Peek In Our Week | Mr. John’s Classroom | Week Of September 17, 2018

Line Time:
Food Groups

This week we had fun learning about the food groups in our class. Grains and Cereals (pasta, rice, bread, cereal, crackers), Fruit (apples, grapes, kiwi, mango which is my favorite), Vegetables (cucumbers, carrots, potato, broccoli, eggplant, which is my favorite) Dairy (my favorite… milk, cheese, yogurt), meats (beef, pork, chicken), and proteins, fats and sugars and how many servings we should have per day.  Next week we will be identifying and learning the characteristics are of living things and non living things (non-living thing: me at 5 am in the morning).


Cultural Subjects:
Your Children can now count to ten in 6 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, and French).


Peek In The Classroom:

Two friends working on the Food Pyramid.


This young lass is working on the Binomial Cube. The Binomial Cube is introduced at around 4 years of age, the purpose of the material is not to teach math, but instead, to provide a challenge for a child’s ability to find patterns and relationships. Therefore, the material is presented as a sensorial activity. It is presented like a three dimensional puzzle. The formula for the Binomial Cube is……. a³+3a²b+3ab²+b³


This student is working on the Ten Board. He was so excited to learn about this material he took it out a few minutes after he was presented with it. His excitement overflowed to where he is teaching a younger student the material. the purpose of the Ten Board is to combine the quantities and numerals 10 to 90


This student was excited to master this material. Once again the enthusiasm of learning prompts the older student to give lessons to younger students.


The Ten Board is matching the correct number of ten bars and a one to nine bead bar to compose a two digit number. Through this material children gain a better understanding of two digit numbers to 99.


Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Living and Non-Living Things

Letter Of The Week- E e

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bad

Next Language is Japanese

Person bringing snack for week of 9/24/2018 is Chase


Upcoming Events:
Mark your calendars picture day is Thursday, September 27th, from 8:30-11:00am. All students in attendance will be photographed in order to be included in the school yearbook.  Families can also order school pictures. John and Kim Tuesday, from Tuesday Photography, do a wonderful job with our school pictures and have been taking them at our school for over nine years! They take their time with each child, working very hard to capture the best possible picture.  Their work is guaranteed.  If you are not 100% satisfied they offer retakes at their studio in Tallmadge or a full refund of your purchase.





A Peek at Our Week | Elementary | Week of September 10

“Education is a natural process spontaneously carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not by listening to words but by experiences upon the environment.” -Maria Montessori

This week we had many exciting lessons and spent time learning from each other. Our first graders worked with fractions, learned the history of clocks, continued their Geometric Cabinet work, and learned about the first plants on Earth! Our second year students practiced labeling Golden Beads as greater than, less than, or equal to, distinguished between feminine and masculine nouns, looked at the intersection of two straight lines, and classified animals on our Animal Kingdom Chart. Our third year students began adding and subtracting squares and cubes, learned about suffixes, were introduced to congruence, similarity, and equivalence, and studied the taxonomy of vertebrates! Our fourth year students further studied the Pythagorean Theorem, discussed basic life processes, and learned about acronyms. Our fifth year students continued their Native American research, continued studying acronyms, and found the formula for a decanomial using the Table of Pythagoras.

Our fourth grade students discovered that the Pythagorean Theorem doesn’t just work with squares of numbers, but works with rhombi, trapezoids, and hexagons! We combined all of our Constructive Triangle boxes and even borrowed some from Ms. Courtney. Our students each took one side of the right-angled scalene triangle to build the shapes listed above.
These second and third year girls are working together on Handwriting. Our returning second year students are working on capital cursive letters. Our third, fourth, and fifth year students are writing paragraphs in cursive. This week, the older students wrote about black holes!
One of our first grade students has spent time this week working on snake research. In this photo, he is researching the Emerald Tree Boa. Research in the Elementary classroom can incorporate many areas of the classroom into a single project!
This first grade student is practicing the Fraction Skittles lesson she received on Monday. This is our first fraction lesson of the year and reminds students of their work with fractions in kindergarten. We discussed fracturing a whole into equal parts and different ways to write fractions.

A Peek at Next Week

Next week our Lower Elementary students will work on telling time, alphabetizing, different types of nouns, and parts of flowers and fish. Our Upper Elementary students will practice estimating and learn rules of divisibility. They will learn about coined words and the history of the English language. The fourth years will learn the chemical composition of life. Fifth year students will continue studying plants. Next week all students will begin Spelling lessons and will have their first homework assignment sent home following their Spelling lesson on Monday. We have our first field trip Friday, September 21, to Ramseyer Farms! Please remember to dress your child for the weather and a day on the farm!


  • Friday, September 21 – Ramseyer Farms Field Trip
  • Wednesday, September 26 – Picture Day
  • It’s almost here – “Bring Your Parents to ‘Work Time’!” Sign up here.

