Sunnybrook Montessori School

Montessori preschool & kindergarten in New Hampshire's North Country

9 June, 2014
by Lyn
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Goodbyes

Funny Kids

Funny Kids

What a wonderful year we have had together at Sunnybrook!  It has been such a joy to watch the children grow and develop as they became comfortable and confident  in the classroom, with each other, and with themselves.

finger painting

finger painting

Our last week was filled with finger painting, finishing up last minute projects, singing and dancing, practicing for our last day performance, visiting with friends, sprucing up the classroom, baking special South American cookies, and enjoying the beautiful spring weather.

balancing

balancing

bouncing

bouncing

boys and maps

boys and maps

sweeping up

sweeping up

cookie making

cookie making

outside play

outside play

more finger painting

more finger painting

parts of a frog

parts of a frog

sliding with friends

sliding with friends

pouring

pouring

pre-lunch exercises

pre-lunch exercises

 

reading

reading

 

scent bottles

scent bottles

swinging at Colonel Town

swinging at Colonel Town

Spanish vocab

Spanish vocab

wiping down the chalk board

wiping down the chalk board

art work

art work

The children put on a spectacular performance on our last day, singing songs, reciting poetry, and demonstrating games from each of the continents.  It was exciting to see our kindergarten students graduate, but hard to say goodbye to them and the other friends that are moving on.  We enjoyed yummy snacks and visiting together before saying our farewells.

We wish everyone a fabulously fun summer and look forward to seeing all of our returning friends in the fall, and hope our graduates will come visit!

2 June, 2014
by Lyn
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Count Down

Friends

Friends

Everyone is counting down the days to the final day of school.  It will be hard to say goodbye to our friends that are moving on!

leaf drawings

leaf drawings

We had some indoor recess time this week with rainy weather, but when we were able to make it out, we did some exploring and adventuring.  We spent time gathering and examining plants and leaves.  We enjoyed comparing them then drawing and coloring examples of the different specimens we collected.  Thursday afternoon students enjoyed an outdoor lunch, then got really excited to explore behind the playground, climbing down the bank, over trees and logs and through the bushes.  It was great to spend some time checking out all of the spring plants popping up and putting our motor skills to work navigating the tricky terrain.

adventuring

adventuring

indoor recess activities

indoor recess activities

During circle time everyone shared what they loved most about school this year and each child drew a corresponding picture.  We learned more about the South American country, Brazil, and everyone got to try a special Brazilian candy sent in by a native Brazilian friend.  We have really enjoyed learning about all of the continents this year, including the climates, the customs, and the animals.

handwriting work

handwriting work

k, l

k, l

continent map

continent map

bank game

bank game

Popcorn

Popcorn

letter sound sort

letter sound sort

reading to a friend

reading to a friend

puzzle map

puzzle map

reading with friends

reading with friends

relaxed painting

relaxed painting

favorite snack and story time

favorite snack and story time

 

fun hats

fun hats

At the art table several of the children made fun bowler hats that they decorated with colored tissue paper squares.  Many students also continued to work on their spring dioramas, creating more animals out of clay, and writing or narrating descriptions of what they made.

clay animals for dioramas

clay animals for dioramas

Spanish story

Spanish story

During Spanish we practiced our songs and read a Spanish story.  Students continued to work on their Spanish vocabulary during the morning work times.  We made empanadas with Zeanny by mixing masa and water, forming it into a ball, then placing it in a bag and flattening it into a circle with a pan.  We placed some cheese inside, folded it over into a pocket, then cooked it on the griddle.  They were so yummy!

mixing the masa and water and forming it into a dough ball

mixing the masa and water and forming it into a dough ball

flattening the empenada

flattening the empenada

yummy!

yummy!

volcano fun

volcano fun

Friday students chose to do a baking soda and vinegar volcano to celebrate our last day of science.  We also examined the parts of an apple blossom and an apple.  We found where the sepals are on the blossom then located the sepals on the apple.  We counted the petals, and noticed that there are five, just like there are five seed pockets that form a star inside the apple.

The students were excited to take their science notebooks home to share, as they have worked hard documenting all of our experiments this year.

apple blossom examination

apple blossom examination

reading with Gerrie

reading with Gerrie

Gerrie Scott joined us for a story on our final Friday, with three stories about two friends, dog and bear.  She had some help reading from a friend.