Monday, November 14, 2011

November 14-18

Books This Week:
Apples and Pumpkins
Full, Full, Full of Love
Bunny Cakes

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

Small Groups This Week:
1.Setting the dinner table- We will be cutting and gluing a place setting. This will be related to our story Full, Full, Full of Love.  We will also discuss manners at the dinner table.
2.Sorting Pumpkins by size.Given a field of five pumpkins, children will sort them from smallest to biggest and biggest to smallest.  Then they will choose which order to put on their paper to finish.
3.Jack o Lantern sequencing- We will sequence pictures of a jack o lantern then save it for our portfolios.
1. 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.
2. Journal Writing- We will be discussing in large group about the places we have gone. In small groups we will draw a journal page to show a place each child has gone. Then we will put all of the pages together to make a book. It will be sent home when we have completed.
3. Uppercase Letter Pumpkin Matching- We will be playing a matching pumpkin game. We will use pumpkins with uppercase letters on them to match to the same upppercase letter. Then we will try to match lowercase letters to the uppercase matches
Art Table:create family trees with our arms and hands with paints (continued)
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 with placemats and dishes.
Puzzles and Manipulatives: Ipads
We will be starting a program called Handwriting Without Tears.  We will be starting an extra time in our schedule for this program.  It's focus is on letter formation and letter awareness. For example, we will be stressing that letters and numbers start at the top; letters are formed with big and little lines as well as big curves and little curves. We will be playing with these shapes to form letters.

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