Peek In Our Week | Mr. John’s Class | Week Of December 10, 2018

Line Time:
Practiced for the Christmas Show.  A lot of blood, sweat, and of course, tears.  I want to thank Kathleen and Ashlie who were in charge of the show. But how cute was it and what a great job by those kiddos!  The picked the songs and got the students prepared!

 

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

 

December Birthday:
A Montessori Classroom is comprised of multi aged students.  Students range from 2 1/2 to 6 years of age.  Here is our newest 4 year old!

 

Peek In Our Classroom:

This student is still in a Sensitive Period (Sensorial Extensions). He combined and found the relationship between two materials. Sesnitive Period-Montessori sensitive periods refer to a period of time when a child’s interests are focused on developing a particular skill or knowledge area. During what Maria Montessori describes as the child’s absorbent mind, birth to age 6, is when most sensitive periods occur. Extension-Montessori extension lessons offer additional experiences that increasingly become more complex and abstract than the baseline concept.

 

These children are doing a matching activity. Children continue sorting and classifying by organizing their understanding of language, people and objects in their environment. This process of making sense of the environment is a child’s first step in the math activities of matching, sorting and classifying.

 

This student is reading as story about a caterpillar that turns into a butterfly. This caterpillar is named Gus.

 

This boy is teaching younger students how to work with Color Box 3. A box with 9 partitions, each partition holding 7 tablets in shades of one color. Seven shades of each of the following: crimson red, scarlet red (both shading to pink), blue, yellow, purple, green, orange, brown, and grey. There is only a slight difference between any two shades in succession in order to educate the eyes to see very slight variations of hue. This helps in identifying letters and numbers that look similar (2/5, 6/9, b/d, p/q).

 

Next Week:
Line Time- Christmas 

Letter Of The Week- Giving the students a break before break

Rhyming Word Of The Week- Giving the students a break before break

Next Language will be – Giving the students a break before break

Snack will be brought to you by Cam Jam

 

Upcoming Events:
12/21/2018– Pajama Day and  Show and Tell.  We will supply a Pizza Lunch since we won the box tops.

 

**************  December 22, Saturday through January 6, Sunday Winter Break **************

                                                                  

Fun, Frolic, and Friends:

You should have seen the other guy… no, it’s just ry with a stye on his eye.

 

           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Peek In Our Week | Mr. John’s Class | Week of December 3, 2018

Line Time:
We will be practicing for the Christmas Program.

 

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

 

Peek In Our Classroom:

Same boy, different material/ extension. This boy is in a Sensitive Period where he loves working in the Sensorial Area particularly making creations (extensions). Montessori sensitive periods refer to a period of time when a child’s interests are focused on developing a particular skill or knowledge area. During what Maria Montessori describes as the child’s absorbent mind, birth to age 6, is when most sensitive periods occur.

 

During inclement weather we put on kid’s yoga or kid exercise videos and the students love to follow along. Working on gross motor skills helps a child gain strength and confidence in his/her body. It also helps them get exercise and physical activity, which is important for a healthy lifestyle, our teacher has been trained by the best PE coaching companies, she knows what the proper exercises are for a toddler. Developing these skills helps a childs ability to do more complex skills in future activities, such as playing soccer with a team.

 

This boy discovered that the difference in size per block is the size of the smallest piece of the Pink Tower.

The aim for the Pink Tower:
Direct-
-Visual discrimination of dimensions.

Indirect-
– Refinement of voluntary movement by placing the cubes one on top of the other with one single movement of the hand.
While doing this movement, the child is refining visual-motor coordination and is called upon to concentrate.
– Preparation for mathematics.

 

Friends working on Knobbless Cylinders. The aim of these cylinders is to develop child’s fine-motor movements, concentration, hand-eye coordination, and visual perception of dimension. The material also provides experiences of seriation and gives the child basic language important in math.

 

Next Week:
Line Time- Christmas Show Practice

Letter Of The Week- No Letter of the Week  due to Christmas Show Practice.

Rhyming Word Of The Week- No Rhyming Word of the Week  due to Christmas Show Practice.

