Friday, October 7, 2011

September 11-14

Books This Week:
The Little Red Hen
Eddie's Garden
Farmer Duck

Concept Questions For This Week:
-Where does food  come from?
-How do machines help farmers?
-How is food prepared?
-What happens to wheat before we can eat it?

Small Groups This Week:
Last week we did not complete our small groups because we were busy creating a garden outside of our playground. We will be finishing these small groups this shorten week. 1. Planting seeds- We will decorate cups with markers, add soil, and add grass seeds. We will be watching our seeds grow over the course of this unit.
2. Sequence the life cycle of plants- We will color, cut, then sequence 4 pictures to show the life cycle of plants.
3. Math- We will be cutting pictures of farm animals. Then we will sort the farm animals to count them. We will then graph them to determine the most and least. We will discuss the beginning letters of the animals as well.
1. Bingo Game- Our bingo boards will have tools that can be found on a farm. (rake, tractor,hoe, shovel, sickle,.....)
2. Animals on the farm book-We will create a textured book of animals on the farm. We will also be writing the beginning sounds of words for each page.
3.Math- we will create patterns to reinforce left to right progression. We will add a farmer at the end to illustrate the farmer getting chased by the animals.(Just like in our story Farmer Duck)

**We have 3 small groups a day that rotate with different children.

Some activities will continue next week. **

Art Table:Animals for our farm mural(sheep-with shaving cream and glue)
Block Area:barns and farm animals
Sensory Table:dirt and popscicle sticks to make rows for seeds with seed packets
Book Area: books about farms and growing
Easel:painting pumpkins with tissue paper and glue to create "stained glass" for our windows.
Writing Table: farmers to do lists
Dramatic Play: role play of the little red hen. Props will be baking pans, mixers, bowls, pretend bread, and animal headbands to show who they are pretending to be.
Puzzles and Manipulatives: farm related puzzles
Science Table: Observing our new gerbils from the Science Center

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.
-Manner 1-"When a teacher calls your name, you stop, look at the speaker, and say "yes".
-Manner 2- "When I give you an instruction, do it right away."
-Manner 3-"When I give you instructions, you do them right away."(following multi-step directions)

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