A Peek At Our Week| Ms. Kristen’s Class| Week Of March 12th

This week, we learned all about Ohio! We learned that Ohio is the name of our state and it’s capital city is Columbus. We also learned that our state bird is the Cardinal and our state flower is the Carnation! We also learned that our state tree is the Buckeye Tree, which is why Ohio is refered to as the Buckeye State! Did you know that Iroquois tribe also gave Ohio it’s name? The children also enjoyed learning some Chinese phrases and words with Ms. Mel durring our Afternoon Group Time! We also had some fun on Friday reading some St. Patrick’s Day stories!

Working on the Sushi transfer work from the Practical Life Area! Using the chopsticks to move the pieces of sushi from one bowl to the other aides the child in developing their senses of order, concentration, coordination, and independence!

 

Practicing Yoga using our Yoga mat and cards. Yoga helps the child to develop self-regulation, gross-motor skill, and concentration!

 

Copying our classroom calendar!

 

Working on the Handwashing Work from the Practical Life Area! When working on this material, the child learns to remember and follow multiple-step instructions in order to complete the activity on their own!

 

These two friends are working on the Triangle Box together! While working on this material, the child discovers differerent figures which can can be constructed from right angle scalene and obstuse angle scalene triangles! It is also indirect preparation for Geometry!

 

Our class also had a visit from a tricky Leprechaun who made a mess in our classroom!

A Peek Into Next Week:

-All About Australia

 


A Peek At Our Week| Ms. Kristen’s Class| Week of March 6th

This week , we leared about Dr. Seuss and read several of his books! We learned that Dr. Seuss’ real name was Theodore Seuss Giesel, but his father had wanted him to be a doctor, so he called himself Dr. Seuss. We enjoyed reading “Green Eggs and Ham”, and the children enjoyed taste testing green eggs! We also read “Oh The Places You’ll Go!” and I asked the children where they would travel if they could travel anywhere in the world. My favorite answers were “Target” and “My sister’s Karate class!”. Ms. Mel also practiced Korean with the children during her afternoon group time!

These two friends are so proud of their work on the 100 Board! This material is designed to teach the child to count to 100 and the order of numeration!
Matching the Geometric Solids to cards that show the shape of their base! This is great indirect preparation for Math!
Taste testing Green Eggs from Green Eggs and Ham! They were so good!

 

A Peek Into Next Week:

-All About Ohio.

-What is our State Bird?

-What does our state flag look like?

 


A Peek into Science Class | February

Bouyancy – A force in a liquid pushing against an object in the liquid

In Science class we wanted to find out what would happen when we place peeled and unpeeled oranges into a tank of water. We hypothesized that the peeled orange will splash. Consequently we thought the unpeeled orange would make bubbles. First we peeled one orange. Next we left the peel on the second orange. Last, we dropped the oranges in the water. We observed the peeled orange sank while the unpeeled orange floated. We discovered that the orange peel traps air. So even though it is heavier, it is more buoyant. The peeled orange had no air, so it sinks.

 

Density- the mass in a specified volume

In a similar experiment, we wanted to see what will happen if we drop a lemon and a lime in the water. The lemon floated and the lime sank. We can concluded the lime is denser than the lemon.

A note from Mr. John:

I did some research for more information. According to the USDA website, a lime is 88.26% water by weight and a lemon is 87.4% which is a minimal difference. This could mean that lemons have higher air content, but I’m still researching why the lemon floats and the lime sinks.


A Peek At Our Week| Ms. Kristen’s Class| Week of February 26th

This week we learned all about Dental Hygene. We learned that we should brush our teeth in the morning and at night. We also learned that if we do not brush our teeth, we could get cavities! We also talked about how eating candy and sweets is not healthy for our teeth and that it is important to go visit the dentist so he or she can check and make sure our teeth are healthy! Ms. Mel also practiced some words in American Sign Language with the children during our afternoon group time!

Proud of her work using the Movable Alphabet! This material can be used to match initial sounds to pictures or to phonetically spell words, phrases, and sentences!
Ms. Mel practiced the alphabet using American Sign Language during our afternoon group time!
Working on the Noun Game! When using this work, the child reads the cards and goes to fetch the noun written on the card!

A Peek Into Next Week:

-All About Dr. Seuss

-What is a rhyme?

-Reading Dr. Seuss stories and learning about his life.


A Peek At Our Week| Ms. Kristen’s Class| Week of February 19th

This week, we learned all about the Presidents! We learned that the President of The United States has the important job of running our country. We learned about the first president, George Washington. We read the story, “Dear Mr. Washington,”, which was about the artist who painted George Washington’s official portrait and his children. Apparently the artist felt George needed to smile more in his painting because he was too serious! We also learned about Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president, and how he wanted every everyone to be treated fairly. Ms. Mel also worked with the students on learning some Italian this week!

Working on the Binomial Cube! Did you know this work indirectly prepares your child to learn Algebra?
Working on the Cards and Counters Material from the Math Area! This material teaches the child to match quantity to symbol and it also indirectly prepares the children to learn the difference between odd and even numbers!

A Peek At Next Week:

-All About Dental Health

-What foods are good for our teeth?

-What is a dentist’s job?


A Peek At Our Week| Ms. Kristen’s Class| Week of February 12th

This week was full of fun as we dicussed the Winter Olympics and different Winter sports! The children enjoyed learning what the Olympics are and learning what sports are in the Winter Olympics. We have also been tracking how many medals the United States has won so far!

