This week the Aspen Room learned all about the Skeletal System. We discussed the parts of the skeleton and learned the names of our bones, how bones help us, how to keep our bones healthy, and fun facts about our bones. Your children also explored the Skeletal System by putting together our skeleton puzzle, labeling the bones of our skeleton , working with the Skeletal Classification cards, and coloring skeletons! Your child also learned that the adult human body has 206 bones but an infant has about 300! We learned that this is because the bones in an infant are still developing/growing and as a result they have more bones than an adult. We also discovered that the Python has the most bones with 600 vertebrae which can equal 1,800 bones! Yet, the shark has the fewest amount of bones because it’s skeleton contains a lot of cartilage. It was definitely a “Skele-Fun” Week!
Kindergarten students learned all about the parts of Trees, Plants, Arachnids, and Insects!
Next week we will be talking about Healthy Habits and Safety! We will discuss food groups briefly and making healthy choices, review washing hands, and safety rules (How to cross the street, Halloween safety…etc). We will have sorting activities, yoga cards, and more! Have a great weekend!
This week the Aspen Room learned all about pumpkins! We learned how they grow, sang pumpkin songs, sorted pumpkin seeds from the goop (pulp), explored number concepts with our sorted pumpkin seeds, scrubbed pumpkins, and worked with the many pumpkin themed practical life activities! Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins!!! Did you know that the Pilgrims survived the harsh winter by eating pumpkins? Yet, today the majority of pumpkins are grown and sold for decoration and carving purposes! This week’s homework assignment bake/eat something with pumpkin in it!
Kindergarten students learned all about the Animal Kingdom! They learned the many differences between the different Classes of animals! How animals are classified and the differences between each classified group. We also had fun labeling and tracing our animal puzzles in the classroom.
Next week we are exploring the Skeletal System and learning all about bones! Bones have many important jobs for our body. Do you know how many bones there are in the human body? Do you know which animal has the most bones? Next week we will learn these fun facts and more!
Matching and making patterns with pumpkins!
Kindergarten follow-up work! Tracing and labeling the animal puzzles.
Line Time: Birds- We ended our journey of studying animals with the bird. We learned birds are vertebrates and are warm-blooded, which means that they can make their own body heat even when it is cold outside. Whether it is sunny and hot outside or there is a snowstorm and it is very cold, warm-blooded animals have body temperatures that usually stay the same. They are born from hard shelled eggs and have feathers. A lot of birds fly but some do not. The flightless birds are the ostrich and penguin. We are not sure if chickens fly.
Below are Foghorn Leghorn and Eggburt Jr…. Iah say, Iah say that boy aint right.
Speaking Words Of Wisdom… (from Mr. John): Have you ever gone out and had toothpaste on your face and clothes? Of course you have. My advice is to brush your teeth right before hopping in the shower. No toothpaste on your face and certainly no toothpaste on your clothes. Problem solved!
Message From Mr. John (Short look at my philosophy in the classroom):
Know your Languages (Romanian):
Cultural Subjects: Your children can now count to ten in 11 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian).
Peek In The Classroom:
Peek Into Next Week: Line Time- Insects, Arachnids, Invertebrates
Letter Of The Week- K k
Rhyming Word Of The Week- ox
Next Language is Romanian
Academic Enrichment aka Kindergarten: This week we started our journey into MATH…. EEEEK! We started out by composing numbers with beads and symbols then worked our way into doing addition with manipulatives with the nine tray.
Handwriting: We practiced writing in cursive vowel blends of Ua ua, Ue ue, Ui ui, Uo uo, Uu uu
Next Week: Weekly Theme: Addition manipulatives (Dynamic/Carry Overs)
Synonym Of The Week: OLD: ancient, elderly, used, seasoned, mature
Line Time: Fish- We learned fish are vertebrates or they have a backbone or a spine. They are cold blooded (their body temperature changes to the temperature around them) and have slimy and scaly skin. The unique thing about fish is that some fish are born alive and some fish are born with jelly eggs. Some examples of fish are Trout, Bass, Sharks, and Swordfish. And one more important point is that fish live in water.
Did you know? Since we are in the thick of things with COVID-19 let’s talk about sneezes. Sneezes travel at about 100 miles per hour and that a single sneeze can send 100,000 germs into the air. Also when a person sneezes you should tell them “You are sooo good lookin” Who knows this reference?
Message From Mr. John (Smilin’ John):
Cultural Subjects: Your children can now count to ten in 10 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian)
Know Your Languages (Russian):
Academic Enrichment aka Kindergarten: This week we talked about the parts of plants, arachnids, and insects.
Handwriting: This week we practiced writing cursive vowel blends Oa oa, Oe oe, Oi oi, Oo oo, Ou ou
Next Week: Weekly Theme: MATH- GULP! Addition with beads
Synonym Of The Week: NEW, novel, fresh, original, unique, current, unused
Line Time: Amphibians- This week we looked at the Amphibian. We talked about how the Amphibians are vertebrates, cold blooded (the body temperature changes to the temperature that surrounds the amphibian), their skin is soft and moist, and they are born from jelly eggs. Some examples of Amphibians are toads, frogs, and salamanders. We learned that the term amphibian means of two worlds. Amphibians are born in the water but live their life on land. Below is the lesser know frog from the English cartoon Danger Mouse named Baron Silas Greenback.
A Message From Mr. John:
Cultural Subjects: Your children can now count to ten in 12 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect).
