Peek At Our Week! 10/19/20-10/23/20 “Skele-Fun” All About Skeletons !!!

This week the Aspen Room learned all about the Skeletal System. We discussed the parts of the skeleton and learned the names of our bones, how bones help us, how to keep our bones healthy, and fun facts about our bones.  Your children also explored the Skeletal System by putting together our skeleton puzzle, labeling the bones of our skeleton , working with the Skeletal Classification cards, and coloring skeletons!  Your child also learned that the adult human body has 206 bones but an infant has about 300! We learned that this is because the bones in an infant are still developing/growing and as a result they have more bones than an adult. We also discovered that the Python has the most bones with 600 vertebrae which  can equal 1,800 bones! Yet, the shark has the fewest amount of bones because it’s skeleton contains a lot of cartilage. It was definitely a “Skele-Fun” Week!


Putting the skeleton puzzle together!


The finished skeleton puzzle! The proud look of accomplishing a challenging work!


Tracing our skeleton puzzle!


The traced and decorated skeleton! All ready for Halloween!



Labeling the skeleton coloring paper.



Kindergarten students learned all about the parts of Trees, Plants, Arachnids, and Insects!


Mr. John brought Charlotte into our classroom to show our class! Some of our children were more thrilled than others about our eight legged visitor!


Next week we will be talking about Healthy Habits and Safety! We will discuss food groups briefly and  making healthy choices, review washing hands, and safety rules (How to cross the street, Halloween safety…etc).  We will have sorting activities, yoga cards, and more!  Have a great weekend!

Peek At Our Week: 10/12/20 -10/16/20 All About Pumpkins!

This week the Aspen Room learned all about pumpkins! We learned how they grow, sang pumpkin songs, sorted pumpkin seeds from the goop (pulp), explored number concepts with our sorted pumpkin seeds, scrubbed pumpkins, and worked with the many pumpkin themed practical life activities! Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins!!! Did you know that the Pilgrims survived the harsh winter by eating pumpkins? Yet, today the majority of pumpkins are grown and sold for decoration and carving purposes! This week’s homework assignment bake/eat something with pumpkin in it!

Kindergarten students learned all about the Animal Kingdom! They learned the many differences between the different Classes of animals! How animals are classified and the differences between each classified group.  We also had fun labeling and tracing our animal puzzles in the classroom.


Next week we are exploring the Skeletal System and learning all about bones! Bones have many important jobs for our body.  Do you know how many bones there are in the human body? Do you know which animal has the most bones? Next week we will learn these fun facts and more!


Matching and making patterns with pumpkins!


Pumpkin Scrubbing! Getting our pumpkin ready for carving fun!


Transferring pumpkins with tongs! A great exercise for fine motor skills , patience, and learning to focus.


Pouring pumpkins??? Another great example of our Practical Life curriculum.


Comparative discrimination and sequencing! Putting pumpkins in order from the largest to smallest.


Sorting seeds from the pumpkin pulp!





Kindergarten follow-up work! Tracing and labeling the animal puzzles.

Peek In our Week ^ Mr. John’s Class ^ Week of October 26, 2020

Buckeye Room Bulletin


Line Time:
  We ended our journey of studying animals with the bird.  We learned birds are vertebrates and are warm-blooded, which means that they can make their own body heat even when it is cold outside. Whether it is sunny and hot outside or there is a snowstorm and it is very cold, warm-blooded animals have body temperatures that usually stay the same.  They are born from hard shelled eggs and have feathers.  A lot of birds fly but some do not.  The flightless birds are the ostrich and penguin.  We are not sure if chickens fly.


Below are Foghorn Leghorn and Eggburt Jr….  Iah say, Iah say that boy aint right.


Speaking Words Of Wisdom… (from Mr. John):
Have you ever gone out and had toothpaste on your face and clothes?  Of course you have.  My advice is to brush your teeth right before hopping in the shower.  No toothpaste on your face and certainly no toothpaste on your clothes.  Problem solved!


Message From Mr. John (Short look at my philosophy in the classroom):


Know your Languages (Romanian):


Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 11 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian).


