A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of March 9th

Classroom: Insects

The students learned that most insects do more good than bad. That bees, wasps, flies, beetles, mosquitoes and butterflies are great pollinators. Some insects eat other insects, keeping each insect group from getting too big. We also talked about how insects like ladybugs are a farmers best-friend, because they eat tiny crop eating insects called aphids. They also learned that all insects have three main body parts: the head, the thorax, and the abdomen. The head has large compound eyes, the antenna (feelers), and the mouth parts. That the thorax is the middle region of the body and has the legs and wings. Then, their is the abdomen.

A peek into next week:

Kindergarten: Vowels and Consonants

The students learned to recognize and distinguish vowels from consonants, which is an important step in the development of reading and writing skills. We talked about how all words contain at least one vowel. The students were quickly able to recognize the vowels, which is great because they will have a strong foundation for learning rules and spelling patterns for short and long vowels, final vowels, unaccented vowels, silent vowels and irregular spellings.

A peek into next week:

Reminders:

COVID-19 | NO SCHOOL | March 16thApril 3rd

***Kindergarten students are to complete all the pages sent home in the black binders, continue working in their phonics workbooks and continue to fill out their reading logs.***

Parent Resources: 

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Enrichment Highlight:
In art class this week we experimented with India Ink and learned how to paint self portraits.
Work Time:
South America: This child is practicing returning all the countries to the map while learning their names.
Trinomial Cube: This child is learning how to put the Trinomial Cube together while also getting an introduction into algebra and preparation for the formula a3+3a2b+3a2c+6abc+b3+3ab2+3b2c+3ac2+3bc2+c3.
Movable Alphabet: This child is practicing blending and forming words phonetically to create the sentence “I lic to tac pictrs. (I like to take pictures.)

Peek In Our Week ::: Mr. John’s Class ::: Week Of March 9, 2020

Line Time:
We had fun this week looking into the world of art.   We went over the primary and secondary colors.  We learned there are different ways to create art such as, drawing with pencils, coloring with crayons, and painting.  We looked at artists such as Michael Angelo, Pablo Picasso, and Andy Warhol.

 

     

 

 

 

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 26 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Japanese, Greek, Arabic with the Lebanese Dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagolog, Hebrew, Korean, Hungarian, Irish, Kiswahili, Welsh, Dutch/Flemmish, Polish, Serbo-Croation, Cebuano, Malay, Hindi).

 

Mr. John’s Thoughts:
You be safe out there and see you soon.  Also, with the toilet paper shortages it is a good time to buy stock in toilet bidets. 

 

 

 

Peek In Our Classroom:

She is working on the sound cylinders. This Montessori material helps a child refine his or her auditory senses in a controlled and engaging way. The material ‘isolates one difficulty’ by making the cylinders identical to each other, except for the sound they make when shaken, ultimately practicing sound discrimination.

 

He created what we call an extension. The bottom line is that Montessori extension lessons help the child to have further experience with the concepts of the materials. Often times the extension activity draws the child towards a more abstracted view of the original concrete concept that was introduced.

 

She is working on the Geometric Solids. The Geometric Solids are one of many Montessori materials that challenge and shape a child’s stereognostic sense, which is their ability to perceive and understand both the form and nature of objects through touch. AND A PHOTO BOMB

 

She is working on the 9 lay out. The purpose of this material is to give an overall view of the decimal system and the fact that in base then there may be no more than nine in any one category for both beads and cards.

 

 

Next Week:
Line Time- 

Letter Of The Week-

Rhyming Word Of The Week-

Next Language will be-

 

 

Upcoming Events:
As it stands now:
Governor’s Mandate: Off Monday March, 16 returning Monday April, 6

As it stands now:
NO SCHOOL: Monday April, 13 for Easter Monday

As it stands now:
International Festival Rehearsal: Wednesday, April 22nd, 6pm to 7pm

International Festival Event: Friday, April 24th,  ***** EARLY DISMISSAL AT 12 NOON *****

 

Fun, Frolic, and Friends (Art Museum):

           

 

        

 

 

Kindergarten Corner:

Weekly Theme:
Consonants and Vowels.  We learned that there are 5 letters that are vowels (a,e,i,o,u) and the rest of the letters are called consonants.

 

Handwriting:
We practiced writing in cursive writing sentences (sometimes silly sentences).

 

Cultural Subjects:
We now can count to ten in 27 languages (English, Sign Language, Latin, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagolog, Hebrew, Korean, Hungarian, Irish, Kiswahili, Welsh, Dutch/Flemmish, Polish, Serbo-Croation, Cebuano, Malay, Hindi, Farsi, Turkish).

