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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.

Our study of fire safety in the morning was extended into the afternoon as the children toured the Perrysburg Fire Station.

image image imageWe further learned about fire safety as the Perrysburg Fire Fighters visited our school with the Fire Safety Trailer.  We learned about electrical safety, kitchen safety, and how to crawl out of a smoke filled bedroom.  We practiced our writing and grammar skills (capitalization, punctuation) by writing thank you letters for both the Fire Station and Fire Safety Trailer visits.  Handwriting has also been reinforced in the afternoon as we have been concentrating on the correct formation of our numbers.

Friday afternoon is our Kindergarten presentation of the play The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything in the Great Room.  We are very excited for our families to come and see us perform.

Just in time for your fall clean-up, West Side Montessori is offering a free community recycling event at the Toledo Campus on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring over all your unwanted electronic devices for safe destruction and recycling. All technology equipment will be safely wiped for your protection. Check out the list below for what will be accepted!

 

Recycle-IT

Sensorial Work

  • Geometric Cabinet
    (A cabinet with trays of shapes -this help’s a child refine their ability to observe, compare & differentiate)
  • Triangular Box
  • Mystery Bag
  • Sound Cylinders
  • Geometric Solids – Cone & Rectangular Prism

Practical Life

Care of the plant is popular as children are eager to care for their own plant

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Math Area

In the Math Area, the Mystery Number adds a little daily intrigue as children look in a container and count the objects.  They then record it.  We reveal the Mystery Number at circle time.  We are also practicing writing numerals 1-5.  Children can refine their writing skills at our number of the week table.

Handwriting

All of the students have had very small group lessons on the formation of the letters F, E, D, and P.  The formation of letters is taught through the use of lots of hands-on materials.  First wooden pieces that can be manipulated are used to create the letter on a card.  The child then recreates the letter on a mat.  The letter is then practiced on a chalkboard (or mirror or dry erase board).  Finally it is practiced on paper.

Geography

  • Continent Song
  • Fresh and Salt Water
  • The Five Oceans

Spider Party

On Friday, Oct. 24, all families are invited to volunteer and/or join us for our spider party from 9-11:30.  You are welcome to come for all of the time or just part, whatever fits your schedule.  If you are not able to join us, you will have another opportunity in November when we have the Giving Celebration.

 

The kindergarteners continued their study of the continents, Living and Non-Living Things, Plants and Animals, and Apples in a more in-depth way in the afternoon.  However, before beginning their work each day they wrote their own work plan.  Their plan included the work that they would accomplish each day, in order of their preference.  They will continue to do this for the rest of the year.

Utilizing the continents of the world (which are color-coded on our puzzle maps), the kids integrated their study of color words.  They  wrote their color words using the Moveable Alphabet (wooden letters) and then recorded them on their paper-copy-continent-map.  Then next day they used the same map and colored it (using their color words as a guide to color the continent the correct color).  The kids also created “My Book of Living Things” by writing names of living things and illustrating them with magazine pictures.  As a part of this process and the process of answering questions about living and non-living things, they were encouraged to read simple sentences describing each living and non-living thing.  The rest of that week was spent finishing their pin-pushed continent maps and concluded with a trip to MacQueen’s Apple Orchard and Cider Mill as an introduction to our study of Plants and Animals and Apples.

Kindergarteners were granted the opportunity to pick apples, tour the grounds, eat a donut, and drink some apple cider.  Great trip!

Kindergarteners were granted the opportunity to pick apples, tour the grounds, eat a donut, and drink some apple cider. Great trip!

The next week we read Ten Apples Up On Top and integrated fine motor skills and number word practice into our Apple study by using the metal insets to trace circles (“apples”), cut the circles out, and label them with number words before designing a poster with 10 apples up on top of them.  Our week concluded with baking Apple Donuts!  After visiting the Orchard, the kids made a list of things they wanted to bake and voted to determine which one we would pursue–apple donuts it was!  Yummy!

The kindergarteners first identified the ingredients we'd need to bake apple donuts.  After doing so, they each took a turn to measure and add each ingredient.  After baking, everyone sampled the donuts were delighted!

The kindergarteners first identified the ingredients we’d need to bake apple donuts. After doing so, they each took a turn preparing the ingredients, measuring them, and adding each to the bowl. After baking, everyone sampled the donuts and were quite delighted with the result!

Leah continued her French lessons over the last couple of weeks and continues to prepare new, engaging work for the kids to complete throughout the week.

 

As we have welcomed the Fall season, we have also welcomed a new variety of work choices and learning opportunities.

The following work was presented:

Practical Life-Encourages coordination, confidence, independence and order

*Raking, Corn Kernel Plucking, Floor Sweeping, Apple Peeling, Making Applesauce,

Pumpkin Scrubbing, Pumpkin Rolling

A 3-year old rolling a pumpkin from one orange, plastic disc to the other, exercising large muscle groups.

A 3-year old rolling a pumpkin from one orange, plastic disc to the other, exercising large muscle groups.

3, 4, and 5 year olds have been raking the leaves falling down on our playground into piles and making collections.

3, 4, and 5 year olds have been raking the leaves falling down on our playground into piles and making collections.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sensorial-Provides specific tools to aid development of intelligence

*Sound/No Sound Objects, Rough/Smooth Boards, Rough/Smooth Objects, Red Knobless Cylinders, Blue Triangles, Monomial Cube

Math

*Sets Basket

*Review of Geometric Solids, One Bead, Ten Bar, Hundered Square, and Thousand Cube

Fine Motor

*Popping Bubble Wrap, Stretching Hair Rubberbands over Toilet Paper Tubes, Pinpushing Continents of the World, Pinpushing Gourd/Pumpkin, Tracing Apples/Squirrels

A 5-year-old cutting on the line.  This is an extension to the basic cutting of strips (without lines) developing focus and concentration while fine tuning cutting skills.

A 5-year-old cutting on the line. This is an extension to the basic cutting of strips (without lines) developing focus and concentration while fine tuning cutting skills.

A 3-year-old pushing thumbtacks into a pumpkin strengthening her fingers to grasp a pencil with strength and stability.

A 3-year-old pushing thumbtacks into a pumpkin strengthening her fingers to grasp a pencil with strength and stability.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Language

*Handwriting Without Tears: Presentation of properly forming capital letters of the alphabet on the HWT blue mats and construction cards with wooden pieces

Geography

Kindergartener admiring our Beta fish and rock representing the concepts of "living" and "non-living."

Kindergartener admiring the Beta fish and rock representing the concepts of “living” and “non-living.”

*Living (fish) and Non-Living (rock) Initial presentation with labels

*Living and Non-Living: Object sorting with labels, Picture sorting with labels

*Plant and Animal: Object sorting with labels, Picture sorting with labels

*Mr. Andy Howard came in to educate us on how to properly set up our aquarium and prepare it for fish.

*Life Cycle of an Apple

*Parts of an Apple

*Apple Tasting and tally of children’s favorite kind of apple tasted

Art

*Cutting strips with lines (vertical and diagonal)

*Glued Tissue Paper on Apple

*Rubbing Plates with Crayons

*Painting with multiple-sized paintbrushes

*Painting a variety of lines with a paintbrush