Take A Peek Into Our Week/Ms. Kate/March 8, 2018

This week was all about our five senses. Together we learned about each sense through a variety of fun books, games, and crafts that teach us about our senses. The kids had a blast!! Some fun things you can do at home is have a taste test blindfolded:) Go on a nature walk and draw all the things you see, place objects in a pillow case and have your child ( blindfolded) reach into the bag and guess what each object is. Have fun!!

Our friend is working on our Land, Water, and Air work. The purpose of this work is for the children to get a better understanding of grouping items,and categorizing, and also animal identification.
This week I introduced sewing in our practical life area. Sewing develops and matures their finger dexterity and fine motor skills, builds self confidence, learns patients, and gives them a creative outlet for meeting and gathering friends.
The purpose of the one hundred board is to consolidate the child’s understanding of written numerals from 1 to 100.
Our two friends are working on our phonics folder 1 together 🙂
Our friends decorating the boxes for our school’s book drive!

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Next week is all about art appreciation. Next week is also our field trip to the Akron Art Museum! Together we will learn the history of the different famous artists, create our own masterpieces, read amazing books, and admire the different paintings and sculptures.


Take A Peek Into Our Week/Ms. Kate/March 1, 2018

Yay March is finally here!!! Spring will be here before we know it! 🌷Our classroom had such a fun week celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday! We had so much fun reading stories from him that we have never read before, creating crafts from the different stories, eating green eggs and ham, and playing rhyming games. Our class also had a blast with our crazy sock, hat, clothes from the John Henric UK collection, hair, and pj week!!!

Having fun working with Dr. Seuss!!
Silly sock day! Our friends had so much fun decorating their own socks!!!
Silly hat day!!
Yesterday our friend traced his first map!! By tracing a map they are learning fine motor skills, object to picture matching, and learning about the different countries that are within the continents.
Our two kindergarteners our working on their sight words together. When working on sight words the child is encouraged to memorize as a whole by sight, so that they can automatically recognize these words in print without having to use any strategies to decode.
While working with her friend Horton she is working on our phonograms  pouches. Phonograms are the letter symbol that comprise a sound. Phonograms may be made up of one letter or letter teams. Understanding phonograms makes decoding and spelling words much easier.

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Take A Peek Into Our Week/February 22,2018/Ms.Kate

This week our class learned all about patterns and where they can find them. We read some fantastic books on patterns, created patterns with our classrooms materials, looked at different patterns on paper and had to figure out what would come next, and made patterns with our bodies. They had a blast this week!!!

Our two kindergarteners are working on the noun game. The purpose of this work is to introduced the function of a noun, to relate words to objects, to facilitate the identification of nouns in sentences, and to help children practice reading. 
When working on the teen board the child is able to associate the numbers eleven through nineteen with symbols 11 to 19. They also can successfully Draw the association between the quantity ( concrete) and the numbers ( abstract). 
Our red rods are located in our sensorial area. The purpose of the reds rods is the understanding of size, muscular and visual perception of dimension, which then leads to observation and knowledge. The child also gains small motor skills, math readiness, sequencing and order, and finally adding. 
Our friend here is working on our pink rhyming work. This work is more of our advanced rhyming work. The pink series is where the words consist of three letters : a beginning and ending consonant, and a vowel in the middle. All of the vowel sounds in this series are short vowels. 
This work that you see here is our opening and closing work. This consists of different types of containers and jars for the child to open and close with. The purpose of this work is for the child to to gain fine motor skills as well as as the small muscles in their hands. It also helps them be successful and more independent during their lunchtime. You would find this work in our practical life area.  

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Next week is all about Dr. Seuss!! The class will have fun with tons of crafts, activities, and stories while we celebrate his birthday!!!

 

 


Take A Peek Into Our Week/Ms.Kate/February 9th,2018

This week we learned about the word nocturnal and the animals that are categorised for that group. We had fun reading and discovering the certain senses that nocturnal animals have, the difference between diurnal and nocturnal, and what animals do during the day and at night!!

One of our kindergarteners is working on static addition with the golden bead materials. The child gets a better understanding that the process of addition is simply combining the equal and unequal quantities is to form a large quantity.  
Our friends are working on tracing the flower and leaf puzzle. When working on our plant puzzles the children gain knowledge of the parts of the plant and their names. They also gain fine motor skills while tracing and coloring their puzzle.
Our friend is working on the 45 layout. The purpose of this is to reinforce the relationship between the concrete and abstract decimal system.
The pink tower and brown stair teaches visual discrimination of three linear dimensions;length, height, width. The brown stair helps to develop visual discrimination of width.
Dishwashing is part of our practical life area. It teaches the children that all life skills has a number of steps to them that they need to follow in order to become successful.

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– Valentine’s party is Wednesday from 1 to 230.

Our theme is All about the classic fairy tales. We will have fun reading storybooks, creating our own class fairy tale, fun with crafts, and much, much more!!


Take A Peek Into Our Reading Group | January 2018

This week we started a new story called The Fire Cat. Our first reading we read the story and shared our questions with one another. This lesson provides a connection to the story so that it helps the children understand the story a bit better. In our second reading, the children listened to the story and then we did a movement activity. The children acted out a scene that took place in the firehouse when the cats come to look at the truck. The kids had a blast with this one. We then finished up our lesson with a writing activity. With our lesson the children were able to think more deeply about the key details in the story.

