Take A Peek Into Our Week!/Ms Kate/December 19, 2018

Happy Holidays everyone!!

I am placing both last week and this week into our last blog of 2018! These past few weeks have been filled with christmas concert practices, our Christmas program, and christmas crafts!! What a fun filled two weeks we had! During our time together we also learned about snow. We had fun lessons on how snow is formed, how many sides does a snow crystal have, what fun things we can do in the snow, plus much more!!

One of our kindergarten students is working on the map of Asia. When working on these puzzles they are gaining knowledge of the different countries, and also gaining fine motor skills. 
This cutie here is working on one of our syllable work. This is a stepping stone to reading. When children practice breaking up words into parts, reading becomes a bit easier for them.
One of our kindergarten students is working on the Addition finger chart. This activity allows the child to practice memorization of addition facts. 
When working on the nine tray the child is introduced to the decimal system. It also helps them to become familiar with the names and relative sizes of categories. 

I hope that all of you have a wonderful holiday break!! See you in the new year!!

Take A Peek Into Our Week/Ms. Kate/December 6th, 2018

What a fun and busy week we have had! We have been focusing on kindness, and what the word giving means. Together we charted the different ways we can show kindness to one another. I loved hearing such sweet answers from all of them. We also had fun acting out different scenarios and talked through together the different kind things we could do or say in those different situations. Throughout the week we started to prepare our parent gifts… you are going to adore them!!!

This little cutie is working on one to one correspondence with pom poms and christmas trees! When working on this work the child has the ability to match an object to the corresponding number and recognize that numbers are symbols to represent a quantity.
Our friend is working on our new holiday ribbon weaving work. Lacing and stringing activities help young children develop manual dexterity and manipulative skills. Also, by using there hands, children fully intergrate learning experiences.
When working on the trinomial cube the child is challenged to find patterns and spatial relationships.
Our two cuties are working together on tracing, coloring our plant and animal puzzles. When working on this they are gaining fine motor skills, pincher grip, and learning the different parts of the animal and plant. 
We had so much fun decorating our classroom Christmas tree! 


Next Wednesday is our dress rehearsal. Please be there no later then 545, we will be starting at 6 sharp!!

Girls dress in red, boys wear a gree shirt and black or khaki pants. Everyone please wear a santa hat!! If you have any questions just ask!


Take A Peek Into Our Week/Ms. Kate/November 9th, 2018

What A fun week we had! This week was all about Community Helper’s. We had fun learning about Doctors, nurses, firefighters, EMT’s, Mail Carrier’s, Teacher’s, librarians, and more! We had fun learning the fire safety method of STOP, Drop, and Roll, graphed what we want to be when we grow up, created different crafts that went with our theme, and More! It was also a hard week as we said our goodbyes to our Ms. Ame. She was an amazing teacher, and her new school will be lucky to have her!

Ms. Ame on her last day. The kids just couldn’t get enough of her:)
One of our kindergarten students is working on the movable alphabet. He was so proud that he was able to place the correct begining letter sound on the pictures! This was his first time using this work..Way to go! 
The movable alphabet was a huge hit in our class this week. Another shout out to this guy who is now starting to form words!!! 
It just makes my heart so full to see friends loving each other:) 
One of our friends is working on cards and counters. This work brings the abstract to the concrete, allowing a child to feel the units as they count.  


Next Wednesday the 15th is our Operation Christmas Child!

Book Share is Tomorrow!

No school November 17th… It’s parent-teacher conferences.

A Peek at Our Week | Week of October 29th 2018

Check out my video update for this week, also including upcoming event information! Click here: https://vimeo.com/298455584/5896149c36

When working on the 9 tray the child becomes familiar with the different categories of numbers, especially with regard to reading the symbols . And also they are learning the wordings of large numbers.
When working on Land, WATER, and Air the child will be able to classify and explore the elements of the Earth.
One of our older friends is teaching a friend our sandpaper letters. The sandpaper letters is to teach the child the sounds of the alphabet by means of muscular and visual memory.
It always makes my heart so full just watching two friends working together to try and figure something out❤

I hope all of you have a fantastic weekend!!!

Take A Peek Into Our Week/Ms.Kate/October 26, 2018

Happy Friday!!!

What a SPOOKY good time we had this week! Our theme was all about Halloween! Everyday we read a Halloween book, and a craft that followed. We also had fun learning about how Halloween first got started. The kids had a blast decorating our classroom for the party!!!

Our friends working on some Halloween crafts for our party!
Our friend is working on the Four Seasons cards. With this work not only are they learning the different seasons they are learning how to sort and categorize. 
The Addition Snake game is such a fun way for children to begin memorizing addition facts. The goal of this work is to turn the colorful snake into a golden snake by counting to ten.
The Addition Strip board is one method used by students to assist them in their abstract memorization of addition facts up to 18. 
We placed a new work on our shelves last week! We drew our form drawings on black paper and the children were able to place beans on the lines that form the form drawing. This work gains their fine motor skills, and helps to develop their pincher grip.  

I just wanted to say THANK YOU to all of my wonderful parents for helping and contributing to the Halloween party. It was a success!!

Take A Peek Into Our Week/ Ms. Kate/October 19, 2018

What a fantastic week we had!! Our theme was all about fall! We had fun learning about the four seasons, acorns, leaves, what our favorite things to do in fall, chlorophyll, and more! Your kiddos had a blast with different types of crafts, songs, and graphing activities!

