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Black Cherry

Kyla Reams

Kyla Reams

Cory Hall

Cory Hall

Black Cherry Room is a Children’s House classroom on the Toledo Campus. Cory Hall and Kyla Reams are the classroom’s co-teachers.


Dear Families,

I was absent at the beginning of the year because I was on chemotherapy for treatable breast cancer. Thankfully, it is now safe for me to return to my work and joy: singing with your children. I am so lucky to be able to work with your amazing children. Thank you for sharing them with me. If you have any questions or want to chat further with me, I am happy to connect with you.

Keep singing,



Hello Children’s House Families,

I’m Risa, your child’s Music and Literacy teacher. As the Childrens House Music and Literacy teacher, I have the joy of working with your children. One morning a week I spend a half hour with each Children’s House classroom. During the lesson we sing, dance, and have a lot of fun. Many students try to arrive extra early on “Risa Day” because they don’t want to miss any songs. I encourage you to observe your child on a Music Day. You will see that the children are doing some big work in Music. And besides, hearing the children sing and seeing them dance is heartwarming. Please call the office to schedule an observation.


I hope those of you at the Toledo Campus can join us at our Thanks and Giving Sing-A-Long, Tuesday, November 25, at 8:45. At our Thanks and Giving Celebration we will be singing songs about things we are thankful for. We are all thankful to have been born, so our birthday song, “We Celebrate Your Birth” will be included in the set list. This is the song we sing at our classroom birthday celebrations. Click here to watch the YouTube video.


Keep Singing,


My schedule this year is:
Monday: Sassafras 8:30-9Tuesday: Poplar 8:30-9

Sycamore 9:05-9:35

Wednesday: Emerald 8:30-9

Sapphire 9:05-9:35

Thursday: Maple 8:30-9

Friday: Black Cherry 8:30-9


The Victory Center

Dear Black Cherry Room families,

This year, the Children’s House will be supporting The Victory Center for our 2nd annual Thanks and Giving Celebration. The Victory Center’s mission is to provide hope and support to cancer patients, survivors and those closest to them. Since 1996, they have been reaching out to cancer patients and their families in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan by providing love, support, compassion, hope and laughter. We are looking forward to sharing with the children an act of great kindness and the gift of giving to those in need.

Each classroom has a specific wish list comprised of personal items that will bring a smile to the patients of The Victory Center. Our goal is to collect enough items to make 100 gift bags from now until November 21st. The children will be decorating gift bags and making bookmarks to include in each bag. They will then assemble all the bags and tie them close with a ribbon. The following is a list of items each classroom will be collecting:


  • Maple Room: 100 small bottles of lotion and 100 pump hand soaps
  • Sassafras Room: 100 lip balms and 100 hand sanitizers
  • Poplar Room: 100 pens and 100 crossword puzzle books
  • Black Cherry: 100 “to go” tissue packs and 100 journals (Either hardback or small pocket size journals are nice to write notes on during doctor visits.)
  • Sycamore: hard candy such as Life Saver rolls (During chemotherapy and radiation treatments patients mouths become very dry.)


We will be donating the gift bags to The Victory Center at our Thanks and Giving Celebration Sing-A-Long on Tuesday, November 25th beginning at 8:45 a.m. in the Commons. We would love to have you join us in this special celebration. Please feel free to bring siblings not in school, grandparents and anyone else that wishes to share in our tradition!


Thank you for supporting our Thanks and Giving Celebration!




Cory and Kyla


“We shall walk together on a path of life, for all things are part of the universe, and are connected with each other to form one whole unity.”

                                                                                                            -Maria Montessori

“Montessori sensorial materials were to be an exact scientific guide to the child so that he could enlarge “the field of perception” and achieve” an ever more solid foundation for intellectual growth.” Discovery of the Child

Students use the pink cubes/brown prism extension book to create complicated structures

Students use the pink cubes/brown prism extension book to create complicated structures

Color Grading

Color Grading

Using Red Rods, Number Rods, Pink Cubes, and Knobless Cylinders to create the beautiful sensorial extension work.

Using Red Rods, Number Rods, Pink Cubes, and Knobless Cylinders to create this beautiful sensorial work.