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Emerald Room News

Tricia Miller-Purvis

Tricia Miller-Purvis

Jenni Miller

Jenni Miller

Emerald Room is a Children’s House classroom on the Perrysburg Campus. Jenni Miller and Tricia Miller-Purvis are the classroom’s co-teachers.

The children in the Sapphire and Emerald rooms have started off the school year by settling into their daily routines and meeting new friends.  The children are learning to become more independent by working on self-help skills and completing the “work cycle” (choosing work, completing work at a table or rug, and returning to the proper curriculum area shelf).

The following  work was presented:

Practical Life-Encourages coordination, confidence, independence and order

*Pouring, spooning, tonging

3 year old sponge squeezing.  This develops hand muscles to prepare a child for pencil grip.

3 year old sponge squeezing. This develops hand muscles to prepare a child for pencil grip.

*Fava Beans-finding the colored jewels

*Catching your sneeze/cough

*Grace and Courtesy-responsibility and respect

Sensorial-Provides specific tools to aid development of intelligence

*Red Rods, Pink Cubes, Brown Prisms

*Introduction to Geometric Solids: Cube, Sphere, Cylinder

*Color Tablets- Box 1: Primary Color Matching, Box 2: Secondary Color Matching

Math

4 year old working with numerical rods and numerals

4 year old working with
numerical rods and numerals

*Numerical Rods and numerals

*Bead Stair

Language

*Metal Inserts-pre-writing

*Handwriting Without Tears Introduction: Shaking hands, names of wood pieces (Big and little line, Big and little curve), Mat Man (using wood pieces to make a person).

Geography

*Sandpaper Globe and Continent Globe

*Land, Air and Water jars with labels

*Land, Air and Water: Object to objects matching, object to picture matching, and picture to picture matching

*Contient puzzle map and control map, introduction of hemispheres

*Contient Song

3 year old Handwashing

3 year old
Handwashing

Fresh, ripe tomatoes picked by the children from our garden!  They were prepared for snack by the kids and placed in the snack area for everyone to try.

Fresh, ripe tomatoes picked by the children from our garden! They were prepared for snack by the kids and placed in the snack area for everyone to try.  Yummy!

A special "Welcome Back" to school from our dear "Flamingo Neighbors!"

A special “Welcome Back” to school from our dear “Flamingo Neighbors!”

Tricia, Ruth, Jenni, and Stephanie

Tricia, Ruth, Jenni, and Stephanie

“Welcome” to our new friends and “Welcome Back” to our returning friends!

Let us begin by introducing ourselves and our classroom.  We are your child’s teachers.  Our names are Jennifer Miller, Tricia Miller-Purvis, Stephanie Sullivan, and Ruth Zajac.  We are very excited to start the new year!  A little about us…

Jenni is beginning her fifth year teaching at West Side and has taught a total of 12 years.  She graduated from Wittenberg University with her degree in Early Childhood Education.  She returned to school at Lourdes University and obtained her 4th and 5th grade Endorsement.  Jenni completed her Montessori Training at Seton Montessori Institute in Clarendon Hills, Illinois.

Tricia is beginning her 16th year teaching at West Side.  She graduated from Bowling Green State University with her degree in Elementary Education.  Tricia completed her Montessori Training at Adrian Dominican Montessori Teacher Education Institute (ADMTEI) and continued on to get her Master’s in a Montessori Education in Adrian, MI.

Stephanie is beginning her third year teaching at West Side and has taught a total of 16 years.  She graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in Psychology.  Stephanie completed her Montessori Training at Adrian Dominican Montessori Teacher Education Institute (ADMTEI) in Adrian, MI.

Ruth is beginning her ninth year teaching at West Side and has taught a total of 15 years.  She graduated from the Dublin Institute of Technology in Ireland with a certificate in Pre-School Education.  She then continued her education at the National University of Ireland with a degree in History and Physical Geography.  Ruth completed her Montessori Training at the Association Montessori Internationale Montessori College in Dublin, Ireland.

Our Children’s House classroom is made up of the Emerald and Sapphire rooms.  The Emerald Room holds the Language, Science, Geography, Art, and Fine Motor areas of the Montessori classroom.  The Sapphire Room holds the Math, Practical Life (including snack), Peace, and Sensorial areas.  All four teachers observe, assess, collaborate, and prepare the environments within each room.

We’re delighted to have met our new friends and are looking forward to greeting our returning friends next week!  Cheers to a happy and healthy 2014-2015 school year!

 “Little children, from the moment they are weaned, are making their way toward independence.”

~ Maria Montessori