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

Come play with us
October 6
November 3
December 8
January 5
February 2
March 2
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.

 

18 October, 2014
by Lyn
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The Sun and the Rain

afternoon group

afternoon group

backbends

backbends

What a crazy week of weather we had, but we enjoyed it all, from the heat to the rain and in between.  On Thursday we wanted to make the most of the warmth, so we enjoyed a picnic lunch and did our afternoon work outside.  On Friday we had fun in the rain playing with all of the water we could find.

picnic lunch

picnic lunch

boys in the sand box

boys in the sand box

girls in the sandbox

girls in the sandbox

playing with baby mouse

playing with baby mouse

walking the blocks

walking the blocks

sharing her umbrella

sharing her umbrella

Water!

Water!

buckets of water

buckets of water

mud soup

mud soup

muck

muck

drawing with the glitter pens

drawing with the glitter pens

We spent our week preparing for Bring Your Family to Sunnybrook Night.  We learned how to give a tour of the classroom, and the children chose and practiced demonstrating items that they wanted to introduce to their families.  They made invitations to bring home with some new sparkly glitter pens, then used the pens to create as many beautiful sparkly pictures as they could before the ink all ran out.

number work

number work

puzzle maps

puzzle maps

table work

table work

bats!

bats!

At the art table everyone was busy making bats.  They used good fine motor skills to hold the template, trace around it, cut it out, then decorate the bat.  Our classroom is now full of mosquito eating bats!

art

art

We welcomed a new friend on Wednesday.  Everyone was excited to meet her and show her around.  We are looking forward to getting to know her better throughout the year!

drop, cover, hold

drop, cover, hold

We were all very much looking forward to seeing the firemen and the fire truck at the library on Thursday, but they had to postpone until next Thursday.  Instead, we participated in the Great North East Shake Out at 10:16.  We talked about what might happen if everything started shaking, and the children quickly pointed out that things could fall down off the shelves and walls.  They suggested places to go and ways to protect ourselves, then we practiced finding a table to go under until the shaking ends.

acorn transfer

acorn transfer

color grading

color grading

afternoon work

afternoon work

counting pegs

counting pegs

helping a friend

helping a friend

letter formation practice

letter formation practice

reading about butterflies

reading about butterflies

reading in the quiet house

reading in the quiet house

Family Night

Family Night

On Thursday evening the children were very excited to show their families their classroom and all of their favorite things to do at school.  They gave tours, demonstrated materials, and visited with friends.  It was fun to have our families at school and to be there at night!

demonstrating materials

demonstrating materials

some favorite work

some favorite work

introducing the metal insets

introducing the metal insets

making bats

making bats

Friday students had a lot to accomplish.  They were very eager to make more bats in the morning, then they took some time to make thank you letters for a donation we received from the Lancaster Elementary School seventh grade.  The seventh and eighth graders had a super hero design contest, and the winners were awarded $100 to donate to an organization of their choosing.  The seventh grade group that won chose Sunnybrook!  It was tremendously thoughtful, and we are so grateful that they chose us as the recipients.

observing a spider

observing a spider

Digestion

Digestion

For science in the afternoon, we learned about the digestive system.  The students examined their teeth in a mirror and learned that the front teeth are for cutting the food, and the back molars are for grinding.  To demonstrate this, the students took turns cutting up a peanut butter sandwich with scissors, then adding water (saliva), and grinding it down further with a masher.  We then demonstrated how the esophagus pushes the food down to the stomach by squeezing the muscles (pushing a wooden object through some tights), then poured the mashed food into a plastic bag stomach with some enzymes and acid (coke).  Everyone took a turn mixing and mashing the food in the stomach, then poured it into the small intestine (a leg from a pair of tights), and watching the nutrients come out to be used by the body while pushing the waste through.  Finally, we cut string the length of each section of the digestive system, tied them together, and stretched it out across the classroom – it was more than 20 feet long!

the stomach at work

the stomach at work

the length of the digestive system

the length of the digestive system

11 October, 2014
by Lyn
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Families and Friends

leaf shower

leaf shower

The chill in the air has been lasting longer into the day, so we kept our bodies moving to stay warm outside.  Most of the leaves have fallen off of the trees, littering our playground, which makes for some wonderful fun!  We trucked them around, raked them into piles, buried ourselves, and threw them up to create leaf showers.

