Sunnybrook Montessori School – Montessori preschool & kindergarten in New Hampshire's North Country

Sunnybrook Montessori School

Montessori preschool & kindergarten in New Hampshire's North Country

14 March, 2019
by Lyn
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Counting Down to Spring

squirrel lureAbove freezing temperatures and the later arrival of night were warmly welcomed and taken advantage of.  Slushy snow and muddy puddle water made lovely potions.  A squirrel lure was created to study visiting squirrels.  Tracks were discovered the following day, showing that it was an effective lure.  Now to get the squirrels to stay for observation . . . Snowball fights were had.  A snowman was constructed.  The gate was finally extracted from the ice.  Afternoon students spent the after hours outside further enjoying the snowy warmth.peeking outHappy almost spring!snow and dried flowersinvestigating squirrel tracks at the squirrel lurechecking the lurepotionsthe outdoor sleeperqueens of the mountainwarm weather snowmanup in the treemuddy waterscoop it upgoing for a rideMonday students read about how paper is made, then used wood pulp and scrap paper to create their own colored sheets of paper.  They selected their favorite colors, tore them into small pieces, then blended them up with some water to make a pulp.  The pulp was poured into a screen frame and pushed down to extract the water.  The newly formed paper was turned out and rolled to extract more water and flatten it a bit before setting up to dry.ripping papermaking orangesqueezing out the waterpouring in the waterrolling out the water & mixing up the pulppushing down the pulpmixing orangepink paper and black papersquishingWe began to learn about authors, illustrators, and story writing.  In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, we read several Dr. Seuss stories, including Yertle the Turtle, Gertrude McFuzz, Horton Hears a Who, and Cat in the Hat.  We had discussions about the characters and their feelings and our thoughts about the different stories.  We read about what authors do in What Authors and Illustrators Do and Ralph Tells a Story.  We also had a special visitor, Lisa Savage, who read the fun syllables story Tinka Tinka Skunk.alphabet BINGOhundred boardmarble run towerbuilding treesordering the apple from whole to corebuilding monsterspuzzles and circle matchpin punching, and what I like about winterboys readingalmost finishedafternoon workand her little beavers tenher favorite pastimemore number scroll work and the latin names of North American mammalsafternoon workmarble run constructionreading, writing, arithmeticfabric matchinga puzzling castlebonesstories with TammyAt the art table the students used Dr. Seuss character stencils to trace and color their own copies of the characters.  Some students really enjoyed tracing stencils!Dr. Seuss StencilsThe Grinch and Sam I AmHe's a mean one, Mr. GrinchNumber scrolls have become a very popular activity lately – we have some very skilled number writers.number writing7number scroll workteens and seventies190sThe children set up a concession stand in the dramatic play area for those attending shows at the shadow puppet theater and on the big screen.I would like some pizza, pleasemaking popcornshadow puppet showcounting all his moneyMr. Bond introduced the final project of the year. He brought out a board – there will be one for each student – and showed them the birdhouse they will each build using that board. This week they ordered the pictures for the steps of the project. Next week they will draw the lines on their board for Mr. Bond to cut into the pieces needed to build the bird house.which step comes first?What is the final step?Zeanny came on Thursday morning for Spanish and Health.  She showed us different types of fruit in different forms – fresh, frozen, canned, juice, and dried – and told us that we should each have 2 servings of fruit per day.  We learned a fun Spanish song about fruit, El Baile de la Fruta.  We washed our hands then washed and cut up the fruit for our tasty fruit salad!  It had apples, mangos, peaches, pears, kiwi, clementines, grapefruit, star fruit, strawberries, pineapple, raspberries, cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon, bananas, and dried cherries.  It was so yummy!fresh, frozen, canned, juice, driedfruit prepmelon, strawberries, pineapple, applepear, strawberries, apple, clementine, bananaapple, grapefruit, kiwi, mango, clementineWe celebrated a fifth birthday with the end of winter birthday boy.  He counted that his birthday is four days before the start of spring.  He shared that his birthday is in the month of March, in the season of winter, and that the earth has orbited the sun 5 times since his birth.  He walked the globe around the sun while we listed the seasons and counted the years to his fifth birthday, then blew out the candle.  He brought tasty blueberry muffins topped with mini chocolate chip cookies to share.  Happy birthday 5 year old!birthday boy

