November 18 - December 2
Marie Lead Teaching
It's hard to believe that this session is already drawing to a close! While our last day of classes isn't until December 2, we only have 4 days of school left over the course of the next three weeks. We will be wrapping up our dicsussions of fall and bringing our investigation of shapes to a close with the exploration of triangles. Children will be finishing up small group sessions and sharing what they have learned with the rest of the class. Color mixing experiements and explorations of hibernation and migration are ongoing and will be present in our classroom when children return to school, providing a curriculum bridge between the two halves of our school year. Our lesson plan will remain the same for the last few weeks as a way to provide some consistency during our choppy schedule.
-Materials: Construction paper, markers, colored pencils, crayons, tape, staplers, and glue sticks. Large beads and pipe cleaners have been added to the art table to begin beading. Red, yellow and blue watercolors will continue to be on the water table. Water colors for color mixing will be added to the arts area and light table.
-Rationale: Color mixing will continue to be a focus of discussion and experimentation at the light table. There the children have been provided with the primary colors red, yellow, and blue. Teachers will facilitate the children's awareness and interest in color mixing by asking guiding questions that encourage the children to notice the changes that are taking place. "Where did green come from? We don't have any green paint out!" "I want to paint a purple picture, but we don't have any purple paint. Can anyone help me solve this problem?" etc.
-Skills: Self-expression, cognitive flexibility, creative risk-taking, fine motor development, and color awareness.
-Materials: Natural materials will continue to be in the science area (furs, feathers, acorns, antlers) these items along with magnifying glasses, paper, and color pencils promote the exploration of these new materials. The videos of animals in their natural habitat will continue to be shown in this area. A matching activity will be added where children are asked to match an animal to its habitat. Seriation materials will be continue to be provided for the children to work on sorting objects by size (smallest to biggest). The science area will continue to be home to Bart Starr the snake and Boxy the turtle
-Rationale: At the science center, teachers are focusing on animals and how they prepare for the winter. By providing the live videos children will be able to see real animals and make observations and predictions about what they need to do to prepare for winter. The new matching activities will ask children to think about what type of habitat each animal would live in.
-Skills: Inquiry, knowledge about the natural world, asking questions, observations, descriptive language, reasoning, note taking, and reasoning.
-Materials: Sand, sticks, rocks, small diggers, tiles, sand molds, and trucks.
-Rationale: The sand table will continue to be a space for the children to explore construction, building, and the properties of sand. Teachers hope that the addition of tiles and sand molds will add another layer of complexity to the children's constructions.
-Skills: Experimentation, sensory stimulation, fine motor, sensory input, knowledge of physical properties, and motor manipulation.
Math and Manipulatives
-Materials: Interlocking puzzles, mirror, Legos, large wooden beads with shoelaces, and lacing cards with string.
-Rationale: Wooden beads are provided for the children to work on hand eye coordination and will support the beading being introduced at the art table. The Duplos have been swapped for Legos; these new builders will help children develop fine motor skills in an engaging way.
-Skills: 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 library filled with books about winter, shapes, the ocean, hibernation, colors, and adaptations of familiar stories.
-Rationale: Teachers have been adding new books to support the interests of children in the classroom. This week we have added books about winter, hibernation, and the ocean! Familiar stories continue to be available to support story telling of the children. Paper and writing tools are to support beginning writing and drawing practice.
-Skills: Tool use, letter recognition, familiarity with letter sounds, beginning writing, prediction and hypothesis, reasoning, listening and receptive abilities.
-Materials: Hollow blocks, unit blocks with small wooden cars, and steering wheels. Open-ended fabrics and a cardboard door.
-Rationale: The children continue to find new and creative ways to use the blocks and fabric. The door has been added to support the building of houses and structures, which have been very popular in our classroom.
-Skills: Peer negotiation, spatial reasoning, symbolic representation, storytelling, creative risk taking, and problem solving.
-Materials: The puppet show "stage," puppets, and open ended fabrics have replaced the kitchen area. Construction paper, markers, glue, popsicle sticks, and scissors, have been added to the space under the loft to encourage puppet-creating. In the loft there are felt boards and felt story pieces that represent familiar stories. Open ended materials; wood, cardboard, and carpet pieces that coordinate with familiar stories that we have around our classroom. There are two small dollhouses that have wooden furniture and dolls.
-Rationale: The puppet stage and puppets have been moved to provide more space for the children to plan and perform shows. Loose fabric and open-ended materials help extend dramatic play scenarios with the puppet theater and in the block area. Puppet creating materials have been moved down from the loft so that creating puppets can be facilitated by teachers. Children can use provided puppets or created puppets to engage in familiar stories.
-Skills: Role-play, perspective taking, social problem solving, working memory, cognitive flexibility, cooperation, and creative risk-taking.
-Materials: Monkey bar swings, bumpy slide rope climb, A-frame with ladder bridge, uneven mat obstacle course, climbing wall, Pedalo. Outside there are shovels, buckets, bikes, and wagons.
-Rationale: Many changes have been made to the gym this week. The Pedalo was added to promote balance, coordination, lower body strength, and turn taking. The A frame obstacle course is set up as a ladder bridge suspended between the two A-frames, which are connected to a course of bolsters to walk across. A rope has been added to the rolling slide so children can climb up the slide. On the monkey bars we have added ropes for children to practice swinging. These new additions to the gym will provide opportunities to practice skills such as grasping, jumping, balancing, and even upper/lower body strengthening. The wall ladder will remain in the gym for children to practice climbing.
-Skills: Dynamic balance, lower body strength, spatial awareness, turn-taking, jumping and landing, sliding, upper body strength, grasping strength, risk taking, eye-hand/foot coordination, climbing, coordination, and climbing.
Monday - Nov. 18 - Popcorn and milk
Monday - Nov.25 - Pretzels and apples
Wednesday - Nov.27 - Pasta and milk
Monday - Dec.2 - Party snack surprise!