut out strips of red paper and glue to the flag pattern.  They will then use paint to dip their fingers in and make the stars.    

 

Friday: Pen Pals

Sep 20, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form.  The children told me what number to put on the calendar.  We discussed the pattern, weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  Reviewed our Spanish, Sign Language, colors and shapes.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the children learned yesterday about neighbors.  Today the children learned about Pen Pals.  They were not sure what that was so we discussed.  We discussed who has sent the children mail before.

Creative Development:  Discussed:  Where is your mailbox?  We looked at the mailboxes that the children made in the afternoon centers.  We discussed how to use the mailbox flag and stuff.  The children then watched the mailman deliver our mail.  We all went out together to get the mail.  We then looked at the mail to see who it was for and what it was.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed: Where could you send a letter?   We looked at the World Map and explained that mail goes all over the world.  I had each child come up one at a time and take the A pointer.  They then closed their eyes and pointed the pointer at somewhere on the map.  When they opened their eyes they showed us the A’s that they were near.  We then read all the words and noticed that we could find A’s all over the world.

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed: Have you ever received mail from someone? We had one container that had the word “yes” and one container with the word “no”.  The children read the words.  I then held up an item and choose one child to tell me if it was something they could mail or not?  They came up and put it in the yes container if they could mail it and put it in the no container if they could not mail it.  We had toys, letters, grass, leaves, pine needles, and more.

Physical Development: Discussed: Where does fruit come from?  Explained that some fruit that we eat  is shipped in the mail.  We discussed the fruits we ship or can find here.  We discussed the food groups and found where the apple goes on our food group plate.

 Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Legos

 

Thursday: Neighbors

Sep 19, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

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

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the children learned about School Friends.  Today the children discussed their neighbors and who lives near them.

Physical Development:   Discussed: Who lives in the home next to your home?   We looked at the Hands-on Letter Aa.  Discussed the sounds that A makes.  The children told me all the words that they could think of that start with the letter A.  We then looked in the dictionary to find more A words.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed: What animals are in your neighborhood?  Explained that bugs can be found everywhere.  I showed the children how to make the capital and lowercase letter Aa on the wipe off board.  Each child came up one at a time to write the capital and lowercase letters on the board.  We discussed how Ant starts with A.  We looked at their My Little Journals and discussed how we will be practicing writing our letters and then drawing an ant hill.  

Creative Development: Discussed:  What can you do for a neighbor who is sick or in need?  We discussed all their ideas.  We talked about making a card.  The children will be using fabric bags this afternoon to keep their cards and money in.

Social and Emotional Development:  Discussed: What kinds of events happen in your neighborhood?  Explained that many people have yard sales at their homes.  During a yard sale, a person sells items that he no longer needs or wants.  We had some items for sale.  The children had to tell what the item is and then tell how much it costs.  I then had them come up one at a time and buy the items by counting out that many dollars.

Social Studies:  Discussed: What can you see on a map?  We looked at the World Map and explained that all the blue areas on the map are water and the other colors are land.  We found the United States on the map and looked at our flag. Discussed how all the country’s have different looking flags.  We named some of the states in the United States of America.We found where Indiana is located on the World Map.

Show and Tell:  The children brought something in that begins with the letter A.  Each child came up one at a time to tell us about their item and discuss how it starts with the letter A.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Outside play Center 2: My Little Journal-The children will practice writing the capital and lowercase Aa. They will then draw one large A on the page as the ant hill.  The kids will dip their finger in the ink and make ants going up and down the hill.  They will then add legs to the ants.  Center 3:  Neighbor Art- The children will decorate a fabric bag and then use it to store their money and greeting cards.   

 

Wednesday: School Friends

Sep 19, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

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

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what we learned about making friends.  Today the children told about what they would do with a friend at school?

Language and Literacy:  Discussed: How could you help a friend whose crayon broke?  We looked at the front cover of the Participation Story and read the title, “The Broken Yellow Crayon”.  The children predicted what they thought the story would be about. We then read the story together and followed the suggestions to have the children participate.  After we read, the children answered questions.

Creative Development: Discussed:  When have you shared a snack with a friend?  We discussed how to lace up the apples that they will be making in afternoon centers.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  How many boys are in this room? Girls?  We looked at the green wand and discussed the color.  When we shook it, the children wearing green would stand up and shake.  We had them sit back down.  We looked at the yellow color wand.  When we wiggled that color the children wearing yellow stood up and wiggled.  Discussed:  Does anyone have on both colors?  Does anyone have neither color on today?  Counted how many kids had Green and Yellow on and how many did not and discussed more and less.  

Show and Tell:  The children all were to wear Green and Yellow.  We used this with our Math activity above.  We discussed all the questions above and they showed all their green and yellow things off to the class.  