Halloween Party:

Halloween Bingo!


Cookie decorating.



Peek In The Classroom:

These two girls found the relationship between two materials found in the Sensorial area (Knobbed Cylinders and Knobbless Cylinders). They found the relationship of diameter and height. They were pretty proud of themselves by the looks of the high five that is about to happen.


These rods may seem familiar to you and they should if you’ve ever seen the Red Rods. They are exactly the same except for one feature: alternating blue and red segments. The child will typically work with the Number Rods after mastering the Red Rods. 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. The aim of the Number Rods is to associate the written symbol with the right quantity and to be able to build rods and/or numbers 1-10. Building up the different combinations to 10 gives an indirect preparation for addition. The taking away of rods gives the impression of subtraction.


These girls are working on the equations (The Stamp Game) I have assigned. The Montessori Math Stamp Game lesson comes at the end of place value and decimal system work. The goal is to reinforce the four operations introduced with the Golden Beads but in a more abstract way. The work is familiar to them, but different enough to keep it interesting and intriguing.


She is working on the Ten Board which is a Math material. Before she composed only “tens” but now she is adding “units”. This strengthens the correlation between quantity (colored beads) and symbols (numbers) from 11 to 99.


Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Insects, Arachnids, Invertebrates

Letter Of The Week- K k

Rhyming Word Of The Week- ox

Next Language is Romanian


Academic Enrichment aka Kindergarten:
This week we started our journey into MATH…. EEEEK!  We started out by composing numbers with beads and symbols then worked our way into doing addition with manipulatives with the nine tray.

I don’t even know what to say about this picture. lol

We practiced writing in cursive vowel blends of Ua ua, Ue ue, Ui ui, Uo uo, Uu uu

Next Week:
Weekly Theme: Addition manipulatives (Dynamic/Carry Overs)

Synonym Of The Week: OLD: ancient, elderly, used, seasoned, mature

Sight Words Of The Week: how each


Upcoming Events:
Zoom Parent/Teacher Conferences- Friday, November 13  (NO SCHOOL)    Sign up for a slot..Sign up Genius Link:

Zoom Info:
Meeting ID: 661 484 2878
Passcode: AMMS

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


Friends, Frolic, and Fun:

A different kind of FUN WITH MASKS!


I don’t know what got into him this day but he was pretty goofy…Fun with masks by turning his mask into a slingshot. Can you say engineer?


Feeding the snake and spider usually draws a large crowd.


More cheesines and cuteness.


I could I resist this photo op?


Your Kids say the Darndest Things (Let go of my Snacko!):
Follow the link to view the vid…







Peek In Our Week # Mr. John’s Class # Week Of October 19, 2020

Buckeye Room Bulletin

Line Time:
Fish- We learned fish are vertebrates or they have a backbone or a spine.  They are cold blooded (their body temperature changes to the temperature around them) and have slimy and scaly skin.  The unique thing about fish is that some fish are born alive and some fish are born with jelly eggs.  Some examples of fish are Trout, Bass, Sharks, and Swordfish.  And one more important point is that fish live in water.



Did you know?
Since we are in the thick of things with COVID-19 let’s talk about sneezes.  Sneezes travel at about 100 miles per hour and that a single 
sneeze can send 100,000 germs into the air.  Also when a person sneezes you should tell them “You are sooo good lookin”  Who knows this reference?


Message From Mr. John (Smilin’ John):


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


Know Your Languages (Russian):



Academic Enrichment aka Kindergarten:
This week we talked about the parts of plants, arachnids, and  insects.

I asked the boys to kneel and this is what I got.


Since we talked about Arachnids I decided to give an impromptu visit to the classrooms with Charlotte. The students loved it. The staff….. well not so much as I was confronted with “concerned” teachers, screaming and running down the hall (literally with both), and some salty language thrown at me. Its just like a hamster with 8 legs, right?


Handwriting: This week we practiced writing cursive vowel blends Oa oa, Oe oe, Oi oi, Oo oo, Ou ou

Next Week:
Weekly Theme: MATH- GULP! Addition with beads

Synonym Of The Week: NEW, novel, fresh, original, unique, current, unused

Sight Words Of The Week: use your


Peek In The Classroom:

This girl is working on a pre reading work using three word/short vowel sounds exercise.


