Peek In Our Week {} {} Thee Buckeye Room {} {} Week Of January 23, 2023

Thee Buckeye Room Bulletin

Line Time:
This week we learned a bit about the internal organs.  We started with the brain which is like the computer of the body.  It tells our body how fast to breathe and how fast our heart should beat.  We discovered the lungs help us breathe and puts oxygen in our blood. Our stomach digests food, the small intestine take nutrients out of our food and large intestine gets the remaining water from indigestible food and creates waste (poop)(that word produced laughter) or as I referred to a bowel movement.  The kidneys process excess water and creates pee (more laughter) or urine.  The liver removes toxins from the body. We found out that the largest organ of the human body is the epidermis.  The liver is my fave internal organ.  What is yours?

A Message From Mr. John (Perception of time): AUDIO ONLY VIDEO NOT WORKING

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 21 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagalog, Hebrew, Korean, Hungarian, Irish, Kiswahili, Welsh, Dutch/Flemmish) 

Know your Languages (Dutch/Flemmish): AUDIO ONLY VIDEO NOT WORKING

Did You Know?:
Dead skin cells are the main ingredient for household dust.
Here’s an interesting science fact for you: According to researchers at Imperial College London, humans shed around 200 million skin cells each hour—and they have to go somewhere when we’re indoors and it becomes dust.

Grandparents Day:

Scenes with grandparents in the classroom.
Science!!!!!!!! a well cleaned out Mr. John, lol

Enrichments (Sign Language):

Our Sign Language mascot is the Rainbow Raccoon.

Peek In The Classroom:

This boy is alphabetizing name tags.
He is working on the Constructive Triangles. The constructive triangles are used to demonstrate that all plane geometric figures can be constructed from triangles. There are five boxes: 2 rectangular, 1 triangular, and 1 large and 1 small hexagonal. Each box contains triangles of different sizes, shapes, and colors.
These students are comparing the Bead Cubes with the Pink Tower.
In a Montessori classroom seasoned students guide younger students.

Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Pollution and Recycling

Letter Of The Week- S s

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bup

Next Language is Polish

Academic Enrichment:
Subtraction without borrowing (Static). We also learned the terms of subtraction.
9 (minuend) – 4 (subtrahend) = 5 (difference)

Next Week:
Weekly Theme: Subtraction with borrowing (Dynamic).

Synonym Of The Week: skinny

Sight Words Of The Week:  other some

I think they are being silly but don’t quote me on this.

Upcoming Events:
A few days off and other stuff.

-No School:
Friday, February 17th (Teacher In Service day)
-No School: Monday, February 20th (President’s Day)

-Readiness Conferences (Incoming Kindergarten Students/Incoming First Graders):
(Details To Follow)

Akron Art Museum Field Trip:  Thursday, March 9 (from 9am to 12pm)  IT IS FREE! (Details To Follow)

Frolic, Friends, and Fun:

I thought he was a Kansas City Chiefs fan but he said he represents ketchup/catsup and mustard. Then I realized he dressed like Winnie the Pooh.
This is not an optical illusion. Look at the height difference.
She says it is a racoon. I’ll take what I can get. Actually, it is a Rainbow Racoon!

Your Kids say The Darndest Things (My sister Lydia):

A Peek At Our Week – Aspen – 01/16/23-01/20/23 And 01/23/23 – 01/27/23

The past couple of weeks, Aspen has been learning all about the Arctic and Antarctic while exploring the concepts of adaptation, hibernation, and migration! We have made many interesting discoveries and learned some really amazing facts! Last week we explored the North and South Poles, focusing on their location, similarities and differences between the North and South Poles, and wildlife inhabiting these biomes. We discussed the Arctic and Antarctic ecosystems and learned how the animals living there have adapted to living in a harsh environment with temperatures below freezing. We learned all about blubber and the specialized feathers penguins have (they fit together keeping water out like a wetsuit, keeping the penguins skin dry). At the same time, we discovered an interesting fun fact: did you know that the polar bear’s skin is black and its fur is actually translucent? Their fur only appears white because it reflects the visible light. Your child is now an Arctic and Antarctic expert!

