Academic Enrichment | Cuyahoga Falls Campus | Week of 3/18 and 3/25/2019

Lessons:
This week we learned about articles.  An article modifies a noun and the three articles are “a, an, the”.  “A” hangs out with words that begin with consonants.  “An” is a bit more picky.  She hangs out with words that begin with vowels.  “The” does not care who he hangs out with.  He hangs with letters that begin with vowels and consonants.

 

Cultural Subjects:
We can now count to ten in 28 different languages (English, Sign Language, Latin, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese Dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagolog, Hebrew, Korean, Hungarian, Irish, Kiswahili, Welsh,  Dutch/Flemmish, Polish, Serbo-Croation, Cebuano, Malay, Hindi, Farsi, Turkish).

 

Next Week:

Line Time: Pronouns (he, she, it, we, they, you)

Sight Words of the Week: None planned due to International Festival practice

Synonym of the Week: None planned due to International Festival practice

Adding Language of None planned

 

 


Peek In Our Week| Mr.John’s Class | Weeks of March 18 and 25, 2019

Since last week was an abbreviated week and I caught a nasty stomach bug and was on the edge of death this blog will be a little sparse.  Next week I will resume with a normal blog. 

 

Line Time:
This week we took a look at life cycles of humans, frogs/toads, and butterflies/moths.  Humans have relatively boring life cycle compared to the butterfly/moth and toad/frog.  We are born, we live, we die. YAWWWWN.  The toad and frog start with being jelly eggs in the water.  They hatch into tadpoles and eat algae, then they turn into a froglet which has a head of a frog and a tail.  Then the tail falls off and an adult frog/toad lives the rest of its life on land.  The butterfly/moth starts as an egg.  The a caterpillar is hatched and it eats A LOT.  Then a butterfly spins its chrysalis/ moth spins a cocoon.  Then a buttery comes out of its chrysalis and moth comes out of the cocoon.  I posed the question  “which came first the egg or the butterfly?”

 

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 26 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Japanese, Greek, Arabic with the Lebanese Dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagolog, Hebrew, Korean, Hungarian, Irish, Kiswahili, Welsh, Dutch/Flemmish, Polish, Serbo-Croation, Cebuano, Malay, Hindi).

 

Peek In Our Classroom:
Nothing to see here folks.  Come back next week. 

 

Next Week:
Line Time- Landmarks of Ohio and The USA

Letter Of The Week- None planned due to International Festival practice

Rhyming Word Of The Week- None planned due to International Festival practice

Next Language will be- None planned due to International Festival practice

Snack will be brought to you by Logan Gall

 

Upcoming Events:

########  International Festival Country Sign Up is on the classroom door  ########

——–  Spring Pictures Wednesday 4/3/2019 ———-

********   Dads and Donuts Friday 4/5/2019 7:00am to 7:45am  *******

((((((( Spring Break week of  3/21/2019 [Thursday] to 3/29/2019. ))))))

((((  Returning [Monday] 4/1/2019  ))))

((((((((((  Easter Monday NO SCHOOL  Monday 4/22/2019 ))))))))))

 

 

Fun, Frolic, and Friends:
Under construction.  We will be back soon. 

 

 


A Peek Into Reading Group

The kindergarteners listened to the Tin Forest over the past two weeks.  The story was about an older man who lived outside a dump.  He was very lonely and dreamed that he lived in another place. One day he got the idea to create his own forest.  He built a forest made of tin.  Suddenly,  animals started to appear and real flowers and plants started blooming,  and the man never felt lonely again.

The kindergarteners participated in activities to enhance their comprehension skills.  They wrote about what they were wondering while they hard the story for the first time,  drew a  couple scenes from the story, and wrote about if they were the bird in the story,  would they return with their friend. For homework,  the group took home a piece of foil and got to create something just like the man from the story.  The foil creations are are hanging up in the hallway!  Make sure to check them out!

A Peek Into the Next Two Weeks

– Reading Group will reconvene after spring break.

