Peek In Our Week {} Mr. John’s Classroom {} Week Of May 24, 2021

Buckeye Room Bulletin

 

Line Time:
This week we looked at “inner space” which is simply anything under the water.  We first started out by learning that there is fresh water and salt water.  We then learned about high and low tides and how the moon affects tides.  of course, we talked about what lurks beneath the surface of the ocean.  Below is the fascinating cuttlefish.

 

 

Did you know (This is fascinating)?
Dolphins often sleep with one eye open in order to avoid being eaten by sharks. How do they manage to do this? They put one half of their brain to sleep, while the other half is still conscious and functioning. Basically, the dolphin will shut down half of its brain and the corresponding eye will also close.  Why does this remind me of a Metallica song?

 

 

 

A Message From Mr. John (A Collector of Things, Again):

 

My Hair:
I will get a haircut this weekend!!!  I have not had my hair this long since I got the debut album by Van Halen. 

Van Halen circa 1978.

 

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 27 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagalog, Hebrew, Korean, Irish, Kiswahili, Irish, Welsh, Dutch/Flemmish, Polish, Serbo-Croation, Cebuano, Malay, Farsi, Turkish)

 

Impromptu Nature Lesson (The students witnessed our tarantula molting):

Two spiders? Nope! One is the spider and the other one is the shed exoskeleton. The video is below.

 

 

 

Peek In The Classroom:

She is working on the Knobless Cylinders found in the Sensorial area. The Knobbed Cylinders are a Montessori Sensorial material, designed to assist children in making distinctions in their immediate environment. This material primarily engages the senses of touch and sight. The material is comprised of 10 different cylinders with ‘knobs’ used to hold each object using the pincer grip.

 

These Fractional Insets are found in the Math area. The Fraction Insets build on the familiar structure of the Metal Insets, but rather than teaching shape and design, they introduce the child to concepts of fractions and equivalents.

 

He is working on the Sandpaper Numbers. The direct purpose of the Sandpaper Numbers is to teach children the symbols that represent each number, allowing them to visually identify any number from 0 – 9. In Montessori education this is specifically taught separately to counting from 0 – 9, where children often fall back on rote memorization.

 

The bottom line is that Montessori extension lessons help the child to have further experience with the concepts of the materials. Often times the extension activity draws the child towards a more abstracted view of the original concrete concept that was introduced. He has discovered the correlation between two different works.

 

Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Safety

Letter Of The Week- Nope

Rhyming Word Of The Week- No way, man

Next Language is We be done with that

 

Academic Enrichment:
Weekly Theme: Capitalization and end of sentence punctuation

Kindergarten strong!

Handwriting:
We practiced writing sentences in cursive.

Next Week:
Weekly Theme: Review

Synonym Of The Week:  In your dreams

Sight Words Of The Week: Not even close

 

Upcoming Events:
Memorial Day: Monday, May 31, 2021   *****  NO SCHOOL *****

Last Day Of School/Field Day: Thursday June 3, 2021

 

Friends, Frolic, and Fun:

Her skirt. My color/splatter record. I see the resemblance.

 

HA! Another raccoon shirt.

 

Hair Twins?

 

If you can make this out this is my son who has not had a haircut in like 10 months. Like father like son. Also, he hates getting his pic taken!

 

Your Kids Say The Darndest Things (My brother eats a lot):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Peek In Our Week – Mr. John’s Class – Week Of May 17, 2021

Buckeye Room Bulletin

 

Line Time:
Solar System- 
Put on your space suit and get ready to explore our solar system.  We started with discussing the planets nearer the sun then worked our way to the furthest reaches of our solar system.  Mercury is our first planet and is the closest to the sun.  Venus is the second planet.  Even though it is further away from the sun than Mercury it is the hottest planet in our solar system.  The third planet is near and dear to our hearts.  It is the planet earth.  It is the only planet in our solar system that has life.  The next planet is Mars and is known as the red planet.  The next planet is the biggest planet in our solar system and has a big red storm that has been raging for centuries.  That planet is Jupiter.  Saturn is the next planet and has really cool ring around it that are pieces of rock and ice.  Uranus is next and it spins up and down instead of side to side like all the other planets.  Neptune is the last planet in our solar system.  I did not forget about Pluto.  Oh! Poor Pluto.  Pluto was once a planet but now has been demoted to a dwarf planet.   As a side note learned that most planets were named after Roman Gods and Goddesses.  We watched a few video clips about the Solar System and danced to the Sun Song by They Might Be Giants! How cool are these guys??

