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Tuesday: St. Patrick’s Day

Mar 18, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Tuesday: St. Patrick’s Day

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

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the kids learned about Jupiter.  Today the children told us what they know about St. Patrick’s Day.  

Creative Development:  Discussed: What colors have you seen in the rainbow? Go on a hunt around the room and try to find something that represents each color in the rainbow. We looked at the craft they will be doing in afternoon centers.

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed: How many “coins” do you think could fit in a cup? A bowl? A pot? Invited children to explore emptying and filling the containers with the pretend coins.  We filled different sizes of containers with milk caps and estimated how many we thought would fit in the container.  We then counted to see if their estimate  was close to the correct answer.

Physical Development:  Discussed:  What color is your favorite food? Encourage children to look through the grocery ads and find their favorite foods. Do they recognize healthy foods?   We mixed food coloring in milk and discussed what happened.  We then used paintbrushes to paint a piece of bread and watch it change colors.

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed:  Where would you hide your gold? Share that some stories about leprechauns have said they hide a pot of gold that is marked by a rainbow.  Had the children hide their eyes and we hid the gold coins around the room.  When they found the gold we hid the rainbow over that location.  We played this several times.

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Rainbow Painting- The children used glue to make a rainbow and then sprinkled the salt onto the glue.  They then used watercolor paint to paint over the glue and watch it spread.  

Monday: Jupiter

Mar 17, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Monday: Jupiter

Calendar: Discussed the date in English and Spanish.  Maggie is the new calendar and meteorologist for this week.  She put all the numbers on the calendar, discussed the pattern and found the day of the week in Spanish.  She reviewed our Sight words, Spanish words, Sign language, and numbers.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming: Reviewed what the kids learned about Pluto.  The children told me what they know about Jupiter.  Discussed:  How does Jupiter look different from other planets?  Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system and is made almost entirely of gases and liquids. It has stripes and a system of dusty rings around it.  Fun facts: Jupiter is the largest planet in our Solar system.  It is so big that more than 1,300 Earths could fit inside it.  Thick, colorful clouds of deadly poisonous gases surround Jupiter.  The quick spinning of the planet whips up the atmosphere, creating bands around the planet.  There is a rocky core at the center of Jupiter, slightly bigger than Earth.  Jupiter has a very strong magnetic field, you would weigh two and a half times as much as you would on Earth.  Jupiter has many moons circling around it.  Four of these moons are bigger than Pluto.  Jupiter has many storms raging on the surface, most notably the big red spot which is the largest hurricane in our Solar System. It’s been raging for over three hundred years.

Science: Discussed: What do you think makes a planet or moon shine in the night sky? Turned off the lights and set out the ball and the flashlight. Invited children to explore shining the light on the ball or other objects in the room.  I then placed a mirror in front of the flashlight and we watched it bounce light onto the ceiling.  We then made the ball move slowly in front of the mirror and watched the light change on the ceiling.  Explained that when a planet or moon appears to shine, it is actually a reflection of the Sun’s light.

Language and Literacy: Discussed: What do you know that begins with the letter /r/ sound? We discussed words that begin with the letter R.  Discussed the sound that R makes.

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed: How do planets look the same? How do they look different? We looked at the Planet Matching game sheet and discussed how the planets were different.  We then played the Matching game.  The children took turns turning over two cards to see if they had a match.  We played until all the matches were found.

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed: How many moons do you think Jupiter has? Jupiter has 67 moons, the most of all 8 planets. We used blocks and the Moon to do our Math story problems.  Problem one:  There were 3 rocks on the moon.  (One child came up and grabbed 3 blocks and placed them on the moon)  Problem 2:  There were 3 rocks on the moon.  There was a big storm and 4 more rocks formed.  How many rocks are on the moon now?  (Another child got 4 more rocks and we discussed what 3+4=7)  Problem 3:  There were 9 rocks on the moon. 4 floated away into outer space.  How many rocks were left on the moon?  (A child put 9 rocks on the moon and had 4 float away.  9-4=5)  Problem 4:  There were 4 piles of rocks on the moon.  Each pile had 2 rocks on it.  How many total rocks are on the moon?  (I had 4 children come up and each child took 2 rocks (blocks) to stack.  We then had 4 groups and counted them to find out the total number of rocks. 4×2=8)

Afternoon Centers: Center 1- Saturn Wand-The children made their own wand for Saturn to play with.  They decorated a craft stick with markers and added a ribbon. Center 2- Matching Game- Each child had a game to take home.  

