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Monday: Pine Tree

Dec 9, 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 put the numbers 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 the kids learned about Owls.  Today the children told me what they know about pine trees.  Fun Facts: A pine tree is an evergreen coniferous tree that has clusters of long needle shaped leaves.  Pine seeds from the cones feed local wildlife, such as squirrels and birds.  Pines are popular as Christmas trees, and the cones and boughs are also used in Christmas decorations.  They can grow anywhere in the world, in any kind of soil.  

Creative Development: Discussed: What happens to trees on a windy day?  I had the children to pretend to be a tree and stand tall with their hands by their sides.  They then made their arms go out slightly from their bodies to look like a pine tree.  The wind then blew and they pretended to blow around like a tree would.   We looked at the craft they will be making in afternoon centers.

Physical Development: Discussed: What do you think happens in the woods when it snows?  Explained that when snow falls, it covers everything outside including trees.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed: What do you see that is white outside? Inside?  We looked at the My Little Journals that they will be doing in afternoon centers.  We found white on everyone’s clothing.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed: What do you think might be found in tree?  I placed the puzzle pieces on my lap and the children came up one at a time to find a piece and fit it with another piece. When the puzzle was completely together we discussed the picture.

Language and literacy: Discussed: What life have you seen in and around the woods?  We looked at the photo cards and discussed what items are living and what are non-living.   We learned the Spanish words for tree, hat, mouse and owl.   Hat-gorro; Owl- lechuza; Tree-arbol; Mouse-raton.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Hula hoops and Waffle blocks Center 2: Hanging Tree Art- the children decorated their tree pieces with glitter and colored stickers.  They then attached their tree to ribbon.  Center 3: My Little Journal- the children painted one finger and made a print on the white page to make a tree trunk.  They then drew a triangle top to make pine trees.  They tore white pieces of paper to glue onto the tree as snow.  

 

Friday:Owl

Dec 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 our pattern for this month.  Abby reviewed our colors, shapes, Spanish and Sight words.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what they learned about mice.  Today the children told us everything they know about Owls.  Fun facts:  The color of owl’s feathers helps them blend into their environment (camouflage).  Barn owls can be recognized by their heart shaped face.  Owls are active at night (nocturnal).  A group of owls is called a parliament.  Most owls hunt insects, small mammals and other birds.  Some owl species hunt fish.  Owls have powerful talons (claws) which help them catch and kill prey.

Creative Development: Discussed: How does an owl like you? How is it different? Explained that owls have two eyes and one mouth, just like us; but unlike us, owls have feathers.  The children raised their hands if they liked Owls.  We looked at their Owl Puppets that they did in afternoon centers yesterday.  We discussed each one.

Language and Literacy: Discussed: How would you describe snow?  We learned the sign for “snow” just in time for today because it snowed a lot last night.  Snow Sign Language-Raise hands and flutter fingers. Lower hands while swaying them side to side.  We did a song to the tune of “Row Your Boat.”  When we sang the word “snow” the children used the Sign for it.  

Physical Development: Discussed: What kind of tracks have you seen outside?  Owls are nocturnal, which means they sleep during the day and are awake in the nighttime.  They sometimes search for tracks in the snow to watch for small animals to eat.  We then put our coats on and took a walk outside to find tracks in the snow.  The kids couldn’t find any animal tracks but they saw their tracks that they made.  We then looked at their I Can Write project sheets and discussed how they followed the tracks with a pencil.  Discussed each child’s tracing.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed: What do you see outside your home in the winter? What do you see inside? Explained that in the woods in the winter you might see animals, trees or snow.  We laid the matching cards on the floor face down and sat in a circle.  The children took turns turning over 2 cards.  They had to tell us what the picture was and if we could find it inside or outside.  We then discussed if it was a match or not.  They kept the matches.  We played until we found all the matches.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Thomas the Train pop up tent, 2 tunnels and Legos  

Thursday: Mouse

Dec 5, 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, 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 they learned about bears.  The children told me everything they know about mice.  Fun facts:  A baby mouse is called a pinky, or a kitten.  Mice have tails that are as long as their bodies.  The word mouse comes from an ancient Sanskrit word meaning “thief”.  Mice are constant eaters- and will eat almost anything.  Mice have great balance and can walk along very thin pieces of rope or wire.  They can even scale rough vertical surfaces.  Mice like to stay close to their home.  Whiskers help mice to sense smooth and  rough edges, temperature change and breezes.

