Take A Peek Into Our Week/Ms. Kate/ October 11,2018

This past week we spent exploring everything we could about APPLES!

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Our friend is working on color box three. When working on this material the child is developing a visual sense of color. They are also gaining fine motor skills through the use of pincer grip.
The trinomial cube blocks are color coded and are different sizes to represent the algebraic Binomial and Trinomail formulas. This is an introduction for algebra and preparation for the proof of the formula ( a+b+c)3 at elementary level. It also challenges the child to find patterns and spatial relationships.
The movable alphabet helps with the analysis and exploration of the language which is known to him/ her and to reproduce words with graphic symbols. This works prepares the child for writing and reading.
Today our friend was using our chalkboard to practice writing out the cursive letters.
Here are the fantastic books we read!!!

Academic Enrichment | Cuyahoga Falls Campus | Week Of 10/8/2018

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.


Kindergarten Students showing they’re favorite land form.


We practiced cursive the upper case and lower case i, j, k, l, m.


Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 10 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Japanese, Greek, Arabic with the Lebanese Dialect, Italian, and Russian).


Next Week:
Next Lesson: Telling time

Sight Words Of The Week: for with

Synonym Of The Week: hot

Next Language Will Be Romanian


A Peek into Taekwondo | September 2018

We have had a blast in taekwondo during the month of September! We played a lot of games that helps to improve our sense of balance and requires us to multitask. One of these games is called Ninja Rocks. To play this game, you have to walk across the ninja rocks (punching targets) and you also have to watch for the ninja sword so you can block it when it tries to tap you on the head.


We also took time to practice our forms which we will have to learn for our belt tests.

The elementary students had the opportunity to challenge each other in a game of Ninja Tag. In this game, students are paired up and they each get two lunges to try and tag their partner on the arm.


Ninja Sneak is another game we played this month. This game is played much like Red Light,Green Light however everyone has to be as silent as possible because if the instructor hears you, you have to go all the way back to the beginning.

A Peek Into Reading Group

With Ms. Faith

These last two weeks the kindergartners have been listening to a story called Big Wolf and Little Wolf. Big Wolf meets Little Wolf and is a little curious as to why this little wolf would come under his tree. Little Wolf ends up doing everything Big Wolf does. Then when Big Wolf comes back from his walk the next day and Little Wolf is gone. Big Wolf realizes he misses Little Wolf and has an empty space in his heart without him there. Then, Little Wolf returns and they become friends.

The group got to share what they were wondering about while listening to the story, shared what makes a good friend, and even acted out a scene where Big Wolf gives Little Wolf some of his food. The kindergartners also worked together to write where Little Wolf went while he was away. Their story will be hanging in the hallway to check out!

These students are sharing their drawings of the wolves being curious about each other.

A Peek Into Next Week

-The students will be listening to a story about a girl whose classmate bothers her.

-The students will be learning the vocabulary words: grabbed, bother, and upset.

– The students will be continuing to discuss what they are wondering and share their ideas throughout the story.

Academic Enrichment | Cuyahoga Falls Campus | Week Of 10/15/2018

The Kindergarten Students are learning how to tell time old school!  We identified what the minute hand and the hour hand are.  We first learned how to tell time to the hour/O’ clock/ :00.   We then learned how to tell time to the half hour/ half past/ :30.





We practiced the cursive letters (upper and lower case) o,p,q,r,s


Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 10 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Japanese, Greek, Arabic with the Lebanese Dialect, Italian, Russian, and Romanian).


Next Week Lessons:

Lesson- Telling Time / Quarter After

Sight Words Of The Week- she were

Synonym Of The Week- cold

Next Language Will Be- Swedish





Peek In Our Week | Mr. John’s Class | Week Of October 15, 2018

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.


“Hello my baby, Hello my honey, Hello my Ragtime Gal!

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 9 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, and Italian).


Peek In Our Classroom:

A group ventured out of the classroom to clean the school’s handrails with soap and water. This act helped the whole school and reinforced my banter about social responsibility. Even if you din’t do it, it is ok and commendable to correct what is wrong.


The Red Rods enhances the further study of size and is found in the Sensorial Area. This time, size varies only along one dimension. The child judges by sight and touch. This enhances awareness of length and visual discrimination of length. It is also the precursor for the Number Rods…. (see below).


The Number Rods are found in the Math Area. The child will typically work with the Number Rods after mastering the Red Rods (see above). If you recall, the Red Rods help establish visual discrimination of length. The Number Rods are a natural progression, naming the quantity shown on each number rod with red and blue demarcations.


This student is working on the Ten Board which is found in the Math Area. This work makes the connection between symbol and quantity. Notice the pattern this student discovered.


This student continued to work on this material and found another pattern. Do you see the pattern his discovered?


Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Fish

Letter Of The Week- I i

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bin

Next Language Will Be Russian

Next Week Snack Brought To You By Kiera


Upcoming Events:

 ***** Halloween Party- October 26, 2018 in the AFTERNOON!  Costumes, games and candy! *****         The school will supply pizza for lunch

***** Hit up all relatives and friends for BOX TOPS.  If we win we get pizza.  *****

***** Bring Your Parents To School Day- Be totally impressed by what your children are doing in the classroom! *****
Follow The Link To Sign Up…


***** Book Fair- October 23 through October 26 *****





She figured out how to get something from behind this shelf. She found a bead, a popsicle stick , and puzzle piece.


You shoulda seen the other guy (revisited). And was it the same guy??????????????

Academic Enrichment | Week of October 1st | Tallmadge

Landforms: The children learned and explored the difference between a lake, island, bay, peninsula, gulf, harbor, cape, isthmus, strait, chain of lakes, and archipelago.

Cursive Handwriting: The students reviewed and practiced the correct stokes to successfully make a lowercase r, lowercase w, lowercase j, lowercase p, lowercase i, lowercase t, lowercase u and lowercase s. For the lowercase r they were taught to swing up to the midline, dip and then down to the baseline.  For the lowercase w they were taught to swing up to the midline, down to the baseline, swing up to the midline, down to the baseline, swing up to the midline, dip connector at the midline.For the lowercase j they were taught to swing up to the midline, drop down halfway below the baseline, swoop, and pick up the pencil then dot. For the lowercase p they were taught to swing up to the midline, drop down halfway below the baseline, slide up to the midline, circle around to the baseline, touch and glide. For the lowercase i they were taught to swing up to the midline, down to the baseline,
pick up the pencil, dot. For the lowercase t they were taught swing tall to halfway between the midline and the top
line, down to the baseline, pick up the pencil, cross at the midline. For the lowercase u they were taught swing up to the midline, down to the baseline, swing up to the midline, down to the baseline. For the lowercase s they were taught swing up to the midline, scoop around, touch, glide.

A peak into next week: Parts of Animals

A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of October 1st

Leaves: This week the students learned that a leaf is one of the most important parts of a plant. They discovered that leaves produce food for the plant through a process called photosynthesis, and that leaves of different plants vary widely in size, shape and color. Also, the children learned the life cycle of a leaf and why leaves change color in the fall. They discovered the different parts of a leaf like: veins, blade, midrib, petiole and stipule.

Work Time:

Sandpaper Letters: This child is tracing and identifying the sounds of the letters ‘m’ and ‘s’ and connecting the sound with the initial sounds of different objects like skate and motorcycle.
Cards and Counters: This child is demonstrating her knowledge that each number is made up of separate quantities. She is also able to visually see the sequence of numbers and how many separate units go together to form each number.
Tracing / Labeling Leaf Puzzle: This child is tracing, coloring and labeling the leaf puzzle by doing this she is learning how to grip and hold a pencil correctly. It also helps refine her hand control to steady the pencil and she is learning the characteristics of a leaf (veins, blade, midrib, petiole and stipule).
Opposite Cards: This child is identifying and matching pictures of opposites together.
Introduction Tray: This child is learning the names of each category: units, tens, hundreds, and thousands and learning to identify the quantity and symbol.

Guest Reader:


October 19 | Bring Your Parent to “Work Time”
October 26 | Halloween Party
October 30 – November 2 | Book Fair Week
Follow the link below to get more information and sign up for Bring Your Parent to “Work Time”.

A peak into next week: Apples

A Peek into Science | 9/24 and 10/1 | Tallmadge Campus

Tie Dye Milk Experiment: First we filled a pan up with milk. Then, we put drops of food coloring on it. The children observed how the food coloring stayed in place, because food coloring is less dense than the milk. Then, we put a drop of dish soap on it. Once we put a drop of dish soap on it the surface tension was reduced. As the dish soap spread it attracted the food coloring, this is because dish soap is a “degreaser” and the molecules in it were attacking the fat in the milk. This is what caused motion and created the swirling of the colors.

Changing of the Leaves: We took leaves from two different tree’s and placed them in rubbing alcohol then created energy using hot water. We placed the leaves in the hot water to separate the colors. At first we saw green because the chlorophyll in the leaves gives them their green color, and it is so dominant that it hides the other colors in the leaves. However, in the fall the chlorophyll in the leaves breaks down allowing the other colors to finally shine through and show their beautiful reds, yellows, and oranges.