8 March, 2019
by Lyn
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All Around Town

Winter continues, keeping a foot of hard packed snow on the ground and our sledding hill busy.plowingdown the hilla bucket of potiondown the hillCold temperatures kept us in for inside activities on Thursday.brain flakesKnexreading with SusanmagnatilesPlaymobilecalico crittersMonday students watched the animated story of Harold and the Purple Crayon.  We discussed how Harold used his crayon to draw lines to create pictures.  We then planned out and made our own line drawings.Line drawingsAfter art and snack, Tammy came to take the children to the library for their monthly Monday library visit. They had a lot of fun reading and playing battleship!battleshipA6the readerWe read the book The Street Beneath My Feet and learned about all the things that are down in the ground beneath us, including water and sewage pipes, electrical lines, burrowing animals, artifacts, insects, bones, subway systems (in some places), underground caves, different types of rock and soil, coal, and way deep down, magma and melted metals at the center of the earth.  We really enjoyed examining the pictures and seeing all the things that could be down below.  We introduced the marble run, which the students had a wonderful time assembling in a variety of pipe systems.his marble towerlots of towersmaking them tallerWhat is the probability that it will land on left?team efforttesting probabilitya cool marble runThe floor map of Main Street was painted, and the final photos were glued to their blocks.  When everything was dry, the building blocks were placed where they go on the map and traced.  Each block has a corresponding number so they can be placed in the proper locations.painting the grassgreenerytaking a turnjust a little bit left17Blaying out the townputting away the townwhere does this one go?setting up the townThe theater area was busy with children dressing up, playing with puppets, and putting on shadow puppet shows.taking care of the babyshadow puppet squarethe prince in the forestthe monster approachesPerspective taking was introduced through the story Big Bad Bruce by Bill Pete.  The first time we read it, we pretended to be Big Bad Bruce and talked about how he was feeling and what he was thinking.  The second time we read it, we took the perspective of Roxie, the crafty old witch and discussed how she was feeling and what she was thinking.  The children shared that Bruce liked to be silly and roll rocks down the hill, not thinking about whether someone would get hurt.  They shared that Roxie was mad when a boulder almost hit her so she made a magic pie that caused Bruce to shrink, but that she was really kind-hearted and went looking for him and took care of him afterwards.  We will continue to practice and talk about perspective taking, which is an important life skill.

Mr. Bond helped us finish up our handy toolboxes that we started almost two months ago. The children each attached the final side to complete their project, which they have been assembling piece by piece. Thank you so much Mr. Bond for planning, purchasing the materials, cutting the pieces, and helping us assemble this amazing tool box!attaching the final sidehere are the nailsthe finished productgetting it startedfinishing upWe did some brainstorming about how to reduce our use of some products, such as paper, soap, and paper towels, to reduce waste and conserve resources.  The children suggested reminding ourselves to use less, making signs to remind us, and to use a hand towel to dry hands rather than paper towels.  The children decided that everyone having a hand towel hanging in their cubbies would eliminate our use of paper towels and they voted to adopt that practice.  We will implement that within the next couple weeks.counting the yogurt containers2 juice boxes and 4 pouchesreadingafternoon workxexamining the tree cookiesmaking 10letterstyping up a notemaking tulips in hopes of springmore typinganimal factsIMG_0094 (2)number worknumber scrollstypingtweezer transfer workspooning transfer workdinosaur puzzleeven more typingwriting number scrollsa bird brushing teethsight word BINGOLegostransfer workThursday morning Zeanny did a nutrition and Spanish lesson.  She reminded us about how to properly wash our hands and why, and to eat fruits and vegetables to keep our bodies strong and healthy.  She read Oliver’s Fruit Salad and we decided that we will make a community fruit salad next Thursday.What is your favorite red fruit?Susan introduced pipes & woodwind instruments during music.  First she played a penny whistle, then assembled and played a wooden alto recorder, then a fife, and finally a silver flute.  We learned how to make the notes by covering holes with our fingers so the air would push through different holes. We compared the pitch of the different instruments and observed that the recorder was the lowest pitched while the penny whistle was high pitched.alto recordera fifethe fluteWe celebrated a fifth birthday. The birthday girl gave everyone a cupcake covered with blue frosting and fishy sprinkles as well as a party hat to wear. She then took her place with the globe to walk around the candle sun, then blew out her candles after being serenaded with the Happy Birthday song.5 years old!blue cupcakes and party hatsblue tonguesblue lipsfull mouthsFriday students read some stories about houses and building with bricks, then got busy constructing their own houses.  They were given several materials to work with, including clay, paper towel and toilet paper tubes, cylindrical containers, cardboard, etc.  Everyone chose to use either clay or tubes, and created a variety of house styles, from tents, to caves, to log cabins.building housesclay housestentsa stone house with lots of windows for ventilation and lightall the housesWe did some dancing before heading out.  First we did some freeze dancing, then cooperative musical chairs where they make sure that everyone has a space to sit, and finally ribbon dancing.freeze dancingCan we fit in 5 chairs?round and roundkeep going3 chairsDown to 2!All in 1!purple ribbonfancy pink ribbon dancerwhirling and twirlinground and round

