Lesson Plans

102/104 Green Lesson Plan April

Our April theme is 'Wonderful Weather!'

Literacy/Language

Books: S Is For Sunshine by Carol Crane

            Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

            What Will The Weather Be? by Lynda DeWitt

            The Cloud Book by Tomie dePaola

Purpose: Expose children to oral language and books.     

 

   

Creative Expression:

Songs: “If All The Raindrops Were…”

            “The Green Grass Grows All Around”

            “You Are My Sunshine”

            “Rain, Rain, Go Away”

Dramatic Play: Trying on rain boots, hats, and sunglasses

Purpose: Provide exposure to rhyme for language development.    

 

   

Science/Social Studies/Math:

   Activities: Watching the squash plants grow in our classroom

                    Exploring light and dark with our light table

                    Splashing with colored water in the sensory table

                    Squishing “rain cloud” wet cotton balls in a clear bag          

 Purpose: Experience with numeration; engage their senses of touch & listening.  

 

   

Physical Development:

 Activities:  Crawling through cardboard boxes

                    Walking or crawling in the grass outside on sunny days

                     Clapping our hands like thunder

                      Blowing windmills inside and watching them spin from the wind outside

Purpose: Experience with following directions; engaging gross and fine motor muscle groups.  

 

  

­    Arts Appreciation:

Activities:

            Painting paper plate umbrellas

            “Window Painting” with paper & paint inside a clear bag

            ‘Sunshine Stamps’ using paper towel rolls or paper cups

            Painting white clouds using sponges on blue paper

 Purpose: Expose children to different ways of artistic expression through their senses.   

 

     

”    Parent Participation:

 

    Take your child for a walk outside! Explore the weather and nature with them by talking about what you see, hear, smell, or touch. Share with us through pictures or stories of your adventures outside!                                              

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

                                                       

106-108 Green Lesson Play April 2016

106-108 April 2016

Monthly Curriculum Plan

Literacy/Language

  • Read: Baby Loves Spring by Karen Katz

  • Read: Spring is Here by Will Hillenbrand

  • Read: Countdown to Spring by Janet Sabalman

  • Read: My Spring Robin by Anne Rockwell

  • Read: The Spring Rabbit by Jorge Dunber

  • Read: The Start of Spring by Frederick Warm

  • Read: Wake Up, It’s Spring by Lisa Campbell Ernst

Purpose:  Expose children to oral language and books.

Creative Expression

  • Sing:  “If All the Raindrops”

  • Sing:  “The Ants Go Marching”

  • Sing:  “Rain, Rain, Go Away”

  • Fingerplay: “The Days of Spring”

  • Fingerplay: “Caterpillar”

  • Sing: “You are My Sunshine”

Purpose: Provide exposure to rhyme for language development.

Science/Social Studies/ Math

  • Shine flashlights in a darkened room/visually track the light

  • Feel water and mud on our feet

  • Explore nature items from outside (some under contact paper)

  • Use our sense of smell to smell real flowers

  • Explore nature sensory bags (water mixed with flowers)

Purpose:  Experience natural environmental living things; engage their 5 senses; experience with basic numeration.

Physical Development

  • Reach and/or grab onto hanging blue ribbon and scarves

  • Play hide the caterpillar

  • Squeeze/touch sponges with our hands in blue water

  • Spring sensory play

  • Search for vegetables in Dirt Dough (baking soda, food coloring and water)

Purpose: Experience with following directions; engaging gross and fine motor muscle groups.

 Arts Appreciation

  • Paint with brown paint mixed with dirt on green paper

  • Paint with green & pink paint on corkboard

  • Manipulate balls in a container with watercolors & wipes

  • Paint on top of flowers

  • “Ladybug” print art

  • Coffee Filter “Butterflies”

Purpose: Expose children to different ways of artistic expression through their natural senses.

   Parent Participation

Spring has FINALLY approached us!  Take the opportunity to take advantage of the beautiful outdoors!  There are many great activities that you can do with your little one, such as taking a walk in your neighborhood and discussing what you and your child see, hear, smell, and touch.  Spring is such a beautiful season with all of the flowers blooming, birds chirping, and bugs crawling around.  There is so much to see in your own backyard, forest preserves, and nature parks.

Technology, Health and Safety are incorporated throughout the curriculum with daily interactions and planned activities.

