Peek In Our Week | Mr. John’s Class | Week Of September 3, 2018

Line Time:
Ground Rules redux….   Not really redux because we added more things such as RESPECT! and Social Responsibility.  Your children are catching on very quickly which makes Ms. Kathleen, Ms. Ashlie, and Mr. John very happy people. Ms. Brandy (Owner and Founder of AMMS) observed our classroom without notice.  She was pleasantly surprised how you children nicely sat on line time for over 30 minutes and how the were engaged in work throughout the morning.  She said our classroom was “Peaceful and Productive.”  That is saying a lot for having 17 brand new students and only being the second week of school.  I just want reiterate the teachers have some part in this behavior but it is your children are the ones “catching on”  This is going to be a GREAT year!


Peek In Our Week:

This Practical Life Material is stringing small beads. This helps with the child’s concentration and fine motor skills. 

This Math Material is The Teen Board. The Teen Board is one of the first works introduced within the math sequence within linear counting. It also continues the concept of quantity and symbol. Notice how other children are observing the student work.


Ms. Kathleen giving a group lesson on the Color Box 2. The main purpose of the Color Box is to develop a child’s visual sense of color and helps with developing concentration.
This student is working with one of our Science Bins (Insects). She finds a rubber insect (not real) and finds the matching insect in the book.


Cultural Subjects:
We now can count to ten in 4 languages (English, Sign Language, Latin, and Spanish).


Next Week:

Line Time- Healthy Habits

Letter Of The Week- C c

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bap

Language- We will be adding German

Who Has Snack- Katherine Dale


Upcoming Events:

**********Ramseyer Farms ***********

Ramseyer Farms on Friday, September 21, 2018.  Students can take pleasure in the very things that autumn brings us! We will enjoy picking out our own pumpkins while on a guided hayride, learning all about the working farm, and having some fun with farm animals, slides and duck races!

We will depart the school by 8:20am to Ramseyer Farms and look to arrive back at the school by 1:00pm. Please know that this field trip is only possible if we have enough chaperons and volunteer drivers.









Peek In Our Week | Mr. John’s Class | Week of August 27, 2018

Line Time:

The opening week is a joy and a challenge all wrapped into one.  I love the fresh start, seeing returning students, and meeting new ones.  The first few weeks of the new school year during line time we go over the rules of the classroom.  We go over our “Big 4” rules… 1.) Walking (No running in the classroom).  Because if you run and fall into a shelf or hit your hear on the concrete floor which will win your head or the shelf? 2.) Use your listening ears.  3.)  Keep your hands and body to yourself.  The one I feel is most important… 4.) Be respectful.  Which simply means be nice to people or treat people how you would like to be treated. We also go over how to carry, roll, and unroll a mat, put our shoes and slippers neatly on the mat (straight, together, and toes touching the wall).  We pick up where we left off with the returning students with lessons and evaluate and access where the new students are.

I do have to say that the first week went very smoothly.  I do need to thank Kathleen with her 5 plus years working with me and Ashlie who did a wonderful job being her first week with me for the smooth start.


Peek Into Our Week:

This student is working with the Density Bottle. Ever hear the phrase “Oil and Water Don’t Mix”?  This student will soon find out this concept.


An older friend giving a lesson to a younger/first time student.


This boy is using the Practical Life Work of stringing large beads. This enhances the child’s fine motor skills and concentration.


Gross Motor Activities are important to a child’s physical and mental development.


We teachers love listening to stories!


Line Time in the hall way.


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Cultural Subjects:

We learned how to count to ten in 3 different languages (English, Sign Language, and Latin)


Next Week:

Line Time: Classroom Rules

Letter Of The Week: Bb

Rhyming Word Of The Week: ban

Adding Spanish to the Line Time Lesson

Peek In Our Week | Mr. John’s Class | Week Of May 21, 2018

Line Time:

Put on your space suit and get ready to explore our solar system.  We started with discussing the planets nearer the sun then worked our way to the furthest reaches of our solar system.  Mercury is our first planet and is the closest to the sun.  Venus is the second planet.  Even though it is further away from the sun than Mercury it is the hottest planet in our solar system.  The third planet is near and dear to our hearts.  It is the planet earth.  It is the only planet in our solar system that has life.  The next planet is Mars and is known as the red planet.  The next planet is the biggest planet in our solar system and has a big red storm that has been raging for centuries.  That planet is Jupiter.  Saturn is the next planet and has really cool ring around it that are pieces of rock and ice.  Uranus is next and it spins up and down instead of side to side like all the other planets.  Neptune is the last planet in our solar system.  I did not forget about Pluto.  Oh! Poor Pluto.  Pluto was once a planet but now has been demoted to a dwarf planet.   As a side note did you notice that some planets were named after Roman Gods and Goddesses?  Some of the students made the connection.


Peek In Our Classroom:

Two girls having fun working together.
She is practicing writing cursive.


These two girls are studying bones from our science bins.


This boy is working with the land form work.


He is working with the science bin found in the science area. He is comparing the plastic insect to the insects in the book.



Field Day: Thursday, May 31st

Refer to any and all emails that were sent.

No aftercare.  Pick up your child at 3 pm.

Peek In Our Week | Mr. John’s Class | Week Of May 14, 2018

Line Time:

This week we talked about what groups of animals are called.  Here is a list of what we learned…

Pack of dogs

Muster of Peacocks

Pride of lions

Gaggle of geese

Murder of crows

School of fish

Pod of dolphins

CONGRESS of Baboons

Not a Flock Of Seagulls but a colony of seagulls


Peek In Our Classroom:

This is a Kindergarten Student writing a poem for Kindergarten Graduation.


Two Students washing the mirror without being asked to do the activity.


