Take A Peek Into Our Week/Ms. Kate/January 24,2020

Happy Friday everyone!!

I can’t believe that January is almost over. Time is just flying by!! This week all of our lessons were about celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We read some incredible books that really explained who he was on their level. They learned about segregation, they listened to his I Have A Dream speech, learned who Rosa Parks was, and learned about freedom marches and sit-ins. Ms.Amanda had some awesome crafts that went along with each lesson of the day! It was a fantastic week!!!

Our brand new friend is working on the knobbed cylinders. This material is designed to assist children in making distinctions in their immediate environment. This material primarily engages the senses of touch and sight. 
When working on the Nine Tray the child will have a better understanding of the decimal system. They will also become familiar with the names and relative sizes of the categories. 
Ms. Amanda is working with one of our friends on one of our continent maps. I love these maps because it teaches the child the different countries in each continent. It also is a great work for them to gain fine motor skills, focus, and concentration.  
This cutie is working on the binomial cube. The purpose of the material is less focused on the complex mathematics behind the material, and rather is to provide a challenge for a child’s ability to find patterns and relationships between the blocks. 


Please check out the sign up I sent out yesterday about the valentines day party!!

We love to go outside, so please remember to have your kiddo always come prepared for outside!!

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

“Art has the role in education of helping children become like themselves instead of more like everyone else.” -Sydney Gurewitz Clemens

Each week, I learn more and more about the students through art. For follow-up work, students are often asked to draw their research, build models, or create displays. No two pieces of these assignments are ever the same between students or throughout the years. We are able to understand a lot of the thought process of a child when they have an open-ended art project for follow-up work in  the new rooms with wall cladding installers Melbourne. When I take pictures or walk around art and music classes, I can see which students have learned to push through frustration, which students enjoy wide parameters and which prefer step-by-step guides, and which students open up when they are able to express themselves through art and music. We are so lucky to have Ms. Dayna and Ms. Lisa to give our students these opportunities.

Lower Elementary

Here one of our second year students is leading two first year students through our key pockets. They are working on the sound /th/. Our second year student invited them and had them take turns reading the cards. While working together, our older students gain confidence in their abilities and our younger students learn from their example.
Our first kindergarten student has come to visit! Here one of our first graders is leading her through some cultural work. We love to see our first year students get to be leaders to the kindergarten friends that they had in their old classrooms! We are excited for many more weeks of getting to know visitors!

Upper Elementary

We often talk in the classroom about how pushing through a normal amount of frustration with work, helps our brains grow and helps make work easier the next time. Here, a third and a fourth year student are working with our Negative Snake Game. They observed the fifth years during their lesson and wanted to try it on their own. They created an equation of adding positive and negative integers using ALL of the bead bars in the box. They were a bit frustrated at times, but pushed through and finished out the morning focused on it.
This student has started his virus research. He has chosen to research the togavirus which causes German measles and equine encephalitis. He is learning about the history of the diseases, the symptoms, and what scientists are doing to stop the spread. He will then build a model and present his research to the class!


Our first recorder class has come! Some students tested on “Hot Cross Buns,” “Gently Sleep,” and “Merrily We Roll Along.” If they pass their performance of the song, they receive a belt, like in karate. Some students received all three belts for their songs!


  • “Bring Your Parents to Work Time” – February 11 and 13 – sign up here!

1/20 Weekly Enrichment Spotlight

Weekly Enrichment Spotlight


This week in science class, Mr. John taught us about air pressure and creating a vacuum. He lit a piece of paper on fire, placed it in a glass, turned it upside down, and placed it on a plate. This created a vacuum! Thank you for a fun science class!

A Peek At Our Week|Ms. Courtney’s Class|Week of January 14th

Classroom: Ocean Animals

This week the students learned about ocean animals. We learned about different types of sharks, types of crustaceans, and even how an elephant seal can hold its breath under water for two hours!

A Peek Into Next Week: Martin Luther King Jr.


This week the students  continued learning that subtraction is taking smaller number from a larger number, and added in exchanging. We call this Dynamic Subtraction when exchanging is envolved.

A Peek Into Next Week: Division

Reminders: NO SCHOOL- Monday, January, 20th| Kindergaten walking trip-Tuesday, January 21st|Kindergarten trip to Natural History Museum-Thursday, January 23rd


Enrichment Highlight: Music

Ms. Lisa started her unit on Peter and the Wolf. The students will learn about the different instruments in the play, and will learn which instrument represents the characters.