 

 


A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of March 11th and March 18th

Insects- The students learned that most insects do more good than bad. That bees, wasps, flies, beetles, mosquitoes and butterflies are great pollinators. Some insects eat other insects, keeping each insect group from getting too big. We also talked about how insects like ladybugs are a farmers best-friend, because they eat tiny crop eating insects called aphids. They also learned that all insects have three main body parts: the head, the thorax, and the abdomen. The head has large compound eyes, the antenna (feelers), and the mouth parts. That the thorax is the middle region of the body and has the legs and wings. Then, their is the abdomen.

Plants and Flowers: The students learned how plants grow in many places: parks, forests, yards, fields, deserts, lakes etc. They discovered how all plants need sunlight, water, air and food to grow. The students also learned the different parts of plants and their purposes. For example, the stem helps move food and nutrients through the plant or flower in order for it to grow.

Work Time:

Puzzle Words: This child is completing the words by moving and rotating different letters to fit in the correct order.
Object to Picture: This child is developing pre-reading skills by matching the objects to the corresponding pictures.
Nine Layout: These children are becoming familiar with the names and relative sizes of the categories: units, tens, hundreds and thousands. They are also discovering that if they have 6 units and adds 1 more unit they will have 7 units.
Composing Quantities: This child is practicing the sequence of numbers in the decimal system units, tens, hundreds, and thousands and recognizing what different quantities look like.
Triangle Box: This child is developing an understanding that an equilateral triangle can be subdivided into other types of triangles.

Guest Reader:

Reminders:

March 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Wax Museum | Tallmadge Campus

March 21 – March 29 | Spring Break | NO SCHOOL


Peek In Our Week ||| Mr. John’s Classroom ||| Week Of March 11, 2019

Line Time:
We had fun this week looking into the world of art.   We went over the primary and secondary colors.  We learned there are different ways to create art such as, drawing with pencils, coloring with crayons, and painting.  We looked at artists such as Michael Angelo, Pablo Picasso, and Andy Warhol.

 

     

 

 

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 25 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Japanese, Greek, Arabic with the Lebanese Dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagolog, Hebrew, Korean, Hungarian, Irish, Kiswahili, Welsh, Dutch/Flemmish, Polish, Serbo-Croation, Cebuano, and Malay).

 

Art Museum Field Trip:

 

 

St. Patty’s Day:

   

 

The annual visit from Shawn O’Keefe the cheeky leprechaun that messes up the room but leaves candy for the children (and teachers).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peek In Our Classroom:

The ever so popular and visually appealing and engaging Pink Tower. The Pink Tower is a  the corner stone material from the Sensorial Area of the Montessori classroom. The Pink Tower, iconic to the Montessori classroom, embodies the direct and indirect purpose of most Montessori materials. Stacking the cubes calls for visual discrimination, coordination, and precision. Indirectly, a child is preparing himself or herself for understanding cubed roots in later math. Here the students are working on an extension of finding the relationship between the pink tower and brown stairs.

 

This student is working on the Ten Board and is in the second phase of this work. Phase 1 is to place the appropriate number of ten bead bars next to the number. The correlation between quantity and symbol. Phase 2 is to compose numbers by adding units. Do you see the pattern she has discovered and do you see the look of concentration on her face.

 

This student is working with the Knobless Cylinders found in the sensorial area. The purposes of this work is grading by size, to train the eye to perceive fine differences in dimensions, to recognize difference and similarities (when using more than one set), and co-ordination of movement. Do you see how she is finding the relationship of the three colors?

 

The Metal Insets are a delightful way for the child to prepare for writing. Holding a colored pencil to carefully trace shapes helps a child develop the fine motor control needed to write small letters. Creating patterns and designs is a secondary goal, but also increases a child’s ability to manipulate a pencil.

 

Next Week:
Line Time- Life Cycles

Letter Of The Week- Y y

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bac

Next Language will be- Hindi

Snack will be brought to you by Stella S.

 

Upcoming Events:

########  International Festival Country Sign Up is on the classroom door  ########

——–  Spring Pictures Wednesday 4/3/2019 ———-

********   Dads and Donuts Friday 4/5/2019 7:00am to 7:45am  *******

((((((( Spring Break week of  3/21/2019 [Thursday] to 3/29/2019. ))))))

((((  Returning [Monday] 4/1/2019  ))))

((((((((((  Easter Monday NO SCHOOL  Monday 4/22/2019 ))))))))))

 

 

Fun, Frolic, and Friends:

I have not had a haircut in awhile in hopes to catch up to these two boys.

