Peek In Our Week | Mr. John’s Class | Week of November 2, 2020

Buckeye Room Bulletin

Line Time:
This week we learned about insects and arachnids. Creepy Crawly, creepy crawly creepy creep creepy crawly (reminds me of The Who song, Boris The Spider).  When we went over the five animals all of them were vertebrates (having a backbone and spine) but looking at Insects and arachnids they were invertebrates (no back bone or spine).   Most had what we call an exoskeleton which is the skeleton is on the outside.  This gives the creature support and protection.  We learned insects have a head, thorax, and abdomen, six legs, and two antennae.  We sang the characteristics of an insect to the tune of Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes. Some insects are ants, bees, and butterflies. Arachnids have a head and abdomen, and eight legs. Some examples of arachnids are spiders, scorpions, ticks and mites.

 

       

 

                                                            

 

Who is afraid of a little spider?:

NOT THIS GIRL!

 

Did You Know:
Since it is the season… Did you know there is a difference between apple juice and apple cider?  Here is the explanation.  Apple cider is made from apples that are washed, cut and ground into an “apple mash” similar to applesauce. The mash is then wrapped in cloth and pressed into fresh juice. On the other hand, apple juice undergoes filtration to remove pulp and is then pasteurized to extend the shelf life.  I am not sure how hard apple cider is made.

 

Message From Mr. John (Spunk):

 

November Birthdays:
A Montessori classroom consists of students ranging in age from three years to six years.  Here are our newest four and five year old students.

 

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 12 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian).

 

Know Your Languages (Swedish):

 

Peek In The Classroom:

My newest reader!!!!! There is no better feeling for a teacher than to experience a child reading for the first time.

 

These bead bars with their characteristic colors are used to learn countless math concepts from basic counting and identifying the correlation between symbol and quantity to skip counting, to addition, to multiplication, and even to the squaring and cubing of numbers. This boy is now working on counting and finding the correct number for the corresponding Color Bead Bar.

 

Remember my explanation of extensions in the Montessori Classroom? No? here it is again…The 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. This boy found he can stagger the blocks and keep the original aim by stacking from biggest to smallest. He discovered this all on his own.

 

These girls are working with Color Box 4 and the aim is to grade the colors from darkest to lightest. The child is learning precise refinement. There are subtle differences between some of the shades and tint and even between colors at the lightest or darkest levels. These differences matter and reinforces visual discrimination which helps in identifying and distinguishing symbols such as 6/9,  3/8,  b/d,  q/p…

 

Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Dinosaurs

Letter Of The Week- L l

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bot

Next Language: Swedish

 

Upcoming Events:
Zoom Parent/Teacher Conferences- Friday, November 13  (NO SCHOOL)    Sign up for a slot..Sign up Genius Link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090B48A8A92DA6F94-zoom

Zoom Info:
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/6614842878?pwd=QjNkWk5GQ1ZJaERMdkU0eVpMakZvZz09
Meeting ID: 661 484 2878
Passcode: AMMS

Thanksgiving Break:  We are off Wednesday November 25th and returning Monday November 30.

 

Academic Enrichment:
Weekly Theme:
This week the K-kids did addition with carry overs (Dynamic) using the manipulatives of the Golden Beads.  Did you know the two numbers added together are called addends and the answer is called the sum?

I did ask for goofy!

Handwriting:  We practiced writing in cursive words: cat, bed, wig, mop, tub

Next Week:
Weekly Theme: Addition with other materials

Synonym Of The Week: BIG, vast, gigantic, huge, large, enormous, colossal

Sight Words Of The Week: said by

 

More tracking the growth of roots. We did discover that five more roots sprouted and the existing roots grew longer. No more leaves appeared but we are confident that new leaves will grow.

 

Friends, Frolic, and Fun:

S squared

 

Boy Buddies!

 

Posing for the camera.

 

Geez, Mr. John let me get back to work.

 

Your Children say The Darndest Things (Gone Fishin):
Follow the link….

https://vimeo.com/thesmarterkids/review/472740166/d20941030a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Peek In our Week ^ Mr. John’s Class ^ Week of October 26, 2020

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 (Short look at my philosophy in the classroom):

 

Know your Languages (Romanian):

 

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 11 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian).

