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Friday: Barn

Oct 11, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form. Lily was not here again today so we did calendar together. We found the number for the calendar, discussed the weather and pattern.  The children found the day of the week in Spanish.  They reviewed the colors (green, yellow, red); shapes (circle, triangle); Spanish (dog, school, grandma, boy, barn, cow, pig, tractor); Sign Language (more, thank you, friend); and the sight words (it, is, a, stop, go, my, we).

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what we learned about potatoes.  Today the children told me everything they know about Barns. Children told me what they would keep in their barn if they had one.  Fun facts:  The first recorded round barn in the United States belonged to George Washington, our first president.  Farmers added rust (ferrous oxide) to the oil mixture that they used to paint their barns .  Rust was plentiful on farms and is a poison to many fungi, including mold and moss, which were known to grow on barns.  These fungi would trap moisture in the wood, increasing decay.  Older barns were built from timbers.  In older barns, the upper area was used to store hay and sometimes grain.  There are many different types of barns that each have different purposes such as; Apple barn or fruit barn-for storage of fruit crops; combination barn-used for both crops and animals; granary barn-to store grain. 

Social and Emotional Development:  Discussed: Would you rather sleep at night or in the day?  I had the animal cards from the story.  The children looked at each card and told me the animal, we then looked at how to spell that animal name.  I passed the cards out to each child.  Gretchen made a bed on the floor with a pillow and blanket.  The children would come up when their animal was talked about in the Rebus Reader.  They would lay on the bed and help me read their part in the story!  We discussed the title of the Rebus Reader, “Who Sleeps here?”  The children predicted what they thought the story would be about.    We read the story and the children acted it out!  The children answered questions to check for comprehension:  What was Owl looking for? (some place to play)  Who sleeps in the stable? (horse) Who sleeps in the barn? (cow) Who sleeps in the coop? (chicken) Who sleeps in the mud? (pig) Where did the Raccoon sleep?  (he didn’t he likes to play at night with the owl)  Where did the Owl go to play?  (He went to the forest and played with the Raccoon.)

Language and Literacy:  Discussed: What words do you know that begin with the letter C? We discussed the letter C again and that it is a borrower.  It borrows the S and K sounds.  It will say the K sound when an (a, o, u) come after it and it will say the S sound when (i, e, y) comes after it.  There are exceptions to this rule but most of the words follow it.  We talked about how the C likes to see: a, o, u because he is round like they are.  He hisses like S at the i, E, y because they are stick letters and he doesn’t look like them.   We wrote words to go with these letters.  The children will do another C page in afternoon centers.  

Creative Development: Discussed: What would you do if you lived in a barn?  We looked at the Barn Art they did the other day in afternoon centers.  I changed the wheel on the barn to an animal.  I picked one child to come up and find that matching animal.  We did this until we found all the matching animals to the wheel.  

Social Studies:  Discussed: What might a farmer grow or keep in a barn near your town?  We had fruits and vegetables to show and the children told me what they were and if they could be grown locally or not.  We looked at the Eco Kids Badge to remind them to buy their fruits and veggies from local farmers.

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

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Outside Play Center 2: My Little Journal- The children went to the other C page and drew a large C on the page.  They then traced it with glue and used glitter to represent corn.  They made a barn door out of red paper and taped it over the C.  They can then open the barn door to look at the Corn.  

 

Thursday: Potato

Oct 10, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

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

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the children learned about wheat.  Today the children told me everything they know about potatoes.  Discussed if they like to eat potatoes.  Fun facts:  Potatoes, also called spuds, are vegetables that are grown in the ground.  Potatoes are used to make mashed potatoes (which we had for lunch today), baked potatoes, french fries, hash browns, tater tots, and potato chips.  There are thousands of different types, sizes, and shapes of potatoes such as Russet, Yukon Gold, Kennebec, and Fingerling.  In 1995, the potato was the first vegetable grown in space.

