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

Sunnybrook Montessori School

Montessori preschool & kindergarten in New Hampshire's North Country

10 November, 2018
by Lyn
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Sustenance

going for a rideWinter is fast approaching.  As the dark has begun to encroach on the beginnings and endings of our days and the final leaves have drifted to the ground, we have been bundling up and staying active to keep warm in the cooler temperatures.  Bulls have been roaming our yard in search of food, pumpkin decomposition has been hastened, and travelers have been hopping, scooting, peddling, running, and riding around.mud, mud, I love mud!all the boatsbreaking up the pumpkina bucket full of sandvroom vroomMonday students learned about nutrition with Zeanny.  She introduced My Plate and the food groups, then read Bread, Bread, Bread and Nanette’s Baguette to teach us about grains.  We did some moving and grooving to exercise our bodies then each tried a plate with a piece of different grain products, including rice cake, pita bread, bagel, and baguette with some hummus and cream cheese.moving with Zeannytasting grainshummus and cream cheese with breadsMonday was the monthly visit to the library with Susan and Tammy.  The children chose some new books to borrow, listened to a story, then spent time playing with trains, caring for babies, putting out fires, and rolling marbles down chutes.Fire Stationmarble runchugga chugga choo choocaring for the babiesStone Soup, an annual Sunnybrook tradition each November, was introduced.  We watched a video of the story of three hungry travelers knocking on doors in search of food.  When they are repeatedly turned away, they decide that they will cook for the hungry community.  They request a large pot and commence preparing a feast from a stone.  We will continue to read a variety of versions of the Stone Soup story in preparation for our Stone Soup meal on Wednesday, November 21st.number board with a friendBrown stairs and pink towerblock patternspainting partnersLego girlsdrawing rod trainsmastering cuttingDinosaur towersconstructing a housemediflight to the hospitalblue, green, blue and redroads and towersvehicle puzzletracing and countingcontinent mapsstories with friendscuisinaire rod trains3 + 6 = 9a lego housebinomial cubespooning transfer workcircles and colorsletter workmorning mat workGo Away Big Green Monstercutting and pastingbrain flakesreading and writingDaddythese girls LOVE to read!number sorting trayanother storyteen bead boardcounting up their cashartists at workher favorite puzzle and the continent matmore legostransfer workmaking letter booksdotsNurse Heather visited to tell us about her work in the hospital.  She wore her scrubs so we could see what a nurse’s uniform is.  She demonstrated how to use a stethoscope to listen to our hearts, lungs, and stomachs to make sure everything is healthy and strong.  She introduced a sphygmomanometer to measure blood pressure.  She told us about the helicopter that sometimes picks up patients that are in need of special care and takes them to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.  The children had many questions and comments to share.  Nurse Heather learned a lot about us during her visit!Nurse HeatherDuring woodworking with Mr. Bond the children each had the opportunity to add another side to their pencil/note holders.  Another few weeks and they may be ready to go home.adding the second sidepounding in the nailsstarting the nailtap, tap, taptwo nailsalmost inWe continued to practice our Spanish colors, numbers, and body parts with Zeanny.  The children took turns placing colors and numbers when Zeanny named them in Spanish.  She introduced the festival of Los Posadas, and a song the travelers sing as they move from one house to another.  Zeanny told the story of an expectant mother and father riding a donkey in search of a place to stay, and how people re-enact this story by visiting houses in the community and knocking on doors, asking for shelter.  When they reach the final house, they are invited in to celebrate together.  Zeanny also introduced the merengue and we began to learn how to march and move our hips, clap our hands together with a partner, and move around the room in a train.  We will continue to practice and hope to impress you with our singing and dancing during the winter performance!quatrocolors and numbersdancing the merengueSusan brought out the glockenspiel and each child had an opportunity to play along to the song Make New Friends.  As Susan conducted, the children watched and played their block when pointed to.  They are anxious to each choose a song to participate in and play along with for our performance in December.glockenspielPlaying Make New FriendsFriday students continued to learn about how healthy food helps our bodies.  We studied the digestive system and how our bodies use and break down, then eliminate, the food we eat.  We read some poop stories, Everyone Poops and Perry Poops, and a digestion story, What Happens to a Hamburger?  We munched some crackers in our mouths using our teeth and saliva, then swallowed them down into the esophagus, then into the stomach.  In conjunction with What Happens to a Hamburger? We used a masher and water to be the mouth chewing up crackers and mixing with saliva.  We then “swallowed” it and it travelled to the stomach bag where it was mixed with stomach acids and mixed some more.  We then used an egg shaker as food and took turns squeezing it through the intestines (a cut off leg of a pair of tights) then pooped it out the end.  We stretched out strings that had been tied together to represent the digestive tract from the mouth to the anus – 21 feet long!  It is pretty amazing that all fits into our bodies!"chewing" up the foodstomach mashing

