Maple Room is a Children’s House classroom on the Toledo Campus. Cory Hall and Amy Lawrence are the classroom’s co-teachers.
Nurturing a Peaceful Child
Posted by West Side Montessori
Picture a peaceful nine-year-old child, kind and giving, passionate and joyful, and mostly in control of his or her emotions. Is this some alien species? Or is it possible to nurture peaceful children in our highly competitive, cynical and polarized society?
Research tells us that educating the emotions, teaching self-control, has a wider impact than preventing violence. Look at the widespread anti-bullying programs in place across our country today. And yet, mean spirited, demeaning behavior persists in elementary schools and beyond.
Surround your child with a caring community of adults who model emotional competence. Gently but firmly set the boundaries for your child’s behavior to provide both physical and emotional security. When you lose your temper with your child out of frustration or exhaustion, apologize. Explain your feelings and actions to help your children recognize and accept their own mistakes, to understand that no one is perfect, no one is superior.
Stop calling your children good or bad. A child labeled good is only good in relation to someone else’s being bad. Labeling encourages children to invest in keeping others bad to ensure superiority.It perpetuates a cycle of judgment and blame and discourages cooperation.
Build your child’s self-confidence and empathy by supporting them in moments of personal crisis and demonstrating that helping others is as important as superior grades or winning the game. Each step you demonstrate toward cooperation and compassion is a step toward developing a peaceful child.
First Thursday | Come Experience Montessori
Seeds of Peace
Thursday, March 6, 8:45-9:30 a.m.
Toledo and Perrysburg Campuses
Join us for a lively discussion led by Montessori-certified teachers on planting the seeds of peace within our children at school and at home. Each month features a new topic geared for the parents of children ages 3 through Kindergarten. Free and open to the public.
Posted by Maple
The Practical Life activities continue to increase in difficulty and time to complete. This area focuses on a sense of order, concentration, coordination, confidence, and independence to complete. Currently, the work choices focus on the skills of hand transfer, tonging, stringing, and hammering. A popular new work has been the transfer of water from vase to vase using a baster. There is another water activity in which water is transferred using a small dropper to a rubber soap holder. It takes a lot of skill and precision to complete this work. If your child has changed their shirt during the day or says their clothes are wet, these works may have been the culprits! They do not stay on the shelf for very long. Food preparation has also been a hit. The two options include using a juicer to make your own orange juice and preparing your own bowl of cereal as a breakfast snack. Each of these works is completed one time during the day and do not return to the shelf until the following day.
More Winter Happenings
Posted by West Side Montessori
We have explored a lengthy unit on nutrition, including how to distinguish between healthy and un-healthy foods. Work choices on the shelf included food board books, a matching game with pictures of sweets, labeling a book unhealthy foods, and sequencing cupcakes from a to z. We discussed that even though unhealthy foods may really taste good, we should eat them sparingly. The food groups have also been discussed. The children have learned about the foods that belong in each group (such as fruits and vegetables, grains, dairy, etc.) as well as the amount of servings needed daily. Many children chose the food pyramid bingo as well as cutting out pictures of food and sorting them into pages in a food pyramid book. At lunch time, the children have been examining the foods in their lunchboxes and classifying them as healthy and unhealthy. The older friends identified the food groups they belong to. Emphasis is put on eating healthy foods (also known as growing foods) before desserts and special treats. Food is a great topic of conversation. The snack area is visited by many children each day. We try to expose the children to a variety of healthy foods, such as fruits, vegetables, crackers, etc. Letting your child go grocery shopping with you, helping to choose foods to pack, and then actually helping to pack their lunch often helps to make their lunch more inviting.
We began our journey to the continent of Asia in the geography area. It is the yellow continent on our world puzzle map. Asia is the largest continent in the world. More people live on that continent than any other. The children helped match the pieces of the Asia continent puzzle to a control map. We also researched a couple of the countries specifically (China, Japan, India, and South Korea) by looking up information in books. Topics such as foods eaten in each country, the currency, sports, and clothing were interesting to the children. Work choices included pin punching the continent of Asia and some of the animals found there (pandas, tigers, water buffalo, etc.), coloring a map of Asia, and making their own flags of some of the countries. They also practiced writing some of the Chinese symbols, such as friend, sun, water, etc. A few of the children shared personal stories about their families’ visits to the countries of India and China. We looked at China in great detail because Chinese New Year began on January 31st and lasted 15 days. It is the longest and most important celebration on the Chinese calendar. This year, it is the ”Year of the Horse.” Those born in the year of the horse tend to be strong, intelligent, and perceptive people.
New UT Student-
We are pleased to welcome our new UT student, Sydney, to the Maple Room. She will be with us on Tuesdays and Thursdays all day. She is getting to know the children and the routines of the classroom. She is also learning how to organize and use the Montessori materials via lessons from the children. We are so excited to have her with us.