Academic Enrichment | Week of September 10th | Tallmadge

 Equator, Prime Meridian and Hemispheres: The students learned what hemispheres are and how to identify  where each continent is located Northern/Southern/Eastern or Western hemisphere. The students also learned where the equator and prime meridian are located on a globe.

Cursive Handwriting:

The students focused on the correct stokes to successfully make a lowercase j and lowercase p. For the lowercase j they were taught to swing up to the midline, drop down halfway below the baseline, swoop, and pick up the pencil then dot. For the lowercase p they were taught to swing up to the midline, drop down halfway below the baseline, slide up to the midline, circle around to the baseline, touch and glide.

A look into next week: Bodies of water surrounding North America

A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of September 10th

My Family: This past week we learned that we are all part of a family and that families are configured in different ways with many factors affecting them like marriage, divorce, adoption, remarriage, ethnic diversity, grandparents as primary care givers, single parents, foster care, etc. We read many books and the student’s shared a lot about their families. Through this they discovered that there are different kinds of families, but most importantly all types of families love and care for each other!

Work Time

Introduction Tray: This child is being introduced to the decimal system and becoming familiar with the symbols and quantities associated with units, tens, hundreds and thousands. He is visually seeing the difference between 1 unit, 1 ten, 1 hundred and 1 thousand.
Addition: These children are using the golden beads to discover that when you put two small numbers together you get a larger number and that this process is called addition.
Knobbed Cylinder: This child is able to visually discriminate the dimensions of each cylinder to find its correct placement in the block.
Dishwashing: This child is 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.
Nesting Dolls: This child is using her fine-motor skills, coordination, concentration, and sense of order to visually discriminate between the smallest and largest nesting dolls in order to correctly put the dolls back together.
Microscope: This child is learning how to view different organisms under a microscope, including the mushrooms she brought to school.

Guest Reader


September 21 | All School Field Trip | Ramseyer Farms
September 26 | School Picture Day | Tallmadge

A peak into next week: Feelings and Emotions

Academic Enrichment |Cuyahoga Falls | Week Of 9/10/2018

Line Time:
Hemispheres- We learned a few weeks ago the Earth is the shape of a sphere.  We are going beyond that and learning the Earth is divided into hemispheres.  Hemi means half or divided and sphere states the obvious. We have an imaginary line that runs east/west called the equator and an imaginary line the runs north/south called the Prime Meridian.  These lines divide the Earth into Hemispheres (northern hemisphere, eastern hemisphere, southern hemisphere, and western hemisphere). 

A Kindergarten Student being quizzed on hemispheres.


We practiced our cursive cups and trees, trees and loops, upside down and right side up cups.  Your children are doing a nice job.

Showing off there handwriting assignment.


Cultural Subjects:
We now can count to ten in 7 languages (English, Sign Language, Latin, Spanish, German, French, and Greek).


Next Week:

Lesson- North America and Surrounding Water and Countries

Sight Words Of The Week- see her

Synonym Of The Week- slow

Next Language- Japanese

Peek In Our Week | Mr. John’s Class | Week Of September 10, 2018

Line Time:
Healthy Habits!  We discussed how important our personal hygiene is. It is important that we wash hands, brush teeth, and take showers or baths.  When I say wash our hands I mean with soap and for at least thirty seconds (you could sing the alphabet song).  The same amount of time is needed to brush your teeth at least twice a day.  When taking a shower actually get wet, soap up, and rinse off. Do not be like my youngest who just sticks his head under the water and tries to convince me he is clean.  To remain healthy we must also exercise (walking, running, climbing, riding a bike, swimming…), eating healthy foods, and getting plenty enough sleep. AND…  if I ever catch anyone of my students smoking I will bop them!


Cultural Subjects:
Your Children can now count to ten in 5 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, and German)


Peek In Our Classroom:

This Student is working on the Knobless Cylinders. This material promotes OCCI (Order, Concentration, Coordination, and Independence). She worked on this for a good amount of time because she had to find the places for forty cylinders and had fun doing it.


This boy is working on a matching material. There are 9 compartments and nine colors. But the nine colors may have different shades of color. This makes the work a bit more challenging.


This work is the Knobless Cylinder and focuses on the area of Visual Discrimination (smaller to larger, shorter to taller, thinner to wider). Eventually, they will find matches between all four colors.


In the foreground an older student is giving a lesson to a younger student. The presentation is the Spindle Box which is a Math Material. This material helps the child make the connection between the symbols/numbers and the quantity.

Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Food Groups

Letter Of The Week- D d

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bag

Next Language is French

Person bringing snack for week of 9/17/2018 is Aayush

Upcoming Events:
Ramseyer Farms on Friday, September 21, 2018.  Students can take pleasure in the very things that autumn brings us! We will enjoy picking out our own pumpkins while on a guided hayride, learning all about the working farm, and having some fun with farm animals like pigs and chickens, we will learn some interesting things about their diet, we will be finding out one of the questions a student asked, can chickens eat black soldier fly larvae? Below is all the important information for the trip.

