Friday, May 10, 2013

Unit 6

I Heard Said the Bird
Informational Books;
Growing Things
From Caterpillar to Butterfly
Animals Born Alive and Well

Small Group Activities:
Sequencing pictures from infant through adulthood
Syllable Counting Activity
Matching upper and lowercase letters
Graphing Activity
Life Cycle of Butterflies

Choice  Time:
Rug Area: IPADS, floor puzzles and board games
Block Area: building Manipulatives
Red Table: Making Collages with a variety of mediums
Yellow Table: Making and playing with playdough
Writing Center: Stickers, scissors, pencils, markers and stamps
Dramatic Play: Garden

Friday, May 3, 2013

Unit 6: Things That Grow

In unit 6, children explore how living grow, using observations, experiments and books. Through story readings, children hear about ducks who find a special home, a new baby on a farm, a boy who grows from  babyhood to school aged, and a girl who discovers the joy of growing vegetables. Children continue to learn about letters, sounds, and rhyming words, and participate in many other mathematics, science, music, poetry, and art activities.

Theme Concepts:

Living things grow and have life cycles.
Living things reproduce, and the offspring are the same kind of plant or animals as the parent.
Living things need food, water, and proper living conditions to survive.
Immature living things need special care.
Living things interact, and among animals there are predators and prey.

Story Time Books:
The Ugly Vegetable
Make Way For Ducklings
I Heard Said the Bird

Small Group Activities:
Preparing vegetables for soup
Planting Grass
Mother's Day Activity
Paper Plate Ducks
Sequencing Ducks from smallest to largest
Sequencing the life cycle of a bean sprout
1:1 math sheet
Measuring with unifix cubes

Friday, April 12, 2013

This week we finished Unit 5:Shadows and Reflections. After vacation we will start Unit 6: Things That Grow.

What Makes A Shadow
Moon Bear's Shadow
There's a Wocket in my Pocket

Small Groups:
Decorating a butterfly with reflective and non-reflective materials
Creating an AAB pattern
Matching shadows with their corresponding shape
Making a kaleidoscope

Choice Time:
Dramatic Play-dress up clothes and photo shop
Rug Area: IPADS and Floor Puzzle
Yellow Table: Fruit Loop Necklaces
Red Table: Playdough
Block Area: Blocks, Animals and a variety of building manipulatives
Writing Center: Paper, Stickers, Writing Utensils and Scissors
Books: Theme Related and Spring Books

Have a wonderful and relaxing vacation and we'll see you on the 22nd.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Night Shift Daddy
Play With Me

Small Groups:
Coloring, cutting and gluing pieces to make a turtle
Making collections with animals
Practicing writing numbers
Beginning sounds activity
Creating a scene from one of our stories

Choice Time:
Arts-n-crafts - necklaces, creating collages with reflecting and non reflecting materials
Rug Area - floor puzzles and IPADS
Block Area - legos, knex and zoobs
Writing Center- practicing drawing pictures of people, making maps and writing notes
Book Area - Spring related books
Yellow Table- making new playdough
Dramatic Play- house corner

Green Grass Grows All Around
Five Green and Speckled Frogs
Freeze Song
Going to Kentucky
Old McDonald had a Farm

Friday, March 22, 2013

Week 1: Shadows and Reflections

Play With Me
Raccoon on His Own
Clap Your Hands
Caps for Sale

Small Group:
Matching upper and lowercase letters

Choice Time:
Art Table: Bears and Mirrors and watercolors with animals from the books
Block Area: Knex and Zoobs
Dramatic Play: Airport
Writing Center: stickers, markers, scissors
Books: Theme related and classroom favorites
Puzzles and Manipulatives, Playdough

Monday, March 18, 2013

With the snow storm predicted for tomorrow, we have rescheduled our school picture day to Thursday, March 21. There will be no school pictures on Tuesday, March 19.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Unit 5 Shadows and Reflections

Theme: Shadows and Reflections

In Unit 5, children explore shadows and reflections, using observations, experiments, and books to learn what makes a shadow and reflection. Through Story Time books, children hear about a girl playing by a still pond, a puppy who thinks he's a kitten, a crocodile collecting reflections in a pail, a sleepy boy who sees a shadow save a cat, and a raccoon who has an adventure with only his reflection for company. Children continue to learn about letters and sounds, and counting concrete objects. They participate in many other mathematics, science, music,poetry and art activities.

Theme Concepts: 
Reflections are images thrown back from a shiny surface.
There must be light or there is no reflection
Mirrors and still water reflect light well;dull surfaces do not
If water is moving,its reflections are blurry or crooked
Objects are opaque,translucent,or transparent
Shadows are dark areas made when an object blocks light.
The size of shadows vary,depending on how close an object is to it.

Story Time Books:
Play With Me
The Puddle Pail
Kitten for a Day
Raccoon on His Own

Predictable and Informational Books:
Clap Your Hands
Night Shift Daddy
Fun With Shadows


If You're Happy and You Know It
Down By the Bay
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Eensty, Weentsy Spider
Old McDonald Had a Farm
The Wheels on the Bus
I'm a Little Teapot
Open Them, Shut Them
Five Green and Speckled Frogs
Clap Your Hands
Looby Loo
What are You Wearing