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

Over the past week the children started practicing for their Christmas Show multiple times a day. This will be their main focus for the next few weeks.

Work Time:

Sandpaper Letters: This child is tracing and identifying the sounds of the letters ‘e’ and ‘t’  and connecting the sounds with the initial sounds of different objects like elephant and train.
Movable Alphabet: This child is saying the words of different objects and phonetically spelling them: rth for earth, bir for bear, hmr shrc for hammer shark and trdl for turtle.
Zipping: This child is developing his independence and concentration while also gaining finger control and dexterity to manipulate a zipper.
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 the shoes.
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.
United States Map: This child is learning the names of the states and where they are located on a map.
Play-dough Letters: This child is developing her fine motor skills while also learning how to  form the letters of the alphabet.

Guest Reader

Reminders:

Christmas Show Rehearsal | December 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (Cuyahoga Falls High School Auditorium, 2300 4th St.)

Christmas Show | No Afterschool care available (student pickup by 3:15pm) | December 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (Cuyahoga Falls High School Auditorium, 2300 4th St.)

Pajama & Show-N-Tell Day | December 21


A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Weeks of November 12th and November 19th

The past couple of weeks we talked about Thanksgiving and being thankful.  The children shared what their families do for Thanksgiving and learned that we all have our own traditions.  We talked about why the Pilgrims and Indians ate a meal together. Each child shared what they were thankful for to create a classroom thankful turkey.  We got a lot of fun responses.

We also talked about the Pilgrims and Indians.  The class found out the Pilgrims came from England to our country for religious freedom.  We read books about what the Pilgrims experienced during their journey on the Mayflower and once they landed at Plymouth Rock.

I want to send a big thank you  to all the parents who volunteered to bring supplies in to make the Harvest Party a success!

Work Time

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.
Movable Alphabet: This child is identifying the sounds of the letters ‘j’ ‘k’ ‘h’ ‘l’ ‘i’ and ‘m’ and matching the cursive form to the print form.
Movable Alphabet: This child is saying the word of the object and phonetically spelling them: pagin for penguin, wolrus for walrus and asdnut for astronaut.
Zipping: This child is developing his independence and concentration while also gaining finger control and dexterity to manipulate a zipper.
Tying: These children are learning how to care for themselves and  are developing a sense of independence while refining their fine motor skills and coordination of movements to successfully tie the shoes.
These students are practicing their please and thank yous.

Guest Readers

 

Reminders:

Thanksgiving Break | NO SCHOOL | November 21 – November 23
Bring Your Parent to Work Time | November 30

 


Academic Enrichment | Week of November 12th | Tallmadge

Dynamic Addition: The students are doing dynamic addition using the golden beads. Dynamic addition simply means addition where they need to carry over an amount. The process is similar to static addition  except if the child has a group of ten he/she will need to exchange. Exchanging takes place when the child is combining the beads.

Cursive Handwriting: The students learned and practiced the correct stokes to successfully make a lowercase c and lowercase o. To make a lowercase c they learned to curve around to just below the midline and roll back
around to just above the baseline. To make a lowercase o they learned to curve around to just below the midline, roll back around past the baseline and up to the midline and dip connector at the midline.


A Peek into Science | 10/29 and 11/5 | Tallmadge Campus

Floating Eggs: The students discovered that as an egg ages, air enters the egg and the air cell becomes larger. They learned to test an egg for freshness they can place it in a bowl of water. The fresh eggs will lie on the bottom of the bowl. Eggs that tilt so that the large end is up are older, and eggs that float are rotten.

 

Invisible Ink: We dipped a paint brush  into lemon juice then drew pictures onto different colored paper. After the paper totally dried we used a hair dryer to heat the paper up revealing the original pictures we drew. The students discovered that lemon juice is an organic substance that oxidizes and turns brown when heated which is why we were able to reveal the hidden pictures.


Academic Enrichment | Week of October 29th | Tallmadge

Composing Quantities: These children are practicing the sequence of numbers in the decimal system units, tens, hundreds, and thousands and recognizing what different quantities look like.

Static Addition: This child is 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.

Cursive Handwriting: The students learned and practiced the correct stokes to successfully make a lowercase g and lowercase qu. To make a lowercase g they learned to curve up to the midline, roll back around to the baseline, swing up to the midline and drop down half way past the baseline and swoop. To make a lowercase qu they learned to curve up to the midline, roll back around to the baseline, swing up to the midline and drop down half way past the baseline and hook up to the baseline then swing up to the midline and down to the baseline, swing up to the midline, and down to the baseline.

