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Sycamore

Melissa Sndyer

Melissa Sndyer

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

Just in time for your fall clean-up, West Side Montessori is offering a free community recycling event at the Toledo Campus on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring over all your unwanted electronic devices for safe destruction and recycling. All technology equipment will be safely wiped for your protection. Check out the list below for what will be accepted!

 

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The past two weeks we have been learning about land, air, and water.  We talked about how the Earth is made of land, air, and water.  Where can we find all of these things?  Then, we talked about how the land on the Earth is broken up into continents.  There are seven and yes, there is a song.

We did a lesson on how the globe and the puzzle map of the world are the same.  We cut a playdough globe in half and flattened it.  The children helped make the play dough a few days earlier.

We did a lesson on how the globe and the puzzle map of the world are the same. We cut a play dough globe in half and flattened it. The children helped make the play dough a few days earlier.

These children are waiting for a lesson on the continent globe and map.

These children are waiting for a lesson on the continent globe and map.  Our play dough globe is in the middle of the rug.

This five year old is making a book of landforms.  We learned about a lake and island, cape and bay, and strait and isthmus.

This five year old is making a book of landforms. We learned about a lake and island, cape and bay, and strait and isthmus.

This four year old is doing a food preparation called "peeling a muffin."  In case you were wondering, the flavor is pumpkin.

This four year old is doing a food preparation called “peeling a muffin.” In case you were wondering, the flavor is pumpkin.

These three year olds completed the squaring chains sensorially.

These three year old children completed the squaring chains sensorially.

This three year old is finding out how far his arms can stretch while holding the longest number rod.

This three year old is finding out how far his arms can stretch while holding the longest number rod.

These younger students are fascinated by a kindergartner  completing his moveable alphabet work.

These younger students are fascinated by a kindergartner completing his moveable alphabet work.

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Did you know that the sun is a star?  This was big news in the Sycamore Room the last two weeks.  It looks so big because it is the closest star to the Earth.  But don’t get too close, it is very hot!  We also learned the eight planets in our solar system and their order starting with the closest to the sun.  We sang a fun song to the tune of London Bridge.

A four year old is doing solar system three part cards.

A four year old is doing solar system three part cards.

A four year old put the planets in order on the solar system mat.

A four year old put the planets in order on the solar system mat.

In science we studied apples to go along with the kindergartners’ field trip to the apple orchard.  We talked about the life cycle of an apple and its parts.  Following a tasting of a red delicious apple, a golden delicious apple, and a granny smith apple, we graphed which apples the children liked the best.  Then, for the grand finale, we read a story about a little red house with no doors or windows and a star inside.  We cut open an apple and there was a real star inside!

An apple with a star inside!

An apple with a star inside!

A three year old is holding an apple while we talk about its parts.

A three year old is holding an apple while we talk about its parts.

A three year old completed the apple life cycle work.

A three year old completed the apple life cycle work.

A three year old is working on the parts of an apple three part cards.

A three year old is working on the parts of an apple three part cards.

This kindergartner has mastered the tying frame!

This kindergartner has mastered the tying frame!

Have you ever put a puzzle cabinet together with the help of two four year olds and a five year old?  It's an experience.

Have you ever put a puzzle cabinet together with the help of two four year olds and a five year old? It’s an experience.

A kindergartner constructed "the maze" with red rods.

A kindergartner constructed “the maze” with red rods.

A three year old is strengthening his hand muscles and increasing his concentration with play dough.

A three year old is strengthening his hand muscles and increasing his concentration with play dough.

Welcome back everyone!  It has been a great first few weeks of school in the Sycamore Room.  The children have all been very busy choosing the work in the classroom and it feels like we have already created our small community within the bigger West Side one.  We recently learned about living and nonliving things.  Living things need water, food, and air.  Plants need nutrients as well.  We then extended the lesson to the differences between plants and animals.

A kindergartner sorted objects into living and non-living groups.

A kindergartner sorted objects into living and nonliving groups.                                                              

Two three year olds are practicing the skill of pouring.

Two three year old children are practicing the skill of pouring.

 

 

 

 

 

A four year old is washing her dishes after snack.

A four year old is washing her dishes after snack.

A three year old is concentrating on his puzzle.

A three year old is concentrating on his puzzle.

A three year old is pin pushing shapes.  This activity is great for fine motor development.

A three year old is pin pushing shapes. This activity is great for fine motor development.

Three boys are enjoying a lesson together.

Three boys are enjoying a lesson together.

Two boys are making sure the classroom is clean.

Two boys are making sure the classroom is clean.