Work Time:

This student is coloring the land and water forms work. He is learning about the different forms such as, cape/bay, straight/isthmas, and system of lakes/archepelego.

This student is refining his sense of touch by identefying the geometric solids using a blind fold. He has to use his memory of the shape to destinguish it by touch only.

This young lady is working on addition with the Dot Board. This work moves the child from concrete addition with manipulatives to abstract addition.


Peek In Our Week ::: Mr. John’s Class ::: Week Of January 13, 2020

Line Time:
To honor the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. we learned a bit about his life and his accomplishments.  The students became actresses and actors as they recreated Rosa Parks making her stand on a bus in Montgomery Alabama.  The students enjoyed playing the part of the bus driver, Rosa Parks, “the mean guy”, a police officer, Martin Luther King Jr., and passengers on the bus.  We discussed our differences such as skin color, eye color, hair color, and gender.  Then we discussed how we are similar.  We talked about discrimination and segregation.  We talked about if someone with red hair wouldn’t be allowed to do art “just because” they have red hair or if anyone who had blue eyes would have to go to a different classroom with less materials, broken crayons, or no books “just because” they have blue eyes.  I had only boys fetch the chairs for the skit and brought that to the attention of the class.  We had some very sad girls…. I did let the girls take the chairs back after the skit.




Meet my Fire Belly Toads:
They really ham it up for the camera!




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


Peek In The Classroom:

She is working on the first introduction to decimals found in the math area. This material helps the child understand the relative value of a unit, ten, one hundred, and one thousand. To help the child understand the decimal system. To teach the names unit, ten, hundred and thousand.


We are following this student through her Sensitive Period journey. She can not get enough of Geometry. The term refers to several overlapping periods of development where a child is sensitive to a particular stimuli or type of interaction. This occurs because it is very easy for children to acquire certain abilities during a specific sensitive period. In this case Geometry.


This student is working on the 9 Tray found in the Math area. To introduce the child to the concept of the decimal system. The aim of this material is to make the child familiar with the names and relative sizes of the categories and to help the child with the difference in bulk between e.g. 6 units and 6 thousands.


These two students are working together on a continent puzzle map. The purpose of this work After the Map of the World, a child might engage with Asia, Europe, Australia, South America, North America, or Africa. These continent maps include pegged pieces to represent every country on that continent. After taking the pieces out and putting them back together, a natural control of error occurs if the pieces don’t all fit correctly! The pegged pieces also help build the fine motor (pinscher grip).


Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Skeletal System

Letter Of The Week- Q q

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bub

Next Language is Kiswahili


Upcoming Events:
MLK Day: We are off Monday, January 20th, 2020 ***** NO SCHOOL ***** 



Friends, Frolic, and Fun:



Two buds.


You should have seen the other guy.


It is all about the fashion of the hair!!!!






































A Peek Into Reading Group

Last week we started our Junior Great Book program. We started off by going over what makes a good listener and how to have a good discussion. The kindergarteners listened to the story, Cornelius which was about a Crocodile who can do some amazing things. He tries to share his tricks with his crocodiles friends, but they do not seem to care. In the end, they start trying his tricks to and Cornelius knows things will never be the same again.

After we read the story,  the students participated in activities such as, writing what they were wondering, drawing the crocodiles trying to do the tricks, and they even got to act out a scene from the story!

These students are acting like the crocodiles in the story


A Peek Into Next Week

-The students will listen to the story, Big Wolf and Little Wolf.

-The students will learn the vocabulary words: approached, curious, and suspicious.

-The students will participate in discussions and comprehension activities.

Academic Enrichment ::: Cuyahoga Falls Campus ::: Week of 1/13/2020

Weekly Theme:
We were introduced to subtraction with manipulatives (golden beads,dynamic/ borrowing).




We practiced writing in cursive writing sentences (sometimes silly sentences).


Cultural Subjects:
We now can count to ten in 18 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).


Next Week:
Weekly Theme: Division w/ Golden Beads (Static/No Borrowing)

Synonym Of The Week: MEAN: selfish, unkind, malicious, hurtful

Sight Words Of The Week: now made

Language Of The Week: Dutch/Flemmish

















































A Peek at Our Week | Elementary | Week of January 13

“Free choice is one of the highest of all mental choices” -Maria Montessori

Parents, I wanted to write about the importance of free choice in educating your child as a whole and a few other benefits of being in a Montessori environment for an entire three year cycle, but found an article that I liked even more (plus there are cool pictures and descriptions of materials)! Here you can read about what your child gains in a Montessori classroom and why our philosophy really makes a difference in this short article. There is also a video if you prefer that way of learning!

