Peek In Our Week [] Buckeye Room [] Week Of October 25th, 2021

Buckeye Room Bulletin

Line Time:
Birds-
  We ended our journey of studying animals with the bird.  We learned birds are vertebrates and are warm-blooded, which means that they can make their own body heat even when it is cold outside. Whether it is sunny and hot outside or there is a snowstorm and it is very cold, warm-blooded animals have body temperatures that usually stay the same.  They are born from hard shelled eggs and have feathers.  A lot of birds fly but some do not.  The flightless birds are the ostrich and penguin.  We are not sure if chickens fly.

 

Below are Foghorn Leghorn and Eggburt Jr….  Iah say, Iah say that boy aint right.

 

Speaking Words Of Wisdom… (from Mr. John):
Have you ever gone out and had toothpaste on your face and clothes?  Of course you have.  My advice is to brush your teeth right before hopping in the shower.  No toothpaste on your face and certainly no toothpaste on your clothes.  Problem solved!

 

Message From Mr. John (Who Wears Short Shorts, an old Nair commercial…   https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Ve04-BcEP94)

 

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 10 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic in the Lebanese Dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish).

Know your Languages (Swedish):

 

Specials Spot (Art):

Art Class focused on lines and colors

 

Halloween Party:

 

 

 

Peek In The Classroom:

They are working on the Sound Cylinders. Sound Cylinders are a very fun sensorial activity. The purpose is to refine the sense of hearing and to teach vocabulary such as “loud,” “soft,” “loudest,” “louder,” etc. Traditionally the activity consists of twelve wooden cylinders, six with red tops and six with blue tops. They also prepare the child to identify Letter sounds.

 

The Vowel Tree is a tactile, engaging way to teach and practice decoding words. This manipulative can be used with beginning readers to more advanced readers. Originally developed as a Montessori material, the vowel tree reinforces skills for all learners; tactile learners, auditory learners, and visual learners.

 

She is working on Number Rods wit,h Symbols. The purpose is for the child to associate the concrete quantities with the written symbols and the names for the numbers 1 to 10 and to introduce the sequence of the symbols.

Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Insects/Arachnids, Invertebrates  

Letter Of The Week- K k

Rhyming Word Of The Week- ox

Next Language is Tagalog

 

Academic Enrichment aka Kindergarten:

Kinders making 3 o’clock or 9 o’clock with their arms.

Handwriting:
We practiced writing in cursive vowel blends of Ai Ao Au

Next Week:
Weekly Theme: Telling Time to the Half-Hour

Synonym Of The Week: NEW, novel, fresh, original, current, unused

Sight Words Of The Week: how each

 

Upcoming Events:
P/T CONFERENCES- Friday, November, 12, 2021 (details to follow)                                                         **** NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS ****

THANKSGIVING BREAK- Wednesday, November 24 to Sunday November 28 (returning Monday, November 29)

 

Friends, Frolic, and Fun:

I’m not exactly sure what is going on here.

 

Ya shoulda seen the other guy.

 

Someone dressed himself and that’s OK!

 

Why do we even try? Lol

 

Your Kids say the Darndest Things (My Dog Hank):

 

 


A Peek At Our Week- Aspen: 10/18/21- Living and Non-Living

This week the Aspen class learned all about Living and Non-Living things!  Aspen spent the week examining the characteristics of Living and Non-Living things and then used our knowledge to make classifications.   We classified objects within our environment into these two groups. Some of the characteristics we learned about Living things are; living things grow, living things are made of cells, living things have some form of movement,  living things respond to the environment, and living things reproduce. Throughout our week we took a look at a variety of living things and got to observe some of their charicteristics.   The children observed Oreo moving and reacting to the environment around him. To our amazement Mr. John brought in Charlotte the Tarantula for us to observe and ask questions about spiders. Finally, we took a look at plants and how they fit into the classification of being living organisms.

