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WEEKLY THEME
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Week of December 4, 2017
CHRISTMAS/MUSIC
MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
Question of the Day
Do you like music? Why or why not?
To begin our music study we will first ask each student if they like music. We will create a Yes and No chart to display the data we gather. We will then analyze the data by comparing the results. The children will also be asked to explain their response for further understanding.

Large Group
Arrival Routine
Upon entering the classroom each student will go to the restroom to wash their hands before breakfast. After washing their hands the students will set up their tables for breakfast by setting out the proper tableware and utensils for that specific meal. We will then sit together and serve breakfast family style with the students. Once finished eating the students will sit on the carpet with a book while waiting for everyone to be
complete. After all of the students have finished eating they will put their books away and sit on the edge of the carpet for circle time.

Large Group
Circle Time
Today we will review the class rules and count our friends in both English and Spanish. We will then sing the days of the week song while updating the calendar. After calendar the class will use the song charts to sing some of our favorite circle time songs. We will then go over our question of the day while introducing new
vocabulary words and tapping into our higher order thinking skills. The  letter of the week is Cc, the number is 7, the shape is oval, and the color is blue. Today's question is "Do you like music? Why or Why not?"

Read-Aloud
Hello, Christmas-Maryann Cocca-Leffler
Purpose for Reading: To introduce the theme of Christmas and activities associated with the holiday
Vocabulary: Christmas, Carols, Holiday
Before Reading: We will discuss the various print concepts including directionality,
author/illustrator, and the parts of a book. Ask the children: "What does Christmas mean to you?"
During Reading: Actively comment and take the time to discuss vocabulary words and the main characters thoughts and actions. "What are some things you see around Christmas?" "Why do you think people sing Christmas carols?" "How is your family similar to the family in our story?"
After Reading: Review vocabulary words with students while writing them on the "word" portion of our class focus board. Ask the students "What are some of your favorite Christmas activities?"

Small Group
Salt Dough Ornaments
The students will be making salt dough
ornaments to give as presents. We will first mix the ingredients together in order to make the dough. The students will then help roll out the dough and flatten it in a fairly thick layer. Next, the students will use cookie cutters to punch our various Christmas shaped ornaments. We will then place the ornaments on a tray to dry overnight. After the ornaments have dried the students will be able to paint them and string them up with a piece of ribbon.

Mighty Minutes
Mighty Minutes #23- Hi-Ho, the Derry-O
Today we will learn a new song called Hi-Ho, the Derry-O. We will sing to the tune of "The Farmer in the Dell" while using the children's ideas in additional verses. For example, "We're going [to the store] We're going [to the store] Hi-ho, the derry-o We're going [to the store]."

Outdoor Experiences
P37 - Wonderful Warm-Ups

Family Partnerships
Family Partnerships
This week parents will be given an individualized in-kind homework assignment to work on with their children. Parents will also be encouraged to consider volunteering in our classroom at their
convenience.

Wow! Experiences
Shubert Sees the Best
Today the children will hear the story, "Shubert Sees the Best". Miss Jessica will read the story aloud while questioning and explaining the characters' behaviors/choices. After the story we will discuss the importance of our Shubert story.
Choice Time
Sensory Table- Fake Snow
To go along with our Christmas study we will be adding fake snow to the sensory table. We will make the snow using baking soda and coconut conditioner. The students will have the opportunity to explore the snow during free play and small group times.

Question of the Day
How does music make you feel?
Today we will discuss how different types of
music can make us feel. We will focus on
Christmas music however, we will also discuss various other genres. At the end of our discussion we will play a few songs from different genres and ask the children to listen carefully and explain their feelings.

Large Group
Arrival Routine
Upon entering the classroom each student will go to the restroom to wash their hands before breakfast. After washing their hands the students will set up their tables for breakfast by setting out the proper tableware and utensils for that specific meal. We will then sit together and serve breakfast family style with the students. Once finished eating the students will sit on the carpet with a book while waiting for everyone to be
complete. After all of the students have finished eating they will put their books away and sit on the edge of the carpet for circle time.

