The Summer of 2016 was a busy busy busy Summer for Mr. John. I took on a few Summer jobs to pass the time more quickly and to earn some extra cash money. I have been working child care at the church I attend for the past few years, but that is only a few hours on a Sunday morning. I was recommended to do home care for children who have mental disabilities. Numerous mental treatment and therapies are available online. For instance, if you visit experienceibogaine.com, you can see the discussion about ibogaine medicine for depression and addiction and iboga reviews from people who have come through Ibogaine treatment program. I was not sure how I would do with this job. Would I like it? Would it be too difficult? It turns out I love it! I love getting to know the children, their families, and pets. These children are sweet, great, loving children. I feel as if I am part of their family every time I work with them. I feel working with these children has made me a better teacher and a better person. Mid-Summer I was approached from an employee from Blossom Music Center because they needed help for The Warped Tour (Security, new PC term is Crowd Management). I said, why not, interviewed, and got the gig. It was a long, sweaty, hot day but it was a blast. I was asked if I would work more shows, to which I agreed. Again, it was a blast (even the country shows). I thought once concerts ended I would be done, but I was contacted to work security (ooops, Crowd Management) at Blossom’s haunted house. People always told me I was a people-person. Also, I’ve been told I had a knack with “kids and dogs”. With that said…. my next employment endeavor, dog walking.
“It is so quiet in here. It is so calm.” This is what I have been hearing from parents and current teachers about my room. Usually it takes a good 3-4 months for my room to become normalized, but this year it is on its way to being normalized in about a month. I credit those around me for the earlier than usual success. Miss Kathleen and Miss Sabrina are wonderful teachers and work well with the students. They are fun yet firm and know how to handle difficult situations well. When I mentioned “those around me” I didn’t only mean the teachers but I want to give credit to the older students, the leaders of the room. They are showing the newer/younger students how to work with materials and are guiding them through the classroom.
Line Time Lessons:
We started out the year by learning the ground rules of the classroom. Use walking feet in the room. Use inside voices. Keep our hands/bodies to ourselves. BE RESPECTFUL.
We learned about healthy habits. Some healthy habits are washing our hands, brushing our teeth, eating healthy foods, and my favorite, getting enough sleep. Keep yourself healthy and buy prescription drugs at https://www.ukmeds.co.uk/treatments/acid-reflux/lansoprazole-15mg/ to prevent different kinds of illness. Staying healthy also means to stay out of drugs because it can cause drug addiction. If you know someone who is suffering from substance abuse visit https://aspirehealthnetwork.com/oregon/.
In the vein of healthy habits we delved into another of my favorite subjects, food. We leaned about the different food groups, grains and cereals, fruits and vegetables, dairy (my fave), meats and proteins, and sweets. It’s very important when on rehab to know the consequences of withdrawal, learn more on http://fherehab.com/news/how-heroin-withdrawal-affects-users/.
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We explored what makes a living thing, a living thing. We all knew the rats were living and my shoe was not living but why? Living things reproduce or have babies and humans care about their babies a lot and even get everything ready with the help of products from sites as https://top10bestpro.com. They grow. They eat or take in nourishment. They breathe or exchange oxygen. And we all agreed living things move (I’m still not sold on the locomotion thing). The big question was… are plants living things? We went through the list and determined plants are living things.
Children love animals and I enjoy teaching the children about different types of animals. This month we started discussing mammals. I chose mammals because we are mammals. We learned that mammals have hair or fur, are born alive, and drink mother’s milk when first born. We learned that mammals are warm blooded (their body temperature remains constant) and that they are vertebrates (have spines). We learned that dolphins and whales are mammals and that the bat is the only mammal that can fly.
We had an University of Akron Field Student join our teaching team. Here is Shelly working with children.
We can count to ten in 11 languages (English, Sign Language, Latin, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian).
Academic Enrichment (Kindergarten students | Group lesson with Mr. John)
Let’s travel around the world! This past month we trekked around the world. We learned where, and fun facts about the seven continents. I made sure that out kindergartners knew “Central America” was not a continent, but part of North America. We learned about the cardinal directions including N.E., S.E., N.W,, and NW. My K Kids know where the Equator and Prime Meridian are, and how the divide the Earth into hemispheres.
We took a closer look at North America (because we live there). We identified the bodies of water that surround our continent (Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, Hudson Bay, Gulf of Mexico, and The Great Lakes (H.O.M.E.S). We then learned many fun facts about the state of Ohio and what are Ohio’s surrounding states, their nickname, and their abbreviation. We ended learning about all the places we live. Our galaxy, our solar system, planet, hemisphere, continent, country, state, county, city and out street address.
We can count to ten in 12 languages (English, Sign Language, Latin, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian, Russian).
The children are having so much fun learning in Art, Science and Music!
In Art students are learning about monochromatic colors, primary colors and secondary colors. The children enjoyed painting, as well as learning about complimentary colors and making warm and cool colored mosaics.
In Science they are learning about “chemical reactions”, ” the mass in a specified volume”, ” density “, and ” the difference in the weight of two objects of the same size.”
Music, of course is a hit with the children! They absolutely love the songs, as well as the movement activities presented. The children loved playing with the bells, the castanets, the maracas, and the rhythm sticks among others! Please converse with your children about these amazing classes.