Academic Enrichment | week of January 15th | Tallmadge

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

This child is reading the time “quarter past 5” and demonstrating what that would look like on a clock by drawing it on a dry erase board.
This child was so excited to read 7:15 and then use a clock to create quarter past 7 on his own.
This child is reading digital time and then creating it by himself on an analog clock.

A Peak into Next Week: continue time (quarter till)

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

Martin Luther King Jr.

The students learned how Martin Luther King  Jr. wanted to make the world a better place. We talked about how people were being treated unfairly based on their color and he stood up for them. We discussed how he wanted to change the law in a peaceful way, because he had a dream to have people of all colors get along and work together. We also talked about why it is important to try and make the world a better place for everyone and ways that we can accomplish that. But it is also important that while the kids work together they should be keep safe and are far away from any injury, so we decided to get some tips and ideas from St. Louis Personal Injury Lawyer they offer free consultation today.

Work Time:

Cursive Writing: This child is practicing writing cursive letters on a dry erase board. He is developing multiple skills involving his eyes, arms, hands, memory, posture and body control.
Sock Washing: These children are using many motor skills while also remembering the order and sequence of each action to successfully wash socks, which naturally leads to the development of concentration.
Pink Tower / Brown Stairs: This child is able to visually discriminate largest to smallest, while also refining his motor movements by placing the cubes one on top of the other, with one single movement of the hand.
Sponge Squeezing: This child is strengthening his hands and fingers for writing as he squeezes the water out of the sponge from one bowl to the next. He is also developing a sense of order, concentration, coordination, and independence by being able to follow a series of steps.
Bead Stringing: This child is stringing beads one by one while matching them to the correct colored pipe cleaner. This task not only develops concentration, order, coordination and concentration but it takes a lot of persistence and patience.


1/30/18 | Bring Your Parent to Work-Time |

Academic Enrichment | week of January 8th | Tallmadge

Telling Time: The past couple of weeks the students have been learning how to tell time to the hour and half past.

Parts of a Clock: These students are learning the different parts of a clock: face, minute hand and hour hand.
I Have… Who has??? These students are playing a game where they have to read an analog clock to identify what time their clock says, then they have to read the digital time to ask who has a specific time.

A Peak into Next Week: continue time (hour and half past)

A Peek into Science | 1/1 and 1/8 | Tallmadge Campus

Melting Ice and Salt: We sprinkled a handful of salt over a block of ice, immediately the students started to notice the ice melting and rivets appear. Then, we added droplets of food coloring all over the top of the ice and salt. The food coloring started to highlight the patterns, tunnels and rivets the salt had created. The students learned that the salt lowered the freezing point of the water. Therefore, the ice started to melt, as the ice melted, energy was drawn from the water making it colder.


Blubber Glove: We made a blubber glove so we could get a better understanding of why polar animals can be exposed to the frigid Arctic and Antarctic waters. First, each child had the chance to put their hand in a bucket of ice water. Then, each child had the chance to put their hand in a bucket of ice water wearing the blubber glove (Crisco between two gallon sized Ziploc bags). We discovered that the blubber on the polar animals helps to insulate them, because blubber requires very little blood supply, allowing more blood to be circulated to skin surfaces that are more directly exposed to the cold temperatures.

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

Polar Animals: 

The students discovered that animals that live in the Arctic (either full time or seasonally) are adapted to extreme conditions. Many animals like the arctic fox have a coat that thickens and changes color to white during the winter as camouflage in the snow (blending into the background).

They even learned that some animals hibernate during the cold season (skunks, chipmunks, and some bears); they go into a very deep, sleep-like state in which their heartbeat slows down. These animals often hibernate in an underground burrow or pit.

They also discovered that many animals like the arctic tern spend the summer months in the Arctic, but leave as the weather turns frigid and food becomes scarce. These animals return again the next summer, repeating this pattern year after year (migrating).

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.
Circuit Board: These children are creating a circuit (a pathway made of wires) that electrons can flow through. The batteries are giving the power source the electrons needed to move. When the electrons get to the music player it gives it the power needed to make it work.
Continent Animals: These children are becoming familiar with and learning to identify different animals from around the world from each continent.
Spooning: This child is further developing her focus, concentration, visual and fine motor skills by spooning Christmas ornaments from one bowl to an other.
Big/Small Snowflake Match: This child is developing his understanding of big and small by matching the same snowflakes of different sizes together. Understanding concepts of big and small are important for math readiness. A main concept of mathematics is understanding degrees of big and small.


1/15/18 | Martin Luther King Jr. Day | NO SCHOOL

1/30/18 | Bring Your Parent to Work-Time |


Academic Enrichment | week of December 11th | Tallmadge

The kindergarten students have been working hard on learning dynamic multiplication using the golden beads, stamp game, bead frame, multiplication bead board and dot board to solve problems.

Cursive: This child is practicing writing cursive letters. She is developing multiple skills involving her eyes, arms, hands, memory, posture and body control.

Multiplication Bead Board: These students have been working very hard to complete all of the multiples of 1’s through 10’s by multiplying by 1 through 10. For example 1×1 through 1×10, 2×1 through 2×10, 3×1 through 3×10 etc.


A Peek into Science | Week of 12/11 | Tallmadge Campus

Peppermint Oobleck: We mixed cornstarch, water and candy canes together. It became a solid. No wait it became a liquid. Wait, it became both!  We were able to pick up solid a chunk and pack it into a ball, but as soon as we stopped forming the ball it oozed into a liquid. The children learned that this is called a non-newtonian liquid, which is a substance that acts like both a liquid and a solid.

A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of December 11th

The past week the children have been working hard to practice for the Christmas show multiple times a day. Below are this weeks adventures of Cat Baby Elf Pants!

Guest Reader


Work Time

Nine Layout: This child is becoming familiar with the names and relative sizes of the categories: units, tens, hundreds and thousands. He is also discovering that if he has i.e. 6 units and adds 1 more unit he will have 7 units.
Binomial Cube: This child is learning how to build a binomial cube while also getting an introduction into algebra and preparation for the formula a3+3a2b+3ab2+b3.
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.
Braiding: This child is practicing how to interlace three  strands of of rope to form a length. While also developing her fine motor skills and hand/eye coordination.
Tree Decorating: This child is getting in the holiday spirit and decorating a small Christmas tree with ornaments and ribbons.

Pajama and Show-N-Tell Day | December 20th

Christmas Break | December 21st to January 2nd

A Look into Next Week: Christmas Baking / Crafts

Academic Enrichment | week of December 4th | Tallmadge

The kindergarten students have been working hard on learning both static and dynamic multiplication using the golden beads, stamp game, bead frame and dot board to solve problems.

Stamp Game: This child is using the stamp game to do multiplication. 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.
Multiplication Bead Board: This child is practicing multiplication by placing the number being multiplied on the board as many times as the multiplier indicates. This work leads to the memorization of the essential multiplication tables.
Journal: This child is using his journal time to write about riding on a flying reindeer.

A Look Into Next Week: Static and Dynamic (exchanging) Multiplication 

  • Exchanging 1s, 10s, 100s and 1000s
  • Using single units, 10 bars, 100 squares and 1000 cubes
  • Discovering that multiplication is simply repeat addition