This week Aspen discussed the concepts of adaptation, hibernation, and migration. We discovered that animals are absolutely amazing and have developed interesting ways to survive the cold harsh winters. We took a look at what adaptations animals make, which animals hibernate, and how animals migrate and where they migrate to! We also took the opportunity to look at the different footprints animals leave. We can often observe these footprints in the snow this time of year! It has been a fun two weeks in the Aspen Room

The kindergarteners have focused on Multiplication (last week) and Subtraction (this week). They have learned the mathematical terms multiplicand, multiplier, and product (multiplication) and the terms minuend, subtrahend, and difference (subtraction). After learning the proper terminology, the kindergarteners practiced multiplying and subtracting with the Stamp Game! In Reader’s Workshop the Cardinals have focused on phonograms, received phonogram reading lists, and practiced their reading comprehension skills by reading short story paragraphs containing phonograms. They then answered questions on a worksheet for follow up work. The Chickadees received a new phonetic reader, practiced reading comprehension with high frequency words while engaging in follow-up activities relating to their phonetic readers. The Chickadees have also focused on the ending sounds in phonetic words. A good “Sound Detective” looks at each sound in a word! We practiced not getting tricked by words with similar sounds! In Writers Workshop, the Cardinals have focused on transition words for the beginning of a book, such as one day, one time, or everyday when writing their individual books. The Chickadees have focused on Word Wall words: went, and, the, and for. We also worked on stretching out their words (sounding them out, and completing the whole word). They also focused on writing a full sentences! Our Kindergarteners have worked so hard and have made amazing progress in both Readers and Writers Workshop!

Next week our thematic topic will be the Five Senses. We will explore how we use our senses through various follow-up activities and apply them during the classroom work period. Aspen will also discuss Groundhog Day while engaging in groundhog related fun!

Fun with the South America Puzzle Map.

Tracing Fun with our Puzzle Maps. These awesome ladies recreated our Continent Puzzle Map!

More continent tracing fun! They even added the Equator after this photo was taken.

Classification work with the Life Cycle of a Penguin!

Phonetic Object Box fun with CVC words!

Cylinder Block Extensions for Sensorial fun! All four blocks!!

Peek into the Cherry Blossom Classroom – week of 1/23/23

Our Focus Lesson: Internal Organs

This week, the Blossoms class learned all about their internal organs. We started with the brain, which we learned in the boss! The brain is responsible for sending important messages to the rest of the body, as well as making sure your body keeps breathing and your heart keeps pumping even when you’re asleep! We learned about the lungs, and how they are breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide. We then looked at the heart, and learned that it pumps blood throughout our bodies while the blood carries the oxygen brought in by the lungs. We wrapped up our study with everyone’s favorite lesson – the digestive system! We learned about the stomach and the intestines!

Preschool Lesson: Body Parts

Ms. Sam introduced us to our body parts, from our eyelashes to our ankles, we learned all kinds of new words! We had so much fun labeling Ms. Tonya’s body at the end of the week!

Kindergarten Lesson:

Our older Blossoms practiced more subtraction this week during Kindergarten lesson. Our readers continued studying phonemes and phonograms, and using transition words in their books during Writer’s Workshop. In Handwriting, our kinders completed the lowercase alphabet! We’ll spend the next few weeks practicing writing words, and then we’ll begin uppercase letters!

Grandparent’s Day:

Thank you so much to all of the grandparents that came to visit us! We loved showing you what we do in the classroom, and hope that you enjoyed your science lesson with Mr. John!

Peek Into Next Week:

Focus Lesson: Our Skeleton

Preschool Lesson: The Number 100!

Kindergarten Lesson: Subtraction

Important Dates:

Friday, February 3: 100th Day of School! We are celebrating being 100 days smarter by dressing up like we are 100 years old! We will also be having a pizza party on this day. You can follow this link to sign up for some more items we’ll need at lunch. Thank you!

Peek In Our Week ::: Thee Buckeye Room ::: Week Of January 23, 2023

Thee Buckeye Room Bulletin

Line Time:
Skeletal System- 
This week we looked at the skeletal system and if we didn’t have a skeleton we would be one messy blob on the ground (insert a flagellant sound).  We learned the skull protects our brain, the rib cage protects our lungs, and the spine keeps us sitting and standing straight.  We learned technical terms for our arms, leg and our digits which is a funny name called phalanges. We brought our life sized foam puzzle into our room.  His name is Elvis because we learned about the pelvis and it was a cool rhyming name.

A Message From Mr. John (The Food Thief):

Did You Know?
If you chill your onions you won’t cry when you cut them…..

