Sunday, November 14, 2010

Unit 2 September 15-19

-Pinata Party is Thursday. Please have your child bring in a stuffed animal friend from home to school.
-No School on Friday for conferences.

Unit 2, children will be talking about friendship, how to be a good friend, and ways to resolve conflicts with friends. Through the Story Time books, children hear about the importance of being who you are, helping friends, enjoying special times together, and getting along. In addition to listening to stories, children will learn to idenify rhyming works and beginning letters and sounds in words, as they build vocabulary and comprehension skills. They will also participate in a variety of music, poetry, math, science, and art activities.

Theme Concepts:
-A friend is someone we like and want to spend time with. Friends like to do things together. They enjoy each other's company.
-We can have more than one good friend, and we might like to do some things with one friend and other things with other friends.
-Friends usually share with and help one another.
-Friends may have arguments and get mad at one another. Usually, friends work out their problems and continue to be friends.
-We can make new friends and also keep old friends.

Books this week
Road Builders
Hooray for Pinata
Animals in Winter
Small Groups
-Science- Making Lemonade-We will be exploring and observing lemons and using our fine motor muscles to squeeze lemons. This is connected to the characters in Matthew and Tilly
-Language and Literacy- Matching pictures from our unit 2 story books with words. We will be using our phonemic awarness skills to try to determine what words go with which pictures. Long words, short words, beginning sounds and ending sounds.
-Alphabet Matching Names- We will cut and glue the letters of our name in order
- Let's Feed the Hungry Monkeys- We will be using cookies to expose children to the concept of dividing.  They will be equally dividing a cookies in to two equal sets.  We will also problem solve when we have an extra cookie.  We will discuss the term one-half. 
-Picture Memory- We will be playing a memory game using pictures and vocabulary words from our books from unit 2.
-Gross Motor activity- Children will be using gross motor skills on equipment such as a balance beam, tricycles, and pulling baskets up the ramp.
***Please note that some small group activities have continued from last week.

Blocks-cars and race tracks on the rug
Sensory Table-Goop (corn starch and water)
Dramatic Play- Construction Zone (hammers, nails (golf tees), wrenches, screws and other building materials.
Library- A variety of books about friends and construction
Easel- Writing invitations like Dandelion using feathers to dip into paint.
Art-decorating our bags for our pinata party
Puzzles- construction puzzles
Writing Center- writing invitations
Song, Word Play and Letters
Poems-Mix a pancake
Songs- Come On and Join In To The Game, Five Little Moneys, Bananas Song
Literacy Skills- T-I-L-L-Y(We will be singing this song inspired by bingo then changing the beginning letter to make new words such as silly, Billy, Milly.

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