Creative Development: Discussed: What color is your favorite food?  Explained that when mice eat food they often leave a trail of food bits.  We looked at the craft they will be making in afternoon centers.

Language and Literacy: Discussed: How  do you stay warm in cold weather? How do you think a mouse stays warm in cold weather? I placed several different pairs of mittens on the floor.  I invited the children to come up one at a time and try on a pair of the  mittens.  I then hid that child’s eyes and took one pair away.  They had to tell me what pair was missing.  I then read the Rhyme Time Poster “Three Little Kittens.”  We read and acted out the rhyme.  Discussed how the kittens felt and what the mommy did.  We discussed the rhyming words in the rhyme.  

Language and Literacy: Discussed: What do you like to do when you listen to someone reading?  Mice are known for being quiet animals.  Many times people say, “Quiet as a mouse”, when someone is being very quiet.   We looked at the title of the book, “Timber” and predicted what we thought the book would be about.   We discussed the concepts of print: front cover, back cover, author, illustrator and title page.  We read the book together.  We discussed the story while we read.  

Science: Discussed: Where have you seen snow?    We found the lake story piece and placed it on the floor.  I had the children sit in a circle around these pieces so that we could all see it.  We looked at the lake and discussed  that when water gets warm it goes up into the sky.  The children moved their hands from the floor to reach to the sky.  I had a child come get the cloud piece, she placed it above the lake and discussed that all the water vapor that comes off the lake gathers to make a cloud in the sky.   The children used their hands to make a cloud shape.  I then had children come up and pick the rain drops and place them between the cloud and the lake.  Explained that when a cloud gets heavy and crowded, it releases the water. We had the  children move their fingers from the sky to the ground as they wiggle them like raindrops.  I then had several children came up and found the snowflakes and placed them on top of the rain.  Explained that the water freezes when the air is cold and that makes snow.  How does snow move?

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Mr. Potato Head and Wooden train set Center 2: Owl Puppet- The children painted the paper plate and then added the pieces to the plate.  Center 3:  Mouse Tracks-We painted the child’s fist on the pinky side.  They made a print on the paper and turned that into a mouse.  They then used a cotton swab to make dots as the crumbs that the mouse was eating.   Center 4: Follow the Tracks-The children will practice their writing skills by following the lines on the I Can Write sheet.  

 

Wednesday: Bear

Dec 4, 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 told us the pattern on the calendar.  Abby reviewed the colors, shapes, Spanish, Sign Language and Sight words.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the children learned about hedgehogs.  Today the children told me everything they know about Bears.  What would you do if you met a bear in the woods?  Fun facts:  Bears can be as tall as 6’5″ tall at their shoulders when standing on all fours. We used a measuring tape to see how tall that was.  Bears live as long as 30 years in the wild.  Captive bears may live a little longer, one lived to be 47.  Male bears are called boar or a he-bear.  Female bears are called sow or a she-bear.  A group of bears is called a sleuth or sloth.  Panda bears have an extra “thumb” (which is actually and extra-large wrist bone) just for holding onto bamboo stalks.  A panda bear can eat over 45 pounds of bamboo per day.  Bears can see almost as well as humans, and they can hear a little better.  But they can smell much better.  In fact, a bear’s sense of smell is around 100 times greater than a human’s.  Polar bears can track down an odor from 20 miles away.  They can smell a dead seal under 3 feet of solid ice.  The polar bear is the largest bear species. A male polar bear can measure up to 10 feet long and weigh 1, 500 pounds.   All bears are good swimmers, but the polar bear is the most efficient simmer.  It can swim up to 4-6 mph for 100 miles.  One polar bear swam 200 miles without stopping.

