Friday, January 6, 2012

Snow Unit January 9-13

Books This Week:
Good Night Baby Bear
Stella: Queen of the Snow
The Mitten
The Snowy Day

Small Groups For This Week:
1.Science- Each child will be given 2 ice cubes to observe. They will sprinkle salt on one then observe what happens.  They will draw or write what they observe.
2.Math- Creating sets of objects- Each child will be given a collection of winter objects to cut. Then they will sort and create sets of three.   Then each child will write the letters they hear in each of the winter words next to each set by listening the sounds in the word. (We call it ear spelling)
3.Class Book- We will be creating a class book about the hat we wear in the snow. Once it is complete we will be sending it home for children to share with their families.
1. Subitizing- This is a math skill that allows you to know how many objects there are without counting. We will show the children 2 or 3 objects then hide them. They will have to say how many there are without counting using 1:1 coorespondence.  The write down the number. We will see which number is written the most.
2. Memorizing Winter Clothing- This is a game that the children will see 4- 5 different winter clothing. They will cover their eyes and something will be removed.  Then they will have to guess which 1 or 2 objects were removed.
3. Sorting- Objects that we use in the snow and objects we do not use in the snow.

Art Table: Using colored ice cubes to paint
Block Area:blocks with bears to create caves
Sensory Table:ice skating rink (blocks of ice with little people to skate)
Book Area: books about weater
Easel:Picture of Stella to color
Writing Table: writing shopping lists for winter clothes
Dramatic Play: weather channel role play- we had so much fun with this we will do this again this week
Puzzles and Manipulatives: using potato masher dipped in white paint to create a snowman
We will continuing a program called Handwriting Without Tears. It's focus is on letter formation and letter awareness. This program reinforces proper grasp and trying to strenghten fine motor muscles.
This week's activities: straight line letters such as H, F, E, etc. We will use shaving cream and salt trays to form letters in.

Preschool Manners
We will continue to work on.
-When you want soemething form a teacher or friend and they are doing something say, "Excuse me" to get them to look at you, then you say"May I____________?" to get what you want.

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