Academic Enrichment — Cuyahoga Falls Campus — week of 9/23/2019

Weekly Theme:
Since we live in the great state of Ohio I felt it was needed to become familiar with the states that surround our home state. We started with Ohio which is the Buckeye State and the abbreviation is OH.  We then looked at the state to the east of us named Pennsylvania (not Transylvania) which is called the Keystone State and the abbreviation is PA. We traveled south and discovered West Virginia which is the Mountain State and the abbreviation is WV. Moving to the west we ran into Kentucky which is the Blue Grass State and the abbreviation is KY.  Moving more westward is Indiana or the Hoosier State (what is a Hoosier anyway?) and the abbreviation is IN.  To my chagrin I introduced the students to TSUN.  I can not bring myself to even say the name….  xichigan  wolverine state.  


Let us end not on a low note like the last sentence in the previous paragraph and present the “official” things for the state of Ohio…

Mammal: White Tail Deer
Fossil: Trilobite
Tree: Buckeye
Bird: Cardinal
Flower: Red Carnation
Drink: Tomato Juice
Rock Song: Hang On Sloopy

*****  Notice how most of these things refer to Buckeye Football/ being red or scarlet.  Also, why does Hang On Sloopy have importance to Buckeye Football?  *****


O-H….. I-O


We practiced writing  in cursive Qq, Rr, Ss, Tt, Uu


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).  We are implementing intensive learning programs.


Next Week:
Weekly Theme: From biggest to smallest and smallest to biggest (Milky Way to your street address).

Synonym Of The Week:  Active:  lively, energetic, dynamic, vigorous

Sight Words Of The Week: from he

Adding Romanian to the languages









Academic Enrichment *** Cuyahoga Falls Campus *** Week Of 9/16/2019

Weekly Theme:
North America-  Since we live on the continent of North America I thought it would be a great idea to identify some of the larger countries (Canada, Mexico) that border the U.S.A.  Also, we identified bodies of water (Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Hudson Bay, Gulf Of Mexico, and The Great Lakes {H.O.M.E.S.}) that “touch” and are in our continent. We also reviewed the Cardinal Directions of North, East, South, West (Never Eat Soggy Worms).



We practiced writing  in cursive L l, M m, N n, O o


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).


Next Week:
Weekly Theme: Ohio and surrounding states

Synonym Of The Week:  BORING: drab, dull, lifeless, mundane, monotonous

Sight Words Of The Week: are was

Adding Russian to the languages




















Peek In Our Week *** Mr. John’s Class *** Week Of September 16, 2019

Line Time:
Food Groups,
This week we had fun learning about the food groups in our class. Grains and Cereals (pasta, rice, bread, cereal, crackers), Fruit (apples, grapes, kiwi, mango which is my favorite), Vegetables (cucumbers, carrots, potato, broccoli, eggplant, which is my favorite) Dairy (my favorite… milk, cheese, yogurt), meats (beef, pork, chicken), and proteins, fats and sugars and how many servings we should have per day.



Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 8 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese)


Fun Fact:
Did you know Fruit Loops are all the same flavor?  No need eating one color before the others.  I guess I was misled my whole life and I am bitter! Toucan Sam you disappoint me.  hehe




Peek In The Classroom:

This is not a pained look on this child’s face but actually an expression of enjoyment. He is doing one of our new Practical Life works of scrubbing apples. Children at this age like to do real work and this work accommodates this need. In doing so he learns to focus his mind for the purpose of mastering a new skill. This is the start of a child’s attachment to the many Montessori materials, which build in complexity to help build concentration. To develop fine and gross-motor skills.


These two girls are working on their cursive writing skills. The uninterrupted movements of the hand may make cursive letters easier for children to form, and for this reason, Montessori primary classrooms introduce children to cursive writing first.


These children are working on the sand tray which is a pre-cursive handwriting material. The Montessori sand tray is simply a tray filled with sand. Its purpose is to help a child learn how to trace letters and numbers on his own, while allowing for the same tactile and sensorial experience as the sandpaper letters and numerals.


This student is using the Trinomial Cube which is a staple work found in the sensorial area of the Montessori classroom. The blocks are color coded and are different sizes to represent the algebraic Binomial and Trinomial formulas. The purpose is not to teach math but to challenge the child to find patterns and spatial relationships. In further issues I will reveal the algebraic formula.


Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Living and Non-Living Things

Letter Of The Week- E e

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bad

Next Language is Arabic with the Lebanese Dialect

Person bringing snack for week of 9/23/2018 is Amelia


Upcoming Events:

Picture Day- Wednesday October, 16th


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Frolic, Friends, and Fun:

Hugs run rampant in Mr. John’s classroom and that is OK.


This one certainly knows what to do when a camera is pointed her way.


These two are sharing some “girl time” over snack.