 

22 February, 2019
by Lyn
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Entertaining

ready, set, go!The children found great amusement sliding down the former snow hill turned ice hill like penguins on their bellies and bottoms, and slipping around on the ice at the bottom.  We were grateful for a much needed sunshiny day mid week, which helped to brighten up our dreary winter weather.getting ready to slidepenguins on the icelined up to goslipping and slidingsnowingbucketstop of the hillwinter flowerscrawling through the snowsledding hillThe dramatic play area was transformed into a theater, where a variety of entertainers have been performing for rapt audience members.  This week we saw ballet dancers, rock and rollers, and shadow puppet shows.croc and troutspectatorsDancersthe audienceRock and Roll timeperformingboats on the gotaking offballerinasspinning and twirlingMonday art students read some stories about shadows and discussed how shadows are made.  They then created shadow puppets by cutting out shadow outlines of dinosaurs or princesses, or drawing and cutting out their own.  They then used them with the already existing shadow puppets and backgrounds in the shadow puppet theater.
cutting out shadow puppetsa dinosaur in a treeshadow puppet theaterWe celebrated a third birthday and first day of school on Tuesday.  The birthday girl orbited the candle sun with the globe three times before blowing it out.  She brought super tasty black bean cookies to share, which the children gobbled up quite quickly.  Happy 3rd birthday newest Sunnybrooker!Birthday GirlHappy 3rd Birthday!Actors took to the stage to rehearse and record performances of Mr. Gumpy’s Outing and The Little Red Hen to view on the big screen during our Rialto Theater field trip.  The children wrote their own version of the Little Red Hen, making the setting a seaside farm with a rat, shark, turtle, and crocodile.The Little Red Hen Starring . . .We continued work on our community map by gluing photos of Lancaster businesses and buildings onto blocks to use with our floor map of Main Street, Lancaster, which we are in the process of outlining and painting.photos on the blockspainting on the gluegeometric solid sorting pictureswritinglight to darkdominoesvery careful pouringLEGOStyping timeTh bookafternoon workpuzzles and pegsWillaby Wallaby Woosan, and elephant sat on SusanWillaby Wallaby . . .working with Susancoloringbuilding treeswritinghandwriting workletter worksweeping up a spillwrenchesfour elephants went out to play, on a spider's web one dayanimals in treesMath workpuppets in hidinggravity mazeafternoon quiet timepouringbuildingmy family as flowersreadingmore letter writing workMr. Bond returned to continue woodworking Wednesday.  Each student selected four nails and used them to add an end to the bottom and sides of their tool boxes.  It looks like there is only one side and the handle left to attach before they are fully assembled.time to pick some nailsworking with Mr. Bondchatting with Mr. Bondhammer in the nailThursday was the day of the big screen!  We walked to the Rialto Theater on Main Street.  The children shared the safety precautions for our walk to the theater and reviewed the respectful ways to conduct ourselves when visiting.  Everyone had a partner to walk with and we were careful to stay together and walk safely down the sidewalk.  Dave welcomed us and gave a tour of the theater.  First we saw the box office, where tickets are sometimes sold, then we visited the small theater at the front and witnessed the magic of the screen coming down, blocking our view of the sidewalk and street.  We saw a trailer of the new release How To Train Your Dragon 3, which will be at the theater this coming week.  Most students were quite excited, while some found it a bit loud and maybe a bit scary or overwhelming.  We then got to see the projection room for the little theater, which is directly behind the theater.  Before heading into the big theater, we checked out the concession stand.  To end our visit, we each found a seat to watch our performances of The Little Red Hen and Mr. Gumpy’s Outing, as well as a short clip of some Rock N Rollers dancing.  We were sure to thank Dave before heading back to school.comfy seatswaiting for the screen to lower in the small theaterThe projection roomconcessionsThe Little Red Hen on the big screenThe students created Thank You cards for Dave in gratitude for his time and energy preparing for, hosting us, setting up, and showing our performances on the big screen, then likely cleaning up after our departure.  Most of us were quite excited about and grateful for our visit.Thank you for DaveThank you DaveThank you, Dave!stories from the weekFriday students continued their building work.  We created a chart to list the things we KNOW about building with toothpicks, marshmallows, apples, cranberries, and chickpeas.  We then recorded WHAT WE WANT TO KNOW – our questions that will take us further in our experimenting.  We watched a video story of Roberto, the Insect Architect and read Rosie Revere, Engineer.  We discussed how things were challenging for both Rosie and Roberto, but they didn’t give up.  They persevered, and even when they failed, they continued to try again, using their failures as learning experiences.  We then got to work building.  Last week our challenge was to get as high as we could, and this week was to create a structure that was sturdy and stable.  Last week we discovered that our marshmallow creations toppled down, so we mostly opted to use potato pieces and cranberries to stick our toothpicks in.  We had some failures, which was heartbreaking, but after determining what caused the failure, we tried again, fixing our errors, and finding success!  At the end of the morning we listed what we LEARNED, and this prompted more questions which we were excited to examine and experiment with later.building suppliesgetting startedtoothpicks, potatoes, and cranberriestall towerpotato structureour sturdy and stable structuresKWL chart - Know, Want to know, Learned

