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Trillium Room

Kelly Carver

Kelly Carver

Trillium Room is a Little House classroom for ages 2-3 years old on the Toledo Campus. Kelly Carver is the classroom teacher.

Hello! Hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing Spring Break! This is just a quick note to share some cute pictures of the children coloring eggs right before break.




After we colored our eggs, we peeled them and ate them for snack. The children seemed to enjoy peeling them just as much as they enjoyed coloring them!

The children also got a chance to make a paper plate bunny craft. Unfortunately, we did not get a chance to take pictures of them making their creations, but hopefully they shared them with you at home!

Next week, we will blog about the pink tower, trail walking, and more. Stay tuned!


Spring has arrived, and the birds are migrating back to their summer homes.  Last week, we read a story about birds at circle time, and we talked about how birds make their nests and what they are used for.  The children then had the opportunity to create their own bird’s nest artwork by with paint, strips of brown paper, and paper eggs.  The results were downright adorable!


Taking great care to get her nest just right!


A few of the finished nests. So cute!

Knob-less cylinders

Recently, the children have discovered that they can make beautiful towers with the knob-less cylinders.  They carefully place the cylinder blocks on top of each other from largest to smallest.  It’s captivating to watch the concentration in the faces as the smallest cylinder is placed on the very top!



Hundred Peg Board

Last week, we brought out the hundred peg board.  This gives the children visual as well as hands-on experience of what one hundred looks and feels like.   For more info on the hands-on approach of Montessori Math, please consider attending the upcoming First Thursday talk in the Commons area.  Talks are at 8:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.


Completing the hundred peg board is a big job!

Sounds books

Beginning sound books are a popular choice.  The children really seem to enjoy finding pictures of themselves and their friends at the end of their letter book.



Rainy day fun!

We’re having fun testing our balance in the gross motor room.  The children enjoy walking on the balance beam.  They also enjoy walking along “paths” made with colored plastic circles placed on the ground.

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Enjoy Your Spring Break!   

Outdoor Fun!

Using the steps for some extra exercise on a muddy day!

Using the steps for some extra exercise on a muddy day!

With the weather finally breaking, we are enjoying getting some fresh air! The kids love taking walks, climbing up and down steps, and, of course, playing on the playground. The snow has finally melted, which has left lots of puddles and mud…so please remember to send in rain boots for your child, if you haven’t already! An extra change of clothing, including socks, also comes in handy.


Scissors have been introduced in the art area. The children are working hard on their cutting skills while cutting strips of card stock into small pieces. A side note: if you have any left-over Christmas cards you don’t plan to use, we are always looking for donations!


A child working on her scissor skills


Number and Letter Tracing

We have recently added an extension to our number and letter step boards. Once the child has placed the numbers or letters on the board, he or she can lay a piece of tracing paper over them and practice tracing. This works on number and letter formation, pencil grip, and hand-eye coordination. The children are so proud of their work!

Tracing numbers on the number stepboard

Tracing numbers on the number step board

Snack prep

Whether it’s peeling clementines, washing grapes, or simply walking to the refrigerator with a teacher to get a needed item, the children love to be involved in snack prep! Helping to prepare snack for a group enhances their sense of belonging to a community. We also find that a child is much more likely to try a new food if they are involved in preparing it!

Peeling clementines. Yummy!

Peeling clementines. Yummy!

First Thursday

You are invited to learn more about Little House and Children’s House through West Side Montessori’s First Thursday program on Thursday, March 5, at either Perrysburg or Toledo Campus.

Potty Training:
Little House shares its tips & tricks!
Thursday, March 5
8:30-9:30 a.m.
Perrysburg Campus

Unchild-proof Your Home
Thursday, March 5
8:30-9:30 a.m. or 3:45-4:45 p.m.
Toledo Campus

Come learn how opening up your home to your child(ren) will give them the gifts of independence, respect, understanding, and self confidence. It will decrease frustration levels and negative behaviors, too.

These monthly parent education programs are presented by WSM teachers and open to the public.

Zen Garden and a peaceful environment

Zen Garden and a peaceful environment

Children turning 3 by August 1, 2015 are visiting the Children’s House classrooms on Tuesday, February 10 through Friday, Feb. 13!

  • Would you love to see what a Children’s House classroom looks like?
  • Do you wonder what sort of work choices and Montessori materials are in a Children’s House classroom?
  • Are you curious how 3’s, 4’s and Kindergartners can be in the same classroom?

Parents will meet at 8:30 a.m. in the library for conversation about the Children’s House program.  Little House teachers will walk your children to the library at 9 a.m. so you and your child can visit a Children’s House classroom together and explore the work choices with a Children’s House child as your personal tour guide for approximately 30 minutes.

Please R.S.V.P. to Kathy Heckert at (419) 866-1931 or  There are a limited number of spaces available each day, so call or email today!