Opal Classroom News
Opal Room is a Little House classroom for ages 13 months to 22 Months on the Perrysburg Campus. Megan Craig and Shannon Schlumbohm are the classroom’s co-teachers.
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Posted by West Side Montessori
Sweet September Sundae Begins at 2 p.m.
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!
Posted by opal_wpadmin
Welcome to all of the parents and children of the Opal Room! Our year is getting off to a busy start as the children are all beginning to settle in and explore the classroom. Tears are common at first, but will become less as the weeks pass and children feel more comfortable with their surroundings and with the routine of the morning.
Many are interested in what another child chooses and we are reinforcing the use of the words “my work”. Some children understand and some are not quite sure what that means. We are encouraging words instead of grabbing the work from another child. Even a child without any words at all can be redirected if they have not grasped the concept that the other child would like to do this work alone.
We are also working on trying to help them learn the work cycle of choosing work and putting it away when they are finished. We will work all year on this task with young toddlers, but it is amazing in just a few weeks that we are seeing many remember to put something back on the shelf when they are done.
Snack time is off to a great start. We begin by having each child wash his hands and then get a placemat. The children learn to keep their hands in their laps by singing some simple songs while we wait for everyone to be seated. When then sing our community song. The words are as follows:
Look around and you will see (hand shade eyes)
Community (arms wide open), a family (arms cross chest).
We are brothers, sisters too (arms open slowly).
After singing our song, we go around asking each child if they would like water to drink. Soon they will be pouring their own water into their own cups. We pass the snack bowls around, family style, asking each child if they would like any. Soon, they will be serving themselves. Right now our concentration is on patiently waiting for everyone to be served.