This week in Kindergarten the children learned all about Insects and Arachnids.  They learned how to classify them and label the parts of each. Mr. John also enlisted the help of Charlotte the Tarantula to illustrate charicteristics of Arachnids! In Reading  Group, we practiced our Sound Detective skills utilizing our previous knowledge from past Reading Group lessons. Thus, reviewing the phonograms (letter teams) and sight words that we have already learned.  At the same time, we practiced the lowercase cursive letter u paying particular attention to the lines on the paper.

Next week our topics include; bats, spiders, and all things Halloween!! We will be learning some Halloween words or phrases in Spanish!

         

Charlotte stopped by the Aspen room to say hello!!

 

Ms. Tonya had a Spider plant that reproduced and grew baby spider plants. A young spider plant is called a spiderette or a pup! The Aspen class had the opportunity to take a look at this amazing plant up- close and observe the roots beginning to grow on the baby plant.

A better look at one of the Spiderettes!

Having fun in art class practicing our fine motor skills and following directions! The Aspen class drew different types of lines to create a fish.
Practicing handwriting skills with the dry erase board.
Sensorial exploration with the Color Tablets by learning to grade color from dark to light.

 

 

 

 

 

 


A Peek At Our Week – Cherry Blossom – Week of 10/18/21

A Peek at Our Week in the Cherry Blossom Classroom!

We started our focus lesson on Animal Classification this week!  We talked about vertebrates and invertebrates and took some time to feel our own back bones.  Then we introduced our first animal group –  Mammals!  We learned that mammals have hair or fur, are warm blooded, give birth to live young, and that babies drink their mother’s milk.  We were very excited to learn that we, as human beings, are mammals!  Ms. Sam also sang a fun song with us this week that included animals from all of our different groups!

Working In Pairs!

One of the benefits of a Montessori classroom is the ability for older students to work with younger students.  As our school year continues, we will see more older children offer to help a younger student that needs a little direction.  This has so many benefits! The older student will learn patience and understanding as they work with the younger student.  The younger student is more open to accepting redirection and problem solving.  They both will learn empathy for others as they experience that no two people learn the exact same way.

Enrichment Spotlight – Library with Ms. Cat!

The Cherry Blossom class went upstairs to the Library to visit Ms. Cat this week.  She read us a hilarious book called Fall Mixed Up and we giggled a lot!  Ms. Cat also sang some fall songs with us!

ATTENTION CHERRY BLOSSOMS!

Join Ms. Sam and Ms. Tonya by wearing your fun Halloween attire on Wednesday and Thursday next week!

 

Twinsies!  Check out our cool new watches!!!

Peek Into Next Week!

We will continue our study of Classification of Animals.  We will review Vertebrates and Invertebrates and Mammals. And we will introduce Insects and Arachnids!  We will also be talking about Halloween of course!

Letter: Hh

Number: 7

Languages:  Colors in German and ASL

Important Dates:

October 26 – November 1: Usborne Book Fair – Join us in person or online! https://v2805.myubam.com/

October 29: Halloween Party

November 12: Parent/Teacher Conferences – No School for Students

 


Peek In Our Week {} Buckeye Room {} Week Of October 18, 2021

The Buckeye Room Bulletin

Line Time:
Fish- We learned fish are vertebrates or they have a backbone or a spine.  They are cold blooded (their body temperature changes to the temperature around them) and have slimy and scaly skin.  The unique thing about fish is that some fish are born alive and some fish are born with jelly eggs.  Some examples of fish are Trout, Bass, Sharks, and Swordfish.  And one more important point is that fish live in water.

 

I saw this movie when it was originally released in the theater. 1975 ish. Does this make me old?

 

Did You Know? (Ants Sleep zzzzzzzz)
A recent study of ants’ sleep cycle found that the average worker ant takes approximately 250 naps each day, with each one lasting just over a minute. That adds up to 4 hours and 48 minutes of sleep per day.  The research also found that 80 percent of the ant workforce was awake and active at any one time.

 

 

Message From Mr. John (Calamity Days) 

 

 

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 10 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic in the Lebanese Dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian).

Know Your Languages (Romanian):

 

Our Intern:

This Emily that will be interning in the Buckeye Room this year. You will see her during end of day pick up and aftercare. Notice the semi photo bomb by Angela?

