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

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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.

 

14 December, 2014
by Lyn
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Holidays

sled ride

sled ride

friends

friends

Sleds and shovels were put to good use this week.  Friends pulled each other around the playground, an ocean was created with some teamwork, and snowmen were assembled.  Monday and Friday students had fun sledding down the tiny snow-bank at the end of the driveway.  They are anxiously awaiting a much larger snow pile.

snowball

snowball

pull!

pull!

digging an ocean

digging an ocean

building a snowman

building a snowman

6 years old!

6 years old!

On Monday we celebrated a birthday.  Happy 6th birthday, birthday girl!

We continued practicing for our winter performance, and counting down the days until the much anticipated pajama day on Thursday.  We discussed the three main December holidays celebrated in America; Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa.  Traditions for each holiday were introduced, and the children were anxious to share their own family traditions, including decorating a Christmas tree, giving and receiving presents, hanging wreaths, and creating gingerbread houses. They learned about the Hanukkah menorah, latkes, and how to play dreidel.  They also learned about the newest holiday celebrated by some African Americans, Kwanzaa, and the 7 principles.

dreidel

dreidel

Some of the stories we read this week were The Night Before Christmas, Hanukkah, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

At the art table the children were busy creating special top secret gifts for their families.  Shhh, we can’t share yet!

building

building

the farm

the farm

floor work

floor work

 

snowflake tracing

snowflake tracing

coloring in the lines

coloring in the lines

map work

map work

metal inset

metal inset

mittens and stars

mittens and stars

number work

number work

play dough with friends

play dough with friends

present wrapping

present wrapping

sweeping

sweeping

table work

table work

fine motor work

fine motor work

story writing

story writing

tubes and marbles

tubes and marbles

On Thursday the sensory table was filled with tubes and marbles.  It was a busy (and noisy) area!

marbles and bowls

marbles and bowls

making parachutes

making parachutes

Friday students had a great time making parachutes for science.  We observed how quickly a pen drops, then observed how slowly it fell when attached to a parachute, due to the air resistance.

dropping the parachutes

dropping the parachutes

6 December, 2014
by Lyn
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Dashing Through The Snow

Not smiling! No way!

Not smiling! No way!

Yay for snow!  The children had so much fun on the snowy playground all week.  They built snowmen and snowballs, chopped them up, dug them out, pulled friends in sleds, built towers out of snow chunks, mixed up mixtures of ice and snow, and had an overall fantastic time with their friends.

bundled up

bundled up

Yay for snow!

Yay for snow!

new friend

new friend

We were happy to welcome a new friend this week!  The children were excited to show her around and familiarize her with the routine.  She has very quickly integrated into the class and was busy making friends and checking out all that there is to do!

Fa la la la la  La la la la

Fa la la la la La la la la

Our circle times have been busy practicing, practicing, and practicing!  The children are really doing well with the songs we have learned so far, and they are quickly picking up the new song we introduced this week.  On Thursday they had fun dancing and singing it around the classroom.  For the mystery number of the day we counted how many times we sing Frosty the Snowman in the song “Frosty the Snowman,” how many fingers we each have, and how many letters are in the alphabet.  We read some winter stories, including But No Elephants, Frosty the Snowman, and The Snow Child.

writing

writing

hugs!

hugs!

wooden word cards

wooden word cards

washcloth folding

washcloth folding

trinomial cube

trinomial cube

stories

stories

number work

number work

more number work

more number work

practicing those fine motor skills

practicing those fine motor skills

mat work

mat work

letter formation

letter formation

more letter formation

more letter formation

metal insets

metal insets

art

art

The art table was busy as always.  Lanterns for the performance were completed, a variety of other drawing, cutting, and stapling projects were created, and several great stories were begun.

drawing

drawing

Monday students had fun at the library with Tammy in the morning.  For Monday art they did some painting and drawing with sticks and evergreen branches, creating some very interesting effects.

chillin in the quiet house

chillin in the quiet house

marble tube

marble tube

a different design

a different design

Friday students had a lot of fun creating marble runs with a giant tube that one of the friends brought in.  They created an obstacle course around the classroom, where they crawled under tables, tossed balls into baskets, hopped, somersaulted and cart-wheeled across the rug, and walked a tape balance beam.  For science everyone got a balloon to rub in their hair to create static electricity.  They had fun sticking them to the walls, easel, under tables, to themselves, and on the ceiling, then they used their balloons to play keep it up.  They had a great time outside playing in the sun and the snow.  They used shovels to dig and scoop up snow, create tunnels, chairs, and couches in the snow bank, and dislodge giant snowballs.

obstacle course

obstacle course

static electricity

static electricity

happy scientists

happy scientists

shovels!

shovels!

digging out the snowbank

digging out the snowbank