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## Lesson Plan for May 24th - May 27th

Weekly Plan for Jenn's 3pm class
May 24 - May 27th, 2010

Overview and Goals
~The seasonal arrival of the tent caterpillars has sparked in-depth inquiry and investigation out on the playground! Many of the children have excitedly collected the caterpillars and brought them back into the classroom for observation. This week we plan to develop and strengthen the children's scientific thinking and problem skills by asking thought provoking questions such as "How are these caterpillars different from the Painted Lady caterpillars?" and "Do all caterpillars become butterflies?" The children will have opportunities to extend and utilize their scientific reasoning and problem solving skills elsewhere in the classroom as they explore the pre-mathematical concepts of conservations and measurement at the sand table, investigate sequencing at the manipulatives center, and explore part-to-whole relationships as they create insects at the clay table. We will conclude our week with a field trip to the Como Park Conservatory! We hope that our trip will provide the children with an exciting opportunity to extend their knowledge regarding plants and the growth cycle.
Expressive Arts
~ The watercolor paints and oil pastels continue to be available at the art center. Many children have created detailed mixed-media art pieces by utilizing both mediums and adding collage materials. This week we will be adding arrangements of fresh cut flowers to the art table. By providing a still life in the art center we hope to inspire more symbolic representation in the children's art
~The small brushes and 12 colors of tempera paint are once again available in the art center. Having a wide array of colors provides ample opportunity for children to express themselves in unique and creative ways.
Sensory Materials
~The sand table has been a popular choice this week! We will be adding measuring cups to the array of tools available at the table. Children will have the opportunity to develop their mathematical and logical thinking skills as they explore the physical properties of sand and experiment with basic measurement concepts such as conservation and fractions.
~The clay will continue to be available this week. We will be adding collage materials and bug "models" to the center in an effort to encourage the children to express themselves through representational art. By encouraging children to sculpt specific parts of the insect models before recombining them into a whole, we hope to promote their understanding of part-to-whole relationships.
Math and Manipulatives
~The puzzles have been very popular this past week. To support this interest and promote children's understanding of part-to-whole relationships we will be adding a greater variety of puzzles and sequencing games to the manipulatives center. We hope to promote higher-level thinking and to support the inquiry and exploration taking place elsewhere in the room by providing children with the opportunity to explore simple sequencing games such as "Curious George; Beginning, Middle, and End."
Language and Literacy
~The children enjoyed our field trip to the library this past week! The books that they checked out at the library will be available in the literacy center for the rest of the school year. We hope to capitalize on the children's energy and interest in this area by providing opportunities for them to create their own stories. We plan to promote the development of children's emergent reading and writing skills by providing children with opportunities to dictate narratives and create their own storybooks at both the computer and writing centers.
~The writing center continues to be a popular choice for many children. We have noticed several students using the stamps and writing materials to create pictures and picture stories at the center. We hope to bring more of a focused narrative to the children's explorations and interest by providing them with the materials to create simple comic strips. We have posted models of comic strips and added paper and comic strip templates to foster the children's interest and awareness of this unique and accessible method of storytelling. Children will have the opportunity to explore sequencing and develop their pre-/early-literacy skills as they create their own picture narratives.
Science Center
~The science center is crawling with activity! The grow window had provided children with an opportunity to observe the developing root systems of our bean plants. Children continue to hone their mathematical and scientific thinking skills as they observe and measure the differences between the roots and stems of the maturing plants. This week we will add tomato, watermelon, avocado, and apple seeds to the center. We hope to promote the development of children's inquiry and investigation skills by encouraging them to examine the similarities and differences between various types of seeds and food plants. A seed-matching game will be available to provide children with the opportunity to utilize their knowledge regarding plants and the growth cycle.
~ The children have taken and active interest in insects over the past few weeks as they have collected caterpillars from the playground and observed our growing ladybug larvae. To reflect this interest we will be adding caterpillars, beetles, grasshoppers, and other insect figurines to the science cave this week to provide children with the opportunity to extend their investigation of insects through symbolic play.
Dramatic and Symbolic Play
~The open-ended materials that we added to the bakery last week were very popular! The children explored part-to-whole relationships and utilized their knowledge regarding cooking and baking as they followed "recipes" combining polyfill, cotton balls, packing peanuts, and felt pieces. Many children have been "baking" cookies and cakes and inviting teachers and peers to purchase them. This week we will expand on their interest and exploration by adding restaurant props such as menus, cookbooks, and a wider variety of cooking ingredients. Many opportunities for social and emotional development arise as the children play cooperatively, work together to create various narratives, and listen and respond to each other's ideas.
Block Area
~Activity in the block area exploded this week as children constructed boats, airplanes, and other transportation vehicles out of the large hollow blocks. The construction has fostered a lot of wonderful cooperative play as children invite others to join them by issuing tickets and passing out traveling props (suitcases, binoculars, etc.). We will expand on this interest and foster children's emerging print awareness by providing maps, travel brochures, and other props that have a literacy focus.
~Children have enjoyed exploring the musical instruments that were added to the block center last week. Several children formed a parade and used the microphones, tambourines, bells, and drums to create their own music. This week we will continue to promote the children's creative development by enriching the environment with a wider array of musical instruments.
Large Motor
~ The children were excited to be back out on the playground enjoying the beautiful weather last week! The children are increasing their large-muscle coordination as they run, jump, and climb amongst the equipment. The swings have been very popular and provide children with the opportunity to develop both their propulsion and social skills as they take turns pushing one another and wait in line for an opportunity to use the swings. We will continue to support the children's full-body coordination by inviting children to participate in teacher-directed games at the end of the day. Games such as "Red Light, Green Light," "Animal Action" and "Sleeping Children" promote cardiovascular endurance, spatial awareness, and locomotion skills.
~The gym set up remains the same this week. We haven't explored the new materials available in the gym since we were so eager to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather! The current set up provides many opportunities for children to develop their large and perceptual motor skills as they climb the monkey bars, jump from the A-frame, utilize the running lane, and navigate the raised walkway. In addition the large open space in the center of the gym provides us with the opportunity to incorporate teacher-directed music and movement activities into the gym curriculum. Songs and activities such as parachute play, "Animal Action," and "Shake Your Sillies Out" promote creative development as the children explore the capabilities of their bodies in conjunction with music!
Snack
Monday: Pretzels and Apple
Wednesday: Sunflower Butter Sandwiches
Thursday: Rice Cakes & Banana
Special Announcements
~Please return permission slips for our field trip to Como Park Conservatory.
~The All-School Pizza Party is this Tuesday, May 25th from 6-7:30pm.
~We will be closed for Memorial Day (Monday, May 31st).
~We will have a special event on Wednesday, June 2nd to celebrate the end of the school year.
~The last day of spring session is Thursday, June 3rd!

## Lesson Plan for May 17th - May 20th

Weekly Plan for Jenn's 3PM Class
May 17th - May 20th, 2010

Overview and Goals:
It is hard to believe that we only have three more weeks of school! As the end of the school year approaches, we will continue to challenge the children's mathematical and scientific reasoning skills as they participate in activities throughout the classroom. We have added the sand table to provide further opportunities for the children to experiment with premeasurment skills and conservation. We will continue to focus on the life cycles of plants and insects at our science center and during our time outdoors. The bakery continues to be a popular place where the children use measuring cups to scoop ingredients, create their own recipes, sort and classify ingredients, and exchange money as they purchase baked goods.

Expressive Arts
 Last week the children began experimenting with oil pastels at the easels. This week, the oil pastels will be available in conjunction with watercolor paints at the art table. In providing these two art mediums, side by side, we hope to encourage the joint usage of the materials while also providing opportunities for the children to add greater detail to their creative artwork.
 Tempra paint will be returning to the easels this week. We will again offer 12 different tempra paint colors to encourage a more meaningful and rich experience as the children freely choose their colors and add detail to their creations.

Sensory Materials
 The sand table will be in our classroom for the remaining three weeks of the session. The children will have opportunities to develop skills in mathematics, creativity, and science as they engage in sand play. Clear containers of various sizes, funnels, sifting dishes, and scooping/measuring tools provide opportunities for the children to experiment with the physical properties of sand and further refine premeasurement concepts (i.e. full/empty, weight, motion, and conservation).
 Clay is back! The children will be able to draw upon their prior knowledge and experiences as they return to working with clay in the classroom. This week we will provide some basic sculpting tools and encourage the children to think critically about how they have used the clay in the past and what they might do differently now.

Math & Manipulatives
 We will continue to promote the exploration of part-to-whole relationships in the manipulatives center. Peg boards, puzzles, and pattern-block pictures will remain available for children to use as they investigate how different parts work together to function as a whole.

Language & Literacy
 The writing center continues to be a popular choice for many children. Children have been developing their fine motor skills as they practice writing, tracing and drawing. Card stock, stamps, and other materials continue to be available for the children to use as they make special pictures and cards for friends and family members.
 Shared enjoyment of books and story discussions continue to be a favorite activity in the classroom. We will continue to support this interest by making books readily available throughout the room as well as providing a new selection of books in our library.

Science Center
 The science center continues to be a busy location as children observe and care for our plants and the insects they have collected on the playground. This week, we will continue to view the growth of our bean plants (above & below soil) by observing our grow window and by discussing and recording the changes we see as the plants continue to grow. Our ladybugs have also arrived and joined our collection of living things at the science center!
 The science cave continues to house various materials such as string, pipe cleaners, and plastic flowers to provide the children with an additional opportunity to explore and experiment with the various parts of plants. The cave also offers a comfortable, quiet space for children to look at special books about planting and gardening.

Dramatic & Symbolic Play
 The children's dramatic play in the bakery continues to expand as they mix open-ended materials and bake their creations. Cakes, pizzas, and cookies are some favorite foods to make. The children will often carry their foods to other areas of the classroom to share with others. Deliveries are often made to the block area and across the room for tea parties. We have added additional mixing bowls and open-ended materials to further promote the children's creative thinking as they combine, mix, and arrange materials to create their own foods.
 Recently, the children have enjoyed constructing boats, airplanes, and other modes of transportation in the back of the classroom. Several children have been encouraging others to join in their play by passing out tickets and inviting children around the classroom to board their airplane, boat, bus, etc. The children will often gather together aboard the large vehicle of choice and sing songs or read a story together as a group. Dress-up clothes and several traveling props (bags, clothes, suitcases, airline tickets) remain available to support the children's dramatic play in the back of the classroom.

Block Area
 Open-ended materials such as, cylinders, tubing, fabric, cones, and unit blocks remain available for the children to use as they creatively construct buildings and symbolically represent their ideas through play. These materials are frequently used to add more elaborate and specific detail to larger structures built with the hollow blocks.
 The marble/ball tracks and ramps continue to inspire the children's creative thinking as they construct different cause/effect structures. The children use their higher-level thinking and problem solving skills as they design these structures and test how they work.

Large Motor
 We have a new gym set-up this week. The A-frame climber supports skills such as eye-foot coordination, spatial awareness, grasping, balancing, and locomotion. The children are able to climb down an incline between the two A-frames and then climb up to a jumping platform. From here, the children can jump into the large donut, strengthening skills such as body awareness, jumping & landing skills, and depth perception. Climbing up and across the wooden monkey bars promotes the development of upper body and core body strength. A running lane is available to promote a large variety of locomotion skills (i.e. running, hopping, skipping, etc.). Various activities and types of races will promote balance, coordination, body awareness, and propulsion skills. An elevated walkway is available for the children to walk back to the beginning of the running lane. This provides opportunities to build directional skills, practice sequence of motion, and further refine balance and spatial awareness skills.
 We are hoping for warm, sunny weather this week so that we might spend a greater amount of time playing outdoors! Many of the children have enjoyed digging for insects or playing games of chase. The tricycles and swings are always a popular choice as well. The children continue to challenge their muscular strength and endurance as they climb up and down the climbing equipment, use the large shovels to dig in the sand, and play various games while on the playground.

Snack
Monday: Fruit & Oat bars made by class & Banana
Wednesday: TLC crackers & Cheese
Thursday: Cheeze Its & Pears
Special Announcements:

 The Lab School's annual All-School Pizza Party will be held on Tuesday, May 25th from 6-7:30pm.

 We will be closed for Memorial Day (Monday, May 31st).
 We will have a special event on Wednesday, June 2nd to celebrate the end of the school year.

 The last day of spring session is Thursday, June 3rd!

## Lesson Plan for May 10th - May 13th

Weekly Plan for Jenn's 3PM Class
May 10th - May 13th, 2010
Marie & Jenn Co-Teaching This Week

Overview and Goals:
We are continuing to develop and strengthen our scientific thinking and problem solving skills this week as we care for our bean plants and continue our investigation of the natural world. Our green bean seeds have germinated and the children have transplanted their bean sprouts into soil. This week we will continue to observe and describe the transformations that are occurring as the seeds mature into plants. Children will have the opportunity to utilize their knowledge as they care for their plants and experiment with the different things plants need to survive. Additionally, we will promote cognitive development and the exploration of part-to-whole relationships by providing opportunities for children to label different parts of plants, experiment with mixing materials in the bakery, and explore puzzles and gear mechanisms at the manipulatives center.

Expressive Arts
 We will be adding oil pastels to the art center this week. We hope to promote creative development by providing the children with the opportunity to use these unique materials.
 Beading continues to be a popular activity at the art center. Several children have begun to create bracelets for their friends and family. We will extend this activity by adding different lengths of wire and yarn to the materials already present. Beading is an excellent opportunity for children to practice patterning, matching, and sorting while developing their fine motor skills.
Sensory Materials
 The soil table has been busy! Children have enjoyed creating bug habitats with the rocks, bark, stones, and other materials available. This week we will be adding grass seed to the table. We plan to foster scientific thinking by encouraging the children to problem solve as they care for the growing seeds.
 We will be replacing the Baker's Dough with a number of planting materials at the center table this week. The green bean seeds that the children have planted will be at the table, providing children with the opportunity to develop their scientific thinking skills as they observe and describe the changes that occur as the plants grow. We will also have a variety of herbs and flowers available for the children to explore.

Math & Manipulatives
 We will continue to promote the exploration of part-to-whole relationships in the manipulatives center. This focus ties in nicely with the exploration of life cycles and plant growth that is going on in other parts of the classroom. Peg boards, puzzles, and pattern-block pictures will be available for children to use as they investigate how different parts work together to function as a whole.

Language & Literacy
 The writing center continues to be a popular choice. Children have been developing their fine motor skills as they practice writing, tracing and drawing. This week we are adding card stock, stamps, and other materials to the writing center. We hope to promote awareness of print and other pre-literacy skills by providing children with the opportunity to create their own note cards and "mail" them to friends and family.
 Our literacy center is a comfortable place for children to explore and become familiar with a variety of books. We have added a new selection of fiction and several bug and plant identification books.

Science Center
 The science center continues to be active as children care for our Painted Lady butterflies and discuss how to take care of our green bean plants. This week we have added a two-sided grow window to the center. The grow window will provide children with the opportunity to witness our plant's growth in a unique way. We plan to promote in-depth inquiry as we observe the root systems spread underground and discuss how the various parts of plants work together to keep plants healthy!
 We will be adding materials to the science cave to provide children with the opportunity to extend their investigation of the natural world through symbolic representational play. Various materials such as string, pipe cleaners, and plastic flowers will be available to provide the children with an additional opportunity to explore and experiment with the various parts of plants.

Dramatic & Symbolic Play.
 Play in the block area has exploded this week as children mix materials, "bake" pastries, and sell their creations at our bakery! We will continue to provide bakery props such as aprons, chef's hats, cooking materials, ovens, and cooling racks for the children to explore and incorporate into their play. This week we will add measuring cups, recipe cards, and measuring spoons to encourage children to explore basic mathematical concepts such as number recognition, quantity, and measurement.
Block Area
 The hollow blocks and connecting blocks remain available for building larger structures. Recently, the children have been building race cars, helicopters, and theatre stages. New dress-up clothes and several traveling props (bags, clothes, suitcases) have been added to the back of the classroom and are available for the children to incorporate into their dramatic play themes.
 A large variety of open-ended materials such as, cylinders, tubing, small carpet squares, cones, and unit blocks are available in the block area. The marble/ball tracks and ramps continue to inspire the children's creative thinking as construct different cause/effect structures. The children use their higher-level thinking and problem solving skills as they design these structures and test how they work.

Large Motor
 The gym set-up will remain the same this week. Swings hang from the monkey bars, promoting dynamic balance, propulsive skills, temporal awareness, grasping, and pumping skills. The large donut has been set up as a "jumping station" to support jumping skills and body awareness. The A-frame climber supports skills such as eye-foot coordination, spatial awareness, and locomotion. An uneven walk has been constructed to promote the building of core strength and dynamic balance. A box tunnel helps support directional awareness, body awareness, and spatial awareness.
 The children have greatly enjoyed playing outside in the warm weather. Many of the children spend their time digging for insects or playing games of chase. The tricycles and swings are always a popular choice as well. The children continue to challenge their muscular strength and endurance as they climb up and down the climbing equipment, use the large shovels to dig in the sand, and play various games while on the playground.

Snack
Wednesday: Sunbutter Sandwiches with Jam
Thursday: Cheese & Apple

## Lesson Plan for May 3rd - May 6th

Weekly Plan for Jenn's 3PM Class
May 3rd - May 6th, 2010

Overview and Goals:
The children continue to show excitement and curiosity about the natural world around them! Our worm investigation generated a lot of interest in digging for insects on our playground. With the addition of soil and insects to the sensory table, an overall interest in insects has taken off in the classroom! This week we will continue to search for insects, observe their characteristics, record what we see, and generate questions for further inquiry and investigation. In addition, we will closely monitor the germination process of our seeds and continue our discussions about the life cycle of plants. While outside, we will continue to search for interesting things to display in our classroom that reflect the natural world. We welcome any additions your child would like to bring from home as well!

Expressive Arts
 We have brought watercolor paints back to the art area this week. The children will have further opportunities to explore the effects of watercolor painting.
 We will continue to have 12 different tempra paint colors available at the easel. In providing this large array of color choices, we hope to encourage a more meaningful and rich experience as the children freely choose their colors and add detail to their creations.
 Beading continues to be a favorite activity in the art center. We will continue to provide different sized beads and a variety of threading materials to help the children further refine their fine motor skills as they engage in this activity.

