Peek At Our Week| Mr. John| Week Of November 13, 2017

I Never Was A Girl

Not addressing any current restroom issues

What I mean by this is that I never had a sister close to my age or a close friend who was a girl in my teen years. I was not sure if I had the skills or moxy to raise a daughter but I did create one.  What a joyous roller coaster ride this has been.  It really began when the frequent trips to the mall began and I’d walk her and her friends from store to store.  Then…. THEN…. it was “Dad, we are going to shop and we will meet you in the food court.”  So she graduated from Claire’s to Hot Topic, pink to black, nice saddle shoes to combat boots.  If any of you know me well enough I’m kind of proud of this direction she took.  Picking her up after a football game (she is in band) I always get the impromptu “Can you drive three of my friends home too?”  My daughter in the front seat, three girls in the back seat and they all talk at the same time.  My daughter has to unbuckle, turn around, kneel facing the back to talk to her girly friends. While riding in the car my boys are content to just look out the window, grunt a few times when I ask them a question, and hate the mall. I think she has the idea she has me wrapped around her finger by the amount of requests for money and taking her out to eat.  Maybe it is because I cave only ten percent of the time, OK, maybe 90 percent of the time.  I lost count when my checking account went into over draft status. I saw a meme about raising daughters and it was Spanky from the Little Rascals throwing money out the window.  How true!  Now I have a sixteen year old daughter that went to her first concert without an adult last week, is starting to drive, and is planning her trip to Europe after she graduates from high school.  Do you want to contribute to her Go Fund Me Account for Europe?  Do you want to contribute to MY Go Fund Me Account?  Hmmmm, where did my princess go?  A dad is curled in a corner… weeping.

      

 

 

Line Time Lessons:
 We traveled back in time and discovered some fascinating things about certain dinosaurs.  We learned that dinosaurs no longer exist and that they are extinct.  We know dinosaurs exist because scientist found their bones or fossils.  From these fossil we saw that some teeth were long and sharp to tear flesh from it’s prey which belonged to meat eaters or carnivores (T Rex).  Some teeth were flat for grinding plants, leaves, and branches and belonged to plant eaters or herbivores (Brachiosauras).

Cultural Subjects:
We can now count to ten in 13 different languages (English, Sign Language, Latin, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese Dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagalog, and Hebrew).

Peeking Into My Classroom:

 

We had an alumnus come in on her day off from school. She is in the 6th grade and came in to read to our class and help with lessons. I asked why she came back to her old school and she told me she had such a great experience she wanted to come back and give back to the school. Her words not mine.
Metal Insets are a popular material found in the Language area. This work has many purposes. The main purpose is to prepare the child for handwriting and improve the fine motor skills. Also, it introduces the child to Geometry and the names of a variety of shapes.
The chalk board is found in the Language area. The main purpose, obviously, is the introduction to handwriting. I like my students using chalk because most like the feel and can erase if a mistake is made. After my classroom students may not have an opportunity to use chalk. This student is getting a lesson from our University of Akron field student.
The students are drawn to this material that are photographs of familiar objects and the become aware of the relationships between things. We discuss the associations and point out other examples in the everyday world. This increases the child’s experience and vocabulary.
The 100 board simply a board with 100 squares (10 x 10 squares), that come with 100 number tiles that fit nicely. The Hundred Board is useful for number recognition, number sequencing, counting, patterning, possibly skip counting (depending on your method) most of all it’s perfect for just reinforcing the understanding of numbers from one to one-hundred. Notice this child is not only placing the numbers in order but she is randomly finding where the tiles go. She has identified the pattern of this work.

 

Peek To Next Week:

Line Time Lesson:
 Thanksgiving and Pilgrims

Letter Of The Week:
 M m

Rhyming Word Of The Week:
bop

Upcoming Events:
11/21/17 (Tuesday): Harvest Party/Stone Soup

11/22/2017 (Wednesday): NO SCHOOL. Happy Thanksgiving

11/22-11/26/17: Thanksgiving Break

11/25/2017  Noon:  The Game!

 

 


Peek At Our Week| Mr. John’s Classroom| Week Of November 06, 2017

The Jinx

Does it really exist?

