A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of May 28th

It is hard to believe that the year has come to an end and some of you will be moving up to the elementary program, going to new schools or returning next year. I want to let everyone know it was a great year, and that I enjoyed every moment of teaching all of you. We made a lot of great memories with a lot of jokes and silliness. I hope you feel the same and that you will take what you have learned this year and build on it as you continue your education. If you are not returning next year, please come back to visit all your teachers, because we will truly miss you!

Talent Show


A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of May 14th

Sports: This week we talked about different sports like: baseball, soccer, basketball, hockey, ice skating, bike riding etc. We talked about how sports can be competitive and are a physical activity or game. The students learned that through sports the can maintain or improve their physical abilities and skills while also enjoying themselves. We also discussed how there is specific safety equipment needed for certain sports.

Work Time:

Introduction Tray: This child is being introduced to the decimal system and becoming familiar with the symbols and quantities associated with units, tens, hundreds and thousands. He is visually seeing the difference between 1 unit, 1 ten, 1 hundred and 1 thousand.
Prepositions: This child is learning what a preposition is and reading them in different sentences. She is developing an understand that a preposition is a word used to link nouns, pronouns, or phrases to other words within a sentence.
Stamp Game: This child is using the stamp game to do addition. It works like the golden beads but instead of unit beads there are unit stamps. Instead of ten bars there are ten stamps. Instead of hundred squares there are hundred stamps. Instead of thousand cubes there are thousand stamps.
Linear Counting: This child is working on one of our cubed bead chains, she is identifying the names of the numbers and seeing the correspondence of the quantities with the written number on the cards. She is also discovering that 5X1=5, 5X2=10, 5X3=15 and so on.
Solar System: This child was so excited to present his solar system. He has been creating it at home for the past month.
Addition: These children are using the golden beads to discover that when you put two small numbers together you get a larger number and that this process is called addition.
Movable Alphabet: This child is saying the word of the object and matching the symbol with the correct initial sound to the object.
Geometric Solids: This child is developing a sense of awareness of three-dimensional shapes to objects in his environment. He is able to identify and label shapes such as sphere, ovoid, ellipsoid, cone, cylinder, cube, triangular prism, square prism, triangular based pyramid and square based pyramid.

Guest Readers:

  

Reminders:

LAST Bring Your Parent to Work Time | May 21st

Memorial Day | NO SCHOOL | May 28th

Last Day of School | May 31st

Kindergarten Graduation | June 1st | 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

A peak into next week: Camping


A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of April 30th

Dinosaurs: We learned that dinosaurs roamed Earth for about 165 million years and that there were hundreds of species. Then about 65 million years ago a huge meteorite or comet hit the Earth, making dinosaurs become extinct. Some dinosaurs we studied were diplodocus, tyrannosaurus, stegosaurus, brachiosaurus and triceratops.

Work Time

Tracing Name: This child is practicing tracing and writing her name on lined paper. She is developing multiple skills involving her eyes, arms, hands, memory, posture and body control.
Animal Stacking: This child is developing his sense of order, coordination, concentration and independence while problem solving to stack and balance the animals on top of one another.
Tangrams: This student is completing a picture of a car using different shapes. He is moving and rotating the shapes in different directions to fit them together.
Enjoying a snack together!
Composing Quantities: This child is practicing the sequence of numbers in the decimal system units, tens, hundreds, and thousands and recognizing what different quantities look like.
Multiplication Bead Board: This child is practicing multiplication by placing the number being multiplied on the board as many times as the multiplier indicates. This work leads to the memorization of the multiplication tables.

Loving on the baby chick!

 

Guest Reader

Reminders

Tallmadge Grandparents Day | May 9th

Moms N Muffins | May 11th | 7 am to 8 am

LAST Bring Your Parent to Work Time | May 21st

Memorial Day | NO SCHOOL | May 28th

Last Day of School | May 31st

Kindergarten Graduation | June 1st | 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

A peak into next week: Transportation


A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of April 23rd

Solar System: This past week we talked about how the sun, eight planets, comets, meteoroids, asteroids and stars make up our solar system. We discovered that each planet is very different from one another. Some are made of gas and some are made of rocks. Some planets have rings or moons, while others are tilted on their side.

Work Time

Parts of a Bird Puzzle: These children are tracing and coloring the bird puzzle by doing this they are learning how to grip and hold a pencil correctly. It also helps refine their hand control to steady the pencil and they are learning the characteristics of a bird.
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.
Color Box 4: This child is grading different colors from darkest to lightest, while also refining her sense of sight.
Planets: These children are putting the planets in order starting with the one closest to the sun Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.
Cards and Counters: This child is demonstrating his knowledge that each number is made up of separate quantities. He is also able to visually see the sequence of numbers and how many separate units go together to form each number.
Pattern: This child is creating specific patterns using different colors and shapes.