Friday: Pluto

Mar 16, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Friday: Pluto

Calendar: Discussed the date in English and Spanish.  Bo put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather, discussed the pattern and found the day of the week in Spanish. Bo read all the numbers backwards in English.  He then read the numbers in Spanish as well.  We reviewed all our Spanish, Sight words, and Sign language.  

Fun Facts/Brainstorming: Reviewed what we learned about Venus.  Discussed: What have you seen that is very little?  Today the children told me what they know about Pluto.  

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed: How is Pluto similar to and different from other planets? Pluto is not considered a planet anymore. It is made out of rock, very small and the farthest away from the Sun.  I gave each child a Lotto game board and they took turns drawing a card.  If the card did not match a picture on their game board they would look at their friends board to find the matching picture and place it on their board.  We played this until all the pictures were matched. 

Physical Development: Discussed: What would you like about traveling in space? Explained that when astronauts travel in space, they wear a large, protective space helmet. We looked at the Astronaut Portrait they will be making in afternoon centers.

Social and Emotional Development: Discussed: How would you feel if someone said you weren’t big enough? Invited children to brainstorm what you could do to make someone feel better when they are sad. Explained that Pluto was once considered a planet, but in 1996, scientists determined that it was too small. It was then considered a “dwarf planet.”

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed: What can you find in the room that is shaped like a planet? Encouraged children to explore the area for balls and other spherical objects and bring them to the center of the room.  We put the balls in order from smallest to biggest.  Discussed which one would represent Pluto.  

Afternoon Centers: Center 1- Free play

Thursday: Venus

Mar 13, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Thursday: Venus

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

Fun Facts/Brainstorming: Reviewed what the children learned about Mars.  The children told me what they know about Venus.  Discussed:  How do you think Venus and Earth are similar?  Venus is Earth’s sister.  It is about the same size as Earth but is hotter and has no water.  Fun facts:  The atmosphere of Venus is made up mainly of carbon dioxide.  Its size is slightly smaller than Earth and features gravity similar to that of Earth.  Venus is surrounded by clouds which create the most corrosive acid rain found anywhere in our solar system.  The clouds are so thick that little light even reaches the surface.  The light that does reach the surface is converted to heat and can not escape the atmosphere making Venus the hottest planet at around 500 Degrees Celsius.  The surface of Venus is often described as a “stormy desert”  full of many craters and very active volcanoes. The surface is also likened to molten lead and has no liquid water.

Language and Literacy: Discussed: What do you see when you look at the sky during the day? At night? Invited children to explore the room and describe what they see when they look up. We read the words “look” and “up”.  The children helped me read the I Can Read book, “Look Up”.   Discussed the book while we read.

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed: Where is Venus in the solar system? Invited children to search the room for things that have patterns. We then worked on the pattern guide.  The children helped continue the pattern by adding the pictures to the guide.  Pattern was Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth.    We then worked together to make different patterns.  

Social and Emotional Development: Discussed: Why do you think Venus is so hot? Venus is so hot because it is close to the Sun (2nd closest) and has very thick clouds that keep the heat inside. Filled a sock with rice and tied the end to create a beanbag. Invited children to squeeze, squish and explore the feeling of it.  We microwaved the sock for about a minute and then played “hot Venus” around the circle.  

