A Peek Into Handwriting | Academic Enrichment | Week of October 9th

In handwriting , the children are continuing to make progress in writing in cursive! We currently have worked on I through Q, practicing writing the letters by themselves, then writing a sentence containing the letter we are working on that day. The Kindergarten students have also been asking me to write more words once they are finished! Please keep encouraging your children to practice their handwriting at home as well! I’m so proud of their progress!


Take a Peek Into our Kindergarten Reading Group | Week of October 9th

This week was our last week on the story Big Wolf and Little Wolf. One of the activities that the children had to share was why or why not they would have left the little wolf under the tree. We then led a group discussion about their thoughts on this question. I love when we have discussions like this! I then wrote all their answers on our white board so they could write out their answers. Our last activity the children were able to discuss how they felt about the story and then write about what they would like to do differently the following week.


Peek at our Week | Mr. John’s Class | Week of October 09, 2017

 

Weekly Lesson:

This week we learned about reptiles and what makes a reptile a reptile.  Reptile are vertebrates, cold blooded (body temperature changes to the temperature around them), they are born from hard shelled eggs and their skin is dry and with scales.  The children loved touching Elise (my Corn Snake) and Oliver (Ms. Kristen’s turtle).

Cultural Subjects:

The students can count to ten in 9 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect).

 

Respect, Fun, and Friendship. Here are some of my Breakfast Club Students jockeying for position on MY chair. Respect, Fun and Friendship is all part of the grace and courtesy taught in the Montessori classroom.

 

The metal insets are located in the Language area. This material has several different shapes for the child to trace. The aim is to acquire mastery of the hand in using a writing instrument with direct preparation for writing.

 

The Knobless Cylinders are found in the Sensorial area and the purpose is to observe and compare the different sizes and colors. Another material focusing on visual discrimination.

 

The Plant and Animal puzzles are materials from the Cultural Subject area. These materials help the child identify the parts of plants and animals.

 

These students are working with the Science Bins(trees) which is a Cultural Subject work. They are comparing the book to a real piece of a tree. In this bin are buckeyes, walnuts, and a variety of sticks.

 

BIOLOGY… Gibby had babies. Last week we just talked about Mammals being born alive and drinking mother’s milk. Roz (in this picture) who gave birth in April helped clean the babies.

Sneak peek to next Week:
We will be learning about Amphibians and the characteristics of.

Letter Of The Week:
H h

Rhyming Word Of The Week:
bit

In the near future:

Parent Education Night Wednesday, October 25th at 6:30pm (Tallmadge Campus) click on the link to register: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b48a8a92da6f94-montessori

Halloween Party Friday, October 27, 2017 click on the link for details: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b48a8a92da6f94-mrjohns1

 


Peek At Our Week | Mr. John’s Class | Week of October 2, 2017

This past week we learned about Mammals.  Mammals are vertebrates (have a spine or backbone), warm blooded(their body temperature does not change), have hair or fur, live bearers, and eat/drink mother’s milk when young.  Some mammals live in the water such as dolphins and whales.  The only mammal that can fly is the bat! Oh and people are mammals!

Cultural Subjects:
During line time we can count to ten in 7 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, and Japanese).

 

We had an alumnus visit our classroom and read. This special alumni student is in 4th grade and goes to Resnick Elementary School.

 

In the Math area you can find the Addition Charts. The purpose of this material is to practice with addition problems which will lead to memorization to facts.
This is a math work called the Exchange Game. This is the introduction to addition “carryovers” while still reinforcing the comprehension of quantities in the unit, ten, hundred, and thousand columns.
Cursive writing falls into the Language area. Research indicates that cursive trains the brain to have better hand-eye coordination and reading efficiency.
This material is the famed 9 tray. It connects the symbol(numbers) and quantity. This student is using this material to do addition equations. Students learn the operation of addition, visual representation of addition, and learn vocabulary of addition such as addends and sums.
Geography, YAY! We were focusing on the bodies of water that are adjacent to the continent in which we live, North America. To the north is Hudson Bay. To the South is Gulf of Mexico. To the East is the Atlantic Ocean. To the west is the Pacific Ocean. In our neck of the woods are the Great Lakes.

 

Peek into next week:
Reptiles! Their characteristics and example of reptiles.

Letter The Week:
G g

Rhyming Word Of The Week:
bid

Reminders

  • Parent Education Night Wednesday, October 25th at 6:30pm
    You can register to attend and for childcare by clicking this link
  • Halloween Party Friday, October 27, 2017

A Peek At Our Week | Mr. John’s Class | Week of September 25th

This week we talked about living and nonliving things. Your children now know what makes a living thing a living thing!  All living things reproduce, grow, eat or take in nutrients, breathe or exchange gas, and need water. We are all in agreement that plants, animals, trees, grass, are living things!