Science:  Discussed:  What do you talk about with your friends?  We added rice and metal objects into a bottle and secured  the lid on with glue.  The children took turns holding the bottle and moving it slow.  What is in it?  The children brainstormed ways to get the metal parts out of the rice without opening the bottle.  The children then took turns rubbing the magnetic wand along the bottle to see what happened.  They discussed what objects move with the wand and which stay in place?

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Outside play Center 2: Lacing Apple- the children colored the apple pattern.  They then practiced lacing it using the yarn.  This is difficult for them to do.   

 

Tuesday: Making Friends

Sep 17, 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.  Added the number to the calendar, discussed the pattern and discussed the weather.  Found the day of the week in Spanish.  Reviewed our color (green), shape (circle), Sign Language (more), Spanish words for dog, grandma, school, boy.  

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what we learned yesterday about being mad.  Today the children told me who their friend is.  

Social and Emotional Development: Discussed:  How do you show your friend that you care about her?  We learned the Sign for Friend.  The children held up their index fingers on both hands and pretended they are friends.  Explained that many friends hug each other.  They connected their fingers as if they are giving each other a hug.  We helped each child make thier index fingers hug.  We practiced this sign several times.  

Creative Development:  Discussed:  How do you look similar to your friends?  How do you look different?  We looked at the Friend craft they will be doing in afternoon centers.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What games do you play with your friends?  We all sat in a circle and played “Duck,Duck, Goose”.  We used the yellow wand to tap the children’s heads.  The children would say “Yellow, Yellow, Sun” instead of the original version. When we tapped a head and said “sun” then they chased each other around the circle.  We played this until all the children had a turn.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  When have you shared your toys?  We looked at each Story Sequence Card and discussed what was happening on each card.  We then put the Story Sequence Cards in order.  I then had Thomas and Jonathon act out the story.  

Show and Tell:  The children all brought in a yellow stuffed animal.  I had them come up one at a time to show their stuffed animals and discuss why they brought it.  We also found all the yellow on the stuffed animal.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Outside play  Center 2: Colorful Friends Art-They used yarn to glue on for the hair.  They then decorated their people patterns as their friends. They had them hold hands by putting a brass fastener in their hands.  Center 3:  Mailbox Art-the children drew a picture of someone that they know and they then colored the mailbox pattern.  They worked on assembling the mailbox by adding the flag with a brass fastener and taping the mailbox.  They added the picture to the mailbox to pretend to send and receive  mail.  

 

Monday:What Makes Me Mad?

Sep 16, 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 calendar boy for this week but he is on vacation this week, so we will be doing calendar together.  We discussed the pattern on the calendar and put the numbers on the calendar.  We reviewed the color, shape, Spanish and Sign Language words.  We discussed the weather.  

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the kids talked about on Friday.  Today the children told me what makes them feel mad?  

Social and Emotional Development:  Discussed: What colors do you think of when you feel mad?  We  looked at the postcard and looked at the faces on the card and discussed the feelings.  Discussed how the kids would draw a picture of something that would make them feel the same way as the picture.  They will then have us help them write down what makes them feel that way. 

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed: What makes you feel better when you are mad?  We had some riddles.  I read the clues one by one and we discussed what we thought could be in the treasure chest.  The clues helped the children narrow down the item.  I had one child come up to unlock the treasure chest with a key when they guessed the object.  Riddle 1:  I have 4 legs and a tail.  You may hear me bark or growl.  I started out as a puppy.  What am I?  (Dog)  Riddle 2: I have 4 legs and a tail.  You may hear me purr or meow.  I started out as a kitten. What am I? (cat)

Physical Development:  Discussed: What do people say when they are mad? How do these words hurt? What words would be helpful? Explained that fruit salad has many different types of fruit, just like a family has many different types of people.  When we work together we can keep feelings from getting hurt.  The children told me what we needed to do to prepare our area to make a fruit salad.  We discussed all the fruit that we have to make the salad.  We then cut it and made our own fruit salad to share.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed: What have you seen others do to control their tempers when they get mad?  Explained that sometimes just counting to ten can help you feel better when you are mad.  We counted together to 10 and discussed if we felt more relaxed when we were done.  We looked at their My Little Journals and discussed how they will be drawing 10 mad faces or 10 happy faces in their journal this afternoon.

Show and Tell: The children brought in 10 items.  They came up one at a time to count out the items.  We discussed if they had 10 items or more or less.  We then helped them figure out how to get 10 items in their bags. 

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Outside Play Center 2: Postcards-The children will draw beside each feeling what makes them feel that way: happy, sad, surprised, mad.  They then had the teachers help them write what they drew about.  Center 3:  My Little Journal- The children will go to the page with 10 on it and draw 10 happy faces or 10 mad faces.  They will then practice writing the number 10.  

