Opal Classroom News

Shannon Schlumbohm

Megan Craig

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.



Here are words to some of the songs that children are enjoying at circle time these days.

Good Day

When cows get up in morning,

Good day is what they say.

When cows get up in the morning,

Good day is what they say.

They say, moo, moo, moo, moo,

Moo is what they say.

Moo, moo, moo, moo, moo is what they say.

(Replace cow and moo with: Pigs/Oink, Horses/Neigh, Dogs/Ruff, Ducks/Quack, Cats/Meow, Goats/Maa, Turkeys/Gobble.)


Shape Song (Tune of Muffin Man)

Do you know what shape this is?

What shape this is?  What shape this is?

Do you know what shape this is, I am holding in my hand?

(We have cut outs of a variety of shapes that we then hold for children to see.)


As winter drags on, we are fighting against germs on a daily basis.  We are encouraging children to blow into tissues and wash their hands afterwards.  Please encourage your child to cough or sneeze into their sleeve to prevent the spread of germs to friends.



Good Morning Families,

This morning we had a practice Lock Down Drill.  So if your child says they took a “field trip” to the basement, that is why.

The new and “like new” Teddy Bear collection drive is taking place through Friday, February 12th.

Please remember to send outdoor apparel for your child, especially as the weather warms up (hopefully!) as the week progresses.  Snow boots and pants are utilized by Children’s House students.

In February, remember to check out your child’s pointillism art work inspired by Seurat, on display at the Way Public Library.

The Emerald Room invites you to join them in collecting new or like new Teddy Bears to be donated to traumatized children and the forgotten elderly.  Teddy Bears collected will be taken to Zoar Lutheran Church where the women’s group “The Popcorn Gang” is heading up the collection.  They are working with the “Good Bears of the World”  organization with the intention of easing loneliness and inspiring love and compassion through gifts of Teddy Bears.  Some will go to firemen and EMT workers to carry on fire trucks and rescue squads to help calm and console victims of fires, accidents, and other tragedies.  Others will be given to families of terrorist attacks, and victims of school tragedies, domestic violence victims and others.  For each Teddy Bear donated, “Good Bears of the World” will match the gift.  Collection baskets will be available in the office starting Tuesday, January 19 through Friday, February 12.  Remember bears do not have to be new, just like new.  Teddy Bears only please.


With the new year comes many new work choices in the Opal room.  Paint, colored pencils, and play-doh have been added to our art area.  In language, children are very busy choosing community workers to match to photograph.  There is a basket of occupation hats that children can try on and see their reflection with a hand-held mirror.  In science, we are learning about the life cycle of a bird.  On the sensorial shelf, children are busy trying out the many musical instruments in a basket.

An exciting new work choice is a large water jug on the floor that children can fill themselves with a small pitcher.  This takes many steps and much patience. Children first have to carry the small pitcher to the sink and turn on the faucet.  She then will fill the pitcher partially full and rest it on the counter.  She then uses her hands to turn off the faucet.  She picks up the pitcher with two hands and carefully carries it over to the large jug that is several feet away from the sink.  She then dumps the water in the pitcher into the jug slowly and carefully.  She then can start the process over by refilling the pitcher and repeating the process.  The water will remain in the jug for the entire morning so children can see how much it takes to fill it up.  It takes lots of turns!