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

Over the past week the children started practicing for their Christmas Show multiple times a day. This will be their main focus for the next few weeks. We are doing a Christmas Tree theme. Feel free to dress your child up in anything Christmas Tree related for the show next Friday and practice singing the songs “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” and “O’ Christmas Tree” with them!

Work Time

Sandpaper Letters: This child is tracing and identifying the sounds of the letters ‘r’ and ‘q’ and connecting the sounds with the initial sounds of different objects like rabbit and quilt.
Movable Alphabet: This child is saying the words of different objects and phonetically spelling them: pan for pan, flowr for flower, pi for pie and str for star.
Cursive Chalkboard Writing: This child is practicing writing the uppercase cursive B on a chalkboard. He is developing multiple skills involving his eyes, arms, hands, memory, posture and body control.
Stamp Game: This child is doing static addition (a sum without exchanging) problems using the stamp game. He is practicing addition at a higher level of abstraction.
Dishwashing: This child is using many motor skills while also remembering the order and sequence of each action to successfully wash dishes, which naturally leads to the development of concentration.
Cards and Counters: These children are demonstrating their knowledge that each number is made up of separate quantities. They are also able to visually see the sequence of numbers and how many separate units go together to form each number.

Guest Reader

Reminders

Christmas Show Rehearsal | December 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (Cuyahoga Falls High School Auditorium, 2300 4th St.)

Christmas Show | No Afterschool care available (student pickup by 3:15pm) | December 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (Cuyahoga Falls High School Auditorium, 2300 4th St.)

Pajama & Show-N-Tell Day | December 21


A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of November 26th

Over the past week the children started practicing for their Christmas Show multiple times a day. This will be their main focus for the next few weeks.

Work Time:

Sandpaper Letters: This child is tracing and identifying the sounds of the letters ‘e’ and ‘t’  and connecting the sounds with the initial sounds of different objects like elephant and train.
Movable Alphabet: This child is saying the words of different objects and phonetically spelling them: rth for earth, bir for bear, hmr shrc for hammer shark and trdl for turtle.
Zipping: This child is developing his independence and concentration while also gaining finger control and dexterity to manipulate a zipper.
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 the shoes.
100 Board: These children are 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.
United States Map: This child is learning the names of the states and where they are located on a map.
Play-dough Letters: This child is developing her fine motor skills while also learning how to  form the letters of the alphabet.

Guest Reader

Reminders:

Christmas Show Rehearsal | December 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (Cuyahoga Falls High School Auditorium, 2300 4th St.)

Christmas Show | No Afterschool care available (student pickup by 3:15pm) | December 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (Cuyahoga Falls High School Auditorium, 2300 4th St.)

Pajama & Show-N-Tell Day | December 21


A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Weeks of November 12th and November 19th

The past couple of weeks we talked about Thanksgiving and being thankful.  The children shared what their families do for Thanksgiving and learned that we all have our own traditions.  We talked about why the Pilgrims and Indians ate a meal together. Each child shared what they were thankful for to create a classroom thankful turkey.  We got a lot of fun responses.

We also talked about the Pilgrims and Indians.  The class found out 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.

I want to send a big thank you  to all the parents who volunteered to bring supplies in to make the Harvest Party a success!

Work Time

Cursive Chalkboard Writing: This child is practicing writing her name on a chalkboard. She is developing multiple skills involving her eyes, arms, hands, memory, posture and body control.
Movable Alphabet: This child is identifying the sounds of the letters ‘j’ ‘k’ ‘h’ ‘l’ ‘i’ and ‘m’ and matching the cursive form to the print form.
Movable Alphabet: This child is saying the word of the object and phonetically spelling them: pagin for penguin, wolrus for walrus and asdnut for astronaut.
Zipping: This child is developing his independence and concentration while also gaining finger control and dexterity to manipulate a zipper.
Tying: These children are learning how to care for themselves and  are developing a sense of independence while refining their fine motor skills and coordination of movements to successfully tie the shoes.
These students are practicing their please and thank yous.

