Sunnybrook Montessori School

Montessori preschool & kindergarten in New Hampshire's North Country

9 November, 2019
by Lyn
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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:

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.

28 March, 2020
by Lyn
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Mixin’ it up at HOME

Sunnybrook students have been busy searching for spring, keeping the house clean and tidy, creating snow castles and people, exploring in the woods, baking bread and muffins, mixing up treats, play dough, and slime, doing lots of art projects, being READ to (I hope), and taking advantage of the beautiful warm sunny days and freshly fallen snow! Check out what everyone has been up to this week!

mixing muffinsdropping in the muffinsoutdoor classroomcreating an outdoor play spacecooking up some blue playdoughblue cupcakes with fancy toppingscupcake turned panda jailpattern blocks on his work matElsa's path through the forestoutdoor collection artyoga timeFinding spring!Kneading emergency breadEmergency bread is nice and densewashing the tableweaving on a loomblue & green stripesfancy stripespurple stripesa bad case of stripescastle contructiondecorating the castleadding colormud and snowhidinga family walkspreading cattail seedsworking on his computer like dadbear tracks near R's footbear teeth on sugar maple_bear was enjoying maple sapbirthday boybuilt a bird housedigging in the snowbankmixing up some slimefun with pink slimesmells yummy!measuring and pouring ingredientsmixing up the granolamonster truck trainmy size snowmansnowman with a rainbow scarfsnowmanmini snowmanrolling a giant snowballthe biggest snowman ever!fancy snowmansnow angelsburied alive!sistars hard at workrolling beadsnewspaper beadsthe finished producttape roadssorting and counting beadsvolcano

13 March, 2020
by Lyn
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Movement

stick in the ice

The snow continued to melt away aided by the sun, rain, and warm winds.  It made for lots of great water play!  We dug trenches, scooped up ice, snow, and water, mixed up soups and cakes for birthday celebrations, and shoveled it into buckets.  When it cooled and froze, we slid and shuffled around the ice, trying our best to stay upright.  

shoveling out the waterbashing the ice with blocksfilling the bucketcollecting watericy puddlemaking birthday dinnerscooping muddy watercollecting water from the puddlescooping up icefollowing the leaderbirthday souptraversing the stumpsHi Ho, Hi Ho, it's off to work we go

Monday students read about Henri Matisse, a famous painter who later in life began to work with scissors, cutting large shapes and arranging them with the help of assistants. The children selected papers then cut and pasted shapes into designs and patterns.

snip snaporange outer spacecutting paperbrown

Asteroids, meteoroids, meteors, meteorites, and comets were introduced. We read the story No, Astro! about an asteroid who likes lots of personal space and everything to be just right. Astro gets bumped into, which sends him off course, shooting through space and falling through Earth’s atmosphere, turning into a meteor, then landing on Earth and becoming a meteorite. He decides that the unexpected may not be so terrible after all. We watched a video showing pictures and explaining the differences between asteroids (large space rocks that orbit the sun), meteoroids (small space rocks and space junk), meteors (meteoroids that pass through Earth’s atmosphere), meteorites (meteors that do not get burned up and land on earth), and comets (icy space rocks that orbit the sun).

For an activity/project the children made their own “asteroid belts” by lacing asteroids (beads & buttons) onto a strip of holey plastic ribbon. It took some eye hand coordination, fine motor skills, planning, problem solving, and perseverance to complete their belts.

making asteroid beltseye hand coordinationfinding asteroidslacing on asteroidslacing his asteroid belt

The fitness center was busy with exercising astronauts. Mr. Poland created a stand for a pedal bike that turned it into a stationary bike, and everyone was anxious for their turn. It was hard to wait, but they carefully kept track, eventually making a list to make sure everyone who wanted to go had an opportunity.

astronauts exercisinggetting in some exercisepedaling hardkeeping cool on the exercise bike

During sign language with Rose we reviewed all the signs we know, then she introduced signs related to spring. First we practiced the sign for spring, then learned grass, flower, rain, and warm.

