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

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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

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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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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Peek In Our Week ::: Mr. John’s Classroom ::: Week Of September 30, 2019

Line Time:
Mammals-
This past week we learned about Mammalus.  Mammals are vertebrates (have a spine or backbone), warm blooded (their body temperature does not change), have hair or fur, live bearers, and eat/drink mother’s milk when young.  Some mammals live in the water such as dolphins and whales.  The only mammal that can fly is the bat! Cats, dogs, elephants, and rats are mammals.  Oh, and people are mammals as well. “Are we not men? We are MAMMALS………. ”

 

 

If you want to play Six Degrees Of Separation for DEVO, Mark Mothersbaugh’s (front man for DEVO) brother does the confirmation classes for my church.  Also, I do childcare at the church and I have cared for his niece’s children.  I know useless but interesting information.  Bonus trivia: Mark Mothersbaugh went to Woodridge High School.

 

Did you know?
Since football season is upon us it would be apropos to share this knowledge of the defensive term of “Blitz”.  The term “Blitz” comes from the German word blitzkrieg, which means, “lightning war.” In World War II, the Germans employed this tactic which emphasized mobile forces attacking with speed and surprise.

 

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 10 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian).

 

October Birthdays:
In the Montessori classroom we have students ranging from 2.5 to 6 years old.  Here are our newest 3, 4, 5 year old students. 

           

 

          

 

 

Peek In The Classroom:

These proud girls are doing equations (addition) with the golden beads. Montessori math uses the golden bead material; first to build numbers into the thousands. Once a child is able to build a visual representation of a number, the beads are used to teach basic operations. Young children are able to add, subtract, multiply, and divide numbers into the thousands using this material.

 

These girls are working on the Knobbed Cylinders. The Knobbed Cylinders are a Montessori sensorial material, designed to assist children in making distinctions in their immediate environment. This material primarily engages the senses of touch and sight. The material is comprised of 10 different cylinders with ‘knobs’ used to hold each object using the pincer grip. I like how they are working together and how focused they are.

 

This student is working on the Brown Stair found in the Sensorial area. The Brown Stair helps us see relationship and a visual understanding of objects getting incrementally thinner and thicker. Another purpose for this material is called “materialized abstractions” – the sensorial materials help bring concepts that were abstract into the concrete.  I especially love the focused expression!

 

These boys are working on a pre-cursive handwriting material using a dry erase marker on a wipe board. In the classroom we teach cursive to children as young as three years old. The letters flow together because it’s easier and quicker. It is our unique hand writing. Cursive means “running”, and is simply quicker than picking up and putting down the pen for each letter. Visually, in cursive, all the letters that compose one word are touching, the same way we say them.

 

Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Reptiles

Letter Of The Week- G g

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bid

Next Language is Russian

Person bringing snack for week of 10/7/2018 is Chase

 

Upcoming Events:
Picture Day- Wednesday, October, 16th

Grandparents Day- Tuesday, Novemeber 5

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Frolic, Friends, and Fun:

Fashion, fashion, fashion is everywhere in my classroom.

 

Ms. Kelley is giving a morning pep talk.

 

They are comparing hair buns.

 

I am keeping my co workers happy by feeding them gyros (pronounced year-o)!

 

 

 

 

 


Academic Enrichment ::: Cuyahoga Falls Campus ::: Week Of 9/30/2019

Weekly Theme:
Biggest to smallest where we live- We discovered we live in the vast galaxy of the Milky Way (not the candy bar), then we are still in space and live in a group of planets called The Solar System. Then the planet we live is the planet Earth.  Once we touched down we found we live in the Northwestern Hemisphere and live on the continent of North America.  Once we found land we live in the country of The United States Of America and live in the great state of Ohio (Go Buckeyes).  We all live in Summit County but live in different cities and have different addresses and phone numbers. What a journey it was!

 

Handwriting:
We practiced writing  in cursive Vv, Ww, Xx, Yy, Zz

A few of the kindergarten students practicing cursive handwriting. The one on the left may be having too much fun.

 

Cultural Subjects:
We now can count to ten in 10 languages (English, Sign Language, Latin, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian).

