A Peek into Science | 10/29 and 11/5 | Tallmadge Campus

Floating Eggs: The students discovered that as an egg ages, air enters the egg and the air cell becomes larger. They learned to test an egg for freshness they can place it in a bowl of water. The fresh eggs will lie on the bottom of the bowl. Eggs that tilt so that the large end is up are older, and eggs that float are rotten.

 

Invisible Ink: We dipped a paint brush  into lemon juice then drew pictures onto different colored paper. After the paper totally dried we used a hair dryer to heat the paper up revealing the original pictures we drew. The students discovered that lemon juice is an organic substance that oxidizes and turns brown when heated which is why we were able to reveal the hidden pictures.


A Peek Into Reading Group

Over the last two weeks we read a story called The Three Wishes. It was a story about a couple who worked really hard every day, but still struggled to make end meets. They come across and Imp who needs some help. After helping the Imp, he gives gives the couple three wishes.

The students got to come up with a wish they would like to have. They discussed what the husband and wife were thinking about when they ended up wishing for sausages and the for the sausages to hang from the man’s nose, and even got to draw what they thought the Imp looked like.

A Peek Into Next Week

– The students will read the story Me first

– The students will learn new vocabulary words: Arguing, sprinted, trotted

– The students will learn about cooperation


Academic Enrichment | Cuyahoga Falls Campus | Week Of 11/26/2018

Lesson:
Parts of insects, Arachnids, Plants-

We learned about the parts of the insect and arachnid (see below).  Insects are ants, bees, butterflies, and dragonflies.  Arachnids are spiders, scorpions, and ticks.

Art work created by the kindergarten students. An insect has a head, thorax, abdomen, six legs, and two antennae. An arachnid has a head and thorax, and eight legs. Can you tell which is the insect? The arachnid?

 

Handwriting:
We practiced our cursive Bl, cat, dog.

 

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 17 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Japanese, Greek, Arabic with the Lebanese Dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagolog,  Hebrew, Korean, and Hungarian).

 

Next Week:

Lesson- Parts of Animals

Sight Words Of The Week- No lessons due to Christmas Show Practice.

Synonym Of The Week- No lessons due to Christmas Show Practice.

The next language will be- No lessons due to Christmas Show Practice.

 


Academic Enrichment | Cuyahoga Falls Campus | Week Of 11/19/2018

Lesson:
Currency / Paper Money-

 

 

 

 

 

 

Handwriting:
We practiced our cursive letters cat, rag.

 

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 17 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Japanese, Greek, Arabic with the Lebanese Dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagolog,  Hebrew, Korean, and Hungarian).

 

Next Week:

Lesson- Parts of Plants, Insects, and Arachnids

Sight Words Of The Week- No words due to practicing for the Christmas Show 

Synonym Of The Week- No synonyms due to practicing for the Christmas Show

The next language will be- No languages due to practicing for the Christmas Show

 

 

 

 

 


Peek In Our Week *** Mr. John’s Class *** Week Of November 19, 2018

Line Time:

We read the story Stone Soup to get the children familiar with our own concoction of Stone Soup.  I do thank all the parents that contributed and helped out.  We told what we are thankful for and we watched a few Buckeye Football videos and learned about the tradition of Script Ohio for The Game.  Go Buckeyes Beat xichigan

   

                                                  Buckeye Pride !!!!

 

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 13 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Japanese, Greek, Arabic with the Lebanese Dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, and Tagolog).

 

Peek In Our Classroom:

These girls are working with the Pink Tower and Brown Stairs. When they work with the material beyond the presentation it is called and extension.

 

This boy is working with the Knobbless Cylinders. Again, he is working with this as an extension. {{{ Extensions are 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. }}}

 

Another extension is being used with the Color Box. Instead of just matching them on the mat, they have half of the box in another part of the room where they have to walk, remember, and retrieve the color tablets.

 

This student is working with the 9 Tray. She is using this work to do equations of addition. This work will enhance the correlation between quantity and symbol giving the student a concrete concept of math. Once again a small crowd is gathered to observe her working.

 

Next Week:
Line Time- Winter Program Practice

Letter Of The Week- No letter of the week during Christmas Show Practice

Rhyming Word Of The Week- No Rhyming Word of the week during Christmas Show Practice

Next Language will be – No new language of the week during Christmas Show Practice

Snack will be brought to you by Lilliana M.

