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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.


 Take Parents To Work

During the week of Monday, Feb. 2 – Friday, Feb. 6, Toledo Children’s House is inviting their parents to join them in their “work” for a day from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

A limited number of spaces are available each day during the week for you to join your child(ren) in exploring the classroom and to share the important work they do each day at West Side Montessori.

Click a link below or visit your classroom blog at and use the SIGN UP HERE options at the top to reserve your space today!

Black Cherry | Maple | Poplar | Sassafras | Sycamore

If you have questions please contact Kathy Heckert at (419) 866-1931 or


Creative Writing Group Lesson

Black Cherry Kindergarteners have been busy learning about sentence structure. Below you will see words with different color backgrounds. Each color represents a part of speech in Montessori Language. For example, light blue represents articles, black represents nouns and red represents verbs.  Punctuation for our classroom is represented by the color brown. The students were able to choose from different articles, nouns and verbs to create their own sentences. After writing their sentences, they created pictures to represent their stories.

Creative Writing Group Lesson





Black Cherry friends learn about the different bones in our bodies. At circle, friends helped to label another friends bones. We sang “Dem Bones” and used the technical names while singing. We also introduced “Mr. Bones” at circle time and talked about what bones help our bodies do.


Friend helps label the bones of Mr. Bones.


Labeling and Matching the bones


During circle time friends help label another friends bones.


Labeling Bones


Dear Families,

Today, Friday, January 16, is my last day at West Side before my medical leave. I will have surgery on January 21 and I will be out for 8 weeks. I told the children that I will be going to the hospital for an operation and then I will be home healing for some time. I also reassured them that I will come back when I am all better. “Have you ever gotten hurt or had to go to the hospital for stitches or a broken bone and it took a long time, but you healed?” I asked. The children shared stories of many boo-boos. As for mine, I should be back March 16. I can’t wait to get this cancer out of me!

Josh Keller will be filling in for me during my absence. Josh holds a B.A. in Church Music from Valley Forge. He is kind, patient, and excited to be joining West Side. I will miss you and your amazing children while I am away.

Keep singing,


 The Practical Life Area in the Montessori classroom provides children with the basic knowledge and skill sets for executing practical life work in a purposeful way. The curriculum in this area will follow the child’s specific needs during the three-year period within the classroom. This curriculum includes Movement and Physical Skills, Care of Person, Care of the Environment, and Grace and Courtesy. More precisely, Movement and Physical skills refines coordination in activities such as “Walking the Line.” Care of the Person develops independence in activities such as “The Dressing Frames.” Care of the Environment enhances sense of order in such activities as “Chair Scrubbing.” Grace and Courtesy enhances confidence when using “The Peace Rose” in communicating with peers. These particular areas of Practical Life directly aim to enhance the child’s abilities with concentration, coordination, confidence, independence, and order.

During the sensitive period from birth to age six, a child forms a distinctiveness of inner self and will unknowingly absorb every aspect of the surrounding environment. Therefore, it is important that every child in the classroom participates in the prepared environment to allow them to grow independently, use motor skills, and develop the ability to problem solve. To that end, the teacher who carefully prepares the environment will display work that appeals to and pleases the eye of the child.

Written By Kyla Reams

Here is a great website to view common montessori works mentioned in the above text:


Transfer Squeezing=crossing midline & coordination with hands

Transfer Squeezing=Crossing midline=Coordination with hands

Sweeping=-using two hands=building coordination

Sweeping=-Using two hands=Building coordination

Flower Arranging=Care of The Environment=Confidence

Flower Arranging=Care of The Environment=Confidence

Chair Scrubbing=Sense of Order=Building on following multi-step directions

Chair Scrubbing=Sense of Order=Building on following multi-step directions