A Peek At Handwriting| Ms. Kristen| Week of January 15

Durring the past two weeks in handwriting we have continued our study of lower case letters. We have been working on the letters u, w, q, l, b, k, m, h,n, and f. Our Kindergarten student’s handwriting has really progressed and I’m so proud of all of their hard work durring the past few weeks!


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

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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


Academic Enrichment | week of January 15th | Tallmadge

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

This child is reading the time “quarter past 5” and demonstrating what that would look like on a clock by drawing it on a dry erase board.
This child was so excited to read 7:15 and then use a clock to create quarter past 7 on his own.
This child is reading digital time and then creating it by himself on an analog clock.

A Peak into Next Week: continue time (quarter till)


A Peek Into Reading Group

Over the past few weeks due to all of the days off, the kindergartners listened to a story called The Fire Cat. This story is about a cat who constantly gets in to trouble, and then ends up doing great things after working with a group of firemen. We had an interpretive discussion about the story. We talked about why Mrs. Goodkind told Pickles he isn’t good or bad but “mixed-up”, and why was Pickles happy at the end of the story. They had to write down responses to questions and draw a picture of a scene from the story. The kindergartners even got to act out a scene where Pickles chased the smaller cats. They love getting to move and pretend to be the characters from stories.

A Peek Into the Next Two Weeks

-The students will listen to a poem.

-The students will learn about rhythm in poems.

-The students will practice choral reading.

 

 


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


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)


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!