Peek Into Our Week | Mr. John | Week Of March 5, 2018

Line Time:

The month started off by going back in time and studying the Ancient Romans.  The Ancient Romans had similar Gods as the Ancient Greeks.  The king of all Gods in Rome was Jupiter and his wife Juno who was the Goddess of Marriage and childbirth.  Pluto was the God of the Underworld, Neptune was the God of the Seas, and finally we came across the God of War, Mars.  Did you notice that a lot of these Gods had planets named after them?

 

Cultural Subjects:

Your children can count to ten in 25 different languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagolog, Hebrew, Korean, Hungarian, Irish, Kiswahili, Welsh,  Dutch/Flemmish, Polish, Serbo Croation, and Cebuano).

 

Pastor Kirk reading a story that is a spin off/reboot of the Three Little Pigs.

 

Peek Into The Classroom:

The Kindergarten Students received a shelf exclusively for their use. This picture depicts kindergarten students organizing their shelf how they wanted it organized without adult intervention.
The Kindergarten Students are tracking the growth of one of my plants. More to come next week.

 

This student is using the Movable Alphabet to compose her Kindergarten BFF’s names. The purpose of this material is to help the child with the analysis and exploration of the language which is known to him/her and to reproduce words with graphic symbols. Also, it prepares the students for writing and reading.

 

This student is working on three letter words/short vowel sounds Rhyming Words. Rhyming teaches children how language works and It helps them notice and work with the words that look answer sound similar.
This child is using the Pink Tower and Brown Stairs. He is making his own creation while matching the two materials.

Next Week:

Line Time Weekly Theme: Art

Letter of the Week: X x

Rhyming Word of the Week: bel

Language to be added: Malay

 

Upcoming Events:

Art Museum Field Trip March 15, 2018 (Thursday)

Parent Teacher Conferences (Pre K and Pre 1st Grade ONLY)  Fridays 3/9/2018 and 3/16/2018


Peek Into Our Week | Academic Enrichment, Cuyagoga Falls | Week Of 2/26/2018

This week we reviewed the three different triangles we learned about, quadrelaterals, and polygons.  This week we studied the geometric solids, three dimensional shapes such as the cube, sphere, cylinder, ovoid, elipsoid, square based pyramid, and triangular prism.

 

Next Week:

Lesson– Vowels and consonants
Synonym of the week– healthy
Sight words of the week–  then out

 

 

 

 


Peek Into Our Week | Mr. John’s Classroom | Week Of February 26, 2018

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

 

 

  

We did a time lapse science experiment where we put eggs in vinegar.  The result was rubber eggs.  The shell of an egg (typically a chicken egg) is made up of primarily calcium carbonate. If you soak this egg shell in vinegar (which is about 4% acetic acid), you start a chemical reaction that dissolves the calcium carbonate shell. The acetic acid reacts with the calcium carbonate in the egg shell and releases carbon dioxide gas that you see as bubbles on the shell.

 

Line Time Lesson:
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 Posiden 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.

 

Peek Into Or Room:

We could never stress enough the importance and how often how the older students assist the younger students. Younger students react well to the older students lessons and the older students gain leadership skills and reinforce their knowledge with that material when giving lessons to younger students.

 

The metal Insets aims are to strengthen the fine motor skills, practice handwriting, and become familiar with geometric shapes.

 

This student is proud of her penmanship with cursive. Students use several mediums for practicing handwriting. Dry erase markers are one of them.  The different colors of the markers make the material that more appealing.

 

The purpose of the Constructive Triangles is to allow the child to explore and experiment with form and geometry. They are “constructive” because the triangles are used to form other figures. Eventually, the child comes to the realization of how new shapes and figures can be formed using only varying triangles and come appreciate the relationship between figures.

 

Next Week:

Line Time:  Ancient Rome

Letter Of The Week: W w

Rhyming Word Of The Week: beg

Language Added: Cebuano

 

Upcoming Events:

Art Museum Field Trip, March 15th, Thursday

Look for information for pre kindergarten and pre elementary conferences.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Peek In Our Week : Mr. John’s Class : Week Of February 19, 2018

Recognition:
The two people make make the school run as smoothly as it does is the office staff.  Kelly and Lisa prepare the field trips, prepare for our open houses, The Dance, Christmas Show, International Festival, and do billing (hehe). They do it all. The teachers get most of the fanfare but Kelly and Lisa need recognition as well. Koudos to the office staff!

