Wendi Rowland

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.


2015-16 Toledo Children’s House
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Last week we traveled to a new continent-Africa!  Our focus was primarily on three different regions that cover vast areas of Africa; rainforest, desert and savannah.  We looked at  pictures and talked about what it’s like in each of these places.   Some of the children worked together to create a large map of Africa to show where you can find each of these places throughout the continent. They glued on sand for the desert, pieces of straw for the savannah and leaves for the rainforest.
IMG_0725[1]The children also enjoyed hearing stories, both fiction and non-fiction, about animals that call Africa home.  We will continue to learn more about Africa in the weeks to come!

Painting her own Elmer, the patchwork elephant.

Painting her own Elmer, the patchwork elephant.

The children had so much fun celebrating Earth day.  They created tasty tree treats with pretzel trunks and branches and either grapes or broccoli for leaves.   They planted different types of herb seeds. Hopefully these have found a warm, sunny place in your home where you can watch them sprout!  The children also painted their own Earth with marbles and made binoculars by reusing toilet paper tubes. As the morning went on, several of the children went outside to do some bird watching.  They were so excited to spot blue jays, robins and cardinals!


Planting herb seeds.


Constructing binoculars.


Marble painting her own Earth.


Trying out his newly made binoculars.


Look at their excitement!

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We cordially invite you to attend Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day!

This is a wonderful opportunity to spend time with the children in their classrooms. The students are always so happy and proud to share their space with loved ones. We hope that you can join us!

Q: What day should my child’s grandparent/special friend come visit?

A: We are lucky to have so many grandparents/special friends in our community! To accommodate all our visitors, we host 2 days for visits. Look for your child’s program in the list below to determine what day their guests should arrive.

Friday, May 6 -Toledo Campus
– Little House students enrolled in W-F classes
– Little House students enrolled in M-F classes
– All Children’s House students
– All students in levels 1-8 Friday,

Friday, May 6 – Perrysburg Campus
– Little House students enrolled in W-F classes

Monday, May 9 – Toledo Campus
– Little House students enrolled in M-T classes

Monday, May 9 – Perrysburg Campus
– Little House students M/T classes
– Little House students M-F classes
– All Children’s House students

Please feel free to call the offices with questions:
Toledo – 419-866-1931
Perrysburg – 419-874-9385

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Please join us to celebrate World Language during the week of May 9-13!  It’s a week-long open house in our World Language classes, where family and friends are invited to attend classes and presentations at all levels. Come and see what we’re doing and learning!

World Language Week 2016 day-by-day schedule

The children have been busy this week learning how to take good care of our Earth.  We have talked about recycling items when possible, reusing items so there is less garbage in our landfills and reducing the amount of stuff we use.  We were able to implement some of these concepts in a very real, practical way in our classroom.

If the children would like to paint at the easel they need to choose their colors from the paint bottles and fill the paint tray.  Many of the children were filling the tray so it was overflowing!  What a mess!  We don’t mind a mess here in the Sassafras room, we just need to clean it up.  Well, with all that paint we were using A LOT of water for cleaning.  So, we talked about reducing the amount of paint we put in the paint tray to begin with.  Then, the children were shown how to use the stopper to plug the drain so they can fill the sink with a small amount of water rather than letting the water run. They can then use the water that is in the sink to wash the paint tray, rinse the cup and clean the easel.

For those children who stay for lunch, we have been talking about which items in their lunch can be recycled and possible ways to help reduce trash.  Don’t be surprised if your child asks you to start using a container to pack his snack instead of a bag!

There are several works on the shelf the children have enjoyed exploring this week.  A small trashcan filled with recyclable items helps them learn the difference between glass, paper and plastic.  They can also sort pictures into these different categories.

We also viewed a video this week that showed how paper gets recycled.  If you would like to view this with your child here is the link: click here  We even tried making some recycled paper in the room.  A bit messy, but fun!


     1. soak small bits of paper 2. blend  3. pour into screen, press out extra water


The finished product!