Academic Enrichment ||| Cuyahoga Falls Campus ||| Week Of 11/4/2019

Weekly Theme:
This weeek the K-kids did addition with carry overs (dynamic) using the manipulatives of the Golden Beads.  Did you know the two numbers added together are called addends and the answer is called the sum?

 

Handwriting:
We practiced writing in cursive vowel blends of ua, ue, ui, uo, uu.

 

Cultural Subjects:
We now can count to ten in 17 languages (English, Sign Language, Latin, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagolog, Hebrew, Korean, Hungarian).

 

Next Week:
Weekly Theme: Addition with other materials

Synonym Of The Week: BIG, vast, gigantic, huge, large, enormous, colossal

Sight Words Of The Week: said by

Adding Irish to the languages

 

 

 

 

 

 


Peek In Our Week ||| Mr. John’s Class ||| Week Of November 4, 2019

Line Time:
This week we learned about insects and arachnids. Creepy Crawly, creepy crawly creepy creep creepy crawly (reminds me of The Who song, Boris The Spider).  When we went over the five animals all of them were vertebrates (having a backbone and spine) but looking at Insects and arachnids they were invertebrates (no back bone or spine).   Most had what we call an exoskeleton which is the skeleton is on the outside.  This gives the creature support and protection.  We learned insects have a head, thorax, and abdomen, six legs, and two antennae.  We sang the characteristics of an insect to the tune of Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes. Some insects are ants, bees, and butterflies. Arachnids have a head and abdomen, and eight legs. Some examples of arachnids are spiders, scorpions, ticks and mites.

 

       

 

                                

 

 

Did You Know:
Since it is the season… Did you know there is a difference between apple juice and apple cider?  Here is the explanation.  Apple cider is made from apples that are washed, cut and ground into an “apple mash” similar to applesauce. The mash is then wrapped in cloth and pressed into fresh juice. On the other hand, apple juice undergoes filtration to remove pulp and is then pasteurized to extend the shelf life.

 

November Birthdays:
A Montessori classroom consists of students ranging in age from three years to six years.  Here are our newest four and five year old students.

   

 

 

Grandparent’s Day:

A full house on Grandparents Day.

 

Alumnus Reader:

This alumnus is 10 years old and is in the 5th grade. He carried a 4.0 this term and said he misses the Montessori classroom. He is almost as tall as I am and take a look at that foot. I would be interested to see this boy’s grocery bill. All alumni are welcome to come back to my classroom and read!

 

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 15 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagalog, Hebrew).

 

Peek In The Classroom:

Surprise! This boy is working on 3 part cards on the week’s subject, birds.

 

One of my readers is reading the chapter books Billy B. Brown.

 

One of my Kindergarten students working in her Binder (The Letter Of The Week and Rhyming Word Of The week).

 

These girls are practicing their handwriting. One is tracing name in cursive and the other is working on her pre-cursive folder.

 

Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Dinosaurs

Letter Of The Week- L l

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bot

Next Language is Korean

 

Upcoming Events:
Operation Christmas Child: Thursday, November 14th Check your email! Also, follow the below link to donate.

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Follow link to help set up for Operation Christmas Child.

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Thanksgiving Break:
We are off Wednesday November 27th and returning Monday December 2.

 

 

Friends, Frolic, and Fun:

Shennanigans at lunch. He must be weak from hunger.

 

Now I can honestly say “I like the raccoon on your shirt”

 

It appears he is strangling her but actually he is being a gentleman and putting on her necklace for her.

 

Just good friends…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Academic Enrichment ^^^ Cuyahoga Falls Campus ^^^ Week Of 10/28/2019

Weekly Theme:
This week we started our journey into MATH…. GULP!  We started out by composing numbers with beads and symbols then worked our way into doing addition with manipulatives with the nine tray.

 

 

Handwriting:
We practiced writing in cursive vowel blends of oa, oe, oi, oo, ou.

 

Cultural Subjects:
We now can count to ten in 16 languages (English, Sign Language, Latin, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagolog, Hebrew, Korean).

 

Next Week:
Weekly Theme: Addition manipulatives (Dynamic/Carry Overs)

Synonym Of The Week: OLD: ancient, elderly, used, seasoned, mature

Sight Words Of The Week: how each

Adding Hungarian to the languages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Peek In Our Week ^^^ Mr. John’s Classroom ^^^ Week Of October, 28 2019

Line Time:
Birds-  We ended our journey of studying animals with the bird.  We learned birds are vertebrates and are warm-blooded, which means that they can make their own body heat even when it is cold outside. Whether it is sunny and hot outside or there is a snowstorm and it is very cold, warm-blooded animals have body temperatures that usually stay the same.  They are born from hard shelled eggs and have feathers.  A lot of birds fly but some do not.  The flightless birds are the ostrich and penguin.  We are not sure if chickens fly.

