Maple Room is a Children’s House classroom on the Toledo Campus. Amy Lawrence and Ali Packo are the classroom’s co-teachers.
Grandparent’s Day 2015
Posted by Maple
Friday was a very special day for the children and teachers. We had many special visitors in our room. The children’s faces lit up when they saw their loved ones. They were busy showing them work from the time they arrived until the time they left. Many hugs, kisses, and smiles were shared. The grandparents shared stories with us about the children and could not have been any prouder. They were also impressed with the difficult work choices of the children. Many chose work with the children and the children were like the teachers showing them how it was done. Several grandparents and special friends were down on the floor right along with the kids. The time seemed to fly by. There was a special snack in the servery which everyone enjoyed. The natural playground was also a point of interest. It was a beautiful day to be outside. Children who did not have someone special attend because their loved ones live in another state or even another continent were “adopted” by another child’s grandparents and enjoyed the day. It was a wonderful experience for everyone!
***Happy Mother’s Day to all of the amazing mothers and grandmothers of the children in Maple Room! We hope you enjoy this special day with your families. Also, thank you for sharing these amazing children with us each and every day!!
Understanding Toddler’s Conundrums
Posted by West Side Montessori
You’re Invited to First Thursday
Thursday, May 7, at 8:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. — Toledo Campus
Adventures in April
Posted by Maple
Maple Room friends and families enjoyed some much needed relaxation during Spring Break. Before and after, however, our days have been full of excitement and challenging work. Some of the units covered during this time include the following:
We traveled to a new continent in the geography area. It is the second largest continent in area and home to the world’s longest river- the Nile. If you guessed Africa, you are right. It is the green continent on our continent puzzle map. We talked about how Africa has the second largest population among the continents and that there are many languages spoken there as well. We examined the different types of climates, such as the dry desert area (with camels), snow capped mountains, and tropical rainforests. We pointed out a few of the countries in Africa on our puzzle map, such as Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, and the favorite of the children- Madagascar! Work choices on the shelf included books about the people and animals of Africa, an animals of Africa 100 piece floor puzzle, pin punching the countries of Africa to assemble into the map of Africa,and coloring the flags from several countries in Africa. A small group lesson included tasting plantain and listening to African music, listening for the many types of instruments used.
To many children, Wednesday, April 22 was just a regular, ordinary day until they discovered it was an important day for all of us. April 22 is Earth Day. It is a day to remind us to take care of our planet Earth by keeping it clean. Reducing the amount of resources we use (water, gas), reusing things (such as boxes and plastic bags), and recycling such things as plastic, paper and cardboard, aluminum, and glass is a great start in helping to improve our living conditions. After we discussed Earth Day and its importance for our future, we took turns sorting “trash” and putting it into the correct recycling bin. Many children enjoyed this work and realized they were already recycling in their own homes as well as in school. Children were extra careful from that day on too in watching how much paper they used and not throwing so much away. Other activities included coloring an Earth Day picture, making bookmarks, and sorting pictures of items according to their correct recycling categories (with labels for each item, such as paper towel roll, pop can, etc.). A recycling word wall was chosen by many kindergartners to record. During circle time, a book was shared called 10 Ways I Can Help My World by Melanie Walsh. We talked about how many things in our garbage can be recycled and used again. Glass could be broken down to make new bottles. Cans could be melted down to make new metal things, such as scooters and bikes. Paper could be shredded and used to make new books. It is important to help our Earth stay clean not just on Earth Day, but everyday, and everyone can help with this huge project.
Over the past few weeks on Thursday mornings, we have had a 6th grade student come to the Maple Room for an assistantship. The child helps in the room in different capacities, such as reading to kids, helping with their work, and journaling. The kids love having him in the room. He has been a student at West Side for many years. He demonstrates patience and kindness with the children. It is always nice to have an extra pair of hands in the room to help. He will be helping out a couple of more weeks.
Birds are our new unit of study in science. With the arrival of Spring, we are looking forward to hearing the chirping sounds of birds in the mornings. We discussed how birds belong to a group of animals that have backbones called vertebrates, just like humans. Some other interesting facts included that birds are warm-blooded (like humans), they hatch from eggs (unlike humans), their bodies are covered with feathers (while humans are covered with hair), and instead of arms they have wings used for flying. They were very interested in the work choices. Some of the activities were looking at books and stories about birds, bird objects to match, bird eggs to examine with a magnifying glass, puzzles of birds (to label the parts of their bodies), and books to label and bring home. We read books about birds, such as Lazy Ozzie by Michael Coleman and A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza. There are so many sizes, colors, and types of birds. Try to observe and identify birds near your home and in your surroundings.
A Farewell for Our UT Student:
For the past several months, we have truly enjoyed having a UT student in our room on Tuesdays and Thursdays. She designed and implemented unique lessons that the children could not wait to do with her. She got to know the children, their interests, and abilities. As a farewell gift, they made her thank you cards and we all shared a special treat on her last day, which was this past Thursday. It was a pleasure having her in our room and we wish her all the best. She plans to attend Spring Sing, which was exciting news for the kids.
More wonderful moments in the Maple Room:
*Grandparents’ and Special Friends Day is Friday, May 8, from 10:00am-11:30am. Come spend time with the special children in your life.**Don’t forget to mark on your calendars the Annual Spring Fundraiser “Oaked” . It takes place on Saturday, May 9, at 6:oopm at the Fifth Third Center at One Seagate. Our auction item is a beautiful serving tray, decorated box, with tea, and mugs. Hope to see you there.
*Spring Sing is Wednesday, May 20, at 6:30pm at the University of Toledo Recital Hall!! The kindergartners have a special show to share with you.
May Events at West Side Montessori
Posted by West Side Montessori
Friday, May 1
Lower Elementary Songfest
7 p.m. – Toledo Campus Commons
Saturday, May 9
All West Side Montessori families from Little House through Middle School are invited to join us celebrate at our 31st annual Spring Fundraiser featuring food from Mancy’s Steakhouse, Domo Sushi, Registry Bistro and Rosie’s Italian Grille along with wine-tasting. Tickets can still be purchased online at www.wsmcspringfundraiser.com.
Friday, May 8 or Monday, May 11
Tuesday, May 12
Upper Elementary Ensemble & Middle School Band
Toledo Campus Commons
Thursday, May 14
9th Annual 5KDub Run, Walk, and Picnic
Please join us for our annual 5K/Fun walk and family picnic at Olander Park in Sylvania. Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome to participate. If you would like to just join us for dinner and fun, that’s an option too. Click here to make your reservation online. Event begins at 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 20
Spring Sing: Building a Better World
6:30 p.m. – University of Toledo Recital Hall
Perrysburg and Toledo Kindergarten Spring Concert
Unique Montessori Math
Posted by blackcherry2_wpadmin
Did you know that Practical Life and the Sensorial Area help to better prepare your child for the Math Area?
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.
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.
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.