                                                

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

          

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

101/103 Green Curriculum April 2016- Primary colors: Red, Yellow, Blue

 

      Literacy/Language

Vocabulary: Colors, Red, Yellow, blue

  Books:  Happy Baby Colors by Priddy Books

             Colors by Innovative Kids

             Animals in Color by Sabastiano Ranchetti

             The Colors of Us by Karen Katz

 *Nurture children’s natural desire to read and write

 

       Creative Expression

Activities:  Sing“Little Red Wagon”

                            “Who is wearing Blue today…”

                            “Five Green and speckled frogs”

              Dance with colored scarves

              Dance with colored rattles and shakers               

*Demonstrate the desire and develop the ability to engage, interact and build relationships with familiar adults and peers

 

 Science/Social Studies/ Math

 

Activities:  Roll red balls down the ramp

                   Work on color puzzles

                   Let children explore with food coloring and water

                   Sorting and counting color links

 

*Children are building the foundation for problem solving through active exploration and social interaction       

 

 

 Physical Development: Movement /Outdoor

 

Activities:  Pick up different colored items and place them in buckets

                Visit the fish tank to see the colored fish

Let children roll around and crinkle up red/yellow colored butcher paper

Let children reach for and touch different colored items    on wall mirror

*Provide an environment where the child can observe and explore

 

 

­    Art Appreciation: Art/Sensory

 

  Activities:  Mix red and yellow paint to make orange, mix blue and

                     yellow to make green        

                   Tie-dye activity using wet wipes and paint

                     Add colored ice cubes to water table

                     Color a cardboard box using red crayons

 

*Provide opportunities to build imagination and creativity.

 

 

”    Parent Participation

 

 Parent Involvement Opportunities:

 

Friday, April 22nd is RED day!  Please dress your child in Red!

 

*As you dress her/him up in the morning you can say, “You are going to wear a red outfit today. I hope you like it…” It is important in their learning process.

 

 

101/103/Green Curriculum March 2016- Project Theme: "Play Ball"

Literacy/Language

Vocabulary: Ball, Roll, Bounce, Throw, Catch

Books: - “The Berenstain Bears Go Out For The Team” by Stan and

  Jan Berenstain

              - “Froggy Plays Soccer” by Jonathan London

              - “Froggy Plays T-Ball” by Jonathan London

             - “Shapes and Colors” by Waldman Publishing

* Focuses attention while looking at printed materials for brief periods of time

 

Creative Expression: Music/Drama

Songs:  - “Take me out to the ball game”                      

- “Uno, dos, tres amigos” (refer to the Infant sing along handout)

- “If you are happy and you know it roll the ball”

Music: Bounce ball to rhythm of music/song playing

Dramatic Play: - “How big is ……so big”

               - Play peek-a-boo with balls and scarves

* Children demonstrate the ability to convey ideas and emotions

 

Science/Social Studies/ Math

 Outdoor activities:

- Hide balls in sandbox and allow children to find them.

- Find things that are round like balls

Indoor activities: - See which balls sink or float in water

- Fill and dump cupcake trays with balls

- Match ball sizes and their colors

 

* Children show interest and eagerness in learning about their world

 

Physical Development: Indoor Outdoor Movement

Activities: Free play with variety of balls

                 Roll a ball on different surfaces

                 Fill the “pool” with different balls

                 Encourage children to put/throw balls into basket

* Practice emerging skills in coordination, movement and balance and controlled use of large muscles

 

Arts Appreciation: Art/Sensory

- Finger painting on bubble wrap

- Dip balls in paint and roll on a piece of construction paper

- Feel textured balls vs. smooth

- Splash with balls in the sensory table  

* Art and sensory activities will inspire children and spark their imagination   

 

 Parent Participation

   Parent Involvement Opportunities:

  Practice gross-motor ball play activities at home.

         Roll, kick, throw a ball back and forth with your child.                                           

106-108 March 2016 Lesson Plan

106-108 March 2016 Lesson Plan

Dr. Seuss

 

 

Literacy/Language

  • Read: The Cat in the Hat
  • Read: The Shape of Me and Other Stuff
  • Read: Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?
  • Read: Green Eggs and Ham
  • Read: Ten Apples up on Top
  • Read: If I Ran the Zoo
  • Read: Hop on Pop

Purpose:  Expose children to oral language and books.

Creative Expression

  • Sing: “Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!”

  • Sing: “Old Macdonald Had a Farm”
  • Sing:  “ABC’s”
  • Sing: “Wocket in my Pocket
  • Fingerplay: “1 Little, 2 Little, 3 Little Apples…”
  • Fingerplay: “Cat in the Hat”
  • Fingerplay: ““Goes with Fox on Sox”
Purpose: Provide exposure to rhyme for language development.

Science/Social Studies/ Math

  • Make ooblek using cornstarch and water
  • Playing with the zoo animals
  • Counting 10 apples in Spanish using the overhead projector.
  • Look at our shadows with the overhead projector.
  • Trace our body outline on butcher paper
  • Touch red, yellow, green and blue frozen gloves for sensory
  • Explore paper-mache (flour, water, and newspaper strips)

Purpose: Experience natural environmental living things; engage their 5 senses; experience with basic numeration.

