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.
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).
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:
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.
Line Time Lesson: The 5 Senses
Letter Of The Week: P p
Rhyming Word Of The Week: bun
Chinese New Year
*** NO SCHOOL Monday 1/15/2018 ***