A Peek At Our Week| Ms. Kristen’s Class| Week of April 9th

This week, we learned all about Asia! We learned that in Japan, baseball is becoming a popular sport! We also learned that in India children often take automated rickshaws to school, which is a very small car, almost like a golf cart.  We also learned that in China, they make rice cakes called nian-gao! We also visited some of the countries we are representing using Google Earth!

Working on learning the Cardinal Directions by matching the labels to the signs hanging up in the classroom!


Working on the Addition Strip Board! This material is a more concrete way for the child to practice their addition facts!
This sweet girl is practicing counting by 2’s and drawing her own 2 Bead Chain!

A Peek Into Next Week:

– Learning More About Asia

Take A Peek Into our Week/Ms. Kate/ April 12, 2018

This week our class has been working so hard on their class project, their festival lines, and their songs!! Keep up the practicing at home parents!☺ We are also getting very exciting about our baby ducks! We are on day 28… so any day now!!

When working on our geography maps it’s purpose is to provide the names of the countries/ states/ provinces of each continent and the bodies of water that surround the continent.
One of our kindergarten students is working on the addition snake game. The purpose is to prepare the child for addition, and to practice memorizing addition facts.
Bead stringing helps develop concentration, fine motor control, and the confidence that will serve them with all other Montessori materials.
Phonograms help readers and writers decode words and spell words correctly.
Addition finger charts allows the child to practice memorization of addition facts.

Take A Peek Into Next Week:

Next week we are getting ready for our international festival!!

Next Wednesday is our festival dress rehearsal. Your child does not need to wear their costume for this. Friday is the big night!! Please remember that next Friday is an early release day. Your child must be picked up at 12. Also, be at Cuyahoga falls high school at 5pm!!

A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of April 9th

Africa: Is one of the seven continents in the world that has more than 50 countries. Cairo located in Egypt is Africa’s largest city. Africans can work on farms to grow corn, rice and other crops. Africa has the largest desert in the world known as the Sahara. It also has grassy places called savannas and rain-forest. Africa is known for all its wild animals such as: gorillas, zebras, giraffes and lions.

Europe: Is one of the seven continents in the world. It is very small but has many countries like Germany, Spain and Italy. Each country in Europe has its own language, food and customs. For example people in Germany speak German and celebrate a festival called Oktoberfest. Europe also is known for its groups of mountains called ranges. The tallest mountain range in Europe is the Alps.

Work Time

I Spy: This student is playing I spy using the initial sound she hears when she names each object in the basket.
Trinomial cube: This child is learning how to build a trinomial cube, while also getting an introduction into algebra and preparation for the formula a3+3a2b+3a2c+6abc+b3+3ab2+3b2c+3ac2+3bc2+c3.
United States of America Map: These children are learning the names of the states and where they are located on a map.
Moveable Alphabet: This child is saying the word of the object and matching the symbol with the correct initial sound to the object.
Big/Small Snowflake Match: This child is developing her understanding of big and small by matching the same snowflakes of different sizes together. Understanding concepts of big and small are important for math readiness. A main concept of mathematics is understanding degrees of big and small.

Guest Reader


International Festival Rehearsal | April 18th 6pm-7pm

International Festival Show | April 20th 5:30pm-8:30pm

Early Dismissal | April 20th at noon

A peak into next week: Australia, Antarctica and Asia

Academic Enrichment | week of April 9th | Tallmadge

Nouns/Verbs: The students learned that a noun is a person, place , or thing. And that a verb is an action word or something that you can do.

Nouns: These students are labeling and identifying nouns.
This student is identifying  and labeling the nouns and verbs found in each sentence, by using a large black triangle for nouns and a large red circle for verbs.
This student is identifying  and labeling the nouns and verbs found in each sentence, by using a large black triangle for nouns and a large red circle for verbs.

A peak into next week: Articles

A Peek into Science | 4/3 and 4/9 | Tallmadge Campus

Water Molecules on the Move:  We filled two glasses with the same amount of water: one cold and one hot. Then, we put one drop of food coloring into both glasses at the same time. The students observed that the food coloring traveled quicker through the hot water than the cold water. We discussed how molecules move faster through hot water which is why the food coloring spread faster.

