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
Dates to Know [PDF]

When children come into contact with nature, they reveal their strength.

Let the children be free; encourage them; let them run outside when it is raining; let them remove their shoes when they find a puddle of water; and, when the grass of the meadows is damp with dew, let them run on it and trample it with their bare feet; let them rest peacefully when a tree invites them to sleep beneath it’s shade; let them shout and laugh when the sun wakes them in the morning as it wakes every living creature that divides its day between waking and sleeping. (The Discovery of a Child, Maria Montessori)


Dear Kindergarten Families,
I am looking forward to seeing you tomorrow evening for “Spring Sing: Listen to the Water.” The students have been working hard to put this production together and you are in for a treat.

Thursday, May 19, 2016
The University of Toledo Recital Hall
6:15pm – Kindergartners arrive (Please have them use the bathroom now.)
6:20pm –Warm Up Backstage

Please put your children to bed tonight early. The Toledo kindergartners will be tired from the zoo and the kindergartners from both campuses have a big day tomorrow. All the children should arrive dressed and fed. (Plan tonight what your quick healthy dinner will be tomorrow.) I will warm up with the children backstage at 6:20. Please arrive by 6:15 so that everyone can go to the bathroom before warm ups. They can wear whatever is comfortable for them and makes them feel like singing. The children will be sitting on risers, so short dresses and skirts would not be appropriate without shorts or leggings underneath. They will also be moving around, so floor-length dresses and skirts are not recommended. This event will be photographed and recorded. You may purchase DVDs of the event if you bring cash or checks with you.

Please leave extra time for travel and possible traffic. Directions to the University of Toledo Recital Hall: Enter the University of Toledo by the “West Entrance.” The “West Entrance” is on Towerview Blvd., off Secor Rd. between Bancroft and Dorr. Enter UT by Towerview Blvd. At the first stop sign, turn right and the Center for Performing Arts (CPA) is immediately on your left. You may park in the lot between the Law School and the Center for Performing Arts. You do not need to park at a meter and you do not need a permit for this event. The University is aware of our concert and they will not be ticketing. As you enter CPA, the Recital Hall is immediately on your left.

For driving directions click here.

For the Google Map click here.

For the Campus Map (Center for Performing Arts is labeled “PA”) click here.

Keep singing,

PJ Day Final

The children were surprised to learn that we eat roots, stems, leaves and even flowers!  We began this discussion by reading a funny book called Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens. In this story Hare (who has lost his fortune to a tortoise, but that’s a different story) comes up with a plan to take care of his family.  Bear provides the land and Hare does all the work, in return they split the harvest in half.  Bear agrees and decides to take the top half. Well, that tricky Hare plants radishes, carrots and beets.  Hare takes all the food and Bear is left with just the leaves!  The story goes on in a similar fashion with Hare taking what is edible and leaving Bear with the leftovers!  The story provided a great starting point to talk about the parts of a plant we can eat.  We looked at carrots and discovered we eat the root of a carrot plant.  Then we looked at celery and figured out the part we eat is really the stem.  Finally, we examined broccoli and learned that the part we eat is the flower. (If the bud clusters are not trimmed for consumption they will open into bright yellow flowers!)



As we continue on with our study of botany, our next topic has been flowers.  Just like with the seed, we dissected a flower in order to learn the names and the functions of the various parts.










This child is “building” her own flower out of felt to match the picture. She is learning where the corolla, stamens, pistil and calyx are located.












To help the children understand how a stem helps draw water up from the roots to the corolla, we set up an experiment.  Our supplies for the experiment included three containers (one empty, one with blue colored water and one with yellow colored water) and two paper towels.  The paper towels were twisted and one end was placed into one of the containers of colored water.  The other end was placed in the empty container.  Then we observed what happened throughout the morning.




Though they might not fully understand capillary action, the children found it to be an amazing process