A Peek into Art Class | October 2017

With Ms. Renee

Week of October 1st:
To begin October and our unit on creating “Colorful Masterpieces”, we read I Don’t Draw I Color by Adam Lehrhaupt and Dr. Seuss’s My Many Colored Days. Both books talk about how important color is in art and how color can convey emotion in our artwork. We learned how color can help
us understand our emotions and shared with each other our favorite colors.
We also talked about how sometimes we feel sad or happy or tired and how we can feel more than one emotion at a time! As a class we shared how we were feeling that morning and then used those colors to create our very own colorful masterpiece!

  

Week of October 9th:
We continued our unit on creating “Colorful Masterpieces” with a lesson on lines. Lines are everywhere! All around us! There are so many different types of lines, which we discussed while matching examples to the lesson board.With the intention of practicing some basic cutting and gluing skills our project began with cutting out different types of lines. We worked on holding our scissors properly and following the black lines on the construction paper. Using glue sticks, the students created a line collage!

After demonstrating a few collage techniques (creating a paper spiral, folding the paper accordion like, rolling the paper) it was exciting to see each student incorporate those types of lines into their collages. Each student ended up with a 3D line collage that they cut, folded and glued together themselves!

  

Week of October 16th:
Our third lesson in our unit on “Colorful Masterpieces” began with a discussion about the color wheel and more specifically warm and cool colors. We talked about what a warm and cool color is and looked at examples of famous paintings that were good examples of each, including paintings from Picasso’s Blue Period and Van Gogh’s warm sunflower paintings.
Using lines, we drew and then painted lines onto watercolor paper using only cool colors. It was neat to see how the cool colors mixed together!

Next we traced our hands onto a separate paper and painted them in warm colors. After cutting our hands out the students glued them onto their lined cool color painting. Our end result was truly a masterpiece of warm and cool colors, the little hands making the project all the more special!

Week of October 23rd:
In the spirit of it being the week of our Halloween parties we worked on cutting and gluing shapes as well as painting pumpkins to create our own nighttime pumpkin patch!

 

Week of October 30th:
This week we talked about the changing leaves and colors around us when we go outside to play. We used these colors to create a fall tree collage! Practicing our gluing, cutting and drawing skills the students worked hard at creating their final project. We began with gluing the grass and sky using square tissue papers. Then we drew circles on red, orange and yellow papers to cut and glue down for our fall trees. We finished our projects using brown tree trunks and drawing lines on our trees for branches. Such a fun project that involved many of our basic art skills!

 


Peek In Our The Week| Mr. John| Week Of November 27, 2017

Don’t steal the covers

You can’t because they weigh a ton

With the colder approaching I added a few blankets to my bed.  Actually, I added a heated blanket and a down blanket.  I have not turned on the heated blanket YET but now I am faced with a predicament.  I am not used to all this insulation.  So I toss and turn, both arms out from the covers, one leg from under the covers.  Then I am hot, then cold, hot, cold.  On some of those colder nights I am completely under the covers. Sometimes I wake and it is pitch black and I get a little startled by the darkness but then immediately go back to sleep.  What I am not used to is the weight of the added blankets.  The tossing and turning I mentioned equals a workout at Cross Fit.  I may have dislocated my shoulder and pulled my hamstring trying to maneuver. I sometime just lay there wondering if I will suffocate or just get crushed in my sleep.  My daughter tells me I should sleep better.  She says studies have been done that weight on your body will help you relax.  She also told me it is just like swaddling.  Swaddling?  What the heck is that?  I had to look that one up.  So, every night I face the enemy and the enemy stares back at me and invites me to sleep.  I oblige, get crushed or swaddled and eventually fall asleep.

Postscript:  As mentioned, I haven’t turned on my heated blanket yet but when I do I will crank it to 10 (11 as a This Is Spinal Tap   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xgx4k83zzc) reference.  And I am sure I will feel like a basted turkey.

 

Line Time Lessons:
‘Tis the season for the Christmas Show practices.  We started to practice and will be practicing for the next few weeks.  My class is trying something a little different this year.  We are going in the “Way Back Machine” to Merry Old England and performing two traditional carols.  They are a bit different in melody but I know our extraordinary students will be able to pull it off.

 

Peek Into My Classroom:

We had a pair of alumni come in to visit, read, and tell our students about their experience at their new school. You’re not seeing double they are twins.

 

This student is working on one of her her assignments in her kindergarten binder. She is working on her 100 page. This where she writes from 1 to 100. Then 101 to 200 and so on. This develops her concentration, betters her handwriting, and helps her recognize patterns.

 

This student is working with money. She already knows the value of each coin and now she is counting change.  She is also familiar with “paper money”.

 

We have discussed the visual discrimination of the Pink Tower and Brown Stairs but this child has found the relationship between the two materials. Students will match the corresponding pieces of these material. This student did match the the corresponding pieces but he took it to another level and made this creation.

