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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.

Spring is in the air, at least inside the classroom!  We are identifying types of flowers, working with a miniature greenhouse, and matching gardening tools by name and photograph.  Inside our sensory table is shredded paper grass with which we are using tongs to pick up miniature flowers.  We are building flowers with pattern cards and we are using tri-point needle tongs to pick up flower shaped buttons.  We are using pastel paints at our easel, which seems to brighten the room when we spot them hanging on our drying rack.  The bulbs on our playground have popped up and on warmer days the children are very excited to examine the flower petals when they are open.  We have our fingers crossed for more warm days on the playground!

A reminder to parents to send in jackets, sweaters, and other layering items as the temperature changes so much throughout the day.  Also, a reminder to put initials inside the clothing so everything goes home with the right child.

Magnets are on our Science self.  Children are discovering which objects are attracted to the magnet and what objects do not.
imagePaper clips, hair barrettes, iron nails get attracted to the magnet and are magnetic by nature.  Corn, plastic, felt are not attracted to the magnet and are non-magnetic.image

In our art area the children are painting with two colors of paint.  Mixing red and blue makes the color purple.
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Cutting strips of paper with scissors and placing the cut paper in an envelope has been a favorite in the art area.
imageStacking the cylinders from largest to smallest on top of each other without falling is always a challenge.
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First Thursday

You are invited to learn more about Little House and Children’s House through West Side Montessori’s First Thursday program on Thursday, March 5, at either Perrysburg or Toledo Campus.

Potty Training:
Little House shares its tips & tricks!
Thursday, March 5
8:30-9:30 a.m.
Perrysburg Campus

Unchild-proof Your Home
Thursday, March 5
8:30-9:30 a.m. or 3:45-4:45 p.m.
Toledo Campus

Come learn how opening up your home to your child(ren) will give them the gifts of independence, respect, understanding, and self confidence. It will decrease frustration levels and negative behaviors, too.

These monthly parent education programs are presented by WSM teachers and open to the public.

Since we have been stuck indoors with the frigid temperatures outdoors we have been doing our best to have some winter fun.  Our water table has been filled with snow that we are enjoying packing and rolling into snowballs.  This has led to discussions of building a snowman.  Since we cannot get outside to build an actual snowman we found a wonderful little kit that allowed us to make a mini snowman inside.  We rolled the putty substance into three balls and then added all of the embellishments to his body at the beginning of our morning.  At circletime we checked on his condition and we were amazed to see the difference in his body.  He melted just as a snowman made of snow does when the sun is warm!

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The children have been very busy with the sea life on our science shelve.  We are learning the names of different kinds of animals that live in the sea.  We have Sea life puppet’s, sea life puzzles, Sea life picture matching.  Sorting different types of Sea life by color and species.

 

We’ve been enjoying a circle time songs called

“The Animals in the Ocean”

The sharks in the sea go chomp, chomp, chomp.

Chomp chomp, chomp.   Chomp, chomp, chomp, chomp.

The sharks in the sea go chomp, chomp, chomp.

All through the day!

The fish in the sea go swim, swim, swim.

Swim, swim, swim.  Swim, swim, swim.

The fish in the sea go swim, swim, swim.

All through the day!

The lobsters in the sea go pinch, pinch pinch.

Pinch, pinch, pinch.  Pinch, pinch, pinch.

The lobsters in the sea go pinch, pinch, pinch.

All through the day!

The octopus in the sea go wiggle, wiggle, wiggle.

Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle.  Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle.

The octopus in the sea go wiggle, wiggle, wiggle.

All through the day!

The sea horse in the sea rocks back and forth.

Back and Forth.  Back and Forth.

The sea horse in the sea rocks back and forth

All through the day!

The dolphins in the sea go splash, splash, splash.

Splash, splash, splash.  Splash, splash, splash.

All through the day!