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Week 2:
/a/ - alligators
number:  1, one
sight words:  at, am

Key:
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~
~ Question/Graph of the Week What kind of animal do you have at home?
~ Introduce all alligator toys, books, etc. for free play

~
apple shapes provided with hole puncher to punch worm holes for counting

8:30 - 9:00

Group Activity (Board Games, Activity Buckets, Puzzles, Group Games, Art, Cooking)
M ~ Let's Get Cookin' - strawberry shortcake:
count 1 cake, 1 dollop of whipped cream, 1 strawberry
T ~ Let's Find Out Scholastic Weekly Magazine
W ~ Sing "My address is..." to Oscar Meyer tune.  Create home pictures using geometric shapes on a colored paper.  Add "My address is..." stickers and write each child's address.  Reinforce all year.
Th ~ play dough:  Can you make an a, or an apple?
F ~ Forest Family Forever DVD by the Rainforest Action Network

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.
strawberry shortcake

count 1 cake,
1 dollop of whipped cream,
1 strawberry


~ watch
Animal Signals DVD from Zoophonics CD during snack
vanilla cupcakes kettle (pop) corn chocolate pie Story for Snack: Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf
"Fall Trees"
dip green broccoli "trees" into orange-tinted ranch/yogurt dip to change the color for Fall, with olives

F ~ snack - story

9:30 9:45

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Morning Meeting (literacy, math):
M ~ After pledge listen to/sing, our national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner.
abc book - Create /a/ page and add /a/ words to it throughout the week.  Have children draw an apple around each beginning a.  Eventually make all pages into a book.

Signal "a-g" with Zoophonics' Large Animal Letter Cards 
Ten Apples Up On Top
song It Sounds Like This and it Looks Like That from Zoophonics CD
Read Allie's page from Zeke and His Pals Level A Book 1
T ~ After pledge listen to/sing, our national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner.
Signal "h-m" with Zoophonics' Large Animal Letter Cards
It Sounds Like This and it Looks Like That from Zoophonics CD
The Lady with the Alligator Purse
Discuss
Question/Graph of the Week.
W ~ After pledge listen to/sing, our national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner.
Signal "n-s" with Zoophonics' Large Animal Letter Cards
Come Meet Us at the Zoo from Zoophonics CD
Show 'n Tell:
  Bring something that begins with /a/.
   
Read Egad Alligator!
Finger play:
  The Alligator
The alligator snaps her jaws
Snap, snap, snap
The alligator smacks her tail
Smack, smack, smack
The alligator crawls away
Tap, tap, tap.
Th ~ After pledge listen to/sing, our national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner.
Signal "t-z" with Large Animal Letter Cards
Come Meet Us at the Zoo from Zoophonics CD

Read Zack's Alligator
F ~ After pledge listen to/sing, our national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner.
Signal "a-z" with Zoophonics' Large Animal Letter Cards
Animal Signals DVD from Zoophonics CD
9:45 10:00

Table Activities (Morning Meet. Extension games, art)

M ~ Create alligator rubbings using textured foam squares as backing and a variety of green and brown crayons.  These creations will be torn into "scales" and used to decorate our Allie Alligator picture.
T ~ Make apple art with shaving cream, glue, and red food color.
W ~ Listen to alligator sounds.
Discuss alligator nature card.
Watch Alligator Power Point Presentation.
Th ~ Make Allie Alligator stick puppets.
F ~ Use apple manipulatives and a pie tin.  Add 1 apple to the "pie".  How many apples do you have? Count up to 10.
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 ~ Act like acrobats (help the children do backbends, somersaults, and handstands).
T ~ Go on an adventure.  Set out paper and markers to make maps, several pair of binoculars, cups, etc. and follow the children's lead. 
Write a story about the adventure.
W ~ water play
Th ~ Be athletes.  How many jumping jacks can you do in 1 minute?  Practice stretches, running in place, etc.
F ~ Free Play
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)
Beth Manners' Fun Spanish for Kids
M ~ Read The Empanadas that Abuela Made in English.
Sing How do you say Picnic? & Una Merienda from
Beth Manners' Fun Spanish for Kids
Use play food to make a picnic basket.  Say fruit names in Spanish. 
T ~ Read The Empanadas that Abuela Made in English and Spanish.
How do you say Picnic?
& Una Merienda from
Beth Manners' Fun Spanish for Kids
Glue food onto paper basket while listening to songs.
W ~ Read The Empanadas that Abuela Made in Spanish.
How do you say Picnic?
& Una Merienda from
Beth Manners' Fun Spanish for Kids
Th ~ Read Dora (bilingual book in English and Spanish).
Watch Dora or Diego.
F ~ El caiman is the Alligator verse from Animal Names song
Paint
Zoophonics' Allie's Hardest Worker picture using blue and yellow paint (to make green).

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 ~ 1 minute, 1 item:  Each child has 1 minute to find 1 item they want to show to the class.
W ~ Finish bumblebees from last week
Th ~ Cooking Time - make applesauce using rebus chart
sing Applesauce song
write a's in applesauce with index finger
F ~ creative expression to Under a Shady Tree
11:45 12:00 Diapers, Restroom, Wash hands, Set table

12:00 12:30

Lunch, Clean up
Mon. Tues. Wed. Thurs. Fri.
pizza pitas, pineapple chunks corn dogs, green beans, blueberries pasta salad, almonds, pears grilled cheese sandwiches, strawberries apple-caramel empanadas multi-grain waffles, apple slices
Lunch Story: Noah's Ark from the Read and Learn Bible Lunch Story:
Apple Picking Time

Lunch Story:
Johnny Appleseed

Lunch Story:
The Empanadas that Abuela Made
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

3:30 --

Prepare to go home, Free Choice Play, Outside Play (weather permitting)
See ya later, alligator!

 Computer activities available throughout the day.

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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
Wednesday
~ Show 'n Tell (using letter of the week)
Wednesday ~ Preschool Make & Take at Parent Center
T & Th ~ Spanish Lesson 2 for the week
Friday ~ Water play outside (warm weather months)


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