Poplar

Amy Wagner

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.

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2015-16 Toledo Children’s House
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A family member wanted to know the lyrics to our school song. Lynn Fisher wrote the lyrics to the melody of Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land” (the first song I ever learned to play on guitar). Here you go:

This School is Your School

[Chorus]:
This school is your school, this school is my school
From the natural playground, to our computers,
From the pink tower to grammar boxes
This school was made for you and me.

As I was thinking about our history
I saw behind me a small beginning.
I saw before me a bright new future;
This school was made for you and me.

[Chorus]

And I’ve been making some very good friends
From tiny toddlers to Middle Schoolers.
This school is people. This school is caring.
This school was made for you and me.

[Chorus]

And our horizons, keep on expanding
With special classes and master planning
From parents’ hard work, to annual Spring Sing
This school was made for you and me.

[Chorus]

Throughout the good times
And the times of sorrow
We build together a new tomorrow
This school is your school
This school is my school
This school is our community

[Chorus]

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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

After an amazing time at the AMS Conference in Chicago and attending some great sessions, we made a few changes to our Practical Life area.

The food prep work used to be contained on one tray per one work with all the materials needed on that tray.  However, do any of really keep our kitchens stocked like this at home?  The practical life area replicates and provides practice for gaining practical skills and independence.  With this in mind, we switched things up on our food prep shelves so now, if a child wants to cut an apple, they must think about what is needed for this work (cutting board, knife, apple slicer, bowl for the apple, an apple), gather the materials from a supply shelf, and bring these things to their work space.  From there, they can wash and cut their apple, then either eat the fruit of their labor or choose to share with friends.

Gathering materials needed for apple cutting work

Gathering materials needed for apple cutting work

Sharing apple pieces with friends is a great way to practice grace and courtesy

Sharing apple pieces with friends is a great way to practice grace and courtesy

In addition to the apple cutting work, your children have also been learning how to peel and slice cucumbers, peel and slice hard boiled eggs, squeeze fresh orange juice, and slice bananas.

Not only do children have the independence to prepare a personal snack from the food prep shelf, they have also been helping prepare snack in the mornings for the class.  This provides them with practice and understanding of doing work for the good of the community.

Washing and  cutting strawberries for the classroom snack

Washing and cutting strawberries for the classroom snack

Poplar room has been blessed with an awesome tool that our children are loving!  We received a grain mill last year and the children have been busy grinding cereal and rice into flours to be used for baking!

Using the grain mill uses gross motor strength and concentration (plus anticipation for the yummy recipes to follow!)

The grain mill uses gross motor strength and concentration (plus anticipation and delayed gratification for the yummy recipes to follow!)