Next Language will be – No Language of the Week due to Christmas Show Practice.

Snack will be brought to you by Finn

 

Upcoming Events:
12/12/2018 Wednesday—  Practice for Christmas Show at Cuyahoga Falls High School 6pm

12/14/2018 Friday– Christmas Show at Cuyahoga Falls High School 6pm  ((( All students to be picked up by 3:15 )))

12/21/2018– Pajama Day and  Show and Tell.  We will supply a Pizza Lunch since we won the box tops.

 

**** Student attire for the Christmas Show is white tops with gray or navy blue pants/stockings or tights. ****

 

**************  December 22, Saturday through January 6, Sunday Winter Break **************

 

Fancy dancy crazy curls and making crazy face

 

  • H (squared)

 

Ms. Kathleen working with a child on What Goes Together Cards.

 

Christmas Show practice

 

 


Academic Enrichment | Cuyahoga Falls Campus | Week of 12/3/2018

Lesson:
Parts of Mammals, Reptiles, Amphibians, Birds, and Fish –

We also learned the characteristics of those animals.  All of the above animals are vertebrates, some are cold blooded (amphibians, reptiles, and fish) and some are warm blooded (mammals and birds).  Some are born from jelly eggs (fish and amphibians), hard shell eggs (reptiles and birds), or born alive (mammals and fish).  All the animals skin is different.

 

The Kindergarten Students pretending to be their fave animals. From left to right…. flamingo, horse, frog…..

 

Handwriting:
We practiced our cursive fax, rag, pal, tack.

 

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

 

Next Week:
Lesson- Using Rulers

Sight Words Of The Week- No lessons due to Christmas Show Practice.

Synonym Of The Week- No lessons due to Christmas Show Practice.

The next language will be- No lessons due to Christmas Show Practice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Peek Into Our Week ### Mr. John’s Class ### Week Of November 26, 2018

Line Time:

We will be practicing for the Christmas Program.

I’m still savoring the victory!

 

Second most point xichigan has given up, ever!

 

Enough said!

 

That “Revenge Tour” was cancelled November 24, 2018 in Columbus Ohio. As this guy’s shirt says Final Stop in Columbus, LOL

Go Buckeyes Beat Northwestern!

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

 

Peek In Our Classroom:

Two buddies working on the Pink Tower and Brown Stairs. Unfortunately, Joseph is moving and we have to say good bye.  🙁

 

 

If you remember this boy was featured in the last few blogs working on Sensorial Extensions. He has continued to work on these extensions and creating multiple creations. Once again, this is an example of being in a Sensitive Period. Let’s see if he will continue with this interest next week.

 

This girl is working on a beginning material in the Language Area, Matching Picture to Picture. It allows a child to demonstrate their knowledge. Activities like this can also be lessons in vocabulary, for a child matching animals this is also an opportunity for the child to demonstrate their knowledge in the names of the animals and can be a great conversation starter for the student and teacher which can develop into a lesson on animals (where they live, if they are a mammal, etc).

 

These two girls are working on the Africa puzzle map. They are working together by tracing and coloring the individual countries of Africa. I like the team work and how this activity turned into an activity that helps the fine motor skills and handwriting.

 

Next Week:
Line Time- Christmas Show Practice

Letter Of The Week- No Letter of the Week  due to Christmas Show Practice.

Rhyming Word Of The Week- No Rhyming Word of the Week  due to Christmas Show Practice.

Next Language will be – No Language of the Week due to Christmas Show Practice.

Snack will be brought to you by Henry

 

Upcoming Events:
12/12/2018 Wednesday—  Practice for Christmas Show at Cuyahoga Falls High School 6pm

12/14/2018 Friday– Christmas Show at Cuyahoga Falls High School 6pm  ((( All students to be picked up by 3:15 )))

12/21/2018– Pajama Day and  Show and Tell.  We will supply a Pizza Lunch since we won the box tops.

 

**********  December 22, Saturday through January 6, Sunday Winter Break **********

 

 

Telling secrets?

 

Muscle Man

 

Long time friends

 

She knows what a camera is for.