Annual Spring Fundraiser-
This year, our annual spring fundraiser , is called Montessori March Madness. It will take place on Saturday evening, March 8th, at the Fifth Third Center. It helps raise additional funds for campus improvements and the tuition assistance program. As their contribution, the Maple Room children have been working hard on a canvas with a beautiful butterfly on it. To fill the inside of the butterfly outline, each child has made fingerprints of a different color. On the outside edges, the children’s names are written in the color of their painted fingerprints. A lot of time and effort has put into this project. We look forward to seeing you at this wonderful event. We also hope one of our parents will be able to take home this masterpiece at the end of the evening. The funds raised go to an amazing cause!!
Maple Room News
Posted by Maple
Weeks of December 2nd, 9th, and 16th
Recently, letter “r” was introduced. The phonics chant for this letter is “R, r, r. No rain at recess. R, r, r is r.” Work choices on the shelf included labeling objects that began with “r”, a word family card to practice the -ock family (such as rock, sock, lock, block, and dock), a sliding word card to practice reading words that rhyme with ring, and rhyming puzzles. Some rhymes practiced included wig/pig, dog/frog, nail/pail, tree/bee, etc. The rectangle metal inset was reviewed and used to make a shape book. Additional ideas to do at home making a list of foods in your refrigerator, collecting menus from restaurants and circling particular letters or words, or writing letters in a plate of rice.
We began exploring a new continent in geography. Here are some clues. See if you can guess. This is the fifth largest continent. It is almost fully covered by ice. It is the coldest and windiest place on the planet. It is the continent of Antarctica. It seemed appropriate to introduce during this frigid season when we are experiencing the wintry weather first-hand. We also clarified that Antarctica is in the South Pole and the Arctic is in the North Pole. They are on opposite sides of the world. Polar bears and penguins never meet because polar bears live in the Arctic and penguins in Antarctica. Activities on the shelf included pin punching the continent, informational books to research Antarctica, labeling different types of penguins (including a King penguin, an Emperor penguin, a Rockhopper penguin, and a Macaroni penguin), matching pictures of mpenguins, and a book to label of different types of penguins. We discussed the appropriate type of clothes to wear there and how important it is to keep your skin covered and not expose it to the cold. Temperatures reach as low as -129 degrees Fahrenheit there. A comparison was made to the temperatures we experience in Ohio. Research told us that January is the warmest month in Antarctica with temperatures mostly below zero degrees. Scientists and tourists are really the only people that visit. There is no official population.
The art work of Paul Klee was a topic of discussion in the Maple Room. He was a painter born in Switzerland on December 18, 1879. There were several different aspects of his art work that he was known for, such as his landscape drawings and drawing with a needle on a black pane of glass. He also liked to experiment with color, such as by using pale watercolors as well. He had a military career during World War 1 and continued to paint during that time. Klee worked in different media, such as oil paint, watercolor, ink, pastel, etching, and others. He often combined these media into one work. He also used geometric forms, letters, numbers and combined them with figures of people and animals. He worked a lot in isolation and was very creative.
Our UT student Alli finished up her time with us before Winter Break. The children truly enjoyed having her in the classroom. She gave many fun and interesting lessons in math, language, science, art, and fine motor control. We wish her all the best in her future academic endeavors!
A popular work on the shelf has been the trinomial cube. This is a wooden box with a hinged top containing large and small cubes, as well as rectangular prisms. The children take out the pieces one layer at a time and place them onto their rug. The trinomial cube has three layers. The concepts of how to remove and replace the layers into the box as well as the differences in height between the layers are practiced.
Thank you to all of the parents and family members who visited the Maple Room on the last day of school before Winter Break. Everyone pitched in and helped with art projects as well as enjoyed choosing work with the children. A sing-along concluded the morning. Happy Holidays and we will see you in 2014!
Thanks and Giving Celebration
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West Side Montessori Children’s House has secured Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Ohio as the recipient of the Thanks and Giving Celebration donation on Tuesday, Nov. 26. We are looking forward to sharing with the children an act of great kindness and the spirit of giving to those in need.
Each classroom has a specific wish list comprised of personal items that will benefit the families utilizing the services provided by Ronald McDonald House Charities. Maple’s goal is to collect 100 individual toothbrushes and 100 travel-sized tubes of toothpaste. We are asking for an open donation of these items – meaning a donation of any amount would be greatly appreciated!
In addition, Maple is asking for the donation of one fleece blanket kit (available at Walmart in the sewing department) for one child at Toledo Hospital. Please let us know if you are interested in donating the blanket.
Thank you, friends, for supporting our Thanks and Giving Celebration!
“We shall walk together on the path of life, for all things are part of the universe, and are connected with each other to form one whole unity.” ~ Maria Montessori