 

Silliness

 

Double “L”

 


A Peak into Science | February

Welcome to Science in the month of February! Mr. John worked with us on some very exciting new science experiments.

At the beginning of each science experiment, Mr. John has us come up with our own hypothesis. A hypothesis is an educated guess. Mr. John always tells us that it never matters if our hypothesis is right or wrong, because scientists sometimes are wrong too. We can be just like scientists and learn what works and what doesn’t work.

Don’t forget to check your student’s science paper in their folder every Thursday to see what their hypothesis was for that week’s experiment!

 

 

Density

“the mass in a specified volume”

 

Question of the week: What will happen when we mix oil, water, and alka seltzer?

Materials needed:

  • Water
  • Oil
  • Alka seltzer
  • Funnel
  • Bottle
  • Food coloring

Our data: When Mr. John mixed the oil, water, alka seltzer, and food coloring together, the food coloring floated as if it were a lava lamp.

But why did the food coloring float?………SCIENCE!

 

The oil stays above the water because the oil is lighter than the water or, more specifically, less dense than water. The oil and water do not mix because of something called “intermolecular polarity.” Molecular polarity basically means that water molecules are attracted to other water molecules. They get along fine, and can loosely bond together (drops). This is similar to magnets that are attracted to each other. Oil molecules are attracted to other oil molecules, they get along fine as well. But the structures of the two molecules do not allow them to bond together. When Mr. John added the tablet of alka seltzer, it sank to the bottom and started dissolving and creating a gas. As the gas bubbles rose, they took some of the colored water with them. When the blob of water reached the top, the gas escaped and down went the water. Cool, huh? By the way, you can store your “Blobs In A Bottle” with the cap on, and then anytime you want to bring it back to life, just add another tablet.

 

 

 

Chemical Reaction

 

This week Ms. Ashlie filled in for Mr. John, and showed us a fun volcano science experiment!

Question of the week: What will happen when we add baking soda to white vinegar?

Materials needed:

  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Measuring utensils
  • Container
  • Red sparkles/glitter

 

Our data: When Ms. Ashlie added the baking soda to the vinegar, it began to bubble over the side of the container just like a volcano!

But why did the vinegar begin to bubble?…….SCIENCE!

 

Just like in a volcano, the lava starts to build and build until it begins to overflow! We call this a chemical reaction.

 

Thank you, Ms. Ashlie, for such a fun science experiment this week!

 

 

 

Dancing Raisins

“Carbonation”

 

Question of the week: What are the bubbles in the soda? What will happen when we put raisins in a fresh glass of ginger ale?

 

Materials needed:

  • Ginger ale
  • Raisins
  • A glass

 

Our data: When Mr. John dropped several raisins into a glass of ginger ale, the raisins sunk to the bottom. The after a few moments the raisins were covered with bubbles and raised to the top, then fell to the bottom. This repeated for a several minutes.

But why did the raisins bubble up to the top and then fall back down to the bottom?….SCIENCE!

 

The raisins are heavier than the ginger ale. Then the carbonated bubbles attach themselves to the raisins. When enough bubbles attach themselves to the raisins the raisins become “lighter” than the ginger ale. The carbonated bubbles lift the raisins to the top. When the bubbles reach the surface the bubbles break dropping the raisins to the bottom again.

 

 

 

“Gluep”

Polymers

 

Question of the week: What will happen if we mix Borax, Elmer’s glue, and water?

Materials needed:

  • Borax
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Water
  • A bag
  • Container
  • Food coloring

 

Our data: When Mr. John mixed the ingredients together, it became silly putty.

   

But why did the ingredients turn into silly putty?……..SCIENCE!

 

Borax is the compound that is responsible for hooking the glue’s molecules together to form the putty-like material. There are several different methods for making this putty-like material. Some recipes call for liquid starch instead of Borax soap. Either way, when you make this homemade silly putty you are learning about some of the properties of polymers.

 

 

We had so much fun in science this month! Thank you, Mr. John!


A Peek Into Art | February

With Ms. Dayna

Students have been using their understandings of the elements of shape to start making shapes!
We have explored this through drawing, cutting, and painting.

