A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of February 4th

Farm Animals: The students learned about different animals that live on the farm like: cows, chickens, pigs, horses and sheep. The kids discovered how each farm animal makes things for the farm. They even learned that farm animals are also know as livestock.

Work Time:

Puzzle Words: This child is completing the words by moving and rotating different letters to fit in the correct order.
Trinomial cube: This child is teaching a younger child how to build the trinomial cube.
Sandpaper Letters: This child is tracing and identifying the sounds of the letters ‘ar’ and ‘ie’ and connecting the sounds with the sounds in different objects like car and pie.
100 Board: These children are memorizing where the tiles should go and be placed on the 100 chart, while also learning to identify names of the numbers 1 through 100 and how to write each number.
Europe Map: These children are learning the names of the countries and where they are located on a map.
Screw Driving: This child is developing his sense of order, concentration, coordination and independence while also learning how to use a screw driver.

Guest Reader:

 

Reminder

February 15 | Valentine’s Day Party

February 18 | President’s Day | NO SCHOOL

A peek into next week: Pets/Valentine’s Day

Peek In Our Week ||| Mr. John’s Class ||| Week of February 04, 2019

Line Time:
The class went green for the week learning about recycling, conserving energy, and pollution.  I explained that pollution was anything that made our environment dirty.  We learned there is littering.  Littering can be people throwing trash on the side of the road or dropping a candy wrapper in the woods.  We now know that we need to put trash in an appropriate container.  We learned that air pollution is created by factories’ smokestacks and cars exhaust,  but cars are just one of the factors that produce air pollution, there are also other reasons.  Water Pollution is caused by factories dumping chemicals in the water or people throwing trash in the water instead of putting it in a trash can.  The 3 R’s were introduced and now we all know to reduce, reuse and recycle!  We thought of ways to conserve energy.  We came up with turning off lights in rooms we are not in or turning off the TV if we are not watching it.  We thought of turning off the water while we are brushing our teeth or turning down the heat and wearing a sweater instead.  During the kindergarten lesson a student realized the room was just as light with the lights off as it was if the lights were on.  Now we do our kindergarten lesson without lights.

 

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 19 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, and Welsh ) Thanks to our teachers that have taken the TEFL Thailand course we are able to teach your child a new language.

 

February Birthday:
A Montessori Classroom is comprised of multi aged students.  Students range from 2 1/2 to 6 years of age.  Here is our newest 5 year old!

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Academic Enrichment ||| Cuyahoga Falls Campus ||| Week Of 2/4/2019

Lesson:
We learned how to divide with the 9 tray.  We learned the terms of equation, dividend, divisor, quotient.

Purpose For The 9 Tray:
The Nine Tray is an important lesson in the sequence of the golden bead work.  This presentation allows the child to concretely see the growth of numbers and the progression through the hierarchy from one level to the next. Children are ready for this work when they can identify numbers 1-9 and after they have been introduced to the golden beads and the language of place value: units, tens, hundreds and thousands.

 

Handwriting:
We practiced cursive… q,r,s,t,u

 

 

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 21 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).

 

Next Week:
Lesson- Fractions

Sight Words Of The Week- more these

Synonym Of The Week- GOOD: pleasant, fine, honorable,wonderful,valuable

The next language will be- Serbo-Croation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A Peek at Our Week | Elementary | Week of February 4

“Our children can be our greatest teachers if we are humble enough to receive their lessons.”

As we have discussed at “Meet the Teacher” and Parent Education events, the elementary-aged children are in a sensitive period for rudeness. This means they often say things without thinking about how they sound or say things without realizing it may hurt someone’s feelings. It can be challenging sometimes when it feels like the situations and disagreements caused by the things they don’t mean to say take more time to handle than the lessons we are teaching, but we know both are just as important as each other. We see the time it takes to talk through disagreements or to explain why you should phrase something differently pay off when we have visitors in our classroom. We have students carefully choosing their words and working to be role models to new friends around them. We see them taking their time to explain something to a new person and helping them through their frustrations. The students make sure to include someone new and ask them questions to learn more about them and make them feel welcome. Watching them in these moments reminds us to focus on the important things in life and the end goal of preparing them to be kind and helpful adults.

