Explorations of Elementary October 2015

Explorations of Elementary

Our trip to Hale Farm was one of the best field trips! Each student enjoyed the walk along the beautiful grounds and the fall colors surrounding us. We began in the wagon house, where we saw several different styles of carriages once used. We then ventured into the barn where we learned about a special crop commonly referred to as broom corn. This corn was grown and used to make sturdy brooms for sweeping floors and long brooms to clean rafters in the barns.

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From here we went into the home and saw how the women would have made candles, yarn, and cider. We watched a farmer hitch up a team of bulls used to plow fields. I think everyone’s favorite part was watching the blacksmith create a hook and seeing a classmate “punished” in the old schoolhouse, by standing in the corner with a book on her head. We also watched a glassblower create a beautiful red glass cup. Everyone agreed this was a great trip and they all want to return soon.

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Our elementary Reading Groups meet every Tuesday afternoon to spend time reading as a small group. We have divided up into three small groups, each reading different books. All three groups spend time doing language and grammar work, and practicing reading fluency aloud. One group has been reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Ronald Dahl. This group has been focusing on types of nouns, syllables, compound words, and rules of capitalization. They recently began making a Capitalization Rule Book, in which they are writing all the rules to reference when they write. Another group has been reading short stories from the Junior Great Book series, poetry, and the children’s classic Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst, and Rumpelstiltskin. This group has been focusing on new vocabulary and learning definitions by using context clues and the dictionary. The third group has been reading the biography of Jackie Robinson, which has been a favorite for many of them. This group has also been studying types of adjectives. They learned there are two adjective classes (descriptive and limiting), and discussed 8 other types of adjectives within these classes.

Throughout the week students choose three spelling activities to complete in order to practice their words. These activities can be writing a sentence using spelling words, writing spelling words in cursive, or putting them in alphabetical order, to name a few. Then each Friday Ms. Sara meets with students to go over their personal spelling activities. She then quizzes them on their list and helps them choose new spelling words for the next week.

Students planned a wonderful Halloween party full of crafts, board games, and Halloween themed food. And no party is complete without decorations! The class volunteered to join a committee of either decorations, food, games, or crafts. Then each committee made a list of supplies needed to fulfill their duties and hung the list on the wall in the hallway for families to bring in. On the day of the party students enjoyed seeing each other’s costumes, playing their favorite board games with each other, creating a Frankenstein and spider craft, and of course getting candy!

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The food committee was so dedicated to making pumpkins out of oranges, mummies out of pretzels and string cheese, ghosts out of bananas and chocolate chips, puppy chow with candy corn, and pizza to create the ultimate Halloween themed meal.

 


Academic Enrichment November 2015 Monthly Overview | Cuyahoga Falls Campus

Our Academic Enrichment time is daily from 12:00-1:00pm. This time is specifically designed for our Kindergarten students to join together as a group to work and progress through the advanced materials and lessons in the Montessori primary curriculum. Throughout the school day in their classroom they are still working individually with their classroom teacher on these and other materials at their level.

11/02 Telling time to the minute
Review previous lessons on telling time
Introduction to the minute
Flashcards, Clock & Worksheets

11/09: Currency/ coins
Introduction to coins (pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters)
Identifying coins and amounts
Working with coins and worksheets

11/16: Currency/ paper
Introduction to dollar bills
Identifying dollar bills
Working with money and worksheets

11/23: Parts of Animals
Parts of the mammal, reptile, amphibian,
Parts of the bird and fish
Working with the animal puzzle and control chart
Thanksgiving Feast 11/25 (11:00-12:00pm) 12:00pm Early Dismissal (No Aftercare)
Thursday/Friday NO SCHOOL—Enjoy your Thanksgiving Holiday!

Sight Words of the Week: Try to find each word in books as you read to your child.
11/02: how, each
11/09: said, by
11/16: been, down

Synonyms of the Week: Try to find each word in books as you read to your child.
11/02: OLD, ancient, elderly, used, seasoned, mature
11/09: BIG, vast, gigantic, huge, large, enormous, colossal
11/16: SMALL, tiny, miniature, minute, little, petite,

Things to do at home this month to reinforce our themes:
-Look for our words of the week when reading a story, cut out pictures beginning with the letters of the week.
-Practice telling time on the clock at home. When you sit down to dinner, ask them to tell you what time it is, when they go to bed, have them check the clock. Have fun with Time!
-Practice exchanging money with your child. When you go to the store, have them help you pay!