Guest Readers

 

Reminders:

Thanksgiving Break | NO SCHOOL | November 21 – November 23
Bring Your Parent to Work Time | November 30

 


A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of October 29th

This past week we learned about different body parts. The students learned about the parts we can see on the outside and the parts we can’t see on the inside like our lungs, kidneys, stomach, small intestines, large intestines and heart. They made a model of a lung to keep in the classroom and discovered our anatomy apron and skeleton work. Using these works they enjoyed learning about organs and bones and where each one belongs in our bodies.

Work Time

Cursive Chalkboard Writing: This child is practicing writing the uppercase cursive M on a chalkboard. He is developing multiple skills involving his eyes, arms, hands, memory, posture and body control.
Cursive Chalkboard Writing: This child is practicing writing her name on a chalkboard. She is developing multiple skills involving her eyes, arms, hands, memory, posture and body control.
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.
Sandpaper Letters: This child is tracing and identifying the sounds of the letters ‘m’ ‘l’ ‘e’ ‘w’ ‘p’ and ‘oy’ and connecting the sound with the initial sounds of different objects like log, motorcycle, elephant, web, boy and pink.
Introduction Tray: This child is learning the names of each category: units, tens, hundreds, and thousands and learning to identify the quantity and symbol.
Movable Alphabet: This child is saying the word of different objects and matching the symbol with the correct initial sound to the object.

Guest Reader

Reminders

November 16 | Parent / Teacher Conferences | NO SCHOOL for Students

November 20 | Harvest Party | Student’s only

November 30 | Bring Your Parent to Work Time

A peak into next week: Food Groups


A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of October 15th

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

Work Time

Cursive: This student worked really hard to successfully write the first two letters of her name on the chalkboard.
Addition: This child is 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.
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.
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.
Spindle Box: This child is matching the correct quantity of spindles to each numeral symbol. He is also being introduced to the concept of zero and what its symbol looks like, while also seeing the natural sequence of the numerals.

Bring Your Parent to Work Time

Reminders:

October 26 | Halloween Party

October 30 – November 2 | Book Fair Week

November 16 | Parent / Teacher Conferences | NO SCHOOL for Students

A peak into next week: Bats


A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of October 8th

Apples: This week we talked about apples and all the parts that make up an apple like the skin, flesh, core, seeds and stem. The children 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.

Work Time

Nine Layout: This child is becoming familiar with the names and relative sizes of the categories: units, tens, hundreds and thousands. She is also discovering that if she has i.e. 6 units and adds 1 more unit she will have 7 units.
Pumpkin Hammering: This child is hammering golf tees into a pumpkin and is developing the proper movements needed for manipulating a hammer and golf tee. He is also refining his fine motor skills by being able to grasp the golf tee and developing his strength needed holding a pencil to write.
Continent Map: This child traced and labeled all seven continents.
Cursive: This student focused on the correct stokes to successfully write her first name in cursive on the chalkboard.

Guest Reader

Reminders:

October 19 | Bring Your Parent to “Work Time”
October 26 | Halloween Party
October 30 – November 2 | Book Fair Week
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A peak into next week: Pumpkins


A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of October 1st

Leaves: This week the students learned that a leaf is one of the most important parts of a plant. They discovered that leaves produce food for the plant through a process called photosynthesis, and that leaves of different plants vary widely in size, shape and color. Also, the children learned the life cycle of a leaf and why leaves change color in the fall. They discovered the different parts of a leaf like: veins, blade, midrib, petiole and stipule.

Work Time:

Sandpaper Letters: This child is tracing and identifying the sounds of the letters ‘m’ and ‘s’ and connecting the sound with the initial sounds of different objects like skate and motorcycle.
Cards and Counters: This child is demonstrating her knowledge that each number is made up of separate quantities. She is also able to visually see the sequence of numbers and how many separate units go together to form each number.
Tracing / Labeling Leaf Puzzle: This child is tracing, coloring and labeling the leaf puzzle by doing this she is learning how to grip and hold a pencil correctly. It also helps refine her hand control to steady the pencil and she is learning the characteristics of a leaf (veins, blade, midrib, petiole and stipule).
Opposite Cards: This child is identifying and matching pictures of opposites together.
Introduction Tray: This child is learning the names of each category: units, tens, hundreds, and thousands and learning to identify the quantity and symbol.

