The children will dress up like the Statue of Liberty for our infamous Statue of Liberty photos. Our Statue of Liberty photos are so good one of the children’s photos made it all the way to the office of a Supreme court judge. July 22 - August 5 Science Explorer’s Camp We will enter the fascinating world of insects and go inside the human body. A summer full of fun and imagination. June 24-28, 2013This week the magic school bus stopped at it’s first destination, under the sea, to explore the ocean’s coral reefs and tidal zones. We, Ocean Explorers, were along for the ride and what an adventure we had discovering the ocean and it’s many wonders.
You can’t be an ocean explorer without an ocean explorer’s guide to identify what you see in the great big blue sea. Ray’s Ocean Explorers’ Guide to the real animals that live in Nemo’s neighborhood, the Great Barrier Reef. Clownfish live in stinging anemones but the anemone’s tentacles don’t sting them because they are covered in a special slime.
You cut 8 legs in the hot dog and when you place it into a pot of boiling water the tentacles curl all up. It is Movie Friday. We watched Finding Nemo and made graceful jellyfish out of a colorful mosaic of tissue paper. Remember: We will be closed Thursday for the Fourth of July July 8-12, 2013This week the Magic School Bus transported us back to the Prehistoric World of Dinosaurs and Reptiles and next week we will become Paleontologists in search of dinosaur bones and fossils. I wonder what mine will be?” The children were expectant dinosaur parents during our Hatch A Dinosaur science experiment. They filled the glasses with warm water, placed the colorful egg capsules into the water, and eagerly waited for their dinosaur eggs to hatch. They decided Catalina was the best Dinosaur Mother because her red egg hatched first and everyone gathered around to help Christopher hatch his blue egg which needed some extra help with the hatching process.
There was a little dino envy when Jaden’s hatched into a big red Iguanodon but they each loved their little hatchlings as only a parent could. The children are wearing Dinosaur T-Rex hats through out the day for special Dinosaur story times and to practice their own reading skills. The children are continuing to learn to stay in their own seats or on their own letter on the alphabet rug until the school activity is complete.
He taught us the signs for the letter D, Dinosaur, the letter V and Volcano. He even read us the book Harold and the Purple Crayon: Dinosaur Days in Sign language! Mia, a future teacher herself, shared a special photo book of all their adventures around the world.
Signing Time: A special sign language class with Thomas Cabaluna and a Dinosaur Story time in sign language.
New Sign language signs learned include the signs for dinosaur, volcano, and the letter signs D and V Movie Friday and Lunch: Disney’s Dinosaurs and Dinosaur shaped chicken nuggets. Math: Counting spots on the Triceratops, Skip counting, addition, and patterns with Leapfrog Math to the Moon. Art: Harold the Purple Crayon Art, Using stencils with paint, How to make a volcano and prehistoric landscape, and Sticker Art.
Prehistoric Play Dough Center: We discovered how to make and identify dinosaur and lizard footprints in play dough. Pretend Play: We introduced new stegosaurus, and brontosaurus toys to our play and block area.
The last two weeks the children have been busy discovering the exciting world of paleontology. A paleontologist is a scientist who learns about prehistoric animals like dinosaurs by studying their fossils. Squeezing modeling clay with their hands they picked out dinosaurs and pressed them as hard as they could into the clay making an imprint fossil. In this learning unit the children learned what a paleontologist does and the tools they use to discover fossils. So here at A Happy Daycare the children actually touched a real piece of a dinosaur bone and examined an ammonite shell fossil over 65 million years old.
The children were very excited to discover that when you look through a Magnifying glass it make things huge! The children measured and helped mix up the recipe in a big bucket to use to make treasure stones. They molded it into a rock shape and we hid a treasure into each of their stones for them to dig out when the treasure stone harden.
On Friday we brought out more tools, brushes, and little shovels for the children to dig out their treasures.
We read the book The Dinosaur Stomp and then stepped right on to the dinosaur stilts to see how it feels to stomp around with big dinosaur feet.
The dinosaur feet stilts we used were only a few inches off the ground but when the children stood on them they thought that they were bigger than life! Dinosaur had bones and when you look at the shapes of their bones you can tell what kind of dinosaur it is. The children learned how to identify stegosaurus bones, t-rex bones, and long-neck dinosaur bones by using critical thinking and matching skills. We learned that even if you find a dinosaur skeleton you have to put it back together in the right order. We practiced our puzzle skills with mixed up t-rex flash cards and a plastic skeleton mold. Dinosaurs have bones and so do we. Next stop on the Magic School Bus Adventure is Inside the Human Body.
