Take A Peek Into Our Reading Group | November 30, 2017

This past week we got our new books! The children were super excited! The story we read was called The Three Wishes by Margot Zemach. Our first session we read the story together and then discussed our sharing questions as a class. Our second reading together we listened to the story again, we then read together the highlighted phrases and acted out a scene! Near the end of class the children were able to brainstorm their ideas about what they thought the wife was thinking when the sausages grew on the man’s nose? I love hearing the children listen to each other ideas and then share their own thoughts.


Take A Peek Into Our Reading Group!

Our friends have really enjoyed reading this poem and doing the various lessons every week! This week the children had to draw what they thought Beauty looked like. We discussed the ways the stray cat was described in the poem. The children then talked about The different ways the cat might look like. The other activity was a writing experience. The children had to discuss why they would or would not let the stray in. I love listening to the children’s answers, and seeing them think on their own. I then wrote their answers on the white board and the children then were able to copy down their answers.

New books arrive next week!! They are super excited:)


Academic Enrichment | Weeks of November 20th & 27th | Cuyahoga Falls Campus

Kindergarten Lessons:

We finished our counting money by looking at the different bills (paper money).  Paper money was fairly easy to associate and dollar amount for obvious reasons.  We did examine the different looks of these bills.  We then combined the paper money and coins.

We came from break looking at parts of the leaf, parts of the flower, and parts of the tree.  We had a discussion on what makes a living thing, a living thing.  We learned that all living things need to:

Be able to reproduce
Be able to grow
Eat or take in nutrients
Breathe or exchange gases
All living things need water

These criterion differentiates my shoe from a bird or a pencil from my students.  I posed the question “Are trees, plants, grass living things?”  we went through the above criterion and determined Plants….

Reproduce via seeds
They grow
They need water and get nutrients from the soil
They exchange gases (take in Carbon Dioxide and expel Oxygen)

 

Due to the Christmas show rehearsals we will not be learning additional languages, sight words, or synonyms.

 


Academic Enrichment | week of November 27th | Tallmadge

The kindergarten students have been working hard on learning both static and dynamic multiplication using the golden beads, stamp game, bead frame and dot board to solve problems.

Stamp Game: These children are using the stamp game to do multiplication. 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.

 

A Look Into Next Week: Static and Dynamic (exchanging) Multiplication 

  • Exchanging 1s, 10s, 100s and 1000s
  • Using single units, 10 bars, 100 squares and 1000 cubes
  • Discovering that multiplication is simply repeat addition

A Peek into Reading Group

With Ms. Faith

The last two weeks we read a poem called Stray Cat. It was describing a mangy, dirty cat that the speaker of the poem found. We learned about different aspects of a poem, like what stanzas are, who the speaker is in a poem, and how words in poems usually rhyme. We disscused why the speaker used so many describing words for the cat, and decided it was because the speaker wanted you to be able to imagine what the cat looked like.

 

The children took turns sharing their drawings of how they think the stray cat looks.
Sharing what he wondered about while listening to the poem for the first time.

A Peek into the Next Two Weeks

-We will be reading a story about a couple who are granted three wishes

-We will be learning about what  folk tale is.

-We will be having a discussion with interpretive questions.

 

 


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 vitamins, minerals, proteins and small droplets of fat. 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 into Art Class | November 2017

With Ms. Renee

Week of November 6th
For the month of November we will be working with shapes and practicing our cutting and gluing skills! Our first project, creating a circle collage, utilized both of these skills as well as stamping circles with paints! The students practiced cutting circles and gluing them, then stamping circles at the end to create a collage.

Week of November 13th
We read the book Little Owl’s Night by Divya Srinivasan and worked with shapes to create owls of our own! The students tore squares of brown paper to create the owls body and wings. They cut circles for the eyes and glued rectangles for the legs. Each owl turned out so different!

Week of November 27th
Our last project of the month began with the story The Mitten by Jan Brett, a winter classic! The students began our mitten project by using q-tips to stamp circles of snow onto our sky background. Then they experimented with chalk pastels to create a colorful, blended mitten. After cutting out their mittens they decorated them with construction shapes, stickers and pom poms. We glued our mittens to our snowy blue sky background, just like Nicky’s mitten flying through the sky in the story!

 

 


A Peek Into Music November 2017

 

November was a fun filled month for music. Miss Lisa started teaching us some new songs from her CD. The theme this year is Love, Family and Friends. While singing the songs we also focused on using instruments, learning the beat of songs and fun dances!

This month we received our new Music CD from Miss Lisa. This year Miss Lisa is focusing on family and friends in her songs. On this CD are many of the songs we sing in music class. Some of these songs are classics from when you were young and some are familiar tunes with a fun twist on the lyrics to incorporate her theme. Later on this year, Miss Lisa will have a surprise to go along with track 2, Sophie the Yorkie Story.

We started off with track 3 from the CD Boom Boom Ain’t It Great To Be Family. After learning the words, Miss Lisa introduced rhythm and melody to us. Half the class followed the rhythm with rhythm sticks and the other half listened for the melody and danced with scarves when the heard it. Listen to this great song and see if you can identify the parts with your child!

We also learned a short dance to go along with the song as well. Dancing with a partner was so much fun. It was tricky at first to learn the moves, but eventually the moves helped us learn the words of the song better!

Later in the month we started to learn songs that involved movement and an instrument. We had to keep our eyes on Miss Lisa for this one!

We ended our month with learning two different versions of Jingle Bells. One we used bells and the other we played freeze dance with. We also learned Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer with some sweet dance moves. We can’t wait to sing Miss Lisa our songs for our show at the end December.

 


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)!

 


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.