There’s nothing worse than chopping and onion and bursting into tears. Not because you’re sad for the onion, but because your eyes sting from a chemical reaction. A simple solution is to stick your onion in the freezer for about 15 minutes beforehand. This will prevent the acid enzymes working properly and stop you from tears! ***** P.S. It doesn’t work. I tried it and still felt like I got pepper sprayed *****

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 19 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagalog, Hebrew, Korean, Hungarian, Irish, Kiswahili, Welsh) 

Know Your Languages (Welsh):

Enrichments (Science):

1) Preparing for the inevitable. 2) Took off his glasses to prepare more. 3) Getting wet. 4) Recooperating with much laughter in the background.

Peek In Our Week:

Kindergarten students measuring a sprout and recording the data. We will track the progression of this flower’s growth.
When a new work is introduced it causes quite a stir. A warm welcome for Elvis the Pelvis. Also, the students having Elvis chillaxing.
Comparing Elvis to themselves.
Playing memory games is not only fun for children of all ages in the Montessori classroom, they also provide an opportunity for developmental growth. Memory games can improve brain functions and lead to better retention, attention, and concentration, all while lengthening focus. I show her a number and she walks across the room, counts the appropriate number of popsicle sticks, and returns to me. We do this for numbers from 0 to 10.

Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Internal Organs

Letter Of The Week- R r

Rhyming Word Of The Week- but

Next Language is Dutch/Flemmish

Academic Enrichment aka Kindergarten:
This Week’s Theme: Multiplication, stamp game with and without carrying overs (including 0).

Next Week:
Weekly Theme: Subtraction (without borrowing)

Synonym Of The Week: NICE: kind, pleasant, delightful, good, helpful

Sight Words Of The Week: first  than

I had some chippy Kinders this day.

Upcoming Events:
Grandparent’s Day:
January 26, 2023

No School: Friday, February 17 (Teacher In Service day)
No School: Monday, February 20 (President’s Day)

Fun, Frolic, And Friends:

3 dapper boys
Where did his arms go?
Ya…… I can not tell them apart.
We have a cape wearing super hero doing math.

Your Kids Say The Darndest Things (My brother Theo):

A Peek into the Cherry Blossom Classroom – week of 1/16/23

Focus Lesson:

This week we learned all about Healthy Habits. We focused on 5 main things that can keep our bodies healthy: eating healthy foods, drinking water, sleeping, exercising, and hygiene.

We continued discussing the 5 food groups daily at lunch, we always have so much fun finding our food group of the day inside of our lunch box. Ms. Tonya guided discussions on the importance of drinking water (because our bodies are made up of mostly water!), getting a good night’s sleep (so we can grow and make memories!), and exercising (it’s so important for kids these age to move their bodies for at least an hour per day!). Ms. Sam guided lessons on hygiene this week. Blossoms learned about the importance of brushing their teeth and bathing, and of course, washing their hands!

Kindergarten Lessons:

Kindergarteners continued learning about multiplication this week in Kindergarten Lesson. In Handwriting, they continued to learn how to form bump letters, focusing on v and . We’re almost done with the lowercase alphabet! In Reader’s Workshop our Blossoms practiced . And in Writer’s Workshop, our young authors continued to work on sentence structure, as well as adding transition words to their stories such as “one day”, “everday”, “next”, “then”, or “after”.


Happy Birthday to our newest 6 year old!

Enrichment Spotlight – Library with Ms. Lindsey!

Ms. Lindsey read us a book about the hospital and a silly book about bones. The bones book introduced us to the names of different bones in our body, something we’ll be learning about very soon!

A Peek into Work Time: Math

This child has mastered matching the colored bead bars to their appropriate numeral. He is now using his knowledge of the beads to practice writing his numbers, combining math and handwriting!
This child is working with the Tens Board as he is being introduced to the conventional names for the tens quantities: twenty, thirty, fourty, etc. He is using ten beads to connect quantity and symbol.
This child is working with the 6 cube chain. This work reinforces the ability to count in sequence, as well as introduces the concept of counting in multiples and skip counting.
This child is working with the addition strip board. We use this work to practice addition facts, as well as reinforcing the compostition of 10.

Outside Fun!

We love playing outside with our Aspen friends!

Peek Into Next Week:

Focus Lesson: Internal Organs

Preschool Lesson: Body Parts

Kindergarten Lesson: Subtraction

Important Dates:

Thursday, January 26: Grandparent’s Day

Thursday, February 2: 100th Day of School!

Only 10 more school days until we’re 100 days smarter!

A Peek Into the Cherry Blossom Classroom – week of 1/9/2023

Our Focus Lesson: Healthy Foods & The 5 Food Groups

Our class learned all about Healthy Foods this week! We talked about how healthy foods give us energy to play, learn, and grow! We also spent some time this week talking about Healthy Foods and Sometimes Foods.

