Monday, April 13, 2015


Lesson 11

This week's theme is the MOON.  The vocabulary word is full (moon) - the moon is full when it is round like a circle and all lit up.  When something is full it is completely there.

(DAILY) Books to read aloud that support the theme:
When Moon Fell Down by Linda Smith
Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Happy Birthday, Moon by Frank Asch

(DAILY) Poems that support the theme:
Full Moon by Katrina Lybbert
The moon is full, round like a ball,
The light shines down upon us all.
The moon is full, with a glorious light,
I'm glad to see such a lovely sight.
The Moon by R. L. Stevenson
(In the book, A Child's Garden of Verses)
The moon has a face like the clock in the hall;
She shines on thieves on the garden wall,
On streets and fields and harbour quays,
And birdies asleep in the forks of the trees.

The squalling cat and the squeaking mouse,
The howling dog by the door of the house,
The bat that lies in bed at noon,
All love to be out by the light of the moon.

But all of the things that belong to the day
Cuddle to sleep to be out of her way;
And flowers and children close their eyes
Till up in the morning the sun shall arise.

(DAILY) Songs that support the theme:
The Man in the Moon
Man in the Moon
The Moon
Moon Dreams
Moon, So Round and Yellow
I Don't Want to Live on the Moon by Jeff Moss

(M) Gross Motor Skills Activity:  
Act out "Hey, Diddle, Diddle."  Place a round cushion or ball in the center of the floor.  As you come to the part in the rhyme about the cow jumping over the moon, your child can jump over the "moon" you have made.
Play catch with a yellow or white ball (pretend moon).

(T) Shape/Color  This week you will teach the shape of a crescent.
      Collect 3 - 5 everyday objects in the shape of a crescent... ie: croissants, banana, make one out of felt, etc... to share with your child and discuss.
      Walk through your home looking for crescents. (Or look in a magazine.)
      Cut crescents out of playdough or cookie dough... bake the cookies!
      Bake some croissants!
      Put a drawing of a crescent on your learning poster.  Use black paper so that next week you can color the crescent white.

(W) Letter  The letter this week is the letter K.
K and K have three lines as you can see
A tall straight back and a sideways v
      Give your child a printout of the (capital) letter K to color. 
      Teach your child to trace the shape of the letter K using his finger.  You can trace in pudding, finger paint, a shallow tray (cookie sheet) filled with rice or beans, etc.
      Point out the letter K in signs, cereal boxes, etc.
      Post the letter K on your learning poster.
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(TH) Number  The number this week is the number 11.
Straight down and then you're done.
That's the way to make a one.
      Show your child 11 objects to count, or eat 11 mini crackers, 11 cheerios, etc.
      Show your child the written symbol (numeral) for 11 and put on your learning poster.
      Add 11 stickers to your counting book.
      Show your matching index cards for the number 11 to your child.
      Draw 11 crescents on a piece of paper and count them with your child.
      Walk around your home counting 11 of many different objects.

(F) Fine Motor Skills Activity: 
Make a "mooncake."  Bake a round cake and then let your child spread on the icing (yellow or white).  After you have iced a full moon, you could cut it into a crescent shape, bit by bit, to show the phases of the moon.

Paint a light blue construction paper.  Glue a 
CRESCENT MOON at the top.  Make a ladder
from popscicle sticks.  Take a picture of your
child reaching up toward the sky.  Cut it out.
Glue it on the ladder.  Add gold stars.

 (F) Nursery Rhyme  The nursery rhyme this week is The Man in the Moon.  

The man in the moon
Looked out of the moon
And this is what he said,
"Tis time that, now I'm getting up,
All children went to bed."