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Monday: Bus Driver

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

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form.  Thomas is the new calendar and meteorologist for this week.  He put the numbers on the calendar, discussed the pattern and told us about the weather.  Thomas reviewed all the colors, shapes, Spanish, Sign Language, and Sight words.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what they learned about construction workers on Friday.  Today the children told me everything they know about Bus Drivers.  Discussed if they have ever taken a ride on a bus.  Fun facts:  Approximately 480,000 yellow school buses carry 25 million children to and from school every weekday.  China is said to be home to the world’s largest bus; the Neoplan Jumbocruiser which has three sections, five doors, and a 300-person capacity.  

Physical Development:  Discussed:  Have you waited for a bus?  Where would you want a bus to pick you up?  We looked at the Discovery Cutting project they will be doing in afternoon centers.  We had a taped road path on the daycare floor.  I then had 3 signs; one green with word “go”, one yellow with words “bus stop”, and one red with word “stop”.  I picked a child to be the bus driver and put a couple passengers on that bus.  I then had 2 bus stops where a couple children were waiting at each place for the bus.  I held up the “go” sign for the bus driver to start driving on the road, his passengers were following behind him.  I then would hold up the “stop” sign several times to have the bus stop at the traffic lights.  Once the bus arrived at the first bus stop, I held up the “bus stop” sign and a child got off the bus and 2 children got on the bus.  The bus then continued on through all the traffic lights to the 2nd bus stop.  The bus picked up 2 more children and dropped off a child.  They had a blast riding the bus and getting on and off at the bus stops.  

Language and Literacy: Discussed:  Who rides a bus? I gave each child a card with a picture of a character in the Participation story.   They had to hold the card up when they heard that character in the story.  They also had to pretend to be the character and do what the character was doing.  All the rest of the children without the card would repeat, “Bippity Bop,” along with the story.  After we read the story and the children participated, we did discussion questions to check for comprehension.  Questions:  What do you think happened to the bus?  (the tire’s popped cause the elephant was too heavy)  What should the passengers do?  Who was the first passenger on the bus? (girl smiling)  Who got on at the 2nd bus stop? (a boy hiccuping)  Who got on at the 3rd bus stop? (firefighter coughing)  4th bus stop? (a policeman whistling) 5th bus stop?  (Elephant with a peanut tiptoeing)  

Science: Discussed:  If you drove a bus, would you drive it slowly or quickly?  Explained that a bus driver has to drive at a safe speed to keep all of the passengers safe.  There are laws (speed limits) that tell drivers how fast they can go.  I had the children walk slow and fast in the room.  We discussed how they controlled their speed.  Explained that a bus driver can control the speed of a bus just like they can control the speed of their bodies.  We had two stick one long  and one short one.  We predicted what stick they thought would hit the ground first.  We leaned the sticks forward at the same angle with one end touching the table or floor.  We let go of the sticks at the same time and observed the small stick falling first.  We did other stick races to see which one would fall first.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  Where would you like to go on a bus?  We played the matching game.  We sat in a circle and took turns turning two cards over to see if we can find a match.  We played until all matches were found.  

Science:  Discussed:  What color would you like best for a bus?  Explained that many school buses are yellow so that they can be seen well.  This makes it safer for the children who ride them. We looked at the activity they will be doing in afternoon centers.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Little People  Center 2: My Little Journal- The children will go to the yellow page and draw a yellow bus at the top.  They will then draw another bus any color the would like.  Center 3:  Discover Cutting sheet- The children will practice their cutting skills by cutting out a bus.  They will draw themselves on the bus with their friends.   

 

Friday: Construction Worker

Nov 8, 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 pattern and weather.  She found the day of the week in Spanish.  Gretchen reviewed the colors, shapes, Spanish, Sign language, and Sight words.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what we learned about the Dentist yesterday.  Today the children told me everything they know about Construction workers.  Who do you know that builds things?  Fun facts:  One of the benefits of becoming a construction worker is that you’ll be able to use your skills wherever you go.  The construction industry exists in every state, in every town in the United States and Canada, and beyond.  Many construction workers are self-employed.  The Empire State Building stands 1,454 feet tall.  When it was built in 1931, there were 3,000 construction men working at once! A downside to construction work is that it can be dangerous.  Many of the tools that are used to build things can be harmful if used incorrectly or if there is an accident.  This is why it is important to be properly trained.  The things that are built by construction workers stand for a very long time.

