Friday: Beading

Jan 18, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form. Thomas put the number on the calendar and discussed the weather.  He found the day of the week in Spanish.  Thomas reviewed the colors, shapes and Sign Language words.  

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what we learned about giraffe’s.  The children told me everything they know about beads.  Fun Facts: The use of beads in Africa can be traced back at least 12,000 years.  The earliest beads were made of eggshell, clay, twigs, stones, ivory and bone.  Today beads are made of wood, plastic, glass, metal and stone.

Creative Development:   Discussed:  What type of jewelry have you seen made from beads?  Explained that each tribe in Africa makes a unique type of jewelry.  One tribe that lives in Africa (the Masai tribe) uses beads to make jewelry for the men, women and children.  We looked at the beaded bracelet that the kids made the other day in afternoon centers.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  What designs can you make with beads?  Explained that African tribes have traditional clothes on which they sew on many beads to make unique designs or even pictures.  They find shells or seeds to use as beads too.  We looked at the Parquetry Cards and discussed the designs.  The children took turns coming up and adding the correct size of foam shape to the card to complete the designs.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What happens when you put letters (or letter sounds) together like you put beads together?   I wrote the letter “i” and then a “t” on the wipe off board.  We discussed the sound of each letter and then what they say together.  We talked about how we made a word by putting letters together.  We then added different letters to the beginning of the word family /it/.   We also added an “s” at the end of the letters.  We made several new words and read the new words and used them in sentences.  

Social Studies:  Discussed:  What other things could you do with beads?  Beads were once used as money in Africa and were called African Trade Beads.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Wooden Blocks 

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