A Peek at Our Week | Elementary | Week of April 1

“Let us develop respect for all living things. Let us try to replace violence and intolerance with understanding and compassion. And love.” – Jane Goodall

What a great week back to school. We were so excited for our “Skype in the Classroom” event with Dr. Jane Goodall. Children from schools all around the word tuned in to hear about her first work in Africa and her current work now to protect humans and animals. We submitted a few questions which were answered by Jane and Jane Goodall Institute members. We are patiently waiting to receive a copy of the talk and our answers. In the meantime, students have been looking into her “Roots and Shoots” initiative to help students learn more about the needs of animals and the planet to prove that every child can make a difference. Once we gather all of our information, we are going to vote to see if we would like to join one of the projects to do service for people and animals in our area.

This first year student is working with our bead bars to form a decanomial. He has built the multiplication table of ones and is working on building the two times table. Once he has mastered this work, we will go through the decanomial and replace the bars with their commutative property pairs. We will then go through and find the squares of numbers. All of the practice with these bead bars will give him and our other students a metal picture of the multiplication equations they will solve throughout their time with us and as adults.
This fourth year student is working to complete his Early Humans Timeline. After completing his study of early humans from Australopithecines to the Cro-Magnon Homo sapiens, he created a timeline to show the periods when these humans walked the Earth, then wrote summaries of each species to add to his timeline with drawings. Check out his work next week in the hall!
This second year student is reviewing types of triangles with Ms. Marlee. He is forming and naming triangles based on the length of their sides and the types of angles they contain. Here he has an equiangular equilateral triangle and a right-angled isosceles triangle. This month our second year students will continue to study triangles before moving on to writing simple proofs about quadrilaterals!
These students have created a plan for researching the United States of America. They have traced many of the states and are recording important information like the date each state entered statehood, the state nickname, the state bird, and many other interesting facts. Working in pairs or groups requires a lot of communication and problem solving that is even more important than the great academic work they have independently chosen to complete.
What a bittersweet moment! Our third year students have finished their study of equivalence with our Constructive Triangles and Metal Insets. Here they are working together to find a relationship between the apothem and perimeter of a decagon and the height and base of a rectangle. I have been so impressed by the ability of this group to work together with these challenging materials (remember last year when many of our parents could not figure them out?!) to communicate, give chances, and give encouragement to each other. They have been comfortable sharing their thoughts and ideas, even if they end up being wrong, which is something we could all probably learn from them! Next stop – PYTHAGOREAN THEOREM!

“A Peek at Next Week”

Next week, we will continue to study and research Great Zimbabwe. Our first year students will add and subtract on a number line, will continue to study whole and straight angles, will discuss the parts of a leaf, and will begin studying Australia. Our second year students will begin compound multiplication by discussing standard and expanded notation on the Large Bead Frame, will continue studying triangles with the “Seven Triangles of Reality” lesson, and will find symmetry in flowers. Our third year students will record partial products on the Flat Golden Bead Frame, will move on to Pythagorean Theorem, and will study the main characteristics of mollusks. Our fourth year students will create a line graph on our Pegboard, will bisect the base of a triangle to find the area, will be introduced to fungi, and will complete a lab about properties of matter. Our fifth year students will build a cube to its successive cube, will be introduced to the Ancient Civilizations Timeline, and will study ocean currents.

REMINDERS:

  • McKinley Museum Field Trip – Tuesday, April 9 – This is a bus field trip. We will be learning about Ohio history, dinosaurs, and will visit their planetarium. Please pack a disposable lunch for this day and be sure your child wears comfortable shoes. We will be walking up many steps to the McKinley Memorial.
  • Monday, April 22 – NO SCHOOL – Easter Monday
  • Please help us continue to offer typing classes by signing up here to supervise our students: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b48a8a92da6f94-typing

Academic Enrichment *** Cuyahoga Falls Campus *** Week Of 4/1/2019

Lessons:
Pronouns-  We learned that a pronouns take the place of a noun and sometimes makes our lives easier.  The pronouns we we went over were he, she, it, they, we, you.

Cultural Subjects:
We can now count to ten in 28 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, Turkish).

 

Next Week:

Line Time: Adjectives (describes a noun)

Sight Words of the Week: None planned due to International Festival practice

Synonym of the Week: None planned due to International Festival practice

Adding Language of None planned


Peek In Our Week *** Mr. John’s Class *** Week Of April 1, 2019

Line Time:
This week we started our International Festival blitz by looking at landmarks close to home and learning a little bit about our home state.  Ohio has a lot of official “things”.  For instance:  The official…

Tree- Buckeye

Nickname- Buckeye State

Flower- Scarlet Carnation

Insect- Lady Bug

Drink- Tomato Juice

Rock and Roll Song- Hang On Sloopy

 

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 25 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Japanese, Greek, Arabic with the Lebanese Dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagolog, Hebrew, Korean, Hungarian, Irish, Kiswahili, Welsh, Dutch/Flemmish, Polish, Serbo-Croation, Cebuano, and Malay).