Sensory Materials
 Soil remains available in our sensory table. Several types of vegetation, large rocks, and smaller stones are available for the children to arrange and create a habitat for insects and reptiles.
 We will be making several batches of Baker's Dough at the play dough table this week. The children will be able to mix the ingredients and knead their own dough until it reaches a good consistency. Cookie cutters and pictures of baked goods will be available for the children to use as they mold their own baked goods. Once the dough has baked and cooled, the children will be able to decorate their baked goods using different art materials in the classroom.

Math & Manipulatives
 We will continue our focus on cause/effect and part-to-whole relationships at the manipulatives table this week. Gear puzzles, marble tracks, domino blocks, and pattern-block pictures are available for children to use as they investigate how different parts work together to function as a whole.
 Picture puzzles are also available, which help to strengthen the concept of part-to-whole, eye-hand coordination, and problem solving skills.

Language & Literacy
 The writing center continues to be a busy place in our classroom. Several children have shown an interest in writing letters and enclosing them in envelopes addressed to family members and friends. The children have also been making use of our new mailbox structure and enjoy delivering mail to their classmates. The children continue to refine their writing skills and build their awareness of print as they participate in various writing activities in our writing center.
 The children have shown a growing interest in identifying insects. We have added some new books about insects, spiders, and reptiles to our classroom. We will continue to keep a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books available for the children to enjoy both independently and with peers.

Science Center
 All the Painted Lady butterflies have hatched! The children will be able to observe the butterflies as they flutter about inside the butterfly cage. We will encourage the children to closely observe their similarities and differences and symbolically represent their observations on paper. Once the children have had a chance to make their observations, we will choose a warm day to set our butterflies free on the playground.
 The science cave offers a quiet space for the children to learn more about the germination process of plants. Children may choose to observe pictures on the wall depicting seeds as they begin to grow underground, read books about planting and growing vegetables or arrange their own garden with felt board pieces.
 We will continue to provide opportunities for light and shadow exploration in the nook area of the classroom. An overhead projector is available for the children to project shapes, colors, and their own drawings onto a white backdrop.

Dramatic & Symbolic Play.
 The Bakery Shop continues to be a big hit in the classroom! The children have been taking turns playing different roles in the bakery shop (i.e. baker, cashier, and customer). The children have also enjoyed buying baked goods and bringing them over to the small round table for tea parties and birthday celebrations. The children have been excited to share their play ideas with peers and have been working together to reach compromises during play.

Block Area
 The hollow blocks and connecting blocks remain available for building larger structures. Recently, the children have been building race cars, helicopters, and theatre stages. New dress-up clothes and several traveling props (bags, clothes, suitcases) have been added to the back of the classroom and are available for the children to incorporate into their dramatic play themes.
 A large variety of open-ended materials such as, cylinders, tubing, small carpet squares, cones, and unit blocks are available in the block area. The marble/ball tracks and ramps continue to inspire the children's creative thinking as construct different cause/effect structures. The children use their higher-level thinking and problem solving skills as they design these structures and test how they work.

Large Motor
 The gym set-up will remain the same this week. Swings hang from the monkey bars, promoting dynamic balance, propulsive skills, temporal awareness, grasping, and pumping skills. The large donut has been set up as a "jumping station" to support jumping skills and body awareness. The A-frame climber supports skills such as eye-foot coordination, spatial awareness, and locomotion. An uneven walk has been constructed to promote the building of core strength and dynamic balance. A box tunnel helps support directional awareness, body awareness, and spatial awareness.
 The children have greatly enjoyed playing outside in the warm weather. Many of the children spend their time digging for insects or playing games of chase. The tricycles and swings are always a popular choice as well. This week we will be bringing the large parachute outside for teacher-facilitated games at the end of the day.

Snack
Monday: Banana & Cheerios
Wednesday: Cheeze Its & Strawberries
Thursday: Animal Crackers & Apple

## Lesson Plan for April 26th - April 29th

Weekly Plan for Jenn's 3pm Class
April 26th - April 29th, 2010

Overview and Goals:
The children continue to exercise and extend their scientific thinking skills as they investigate and explore the opportunities in our classroom! This week teachers will promote more in-depth inquiry and investigation by extending the opportunities for problem solving, reasoning, observation and reflection. Teachers will encourage students to think critically about their explorations by opening up discussion and inviting students to make predictions and recall previously learned information. Children will explore cause and effect relationships as they build simple machines in the block and manipulatives center, investigate part-whole relationships as they make dough and follow "recipes" in the bakery center, and continue to hone their observation skills as they observe the changes that are taking place at our science area! We will provide some focus to the children's investigations by discussing and closely monitoring life cycles at the science center. We will open up discussion and ask the children to share what they know about what plants need to survive, how plants grow, and how we can take care of plants. Later in the week the children will have the opportunity to plant seeds and observe the germination process, an activity that will further support scientific thinking as the children seek answers to their questions through active exploration.

Expressive Arts:
~Our collection of "beautiful things" will continue to be available in our art center. Students have collected small rocks, leaves, flowers, and sticks and have begun to incorporate these natural materials into their collages. By adding unexpected materials to the art center, we hope to encourage the children to express themselves in unique and creative ways.
~Several children have been exploring the beading opportunities at our art center, using the small beads and pipe cleaners to create different works of art. This week we will expand on the interest that the children have shown by adding a greater variety of beads and threading materials (string, twine, etc.). Beading provides a wonderful opportunity for children to develop their fine motor skills and explore patterning.
~The small brushes and 12 colors of paint will continue to be available at the easel. We hope to inspire the children to express themselves in new ways by moving the easels outside. The opportunity to paint outside will provide the children with another means of representing and recording their observations of the natural world.

Sensory Materials:
~We will be removing the water and adding soil to our sensory table this week to provide children with the opportunity to extend their investigation of the natural world through symbolic representational play. The new environment will promote higher-level thinking as children develop narratives surrounding the lizards, beetles, and other insects available at the table. We will extend the children's thinking by prompting discussions regarding what insects and lizards need to survive. Rocks, sticks, and other natural materials will be available to support scientific thinking and inquiry-based investigations as the children construct habitats for the animals.
~Play dough continues to be available in the classroom. Bakery props such as muffin tins, bread pans, cookies cutters, and rolling pins provide opportunities for the children to develop their fine motor skills and explore new mediums of creative expression as they create their own baked goods. We will extend the children's play by introducing oven-safe play dough to the center. Providing the children with the opportunity to create, bake, and "frost" their baked goods with paint will allow them to utilize their knowledge of the baking process in new and creative ways.

Math and Manipulatives:
~Last week we added marbles, tubes, and small blocks to the literacy materials at the manipulatives center. Several children immediately began to construct marble ramps and to explore the ways different configurations affected the marbles' movement. To support this curiosity and to promote higher-level thinking we will be adding more construction materials to the center. Children will have the opportunity to explore cause and effect relationships and to develop their problem solving skills as they create simple machines with the gears, ramps, and other materials that we have provided.

Language and Literacy:
~The literacy center has been a very busy place! We have noticed several children using the paper and envelopes in the literacy center to write letters to friends and family members. That interest inspired us to add a wider variety of letter writing materials to extend the children's exploration and to continue to promote pre-/early-literacy skills. We have posted models of addressed envelopes and simple words and phrases such as "To," "From," and "Thank You" to foster the children's interest and awareness of print. We will support the children's developing phonetic awareness as we encourage them to sound out words as they write or dictate letters and address envelopes.
~We have also added a mailbox structure to the classroom. Each child has a slot in our "classroom mailbox" labeled with his/her name and picture. By encouraging children to use these mailboxes to "send" mail to one another we hope to promote peer interaction and communication skills.
~A wide variety of books continue to be available in the literacy center. We have added books about planting seeds and bakeries that reflect the exploration and investigation-taking place elsewhere in the classroom.

Science Center:
~The children have begun to explore life cycles as they closely observed our mealworms evolve into beetles and our buds grow into leaves and flowers. We hope that the addition of the Painted Lady caterpillars will allow the children to generalize their understanding of the life cycle process to a new situation. We have provided magnifying glasses, pencils, and paper to support the children's inquiry-based investigation of the different life cycles playing out before our eyes! To provide a new investigative component to the children's ongoing exploration of the changes taking place in the natural world, this week we are exploring plant growth. We will promote the children's critical and scientific thinking skills by encouraging them to generate ideas and make predictions as we discuss what plants needs to survive. Later in the week we will provide the children with the opportunity to utilize their knowledge of plants by planting and caring for their own seeds.

Dramatic and Symbolic Play:
~The bakery has become a very popular area! We will continue to provide bakery props such as aprons, chef's hats, cooking materials, ovens, and cooling racks for the children to explore and incorporate into their play. Many opportunities for social and emotional development arise as the children play cooperatively, work together to create various narratives, and listen and respond to each other's ideas. This week we will add recipe cards, menus, paper, and writing materials to provide the children with the opportunity to incorporate literacy into their bakery play.

Block Area:
~We have added wheels, tubes, balls, and other materials to the hollow and unit blocks in the block area. The opportunity to use these materials to construct simple machines will promote critical thinking as the children explore cause and effect relationships and problem solve throughout the construction process. Additionally, play in the block area encourages cooperative play, planning, creative expression, and the development of large motor skills.

Large Motor:
~ We are all enjoying the beautiful weather and the children have loved being able to range freely over the large playground! The children are increasing their large-muscle coordination as they run, jump, and climb amongst the equipment. The new bikes have been very popular and provide children with the opportunity to develop both their large motor and spatial awareness skills as they pedal and direct the bikes around obstacles. We will continue to support the children's full-body coordination by inviting children to participate in teacher-directed games at the end of the day. Games such as "Red Light, Green Light," "White Time is it Mr. Fox," and "Sleeping Children" promote cardiovascular endurance, spatial awareness, and locomotion skills.
~ We have a new gym set up this week. Swings now hang from the monkey bars, promoting dynamic balance, propulsive skills, temporal awareness, grasping, and pumping skills. The large donut has been set up as a "jumping station" to support jumping skills and body awareness. The A-frame climber supports skills such as eye-foot coordination, spatial awareness, and locomotion. An uneven walk has been constructed to promote the building of core strength and dynamic balance. A box tunnel helps support directional awareness, body awareness, and spatial awareness.

Snack
Monday: Banana & Rice Cakes
Wednesday: Cheese & Crackers
Thursday: Multigrain Cheerios & Apple

Special Announcements:
~REMINDER: Hearing Screening will take place this Thursday, April 29th during class time. Please contact Jenn if you have any questions!
~ Spring Rain Showers - When the weather permits (warm & not severe!), we will be occasionally playing outside in the rain. Please send your child in rain boots (or snow boots) and raincoats. In addition, please send an extra pair of shoes for inside play
~Thank you so much for all of the wonderful donations for our Spring Soiree! It was great to those of you who attended. One of the things that makes our school so extraordinary is the support that we receive from our families!

## Lesson Plan for April 19th - April 22nd

Weekly Plan for Jenn's 3PM Class
April 19th - April 22nd, 2010

Overview and Goals:
Our discussions about the "signs of spring" have carried over to many interest areas in the classroom. During large group, the children generated a list of the various "signs of spring" that they have noticed at home and during their explorations on the playground. We have posted words and accompanying pictures from their list at the writing center. The children have been monitoring the growth of plants and worms at the science table and bringing insects inside for closer examination. The children have been incorporating "beautiful things" from nature into their creative artwork. It will be exciting to see what treasures they collected at home this past weekend to share with the class! Last week, we took a nature walk and found squirrels, water puddles, green grass, buds, leaves, and worms. This week, we will continue to focus on life cycles and growing things as we closely observe and discuss the natural changes taking place around us.

Expressive Arts
 The children have been collecting small, natural items from the playground and courtyard to keep readily available in our art center. Leaves, pinecones, sticks, woodchips and small stones are some items that have been added to our other collage materials. The children may explore and are free to use all materials as a means of creative expression in the art center.
 The children will have the opportunity to choose from 12 different paint colors at the easel. In providing this large array of color choices, we hope to encourage a more meaningful and rich experience as the children freely choose their colors and add detail to their creations.

Sensory Materials
 Water continues to be available in our sensory table. Turtles, frogs, and water snakes are available for the children to incorporate into their imaginative play at the water table. We have added large rocks and vegetation to represent a natural habitat for the frogs and reptiles. The children are able to rearrange these materials to create their own variations of the habitat. This has been a popular area in our classroom!
 Play dough continues to be available in the classroom. The children have been revisiting this material and building upon their previous experiences with modeling clay/dough. We have added several baking props (muffin tins, rollers, cookie sheets, aprons, baker hats, etc.) to help support the children's interest in making and preparing different foods.

Math & Manipulatives
 We will continue our literary focus in the manipulative center this week. Alphabet-matching cards, magnet letters and various games are available to encourage a greater awareness of the alphabet and help children expand their pre-literacy skills.
 Picture puzzles are also available, which help to strengthen the concept of part-to-whole, eye-hand coordination, and problem solving skills.

Language & Literacy
 During large group, the children constructed a list of the various "signs of spring" that they have noticed both at home and during their explorations on the playground. We have posted words and accompanying pictures from their list to provide the children with opportunities to practice writing simple words associated with spring ("bud", "squirrel", "green grass").
 Each child now has their own journal in the writing center. As the children explore the changes taking place in our classroom and in nature, the journals will provide them with an opportunity to record their observations and impressions.
 We have added some new books to our library that reflect the children's interest in the signs of spring and the changes that are taking place both in our classroom and in nature!

Science Center
 The science table continues to display blooming buds, growing flowers and our mealworms. We also have Painted Lady caterpillars for the children to observe as they journey through their life cycle. The children will be encouraged to record their observations in their journals.
 The science cave continues to reflect an underground environment where earthworms could live. The cave offers an opportunity for the children to use their creativity and prior knowledge as they imagine what it is like to be a worm living underground.
 We will continue to provide opportunities for light and shadow exploration in the nook area of the classroom. An overhead projector is available for the children to project shapes, colors, and their own drawings onto a white backdrop.

Dramatic & Symbolic Play
 Several children have shown an interest in mixing ingredients and baking food as they engage in sand play on the playground and/or interact with the play dough in the classroom. The "baking station" continues to be available in the front of the classroom to support this growing interest and further elicit dramatic and symbolic play ideas while using play dough.
 We have also transformed our home living area into a bakery! The children will be able to extend their baking projects and imaginary play taking place at the play dough table. One cave is set up as a large baking oven. The other cave holds baking goods and supplies. As the children engage in dramatic play, they are able to practice important social skills such as turn-taking, negotiation, and compromise.

Block Area
 The hollow blocks, No-End blocks and connecting blocks remain available for building larger structures in the back of the classroom. Due to an ongoing interest in "street cleaning" and road signs on the playground, we will continue to have a station available for making "street signs" in the back of the classroom to further elicit connections between outdoor and indoor play themes.
 The zoo animals will remain available for the children to include in their block play along with other materials such as, cylinders, tubing, and small carpet squares, cones, and unit blocks. We have also added tracks and ramps for constructing marble/ball tracks.

Large Motor
 The gym set-up will remain the same this week. A tunnel is connected to the slide/climber, which fosters self-control, crawling, exploring (through windows), depth perception, and spatial awareness. The A-Frame ladders are on their side and connected by a bridge. This promotes balance, coordination, motor planning, and risk-taking. Build-a-car is available, which fosters fine motor coordination, upper body strength, cooperation, turn taking, and engineering (following a visual model). The monkey bars are back again - fostering upper body strength, hand-eye coordination, and motor planning.
 The tricycles and wagons have been a popular choice on the playground and the children continue to take on the role of "street cleaner" as they use shovels to clear the roadways of sand. The water pump is up and running and the children have shown a growing interest in pumping water and filling buckets, as well as watching the water flow downhill. Several children have devoted much of their outdoor time to hunting for insects, digging for worms, and finding "beautiful and interesting things" from nature to share with the class.

Snack
Wednesday: Granola Bars & Strawberries
Thursday: Pineapple & Cheerios

Special Announcements:

 The Spring Soiree is this Saturday, April 24th!
 Don't forget that we will now be starting our day in the classroom.
 Spring Rain Showers - When the weather is permitting (warm & not severe!), we will be occasionally playing outside in the rain. Please send your child in rain boots (or snow boots) and raincoats. In addition, please send an extra pair of shoes for inside play.

## Lesson Plan for April 12th - April 15th

Weekly Plan for Jenn's 3PM Class
April 12th - April 15th, 2010

Overview and Goals:
We will continue our focus on the "signs of spring" and "living/growing things" this upcoming week. Our mealworms have arrived, so we will be spending time making observations and comparing meal worms and earth worms in the science center. We will also continue to collect beautiful things from our outdoor environment to use within the classroom setting.

Expressive Arts
 The children have been collecting small, natural items from the playground and courtyard to keep readily available in our art center. Leaves, pinecones, sticks, woodchips and small stones are some items that have been added to our other collage materials. The children may explore and are free to use all materials as a means of creative expression in the art center.
 The children will have the opportunity to choose from 12 different paint colors at the easel. In providing this large array of color choices, we hope to encourage a more meaningful and rich experience as the children freely choose their colors and add detail to their creations.

Sensory Materials
 Water continues to be available in our sensory table. Turtles, frogs, and water snakes are available for the children to incorporate into their imaginative play at the water table. We have added large rocks and vegetation to represent a natural habitat for the frogs and reptiles. The children are able to rearrange these materials to create their own variations of the habitat.
 Play dough continues to be available in the classroom. The children have been revisiting this material and building upon their previous experiences with modeling clay/dough. We have added several baking props (muffin tins, rollers, cookie sheets, aprons, baker hats, etc.) to help support the children's interest in making and preparing different foods. It will be interesting to see how these new materials may help the children expand upon their imaginative play ideas.

Math & Manipulatives
 We will continue our literary focus in the manipulative center this week. Alphabet-matching cards, magnet letters and various games are available to encourage a greater awareness of the alphabet and help children expand their pre-literacy skills.
 Picture puzzles are also available, which help to strengthen the concept of part-to-whole, eye-hand coordination, and problem solving skills.

Language & Literacy
 Letter stamps, paper and envelopes are available for the children to use as they create notes and letters for their families and classmates. As an extension to our discussions about the "signs of spring", we have posted familiar picture/word cards in the writing center. The children will have opportunities to practice writing simple words associated with spring changes ("bud", "grass", "tree", "green").
 The felt board and felt pieces will remain available in the library area. These materials provide a different medium for storytelling and offer a hands-on opportunity for children to represent their ideas. We have also added some new books to our library that reflect the interests and changes taking place in the classroom.

