Friday: Piano

Dec 7, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Mallory put the number on the calendar and discussed the weather.  She found the day of the week in Spanish.  Mallory reviewed her colors, shapes and Sign Language words.  We also practiced signing our Christmas songs.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about string instruments.  Today the children told me all they know about Pianos.  Fun Facts:  The piano is known as “The King of Instruments”.  The average medium size piano has about 230 strings.  The first note (on a standard 88 note keyboard) is A.  The last note of the keyboard is C.  

Physical Development:  Discussed:  What are the parts of a piano?  A piano has keys, strings and hammers.  When a key is pushed, a hammer hits a string and makes it vibrate.  This is what creates the musical sounds.  We looked at the I Can Cut Project they did last night in centers.  I had each child come up one at a time and match the colored note to the correct color of key on the piano.

Science:  Discussed:  What color are the keys on a piano?  Most of the keys on a piano are white (52 of them) and some of the keys are black (36).  Together, they make the 88 keys on a piano.  We looked at their Journals and found the white page where they made the piano keys.  We discussed everyone’s work.  

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed:  How many keys can you press at one time?  We looked at the paper piano and talked about how many keys we could push at one time.  Discussed that a song is made of many notes like a word is made up of many letters.  We looked at the puzzle pieces.  I picked one child at a time to come up and pick a piece of the puzzle and fit it together with another piece. We discussed the puzzle when it was all finished. 

Language and Literacy:   Discussed:  What is your favorite kind of instrument?  Piano, string instrument, horns, drums?  We looked at the Letter Set card and discussed the letter V.  We reviewed words that begin with the letter V like violin and viola.  We then looked at the letters S, P and H and discussed words that started with those letters like string instruments, piano and horns.

Show and Tell:  All the children wore white today.  I had each child stand up and show us all the white items that they were wearing.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Wooden Blocks  

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