 

This happy boy is proud of his accomplishment with the Ten Board. The purpose of this material is to associate quantities with symbols(1 ten is 10, 2 tens is 20…). He has learned how to include “units” with the “tens” to compose numbers from 11 to 99. As you can see he has four 10’s and five units to make 45.  It looks like he discovered a pattern by composing 23, 34, 45…

 

Peek Into Next Week:
Christmas show practice and we will learn about different Christmas Traditions from around the world. 

Upcoming Events:
Christmas Show Attire: Red and/or white

December 13: Christmas Show Practice 6 pm to 8 pm at Cuyahoga Falls High School

December 15: Christmas Show 6:30 pm to 8 pm at Cuyahoga Falls High School (NO AFTERCARE)

December 21: Winter Break Begins  :))

January 3: Winter Break Ends  :((


Academic Enrichment | week of November 13th | Tallmadge

The kindergarten students have been working hard on learning both static and dynamic addition using the golden beads. They have even started working on more abstract materials like the stamp game, bead frame and dot board to solve problems.

Dot Board: These children are learning to understand addition using the decimal system and are getting  better at working with larger numbers. This work emphasizes the fact that in each category there are never combinations that come to more than 9, so it is just as easy to add tens of thousands together as it is units.
Bead Frame: This child is using the bead frame to do dynamic addition. It is a more abstract way to work with the decimal system. When the child has ten units, tens, hundreds or thousands he has to focus on the process of exchanging. This child is also  further familiarizing himself  with the different categories: units, tens, hundreds and thousands. 
Bead Frame: This child is using the bead frame to do dynamic addition. It is a more abstract way to work with the decimal system. When the child has ten units, tens, hundreds or thousands he has to focus on the process of exchanging. This child is also  further familiarizing himself  with the different categories: units, tens, hundreds and thousands. 

A Look Into Next Week: Continue Dynamic Addition (exchanging)

  • Introduction of exchanging 1s, 10s, 100s and 1000s
  • Using single units, 10 bars, 100 squares and 1000 cubes

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 At Our Week| Ms. Kristen’s Class | Week Of November 13th

This week we have been learning all about Turkeys and how Turkeys are a part of the bird family! The children also enjoyed discussing what they are thankful for! Please take time to check out our bulletin board and check out what your child is thankful for!

 

Proud of her work on the Lacing Cards! by lacing the string through the holes in the board, the child in indirectly working on increasing their sense of organization, concentration, coordination, and independence!
Smiling after working hard on the Geometric Solids! By working on this material, the child learns new vocabulary by learning the names of three dimensional shapes and they are also indirectly prepared for Geometry!

 

Our class enjoyed a special visit by an AMMS alum who came to read them a story!

 

A Peek Into Next Week:

-Discussing the first Thanksgiving

-Making Pumpkin Soup

-Making Homemade Bread

-Continuing our discussion about Turkeys


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 | Elementary | Week of November 13

This week we have been working hard to get ready for the Harvest Party and Christmas Show! Students are practicing their bucket drumming and a few other surprises for you! Our students discussed the Mayflower this week, then separated into groups to work on gathering information and creating a display to share with you at our Harvest Party. We added an art project to our Harvest Party decorations so students took time to disguise a turkey. Take some time to look at them in the hallway.

This first year student took great pride in his Stamp Game Division work. He had a lot of exchanging to find the quotient of 5868/6. When a student becomes proficient in Stamp Game Division, they move on to long division with multi-digit divisors with the Racks and Tubes.
These second year students have been introduced to the first part of the Fundamental Needs of Humans study. They are looking at the changes of the needs of humans over time. This first lesson was about the needs of early humans. Next week, they will move on to the Ancient Egyptians.
These boys have partnered together to write about life on the lower deck of the Mayflower. They researched what happened in this part of the ship and are illustrating their findings. Tuesday, we will be presenting their research at our Harvest Party.
This second year student is presenting her dinosaur research. She chose to research the Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops. Research not only builds many different writing skills, but gives students experience in public speaking.

A Peek into Next Week

Next week we only have school Monday and Tuesday. We will have Spelling quizzes Monday, but will not be sending home new words until after the break. On Tuesday, we will have our Harvest Party that parents are welcome to join at 1 pm. Students will share their Mayflower and dinosaur research. After our research is shared, parents are welcome to stay and enjoy tea and treats with their student. When you have finished enjoying our research and treats, you may take your student home or return to pick them up at the usual time.

Have a great Thanksgiving!


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:)


Academic Enrichment| Cuyahoga Falls| Weeks of November 6 to November 13, 2017

Academic Enrichment: Weeks of November 6 to November 13, 2017

Telling Time:
We ended the official Kindergarten Lessons on telling time.  We learned how to tell time to the minute.  I taught them a cool trick.  Instead of counting all 37 marks (for 37 after) just count by fives end at 35 and count from there.  Some still felt comfortable counting all the minute marks.  That’s OK, they’ll get it.