Ms. Mel and Ms. Yao (Ryan’s mom) also shared with us about Lunar New Year! Ms. Mel explained about how each year is represented by an animal in Korean and Chinese culture and that 2018 is The Year of The Dog. She even taught the children how children bow to their elders on Lunar New Year and receive money from their elders and Ryan’s mom shared with us how children in China buy all new clothes to begin year. Ms. Yao also gave the children a red envelope with a chocolate coin and told them that for New Year’s, children in China receive a red envelope from their parents which contain money. So much fun!

We also had so much fun at our Valentine’s Day Party! Thank you to all the parents who brought in the needed items for our party and to those who took time out of their day to help make our Valentine’s Day Party so much fun, including activities for taller and smaller kids, such as the best bounce house for toddlers and many other activities.

Working on the 100 Board from the Math area of the classroom! The child places the numbers from 1-100 on the board and through repetition, discovers the order of numeration.

 

Ms. Mel dressed in a traditional Korean dress!
Ms. Yao read us a story about a traditional Chinese Lunar New Year!
Some of our friends also had the opprotnity to try on some traditional outfits worn on Lunar New Year!
Working on the Parts of The Flower Puzzle from the Cultural Area of the classroom! Puzzles are a great pre-reading material!

A Peek Into Next Week:

-All About Presidents

-Who was the first President of The United States?

-What is the job of the President of The United States?

 

 

 


A Peek At Our Week| Ms. Kristen’s Class| Week of February 5th

This week we learned all about Transportation! We learned about the different way we can travel through air, on land, or in water. The children enjoyed learning the song, ” Down By The Station” and singing other songs about other forms of traveling. Ms. Mel also practiced some phrases in German during our preschool afternoon group time!

 

Working on the Note Naming material from the Music section of the Cultural Area and learning to name Middle C through G!

 

Practicing her gluing skills by making a Heart Mosaic from Art section of the Cultural Area of the classroom!
Working on the Stone Placement material from the Practical Life Area of the classroom! By placing the one stone on each dash on the paper, the child develops their sense of order, concentration, and coordination. Also, this helps indirectly prepare the child as they begin to count and use materials in the Math Area.

A Peek Into Next Week:

-All About Winter Sports

-What are the Olympics?

-Celebrating Valentines Day

 


A Peek Into Science | Cuyahoga Falls | January 2018

Absorption – To take something in.

What will happen if we pour water in a container containing paper towels and another container containing Sodium Polyacrylate? What is Sodium Polyacrylate? It is the material in diapers. All the children shouted,  “Ewwww”~ for diapers.

Mr. John took the container with the Sodium Polyacrylate and water, and dumped it out above the children’s heads. No water spilled out! We had fun learning about absorption!

Leak Proof Baggy

Polymers – Polymers chains working together.

“What? You poked holes with a pencil in a baggy filled with water? It didn’t come out?”

Yes! We slowly, but firmly pushed sharpened pencils through one side of a zip-locked bag filled with water. The water doesn’t leak at all!

Why? Plastic bags are made out of Polymers which are long chains of individual molecules, called monomers. So poking the bag with water means separating polymer chains without breaking them.

SCIENCE ROCKS!

Play Dough Shapes

Buoyancy- A force in a liquid pushing against an object in the liquid.

We dropped different shaped (a bowl and a sphere) Play dough in water. The sphere shaped dough sank while the bowl shaped play dough floated. The sphere is dense and cannot push enough water out to stay a float. The bowl is able to push enough water out to equal its weight and therefore, floats!

We made our own slime!!!

We mixed Borax, Elemer’s glue and water. We stirred it with the spoon first and when we felt the long strands of molecules starting to connect, we used our hands!

Borax is the compound that is responsible for hooking the glue’s molecules together to form the putty-like material.

SCIENCE IS FUN!!!


A Peek At Our Week| Ms. Kristen’s Class| Week of January 29th

This week was so much fun as we dove into learning about the Five Senses! We learned that our senses are Taste, Hearing, Smell, Sight, and Touch.We learned that our senses are very important to helping us discover and learn more about the world around us! We explored our sense of Hearing by playing our Silence Game we normally play during our morning line time. During the game, a candle is placed in the middle of our circle and the children and teachers sit as silently as possible. Before we started our Silence Game this week, I asked the children to close their eyes and, while they were sitting in silence, listen to all the sounds around them. The children also enjoyed taste testing jelly beans and guessing which flavor jelly bean they were tasting. So much fun!

Working on the three part Amphibian cards! This material in the Science area also is great preparation for reading, as the child matches the pictures and the names of the animals!
Working on the Weaving Material from the Practical Life Area. This material helps the child to develop their sense of order, concentration, coordination, and independence. Also, by weaving from left to right, the child is being indirectly prepared for reading!
Proud of her cutting work!

A Peek Into Next Week:

-All About Transportation

-Learning about different ways to travel.

-Learning songs about different ways to travel.


A Peek At Handwriting| Ms. Kristen| Week of January 15

Durring the past two weeks in handwriting we have continued our study of lower case letters. We have been working on the letters u, w, q, l, b, k, m, h,n, and f. Our Kindergarten student’s handwriting has really progressed and I’m so proud of all of their hard work durring the past few weeks!