Creative Development: Discussed: What do you wear to keep you safe?  We built a tall building using our blocks.  I placed a small cup near them and had a few of the children knock the building down toward the cup.  We discussed if that cup got hurt when the building fell on it.  I then placed a bowl over the cup and we pretended that was his hard hat.  We built up the building again and the children knocked it down.  They noticed this time that the cup did not get hurt.  So the construction man was safe with his hat on.

Physical Development: Discussed: What construction vehicle would you like to drive?   Some construction workers help build roads. One of the vehicles they use to help flatten the roads has really big rollers on it.  Invited the children to roll their fingers around each other.  We then rolled our arms.  Explained that the heavier a road roller is, the more flattening it can do.  The children then spread out around the room to roll on the floor and flatten the road out.  They also rolled on each other flattening their friends out.

Language and Literacy:Discussed: What type of tools do you use?   We looked at the photo cards and discussed the tools we saw.  We then learned how to pronounce those words in Spanish.  Toothbrush- “Cepillo de dientes”; hammer-“martillo”; money- “dinero”; computer-“computador”.

Science:  Discussed: Where have you seen cement?  Explained that some construction projects use cement or other items that need mixing.  We all sat around a bowl  I poured Corn Starch in the bowl and the children got to feel that.  We then poured water on the cornstarch and the children tried stirring it in.  They noticed it was very hard to stir.  They played in this mixture with their hands and would pick the clump of cornstarch up and it would melt through their fingers but be hard when they picked it up.  We discussed what we were feeling and seeing during this experimentation time.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed: What is the name of the road you live on?  We had puzzle pieces that we had to fix the road by putting the pieces back together.  The children came up one at a time to fit the pieces together.  We discussed the road picture when it was all together.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Outside play/Blocks 

 

Thursday: Dentist

Nov 8, 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 also discussed the pattern.  Gretchen reviewed all the colors, shapes, Spanish, Sign Language and Sight words.  

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the children learned about Police Officers.  Today the children told us everything they know about the Dentist.  We discussed if they have been to the dentist or not?  Fun facts:  You should not keep your toothbrush near a toilet and you should not brush within 6 feet of a toilet.  The airborne particles from the flush can travel up to a distance of 6 feet. Yuck! People who drink 3 or more glasses of soda each day have 62% more tooth decay, fillings and tooth loss than others.  Put down the pop and sports drinks and pick up some nice fresh water instead.  The commonly used practice of putting a cap on toothbrush is actually more detrimental.  The moisture entrapped in the cap favors bacterial growth.  The first toothbrush with bristles was manufactured in China in 1498. Bristles from hogs, horses and badgers were used.  

Science: Had a bag with a toothbrush in it that the children could not see.  I had each child come up one at a time and put their hands in the bag to feel what was inside.  They could not tell us what they thought it was until everyone had a chance to feel.  After everyone felt the object, the children told me what they thought it was.  Everyone guessed it correctly.  We discussed if the bristles were hard or soft.  What else do you brush on your body?  Talked about what we do with a toothbrush.  Discussed how the children should brush their teeth after each meal or at least 2 times a day morning and night.  

Social and Emotional Development: Discussed: What makes you smile?   We learned how to do the Sign for “Smile”.  Point each index finger at middle of mouth and move them outwards as you smile.  We practiced this Sign several times.  

Creative Development: Discussed:What do you think will happen if you do not brush? When you eat food, little bits of it stick to your teeth and can make holes (cavities) in them.  When you brush your teeth, it helps keep them healthy. We looked at food pictures.  Discussed if that food is a healthy choice or something they should limit.  I showed the children the tooth cutout and discussed how they will brush its teeth and make it white in afternoon centers.