Reading and Writing: We are practicing sight words, sounding out three letter words, and recognizing that print is a part of our daily lives. This fall Lindsay will be attending Kindergarten at a school in Prunedale and Jaden will be attending Kindergarten at a school in Monterey. Potato Head as a teaching tool for the children to visualize the body parts that make up the five senses. The nose knows how to smell and we practiced using our sense of smell to explore the world around us by seeing how many things we could smell. The children even put on silly glasses with big noses to go on a nature walk in the garden to smell the flowers. We have X-rays hanging up on the windows for the children to explore and discover how an X-ray takes a picture of bones. Potato Head Art, and my five senses chart August 5-9, 2013Next week the Magic School Bus Science explorers will explore the wonderful world of bugs and butterflies.
This week we joined the Magic School Bus as it magically shrank down in size to explore inside the human body! All the children thought it was hilarious that on the Magic School Bus Series the children have a friend named Ralphie in their class too.
When we learned about community helpers and farmers we read about a rooster named Ralphie too. Before we explored inside the human body the children laid on a big roll of paper to trace the shape of their own bodies!
Seuss’s Horton Hears A Who is, “A person is a person no matter how small.” And it is true it doesn’t matter how big or how small a person is everyone has their own body with the same amazing bones and body organs inside.
Their brain’s job is to think and learn, their heart’s job is to pump, their lung’s job is to breath in air, and their stomachs job is to help digest their food. Now that everyone had made a tracing of their own unique outline the children were ready to paint and add in the different bones and organs, during the week, as we learned about them. On Movie Friday we watched a Double Feature with Sid The Science Kid’s episode on the sense of smell and the Magic School Bus’s series Inside Ralphie.
Thanks to Irie and her mom for bringing the Movie Friday Snacks last week and this week. The children’s sense of taste says the snacks are delicious! This week the children explored the life cycle of butterflies with Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
We practiced the days of the week and counted fruit right along with that wiggly lovable caterpillar. The caterpillar even helped us learn about placing in order from biggest to smallest with the wooden caterpillar stacking gameNoodles, noodles, and more noodles. Can you find the noodle type that looks like a curly caterpillar, little eggs, a cocoon and a butterfly taking flight. The hunt was on for the children to match the noodles to each butterfly stage and to find the most eggs. They even selected special leaves and sticks from the garden for their noodle caterpillars.
We harvested green, yellow, and purple organic beans from our Jack and the Beanstalk beans. Then we explored volume with water by transferring the water from one container to another.
Thanks to Irie’s Mom for the Yummy Chocolate pudding with gummy worms and Gabriel’s Mom for the homemade muffins.
Magic School Bus: Ants in his pants and Butterfly BogAugust 19-23, 2013This week we are finishing up the last of our summer program and preparing lesson plans for the new school year. We have so many activities and lessons full of learning planned for the upcoming fall season! Please send your child to school in a yellow or black shirt for a day full of bee and bug themed activities.
All summer the children have been exploring how to use a magnifier to enlarge objects and this week we introduced how a microscope works. We have a special microscope for young children that plugs directly into the TV screen so the entire class can see all at once.
We went on a nature hunt in the backyard to discover interesting leaves and bugs to look at under the microscope. Catalina, Cole, and Omari were the helpers who held the buckets full of their finds. We placed them in a jar and used the microscope to enlarge them.
We could see the tiniest caterpillar eggs on our sunflower leaf. An ant looked like a monster and we didn’t even know that a roly-poly had that many legs. Each of the children helped pick out the color pattern of their caterpillar, pressed their painted little toes onto the wooden magnet, and tried not to wiggle their toes too much. Then we added eyes and antennas.
She even included an array of nutritious fruit for us and the cake caterpillar to eat just like in the story.
August 26-30, 2013This year we finished up our Summer Program with a Busy Bee Celebration Day. The children came in on Wednesday dressed in yellow and black ready to be busy little bees.
We had bobbling bee antennas on our heads to greet the children as they arrived at our “hive”.
Trinity had little bees on her dress, Jonathan had on his striped bumblebee shirt, and Irie even had bee barrettes in her hair. What would the little bees eat for breakfast? We learned that if you are going to be a bee then you have to build a hive to go home to. The children worked together to help build a honeybee hive out of our many tunnels and tents.
The “hive” ended up covering their whole play area and they had so much fun crawling in and out of the tunnels buzzing like worker bees. The children dressed up in the bee costumes to fly through the yard and gather pretend nectar from the garden to make their honey. Pretend play like this gives the children the opportunity to apply the learning and knowledge that they have gained. During Music and Movement Time we danced, jumped and learned how bees communicate to each other where the best flowers are by dancing.
The children put on the headbands they made and we all marched through the garden in a buzzing bee parade. The children loved every minute of it. A special thanks to Asher’s family for the delicious bee cupcakes they made. Thanks to Irie’s family who worked so hard on making a beautiful honeybee hive filled with honeycomb treats to share.
Have a great holiday weekend and remember we will be closed Monday September 2 for Labor Day.
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