 

It looks like both are pained but they really were happy to take this picture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Academic Enrichment | Cuyahoga Falls Campus | Week Of 11/26/2018

Lesson:
Parts of insects, Arachnids, Plants-

We learned about the parts of the insect and arachnid (see below).  Insects are ants, bees, butterflies, and dragonflies.  Arachnids are spiders, scorpions, and ticks.

Art work created by the kindergarten students. An insect has a head, thorax, abdomen, six legs, and two antennae. An arachnid has a head and thorax, and eight legs. Can you tell which is the insect? The arachnid?

 

Handwriting:
We practiced our cursive Bl, cat, dog.

 

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

 

Next Week:

Lesson- Parts of Animals

Sight Words Of The Week- No lessons due to Christmas Show Practice.

Synonym Of The Week- No lessons due to Christmas Show Practice.

The next language will be- No lessons due to Christmas Show Practice.

 


Academic Enrichment | Cuyahoga Falls Campus | Week Of 11/19/2018

Lesson:
Currency / Paper Money-

 

 

 

 

 

 

Handwriting:
We practiced our cursive letters cat, rag.

 

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

 

Next Week:

Lesson- Parts of Plants, Insects, and Arachnids

Sight Words Of The Week- No words due to practicing for the Christmas Show 

Synonym Of The Week- No synonyms due to practicing for the Christmas Show

The next language will be- No languages due to practicing for the Christmas Show

 

 

 

 

 


Peek In Our Week *** Mr. John’s Class *** Week Of November 19, 2018

Line Time:

We read the story Stone Soup to get the children familiar with our own concoction of Stone Soup.  I do thank all the parents that contributed and helped out.  We told what we are thankful for and we watched a few Buckeye Football videos and learned about the tradition of Script Ohio for The Game.  Go Buckeyes Beat xichigan

   

                                                  Buckeye Pride !!!!

 

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

 

Peek In Our Classroom:

These girls are working with the Pink Tower and Brown Stairs. When they work with the material beyond the presentation it is called and extension.

 

This boy is working with the Knobbless Cylinders. Again, he is working with this as 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. }}}

 

Another extension is being used with the Color Box. Instead of just matching them on the mat, they have half of the box in another part of the room where they have to walk, remember, and retrieve the color tablets.

 

This student is working with the 9 Tray. She is using this work to do equations of addition. This work will enhance the correlation between quantity and symbol giving the student a concrete concept of math. Once again a small crowd is gathered to observe her working.

 

Next Week:
Line Time- Winter Program Practice

Letter Of The Week- No letter of the week during Christmas Show Practice

Rhyming Word Of The Week- No Rhyming Word of the week during Christmas Show Practice

Next Language will be – No new language of the week during Christmas Show Practice

Snack will be brought to you by Lilliana M.

 

Upcoming Events:
12/12/2018 Wednesday—  Practice for Winter Program at Cuyahoga Falls High School 6pm

12/14/2018 Friday– Winter Program at Cuyahoga Falls High School 6pm  ((( All students to be picked up by 3:15 )))

12/21/2018– Pajama Day and  Show and Tell

*****  December 22, Saturday through January 6 Sunday Winter Break *****

 

 

 

Cuddle time.

 

 

 

 

Wouldn’t you like to know what the look on his face means ????????

Academic Enrichment | Cuyahoga Falls Campus | Week of 11/12/2018

Lesson:
Currency / Coins-  After the month long lessons on telling time we broke into everyone’s favorite thing: MONEY.  We learned about the different and variety of each coin (penny 1 cent, nickel 5 cents, dime 10 cents, quarter 25 cents, 50 cent piece and the  dollar coins).  After we identified the coin we did start to learn how to count the change.

 

 

Handwriting:
We practiced our cursive letters ot,ut,ol,ul, bl.

