Peek Into Our Week // Mr. John’s Class // Week of January 7, 2019

Line Time:
We started to learn about our body and how it works.  We learned about our five senses (touch, hearing, sight, smell, and taste).  Did you know you can “feel” with any part of your body? Of course parents know that.  Who has not stepped on a Lego in bare feet and screamed in pain? But we associate touch with our fingers (hot/cold, hard/soft, rough/smooth).  We hear loud noises, quiet noises, high and low noises, “Are we there yet?”.  We need light to see and if we close our eyes we can’t see.  The lights being turned on at 5 am on a Saturday morning.   There are good smells like cinnamon, vanilla and bad smells like a dirty diaper and vinegar.  My favorite was the taste test where we tasted sweet (sugar water), salty (salt water), sour (pure lemon juice), and bitter (unsweetened baking chocolate).  The children enjoyed “most” of the tastes.  Hehe!!!!

The mad dash to discard the bitter bakers chocolate.


Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 16 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Japanese, Greek, Arabic with the Lebanese Dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagolog, Hebrew, and Korean).


Guest Readers:

A first grader from Dunbar read Twinkle Little Star.


Pastor Kirk read a story about treating people with respect.


A Montessori classroom consists of multi age students.  Here are our newest 4,5 year old students (January Babies): 






Peek In Our Classroom:

This is an example of an older student giving a lesson to a younger student. As with all Montessori sensorial materials, the trinomialcube has a purpose. The direct purpose of the trinomial cubes is for the child to practice the steps to properly disassemble and build the cube, while refining dexterity and visual acuity.


These students are working on the Mystery Bag found in the sensorial area. The purpose of the activity is to help children develop their stereognostic sense, our ability to identify objects based on touch alone, and support their material visualization.


Ms. Ashlie is working on rhyming words material found in the Language area and the presentation is drawing a crowd. The ability to recognize and produce rhyming words is an important phonological awareness skill. Research indicates there is a correlation between phonological awareness and reading ability. Working on rhyming skills is usually part of most programs of reading instruction for that reason.


This boy is working on The Memory Game which is found in the Math area. The aim is to train the child’s memory by asking him to retain a numerical symbol in his mind. To help the child transfer the knowledge of the numbers o to 10 from the “specific” material to the objects of daily life. The child is shown a symbol (number) and he goes to another part of the room to retrieve that number of sticks.


Next Week:
Line Time- MLK/ Diversity

Letter Of The Week- P p

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bun

Next Language will be- Hungarian

Snack will be brought to you by Rosella


Upcoming Events:

***********   No School Monday 21st   ***********

—–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:


I have new glasses                                 I got a new ‘do…. bangs!


Too cute                                                            You should have seen the other guy.












A Peek at Our Week | Elementary | Week of January 7

“It is easier to build strong children, than to prepare broken men.” – Frederick Douglass

This week, our Upper Elementary students learned about the history of New Year’s Resolutions while the Lower Elementary students discussed the origins of the names of our months with Mr. Matt during Latin! The Upper Elementary students found out that the Babylonians celebrated New Year’s in mid-March and made resolutions as offerings to the gods. The Lower Elementary students discussed with Mr. Matt that January was named after Janus, the Roman god of doors, because January represents all new opportunities and possibilities.

These fourth year students are continuing to learn about cells by labeling the parts of plant and animal cells. While studying the parts of each type of cell, they will create a 3D model of a cell at home to present to the class. Our students are hoping to make edible models that they can eat after sharing!
This first year student wanted to present a lesson on completing a maze to the other students. She drew a maze, with many different tricks and turns and helped students work their way through it. Here, she is presenting her lesson to a second year friend!
One of our “Tribe” activities this week was to communicate silently in our Tribe to complete a matching activity. Each group was given an envelope with fifteen different animal names on fifteen triangles. They had to communicate silently to sort the animal cards into five groups of three based on similarities between the animals. Not only did they have to be silent, but they weren’t allowed to take triangles from each other, forcing them to take other’s thoughts and ideas into consideration. After we finished, we discussed how we communicated effectively and how we could improve in the future.
Our Upper Elementary students did their first dissecting this week! To prepare, they had to learn about the circulation, digestion, respiration, nervous system, support and movement, and reproduction of all vertebrates and invertebrates. They dissected an earthworm, a grasshopper, and a frog. Each time they finished a dissection, they took the time to explain what they learned to our younger students and to Ms. Courtney’s younger students. Next week we travel to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History to dissect a sheep heart.