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_5wCcaO7mA

 

 

Did You Know? (Conspiracy Theorists chew on this):
Three presidents, all Founding Fathers, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe died on July 4.  Presidents Adams and Jefferson also died the same year, 1826; President Monroe died in 1831. Coincidence? You decide.

    

 

A Message From Mr. John (Collector of Things) :

 

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 27 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagalog, Hebrew, Korean, Irish, Kiswahili, Irish, Welsh, Dutch/Flemmish, Polish, Serbo-Croation, Cebuano, Malay, Farsi, Turkish)

 

Peek In The Classroom:

Gross Motor Ability Is a Critical Life Skill. Gross motor skills are important for major body movement such as walking, maintaining balance, coordination, and reaching. These abilities share connections with other physical functions. Such skills are important for play, sports, and fitness. ……. I always yell (in jest) YOU ARE GOING TOO HIGH! YOU ARE MAKING ME NERVOUS!!! but yet I have this feeling of teaching them to “jump” off the swing. Lol

 

An impromptu animal lesson with the snake. Each student touched the snake, observed the tongue flicker, and felt the shed skin.

 

This is something a student came up with. It is a Day Chain that tracks are final days of school. Each ring has a child’s name and each morning a ring is removed by the child whose name is at the bottom. Notice there is a removed ring that was glue towards the top of the cabinet.

 

He is working on the Triangular Box. 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. Notice how he made a big Equalateral Triangle!

 

Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Oceans

Letter Of The Week-U u

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bec

Academic Enrichment:
Line Time: Interjections, YAY!  When showing a lot of emotion and excitement we use an explanation mark !  When the emotions are not as strong we use a period .

The loose tooth club.

 

Handwriting:
We practiced writing sentences in cursive.

Next Week’s Lesson:
Weekly Theme: Capitalization and punctuation at the end of a sentence

Synonym Of The Week: Done with that popsicle stand

Sight Words Of The Week: Been there done that

 

Upcoming Events:
Memorial Day: Monday, May 31, 2021   *****  NO SCHOOL *****

Last Day Of School/Field Day: Thursday June 3, 2021

 

Friends, Frolic, and Fun:

FINALLY! a racoon on a shirt! Sometimes a blind squirrel finds a nut.

 

Ya shoulda seen the other guy

 

A cuddle huddle with Ms. Katie.

 

Relaxing. Feet on the furniture. Under two weeks of school left. Ehhhh!

 

Your Kids Say The Darndest Things (A girl and her pig):

 

 

 


Peek In Our Week + Mr. John’s Class + Week Of May 10, 2021

Buckeye Room Bulletin

Line Time:
Animals Groups- This week we talked about what groups of animals are called.  Here is a list of what we learned…

Pack of dogs
Muster of peacocks
Pride of lions
Gaggle of geese
Murder of crows
School of fish
Pod of dolphins
Heard of cows, horses, and elephants
CONGRESS of Baboons
Mischief of rats (I am tearing)
Not a Flock Of Seagulls (I ran) but a colony of seagulls
And we have a sorority of female Bettas in the room!

                                             

I could not get a good shot of my sorority and mine isn’t this impressive.

 

Did You Know? (Have you ever seen pics of this?):
The heads on Easter Island have bodies.

Easter Island statues

The iconic stone heads protruding from the ground on Easter Island are familiar to most, but many don’t realize what lies beneath the surface. In the ’10s, archaeologists studying the hundreds of stone statues on the Pacific Island excavated two of the figures, revealing full torsos, which measure as high as 33 feet.

 

May Birthdays:
A Montessori Classroom is comprised of students ages from 3 years to 6 years.  Here is our newest 4 year old and newest 6 year old students. 

