Friday, September 17, 2010

Families Unit - Week 1 September 20-24

Families Theme
Children will be exploring and talking about families and the many different ways families relate to and help one another.  Through the Story Time books, children will hear about a boy who helps his family take care of his baby sister, a boy who realizes how much he has grown when a new baby arrives, a girl who behaves badly when she want attention, and a lonely stuffed bear who finds a new friend.  Besides listening to stories, children will begin to recognize initial sounds in words and identify rhyming words as they build vocabulary and comprehension skills.  They will also be participating in a variety of music, poetry, mathematics, science, and art activities during Center Time and in Small Groups.
Theme Concepts:
*Family members have role names: mother, father, sister, and so on.
*Some family members live together; some live in other places but are still family members.
*Grown-ups in a family take care of the children. Younger children need more care.  Older children can help take care of younger brothers and sisters.
*Children sometimes get angry at parents and may feel that their parents don't love them as much as their siblings.
*Sometimes grown-ups in a family don't like things that children do and tell them to stop or be quiet.
*Families do things together that are fun.

Books This Week:
Oonga Boonga by Frieda Wishinsky
Peter's Chair by Ezra Jack Keats

Small Groups:
(Please note that some of our small groups will carry over to Monday)
-Writing/Storytelling- Children will be encouraged to draw pictures in blank books and write letters or words for their illustrations

-Letter Matching- Children will match uppercase letters in small groups.  Teachers will discuss the sounds for the matching letters.

-Book Browsing- Children will look through theme related books. They will also discuss vocabulary/picture cards for the unit.

-Family Portraits- We will look in the books Oonga Boonga and Peter's Chair and discuss their families. Then children will be encouraged to draw and label their own family portrait.

-Watch Me Count- Children will count objects from our unit and label each set with a number.  We will be working with sets of 3, 7, and 15.

-I Touches- Children will be able to play preschool educational apps on our itouches.

-Dramatic Play- Taking Care of Babies
-Sensory Table- Water Movement using squeeze bottles and funnels
-Art Table- Making tissue paper collages
-Writing- Writing my name with letter stampers
-Blocks- Block Play
-Math-Sorting buttons by color, shape, and number of hole
-Library- Books about families

Songs, Word Play, and Letters
-Five Green and Speckled Frogs
-Dr. Jean Alphabet
-Stand Up
-Down by the Bay
-If your name starts with ____ raise your hand

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