Science Center
 Last week, the children spent time observing earthworms in our classroom. The children generated ideas about what worms need to live and began identifying the different parts of a worm. This week, we will have mealworms available in addition to earthworms! The children will be able to observe the differences between these two types of worms (what they eat, where they live, what they look like, how they grow, etc.). We will encourage the children to closely observe the worms and record their observations
 The science cave is now designed to reflect an underground environment where earthworms could live. The cave offers an opportunity for the children to use their creativity and prior knowledge as they imagine what it is like to be a worm living underground.
 We will continue to provide opportunities for light and shadow exploration in the nook area of the classroom. Several flashlights, with colored disks and a white backdrop, are available for producing beams of light and making shadows. The children may also choose to build with three-dimensional colored shapes or create patterns with flat, colored shapes on two separate light tables. White paper and markers will also be available for the children to create their own images.

Dramatic & Symbolic Play.
 A variety of dress-up clothes and accessories are available in the home living area. The children will continue to have opportunities to expand upon their play themes as they incorporate these materials into their play. We will continue to encourage the children to create their own props to use and store in the home living area. .
 Several children have shown an interest in mixing ingredients and baking food as they engage in sand play on the playground and/or interact with the play dough in the classroom. The "baking station" will now be available in the front of the classroom to support this growing interest and further elicit dramatic and symbolic play ideas.

Block Area
 The hollow blocks, No-End blocks and connecting blocks remain available for building larger structures in the back of the classroom. Recently, the children have enjoyed making pirate ships, boats, robots, and houses in the block area. Due to an ongoing interest in "street cleaning" and road signs on the playground, we will have a station available for making "street signs" in the back of the classroom to provide connections between outdoor and indoor play themes.
 The children have enjoyed incorporating the zoo animals into their play themes in the back of the classroom. Many children have shown an interest in grouping the animals by size and type to create several different animal "families". The zoo animals will remain available for the children to include in their block play along with other materials such as, cylinders, tubing, and small carpet squares, and cones.

Large Motor
 The gym set-up will remain the same this week. A tunnel is connected to the slide/climber, which fosters self-control, crawling, exploring (through windows), depth perception, and spatial awareness. The A-Frame ladders are on their side and connected by a bridge. This promotes balance, coordination, motor planning, and risk-taking. Build-a-car is available, which fosters fine motor coordination, upper body strength, cooperation, turn taking, and engineering (following a visual model). The monkey bars are back again - fostering upper body strength, hand-eye coordination, and motor planning.
 We will continue to spend most of our large motor time on the playground. Several children have been using the large blocks and wooden planks to build bridges and walkways over the "hot lava" in the sand area. The tricycles and wagons have been a popular choice and the children have enjoyed taking on the role of "street cleaner" as they use shovels to clear the roadways of sand.

Special Announcements:

 Please make sure the children are dressed warmly for our extended outdoor play and outdoor large group meetings. Layers work best as our classroom tends to be extremely warm!

 Spring Rain Showers - When the weather is permitting (warm & not severe!), we will be occasionally playing outside in the rain. Please send your child in rain boots (or snow boots) and raincoats. In addition, please send an extra pair of shoes for inside play.

## Lesson Plan for April 5th - April 8th

Weekly Plan for Jenn's 3PM Class
April 5th - April 8th, 2010

Overview and Goals:
This week, we will continue to focus on making observations and recording the changes that are taking place outdoors! As weather permits, we will have our large group meetings outside to allow us to observe the outdoor environment first-hand and have more meaningful discussions that are real and tangible to the children. As the children continue to make observations about the living world outdoors, we will continue to provide opportunities for them to explore the growth of living things inside the classroom. In the weeks to come, the children will have opportunities to observe the life cycles of meal worms and ladybugs in the classroom!

Expressive Arts
 Collage materials of various sizes, shapes, and textures (i.e. ribbon, flowers, felt, foil, sticks, cotton, etc.) are available for the children to explore and use as a means of creative expression.
 The children will have the opportunity to choose from 12 different paint colors at the easel. In providing this large array of color choices, we hope to encourage a more meaningful and rich experience as the children freely choose their colors and add detail to their creations.

Sensory Materials
 Water continues to be available in our sensory table. The children have enjoyed using the wooden beads to represent food for various sea creatures and rock islands in the water. Styrofoam pieces have represented boats, floating ice, and homes for the seals and walruses. We will continue to encourage the children to use their imaginations and expand upon their ideas of how to use these open-ended materials during their water play.
 Play dough is now available at the front table. The children will have opportunities to revisit this material and build upon their previous experiences with modeling clay/dough. Some familiar sculpting tools are available in addition to mallets, rollers, and spatulas. Open-ended materials such as, toothpicks, glass beads, plastic pegs, and Styrofoam peanuts are available for the children to add details to their creations and spark imaginative play ideas.

Math & Manipulatives
 We will continue our literary focus in the manipulative center this week. Alphabet-matching cards, magnet letters and various games are available to encourage a greater awareness of the alphabet and help children expand their pre-literacy skills.
 Picture puzzles are also available, which help to strengthen the concept of part-to-whole, eye-hand coordination, and problem solving skills.

Language & Literacy
 Postcards, letter stamps, stickers, paper and envelopes remain available for the children to use as they practice writing skills and further refine their fine motor skills.
 We have added a felt board and felt pieces to the library area. These materials provide a different medium for storytelling and offer a hands-on opportunity for children to represent their ideas.

Science Center
 The light table remains in the science cave this week to provide further opportunities for light and shadow exploration. Clear, colored shapes and figures are available for building on top of the table. As the children further develop scientific concepts surrounding light and shadow, they also have opportunities to build upon mathematical concepts such as part-to-whole and creating patterns.
 Several flashlights, with colored disks and a white backdrop, are available in the nook to for further light and shadow exploration.
 The children have enjoyed finding objects from nature (specifically from our playground) and bringing them into the classroom to examine more closely at the science table. We will continue to bring items inside for further investigation (using magnifiers to take a closer look, asking questions, making predictions, and recording our observations).

Dramatic & Symbolic Play.
 A variety of dress-up clothes and accessories are available in the home living area. The children will continue to have opportunities to expand upon their play themes as they incorporate these materials into their play. We will continue to encourage the children to create their own props to use and store in the home living area. .
 The children have enjoyed incorporating the zoo animals into their play themes in the back of the classroom. Many children have shown an interest in grouping the animals by size and type to create several different animal "families". The zoo animals will remain available for the children to include in their block play as they generate new play themes and add to previous ideas.

Block Area
 The hollow blocks, No-End blocks and connecting blocks remain available for building larger structures in the back of the classroom. As the children work together to plan and execute their ideas, they have opportunities to practice their negotiation skills, reach a compromise and enjoy the benefits of working together to accomplish a common goal.
 The unit blocks are available for the children to utilize in the back of the classroom as they create and build structures to use in their dramatic play. Additional building materials/props such as connectors, tubing, cones, zoo animals, and small carpet pieces remain available alongside the unit blocks.

Large Motor
 We have a new gym set-up this week. A tunnel is connected to the slide/climber, which fosters self-control, crawling, exploring (through windows), depth perception, and spatial awareness. The A-Frame ladders are on their side and connected by a bridge. This promotes balance, coordination, motor planning, and risk-taking. Build-a-car is available, which fosters fine motor coordination, upper body strength, cooperation, turn taking, and engineering (following a visual model). The monkey bars are back again - fostering upper body strength, hand-eye coordination, and motor planning.
 We will continue to spend most of our large motor time on the playground. Several children have been using the large blocks and wooden planks to build bridges and walkways over the "hot lava" in the sand area. The tricycles and wagons have been a popular choice and the children have enjoyed taking on the role of "street cleaner" as they use shovels to clear the roadways of sand.

Snack
Monday: Carrots, Pretzels, & Dip
Wednesday: Sunflower Butter Sandwiches
Thursday: Granola Bars & Oranges

Special Announcements:

 Please make sure the children are dressed warmly for our extended outdoor play. Layers work best as our classroom tends to be extremely warm!

 Spring Rain Showers - When the weather is permitting (warm & not severe!), we will be occasionally playing outside in the rain. Please send your child in rain boots (or snow boots) and raincoats. In addition, please send an extra pair of shoes for inside play.

## Lesson Plan for March 29th - April 1st

Weekly Plan for Jenn's 3PM Class
March 29th - April 1st, 2010

Overview and Goals:
Welcome back everyone! I hope you all enjoyed the break and are ready to start the new session. I'm excited to announce that Marie will be returning as a student teaching in our classroom this spring! This should be a rather seamless transition for the children, as Marie is already a familiar teacher in our classroom. During our first week back, we will spend time getting reacquainted with one another, the environment, and our daily routine. The classroom has many new materials for the children to explore, as well as some familiar favorites. We will also be spending time outdoors, taking note of the many changes that are taking place now that it is officially springtime! The teachers will be closely observing the children's new interests so that we may support these interests within the learning environment in the weeks to come.

Expressive Arts
 New collage materials of various sizes, shapes, and textures (i.e. ribbon, flowers, felt, foil, sticks, cotton, etc.) are available for the children to explore and use as a means of creative expression.
 The children will have the opportunity to choose from 12 different paint colors at the easel. In providing this large array of color choices, we hope to encourage a more meaningful and rich experience as the children freely choose their colors and add detail to their creations.

Sensory Materials
 Water continues to be available in the sensory table. The children will have opportunities to build upon their prior knowledge about the flow of water as they manipulate and use tools such as, funnels and pitchers during their exploration. Various sea creatures and open-ended materials such as Styrofoam and wooden beads, are also available for the children to use as they engage in water play.

Math & Manipulatives
 We will begin with a literacy focus in the manipulative centers. Alphabet-matching cards, magnet letters and various games are available to encourage a greater awareness of the alphabet and help children expand their pre-literacy skills.  We have added several new picture puzzles at the manipulatives center, which help to strengthen the concept of part-to-whole, eye-hand coordination, and problem solving skills.

Language & Literacy
 Postcards, letter stamps, stickers, paper and envelopes remain available for the children to use as they practice writing skills and further refine their fine motor skills.
 We have added a fresh, new selection of books to the library area. The children are able to choose from a wide variety of fictional and non-fictional literature.

Science Center
 The light table remains in the science cave this week to provide further opportunities for light and shadow exploration. Clear, colored shapes and figures are available for building on top of the table. As the children further develop scientific concepts surrounding light and shadow, they also have opportunities to build upon mathematical concepts such as part-to-whole and creating patterns.
 A variety of magnifiers are available for close examination of various items found in our natural world. The children may use the magnifiers to carefully observe and record the unique details they find. While on the playground, we will begin searching for interesting objects in nature that can be brought into the classroom for closer examination.

Dramatic & Symbolic Play.
 We have added new clothing and accessories to the kitchen and home living area. The children will continue to have opportunities to expand upon their play themes as they incorporate these materials into the play. We will also be encouraging the children to create their own props to use and store in the home living area. .
 The children began re-discovering the sand on the playground prior to our break. Now that the snow is completely gone, the children will be able to use the sand tools (i.e. large and small shovels, scoops, buckets, containers, cookware, etc.) more extensively and new dramatic play themes are certain to emerge.

Block Area
 The hollow blocks, No-End blocks and connecting blocks remain available for building larger structures in the back of the classroom. As the children work together to plan and execute their ideas, they have opportunities to practice their negotiation skills, reach a compromise and enjoy the benefits of working together to accomplish a common goal.
 The unit blocks are available for the children to utilize in the back of the classroom as they create and build structures to use in their dramatic play. We have added a low table to provide a new building area for the unit blocks and additional building materials/props such as connectors, tubing, cones, zoo animals, and small carpet squares.

Large Motor
 We have a basic gym set-up for our first week back at school. The trampoline is available to support gross motor, turn taking, balancing, and flexibility. The rope swing and the rope ladder will continue to be available to foster upper body strength, turn taking, spatial awareness, muscular strength and endurance. We added the see-saw to promote cooperation, balance and leg strength. The A-Frame climber helps promote upper and lower body strength, as well as eye-hand and eye-foot coordination.
 We are hoping to spend most of our large motor time on the playground this week. We will be observing and investigating the changes that have taken place since the children last played on the playground. The children will also have opportunities to re-discover playground equipment, such as tricycles, wagons, rakes, and sand toys, that are available once again.

Snack
Monday: Rice Cakes & Banana
Wednesday: Graham Crackers & Applesauce
Thursday: Cheeze-Its & Apple

Special Announcements:
 Robert's Grandfather, Robb, will be visiting our classroom this Thursday to give an Origami folding demonstration!
 Please make sure the children are dressed warmly for our extended outdoor play (layers work best as our classroom tends to be extremely warm).
 Spring Rain Showers - When the weather is permitting (warm & not severe!), we will be occasionally playing outside in the rain. Please send your child in rain boots (or snow boots) and raincoats and send an extra pair of shoes for inside.
 Our 3rd PAC meeting of the year is scheduled for Monday, April 5th, 7:00 - 8:30 pm.

## Lesson Plan for March 8th - March 11th

Weekly Plan for Jenn's 3PM Class
March 8th - March 11th, 2010

Overview and Goals:
The last week of the winter session has arrived! We will continue to focus our attention on the changes taking place around us. The children will have opportunities to share their observations on the playground and during large group. We will also spend time discussing the many changes that have taken place in our classroom over the course of the session. We will encourage the children to think back and recall their favorite activities and the things they have learned over the past several weeks. We will also be making predictions about some changes that may take place in our learning environment over spring break. The children will be asked to share their ideas about what they might find when they return to school in two weeks time.

Expressive Arts
 Pipettes and colored water are available at the front table for color mixing. The children will be able to further develop their scientific reasoning skills as they mix primary colors together and watch new colors form. The children may also choose to paint with watercolors at the table top easels.
 Collage materials of various sizes, shapes, and textures are available for the children to explore and use as a means of creative expression.
 Various sized brushes are available for painting at the easels. The children will be able to experiment with the different brushes, exploring how each brush marks the paper differently.

Sensory Materials
 Water continues to be available in the sensory table. The children will have opportunities to build upon their prior knowledge about the flow of water as they incorporate tools such as, funnels, tubing, and pouring pitchers into their exploration. Sea creatures and boats are now available for the children to use as they participate in water play.

Math & Manipulatives
 We will continue to focus on ordering and seriation at the manipulatives center. The children will have opportunities to classify items from tallest to shortest, biggest to smallest, and oldest to youngest.
 Montessori pegboards are available and encourage the children to think critically as they sort pegs by height, width, and depth.
 The children will also have opportunities to play estimation games. Buttons, bottle caps, beads, and other small items are available for the children to fill containers and estimate how many items are inside. The children can check their answers by dumping the containers and counting the objects one by one.

Language & Literacy
 Postcards, letter stamps, stickers, paper and envelopes remain available for the children to use as they practice writing skills and further refine their fine motor skills.
 Shared enjoyment of books and story discussions continue to be a favorite activity in the classroom. We will continue to support this interest by making books readily available throughout the room as well as providing a new selection of books in our library.

Science Center
 We have added a light table to the science cave this week to provide further opportunities for light and color exploration. Clear, colored shapes and figures are available for building on top of the table. As the children further develop scientific concepts surrounding light and color, they also have opportunities to build upon mathematical concepts such as part-to-whole and creating patterns.
 The overhead projector and backdrop sheet remain available in the nook area of our classroom. This activity provides opportunities for building awareness and further developing ideas surrounding the concept of light. As the children begin to explore with light and shadows, they are building an experiential foundation for later learning of more abstract scientific concepts.

Dramatic & Symbolic Play
 The home living area remains a popular place in the classroom. The children will continue to have opportunities to expand upon their play themes by using the two caves as a bedroom and a bathroom for the babies.
 Building materials such as, tubing w/ connectors, cones, cardboard, No-End blocks and large pieces of fabric are available for the children to use as they build structures which support their dramatic play scenarios in the back of the classroom.
 As the snow melts outside, the children have been re-discovering the sand! As the children begin using sand tools (i.e. small shovels, scoops, buckets, containers, cookware), new dramatic play themes are beginning to emerge on the playground.

Block Area
 The hollow blocks remain available for building larger structures in the back of the classroom. Most recently, the children have been constructing houses. They make frequent visits to one another's house and talk to each other on telephones. As the children work together to plan and execute their ideas, they have opportunities to practice their negotiation skills, reach a compromise and enjoy the benefits of working together to accomplish a common goal.
 The unit blocks are also available for the children to utilize in the back of the classroom as they create and build structures to use in their dramatic play. The children often use the unit blocks to add detail to larger structures they have made. Recently, the children have been using the rectangular unit blocks to symbolically represent telephones.

Large Motor
 As the temperature warms and the snow continues to melt, many changes have been taking place on the playground. This may be the last week that the children are able to use the sledding hill this year, so we will encourage the children spend time pulling their sleds up the hill and taking rides with their peers. The children have been discovering the sand beneath the large climber and developing new play themes as they dig in the sand (i.e. digging for bones, mixing ingredients to make various foods, moving materials with construction vehicles).
 The gym set-up remains the same this week. The beanbag toss fosters eye-hand coordination, directional awareness, depth perception, receptive, and propulsive skills. The trampoline is available to support gross motor, turn taking, balancing, and flexibility. The rope swing and the rope ladder will continue to be available to foster upper body strength, turn taking, spatial awareness, muscular strength and endurance. The elevated balance beam is available to promote eye-foot coordination, risk-taking, and directional awareness. The A-frame climber and the crossed balance beams support upper body strength, risk-taking, turn taking, balance, and problem solving. The donut is attached to the side of the slide, which will encourage the children to take risks, problem solve, and work on their coordination. The Pedalo will assist the children with skills of balancing, motor planning, turn taking, negotiating, sharing, and communicating with each other.

Snack
Monday: Fruit & Oat Bars made by class
Wednesday: Open Snack
Thursday: Open Snack

Special Announcements:
 Parent Conferences continue this week
 Parent Group Discussion meets Tuesday night
 Book orders are due this Friday!

