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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 Children’s House Families,

On Friday, February 13th we will be celebrating Valentine’s Day by exchanging Valentines in our respective classrooms. Each child has the opportunity to bring in Valentines for their classmates. The exchange will occur at the end of the morning and the Valentines will be distributed and placed inside each child’s container.

Please send in a container with your child on the 13th (bag, basket, shoebox or bucket). If you choose to make it a project at home – stickers, sticky foam, markers and glitter glue are a great place to start!

When addressing Valentines, just fill in the “From” portion. This is a great opportunity for children to practice writing their names. Please leave the “To” portion blank as it will help us to distribute them in a timely manner.

If your child is in the Emerald Room – send in 19 Valentines. If your child is in the Sapphire Room send in 17 Valentines.

As you consider the type of Valentine your child would like to bring in, do keep in mind that candy is not permitted.

Thank You in advance for assisting us in this fun Valentine exchange.


Take Parents To Work


Monday, Feb. 2 – Thursday, Feb. 5 Children’s House is inviting their parents to join them in their “work” for a day from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

A limited number of spaces are available each day during the week for you to join your child(ren) in exploring the classroom and to share the important work they do each day at West Side Montessori.

You’ll get an email soon with a link to reserve your space!

If you have questions please contact Brandi Parcell at (419) 874-9385 or

Here’s another opportunity to do some “Spring” (OK, Winter) cleaning and get some things out of your house and help others at the same time.  On Friday, Feb. 13, we will be collecting collecting unscratched used or new DVDs to donate to DVDs for vets along with our Valentine’s exchange.  Any videos collected will be donated to adult residents at the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky, Ohio.  If you would like further information about this organization you can reference

It looks like the snow won’t be going anywhere for a while.  When temperatures allow, we do our best to get the children outside.  Please remember to send snow pants and boots so that your child is able to enjoy outdoor play.  Don’t forget the hats and mittens as well.

” Follow the child, but follow the child as his leader. “

A morning in the Great Room lent to unexpected discoveries.  After the initial burst into the Great Room with running and laughter, the children began settling down into a variety of activities.  While there were a group of children using the trampoline, the monkey bars, and the balls other children had a made an interesting discovery…rock salt.  Their childlike wonder caused them to become quite curious about what they discovered.  They began picking the individual salt granules up and were searching for something in which to collect them.  Following their interest, teachers discussed the product and quickly grabbed some paper cups to distribute to the kids.  Before we knew it, the picking-up-rock-salt Practical Life/Fine Motor activity was underway!

Children using their pincer grasp to pick up rock salt, building strength in their fingers and hands!

Children using their pincer grasp to pick up rock salt, building strength in their fingers and hands!

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And it didn’t stop there…

After a child had collected a fair amount of salt, she gently shook the cup and what did she discover?  “It sounds like a maraca!”  Children then proceeded into the classroom to trace, cut, and tape the Circle Metal Inset shape over the top of the cup to make a homemade made maraca musical instrument!  When following the child, you just never know what you may learn and/or create.