Peek In Our Week !!! Mr. John’s Class !!! Week Of April 5, 2021

Buckeye Room Bulletin

Line Time:
Just working on International Festival stuff.  

 

Did You Know? (I’m More of a Milky Way guy):
3 Musketeers bars got their name because they used to come with three flavors.  The original 3 Musketeers bars of the 1930s came in three-packs, with a different nougat flavor in each: vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry. World War II rations made that triple treat expensive, so the company cut down to one which was the more popular, chocolate.

 

 

A Message From Mr. John :

 

Know Your Languages (Turkish):
Nope…. Not until after the International Festival.

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 26 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagalog, Hebrew, Korean, Irish, Kiswahili, Irish, Welsh, Dutch/Flemmish, Polish, Serbo-Croation, Cebuano, Malay, Farsi)

 

Peek In The Classroom:

Children preparing for the International Festival by coloring their African country’s flag.

 

Kinders working on the Bead Chains. The main purpose of the Bead Cabinet is to help develop children’s knowledge about numbers from the concrete to the abstract. By working with the material, children form a strong understanding of number sequencing, as they learn how to skip count by twos, threes, all the way through to tens.

 

She has completed the Spindle Box. The spindle boxes have important purposes of reinforcing the idea that the symbols represent certain quantities of separate objects, introducing the concept of zero and its symbol, and reinforcing the sequence of the numerals.

 

This boy is sorting beads. He has nice e sections with nine colors. He has colors of different shades. Maria Montessori’s sensorial work uses “sorting” in specific ways that work to use all of the child’s senses, one at a time, in order to refine them. The goal is to train the brain to create more organized thoughts and ways of retrieving information.

 

Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- International Festival Stuff

Letter Of The Week- No letter of the week

Rhyming Word Of The Week- No rhyming word of the week

Next Language is Turkish (psych! not until after the International Festival)

 

Upcoming Events:
Nothing really going on so let me throw out that my birthday is fast approaching.  Start preparing now for the fanfare.

Practice your child’s International Festival lines that I sent.

 

Academic Enrichment:
Weekly Theme: Articles a, an, the.  “A” goes with all the consonants.  “An” is a bit pickier and she goes with only vowels.  The is not so picky and he goes with anything.

Just some cool kinders

Handwriting:
We practiced writing sentences in cursive.

Next Week’s Lesson:
Weekly Theme: Pronouns

Synonym Of The Week: No synonym this week

Sight Words Of The Week: No sight words this week

 

Friends, Frolic, and Fun:

Showing off her Easter Basket Booty. Notice how she sorted them by color.

 

Lol, you should have seen the other guy.  Do you see it?

 

Best buds.

 

Just having fun and being goofy like children should be.

 

Your Kids Say The Darndest Things (Easter brought some good stuff):

 

 

 

 


Peek In Our Week $$ Mr. John’s Room $$ Week Of March 22, 2021

Buckeye Room Bulletin

Line Time:
We discovered the traditions, weather, food eaten in certain African countries.  We learned about Madagascar where this is the only place that has lemurs.  Egypt has the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx and the Congo is the home of the Mountain Gorillas. Africa has strange and unique creatures such as the elephant, rhinoceros, hippos, giraffes, and lions.

 

Did you know?
The Goodyear Blimp is the official bird of Redondo Beach, California. Whaaaaaaaat?

The Goodyear Blimp is nothing short of iconic, but we wouldn’t classify it as a bird. Still, that didn’t stop Redondo Beach—a coastal city situated near the Goodyear Blimp’s home airport in Carson, California—from passing a resolution in 1983 to make the blimp its official bird.

 

 

Message From Mr. John (MSB): As I side note my buddy lives in Atlanta and found the album Stagepass on 8 Track (and bought it for 3$) a week before Michael Stanley passed. 

 

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 25 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagalog, Hebrew, Korean, Irish, Kiswahili, Irish, Welsh, Dutch/Flemmish, Polish, Serbo-Croation, Cebuano, Malay,)

 

Know Your Languages: (Farsi)  

 

 

Peek In The Classroom:

Introduction to Numerals of the Decimal System is a Montessori Math Early Childhood lesson is pretty straightforward, the goal of this lesson is to introduce the numerals of the decimal system. The child is introduced to the Montessori color coding of the numerals, 10 units equals 1 ten, 10 tens equals 1 hundred, etc. This work we play a game of exchanging the appropriate quantities.

