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Sycamore

Melissa Snyder

Melissa Snyder

Sycamore Room is a Children’s House classroom on the Toledo Campus. Melissa Snyder is the classroom teacher.

The past few weeks we have been learning about the windiest and coldest continent.  Antarctica does not have any native people, just scientists and visitors.  It is covered with ice and snow and is where the south pole is located.  Polar bears do not live in Antarctica!  Not all penguins live in Antarctica.  Actually only a few of the many types stay there.  The Sycamore children were fascinated by the Chinstrap penguins and the crazy “hair” of the Macaroni penguins.  They were shocked to find out that Macaroni penguins are named after an old hairstyle and not the beloved food of children.

A kindergartner does a penguin matching work.

A kindergartner does a penguin matching work.

The children are feeling how blubber keeps animals warm in very cold water.

The children are feeling how blubber keeps animals warm in very cold water.

A child is holding an "egg" like a penguin.

A child is holding an “egg” like a penguin.

These "penguins" are huddling together to stay warm.

These “penguins” are huddling together to stay warm.

These two boys are matching color words with mittens.

These two boys are matching color words with mittens.

A three year old is matching snowmen.

A three year old is matching snowmen.

 Take Parents To Work

During the week of Monday, Feb. 2 – Friday, Feb. 6, Toledo Children’s House is inviting their parents to join them in their “work” for a day from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

A limited number of spaces are available each day during the week for you to join your child(ren) in exploring the classroom and to share the important work they do each day at West Side Montessori.

Starting next week, visit your classroom blog at montessoritoledo.org and use the SIGN UP HERE options at the top to reserve your space today!

If you have questions please contact Kathy Heckert at (419) 866-1931 or kheckert@wsmctoledo.org.

Dear Families,

Today, Friday, January 16, is my last day at West Side before my medical leave. I will have surgery on January 21 and I will be out for 8 weeks. I told the children that I will be going to the hospital for an operation and then I will be home healing for some time. I also reassured them that I will come back when I am all better. “Have you ever gotten hurt or had to go to the hospital for stitches or a broken bone and it took a long time, but you healed?” I asked. The children shared stories of many boo-boos. As for mine, I should be back March 16. I can’t wait to get this cancer out of me!

Josh Keller will be filling in for me during my absence. Josh holds a B.A. in Church Music from Valley Forge. He is kind, patient, and excited to be joining West Side. I will miss you and your amazing children while I am away.

Keep singing,

Risa

For the past three weeks we’ve been studying an artist from North America, learning about maple syrup, birds, and gingerbread.  The artist we studied is Keith Haring.  Keith was famous for drawing in the subway in New York City and making murals.  He also did a lot of work with children in schools.  Then, because Canada is in North America and produces a lot of maple syrup, we learned how maple syrup is made.  We were able to watch a short video and taste real maple syrup on our fingers.  Also, a food preparation work called “eating a pancake” was put on the shelf.  For this work you got to use maple syrup if you chose to.  Next, we talked about the characteristics of birds.  Birds are the only animals that have feathers and not all birds fly!  Last, we read several different gingerbread books.  The children did different gingerbread work and to top it off, we made gingerbread men from scratch.

A four year old is doing a Keith Haring work.

A four year old is doing a Keith Haring work.

Tasting maple syrup.

Tasting maple syrup.

This three year old is doing the food prep work "eating a pancake" with maple syrup.

This three year old is doing the food prep work “eating a pancake.”

A four year old doing a bird matching work.

A four year old is doing a bird matching work.

"I'm so fancy."

“I’m so fancy.”

A three year old is polishing mirrors.

A three year old is polishing mirrors.

We are getting ready to make some gingerbread.

We are getting ready to make some gingerbread.

Decorating faces and getting ready to bake our gingerbread.

Decorating faces and getting ready to bake our gingerbread.

We did it!

We did it!

Dear Kindergarten Families,

At the end of every school year, the kindergarten students of West Side perform in a concert called “Spring Sing.” Kindergarten students from both the Toledo and Perrysburg campuses participate. There is a different theme for Spring Sing each year. This year our theme is “Building a Better World.” Please mark your calendars with the following date:

“Spring Sing: Building a Better World” will be performed at the Recital Hall at the University of Toledo on Wednesday, May 20, at 6:30 p.m. All kindergartners should arrive by 6:10 p.m.

I wish you all peaceful holidays filled with light, love, and music.

Keep singing,
Risa