Mr. John will be sending homework home to reinforce these lessons. Please turn homework into the orange box outside of Mr. John’s classroom. Please email him if you have any questions: jkotradi@thesmarterkids.com.


Mr. John’s November 2015 Monthly Overview

Themes of the Week (in addition to Montessori Work time)

11/02: Insects / Arachnids
-Characteristics of insects, examples of insects (invertebrates)
-Antennae, head, thorax, abdomen, six legs (some have wings)
-Characteristics of arachnids, examples of arachnids, 8 legs (invertebrates)
-Afternoon group lessons: Fire Safety

11/09: Dinosaurs
-Naming and Identifying Dinosaurs
-Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Pterodactyl, Brachiosaurus
-Plant eaters (herbivores), Meat eaters (carnivores)
-Where the Dinosaurs lived and how long ago they lived
-Fossils and Extinction
-Afternoon group lessons: On the Farm

Friday, November 13th  NO SCHOOL/ Teacher In Service Day (Parent//Teacher Conferences All Day 8am-7pm)

11/16: Thanksgiving/ Native Americans
-Mayflower, Native Americans
-When the Pilgrims came to America
-Who the Pilgrims were and why they came
-The Mayflower
-Native American shelters, nomadic, settlers
-Afternoon group lessons: Pilgrims/The first thanksgiving

11/23: Family
-Members of a family, family traditions and holidays
-Family birthdays, vacations
-Family pets
-Afternoon group lessons: Thanksgiving Crafts

Thanksgiving Feast 11/25 (11:00‐12:00pm) 12:00pm Early Dismissal (No Aftercare)
Thursday/Friday NO SCHOOL—Enjoy your Thanksgiving Holiday!

Letters of the Week: Try to find objects that begin with each letter wherever you go with your child.

11/02: Kk
11/09: Ll
11/16: Mm

Rhyming Words of the Week: Try to find each word in books as you read to your child.

11/02: OX, box, fox, lox, pox, sox
11/09: BOT, cot, dot, got, hot, lot, not, pot, tot
11/16: BOP, cop, hop, mop, pop, top

Things to do at Home this Month to reinforce our themes:

-Look for our words of the week when reading a story, cut out pictures beginning with the letters of the week.
-Play “I Spy” with items beginning with the letter of the week, or find things around your home that begin with the letter of the week.
-Explore your neighborhood. See if you can find any fossil plant prints on rocks in your yard or neighborhood.
-Make fall crafts together to help decorate your family Thanksgiving table.
-Look through family photo albums together and talk about your family. What does each family member do for a job? Where did you grow up? What unique traditions does your family have?


Ms. Courtney’s November 2015 Classroom Monthly Overview

Themes of the week (in addition to Montessori Work Time)

11/2: Body Parts
-The children will be able to identify specific body parts (Heads, Shoulders, Knees & Toes).
-The children will start to develop body awareness.

11/9: Food Groups/Nutrition
-The children will become aware of five food groups (dairy, protein, vegetables, fruits, and grains).
-The children are made aware of different foods from each food group.
-The children are informed that eating different foods from each food group will help them grow, think, and have energy to play.
-The children will learn how to recognize different foods from each group.
-The children will sample a variety of healthy foods.

Friday, November 13th  NO SCHOOL/ Teacher In Service Day (Parent//Teacher Conferences All Day 8am-7pm)

11/16: Indians/Pilgrims
-The children will learn about the items Pilgrims used long ago.
-The children will learn very that life was difficult for the Pilgrims in America and that everyone, including the children, had to work hard.
-The children will learn where the Pilgrims left and where they were headed in America.
-The children will be reading and learning about the very first Thanksgiving.