Guest Readers

 

Reminders

Tallmadge Grandparents Day | May 9th

Moms N Muffins | May 11th | 7 am to 8 am

LAST Bring Your Parent to Work Time | May 21st

Memorial Day | NO SCHOOL | May 28th

Last Day of School | May 31st

Kindergarten Graduation | June 1st | 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

A peak into next week: Dinosaurs


Academic Enrichment | week of April 23rd | Tallmadge

Articles: This week the students continued learning about how 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.

Above 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 Peek into Science | 4/16 and 4/23 | Tallmadge Campus

Floating paperclip: First, we filled a bowl with water then without much luck we tried to make a paperclip float. We decided to tear off a piece of tissue paper placing it on top of the water. After that we laid the paperclip on top of the tissue paper. Using the eraser end of a pencil we carefully poked the tissue paper until it sank, and it left the paperclip floating. We were able to perform this experiment because of surface tension.

Colorful sugar water density tower: We filled three cups up with different colored water. Then, we added different amounts of sugar to each cup of colored water (3 tablespoons, 6 tablespoons and 9 tablespoons). Using an eyedropper we layered the water with the most dissolved sugar on the bottom, the middle amount of sugar in the middle and the least amount of sugar on the top. We discovered that the water containing the most amount of sugar was more dense, allowing the water with less sugar  to stack on top of the mixture with a higher density.

 


A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of April 16th

Australia is the smallest of the seven continents. It is just one country surrounded by water. Australia is called the land “down under” because it is located under the equator. It has two big cities Sydney and Melbourne. The central part of Australia is called the “outback.” Australia produces more wool than any other country.

Asia is the biggest of the seven continents. It has more people living on it than all of the other continents combined. Asia has many different kinds of land such as: tundra, evergreen forest, wide grasslands, sandy deserts and tropical rain forest. The highest and lowest places on Earth are found in Asia which are Mount Everest and the Dead Sea.

Antarctica is an icy continent with no countries or people. Most people who do visit are scientist or visitors who are observing all the amazing animals and the climate. Antarctica has tall mountains that are covered by snow and ice. It also has thick sheets of ice and giant ice chunks known as icebergs.

Work Time

Parts of a Mammal (Horse) Puzzle: This child is tracing and coloring the horse puzzle by doing this he is learning how to grip and hold a pencil correctly. It also helps refine his hand control to steady the pencil and he is learning the characteristics of a horse.
Linear Counting: This child is working on one of our cubed bead chains, he is identifying the names of the numbers and seeing the correspondence of the quantities with the written number on the cards. He is also discovering that 8X1=8, 8X2=16, 8X3=24 and so on.
Movable Alphabet: These children are saying the word of the object and matching the symbol with the correct initial sound to the object.
Suds Whisking: This child is using many motor skills while also remembering the order and sequence of each action to successfully suds whisk, which naturally leads to the development of concentration.
Introduction Tray: This child is being introduced to the decimal system and becoming familiar with the symbols and quantities associated with units, tens, hundreds and thousands. He is visually seeing the difference between 1 unit, 1 ten, 1 hundred and 1 thousand.

Reminders

Tallmadge Grandparents Day | May 9th

Moms N Muffins | May 11th | 7 am to 8 am

LAST Bring Your Parent to Work Time | May 21st

Memorial Day | NO SCHOOL | May 28th

Last Day of School | May 31st

Kindergarten Graduation | June 1st | 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

A peak into next week: Solar System


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

Reminders

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


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.


A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of April 3rd

North America: Is the third largest continent in the world. There are four big countries: Canada, Greenland, the United States and Mexico. It has high mountains and flat grasslands. It has swamps, forest, deserts and even volcanoes. Most people speak English, Spanish or French.

South America: Is the fourth largest continent in the world. It has tall mountains and flat grasslands. The worlds largest rain forest is in South American and is called the Amazon rain forest. There are may unusual plants and animals.

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 and how to write each number.
Pyramid Puzzle: This child is matching the different colors together in order to create the pyramid shape. This puzzle involves not only the ability to concentrate but the ability problem solve.
Prepositions: This child is  learning what a preposition is and reading them in different sentences. He is developing an understand that  a  preposition is a word used to link nouns, pronouns, or phrases to other words within a sentence.
Color Box 4: These children are grading different colors from darkest to lightest, while also refining their sense of sight.
Cards and Counters: This child is demonstrating his knowledge that each number is made up of separate quantities. He is also able to visually see the sequence of numbers and how many separate units go together to form each number.
Addition: These children are using the golden beads to discover that when you put two small numbers together to get a larger number it is called addition.
Stamp Game: This child is using the stamp game to do addition. It works like the golden beads but instead of unit beads there are unit stamps. Instead of ten bars there are ten stamps. Instead of hundred squares there are hundred stamps. Instead of thousand cubes there are thousand stamps.
Magna Doodle: This child is practicing writing sight words on a Magna Doodle. He is developing multiple skills involving his eyes, arms, hands, memory, posture and body control.

Guest Reader

Reminders:

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

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

Early Dismisal | April 20th at noon

A peak into next week: Europe and Africa