You may notice in the hallways some paintings the students have made. They worked on these for two weeks! They were asked to choose between cool colors and warm colors the first week and then were able to choose the opposite the following. Some students were able to use the colors vibrantly and apply them side by side while others became absorbed in the process of spreading the paint all over their paper. Both experiences are wonderful for students to be allowed to enjoy. I hope you enjoy the out come as much as I did.


A peek into Music | February

Music by Sergie Prokofiev

Prokofiev was commissioned by the Director of the Central Children’s Theatre in Moscow,  Natayla Sats, to write a musical symphony for Children so that they could learn the sounds of different instruments from an Orchestra. The Story teaches the listeners, vigilance, resourcefulness and bravery.

Synopsis: A young boy named Peter disobeys his grandfather and climbs over their garden wall. Peter encounters a wolf, and is then helped by his friends, a bird, a duck and a cat. They are able to capture the wolf and take him to a zoo.

Both Peter and your children learn a lesson in listening, team work and friendship through the beautiful Orchestra musical instruments and pictures in the story telling of Peter and the Wolf.

Peter and the Wolf and explains how each character in the story is represented by an instrument in the symphony orchestra.

Ms. Lisa reviewed which instruments represented the entrance of each character into the story. She introduced the kettle drum, French horn, Clarinet, Oboe. Each character has their own song which is played by one particular instrument. When Ms. Lisa plays each character’s music, the children can pretend to play that instrument, or move around like that character for some music  and movement.

Each class began with a puppet singing hello to each student. Pork Chop was one of the greeting puppets this month.
Ali the Alligator also took a turn leading the “Hello song”.

 

Pork chop singing to the Talmadge campus children.

This week Ms. Lisa also began teaching the students to the black keys of the keyboard. Each child had a chance to play their own melody with the black keys.

 

 

 


Academic Enrichment ||| Cuyahoga Falls Campus ||| Week of 3/11/2019

Lessons:
This week we learned about nouns and verbs.  A noun is a person, place , or thing.  A verb is an action word or something that you do.

The kindergarten student’s introduction to grammar symbols. Black triangle represents the noun and red circle represents the verb

 

Cultural Subjects:

We can now count to ten in 28 different languages (English, Sign Language, Latin, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese Dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagolog, Hebrew, Korean, Hungarian, Irish, Kiswahili, Welsh,  Dutch/Flemmish, Polish, Serbo-Croation, Cebuano, Malay, Hindi, Farsi, Turkish).

 

Next Week:

Line Time: Articles and the Rules of Articles

Sight Words of the Week: have this

Synonym of the Week:  MEAN- selfish, unkind, malicious, hurtful

Adding Language of None planned

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Take A Peek Into Our Week/ Ms. Kate/March 8, 2019

Happy Thursday!!!

Last week we had fun learning about art, and  some of the different famous artists such as, Van Gough, Monet, Andy Warhol, Picasso, Matisse. and more!! We had fun pretending we were the different artists and creating the different art works by each of them! We also had a great discussion on art museums and what we can find there!!!

creating a Monet painting!
creating different sculptures with marshmallows and toothpicks.
creating a Kandinsky work of art!
creating Pointillism from George Seurat.
Welcome to our classroom Marshmallow Sparkle!!
Both of our kindergarten students are working on Static Addition. The purpose is to help the child understand that the process of addition is simply the combining of equal or unequal quantities to form one large quantity.

   

This week was all about Spring!! How I love this time of year!! Finally we are getting that sunny weather we all deserve!! This week we learned the different parts of the Robin and flower, had a discussion about what we see and hear during springtime, and designing our own umbrellas! It was such a fun week!!

The dressing frames primary purpose is to teach children how to dress themselves through mastering different clothing fasteners. This process also tests a child’s hand eye coordination and fine motor skills, as they work with each material.
When working on the sand tray its helps a child learn how to trace letters and numbers on their own, while allowing for the same tactile and sensorial experience as the sandpaper letters and numbers.
Our friend is working on tracing, coloring, and labeling the turtle puzzle. When working on this the child learns the different parts of the turtle, gains fine motor skills, as well as builds his focus and concentration. 

REMINDERS:

Tomorrow is book share day!!

Next Wednesday is our last day before spring break!! It’s our movie and show and tell day! More info is soon to come!!!