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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.

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

West Side Montessori
Children’s House Teachers present

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Thursday, Dec. 4
8:30-9:30 a.m.
Perrysburg & Toledo Campus

3:45-4:45 p.m.
Toledo Campus

Children’s House teachers are introducing a new handwriting curriculum to students this year called Handwriting Without Tears. At this month’s First Thursday program, parents have an opportunity to learn more about the program and how to support your child in learning about handwriting.

Throughout the year, First Thursday is a chance for parents and friends of our community to learn more about Montessori through the eyes of children, teachers, and other Montessori parents.

Feel free to bring siblings not in school to the program. This is a family-friendly event! There is free child care at the Toledo Campus for the afternoon presentation.

 

Dear Families,

The sing-a-longs last Tuesday as part of our Giving Celebrations were wonderful and warm. Thanks to those of you that were able to join us. I hope you all enjoyed Happy Thanksgiving days filled with love, gratitude, and music. 

The Blade wrote a lovely article last week on the collections made at the Toledo campus for The Victory Center. You can read that article here. The Perrysburg Campus collected food, toys, clothes, and hygiene products for Operation Breadbasket, Mobile Meals, Kingston Nursing Home, and Mobile Food Pantry. We appreciate your generosity.

Some of you asked for recordings of the songs we sang last week so that you can sing them at home. Here are links to some of them:

Les Petites Marionnettes

Thanks a Lot

There are Many Things I am Thankful For

Building a Better World

I appreciated seeing many families at our sing-a-longs. It is always encouraging to see families actively involved in your child’s education. If you would like to learn more about Handwriting Without Tears, the handwriting program we are implementing, please join us tomorrow, Thursday, December 4, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. or 3:45 – 4:45 p.m. in the Birdhouse at the Toledo Campus, or 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. at the Perrysburg Campus.

Keep singing,
Risa

The Sycamore children have been learning about North America.  We focused on locating the continent on a globe, being able to name it as the continent we live on, and recognizing some countries and flags in North America.  We also learned about Ohio and Ohio’s state symbols.  Over the past few weeks all of the Children’s House classrooms have been collecting items for the Victory Center.  On the morning of November 25, a representative from the Victory Center came to collect the items and to offer thanks.  Then we all participated in a sing-a-long.  Thank you for all of your donations!

Two boys are doing the North America puzzle map.

Two boys are doing the North America puzzle map.

Getting bags ready for the Victory Center.

Getting bags ready for the Victory Center.

We're ready to go to the Thanks and Giving celebration.

We’re ready to go to the Thanks and Giving celebration.

This was our snack for the day.  Thanks, Emily.

This was our snack for the day. Thanks, Emily.

I am thankful for pie.

I am thankful for pie.

I am thankful for my rattle.

I am thankful for my rattle.

I am thankful for the Earth.

I am thankful for the Earth.

I am thankful for my mom and dad.

I am thankful for my mom and dad.

I am thankful for the world.

I am thankful for the world.

I am thankful for butterflies.

I am thankful for butterflies.

I am thankful for Santa Claus.

I am thankful for Santa Claus.

I am thankful for the Earth.

I am thankful for the Earth.