Karner Blue

Andrew Sautter

Jenny Kettler

Karner Blue Room is an Upper Elementary classroom for levels 4-6 on the Toledo Campus. Jenny Kettler and Andrew Sautter are the classroom’s co-teachers.

How to Raise an Independent, Responsible, Cooperative Child

Does your child follow the ground rules at school, but constantly challenge your expectations at home? Join West Side Montessori’s Goldfinch Teacher, Natalie Fisher, and Elementary and Middle School Education Director, Jenn Schoepf, for this four-week session of Parenting the Montessori Elementary Child.

The class will be held at the Toledo Campus on Thursdays starting Jan. 21 from 3:45-5 p.m. Class dates are Jan. 21, Jan. 28, Feb. 4, and Feb. 11.

Click here to print a registration form or call (419) 866-1931 and ask for Jenn Schoepf.

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On Thursday, October 1, the children of Karner Blue learned a little bit about the Jewish holidays celebrated during the fall season. Jude Lingan, Risa Cohen, and Allison and Lauren Sachs talked with the class about the significance of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashanah means “Head of the Year”  and during Rosh Hashanah, the custom of Taslich (symbolically casting away one’s sins) is observed. Jude demonstrated how to blow a shofar (ram’s horn) which is done 100 times over the course of Rosh Hashanah and is used to usher in the new year, and Allison and Jude shared the book Tashlich at Turtle Rock. Ten days after Rosh Hashanah is Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) when Jewish people actively seek forgiveness for the mistakes of the past year.  Everyone enjoyed sampling apples with honey and challah after the presentation. Thank you Jude, Risa, Allison, and Lauren for sharing with Karner Blue!

Blowing the shofar

Blowing the shofar

Sharing Tashlich at Turtle Rock

Sharing Tashlich at Turtle Rock

On September 18, 2015, the children of Karner Blue traveled to the Toledo Botanical Garden for their first field trip of the year. Our mission was to learn more about the interdependence of plants and animals by participating in a program called Beaks and Blooms. After discussing some ways that plants and animals help each other, the children focused on animal pollinators. Some children simulated being different colored flowers as others simulated being various animals that were attracted to the flowers. Next, the children learned more about seed dispersal as they studied various types of seeds and classified them based on their appearance. The last activity was looking for examples of interdependence throughout some different areas of the botanical garden.

Reviewing the parts of a flower

Reviewing the parts of a flower

To simulate pollination, the "animals" dipped their body part (pipe cleaner) into the nectar (water) and pollen (colored sand).

To simulate pollination, the “animals” dipped their body part (pipe cleaner) into the nectar (water) and pollen (colored sand) of the “flower.”

The bee has found a flower!

The bee has found a flower!

Studying and classifying seeds for the seed dispersal activity

Studying and classifying seeds for the seed dispersal activity

Studying and classifying seeds for the seed dispersal activity

Studying and classifying seeds for the seed dispersal activity

Sweet September Sundae Begins at 2 p.m.

 

See You Today

 

West Side Montessori is excited to share its 40th Birthday surprise with ALL its families at Sweet September Sundae today. The festivities begin at 2 p.m. at the Toledo Campus (7115 Bancroft) with fun activities for the WHOLE family – bouncy houses, games, student-led trail walks, music! Bring your folding chairs and blankets to picnic on pizza, watermelon, ice cream sundaes, and, of course, BIRTHDAY CAKE.

At 3 p.m., Lynn Fisher, WSM’s founder and head of school, will gather everyone on the McMaster Middle School porch for her surprise announcement! Following the announcement, the activities will continue until 4:30 p.m.

The weather looks perfect, so plan on joining us for the annual fall tradition!

 

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