 

Halloween Party:

Halloween Bingo!

 

Cookie decorating.

 

 

Peek In The Classroom:

These two girls found the relationship between two materials found in the Sensorial area (Knobbed Cylinders and Knobbless Cylinders). They found the relationship of diameter and height. They were pretty proud of themselves by the looks of the high five that is about to happen.

 

These rods may seem familiar to you and they should if you’ve ever seen the Red Rods. They are exactly the same except for one feature: alternating blue and red segments. The child will typically work with the Number Rods after mastering the Red Rods. If you recall, the Red Rods help establish visual discrimination of length. The Number Rods are a natural progression, naming the quantity shown on each Number Rod with red and blue demarcations. The aim of the Number Rods is to associate the written symbol with the right quantity and to be able to build rods and/or numbers 1-10. Building up the different combinations to 10 gives an indirect preparation for addition. The taking away of rods gives the impression of subtraction.

 

These girls are working on the equations (The Stamp Game) I have assigned. The Montessori Math Stamp Game lesson comes at the end of place value and decimal system work. The goal is to reinforce the four operations introduced with the Golden Beads but in a more abstract way. The work is familiar to them, but different enough to keep it interesting and intriguing.

 

She is working on the Ten Board which is a Math material. Before she composed only “tens” but now she is adding “units”. This strengthens the correlation between quantity (colored beads) and symbols (numbers) from 11 to 99.

 

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

Letter Of The Week- K k

Rhyming Word Of The Week- ox

Next Language is Romanian

 

Academic Enrichment aka Kindergarten:
This week we started our journey into MATH…. EEEEK!  We started out by composing numbers with beads and symbols then worked our way into doing addition with manipulatives with the nine tray.

I don’t even know what to say about this picture. lol

Handwriting:
We practiced writing in cursive vowel blends of Ua ua, Ue ue, Ui ui, Uo uo, Uu uu

Next Week:
Weekly Theme: Addition manipulatives (Dynamic/Carry Overs)

Synonym Of The Week: OLD: ancient, elderly, used, seasoned, mature

Sight Words Of The Week: how each

 

Upcoming Events:
Zoom Parent/Teacher Conferences- Friday, November 13  (NO SCHOOL)    Sign up for a slot..Sign up Genius Link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090B48A8A92DA6F94-zoom

Zoom Info:
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/6614842878?pwd=QjNkWk5GQ1ZJaERMdkU0eVpMakZvZz09
Meeting ID: 661 484 2878
Passcode: AMMS

Thanksgiving Break:  We are off Wednesday November 25th and returning Monday November 30.

 

Friends, Frolic, and Fun:

A different kind of FUN WITH MASKS!

 

I don’t know what got into him this day but he was pretty goofy…Fun with masks by turning his mask into a slingshot. Can you say engineer?

 

Feeding the snake and spider usually draws a large crowd.

 

More cheesines and cuteness.

 

I could I resist this photo op?

 

Your Kids say the Darndest Things (Let go of my Snacko!):
Follow the link to view the vid…

https://vimeo.com/thesmarterkids/review/470723195/11

 

 

 

 

 

 


Peek In Our Week # Mr. John’s Class # Week Of October 19, 2020

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.

 

 

Did you know?
Since we are in the thick of things with COVID-19 let’s talk about sneezes.  Sneezes travel at about 100 miles per hour and that a single 
sneeze can send 100,000 germs into the air.  Also when a person sneezes you should tell them “You are sooo good lookin”  Who knows this reference?

 

Message From Mr. John (Smilin’ John):

 

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

 

Know Your Languages (Russian):

 

 

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

I asked the boys to kneel and this is what I got.

 

Since we talked about Arachnids I decided to give an impromptu visit to the classrooms with Charlotte. The students loved it. The staff….. well not so much as I was confronted with “concerned” teachers, screaming and running down the hall (literally with both), and some salty language thrown at me. Its just like a hamster with 8 legs, right?

 

Handwriting: This week we practiced writing cursive vowel blends Oa oa, Oe oe, Oi oi, Oo oo, Ou ou

Next Week:
Weekly Theme: MATH- GULP! Addition with beads

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

Sight Words Of The Week: use your

 

Peek In The Classroom:

This girl is working on a pre reading work using three word/short vowel sounds exercise.