Geeez, I use a lot less shampoo since I got my hair cut. You may have noticed that I hadn’t had my haircut since the third week of the college football season (the loss against Oklahoma). Since that haircut, the Buckeyes went undefeated until the devastating loss to Iowa.  Did I jinx The Buckeyes?  I was telling people that I played high school football with Phil Parker who is the Defensive Coordinator for Iowa.  Hmm, not that I believe in the jinx or anything but why take the chance on angering the universe?  See I don’t really believe in the jinx.  Like wearing the same jersey or shirt on game day,  sitting in the same place while watching the game on TV, or hanging a flag at the same time on game day.  My dad seriously believed in the jinx.  We were traveling to Chicago on time and my car broke down but we got it fixed.  I made some comments how my car was making noises and it was going to blow up.  Dad was freaked out, didn’t move, stayed quiet.  I asked what he was doing or what was wrong because I thought he was having a stroke.  He said DO NOT JINX YOUR CAR!  Well,  20 minutes later the engine threw a rod through the engine.  For days, I adamantly heard how it was all my fault that my car broke down.  In fact, that was the last time my dad ever left Lorain County.  So I ask you does the jinx exist?  I may have a tiny thought that it may because I was way over due for a haircut and that I endured many comments during this time of having flowing locks such as being called emo boy, hippy chic…? Justin Bieber, the biebs,  sheep dog, Ringo, Rapunzel, Shaggy, Fabio.  I admit my sides were looking long and funky and I even thought I kind of looked like Grandpa from The Munsters.

 

Line Time Lesson:
This week we creeped and crawled and learned about insects, arachnids, and invertebrates.  We first looked at insects.  The characteristics of an insect are they have three body parts, head, thorax, abdomen.  The also have six legs and two antennae.  We sang the song “Head, Thorax, Abdomen” to the tune of Head , Shoulders, Knees, and Toes.  Some examples of insects were ants and crickets which can be found, enclosed not free, in the classroom.  Also, the mantis, bees, butterflies, and dragonflies.  Arachnids are eight legged creatures that have a head and a thorax.  Some creatures that are arachnids are spiders (tarantula named Charlotte) that is in the classroom, scorpions, and the tick.  Both creepy crawlers are invertebrates which means they do not have a backbone or a spine or a bony skeleton but actually have an exoskeleton.  An exoskeleton is is the external skeleton that supports and protects an animal’s body. Other invertebrates are earthworms, jellyfish, and crawfish.

Cultural Subjects:
We can now count to ten in 13 different languages (English, Sign Language, Latin, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese Dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, and Swedish).

Bees… bzzzzzz:

Pastor Kirk has several bee hives and talked about bees and brought in his equipment. The children tried on a protective mask, touched (an empty) hive with wax, and saw real live bees (in an enclosed hive).

 

 

A Peek In The Classroom:

We’re a happy family. The babies are growing, mom is doing well, and the aunties are accepting the litter. Anyone want pet rats????
The old colored water with with flower experiment. As you can see we chose dark purple (which did nothing to the flower), green (which turned the flower yellow), and blue (which turned the flower blue).
My kindergarten students tracked the color changes in their personal binders. We came up with possible reasons why the purple did nothing. We thought maybe too much coloring couldn’t get up the stem. The yellow maybe had more yellow in the coloring.
Line Time… The aim is to increase body control and concentration. The child sits criss cross, hands to themselves, and are quiet. This is an exaggerated picture of catching a bubble (no talking), safe hands (hands to ourselves), and sitting on the line calmly. My morning line time can last up to thirty minutes and your child sit nicely for the duration of this line time.  At line time I present information about days of the week, months of the year, the date, the weather, we count to ten in different languages, my weekly theme, and announcements. Also, as a bonus they get to hear my morning banter.
The child needs to practice, perfect, and consolidate the body’s movements. For this reason, Dr. Montessori began using the “Walking on the Line” as a Practical Life exercise. This exercise helps the child control his body, develop balance and perfect equilibrium, as well as to strengthen the mind’s control of its body’s movements. No pushing, no cutting, and no running across to the other side of the line. We play a classical piece of music, Pachelbel’s Canon in D Minor, which is exactly five minutes (4:57). After I ring the bell and the children stop, look, and listen, they proceed to clean, and walk the line. After the music ends the children sit nicely on the line.

 

A Peek Into Next Week: 

Line Time Lesson:
Dinosaurs and the unique things of select dinos.

