April 2

Learning Activities for Friday, April 3rd

Spring Break

Next week, April 6- 10 is our scheduled spring break. I will not be uploading any lessons during this time, please enjoy the week with your family to relax and recharge.

Homeschool Heroes

So many interesting things were found on our inventor scavenger hunt Thursday!

Field Trip Friday!

It’s Friday so we’re taking a virtual field trip! Today we’re going to explore the San Diego Zoo. Click the link below to get started. When you are finished exploring the website draw/write about something new you learned. Take a picture of your drawing and send it to me so I can see it!


Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Stortini

April 1

Learning Activites for Thursday, April 2nd

Homeschool Heroes

Let’s be a Scientist!

Today’s activity is to think like an inventor! Go around your house, backyard, and/or neighborhood and find the things on the list below. Take pictures and send them to me so I can see what you found!

Have a great day!

Mrs. Stortini

March 31

Learning Activities for Wednesday, April 1st

Preschool Registration for 2020-2021

I’ve had a few questions about registration for next year. Due to the current situation and schools being closed, registration is being postponed at this time. As soon as I have more information I will let you know. Please continue to check the Cotter and Dearborn Public Schools website for the most up-to-date information.

Homeschool Heroes

Letter of the Week

Can you think of some friends in our classroom who have the letter K in their name? Here’s a list, how many K’s can you find?!

  • Saleh Al.
  • Saleh Ah.
  • Amira H.
  • Lilliana C.
  • Rahaf S.
  • Zeina M.
  • Yasmine A.
  • Abbas K.
  • Jaifar H.
  • Haidar K.
  • Fatima A.
  • Roaa A.
  • Marah A.
  • Nooh Y.
  • Maryam S.
  • Malkeh A.

What is Mrs. Stortini doing?

Today was “Disney Day” so we wore our Mickey Mouse ear hats and pretended to be in Disney World while we went for our walk!


Happy April 1st, that means it’s April Fools Day! Today we are going to do silly things to celebrate!

  • Listen to the story Wacky Wednesday by Dr. Seuss.
  • Tape a piece of paper to the bottom of your table and draw a silly picture while lying on the floor.
  • Dance along to the Wacky Dance!

Have a great day!

Mrs. Stortini

March 30

Learning Activities for Tuesday, March 31st

School Playgrounds Closed

Dearborn Public Schools is reminding people that during the state ordered shelter-at-home period, visitors are NOT allowed on our playground equipment or fields. Stay Home, Stay Safe. Read the memo at https://firstbell.dearbornschools.org/2020/03/27/district-reminds-residents-to-stay-off-school-playgrounds-fields/

Homeschool Heroes

What is Mrs. Stortini doing?

Today we had an engineering challenge in our livingroom! JJ and Luke brainstormed materials to make a fort during school time. They made a blueprint for what it would look like, and then hunted around the house to find materials to use.

Letter of the Week

This week we are working on the letter Kk. Did you notice that the letter K is made up of three straight lines?


Today we are learning abouy rhyming words. Words that rhyme sound the same at the end. For example: cat and hat, fog and bog, pig and wig.

Listen to the Dr. Seuss story, The Cat in the Hat

  1. How many rhyming words did you hear in the story? Draw a picture and try to write down two rhyming words you heard.
  2. Take a picture of your drawing and send it to me so I can see!

3. Exercise, rhyme, and freeze with Jack Hartman!

Have a great day!

Mrs. Stortini

March 29

Learning Activities for Monday, March 30th

Week 3

Can you believe this is already the third week of remote learning for our class? I know this situation can be frustrating, and I appreciate all you are doing at home to continue your child’s learning. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions or need help!

Homeschool Heroes

Check out all the hard work these homeschool heroes are doing at home!

Memory Monday

Here are some classroom pictures from the week before school closed. I wasn’t able to post them at the time so I wanted to share now. During this activitiy we used our math and science skills to measure ingredients and make our own playdough! The children noticed that if there was too much water the dough felt sticky, and if there was too much flour the dough felt dry. Then we used the playdough to play a game called smash math. The children rolled dice, counted the spots, and smashed that number of playdough balls.

Letter of the Week

Our letter of the week is Kk!

How many things can you find in your house that begin with the letter K?


Today we’re going to talk about the math concepts of length and measuring.

  • Collect some items from around your house or backyard that you would like to measure. Toys, silverware, rocks, sticks, and pieces of paper are all examples of items you could use!
  • On a piece of paper draw a line down the middle and write “longer” on one side and “shorter” on the other.
  • Look at your items and decide which side of the paper they fit on. Are they shorter or longer? How do you know?
  • Take some pictures and send them to me so I can see your experiment!