Physical Development

  • Reach and pop bubbles

  • Explore textured balls

  • Practice kicking and moving our feet

  • Roll our bodies from back to belly and belly to back

  • Move suction cupped toys on the floor or countertop

  • Explore how many blocks can balance before falling

Purpose: Experience with following directions; engaging gross and fine motor muscle groups.

Arts Appreciation

  • Painting with apples

  • Mixing blue and yellow to make green

  • Hand painting with red and white paint

  • Visual Art: look at red and blue fish projected on the wall

  • Paint with yellow paint using our feet

  • Roll textured balls through black paint onto white paper

Purpose: Expose children to different ways of artistic expression through their senses.

Parent Participation

Dr. Seuss had a clever and innate knowledge of how to make reading fun and engaging for young children.  His books all have some sort of learning value or lesson in them.  Take a trip to the library or check online to see the immense amount of books he authored during his career.  Encourage your child to explore their creative and imaginative sides just as Dr. Seuss did with his silly limericks and stories.

Technology, Health and Safety are incorporated throughout the curriculum with daily interactions and planned activities.

102/104 Green Lesson Plan March 2016

Literacy/Language 

Books: Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night? by Brianna Caplan Sayers

             My Big Truck Book by Roger Priddy

             Pop-Up Peekaboo! Things That Go by Dorling Kindersley

             Boats by Byron Barton

Purpose: Expose children to oral language and books. 

     

Creative Expression:

Songs: ‘The Wheels on the Bus’

             ‘Row, Row, Row Your Boat’

             ‘I’ve Been Working on the Railroad’

             ‘We All Live in a Yellow Submarine’

Dramatic Play: Playing with toy cars, airplanes, fire trucks, and buses

Purpose: Provide exposure to rhyme for language development.   

    

Science/Social Studies/Math:

Activities:   Rolling cars down the ramp

                   Floating toy boats in water in the sensory table

                    Washing paint off of truck wheels with sponges

                    Pushing cars over bumpy bubble wrap on the floor                

Purpose: Experience with numeration; engage their senses of touch & listening.   

   

Physical Development:

 Activities:  Stroller rides in the hallways and outside

                    Pushing cardboard boxes across the floor

                    Pushing cars and trucks through tunnels

                    Dancing to music in the classroom        

Purpose: Experience with following directions; engaging gross and fine motor muscle groups.   

    

­    Arts Appreciation:

  Activities: Toy boats in colored water in the sensory table

                     Rolling cars and truck wheels in paint to make patterns

                     Rolling cars and trucks through shaving cream

                     Painting a cardboard box “car” to climb in and out of         

Purpose: Expose children to different ways of artistic expression through their senses.      

  

”    Parent Participation: 

  Point out different kinds of transportation vehicles to your children. We will be talking about school buses, dump trucks and airplanes in our classroom, but being able to see them and point them out to your kids will bridge the gap between school and home!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

106-108 Green Lesson Plan February 2016

"Our Five Senses"

February 2016 Curriculum Plan

Literacy/Language

  • Read: "Touch and Feel:123 "

  • Read: "The Eye Book" by Dr. Seuss

  • Read: "I Can Read with My Eyes Shut!" by Dr. Seuss

  • Read: "The Nose Book" by Al Perkins

  • Read: "The Ear Book" by Al Perkins

  • Read: "A Taste of Honey" by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace

Purpose:  Expose children to oral language and books.

Creative Expression

  • Sing: “The Five Senses Song”

  • Sing: “My Five Senses”

  • Sing: “What Can I See…?”

  • Fingerplay: “This Little Piggy Went to the Market”

  • Fingerplay: “I Use My Five Senses”

  • Fingerplay: “Our Five Senses”

 Purpose: Provide exposure to rhyme for language development.

Physical Development

  • Roll or kick sensory balls or objects on the floor

  • Shake wristbands with bells

  • Splash water with our feet or hands

  • Watch and/or reach for floating bubbles

  • Practice grabbing or feeling loofas

  • Practice grabbing our toes on our backs

Purpose: Experience with following directions; engaging gross and fine motor muscle groups. 

Arts Appreciation

  • Paint with our feet

  • Paint over our reflection on the wall mirror

  • Use ink pads to make hand prints or footprints on paper

  • Paint using a paper towel roll

  • Listen to different musical instruments

Purpose: Expose children to different ways of artistic expression through their senses.

