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Schedule is used as a basic guide only.  Times are subject to change and flexibility is used throughout each day and week.

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Week 1:
Safari Introduction - Curriculum Preview

D ~ daily
M - F ~ days of week
M / W ~ send home / return

until 8:30 am Free Choice Play – with various themed activities
~Morning prep time~
~ Where does it bee-long? p. 6, Mailbox Preschool Aug./Sept. 2007 - Items from various centers are placed in a bucket.  Ask the children, "Busy little bees, where does this belong?"  Child who guesses gets to "buzz" the item back to its home.

~ Beginning of year measurement of each child to use throughout the year in various activities and for end of year "See How I've Grown" booklet - Take a head shot and body-length picture of each child, measure height and weight, trace hands.

~ Animal Bingo

8:30 - 9:00

Group Activity (Board Games, Activity Buckets, Puzzles, Group Games, Art, Cooking)
M ~ Morning Meeting Journal covers
T ~ Let's Get Cookin' for snack time - Animal Paw prints, p. 108, Cookie Dough Fun
W ~ Animal Puzzles
Hidden Picture Animals by Highlights
Th ~ Cootie
F ~ Rainforest Listening Lotto

9:00 – 9:15

Diapers, Restroom, Wash hands
9:15 – 9:30 Snack, Extra-Curricular/Seasonal  Story time, Clean up
Mon. Tues. Wed. Thurs. Fri.
animal crackers - graph how many of each animal are chosen animal paw prints cheesy popcorn fruit yogurt
"Flower Apples" apple slice petals, pretzel stems, peanut butter dip

F ~ snack - story

9:30 – 9:45 Morning Meeting (literacy, math) - stories:
Daily Activities:
M - F ~ Graph: girls/boys in class
M - F ~ Pattern:  AB = girl, boy
M - F ~ Begin Year-long timeline/number line
M – F ~ Morning Meeting Report
M - F ~ Guess Who?:
Each day, put one student's name (mixed-up) on a magnetic surface using magnetic letters.  Have the students see if they can figure out who's name it is before Morning Meeting/Circle Time.  Once someone guesses the correct answer, have that student come up and put the letters in the correct order.  Then use their name to reinforce letter identification.
M ~ Mystery Box - (safari supplies:  binoculars, canteen, camera)
Going on a Safari song
The Great Kapok Tree
Zoo-phonics Zoo Magic Abounds poem - Come Meet Us At the Zoo song showing animal border
T ~ Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?
Crazy Zoo Critters, p.19, Mailbox Preschool, Aug./Sept. 2007 -
Walking Through the Jungle
W ~ Reread The Great Kapok Tree while listening to rainforest music, like Jungle Talk or Rainforest.  List each speaking animal and its reason for not wanting the tree chopped down.
Zoo-phonics Come Meet Us At the Zoo (slow) with animal cards
Show 'n Tell:
  Bring "My favorite animal" - send home sheet "My favorite animal is a _______."
     Oh, what did you bring for show 'n tell?
     What, oh what, did you bring?
     Your friends are here and waiting to see.
     Show yours, please, to me!
Th ~ Bug Safari
act out The Ants Go Marching song as a group
Make a bumblebee pattern, AB (yellow, black)
F ~ Web of Interdependence activity about The Great Kapok Tree
The Lorax
Zoo-phonics Jump Rope Rap with animal cards
9:45 – 10:00

Table Activities (Morning Meet. Extension – games, art)

M ~ Rubbings Walk - Take a walk allowing the children to collect any (safe) natural objects to create rubbings with.  Label.  Glue into a booklet for child to take home.
T ~ Create class book based on Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?
W ~ Memory game: match animal with reason for keeping Kapok tree.
Th ~ Make bees out of Styrofoam balls to hang at the beehive corner.
F ~ Spray tie-dye class shirts, using hands as stencils.
10:00 - 10:45

Outside Play (Large motor act. indoors in bad weather) - one organized activity will be offered along with plenty of time for free play

M ~ make the Beehive Paper Mache Pi๑ata (directions here)
T ~ continue making the Beehive Paper Mache Pi๑ata
W ~ ~ finish making the Beehive Paper Mache Pi๑ata
~ jumpy castle
Th ~ ~ water painting (variety of brushes and spray bottles with colored water to paint the house and toys)
~ Seek out bugs and animals in the yard.
F ~ ~ outside till 11:15 - change, clean up, then follow 11:30 time schedule ~ Water Play - Friday (wading pool)
~ plant a tree for each child to take home
10:45 - 11:00 Clean up, restroom, wash hands
11:00 – 11:30 Elem. Spanish at Home Activities (M & W) - *starting in Sept.
Group Spanish Games (T, Th)
Let's Find Out Scholastic Weekly Magazine (F)
M ~ The Good Morning Song
The Days of the Week
song from Spanish Piggyback Songs
T ~ The Good Morning Song
Counting in Spanish
song from Spanish Piggyback Songs
W ~ The Good Morning Song
The More We Get Together
song from Teach Me Spanish
Th ~ The Good Morning Song
I Love to Go a Wanderin'
from Teach Me Spanish
F ~ The Good Morning Song
Un gato y un perro story
Let's Find Out - Animal Friends Share

11:30 - 11:45

Library Day or Music/Dance Time or Cooking Time (helping in the kitchen)
M ~ Library Day (11:30 - 12:00)
T ~ Free expression/dance to Go Diego Go Live!
W ~ Design "self-portrait" puzzle piece
Th ~ Cooking Time - cheese quesadillas, refried beans, cantaloupe
F ~ Duck, Duck, Goose
11:45 – 12:00 Diapers, Restroom, Wash hands, Set table

12:00 – 12:30

Lunch, Clean up
Mon. Tues. Wed. Thurs. Fri.
pizza bagels, peaches nuggets, potato sticks, carrots spaghetti, olives, garlic bread cheese quesadillas, refried beans, cantaloupe French toast sticks, orange slices
12:30 – 12:45 D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything And Read)   

12:45 – 1:00

Restroom, Wash hands, Brush teeth, Nap mats

1:00 – 3:00

Children's Choice story time & Nap time (Story at 1:00, put on short show after story/discussion, TV off after nap time show.)
~Afternoon planning time~

3:00 – 3:15

Diapers, Restroom, Wash hands

3:15 – 3:30

Snack, Clean up


Prepare to go home, Free Choice Play, Outside Play (weather permitting)

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Safari pre-K - a A
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Weekly Activities:
Monday ~ Library Story Time for Preschoolers Monday - Literacy Bags go home (starting in Sept.)
M & W ~ Spanish Lesson 1 for the week
~ Show 'n Tell (using letter of the week)
T & Th ~ Spanish Lesson 2 for the week
Friday ~ Water play outside (warm weather months)

11:30 - 12:00


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