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Wednesday: What babies grow inside eggs?

Jan 9, 2014   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form.  We all worked together to find the number for the calendar, discussed the pattern and Gretchen told us the weather.  We reviewed all the colors, shapes, Spanish, Sing Language and Sight words.  

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what they learned about what babies grow in mommy’s tummies.  Today the children told me which babies grow inside eggs?  Fun facts: Frogs lay a nest of eggs. Penguins, snakes, ostrich, butterflies and sea turtles lay eggs.  Chicks usually hatch after a 21 day incubation period, in which they take up their whole cell (egg).  Unlike most of the other animals the father incubates the egg for his mate.  Turtle eggs are laid in the sand and left alone; when they hatch they find the ocean.  

Science: Discussed: What babies do you know that come from eggs? We looked at the new Theme poster and discussed everything that we saw.  I then picked 4 children that were sitting the best to come up one at a time and pick a Look and Find glass and follow the directions.  Look and Find Glass 1:  Look and find the platypus on the theme poster.  What is the baby platypus in?  Make yourself small like an egg.  What other animals grow in eggs?  Look and Find Glass 2:  Look and find a seahorse on the theme poster.  How many seahorses do you see?  Pretend to swim in the sea.  What other animals swim?  Look and find Glass 3:  Look and find a bunny.  Count the baby bunnies.  Hop with both feet together.  What other animals hop?  Look and find glass 4:  Look and find a monkey?  Where is the baby monkey?  Pretend to swing through the trees on your tail.  

Language and Literacy: Discussed: What does your mom or dad do when you cry? Many mothers hold or rock babies to calm them and help them sleep.  Some parents sing lullabies as they rock.  We sang “Rock-a-Bye Baby”.  I then acted the song out with baby Maggie.  She laughed.  

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed: Where would you hide eggs to keep them safe?    Many animals hide their eggs and babies to keep them safe.  They can be found in holes, tall grass, nests or rocks. We used the grass and dirt to hide the baby platypus and egg on.  We buried them under the octagon foam shapes.  The children came up one at a time to count out 5 foam shapes to hide them under.  They had to use the same color on one.  We then noticed how we sorted the foam shapes by color and hid the egg under the brown and the platypus under the green.  

Creative Development: Discussed: What kind of eggs might you fins hidden in a tree?  We looked at the Rock-a-Bye art that they will be doing in afternoon centers.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Wooden blocks Center 2: Rock-a-Bye Art- The children painted their hand and forearm and made prints on the blue paper.  They then added a frame to their pictures.  They glued the cradle onto their hand print like a tree and glued the poem on also.    


Tuesday: Which babies grow inside their moms?

Jan 7, 2014   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form. We discussed the new month and new year.  The children worked together to put the numbers on the calendar, discussed the weather and discussed the pattern.  We  found the day of the week and month of the year in Spanish.  The children reviewed our sight words, colors, shapes, Spanish and Sign Language words.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Discussed: Which babies grow inside their moms tummy? Fun facts:  A dog’s pregnancy only last about 60 days.  An elephant takes 22 months to be born and on average weighs 250 pounds. A bottlenose dolphin gives birth after 12 months.   Tiny teeth have begun to form inside the mouth of the dolphin fetus, and its tail flukes are beginning to develop.  Animals in their mother’s womb can be practicing breathing before they are born.  Sharks, dogs, and cats develop teeth while they are still in the womb.  The womb is filled with fluid which is called amniotic fluid.

Creative Development: Discussed: What color fur have you seen on a kitten?  We looked at the kitten masks they will be making during centers.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed: What presents did you receive when you were a baby? When a human mother is going to have a child, many people want to give gifts  A shower is when a group of people gets together to give gifts to the mother-to-be.  We looked at the shape cube pictures and the children told me which of the pictures they would like to have as a gift.  The children then guessed the shape inside the box by looking at the  pictures on the shape cube.  It was an octagon.  We discussed this shape.

Language and Literacy: What would you name your kitten?  I put the name tags face down and had one child pick a nametag.  They turned the name over and told everyone the first letter of the name on the card.  They then held that card up and the children had to stand up if it was their name and say their full name.   We did this until each child had a turn. 

Science:  Discussed: What animals have you  seen with tails?  The children took the brown wand and had to find things in the room that were brown and zap them.

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Play dough play Center 2: Name tags- The children practice writing their names on their nametag.  Center 3:  Kitten Mask- the children decorated their mask with crayons or markers.  They then had to stick the nose on the mask and glue the whiskers on.