A Peek into Science | 1/1 and 1/8 | Tallmadge Campus

Melting Ice and Salt: We sprinkled a handful of salt over a block of ice, immediately the students started to notice the ice melting and rivets appear. Then, we added droplets of food coloring all over the top of the ice and salt. The food coloring started to highlight the patterns, tunnels and rivets the salt had created. The students learned that the salt lowered the freezing point of the water. Therefore, the ice started to melt, as the ice melted, energy was drawn from the water making it colder.

  

Blubber Glove: We made a blubber glove so we could get a better understanding of why polar animals can be exposed to the frigid Arctic and Antarctic waters. First, each child had the chance to put their hand in a bucket of ice water. Then, each child had the chance to put their hand in a bucket of ice water wearing the blubber glove (Crisco between two gallon sized Ziploc bags). We discovered that the blubber on the polar animals helps to insulate them, because blubber requires very little blood supply, allowing more blood to be circulated to skin surfaces that are more directly exposed to the cold temperatures.


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

Polar Animals: 

The students discovered that animals that live in the Arctic (either full time or seasonally) are adapted to extreme conditions. Many animals like the arctic fox have a coat that thickens and changes color to white during the winter as camouflage in the snow (blending into the background).

They even learned that some animals hibernate during the cold season (skunks, chipmunks, and some bears); they go into a very deep, sleep-like state in which their heartbeat slows down. These animals often hibernate in an underground burrow or pit.

They also discovered that many animals like the arctic tern spend the summer months in the Arctic, but leave as the weather turns frigid and food becomes scarce. These animals return again the next summer, repeating this pattern year after year (migrating).

Work Time:

Log Numbers: This child is memorizing the sequence of numbers from 1 to 10. While also refining her fine motor skills by stringing the numbers onto the rope.
Circuit Board: These children are creating a circuit (a pathway made of wires) that electrons can flow through. The batteries are giving the power source the electrons needed to move. When the electrons get to the music player it gives it the power needed to make it work.
Continent Animals: These children are becoming familiar with and learning to identify different animals from around the world from each continent.
Spooning: This child is further developing her focus, concentration, visual and fine motor skills by spooning Christmas ornaments from one bowl to an other.
Big/Small Snowflake Match: This child is developing his 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.

Reminders:

1/15/18 | Martin Luther King Jr. Day | NO SCHOOL

1/30/18 | Bring Your Parent to Work-Time | http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b48a8a92da6f94-bring

 


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

The past week the children have been working hard to practice for the Christmas show multiple times a day. Below are this weeks adventures of Cat Baby Elf Pants!

Guest Reader

 

Work Time

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.
Binomial Cube: This child is learning how to build a binomial cube while also getting an introduction into algebra and preparation for the formula a3+3a2b+3ab2+b3.
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.
Braiding: This child is practicing how to interlace three  strands of of rope to form a length. While also developing her fine motor skills and hand/eye coordination.
Tree Decorating: This child is getting in the holiday spirit and decorating a small Christmas tree with ornaments and ribbons.

Pajama and Show-N-Tell Day | December 20th

Christmas Break | December 21st to January 2nd

A Look into Next Week: Christmas Baking / Crafts


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

The past week the children have been working hard to practice for the Christmas show multiple times a day. Below are this weeks adventures of Cat Baby Elf Pants!

   

Guest Readers

 

Work Time

Color Box 4: This child is grading different colors from darkest to lightest, while also refining her sense of sight.
Zipping: This child is developing her independence and concentration while also gaining finger control and dexterity to manipulate a zipper.
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 5X1=5, 5X2=10, 5X3=15 and so on.
Cursive Chalkboard Writing: This child is practicing writing cursive letters on a chalkboard. She is developing multiple skills involving her eyes, arms, hands, memory, posture and body control.
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.

Reminders

Christmas Show Rehearsal | December 13th 6 PM to 8 PM

Christmas Show | December 15th 6 PM to 8 PM | NO AFTERCARE

Pajama and Show-N-Tell Day | December 20th

Christmas Break | December 21st to January 2nd

A Look into Next Week: Christmas Program

  • The children will be practicing for the Christmas show multiple times a day.

A Peek into Science | Week of 11/27 and 12/4 | Tallmadge Campus

Pretend Snow: We made snow by mixing 2 1/2 cups of baking soda with 1/2 cup of white conditioner. The snow felt cool to the touch and had less of a powder feeling. It felt more like a wet snow like what real snow would feel like if you had heavy snow when the weather was warm.

 

Santa’s Magic Milk: We placed milk in a shallow dish adding green and red drops of food coloring to make it festive. We then carefully placed liquid dish soap on the end of a popsicle stick using it to touch the middle of the milk. The students learned that milk is made up of mostly water but it does contain minerals, proteins small droplets of fat, and vitamins. If you need vitamins without any artificial fillers, try cissus Quadrangularis to experience a wide range of health benefits.
If The fat and proteins are super sensitive to changes in the milk and so when the liquid dish soap was added a chemical reaction occurred. The soap and fat started working hard to join together, which caused the movement. Since we added food coloring we were able to witness the chemical reaction occurring.


