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.

A Peek Into Handwriting | Week of October 23rd

The past two weeks have taken us all the way to the letter Z in Handwriting! We also started answering a couple of journal questions, putting into practice what we have learned thus far. Our two journal questions so far have been “What is your favorite color?” and “What will you be for Halloween?” The goal is to have the children begin to expressively write on their own and to practice their letter formation on paper. I’m so proud of their progress so far!

I would encourage you to help your child practice their handwriting at home by phonetically spelling words on their own. Why not have them help you write the grocery list this week?

 


Academic Enrichment | week of October 23rd | Tallmadge

This past week in academic enrichment the children were introduced to numerals and quantities of the decimal system using our golden bead materials. They discovered what the numerals look like for different quantities from 1 to 9000.

 

Introduction Tray: This child is learning the names of each category: units, tens, hundreds, and thousands and learning to identify the quantity and symbol.
Nine Tray: These children are learning equivalences i.e. ten units is the same as a ten bar. They are discovering that when they have a ten bar they have to move to a new place and can’t stay in the unit’s place anymore.
45 Layout: These children are visually able to see the association between quantities with the written symbols using the numerals and golden bead materials.

A look into next week: Introduction to addition

  • Working with 9 tray / 45 layout
  • Using single units, 10 bars, 100 square and 1000 cubes

A Peek Into Our Week| Academic Enrichment, Cuyahoga Falls | Weeks of October 16th-October 30th

The Kindergarten Students, as promised, are learning how to tell time old school!  We identified what the minute hand and the hour hand are.  We first learned how to tell time to the hour/O’ clock/ :00.   We then learned how to tell time to the half hour/ half past/ :30.  Next we looked at telling time to the quarter hour/ quarter past, :15 and of course we looked at quarter til/ :45.

These students are writing the hands on the clock and writing the time in numbers that I assigned. One student had an ” O clock” :00, half past :30, quarter past :15

 

 

This kindergarten student is practicing telling time to the quarter after/ :15.
The Kindergarten Students telling time with their “hands”. Get it? Hehe

 

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, Itlaian, Russian, Romanian, and Swedish). 

A Peek Into The Next Few Weeks:
Telling time to the minute
Money/Coins

Synonyms of the Week:
old
big

Sight Words of the Week:
how each
said by

 


A Peek into Reading Group-Tallmadge

With Ms. Faith

The last two weeks the kindergartners listened to a story called, Jamaica’s Blue Marker. This is a story about a little girl who has a classmate bother her. In the end, she finds out the little boy is going to move and is upset about it. She gives him her blue marker as a going away present since he didn’t have any art supplies of his own. The students completed writing and drawing activities such as, if they were Jamaica, would they be happy or sad about giving Russell the blue marker, and they had to draw a picture of what Jmaica’s face looked like when she yelled at Russell to stop.

This kindergartner is sharing what she was wondering about after hearing the story for the first time.
These students are acting out a scene from the story where Jamaica gives Russell her blue marker.
At the end of the story the students evaluate how they did with different skills during the story. For this story we learned about sharing ideas. The group came up with the idea that they would work harder on sharing questions during the next story.

A peek into the next two weeks

-The students will listen to a poem about a cat who has no home.

-The students will learn what a poem is.

-The students will continue to practice choral reading.

 

 


Academic Enrichment | week of October 16th | Tallmadge

Parts of Plants: The children learned the characteristics and parts of trees, flowers, leaves, insects and arachnids  by using and working with the plant puzzles and control charts in the classroom.

This child is learning about arachnids and how they have no wings, no antennae, several pairs of simple eyes, 2 body parts, 8 limbs and a pointed mouth part for biting and poisoning its prey.
This child is learning how leaves make food for plants by using sunlight, water and air (photosynthesis).

A peak into next week: Introduction to 9 Tray/ 45 layout/composing numbers

  • Learning what is and says ( 1, 10, 100, 1000)
  • Reinforce by placement and identification of numbers within each decimal place
  • Reinforce number placement with creation of numbers

Academic Enrichment | week of October 2nd and 9th | Cuyahoga Falls

The first week of October found us discovering where we live.  Not only our street address but even bigger things.   We started out with one of the biggest things, our galaxy called the Milky Way and dwindled down to our street address and ALL things in between.  Here is a breakdown of “where we live”…

Galaxy: Milky Way

Cluster Of Planets:  Our Solar System

Planet:  Earth

Hemisphere:  Northwestern

Continent:  North America

Country:  United States of America (U.S.A.)

State:  Ohio

County:  Summit

City, Address, Phone Number…

The kindergartners continued with the subject of Geography by studying land forms.  We looked at Island/Lake, Cape/Bay, Peninsula/Gulf(not the sport), Isthmus(not Christmas)/Straight, Archipelago/Chain Of Lakes.

 

The kindergarten students proudly displaying Land Form Cards.

Cultural Subjects:

The kindergarten students can count to ten in 12 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Arabic w/Lebanese Dialect, Italian, and Russian)

Sneak Peek Into The Next Few Weeks:
We are going to learn how to tell time (old school).  Clock faces, hands, and such. 

Synonym Of The Week:
hot

Sight Words Of The Week:
for, with


A Peek Into Handwriting | Academic Enrichment | Week of October 9th

In handwriting , the children are continuing to make progress in writing in cursive! We currently have worked on I through Q, practicing writing the letters by themselves, then writing a sentence containing the letter we are working on that day. The Kindergarten students have also been asking me to write more words once they are finished! Please keep encouraging your children to practice their handwriting at home as well! I’m so proud of their progress!


Take a Peek Into our Kindergarten Reading Group | Week of October 9th

This week was our last week on the story Big Wolf and Little Wolf. One of the activities that the children had to share was why or why not they would have left the little wolf under the tree. We then led a group discussion about their thoughts on this question. I love when we have discussions like this! I then wrote all their answers on our white board so they could write out their answers. Our last activity the children were able to discuss how they felt about the story and then write about what they would like to do differently the following week.


A peek into our Academic Enrichment for kindergartners | Week of October 2nd & 9th

Landforms: The children learned and explored the difference between a lake, island, bay, peninsula, gulf, harbor, cape, isthmus, strait, chain of lakes, and archipelago.

Landform Boards: This child is feeling the difference between a cape and a bay. The sand paper on the board represents land and the smooth blue portion represents water.

 

Parts of Animals: The children learned the characteristics and body parts of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and fish by using and working with the animal puzzle and control charts in the classroom.

Bird Puzzle: This child is tracing and labeling the parts of a bird: beak, head, breast, wing, tail, legs and claws.

A Peek into Next Week: Parts of Plants!