Lilac Room

Bridgett Miller

Bridgett Miller

Janell Butts

Janell Butts

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

Starting Date Moved Back a Week

Parenting Young Children – Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP)

Do you need a system for effective parenting? You are invited to attend a six-week STEP parenting class (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting). This class is targeted for parents of children from birth to age six (6).


The STEP class will be held on Tuesdays at the Toledo Campus in Central Park from 6:30-7:30 p.m. beginning on Tuesday, April 15, through Tuesday, May 20.

There is no cost for the class. However, each family needs a copy of “Parenting Young Children” at a cost of $15. The books will be distributed before the first class.

Sign up by contacting Kathy Heckert at (419) 866-1931 to reserve a space. Class size is limited.


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.

Language development is found everywhere in the classroom. Language is communication in verbal and nonverbal forms. Oral language develops as children interact socially with their peers and teachers. Practical Life activities aid in coordination and the control of movement needed for writing. Sensorial work choices support the intellect to classify and organize. Metal Insets give mastery to the hand in using an instrument to practice staying within limits and using a light touch for writing. The book corner expands the child’s imagination and inquiry about the world through books; thus, supports a love of reading at a young age. The language shelf itself is organized to associate the sounds of letters with a symbol that can be blended with other phonemes to produce words. Montessori works like the sandpaper letters and moveable alphabet grow with the child and are a instrumental part of interpreting sounds in spoken words.

Below: Lilac students choosing Pin Pushing & Metal Insets



Below: Two students working on the Alphabet Step Board to match letters and sequence the alphabet


Below: Initial Sound work and Moveable Alphabet allows students to work with small objects as a point of interest



“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment” -Maria Montessori


It’s been a cold start to 2014. Lilac friends are warmly staying active indoors. We have been making great use of our Gross Motor Room (GMR) this month. Some of the activities in the GMR include: monkey bars, trampoline, tricycles, balls, bean bags, hula hoops, scarves, balance board, tunnel, and dancing to music! Some GMR music favorites are “We Are The Dinosaurs” and “I’m Going To Catch You.” We also have added another circle time to our morning. At circle time we encourage more movement through songs and use of materials like rhythm sticks and yoga card poses.

Benefits to Staying Active Indoors

Running, jumping, dancing are all large movements that children love to participate in. Since gross motor skills involve large movements of the body, developing these skills means your child is moving around and getting exercise. Getting your child hooked on physical activity at an early age means their more likely to be an active adult, which means a healthier body as they gets older. With each new milestone, your child’s body reaches the physical ability to perform certain tasks. By age 3 to 4, a child should be able to kick, throw overhand, and catch a ball after it bounces, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Often students will practice one skill, gain confidence, and then eventually combine skills together to complete more challenging tasks.

Suggested Activities for Home

Have your child help with household chores (carry or push laundry baskets, rearrange furniture or toy room items). Maybe even a little early spring cleaning? Make the chores fun. Play some music and dance a little while sweeping floors. :-)

A Look Ahead….

  • Parent-Teacher Conferences. Please be sure to call and schedule a conference time. Our quick 15 minutes together will be spent discussing your child’s progress since fall and going over Children’s House readiness/requirements.
  • Field Trips?! That’s right, the Little House children will be visiting the Children’s House (CH) classrooms. Call Kathy and schedule to take a field trip with your child on either Feb 25-26- or 27. This is a great opportunity for you and your child to not only see a CH classroom, but to also interact with the students and teachers to learn more about Children’s House program.

Friendship Ornament Exchange


Students created their own friendship ornaments by color mixing two primary paint colors of their choice. (red+blue=purple, red+yellow=orange, blue+yellow=green) 

Hope everyone is enjoying the winter break, and we look forward to seeing our friends in the new year!

In peace,

Janell & Bridgett