We will depart the school by 8:20am to Ramseyer Farms and look to arrive back at the school by 1:00pm. Please know that this field trip is only possible if we have enough chaperons and volunteer drivers.

**If your child is a half day student please note the change in our daily schedule as we will be arriving back to the school at 1:00pm that day to plan accordingly.







Shirt Twins


A Peek into Science | 9/3 and 9/10 | Tallmadge Campus

The Leak-proof Bag: We took a plastic bag, filled it with water and then poked a few pencils through it. The students learned that the plastic bag was made out of polyethylene molecules. They discovered that when the pencils were poked through the  bag the molecules in the plastic created a seal making the bag leak-proof.

Walking Water- We placed three glasses side by side, filled the two outside glasses with water and food coloring (yellow and blue) and left the middle glass empty. Then, we twisted two paper towels placing one end in the glasses with water and the other end in the empty glass. After about 30 minutes we noticed that the water started to climb the paper towels making its way to the empty middle glass. We learned that this process is called capillary action and is also how flowers and plants move water from the ground up through their stems and into their petals and leaves.

Take A Peek Into Our Week/ Ms. Kate/week of 9/6 and 9/10


Click on the below link to watch a video update about our week(s)!

Ms. Kate’s Weekly Update 9/6/18 

Ms. Kate’s Weekly Update 9/10/18


Our friends are practicing rolling and unrolling a mat! This helps with the coordination of movement, development of muscles, and concentration.
One of our returning students is showing our new friend the knobless cylinders. With this work the child is to observe and compare the different series with each other. They are also getting a clearer understanding for the different dimensions and their interplay.
These sweet kiddos are working on our grasping work. The purpose of this activity is to teach the child to carefully move items from one container to another.
When working with the metal insets, it teaches the children to develop their pencil grip, refine their motor skills, and learn how to draw within an outline , which is the materials control of error. This work indirectly allows the child to practice concentration and order as they work with, and master the material.


Please don’t forget to turn in your permission slips!

Please bring in one baby picture next week!

Don’t forget your family trees

Peek In Our Week | Mr. John’s Class | Week Of September 3, 2018

Line Time:
Ground Rules redux….   Not really redux because we added more things such as RESPECT! and Social Responsibility.  Your children are catching on very quickly which makes Ms. Kathleen, Ms. Ashlie, and Mr. John very happy people. Ms. Brandy (Owner and Founder of AMMS) observed our classroom without notice.  She was pleasantly surprised how you children nicely sat on line time for over 30 minutes and how the were engaged in work throughout the morning.  She said our classroom was “Peaceful and Productive.”  That is saying a lot for having 17 brand new students and only being the second week of school.  I just want reiterate the teachers have some part in this behavior but it is your children are the ones “catching on”  This is going to be a GREAT year!


Peek In Our Week:

This Practical Life Material is stringing small beads. This helps with the child’s concentration and fine motor skills. 

This Math Material is The Teen Board. The Teen Board is one of the first works introduced within the math sequence within linear counting. It also continues the concept of quantity and symbol. Notice how other children are observing the student work.


Ms. Kathleen giving a group lesson on the Color Box 2. The main purpose of the Color Box is to develop a child’s visual sense of color and helps with developing concentration.
This student is working with one of our Science Bins (Insects). She finds a rubber insect (not real) and finds the matching insect in the book.


Cultural Subjects:
We now can count to ten in 4 languages (English, Sign Language, Latin, and Spanish).


Next Week:

Line Time- Healthy Habits

Letter Of The Week- C c

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bap

Language- We will be adding German

Who Has Snack- Katherine Dale


Upcoming Events:

**********Ramseyer Farms ***********

Ramseyer Farms on Friday, September 21, 2018.  Students can take pleasure in the very things that autumn brings us! We will enjoy picking out our own pumpkins while on a guided hayride, learning all about the working farm, and having some fun with farm animals, slides and duck races!

We will depart the school by 8:20am to Ramseyer Farms and look to arrive back at the school by 1:00pm. Please know that this field trip is only possible if we have enough chaperons and volunteer drivers.









Academic Enrichment | Week of September 3rd | Tallmadge


The kindergartners learned that there are seven continents (Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe, and Australia). They also learned where they are located on a globe/map and a fun fact about each one. For example Australia is often referred to as “the land down under.”

Continent Map: this child is tracing and labeling all seven continents.

Cardinal Directions

The kindergartners learned that the cardinal directions (North, South, East and West) are the most commonly used form of directions. They discovered how to use a compass to find their way and learned that their are also primary inter-cardinal directions (Northeast, Southeast, Southwest and Northwest).

Cardinal Direction Race: The kindergartners labeled the playground using the cardinal directions, then had fun racing each other toward the given direction.

Cursive Handwriting


A peak into next week: Equator, Prime Meridian and Hemispheres