Thursday: Horse

Oct 17, 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 correct number to put on the calendar.  Discussed the pattern in English and Spanish and discussed the weather.  We reviewed the colors, shapes, Spanish, Sign language, and Sight words.  

Fun Facts/Brainstorming: Reviewed what they learned about Hay. Today the children told me everything they know about Horses!  Fun facts:  Horses can sleep both lying down and standing up.  They can run shortly after birth.  Domestic horses have a lifespan of around 25 years.  A 19th century horse named ‘Old Billy’ is said to have lived 62 years.   Horses have around 205 bones in their skeleton.  They have been domesticated for over 5000 years.  Horses are herbivores (plant eaters).  Their eyes are bigger than any other mammal that lives on land.  Because horse’s eyes are on the side of their head they are capable of seeing nearly 360 degrees at one time.  Horses gallop at around 27 mph.  The fastest recorded sprinting speed of a horse was 55mph.  Estimates suggest that there are around 60 million horses in the world.  

Social and Emotional Development: Discuss: Why do you wear shoes? Why do you think horses wear shoes?  I had a real horse shoe and showed that to the children.  Explained that many horses wear horseshoes to help keep their feet safe.  We looked at the bottom of Gretchen’s shoe and described what we saw since everyone else didn’t have their shoes on.  We then did a shoe rubbing of Gretchen’s shoe.  All the children did a shoe rubbing in afternoon centers and compared their rubbing with other children’s and discussed.

Creative Development: Discuss: How do you stay warm when you get cold?  Explained that horses can get cold, just like us.  Blankets can keep us all warm and also keep horses warm.  We learned how to weave a blanket yesterday and looked at those.

Language and Literacy: Discuss: What does a horseshoe look like? We looked at the real horse shoe and the children noticed it looked like a C and a U.  We looked at the letter U and discussed the sound it makes.  We then discussed words that begin with that letter.  Each child came up one at a time to find the letter U on the alphabet strip.  I then placed the horseshoe on one side of the room and the U on the other.  The children had to gallop to each of the horseshoes really fast.  

Physical Development:  Discuss: What color horseshoe would you put on your horse?  The children learned how to make the capital and lowercase letter U.  They then came up one at a time to write it on the wipe off board.  They also practiced writing the capital and lowercase Uu on their Journal pages and I Can write page.

Show and Tell:  Each child brought an item that begins with the letter U.  They came up one at a time to tell us about their item and discuss why they brought it.  

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Legos Center 2: My Little Journal-The children practiced writing their capital and lowercase Uu.  They then traced the Hands-on Letter U at the top of the page and decorated it to turn it into a horseshoe.   Center 3: I Can Write Project Sheet-  They will practice writing the Uu on that as well.   


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