A Peek At Our Week | Week of December 4th | Ms. Kate’s Class

All week long we learned about Christmas around the world! We had so much fun learning about the different traditions and celebrations in England, France, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland. Together we read books from these countries, created fun holiday crafts from each of these countries, and even learned how to say Merry Christmas in different languages! I think it is so important to teach our children how other countries celebrate different things.

Pink Rhyming: One of our kindergarteners is working on the pink rhyming all by herself for the first time!!! This rhyming work is more advanced then our picture rhyming cards. The children are able to recognize the middle and ending sounds visually as well as sorting them into the different sound categories.
Dynamic Addition with the golden beads: When working on dynamic addition the child is recognizing the process of addition is simply the combining of equal or unequal quantities to form one large quantity. They are also exchanging ten of one hierarchy for one of the next.

 

One of our friends is working on our long cubing chain. The purpose of this work is to practice linear and skip counting. This material is also a preparatory activity for more advanced work in the elementary grades.
This week our children did so amazing on their kindness jar! From the first week of school till now they earned 237 puff balls that filled our entire bucket!!! Way to go! For their much deserved reward we had a special pj day full of treats and rewards!

 

This week I placed clay on our practical life shelf. It was a hit! Using clay is one way our children can use their creative imagination. I love this because it is so open ended and lets the child create anything. One of our friends created dice with the clay and used a fork to create the dots.Using clay helps build their muscles in their hands that will then help with their fine motor skills.
This week was all about Christmas around the world. In this picture the children are cutting out Christmas trees and gluing on sequins. We learned that the Christmas tree first started in Germany and was said that by having one in the house it took away the evil spirits. It then became a world wide tradition. Crafts is a great way for children to grasp the idea or information in a different way. It also helps gain their fine motor skills by cutting, gluing and coloring.

Take A Peek Into Next Week:
The theme for next week is about the importance of giving to others. Together we will talk about the difference between a want vs. a need, making a helping others paper chain, making cookies for the fire fighters, creating bird feeders, and much much more!

Reminders:
Wednesday the 13th is our dress rehearsal at 6pm.

Friday the 15th is our Christmas show at 6pm!

Wednesday the 20th is pj, movie, and show and tell day!!!


Take A Peek Into Our Week/Ms.Kate/November 29,2017

I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving holiday!! This past week and a half has been super fun and busy! Last week our class was busy preparing for our classroom Thanksgiving Feast. Our class made homemade applesauce, homemade butter, and a yummy chicken casserole. Together we cut and sliced up the veggies we needed, worked hard on measuring out the right ingrediants, and putting everything together. When children are able to help prepare dinner or any meal with their family it gives the child a sense of purpose, understands how much time and love goes into preparing a meal, and gives them a sense of accomplishment. We had a wonderful feast! This week our class focused on winter and what it means. Together we discussed how winter happens, clothes that we would wear during this season, winter storms and blizzards, and how snow is formed! I also wanted to say how proud I am of how hard these kiddos have been working on gaining more freedom in the classroom! Way to go!!!!

Here our friends are slicing and chopping up the celery for our chicken casserole. When doing this the children are learning a one step direction, gaining fine motor skills, and feeling the sense of accomplishment.
our final preparation for the feast was making our friendship tablecloth! The children were able to draw their friends, family, or what they were thankful for!
Sand Trays are a creative way to help kids learn to write letters, numbers, shapes, and pre-writing strokes. There are a ton of different ways that writing trays can be set up and used in letter formation. Essentially, a sand tray uses a low container (or TRAY) and a medium that can be moved and shifted for writing. Our friend is working on one of our form drawing booklets that is an introduction to our cursive letters.
One of our kindergarten students is working on their handwriting booklet. This booklet teaches our children the swing letters, as well as the different strokes. This booklet shows the child how to place the cursive letters properly on the lined paper.
The direct aim of flower arranging is to teach the child to cut and arrange flowers. With this lesson the child is working on concentration, order, independence, and teaching them that there is beauty in our world.
I can’t express how much love I have for each and every one of my kiddos in my class! To see them grow in a different way every day, see the love and kindness in their heart, and watch as they grow into their own individual makes my heart melt. So very thankful:)

Take A Peek Into Next Week:

Next week our classroom theme is Christmas around the world. We will be studying how other countries celebrate this holiday, the different traditions of families, and how certain things came to be ( decorating a tree, singing carols, santa, and more)!

 


Take A Peek At Our Week/Ms.Kate/November 16, 2017

This week our friends earned the freedom to go choose a work on their own! I am really happy to see more respect going on in our room. Our friends have Been practicing and using their manners, discussing different ways to can respect each other, and the words we can use that are polite.

