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Sassafras

Wendi Rowland

Wendi Rowland

Sarah Duvall

Sarah Duvall

Sassafras Room is a Children’s House classroom on the Toledo Campus. Sarah Duvall and Wendi Rowland are the classroom’s co-teachers.

Maria Montessori believed that we should provide children with the big picture and then break concepts down into smaller parts.  So, to begin our culture studies the children were introduced to the solar system.  We discussed the fact that our sun is really a star, the only one bright enough to be seen during the day.  To help the children learn the names of the eight planets we learned a song.  It is sung to the familiar tune of “London Bridge is Falling Down” and goes as follows:

Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars

go around our bright star.

Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars

are the inner planets.

Next comes the asteroid belt

asteroid belt, asteroid belt.

Next comes the asteroid belt.

It makes a big round circle.

Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune

are gas giants with lots of moons.

Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune

are the outer planets.

Each day we learned a new verse and talked about the concepts in the song.  For example, we defined “go around” as orbit.  The children really enjoyed acting out the song as we learned each verse.  On the first day we placed our sun (the one we use in our birthday celebrations) in the middle of the circle.  Four children then stood on our circle rug and orbited the sun as we sang.  After learning the second verse  we added our own asteroid belt to accompany Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars.  As those four children orbited the sun as planets the rest of us at the circle held hands and walked carefully around the edge of the rug.  By the time we learned the last verse we had to move outside!

We also learned some interesting things about stars in our small group lessons these past few weeks.  We learned that stars are different colors and all stars are hot, but some are hotter than others.  A matching work was introduced to help illustrate some of the constellations.  Many of the children enjoyed creating their own “constellation” using a Light Bright and black construction paper.  Other work choices included solar system puzzles, matching and labeling cards (known as three part cards), books to look through and a very popular pin punching choice.  Once the children finished pin punching out each planet they could create their own map of the solar system.

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.


We are so excited to have all the children back in the Sassafras room!  A wonderful group of new students have joined us, and we are confident that this year is going to be great. We are glad your children are a part of the Sassafras room!

The new students had a fabulous orientation week and were very busy exploring all the new work choices.  Friends from the Upper Elementary class came for a visit to share books they had written.  The children loved being read to by the older students!



On Friday we joined the other Children’s House classrooms for a fun sing-a-long outside!  The children loved singing and dancing together!

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

January
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

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