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Pearl Classroom News

Jean Miller

Jean Miller

Dawn Ballard

Dawn Ballard

Pearl Room is a Little House classroom for 13 months to 3 years old on the Perrysburg Campus. Dawn Ballard and Jean Miller are the classroom’s co-teachers.

Top Ten Ways to Nurture a Literate Child

READ! Cereal boxes, comic strips, magazines, newspaper, signs.

TALK! Wordless picture books,Eric Carle’s books, ask questions, ask for more information, ask for opinions, put on puppet shows, do finger plays, tell stories, tell jokes.

LISTEN! Taped stories, CDs of music or poetry, value child’s answers, explore ideas further, respect opinions.

WRITE! Grocery list, poems, stories, friendly letters, post cards. e-mail, family journal, cards with pens, markers, pencils, computer, letter stamps, chalk.

DRAW (and color or paint)! ANYTHING! limited only by supplies on hand: watercolors, tempera paint, finger paint, plain paper, construction paper, stationary, stickers, poster board and shelf paper.

OBSERVE AND RECORD THE WORLD! As you are driving, comment on the traffic, the new restaurant, the budding trees, the busy squirrels, the story on the news, OR make a scrapbook of pictures, keep a log of a bird’s nest with eggs or seeds you plant.

PLAY GAMES! Beginning board games, word games.


DO CHORES OF ALL SORTS! Sort laundry, match socks, make cookies together, put something together, dust, wash the car.

EXPLORE THE WORLD! The zoo, art museum, metro parks, Maumee Bay beach, neighborhood, airport, Sauder Village, Toledo Botanical Gardens, pick strawberries, eat strawberries, eat with chop sticks, play in the sand, walk in the sand.

Thank you to all the parents who helped supply us with snack this year. It was truly appreciated!

Dawn and Jean



You’re invited to attend this month’s First Thursday presentation at the Perrysburg Campus on Thursday, May 7, from 8:30-9:30 a.m.


Maria Montessori said, “Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.” She believed that by giving kids space to explore and discover for themselves, they would have a greater understanding and appreciation for the world around them. To help promote those discoveries and independence around your home, come to the Great Room at the Perrysburg Campus for this presentation by your child’s teachers!

First Thursday will be presented by Jean Miller and Tricia Miller-Purvis.


Friday, May 1


Lower Elementary Songfest

7 p.m. – Toledo Campus Commons


Saturday, May 9


All West Side Montessori families from Little House through Middle School are invited to join us celebrate at our 31st annual Spring Fundraiser featuring food from Mancy’s Steakhouse, Domo Sushi, Registry Bistro and Rosie’s Italian Grille along with wine-tasting. Tickets can still be purchased online at


Friday, May 8 or Monday, May 11



Tuesday, May 12


Upper Elementary Ensemble & Middle School Band

Spring Concert

Toledo Campus Commons
7-8 p.m.


Thursday, May 14


9th Annual 5KDub Run, Walk, and Picnic

Please join us for our annual 5K/Fun walk and family picnic at Olander Park in Sylvania. Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome to participate. If you would like to just join us for dinner and fun, that’s an option too. Click here to make your reservation online. Event begins at 5:30 p.m.


Wednesday, May 20

Spring Sing

Spring Sing: Building a Better World

6:30 p.m. – University of Toledo Recital Hall
Perrysburg and Toledo Kindergarten Spring Concert

It’s hard to believe that Spring has finally sprung! The children have all been anxious to strip off their winter gear and run freely in the field. Even though the weather hasn’t been cooperating the way we would like it to, we are going out to play daily. Please dress your child accordingly ( in layers).  The older children are also starting to visit the Children’s House playground in the morning. They are enjoying having the opportunity to explore the bigger space and structure.

Next week we will begin our lesson on primary color mixing. This is a fun, hands on  learning exercise where children will discover that when two primary colors are mixed together, a new secondary color will be made. Children will be mixing both water and paint during this lesson.

We look forward to spending the month of May with all of our wonderful Grandparents and “Special Friends”. Please don’t forget to remind them all that Friday, May 8th is for our Wednesday through Friday group only and that Monday, May 11th is for our Monday through Friday and Monday/ Tuesday group.

Don’t forget about our wonderful Summer Camp program.It’s a great opportunity to continue the routine of our  Montessori philosophy this summer !


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.