 

A Message From Mr. John ():

 

 

Do I have Ed Bagley Jr. hair?

 

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 27 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagalog, Hebrew, Korean, Irish, Kiswahili, Irish, Welsh, Dutch/Flemmish, Polish, Serbo-Croation, Cebuano, Malay, Farsi, Turkish)

 

Peek In The Classroom:

A student’s work with the cursive Moveable Alphabet found in the Language area.

 

A student diligently spooning dirt into a tiny flower pot. This is an example of a Practical Life Work.

 

A student is selecting the background music for work time. This is a sign of independence and leadership.

 

She is working on the Hundred Board which is found in the Math area. Around three or four years of age, depending on how quickly the child has grasped the concept of counting. to 100, and also helping them to understand number order. Through their work, the children are able to correct any mistakes independently.

 

Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- The Solar System

Letter Of The Week-O o

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bod

 

Academic Enrichment:
Line Time: We added the preposition to our plethora parts of speech.  The preposition is a “where” word (over, under, sideways, down {maybe not sideways, but Over Under Sideways Down is a cool Yardbirds song}) and is not a Werewolf!

Kinder’s fave yoga pose.

 

Handwriting:
We practiced writing sentences in cursive.

Next Week’s Lesson:
Weekly Theme: Interjection, YIKES!

Synonym Of The Week: Sneaky:  underhanded, dishonest, tricky, secretive, sly

Sight Words Of The Week: way my

 

Upcoming Events:
!!!!!  Mr. John’s Birthday  !!!!!

Memorial Day: No School, Monday, May 31, 2021

Last Day Of School/Field Day: Thursday June 3, 2021

 

Friends, Frolic, and Fun:

One right of passage for this age group is loosing teeth. Toofless.

 

Cheesy cheesecake smiles.

 

Balancing a hair tie on your nose is a valuable skill.

 

Bobsy Twins: coats and shirts

 

Your Kids Say The Darndest Things (His glasses and how he looks different with his glasses off):

 

 

 

 


Peek In Our Week ÷ Mr. John’s Class ÷ Week Of May 3, 2021

 Buckeye Room Bulletin

Line Time:
Baby Animals- 
This week we looked at names of baby animals.  I started out by saying that most people call human children “kids” and in reality a kid is a baby goat. with that said here are some other baby animal names.

Bear, lion, tiger- Cub
Cat- Kitten
Dog, seal, walrus- Pup
Cow, elephant, whale- Calf
Goat- Kid
Pig- Piglet
Kangaroo, koala- Joey

 

     

 

Did You Know? (Poor Ronald):
For decades, Ronald McDonald has been the face of McDonald’s, but in recent years… not so much, and it turns out that people have been calling for his head for a long time. 

There was a major push back in 2011 to retire him. Why? Because, petitions said, he was being used to market unhealthy fast food items to kids, and that wasn’t good.  McDonald’s was shifting their marketing more toward adults, and had already gotten rid of most of their other McDonaldland characters. Still, Ronald was being increasingly more often lumped in with mascots like Joe Camel, who represented a company now condemned for trying to make cigarettes appeal to the youth.  Below was my McDonald’s experience with the placemat as a child.

 

A Message From Mr. John (The Breakfast Club) :

 

 

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 27 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagalog, Hebrew, Korean, Irish, Kiswahili, Irish, Welsh, Dutch/Flemmish, Polish, Serbo-Croation, Cebuano, Malay, Farsi, Turkish)

 

Peek In The Classroom:

He is working on the Trinomial Cube found in the Sensorial area. As with all Montessori sensorial materials, the cube has both a direct and an indirect purpose. The direct purpose of the binomial and trinomial cubes is for the child to practice the steps to properly disassemble and build the cube, while refining dexterity and visual acuity.

 

She is working with the Geometric Solids. The Geometric Solids are one of many Montessori materials that challenge and shape a child’s stereognostic sense, which is their ability to perceive and understand both the form and nature of objects through touch. By working with these materials, children become aware of how shapes form the basis for everyday objects.

