A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of November 4th

Classroom: Food Groups

This past week we talked about the five food groups: fruits, vegetables, dairy, proteins, and grains.  The students learned about MyPlate which is a healthy guide that shows how much to eat from each food group every day.  As a group the children created a MyPlate chart and listed a variety of foods in each group. They also talked about how being active plays a big part of being healthy. The students learned that they should get at least one hour of exercise daily and eat healthy foods to live a healthy life.

A peek into next week: Pilgrims and Indians

Kindergarten: Addition

This week the kindergarten students used the stamp game to discover that when you put two small numbers together (addends) you get a larger number (sum) and that this process is called addition.

A peek into next week: Addition

Reminders:

11/ 14 Operation Christmas Child | Packing Party

11/22 Fall Progress Reports

11/2711/29 Thanksgiving Break | NO SCHOOL

Enrichment Highlight:
In art class the students made a group art piece with a long line because they learned that a line is a dot that went on a long walk.
Work Time:
Stamp Game: These children are doing static addition (a sum without exchanging) problems using the stamp game. They are practicing addition at a higher level of abstraction.
Triangle Box: This child is exploring different ways to use smaller triangles to make larger triangles.
Cursive Chalkboard Writing: This child is practicing writing an uppercase cursive M on a chalkboard. She is developing multiple skills involving her eyes, arms, hands, memory, posture and body control.

A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of October 28th

Classroom: Bats

This week the students learned about different types of bats from micro to mega and even found out that there is a bat that is as small as a bumblebee! The students also discovered how and where bats sleep and that they find their food through echolocation. They were amazed to discover that bats are also mammals like them because they: have fur all over their bodies, born alive, drink mothers milk and are warm blooded. The students even learned that bats are nocturnal and that when we are sleeping they are eating all of the insects like mosquitoes, beetles and ants helping humans by stopping the spread of diseases and insects from eating crops.

A peek into next week: Food Groups

Kindergarten: Addition

This week the kindergarten students used the golden beads to discover that when you put two small numbers together (addends) you get a larger number (sum) and that this process is called addition.

A peek into next week: Addition

Reminders:

11/ 14 Operation Christmas Child | Packing Party

11/22 Fall Progress Reports

11/2711/29 Thanksgiving Break | NO SCHOOL

Enrichment Highlight:
During music class this week, we learned some new listening songs about telling the truth and being kind. During the songs we got to play tambourines and dance along with the music while still using our listening skills to do what the lyrics were telling us to do.

Work Time:

Ten Board: This child is being introduced to the names for the tens quantities “twenty”, “thirty”, “forty”…”ninety”.
Fabric Box: This child used a blindfold to feel each piece of fabric and match it to its pair.
Shoe Tying: This child is learning how to care for himself while developing a sense of independence and refining his fine motor skills and coordination of movements to successfully tie a shoe.

A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of October 21st

Classroom: Pumpkins

This week the students learned all about pumpkins and the different parts like: flesh, pulp, stem, seeds and rind. They were able to explore the inside of a pumpkin  by digging out the insides and touching the seeds and pulp. The students also created a venn diagram of apples and pumpkins.

A peek into next week: Bats

Kindergarten: Parts of Plants

The students learned the characteristics and parts of trees, flowers, leaves, insects and arachnids  by using and working with the puzzles and control charts in the classroom.

A peek into next week: Addition

Reminders:

11/1 Halloween Party

11/ 14 Operation Christmas Child | Packing Party

11/22 Fall Progress Reports

11/2711/29 Thanksgiving Break | NO SCHOOL

Enrichment Highlight:
First belt test of the year!!!

Work Time:

Brown Stairs: This child is showing his grandparents how he can build the brown stairs by visually discriminating them from thickest to thinest.
Sound Cylinders: This child is showing her grandma how she can shake each cylinder and listen carefully to the sound then find its match.
USA Puzzle: This child is showing his grandma how he can independently put the USA puzzle together and name the states.
Trinomial Cube: This child is showing her grandpa that she knows how to build the trinomial cube by matching all the red sides to the red cube, all blue sides to the blue cube and all yellow sides to the yellow cube.
Pyramid Puzzle: This child is showing his grandma that he can match the different colors and shapes together in order to complete and create the pyramid shape.

A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of October 14th

Classroom: Apples

This week the students learned all about apples and all the parts that make up an apple like the skin, flesh, core, seeds and stem. The students enjoyed tasting different types of apples: granny smith, red delicious, gala and honey crisp. They also discovered what the inside of an apple looks like and how apples grow.  The students even had the chance to do apple stamping and make homemade applesauce.

