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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.


Watching a monarch chysalis brought in by a kindergartner.

Watching a monarch chrysalis brought in by a kindergartner.

We kicked off our science unit this past week focusing on Living and Nonliving things.  Children enjoyed sorting objects and pictures into living or nonliving.  The most popular work on the science shelf was labeling the environment with living and nonliving labels.  Did your child come home with a “living” label on their shirt?  If so, I hope they were able to tell you that they are living.  We discovered that living things grow, need food to eat, and reproduce.  We encountered many living things on our natural playground too; toads, plants, grasshoppers… The children loved this unit.  Our next science unit will be plant v. animal but before that, we will venture into Geography next week as we study the Solar System!!!  Stay tuned…


Orientation Days were attended by all of the new children entering Poplar Room for the 2014-15 school year.  Some of the children are coming from West Side’s Little House Program, while some children are coming to West Side for the first time.  It was very exciting as they walked through the doors eager to begin the next three years of their lives. Orientation Days provide the new students with a foundation for success in Children’s House.   On these days, we provide a variety of lessons such as; how to roll and unroll a rug, hand washing, how to use the bathroom, carrying a tray, using walking feet and a whispering voice, etc.  We call these lessons, “Grace and Courtesy Lessons”.  Grace and Courtesy lessons are the cornerstone to a Montessori classroom.  In addition to receiving the Grace and Courtesy Lessons, we also gave lessons in the Practical Life and Sensorial areas as well.  Here are some pictures of that week…

Spooning in Practical Life

Spooning in Practical Life

Knobless Cylinders - Sensorial

Knobless Cylinders – Sensorial

Using a baster in Practical Life

Using a Baster in Practical Life

Knobbed cylinders - Sensorial

Knobbed Cylinders – Sensorial

Blank Chalkboard - Introduction to Writing

Blank Chalkboard – Introduction to Writing

Thursday, Sept. 4 • 8:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. at Toledo Campus

pink towerMontessori education is designed to maximize development of your young child’s brain power. How?

Join Head of School, Lynn Fisher, at September’s First Thursday as she unlocks the secrets of how an authentic Montessori program works. Little House & Children’s House parents are invited to attend this monthly program held at the Toledo Campus. This month’s event is Thursday, Sept. 4, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and again from 3:45-4:45 p.m. Come and discover your child’s super powers!

First Thursday is a monthly parent education program presented by West Side Montessori faculty. Any family is welcome to attend! First Thursdays are opportunities for parents in our community to learn more about Montessori through the eyes of children, teachers, and other Montessori parents.

Make plans to come, meet other parents, and learn more about the Montessori method.

Learn more about Little House and Children’s House through West Side Montessori’s First Thursday event at the Toledo Campus. It is a monthly parent education program that discusses a different topic each month. Plan to attend one or more of the following 2014-15 dates:

Sept. 4
Montessori 101 with Head of School Lynn Fisher

Oct. 2
Beyond the Continent Song:
Understanding Montessori’s Approach to Geography

Nov. 6
Toy Shopping Tips:
Pick the Perfect Toys for Your Child

Dec. 4
Handwriting Without Tears

No First Thursday

Feb. 5
Tears and Tantrums

March 5
Unchildproof Your Home

April 2
Montessori Math

May 7
Ask a Teacher
Answers to Your Toddler Conundrums