In math class over the last six weeks we worked on breaking numbers up to twelve into two parts, which helps the students start to develop basic addition skills. I used many different things in class to help the students see that numbers can be broken into two parts. They built block towers, drew cats
In our seeds class the students were able to examine multiple different types of seeds. They looked at both dry and wet lima and kidney bean seeds. We first examined what the outside looked and felt like then the students were able to cut the seeds open and examine the insides so that they could
This year we have continued math class with our youngest children by working on geometry. The first class looked at what they knew about a triangle. They drew pictures that included triangles and we talked about triangles having 3 sides and 3 corners. The second class we worked with 4 1/2 inch squares to visualize how
In this science class, the students read a book called “A Suitcase for Seeds.” The students were asked to make predictions about what they thought the seeds would look like, where they were located and how many there were. The students then got to analyze different fruits. We predicted what the inside of every fruit
Our kindergartner and a few of the first grader students participate in a once a week class called Copy Word. During this class, students are working on their fine motor skills through cutting and printing. Each class, students get to look through magazines and pick one word to “copy” neatly and accurately onto their paper.
This class began the year with “equalizing”. That means we started with making “unequal” amounts of objects. They couldn’t be the same or “equal”. Over time the children came to know we were going to change unequal amount equal amounts by adding or subtracting to one side or the other. As the year has progressed
At the start of the school year, children in kindergarten worked on writing upper case letters of the alphabet. We have now moved on to lower case letters! During each class, we use sign language, the sound of the letter and printing pages to practice on two letters.
Our youngest students graduated from Picture Stretch to Word Stretch in the early part of the year. In Word Stretch the children number sections on their page from 1 – 6, and then one student is called upon for a topic or theme for all the words they are going to write. For example if
Over the last two months the Kindergarten students, twice a week, explored counting, coins (pennies, nickels and dimes), measurement using non standard units, coins and classification. Students compared lengths. For example which is longer 7 links or 4 unifix cubes? Using a balance they compared the weight of various objects using units such as unifix
Students in Kindergarten through Second Grade participated in a class where they explored items that would sink or float. As scientists, they first made predictions on six different items and then tested them out one by one, recording their results as they went. As each group tried out their items, there were a few surprises –