Academic Enrichment | week of March 12th | Tallmadge

Geometric Solids: The kindergarten students learned the names for all ten of the geometric wooden solids: triangular prism, rectangular prism, cube, cylinder, cone, triangular pyramid, square pyramid, sphere, ellipsoid and ovoid.

Identifying and labeling the geometric solids
Identifying and labeling the geometric solids by touch
Identifying and labeling the geometric solids by touch
Identifying and labeling the geometric solids by touch

A peak into next week: Construction boxes


A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of March 12th

Plants and Flowers: We learned how plants grow in many places: parks, forests, yards, fields, deserts, lakes etc. We also discussed how all plants need sunlight, water, air and food to grow. The children learned the different parts of plants and their purposes. For example the stem helps move food and nutrients through the plant or flower in order for it to grow.

Work Time

Movable Alphabet: This child is saying the word of the object and phonetically spelling it. She is also practicing writing each word in cursive.
Chalkboard Writing: This child is practicing writing her name on a chalkboard. She is developing multiple skills involving her eyes, arms, hands, memory, posture and body control.
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.
100 Board: These children are memorizing where the tiles should go and be placed on the 100 chart, while also learning to identify names of the numbers 1 through 100 and how to write each number.
Dollhouse: These children are identifying and labeling familiar objects around the house, while also being introduced to nouns.

Guest Reader

Reminders

March 23 | Pajama and Show N Tell Day

March 23 | Bring Your Parent to Work Time

March 26 – April 2 | Spring Break

A peak into next week: Butterflies and Caterpillars


A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of March 5th

Insects- The students learned that most insects do more good than bad. That bees, wasps, flies, beetles, mosquitoes and butterflies are great pollinators. Some insects eat other insects, keeping each insect group from getting too big. We also talked about how insects like ladybugs are a farmers best-friend, because they eat tiny crop eating insects called aphids. They also learned that all insects have three main body parts: the head, the thorax, and the abdomen. The head has large compound eyes, the antenna (feelers), and the mouth parts. That the thorax is the middle region of the body and has the legs and wings. Then, their is the abdomen.

Work Time

Teen Board: This child is showing that she knows the symbols 11 – 19 and can successfully match the corresponding quantities, for example to make the number 14 she places one ten and four units.
Zipping: This child is developing his independence and concentration while also gaining finger control and dexterity to manipulate a zipper.
Movable Alphabet: This child is saying the word of the object and phonetically spelling it. He is also practicing writing each word in cursive.
Cursive Chalkboard Writing: This child is practicing writing cursive letters on a chalkboard. She is developing multiple skills involving her eyes, arms, hands, memory, posture and body control.
Puzzle Words: This child is completing the words by moving and rotating different letters to fit in the correct order.
Opposite Cards: This child is identifying and matching pictures of opposites together.
I Spy: These students are playing I spy using the initial sound they hear when they name each object in the basket.

Guest Readers

 

Reminders

 March 13 | Parent teacher conferences (Pre-K & K families only)

March 23 | Pajama and Show N Tell Day

March 23 | Bring Your Parent to Work Time

March 26 – April 2 | Spring Break

A peak into next week: Insects

 


Academic Enrichment | week of March 5th | Tallmadge

Shapes- The students learned that there are different types of triangles (equilateral, scalene and isosceles). They also learned the names of polygons such as: 3: triangle 4: quadrilateral 5: pentagon 6: hexagon 7: heptagon 8: octagon 9: nonagon and 10: decagon.

Tracing and labeling an isosceles triangle (a triangle that has two sides of equal length.)
Tracing and labeling a scalene triangle (a triangle that has three unequal sides.)
Tracing and labeling  a pentagon, hexagon, heptagon, octagon, nonagon and decagon.

A peak into next week: Geometric Solids


A Peek into Science | 2/26 and 3/5 | Tallmadge Campus

Music with Water- We lined six glasses up next to each other and filled them with different amounts of water. The first one had a little and the last one was full. Then, we took a pencil and hit each glass of water. We discovered that the glass with the least amount of water made a low sound and the glass with the most amount of water made a high sound. We talked about how when we hit the glasses with a pencil it creates sound waves, which travel through the water. More water means slower vibrations and a deeper tone.