 

Each of these two girls are working on their own math material

 

He is working on the Teen Board. Montessori Tens Board with Beads, also called Seguin Board B or Seguin Board 2 teaches a child (3-5 yo approx.) to associate the quantities and symbols from 10 to 90. Using the Tens Boards, the child explores the number names of the tens and the sequence of numbers 11–99. Notice he chose to compose 46…. hmmmm wonder who in his family is that age?

 

Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Animal groups

Letter Of The Week-I i

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bud

 

Academic Enrichment:
Line Time: We added the conjunction to our stable of parts of speech.  The conjunction acts as a bridge between two sentences and make a sentence flow better.

They(pronoun) gently(adverb) toss(verb) an(article) amber(adjective) apple(noun).

 

Handwriting:
We practiced writing sentences in cursive.

Next Week’s Lesson:
Weekly Theme: Preposition.  It is a where word n a werewolf!

Synonym Of The Week: DULL, dark, dreary, somber, boring, tedious

Sight Words Of The Week: there their

 

Upcoming Events:
!!!!!  Mr. John’s Birthday  !!!!!

Last Day Of School/Field Day: Thursday June 3, 2021

 

Friends, Frolic, and Fun:

Best buds reunited.

 

Let me explain this pic. They were huddled, whispering, and glancing at me. When I questioned them they stopped talking, sat straight, and pretended not to talk. I wonder what they were plotting.

 

Oh no, the dreaded cucumber eyes!

 

No explanation needed for this pic except that every child ages 3 to 6 is obsessed with poop.

 

Your Kids Say The Darndest Things ():

 

 

 

 

 


Peek In Our Week ! Mr. John’s Class ! Week of April 26, 2021

Buckeye Room Bulletin

 

Line Time:
Food Chains- We learned about food chains.  We knew that all living things ate/take in nutrients for energy and rely on plants and animals for their “food source”.  It was discovered that a food chain can be as small as two parts and we found a five part food chain.  We found out that when an animal eats another animal there are terms for that relationship.  The animal hunting and eating is called the predator and the animal being eaten is the prey.

 

Two students drew their own food chain. As you can see one food chain has four parts and the other food chain has six parts. The four part food chain consists of grass eaten by the rabbit which is eaten by the snake which is eaten by an eagle. The six part food chain starts with grass then eaten by a cricket, then eaten by the spider which is eaten by a frog. Then the frog is eaten by the snake which is eaten by a hawk and owl.

 

Did you know? (At least give me the hashtag)
The # symbol isn’t officially called pound.  Its technical name is “octothorpe” The “octo-” means “eight” to refer to its points, though reports disagree on where “thorpe” came from. Some claim it was named after Olympian Jim Thorpe, while others argue it was just a nonsense suffix.

     

 

 

April Birthdays:
The Primary Montessori classroom consists of students ages from 2.5 to 6 years old.  Here are my newest six year olds.

 

 

A Message From Mr. John: (Banter)

 

 

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 27 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagalog, Hebrew, Korean, Irish, Kiswahili, Irish, Welsh, Dutch/Flemmish, Polish, Serbo-Croation, Cebuano, Malay, Farsi, Turkish)

 

Peek In The Classroom:

This student is working on the Nine Tray. The Nine Tray is designed for use on the floor. It is perfect for laying out the Large Number Cards and associating the golden bead values. The columns of each ‘place value’ are colored to match the Montessori Hierarchy Of Number.

 

She is working on the Teen Board. Montessori Teen Board is a great way to introduce the concept of teens to a child. Not only children see how tens and ones are being build to make teens, but they are also physically building teens themselves!

 

She is working on the Cards and Counters found in the Math area. The Cards and Counters bring the abstract to the concrete, allowing a child to feel the units as they count. Cards and Counters is a material that consists of 10 number cards, 1-10, and 55 round, red counters, each approximately the size of a nickel.

