Monday: St. Basil’s Cathedral

Feb 27, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Gretchen is the new calendar and meteorologist person for this week.  She found the numbers for the calendar and discussed the weather.  She reviewed the Spanish and Sign language words.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts: We reviewed what we learned last week.  The children told me what they know about cathedrals.  St. Basil’s Cathedral is located in Russia. It is one of the world wonders because of the onion shaped tops and the beautiful colors.  Fun Facts:  The cathedral is the most recognizable symbol of Russia.  Its colorful onion domes are instantly recognizable around the world as emblems of Moscow.  It is a popular tourist destination because of its history and interesting architecture.

Patterns:  Discussed:  What is the tallest building in your town?  We looked at the four building pictures and noticed the size difference.  The children worked together to put the buildings in tallest to shortest order.

Show and Tell:  Today was crazy sock day.  We looked at everyone’s crazy socks.

Learning Approach:  Discussed:  How should you walk in a church, library or cathedral?  We took turns demonstrating how we should or should not walk.   Each child got to come up and roll the Brain Box and perform the activity that it landed on.  Brain Box activities-  wiggle to something pink in the room, make a heart with your fingers, jump 12 times, pat your legs 13 times, row your arms 11 times, and point to something red in the room.

Emergent Reading:  Discussed: What is your favorite world wonder?  We looked in the World Wonders book to review all the places.  The children will write a postcard about their favorite world wonders.

Health and Safety: Discussed:  What does basil smell like? Look like? Feel like?  The children passed around the fresh basil and dried basil.  Explained that the cathedral was not named after the herb but after a man who lived long ago and took care of people who needed food and water.  We are going to make Tomato & Basil Soup.  The children each took a baggie of diced tomatoes and squished them.  We poured them into a pot with a can of chicken broth.  We then counted out 18 basil leaves and will add them once the water boils.  We then added basil and sugar after it was boiling.  We reduced the heat to low and added cream and butter.  We let it simmer for 20 minutes and the children got to enjoy it as an extra for lunch. 

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Outside Play  Center 2: Postcard-  They will draw a picture of their favorite world wonder place.  The children will then write something about the place and pretend to send it to a family member.  

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