Peek In Our Week * Mr. John’s Classroom * Week Of October 12, 2020

Buckeye Room Bulletin

Line Time:
This week we looked at the Amphibian.  We talked about how the Amphibians are vertebrates, cold blooded (the body temperature changes to the temperature that surrounds the amphibian), 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.  Below is the lesser know frog from the English cartoon Danger Mouse named Baron Silas Greenback.



 A Message From Mr. John:


Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 12 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect).


Peek In The Classroom:

This student is using the golden beads to compose numbers from 1 to 9,999. The purpose of this is to make the child familiar with the different categories of numbers, especially with regard to reading the symbols. Also, to give the child the wording of large numbers. This material enforces the correlation between symbol and quantity.


She is being introduced to the beginning of the decimal system. The small bead is referred to as “unit.” After the child feels and names the unit, they will set it aside to explore the 10 bar. I may ask the child to count the units in the 10 bar with them, “How many units are there?” After counting to ten, you can then name the 10 bar. “We call this…ten”. They move on to the hundred square and thousand cube. An important aspect of the Intro Tray is allowing the child to feel the dimensions, weight, and size difference of each quantity. The unit feels very different than the 1 thousand cube!


This material focuses on the short vowel sounds/three letter words. The student matches words with pictures and match words to words. This work helps the student prepare for reading.


These girls are working on the Sensorial work called the sound cylinders. This Montessori material helps a child refine his or her auditory senses in a controlled and engaging way. The material isolates six different sounds identified shaking cylinders and matching their sounds. This enhances the skill of auditory discrimination which is needed for letter sound recognition.


This child created an extension with the Pink Tower and Brown Stair and used the material as a balance beam (I wasn’t thrilled with her stepping on the material) but I let her due to movement is essential in the Montessori classroom. The Montessori environment gives the children an opportunity to learn as they are moving. When the child is moving while they are learning the chiild will retain the information easier. The movement is also important for the physical growth of a child. Their bodies are growing and need to move throughout the day.


Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Fish

Letter Of The Week- I i

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bin

Next Language is Italian


Academic Enrichment:
Weekly Theme:
This week we looked at the five animals which are mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and birds. Look at the fancy dancy chart showing what makes that certain animal that certain animal.


We practiced writing in cursive vowel blends of Ea ea, Ee ee, Ei ei, Eo eo, Eu eu.

Kindergarten Plant Tracking:

We are tracking the growth of the roots for the next couple weeks. She observed the start of root growth.


Next Week:
Weekly Theme: Parts Of plants, Arachnids, and Insects

Synonym Of The Week: Cold: freezing, chilly, frigid, frozen, cool

Sight Words Of The Week:  she were


Upcoming Events:
Halloween Party: Friday, October 30  ** Putting a bug in your ear. Email coming. **

Zoom Parent/Teacher Conferences- Friday, November 13    ** Details coming soon.  Really they are **


*** BOX TOPS  BOX TOPS  BOX TOPS  Pizza! Pizza!  Due 10/23/2020 ***

Hehe, the Little Caesar’s guy. I wonder if his name is Caesar but he does say Pizza! Pizza!


Friends, Frolic, and Fun:

More fun with masks.


You shoulda seen the other guy!


All about fashion.


This is a bookmark. Someone likes their reading.


Your Kids Say The Darndest Things:
Follow the link for the video of student’s words of wisdom… It is worth it.






Peek At Our Week : Aspen Room 10/05/20-10/09/20 Leaves, Leaves, Leaves

Fall is Finally here!  Hooray, for the best season of all!  Well….in  my opinion it’s the best! This week your children learned all about leaves.  We learned that leaves have a very important job, that a leaf has different parts, why they change colors and fall, how to identify or classify leaves, and  we observed leaves with a magnifying glass to look at each part up close.  Your children are now leaf experts and tberefore have a homework assignment to collect and bring in two different types of leaves. I can’t wait to see all the colorful leaves they will return to school with next week.


This week the kindergarten students learned all about landforms! They now know how to identify a lake, an island, peninsula, gulf, cape, bay, system of lakes, and an archipelago. We also explored these landforms geographically with classification cards depicting examples of each landform from around the globe.  They also identified some of these landforms on our continent coloring maps.


Next week it’s all about Pumpkins!!! How do they grow, what’s inside them, and what are they used for? We will explore ” Pumpkin Math” and our Practical Life area will be filled with pumpkin themed fun! Kindergarten students will be exploring the characteristics of animals within the animal kingdom. See you next week for more Aspen Room fun!