Odds and Ends

  1. Dearborn schools is still do grab and go lunch pick up during the week, but the schedule has changed. Please check dearbornschools.org for the most up to date information.
  2. Please continue to read together for at least 20 minutes a day. Provide your child with the opportunity to point out letters and /or words they may know, as well as describing what they see in the pictures.
  3. Try to get outside and walk or play in the backyard for at least 30 minutes.

Have a great day!

Mrs. Stortini

March 25

Learning Activities for Thursday, March 26th

Sink or Float

I loved seeing everyone’s float or sink experiments! It was amazing how many different things you were able to find in your house to test. No one used the same things!

Letter of the Week

Everyone has been working hard on writing their letters, I love seeing all the pictures so keep them coming!

Mrs. Stortini’s Day

It was beautiful outside, so after our walk we had school time outside! We painted numbers on rocks and then used them to practice adding and subtracting.

It felt like spring today, so after school time we started making some Easter decorations for our house that I found on Pinterest. This is our bunny and carrot garland!


  1. Today we’re going to focus on writing, I will be sending the individual lessons through the remind101 app. If you do not recieve it by Thursdsy morning please message me so I can resend it.
  2. Read together for 20 minutes.
  3. Play two letter games on abcmouse.com

Have a great day!

Mrs. Stortini

March 24

Learning Activities for Wednesday, March 25th

What is Mrs. Stortini Doing?

I’m doing the same things you are! This morning we went for a walk, and after school time we played Monopoly: Star Wars Edition. JJ was the banker and was helping Luke add together the dots on the dice and make change with the bank.

Later on Rhett and I had a snack and watched HGTV (my favorite channel!) together.

How Are You Doing?

Our school social worker and I are here to help if you or your family need anything. If you like you can fill out this survey so we know better how to help you. Click the link below to fill out the survey.


Letter of the Week

We are working on the letter G this week, yesterday you practiced writing a capital G. Today let’s practice the lowercase g. Write the lowercase g five times and send me a picture!

When you’re done, dance and sing along to this fun letter G song.


Today we’re going to work on some science. We’re going to make predictions (a guess) about what we think will happen, and then test our prediction. We’ll record our test in a graph so we can remember what happened!

Our science experiment today will be float or sink.

Float means to stay on top of the water.

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This inner tube is floaing on top of the water.

Sink means to fall to the bottom of the water.

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These marbles are sinking to the bottom of the water.

Step 1. Collect a few things from around your house that you don’t mind getting wet. This is what I found at my house.

Step 2. Draw a table like this on a piece of paper.

Step 3. Make your predictions (guesses) about if you think that item will sink or float. Write the word or draw a picture of the item in the column.

Step 4. Fill up a container with water. I used a flower vase, but you can use anything you have at your house like a bucket, water glass, or the bath tub!

Step 5. Test your predictions! Put each item in the water and see if they sink or float. Were your predictions correct? Were you surprised by any of the tests?

Step 6. Send me pictures so I can see your experiment!

Odds and Ends

As always, make sure you’re reading together for at least 20 minutes and get outside and go for a walk. It’s supposed to warm up and I am excited to see some sun after all of the clouds on Tuesday.

I will be sending out individual lessons for each child again on Thursday through Remind, so be on the look out for those messages as well.

Dearborn Public Schools is still doing grab and go meals for families in need. This is considered an essential service and is exempt from the Governor’s order.

Have a great day!

Mrs. Stortini

March 23

Learning Activities for Tuesday, March 24th

Letter of the Week

Remember our letter of the week? It’s the letter Gg! Today we’re going to practice writing a capital G five times. When you’re done, dance and sing about the letter G with Jack Hartman!


  1. Today we’re going to work on spelling names while getting some exercise! Use the picture below to spell out the following names: your first name, your last name, Stortini, Thabet.

2. Read together for 20 minutes.

3. Play a board game or work on a puzzle.

Have a great day!

March 22

Learning Actvities for March 23rd

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It’s the second week of remote learning for our class and hopefully everyone is feeling a little more comfortable with the new schedule and routine. Starting this week I will begin posting whole group lessons on the blog, as well as sending individual lessons through remind based on your child’s learning goals.

Letter of the Week

Our letter of the week is G, let’s sing about it together!


Today we are going to focus on counting and recognizing numbers.

  1. Click the link to play number bingo. https://www.abcya.com/games/number_bingo
  2. Go on a number hunt around your house and find the numbers 0-10. They could be in a book, on a cereal box, on a toy, anywhere! Send me pictures of the numbers you find.
  3. Individual lesson: I’ll send this through the Reming app.
  4. Practice counting from 1-20 with this video link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=By2hmo323xM

Have a great day!