This week we will be continuing our ongoing themes as well as making a few changes in the classroom to allow for additional learning opportunities. In place of the current sensory table we will be having a larger sand table in the classroom. The table will be filled with wet sand to give the children a fine motor experience and allow them to mold and make creations in the sand. Additionally, to build experience with making patterns we are adding examples of patterns into the caves to encourage the children to continue and to make patterns of their own with the gems on the light table. This week is our last week of small groups. Culminating activities will take place in order too wrap up all the learning that has taken place over the last few weeks. Brittany's bug group and Hamdi's shape group will also be taking field trips this week.
Math and Manipulatives
•Materials: Boggle Jr., counting lotto, non-interlocking puzzles, interlocking puzzles, shape/fraction puzzles, sequencing/ordering activities, interlocker blocks, Bilofix construction set
•Rationale: To introduce children to games with rules that relate to print awareness, numeral recognition, matching, and knowledge of shape. To introduce children to simple ways to identify and describe shapes and to create new shapes from smaller shapes. To challenge students to predict and think critically about materials, sequencing and ordering activities are provided. Construction materials that work on fine motor skills and spatial concepts will be added to the "nook" area.
•Skills: print awareness, numeral recognition, part-whole relationships, shape recognition, shape combination, spatial awareness, one-to-one correspondence, turn-taking, social skills, perceptual motor skills, fine motor skills, problem solving, patterning, comparison, matching, ordering, sequencing, construction skills.
Expressive Arts (paint, collage, play dough)
•Materials: primary color paint and mixing cups at the easel, markers, crayons, colored pencils, scissors, glue, natural collage materials.
•Rationale: to explore new tools and media with hands and eyes, promote sensory awareness, increase fine motor skills, foster social relationships and communication skills as children work on collaborative and individual projects. Mixing cups are at the easel area so the children can explore how different colors are made.
•Skills: creativity, artistic expression, fine motor development (strength, coordination), sharing ideas and materials, symbolic representation, color recognition
•Materials: play dough, rolling pins (smooth and spiky), pizza cutters, spatulas, trays, paint, shape cutters, paint brushes, paint
•Rationale: To promote sensory awareness and provide both a creative and social opportunity for children as they increase their fine motor skills. To begin representing ideas and objects in a 3-D medium. The children can use the shape cutters to make shapes or make their own sculptors out of the play dough. After the children let their creations dry they can paint them to create a piece of artwork with the playdough that they can take home.
•Skills: sensory input, symbolic representation, observation, sharing materials, and fine motor development (strength, coordination), artistic expression, symbolic representation
•Materials: sand, shovels, buckets, trucks
•Rationale: to allow and encourage experimentation with pouring, scooping, molding, and digging in sand. Trucks will be provided to encourage creative play and extend the recent investigation of construction in the community. •Skills: sensory input/developing an awareness of senses, observation of physical changes, creative thinking, fine motor, knowledge of physical properties/cause and effect, comparison, symbolic representation, sharing materials
•Materials: Chalkboard, table with chairs, colored pencils, pencils, scissors, bell, book-bags, notepads, books and corresponding books on tape, numeracy/literacy materials
•Rationale: The classroom set up will help children to expand on their concept of school, and allow them to play out their real live experiences about school. It will give the children the opportunity to think about the routines of school. The materials will provide print and numeracy awareness and pre-literacy skills.
• Skills: Social interactions, cooperative skills, role-play, creativity, problem solving, fine motor skills, awareness of writing and concepts of print, pre-/early literacy skills,
Language and Literacy
•Materials: paper, alphabet stamps, a variety of writing utensils, scissors
•Rationale: to promote print and letter awareness while incorporating dramatic play with paper, and writing utensils. With the addition of our "classroom," the writing center will assist to extend their play in the dramatic play center.
•Skills: awareness of print, connecting speech to print and print to speech, letter recognition, pre-writing, receptive language, fine motor, creative expression, social interaction, awareness of others, community building
•Materials: Books about school, seeds, spring, and shapes. Familiar and favorite books.
•Rationale: to support pre-literacy skills, to familiarize children with new books, to allow for quiet time in the classroom, to use books as resources for non-fiction information, to give the children ideas about other materials we could include in our dramatic play classroom.
•Skills: receptive language, early literacy, awareness of print, listening, community building
Table and Windowsills
•Materials: Magnifying glasses, paper, pencils, measuring tools (rulers), plants, water squirt bottles, books about planting, worm farm, small aquarium with living things
•Rationale: Magnifying glasses enable the children to examine the plants growing in our classroom that they planted and notice changes in the plants as they grow. This will give the children a chance to see a plant that is in the process of growing. The children will be able to practice watering the plants and discussing what plants need to grow. The children will also be able to explore and observe living creatures in the worm farm and pond life (snails, tadpoles, insects, dragonfly larvae, minnows) in the aquarium with the magnifying glasses.
•Skills: Exploration, observation, fine motor, drawing, measuring, language, plant and animal life cycles
•Materials: light table, glass gems, light tiles with worms on them, pattern guides
•Rationale: In the caves the children will be able to explore using glass gems on the light table. To relate to the discussion about worms and their habitats the in soil, we will encourage the children to use the glass gems to create worms, and worm tunnels. To continue exploration with pattern making examples using the gems will be made for the children to continue.
•Skills: Fine motor, pattern constructing, memory expansion, color recognition, cooperation, planning skills, language, comparing
•Materials: large hollow blocks, unit blocks, multi-colored shape blocks, small wooden cube blocks, small wooden rods, steering wheels, paper and pencils, easel, truck books, assorted fabrics
•Rationale: To foster current dramatic play themes, to encourage planful and purposeful approaches to building including drawing or writing plans and blueprints, to combine different materials in order to create new structures, to allow for individual building and collaborative work. To allow children to extend personal experiences through imaginative play.
•Skills: large motor development, dramatic play, creating imaginary scenarios, symbolic representation, cooperative play, problem solving, mathematical and geometrical thinking
•Materials: bolsters, green mats, assembled to create "mat mountain." A-frame climbing structure, blue foam donut, blue stairs, foam roller slide, painted hopscotch track, monkey bars, basketball hoop, foam balls.
•Skills: Upper and lower body strength, climbing skills, tumbling, body control, risk taking, turn taking, hand-eye coordination, jumping and landing, coordination, core strength, stamina, one-to-one correspondence, balance, number sense.
•Materials: shovels, buckets, wagons, swings, dishes for dramatic play, rakes, tricycles, and wagons
•Rationale: Digging in sand, riding trikes around the playground, and swinging on the swings create opportunities for social interaction, cooperation, role play, and many large motor experiences.
•Skills: upper and lower body strength, physical fitness, perceptual motor skills (spatial, temporal, directional, and body awareness), building community through social interactions.
Monday - Rice cakes and oranges
Wednesday - Bananas and graham crackers
Thursday - Apples and pretzels
*** All snacks are served with milk and water unless otherwise specified