Letter Of The Week:
L l

Rhyming Word Of The Week:
bot

Upcoming Events:
11/16/17 (Thursday): Progress Reports emailed

11/17/17 (Friday): Parent Teacher Conferences (NO SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN)
Follow the link to sign up.   http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b48a8a92da6f94-2017

11/21/17 (Tuesday): Harvest Party

11/22-11/26/17: Thanksgiving Break

11/25/2017  Noon:  The Game!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A Peek At Our Week| Mr. John’s Classroom| Week Of October 30, 2017

Mr. John Reminiscing

“October”

October. And kingdoms rise. And kingdoms fall.   Ahhh, I can not believe October is over.  Not sure if October or September is my favorite month but I do love both months.  Fall in general is my favorite season.  Fall instead of Spring reminds me of newness or beginnings.  I think it all began in my youth when I went back to school and saw old friends, made new ones, and caught up on events of the summer.  Also, starting school meant the end of the dreaded “two a days” for football (one year it was “three a days”) and brought Friday night football games (the Fighting Comets of the green and gold), the band, cheerleaders, hanging out at McDonald’s after the game, going to “get togethers” or just driving around for hours (do they call that cruising?).  We would ride in Jim’s 1976 Buick Special with three on the tree.  I never really had a curfew but my parents would ask what is there to do at 2am.  My response was the midnight movie.  Do you know how many midnight movies I did NOT see?  That’s what we did in Amherst, Ohio back in my day and when a cheeseburger was 49 cents and gas was 60 cents a gallon.  Well, I don’t have to tell you those days are over for me, obviously.  Now, it is binge watching Netflix on chilly October nights snuggled under a blanket and bed at 8pm.

 

Cultural Subjects:
We have been counting to Ten in 11 different languages (English, Sign Language, Latin, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese Dialect, Italian, Russian, and Romanian).

 

Peeking Into The Classroom:

This is an action shot of a student sorting. Inevitably, our reading books get mixed and become out of order but this student is assigned every day to put them in order. This set of books has four sets of ten and she enjoys the responsibility of doing and completing this task.

 

Rolling a mat develops O.C.C.I (order, concentration, coordination, independence) and development of muscles. The mat is to be rolled tightly and with even ends. Also, the purpose of the mat is to give the child his / her own personal work space while working on the floor.

 

The reason for this picture is not the material but how a student who is four years old is presenting and showing his peers how to use this work. Kindergarten students are not the only ones that present materials to others. All students have the potential to show others how the work with materials.

 

Did you ever wonder how the teachers keep track of all our students with all those materials on the shelf? The answer is a Montessori tracking program called MRX (Montessori Records Express). It tracks the individual student with the materials they are working on and mastered. It also exports that information to our progress reports and tracks attendance. We use MRX with our tablets.

 

This assessment this student is working on is called the Albanesi Assessment. This test is a bridge between the Montessori works and a traditional test. We give these tests to our kindergarten students and old preschool students.


Peek Into Next Week:
Next week we will learn about insects, arachnids, and invertebrates.

Letter of the week:  K k

Rhyming word of the week: ox

 

Upcoming Events:
11/16/17 (Thursday): Progress Reports emailed

11/17/17 (Friday): Parent Teacher Conferences (NO SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN)

11/21/17 (Tuesday): Harvest Party

11/22-11/26/17: Thanksgiving Break

 


A Peek At Our Week: Mr. John’s Class: Week Of October 23, 2017

Mr. John’s Musings

One Of My Pet Peeves and there many… Shopping Carts

Shopping carts.  Not that shopping carts irritate me it is the instances when I find a shopping cart stranded in the middle of the parking lot.  Just sitting there minding it’s own business until the wind kicks up then it is an evil creature seeking out any unsuspecting car and hopelessly marring a beautiful paint job.  I’m not annoyed with the cart itself but the person who left it in the parking lot.  It really does not take that much effort to walk you cart fifty feet to the cart corral and it will reduce car scratches and help the workers collecting the carts.  Whenever we (my children and I) get out of the car my children look for those stray carts since I’ve trained them to retrieve them and take them back into the store.  At first they were annoyed with my request to get the carts but now they are fully on board and are on the verge of being trained to give “that look”  to the people leaving the carts all over the parking lot.