 

Why is cutting with scissors important?  It is simple… It enhances independent movements of each finger and strengthens hand muscles.  Enhances bilateral coordination skills (two-handed coordination), visual and motor skills (eye-hand coordination), visual perceptual tasks (directionality), fine motor skills (separation of hand, finger dexterity), and promotes grasp pattern, focus and attention.   Phew….. that was a lot!

 

A kinder student working on her second phonics book. Her work space looks like Einstien’s desk. Lol

 

The Cards and Counters bring an abstract and concrete concept to this math activity. The cards and counters reinforces the knowledge that each number is made up of separate quantities. The child will see the sequence of numbers and how many separate units go to form each number.

 

Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- N. America/S. America

Letter Of The Week- No letter of the week.

Rhyming Word Of The Week- No rhyming word of the week.

Next Language is Farsi

 

Academic Enrichment:
Handwriting: This week we practiced writing sentences in cursive.

Next Week:
Weekly Theme: Articles

Synonym Of The Week: No synonym of the week.

Sight Words Of The Week: No sight words of the week.

The kinders completed the tracking of the flower and realized there was a work in the room that looked very similar to the plant. The stalk measured 24in/60cm.

 

Upcoming Events:
Spring Break: Monday, March 29 through Monday, April 5.  Returning Tuesday, April 6—  (I cancelled my plans for a Daytona Beach Bash and decided to chillax at home)

 

Friends, Frolic, and Fun:

These two handsome boys did not lose their glasses. They did not shave their mustaches. They got haircuts! The photo bomber first said he got a haircut then he told me no. The jury is still out on him.

 

I really have no idea what they are trying to accomplish.

 

More fun with matching mask and shirt.

 

Fancy Spring dresses.

 

Your Kids Say The Darndest Things (All dogs go to heaven): 

 

 

 

 


Peek In Our Week … Mr. John’s Room … Week Of March 15, 2021

Buckeye Room Bulletin

 

Line Time:
This week we took a look at life cycles of humans, frogs/toads, and butterflies/moths.  Humans have relatively boring life cycle compared to the butterfly/moth and toad/frog.  As humans we are born, we live, we die. YAWWWWN.  The toad and frog start with being jelly eggs in the water.  They hatch into tadpoles and eat algae, then they turn into a froglet which has a head of a frog and a tail.  Then the tail falls off and an adult frog/toad lives the rest of its life on land.  The butterfly/moth starts as an egg.  The a caterpillar is hatched and it eats A LOT.  Then a caterpillar spins its (butterfly) chrysalis/ moth spins a cocoon.  Then a buttery comes out of its chrysalis and moth comes out of the cocoon.  I posed the question  “which came first the egg or the butterfly?”  This created some heated conversation!

     

 

 

Did You Know? (Don’t Listen To What Your Mother Said):
Although chewing gum is designed to be chewed and not swallowed, it generally isn’t harmful if swallowed.  If you swallow gum, it’s true that your body can NOT digest it. But the gum doesn’t stay in your stomach. It moves relatively intact through your digestive system and is excreted in your stool.  Did your mom tell you it would take seven years to digest?  Mine did.

Below is the gum where the flavor lasts a whole eight seconds. I also thought it says “vapes” in action.

 

 

A Message From Mr. John (How I Became Your Teacher) Part 3.  P.S.  At the previous school I mentioned I was Kelley Laney’s assistant.  Funny how things come together. 

 

 

Know Your Languages (Hindi):

 

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 25 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagalog, Hebrew, Korean, Irish, Kiswahili, Irish, Welsh, Dutch/Flemmish, Polish, Serbo-Croation, Cebuano, Malay)

Shaun O’Keefe (our reappearing class leprechaun):

 

Shaun O’Keefe causes a quite a ruckus!  That cheeky leprechaun.

    

 

St. Patrick Day spirit and ready to drive the snakes into the sea.

 

Peek In The Classroom:

These two are working together on the 100 Board. Around three or four years of age, depending on how quickly the child has grasped the concept of counting to 100, and also helping them to understand number order. Through their work, the children are able to correct any mistakes independently, as the control card guides the activity.

 

This is week two for tracking the growth of the the flower. The stalk is now approximately 23 inches and 52 centimeters.

