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Friday: Valentine’s Day

Feb 14, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Friday: Valentine’s Day

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish. Abby put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  She read all our sight words, Spanish words, and reviewed our numbers and Sign language words.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the children learned about drums. Discussed:  How do you show your love?  Discussed what Valentine’s Day means.

Physical Development: Discussed: What types of red food do you like to eat?  We looked at strawberries.  Each child took a strawberry put it in a bag with little sugar and smashed it. We then put it on a cracker to eat our strawberry jam they made. 

Physical Development:  Discussed:  To whom would you like to give a valentine?  Looked at the Colored heart they will be making in afternoon centers.

Social and Emotional Development: Discussed: Why do you think many people associate hearts with Valentine’s day?  We hid the foam hearts around the room.  The children worked together to go around the room and find them.  We then put them in a big pile and counted how many hearts we had.  We then jumped, clapped and stomped the same number of times as there are hearts.

 

Creative Development: Discussed: How do you show your friends that you love them?  We looked at the Love Bug Headband that the children will be making in afternoon centers.  The children played the Love Bug game.  They stood in a circle and one child stood in the middle of that circle and closed their eyes.  We spun the child around by counting to 10. The child opened their eyes and pointed at a child to go show love too by hugging them. 

Valentine’s Party:  The children all mailed their Valentine’s cards to their friends.  They also got to eat cupcakes and play with the Balloon’s that Miss Kim got them!

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Colored Heart-  The children folded the Heart pattern in half.  They painted one half of it and then pressed the other half of the heart on the paint to make a symmetrical print.   Center 2-  Love Bug Headband- The children used the craft pieces to make their own headbands.  They had hearts on them.

Thursday: Drum

Feb 13, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Thursday: Drum

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish. Abby put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  We reviewed our numbers, Spanish, Sight Words, and Sign language.  

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what we learned about carpet.  Today the children told me everything they know about drums.  Discussed: What sound does a drum make?  Fun facts: The drum is a member of the percussion group of instruments.  It is also known as a membranophone (an instrument that makes it’s sound by vibrating a stretched membrane).  Drums are the worlds’ oldest instruments with the basic design remaining the same for thousands of years. The longest drum roll by an individual is 8 hours 1 minute 17 seconds and was achieved by Christopher Anthony.

Creative Development:  Discussed: What can you pound on to make noise? Set out various items for children to explore pounding ( bowls, containers with lids, boxes, etc.). Explained that Africans hollowed out a tree trunk then spread the skin of an animal over it to create drums. They will be making a drum in afternoon centers.

Social and Emotional Development: Discussed: What sounds do you make when you are happy? Sad? Invited children to sit close to a mirror and explore various facial expressions.  We discussed different emotions and how they might sound on a drum.  The children used the drum to make us feel that emotion.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  Where do you see patterns in the room? Invited children to explore the room for pattern designs.   We used the pattern cards to continue the pattern. The children then worked on making new patterns.

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed:  How can your drum help you count? Invited children to take their drums around the room and try to find numbers in print. The children pounded out the number on the drum.

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Design a drum-The children took the two lids and paper to make a drum. They decorated it as they desired.  Center 2-  Worked on Valentine’s Cards.  

Wednesday: Carpet

Feb 13, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Wednesday: Carpet

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish. Abby put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish. Abby reviewed the Spanish, Sign language, Sight words, numbers and days of the week. 

Fun Facts/Brainstorming: Reviewed what the kids learned about Lanterns.  Discussed:  Where have you seen a carpet?  Fun facts:  The term “carpet” derives from the Latin carpere,”to pluck,” probably because carpets were made from unraveled “plucked” fabric.  “Carpet” has the same Latin root as carpe diem, literally “pluck/seize the day. The oldest surviving carpet is the celebrated Pazyryk carpet, which is over 2,000 years old.  It was found in a tomb in southern Siberia. Each year, several pounds of soil can accumulate in and under a carpet.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed: What would you need to build a home? We read the Participation story, “The Money Bag”.  We discussed the story while we read.  After we read the story, the children answered questions to check for comprehension of the story.  Discussion Questions:  Why did the man and woman go to the top of the hill?  (to get bundles of wood)  How many bundles of wood did they cut each day?  (2)  What did they buy at the market?  (Rice)  What did the old man give the woodcutter?  (money bag that would give him 1 coin a day and he could only open it one time a day)  Why did the money bag stop giving a silver coin?  (The man tried to open in more than once a day to get more coins to buy more bricks) How would you use the money if you had a magic money bag?

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed: What can you find hiding under a carpet? Hide some coins, bingo chips or other small items underneath a carpet, books, bags or other objects in the room. Invited children to explore the room to find “treasures” hidden underneath things. Looked at the Hands-On Letter G and reviewed this letter.

