Academic Enrichment | Week of April 8th | Tallmadge

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.

Cursive Handwriting: The students practiced writing the lowercase cursive words: last, frisk, grab, kid, hat and quest.

A peek into next week: Nouns and Verbs


A Peek into Reading Group | Tallmadge

The kindergartners listened to the poem Where Would You Be. It was about where you would want to be during a storm. They discussed how they felt about storms and where they would rather be. We also discussed how the speaker describes the storm and why he/she used those specific descriptors.

Throughout the story the group got to write down their thoughts about the poem, drew what the storm looked like, and even wrote their own poem about specific weather.

Here are the kindergartners writing their own poem.

A Peek Into the Next Two Weeks

-More information will be sent out for what we will be doing the rest of the school year.


A Peek Into Reading Group

The kindergarteners listened to the Tin Forest over the past two weeks.  The story was about an older man who lived outside a dump.  He was very lonely and dreamed that he lived in another place. One day he got the idea to create his own forest.  He built a forest made of tin.  Suddenly,  animals started to appear and real flowers and plants started blooming,  and the man never felt lonely again.

The kindergarteners participated in activities to enhance their comprehension skills.  They wrote about what they were wondering while they hard the story for the first time,  drew a  couple scenes from the story, and wrote about if they were the bird in the story,  would they return with their friend. For homework,  the group took home a piece of foil and got to create something just like the man from the story.  The foil creations are are hanging up in the hallway!  Make sure to check them out!

A Peek Into the Next Two Weeks

– Reading Group will reconvene after spring break.

 

 


A Peek Into Reading Group

The last story we read was called Down The Road.  It is about a girl who gets to walk to the store by herself for the first time.  Her parents give her money to buy eggs and told her not to dilly dally and come straight home.  She gets the eggs and starts walking home when she comes to an apple tree and decides to pick apples for her parents.  She ends up dropping the eggs and breaking them. Her parents find her in the apple tree and talk it over, and end up deciding to make apple pie for breakfast instead.

During the readings, the students participated in different activities such as,  discussions, vocabulary exercises,  drawing and writing activities.

The kindergartners are writing about whether they would have gone straight home or have climbed up in the tree after breaking the eggs:

A Peek Into the Next Two Weeks

– The students will be listening to a story called The Tin Forest

– The students will be learning the vocabulary words: emerged, shoot, and rustle.

– The students will be participating in acting out a scene from the story, group discussions,  and choral reading.


Academic Enrichment | Week of February 25th | Tallmadge

Fractions: This past week the kindergarten students have been learning how to identify fractions from whole to eighths. We have been talking about what the numerator and denominator are and why they are important. The students have been having fun figuring out equivalences and sensorially adding fractions together.

Cursive Handwriting: The students practiced writing the lowercase cursive letters l, b, f, e, h, k, a, g, o, qu, c and p.

A peek into next week: Measuring to the nearest forth of an inch.


Academic Enrichment | Week of February 18th | Tallmadge

Telling Time: The past week the kindergarten students continued to learn how to tell time to the hour, half past, quarter past and quarter till.

Cursive Handwriting: The students practiced writing the lowercase cursive letters h and k. To make a lowercase cursive letter h they learned to loop up to the top line, straight to the baseline, bump up to the midline and down to the baseline. To make a lowercase cursive letter k they learned to loop up to the top line, straight to the baseline,
slide up to the midline, circle around, touch halfway between the midline and the baseline and kick out to
the baseline.

A peek into next week: Fractions


Academic Enrichment | Week of February 11th | Tallmadge

Telling Time: The past week the kindergarten students continued to learn how to tell time to the hour, half past and quarter past.

 

Cursive Handwriting: The students practiced writing the lowercase cursive letters f and e. To make a lowercase cursive letter f they learned to loop up to the top line, drop down halfway below the baseline, hook up to the baseline, touch and glide. To make a lowercase cursive letter e they learned to small loop up to the midline and down to the baseline.

A peek into next week: Telling Time (to the hour, half past, quarter past and quarter till)


A Peek Into Reading Group

The group listened to a story called Screen of Frogs. It was about a lazy, rich, man who refused to work. He bought many things with his money and ended up having a lot of debts. The man was going to sell his land and mountainside to pay off his debts. While he was measuring his land, Koji got tired and fell asleep. He was suddenly awoken by a large green frog dressed in weeds. The frog pleaded with Koji to not sell his land so that the animals don’t go homeless. The man decides to keep his land and work in order to pay back his debts.

The kindergartners participated in interpretive and evaluative activities to aide in comprehension. They wrote down what they were wondering about while listening to the story, drew what Koji was thinking about when the frog talks to him, drew Koji’s land, and whether they would sell the screen if frogs or not.

These students are sharing their drawings of what they think Koji’s land looks like:

 

A Peek Into the Next Two Weeks

-the students will listen to a story about a girl who gets to run an errand o her own for the first time.

-the students  will learn the vocabulary words: stumbled, examined, and nudged

-the students will participate in discussions and evaluative activities.

 

 


Academic Enrichment | Week of February 4th | Tallmadge

Telling Time: The past week the kindergarten students continued to learn how to tell time to the hour and half past.

 

Cursive Handwriting: The students practiced writing the lowercase cursive letters l and b. To make a lowercase cursive letter l they learned to loop up to the top line, down to the baseline. To make a lowercase cursive letter b they learned loop up to the top line, down to the baseline, swing up to the midline, dip connector at the midline.

A peek into next week: Telling Time (to the hour, half past and quarter past)