A Peek At Our Week | Ms. Kristen’s Class| Week of December 11th

Our week was filled with fun and excitement as we learned about Musical Instruments and The Orchestra! The children learned that an orchestra is made up of several different families: The Brass Family, The Woodwind Family, The Percussion Family, and The String Family. The children also enjoyed preparing for their on musical performance at The Christmas Show! Our class seems to really love music and many of them actually sing while they work! I have a feeling we may have quite a few future musicians in our class!

Tracing the Sandpaper Letters! By tracing the Sandpaper Letters, the child experiences the letter sound and symbol several different ways by seeing, touching, and hearing their teacher say the letter sound. This also helps the child prepare for letter formation later on when they begin to write!
Practicing tracing the Metal Insets! This material helps the child steady their hand for writing and promotes the development of their focus and concentration!
Working on dusting the shelves! In the Montessori Classroom, your child learns to take ownership of their environment!

A Peek Into Next Week:

-All about Christmas.

-Crazy Hair Day on Tuesday!

-Pajama Day and Pizza Party on Wednesday!


Academic Enrichment – Cuyahoga Falls – Weeks of December 4 and December 11

Kindergarten Lessons: Weeks of December 4th and December 11th

The first week of December found ourselves looking at five different kind of animals, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and Fish, and what make these animals, well, those animals.  See below…

Mammals: Vertebrates, warm blooded, born alive, skin has hair or fur, and babies drink mother’s milk

Reptiles:  Vertebrates, cold blooded, born from hard shell eggs, skin is dry and scaly

Amphibians:  Vertebrates, cold blooded, born from jelly eggs, sk8n 8s soft and moist.  Amphibian meanswer from two worlds.

Birds:  Vertebrates, warm blooded, born from hard shell eggs, feathers

Fish:  Vertebrates, cold blooded, born alive or jelly eggs, skin is slimy and scaly

The students got up close and personal with many animals.

 

The Week of December 11th we discovered the ruler and started measuring things.  We learned how to line the ruler to whatever we were measuring and learned how to measure in inches (in, “) and centimeters (CM).

The kindergarten students making sure the paper in 8 1/2 by 11 inches.

 

Peek Into Next Week:
We will be starting our lesson in math!!!!!!  My favorite subject.


Peek At Our Week | Mr. John | Week Of December 11, 2017

I think I have matured (GASP)

I just couldn’t do it…

I look back when I was a teenager that was of driving age and wonder to how I am not dead or maimed for life.  My buddies and I did some stupid stuff in our/parents cars.  I mean really stupid stuff.  I remember speeding up at railroad tracks that were on slight hills and becoming airborne and hitting the ground with such force that we would bounce and hit our heads on the roof of the car.  This was a time where seat belts were optional.  Only minor damage to the tie rods occurred and once a ruptured oil pan. Another fun thing to do was riding through the pile of leaves on the side of the road.  Always a fun thing to do except when there was an occasional rock or big tree limb buried in the pile.  For the life of me, then and now, I could never figure out why Jim and I did this stunt.  Riding in his Buick Skyhawk we, I should say he, stepped on the gas and drove straight into a road barricade.  Other than our screams at first then laughter after we knew we were alive and unharmed, a cracked windshield and minor front end damage resulted.  Im still in awe how he talked himself out of any kind of punishment from his parents.

This all brings me back to this Tuesday morning which we had a significant first snowfall.  I pulled into the school’s unplowed, snow covered parking lot and got this crazy thought about doing donuts.  I started revving the engine, started to turn the steering wheel……..  Then I chickened out.  I thought what if I hit someone?  What if I lose control and crash into the play ground? What if I hit a dry spot and roll the car.  Yes, I thought I may roll the car!  Yikes.  A slight fishtail was all I could handle.  About 10, 20, ok 30 maybe 40 years ago I wouldn’t have thought twice about doing donuts.  My thoughts sound very similar to my parents.  Is it getting old?  Responsible?  Maturing?  Chicken?  Lol  Should I even miss my teenage bravado?  So many questions and so little answers for such a seasoned mature guy.

 

 

Line Time:
We kept practicing for The Christmas Show and learned about Christmas traditions from around the world. 

 

Peek Into The Classroom:

These students are having fun with the Trimonial Cube. As you can see they just did the outer wall of this material. This is another extension that the children can create different versions of materials.

 

This picture depicts a seasoned reader reading to a younger student. My readers have to accomplish two things before mastering a book. 1) read the story fluently and 2) give details of the story.  I start out with reading the Hooked On Phonics books then the students graduate to my “Max” books. When those are mastered I introduce chapter books such as Magic Tree House, Billy B Brown and / or Jack books.

 

This student is preparing the snack to share with the class. The student that brings snack for the week prepares her snack for week. This is a Practical Life skill. The Practical Life area enhances fine motor skills, concentration, and life skills such as pouring, folding, scooping, and excuse my sophomoric humor, cutting the cheese. hehe

 

The direct purpose of the sandpaper letters is to teach the child the sounds of the alphabet by means of auditory, muscular, and visual memory. Also, memorization of letter sounds plays a part in learning the letter sounds.

