Peek In Our Week ::: Mr. John’s Classroom ::: Week Of September 30, 2019

Line Time:
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.


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, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Italian).


October Birthdays:
In the Montessori classroom we have students ranging from 2.5 to 6 years old.  Here are our newest 3, 4, 5 year old students. 






Peek In The Classroom:

These proud girls are doing equations (addition) with the golden beads. Montessori math uses the golden bead material; first to build numbers into the thousands. Once a child is able to build a visual representation of a number, the beads are used to teach basic operations. Young children are able to add, subtract, multiply, and divide numbers into the thousands using this material.


These girls are working on the Knobbed Cylinders. 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. I like how they are working together and how focused they are.


This student is working on the Brown Stair found in the Sensorial area. The Brown Stair helps us see relationship and a visual understanding of objects getting incrementally thinner and thicker. Another purpose for this material is called “materialized abstractions” – the sensorial materials help bring concepts that were abstract into the concrete.  I especially love the focused expression!


These boys are working on a pre-cursive handwriting material using a dry erase marker on a wipe board. In the classroom we teach cursive to children as young as three years old. The letters flow together because it’s easier and quicker. It is our unique hand writing. Cursive means “running”, and is simply quicker than picking up and putting down the pen for each letter. Visually, in cursive, all the letters that compose one word are touching, the same way we say them.


Peek Into Next Week:
Line Time- Reptiles

Letter Of The Week- G g

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bid

Next Language is Russian

Person bringing snack for week of 10/7/2018 is Chase


Upcoming Events:
Picture Day- Wednesday, October, 16th

Grandparents Day- Tuesday, Novemeber 5

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Frolic, Friends, and Fun:

Fashion, fashion, fashion is everywhere in my classroom.


Ms. Kelley is giving a morning pep talk.


They are comparing hair buns.


I am keeping my co workers happy by feeding them gyros (pronounced year-o)!