 

Line Time Lessons:
This week we swam the waters and learned about fish.  We learned that fish are vertebrates,  cold blooded, they have slimy, scaly skin, and some are born with jelly eggs and some are born alive.  Some examples of fish were tuna, eel, and the ever popular shark.  We know that all fish live in water.  

 

Culture Subjects:
We have been counting to Ten in 11 different languages (English, Sign Language, Latin, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese Dialect, Italian, and Russian).

 

The Primary Montessori Classroom has students ranging in age from 2 1/2 to 6 years. Here are two of my newest five year old children.

 

 

Views To The Classroom:

This student combined five different works (knobed cylinders, knobless cylinders, pink tower, brown stairs, and the bead cabinet). She found the correlation between all five of these works. Involved purposes are visual discrimination, fine motor skills, critical thinking, O.C.C.I ( order, concentration, coordination, independence). It took her over 40 minutes to complete this work(s) and that did not include clean up/putting it away.

 

This student is working on an activity that is found in the Language area. It contains three part cards and focuses on the short vowel sounds. It utilizes three letter words so the child puts together the letter sounds to make a word.

 

The Knobbed Cylinders are found in the Sensorial area and the purpose of this material is visual discrimination of dimensions. Preparation for writing; coordination of the fingers used to hold the pencil. Refinement of voluntary movement. The child will be able to fit the cylinders with one precise movement. Preparation for mathematics.

 

***** Look at the look of concentration *****The aim of the Knobless Cylinders in the Sensorial area is to observe and compare the different series with each other. Getting a clearer understanding for the different dimensions and their correlation.

 

Take A Peek Into Next Week:
Birds and the characteristics of.

Letter Of The Week:
Jj

Rhyming Word Of The Week:
bip

 

 


Peek at Our Week, Mr. John’s Class, October 16, 2017

Sleep Deprived Mr. John

Just One Song

Do you ever get a song stuck in your head and can not get it out of your head?  You are thinking the only way to get rid of this song is to listen to it.  This usually happens to me right before bed (8 pm).  So, I brush my teeth, change into the PJ’s, hop into bed, put on my ear buds, and listen to that stubborn song.  I listen to it a few times but it reminds you of another song around that time period.  I listen to that other song, then another, and another, and another……..  and before I know it, it is 1:17am and I have to get up in less than four hours.  So there I lay wide awake thinking of a song I have not heard in awhile.  I put in my ear buds because it won’t hurt to listen to just one song.

 

Weekly Theme:
This week we looked at the Amphibian.  We talked about how the Amphibians are vertebrates, cold blooded, their skin is soft and moist, and they are born from jelly eggs.  Some examples of Amphibians are toads, frogs, and salamanders.  We learned that the term amphibian means of two worlds.  Amphibians are born in the water but live their life on land.  The children enjoyed getting a closer look at our toads, Stiv and Darby and the Pac Man Frog, En Esch.

Cultural Subjects:

Our students can count to ten in 10 different languages (English, Sign Language, Latin, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian)

The Montessori classroom has ages ranging from 2 1/2 to 6 years old. Here is a picture of the tallest/oldest and shortest/youngest students in the classroom.

 

The puzzle maps are found in the Cultural Subject area. They are colorful materials representing the continents and The United States of America. The objective of this material is to introduce the child to a sensorial activity related to working with the countries/ continents of the world. This child is tracing and labeling each state which she is practicing handwriting and fine motor skills.

 

This child is working with the stringing large bead work that is found in the Practical Life area. The purpose of this work is to develope fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, patience, concentration. The main aim in the Practical Life area is O.C.C.I. (order, concentration, coordination, and independence).

 

This child is working on Picture to Picture Matching found in our Language area. This material has a variety of interesting pictures that he will match picture cards to the picture frame. The purpose of this material is to develope language by creating a dialogue between teacher and student about the pictures being used. This also develops visual discrimination and concentration.

 

This person is a field student from the University of Akron. Absorbent Minds Montessori School and The University of Akron have a relationship where field students are invited to our school to experience the Montessori classroom.

 

Sneak Peek Into Next Week:
We will be learning about Fish, the characteristics and examples of.