Just chillin’ and posin’













Academic Enrichment .. Cuyahoga Falls Campus .. Week of 9/9/2019

Weekly Theme:
Hemispheres- We learned a few weeks ago the Earth is the shape of a sphere.  We are going beyond that and learning the Earth is divided into hemispheres.  Hemi means half or divided and sphere states the obvious. We have an imaginary line that runs east/west called the equator and an imaginary line the runs north/south called the Prime Meridian.  These lines divide the Earth into Hemispheres (northern hemisphere, eastern hemisphere, southern hemisphere, and western hemisphere).  we went further and identified the N.W. hemisphere, S.W. hemisphere, N.E. hemisphere, and N.W. hemisphere.

This student is being quized on the hemisperes.


We practiced writing  in cursive H h, I i, J j, K k.

Cultural Subjects:
We now can count to ten in 5 languages (English, Sign Language, Latin, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect).

Next Week:
Weekly Theme: North America, countries and bodies of water

Synonym Of The Week:  Slow: unhurried, gradual, sluggish, stagnant, lethargic

Sight Words Of The Week: see her

Adding Italian to the languages


Peek In Our Week “”” Mr. John’s Classroom “”” Week Of September 9, 2019

Line Time:
Healthy Habits!  We discussed how important our personal hygiene is. It is important that we wash hands, brush teeth, and take showers or baths.  When I say wash our hands I mean with soap and for at least thirty seconds (you could sing the alphabet song).  The same amount of time is needed to brush your teeth at least twice a day.  When taking a shower actually get wet, soap up, and rinse off. Do not be like my youngest who just sticks his head under the water and tries to convince me he is clean.  To remain healthy we must also exercise (walking, running, climbing, riding a bike, swimming…), eating healthy foods, and getting plenty enough sleep. with the right bed and mattress for this, which is easy to get at Mattress Factory.  if I ever catch anyone of my students smoking I will bop them!

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 5 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek)

Doctor Jimmy and Mr. John:
If you are a music lover you will appreciate this message.  Have you ever had that one song or album that seems like it was just written for you?  It hits you in the face and goes deep into your soul.  For me I have two albums that changed me in many ways.  I am going to talk about the first album that made me feel this way.  It is The Who’s Quadrophenia. is the sixth studio album by the English rock band The Who, released as a double album on 26 October 1973. Set in London and Brighton in 1965, the story follows a young mod named Jimmy and his search for self-worth and importance.  As an adolescent there were similarities between Jimmy and I and I begged my parents to get me a scooter but it never happened.  I had a gigantic poster of the album cover, played the album until the grooves were worn (I am talking about an album/vinyl/ old school that was played on a record player purchased at Gold Circle in 1976.  For me this album was a big deal!  I was fortunate enough to see The Who last week and they performed many song from this iconic album with the Cleveland Orchestra supporting the show.  Needless to say, I was very excited and have a few stories about this concert that became one of the milestones of my life. 


 Peek In Our Classroom:

This scene depicts an older third year student giving a lesson to a new first year student. The beauty of the Montessori classroom is the classroom consists of multi age children and the older students take on the role of leaders who give lessons and enforce the rules.
This student is demonstrating how to carry materials/works. She has four fingers under the works, thumb to keep it in place, and pressed against her stomach.


This boy is working on a math material called the Ten Board. This work strengthens the correlation between quantity and symbol.


This student is rolling a mat (the correct way). The mat designates the child’s work space while working on the floor. There is a correct way to unroll a mat and a correct way to roll the mat.


This math material is called the Spindle Box. Once again, the aim of this material is to develop the relation between quantity and symbol.


Next Week:
Line Time- Food Groups

Letter Of The Week-D d

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bag

Next Language will be- Japanese

Snack will be brought to you by Adelina


Upcoming Events:

Ramseyer Farms- Friday September, 20th
Have you child wear appropriate shoes.  Please no open toe shoes.

Picture Day- Wednesday October, 16th

——  When placing your children’s shoes/slippers on the carpeted mat in the hallway PLEASE have your child place them neatly, straight, and toes against the wall. ——

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Fun, Frolic, and Friends:

Two of my goofy Kindergarten Students


There is always that one student who marches to his own beat of the drum. Hehe


I am really not sure what these two are are looking at.


Lunch offerings for the rats. Foods drops on the floor and instead of throwing it away we just give it to the rats. And the rats LOVE it!






Peek In Our Week *** Mr. John’s Classroom *** Week Of September 2nd, 2019

Line Time:
Ground Rules redux (I think that is a French term. hehe)….   Not really redux because we added more things such as RESPECT! and social responsibility.  Your children are catching on very quickly which makes Ms. Tonya, Ms. Kelley, and Mr. John very happy people.  We are pleasantly surprised how your children are sitting nicely on line time for over 30 minutes and how the were engaged in work throughout the morning.  Our classroom is “peaceful and productive.”  That says a lot for only being the second week of school.  I just want reiterate the teachers have some part in this behavior but it is your children that are “catching on”.  This is a good start, to a good year with GREAT children!

September Birthdays:
A Montessori classroom is comprised of students aging from 2.5 years to 6 years of age.  Here are the two newest four year old students. 



Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 5 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German)

Mr. John’s musing:
It is my theory that the world’s problems do not stem from the right, the left, or apathy but instead the decline of the use in “bar soap”.  It just seems to me when liquid soap gained popularity and has taken over every household this world has gotten worse. Coincidence?  I think not!  Have your children even seen “bar soap”?   I’ve been longing for the pungent scent of Irish Spring and the mild scent of Lever 2000. So, I marched to the dollar store and purchased my favorite scents of “bar soap”.  Unfortunately,   My children were not as excited as I was and a bit confused how to use this archaic way of cleansing. In any event, I urge all of you to bring back the use of “bar soap” and make the world a better place. 





 Peek In Our Classroom:

This student is working on an animal puzzle. This material helps identify the parts of the animal. In this case it is the horse. Also, the tiny white knobs help with fine motor skills. More importantly, notice the focus he has working on this material.


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Academic Enrichment, Cuyahoga Falls Campus, Week Of 9/2/2019

Weekly Theme:
The Kindergarten Students learned about the Cardinal Directions.  We learned north is always on top, south is always on the bottom, east is always to the right, and west is always to the left.  We went into a bit more detail when using the Cardinal Directions.  In between north and east is called northeast and so on…  We traveled from continent to continent asking what direction we needed to go to get to the appointed continent.






Meet the 2019/2020 Cuyahoga Falls Kindergarten class.


We practiced writing D d, E e, F f, G g in cursive.

Cultural Subjects:
We now can count to ten in 5 languages (English, Sign Language, Latin, Spanish, German, French, Greek).

Next Week:
Weekly Theme: Hemispheres, Equator, Prime Meridian

Synonym Of The Week:  sad: miserable, gloomy, depressing, downtrodden, glum, unhappy

Sight Words Of The Week: up so

Adding Japanese to the languages












Academic Enrichment | Cuyahoga Falls Campus | Week Of 8/26/2019

Weekly Theme:
The first week back to school we looked at the globe of the Earth.  It is in a shape of a sphere.  We noticed the Earth is covered mostly in water but does have land.  The pieces of land are divided and called continents.  There are seven continents and each have a fun fact.  North America is where we live, South America has the Amazon Rain Forest, Europe has many countries, Africa has really cool animals, Asia is the biggest continent, Australia is an island and is called The Land Down Under, and Antarctica is the coldest continent and no humans live there.  We went over what countries are in each continent (except for Antarctica).


We practiced writing A a, B b, C c in cursive.

Cultural Subjects:
We now can count to ten in 5 languages (English, Sign Language, Latin, Spanish, German, and French).

Next Week:
Weekly Theme: Cardinal Directions (N,S,W,E)

Synonym Of The Week:  FAST (hurried, speedy, brisk, quick, swift)

Sight Words Of The Week: will him

Adding French to the languages

Peek In Our Week | Mr. John’s Class | Week Of August 26, 2019

Line Time:
The opening week is a joy and a challenge all wrapped into one.  I love the fresh start, seeing returning students, and meeting new ones.  The first few weeks of the new school year during line time we go over the rules of the classroom.  We go over our “Big 4” rules… 1.) Walking (No running in the classroom).  Because if you run and fall into a shelf or hit your hear on the concrete floor which will win your head or the shelf? 2.) Use your listening ears.  3.)  Keep your hands and body to yourself.  The one I feel is most important… 4.) Be respectful.  Which simply means be nice to people or treat people how you would like to be treated. We also go over how to carry, roll, and unroll a mat, put our shoes and slippers neatly on the mat (straight, together, and toes touching the wall).  We pick up where we left off with the returning students with lessons and evaluate and access where the new students are.

I do have to say that the first week went very smoothly.  I need to thank Kelley and Tonya for their years of experience that helped this first week run smoothly.


Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 4 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish)


Fun Fact(s):
In 1950 seven percent of women dyed their hair.  Presently, eightyseven percent of women dye their hair.  —   Source unknown. hehe (I got it from Know It or Blow it on WONE 97.5).  My nephew is on the morning show with Jeff Kinsbach and Sandra Miller.  He is the sports guy.  Kris Drew


Peek In Our Classroom:

Snug as a bug in a rug in the reading corner.


This student is helping build a ladder for our rats.


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Academic Enrichment ||| Cuyahoga Falls Campus ||| Week Of 5/27/2019

Lesson:  With the holiday , field trip, and the fun field day on Thursday we did not have kindergarten lesson.  Although, on Wednesday we watched School House Rock/ Grammar.  The students absolutely enjoyed it and said I taught them the same stuff from the show.  Ya, Mr. John is not as dense as he looks.  LOL

Cultural Subjects:
We can now count to ten in 28 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, Malay, Hindi, Farsi, Turkish).


Next Week:
Line Time: Gone Fishin

Sight Words of the Week: None Scheduled

Synonym of Week:None Scheduled

Adding Language of None Scheduled


Have a great Summer!!!!