Emerald Room News

Tricia Purvis

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.



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We cordially invite you to attend Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day!

This is a wonderful opportunity to spend time with the children in their classrooms. The students are always so happy and proud to share their space with loved ones. We hope that you can join us!

Q: What day should my child’s grandparent/special friend come visit?

A: We are lucky to have so many grandparents/special friends in our community! To accommodate all our visitors, we host 2 days for visits. Look for your child’s program in the list below to determine what day their guests should arrive.

Friday, May 6 -Toledo Campus
– Little House students enrolled in W-F classes
– Little House students enrolled in M-F classes
– All Children’s House students
– All students in levels 1-8 Friday,

Friday, May 6 – Perrysburg Campus
– Little House students enrolled in W-F classes

Monday, May 9 – Toledo Campus
– Little House students enrolled in M-T classes

Monday, May 9 – Perrysburg Campus
– Little House students M/T classes
– Little House students M-F classes
– All Children’s House students

Please feel free to call the offices with questions:
Toledo – 419-866-1931
Perrysburg – 419-874-9385

It looks like Spring is finally here.  Emerald Room students returned from Spring Break to lots of new work in the classroom.  Our Science unit of study focus was the body.  In the morning, we concentrated on the external parts of the body:  the parts of the face, the parts of the body; including the external organ the skin.  Full day students studied further in depth the internal organs of the body.  We studied the brain, the circulatory system, respiration, and digestion.  Numerous activities on the internal organs are available for all the students in the class to explore.


An Emerald Room student doing the Anatomy Apron work.  A very popular choice in our room.


Two Emerald Room students working together to complete the internal organ model.

Formation of the letter Y has been one of our most recent letters of focus.  In the photo you will see an Emerald Room student doing the wet, dry, try approach we use when teaching handwriting.  Children use a wet sponge to trace the letter Y the teacher has made.  Then they form the letter Y by drying it with a small towel.  Finally, they try writing their own letter Y.  This is just one of the ways we reinforce the formation of letters with the students.



The Thermic Tablets are just one of the new works on our Sensorial Shelf.  The Thermic Tablets are held to the cheeks (with eyes closed) and you have to match the tablets based solely on the temperature.



Emerald Room students in a small group lesson on the Thermic Tablets.

There’s still time to observe

This blog is only a snapshot of what the children learn in our classroom.  We hope that as part of the Parent Partnership Agreement, at least one member from each family is able to get in and observe.  If you have not yet don’t worry, there’s still time to sign up.  If you have already observed and want to observe again, please sign up.  We would love to have you.

Pretty incredible to think that April has arrived!  

2016 sure has been a busy year so far:

We celebrated Valentine’s Day!


Delivery! 🙂 Each child delivered their Valentines to their friends.

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The kindergarteners made Valentine’s for some Veterans and took a field trip to the Perrysburg Post Office so they could be mailed.

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We celebrated Dental Health Month with a guest visit.  Thank you Pero, Glinka, & Voss!





The long-awaited warmer temperatures and snowfall came.  Finally we could go out and play!


We celebrated President’s Day by learning about various presidents in our history, including our current president, President Obama.  Additionally we learned about The United States of America and it’s symbols.


We celebrated Black History Month by learning about Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Louis Armstrong, President Obama, and First Lady Obama!

We celebrated Montessori Education Week by learning about Maria Montessori and the continent and country in which she lived – Europe! Thank you James Schaller (James’ Jr.’s dad) for coming in to help us learn more about Switzerland and Sadef Khan for providing us with Italian chef hats and books all about the countries within Europe.

James demonstrated how people used to seal letters before the adhesive method was implemented. He also showed us the family crest that he pressed into the wax when sealing the letter.

James demonstrated how people used to seal letters before the adhesive method was implemented. He also showed us the family crest that he pressed into the wax when sealing the letter.


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We celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with a multitude of guests!  Thank you Ruth Zajac (Anelia’s mom) for teaching us about your native land…and ‘lo and behold we had a surprise visit from our very own leprechaun!


Authentic Irish Products!


Authentic Irish Objects representing their sports, transportation, clothing, food, and money.

Before we knew it, Spring had arrived!  We set out to explore our land and all of the new things happening in nature.  What a breath of fresh air!


4-year old doing outdoor scrubbing work.


3 and 4 year-old using sidewalk chalk.

We hope you and your family have had a wonderful Spring Break and we look forward to seeing all of our friends soon. 🙂



I want to thank all the families that came to First Thursday today. I also want to share with you the handout (below).

Structure of the Music/Literacy Lessons

CH_MusicI start with a Music and Movement lesson for the whole class. We warm up our voices and bodies and have a lot of fun. After a couple of songs at circle I spread the children around the room so that we have space to hop, jump, and wiggle without bumping into our friends while we sing action songs. During this time, I also sing songs related to content areas that children are studying in the classroom and seasonal songs.

After singing our hearts out and shaking our sillies out we come back to the circle for the Shared Reading lesson. At this time I refer to the song I have written on chart paper, and point to each word as the students and I read the text together. Even the youngest students can be successful in this reading environment because they have already sung the song and they have the support of their classmates and me.

During work time I work with the students in small groups reading their folders. All of the students have their own folders that contain copies of the songs we have used as Shared Reading texts. This gives students the chance to read the songs independently, allowing them to make one more mental imprint of the song. Songs are illustrated to provide picture support so that even the youngest readers can be successful through recognition and recitation. They see the picture of the water, and they know it is the song, “Listen to the Water,” so they begin reciting it from memory. Emergent readers use their fingers to practice left-to-right directionality and begin tracking print. Developing readers use one-to-one correspondence, touching each word as they say it, and self-correcting when they notice that the word their finger is pointing to does not match the word they are saying. The differentiation of instruction is inherent in the activity because all of the children can approach it at their own levels and be successful.

When we work in small groups, in addition to reading our folders for independent reading, there are many other literacy extension activities that we do. For example, we did a lot of work on our names with the song “What’s Your Name” including comparing names and “letter hunting.” I sometimes ask students to illustrate a song as a comprehension activity. Other times I use “zipper songs,” asking children to fill in a blank, and “zipping” their ideas into the song. When we fill in gaps in a printed song, my expectations are different for students depending on their individual levels. I might model the writing and fill in the blanks myself, stretching out a word to listen for every sound in it. I might ask children for the initial sound of a word, or to write the word independently, depending on their abilities.

The best way for you to understand the curriculum and appreciate the incredible work the children are doing would be to come in and observe on a day when your child has Music. I am in Sassafras on Mondays, Black Cherry on Tuesdays, Perrysburg on Wednesdays, Poplar and Sycamore on Thursdays, and Maple on Fridays. Please join us. I would love to see you there!

Keep singing!