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7115 W. Bancroft
Toledo, OH 43615-3010
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Lilac Room

Bridgett Miller

Janell Butts

Lilac Room is a Little House classroom on the Toledo Campus. Janell Butts and Bridgett Miller are the classroom’s co-teachers.

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.

Children often gravitate to the practical life area of the classroom on a daily basis. It’s a high interest area where children choose work that allows movement, care of the self, and care of the environment. Whether it’s the opportunity for water play, help prepare snack, or explore the beautiful objects found in the bowls on the trays, practical life teaches a variety of skills. Children develop fine motor skills by spooning and tonging. Chair scrubbing allows for movement and practice in following multiple steps. They learn how to care and respect their environment in tasks such as cleaning, polishing, washing, and gardening. Even caring for our pet fish has become a focus of our Lilac circle time. All these activities help to build community in the classroom.

Grace and courtesy are also exercises that are a part of the practical life area. These activities include greeting, sharing, thanking and helping one another to be respectful and caring. Directing a child to cover his/her cough or to get a tissue for their nose are encouraging good healthy habits. An effective way to help children develop healthy habits is by modeling.

When it comes to manners, words themselves are not enough. They have to have meaning behind them to carry their full weight. Manners are more than knowing what to say, and when- they’re built on empathy and on respecting other’s rights and personal space. Toddlers developmentally may not be ready to grasp the way his/her actions make others feel. Empathy takes time to learn, but no child is too young for gentle reminders that help distinguish between right and wrong.

We model, and we give children experiences to practice socially acceptable behaviors. These types of practical life experiences should be continuous and a natural part of a child’s life.

The following is a list of activities to be encouraged in social settings:

  • greeting people
  • thanking people
  • offering something to someone
  • inviting someone in
  • letting someone pass
  • asking for something
  • interrupting others politely
  • knocking and waiting at a door
  • picking up something and returning it
  • holding a door for others
  • table manners
  • inviting someone in
  • shaking hands
  • speaking softly
  • waiting a turn
  • watching others work (without disturbing)
  • covering cough or sneeze
  • entering and leaving a room



Maria Montessori stated, “The house of the child should be lovely and pleasant in all its particulars.” The classroom is a carefully prepared environment. “This structured environment for learning involves use of a wide range of didactic apparatus, varied activities reflecting all aspects of the child’s development, with everything being aesthetically pleasing and geared to the child’s size, needs and interests.” Children move freely from one activity to another with minimal obstacles and in spaces that are dedicated to supporting growth and development. Children have the option to choose work at a table or rug. The rug or table defines the space and gives the child ownership over the work. Children are encouraged to respect the work spaces of others. Phrases like “This is my work.” or “May I work with you?” are ways for children to communicate that they either want to work alone or together.

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As children take ownership over their work choices, they also are taking ownership of the environment. Many of the practical life work choices are designed for children to care for their classroom.  Chair scrubbing, window washing, feather dusting, laundry folding, floor sweeping, watering plants, and feeding the fish are all work choices the friends of the Lilac Room are proudly choosing.

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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!