Traveling Water: We taped a piece of string inside one glass then filled it with water. After that we placed the loose string in the empty glass, pouring the full glass of water over the string. When we poured the water it traveled along the string making its way into the empty glass. We talked about how a drop of water has many molecules that are held together by electrical, molecular bonds.  We learned that these strong hydrogen bonds found in water are what  allowed the  water molecules to stick together very well as the water traveled down the string and into the empty glass.

A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of April 3rd

North America: Is the third largest continent in the world. There are four big countries: Canada, Greenland, the United States and Mexico. It has high mountains and flat grasslands. It has swamps, forest, deserts and even volcanoes. Most people speak English, Spanish or French.

South America: Is the fourth largest continent in the world. It has tall mountains and flat grasslands. The worlds largest rain forest is in South American and is called the Amazon rain forest. There are may unusual plants and animals.

Work Time

100 Board: This child is memorizing where the tiles should go and be placed on the 100 chart, while also learning to identify names of the numbers 1 through 100 and how to write each number.
Pyramid Puzzle: This child is matching the different colors together in order to create the pyramid shape. This puzzle involves not only the ability to concentrate but the ability problem solve.
Prepositions: This child is  learning what a preposition is and reading them in different sentences. He is developing an understand that  a  preposition is a word used to link nouns, pronouns, or phrases to other words within a sentence.
Color Box 4: These children are grading different colors from darkest to lightest, while also refining their sense of sight.
Cards and Counters: This child is demonstrating his knowledge that each number is made up of separate quantities. He is also able to visually see the sequence of numbers and how many separate units go together to form each number.
Addition: These children are using the golden beads to discover that when you put two small numbers together to get a larger number it is called addition.
Stamp Game: This child is using the stamp game to do addition. It works like the golden beads but instead of unit beads there are unit stamps. Instead of ten bars there are ten stamps. Instead of hundred squares there are hundred stamps. Instead of thousand cubes there are thousand stamps.
Magna Doodle: This child is practicing writing sight words on a Magna Doodle. He is developing multiple skills involving his eyes, arms, hands, memory, posture and body control.

Guest Reader


International Festival Rehearsal | April 18th 6pm-7pm

International Festival Show | April 20th 5:30pm-8:30pm

Early Dismisal | April 20th at noon

A peak into next week: Europe and Africa

A Peek At Our Week| Ms. Kristen’s Class| Week of April 2nd

This week, we continued to learn all about Australia! We learned that in Australia, people greet one another by saying ” G’day!”. We also read a story about a baby kangaroo called ” Pouch”, and we learned that baby kangaroos are carried by their mothers in a pouch on their body. We also learned that Australia used to be called New Holland!

Proud of his shoe tying!


Matching the Geometric Solids to their bases! This material aides the child in refining their perception of two demensional forms. It is also indirect preparation for geometry!


Proud of her work on the Snapping Frame! This material is designed to teach the child how to fasten clothing with snaps. In addition, it aides the child in developing their concentration, coordination, and independence.


Working on cursive lower case letter formation from the Handwriting area!


These two sweet girls are working on the 9 Tray together! This material is designed to reinforce the naming of quantities and symbols. The child counts by 1’s, 10’s, and 100’s and ends with discovering there are 10 hundreds in 1000, 10 tens that make up 100, and 10 units that make up one ten!


Reid’s dad came to read us a story about a little boy who wanted to be a Hippopatamus! So fun!


Anna, a former student in our classrom, came to visit and read to us!

A Peek Into Next Week:

– All About Asia

Academic Enrichment | week of April 3rd | Tallmadge

Vowels and consonants: The students learned to recognize and distinguish vowels from consonants, which is an important step in the development of reading and writing skills. We talked about how all words contain at least one vowel. The students were quickly able to recognize the vowels, which is great because they will have a strong foundation for learning rules and spelling patterns for short and long vowels, final vowels, unaccented vowels, silent vowels and irregular spellings.