 

The direct purpose of the Sandpaper Numbers is to teach children the symbols that represent each number, allowing them to visually identify any number from 0 – 9. In Montessori education this is specifically taught separately to counting from 0 – 9, where children often fall back on rote memorization.

 

Montessori Teen Board with Beads, teaches a child (3-5 yo approx.) to associate the quantities and symbols from 11 to 19. Using the Teen Boards, the child explores the number names of the teens and the sequence of numbers 11–19.

 

Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Africa

Letter Of The Week-X x

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bac

Next Language is Hindi


Academic Enrichment:
This week we learned all about vowels (a, e, i, o, u) and consonants (the rest of the letters).

 

Below the Kindergarten Students sing the Kindergarten Song which they made up all by themselves.  The only reason they call me Mr. Pain is they needed a word that rhymed with Loraine, really!

 

Handwriting:
We practiced writing sentences in cursive.

Next Week’s Lesson:
Weekly Theme: Nouns/Verbs

Synonym Of The Week: No synonyms this week

Sight Words Of The Week: have this

 

Upcoming Events:
Spring Break: Monday, March 29 through Monday, April 5.  Returning Tuesday, April 6—(Look for me on MTv’s Daytona Beach Edition) !

 

Friends, Frolic, and Fun:

Happy friends.

 

You should have seen the other guy. Although, the “scratch” disappeared by lunch and may have been jelly.

 

The mysterious disease called ” Fudge Stripe Eyes”.

 

Just hanging out in the library.

 

Your Kids Say The Darndest Things:(Preparing for baby sister)

 

 

 

 

 

 


Peek In Our Week “” Mr. John’s Classroom “” Week Of March 8, 2021

Buckeye Room Bulletin

Line Time:
We had fun this week looking into the world of art.   We went over the primary and secondary colors.  We learned there are different ways to create art such as, drawing with pencils, coloring with crayons, and painting.  We looked at artists such as Michael Angelo, Pablo Picasso, and Andy Warhol.

    

 

 

A Starry Night, a student’s rendition.

 

Did You Know? (chuuug it!  Chuuug it!):
Drinking too much water can be deadly. When guzzling a lot of liquid, you can suffer from water intoxication or hyponatremia, which occurs after an obscene amount of water is consumed, often during endurance events when participants are also losing sodium through their sweat. There have been many notable cases, including the 2002 Boston Marathon competitor Cynthia Lucero, who died from overhydration.

 

 

A Message From Mr. John (How I Became Your Teacher/a play on the smash hit TV show How I Met Your Mother) Part 2:

 

Know Your Languages (Malay):

 

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 24 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagalog, Hebrew, Korean, Irish, Kiswahili, Irish, Welsh, Dutch/Flemmish, Polish, Serbo-Croation, Cebuano)

 

Peek In The Classroom:

Notice how he drew this from larger to smaller. ALSO, he created a pattern of black, green, brown, pink… This was all on his own. By the looks of this picture he is pretty proud.

 

We will tracking the growth of this bud for the next few weeks. The kinders will be tracking the height of the bloom in inches and centimeters and the students will draw the progress of the growth. Also, a non kinder is interested in the plant.

 

Compassion and empathy are a qualities that are encouraged in my classroom. Hugs for the downtrodden.

 

She found the relationship between two works.


Line Time- Life Cycles

Letter Of The Week-Y y

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bac

Next Language is Malay

 

Academic Enrichment:
Weekly Theme: This week we learned how to tell time to the quarter past/analog (:15), hands and such.

The time I usually get ready for bed.

 

We are missing a kinder student. Where did she go? Notice how there is a space for the missing student. Their idea not mine.

 

Handwriting:
We practiced writing sentences in cursive.

Next Week’s Lesson:
Weekly Theme: Consonants/Vowels

Synonym Of The Week: Wet: damp, moist, soggy, drenched, soaked

Sight Words Of The Week: have this

 

Upcoming Events:
Spring Break: Monday, March 29 through Monday, April 5.  Returning Tuesday, April 6

 

Friends, Frolic, and Fun:

Feeding time.

 

Feeding time revisited. I got nothin on this pic.

 

This was a really cool wipe out on the playground and he didn’t cry!  Trust me (I used to be a boy) being a boy his age not crying is a big deal.

 

I am not sure if this boy got a haircut. He tells me yes then laughs then tells me no then laughs. I’ll get to the bottom of it! I do know that he got new hair gel.

