Friday, November 17, 2017

Family Traditions Week 3 and 4 (Nov.20-24) (Nov.27-Dec.1)

November 20-24
Week 3
Books This Week:
Yoko's Paper Cranes
A Carp for Kimiko


Concept For This Week:
What is culture?
What is part of your culture?
How is your culture different from other cultures?-Japanese Culture


Small Groups This Week:
Journal writing- We will be writing in our journals about celebrations we share with our families.
Turkey Subitize- We will be subitizing(meaning count with our eyes without touching to know how many) by placing the correct turkey feathers on the turkeys
Turkey Patterns- We will be using dot stickers to create patterns on turkeys
Carp/Doll Patterning- We will extend or create patterns using dolls and carps around our cover of our book.

Centers
Art Table:playdough birthday cakes
Block Area:blocks
Sensory Table: colored rice
Book Area: books about families
Easel:Max and Ruby birthday cakes
Writing Table: lists for the grocery store
Dramatic Play: birthday party

Puzzles and Manipulatives: Ipads

November 27-December 1
(Reminder:No school December 30)
Week 4
Books This Week:
A Carp for Kimoko
Night Tree

Concept For This Week:
What are family traditions?
What are your family traditions?

Handwriting Activities
Letter / Handwriting Small Groups (Letters this week are Uu and Cc)
Letter Activity: We will learn what these uppercase and lowercase letters look like.  
We will sort magnetic letters into groups of uppercase and lowercase groups for each letter. We will hunt for them in our names and the names of our classmates.
We will use crayons to hunt for them on our papers.  

Handwriting Activities
Letter / Handwriting Small Groups (Letters this week are Oo and Qq)
Letter Activity: We will learn what these uppercase and lowercase letters look like.  
We will sort magnetic letters into groups of uppercase and lowercase groups for each letter. We will hunt for them in our names and the names of our classmates.

We will use crayons to hunt for them in our papers.  

Small Groups This Week:
Paper Carps- We will use fine motor skills to create paper fish (carps) just like Kimoko wanted in our unit book
Pine Cones to put outside to feed the birds. Using Crisco and bird seed we will create a tasty treat for birds outside our classroom.We will then sit on a blanket and sing songs. (This is what the family did in the story Night Tree)
Night Tree Math book-We will identify numbers then write them. Then cut and glue the right number of animals to the trees.

Centers
Art Table:painting trees
Block Area:blocks
Sensory Table: Alphabet Soup(using soup spoons we will scoop letters out of the water and put them in a soup bowl)
Book Area: books about families
Easel:night tree bingo dobbers
Writing Table: HWT strips for writing
Dramatic Play: grocery store
Puzzles and Manipulatives: Ipads
Science: tree branches without leaves and pine branches with needles


Friday, November 3, 2017

Family Tradition Unit Weeks 1 and 2 (Nov6-8 and Nov13-17)

No School
Nov. 9 Teacher Professional Development Day
Nov. 10 Veteran's Day

Family Traditions Week 1
Books This Week:
Apples and Pumpkins
Full, Full, Full of Love

Concept Questions For This Week:
-What is a family?
-Who are the people in your family?
-Begin discussion of family tree project

Handwriting Activities
Letter / Handwriting Small Groups (Letters this week are Uu and Cc)
Letter Activity: We will learn what these uppercase and lowercase letters look like.  
We will sort magnetic letters into groups of uppercase and lowercase groups for each letter. We will hunt for them in our names and the names of our classmates.
We will use crayons to hunt for them on our papers.  

Small Groups This Week:
Uppercase Letter Pumpkin Game- We will be playing a letter game by putting our hands in a pumpkin.  We will labeling the letter or identifying the letter we pull out. Then we will record the letter we find on the paper.

Fine Motor/Math Appleseed Activity- Using special hole punches to develop our “alligator finger” muscles, we will be punching out apple seeds.  We will then play a number game to count and glue to correct number of seeds in our apple.  

