Sunnybrook Montessori School

Montessori preschool & kindergarten in New Hampshire's North Country

30 January, 2016
by Lyn
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Literacy Workshop

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Have you ever wondered how children learn to read?  Have you asked, “How do you teach literacy?” Have you questioned what Montessori materials help early readers develop literacy skills?

Join us on Monday, February 15th from 7-9 PM for a workshop on early literacy – the Montessori materials and what research tells us – in the Sunnybrook classroom. Lyn will demonstrate Montessori Materials, discuss research, share strategies for helping early readers, and answer questions you may have about early literacy.

19 September, 2015
by Lyn
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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!

Dates:
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 sau36.org or wmur.com.

13 February, 2016
by Lyn
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Gonna Mail Myself To You

When we arrived for school on Monday we had our own personal ice rink to skate and glide on.  Then we got a bit of snow, which made it even more slippery.  By the end of the week when the temperatures were almost too cold to go out, there was just enough snow so we could walk without trying too hard to balance.
slippery iceenough snow to keep from fallingslippery snow on icebreaking the snow ballsthe pulling teamhockey with bats and a ballsnow plows at workFor Monday art, the students learned about pour painting and the artist Holton Rower.  We made our own pour paintings by placing a small cube on a piece of mat board, then choosing multiple colors of acrylic paint and pouring them over the cube and each other, which pushed the previous colors of paint outward.  The effect is beautiful and they were super fun to make! first layers of paintpour painting in processpour paintings completedEveryone was ready for our Tuesday field trip to the Post Office.  When we arrived, post man Tim took us into the back room and gave us a tour.  We saw where the mail and packages come in through the loading dock.  We saw the mail carriers sorting the mail to take out and deliver.  We saw the big orange bins that hold packages.  We got to go around behind the front desk and see customers waiting to mail their letters and we peeked into the office to wave to Post Master Rob.   We concluded our tour at the back of the customer mail boxes where customers come to collect their mail.  When we returned to school we had fun playing in our classroom post office, writing, addressing, mailing, sorting, and collecting letters.  During circle time we wrote a thank you letter to Tim.
writing lettersthe loading dock and orange binsmail carriers sorting the mailbulk mailingsback of the mailboxesletters to mailpostal workersDear TimWe continued to learn about food in addition to the post office.  On Wednesday we mixed, rolled, cut and baked biscuits, and we made our own butter by shaking, shaking, shaking, shaking, shaking some heavy cream, then rinsing and kneading it in cool water before adding salt.  When the butter and biscuits were ready, we enjoyed them with strawberry preserves, and oh were they yummy! shaking the creamwhipped creamalmost butter!rinsing the butterbutter!making the biscuitskneading and rollingbutter on a biscuityummy biscuits with butter and preservesreading wordsnumber matche wordscreating Valentinespaintingreading to Sueplay doughi wordscuttingtrinomial cube and trianglessorting soundsFinally Thursday arrived, the day of our Valentine’s party!  Cupid (Sue) had visited over night and left a Valentine Heart on the fence for everyone.  It was such a pretty sight, all of those red hearts with white snow behind them! During the morning each child took a turn distributing their valentine cards.  Many children played hop scotch with the heart bean bags, made valentine cards for friends and family members, played roll and color the hearts, and follow your heart, a game where you turn over a heart and everyone does the action written on it, including hop on one foot, skip, sing “ABC’s,” parade like elephants, crab walk, wiggle like a worm, fly like a butterfly, sing “Skidamarink,” and hop like a bunny.  By the end of the morning everyone was ready to enjoy all of the delicious treats that were sent in.  We enjoyed donuts, fruit, cupcakes, cookies, popcorn, snack mix, chocolate covered strawberries, and so many other tasty snacks.  Thank you so much to everyone who sent something in! Cupid was heredistributing Valentinesskippinghopping on one footwiggling like a wormhopping like a bunnyroll the dice and color that many heartshop scotchValentine heartsYummy snacks!a Valentine for momafternoon hop scotchWe also celebrated a fifth birthday on Thursday with pink and red frosted cupcakes.  It is hard to believe she is already five! Happy birthday birthday girl! Birthday girl!For Friday science we expanded our discussion of being healthy.  We listed different foods that keep our bodies healthy, then shared other things we do to stay healthy, including sleep to recharge our bodies and brains, and exercise.  We played the follow your heart game and noticed how we could feel our muscles working, how our breathing was faster and heavier, how our hearts were beating more quickly, and how we started to get warm when we exercised.
exercisingpirate puzzlewooden word cards and golden beads workAfter a long, busy week, we decided to spend the afternoon at the library, where we played with Duplos, the doll house, the puppet theater, the new car table, and the ambulance, then we enjoyed some sunny outside time when we returned to school.Duplos at the librarythe new car tablea quick show before we leave
The Books we read this week:
books we readFancy Nancy at the Museum by, Jane O’Connor