 

Your Kids Say The Darndest Things (Dinos):

 

 

 

 

 


Peek In Our Week ^^ Mr. John’s Class ^^ Week Of March 1, 2021

Buckeye Room Bulletin

Line Time:
Happy March Everyone!

I am so excited that spring is just around the corner. We celebrated our first week of March with celebrating wonderful Dr. Seuss.  We had the best time wearing silly socks, wearing crazy clothes and hair, wearing their favorite hat, wearing mustaches  Wow! what a fun week.

    

 

 

 

Did you know (eternal snacking)?
Pringles innovator was buried in a Pringles can. Fred Bauer, the Procter & Gamble employee who devised the idea of stacking Pringles into cans, eschewed an urn upon his death and instead asked that his family bury him in one his signature cans. 

 

 

A Message From Mr. John (How I Became Your Teacher/a play on the smash hit TV series How I Met Your Mother):

 

 

Know Your Languages (Cebuano):

 

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 23 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagalog, Hebrew, Korean, Irish, Kiswahili, Irish, Welsh, Dutch/Flemmish, Polish, Serbo-Croation)

 

Peek In The Classroom:

This boy drew an outline of the human body. Then he drew, colored, cut, and pasted his drawings of internal organs. He thought of this all on his own. And he is darn serious about his work. Look at his expression.

 

This girl has completed the Geometry section of the classroom. She knows a plethora of shapes and knows there are three angles, acute, obtuse, and right. She is holding an obtuse/scalene/triangle.

 

Kinders working on their phonics workbook.

 

These two made their creation from the Pink Tower and Brown Stair. This is called an extension. Extensions are activities that are introduced after the initial presentation with a material, in order to encourage the child to re-visit the material and solidify the skills and/or concepts it’s designed to provide. This is a perfect example of an extension.

 

Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Art

Letter Of The Week- X x

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bel

Next Language is Cebuano

 

Academic Enrichment:
Weekly Theme: This week we learned how to tell time to the  half hour/analog, hands and such.

My bedtime. Actually, it is past my bedtime.

 

All hugs from the kinders.  One was not feeling it.

 

Handwriting:
We practiced writing sentences in cursive.

Next Week:
Weekly Theme: Telling time to the quarter hour

Synonym Of The Week: DRY: dehydrated, arid parched

Sight Words Of The Week: they that

 

Upcoming Events:
Spring Break: Monday, March 29 through Monday, April 5.  Returning Tuesday, April 6

 

Friends, Frolic, and Fun:

A very unorthodox way to write…  with her feet.

An ill advised mask fight that Mr. John put the kiebash on. I told them it is all fun and games until someone loses an eye but I liked the photo op.

 

More hair fashion. Mickey hair/ears with the Mickey shirt?

 

Cat In The Hat hat.

 

Your Kids Say The Darndest Things (siblings):

 

 

 

 

 


Peek In our Week | Mr. John’s Class | Week Of February 22, 2021

Buckeye Room Bulletin

Line Time:
This week we went back in time and took a look at Ancient Greece and talked about Greek Mythology. The Greek Gods hung out on Mt. Olympus and we learned the King of all Gods was Zeus and if you made him angry he had a lightning bolt in his hand that he would throw at you.  Zeus had a wife named Hera and she was the Goddess of Marriage.  If you were a sailor you dare not make Poseidon angry because he was the the God of the Seas and held a trident (a fork like spear) in his hand.  Zeus had a brother that he sent to the under world and that God was named Hades.  Hades had a pet that was a three headed dog named Cerberus.  We also learned about Pan and Medusa.

 

  

 

        

 

 

Did they call each other this morning?

 

 

Did you know (How does this affect my diet)?
The word “pound” comes from ancient Roman when the unit of measure was libra pondo, which meant “a pound by weight.” The English word “pound” draw from the pondo part of the phrase, according to the BBC. However, the abbreviation “lb” is derived from the libra part of the word.

 

A Message From Mr. John (Beatlemania part 2 and final):

 

 

Know Your Languages (Serbo-Croation):

 

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 22 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagalog, Hebrew, Korean, Irish, Kiswahili, Irish, Welsh, Dutch/Flemmish, Polish)

 

Peek In The Classroom:

Notice how this boy found the relation between the four different sets of the Knobless Cylinders? Also, instead of stacking them in a straight line they are stacked curved. The purpose of these cylinders is to develop child’s fine-motor movements, concentration, hand-eye coordination, and visual perception of dimension.