We spent time discussing each of the 5 food groups as well this week. We talked about how these food groups grow and examples of each one. We took time at lunch to find the food groups that we brought to school. But the best part of the week was preparing our own snack each day! Thank you so much to the parents that donated food for snack this week!

We started the week with Dairy Foods! We ate yogurt tubes and yummy cheese cubes!
Our second day was Grains! We did so well spreading butter onto slices of bread. Who doesn’t love bread and butter?
Wednesday was Fruits! We practiced peeling bananas, as well as cutting bananas and apple slices.
We added all of the fruits together to make fruit salad! It was our favorite snack of the week!
Thursday was Vegetables! We peeled carrots.
And chopped celery.
And enjoyed our vegetables with hummus and ranch dressing!
On the last day of the week, we learned about Proteins! We also practiced our spreading skills some more as we spread peanut butter onto crackers!

Kindergarten Lessons:

Kindergarteners learned Multiplication in Kindergarten Lesson this week. In Handwriting, they started their study on bump letters by forming the letters n and m. In Reader’s Workshop our older Blossoms practiced phonemes and isolating the middle sounds of words. And in Writer’s Workshop our authors worked on sentence structure!

Enrichment Spotlight: Science with Mr. John

There was so much giggling during this week’s science experiment! Why does a diaper hold more water than a paper towel?

Peek Into Next Week:

Focus Lesson: Healthy Habits

Bring Your Parent to Work Days:

Grandparent’s Day:

A Peek At Our Week- Aspen- 01/02/23- 01/06/23 – Snowflakes and the States Of Matter!

Welcome back Aspen families!! We hope you had an amazing winter vacation full of fun and relaxation! Ms. Lindsey and I were so happy to see everyone this week! We missed all of you! The Aspen children seemed happy to return to school and their daily classroom activities! The classroom was bustling with academic energy, enthusiasm, and smiles as everyone missed their friends and favorite activities! This week our topic was Snow and Snowflakes! Before we could investigate Snowflakes, we had to discuss the States of Matter; therefore, Aspen learned all about Solids, Liquids, and Gases. We learned that things/objects are made up of matter and matter is made up of small particles called Molecules. We further learned that Molecules behave differently in different States Of Matter! For example, the Molecules in a solid are arranged tightly packed close together allowing Solids to hold their shape. The Molecules in a liquid are packed close together but not tightly; therefore, liquids are free flowing and change shape depending on the container the occupy. The Molecules in a Gas are moving rapidly in all directions and are not packed close together. A Gas does not have a defined shape and we cannot typically see them! After discussing the above, we engaged in a follow up Practical Life Solid, Liquid, and Gas activity. The Aspen students got to use beads pretending they were Molecules and arranged them tightly, free flowing, or bouncing all over the place (this activity is pictured below). After learning about Molecules it was time to talk snow! What is Snow? How Does it form? The Aspen students are now snow experts! They learned that snow is frozen ice crystals made up of water, discovering ice is the solid form of water! Water is a liquid, and when it freezes it becomes ice! Aspen then asked the question can water be a gas? We further discovered that water can be a gas called water vapor, and there is something called a Water Cycle. The Water Cycle and temperature play a role in the formation of snow! Aspen then had to research the Water Cycle and made the realization that clouds are condensed Water Vapor and when the water vapor condenses and becomes too heavy the cloud releases the water in a liquid state. We call this liquid state rain; however, if the temperature is cold enough the liquid will turn to ice crystals and the ice crystals will stick to pollen or dust in our atmosphere. They will then form larger crystals by combining together to create a snowflake! It was at this point that Aspen realized that when we catch snowflakes on our tongue to eat, we are actually eating dust or pollen! Wow! It was a very busy week in Aspen!! To illustrate the Water Cycle, we read the book The Drop Goes Plop by Sam Godwin and then did a very special “Make It Rain” science experiment using water, shaving cream, and food coloring. Ask your child about their busy week in Aspen!