Physical Development:  Discussed: What do you think a potato plow is?  I wrote the word “stop” on a wipe off board.  The children told me the letters and sounds as I wrote them. We sounded this word out.  I then wrote “go”, the children sounded that out and told me the letters.  We repeated these words when I held them up with the board.  I then had the children stand back against the wall and pretend to drive a tractor pulling a potato plow.  I showed them either “stop” or “go” and they would move or not move forward.  We did this until they reached me at the chair.  We then learned the sight words: my, we!  We practiced saying all 4 sight words: stop, go, we, my!  The children helped me read the I Can Read book because they read the sight words in the sentences.  They did a wonderful job reading the book.  I then had them come up one at a time to find the word “go” and circle it.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed: If you planted a garden, how can you remember where you planted different seeds?  We looked at the hands-on Letter X.  Discussed the letter.  Explained that some farmers make signs or use symbols to mark their fields.  I had the children cover their eyes and I hid a paper potato and put an X near it so they could find the potato.  They had to go find the X and then look under or by it to find the potato.  They loved doing this. 

Social and Emotional Development:  Discussed: When you do say, ” Thank you?”  I gave the Gosling to Maggie and she told me “Thank you”.  We then sang a song and passed the Gosling around while they sang the “Thank you” song.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed: How many potatoes do you think could fit in this pot?  We looked at the counting card and discussed the number “20”.  We counted to 20 in English and Spanish.  We then counted how many potatoes we put in the large pot.  We discussed if we could fit more in the pot or not.  We discussed how to write the number 20.

Show and Tell:  The children were to bring in 20 item.  Each child came up one at a time to count out their items. We discussed if they had enough, too many or too few and made the proper corrections.  Thomas and Lucas brought in food that they could share with their friends.  After they counted they figured out that each friend got 4 pieces of the food to eat. 

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Outside play Center 2: I Can Read book-  The children will find the word “go” and circle it.  They will then draw their favorite barn animal on the last page of the book.  They can take the books home and practice the sight words at the end of the book by putting them on craft sticks.  Center 3:  Barn Art-The children will decorate the barn and color the animals.  They will then attach the wheel behind the barn using the brass fastener.  They can then turn the wheel to show an animal and find that matching animal that they colored. Center 4: Farming Badges-The children colored the badge for Friday lesson!

 

Wednesday:Wheat

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

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

Fun Facts/Brainstorming: We reviewed what the children learend about tractors.  Today the children discussed what they know about wheat.  Fun facts:  Wheat is grown all over the world in many different countries.  Wheat is used for making cookies, breads, cereals, pastas, and crackers.  Wheat provides more nourishment for people than any other food source.  It is a member of the grass family that produces a dry one-seeded fruit called a kernel.  Wheat was first planted in the United States in 1777 as a hobby crop.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed: How have you helped in the kitchen?  We looked at the story pieces and each child got one.  We read the participation story, “Gwen the Red Hen”.  While we read the children would listen for their character and hold it up when we read that in the story.  After reading we asked questions for comprehension. 

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed: What is your favorite animal noise?  We looked at the matching cards and discussed if they were animals or not animals.  We sorted them into two piles.  The children then pretended to be one of the animals that they picked from the cards.  They would make the sound of that animal and graze in the fields. The children would go around trying to find another child that is making the same sound they were.

Physical Development:  Discussed: What do you put butter on?  Explained that some dairy products are made when you mix, stir and shake.  The children got up and twirled around to pretend to be stirred milk.  They then jumped up and down to be a milkshake.  We thought of other ways to mix, stir and shake and invented other movements to represent each.  We then made butter.  We used heavy whipping cream and put it in a container.  The children had to keep shaking it while we finished lessons and it turned into butter.  We then got to try the butter on crackers.

Creative Development: Discussed: What ingredients are in bread? The children counted the stalks of wheat on the bread and wheat sheet.  We showed them this craft for afternoon centers.