 

Next Week:
Weekly Theme: 

Synonym Of The Week:

Sight Words Of The Week:

Language Of The Week:

 

 


Academic Enrichment ::: Cuyahoga Falls Campus ::: Week Of 3/9/2020

Weekly Theme:
Consonants and Vowels.  We learned that there are 5 letters that are vowels (a,e,i,o,u) and the rest of the letters are called consonants.

 

Handwriting:
We practiced writing in cursive writing sentences (sometimes silly sentences).

 

Cultural Subjects:
We now can count to ten in 27 languages (English, Sign Language, Latin, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagolog, Hebrew, Korean, Hungarian, Irish, Kiswahili, Welsh, Dutch/Flemmish, Polish, Serbo-Croation, Cebuano, Malay, Hindi, Farsi, Turkish).

 

Next Week:
Weekly Theme: 

Synonym Of The Week:

Sight Words Of The Week:

Language Of The Week:

 


A Peek Into Reading Group

The last story we read was Jamaica’s Blue Marker. This story is about a little boy who never has supplies he needs and gets in trouble.  The main character, Jamaica has to share her supplies with him for art class. The little boy, Russel gets mad at Jamaica and scribbles on her paper. Later the teacher announces that Russel is moving. They throw him a going away party and Jamaica ends up giving him her blue marker so that he could use it at his new school.

The kindergartners are drawing a scene from the story.

After each reading the students participated in discussions, sharing questions, and drawing scenes from the story. We also talked about situations where someone did something mean to us and how we reacted. The group also shared who they talk to when they’re  upset just like Jamaica did in the story.

A Peek Into the Next Two Weeks

– The students will learn what a poem is.

– The students will learn the vocabulary words: dainty, elegant, and silky.

– The students will write their own poems.

 


A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of March 2nd

Classroom: Dr. Seuss and Eric Carle

This past week we celebrated Theodor Seuss (Ted Geisel) also known as Dr. Seuss and Eric Carle who were children’s authors and illustrators. Dr. Seuss was known for his work writing and illustrating more than 60 rhyming children’s books and Eric Carle was known for his beautiful illustrations. 

A peek into next week: Insects

Kindergarten: Telling time to the half past

The past week the kindergarten students have been learning how to tell time to the hour and half past.

A peek into next week: Vowels and Consonants

Reminders:

Bring Your Parent to Work Time | March 13th (https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090B48A8A92DA6F94-bring)

Elementary & Kindergarten Event | World’s Fair | March 19th @ 6:00 pm8:00 pm

No School | Teacher In-Service Day | March 20th

Spring Break | NO SCHOOL | March 23rdMarch 27th

Enrichment Highlight:
In music this week the students reviewed the piano key patterns and got to play a “three black key” piano solo. 
Work Time:
100 Board: This child is 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.
Tracing and Labeling Bird Puzzle: This child is tracing, coloring and labeling the bird puzzle. By doing this he is learning how to correctly grip and hold a pencil. He is also refining his hand control to steady the pencil and he is learning the characteristics of a bird.
These students are practicing identifying the time using an analog and digital clock.

Enrichment Fun for the week of 03/02/20

Following directions learning how to draw the Lorax, using simple shapes to create form.

Following each step and helping our friends achieve their goals!

Our drawings of shapes are starting to come together.

Getting the Lorax’s mustache just right!


Peek In Our Week @@@ Mr. John’s Classroom @@@ Week of March 2, 2020

Line Time:
The month started off by going back in time and studying the Ancient Romans.  The Ancient Romans had similar Gods as the Ancient Greeks.  The king of all Gods in Rome was Jupiter and his wife Juno who was the Goddess of Marriage and childbirth.  Pluto was the God of the Underworld, Venus was the Goddess of Love,  Neptune was the God of the Seas, and finally we came across the God of War, Mars.  Did you notice that a lot of these Gods had planets named after them?

 

Did you know?
I am on a Peter Gabriel kick.  Mostly the 3rd album (aka Melt) and “So”

    

 

New Student:
Please welcome the newest student to the classroom.

 

 

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 23 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagalog, Hebrew, Korean, Hungarian, Irish, Kiswahili, Welsh, Dutch/Flemmish, Polish, Serbo-Croation, Cebuano, Malay).

 

Peek In The Classroom:

Practical Life was developed by Maria Montessori to assist in developing OCCI (Order, Concentration, Coordination, Independence). Practical Life is simply activities suitable for a child that allows the ability to work with a purpose or in a purposeful way to accomplish developing skills. She is grating a bar of soap and the next step is to WHISK it creating bubbles.

 

The colored beads representing each number between 1 and 9. Once put in order he will match the appropriate number to the number of the bead furthering the correspondence between quantity and symbol.

