Trillium Room

Cathy Roether-Dick

Kelly Carver

Trillium Room is a Little House classroom for ages 2-3 years old on the Toledo Campus. Kelly Carver and Cathy Roether-Dick are the classroom teachers.

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Our Trillium students enjoyed the springtime weather enabling them to hunt for colorful plastic eggs.

Where does your child work? Yes, that’s right, work. All of the beautifully arranged classroom materials in our Little House rooms are work. Sure, some may look like toys and may even be identical to activities you have at home, but please remember that “a child’s play is his work.”

Lets take a look at our classroom.

Practical life is the cornerstone of the Montessori classroom.  The activities contained here are daily living exercises that help your child learn to pour wet and dry ingredients, spoon, scoop, ladle, tong, use clothes pins, spray, wipe, take care of the environment and of himself.  While doing all of this work your child is strenghening the muscles of his hand and wrist, which will help prepare him for handwriting. He is also preparing himself for life.

The Sensorial area of the classrom challenges your child’s senses.  She will learn shape, colors, how to sort and grade objects from largest to smallest, work on sound discrimination, touch and smell. Of the cylinders and cubes your child will be grading, there are 10, because we are on the base 10 math system.

Many children rote count and the math area can reinforce that.  What the math area introduces and focuses on is the concept of quantity and symbol.  It is introduced by saying “This says one;this is one.” Our math area can take the children as far as they show us they want to go.

Language is all emcompassing in our classrooms.  Since it is still emerging in many children, language is used in all areas of the classroom for the introduction of new vocabulary. Once the initial sound books are out, the children are exposed not only to letter names, but also more importantly, to the sounds the letters make.

Art for creativity’s sake is teaching the use of  paint, markers, crayons, glue sticks, scissors, stickers and stamps, while allowing the child the joy of creating his own artwork. He is also reinforcing the correct pencil grasp and practicing writing skills, not to mention just plain enjoying himself!

Our science area introduces the children to glimpses of our world. We begin with our classroom fish and expand with plants, shells, and other living and non-living things.

The manipulatives may look like toys and only toys, but as mentioned before, they are work. They work the muscles of your child’s hands, strengthening the muscles of her hands and wrists, developing and refining her fine motor skills.

So, where does your child work?  Pretty much everywhere!

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If you’ve had a chance to peek in our room since winter break, you may have noticed some new faces. We have 4 new children who have joined us in the Trillium room. We have spent the last couple of weeks settling back into our routine and getting to know our new friends.

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We had fun bringing the snow into us a couple of days last week! A couple of children even discovered if they put the snow in the sink with the water running, it disappears quickly!

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The Trillium students enjoying outdoor activities on a warm autumn day!IMG_9775 IMG_1952 IMG_1950 IMG_1940 IMG_1933 IMG_1930 IMG_1929 IMG_1926