A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of December 2nd

Classroom: Christmas Show Practice

For the next couple of weeks the students will be working hard to practice for their Christmas Show. They are all excited to dress up as Whos from Whoville for a Grinch themed performance. If you have any questions or did not receive Ms. Faith’s email or remind message with different ideas for costumes please let her know. The students will also be reading a variety of holiday books and doing lots of holiday crafts.   

A peek into next week: Holiday Crafts

Kindergarten: Addition and Multiplication

The past week the kindergarten students used the stamp game, dot board, multiplication bead board and the small bead frame to practice addition and multiplication (repeat addition).

A peek into next week: Measuring with a Ruler in cm and in – whole measurements

Reminders:

Rehearsal | All School Christmas Show | Cuyahoga Falls High School Auditorium | December 11 @ 6:00 pm7:30 pm

All School Christmas Show | Cuyahoga Falls High School Auditorium | December 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | NO AFTERCARE

Pajama Day | December 20

Christmas Break | NO SCHOOL | December 23, 2019January 3, 2020

Enrichment Highlight:

For science this week we learned that oxidation is when one molecule gives another electrons. We oxidized luminal using hydrogen peroxide. When the hydrogen peroxide oxidized the luminal it began to glow.Work Time:

Movable Alphabet: This child is practicing blending and forming words using the different letter sounds she has mastered “jet” “zip” “flag” and “ax”
Addition: These children are using the golden beads to discover that when you put two small numbers together (addends) you get a larger number (sum) and that this process is called addition.
Bead Board: This child is using the bead board to do static addition. It is a more abstract way to work with the decimal system. He is also familiarizing himself with the different categories: units, tens, hundreds and thousands by looking at it in a different way.
Multiplication Bead Board: This child is practicing multiplication in a way that will lead her to the memorization of the essential multiplication tables.

A Peek into Reading Group

This was our last Mo Willams book for Reading Group. We read My Friend Is Sad. In the book, Elephant is sad and Piggie tries to cheer him up by dressing up as a cowboy, robot, and a clown, but this does not cheer Elephant up. It ends up that Gerald did not know that it was Piggie in the costumes and all he wanted was  his friend, not the clown, robot, and cowboy. Piggie jokes at the end that Gerald needs new glasses.

During the readings, the students listended to me read and repeated the words after me. We had discussions about how the characters were feeling in the book, and why Piggie would tell Gerald he needed new glasses. The group wrote responses to prompts such as, what they were wondering about and why the robot, cowboy, and robot didn’t cheer Gerald up.

 

The students are posing for the last reading group before the new year.

 

A Peek Into The Next Reading Group

-The studens will be starting the Junior Great Book series.

-The students will be listening to stories and poems.

-The students will participate in comprehension and evaluative activities.


A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of November 18th and 25th

Classroom: What I am thankful for

The past couple of weeks we talked about Thanksgiving and being thankful. The students shared what their families do for Thanksgiving and learned that we all have our own traditions. The students also reviewed why the Pilgrims and Indians ate a meal together. Each student shared what they were thankful for to create a classroom thankful turkey.

A peek into next week: Christmas Show Practice

Kindergarten: Multiplication

The past couple of weeks the kindergarten students used the stamp game to discover that multiplication is simple repeat addition.

A peek into next week: Multiplication

Reminders:

11/2711/29 Thanksgiving Break | NO SCHOOL

Enrichment Highlight:
This week in Taekwondo the students practiced following muti-step instructions and left and right coordination by punching targets.

Work Time:

USA Puzzle: This child is putting the USA puzzle together while also learning the names the states.
Sequence Cards: These children are practicing the order in which events happen. First, you put toothpaste on your toothbrush. Second, you scrub your teeth. Last, you dry your face.
Cursive Chalkboard Writing: This child is practicing writing his name on a chalkboard. He is developing multiple skills involving his eyes, arms, hands, memory, posture and body control.
Movable Alphabet: This child is practicing blending and forming words using the different letter sounds he has mastered to write a complete sentence “The wig is on the pig.”

