Happy Holidays!!!

Buckeye Room Bulletin

 

Merry Christmas

 

Do you want to know how many times I said “look at me.” “smile” “Guys… look at me. over here. ok good. now smile. wait look at me……….”

 

 

A Message From Mr. John (Happy Holidays):  

I will resume my weekly blog when we get back from Christmas Holiday!


Peek In Our Week | Mr. John’s Classroom | Week of November 30, 2020

Buckeye Room Bulletin

Line Time:
We Are Family!  This week we talked about family since this is the season where we usually spend time with family.  We talked about moms and dads and that moms and dads had moms and dads that your children call them grandparents. We discussed how moms and dads have brothers and sisters which they call aunts and uncles.  We talked about siblings which are bothers and sisters.  Then we talked about my favorite relative.. the COUSIN ( I loved hanging out with my cousins!) and how cousins are the children of aunts and uncles.  We even discussed if pets are part of the family which received a resounding YES!  I am looking forward to seeing the family trees. I am showing my age by the album cover. Circa 1978ish.

 

A Message From Mr. John:

Let’s be careful out there!

 

December Birthdays:
The Montessori classroom is comprised of 3 year old to 6 year old students.  Here are our newest 6 and 4 year old students. 

 

 

What’s The Diff?
What is the difference between bologna and baloney?

Bologna is the name of a city in Italy, pronounced “boh-LOAN-ya.” But although the sausage named after the city in English is spelled the same, it is pronounced “buh-LOAN-ee” and is often spelled baloney. Either spelling is acceptable for the sliced meat product.  P.S. I love fried bologna/baloney!!! And yes, I remember this commercial when it first aired! Heavy Sigh…

 

Know Your Languages (Korean):

 

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 14 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagalog).

 

Peek In The Classroom:

She is working on the construction box/geometry found in the sensorial area. The constructive triangles are used to demonstrate that all plane geometric figures can be constructed from triangles.

 

Practical Life/Everyday Living was developed by Maria Montessori to assist in developing OCCI (order, coordination, concentration, 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.

 

Introduction to Numerals of the Decimal System is a Montessori Math Early Childhood lesson. Pretty straightforward, the goal of this lesson is to introduce the numerals of the decimal system (units, tens, hundreds, thousands). Notice the symbol and quantity?

 

Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Christmas around the world

Letter Of The Week- Giving them a break

Rhyming Word Of The Week- Giving them a break

Next Language is Korean

 

Upcoming Events:
Winter Break: Off from Saturday, December 19, 2020 returning Monday, January 4, 2021 (good riddance to 2020)!

Pajama and Show and Share Day:  Friday, December 18th.  Details to follow.

 

Academic Enrichment:
Weekly Theme:
We learned how to multiple to the thousand static/column without carryovers with manipulatives.  I told the students that multiplication is merely adding multiple times.  We learned what the multiplicand and multiplier are.

 

Handwriting:
We practiced writing sentences in cursive.

Next Week:
Weekly Theme: Measuring with a ruler (in and cm).

Synonym Of The Week: Giving them a break

Sight Words Of The Week: Giving them a break

 

Friends, Frolic, and Fun:

It’s all about hair fashion.

 

Day dreaming about Math!

 

More fun with masks.
The Trinomial Cube has him plum tuckered out.

 

Your Children Say The Darndedst Things (How I got my scar):

 

 

 

 

 

 


A Peek At Our Week! 11/30/20 -12/04/20 Table manners and How to set a table

This week we dicussed table manners and learned how to set a table.  The children helped lead the group meetings by sharing how one should behave while sitting at the table.  They all had very good ideas of what classified as having “Good Table Manners” and shared many scenarios indicating what “Bad Table Manners” are.  We had a lot of fun sharing our thoughts and ideas on this subject!  You all have very polite and well mannered children! During our discussions we also talked about how to try (taste) foods that we don’t care for and to try new foods when they are presented to us.  At the same time, we role played how to react when we discover that we don’t like a particular food using “Good Manners”.  We then read How Do Dinosars Eat Their Food which reinforced all the great manners they shared during our group meeting time.

After discussing manners, we learned how to set a table with our place setting activity from the practical life shelf.  Then during afternoon meeting time, we learned the names of the place setting objects in Spanish. Your children now know plate, fork, spoon, knife, napkin, and placemat in Spanish.

Kindergarten students are continuing their work with telling time, and have reviewed some of our previous lessons for reinforcement. Next week the kindergarten students will learn about the layers of our Earth and will research and explore each part.

