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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.

Third level has been study tectonic plates and the effects of the movement of the plates.  We have examined volcanoes, mountains, tsunamis, and earthquakes.  Today the students tested their hand at creating quake- resistant structures outside.  They began with a narrow base and narrow top, finding that these structures could not withstand much force at all.  The second attempts proved more successful.  The pictures below will show the creativity and ingenuity that went into the structures.  Marcus and I, unfortunately, created a top-heavy structure that didn’t survive the WSMC quake of 2014!  I think you’ll be impressed by the engineers!  Molly

Team Allison and Cooper

Team Allison and Cooper

check out the way they used wedges to absorb some of the shock!

Team Derin and Elizabeth

Team Andrea and Ibrahim

Team Andrea and Ibrahim



Opening Ceremony

October 20, 2014, the lower elementary classes gathered for our opening ceremony.  The flags were presented as well as the theme for the year, Nature and You.  This year we added a new twist to the morning, Nature Day.  After opening ceremony, the children split up into groups to travel to several stations.  All children took part  in a nature hike, bird activities including making a bird feeder, and leaf activities.  Look for the beautiful leaf rubbing place mats to come home.


Introducing…The Creative Crocodiles!  Thank you to all of the students for submitting ideas for the class name.  The suggestion given by Ajani was chosen by the students as this year’s name.  A huge thanks to Danielle Fisher-Snyder for making the flag that truly represents this year’s class!


The Creative Crocodiles holding our new flag. Here’s to a year of creativity and chomping through our problems.


Cooper and Elizabeth present the flag as Lynn Fisher introduces our class name.


Lower Elementary gathered in the birdhouse to present our class names and flags


Veggie U fun!

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I am so thrilled to announce that the 3rd level will be participating in the Veggie U program for  5 weeks. This program is committed to teaching a seed-to-harvest concept for elementary students. A classroom garden kit complete with seeds, soil, flats, root view boxes, grow lights and a worm farm give the needed material for this hands-on study. These materials allow the students to see, hear, taste, feel and experience the process of planting, growing and harvesting a crop in their classroom.

At the end of the Veggie U program we will have a harvest party with the 3rd level students. We will be sending home a note with the date and time of the party. Please ask your child about Veggie U!

Here are some moments we’ve captured!

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Just in time for your fall clean-up, West Side Montessori is offering a free community recycling event at the Toledo Campus on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring over all your unwanted electronic devices for safe destruction and recycling. All technology equipment will be safely wiped for your protection. Check out the list below for what will be accepted!




Does your child come home and talk about grammar boxes, small bead frames, or botany nomenclature cards in their classroom?

Join us on Thursday, Oct. 9, from 3:45-5 p.m. in the Cardinal Room on the Toledo Campus for Exploring the Lower Elementary Montessori Materials and Curriculum and learn about the work students use in Levels 1-2-3. This month’s parent education program will be presented by Deb Kelleher (Cardinal), Terie Alvarez (Cardinal), and Tonya Reynolds (Goldfinch).

Current Lower Elementary parents and kindergarten parents are encouraged to attend this opportunity to learn more about Montessori’s unique curriculum for children’s ages 6-9 years old.