Large Group
Circle Time
Today we will review the class rules and count our friends in both English and Spanish. We will then sing the days of the week song while updating the calendar. After calendar the class will use the song charts to sing some of our favorite circle time songs. We will then go over our question of the day while introducing new
vocabulary words and tapping into our higher order thinking skills. The  letter of the week is Cc, the number is 7, the shape is oval, and the color is blue. Today's question is "How does music make you feel?"

Read-Aloud
If You Take a Mouse to the Movies-Laura
Numeroff
Purpose for Reading: To introduce the theme of Christmas and activities associated with the holiday
Vocabulary: Fort, Carols, Christmas
Before Reading: We will discuss the various print concepts including directionality,
author/illustrator, and the parts of a book. Ask the children: "What do you think would happen if you took a mouse to the movies?"
During Reading: Actively comment and take the time to discuss vocabulary words and the main characters thoughts and actions. "Why do you think the mouse wants to go to the movies? "How did the mouse's mind change throughout the story?" "What else do you think the mouse might want?"
After Reading: Review vocabulary words with students while writing them on the "word" portion of our class focus board. Ask the students "Would you take a mouse to the movies? Why or why not?"

Small Group
Salt Dough Ornaments
The students will be making salt dough
ornaments to give as presents. We will first mix the ingredients together in order to make the dough. The students will then help roll out the dough and flatten it in a fairly thick layer. Next, the students will use cookie cutters to punch our various Christmas shaped ornaments. We will then place the ornaments on a tray to dry overnight. After the ornaments have dried the students will be able to paint them and string them up with a piece of ribbon.

Mighty Minutes
Mighty Minutes #100- La, La, La
We will sing a simple song that is very familiar to the children, such as "Row, Row, Row Your Boat." We will then repeat the song, replacing each syllable in the words with "la". For example, "la, la, la, la, la.." for "Row, row, row your boat."

Outdoor Experiences
P11 - Jump the River

Family Partnerships
Family Partnerships
This week parents will be given an individualized in-kind homework assignment to work on with their children. Parents will also be encouraged to consider volunteering in our classroom at their
convenience.

Wow! Experiences
Book Mobile
Today the Book Mobile will be visiting the school. Each student will be able to enter the Book Mobile to return their old books and check out new ones. While in the book mobile the children will hear a story and sing a song. Once every student has checked out a new book we will return to the classroom and read our new stories.
Question of the Day
How can we make music?
Today we will discuss different ways we can
make our own music. We will discuss using
instruments or using objects as instruments such as using a bucket as a drum. Our discussion will also include singing to make music.The children will have an opportunity to practice this skill by making music with Ms. Kathy.

Large Group
Arrival Routine
Upon entering the classroom each student will go to the restroom to wash their hands before breakfast. After washing their hands the students will set up their tables for breakfast by setting out the proper tableware and utensils for that specific meal. We will then sit together and serve breakfast family style with the students. Once finished eating the students will sit on the carpet with a book while waiting for everyone to be
complete. After all of the students have finished eating they will put their books away and sit on the edge of the carpet for circle time.

Large Group
Circle Time
Today we will review the class rules and count our friends in both English and Spanish. We will then sing the days of the week song while updating the calendar. After calendar the class will use the song charts to sing some of our favorite circle time songs. We will then go over our question of the day while introducing new
vocabulary words and tapping into our higher order thinking skills. The  letter of the week is Cc, the number is 7, the shape is oval, and the color is blue. Today's question is "How can we make music?"

Read-Aloud
Hello, Christmas-Maryann Cocca-Leffler
Purpose for Reading: To introduce the theme of Christmas and activities associated with the holiday
Vocabulary: Christmas, Carols, Holiday
Before Reading: We will discuss the various print concepts including directionality,
author/illustrator, and the parts of a book. Ask the children: "What does Christmas mean to you?"
During Reading: Actively comment and take the time to discuss vocabulary words and the main characters thoughts and actions. "What are some things you see around Christmas?" "Why do you think people sing Christmas carols?" "How is your family similar to the family in our story?"
After Reading: Review vocabulary words with students while writing them on the "word" portion of our class focus board. Ask the students "What are some of your favorite Christmas activities?"

