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


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:

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:

Sight Words Of The Week:
for, with

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:

In the near future:

Parent Education Night Wednesday, October 25th at 6:30pm (Tallmadge Campus) click on the link to register:

Halloween Party Friday, October 27, 2017 click on the link for details:


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:


  • 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:

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

Letter of the Week:
F f

Rhyming Word of the Week:

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



  • 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.

A Peek at Our Week | Week of September 4th

Did you ever have that feeling of impending doom?  These past two weeks have gone sooooooo well in the classroom.  Almost “too” well, like the calm before the storm…waiting for that proverbial shoe to drop. We will let you know of further developments!  We are done going over ground rules and will be going over healthy habits next week.


The ever popular Pink Tower found in our Sensorial area.  The Pink Tower helps develop fine motor skills and hones visual discrimination.  It also helps develop the concept of quantity.


The Trinomial Cube can be found in our Sensorial area which is the the precursor to the math area.  This work develops fine motor skills, visual discrimination of color and shape, and prepares for algebra and squaring cubes.


The Movable Alphabet strengthens word building skills which aids in journaling and reading.  This work is found in our language area.


Math is nothing more than quantity, symbols, and patterns.  This material, cards and counters, as you can see enforces the three concepts of math previously mentioned.  It also introduces the concept of odd and even.


Science! The chemical reaction of combining baking soda and vinegar inflated the balloons.  Some great hypothesis were given on the first day of science.  Your child may not be able to pronounce this word but they know what it is.  Sorry about the blurry picture.  We put extra baking soda in the balloon and the balloon filled very quickly.  This student thought the balloon would pop!



A Peek at Our Week | Week of August 28th

We had a great first week back to school! This week our class had so much fun getting to know each other and learning about the rules of our classroom (grace and courtesy lessons). The children became familiar with our schedule, classroom, animals, the building and how to be respectful to one another.  We are looking forward to a great year ahead!


Working with beginning Language material (matching).


Discovering g the similarities between the Continent Puzzle Map and Continent Globe from the Cultural Subjects area.


From our Sensorial area matching the correct place for the Knobless Cylinder.


Creating words with the Movable Alphabet from the Language area.


A Peek into Next Week:
Next week will continue to focus on familiarizing ourselves with the classroom materials and how to work on them, learning ground rules,  introducing classroom chores and more!

REMINDER: There is NO SCHOOL on Monday for Labor Day!

Mr. John’s May-June 2017 Newsletter Article

Classroom News:

Another school year is under my belt and another wave of students rolled through my classroom.  Insert <<heavy sigh>>.  I could be the gruff, grumpy old man and say “Ahhhh, I am so used to having students come into my life and then leave my life.  It happens!”  Never shed a tear.  Never feel sad.   When I started teaching I thought it would be easier as time went on.  Actually, it is just the opposite.  It does gets more difficult saying good bye to my students and their families.  I include families because the Absorbent Minds Montessori School experience is truly a family experience.  Not only is it important to get to know the child but getting to know the family.  Not only is it important its really fun.  I love talking to parents, grandparents, babysitters, nannies, au pairs;  I don’t think this is a big secret. So, in about three months I will teach a whole new wave of students and talk to my new chatting victims(aka parents), hehehe!



Line Time Lessons:

We started out May by learning about food chains.  The animal doing the hunting is the predator and the animal being eaten is the prey.  The animal doing the eating is higher on the food chain. This was a fun and interesting unit for our students.  We talked about many different examples together.




We blew into learning the characteristics of the four seasons.  Winter is cold, Spring it rains a lot, Summer is hot, and fall it gets cooler.



Our little astronauts rocketed through our solar system.  We learned about our planets, solar system, astronauts, our sun and moon. We revisited our lessons a few months ago and discovered many of the planets were named after Roman Gods.




I told my students I wanted them to have a fun Summer but I want them to be safe.  We spent our last week reviewing safety. We went over wearing a helmet when riding a bike, stay by their safe side adult when in public, and always wear a life jacket when on the water.




Alumni Reader:

Mila reading to our class!


Cultural Subjects:

A parent in Ms. Kristen’s classroom  playing bag pipes for our students!


Academic Enrichment:

The beginning of May we looked at the preposition.  I explained the the preposition is a “where word” not a “werewolf”.  The we got really excited about the Interjection.  Interjections added a bit more to the sentence by showing excitement. Either this excitement is a little or a lot of emotion.  We came to the end of the sentence and learned about the period, question mark, and explanation mark. Then we learned when to capitalize words.  “I” not eye, proper nouns, and words at the beginning of a sentence.



Science Enrichment:

This past month during Science class the Kids enjoyed about 4 different experiments but their favorite one was on the last day of school!


  • This is done by using 1 bottle of Diet Coke and 1 pack of Mentos.

When Mr. John dropped candy Mentos into a bottle of Diet Coke the Coke shot up into the air and dropped down the side of the bottle. Why? because a bottle of soda is filled with Carbon Dioxide.

The Mentos fall to the bottom, forming lots of bubbles. When this gas is released it forces the liquid up and out in a GIANT exploding geyser of sticky soda. The Children loved watching this and screeched with delight.


Music Enrichment:

In music class during the month of May, Ms. Lisa reviewed many of the concepts that she taught throughout the year.  This month the please and thank you song was played and our students love it and the movements to the song. The bells were used and much fun was had! We also sang the forgiveness song. The children talked about the meaning of forgiveness and sign language was introduced as part of the song. The instruments used were the rhythm sticks. The life lessons learned were so terrific.  She reviewed what staccato and legato mean, sang about having a choice for your behavior, sang about being kind, sang about telling the truth. Ms. Lisa also taught us a new song this month called Let the Sun Shine In! Diligence was also a characteristic talked about through music and movement. The instruments used were the triangles, tambourines and the maracas. Music and the important values taught is so much fun at AMMS!


Art Enrichment

This past month in art was inspired by spring. Ms. Michele had the students make paper flower sculptures. The students made a circle out of a strip of paper for the middle, and then made tear drop shapes for the petals. They could use a pattern with the colors, use warm colors, or cool colors. The flowers turned out beautiful with all the different patterns and colors the students used. The next spring inspired artwork came from butterflies. The students learned about symmetry and how to paint a butterfly with symmetry since butterflies are identical on each side. Ms. Michele had them paint with watercolors. The third week we painted Vincent Van Gogh inspired flowers in a vase. The students learned about his painting technique. Vincent painted with short squiggly paint strokes because he wanted it to seem like is art was moving and alive. Ms. Michele placed vases with flowers in the middle of the table, and had the students draw on paper first, and then she showed them how to paint like Van Gough, and had them return to their seats to paint. The paintings turned out looking just like Van Gogh’s painting called Sunflowers.

To end a wonderful year filled with art, Ms. Michele had a Claude Monet inspired artwork planned for the young artists. They looked at his painting called Bridge Over Pond of Water Lilies. They learned about Impressionism, which is what style Claude Monet used. Impressionism is the use of dabs or small brush strokes of unmixed colors to simulate the actual reflection of light. The students did a wonderful job of recreating the outdoor scene, and I can say I was quite “impressed”, pun intended. Thank you Ms. Michele for all of your hard work this year, and we hope you have a wonderful summer!