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed: How do you think Earth would look if you were standing on Venus? From Venus, Earth would look like a little star. Invited children to toss beanbags or balls then take big steps to get to them.  I invited the children to spin all around the room like planets.  Shouted, “Stop!” and had them freeze.  I put the Sun cutout somewhere on the floor.  Had the child estimate how many steps it would take to get to the Sun card and then they took the steps to count and verify.  We did this until each child had a turn.

Show and Tell:   The children brought in an item with a pattern on it.  We had them come up one at a time and discussed the patterns they saw. 

Afternoon Centers: Center 1- I Can Read Book-  The children went through and circled the word “up” and underlined the word “look”. Center 2- Astronaut Portrait-  the children will draw a self-portrait on the paper. They will decorate it to look like an astronaut. They then glued on the frame.   

Wednesday: Mars

Mar 12, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Wednesday: Mars

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

Fun Facts/Brainstorming: Reviewed what the kids learned about Mercury. The children told me what they know about Mars. Discussed: Why do you think Mars is red?  Fun facts:  Mars is nicknamed the red planet because it is covered with rust-like dust.  Even the atmosphere is a pinkish red, colored by tiny particles of dust thrown up from the surface.  Mars experiences violent dust storms which continually change its surface.  Mars has many massive volcanoes and is home to Olympus Mons, the largest volcano in our solar system.  Mars has a very thin atmosphere made mostly of carbon dioxide.  It is not thick enough to trap the sun’s heat like Venus, so the planet is very cold.  Temperatures range from -120 degrees Celsius on winter nights to 25 degrees Celsius in the summer.  It has many channels, plains and canyons on the surface which could have been caused by water erosion in the past.  Mars has very weak gravity which cannot hold onto the atmosphere well.  The polar ice caps consist of frozen Co2 (dry ice) which lies over a layer of ice.

Language and Literacy: Discussed: Who or what do you think can travel in outer space? Many people and animals have traveled in space including monkeys, dogs, mice, frogs, fish and even spiders. We looked at the Storybook and discussed the concepts of print:  front cover, back cover, title, author, illustrator.  Read the book, “Up In Space”.  We read the book and reviewed the planets as we went.  The children practiced saying the planets in order.

Creative Development: Discussed: What have you seen flying in the sky? Invited children to explore tossing paper plates like flying saucers. We looked at the UFO that they will be making in afternoon centers.

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed: What do you think the surface of Mars is like? Mars has many mountains and canyons, only much deeper and much higher than the ones on Earth. We took the blocks and counted out 17 and stacked them.  We discussed the number 17.

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed: Why do you think Mars is red? Invited children to search the room for red objects. Explained that the surface of Mars contains a lot of iron that becomes red over time when it mixes with oxygen. This is a similar process to rusting metal. We took our parachute and put red crumpled paper in the middle. The children also added red small items to the middle of the parachute.  We discussed how the crumpled paper was rocks on Mars and we had to keep them on Mars or they would fall and hit the Earth.  We made a red dust storm by the kids shaking the parachute up and down.  When the toys fell off it was OK but when the red crumpled paper fell off that was a rock that would hit the Earth.  We counted how many fell to the “Earth” and we discussed that rocks fall to Earth from Mars about once every 50 years.

Show and Tell:  The children brought 17 items.  They came up one at a time to count out their items.  We discussed if they needed more or less or if they were equal to 17.  

Tumble Bus-  See the activity form by the Sign in and out Book.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1- UFO Art- The children painted two paper plates gray.  They attached a souffle cup to the top and glued on jewels and sequins.  They stapled the two plates together once they were dry and could fly it around the room.  Center 2- My Little Journal-The children went to the yellow page and drew a large yellow circle.  They colored it brown and yellow.  They then used yellow paint to make moons around it to represent Pluto for Friday’s lessons. 

