"Almost all children respond to music. Music is an open-sesame, and if you can use it carefully and appropriately, you can reach into that child's potential for development." Dr. Clive Robbins

Friday, September 28, 2012

Exploring Space

This is going to be a fun week learning about Our Solar System!
Monday and Tuesday
Self Directed Play & Clean Up—Spacecraft Stencils and Miniature Astronauts
Weather, Calendar, Counting, Letter and Number of the Week Letter T Number 4
Seat Work
Reading and Writing—Talk about our space theme and how hot the sun is.  Take out chocolate chips outside in the sun to start melting.
Music Circle Time
Hello Song
Social—Star Wars-Draw pictures as you listen
Counting—Stars Shining
Music Appreciation/Readiness—Blue Jello sticks
Small and Large Movement Skills—Twinkle Twinkle
ABC/Reading— Planet Names w/ Letters  The Sun , Mercury, Venus, Earth Mars Jupiter Saturn Uranus Neptune Pluto This is the planet order. (Sung to 1 little 2 little Indians
Singing—Child Chooses Songs
Snack & Story Time-Fruit and marshmallows dipped in chocolate
Free Time & Group Motor Activity- Dodge Astroids
Creating Project (arts and crafts) Bubbles
Math/Science Skills—Star Wars Numbers Book
Goodbye Song

Wednesday and Thursday
Self Directed Play & Clean Up—Space Puzzles and Astronauts Hand Puppets
Weather, Calendar, Counting, Letter and Number of the Week
Seat Work
Reading and Writing
Show and Tell-Find something in your house that starts with the letter of your name!  Be ready to share with the class your object.  (Thanks parents for you help with this)
Music Circle Time
Hello Song
Instruments-Twinkle Twinkle Star with Bells (color bells)
Social—Star Light Star Bright –Everyone tell what wish they would make
Counting—Count off Blast off
Music Appreciation/Readiness Piano High and Low Sounds
Small and Large Movement Skills—He’s got the whole world in his hands, pass the earth ball around the circle
ABC/Reading-Alphabet Rumba
Singing—Child Chooses Songs
Snack & Story Time—Saturn Rings—Roll dice to see how many we get
Free Time & Group Motor Activity—Planet and moon Tag
Creating Project (arts and crafts) Constellation Creation/Orbiting Planets
Math/Science Skills Demonstrate Planets orbiting the sun by acting out with planet balls
Goodbye Song

Home project:  For this week we have show and Tell.  I would like each student to find something at home that begins with the same letter of their name and share it with the class.  Have them practice doing this in front of your family so they will be comfortable verbalizing their object and their name.

Snack time Philosophy:    I think snack time is a great time for kids to learn how to use their good table manners in a group.  This isn't a meal, just a little snack.  I usually give everyone a good size amount and don't give seconds.  I always serve water and encourage them to drink what they can.  Unless a child is allergic to a snack I don't provide different snacks then what we have.  I encourage everyone to at least try everything even if they think they don't like it.  I think it's important at this age to try different foods especially fruits and vegetables.

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