11/23: What I am thankful for
-The children will learn the meaning of Thanksgiving is to be thankful for families, friends and special things in times we share.
-The children will learn doing things for others is important, and makes us feel good inside.
-The children will learn that we can show thankfulness all the time, not only during holidays.
-The children will learn there are many ways to share.

Thanksgiving Feast 11/25 (11:00‐12:00pm) 12:00pm Early Dismissal (No Aftercare)
Thursday/Friday NO SCHOOL—Enjoy your Thanksgiving Holiday!

 

Letters of the week
11/2: Ii
11/9: Jj
11/16: Kk
11/23: Ll

Sight word of the week
11/2: for
11/9: have
11/16: play
11/23: look

Things to do at home this month to reinforce our themes:
-Perform a simple cleanup task for a needy neighbor. It might be as simple as raking leaves from a yard or driveway, or tidying a porch or garage.
-Make Thanksgiving dinner together.
-Make a weekly menu together to place on the refrigerator that is balanced according to the food pyramid.
-Read labels of food together.
-Let your child pack their lunch.
-Do the hokey pokey together.


Ms. Kate’s November 2015 Monthly Overview

Themes of the Week (in addition to Montessori Work Time)

11/02: Weather

  • Clouds (cumulus, cumulonimbus and cirrus) and sky watching
  • Different types of weather. How snow is formed, precipitation, thunderstorms and wind
  • Tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes and blizzards
  • Rainbows, ROYGBIV
  • Afternoon group lesson: Various weather crafts, reiterating the letter “i” and the calendar

11/09: Being Healthy

  •  How can we keep healthy, what foods can we eat
  •  Food groups, Healthy habits and exercise
  •  What are germs, how are they spread?
  • Afternoon group lesson:  Healthy crafts and games, healthy choice of pre workouts and snacks, reiterating the letter “j” and calendar
  • Friday, November 13th  NO SCHOOL/ Teacher In Service Day (Parent//Teacher Conferences All Day 8am-7pm)

11/16: All About Dinosaurs

  •  Different types of Dinosaurs
  •  Herbivores, Omnivores, Carnivores
  •  Fossils
  •  Extinction
  • Afternoon group lesson: Different dinosaurs crafts, types of dinosaurs, dinosaur movement songs, reiterating the letter “k” and calendar.

11/23: History of Thanksgiving

  •  Mayflower, Pilgrims
  •  Native Americans and Squanto
  •  What are we thankful for
  • Afternoon group lesson: Thanksgiving crafts and songs, reiterating the letter “l” and calendar.
  •  Thanksgiving Feast 11/25 (11:00‐12:00pm) 12:00pm Early Dismissal (No Aftercare)
  •  Thursday/Friday NO SCHOOL—Enjoy your Thanksgiving Holiday!

 

Letters of the Week: Try to find objects that begin with each letter wherever you go with your child.

11/02: Ii
11/09: Jj
11/16: Kk
11/23: Ll

Rhymimg Words of the Week: Try to find each word in books as you read to your child.

11/02: dog
11/09: tree
11/16: lid
11/23: zap

Things to do at Home this Month to reinforce our themes:

  •  While reading a book have your child point to all of the letter of the week she/he can find. Have them do this with the sight words as well. Play I‐Spy using things that only start with the letter of the week/ sight words.
  •  Record the weather daily (make it into a weather journal). Create a weather collage out of magazines. Have your child cut out clothing and objects/toys they would wear or use for the different types of weather.
  •  Have your child help you with your grocery list. Cook dinner together!
  •  Make a book about all of the things you and your family are thankful for. Share your book with your family on Thanksgiving Day.
  •  Explore your neighborhood. See if you can find any fossil plant prints on rocks in your yard or neighborhood.

Ms. Kristen’s November 2015 Monthly Overview

Themes of the Week (in addition to Montessori Work time)

11/02: Family
-Learning ASL family signs.
-Sharing our Family Tree projects.
-Discuss Family traditions and celebrations.
-Discuss how every family is unique and special.
-Discuss how pets are also part of our families.