Science:  Discussed: What color is a hen’s comb?  The children went and touched something in the room the same color as the hen’s comb (red).  We looked in their My Little Journal’s at the red page.  Miss Peyton picked a child to come up so that she could trace one of their hands.  She then turned that into the Hen’s head. Their hand is the comb on the hen.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Outside Play  Center 2: My Little Journal- The children went to the red page and traced one of their hands. They colored it red.  They then put a circle under that to make the head of the Hen and added a beak. They then glued on grass or flour to feed the hen.  Center 3:  Wheat Bread Art-  The children cut the wheat for the bread and glued it on the bread picture.  They then glued on glitter to pretend it was whole grains.  

 

Tuesday: Tractor

Oct 8, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

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

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the kids learned about pigs.  Today the children told us everything they know about tractors.  Why do you think tractors have big wheels?  Fun Facts:  In other countries, the word “tractor” usually means “farm tractor”. The first powered farm tractors were steam engines on wheels.  The first successful built tractor was built in 1902.  There are lots of injuries related to tractors.  The most common use of the term “tractor” is for the vehicles used on farms.

Creative Development:  Discussed: How are tractor wheels similar to bicycle wheels? How are they different?  We looked at the Tractor Art they will be doing in afternoon centers.

Physical Development:  Discussed: What kind of farm work would you like to do?  We looked at a flashlight.  We turned it on and off.  We then removed the batteries and turned it on. The children told me what happened.  Explained that sometimes things are taken apart and then need to be put back together again. We put the batteries back in and the light still didn’t work.  We discussed why that might be because the batteries were put in wrong.  The children then helped us put together a puzzle.  They came up one at a time to fit a piece to the puzzle. Once the puzzle was together we discussed the picture.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed: What have you seen on a farm?  We looked at the Photo Cards and discussed them.  They learned how to say those words in Spanish.  We had a race to see who could say it in Spanish the fastest. We practiced them several times.  Barn-granero–“gran-e-ro”;  Cow- vacca–“va-ca”;  Pig-cerdo–“ser-doh”; Tractor-tractor–“trac-tor”.

Mathematics and Reasoning?  Discussed: What has wheels on it?  We had two circles on paper that we painted. The children told us which one was the biggest and which one was the smallest.  We then used those circles to turn into something with wheels.  The children will make their own in afternoon centers.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Outside play  Center 2: Moving Tractor Art-the children will paint the tractor pattern green.  They will then tear tissue paper and glue that to the tractor.  They will add the wheels on with brass fasteners and then tape it to a Popsicle stick.  Center 3:  Wheels Art-  The children will use a circular item to stamp two circles with paint.  One big circle and one small circle.  They will then turn it into something with wheels.

 

Monday: Pigs

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

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form.  Lily is the new calendar and meteorologist for this week.  She didn’t want to put the numbers on the calendar so we did that for her.  She did find the day of the week in Spanish and discussed the weather.  We reviewed the pattern on the calendar.  Lily reviewed the colors, shapes, Spanish, Sign Language and sight words.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the children learned about seeds on Friday.  Today the children told us everything they know about pigs!  They told us where they have seen pigs before.  Fun facts:  A pig’s snout is an important tool for finding food in the ground and sensing the world around them.  Like humans, pigs are omnivores, meaning they eat both plants and other animals.  Pigs are intelligent animals.  They have excellent sense of smell.  There are around 2 billion pigs in the world.  Humans farm pigs for meat such as pork, bacon and ham.  Some people like to keep pigs as pets.  Wild pigs (boars) are often hunted in the wild.  In some areas of the world, wild boars are the main source of food for tigers.  

