Black Cherry

Kyla Reams

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.


2015-16 Toledo Children’s House
Dates to Know [PDF]

World Language Week cover

Please join us to celebrate World Language during the week of May 9-13!  It’s a week-long open house in our World Language classes, where family and friends are invited to attend classes and presentations at all levels. Come and see what we’re doing and learning!

World Language Week 2016 day-by-day schedule

Today Black Cherry friend’s said farewell to our student teacher Jordan. Thank you Jordan for all the help, creativity and ideas you brought into the Black Cherry Room. You will be missed!


For Jordan’s farewell day, we went on a “snack” picnic. The children enjoyed a special treat provided by Jordan.

Click Link: Video: Jordan at Circle

thank you letter


“When the child goes out, it is the world itself that offers itself to him. Let us take the child out to show him real things instead of making objects which represent ideas and closing them up in cupboards.”
– Dr. Maria Montessori

Friday morning the Black Cherry friends went on a walk through West Side’s beautiful nature trails. We saw different types of forest floors which included, pine needles, maple leaves, and moss. We were able to see fallen trees with exposed roots and discussed the effects of eroding and flooding. In addition we used our listening ears and heard the different sounds of the forest. But the best sounds of all, were that of laughter, curiosity and amazement from the children.


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The Black Cherry Room would like to do more of these fun learning experiences outside especially since we are getting closer to spring. So please make sure to pack an extra outfit (including socks) with your child everyday, we can’t guarantee he or she won’t get wet or dirty during our outdoor learning experiences. Also, please remember to check the weather each day for proper outdoor attire (this includes outdoor shoes as well), please assume your child will be spending part of the day outside if the weather “feels like” 20 degrees or above.

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Lunch time in the Black Cherry Classroom

The Montessori classroom is a meticulously prepared environment designed specifically to meet the needs of the child both physically and emotionally.  One aspect of the prepared environment includes the lessons of Grace and Courtesy.  “Montessori education includes explicit instruction on social behavior in a part of the curriculum called Grace and Courtesy, which are on par with lessons in math, music, and language” (Lillard, 2007, p. 198).  These may include lessons on how to say please and thank you, politely interrupting someone, making verbal greetings, or introducing friends and acquaintances.  Through the lessons of Grace and Courtesy, a child is able to develop and refine social skills while building self-esteem and independence.  Montessori stressed the relationship of these exercises to the general happiness and well being of the child.  “A child who becomes a master of his acts through… repeated exercises [of grace and courtesy], and who has been encouraged by the pleasant and interesting activities in which he has been engaged, is a child filled with health and joy and remarkable for his calmness and discipline” (Montessori, 2007, p. 93).  Lillard (2007) further explains the importance of educating the whole child, “the goal of Montessori education in fact, is explicitly stated to be the education of the whole child, not only the intellect” (p. 198-199).

(cited by:dirigomontessori)

We shall walk together on this path of life, for all things are part of the universe, and are connected with each other to form one whole unity. ~ Maria Montessori, To Educate the Human Potential

Europe Montessori Map

During the month of March, the children in the Black Cherry Classroom ventured to the  continent of Europe. Some of the works included different landmarks, taste testing foods and discussing influential people of Europe.


The timeline of Maria Montessori

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Test tasting different cheeses, butter made by the students, croissants, and grape juice.

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A circle time banquet of taste testing

Different types of cheeses, homemade butter, grape juice and croissants

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Cory discussing the geography of Europe

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Special moments to remember