Below are Foghorn Leghorn and Eggburt Jr….  Iah say, Iah say that boy aint right.

 

 

Speaking Words Of Wisdom… (from Mr. John):
Have you ever gone out and had toothpaste on your face and clothes?  Of course you have.  My advice is to brush your teeth right before hopping in the shower.  No toothpaste on your face and certainly no toothpaste on your clothes.  Problem solved!

 

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 14 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagalog).

 

Peek In The Classroom:

These girls are working on the North America Puzzle Map found in the Cultural Subjects area. Not only does this help with the understanding of Geography but the pegged puzzle pieces, which are used in most Montessori classrooms, have a secondary purpose as well. When a child grips the pegs, it’s actually preparing his or her hand to use a pencil. The pegs help to refine a child’s fine motor control, and will make the transition to holding a pencil that much smoother. Notice how she is proudly displaying the country of Canada.

 

These boys are working together on the Sensorial material called the Knobless Cylinders. The Knobless Cylinders are four sets of ten cylinders in each set, varying in height and/or diameter. The purpose of these cylinders is to develop child’s fine-motor movements, concentration, hand-eye coordination, and visual perception of dimension. These students discovered a pattern using two colors.

 

This boy is mastering the Ten Board which furthers the concept of the concrete affiliation between quantity and symbols (numbers). I may have pictured this boy working on this material in the past but I wanted to show you how he is discovering patterns with this work. Discovering patterns further enhances the child’s understanding of Math.

 

This girl is working on the Metal Insets found in the Language area. 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!

 

Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Insects, Arachnids, Invertebrates

Letter Of The Week- K k

Rhyming Word Of The Week- ox

Next Language is Hebrew

 

Upcoming Events:
Grand Parents Day: Tuesday, November 5

Operation Christmas Child: Thursday, November 14th Check your email! Also, follow the below link to donate.

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Follow link to help set up for Operation Christmas Child.

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Friends, Frolic, and Fun:

We work our students to the point of exhaustion, hehe I better be careful. Next may be a pic of me in the storage room napping.

 

Hugging friends.

 

Showing off his muscles.

 

Stop being so silly. Nah, be as silly as you want.

 

 

 

 

 


Peek In Our Week === Mr. John’s Class === Week Of October 21, 2019

Line Time:
Fish- We learned fish are vertebrates or they have a backbone or a spine.  They are cold blooded (their body temperature changes to the temperature around them) and have slimy and scaly skin.  The unique thing about fish is that some fish are born alive and some fish are born with jelly eggs.  Some examples of fish are Trout, Bass, Sharks, and Swordfish.  And one more important point is that fish live in water.

 

 

Did you know?
Sneezes travel at about 100 miles per hour and that a single 
sneeze can send 100,000 germs into the air.  Also when a person sneezes you should tell them “You are sooo good lookin”  Who knows this reference?

 

Saying Good-Bye:
With a heavy heart I am announcing the departure of Ms. Tonya where she is leaving to pursue other interests.  In the short amount of time that Ms. Tonya has been with us the students have made strong bonds with her.  Not only the children will miss her but the staff will miss her as well.  Ms. Tonya was a great part of “TEAM KOTRADI” where she hit the ground running,  added so much to my classroom with her chipper disposition and her exuberant love for teaching.  The most impressive part was that she put up with my cheeky behavior (and at times “gave it back”).  Good luck in all you do. You will be missed!!!!!!  Below are the many faces of Tonya.  I REALLY had to pester her for the last pic. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 13 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish).

 

Peek In The Classroom:

She is working on the Trinomial Cube. This material the blocks are color coded and are different sizes to represent the algebraic Trinomial formula. The purpose is not to teach math but to challenge the child to find patterns and spatial relationships. The next time this material is featured I will include the algebraic Trinomial formula.

 

This boy is working on a teacher made material that is helping him recognize numbers from 0 to 20.

 

This child is working on a word building material. This reinforces her phonics recognition of letter sounds.

 

This student is working on the First Introduction to Decimals. In a Montessori curriculum, we start by introducing the names of the numerical positions as represented by golden beads. The reason for this is so the child can visualize the concept of units, tens, hundreds and thousands.

