Kerkstra Room 22 enjoyed an amazing community outing exploring the many interesting exhibits at the Chicago Children's Museum on Navy Pier!! We dove into the WaterWays exhibit first and then headed to the Tinkering Lab to design our own project using real tools and materials. Next, we were able to dig for dinosaur bones at the Dinosaur Expedition. The Skyline area gave us the opportunity to use real tools to construct skyscrapers and houses. Then, we took turns crawling up the ropes and bridges of the Climbing Schooner! Finally, the students explored fire safety rules through the eyes of a firefighter at the Play It Safe Exhibit. Last, we ate our sack lunches in the family pavilion and investigated the Crystal Gardens before heading back to school. CCM gave us the opportunity to have fun AND learn at the same time!!
Kerkstra Room 7 paired up with Room 22 and headed to Navy Pier for a day at the Chicago Children's Museum. Our day started off in the Construction Zone where we were able to use real nuts, bolts, and screws to build anything our hearts desired. Then we headed to the Dinosaur Dig where we learned about fossils and that we may have some aspiring archaeologists on our hands! After dirt digging tired us out, we headed over to Kid's Town. Here we explored different occupations such as: grocer, chef, mechanic, mailman, and bus driver! We ended our museum time in Water Works, where we had a blast experimenting with water...and "accidently" soaking our teachers in the process ;). In typical Room 7 fashion, we ended our outing with a tasty lunch and a long bus ride nap.
On Friday December 22nd, Room 7 celebrated the start of Winter Break by throwing a Polar Express Party! All of our friends showed up to school in their pajamas, ready to board the Polar Express. Earlier in the week, our students read the story of the Polar Express, which made everyone so excited for the special day. We started our party off with making our very own reindeer food to leave out for Santa's reindeer on Christmas Eve. Then, we practiced sequencing and requesting at our very own hot cocoa station. After we assembled our yummy cocoa, we settled in to watch the Polar Express movie. It was a great way to kick off Winter Break!
Holiday decorations, zoo animals and fabulous weather, resulted in the PERFECT November outing for Kerkstra
Room 22!!! Students were able to see (and smell) their favorite zoo animals at Brookfield Zoo. We saw silly sea lions, gigantic giraffes, bulky buffalo, slithering snakes, pokey polar bears, goofy gorillas and many more! Ask your child what animal was their favorite!
Braun Room 15 had a spectacular month exploring, learning, playing, and growing together. In the beginning of the month, we went to the Sensory Depot where we made Oobleck! It was so much fun to make and play in our messy creation. After the sensory room, we stopped at a local park. Our students showed how brave they are by ziplining at the park and jumping on the mini trampoline in the sensory room!
As we prepared for Thanksgiving, Braun Room 15 made thank you cards for the Braun staff to show our appreciation. Not only are we crafty, but we can bake, too! During our fractions and measurements units, we practiced our skills by making brownies. After we baked them, we shared our ooey-gooey brownies with the Braun staff.
Besides showing our appreciation and going on adventures, we are working hard in the classroom. Students have shown tremendous growth in their abilities in the following areas: counting, following directions, and recognizing community signs. We are also very lucky to have daily Speech Therapy and weekly Occupational Therapy that help us learn and grow!
Braun Room 15 is looking forward to diving into December with all of our engaging lesson plans and winter activities!!
October and November were soooo much fun!
We did everything from carving pumpkins to swimming. We WERE the best looking class in the Halloween parade and had fun trick or treating at the different classrooms. We had two exciting field trips. On the first field trip we went swimming at the Lemont Park District and the second field trip was to the Sensory Depot in Worth and then to a nearby park. We also have had some great science experiments - for one experiment we created ghosts (white balloons) and watched them come to life (blow up) using vinegar and baking soda. Ms. C (OT) did a really fun sensory group activity using wet noodles and spelling our names.
Stay tuned to the adventures of B6 .........I can't wait to see what December brings!
What is core vocabulary? Did you know that core words comprise over 90% of our vocabulary? Core vocabulary is a small set of simple words, in any language, that are used frequently and across contexts. In this picture, Weston is on his way to requesting the word "play" using a core board visual. Other core words that our modeled by our adult language partner include; eat, drink, more, go, help, open, yes/no and on/off. Way to go room 18!
Despite the rainy weather, Room 22 had a wonderful day at the movies and McDonalds. Everyone enjoyed the Lego Ninjago Movie as they ate popcorn in the big, comfy, reclining chairs! After the movie each student ordered and ate their lunch at McDonalds. It was a great day for some rainy day fun in the community!
Is your kiddo struggling with tying their shoes!?! Check out this cute youtube video with a cool shoe tying trick!
Mrs. Schaeffer & Mrs. Pentek's class got out into the sunshine toay on what felt like a summer day in the fall!! We teamed up with room 22 to check out Commissioners Park in Frankfort. It was an amazing (all wooden) park with a giant sand pit, obstacle courses, balance beams and more. After we worked up an appetite, we headed to Kenootz Pizza. Everyone got to make their own personal pizza! It was a fantastic way to start off our week!
Even with temperatures soaring, Kerkstra CD Room 22 and 7 enjoyed our time at Commissioners Park in Frankfort! Students were able to climb, swing, dig in the sand and play Frisbee. We then traveled to Kenootz Pizza to build our own individual pizzas! We loved spreading the sauce, sprinkling the cheese and adding a few pepperonis on top!!!! We were amazing chefs! Everyone enjoyed our community outing to the park and pizzeria!!!
The gang's all here! The whole CD program was present to celebrate a great start to the school year! A beautiful day to be outside...from walking the track to flying a kite, the students (and staff!) enjoyed spending time with old and new friends and teachers! K-9 and K-22 particularly enjoyed the awesome park and sandbox!
Kerkstra Room 22 spent a warm spring day at the Windy City Thunderbolts stadium!! First, we soaked up the sun and watched the game. The students took a break to get a photo taken with "Boomer," the Windy City Thunderbolt mascot.
What would a baseball game be without a hot dog for lunch?! When the game ended, the students were allowed to run around the bases!!! It was a terrific day at the ball park!!!!
Well, the weather did not cooperate, but K-18 and K-7 still managed to make it a fun day! Plenty of animals to see at Brookfield Zoo! Peacocks, monkeys, lions, goats and reptiles were just a few of the creatures that made an appearance that day! Our favorite by far.....the dolphins! Ms Kris showed us a trick using the teeth of a comb and a credit card to make a noise that attracted the dolphins. WOW, did it work! Look how surprised Christian looks at how easily this dolphin came to the glass to greet him!!
A special shout out to all the SWCCCASE Speech Language Pathologists in honor of Better Speech and Hearing Month! Thank you all for all your hard work and diligence in helping our kiddos improve their communication skills! We appreciate all that you do!