 Physical Development: Discussed: What kind of trails do you like to follow? We looked at the I Can Write sheet and discussed the trails on sheet. We showed the children how to follow the trail with their pencil very carefully!  We talked about not falling off the trail or the alligator would eat us,  

Social and Emotional Development: Discussed: What thing do animals do that people shouldn’t? Explained that animals do not have manners, but people should.  We learned the sign for “Thank you”.  Thank you-Put your open hand near your lips.  Move your hand out and down in the direction of the person you are thanking.  Each child practiced doing this sign.  We then passed a child an eraser and that child would need to sign “Thank you”.  Each child passed it to another child and that child would tell them ” Thank you” by signing it.

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed: What goes with a pig?  We had pairs of cards and placed on on the floor face up.   We held the matching pair.  The child came up and would draw from our hands.  They then had to decide which card went with it. These were harder for the children to decide what went with that card,   Examples; “pig” went with the “pig pen”;” horse” went with “horse shoe”; “seeds” went with the “garden”; “tomato can” went with the “tomato plant”; “cow” went with the “milk”.  When the child picked the card and found the pair they told us why they thought that went with each other.  This was a little more difficult for them to do.

Science:   Discussed:  What do you think a pig eats?  We had several items from nature in a bag.  The children came up one at a time to feel what was in the bag without looking.  They described how it felt; soft, hard, bumpy, etc.  After everyone had a chance to feel the items, they guessed what they thought it was.  We pulled the items out and discussed if the pig would eat it or not.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What body parts do pigs have?  Explained that pigs have small thin tails that seem to be curly.  We looked at the letter Cc. We showed the children how to write this letter.  The children came up one at a time to practice making a capital and lowercase C on the board.  They then also practiced making the letters on the I Can Write sheet and in the Journals.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Outside play/Legos Center 2: My Little Journal- The children will practice making capital and lowercase C’s.  They will then make curly tails all over the page and notice the C in the curly tail.    Center 3:  I Can Write sheet-The children will trace the paths between the set of illustrations.  They will then practice writing the Capital and Lowercase C. 

 

Friday: Planting Seeds

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

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

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the children learned about chickens.  Today the children told me what they know about seeds.  What kinds of seeds have they seen?  Discussed what we do to plant seeds?

Creative DevelopmentDiscussed: How big is a seed?  Every child got a wipe off board.  They each drew one seed on the board.  I called them up one at a time to bring up their board. We compared their seed with my seed and then compared them with all the seeds everyone drew.  We discussed if it was bigger or smaller.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  Do you prefer to read in the morning, afternoon or night?  Explained that having a farm is a lot of work, but there is also time to relax.  We looked at the book, “There’s a Cow in My House.”  We discussed the concepts of print: front cover, back cover, author, illustrator, title page.  The children predicted what they thought the story was going to be about by the title.  We read the story and then discussed.  Asked questions, after reading the story to check for comprehension.  

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed: How do you take care of a seed?   We looked at the Pattern Guide and discussed the pattern. The children continued the pattern by adding the correct picture.  I then changed the pattern and the children continued that as well.  

Science: Discussed:  How can too much sun hurt seeds?  How can too much water hurt seeds?  Discussed the different weather that is good or bad for seeds.

Social and Emotional Development:  Discussed:  How can you help others by planting seeds? We looked at their My Little Journals with the 12 on it.  Discussed how they will draw themselves and a friend on the page.  Explained that when you plant seeds, the food that grows can help feed others.  Discussed how the garden we grew at daycare fed other people.  We then discussed if one child on the page made six dots with paint and the other child made 6 then how many seeds would that be on the page? We did the math problem on the board.  Discussed how 6 plus 6 is 12.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Outside play Center 2: My Little Journal-The children will go to the page with 12 on it.  They drew two people on the page.  They dipped their finger into paint and put six dots “seeds” for one person and 6 for the other to equal 12 seeds planted on the page. 

