Poplar Room is a Children’s House classroom on the Toledo Campus. Sarah Knox and Amy Wagner are the classroom’s co-teachers.
About my Absence
Posted by CHMusic
I was absent at the beginning of the year because I was on chemotherapy for treatable breast cancer. Thankfully, it is now safe for me to return to my work and joy: singing with your children. I am so lucky to be able to work with your amazing children. Thank you for sharing them with me. If you have any questions or want to chat further with me, I am happy to connect with you.
Posted by CHMusic
Hello Children’s House Families,
I’m Risa, your child’s Music and Literacy teacher. As the Childrens House Music and Literacy teacher, I have the joy of working with your children. One morning a week I spend a half hour with each Children’s House classroom. During the lesson we sing, dance, and have a lot of fun. Many students try to arrive extra early on “Risa Day” because they don’t want to miss any songs. I encourage you to observe your child on a Music Day. You will see that the children are doing some big work in Music. And besides, hearing the children sing and seeing them dance is heartwarming. Please call the office to schedule an observation.
I hope those of you at the Toledo Campus can join us at our Thanks and Giving Sing-A-Long, Tuesday, November 25, at 8:45. At our Thanks and Giving Celebration we will be singing songs about things we are thankful for. We are all thankful to have been born, so our birthday song, “We Celebrate Your Birth” will be included in the set list. This is the song we sing at our classroom birthday celebrations. Click here to watch the YouTube video.
Bats & More!
Posted by Poplar
Poplar has been busy the last few weeks learning about different kinds of animals. We started this unit by taking a closer look at bats. We were excited to see how much the children already knew about bats. They told us that bats eat fruit or insects and that they are nocturnal. The kindergarten children explained to our younger friends what it means to be nocturnal. We talked about bats using echolocation and learned that bats are the only mammals that can fly. Work during this week included labeling the parts of a bat:
After our unit on bats, we did an overview of the different classes of animals including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish. We studied a different class each day and learned characteristics of each. A big term we talked about was animals being warm-blooded and cold-blooded. The 3- and 4-year-old children had the opportunity to sort animals into the five classes and the kindergarteners made a book that lists characteristics of each animal type.
Parents, we were so glad to see you all at conferences! We’re proud of the progress your children have made and look forward to finishing the calendar year strong.
Kindergarten visits Lower Elementary Next Week
Posted by West Side Montessori
A Walk in the Woods
Posted by Poplar
Every Friday, Poplar Room will be taking a walk in the woods. We are blessed to have beautiful land on our property. The land use committee has been working hard to make the trails safe for all West Side students and families.
Children need to get out and explore the world around them. The children delight in finding the most extravagant leaf or the tiniest bug. They begin to wonder about the lichen on the trees, the holes in the leaves and how they got there. And then a student carefully picks up a caterpillar crawling across the path so no one steps on it. The more children spend time in nature the more they ask questions and wonder about the wold around them. It is these children that will be the stewards of the Earth in the future. Join us on Fridays and share with us the wonders of the natural world in our own backyard…