Our new story this week:)

Take A Peek Into Our Week/Ms.Kate/February 2,2018

This week was all about learning the difference between living and nonliving. I was super impressed at how well our kids grasped these two things. We had fun reading a variety of books, drawing living and nonliving pictures then separating them into the correct categories, singing songs, and a few other fun activities. It was a really fun week!!

This week three of our friends got their very own journals! In our classroom our friends are able to work on their journals at any point during the day. I have a jar that is filled with different writing prompts that they are able to choose.  
When working on the teen board the children are able to associate the numbers 11 through 19 with the symbols. 
When working on our plant and animal puzzles the children are taught the proper names of the different parts of the plant and animal. Children also gain fine motor and pincher grip skills when picking up the pieces. 
The binomial cubes purpose is for the child to construct the cube according to shape and color. 
Today we celebrated our 100th day of school!!! We had a blast going on a 100th day scavenger hunt, making 100 day crowns, drawing what they would buy if they had a hundred dollars, and much much more!!  

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Next week is all about nocturnal animals. We will explore the different animals who only come out at night with a Venn diagram, songs, crafts, and different activities that help them get a better understanding!


Take A Peek Into Our Week/ Ms. Kate/January 25,2018

This week our class learned about the Artic and the animals you would find living there. We had fun learning about how tall and wide a polar bear is, what types of food they eat, how many cubs they can have, and the reasons why they are endangered. We also had fun learning about the penguin through a What they have, what they are, and what they do graph. Throughout the rest of the week we learned and watched amazing videos on the artic!! It was such a fun week!!!

Could these kiddos be any cuter?! I love watching the friendships bloom in our class as the years go by!
Two of our kindergartner’s are working on our blue rhyming work. This work is our most advanced rhyming material in our classroom. This work takes time and patience.
One of our younger friends is working on our Vertebrate and Invertebrate work. This work has them practicing classification and sorting skills. They are also learning about backbones and which animal has one and which animal or creature that does not have one. He was super proud of himself of this work he completed 🙂
The purpose of the metal insets is to prepare the child for printing, to teach them how to hold a pencil correctly, and to encourage the lightness of touch when using a pencil.
It is so very important to keep different types of books in a classroom. Books spark imagination, can start to see the difference between print and pictures, can start recognizing sight words, and gaining knowledge from books, plus much much more.

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Next week we will be learning about living and nonliving. The children will be learning these differences through a variety of books and activities!!

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Take A Peek Into Our Week/January 19,2018/Ms.Kate

This week was all about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I really love this theme because it teaches the children how everyone in the world is the same on the inside even though our skin color may be different. We had so much fun learning about his life, the marches he ran, The I Have A Dream speech, Rosa parks, and about peace and love. It was a fantastic week!!

One of our younger friends is exploring with our sandpaper letters.
Ms. Ame is working with a friend on our fabric box. The direct aim of this work is to stimulate the child’s interest in various textures. 
One of Ms. Ame’ s lessons was teaching the children how we are all the same even though our skin color is different. The children had to talk about what each of the eggs looked like. Then she asked them what they thought the insides looked liked. Ms. Ame then opened each egg and the children were able to talk about what they saw. It was a great lesson! 
One of our kindergartener’ s is working on building numbers with our golden bead materials. This step is to help them get ready for our static addition work.  

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Next week is all about the Artic and Artic animals. The children will explore the different types of animals that are able to live in this area, the purpose of blubber with a simple experiment, where the Artic is on our map and much, much more!


Take A Peek Into Our Week/Ms. Kate/January 11, 2017

Welcome back to school everyone!! Lol I think everyone was so happy to be back! This week was all about hibernation and migration. The kiddos had such a fun time learning about what these two words meant with fun books, special games, and crafts. It’s only Thursday and they have already grasped the concepts!!!

One of our friends has just started learning to read in one of our phonics folders!!! So proud of her!
Our friend here is working on the cards and counters. The purpose of this work is for the child to arrange the numerals in the correct order, to be able to place the proper quantity beneath each numeral, and to use the visual and muscular impression of odd and even numbers.
One of our kindergarteners is working on the small bead frame. This material is more of an abstract way to do the different math operations. This work is leading the children towards pencil to paper work without a material to help them.
The continent map puzzles purpose is to provide the names of the countries/states/provinces of each continent and the bodies of water that surround the continent.

Take A Peek Into Next Week:

Next week we will be learning about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The children will be doing a variety of activities that will teach how just because our skin color can be different from others we are still the same. We will also talk about his life and how he helped people. Throughout next week we will also talk about Rosa parks. It’s one of my favorite weeks!!


Take A Peek Into Reading Group | December 2017

Our new story Me First by Max Kornell is about a family who is learning about cooperation, and different types of games. This story takes place in a small town and the type of genre is fantasy fiction. These past few weeks the children have been working hard on session 1,and 2. In the first reading the children listened as I read the story, then they were able to share their questions about it. When students share what they wonder about it is the first step to understanding it. In our second reading we read the story aloud again, then we did a few activities that helped them think more deeply about some of the key details from the story. With this activity the children had to think about a situation that happened in the story. The purpose of rereading a selection or story helps us discover new things about a story. I have really seen such a difference in all of our friends thoughts and sharing questions these last few weeks! Super proud of them!!!