A Peek at Our Week | Elementary | Week of February 19

“The main thing is that the groups should contain different ages, because it has great influence on the cultural development of the child. This is obtained by the relations of the children among themselves. You cannot imagine how well a young child learns from an older child; how patient the older child is with the difficulties of the younger.” – Maria Montessori

This week we had the privilege of a visit from our first two kindergarten students! Before their visit, our older students prepared themselves and the classroom. We discussed how we could help the kindergarten students, what supplies we needed to gather for them, why we should help them, and reflected on times we have been new to an environment. Older students are paired up with the visiting students to act as a mentor. The visit always begins with a tour, then different students take turns sharing their knowledge of our materials and expectations. While we see the benefits of a multi-age classroom every day, it is especially wonderful to see the patience and generosity of our elementary students with the kindergarten visitors.

This second year student is helping our kindergarten visitor with compound words. Our second grader even wrote the name of the lesson on a white board for the kindergarten student to copy down, just like we do during a lesson.
This second year student is helping a kindergarten student with the six cubic chain. They worked together to count the multiples of six, then our second grader shared the other work that we can do with the bead chains!
All of our students have worked throughout January and February to research a country of their choice in Europe. Students had fourteen research topics to explore. After recording their findings on note cards and collecting their research information for a bibliography, students worked together to compile their information into a research paper. Each student took a turn completing a part of the assignment – a cover page, the report, and a bibliography. Look for these to be displayed next week!
We were so excited to welcome Mrs. Taiclet into our room to discuss the brain, spinal cord, and nervous system with us this week! We learned the parts of the brain, how the brain controls different parts of our bodies, how we can strengthen different hemispheres, and different tests doctors and nurses use to determine if you have an injury.
Students practiced tests that doctors and nurses use, examined a model of the brain, and were able to see the nerves and cartilage in our spine! Thank you so much, Stacey!
Our first “Going Out Experience” of the year was a blast! Our students learned about fish and sea creatures from all over the world. We were able to touch the shell of an African Tortoise, the back of a stingray, and different small sea creatures. We learned about the three types of sharks the aquarium has – nurse sharks, sand tiger sharks, and sandbar sharks. Students were excited to ask questions of a scuba diver right in the tank! Thank you to our two students that planned the trip and our parent drivers!
Our fourth grade student brought his Cell Model to share with the class today. The Cell Model is a home project assigned to fourth year students during their study of plant and animal cells in the classroom. This student decided to make an animal cell out of pizza. He then explained the parts of the cell and their function to the class. Students were invited to enjoy his cell, if they wanted. Check out the next photo to see his labeled parts!

A Peek into Next Week

Next week Lower Elementary students will measure and solve equations with number lines, will solve currency word problems, and study the adverb. Third year students will learn Euclid’s Theorem! Upper Elementary students will multiply with Napier’s Bones, research new finds in their study of early humans, and teach their peers about viruses in a “contagious” activity!


  • Enrollment for next year is already taking place. We are planning to have a large elementary group so please fill out your forms in a timely manner in order to save a spot for your child!
  • Student-Led Conferences are taking place Monday, March 5. This is a NO SCHOOL DAY for Elementary. Please look for my email this weekend for your scheduled time. We choose the time for each family for this conference in order to ensure materials will be available for each child.
  • The Science Fair will take place during the evening on Tuesday, March 20. Please look for my email this weekend about the supplies your child will need.
  • Open House – Tallmadge Campus – Saturday, March 3. Please share our Facebook post with your friends and family!

A Peek At Our Week| Ms. Kristen’s Class| Week of February 19th

This week, we learned all about the Presidents! We learned that the President of The United States has the important job of running our country. We learned about the first president, George Washington. We read the story, “Dear Mr. Washington,”, which was about the artist who painted George Washington’s official portrait and his children. Apparently the artist felt George needed to smile more in his painting because he was too serious! We also learned about Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president, and how he wanted every everyone to be treated fairly. Ms. Mel also worked with the students on learning some Italian this week!

Working on the Binomial Cube! Did you know this work indirectly prepares your child to learn Algebra?
Working on the Cards and Counters Material from the Math Area! This material teaches the child to match quantity to symbol and it also indirectly prepares the children to learn the difference between odd and even numbers!

A Peek At Next Week:

-All About Dental Health

-What foods are good for our teeth?

-What is a dentist’s job?

A Peek Into Reading Group

Over the last two weeks, we read a story called Screen of Frogs. It was about a lazy man who didn’t want to work. The moral of the story was that our actions affect others, and hard work goes a long way.