Lower Elementary

This first year student is working on her spelling assignment. She is doing an activity called “Michelangelo” where she tapes her paper under a table and writes her words three times each while lying down. Students love to practice spelling in creative ways!
This third year student is working on adding and subtracting time by completing word problems. Learning to add and subtract time helps our students keep track of how wisely or unwisely they are spending their days.

Upper Elementary

Our fifth year students have been researching classes of mammals. This student has chosen to research the Xenarthra group, which includes sloths, armadillos, and anteaters. These students researched topics like muscular and skeletal systems and reproduction, wrote a rough draft, completed a final draft, a visual aid, and will be presenting their project during an oral report. Head over to our Instagram to see more photos of her work!
This sixth year student has been working on “American Women in History” research. He chose to learn about Sally Ride. After researching, he wrote a five paragraph essay, created this trifold board, and will be presenting his research to his friends today!


Enrichments by Ms. Erica

Ms. Dayna is teaching the students about composition.


  • NO SCHOOL – Friday, January 17 – Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • NO SCHOOL – Monday, January 20 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Thursday, January 23 – Cleveland Museum of Natural History – First and Second Grade

Take A Peek Into Our Week/ Ms.Kate/January 15,2020

This week was all about Ice and snow! (Lol,go figure). We read some fantastic books and watched some interesting videos about how icicles are formed, how many points a snowflake has, what a blizzard is, the different shapes a snowflake can form, fun crafts and science experiments that were all about snow and ice!!! Let’s hope we get some snow soon so our kiddos can play in it!!!

Yesterday we had parents come in for ” take your parent to work day.” If you haven’t signed up for this you need to!! Spend 30 minutes with your child as they are working in the classroom. It’s so amazing to see all that they can do!!
Our brand new friend is working on our sandpaper numbers. The purpose of the sandpaper numbers is to teach the children the symbols that represent each number, allowing them to visually identify any number from 0 to 9.
One of our Kindergarten students is working on number formation. The purpose of this work is to learn the hierarchy of the numbers in the decimal system. To associate quantity and symbol. And to learn to put numbers of larger quantity into sequence.
This little cutie here is working on our Four Season cards. When working on this work the child is learning about each season, and also how to place the cards into different categories.
When working on the teen board the child is going to learn to connect the name and symbol of that teen number.


No school January 17 and 20th!!

A Peek At Our Week| Ms. Courtney’s Classroom|Week of January 6th

Classroom: Polar Animals

Over this past week, the students learned about polar animals. We learned that male Emperor Penguin take care of their baby chicks while the female penguins go to the ocean to eat. The students also learned that polar animals have a layer of blubber or fat to help keep them warm in the arctic temperatures. Multiple students wanted to research on their own about polar animals and then shared what they learned with the class!

These students are waddling like penguins with their chick eggs!

A Peek Into Next Week: Ocean Animals


This week the kindergartners learned about subtraction. They learned that it means to take away a small number from a larger number. Here are some new vocabulary words they learned: minuend– “A quantity or number from which another is to be subtracted”, subtrahand– “A quantity or number to be subtracted from another”, and difference-“The result of subtracting one number from another.”

A Peek Into Next Week: Subtraction


Parent/Teacher Conferences-Friday, January 17th/NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS/ MLK Day- Monday, January 20th/NO SCHOOL

Enrichment Highlight:

For science this week, we discussed how polar animals have blubber that keeps them warm in the cold weather. This was demonstrated by filling a zip lock bag with shortening to create an insulated layer between a second zip lock bag inside, and having just a single zip lock bag. We stuck both bags in ice cold water and felt the difference. You could hardly feel the cold with the insulated bag!

Work Time:

These students are creating patterns with the knobless cylinders. They are enhancing their visual discrimination while improving critical thinking, problem solving, and short-term memory.
This kindergartener is working on the ten board. He is learning to recognize the quantity and the corresponding symbol and is practicing linear counting.


This student is tracing the Australia map puzzle. This work combines dexterity and geography by learning about the continent and strengthening the hand muscles.
This activity is floor scrubbing. Our student is strengthening her hand and arm muscles while gaining more concentration, independence, and a sense of order.