Tracing our leaf puzzle from the Botany Puzzle activities.


Getting a closer look at the parts of a leaf!


Which leaf is different? Find it and clip it?


Teamwork exploring land and water forms. Do you know what landforms these are?


See You Next Week!!!!!

Our “Blawsome” Week All About Apples

This week we have been studying apples. We Tasted McIntosh, Red Delicious, Ambrosia, and Granny Smith apples. Most of our friends liked Red Delicious the best. We went apple picking in our room, sorted apple colors and sizes. Students made an apple that included seeds, the core, some skin, and a stem. We used apple seeds for counting and even made patterns using apples. We watched a video about apples and how they get from the orchard to the grocery store! We even learned a song to the tune of  Bingo !  “I know a Fruit thats good to eat and Apple is its name-O! A-P-P-L-E!



Cards and Counters Apple-style! Many friends got to match the apple numbers with the apple seeds inside!


Students had fun learning about patterns by completing the apple pattern with pom poms!


Many friends were introduced to telling time on a clock this week!


We are making lots of great friends and learning to work together in our school adventure together!



Peek In Our Week # Mr. John’s Classroom # Week Of October 5, 2020

The Buckeye Room Bulletin

Line Time:
Reptiles- This week we learned about reptiles and what makes a reptile a reptile.  Reptiles are vertebrates, cold blooded (body temperature changes to the temperature around them), they are born from hard shelled eggs and their skin is dry, with scales.  Some examples of reptiles are snakes, turtles, and lizards.  Below was my childhood Saturday TV entertainment.

Oh, no, they say he’s got to go.  Go, go, Godzilla!  Oh, no, there goes Tokyo Go, go, Godzilla!


Who is afraid of snakes?

Not these children!


Did you know?
Does hot water freeze faster than cold water? This is known as the Mpemba effect. … Evaporation is the strongest candidate to explain the Mpemba effect. As hot water is placed in an open container the water begins to cool, the overall mass decreases as some of the water evaporates. With less water to freeze, the process can take less time.  My thoughts is that it is a misnomer due to less ice is produced.  But who am I to say?


A Challenge From Mr. John:


Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 11 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese).



October Birthdays:

A Montessori classroom prides itself on a mixed aged classroom of ages between 2 1/2 and 6. Here is our newest 4 year old student.


Peek In The Classroom:

The Number Rods help children learn the names of numbers and their sequence and learn to correctly associate between the spoken number and its quantity. Children grow to understand that each rod represents a unique quantity and that each number is represented by a single object as a whole, separate from others.


She is working on the material found in the language area called Pink Rhyming. This material focuses on words with short vowel sounds /three letters. The ability to rhyme is a sign your child has an understanding of phonemic awareness.


This student is working with the sandpaper letters. The aim for this material is to teach the child the sounds of the alphabet by means of muscular and visual memory. The child is encouraged to trace the symbol over and over again until the shape of the letter becomes a part of the child’s muscle memory.


This student is really focusing on the Cards and Counters which is a math activity. The Cards and Counters bring an abstract and concrete concept to this math activity. The cards and counters reinforces the knowledge that each number is made up of separate quantities. The child will see the sequence of numbers and how many separate units go to form each number.


Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Amphibians

Letter Of The Week- H h

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bit

Next Language is Arabic with the Lebanese Dialect


Academic Enrichment:
Weekly Theme:
We looked at ten different land forms. We looked at the pairings of islands and lakes, bays and capes, peninsulas and gulfs, and chain of lakes and archipelago.


We practiced writing in cursive Aa, Ae, Ai, Ao, Au


Next Week:
Weekly Theme: Parts Of Animals

Synonym Of The Week: HOT: burning, scorching, blazing, boiling, sizzling

Sight Words Of The Week:  for with


Upcoming Events:
Picture Day- Wednesday, October 14th

Zoom Parent/Teacher Conferences- Friday, November 13    ** Details coming soon **

*** BOX TOPS  BOX TOPS  BOX TOPS  Mr. John REALLY wants pizza!  Due 10/23/2020 ***

Who remembers The Noid from the 80s for Domino’s Pizza?   Also, Due to a computer glitch please keep scrolling















Friends, Frolic, and Fun:



Unicorns everywhere.


She wanted her picture taken. I sometimes indulge the students.


Matching ponies





“BLAWSOME” week!

