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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.


2015-16 Toledo Children’s House
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Even though it was a bit cold and windy, the children really enjoyed our hike through the woods this morning!  During this past week we have been talking about living and non-living things.  Because our Earth has land, water and air, living things can exist.  We learned that living things need food, water and air, and living things can make new living things (reproduce). We read a book and tried to guess if the objects in the book were living or non-living.  A basket of objects was added to the science shelf allowing the children to practice sorting the objects into these two categories.  Next week we will add labeling to the shelf.  The children will be able to find objects in the room and tape either a living or non-living label to the objects.  This is always a fun work!

This morning on our hike we were careful observers looking for living and non-living things.  We saw many trees, plants and flowers that were living.  We found a feather from a bird and heard several birds as we walked.  Spider webs gave us another clue to a living creature.  We found acorns and talked about how oak trees make new oak trees (reproduce) when acorns fall to the ground and begin to grow.

The children were excited to explore and discover the many living things outside!



After learning about our Solar System, we turned our attention to our planet, Earth.  Using the sandpaper globe, we felt the rough land, and the smooth water.  We talked about how our Earth is mostly covered in water.

Look at the land and water on our Earth!

Look at the land and water on our Earth!

There is something else that surrounds our whole Earth.  We can’t see it, but we can feel it, and we need it to breathe.  Air!

The children have enjoyed sorting different modes of transportation by where they travel: on land, in water, or in the air.


A 4-year-old boy sorted vehicles according to where they travel.

A kindergarten boy has sorted more modes of transportation.

A kindergarten boy has sorted more modes of transportation.



Sweet September Sundae Begins at 2 p.m.


See You Today


West Side Montessori is excited to share its 40th Birthday surprise with ALL its families at Sweet September Sundae today. The festivities begin at 2 p.m. at the Toledo Campus (7115 Bancroft) with fun activities for the WHOLE family – bouncy houses, games, student-led trail walks, music! Bring your folding chairs and blankets to picnic on pizza, watermelon, ice cream sundaes, and, of course, BIRTHDAY CAKE.

At 3 p.m., Lynn Fisher, WSM’s founder and head of school, will gather everyone on the McMaster Middle School porch for her surprise announcement! Following the announcement, the activities will continue until 4:30 p.m.

The weather looks perfect, so plan on joining us for the annual fall tradition!


As we continue on with our study of the solar system, we are learning a song to help us know a little bit more about each planet.  The song is sung to the tune of “The Farmer in the Dell.”  Below you will find the lyrics so you can sing the song at home with your child.

The family of the Sun,
The family of the Sun,
There are eight planets in the
Family of the Sun.

Mercury is hot,
And Mercury is small,
Mercury has to air to breathe,
It’s just a rocky ball.

Venus has thick clouds
That hide what is below.
The air is foul, the ground is hot.
It rotates very “slow.”

We love the Earth, our home,
Its ocean and its trees.
We eat its food, we breathe its air,
So no pollution, please!

Mars is very red.
It’s also dry and cold.
Some day you might visit Mars
If you are really bold!

Great Jupiter is huge.
We’ve studied it a lot.
We’ve found that it has lots of moons,
And a great, red spot.

Saturn has great rings.
We wondered what they were.
Now we know they’re icy rocks
Which we see as a blur.

Uranus is big.
It’s cold and greenish-blue.
We found it rotates sideways,
And has a bunch of moons.

Neptune’s far away.
It’s big and cold and blue.
The planet has a lot of clouds,
and rings around it too!