Language and Literacy: Discussed: How does the dentist help keep your teeth clean? Explained that when you visit the dentist office, they clean your teeth for  you.  Sometimes they have to scrub round and round, up and down, or side-to-side to get them clean.  We looked at the I Can Write project sheet and discussed how to stay on the lines to get the duck to the dog.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  Can you count how many teeth you have?  Most babies are born with no teeth, but they begin to pop out as babies grow.  We found the journal page with 3 on it.  We discussed the number 3. I showed the children how to draw a mouth and then cut out 3 teeth to glue in the mouth.

Show and Tell:  The children all brought in their toothbrush!  They came up one at a time to tell us about their toothbrush.  We even brushed their teeth with it.  We liked seeing all the different designs a toothbrush could have. 

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Outside play Center 2: Tooth Brushing Art-the children will use white paint mixed with toothpaste and put it on the toothbrush to brush the tooth pattern.    Center 3:  I Can Write sheet-The children will follow the lines to practice their writing skills. 

 

Wednesday: Police Officer

Nov 6, 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 pattern, weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  She reviewed our colors, shapes, Spanish, Sign Language and Sight words.  

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what they learned about Doctors.  The children told us everything they know about Police Officers.  They discussed where they have seen police officers.  Most American Sheriff’s are elected.  

Creative Development: Discussed: What do police drive?  Discussed how they can ride a horse also.  Showed them the Fast Police Art they will be doing in afternoon centers.  Showed them how they could ride on their art project.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed: What is your favorite number?  I showed the children the badges and they told me the number on the badge.  I placed the badges on the floor in front of me.  I then took the police car pictures and placed them around the room.  I picked one child at a time to come up and pick a badge.  They told me the number on the badge and then had to go find the matching car with the same number on it.  Each child had a turn to find the matching car to the badge that they picked.  

Language and Literacy: Discussed: What would you do if you were lost?  We looked at the book of the Month.  The children found the front cover, back cover, title,  title page, author and illustrator.  We discussed what the author and illustrator did.  We predicted what they thought the story would be about by reading the title, “Waiter! Waiter!”  We read the book and discussed while we were reading.  The children then answered some questions about the story to check for comprehension.

Science:  Discussed: How does the weather change your plans?  Explained that police officers help people when there is bad weather, especially when accidents or emergencies occur due to weather.  We looked at the weather sticks and discussed the different weather.  We also discussed what might be unsafe in this type of weather.  Explained that it is always important to wear your seat-belt in a car, just in case. Also discussed if it was easier or harder to see out the window in certain weather and why?

Show and Tell:  The children were to bring in 3 items.  They came up one at a time to count out their 3 items.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Giant Cardboard Blocks Center 2: Fast Police Art-  The children glued on the Mane to the horse cut out.  They then added eyes.  They painted the horse and put on a craft stick so that they could ride the horse like a police man.  We also made a badge for the children and they used glitter to decorate that.    

Tuesday: Doctor

Nov 6, 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 pattern, found the day of the week in Spanish and discussed the weather.  She reviewed our colors, shapes, Spanish, Sign Language and Sight words.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what we learned about firefighters.  Today the children told me everything they know about Doctors.  Discussed when the kids have seen a doctor.  Fun facts:  Doctors listen to our hearts using stethoscopes.  They look at X-rays to see whether bones are broken and can fix them by putting on a cast.  Doctors put stitches in cuts to help them heal and perform operations to repair injuries.  

Mathematuics and Reasoning: Discussed: What do you do to stay healthy?  Explained that doctors encourage people to exercise and eat right to stay healthy.  We then looked at the hands-on number 3.  We counted to 3 in English and Spanish.  The children then did lots of exercises in 3’s.  We did Jumping jacks, running to the wall and back 3 times, jumping, touching toes, crunches, squats, scissor kicks and much more.  

Social and Emotional Development: Discussed: What do you need to be healthy? We looked at the jobs on the Little Helper Chart.  Discussed how some of those jobs will help us stay healthy or take care of other things to keep them healthy.  Explained that when a plant is inside, it cannot get water from rain, so we must take care of it and water it.  I had the children all squat low like a small plant.  I then used a spray bottle with water in it and squirted it on the children to make them grow bigger.  They thought that was so much fun that they wanted me to do it more and more. I had each child come up one at a time to use the spray bottle and squirt water on a real plant to make it grow.  They also wanted to squirt each other with the water so we played a lot.

