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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.

Thank you to everyone who supported the Keep Toledo Beautiful clothing drive last week! Yesterday, several Lower Elementary students helped load the many bags of clothing onto the collection truck yesterday. Great work!





All three levels have begun anatomy lessons.  First level is learning the function of internal organs and have assembled their own bodies.  How many bones in the human body?  Ask your 2nd level student who is reviewing internal organs and studying the skeleton.  Third level is studying the body systems including the digestive system, the circulatory system, and the respiratory system.  Ask them how their short term memory is!


1st level internal organs


2nd level skeleton work

Zoology continues with all students.  A recent trip to the pond out back brought us up close and personal with water bugs, ducks, tadpoles, and humongous bullfrogs.  We are examining tadpoles in the classroom closely and waiting anxiously for their legs to appear! As 2nd level explored the pond, forest, and wetlands on campus, they looked for consumers and producers that are a part of the food webs in each habitat.

20140515_142005Finally, 3rd level has had many examples of arthropods to study outside.  In a recent outdoor lesson, 3rd level found and sketched several arthropods.  What excitement it was when Jack C. found a wriggling cocoon of some sort!  Each third level chose an arthropod from the three main classes to research and create with paper mache.  Spring time on this campus is amazing for life science lessons!

trailcleaningThis week, Lower Elementary students walked the trails of the Toledo campus of West Side Montessori and collected trash that has accumulated since last fall. Great work everyone!



The Bluebirds have been very busy studying the U.S.A. They have learned about the six 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 five (now six) kingdoms.  First level is focusing on vertebrates; second level is reviewing vertebrates and comparing characteristics of them; and third 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.  The student’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!!!

  • Lower Elementary Toledo Zoo trip on Friday, April 25 (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 19-23

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!

An important part of the process to retain the accreditation is to offer an anonymous parent survey which allows families to express their opinions about our school, including our strengths and areas of improvement. Every opinion counts!

Please take a few moments to complete the specific campus – Perrysburg or Toledo – by clicking a link below to participate. Complete the general questions and then skip to the program-specific questions that pertain to each of your children.  Your comments are welcome.

Perrysburg Campus Families

Toledo Campus Families

If done online, follow the directions to print off the “Thank You” page at the end of the survey, add your name, and return it to school. In doing so, you will earn two free hours of child care for your child!  Your survey will still be submitted anonymously. Paper copies also are available at the front desk or you can complete an online survey using a laptop set up in the lobby.

Thank you for your continued support of West Side Montessori.