 

The Montessori geometric shapes is part of the Montessori sensorial curriculum. The Montessori geometric shapes is a visual sensorial material. Composed of a variety of two-dimensional shapes, its purpose is to isolate visual distinctions between forms. The forms vary in both either shape or size.

 

The purpose of Montessori Botany puzzle is to increase their power of observation and knowledge in nature, also illustrates the component parts of a plant. Its wooden knob on each component of the leaf puzzle makes it easy to hold and can be used with many activities such as tracing or matching with cards. The wooden knows also strengthens fine motor skills.

 

Look at the concentration (tongue sticking out) of the one girl. These two girls are working on Practical Life works. Practical life in Montessori is purposeful activity, develops motor control and coordination, and develops independence, concentration, and a sense of responsibility. The exercises in practical life cover two main areas of development: care of self, and care of the environment.

 

Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Dr. Suess Week!
Monday, March 1st: Fox in Sox-Students can wear silly socks!
Tuesday, March 2nd: Cat in the Hat-Students can wear their favorite hat!
Wednesday, March 3rd: Wacky Wednesday-Students can wear mis-matched clothes!  Polka dots with stripes? Today is the day!
Thursday, March 4th: The Lorax-Crazy hair and mustache day! Spikes and braids and colors everywhere! Don’t forget to draw on a crazy mustache!
Friday, March 5th: Oh, the Places You’ll Go! – Students can dress up as what they want to be when they grow up! We can’t wait to see what everyone is aspiring to be!

********You are welcome to get as creative with these days as you would like! Also, if you have any Dr. Seuss books at home that you would like to share, please send them in! Make sure to have your name on the books somewhere so that we may get them back to you at the end of the week! Please let us know if you have any questions!**********

Letter Of The Week- W w

Rhyming Word Of The Week- beg

Next Language is Serbo-Croation

 

Academic Enrichment:
Weekly Theme: This week we learned how to tell time to the hour/analog, hands and such.

My end of the work day! hehe

 

Kinders trying to mimicking 3 O’ clock. End of the day, yay,

Handwriting:
We practiced writing sentences in cursive.

Next Week:
Weekly Theme: Telling time (to the half hour)

Synonym Of The Week: BAD: incorrect, awful, unsatisfactory, faulty, defective

Sight Words Of The Week: then out

 

Upcoming Events:
Spring Break: Monday, March 29 through Monday, April 5.  Returning Tuesday, April 6

 

Friends, Frolic, and Fun:

This is the way you eat… well, anything.

 

A very active spider and a very curious child.

 

It is all about fashion.

 

Don’t sharks have two rows of teeth?

 

Your Kids Say The Darndest Things (friends):

 

 

 

 


Peek In Our Week # Mr. John’s Class # Week Of February 15, 2021

Buckeye Room Bulletin

 

Line Time:
We went back in time and learned about Ancient Egypt.  We learned that the leaders or kings were called Pharaohs and when a king died they used a method to preserve them called mummification.  The pharaohs that were mummified look nothing like you see at Halloween or on cartoons.  The ancient Egyptians had a a written language called hieroglyphics which incorporated symbols such as cats, humans, and other daily objects. We also learned that the ancient Egyptians were responsible for building the Great Pyramids and The Sphinx which has the body of a lion and a head of a man. 

 

                       

 

     

 

 

Squirrels, those pesky critters?
The American Public Power Association (APPA) says that squirrels are the most frequent cause of power outages in the U.S. The APPA even developed a data tracker called “The Squirrel Index” that analyzes the patterns and timing of squirrels’ impact on electrical power systems. Turns out, the peak times of the year for squirrel attacks are from May to June and October to November.

Typically, the squirrels cause problems by tunneling, chewing through electrical insulation, or becoming a current path between electrical conductors. “Frankly, the number one threat experienced to date by the U.S. electrical grid is squirrels,” said John C. Inglis, the former Deputy Director of the National Security Agency, in 2015.

 

 

A Message From Mr. John (my sister’s emotions and Beatlemania):

 

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 21 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagalog, Hebrew, Korean, Irish, Kiswahili, Irish, Welsh, Dutch/Flemmish)

Know Your Languages (Polish):

 

 

Peek In The Classroom:

Two Kinders practicing their handwriting by copy writing (in cursive) the name cards of all the students in the class.