Last  week in Cherry Blossom we have been studying leaves. We talked about the parts of a leaf. There are stipules, petiole, veins , and the blade. We talked about how the leaves are green because they have chlorophyll.  Leaves are the part of a plant that turns water, sunshine, and oxygen into food for the plant. We also talked about how the leaves fall off in the autumn to conserve energy. We collected leaves at recess to make leaf rubbings. We have be cutting leaves, matching different color and shape leaves, and many of the children have tracing the leave puzzle.


A peek into our work time…

The 45 layout was a popular material in our classroom this week! Using this material builds math skills focusing on matching symbols and quantities 1-9, 10-90, 100-900, 1000-9000.
Some of our older students are taking on the roll of leader and are doing a great job helping others to learn and grow.  They are helping others stay on track and keeping them in line in the hall. At lunch these leaders are helping to open things for others and clean up after we are finished.


We have started doing sign language during preschool lesson. Also, at the end of the day we have started doing yoga adventures. They are an active bunch and really enjoy this time to move and groove.

It is a joy getting to know your children and watching them blossom!

A Peek At Our Week! The Aspen Room 09/28/20 -10/02/20 The World Of Color!

This week the Aspen Room explored the world of color! Did you know that Red is the first color that an infant sees? An infant will eventually see the full color spectrum by the age of  five months! In the Aspen Room we learned this fascinating fact and more! Your children were able to explore the world of color by learning the names of colors in both English and Spanish (George taught us some color names in Portuguese!), we learned what Primary and Secondary colors are , experienced the meaning and the differences of Warm Colors and Cool Colors, created colorful works of art with watercolors and coffee filters, then used our knowledge to explore enrichment activities in the classroom.It was a very busy week!

Our kindergarten students learned the descriptive language of where we live, from biggest (galaxy) to smallest (street address).  They also practiced their handwriting skills by writing their address and working in their new cursive binders! Next week they will explore landforms!


Next week our theme is leaves! We will discuss and explore the parts of a leaf, the function of the leaf and how it does it’s job, the classification (names and type of leaf), and why they change color in the Fall! Hello Fall!!  It is finally here! Enjoy your weekend and I will see you next week!


Sorting and classifying pictures into groups. Is it considered a Warm Color or a Cool Color?
Using a dropper to create works of art with a coffee filter and watercolors!


Creating patterns with our magnetic color cubes!




Peek In Our Week *** Mr. John’s Classroom *** Week Of September 28, 2020

The Buckeye Room Bulletin

Line Time:
This past week we learned about Mammalus.  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! Cats, dogs, elephants, and rats are mammals.  Oh, and people are mammals as well. “Are we not men? We are MAMMALS………. ”



If you want to play Six Degrees Of Separation for DEVO, Mark Mothersbaugh’s (front man for DEVO) brother does the confirmation classes for my church.  Also, I do childcare at the church and I have cared for his niece’s children.  I know useless but interesting information.  Bonus trivia: Mark Mothersbaugh went to Woodridge High School.


A Message From Mr. John:


Did you know?
Since football season is upon us it would be apropos to share this knowledge of the defensive term of “Blitz”.  The term “Blitz” comes from the German word blitzkrieg, which means, “lightning war.” In World War II, the Germans employed this tactic which emphasized mobile forces attacking with speed and surprise.


Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 10 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek).


Peek In The Classroom:
This week’s pictures are all about the “extension” of Montessori works.  The purpose of the extensions are to offer additional experiences that increasingly become more complex and abstract than the baseline concept.  They can provoke a spark or a new enthusiasm for a Montessori material that no longer appears interesting to a child.  Activities that are introduced after the initial presentation with a material, in order to encourage the child to re-visit the material and solidify the skills and/or concepts it’s designed to provide.

Instead of stacking from largest to smallest this student discovered an interesting shape to create and still utilized the concept of biggest to smallest. She called it a pink snake.


Another stacking material found in the sensorial classroom called the knobless cylinders. This is yet another stacking material but this student found the relationship (diameter) of the different colored cylinders.


The brown stair and pink tower are very popular with all age groups in the Montessori classroom. Again, basically a stacking work he made this elaborate creation.


This is the trinomial cube which is basically a 3D puzzle with a mathematical purpose that is usually put together on the color coded lid or in it’s box. This student decided to put it together on the his mat without the help of the lid or the box.