cowliongrassrain

We revisited how to keep from spreading germs and how to wash hands properly. The children shared and practiced all the handwashing steps and all the times that we should wash hands, including when we come in from outside, after using the bathroom, before eating, after blowing noses, after fingers are in mouths, etc. We began a germ growing science experiment. We took samples and swabbed them onto agar in pitri dishes. We swabbed inside a mouth, inside a healthy nose and a sick nose, the bathroom door handle, the sink handle, someone’s toes, a finger, a block, and the bike handles. We will check on them next week and see what might be growing! Susan made up a fun new song about washing our hands at school, and the children added verses by naming all the times we should wash hands.

checking out our bacteria growthtoes have lots of bacteria!Where are these germs from?dinosaur bookbalancing animalsmat workNeptunepouringBINGO with Tammybowling subtractionname memory gamebuilding the cubeletter sound gamealphabet BINGOo book, t book, h bookThe raptor housestorieswatercolor paintingNo RAPTORS allowedbalancing on the tunneltransfer workletter booksdinosaur bookcounting and matching numeralscounting out the rockssetting up the bowling pinsalphabet go fishreading to a friend

We took out the parachute and played some fun parachute games! We bounced the elephant around until he fell off, then everyone got a number sticker between 1-10. The children looked around the circle to see who had their matching number, then when their number was called, they raced under the parachute and changed places. We played a treasure box under the sea game, where a child’s name was called and was given a description of an item, such as, “it cries when hungry,” “it emerges from a chrysalis,” or “you use this to stay dry when it rains,” then they ran under the parachute, opened the treasure box, and took out the corresponding item. Finally we played their favorite game, alligator, alligator, where they swim under the parachute and eat someone by pulling on a foot. That person then becomes the alligator and eats someone else.

bouncing the elephantsuper quick search and swimsearching for her itemfinding the undersea treasure

During music with Susan the children shared what they know about the god Mars and the goddess Venus, then we danced and moved to “Shake Your Sillies Out” but changed the words to “Move like Mars” and “Dance like Venus.” We then listened to two more compositions by Gustov Holst and guessed which planets they were written for. The children instantly identified the booming drums and clashing cymbals as Mars, and the beautiful woodwinds and strings as Venus. We moved around the room like Mars, the god of war, by stomping and pounding and kicking and punching (safely). Next week will move with ribbons to the Venus composition.

Marching like Marsbeing beautiful like Venusfighting music

Friday students learned about the muscular system. We felt some of our bigger muscles in our arms, legs, and the gluteous maximus. We looked at our tongue, which is a muscle. We used our muscles to close and open our eyes, pretend to chew, move around, do sit-ups, do push-ups, and hold a plank. We talked about how the heart is covered in muscles that pump our blood through our bodies and we even use muscles to breath. We discussed how exercising and eating proteins, such as meat, nuts, and beans help build up our muscles and make them stronger. We spent our indoor recess time on the mats, dancing, jumping, leaping, running, and doing many tricky moves using our muscles.

Rainy day Friday funall worn out!

8 March, 2020
by Lyn
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Listening

puddle

As the days lengthen, the temperatures are gradually warming. Combined with the beautifully sunny days this week, it was the perfect recipe for the start of snow melting, our favorite part of the year! We began digging a trench to drain off the melt, but it was slow going. All the water was a welcome surprise and was quickly scooped up and used in soups, potions, and cakes.

planningtrees in bucketscollecting water for soupditch diggingscooping out the iceshovelingpulling passengersmixing up some ingredientsgrinding down the snow chunksmore trench workchaseshe has been capturedpulling more kidscatch with Susanpedaling with handscollecting waterpouring

Monday students used colored chalk soaked in water to draw on black paper, creating vibrant splashes of color on the darkness.

blackcolor

The children finished up their planet making with Uranus and Neptune. To make the light sea green blue of Uranus, the children used liquid watercolors to paint their planets. For Neptune they used blue and purple watercolors, then sprinkled over them with course salt to create a speckled effect. They were quite beautiful when dried!

Sea green Uranuspainting UranusNeptuneNeptune Stripes

We worked on taking down and putting away our health office and setting up our fitness center to get our astronauts ready for their trip into space. They children worked hard packing up all the equipment, taking down posters, hauling all the big furniture to the back room for storage, rolling up the rug, and sweeping the floor to prepare for the new equipment. They set up yoga mats for a yoga area, a weight lifting center, a trampoline, and a smoothie/juice bar to get healthy drinks.

moving the chair into storageteamwork to move the tablerolling up the rugExercisingweight liftingjumpingMay I have a mango smoothie, please?working out

The children have been working on understanding the difference between a question and a comment, so we delved further into that, learning that a comment is when you give information, and a question is when you ask for information.