 

They are combining working with the Skeleton Puzzle and Internal Organ works.

 

She is working on the Geometric Solids. The Geometric Solids are one of many Montessori materials that 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. By working with these materials, children become aware of how shapes form the basis for everyday objects.

 

Look at the focus he has rolling his mat. The purpose of the floor mats and tables is to define the student’s workspace and to reinforce Montessori’s principle of “freedom within limits”. There is such an element of respect with having that defined workspace and it is something that the students take very seriously.

 

Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Ancient Greece

Letter Of The Week- V v

Rhyming Word Of The Week- ben

Next Language is Polish

 

Academic Enrichment Weekly Theme:
The kindergartners learned about fractions this week. We learned what that a numerator is the number on the top in a fraction that shows how many parts are taken from the whole number and Denominator is the number on the bottom of a fraction that represents the total number.  We broke down fractions using circles, squares, triangles, and how many boy/girls were in the classroom.

 

 

 

Fractions using students. 4/6 of students are girls. 2/6 of Kinders are boys.

 

Handwriting:
We practiced writing in cursive writing sentences (sometimes silly sentences).

 

Next Week:
Weekly Theme: Telling Time to the Hour

Synonym Of The Week: GOOD: pleasant, fine, honorable, wonderful, valuable

Sight Words Of The Week: write them

 

Upcoming Events:
Spring Break: Monday, March 29 through Monday, April 5.  Returning Tuesday, April 6

***** Progress Reports are coming soon *****  Keep an aye out for those in your email.

 

Friends, Frolic, and Fun:

This is how you eat a Reese Cup. I have no idea how he did this.

 

Oh my! Mr. John knows he is in trouble when he sees this look!

 

Buds!

 

Someone learned how to cross her eyes. Did your parents tell you if you crossed your eyes and then got hit on the back of your head your eyes would stay crossed forever?

 

Your Kids Say The Darndest Things (my dog Marty):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Peek In Our Week ^ Mr. John’s Class ^ Week of February 8, 2021

Buckeye Room Bulletin

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Presidents Of The United States Of America (Wasn’t that a 90’s band? Gunna eat a lot of peaches!) We first learned about George Washington and how he was our first president and was the General of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. Our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln came from a poor family, freed the slaves and was president during the Civil War.  We were introduced to Franklin D. Roosevelt and how he was president during World War II and how John F. Kennedy fought for equal rights.  We then learned that Joe Biden was current president. The children were taught that the president’s wives are called the first lady and that the president lives in the white house in Washington DC, and flies on a jet called Air Force 1.  We discussed what responsibilities the President has.  The children came up with keeping us safe, keeping the world safe, and running the country. 

       

   

 

 

Did you know? (this is a bit harsh)
The “Windy City” name has nothing to do with Chicago weather but Chicago’s nickname was coined by 19th century journalists who were referring to the fact that its residents were “windbags” and “full of hot air.”

 

 

 

A Message From Mr. John (Why was I named “John”):

 

 

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 20 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagalog, Hebrew, Korean, Irish, Kiswahili, Irish, Welsh)

Know Your Languages (Dutch/Flemmish):

 

 

Peek In The Classroom:

She is working on the Teen board found in the Math area. The Montessori Teen Board is a great way to introduce the concept of teens to a child. Not only children see how tens and ones are being build to make teens, but they are also physically building teens themselves. Also, it enforces the concrete concept of the relationship of quantity and symbol/numbers.

 

This work is the Sandpaper Letters found in the Language area. In the Montessori classroom, letters have both sounds and names. A presentation of the letter “c” for example, might go like this, “This is ‘c’ (hard like cat). Let’s think of things that start with this sound. Cat, color, cucumber…” As the child progresses through all of the sounds of the letters, they are then presented with the name. “The name of this letter is C, its’ sound is ‘c’.”

 

She is working on the Nine Tray which is a Math work. The aim is to give an overall view of the decimal system and the fact that in base then there may be no more than nine in any one category, for both beads and cards. Also, to combine the quantities and symbols in practice and to become familiar with their correspondence.