 

Upcoming Events:
12/12/2018 Wednesday—  Practice for Winter Program at Cuyahoga Falls High School 6pm

12/14/2018 Friday– Winter Program at Cuyahoga Falls High School 6pm  ((( All students to be picked up by 3:15 )))

12/21/2018– Pajama Day and  Show and Tell

*****  December 22, Saturday through January 6 Sunday Winter Break *****

 

 

 

Cuddle time.

 

 

 

 

Wouldn’t you like to know what the look on his face means ????????

Academic Enrichment | Cuyahoga Falls Campus | Week of 11/12/2018

Lesson:
Currency / Coins-  After the month long lessons on telling time we broke into everyone’s favorite thing: MONEY.  We learned about the different and variety of each coin (penny 1 cent, nickel 5 cents, dime 10 cents, quarter 25 cents, 50 cent piece and the  dollar coins).  After we identified the coin we did start to learn how to count the change.

 

 

Handwriting:
We practiced our cursive letters ot,ut,ol,ul, bl.

 

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 16 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Japanese, Greek, Arabic with the Lebanese Dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagolog,  Hebrew, and Korean).

 

Next Week:

Lesson- currency/paper

Sight Words Of The Week- been down

Synonym Of The Week- small

The next language will be- Hungarian


Peek In Our Week ** Mr. John’s Class ** Week of November 12, 2018

Line Time:
Dinosaurs-  We traveled back in time and discovered some fascinating things about certain dinosaurs.  We learned that dinosaurs no longer exist and that they are extinct.  We know dinosaurs exist because scientist found their bones or fossils.  From these fossil we saw that some teeth were long and sharp to tear flesh from it’s prey which belonged to meat eaters or carnivores (T Rex).  Some teeth were flat for grinding plants, leaves, and branches and belonged to plant eaters or herbivores (Brachiosauras).

 

 

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 13 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Japanese, Greek, Arabic with the Lebanese Dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, and Tagolog).

 

Peek In Our Classroom:

We have been following this student for about a month and keeping tabs on the status of her sensitive period (writing). She is still strongly interested in handwriting. This picture depicts her tracing the line time name tags. I’m wondering if she kept all of them to herself or did she give the traced name to the appropriate student.

 

This student is working on an animal puzzle (bird). This puzzle is designed to help the child easily understand and recognize the different parts of a bird and it is painted in vivid colors to catch the child’s attention. Not only does this work help the child recognize the parts of the bird but the knobs help reinforce his fine motor skills.

 

This child is working on the ever popular Binomial Cube. The Binomial Cube is one of those amazing Montessori materials! It introduces abstract math concept to children as young as 4 without them even knowing it! The early sensorial experience with the cube inspires them to work with this material. The material provides the all important bridge between concrete and abstract thinking. And so amazingly (because it’s logical) the child develops a much deeper understanding of the math. Or it is just fun to work with.

 

This boy has found what we call and extension. He combined three different sensorial material to come up this creation. He did figure out how to create to go from biggest to smallest.

 

Next Week:
Line Time- Pilgrims/Thanksgiving

Letter Of The Week- M m

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bop

Next Language will be Hebrew

Snack will be brought to you by August

 

Upcoming Events:
11/20/2018 Tuesday—  Harvest Party (Estimated Start Time 11:00am)

***11/21 Wednesday through 11/25 Sunday— NO SCHOOL***

11/24/2018 Saturday—  THE GAME noon

 

Let me explain what is happening in this picture. During line time for the days of the week I have the children put 7 with their fingers. 2 and 5, 4 and 3, Sign Language, and I’ll give the first person who can do 6 and 1 a dollar. This fine boy figured out how to do 1 and 6 in sign language and Mr. John is out a dollar.

 

I asked them to smile and I got this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A Peek at Our Week | Elementary | Week of November 5

“The education of even a small child, therefore, does not aim at preparing him for school, but for life.” – Maria Montessori

One of my favorite things about the Montessori Elementary Philosophy, that also might be the toughest thing to adjust to as a new Elementary student, is the amount of responsibility and freedom our students have. I envy that they have the opportunity at the age of 6 or 7 to begin learning how they learn best, how to manage their time, how to prioritize, how to ask adults or peers for help, how to work with people that aren’t your best friend and still produce a great project, how to reflect on your week of work and social interaction and find ways to improve, things to be proud of, and to set a goal for the following week. While this is a struggle for some new students more than others, they are always, always trying again the next week. Their peers are asking how their conference went and asking them what they think they could improve, or telling them they did a good job and that they noticed how hard they worked on a certain assignment. I see students asking others if they can help them plan their time or if they can explain what they have found to be successful in the past. I hear older students saying things like, “Oh, I remember that work. I had a hard time with it, too, but it gets easier when you practice.” Imagine if, at their age, you had the support system of friends, that you may have known longer than your own siblings, that are (almost) always willing to encourage and guide you when you struggle, and that never stop believing in you. Why weren’t we all educated this way!