Language and literacy:  Discussed:  How do you remember stories that happened in the past?  Explained that some cultures recorded events by weaving large pictures of them on looms. They hung these tapestries on the wall like a piece of artwork. 

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed:  What does a carpet feel like to you? Invited children to explore the different textured items. What senses do they use? 

Tumble Bus Day:   See the activity form by the front door. Please do NOT take it with you!

Show and Tell: The children brought in a red item. They came up one at a time to show their item and discuss why they brought it.

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Carpet Loom-  The children took pieces of fabric and stapled them to a piece of cardboard.  They then used the loom loops to wrap them on the board and pretend to make a carpet.  Center 2- Worked on Valentine’s cards and Valentine’s bags.  

Tuesday: Lantern

Feb 11, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Tuesday: Lantern

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish. Abby put the number on the calendar, discussed the pattern and weather, and found the day of the week in Spanish.  She read all the Sight words on her own and only needed help with one word.  Abby also read all the numbers in English and Spanish, reviewed our Sight words and Spanish words.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the kids learned about masks.  Discussed:  What helps you see in the dark? Lanterns are used mainly for lights, but the Chinese have used them for thousands of years as a symbol of hope and good wishes.  Fun facts:  A Korean Buddhist monk introduced the idea of using lanterns.  These small decorative items were used for festivity nights, and they are part of the Japanese culture since the 6th century.  In Japan, oiled paper and bamboo framed lights can still be found outside in the gardens, hanging from eaves along roofs. The “Nihonmatsu Chochin Matsuri Lantern Festival” is one of the largest lantern festivals in Japan and has been a tradition for over 350 years, attracting tourists from all over the world.

Creative Development:   Discussed: What do you think of when you see the color red? Looked at the paper lanterns they will be making in afternoon centers.

Science:  Discussed: What are some things that you need to have to survive? Invited children to look through magazines and newspapers and tear out photos of things they think they need to have. Explained that all people around the world need the same basic things in life: food, shelter,water, and love.  We played a Folder game.  Each child took 4 needs cards and a game piece.  One child rolled the dice and counted the number of dots.  They moved their game piece that many places and gave me the needs card to give back to the world. The object of the game was to give back as many needs cards before they could reach the end of the game board.

Social Studies: Discussed: What foods do you eat during celebrations in your family?  Explained that the Chinese celebrate the moon during their Lantern Festival. They light fancy lanterns and eat round rice balls that represent the full moon, harmony and happiness.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What else is like a lantern? I wrote a child’s name on the wipe-off board.  That child told me whose name it was and they counted the letters in their first names.  I wrote each letter on a candle stick piece of paper.  They then took those pieces of paper and put the letters to their name in order to see if they could make their names again.  Each child got to do this.  The children reviewed the letter Gg.  They wrote the capital and lowercase letters on the wipe-off board.  

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Paper Lantern Art- The children added glitter to their lanterns.  They used yellow paper to decorate their lanterns as the light.  Center 2- My Little Journal-  They practiced writing the capital and lowercase Gg on the journal pages.  They then drew a gift to give to someone. Center 3-  Worked on filling out their Valentine’s cards.  

Monday: Mask

Feb 11, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Monday: Mask

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish.  Abby is the new calendar girl this week and she was sick.  We worked together to find the numbers for the calendar, discussed the pattern and found the day of the week in Spanish. We then reviewed our Sight words, Spanish words, numbers and Sign language.  

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the kids learned about currency.  Discussed:  Why do people wear masks?  Fun facts:  Africa uses masks to celebrate weddings, funerals, uses them for all kinds of different ceremonies.  They use them as decorations.  Masks are very important to their culture.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed: What is your favorite kind of mask, a scary or happy one? Why? Invited children to play with the spinner and try to make the same expressions as on the mask face.

Creative Development: Discussed: When might you wear a mask? Why? Gave each child a mask cutout and invited him to hold it up to his face and explore looking at things through it. Explained that Carnival is celebrated  all over the world with parades, street parties and masks. The largest Carnival party is in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.  Looked at the masks the children will be making in afternoon centers.  

Creative Development:  Discussed:  What do you like to do at a party? Set out ribbons or scarves and invited children to make up various dance moves for a party. The children worked together to tell me a movement they want to make for each colored mask drawn.  For example, jump high for red mask; spank your feet for blue mask; dance and shake for green mask; spin around for yellow mask.  The children came up one at a time and drew a colored mask.  They told us the color and everyone did the matching movement.  Each child got a turn to draw a mask and dance.

Social Studies: Discussed: Which of your family traditions include masks? Invited children to look at the Daily Topic Poster as well as photos of other masks. What do they talk about with one another? Africans wore masks during celebrations, initiations, crop harvesting, war preparation, peace and troubled times.

