Sunnybrook Montessori School

Montessori preschool & kindergarten in New Hampshire's North Country

30 April, 2016
by Lyn

Yard Sale Fundraiser

The fifth annual Sunnybrook Yard Sale fundraiser will be held on Saturday, May 21st from 8 AM – 12 noon.  Please join us to help raise funds for the Sunnybrook scholarship fund.

Donations can be dropped off Thursday & Friday, May 12th & 13th and 19th & 20th.  All items in good condition appreciated except electronics.

Please contact Lyn for details at [email protected] or 788-3884.


30 April, 2016
by Lyn

Welcome Spring & Open House

Join us on Saturday, May 14th from 10 AM to 12 noon for some fun spring activities.  Current and future families are welcome, as well as any community members with young children interested in learning more about Sunnybrook.

Spring activities:

pot painting & flower planting

paper flower making

circle caterpillars

springtime necklace making


obstacle course

doughnuts on a string game

Enrollment packets for the 2016-2017 school year will be available.


19 September, 2015
by Lyn

Sunnybrook Play Dates

Once 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!

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

30 April, 2016
by Lyn

Waiting to Intervene

Observation is an important part of what we do at Sunnybrook.  We observe to see how students learn.  We observe to see what students know.  We observe to see how they move their bodies.  We observe to see how they interact.  That means that more often than not, we stand back and observe conflict resolution situations without intervening, unless the situation is unsafe, of course.  We gain important information from observing, which guides our teaching for each individual student.  We see which words they use to communicate, how they read body language, listen, negotiate, compromise, take turns, argue their point, emphasize their meaning, understand what others say, and respond to others cues and language.  These teacher free interactions are vital to building their skills, their confidence, and their social circle.  It is extra exciting when we observe a student negotiating an interaction independently that they may have previously asked for help with!

30 April, 2016
by Lyn


batter up!Baseball season has arrived!  There was lots of pitching, hitting, catching, and waiting in the dugout for a turn at bat.  Even on Tuesday pitching skills were practiced with snowballs.  There were some busy workers moving the rocks pushed onto the grass by the snowplows during the winter back to the driveway.  They loaded up their trucks and buckets, transported the rocks across the lawn, and dumped them back where they belong. bucket 'O snowTuesday snow plowloading up the truckshauling gravelplayground playdigging for the chipmunkFor Monday art we looked at several books illustrated by Eric Carle and examined how he creates his illustrations.  We learned that he uses various techniques and items to create large sheets of painted paper, which he then cuts up to create collage pictures.  The children were excited to get started making their own Eric Carle style painted papers.  They used sponges, forks, scrapers, whisks, and a variety of other tools to paint with.  Next week they will use their papers to cut out and paste together collage type pictures. Eric Carle artpurple with a spongeblue and black and yellowAt the art table during the week the children were busy making some surprise Mother’s Day gifts, which will come home at the end of next week.
working on Mother's Day giftsnests and eggswritingGerrie Scott came to read on Monday.  She read the story The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle, who we had spent the morning learning about. The Very Busy Spidercylinder blocksmorning workthe farmreading about dinosaursreadinghow many birds?teen boarda dinosaur houseReading about the oceanletter sound gamehundred boardlots of numbers on her scrollunifix cube light sabersfishingcoin sortingreading "Can I Play Too?"taking a ridematching beginning soundsanimal puppet schoolmultiplication boardreading to the dogreading in the cabinreadingbowling subtraction gamedinosaurswriting down phone numbersafternoon worktrinomial cubepassing the ballconnecting gears (with a puppet in her shirt)bead transferWe continued to read and discuss water and the water cycle.  We observed that the water we poured into the cylinder before vacation was lower, which we learned was due to evaporation.  We also did an experiment to see how water condensates after it evaporates and cools off.  The children are now familiar with the terms cycle, precipitation, evaporation, and condensation.  They also know that the water on earth is the same water that has been here since the dinosaurs! condensationOn Thursday we introduced string instruments.  We saw a guitar, a violin, a ukulele, and a zither.  We listened to the song “Mansinneedof” played on the mandolin by Sarah Jarosz.  We then took turns choosing instruments to play, and several children took turns being the conductor, guiding everyone to play their instruments quietly or loudly.
fortissimo!conducting the bandmaking musicplaying our instrumentsSome future frogs joined the class on Thursday morning, and lots of them hatched throughout the day.  It was interesting to see all of the different bugs and larva that arrived with the eggs as well.  We are looking forward to watching the tadpoles over the next six weeks to see how they grow and change.
checking out the frog eggschecking out the tadpoles with TammyFor Friday science the students learned about four different types of land forms that relate to bodies of water-  lake, island, bay and cape.  They used clay to create the land forms and then painted the land and water.
lakecreating landformspainting the waterStories we read this week: books we read
Little Cloud by, Eric Carle

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by, Bill Martin/Eric Carle

Parts by, Tedd Arnold

The Very Busy Spider by, Eric Carle

The Water Cycle by, Helen Frost

A Big Guy Took My Ball by, Mo Willems

Fancy Nancy: Bonjour Butterfly by, Jane O’Connor

Pete the Cat: Scuba Cat by, James Dean

Uni The Unicorn by, Amy Krouse Rosenthal

The Water Cycle at Work by, Rebecca Olien

Can I play Too? by, Mo Willems

Berlioz the Bear by, Jan Brett

Swimmy by, Leo Lionni

Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? by, Bill Martin/Eric Carle

Amazing Animals by, Robin Bernard

More Parts by, Tedd Arnold