One of our kindergarteners is working on our addition finger charts. This work helps the child memorize their math facts, number recognition, numerical order, and also fine motor skills.
Our friends really enjoy tracing their numbers. When tracing they are practicing their fine motor skills, holding a pencil correctly, gain hand eye coordination, and visual discrimination.
Learning how to cut is such an important skill to have. One of our questions in our progress reports asks if they are able to cut with scissors. Did you know that cutting allows a child to build up the tiny muscles in the palm of their hands. It also enhances their hand eye coordination, and encourages them to use their bilateral coordination which is using both sides of the body at the same time while each hand is performing it’s own task.

Take A Peek Into Next Week

We are getting ready for our classroom thanksgiving celebration. On Tuesday our class will be preparing our feast THEMSELVES! It will be a very special day:)


Take A Peek Into Our Week/ Ms. Kate/November 9, 2017

This week our class focused so very hard on respect and what that word truly means. We also worked on grace and courtesy lessons. We spent a lot of time working on a lot of our ground rules for our classroom as well.

 

One of our students is working on the lowercase initial stroke pages we have in our classroom. These strokes help the child at the begining steps for cursive writing. When you think of lowercase letters you notice that all of them start and end the same way. This work helps to prepare them in this way.

 

Another one of our friends is also working on her form drawings. She is tracing the different forms on lined paper. This work also helps prepare them for cursive.

 

When working on the 100 board the children are learning linear counting, and number recognition. Our friend here is also writing out 1 to 100. This helps with fine motor skills, number formation, and also with linear counting.
One of our kindergartener’s is working on static addition with the golden beads. The purpose is for the child to understand that the process of addition is simply the combining of equal or unequal quantities to form one large quantity.

Take A Peek Into Next Week:

Next week we will be focusing on manners, sharing, how to talk to friends, ground rules, and grace and courtesy.


Take A Peek Into Our Week | Ms. Kate | Week of October 30th

This week we learned all about Nutrition. We discussed the importance of exercise, went over My Plate and the foods you need to choose for it, the five food groups, and how to wash our hands the right way with a variety of hands on activities, songs, books, and videos.

The metal insets are used to help with pencil control, to refine hand movements in the preparation for writing. This work also helps with eye-hand coordination.
Today are friend was working on our Vertebrate and Invertebrate cards. These cards teach the child about which animal or insect has a back bone or the ones that do not. It also teaches the child about grouping and  how to place cards in the right category.
Me. Ame made a fun My Plate matching work. My Plate is the current nutritional guide that replaced the food pyramid. This plate shows children the 5 food groups that should be placed on their plate at every meal.
Weaving is such an excellent activity to bring into the classroom. Weaving not only promotes fine motor skills, but helps children learn how to create patterns and work through problems that may encounter while weaving. It can also be a beautiful way to express themselves artistically.

A Peek Into Next Week

Over the next couple of weeks we will be having many lessons on respect, grace and courtesy, kindness, and classroom rules.


A Peek Into Our Week/ Ms. Kate/ October 26th, 2017

This week our class had a blast learning about spiders, bats, jack- o-lanterns, special traditions our families have for Halloween, and super fun crafts for our party!

I introduced the children to a tree map. With this activity we first read a book about spiders. We then discussed everything that spiders are, what they have, and what they can do. This activity is great for reading comprehension. We did this same activity when we learned about bats but in a different format.
This is just one of the many fun crafts that the children made with Me. Ame. With each crafts they made there was a lesson that went with them. When doing a craft the children have to follow a one step direction. They also gain fine motor skills when coloring, cutting, and gluing. Crafts also gain there concentration and focusing skills, which will then help them later on with our longer more challenging works.
Our friend is working on our What does not belong work. The purpose of this work is to help prepare the student for reading. This teaches the child how to hold interest and gain their concentration skills.
Our North America map teaches the child the different counties in our continent, gains their fine motor skills, and helps with their focus and concentration.

A Peek Into Next Week

Next week is all about Nutrition. We will be learning about healthy habits, the importance of exercise, filtration water systems as Pureosmosis for better water, learning about My food plate, creating our own salad together and much much more!


Take A Peek Into Our Week/ Ms.Kate/ Week of October 16

This week our class explored everything about pumpkins. Together we labeled the parts of the pumpkin, talked about the life cycle of a pumpkin and then followed with an activity, and had a blast with our pumpkin investigation. With this activity the children had to use adjectives to describe the outside and inside of our pumpkin, measure how tall our pumpkin was with duplos, counted all the seeds, and then voted on the face we wanted for our pumpkin. It was such a fun week!

