A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of January 28th

Zoo Animals:

The students learned that a zoo is a place where all types of animals are displayed for the public to see. Especially animals that they would never get the chance to observe otherwise. We also talked about how zoos try hard to keep animals in enclosures that replicate their natural habitat because, the animals seem to do much better when they are in their natural environment. We discovered that zoos create educational programs and tours in order to provide an educational opportunity for everyone. A lot of them even have  petting zoos where adults and children are allowed a close-up look of the animals and their babies. We learned about tigers, lions, monkeys, elephants, giraffes, penguins, bears etc.

Work Time

Trinomial cube: This child is learning how to build the trinomial cube, while also getting an introduction into algebra and preparation for the formula a3+3a2b+3a2c+6abc+b3+3ab2+3b2c+3ac2+3bc2+c3.
Africa Map: This child is learning the names of the countries and where they are located on a map.
Color Box 4: This child is grading different colors from darkest to lightest, while also refining his sense of sight.
Metal Insets: This child is tracing the metal insets developing her eye hand coordination and fine motor movements. She is also learning how to control a pencil (pincer grip, pressure and steadiness).
Puzzle Words: This child is completing the words by moving and rotating different letters to fit in the correct order.
Sound Cylinders: This child is matching sounds, while also refining her auditory sense.

Guest Reader


February 9 | All School Dance | Fundraiser | 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

February 15 | Valentine’s Day Party

February 18 | President’s Day | NO SCHOOL

A peek into next week: Farm Animals

A Peak Into Science

Welcome to the first month of science in 2019! Mr. John worked with us on some very exciting new science experiments.

At the beginning of each science experiment, Mr. John has us come up with our own hypothesis. A hypothesis is an educated guess. Mr. John always tells us that it never matters if our hypothesis is right or wrong, because scientists sometimes are wrong too. We can be just like scientists and learn what works and what doesn’t work.

Don’t forget to check your student’s science paper in their folder every Thursday to see what their hypothesis was for that week’s experiment!


Air Pressure

“Stuck Like Glue”

Question of the week: What will happen if we light a piece of paper on fire inside a glass, turn it upside down, and place it on a plate?

Materials needed to complete this activity at home:

  • Paper towels
  • A plate
  • A piece of paper (the size of a sticky note)
  • A lighter
  • A glass cup

Our data: When Mr. John lifted the glass, the plate was stuck to it and also lifted.

But why did the plate get stuck to the glass? SCIENCE!

When the piece of paper inside of the overturned jar is lit, the air inside the jar heated, causing it to expand. When the flaming paper is extinguished, the air inside the jar cools and contracts, leaving a void of air within the jar. We created an imperfect vacuum!



“To take something in”

Question of the week: What will happen if we pour water in a container containing paper towels and another container containing Sodium Polyacrylate (the stuff in diapers)? Which will hold more water, paper towels or Sodium Polyacrylate?

Materials needed:

  • 2 containers
  • paper towels
  • Sodium Polyacrylate (a diaper)
  • A pitcher full of water

Our data: When Mr. John poured water into the container with the paper towels, the paper towels absorbed some water, and some of the water spilled out of the container. When Mr. John poured water into the container with the Sodium Polyacrylate, it absorbed all of the water, and none of the water spilled out of the container.


But why did the Sodium Polyacrylate hold more water than the paper towels? SCIENCE

The Sodium Polyacrylate holds more water than the paper towels, therefore it is more absorbent.


Surface Tension

“A property of a liquid keeping an object from going into the luquid”

Question of the week: What will happen if we put a crumpled piece of paper in a glass of plain water and a crumpled piece of paper in a glass with dish soap?

Materials needed:

  • Water
  • Soap
  • 2 containers
  • paper

Our data: When Mr. John dropped a crumpled piece of paper into the glass with plain water, it floated. When Mr. John dropped the crumpled piece of paper in the glass with dish soap and water, it sank.

But why did the piece of paper float in the glass with plain water and sink in the glass with dish soap and water? SCIENCE

Water molecules are strongly attracted to each other and this gives water a high surface tension. The surface of water is strong enough to hold up light-weight objects such as paper. Dish soap mixes with water molecules, lowers the surface tension, the hydrogen bonds are weakened or destroyed and the paper sinks. The paper in the glass floats because the hydrogen bonds are intact.



“A force in a liquid pushing against an object in the liquid”

Question of the week: What will happen if we put a peeled orange and an unpeeled orange in water?

Materials needed:

  • An orange
  • A peeled orange
  • A container
  • Water


Our data: When Mr. John dropped the oranges in the water, the orange with the peel on floated and the orange without the peel sank.


But why did the unpeeled orange float and the peeled orange sink? SCIENCE

The unpeeled orange may be heavier, BUT there is air trapped by the peel making the orange float. The peeled orange has no air so it sinks.

We had so much fun in science this month! Thank you, Mr. John!

A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of January 21st

Martin Luther King Jr.