Our theme for next week will be all about Conifers.  We talked a lot about decidous trees and identified various types of leaves during the months of October and November. Therefore, we will learn what a Conifer is while learning to identify different types of Conifers.  Conifers are special and are found all over this time of year.

 

Setting the table! Fun with our place setting practical life activity.

 

Working on the Binomial Cube!

 

Team U.S.A!! Working together as a team to complete the U.S.A puzzle map.

 

A variation of our practical life tonging activity! Tonging christmas bulbs and bells. The bells are very tricky, it is challenging to keep them quiet.

A Peek At Our Week: 11/16/20 – 11/20/20 All About Turkey’s

This week we are talking Turkey!  Where do turkeys live?  What do they eat? Can they fly?  We learned the answers to these questions and more!  In fact,  we also learned what a group of turkey’s is called, then we labeled the parts of a turkey, and listened to turkey calls. Did you know that a group of turkeys is called a flock or a rafter?  Ms.  Taylor also found an amazing video called Turkey Facts on youtube for us to watch during afternoon line time!  Ask your child about what they learned about turkeys this week. They are now turkey experts!   The class also watched/listened to read aloud books called Turkey Trouble and How To Catch A Turkey. They were hilarious books full of Thanksgiving fun!

Kindergartners have been working on their addition and multiplication skills as well as learning to tell time on an Analog Clock and also observed the differences between an analog clock and a digital clock.

Next week we will be talking about Table Manners and will also talk about the Pilgrims and why we celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States.

 

Exploring media from our art shelf! Concentrating on creating a turkey using pieces of construction paper, googly eyes, and tracing our hand for the tail feathers.

 

Transfering water using a baster! We have been learning the names of kitchen utensils that you see during the Thanksgiving holiday. We then use these utensils to create practical life activities like this one.

 

Labeling the parts of a turkey!

 


Peek In Our Week # Mr. John’s Class # Week Of November 16, 2020

Buckeye Room Bulletin

Line Time:
Native Americans/Thanksgiving-  We talked about Native Americans and how Indians were named Indians.  On student informed us that Christopher Columbus landed in North America but thought he was in India.  Hence, the name.  We talked about how Native Americans were indigenous.  Then the Pilgrims came over from Europe on a ship called the Mayflower.  The pilgrims had a rough go of it at the beginning because they didn’t have enough blankets or food.  They could not just go to Target or Giant Eagle to get supplies because at that time there were just woods and wild life. 

 

 

A Message From Mr. John (The info/stories that come home):

 

 

What’s The Diff?:
What is the difference between seeing a concert and seeing a show?  I am thinking when you use the term “show” it is a small, intimate venue with about 200 of your closest friends (Musica, Peobody’s Down Under).  A concert most likely will be held in a venue about 2,000+ people (Blossom, The Q).  As you can tell I like “shows”.  These are some pics where I was leaning onto the stage of the last two “shows” I attended.  Lol.  What was the last thing are you saw, a show or a concert?

Musica located downtown Akron.

 

Some old, really cool, small hall in Columbus Ohio

 

Know Your Languages (Hebrew):

 

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 14 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagalog) 

 

Peek In The Classroom:

The ever so popular Montessori material called the Color Bead Bars. This is a Math material enforces the relationship between number/symbols and the appropriate quantity.

 

She is working on the Stamp Game which is a Math material. She is working on multiplication equations that “carry over more than once”  for example (7×5).

 

This student is working on the Trinomial Cube. As with all Montessori sensorial materials, the Trinomial Cube has both a direct and an indirect purpose. The direct purpose of the Trinomial Cube is for the child to practice the steps to properly disassemble and build the cube, while refining dexterity and visual acuity.

 

This student is working on a sorting work which can be found in the Practical Life or Sensorial area.  Maria Montessori’s sensorial work uses “sorting” in specific ways that work to use all of the child’s senses, one at a time, in order to refine them. The goal is to train the brain to create more organized thoughts and ways of retrieving information.

 

Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Thanksgiving 

Letter Of The Week- M m

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bop

Next Language is Hebrew

 

**Did you noticed that the letter of the week and rhyming word of the week are  Mm Bop!**

I couldn’t resist, lol

 

Upcoming Events:
Thanksgiving Break:  We are off Wednesday November 25th and returning Monday November 30.

 

Academic Enrichment:
Weekly Theme:
We learned how to multiple to the thousand static/column without carryovers with manipulatives.  I told the students that multiplication is merely adding multiple times.  We learned what the multiplicand and multiplier are.

Strike a pose.

Handwriting:
We practiced writing sentences in cursive.