 

Peek In The Classroom:

She is working on the Three Part Cards focusing on three letter words/short vowel sounds. Montessori Classified Cards Montessori 3-part cards or classified cards can be used to enrich the children’s vocabularies, to develop their classification, reading and writing skills and their knowledge of the world around them.

 

This student is working on her Kindergarten Binder. She is practicing her handwriting in cursive.

 

Ms. Angela is giving a lesson in Practical Life as another child intently observes. Practical life in Montessori is purposeful activity and develops (O.C.C.I.) Order, Coordination, Concentration, and, develops independence.

 

This student is working on the Binomial Cube found in the sensorial area in the room. The Binomial Cube is introduced to children from around 3.5 years to 4 years old. In these early stages, the purpose of the material is less focused on the complex mathematics behind the material, and rather is to provide a challenge for a child’s ability to find patterns and relationships between the blocks. the mathematics mentioned of the binomial cube is actually an Algebraic equation….. (a+b)3=a3 + 3a2b + 3ab2 + b3.

 

Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Birds

Letter Of The Week- J j

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bip

Next Language is Swedish

 

Specials Spot (Music):

What is going on here? They are warming up for music class by doing “Pop Goes The Weasel”

 

Academic Enrichment aka Kindergarten:
This week we talked about the parts of plants, arachnids, and  insects.

Kinders pretending to be their favorite insect.

Handwriting: This week we practiced writing cursive vowel blends Ii Oo Uu

Next Week:
Weekly Theme: Telling Time To The Hour

Synonym Of The Week: COLD: freezing, chilly, frigid, frozen, cool  

Sight Words Of The Week: use your

 

Upcoming Events:
Halloween Party- Friday, October 29, 2021 (details to follow)

Book Fair- Monday, October 25, 2021 through Monday, November 1, 2021

P/T CONFERENCES- Friday, November, 12, 2021 (details to follow)                                                         **** NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS ****

THANKSGIVING BREAK- Wednesday, November 24 to Sunday November 28 (returning Monday, November 29)

 

Friends, Frolic, and Fun:

When you see a student arriving at school still in pajamas you know the parent raised the white flag and says “you pick you battles”. And yes, we all have been there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

The Dreaded Red Pepper Eyes!

 

You should have seen the other guy.

 

Boys Just Wanna Have Fun (Cyndi Lauper tune)

 

Your Child Says The Darndest Things (My Brother Ethan):

***** During this filming I was quite aware of the shennanigans going on in the background.  After the filming I did put a quick end to the game of fetch!!!! *****

 

 


Peek At Our Week-Aspen Room: The Skeletal System- 10/11/21

This week in Aspen we learned all about the Skeletal System!  During group lessons we learned the names of the bones in our body and where they are located, discussed how bones help us and their functions, explored what bones are made of, practiced what we learned by working with the Skeleton  Puzzle, and learned some fun Skeletal System facts!  Do you know how many bones an adult human has?  Who has more bones an infant or an adult? Do you know where your longest and strongest bone is? What about the location of the smallest bone in your body? Your child knows the answers to these questions and more! Ask them about what they learned this week.

This week in Kindergarten they learned all about mammals, birds, reptiles,  and amphibians! They classified charicteristics of each group and learned all about the animal kingdom. The kindergarteners then practiced tracing, labeling, and naming the Zoology Puzzles! In Reading Group we continued to study the rules of our language, engaged in word play, discussed the CH phonogram, practiced the lowercase cursive letters  t and u, and practiced our Comprehension skills.

Next week our thematic topic in Aspen is Living and Non Living!

 

                                 

Painting a pumpkin with puffy paint and a popsicle stick!

 

Putting together our skeleton floor puzzle.

 

Weaving ribbon with the Weaving Frame.

 

Creating designs with the Brown Stair and Pink Tower with Sensorial Extensions applying the knowledge learned from previous lessons with this activity. Exploring and discriminating size comparisons.