Pumpkin Sequence- We will color then sequence the order of how to make a jack-o-lantern.  In the story Apples and Pumpkins the family picks a pumpkin then creates a jack-o-lantern as a family tradition

Pumpkin sorting- We will put real pumpkins in size order, then cut and glue a set of pumpkins to put them in order from smallest to biggest and/or biggest to smallest

Centers
Art Table: Pumpkin Pie Playdough Bakery
Block Area:blocks pumpkins to make rows
Sensory Table:water and fish (like in the story Full, Full of Love)
Book Area: books about families
Easel: pumpkins and orange and green paints
Writing Table: family words to copy
Dramatic Play: Setting a table- We will discuss how the family in the unit book "set the table" for a feast.  Then we will cut and glue pictures, a cup, and a napkin to show how to set a proper table.
Puzzles and Manipulatives: puzzles
Science Table: Tally sheets for activity of gerbils


Family Traditions Week 2
Books This Week:
Bunny Cakes
Full, Full, Full of Love

Concept Questions For This Week:
What traditions do families have?
Do different families have different traditions?
What traditions do you have with your family?

Handwriting Activities
Letter / Handwriting Small Groups (Letters this week are Uu and Cc)
Letter Activity: We will learn what these uppercase and lowercase letters look like.  
We will sort magnetic letters into groups of uppercase and lowercase groups for each letter. We will hunt for them in our names and the names of our classmates.
We will use crayons to hunt for them on our papers.  

Small Groups This Week:
Pumpkin and Vine Math Books- First we will draw vines on each page of our books. Then we will use 1:1 correspondence to place the correct number of pumpkins(our thumbprints) on each page. We will focus on numbers 6-10.

Max and Ruby Geometric Houses- After reading Bunny Cakes, we will create a house for Max and Ruby.  Each house will consist of various shapes(square, circle, oval, rectangle, triangle) We will color, cut and glue. It can be tricky to cut different shapes so this is good practice.

Memory Game- Using vocabulary from unit books, we will play a memory game. Then we will discuss which vocabulary comes from which book.

Max Cover Puzzle- We will cut and then assemble a 9 piece puzzle. It will be the cover of our Bunny Cakes book.

Top the Pie Number Game- Using a number cube with targeted numbers on it, we will roll the cube and scoop “whipped cream” (cotton balls) with ice cream scooper to put on our pumpkin pies.  

Writing Grocery Lists- We will be creating grocery lists by tracing and writing letters for the items Max bought at the grocery store.  We will also be drawing pictures to match our words.  
Centers
Art Table:create family trees with our arms and hands with paints
Block Area:blocks pumpkins to make rows
Sensory Table:water  and fishes swimming( like in Full, Full, Full of Love)
Book Area: books about families
Easel: pumpkins and orange and green paints
Writing Table: family words to copy
Dramatic Play:Setting the table/Birthday Party
Puzzles and Manipulatives: Ipads

Science Table: Gerbils


Friday, October 20, 2017

Farm Unit Week 4 October 23-27

Harvest Unit (Week 4)
Books This Week:
Possum's Harvest Moon
Frederick

Concept Questions For This Week:
-Preparing for Winter
-Nocturnal Animals
-Moon Phases
-What is a harvest soiree? Why should we celebrate harvest time?

Small Groups This Week:
Segmenting Farm Words: We will use words and segment the words we hear in simple sentences.  This is a pre-reading phonemic awareness skill. We will count the words we see and hear.  We will also rearrange the farm animal words.  

Nocturnal Animal Memory Game- Using pictures night animals from our story this week, we will play a memory game

Getting Ready for Winter Sorting- We will discuss how we prepare for the winter and how animals prepare for the winter.  We will then cut and sort pictures accordingly.  