11/9: Turkey Fun
-Learning the parts of the Turkey
-Singing songs about Turkeys
-Discuss how the Turkey is a bird, based on the characteristics of birds.
-Discuss why we eat Turkey on Thanksgiving.
-Turkey Crafts and Songs

Friday, November 13th  NO SCHOOL/ Teacher In Service Day
(Parent//Teacher Conferences All Day 8am-7pm)

11/16: Pilgrims and Native Americans
-Who were the Pilgrims? Who were the Native Americans?
-Learning about Pilgrim life.
-Learning about how the Native Americans helped the Pilgrims.
-Working on our costumes for the Thanksgiving Feast.
-Working on our center pieces for the Thanksgiving Feast.

11/23: All About Thanksgiving
-Discussing the foods we eat at Thanksgiving.
-Discussing what it means to be thankful.
-Finish preparing our costumes for the the Thanksgiving Feast.
-Finish preparing our centerpieces for the Thanksgiving Feast.
-Singing songs about Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Feast 11/25 (11:00‐12:00pm) 12:00pm Early Dismissal (No Aftercare)
Thursday/Friday NO SCHOOL—Enjoy your Thanksgiving Holiday!

Letters of the Week: Try to find objects that begin with each letter wherever you go with your child.

11/02: Jj
11/09: Ee
11/16:Hh
11/23: Nn

Sight Words of the Week: Try to find each word in books as you read to your child.

11/02: Jig
11/09: Egg
10/16: Hop
11/23: No

Things to do at Home this Month to reinforce our themes:
-I encouage you to include your child in the preparation of one of the dishes for your Thanksgiving meal. Look up a new reciepie and include them in measuring, backing, serving, etc.

-Discuss with your child their favorite family tradition or celebration.

-Include your child in everyday household chores, activities, and errands. Montessori believed that in order for the child to best adapt themselves to their environment, they need to go out and participate in everyday activities in the world around them.

-Discuss will the child what they learned about the first Thanksgiving. Ask them about the foods they learned were served at the first Thanksgiving, and make a comparison to what is on your Thanksgiving table.


Academic Enrichment November 2015 Overview | Tallmadge Campus

Our Academic Enrichment time is daily from 12:00-1:00pm. This time is specifically designed for our Kindergarten students to join together as a group to work and progress through the advanced materials and lessons in the Montessori primary curriculum. Throughout the school day in their classroom they are still working individually with their classroom teacher on these and other materials at their level.

11/2: Telling Time
Review telling time to the hour, half and quarter hours
Telling time to the minute
Flashcards, Clock & Worksheets

11/9: Telling Time to the minute
Review previous lessons on telling time
Introduction to the minute
Flashcards, Clock & Worksheets

11/16: Currency/ Coins
Introduction to coins (pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters)
Identifying coins and amounts
Working with coins and worksheets
Introduction to dollar bills
Identifying dollar bills
Working with money and worksheets

11/23: Parts of Animals
Parts of the mammal, reptile, amphibian
Parts of the bird and fish
Working with the animal puzzle and control chart

Synonyms of the week
11/2: OLD, ancient, elderly, used, seasoned, mature
11/9: BIG, vast, gigantic, huge, large, enormous, colossal
11/16: SMALL, tiny, miniature, minute, little, petite

Sight Words
11/2: for
11/9: have
11/16: play
11/23: look

Things to do at home this month to reinforce our themes:
Look for our words of the week when reading a story, cut out pictures beginning with the letters of the week.

Play “I Spy” with items beginning with the letter of the week, or find things around your home that begin with the letter of the week.

Practice telling time on the clock at home. When you sit down to dinner, ask them to tell you what time it is, when they go to bed, have them check the clock. Have fun with Time!

Practice exchanging money with your child. When you go to the store, have them help you pay!


August/September 2015 Newsletter

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We started off our school year focusing on grace and courtesy to teach and fulfill our student’s innate need for order. Every student has a need to know and to absorb the social structures in order to be more at ease in their environment. Grace and courtesy lessons give the student the vocabulary, actions, and steps required for them to build their awareness and responsiveness of those around them. We worked on walking in the classroom, using our inside voices while in the school building, using kind words to one another, using safe hands, how to clean up our area when we are done working and how to use our words to express our feelings.

