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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.

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With so many of our little ones interested in the art area, we are finding that a lesson in proper pencil grip technique or the tripod grip now needs to be shown.   Like so many of our other fine motor abilities, crayon and pencil grip has to be taught.  Young children are very pliable and can learn good habits early on. It has been found that with very small tools children are less likely to hold them inappropriately and there is less room for error. We know how beautiful a new crayon box is , but realistically we are not setting our children up for success. So, we are giving permission to go ahead and break them! A successful child is a confident child.  The Tripod grip is being shown during circle with this helpful song:

Pick up a crayon, Pick up a crayon, This is easy to do                                                               Pick up a crayon, Pick up a crayon, I just tell my fingers what to do
My thumb is bent, Pointer points to the tip, Tall Man uses his side
I tuck my last two fingers in and take them for a ride
Now I’m holding it just right,But not too tight, Every finger knows what to do
And now I have a big surprise, A big surprise for you
Let’s drop it and do it again!



As the cool weather creeps upon us, we’d like to point out the art of a toddler putting on his/her coat.  You may encourage your child to follow these simple steps at home to be consistent with us at school.  This trick is very easy to do and the best part of the experience is that it is accomplished by the child!

DSCN1128[1] 1. Lay the coat on the floor or table with the tag side up against the child’s feet or tummy. You may hear your child say “tag to toe” or “tag to tummy”.



DSCN1129[1] 2. The child then places hands into each sleeve and grabs the cuff.



DSCN1133[1]3. The child lifts both arms into the air and the coat automatically “flips” on.



DSCN1149[1] 4. The coat is now on and all that is needed is zipping up the coat.

Autumn is in air in the Pearl Room.  We have many new additions to our shelves that tie in with the season. There are many activities on the practical life shelf that involve sorting, spooning, tonging, and pouring Halloween items. We have an activity out on a work table where children hang small Halloween ornaments on a festive tree.  We have a basket of Halloween nesting dolls.  We also have a basket with five little pumpkins in it for the children to enjoy acting out a favorite book, Five Little Pumpkins,001 which we have already been reciting during circle time. But, our most complex new work is pumpkin scrubbing. It is fun to watch the children think through all the steps in this activity; not to mention, scrubbing is another wonderful activity to get a small child ready for writing by using the circular motion in their wrists.


pink towerTuesday, Sept. 30 • 8:30 a.m.
at Perrysburg Campus

Montessori education is designed to maximize development of your young child’s brain power. How?

Join Head of School, Lynn Fisher, on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 8:30 a.m. as she unlocks the secrets of how an authentic Montessori program works. Little House & Children’s House parents are invited to attend this presentation at the Perrysburg Campus. Come and discover your child’s super powers!

Make plans to come, meet other parents, and learn more about the Montessori method.