Academic Enrichment | week of February 12th | Tallmadge

Fractions: The kindergarten students have been learning how to identify fractions from whole to eighths. We have been talking about what the numerator and denominator are and why they are important. The students have been having fun making their own fraction books.

Making fraction books
This student is journaling about how if he could have any animal in the world it would be a cat.

A peak into next week: Fractions

Peek Into Our Week | Academic Enrichment Cuyahoga Falls Campus | Weeks 2/5/2018 through 2/12/2018

Kindergarten Lessons:

Math is a wonderful thing!


Week Of 2/5/2018:
The kindergarten students learned how to divide using manipulatives (Stamp Game). They learned static division (without borrowing) and dynamic division (with borrowing).



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.


Week Of 2/12/2018:
We broke away from the four operations and learned about fractions.
The purpose of fractions are to help the child gain a sensorial impression of fraction, introduction to the concept and notation of fractions, sensorial exploration of equivalency among fraction.  We divided things like circles, triangles, and rectangles.  We divided the class into boys/girls, Mr. John’s Students/Ms. Kate’s Students, and Buckeye Fans/xicigan fans.  No ficigan fans were found.

3/9 are boys. 6/9 are girls.



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,  Dutch/Flemmish, and Polish),
since we really focus on the language part of the education, so we try to teach as many languages as possible, and also give dialectical therapy for the kids that needed.


Peek Into the Next Few Weeks:

Week of 2/19/2018:
Geometry– Geometric Cabinet and Construction Boxes
Language– We will be adding Serbo-Croation
Synonym of the week– Dry
Sight words of the week– Would About

Week of 2/26/2018:
More Shapes– Review of last week’s shapes and adding the Geometric Solids
Language– We will be adding Cebuano
Synonym of the week– Wet
Sight words of the week– Write Them


Academic Enrichment | week of February 5th | Tallmadge

Measuring: The kindergarten students have been learning how to measure to the nearest inch, half inch and forth of an inch. They have been having fun measuring different things around the classroom.

International Festival Project: These students are filling out part of their KWHL Chart.

Topic: Animals from Africa
Topic: Animals from Africa
Topic: Plants and Flowers from Africa

A peak into next week: Fractions

A Peek Into Reading Group

Over the last couple weeks the kindergartners read a poem called Every Time I Climb a Tree. The poem is about a little boy who enjoys climbing trees, and describes what all he sees while he’s in the tree. To start the reading we went outside and observed the trees and discussed what we saw and heard while observing. We then read the poem together and talked about how poems have rhythm, so we clapped out the rhythm together while I read aloud. The students got to write their own poem of a place that makes them feel free like the boy felt in the poem. They also drew what things the boy sees while he’s up in the tree. Because, it was the end if the volume, the students got to pick a character from the last three stories we read to ask a question.

A Peek Into the Next Two Weeks

-The students will listen to a story about a lazy rich man.

-The students will answer interpretive questions and complete activities about the story.

-The students will evaluate how well they shared and listened to each other during the story.

Take A Peek Into Our Reading Group | January 2018

This week we started a new story called The Fire Cat. Our first reading we read the story and shared our questions with one another. This lesson provides a connection to the story so that it helps the children understand the story a bit better. In our second reading, the children listened to the story and then we did a movement activity. The children acted out a scene that took place in the firehouse when the cats come to look at the truck. The kids had a blast with this one. We then finished up our lesson with a writing activity. With our lesson the children were able to think more deeply about the key details in the story.

Our new story this week:)

Academic Enrichment | week of January 29th | Tallmadge

Measuring: The kindergarten students have been learning how to measure to the nearest inch and half inch.

Their first walking field trip to the Tallmadge Library!
This student is measuring a tissue box to the nearest whole or half of an inch.
This student is journaling about how she jumped out of bed in the morning, because she was so excited to come to school!
This student is measuring lines on a paper to the nearest whole or half of an inch and recording it.

A peak into next week: Measuring to the nearest forth of an inch.

Peek In Our Week ~ Mr. John ~ Week Of February 5th, 2018


Best friends, besties, BFF’s, call it what you will but the camaraderie in the Montessori Classroom runs deep.


Happy Birthday:
The Primary Montessori Classroom is comprised of students ranging ages from 2 1/2 to 6 years.  Here are my newest 5 year old student, 6 year old student, and our 29 year old teacher.



Healthy Teeth:
We had a Dental Hygienist visit our room and she explained the importance of brushing and flossing.  Also, the students played a game of healthy/unhealthy foods for your teeth.



Cultural Subjects:
Your children can count to ten in 20 different languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagolog, Hebrew, Korean, Hungarian, Irish, Kiswahili, and Welsh).


Line Time Lesson:
The class went green for the week learning about recycling, conserving energy, and pollution.  I explained that pollution was anything that made our environment dirty.  We learned there is littering.  Littering can be people throwing trash on the side of the road or dropping a candy wrapper in the woods.  We now know that we need to put trash in an appropriate container.  We learned that air pollution is created by factories’ smokestacks and cars exhaust, because everyone love their cars now a days, some even get special protection for their windows as you can see in this website for more information, but cars are just one of the factors that produce air pollution, there are also other reasons.  Water Pollution is caused by factories dumping chemicals in the water or people throwing trash in the water instead of putting it in a trash can.  The 3 R’s were introduced and now we all know to reduce, reuse and recycle!  We thought of ways to conserve energy.  We came up with turning off lights in rooms we are not in or turning off the TV if we are not watching it.  We thought of turning off the water while we are brushing our teeth or turning down the heat and wearing a sweater instead.  During the kindergarten lesson a student realized the room was just as light with the lights off as it was if the lights were on.  Now we do our kindergarten lesson without lights.