Creative Development: Discussed: Where would you sleep if you lived in the woods?Explained that bears hibernate in the winter and live off of the fat they store from eating a lot of food in the fall.  Bears do not go into a deep sleep and can be awakened.  We looked at the bear art they will be doing in afternoon centers.

Language and Literacy: Discussed: How do you walk when you are in the woods? How do bears walk?  We looked at the Phonic card and discussed the letter W.  We talked about how “walk” starts with W.  The children then told me all kinds of other words that start with W.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed: Where have you left footprints? We looked at the Hands-on Number 4.  We counted to 4 in English and Spanish.  The children then did other activities 4 times.  Example, spank your bottom 4 times, jump 4 times, etc.  

Physical Development: Discussed: What do you see when you look out your window at home? We looked at their My Little Journal’s square page. Discussed how they will draw a square and turn it into a window.  They will draw something that they would see outside their window.

Show and Tell:  The children were to bring 4 items and one item is supposed to start with a W.  I had the children come up one at a time to count out there items.  They then found their item that started with a W.  

Tumble Bus:  Please see the form by the front door to see what they played on the bus today.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Lincoln Logs and Bowling Pins  Center 2: Sleeping Bear Art- The children will color the tray as desired.  They will attach the strip to both sides of the plate and tape it.  They will then glue sand and other items from nature to the bed of the den or on top of the den to create a hiding spot for the bear. They will then cut out the bears and use them for dramatic play.  Center 3:  My Little Journal- The children will go to the square page and draw a square. They will then turn it into a window to draw things they may see outside the window. 

 

Tuesday: Hedgehog

Dec 4, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

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

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what we learned about deer.  Today the children told me what they know about hedgehogs.  The children did not know anything about hedgehogs so we discussed.  Fun facts:  A hedgehog is a small nocturnal Old World mammal with a spiny coat and short legs, able to roll itself into a ball for defense.  The name for a baby hedgehog is a hoglet. They have poor eyesight, but excellent senses of smell and hearing.  Hedgehogs are lactose intolerant.  They are easily recognized by their spines, which are hollow hairs made stiff with keratin.  Their spines are not poisonous or barbed and, unlike the quills of a porcupine, cannot easily be removed from the hedgehog.  However, spines normally come out when a hedgehog sheds baby spines and replaces them with adult spines.  When they are under extreme stress or during sickness, a hedgehog can also lose spines.  They feed on insects, snails, frogs and toads, snakes, bird eggs, carrion, mushrooms, grass, roots, berries, melons and watermelons.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  What shapes have you seen in the woods? We looked at the foam shapes and discussed the shape.  Talked about how the square has 4 sides that are all the same size.  Discussed the difference between a rectangle and a square. We looked at the foam shapes and the children discussed different ways that we could sort them.  This was hard for them to explain.  I told them that we could sort by color or size.  We then discussed how they could sort by color AND size.  I laid out one of each color and size.  I had the children come up one at a time to continue sorting by color and size.  They had to look at both color and size to sort.  A few of the children had difficulty with this.

Language and Literacy: Discussed: When have you seen snow?  We looked at the Theme Poster and the children discussed everything they saw. I picked the 4 children sitting the best to come up one at a time and pick a Look and Find Glass.  They had to tell me what the picture was and follow the directions on the Glass.  Look and Find Glass 1- Look and find a hedgehog.  Where do you think the hedgehogs are going?  How many hedgehogs are there?  Can you roll like a hedgehog?  Look and Find Glass 2-  Look and find icicles.  Pretend to be walking on the frozen ice.  Which way are the icicles pointing?  How many icicles do you see?  Look and Find Glass 3- Look and find a mouse.  How many mice do you see?  How can you sneak around like a mouse?  Look and Find Glass 4- Look and find a pine cone.  What do you see in the trees?  How can  you stand like a tree?

Science: Discussed:  What have you felt that is pokey? Explained that when a hedgehog is born, it has soft spikes (quills).  As it grows, the quills harden for protection.  I had a bag full of items from nature: pine cones, pine needles, leaves and sticks.  The children came up one at a time and picked up an item in their hand without looking and described what they felt.  They then told us what they thought the  item was.  We looked at what they would do in afternoon centers.

