Tuesday: Growth

Feb 26, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

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

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what we learned about a check up.  The children then told me what they know about growth.  We discussed things that grow.  The first year of life is a time of astonishing change during which babies, on average, grow 10 inches in length.   A major growth spurt occurs at the time of puberty, usually between 8 to 13 years in girls and 10 to 15 years in boys.  By the time girls reach age 15 and boys reach age 16 or 17, they will have reached physical maturity.

Creative Development:  Discussed:  How tall are you? Are you taller than a flower?  A chair? A house?  I measured each child to show them how tall they really were.  We compared their height to other children.  We looked at the growth chart that they will be making in afternoon centers.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  What do you think it means to be nimble?  We used several children to show those that are more nimble than others.  Explained that Nimble means that you can move easily and quickly.  We looked at the Rhyme “Jack Be Nimble” and discussed why he might need to be nimble to jump over a candle stick.  I then placed a cardboard tube standing up on the floor.  I replaced Jack’s name with a child’s name and read the rhyme again.  I had that child come up and jump over the candle stick.  We played this until each child got a turn to be in the rhyme.

Mathematics and Reasoning ;  Discussed:  Who is the youngest person in your family?  Who is the oldest?  Who is the tallest person?  Explained that babies grow into adults of all sizes.  We looked at photos of baby, toddler, child, teenager and adult.  I had the children put them in order from the youngest person to the oldest person.  

Social Studies:  What were you like when you were a baby?  We discussed how they could draw a self-portrait of themselves and I drew myself on the wipe off board.  We discussed all the things they can do now that they couldn’t do when they were a baby. 

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1: Variety of Toys  Center 2:  Self-Portraits-  The children will draw themselves as a baby and then what they look like now.  Center 3:  Doggie Growth Chart-  The children will add eyes and color the chart.  We will then help them assemble it.  They can hang them on their wall at home and use the clothespin to mark how tall they are and watch how they grow. 

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