## Lesson Plan for March 1st - March 4th

Weekly Plan for Jenn's 3PM Class
March 1st - March 4th, 2010

Overview and Goals:
Throughout the winter session, the children have spent time building awareness and exploring the different functions of their five senses. This week we will be encouraging the children to synthesize this knowledge and think critically about which senses they are using as they engage in activities throughout the day. The warmer weather has brought about many changes. The class will be observing and recording the new smells, sounds, and sights we notice during our time outdoors. Inside the classroom, we will begin to focus on the sense of sight in our science center and we will continue to discuss how our senses help us gather new information and learn about the world around us.

Expressive Arts
 Various sized brushes are available for painting at the easels. The children will be able to experiment with the different brushes, exploring how each brush marks the paper differently.
 Collage materials of various sizes, shapes, and textures are available for the children to explore and use as a means of creative expression.
 Pipettes and colored water are available at the front table for color mixing activities. The children will be able to further develop their scientific reasoning skills as they mix primary colors together and watch new colors form.

Sensory Materials
 Water is back in the sensory table! The children will have opportunities to build upon their prior knowledge about the flow of water as they incorporate tools such as, funnels, tubing, and pouring pitchers into their exploration. We will also add food coloring to the water to extend opportunities for color mixing experiments.

Math & Manipulatives
 We will continue to focus on ordering and seriation at the manipulatives center. The children will have opportunities to classify items from tallest to shortest, biggest to smallest, and oldest to youngest.
 Montessori pegboards are available and encourage the children to think critically as they sort pegs by height, width, and depth.

Language & Literacy
 Postcards, letter stamps, stickers, paper and envelopes remain available for the children to use as they practice writing skills and further refine their fine motor skills.
 Shared enjoyment of books and story discussions continue to be a favorite activity in the classroom. We will continue to support this interest by making books readily available throughout the room as well as providing a new selection of books in our library.

Science Center
 We will focus on using our sense of sight to differentiate and identify colors at the science table this week.
 Light Bright projectors and colored pegs are available in the science cave to help promote further exploration and inquiry in how we see color.
 An overhead projector and backdrop sheet are located in the nook area of our classroom. This activity provides opportunities for building awareness and further developing ideas surrounding the concept of light. As the children begin to explore with light and shadows, they are building an experiential foundation for later learning of more abstract scientific concepts.

Dramatic & Symbolic Play.
 Our newly expanded home living area has been a popular place in the classroom. The children will continue to have opportunities to expand upon their play themes by using the two caves as a bedroom and a bathroom for the babies.
 A large variety of legos, along with cars and ramp building materials, are available for symbolic play in the back of the classroom. The children's engagement with these materials offers opportunities for them to enhance their critical thinking and problem solving skills.
 Building materials such as, tubing w/ connectors, cones, cardboard, No-End blocks and large pieces of fabric are available for the children to use as they build structures which support their dramatic play scenarios in the back of the classroom.

Block Area
 The hollow blocks remain available for building larger structures in the back of the classroom. Most recently, the children have been constructing houses. They make frequent visits to one another's house and talk to each other on telephones. As the children work together to plan and execute their ideas, they have opportunities to practice their negotiation skills, reach a compromise and enjoy the benefits of working together to accomplish a common goal.
 The unit blocks are also available for the children to utilize in the back of the classroom as they create and build structures to use in their dramatic play. The children often use the unit blocks to add detail to larger structures they have made. Recently, the children have been using the rectangular unit blocks to symbolically represent telephones.

Large Motor
 The sledding hill continues to be a focal point on the playground. As the children work together to pull their sleds up the hill and take rides in pairs/groups back down, they are strengthening a large variety of skills: team work, collaboration and problem solving techniques, compromise, shared enjoyment, strengthening of upper & lower body muscles, and enhancing their core balance and coordination skills.
 There gym set-up remains the same this week. The beanbag toss fosters eye-hand coordination, directional awareness, depth perception, receptive, and propulsive skills. The trampoline is available to support gross motor, turn taking, balancing, and flexibility. The rope swing and the rope ladder will continue to be available to foster upper body strength, turn taking, spatial awareness, muscular strength and endurance. The elevated balance beam is available to promote eye-foot coordination, risk-taking, and directional awareness. The A-frame climber and the crossed balance beams support upper body strength, risk-taking, turn taking, balance, and problem solving. The donut is attached to the side of the slide, which will encourage the children to take risks, problem solve, and work on their coordination. The Pedalo will assist the children with skills of balancing, motor planning, turn taking, negotiating, sharing, and communicating with each other.

Snack
Monday: Graham Crackers & Pineapple
Wednesday: Open Snack - Cheeze-Its
Thursday: Open Snack - Granola Bars

Special Announcements:

 Parent conferences begin this week! I am looking forward to meeting with you all very soon.

 Continue to check www.weather.com (zip code 55455) for information regarding the outdoor temperature each day.

## Lesson Plan for February 22nd - February25th

Weekly Plan for Jenn's 3PM Class
February 22nd - February 25th, 2010

Overview and Goals:
This week, we remain focused on our goal of building and strengthening a sense of community within the classroom. Many of our discussions have been centered on topics such as how we express our feelings, how we treat others, and how we work together to be safe and feel good at school. As our discussions continue this week, we will celebrate each child's individual strengths and contributions to our classroom "family". We will spend time sharing information about ourselves, our own families, and what makes each of us special and unique. As the children begin to settle into their small groups, many of these aspects of community will be transferred to their small group communities as well.

Expressive Arts
 Roller brushes are available for painting at the easels. The children are able to use a new technique as they participate in painting experiences.
 Watercolor painting will also be available at the art table in addition to the large variety of collage materials, glue, scissors and coloring tools.

Sensory Materials
 Snow remains in the sensory table this week. Spray bottles with colored water will be available for changing the color of the snow. Shovels, buckets, various sized scoops, and dump trucks are also available for the children to use as they explore and examine the varying properties of snow and ice.
 Earth clay continues to be available at the front table. As the children continue their exploration with the clay, we will encourage them to add more details and further develop their sculptures.

Math & Manipulatives
 We have added several games and activities that focus on ordering and seriation. The children will have opportunities to classify items from tallest to shortest, biggest to smallest, and oldest to youngest.
 Montessori pegboards are available and encourage the children to think critically as they sort pegs by height, width, and depth.

Language & Literacy
 Postcards, letter stamps, stickers, paper and envelopes remain available for the children to use as they practice writing skills and write special letters to others.
 The library area has been a popular place for gathering together in small groups. The children can enjoy stories and informational texts as they experience literature together.

Science Center
 We will continue to focus on the sense of sound in the science center this week. New tape stories have been added to the science cave for the children to enjoy.
 A listening and matching sounds bingo game will be available at the science table for the children to play. The keyboard is also available and encourages the children to listen carefully to difference between various notes/pitches produced as they touch the keys.

Dramatic & Symbolic Play
 The children have shown a growing interest in the home living area and incorporating the babies into their dramatic play scenarios. We have moved the home living area to the opposite side of the room and expanded the space to include the caves. The children will now have extra space to expand upon their play scenarios with the new bedroom and bath area created for the babies.
 A large variety of leggos, along with cars and ramp building materials, are available for symbolic play. The children's engagement with these materials offers opportunities for them to enhance their critical thinking and problem solving skills.
 Building materials such as, tubing w/ connectors, cones, cardboard, No-End blocks and large pieces of fabric are available for the children to use as they build structures which support their dramatic play scenarios in the back of the classroom.

Block Area
 The hollow blocks are available for building larger structures in the back of the classroom. As the children work together to plan and execute their ideas, they have opportunities to practice their negotiation skills, reach a compromise and enjoy the benefits of working together to accomplish a goal.
 The unit blocks are also available for the children to utilize in the back of the classroom as they create and build structures to use in their dramatic play. The children often use the unit blocks to add detail to larger structures they make (gears, controls, decoration, etc.)

Large Motor
 The sledding hill has been a focal point on the playground. As the children work together to pull their sleds up the hill and take rides in pairs/groups back down, they are strengthening a large variety of skills: team work, collaboration and problem solving techniques, compromise, shared enjoyment, strengthening of upper & lower body muscles, and enhancing their core balance and coordination skills.
 There is a new gym set-up this week. The beanbag toss fosters eye-hand coordination, directional awareness, depth perception, receptive, and propulsive skills. The trampoline is available to support gross motor, turn taking, balancing, and flexibility. The rope swing and the rope ladder will continue to be available to foster upper body strength, turn taking, spatial awareness, muscular strength and endurance. The elevated balance beam is available to promote eye-foot coordination, risk-taking, and directional awareness. The A-frame climber and the crossed balance beams support upper body strength, risk-taking, turn taking, balance, and problem solving. The donut is attached to the side of the slide, which will encourage the children to take risks, problem solve, and work on their coordination. The Pedalo will assist the children with skills of balancing, motor planning, turn taking, negotiating, sharing, and communicating with each other.

Snack
Monday: Cinnamon Topped Oatmeal Muffins (by class)
Wednesday: Rice Cakes & Banana
Thursday: Sunflower Butter Sandwiches

Special Announcements:

 Continue to check www.weather.com (zip code 55455) for information regarding the outdoor temperature each day.

## Lesson Plan for February 15th - February 18th

Weekly Plan for Jenn's 3PM Class
February 15th - February 18th, 2010

Overview and Goals:

The children have spent the last several weeks settling into the daily routine and establishing trusting relationships with their teachers. Now that the children are comfortable viewing me as their new lead teacher, I would like to focus more deeply on the children's roles within the classroom. It is important for the children to feel connected to one another and to their environment. Our main goal this week will be strengthening our sense of community within the classroom. The children will be learning ways in which each child makes valuable contributions to the classroom as a whole. We will spend much of our time discussing one another's individual strengths, how we work together as a team, and what our rights and responsibilities are here at school. We will also begin meeting in three separate small groups this week. The children will have opportunities to further develop their interests while collaborating with peers in a small group setting.

Expressive Arts

 The primary colors and white paint remain available at the easel for painting. The children may choose to mix and produce their own pastel colors. Collage materials are also available for the children to add detail to their paintings.
 Scissors, glue, tape, hole punches and collage materials of various sizes, shapes, and textures are available for the children to explore and use as a means of creative expression.

Sensory Materials

 We will be adding snow to the sensory table this week in order to provide the children with extended opportunities to examine and investigate the varying properties of snow and ice. The large funnels, tubing and bucket/pulley system will remain attached to the table.
 Earth clay continues to be available at the front table. As the children continue their exploration with the clay, we will encourage them to add more details and further develop their sculptures.

Math & Manipulatives

 Nuts, bolts, and screws are available for the children to match, strengthening problem solving and fine motor skills.
 Sewing and weaving activities will also be available to strengthen hand/eye coordination and fine motor skills.
 Memory games and a variety of puzzles continue to be available in the manipulative center. These materials help strengthen problem solving skills, the concept of part-to-whole and eye-hand coordination.

Language & Literacy

 Postcards, letter stamps, stickers, paper and envelopes remain available for the children to use as they practice writing skills and write special letters to others. We have also added graph paper to the writing center to support the drawing of maps and graphing activities.
 The library area has been a popular place for gathering together in small groups. We have added some new stories and informational texts for the children to enjoy as they experience literature together.

Science Center

 Our focus in the science area this week will be the sense of sound. The science cave offers different types of listening equipment (headphones, stethoscopes, etc.) that amplify/alter our hearing. Children will be able to explore how these tools affect their sense of sound.
 We have also added tape stories as a choice in the science cave.
 Listening matching games will be available at the science table. Listening shakers are available for children to match varying degrees of loud to quiet sounds. A listening and matching sounds bingo game will also be available.

Dramatic & Symbolic Play

 Small leggos have been added to the back caves. The children continue to hold a strong interest in the airport and trains. Airplanes, helicopters, cars and peg people, train tracks and leggos will continue to provide opportunities for the children to expand upon their ideas and development of symbolic play.
 The "Building Supply Store" continues to be available in the back of the classroom for the children to buy and sell various supplies needed for constructing and fixing things. Supplies such as, tubing w/ connectors, cones, tape measures, tools and tool belts are available to help support the children's play as they make larger structures in the back of the classroom.

Block Area

 The children have enjoyed using the hollow blocks to build various modes of transportation (busses, trains, airplanes). Some of the children have also been building houses and constructing beds for their babies. We will continue to support and expand upon these interests during the children's play.
 The unit blocks are also available for the children to utilize in the back of the classroom as they create and build structures to use in their dramatic play. The children often use the unit blocks to add detail to larger structures they make (gears, controls, decoration, etc.)

Large Motor

 The sledding hill has been a focal point on the playground. As the children work together to pull their sleds up the hill and take rides in pairs/groups back down, they are strengthening a large variety of skills: team work, collaboration and problem solving techniques, compromise, shared enjoyment, strengthening of upper & lower body muscles, and enhancing their core balance and coordination skills.
 The gym set-up will remain for another week. The rope swing is available and supports the following skills: core body strength, body/spatial awareness, muscle strength and endurance, turn-taking. The balance beam supports eye-foot coordination, maintaining balance, and turn-taking. There is a jumping platform for children to practice two-footed landings, strengthen depth perception skills and work on core body strength. A large climbing structure is located in the center of the gym to help support the development of upper and lower body strength, spatial awareness, and balance. A throwing pit encourages the development of the following skills: hand-eye coordination, grasping, over-hand/under-hand throwing, catching, depth perception, directional awareness, and upper body development. Scooters are available for the children to use together as they work on spatial awareness, core balance, and upper/lower body strength.

Snack
Wednesday: Cheese & Crackers
Thursday: Sunflower Butter Sandwiches

Special Announcements:
 Conference sign-up sheets will be posted later this week. Conferences will be held the first two weeks in March.
 Continue to check www.weather.com (zip code 55455) for information regarding the outdoor temperature each day.

## Lesson Plan for February 8th - 11th

Weekly Plan for Jenn's 3PM Class
February 8th - February 11th, 2010

Overview and Goals:
We will focus on team work and collaboration this week. The children will have opportunities to cooperate with each other and listen to one another's ideas and viewpoints as they take part in activities throughout the classroom. The teachers will encourage that the children work collaboratively as they build representational structures together, develop their symbolic and dramatic play scenarios, and participate in classroom activities with their peers. We will also be picking one of Mama's baby rats for our class to keep as a pet! Our class will vote on which baby we want to keep, as well what to name him/her. It will be fun to see what names the children choose!

Expressive Arts
 The primary colors and white paint are available at the easel for painting. The children may choose to mix and produce their own pastel colors. The teachers will continue to encourage collaborative work to allow children opportunities to practice compromise, negotiation, and to engage in social interactions as they share their ideas with peers.
 Collage materials of various sizes, shapes, and textures are available for the children to explore and use as a means of creative expression.

Sensory Materials
 Large funnels and long tubing remain available at the flax seed table to allow for further inquiry into the properties and movement of the flax seed. The teachers will continue to support the children's exploration and encourage the use of new vocabulary as discussions develop.
 Earth clay continues to be available at the front table. Sculpting tools, rollers, mallets, and various collage materials are available to support the children's exploration with clay. A variety of smaller brushes and paint colors will also be available at this table to allow for further creative expression.

Math & Manipulatives
 Nuts, bolts, and screws are available for the children to match, strengthening problem solving and fine motor skills.
 Memory games and a variety of puzzles continue to be available in the manipulative center. These materials help strengthen problem solving skills, the concept of part-to-whole and eye-hand coordination.

Language & Literacy
 Postcards, letter stamps, stickers, paper and envelopes remain available for the children to use as they practice writing skills and write special letters to others. We have also added graph paper to the writing center to support the drawing of maps and graphing activities.
 The children enjoy spending time with books and discussing stories with peers. We will continue to support their interests by making books readily available throughout the classroom in addition to our library.

Science Center
 The "sorting by taste" game remains available in the science cave. This allows children further opportunities to build upon their knowledge about different tastes.
 Taste testing continues at the science table. The children may record their likes/dislikes at the table, and we will continue to graph and discuss the results during large group.
 We will also begin discussing and exploring the sense of sound this week. We will focus on building awareness as we experiment with "loud" and "quiet" sounds.

Dramatic & Symbolic Play
 The children continue to hold a strong interest in the airport and trains. Airplanes, helicopters, cars and peg people, train tracks and duplo leggos will remain in the back caves to provide opportunities for the children to expand upon their ideas during symbolic play.
 The "Building Supply Store" is available in the back of the classroom for the children to buy and sell various supplies needed for constructing and fixing things. Supplies such as, tubing w/ connectors, cones, tape measures, tools and tool belts are available to help support the children's play as they make larger structures in the back of the classroom.

Block Area
 The children have enjoyed using the hollow blocks to build various modes of transportation (busses, trains, airplanes). Some of the children have also been building houses and constructing beds for their babies. We will continue to support and expand upon these interests during the children's play.
 The unit blocks are also available for the children to utilize in the back of the classroom as they create and build structures to use in their dramatic play. The children often use the unit blocks to add detail to larger structures they make (gears, controls, decoration, etc.)

Large Motor
 We will continue to focus on building snow structures outside this week. Buckets of water, paintbrushes, and snow block molds will continue to be available for the children to use as they explore the varying properties of snow and ice.
 The gym set-up remains the same for this week. The rope swing is now available and supports the following skills: core body strength, body/spatial awareness, muscle strength and endurance, turn-taking. The balance beam supports eye-foot coordination, maintaining balance, and turn-taking. There is a jumping platform for children to practice two-footed landings, strengthen depth perception skills and work on core body strength. A large climbing structure is located in the center of the gym to help support the development of upper and lower body strength, spatial awareness, and balance. A throwing pit encourages the development of the following skills: hand-eye coordination, grasping, over-hand/under-hand throwing, catching, depth perception, directional awareness, and upper body development. Scooters are available for the children to use together as they work on spatial awareness, core balance, and upper/lower body strength.

Snack
Wednesday: French Fries by Dalia's Class
Thursday: Rice Cakes & Oranges

Special Announcements:
 Parent Conferences will be a couple of weeks later for our afternoon class. I will be taking some extra time to get to know the children before holding parent conferences this winter. Our conferences will be held during the first two weeks of March. I will make sure to let you know as soon as a sign-up sheet has been posted.
 Continue to check www.weather.com (zip code 55455) for information regarding the outdoor temperature each day.

