Sunnybrook Montessori School

Montessori preschool & kindergarten in New Hampshire's North Country

19 September, 2015
by Lyn

Sunnybrook Play Dates

play doughOnce again we are excited to be holding our monthly play dates.  On the first Monday of each month, October through May, young children ages 2-4, their siblings, and caregivers are invited to join us at Sunnybrook.  From 10-11 AM all are welcome to visit, work with the materials, enjoy a snack, do an art activity, listen to a story, and sing some songs.

We hope to see you there!

October 5
November 2
December 7
January 4
February 1
March 7
April 4
May 2

Please Note: If SAU 36 is closed due to inclement weather, Sunnybrook will also be closed and the play date will be cancelled. Closing information can be found at or

13 March, 2015
by Lyn


We are pleased to announce that Sunnybrook has developed a scholarship fund for families who may need assistance paying tuition.  Scholarship applications will be included with all enrollment packets, and are due by May 15th, 2015 for the 2015-2016 school year.  Please spread the word to family and friends that you feel may have an interest in Sunnybrook, but may require some assistance.  Enrollment packets are now available.  Please contact Lyn at [email protected] for information or an enrollment packet.

3 October, 2015
by Lyn

Sleeping Gardens

Wow this was one busy week!
tickle tag team goofballsThe weather kept us on our toes.  Monday weather pulled us outside all day with a picnic and outside work in the afternoon.  Tuesday we had fun under the clouds and sprinkles.  On Wednesday the pouring rain kept us in for our first indoor recess, which the children enjoyed, as we pull out different toys and games.  Thursday was just right for the harvest festival, and the cool air and breezes kept us moving on Friday. raking leaves to jump insand timefinding the letters to build their namesindoor recess gamesDuring Monday art the children were introduced to still life painting, which many famous artists created.  Still life paintings typically use food or flowers for subjects (Picasso’s Still Life with Pitcher and Apples & van Gogh’s Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers).  As we focused on the harvest season this week, our subject matter was harvest vegetables; carrots, potatoes, and winter squashes.    Throughout the week all of the children had the opportunity to paint their own still life art.
still life paintingStill Life artThe excitement of the week made bodies and mouths want to move, so circle times included lots of moving songs, some short discussions about the seasons and the harvest when we pick the last of the fruits and vegetables and put the gardens to sleep until spring, and a few engaging stories.  Our songs this week included, “Four Seasons Every Year” (A Lyn original), “If You’re Happy and You Know It,” “The Hokey Pokey,” “Jump Jim Joe,” and “Way Up High in the Apple Tree.”  We read The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear by Audrey Wood, and Big Bad Bruce by Bill Pete. scrubbing up the paintsfabulous chalk artcinnamon scented play dough!leaf nomenclaturehelping a friendfilling the squeeze bottles for the color mixing workmorning mat workafternoon mat workOn Wednesday morning many of the children helped to mix up some pumpkin muffins for the harvest festival on Thursday.  They put the liners in the tins, cracked eggs, and opened the pumpkin, then they measured, poured, and mixed.  When the batter was ready, they scooped it into the tins to bake.  Boy, were they yummy! making pumpkin muffinsopening the pumpkin for the muffinsScorpio's pizza is the BEST!For Wednesday lunch the afternoon students were treated to a super special Scorpio’s pizza party by the Hanson-Phillip’s family.  Everyone was so excited!  They loved their pizza, salad, and vegetable sticks so much that many of them had seconds and thirds.  When they were full of pizza all of the children made thank you pictures, many featuring pizza, themselves, or the Hanson-Phillip’s family. Thank you for the Scorpio's Pizza!number trayletter soundsstory time with Tammydrawing on our Sunnybrook T-shirtsThursday morning passed quickly as the children drew pictures of themselves and their friends on their Sunnybrook T-shirts, popped pop-corn, and fit in some work.  When it was time, everyone was ready and excited to get outside to enjoy the Harvest Festival snacks, games, and art activities.  Some children enjoyed snacks right away, others tossed bean bags, balanced mini pumpkins on their heads, hopped in a sack race, played ring the pumpkin, or did a bean scooping race.  Some children created leaf rubbings or did apple, carrot, celery, and squash prints.  The children enjoyed showing their families the games and activities.  Thank you to everyone who sent in a snack or was able to come participate. Popcorn popping!sweeping up the popcornpumpkin balancingharvest festival snack time!pumpkin ring tosssack raceIMG_9623 (2)Afternoon students had the privilege of meeting Sue Rouillard, who subbed while Lyn attended a meeting. Sue spent two years as a teacher at Sunnybrook in 2011-2012 & 2012-2013.  We are excited to have her join us again as a third teacher on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings for the remainder of the year.