 

April Birthdays:
The Montessori classroom is made up of 2 1/2 to 6 year olds.  Here are the newest 4 and 5 year old students.

 

Peek In Our Classroom:

These two boys are working with one of the science bins. This bin is the bone bin that includes a cow femure and a small nocturnal skull (not sure of the animal).

 

This student is putting away her work/material. Notice her concentration and how particular she is placing the materials exactly how she found them.

 

This student is working on the 9 tray that is a math work. She is identifying the symbols/numbers,

 

These two girls are working on the United States Puzzle Map. The purpose is to identify the shape and location of the states. Also, the small white knobs help with fine motor skills.

 

Next Week:
Line Time- International Festival Preparation

Letter Of The Week- None scheduled due to International Festival Practice

Rhyming Word Of The Week- None scheduled due to International Festival Practice

Next Language will be- None scheduled due to International Festival Practice

Snack will be brought to you by Lily B.

 

Upcoming Events:

International Festival Practice Wednesday, May 1st

International Festival Friday, May 3rd

((((((((((  Easter Monday NO SCHOOL  Monday 4/22/2019 ))))))))))

 

 

Fun, Frolic, and Friends:

I love these shirts . She decided to do half yellow and half silver.

 

Same color outfits and forced to take a picture.

 

The two boys with glasses. I tell them to smile and see what I get?

 

I absolutely love when students celebrate science day!

 

I absolutely love when students celebrate donut day!

 

She begged me to take her picture. How could I refuse?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A peek into Tae Kwon Do | Session 3

This is the group from the second trial day. Each class has a chance to come and try a Tae Kwon Do class. These instructors were awesome substitutes while Master Barnick was recovering from surgery.

Session three begins!

At the start of each class the students warm up with some exercise. Time for some jumping jacks!
Here the class is running some warm up drills.

 

Running over the ladder. This activity requires each student to wait their turn patiently, get some exercise while running over the ladder and following the specific instructions on how to go through the ladder.

 

This young martial artist is practicing his punching.
Our girl ninjas are great punchers!
Our most seasoned Tae Kwon Do student practices her punching with Master Turley.
This student is practicing his punching and balance.

 

This young Ninja is working on his balance while blocking the sword.
This little Ninja is practicing his punching while balancing. Check out the cool golden paddle!

 

This is the bubble wrap game. The students first practice walking across the bubble wrap so carefully that no bubbles are popped. Then, each student gets to stomp as hard as they can to try and pop as many bubbles as they can while their instructor gives them a count down.
Practicing forms.

 

 

Get ready to push that ball away!

 

Here, this student is practicing punching the ball away from him back to the instructor.

Belt Testing!

This student is about to break her board!

 

Time for a belt upgrade!

 

Congrats To all our Tae Kwon Do students! Session 3 is a wrap!


A Peek at Our Week | Elementary | March 11 – March 20

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”

We are down to only eight more weeks of school! I cannot believe it! Our first years are beginning to build their own Simple Machines with a partner. Our second years are completing their study of polygons with five or more sides and are beginning to look at triangles. Our third years getting ready to move on to the Pythagorean Theorem. Our fourth year students are wrapping up their study of early humans. Our fifth years are continuing to study Ancient Civilizations. Take a peek at the wonderful work we have been doing these last two weeks.

The fourth year students are finishing up their study of early humans. After taking notes, drawing sketches, and creating their own timeline of groups of early humans, they were presented the early human family tree. We separated all of the early humans into the groups of Ardipithecus, Australopithecus, Paranthropus, and Homo. They loved comparing the skull shapes!
Our first year students were recently introduced to Simple Machines. They learned about an inclined plane, a screw, a pulley, a wheel and axle, a wedge, and a lever. They chose partners to research and build their machine together!
Our second year students are studying the polygon family. They have discussed names of polygons and regular and irregular polygons. These students are discovering why the triangle is called “The Constructor!”
These students built half of a cube with our cubing material and took two days to write and solve the equation. They were introduced to a lesson about finding the square root of a number, but CHOSE to do this as follow-up work instead! Check under the next photo to see what they came up with!

2[12(9^2) + 13(8^2) + 12(7^2) + 13(6^2) + 8(5^2) + 9(4^2) + 8(3^2) + 24(2^2) + 82(1^2) + 12(1^2 x 10) + 20(1^2 x 9) + 20(1^2 x 8) + 12(1^2 x 7) + 20(1^2 x 6) +20(1^2 x 5) + 20(1^2 x 4) + 20(1^2 x 3) + 20(1^2 x 2)]
Wax Museum

Our students worked so hard over the course of two months to prepare for the Wax Museum. Please refer to the previous blog (below this post) to read all of the details! Here are some photos of their great work! Thank you to all parents and family members that came to show your support and that donated to our Bake Sale for the Upper Elementary Trip this August!


Academic Enrichment | Cuyahoga Falls Campus | Week of 3/18 and 3/25/2019

Lessons:
This week we learned about articles.  An article modifies a noun and the three articles are “a, an, the”.  “A” hangs out with words that begin with consonants.  “An” is a bit more picky.  She hangs out with words that begin with vowels.  “The” does not care who he hangs out with.  He hangs with letters that begin with vowels and consonants.