Peak In Our Room:

Kindergarten Students have deadlines of work that is assigned. These girls are feverishly working to get their work done before the deadline or face “The Wrath Of John” . Just a play on words for you Trekkies.  For Non -Star Trek Fans it’s the movie named “Wrath Of Khan”.


This boy combined two weeks of lessons by putting together Elvis The Pelvis and placing internal organs where they are supposed to go. I did not teach him this and he came up with this himself. The Montessori classroom gives the child room to explore and create.


This student is receiving a lesson on The 9 Tray. He was in awe with how tall the thousand cubes stacked and this may have been an “ah ha” moment where he physically sees “how big/much” nine thousand is compared to nine units.


These two students are practicing writing cursive with the sand tray and writing on paper. The uninterrupted movements of the hand may make cursive letters easier for children to form, and for this reason, Absorbent Minds Montessori School introduces children to cursive writing first.


What’s Next:

Line Time For Week Of 2/12/2018: Presidents of the USA
Letter Of The Week:  T t
Rhyming Word Of The Week:  bed
Language:  Dutch/Flemish will be added


Mark your calendar


~~~~   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

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Valentine Day Party on 2/14/2018- 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Follow the link for the information.


NO SCHOOL 2/16/2018 (FRIDAY) AND 2/19/2018 (MONDAY)


Lunar New Year commonly known as Chinese New Year 2/15/2018  Year of the Dog






Peek In Our Week | Mr. John’s Class | Week of January 29, 2018

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can count to ten in 19 different languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagolog, Hebrew, Korean, Hungarian, Irish, and Kiswahili).


Sister Love!




Line Time:
This week we learned about Internal Organs.  We learned the brain is the control center of your body that sends and receives.  Our lungs help us breathe, the heart pumps our blood and the stomach begins to digest our food with acid.  The small intestines digest the food and send nutrients to the rest of our body and the large intestines push through the waste that creates our bowel movements. The children were fascinated that our kidneys process the body’s water and the liver filters toxins, that’s why is important to take lots of water, even when you’re outside home, which you can do if you get a branding custom water bottle from  The children learned where the organs are located with the help of our Living Internal Organ T-shirt.  The shirt helped the children find the organs location by velcroing the organs to the spot on the t-shirt. 


Internal Organ T-shirt Work:



Peek In The Classroom:

“Movement, or physical activity, is thus an essential factor in intellectual growth, which depends upon the impressions received from outside. Through movement we come in contact with external reality, and it is through these contacts that we eventually acquire even abstract ideas.”– Maria Montessori…… In the classroom gross motor movements would include movement around the room (moving tables and chairs, walking), lifting and pouring, practical life activities like window washing or table scrubbing, walking the line. We try to go outside for recess as much as possible but we have the gym in the event of inclement weather.


These two students are working on the Bead Chain (7) and were excited to lay the chains out and do the work.They went into the hallway so they had more space for the long chains. (These chains help children learn linear counting, skip counting and multiplication.) These two girls worked together on the seven chain, and were very proud of themselves when they finished putting out the number tags and writing down each multiple of seven.


These students are working on my Continent Box (N. America) which includes flags and pictures of landmarks from countries from that continent. These students are matching the landmarks to the countries flag. They figured the matching by themselves.


I ring the bell to get the students attention. Usually the ringing of the bell is to ready for line time or a transition. When the bell rings the students “stop, look, and listen”. They catch a bubble to be quiet and use safe hands then I give directions. These students are using safe hands but hammed it up for the camera and were not able to catch a bubble while laughing.



What’s In Store For Next Week:

Line Time For Week Of 2/05/2018: Pollution/Recycling
Letter Of The Week:  S s
Rhyming Word Of The Week:  bup
Language:  Welsh will be added


And Beyond:


++++   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.


Valentine Day Party on 2/14/2018- 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Follow the link for the information.




Academic Enrichment | week of January 22nd | Tallmadge

Telling Time: The past week the students have been learning how to tell time to the hour, half past, quarter past and quarter till.

This child is reading digital time and then creating it by herself on an analog clock.
This child is reading quarter till times and demonstrating what that would look like on a clock, by drawing it on a paper clock book he is creating.

A Peak into Next Week: Using a ruler to measure inches and centimeters

A Peek into Science | 1/15 and 1/22 | Tallmadge Campus

MLK Jr. Brown/White Egg Experiment: The students used their five senses to observe the similarities and differences between brown and white eggs. After cracking both eggs they came to an understanding that people and eggs may look very different on the outside but are the same on the inside.

Balloon Rocket: We tied string between two chairs and placed a straw on the string. Then, we blew up a balloon and taped it to the straw. After that we released the blown up balloon and watched the balloon shoot to the other chair. As the air rushed out of the balloon, it created a forward motion called thrust. We talked about how thrust is a pushing force created by energy. That is why the balloon was able to move between chairs.