A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of November 11th

Classroom: Pilgrims and Indians

This week we talked about the Pilgrims and Indians.  The students learned that the Pilgrims came from England to our country for religious freedom.  We read books about what the Pilgrims experienced during their journey on the Mayflower and once they landed at Plymouth Rock.

A peek into next week: What I am thankful for

Kindergarten: Addition

This week the kindergarten students used the stamp game to discover that when you put two small numbers together (addends) you get a larger number (sum) and that this process is called addition.

A peek into next week: Multiplication

Reminders:

11/22 Fall Progress Reports

11/2711/29 Thanksgiving Break | NO SCHOOL

Enrichment Highlight:
For science we mixed liquid glass with different metal salts to create a chemical jellyfish.
Work Time:
Sequence Cards: This child is practicing the order in which events happen. First, the egg cracks. Second, the chick pecks his way out. Last, the chick dries its feathers.
Table Scrubbing: This child is using many motor skills while also remembering the order and sequence of each action to successfully table scrub, which naturally leads to the development of concentration.
Short 4 Bead Chain: This child is practicing counting by multiples of 4. He starts by counting the chain and labeling it (4, 8, 12, 16) then he reads the multiples.

A Peek Into Reading Group

The kindergartners have been listening to the book Waiting Is Not Easy by Mo Willems. In the story, Piggie tells Gerald  that he has a surprise for him. Gerald is excited but Piggie tells him he has to wait for the surprise. Elephant becomes impatient and does not want to wait anymore. Piggie tells him it will be worth the wait. After waiting all day, Piggie shows Gerald the stars and Elephant realizes it was worth the wait.

After the readings, we disscussed how Elephant was behaving while he was waiting and that sometimes it is hard to be patient. They drew a time that they had a hard time waiting, wote about what they wondered during the story, and why they thought Gerald was not happy about waiting, and then we made a  chart together as a group.

A Peek Into the Next Two Weeks

-The students will be listening to My Friend is Sad

-The students will be participating in group discussions

-The students will be participating in comprehension activities


A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of November 4th

Classroom: Food Groups

This past week we talked about the five food groups: fruits, vegetables, dairy, proteins, and grains.  The students learned about MyPlate which is a healthy guide that shows how much to eat from each food group every day.  As a group the children created a MyPlate chart and listed a variety of foods in each group. They also talked about how being active plays a big part of being healthy. The students learned that they should get at least one hour of exercise daily and eat healthy foods to live a healthy life.

A peek into next week: Pilgrims and Indians

Kindergarten: Addition

This week the kindergarten students used the stamp game to discover that when you put two small numbers together (addends) you get a larger number (sum) and that this process is called addition.

A peek into next week: Addition

Reminders:

11/ 14 Operation Christmas Child | Packing Party

11/22 Fall Progress Reports

11/2711/29 Thanksgiving Break | NO SCHOOL

Enrichment Highlight:
In art class the students made a group art piece with a long line because they learned that a line is a dot that went on a long walk.
Work Time:
Stamp Game: These children are doing static addition (a sum without exchanging) problems using the stamp game. They are practicing addition at a higher level of abstraction.
Triangle Box: This child is exploring different ways to use smaller triangles to make larger triangles.
Cursive Chalkboard Writing: This child is practicing writing an uppercase cursive M on a chalkboard. She is developing multiple skills involving her eyes, arms, hands, memory, posture and body control.

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

Classroom: Bats

This week the students learned about different types of bats from micro to mega and even found out that there is a bat that is as small as a bumblebee! The students also discovered how and where bats sleep and that they find their food through echolocation. They were amazed to discover that bats are also mammals like them because they: have fur all over their bodies, born alive, drink mothers milk and are warm blooded. The students even learned that bats are nocturnal and that when we are sleeping they are eating all of the insects like mosquitoes, beetles and ants helping humans by stopping the spread of diseases and insects from eating crops.

A peek into next week: Food Groups

Kindergarten: Addition

This week the kindergarten students used the golden beads to discover that when you put two small numbers together (addends) you get a larger number (sum) and that this process is called addition.