2 November, 2018
by Lyn
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Witches on Switches

a witch with her rakeWhat a witchy week we had!  Witches on broomsticks were soaring around the playground, cackling delightedly as they flew through the leaves, past the potion makers, and between the balancers.collecting ingredientspass the ballOff they go!Lots of potionsbalancerolling and rockingFlying arounda hat that is blacktandem flyingMonday artists studied the Swiss German artist Paul Klee (pronounced Klay), whose colorful surrealist artwork made use of lines and shape.  We examined many of his most famous works, including Fish Magic, Cat and Bird, Twittering Machine, and Fire Evening.  We used Castle and Sun as the inspiration for our colorful shape art, creating works titled Fish in the Sea, Daddy’s Bed, The castle and the Hungry Caterpillar, etc.
circle, square, trianglePaul Klee ArtPaul Klee artthe castle and the hungry caterpillara green pillowfish in the seaIn celebration of Halloween, we read lots of Halloween stories, including Room on the Broom, Inside a House that is Haunted, Halloween, and The Little Old Lady who Was Not Afraid of Anything, and sang our Halloween songs; The Ghost of John, Stirring Our Brew, and Five Little Pumpkins.  We also did the Hokey Pokey using the names of the bones in our skeleton – the phalanges, patella, pelvis, ribs, vertebrae, clavicle, scapula, and skull.
walkie talkie timeHow do you spell hummingbird?pop it in the ovendrumming boysfuture architectsbead transfer with tweezersplay dough bakeryspooning buttonsmodern art magnatile buildingsKNEXstories with Lisaspooning seed beadsHalloween afternoon play dough1000 additionjournal writingHow is the patient today?binomial cubemarble runtransfer workdice additionpeg board countingN, Ebaking in the ovena multi-purpose play dough tooldice additionOn Halloween day the children who chose to do so arrived in costume and celebrated with a variety of Halloween themed activities.  They tossed worms and rats into a cauldron, made loud sounds by running over bubble-wrap, got bare feet stuck on sticky paper, scooped seeds and pulp out of a pumpkin, created jack-o-lantern faces.  We had fun mixing potions (the most desired activity of the day) with Lyn’s mom, Suzy, who came to spend soand me time with us.adding some purple slimebubble, bubble, toil, and troublea serene pumpkinworms and brown gooworm and rat tosssticky witchsocks and shoesstickingpotion ingredientsstick, stuckground up dragon scalespop, pop, popgreen slimeBubbling overcrushed toadstoolsdragon droolsnap, crackle, popsticky feetglub, glub, glubMr. Bond came to hang the bird-feeders with us.  The children went out with their group to fill the feeders with seed then hang them from the tree.  The children helped hold the rope while Mr. Bond raised the feeders, then we all stood back to help decide when it was level.  We noticed that there were seeds on the ground under the feeders on Thursday, and discovered a hair on the feeder, which we determined was from a squirrel rather than a bird.  We are hoping for some birds to come before the squirrels make off with all the food!
taking turnshold on tightIs it level?pour it inadding some bird foodPull!We finished our morning off enjoying all the tasty snacks that families sent in, then ran off all our energy on the playground.  Thank you so much to everyone who contributed a treat!so many tasty snacks!fruit kabobs and cupcakesfinishing up our snacksThursday morning Zeanny introduced the Mexican holiday Dia de Muertos (The Day of the Dead).  We watched a short clip from the film Coco, then Zeanny showed us how to make Papel picado garlands by folding and cutting tissue paper.  She told us about sugar skulls and showed how they are decorated with flowers and bright patterns.  The children then had the opportunity to make their own papel picado garlands and create a colorful sugar skull mask.cutting the shapesPapel picadodecorating a sugar skullgreysugar skull with a red nosecutting Papel picadoDuring music with Susan, she introduced the glockenspiel, which the children will get to play for the winter performance.  We then ordered the hand bells from low to high, taking turns ringing and comparing them to put them on the scale where they belong.  Some good listening was required to determine which were higher and lower!the glockenspeilwhere does it go in the scale?comparing the bellshigher or lower?For Friday science Susan introduced the four cardinal directions (North, South, West, East) and the use of a compass rose.  She explained that a compass will always point North, as our Earth is a giant magnet.  They played a game where they took turns with the compass and friends moved to different coordinates, then they had fun exploring with magnets.magnetsholding the compass and standing on EastPointing NorthStanding in the Westmagnets and paperclipsmagnet on the baseboardpaperclips on a magnet
 

