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

 

 

 

                   

 

 

 

 


Academic Enrichment | Cuyahoga Falls Campus | Week Of 11/05/2018

Lesson:
Telling time to the minute-  Since we conquered telling time to the hour, half past, and quarter past, and quarter to/ :45, we looked at telling time to the minute.  Tick Tock Tick, do do do do (Steve Miller Band Fly Like An Eagle)

 

Using their “hands” to make time.

 

Handwriting:
We practiced our cursive letters upper and lower case  at, al, as, ic, ir blends. 

 

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, Swedish, Tagolog, and Hebrew).

 

Next Week:

Lesson- currency/coins

Sight Words Of The Week- said by

Synonym Of The Week- big

The next language will be- Korean

 


Academic Enrichment | Cuyahoga Falls Campus | Week Of 10/29/2018

Lesson:
Telling time 1/4 ’til-  Since we conquered telling time to the hour, half past, and quarter past,  we looked at quarter to/ :45 

 

Handwriting:
We practiced our cursive letters upper and lower case  y, z, ee, ea, et blends 

 

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, Swedish, and Tagolog).

 

Next Week:

Lesson- Telling time to the minute

Sight Words Of The Week- how  each

Synonym Of The Week- old

The next language will be- Hebrew

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Peek In Our Week | Mr. John’s Class | Week Of October 29, 2018

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. 

 

I thought I saw a Pooty Cat!

 

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, and Romanian)

Peek In Our Classroom:

     

 

    
Let me explain these 4 photos.  It is a sorting work with 5 “objects” that include blue rocks, large white glass discs, small white glass discs, small blue glass discs, and small green glass discs. He sorted all 5 objects with 5 cups.  I removed a cup and he sorted in 4 categories (blue rocks and blue glass discs, green glass discs, small white glass discs and large white glass discs). I removed another cup leaving 3 cups.  He figured out/sorted (blue rocks and blue glass discs, large white glass discs and small white glass discs, then green glass discs). Removing one more cup leaving two cups he sorted rocks and glass discs.  This is problem solving at its finest.   Phhheeeew, that was a lot.  I wonder if there are different ways we can sort?

 

This student was featured in last week’s blog practicing handwriting. Here she is a week later working on handwriting. This student is in what Maria Montessori called a Sensitive 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. These periods come and go. When one window of opportunity closes another opens.

 

Practical Life activities provide skills that children and adults encounter in everyday life. This child is mastering hanging is coat on a hanger.

 

This child is working on the Sandpaper Letters found in the Language Area. The aim for the Sandpaper Letters is to learn the sound and shape of the letters of the alphabet. To gain a muscular memory of the shape of the letters as a prelude to writing. She is remembering the letters by touch, sight, and sound.

 

Next Week:
Line Time- Insects/Arachnids/Invertebrates

Letter Of The Week- K k

Rhyming Word Of The Week- ox

Next Language will be Swedish

Snack will be brought to you by Ryan

 

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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Lunch Bunch

 

How many laughs do you think this produced?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Peek In Our Week | Mr. John’s Classroom | Week Of October 22, 2018

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, and many people decide to have fishes for pets since they’re easy to maintain, and you can even get an aquarium and fish decor for it.

 

I wish I was a fish……

 

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, and Russian)

 

Peek In Our Classroom:

This boy is working with the Knobbless Cylinders found in the Sensorial Area. The purpose 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 basic language important in math. *** Notice he found a relationship of height between three color/boxes ***

 

Same child, same work, different relationship that he discovered which is diameter of the cylinders. Do you notice how he draws a crowd? Student observing other students working is a big part of the Montessori Classroom.

 

She is practicing different strokes that lead to writing in cursive. Research suggests that printing letters and writing in cursive activate different parts of the brain. Learning cursive is good for children’s fine motor skills, and writing in longhand generally helps students retain more information and generate more ideas.

 

The Montessori 9 Tray Layout is an early place value work. Your child explores and builds a physical place value chart on the floor with Golden Beads and large number cards, units through thousands. This layout will help your child to visualize and develop an understanding of place value, order of numbers and concentration.

Next Week:
Line Time- Birds

Letter Of The Week- J j

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bip

Next Language will be Romanian

Snack will be brought to you by Harper K.

 

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

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

11/20/2018 Tuesday–  Harvest Party

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                                            Before and after haircut pictures
                                              It is like “Find the Differences” 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Academic Enrichment | Cuyahoga Falls Campus | Week Of 10/22/2018

Lesson:
Telling time 1/4 past-  Since we conquered telling time to the hour, half past, we learned how to tell time to quarter past/ :15

 

 

 

Handwriting:
We practiced our cursive letters upper and lower case, t,u,v,w,x

 

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).

 

Next Week:

Lesson- Telling time quarter to

Sight Words Of The Week- use your

Synonym Of The Week- new

The next language will be- Tagalog

 

 

 

 

 


Academic Enrichment | Cuyahoga Falls Campus | Week Of 10/8/2018

Lesson:
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 showing they’re favorite land form.

 

Handwriting:
We practiced cursive the upper case and lower case i, j, k, l, m.

 

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, and Russian).

 

Next Week:
Next Lesson: Telling time

Sight Words Of The Week: for with

Synonym Of The Week: hot

Next Language Will Be Romanian

 


Academic Enrichment | Cuyahoga Falls Campus | Week Of 10/15/2018

Lessons:
The Kindergarten Students are learning how to tell time old school!  We identified what the minute hand and the hour hand are.  We first learned how to tell time to the hour/O’ clock/ :00.   We then learned how to tell time to the half hour/ half past/ :30.

 

 

 

 

Handwriting:
We practiced the cursive letters (upper and lower case) o,p,q,r,s

 

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, and Romanian).

 

Next Week Lessons:

Lesson- Telling Time / Quarter After

Sight Words Of The Week- she were

Synonym Of The Week- cold

Next Language Will Be- Swedish

 

 

 

 


Peek In Our Week | Mr. John’s Class | Week Of October 15, 2018

Line Time:
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.

 

“Hello my baby, Hello my honey, Hello my Ragtime Gal!

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, and Italian).

 

Peek In Our Classroom:

A group ventured out of the classroom to clean the school’s handrails with soap and water. This act helped the whole school and reinforced my banter about social responsibility. Even if you din’t do it, it is ok and commendable to correct what is wrong.

 

The Red Rods enhances the further study of size and is found in the Sensorial Area. This time, size varies only along one dimension. The child judges by sight and touch. This enhances awareness of length and visual discrimination of length. It is also the precursor for the Number Rods…. (see below).

 

The Number Rods are found in the Math Area. The child will typically work with the Number Rods after mastering the Red Rods (see above). If you recall, the Red Rods help establish visual discrimination of length. The Number Rods are a natural progression, naming the quantity shown on each number rod with red and blue demarcations.

 

This student is working on the Ten Board which is found in the Math Area. This work makes the connection between symbol and quantity. Notice the pattern this student discovered.

 

This student continued to work on this material and found another pattern. Do you see the pattern his discovered?

 

Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Fish

Letter Of The Week- I i

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bin

Next Language Will Be Russian

Next Week Snack Brought To You By Kiera

 

Upcoming Events:

 ***** Halloween Party- October 26, 2018 in the AFTERNOON!  Costumes, games and candy! *****         The school will supply pizza for lunch

***** Hit up all relatives and friends for BOX TOPS.  If we win we get pizza.  *****

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She figured out how to get something from behind this shelf. She found a bead, a popsicle stick , and puzzle piece.

 

You shoulda seen the other guy (revisited). And was it the same guy??????????????