Our kindergarten visitors receiving a lesson about building different types of triangles using our Box of Sticks. This third grade friend explained how to build triangles with different sides and had the kindergarten students follow along with her. These students were able to complete the work on their own when she was finished!
This first year student is showing a kindergarten friend how to practice multiplication facts with our Snake Game. First they build a snake using bead bars, then count to ten, exchanging when necessary. At the end, they count by tens to find out their sum. Next, they find the multiples of the bead bars they have used and add those products together. If the sum of the products and the sum of the snake match, they are correct!
Our third year students are continuing to learn about the human body. This week, they learned about the lobes of the brain, the parts of a neuron, and built a model of the spinal cord (seen here). Their research from this week will be added to their human body model!
During the fourth year in our classroom, students study plant and animal cells. At the end of their study, they complete a 3D model of a plant or animal cell, making sure to include all of the parts of whichever cell they choose. These fourth year students have both completed animal cells. One student built theirs out of Rice Krispies while the other built theirs out of cake. Each student explained the parts of their cell model and what those parts do inside of our cells. At the end of their presentation, they filled out a rubric to show if they met the expectations for creativity, accuracy, and presentation. We ate the models afterwards!
Our second year students have spent the last few weeks building models of atoms with our Bohr Diagram. These students have built the model of dysprosium. They used the Atomic Number to find that the atom has 66 protons and 66 electrons. They then subtracted the Atomic Number from the Atomic Mass to find it has 97 neutrons! The second year students have set their own goal of building every element on the Periodic Table!

“A Peek at Next Week”

Next week, we will write the bibliography and rough draft for our Wax Museum research. Our Lower Elementary students will study the year and its parts, rainbow factoring, indirect objects, and the skeleton. Our Upper Elementary students will use Napier’s Bones to solve math equations, will change a number from its square to its cube, and will solve word problems.

REMINDERS:

  • Tuesday, February 12 -Orchestra Field Trip – this is a bus field trip and we will be eating lunch at school
  • Friday, February 15 – Student Only Valentine’s Party. Sign up to bring something here.
  • Tuesday 2/26 and Wednesday 2/27 – “Bring Your Parents to ‘Work Time'” sign up here.

Take A Peek Into Our Week/Ms. Kate/February 7, 2019

Happy Friday Eve everyone!!

This week was all about Hibernation and Migration! I loved that your kiddos had a blast with this and that they really and truly grasped both definitions! This week we had so much fun reading fabulous books, having fun with crafts, charting which animals belong under hibernation or migration, singing songs and more!! We had so much fun!!

When working on the Brown stair and Pink tower the child learns the visual discrimination of dimensions.
Our friend is working on our Land, Water, and Air card work. With this work the child wil classify and explore the elements of the earth.
This little cutie is working on our Living and Nonliving cards. When working on this your child will be able to classify objects as living and nonliving. They will also be able to identify what living things need to survive.
Have you ever stopped and asked yourself why learning cursive at an early age is so important? Research suggests that writing in cursive activates different parts of the brain. Learning cursive is good for children’s fine motor skills, and generally helps students retain more information and generates more ideas!!
When journaling your child will build writing skills, fine motor skills, process feelings, as well as communicating their ideas.

REMINDERS:

THIS Saturday is our Fundraiser Dance!!

Book Share is Tomorrow!

Please check out our Valentine’s Day Sign ups I sent out! We still are in need!


A Peek Into Art Class-January

With Ms. Dayna

In art classes students have been learning about the elements of shape, the basics needed to make any shape:
Dots, circles, straight lines, curve lines and angled lines.

We’ve done a variety of exercises to help students identify and create these elements.
We’ve played with noodles and the lines they can make; we’ve used markers and scissors and glue to explore their forms and practice skills; and now students are combining these elements in there own way with paints.


Next month we will be working at putting these elements together to make geometric shapes and organic shapes and create textures. We will even attempt to look at objects around us and try to recreate them on paper!


Peek In Our Week === Mr. John’s Class === Week Of January 28, 2019

Line Time:
This week we learned about Internal Organs.  We learned the brain is the control center of your body that sends and receives.  Our lungs help us breathe, the heart pumps our blood and the stomach begins to digest our food with acid.  The small intestines digest the food and send nutrients to the rest of our body and the large intestines push through the waste that creates our bowel movements (poop). The children were fascinated that our kidneys process the body’s water and the liver filters toxins, that’s why is important to take lots of water, even when you’re not home. The waste water is called urine (pee).  The children learned where the organs are located with the help of our Living Internal Organ T-shirt.  The shirt helped the children find the organs location by velcroing the organs to the spot on the t-shirt. 

 

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 19 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).