15 February, 2019
by Lyn
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Love Letters

Gray winter skies brought snow and wind.  The children shoveled off ice patches for boot skating, created paths for sledding and driving, climbed up and slid down the hill on sleds and bottoms, filled buckets with snow to feed dinosaurs and build snow castles, and cleared off the tables and benches.skating rinktaking a chat breakMonday students read about animal tracks, then created paint pictures by dipping various items in paint, then rolling them around on their papers to make different types of colorful “tracks.”spikey balls in bright colored paintobject track printsWe trekked to the Post Office on Tuesday for our tour with Tim the Post Man.  He took us to the mail room where we saw the loading dock where mail is delivered to the Post Office from big trucks and loaded back onto mail trucks to be delivered to homes and business by the postal carriers.  We saw postal workers sorting and preparing mail for delivery and saw where the slots are for some of the students’ mail. We got to see the back of the post office (PO) boxes, the counter where stamps are purchased and packages are mailed, and the post master’s office. We even had our passport photo taken with the special passport camera. After our tour with Tim, we purchased stamps and adhered them to our letters to our families then sent them through the slot to be mailed home.  Most letters should have arrived by now.  Postman Tim gave each child a coloring book, and everyone was so excited to get their book and color in it.  First, everyone wrote thank you letters to him to show our gratitude for giving us a tour and the thoughtful gift.Greeting Timthe loading docka flatwhere magazines and newspapers are sorted and sizedPost Office Boxespeeking through the mailboxhanging the bag for packagestaking passport photosinto the mail slotposting our letterspush it inWriting Thank you lettersThank you for the Moana coloring bookDear TimMy mom doesn't use your post officeprincess coloring booksWe celebrated a fourth birthday with blueberry and apple strudel bites, a favorite snack of the birthday boy.  The children enjoyed this new treat after helping the newest four year old count the years as he orbited the sun with the earth and singing Happy Birthday.  Happy 4th birthday!4 years oldOur short Wednesday passed quickly.  We shared and decided on a new Dramatic Play theme.  We will be creating a theater for performing plays, dances, musical numbers, and puppet shows.  The children had many suggestions for needed materials and what we could create for the area.Dangerous Animals Bookpaintingrunning off some afternoon energydomino addition race6, 7, 8bananagrams word bingoaddition workThursday was Valentine’s Day, and the excitement was palpable.  The children took turns distributing their Valentine cards & goodies into the bags, then all waited anxiously to go home and scope out their special Valentines.  Children played beanbag toss on the alphabet letters, sight word search and color, word search, roll the dice and color the hearts, valentine making, and letter writing.  Two typewriters were brought out, and the children took turns typing up letters on the typewriters.  We played “Valentine Says (Simon Says)” and those attentive kids were hard to trick!adhering heartstypingtyping lettersValentine Snackstasty treatsStories from the weekFriday students read the book How to Be a Building and pretended to be columns, walls, and roofs of buildings, pushing down into the ground with their feet.  The children then experimented with their own engineering project.  They were tasked with building the tallest, sturdiest structure possible with toothpicks, using mini marshmallows, apple pieces, cranberries, and/or chickpeas.  Most children went directly to marshmallows, because MARSHMALLOWS!  But they quickly discovered that this was not a good choice for a sturdy and stable structure.  Most of the children recognized that using apples or cranberries worked best, as they are much more solid and able to support and hold the structures sturdy and straight.starting structuresmarshmallow cementcheck these outlong, but not yet talldetermined to go taller