Small Group
Painting with Jingle Bells
The students will be painting jingle bells today to play music with. Each student will be give paint and a paint brush. The students will be able to interact with the materials in various ways.

Mighty Minutes
Mighty Minutes #89- We Like Clapping
Today we will be learning a new song called "We like Clapping." We will clap and sing to the tune of Alouette. "We like [clapping], you know that we like [clapping], it's what we like to do. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven (echo). Eight, nine, ten (echo). Once again (echo). oh, oh, oh, oh...

Outdoor Experiences
P22 - Follow the Leader

Family Partnerships
Family Partnerships
This week parents will be given an individualized in-kind homework assignment to work on with their children. Parents will also be encouraged to consider volunteering in our classroom at their
convenience.

Wow! Experiences
Visitor-Ms. Kathy
Today Ms. Kathy will be visiting our classroom to play and sing various Christmas songs with the students. Ms. Kathy will be bringing her own
instrument to show the children and the students will be able to play jingle bells and maracas with her.
Choice Time
Art Area- Jingle Bells
To go along with our music study we will be
adding different sized bells to the art area. The students will have the opportunity to explore these materials during free play and small group times.

Question of the Day
How can we move to music?
Today we will discuss different types of ways we can move to music. We will talk about dancing to the beat of the song by moving slow or fast. We will also talk about different dance moves such a bobbing your head or tapping our feet. Our discussion will conclude with a few songs for the students to practice moving to.

Large Group
Arrival Routine
Upon entering the classroom each student will go to the restroom to wash their hands before breakfast. After washing their hands the students will set up their tables for breakfast by setting out the proper tableware and utensils for that specific meal. We will then sit together and serve breakfast family style with the students. Once finished eating the students will sit on the carpet with a book while waiting for everyone to be
complete. After all of the students have finished eating they will put their books away and sit on the edge of the carpet for circle time.

Large Group
Circle Time
Today we will review the class rules and count our friends in both English and Spanish. We will then sing the days of the week song while updating the calendar. After calendar the class will use the song charts to sing some of our favorite circle time songs. We will then go over our question of the day while introducing new
vocabulary words and tapping into our higher order thinking skills. The  letter of the week is Cc, the number is 7, the shape is oval, and the color is blue. Today's question is "How can we move to music?"

Read-Aloud
If You Take a Mouse to the Movies-Laura
Numeroff
Purpose for Reading: To introduce the theme of Christmas and activities associated with the holiday
Vocabulary: Fort, Carols, Christmas
Before Reading: We will discuss the various print concepts including directionality,
author/illustrator, and the parts of a book. Ask the children: "What do you think would happen if you took a mouse to the movies?"
During Reading: Actively comment and take the time to discuss vocabulary words and the main characters thoughts and actions. "Why do you think the mouse wants to go to the movies? "How did the mouse's mind change throughout the story?" "What else do you think the mouse might want?"
After Reading: Review vocabulary words with students while writing them on the "word" portion of our class focus board. Ask the students "Would you take a mouse to the movies? Why or why not?"

Small Group
Christmas Tree Triangle
The students will creating collages on the green triangle shape of paper. There will be various types of materials available for the students to use on their collages. After the students have finished their collages we will put all of the triangles together to create a large class tree.

Mighty Minutes
Mighty Minutes #59- Clap the Beat
Today we will practice counting the syllables of several Christmas related items. We will create a rhythmic pattern by clapping each syllable as we name the objects. For example, Gin-ger-bread (3 claps), Stock-king (2 claps), San-ta (2 claps), or
Star (1 clap). Repeat the clapping syllable
rhythm together and then create a new pattern by changing the order of items.

Outdoor Experiences
LL52 - Tap It, Clap It, Stomp It, Jump It

Family Partnerships
Family Partnerships
This week parents will be given an individualized in-kind homework assignment to work on with their children. Parents will also be encouraged to
consider volunteering in our classroom at their convenience.