Language and LiteracyDiscussed: How can you help an animal stay healthy?  Explained that some doctors take care of animals.  They are called veterinarians (vets for short).  We looked at the Hands-on letter Dd.  Discussed the letter and the sound it makes.  We then also discussed how D stands for Doctor.   The children told me all the words they could think of that begin with the letter D.  I then taught them how to write the Capital and Lowercase D.  The children practiced writing the letter on the wipe-off board.  We looked at their D Journal page and discussed how they will be writing the letter there in afternoon centers.  

Physical Development: Discussed: What do you use to clean up an owie?  Looked at the My Little Journal and discussed how we could trace the Hands-on D.  Explained that doctors take care of patients then write notes about the patient.  Discussed how they could write notes about the letter D patient.

Show and Tell:   The children were to bring in an item that starts with the letter D.  They came up one at a time to show their item and discuss why they brought it.  They also told us the sound it makes at the beginning and how it starts with the letter D.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Outside play/Toys Center 2: My Little Journal and I Can Write Project Sheet- the children practiced writing their capital and lowercase D on both papers.  They then traced the Hands-on letter D on the top of the journal page.  They pretended it had an owie and glued on pictures of things that would make it feel better like band-aids.  Center 3:  Safety First Headband- The children painted the hammer and construction hat.  They then used cellophane to decorate the hat.  We will look at these on Friday with the Construction worker lessons.  

 

Monday: Firefighter

Nov 5, 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 put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather, discussed the pattern and found the day of the week in Spanish.  We reviewed our colors, shapes, Sight words, Spanish and Sign Language words.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the children learned about Mail Carriers.  Today the children told me what they know about Firefighters.  They were unsure of this term so I had to help them with this.  We discussed the tools and protective gear Fireman use at their jobs.  We looked at pictures of their equipment. Talked about where the kids have seen fire trucks.   Discussed some fun facts about firefighters.

Science:  Discussed:  What can  you wear to keep your head safe?  Explained that any item that helps you do your job or make your job safer is considered a tool.  We looked at the Theme poster and discussed what we saw.  I picked the 4 children that were sitting the best to come up one at a time and pick a Look and Find Glass.  They had to help me read the Look and Find Glass,  follow the directions on them and answer the questions.  Look and Find Glass 1:  Look and find a fire hat on the theme poster.  What might a doctor keep in the bag?  What other items can you find to help carry tools?  Look and Find Glass 2:  Look and find a wrench on the theme poster.  What other shapes do you see?  Can you make your body look like a star?  Look and Find Glass 3:  Look and find a doctor’s bag in the theme poster.  Count the hats you find on the poster.  Who is wearing a yellow hat?  Look and Find Glass 4:  Look and find a sheriff’s badge.  What other tools can you find?  Twist your body back and forth.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What do you wear that helps keep  you safe?  We read the Rhyme Time Poster aloud and discussed what might happen if someone jumped over a lit candle, “Jack Be Nimble”.  We then stacked blocks to pretend they were a candle.  I had the children one at a time come up and pretend to put fire boots and fire pants on.  I then recited the Rhyme using their name instead of Jack’s.  When it said for them to jump over the candle stick they did.  We then discussed how they didn’t get burnt.  

Creative Development: Discussed:  What would you use to put out a fire?  We looked at the fire hydrants that they will be making in afternoon centers.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  How would you know if there was a fire nearby?  Explained that sometimes you can see or smell smoke, feel the heat, or see flames.  Discussed what children should do if they ever see a fire.  We looked at the foam shapes and discussed the colors.  I then built a house with blocks and laid the foam shapes all over it.  Explained that many fires have orange and yellow in the flames.  I had the children come up and help put the fire out on the hous by picking up two foam shape stars.  They then had to put them in piles according to color.  We did this until all the fire was out (all the stars were collected and sorted).  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Outside play/Little People Center 2: Water Source Art- The children took the Hydrant cutout and colored it with markers.  They then used a water dropper to drip water on the hydrant and watch the colors mix.     