 

Peek In Our Classroom:

Between the ages of 3 to 6, the child needs to practice, perfect, and consolidate the body’s movements. For this reason, Dr. Montessori began using the “Walking on the Line” as a Practical Life exercise. This exercise helps the child control his body, develop balance and perfect equilibrium, as well as to strengthen the mind’s control of its body’s movements. The “line” used during this exercise is a continuous and permanent shape in the environment.  During this exercise, you may want to play some soft, steady, and calm music in the background. I use Pachelbel’s Canon D Major which is exactly 5 minutes (well, 4 minutes 57 seconds but who is splitting hairs?). You can notice the “safe hands” and “bubbles” as the students walk the line

 

Most Montessori classrooms have some sort of line time before, during, or after the work period. Activities can vary, but they often include songs, lessons, and stories. Line time can be a powerful way for a group of children to build a sense of family and to really bond together. It builds community and gives a definite “beginning and ending” to the day. ****** Notice Ms. Ashlie not paying attention? I had to remind her of “eyes and ears on me”. ******

 

You may already know a bit about the Montessori work period, also known as the work cycle. A Montessori work cycle is an uninterrupted block of time. During this time children are able to explore the prepared environment and engage with materials of their own choosing. Walk into any Montessori classroom and you will see children completely engaged in their work. This is due to the fact that the heart of a Montessori program is the three-hour work cycle. The early childhood environment focuses on concentration, coordination, order, and independence. Therefore, children must be given the time they need to fully submerge themselves in the work in order for these traits to manifest themselves. Everything in a Montessori classroom has and educational purpose. Yes, children do what they like AND like what they do in a Montessori classroom.  Here you notice, a typical scene, (left to right)  some socializing, individual work, putting back materials/cleaning after herself, a teacher giving a lesson, and two friends working together.

 

Next Week:
Line Time- Pollution/Recycling

Letter Of The Week- S s

Rhyming Word Of The Week-bup

Next Language will be- Welsh

Snack will be brought to you by Ever

 

Upcoming Events:

<<<<<<<<  All School Dance February 9, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm  >>>>>>>

 

((((((((((((  Open House February 24, Sunday 2pm to 4pm  )))))))))))

 

—–Valentine Day Party- Friday February 15th follow the link for the information—–
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b48a8a92da6f94-mrjohns8

 

***** Bring Your Parent To School ***** follow the link to sing up
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b48a8a92da6f94-mrjohns9

 

—–Recess attire….  winter coat, hat, gloves or mittens that are waterproof (not cloth or yarn), boots, and snow pants! 

        If the child does not have one or all of these items they may be asked to stay in.

 

Fun, Frolic, and Friends:

    

 

     

 

 


Academic Enrichment === Cuyuhoga Falls Campus === Week Of 1/28/2019

Lesson:
We learned how to subtract with the 9 tray.  We learned the terms of equation, addend and sum.

Purpose For The 9 Tray:
The Nine Tray is an important lesson in the sequence of the golden bead work.  This presentation allows the child to concretely see the growth of numbers and the progression through the hierarchy from one level to the next. Children are ready for this work when they can identify numbers 1-9 and after they have been introduced to the golden beads and the language of place value: units, tens, hundreds and thousands.

Handwriting:
We practiced cursive… of  q, r, s, t, u.

 

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 20 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).

 

Next Week:
Lesson- Division

Sight Words Of The Week- other  some

Synonym Of The Week- Bad:  incorrect, awful, unsatisfactory, faulty, defective

The next language will be- Dutch/Flemmish

 


Take A Peek Into Our Week/Ms.Kate/February 2, 2019

What a short week we had! I hope everyone enjoyed being inside and staying warm and cozy! The few short days that we were here was all about Martin Luther King Jr. We had fun learning about what he did for our country through books, crafts, and discussions.

Our friend is working on our Introduction to the decimal system. With this work the child is introduced to the numerals of the decimal system. The child will also become familiar with the names and relative size of the categories. 
When working on the knobless cylinders the child is able to observe and compare the different series with each other. They are also getting a clear understanding for the different dimensions and their interplay. 
Picture to picture matching is one of the most important pre-reading skills.It helps children develop vocabulary skills and visual discrimination a completely abstract way. 
When working on color box three the child is learning to grade the colors from darkest to lightest. They are also orienting themselves in a world of color!  

REMINDERS:

Book share is always on Friday!

Our Dance is next week!! Don’t forget to buy your tickets!

 


Academic Enrichment | Week of January 28th | Tallmadge

Telling Time: The past week the kindergarten students have been learning how to tell time to the hour and half past.

Cursive Handwriting: The students practiced writing the lowercase cursive words did, tag, sit, rag, cat, just.

Wax Museum Project: Using the books the students got from the library they had to research the person they are studying and their family members.

A peek into next week: Telling Time (to the hour and half past)