Saturday, March 14, 2015


Lesson 8

(M) This week's theme is the SUN. The vocabulary word is ray - a beam of light.

(Daily) Books to read aloud that support the theme:

The Sun: Our Nearest Star by Franklyn M. Branley
What Can You Do in the Sun? by Anna Grossnickle Hines
Sun Bread by Elisa Kleven
Sun Up, Sun Down by Gail Gibbons
The Sun is My Favorite Star by Frank Asch   

(Daily) Poems that support the theme: 
The Sun Shines Down 
by Katrina Lybbert
The sun shines down on me,
On flowers, grass, and a bumblebee.
The sun shines down on you,
On trees, birds, and lakes so blue.
The sun shines down on everyone,
How happy we are to play in the sun!

Summer Sun
Summer sun in the sky
Shining, shining up so high
Makes it warm for outside fun
To play at the park and run
To swim, hike, and fish
And go on a picnic, if you wish!   
Bright Sun
Bright sun shining down,
Shining on the ground.
What a lovely face you have,
Yellow, big, and round.   

(Daily) Songs that support the theme:
One Light, One Sun (Raffi)
Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam
The Sunshine                                                              
 (M) Gross Motor Skills Activity:  
Play outside in the sun.  If Monday is not sunny, wait till another day of the week.  Talk about how the sun makes it warm and nice to be outside.

(T) Shape/Color  This week you will teach the color yellow.
  • Introduce the color by coloring in the star (previous week's shape) on your learning poster with a yellow crayon.
  • Put on a yellow article of clothing.
  • Point out objects around your home of the color yellow.
  • Add the color to a meal by choosing a yellow food, or using a plate, cup, or utensil of the color yellow.
  • Let your child color in a coloring book or on a printout using a yellow crayon.
Clusters of one-inch-long, bell-shaped flowers range from pale to blazing yellow, only last for two to three weeks. So we made this craft so she can enjoy forsythia all year long on her bulletin board.
You Will Need:
1.      Brown marker, crayon, or water color paint
2.      Green marker, crayon, or water color paint
3.      Yellow tissue paper (Use pink tissue paper for cherry blossoms and purple for lavender blossoms)
4.      White or sky blue paper
5.      White glue
6.      Gold sequins (optional)
1.      Draw or paint slim brown branches with a marker on white paper for young children. Older kids should  draw or paint their branches themselves.
2.      Then let the kids draw or paint a few green leaves on the branches as well. Caregivers can draw or paint the leaves for younger kids.
3.      Allow kids tear pieces of yellow tissue paper and and crumble them into blossoms.
4.      Let the kids glue the blossoms on the branches for spring forsythia blossoms.
5.      For children that don’t put tiny pieces in their mouths you can let them add gold sequins to the center of the tissue blossoms.

(W) The letter this week is the letter H.
H – Body, Body, Hold Hands
h – Body, Hump
H – Make two lines, high to low.  Connect the lines so they say hello.

  • Give your child a printout of the (capital) letter H to color.  ~Letter Printouts~
  • Teach your child to trace the shape of the letter H using her finger.  You can trace in pudding, finger paint, a shallow tray (cookie sheet) filled with rice or beans, etc.
  • Point out the letter H in signs, cereal boxes, etc.
  • Post the letter H on your learning poster.

(TH) The number this week is the number 8.
8 – Make an “S” but do not wait.
      Go back up and close the gate.
  • Show your child 8 objects to count, or eat 8 crackers, 8 cheerios, etc.
  • Show your child the written symbol (numeral) for 8 and put on your learning poster.
  • Add 8 stickers to your counting book.
  • Show your matching index cards for the number 8 to your child.
  • Draw 8 stars on a piece of paper and count them with your child.
  • Walk around your home counting 8 of many different objects.

(F) Fine Motor Skills Activity:  
Paint a yellow sun!  You could paint the circle and then let your child paint the rays with finger paint. 

(F) The nursery rhyme this week is Hickory Dickory Dock.  Recite often!
Hickory, dickory, dock!
The mouse ran up the clock;
The clock struck one,
The mouse ran down,
Hickory, dickory, dock. 
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

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