A peek into next week: Addition

Reminders:

11/ 14 Operation Christmas Child | Packing Party

11/22 Fall Progress Reports

11/2711/29 Thanksgiving Break | NO SCHOOL

Enrichment Highlight:
During music class this week, we learned some new listening songs about telling the truth and being kind. During the songs we got to play tambourines and dance along with the music while still using our listening skills to do what the lyrics were telling us to do.

Work Time:

Ten Board: This child is being introduced to the names for the tens quantities “twenty”, “thirty”, “forty”…”ninety”.
Fabric Box: This child used a blindfold to feel each piece of fabric and match it to its pair.
Shoe Tying: This child is learning how to care for himself while developing a sense of independence and refining his fine motor skills and coordination of movements to successfully tie a shoe.

A Peek Into Reading Group

In reading group we read the Mo Willems’ book I Am Invited to a Party! In the story, Piggie gets invited to a party and asks Elephant to come with him. They do not know what type of party it is, so they discuss how they should dress. They end up dressing for a fancy, costume, pool party.

After each reading the kindergartners completed different activities. They wrote about what they were wondering about, and what kind of party they would want to go to. Then, they drew what they thought Elephant and Piggie did at the party, and what they would wear if they went to a party.

These students are drawing aht they would wear if they went to a party.
The kindergartners are drawing what they think Piggie and Elephant did at the party.

 

A Peek Into the Next Weeks

-The students will be reading Waiting is so Hard

-The students will participate in comprehension and evaluative  activites.

-The students will participate in discussion about the story.


A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of October 21st

Classroom: Pumpkins

This week the students learned all about pumpkins and the different parts like: flesh, pulp, stem, seeds and rind. They were able to explore the inside of a pumpkin  by digging out the insides and touching the seeds and pulp. The students also created a venn diagram of apples and pumpkins.

A peek into next week: Bats

Kindergarten: Parts of Plants

The students learned the characteristics and parts of trees, flowers, leaves, insects and arachnids  by using and working with the puzzles and control charts in the classroom.

A peek into next week: Addition

Reminders:

11/1 Halloween Party

11/ 14 Operation Christmas Child | Packing Party

11/22 Fall Progress Reports

11/2711/29 Thanksgiving Break | NO SCHOOL

Enrichment Highlight:
First belt test of the year!!!

Work Time:

Brown Stairs: This child is showing his grandparents how he can build the brown stairs by visually discriminating them from thickest to thinest.
Sound Cylinders: This child is showing her grandma how she can shake each cylinder and listen carefully to the sound then find its match.
USA Puzzle: This child is showing his grandma how he can independently put the USA puzzle together and name the states.
Trinomial Cube: This child is showing her grandpa that she knows how to build the trinomial cube by matching all the red sides to the red cube, all blue sides to the blue cube and all yellow sides to the yellow cube.
Pyramid Puzzle: This child is showing his grandma that he can match the different colors and shapes together in order to complete and create the pyramid shape.

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

Classroom: Apples

This week the students learned all about apples and all the parts that make up an apple like the skin, flesh, core, seeds and stem. The students enjoyed tasting different types of apples: granny smith, red delicious, gala and honey crisp. They also discovered what the inside of an apple looks like and how apples grow.  The students even had the chance to do apple stamping and make homemade applesauce.

A peek into next week: Pumpkins

Kindergarten: Parts of Animals (mammals, reptiles, birds, fish, amphibians, insects and arachnids)

The kindergarten students learned the characteristics and body parts of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and fish by using and working with the animal puzzles and control charts in the classroom.

A peek into next week: Parts of Plants

Reminders:

10/24 Grandparents Day

11/1 Halloween Party

Enrichment Highlight:

In music class this week the students sang Skinnamarink and played tambourines.

Work Time:

Shoe Tying: This child is learning how to care for himself while developing a sense of independence and refining his fine motor skills and coordination of movements to successfully tie a shoe.
Cursive Chalkboard Writing: This child is practicing writing his first name in cursive on a chalkboard. He is developing multiple skills involving his eyes, arms, hands, memory, posture and body control.
Color Box 4: This child is grading different colors from darkest to lightest, while also refining his sense of sight.
Sandpaper Numbers: This child is learning the symbols for the numbers through the sense of touch and sight.