Sorting Apples- In this fine motor activity, we will color then pinch tissue paper to sort the “apples” in the correct bushel

Moo Alphabet Game- Using letter cards, we will take turns drawing cards.  Each child will say the letter the cow says.  There are some cards where the cow says moo.  When a child draws that card everyone needs to stand and say MOO.  This will promote attention to the task even when it is not the child’s turn.  

Fine Motor Activity-Making Lanterns for our classroom to prepare for our harvest soiree (more info will follow to explain)
Handwriting Activities
Letter / Handwriting Small Groups (Letters this week are Tt and Ii)
Letter Activity: We will learn what these uppercase and lowercase letters look like.  
We will sort magnetic letters into groups of uppercase and lowercase groups for each letter.
We will hunt for them in our names and the names of our classmates.
We will use crayons to hunt for them on our papers.  

Centers
Art Table: Creating night sky using paint and toothbrushes
Block Area: blocks
Sensory Table: Cleaning muddy farm animals
Book Area: books about farms and growing
Easel: painting with primary colors
Writing Table: Party Notes
Dramatic Play: Pizza Shop
Puzzles and Manipulatives: farm related puzzles
Science Table: Gerbils from the Science Center(drawing pictures and making observations)
Rug- Legos
Preschool Life Skills
Every week we will be reinforcing previous skills and introducing new skills. Some weeks we will spend more time with a previous skill before moving to a new skill.
New Life Skill:
"When I give you an instructions, do them right away." (2-3 step directions)
Previous Life Skills:
"When a teacher calls your name, you stop, look at the speaker, and say "yes".

"When I give you an instruction, do it right away."

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Harvest Unit Week 3 October 16-20

Books This Week
The Little Red Hen
Apple Farmer Annie

Concept Questions For This Week:
-How does food get from the farm to your house?
-What can Apples
-Seasons on the farm
-Scarecrows on the farm

Small Groups This Week:
-Letters in our name/letters not in our name apple trees- We will be creating apple trees using dot stickers (fine motor skill) to pull off and then adding them to trees.  If the letters are not in our names they will have them fall out of the tree (ie. place them on the ground under the tree)
-Syllable Segmenting- We are beginning to segment sounds in words by clapping.  For example, farm has 1 clap and carrot has 2 claps.  We will practice this by staying word together that are related to the farm. Then we will cut and sort pictures on our papers.  
-Following Directions Farm Activity-  We will need to listen carefully to our teachers directions in order to complete our farm pictures.   For example, put the pig between the barn and the pond.  Positional concepts will also be reinforced.
How many in the barn- Reinforcing 1:1 correspondence and accurate counting, we will use farm animals to see how many animals are in the barn.  
Journals- We will continue to write in our journals.  We will first discuss in our groups who we like to play with.   Then we will draw a picture of who we like to play with and try to write our friends name.  We are reminding them that our pictures must match what our words say just like in books that we read together.  
Fill the Cup Race-  We will take turns rolling a number cube.  After we roll the cube we will identify the number, then count that many small blocks.  We will add the blocks to the group cup and keep adding blocks taking turns until we fill the cup.  

Handwriting Activities
Letter / Handwriting Small Groups (Letters this week are Ee and Hh)
Letter Activity: We will learn what these uppercase and lowercase letters look like.  
We will sort magnetic letters into groups of uppercase and lowercase groups for each letter.
We will hunt for them in our names and the names of our classmates.
We will use crayons to hunt for them on our papers.  

Centers
Art Table:Making our farm animal books continued
Block Area:blocks and farm animals
Sensory Table: sorting pig tails(curled pipe cleaners) in mud(black beans)
Book Area: books about farms and growing
Easel: painting with primary colors
Writing Table: Farmer To Do Lists
Dramatic Play: Apple Pie Bakery
Puzzles and Manipulatives: farm related puzzles
Science Table: Gerbils from the Science Center(drawing pictures and making observations)
Preschool Life Skills
Every week we will be reinforcing previous skills and introducing new skills. Some weeks we will spend more time with a previous skill before moving to a new skill.
New Life Skill:
"When I give you an instructions, do them right away." (2-3 step directions)
Previous Life Skills:
"When a teacher calls your name, you stop, look at the speaker, and say "yes".
"When I give you an instruction, do it right away."

