Peek In Our Week ** Mr. John’s Class ** Week Of January 18, 2021

Buckeye Room Bulletin

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Skeletal System- 
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.



Working with Elvis


 A Message From Mr. John (My Mission Statement):


Did you know?
Sometimes I think about weird things like how many paper clips are produced in a year.  Really, I think of these things.  Most paper clips in the United States are made domestically by a few firms that specialize in their manufacture. These manufacturers put out roughly 20 million pounds a year of paper clips. So,  about 28 paperclips equal 1 ounce.  I was too lazy too find out how many paperclips that are produced.  Bragging rights to the people who figure this out!!!!!!


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


Know Your Languages:



Peek In The Classroom:

Look at his focus while working on the Red Rods. The Red Rods are introduced to children from 2.5 to 6 years of age. The direct purpose of the Red Rods is to develop the child’s visual and muscular perception of length.


This boy is working on the Knobless Cylinders. Notice how he found the relationship between the different colored cylinders. The purpose of these cylinders is to develop child’s fine-motor movements, concentration, hand-eye coordination, and visual perception of dimension.


She is working on the Memory Game. This is where we have a bunch of popsicle sticks across the room and the student is shown a number. In turn, the student must go across the room and count that number and bring it back to the mat. This is a challenge that she has to remember that number while travelling through the classroom and concentrating while the classroom “noise” (that term you learned in your Oral Communication class) is happening.


She is working on the 9 Tray. This material further enhances the correlation between number/symbol and quantity. She is now getting familiar with identifying the symbols in the unit, ten, hundred, thousand columns.


Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Internal Organs

Letter Of The Week- R r

Rhyming Word Of The Week- but

Next Language is Irish


Academic Enrichment:
Weekly Theme:
Division without borrowing (static)

We practiced writing in sentences in cursive.

And a picture of the kinder students working on their handwriting.

Next Week:
Weekly Theme: Division with borrowing (dynamic)

Synonym Of The Week: MEAN: Selfish, unkind, malicious, hurtful

Sight Words Of The Week: first, than


Upcoming Events:
A few days off and other stuff.

February 12th, Friday (Teacher In Service Day)
February 15th, Monday (President’s Day)

February 1st, (week of) Primary Student Conferences for incoming kindergarten students and incoming 1st graders ONLY! (Details coming soon)
February 11th (Thursday) Valentine Party (details to follow)


Friends, Frolic, and Fun:

It is all about hair fashion


This guy entered his rite of passage of him losing his first tooth.


Again, I noticed something different about her. I asked if she wasn’t wearing her glasses, no. If she got a tattoo, no. She was quick to inform me that she got a haircut!


It is all about the bling, a watch and a ring.


I’m not sure what the damage is BUT ya shouldah seen the other guy.


Your Kids Say The Darndest Things (Still thinking of Christmas):









Aspen: A Peek At Our Week, Brrrr!!!! The Arctic and Antarctic Biomes! 01/11/21- 01/15/21

Brrr….it’s cold!  This week the Aspen Room took a trip to the Arctic and Antarctic.  We learned the terms North and South Pole, where these areas are located on our Earth, the climates of these areas, what kind of wildlife has adaptated to living in these enviroments and similarities and differences between the two regions. The Aspen class also researched penguins , how they have adapted to living in Antarctica, their life cycle, and how to classify different species of penguins.  Did you know….there are penguins living in warmer climates too? Did you know that some species of penguins lay two eggs?  Ask your child, he/she can tell you where penguins can be found. Your child is now a penguin expert! While discussing the Arctic we learned about the types of animals found in the most Northern areas of our Earth, how they have adapted to a frigid environment, and watched videos about Arctic wildlife.

This week the Kindergarten students continued to explore the mathematical operation of Subtraction by learning how to borrow with Dynamic Subtraction.  Next week we will be revisiting Multiplication through our Skip Counting Chains!

Up Next:

Next week the Aspen class will learn all about Martin Luther King Jr, Rosa Parks, and the Civil Rights movement!  We will discuss why having a day off to honor individuals that have changed our world for the better! See you next Tuesday!


Working on the Life Cycle of a Penguin!


Classifying different species of penguins and labeling them!


Labeling the United States Of America puzzle map with a friend!
Creating a State Book in alphabetical order while learning the abbreivations for each state!


