Peek In Our Week — Mr. John’s Class — Week Of September 23, 2019

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 13 1/2 years old, SMH.


Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 9 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect)


Radio Radio:
The past six months my radio in my car has been acting up and was on it’s last leg.  It started with a big pop sound and the volume would cut out.  The only way to get it back to normal was to turn off the radio and turn off the car.  This was very tricky while on the highway.  I’d put the car in neutral, turn off the car for ten seconds, then turn the car back on, and gently put it back in gear (not sure what that was doing to my transmission).  Then it happened… my “AUX” button stopped working leaving me with commercial radio.  I was ready to pull my hair out.  Even pounding on the radio did not work.

I finally bit the proverbial bullet and purchased a new radio with everything needed to install it. As I side note everything needed to install the radio cost more than the radio itself.  One of the parents offered to install it.  I was greeted by a very active Rotty and and had a good nap in the backyard. Two hours later I had a new radio.  I plugged in my AUX cord and used my Spotify account (again). Now the journey begins.  I was able to set the time but the rest is fuzzy.  Programming, yes I used the word programming the rest of the features, yikes.  I could change the color of my display.  I had a nice red “scarlet” but my youngest changes it to pink, he said purple, we agreed on magenta.  My son pokes around and “programs” the colors to change on their own and the colors blink with the beat of the music.  If I wasn’t susceptible to seizures before I am now.  Also, I couldn’t take my eyes of the darn thing and ran a red light. I am begrudgingly waiting for that ticket to come in the mail. I have no idea what the USB port is for.  I got the blue tooth to work with playing music.  I dare not make a call on blue tooth, yet….  below is my new

JVC KD-X360BTS 1-DIN Bluetooth In-Dash Mechless AM/FM/Digital Media Car Radio




Peek In The Classroom:

This boy is working on the Pink Tower which the main aim is visual discrimination but if you look closely he is making a “creation” which we call an extension (of the material). 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.


These students are working on a matching exercise. Matching materials improve concentration, train visual memory, increase short term memory, increase attention to detail, improve the ability to find similarities and differences in objects,help to classify objects that are grouped by similar traits, and improve vocabulary.


Students are helping to make rat toys for the rats. They are using their fine motor skills as well as creating these toys with little help from teachers and using their imagination.


This girl has mastered her colors and the material called Color Box II. The aim for color boxes The main purpose of the Color Box is to develop a child’s visual sense of color. Primary colors (Red, Yellow and Blue) are introduced in Color Box 1, which is first presented to a child at 2.5 to 3 years of age. Color Boxes 2 add more tablets to the mix, expanding a child’s color knowledge. She also had another child observe her work.


This work called The Vowel Tree is a pre-reading exercise. All the vowels are written vertically on the tree trunk and there are cards with two consonants and a open spot in the middle. Then the child slides the letters down to the next vowel and say the word. They continue all the way down the tree. For the purposes of this work, they can say a word even if it’s a “nonsense” word, just for the practice of saying the vowel sounds.


This girl is working on a construction box (Small Hexagon). This material helps the student create and identify shapes. For example….. Six small equilateral triangles makes makes a hexagon (gray shape). She discovered that half of the hexagon is a trapezoid (green shape). Again notice the student watching her do her work.


Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Mammals

Letter Of The Week- F f

Rhyming Word Of The Week- big

Next Language is Italian

Person bringing snack for week of 9/30/2018 is Jonathan


Upcoming Events:

Picture Day- Wednesday October, 16th

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Frolic, Friends, and Fun:

Our “pop star” in shades


He really was trying to smile. Really!


She was forced to take this pic, hehe.  This was the best “smile” I could get.


Building my animal collection! A stretching frog.
















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