Sunnybrook Montessori School

Montessori preschool & kindergarten in New Hampshire's North Country

9 November, 2019
by Lyn

Monday Play Dates

Monthly Monday Play Dates are open to all children ages 2-4 and their caregivers and siblings. They are held the first Monday of each month, October – May, from 10-11 AM in the Sunnybrook classroom.

Play Dates may be cancelled due to weather conditions. If SAU 36 is closed, Sunnybrook is closed. If the weather is iffy you may call 788-3884 or e-mail [email protected] to find out if we are open.

The Schedule for 2019-2020 is as follows:

October 7
November 4
December 2
January 6
February 3
March 2
April 6
May 4

We welcome families to visit the classroom to enjoy time with other families, participate in an art activity, have a snack, engage with the classroom materials, and meet the Director/Lead Teacher, Lyn.

Play Date Painting

Preregistration is NOT required, but we do ask that all who attend the Monday Play Dates fill out a Sunnybrook Play Date Registration Form, which can be accessed here: Sunnybrook Play Date Registration Form. These can be completed upon arrival at Play Dates, or brought to Play Dates already filled out. Only one per year is needed.

This is also a great opportunity for families thinking about enrolling their child in Sunnybrook to ask questions, help their child orient to the environment and teacher, and determine if Sunnybrook is a good fit for your family.

*Please note that the Sunnybrook classroom is set up for children ages 3-6, and many small items are found in the environment. Families are welcome to set materials that bring safety concerns for younger children out of reach when visiting for play dates. The Sunnybrook supervision policy states that, when present, care givers are responsible for the safety and supervision of their children.

9 November, 2019
by Lyn

Check out our RENOVATIONS!

This summer, thanks to planning, scrimping and saving, and donations from individuals and local businesses, we were able to add bathrooms and sinks to our classroom, a small galley kitchen, and a second space for small group work, administrative work, and quiet afternoon rest time. We are so grateful to all those who contributed financially and to Lionel Cloutier Construction, Fitch Fuel, Fred Rainville Electric, and Brian Kingsly Painting for all their fantastic work! These much needed improvements have drastically increased the safety and functioning of our classroom, the experience of our students, and the availability of teachers to engage with students and better meet their needs.

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9 November, 2019
by Lyn

Fall’s First Snowfall

The warm layers were bundled on to combat the arrival of winter temperatures and our first snowfall of the season. The final meals of the season were prepared and the last games of soccer and pass were played before the balls and kitchen equipment went in for the winter.

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Monday students had a health lesson with Zeanny. We learned about carbohydrates, particularly breads such as bagels, pita bread, pretzels, naan, tortillas, baguettes, and pizza crust. Zeanny taught us that their job is to give us energy so we can think and move and lift and run and play. We read a book about different types of breads, then named breads we like to eat and pretended to eat them. As we ate them, we moved faster and faster to use our energy we gained from eating the bread. We then got to enjoy some pita bread, bagel, and/or baguette with or without hummus, cream cheese, or jam.

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We celebrated two fifth birthdays this week. On Monday we had cupcakes with the birthday girl, and on Wednesday we enjoyed fruit kebabs with the second birthday girl. Each child shared their age, took their turn orbiting the sun, and was serenaded by the birthday song before sitting for their birthday snack.

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We continued our study of the moon, gravity, astronauts, and astronauts in space and on the moon. We watched a short clip of the first walk on the moon, recognizing the role that Mission Command played in helping the astronauts. We also watched a short clip of astronauts in the space station doing various daily activities such as washing up, eating, playing an instrument, and washing hair as they floated around in a gravity free environment.

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Stone Soup was introduced, which is our annual November theme with a focus on community and compassion. We read three versions: Stone Soup by Marcia Brown, Stone Soup by Ann McGovern, and Some Friends to Feed by Pete Seeger. We made our own stone soup on the flannel board. Each child added a stone or vegetable. We will make a Sunnybrook stone soup in a couple of weeks. Each child will bring a vegetable and we will all work to prepare the soup, then invite families to share it with us the day before Thanksgiving.

We read The Tortoise and the Hare then played a game where we could move fast like the hare, or slowly like the tortoise when that animal was shown. We also played by singing slowly or quickly, making our words come out nice and slow like the tortoise, or super fast like the hare.

We had a discussion about making friends and being inclusive. We read the story Say Hello about a dog who feels lonely then asks to join some children for a game of ball. A boy then approaches, and the dog invites him to play. We talked about how it is important to include people, but it is also our own responsibility to approach others when we want to play. We discussed how this is easy for some, like our friend Henrietta, and quite difficult for others, like our friend Wolfgang, and we might have to be brave to get up the nerve to join in.

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During sign with Rose we reviewed all our learned signs. It is impressive how many children have retained all or most of the signs! This week she introduced signs related to our solar system. We learned moon, sun, earth, star, and planet.