 

Cultural Subjects:
We can now count to ten in 28 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, Turkish).

 

Next Week:

Line Time: Pronouns (he, she, it, we, they, you)

Sight Words of the Week: None planned due to International Festival practice

Synonym of the Week: None planned due to International Festival practice

Adding Language of None planned

 

 


Peek In Our Week| Mr.John’s Class | Weeks of March 18 and 25, 2019

Since last week was an abbreviated week and I caught a nasty stomach bug and was on the edge of death this blog will be a little sparse.  Next week I will resume with a normal blog. 

 

Line Time:
This week we took a look at life cycles of humans, frogs/toads, and butterflies/moths.  Humans have relatively boring life cycle compared to the butterfly/moth and toad/frog.  We are born, we live, we die. YAWWWWN.  The toad and frog start with being jelly eggs in the water.  They hatch into tadpoles and eat algae, then they turn into a froglet which has a head of a frog and a tail.  Then the tail falls off and an adult frog/toad lives the rest of its life on land.  The butterfly/moth starts as an egg.  The a caterpillar is hatched and it eats A LOT.  Then a butterfly spins its chrysalis/ moth spins a cocoon.  Then a buttery comes out of its chrysalis and moth comes out of the cocoon.  I posed the question  “which came first the egg or the butterfly?”

 

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 26 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Japanese, Greek, Arabic with the Lebanese Dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagolog, Hebrew, Korean, Hungarian, Irish, Kiswahili, Welsh, Dutch/Flemmish, Polish, Serbo-Croation, Cebuano, Malay, Hindi).

 

Peek In Our Classroom:
Nothing to see here folks.  Come back next week. 

 

Next Week:
Line Time- Landmarks of Ohio and The USA

Letter Of The Week- None planned due to International Festival practice

Rhyming Word Of The Week- None planned due to International Festival practice

Next Language will be- None planned due to International Festival practice

Snack will be brought to you by Logan Gall

 

Upcoming Events:

########  International Festival Country Sign Up is on the classroom door  ########

——–  Spring Pictures Wednesday 4/3/2019 ———-

********   Dads and Donuts Friday 4/5/2019 7:00am to 7:45am  *******

((((((( Spring Break week of  3/21/2019 [Thursday] to 3/29/2019. ))))))

((((  Returning [Monday] 4/1/2019  ))))

((((((((((  Easter Monday NO SCHOOL  Monday 4/22/2019 ))))))))))

 

 

Fun, Frolic, and Friends:
Under construction.  We will be back soon. 

 

 


A Peek Into Reading Group

The kindergarteners listened to the Tin Forest over the past two weeks.  The story was about an older man who lived outside a dump.  He was very lonely and dreamed that he lived in another place. One day he got the idea to create his own forest.  He built a forest made of tin.  Suddenly,  animals started to appear and real flowers and plants started blooming,  and the man never felt lonely again.

The kindergarteners participated in activities to enhance their comprehension skills.  They wrote about what they were wondering while they hard the story for the first time,  drew a  couple scenes from the story, and wrote about if they were the bird in the story,  would they return with their friend. For homework,  the group took home a piece of foil and got to create something just like the man from the story.  The foil creations are are hanging up in the hallway!  Make sure to check them out!

A Peek Into the Next Two Weeks

– Reading Group will reconvene after spring break.

 

 


A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of March 11th and March 18th

Insects- The students learned that most insects do more good than bad. That bees, wasps, flies, beetles, mosquitoes and butterflies are great pollinators. Some insects eat other insects, keeping each insect group from getting too big. We also talked about how insects like ladybugs are a farmers best-friend, because they eat tiny crop eating insects called aphids. They also learned that all insects have three main body parts: the head, the thorax, and the abdomen. The head has large compound eyes, the antenna (feelers), and the mouth parts. That the thorax is the middle region of the body and has the legs and wings. Then, their is the abdomen.

Plants and Flowers: The students learned how plants grow in many places: parks, forests, yards, fields, deserts, lakes etc. They discovered how all plants need sunlight, water, air and food to grow. The students also learned the different parts of plants and their purposes. For example, the stem helps move food and nutrients through the plant or flower in order for it to grow.

Work Time:

Puzzle Words: This child is completing the words by moving and rotating different letters to fit in the correct order.
Object to Picture: This child is developing pre-reading skills by matching the objects to the corresponding pictures.
Nine Layout: These children are becoming familiar with the names and relative sizes of the categories: units, tens, hundreds and thousands. They are also discovering that if they have 6 units and adds 1 more unit they will have 7 units.
Composing Quantities: This child is practicing the sequence of numbers in the decimal system units, tens, hundreds, and thousands and recognizing what different quantities look like.
Triangle Box: This child is developing an understanding that an equilateral triangle can be subdivided into other types of triangles.

Guest Reader:

Reminders:

March 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Wax Museum | Tallmadge Campus

March 21 – March 29 | Spring Break | NO SCHOOL