Week of: Teacher: Beginning the Year Focus Question



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Week of: Teacher:

Beginning the Year Focus Question: 1. What names do we need to know at school?





Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Interest Areas

All: basic materials



All: basic materials



All: basic materials



All: basic materials



Art: mirrors; collage materials



Large Group

Rhyme: “Humpty Dumpty”
Discussion and Shared Writing: Our Names



Rhyme: Write the poem, “Three Little Kittens,” on chart paper.
Discussion and Shared Writing: Family Names



Rhyme: “Let’s Make a Cake”
Discussion and Shared Writing: Finding Our Names in the Classroom



Movement: Bounce, Bounce, Bounce
Discussion and Shared Writing: Names of Interesting Things in the

Classroom





Poem: “Move to the Beat”
Discussion and Shared Writing: Names of Places in the School



Read-Aloud

A Pocket for Corduroy



Love Is a Family



Quinito, Day and Night



Love Is a Family



Wemberly Worried



Small Group

Introducing Interest Areas



Introducing Interest Areas: ebook version of Anansi and His Children



Introducing Interest Areas



Introducing Interest Areas



Introducing Interest Areas



Outdoor Experiences: Introducing the Playground


Family Partnerships: We’d like to invite family members to join the class for a walk around the school on Friday to learn the names of different places here. Please bring in family photos to display in the classroom. Also, please access the ebook, Anansi and His Children.

Wow! Experiences: Friday—A walk around the school to learn the names of different places

Week of: Teacher:
Beginning the Year Focus Questions: 2. What should we do if we get sad or scared at school? (Monday–Wednesday)

3. What are our rules? (Thursday–Friday)





Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Interest Areas

Toys and Games: puzzles



Library: a personal journal for each child

(newsprint pages with construction paper

covers); variety of writing tools



Art: safety scissors (right- and left-handed); paper; thick marker



Blocks: cars and trucks



Dramatic Play: dress-up clothes

Computers: ebook version of A World of Families





Large Group

Movement: Dance With Scarves
Discussion and Shared Writing: Feeling Sad


Rhyme: “Little Miss Muffet”
Discussion and Shared Writing: Feeling Scared



Rhyme: “Two Plump Armadillos”
Discussion and Shared Writing: Feelings at School



Song: “Mary Had a Little Lamb”
Discussion and Shared Writing: Why We Have Rules



Game: Jack in the Box
Discussion and Shared Writing: Writing the Rules



Read-Aloud

Wemberly Worried



The Kissing Hand



Wemberly Worried


Charlie Anderson




A World of Families



Small Group

Introducing Interest Areas



Introducing Interest Areas



Introducing Interest Areas



Introducing Interest Areas



Option 1: Modeling Clay; Option

2: Black Bean Corn Salad





Outdoor Experiences: Introducing Outdoor Materials; Exploring Pathways


Family Partnerships: Please continue to bring in family photos for our classroom! We’d like to invite a family member to visit the class next Wednesday to demonstrate something special that you can do with your hands, such as play an instrument, make pottery, juggle, knit, or carve. Please let us know if you are interested in joining us. Also, please access the ebook, A World of Families.

Wow! Experiences: None.

Week of: Teacher:

Beginning the Year Focus Questions: 3. What are our rules? (Monday–Wednesday)

4. When do things happen at school? (Thursday–Friday)





Monday

Tuesday


Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Interest Areas

Music and Movement:

instruments; basket





Music and Movement: instruments



Library: books about families



Music and Movement: rhythm sticks



Toys and Games: interlocking building

materials, e.g., LEGO® bricks, star builders, and bristle blocks





Large Group

Chant: “Are You Ready?”
Discussion and Shared Writing: Playing Instruments



Movement: Move to the Beat
Discussion and Shared Writing: What Can We Do With Our Hands?



Chant: “Are You Ready?”
Discussion and Shared Writing: Family Member Visit



Rhyme: “Hickory Dickory Dock”
Discussion and Shared Writing: Exploring Beat



Rhyme: “Hickory Dickory Dock”
Discussion and Shared Writing: Our Class

Schedule




Read-Aloud

Charlie Anderson



Peeny Butter Fudge



Charlie Anderson



Jalapeño Bagels



Peeny Butter Fudge

Small Group


Option 1: The Name Game
Option 2: Making My Name



Option 1: Can You Find It?
Option 2: Where Does It Belong?


Option 1: Can You

Find It?
Option 2: Where Does It Belong?





Option 1: Where’s the Beanbag?
Option 2: Stepping Stones



Option 1: Where’s the Beanbag?
Option 2: Stepping Stones



Outdoor Experiences: Exploring Pathways; Body Part Balance

Family Partnerships: We’d like to invite a family member to visit the class this Wednesday to demonstrate something special that you can do with your hands, such as play an instrument, make pottery, juggle, knit, or carve. Please let us know if you are interested in joining us. We would appreciate having families bring in pictures of daily home life activities. Also, please access the ebook, Papi, How Many Stars Are in the Sky?

Wow! Experiences: Wednesday—Visit from a family member with a special skill




Week of: Teacher:

Beginning the Year Focus Questions: 4. When do things happen at school? (Monday)

5. Who works at our school? (Tuesday–Friday)





Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Interest Areas

Discovery: collection of familiar classroom

items; magnifying glasses


Computer: ebook version of Papi, How Many Stars Are in the Sky?



