Academic Enrichment | week of January 8th | Tallmadge

Telling Time: The past couple of weeks the students have been learning how to tell time to the hour and half past.

Parts of a Clock: These students are learning the different parts of a clock: face, minute hand and hour hand.
I Have… Who has??? These students are playing a game where they have to read an analog clock to identify what time their clock says, then they have to read the digital time to ask who has a specific time.

A Peak into Next Week: continue time (hour and half past)

A Peek At Our Week | Ms. Kristen’s Class | Week of January 8th

We have had a wonderful week getting back into our classroom routine! We took this week to review our classroom rules and routines. The children also made paper snowflakes to decorate our bulletin board with Ms. Mel and reviewed how to great one another in Korean and learned the names for the parts of the body in Korean as well!

Working on Addition With The Colored Beads! This a a concrete way for the child to practice addition and to begin to memorize some addition facts!
Working on the Parts of The Tree three part cards! By using this work, the child increases their vocabulary and by matching the words and the pictures togegher, begins to prepare their mind for reading!
Working on Pouring Through a Funnel! This material helps the child develope their sense of order, concentration, coordination, and independence!

A Peek Into Next Week:

-All About Peace Makers

-Learning about Martin Luther King Jr. , Mother Teresa, Maria Montessori, and other Peace Makers.

-Learning how we can be Peace Makers too.


Peek Into The Week | Mr. John’s Classroom | Week of January 8th, 2018

What Did You Say?


Have you been hearing some strange terminology coming from your children lately?  If you have, I am the one to blame.  My grandmother came straight off the boat from Czechoslovakia with her two sisters.  The only people that could communicate with grandma because she only spoke Slovak were her 6 children but as I got older I realized grandma knew a heck of a lot more English then she let on.  Although, some of the words stuck with my cousins, brother and sister, and myself.  Giving examples of  my grandma, most of my aunts, and mom wore a scarf over their head called a babushka.  I don’t think I have ever used this word in the classroom but I do use is the word doopa/dupa quite often which means you’re rear end, hiney, or butt.  For example.  “Everyone put your doopa on the line.  I also call students paczki.  The paczki is a polish jelly filled, fried donut.  At times I used the term poopolushka.  I just made this word up because it sounds Slovak and sounds fun and I use it as term of endearment.  For the word for pants I may use the word gotchies.  I also say oyskamoyschkie.  I am not sure if I am getting the pronunciation right but grandma would always say this when she was aggravated with us (which was often).  At one point I asked my dad why he never taught me the language.  his reply was ” When grandma dies we will not speak the language anymore.”  With that said I hope the language of Slovak will remain with your children and carry on the native language of the family Kotrady (not a typo. Just ask). 

The below meme was a conversation on Facebook between my sister and some cousins regarding the cold weather we just had.



Girls Just Want To Have Fun– and so do boys…   Sometimes we just get goofy in the classroom.



Cultural Subjects:
Your children can count to ten in 15 different languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagolog, Hebrew, and Korean).

Happy Birthday:
A Montessori Classroom has students ranging from 2.5 to 6 years of age.  Here are the newest 5 year old students.


Peeking Into The Classroom:

Doing Chores in the Montessori Classroom is a staple activity. Here you can see students emptying the trash, sweeping the floor, and wiping the table tops.  Everyday a child is given a different task to do.   Doing chores helps the child enhance focus and confidence, gives them a sense of accomplishment, gives them self-reliance and purpose, increases empathy by learning to be responsive to others’ needs, instills a work ethic, and improves a sense of belonging.

This student is working on equations with the Stamp Game. The Stamp Game is a tool for learning and reinforcing knowledge of the four maths operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. It is just more abstract, yet concretely demonstrates the maths process to students that are ready for this material. This student is working on equations of multiplication, with multiple carry overs in all columns. For example 654 x 6.