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The third week of school we talked and learned about community helpers. We had many parents, family members and friends volunteer to come in and talk to the children. They briefly described their occupation, they talked about where they work, what they wear, tools they use, and tasks they perform. I would like to thank all of the volunteers that came into the classroom! It was a wonderful learning experience for both the students and teachers!

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The fourth week of school we discussed families, each student has a chance to share their family tree with their friends. Their family trees included their name, parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents. The students also brought pictures of their families either on the family tree or hard copies for the children to share with their friends. The children enjoyed learning more about their friends and where they came from. It was great to see the students discover the differences and similarities in all of the families and accept every family for who they are.

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The fifth week of September we talked about feelings and emotions. The students brainstormed things they could do when they were angry, happy, sad, frustrated, and excited. Then they discussed with one another whether the reaction they came up with was a good choice or a bad choice. The students did a great job learning how to manage their emotions. We role played how to process, identify and appropriately express their emotions as much as possible. After a few days of talking about feeling and emotions it was great to hear the students tell their friends what they were feeling and why on their own.

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The last week of September we explored the five senses of touch, sight, smell, taste and hearing. During this week the students got a chance to identify the different senses. Compare and classify items using their sense.

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Kindergarten

We kicked off Kindergarten with a lot of Geography. The students learned about the seven continents, fun facts about the continents, and a few countries in each continent. The students became very familiar with the cardinal directions, the equator, the prime meridian, and the hemispheres. We took a look at our home state of Ohio and the surrounding states (their abbreviation and nickname). Make sure you ask your child all about Ohio! They will be able to tell you that the cardinal is the official bird, scarlet carnation the official flower, lady bug is the official insect, and tomato juice is the official drink. You will want to contact a company like Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control that handles groundhog control in your city. They learned how we are the buckeye state and that the official rock and roll song is Hang on Sloopy.

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Art
By: Ms. Faith

The first month of school the students learned many new and exciting things about their classroom, teachers, and friends. They also discovered how much fun art class is with Ms. Michele. Throughout the month, students were taught the rules and procedures for different art materials. To start off the first lesson, Ms. Michele discussed what an artist is and we decided that they create things. The students then made an Eric Carle inspired tissue paper butterfly using shapes cut out of tissue paper, coloring over top using crayon rubbings over different textures, and then gluing the shapes to create a beautiful butterfly. The next lesson was all about primary colors. There are three primary colors and they are red, blue, and yellow. The students then created their house by gluing black construction paper onto paper and then used primary colors to paint their houses. Ms. Michele showed the class works from Piet Mondrain who is best known for painting with lines and primary colors. Our third lesson was all about patterns. The class learned what a pattern is and practice making patters before creating their own flowers using oil pastels and filling them with different colors and patterns. Ms. Michele showed the students how paintings of flowers have changed over the years from realistic to more abstract by looking at works from Rembrandt, Vincent Van Gough, and Andy Warhol.

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During the fourth week, the little artists learned about secondary colors, which are the colors that primary colors make when mixed. We learned about a local artist, Don Drumm who is know for his sun sculptures, so the students got to make sun, sun catchers using Modge Podge mixed with food coloring on clear plastic. The colors blend together and when they are dry, the sunlight shines beautifully through. To end the month, we got to create shape animals using shapes cut out of construction paper and glued together on another piece of paper. The inspiration for this piece comes from an artist named Charlie Harper. He created wildlife prints using simple shapes. The students love getting to use the art materials and learn how talented they are. We can’t wait to see what next month’s art lessons will bring.

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Music
By: Ms. Faith

All the students get so excited when it’s music day and it’s no wonder why. Ms. Lisa brings music and movement to their lives once a week. In music class, the little musicians learn how to use different musical instruments such as tambourines, egg shakers, and rhythm sticks. Ms. Lisa also teaches musical terms and plays games with the class to help them remember the term. So far, we have learned Adagio which means slow, Allegro, which means fast, Piano which means soft, and Forte which means loud. Our music teacher brings puppet friends with her and makes them move slow or fast and sing loud or soft to help the students guess the musical term. Every class, the kids get to sing to the puppet friend and either sing in a Piano or Forte voice. The students also learn many valuable life lessons like patience and following directions through music class. They have to learn how to use the instrument properly and how to wait for Ms. Lisa to tell them when they can pick their instruments up. It’s amazing to see how much the students improve over the school year with their rhythmic skills and ability to use the materials. Throughout the week, students will ask when Ms. Lisa is coming because they love learning about music with her.