      

 

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

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 l;earned 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. 

Image result for hieroglyphics    Image result for sphinx

 

Peek In Our Room:

I was giving lessons to two students at the same time. At times, more than one student is at the same place academically and I am able two give group lessons. Small group lesson give the opportunity for the students to help each other.
The two girls are looking at the book that go with our thematic unit (this week was Ancient Egypt). Students get to explore the books and their curiosity is piqued prompting 5hem to ask questions and explore.
hn I was going to break this little gathering until I over heard what they discussing… The Presidents of the United States of America. They were discussing JFK, Barrack Obama, George Washington, and Abe Lincoln.
They boys are working on the Addition Strip Board. The Montessori addition strip board is one method used by students to assist them in their abstract memorization of addition facts up to 18. While the materials are somewhat abstract, the process is still concrete.

Next Up In The Classroom:

Line Time:  Ancient Greece

Letter Of The Week: V v

Rhyming Word Of The Week: ben

Language Added: Polish

 

 

Coming Down The Pike:

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 ^^^^^  Art Museum Field Trip Thursday March 15, 2018  ^^^^^

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Parents of Kindergarten Students and Pre-K Students look for info regarding Parent Teacher Conferences

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Spring Break March 26th through April 2

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Dads and Donuts April 6th 7am to 8am

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Peek Into Our Week | Academic Enrichment, Cuyahoga Falls | Week Of 2/19/2018

Kindergarten Lessons:
This week we started our two week journey in the fascinating world of Geometry.   We learned that there is just not one kind of triangle.  Actually, there are many kinds of triangles but we focused on three (Equilateral, Isosceles, and Scalene).  We then looked at Quadrilaterals which are any four sided shape (square, rectangle, rhombus, trapezoid, chevron).  We moved on to polygons (pentagon, hexagon, heptagon, octagon, nonagon, decagon).  Learning how to count in Greek really paid off during this session.

Image result for polygon

 

 

Cultural Subjects:
We can now count to ten in 21 different languages (English, Sign Language, Latin, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese Dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagolog, Hebrew, Korean, Hungarian, Irish, Kiswahili, Welsh,  Dutch/Flemmish, Polish, Serbo-Croation, Cebuano, and Malay).

 

Peek Into The Kindergarten Room: 

Notice how two scalene triangles make an equilateral triangle, three isosceles make an equilateral triangle, and four small equilateral triangle make on bigger equilateral triangle. Your children have.

 

Peek Into Next Week (2/26/2018):
Lesson– More Geometry
Language– We will be adding Hindi
Synonym of the week– wet
Sight words of the week–  write  them

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Peek In Our Week = Mr. John’s Room = Week Of February 12, 2018

Valentine Party:
 

       

 

         

 

      

 

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

 

Line Time Lesson:
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 F. Roosevelt and how he was president during World War II and how John F. Kennedy fought for equal rights.  We then learned that Donald Trump 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. 

 

Peek In Our Classroom:

This boy is performing the operation of Dynamic Division (with borrowing) with the Stamp Game. This is a fairly long and involved process that takes a fair amount of time and patience. It seems he has a happy face while working on his equations.

 

There were two students that dropped some materials under the animal cages. At first they tried to get the pieces by using a broom handle and yard stick. That just pushed the pieces further back. Then they realized that the shelves were not solid but grated. They asked me to move a cage and she was able to easily reach the pieces. No adults were used in the thought process.
The Kindergarten Students are given special more complex tasks such as greeting the children and entering the time of arrival on the attendance sheet.

 

These girls are working with one of my science bins (The Ocean). Here they are looking at the physical shells and finding them in the book.

 

 

In The Near Future:

Line Time For Week Of 2/19/2018: Ancient Egypt
Letter Of The Week:  U u
Rhyming Word Of The Week:  bet
Language:  Polish will be added

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****** Open House on February 24, 2018 from 9am to Noon ******

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NO SCHOOL  2/19/2018 (MONDAY)

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An email was sent for information for the second round of Parent Observations

Follow the link below to sign up to observe in my classroom.

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Peek Into Our Week | Academic Enrichment Cuyahoga Falls Campus | Weeks 2/5/2018 through 2/12/2018

Kindergarten Lessons:

Math is a wonderful thing!

 

Week Of 2/5/2018:
The kindergarten students learned how to divide using manipulatives (Stamp Game). They learned static division (without borrowing) and dynamic division (with borrowing).

