Academic Enrichment | week of April 16th | Tallmadge

Articles: This week the students learned that articles (a, an, the) are a part of speech used to indicate nouns. A hooks up with consonants. An hooks up with vowels. The hooks up with anything.


Below the students are identifying  and labeling the nouns, verbs and articles found in each sentence, by using a large black triangle for nouns, a large red circle for verbs and a small light blue triangle for articles.


A peak into next week: Noun, Verbs and Articles

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

Africa: Is one of the seven continents in the world that has more than 50 countries. Cairo located in Egypt is Africa’s largest city. Africans can work on farms to grow corn, rice and other crops. Africa has the largest desert in the world known as the Sahara. It also has grassy places called savannas and rain-forest. Africa is known for all its wild animals such as: gorillas, zebras, giraffes and lions.

Europe: Is one of the seven continents in the world. It is very small but has many countries like Germany, Spain and Italy. Each country in Europe has its own language, food and customs. For example people in Germany speak German and celebrate a festival called Oktoberfest. Europe also is known for its groups of mountains called ranges. The tallest mountain range in Europe is the Alps.

Work Time

I Spy: This student is playing I spy using the initial sound she hears when she names each object in the basket.
Trinomial cube: This child is learning how to build a trinomial cube, while also getting an introduction into algebra and preparation for the formula a3+3a2b+3a2c+6abc+b3+3ab2+3b2c+3ac2+3bc2+c3.
United States of America Map: These children are learning the names of the states and where they are located on a map.
Moveable Alphabet: This child is saying the word of the object and matching the symbol with the correct initial sound to the object.
Big/Small Snowflake Match: This child is developing her understanding of big and small by matching the same snowflakes of different sizes together. Understanding concepts of big and small are important for math readiness. A main concept of mathematics is understanding degrees of big and small.

Guest Reader


International Festival Rehearsal | April 18th 6pm-7pm

International Festival Show | April 20th 5:30pm-8:30pm

Early Dismissal | April 20th at noon

A peak into next week: Australia, Antarctica and Asia

Academic Enrichment | week of April 9th | Tallmadge

Nouns/Verbs: The students learned that a noun is a person, place , or thing. And that a verb is an action word or something that you can do.

Nouns: These students are labeling and identifying nouns.
This student is identifying  and labeling the nouns and verbs found in each sentence, by using a large black triangle for nouns and a large red circle for verbs.
This student is identifying  and labeling the nouns and verbs found in each sentence, by using a large black triangle for nouns and a large red circle for verbs.

A peak into next week: Articles

A Peek into Science | 4/3 and 4/9 | Tallmadge Campus

Water Molecules on the Move:  We filled two glasses with the same amount of water: one cold and one hot. Then, we put one drop of food coloring into both glasses at the same time. The students observed that the food coloring traveled quicker through the hot water than the cold water. We discussed how molecules move faster through hot water which is why the food coloring spread faster.

Traveling Water: We taped a piece of string inside one glass then filled it with water. After that we placed the loose string in the empty glass, pouring the full glass of water over the string. When we poured the water it traveled along the string making its way into the empty glass. We talked about how a drop of water has many molecules that are held together by electrical, molecular bonds.  We learned that these strong hydrogen bonds found in water are what  allowed the  water molecules to stick together very well as the water traveled down the string and into the empty glass.

Academic Enrichment | week of April 3rd | 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.

This child is coloring, cutting and pasting vowels and consonants in different fish tanks.
This child is looking at objects to compose words. He is using a blue marker to identify the vowels and a red marker to identify consonants in each word.
These children are saying the word of an object then phonetically spelling them using the movable alphabet. They are also labeling the vowels and consonants as they practice writing each word. 

A peak into next week: Nouns and verbs

A Peek Into Reading Group

This last week we read a poem about a storm. We listened for rhyming words through out the poem and practiced reading the purple highlited words. We discussed if we have ever seen a big storm like the speaker did in the poem. They talked about where they would like to be when their was a storm. They said they woukd like to be inside with their parents. The kindergartners created their own poem, and drew pictures of one of the types of stroms mentioned in the poem.

After Spring Break

-The students will be starting the next series in the Junior Great Books series. There will be different assignments and the format will look different. I will send out more information after spring break.

Academic Enrichment | week of March 19th | Tallmadge

Construction Boxes: The students used the constructive triangles in these boxes to learn that all plane geometric figures can be constructed from triangles. They worked with two different rectangular boxes, a triangle box, and a large and a small hexagon box. Each box they used contained triangles of different sizes, shapes, and colors. They used the boxes to explore and set a foundation for later concepts such as equivalency, similarity, and congruency.

A Peek Into Reading Group

These last two weeks, we read a story called The Tin Forest. It was about an old man who lived far away from anyone and lived amongst trash. At night he would dream about a beautiful forest with plants and animals. He decided one day to build the forest of his dreams out of the trash. The students got to participate in  vocabulary activities to enhance their understanding of the words, discuss questions about the strory, and complete writing prompts. They really enjoyed acting out the scene where the old man builds the forest out of trash.

A Peek Into Next Week

-The students will listen to a poem about a stormy night.

-The students will learn vocab words: howling, prowling, and whine.

-The students will to write their own poem.

Academic Enrichment | week of March 12th | Tallmadge

Geometric Solids: The kindergarten students learned the names for all ten of the geometric wooden solids: triangular prism, rectangular prism, cube, cylinder, cone, triangular pyramid, square pyramid, sphere, ellipsoid and ovoid.

Identifying and labeling the geometric solids
Identifying and labeling the geometric solids by touch
Identifying and labeling the geometric solids by touch
Identifying and labeling the geometric solids by touch

A peak into next week: Construction boxes

Academic Enrichment | week of March 5th | Tallmadge

Shapes- The students learned that there are different types of triangles (equilateral, scalene and isosceles). They also learned the names of polygons such as: 3: triangle 4: quadrilateral 5: pentagon 6: hexagon 7: heptagon 8: octagon 9: nonagon and 10: decagon.

Tracing and labeling an isosceles triangle (a triangle that has two sides of equal length.)
Tracing and labeling a scalene triangle (a triangle that has three unequal sides.)
Tracing and labeling  a pentagon, hexagon, heptagon, octagon, nonagon and decagon.

A peak into next week: Geometric Solids