 

He is working on a Math material called the Second Introduction To Decimals. The aim of studying the decimal system is for the child to understand, organize and classify the numerical quantities into different hierarchies of units, tens, hundreds and thousands. One of the best thing about these golden beads material is that it provides a sensorial approach in learning mathematics. It appears he has a captive audience

 

Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Animal Babies

Letter Of The Week- E e

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bic

 

 

Academic Enrichment:

Kinders pretending to eat cupcakes and linking the frosting.

 

Handwriting:
We practiced writing sentences in cursive.

Next Week:
Weekly Theme: Conjunctions (they like as a bridge)

Synonym Of The Week: BRIGHT: Shiny, Glowing, Dazzling, Lighted, Vivid

Sight Words Of The Week: look many

 

Upcoming Events:
Breakfast Club For Buckeye Room: Friday May 7,  7-7:45am

!!! My birthday is closing in !!!

 

Friends, Frolic, and Fun:

Are headbands back in style? Remember Mike Reno (Loverboy) and John MacEnroe (tennis)?

 

Ya shoulda seen the other guy.

 

The dreaded Fruit Roll up Eyes.

 

Warm weather brings shorts which shows all those bruises and scrapes which is a good sign the child is active and that is a good thing. What a run on sentence.

 

 

Your Kids Say The Darndest Things (Again, all dogs go to heaven):

 

 

 

 


Peek In Our Week % Mr. John’s Class % Week Of April 19, 2021

Buckeye Room Bulletin

 

Line Time:
Just working on International Festival stuff.  

 

Did You Know (Johnny Appleseed was a lush?):
Yes, there was a real “Johnny Appleseed” named John Chapman who planted thousands of apple trees on U.S. soil. But the apples on those trees were much more bitter than the ones you’d find in the supermarket today. The apples that “Johnny Appleseed” Chapman favored for planting were small and tart “spitters”—named for what you’d likely do if you took a bite of one. But this made them ideal for making hard cider and applejack. This was a far more valuable crop than edible apples. 

 

 

A Message From Mr. John (My Fave Time of the School Day):

 

 

Know Your Languages (Turkish):

 

 

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 26 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagalog, Hebrew, Korean, Irish, Kiswahili, Irish, Welsh, Dutch/Flemmish, Polish, Serbo-Croation, Cebuano, Malay, Farsi)

 

 

Peek In Our Classroom:

A student painting their section of our African Hut.

 

A student painting her African mask.

 

Finished African Masks

 

Finished African Hut.

 

Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Food Chains

Letter Of The Week- A a

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bib

Next Language is Turkish

 

Upcoming Events:
***  Just ask me want I want for my birthday.  ***

 

Academic Enrichment:
Weekly Theme: Adjectives, they describe nouns and pronouns.

Handwriting:
We practiced writing sentences in cursive.

Next Week’s Lesson:
Weekly Theme: Adverbs (describes verbs {adjectives and other pronouns})

Synonym Of The Week: Talk: speak, chat, gab, yak

Sight Words Of The Week: word when

 

Just some cool Kinders.

 

 

Friends, Frolic, and Fun:

You should have seen the other guy.

 

The return of the dreaded Raspberry Fingers.

 

I asked her if she lost her glasses. Nope! I asked her if she shaved her mustache. Nope! She got a haircut!!! Do you consider this a reoccurring “Dad Joke”?

 

He said it was a trap. For what? I do not know.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Peek In Our Week @@ Mr. John’s Class @@ Week Of April 12, 2021

Buckeye Room Bulletin

 

Line Time:
More International Festival stuff!

 

Did You Know? (Yellow Stop Signs, are you kidding me?):
In 1922, the American Association of State Highway Officials met to determine a standard design for stop signs, and that’s where they decided on the color—yellow. Wait, what? Yes, according to Business Insider, because they thought that yellow would grab drivers’ attention. They’d also considered red, but there was no dye available at the time that wouldn’t eventually fade. By 1954, however, sign makers had access to fade-resistant porcelain enamel, and could finally start making stop signs the red color we recognize today.

 

A Message From Mr. John (My birthday/My hair)

 

Know Your Languages (Turkish):
Faked you out again.  Not until after the International Festival

 

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 25 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagalog, Hebrew, Korean, Irish, Kiswahili, Irish, Welsh, Dutch/Flemmish, Polish, Serbo-Croation, Cebuano, Malay, Farsi)

 

Peek In The Classroom:

Children listening to a student read. Even listening sparks interest in reading.