Our friend was very excited about tracing the frog puzzle for the very first time. When using our different animal puzzles the children are able to gain fine motor skills, learn the parts of  the animal, gain focus and concentration.
Syllable awareness is one component of phonological awareness. Students gain the ability to hear phonemes that comprise words and explore speech sounds as syllables.
During group time we created a chart together and brainstormed everything that pumpkins can do, what pumpkins have, and what pumpkins are. I love these types of lessons because it gives the child a chance to speak their minds, gain confidence skills, and working together as a team.
The children had so much fun with our investigation. During this activity the children were able to use their math skills by linear counting, discussing the different sizes, and also gaining knowledge of what an adjective is by using descriptive words for our pumpkin.
This week our field student gave a lesson on pumpkins. In her lesson she made a fall discovery bottle. Every child was able to participate in placing the certain objects into the bottle. She then gave a fun lesson on the different pumpkins you can find. The children had the best time!

A Peek Into Next Week:

Next week we will be having so much fun learning about bats, spiders, and getting ready for our Halloween party!

REMINDERS:

Halloween party is next Friday starting with lunch at 1130.

 

 


A Peek into Our Week | Ms. Kate’s Class | Week of October 9th

I truly love this time of year. The perfect smell of fall, the beautiful colors we see all around us, and all of the really fun things our class gets to talk and learn about! This week we focused on Autumn. We had a blast heading outdoors together and collecting the different kinds of leaves we saw. As a group, we discussed the different types of leaves and then sorted them into different colors and created a leaf color graph. We also learned about chlorophyll and what happens to the tree and leaves as the different seasons go by. The children were also very excited  to  explore their leaves they found with leaf rubbings. It was a fantastic week!

Here is our leaf color chart that the children made. Having the children sort and classify is helping the children organize their understanding of language, people and the objects in their environment. This process is the child’s first step into math and science!
Our two friends are working on copy writing the basket of sight words. When you copy write the children refine their fine motor skills, are able to form letters and understand the purpose from just seeing a word and now writing it on to paper. Children also feel proud and gain more confidence in themselves when they see what they can do while they are writing. It can also spark their creativity.
Having a special moment in the library with one of our field students from the University of Akron.
This week our children were able to explore the different types of leaves that they brought in. One of our lessons was leaf rubbing. This lesson provides knowledge of the different leaves, fine motor skills as they color back and forth. They also have to follow step by step directions.

 

A Peek Into Next Week

Next week is all about pumpkins! Another one of my favorites ☺ Together we will…

  • discuss the life cycle of a pumpkin
  • have fun investigating a pumpkin from the inside out
  • sink or float science experiment
  • use our five senses to explore a pumpkin

Parent Education Night Wednesday, October 25th at 6:30pm (Tallmadge Campus) click on the link to register: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b48a8a92da6f94-montessori


A Peek into our Week | Ms. Kate’s Class | Week of October 2nd

This week we had so much fun learning all about apples. We had fun  learning about the parts of an apple, the life cycle of an apple tree, painting with apples, graphing our favorite apple, and making homemade applesauce. We had such a blast!

Our friend is working hard on the Geometry Cabinet. The purpose of this work is for the child to gain visual and tactile knowledge of the geometric forms.
Our friend is working on our picture to picture match work. This work is a pre-reading skill . Picture to picture matching also brings in deep concentration which can be very calming for a child. It also provides an opportunity to master a skill, and helps to demonstrate their knowledge in the world around them.
This week we made homemade applesauce together. The children were able to cut the apples and place all of the ingredients  into the crock pot. It was super yummy!

A Peek into Next Week:

Next week our class will be jumping into Autumn! we will have fun exploring different types of leaves, why leaves change color, having fun with leaf rubbings, fun learning new fall songs and more!

Parents this weekend will be the perfect fall weekend for a hike. Go and explore a favorite trail. While you are there try to find some colorful leaves! You are more than welcome to bring in your leaves to share!

 

Reminders

  • Parent Education Night Wednesday, October 25th at 6:30pm
    You can register to attend and for childcare by clicking this link
  • Halloween Party Friday, October 27, 2017

Peek at our Week | Ms. Kate’s Class | Week of September 25th

This week we learned all about what respect is, and using our manners. Throughout the week, we had discussions about what is a peacemaker and what a peace breaker does. We also made our own classroom rules as a group. Together as a class, we also created a listening chart. I was super proud of how well the children grasped this concept!

Our friend here is working on the Geometry Cabinet. With this work the children discriminate their geometric shapes. They are also learning new vocabulary.
Our kindergartners are working on their weekly journal entries. When children are journal writing they are able to write about personal experiences, and their reflections. It also teaches children that their thoughts, feelings, and words can be transferred from their minds to paper.
This week our friend worked really hard on the trinomial cube. The purpose of the amazing material is for the preparation for mathematics, working on three dimensional patterns. This is also an introduction for algebra.

Take a Peek Into Next Week !
Next week is all about apples! We will be focusing using on the life cycle of an apple, learning about Johnny Appleseed, tasting different types of apples, and making homemade applesauce!