Peek Into Our Week | Mr. John’s Classroom | Week Of 1/22/2018

 

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can count to ten in 18 different languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagolog, Hebrew, Korean, Hungarian, and Irish).

 

Happy Birthday:
A Montessori Classroom has a mixed age groups of children ages 2.5 to 6 years old. Here is our newest 4 year old student, our newest 6 year old student, and our newest 3 1/2 year old student.

 

 

 

 

 

Saying Good Bye:
It is always sad to say good year to a friend.  It was this boy’s last day at Absorbent Minds Montessori School complete with a pizza party!

   

 

Line Time:
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.

 

 

Peek In My Room:

This student is working on the United States Puzzle Map. This material’s purpose is to identify the location and shape of the individual shapes of the states. The control chart will help in the naming of the states. This student has traced the states and is labeling the name on the traced states.

 

This Kindergarten Students is drawing and labeling our skeleton work “Elvis the Pelvis”. Doing this in her Kindergarten Binder reinforces this lesson of identifying parts of the Skeletal System.

 

In the Montessori Classroom some of my older students go through a right of passage by losing teeth and they are very proud of this life event. How much does a tooth go for now a days?

 

This child has completed doing the Nine Tray. The reason for this picture is how he is putting away the material. The child in a Montessori Classroom is taught to choose a work, work with the material correctly, complete the lesson, and put away the material where he found it.

 

Upcoming Events:

Line Time For Week Of 1/29/2018:  Internal Organs
Letter Of The Week:  R r
Rhyming Word Of The Week:  but
Language:  Kiswahili will be added

##### Daddy/Daughter, Mommy/Son Dance — Saturday February 10, 2018, 2 pm to 4 pm #####

An email was sent for information for the second round of Parent Observations

Follow the link below to sign up to observe in my classroom.

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Peek Into Our Week | Academic Enrichment (Cuyahoga Falls) | Weeks 1/15/2018 thru 1/29/2018

Week Of 1/15/2018:  Addition with the 9 Tray and Stamp Game (with manipulatives)   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week Of 1/22/2018:  Learning how to exchange/carry over (with manipulatives)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week Of 1/29/2018:  Learning how to multiply with the 9 Tray and Stamp Game (with manipulatives)

We love Math!

Purpose For The 9 Tray:
The Nine Tray is an important lesson in the sequence of the golden bead work.  This presentation allows the child to concretely see the growth of numbers and the progression through the hierarchy from one level to the next. Children are ready for this work when they can identify numbers 1-9 and after they have been introduced to the golden beads and the language of place value: units, tens, hundreds and thousands.

Purpose For The Stamp Game:
The stamp game is a tool for learning and reinforcing knowledge of the four maths operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The stamp game directly corresponds to the golden bead material which gave the child exposure to the decimal system.

Cultural Subjects:
We can now count to ten in 21 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, and Dutch/Flemmish).

Peek Into the Next Few Weeks:

Week of 2/5/2018:
Even More Math– Learning how to subtract with the 9 tray and Stamp Game (with manipulatives)
Language– We will be adding Polish
Synonym of the week– bad
Sight words of the week– first, than

Week of 2/12/2018:
Even More Math– Learning how to divide with the 9 tray and Stamp Game (with manipulatives)
Language– We will be adding Serbo Croation
Synonym of the week– good
Sight words of the week– other, some


Peek Into Our Week ** Mr John’s Class ** Week Of January 15, 2018

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

 

Line Time:
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 and 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

The pictures in order from our line time taste test.  Students not sure about the taste of sour (concentrated lemon juice).  A mad dash to spit out the salt water.  Really diggin the sugar water.  And she can not get the bitter, unsweetened baking chocolate out of her mouth fast enough.

               

 

Take A Peek Into Our Room:

These students are having a fun time working with the Knobless Cylinders.  The direct purpose is to observe and compare the different series with each other (there are for boxes).  The indirect aim is getting a clearer understanding for the different dimensions (height and diameter) and their interplay.  In this case they are creating different patterns from a template.
The Montessori classroom is not your typical classroom and  it is very unique as are the students in the room.  As you can tell with the above picture (notice the tutu around the neck).  Each child progresses at their own pace and this is not what we call a cookie cutter classroom and each child is treated as an individual.
The Co-Teachers (Kathleen and Sabrina) do a lot!  Every day classroom assistants in a Montessori  classroom are integral support staff to insure that children have an authentic Montessori experience. An effective assistant supports the teacher, helps prepare and maintain the environment, observes behaviors, and models grace and courtesy.  They also preserve and protect lessons,  assist in the development of independence classroom, assist with lessons with the lead teacher to prepare and maintain an orderly, attractive, and joyful environment. They are another pair of observant, attentive eyes and ears. Classroom assistants are also crucial in modeling courteous and respectful behavior as well as contributing to the warm, supportive, and calm atmosphere that is the essence of a Montessori classroom.

 

 

 

Looking Into The Future:

Line Time For Week Of 1/22/2018:  The Skeletal System
Letter Of The Week:  Q q
Rhyming Word Of The Week:  bub
Language:  Irish will be added

^^^^^ Daddy/Daughter, Mommy/Son Dance — Saturday February 10, 2018, 2 pm to 4 pm ^^^^^

An email was sent for information for the second round of Parent Observations

Follow the link below to sign up to observe in my classroom.

