June 25 – July 6
- Dora and Diego help children learn how to care for others by modeling behaviors like helping, sharing, and being kind. They set goals, overcome obstacles, and solve problems as they help friends, family, and animals.
- Dora and Diego’s adventures inspire children to play and to explore their own skills and talents.
- Dora and Diego help children learn new words and phrases in a context that supports vocabulary development.
- Dora and Diego model active play during their outdoor adventures. They walk, run, dance, jump, and climb.
Week One: Meet Our Friends
- Give examples of how good friends behave, such as being loyal and kind
- Use new words and phrases in English and Spanish in a context that supports natural vocabulary development
- Ask questions about topics that interest them and seek answers using a variety of resources
- Use cognitive organizers to identify sequences of events and organize ideas
- Use a variety of sources including books and Web sites to find information
- Use observational and investigative skills and record information
- Use a variety of art media and processes to express ideas
- Identify rainforest animals and their habitats
- Explain why only animal experts should approach wild or lost animals
- Organize, document, and reflect on what they have learned
- Discuss thoughts and ideas with each other
- Work together to carry out a project and solve a problem
- Engage in active play: Active play involves 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day in order for children to be healthy. This includes activities that can be done outdoors, such as running, jumping, bike riding, and sports, as well as indoor activities like dancing and active games like hopscotch. It is important for children to understand that being physically active is fun, easy to do, and a part of everyday life. It is also something that can be lots of fun to do together.
- Celebrate their accomplishments and share what they have learned with others
Week Two: Rainforest Adventure
Students make a discovery and begin an adventure that will inspire them to investigate, gather information and use their skills as explorers!
Children find a mysterious animal hiding in the classroom. Students are encouraged to follow the advice they often hear from Dora and Diego to “stop and think” and to “think like
a scientist.” Children generate questions and find information that help them identify the animal and learn that it makes its home in a tropical rainforest. Students examine more sources of information in order to make good decisions about how to help the animal. In addition to using books and Web site references, children can collect information by asking the teacher. The curriculum focus is on problem solving using multiple intelligences: linguistic/verbal, logical/mathematical, kinesthetic, visual/spatial, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and naturalistic.
Through learning experiences in this lesson, children will:
- Use location clues to find an “animal” hiding in the classroom
- Students study footprints and imitate the way rainforest animals move.
- Perform exercises: run like a jaguar, flap their wings like a toucan, or jump like a tree frog.
- Young Children begin to use senses and simple tools to observe and gather information; Observe and discuss similarities and differences and make comparisons; Take part in simple investigations to test observations; discuss and draw conclusions and make generalizations; Describe and discuss predictions based on experiences.
- Older children will ask questions that will help them identify the animal and learn about its needs; Make direct observations and record information using sketches, drawings, symbols, letters, and words; Use tools and instruments, like rulers and magnifying lenses, to enhance observations; Use nonfiction books, Web sites, and other sources to find information about rainforest animals
- Identify rainforest animals and their habitats
- Write using pictures, letters, and words
- Use art media to create a visual representation of what they have learned about a tropical rainforest and its animals
- Draw conclusions based on the information they have gathered.
Language Development: Say It Two Ways!
At Toddler Tree we believe that in early childhood, most young children are strongly focused on learning the sounds of language and developing vocabulary. The natural ability to learn language at this age extends to learning a second or even a third language. Experiences with a new language help children develop both linguistic and social skills as
they learn about other cultural traditions.
We incorporate language learning into classroom content, activities, and events. This allows children to use basic vocabulary and phrases in context.
Young bilingual children easily learn that they can “say it two ways.”
Listening and repetition are the keys to learning new words and
phrases in early childhood. When we introduce a word or phrase, we ask children to listen first and then repeat the words several times until children can pronounce the word or phrase independently.
The Nick Jr. Web site, the Dora and Diego television programs, and related books are some of the resources we have available for teachers and students, providing support for language learning.