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Poplar

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.

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Dear Kindergarten Families,

At the end of every school year, the kindergarten students of West Side perform in a concert called “Spring Sing.” Kindergarten students from both the Toledo and Perrysburg campuses participate. There is a different theme for Spring Sing each year. This year our theme is “Building a Better World.” Please mark your calendars with the following date:

“Spring Sing: Building a Better World” will be performed at the Recital Hall at the University of Toledo on Wednesday, May 20, at 6:30 p.m. All kindergartners should arrive by 6:10 p.m.

I wish you all peaceful holidays filled with light, love, and music.

Keep singing,
Risa

A few weeks ago we studied North America and the people, culture and foods of various countries.  Next week we will continue our culture study with Antarctica!  We will be learning about the weather, land and animals of this cold continent!

We hope everyone had a wonderful break last week!  It’s hard to believe it’s December already and winter break will be here before we know it!

Your children have been hard at work studying the human body.  We’ve talked about different systems in our bodies such as the skeletal system, the muscular system and the nervous system.  We learned that the heart is a muscle that pumps blood in our bodies and we explored this further with a stethoscope.

Listening to a friends heart.

Pin pushing a skull after talking about the skeletal system.

Pin pushing a skull after talking about the skeletal system.

In addition to hearing our hearts beat, the afternoon enrichment group did an experiment to see our pulse.  Using a mini marshmallow with a toothpick stuck in the top, we balanced the marshmallow on our wrists and watched as the toothpick moved with our pulse.

Checking for a pulse.

 

A wide range of learning took place as children gravitated towards what interested them.  From working together to complete a skeleton puzzle to recreating life-sized models with organs, bones, and veins, the students enjoyed exploring the human body.

Putting the skeleton puzzle together.

Putting the skeleton puzzle together.

With help from friends, students loved attaching major organs to this velcro apron!

Listening to our hearts beating.

Creating a life-size drawing of the human body with the help of Mr. Bones.

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After completing the bones, several students decided to add veins to their drawings.

 

 

West Side Montessori
Children’s House Teachers present

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Thursday, Dec. 4
8:30-9:30 a.m.
Perrysburg & Toledo Campus

3:45-4:45 p.m.
Toledo Campus

Children’s House teachers are introducing a new handwriting curriculum to students this year called Handwriting Without Tears. At this month’s First Thursday program, parents have an opportunity to learn more about the program and how to support your child in learning about handwriting.

Throughout the year, First Thursday is a chance for parents and friends of our community to learn more about Montessori through the eyes of children, teachers, and other Montessori parents.

Feel free to bring siblings not in school to the program. This is a family-friendly event! There is free child care at the Toledo Campus for the afternoon presentation.

 

Dear Families,

The sing-a-longs last Tuesday as part of our Giving Celebrations were wonderful and warm. Thanks to those of you that were able to join us. I hope you all enjoyed Happy Thanksgiving days filled with love, gratitude, and music. 

The Blade wrote a lovely article last week on the collections made at the Toledo campus for The Victory Center. You can read that article here. The Perrysburg Campus collected food, toys, clothes, and hygiene products for Operation Breadbasket, Mobile Meals, Kingston Nursing Home, and Mobile Food Pantry. We appreciate your generosity.

Some of you asked for recordings of the songs we sang last week so that you can sing them at home. Here are links to some of them:

Les Petites Marionnettes

Thanks a Lot

There are Many Things I am Thankful For

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I appreciated seeing many families at our sing-a-longs. It is always encouraging to see families actively involved in your child’s education. If you would like to learn more about Handwriting Without Tears, the handwriting program we are implementing, please join us tomorrow, Thursday, December 4, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. or 3:45 – 4:45 p.m. in the Birdhouse at the Toledo Campus, or 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. at the Perrysburg Campus.

Keep singing,
Risa