 

This student is proudly displaying her work with the Movable Alphabet which is a Language work. The key purpose of the Moveable Alphabet is to prepare children for writing, reading, and spelling. The child’s use of the material progresses from single words, to phrases, and eventually to stories. In this way, the Moveable Alphabet teaches children how to symbolize their own thoughts, and begin to write creatively.

 

Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Ancient Egypt

Letter Of The Week- U u

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bet

Next Language is Dutch/Flemmish

 

Academic Enrichment:
Weekly Theme: Fractions

Handwriting:
We practiced writing sentences in cursive. 

Next Week:
Weekly Theme: Telling Time (to the hour)

Synonym Of The Week: Appropriate:  Suitable, fitting, apropos, correct, proper

Sight Words Of The Week: write them

I think they were pointing at the “Best Kindergarten Teacher Ever” One boy is on the fence about my teaching abilities, hehe

 

Upcoming Events:
Day Off:
 February 15th, Monday (President’s Day)

 

Friends, Frolic, and Fun:

I asked her to smile and this is what I got.

 

Monster? Dinosaur? You decide.

 

I am not sure what they were voting on but I was a bit scared of a coup.

 

I looked up and saw her intently staring at me so I intently stared back.

 

Your Kids say The Darndest Things (Her favorite color is, colors are):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Peek In Our Week – Mr. John’s Class – Week Of January 25, 2021

Buckeye Room Bulletin

 

Line Time:
This week we learned a bit about the internal organs.  We started with the brain which is like the computer of the body.  It tells our body how fast to breathe and how fast our heart should beat.  We discovered the lungs help us breathe and puts oxygen in our blood. Our stomach digests food, the small intestines take nutrients out of our food and large intestines gets the remaining water from indigestible food and creates waste (poop)(that word produced laughter) or as I referred to a bowel movement.  The kidneys process excess water and creates pee (more laughter) or urine.  The liver removes toxins from the body. We found out that the largest organ of the human body is the epidermis.  The liver is my fave internal organ.  What is yours?

 

Boy modeling the Internal Organ Shirt.

 

A Message From Mr. John (is it really a pep talk?):

 

 

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

Know your Languages:

 

Fun Fact:
A gallon of gasoline (about 4 liters) contains about 31,000 calories.  How is this even pertinent? This was to be a rhetorical question but if anyone has a good answer please let me know… Braggin Rights!

 

Bragging rights for the correct answer of last week’s question:
Kristen S. came up with the answer of 8.96 billion paper clips are produced yearly.  Her formula was 20m x 16 x 28

 

Peek In The Classroom:

She is working on the addition strip board. The purpose teaches preschoolers and kindergartners the mathematical concept of adding numerals one through nine more abstractly and this is a great way to introduce a child to the concept of combining numbers, to make new numbers.

 

This boy is working on the introduction to decimals. The aim is pretty straightforward, the goal of this lesson is to introduce the numerals of the decimal system. The child is introduced to the Montessori color coding of the numerals and quantity of units, tens, hundreds, and thousands.

 

This girl is working on a Practical Life work of using a screwdriver and an allen wrench (hex key wrench) to tighten bolts. This will strengthen her fine motor skills and look at the focus she has working on this material.

 

This student is working on the Pink Tower and the Brown Stair which the aim to refine a child’s visual sense by discriminating differences in dimension. As a child starts taking each cube or rectangular prism (starting from the smallest) to a mat, they can feel the weight and progression of its size. She has found, all on her own, the relationship in a different way.

 

Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Pollution and Recycling

Letter Of The Week- S s

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bup

Next Language is Kiswahili

 

Academic Enrichment:
Division with borrowing (dynamic). We also learned the terms of division.

12 (dividend) ÷ 4 (divisor) = 3 (quotient)

Handwriting:
We practiced writing in sentences in cursive 

Goofy Kindergarten Students

Next Week:
Weekly Theme: Geometry

Synonym Of The Week: SKINNY: thin, lean, emaciated, scrawny, slender

Sight Words Of The Week: other some

 

Upcoming Events:
A few days off and other stuff.

DAYS OFF:
February 12th, Friday (Teacher In Service Day)
February 15th, Monday (President’s Day)

OTHER STUFF:
*Conferences for incoming Kindergarten Students (Details to follow very soon)
*February 11th (Thursday) Valentine Party (Details to follow)

 

Frolic, Friends, and Fun:

Unicorn twins

 

You see his nose? You should have seen the other guy.

