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]

Thank you to everyone for making this such a wonderful year!  I hope you all have a fantastic summer!








































As our travels around the world come to an end, we have arrived on our last continent-South America!  What a beautiful and amazing place.  We have learned there are deserts, mountains, a rain forest and pampas (grasslands) covering this continent.  We learned that people, homes and foods are different in each of these areas.  Also, the animals that call those areas home are very different.

The children enjoyed learning about Uruguay from Brianne.  She spent many years growing up there as a child and brought in some items for us to examine.


Brianne talked about a special tea many people from Uruaguay enjoy. They drink it from a gourd.

Brianne talked about a special tea many people from Uruguay enjoy. They drink it from a gourd.


There are more cows in Uruguay than people! The gauchos might use a whip like this one while herding the vacas.

There are more cows in Uruguay than people! The gauchos might use a whip like this one while herding the vacas.

During her small group lessons, the children each made their own quesadilla (more of Mexican food rather than a dish from South America).  They also sampled dulce de leche, a sweet caramel like sauce that EVERYONE in Uruguay eats.  We tasted ours on apples, but there they put it on bread, fruit, on a pancake-like breakfast food, on cookies.  Really they will put it on just about anything and sometimes they eat it right off the spoon!

MMMM, tasty!

Mmmm, tasty!

The children are working hard creating a rain forest in the classroom.  They are carefully pin pushing out various animals, looking in books to find out how they should color them and then adding them to our rain forest scene.


This child is carefully coloring his harpy eagle.

This child is carefully coloring his harpy eagle that will be added to our classroom rain forest.

Thank you to Brianne for coming and sharing so many interesting facts about Uruguay!






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,