## Lesson Plan for February 1st - 4th

Weekly Plan for Jenn's 3PM Class
February 1st - February 4th, 2010

Overview and Goals:
This week we will begin focusing on the sense of taste in our science center. A sorting game will be available to help the children develop awareness about different tastes (sweet, salty, spicy). We hope that the weather cooperates, and that we will be able to spend more time on the playground this week. Our outdoor focus will be building and solidifying structures in the snow. The children have shown great interest in building structures with the hollow blocks and train tracks inside the classroom. We would like to support this interest by making connections within the natural environment outdoors. Relationship building continues to be a primary focus in the classroom. The teachers have begun to establish strong relationships with the children. As we continue to foster these relationships, we will also support and encourage the development and strengthening of relationships among the children.

Expressive Arts
• White paint has been added to the easel for color mixing. The children may choose to mix and produce their own pastel colors. The teachers will continue to encourage collaborative work to allow children opportunities to practice compromise, negotiation, and to engage in social interactions as they share their ideas with peers.
• Collage materials of various sizes, shapes, and textures are available for the children to explore and use as a means of creative expression.

Sensory Materials
• Large funnels and long tubing have been added to the flax seed table to allow for further inquiry into the properties and movement of the flax seed. The teachers will continue to support the children's exploration and encourage the use of new vocabulary as discussions develop.
• Earth clay is available at the front table. Sculpting tools, rollers, mallets, and various collage materials are available to support the children's exploration with clay.

Math & Manipulatives
• Memory and matching games are available at the manipulatives center.
• A variety of puzzles are also available. These materials help strengthen problem solving skills, the concept of part-to-whole and eye-hand coordination.

Language & Literacy
• Postcards, letter stamps, stickers, paper and envelopes remain available for the children to use as they practice writing skills and write special letters to others.
• The children enjoy spending time with books and discussing stories with peers. We will continue to support their interests by making books readily available throughout the classroom in addition to our library. Some highlights this week will be new books about airplanes and baby animals.

Science Center
• In the science cave, the children can play a "sorting by taste" game with plastic foods. To help build their awareness of different tastes, the children will be able to classify foods into three categories: sweet, salty, and spicy.
• We will also have a few samples for taste testing at the science table. Children will be able to record which foods they like and dislike. We will be graphing the results.

Dramatic & Symbolic Play
• An airport has been added to the caves to provide opportunities for the children to expand upon their ideas during symbolic play. Airplanes, helicopters, cars and peg people now accompany the train tracks and duplo leggos.
• The travel store continues to support the children's ongoing interest in travel and transportation.

Block Area
• The children have enjoyed using the hollow blocks to build various modes of transportation (busses, trains, airplanes). We will continue to support and expand upon their interest in travel and transportation with the use of these materials.
• The unit blocks are also available for the children to utilize in the back of the classroom as they create and build structures to use in their dramatic play. The children often use the unit blocks to add detail to larger structures they make (gears, controls, decoration, etc.)

Large Motor
• We hope that the weather cooperates and that we will be able to spend more time outside this week. We will continue to focus on building snow structures. Buckets of water and paintbrushes will be available to help solidify and strengthen structures.
• We have a new gym set-up this week. The rope swing is now available and supports the following skills: core body strength, body/spatial awareness, muscle strength and endurance, turn-taking. The balance beam supports eye-foot coordination, maintaining balance, and turn-taking. There is a jumping platform for children to practice two-footed landings, strengthen depth perception skills and work on core body strength. A large climbing structure is located in the center of the gym to help support the development of upper and lower body strength, spatial awareness, and balance. A throwing pit encourages the development of the following skills: hand-eye coordination, grasping, over-hand/under-hand throwing, catching, depth perception, directional awareness, and upper body development. Scooters are available for the children to use together as they work on spatial awareness, core balance, and upper/lower body strength.

Snack
Monday: Fruit & Oat Bars (made by Amy's class)
Wednesday: Cheddar bunnies & Kiwi
Thursday: Cheese on Pita (made with Eva)

Special Announcements:

• The Lab School's annual "Gym Jam" will be held at Bierman Field this Friday, February 5th from 6:30 - 8pm.

• Parent Conferences will be a couple of weeks later for our afternoon class. I will be taking some extra time to get to know the children before holding parent conferences this winter. Our conferences will be held during the first two weeks of March. I will make sure to let you know as soon as a sign-up sheet has been posted.

• Continue to check www.weather.com (zip code 55455) for information regarding the outdoor temperature each day.

## Lesson Plan for January 25th - 29th

Weekly Plan for Jenn's 3PM Class
January 25th - January 28th, 2010

Overview and Goals:
The children's interest in travel and transportation continues! This play theme has blossomed in multiple areas of the classroom and continues to grow each day. The children continue to build rich play scenarios, practice negotiation with peers and work cooperatively towards common goals. As the children openly explore and use materials in the classroom, the teachers will support and encourage meaningful interactions among peers. During the upcoming weeks, we will focus on building and strengthening the children's social competencies as they play.

Expressive Arts
• We have added additional pastel paint colors at the easel. The teachers will continue to encourage collaborative work to allow children opportunities to practice compromise, negotiation, and to engage in social interactions as they share their ideas with peers.
• Collage materials of various sizes, shapes, and textures are available for the children to explore and use as a means of creative expression. We will encourage the children to use the materials available to make their own props for travel as they play in the back of the classroom.

Sensory Materials
• Measuring cups, scoops, paddle wheels and many other materials continue to support the children's play at the flax seed table. New sorting items and textures will be added to the table to expand experiences with texture and to allow opportunities for the children to utilize their new knowledge associated with the sense of touch.
• We will be introducing playdough at the tables this week. Cars, trucks, and letter shapes will continue to be available for the children to use as they stamp and make prints using this new medium.

Math & Manipulatives
• New patterning games have been added to the area to continue the exploration of patterns, as well as support the social interactions that accompany the cooperative production of the games.
• New puzzles are also available to support problem solving, the concept of part-to-whole and eye-hand coordination.
• Duplo leggos have been added to train caves to further support the children's creative track building and symbolic play.

Language & Literacy
• We will be adding a mail box to the writing center this week. The children can continue to write postcards and now send/deliver mail as well. Various types of writing paper and tools are available for the children to use as they engage in writing activities.
• The children enjoy spending time with books and discussing stories with peers. We will continue to support their interests by making books readily available throughout the classroom in addition to our library.

Science Center
• A tactile sorting game can be found at the science table. Children can use their sense of touch to differentiate between soft and hard as they sort the objects.
• The new science cave is an extension of our science center. It is currently filled with an array of materials (fabrics, furs, shells, etc.) for the children to manipulate and further explore textural differences.

Dramatic & Symbolic Play
• The kitchen/home area has become a favorite destination during the children's "travels". We will continue to support this extension of travel play theme as well as other interests such as cooking and dress-up.
• The travel store, with props such as suitcases, maps, tickets, and travel accessories, has been a big hit in the classroom. This dramatic play area continues to support the children's ongoing interest in travel and transportation.

Block Area
• The children have enjoyed using the hollow blocks to build various modes of transportation (busses, trains, airplanes). We will continue to support their interest in travel and transportation with these materials.
• The unit blocks are also available for the children to utilize in the back of the classroom as they create and build structures to use in their dramatic play.

Large Motor
• The cars, driving track, obstacle course, and climber will continue to be available this week. The children enjoyed driving around the track as well as stopping by the gas station: both to fill up as well as keep on the general maintenance of their automobiles. We hope to utilize the gym space more this week.
• The children have enjoyed sledding this week on the playground. We will continue to have fun sledding as well as building structures in the snow. Buckets of water and paintbrushes will be available to help solidify and strengthen the children's snow structures.

Snack
Monday: Graham crackers (by Ross' class) & bananas
Wednesday: Sunflower butter sandwiches
Thursday: Multigrain Cheerios & oranges

Special Announcements:
• The Lab School's annual "Gym Jam" will be held at Bierman Field on Friday, February 5th from 6:30 - 8pm.

• Continue to check www.weather.com (zip code 55455) for information regarding the outdoor temperature each day.

## Lesson Plan for January 20th - 21st

Weekly Plan for Jenn's 3PM Class
January 20th & January 21st, 2010

Overview and goals
Week three will start off with some very exciting news pertaining to some new little "visitors" joining our classroom this week. Mama had her babies this weekend! Please read the announcement at the bottom to let your child know how we will be visiting Mama this week. With that, we anticipate our life science exploration will be taking off! We will bring in books and questions for the children to explore and answer as continue our science focus as well as support our goal of encouraging high-level thinking skills. We will also continue to foster these skills throughout the other areas of our classroom, challenging the children's thinking and reason as they explore new senses at the science center and create more elaborate dramatic play themes in the back of the room.

Art center
Expressive material
~ The easel painting has been a huge hit! To change it up we are going to add pastel colors that reflect more of the colors the children are seeing in nature. We began to see some collaborative painting going on last week. We will encourage these cooperative experiences by encouraging the children to invite another child to join them while they paint. These collaborative ventures allow the children to practice their comprise, negotiation, and social interaction skills while sharing ideas and talking about what the painting process will be. We are excited to see the creativity blossom!
~ With all the trips taking place in the back of the room, we will add additional collage materials (paper towel tubes, string, etc.) to encourage the children to make their own props needed for travel. Binoculars, maps, and signs are a few of the anticipated creations needed for the future adventures around the "world" (a.k.a. our classroom).
Sensory material
~ One focus in the art areas has been on painting and printmaking. The children loved using the dinosaur sponges and cookie cutter letters to make prints. When the trucks were brought in, they really enjoyed making tracks on their paper with the wheels in the paints. We will be bringing in new shades of color to mix as well as various sized cars to help foster comparison skills. We will also focus more on using the letter shapes, promoting the novel ways to incorporate literacy through art.
~ The children have really enjoyed exploring and playing with flax seed in the sensory table. They have been using measuring cups, scoops, paddle wheels, and many other materials to support their play. With the interest in the new material being so great, we will be adding many different objects for the children to dig for and find. This activity is linked to our science focus dealing with the sense of touch. We have been asking the question "How does it feel?" when a child finds an object, encouraging the children to use the new texture words we have been taking about during large group and free play. To utilize their new knowledge and vocabulary words, we will create a sorting game that challenges the children to sort objects by their texture. This activity will get them thinking about similarities and differences, address the concept of classification, and engage them by using their sense of touch and fine motor skills.

Science Center
~ Since we've been back, we have been investigating the sense of touch in our science area. Through matching and guessing games, the children have been using their sense of touch to explore textures in their environment. We have extended the use of touch to our sensory table, and have been hearing the children use various texture words to describe the items they are finding hidden in the flax seed. This week, we will move onto the sense of smell in the science area. Smelling jars with scents such as cinnamon, coffee, and cocoa will be available for the children to smell and describe through written or pictorial recordings, as well as identify through a matching game. We will also use the cave to display how different animals use their sense of smell to find food with pictures, books, and figures for the children to play with to utilize their new information. Through these activities, the children will be developing their higher-level thinking skills with prediction, inquiry, and reflection or discussion. They will also be developing social skills by comparing their thoughts and findings.

Math and manipulative Center
~ The manipulatives have become more popular with the children over the past two weeks. Currently, the area has puzzles and activities that center around patterns. The children have enjoyed following provided patterns with colorful pegs and pattern blocks, as well as creating their own patterns. In the coming days, we will introduce new patterning games to the area to continue the exploration of patterns, as well as support the social interactions that accompany the cooperative production of the games.
~ The trains have been a very popular material in the classroom! The children have been working very hard in creating tracks that snake in and out of both caves. The children have been demonstrating spatial awareness by winding their tracks around certain objects including chairs and tables. To help the children extend their play themes, we will place pictures of their creations in the caves to stimulate new ideas by helping them recall tracks/stories from the days previous.

Language and Literacy Center
~ The children have spent some time at the book center over the last two weeks. Some of the book themes that they have explored include the human body, as well as the winter season. To expand this literacy exploration, we would like to incorporate books that relate to the dramatic play that we see reoccurring throughout the classroom. Books about trains, airplanes, and cars will be available to help create opportunities for the children enhance their dramatic play themes with more detail and new ideas while supporting their pre-/early-literacy development. Last week the children had a great time creating airplanes so they could travel to different countries such as China, Puerto Rico, and even the Grand Canyon.
~Several children have also explored the writing center since we have been back. Children have been stopping by to create grocery lists, draw pictures, and send letters to friends and families. To build off this interest in writing as well as help foster a deeper understanding of print and letter recognition, we will be adding alphabet stamps, inkpads, post cards, and envelopes to the writing center. We feel these additions will help foster the pre-/early-literacy skills of the children currently using the center while inviting new visitors to use the space. To increase this awareness, we would like to encourage the children to write post cards to their peers as they "travel" around the world. Writing letters increases fine motor skills, literacy, as well as cognitive ability levels.

Block Center
~ There has been many new "transportation" vehicles being created in the back of the room. Planes, trains, and other automobiles have popped up to help many of the children reach their intended destinations (e.g. Florida, China, Disneyworld). We will add more steering wheels, cardboard, paper, and tape to help furnish the newly created vehicles as well as encourage the children to use/create maps to take with them. These additions will support the social community in the classroom as well as provide new dramatic plays that can incorporate many children simultaneously.

Dramatic Play
~ The general store served the children well, however as the children continued to travel, they were buying supplies to take with them on their trips. With these constant occurrences, we felt it only appropriate to change the general store into a travel store. We will add suitcases, maps, tickets, and travel accessories (e.g. clothes, sunglasses, etc.) to help support this growing interest in travel.

Large Motor
~ The cars, driving track, obstacle course, and climber will continue to be available this week. The children have had a blast drive around the track as well as stopping by the gas station: both to fill up as well as keep on the general maintenance of their automobiles. We will be playing new teacher games this week, lead by the student teachers. The gym's set up will be changed for a day on Wednesday morning, as the teachers will be getting ready for Creativity Night!
~ Sledding has been a huge success, as many children cannot wait to get outside after snack! For those not interested in sledding, there has been some interesting snow-fort building taking place. The sleds will continue to be available and parents are always welcome to come a bit early (we're out there around 10.50 or so) and join in the fun! We will also be dismissing from outside as much as possible.

Announcements/Reminders
~ Mama had her babies!!! We haven't been able to get an exact count, but there are probably around 10 baby rats with Mama in her nest! With that, she needs to have privacy and quiet for these first for days/week as her babies begin to grow. We have moved Mama and the little ones to the "nook" in the back of our classroom (next to the teacher sink). The teachers will take groups of 2-3 children in to visit, but stress that we need to be very quiet while looking at Mama and her babies. They may be tough to see in these early stages, but as the babies grow, they will venture out of the nest more and the children will have better opportunities to see them!
~ Creativity Night - Tuesday, Jan. 20 from 6-7.30p. Take a look at the flyer posted on the Lab School's main page for more details!

Snack
Monday: No School
Wednesday: Letter Cheeze-Its & Oranges
Thursday: Cooking with Eva

*All snacks served with milk & water, unless otherwise specified*

## Lesson Plan January 11th-14th

Weekly Plan for Jenn's 3PM Class
January 11th - January 14th, 2010

Overview and Goals:
We will continue to focus on building and strengthening relationships with the children throughout the upcoming weeks. We feel it is very important for the children to feel secure and comfortable with their new teachers at school. We will spend the next several weeks exploring and discussing the five senses, beginning with the sense of touch. The teachers have added some additional games and interactive materials for the children to use in the science center this week to enhance their experiences with different textures. Aside from these few additions, the learning environment will remain unchanged so the children will be able to return to the classroom and continue to build upon their experiences from last week.

Expressive Arts
• Large paint brushes and primary and secondary paint colors are available at the easel. The children will be able to create their own secondary hues, tints, and shades of color.
• Collage materials of various sizes, shapes, and textures are available for the children to explore and use as a means of creative expression.
• A variety of cookie cutter shapes and paint will be available for printing, stamping, and finger painting (if desired). The materials allow for a tactile experience as children manipulate and discuss familiar shapes and designs.

Sensory Materials
• The sensory table is filled with flax seed. An assortment of scooping tools and containers are available for the children to use as they examine the various physical properties of the seed.

Math & Manipulatives
• Finding, matching, and creating patterns will be our focus in the manipulative center over the next several weeks.
• Mini Pegs w/ pattern cards allow children opportunities to match/follow a pattern while also strengthening perceptual motor skills such as eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity.
• Colored inch cubes and thick parquetry blocks are also available for pattern making.
• Problem solving, the concept of part-to-whole and eye-hand coordination are supported by the variety of puzzles available on the manipulative shelf.
• The computers are available for the children to play games focusing on problem solving and/or literacy skills.

Language & Literacy
• Various types of paper and writing tools are available for the children to use at the writing center.
• The book shelves hold a variety of books for children to browse independently or participate in shared reading experiences.

Science Center
• Tactile games can be found at the science table. Children can use their sense of touch to differentiate between soft and hard as they sort the objects.
• The new science cave is an extension of our science center. It is filled with an array of materials (fabrics, furs, shells, etc.) for the children to manipulate and further explore textural differences.

Dramatic & Symbolic Play
• The kitchen/home area remains a strong feature in the classroom. This is an important area for the children to make connections to the real world through play. Large pieces of fabric are available for the children to use creatively during their play.
• The remaining two caves continue to house the brio trains and track set. A large variety of wooden blocks and people pegs have been added to this area to help extend symbolic play in a more open-ended and creative manner. The children will have opportunities to build and construct their own buildings, props and additions to the train set.
• A general store, with various props, is located in the back of the classroom. This dramatic play area allows children opportunities to reenact the familiar routines involved with purchasing goods from the store.

Block Area
• The hollow blocks will continue to be a choice in the back of the classroom. The children learn the benefit of working together as they construct large structures and often create dramatic play themes to reflect these structures.
• The unit blocks are in the same location and remain available for the children to utilize. Often these blocks are used to enhance larger structures created with the hollow blocks. Wheels (that can be attached to the unit blocks) have also been added to the area.

Large Motor
• We are excited to see how our outdoor curriculum will unfold in the weeks to come! This week, we will have sledding available on the sledding hill in addition to other fun outdoor activities.
• The gym is arranged as follows: Big foam block w/ rope is available for hand-over-hand climbing. A three-step circuit is set up with uneven walking surfaces for practice with balance, a walkway between mats, and a station for jumping into the donut. Hurdles are available for jumping, stepping over or crawling under. Scooter cars are available for driving around the gym perimeter. The blue climber remains available for children to climb up and down the stairs.