 

Friends

 

I fight to the finish ’cause I eat my spinach…. look at those muscles!

 

Your Kids say The Darndest things (my new born sister pulls and eats hair):

 

 

 

 

 

 


Peek In Our Week () Mr. John’s Class () Week of February 1, 2021

Buckeye Room Bulletin

Line Time:
The class went green for the week learning about recycling, conserving energy, and pollution.  I explained that pollution was anything that made our environment dirty.  We learned there is littering.  Littering can be people throwing trash on the side of the road or dropping a candy wrapper in the woods.  We now know that we need to put trash in an appropriate container.  We learned that air pollution is created by factories’ smokestacks and cars exhaust,  but cars are just one of the factors that produce air pollution, there are also other reasons.  Water Pollution is caused by factories dumping chemicals in the water or people throwing trash in the water instead of putting it in a trash can.  The 3 R’s were introduced and now we all know to reduce, reuse and recycle!  We thought of ways to conserve energy.  We came up with turning off lights in rooms we are not in or turning off the TV if we are not watching it.  We thought of turning off the water while we are brushing our teeth or turning down the heat and wearing a sweater instead.  During the kindergarten lesson a student realized the room was just as light with the lights off as it was if the lights were on.  Now we do our kindergarten lesson without lights.

 

 

 

Did you know? (This sounds better than Online Dating!)
Bobbing for apple’s origins are more rooted in love and romance than tricks and treats. In fact, it began as a British courting ritual, popular among young ladies and their potential beaus. There were several variations of game: In one set of rules, each apple was assigned to a potential mate. The bobber would then attempt to bite into the apple named for the young man she desired. If it only took her one try, they were destined for romance. If she succeeded with her second attempt, he would court her but their love would fade. If it took three tries, their relationship was doomed.

 

A Message From Mr. John (the three most important things in my life, make that four):

 

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 19 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagalog, Hebrew, Korean, Irish, Kiswahili, Irish)

Know Your Languages (Welsh):

 

February Birthdays:
A Primary Montessori Classroom consists of students ages 3 years to 6 years old.  Here is our newest 6 year old student. It looks like he has a loose tooth.

 

 

Peek In The Classroom:

The direct purpose of the sandpaper letters is to teach the child the sounds of the alphabet by means of muscular and visual memory. The child is encouraged to trace the symbol over and over again until the shape of the letter becomes a part of the child’s muscle memory.

 

She is working on the stamp game (addition with carry overs, dynamic). The Stamp Game is a Montessori math material used by an individual child to practice the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. It is a wonderfully simple but effective learning from home option that, once presented to your child correctly, they can work on independently.

 

She is working on the Blue Rhyming material which focuses on longer phonetic sounds. Rhyming helps children learn about word families such as swing, bring, sling. Rhyming also teaches children the sound of the language. Other important skills include phonological awareness, the ability to notice and work with the sounds in language.

 

This boy is working on Cards and Counters found in the math area. The Cards and Counters bring the abstract to the concrete, allowing a child to feel the units as they count. Cards and Counters is a material that consists of 10 number cards, 1-10, and 55 round, red counters, each approximately the size of a nickel. Then he neatly places the appropriate amount of counters under the numbers. This work also introduces the concept of odd and even numbers.

 

Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Presidents of the USA

Letter Of The Week- T t

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bed

Next Language is Welsh

Academic Enrichment:
Weekly Theme: Geometric Solids

Handwriting:
We practiced writing sentences in cursive. 

The posse called Kindergarten.

 

Next Week:
Weekly Theme: Fractions

Synonym Of The Week: FAT:  overweight, big, bulky, heavy, plump

Sight Words Of The Week: would about

 

Upcoming Events:
A few days off.

DAYS OFF:
February 12th, Friday (Teacher In Service Day)
February 15th, Monday (President’s Day)

Friends, Frolic, and Fun:

Just a girl loving her daily work plan.

 

Is this the season for haircuts? Again, I noticed something different about her. Did she leave her glasses at home, no. Did she shaved her mustache, no. My questioning led to an emphatic “I got a haircut!”

 

I thought you had to be 18 years old to get a tattoo.

 

Ya shoulda seen the other guy!

 

Same girl, same day. I thought it was a black eye but false alarm for a “you should have seen the other guy”. It was just marker that reached her eye.

 

Your Kids say The Darndest Things (yummy things at lunch):