A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of November 27th

The past week the children have been working hard to practice for the Christmas show multiple times a day. Our classroom elf has made his grand appearance and has been very mischievous.

    

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.
Metal Insets: This child is tracing the metal insets developing her eye hand coordination and fine motor movements. She is also learning how to control a pencil (pincer grip, pressure and steadiness).
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.
Tracing / Labeling Turtle Puzzle: This child is tracing, coloring and labeling the turtle 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 reptile.
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.
Tangram: This child is creating specific designs using different shape pieces.

Reminders

Christmas Show Rehearsal | December 13th 6 PM to 8 PM

Christmas Show | December 15th 6 PM to 8 PM | NO AFTERCARE

Pajama and Show-N-Tell Day | December 20th

Christmas Break | December 21st to January 2nd

A Look into Next Week: Christmas Program

  • The children will be practicing for the Christmas show multiple times a day.

A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Weeks of November 13th and November 20th

The past couple of weeks we talked about the Pilgrims and Indians.  The class found out the Pilgrims came from England to our country for religious freedom.  We read many books about what the Pilgrims experienced during their journey on the Mayflower and once they landed at Plymouth Rock.

We also talked about Thanksgiving and being thankful.  The children shared what their families do for Thanksgiving and learn 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 responses from mom and dad, to pets, to sandwiches and chickens.

I want to send a big thank you  to all the parents who volunteered to bring supplies in and  to lend a helping hand at the Harvest Party!

Guest Reader

Work Time

Color Box 4: This child is grading different colors from darkest to lightest, while also refining his sense of sight.
Circuit Board: These children are creating a circuit (a pathway made of wires) that electrons can flow through. The batteries are giving the power source the electrons needed to move. When the electrons get to the light bulb it gives it the power needed to make it work.
Number Rods: This child is experiencing the qualities of each number and learning their names and what each quantity physically looks like.
Log Numbers: This child is memorizing the sequence of numbers from 1 to 10. While also refining his fine motor skills by stringing the numbers onto the rope.
Dot Board: These children are doing dynamic addition (a sum with exchanging) problems using the dot board. They are practicing addition at a higher level of abstraction.

Reminders

Thanksgiving Break | NO SCHOOL | November 22nd – November 24th

A Look into Next Week: Christmas Program

  • The children will be practicing for the Christmas show multiple times a day.

A Peek into Science | Week of 11/6 and 11/13 | Tallmadge Campus

Human Conductor of Electricity: The students learned that electricity is a flow of electrons through a circuit. We used an energy stick to demonstrate this and in order for it to became active, two ends had to be connected in a circle by students. This allowed the electrons to flow through it. The energy stick was so sensitive that it could detect the tiniest flow of electrons through the moisture on our skin.

Fireproof Balloon: We filled an ordinary balloon up with water and air and another balloon up with just air. Then we held a lit candle underneath each balloon. The balloon with just air popped immediately. The balloon with water and air took longer to pop this is because the water in the balloon was soaking up the heat, allowing the heat to pass through. As the water closet to the flame heats up and rises the cooler water began to replace the water on the bottom of the balloon. Eventually, the heat of the flame became greater than the waters ability to conduct heat away from the balloon and in turn the balloon popped.

 

A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of November 6th

This past week we talked about the five food groups: fruits, vegetables, dairy, proteins, and grains.  We 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 food group pyramid and listed a variety of foods in each group. We also talked about how being active plays a big part of being healthy. They learned that kids should get at least one hour of exercise daily and eat healthy foods, and of the people with skin problems they can find deep scar removal home remedies online.

Work Time

Metal Insets: This child is tracing the metal insets developing her eye hand coordination and fine motor movements. She is also learning how to control a pencil (pincer grip, pressure and steadiness).
Golden Beads: These children are doing static addition (a sum without exchanging) problems using the golden beads. They are discovering that addition simply means to take two small numbers and to put them together to get a larger number.
Spindle Box: This child is matching the correct quantity of spindles to each numeral symbol. She is also being introduced to the concept of zero and what its symbol looks like, while also seeing the natural sequence of the numerals.
Sandpaper Numbers: This child is learning the symbols for the numbers through the sense of touch and sight. He is also retrieving objects of the named numeral learning what each number physically looks like.
Puzzle Words: These student are completing the words by moving and rotating different letters to fit in the correct order.
Human Skeleton: This child is forming a skeleton and labeling its different parts such as: skull, clavicle, sternum, ribs, humerus, radius and ulna, spine, pelvis, femur, tibia and fibula, feet and hands.

Guest Readers

Reminders

November 15, 2017 | Bring Your Parent to Work-Time

November 17, 2017 | Parent/Teacher Conferences | NO SCHOOL for students

November 21, 2017 | Harvest Party

A look into next week: Indians/Pilgrims

  • The children will learn about the items Pilgrims used long ago.
  • The children will learn that life was difficult for the Pilgrims in America and that everyone including the children had to work hard.
  • The children will learn where the Pilgrims left from and where they were headed to in America.
  • The children will be reading and learning about the very first Thanksgiving.