 

This girl is working with me on the Second Introduction Of Decimals in which we exchange equal quantities. The aim (s) are to introduce the child to the concept of the decimal system, To make the child familiar with the names and relative sizes of the categories, and to help the child with the difference in bulk between e.g. 6 units and 6 thousands.

 

These students are working on a color tablet work. You can see they are creating a pattern with the colors. Even more challenging the colors are different shades.

 

This boy is working on the Pink Tower and Brown Stairs but he made his own creation which is called an extension. Extensions are activities that are introduced after the initial presentation with a material, in order to encourage the child to re-visit the material and solidify the skills and/or concepts it’s designed to provide.

 

Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- International Festival stuff

Letter Of The Week- No letter of the week

Rhyming Word Of The Week- No rhyming word of the week

Next Language is Turkish but not until after the International Festival


Academic Enrichment:
Weekly Theme: Pronouns.  Pronouns take the place of a noun and at times makes are lives easier.  The pronouns we went over were he(boy), she(girl),  it(not used for people because it is rude), we(a group of two or more we belong two), they(a group of two or more we do not belong to), you.

 

 

Handwriting:
We practiced writing sentences in cursive.

Next Week’s Lesson:
Weekly Theme: Adjectives (describes nouns)

Synonym Of The Week: No synonyms this week

Sight Words Of The Week: No sight words of the week

 

Upcoming Events:
Just remember my birthday is quickly approaching.  My registry is on Amazon!

 

 

Friends, Frolic, and Fun:

A silly Elvis The Pelvis or more like Frankenstien.

 

You should’ve seen the other guy but she said it was marker. Hehe

 

The best wat to open a juice pouch is with a fork. She thought of this by her self. She said the straw was not strong enough so she decided a fork would work better.

 

A chocolate cheerio monocle.

 

Your Kids Say The Darndest Things (My Sister Lucy)

 

 

 


Peek In Our Week !!! Mr. John’s Class !!! Week Of April 5, 2021

Buckeye Room Bulletin

Line Time:
Just working on International Festival stuff.  

 

Did You Know? (I’m More of a Milky Way guy):
3 Musketeers bars got their name because they used to come with three flavors.  The original 3 Musketeers bars of the 1930s came in three-packs, with a different nougat flavor in each: vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry. World War II rations made that triple treat expensive, so the company cut down to one which was the more popular, chocolate.

 

 

A Message From Mr. John :

 

Know Your Languages (Turkish):
Nope…. Not until after the International Festival.

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 26 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagalog, Hebrew, Korean, Irish, Kiswahili, Irish, Welsh, Dutch/Flemmish, Polish, Serbo-Croation, Cebuano, Malay, Farsi)

 

Peek In The Classroom:

Children preparing for the International Festival by coloring their African country’s flag.

 

Kinders working on the Bead Chains. The main purpose of the Bead Cabinet is to help develop children’s knowledge about numbers from the concrete to the abstract. By working with the material, children form a strong understanding of number sequencing, as they learn how to skip count by twos, threes, all the way through to tens.

 

She has completed the Spindle Box. The spindle boxes have important purposes of reinforcing the idea that the symbols represent certain quantities of separate objects, introducing the concept of zero and its symbol, and reinforcing the sequence of the numerals.

 

This boy is sorting beads. He has nice e sections with nine colors. He has colors of different shades. Maria Montessori’s sensorial work uses “sorting” in specific ways that work to use all of the child’s senses, one at a time, in order to refine them. The goal is to train the brain to create more organized thoughts and ways of retrieving information.

 

Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- International Festival Stuff

Letter Of The Week- No letter of the week

Rhyming Word Of The Week- No rhyming word of the week

Next Language is Turkish (psych! not until after the International Festival)

 

Upcoming Events:
Nothing really going on so let me throw out that my birthday is fast approaching.  Start preparing now for the fanfare.

Practice your child’s International Festival lines that I sent.

