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Sassafras

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.

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!

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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.

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Our science shelves are brimming with frogs!  There are frogs for matching, frog puzzles, frog nomenclature cards and many more activities.  One of the favorite works has been an activity that allows the child to sequence the life cycle of a frog using small replicas of an egg, a tadpole, a tadpole with legs and a mature frog.  During small group lessons we read a story and talked about the life cycle of a frog.  As a follow up each child made a book reinforcing this sequence.

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Two friends working on stamping the life cycle of a frog.

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Working with the frog nomenclature.

Sassafras has been studying the continent of Asia!  We specifically looked at the countries of China and Japan.

We had many practical life activities available using chopsticks and Chinese and Japanese food and containers.  We had clothes from the countries that the children could try on, as well.

 

 

We had a painting work available where the children could look at Chinese calligraphy and recreate the symbols.

 

We studied the Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai.  We looked at his famous print, The Great Wave.  The children made their own great wave by using watercolors, acrylic paint, and sponges.

We also studied his piece, Red Fuji.  We made our own Red Fuji’s with crayons and making a resist by painting watercolors over the crayons.