The kindergartners acted out a scene where the frog grabs the man’s leg. They had to react how they thought Koji would act. They responded to interpretive questions and completed worksheets that went along with the story. The kindergartners shared ideas with each other and even did an evaluation on how well they listened to each other.

A Peek Into the Next Two Weeks

-The students will listen to a story of a girl who gies to the store by herself for thr first time.

-The students will continue to work on evaluative questions.

-The students will learn vocab words: stumbled, examined, and nudged.

A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of February 19th

Presidents: We talked about how we celebrate Presidents Day every year. The students learned that the president is the leader of the United States of America. They discovered that George Washington was our first president and Donald Trump is the current president. We even talked about Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson.

Work Time

Europe 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.
Linear Counting: This child is working on one of our cubed bead chains, she is identifying the names of the numbers and seeing the correspondence of the quantities with the written number on the cards. She is also discovering that 4X1=4, 4X2=8, 4X3=12 and so on.
Animal Stacking: These students are developing their sense of order, coordination, concentration and independence while problem solving to stack and balance the animals on top of one another.

Guest Readers



March 2  | Progress reports

March 3 | Tallmadge Open House

March 13 | Parent teacher conferences (Pre-K & K families only)

A peak into next week: Dr. Seuss and Eric Carle

Academic Enrichment | week of February 19th | Tallmadge

Fractions: The kindergarten students have been learning how to identify fractions from whole to eighths. We have been talking about what the numerator and denominator are and why they are important. The students have been having fun figuring out equivalences and sensorially adding fractions together.

Fraction Skittles: Identifying and labeling fractions.
Equivalences: This student is proud that he discovered 1/2+1/4+1/4=1 whole.
Sensorially making equivalences using fraction tiles.

Project: These students are researching plants, flowers and animals from Africa.


A peak into next week: Money (pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters and half dollars)

A Peek into Science | 2/12 and 2/19 | Tallmadge Campus

Dancing Hearts: We put candy hearts in Sprite to see what would happen. The students had hypothesis like they will dissolve, float, sink and make a rainbow. We observed the carbon dioxide pick the candy hearts up and float on top of the Sprite. Then, when the hearts reached the top the bubbles burst and the candy dropped down again.


Upside down glass of water: We filled a glass up with water, placed a piece of cardboard over the top and turned it upside down. We discovered that the air pressure around the glass was greater than the weight of the water. Therefore, the air pushing up from underneath the water was strong enough to hold the piece of cardboard in place so the water would not spill out.


Take A Peek Into Our Week/February 22,2018/Ms.Kate

This week our class learned all about patterns and where they can find them. We read some fantastic books on patterns, created patterns with our classrooms materials, looked at different patterns on paper and had to figure out what would come next, and made patterns with our bodies. They had a blast this week!!!

Our two kindergarteners are working on the noun game. The purpose of this work is to introduced the function of a noun, to relate words to objects, to facilitate the identification of nouns in sentences, and to help children practice reading. 
When working on the teen board the child is able to associate the numbers eleven through nineteen with symbols 11 to 19. They also can successfully Draw the association between the quantity ( concrete) and the numbers ( abstract). 
Our red rods are located in our sensorial area. The purpose of the reds rods is the understanding of size, muscular and visual perception of dimension, which then leads to observation and knowledge. The child also gains small motor skills, math readiness, sequencing and order, and finally adding. 
Our friend here is working on our pink rhyming work. This work is more of our advanced rhyming work. The pink series is where the words consist of three letters : a beginning and ending consonant, and a vowel in the middle. All of the vowel sounds in this series are short vowels. 
This work that you see here is our opening and closing work. This consists of different types of containers and jars for the child to open and close with. The purpose of this work is for the child to to gain fine motor skills as well as as the small muscles in their hands. It also helps them be successful and more independent during their lunchtime. You would find this work in our practical life area.  

Take A Peek Into Next Week:

Next week is all about Dr. Seuss!! The class will have fun with tons of crafts, activities, and stories while we celebrate his birthday!!!



Peek In Our Week : Mr. John’s Class : Week Of February 19, 2018

The two people make make the school run as smoothly as it does is the office staff.  Kelly and Lisa prepare the field trips, prepare for our open houses, The Dance, Christmas Show, International Festival, and do billing (hehe). They do it all. The teachers get most of the fanfare but Kelly and Lisa need recognition as well. Koudos to the office staff!



Cultural Subjects:
Your children can count to ten in 22 different languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagolog, Hebrew, Korean, Hungarian, Irish, Kiswahili, Welsh,  Dutch/Flemmish, and Polish).

