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Bluebird

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.

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

Parenting the Montessori Elementary Child

Does your child follow the ground rules at school, but constantly challenge your expectations at home?

Join WSM Head of School Lynn Fisher for a four-week class: Parenting the Montessori Elementary Child. See below for details and register online TODAY at http://goo.gl/Mre7hI or stop by the Toledo Campus office for a paper registration form.

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     Building Healthy Habits

If your child is suddenly hounding you at the grocery store, encouraging you to read every label to see if it has high fructose corn syrup,  sodium, or  dyes then we have successfully done our job!  This past month we have been studying the human body and nutrition.  

  • In Kyrie’s lessons, the students have been focusing on the human body.  Level 1 is learning about the internal organs and the five senses.  Level 2 is studying the internal organs and systems including digestive and circulatory.  Level 3 is also studying the organs and systems and will begin the skeletal system.  
  • In Molly’s lessons, the children have been examining foods, nutrition labels, and making healthy choices for our bodies.  Level 1 created “My plate” to learn about eating a balanced diet.  Level 2 compared and contrasted foods by reading nutrition labels and ingredients.  One of their favorite activities was measuring the grams of sugar in various drinks using the balance scale.  Wow!  Mountain Dew was eye opening!  Third level is learning the nutrients found in foods and why the body needs each.  We even examined Oreos and poptarts for calcium, iron, protein, fats, and carbohydrates.  Surprisingly, they have many nutrients in them!  (Along with sugar!)  

     Dr. Ziad TohmeDr. Ziad Tohme, 1st level parent and periodontist, came in to do a presentation on healthy teeth and gums.  First level has been studying dental health so we were thrilled to have him take time from his busy schedule to share his expertise!

     Part of having a healthy mind is feeding it good stories, and boy did we hear a great one!! Grandma “Moon”, a 2nd level grandparent and retired teacher, came in to the Bluebird room to tell us some tales.    Ask your child to tell you the story of Lazy Jack. 

The Benefits of Stories 

When my children were younger, one of our favorite rituals was bedtime storytelling.  Each night the children would request to hear a Poof story.  Poof is a character that I developed one night when I needed a way to distract my two oldest during a horrible storm.  Don’t get me wrong…we did not tell a Poof story every night; Mom’s get tired too!  But I would make up different adventures with their input and off we’d go.  Occasionally they would ask for a re-telling!  Challenging to say the least.  They are still trying to get me to write them down and publish them.  Below is a short excerpt from a storytelling page.  Enjoy the information and happy imagining!  Molly

“Educators have long known that the arts can contribute to student academic success and emotional well being. The ancient art of storytelling is especially well-suited for student exploration. As a folk art, storytelling is accessible to all ages and abilities. No special equipment beyond the imagination and the power of listening and speaking is needed to create artistic images. As a learning tool, storytelling can encourage students to explore their unique expressiveness and can heighten a student’s ability to communicate thoughts and feelings in an articulate, lucid manner. These benefits transcend the art experience to support daily life skills. In our fast-paced, media-driven world, storytelling can be a nurturing way to remind children that their spoken words are powerful, that listening is important, and that clear communication between people is an art. ”

From http://www.storyarts.org/  For more information and ideas, follow the link.

 

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Social Development 6-9

As you peer through the window of the Bluebird room, you notice your child (or someone else’s!) wandering from friend to friend visiting.  You then focus on a group of students chatting while they sit around a rug of materials.  Seated at their tables are two more students “working” on math facts…giggling and talking.  Don’t panic.  Maria Montessori recognized that the ages of 6-9 were years of much social growth.  The children are learning to navigate through some often difficult situations in order to build life long character traits.  They are building the man or woman they are to become.  When you see two children chatting at their table, they may be problem solving or collaborating on a work that is difficult.  A group around a rug conversing may be doing research, practicing a presentation, reviewing with one another, or if they are chattering loudly, even catching a spider for a habitat!  The child visiting others is asserting themselves, greeting others, possibly showing grace and courtesy as they take a lost pencil to a friend or loan a pencil sharpener to someone because they saw the need and filled it.  Or all of these examples could just be the children socializing for the sake of socializing because they need that too!  Rest assured that we are keeping tabs and redirecting as needed, if needed.  However, we are also allowing the students to develop socially, a crucial piece of the whole child.

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The Montessori classroom is designed in a way that all activities gear themselves naturally toward the development of oral and written language. Language in the lower elementary classroom is filled with key experiences. These key experiences are presented and repeated each year, and each year a new depth of meaning and understanding is gained. Children progress at their own pace through the reading and language program. Concrete concepts lead to abstract ones.  A child in the Montessori classroom develops an inquisitiveness that is the motivating force toward further knowledge. In the picture below the first level students are listening to the comma key experience.

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