A Peek into Science | May 2018

Explosion of vinegar and baking soda


What will happen if we put vinegar and baking soda in a sandwich bag?

We put vinegar in a sandwich bag and added baking soda, and the zipped sandwich bag popped!

Mixing vinegar and baking soda causes the sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) to react with acetic acid (vinegar) releasing carbon dioxide gas and making sodium acetate. The CO2 gas production caused the ziploc bag to pop.



Fire Resistant Water Balloon



What will happen if we put a flame under a balloon? What will happen if we put a flame under a balloon filled with water compared with putting a flame under a balloon with no water?  The balloon without water popped when a flame was placed under it. The balloon with water in it did not pop when a flame was placed under it.

The thin balloon allows the heat to pass through very quickly and warm the water. As the water closest to the flame heats up, it begins to rise and cooler water replaces it at the bottom of the balloon. This cooler water then soaks up more heat and the process repeats itself. In fact, the exchange of water happens so often that it keeps the balloon from ever popping! The carbon was deposited on the balloon by the flame, and the balloon remains undamaged.


Paper Towels vs. Diapers

-Absorption  “ To take something in”



What will happen if we pour water in a container containing paper towels and another container containing Sodium Polyacrylate(the stuff in diapers)? Which will hold  more water, paper towels or Sodium Polyacrylate?

The container with the paper towels absorbed some water but not all the water. Some of the water spilled out of the container. The container that had Sodium Polyacrylate absorbed all the water. None of the water spilled out of the container.

The Sodium Polyacrylate holds more water than paper towels and is therefore, more absorbent.


Magic Milk Rainbow

Surface Tension

“A property of a liquid keeping an object from going into the liquid”


What will happen if we put drops of food coloring on the top of milk in a bowl and place  dish soap in the middle of the milk?

We placed the drops of food coloring(green, red, and yellow) on top of milk in a bowl and we put  dish soap on the end of a Q-tip in the middle of the milk.

When we dipped the dish soap soaked Q-tip in the milk the food coloring swirled!

Food coloring is less dense than milk so it floats on the surface of the milk. When the dish soap touches the milk, the milk’s surface tension changes and the milk begins to move in an attempt to keep normal surface tension. This movement causes the food coloring to mix creating a milk rainbow.


Pop Rock Expander

-Chemical Reaction

 What happens when we mix Pop Rock candy and soda? Should we ask Mikey?


First, get an entire package of Pop Rocks into a balloon using a funnel and place the balloon over the mouth of a bottle of soda. Grab the balloon and dump the Pop Rocks into the soda. And then the balloon was inflating!

Both candy and soda contain pressurized carbon dioxide gas. When the Pop Rocks are dropped into the soda, aome carbon dioxide is able to escape from the high fructose corn syrup of the soda and, because the carbon dioxide gas has nowhere to go in the bottle, it rises into the balloon.



Dancing Spaghetti


What are the bubbles? What will happen when we put cooked spaghetti in a fresh glass of baking soda/vinegar mixture?

We made a “batch” of baking soda/vinegar mixture(2 cups of  water and 2 cups of vinegar). We dropped several strands of cooked spaghetti into the baking soda/vinegar mixture, Add 1 tablespoon of baking soda to the water/vinegar mixture.

The spaghetti sinks to the bottom of the baking soda/vinegar mixture. Then when the baking soda is added bubbles are produced lifting the spaghetti throughout the liquid.

The carbonated bubbles rise to the top “pushing” the spaghetti towards the top of the bowl creating dancing spaghetti,



Tea Bag Hot air Balloon

What will happen when we set fire to an unused, empty tea bag?


First we cut the unused tea bag and discarded the tea leaves and then made the tea bag into a shape of a cylinder. Mr, John set fire to the tea bag, As the tea bag burned, it began to float up.

When the tea bag burns down it gets lighter in weight and the air around the flame gets hotter. Hot air rises and once the burnt tea bag is light enough it gets carried up with the hot air.




-A state of matter “A fluid containing solid particles”

What will happen if we mix cornstarch and water?

We mixed cornstarch and water and slowly put our finger in the mixture. We quickly hit the mixture.

 When we slowly put our finger in the mixture it went into the mix like a liquid. When we quickly hit the mixture our fingers stayed dry, out of the mix. It felt like a solid.

 By mixing the cornstarch and water we created a state of matter known as suspension. When we hit the Cornstarch Suspension it felt like a solid because its molecules line up. But it looks like a liquid and acts like a liquid when no one is pressing on it because the molecules relax.


A Peek At Our Week | Ms. Kristen’s Class | Week of May 21st

This last week and a half has flown by! First we learned all about Reptiles and Amphbians! We learned that reptiles are cold blooded and that most lay eggs. We also learned that most reptiles leave their babies alone, except for the crocodile We also learned that amphibians are also cold blooded and have smooth, moist skin! We also had fun identifying all the types of animals we have learned about at the Akron Zoo on our field trip!

We also talked about Summer Safety during the final few days of school. We learned that 911 is the number to call in an emergency. We also talked about strangers and about the safe adults we can trust. We also talked about making sure we always wear helmets when skating, riding our scooters, or riding our bikes outside.


These two friends are working on the Story Cards! They are placing the cards in sequential order to tell a story! This material helps to prepare the child for reading!


These two girls worked so hard to complete several addition equations using the small Table Top Number Rods!
We had so much fun at the Akron Zoo! Thank you to all of our parents and grandparents who chaperoned!