 

Peek To Next Week:

We will still be focusing on the holiday season.

December 20, Wednesday:  Pajama Day/ Show and Tell (no weapons)

December 21: Winter Break Begins  :))

January 3: Winter Break Ends  :((

Students will need snowpants, winter coats, hats, gloves, and boots to go outside for recess.


A Peek At Handwriting | Week of November 27th

During the past couple of weeks in Handwriting, we have been working on Lower Case and the common initial strokes used to form those letters. We have been carefully working forming the lower case letters i, t, and j in cursive. Our Kindergarten students have been working hard on carefully forming each letter and I’m so proud of their progress!


Take A Peek Into Our Reading Group | November 30, 2017

This past week we got our new books! The children were super excited! The story we read was called The Three Wishes by Margot Zemach. Our first session we read the story together and then discussed our sharing questions as a class. Our second reading together we listened to the story again, we then read together the highlighted phrases and acted out a scene! Near the end of class the children were able to brainstorm their ideas about what they thought the wife was thinking when the sausages grew on the man’s nose? I love hearing the children listen to each other ideas and then share their own thoughts.


Take A Peek Into Our Reading Group!

Our friends have really enjoyed reading this poem and doing the various lessons every week! This week the children had to draw what they thought Beauty looked like. We discussed the ways the stray cat was described in the poem. The children then talked about The different ways the cat might look like. The other activity was a writing experience. The children had to discuss why they would or would not let the stray in. I love listening to the children’s answers, and seeing them think on their own. I then wrote their answers on the white board and the children then were able to copy down their answers.

New books arrive next week!! They are super excited:)


Academic Enrichment | Weeks of November 20th & 27th | Cuyahoga Falls Campus

Kindergarten Lessons:

We finished our counting money by looking at the different bills (paper money).  Paper money was fairly easy to associate and dollar amount for obvious reasons.  We did examine the different looks of these bills.  We then combined the paper money and coins.

We came from break looking at parts of the leaf, parts of the flower, and parts of the tree.  We had a discussion on what makes a living thing, a living thing.  We learned that all living things need to:

Be able to reproduce
Be able to grow
Eat or take in nutrients
Breathe or exchange gases
All living things need water

These criterion differentiates my shoe from a bird or a pencil from my students.  I posed the question “Are trees, plants, grass living things?”  we went through the above criterion and determined Plants….

Reproduce via seeds
They grow
They need water and get nutrients from the soil
They exchange gases (take in Carbon Dioxide and expel Oxygen)

 

Due to the Christmas show rehearsals we will not be learning additional languages, sight words, or synonyms.

 


Academic Enrichment| Cuyahoga Falls| Weeks of November 6 to November 13, 2017

Academic Enrichment: Weeks of November 6 to November 13, 2017

Telling Time:
We ended the official Kindergarten Lessons on telling time.  We learned how to tell time to the minute.  I taught them a cool trick.  Instead of counting all 37 marks (for 37 after) just count by fives end at 35 and count from there.  Some still felt comfortable counting all the minute marks.  That’s OK, they’ll get it.

 

 

Coins:
After the month long lessons on telling time we broke into everyone’s favorite thing: MONEY.  We learned about the different and variety of each coin (penny 1 cent, nickel 5 cents, dime 10 cents, quarter 25 cents, 50 cent piece and the  dollar coins).  After we identified the coin we did start to learn how to count the change.


Cultural Subjects:
The kindergarten students can now count to ten in 13 different languages (English, Sign Language, Latin, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagalog, Hebrew, Korean, and Hungarian). 

A Peek Into The Next Few Weeks:
Currency(Paper money)
Parts of plants, insects, and arachnids

Synonyms of the Week:
small

Sight Words of the Week:
been down

 


A Peek at Handwriting| Ms. Kristen | Week of November 6th

The past two weeks in Handwriting, we have been working on answering a question of the day and writing our answer in cursive. Some of our questions have been, ” What will you be for Halloween?” and ” What did you have for lunch today?” and ” What is your middle name?”. The children are also working on spelling their answer phonetically.

Something to practice with your child at home is writing their first name in cursive! I’m so proud of how our Kindergarten student’s handwriting has come along so far this year!


Junior Great Books Reading Club | Kindergarten | Week of October 16th-23rd

This week we finished up with Jamaica’s Blue Marker. I really loved these last few classes because the children were really engaged in telling me how they would feel if they were Jamaica and their friend was moving away. I always like to start the class by telling them that we are a little family and they should never be nervous to raise their hand and to say how they feel. I want them to able to speak their mind and to think on their own without being judged.
At the end of each story the children have to rate on how well they shared throughout our meetings. They also have to come together and talk about what they all could do differently during our next reading. I like to write down all of their answers  they give me on our white board so that they are able to copy write in their own booklets.