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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.

Dear Families,

I was absent at the beginning of the year because I was on chemotherapy for treatable breast cancer. Thankfully, it is now safe for me to return to my work and joy: singing with your children. I am so lucky to be able to work with your amazing children. Thank you for sharing them with me. If you have any questions or want to chat further with me, I am happy to connect with you.

Keep singing,



Hello Children’s House Families,

I’m Risa, your child’s Music and Literacy teacher. As the Childrens House Music and Literacy teacher, I have the joy of working with your children. One morning a week I spend a half hour with each Children’s House classroom. During the lesson we sing, dance, and have a lot of fun. Many students try to arrive extra early on “Risa Day” because they don’t want to miss any songs. I encourage you to observe your child on a Music Day. You will see that the children are doing some big work in Music. And besides, hearing the children sing and seeing them dance is heartwarming. Please call the office to schedule an observation.


I hope those of you at the Toledo Campus can join us at our Thanks and Giving Sing-A-Long, Tuesday, November 25, at 8:45. At our Thanks and Giving Celebration we will be singing songs about things we are thankful for. We are all thankful to have been born, so our birthday song, “We Celebrate Your Birth” will be included in the set list. This is the song we sing at our classroom birthday celebrations. Click here to watch the YouTube video.


Keep Singing,


My schedule this year is:
Monday: Sassafras 8:30-9Tuesday: Poplar 8:30-9

Sycamore 9:05-9:35

Wednesday: Emerald 8:30-9

Sapphire 9:05-9:35

Thursday: Maple 8:30-9

Friday: Black Cherry 8:30-9

We have started talking about South America for our next continent study.  South America is in the southern hemisphere and has opposite seasons from us.  It is almost summer time there!

The first country we studied was Brazil.  We studied the Brazilian flag and the children could make their own flag in the classroom.

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We listened to a style of music from Brazil, called Bossa Nova and learned about the big party they have every year called Carnival.

We watched a video of a Brazilian dance-style martial art called Capoeira.

The children have enjoyed playing a Brazilian game where they try to keep a beanbag from hitting the ground.

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We also worked together to make pao de quejo-a Brazilian cheese bread!  Mmm!

We began our study of nutrition by looking at the different food groups.  We started with fruit!  Foods that have seeds in them are called fruits.  We cut open, saw the seeds, and tasted many different kinds of fruits.  We even saw some “tricky” fruits that we call vegetables, but are actually the fruit part of a plant, like tomato, cucumber, and bell peppers.

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The next day we taste tested many different types of vegetables.  The parsnips were a huge hit!

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In small groups we talked about how we eat all the parts of a plant, and those are called vegetables.  We eat a plant’s roots, stems, leaves, flowers, and seeds.

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We studied dairy and talked about how dairy comes from milk which comes from cows, and we watched a video about cheese making.  We also talked about grains, proteins, and sweets/oils.

After learning about the different food groups, the children worked on sorting foods into their different groups.  They also worked on putting foods together to make various healthy meals.

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