 

Friday: Mail Carrier

Nov 5, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form.   We said “Goodbye” to October and “Hello” to November.  Maggie put the number on the calendar, discussed the pattern and found the day of the week in Spanish.  She reviewed our colors, shapes, Spanish, Sign Language and Sight words.  

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Discussed the new theme for lessons this month is Community Helpers.  Today the children told me what they know about Mail Carriers.  We discussed what job they would like to do when they grow up?  

Creative Development: Discussed: Where have you sent mail?  We  looked the World Map together and explained that mail is delivered all over the world.  We touched different places on the map and discussed all the places that mail goes.  It even goes to Africa and Antarctica!  We looked at the postcards and discussed the people on each and what jobs they do.  We pretended to deliver mail to each other.    

Language and Literacy:Discussed: Where do you get your mail?  We looked at Town Signs and discussed who works at each place.  We then used the post cards from the previous activity to match them with where they work.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:: Discussed: How do you carry something that could break?  We took turns demonstrating this.  We looked at the Shape cube and the children guessed what shape they thought was in it.  We looked at all the objects on the sides of the cubes and discussed the shapes they made “star”.  Gretchen guessed what shape was in the box.  We pretended the box was fragile and passed it around while we sang the song “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” if the child dropped the box then it would break so they had to be careful.

Social and Emotional Development: Discussed:  Who might send you mail?  To whom would you like to send mail?  I had the children’s name tags and put them in the mailbag.  I picked a child to come up and pull out one of the name-tags   They had to try to read the name and then deliver it to the correct child and pretend it was mail.  We did this until each child had a turn picking a name-tag and delivering it to the correct person.

Social and Emotional Development:  Discussed:  What colors do you see in a sunrise?  Explained that mail carriers have to wake up to do their jobs so early in the morning that they get to see the beautiful sunrise.The children went around the room with the wand finding yellow objects.

Show and Tell:  The children were to all bring in an object that is a shape of a star.  We only had a couple children bring a star item.  They came up and showed us their item and discussed why they brought it and how it looked like a star.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Outside Play Center 2: My Own Mailbag Art-The children will color and cut out the Postcard sheets.  They will then assemble the mail bags and pretend to mail the postcards to people. Center 3:  Name-tags:  The children will practice writing their names on their name-tags. 

 

Wednesday: Fall/Halloween

Nov 5, 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 pattern, found the day of the week in Spanish and discussed the weather.  She reviewed the colors, shapes, Spanish, Sign Language and Sight words.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the children learned about Harvesting crops.  Today the children told us what they know about Fall and Halloween. Discussed what changes they see happening outside? Does your family do anything for Halloween?  Fun facts:  During the fall, the days get shorter.  That’s because our planet is actually tilted in space!  When it is fall where you live, that means you point more away from the sun, causing longer nights and shorter days.  Halloween is short for “Hallows’ Eve” or “Hallows’ Evening”.  The Traditional Halloween colors of orange and black come from two different sources.  First, orange is the color of autumn leaves and pumpkins.  Black is the color of darkness and mystery, which matches the theme of ghosts and other spooky creatures at Halloween. 

Creative Development:  Discussed:  What colors do you see on the trees where you live?  Explained that many trees (deciduous trees) lose their green color and change to other colors such as red, orange and yellow.  The children will make a wreath in afternoon centers using items from nature.

Science: Discussed:  Why do you think people call this time of year “fall”?  Explained that trees whose leaves change colors also lose their leaves this time of year.  Leaves are flat like a piece of paper.  Asked, “Do  you think leaves fall fast or slowly?” We had one piece of paper crumpled and one flat.  The children predicted which one would fall faster?  We experimented with this and several other objects.  

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed:  What animals do you see around your home?  We worked together to wad up a piece of paper and pretend it was an acorn.  The children tossed it at the number line and identified the number it hit.  They then turned over the same number of acorns and fed them to the squirrel.  Explained that squirrels gather acorns and other nuts in the fall to help them be more prepared for winter when it will be harder to find food.