 

Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Birds

Letter Of The Week- J j

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bip

Next Language is Tagolog

 

Upcoming Events:
Halloween Party: Friday, November 1, 11:11 am  (pizza lunch provided)
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Grandparents Day: Tuesday, November 5

Operation Christmas Child: Details to follow

 

Friends, Frolic, and Fun:

I am not sure exactly is going on here but I am glad I captured it.

 

I asked her what her costume for Halloween. She said ” A monnnnsterrrrrr” along with a visual.

 

They wanted me to take their picture. How could I resist?

 

Just cuteness in a pose.

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Academic Enrichmnet === Cuyahoga Falls Campus === Week Of 10/21/2019

Weekly Theme:
This week we looked at the parts of the leaf, flower, and tree.  We also delved into the parts of the insect and arachnid.  Did you kindergarten student sing “Head, thorax, abdomen abdomen. six legs and two antennae?”  We also broke down what makes a living thing, well, a living thing.

Living things:
^Reproduce
^Grow
^Eat or take in nutrients
^Breathe or exchange gasses
^Consume water

 

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Academic Enrichment ||| Cuyahoga Falls Campus ||| Week of 10/14/2019

Weekly Theme:
This week we looked at the five animals which are mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and birds. Refer to the professionally made chart below for the characteristics of each animal.

 

Handwriting:
We practiced writing in cursive vowel blends of ea, ee, ei, eo, eu.

 

Cultural Subjects:
We now can count to ten in 14 languages (English, Sign Language, Latin, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagolog).

 

Next Week:
Weekly Theme: Parts Of plants, Arachnids, and Insects

Synonym Of The Week: Cold: freezing, chilly, frigid, frozen, cool

Sight Words Of The Week:  she were

Adding Hebrew to the languages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Peek In Our Week ||| Mr. John’s Classroom ||| Week Of October 14, 2019

Line Time:
Amphibians- 
This week we looked at the Amphibian.  We talked about how the Amphibians are vertebrates, cold blooded (the body temperature changes to the temperature that surrounds the amphibian), their skin is soft and moist, and they are born from jelly eggs.  Some examples of Amphibians are toads, frogs, and salamanders.  We learned that the term amphibian means of two worlds.  Amphibians are born in the water but live their life on land.   Who can forget the famous Kermit The Frog?

 

 

Weird Scenes Inside The Goldmine:
This past weekend my family and I went to visit my favorite daughter (as she says “my only daughter”) at BGSU.  I learned/saw a few things…

*The most revered road trip food across the board are Slim Jims.  I prefer Slim Jims, cheddar or pizza flavored Combos, and a Coke and Dr, Pepper mix (1:1 ratio) with lots of crushed not cubed ice.

*The funniest saying on the electronic sign “Camp in Ohio State Parks NOT in the left lane”  Future rant.

*Don’t detail your car before a road trip!  Even though there were 3 adults and a teen it still ended up looking like something out of Animal House.

*Do NOT let a 13 year old boy take off his shoes in the car, HEINOUS!

*My princess may never move back home especially when she is on my cell plan with unlimited data and with my credit card in her pocket  :((

 

 

 

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 12 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian).

 

Peek In The Classroom:

This boy is working on a matching activity found in the language area. The purpose of this materials is to improve concentration, train visual memory, increase short term memory, increase attention to detail, improve the ability to find similarities and differences in objects, help to classify objects that are grouped by similar traits, and improve vocabulary.

 

Ms. Tonya is working with the Opposite Cards with this student. The aim for this material is introducing the child to opposites not only increases vocabulary, but it is a fun activity that forces the child to use higher order thinking skills thereby building his/her intelligence. Using picture cards that illustrate opposites gives the child a visual understanding of the words introduced. I love the excitement of this child as she finds the “match”.

 

She is working on the introductory work in the Math area called the Number Rods. The Number Rods purpose is to learn to count to ten and understand the value of each number. To learn the names “one” to “ten” and to associate the names with the quantities. As you notice the “quantities” is represented by the length of each rod. As a side note do you remember some Sensorial works that help with visual discrepancies? See how it starts to all come together?

 

The next step after the aforementioned Number Rods is the Number Rods with Symbols (actual numbers). After the child is comfortable associating the number rods with a quantity, Montessori classrooms use the Number Cards to introduce a symbol. This is an example of the concrete correlation of numbers and quantity.

 

Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Fish

Letter Of The Week- I i

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bin

Next Language is Swedish

Person bringing snack for week of 10/21/2019 is Harper G

 

Upcoming Events:
Halloween Party: Friday, November 1, 11 am  (pizza lunch provided)… details to follow via email

Grandparents Day- Tuesday, Novemeber 5

BOX TOPS  BOX TOPS  BOX TOPS  Mr. John wants pizza!  Due 10/25/2019

 

Friends, Frolic, and Fun:

Fashion fashion fashion…. All day I thought she was a unicorn until I took the picture then she informed me it is a party hat.