This student is working on one of my Science Boxes (frogs and toads). She is reading a book on frogs and toads and has four pieces Jelly eggs, tadpole, froglet, and frog. She puts them in order to reinforce the life cycle of a frog/toad.

Here are two friends working on the sandpaper numbers. The aims of sandpaper numbers are to give the child a sensorial impression of the form of the symbol. To show the succession of numbers. To show base 10 Recognition of numerals 0-9 Preparation for writing numbers.

Upcoming Stuff:

Line Time Lesson: The 5 Senses

Letter Of The Week: P p

Rhyming Word Of The Week: bun

Family Trees
Recess Attire
Chinese New Year

***  NO SCHOOL Monday 1/15/2018  ***




Take A Peek Into Reading Group | December 2017

Our new story Me First by Max Kornell is about a family who is learning about cooperation, and different types of games. This story takes place in a small town and the type of genre is fantasy fiction. These past few weeks the children have been working hard on session 1,and 2. In the first reading the children listened as I read the story, then they were able to share their questions about it. When students share what they wonder about it is the first step to understanding it. In our second reading we read the story aloud again, then we did a few activities that helped them think more deeply about some of the key details from the story. With this activity the children had to think about a situation that happened in the story. The purpose of rereading a selection or story helps us discover new things about a story. I have really seen such a difference in all of our friends thoughts and sharing questions these last few weeks! Super proud of them!!!


A Peek At Handwriting | Week of December 11th

During the past two weeks in Handwriting, we have continued learning the Lower Case Initial Strokes. We focused on the letters r, p, u, w, and s. All of these letters begin with the same initial “swing” stroke of the pencil. I am very proud of our Kindergarten students and how hard they have worked the past couple weeks!

A Peak into Reading Group

The last story we read is called Me First. It was about two siblings that always wanted to win and be first. By the end of the story they end up helping each other and stop arguing. The kindergartners continued to practice reading along with the purple highlighted sentences. We had a discussion with interpretive questions about the story. Such as, “Why did the kids stop arguing amd start cooperating by the end of the story.” These discussions help the students to delve deeper into the meaning of the story and analyze the characters actions.

The students are writing down what they were wondering about after hearing the story for the first time.


Sharing why Martha helped clean the cob webs off of Hal.
Sharing drawings with each other.


Academic Enrichment | week of December 11th | Tallmadge

The kindergarten students have been working hard on learning dynamic multiplication using the golden beads, stamp game, bead frame, multiplication bead board and dot board to solve problems.

Cursive: This child is practicing writing cursive letters. She is developing multiple skills involving her eyes, arms, hands, memory, posture and body control.

Multiplication Bead Board: These students have been working very hard to complete all of the multiples of 1’s through 10’s by multiplying by 1 through 10. For example 1×1 through 1×10, 2×1 through 2×10, 3×1 through 3×10 etc.


Academic Enrichment – Cuyahoga Falls – Weeks of December 4 and December 11

Kindergarten Lessons: Weeks of December 4th and December 11th

The first week of December found ourselves looking at five different kind of animals, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and Fish, and what make these animals, well, those animals.  See below…

Mammals: Vertebrates, warm blooded, born alive, skin has hair or fur, and babies drink mother’s milk

Reptiles:  Vertebrates, cold blooded, born from hard shell eggs, skin is dry and scaly

Amphibians:  Vertebrates, cold blooded, born from jelly eggs, sk8n 8s soft and moist.  Amphibian meanswer from two worlds.

Birds:  Vertebrates, warm blooded, born from hard shell eggs, feathers

Fish:  Vertebrates, cold blooded, born alive or jelly eggs, skin is slimy and scaly

The students got up close and personal with many animals.


The Week of December 11th we discovered the ruler and started measuring things.  We learned how to line the ruler to whatever we were measuring and learned how to measure in inches (in, “) and centimeters (CM).

The kindergarten students making sure the paper in 8 1/2 by 11 inches.


Peek Into Next Week:
We will be starting our lesson in math!!!!!!  My favorite subject.