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Science
By: Ms. Faith

For our first science experiment of the year we made explosive chalk with cornstarch, water and food coloring. We added an alka seltzer which made it pop and send the sidewalk chalk bursting out, creating beautiful chalk art.

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The second week we put different candy bars in a bowl of water, some of them sank and floated. We discovered that if something is more dense than water, it sinks. Snickers will sink, but a 3 Musketeers bar will not because it contains trapped air, so it’s less dense than water.

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The third week we made a bottle rocket using a 2 litter, cork, water and bike pump.

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The fourth week we soaked an egg in vinegar and highlighter. The eggshell dissolved and a glowing effect occurred because the vitamins are fluorescent. When the eggshell dissolved the membrane of the egg became permeable so some amount of the glowing vinegar infused the egg, causing it to glow!

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The last week of September we made ice grow by putting colored water in the freezer until it got slushy like. We then dumped the water on ice cubes keeping the stream of water going moving it around a bit and our ice grew taller.

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Ms. Kate’s August/September 2015 Newsletter

Welcome back everyone! I can’t believe how fast summer flew by and the new school year is in session again. Thanks so much for those who came to “Meet the Teacher Night.” It was wonderful seeing the returning students and parents and meeting all of our new families. The first month was filled with lessons on respect, friendship, family, and all about ourselves.

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The first week the classroom was full of laughter and excitement. During our line time we discussed the rules of the classroom: that we will always respect each other, we will try our best, we are a team, we learn from our mistakes, we create, and we will always celebrate each others successes. Throughout this month the children have been praising one another during work time and helping each other when they see someone using a word the wrong way. It has been a pleasure seeing and hearing the children remembering all of the rules we have gone over. Also, during the first week I have been introducing different words little by little to the children. I want the children to feel comfortable and have an understanding of the different words when they are using them.

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Using the word “please,” “thank you,” “excuse me,” and “I’m sorry” were the lessons we learned while we were discussing the topic of respect. For the first lesson, we lead a discussion about when we should say “please” and why it is important to use it. The children then created a word poem based on each letter within the word “please”. Throughout the week, the children created word poems and sentences while using the other kindness words. The children have been working hard practicing using our kindness words.

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The second week we focused on friendship. We started out by discussing the meaning of being a good friend and what qualities are in a good friend. We then read the book Do You Want To Be My Friend? By Eric Carle. The children discussed the mouse’s search for a good friend and what qualities were in each friend. After the story the children were able to create a friendship chain. The second lesson was called The Good Friends Chart. We read a friendship book and then brain stormed together about all the qualities of a good friend and what that means. Giovanni said, “ I want someone who is nice.” Annelise then said “ I want someone who is funny” and Anelise said “I want someone who will listen to me.” After everyone shared their qualities we placed our answers on the chart paper . Throughout the week the children learned how playing together can foster friendships and build a community. The children then played a game called “ The Blob.” The children had to work together by linking arms and hands to capture the other friends. On the last day, our class created a “Friendship Web.” The children were able to discuss what friends should sound like when they are together, how it feels when friends are together, what it looks like when friends are together, and the qualities in a friend.

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The third week we discussed “All About Me.” We started out by reading the book Stand Tall Mary Lou Melon . We then talked about the differences and similarities in everyone’s appearance. We then created a graph about hair and eye color. The children were able to go around the room and see who had brown, black, red, or blonde hair. They did the same for eye color. The children were then able to see how everyone’s’ appearance is not the same. The next lesson the children created a bar graph about everyone’s birthday. I read the book On The Day You Were Born. We talked about how everyone’s birthday is different and that makes us unique and special. The children then decorated their own birthday cupcake. Throughout the week we made an “I’m Special Book” and played a “ How Do You Feel” game. We also had so much fun creating an “I Like” collage out of magazines, and a how many letters in my name chart.

