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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

 

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.

 

 

We experimented with the formation of lakes and islands using play dough and blue water!  First, we filled a container with play dough and said how that represents the land.  Using a cookie cutter we removed a circle from the middle of the land and placed that circle into a different container.  We poured blue water into both containers to represent the ocean, thus forming a lake and an island.  The students then got to make their own lakes and islands using brown and blue paper.

They continue to enjoy using the land form trays in the classroom, filling them with pitchers of water and adding land and water animals.

The end of February was Montessori Education Week.  To celebrate we had the Upper Elementary Students come to our classroom to work with the Sassafras children.  They read books and helped them with origami for our study of Asia.

“The senses, being explorers of the world, open the way to knowledge”

- Maria Montessori

Children learn about the world around them by experiencing it.  They explore objects with their whole being-tasting, smelling, hearing, seeing, touching-helping to develop in their minds an understanding of concepts.  This is the nature of the sensorial curriculum: to help children build for themselves concepts.  All of the senses are utilized as children interact with the various materials and learn about size relationships, colors, shapes, textures, smells, tastes and sounds.  As the children use the sensorial materials they are refining their ability to observe, compare, discriminate, differentiate, reason, problem solve and appreciate the world around them.  They are learning how to learn!

Comparing the green cylinders with the yellow cylinders.

Comparing the green cylinders with the yellow cylinders.

Look how else they can go together!

Discovering how the red rods from the sensorial shelves compare to the numerical rods from the math shelves.

Discovering how the red rods from the sensorial shelves compare to the numerical rods from the math shelves.

Making patterns.

Making patterns.

Using the geometric cabinet to trace and pin push out his own polygons.

Using the geometric cabinet to trace and pin push out his own polygons. 

Ordering from the biggest to the smallest using several materials.

Ordering from the biggest to the smallest using several materials.

Working on color box 3, grading the colors from darkest to lightest.

Working on color box 3, grading the colors from darkest to lightest.

Beautiful!

Beautiful!