Academic Enrichment | Week of September 17th | Tallmadge

Bodies of water surrounding 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.

Cursive Handwriting: The students focused on the correct stokes to successfully make a lowercase r and lowercase w. For the lowercase r they were taught to swing up to the midline, dip and then down to the baseline.  For the lowercase w they were taught to swing up to the midline, down to the baseline, swing up to the midline, down to the baseline, swing up to the midline, dip connector at the midline.

A peak into next week: Ohio and its surrounding states


Academic Enrichment | Week of September 10th | Tallmadge

 Equator, Prime Meridian and Hemispheres: The students 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.

Cursive Handwriting:

The students focused on the correct stokes to successfully make a lowercase j and lowercase p. For the lowercase j they were taught to swing up to the midline, drop down halfway below the baseline, swoop, and pick up the pencil then dot. For the lowercase p they were taught to swing up to the midline, drop down halfway below the baseline, slide up to the midline, circle around to the baseline, touch and glide.

A look into next week: Bodies of water surrounding North America


A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of September 10th

My 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, ethnic diversity, 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!

Work Time

Introduction Tray: This child is being introduced to the decimal system and becoming familiar with the symbols and quantities associated with units, tens, hundreds and thousands. He is visually seeing the difference between 1 unit, 1 ten, 1 hundred and 1 thousand.
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.
Knobbed Cylinder: This child is able to visually discriminate the dimensions of each cylinder to find its correct placement in the block.
Dishwashing: This child is 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.
Nesting Dolls: This child is using her fine-motor skills, coordination, concentration, and sense of order to visually discriminate between the smallest and largest nesting dolls in order to correctly put the dolls back together.
Microscope: This child is learning how to view different organisms under a microscope, including the mushrooms she brought to school.

Guest Reader

Reminders:

September 21 | All School Field Trip | Ramseyer Farms
September 26 | School Picture Day | Tallmadge

A peak into next week: Feelings and Emotions


A Peek into Science | 9/3 and 9/10 | Tallmadge Campus

The Leak-proof Bag: We took a plastic bag, filled it with water and then poked a few pencils through it. The students learned that the plastic bag was made out of polyethylene molecules. They discovered that when the pencils were poked through the  bag the molecules in the plastic created a seal making the bag leak-proof.

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 September 3rd | Tallmadge

Continents

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.”

Continent Map: this child is tracing and labeling all seven continents.

Cardinal Directions

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).

Cardinal Direction Race: The kindergartners labeled the playground using the cardinal directions, then had fun racing each other toward the given direction.

Cursive Handwriting

  

A peak into next week: Equator, Prime Meridian and Hemispheres


A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of September 3rd

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 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.

Police

 

Honda/Acura Specialist 

Firefighter

 

Family Medicine Doctor

 

HR at Goodyear

School Psychologist

Pilot

Reminders:

September 21 | All School Field Trip | Ramseyer Farms
September 26 | School Picture Day | Tallmadge

A peak into next week: My Family


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


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

Sports: This week we talked about different sports like: baseball, soccer, basketball, hockey, ice skating, bike riding etc. We talked about how sports can be competitive and are a physical activity or game. The students learned that through sports the can maintain or improve their physical abilities and skills while also enjoying themselves. We also discussed how there is specific safety equipment needed for certain sports.

Work Time:

Introduction Tray: This child is being introduced to the decimal system and becoming familiar with the symbols and quantities associated with units, tens, hundreds and thousands. He is visually seeing the difference between 1 unit, 1 ten, 1 hundred and 1 thousand.
Prepositions: This child is learning what a preposition is and reading them in different sentences. She is developing an understand that a preposition is a word used to link nouns, pronouns, or phrases to other words within a sentence.
Stamp Game: This child is using the stamp game to do addition. It works like the golden beads but instead of unit beads there are unit stamps. Instead of ten bars there are ten stamps. Instead of hundred squares there are hundred stamps. Instead of thousand cubes there are thousand stamps.
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 5X1=5, 5X2=10, 5X3=15 and so on.
Solar System: This child was so excited to present his solar system. He has been creating it at home for the past month.
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.
Movable Alphabet: This child is saying the word of the object and matching the symbol with the correct initial sound to the object.
Geometric Solids: This child is developing a sense of awareness of three-dimensional shapes to objects in his environment. He is able to identify and label shapes such as sphere, ovoid, ellipsoid, cone, cylinder, cube, triangular prism, square prism, triangular based pyramid and square based pyramid.

Guest Readers:

  

Reminders:

LAST Bring Your Parent to Work Time | May 21st

Memorial Day | NO SCHOOL | May 28th

Last Day of School | May 31st

Kindergarten Graduation | June 1st | 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

A peak into next week: Camping


Academic Enrichment | Week of May 14th | Tallmadge

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

Above the students are labeling all of the parts of speech they learned so far (nouns, verbs, articles, pronouns, adjectives and adverbs). They are doing this by using dry erase markers to draw the shapes and our wooden symbols.

A peak into next week: Conjunctions


A Peek into Science | 4/30 and 5/14 | Tallmadge Campus

Eggs in different liquids:  We decided to do an experiment by placing eggs in different liquids to see how the different liquids would affect the egg shells. We chose to place an egg in water, milk and vinegar. The water and milk had caused the eggs to gain weight. The vinegar caused the egg not only to gain weight but striped off a layer of the eggshell making the egg squishy.

Parachute: We created two parachute’s one out of paper and one out of plastic. Then, we dropped both parachute’s to see what would happen. When we dropped the parachutes the strings that were attached to the plastic and paper pulled down, which in turn made the parachute’s open to full size. When the parachute’s opened to full size it created a large surface area and more wind resistance. The more wind resistance there was the slower the parachute’s went down.