26 October, 2018
by Lyn
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Happiness

happinessMost of the leaves have fallen to the ground, allowing the sunlight to filter through the branches and warm us on these cold fall days.  Raking up leaves to jump in, throw up in the air, and dump in our garden for compost has been keeping us busy and warmed up.going for a ridea train of girlsgirlie grinsfunny girlarmfuls of leavessleeping dinosaursrockin girlsleaf showerburried in the leavesMonday students learned about the Dutch artist Piet Mondrian, who is most well known for his red, blue, and yellow art, part of the Dutch De Stijl (The Style) movement in the early 1900’s.  We looked at his paintings and noticed how his work transitioned from realistic to very abstract, with black lines filled in with white and the primary colors, then to lines of primary colors depicting a city, such as New York.  The children used black, blue, yellow, and red markers to make their own Mondrian style art.Piet Mondrian art style transition
making the lines
black lines with a ruleradding color
Mondrian artIn preparation for Bring Your Family to School Night, the children finished up their family portraits, thought about what items they wanted to show and demonstrate, took a tour of the classroom, and made invitations to take home to families.making his family portraitfamily portraitsWe read Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and introduced aspects of a story, including setting, the main and supporting characters, the antagonist and the protagonist, the emotions the characters experience, the conflict/question/challenge, and the resolution.setting, main character, how does the character feel, conflict, resolutioncuttingtools nomenclaturefeely bagcoloring in the linestamborinolabeling the doll housea jack-o-lanternliving or nonlivingLegosworking on the 100 chartreadingreading and writing workzipping framecoloring circlesUniverse, Galaxy, Solar System, Planet, Continent, Country, State, TowncoloringDescribe what you grabbedgluingtracing and cuttingbowling additionmorning work timea tall building for the animalstransfer workshort bead chains 1-10wooden word cardsdice additionreading workOn Wednesday morning we took a field trip to the library to see Miss Ronnie.  She showed us the parts of the book – cover, back, pages, and spine.  She talked about how we put the books on the shelves with the spines out so we can read the title and author.  She gave us a tour around the children’s room and then taught us about fiction (stories that are false – make believe) and non-fiction (stories that are real – contain facts).  We learned that non-fiction books have a white sticker at the bottom with a number that helps us know where it goes on the shelf, and that non-fiction books are located along the walls of the children’s room.  She showed us where the fiction books are in the middle of the room.  She also showed us where the holiday books are located, which have holiday stickers on the spines, and early readers, which have purple stickers on the spines.  She also demonstrated how to locate a specific book, then place a space saver in that spot so we know where to return it.  The class then split into three groups by age and worked with a teacher to select two books per group to borrow with our library card.learning about fiction and nonfictionsitting with a friendlistening to Ms Ronniehow to find a non-fiction bookThe cartographers continued their map making work with Susan, finishing up their measuring and cutting out pieces for shelves, rugs, tables, etc. in our classroom.  They shared their work with the group and children helped to identify the different areas on the map and place the tables in their spots in the classroom.measuring the entry rugmeasuring the circle tableWhere on the map does it go?Place the table on the mapclassroom mapWe celebrated two birthdays this week.  Our newest five-year old brought baseball cupcakes to share.  