Sassafras Room is a Children’s House classroom on the Toledo Campus. Sarah Duvall and Wendi Rowland are the classroom’s co-teachers.
Nurturing a Peaceful Child
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Picture a peaceful nine-year-old child, kind and giving, passionate and joyful, and mostly in control of his or her emotions. Is this some alien species? Or is it possible to nurture peaceful children in our highly competitive, cynical and polarized society?
Research tells us that educating the emotions, teaching self-control, has a wider impact than preventing violence. Look at the widespread anti-bullying programs in place across our country today. And yet, mean spirited, demeaning behavior persists in elementary schools and beyond.
Surround your child with a caring community of adults who model emotional competence. Gently but firmly set the boundaries for your child’s behavior to provide both physical and emotional security. When you lose your temper with your child out of frustration or exhaustion, apologize. Explain your feelings and actions to help your children recognize and accept their own mistakes, to understand that no one is perfect, no one is superior.
Stop calling your children good or bad. A child labeled good is only good in relation to someone else’s being bad. Labeling encourages children to invest in keeping others bad to ensure superiority.It perpetuates a cycle of judgment and blame and discourages cooperation.
Build your child’s self-confidence and empathy by supporting them in moments of personal crisis and demonstrating that helping others is as important as superior grades or winning the game. Each step you demonstrate toward cooperation and compassion is a step toward developing a peaceful child.
First Thursday | Come Experience Montessori
Seeds of Peace
Thursday, March 6, 8:45-9:30 a.m.
Toledo and Perrysburg Campuses
Join us for a lively discussion led by Montessori-certified teachers on planting the seeds of peace within our children at school and at home. Each month features a new topic geared for the parents of children ages 3 through Kindergarten. Free and open to the public.
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Diving further into our study of Europe, we took a closer look at Italy! As we looked at the Italian flag we talked about how the colors of the flag are the colors that make up one of the Italian’s renowned dishes-the Caprese Salad! GREEN for the basil, WHITE for the mozarella cheese, and RED for tomatoes. The children all got to prepare their own caprese salads by cutting the tomatoes and cheese, tearing the fresh basil, and drizzling a little olive oil on top to finish it off! They were all adventurous eaters and tried everything on their plate-several students wanted more!
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As we continue learning about various continents, we introduced the idea of having a passport. We talked about why you need a passport and what information it tells about you. Each child made their own passport, complete with a self-portrait! They got to put two stamps in their passport, as well-one for North America, and one for Antarctica.
Moving on to the continent of Europe, we looked at a map of Europe and some of the famous landmarks you might see if you were to travel there. We saw the Eiffel Tower, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Arch of Triumph, the Parthenon, and Big Ben. The children loved getting to touch miniature versions of these landmarks and then see the real pictures in various books.
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As we continued on with our study of Antarctica, we took a closer look at penguins and the emperor penguin specifically. Did you know a male emperor penguin can grow up to 48 inches tall and weigh 90 pounds. The children enjoyed comparing themselves to these penguin statistics. We discovered most of the children were not as tall and none of the children weighed as much as an emperor penguin.
To find out why penguins are so heavy we had to learn a little more about them. The children previously had learned about blubber and how it helps keep animals in Antarctica warm. Adding to that information, we talked about how it makes the animals heavy. Another reason for the heavy weight has to do with the penguins’ bones. Birds that can fly have hollow bones which are very light. Penguins bones are not hollow, they are dense and therefore heavy. To help the children better understand the concept of hollow and dense we used straws in a demonstration. The children examined one straw, carefully looking through it to see that is was hallow. Then they tried looking through a second straw which had been filled with salt-representing the penguins’ dense bones. They held both in their hands to compare the weight and though it was only a slight difference, the straw with the salt was heavier.
Weight is one reason a penguin cannot fly. (However, the weight is helpful when swimming and diving in the water.) Another reason has to do with the wings of a penguin. Birds that fly have large wings. A penguin’s wings, also called flippers, are much smaller in comparison to the rest of its body. The children compared several pictures of various wings to determine if the bird was able to fly or not.
The children have enjoyed learning about emperor penguins and other penguins as well. Many have created books that label the body parts of a penguin. Some children have also created a book coloring and labeling the various kinds of penguins.
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Conferences are coming up next month! Please call the office to schedule a time!
It is not required but it is highly recommended that you come and observe your child before conferences. It is a great opportunity to see all the wonderful work your child is doing and we will be able to talk about your observation during the conference time.