 

This boy is working on the 100 board which is a math activity. Around three or four years of age, depending on how quickly the child has grasped the concept of counting to 100 we introduce the 100 board. This work helps them to understand number order.

 

She is working on the 10 board which is found in the math area. This teaches a child to associate the quantities and symbols from 10 to 90 using the tens bead bars. The child explores the number names of the tens and then sequence of numbers 11–99.

 

This boy is working on the red rods found in the sensorial area.  The direct purpose of the red rods is to develop the child’s visual and muscular perception of length and eventually using the math counter part the number rods.

 

Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Birds

Letter Of The Week- J j

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bip

Next Language is Russian

 

Upcoming Events:
Halloween Party: Friday, October 30  ** Email sent **
Follow the link to contribute…..  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b48a8a92da6f94-buckeye

 Zoom Parent/Teacher Conferences- Friday, November 13    ** Details coming soon.  Really they are **

 

Friends, Frolic, and Fun:

When I see a puddle (everyday) I hope and pray that it is water from a spilled water bottle and not something else. Hehe

 

Brotherly/Sisterly love. Brother does not want a hug from sister. Do you think they ever fight at home?

 

Good friends having fun.

 

Cheesy Smile? Showing Off Muscles? IDK!

 

Your Child Says The Darndest Things:
Follow the link below to hear some children’s words of wisdom…

https://vimeo.com/thesmarterkids/review/469088911/264fc9828d

 

 


Peek In Our Week * Mr. John’s Classroom * Week Of October 12, 2020

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:

 

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 12 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect).

 

Peek In The Classroom:

This student is using the golden beads to compose numbers from 1 to 9,999. The purpose of this is to make the child familiar with the different categories of numbers, especially with regard to reading the symbols. Also, to give the child the wording of large numbers. This material enforces the correlation between symbol and quantity.

 

She is being introduced to the beginning of the decimal system. The small bead is referred to as “unit.” After the child feels and names the unit, they will set it aside to explore the 10 bar. I may ask the child to count the units in the 10 bar with them, “How many units are there?” After counting to ten, you can then name the 10 bar. “We call this…ten”. They move on to the hundred square and thousand cube. An important aspect of the Intro Tray is allowing the child to feel the dimensions, weight, and size difference of each quantity. The unit feels very different than the 1 thousand cube!

 

This material focuses on the short vowel sounds/three letter words. The student matches words with pictures and match words to words. This work helps the student prepare for reading.

 

These girls are working on the Sensorial work called the sound cylinders. This Montessori material helps a child refine his or her auditory senses in a controlled and engaging way. The material isolates six different sounds identified shaking cylinders and matching their sounds. This enhances the skill of auditory discrimination which is needed for letter sound recognition.

 

This child created an extension with the Pink Tower and Brown Stair and used the material as a balance beam (I wasn’t thrilled with her stepping on the material) but I let her due to movement is essential in the Montessori classroom. The Montessori environment gives the children an opportunity to learn as they are moving. When the child is moving while they are learning the chiild will retain the information easier. The movement is also important for the physical growth of a child. Their bodies are growing and need to move throughout the day.

 

Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Fish

Letter Of The Week- I i

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bin

Next Language is Italian

 

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.

 

Handwriting:
We practiced writing in cursive vowel blends of Ea ea, Ee ee, Ei ei, Eo eo, Eu eu.

Kindergarten Plant Tracking:

We are tracking the growth of the roots for the next couple weeks. She observed the start of root growth.

 

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

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

Sight Words Of The Week:  she were

 

Upcoming Events:
Halloween Party: Friday, October 30  ** Putting a bug in your ear. Email coming. **

Zoom Parent/Teacher Conferences- Friday, November 13    ** Details coming soon.  Really they are **

 

*** BOX TOPS  BOX TOPS  BOX TOPS  Pizza! Pizza!  Due 10/23/2020 ***

Hehe, the Little Caesar’s guy. I wonder if his name is Caesar but he does say Pizza! Pizza!

 

Friends, Frolic, and Fun:

More fun with masks.

 

You shoulda seen the other guy!

 

All about fashion.

 

This is a bookmark. Someone likes their reading.

