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

Ocean Animals

The students learned that oceans are the largest habitat for an animal to live in. They discovered that ocean animals can be found on the coast to all depths from the surface to the deepest darkest trenches of the ocean. We also talked about how only five percent of the world’s animals live in the ocean. We looked at  the similarities and differences between dolphins, sharks, whales, seahorses, fish, squids etc.

Work Time

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.
Bead Frame: This child is using the bead frame to do static addition. It is a more abstract way to work with the decimal system. She is also familiarizing herself with the different categories: units, tens, hundreds and thousands by looking at it in a different way.
Cutting: This child is developing his fine motor skills by using scissors to cut along the lined paper. He is also developing his sense of order, concentration, coordination and independence.

Reminders:

January 25 | Ms. Courtney | Bring Your Parent to Work Time

February 9 | All School Dance | Fundraiser | 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
A peek into next week: Martin Luther King Jr.

A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of January 7

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:

Sandpaper Letters: This child is tracing and identifying the sounds of the letters ‘w’ and ‘m’ and connecting the sounds with the initial sounds of different objects like web and motorcycle.
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 6 units and adds 1 more unit he will have 7 units.
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.
Movable Alphabet: These children are saying the words of different objects and phonetically spelling them:bed, web, kat, ax, pin and kup.
Sand Tray Form Drawing: This child is practicing writing the form “humps” in sand. By doing this she is developing multiple skills involving her eyes, arms, hands, memory, posture and body control.
Table Sweeping: This child is developing the movements needed to manipulate a broom and dustpan. He is also developing his coordination, independence and concentration.
Weaving: This child is developing her dexterity and manipulative skills by repeatedly using her hands to weave the ribbon over and under. She is also developing her  fine motor skills and concentration while building her self-confidence.

Reminders:

January 21 | Martin Luther King Jr. Day | NO SCHOOL

January 25 | Ms. Courtney | Bring Your Parent to Work Time

February 9 | All School Dance | Fundraiser | 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
A peek into next week: Ocean Animals

A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of December 10 and 17th

Over the past couple of week the children read a lot of holiday books and did a lot of different crafts. I am so proud of how hard they worked during our Christmas Show practices. They did such a great job on their performance last Friday!

Work Time

Sandpaper Letters: This child is tracing and identifying the sounds of the letters ‘p’ and ‘t’ and connecting the sounds with the initial sounds of different objects like purse and turtle.
Movable Alphabet: This child is saying the words of different objects and phonetically spelling them:cup, dog and pom. He used both the print and cursive movable alphabet so that he could compare them.
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.
Rhyming Cards: This child is identifying and matching the rhyming object pictures. He is able to understand and hear when two words sound the same.

Guest Readers

Reminders

School Resumes | January 7, 2019


A Peek Into Reading Group

With Ms. Faith

The last story the kindergartners listened to was The Fire Cat. The story was about a cat who got into trouble a lot and didn’t have any friends. One day he chases a little cat up into a tree, and ends up getting stuck. A fireman comes to rescue him and ends up taking him to the fire house to become a fire cat.

Throughout the story the group was able to participate in discussion, share their opinions, and practice reading parts of the story aloud. They also completed comprehension activities that went along with the story.

The students are sharing their drawings of the fire cat chasing smaller cats

A Peek Into After Break

– The students will be listening to a poem called Every Time I climb a Tree.

– The students will learn about rhythm in poems.

– The students will learn the vocabulary words: skin,  dodge,  spot.


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