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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.


Poplar Room spent the last two weeks discovering Australia.  Australia is the only continent that is also a country.  The land and water forms of island and lake were introduced and the children enjoyed determining where small animals lived, on water or land?  The kindergartners pin pushed out the continent, labeled all of the states and territories, colored the flag of Australia, and chose a topic to study.  The topics included, animals, food, schools, holidays, work, plants, and land.  Each of the seven kindergartners presented their findings to the class.

photo 2 photo 1As a food preparation work during these two weeks, the kindergartners helped make “Pikelets” – Australian pancakes.  Children in Australia enjoy pikelets as a snack.  They usually eat them cold and enjoy them with jam or honey.  We chose to eat ours with honey from one of our very own families at West Side.

Some more work choices to explore Australia included; the continent box of Australia, coloring the continent, coloring the flag, felt animals, and Aboriginal art.  We ended by attempting to play the Didgeridoo.  We listened to a recording of this beautiful sounding instrument and then tried it ourselves.  Needless to say, it is not easy and there may have been some giggling at circle.

We also practiced certain words used in Australia…

Oz — Term for Australia
Oldies — Parents
G’day — Universal greeting, used anytime day or night, but never as a farewell.
Ankle-biter — Small child
Mate – Friend
Roo – Kangaroo

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.

Welcome Back Risa

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.

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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…


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