Black Cherry

Kyla Reams

Kyla Reams

Brandi Parcell

Brandi Parcell

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


Early spring is the time of year all the spider eggs are hatching and the spiderlings are found everywhere. On Monday we found a spider in our classroom and everyone enjoyed carefully holding the real spider during the quiet walk at circle. Throughout the week we researched spiders and their habitats and learned so many interesting facts and opinions about spiders.

Spider webs are not all the same. Taking a closer look at cob webs, sheet webs, orb webs, and funnel webs, the students created their own webs last week using black paper, chalk, and glue. Students also enjoyed learning about the life cycle of spiders, spider anatomy, and conducting science experiments about spiders.

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We conducted a two different science experiments to find out how spiders eat their prey and why spiders don’t stick to their webs even though insects do. Try the experiments at home!

You’ll need these items:

1 eye dropper

1 sugar cube

1 dixie cup of water

1 dixie cup with a small amount of cooking oil (enough for them to wet the tips of their fingers)

1 piece of tape with the sticky side up

Experiment 1 (How spiders eat their prey):  The water represents spider venom (I colored it red for fun) and the sugar cube represents the insect.  Students use the eyedropper to put water on the sugar cube and observe what happens to the sugar.

Experiment 2 (Why spiders don’t stick to their webs):  Students walk their fingers over the tape and their fingers will stick.  Explain that this is what happens when an insect walks on a spider web.  Then have the students dip their fingers in cooking oil and walk their fingers over the tape again.  Explain that this is what happens when a spider walks over his own spider web because they have oil on their bodies that keeps them from sticking.

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Starting Date Moved Back a Week

Parenting Young Children – Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP)

Do you need a system for effective parenting? You are invited to attend a six-week STEP parenting class (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting). This class is targeted for parents of children from birth to age six (6).


The STEP class will be held on Tuesdays at the Toledo Campus in Central Park from 6:30-7:30 p.m. beginning on Tuesday, April 15, through Tuesday, May 20.

There is no cost for the class. However, each family needs a copy of “Parenting Young Children” at a cost of $15. The books will be distributed before the first class.

Sign up by contacting Kathy Heckert at (419) 866-1931 to reserve a space. Class size is limited.



Life cycle project placed on the science shelf for the half day students

Black Cherry students learned about the life cycle of a butterfly. To extend this lesson, we used different types of pasta shapes that corresponded with each stage in this cycle.


4 year old Black Cherry student engaged in the life cycle project


IMG_5013IMG_5008Black Cherry students enjoyed the sunshine, warmer weather and “Ants on a long”(celery, sunflower butter & raisins) during some much needed outdoor time.

Black Cherry students were introduced to Maddy’s new baby brother Russell. Thank you Maddy & family for the very special visit.