Snack
Monday: Rice Cakes & Banana
Wednesday: Fruit & Oat Bars made by class & Apples
Thursday: Oat & Honey Granola Bars & Oranges

Special Announcements:
• Please continue to check for temperature and weather updates at www.weather.com (zip code 55455). If the "real feel" of the temperature is 0 or above, we will start the day outdoors; therefore, plan to have the children arrive appropriately dressed for outside play. If the temperature or wind chill is below 0, we will start our day in the gym.

## Lesson plan for week ten

Weekly Plan for Nyna's 3PM Class
November 23 - November 25, 2009
Overview and Goals

During the past week, the children experienced some exciting changes to the room! Jessica introduced clay at large group and discussed how it is used to create objects, such as mugs, bowls and sculptures. To build on this awareness, the children were given the opportunity to freely explore the clay and used tools such as rolling pins and hammers. This week, as the children continue to explore the properties of clay, teachers will model and encourage representational designs. Last week, the children explored the scientific concepts of sinking and floating at the water table, and formulated their own hypothesis as to whether objects such as ping pong balls, feathers and golf balls would sink or float. Last week, the children also planted seeds into individual cups with potting soil while reviewing what a seed needs to grow. This week, we will explore a new topic at our science table as we continue to check for growth in the seeds. The children are now able to use magnetic balls and rods in order to explore the properties of magnetism. Finally, the back of the room has been busy with construction workers designing and constructing buildings. This week, the interest in construction will be expanded by providing materials such as pipes, carpet squares, representational pictures from the environment, and real doors to enhance the level of creative play.

Art Center

Expressive materials:
- The drawing and collage table continues to feature a variety of collage and sculpture objects, such as tissue paper, caps, pom-pom balls, small wooden shapes, and yarn. These items strengthen children's symbolic representation, creative, and fine motor skills. Small chalkboards, chalk and erasers are a new addition to this area. As a result, children can continue to explore the properties of chalk which was previously available at the easel. The art table remains a place where children's fine motor skills and creativity are fostered in addition to opportunities for social interaction as the children share materials and collaborate with one another.

-As chalk exploration moves over to the art table, sponge painting with brightly colored paints is available at the floor easel. Children continue to show an interest in experimenting with textures as well as discussing creations with one another. Hand-eye coordination and fine-motor control continue to be promoted in this area.

-New musical instruments have been added to the middle cave this week to provide the children with a wider variety of sounds to include in their ever growing musical creations. Clackers, ethnic drums, maracas, tambourines, and triangles are available alongside the keyboard. The children continue to explore the CD player featuring Ella Jenkins rhythm songs. A voice recorder is also available so children may create their own recordings. Musical instruments promote the development of psychomotor, perceptual and listening skills, as well as developing creativity!

Sensory

-The water table takes an exciting direction this week as children have the opportunity to wash toys and objects in our classroom! Recently, children have shown an interest in cleaning and dish-washing in the housekeeping area. Furthermore, this activity promotes a discussion of the various ways in which we use water. Soap has been added to the water as well as scrub brushes, drying racks, and water pitchers for the children to use. This activity will be initiated by washing toy dishes and giving the children an opportunity to locate other items in need of washing. The water table continues to be a place where social interactions are fostered.

-Clay continues to be available at the sensory table this week. New tools such as textured hammers allow children to enhance their creations with elements of design. Clay knives and rolling pins continue to be available. As the children continue to gain familiarity with how this material is used, teachers will begin modeling and facilitating discussions at the table about how to mold, shape and create symbolic representations with the clay. Clay art will be featured in the center of the table as a way to promote these discussions.

Dramatic Play

-Over the past week, the block area has literally been under construction as children have built houses, cars, and various buildings. Screwdrivers, hammers, saws, and pliers continue to be available alongside the hard hats and caution tape. This week, the hollow blocks have been expanded to include wooden doors. These doors complete any home or building the children create. In addition, piping and carpet squares are available to enhance construction projects. Finally, there are representational photographs of items such as store fronts, clocks, and windows. These may provide children with ideas of what to build, or what other elements could be included within their structure. The block area encourages the development of spatial terminology and explorations into balance and stability. In addition, blocks encourage the development of representational thinking and socio-dramatic play.

-The first cave features a new dramatic play opportunity this week. The cave has been transformed into a spaceship! A control panel, head phones and walkie-talkies are available. Furthermore, children are surrounded by stars, moons, and pictures of the solar system. By creating this set-up, it is hoped that new children will be drawn into the cave and that cooperative play, communication, and discussions of outer-space will be fostered.

- The housekeeping area continues to be a central area of play for many children. To build on the restaurant-themed play of some of the children, restaurant props such as menus and chef hats are available, along with the usual dolls, dishes, and plastic food. The housekeeping area strengthens children's perspective-taking, sharing, symbolic representation, problem solving, and communication skills.

Math and Manipulative Center

-The computers continue to be available offering Millie's Math House and Sammy's Science House. These games build sequencing, 1-1 correspondence, and letter recognition skills. In addition, children are learning how to operate a computer, use a mouse, take turns and interact with each other while using computers.

-Thick parquetry blocks, also known as tangram shapes, continue to be available. These foster the development of shape, color, patterning, 1-1 correspondence, part-to-whole recognition, and matching skills. Counting games, and the abacus, also remain available. These activities foster 1-1 correspondence and counting skills.

-A beginning memory game is available this week. Children turn over picture cards, until they find a matching pair. In addition to memory, this activity supports concepts of recognizing similarities and differences as well as turn-taking.

-Assorted collection of puzzles fostering fine motor development, visual discrimination, shape recognition, and part-whole relations continue to be available.

-The third cave features the small Legos. Many children continue to show an interest in constructing with these miniature sets. Lego construction builds children's fine motor skills, representational skills, and social skills such as turn-taking and cooperative play. Dramatic play is also seen as many children are creating structures for the Lego people and interacting with one another.

Science Center

-This past week, children followed written pictorial directions in order to plant their own seeds. We also discussed how seeds have roots that grow out of the seed. This week, we will continue to water and observe any changes to these seeds.

- Magnets are now being explored at the science center. We feel the children are ready for a new topic and magnets allow vast opportunities for critical thinking and question asking. Magnetic balls and rods serve many purposes as children can manipulate and play with them, while also observing magnetic properties and interactions. Furthermore, bar magnets and magnetic balls are available. As the children explore, it is anticipated that they will discover that not all objects stick to the magnet. This hypothesis will be tested as children experiment with applying the magnet to various objects. With this new topic we have attempted to provide a variety of activities to allow the children to investigate and enquire about the properties of magnets. Also, because the force of magnetism is a more abstract topic, we will introduce the idea now and may revisit similar experiments later in the school year to expand on prior knowledge. The science table continues to foster social interactions by allowing children to make discoveries and share ideas together.

Language and Literacy

-For the first time this year, the back room adjacent to the art table is available as a space for children to gather. This area was created with the intent of giving children a place to relax from the noisy activity of the classroom. Children are invited into this cozy area to listen to books on tape. Fabric and strings of lights drape overhead while a rug, couch and over-sized pillows provide comfortable areas for lounging.

-The book area continues to be another quiet space for children to relax. Books relating to building and construction are available as a way to tie into the activity in the block area. Classic stories that focus on familiar songs, rhyme and repetition are also available, building phonemic awareness and phonological skills. By reading a book and looking at illustrations, children are expanding their print awareness, while continuing to increase their vocabulary.

-The writing center continues to be a place where children write letters, and seal special projects into envelopes. Alphabet stickers and alphabet paper letters continue to be available in order to foster alphabetic identification.

Large Motor

-In the gym, there continues to be the rolling hill to promote balance and vestibular awareness. The A-frame allows children to jump and hit a hanging ball from the light supporting hand-eye coordination, depth perception, as well as jumping and landing skills. The monkey bars "attached" to the climbing wall create a raised climbing structure that challenges the children's eye-hand/eye-foot coordination and creates opportunities to safely take risks in the gym. Throughout the week, teachers will lead various relay games in a running lane to promote endurance, cooperation, and muscular strength.

-The playground continues to feature the climbing equipment, boat, and swings. Balls, tricycles, rakes, wheelbarrows, shovels, and wagons continue to be available. The playground is a place where children continue to develop gross motor skills and meaningful social interactions, while engaging in the natural world.

Snack:
Monday: String Cheese & Apples
Wednesday: Open Snack-Letter Cheese-Its
Thursday: Special party snack

## Lesson plan for week nine

Weekly Plan for Nyna's 3PM Class
November 16 - November 19, 2009
Overview and goals

Last week, children continued their scientific explorations into the structure and function of seeds. Children dissected a variety of fruits and vegetables while comparing seed size, shape, and function. After learning more about seeds in large group, children began to germinate lima bean seeds. This week, children will plant seeds, discuss plant growth, and examine plant structure. Last week, Jessica's small group visited a restaurant and got a behind-the-scenes tour; to extend dramatic play and build relationships, several restaurant props will be available in the housekeeping area. Another big event in our room last week was the transformation of the dramatic play area into an animal hospital; children explored the different roles in a veterinarian's office and examined animal x-rays. To build on children's interest in doctors and hospitals, this week, the animal hospital will become a "people" hospital, with hospital scrubs, x-rays, and bandages. In addition to the hospital play, many of the children also began to focus construction and building. To extend this play and build relationships, several toolboxes with toy tools, hard hats, and construction tape will be available in the back of the room. Finally, clay will be featured at the art sensory table this week. In an effort to familiarize the children with this material and to maximize their exploration of it, many of our large group discussions will center on clay--its properties, uses, and forms will all be discussed.

Art Center

Expressive materials:
-The drawing and collage table will continue to feature a variety of collage objects, such as tissue paper, caps, pom-pom balls, puzzle pieces, and yarn. In addition, small wooden shapes, Popsicle sticks, and boxes will be provided to encourage children to start experimenting with the concept of sculpture. These items strengthen children's symbolic representation, creative, and fine motor skills.
-At the easel, children will get to choose between painting with tempera paints and drawing with chalk. After children gain familiarity with the properties of chalk, spray bottles with water will be introduced, children can then explore the effects of wet chalk on paper. Painting and drawing develop children's fine motor, eye-hand coordination and visual discrimination skills.
- The middle cave will continue to house a variety of musical instruments such as hand drums, chimes, xylophones, and a keyboard. New instruments will include rain sticks, guiros, and microphones. In addition, a CD player will be included in the cave; children can listen to songs we have sung in class or play instruments along to Ella Jenkins' rhythm CDs. Musical instruments develop children's psychomotor, affective, and perceptual skills. In addition, they promote aesthetic appreciation, the development of rhythm and beat, and listening skills.

Sensory

-New objects at the water table will encourage children to explore the concepts of sinking, floating and color change. A variety of objects such as ping pong balls, wiffle balls, plastic caps, foam, aluminum foil, and cork will encourage children to experiment and form their own hypotheses about what makes an object sink or float. In addition, pipettes, food coloring, salt, and ice will be available for children to explore how different variables affect color change and water composition. These scientific explorations encourage children to problem solve, form and test hypotheses, and compare and contrast. Children also develop the social skills of negotiation and compromise while sharing objects and conducting experiments at the water table.
-Clay will be available at the art sensory table. This will be many children's first encounter with real clay (not play dough or art dough), so this week children will be encouraged to explore the properties of clay and develop basic techniques. Clay tools such as plastic knives and rolling pins will be provided. Children will be encouraged to create objects or sculptures that teachers will document with photographs. Working with clay develops children's fine motor control, symbolic representation, and creativity skills.

Dramatic Play

- The animal hospital will become a people hospital this week. Children have expressed interest in diagnosing and curing human ailments, so a variety of hospital props will be provided to extend this play. Hospital scrubs, stethoscopes, patient gowns, blood pressure gauges, reflex indicators, ace bandages and toy syringes will be provided. In addition, charts, books, and models about bones, muscles, and body parts will complete the hospital. This area promotes the development of social skills such as perspective-taking, compromise, and negotiation. In addition, it serves as an introduction to anatomical concepts such as bone and muscle structure.
-The first cave will continue to be a Lego-building area. In addition to the large Duplo blocks, small Legos will also be provided. This area builds children's fine motor skills, representational skills, and social skills such as turn-taking and cooperative play.
-The housekeeping area continues to be a central area of play for many children. To build on the restaurant-themed play of some of the children, restaurant props will be available, along with the usual dolls, dishes, and plastic food. The housekeeping area strengthens children's perspective-taking, sharing, symbolic representation, problem solving, and communication skills.

Math and Manipulative Center`

- Last week the children experienced the computers in our room for the first time this year. The teachers were pleased to see children taking turns, helping one another and independently problem solving with the games. Children are able to choose from Millie's Math House or Sammy's Science House. These games build literacy, numeracy and scientific skills. In addition, children are learning how to operate a computer, use a mouse, take turns and interact with each other while using computers.
-Items at the manipulatives center will encourage the development of numeracy and sequencing skills. Thick parquetry blocks (tangram shapes) foster the development of shape, color, patterning, 1-1 correspondence, part-to-whole recognition, and matching skills. In addition, they foster symbolic representation skills, as well as the development of eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity. Counting games, an abacus, and geoboards also foster the development of 1-1 correspondence and number recognition. Sequencing card games and puzzles are also available; these items develop sequencing skills, which are an important pre-requisite for reading. A variety of transportation-themed puzzles will also be available; these items develop manual dexterity, eye-hand coordination, and part-to-whole recognition.

Science Center

-Children will continue their exploration of seeds and plant growth at the science center. Pots and dirt will be available for children to plant seeds. Children will also study the germination of their lima beans. There will also be a variety of activities that will allow children to explore, observe, and discuss plant growth; materials such as a range of seeds, flowers, and plants will help children develop perceptual and observational skills such as generalization, comparison, and problem-solving.

Language and Literacy

-The book area contains non-fiction books about construction vehicles such as dump trucks, steam shovels, and steamrollers. Fiction books by authors such as Jonathan London (author of the "Froggy" series) and Eric Carle will also be in the book center. In addition, storybooks featuring rhyme and repetition, and music-centered storybooks will be available. Books with rhyme and repetition build children's phonemic awareness and phonological skills, which are important emergent literacy skills.
-The last cave will continue to house flannel boards and flannel pictures from familiar stories. The flannel boards promote literacy skills in two main ways: children build their sequencing abilities when they re-tell familiar stories and children build their creative skills and strengthen their knowledge of narrative structure when they compose and narrate original stories.
-The writing center continues to house a variety of different kinds of paper and pretend "mail" items. These items encourage children to begin experimenting with the many uses of print. To foster the development of alphabetic identification and writing, alphabet stickers and alphabet paper letters will be included at the writing center.

Block Center

- To extend children's dramatic play centered on building and construction, the block area will feature several toolboxes with a variety of toy tools such as hammers, wrenches, nuts, bolts, saws, and drills. Construction hats will also extend this play theme. Large pieces of cardboard will encourage children to add new elements to block buildings. The block area encourages the development of spatial terminology and explorations into balance and stability. In addition, blocks encourage the development of representational thinking and socio-dramatic play.

Large Motor

The gym continues to feature a variety of structures that promote large motor development and social interaction. The monkey bars contain rope to develop children's upper body strength and balance. The large blue "doughnut" mat has been placed on its side so that children can crawl through it into the small play structure. This also fosters dramatic play inside the play structure while developing upper body strength, coordination, and muscular endurance. In addition, the back of the gym includes a target for kicking/throwing soft balls and bean bags. This fosters children's dynamic balance and propulsion skills. The mats have been set up in a pyramid/stair-step shape to foster children's dynamic balance, flexibility, and agility. Finally, the A-frame ladder is set up in a triangle shape. Children are able to work on their locomotion and balance skills with this familiar structure.
-The playground continues to be a place where children can develop gross motor skills, build relationships, and explore the natural world. Children continue to enjoy using the large and small rakes to rake up huge piles of leaves from the oak trees. Ropes hanging from tree branches build upper body strength and encourage the construction of large leaf piles into which children enjoy jumping. Tricycles, wagons, wheelbarrows, toy trucks, and shovels also continue to be available on the playground.

Snack:

Monday: Graham Crackers made by class & Banana
Wednesday: Open Snack-Animal Crackers
Thursday: Open Snack -Rice Cakes

## Lesson plan for week eight

Weekly Plan for Nyna's 3PM Class
November 9 - November 12, 2009
Overview and goals
This last week, the children explored cutting up different fruits and vegetables in order to compare the seeds from different foods. They have gotten a magnified view of the insides of pumpkins and their seeds. They felt the different outer textures as well the insides, which we found were usually cool and sometimes slimy! The children also discussed how some foods, such as carrots and potatoes don't have seeds. They determined that if it grows under the ground the food doesn't have any seeds. Taking the exploration of seeds to the next level, there will be germination kits set up for the children to sprout seeds. At the water table children were exploring different ways water can move, the children experimented with the pumps and problem solved about transferring the water from one container into another container. They poured different amounts into funnels and watched wheels turn as water cascaded down. The children will be able to further explore how water can move as we introduce tubes that run along the inside of the table. Children will be able to use these with funnels, different size cups, and containers. The music cave was alive with children inspired beats, rhythms and songs. The children will have more opportunity to explore these instruments as well as make some of their own. Children were working together in the building of space ships and a mail trucks in the hollow blocks. To help support cooperative dramatic play skills in our block area, there will be some pulleys and buckets available this week.
Art Center

Expressive materials:
-The drawing and collage table will remain an area where children can use a variety of materials to creatively express themselves in an open-ended manner. Tissue paper, pieces of yarn, and colored pom-pom balls will be available to help develop creativity. In addition, paper cups, rubber bands, and tissue boxes will be available for children to make their own musical instruments. This area remains a place where children's fine motor skills and creativity is continually fostered.
-Orange, green, blue, and purple paint will be available at the easel. This week, sponges as well as small paint brushes will allow children to paint with more texture and detail while continuing to practice hand-eye coordination and fine motor control.
-Musical instruments will continue to be featured in the middle cave. Children will be able to use the keyboard and different percussion instruments to explore rhythm and beat. Musical instruments support the development of psychomotor, perceptual and listening abilities, and creative development.

Sensory
-The water table will continue to be open for exploration on how water moves through different spaces. Tubes and funnels will be attached and various measuring containers will be available so the children can experiment with water movement and volume. Through parallel and cooperative play, social interactions are developing and the children are sharing ideas.
-Water color paints will be available at the sensory table this week. In the center of the table will be different harvested vegetables and other natural autumn materials. Children will be encouraged to paint their own representation of these objects. This encourages development of symbolic representation and fine motor control.

