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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.

This week the Children’s House students have sung songs in 5 languages: English, French, Japanese, Spanish, and American Sign Language. Here are a couple of the songs we have enjoyed:



I hope those of you that celebrate holidays this week enjoy peaceful, joyous holidays. Have a great break.

Keep singing,


“The environment must be rich in motives which lead interest to activity and invite the child to conduct his own  experiences.”-Maria Montessori

March has been very busy Month!  The children have been showing great independence and concentration through their natural process of spontaneously experiencing the classroom environment.

Kindergardeners and their Parts of a Plant flip books.

Kindergardeners and their Parts of a Plant flip books.

A 5 year old skip counting with the Squaring Chains and Counters.

A 5 year old skip counting with the Squaring Chains and Counters.

A 5 year old exploring the Color Tablets.

A 5 year old exploring the Color Tablets.

A 4 year old working on the "Green Box" language series.

A 4 year old working on the “Green Box” language series.

Flower Arranging.

Flower Arranging.

A child scrubbing stones that came from Ireland.

A child scrubbing stones that came from Ireland.

Kindergardener working on his Number Roll.

Kindergardener working on his Number Roll.

I am happy to report that I am cancer-free! Coming back to school I was greeted by many warm hugs and handmade cards from your children. Many of you have sent me emails, cards, meals, and gifts while I was in recovery. Thank you for all of your support. It is wonderful to be part of a caring community. I am very happy to be here.

Welcome Back Risa

Poster made by Sapphire and Emerald students


 In preparation for St. Patrick’s Day, the Children’s House classrooms have had an authentic hands-on experience of Irish culture and artifacts as Ruth has shared many objects and items from her home country.

Just a ‘wee’ reminder, too, that on Tuesday March 17th, we will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and honoring Ireland by wearing green clothing. Please have your child wear something green or a piece of clothing with green on it. Any shade will do! We will enjoy tasting Irish soda bread and Dubliner Irish cheese for snack.


A 4-year-old brushing and cleaning genuine Irish stones.


A 5-year-old sorting Irish coins (Euros).


Irish art by a happy artist!


Putting together an Irish tractor puzzle.


Balancing a leather ball (sliotar) on a hurley stick. These items are from the ancient Irish field game called Hurling.


The Irish drink a lot of tea! Setting up for a tea party!


Matching Irish farm animals and exploring peat (compressed vegetation) from the bogs of Ireland.


Exploring an Irish police car. The word ‘garda’ is Irish for guard.


Another artist cutting and gluing authentic Irish stamps.


Even Mat Man is ‘wearing the green’. Here he is with a genuine gaelic football shirt.


Welcome Corinne and Anna

UT Early Childhood cohort students Corinne and Anna have recently joined Children’s House on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  They will be observing, learning, and working with classroom teachers and students until early May.  We are excited to have them both.

DVDs for Vets Drive a success

Thank you so much to our families for the donation of new and gently used DVDS.  We collected approximately 60 DVDs that will be donated to Sandusky Veteran’s Home.

Exploring our World

Our home Earth has been part of our study of the Solar System as we explore the planets.  We are introducing each planet and you may hear your child singing a song that was introduced featuring each planet.

After discussing the Solar System and our home planet earth, we are focusing on the study of the continent of Europe.  It is no coincidence that we have choosen Europe as next week is Montessori Education Week, and Maria Montessori was from Europe.  First we studied several European artists.  You will find great examples of the childrens’ artwork modeled after these artists on display in the Great Room.  Next we will move onto the culture of Europe and celebrate on Tuesday with an Italian Feast for those that regularly stay for lunch.