A Peek at Next Week

All students will begin Wax Museum research on Monday! Next week first year students will make a family timeline, will build coins up to $1, will create a map of the farm, and will learn the parts of the stem.  Second year students will be introduced to decimals, will make a family timeline, and will study leaf blades. Third year students will add and subtract time, will create a timeline, and will find the taxonomy of invertebrates. Upper Elementary students will have their dissection field trip, will add numbers in different bases, and will research ancient civilizations and early humans.

A Peek into Dance | Session One

This first session of dance class with Ms. Elisabeth was amazing! Students went from learning the positions in ballet and finding the beat in kids bop to a dazzling performance at our annual Christmas show! Congratulations to all our wonderful dancers, Ms. Elisabeth and Ms. Lexa for a great end of 2018!

If you are interested in having your child join one of our dance classes for the 2nd half of the school year, please stop by the school office. Dance begins Wednesday, January 16th!

Enjoy some snap shots from dance so far this year!


Academic Enrichment // Cuyahoga Falls Campus // Week of 1/7/2019

Using the 9 tray we learned how to do static addition (no carry overs) with manipulatives.  We used equations that every column (units, tens, hundreds, and thousands) were fill and we used equations that some of the columns were empty (zero) in the column.  We learned some new terminology such as addends (the numbers being added) and sum (the answer of the equation).




We practiced cursive… Bill buys bags.  Cam cuts cots.  Dogs dig dirt.  Fun fish feel. Grumpy geese go.


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).


Next Week:
Lesson- Dynamic addition (carry overs).

Sight Words Of The Week- could who

Synonym Of The Week- skinny

The next language will be- Kiswahili















A Peek into Elementary Enrichments I December 2018

December has been filled with joy and excitement in the Elementary classroom! For all of you that attended our annual Christmas show, thank you!

Ms. Lisa and the bell choir wowed us with their talents! The piano soloists also showed how hard the student’s have been working this year. One of  the best parts of the practices was seeing how supportive the students were towards each other. Several times I walked into the Enrichment room and would find a few students gathered around the piano listenting intently to another student practicing their piece. It is is joy to see the students encourage one another.

Everyone had tons of fun making the show a wonderful success!


The student’s will resume their music classes and piano lessons with Ms. Lisa the week they come back from Christmas break.


This month we welcomed out new art teacher, Ms. Dayna. She has presented several creative seasonal projects to the students that helped them get into the holiday spirit!

Elementary students observed several christmas bulbs and illustrated their findings on black paper using oil pastels.

They also exlored printmaking with tempera paints. They used foam stickers to create patterns for some ugly sweater stamps.

Lastly, all students made paper ornaments to take home for the holidays.

These students are displaying their oil pastel ornament paintings.


Check out the bulletin board displayed at the entrance. Here you can take a look at the wonderful art work the students have been creating!








The students are loving Latin! Each week Mr. Matt brings a creative lesson for the students to learn a new Latin skill.

Most recently, the students learned how to sing two popular Christmas songs in Latin. See if you can guess the songs!



Mr. Matt also brought in a few books that showed the students pictures of the city of Pompei, the ruins of Mt. Vesuvius, and Caecilius, who lived in at the time of the volcanic eruption.



We are very thankful for the clever and imaginitive minds that we see our students display each day. Our enrichment classes serve as catalysts to the outside world for each child. The echrichment classes are times the students can vere away from their lessons and daily tasks to explore new areas of interest alongside their peers. It is amazing to see their new creations in art each week, their musical talents develop with Ms. Lisa, and their language skills progess with Mr. Matt! Thank you for sharing them with us each day! It has been a remarkable first half of the year and we are looking forward to the second half!

See you next year!


A Peek at Our Week | Elementary | Week of December 17

“Children become the things they love.” – Maria Montessori

How is this half of the school year already over? So far this year, we have gone to a pumpkin farm, traveled to the Cleveland Zoo, and have performed at Mulberry Gardens. We have learned about new friends and continued building friendships with our returning students. We have studied the external characteristics of vertebrates and how cells work. We’ve discussed North and South America and have cooked to celebrate our friendship. Our students are creating materials and presenting lessons. We share messages when we have concerns in the classroom. We work every day to learn more and become better. I am so excited for the rest of this school year!