This child is coloring, cutting and pasting vowels and consonants in different fish tanks.
This child is looking at objects to compose words. He is using a blue marker to identify the vowels and a red marker to identify consonants in each word.
These children are saying the word of an object then phonetically spelling them using the movable alphabet. They are also labeling the vowels and consonants as they practice writing each word. 

A peak into next week: Nouns and verbs

Take A Peek Into Our Week/Ms. Kate/April 4, 2018

Happy Friday everyone!!

This whole month is all about North and South America!! We are getting so excited for our International Festival on April 20th! This week we introduced our continent and North America Map Puzzle. We also talked about Ohio and our symbols that represent our state. This week we also started our class project for our festival.. can you take a guess of what we are making?? Hint: you can find this place in South America:)

Our friends are getting so excited about our baby ducks!! These last few weeks everyone has been making cards and pictures for the ducklings:) only about a week to go!
Our two kindergarten students are working on the grammar farm together. They have learned what a article, noun, verb, adjective, and pronoun is. They are creating sentences using the different parts of speech.
journaling Helps Your Child Deal With Big Feelings, Improves Your Child’s Writing Skills, and Enhances Your Child’s Communication Skills.
Our friend is working on our living and nonliving work. When working on this they are learning how to categorize, and sort the pictures based on whether they represent living or nonliving things.
When playing memory it improves concentration, trains visual memory, increases short term memory, increases attention to detail, and improves their vocabulary.

Take A Peek Into Next Week:

Next week we are learning about South America, the rainforest, working on our class project, and practicing our songs and lines.


A Peek at Our Week | Elementary | Week of April 3

Welcome back! We were so happy to be back together this week. Before break, we chose the National Parks we wanted to research for the International Festival. This week, we began our research for the Festival on Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Crater Lake National Parks. Our students have research questions to answer about the formation of their park, the landforms inside their park, the flora and fauna, and many more topics! The students are also choosing how they will present their information and writing a script for that presentation. Look for an email this weekend about all the costume details and your child’s script!

Our second year students are finishing up their study of polygons as a group of shapes before moving into studying each family of polygons. So far, our students have discussed which polygons are builders and constructors, the parts of a polygon, and regular and irregular polygons. To show what they have learned, the students are building different regular and irregular polygons from straws and strings. Your student will be bringing these home to share with you!
Our first graders have completed their study of lines and are now studying angles. Our first lesson was about whole and straight angles. In this lesson, a first year student is sharing with our visiting kindergarten child how to write a definition into your own words. It’s so wonderful when students can share their knowledge with peers, especially when we can involve different subject areas into one lesson!
Our tank for the hydroponic system is up and running! After a leaky tank and a three-day long search for local, aquatic snails, we are ready to plant our seeds. Our seeds have been germinating and have now sprouted enough to be placed into our hydroponic system. One of our students involved in planning this project, a third grader, is connecting tubing and bubblers to each tier of our system. This will ensure that the water that is nurturing our plants has enough oxygen. Once everything is in our system, students will need to consistently check and adjust the pH levels in our tank to make sure the fish stay healthy and the plants keep growing. We also have a three-way breeder to keep our baby guppies safe! Stop by next week to see our system!

“A Peek at Next Week”

Next week, we will continue our research for the International Festival and will begin practicing with our scripts. Please take time to practice lines with your student! First year students will continue work with the Decanomial, will discuss echinoderms, and will continue learning about angles. Second year students will discuss prime numbers, commas, and triangles. Third year students will begin multiplying fractions, will learn more about mollusks, and will find the formula for volume! Our fourth year students will review multiplying binomials and trinomials and will continue studying bacteria by building models of different bacterial shapes, discussing antibiotics, and will learn about bacteria on every day objects.


  • Wednesday, April 18 – International Festival Rehearsal 6:00-7:30
  • Friday, April 20 – Early Dismissal – All students must be picked up at noon. There is NO After Care this day.
  • Friday, April 20 – International Festival – 5:30-8:30