November 4th - 9th
Lauren Lead Teaching
As the weather continues to get colder, the children have been observing the continuing changes outside. The teachers have reflected this interest by adding materials within our classroom to provide children with the opportunity to explore hibernation and other ways animals adapt to the changing weather. These topics will spark discussion involving the changes that occur within nature before winter arrives. Additionally, story telling continues to be a popular activity for many of the children in our classroom. This week our lesson plan reflects the interest in story telling in a variety of ways. Children will have the opportunity to act out familiar characters at the puppet show "stage", create popsicle stick puppets in the loft, act out narratives in the dramatic play and block area, or even create books at the writing center. Our class is having a lot of fun engaging with these scenarios in a variety of ways!
-Materials: Construction paper, markers, colored pencils, crayons, tape, staplers, and glue sticks. A variety of natural fall collage materials (leaves, acorns, pinecones, sticks, etc) with paste. Leaves, crayons, and tracing paper. Red, yellow and blue watercolors will be added to the light table to explore a new venue for painting.
-Rationale: Teachers want to encourage children to expand the use of materials in the art area. Leaves and other natural materials encourage leaf rubbing and unique nature collages. Introducing watercolors to the light table will provide opportunities to explore mixing primary colors, and also extend creative expression in a new form of painting.
-Skills: Knowledge of the natural world, cognitive flexibility, self-expression, creative risk-taking, symbolic representation, fine motor development, color awareness.
-Materials: There will be a variety of different sized fall materials (pumkins, gourds, leaves, and sticks) to promote seriation skills and initial mathematical concepts. We are also adding antlers, feathers, acorns, and other natural materials involving animals. The computer will display observational videos of animals preparing for hibernation. This area is still home to Bart Starr the snake and Boxy the turtle, and contains magnifying glasses, paper, and colored pencils to support exploration.
-Rationale: This week at the science center, teachers will focus on helping children make comparisons of size with hands-on materials. Adding various sizes of the same objects will promote exploration of seriation and provoke use of new vocabulary words such as: length, height, short, shorter, shortest, etc. Drawing children's attention towards making simple comparisons is a way to engage their observations skills and create a foundation for the development of more complex thought patterns. As winter emerges, we will begin to explore the topic of hibernation, including how animals prepare for winter and how those preparations correspond to the changes that we begin to see outside.
-Skills: Inquiry, knowledge about the natural world, asking questions, observations, comparing, descriptive language, reasoning, measuring, concepts of number and size
-Materials: Sand, sticks, rocks, small diggers and trucks.
-Rationale: This week, sand will be replacing Glurch at the sensory table. Teachers hope that introducing sand will provide an opportunity to explore new materials, and will spark new discussions and a deeper exploration around building and construction.
-Skills: Experimentation, sensory stimulation and pleasure, fine motor, sensory input, knowledge of physical properties, motor manipulation, symbolic representation.
Math and Manipulatives
-Materials: Interlocking puzzles, mirror, Montessori stacking blocks, unifix cubes with counters, duplos (square and rectangular builders), large wooden beads with shoelaces, and lacing cards with string.
-Rationale: Large wooden beads with shoelaces and lacing cards with string have been added to the math cave to support the development of one-to-one correspondence and fine motor skills.
Duplos will remain in the math cave in order to continue to provide the children with an opportunity to contrast and compare shapes in an engaging and hands-on manner. The manipulations of unifix cubes will promote further discussion of length, height, and making size comparisons to support materials at the science table.
-Skills: Shape identification and recognition, number recognition, one-to-one correspondence, counting, color and shape recognition, comparing, fine motor strength, and hand-eye coordination.
Language and Literacy
-Materials: A variety of writing implements, paper, notebooks, and alphabet letters made by the children. Simple booklets for the children to record their stories. Staplers, tape dispensers, scissors. A well-stocked library with books about fall, shapes, and re-imaginations of familiar stories. Red, yellow, orange and brown paper.
-Rationale: Teachers have added many new books to the book area this week. Many of the books were selected to inspire the children to retell familiar stories in new and creative ways. The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs, for example, allows children to hear the story from the wolf's perspective.
-Skills: Tool use, letter recognition, familiarity with letter sounds, prediction and hypothesis, reasoning, listening and receptive abilities, perspective taking.
-Materials: Hollow blocks, unit blocks with small wooden cars, and steering wheels. Open-ended fabrics.
-Rationale: The children continue to use the materials in the block area in new and creative ways. This week we will continue to have open-ended fabrics in the block area to support the fairy and super hero play that has captivated many children's interest.
-Skills: Peer negotiation, spatial reasoning, symbolic representation, creative risk taking, problem solving, storytelling
-Materials: Below the loft there is a puppet show "stage" made out of cardbaord, felt boards, felt story pieces, and puppets representing familiar story characters. In the loft we added popsicle sticks, glue, construction paper, and writing utensils to encourage puppet-creating. In the kitchen there are a variety of dishes, utensils, and play food. Open-ended fabrics, wood, and cardboard that coordinate with familiar stories (The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, Three Billy Goats Gruff...etc.) are also available. There are two small dollhouses that contain wooden people and furniture.
-Rationale: Adding the puppet stage and new materials on the loft will provide opportunities to further explore storytelling and the elements of stories. Loose fabric and open-ended materials (wood, cardboard) will help extend and enrich children's dramatic play scenarios. Teachers expect that these materials will allow children the opportunity to extend their engagement with the stories and will encourage children to interact will all of the elements of the familiar stories in creative and unique ways.
-Skills: Role-play, perspective taking, social problem solving, working memory, cognitive flexibility, cooperation, creative risk-taking, symbolic representation
-Materials: Gym-diving doughnut, bean bags, blue climber jumping station, monkey bars, A-frame balance beam, wall ladder. Playground- bikes, wagons, cones, shovels.
-Rationale: To provide opportunities to practice skills such as balance and muscular strength which have yet to be facilitated by the gym equipment. To promote more meaningful play through process skills facilitated by shoveling, hauling and unloading.
-Skills: Diving, forward jumping, spatial awareness, turn taking, stair climbing, jumping and landing, dynamic balance, sliding, upper body strength, grasping strength, reaching, risk taking, eye-hand/foot coordination, balance, lower body strength, climbing up and down, propulsion skills.