It has been a wonderful school year! I consider it an honor and a privilage to teach your children! As Maria Montessori said, “If help and salvation are to come, they can only come from the children, for the children are the makers of men.” Your children are truly a ray of hope and sunshine in my life!

Have a wonderful and safe Summer and we’ll see you in August!


A Peek At Our Week| Ms. Kristen’s Class| Week of May 14th

This week, we learned All About Birds! We learned that all birds have a beak, two wings, two legs, have feathers, and are warm blooded. We also learned that not all birds fly! We also learned the french song ” Alouette” which is a song about a lark and and we also learned the Parts of The Bird.


Working on shading colors from darkest to lightest using Color Box 3!
This shy little one just completed an extention of the Pink Tower and Brown Stair!
Practicing recognizing initial sounds using the I Spy Basket!


Grandparents Day!


Thank you to all the wonderful grandparents who came on Thursday to spend the morning with your grandchild! It was such a wonderful morning!


A Peek Into Next Week:

-All About Reptiles and Amphibians



A Peek At Our Week| Ms. Kristen’s Class| Week of May 7th

This week, we learned all about Mammals. We learned the mammals are warm blooded, breathe oxygen from the air, and give birth to their babies. We learned that a Blue Whale is the largest animal in the world! We also learned that a Duck Billed Platypus is also a mammal, even though it lays eggs!

Working together to complete the 45 Layout! This material aides the child in understanding how to count by 1’s, 10’s , 100’s, and 1000’s. Later on, the child will take this knowledge and compose numbers into the 1000’s using the Golden Beads.
Working together on the fabric box! When working on this material, one child is blindfolded and tries to match the different fabrics by touch! This aides the child in developing their sense of touch!
Matching the letters of the Moveable Alphabet to the printed cursive letters on paper!
Working on the Musical Alphabet and the names of the notes on the Trebel Clef staff!
This little one is so focused on tracing her quatrefoil! This material aides the child in steadying their hand for Handwriting!

A Peek At Next Week:

-All About Birds

A Peek At Our Week| Ms. Kristen’s Class| Week of April 30th

This week, we learned all about Insects! We learned that insects have three segments to their body: head, thorax, and abdomen. They also have six legs and two antenna. We also learned about the Life Cycle of the Butterfly and how the butterfly starts of as an egg, then the egg hatches and out comes a caterpillar! The caterpillar then eats and eats and spins a chrysalis and after several weeks, emerges as a butterfly!

Working on her Visual Discrimination using the Knobbed Cylinders and combining all of the Cylinders togther for a challenge! This material helps indirectly prepare the child for the Math area as well!


Working on the Go-Together Cards! This material is a great pre-reading material!


Practicing her reading skills with Ms. Mel using Phonics Folder 1!


We made our own Butterfly Life Cycle depiction durring Pre-School Group Time on Thursday afternoon!


A Peek Into Next Week:

-All About Mammals


A Peek At Our Week| Ms. Kristen’s Class| Week of April 23

This week, we learned all about Outer Space! We learned the names of all the planets in our solar system. We also learned that our Sun is a star! We also learned that all the planets orbit the Sun! We also learned that one orbit of the Earth around the Sun takes one year! We also learned about the International Space Station and watched a video clip of Neil Armstrong walking on the Moon!

Working on the Triangle Box! When using this material the child construct an Equilateral Triangle in several different ways! This is also great preparation for Geometry later!


This child is perfecting his fine motor skills and pincer grip by using the Bead Drop work from the Practical Life area of the classroom!


This sweet girl said, ” Ms. Kristen, my mommy doesn’t know about the dwarf planets!” We decided to write their names down so she could show her mommy later!

A Peek Into Next Week:

-All About Insects

A Peek At Our Week| Ms. Kristen’s Class| Week of April 16th

This week, we continued our study of Asia! We learned that the Yangtze River is in China, and we read a story about a little duck named Ping, who lived on a boat on the Yangtze River! We also had a special visitor come at talk to us about what it was like to live in India! We learned that in India, people sometimes ride elephants! We also learned that tigers live in Asia, but the majority of the tigers who are in captivity are actually in the United States!

Working on matching the objects from the Initial Sound Box to their corresponding initial sound using the Sandpaper Letters!


So proud of her work on the 100 Board! This work aides the child in counting to 100 and learning the order of numeration!


Working on drawing some of the flags of Asia! We had so much fun preparing for the International Festival!


A Peek Into Next Week:

-All About Outer Space

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

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

A Peek At Our Week | Ms. Kristen’s Class | Week of March 20th

This week, we began to learn about Australia. We learned that Australia’s Summer is durring our Winter here in Ohio! We also learned that kangaroos, wombats, and koalas live in Australia! Ms. Mel also practiced some Japanese vocabulary with our students durring our Afternoon Group Lesson Time! We also had so much fun on our Pajama and Movie Day, we were able to watch great movies with the Best VPN made a netflix guide!

This sweet girl is practicing writing her numbers using the chalkboard! I watched her as she traced each sandpaper number with her fingers and then copied the numbers onto her chalk board!
This child is working on the Addition Snake Game! She is using this material to add groups of numbers to make denominations of ten!
These two friends are working together to trace the Map of South America Puzzle!


Mason’s Grandma’s both came to read to us!  


A Peek At The Week After Spring Break:

-Continuing to learn about Australia.

-Beging practicing for the Festival