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

Sunnybrook Montessori School

Montessori preschool & kindergarten in New Hampshire's North Country

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

8 February, 2019
by Lyn
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Letters

shoveling shadowsWarmer days made outside play lots of fun.  The snow was perfect for snowballs and snowmen and building up our sledding hill.  The hill was busy with sledders and penguins taking turns slipping down to the bottom then running around to do it again.starting positionclimbing upsnowballs for a snowmansnowball rollingdown the hillrunningat the top of the hilllittle snowmana line of girlspulling a friendsunshinepenguin slidingqueen of the hillpulling up the sledsMonday students had a busy morning.  They decorated their Valentine mailbags, wrote Valentine letters to their families, painted their paper mache balloons, and had a health lesson with Zeanny then enjoyed a special dairy treat of yogurt with granola and frozen fruit before heading to the library with Tammy.paper mache paintinggluing on heartspink, purple, red, and blueDiary makes strong bonesyummy yogurt!colorful spheresValentine’s Day, the day of love and friendship, was introduced.  We read some Valentine stories and the children began to prepare for our party next week by making Valentine mailbags.  We continued to sing our Valentine songs, including Skidamarink, You Are My Sunshine, A Tisket A Tasket, and Mail Myself to You.Valentine Mail bagslots of heartsheart chainWe introduced letter writing and the Post Office.  We read The Jolly Postman and each child wrote a letter home to one, two, or all of their family members for Valentine’s Day.  They will mail their letters when we take our tour of the US Post Office next Tuesday.a letter to my brothera letter to grandpaWe continued to chart our recyclables and trash usage.  We discussed how many recyclables we have been saving from the landfill, and introduced the idea of reducing waste, which we will delve into more in depth next week.4 digit addition with golden beads8 long chainIn Winter I . . .brushing teethpainting at easegeometric solids & color cubesth bookdominoespretty patternsletter sound booksa story with a friendbotany puzzlescuttingch bookrecording her workspelling out the words in the storymat workwriting timeword workMe on the Map was read again, and we introduced the floor map that we are creating of the town of Lancaster.  Susan drew an outline of the central roads and the river, and the children began painting the road gray and river blue.  Next week we will continue to add more detail.mappingoutlining for paintingFriday students explored their fifth sense, the sense of taste, with a tasting party.  We read about our sense of taste and looked at our taste buds in a mirror.  We learned that there are five categories of taste – sour, sweet, salty, bitter, and umami (meat).  We then washed up, sat at the snack table, and tasted some different foods to determine what they were, and if they would be categorized as sweet, sour, salty, bitter, or umami.  Some of them were pretty difficult to categorize, and we didn’t always agree, but we had fun tasting different flavors.close your eyessour salty pickleHow does this one taste?We celebrated a fifth birthday.  The birthday girl told us she was born in the winter, in the month of February, five years ago, so she speedily orbited the earth around the sun while we counted out her age.  After she blew out the candle we enjoyed tasty cupcakes with cashew maple frosting.5 years oldbirthday cupcakesa cupcake for my birthday

1 February, 2019
by Lyn
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A Tree is Nice

We had so much fun sledding on our mini hill.  It was hard to wait for turns, remember to walk up the backside of the hill, and stay out of the way of sledders, but we are making progress.  We had a couple of inside days due to low temperatures, so we made the best of it with some inside activities.things from nature snow pilereadyall lined upDown the hilltaking a breakIndoor recess fun:Calico Critters CottageKnexbristle blocksa tall towerplaymobileofficers on dutyMonday students did some paper mache work.  They were given the option to do a paper mache bowl or balloon – of course everyone chose to do a balloon, because – BALLOONS!!  We had to play with them a bit before covering them with the strips of paper dipped in the flour and water paste.  Unfortunately, due to the messiness of our hands, no photo documentation was acquired.