Music and Movement: beanbags
Computer: ebook version of The Gingerbread Man



Cooking: equipment,

ingredients for selected recipe


Computer: ebook version of Neighborhood Song



Sand and Water: measuring cups; measuring spoons; mixing spoons; whisks
Computer: ebook version of The Gingerbread Man



Toys and Games: magnetic letters
Computer: ebook version of Neighborhood Song



Large Group

Movement: Let’s Make Letters
Discussion and Shared Writing: Cues for Times of the Day


Song: “Hello Bingo”
Discussion and Shared Writing: Who Do You Think Works at Our School?



Game: Busy Bees
Discussion and Shared Writing: Visit From a School Worker



Song: “Let’s Clean Up!”

Discussion and Shared Writing: Visit From a School Worker




Movement: Oh, Dear! What Can the Matter Be?
Discussion and Shared Writing: The Missing Gingerbread Man



Read-Aloud

Papi, How Many Stars Are in the Sky?



The Gingerbread Man



Neighborhood Song



The Gingerbread Man



Neighborhood Song



Small Group

Option 1: The Long and Short of It
Option 2: Morning, Noon, and Night



Option 1: Geoboards
Option 2: Missing Lids



Option 1: Alphabet Cards
Option 2: D Is for Door



Option 1: Alphabet Cards
Option 2: D Is for Door



Option 1: Gingerbread
Option 2: Modeling Clay



Outdoor Experiences: Body Part Balance; Jump the River

Family Partnerships: Please keep bringing in pictures of daily home life activities—we appreciate your efforts! We would also like to invite a family member to visit the class on Wednesday to cook with the children. Please let us know if you’re interested! Finally, it is now time for you to access the following ebooks: Papi, How Many Stars Are in the Sky?; The Gingerbread Man; and Neighborhood Song.


Wow! Experiences: Wednesday (large group)—Visit from a school worker whose job relates to food preparation or delivery

Wednesday (choice time)—Visit from a family member to cook during choice time

Thursday—Visit from a school worker whose job relates to maintaining the school, keeping it clean, or both




Week of: Teacher:
Beginning the Year Focus Question: 6. How do we make and keep friends? How can we be part of a group?





Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Interest Areas

Toys and Games: geoboards; geobands
Computer: ebook version of The Gingerbread Man



Blocks: variety of block shapes



Library: materials for making cards



Library: books about friends
Computer: ebook version of Crazy Pizza Day


Art: play dough



Large Group

Song: “Hello Friends”
Discussion and Shared

Writing: Taking Turns





Game: Name Cheer

Discussion and Shared Writing: Friendship




Rhyme: “The Name Dance”
Discussion and Shared Writing: Friendship



Movement: Move to the Beat
Discussion and Shared Writing: Our Class Book



Game: Sorting Syllables
Discussion and Shared Writing: Conflict Resolution



Read-Aloud

The Gingerbread Man



Hooray, a Piñata!



Too Many Tamales



Crazy Pizza Day



Too Many Tamales



Small Group

Option 1: Bookmaking
Option 2: Desktop Publishing



Option 1: Bookmaking
Option 2: Desktop Publishing



Option 1: Bookmaking
Option 2: Desktop Publishing



Option 1: My Turn at the Microphone
Option 2: Recording My Turn at the Microphone


Option 1: Nursery Rhyme Count
Option 2: Bounce & Count



Outdoor Experiences: Follow the Leader

Family Partnerships: Please join us for a walk around our school next week (Monday, Thursday, or both!) as the children explore the sounds we hear at school. Please access the ebooks, The Gingerbread Man and Crazy Pizza Day.


Wow! Experiences: None.


Week of: Teacher:
Beginning the Year Ministudy: What sounds do we hear at school? Where do they come from?





Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Interest Areas

Sand and Water: variety of glass containers; food coloring; measuring cups; funnel; spoon
Computer: ebook version of Rice Is Nice



Discovery: textured materials used to make sounds, e.g., crinkly paper or corrugated

cardboard





Music and Movement: a variety of bells (or other musical instruments)
Computer: ebook version of Crazy Pizza Day


Computer: headphones and interesting sound clips; ebook version of The Gingerbread Man



Music and Movement: materials, such as empty containers, that can be used as instruments
Computer: ebook version of A World of Families

Large Group


Song: “La, La, La”
Discussion and Shared Writing: What Are the Sounds We Hear Around School?



Game: Listening Story
Discussion and Shared Writing: Choosing Sounds to Investigate



Rhyme: “Here Is the

Beehive”
Discussion and Shared Writing: Investigating Sounds




Song: “La, La, La”
Discussion and Shared Writing: Investigating Sounds



Music: “Echo Clapping”
Discussion and Shared Writing: Celebrating Our Learning



Read-Aloud

Rice Is Nice



Too Many Tamales



Crazy Pizza Day



The Gingerbread Man


A World of Families



Small Group

Option 1: Letters, Letters, Letters
Option 2: Shaving Cream Letters



Option 1: Letters, Letters, Letters
Option 2: Shaving Cream Letters



Option 1: Dinnertime
Option 2: Let’s Go Fishing



Option 1: Dramatic Story Retelling
Option 2: Clothesline Storytelling


Option 1: Dramatic Story Retelling

Option 2: Clothesline Storytelling



Outdoor Experiences: Moving Through the Forest

Family Partnerships: There’s still time to join us on our walk around the school on Monday and Thursday of this week! We’ll be exploring the different sounds that we hear around our building. Please access the ebook, Rice Is Nice.

Wow! Experiences: Monday—Site visit to explore sounds around the school

Wednesday—Interview with someone who knows about one of the sounds heard on Monday



Thursday—Site visit to investigate the source of one of the sounds heard on Monday




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