 

For picture day we have plaid, plaid, plaid, plaid, argyle, and bow tie and suspenders.

 

Fanciness with big bows and sparkley dress on picture day.

 

Our newest big sister

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Peek In Our Week ### Mr. John’s Classroom ### Week Of October 07, 2019

Line Time:
Reptiles- This week we learned about reptiles and what makes a reptile a reptile.  Reptile are vertebrates, cold blooded (body temperature changes to the temperature around them), they are born from hard shelled eggs and their skin is dry and with scales.  Some examples of reptiles are snakes, turtles, and lizards.   Below is the lesser known Baby Godzilla.

 

 

 

Did you know?
Hot water freezes faster than cold, known as the Mpemba effect. … Evaporation is the strongest candidate to explain the Mpemba effect. As hot water is placed in an open container the water begins to cool, the overall mass decreases as some of the water evaporates. With less water to freeze, the process can take less time.  My thoughts is that it is a misnomer due to less ice is produced.  But who am I to say?

 

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 11 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian).

 

Peek In The Classroom:

The Montessori Teacher will introduce this material once the child has demonstrated the ability to analyse and recognize graphic symbols for phonetic sounds. The key purpose of the Moveable Alphabet is to prepare children for writing, reading, and spelling.

 

This student is working on the Ten Board. The aim of this math material is To teach the names twenty, thirty, forty, etc…and to show the child that twenty is two tens and so for the up to ninety. This student was featured a few weeks back and has mastered the first aim of this material the second aim of this material is to teach sequence… the numbers from 11 to 99. This student now has mastered the second purpose of this material and is ready to move on to more advanced math materials.

 

Pic 1) The Sensorial material Color Box 3 introduce color through matching activities. The color tablets. A child gets the chance to match 2 tablets of the same color to each other, building their visual discrimination skills while exploring how colors relate to one another. After she matches the colors (by shade) she grades them from darkest to lightest.

 

Pic 2) When she is done with this material she puts the color tablets back into the box. If you notice there are “dots” on the side of the tablets. She now has to line up the dots and have them facing the same way before putting the material back on the shelf.

 

This girl is working with the language material called the Vowel Tree. To use the Vowel Tree: The child takes two consonants from the movable alphabet (or write two of them on small pieces of paper). Place one consonant in front of the letter “a” and one after. Have the child say the word that is formed, combining the first two letters into one blended sound. Then have them slide the letters down to the next vowel and say the word. Continue all the way down the tree. For the purposes of this work, they can say a word even if it’s a “nonsense” word, just for the practice of saying the vowel sounds. ***** In the background Kelley and Tonya are plotting something diabolical. Pinky: Gee, Brain, what do you want to do tonight? Brain: The same thing we do every night, Pinky, try to take over the world! *****

 

Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Amphibians

Letter Of The Week- H h

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bit

Next Language is Romanian

Person bringing snack for week of 10/14/2019 is Dylan

 

Upcoming Events:
Field Trip to the Akron Zoo:  Details to follow shortly

Halloween Party: Friday, November 1, 11 am  (pizza lunch provided)… details to follow via email

Grandparents Day- Tuesday, Novemeber 5

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BOX TOPS  BOX TOPS  BOX TOPS  Mr. John wants pizza!  Due 10/25/2019

 

Friends, Frolic, and Fun:

More fashion in the classroom. This girl is wearing her babushka!

 

Three Musketeers, Three Amigos, Three Stooges? You decide, lol

 

This is as goofy as she gets.

 

Ms. Tonya greeting children in the morning with a helper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Academic Enrichment ### Cuyahoga Falls Campus ### Week Of 10/7/2019

Weekly Theme:
We looked at ten different land forms. We looked at the pairings of islands and lakes, bays and capes, peninsulas and gulfs, and chain of lakes and archipelago.

 

 

 

 

Kindergarten students holding up their favorite land form.

 

Handwriting:
We practiced writing in cursive Zz and vowel blends of ae, ai, ao, au

 

Cultural Subjects:
We now can count to ten in 13 languages (English, Sign Language, Latin, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish).

 

Next Week:
Weekly Theme: Parts Of Animals

Synonym Of The Week: HOT: burning, scorching, blazing, boiling, sizzling

Sight Words Of The Week:  for with

Adding Tagolog to the languages