 

Thursday: Chicken

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

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

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the children learned about eggs. Today the children told me what they know about chickens.  The children discussed if they have ever seen a chicken before.  Fun facts:  Chickens aren’t completely flightless- they can get airborne enough to make it over a fence or into a tree.  These animals are omnivores.  They’ll eat seeds and insects but also large prey like small mice and lizards.  Baby chickens are called chicks.  Female chickens are pullets until they’re old enough to lay eggs and become hens.  Male chickens are called roosters.  There are more chickens living on earth than people.  The chicken is the closest living relative of the tyrannosaurus-rex.  Chicken language has real meanings.  The birds give different alarm calls depending on which type of predator is threatening them.

Social and Emotional Development:  Discussed:  How do chickens help us? How do you help in your family or school?   We had blocks and I made a pile of them.  We pretended they were eggs.  We played the Circle Time CD and one child picked up one egg and passed it to another.  We did this  until all the eggs were picked up and the children passed it to each other in the row and then the last child made a new pile of the blocks.  I then had the children come up and work together to make a chicken coop. The children didn’t know what a coop was so we discussed that.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  What shape is your favorite food?  We looked at the Hands-on number 2.  The children counted to 2 in English and Spanish.  We then found all kinds of things on our body that we have 2 of.  We looked at the Counting Card and counted the triangles on the card.  We had lots of crackers on our plates of different shapes.  We discussed the shapes.  I then made a square cracker into a triangle cracker by cutting it in half.  The children came up one at a time to pretend to be a chicken and peck at the 2 Counting Card two times with their nose.  They took their crackers back to their seats and found 2 triangular crackers and held them in the air.  We then ate our crackers.

Physical Development:  Discussed:  What shapes do you see on a chicken? We looked at their My Little Journals and found the page with the 2 triangles on it.  I showed the children how to trace the foam shape triangles and then we cut them out.  We used them as the wings of a chicken that we drew on the journal page.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What animal noises can you make?  Discussed the letter Cc.  Talked about how it is a borrower and does not have his own sound. He borrows the S and K sound.  We discussed words that begin with the letter C.  We found more words in the dictionary.  Explained that the sound a chicken makes is called a “cluck”.  Cluck starts with the letter C.  The children then walked around the room like a chicken “clucking”.  

Show and Tell: The children were to bring 2 items. They came up one at a time to count out their two items.  We helped them get to the correct number if they had too many or too few. 

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Outside Play Center 2: My Little Journal- The children traced the foam shape triangle onto paper. They made 2 triangles.  They then cut them out.  They glued them on the page with 2 and made a chicken using the triangles as the wings. 

 

Wednesday: Eggs

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

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

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the children learned about farms and Sunrise/Sunset.  Today the children learned about eggs.  Discussed: where could we find an egg.  We discussed the different sizes, shapes and colors of eggs.  We talked about the parts of an egg.  We looked at pictures of eggs.

Science:  Discussed:  What animals do you think are born from eggs?  We used the Theme poster to answer the questions on the Look and Find Glasses.  We picked 4 children sitting the best and quietest to come pick a Look and Find glass and follow the directions.  We found the animals on the poster that came from an egg.

Creative Development:  Discussed:  How could you keep eggs safe?  We looked at the hen and counted her eggs.  We then looked at the craft they will be making in afternoon centers.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What in this room could break?  If it broke, what would you use to put it back together?  We broke an egg in a bowl and discussed what we saw and felt.  We also discussed if we could put the egg back together.  We read the rhyme, “Humpty Dumpty”.  Discussed the words: wall, fall, men, again.  We did the rhyme again and they helped with these key words.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed: What  color eggs have you seen?  We looked at the triangle foam shapes.  The children told the color and sizes that they saw.  We looked at the brown and red egg cartons. One child at a time came up and picked a foam shape out of the bag without looking.  The child guessed the color that they picked without looking. They then looked at the color to see if they guessed correctly. They put that color foam shape in the same color of egg carton.  We did this so every child had a turn to pick a shape, guess the color and put it with the matching egg carton. 