 

Next Week:
Weekly Theme: Landforms

Synonym Of The Week:  Calm:  peaceful, quiet, inactive, serene, slow

Sight Words Of The Week:  you his

Adding Swedish to the languages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Peek In Our Week — Mr. John’s Class — Week Of September 23, 2019

Line Time:
Living and Non-Living-  This week we talked about living and non-living things. Your children now know what makes a living thing.  All living things reproduce, grow, eat or take in nutrients, breathe or exchange gases, and need water. We are all in agreement that plants, animals, trees, grass, are living things!  My shoe is not a living thing nor am I at 4:30 am . My youngest son’s shoes may or may not be living.  I do not get close enough to tell due to the smell and I may have seen them move on their own….  Boys that are 13 1/2 years old, SMH.

 

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 9 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect)

 

Radio Radio:
The past six months my radio in my car has been acting up and was on it’s last leg.  It started with a big pop sound and the volume would cut out.  The only way to get it back to normal was to turn off the radio and turn off the car.  This was very tricky while on the highway.  I’d put the car in neutral, turn off the car for ten seconds, then turn the car back on, and gently put it back in gear (not sure what that was doing to my transmission).  Then it happened… my “AUX” button stopped working leaving me with commercial radio.  I was ready to pull my hair out.  Even pounding on the radio did not work.

I finally bit the proverbial bullet and purchased a new radio with everything needed to install it. As I side note everything needed to install the radio cost more than the radio itself.  One of the parents offered to install it.  I was greeted by a very active Rotty and and had a good nap in the backyard. Two hours later I had a new radio.  I plugged in my AUX cord and used my Spotify account (again). Now the journey begins.  I was able to set the time but the rest is fuzzy.  Programming, yes I used the word programming the rest of the features, yikes.  I could change the color of my display.  I had a nice red “scarlet” but my youngest changes it to pink, he said purple, we agreed on magenta.  My son pokes around and “programs” the colors to change on their own and the colors blink with the beat of the music.  If I wasn’t susceptible to seizures before I am now.  Also, I couldn’t take my eyes of the darn thing and ran a red light. I am begrudgingly waiting for that ticket to come in the mail. I have no idea what the USB port is for.  I got the blue tooth to work with playing music.  I dare not make a call on blue tooth, yet….  below is my new

JVC KD-X360BTS 1-DIN Bluetooth In-Dash Mechless AM/FM/Digital Media Car Radio

 

 

 

Peek In The Classroom:

This boy is working on the Pink Tower which the main aim is visual discrimination but if you look closely he is making a “creation” which we call an extension (of the material). The Montessori extension lessons help the child to have further experience with the concepts of the materials. Often times the extension activity draws the child towards a more abstracted view of the original concrete concept that was introduced.

 

These students are working on a matching exercise. Matching materials 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.

 

Students are helping to make rat toys for the rats. They are using their fine motor skills as well as creating these toys with little help from teachers and using their imagination.

 

This girl has mastered her colors and the material called Color Box II. The aim for color boxes The main purpose of the Color Box is to develop a child’s visual sense of color. Primary colors (Red, Yellow and Blue) are introduced in Color Box 1, which is first presented to a child at 2.5 to 3 years of age. Color Boxes 2 add more tablets to the mix, expanding a child’s color knowledge. She also had another child observe her work.

 

This work called The Vowel Tree is a pre-reading exercise. All the vowels are written vertically on the tree trunk and there are cards with two consonants and a open spot in the middle. Then the child slides the letters down to the next vowel and say the word. They 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.

 

This girl is working on a construction box (Small Hexagon). This material helps the student create and identify shapes. For example….. Six small equilateral triangles makes makes a hexagon (gray shape). She discovered that half of the hexagon is a trapezoid (green shape). Again notice the student watching her do her work.

 

Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Mammals

Letter Of The Week- F f

Rhyming Word Of The Week- big

Next Language is Italian

Person bringing snack for week of 9/30/2018 is Jonathan

 

Upcoming Events:

Picture Day- Wednesday October, 16th

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Frolic, Friends, and Fun:

Our “pop star” in shades

 

He really was trying to smile. Really!

 

She was forced to take this pic, hehe.  This was the best “smile” I could get.

 

Building my animal collection! A stretching frog.