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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.

Did you know that Practical Life and the Sensorial Area help to better prepare your child for the Math Area?

Here’s Why….

Practical Life Area Aims to build: concentration, coordination, confidence, independence, good work habits, real and purposeful work, patience and delay of gratification, inner discipline and self-control, socialization skills, memory skills and classroom ground rules.

Example: The Chair Scrubbing Lesson is a 22-step process in which the child observes the teacher giving the lesson and then the child will recreate the lesson by her or himself.  This 22-step lesson is teaching the child concentration, coordination, independence and order, which are the necessary tools needed for the Math Area.

Chair Scrubbing

Sensorial Area Aims to build: skills in observing, thinking, judging, associating, comparing, contrasting and discriminating, matching, grading, base 10, units of measurement, vocabulary and pincer grasp.

Example: the Binomial Cube is actually the Algebraic equation of (a+b)3=(a+b)(a+b)(a+b). These concrete materials in the Sensorial Area helps to build upon mathematical concepts learned later in the Math Area.

bio cube

Summing it all up:

Dr. Maria Montessori once said,  “Great creations come from the mathematical mind, so we must always consider all that is mathematical as a means of mental development. It is certain that mathematics organizes the abstract path of the mind, so we must offer it at an early age, in a clear and very accessible manner, as a stimulus to the child whose mind is yet to be organized.”

The Montessori approach results in the concepts being fully understood at a time when it is easy for the child to understand as long as the ideas are presented to him through the manipulation of concrete materials. By the time the children are six years old they have a solid knowledge of mathematics that will stand them in good stead not only for further study, but also for many other aspects of everyday life.

Stamp Game

maths short bead stair



This week the Children’s House students have sung songs in 5 languages: English, French, Japanese, Spanish, and American Sign Language. Here are a couple of the songs we have enjoyed:



I hope those of you that celebrate holidays this week enjoy peaceful, joyous holidays. Have a great break.

Keep singing,


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


Here are some pictures of our friends enjoying our Spring celebration!


Our most recent adventure in the world has taken us to Europe, the red continent on our painted globe.  The children were introduced to Mozart.  We learned that he was born in Austria and was a very talented musician.  As a child he could play better than grown ups! He began composing music at the young age of 5 and composed over 650 pieces of music during his life.  For those children who stay all day, we viewed an animated version of the opera “The Magic Flute.”  For our quiet walk we listened to some of Mozart’s music.  The children could also choose to listen to this music at the listening table during work time.

Another stop in our exploration of Europe was Ireland.  We briefly talked about some interesting facts, learned about some Irish symbols and located it on the puzzle map. Two art activities were presented, both involved the concept of printing.  Using their own handprints and some pieces that were pin pushed, the children could create a claddagh.  We discussed what each part of the symbol means-the crown stands for loyalty, the heart for love and the hands for friendship.  For the other activity, the children “carved” their own Celtic symbols into styrofoam and printed their design onto paper.  Since it was March 17th, we learned about St.Patrick and why some people celebrate St. Patrick’s day.  We also had the opportunity to see two West Side students demonstrate some Irish dancing for us. It was so neat to see and hear them dance (one girl wore hard shoes and one wore soft shoes). They taught us about their beautiful dress and why they dance the way they do.