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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.

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!

BEFORE

BEFORE

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AFTER

AFTER

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!

Pink Cube Extension: building Pink Cubes then cutting, pasting 10  cubes largest to smallest.

Pink Cube Extension: building Pink Cubes then cutting, pasting 10 cubes largest to smallest.

Children turning 3 by August 1, 2015 are visiting the Children’s House classrooms on Friday, Feb. 6 OR Monday, Feb. 9.

  • Would you love to see what a Children’s House classroom looks like?
  • Do you wonder what sort of work choices and Montessori materials are in a Children’s House classroom?
  • Are you curious how 3’s, 4’s and Kindergartners can be in the same classroom?

Students who regularly attend school on Wednesday-Friday will visit Children’s House on Friday, Feb. 6. Students who regularly attend school on Monday-Tuesday or Monday-Friday will visit on Monday, Feb. 9.

Parents will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Perrysburg Campus for conversation about the Children’s House program.  Little House teachers will walk your child to the Children’s House classrooms at 9 a.m. Your child will explore the work choices with a Children’s House child as his/her personal tour guide. Parents will tour and observe the classrooms with a Children’s House teacher.

Please R.S.V.P. to Brandi Parcell at (419) 874-9385 or bparcell@wsmctoledo.org.

Each passing week we are seeing children increasingly improve upon their fine motor skills.  Markers are carefully being held in tiny fingers as children use their helper hand to press metal insets against a piece of paper and art mat.  Children are using the marker to trace along the shape of the inset.  This is a big accomplishment for a toddler!  Bracelets are being made with a pipe cleaner and small beads.  So much concentration is needed along with a little hand/eye coordination to line up the tiny opening in the bead to the tip of the pipe cleaner.  Whether your child is coming home with a bracelet with one bead or twenty, just know that they worked so very hard to string them.

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A reminder that if the weather allows it and the temperature is not too low we will be trying to get out and get some fresh air.  Send in snow pants, boots, etc. inside the backpack and we’ll keep them in there for when we need them.

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.