 

Academic Enrichment:
Weekly Theme: Articles a, an, the.  “A” goes with all the consonants.  “An” is a bit pickier and she goes with only vowels.  The is not so picky and he goes with anything.

Just some cool kinders

Handwriting:
We practiced writing sentences in cursive.

Next Week’s Lesson:
Weekly Theme: Pronouns

Synonym Of The Week: No synonym this week

Sight Words Of The Week: No sight words this week

 

Friends, Frolic, and Fun:

Showing off her Easter Basket Booty. Notice how she sorted them by color.

 

Lol, you should have seen the other guy.  Do you see it?

 

Best buds.

 

Just having fun and being goofy like children should be.

 

Your Kids Say The Darndest Things (Easter brought some good stuff):

 

 

 

 


Peek In Our Week $$ Mr. John’s Room $$ Week Of March 22, 2021

Buckeye Room Bulletin

Line Time:
We discovered the traditions, weather, food eaten in certain African countries.  We learned about Madagascar where this is the only place that has lemurs.  Egypt has the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx and the Congo is the home of the Mountain Gorillas. Africa has strange and unique creatures such as the elephant, rhinoceros, hippos, giraffes, and lions.

 

Did you know?
The Goodyear Blimp is the official bird of Redondo Beach, California. Whaaaaaaaat?

The Goodyear Blimp is nothing short of iconic, but we wouldn’t classify it as a bird. Still, that didn’t stop Redondo Beach—a coastal city situated near the Goodyear Blimp’s home airport in Carson, California—from passing a resolution in 1983 to make the blimp its official bird.

 

 

Message From Mr. John (MSB): As I side note my buddy lives in Atlanta and found the album Stagepass on 8 Track (and bought it for 3$) a week before Michael Stanley passed. 

 

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 25 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagalog, Hebrew, Korean, Irish, Kiswahili, Irish, Welsh, Dutch/Flemmish, Polish, Serbo-Croation, Cebuano, Malay,)

 

Know Your Languages: (Farsi)  

 

 

Peek In The Classroom:

Introduction to Numerals of the Decimal System is a Montessori Math Early Childhood lesson is pretty straightforward, the goal of this lesson is to introduce the numerals of the decimal system. The child is introduced to the Montessori color coding of the numerals, 10 units equals 1 ten, 10 tens equals 1 hundred, etc. This work we play a game of exchanging the appropriate quantities.

 

Why is cutting with scissors important?  It is simple… It enhances independent movements of each finger and strengthens hand muscles.  Enhances bilateral coordination skills (two-handed coordination), visual and motor skills (eye-hand coordination), visual perceptual tasks (directionality), fine motor skills (separation of hand, finger dexterity), and promotes grasp pattern, focus and attention.   Phew….. that was a lot!

 

A kinder student working on her second phonics book. Her work space looks like Einstien’s desk. Lol

 

The Cards and Counters bring an abstract and concrete concept to this math activity. The cards and counters reinforces the knowledge that each number is made up of separate quantities. The child will see the sequence of numbers and how many separate units go to form each number.

 

Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- N. America/S. America

Letter Of The Week- No letter of the week.

Rhyming Word Of The Week- No rhyming word of the week.

Next Language is Farsi

 

Academic Enrichment:
Handwriting: This week we practiced writing sentences in cursive.

Next Week:
Weekly Theme: Articles

Synonym Of The Week: No synonym of the week.

Sight Words Of The Week: No sight words of the week.

The kinders completed the tracking of the flower and realized there was a work in the room that looked very similar to the plant. The stalk measured 24in/60cm.

 

Upcoming Events:
Spring Break: Monday, March 29 through Monday, April 5.  Returning Tuesday, April 6—  (I cancelled my plans for a Daytona Beach Bash and decided to chillax at home)

 

Friends, Frolic, and Fun:

These two handsome boys did not lose their glasses. They did not shave their mustaches. They got haircuts! The photo bomber first said he got a haircut then he told me no. The jury is still out on him.

 

I really have no idea what they are trying to accomplish.

 

More fun with matching mask and shirt.

 

Fancy Spring dresses.