 

Friday: What Makes Me Surprised?

Sep 13, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form.   Thomas put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of  the week in Spanish.  He reviewed the color, shape, Spanish words (boy, grandma, dog, school) and Sign Language word (more). 

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what we learned about what makes us sad.  Today the children told us What makes them surprised.

Science:  Discussed:  Where do you put your trash?  Explained that garbage trucks take trash to be buried in big holes called dumps.  If you recycle some of your garbage, it gets used again to make new products.  We had three bins set up so the children could recycle items depending on what they are. One bin was for paper/cardboard, another bin for glass/cans and the third bin was for plastic.  The children came up one at a time and decided what it was made out of and which bin it belonged in.  We did this until all the items were recycled.  We then colored our Eco Kids Badge in centers to remind them to recycle.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  What surprises you?  We looked at the pattern guide and discussed the present and spider.  We talked about how they could surprise us.  They children then helped continue the pattern: spider, present,  spider, present.  We  then came up with harder patterns: spider, present, present, spider, present, present.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What do you think a surprise party is?  We looked at our Rebus Reader and discussed the title, “The Surprise Party”.  We looked at the picture cards and when I held that card up while I read the children would say the word.  They helped me read the story using the pictures for clues on the words.  I then asked questions after we read to check for comprehension.  Questions:  Why was the cat sad?  (everyone forgot his birthday)  What did the dog give the cat?  (bone)  Why was the cat happy at the end of the story?  (The animals had a surprise birthday party for the cat)

Creative Development: Discussed:  Do you have toys that surprise you?  I had the children go hide around the room.  I counted to 10. When I said “10” they all jumped out and surprised me!!  We did this several times because they were having so much fun.  We then looked at the Peek-a-Boo Surprise Art and I had it jump and surprise the kids.  I showed them how they could surprise their parents with this craft.  

Physical Development: Discussed:  What does your face look like when you feel surprised?  Discussed the shape of our face, mouth and eyes when we are surprised.  We Looked at My Little Journal and went to the circle page.  We drew a Surprise face on that page.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Outside play Center 2: Eco Kids Badge- The children colored their badge to remind them to recycle.  Center 3:  My Little Journal- The children went to the page with the circle on it.  They drew a large circle to make one big face.  They then added the facial features to make the face “surprised”.

 

Thursday: What Makes Me Sad?

Sep 12, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form. Thomas was not here today so we did calendar together.  We put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish. We reviewed the Sign Language, color, and shape.  

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what we learned about what we are scared of?  Today the children told us what makes them feel sad?  

Social and Emotional Development:  Discussed:  What makes you feel better when you are sad? We read the word printed on the Gosling “Loving”.  Discussed what it means to be a loving friend.  For example, when you help others feel better, that is a loving thing to do.  The children then made some sad faces.  One child gently tapped or hugged each child.  After that the children made happy faces.  We did this until all the children were smiling.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  How do animals show they are sad?    We read the I Can Read book.  We learned new sight words: a, it, is!  We discussed our sight words and practiced reading them.  We then read the story again and all the children made sad faces.  When they heard a sight word they would make a happy face.  Each child came up one at a time to circle the sight words in the book.  

Creative Development: Discussed:  What makes a baby sad?  We held a baby doll and pretended it was crying.  Explained that sometimes a baby cries when he is tired.  We discussed what letter “tired” starts with.  We repeated, “Tip toe T, baby is asleep”.  The children moved around the room on their tip toes.  We discussed other words that begin with the letter T.  We also looked in the dictionary for more T words. 

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  How do you feel when you lose something?  We looked at the two Hands-on Number 1.  The children then counted as high as they could count.  The children told us how to make 11 using the two hands-on Number 1’s. We then counted to 11. We then looked at the Hands-on Number 1 and 0.  The children told me how to make a 10.  We counted to 10.  We counted 10 blocks and then 11 blocks.  Discussed how they were one number apart.  

Physical Development: Discussed:  What happens when you are sad?  We placed the Counting Cards on the floor.  The children took turns putting the Foam Shapes on the Counting Cards until they are both full.  We then counted the shapes to find the total.  The children learned how to write the number 11 and 10. They came up one at a time to practice writing the numbers on the wipe off board.

Show and Tell:  Each child brought in 11 items.  They came up one at a time and counted their objects to ten and then to eleven.  We discussed if they had the correct amount or if they needed more or less.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Outside Play Center 2: My Little Journal-  The children went to the  page with 11 on it.  They dipped their finger in paint and let it drip, like a tear drop on the paper.  They counted the drips and got to 10.  They then drew the last tear drop with a crayon.    Center 3:  I Can Read book-  The children went through and circled the sight words: a, it, is.  They then colored the pages.   

 

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