 

 

Coins:
After the month long lessons on telling time we broke into everyone’s favorite thing: MONEY.  We learned about the different and variety of each coin (penny 1 cent, nickel 5 cents, dime 10 cents, quarter 25 cents, 50 cent piece and the  dollar coins).  After we identified the coin we did start to learn how to count the change.


Cultural Subjects:
The kindergarten students can now count to ten in 13 different languages (English, Sign Language, Latin, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagalog, Hebrew, Korean, and Hungarian). 

A Peek Into The Next Few Weeks:
Currency(Paper money)
Parts of plants, insects, and arachnids

Synonyms of the Week:
small

Sight Words of the Week:
been down

 


Peek At Our Week| Mr. John| Week Of November 13, 2017

I Never Was A Girl

Not addressing any current restroom issues

What I mean by this is that I never had a sister close to my age or a close friend who was a girl in my teen years. I was not sure if I had the skills or moxy to raise a daughter but I did create one.  What a joyous roller coaster ride this has been.  It really began when the frequent trips to the mall began and I’d walk her and her friends from store to store.  Then…. THEN…. it was “Dad, we are going to shop and we will meet you in the food court.”  So she graduated from Claire’s to Hot Topic, pink to black, nice saddle shoes to combat boots.  If any of you know me well enough I’m kind of proud of this direction she took.  Picking her up after a football game (she is in band) I always get the impromptu “Can you drive three of my friends home too?”  My daughter in the front seat, three girls in the back seat and they all talk at the same time.  My daughter has to unbuckle, turn around, kneel facing the back to talk to her girly friends. While riding in the car my boys are content to just look out the window, grunt a few times when I ask them a question, and hate the mall. I think she has the idea she has me wrapped around her finger by the amount of requests for money and taking her out to eat.  Maybe it is because I cave only ten percent of the time, OK, maybe 90 percent of the time.  I lost count when my checking account went into over draft status. I saw a meme about raising daughters and it was Spanky from the Little Rascals throwing money out the window.  How true!  Now I have a sixteen year old daughter that went to her first concert without an adult last week, is starting to drive, and is planning her trip to Europe after she graduates from high school.  Do you want to contribute to her Go Fund Me Account for Europe?  Do you want to contribute to MY Go Fund Me Account?  Hmmmm, where did my princess go?  A dad is curled in a corner… weeping.

      

 

 

Line Time Lessons:
 We traveled back in time and discovered some fascinating things about certain dinosaurs.  We learned that dinosaurs no longer exist and that they are extinct.  We know dinosaurs exist because scientist found their bones or fossils.  From these fossil we saw that some teeth were long and sharp to tear flesh from it’s prey which belonged to meat eaters or carnivores (T Rex).  Some teeth were flat for grinding plants, leaves, and branches and belonged to plant eaters or herbivores (Brachiosauras).

Cultural Subjects:
We can now count to ten in 13 different languages (English, Sign Language, Latin, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese Dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagalog, and Hebrew).

Peeking Into My Classroom:

 

We had an alumnus come in on her day off from school. She is in the 6th grade and came in to read to our class and help with lessons. I asked why she came back to her old school and she told me she had such a great experience she wanted to come back and give back to the school. Her words not mine.
Metal Insets are a popular material found in the Language area. This work has many purposes. The main purpose is to prepare the child for handwriting and improve the fine motor skills. Also, it introduces the child to Geometry and the names of a variety of shapes.
The chalk board is found in the Language area. The main purpose, obviously, is the introduction to handwriting. I like my students using chalk because most like the feel and can erase if a mistake is made. After my classroom students may not have an opportunity to use chalk. This student is getting a lesson from our University of Akron field student.
The students are drawn to this material that are photographs of familiar objects and the become aware of the relationships between things. We discuss the associations and point out other examples in the everyday world. This increases the child’s experience and vocabulary.
The 100 board simply a board with 100 squares (10 x 10 squares), that come with 100 number tiles that fit nicely. The Hundred Board is useful for number recognition, number sequencing, counting, patterning, possibly skip counting (depending on your method) most of all it’s perfect for just reinforcing the understanding of numbers from one to one-hundred. Notice this child is not only placing the numbers in order but she is randomly finding where the tiles go. She has identified the pattern of this work.

 

Peek To Next Week:

Line Time Lesson:
 Thanksgiving and Pilgrims

Letter Of The Week:
 M m

Rhyming Word Of The Week:
bop

Upcoming Events:
11/21/17 (Tuesday): Harvest Party/Stone Soup

11/22/2017 (Wednesday): NO SCHOOL. Happy Thanksgiving

11/22-11/26/17: Thanksgiving Break

11/25/2017  Noon:  The Game!