In Kindergarten Workshop, the kindergarteners explored the concept of Multiplication using the Multiplication Bead Bars. They practiced combining multiples of a number while visually experiencing this process through the manipulation of numbered beads. In Readers Workshop, the Cardinals focused on reviewing phonograms they learned prior to Winter Vacation and then learned two new phonograms: ou and ow. Cardinals then engaged in follow-up work with ou and ow. They played “What’s The Word” and “Name that Phonogram ” where we took turns figuring out how to read various words and then located phonograms within them. The Chickadees reviewed phonics and then focused on the ending sounds within a word. The Chickadees then played “What’s the Word ” by changing only the ending sounds of phonetic words. They also reviewed the sh and th phonograms! In Writers Workshop the Cardinals focused on handwriting skills of cursive lowercase letters and Chickadees focused on vowels, vowel sounds, and how to write them.

For the week of January 9, 2023 our thematic lesson for the week will be Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and diversity. We will also explore concepts regarding this topic by doing our Rosa Parks play during line time.

Fun with the PinkTower and Brown Stair Extensions!

Solid, Liquid, Gas Practical Life activity!

Focusing and concentrating to make sure no drops are spilled with the eyedropper activity!

Exploring the Knobless Cylinder Extensions!

Peek In Our Week {} Thee Buckeye Room {} Week Of January 9, 2023

Thee Buckeye Room Bulletin

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.

Below is a picture after the skit where everyone can sit where they want.  The thumbs up means the students approve.

See how Rosa and the bus driver are holding hands?

Food For Thought:
Deliveries from a “car” is a shipment but deliveries from a ship is cargo.

A Message From Mr. John (Ear Wax):

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 19 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagalog, Hebrew, Korean, Hungarian, Irish, Kiswahili) 

Know Your Languages (Kiswahili):

Enrichment (Science):

Some were dry, some were wet, all had fun!

Peek In The Classroom:

They created this all on there own and used the Pink Tower and Brown Stairs to support the rods.
A mom and daughter moment over the 100 board. PS mom was visiting for Take Your Parent To School.
He is working on the Bead Chain. This material’s one aim is to aid in skip counting.
Ms. Angela directing traffic!

Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Skeletal System

Letter Of The Week- Q q

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bub

Next Language is Welsh

Academic Enrichment aka Kindergarten:
We learned how to multiply with manipulatives with carry overs.

The “X” they’re making is not straight edge but the symbol for multiplication.

Next Week:
Weekly Theme: Multiplication With Other Materials

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

Sight Words Of The Week: now made

Upcoming Events:
*** MLK DAY January 16, 2023 ***  NO SCHOOL ***
***Don’t be that family that shows up and there is always one family that shows up, lol! ***

Grandparents Day: Thursday, January 26

Frolic, Friends, and Fun:

I can not tell them apart!
The dreaded cupcake thingy eyes.
Fancy Dancy Hair!
Meet our newest students.

Your Kids Say The Darndest Things (Playing Outside):

Peek In Our Week <> Thee Buckeye Room <> Week Of January 2, 2023

Thee Buckeye Room Bulletin

Line Time:
We started to learn about our body and how it works.  We learned about our five senses (touch, hearing, sight, smell, and taste).  Did you know you can “feel” with any part of your body? Of course parents know that.  Who has not stepped on a Lego in bare feet and screamed in pain? But we associate touch with our fingers (hot/cold, hard/soft, rough/smooth).  We hear loud noises, quiet noises, high iand low noises, “Are we there yet?”.  We need light to see and if we close our eyes we can’t see.  The lights being turned on at 5 am on a Saturday morning.   There are good smells like cinnamon, vanilla and bad smells like a dirty diaper and vinegar.  My favorite was the taste test where we tasted sweet (sugar water), salty (salt water), sour (pure lemon juice), and bitter (unsweetened baking chocolate).  The children enjoyed “most” of the tastes.  Hehe!!!!


The Collage of Disgust!

The first picture is a mad dash to the trashcan to spit out anything “yucky”!

A Message From Mr. John (Things Are Running Smoothly):

January Birthdays/Half Birthdays:
A Montessori classroom consists of students ranging in age from three years to six years.  Here is our newest three and six year old students abd some half birthdays.

Did You Know?
Animals that lay eggs do not have belly buttons.
It is where the umbilical cord attaches to the baby inside the mother’s womb. The umbilical cord provides nutrients from a mother to a baby mammal, allowing the baby to grow from a fetus to a full-grown baby ready to be born. In egg-laying animals, the baby never grows inside the mother, and therefore there is no need for the umbilical cord to form and nutrients to be passed along from mother to offspring. This means the bellybutton never forms.

Do you have an outty or inny?

Know Your Languages (Irish):

Cultural Subjects: Your children can now count to ten in 16 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic in the Lebanese Dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagalog, Hebrew, Korean, Hungarian, Irish)

Alumni Readers:

This former student now in the 5th grade wrote and illustrated the book she read to the class.
All of these people were students in Mr. John’s class in a span of 10 years. One of which is taller than Mr. John!