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Carnival Mask- The children painted their masks. They then decorated it with sequins and feathers.  Center 2- Worked on their Valentine’s cards  

Friday: Currency

Feb 11, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Friday: Currency

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish.  Lucas put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  He reviewed our numbers, days of the week, months of the year, Spanish and Sign language.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what we learned about cameras.  Discussed:  How do you use money?  Fun facts:  Throughout history people have used many forms of money such as soap, cocoa beans, elephant tail hairs, entire elephants, grain, animal skins, fishhooks, feathers, tea, tobacco, bird claws, and bear teeth. A stack of dollar bills one mile high would be worth 14.5 million dollars. Abraham Lincoln was the first American to be pictured on an American coin in 1909. There are more than 1.6 milliom ATMs in the world. The average amount withdrawn from an ATM is $80.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed: What would you like to order at a restaurant?  Reviewed our signs for More, Thank you and Please.  Discussed how we could ask for things to eat using those words.

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed: What would you do if you found money on the ground? Hide a few coins around the room and invite children to explore the area.

Social and Emotional Development:  Discussed:  How much do you think an airplane ticket costs? A kite? Other objects? We sat in a circle and played Bingo.  The children took turns drawing a card and seeing if they had the matching picture on their Bingo card. They place the bingo chips on the card as they found matches.  We played until everyone filled up their whole card.

Social Studies: Discussed: Where is a safe place to keep money? Where is an unsafe place? Give each child a play dollar and invited him to explore the room for a safe place to hide it.

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  My Little Journal-The children drew a large wallet on the 6 page.  They then drew 6 coins.  They wrote the number 6 on the page.  Center 2- My Travel Wallet- The children made their own wallets.  

Thursday: Camera

Feb 10, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Thursday: Camera

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish. Lucas put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather, discussed the pattern and found the day of the week in Spanish.  He reviewed our Spanish, Sight words, numbers and Sign language.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the kids learned about airplanes and boats.  Discussed:  When does your family take photos.  Fun facts:  The first digital camera was created in December 1975 by Steve Sasson. The camera weighed 8 pounds. It took 23 seconds to create the first photograph. The most expensive camera on the planet was a 1923 Leica O-Series camera it was sold for $2.79 million dollars. 

Creative Development:  Discussed: How do you pose for pictures? Invited children to pretend to pose around different objects in the room or in the outdoor area. We pretended to take photos of their different poses.  We looked at the camera that children will be making in afternoon centers.

Language and Literacy: Discussed: What do you wonder about? Invited children to look through the book and explore the photos. We read the story aloud and discussed. The children acted out the questions that were asked.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  Where can you see heart shapes? Invited children to search the room for items or patterns that are heart shaped.   We looked at the Shape Design mat.  The children came up one at a time to recreate the pictures on the mat by using the shape manipulatives.  

Language and Literacy: Discussed:  What would you like to take a picture of? Hang the Letter G Card on the wall and invited children to hunt around the room for places where they might find the letter G. Encourage them to take a pretend photo of the G each time they find it.  We did the Sightseeing Scavenger Hunt.  We read a “G” word and then tried to find that item in the room (girl, glove, glue, gold, glass, green, globe, grass, grapes, garbage can)

Show and Tell: Each child brought in a heart shaped item.  They come up one at a time to show their items and discuss them.

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Camera Art-The children used craft items to make their own camera.  

Wednesday: Airplane/Boat

Feb 5, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Wednesday: Airplane/Boat

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish.   Lucas put the numbers on the calendar, discussed the weather and pattern.  We reviewed our Spanish and Sign Language words.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what we learned about maps.  Discussed:  What would you ride in to go across an ocean.  Children told me what they know about airplanes and boats.  Airplanes are fixed-wing aircraft that are propelled through the air by engines. They are made for transportation, recreation, research, and military purposes. The long, thin body of an aircraft is typically called the fuselage. Pilots usually control the plane from a cockpit located at the front of the fuselage. American aviation pioneers Orville and Wilbur Wright are believed to be the first people to create a successful airplane. Large watercraft are generally called ships. Smaller watercraft are generally called boats. They are designed to float on water, whether it be in lakes, rivers or seas. Boats and ships are used for transport, recreation, fishing, sporting, competition and military purposes. Sailboats are propelled by wind and sails. Motorboats are propelled by engines.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed: How do you think airplanes stay in the air? Set out the People Counters and Counting Cards and invited children to play with them. How do the children decide to share the People Counters?  