 

Your Kids Say The Darndest Things:
Follow the link for the video of student’s words of wisdom… It is worth it. 

https://vimeo.com/thesmarterkids/review/466531089/8baf57db71

 

 

 

 

 


Peek In Our Week # Mr. John’s Classroom # Week Of October 5, 2020

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.

Oh, no, they say he’s got to go.  Go, go, Godzilla!  Oh, no, there goes Tokyo Go, go, Godzilla!

 

Who is afraid of snakes?

Not these children!

 

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?

 

A Challenge From Mr. John:

 

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 11 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese).

 

 

October Birthdays:

A Montessori classroom prides itself on a mixed aged classroom of ages between 2 1/2 and 6. Here is our newest 4 year old student.

 

Peek In The Classroom:

The Number Rods help children learn the names of numbers and their sequence and learn to correctly associate between the spoken number and its quantity. Children grow to understand that each rod represents a unique quantity and that each number is represented by a single object as a whole, separate from others.

 

She is working on the material found in the language area called Pink Rhyming. This material focuses on words with short vowel sounds /three letters. The ability to rhyme is a sign your child has an understanding of phonemic awareness.

 

This student is working with the sandpaper letters. The aim for this material is to teach the child the sounds of the alphabet by means of muscular and visual memory. The child is encouraged to trace the symbol over and over again until the shape of the letter becomes a part of the child’s muscle memory.

 

This student is really focusing on the Cards and Counters which is a math activity. 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- Amphibians

Letter Of The Week- H h

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bit

Next Language is Arabic with the Lebanese Dialect

 

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.

 

Handwriting:
We practiced writing in cursive Aa, Ae, Ai, Ao, Au

 

Next Week:
Weekly Theme: Parts Of Animals

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

Sight Words Of The Week:  for with

 

Upcoming Events:
Picture Day- Wednesday, October 14th

Zoom Parent/Teacher Conferences- Friday, November 13    ** Details coming soon **

*** BOX TOPS  BOX TOPS  BOX TOPS  Mr. John REALLY wants pizza!  Due 10/23/2020 ***

Who remembers The Noid from the 80s for Domino’s Pizza?   Also, Due to a computer glitch please keep scrolling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friends, Frolic, and Fun:

TEAMWORK!

 

Unicorns everywhere.

 

She wanted her picture taken. I sometimes indulge the students.

 

Matching ponies

 

 

 

 


Peek In Our Week *** Mr. John’s Classroom *** Week Of September 28, 2020

The Buckeye Room Bulletin

Line Time:
Mammals-
This past week we learned about Mammalus.  Mammals are vertebrates (have a spine or backbone), warm blooded (their body temperature does not change), have hair or fur, live bearers, and eat/drink mother’s milk when young.  Some mammals live in the water such as dolphins and whales.  The only mammal that can fly is the bat! Cats, dogs, elephants, and rats are mammals.  Oh, and people are mammals as well. “Are we not men? We are MAMMALS………. ”

 

 

If you want to play Six Degrees Of Separation for DEVO, Mark Mothersbaugh’s (front man for DEVO) brother does the confirmation classes for my church.  Also, I do childcare at the church and I have cared for his niece’s children.  I know useless but interesting information.  Bonus trivia: Mark Mothersbaugh went to Woodridge High School.

 

A Message From Mr. John:

 

Did you know?
Since football season is upon us it would be apropos to share this knowledge of the defensive term of “Blitz”.  The term “Blitz” comes from the German word blitzkrieg, which means, “lightning war.” In World War II, the Germans employed this tactic which emphasized mobile forces attacking with speed and surprise.

 

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

 

Peek In The Classroom:
This week’s pictures are all about the “extension” of Montessori works.  The purpose of the extensions are to offer additional experiences that increasingly become more complex and abstract than the baseline concept.  They can provoke a spark or a new enthusiasm for a Montessori material that no longer appears interesting to a child.  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.

Instead of stacking from largest to smallest this student discovered an interesting shape to create and still utilized the concept of biggest to smallest. She called it a pink snake.

 

Another stacking material found in the sensorial classroom called the knobless cylinders. This is yet another stacking material but this student found the relationship (diameter) of the different colored cylinders.

 

The brown stair and pink tower are very popular with all age groups in the Montessori classroom. Again, basically a stacking work he made this elaborate creation.

