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Opal Classroom News

Shannon Schlumbohm

Shannon Schlumbohm

Joanna Harwell

Joanna Harwell

Opal Room is a Little House classroom for ages 13 months to 3 years old  on the Perrysburg Campus. Joanna Harwell and Shannon Schlumbohm are the classroom’s co-teachers.

Welcome back!!!    There has been a lot of new work put out on the shelf.  Community workers have been a popular choice as the children are able to match the construction workers, postal worker, dentist, doctors to the corresponding picture cards and name them.  We have some police officer hats, fireman hats that the children enjoy wearing as they work about the room.

Dinosaurs have been added to the science shelf for children to match objects to pictures.  Although they are not able to say the long words of Stegosaurus or Triceratops they seem very intrigued that each dinosaur has a different name.   The children are picking the figurines up and exploring the sharp teeth and spiky textures exploring their features from head to toe.  photo

This is a child using a toothbrush and floss on a set of teeth we have out on our practical life shelf.



Why do we use broken crayons?  Little pieces promote fingertip control and strength.  They encourage the precise pinch that’s used for crayons and pencils.  There is research to show that starting with small pieces encourages the correct grasp.  So don’t throw away those broken crayons!  You are helping your child start with the correct grip.

With the cold weather upon us we are working very hard on keeping germs to a minimum.  Part of this process is to encourage our children to wipe their own noses.  Encouraging and teaching our children how to care for themselves is another step toward their independence.  When a child is in need of a tissue a teacher will guide a child to a tissue box that is placed in front of a mirror.  We help the child to take a tissue and have them watch themselves wipe their noses in front of the mirror.  After the child wipes their noses, they are sent to the sink to was the germs away from their hands.  We encourage parents to help with this process at home as well.  We are also trying to encourage the children to catch their cough by coughing into their sleeves.

We would like to thank you for taking the time to encourage your little ones to put on their own coats.  It is tremendous help when they can do it themselves.  You can hear them exclaim,  “I did it!”

We would like to remind you to send proper outdoor attire with your children.  Please continue to label hats, mittens, snow boots and coats.

With every passing day we are seeing children do the complete work cycle more often and also sitting with their work for longer periods of time.  Challenging work is being added to our shelves.  Here a child sits with the shape Insta-board.


Our pumpkin that was scrubbed clean a few weeks ago is now being used for children to hammer golf tees into.  Children are learning to tap the hammer with strength in order for the tee to break through the skin of the pumpkin.  He is figuring out that less strength is needed to tap the hammer when the tee is being placed into a hole that is already in the pumpkin.  When he is finished hammering he is learning to use the claw end of the hammer to pull the tees back out of the pumpkin.

We would like to thank you for conferencing with us.  We enjoy the opportunity to discuss the progress of each child.  We also enjoy getting to know you better as our opportunities are often very brief.


We have many new additions to our shelves that tie in with the season.  We have a basket with five small pumpkins in it for the children to enjoy acting out a favorite book,  Five Little Pumpkins.  We have added leaves and pumpkin stamper prints to our art shelves.  Our most popular work right now is Pumpkin scrubbing.  There are many steps to this work.


1.  The child begins by putting on an apron, alone or with teachers help.

2.   Next, the child carries a small pitcher over to the sink to fill with water.

3.  Third, the child carries the pitcher carefully back to the basin, using hand-eye coordination.

4.  Then, the child pours the water on the pumpkin inside the basin.

5.   Fifth, the child selects a scrubber and rubs it over a bar of soap.

6.  Finally, the child scrubs the pumpkin with the brush until it’s all soapy.

7.  When finished, the child will take the apron off and hang it on the hook to show that he or she is finished.  And now ready for the next child to use.

During this process the child might spill a little water on the way to the basin.  The child then cleans up the spill with a mop or towel.

We have been singing some new songs at circle time in honor of Halloween and autumn.  Here are the words to a favorite.

Fly Little Bat

Fly, fly, fly little bat.

Fly, fly, fly little bat.

Fly, fly fly little bat.

Halloween is here.

Creep, creep, creep little cat….

Stomp, stomp, stomp little monster…..

Crawl, crawl, crawl little spider…..

Dance, dance, dance little skeleton….

Float, float, float little ghost….

Feel free to sing the song with your child at home!