Exploring Sensorial Extensions with the Pink Tower and Brown Stair!


Practicing handwriting and spelling skills with the dry erase board!

Peek In Our Week ++ Mr. John’s Class ++ Week Of January 11, 2021

Buckeye Room Bulletin

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To honor the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. we learned a bit about his life and his accomplishments.  The students became actresses and actors as they recreated Rosa Parks making her stand on a bus in Montgomery Alabama.  The students enjoyed playing the part of the bus driver, Rosa Parks, “the mean guy”, a police officer, Martin Luther King Jr., and passengers on the bus.  We discussed our differences such as skin color, eye color, hair color, and gender.  Then we discussed how we are similar.  We talked about discrimination and segregation.  We talked about if someone with red hair wouldn’t be allowed to do art “just because” they have red hair or if anyone who had blue eyes would have to go to a different classroom with less materials, broken crayons, or no books “just because” they have blue eyes.  I had only boys fetch the chairs for the skit and brought that to the attention of the class.  We had some very sad girls…. I did let the girls take the chairs back after the skit.

This is a picture of sad “girls”. Since they were “girls” they were not allowed to participate or even look at the science lesson. They felt it was NOT fair. I did let them participate in science.


A happier picture of the students clapping that everyone can sit anywhere on the bus. This was a skit about Rosa Parks.


A Message From Mr. John:


Did you know?
One of the earliest uses, perhaps the earliest use, of “OMG” appeared in a letter to the then, member of Parliament, as The Atlantic reports. In 1917, British Navy Admiral John Arbuthnot Fisher wrote to Winston Churchill about rumors of new titles that would soon be bestowed. “I hear that a new order of Knighthood is on the tapis,” he wrote. “O.M.G. (Oh! My God!)Shower it on the Admiralty!” OMG, indeed. 


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, Hebrew) 


Know Your Languages (Hungarian):



Peek In The Classroom:

She is learning the decimal system of units, tens, hundreds, and thousands. She is doing and exchange game of exchanging 10 units for 1 ten, 10 tens for 1 hundred and so on.


This Practical Life work is simply putting a rock in the handle and look at the rock through the magnifying glass. Notice how she added to the activity by sorting the stones?
These kindergarten students are working on their daily work plan. The work plan helps the older student accomplist daily work goals.


This girl is working on the Albanesi Assessment. This assessment bridges Montessori to traditional learning/assessing. This assessment is given to kindergarten students and Pre kindergarten students.


Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Skeletal System

Letter Of The Week- Q q

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bub

Next Language is Hungarian


Academic Enrichment aka kindergarten:
We learned subtraction with manipulatives with borrowing (dynamic).

We practiced writing sentences in cursive. 



Kindergarten students tracking and documenting (drawing) the growing roots of the plant.


Next Week:
Weekly Theme: Division with manipulatives/ no borrowing (static)

Synonym Of The Week: MEAN:  selfish, unkind, malicious, hurtful

 Sight Words Of The Week: now made


Upcoming Events:
*** MLK DAY January 18, 2021 ***  NO SCHOOL ***

***Don’t be that family that shows up and there is always one family that shows up,lol! ***

But just for the fun of it let me know if you did show up.  I will not tease, honest!


Frolic, Friends, and Fun:

It is all about fashion.


The dreaded and rare case of “Black Olive Fingers”


You shoulda seen the other guy.


A crowd gathers to see the two new aquariums.


Friday, 3pm, she is done.


Your Kids Say The Darndest Things (Flamingos):





Aspen Room: A Peek At Our Week 01/04/21 – 01/ 09/21 All About Snow! The Aspen Room is Snow Cool this week!!

Welcome back Aspen Room families! This week the Aspen Room has been “Snow” Cool! The Aspen Room has been discussing Snow and all things related to cold winter days.  We learned why it snows, what snow is made of, how snow forms, and the amazing designs ice crystals make to form snowflakes.  We watched a video, How Snowflakes Form, and a video showing  magnified examples of different types of snowflakes and their crystal designs.  Did you know….that different types of snowflakes (crystal combinations) form depending on the temperature of our atmospheric conditions.  Therefore, the type of crystals that form are dependent on temperature and the path a snowflake takes as it falls.  This is what makes  each snowflake unique!