Peek in Our Week ()() Buckeye room ()() Week Of October 11, 2021

Buckeye Room Bulletin

Line Time:
Amphibians- 
This week we looked at the Amphibian.  We talked about how the Amphibians are vertebrates, cold blooded (the body temperature changes to the temperature that surrounds the amphibian), their skin is soft and moist, and they are born from jelly eggs.  Some examples of Amphibians are toads, frogs, and salamanders.  We learned that the term amphibian means of two worlds.  Amphibians are born in the water but live their life on land.  Below is the lesser know frog from the English cartoon Danger Mouse named Baron Silas Greenback.

 

 

 

 A Message From Mr. John (Another Conundrum):

 

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 10 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic in the Lebanese Dialect, Italian, Russian).

Know you Languages (Russian):

 

Alumnus Visit:

We had an alum from AMMS visit and read a book to the class.

 

 

Peek In The Classroom:

This is a Monday morning when Ms. Angela put new works on the shelf in Practical Life. Look at the interest and curiosity it created.
The same day as the picture above after our line time. The students dug into the new works!!!!!!! Look at the focus of the children working.

 

 

This boy composed several numbers using the golden beads/9 tray. He thought of this number by himself.  Next he will learn to compose numbers with empty columns (which rocks the child’s world) then start to perform operations (addition, multiplication, subtraction, division).

 

This student is working with the Pink (short vowel sounds) Rhyming material. The purpose of rhyming is to provide practice in discriminating speech sounds in words which leads to beginning reading. These activities will develop phonemic awareness as well as listening skills and intonation patterns of the spoken language.

 

Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Fish

Letter Of The Week- I i

Rhyming Word Of The Week- Bin

Next Language is Romanian

 

Academic Enrichment:
Weekly Theme:
This week we looked at the five animals which are mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and birds. Look at the fancy dancy chart showing what makes that certain animal that certain animal.

Kinders pretending to be their favorite animal.

 

Handwriting:
We practiced writing in cursive vowel blends of Yy Zz Aa Ee

Next Week:
Weekly Theme: Parts Of plants, Arachnids, and Insects

Synonym Of The Week: HOT, burning, scorching, blazing, boiling, sizzling

Sight Words Of The Week: she were

 

Upcoming Events:
Halloween Party- Friday, October 29, 2021 (details to follow)

Book Fair- Monday, October 25, 2021 through Monday, November 1, 2021

P/T CONFERENCES- Friday, November, 12, 2021 (details to follow)                                                         **** NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS ****

THANKSGIVING BREAK- Wednesday, November 24 to Sunday November 28 (returning Monday, November 29)

 

Friends, Frolic, and Fun:

This not a mustache it is dirt. In Mr. John’s class we work hard and play hard.

 

A new haircut and ready for Halloween.

 

The dreaded cucumber eyes.

 

Three boys forced to pose for a pic.

 

Your Kids Say The Darndest Things (My Sister):

 

 

 


A Peek At Our Week – Cherry Blossom – Week of 10/11/21

A Peek at Our Week in the Cherry Blossom Classroom!

We continued our classroom study of Fall and the change of seasons, with a focus this week on leaves.  We discussed the parts of a leaf, as well as why leaves change color in the fall.  We talked about how chlorophyll is the green pigment inside of the leaf and its job is to absorb the sunlight and change that sunlight into food for the tree.  We also discussed how the pigments yellow, orange, and red are inside of the leaf all along, but the chlorophyll covers it up during the spring and summer. During Preschool Lesson, Ms. Sam introduced us to a science experiment where we saw that leaves breathe! Lots of awesome facts this week! We also made beautiful leaf suncatchers that you can spy hanging up in our windows of the classroom.

 

What have the 4 year olds been up to in our mixed age classroom?

This child is Weaving Ribbons in our Practical Life area.  Weaving is an excellent activity to work on the child’s fine motor skills.

This child is working with our Touch Tablets from our Sensorial area.  These tablets consist of different types of sandpaper, ranging from less rough to roughest.  The child can use their sense of touch to either pair the matching tablets or gradate them, or they can do both at once!

This child is working with the Table Top Rods with Symbols (In Order) from our Math area.  The Table Top Rods are a smaller version of a familiar classroom work – the Number Rods!  The child practices placing the numerals in order from 1-10, and then counts the blue and red sections of the rod, matching them to the correct numerals.

