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.

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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.




The Bluebird Room is learning so much about our families!

Mystery reader Smita Patel shared the story  My Dadima has a Sari.  After the story, she shared her own special occasion saris from India, including her wedding sari.  Here Diana is the model as Smita shows us how to wrap a sari.  Georgeous!  She was also kind enough to leave several every day saris in the classroom for the children to enjoy.  We loved seeing the cooperation that took place as 2 or 3 children often assisted each other.  ”Wrapping a sari is hard!” I heard them say.   The students looked absolutely priceless!

Thank you, Smita!




I think she figured it out!


Practical life at it’s best….Evan and Marcus volunteer to fold the 6 foot long sari, a standard size. Folding blankets at home will be a breeze after this.


Did you know Istanbul is the only city in the world that is a part of two continents?  Defne Apul did a special presentation on Turkey during our Asia unit.  Both she and her husband Tolga are from Turkey and speak Turkish in the home.  While Derin did not do a chicken dance for us, he translated as his mom spoke Turkish briefly and shared many traditional items with us.  We learned about the differences between the turkish and english alphabet asia-086and conducted a letter hunt in turkish books.  This was all topped off by the sharing of some ethnic foods such as spanikopita, phillo dough, apples, and cherry juice. To the left, Remy and Madison are examining the “blue eye” which is a symbol said to let good thoughts enter and bad thoughts flee.

Thank you for a great morning Defne and Derin!