Tonya Reynolds

Natalie Fisher

Goldfinch Room is a Lower Elementary classroom for levels 1-3 on the Toledo Campus. Natalie Fisher and Tonya Reynolds are the classroom’s co-teachers.

This year’s theme in the Lower Elementary classrooms is A Healthy Me.  During the months of January and February students in the Goldfinch classroom read about, discussed, experimented, and wrote about germs.  Experiments were conducted to show how germs can be spread from person to person, (putting flour on hands to represent germs and shaking hands with others) how germs spread without a tissue, (using a spray bottle with colored water to represent the germs and fake sneezing onto a piece of paper) how using a tissue makes a difference when sneezing, (covering the spray bottle with a tissue)  the importance of soap when washing hands, (putting pepper in a bowl of water and adding dish soap) and how to correctly use a tissue and wash hands.

The Intelligent Eagles concluded the lessons with a writer’s workshop paragraph and craft with germs.  These masterpieces are hanging up in the hallway for another week.  If you are in the building please stop by to see what the children learned about germs.  If you can’t make it into the building, don’t worry, the work will be coming home shortly!

Our hope and wish is that all the Goldfinch students stay healthy this winter!! 

Students in the Goldfinch Classroom have been busy with numerous activities this week!  Students celebrated Mardi Gras with masks, beads, and books.  Thank you to Yvonne for bringing in her love of Mardi Gras to the classroom and sharing her experiences.  All levels are working on research and/or maps of North America and the USA.  First level is creating special Valentine’s Day posters to bring home on Friday. Students are also researching presidents for special President Day sharing.

Thank you to Molly Zraik for coming in and helping back banana muffins this week as well!  Students loved the muffins and one even mentioned, “These are so much better than the store bought muffins!”  The joys of Montessori include fanning the flame of curiosity through research, teaching practical life skills such as baking, and honoring the many holidays we are privileged to celebrate in the USA.  Of course, we still have the Valentine’s Day party to look forward to! Oh, how we love, love, love the Montessori classroom!


Mystery Reader, Michele Mawad shared two books with the Goldfinch community on Monday, February 8th. One book talked about filling buckets.  You might be thinking, “What kind of bucket?” Everyone carries an invisible bucket around to hold good feelings and thoughts.  You need others to fill your bucket, and others need you to fill their bucket.  How can you fill a bucket?  Show love to someone by a kind word, a smile, or a hug.  The wonderful thing is when you fill someone’s bucket it also makes you feel good inside and fills your bucket! I would highly recommend rereading Have You Filled A Bucket Today? with your child.  You learn something new every time!

Michele also shared Birdsongs with the class.  Students joined in as each bird sang it’s special song.  Michele also brought in supplies for each student to create his/her own bird feeder at home. Thanks Michele!


What creative and unique items were brought in for our 100th day celebration!  From 100 photos, to 100 gumballs, to 100 Popsicle sticks, the ideas were clever. Sharing our 100 day items was part of this special day as well as building and creating with various objects.  Students made creations with Legos, cups, buttons, wooden and magnetic blocks, and Lincoln logs.  Crafts were abound in our room with pictures using 100 items such as cotton balls, beads, straws, beans, and seeds.  Movement opportunities included tossing a balloon 100 times, doing 50 jumping jacks and 50 crossovers, or standing on our balance board for 100 seconds. Thanks for all of the parent support that made these projects such a success.


During the month of February third level students will be asked to study the U.S.A/ states and capitals at home and during work time.  Students will need to be able to locate and label the states and their capitals by the end of February.  Homemade flash cards, games on the web, and practicing here at school are all ways to help your child.  Students begin learning the states and capitals in first and second level.  For many students, this will be a review.  For others, it may take daily work with the United States in order to learn locations and capitals.