Academic Enrichment | week of February 12th | 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 making their own fraction books.

Making fraction books
This student is journaling about how if he could have any animal in the world it would be a cat.

A peak into next week: Fractions


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

Pets/Valentine’s Day: We learned that a pet is a companion animal. Which means he/she is kept for a person’s company, protection or entertainment. We talked about how the two most popular pets are cats and dogs. We learned that some other animals that people commonly keep are: ferrets, rabbits, birds, hamsters, guinea pigs, snakes, lizards, fish, frogs, turtles etc, and lastly we sent down info to their parents on the best puppy insurance to have, for those who own pets at home.

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.
Cards and Counters: This child is demonstrating her knowledge that each number is made up of separate quantities. She is also able to visually see the sequence of numbers and how many separate units go together to form each number.
Zipping: This child is developing his independence and concentration while also gaining finger control and dexterity to manipulate a zipper.
United States Map: This child is learning the names of the states and where they are located on a map.
Pink Rhyming: This child is sorting words that have or end with the same sound as one another.
These boys are enjoying a book about ocean animals.

Guest Reader

Reminders

 February 19  | President’s Day | No School 

February 22 | Bring Your Parent to Work Time | http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b48a8a92da6f94-bring

A peak into next week: Presidents/Dental Health

 


Academic Enrichment | week of February 5th | Tallmadge

Measuring: The kindergarten students have been learning how to measure to the nearest inch, half inch and forth of an inch. They have been having fun measuring different things around the classroom.

International Festival Project: These students are filling out part of their KWHL Chart.

Topic: Animals from Africa
Topic: Animals from Africa
Topic: Plants and Flowers from Africa

A peak into next week: Fractions


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

Farm Animals: We learned about different animals that live on the farm like: cows, chickens, pigs, horses and sheep. The kids discovered how each farm animal makes things for the farm. They even learned that farm animals are also know as livestock.

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.
Animals and Numerals: 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.
Color Mixing: This child is using the three primary colors to create secondary colors. She places one dropperful of red and one dropperful of yellow in a small dish and like magic, orange appears.

Guest Readers

Dental Hygienist

Reminders

February 10 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm | Father/Daughter and Mother/Son Dance 

February 15 from 9:15 am – 12:00 pm Valentine’s Day Party

February 16  | Teacher In-Service Day | No School for Students

February 19  | President’s Day | No School 

A peak into next week: Valentine’s Day and Pets


Academic Enrichment | week of January 29th | Tallmadge

Measuring: The kindergarten students have been learning how to measure to the nearest inch and half inch.

Their first walking field trip to the Tallmadge Library!
This student is measuring a tissue box to the nearest whole or half of an inch.
This student is journaling about how she jumped out of bed in the morning, because she was so excited to come to school!
This student is measuring lines on a paper to the nearest whole or half of an inch and recording it.

A peak into next week: Measuring to the nearest forth of an inch.


A Peek into Science | 1/29 and 2/5 | Tallmadge Campus

Exploding Lunch Bag: We combined warm water, vinegar and baking soda in a Ziploc bag. As soon as the bag was sealed shut it started to fill with air (carbon dioxide). Eventually, the Ziploc bag could no longer hold any more air so it popped. We learned that this is called an acid based reaction when you combine these two chemicals together.

Good/Bad egg experiment: We filled a bucket full of cold water dropping eggs in one at a time. Some eggs floated and some sank. We discovered that when an egg is laid by a chicken an air cell is formed inside the egg. As the egg gets older the air cell becomes larger and acts like a buoyancy. We talked about how this meant a good egg will sink and a bad egg will float. We cracked one good and one bad egg open to see the difference. The only  difference we could see was that the yolk wasn’t as round in the bad egg as the good egg.


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

Zoo Animals:

The students learned that a zoo is a place where all types of animals are displayed for the public to see. Especially animals that they would never get the chance to observe otherwise. We also talked about how zoos try hard to keep animals in enclosures that replicate their natural habitat because, the animals seem to do much better when they are in their natural environment. We discovered that zoos create educational programs and tours in order to provide an educational opportunity for everyone. A lot of them even have  petting zoos where adults and children are allowed a close-up look of the animals and their babies. We learned about tigers, lions, monkeys, elephants, giraffes, penguins, bears etc.

Work Time

Color Box 4: These children are grading different colors from darkest to lightest, while also refining her sense of sight.
Pattern: This child is creating specific patterns using different colors and shapes.
Clock: This child is reading the time “quarter till 7” and demonstrating two different ways  it can be written on a dry erase board.
Writing Name: This child wrote her name in bubble letters and colored them in. She developing her eye hand coordination and fine motor movements. She is also learning how to control a pencil (pincer grip, pressure and steadiness).
Flag Stamps: This child is exploring the individual flags of different countries, the meanings of the flags, and gaining an understanding of national pride.
Knobbed Cylinders: This child is able to visually discriminate the dimensions of each cylinder to find its correct placement in the block.

Guest Readers

Reminders

February 10 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pmFather/Daughter and Mother/Son Dance 

February 15 from 9:15 am – 12:00 pm Valentine’s Day Party

February 16  | Teacher In-Service Day | No School for Students

February 19  | President’s Day | No School 

A peak into next week: Farm Animals


Academic Enrichment | week of January 22nd | Tallmadge

Telling Time: The past week the students have been learning how to tell time to the hour, half past, quarter past and quarter till.

This child is reading digital time and then creating it by herself on an analog clock.
This child is reading quarter till times and demonstrating what that would look like on a clock, by drawing it on a paper clock book he is creating.

A Peak into Next Week: Using a ruler to measure inches and centimeters


A Peek into Science | 1/15 and 1/22 | Tallmadge Campus

MLK Jr. Brown/White Egg Experiment: The students used their five senses to observe the similarities and differences between brown and white eggs. After cracking both eggs they came to an understanding that people and eggs may look very different on the outside but are the same on the inside.

Balloon Rocket: We tied string between two chairs and placed a straw on the string. Then, we blew up a balloon and taped it to the straw. After that we released the blown up balloon and watched the balloon shoot to the other chair. As the air rushed out of the balloon, it created a forward motion called thrust. We talked about how thrust is a pushing force created by energy. That is why the balloon was able to move between chairs.


A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of January 22nd

Ocean Animals

The students learned that oceans are the largest habitat for an animal to live in. They discovered that ocean animals can be found on the coast to all depths from the surface to the deepest darkest trenches of the ocean. We also talked about how only five percent of the world’s animals live in the ocean. We looked at  the similarities and differences between dolphins, sharks, whales, seahorses, fish, squids etc.

Work Time

Log Numbers: This child is memorizing the sequence of numbers from 1 to 10. While also refining her fine motor skills by stringing the numbers onto the rope.
Pattern: This child is creating specific patterns using different colors and shapes.

Movable Alphabet: This child is saying the word of the object and matching the symbol with the correct initial sound to the object. She is also practicing writing each cursive letter that she has matched to an object.

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.
Balance Scale: This child is trying to match the exact same weight so the beam is in balance. She is doing this by placing cylinders in each pan until they are level with one another.
Jellyfish Diver: This child is discovering that when she changes the pressure inside the bottle by squeezing, the added force pushes the jellyfish to the bottom. When the pressure is released the jellyfish floats to the top again.

Guest Reader

A Peak into next week: Zoo Animals

Reminders:

1/30/18 | Bring Your Parent to Work-Time | http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b48a8a92da6f94-bring