 

 

Purpose For The Stamp Game:
The stamp game is a tool for learning and reinforcing knowledge of the four maths operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The stamp game directly corresponds to the golden bead material which gave the child exposure to the decimal system.

 

Week Of 2/12/2018:
We broke away from the four operations and learned about fractions.
The purpose of fractions are to help the child gain a sensorial impression of fraction, introduction to the concept and notation of fractions, sensorial exploration of equivalency among fraction.  We divided things like circles, triangles, and rectangles.  We divided the class into boys/girls, Mr. John’s Students/Ms. Kate’s Students, and Buckeye Fans/xicigan fans.  No ficigan fans were found.

3/9 are boys. 6/9 are girls.

 

 

Cultural Subjects:
We can now count to ten in 21 different languages (English, Sign Language, Latin, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese Dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagolog, Hebrew, Korean, Hungarian, Irish, Kiswahili, Welsh,  Dutch/Flemmish, and Polish),
since we really focus on the language part of the education, so we try to teach as many languages as possible, and also give dialectical therapy for the kids that needed.

 

Peek Into the Next Few Weeks:

Week of 2/19/2018:
Geometry– Geometric Cabinet and Construction Boxes
Language– We will be adding Serbo-Croation
Synonym of the week– Dry
Sight words of the week– Would About

Week of 2/26/2018:
More Shapes– Review of last week’s shapes and adding the Geometric Solids
Language– We will be adding Cebuano
Synonym of the week– Wet
Sight words of the week– Write Them

 


Peek In Our Week ~ Mr. John ~ Week Of February 5th, 2018

 

Best friends, besties, BFF’s, call it what you will but the camaraderie in the Montessori Classroom runs deep.

 

Happy Birthday:
The Primary Montessori Classroom is comprised of students ranging ages from 2 1/2 to 6 years.  Here are my newest 5 year old student, 6 year old student, and our 29 year old teacher.

                                                

 

Healthy Teeth:
We had a Dental Hygienist visit our room and she explained the importance of brushing and flossing.  Also, the students played a game of healthy/unhealthy foods for your teeth.

   

 

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

 

Line Time Lesson:
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, because everyone love their cars now a days, some even get special protection for their windows as you can see in this website for more information, 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.

 

Peak In Our Room:

Kindergarten Students have deadlines of work that is assigned. These girls are feverishly working to get their work done before the deadline or face “The Wrath Of John” . Just a play on words for you Trekkies.  For Non -Star Trek Fans it’s the movie named “Wrath Of Khan”.

 

This boy combined two weeks of lessons by putting together Elvis The Pelvis and placing internal organs where they are supposed to go. I did not teach him this and he came up with this himself. The Montessori classroom gives the child room to explore and create.

 

This student is receiving a lesson on The 9 Tray. He was in awe with how tall the thousand cubes stacked and this may have been an “ah ha” moment where he physically sees “how big/much” nine thousand is compared to nine units.

 

These two students are practicing writing cursive with the sand tray and writing on paper. The uninterrupted movements of the hand may make cursive letters easier for children to form, and for this reason, Absorbent Minds Montessori School introduces children to cursive writing first.

 

What’s Next:

Line Time For Week Of 2/12/2018: Presidents of the USA
Letter Of The Week:  T t
Rhyming Word Of The Week:  bed
Language:  Dutch/Flemish will be added

 

Mark your calendar

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~~~~   Daddy/Daughter, Mommy/Son Dance ~~ Saturday February 10, 2018, 2 pm to 4 pm  ~~~~

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An email was sent for information for the second round of Parent Observations

Follow the link below to sign up to observe in my classroom.

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Valentine Day Party on 2/14/2018- 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Follow the link for the information.

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090B48A8A92DA6F94-mrjohns4

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NO SCHOOL 2/16/2018 (FRIDAY) AND 2/19/2018 (MONDAY)

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Lunar New Year commonly known as Chinese New Year 2/15/2018  Year of the Dog

 

 

 

 

 


Peek In Our Week | Mr. John’s Class | Week of January 29, 2018

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

 

Sister Love!

 

 

 

Line Time:
This week we learned about Internal Organs.  We learned the brain is the control center of your body that sends and receives.  Our lungs help us breathe, the heart pumps our blood and the stomach begins to digest our food with acid.  The small intestines digest the food and send nutrients to the rest of our body and the large intestines push through the waste that creates our bowel movements. The children were fascinated that our kidneys process the body’s water and the liver filters toxins, that’s why is important to take lots of water, even when you’re outside home, which you can do if you get a branding custom water bottle from https://customwater.com/.  The children learned where the organs are located with the help of our Living Internal Organ T-shirt.  The shirt helped the children find the organs location by velcroing the organs to the spot on the t-shirt. 

