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.

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.

 


A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of August 26th

Classroom: Ground Rules

The first week of school we focused on the ground rules. These are the rules by which the children are able to have the freedom of movement and choice in the classroom. Some examples are: Learning to speak to others. Learning to listen to others. Learning to respectfully interrupt.

A peek into next week: Community Helpers

Kindergarten: Continents

The first week of school the kindergartners learned that there are seven continents (Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe, and Australia). They also learned where they are located on a globe/map and a fun fact about each one. For example Australia is often referred to as “the land down under.”

A peek into next week: Directions

Reminders:

9/2 Labor Day | NO SCHOOL

9/3 Enrichments begin

9/2o Ramseyer Farms Field Trip

Work Time:

Continent Map: this child is very proud of how he traced and labeled all seven continents.
Continent Map: this child is working hard to trace and label all seven continents.
Handwriting: this student has learned the correct stokes to successfully make a lowercase cursive t and is now practicing.
Knobless Cylinder: this child is able to visually discriminate the dimensions of each cylinder to find its correct placement to vertically build largest to smallest.
Balance Board: this child is developing his sense of balance, posture and focus in order to successfully balance on the board.
Loops: this child is developing her fine motor skills, focus and sense of order to successfully stretch the loops around the cylinder.
Digging: this child is enjoying her outside time by digging in the dirt in search for worms and other insects

Science | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of May 13th and May 20th

Burning in Pure Oxygen: First we combined manganese dioxide MnO2 and hydrogen peroxide H2O2 solution to produce oxygen O2. Then we lit a splint on fire and blew it out creating a smoldering splint. We took that smoldering splint and put in in the beaker with the pure oxygen to see what would happen. When we placed the splint in the beaker we surrounded the splint with a much higher concentration of oxygen molecules than can be found in air. This, along with the increase in temperature, dramatically sped up the reaction rate, so the splint ignited with a bright flame.

Blue bottle: First we made a solution containing a reductant (glucose) and methylene blue. Then we added some NaOH to make the solution basic. The oxygen dissolved in the water  accepts the electrons but doesn’t interact with glucose. Adding the methylene blue helped by acting as a carrier taking electrons from glucose and passing them to oxygen.


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

It is hard to believe that the year has come to an end and some of you will be moving up to the elementary program, going to new schools or returning next year. I want to let everyone know it was a great year, and that I enjoyed every moment of teaching all of you. We made a lot of great memories with a lot of jokes and silliness. I hope you feel the same and that you will take what you have learned this year and build on it as you continue your education. If you are not returning next year, please come back to visit all your teachers, because we will truly miss you!

Talent Show

Water Games


Academic Enrichment | Week of May 13th | Tallmadge

Adverb: The kindergarten students learned that an adverb is a word that describes a verb and usually ends in “ly”.

Cursive Handwriting: The students practiced writing the lowercase cursive words: left bag, wag fast, bell top, big craft, pop it and cut sod.

A peek into next week: conjunctions


A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of May 13th

Dinosaurs: We learned that dinosaurs roamed Earth for about 165 million years and that there were hundreds of species. Then about 65 million years ago a huge meteorite or comet hit the Earth, making dinosaurs become extinct. Some dinosaurs we studied were diplodocus, tyrannosaurus, stegosaurus, brachiosaurus and triceratops.

Work Time

Compound Words: These students are learning that when two words are used together they form a new meaning. For example, sun and flower becomes sunflower.
Sand Tray Writing: This child is practicing writing his first name in cursive in the sand tray. He is developing multiple skills involving his eyes, arms, hands, memory, posture and body control.
Addition: This child is using the bead bar box to discover that when you put two small numbers together you get a larger number and that this process is called addition.
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.
Planets: This child is putting the planets in order starting with the one closest to the sun Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.
Number Rods: This child is experiencing the qualities of each number and learning their names and what each quantity physically looks like.

Guest Reader

Reminders

May 27th | Memorial Day | NO SCHOOL

May 30th | Field Day | Last Day for Students

May 31st | Kindergarten Graduation
A peek into next week: Transportation

Science | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of April 15th and April 22nd

Magnetizing magnesium: We made a solution with magnesium and iron (ferrous sulfate FeSO4). When we placed a magnet underneath the particles became magnetic because the Fe2+ from the FeSO4 solution turns into metallic iron Fe on the surface of the magnesium particles, while the Mg turns into Mg2+ and ventures out into the solution.We basically ended up with magnesium shavings covered with a thin layer of iron which will stick to a magnet.

Metal contest: First we prepared a copper sulfate CuSO4 solution and a tin chloride SnCl2 solution. Then we put pieces of zinc into both vials. When we put a piece of zinc wire into the solution of copper sulfate we watched a deposit of metallic copper form on the piece of zinc. The zinc forced copper out of its salt composition. The same happened in the vial with the zinc wire and the tin chloride solution. However, we noticed that the vial with the tin wire in the copper sulfate solution reacted slower than the tin chloride solution.


Academic Enrichment | Week of April 29th | Tallmadge

Pronoun: The kindergarten students learned that a  pronoun is a word that takes the place of a particular person or thing. For example the word “dog” is a noun and the words “it” “she” and “he” are pronouns that can replace the noun “dog”.

Cursive Handwriting: The students practiced writing the lowercase cursive words: cot, bag, stop, frog, bell, will.

A peek into next week: Adjectives


A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of April 29th

Australia is the smallest of the seven continents. It is just one country surrounded by water. Australia is called the land “down under” because it is located under the equator. It has two big cities Sydney and Melbourne. The central part of Australia is called the “outback.” Australia produces more wool than any other country.

Asia is the biggest of the seven continents. It has more people living on it than all of the other continents combined. Asia has many different kinds of land such as: tundra, evergreen forest, wide grasslands, sandy deserts and tropical rain forest. The highest and lowest places on Earth are found in Asia which are Mount Everest and the Dead Sea.

Antarctica is an icy continent with no countries or people. Most people who do visit are scientist or visitors who are observing all the amazing animals and the climate. Antarctica has tall mountains that are covered by snow and ice. It also has thick sheets of ice and giant ice chunks known as icebergs.

Work Time

Blending: This child is sounding out words by slowly saying each sound in different words (m-a-t) and then saying the sounds quickly together to “read” the words (mat).
Composing Quantities: This child is practicing the sequence of numbers in the decimal system units, tens, hundreds, and thousands and recognizing what different quantities look like.
Addition: These children are using the golden beads to discover that when you put two small numbers together you get a larger number and that this process is called addition.
Addition Snake Game: This child is learning to identify sets of 10 by changing the colored snake into a golden snake. She is learning addition facts such as 4+6, 7+3, 5=+5 all equaling 10.

Guest Reader

Reminders:

May 8th | Grandparents Day & Book Fair

May 10th | Moms-N-Muffins | 7am to 7:45am

May 17th | Bring Your Parent to Work Time

A peek into next week: Solar System