He was pleased to walk the earth around the sun while we listed the seasons and counted his five years before blowing out the candle.  The soon to be four-year old excitedly passed out her chocolate chip pumpkin muffins, then orbited the candle sun with the globe as we named the seasons and counted her four years before being serenaded with the birthday song and blowing out the candle.  Happy Birthday, birthday kids!!the birthday boybaseball cupcakesShe's four!pumpkin muffin birthday treatsDuring Spanish with Zeanny we sang our body songs and counting song.  Zeanny read a counting story about Spanish celebrations, called Fiesta! and told us that we will be learning about Spanish holidays over the next six weeks, before we have a big celebration of Las Posadas in December.  We then played some Spanish number finding and color finding games before ending our group with the adios song.Cabeza, hombros, piernes, piesLa Fiesta!Can you find blanco?Mr. Bond came for woodworking on Thursday to accommodate our library field trip.  He created a shelf to store all the pencil holders the students are making.  Each holder has its own space and the children know where theirs are located.  This week they used nails and small hammers to attach the first side of their pencil holders, carefully working to hammer the nails in so it is securely attached.putting on the safety gogglessanding timehammering her holder togetherhammeringsanding and hammeringDuring Music with Susan, she read Musical Max by Robert Krauss and illustrated by Jose Arugo.  She then brought out the rhythm instruments.  This time everyone had an instrument at the same time and took turns playing them to the Sunnybrook version of “Johnny Hammers with One Hammer.”  The children took turns with the different types of instruments; tone blocks, bells, rhythm sticks, and maracas.Musical MaxbellsThe hospital was once again busy with doctors and nurses attending to patients while the check in clerks made sure all the paperwork and payments were in order.The nurse is on dutychecking on the babyCan you hear the tuning fork?examining the patientlistening to her heartchecking the baby's reflexesBelieve in Books visited with Piglet on Friday morning.  Sally read us a story about Piglet.  He wants to play with his friends, but they are all busy, so he makes up his own game.  His friends then all come play his game with him.  The children each got their own story to take home to keep.  Non-Friday students will get to choose their stories next week.A story with Sallyhugs for PigletHigh five for PigletstoriesFriday students continued their study of living and non-living.  We reviewed what is living and what is non-living with the book Is It Living or Non-Living?  We recalled that plants and animals are living.  We know that animals need air, water, and food, and that plants need, air, water, sunlight and nutrients to live.  We then read Plants are Living Things and learned more about plants and how they grow and change, their parts, and how they can reproduce.  We took down a spider plant and carefully poured it out of its pot to look at the parts.  We located the long leaves that produce food in a process called photosynthesis.  We looked at the roots, whose jobs are to soak up the water needed to make food, and hold the plant in the ground.  We then took five baby spider plant runners to do an experiment.  We put one in a jar with air, light, and nutrients (plant food) but no water, a second we placed in an airtight jar with water, light, and nutrients but no air, a third we placed in a jar with air, water, and nutrients, then placed it in a covered pot so it will not get sunlight, a fourth we placed in water with no plant food, and the final was the control with water, nutrients, air, and sunlight.  We will observe them weekly and compare them to see how they fare.comparing spider plants growth in deprivationThis plant will get no sunlight

