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Sapphire Room News

Ruth Zajac

Ruth Zajac

Stephanie Sullivan

Stephanie Sullivan

Sapphire Room is a Children’s House classroom on the Perrysburg Campus. Stephanie Sullivan and Ruth Zajac are the classroom’s co-teachers.

Dear Kindergarten Families,

At the end of every school year, the kindergarten students of West Side perform in a concert called “Spring Sing.” Kindergarten students from both the Toledo and Perrysburg campuses participate. There is a different theme for Spring Sing each year. This year our theme is “Building a Better World.” Please mark your calendars with the following date:

“Spring Sing: Building a Better World” will be performed at the Recital Hall at the University of Toledo on Wednesday, May 20, at 6:30 p.m. All kindergartners should arrive by 6:10 p.m.

I wish you all peaceful holidays filled with light, love, and music.

Keep singing,

Holiday Open House

Come one, come all to Children’s House Holiday Open House on Friday, December 19th.  Visit anytime between 8:30-11 in the morning to join your child in doing work that they do on a daily basis.  There will also be a special sweet treat as snack just for the occasion.


*  Introduced the parts of the body (external)

*  Presented the brain and it’s function

*  Presented the heart and it’s function

*  Presented the Digestive System

*  Classification of Healthy and Unhealthy foods

*  Classification of the foods into the food groups

*  Introduction of the Food Plate

Outdoor Play

Just a reminder to please be sure that your child comes to school with all the necessary gear for outdoor play.  On a daily basis, they should have a coat, hat, and mittens if the temperatures are cold enough to warrant it.  Snow boots and pants are needed if children are to go outside on snowy days as they love to sled, and make snow angels.  We realize the need for outdoor play and try to give the children the opportunity to do so.


West Side Montessori
Children’s House Teachers present



Thursday, Dec. 4
8:30-9:30 a.m.
Perrysburg & Toledo Campus

3:45-4:45 p.m.
Toledo Campus

Children’s House teachers are introducing a new handwriting curriculum to students this year called Handwriting Without Tears. At this month’s First Thursday program, parents have an opportunity to learn more about the program and how to support your child in learning about handwriting.

Throughout the year, First Thursday is a chance for parents and friends of our community to learn more about Montessori through the eyes of children, teachers, and other Montessori parents.

Feel free to bring siblings not in school to the program. This is a family-friendly event! There is free child care at the Toledo Campus for the afternoon presentation.


Dear Families,

The sing-a-longs last Tuesday as part of our Giving Celebrations were wonderful and warm. Thanks to those of you that were able to join us. I hope you all enjoyed Happy Thanksgiving days filled with love, gratitude, and music. 

The Blade wrote a lovely article last week on the collections made at the Toledo campus for The Victory Center. You can read that article here. The Perrysburg Campus collected food, toys, clothes, and hygiene products for Operation Breadbasket, Mobile Meals, Kingston Nursing Home, and Mobile Food Pantry. We appreciate your generosity.

Some of you asked for recordings of the songs we sang last week so that you can sing them at home. Here are links to some of them:

Les Petites Marionnettes

Thanks a Lot

There are Many Things I am Thankful For

Building a Better World

I appreciated seeing many families at our sing-a-longs. It is always encouraging to see families actively involved in your child’s education. If you would like to learn more about Handwriting Without Tears, the handwriting program we are implementing, please join us tomorrow, Thursday, December 4, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. or 3:45 – 4:45 p.m. in the Birdhouse at the Toledo Campus, or 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. at the Perrysburg Campus.

Keep singing,

“Free  the child’s potential, and you will transform him into the world.”  -Maria Montessori

November has been a very busy month in Children’s House! The children have really settled in and “Great” work has been happening!

Practical Life:  Spreading butter on bread, Ladling, Grating cinnamon.  Feelings stories and discussions at circle about feelings.


Practical Life: Ladling. Helps with concentration and coordination.

Art:  Feather Painting, Dot Maker Turkeys, Gluing Corn Kernels

Language:  Sandpaper Letters, Sound Boxes, Moveable Alphabet, Sand Tray, Pink Series Word Building, HWT (Handwriting Without Tears) Wet,dry,try letters: L, U, V, W.

Using the Moveable Alphabet and objects to spell words.

Using the Moveable Alphabet and objects to spell words.


Math:  Snake Game, Composition of Numbers, Dice Addition.

Kindergardener working on Composition of Numbers using the "Bank" to build 2, 3 and 4 digit numbers.

Kindergardener working on Composition of Numbers using the “Bank” to build 2, 3 and 4 digit numbers.



Sensorial:  Touch tablets,  Pink cube extension, Geometric solids:  Ellipsoid, Square based pyramid.  Geometric Solids and bases.


Pink Cube Extension: building Pink Cubes then cutting, pasting 10  cubes largest to smallest.

Pink Cube Extension: building Pink Cubes then cutting, pasting 10 cubes largest to smallest.

Geography:  Our Continent:  North America, Flags of North America, Our Country:  The United States of America, Continent map of USA, USA Flag , Our State:  Ohio

Thanksgiving:  Journey of the Pilgrims/Settlers from Europe to North America and their thankfulness for freedom.

Patriotic Songs:  My Country Tis of Thee, Star Spangled Banner, Battle Hymn of the Republic, This Land is Your Land

Special Events:  Turkey Craft with Heidi Koedam, Kindergarten visit to Lower Elementary, Thanks and Giving Celebration.

A special thanks to all who attended our Thanks and Giving Celebration!

Stephanie, Ruth, Tricia and Jenni