The children are quickly getting used to our schedules and routines. We will continue to work on building and strengthening relationships in the classroom. This week our focus turns to, not only know each other, but to feel as a classroom! We will use the "naming of our pet fish" to create a major community building opportunity! Children have been thinking of a name and on Monday we will vote and decide on a name (and maybe even a last name!). We will also begin to explore COLOR. Since our fish is blue, we thought it would make sense to start with blue! We will engage in an in depth investigation of the color blue; what kinds of blues we know of, where do we see blue inside and outside of our classroom, etc. We are hoping to transfer and utilize this investigation with other colors later on. Our study of trees and the changes taking place outdoors are on their way and we will continue to draw children's attention to these!
-Materials: Blue paint, thick brushes and white paper. Colored construction paper, colored pencils, crayons, markers, scissors, glue sticks, tape, staplers, and hole punchers.
-Rationale: To engage in an in-depth investigation of a basic element of art: color. To provide materials to inspire children's creative expression.
-Skills: Exploration and in-depth investigation of color. Self-expression, creative risk-taking, fine motor development.
-Materials: Water, cups, pitchers, bottles, and funnels.
-Rationale: To provide the children with a soothing and familiar sensory experience and to promote social interactions.
-Skills: Experimentation, sensory stimulation and pleasure, beginning to understand the concept of conservation, taking turns and sharing materials.
-Materials: Tree photos from our playground and places that are close by our school. Leaves collected in the playground and our walks. Collected special "treasures" brought by the children (special pinecone, smooth rock, bird's nest, leaf from a tree close by our homes, etc). We will draw children's attention to special beginning of fall signs when in the playground and taking walks around our school.
-Rationale: To support children's intrinsic curiosity about the world around them. To encourage children into noticing the changes taking place outdoors. To encourage symbolic representation.
-Skills: Observation, inquiry, sorting, symbolic representation, comparison, fine motor, hypothesizing, reasoning about events.
Math and Manipulatives
-Materials: Colored shape sorter/stacker, inset puzzles emphasizing people and animals, interlocking puzzles reflecting people and baby animals. Colors and Shape-Match Me game. Slot-a-rounds, Duplos on the light table.
-Rationale: Our focus this week will be color. We continue to draw children's attention to different kinds of shapes. Our measurement area has transferred to the back of the classroom, where we will continue to display children's heights.
-Skills: Color and shape recognition, matching, one-to-one correspondence and whole/part relationships, fine motor development, creative expression, measurement.
Language and Literacy
-Materials: A variety of writing materials, paper, and envelopes continue to be available. Our library has a wide variety of books about animals, fall, and families. The loft will hold a variety of books related to trees.
-Rationale: To provide children with many opportunities to enjoy the spoken and written world. Provide the children with an additional opportunity to experience symbols.
-Skills: Letter recognition, listening and receptive abilities, fine motor control.
-Materials: Hollow blocks and unit blocks, small wooden cars, wooden trains.
-Rationale: To support children's creative and problem solving abilities, develop awareness of geometry and allow for opportunities for sharing, turn taking, and social interactions.
-Skills: Construction skills, dramatic play, symbolic representation, problem solving, cooperation.
-Materials: Kitchen with dishes, fruits and veggies, dress up clothes. The cribs, babies and babies' accessories will be by the loft on the lower level. The top of the loft will begin a slow yet interesting transformation into a tree/forest. The animal cave continues to host puppies and kittens. The big dolls' house with accessories is located by the caves and unit blocks.
-Rationale: To encourage social interactions. To begin to spark an interest in trees and the changes taking place outdoors. To continue to encourage children's expression and of family life by taking/playing on familiar roles. The cave provides a cozy close place that promotes small group interaction, discussions about taking care of animals and conversations about pets.
-Skills: Role-play, peer interaction, social problem solving, creating imaginary scenarios
-Materials: Slide climber, wall mounted ladders, monkey bars, rocking boat, A-frame jumping station. The playground will offer shovels, buckets, bikes, and wagons.
-Rationale: A simple set-up in the gym is inviting and allows us to assess gross motor abilities and confidence. The teachers will slowly introduce our big playground and how to navigate around it, as well as our playground equipment.
-Skills: Risk taking, climbing, coordination, upper body strength, depth perception, balance, jumping and landing. On the playground there are opportunities for digging, hauling, pedaling, running.
- Large Group: Focus on our classroom as a community of learners. We will name our pet fish. We will continue to build awareness and explore trees by our school and compare these to those by our homes.
- -Rationale: Focus on our sense of community. Exploration and inquiry of trees.
- Skills: Listening, discussing, enjoyment of group activities, cycle of learning (exploration and inquiry).