 

Your Kids Say The Darndest Things (All dogs go to heaven): 

 

 

 

 


Peek In Our Week … Mr. John’s Room … Week Of March 15, 2021

Buckeye Room Bulletin

 

Line Time:
This week we took a look at life cycles of humans, frogs/toads, and butterflies/moths.  Humans have relatively boring life cycle compared to the butterfly/moth and toad/frog.  As humans we are born, we live, we die. YAWWWWN.  The toad and frog start with being jelly eggs in the water.  They hatch into tadpoles and eat algae, then they turn into a froglet which has a head of a frog and a tail.  Then the tail falls off and an adult frog/toad lives the rest of its life on land.  The butterfly/moth starts as an egg.  The a caterpillar is hatched and it eats A LOT.  Then a caterpillar spins its (butterfly) chrysalis/ moth spins a cocoon.  Then a buttery comes out of its chrysalis and moth comes out of the cocoon.  I posed the question  “which came first the egg or the butterfly?”  This created some heated conversation!

     

 

 

Did You Know? (Don’t Listen To What Your Mother Said):
Although chewing gum is designed to be chewed and not swallowed, it generally isn’t harmful if swallowed.  If you swallow gum, it’s true that your body can NOT digest it. But the gum doesn’t stay in your stomach. It moves relatively intact through your digestive system and is excreted in your stool.  Did your mom tell you it would take seven years to digest?  Mine did.

Below is the gum where the flavor lasts a whole eight seconds. I also thought it says “vapes” in action.

 

 

A Message From Mr. John (How I Became Your Teacher) Part 3.  P.S.  At the previous school I mentioned I was Kelley Laney’s assistant.  Funny how things come together. 

 

 

Know Your Languages (Hindi):

 

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 25 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagalog, Hebrew, Korean, Irish, Kiswahili, Irish, Welsh, Dutch/Flemmish, Polish, Serbo-Croation, Cebuano, Malay)

Shaun O’Keefe (our reappearing class leprechaun):

 

Shaun O’Keefe causes a quite a ruckus!  That cheeky leprechaun.

    

 

St. Patrick Day spirit and ready to drive the snakes into the sea.

 

Peek In The Classroom:

These two are working together on the 100 Board. Around three or four years of age, depending on how quickly the child has grasped the concept of counting to 100, and also helping them to understand number order. Through their work, the children are able to correct any mistakes independently, as the control card guides the activity.

 

This is week two for tracking the growth of the the flower. The stalk is now approximately 23 inches and 52 centimeters.

 

The direct purpose of the Sandpaper Numbers is to teach children the symbols that represent each number, allowing them to visually identify any number from 0 – 9. In Montessori education this is specifically taught separately to counting from 0 – 9, where children often fall back on rote memorization.

 

Montessori Teen Board with Beads, teaches a child (3-5 yo approx.) to associate the quantities and symbols from 11 to 19. Using the Teen Boards, the child explores the number names of the teens and the sequence of numbers 11–19.

 

Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Africa

Letter Of The Week-X x

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bac

Next Language is Hindi


Academic Enrichment:
This week we learned all about vowels (a, e, i, o, u) and consonants (the rest of the letters).

 

Below the Kindergarten Students sing the Kindergarten Song which they made up all by themselves.  The only reason they call me Mr. Pain is they needed a word that rhymed with Loraine, really!

 

Handwriting:
We practiced writing sentences in cursive.

Next Week’s Lesson:
Weekly Theme: Nouns/Verbs

Synonym Of The Week: No synonyms this week

Sight Words Of The Week: have this

 

Upcoming Events:
Spring Break: Monday, March 29 through Monday, April 5.  Returning Tuesday, April 6—(Look for me on MTv’s Daytona Beach Edition) !

 

Friends, Frolic, and Fun:

Happy friends.

 

You should have seen the other guy. Although, the “scratch” disappeared by lunch and may have been jelly.

 

The mysterious disease called ” Fudge Stripe Eyes”.

 

Just hanging out in the library.

 

Your Kids Say The Darndest Things:(Preparing for baby sister)