Creative Development:  Discussed:  What would you feed a hedgehog?  Looked at the craft we would be doing in afternoon centers.

Social Studies:  Discussed:  What is the weather like in the winter where you live? Looked at the theme poster and discussed the weather they saw in this picture.  We then discussed how that weather is similar or different than our weather.  Explained that in the woodlands of the North it snows in the winter.  Many changes happen in the woodlands in the winter, including changes to the animals that live there.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Outside play/Little People Center 2: My Hedgehog Story- The children take the pokey balls and dip into paint to tap on the hedgehog to make its quills.  They then had to make up a story about a hedgehog and Ms. Ashlie wrote the story they told.  Center 3:  Hungry Hedgehog- We traced each child’s hand on paper.  They then decorated that hand print to look like a hedgehog.  They dipped their finger into paint and made prints on the paper.  They turned those prints into bugs to feed the hedgehog. 

 

Monday: Deer

Dec 4, 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.   We said “goodbye” to November and “hello” to December. We discussed how this is the 12th month of the year and that in January we will be in a new year and then the month goes back to 1.  Abby put the numbers on the calendar, discussed the weather and  found the day of the week in Spanish. She reviewed our colors, shapes, Spanish, Sign Language and Sight words.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  We discussed the new theme this month:   Winter in the Woods.  We went through the lesson book to see all the things they will be learning this month.  The children told me everything they know about deer.  Fun facts:  Deer are part of the Cervidae family that include moose, reindeer, elk and other species.  Male deer grow antlers each year.  A group of deer is known as a ‘herd’.  A female deer is called a doe or hind;  a male deer is called stag or buck; baby deer is called fawn or yearling.  Fawns are born with fur, which is covered with white spots.  Dear have hollow strands of hair that help them remain insulated from extreme temperature and also prevent them from drowning.  Deer usually eat grass, leaves, stems, shoots, berries, herbs, acorns, mushrooms, wild fruit and agriculture crops, like corn and soy beans.  Deer raise their tales, as a sign of warning to others.  

Creative Development: Discussed:  What other animals live in the woods?  How are deer different than those animals?  Explained that some deer have antlers on their heads.  The antlers help them defend against predators as well as blend in with the trees in the woods.   We looked at the Reindeer Headbands that the kids will make in afternoon centers. 

Science: Discussed:  How far can you jump?  How high?  Each child practiced jumping as high and far as they could.  Explained that deer can leap and jump very high and very far.  We looked at the white color wand and explained that many deer live in the woods have white tails.  When they sense danger, the tail goes up to expose the white and they leap away to safety.  I had the children stand against the wall and then start to walk toward me.  When I waved the white ribbon, the kids would run away fast.  We did this several times.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What could you use to write in the snow?  Explained that after the snow falls, it makes a light cover, sometimes called a dusting.  You can use a stick or your finger to make marks in it like writing.  We had a pan filled with sand.  I held a nametag up and if the child recognized their name they came up and wrote their first letter to their  name in the sand. Each child had a turn to write their letter in the sand.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  What shapes have you seen in the woods?  We looked at the shape cube and the children each took a guess on what shape they thought was inside.  We opened the box to find the Square inside.  We discussed the shape.  

Show and Tell:  I had each child stand up and show all the white that they wore today.  The children were also supposed to bring a square item today.  They came up one at a time showing their item and discussing why it was a square.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Outside play Center 2: Name tag- The children practiced writing their names on the name tags.  Center 3:  Reindeer Headband-The children traced their hand and cut them out for antlers.  They then added the facial features to the deer and glued on the antlers.   

 

Wednesday: Thanksgiving

Dec 2, 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 pattern and found the day of the week in Spanish.  He discussed the weather.  Lucas reviewed our colors, shapes, Spanish, Sign Language and Sight words.  

