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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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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.

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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.

 

 Take Parents To Work

During the week of Monday, Feb. 2 – Friday, Feb. 6, Toledo Children’s House is inviting their parents to join them in their “work” for a day from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

A limited number of spaces are available each day during the week for you to join your child(ren) in exploring the classroom and to share the important work they do each day at West Side Montessori.

Click a link below or visit your classroom blog at montessoritoledo.org and use the SIGN UP HERE options at the top to reserve your space today!

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If you have questions please contact Kathy Heckert at (419) 866-1931 or kheckert@wsmctoledo.org.

This week we studied Reptiles.  The children learned that reptiles are animals that are cold-blooded. Most reptiles lay eggs and their skin is covered with hard, dry scales.  We passed around the Montessori rough and smooth boards so the children could feel how some reptiles feel.  “Gecky the Awesome” – our class pet was a good example of a rough reptile.  Each child chose to pet Gecky at circle.  Here is a picture of kindergartners choosing Gecky as a work to examine him further.

IMG_0088_2Work on the shelf for reptiles included; naming different reptiles, matching snakes and lizards, matching close up pictures to the actual animal, parts of a turtle, pictures on how to draw a snake, gecko, tortoise, and lizard, pin pushing different reptiles, and of course Gecky – our VERY own reptile.  In the afternoon, Leo Lionni’s A Color of His Own was read aloud to the children.  It is a cute story about a chameleon who wishes to be a color of his own instead of changing color all of the time.  The children drew a picture of a chameleon similar to the chameleon in the story, traced their drawing in black marker, and then painted it using water colors.  Here is a picture of some kindergartners enjoying this work…

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IMG_0090_2We look forward to next week when we will be discussing AMPHIBIANS…

 

 

Our most recent continent exploration was the beautiful continent of Asia.  The introduction to Asia included locating Asia on the continent globe, information about the continent, terrain, climate, people, and customs.  As part of this study, we took a closer look at three countries within Asia: Japan, India and China.

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Students exploring the “Asia” artifacts box, which included clothes, a bento box, chopsticks, plastic sushi, money and more.

A few highlights from our study of Japan included learning the story of Sadako Sasaki and the 1,000 paper cranes (this story can be found here: http://www.peacecraft.cc/story_of_sadako.html).  The children learned to count to 10 in Japanese and some even made number books, integrating the Montessori bead bars as a reference.  We talked about Zen Gardens and creating peace and inner-calmness.  The children enjoyed using our miniature Zen Garden as an extension of this lesson:

Zen Garden and a peaceful environment

Zen Garden and a peaceful environment

After Japan we ventured into India and had a blast exploring the sense of smell with work choices centered around Indian spices.  These works included painting with spices, smelling jars, and using a mortar and pestle:

Smelling jars with Indian spices

Smelling jars with Indian spices

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Mortar and pestle work

We learned a game played by children in India, “Tiger in the Village,” in which the teacher would call out a number and children had to get into groups corresponding to the number in order to “hide” from the tiger.  We also talked about how traditional clothing is different from Western clothing and explored the art of henna.  Children were even able to create their own henna designs as a work choice:

Creating henna designs

Creating henna designs

In addition, the children were able to explore some artifacts from India, including a teapot.  A kindergartener noticed that it looked old and worn and suggested turning this into a polishing work:

Polishing a teapot from India

Polishing a teapot from India

We finished off our Asia study with China.  This may have been the highlight of our Asia unit (ask the children) because it included food and beverages from China!  A parent graciously volunteered to bring in lettuce wraps for the class to have for snack and it was a huge hit!  We learned about the Chinese New Year celebration and ended the week with our own celebration.  We read stories about Chinese New Year, had a tea ceremony with Chinese tea, and played Chinese drums while listening to drum music.

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Chinese drums made by the students