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.

 

 

Dear Kindergarten Families,
I am looking forward to seeing you tomorrow evening for “Spring Sing: Listen to the Water.” The students have been working hard to put this production together and you are in for a treat.

Thursday, May 19, 2016
The University of Toledo Recital Hall
6:15pm – Kindergartners arrive (Please have them use the bathroom now.)
6:20pm –Warm Up Backstage
6:30pm – PERFORMANCE BEGINS

Please put your children to bed tonight early. The Toledo kindergartners will be tired from the zoo and the kindergartners from both campuses have a big day tomorrow. All the children should arrive dressed and fed. (Plan tonight what your quick healthy dinner will be tomorrow.) I will warm up with the children backstage at 6:20. Please arrive by 6:15 so that everyone can go to the bathroom before warm ups. They can wear whatever is comfortable for them and makes them feel like singing. The children will be sitting on risers, so short dresses and skirts would not be appropriate without shorts or leggings underneath. They will also be moving around, so floor-length dresses and skirts are not recommended. This event will be photographed and recorded. You may purchase DVDs of the event if you bring cash or checks with you.

Please leave extra time for travel and possible traffic. Directions to the University of Toledo Recital Hall: Enter the University of Toledo by the “West Entrance.” The “West Entrance” is on Towerview Blvd., off Secor Rd. between Bancroft and Dorr. Enter UT by Towerview Blvd. At the first stop sign, turn right and the Center for Performing Arts (CPA) is immediately on your left. You may park in the lot between the Law School and the Center for Performing Arts. You do not need to park at a meter and you do not need a permit for this event. The University is aware of our concert and they will not be ticketing. As you enter CPA, the Recital Hall is immediately on your left.

For driving directions click here.

For the Google Map click here.

For the Campus Map (Center for Performing Arts is labeled “PA”) click here.

Keep singing,
Risa

April has been a very busy month full of all kinds of new work and growth!

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We’ve learned how to toast and butter our own bread.

We learned how to write the letters “C” and “O.”

We’ve learned to use the Montessori Bells in order to identify high tones and low tones.

Sensorial Montessori Bells – “High” vs. “Low”

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A 5-year old playing one bell with a high tone and another bell with a low tone.

We continued experimenting with sounds by matching a high bell to another high bell and matching a low bell to another low bell.

We explored the bases of the Geometric Solids.

We learned to distinguish smells that are the same and smells that are different.

Smelling Bottles (lavender, lemon, and mint)

Presentation of Smelling Bottles. Matching the scent of lavender to lavender, lemon to lemon, and mint to mind.

Presentation of Smelling Bottles. Matching the scent of lavender to lavender, lemon to lemon, and mint to mint.

We explored Fractions, “Greater Than, Less Than, and Equal To,”  and coins (penny, nickel, dime, and quarter).

Math : Fraction Boards

Presentation on the Fraction Board.

Presentation on the Fraction Board.

5-year old matching the number of parts with the fraction's numerator.

5-year old matching the number of parts with the fraction’s numerator.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A 4-year old recording the denominators of each of the Fraction Board circles.

A 4-year old recording the denominators of each of the Fraction Board circles.

 

A 4-year old using the Constructive Triangles to create fractions.

A 4-year old using the Constructive Triangles to create fractions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also celebrated Earth Day!  We utilized a container of dirt to learn about landfills.  We buried a variety of  items in the dirt to see what would happen to them after being in the dirt for a period of time.  After discovering the items did not change or disappear we discussed what we could do with them instead – reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Science : Earth Day – Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

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We had a visit from Amanda Gamby from the Wood County Solid Waste District. She represented the Bowling Green Recycling Center where the Kindergarteners visited that afternoon.

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Children helping to clean up the makeshift playground. They determined whether the items littering the playground should be placed in the trash can, the recycling, or the compost.

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More children helped to clean up the makeshift playground. They determined whether the items littering the playground should be placed in the trash can, the recycling, or the compost.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weeding

Presentation on Weeding in the Garden.

Presentation on Weeding in the Garden.

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To put the concept of reduce, recycling, and reusing into practice we used forks to paint flowers and old marker caps to paint pictures.  Presentations on using a glue bottle were also given and children had to opportunity to punch out shapes to glue down.

During circle and lunch times we also listened to a variety of music including Latin music (Song: Samba da Bencao), “The Money Song” by Dr. Jean Feldman (http://www.mendhamboro.org/cms/lib02/nj01000391/centricity/domain/102/moneysong.pdf), “This Land is Your Land,” and “What a Wonderful World.”

To think, only a few more weeks of school.  Could it really be?  Here’s to a May full of flowers and continued growth and learning!

A family member wanted to know the lyrics to our school song. Lynn Fisher wrote the lyrics to the melody of Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land” (the first song I ever learned to play on guitar). Here you go:

This School is Your School

[Chorus]:
This school is your school, this school is my school
From the natural playground, to our computers,
From the pink tower to grammar boxes
This school was made for you and me.

As I was thinking about our history
I saw behind me a small beginning.
I saw before me a bright new future;
This school was made for you and me.

[Chorus]

And I’ve been making some very good friends
From tiny toddlers to Middle Schoolers.
This school is people. This school is caring.
This school was made for you and me.

[Chorus]

And our horizons, keep on expanding
With special classes and master planning
From parents’ hard work, to annual Spring Sing
This school was made for you and me.

[Chorus]

Throughout the good times
And the times of sorrow
We build together a new tomorrow
This school is your school
This school is my school
This school is our community

[Chorus]

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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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Flossing!

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Brushing!

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

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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.

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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!

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Authentic Irish Products!

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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!

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4-year old doing outdoor scrubbing work.

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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. 🙂