Willaby Wallaby Woo, an elephant sat on youWillaby Wallaby We, an elephant sat on meWhat do you do with a sleeping girl?  Wake her up and shake her up so early in the morning!

sifting sand through handsnumber matchI spy puzzlejumping over the Kjumping to Qpouringsnowflakes falling in a sunny sky over treessensory workinternal organsmath workadding with number rodsclay workpainting teamletter sound matchpop pop pop popreadingsequencingteapot pouringkeeping the herbivores and carnivores separatejuice baralphabet go fishdinosaur booksletter writing workgreengirls under the tableheart, circle, rectangle

We demonstrated how to do some exercises with and without weights, including push ups, sit ups, a plank, shoulder presses, and bicep curls. We did some yoga moves, following the directions and moving our bodies into different positions and poses.

tree posegetting our balancedownward dog

During sign language with Rose, the children learned five new animal signs; monkey, lion, tiger, elephant, and giraffe.

Chad from Phlume Media visited to take some classroom footage and do mini interviews for our history project. To let everyone feel included the option to participate was given to all, but only those with permission to be videotaped for publicity were actually recorded. We are hoping the history project video will be completed by fall, and maybe even sooner! We have many hours of footage for review and are anxious to see the final product.

sharing Sunnybrook storiesWhat do you like to do at school?

We read about making silence and practiced making silence by closing our eyes, breathing deeply, and listening to the sounds around us.

making silence

During Spanish with Zeanny we had fun with colored egg shakers and scarves, working on colors, positions, speed, and greetings. Zeanny read a story about Dora and the new babies in her family and sang a family song to practice the family terms mama, papa, hermana, hermano, bebe, abuela, and abuelo. She blew up a red (rojo) balloon as the children said, “mas grande” (more big) until they finally told her to stop. Then the children took turns playing a toss and catch game with the balloon while everyone else counted how many times the balloon was caught before dropping.

azuladiosmas grandeuno, dos, tres

During Music with Susan she introduced the composition Mercury from the Planet composition by Gustov Holst. We first listened to it, then the children tried to determine which planet he wrote the music for. They had a few guesses before Susan asked, “Is it fast or slow?” They answered fast. “Is it light or heavy?” They answered light, then immediately identified it as Mercury. We then used the ribbon sticks to dance as we listened to it again, moving our ribbons lightly and quickly.

listening to the composition Mercury by Gustov Holstlight and quickwaving ribbonsbig arcsswirls and twirlsmoving to the music

During Friday science we began our study of the systems of the body with an exploration of the skeletal system. We sang the Hokey Pokey using the names of the bones rather than the body parts. We looked at our skeleton model and the children asked about different bones. We read Bones by Steve Jenkins, and learned about how important our bones are and why we need them. We then danced to the song Dem Bones.

checking out the philangeseyes go in the orbital socketfeeling the skull

21 February, 2020
by Lyn
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When the Cold Winds Blow

Shoveling, scooping, pouring, dumping, digging, chopping, baking, celebrating, wishing, blowing, serving, chomping, hiding, spying, chasing, running, racing, piling, pushing, pulling, sliding, sledding, climbing, jumping, kicking, throwing, passing, pretending

snowbirthday celebrationson the gohappinessshovelingchopping snow chunksat the top of the hill

Shaving cream, glue, liquid water colors, hands, and paper made for some fun puffy art making on Monday.

puffy bluepink, blue, and yellowmaking a mess

The children created Saturns for their planet mobiles and beautiful water color paintings at the art table.

water colors and Saturn makingcutting & paintingcoloring Saturncoloring the rings of Saturnmaking Saturn

Big Bad Bruce by Bill Pete helped us examine the four R’s of reconciling – Recognize and take responsibility, Reconcile by apologizing, Resolve by working together on a solution, and make Restitution by repairing damages as able.

wrenchesquiet readingpuzzles and memorylacingwriting about dinosaurs and monkeysreading with a friendvehicle puzzlebuilding a tall towerauthors & illustrators at worksorting the bunny boo cardsplanet nomenclature cardssuper tall towerlooking at booksfloor workLegosexploring the items from South Americaexploring the South America continent boxshowing family some of our workalphabet go fishphysicians at workworld map puzzlework with wrenchespainting partnersfloor workmatching animals to continentstossing the expandable balltransfer workname memoryrhyming picture puzzle match