This boy is working on the 100 board which is a math activity. Around three or four years of age, depending on how quickly the child has grasped the concept of counting to 100 we introduce the 100 board. This work helps them to understand number order.


She is working on the 10 board which is found in the math area. This teaches a child to associate the quantities and symbols from 10 to 90 using the tens bead bars. The child explores the number names of the tens and then sequence of numbers 11–99.


This boy is working on the red rods found in the sensorial area.  The direct purpose of the red rods is to develop the child’s visual and muscular perception of length and eventually using the math counter part the number rods.


Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Birds

Letter Of The Week- J j

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bip

Next Language is Russian


Upcoming Events:
Halloween Party: Friday, October 30  ** Email sent **
Follow the link to contribute…..

 Zoom Parent/Teacher Conferences- Friday, November 13    ** Details coming soon.  Really they are **


Friends, Frolic, and Fun:

When I see a puddle (everyday) I hope and pray that it is water from a spilled water bottle and not something else. Hehe


Brotherly/Sisterly love. Brother does not want a hug from sister. Do you think they ever fight at home?


Good friends having fun.


Cheesy Smile? Showing Off Muscles? IDK!


Your Child Says The Darndest Things:
Follow the link below to hear some children’s words of wisdom…



Peek In Our Week * Mr. John’s Classroom * Week Of October 12, 2020

Buckeye Room Bulletin

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.  Below is the lesser know frog from the English cartoon Danger Mouse named Baron Silas Greenback.



 A Message From Mr. John:


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).


Peek In The Classroom:

This student is using the golden beads to compose numbers from 1 to 9,999. The purpose of this is to make the child familiar with the different categories of numbers, especially with regard to reading the symbols. Also, to give the child the wording of large numbers. This material enforces the correlation between symbol and quantity.


She is being introduced to the beginning of the decimal system. The small bead is referred to as “unit.” After the child feels and names the unit, they will set it aside to explore the 10 bar. I may ask the child to count the units in the 10 bar with them, “How many units are there?” After counting to ten, you can then name the 10 bar. “We call this…ten”. They move on to the hundred square and thousand cube. An important aspect of the Intro Tray is allowing the child to feel the dimensions, weight, and size difference of each quantity. The unit feels very different than the 1 thousand cube!


This material focuses on the short vowel sounds/three letter words. The student matches words with pictures and match words to words. This work helps the student prepare for reading.


These girls are working on the Sensorial work called the sound cylinders. This Montessori material helps a child refine his or her auditory senses in a controlled and engaging way. The material isolates six different sounds identified shaking cylinders and matching their sounds. This enhances the skill of auditory discrimination which is needed for letter sound recognition.


This child created an extension with the Pink Tower and Brown Stair and used the material as a balance beam (I wasn’t thrilled with her stepping on the material) but I let her due to movement is essential in the Montessori classroom. The Montessori environment gives the children an opportunity to learn as they are moving. When the child is moving while they are learning the chiild will retain the information easier. The movement is also important for the physical growth of a child. Their bodies are growing and need to move throughout the day.


Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Fish

Letter Of The Week- I i

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bin

Next Language is Italian


Academic Enrichment:
Weekly Theme:
This week we looked at the five animals which are mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and birds. Look at the fancy dancy chart showing what makes that certain animal that certain animal.


We practiced writing in cursive vowel blends of Ea ea, Ee ee, Ei ei, Eo eo, Eu eu.

Kindergarten Plant Tracking:

We are tracking the growth of the roots for the next couple weeks. She observed the start of root growth.


Next Week:
Weekly Theme: Parts Of plants, Arachnids, and Insects

Synonym Of The Week: Cold: freezing, chilly, frigid, frozen, cool

Sight Words Of The Week:  she were


Upcoming Events:
Halloween Party: Friday, October 30  ** Putting a bug in your ear. Email coming. **

Zoom Parent/Teacher Conferences- Friday, November 13    ** Details coming soon.  Really they are **


*** BOX TOPS  BOX TOPS  BOX TOPS  Pizza! Pizza!  Due 10/23/2020 ***

Hehe, the Little Caesar’s guy. I wonder if his name is Caesar but he does say Pizza! Pizza!