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The last week was all about our families. We first lead a discussion on what they think a family is. Teagan said, “ My mommy and daddy.” Ella said, “My sister, mommy and daddy.” Anelise said “ My Grammy.” During the week we discussed how not all families are the same, the different houses & places families live, the tradition families celebrate, and the special things that we love doing with our family. During this week the children and families created their own family trees. On the last day, the children were able to stand up at line time and share their family tree amongst their friends. It was so wonderful to see the children and their parents work and come together to create something so awesome!

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Again, this has been such a wonderful first month back to school. I look forward to the upcoming months with all of you as we head into fall and winter.

 

Academic Enrichment (Group Lesson with all Kindergartners):
Led by Mr. John

Our Academic Enrichment time is daily from 12:00-1:00pm.  This time is specifically designed for our Kindergarten students to join together as a group to work and progress through the advanced materials and lessons in the Montessori primary curriculum. Throughout the school day in their classroom they are still working individually with their classroom teacher on these and other materials at their level.

The first week of school, kindergarten students started out learning about the these things called continents. There are seven of them and each has a fun fact and countries within them.  Did you know (without googling) Central America is not a continent?  My kindergarten students do!  Next we discovered that the Earth has something called cardinal directions(North, South, East, and West) or N,E,S,W=Never Eat Soggy Waffles.  We went further and found you can get more specific directions by stating something is northeast, or southwest.  With that under or belts I told the students that there are two imaginary lines that are on the Earth.  The Prime Meridian and the Equator.  If you go where these two imaginary lines are you will NOT fine a painted line.  But these lines have a purpose to divide the Earth into hemispheres.

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We took a closer look at North America(because this is continent in which we live).  We discussed the three major countries of Mexico, USA, and Canada, the location of the Great Lakes, Gulf of Mexico, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, and Hudson Bay.  Since we live in the state of Ohio we learned some fun facts about this great state.  The official things such as the bird, mammal, and fossil to name a few.  The K-Kids now know the surrounding states, their nickname, and abbreviation.  Ending the month we broke down where we live from biggest to smallest….  From the galaxy of The Milky Way to our individual street addresses (street not email). And everything in between!

In the beginning of our group lesson, we count to 10 in eight different languages(English, Latin, Spanish, German, French, Greek, and Japanese).  The kindergarten students can count in English, Latin, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, and Arabic with the Lebanese dialect.  Our goal is to reach over twenty languages.

Ms. Ame’s Enrichment Corner


Mr. John’s August/September 2015 Newsletter

I Want To Be Sedated…

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Why is that old Ramone’s song going through my head?  I don’t know.  Is it because after three months of Summer hibernation, staying up late (by late, I mean 10 pm, woo hoo) and sleeping in (to 7:30am, woo hoo again), binge watching TV shows, living life at a snail’s pace, and having minimal work responsibilities, I am thrown into going to bed at 8 pm, waking at 5 am, wondering into the building at 6 am.  I await for the rush of students descending upon the school. The student part I love, it is my sleep schedule that has me a little cheesed off.  But, the truth is, I would not have it any other way!

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Line Time Lessons:
We started the school year the same way we always do by learning the ground rules for the classroom.  Walking feet in the classroom, listening ears, hands and bodies to ourselves, and my favorite; treat people with respect.  The older students demonstrated to the class and younger students how to unroll and roll a mat, how to walk around a mat, how to walk the line.  It is a pleasure seeing the older students teaching the younger students. Several mice have also joined our classroom (in a cage not running rampant throughout the building).

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We then learned how to keep our bodies healthy.  We wash our hands to get rid of the germs.  Everyone has germs on them but they are sooooooooo small you can not see them but they are still there.  We cover our sneezes and coughs on the inside of our elbows.  Eating healthy is important just as exersising, getting enough sleep, and brushing our teeth. Eating a healthy diet was a good segway into tour next lesson on food groups.  We learned about grains/cereals, fruits/veggies, meat/protein, dairy(my fave), and sweets/fats. Since we all need to eat to “live” we talked about what it is that makes a bird living and my shoe non-living.  We discussed that living things eat/take in nourishment, breathe/exchange gases, grow, and reproduce. After our lesson on living things we moved on to discussing the different kind of animals there are.  We started with the mammal because WE are mammals!  We are warm blooded, vertebrates, have hair or fur, are live bearers, and we drink mother’s milk when young (not pizza or pop tarts)!

