Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Nutrition and Manners - Day 1

Milk and Dairy! Teaching small children good manners is most effective if you begin early. Use these lessons and concepts on a regular basis!!

Self Selected Activities (AM 9:00-9:45..PM 12:30-1:15)

*Cut and Color Table: FOOD GROUP MURAL - We'll have many food magazines set out, along with scissors and glue. The children can cut out all the pictures they can find of milk products (the teacher will help guide them). Milk products include, milk, butter, cheese, evaporated milk, ice cream, and dried milk products. The teacher will have some pictures pre-cut. There will also be crayons and markers available for added creativity!

*Messy Table: MILKING COWS - The children will get to explore what it might be like to milk cows! There will be a few latex doctor's gloves attatched to the messy table. The teacher will have a poked a few holes in the openings and filled the gloves up with milk. These will be like the "udders" of the cow. The children will have a BLAST pretending to milk cows and see who's bucket can fill up the fastest!

*Creative Art: BUTTERMILK ART - The children will dip chalk into buttermilk which makes the chalk brighter and go on easier. They can explore with their senses as they smell, feel and create with the buttermilk and chalk!

*Dramatic Play: RESTAURANT - The dramatic play area will be set up like a restaurant for the children to explore all different food groups, serve each other, order, and of course pretend to eat!!

Snack (small groups come at different times to eat during Self-Selected Activities. Unless we are making our snack, then we will eat it during large group.)

*Snack: HOMEMADE ICECREAM - Check out the recipe for this Homemade Icecream in a bag!! It's so fun to see how things are actually created! We'll get to shake, mix and put all the ingredients together to make this fun cold treat!!

Large Group (AM 9:50-10:15...PM 1:20-1:45)

* Large Group: We'll start out with songs from our song can to get everyone together. Miss Chelsea will then introduce our new friend "Rude Rodney". Rude Rodney will come out of an empty tissue box. As he sneeze's on every child we'll discuss why that is so rude. Miss Chelsea will spray the kids as he sneezes so it seems extra gross!! "Yuck Rodney!! Haven't you ever heard of a tissue?" We'll discuss what happens when we sneeze on others and what we should do instead and of course that we should wash our hands often!! Rude Rodney will teach the kids the song "Have you Ever Seen Rude Rodney?" Check out the song on the Nutrition and Manners Song Page! Next we'll go into learning our letter Tt through song, sign language, and writing!!

Outside Play (AM 10:15-10:25...PM 1:45-1:55)
*Transition: Have each child tell us a milk/dairy food and also one that is their favorite.
Small Group (AM 10:30-11:00...PM 2:00-2:30)
* Small Group: We'll start by reading the book "No Milk!" This is a cute story of a city boy who has no idea how to milk a cow. He tries to coax the cow into giving milk in a variety of ways intil the cow becomes inpatient and gives the boy a hint! After discussing and reading the story we'll talk more about dairy foods, how often we should eat them, and what they are!! Miss Chelsea will hold up a variety of plastic foods and the children will tell me if they are a milk/dairy food or not!! If there is still time we'll make a science, eating experiement called "Layers of Fun". We'll take clear cups, ginger ale, blueberry syrup, and heavy cream. The teacher will help them pour about 2 inches of ginger ale into the bottoms of their cups, the about 1/2 an inch of blueberry syrup, and finally about 1 inch of heavy cream on top very slowly. We'll observe what happens......the solutions stay separated into different layers. When we are finished looked, we'll stir the drink up and enjoy it!! Yum - blueberry cream!