 

This is the trinomial cube which is basically a 3D puzzle with a mathematical purpose that is usually put together on the color coded lid or in it’s box. This student decided to put it together on the his mat without the help of the lid or the box.

 

Another look at the trinomial cube shows the height of each layer of the cube. This boy discovered this all on his own!!! As you can see the first layer is the tallest while the third layer is the shortest

 

Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Reptiles

Letter Of The Week- G g

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bid

Next Language is Japanese

 

Academic Enrichment aka kindergarten:
Biggest to smallest where we live- We discovered we live in the vast galaxy of the Milky Way (not the candy bar), then we are still in space and live in a group of planets called The Solar System. Then the planet we live is the planet Earth.  Once we touched down we found we live in the Northwestern Hemisphere and live on the continent of North America.  Once we found land we live in the country of The United States Of America and live in the great state of Ohio (Go Buckeyes).  We all live in Summit County but live in different cities and have different addresses and phone numbers. What a journey it was!

 

Handwriting:
We practiced writing  in cursive aa, ae, ai, ao, au

Kinder students doing the in classroom handwriting exercise.

 

Next Week:
Weekly Theme:  Landforms

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

 Sight Words Of The Week: you his

 

Upcoming Events:
Picture Day- Wednesday, October 14th

Zoom Parent/Teacher Conferences- Friday, November 13    ** Details coming soon **

Box Tops:  Due Friday, October 23.   Bring ’em in.  I want pizza!

 

Frolic, Friends, and Fun:

Fun With Masks!

 

Boy buddies

 

I told BOTH of them to look at the camera.

 

I think… I hope he was cleaning under the table. Sometimes it’s better you just don’t ask.

 

 

 


Peek In Our Week ||| Mr. John’s Classroom ||| Week Of September 21, 2020

Line Time:
Living and Non-Living-  This week we talked about living and non-living things. Your children now know what makes a living thing.  All living things reproduce, grow, eat or take in nutrients, breathe or exchange gases, and need water. We are all in agreement that plants, animals, trees, grass, are living things!  My shoe is not a living thing nor am I at 4:30 am . My youngest son’s shoes may or may not be living.  I do not get close enough to tell due to the smell and I may have seen them move on their own….  Boys that are 14 1/2 years old, SMH.

 

With A Little Help From Our Friends :

A Message From Mr. John:

Know Your Languages:

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 6 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French)  Also, I will be posing a video with the language added for that week.   Oh ya, take a gander at the video below.

 

Fun Fact:
7% of American adults believe that chocolate milk comes from brown cows.

7% of American adults believe that chocolate milk comes from brown cows.

I know 7% doesn’t sound like a lot, but that actually works out at 16.4 million American adults.
Sounds like a lot now right?

 

Peek In The Classroom:

Look at her focus working on pouring form a cup into a bottle using a funnel! Practical Life/Everyday Living was developed by Maria Montessori to assist in developing OCCI (order, concentration, coordination and independence). Practical Life/Everyday Living is simply activities suitable for a child that allows the ability to work with a purpose or in a purposeful way to accomplish developing skills.

 

This student is working on a math material called the Teen Board. The teen board introduces the number/symbols and quantity/color beads between 11 and 19. I stress the importance of the relationship between number and symbol.

 

She is working on The Vowel Tree found in the language area. This work utilizes word building for the pre reading student. Real words are created as well as nonsensical words.

 

This girl is working on the Memory Game which is a math material. The purpose of the work is to train the child’s memory by asking him to retain a numerical symbol in her mind, walk across the room, count the exact number of popsicle sticks, and return to the teacher. Children love this work because it involves movement. As you can tell the picture is a bit blurry due to it being an action shot.

 

This boy is practicing his cursive handwriting. There are many benefits for adopting this approach not least of which that the movements of cursive writing are more natural and easy to form.

 

A student reading and the same student featured with the Vowel Tree working on the Vowel Tree on her own and was her choice to work with it.