Physical Development:  Discussed:  Do you think the weather is the same everywhere?  Explained that in different parts of the world, some places are having fall weather, where it is getting colder and ready for winter, while other places are having spring, where they are getting ready for growth and summer.  We had the children all jump when they heard the word “spring” and they all fell down when they heard the word, “fall”.  We then pointed at places on the map and discussed what season they were in.

Social and Emotional Development:  Discussed:  Can you make a happy face?  Sad face?  Miss Peyton then made a face and the children called out the emotion.   The children then took turns making a face while we guessed their emotion.  We looked at the Pumpkin Faces that the children will be making during afternoon centers.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  What do you think is inside a pumpkin?  The children will be carving a pumpkin on Thursday during our Halloween party.  We had the numbers 1-10 written on paper.  The children had to count out the correct number of seeds to put with the matching piece of paper.  Discussed which pumpkin had the most? and The least?

Creative Development:  Discussed:  What kinds of decorations have you seen around this time of year?  We painted each child’s foot white and pressed them onto dark paper, toes down.  The children then used markers to draw faces on the ghostly footprint, once the paint was dry. 

Science:  Discussed:  What would you draw with invisible ink?  Miss Peyton drew something on white paper with white crayon.  We then painted over that with watercolor paint and watched her drawing appear.  The children got to do their own drawing in afternoon centers.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Legos Center 2: Nature Wreath- the children used items from nature to glue onto their wreath pattern.    Center 3:  Pumpkin Faces-The children took the pumpkin cutout and drew a face on it.  They then attached the leaves and stem and decorated the face. Center 4: Invisible Ink-The children drew something with white crayon on white paper.  They then painted over it with watercolor paint to watch it appear.

 

Tuesday: Harvesting Crops

Nov 5, 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 pattern on the calendar.  We reviewed our colors, shapes, Spanish, Sign Language and Sight words.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the kids learned about corn.  Today the children discussed “Harvesting Crops”.   They did not understand this term without help.  Discussed foods we have grown in the garden and how we take it out of garden.  Discussed where their family gets their vegetables.  Fun facts: Harvesting is the act of removing a crop from where it was grown and moving it to a more secure location for processing, consumption, or storage.  Crops can consist of corn, soybeans and wheat.  Farmers use tractors such as combines to harvest their crops.  The harvest marks the end of the growing season, or the growing cycle for the particular crop, and social importance of this event makes it the focus of seasonal celebrations such as a harvest festival, found in many religions.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discuss: What color is your favorite farm food? We looked at the Little Learning Cards and discussed each one that we learned this month.  Learning cards discussed:  2, 20, triangle, Xx, red, 12, Uu, Cc, brown.

Physical Development: Discuss: What is your favorite food that comes from a farm? Explained that most of the foods we eat come from farms.  We can mix and add together these farm foods to make yummy recipes.  We looked at the recipe that we will be making with farm foods. The children discussed how we have to wash hands before we make this food.  We had yogurt, granola and fruit.  We put yogurt, then fruit & granola and more yogurt with fruit and granola on top.  They loved this treat.  We discussed each item and how it came from a farm.

Social Studies: Discuss: Where does your family buy food? Discussed how we could make Thank You cards for all the places that make it possible for us to get food without growing it ourselves.  The children will pick a place they want to Thank for their food.

Language and Literacy:  Discuss: What have you liked learning about a farm?  We reviewed everything the children learned this month about farms.  Each child had a page of the book they drew a picture on.  They then told Miss Kim what they learned about this month and Miss Kim wrote it on that page for them.  We have the book by the sign in and out book for you to see what they wrote.

Physical Development: Discuss: What do you do for exercise?  Explained that farm work is hard and uses many muscles.  What muscles do we use to lift? To pull? To pick?  I had one child at a time come up and throw the Brain Box. They then had to run get it.  They did the activity on the side that landed up.  Brain box-Find something brown in the room; Count the triangles in your room; Jump 20 times; Make your fingers into a triangle; Find something red in the room; Make the number 2 with your body

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Outside play Center 2: Thank you Cards- The children wrote thank you cards to a grocery store for the food that they buy.  Center 3:  Little Learning cards- the children cut apart their  cards 

 

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