A peak into next week: Dynamic Addition


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

This past week we learned about different body parts. The students learned about the parts we can see on the outside and the parts we can’t see on the inside like our lungs, kidneys, stomach, small intestines, large intestines and heart. They made a model of a lung to keep in the classroom and discovered our anatomy apron and skeleton work. Using these works they enjoyed learning about organs and bones and where each one belongs in our bodies.

Work Time

Cursive Chalkboard Writing: This child is practicing writing the uppercase cursive M on a chalkboard. He is developing multiple skills involving his eyes, arms, hands, memory, posture and body control.
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.
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.
Sandpaper Letters: This child is tracing and identifying the sounds of the letters ‘m’ ‘l’ ‘e’ ‘w’ ‘p’ and ‘oy’ and connecting the sound with the initial sounds of different objects like log, motorcycle, elephant, web, boy and pink.
Introduction Tray: This child is learning the names of each category: units, tens, hundreds, and thousands and learning to identify the quantity and symbol.
Movable Alphabet: This child is saying the word of different objects and matching the symbol with the correct initial sound to the object.

Guest Reader

Reminders

November 16 | Parent / Teacher Conferences | NO SCHOOL for Students

November 20 | Harvest Party | Student’s only

November 30 | Bring Your Parent to Work Time

A peak into next week: Food Groups


A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of October 15th

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

Work Time

Cursive: This student worked really hard to successfully write the first two letters of her name on the chalkboard.
Addition: This child is 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.
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.
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.
Spindle Box: This child is matching the correct quantity of spindles to each numeral symbol. He is also being introduced to the concept of zero and what its symbol looks like, while also seeing the natural sequence of the numerals.

Bring Your Parent to Work Time

Reminders:

October 26 | Halloween Party

October 30 – November 2 | Book Fair Week

November 16 | Parent / Teacher Conferences | NO SCHOOL for Students

A peak into next week: Bats


Academic Enrichment | Week of October 15th | Tallmadge

The children 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.

Cursive Handwriting: The students learned and practiced the correct stokes to successfully make a lowercase a and lowercase d. To make a lowercase a they learned to curve up to the midline, roll back around to the baseline, swing up to the midline and down to the baseline. To make a lowercase d they learned to curve up to the midline, roll back around to the baseline, swing tall to the top line and slide down to the baseline.

A peak into next week: Introduction to 9 Tray/ 45 layout/composing numbers using the golden beads


Academic Enrichment | Week of October 8th | Tallmadge

Parts of Animals: The children learned the characteristics and body parts of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and fish by using and working with the animal puzzle and control charts in the classroom.

Cursive Handwriting: The students reviewed and practiced the correct stokes to successfully make a lowercase r, lowercase w, lowercase j, lowercase p, lowercase i, lowercase t, lowercase u and lowercase s. 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.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. For the lowercase i they were taught to swing up to the midline, down to the baseline,
pick up the pencil, dot. For the lowercase t they were taught swing tall to halfway between the midline and the top
line, down to the baseline, pick up the pencil, cross at the midline. For the lowercase u they were taught swing up to the midline, down to the baseline, swing up to the midline, down to the baseline. For the lowercase s they were taught swing up to the midline, scoop around, touch, glide.

A peak into next week: Parts of Plants


A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of October 8th

Apples: This week we talked about apples and all the parts that make up an apple like the skin, flesh, core, seeds and stem. The children 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.

Work Time

Nine Layout: This child is becoming familiar with the names and relative sizes of the categories: units, tens, hundreds and thousands. She is also discovering that if she has i.e. 6 units and adds 1 more unit she will have 7 units.
Pumpkin Hammering: This child is hammering golf tees into a pumpkin and is developing the proper movements needed for manipulating a hammer and golf tee. He is also refining his fine motor skills by being able to grasp the golf tee and developing his strength needed holding a pencil to write.
Continent Map: This child traced and labeled all seven continents.
Cursive: This student focused on the correct stokes to successfully write her first name in cursive on the chalkboard.

Guest Reader

Reminders:

October 19 | Bring Your Parent to “Work Time”
October 26 | Halloween Party
October 30 – November 2 | Book Fair Week
Follow the link below to get more information and sign up for Bring Your Parent to “Work Time”.
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090B48A8A92DA6F94-bring

A peak into next week: Pumpkins