Tuesday:Mercury

Mar 11, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Tuesday:Mercury

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

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the kids learned about Earth.  Today the children told me what they know about Mercury.  Discussed:   What do you think the weather is like on Mercury?  Fun facts:  The surface of Mercury is very similar to our moon.  It has a very barren, rocky surface covered with many craters.  Being so close to the Sun, the daytime temperature on Mercury is scorching-reaching over 400 degree Celsius.  At night however, without an atmosphere to hold the heat in, the temperatures plummet, dropping to -180 Degree Celsius. Mercury has a very low surface gravity.   It has no atmosphere which means there is no wind or weather to speak of.  There is also no water on the surface of Mercury, it is possible however that there could be water underneath the surface.  Likewise, there is no air on the surface but it could be trapped underneath.  

Creative Development:  Discussed: When do you feel the temperature change? Temperatures on Mercury range from 875 degrees F in the daytime to -300 degrees F at night. Set out a bowl of ice and a bowl of warm water. Invited the children to feel and explore the different temperatures. We discussed if it was day  or night on Mercury by the temperature of the water.

Creative Development: Discussed: What do you think it would be like to walk on Mercury? Explained that Mercury’s surface is very rocky and wrinkly with many deep craters. Invited children to search the room for something wrinkly and bumpy. Bring back the items and pass them around. We discussed all our new Spanish words and practiced saying them several times.  Spanish words: Star “estrella”; Sun “sol”;  zipper- “cierre”;  Rabbit “Conejo”;  Rocket “cohete”; Zebra “cebra”

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  How many moons do you think surround Mercury? Mercury is one of two planets that have no moons. The children had moons and blocks that they had in front of them. They took turns spinning the spinner. They told the number that it landed on, (7, -7, 3, -3, 1, 2, -2)  if they landed on a negative number they had take away moons from their pile and tell what was left.  If it was just a number they added moons to their pile and told how many total they had now.  They compared it to the Moon Chart to see if they had matching number of moons to the planet.  

Language and Literacy: Discussed:  What do you think might happen if Earth was closer to the Sun? Turn on a hair dryer and invited children to slowly step closer and closer to it (but do not touch it). How close do they get before it is too warm?   Looked at the Hands-On letter R and discussed.  We practiced writing the Capital and lowercase Rr on the wipe off board. We looked at the My Little Journals that we will be doing in afternoon centers.

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  My Little Journal-The children went to the R page and practiced writing the capital and lowercase Rr.  They then drew a giant R on the page and had flames coming out of it like it was hot on Mercury .   Center 2- Mercury Art-  The children painted  one  circle blue and one red. They then glued them together to a craft stick and added glitter.  They were able to play with the planet Mercury that they made and decide if it was night or day by the color.  

Monday: Earth

Mar 10, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Monday: Earth

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish. Bo is the new calendar and meteorologist for this week.  He put the numbers on the calendar, discussed the weather, discussed the pattern and found the day of the week in Spanish.  Bo read all the sight words on his own.  He read all his numbers backwards and then in Spanish.  We reviewed the Spanish and Sign language words.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the kids learned about clouds.  The children told me everything they know about Earth.  Discussed:  How do you think Earth is different from other planets?  Fun facts:  Magma is the hot liquid rock under the surface of the Earth, it is known as lava after it comes out of a volcano.  Hawaii is moving towards Japan because they are on different tectonic plates.  The world’s largest desert is the Sahara in Africa.  The Nile River is the longest river on earth.  Mt. Everest is the highest mountain on earth.  The Earth isn’t perfectly round, it is slightly flattened at the north and south poles.Scientists have dated the Earth as being between 4 and 5 billion years old.  

Creative Development:  Discussed: When have you visited a new place? Explore the room and visit different colors. Begin by visiting green. Continue to visit all of the colors of the rainbow. Some people have imagined that there are creatures that live on other planets that want to visit Earth. These beings would be called aliens.  We looked at the Alien headbands the children will be making.

