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 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!
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:
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)
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.
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
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: 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
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).