After discussing snowflakes, we shared what we like to do outdoors during the winter months.  After sharing all of our thoughts, stories, and ideas on all the fun we have with snow, we explored our winter themed practical life shelf and enrichment activities! Ask your child about the foam bead snowball spooning activity!

The Kindergarten students explored subtraction with the decimal system and learned the terms Minuend , Subtrahend, and Difference. Next week we will continue to explore this mathematic operation with Dynamic Subtraction!

For the week of January 11, we will explore the Antarctic and the Arctic!  The Aspen Group will look at these Biomes and will explore their similarities and their differences, and what kind of wildlife can be found in these habitats.


Snowman button color matching!
A snack break and good conversations with friends!
Playing Zingo! Our new sight word game.


Peek In Our Week | Mr. John’s Room | Week Of January 4, 2021

Buckeye Room Bulletin

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We started to learn about our body and how it works.  We learned about our five senses (touch, hearing, sight, smell, and taste).  Did you know you can “feel” with any part of your body? Of course parents know that.  Who has not stepped on a Lego in bare feet and screamed in pain? But we associate touch with our fingers (hot/cold, hard/soft, rough/smooth).  We hear loud noises, quiet noises, high iand low noises, “Are we there yet?”.  We need light to see and if we close our eyes we can’t see.  The lights being turned on at 5 am on a Saturday morning.   There are good smells like cinnamon, vanilla and bad smells like a dirty diaper and vinegar.  My favorite was the taste test where we tasted sweet (sugar water), salty (salt water), sour (pure lemon juice), and bitter (unsweetened baking chocolate).  The children enjoyed “most” of the tastes.  Hehe!!!!






Below are some pictures of children eating unsweetened baking chocolate.

Using our senses of sight and smell they are thinking a yummy chocolate kiss.








A Message From Mr. John:



January Birthday:
A Montessori classroom consists of students ranging in age from three years to six years.  Here is our newest five year old student.


Did you know?
Spider webs were used as bandages in ancient times. Spider webs supposedly have natural antiseptic and anti-fungal properties, which can help keep wounds clean and prevent infection. It’s also said that spider webs are rich in vitamin K, which helps promote clotting.


Know Your Languages (Korean):



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, Hebrew) 


Peek In The Classroom:

One boy lent the other a helping hand putting together the United States Puzzle Map. One of the qualities I admire in the Montessori classroom is compassion.


Later that day after he helped the other student this guy became motivated to work on a puzzle map.


These three made a treasure map and trying to figure out where the treasure is located.


So happy to be reading again.


Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- MLK/diversity

Letter Of The Week- P p

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bun

Next Language is Korean


Upcoming Events:
*** MLK DAY January 18, 2021 ***  NO SCHOOL ***
***Don’t be that family that shows up and there is always one family that shows up,lol! ***


Academic Enrichment:
Weekly Theme:
We learned how to subtract with manipulatives. We learned what the Minuend and Subtrahend and Difference are.

5(minuend) – 3(subtrahend) = 2(difference)


I love the goofiness of my kinders.

We practiced writing sentences in cursive.

Next Week:
Weekly Theme: Subtraction with no borrowing (Dynamic)

Synonym Of The Week: SKINNY: thin, lean, emaciated, scrawny, slender

Sight Words Of The Week: could who


Friends, Frolic, and Fun:

Something was different about her. I ask her if she was wearing contacts/not glasses, no. If she shaved her mustache, no. Then she emphatically told me she got a haircut!


Who is scared of a little cricket? Not this boy!


A leftover picture from Christmas of once a unicorn reindeer but now an… elephant?


YAY! It is 2021!!!


Your Kids Say the Darndest Things:









Happy Holidays!!!

Buckeye Room Bulletin


Merry Christmas


Do you want to know how many times I said “look at me.” “smile” “Guys… look at me. over here. ok good. now smile. wait look at me……….”



A Message From Mr. John (Happy Holidays):  

I will resume my weekly blog when we get back from Christmas Holiday!

Peek In Our Week | Mr. John’s Classroom | Week of November 30, 2020

Buckeye Room Bulletin

Line Time:
We Are Family!  This week we talked about family since this is the season where we usually spend time with family.  We talked about moms and dads and that moms and dads had moms and dads that your children call them grandparents. We discussed how moms and dads have brothers and sisters which they call aunts and uncles.  We talked about siblings which are bothers and sisters.  Then we talked about my favorite relative.. the COUSIN ( I loved hanging out with my cousins!) and how cousins are the children of aunts and uncles.  We even discussed if pets are part of the family which received a resounding YES!  I am looking forward to seeing the family trees. I am showing my age by the album cover. Circa 1978ish.


