Oct 15, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form. We found the number for the calendar, discussed the pattern and weather.  Found the day of the week in Spanish.  We all reviewed our colors, shapes, Spanish, Sign Language and Sight words.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming: Reviewed what we learned about farmers.  Today the children told us everything they know about sheep.  Fun facts:  There are more than 1 billion sheep in the world.  Female sheep are called Ewe and male sheep are called Ram.  Young sheep under 14 months old are called lamb.  Sheep’s milk is ideal for making cheese like Greek Feta, French Roquefort, Spanish manchego and sheep’s milk ricotta.  It contains higher levels of calcuim, vitamins A, B and E and other nutritional elements than cow’s milk.  There are 34.2 million sheep in New Zealand, which is approximately seven sheep for every human.  Not only can sheep recognize up to 50 other sheep faces and remember them for 2 years, but they can also recogonize human faces.

Language and Literacy: Discussed: What feels soft? What feels scratchy?  We looked at the Story Sequence cards and discussed each card and what was happening on that card.  The children then told me what order the cards should go in to tell the story in order.  We discussed how sheep make wool used in clothing.  I had a sweater made of 100% wool.  I passed that around for them to feel on their face and arms.  They noticed how scratchy and warm it was.  I then passed around cotton balls and they rubbed that on their faces and arms and noticed how soft that was.  I had each child come up and read the label on their shirts and told them if their shirt had cotton or wool in it.  We even had some  shirts with rayon and polyester.  

Physcial Development: Discussed: How do shepherds take care of sheep? We talked about how they heard them and use a long stick with a hook to bring them back with the rest of the herd or lead them to other places.  Also discussed how dogs are used to herd sheep.  We looked at the brown color wand and discussed the color in English and Spanish.  I gave the wand to a child and they went to find something brown in the room and zap it with the wand.

Creative Development: Discussed: If you could have any color sheep, what color would it be?  I showed the children the Barnyard Art they will be doing in afternoon centers.  We used two sheep from that craft and the children had to put them somewhere in the room following my specific directions.  I had two children at a time place the sheep in different areas depending on the directions I gave to them. For example, place the sheep on something red.  Place the sheep under a green object.  Place the sheep by something soft. etc. 

Science: Discussed: What did you drink when you were a baby? What do you think a baby sheep (lamb) drinks?  We learned the sign for “milk” but most of the kids already knew this sign.  We practiced the sign.  We then practiced saying “more milk please” in Sign. Each child took turns practicing. Even baby Maggie did the Signs with us!

Show and Tell:  Each child was to bring in an item that was Brown.They came up one at a time to show their item and tell us about it and why they brought it.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Little People  Center 2: Barnyard Art- The children will color the diorama and then cut on the lines and tape it so it stands up. They will then color their sheep and glue on cotton .  They can play with their sheep in the diorama.  


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