 

Internal Organ T-shirt Work:

 

 

Peek In The Classroom:

“Movement, or physical activity, is thus an essential factor in intellectual growth, which depends upon the impressions received from outside. Through movement we come in contact with external reality, and it is through these contacts that we eventually acquire even abstract ideas.”– Maria Montessori…… In the classroom gross motor movements would include movement around the room (moving tables and chairs, walking), lifting and pouring, practical life activities like window washing or table scrubbing, walking the line. We try to go outside for recess as much as possible but we have the gym in the event of inclement weather.

 

These two students are working on the Bead Chain (7) and were excited to lay the chains out and do the work.They went into the hallway so they had more space for the long chains. (These chains help children learn linear counting, skip counting and multiplication.) These two girls worked together on the seven chain, and were very proud of themselves when they finished putting out the number tags and writing down each multiple of seven.

 

These students are working on my Continent Box (N. America) which includes flags and pictures of landmarks from countries from that continent. These students are matching the landmarks to the countries flag. They figured the matching by themselves.

 

I ring the bell to get the students attention. Usually the ringing of the bell is to ready for line time or a transition. When the bell rings the students “stop, look, and listen”. They catch a bubble to be quiet and use safe hands then I give directions. These students are using safe hands but hammed it up for the camera and were not able to catch a bubble while laughing.

 

 

What’s In Store For Next Week:

Line Time For Week Of 2/05/2018: Pollution/Recycling
Letter Of The Week:  S s
Rhyming Word Of The Week:  bup
Language:  Welsh will be added

 

And Beyond:

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++++   Daddy/Daughter, Mommy/Son Dance — Saturday February 10, 2018, 2 pm to 4 pm  ++++

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An email was sent for information for the second round of Parent Observations

Follow the link below to sign up to observe in my classroom.

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Valentine Day Party on 2/14/2018- 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Follow the link for the information.

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Peek Into Our Week | Mr. John’s Classroom | Week Of 1/22/2018

 

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can count to ten in 18 different languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagolog, Hebrew, Korean, Hungarian, and Irish).

 

Happy Birthday:
A Montessori Classroom has a mixed age groups of children ages 2.5 to 6 years old. Here is our newest 4 year old student, our newest 6 year old student, and our newest 3 1/2 year old student.

 

 

 

 

 

Saying Good Bye:
It is always sad to say good year to a friend.  It was this boy’s last day at Absorbent Minds Montessori School complete with a pizza party!

   

 

Line Time:
This week we looked at the skeletal system and if we didn’t have a skeleton we would be one messy blob on the ground (insert a flagellant sound).  We learned the skull protects our brain, the rib cage protects our lungs, and the spine keeps us sitting and standing straight.  We learned technical terms for our arms, leg and our digits which is a funny name called phalanges. We brought our life sized foam puzzle into our room.  His name is Elvis because we learned about the pelvis and it was a cool rhyming name.

 

 

Peek In My Room:

This student is working on the United States Puzzle Map. This material’s purpose is to identify the location and shape of the individual shapes of the states. The control chart will help in the naming of the states. This student has traced the states and is labeling the name on the traced states.

 

This Kindergarten Students is drawing and labeling our skeleton work “Elvis the Pelvis”. Doing this in her Kindergarten Binder reinforces this lesson of identifying parts of the Skeletal System.

 

In the Montessori Classroom some of my older students go through a right of passage by losing teeth and they are very proud of this life event. How much does a tooth go for now a days?

 

This child has completed doing the Nine Tray. The reason for this picture is how he is putting away the material. The child in a Montessori Classroom is taught to choose a work, work with the material correctly, complete the lesson, and put away the material where he found it.

 

Upcoming Events:

Line Time For Week Of 1/29/2018:  Internal Organs
Letter Of The Week:  R r
Rhyming Word Of The Week:  but
Language:  Kiswahili will be added

##### Daddy/Daughter, Mommy/Son Dance — Saturday February 10, 2018, 2 pm to 4 pm #####

An email was sent for information for the second round of Parent Observations

Follow the link below to sign up to observe in my classroom.

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090B48A8A92DA6F94-mrjohns3