Next Week:
Weekly Theme: Multiplication with manipulatives

Synonym Of The Week:

Sight Words Of The Week: 

 

Friends, Frolic, and Fun:

I told them they need flat heads to balance the books on their head.

 

Matching lanyards

 

I heard “I have a bear on my butt” and this is what I see.

 

I asked her to get the book titled “Red Hen” and she comes back with this. She thought it was sooooooo funny!

 

Your kids Say The Darndest Things (Why I Like Cats):
Follow the link to get to a child talking about cats.  Maybe you do not have to follow the link, lol. 

 

 

 

 

 


Peek In Our Week * Mr. John’s Class * Week Of November 9, 2020

Buckeye Room Bulletin

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).

Who remembers Dinosaurs?  Not the Momma!

 

Did You Know:
Catsup and 
Ketchup are two different spellings of the same condiment.  These words have the same meanings and are simply alternate spellings. Therefore, both are correct. Catsup is a condiment and is the less popular spelling. Ketchup is also a condiment and is the more popular spelling, which, today, is a westernized version of a condiment first introduced to European traders in the late 17th century.  Ketchup was originally a paste made from fermented fish guts (yes, it’s come a long way).

 

Message From Mr. John (your children are cute):

 

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

 

Know Your Languages (Tagalog):

 

 

Peek In The Classroom:

This student is working on the Leaf Puzzle. The purpose of Montessori Botany puzzle is to increase their power of observation and knowledge in nature, also illustrates the component parts of a plant. It helps the child to learn basic anatomy of a leaf. Its wooden knob on each component of the leaf puzzle makes it easy to hold and can be used with many activities such as tracing or matching with cards. The knobs also strengthen her pinscher grip/fine motor skills.

 

She is working on the Movable Alphabet. The key purpose of the Moveable Alphabet is to prepare children for writing, reading, and spelling. The child’s use of the material progresses from single words, to phrases, and eventually to stories. In this way, the Moveable Alphabet teaches children how to symbolize their own thoughts, and begin to write creatively.

 

This student is working on the Nine Tray and composing numbers. She will learn to compose numbers from 1 to 9,999. This, yet again, supports the correlation between the quantity and symbol of numbers.

 

This girl is working on her phonics work book to support her reading and understanding of pronunciation of words.

 

Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Pilgrims, Thanksgiving

Letter Of The Week- M m

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bop

Next Language is Tagalog

 

Academic Enrichment:

One uncooperative kindergarten student. Wouldn’t this be a great album cover?

 

Weekly Theme:
This week the kindergarten students did addition with carry overs (dynamic)/carry overs in multiple columns/with empty columns using the manipulatives of the Golden Beads and Stamp Game.

Handwriting:
We practiced writing full sentences in cursive.

Next Week:
Weekly Theme: Multiplication with Golden Beads

Synonym Of The Week: SMALL, tiny, miniature, minute, little, petite

Sight Words Of The Week: been down

 

Upcoming Events:
Thanksgiving Break:  We are off Wednesday November 25th and returning Monday November 30.

 

Friends, Frolic, and Fun:

The mysterious medical condition of Raspberry Fingers.

 

Eating cheese like a champ!

 

Sing of the times. A student helping take temperatures.

 

It is all about fashion, I think.

 

Your Kids Say The Darndest Things (more fishin):

Follow the link to hear more about fishing…

https://vimeo.com/thesmarterkids/review/478037797/74dcb58c0e

 

 

 


Peek In Our Week | Mr. John’s Class | Week of November 2, 2020

Buckeye Room Bulletin

Line Time:
This week we learned about insects and arachnids. Creepy Crawly, creepy crawly creepy creep creepy crawly (reminds me of The Who song, Boris The Spider).  When we went over the five animals all of them were vertebrates (having a backbone and spine) but looking at Insects and arachnids they were invertebrates (no back bone or spine).   Most had what we call an exoskeleton which is the skeleton is on the outside.  This gives the creature support and protection.  We learned insects have a head, thorax, and abdomen, six legs, and two antennae.  We sang the characteristics of an insect to the tune of Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes. Some insects are ants, bees, and butterflies. Arachnids have a head and abdomen, and eight legs. Some examples of arachnids are spiders, scorpions, ticks and mites.

 

       

 

                                                            

 

Who is afraid of a little spider?:

NOT THIS GIRL!

 

Did You Know:
Since it is the season… Did you know there is a difference between apple juice and apple cider?  Here is the explanation.  Apple cider is made from apples that are washed, cut and ground into an “apple mash” similar to applesauce. The mash is then wrapped in cloth and pressed into fresh juice. On the other hand, apple juice undergoes filtration to remove pulp and is then pasteurized to extend the shelf life.  I am not sure how hard apple cider is made.