Line Time:
We went back in time and learned about Ancient Egypt.  We learned that the leaders or kings were called Pharaohs and when a king died they used a method to preserve them called mummification.  The pharaohs that were mummified look nothing like you see at Halloween or on cartoons.  The ancient Egyptians had a a written language called hieroglyphics which incorporated symbols such as cats, humans, and other daily objects. We also l;earned that the ancient Egyptians were responsible for building the Great Pyramids and The Sphinx which has the body of a lion and a head of a man. 

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Peek In Our Room:

I was giving lessons to two students at the same time. At times, more than one student is at the same place academically and I am able two give group lessons. Small group lesson give the opportunity for the students to help each other.
The two girls are looking at the book that go with our thematic unit (this week was Ancient Egypt). Students get to explore the books and their curiosity is piqued prompting 5hem to ask questions and explore.
hn I was going to break this little gathering until I over heard what they discussing… The Presidents of the United States of America. They were discussing JFK, Barrack Obama, George Washington, and Abe Lincoln.
They boys are working on the Addition Strip Board. The Montessori addition strip board is one method used by students to assist them in their abstract memorization of addition facts up to 18. While the materials are somewhat abstract, the process is still concrete.

Next Up In The Classroom:

Line Time:  Ancient Greece

Letter Of The Week: V v

Rhyming Word Of The Week: ben

Language Added: Polish



Coming Down The Pike:


 ^^^^^  Art Museum Field Trip Thursday March 15, 2018  ^^^^^


Parents of Kindergarten Students and Pre-K Students look for info regarding Parent Teacher Conferences


Spring Break March 26th through April 2


Dads and Donuts April 6th 7am to 8am









Peek Into Our Week | Academic Enrichment, Cuyahoga Falls | Week Of 2/19/2018

Kindergarten Lessons:
This week we started our two week journey in the fascinating world of Geometry.   We learned that there is just not one kind of triangle.  Actually, there are many kinds of triangles but we focused on three (Equilateral, Isosceles, and Scalene).  We then looked at Quadrilaterals which are any four sided shape (square, rectangle, rhombus, trapezoid, chevron).  We moved on to polygons (pentagon, hexagon, heptagon, octagon, nonagon, decagon).  Learning how to count in Greek really paid off during this session.

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Cultural Subjects:
We can now count to ten in 21 different languages (English, Sign Language, Latin, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese Dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagolog, Hebrew, Korean, Hungarian, Irish, Kiswahili, Welsh,  Dutch/Flemmish, Polish, Serbo-Croation, Cebuano, and Malay).


Peek Into The Kindergarten Room: 

Notice how two scalene triangles make an equilateral triangle, three isosceles make an equilateral triangle, and four small equilateral triangle make on bigger equilateral triangle. Your children have.


Peek Into Next Week (2/26/2018):
Lesson– More Geometry
Language– We will be adding Hindi
Synonym of the week– wet
Sight words of the week–  write  them








A Peek At Our Week| Ms. Kristen’s Class| Week of February 12th

This week was full of fun as we dicussed the Winter Olympics and different Winter sports! The children enjoyed learning what the Olympics are and learning what sports are in the Winter Olympics. We have also been tracking how many medals the United States has won so far!

Ms. Mel and Ms. Yao (Ryan’s mom) also shared with us about Lunar New Year! Ms. Mel explained about how each year is represented by an animal in Korean and Chinese culture and that 2018 is The Year of The Dog. She even taught the children how children bow to their elders on Lunar New Year and receive money from their elders and Ryan’s mom shared with us how children in China buy all new clothes to begin year. Ms. Yao also gave the children a red envelope with a chocolate coin and told them that for New Year’s, children in China receive a red envelope from their parents which contain money. So much fun!

We also had so much fun at our Valentine’s Day Party! Thank you to all the parents who brought in the needed items for our party and to those who took time out of their day to help make our Valentine’s Day Party so much fun!

Working on the 100 Board from the Math area of the classroom! The child places the numbers from 1-100 on the board and through repetition, discovers the order of numeration.


Ms. Mel dressed in a traditional Korean dress!
Ms. Yao read us a story about a traditional Chinese Lunar New Year!
Some of our friends also had the opprotnity to try on some traditional outfits worn on Lunar New Year!
Working on the Parts of The Flower Puzzle from the Cultural Area of the classroom! Puzzles are a great pre-reading material!

A Peek Into Next Week:

-All About Presidents

-Who was the first President of The United States?

-What is the job of the President of The United States?