Sunnybrook Montessori School

Montessori preschool & kindergarten in New Hampshire's North Country

13 March, 2015
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Scholarship

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.

23 May, 2015
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Antics

firemen

firemen

Despite the chilly air the children were thrilled to be outside moving. The energy was flowing. They played tag, Frisbee, baseball, and did lots, and lots, and lots of running!

rocking

rocking

typing up her presentation

typing up her presentation

Monday students had a very busy day. The kindergarteners began typing up their animal presentations, finished up their continent pictures, and everyone began making their mammal dioramas. They also did some art. Who knew a salad spinner and coffee filters were so much fun! They were very prolific artists and were capable demonstrators of the process for the students on Tuesday.

salad spinner art

salad spinner art

checking out the ants

checking out the ants

Everyone was very excited to set up the ant farm and watch the ants throughout the week. They helped Tammy pour in the sand and wet it. After putting the ants in the refrigerator for ten minutes they were ready to be transferred into the farm. Every day the children observed the progress of the tunnels and watched carefully as the ants worked to pick up the sand in their jaws and move it out. We even saw them remove the dead ants and cover them with sand. By Friday they had made many tunnels in their new home!

ant tunnels

ant tunnels

We read about ants and learned some very interesting facts in the book Are You an Ant?. Did you know that they squirt acid out of their behinds and that birds collect them and place them under their wings to kill the mites? We found out that this is a common practice called anting. Great for the birds, but not so great for the ants!

table work

table work

energy expending puzzle race

puzzle race

puzzling

puzzling

story writing

story writing

making birthday cards for Ms. Jaime

making birthday cards for Ms. Jaime

On Thursday we were treated to a delicious birthday cake to celebrate Ms. Jaime’s birthday and everyone made her birthday cards. So yummy! Thank you Jaime!

insect goggles

insect goggles

watering the beans

watering the beans

hugs for the Wild Thing

hugs for the Wild Thing

We also had a visit from Believe in Books and one of the Wild Things from Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are. Most of the children were excited to give hugs, but some of them kept their distance from the terrible yellow eyes, terrible teeth, and terrible claws.

dancing time

dancing time

dioramas

dioramas

Friday students were very busy again. They finished typing up their presentations, continued to work on their dioramas, did some math and reading, got some energy out on the playground, and made some paper airplanes. They also had some entertaining conversations. Here are snippets from a couple of them:
LS “Did you know that Miss Lyn is actually a disguise? She is really an alien. She has green scaly skin and antennae.”

later . . .
JF to LS “When you grow up I think you will be an artist because you are a really good artist.”
LS “No, I am going to be a rescuer. I will rescue animals and humans and everybody that needs to be rescued. Everybody and everything! And I will wear superhero clothes and a mask.”
MR “Me too!”
LS “Then we all put our hands together and say, “We’re a team!”” All the children put their hands together and shouted, “We’re a team!”

17 May, 2015
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Buzzzz . . . Buzzz . . . Buzzzzz

outside time

outside time

What a glorious week we had running, chasing, throwing, catching, picking flowers, making dirt stew, biking, and having an overall great time with our friends. The children were so full of energy this week that we made sure to spend lots and lots of time outside.  We set up an obstacle course on Thursday, and the children had a lot of fun bouncing on a hoppy ball, trying out a hula hoop, jumping through rings, tossing bean bags, walking with marbles on spoons, walking the balance beam, spinning on the dizzy disc, and crawling through a tunnel.

tossing beanbags through the rings

tossing beanbags through the rings

finding earthworms and putting them in the garden

finding earthworms and putting them in the garden

This time of year always amazes me with the strength of the friendships that the children have made with each other and the enjoyment they get from just being together. I can see how much they have grown and the progress they have made in all areas. I love to just watch them interact, share their knowledge, work through challenges, solve problems, and communicate with each other in productive, positive ways. It truly is a joy to know these young humans!

afternoon story writing

afternoon story writing

scent jars

scent jars

jack straws

jack straws

Holton rower pour painting

Holton rower pour painting

For Monday art the children made pour paintings in the style of Holton Rower. They were very cool! Everyone was excited about the process and the end results.  The children could not wait for their art to dry so they could take them home.

On Tuesday many of the students made foot paintings.  It was either a love it or not art activity, so most of the children that chose to do it did several, while other students stayed as far away as possible.  At the art table the children also used a hexagon punch to punch out hexagon shapes, which they could use to create cells in a beehive.

foot painting

foot painting

hexagons (great motor work!)

hexagons (great motor work!)

insects examination

insects examination

We continued to learn about insects, particularly bees and butterflies. We read several books about bees, and learned how important they are to our survival. Their role as pollinators makes them responsible for much of the yummy food that we eat. We also read the book, Butterfly or Moth? How Do You Know? We learned that butterflies have long, thin antennae, while moths have short feathery antennae. Butterflies have smoother scales as they are diurnal, and moths, who are nocturnal, have furrier scales to keep them warm. Butterflies rest with their wings together, and moths rest with their wings lying flat. We also enjoyed the story Gotta Go Gotta Go about a monarch caterpillar who knows he has to go to Mexico, but is not sure how he will get there.

We have been preparing for the last day performance and graduation by practicing the songs we will sing. The Monday/Friday students have been very busy finishing up their animal presentations, and we have been tweaking the format of our presentation, working out where we need to make changes and improvements.

climbing at Colonel Town

climbing at Colonel Town

Friday students were so busy finishing up projects for the year that we never made it to science time. They have been requesting a visit to Colonel Town Playground for several weeks, so we decided to spend some time there on the slides, the train, the swings, and the climbing dinosaurs. They particularly enjoyed making several runs down the long silver slide before heading back to school for a late lunch and starting on their mammal dioramas.

making a picture of best friends

making a picture of best friends