Dramatic Play

- The children have been closely observing the rats and talking about how to care for them. This curiosity about how to care for animals sparked the idea to have a veterinarian clinic in our dramatic play center. Doctor's lab coats, medical instruments, a variety of animals x-ray prints, and stuffed animals are available and ready for exploration. This area supports creativity, role-playing, and social interactions. Vet related books will also be available to help incorporate literacy and print.
-The first cave will be a Lego building center. Lego boards and large Legos will be available as well as some Lego animals and people. Dramatic play opportunities will promote fine motor skills, cooperative play, and communication skills.
-The housekeeping area will continue to be available in the center of our room. Babies are incorporated into this set-up along with high-chairs and baby bottles. Whether they are taking care of the babies, cooking, or running a restaurant, the children are using cooperative play skills, symbolic representation, and the sharing of resources.

Math and Manipulative Center

-Square and circular stackers will continue to be available to support height and length comparisons, patterning, counting, hand-eye coordination, color identification, and visual discrimination skills. This last week the children were using them to build different flying machines and motor vehicles.
-Assorted puzzles supporting fine motor development, visual discrimination, shape recognition, and part-whole relations will continue to be made available.
-We've added the computers to the room! Two computers have been placed near the front of the room where children can play math games and observe when others play on them. Parallel play, hand-eye coordination, and the sharing of ideas are observed when children play games on the computers.

Science Center
-The children have been experimenting with cutting open different vegetables and fruits with pumpkin cutting knives. Dissection and exploration of the seeds hidden inside will continue to be available. -To further the exploration of seeds there will be germination kits set up. The children will be able to sprout seeds using cotton balls and small plastic bags. Books on seeds and growth will be available to help in forming hypotheses about what will happen next. Scientific reasoning and comparing the different stages of growth will help to build social interactions.
Language and Literacy
-Books about seeds, harvest vegetables, and animals are featured in the book area. This area exposes children to new vocabulary, expands their print awareness, and story sequencing. Children continue to enjoy sitting on the couch and looking at books during the free-play, as well as before and after snack time. -Flannel boards that enable the children to act out some of their favorite stories will continue to be available in our third cave. This incorporates dramatic play and social interactions as the children can create their own stories using characters from several fairytales, including a fire-breathing dragon!
Block Center
- To help support expansion of their dramatic play, there will be pulleys and buckets in the block area. This will support gross motor development and encourages children to engage each other either for help or for participation. The use of pulleys requires planning and some experimentation. In their planning they are participating in cooperative play and higher order thinking skills. They are also improving their language and communication skills when they explain their play to newcomers and teachers. -Peg people, large cardboard strips, and wooden cars and planes will continue to be available to help expand the play in the block area.
Large Motor
-The children enjoy the gym set-up that features monkey bar swings, a blue donut mat, and a large target to aim at. There are ropes hanging from the monkey bars that the children can swing, climb up, and twist around on. These swings build upper body strength and children are encouraged to use their body weight to propel them forward and back on the swings. The large blue donut mat is upright, creating a hole used for wild animals to jump through or when grabbing hold of the handles, a child can walk around the inside, going upside down. Balance, coordination, muscle endurance, and upper and lower body strength is developing as well as dramatic play that fosters social interactions. The back of the gym features a large target that children can use for aiming while throwing and kicking balls. Dynamic balance and propulsion skills are building with this activity. Some mats have been stacked in a pyramid style that helps children build their flexibility, agility, and balance while they climb over it. The A-frame ladder is set up as a low triangular structure to walk over. The children can work on their locomotion and balance skills when on this structure.

-Our playground continues to feature the climbing equipment, swings, tricycles, and wagons. The children have been working together to rake the leaves into a big pile before jumping into it. We also have a rope swing over the leaf pile area. Many of the children have discovered that it is fun to let go of the rope and fall into a pile of leaves! Rakes, wheelbarrows, and shovels will continue to be available. The children will continue to have opportunities to dig in the sand, swing, run, climb on the equipment, and play with yard toys as well as observe the natural environments found on our playground.

Snack:
Monday: Bagels & Cream Cheese
Wednesday: Open Snack - Cheddar Bunnies
Thursday: Open Snack - Pretzels

## Lesson plan for week seven

Weekly Plan for Nyna's 3PM Class
November 2 - November 5, 2009
Overview and Goals
During the past week, the children experienced some exciting changes in the room! The musical instruments could be heard down the hallway as children used drums, maracas, sleigh bells, and wooden xylophones to create their own music, rhythms and beats. The water table continued to be a collaborative place where animal habitats were constructed amongst foliage, rocks, and lily pads. In addition, children continued to send letters and packages to classmates in the post office area. Our field trip to the Dinkytown post office allowed children to mail personal letters to their homes. The children have also continued to show an interest in the science table. Both the balance and scale have sparked many discussions about which pumpkins are heavier. On Thursday, some children began cutting open squash! This week, the science table will build off of this interest by including a variety of fruits and vegetables including cucumber, apple, pear, squash, and green pepper for the children to cut open and explore.
Art Center
Expressive materials: -The drawing and collage table will continue to have a variety of leaves and natural materials available. Children have also begun using toilet paper rolls, colored tissue paper and pieces of yarn in their creations. In addition, materials such as paper tubes, tissue paper and rubber bands will continue to be available for children to create their own musical instruments. This area remains a place where children's fine motor skills and creativity are fostered. -Red, green, blue and orange paints continue to be available at the easel. This week, leaves will be placed on the sides of the easel, and children will be encouraged to paint what they observe the leaf to look like. This encourages the development of symbolic representation. Smaller brushes will allow children to paint with more detail, while continuing to practice eye-hand coordination and fine motor control. -Musical instruments will continue to be available in the middle cave. A keyboard will now be available allowing children to create music with different pitches. Percussive instruments such as maracas, hand drums, and sleigh bells will continue to be available as children explore rhythm, beat, and dynamics. Musical instruments promote the development of psychomotor, perceptual and listening skills, as well as developing creativity!
Sensory
-The water table will take a new direction this week as children will have the opportunity to freely explore the scientific properties of water. Water wheels will now be available, allowing children to see how water can move through space. In addition, various measuring containers will be available as a way for children to observe and experiment with liquid volume. The water table continues to be a place where social interactions are developing as children share ideas with one another. -Glurch will be available at the sensory table this week. This mixture of liquid starch and glue provides children with a delightful sensory experience as they attempt to stretch and pull it apart. In addition, gems will be available for children to press and mold into the glurch. This exercise promotes fine motor development. Scissors and glurch markers will also be available to extend fine motor development as well as eye-hand coordination.
Dramatic Play
-After our trip to the Dinkytown post office last week, our post office in the room has been alive with children writing letters to one another and family members. Children have shared many social interactions as they create these projects. New stationary and stickers will be added to this area as a way to keep the interest going. Various postal stamps, maps, an adding machine, telephones, mail packaging, and the blue mailbox will continue to be available. Mail-related books will also be available as a way to incorporate literacy and print. This area continues to promote fine-motor development, creativity, role-playing, and social interaction. -The first cave will feature a new farm set-up this week. A large wooden barn, various farm animals, and tractors will be available. This allows for new dramatic play opportunities as children continue to explore various animal habitats. This area will also promote fine motor skills, cooperative play, and communication skills. -The housekeeping area continues to be available in the center of the room. This week, the babies and stuffed animals will be incorporated into this set-up, as children often use the materials interchangeably. Through cooking with one another, feeding the babies and taking walks around the block, the children are learning cooperative play skills, symbolic representation and using shared materials.
Math and Manipulative Center
-Square and circular stackers will continue to be available to promote color identification, height and length comparisons, counting, eye-hand coordination, and visual discrimination skills. This past week, children were busy building towers and planning how high they could make them. -The wooden Montessori stacking puzzle will continue to be available as children continue to develop counting skills and eye-hand coordination. Children have enjoyed experimenting with their own strategies of completing this puzzle. -Assorted collection of puzzles fostering fine motor development, visual discrimination, shape recognition, and part-whole relations will continue to be available.
Science Center
-This past week, children began to experiment with cutting open squash using pumpkin knives. This activity will be expanded to include more varieties of fruits and vegetables for children to dissect and explore the seeds hidden inside. The large scale and balance will continue to be available as a way for children to formulate hypothesis and use scientific reasoning while comparing/contrasting natural objects. The science table is another area where social interactions are fostered as children make discoveries together.
Language and Literacy
-The book area continues to be a quiet space for children to relax. Books about fall, animals, habitats, and trees will continue to be available. By reading a book and looking at illustrations, children are expanding their print awareness. Classic stories that focus on familiar songs, rhyme and repetition are also available. -Concepts of storytelling have also been expanded into our third cave. Flannel board stories relating to human and animal life will be available for exploration this week. This activity incorporates dramatic play, social interactions, and literacy as children create their own plots and themes.
Block Center
-The peg people will be relocated to the small block area this week in order to promote dramatic play and social interaction. -The hollow blocks continue to be used in the construction of cars and spaceships. Children have made many trips to Target with babies and pets. We will continue to support children's dramatic play in this area and encourage play between the housekeeping and hollow block areas. The block area will now include large pieces of fabric and cones with large sticks to support the fabric. Large clips will also be available for attaching fabric to blocks as a way to expand children's play.
Large Motor
-The gym set-up continues to feature the monkey bars with rope swings fostering dramatic play and upper body strength. Children have also demonstrated problem-solving skills should they become twisted in the ropes! The large blue "doughnut" mat has been placed on its side so that children can crawl through it into the small play structure. This also fosters dramatic play inside the play structure while developing upper body strength, coordination, and muscular endurance. In addition, the back of the gym includes a target for kicking/throwing soft balls and bean bags. This fosters children's dynamic balance and propulsion skills. Many children have enjoyed using the bean bags to play catch with other children and teachers. The mats have been set up in a pyramid/stair-step shape to foster children's dynamic balance, flexibility, and agility. Finally, the A-frame ladder is set up in a triangle shape. Children are able to work on their locomotion and balance skills with this familiar structure. -The playground continues to feature the climbing equipment, boat, and swings. Children have also enjoyed playing in the leaves, and watching the seasonal changes unfold. Tricycles, rakes, wheelbarrows, shovels, and wagons continue to be available.

Snack:
Monday: Pumpkin oatmeal made by class & graham crackers
Thursday: Rice Cakes

## Lesson plan for week six

Weekly Plan for Nyna's 3PM Class
October 26 - October 29, 2009
Overview and goals
This last week the children experienced a number of changes not just to the environment, but also the daily schedule. Small groups started last week with Emily, Jessica, and Lisa each leading a group of six children. The children were very engaged while exploring their small group topics of music, food, and animals. The addition of the water table was another exciting change in our room. The water table continues to expand children's background knowledge of aquatic habitats and animals while strengthening social skills such as sharing and collaborative planning. The writing center, mailbox, and post office props continue to be central areas for children to explore ideas of the post office, mail, and concepts of print. In addition, small animal toys were an important part of children's activities in many areas of the room. Children built habitats in the caves, block areas, and play dough table, while exploring ideas of hibernation and the onset of winter. This coming week, the children's interest in the post office and autumn/habitats will be expanded in several ways. The back of the room will be transformed into a post office with a variety of props, including boxes, envelopes, mailbags and stamps. The class will also write a letter to themselves or their families during large group, then the class will take a field trip to our local post office where children will mail the letters to their home address. This will build children's knowledge of the purpose of mail.
Art Center

Expressive materials:
-The collage table will have a variety of leaves and natural materials for children to experiment with in their creation of art. Last week, several children explored the properties of tracing paper with colored pencils, markers, and collage. To build on this interest, tracing paper, transparent colored paper, and tissue paper will be provided at the art table. In addition, to extend children's experience with the musical instruments they encounter in the music cave, materials such as paper towel rolls, boxes, and rubber bands will be provided for children to construct their own musical instruments. These items strengthen children's symbolic representation, creative, and fine motor skills.
-Tempera paint in fall colors will continue to be available at the easel area. Painting implements such as large and small brushes, pinecones, and flowers will be provided. In addition, this week, sponges will be added for children to experiment with. Small branches with leaves will be placed in the easel area to encourage observational painting. These items develop children's fine motor, eye-hand coordination and visual discrimination skills.
-The middle cave will now house a variety of musical instruments such as hand drums, chimes, xylophones, and sleigh bells. These musical instruments develop children's psychomotor, affective, and perceptual skills. In addition, they promote aesthetic appreciation, the development of rhythm and beat, and listening skills.

Sensory:
-The water table will continue to be available for free exploration, along with large rocks, plastic aquatic plants, foam lily pads, and small plastic aquatic animals. The water table encourages scientific inquiry: for example, children's cognitive skills are developed when they conduct floating and sinking experiments, observe how rocks displace water, and compare the behavior of different objects above and beneath water. In addition, the water table promotes social growth by encouraging children to share and collaborate.

-The play dough table will continue to build on children's interests in animal habitat construction. Wood discs, moss, twigs, rocks, dried wood, pinecones, and other natural materials will be available along with play dough for animal habitat construction. This area builds on our classroom discussions of tree parts and animal homes while providing a way for children to exercise creative and imaginative skills. In addition, this center promotes collaborative planning and scientific identification of natural materials.

Dramatic Play

- The back of the room will be transformed into a post office. A small table and shelf will create a small, room-like space to extend children's dramatic play with post office props. Mail carrier shirts, pants, hats, and bags will continue to encourage children to role-play at the post office. In addition, the postage stamps, envelopes, office stamps, staplers, tape, and paper will be moved into this area to provide more room for mail construction at the post office. An "address book" with children's pictures will also promote the delivery of mail within the classroom. We will add to this area based on children's suggestions and interests after our trip to the local post office.
- The first cave will continue to house the peg people with children's pictures, small wooden cars, and wooden houses. This area promotes children's fine motor skills, perspective taking, divergent thinking, and communication skills. In addition, the pictorial representation on the pegs encourages children to learn each others' names and faces.
-Babies, stuffed pets, and pet-related props such as leashes, bowls, and play food will continue to be available in the third cave. These toys remain a great way for children to initiate cooperative play throughout the room, and expand imaginative play in the housekeeping area. In addition, children learn to compromise and negotiate with one another when sharing the toys in this area.

Math and Manipulative Center

- Square stackers will be added to this center to promote color identification, height and length comparisons, counting skills, eye-hand coordination, motor planning, and visual discrimination skills.
-Wooden Montessori stacking puzzles will be added to promote counting skills, numeric identification, motor planning, and eye-hand coordination.
- Large pegboards with plastic pegs continue to foster 1-1 correspondence, counting/patterning, and the continued development of perceptual motor skills.

- Assorted animal and post office puzzles foster fine motor development, visual discrimination, hand-eye coordination, shape recognition and part-whole relations.
Science Center
-The science center will continue to focus on natural items related to fall harvest and seasonal change. Children will have the opportunity to cut into several more gourds and pumpkins, wash, dissect and germinate different seeds. A large scale is available for weight comparison of pumpkins and gourds. Leaves in various states of color change and decay encourage children to consider the process of seasonal change and decomposition. Children will be encouraged to sketch observations in their journals. These activities promote the development of logical thinking, the scientific process, and the application of observational knowledge to hypothesis construction.

Language and Literacy

-The book center continues to house books related to animal habitats and fall, as well as some classic children's stories that build children's awareness of narrative structure, rhyme, and repetition. Books related to the post office and mail delivery will also be added to the book area to expand our post office explorations.
- The writing center contains a variety of paper, pencils, markers, as well as some animal stamps. In order to promote alphabetic identification, ABC stamps and small ABC books will be added to this area. This center remains an area in which children's awareness of print and fine motor skills are developed.

Block Center

- The block center will become an area in which children and teachers will construct a large, three-dimensional tree out of cardboard and paper. This activity will extend connections between our school-wide curriculum on trees, exploration of animal habitats, and classroom interest in construction and painting. Children will have the opportunity to guide the construction of the tree and paint it, which will develop their spatial planning, problem-solving, compromise and communication skills. Tree-house and tree-dwelling animal books will be placed in this area to foster dramatic play with the tree.
-The small block area will continue to house a collection of small plastic animals. Children will be encouraged to use the small blocks and the animals together to promote spatial skills and cooperative play.

Large Motor

-This past week, several dance students came outside and to the gym to lead children in movement activities. Children performed actions to the song "One, Two, Buckle My Shoe" and sang the song "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes." Children also balanced bean bags on different body parts while singing along to "The Beanie Bag Dance." Children also had the opportunity to explore the many areas of the smaller toddler playground. These activities developed children's coordination, body part identification, spatial awareness, and balance skills.
-The gym has a new set-up this week! The monkey bars have rope hanging from them to foster dramatic play and develop children's upper body strength. The large blue "doughnut" mat has been placed on its side so that children can crawl through it into the small play structure. This also fosters dramatic play inside the play structure while developing upper body strength, coordination, and muscular endurance. In addition, the back of the gym includes a target for kicking/throwing soft balls and bean bags. This fosters children's dynamic balance and propulsion skills. The mats have been set up in a pyramid/stair-step shape to foster children's dynamic balance, flexibility, and agility. Finally, the A-frame ladder is set up in a triangle shape. Children are able to work on their locomotion and balance skills with this familiar structure.
-Children will continue to have the familiar shovels, rakes, wheelbarrows, and tricycles available on the playground. Binoculars will also be provided for children in order to encourage observation of our schoolyard trees, birds, and squirrels in an attempt to bridge our classroom discussion of animal habitat and seasonal change with its real-life manifestations.

Snack:
Mon. Pineapple & Graham Crackers
Wed. Cheddar Bunnies
Thurs. Pretzels
Special Interest:
- If you have any envelope sealers that look like postage stamps and are not using them, we would love have them. They usually begin coming in the mail from different charities this time of year.