Language and Literacy: Discussed: What types of things live on Earth? Earth is special because it is the only known planet that has life. We looked at the Hands-on R.  Discussed the sound it makes and discussed words that begin with that letter.  We looked in the dictionary to find more R words.  The children then rolled the dice and counted the number it landed on.  They had to see if they hopped that many times it would get them to the Rabbit picture on the floor.  Each child took turns rolling the dice.  The children that landed on the one dot had difficulty jumping one jump to the rabbit so I helped them Fly.

Science:  Discussed:  How do you think the planets move without hitting each other?  Earth has its own path, or orbit, around the Sun. It also spins as it orbits. One spin equals one day, and one orbit equals one year.  We had masking tape in a large circle on the floor.  I put a toy “sun” in the middle.  I showed the children how to spin and orbit around the sun while spinning.  We couldn’t fall off the tape or we would bump into another planet.  They had fun doing this.

Social Studies: Discussed:  Where can a rocket ship land?  We had the World Map on the floor the children tossed a foam shape onto the map.  They told me if it was land or water that it landed on.  We pretended it was a rocket ship and if it landed on  the land we cheered and if it landed on the water the children held their nose and pretended to go under water.

Show and Tell:  The children brought in an item that begins with the letter R.  They came up one at a time to show us the item they brought and discuss.  

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Alien Headband-The children colored the headband and added antennae and wiggle eyes.  

Friday:Clouds

Mar 7, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Friday:Clouds

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish. Keira put the number on the calendar and found the day of the week in Spanish.  She reviewed our numbers, Spanish, Sign Language and Sight words.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the children learned about Astronomers.  Discussed: What do you think is in a cloud?  Fun facts: A cloud is a large group of tiny water droplets that we can see in the air.  They are formed when water on Earth evaporates into the sky and condenses high up in the cooler air.  Rain, snow, sleet and hail falling from the clouds is called precipitation.  Most clouds form in the troposphere (the lowest part of Earth’s atmosphere).  Clouds can contain millions of tons of water.  Cumulus clouds are puffy, like cotton floating in the sky.  Cirrus clouds are thin and wispy, appearing high in sky.  Stratus clouds are flat and featureless, appearing as layered sheets.  

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed: How do you think a cloud feels to the touch? Explored tossing the cotton balls, beanbags, balls or other soft items. What is different about tossing the cotton ball?  We spread the counting cloud cards on the floor and had the children work together to put the matching number of cotton balls on each.  Next, I put any amount of cotton balls on one of the clouds and invited a child to quickly look and guess if the amount of cotton balls matches the number.  We then counted them to verify the guess. 

Science: Discussed: How do you think you could make a cloud? Invited children to feel ice in a tub. Fog is a kind of cloud that floats near the ground. It is formed when warm air passes over cold ground.  We turned a hair dryer and the children felt the air coming out.  We tried to make fog by putting the hair dryer on the ice.  

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What shapes do you see in the clouds? Invited children to explore building letters, numbers or shapes with the cotton balls.

Social and Emotional Development: Discussed:  If you had a pet cloud, how would you take care of it? Gave each child a cotton ball and invited them to stretch and pull it in different ways. 

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Pet cloud art-  The children used the cotton balls that they pulled and stretched and glued them together to make a pet.  They glued on wiggly eyes and took their pet on a walk. 

Thursday: Astronomer

Mar 7, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Thursday: Astronomer

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

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the children learned about the moon.  The children did not know what an Astronomer was so we discussed.  Discussed:  What would  you like to learn about space.  Fun facts:  Astronomers study objects found in space such as planets, moons, stars, solar systems and galaxies.  Astronomy is one of the oldest fields of science.  Becoming an astronomer usually requires a high level of education such as PhD in physics.  Strong math skills are important to astronomers.  Professional astronomers only spend a small amount of time with telescopes, most of their time is spent analyzing images and data.

Creative Development:  Discussed: What can help you see what is in outer space?  Astronomers study the night sky. They often use telescopes to help them see what’s in space. Hide the star stickers around the room and invite children to explore looking through the tube as they search for the stars.  Looked at the Telescope that they will be making in afternoon centers.