Friends, Frolic, and Fun:

More fun with masks.


You shoulda seen the other guy!


All about fashion.


This is a bookmark. Someone likes their reading.


Your Kids Say The Darndest Things:
Follow the link for the video of student’s words of wisdom… It is worth it.






Peek At Our Week : Aspen Room 10/05/20-10/09/20 Leaves, Leaves, Leaves

Fall is Finally here!  Hooray, for the best season of all!  Well….in  my opinion it’s the best! This week your children learned all about leaves.  We learned that leaves have a very important job, that a leaf has different parts, why they change colors and fall, how to identify or classify leaves, and  we observed leaves with a magnifying glass to look at each part up close.  Your children are now leaf experts and tberefore have a homework assignment to collect and bring in two different types of leaves. I can’t wait to see all the colorful leaves they will return to school with next week.


This week the kindergarten students learned all about landforms! They now know how to identify a lake, an island, peninsula, gulf, cape, bay, system of lakes, and an archipelago. We also explored these landforms geographically with classification cards depicting examples of each landform from around the globe.  They also identified some of these landforms on our continent coloring maps.


Next week it’s all about Pumpkins!!! How do they grow, what’s inside them, and what are they used for? We will explore ” Pumpkin Math” and our Practical Life area will be filled with pumpkin themed fun! Kindergarten students will be exploring the characteristics of animals within the animal kingdom. See you next week for more Aspen Room fun!


Tracing our leaf puzzle from the Botany Puzzle activities.


Getting a closer look at the parts of a leaf!


Which leaf is different? Find it and clip it?


Teamwork exploring land and water forms. Do you know what landforms these are?


See You Next Week!!!!!

Our “Blawsome” Week All About Apples

This week we have been studying apples. We Tasted McIntosh, Red Delicious, Ambrosia, and Granny Smith apples. Most of our friends liked Red Delicious the best. We went apple picking in our room, sorted apple colors and sizes. Students made an apple that included seeds, the core, some skin, and a stem. We used apple seeds for counting and even made patterns using apples. We watched a video about apples and how they get from the orchard to the grocery store! We even learned a song to the tune of  Bingo !  “I know a Fruit thats good to eat and Apple is its name-O! A-P-P-L-E!



Cards and Counters Apple-style! Many friends got to match the apple numbers with the apple seeds inside!


Students had fun learning about patterns by completing the apple pattern with pom poms!


Many friends were introduced to telling time on a clock this week!


We are making lots of great friends and learning to work together in our school adventure together!



Peek In Our Week # Mr. John’s Classroom # Week Of October 5, 2020

The Buckeye Room Bulletin

Line Time:
Reptiles- This week we learned about reptiles and what makes a reptile a reptile.  Reptiles are vertebrates, cold blooded (body temperature changes to the temperature around them), they are born from hard shelled eggs and their skin is dry, with scales.  Some examples of reptiles are snakes, turtles, and lizards.  Below was my childhood Saturday TV entertainment.

Oh, no, they say he’s got to go.  Go, go, Godzilla!  Oh, no, there goes Tokyo Go, go, Godzilla!


Who is afraid of snakes?

Not these children!


Did you know?
Does hot water freeze faster than cold water? This is known as the Mpemba effect. … Evaporation is the strongest candidate to explain the Mpemba effect. As hot water is placed in an open container the water begins to cool, the overall mass decreases as some of the water evaporates. With less water to freeze, the process can take less time.  My thoughts is that it is a misnomer due to less ice is produced.  But who am I to say?


A Challenge From Mr. John:


Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 11 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese).



October Birthdays:

A Montessori classroom prides itself on a mixed aged classroom of ages between 2 1/2 and 6. Here is our newest 4 year old student.


Peek In The Classroom:

The Number Rods help children learn the names of numbers and their sequence and learn to correctly associate between the spoken number and its quantity. Children grow to understand that each rod represents a unique quantity and that each number is represented by a single object as a whole, separate from others.