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

“The greatest gifts we can give our children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.” – Maria Montessori

I like to refer to the three to six year old age range as the “Meadow Years,” where everything is light, fun, maybe a little breezy at times, but overall a calm, pleasant walk in a meadow. I like to lovingly refer to the elementary age range as the “Monster Truck Years,” where everything is a mess, no one can hear anyone else, and you aren’t entirely sure if what’s happening is supposed to be happening or if something has gone terribly wrong.

Joking aside, this is a very different time in your child’s life. They are craving independence and to push boundaries. They want to learn more about the world outside of their family, neighborhood, or school. They want to try new things to see what is acceptable, or what they can get away with. One of my favorite ways to quench this thirst for new experiences and knowledge is through walking trips. This week some of our students joined us for our annual trip to the Tallmadge Circle to reinforce previous lessons on using a compass and designing a map key. Students had the experience of walking a little further than they probably do around their neighborhood, had to pay attention when crossing roads, and had to follow multi-step directions at each exit of the circle. Student only field trips, going-out experiences, and having pen pals are other times we encourage students to be independent in their exploration of the outside world!

Our Upper Elementary students received their first letters from their Upper Elementary pen pals at a Montessori school in Thailand! The students found out the names of their pen pals, what sports they play, what food they eat, and who their friends are! Some of our students that have started writing back are sharing their favorite food and sports, but also asking questions about the climate, holidays, and currency of Thailand! We are so excited to learn more about Asia from our friends!
This week our Lower Elementary students had a lesson on the Timeline of Life. The Timeline of Life explains how life on Earth started in the water and gradually developed and changed until life looked like what we have today. Students learn about mass extinctions of animals throughout history and about ice ages. Our students always love trying to pronounce names of extinct animals and enjoy making a book showing what they have learned about each era afterward!
These students are working with the Addition Snake Game. This material is made of different colored beads, golden beads, and black and white beads. The students build a colorful “snake” of beads, count until they make 10 and do exchanging of bead bars with the black and white beads when necessary. This work helps children recognize which number combinations form 10 to help with addition facts.
This student is recording his work with the Movable Alphabet and the Fish Bowl. With the Fish Bowl, he drew a word, turned it over, and spelled the word from memory. When he was finished spelling a word, he would flip the card back over to check his spelling. This work helps children recognize spelling patterns, sound out words, and helps their short term memory!
On our way to Tallmadge Circle!
Our students here are sketching what they see on West Ave. from the circle. They drew the details of signs, trees, buildings, and other structures.
All of our students here are sketching South Ave. while on the grass by the parking lot of the circle. They all enjoyed drawing Jubilee Donuts from this location. When students are finished coloring their sketches, they will arrange them around a circle on a poster board to represent Tallmadge Circle. Look for these to be on display in the next few weeks!

A Peek at Next Week

Next week, the first year students will work on memorizing addition facts, will practicing reading with “Magic E,” will do the Dance of the Molecules, and will continue studying North America! Second year students will begin multiplying on the Large Bead Frame (they are so excited!), will research how animals satisfy their needs, and will study a country of North America or a state. Our third year students will multiply by a four digit multiplier on the Checkerboard, will continue studying equivalence between the Constructive Triangles, will study porifera, and will research a place in North America. Fourth year students will discuss factors, will continue studying Euclid’s Theorem, will study another time analogy, and will discuss matter. Fifth year students will review the BCE/CE Timeline, will discover math patterns in the Sieve of Peter, will continue studying equivalence of a decagon and pentagon, and will begin an in-depth study of the animal kingdom.


  • STEM begins today, October 5! Your child will sign themselves out at 3:00 so you will not have to worry about that at pick up. All parents who have a child participating are required to sign up to come to a class and to provide snack. You can sign up here.
  • Upper Elementary ONLY Bowling Event is tonight, October 5! We will see you at 6:30 at Sto-Kent (3870 Fishcreek Rd. Stow, Oh 44224 ).
  • Tuesday, October 9 – Cleveland Zoo Field Trip – This is a student-only field trip. We will take a bus to the zoo around 9 and will return at 2. Please make sure your child wears comfortable shoes and is dressed for the weather. Please pack their lunch in a disposable bag with disposable containers.
  • Tuesday, October 16 and Wednesday, October 17 – “Bring Your Parents to ‘Work Time’.” You must be signed up to attend to ensure that we do not disturb the other children while they are working. The Monday before these days, you will receive information on how to observe and our expectations from visitors. Please be sure to read all of the information before coming! Sign up here.
  • Friday morning, October 26 – “Caps for Sale” performance for Cuyahoga Falls Primary classes. Details will be emailed out closer to the event. “Caps for Sale” performance for parents – TBA
  • Friday afternoon, October 26 – Elementary Halloween Party – Elementary parties are student only. These events are planned and executed by the students, but we may need your help with supplies. Ask your child next week what committee they have joined!
  • Tuesday, October 30 – Book Fair!