Monday: St. Patrick’s Day

Mar 22, 2014   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form.  Keira is the new calendar girl for this week.  She put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  We reviewed our colors, shapes, Sight words, Spanish and Sign Language words. 

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  We discussed what we learned about Water Lilies.  Today we discussed what their favorite colors are. Today the children told us what they know about St. Patrick’s Day.  Many people wear green on St. Patrick’s Day because it is the color  of a shamrock.  Fun Facts:   St. Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on March,17.  It is named after Saint Patrick, the most commonly recognized of the patron saints in Ireland.  Originally, the color was blue.  Over the years the color green and its association with Saint Patrick’s Day grew.  Green ribbons and shamrocks were worn in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day as early as the 17th century.  In 1903, St. Patrick’s  Day, while not  a legal holiday anywhere in United States, is nonetheless widely recognized and celebrated of Irish and Irish American culture.

Science:  Discussed: What is green that we can’t  gather  and bring inside?  What other colors are seen in nature?   I had the children go around the room and find items  that  would fit in the green box.  We discussed if the item they brought fit in the box or not.

Mathematics and Reasoning:  I showed the kids the  four-leaf clover and  three- leaf clover and explained that most clovers are three-leafed.  I had the children share something that has made them feel lucky.  I explained to them that four-leafed clover represents luck. We placed all the three leaf clovers in a tub and had 1 four leaf clover.  I timed the kids for 1 minute and let three of them look at the same time to see who could find the 4 leaf clover first.  It was very hard to find.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed:  Why do you think people wear shamrocks (or green) on St. Patrick’s Day?  Did you know that wearing green actually referred to a time  when people pinned a shamrock to their hats to show support for the organization they believed in or belonged to.  I had the children sit in a circle facing in. I gave  a shamrock  to a child and had him touch each child on the back once, then  leave the shamrock on one child. I gave the instructions to the group and everyone waved to the person wearing the shamrock.  Once the child declares they are “it” they will then go around tapping everyone’s back and place the shamrock on another person’s back. We will continue until each person has a turn.

Creative Development: Discussed: What colors do you see in a rainbow?  An old legend told the tale of finding gold and treasures at the end of a rainbow.  I showed the children the rainbow art they would be making this afternoon.  We went through the colors and discussed each one and talked about which color they liked best. 

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Legos  Center 2: Rainbow Art- The children cut out their rainbow pattern and then painted it with different colors to make a rainbow.  They then told us two things they were thankful for and we helped them write it on the gold coins.  They glued those to their black pot to make a pot of gold for the end of the rainbow. 


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