## Lesson plan for week five

Weekly Plan for Nyna's 3PM Class
October 19 - October 22, 2009
Overview and goals
During this last week, children have explored the seasonal changes in nature. They have gotten a close-up and magnified view of leaves, twigs, and berries. They felt the different outer textures of squash, gourds, and pumpkins. While exploring the finger painting and easel painting areas, they were able to see the different shapes and lines that leaves, sticks, and pine cones can make in the paint and on paper. They will be able to continue using these natural materials with the easel painting to see different impressions and shapes, and they will also be able to add them to their paintings for collages and texture. The introduction to our post office gave spark to the dramatic play area and writing center. Many of the children wrote letters to their family and friends. The sand table was a popular place for building caves and habitats for different animals. To build on that play, there will continue to be woodland animals in our middle cave with the addition of a fabric lake for some aquatic animals. The addition of rats to our pet area has sparked some creative observing. This week the children will be able to journal what they observe on the rats as well as the other pets and the autumn nature items.
Art Center
Expressive materials:

-The collage table will remain an area where children can use a variety of materials to creatively express themselves in an open-ended manner. The use of natural materials will continue to be the main focus for their creations. They will be able to see how the texture and pliability of these items change if they are wet from the paint or dry and placed directly onto the painting.

-Easel painting will continue to be available with red, orange, yellow, green, and blue paint. The children will also be able to experiment with a variety of brush sizes and sticks to paint with. Tracing paper will be available for more leaf rubbings to discover more textures other fall materials can make.

Sensory:

-Our room will now have the water table! This is an exciting sensory experience for children to explore. The table will be filled with aquatic life to spark dramatic play and give the children a chance to create their own water habitat.
-The play dough is back! The children will be able to explore this familiar material with mini trees, rocks, pine cones, leaves, and animals. This continues the exploration of animals' habitats and lets the children engage in parallel play where they can share ideas on building with each other.

Dramatic Play

- The dramatic play center had the children engaged in parallel and cooperative play since the Post Office has opened! Together they shared materials and explored the duties of a mail person. Phones, stamps, maps, mail packages, and post office signs have been added to further their exploration. Added to the mail uniforms are rain gear, such as ponchos and puddle-jumper boots. The children discussed how the mail comes to their homes even when it rains like it did last week. This brings a new dimension to their post office play and encourages collaboration and sharing of materials.

- One of our caves includes peg people, houses and vehicles. There are pictures of each of the children and teachers on the peg people so that through play they are able to learn their classmate's names and further build friendships. This outlet for children to participate in dramatic play gives them the opportunity to explore family life and neighborhoods while sharing resources with others.

-Our middle cave that focuses on animal habitats in the woods and trees will continue with a fabric and cardboard lake to explore aquatic animal life. More animals have been added to this cave as well.

-Our third cave will continue to contain babies, stuffed pets, and pet-related props such as leashes, bowls, and play food. The children often incorporate these items out into their dramatic play in the housekeeping and block areas. We will continue to help children use these props to expand their dramatic play.

Math and Manipulative Center

- The animal habitat sorting game includes small wild animals and large tongs to build fine motor skills, matching and habitat awareness, and identification.

- Pegboards with large plastic pegs for 1-1 correspondence, counting/patterning, and the continued development of perceptual motor skills.

- Assorted animal puzzles, for fine motor development, visual discrimination, hand-eye coordination, shape recognition and part-whole relations.
-Leaf matching and sorting builds visual discrimination and recognition of different common trees. The trees names below their pictures support word recognition.

Science Center
-The science center is another area in which children can explore more fall and habitat items. Tree bark, leaves, twigs, berries, and feathers as well as pumpkins and gourds will be further explored. The magnifying glasses allow the children to look closely at the shapes, textures and colors of these items. Teachers will encourage children to discuss how these items look, feel, and smell as well as discuss what use to record their observations.
Language and Literacy
-Books about fall, animal habitats, and trees are featured in the book area. This area exposes children to new vocabulary, concepts, and story sequencing. Children continue to enjoy sitting on the couch and looking at books during the free-play, as well as before and after snack time.

- The writing center has been transformed into the Post Office and the children will continue to explore it through the use of postcards, envelopes, stickers, stamps, and a mailbox which they can use to send letters to other children.

Block Center

- The children continue to use the block area to expand their dramatic play. It is constructive play that encourages children to engage each other and use props from other areas. There are little cardboard trees and real pinecones to help build symbolic representation with the small wooden blocks and cars. This requires children to do a lot of planning and to further develop cooperative play skills. In addition, children are improving their language and communication skills when they explain their play to newcomers and teachers.

Large Motor

-The children enjoyed the gym set-up of the A-frame ladder, wall ladder, jumping station, monkey bars, and the addition of the balancing connector bridge. They began to use foam balls for throwing and catching with each other. This increases their hand-eye coordination, arm strength, and helps to further build their relationships with the other children. Balance, risk-taking, and upper and lower body strength is continuing to develop.

-Parachute activities encourage children to work cooperatively as a whole in order to manipulate the parachute. We saw how we can make a "bubble" under the parachute by working together. The children also learned the parachute movements to the song "The Grand Old Duke of York". There will be more parachute songs and activities this week that require cooperative movement and promote listening to directions.

-A creative movement activity with beanbags in which the children attempt to balance beanbags on different body parts will be introduced this week. This activity develops children's balance, coordination, body part identification, and creative movement skills.

-The snow may have surprised us but the children enjoyed how well it stuck together and made slushy ice. The children continue to have opportunities to dig in the sand, swing, run, climb on the equipment, play with yard toys as well as observe the natural environment found on our playground.

Snack:
Mon. Kate birthday treat and rice cakes
Wed. Cheese-its

Special Interest:

## Lesson plan week four

Weekly Plan for Nyna's 3PM Class October 12 - October 15, 2009 Emily, Jessica and Lisa team teaching
Overview and goals

This past week, children have continued to form new friendships, build relationships with the teachers and gain comfort and confidence in the classroom environment. The large block area has been busy with children working together to build boats, cars and other vehicles. While exploring color mixing with tinted water last week many children discovered how to create different shades of the same color. To bring more children into the color mixing idea the finger paint was added last week. Children were able to explore the properties of this material, including how to mix colors, its sensory qualities, and how to use their hands and fingers to make patterns and impressions on the paper. We will continue to build on this experience with more painting and printmaking opportunities. In light of the changing weather we discussed fall, trees, and color changes that are happening outside during large group this past week, We also started discussing animal habitats, and compared animal homes to people's homes. This week's activities will continue to explore and build on those discussions.

Art Center

Expressive materials:
-The collage table will remain an area where children can use a variety of materials to creatively express themselves in an open-ended manner. This week we will highlight natural materials that have been collected by the children from the playground, such as leaves, pinecones, acorns, and sticks for children to use in their creations. Using these materials continues to build the children's awareness of fall, trees, and seasonal changes. They will be encouraged to explore the aesthetic properties of these objects at the art table.
-Easel painting will continue to be available with red, yellow and blue paint. Easel painting is a place where children can explore with color mixing and express themselves creatively.

Sensory:
-Last week, children engaged in a lot of dramatic play at the sand table! We will continue to build on the relationships that are forming at this area by including the Little People and vehicles introduced to the sand table last week. Children will continue to practice sharing and engaging in cooperative play.
-In addition, finger paint remains available for children to explore. They will be encouraged to experiment with natural objects and the different prints that leaves, sticks, and other natural materials make on paper.

Dramatic Play
- The dramatic play center continues to focus around home and family play, including dress-up clothes and kitchen props. While cooking with one another, feeding the babies and taking trips to the store, the children are learning cooperative play skills, symbolic representation and using shared materials. - One of the caves will include peg people, houses and vehicles. This gives children another outlet for their dramatic play using miniature sets, while providing a slight variation from the Little People that were previously available. Through this style of play, children continue to explore neighborhoods and families while learning how to play and share with others. The peg people will have pictures of all the students and teachers in the class. This will encourage children to learn each others' names and to form relationships. -Another cave will focus on animal habitats, nature, and trees. This area builds on our classroom discussions of animal habitats and fall, as well as our school-wide focus on trees. Children will have a chance to explore various animals, their homes, and outdoor environments in this new dramatic play center. In addition, this center encourages children to build connections between the human habitat, which is represented in the miniature sets and housekeeping area, and the animal habitats found within a natural environment. -Another cave will contain babies, the stuffed animal pets, and pet-related props such as leashes, bowls, and play food. The children often incorporate these items out into their dramatic play in the housekeeping and block areas. We will continue to help children use these props to expand their dramatic play.
Math and Manipulative Center
- Animal habitat sorting game with small animals and large tongs for fine motor, matching and habitat awareness and identification. - Pegboards with large plastic pegs for 1-1 correspondence, counting/patterning, and the continued development of perceptual motor skills. - Assorted puzzles, including new tree and animal puzzles, for fine motor development, visual discrimination, hand-eye coordination, shape recognition and part-whole relations. These particular puzzles have been included in the environment as a way to bring more awareness to our theme of trees and habitat.
Science Center
-The science center will be another area in which children can explore the concept of fall, trees, and seasonal change. Natural items collected by the children outside such as pinecones, berries, leaves, sticks, and bark will be included, as well as decorative gourds, pumpkins, and seeds to expand children's awareness of fall and harvest. Magnifying glasses will allow children to look closely at shapes, textures and colors. The teachers will encourage children to discuss how these items look, feel, and smell.
Language and Literacy
-Books about fall, animal habitats, and trees will be featured in the book area. This area exposes children to new vocabulary, concepts, and story sequencing. Children continue to enjoy sitting on the couch and looking at books during the free-play, as well as before and after snack time. - Children have been using the writing center to explore letter writing and mail delivery. To expand on this play, postcards, envelopes, stationery, stickers, scissors, tape and hole punchers will continue to be provided. A large mailbox for inter-classroom mail delivery will also be introduced. By providing pictures of everyone in the class, children will be able to send mail to one another. Children have also been interested exploring the alphabet, so letter stamps will be added in this area. Also, to build on the idea of stamping, nature-themed rubber stamps and ink pads will be available. Stamping is another way to create art, while at the same time, building fine-motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
Block Center
- The children have been working together to build long road structures complete with tunnels out of small unit blocks. They have used the hollow blocks to build boats, cars, and space ships. This constructive play encourages children to use props, such as scarves, to make clothing. These activities require children to do a lot of planning and to further develop their symbolic representation and cooperative play skills. In addition, children are improving their language and communication skills when explaining their play to newcomers and teachers.
Large Motor
-The children have continued to enjoy the gym set-up of the A-frame ladder, wall ladder, jumping station, balance beams, and monkey bars. Balance, risk-taking, upper and lower body strength as well as hand-eye coordination skills have continued to develop. Parachute activities will continue this week. One of these games, called the Mushroom, was introduced to the students last Thursday with Dalia's class. This activity encourages children to work cooperatively as a whole in order to manipulate the parachute. The Mushroom will set the stage for further parachute songs and activities that require cooperative movement, and promote listening to directions. A creative movement activity with beanbags in which the children will attempt to balance beanbags on different body parts is also going to be introduced. This activity develops children's balance, coordination, body part identification, and creative movement skills. -While outside, the children continue to have opportunities to dig in the sand, swing, run, climb on the equipment, play with yard toys as well as observing the natural environments found on our playground.
Snack
Monday: bananas and multi-grain Cheerios Wednesday: graham crackers made by our class and applesauce for dipping Thursday: cheese and crackers

## Lesson Plan Week Three

Weekly Plan for Nyna's 3PM Class October 5 - October 8, 2009
Overview and goals
The first two weeks of school went by so fast! The children really began to make connections with one another and are building the foundations for friendships! One area where children were really coming together was in the large blocks. Many of the children worked together to build large structures, some days they were space ships and other days they built vehicles. Building with these large blocks not only promotes cooperation and teamwork, but also their symbolic representation skills. We also began to explore the idea of mixing colors after reading "White Rabbit's Color Book" during large group. While they used paint and transparent color sheets last week, they have the opportunity to move into mixing colored water this week. Using the colored water allows the children to experiment with combining different colors using a new medium.
Art Center

Expressive materials:
-The collage table is a place where children can use everyday materials to create their own pieces of art and express their creativity. As the weather and environment is changing around us the teachers are focusing on making that a real experience for the children. We are doing this by bringing in natural materials from outside to the collage table. This allows the children a chance to create in art what they are seeing in nature. This is also one of the places in the classroom where children will be able to use drawing, writing and cutting tools such as markers, crayons, colored pencils, scissors, staplers, tape and glue.
-Easel painting is available with the primary colors of red, yellow and blue paint. This activity gives the children another opportunity to creatively express themselves, as well as gain an understanding of the concept of color mixing.

Sensory:
- The sand table is a wonderful place for the children to interact around a familiar material. In addition to shovels and scoops, Little People, animals and vehicles are also included. This provides more opportunities for children interact around materials and create dramatic play situations together.
-Finger painting is now an art sensory option. This may be a new sensory experience for many of the children. This activity also brings in our science focus of color mixing.

Dramatic Play Center

- The dramatic play center is focused around home and family play, including dress-up clothes and kitchen props. This set-up was chosen because many of the children expressed an interest in play kitchens during home visits and the idea of family is familiar to all of the children.
- One cave features babies to expand on the family play. Props for baby care, such as clothes, food and grooming items are available.
- One of the caves includes Little People, houses and vehicles. This gives children another outlet for their dramatic play using miniature sets.

Math and Manipulative Center
- Color sorting game with small animals and large tongs for fine motor, matching and color identification. - Bead sorting activity with large chunky beads for fine motor, matching and expansion of sorting skills. - Montessori puzzles for seriation and matching. - Ants In the Pants game for finger strength and color identification. - Assorted puzzles, including color and animal puzzles, for visual discrimination, hand-eye coordination, shape recognition and part-whole relations.
Science Center
- The children have begun to dive into the concept of mixing colors, whether it is at the easel, light table or with the color glasses. They are beginning to remember what colors are created from mixing the primary colors and are very excited about continuing to test their theories. The addition of color mixing with colored water adds a new element of shades of color. The children are now able to create different shades of color and also mix secondary colors.
Language and Literacy
- Books about colors, school, families and feelings are featured in the literacy center. Sometimes reading a book on the couch can be a cozy and calming experience. - The writing center is equipped with paper, postcards, envelopes, stickers, scissors, tape and hole punchers so the children can begin exploring the idea of writing.
Block Center
- The children have been using the small unit blocks to builds roads for their cars. This takes some planning and visualization skills, as they must first decide what blocks work best with the cars and where the road could go. During this process they are learning how to create using trial and error. - The children have been working together to build large structures using the hollow blocks in the back of the room. They are planning and creating very elaborate space ships with ramps and walls. While building they are also working on their cooperation, compromising and language skills as they discuss plans with one another.
Large Motor
- The gym is set up with the A- frame ladder, balance beams, slide and jumping station. This set up promotes balance, eye-hand coordination and lower body strength. Last week we played some simple parachute games in the gym, including red light green light. Games such as these benefit children by exercising their listening skills, color recognition, ability to follow directions and functioning in a group. - On the playground the children have the chance to run, swing, climb on the equipment and dig in the sand with shovels. Bikes and wheelbarrows are also available.

Snack
Monday: Trader Joe's Crakers and bananas
Wednesday: Special K crackers and apples
Thursday: Cheddar Bunnies and cantaloupe

## Lesson Plan 9/23-10/1

Weekly Plan for Nyna's 3PM Class September 23 - October 1, 2009
Overview and goals
Welcome to the first week of school! Hopefully everyone is as excited as the teachers are for school to begin. There was a lot of energy, play and wonderful interaction happening at the open house. Continuing to support and facilitate these interactions is going to be a main focal point for the next few weeks. Throughout the day we will focus on helping the children become comfortable being at school; familiarizing them with our daily schedule and helping them learn each other's names. Dramatic play is one area where children will have a chance to interact and build relationships through family themed play. Learning centers such as art, blocks and science also help in fostering relationships by promoting conversation and the sharing of materials. I am looking forward to a fun and successful school year!

Art Center

Expressive materials:

-The collage table is a place where children can use everyday materials to create their own pieces of art and express their creativity. It is currently stocked with a variety items, including corks, bottle tops, pom poms, and milk jug lids. This is also one of the places in the classroom where children will be able to use drawing, writing and cutting tools such as markers, crayons, colored pencils, scissors, staplers, tape and glue.

-Easel painting is available with the primary colors of red, yellow and blue paint. This activity gives the children another opportunity to creatively express themselves, as well as gain an understanding of the concept of color mixing.
Sensory:

- The sand table is a wonderful place for the children to interact around a familiar material. The use of shovels and scoops provide opportunities for the expression of symbolic representation and sharing of materials.

-Playdough is available with a variety of tools that the children can use to make impressions in the dough, including cookie cutters, rolling pins and potato mashers.

Dramatic Play Center

- The dramatic play center is focused around home and family play, including dress-up clothes and kitchen props. This set-up was chosen because many of the children expressed an interest in play kitchens during home visits and the idea of family is familiar to all of the children.

- One cave features babies to expand on the family play. Props for baby care, such as clothes, food and grooming items are available.

- One of the caves includes Little People, houses and vehicles. This gives children another outlet for their dramatic play using miniature sets.

Math and Manipulative Center

- Color sorting game with small animals and large tongs for fine motor, matching and color identification.

- Montessori puzzles for seriation and matching.

- Ants In the Pants game for finger strength and color identification.

- Assorted puzzles, including color and animal puzzles, for visual discrimination, hand-eye coordination, shape recognition and part-whole relations.

Science Center

- The focus of the science center is color. There are currently transparent red, blue and yellow shapes for the children to experiment with color mixing. A light box, color glasses and books about colors are also available. While the concept of color is very familiar to children these materials allow the children to explore the ideas of identifying, matching and mixing the colors.

Language and Literacy

- Books about colors, school, families and feelings are featured in the literacy center. Sometimes reading a book on the couch can be a cozy and calming experience.

- The writing center is equipped with paper, postcards, envelopes, stickers, scissors, tape and hole punchers so the children can begin exploring the idea of writing.
Block Center

- The unit block area is equipped with wooden cars with peg people. The peg people have pictures of all the children and teachers so children are able to see their classmates' pictures and use them as props in their play.

- Hollow blocks are available for the children to build large structures. Building large structures often requires the children to cooperate in both the lifting and planning of structures.

Large Motor

- The gym is set up with the A- frame ladder, balance beams, slide and jumping station. This set up promotes balance, eye-hand coordination and lower body strength.

- On the playground the children have the chance to run, swing, climb on the equipment and dig in the sand with shovels. Bikes and wheelbarrows are also available.

Snack
Monday: Rice Cakes, Milk / Water
Wednesday: Rice Cakes, Milk / Water

• Amy
• Ayuko
• Dalia
• Frances
• Nyna
• Ross