 

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

 

Next Week:

Lesson- currency/paper

Sight Words Of The Week- been down

Synonym Of The Week- small

The next language will be- Hungarian


Peek In Our Week ** Mr. John’s Class ** Week of November 12, 2018

Line Time:
Dinosaurs-  We traveled back in time and discovered some fascinating things about certain dinosaurs.  We learned that dinosaurs no longer exist and that they are extinct.  We know dinosaurs exist because scientist found their bones or fossils.  From these fossil we saw that some teeth were long and sharp to tear flesh from it’s prey which belonged to meat eaters or carnivores (T Rex).  Some teeth were flat for grinding plants, leaves, and branches and belonged to plant eaters or herbivores (Brachiosauras).

 

 

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

 

Peek In Our Classroom:

We have been following this student for about a month and keeping tabs on the status of her sensitive period (writing). She is still strongly interested in handwriting. This picture depicts her tracing the line time name tags. I’m wondering if she kept all of them to herself or did she give the traced name to the appropriate student.

 

This student is working on an animal puzzle (bird). This puzzle is designed to help the child easily understand and recognize the different parts of a bird and it is painted in vivid colors to catch the child’s attention. Not only does this work help the child recognize the parts of the bird but the knobs help reinforce his fine motor skills.

 

This child is working on the ever popular Binomial Cube. The Binomial Cube is one of those amazing Montessori materials! It introduces abstract math concept to children as young as 4 without them even knowing it! The early sensorial experience with the cube inspires them to work with this material. The material provides the all important bridge between concrete and abstract thinking. And so amazingly (because it’s logical) the child develops a much deeper understanding of the math. Or it is just fun to work with.

 

This boy has found what we call and extension. He combined three different sensorial material to come up this creation. He did figure out how to create to go from biggest to smallest.

 

Next Week:
Line Time- Pilgrims/Thanksgiving

Letter Of The Week- M m

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bop

Next Language will be Hebrew

Snack will be brought to you by August

 

Upcoming Events:
11/20/2018 Tuesday—  Harvest Party (Estimated Start Time 11:00am)

***11/21 Wednesday through 11/25 Sunday— NO SCHOOL***

11/24/2018 Saturday—  THE GAME noon

 

Let me explain what is happening in this picture. During line time for the days of the week I have the children put 7 with their fingers. 2 and 5, 4 and 3, Sign Language, and I’ll give the first person who can do 6 and 1 a dollar. This fine boy figured out how to do 1 and 6 in sign language and Mr. John is out a dollar.

 

I asked them to smile and I got this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Peek In Our Week | Mr. John’s Classroom | Week Of November 5, 2018

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

 

 

 

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

 

This alumnus came back to read to her old classroom. The alumnus is the girl in the chair. The gentleman sitting on the floor is the grandfather. Hehe

 

Birthday:
A Montessori Classroom is comprised of multi-aged students.  Here is our newest November 3, 4, 5 year olds.

 

   

 

 

Peek In Our Classroom:

The Pink Tower is arguably the most popular work in the classroom. This boy found different way to stack the blocks. The different ways to do things is called an extension.

 

Rolling a mat is one of the first things taught to new students. When students work on the floor the mat is their personal work area.

 

These girls are working on the Africa Puzzle Map. The obvious purpose is to place and identify countries in the continent. Also, the puzzle maps showcase the difference between land and water, and help to develop an appreciation for spatial awareness. 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.

 

Remember this girl who was part of my blog for the last two weeks? She is still in that Sensitive Period of handwriting. Remember a Sensitive Period is a time frame where the child has a thirst for learning a certain skill in a certain area.

 

This child is working on the red rods found in the Sensorial Area. The direct aim is visual discrimination of difference in dimensions (length) and muscular memory of length. The indirect aim is preparation for mathematics. This child discovered that each rod is the exact length longer of the shortest rod. She is measuring all of the rods in this pic. ***** Notice how she is creating interest with other children ? ******

 

Next Week:
Line Time- Dinosaurs

Letter Of The Week- L l

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bot

Next Language will be Tagolog

Snack will be brought to you by August

 

Upcoming Events:
11/15/2018 Thursday— Operation Christmas Child Packing 

11/16/2018 Friday—  Parent Teacher Conferences   << NO SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN  >>

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11/20/2018 Tuesday—  Harvest Party

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Look! I am as big as the longest Red Rod.