She is working on the material found in the language area called Pink Rhyming. This material focuses on words with short vowel sounds /three letters. The ability to rhyme is a sign your child has an understanding of phonemic awareness.


This student is working with the sandpaper letters. The aim for this material is to teach the child the sounds of the alphabet by means of muscular and visual memory. The child is encouraged to trace the symbol over and over again until the shape of the letter becomes a part of the child’s muscle memory.


This student is really focusing on the Cards and Counters which is a math activity. The Cards and Counters bring an abstract and concrete concept to this math activity. The cards and counters reinforces the knowledge that each number is made up of separate quantities. The child will see the sequence of numbers and how many separate units go to form each number.


Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Amphibians

Letter Of The Week- H h

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bit

Next Language is Arabic with the Lebanese Dialect


Academic Enrichment:
Weekly Theme:
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.


We practiced writing in cursive Aa, Ae, Ai, Ao, Au


Next Week:
Weekly Theme: Parts Of Animals

Synonym Of The Week: HOT: burning, scorching, blazing, boiling, sizzling

Sight Words Of The Week:  for with


Upcoming Events:
Picture Day- Wednesday, October 14th

Zoom Parent/Teacher Conferences- Friday, November 13    ** Details coming soon **

*** BOX TOPS  BOX TOPS  BOX TOPS  Mr. John REALLY wants pizza!  Due 10/23/2020 ***

Who remembers The Noid from the 80s for Domino’s Pizza?   Also, Due to a computer glitch please keep scrolling















Friends, Frolic, and Fun:



Unicorns everywhere.


She wanted her picture taken. I sometimes indulge the students.


Matching ponies





“BLAWSOME” week!

Last  week in Cherry Blossom we have been studying leaves. We talked about the parts of a leaf. There are stipules, petiole, veins , and the blade. We talked about how the leaves are green because they have chlorophyll.  Leaves are the part of a plant that turns water, sunshine, and oxygen into food for the plant. We also talked about how the leaves fall off in the autumn to conserve energy. We collected leaves at recess to make leaf rubbings. We have be cutting leaves, matching different color and shape leaves, and many of the children have tracing the leave puzzle.


A peek into our work time…

The 45 layout was a popular material in our classroom this week! Using this material builds math skills focusing on matching symbols and quantities 1-9, 10-90, 100-900, 1000-9000.
Some of our older students are taking on the roll of leader and are doing a great job helping others to learn and grow.  They are helping others stay on track and keeping them in line in the hall. At lunch these leaders are helping to open things for others and clean up after we are finished.


We have started doing sign language during preschool lesson. Also, at the end of the day we have started doing yoga adventures. They are an active bunch and really enjoy this time to move and groove.

It is a joy getting to know your children and watching them blossom!

A Peek At Our Week! The Aspen Room 09/28/20 -10/02/20 The World Of Color!

This week the Aspen Room explored the world of color! Did you know that Red is the first color that an infant sees? An infant will eventually see the full color spectrum by the age of  five months! In the Aspen Room we learned this fascinating fact and more! Your children were able to explore the world of color by learning the names of colors in both English and Spanish (George taught us some color names in Portuguese!), we learned what Primary and Secondary colors are , experienced the meaning and the differences of Warm Colors and Cool Colors, created colorful works of art with watercolors and coffee filters, then used our knowledge to explore enrichment activities in the classroom.It was a very busy week!

Our kindergarten students learned the descriptive language of where we live, from biggest (galaxy) to smallest (street address).  They also practiced their handwriting skills by writing their address and working in their new cursive binders! Next week they will explore landforms!


Next week our theme is leaves! We will discuss and explore the parts of a leaf, the function of the leaf and how it does it’s job, the classification (names and type of leaf), and why they change color in the Fall! Hello Fall!!  It is finally here! Enjoy your weekend and I will see you next week!


Sorting and classifying pictures into groups. Is it considered a Warm Color or a Cool Color?
Using a dropper to create works of art with a coffee filter and watercolors!


Creating patterns with our magnetic color cubes!