A Montessori classroom consists of multi aged students. In the Primary Classroom we have 2 1/2 to 6 year old children. This is our newest 3 year old!
The Number Rods are one of the beginning materials in the Math area. Number Rods help the child experience the “quantities” in addition to counting from 1 to 10.
This Math work is called Cards and Counters. This reinforces that each symbol (number) is made up of separate quantities. *** Notice the other students observing the student working on this material *** A big part of the Montessori classroom is the student learning from their peers by observing or by the older student teaching younger students.
Color Box 2 can be found in our Sensorial area. It is very attractive to our children with all the colors it contains. The children match the colors and identify what colors they are. We also introduce the terms primary colors and secondary colors when the student is ready.
This material is called Pink Rhyming and found in the Language area. The Pink Series focuses on the short vowel sounds. Pink Rhyming consists of the five vowel sounds and rhyming word within each group. For example. HAT: bat, cat, fat, sat. DOT: cot, rot, hot. **** Notice younger students observing the older student work ****

 

Peek At Next Week:

Mammals:
Characteristics:  Warm Blooded, have hair or fur, vertebrates, born alive!

Letter of the Week:
F f

Rhyming Word of the Week:
Big


A Peek At Our Week | Mr. John | Week of September 18th

This week we had fun learning about the food groups in our class.  Grains and Cereals, Fruit and Vegetables, Dairy (my favorite), meats and proteins, fats and sugars and how many servings we should have per day.  Next week we will be identifying and learning the characteristics are of living things and non living things(non-living thing: me at 5 am in the morning). Notable events of this week was the death of guitarist Grant Hart from the band Husker Du and actor Harry Dean Stanton (Cool Hand Luke, Repo Man, Pretty In Pink, Wild At Heart).

 

Beginning to intermediate works in Math, focus on the correlation between quantity and symbol. This material (the 9 Tray) includes the quantity and symbol but goes beyond that and focuses on the unit, ten, hundred and thousand columns using the Golden Beads.

 

Kept the photo bomb! Color Box II contains 22 tablets/11 colors, primary colors, secondary colors, brown, gray, pink, black, white. The student gets familiar with these colors. The child matches colors and identifies the name of the color.
Practicing cursive- Since all cursive lower case letters start from the same beginning point, the confusion resulting in reversals or inversions is eliminated. Cursive letters are more distinct than printed letters.
The color Beads Bars are found in the Math area. Again, this material uses the concept of quantity and symbols. Each color bead represents a quantity( 1 through 10). The visual of the different color beads is particularly enticing for the child.


Sneak Peek for Next Week: Living and Non-Living

Together we will spend time over the week learning about the characteristics of Living Things
(take in nourishment, breathe or exchange gases, grow, reproduce,etc)

Letter of the Week: Ee
Rhyming Word of the Week: bad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A Peek at Our Week | Mr. John’s Class | Week of September 11th

Such is what brings me to our classroom topic this week; Healthy Habits!  We discussed how important our personal hygiene is. How we wash hands, brush teeth, eat healthy, exercise, and get plenty of sleep and next week we will visit the Food Pyramid and healthy eating habits, you can even find nutrition systems online, which sometimes are low cost, and easy to follow, so after you select it, you just need to figure out the nutrisystem cost.

 

The Number Rods found in the Math area help the child experience the qualities of each number and to learn their names. To show that each number is represented by a single object, as a whole, separate from others, and help memorize the sequence of numbers from 1 to 10.
The purpose of the sand paper numbers is to teach the child the symbols for the numbers he knows. To provide him with the keys to the world of written numbers. In addition the student uses their tactile, sight, and auditory sense with this material.
Children are drawn to this sorting exercise found in our Sensorial area. It’s purpose is to refine the stereognostic sense, strengthen OCCI( Order, Concentration, Coordination, Independence), and visual discrimination(which helps the child recognize similar symbols such as 6/9, 5/2, b/d, p,q).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 100 Board is a Math material that reinforces counting in sequence, recognize symbols from 1 to 100, and develops concentration for longer works.
A raincoat and an umbrella… a broom and a dustpan… a party hat and a cake…What else goes together? Young children are drawn to the clearly presented photographs of familiar objects as they become aware of the relationships between things. We also discuss the associations and point out other examples in the everyday world.


A Peek into Next Week… All about the Food Pyramid!

  • Grains and cereals
  • Vegetables and fruits
  • Dairy (my favorite)
  • Meats and proteins.
  • Sweets and fats

 

REMINDERS:

  • Ramseyer Farm Field Trip Friday, September 22. Please make sure your child is in tennis shoes and is dressed for the weather. Please send lunches in a disposable container with disposable items. We will be unable to warm up leftovers at the farm.