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Amy Wagner

Amy Wagner

Sarah Knox

Sarah Knox

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


Did you know that Practical Life and the Sensorial Area help to better prepare your child for the Math Area?

Here’s Why….

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.

Chair Scrubbing

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.

bio cube

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.

Stamp Game

maths short bead stair



This week the Children’s House students have sung songs in 5 languages: English, French, Japanese, Spanish, and American Sign Language. Here are a couple of the songs we have enjoyed:



I hope those of you that celebrate holidays this week enjoy peaceful, joyous holidays. Have a great break.

Keep singing,


Poplar Room spent the last two weeks discovering Australia.  Australia is the only continent that is also a country.  The land and water forms of island and lake were introduced and the children enjoyed determining where small animals lived, on water or land?  The kindergartners pin pushed out the continent, labeled all of the states and territories, colored the flag of Australia, and chose a topic to study.  The topics included, animals, food, schools, holidays, work, plants, and land.  Each of the seven kindergartners presented their findings to the class.

photo 2 photo 1As a food preparation work during these two weeks, the kindergartners helped make “Pikelets” – Australian pancakes.  Children in Australia enjoy pikelets as a snack.  They usually eat them cold and enjoy them with jam or honey.  We chose to eat ours with honey from one of our very own families at West Side.

Some more work choices to explore Australia included; the continent box of Australia, coloring the continent, coloring the flag, felt animals, and Aboriginal art.  We ended by attempting to play the Didgeridoo.  We listened to a recording of this beautiful sounding instrument and then tried it ourselves.  Needless to say, it is not easy and there may have been some giggling at circle.

We also practiced certain words used in Australia…

Oz — Term for Australia
Oldies — Parents
G’day — Universal greeting, used anytime day or night, but never as a farewell.
Ankle-biter — Small child
Mate – Friend
Roo – Kangaroo

I am happy to report that I am cancer-free! Coming back to school I was greeted by many warm hugs and handmade cards from your children. Many of you have sent me emails, cards, meals, and gifts while I was in recovery. Thank you for all of your support. It is wonderful to be part of a caring community. I am very happy to be here.

Welcome Back Risa

Poster made by Sapphire and Emerald students


Our most recent study was about birds and their characteristics. We started the study by listing all the things we already knew about birds.  There were many thoughtful responses, including that birds can talk with each other.  The children learned that all birds have feathers and lay eggs, but not all birds fly.

Characteristics of a bird

Characteristics of a bird

There were various works available to extend our discussion of birds.  Some of the works included sorting / matching different types of birds, creating a book and labeling the parts of bird, and looking at different types of beaks and their purposes.

Bird Matching

Bird Matching

Our bird unit was a great way to welcome spring to Ohio! We were hopeful we would be able to observe some birds in nature, but it has been a little too cold.  A few children did spot a hawk making a nest in one of our trees.  A group of children observed for a while and this led to a discussion of birds of prey and what the hawk would hunt for dinner.