A peek into next week: Pumpkins

Kindergarten: Parts of Animals (mammals, reptiles, birds, fish, amphibians, insects and arachnids)

The kindergarten students learned the characteristics and body parts of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and fish by using and working with the animal puzzles and control charts in the classroom.

A peek into next week: Parts of Plants

Reminders:

10/24 Grandparents Day

11/1 Halloween Party

Enrichment Highlight:

In music class this week the students sang Skinnamarink and played tambourines.

Work Time:

Shoe Tying: This child is learning how to care for himself while developing a sense of independence and refining his fine motor skills and coordination of movements to successfully tie a shoe.
Cursive Chalkboard Writing: This child is practicing writing his first name in cursive on a chalkboard. He is developing multiple skills involving his eyes, arms, hands, memory, posture and body control.
Color Box 4: This child is grading different colors from darkest to lightest, while also refining his sense of sight.
Sandpaper Numbers: This child is learning the symbols for the numbers through the sense of touch and sight.

A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of October 7th

Classroom: Leaves

This week the students learned that a leaf is one of the most important parts of a plant. They discovered that leaves produce food for the plant through a process called photosynthesis, and that leaves of different plants vary widely in size, shape and color. Also, the students learned the life cycle of a leaf and why leaves change color in the fall. They discovered the different parts of a leaf like: veins, blade, midrib, petiole and stipule.

A peek into next week: Apples

Kindergarten: Biggest (galaxy) to Smallest (person/atom)

This week the kindergarten students started forming an understanding of their relationship to the larger world. They discovered that different places exists within a larger place. They reviewed their place in the universe and geographic location.

A peek into next week: Parts of Animals (mammals, reptiles, birds, fish, amphibians, insects and arachnids)

Reminders:

10/17 Picture Day

10/18 Bring Your Parent to Work Time

10/24 Grandparents Day

11/1 Halloween Party

Enrichment Highlight:

Freestyle poses at the end of a new combination the students learned this week during dance class!

Work Time:

Bead Stringing Patterns: This child is developing an understanding that a pattern is something that repeats itself, while also refining her fine motor skills to string beads.
Sandpaper Numbers: This child is demonstrating his knowledge that each number is made up of separate quantities. He is also able to visually see the sequence of numbers and how many separate units go together to form each number.
Pyramid Puzzle: This child is matching the different colors together in order to create the pyramid shape. This puzzle involves not only the ability to concentrate but the ability problem solve.

A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of September 30th

Classroom: Body Parts

This past week the students learned about various parts of the human body. They discovered that even though all of the components of the human body work differently, they still manage to work together. They also developed an understanding of the basic functions of the bodies main components. 

A peek into next week: Leaves

Kindergarten: Landforms

The past week the kindergarten students learned and explored the difference between a lake, island, bay, peninsula, gulf, cape, isthmus, strait, chain of lakes, and archipelago.

A peek into next week: Biggest (galaxy) to Smallest (person/atom)

Reminders:

10/17 Picture Day

10/18 Bring Your Parent to Work Time

10/24 Grandparents Day

11/1 Halloween Party

Enrichment Highlight:

This week in dance class we practiced our combinations across the floor and worked on improving our coffee grinder technique.

Work Time:

Movable Alphabet: This child is practicing blending and forming words using the different letter sounds he has mastered box, hat, drum, sled and trumpet.
Forty-Five Layout: This child is becoming familiar with the names and relative sizes of the categories: units, tens, hundreds and thousands. He is also discovering that if he has 6 units and add 1 more unit than he will have 7 units.
Pumpkin Scrubbing: This child is using many motor skills while also remembering the order and sequence of each action to successfully pumpkin scrub, which naturally leads to the development of concentration.

A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of September 23rd

Classroom: Five Senses

This past week the children learned how our five senses help us understand and explore the world around us. They learned that our five senses help us collect information about ourselves and our surroundings. They also learned to identify the five senses: hearing, tasting, smelling, touching and seeing.  We discovered that sometimes we use two or more senses at once; and how important it is for our senses to work together. The children had the opportunity to practice using their senses to determine properties of objects and distinguish them from one another.

A peek into next week: Body Parts

Kindergarten: Ohio and surrounding states

This past week the kindergarten students learned where Ohio is located on a map of the USA and the names of all the surrounding states Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan. They also learned different fun facts about Ohio like the state bird is a cardinal and that Ohio’s state flag is the only state flag that isn’t a rectangle.

A peek into next week: Landforms

Reminders:

10/17 Picture Day

11/1 Halloween Party

Enrichment Highlight:

For science this week we mixed a thymol solution into different chemicals such as NaHSO4, citric acid, citric acid and Na2CO3, NaHCO3 and Na2CO3. The students discovered that the color changed based on the pH level. We talked about how a pH level is either alkaline (higher than 7), neutral or acidic (lower than 7).

