Buttercup Room

Julie Poure

Torey Bonde

Buttercup Room is a Little House classroom for ages 13 months to 2 years old  on the Toledo Campus. Torey Bonde and Julie Poure are the classroom’s co-teachers.

We hope you all enjoyed the Thanksgiving break and we are eager to get back to work with the children.

We had a busy and active month of November.  We were able to enjoy many more walks on the trails and around campus thanks to the agreeable weather.  We have also been busy cooking with the class.  A favorite was making English muffin pizza, a tasty and messy treat!  Most recently we made delicious bread right in the classroom.  We plan on continuing to explore cooking projects a couple of times per month; watch for updates and recipes to try at home. Cooking with your child is a great way to develop practical life skills, independence and to have a rich sensory experience among many other benefits.

Please remember that we are still going outside as much as possible, so as the weather will inevitably change for the worse, send appropriate clothing to school with your child.

Here is the recipe similar to the one we used to bake bread:

2 cups warm water

2/3 cup granulated sugar

1 1/2 TBSP active dry yeast

1/4 cup vegetable oil

6 cups bread flour

  1.  In a large bowl, dissolve the sugar in warm water and stir in the yeast.  Allow to sit until the yeast resembles a creamy foam.
  2. Mix salt and oil into the yeast. Mix in flour one cup at a time. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth.  Place in a well oiled bowl and turn to coat.  Cover with a damp cloth and allow to rise for an hour.
  3. Punch dough down, knead for a few minutes and divide in half.  Shape into loaves and place into two well oiled loaf pans.  Allow to rise for thirty minutes.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

First Thursday

About Organizing the Chaos at the Toledo Campus

Maria Montessori believed children have a need and a sensitive period for order. Come learn how simplifying your life and organizing the chaos can help you and your child succeed.  Learn SIMPLE fixes to everyday issues. Organization ideas for toys, books, pictures. Easy ways to keep track of important information. And why Pinterest is NOT always the answer.

During the month of October, we have been very busy with several pumpkin-related activities.  We have been cooking with pumpkins, making both pumpkin pudding to taste and pumpkin playdough to work with. We’ve learned several new pumpkin songs, and have had fun using our pumpkin props to bring them to life. We have scrubbed pumpkins in our sensory table, and also used our big muscles to pound golf tees into them.  We are looking forward to watching the squirrels munch on them outside our window now that we are moving into November.  We are planning activities related to the changing of the season.

It was very nice to get the chance to chat with all of you at conferences this week.  We know you all have busy schedules, and we appreciate you taking time out of them to meet with us.  We are looking forward to seeing you all in again in February, so that we can share all the progress we know will happen in the next few months.

*Please remember as the weather continues to grow colder that we will still head outdoors to enjoy both our playground and our walks throughout campus.  It is important to dress for the weather, so that these activities can be fully enjoyed.  Make sure students arrive with coats, as well as hats and gloves as the temperatures drop.  This is also a good time to switch out the extra clothes in backpacks, so everyone is comfortable in case of accidents.

Click on the PHOTO GALLERY link above to view all the pictures we’ve been taking this month during our pumpkin projects. You must be logged in to view the galleries. Contact Sue Wagner if you need your username and password.

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!



Hard at work


Dancing with bubbles

We are over the moon about our great start to the school year!!  Everyone has been settling in quite well, and our classroom has been a very busy place. Thank you to everyone who sent in swimwear for our Beat the Heat Friday…please check out the pictures in the gallery (coming soon) to see how we spent our morning.  In the meantime, enjoy some snapshots from throughout the week.  We are looking forward to chatting with each of you, just to touch base.  Please expect a phone call in the next week from one of us. Enjoy your long weekend, and we will see you on Tuesday!!

~Julie and Torey~


Bathing the babies


Enjoying the sprinkler


Pouring the water


Popping bubbles


Exploring the water table