This child is working with Cards and Counters from our Math Area.  We include different types of cards and counters in the classroom to keep this work interesting for the children.  We’ve been working with trees and leaves for a couple weeks.

This child is working in his Handwriting Folder, a part of our Language area. Each week we study a new letter within our classroom. We not only practice the letter name and letter sound, we also practice writing our letter of the week. We write our letter in the air with our arm, on a large piece of paper, and then in our Handwriting Folders.

This child is working on coloring a World Map in our Geography area of the classroom.  Each of the continents have a corresponding color within the Montessori Classroom.  We’ve been focusing on North America because that is where we live, but the class favors Antarctica because of the penguins!

This child is working on Tracing and Labeling the Parts of a Tree from our Science area.  The child traces the control card, and then uses the control card to assist in writing the parts of the plant.  The child can also color this work to match out Parts of a Tree nomenclature cards like this child is doing!

Enrichment Spotlight – Art with Ms. Varela!

Ms. Varela introduced us to Vincent Van Gogh and his paintings of sunflowers.  We have spent the past couple of art lessons creating our own paintings of sunflowers using watercolor pencils!

 

Peek Into Next Week!

We have completed our study of the season of Fall/Autumn with a focus on plants.  Next week we will begin our Classification of Animals study which will last a few weeks.  We will begin with Vertebrates and Invertebrates and Mammals.

Letter: Vv

Number: 6

Languages: Greetings & Manners in German and ASL

Important Dates:

October 26 – November 1: Usborne Book Fair

October 29: Halloween Party

 


ASPEN- A Peek At Our Week : October 4, 2021- The World Of Color!!

Color is all around us and this week in Aspen we explored all things color! First, we learned all about Primary Colors and then experimented with them with our Color Mixing work! We discovered that when we mixed certain primary color combinations we got new colors!  These new colors are called the Secondary Colors.  After creating our color mixing combinations we then experimented mixing secondary color combinations! Ask your little artist/scientist what they discovered while color mixing this week! Many of the students figured out how to create various shades with their color mixing experimentation. As a result, we then discussed the color wheel and the concepts of warm and cool colors. We then applied the concepts we learned to create suncatchers for our windows.  Finally, we learned our color names in Spanish with Ms.Sandy and read a book Olivia brought in to share with us! It sure was a fun and colorful week in the Aspen Room.

In kindergarten it was all about landforms this week. They discussed lake, island, cape,  bay, peninsula,   and gulf with Mr. John during kindergarten lesson. We then explored these concepts further with our Land and Water forms activity! In reading group we continued to work on our confidence with a variety of Sound Detective games, phonograms (letter teams), and Fluency.  We also engaged in a Reading Comprehension  activity by reading a nonfiction informative paragraph.  The kindergarteners then took turns answering  questions pertaining to the paragraph. Therefore, exploring concepts such as finding information within a text selection,  recalling facts, and linking facts to practice reasoning skills.

Next week our topic is Skeletons!

Practicing to refine the fine motor skills by using the tweezers to remove sunflower seeds from a sunflower!

 

Indirect preparation for writing! Practicing using the pincer grasp by using tweezers to remove sunflower seeds. Also, note how focused she is! This work also allows for the child to learn how to engage their mind to focus and concentrate for lengthy periods of time.

 

Sorting pictures by color!!
Exploring the concepts of Warm and Cool Colors by sorting and classifying them.

 

Ms. Emily came in and taught us how to Sign the letters of the Alphabet! Ms. Emily will be presenting weekly American Sign Language lessons to the children every Friday!

 


A Peek Into Our Week – Cherry Blossom – Week of 10/4/21

A Peek at Our Week in the Cherry Blossom Classroom!

We continued our classroom study of Fall and the change of seasons, with a focus this week on trees.  We discussed the parts of a tree, as well as its life cycle.  We even practiced being a tree as we practiced yoga and mindfulness.

