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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.

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

 

The month of February was extremely busy for the Sycamore Room.  Not only did we fill our brains with lots of new things, but we had Take Your Parents to Work Week, Little House children visiting, valentines to make, and Montessori Education Week.  Maybe March will slow down just a little and bring us some nicer weather!

A mother and daughter working on metal insets.

A mother and daughter working on metal insets.

A father and son are enjoying their work.

A father and son are enjoying their work.

A mother and daughter are completing a math work.

A mother and daughter are completing a math work.

A father and daughter snuggle as they enjoy a book together.

A father and daughter snuggle as they enjoy a book together.

A mother and son read a book about penguins

A mother and son read a book about penguins

The Sycamore children loved learning about the body, specifically organs and bones.  They had a great time learning about the jobs of the major organs and trying on the organ apron where they could velcro the organs in their correct places.  We had some help from Mr. Bones when we talked about different bones in the body.

This five year old is labeling bones on Mr. Bones.

This five year old is labeling bones on Mr. Bones.

A group shot with Mr. Bones before he went on his way.

A group shot with Mr. Bones before he went on his way.

From Antarctica we traveled to Asia.  We learned that it is the largest continent with many large countries.  We talked some about Russia and China, and we did some fun activities at the start of Chinese New Year.  They also learned about the flags of China, Japan, India, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia.

A three year old is decorating his red envelope for Chinese New Year.  Red is a lucky color.

A three year old is decorating his red envelope for Chinese New Year. Red is a lucky color.

These two are making dragon puppets.

These two are making dragon puppets.

The week of conferences was Montessori Education Week.  Children’s House had a feast featuring some foods from Italy in order to celebrate Maria Montessori’s work.  The Sycamore Room made butter for all of the classrooms to use.  We also had visitors from Upper Elementary.  Six older children from the Monarch Room came to our classroom and worked with the children for about an hour.

 

These girls are helping to make the butter for our italian feast.

These girls are helping to make the butter for our italian feast.

These children are waiting patiently to be served their food at the feast.

These children are waiting patiently to be served their food at the feast.

Let's dig in!

Let’s dig in!

Listening to a book with a fourth level buddy.

Listening to a book with a fourth level buddy.

This three year old is showing a fourth level boy some important skills you learn in Children's House.

This three year old is showing a fourth level boy some important skills you learn in Children’s House.

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.

Click a link below or visit your classroom blog at montessoritoledo.org and use the SIGN UP HERE options at the top to reserve your space today!

Black Cherry | Maple | Poplar | Sassafras | Sycamore

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