Sapphire Room News
Sapphire Room is a Children’s House classroom on the Perrysburg Campus. Jenn Schoepf and Stephanie Sullivan are the classroom’s co-teachers.
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Parents: Your Opinion Matters
Posted by West Side Montessori
West Side Montessori is in the process of being re-accredited by the American Montessori Society. This is a title that WSM is very proud to have as one of only five schools Ohio and of 126 schools nationally who have this special recognition!
An important part of the process to retain the accreditation is to offer an anonymous parent survey which allows families to express their opinions about our school, including our strengths and areas of improvement. Every opinion counts!
Please take a few moments to complete the specific campus – Perrysburg or Toledo – by clicking a link below to participate. Complete the general questions and then skip to the program-specific questions that pertain to each of your children. Your comments are welcome.
Perrysburg Campus Families
Toledo Campus Families
If done online, follow the directions to print off the “Thank You” page at the end of the survey, add your name, and return it to school. In doing so, you will earn two free hours of child care for your child! Your survey will still be submitted anonymously. Paper copies also are available at the front desk or you can complete an online survey using a laptop set up in the lobby.
Thank you for your continued support of West Side Montessori.
Nurturing a Peaceful Child
Posted by West Side Montessori
Picture a peaceful nine-year-old child, kind and giving, passionate and joyful, and mostly in control of his or her emotions. Is this some alien species? Or is it possible to nurture peaceful children in our highly competitive, cynical and polarized society?
Research tells us that educating the emotions, teaching self-control, has a wider impact than preventing violence. Look at the widespread anti-bullying programs in place across our country today. And yet, mean spirited, demeaning behavior persists in elementary schools and beyond.
Surround your child with a caring community of adults who model emotional competence. Gently but firmly set the boundaries for your child’s behavior to provide both physical and emotional security. When you lose your temper with your child out of frustration or exhaustion, apologize. Explain your feelings and actions to help your children recognize and accept their own mistakes, to understand that no one is perfect, no one is superior.
Stop calling your children good or bad. A child labeled good is only good in relation to someone else’s being bad. Labeling encourages children to invest in keeping others bad to ensure superiority.It perpetuates a cycle of judgment and blame and discourages cooperation.
Build your child’s self-confidence and empathy by supporting them in moments of personal crisis and demonstrating that helping others is as important as superior grades or winning the game. Each step you demonstrate toward cooperation and compassion is a step toward developing a peaceful child.
First Thursday | Come Experience Montessori
Seeds of Peace
Thursday, March 6, 8:45-9:30 a.m.
Toledo and Perrysburg Campuses
Join us for a lively discussion led by Montessori-certified teachers on planting the seeds of peace within our children at school and at home. Each month features a new topic geared for the parents of children ages 3 through Kindergarten. Free and open to the public.
Weeks of October 28-November 8
Posted by Sapphire
Thank you to all that participated in our Bat Celebration last week. The children enjoyed making bat hats, bat clips, necklaces, webs, hunting bats on an outdoor scavenger hunt, and making a bat snack. One of our favorite songs from the Bat Party was “Nocturnal Animals” by Nancy Stewart. You can hear the song at this link: http://www.nancymusic.com/
On a moonlit night when the stars come out
There are nocturnal animals all about
1. Whoo, whoo, what do I see
A wise old owl looking at me
2. Meow, meow, what do I see
A big black cat is looking at me
3. Eee, eee, eee, what do I see
A little bat just looking at me
4. Ribit, ribit, what do I see
A big green tree frog looking at me
5. Squeak, squeak, squeak, what do I see
A garden dormouse looking at me
We have been busy with art projects in the classroom. The children made leaf prints that are on display this month at the Way Public Library. Stop by the library to see all their beautiful work. We have also been making lanterns by gluing tissue paper on milk jugs. We will be using the lanterns for a parade as we learn about and celebrate the German Holiday of St. Martin’s Day.
- The Book Fair was a huge success! Thank you to all that purchased books. The school earned over $250 in free books!
- Emerald Room teacher, Jenni Miller, broke her ankle last week. She will be home resting for the upcoming week and will be back as soon as she is feeling better. The children made cards that were delivered to Jenni.
New Activities Introduced
- Using an eyedropper to create a design
- Practicing Safety Drills-Fire Drill and Lock Down Drill
- Review of the Geometric Solids-sphere, cube, prism, cone, cylinder
- Landforms lake & island, strait & isthmus, and bay & cape
- The continent globe & map were introduced and we began learning the names of the 7 continents.