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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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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…

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Looking for leaves…

Look what I found!

Look what I found!

Playing in a pile of leaves.

Playing in a pile of leaves.

Painting our walking sticks.

Painting our walking sticks.

Leaf Collection

Leaf Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just in time for your fall clean-up, West Side Montessori is offering a free community recycling event at the Toledo Campus on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring over all your unwanted electronic devices for safe destruction and recycling. All technology equipment will be safely wiped for your protection. Check out the list below for what will be accepted!

 

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The kindergartners had a lesson on moon phases in the afternoon to conclude our study on the Solar System.  Using Oreo cookies, we made the moon phases with the frosting as shown above.  It was very cute to hear them naming the phases.  Following this lesson, we researched what type of moon would be out that night and discovered it was going to be a waxing crescent.  We had a great time with this lesson and of course had to eat a couple…

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Maria Montessori believed that you start with the big picture and then break it down into smaller parts.  We began our Geography studies with an overview of our Solar System.

A kindergartner and a three year old working on the Solar System together.

A kindergartner and a three year old working on the Solar System together.

The above presentation was given to the class as a whole.  We gave facts of each planet and then placed it on its correct ellipse.    There is a wonderful song that accompanies this lesson, it is called “The Family of the Sun.”

The Family of the Sun.
The Family of the Sun.
There are 8 planets
In the Family of the Sun.

Mercury is hot.
and Mercury is small.
Mercury has no atmosphere;
It’s just a rocky ball.

(Repeat refrain…
The Family of the Sun.)

Venus has thick clouds
That hide what is below.
The air is foul, the ground is hot.
It rotates very “slow.”

(Repeat refrain)

We love the Earth, our home.
Its oceans and its trees.
We eat its food. We breathe its air.
So no pollution, please.

(Repeat refrain)

Mars is very red.
It’s also dry and cold.
Some day you might visit Mars
If you are really bold.

(Repeat refrain)

Great Jupiter is big.
We’ve studied it a lot.
We found that it has many moons
and a big red spot.
(Repeat refrain)

Saturn has great rings.
We wondered what they were.
Now we know they’re rocks and ice
which we saw as a blur.

Uranus is so far,
It’s cold and greenish blue,
We found it rotates sideways,
And it has lots of moons.

Neptune has a spot,
A stormy patch of blue,
The planet has a lot of clouds,
And rings around it, too.

(Repeat refrain)

Needless to say, the children love this song and are found singing it many times throughout the day.  In addition to the overview of the Solar System above, individual work was placed on the shelves for the children to explore.  One of them being, making your own Solar System…this involved coloring and pin pushing out the planets and placing the planets in order onto a large piece of black paper that we sprayed with white paint.  The Language area had Solar System puzzles, matching planets, and a matching work that involved matching pictures of astronauts and their equipment with the appropriate object.  The Practical Life area was also transformed to include solar system type materials.  Rock and ice like objects replaced  the spooning and pouring work.  A “Galaxy Play Dough” was also a very popular work choice in the Art Area, for as a child once said, “Everything is better with GLITTER!”