Guest Reader:

Reminders:

October 19 | Bring Your Parent to “Work Time”
October 26 | Halloween Party
October 30 – November 2 | Book Fair Week
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A peak into next week: Apples


A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of September 24th

Five Senses: This past week the children learned how our five senses help us understand and explore the world around us. They learned that our five senses help us collect information about ourselves and our surroundings. They also learned to identify the five senses: hearing, tasting, smelling, touching and seeing.  We discovered that sometimes we use two or more senses at once; and how important it is for our senses to work together. The children had the opportunity to practice using their senses to determine properties of objects and distinguish them from one another.

Work Time

Pumpkin Scrubbing: This child is using many motor skills while also remembering the order and sequence of each action to successfully pumpkin scrub, which naturally leads to the development of concentration.
Nine Layout: This child is becoming familiar with the names and relative sizes of the categories: units, tens, hundreds and thousands. He is also discovering that if he has i.e. 6 units and adds 1 more unit he will have 7 units.
Stamp Game: This child is doing static addition (a sum without exchanging) problems using the stamp game. He is practicing addition at a higher level of abstraction.
Sandpaper Letters: This child is tracing and identifying the sounds of the letters ‘j’ ‘b’ and ‘m’ and connecting the sound with the initial sounds of different objects like jet, baby and motorcycle.
Sandpaper Numbers: This child is learning the symbols for the numbers through the sense of touch and sight.
Cursive Chalkboard Writing: This child is practicing writing the lowercase cursive letter ‘j’ on a chalkboard. He is developing multiple skills involving his eyes, arms, hands, memory, posture and body control.

Guest Reader

Reminders:

October 19 | Bring Your Parent to “Work Time”
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A peak into next week: Leaves


A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of September 17th

Feelings and emotions: This week the children learned what they can do when they are angry, happy, sad, frustrated, excited etc. They learned how to manage their feelings and emotions. The children practiced how to process, identify and appropriately express their emotions in different scenarios throughout the week. Towards the end of the week we started seeing them express their feelings and emotions to their friends on their own!

Work Time

Skip 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 10X1=10, 10X2=20, 10X3=30 and so on.
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.
Form Drawing: This child is practicing writing the form “humps” on a chalkboard. He is developing multiple skills involving his eyes, arms, hands, memory, posture and body control.
Sandpaper Numbers: This child is learning the symbols for the numbers through the sense of touch and sight. 
These children were getting snack ready when they accidentally knocked everything off the table. Because they have learned how to independently care for the environment and problem solve, they immediately went to get the dust pan and towels to clean the mess up.  

Guest Reader

Reminders:

September 26 | School Picture Day | Tallmadge
October 19 | Bring Your Parent to “Work Time”
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A peak into next week: Five Senses


A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of September 10th

My Family: This past week we learned that we are all part of a family and that families are configured in different ways with many factors affecting them like marriage, divorce, adoption, remarriage and therapies with biblical marriage counselors, ethnic diversity, grandparents as primary care givers, single parents, foster care, etc. We read many books and the student’s shared a lot about their families. Through this they discovered that there are different kinds of families, but most importantly all types of families love and care for each other!

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.
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.
Knobbed Cylinder: This child is able to visually discriminate the dimensions of each cylinder to find its correct placement in the block.
Dishwashing: This child is using many motor skills while also remembering the order and sequence of each action to successfully wash dishes, which naturally leads to the development of concentration.
Nesting Dolls: This child is using her fine-motor skills, coordination, concentration, and sense of order to visually discriminate between the smallest and largest nesting dolls in order to correctly put the dolls back together.
Microscope: This child is learning how to view different organisms under a microscope, including the mushrooms she brought to school.

Guest Reader

Reminders:

September 21 | All School Field Trip | Ramseyer Farms
September 26 | School Picture Day | Tallmadge

A peak into next week: Feelings and Emotions