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.

 

21 February, 2015
by Lyn
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Gung Hay Fat Choy

rocking

rocking

Once again we spent some recess time inside, and some out.  It was so exciting to finally get to sled on the giant snow hill when the dumpster was removed!

Thursday afternoon sledding

Thursday afternoon sledding

indoor recess games

indoor recess games

We wrapped up our study of reptiles this week by learning about alligators & crocodiles, and lizards. We learned to tell the difference between alligators, which are typically darker, have u shaped jaws, and have teeth that are not as visible when the mouth is closed, and crocodiles, who are greenish or light brown, have V shaped jaws, and have a notch in the upper snout for a lower tooth to fit in when the jaw is closed.  We read that there are thousands of lizard species.  The smallest is only ½ inch long, while the largest, the Komodo Dragon, can get up to 10 feet long.

writing on the chalkboard

writing on the chalkboard

sweeping

sweeping

reading

reading

princesses pouring

princesses pouring

mat work

mat work

geometric solids

geometric solids

floor work

floor work

practicing the letter "e"

practicing the letter “e”

"Hello?"

“Hello?”

bulldozer puzzle

bulldozer puzzle

Chinese Characters

Chinese Characters

In celebration of Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year, the children practiced writing some Chinese characters.  We read several stories about how families all around the world celebrate by cleaning, hanging colorful scrolls with poems, giving gifts of money, enjoying feasts, setting off firecrackers, and watching a parade with the lion, who scares away the old year, and the dragon who welcomes in the new.  We read a story of how the animals for the Chinese calendar were chosen, and colored pictures of the animals racing across the river.  We also colored and cut out dragon puppets.  All together we sat down and made some fried rice, then did some dancing while we waited for it to cook and cool, then enjoyed eating it all up!

more Chinese character  writing

more Chinese character
writing

Dragon Puppets

Dragon Puppets

making fried rice

making fried rice

collages

collages

At the art table the children were very busy cutting out pictures from magazines and making collages.

For Friday science we read the book Gravity, by Jason Chin.  We learned that everything has gravity, and the more massive it is, the more gravity it has.  The sun has gravity that pulls on the planets, which also have gravity.  The earth and moon both have gravity which pull on each other, but because the earth is larger, it has more gravity.  We also learned about the moon.  We watched a video of the first time Neil Armstrong walked on the moon.  We learned that the moons gravity pulls on the water on earth, which causes the tides.  We also discussed why the footprints made by the first astronauts on the moon are still there.  The children said that footprints that were made in dust on the Earth would be blown away by wind, washed away by water, or destroyed by other footprints.  As the moon has no wind, water, or life, the footprints from 45 years ago are still there!

15 February, 2015
by Lyn
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Turtles, and Snakes, and Lizards, Oh My!

Reptile Posters

Reptile Posters

Reptiles were loose in the classroom, as we continued to study about that group with dry, scaly, waterproof skin, who lie in the sun to get warm.  We were particularly focused on turtles and snakes this week.  We got to study the carapace (top shell) and plastron (bottom shell) of a red eared slider turtle, and the carapace of a large snapping turtle up close.  We found that the carapace and plastron of a turtle are actually quite light, not heavy as one might think.  We also closely examined a snake skin, taking note of the scoots on the belly that help the snake move, and the skin that covers the eyes, as snakes do not have eyelids to blink, rather skin that covers the whole thing.

In the afternoons the kindergarten students began making reptile posters, drawing pictures of their chosen reptiles, listening to books about reptiles, and recording some of the most interesting facts.  They were having such a good time that the younger students decided to join them, and everyone had fun making posters.

During Monday art the children made their own stamps to make prints with.  They cut out pieces of foam that were sticky on the back, stuck them to a wooden block, and printed with them to create works of art.  They were very excited to take them home to share.

surfing

surfing

a story before nap

a story before nap

bells

bells

rhyming match

rhyming match

wooden word cards

wooden word cards

Valentine delivery

Valentine delivery

Thursday was the very much anticipated Valentine’s Day party!  The children helped arrange the tables in a row and  hang the Valentine mail pockets.  Then each child worked with a teacher or older student to deliver their Valentine cards to the correct pockets.  It was so exciting to peek in and see all of the wonderful cards and candy waiting for us!   While waiting for turns to deliver their valentine’s some students decorated giant hearts, and others played games or read stories.  After all of the cards were delivered, we sang some Valentine songs, read The Valentine Bears, then enjoyed all of the yummy fruit, yogurt, dip, popcorn, muffins, cookies, and chocolate that was sent in for the party.  Thank you so much to everyone who sent in a treat – it was very much enjoyed!

Friday morning work time

Friday morning work time

gas giants orbiting the sun

gas giants orbiting the sun

Friday students continued to learn about the planets during science.  They painted the terrestrial planets that they made last week out of clay; Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars, while we read about the four gas giants; Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.  When they were done painting, they each picked a balloon to represent one of the gas giants, then had fun orbiting the sun.  Because the gas giants are further away, they had to orbit all the way around the classroom around the sun in a counterclockwise direction, while spinning.  Wow, it is tricky being a planet!

painting planets

painting planets