A Message From Mr. John:

Let’s be careful out there!


December Birthdays:
The Montessori classroom is comprised of 3 year old to 6 year old students.  Here are our newest 6 and 4 year old students. 



What’s The Diff?
What is the difference between bologna and baloney?

Bologna is the name of a city in Italy, pronounced “boh-LOAN-ya.” But although the sausage named after the city in English is spelled the same, it is pronounced “buh-LOAN-ee” and is often spelled baloney. Either spelling is acceptable for the sliced meat product.  P.S. I love fried bologna/baloney!!! And yes, I remember this commercial when it first aired! Heavy Sigh…


Know Your Languages (Korean):


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:

She is working on the construction box/geometry found in the sensorial area. The constructive triangles are used to demonstrate that all plane geometric figures can be constructed from triangles.


Practical Life/Everyday Living was developed by Maria Montessori to assist in developing OCCI (order, coordination, concentration, independence). Practical Life/Everyday Living is simply activities suitable for a child that allows the ability to work with a purpose or in a purposeful way to accomplish developing skills.


Introduction to Numerals of the Decimal System is a Montessori Math Early Childhood lesson. Pretty straightforward, the goal of this lesson is to introduce the numerals of the decimal system (units, tens, hundreds, thousands). Notice the symbol and quantity?


Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Christmas around the world

Letter Of The Week- Giving them a break

Rhyming Word Of The Week- Giving them a break

Next Language is Korean


Upcoming Events:
Winter Break: Off from Saturday, December 19, 2020 returning Monday, January 4, 2021 (good riddance to 2020)!

Pajama and Show and Share Day:  Friday, December 18th.  Details to follow.


Academic Enrichment:
Weekly Theme:
We learned how to multiple to the thousand static/column without carryovers with manipulatives.  I told the students that multiplication is merely adding multiple times.  We learned what the multiplicand and multiplier are.


We practiced writing sentences in cursive.

Next Week:
Weekly Theme: Measuring with a ruler (in and cm).

Synonym Of The Week: Giving them a break

Sight Words Of The Week: Giving them a break


Friends, Frolic, and Fun:

It’s all about hair fashion.


Day dreaming about Math!


More fun with masks.
The Trinomial Cube has him plum tuckered out.


Your Children Say The Darndedst Things (How I got my scar):







A Peek At Our Week! 11/30/20 -12/04/20 Table manners and How to set a table

This week we dicussed table manners and learned how to set a table.  The children helped lead the group meetings by sharing how one should behave while sitting at the table.  They all had very good ideas of what classified as having “Good Table Manners” and shared many scenarios indicating what “Bad Table Manners” are.  We had a lot of fun sharing our thoughts and ideas on this subject!  You all have very polite and well mannered children! During our discussions we also talked about how to try (taste) foods that we don’t care for and to try new foods when they are presented to us.  At the same time, we role played how to react when we discover that we don’t like a particular food using “Good Manners”.  We then read How Do Dinosars Eat Their Food which reinforced all the great manners they shared during our group meeting time.

After discussing manners, we learned how to set a table with our place setting activity from the practical life shelf.  Then during afternoon meeting time, we learned the names of the place setting objects in Spanish. Your children now know plate, fork, spoon, knife, napkin, and placemat in Spanish.

Kindergarten students are continuing their work with telling time, and have reviewed some of our previous lessons for reinforcement. Next week the kindergarten students will learn about the layers of our Earth and will research and explore each part.

Our theme for next week will be all about Conifers.  We talked a lot about decidous trees and identified various types of leaves during the months of October and November. Therefore, we will learn what a Conifer is while learning to identify different types of Conifers.  Conifers are special and are found all over this time of year.


Setting the table! Fun with our place setting practical life activity.


Working on the Binomial Cube!


Team U.S.A!! Working together as a team to complete the U.S.A puzzle map.


A variation of our practical life tonging activity! Tonging christmas bulbs and bells. The bells are very tricky, it is challenging to keep them quiet.