In our study of the 4 gas giants, the question of whether air takes up space was asked. The children had hypothesized that air does not take up space, so some water, air, jars, and balloons helped us test that out. First we touched a balloon filled with water then one filled with ice. We examined a flat balloon and agreed there was nothing in it. We decided to put something in it, so Lyn blew it up with air. Does air take up space? Yes! We then examined a large glass jar half full of water, and a second jar filled with air. We placed the jar of air mouth down and pushed it into the water. The air in the jar forced the water up and around, demonstrating that the air does take up space!

pushing the jar of air into the waterwatch the air push up the water

During sign language with Rose, after warming up our fingers to be ready to sign and practicing all the signs we already know, we learned 5 new animal signs. This week we learned the farm animals cow, horse, pig, sheep, and chicken.

warming up our fingerscoldhelpgrouchy

We were excited to have Susan back on Wednesday! We loved having Michelle with us, but we also missed Susan. We introduced the final planet, Neptune, a giant blue planet of wind storms, and the furthest planet from the sun. We played “When the solar winds blow” and the children were blown to the different planets. Susan shared the Greek myth of the god Neptune, who did not like being up on the high mountains, so he dove down into the bottom of the sea and became the god of the water and sea. When a student commented that it was just like the Little Mermaid, we learned that king Triton (from the movie version) is Neptune’s son.

the solar winds blow you to Neptunelanding on Venusblown to EarthNeptune the god of the sea

We celebrated two four year old birthdays. After passing out unicorn horn fruit kabobs and some healthy vegan cookies, each birthday girl took a turn sharing the month and season they were born. We counted the years as they dashed around the sun, then sang happy birthday to each one before enjoying their birthday treats. Happy birthday new four year olds!

birthday girlanother birthday girl

During Thursday morning spanish with Zeanny we reviewed the colors, parts of the body, positions, greetings, and family members with songs, stories, and games with scarves and egg shakers.

What is inside Zeanny's La Caja Magica?Adios!

Zeanny returned later in the morning to introduce how dairy products keep our bones healthy and strong. We discussed what food items we eat that are made of milk, such as cheese, yogurt, and ice cream. We learned that bones can repair themselves if they get broken. We talked about how astronauts need to exercise at least 2 hours each day to keep their bodies healthy and fit and Zeanny taught us a fun song about astronauts exercising. We pretended to be astronauts who put on our space suits, climbed aboard the space ship, blasted into space, then landed on the moon and floated around. We talked about how astronauts eat a lot of dehydrated food that they combine with water or milk to rehydrate, then we made our own astronaut food by mixing dry pudding mix with milk.

bones repair themselves with the help of calciumastronauts exercising to stay healthy and fitastronauts floating in spacemixing the dry and wet ingredientstaste testing astronaut foodvanilla pudding

The cold winds and temperatures kept us in on Thursday, but we had fun with the special indoor recess materials.

Tengu blockscalico critterssquigzmagnatile teamworkbristle blocks & puzzlingplaymobile farmaccessorized!

Friday students examined their skin and shared all the important things our skin does, such as touch and feel, keep all our parts in, and protect against germs and disease. We looked at our hands and observed that they have lots of lines and wrinkles and ridges. We learned that everyone’s lines and wrinkles and ridges are unique. We became detectives to solve the mystery of the missing lunch box story and used clues from the story to decide where to look. We tried “searching” in several locations, and one of our clues finally lead us to the missing lunch box. We then talked about our fingerprints and how they can give clues about where we have been. We tried making and lifting fingerprints with powder and tape, but it was not particularly successful so we took out the stamp pads and made colorful hand and finger prints all over our papers.

Our hands each have a unique signatureBLUEgreen hand prints

Friday students also had fun playing a letter identification jumping game. We put the first initials of the student on the rug with tape, then the children took turns jumping off the trampoline onto the named letter, then back on before jumping to the next letter named. They are looking forward to our astronaut fitness center in dramatic play so they can use the trampoline and other fitness equipment after break!

Jump on RJump on JJump on BJump on LJump on MJump on J