 

Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Mammals

Letter Of The Week- F f

Rhyming Word Of The Week- big

Next Language is Greek

 

Academic Enrichment aka kindergarten:
Since we live in the great state of Ohio I felt it was needed to become familiar with the states that surround our home state. We started with Ohio which is the Buckeye State and the abbreviation is OH.  We then looked at the state to the east of us named Pennsylvania (not Transylvania) which is called the Keystone State and the abbreviation is PA. We traveled south and discovered West Virginia which is the Mountain State and the abbreviation is WV. Moving to the west we ran into Kentucky which is the Blue Grass State and the abbreviation is KY.  Moving more westward is Indiana or the Hoosier State (what is a Hoosier anyway?) and the abbreviation is IN.  To my chagrin I introduced the students to TSUN.  I can not bring myself to even say the name….  xichigan  wolverine state.  

Let us end not on a low note like the last sentence in the previous paragraph and present the “official” things for the state of Ohio…

Mammal: White Tail Deer
Fossil: Trilobite
Tree: Buckeye
Bird: Cardinal
Flower: Red Carnation
Drink: Tomato Juice
Rock Song: Hang On Sloopy

*****  Notice how most of these things refer to Buckeye Football/ being red or scarlet.  Also, why does Hang On Sloopy have importance to Buckeye Football?  *****

O-H-I-O…. as we sing Hang on Sloopy!

 

Handwriting:
We practiced writing  in cursive Tt, Uu, Vv, Ww

 

Next Week:
Weekly Theme: From biggest to smallest and smallest to biggest (Milky Way to your street address).

Synonym Of The Week:  Active:  lively, energetic, dynamic, vigorous

Sight Words Of The Week: from he

 

Upcoming Events:
Picture Day- Wednesday October, 14th

 

Frolic, Friends, and Fun:

Obviously a staged picture. Lol

 

SMILE!!!!… this is a tough crowd!

 

More photo taking reluctance! Lol

 

Finally cooperation. I could never be a child photographer, hehe

 

Your Child says The Dardest Things:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Peek In Our Week | Week of September 14, 2020 | Mr. John’s Classroom

Line Time:
Food Groups,
This week we had fun learning about the food groups in our class. Grains and Cereals (pasta, rice, bread, cereal, crackers), Fruit (apples, grapes, kiwi, mango which is my favorite), Vegetables (cucumbers, carrots, potato, broccoli, eggplant, which is my favorite) Dairy (my favorite… milk, cheese {I love cheese/smoked gouda}, yogurt), meats (beef, pork, chicken), and proteins, fats and sugars and how many servings we should have per day.

 

 

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 5 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German)

 

Fun Fact:
Did you know Fruit Loops are all the same flavor?  No need eating one color before the others.  I guess I was misled my whole life and I am bitter! Toucan Sam you disappoint me.  hehe

 

 

 

Peek In The Classroom:

This girl is enjoying working with the Binomial Cube. This work is found in the Sensorial area and 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.

 

Messes are commonplace in the Montessori classroom (which is OK) because the children learn to take responsibility and clean their own mishaps.

 

He is working on the Knobbless Cylinders which is a Sensorial work. The purpose of these cylinders is to develop child’s fine-motor movements, concentration, hand-eye coordination, and visual perception of dimension. The material gives the child basic language important in math.

 

This picture shows an older student helping a younger student. In the Montessori classroom older students enjoy working with and helping younger students which help build confidence and leadership skills for the older students.

 

Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Living and Non-Living Things

Letter Of The Week- E e

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bad

Next Language is French

 

Upcoming Events:
Picture Day- Wednesday October, 14th

 

 

Academic Enrichment aka Kindergarten:

My goofy kinders.

 

Weekly Theme:
North America-  Since we live on the continent of North America I thought it would be a great idea to identify some of the larger countries (Canada, Mexico) that border the U.S.A.  Also, we identified bodies of water (Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Hudson Bay, Gulf Of Mexico, and The Great Lakes {H.O.M.E.S.}) that “touch” and are in our continent. We also reviewed the Cardinal Directions of North, East, South, West (Never Eat Soggy Worms).

 

Handwriting:
We practiced writing  in cursive Oo, Pp, Qq, Rr, Ss

 

Next Week:n
Weekly Theme: Ohio and surrounding states

Synonym Of The Week:  BORING: drab, dull, lifeless, mundane, monotonous

Sight Words Of The Week: are was

 

Frolic, Friends, and Fun:

Goofiness happens!

 

One student needed glasses.

 

Another student needed glasses for a fashion statement!!!

 

You shoulda seen the other guy!