Hamilton by, Robert Newton Peck

The Jolly Postman by, Janet & Allan Ahlburg

Dear Juno by, Soyung Pak

The Giant Jam Sandwich by, John Vernon Lord

A Is For Salad by, Mike Lester

One Zillion Valentines by, Frank Modell

The Valentine Bears by, Eve Bunting

Frog and Toad All Year Long by, Arnold Lobel

All of our songs this week were repeats, but included:

Peanut Butter and Jelly

Gonna Mail Myself To You

Skidamarink

A Tisket A Tasket

Days of the Week

The Hokey Pokey

6 February, 2016
by Lyn
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No Shadow! Goodbye Winter?

According to the groundhog, spring is on the way!  The weather this week was certainly spring-like, with pouring rain and above freezing temperatures that melted the snow and ice into puddles and streams all over the play yard.  The children had a lot of fun running through the puddles, scooping up the water, and watching it flow from one puddle to another.   They were super excited to have an indoor recess on Wednesday, when they got to play with some of the toys that are not typically out during the school day.
playing in the puddlesoops!watching the water flowrefilling the now frozen stream with waterindoor recess scarf dancingbuilding with Knexwedgits and reptanglesgrowing flowerscolorful pyramidsknexgardeningCrossing the hot lava!Monday students enjoyed their monthly visit to the library with Tammy while some potential students visited for a play date.

For art we explored pointillism, using dots of color to create pictures, a technique used by the painter Paul Signac.  The children created their own pointillist pictures to display on the wall, though they decided that it was a lot more work than just making lines.
Paul Signac pointillism art workPointillism picturesWe had an art rich week with two art tables.  Children continued to make paintings with the rubber pom-poms, like last week, but we used pink, red, and white paint for Valentine’s day.  They used these and other papers to cut out hearts to glue onto their Valentine mail bags.
Valentine's paper makingmaking Valentine mail bagsAt a second art table they colored, cut out, and assembled ground hog finger puppets.  Some of them were quite colorful!  Later in the week children made heart mice, using a pattern shared by Gerrie Scott.
making groundhog finger puppetscarefully cutting out his groundhogheart miceIn the sensory table the children made and played with a new kind of play-dough. They combined corn starch (2 parts) with hair conditioner (1 part). It was so smooth and soft and cool! They really enjoyed scooping, molding, and forming it. mixing up the cornstarch and hair conditioner play doughcornstarch play-doughWe covered a lot of topics during circle time.  We learned about Ground Hog day and what a shadow is.  We talked about Valentine’s Day, when we give cards and gifts to those we love and care for.  We continued to discuss food and where it comes from, specifically food from plants, such as fruits and vegetables.  We talked about the various parts of the plants that we eat, such as the roots (carrots), stem (asparagus), leaves (spinach), and fruit (tomato).  We sorted some fruits and vegetables, which is tricky, because some vegetables are technically fruit, but we sorted by what grows on a tree (sweet) vs. what grows in our garden (savory). fabric match by feelmatching words to picturesdice additionhammer and nailsnumber formationreading to Suefloor workafternoon fine motor workbead chainsteen boardwritingmatched all of the mittensgeometric solidshanging in the bear dencounting up the dotshammer and nailsletter gamecoloring with Tammysand garden"Hello?  I would like to make an appointment."fairy puzzle assembling team

On Thursday we took out the instruments and played some music.  Each instrument was introduced by name, then everyone chose one to play.  We clapped the tune “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” then played our instruments to the tune.  Then we got really tricky and tried clapping and playing “Skidamarink,” which has a lot of eighth and quarter notes, so we had to play quite rapidly.  We also increased and decreased the volume of our instruments like a jet flying by and like a rainstorm starting, increasing, and petering out.
instrumentsFor Friday science we explored the final of the five senses; the sense of smell.  The children closed their eyes and took turns smelling a variety of food scents, including, peanut butter, garlic, chocolate, pasta sauce, vanilla, banana, cinnamon, and lemon juice.  They were able to identify most of them right away, though the garlic was a tricky one. counting applesmatching upper to lower casereading about baking bread in the bear den
New Books we read this week:
books we readThe Vegetables We Eat by, Gail Gibbons
Gregory’s Shadow by, Don Freeman
We Need Mail Carriers by, Lola M. Schaefer
Berries to Jelly by, Inez Snyder
Fancy Nancy Heart to Heart by, Robin Preiss Glasser
If You Give a Cat a Cupcake by, Laura Numeroff
Froggy Goes to Bed by, Jonathan London
Harold’s Circus by, Crockett Johnson
Smelling by, Rebecca Rissman

New Songs we sang:
Skidamarink
A Tisket, A Tasket
Mail Myself To You (first two verses)