Some of you may not be aware, that Absorbent Minds Montessori School has a relationship with the University of Akron where we have student teachers observe and, in my class, they participate in the daily activities in my room.  I had the pleasure of having another enthusiastic student visit my room this month!

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All in all this was a great start, to a great year, with great children!

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Cultural Subjects:
At line time we count to 10 in eight different languages(English, Latin, Spanish, German, French, Greek, and Japanese).  The kindergarten students can count in English, Latin, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, and Arabic with the Lebanese dialect.  Our goal is to reach over twenty languages.

Academic Enrichment (Group Lesson with all Kindergartners):
Led by Mr. John

Our Academic Enrichment time is daily from 12:00-1:00pm.  This time is specifically designed for our Kindergarten students to join together as a group to work and progress through the advanced materials and lessons in the Montessori primary curriculum. Throughout the school day in their classroom they are still working individually with their classroom teacher on these and other materials at their level.

The first week of school, the kindergarten students started out learning about the these things called continents. There are seven of them and each has a fun fact and countries within them.  Did you know (without googling) Central America is not a continent?  My kindergarten students do!  Next we discovered that the Earth has something called cardinal directions(North, South, East, and West) or N,E,S,W=Never Eat Soggy Waffles.  We went further and found you can get more specific directions by stating something is northeast, or southwest.  With that under or belts I told the students that there are two imaginary lines that are on the Earth.  The Prime Meridian and the Equator.  If you go where these two imaginary lines are you will NOT fine a painted line.  But these lines have a purpose to divide the Earth into hemispheres.

20150831_123714

We took a closer look at North America(because this is continent in which we live).  We discussed the three major countries of Mexico, USA, and Canada, the location of the Great Lakes, Gulf of Mexico, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, and Hudson Bay.  Since we live in the state of Ohio we learned some fun facts about this great state.  The official things such as the bird, mammal, and fossil to name a few.  The K-Kids now know the surrounding states, their nickname, and abbreviation.  Ending the month we broke down where we live from biggest to smallest….  From the galaxy of The Milky Way to our individual street addresses (street not email). And everything in between!

In the beginning of our group lesson, we count to 10 in eight different languages(English, Latin, Spanish, German, French, Greek, and Japanese).  The kindergarten students can count in English, Latin, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, and Arabic with the Lebanese dialect.  Our goal is to reach over twenty languages.

Enrichment Corner
by Ms. Sabrina

The children love, love, love their Music, Science, and Art classes! Their faces shine with anticipation and glee every time, yet they are also full of attention towards their teachers, and their lessons. I am also happy to be an observer in these classes.

MUSIC: In Music class the children learned words such as solo, choir, director, adagio (slow), allegro (fast). They learned about high pitch and low pitch. The children loved doing different movement activities using their own bodies, as well as scarves and musical instruments such as a maracas, tamborines, bells, egg shakers, and castanets. They also heard a beautiful piece of music by Beethoven!

SCIENCE: In Science the children did three experiments they tremendously enjoyed! These were Magically Inflating Balloon – ” Chemical Reaction” (The balloon slowly filled with “air” (carbon dioxide) from the bottle), Density – “The mass in a specified volume” (The egg in saltwater floated. The egg in freshwater sank), Density – “The difference in the weight of two objects of the same size” (When shaking the bottle it appeared to mix, but as it settled, the oil and water separated and oil rose to the top). What fun the children had!

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ART: The children learned about their primary colors – red, blue and yellow, as well as their secondary colors – orange, green and purple. They love, love, love to create using the different materials provided by Ms. Michele, including paint and different colored papers. The children learned about artists such as Mondrian, Van Gogh, Beatrig Milhages, and Don Drumm, who himself is from Akron! Patterning was also a skill learned by the children this month.
Do talk to your children about all the fun, new things they have learned this month in Music, Science and Art!