Amy Wagner

Amy Wagner

Melissa Sndyer

Melissa Sndyer

Poplar Room is a Children’s House classroom on the Toledo Campus. Melissa Snyder and Amy Wagner are the classroom’s co-teachers.


Uh oh.  There are insects in the Poplar Room.  The children have been excited to learn about insects these past two weeks.  Plus, insects have inspired your children to do lots of research!  We learned that insects have three body parts, two antennae, six legs, sometimes wings, eyes, and mouth parts.  We also learned specifically about butterflies and the life cycle of a butterfly.  Two fun projects  we did were making a “shoe”fly to help learn about the parts of an insect and using pasta to represent the stages of a butterfly’s life cycle.  On a side note, a spider is not an insect and Melissa will never consent to having a tarantula as a pet in the Poplar Room.


Two boys are playing insect bingo.IMG_0007[1]

This is an example of a “shoe”fly. The children traced their shoes/slippers to make the body of the fly.



We had fun during our St. Patrick’s Day “party.”


Children are making hats in the hallway.

Two girls dressed for St. Patrick's Day.

Two girls dressed for St. Patrick’s Day.

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.


parent surveyWest Side Montessori is in the process of being re-accredited by the American Montessori Society. This is a title that WSM is very proud to have as one of only five schools Ohio and of 126 schools nationally who have this special recognition!

An important part of the process to retain the accreditation is to offer an anonymous parent survey which allows families to express their opinions about our school, including our strengths and areas of improvement. Every opinion counts!

Please take a few moments to complete the specific campus – Perrysburg or Toledo – by clicking a link below to participate. Complete the general questions and then skip to the program-specific questions that pertain to each of your children.  Your comments are welcome.

Perrysburg Campus Families

Toledo Campus Families

If done online, follow the directions to print off the “Thank You” page at the end of the survey, add your name, and return it to school. In doing so, you will earn two free hours of child care for your child!  Your survey will still be submitted anonymously. Paper copies also are available at the front desk or you can complete an online survey using a laptop set up in the lobby.

Thank you for your continued support of West Side Montessori.

Europe was introduced and work was placed on the geography shelf.  We found Europe on our Continent Globe and again on our Continent Map.  Europe is depicted as the “red” continent.  We discovered different animals in Europe - some being the chamois, European deer, European squirrel, and red fox.  We also discussed some of the food that originated in Europe like pizza, spaghetti, etc.  We read a wonderful book about Europe which included many facts.  The facts that stuck out to the children were;

  • Europe is a small continent but it has many countries.
  • Each country has its own language, food, and customs.  (For example, in Germany, people speak German and in Italy, people speak Italian.)
  • The world’s tallest bridge is in Europe and is named Millau Viaduct.  It stretches across a valley in France.

Some work from famous European artists, Paul Klee and Piet Mondrian, were placed on the art shelf for the children to color.

A child colors in "Compositions of red, Yellow, and Blue" by Piet Mondrian.

A child colors in “Compositions of Red, Yellow, and Blue” by Piet Mondrian.

Another child copies "The Clown" by Switzerland artist, Paul Klee

Another child copies “The Clown” by Switzerland artist, Paul Klee

We also Introduced a new food preparation work, using toast and lingonberry jam.  Lingonberries are a staple in Sweden and Finland.  The berries are used in many dishes in these two countries.  If you were to eat a lingonberry off of a shrub, it would taste tart and bitter.  A child below enjoys a piece of toast with lingonberry jam.



New practical life work has been added to the classroom!  The children are very excited about the new additions.  We have been painting at the easel with one color paint and stamps for quite some time.  Something needed to be done to ignite the interest of the Poplar room friends once again.  We added the primary colors to the easel and let the creations start rolling!  Beautiful paintings are being created and new colors are being made using the primary colors.  Wood polishing is also new to our shelves and the smell of clean wood is travelling from nose to nose.  The brown prisms have never been so shiny!  Last but not least, vintage rubber band boards are very popular in Poplar Room!  The child uses their pincer grasp and pulls the rubber band from one nail across the board to another.  Beautiful!!!  One child is so engrossed in this work that she is currently making her own board using a piece of wood we found outside, nails, and a hammer.  We can not wait to see the end result.