Another look at the trinomial cube shows the height of each layer of the cube. This boy discovered this all on his own!!! As you can see the first layer is the tallest while the third layer is the shortest


Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Reptiles

Letter Of The Week- G g

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bid

Next Language is Japanese


Academic Enrichment aka kindergarten:
Biggest to smallest where we live- We discovered we live in the vast galaxy of the Milky Way (not the candy bar), then we are still in space and live in a group of planets called The Solar System. Then the planet we live is the planet Earth.  Once we touched down we found we live in the Northwestern Hemisphere and live on the continent of North America.  Once we found land we live in the country of The United States Of America and live in the great state of Ohio (Go Buckeyes).  We all live in Summit County but live in different cities and have different addresses and phone numbers. What a journey it was!


We practiced writing  in cursive aa, ae, ai, ao, au

Kinder students doing the in classroom handwriting exercise.


Next Week:
Weekly Theme:  Landforms

Synonym Of The Week: Calm: peaceful, quiet, inactive, serene, slow

 Sight Words Of The Week: you his


Upcoming Events:
Picture Day- Wednesday, October 14th

Zoom Parent/Teacher Conferences- Friday, November 13    ** Details coming soon **

Box Tops:  Due Friday, October 23.   Bring ’em in.  I want pizza!


Frolic, Friends, and Fun:

Fun With Masks!


Boy buddies


I told BOTH of them to look at the camera.


I think… I hope he was cleaning under the table. Sometimes it’s better you just don’t ask.




A Peek At Our Week! September 21-25, 2020

This week the Aspen Group studied Apples!

Did you know there are 7,500 different kinds of Apples grown in our world? Do you know how a farmer plant trees in an apple orchard?  In an apple orchard trees are grown through a process established by the Ancient Greeks called Grafting! Apple seeds are not used in an orchard. If a farmer plants an apple seed  they will not know which type of apple will grow from one particular apple seed! For instance, a Red Delicious apple seed can produce an entirely different type of apple! Therefore, Grafting controls or ensures a specific type of apple is grown.

The children in the Aspen Group now know;  how apples are grown, how different types of apples have different tastes, the parts of an apple, and the life cycle of an apple.   We also explored the concept of fractions when we cut our apples to look inside them. Ask your child about the many activities and lessons they experienced this week.

Next week we will explore the world of color! We will review the Primary Colors and discuss the Secondary and Tertiary Colors.  At the same time, the class will explore the differences between warm and cool colors as well as color names in Spanish. See you next week!




Working on the identification and classification of the parts of an apple



Coloring and labeling the parts of an apple?


The Life Cycle Of An Apple.


Peek In Our Week ||| Mr. John’s Classroom ||| Week Of September 21, 2020

Line Time:
Living and Non-Living-  This week we talked about living and non-living things. Your children now know what makes a living thing.  All living things reproduce, grow, eat or take in nutrients, breathe or exchange gases, and need water. We are all in agreement that plants, animals, trees, grass, are living things!  My shoe is not a living thing nor am I at 4:30 am . My youngest son’s shoes may or may not be living.  I do not get close enough to tell due to the smell and I may have seen them move on their own….  Boys that are 14 1/2 years old, SMH.

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 6 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French)  Also, I will be posing a video with the language added for that week.   Oh ya, take a gander at the video below.


Fun Fact:
7% of American adults believe that chocolate milk comes from brown cows.

7% of American adults believe that chocolate milk comes from brown cows.

I know 7% doesn’t sound like a lot, but that actually works out at 16.4 million American adults.
Sounds like a lot now right?


Peek In The Classroom:

Look at her focus working on pouring form a cup into a bottle using a funnel! Practical Life/Everyday Living was developed by Maria Montessori to assist in developing OCCI (order, concentration, coordination and independence). Practical Life/Everyday Living is simply activities suitable for a child that allows the ability to work with a purpose or in a purposeful way to accomplish developing skills.


This student is working on a math material called the Teen Board. The teen board introduces the number/symbols and quantity/color beads between 11 and 19. I stress the importance of the relationship between number and symbol.


She is working on The Vowel Tree found in the language area. This work utilizes word building for the pre reading student. Real words are created as well as nonsensical words.


This girl is working on the Memory Game which is a math material. The purpose of the work is to train the child’s memory by asking him to retain a numerical symbol in her mind, walk across the room, count the exact number of popsicle sticks, and return to the teacher. Children love this work because it involves movement. As you can tell the picture is a bit blurry due to it being an action shot.


This boy is practicing his cursive handwriting. There are many benefits for adopting this approach not least of which that the movements of cursive writing are more natural and easy to form.


A student reading and the same student featured with the Vowel Tree working on the Vowel Tree on her own and was her choice to work with it.


Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Mammals

Letter Of The Week- F f

Rhyming Word Of The Week- big

Next Language is Greek


Academic Enrichment aka kindergarten:
Since we live in the great state of Ohio I felt it was needed to become familiar with the states that surround our home state. We started with Ohio which is the Buckeye State and the abbreviation is OH.  We then looked at the state to the east of us named Pennsylvania (not Transylvania) which is called the Keystone State and the abbreviation is PA. We traveled south and discovered West Virginia which is the Mountain State and the abbreviation is WV. Moving to the west we ran into Kentucky which is the Blue Grass State and the abbreviation is KY.  Moving more westward is Indiana or the Hoosier State (what is a Hoosier anyway?) and the abbreviation is IN.  To my chagrin I introduced the students to TSUN.  I can not bring myself to even say the name….  xichigan  wolverine state.  

Let us end not on a low note like the last sentence in the previous paragraph and present the “official” things for the state of Ohio…

Mammal: White Tail Deer
Fossil: Trilobite
Tree: Buckeye
Bird: Cardinal
Flower: Red Carnation
Drink: Tomato Juice
Rock Song: Hang On Sloopy

*****  Notice how most of these things refer to Buckeye Football/ being red or scarlet.  Also, why does Hang On Sloopy have importance to Buckeye Football?  *****

O-H-I-O…. as we sing Hang on Sloopy!


We practiced writing  in cursive Tt, Uu, Vv, Ww


Next Week:
Weekly Theme: From biggest to smallest and smallest to biggest (Milky Way to your street address).

Synonym Of The Week:  Active:  lively, energetic, dynamic, vigorous

Sight Words Of The Week: from he


Upcoming Events:
Picture Day- Wednesday October, 14th


Frolic, Friends, and Fun:

Obviously a staged picture. Lol


SMILE!!!!… this is a tough crowd!


More photo taking reluctance! Lol


Finally cooperation. I could never be a child photographer, hehe




















Peek In Our Week | Week of September 14, 2020 | Mr. John’s Classroom

Line Time:
Food Groups,
This week we had fun learning about the food groups in our class. Grains and Cereals (pasta, rice, bread, cereal, crackers), Fruit (apples, grapes, kiwi, mango which is my favorite), Vegetables (cucumbers, carrots, potato, broccoli, eggplant, which is my favorite) Dairy (my favorite… milk, cheese {I love cheese/smoked gouda}, yogurt), meats (beef, pork, chicken), and proteins, fats and sugars and how many servings we should have per day.



Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 5 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German)


Fun Fact:
Did you know Fruit Loops are all the same flavor?  No need eating one color before the others.  I guess I was misled my whole life and I am bitter! Toucan Sam you disappoint me.  hehe




Peek In The Classroom:

This girl is enjoying working with the Binomial Cube. This work is found in the Sensorial area and is introduced to children from around 3.5 years to 4 years old. In these early stages, the purpose of the material is less focused on the complex mathematics behind the material, and rather is to provide a challenge for a child’s ability to find patterns and relationships between the blocks.


Messes are commonplace in the Montessori classroom (which is OK) because the children learn to take responsibility and clean their own mishaps.


He is working on the Knobbless Cylinders which is a Sensorial work. The purpose of these cylinders is to develop child’s fine-motor movements, concentration, hand-eye coordination, and visual perception of dimension. The material gives the child basic language important in math.


This picture shows an older student helping a younger student. In the Montessori classroom older students enjoy working with and helping younger students which help build confidence and leadership skills for the older students.


Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Living and Non-Living Things

Letter Of The Week- E e

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bad

Next Language is French


Upcoming Events:
Picture Day- Wednesday October, 14th



Academic Enrichment aka Kindergarten:

My goofy kinders.


Weekly Theme:
North America-  Since we live on the continent of North America I thought it would be a great idea to identify some of the larger countries (Canada, Mexico) that border the U.S.A.  Also, we identified bodies of water (Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Hudson Bay, Gulf Of Mexico, and The Great Lakes {H.O.M.E.S.}) that “touch” and are in our continent. We also reviewed the Cardinal Directions of North, East, South, West (Never Eat Soggy Worms).


We practiced writing  in cursive Oo, Pp, Qq, Rr, Ss


Next Week:n
Weekly Theme: Ohio and surrounding states

Synonym Of The Week:  BORING: drab, dull, lifeless, mundane, monotonous

Sight Words Of The Week: are was


Frolic, Friends, and Fun:

Goofiness happens!


One student needed glasses.


Another student needed glasses for a fashion statement!!!


You shoulda seen the other guy!