I absolutely love having a pet in our classroom. Here are just a few benefits of why having a classroom pet is such a great idea. Pets provides new ways to learn, they encourage a nurturing attitude, it builds self esteem,and it teaches responsibility .
This week Ms. Ame and I introduced how to make silence in our classroom. When making silence the children will develop concentration, precision, as well as social awareness, as they wait for a turn , without disturbing the classmate who is working. They learn to speak softly in response to the teachers quiet voice, and to stop moving and listen when our bell is rung or the lights are turned off. The children did exceptionally well with it!!
The sand tray helps promote writing success! It’s purpose is to help 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 numerals.  
This week this cutie and I worked on object box number one with each other. This work teaches them that there is another way to communicate, helps them realize that a written word is a group of sounds represented by graphic signs and has a meaning. It is also an introduction to reading.  


Our Halloween party is this Friday! If you signed up to bring anything in, you can start bringing it in now!

Book share is Friday! Please bring in any spooky books to share!

Take A Peek Into Our Week/Ms. Kate/ October 11,2018

This past week we spent exploring everything we could about APPLES!

Check out my video blog updating you on our classroom happenings for this past week. Click here!

Our friend is working on color box three. When working on this material the child is developing a visual sense of color. They are also gaining fine motor skills through the use of pincer grip.
The trinomial cube blocks are color coded and are different sizes to represent the algebraic Binomial and Trinomail formulas. This is an introduction for algebra and preparation for the proof of the formula ( a+b+c)3 at elementary level. It also challenges the child to find patterns and spatial relationships.
The movable alphabet helps with the analysis and exploration of the language which is known to him/ her and to reproduce words with graphic symbols. This works prepares the child for writing and reading.
Today our friend was using our chalkboard to practice writing out the cursive letters.
Here are the fantastic books we read!!!

Take A Peek Into Our Week/September 28/October 4,2018/Ms.Kate

Hello everyone!!

This blog is two weeks all wrapped into one!! Last week was all about transportation. The kids had a blast with this theme..I mean who doesn’t love talking about cars, airplanes, and boats right?! All week we focused on what the word transportation really means. We also went over the different ways people get to places either on land, water, or air. We had fun singing different songs on transportation and making crafts as well!!!

This week was all about nutrition! I was really proud of your kiddos because they got really into all of our lessons. We went over My Plate and what should be on their plate everyday. We also talked about how important it is to make your plate as colorful as possible. We also had fun learning about healthy foods vs. Non healthy foods.  We sang songs about Nutrition, created a bar graph, and had fun crafts too!!!


When working on our cursive movable alphabet it helps the child with the analysis and exploration of the language which is known to him/her and to reproduce words with graphic symbols. This work also helps prepare them for writing and reading.
The trinomial cube helps prepare the child for mathematics. The cube of the trinomial is an introduction for algebra and prepares them for the proof of the formula ( a+b+c)3 at an elementary level.
When working on our long bead chains the child learns other means of counting than by one by one. This work requires great concentration skills.
Picture to picture matching is such an important pre- reading skill. It’s helps children develop vocabulary skills as well as visual discrimination in a completely abstract way.
The geometric solids challenge and shape a child’s stereognostic sense, which is their ability to perceive and understand both the form and nature of objects through touch.


Book share is this Friday!!

Next week we will be sending out sign ups for our Halloween party!!



Take A Peek Into Our Week/Ms.Kate/September 20,2018

Oh my goodness what a fantastic week we had! This week was all about our families. We had some great discussions about how families are alike and different, what family means to them, who we live with, and more!! Ms. Ame had fun graphing activities, crafts, and awesome books that went along with our family theme!! I want to say thank you to all my incredible families and my kiddos for making the most amazing family trees!!!

What I love about playing outside is that it sparks curiosity in children. It helps them develop their gross motor skills, as well independence. Playing outside helps with brain development, as well as fosters their creativity.
The purpose of our map puzzles are to provide the names and countries/states/provinces of each continent and the bodies of water that surround the continent.
Our animal puzzles introduce the different names and parts of the different animals. When working on the puzzles it also helps build their fine motor skills.
Our two friends are working together on our sandpaper letters. This work helps a child identify the sounds represented in graphic form. It also teaches a child the correct writing direction of the letter shapes.


Thursday is picture day!!

Book share is Friday.

Take A Peek Into Our Week/ Ms. Kate/week of 9/6 and 9/10


Click on the below link to watch a video update about our week(s)!

Ms. Kate’s Weekly Update 9/6/18 

Ms. Kate’s Weekly Update 9/10/18


Our friends are practicing rolling and unrolling a mat! This helps with the coordination of movement, development of muscles, and concentration.
One of our returning students is showing our new friend the knobless cylinders. With this work the child is to observe and compare the different series with each other. They are also getting a clearer understanding for the different dimensions and their interplay.
These sweet kiddos are working on our grasping work. The purpose of this activity is to teach the child to carefully move items from one container to another.
When working with the metal insets, it teaches the children to develop their pencil grip, refine their motor skills, and learn how to draw within an outline , which is the materials control of error. This work indirectly allows the child to practice concentration and order as they work with, and master the material.


Please don’t forget to turn in your permission slips!

Please bring in one baby picture next week!

Don’t forget your family trees