The students learned how Martin Luther King  Jr. wanted to make the world a better place. We talked about how people were being treated unfairly based on their color and he stood up for them. We discussed how he wanted to change the law in a peaceful way, because he had a dream to have people of all colors get along and work together. We also talked about why it is important to try and make the world a better place for everyone and ways that we can accomplish that.

Work Time

Dishwashing: These children are using many motor skills while also remembering the order and sequence of each action to successfully wash dishes, which naturally leads to the development of concentration.
Trinomial cube: This child is learning how to build the trinomial cube, while also getting an introduction into algebra and preparation for the formula a3+3a2b+3a2c+6abc+b3+3ab2+3b2c+3ac2+3bc2+c3.
Spooning: This child is further developing his focus, concentration, visual and fine motor skills by spooning ornaments from one bowl to another.

Guest Reader


February 9 | All School Dance | Fundraiser | 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

February 15 | Valentine’s Day Party

February 18 | President’s Day | NO SCHOOL

A peek into next week: Zoo Animals

A Peek into Music Class | January

Take a peek into what our music class has been learning…

We had new friends join music this session!
Let’s hear those beautiful voices!


Fun with rhythm sticks.

This session, Ms. Lisa introduced a really fun method to teach the class the sounds that different instruments make using story pages. Each character that the children meet in the story have their own sound or music. The class loved this musical method of storytelling!

The class listened to the sounds for each instrument in the story.



Here comes the big bad wolf!


Singing along with Ms. Lisa and adding movements to the song.

I can’t wait to see what fun instruments we will get to use and what music and movements we will learn next session!

A Peek Into Reading Group

For Reading Group these last two weeks, we read a poem together about a child who likes to climb trees. The kindergartners learned about how poems have rhythm, so while I read we clapped to the beat of the poem.

The group participated in activities such as drawing what the child saw while she was up in the tree, writting their own poem, and writting down what question they would ask a character from previous stories.

A Peek Into Next Week

– The students will be reading a story about a rich lazy man.

– The students will be learning the vocabulary words: wealthy, valuable, and admire.

– The students will be participating in evaluative activities.

A Peek at Our Week | Elementary | Week of January 21

This week our “Peek” was written by a few of our students! These students read our previous blogs, took pictures around the room, and filled in a blog template. The students did some editing together, and with a teacher, so what you will read below is their final product. There are still some misspelled words in their final product, but in a Montessori classroom we focus on the process, instead of the end result. Dr. Montessori believed when we put all of the emphasis on the final product, we devalue everything leading up to that point. This can discourage repetition which will make mastery of a skill difficult. The purpose of the students writing the blog is to provide you with a glimpse into the room through their eyes, to provide them with practice of real world skills, and to give them a deeper understanding of the materials in the room. We hope you enjoy their work!

“A Peek at Our Dissection Field Trip” by the Upper Elementary Students


My favrit part is the dissecting lab. The hart was interesting with the different valves.

I pumpt pig lungs up with air.


Two weeks ago we went to the Natural History Museam. I really liked the dissection of the heart.

Maddex and I cut a sheep heart. We learned the aorta connects to the atriums.


We went to the Natural History Museam a couple weeks ago. We dissected a sheep heart, we went to different exhibits, and overall we had a lot of fun. We saw a model of the Australopithecene, Lucy. We also learned about our birth stones. That field trip was a fun and educational time for us four classmates to become better friends.

We had a lot of fun dissecting the sheep heart. We didn’t only learn about the heart, but plenty of other things about other things.


Two weeks ago, Maddex, Camilla, Tyler, and I went to the Cleveland Museam of History. It was so fun.

Camilla and I are observing the parts of the hart before we cut it open.

“A Peek at Next Week” by Ms. Ashley

Next week, the Lower Elementary students will practice multiplying with the snake game, will learn about direct objects in a sentence, will talking about inventions that prevent weather damage, and will read food labels. Upper Elementary students will reduce fractions to their lowest terms, use the negative snake game, talk about adverbials, distinguish between fact and opinion, and create-a-city. For our Wax Museum research, the Lower Elementary students will learn about the hardships of the person they are researching. Our Upper Elementary students will examine the character traits of their chosen person.


  • I will be out of the classroom Tuesday, January 29, to observe at the Cuyahoga Falls Campus. Please contact Ms. Marlee or Ms. Brandy if you need anything that day.
  • Saturday, February 9 – School Dance FUNdraiser
  • Tuesday, February 12 – Cleveland Orchestra Field Trip. This is a bus field trip. Students will be back to eat lunch at school so you do not need to worry about packing disposable items.
  • Monday, February 18 – NO SCHOOL – Presidents’ Day

Academic Enrichment +++ Cuyahoga Falls Campus +++ Week Of 1/21/2019

We learned how to multiply 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.


We practiced cursive… of Ll, Mm, Oo, Pp.


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, and Welsh).