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090B48A8A92DA6F94-mrjohns3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Language:  Irish will be added


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

 

 

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

Reminders:
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!


Peek At Our Week ** Mr. John ** Week of December 18, 2017

 

Happy Birthday:

A Montessori classroom hast students aging from 2 1/2 to 6 years of age. These are my two newest six year old students.

 

Peek In Our Week:
I just wanted to say your children did a great job at the Christmas Show!!!!  Those two songs they sung were very difficult pieces to sing.  The church I attend has an extremely accomplished music program and the Men’s, Women’s, Children’s  (age 8 to voice changing for boys) sing these songs on Christmas Eve to a packed house.  Very seasoned choristers that practice five hours a week. I wanted to do something different and the set up for this year’s show gave me that opportunity.  I felt these Carols were very beautiful songs and the students would be more than qualified to pull it off.  The soloists that did Past 3 O’ Clock did a very fine job.  My daughter, niece, and nephew were all soloists for this song at age 12, my youngest son did it at age 9. I was so impressed the two 6 year old students did so well.  I do want to thank all of the staff involved from teachers practicing with the children to the office staff securing the location to mapping out EVERYTHING that needed to be done.  Of course, I wanted to thank the parents for everything you did including taking your children to the restroom before the show.  The Absorbent Minds Montessori School Family is truly a special one.

 

Peek Into The Next Work Week:

Winter Break ENDS:  Wednesday 1/3/2018  :))

Line Time:  Reintroducing Ground Rules

Letter Of The Week:  N n

Rhyming Word Of The Week:  bob

Start bringing in the family trees.

**Students will need snowpants, winter coat, gloves or mittens, hats, and boots to be able to go out for recess.**

 

 


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.


Peek At Our Week | Mr. John | Week Of December 11, 2017

 

Line Time:
We kept practicing for The Christmas Show and learned about Christmas traditions from around the world. 

 

Peek Into The Classroom:

These students are having fun with the Trimonial Cube. As you can see they just did the outer wall of this material. This is another extension that the children can create different versions of materials.

 

This picture depicts a seasoned reader reading to a younger student. My readers have to accomplish two things before mastering a book. 1) read the story fluently and 2) give details of the story.  I start out with reading the Hooked On Phonics books then the students graduate to my “Max” books. When those are mastered I introduce chapter books such as Magic Tree House, Billy B Brown and / or Jack books.

 

This student is preparing the snack to share with the class. The student that brings snack for the week prepares her snack for week. This is a Practical Life skill. The Practical Life area enhances fine motor skills, concentration, and life skills such as pouring, folding, scooping, and excuse my sophomoric humor, cutting the cheese. hehe

 

The direct purpose of the sandpaper letters is to teach the child the sounds of the alphabet by means of auditory, muscular, and visual memory. Also, memorization of letter sounds plays a part in learning the letter sounds.

 

Peek To Next Week:

We will still be focusing on the holiday season.

December 20, Wednesday:  Pajama Day/ Show and Tell (no weapons)

December 21: Winter Break Begins  :))

January 3: Winter Break Ends  :((

Students will need snowpants, winter coats, hats, gloves, and boots to go outside for recess.


Peek In Our Week / Mr. John / Week of December 4, 2017

 

Line Time:
Your children are busy little carolers practicing for the Christmas Show.  We also leaned a few fun traditions of Christmas around the world.

 

Cultural Subjects:
The Montessori classroom consists of 2 1/2 year old students to 6 year old students.  Meet our newest 5 and 6 year old students.

    

 

Peeking Into The Classroom:

This is a lunchtime scene. Every student scheduled in the morning is included with lunch. This is new this year and a great change to the schedule. Lunch is a time for socialization. Lunchtime has three main purposes which are socialization, table manners, and time management. The first two are self explanatory but time management may need an explanation. Time management includes time for socialization and eating their lunch. Also, the student has to manage eating healthy food before treats.

 

Another picture from lunch is a student opening a bag. We encourage students to be self sufficient when opening bags, bottles of water, or string cheese. If the student is unable we ask them to go to three students before a teacher. “Three before me” is what the teachers tell the students.

 

This work is a creation made from the red rods found in the sensorial area and the number rods which is found in the Math area. As you can tell the biggest rods on the bottom and the smallest towards the top to create a square based pyramid. Notice the square based pyramid that is part of the material called the geometric solids (which are three dimensional shapes) on top of this creation. The students found the relationship once again.

 

These students are working on the bead chains which the main purpose is linear counting and skip counting. In addition to linear counting, the bead cabinet provides a concrete representation of abstract mathematical concepts. While children at this age are not able to verbalize these concepts, they can represent them. Through the use of the bead chains, number squares and cubes, and numeral arrows, the bead cabinet concretely demonstrates: skip counting — 10, 20, 30, 40, . . . 1000, multiples, squared numbers: six 6s = 36 , cubed numbers: ten 100-squares = a thousand cube.

 

Peek Into Next Week:

Practicing for the Christmas Show and learning about Christmas around the world.

Christmas Show Attire: Red and/or white

December 13: Christmas Show Practice 6 pm to 8 pm at Cuyahoga Falls High School

December 15: Christmas Show 6:30 pm to 8 pm at Cuyahoga Falls High School (NO AFTERCARE)

December 21: Winter Break Begins  :))

January 3: Winter Break Ends  :((