One of our favorite parts of the day is outside time.  The children have become quite independent and speedy getting ready to go out, so we have been taking full advantage of our time.

LEAVES!

LEAVES!

sitting on stumps

sitting on stumps

loading up the truck

loading up the truck

During Monday Art we read about the artist Mary Cassatt, who painted family pictures.  We learned that she was never married or had children herself, but children and their parents were some of her favorite subjects.  She was good friends with the artist Degas, who is well known for his paintings of dancers.  She showed her work with Degas and other impressionists, who used lighter colors, ordinary subject matter, and visible brush strokes, as opposed to the use of dark colors, famous people and occurrences, and no visible brush strokes, which was the standard for popular art at the time.  After learning about Mary, many of us made our own family portraits.

art

art

pastels at the art table

pastels at the art table

At the art table pastels and dark paper were available.  The students created many bright, colorful pictures on the black, brown, and grey paper.

art table work

art table work

During circle we continued to sing some familiar songs, such as “The Seasons Song” that we learned last week, and the class favorites “The Hokey Pokey,” “Jump Jim Joe,” and “The Apple Tree Song.”  We also learned the new song, “Peanut Butter and Jelly.”  Some of the stories we read were Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.  We also began reading Is It Living or Non-Living.  We learned that living animals need air, food, and water and that living plants need air, sunshine, water, and nutrients.  We shared what some of the healthy foods are that we each enjoy eating to stay strong and healthy.  We learned about our bones this week as well.  We felt in our bodies to find all of the hard bones, including our ribs, skull, arm bones, hand bones, leg bones, hip bones, and knees.  We have a model of the spine, so we counted the vertebrae, then took turns feeling a friends spine.

We read the story One, by Katherine Otoshi, about the color Blue who is quiet and reserved.  We talked about Wolfgang, and how he is quiet and reserved like Blue, and identified some of our friends at Sunnybrook who are quiet like Wolfgang and Blue.  Then we talked about Henrietta, and how she is energetic and excited, and we identified the friends that are more like her.  The children are very aware of which puppet they are more like, and were very quick identifying the friends in class who are more quiet like Wolfgang and Blue.  We also talked about Red, who in the story is not always nice, and we shared some things that make us feel not very nice.  Every child could relate to feeling sad, angry, or hurt and feeling not very nice.  Then we talked about different ways that we could help others when they are feeling not very nice, such as in the story when they invited Red to play, because maybe Red was feeling left out.  We began a list of kind acts, and every day the students will be invited to share kind acts that they observe others doing, which we will add to the list.  It is exciting to identify someone doing something kind!

cylinder block

cylinder block

cleaning up

cleaning up

binomial cube

binomial cube

checking on the chrysalis

checking on the chrysalis

hiding the nocturnal animals from the sunshine

hiding the nocturnal animals from the sunshine

work

work

reading with a friend in a cozy hiding spot

reading with a friend in a cozy hiding spot

number puzzle

number puzzle

puzzle maps

puzzle maps

sound sort

sound sort

acorn transfer activity

acorn transfer activity

working

working

trinomial cube

trinomial cube

letter formation

letter formation

I think you have a fever

I think you have a fever

The children continued to hone their patient care and medical skills.  They were very busy tending to injuries, curing illnesses, and providing excellent care.

doctors

doctors

caring for the patient

caring for the patient

practicing dice addition to demonstrate

practicing dice addition to demonstrate

Friday students had a very busy morning.  Everyone went around the classroom deciding and practicing which materials they want to demonstrate for their parents on Thursday at Bring Your Family to School Night.

There was a special request for instruments during circle, so everyone had fun taking turns playing different instruments loudly, quietly, fast, slow, and following a pattern.

For science most of the students made skeletons with Q-tip bones.  They had a lot of fun identifying different bones in the body and figuring out how to put them together to build their skeleton.

instruments

instruments

skeleton science

skeleton science

rest time writing

rest time writing