Sunnybrook Montessori School

Montessori preschool & kindergarten in New Hampshire's North Country

6 September, 2014
by Lyn
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Sunnybrook Play Dates

We are excited to once again be offering play dates for two and three year old children, their caregivers, and siblings.  We welcome you to join us the first Monday of each month, October to May, from 10-11AM at Sunnybrook Montessori School.  Children and their caregivers may explore the classroom, meet Lyn, create some art, enjoy a snack, and participate in a circle time with songs and a story.  We look forward to seeing you!

creating art

creating art

Come play with us
December 8
January 5
February 2
March 2
April 6
May 4

Please Note: If White Mountains Regional School District closes due to inclement weather, we will close as well.  Closings are posted on the WMRSD website.

 

16 November, 2014
by Lyn
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First Snow

ponies

ponies

We are well into autumn.  The leaves are gone and the cold has arrived!  The children were still anxious to get outside and run around with their friends, dig in the sandbox, and play pretend.  On Friday the cold weather finally coincided with some precipitation, and the excitement of the first small coating of snow had the children requesting early outside time.  They made snow angels and snow balls and attempted miniature snowmen until all the snow was used up.  It was great fun while it lasted!

sandbox play

sandbox play

riding on the tunnel

riding on the tunnel

snowballs

snowballs

snow angel

snow angel

stories with Kelly

stories with Kelly

We were so thrilled to have Kelly Frink, our new teacher, join us this week.  She instantly and seamlessly integrated into the classroom, making all of the children feel special and welcome.  She is such a wonderful addition to Sunnybrook!

table work

table work

watering plants

watering plants

wooden word cards

wooden word cards

clay pot creation

clay pot creation

For Monday art the children were introduced to clay pot making after a discussion of Native Americans and their use of natural materials to create clothes, tools, houses, weapons, and other necessities. They learned how to make pinch pots and coiled pots. The clay remained at the art table throughout the week, and various items were molded and constructed, including pots, snowmen, and forests of trees.

painting clay creations

painting clay creations

painting pots

painting pots

drawing

drawing

We continued to read Stone Soup stories and discussed the characters in the different versions.  We had a brief introduction to Native Americans and the tradition of Thanksgiving, a feast with family and friends, just like Stone Soup at Sunnybrook.

lacing beads

lacing beads

counting tray

counting tray

writing stories

writing stories

e words

e words

geometric solids

geometric solids

letter formation

letter formation

matching shapes

matching shapes

magnetic color cube art

magnetic color cube art

mammals

mammals

metal insets

metal insets

number puzzle

number puzzle

number work

number work

sound sort

sound sort

star sorting

star sorting

metal inset pin puch

metal inset pin puch

multiplication board

multiplication board

number rod addition

number rod addition

puzzles

puzzles

sandpaper letters

sandpaper letters

stars

stars

dancing and singing to "Let It Go"

dancing and singing to “Let It Go”

Friday students had a busy morning of work and were so anxious to get outside to enjoy the snow that they requested we skip circle.  They had so much fun enjoying the little bit of white stuff covering the ground.

For afternoon science we learned about density.  We all crowded together in a tight group, then spread out a little to try to understand what density means.  Then we proceeded to the science table where we took turns pouring different liquids into a cylinder to create a density column.  We weighed each liquid before pouring it in, and noticed that the more dense liquids were, the heavier they were.  We started with honey, then karo syrup, dish soap, water, vegetable oil, and finally rubbing alcohol.

density column

density column

9 November, 2014
by Lyn
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Endotherms

Over there!

Over there!

The snow is on the way!  The days are getting shorter, the weather is getting colder, and the children have been running, running, running to stay warm.

We began to learn songs for our Winter Performance, which will be held on Friday, December 19th, only six weeks away!  All these cold weather songs began talk of winter, snow, and holidays, and initiated some winter themed art.

teamwork

teamwork

jumping rope

jumping rope

snowflake art

snowflake art

Stone Soup is what you need, when you have some friends to feed!  This week began our study of the Stone Soup story (click for video of the story by Marcia Brown).  We read three versions of the story, and will continue to read and discuss others throughout the month.

matching geometric solids to shapes

matching geometric solids to shapes

reproduction painting

reproduction painting

strengthening those fine motor muscles!

strengthening those fine motor muscles!

puzzle teamwork

puzzle teamwork

puzzles

puzzles

sorting shapes by color

sorting shapes by color

sound game

sound game

star sorting

star sorting

table work

table work

demonstrating the peg board

demonstrating the peg board

mammals or not mammals?

mammals or not mammals?

We continued to learn about mammals.  We know that people are mammals, as we have hair, we are endothermic, we have four limbs, and our babies are born alive and drink milk from the mothers.  We did a mammal and non-mammal sorting activity, which the children had a lot of fun with.  We discussed whether each animal had hair or fur, four limbs, if babies are born alive, if babies are fed milk from the mother, and the hardest, if they are endotherms, which means warm blooded.  The children enjoyed revisiting the activity on their own or with friends.  On Thursday we learned about  whales, which are marine mammals. We also discussed how endotherms stay warm.  As humans, we put on clothes to keep us warm.  Other animals have lots of fur, and whales have blubber, or fat, under their skin.

afternoon work

afternoon work

chain of friends

chain of friends

telling time

telling time

cutting out monster teeth

cutting out monster teeth

drawing on the chalk board

drawing on the chalk board

floor work

floor work

farm play

farm play

helping a friend turn on the water

helping a friend turn on the water

magnetic letters

magnetic letters

letter sound game

letter sound game

color mixing and locks

color mixing and locks

building peg towers

building peg towers

play dough time with friends

play dough time with friends

matching letters

matching letters

Kandinsky style circle art

Kandinsky style circle art

During Monday art the Monday students learned about the artist Wassily Kandinsky.  We examined some of his abstract paintings which include a lot of geometric shapes, specifically his “Several Circles” painting.  The students spent the week creating fabulous Kandinsky style circle art.

filling in her sunshines

filling in her sunshines

making circles

making circles

circle painting

circle painting

water bead fun

water bead fun

The children continued to enjoy scooping, spooning, sorting, and playing with the water beads in the sensory table.

scooping and pouring

scooping and pouring

Friday students had a special fun day with Tammy while Lyn met with families for conferences.  They were busy, busy, busy all day long!