Physical Development: Discussed: What snacks would you take on a boat ride? Set out the ingredients and invited children to take a small taste of each. What faces do they make as they explore the food? We made pita boat sandwiches for the children to snack on before we went on Tumble Bus.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  Who would you take on a boat trip? Where would you go? Invited children to explore the tub of water and toy boats. How do they make the boats move?  We discussed floating and sinking objects in the water.

Social Studies: Discussed:  Who has given you a gift? Why? Set out gift bags, boxes, ribbons and bows, and invited the children to explore wrapping and decorating the “gifts.” Explained that in many cultures, when you visit a friend’s house , it is custom to bring a gift.

Tumble Bus Day:   See the activity form by the front door that the children did on the bus today.  Please do not take this form as Mr. Mik picks it up the next week.

Show and Tell: Discussed: Each child brought 6 items in a bag.  Each child came up one at a time to count out their objects.  

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Large Cardboard blocks  Center 2- My Little Journal- the children will draw a boat on the front cover of their journal.    

Tuesday: Map

Feb 5, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Tuesday: Map

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish.  Lucas put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather, pattern and found the day of the week in Spanish. He reviewed all our Spanish, Sign language, Sight words and numbers.  

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the kids learned about suitcases.  Discussed:  What might you see on a map.  Fun facts:  In 1973 two maps from the second B.C. were found in China. They were both written on silk. Eskimos used driftwood, bones, and pebbles to represent routes or trading grounds. Early maps were usually local showing people where things were within a limited area. Some of the first detailed maps of places were made by armies.

Creative Development:  Discussed: Who do you think needs love? Covered the World Map with blocks and invited the children to freely remove the blocks to discover the hiding animals.  We blew kisses to those animals all over the world.   Looked at the heart they will be making in afternoon centers.

Social Studies: Discussed: What would a map of your neighborhood have on it?  We brainstormed and named different buildings in our community.  

Physical Development:  Discussed: How do you get to school? The park? The store? Discussed different modes of transportation on the roads or paths children followed.  We looked at the map and discussed how to follow the path to the end.

Language and Literacy: Discussed:  What object is most like the shape of a globe? Set out balls of different sizes and weights. Encouraged children to explore them. What do they do discover? Explained that a globe is a round model of the Earth. The shape of a globe and the Earth is called a sphere.  We looked at our globe and found different places on it.  Discussed how Globe starts with the letter G.  We discussed the sound that G makes and discussed when G borrows the J sound.  We looked at words that said J and words that said G.  

Show and Tell: Discussed: Each child brought in an item that started with the letter Gg.   Each child came up one at a time to show their item and discuss which sound the G was making.  

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Lincoln Logs  Center 2- Follow the Map- They used a q-tip to dip into paint and follow the path.   Center 3-  Love the World Art-  The children took a blue heart that they tore pieces of  green paper to look like land and glued onto the heart and decorated our heart world. 

Monday: Suitcase

Feb 5, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Monday: Suitcase

Calendar: Discussed the date in English and Spanish.  Lucas is the new calendar person for this week.  We said “goodbye” to January and “Hello” to February.  He put the numbers on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  He read all the sight words and  numbers in English and Spanish on  his own.  He also reviewed all our sign language and Spanish words.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the children learned last month.  We looked at the new theme for this month and discussed.  The children told me everything they know about Suitcases.  Fun facts:  The word luggage comes from the verb “lug” which means to drag.  All lost and unclaimed luggage eventually ends up in Scottsboro, Alabama where its contents are sold to the public.  The worlds most expensive suitcase is priced at $20,000.  The worlds lightest suitcase weighs just 3.4 pounds.

Physical Development: Discussed: When do you need a suitcase? Set out the letter tiles and observed which letters they select. We discussed the letters and how we will use them to make our names on the suitcase we will be making in afternoon centers.

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed: How do you choose what to pack for a trip? Invited the children to look through old magazines or newspapers and tear out photos of things they would like to pack in a suitcase.

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed: What is too big to fit in a suitcase? Set out an empty suitcase and a variety of sized items. Invited children to pretend to pack a suitcase for a trip. How many items can they fit inside? Which items are too big? We discussed items we could  fit into a suitcase and items that could not fit into a suitcase.  I had a child take the red bird and fly to something red in the room.  They told me if it would or would not fit in a suitcase.

Language and Literacy: Discussed:  What would you pack if you went to a grandma’s house for the night? Placed the name tags on the floor upside down. I had a child come pick a name tag and hold it up for the other children to see.  If the child recognized their name they came to get their ticket so they could fly to grandma’s house.

Show and Tell: We looked at all the kids clothing one at a time and found all the red they were wearing.  The children wearing red stood up and the children not wearing red sat down.  We discussed more and less.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1- Legos Center 2- Name Tags- The children practiced writing their names.   Center 3- My Suitcase- The children made their own suitcase and laced up the sides.  They then decorated it as desired. 

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