Kyrie Lee

Kyrie Lee

Molly Bernhardt

Molly Bernhardt

Bluebird Room is a Lower Elementary classroom for levels 1-3 on the Toledo Campus. Molly Bernhardt and Kyrie Lee are the classroom’s co-teachers.


The Bluebirds have been very busy studying the U.S.A. They have learned about the 6 regions and which states belong  to each region. We also spent time investigating our great state of Ohio! The students chose  a state and completed a mini research.


Although there weren’t many signs of life outside this March, the Bluebird room was teaming with living things.  All levels began a zoology unit, which started with a study of the 5 (now 6) kingdoms.  1st level is focusing on vertebrates. 2nd level is reviewing vertebrates and comparing characteristics of them. 3rd level is studying invertebrates, including, sponges, coral and worms.

Food, Glorious Food

As two Bluebird students returned from borrowing a work from the Cardinal room, they announced to me, “Molly, this work is beautiful.  It is glorious!”  Deb had sent them back with a gold tray laden with snack foods.  This work gave them the opportunity to read nutrition labels and identify which snacks were the healthiest and which were ones to eat in moderation.  Jenna’s realization that Nerds weren’t the best snack choice was priceless!

Second and third levels analyzed drinks for the amount of sugar.  We used a balance scale to measure out 18 grams of “sugar” to see what the amount of sugar in a Capri Sun looks like.  It was definitely eye opening.  Coconut water might be a better choice, right students?!

First level studied My Healthy Plate, which helped them to see that a balanced meal consists of half fruit and vegetables.  The children sorted the foods into the food groups as well and designed their own healthy meal.

All levels will begin their lessons on anatomy this coming month!

Dates to Remember!!!

Zoo trip on Friday, April 25th (pack a sack lunch and dress according to the weather!!) Volunteers will meet us no later than 10 am at the main entrance.

Lower Elementary Right to Read Week, May 19th-23rd


parent surveyWest Side Montessori is in the process of being re-accredited by the American Montessori Society. This is a title that WSM is very proud to have as one of only five schools Ohio and of 126 schools nationally who have this special recognition!

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Third level boys stylin’ in Indian clothing

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Madrin is gorgeous in green


Valentine's Day Fun!

Valentine’s Day Fun!

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Cooper preferred the green shirt because of his eyes

"sushi" snack

“sushi” snack


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Evan is all prepared to read some valentines


February was jam packed with culture and excitement!  The Asia unit continued with Japan with Beth Gensler and an afternoon of India and Thailand with Smita Patel and Kate Sirich.  Both activities were a way to enhance our study on the needs of humans.  Food, clothing, and communication examples were shared with the children.

Beth brought in a bamboo mat, nori, rice and vegetables and the children rolled their own sushi and tasted it.  The reviews were mixed!  Some of them loved it and others…not so much.

Kate and Smita joined together to present South Eastern Asia.  Kate prepared tradition Thai dishes for the children to see and displayed them on handpainted china from Thailand.  Charlie did a marvelous presentation on the ingredients and foods common to Thailand.  Kate had labeled the foods with the english and thai words so the children could compare languages.  Gorgeous!

Smita and Daivik’s aunt brought in an Indian wardrobe fit for royalty.  The room was filled with bright colored silks as the boys and girls tried on the traditional Indian clothing.  Once dressed the children enjoyed fresh, hot naan and mango lassis prepared in the room.  And what would beautiful Indian clothing be without dancing?  A website with step by step instructions on learning Bollywood, an indian dance form, provided music and instructions for those gathered around the screen.

After all that culture, we took a day to celebrate math.  The “hundredth day of school” was celebrated with counting, estimating, writing, and eating.

As if that weren’t enough, Valentine’s Day snuck in there.  Candy heart weighing, graphing and sorting provided some sugary math.  After sharing Valentine’s, the children made sweet “sushi” and played Valentine Bingo.

Madrin and Andrea, both born in China, helped Daniel Fisher-Snyder and Sherri Liedberg as they presented Chinese New Year to the class.  Clementines, lanterns, dragons, good luck signs, and special red envelopes all help to usher in the lunar new year in China.  After hearing about the activities and symbols of the Chinese New Year, the children created their own lanterns and banners and traveled to several other stations to learn more about the zodiac, cities of China, and to practice the symbol-based language.  Here’s to a prosperous year, the year of the horse!  Thanks ladies for the lesson and yuan.