This second year student is writing about the Ancient Greek Civilization. He has drawn different clothing, different structures, types of exercise, and how they defended themselves. Next, they will study the Middle Ages.
These first year students are creating a crossword puzzle stemming from the word “happy.” They each take a turn to build a word and use a new word to branch off of when they run out of space. These students also enjoy building a word, then writing it backwards and trying to sound out the silly word they made. These activities help students build their knowledge of phonemes and practice decoding!
One of our favorite whole class lessons is “The Food Chain.” We throw popcorn on the floor and release the students that are chosen to be crickets. The crickets must move and sound like crickets throughout the activity and try to collect as much popcorn as possible. Next, frogs are released and try to capture the crickets. Then, hawks are released and try to capture the frogs. At the end, the remaining animals check their food bags for red popcorn. The red popcorn was contaminated food or litter that they accidentally ate. After that, whoever is left are the winners. After our lesson, we discuss what animals could also be in this food chain and what we learned from the experiment.
Our Last Day! We finally finished reading “A Little Princess” so we were able to watch the movie about it! After playing board games, we settled in for some hot chocolate and our movie!

See you next year!

A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of December 10 and 17th

Over the past couple of week the children read a lot of holiday books and did a lot of different crafts. I am so proud of how hard they worked during our Christmas Show practices. They did such a great job on their performance last Friday!

Work Time

Sandpaper Letters: This child is tracing and identifying the sounds of the letters ‘p’ and ‘t’ and connecting the sounds with the initial sounds of different objects like purse and turtle.
Movable Alphabet: This child is saying the words of different objects and phonetically spelling them:cup, dog and pom. He used both the print and cursive movable alphabet so that he could compare them.
Stamp Game: This child is doing static addition (a sum without exchanging) problems using the stamp game. He is practicing addition at a higher level of abstraction.
Rhyming Cards: This child is identifying and matching the rhyming object pictures. He is able to understand and hear when two words sound the same.

Guest Readers


School Resumes | January 7, 2019

Take A Peek Into Our Week!/Ms Kate/December 19, 2018

Happy Holidays everyone!!

I am placing both last week and this week into our last blog of 2018! These past few weeks have been filled with christmas concert practices, our Christmas program, and christmas crafts!! What a fun filled two weeks we had! During our time together we also learned about snow. We had fun lessons on how snow is formed, how many sides does a snow crystal have, what fun things we can do in the snow, plus much more!!

One of our kindergarten students is working on the map of Asia. When working on these puzzles they are gaining knowledge of the different countries, and also gaining fine motor skills. 
This cutie here is working on one of our syllable work. This is a stepping stone to reading. When children practice breaking up words into parts, reading becomes a bit easier for them.
One of our kindergarten students is working on the Addition finger chart. This activity allows the child to practice memorization of addition facts. 
When working on the nine tray the child is introduced to the decimal system. It also helps them to become familiar with the names and relative sizes of categories. 

I hope that all of you have a wonderful holiday break!! See you in the new year!!

Academic Enrichment — Cuyahoga Falls Campus — Week Of 12/17/2018

Intro to Decimals (unit, ten, hundred, and thousand) and the 9 tray. The 9 Tray purpose(s):

To make the child familiar with the different categories of numbers, especially with regard to reading the symbols.  To give the child the wording of large numbers

For the hierarchy of numbers, that is, that while the significant figure are always from 1 to 9, it is the place they occupy in the complex number which gives them the importance of 1, 10, 100 or 1000.
For the fact that in a large number made up of two or more categories, the zero merely shows an empty place. That is, that one of the categories is lacking (in 1065, for instance, the hundreds are missing).
For the fact that only 9 of each category are necessary to form any number.



We practiced our cursive pit, big, fist, tick.


Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 17 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Japanese, Greek, Arabic with the Lebanese Dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagolog,  Hebrew, Korean, and Hungarian).


Next Week:
Lesson- Composing Numbers / Addition

Sight Words Of The Week- come number

Synonym Of The Week- quiet

The next language will be- Irish










Academic Enrichment | Week of December 17th | Tallmadge

The kindergarten students have been working hard on learning different ways to solve multiplication problems. Below they are pictured using the multiplication bead board. This work gives them the opportunity to practice multiplication in a way that will lead them to memorization of the essential multiplication tables.


Cursive Handwriting: The students practiced writing the lowercase cursive words sat, us, rip, sad, gap and rust.