Peek In The Classroom:
Peek Into Next Week: Line Time- Fish
Letter Of The Week- I i
Rhyming Word Of The Week- bin
Next Language is Italian
Academic Enrichment: Weekly Theme: This week we looked at the five animals which are mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and birds. Look at the fancy dancy chart showing what makes that certain animal that certain animal.
Handwriting: We practiced writing in cursive vowel blends of Ea ea, Ee ee, Ei ei, Eo eo, Eu eu.
Kindergarten Plant Tracking:
Next Week: Weekly Theme: Parts Of plants, Arachnids, and Insects
Synonym Of The Week: Cold:freezing, chilly, frigid, frozen, cool
Sight Words Of The Week: she were
Upcoming Events: Halloween Party: Friday, October 30 ** Putting a bug in your ear. Email coming. **
Zoom Parent/Teacher Conferences- Friday, November 13 ** Details coming soon. Really they are **
Fall is Finally here! Hooray, for the best season of all! Well….in my opinion it’s the best! This week your children learned all about leaves. We learned that leaves have a very important job, that a leaf has different parts, why they change colors and fall, how to identify or classify leaves, and we observed leaves with a magnifying glass to look at each part up close. Your children are now leaf experts and tberefore have a homework assignment to collect and bring in two different types of leaves. I can’t wait to see all the colorful leaves they will return to school with next week.
This week the kindergarten students learned all about landforms! They now know how to identify a lake, an island, peninsula, gulf, cape, bay, system of lakes, and an archipelago. We also explored these landforms geographically with classification cards depicting examples of each landform from around the globe. They also identified some of these landforms on our continent coloring maps.
Next week it’s all about Pumpkins!!! How do they grow, what’s inside them, and what are they used for? We will explore ” Pumpkin Math” and our Practical Life area will be filled with pumpkin themed fun! Kindergarten students will be exploring the characteristics of animals within the animal kingdom. See you next week for more Aspen Room fun!
This week we have been studying apples. We Tasted McIntosh, Red Delicious, Ambrosia, and Granny Smith apples. Most of our friends liked Red Delicious the best. We went apple picking in our room, sorted apple colors and sizes. Students made an apple that included seeds, the core, some skin, and a stem. We used apple seeds for counting and even made patterns using apples. We watched a video about apples and how they get from the orchard to the grocery store! We even learned a song to the tune of Bingo ! “I know a Fruit thats good to eat and Apple is its name-O! A-P-P-L-E!
Line Time: Reptiles- This week we learned about reptiles and what makes a reptile a reptile. Reptiles are vertebrates, cold blooded (body temperature changes to the temperature around them), they are born from hard shelled eggs and their skin is dry, with scales. Some examples of reptiles are snakes, turtles, and lizards. Below was my childhood Saturday TV entertainment.
Who is afraid of snakes?
Did you know? Does hot water freeze faster than cold water? This is known as the Mpemba effect. … Evaporation is the strongest candidate to explain the Mpemba effect. As hot water is placed in an open container the water begins to cool, the overall mass decreases as some of the water evaporates. With less water to freeze, the process can take less time. My thoughts is that it is a misnomer due to less ice is produced. But who am I to say?
A Challenge From Mr. John:
Cultural Subjects: Your children can now count to ten in 11 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese).
Peek In The Classroom:
She is working on the material found in the language area called Pink Rhyming. This material focuses on words with short vowel sounds /three letters. The ability to rhyme is a sign your child has an understanding of phonemic awareness.
Peek Into Next Week: Line Time- Amphibians
Letter Of The Week- H h
Rhyming Word Of The Week- bit
Next Language is Arabic with the Lebanese Dialect
Academic Enrichment: Weekly Theme: We looked at ten different land forms. We looked at the pairings of islands and lakes, bays and capes, peninsulas and gulfs, and chain of lakes and archipelago.
Handwriting: We practiced writing in cursive Aa, Ae, Ai, Ao, Au
Next Week: Weekly Theme: Parts Of Animals
Synonym Of The Week: HOT:burning, scorching, blazing, boiling, sizzling
Sight Words Of The Week: for with
Upcoming Events: Picture Day- Wednesday, October 14th
Last week in Cherry Blossom we have been studying leaves. We talked about the parts of a leaf. There are stipules, petiole, veins , and the blade. We talked about how the leaves are green because they have chlorophyll. Leaves are the part of a plant that turns water, sunshine, and oxygen into food for the plant. We also talked about how the leaves fall off in the autumn to conserve energy. We collected leaves at recess to make leaf rubbings. We have be cutting leaves, matching different color and shape leaves, and many of the children have tracing the leave puzzle.
A peek into our work time…
It is a joy getting to know your children and watching them blossom!
This week the Aspen Room explored the world of color! Did you know that Red is the first color that an infant sees? An infant will eventually see the full color spectrum by the age of five months! In the Aspen Room we learned this fascinating fact and more! Your children were able to explore the world of color by learning the names of colors in both English and Spanish (George taught us some color names in Portuguese!), we learned what Primary and Secondary colors are , experienced the meaning and the differences of Warm Colors and Cool Colors, created colorful works of art with watercolors and coffee filters, then used our knowledge to explore enrichment activities in the classroom.It was a very busy week!
Our kindergarten students learned the descriptive language of where we live, from biggest (galaxy) to smallest (street address). They also practiced their handwriting skills by writing their address and working in their new cursive binders! Next week they will explore landforms!
Next week our theme is leaves! We will discuss and explore the parts of a leaf, the function of the leaf and how it does it’s job, the classification (names and type of leaf), and why they change color in the Fall! Hello Fall!! It is finally here! Enjoy your weekend and I will see you next week!