The first year students have recently learned how to use a dictionary. They have been practicing alphabetizing for a few weeks and we discussed how that work helps with a dictionary. We found guide words on each page and talked about how to find the part of speech, pronunciation, and definition. Our first year students can now participate in our “Word of the Day” and find the homophones on their spelling lists.
Some of our students traveled to Tallmadge Circle a few weeks ago to review how to use a compass and to create a map. Our students have been sharing their colored map and explaining what they found most exciting and most challenging about the project. Some of our students shared organization tips and coloring ideas!
These second year students are measuring angles they have drawn using a protractor. Now that many of our second year students can add on paper, they can check if their angles are indeed supplementary or if they need to remeasure.
These second year students are practicing reading numbers on the Checkerboard. Before they can multiply large numbers, they need to be able to read their multiplicand, multiplier, and product. To prepare them for recording a product, they write down the number they have read after a friend lets them know that they have read it correctly. These students are reading the number 999,999,999!

“A Peek at Next Week”

Next week, first year students will subtract on the Small Bead Frame, will practice dividing syllables, will continue studying the Fundamental Needs of Humans, will begin dinosaur research, and review the external characteristics of mammals. The second year students will review Rainbow Factoring, will study past and present tense verbs, will continue studying the Fundamental Needs of Humans, and will draw angles with a protractor. Third year students will add fractions with like denominators, continue studying Fundamental Needs of Humans, will discuss singular possessives of nouns, and will discuss the main characteristics of cnidarians. Fourth year students will find common factors, will practice writing commas and quotation marks in dialogue, will continue studying area, and will classify kingdoms of living things. Fifth year students will find the divisibility rules of 11, will study garbology, will find the parts of a circle, and will research mammals.

REMINDERS:

  • Thursday, November 15 – Operation Christmas Child Packing – please check out the messages in Remind from Ms. Lisa to get more information
  • Friday, November 16 – Parent-Teacher Conferences – This is a No School Day for students and there will not be childcare available. Please send me any lessons you would like to see during our time together!
  • Tuesday, November 20 – Ms. Courtney’s room and our room will cook and bake together to celebrate friendship and the things we are thankful for. Your child will not need a lunch this day. Please look for the sign-up list soon to help us make this possible.
  • Thanksgiving Break – November 21-23

Take A Peek Into Our Week/Ms. Kate/November 9th, 2018

What A fun week we had! This week was all about Community Helper’s. We had fun learning about Doctors, nurses, firefighters, EMT’s, Mail Carrier’s, Teacher’s, librarians, and more! We had fun learning the fire safety method of STOP, Drop, and Roll, graphed what we want to be when we grow up, created different crafts that went with our theme, and More! It was also a hard week as we said our goodbyes to our Ms. Ame. She was an amazing teacher, and her new school will be lucky to have her!

Ms. Ame on her last day. The kids just couldn’t get enough of her:)
One of our kindergarten students is working on the movable alphabet. He was so proud that he was able to place the correct begining letter sound on the pictures! This was his first time using this work..Way to go! 
The movable alphabet was a huge hit in our class this week. Another shout out to this guy who is now starting to form words!!! 
It just makes my heart so full to see friends loving each other:) 
One of our friends is working on cards and counters. This work brings the abstract to the concrete, allowing a child to feel the units as they count.  

REMINDERS:

Next Wednesday the 15th is our Operation Christmas Child!

Book Share is Tomorrow!

No school November 17th… It’s parent-teacher conferences.


A Peek at Our Week | Week of October 29th 2018

Check out my video update for this week, also including upcoming event information! Click here: https://vimeo.com/298455584/5896149c36

When working on the 9 tray the child becomes familiar with the different categories of numbers, especially with regard to reading the symbols . And also they are learning the wordings of large numbers.
When working on Land, WATER, and Air the child will be able to classify and explore the elements of the Earth.
One of our older friends is teaching a friend our sandpaper letters. The sandpaper letters is to teach the child the sounds of the alphabet by means of muscular and visual memory.
It always makes my heart so full just watching two friends working together to try and figure something out❤

I hope all of you have a fantastic weekend!!!