September, 2017

John Kotradi

The Great Corn Controversy

Corn on the cob!  Sweet, juicy, slathered in butter, and when you eat it corn juices and butter run down your chin.  What a great “innocent” summer tradition.  Let me explain where I am going with this.  When I moved to Akron in 1994 I would have never thought I would witness the heated debate of who has the best sweet corn.  Coming from Amherst, Ohio we just went to the grocery store, bought it from farmers selling it on the side of the road, or grew it ourselves.  My first cookout in Akron I was confronted with the question, “where is this corn from?” My reply… “Ummmmm,  I got it at Bessimer’s, why?”  Then it began.  I learned, if it wasn’t from Szalay’s it isn’t worth eating.  At that moment and going forward, I realized there are strong allegiances to what corn is eaten in the Akron area … Szalay’s, Bessimer’s and Graf Growers.  For me, corn is corn and I just slather the butter, sprinkle some pepper and gnaw away at it.

Such is what brings me to our classroom topic this week; Healthy Habits!  We discussed how important our personal hygiene is. How we wash hands, brush teeth, eat healthy, exercise, and get plenty of sleep and next week we will visit the Food Pyramid and healthy eating habits, you can even find nutrition systems online, which sometimes are low cost, and easy to follow, so after you select it, you just need to figure out the nutrisystem cost.


The Number Rods found in the Math area help the child experience the qualities of each number and to learn their names. To show that each number is represented by a single object, as a whole, separate from others, and help memorize the sequence of numbers from 1 to 10.
The purpose of the sand paper numbers is to teach the child the symbols for the numbers he knows. To provide him with the keys to the world of written numbers. In addition the student uses their tactile, sight, and auditory sense with this material.
Children are drawn to this sorting exercise found in our Sensorial area. It’s purpose is to refine the stereognostic sense, strengthen OCCI( Order, Concentration, Coordination, Independence), and visual discrimination(which helps the child recognize similar symbols such as 6/9, 5/2, b/d, p,q).












The 100 Board is a Math material that reinforces counting in sequence, recognize symbols from 1 to 100, and develops concentration for longer works.
A raincoat and an umbrella… a broom and a dustpan… a party hat and a cake…What else goes together? Young children are drawn to the clearly presented photographs of familiar objects as they become aware of the relationships between things. We also discuss the associations and point out other examples in the everyday world.

A Peek into Next Week… All about the Food Pyramid!

  • Grains and cereals
  • Vegetables and fruits
  • Dairy (my favorite)
  • Meats and proteins.
  • Sweets and fats



  • Ramseyer Farm Field Trip Friday, September 22. Please make sure your child is in tennis shoes and is dressed for the weather. Please send lunches in a disposable container with disposable items. We will be unable to warm up leftovers at the farm.

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