Zeanny continued to review the color words with the egg shakers and the color song, the parts of the body, and position words. She introduced the celebration of Las Posadas, which is a Christmas celebration in many Hispanic countries and communities, including Mexico, Spain, and parts of the U.S. She explained how members of a community get together and have a raffle drawing for who will hold the party. Whoever draws the star is the secret host. On the day of the party everyone travels from house to house knocking on doors singing the Las Posadas song and asking “Hay Posadas?” (is this the inn?). As they knock on doors where the party is not being held, people join in until they come to the party, then they celebrate with food and a pinata. We will hold our own Las Posadas celebration on Saturday, December 7th at 4PM. Children and families will join Zeanny on a walk around the community knocking on (prearranged) doors, until they reach the secret party.

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Friday students read about spiders and learned that they are different from insects. They have 8 legs and 8 eyes and all spin silk with spinnerets. Their webs are built using different types of silk, some strong, some sticky, and the purpose of a web is to capture prey. Spiders sit still and wait to feel vibrations, then paralyze their prey before eating it or spinning it up to save for later. We watched a short clip of an orb spider building a web.

2 November, 2019
by Lyn

Pirates and Princesses

We had so much energy that we were anxious to get out and run around every day that the rain did not keep us in.  There were lots of good guys chasing bad guys, climbing, kicking, throwing, and catching balls, riding roller coasters and eating pizza at Santa’s Village, digging, jumping, cooking, riding bikes, bouncing on the big balls, building castles, hauling loot, camping, worm hunting, and playing make believe.  We brought the pumpkins outside to clean out the seeds and pulp and put it in the garden, then brought them back in to carve.

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Monday students finished their Wassily Kandinsky circle art by filling in all their black circles with bright colors, creating lovely works of art for display.

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Zeanny visited on Tuesday to tell us about Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, a holiday celebrated in Mexico and several other Latin American countries.  During Dia de los Muertos families honor and remember their loved ones who have passed by cooking their favorite foods, visiting their graves, displaying their photographs, decorating with colorful flowers and cut paper, dressing up as skeletons, lighting candles, and having a big party.  We watched a short clip about Dia de los muertos from the movie Coco, then Zeanny showed us how to fold tissue paper flowers and cut papel picado.  We then made our own, which we hung to display on the back wall.

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We read the book Gravity by Jason Chin, which explained to us what gravity is.  We then watched some astronauts walking, leaping, and falling on the moon, where there is much less gravity than Earth, making it more challenging to walk.

We removed the kitchen from dramatic play and began to set up the moon, the space ship to get to the moon, and the NASA mission command center.  The children had a glorious time being astronauts, both piloting the space ship and bouncing around on the moon. Next week will work on space suits, mission command, and adding details to space.

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There was a lot of interest in letter work this week! These kids were busy practicing letter names, sounds, identification, formation and writing.

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During sign language with Rose we reviewed all the signs we have learned so far, and a few children knew all or almost all of them!  She introduced more family signs this week.  We learned grandmother, grandfather, aunt, uncle, and cousin.  She asked us if we were having a family party, who would be there?  We each signed one or two signs to tell everyone who would come.

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Henrietta the hen told us a sad story about how she had built a big huge tower, but Wolfgang knocked it down.  Henrietta thought that Wolfgang was being mean, but Wolfgang explained to us that it was an accident and his tail had knocked it down when he walked by.  We discussed how we feel when something like that happens, and how we need to use our words to communicate so we can be sure that we each understand what the other was thinking and feeling and what their intentions were.  Henrietta was sad and mad and remained that way without talking to Wolfgang.  The children suggested she could tell Wolfgang that she was sad and mad because he knocked her tower down.  He explained that it was an accident and apologized.  She was still sad and mad, but realized that Wolfgang was not being mean when he knocked down her tower.

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The Halloween party was full of princesses, pirates, unicorns, mermaids, fairies, superheros, a peacock, a kitty cat, Carrie from Little House on the Prairie, a Doctor and a power ranger.  They had a wonderfully busy morning walking on sticky paper in bare feet, popping bubble wrap, mixing potions, carving pumpkins, decorating moon phase cookies, and making bats and jack-o-lanterns.  Thank you for all the tasty snacks and treats!  Everyone chose one sugary treat and three healthy treats, then those with hungry bellies went back for more healthy treats.

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Last week a student found a wasp nest, which he brought to share with the class, so Friday students did some research into insects. First each child selected and examined a large insect replica. We counted legs, body parts, and observed other features. All of the children counted six legs and three body parts, which we learned are the head, thorax, and abdomen. We read about insects and learned that they all have an exoskeleton, unlike our endoskeleton, and antennae, which they use to smell, feel, and taste.
We also talked about insect metamorphosis and looked at some photos of grubs, which are beetle larva, and watched a short video of a ladybug opening it’s wing casings and unfurling its wings to fly. We then checked out the 3 wasp nests that we have and made some observations about them. We noticed that they feel like paper, they each have a small opening toward the bottom which they determined was the front door, and inside there were layers of paper cells. We discussed how the cells are like beds for all the babies, and wondered how the wasps build their nests. We watched a couple of short videos to see how it is done. One was a h The second was a close up of a wasp building a nest by chewing up wood, mixing it with saliva, then spitting it out to build the cells and nest, and chewing up a caterpillar and spitting it out to feed the larva.

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