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed: What do you see when you look at the stars? Invited children to use the foam stars to make various designs on the floor. What shapes, letters or patterns do they create? Explain that long ago, before maps, travelers used stars as guides and charts. The North Star (Polaris) is a star that never moves.  We looked at the Constellation cards and the children took turns recreating the constellation with the foam stars.  This was difficult.

Science:  Discussed:  What would you like to look for in the night sky? Invited children to look through books about outer space and explore pictures of the night sky. We looked at the Space paper they will be doing in afternoon centers

Language and Literacy: Discussed:  Where can you learn more about the stars and planets? Invited children to explore the room to find objects they think might fit in the box. Place them in the box then look through the eyehole at them.

Show and Tell:  The children wore yellow today.  We had the children stand up to show all their yellow on and then counted how many had yellow and how many did not.

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Space Paper-We mixed dish soap with black paint. The children colored a white piece of paper. They used the paint mixture to paint over it and let it dry. They then added another coat.  They then used scratching tools to scratch out a design in the paper, when it was dry.  Center 2- Stargazer Telescope-The children colored their tube and added stars to it.  They looked through it at the constellation cards.  

Wednesday: Moon

Mar 7, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Wednesday: Moon

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish. Keira found the number for the calendar, discussed the pattern and found the day of the week in Spanish.  She read all the numbers backwards and then in Spanish.  We all reviewed the Spanish, Sight words and Sign language words.  

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the children learned about the Sun.  Discussed:  What do you think you could find on the moon.  The children told us all they know about the moon.  Fun facts:  The moon is Earth’s one natural satellite.  The moon is the fifth largest satellite in our Solar System. It is one-fourth the size of Earth.  It rotates at ten miles per hour. If you weighed 100 pounds on Earth, you would weigh 16.6 pounds on the Moon.  The Moon’s gravity affects the oceans on Earth.  When the moon is directly above you and you are along the coast,  you will encounter a high tide.  Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. There is no atmosphere on the moon; no wind on the moon.  The moon orbits around the earth every 29 days.  

Science: Discussed: What would you bring back from the Moon? Set out a variety of rocks and invited the children to explore the look and feel of them. Twelve astronauts have walked on the Moon and collected many rocks and soil samples. The children will make moon rocks in afternoon centers.

Social and Emotional Development: Discussed:What  do you think the surface of the Moon feels like? The Moon’s surface is very rough and mountainous with many craters. Invited children to explore the room and to find something with a rough texture. We made Moon Snacks.  We took a rice cake that we put peanut butter on and then raisins to make craters the children loved eating the moon.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  How many moons do you think there are? Explained that Earth only has one moon, but other planets have as many as 67 moons! Set out ramps and explore rolling the pieces down the ramp. The children took the moon pieces and rolled them down the slide to see if they would land on the 7 Counting Card.  We counted how many landed on the card and discussed if it needed more or less to equal 7.  We counted the stars on the Counting card and discussed the number 7.  

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed:  How big do you think the Moon is? Explained that the Moon is only about 1/4 of the size of Earth. That means, you could almost fit 4 moons inside of one Earth.  I drew a picture of the Earth and explained  1/4 of it if we split it.  I then drew 4 moons inside the earth.  The children rolled the dice and told the color it landed on.  They then picked that same color of moon and stacked it on top of the half-moon.  They continued playing and stacking the same color of moon on top of each other to see if it would balance before falling.  

Tumble Bus Day: Please see the form by the front door to see what activities the children did on the bus.

Show and Tell:  The children all brought in 7 items.  They came up one at a time to count out their items and discuss.  They also brought in Birthday cards for Alexis.  Alexis got to sit on my lap and we read and looked at her cards. We ate cake at lunch.

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Moon Rocks-The children watched while we mixed water with the dough mixture.  We discussed how it was changing.  Each child got some of the dough to form into a rock.  We then baked the Rocks.  The children then decorated their moon rock bags.   

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