We read stories and sang songs about trees.  We read I Am A Tree, A Tree is Nice, Be a Friend to Trees and From Tree to Paper.  Susan taught us several tree songs, including Yippee, Hooray, I am a Sprout, This Bark on Me, and Branching Out.  We read about and discussed the many ways that we depend on trees.  They breath out oxygen and in Carbon Dioxide, the opposite of us, and they clean the air.  They provide food, shade, and shelter.  They provide homes for many animals.  They provide wood for houses, paper, boxes, magazines, books, paper towels, toilet paper, tables, chairs, floors, etc.sorted recycling, how to make a treeMy life as a tree has just begunbranching outtrees in winterStudents sorted the recycling, then we counted and charted our recycling as a group.  We had 6 fewer items the second week than the first week (the second week was also much shorter due to MLK day and snow days).  We also weighed our trash from the past two weeks.  In two weeks we accumulated 3.6 lbs of trash – less than 1/2 bag.  We also weighed our paper towels.  The first week we used 2.58 lbs of paper towels, and the second we used 1.7 lb.  We began to talk about reducing our waste this week, specifically about making sure we took only 1 or 2 paper towels to dry our hands to help reduce waste and save trees.sorting recyclingMr. Bond guided us in sanding the bottom and sides of our tool boxes.goggles onsandingsmoothing out the edgesall ready to go!We revisited the story Jabari Jumps, about the first time Jabari dives off the diving board, and some strategies he uses to take on that challenge.  He takes deep breaths to help calm and focus his brain, and he uses a mantra to tell himself he can do it.  We read Katy and the Big Snow, about a snow plow who works through a big snow storm, plowing out the whole city of Geopolis, even when she gets tired.  We discussed how fun challenges can be, and the children shared some experiences they have had or their family members have had when they took on a challenge and worked through it.A Tisket A Tasketreading, writing, arithmeticwooden word cardscar jumpsIn wintercolored cube artlacingNorth America & handwriting workanimals of North Americaalphabet go fishtrinomial cube, forest animals puzzleeye spydown to the last piecewriting and word workLegostangramsadditionNorth America pin punchcreatures listspeedy green planesbananagram tiles word BINGOwatering the aloewatering the spider plantdominoesliving or non-livingdominoesafternoon workb,g,jletter workslimehemispheresKatie from Believe in Books brought Pooh and A.O. for a visit.  A.O. read about the time Pooh took a balloon and rolled in the mud, then floated up and pretended to be a rain cloud so he could get the honey from the tree, but those bees were not fooled by Pooh’s disguise.  Everyone got to wave to or hug Pooh before picking their very own book to take home.Poohdouble hug for PoohPooh hugreading our new storiesFriday students explored their fourth sense, touch, this week.  We discussed the features of an item that we can determine based on touch, such as temperature, size, shape, texture, softness/hardness, and wetness or dryness.  We identified color, scent, and the noise it makes as things we could not identify based on touch.  Everyone had a chance to reach into the feely bag and select an item to identify using our sense of touch.What do you feel?We talked a bit about groundhog day, then some of the children made groundhogs who pop up to spot their shadows then scurry back to their burrows to sleep until spring.green groundhogssnow on the groundsnow around the shadow

25 January, 2019
by Lyn
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Adapting

We were excited to have so much snow on our playground after our first big snow dump of the season!  We worked as a team to make a huge pile in the center of the playground for sledding, which Friday students were able to enjoy after the rain and freeze.  It was so much fun sledding down individually and in pairs.  We started to learn and practice how to be safe and respectful when sledding.at the top of the hilldown the hilliceDental care was introduced through some stories about teeth brushing and care.  We demonstrated how to brush our teeth for two minutes until the timer ran through, going in a circular motion and cleaning each section for a count of ten.  A tooth-brushing activity was put out in practical life, the play dough dental set was added, and toothbrush painting was available at the art table.pulling teethtoothbrush paintingplay dough dentistyellow, purple, orange, pink, greenputting in the teethlots of pinkMr. Bond helped us attach the second side of our tool boxes this week. We donned our safety glasses and carefully pounded in the three nails to secure the wood together.attaching the second sidesecuring the nailOfficer Lucas from Fish and Game, and his intern, Brandon, visited on Wednesday to teach us about New Hampshire mammals and adaptation.  He brought pelts for us to examine and learn about.  We observed the shape, size, color, and the thickness and length of the fur to help us determine which animal each pelt was from.  We compared a pine marten pelt, which had longer, thicker fur for cooler temperatures and higher elevations to a mink pelt, which is sleeker and adapted to being in the water.  We observed identifying characteristics of several pelts to help us name them, including white stripes on a black skunk, and tail rings and black mask on a raccoon.  We also identified a coyote, beaver, fisher, gray fox, red fox, and muskrat.  To conclude we discussed adaptation and how animals adapt to survive.  Snowshoe hare and ermine are both animals that change from darker summer fur to white in the winter.  Officer Lucas asked why the animals change, and the children said so they would blend in with their surroundings, adapting to stay safe from predators. Each child then worked with a partner to read an animal name, then identify and place it on the matching pelt.coyotepine martenwhich is the fisher?beaver peltcan you make the mask?raccoon eyesfeeling the ermineWhich animal do you have?labeled peltstrinomial cubespooningtong transferAfricadice additionaddition using a number linecrawlingcontinentssorting and countingtangramsCostume Partygeometric solids and sound cylinder matchingalphabet go fishpuzzlesalphabet BINGOmaking fiveanimal circle timewaiting animalsmountains of bearspaint and sitreading with a friendnumber workthreefeely bagfolding (and trimming wayward threads)dominoessweeping upinstrumentsmatching numbersbinomial cubeclock workOur very short week concluded with a Friday science lesson on the third of the five senses we have explored – the sense of smell.  We read about how scent molecules travel into the nose, where they are trapped in the nerve endings, which bring the information to the brain, where it is interpreted and we determine what the scent is.  We then did some smelling.  We attempted to close our eyes and use our sense of smell to determine what items we were sniffing.  We smelled and identified a banana, honey, glue, mustard, paint, and an onion.  We found that we preferred to use our sense of sight to help identify the items we were scenting.