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February The Light Spectrum
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Reflection, Refraction/Diffraction, Visible Light & Bioluminescence
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During the month of February we will explore the light spectrum. Light is essential to life for humans, plants and animals and we will explore the many different ways light can react and change. Through reflection, refraction and diffraction and the visible light spectrum we will explore how light is changed by different surface and mediums. Using the visible light spectrum we'll explore colors and rainbows and how they are made. The amazing chemical reaction that creates bioluminescent animals and plants will be explored through glow in the dark exploration and experiments.
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ColorWhite
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The color white will be explored as it is the reflection of all colors and can be used to create rainbows through light manipulation.
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Shape Heart
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We will explore the heart shape in reference to Valentine's Day.
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PlantRoses
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We will explore the rose and its reference to Valentine's Day as well as its many colors.
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Animal/InsectJellyfish
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The jellyfish can be translucent allowing many variations of light and color; some are even bioluminescent.
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Spanish Febrero (February), Luz (Light), Blanco (White)
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We will learn the spanish words related to our major themes for the month and reiterate them throughout our curriculum.
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Early Toddlers ~ Week 3 ~ Visible Light
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MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
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Physical DevelopmentBouncing BallsStand-up/Sit DownFree Painting w/ WhiteEmptying and filling basketsTag
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We will encourage children to bounce balls and toss them to their friends. Encourage the children to move from standing to sitting and sitting to standing to encourage core strength and balance. Encourage children to explore mixing white with other colors and observe what happens. (copy paper, white paint, paint in variety of colors)Fill baskets with similiar items and have children empty and re-fill the baskets. Start a small game of tag with the children .
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Emotional and Social DevelopmentSocial PlayKissesThe Name GameHappy/SadYou Are My Sunshine
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Encourage children to freely engage each other in play. Encourage the children to blow kisses to teachers and friends. Help children identify each other by name.Encourage children to imitate happy and sad expressions while vocalizing laughter and crying to distinguish the difference.Sing "You are my Sunshine" with the children and encourage them to feel safe and loved.
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Language and Literacy DevelopmentWord FindRainbow SongsSpanishSinging our ABC'sStorytime
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Encourage children to mimic words in relation to objects in the room to encourage language. Teachers will introduce these songs focusing on the visible light spectrum or rainbows. While mixing colors with white, use "blanco". Sing the ABC's as a class. Teachers will read all of the special books brought in from home to the children .
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Cognitive DevelopmentMaking a BeatMaking a RainbowCountingClass RainbowSplish Splash
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Encourage children to bang, shake and move to the beat. Using common items and light teachers will make a rainbow in the class. (several clear jars, water, dropper, flashlight, white paper)Teachers and children will count white items from around the room to 10. Children will use their handprints to make a class rainbow. (posterboard, every paint in the rainbow)Place a small amount of water on a tray or on the highchair and allow the children to splash and touch the water.
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Transition ActivitiesNaptime Routine (every day)Good Morning Song (every day)What's Next? (every day)Clean Up Song (every day)Wake-up Routine (every day)
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When it is time for nap lower the lights and blinds, turn on the sound machine and provide a quiet activity to relax the children . We will sing the Good Morning Song during circle time to start our day. We will explain what activity comes next when transitioning . We will sing the Clean Up Song to encourage children to help put toys away. When it is time to wake up give children a snuggle and greet them by name to help them transition to being awake.
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Increasing Independence and HygieneUsing Utensils (every day)Find your Mat! (every day)Where's your bottle? (every day)Washing our Hands (every day)What do I Want? (every day)
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We will encourage children to practice using bowls, plates, spoons, cups and forks during meals. We will encourage children to identify and find their mats at nap time. Encourage children to identify their bottle and/or water cup at the appropriate time. Encourage children to practice proper hand washing and hygiene. Encourage children to identify and find toys/activities that they would like to explore.
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Afternoon Transitional ActivitiesPat-a-cakeSing the Jump Up and Down Song Color Calming JarsTissue TearingPretend Kitchen
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Encourage a game of Patty Cake with the children . Encourage children to jump up and down on their own or with assistance when we sing this song. Teachers will create these colorful calming jars for children to explore. (voss bottles, colored water, colored water beads, super glue, tape)Children will be encouraged to work on their fine motor skills and tear, crumple and rip tissue paper and scrap paper. (tissue paper, scrap paper)We will encourage imaginative play using our pretend kitchen.
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