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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.


2015-16 Toledo Children’s House
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Every two weeks, the kindergartners participate in exciting science experiments!  The following is written by the kindergartners in Poplar Room explaining what they did this week.

First, we had four stations where we had to make predictions. Before we went to the station we had to color in which one we thought the worm would like.  We saw if the worms liked hot or cold.  The worms liked cold.  We saw if the worms like dark or light, they liked dark.  There was a fruit and a gummy bear but it liked fruit.  We also got to see if they liked soil or sand, they liked soil.


Next, the kindergartners were asked what their favorite part of the worm prediction experiment was, here are their answers:

  • “I liked that there were gummy bears and they smelled good.”
  • “My favorite part was predicting and coloring.”
  • “Well there was a cold pack and a heat pack.”
  • “I liked the part when they were trying to pick light or dark.”
  • “I liked when they didn’t know what to choose, fruit or gummy bear.”

Needless to say, they are very excited for the next Kindergarten Kaboom!!!


Here is a song we like to sing:

What’s Your Name?

What’s your name?
What’s your name?
What’s your name?
What’s your name?

My name is ________.
My name is ________.
My name is ________.
Nice to meet you.

After singing this song, we have been involved in name studies. Children’s names are powerful words. In the teaching of Literacy, a child’s name can serve as the key to unlocking the doors of many concepts including phonemic awareness, concepts of print, name recognition (a precursor to word recognition) and the very notion that words have meaning. After all, what words could hold more meaning for children than their names?

I have been seating small groups of children in front of a pocket chart filled with the names of all the children in class (see picture below). Then I ask the students, “What do you notice?” All readers can approach this activity at their own skill levels, and observations have been varied. Following is a sample of quotations from students, representing some of the observations they made.
“That is my name.”
“Lucie, Lucianna, and Lilly all have L.”
“Christopher has the longest name. He has 11 letters in his name.”
“Achiga has 2 A’s in his name–at the beginning and end.”
“There are a lot of A’s!”
“This (capital) A and this (lower case) A look different.”
“Calleigh has 2 L’s, Izzah has 2 Z’s, Annie has 2 N’s, Gunnar has 2 N’s, Beckett has 2 T’s, and Maggie has 2 G’s!”

Encourage your children to notice print. Point out signs on the street and read to them daily. When driving past street signs, or around environmental print, ask them, “What do you notice?”

Keep Singing,

Here's your name pic

After learning about our planets and the solar system we focused in on our planet, Earth.  We used the sandpaper globe to discover how much of Earth is covered with water and land.  The children learned that the smooth blue portions represent the water and the rough brown sections represent the land.

Sandpaper Globe

Sandpaper Globe

After learning about land and water, we used the continent globe and map to learn about our seven continents.  We sang this song to help learn the names (to the tune of Are You Sleeping):

There are seven
There are seven
North and South America
Africa, Europe, Asia

We learned that the earth is a sphere and compared it to other spheres we are familiar with; Poplar thought of a baseball, gumball, marble, the geometric solid sphere, and a basketball when discussing spheres.  Next, we looked at the continent map and discussed that a a map can be used to represent earth on a flat surface.

continent map and globe

Continent globe and continent map

After exploring globes and maps, we learned about three characteristics of earth: land, air and water.  Various work choices were available to allow the children to study this.  Work included filling small vessels with land (soil), air and water and sorting animals into land, air and water homes.

Our outdoor work choices have been expanding!  We were so excited to open up new building materials for the children to put their creative minds to work!  Not only have we seen some creative structures and great gross motor play, but we’ve also watched teamwork, cooperation and problem solving skills develop.


Building work


Pulling the wheel barrow


Sweet September Sundae Begins at 2 p.m.


See You Today


West Side Montessori is excited to share its 40th Birthday surprise with ALL its families at Sweet September Sundae today. The festivities begin at 2 p.m. at the Toledo Campus (7115 Bancroft) with fun activities for the WHOLE family – bouncy houses, games, student-led trail walks, music! Bring your folding chairs and blankets to picnic on pizza, watermelon, ice cream sundaes, and, of course, BIRTHDAY CAKE.

At 3 p.m., Lynn Fisher, WSM’s founder and head of school, will gather everyone on the McMaster Middle School porch for her surprise announcement! Following the announcement, the activities will continue until 4:30 p.m.

The weather looks perfect, so plan on joining us for the annual fall tradition!