19 October, 2018
by Lyn
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Fire! Fire! Fire!

The leaves are still on the trees, and winter weather is already arriving!  It was cold and windy throughout the week, and our first snowfall of the year blanketed the ground on Thursday, much to the delight of many, and the dismay of some.  Big plans for snowman construction were made in the morning, but implementation was a challenge with all the leaves tangled up in our ½ inch of flakes.ball tossbig steps on stumpstaking out the leavesgirls on hopping ballsthe witch's brewgoing for a ridea walking stickraking up the leaveshappy hopping6 drummers drummingstanding in the snowscraping the snow off so they are not so slipperycollecting water"Yay" for snowa mini snowballa snowballThe artist Mary Cassatt was introduced Monday.  Mary Cassatt is most well known for her paintings of families, despite being single and childless herself. The children shared stories of their families and family get togethers, then planned out and created their own family portraits to display for Bring Your Family to School Night next Thursday.  Students worked on family portraits throughout the week, and will continue to work on them again next week.family portraitsHer familyadding skin tone colordrawing her familyThe cold winds accompanied us on our walking field trip to the fire station on Tuesday.  We were grateful to have several parents join us for the morning.  Before departing, students shared many safety rules.  Everyone held hands with a partner and stayed behind the partners in front of them.  We stopped at all intersections and walked close to the buildings and as far from the road as possible.  At the fire station we checked out the trucks, hoses, and equipment, then had a discussion with Zina, who donned her fire suit, talked to us about fire safety, showed us tools firefighters used, told us about the fire hoses and fire trucks, then all the children had the opportunity to climb into the fire truck to see where the firefighters ride.  It was a fun and educational adventure!walking to the fire stationlooking at the enginesgreeting ZinaZina in her fire fighting outfita turn in the fire truckin the fire truckchecking out the equipment in the truckUpon our return we made some truly creative thank you cards for Zina.
Thank You ZinaThank yous for ZinaDramatic play was busy with Doctors, nurses, check in attendants, X-ray technicians, and patients.
checking on the patientThat will be $1 pleaseDoctor on dutyIs anything broken?May we help check you in?Does it hurt here?Yes, we can schedule your appointment.Momma with her babiescounting out the changelistening to his heartthe Doctor is inchecking on the babiesLots of yellowred, yellow, bluematching words & matching babies with adultsWhat's missing?4, 5, 6wooden word card word matchinga creative structurepressing it downLegosnumber die additionafternoon quiet worksorting and counting worknumber writingsilly girlshammering colored shapes in placea block tower100 boardteen boardmatching partsanimal leg additionreading to a friend3, 4, 5coloringheads and tails5 long chainFeely bag - what do you find?orange playdoughstarting construction - measuring the group meeting areatong transfer100 chart writinga magnificent magnatile machinetransfer work with momSusan introduced map making.  With some help from some friends, she demonstrated how to make a map of a house.  Students placed doll house furniture on a large piece of paper, setting up the pieces by where they thought they might be in a house.  We then discussed where walls and doors might be.  Susan traced around the furniture, then removed it, and we used our memories to recall where items were so Susan could label them.  She then introduced making a map of our classroom.  Students had measured the room and outlined it on graph paper.  Because a map is a small representation of a location, we would not be able to pick up the furniture and trace around it, so Susan and many of the children spent Thursday measuring the various areas of the room, coloring and cutting out rugs and furniture, and placing them on our classroom map.This is the living roomwhat room is this?tracing the furniturea birds eye viewpreparing the classroom mapmeasuring the woodworking & painting matmeasuring the cubby rugmeasuring from woodworking to dramatic playthe distance between shelvespieces on a mapDuring Thursday Spanish we sang our color song and body songs, then Zeanny introduced the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso.  She showed us many paintings he made, in a variety of styles, from his blue period, to cubism, to abstract art.  She created a black outline of one of his paintings, which the students worked on coloring in later in the day.  She played an “eye spy” (in Spanish) color spotting game.  Zeanny would name a color and the children would guess what item of clothing Zeanny was looking at, and who was wearing it.Introducing Picassonegropink circlesstarting to fill in the spaces with colorPicasso coloringFor woodworking Mr. Bond had a special bag for each student.  Each bag had 5 pieces of wood inside, which will go together to create a pencil & notecard holder.  Mr. Bond showed each group a series of photos, and as with the bird feeders, the students put them in order of construction, from first to last.  The students then worked on sanding their pieces of wood, which they will gradually assemble, and then take home to keep.what do we do first?sanding a blockordering the processhere is your bag of piecesDuring music with Susan we read the stories Farmer Joe and the Music Show and Thump, Thump, Rat-a-Tat-Tat, two rhythm and rhyming books.  Susan introduced different types of drums and we listened to the sounds they made. We then took turns rat-a-tat-tatting with rhythm instruments, and Thump, Thump, Thumping on the big drum. Everyone got to hit the djembe before getting ready for outside.Farmer Joe and the Music Showlisten to the drumsrat a tat tatquiet thumpsThump thump thumpdrumming on the drumstoriesFriday students read Life by Cynthia Rylant, and two books about Living and Nonliving.  We learned that living things need air, water, and food to live, and all living things can move independently, even plants!  We discussed how all living things grow and change, and eventually die.  We learned that plants make their own food using air, water, and sunlight, and they will turn and grow toward the sun.  We then did a sorting activity, where each child closed their eyes and chose an item from a bowl.  They then determined if it was living or nonliving, and placed it on the corresponding tray.living or nonliving