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the children learned about Dancers.  Today the children told me everything they know about Thanksgiving.  The school kids were here so they told us all kinds of great facts about the Pilgrims and the Indians.  Fun facts:  Thanksgiving day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States.  It is celebrated on the second Monday in October in Canada.  The pilgrims were thankful for the help that the Indians gave them so they had a thanksgiving feast to show how they were thankful to be alive and for the Indians help.  The turkey likes to sleep in tress at night.  Turkeys are fast birds and can race as fast as 50-55 mph.  Wild turkeys have excellent vision.  Discussed:  Does your family celebrate Thanksgiving?

Creative Development: Discussed: What are you thankful for in your life?  We looked at a turkey the children will make in afternoon centers.  They will write on the feathers what they are thankful for.

Social and Emotional Development: Discussed: How do you like to eat turkey?  Explained that many people put stuffing inside a turkey before they cook it.  We had a box that we made look like a turkey.  I had one child at a time stand away from the box and try tossing the newspaper balls into the turkey box to stuff the turkey. They tossed 15 or so balls at the turkey.  We counted how many newspaper balls they got in the box.  Brogan was able to get All the balls except for one into the box.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed: What words make you think of turkey? What words rhyme with that word?  We then did a rhyme that the children acted out.  I chased them to go try to eat them at the end of the rhyme. 

Creative Development: Discussed: What kinds of foods do you like to eat for Thanksgiving?  Explained that many families enjoy a big meal together to help celebrate Thanksgiving.  Discussed how the first Thanksgiving, the people shared their favorite foods with each other. 

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  What do you think you would like to do all day if you were a turkey?  We did the “Five Little Turkeys” rhyme.  I had the children act the rhyme out while we recited it.  We added children (turkeys) as we recited the rhyme.  We did this several times so that each child had a turn to help act out the rhyme.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Large Cardboard Blocks Center 2: Turkey Art- The children took the turkey cutout and decorated it.  They then wrote what they were thankful for on the feathers of the turkey. They glued the feathers to their turkey. 

 

Tuesday: Dancer

Dec 2, 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, Sign language and Sight words.  

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the children learned about actors.   Today the children told me everything they know about dancers.  Fun facts:  Dancers use movement, gesture and body language to portray a character, story, situation or abstract concept to an audience.  Many professional dancers have been dancing since they were two years old, and have taken many dance classes to improve their technique, strength, and skill.  Dancers work in a variety of genres including classical ballet, modern stage dance, contemporary dance, street dance and African and Asian dance.  

Science: Discussed: What would you like to write about? What stories would you tell?  We discussed what a Bilingual Book is.  We then read the book together in English and in Spanish.  The children practice reading it several times.  We discussed the book.

Language and Literacy: Discussed: what part of your feet do you like to dance with? Dancers use different parts of their feet as they perform. Ballet dancers learn to dance on their tippy toes.  The children practiced walking on their tip toes.  We then had 3 lines taped on the floor.  the children had to walk down and back on the line on their tiptoes.  We looked at the the Journal page that they would be doing in afternoon centers.

Mathematics and  Reasoning: Discussed:How high can you jump?  Explained that dancers jump often when they are performing.  They practice making their muscles stronger so they can jump even higher.  I placed the 3 different sizes of the shoe pattern on the floor.  I had one child at a time go get one of the shoes.  I had to tell them which shoe to pick up.  For example, get the largest or biggest shoe; pick up the medium size shoe;  or pick up the small/baby shoe.  They then had to jump all the way back to me with the shoe.  After every child had a turn at going to get a shoe and jumping to me, we put the shoes in biggest to smallest order and smallest to biggest order.

Social and Emotional Development: Discussed: How do you dance differently than others? We reviewed what it meant to be respectful.  The children discussed ways they can be respectful of the ways their friends make art, dance or sing.  Explained that the creative arts are forms of expression, which means that people use different ways to express how they feel in the form of their art (dance, music, writing and art).  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Wooden Blocks Center 2: Bilingual book- The children had to put the pages in order.  They then colored their book and drew a picture of what they would buy to put in their toolbox. Center 3:  My Little Journal-The children will go to the back page.The children had to draw a line from the tool on the top of the page to the tool that goes with it on the bottom of the page.