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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.






Black Cherry Room has been preparing for this year’s spring fundraiser. Picture above is this year’s classroom auction item. The children have been gluing patterns of crystal gems on a four foot floor vase. Please check out ALL the auctions items on the spring fundraiser website. Hope to see you all there.





Did you know that Practical Life and the Sensorial Area help to better prepare your child for the Math Area?

Here’s Why….

Practical Life Area Aims to build: concentration, coordination, confidence, independence, good work habits, real and purposeful work, patience and delay of gratification, inner discipline and self-control, socialization skills, memory skills and classroom ground rules.

Example: The Chair Scrubbing Lesson is a 22-step process in which the child observes the teacher giving the lesson and then the child will recreate the lesson by her or himself.  This 22-step lesson is teaching the child concentration, coordination, independence and order, which are the necessary tools needed for the Math Area.

Chair Scrubbing

Sensorial Area Aims to build: skills in observing, thinking, judging, associating, comparing, contrasting and discriminating, matching, grading, base 10, units of measurement, vocabulary and pincer grasp.

Example: the Binomial Cube is actually the Algebraic equation of (a+b)3=(a+b)(a+b)(a+b). These concrete materials in the Sensorial Area helps to build upon mathematical concepts learned later in the Math Area.

bio cube

Summing it all up:

Dr. Maria Montessori once said,  “Great creations come from the mathematical mind, so we must always consider all that is mathematical as a means of mental development. It is certain that mathematics organizes the abstract path of the mind, so we must offer it at an early age, in a clear and very accessible manner, as a stimulus to the child whose mind is yet to be organized.”

The Montessori approach results in the concepts being fully understood at a time when it is easy for the child to understand as long as the ideas are presented to him through the manipulation of concrete materials. By the time the children are six years old they have a solid knowledge of mathematics that will stand them in good stead not only for further study, but also for many other aspects of everyday life.

Stamp Game

maths short bead stair



This week the Children’s House students have sung songs in 5 languages: English, French, Japanese, Spanish, and American Sign Language. Here are a couple of the songs we have enjoyed:



I hope those of you that celebrate holidays this week enjoy peaceful, joyous holidays. Have a great break.

Keep singing,


I am happy to report that I am cancer-free! Coming back to school I was greeted by many warm hugs and handmade cards from your children. Many of you have sent me emails, cards, meals, and gifts while I was in recovery. Thank you for all of your support. It is wonderful to be part of a caring community. I am very happy to be here.

Welcome Back Risa

Poster made by Sapphire and Emerald students


Whether you are looking through the observation window or sitting in the observation chair, you will see a variety of work, cooperation and courtesy going on in Black Cherry .

Even the smallest of hands can help.

Even the smallest of hands can help.

Playing a sound bingo game as a group. To play everyone needs to have their best listing ears on.

These children are playing sound bingo as a group. To play this game, you need your best listing ears on.

The Sensorial Area this year has proven to be the section of the classroom that creativity is at it's highest.

The Sensorial Area is where creativity can soar.


These two children happily give the third child a lesson.

Handwriting Without Tears lessons are given at least 3 times a week to the Kindergartners.

Handwriting Without Tears lessons are given 3 times a week to the Kindergartners. Along with creative handwriting lessons 2 times a week.


Children being creative in the Sensorial Area again:)

Our classroom pet, Thumper (the bunny) is observing a child's high concentration level.

Our classroom pet, Thumper (the bunny) is observing a child concentrating on his work.

Two children work on a puzzle of Africa

Two children work on a puzzle of Africa


A child working on addition with the Stamp Game.


Two students work on completing the multiplication board.

Two students work on completing the multiplication board.


A child working on the Hanging Bead Stair.