Harper Birthday:  Each child was to bring Harper a birthday card.  We will show these to Harper when she comes back tomorrow and have cake with her on Thursday.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Outside Play Center 2: Nest Art-The children decorated the eggs and cut out the hen.  They then used the materials supplied to build a nest. They also painted the nest brown.   

 

Tuesday: Sunrise/Sunset

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

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

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Today the children learned about small pets and Sunrise and Sunset combined both lessons since Miss Kim was sick yesterday.  The children told me what they know about the Sunrise and Sunset.  They then told me what they know about farms.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What would you keep in a barn? The children brainstormed animals that they would find in a barn and they recreated the sounds they would make.  We looked at the animals in the barn they were going to color in afternoon centers.  

Creative Development: Discussed:  What noise would you make to wake up the farm?  We looked at the red color wand and discussed the color.  Explained that roosters are known for crowing when the sun is coming up and are sometimes called the “farm’s alarm clock”.  We looked at the rooster masks the children will be making in afternoon centers.  We all crowed like a rooster to wake everyone up.  

Physical Development: Discussed:  Which farm animal would you want to be? Why?  We looked at the Theme Poster and discussed the animals. The children made the noises of each animal.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  What different shapes can you make with your hands? The children made a circle, triangle, and rectangle with their hands.  We looked at the box with the secret shape in it. The children had to guess what shape was in the box.  I told them to tell me what the pictures were on the box and what shapes those pictures made. They then knew that the shape was a triangle.  We discussed the triangle and that it has three angles, sides and points.  We found triangles in the room.  

Science:  Discussed:  What colors have you seen in the sky?  Explained that during sunrise and sunset, we may see pink, orange or red in the sky.  

Show and Tell:  The children were to wear red today and bring a triangular shaped item.  We had each child stand up and find all the red on their clothing using the red wand.  We then counted how many people had red and how many did not wear read and discussed more and less.  The children then came up one at a time to show their triangular items.  They told us about their items and why they brought them. We also discussed the shape.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Outside play Center 2: Barn Door Craft-The children practiced writing their name on the barn. They then colored the animal and drew their favorite farm animal in the barn. Center 3:  Rooster Mask-The children colored the mask yellow. They then glued on the roosters comb and waddle. They then glued on a triangle sponge for the beak. The children wore their finished mask around crowing.  

 

Monday: Small Pets (Combined lesson with Tuesday)

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

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form.  Abby 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.  We then reviewed our Spanish, Sign Language, shapes, colors and Sight words.  

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what we learned about fish.  Today the children told us what a small pet is.  They told me what they thought the smallest pet was.  Discussed some fun facts about small pets.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discuss: How small is the smallest step you can take? How big is your biggest step?  We had the Body Box and each child came up one at a time to roll the cube.  The children did what the cube asked when it landed on that side.  Examples, Make a one with your body; Find something yellow in the room; etc..

Physical Development:  Discuss: What food would you feed a mouse?  Explained that many small animals eat bits of food, but a mouse that is loose will get into many different items.  We made a fish bowl snack for everyone to enjoy.  The children discussed how we have to wash our hands before we mess with food.  We put blueberry cream cheese on a rice cake and added goldfish to swim in the cream cheese.  This was our fishbowl.  The children loved eating this fish bowl.  It was so yummy!!

Social and Emotional Development:  Discuss: What kind of home would you make for a hamster? Explained that hamsters (and other rodents) enjoy running through tunnels and being active.  We discussed how they could build tunnels with the toys in the room.

Language and Literacy:  Discuss: What does (would) your family do with a pet?  We discussed how they would draw a picture of their family and a real or imaginary pet in afternoon centers.  

Social Studies:  Discuss: How many different pets can you think of ? We reviewed all our Little Learning cards.  Reviewed all our colors, shapes, letters, and numbers from the month.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Outside play Center 2: Keeping Memories writing:  The children drew a picture of their family and made a pet or imaginary pet on the paper.   Center 3: Little Learning Cards- The children cut apart their cards and colored them. 

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