Letter Of The Week:
I i

Rhyming Word Of The Week:
bin

Upcoming Events:

Hallowed Party:  Friday, October, 27 2017

Parent Education:  Wednesday, October, 25 2017


Academic Enrichment | week of October 2nd and 9th | Cuyahoga Falls

The first week of October found us discovering where we live.  Not only our street address but even bigger things.   We started out with one of the biggest things, our galaxy called the Milky Way and dwindled down to our street address and ALL things in between.  Here is a breakdown of “where we live”…

Galaxy: Milky Way

Cluster Of Planets:  Our Solar System

Planet:  Earth

Hemisphere:  Northwestern

Continent:  North America

Country:  United States of America (U.S.A.)

State:  Ohio

County:  Summit

City, Address, Phone Number…

The kindergartners continued with the subject of Geography by studying land forms.  We looked at Island/Lake, Cape/Bay, Peninsula/Gulf(not the sport), Isthmus(not Christmas)/Straight, Archipelago/Chain Of Lakes.

 

The kindergarten students proudly displaying Land Form Cards.

Cultural Subjects:

The kindergarten students can count to ten in 12 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Arabic w/Lebanese Dialect, Italian, and Russian)

Sneak Peek Into The Next Few Weeks:
We are going to learn how to tell time (old school).  Clock faces, hands, and such. 

Synonym Of The Week:
hot

Sight Words Of The Week:
for, with


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

Mr. John’s Weird Scenes Inside The Goldmine…

Jay Walkers

Is it me or does it seem there is an influx of the horrible crime of Jay Walking?  If you live in the Highland Square area of Akron you will see this inappropriate behavior running rampant.  You are cruising down Market St. at a safe 25 mph then a body out of no where jumps in front of you causing you to slam on the breaks or swerve uncontrollably.  The result is some very salty language(never when my children are in the car).  These people have no respect for the basic rules of pedestrian safety.  I’ve seen a few look at the green light, look at the approaching car, and nonchalantly start to cross the road into incoming traffic.  Others just “dare” you to hit them not caring that the person’s breaks may be at 15%.  I have often wondered if someone hits a jay walker who is at fault and who pays for the damage to the car(and of course the medical bills).  I am surprised that more bodies are not strewn in the road or in the gutter as a result from jay walking.  I guess those people are lucky I guess.

 

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

Mr. John’s Babblings…

“When Music Mattered”

In the time period when I was growing up, music was a social barometer.  Let me explain.  There were the “metal heads” who liked Led Zeppelin, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple.  There were the “pop rockers” that liked Bob Seger, Bruce Springsteen, The Who.  The disco era was included in my time (but I refuse to remember any of those bands).   Me?  I dabbled in most genres but my passion was the New Wave/Punk movement.  I was fascinated with the new sound and subculture of it all.  There was one major problem, no mainstream Cleveland radio stations played this music.  Only college radio (WRUW, WCSB, WJCU, WBWC, WOBC) did.  You see, I lived in Amherst, Ohio and was about 30+ miles away from Cleveland.  So, pulling in these stations was not easy and I had to find the time slots when this music was played.  I would be huddled by my Realistic stereo (purchased from Radio Shack) fine tuning the dial searching for the music I loved and having my tape deck poised to record anything “cool”.  This was when I found bands like The Cure, Bauhaus, The Pistols, Joy Division, The Ramones, Black Flag, The CJ’s, T Grissle, The Clash.  My point is, back then the music you listened to defined “you”.   I am not sure if music now a days has the impact on today’s youth like it did in the past.   I’m not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing.  You tell me.

On a sad note a rock and roll legend passed away way too soon, Tom Petty.  He’s Runnin Down A Dream!

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

Akron, The New York Of The Midwest???

This will be my last post about the oddities I learned of Akron when I moved here.  Akron has boroughs. Yes, boroughs.  When I was given directions to find something I was told’ “Go to Wallhaven, you’ll be near Northhill, or Highland Square is a cool place.”  I was expecting to find a subway that took me to all of these fun and exotic places!  Little did I know they were about ten minutes from each other!  Now that I am a fully immersed Akronite, I now understand what/where people are talking about when they mention Goodyear Heights or Westhill.  I nod my head in agreement because I now know what they are talking about…  The Boroughs Of Akron.

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

What Did You Say?

Following the coat tails of last week’s banter (things unique to Akron- I learned once I lived here), I had to giggle when I first discovered “Acme” stores was a big thing in the Akron area.  I thought Acme was only found in cartoons where the coyote got defective things to catch the roadrunner!

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