 

Message From Mr. John (Spunk):

 

November Birthdays:
A Montessori classroom consists of students ranging in age from three years to six years.  Here are our newest four and five year old students.

 

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, Italian, Russian, Romanian).

 

Know Your Languages (Swedish):

 

Peek In The Classroom:

My newest reader!!!!! There is no better feeling for a teacher than to experience a child reading for the first time.

 

These bead bars with their characteristic colors are used to learn countless math concepts from basic counting and identifying the correlation between symbol and quantity to skip counting, to addition, to multiplication, and even to the squaring and cubing of numbers. This boy is now working on counting and finding the correct number for the corresponding Color Bead Bar.

 

Remember my explanation of extensions in the Montessori Classroom? No? here it is again…The Montessori extension lessons help the child to have further experience with the concepts of the materials. Often times the extension activity draws the child towards a more abstracted view of the original concrete concept that was introduced. This boy found he can stagger the blocks and keep the original aim by stacking from biggest to smallest. He discovered this all on his own.

 

These girls are working with Color Box 4 and the aim is to grade the colors from darkest to lightest. The child is learning precise refinement. There are subtle differences between some of the shades and tint and even between colors at the lightest or darkest levels. These differences matter and reinforces visual discrimination which helps in identifying and distinguishing symbols such as 6/9,  3/8,  b/d,  q/p…

 

Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Dinosaurs

Letter Of The Week- L l

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bot

Next Language: Swedish

 

Upcoming Events:
Zoom Parent/Teacher Conferences- Friday, November 13  (NO SCHOOL)    Sign up for a slot..Sign up Genius Link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090B48A8A92DA6F94-zoom

Zoom Info:
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/6614842878?pwd=QjNkWk5GQ1ZJaERMdkU0eVpMakZvZz09
Meeting ID: 661 484 2878
Passcode: AMMS

Thanksgiving Break:  We are off Wednesday November 25th and returning Monday November 30.

 

Academic Enrichment:
Weekly Theme:
This week the K-kids did addition with carry overs (Dynamic) using the manipulatives of the Golden Beads.  Did you know the two numbers added together are called addends and the answer is called the sum?

I did ask for goofy!

Handwriting:  We practiced writing in cursive words: cat, bed, wig, mop, tub

Next Week:
Weekly Theme: Addition with other materials

Synonym Of The Week: BIG, vast, gigantic, huge, large, enormous, colossal

Sight Words Of The Week: said by

 

More tracking the growth of roots. We did discover that five more roots sprouted and the existing roots grew longer. No more leaves appeared but we are confident that new leaves will grow.

 

Friends, Frolic, and Fun:

S squared

 

Boy Buddies!

 

Posing for the camera.

 

Geez, Mr. John let me get back to work.

 

Your Children say The Darndest Things (Gone Fishin):
Follow the link….

https://vimeo.com/thesmarterkids/review/472740166/d20941030a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Them Bones Them Bones! Them Blawsome Bones

Last week we took a peek into our skeletal system. The students were amazed that we all have a skeleton inside of us! We made skulls to decorate our classroom for the upcoming Halloween Party and some made skull bracelets. It was a great week of learning and progress.  Our students were very interested in the facts we learned about our bones! For example, we have 206 bones in our body and without them, we would be like a bowl of Jell-O! We learned that the skull is inside our head and protects our brain. We also talked about the ribcage and how it moves when we breathe and protects our heart and lungs and how our pelvis is the bone we use to dance and sit. Lastly, we discussed how our backbone supports our body and helps us to stand up straight.  The children loved dancing to the skeleton song!

Building the biggest to smallest using many materials. This activity builds fine motor skills, focus,and visual discrimination of size.

 

Tracing the skeleton puzzle. Working on pincer grasp, fine motor skills, and focus, as well as remembering where bones belong.

 

Our skull protects our brain. It also houses the smallest bone in our body the scapes or stirrup in our ear!

 

So exciting to learn how a clock works! Can’t wait till we learn half past, quarter past, and quarter till!

We have all been diving deep into learning new things throughout our classroom. We built the pink tower and brown stairs in new ways and started using the movable alphabet! Many friends were fascinated by the landform trays and saw the difference between island and lake. We started journal copy writing this week. Some friends are tracing over highlighter letters while others are copying the words on their own. We are all learning sign language  and beginning to use it I  our classroom. It is so nice to be able to communicate nonverbally across the classroom. Wow what an amazing start to our school year and progress in learning and growing together!