Work Time:

Movable Alphabet: This child is practicing matching and identifying cursive letters and print letters a through g.
USA Map: These children are learning the names of the states and where they are located on a map.
Object to Picture: This child is identifying and matching different objects to their pictures.

A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of September 16th

Classroom: Feelings and Emotions

This week the students learned what they can do when they are angry, happy, sad, frustrated, excited etc. They learned different ways to manage their feelings and emotions. They also practiced how to process, identify and appropriately express their emotions in different scenarios throughout the week.

A peek into next week: Five Senses

Kindergarten: North America

 The students learned where Canada, USA and Mexico are located on a map of North America. They also became familiar with and the location of different bodies of water such as: The Hudson Bay, Great Lakes, Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean.

A peek into next week: Ohio and surrounding states

Reminders:

9/27 Bring Your Parent to Work Time

10/17 Picture Day

Enrichment Highlight:

In art class the students discussed their feelings and emotions and then drew self portraits of how they were feeling.

Work Time:

Movable Alphabet: This child is practicing blending and forming words using the different letter sounds he has mastered mat, bag, pan, zip and cup.
Dishwashing: These children are using many motor skills while also remembering the order and sequence of each action to successfully wash dishes, which naturally leads to the development of concentration.
Forty-Five Layout: These children are becoming familiar with the names and relative sizes of the categories: units, tens, hundreds and thousands. They are also discovering that if they have 6 units and add 1 more unit they will have 7 units.
Metal Insets: This child is practicing tracing a curvilinear triangle and an ellipse . He is developing multiple skills involving his eyes, arms, hands, memory, posture and body control.

 


A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of September 9th

Classroom: Family

This past week we learned that we are all part of a family and that families are configured in different ways with many factors affecting them like marriage, divorce, adoption, remarriage, grandparents as primary care givers, single parents, foster care, etc. We read many books and the student’s shared a lot about their families. Through this they discovered that there are different kinds of families, but most importantly all types of families love and care for each other!

A peek into next week: Feelings and Emotions

Kindergarten: Equator and Hemispheres

This past week the kindergartners learned what hemispheres are and how to identify  where each continent is located Northern/Southern/Eastern or Western hemisphere. The students also learned where the equator and prime meridian are located on a globe.

This week we customized a special table for the kids to make their science and chemical projects, learn more about it. Finding quality metal finishing services can make or break your project.

A peek into next week: North America

Reminders:

9/2o Ramseyer Farms Field Trip

9/27 Bring Your Parent to Work Time

10/17 Picture Day

Enrichment Highlight:

This week in music class, the students sang John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt to learn about the musical terms piano (soft) and forte (loud).

Work Time:

Clothespins: this child is developing his fine motor skills, focus and sense of order to successfully place the clothespins around the rim of the cup.
Tracing Turtle Puzzle: this child is tracing and coloring the turtle puzzle by doing this he is learning how to correctly grip and hold a pencil. He is also refining his hand control to steady the pencil and he is learning the characteristics of a turtle.
Snack: this child is independently slicing apples to prepare a morning snack for his friends.

A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of September 2nd

Classroom: Community Helpers

This past week we focused on community helpers in honor of Labor Day. The students not only  learned about firefighters, police officers, doctors, nurses, dentists, teachers, veterinarians, construction workers, paramedics, farmers, mail carriers, chefs etc. They also had the opportunity to meet and get to know some of them.

The students and I greatly appreciate those that volunteered their time to come in and speak to us about their careers!

A peek into next week: Family

Kindergarten: Cardinal Directions

This past week the kindergartners learned that the cardinal directions (North, South, East and West) are the most commonly used form of directions. They discovered how to use a compass to find their way and learned that their are also primary inter-cardinal directions (Northeast, Southeast, Southwest and Northwest).

A peek into next week: Equator and Hemispheres

Reminders:

9/2o Ramseyer Farms Field Trip

9/27 Bring Your Parent to Work Time

10/17 Picture Day

Work Time:

Shoe Tying: This child is learning how to care for himself while developing a sense of independence and refining his fine motor skills and coordination of movements to successfully tie a shoe.

Trinomial Cube: This child is learning how to build the trinomial cube, while also getting an introduction into algebra and preparation for the formula a3+3a2b+3a2c+6abc+b3+3ab2+3b2c+3ac2+3bc2+c3.

Snap Frame: This child is learning how to care for herself while developing a sense of independence and refining her fine motor skills and coordination of movements to successfully snap a button.
Brown Stairs: These children are developing their ability to visually discriminate different dimensions to successfully build the brown stairs from largest to smallest.