Wow! Experiences
My Heart Says Thanks
Today we will be talking about taking care of our hearts. We will discuss the different types of foods and drinks that are heart healthy and why those types of foods help the heart. We will also discuss how exercise helps our hearts stay healthy. We will  conclude our discussion with the Choosy song, My Heart Says Thanks.
Question of the Day
Where can we find music?
Today we will discuss different places we can find music. We will also discuss the different tools that play music for us such as radios or computers. Our discussion will also include the types of music we can find in certain places we visit.

Large Group
Arrival Routine
Upon entering the classroom each student will go to the restroom to wash their hands before breakfast. After washing their hands the students will set up their tables for breakfast by setting out the proper tableware and utensils for that specific meal. We will then sit together and serve breakfast family style with the students. Once finished eating the students will sit on the carpet with a book while waiting for everyone to be
complete. After all of the students have finished eating they will put their books away and sit on the edge of the carpet for circle time.

Large Group
Circle Time
Today we will review the class rules and count our friends in both English and Spanish. We will then sing the days of the week song while updating the calendar. After calendar the class will use the song charts to sing some of our favorite circle time songs. We will then go over our question of the day while introducing new
vocabulary words and tapping into our higher order thinking skills. The  letter of the week is Cc, the number is 7, the shape is oval, and the color is blue. Today's question is "Where can we find music?"

Read-Aloud
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell-Lucille Colandro
Purpose for Reading: To introduce the Christmas
theme and various symbols associated with the holiday.
Vocabulary: Velvet, Sleigh, Reindeer, Holiday
Before Reading: We will discuss the various print concepts including directionality,
author/illustrator, and the parts of a book. Ask the children: "What are some symbols of Christmas?"
During Reading: Actively comment and take the time to discuss vocabulary words and the main characters thoughts and actions. "Why do you think the old lady swallowed a bell?" "How do you think the old lady made Santa appear?" "How can we compare the different items the lady swallowed throughout the story?"
After Reading: Review vocabulary words with students while writing them on the "word" portion of our class focus board. Ask the students "How else could this story have ended?"

Small Group
Walking through a Winter Wonderland
Today we will be creating a Winter Wonderland using the students' footprints. We will be placing a big piece of blue paper on the ground. The students will then have their feet painted. After the students' feet are painted they will walk on the paper to create a "Walking through a Winter Wonderland" appearance.

Mighty Minutes
Mighty Minutes #91- Move to the Beat
Today we will be listening and moving our bodies to various beats on a drum. We will start with a slow rhythmic beat on the drum while telling the students to listen carefully and try to move their bodies to match the beat. Next, we will speed up the beat and ask the students to move their bodies faster in order to match the beat. Throughout this activity we will alternate between fast, medium, and slow rhythms for the students
to try and match.

Outdoor Experiences
LL17 - Walk a Letter

Family Partnerships
Family Partnerships
This week parents will be given an individualized in-kind homework assignment to work on with
their children. Parents will also be encouraged to consider volunteering in our classroom at their convenience.

Wow! Experiences
Eating healthy during the holidays
Today we will discuss eating healthy foods over the holidays. We will talk about the fruits we see during this time of the year such as apples and oranges and how to limit the amount of sweets we eat around Christmas. We will conclude our discussion with the choosy song, My Choosy Plate.
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September 4, 2017
September 11, 2017
September 18, 2017
September 25, 2017
OCTOBER
October 2, 2017
October 9, 2017
October 16, 2017
October 23, 2017
October 30, 2017

NOVEMBER
November 6, 2017
November 13, 2017
November 20, 2017
November 27, 2017

DECEMBER
December 4, 2017
December 11, 2017
December 18, 2017
December 25, 2017

JANUARY
January 1, 2018
January 8, 2018
January 15, 2018
January 22, 2018
January 29, 2018

FEBRUARY
February 5, 2018
February 12, 2018
February 19, 2018
February 26, 2018

MARCH
March 5, 2018
March 12, 2018
March 19, 2018
March 26, 2018

APRIL
April 2, 2018
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