Friday: Celebrate Spring

Mar 30, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Marissa helped do the calendar today because Andrew was not here.  She added the number to the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  We all reviewed our Spanish and Sign language words. 

Brainstorm/Fun Facts: Today the children told us everything they know about the season of spring.  Spring is the season that follows winter.  The weather gets warmer in the spring.  In places where it snows, spring is when the snow begins to melt.  Fun Facts:  In the spring, tiny tree frogs called spring peepers begin to chirp.  Pollen from ragweed and timothy grass cause people to sneeze. In the Midwest, spring is a time for tornadoes.  Black bears and other animals end their winter hibernation.  In the US, monarch butterflies lay their eggs on milkweed plants.  Hummingbirds court in the spring. 

Visual Art:  Discussed:  What reminds you of spring time?  Many animals are born in the spring.  Baby animals often remind others that it is spring time.  We looked at the Spring Chick Art that we made this week in Centers.

Physical Science:  Discussed:  How do you think spring smells?  Miss Corrie took the children outside for a walk.  They were to smell the air, feel the ground, the leaves and the buildings.  When they came back in, we discussed what they smelled and felt.  We discussed how it felt and smelled different than the winter time. 

Emergent Reading:   Discussed:  What words make you think of spring?  Explained that the word “spring” can also mean to jump.  The children practiced springing up and down.  I then had everyone crouch down and if I said a word that reminds them of Spring then they jumped up! If I said a word that did not remind them of spring then they stayed crouched down.  We did this several times until everyone was tired.

Dramatic Play:  Discussed:  What do you do when you wake up?  Many animals sleep through the winter in very cold places.  They wake up in the spring.  I asked the children to pretend to be a sleeping animal such as a bear, turtle, or fox.  I held up the winter weather card and told them that this meant they were hibernating.  Everyone pretended to be snoring and sleeping.  I then held up the sun weather card and told them it was now spring.  Everyone stretched and made animal noises while they woke up and the started searching for food.  We did this a couple times.

Numbers:  Discussed:  What bugs you about spring? When the weather gets warmer many bugs begin to wake up, too.  Each child made finger prints with paint on construction paper.  They turned those prints into bugs by adding legs and antenna. 

Show and Tell:   Everyone was to bring in something that makes them think of spring.  Each child came up one at a time and discussed their item in detail. 

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Outside play or Lego’s depending on the weather.  

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