For Friday science we studied apples, more specifically, we TASTED apples!  We sampled Gala, Cortland, Macintosh, Fuji, and Granny Smith.  Some were tart and some were sweet.  The children had lots of good describing words.  They compared the coloring, size, flavor, and texture of the apples and they each picked a favorite.  It was a yummy study! Apple Taste Testing Science

27 September, 2015
by Lyn

Autumn’s Arrival

Fall has arrived!  With the change in seasons came the change in weather.  The mornings are crisper and the days are just perfect.  We had such beautiful weather that we spent the entire afternoon outside on Wednesday.  The children had fun bringing their work out.  They used a tape measure to measure a variety of items on the playground, including the picnic table, balance beam, a tree (as high as we could reach), the fence, the tunnel, and the toy box.
measuring the treemeasuring the balance beamresting in the tentresuscitating the patientbalancingoutside lunch

self portraitDuring Monday Art we learned about the artist Frida Kahlo who was famous for drawing self-portraits.  We studied several.  We recognized that they were fairly realistic, with proper skin color, hair color, eye color, and clothing.  Most of them also featured pets or animals native to her home in Mexico.  The children then drew their own self-portraits, selecting skin color, eye color, and hair colors that they felt best matched their own.  Throughout the week, each of the students created their own self-portraits. skin colorartself portraitso wordsMac and Tabnumber workteen boardclayplay doughtree blockscolor mixingmetal inset pin punchwooden word cardsColor MixingThe returning students were excited to see Henrietta (a hen/chicken puppet) and Wolfgang (a wolf puppet) this week, and introduce them to the new students.  Henrietta and Wolfgang helped us talk about emotions and began to introduce some strategies for dealing with strong emotions, including getting a hug or taking a break in the quiet house where there are books and toys to look at.  We will continue to discuss emotions and how to recognize and understand them throughout the year. Birthday Girl!We celebrated a fifth birthday on Wednesday.  We counted while our friend held the globe and walked around the table with the candle sun five times, then sang happy birthday before enjoying some yummy cupcakes.

playing instruments softlyOn Thursday we finally took out the instruments!  We began with percussion instruments, so we did a lot of tapping, banging, and shaking with drums, triangles, sticks, sandpaper blocks, tambourines, maracas, xylophones, tone blocks, etc.  We practiced following the conductor and getting louder and quieter like a rain storm or jet passing over. mat workastronautsletter sound worktable workafternoon floor workafternoon table workFriday students had their first walking field trip of the year.  Before departing, we drew a map so we knew where our destination was and some of the landmarks we would pass on the way.  We were joined by Melissa Grella, who started the Community Garden several years ago.  She led us all the way there, where all of the children helped to harvest carrots planted last spring.  She showed us how to find the stem, then reach down to the top of the carrot, hold it carefully in our fingers, then pull it out.  After we pulled all of the carrots in the two boxes, everyone got to have a taste.  We then walked back down Main Street, stopping at the food pantry to drop off the carrots with Myra Ingerson.  The children truly enjoyed themselves! finding carrotscarrots!taste testing the carrots