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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.

You’re Invited to First Thursday

Thursday, May 7, at 8:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.  — Toledo Campus

 

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In the Sycamore Room we’ve been busy with different practical life skills.  The children were grating a carrot one day and asked if we could make a food with it.  So upon further research, we decided to make a carrot and beet salad.  The recipe is from food network if you are interested and the best part is nothing requires cooking.  However, we did substitute a regular beet for a pickled beet.  The children have also been scrubbing a very large rubber duck.  Thanks to my daughter for letting us borrow it.  Sewing was introduced as well.  The boys and girls of Sycamore are practicing on a narrow piece of plastic with holes.  They are using yarn and a very large plastic needle.  Finally, we have traveled to South America.  The children are learning about the different animals, food, flags, and rain forest.

Carrot and beet salad.  Yum.

Carrot and beet salad. Yum.

This kindergartner is enjoying his second helping of salad.

This kindergartner is enjoying his second helping of salad.

This four year old is polishing a candlestick holder with a mixture of baking soda and salt.

This four year old is polishing a candlestick holder with a mixture of baking soda and salt.

This four year old is scrubbing a large rubber duck.

This four year old is scrubbing a large rubber duck.

This three year old is making a bed.

This three year old is making a bed.

These girls are playing a game with the math demonstration tray with our sixth level intern.

These girls are playing a game with the math demonstration tray with our sixth level intern.

These boys are pin pushing the map of South America.

These boys are pin pushing the map of South America.

This four year old is sorting animals of South America.

This four year old is sorting animals of South America.

This boy is working with finger puppets made in Peru.  The puppets are two children and a llama.

This boy is working with finger puppets made in Peru. The puppets are two children and a llama.

Friday, May 1

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Lower Elementary Songfest

7 p.m. – Toledo Campus Commons

 

Saturday, May 9

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All West Side Montessori families from Little House through Middle School are invited to join us celebrate at our 31st annual Spring Fundraiser featuring food from Mancy’s Steakhouse, Domo Sushi, Registry Bistro and Rosie’s Italian Grille along with wine-tasting. Tickets can still be purchased online at www.wsmcspringfundraiser.com.

 

Friday, May 8 or Monday, May 11

GPSF

 

Tuesday, May 12

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Upper Elementary Ensemble & Middle School Band

Spring Concert

Toledo Campus Commons
7-8 p.m.

 

Thursday, May 14

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9th Annual 5KDub Run, Walk, and Picnic

Please join us for our annual 5K/Fun walk and family picnic at Olander Park in Sylvania. Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome to participate. If you would like to just join us for dinner and fun, that’s an option too. Click here to make your reservation online. Event begins at 5:30 p.m.

 

Wednesday, May 20

Spring Sing

Spring Sing: Building a Better World

6:30 p.m. – University of Toledo Recital Hall
Perrysburg and Toledo Kindergarten Spring Concert

Did you know that Practical Life and the Sensorial Area help to better prepare your child for the Math Area?

Here’s Why….

Practical Life Area Aims to build: concentration, coordination, confidence, independence, good work habits, real and purposeful work, patience and delay of gratification, inner discipline and self-control, socialization skills, memory skills and classroom ground rules.

Example: The Chair Scrubbing Lesson is a 22-step process in which the child observes the teacher giving the lesson and then the child will recreate the lesson by her or himself.  This 22-step lesson is teaching the child concentration, coordination, independence and order, which are the necessary tools needed for the Math Area.

Chair Scrubbing

Sensorial Area Aims to build: skills in observing, thinking, judging, associating, comparing, contrasting and discriminating, matching, grading, base 10, units of measurement, vocabulary and pincer grasp.

Example: the Binomial Cube is actually the Algebraic equation of (a+b)3=(a+b)(a+b)(a+b). These concrete materials in the Sensorial Area helps to build upon mathematical concepts learned later in the Math Area.

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Summing it all up:

Dr. Maria Montessori once said,  “Great creations come from the mathematical mind, so we must always consider all that is mathematical as a means of mental development. It is certain that mathematics organizes the abstract path of the mind, so we must offer it at an early age, in a clear and very accessible manner, as a stimulus to the child whose mind is yet to be organized.”

The Montessori approach results in the concepts being fully understood at a time when it is easy for the child to understand as long as the ideas are presented to him through the manipulation of concrete materials. By the time the children are six years old they have a solid knowledge of mathematics that will stand them in good stead not only for further study, but also for many other aspects of everyday life.

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For the past few weeks Sycmore has been learning about taking care of your teeth, the continent of Africa, and the different food groups that keep our bodies healthy.  To go along with dental health, we talked about the jobs of our tongue.  The children got to taste sweet, salty, sour, and bitter.  When we traveled to Africa, we learned that it is the second largest continent with over 50 countries  and many different types of animals.  When we learned about the food groups this week the children enjoyed playing food group bingo and cutting out pictures of food to place in their correct groups.

We are at circle tasting sugar, salt, cocoa, and lemon juice.

We are at circle tasting sugar, salt, cocoa, and lemon juice.

This kindergartner is polishing pennies with salt and lemon juice.

This kindergartner is polishing pennies with salt and lemon juice.

While studying Africa, we learned that many people there make their own beads and jewelry.  This four year old is making beads out of magazine strips.

While studying Africa, we learned that many people there make their own beads and jewelry. This four year old is making beads out of magazine strips.

We made maps of  Africa that show the desert, savanna, and rain forest.

We made maps of
Africa that show the desert, savanna, and rain forest.

These boys are deciding in which food group each food belongs.

These boys are deciding in which food group each food belongs.

This four year old is working on her fine motor skills while closing her eyes for the camera.

This four year old is working on her fine motor skills while closing her eyes for the camera.