This week was also our very first Wildlife Wednesday! On Wildlife Wednesdays we will travel outdoors, weather permitting, to explore all that nature can teach us.   This week our focus was on the change of seasons and how that was effecting the trees.  We were scientists using our five senses! We observed, took notes, and had a wonderful discussion about all of the changes we noticed!

 

We also had a new Enrichment begin this week! Our after school instructor Miss Emily will be visiting our class on Fridays to teach us American Sign Language! We practiced our letters and were introduced to the signs for colors.  We already use some ASL signs during our day so we are very excited to learn more from Miss Emily this year!

 

The Cherry Blossom Class has been loving this warm fall weather!
   

Even firefighters have some learning to do!  We were lucky enough to watch the firefighters practice using their hoses in our parking lot this week!

Peek Into Next Week!

We will continue to learn about Fall/Autumn, as well as study the Parts of a Leaf.  We will be discussing why leaves are so important to trees and why they change colors in the fall.

Letter: Nn

Number: Review 1-5

 


Peek In Our Week @@ Buckeye Room @@ Week Of October 4, 2021

The Buckeye Room Bulletin

Line Time:
Reptiles- This week we learned about reptiles and what makes a reptile a reptile.  Reptiles are vertebrates, cold blooded (body temperature changes to the temperature around them), they are born from hard shelled eggs and their skin is dry, with scales.  Some examples of reptiles are snakes, turtles, and lizards.  Below was my childhood Saturday TV entertainment (notice how it is in black and white?).

 

Who Is Afraid Of Snakes? I Ain’t Of No Snakes (tune of Ghost Busters)

 

 

Did You Know?
Does hot water freeze faster than cold water? This is known as the Mpemba effect. Evaporation is the strongest candidate to explain the Mpemba effect. As hot water is placed in an open container the water begins to cool, the overall mass decreases as some of the water evaporates. With less water to freeze, the process can take less time.  My thoughts is that it is a misnomer due to less ice is produced.  But who am I to say?

 

 

October Birthdays:
A Montessori classroom prides itself on a mixed aged classroom of ages between 2 1/2 and 6. Here is our newest 5 year old student.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Message From Mr. John (How We Start Our day):

 

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 10 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic in the Lebanese Dialect, Italian).

 

Know Your Languages (Italian):

 

 

Peek In The Classroom:

This girl is working on the Ten Board which is a math material. These full size Séguin tens boards teach the child the number names, symbols and sequence from 10 to 99 and further strengthens the relationship between quantity and symbol.

 

A group of children are working on puzzle maps. The aim of the Puzzle Maps allow the child to physically see, hold, and trace sections of the world in order to identify each continent, country, and state that is represented in the puzzles. The knobs on each piece help strengthen fine motor skills.

 

She is working on a math material called The Nine Tray. The 9 Tray is an important lesson in the sequence of the golden bead work. It entails an elaborate set up, as well as mastery of building numbers, using unit beads, ten bars, hundred squares and thousand cubes. Allowing the children to concretely see the growth of numbers through the hierarchy of the decimal system it is a wonderful introduction to place value and organization of the ‘Golden Bead’ materials.

 

He was so proud.

 

Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Amphibians

Letter Of The Week- H h

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bit

Next Language is Russian

 

Academic Enrichment:
Weekly Theme:
We looked at ten different land forms. We looked at the pairings of islands and lakes, bays and capes, peninsulas and gulfs, and chain of lakes and archipelago.

 

Kinders with their favorite landforms.

 

Handwriting:
We practiced writing in cursive Vv, Ww, Xx

Next Week:
Weekly Theme: Parts Of Animals

Synonym Of The Week: CALM, peaceful, quiet, inactive, serene, slow

Sight Words Of The Week:  for with

 

Upcoming Events:
Halloween Party- Friday, October 29, 2021 (details to follow)

 

Friends, Frolic, and Fun:

Cutey Patutey with earrings and fancy hair which stayed in place all day.

 

Two buddies missing A LOT of teeth.

 

I thought this was a Rorschach Test. She says it is a kitty. I see an scary clown. Everyone sees an scary clown, right? RIGHT?

 

Another one who knows what a camera is for.

 

Your Children Say The Darndest Things (My Sister Lily)