This student is brushing up on her Math Facts.


An older student reading to our class.


Next Week:

Line Time: The Solar System

Letter Of The Week:  O o

Rhyming Word Of The Week: bod

Upcoming Events:

Zoo Field Trip:  Friday May 25th

Field Day/Last day Of School: Thursday May 31st

Kindergarten Graduation: Friday June 1st

Peek In Our Week | Mr. John | Week Of May 7, 2018

Line Time:

Baby animals was the theme for the week.  We started out by what we call human babies (younger children).  We came up with the term “kid”.  We then discovered a kid is a baby goat and we should call humans children.  We went over the easy animals such as cats/kittens, dogs/pups, but went on with ducks/ducklings, chickens/chicks, pigs/piglets, manatee/calf, geese/gosling, peacock/peachick, kangaroo/joey.


Peek In Our Classroom:

An older student getting a younger student interested in reading.


She is putting the animal puzzle together outside the frame.


Two friends working together on the Monomial Cube


It has been awhile since our line time was on the Skeletal System but Elvis the Pelvis is still a popular work.


Next Week:

Line Time: Animal Groups

Letter Of The Week: I i

Rhyming Word Of The Week: bud

Upcoming Events:

Grandparents Day: Wednesday May 16th

Zoo Field Trip: Friday May 25th

Peek In Our Week | Mr. John’s Class | Week of April 30, 2018

Line Time:

Food Chains was the subject for the week.  We learned or was reminded that animals eat other animals.  The animal that is doing the eating is called the predator and the animal getting eaten is called the prey.  Food Chains can be one, two, three, four part food chains.  For example….  You have corn getting eaten by a mouse.  The mouse gets eaten by a snake.  The snake gets eaten by a hawk.


Cultural Subjects:

We can now count to ten in 27 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, Polish, Serbo-Croation, Cebuano, Malay, Hindi, Farsi, and Turkish).

Peek In Our Classroom:

This student is working on rhyming words. Words that actually rhyme because they have the same ending sounds. An example is the “at” word family: bat, cat, fat, hat, mat, pat, rat, sat, etc. Using this approach to reading, children learn the phonic sounds of each letter and then begin reading words within word families. Children that have been exposed to rhyming can hear the similarities in words which aids them in early reading and spelling skills!


These two are working on the 100 board. Notice how they placing/the order the tiles on the board. Backwards!


He is working on the Teen Board. Did you notice what pattern he came up with?


These students were very interested and are trying to figure out the pattern the above boy created.


These three boys are trying to figure out how I got this big piece of ice inside my water bottle.


Next Week:

Line Time: Animal Babies

Letter of the Week: E e

Rhyming Word of the Week: bic


Upcoming Events:

Moms and Muffins Friday, May 11th  7:00am to 7:45am in the School Gym

Grandparents Day: Wednesday, May 16th

Peek In Our Week | Mr. John Class | Week Of April 23rd, 2018

Line Time:

This week we learned about Life Cycles.  We went over the life cycle of mammals which is a very boring life cycle as our birds, reptile and fish.  We did discover that the life cycle of a toad/frog is a bit more unique (jelly eggs, tadpoles, froglet, frog).  Although, the life cycle of the butterfly is very interesting (eggs, caterpillar, chrysalis / cocoon, butterfly/moth).


Cultural Subjects:

Your children can count to ten in 25 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, Welsh,  Dutch/Flemmish, Polish, Serbo-Croation, Cebuano, Malay, Hindi, and Farsi).


Peek In Our Week:

This girl is working on the 10 Board/composing number from 11 to 99. This reinforces symbol, quantity and pattern. Notice the patter she came up with on her own?


She is working on the 9 Tray. The 9 Tray reinforces symbols, quantity, and patterns.


He is working with the Blue Rectangle Box. This work you can make many shapes. He discovered he can make a ginormous hexagon.


This student is working on the hundred board. The Hundred Board reinforces numbers/symbols and patterns.

Next Week:

Line Time- Food Chains

Letter Of The Week- A a

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bib

Adding Language of Turkish


Upcoming Events:

Moms and Muffins – May 11th, Friday 7am to 7:45am School Gym

Grandparents Day- May 16th, Wednesday

Zoo Field Trip May 25th, Friday

Peek In Our Week | Academic Enrichment/Cuyahoga Falls | Week Of 4/16/2018

Line Time:

This week we learned about Adverbs.  We now know Adverbs describe Verbs and is represented by an orange circle with the grammar symbols.  Adverbs usually end in “ly”  and if anyone asks how you are doing the Kindergarteners know to say I am doing WELL.


Peek In The Classroom:

The Kindergarten Students practicing handwriting.


Next Week:

Lesson: Conjunctions

Synonym of the Week:  talk

Sight Words of the Week:  look many

Peek In Our Week | Mr. John’s Class | Week Of April 16, 2018

Line Time:

We continued to practice for the International Festival and created The Leaning Tower Of Pisa.  I am so proud of your children for the hard work they put into this event.  They worked hard learning their lines, learning songs, and helping with the creation of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.  I wanted to thank Kathleen and Sabrina for their hard work preparing your children for The International Festival.

Peek In Our Class:

We had a student’s grandmother give a presentation on India.


A student rolling clay to create the arches for the Leaning Tower of Pisa.


This student is painting the base for the tower. Notice his tongue as he is soooo focused on his task.


This student is coloring the flag that goes on top of the Tower Project.

Next Week:

Line Time:  Life Cycles

Letter of the Week: Z z

Rhyming word of the Week: bam

Farsi will be added to our languages


Upcoming Events:

Moms and Muffins: Friday 5/11 7am to 7:45am

Grandparents Day: Wednesday 5/6