Walking Water- We placed three glasses side by side, filled the two outside glasses with water and food coloring (yellow and blue) and left the middle glass empty. Then, we twisted two paper towels placing one end in the glasses with water and the other end in the empty glass. After about 30 minutes we noticed that the water started to climb the paper towels making its way to the empty middle glass. We learned that this process is called capillary action and is also how flowers and plants move water from the ground up through their stems and into their petals and leaves.

 

Academic Enrichment | week of February 26th | Tallmadge

Money-  The students were introduced to different coins ( (pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters) and their values. They were able to explore different coins sensorially and learn how much they are all worth. The students also practiced  grouping different coins to count their value when put together. We would like to share some details and informations on how drop domestic violence charges are made.

Matching pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters to their written value.
Coin Rubbing

A Peak Into Next Week- Shapes


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

Dr. Seuss and Eric Carle- “A person’s a person, no matter how small,” Theodor Seuss Geisel (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss) said. “Children want the same things we want. To laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained and delighted.” Dr. Seuss was not only brilliant, but has helped millions of kids learn to read with his fun rhyming books.

Work Time

Teen Board: This child is showing that she knows the symbols 11 – 19 and can successfully match the corresponding quantities, for example to make the number 14 she places one ten and four units.
Trinomial cube: This child is learning how to build a trinomial cube, while also getting an introduction into algebra and preparation for the formula a3+3a2b+3a2c+6abc+b3+3ab2+3b2c+3ac2+3bc2+c3.
Silence Game: This child is practicing how to control and keep her body calm.
Library
Living and Non-Living: These children are sorting pictures of living and non-living things. 
Bead Board: This child is refining her fine motor skills by placing beads on a board. While also developing her concentration, coordination and independence.

Reminders

March 2  | Progress reports

March 3 | Tallmadge Open House

March 13 | Parent teacher conferences (Pre-K & K families only)

March 23 | Pajama and Show N Tell Day

March 23 | Bring Your Parent to Work Time

March 26 – April 2 | Spring Break

A peak into next week: Insects


A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of February 19th

Presidents: We talked about how we celebrate Presidents Day every year. The students learned that the president is the leader of the United States of America. They discovered that George Washington was our first president and Donald Trump is the current president. We even talked about Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson.

Work Time

Europe Map: This child is learning the names of the countries and where they are located on a map.
Color Box 4: This child is grading different colors from darkest to lightest, while also refining his sense of sight.
Linear Counting: This child is working on one of our cubed bead chains, she is identifying the names of the numbers and seeing the correspondence of the quantities with the written number on the cards. She is also discovering that 4X1=4, 4X2=8, 4X3=12 and so on.
Animal Stacking: These students are developing their sense of order, coordination, concentration and independence while problem solving to stack and balance the animals on top of one another.

Guest Readers

 

Reminders

March 2  | Progress reports

March 3 | Tallmadge Open House

March 13 | Parent teacher conferences (Pre-K & K families only)

A peak into next week: Dr. Seuss and Eric Carle


Academic Enrichment | week of February 19th | Tallmadge

Fractions: The kindergarten students have been learning how to identify fractions from whole to eighths. We have been talking about what the numerator and denominator are and why they are important. The students have been having fun figuring out equivalences and sensorially adding fractions together.

Fraction Skittles: Identifying and labeling fractions.
Equivalences: This student is proud that he discovered 1/2+1/4+1/4=1 whole.
Sensorially making equivalences using fraction tiles.

Project: These students are researching plants, flowers and animals from Africa.

  

A peak into next week: Money (pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters and half dollars)


A Peek into Science | 2/12 and 2/19 | Tallmadge Campus

Dancing Hearts: We put candy hearts in Sprite to see what would happen. The students had hypothesis like they will dissolve, float, sink and make a rainbow. We observed the carbon dioxide pick the candy hearts up and float on top of the Sprite. Then, when the hearts reached the top the bubbles burst and the candy dropped down again.

 

Upside down glass of water: We filled a glass up with water, placed a piece of cardboard over the top and turned it upside down. We discovered that the air pressure around the glass was greater than the weight of the water. Therefore, the air pushing up from underneath the water was strong enough to hold the piece of cardboard in place so the water would not spill out.