Science/Social Studies/ Math

  • Smell: Smell sensory jars with safe/various scents

  • Touch: Explore tactile posters on the floor

  • Sight and Touch: Explore colorful pasta

  • Hear and Sight: Practice counting with our fingers

  • Taste: Eat our food and/or our formula and/or breast milk

  • Hear: Listen to a story read by the teachers

Purpose: Experience natural environmental living things; engage their senses of touch; experience with basic numeration.

 Parent Participation

 

An infant uses its five senses both to get accustomed with their environment and to achieve comfort.  Every baby goes about this differently.  You and your child could explore the natural world using all five of their senses: i.e. tasting new foods/drinking from the bottle; listening to the sounds around them; watching what’s moving near and far; smelling different scents at home or school; and feeling various textures on their skin.  These will all help facilitate in the growth of your child’s development throughout their infancy.

**Technology, Health and Safety are incorporated throughout the curriculum with daily interactions and planned activities.**

102/104 Green Lesson Plan February 2016

 This Month's Theme: Shapes & Colors!

Literacy/Language:

 Books:  Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.

              A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni

  Happy Baby Colors by Roger Priddy

  Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert

Purpose: Expose children to oral language and books.

   

Creative Expression:

Songs:  Little Red Wagon

             Somewhere Over the Rainbow

             There’s A Color We All Know

              Yellow Submarine

Dramatic Play: Exploring with colored scarves and fabrics

Purpose: Provide exposure to rhyme for language development.   

 

 Science/Social Studies/Math:

   Activities:  Playing in colored water in the sensory table

                     Building with colored blocks

                     Counting multi-colored links

                     Observing colored water bottle “lava lamps”         

     Purpose: Experience with numeration; engage their senses of touch & listening.       

      

Physical Development:

 Activities:   Manipulating colored butcher-block paper

                     Playing in a pool of plastic balls

                     Climbing in and out of colored cardboard boxes

                     Chasing and popping big round bubbles               

      Purpose: Experience with following directions; engaging gross and fine motor muscle groups. 

     

­    Arts Appreciation:

  Activities:   Mixing paints to create new colors

                     Rolling colored balls in paint

                     Painting using hands and feet

                     Using colored ink pads                 

    Purpose: Expose children to different ways of artistic expression through their senses.  

    

”    Parent Participation:

Each Friday of the month we will have a ‘Color Day’ to celebrate all the colors we learned about by wearing them to school! 

Friday, February 5th: Blue Day!

Friday, February 12th: Red Day!

Friday, February 19th: Green Day!

            Friday, February 26th: Wear your favorite color today!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

101/103 Lesson Plan Feb 2016

            Literacy/Language

Vocabulary: clap, shake, play, loud, soft

 Books: 

-         Down by the Station by Jennifer Riggs Vetter

-         The Itsy Bitsy Spider interpreted by Iza Trapani

-         Peter Rabbit’s Lullabies by DK Publishers

-         Book of Nursery Rhymes by Ian Penney

~ Children demonstrate interest in and comprehension of printed materials.

 

      Creative Expression: Music/Drama

Songs:   “Five Little Monkeys”; “The Muffin Man”

        “Pat-a-Cake”; “The Wheels on the Bus”

Music:              - Play music on CD from different cultures

              - Use different instruments to create music

Dramatic Play: Mimic different movements to the rhythm of the music playing on CD

~ Children demonstrate the ability to convey ideas and emotions through creative expression

 

             Science/Social Studies/ Math

Science:  On the stroller ride, listen to the birds chirp in the aviary

Social Studies: With the children, sit, kneel, or stand with them as you clap, sing, snap, stomp, jump, dance, etc.

 

Math: Practice counting as we clap our hands and stomp our feet

 

~ Children demonstrate interest and eagerness in learning about their world

 

 

    Physical Development: Movement /Outdoor

Activities: -

- Sing songs to the children on a stroller ride outside (weather permitting)

-Sway back and forth like the wind using colored scarves

-Take musical instruments outside to play on the playground (weather permitting)

~ An opportunity to be aware how objects and people move and fit in space. Also develop language and cognitive skills.

 

                                    Art Appreciation: Art/Sensory

Activities:

- Finger paint while the music is playing in the classroom

- Paint with soft colors and bold colors

- Wash our instruments in the sensory bin

- Explore different cultural instruments in the sensory bin

 

~ Finding their creative ways to make art will inspire children and spark their imagination

 

 

”            Parent Participation

 

Parent Involvement Opportunities:

 

- If your child has a favorite CD that he or she likes to listen to at home, please bring it in to share with the classroom.

- Play a game of “Floaty Scarf”: fling a scarf in the air and let your child watch it settle or land on their head or the floor

- Sing songs to your child in the car, at the dinner table, in the bath, before bed, etc.