Ali Packo

Amy Lawrence

Maple Room is a Children’s House classroom on the Toledo Campus. Amy Lawrence and Ali Packo are the classroom’s co-teachers.


2015-16 Toledo Children’s House
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Kaboom Invite

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We cordially invite you to attend Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day!

This is a wonderful opportunity to spend time with the children in their classrooms. The students are always so happy and proud to share their space with loved ones. We hope that you can join us!

Q: What day should my child’s grandparent/special friend come visit?

A: We are lucky to have so many grandparents/special friends in our community! To accommodate all our visitors, we host 2 days for visits. Look for your child’s program in the list below to determine what day their guests should arrive.

Friday, May 6 -Toledo Campus
– Little House students enrolled in W-F classes
– Little House students enrolled in M-F classes
– All Children’s House students
– All students in levels 1-8 Friday,

Friday, May 6 – Perrysburg Campus
– Little House students enrolled in W-F classes

Monday, May 9 – Toledo Campus
– Little House students enrolled in M-T classes

Monday, May 9 – Perrysburg Campus
– Little House students M/T classes
– Little House students M-F classes
– All Children’s House students

Please feel free to call the offices with questions:
Toledo – 419-866-1931
Perrysburg – 419-874-9385

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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

It is that time of the year when the snow has melted, the birds are singing, and the flowers are starting to bloom. The children are excited to be spending more time outside and re-connecting with their friends on the playground. We have, however, been just as busy in the classroom. Here is a peek of what we have been up to in the Maple Room.

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Molly, one of our Little House teachers, shared her Irish dancing skills with the entire school on St. Patrick’s Day. She was joined on stage by her daughters and a few other dance students. The children clapped and participated throughout the performance


Molly encourages everyone to clap while the girls share their Irish dancing with us.


The girls danced so gracefully.


Here are some clues for our current unit of study in science. We are researching animals that have six legs, three body parts, and antennae. That’s right- insects or creepy crawlies (as some of our friends call them) have been our focus. They are beginning to be seen around the playground and out at carline. They are causing a stir. Some of the work choices on the shelves include large insects to examine with a magnifying glass, matching objects to pictures of insects, lacing insect cards, puzzles (large and small), and list making of where insects can be found and what they do. Ladybugs, butterflies, grasshoppers, and bees were a few insects that the older friends enjoyed researching. The children enjoyed singing an insect song as well. It went like this: An insect has a head with antennae. An insect has a thorax. An insect has an abdomen with six wiggly legs, six wiggly legs. Insects and spiders were compared and contrasted at the end of our discussion.


The children loved looking at these insects up close.



A child sorts insects and then puts them in order from largest to smallest. She demonstrates great organizational skills!



These friends enjoyed completing this challenging floor puzzles and counting how many insects they could find on it.


The Maple Room children enjoyed having two Maple Room alumni visit this week. They are now second graders in the Goldfinch Room. They completed works with old friends and assisted younger children in choosing some work. It was a pleasure having them!


One of our kindergartners was happy to see her brother in the Maple Room again. They worked beautifully together.


A 2nd grader assists with patience and kindness.

Practical Life-

This week, materials were placed on the shelf for the purpose of scrubbing tables and dusting the shelves and work in the room. Scrubbing tables seems like an easy task, but it requires gathering all of the supplies needed and a careful hand in collecting water, sponge squeezing scrubbing the table, and drying it off to make it beautiful. It was neat to see how carefully the children worked and organized their work space. What a difference from the beginning of the year until now.

A demonstration of table scrubbing is given.


Great concentration and organizational skills are needed to complete this activity.


Dusting our shelves is big work!


Recently, we began studying about “the land down under”, also known as Australia. We learned that Australia is considered an island continent. It is the world’s smallest, flattest continent, with the lowest rainfall. The main language spoken there is English. The seasons there are also reversed from ours. June, July, and August are their winter months and December, January, and February are their summer months. There is more rainfall near the mountains which is good for farming. The children loved learning about the animals of this continent, such as the koala, platypus, anteater, and kangaroo. The term marsupial was discussed, referring to the fact that most of their young are carried in a pouch. Several friends chose to pin punch a map of Australia since there are not many countries when compared with the other continent maps. The children also enjoyed completing the rubbing plates of several animals and stapling them together to make a book.


A first year student colors a map of Australia.


Working on pin punching a continent map is a challenging work.


This work is matching animals of Australia to corresponding pictures.

Birthday Celebrations-

Birthday celebrations are very unique in a Montessori classroom. The children are so proud to share pictures from each year of their lives as well as special stories. Birthdays are an opportunity for us to learn about the children in our room and their families. We feel honored to be able to share in their special day.


Sharing pictures for each year of life!


Parents play an important role in the birthday celebration.


Walking around the sun represents another year of life.


A second year student enjoys sharing photo albums with his friends.


Choosing work with mom is a treat!

Montessori Education Week was the week of February 29th – March 5th.  In celebration of this week, the children learned some important facts about Maria Montessori. The children learned that Maria Montessori was from the country Italy and was a doctor, before becoming an educator.  Maria was responsible for inventing many sensorial materials in the classroom, such as the brown prisms, pink tower, knobbed cylinders and knobless cylinders. The students had the opportunity to taste some food from Maria Montessori’s home country of Italy.  The children enjoyed having the opportunity to taste Italian bread and olive oil.  One child even said, “Compliments to the chef!”, upon tasting the Italian food.


The Italian bread and olive oil was a delightful snack for many students!

During Montessori Education Week, upper-elementary students came to our classroom.  The Maple Room students loved having the assistance of a “big kid”, while completing their work!


An upper-elementary student helps a kindergartner complete the Europe continent map.


Another upper-elementary student helps a first year student organize a dinosaur puzzle.


A second year student sounds out words, with the assistance of a “big kid”.


A second year student looks on, as a story is read to her.


A kindergartner works with an upper-elementary student to ensure the number cards, in the 45 layout, are placed properly.


An extra set of hands is always welcome, when gluing down the countries of Europe.

Did you know that February was Dental Health Month?  At circle time, we discussed the importance of brushing your teeth and read several books about dental health.  We did a science experiment with hard-boiled eggs.  The eggs were used to represent teeth because a shell of an egg is made of calcium, just like our teeth.  Each hard-boiled egg was placed in a cup of vinegar.  The vinegar was used to represent the acidic foods we eat.  One egg was coated in toothpaste for 24 hours, before it was submerged into the vinegar, while the other egg was not.  Which egg do you think held up better?  Naturally, the one that had been covered in toothpaste did.  The shell of the egg that was not coated in toothpaste completely dissolved.  The shell of the egg that was coated in toothpaste was soft, but was still enact.  We shared with the children that the fluoride in the toothpaste binds with the calcium in our teeth to make them stronger.  This experiment definitely highlighted the importance of brushing your teeth with toothpaste!

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Students look on as Ali explains the egg experiment.

In science, we introduced magnets.  We discussed how magnets have a north and south pole, and how opposite poles attract and like poles repel.  The students had a magnetic attraction to this unit!   They enjoyed figuring out what objects were magnetic and which objects were not magnetic.

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A second year student is using a magnet to extract other magnetic objects from a bowl full of beans.


A first year student is sorting objects into two groups: magnetic and non-magnetic.