 

The key purpose of the Moveable Alphabet is to prepare children for writing, reading, and spelling. The child’s use of the material progresses from single words, to phrases, and eventually to stories. In this way, the Moveable Alphabet teaches children how to symbolize their own thoughts, and begin to write creatively.

 

Metal Inset work can help the child to grip and hold the pencil (and hold the pencil upright), refine hand control to steady the pencil, develop movements of straight and curved lines, in preparation for letter formation or a continual line which can assist with cursive.

 

Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Art

Letter Of The Week- X x

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bel

Next Language is Hindi

 

Upcoming Events:
Akron Art Museum Field Trip: Thursday March 12 (in the morning).  FREE EVENT!

Spring Break: No School Friday March, 20 and returning Monday March 30.

International Festival: Friday April, 24.  !!!!!! SIGN UP FOR YOUR COUNTRY !!!!!!

 

Friends, Frolic, and Fun:

Crazy Sock Day!

 

Ya shoulda seen the other guy!

 

BFFs

 

What a Wacky Wednesday it Was

 

Kindergarten Corner:
Weekly Theme:

This week we learned how to tell time to the half hour/analog, hands and such.

 

 

Handwriting:
We practiced writing in cursive writing sentences (sometimes silly sentences).

 

Cultural Subjects:
We now can count to ten in 24 languages (English, Sign Language, Latin, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagolog, Hebrew, Korean, Hungarian, Irish, Kiswahili, Welsh, Dutch/Flemmish, Polish, Serbo-Croation, Cebuano, Malay, Hindi, Farsi).

 

Next Week:
Weekly Theme: Vowels and Consonants

Synonym Of The Week: DRY: dehydrated, arid, parched

Sight Words Of The Week: they that

Language Of The Week: Turkish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A Peek at Our Week | Elementary | Week of March 2

We are wrapping up our work with the World’s Fair. Below is information Ms. Kelly emailed to all of you that I wanted to pass along!

Take a trip around the world with us!
At the World’s Fair, representatives from countries in the mid 1900’s would come from all over to share about their Country’s greatness. Artwork, theatrical skits, inventions, and more were exhibited to all visitors. The Swiss once demonstrated a clock so accurate it detected inconsistencies in the movement of the earth. General Motors “World of Tomorrow” Pavilion was the most popular exhibit in 1965, where visitors sat in seats that moved through displays showing what the world would look like in 2024!
Over the course of the last few months, Kindergarten and Elementary students selected a country and began their research to prepare for our version of the World’s Fair. Many students, for the first time, learned how to collect data from various resources and how to put together a research paper from start to finish. Next, they prepared their visual aids for their “exhibit” and lastly will dress to represent their country with a prepared presentation for you!
You don’t want to miss out on this fun time! Be sure to invite family and friends to learn all about countries like Tanzania, Egypt, Greece, Spain, England and more!

Lower Elementary

These second year students are creating calendars to show the holidays for the months of January, February, and March!
These students are working on their trifold boards for our World’s Fair! They had to draw a sketch of what they wanted their trifolds to look like, print or draw their information, then organize and glue it all on.

Upper Elementary

The fifth year students are learning about volcanoes. This student is using our world map and a dry erase marker to mark all of the active volcanoes in the world!
Our fourth year students are studying bacteria. We did an experiment with M&Ms to discuss what happens when we use antibacterial soaps and sanitizers. We discussed antibiotic resistant bacteria!

Enrichments by Ms. Erica

Students are taking recorder practice very seriously.
Students are practicing drawing characters from children’s books.

3/2 Weekly Enrichment Spotlight

Weekly Enrichment Spotlight

In science class, Mr. John had us put an organge and a peeled orange into a tank of water. We noticed that the orange floated and the peeled orange sank! Mr. John told us that the reason the orange floated is because of the air trapped inside. Thank you for such a fun science class!


Academic Enrichment @@@ Cuyahoga Falls Campus @@@ Week Of 3/2/2020

Weekly Theme:
This week we learned how to tell time to the half hour/analog, hands and such.

 

 

Handwriting:
We practiced writing in cursive writing sentences (sometimes silly sentences).

 

Cultural Subjects:
We now can count to ten in 24 languages (English, Sign Language, Latin, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagolog, Hebrew, Korean, Hungarian, Irish, Kiswahili, Welsh, Dutch/Flemmish, Polish, Serbo-Croation, Cebuano, Malay, Hindi, Farsi).

 

Next Week:
Weekly Theme: Vowels and Consonants

Synonym Of The Week: DRY: dehydrated, arid, parched

Sight Words Of The Week: they that

Language Of The Week: Turkish