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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.

Here is a song we like to sing:

What’s Your Name?

What’s your name?
What’s your name?
What’s your name?
What’s your name?

My name is ________.
My name is ________.
My name is ________.
Nice to meet you.

After singing this song, we have been involved in name studies. Children’s names are powerful words. In the teaching of Literacy, a child’s name can serve as the key to unlocking the doors of many concepts including phonemic awareness, concepts of print, name recognition (a precursor to word recognition) and the very notion that words have meaning. After all, what words could hold more meaning for children than their names?

I have been seating small groups of children in front of a pocket chart filled with the names of all the children in class (see picture below). Then I ask the students, “What do you notice?” All readers can approach this activity at their own skill levels, and observations have been varied. Following is a sample of quotations from students, representing some of the observations they made.
“That is my name.”
“Lucie, Lucianna, and Lilly all have L.”
“Christopher has the longest name. He has 11 letters in his name.”
“Achiga has 2 A’s in his name–at the beginning and end.”
“There are a lot of A’s!”
“This (capital) A and this (lower case) A look different.”
“Calleigh has 2 L’s, Izzah has 2 Z’s, Annie has 2 N’s, Gunnar has 2 N’s, Beckett has 2 T’s, and Maggie has 2 G’s!”

Encourage your children to notice print. Point out signs on the street and read to them daily. When driving past street signs, or around environmental print, ask them, “What do you notice?”

Keep Singing,

Here's your name pic

The children walked with Henry the hermit crab during one of our quiet walks. They were so quiet that Henry stuck his head out to visit! The quiet walk helps the children calm their bodies and minds and prepares them for circle time listening, learning and absorbing.











Each child has been introduced to the following letters F,E,D,P,B,R,N,M using the Handwriting without Tears materials – wooden pieces representing big line, little line, big curve, little curve. Through manipulating these wooden pieces and forming letters, the child has an impression of a letter before they even try to write it.









Our Art area also includes materials to help writing skills. The children can roll play dough to form letters.




Our Science area is filled with plant and animal work. This is a popular area. The Sapphire room is filled with industrious workers!IMG_2044


The Sapphire Room has a new addition.  Three hermit crabs joined the classroom. This past week the children heard Eric Carls, A House for Hermit Crab.  After the story, three hermit crabs were introduced, Herbie, Henry & Helen.  The hermit crabs have been a great interest to the children.  They watch anxiously and wait for the crabs to move and walk around in their home (10 gallon tank donated by the Koedam Family-thank you!)  The children help to cut up carrots which are fed to the hermit crabs.


“The greatest gifts we can give our children are the roots of Responsibility and the wings of Independence.”

~Maria Montessori

 The Children have settled into the classroom.  They are becoming responsible and independent in their daily tasks:  hanging up backpacks, changing into indoor shoes, washing hands, choosing work at a table or rug, putting work away, cleaning up after snack, sitting at circle.

Children have been introduced to the following new work:

*Pin punching (working on pincer grasp)*Glueing*Sandpaper Letters*Sponge Squeezing (strengthening hand muscles)*Wet pouring (to build concentration, coordination*Red Rods*Brown Prisms*Color Box (primary color matching)*Wood Pieces Exploration (Handwiriting Without Tears:  Big line, little line, big curve, little curve)*Solar System (learning about planets, sun is a star, constellations)

Learning about the Solar System and singing "The Family of the Sun!"

Learning about the Solar System and singing “The Family of the Sun!

4 Yr old Sponge Squeezing.

4 Yr old Sponge Squeezing.

Apple Peeling for making applesauce.






3 yr. old slicing apples for applesauce.

3 yr. old slicing apples for applesauce.

Slicing apples! Working on fine motor, control & concentration!

Slicing apples! Working on fine motor, control & concentration!









Sweet September Sundae Begins at 2 p.m.


See You Today


West Side Montessori is excited to share its 40th Birthday surprise with ALL its families at Sweet September Sundae today. The festivities begin at 2 p.m. at the Toledo Campus (7115 Bancroft) with fun activities for the WHOLE family – bouncy houses, games, student-led trail walks, music! Bring your folding chairs and blankets to picnic on pizza, watermelon, ice cream sundaes, and, of course, BIRTHDAY CAKE.

At 3 p.m., Lynn Fisher, WSM’s founder and head of school, will gather everyone on the McMaster Middle School porch for her surprise announcement! Following the announcement, the activities will continue until 4:30 p.m.

The weather looks perfect, so plan on joining us for the annual fall tradition!