Next Week:
Lesson- Subtraction

Sight Words Of The Week- first than

Synonym Of The Week- Appropriate:  suitable, fitting, apropos, correct, proper

The next language will be- Dutch/Flemmish


Peek In Our Week +++ Mr. John’s Class +++ Week Of January 21, 2019

Line Time:
This week we looked at the skeletal system and if we didn’t have a skeleton we would be one messy blob on the ground (insert a flagellant sound).  We learned the skull protects our brain, the rib cage protects our lungs, and the spine keeps us sitting and standing straight.  We learned technical terms for our arms, leg and our digits which is a funny name called phalanges. We brought our life sized foam puzzle into our room.  His name is Elvis because we learned about the pelvis and it was a cool rhyming name.


Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 18 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Japanese, Greek, Arabic with the Lebanese Dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagolog, Hebrew, Korean, Hungarian, and Irish).


Guest Reader:

Pastor Kirk came into the classroom and read the story “The Wizard Of Wallaby Wallow” which is a story about just be happy being yourself.



Peek In Our Classroom:

In this photobombed picture you can see two students working with the knobless cylinders. This material is found in the Sensorial area.  Knobless cylinders is four sets of ten cylinders in each set, varying in height and/or diameter. … Blue cylinders vary in height (thickness/the diameter is the same). The purpose of these cylinders is to develop child’s fine-motor movements, concentration, hand-eye coordination, and visual perception of dimension.


this is a scene in my Practical Life area. Practical Life exercises are just that, they are exercises so the child can learn how to do living activities in a purposeful way. The purpose and aim of Practical Life is to help the child gain control in the coordination of his movement, and help the child to gain independence and adapt to his society.


Ms. Ashlie is showing a group of students an unplanned lesson something. Sometimes impromptu lessons happen in the classroom.


Last week I introduced you to the phenomenon of False fatigue and I wanted to explain a bit more. False fatigue is similar to adults taking a coffee break after working hard. If children are disrupting others, they can be quietly redirected, but too much interference actually prolongs the period of false fatigue. An experienced teacher will just observe the classroom and let the false fatigue run it’s course. This student was photographed during a false fatigue episode.



Next Week:
Line Time- Internal Organs

Letter Of The Week- R r

Rhyming Word Of The Week-but

Next Language will be- Kiswahili

Snack will be brought to you by Adelina


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 (details to follow)

—–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:


You should have seen the other guy.




I am Iron Man!








A Peek into Elementary Enrichments I January 2019

Welcome to 2019!

Even though it is cold outside, indoors we are having tons of fun in all the Elementary Enrichments.  Each week your children get to hone their talents and create new ones as they learn, play, design, and share with their peers and enrichment instructors.


Art gives the students many opportunities to show originality with their designs. This month the students had fun creating cartoon versions of themselves reaching up to catch a few snowflakes. As you pick up your kids take a look at the bulletin board to see the other fun creations made the Elementary students.



Whether it is Four Forners, hockey, corn hole, or the beloved game of dodgeball, pictured above, our Elementary friends have a blast in gym with Mr. Warner. Our students look forward to gym each week and to the new activities Mr. Warner has been introducing over the course of the year.



With Christmas break and our long weekend, the students have only had one Latin lesson with Mr. Matt this month but it was both educational and interesting. The students discussed Roman gods and goddesses aso well as how many myths connect back to Rome. They read myths about Romulus and Remus, Jupiter and the bee, and Pandora’s box. Where did Rome gets its name? Why do bees have stingers? How can hope change our perspective of the world?  Ask your child these questions and you are sure to get an answer!

Recently, some of the students had a lesson on the origins of the months of the year. Several of the months have Latin origins and the students used their prior knowledge to decode word meanings and make connections between the months of the year.

Latin lessons will continue this coming Monday.



Ms. Lisa is back at it with our students teaching them various musical techniques, learning new musical pieces, and creating positive experiences for the students to enjoy all that music has to offer! Her personalized lessons with her piano students is enchanting. Whether it is her gentle re-direction or her positive encouragement during their successess, both show her passion for teaching music.

One thing that makes music special each week is that students who have shown growth in a particular piece can play a solo for their peers to receive encouragement and positive feedback on their work. The Elementary students enjoy showcasing their work after having practiced so dilengtly as well as be able to practice the art of performing.

Exciting news! The students will soon be learning to play the recorder! Stay tuned for more details to come!



A Peek into Science | 1/21 1/28 and 2/4 | Tallmadge Campus

Exploding Lunch Bag: We combined warm water, vinegar and baking soda in a Ziploc bag. As soon as the bag was sealed shut it started to fill with air (carbon dioxide). Eventually, the Ziploc bag could no longer hold any more air so it popped. We learned that this is called an acid based reaction when you combine these two chemicals together.


Chemical warmer:

We combined a mineral filler, zinc and water together in a plastic bag.

Then we placed a thermosticker that changes color at around 120 °F on the plastic bag.

After that we added copper which is a less active metal than zinc. The zinc reacted with the copper, as it dissolved in the water it caused heat that was easily felt.

Thermal Chameleon:

First, we crushed up some ice and placed it in a cup.

Then we put 2 ml of water on a cork stand and placed the cup on top of it to see if the cup of ice would freeze to the cork stand.

The ice by itself didn’t freeze the water on the cork stand. So, we added some calcium chloride.

The mixture of the ice and calcium chloride ended up freezing the water on the cork stand.