Peek In The Classroom:

The spindle box develops early counting skills and develops the association between quantity and the number symbols 0-9. Importantly, it teaches the concept of zero. The wooden box has ten numbered compartments into which the child counts the corresponding number of tactile wooden spindles.
This student is working on the Albanese assessment which h is a test linking Montessori with traditional assesments.
The direct purpose of the Red Rods is to develop the child’s visual and muscular perception of length. Secondary aims include: developing the child’s coordination of movement, assisting with balance and concentration, and providing the child with the basic language of mathematics.
These girls are creating their own computer keyboards and computer screens.

Peek Into Next Week: Line Time- MLK/diversity

Letter Of The Week- P p

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bun

Next Language is Kiswahili

Upcoming Events:
*** MLK DAY Monday January 16, 2022 ***  NO SCHOOL ***
***Don’t be that family that shows up and there is always one family that shows up, lol! ***

Academic Enrichment:
Weekly Theme:
We learned how to multiply w/o carry overs with manipulatives. We learned what the Multiplicand, Multiplier, and Product are.

5(multiplicand) x 3(multiplier) = 15(product)

Next Week:
Weekly Theme: Multiplication with with carry overs

Synonym Of The Week: Sick: weak, unhealthy, ailing, infected, frail

Sight Words Of The Week: could who

Friends, Frolic, and Fun:

Welcome to the glass wearer club!
You should have seen the other guy.
The Great Cornholio
She was saying “Why is everyone working on the ceiling?” And if I tried do this pose I would be taken away in an ambulance.

Your Kids Say the Darndest Things: (Pets are people too)

A Peek into the Cherry Blossom Classroom – week of 1/2/23

Happy New Year Blossoms! We were very excited to be back at school this week and see our friends. Our days were full of chatting and laughing together.

Focus Lesson:

This week we reviewed our classroom routines and expected behaviors. We settled back into our classroom after our long break. We reviewed how to be respectful of others and our materials within our room. We also took some time to talk all about our winter breaks! What we did, who we saw, what our favorite parts were. We even added a fireworks science experiment to our discussion about New Year’s Eve!

We added warm water, vegetable oil, and food coloring to a jar. We talked about density and molecules!
Check our how our “fireworks in a jar” exploded!

Preschool Lesson:

Ms. Sam reviewed the Geometric Cabinet with our younger Blossoms this week. They discussed polygons and quadrilaterals!

Kindergarten Lesson:

Our older Blossoms were introduced to Multiplication this week with Mr. John in Kindergarten Lesson. In Handwriting, they worked on writing words that connect using a dip connector. Reader’s Workshop and Writer’s Workshop discussed vowels, blends, and writing words and sentences!


A big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our newest 5 year old!

Welcome to Our New Friend!

A big welcome to our new friend that joined our classroom community!

A Special Visitor!

The older sibling of one of our students joined us this week to read us a story. We loved having her with us, she was a great reader!

Peek into Work Time: Cultural

We were all about the map puzzles this week! The Montessori map cabinet is an important work in the classroom. Children use this material as an introduction to Geography. We begin with learning the names of the different continents. As a child becomes more comfortable with an individual map puzzle, we then introduce the child to the names of the countries within the continent. Children are encouraged to trace and label the countries within the continent, sneaking in more work for those fine motor skills!

We begin our Map Cabinet lessons with the Map of the Continents. This is a puzzle map in which each continent on the Painted Globe becomes an individual puzzle piece. The child learns the name of the continents and oceans, as well as where they are located, through the Three Period Lesson.
This student has mastered the Australia Map Puzzle. A child has mastered a Map Puzzle when they can consistently return all the pieces to the map without help. The child is then introduced to the names of the countries or territories. Then the child can trace and label the map puzzle, creating their own map and reinforcing what they have learned!
This older Kindergarten student is tracing and labeling The United States Map Puzzle. He is learning the names of a few states per day and has had lots of questions about how many hours it would take to get to different states. (We googled these answers for him!)

Peek into Next Week!

Focus Lesson: Healthy Foods

Preschool Lesson: The Food Groups

We’ll be preparing Healthy Foods in class! Sign up here!

Important Dates:

Bring Your Parent to Work Dates! We have lots of dates still available!

Monday, January 16: No School for MLK Jr. Day

Thursday, January 26: Grandparent’s Day!