Author Archives: Poplar

25
May

Jambo! Jambo! Jambo!

Posted by Poplar

Poplar and Black Cherry Rooms were very lucky to have a visit from Sandy and Mario Bellavita (Sloane and Greyson’s great aunt and uncle.)  Mario and Sandy  have been in Africa working for the last 17 years.   They have a … Continue reading

04
May

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12
Apr

Culinary Curiosity

Posted by Poplar

After an amazing time at the AMS Conference in Chicago and attending some great sessions, we made a few changes to our Practical Life area. The food prep work used to be contained on one tray per one work with … Continue reading

20
Jan

What is this thing???

Posted by Poplar

Welcome to 1979.  I was four years old and began calling grandma on our rotary telephone located in our kitchen.  It is funny to think that this generation has no idea of what rotary telephones even are anymore.   Phones that … Continue reading

19
Jan

Montessori Silence Game and Self-Regulation

Posted by Poplar

The following is a blog post I found on “Planting Peas.”  I do not take credit for anything in this article, simply had to share… The Montessori Silence Game is a brilliant and simple game that can be played with … Continue reading

11
Jan

Scholastic Book Orders

Posted by Poplar

Scholastic book orders are going home in backpacks today.  Be sure to check it out and order some great books for your children (bonus: we get points from your orders to spend on classroom books)!

05
Jan

Happy New Year!

Posted by Poplar

Welcome back!  We hope everyone had a wonderful winter break and holiday season.  We are so glad to be back and excited to see Poplar friends return. We have some exciting things we will be studying in the months ahead.  … Continue reading

05
Jan

“Take Your Parent to Work Week”

Posted by Poplar

Children’s House Celebrates “Take Your Parents to Work Week”! The roles are reversed! Monday, January 25th – Friday, January 29th, Children’s House is inviting their parents to join them in their “work” for a day from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. … Continue reading

08
Dec

Holiday Open House Volunteers

Posted by Poplar

Hello Poplar Parents! We are in need of a few volunteers to donate supplies for our Holiday Open House.  Check out the link for volunteer sign-up on our blog homepage or click here. As always, thank you!  We couldn’t do … Continue reading

02
Dec

The Black Elk Vision

Posted by Poplar

With the holidays upon us, what better time to talk about peace. We began this week with the Story/Vision of Black Elk.  Black Elk belonged to the Native American Lakota Tribe that lived a very long time ago.  When Black … Continue reading

18
Nov

Tortilla Recipe

Posted by Poplar

As we continue our study of North America today’s focus was on Mexico.  All the children helped make tortillas!  This took all morning working in four groups, and we tasted them together at community gathering. Tortillas: 3 cups flour 1 … Continue reading

10
Nov

Poplar Role Models

Posted by Poplar

Finishing off our study of land, air, and water and land and water forms, the kindergarteners made paper mache continent globes!  The paper mache process was rather sticky, but there was so much rich conversation taking place.  For example, we … Continue reading

16
Oct

Poplar Room Goes Down Under!

Posted by Poplar

G’Day Mates!  Poplar Room went a trip to Australia these last two weeks.  We found Australia on our continent globe and map.   The continent map of Australia was introduced, naming all of the states and territories.  Many of the … Continue reading

09
Oct

Worm Prediction

Posted by Poplar

KINDERGARTEN KABOOM!!! Every two weeks, the kindergartners participate in exciting science experiments!  The following is written by the kindergartners in Poplar Room explaining what they did this week. First, we had four stations where we had to make predictions. Before we went to … Continue reading

06
Oct

From Outer Space to Planet Earth

Posted by Poplar

After learning about our planets and the solar system we focused in on our planet, Earth.  We used the sandpaper globe to discover how much of Earth is covered with water and land.  The children learned that the smooth blue … Continue reading

19
Sep

Middle School Visitor

Posted by Poplar

Poplar Room would like to welcome Eric Slotterbeck.  Eric has been a student at West Side since Children’s House and is currently in 7th Grade.  He will join us in Poplar Room every Wednesday from 10:45-11:45.  The children get very excited when he … Continue reading

19
Sep

Solar System

Posted by Poplar

These last two weeks we have been exploring the Solar System.  We began with small group lessons using a large sparkly mat symbolizing the vast Solar System.  The children practicing placing the planets in order on the appropriate ellipse. “Let us give … Continue reading

04
Sep

Small Beginnings and a New Year

Posted by Poplar

Hello Poplar Families and welcome to the Poplar blog!  We’re so excited to have each of your children be a part of our classroom and to partner along with you as part of your child’s education. It’s only been two … Continue reading


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