Sunnybrook Montessori School

Montessori preschool & kindergarten in New Hampshire's North Country

9 September, 2014
by Lyn
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Celebrating 40 Years of Sunnybrook!

Sunnybrook class of 1982-1983

Sunnybrook class of 1982-1983

Sunnybrook Montessori School opened in 1974.  Today, 40 years later, Sunnybrook thrives, continuing to provide high quality preschool and kindergarten to students of the North Country.

2009-2010

2009-2010

On Saturday, October 4, 2014, from 1–4 PM, current and alumni students and families are invited to gather for a 40th anniversary celebration and reunion at our new location, 142B Main Street (the basement of the Congregational Church).  Bring a picnic, visit with old friends, meet fellow Sunnybrookers, and explore the original materials in the new classroom.

Join us again on the evening of the 4th for a free concert at 6 PM at the Lancaster Town Hall.  Gerry Tobin’s Celtic Ceilidh group will perform, followed by Bill Tobin on the harp.Sunnybrook 1980 something

Finally, come participate in the Town of Lancaster’s 250th Anniversary Parade at 1 PM on Sunday, October 5th as a representative of Sunnybrook Montessori School’s past, present, and future.   Participants will meet in the parking lot of the old Courier Building around 12:30, and the parade will begin at 1 PM.  Participants may wear Sunnybrook T-shirts and carry signs designating their years of attendance or graduation (or involvement as a parent/grandparent or future student).

We will have Sunnybrook Montessori School 40th Anniversary T-shirts for sale for $15, while supplies last, at the reunion and concert on the 4th.

We hope to see you there!

 

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
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December 8
January 5
February 2
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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.

 

13 September, 2014
by Lyn
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Friendships

building a walkway with a ramp at the end

building a walkway with a ramp at the end

We continued meeting new friends and practicing names during our second week of school.  The children continue to learn the daily routines and organization of the classroom.  They are interested in doing and learning so many things, that they are busy all day long!  New students have been introduced to many new materials, and returning students have been returning to old favorites.

During circle time we have been practicing lots of new songs and getting up to dance and move together.  Some favorites were  “The Hokey Pokey,” “Jump Jim Joe,” “Make New Friends,” and “Hickety Pickety Bumblebee,” a song for name sharing which goes “Hickety pickety bumblebee, won’t you say your name for me.”  We also read some great stories, including The Day the Goose Got Loose, The Gruffalo, All the Colors of the Earth, But No Elephants, and Monarch Butterfly.   Every day the children are excited when Henrietta and Wolfgang come down from the piano for a visit.  They usually demonstrate a skill or share a story about something they did that day, such as how they washed their hands before snack and after using the bathroom, or how Henrietta listened to Wolfgang when he asked her to give him some space.

fine motor work

fine motor work

counting beads

counting beads

creating stories

creating stories

play dough

play dough

construction

construction

continent maps

continent maps

counting tray teamwork

counting tray teamwork

cylinder blocks

cylinder blocks

butterfly metamorphosis

butterfly metamorphosis

It has been exciting to check the chrysalises every day and watch them getting darker.  We are hoping that we get to see the butterflies emerge next week so we can release them to fly south.

mystery bag - what is in there?!

mystery bag – what is in there?!

rug work

rug work

a glowing heart for a friend

a glowing heart for a friend

more play dough

more play dough

cleaning the classroom

cleaning the classroom

water color painting

water color painting

busy working

busy working

writers writing

writers writing

clay work

clay work

Clay was turned into letters, snowmen, balls, people, pizzas, worms, snakes, and lots of other shapes at the art table this week.  Those fingers worked hard pinching, rolling, pushing, squeezing, and forming the various creations, building strong hand, wrist, and finger muscles.

clay letters

clay letters

running, running, running!

running, running, running!

caterpillars on the move

caterpillars on the move

Monday & Friday students read We Are All Alike, We Are All Different for science, then looked in a mirror at ourselves and discussed eye color, hair color, and skin color.  We then made a bar graph showing the hair color of the students in our class that day.  Next week we will read the book again with the whole class and discuss other ways we are alike and different, such as preferences and temperament.

making letter sound bracelets after doing the sandpaper letters

making letter sound bracelets after doing the sandpaper letters

teen board

teen board

hammer and nails

hammer and nails

Students were so busy from the time they arrived at school until they left!  Morning and after care students have been building rocket ships, houses, and everything in between with magna tiles, enjoying some quality time with friends, and enjoying new stories with Tricia.