Social Thinking Curriculum
During the course of the school year, we will be using a series of 6 books.  
Book 1:  Thinking Thoughts and Feeling Feelings.
Concepts Include:
What is a thought?
Your brain is a thought maker
What is a feeling?
Your heart is a feelings keeper

A feeling is something that happens in your body

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Farm Chores in the Cub Cadets

(Collecting Eggs and Selling Eggs at a Farm Stand)
(Milking Cows)
During our Harvest unit, our class has been busy doing farm chores.  In our dramatic play area, we had a hen house where we need to collect the eggs from under the hens.  After we collect the eggs in a basket, we then transferred the eggs to cartons.  Then we put the eggs in a farm stand so we can then sell the “farm fresh” eggs.  
We also had been learning why farmers need animals on the farm.  The children have had the experience to “milk” cows.  We created cows and placed “milk” (white paint with water) in rubber gloves.  A small hole was made in the gloves and children had to squeeze the milk out while balancing on a peg stool.  It was fun doing chores on the farm. 



Friday, October 6, 2017

Harvest Week 2 (October 10-13)

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT: WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 11 AT 6:30
Harvest Unit (Week 2)
Books This Week:
The Little Red Hen
Otis
Concept Questions For This Week:
-Where does our food come from?
-How do machines help farmers?
-How food is prepared?
-What happens to wheat before we can eat it?


Small Groups This Week:
Memory Game- Using Little Red Hen vocabulary words, we will play a memory game.  
Chase the Farmer Sequence- We will be working on patterns in groups using farm animal manipulatives. Then we will cut and then glue farm animals on a strip to show a pattern.  At the end of the pattern, we will put a farmer which is inspired by our story Farmer Duck.  In the book, the animals chased the farmer off the farm for not helping the duck with the jobs on the farm.  
-Sorting Tools used on the farm and not on the farm.  After discussing the tools we will then sort the pictures on our papers.
-More and Less Gardens- Using math vocabulary, we will create 2 gardens.  Then we will count each garden and name the garden that has more and less.  
-Roll A Vegetable Graphing game- Using a cube with pictures of vegetables, we will each take turns rolling the cube and then recording the picture we rolled or our friend rolled.  At the end, we will discuss what vegetable we rolled the most, least, and if any were the same.  
-Journals- We will be drawing pictures in our journals and discussing our family with our peers at the small group by showing their friends their pictures.  

Letter / Handwriting Small Groups (Letters this week are Ee and Hh)
Letter Activity: We will learn what these uppercase and lowercase letters look like.  
We will sort magnetic letters into groups of uppercase and lowercase groups for each letter.
We will hunt for them in our names and the names of our classmates.
We will use crayons to hunt for them on our papers.  

Centers
Sensory Table: Dirt and garden stakes
Art Table: Farm Books for each animal
Blocks: Creating Gardens with blocks
Book Area: books about farms and growing
Writing Table: Farmer To Do Lists
Dramatic Play: Hen House
Puzzles and Manipulatives: farm related puzzles
Science Table: Gerbils
Preschool Life Skills
Every week we will be reinforcing previous skills and introducing new skills. Some weeks we will spend more time with a previous skill before moving to a new skill.
New Life Skill: "When I give you an instruction, do it right away."
Previous Life Skill: "When a teacher calls your name, you stop, look at the speaker, and say "yes".

Social Thinking Curriculum
During the course of the school year, we will be using a series of 6 books.  
Book 1:  Thinking Thoughts and Feeling Feelings.
Concepts Include:
What is a thought?
Your brain is a thought maker
What is a feeling?
Your heart is a feelings keeper

A feeling is something that happens in your body