Sunnybrook Montessori School – Montessori preschool & kindergarten in New Hampshire's North Country

Sunnybrook Montessori School

Montessori preschool & kindergarten in New Hampshire's North Country

14 August, 2018
by Lyn
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Mandated Lead Testing Results

On February 8, 2018, Governor Sununu signed Senate Bill 247 Prevention of Childhood Lead Poisoning.  This law requires that all schools and licensed childcare facilities test lead in drinking water at all locations where water is available for consumption by children. Upon receipt of sample results, we are required to post them to our website and/or send letters to families informing you of the results and next steps.  Any locations showing 15 ppb (0.015 mg/L) or higher must be remediated.

We collected first draw samples from both the kitchen and bathroom sinks.  They were tested by the NH certified laboratory ENDYNE in Lebanon, NH.

The bathroom sink tested at 0.0068 mg/L.

The kitchen sink (our primary drinking water source) tested at 0.0060 mg/L.

Both are well below the level of concern.

If you would like a copy of the report, please e-mail me at [email protected] and I will e-mail you a copy.

9 June, 2018
by Lyn
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Farewells

2017-2018 Sunnybrook Students (minus two)Our final week went quickly as everyone enjoyed their last days of the year with all their friends, many who are moving on, and others who will be returning.  We talked a bit about the last days and saying goodbye, but the reality of the end of school seems to slowly sink in, often several days after we are out.Sunnybrook Students SingingThe weather cooled off and brought some dark, rainy days, but there was a lot of activity.  Games of chase, bike riding, digging, and make believe were occupying many students.  We dug up the soil in the garden, and added new soil before planting some flower seeds, which we hope will be blooming in the fall.castles in the sanda familyfilling the trucktagbikingpushing a frienddigging up the gardenadding more soila tarp tentbacking upFor art on Monday we read the story Petra by Marianna Coppa, about a rock who goes on adventures, and eventually gets collected by a child, who paints it to look like an elephant.  We then donned our T-shirt smocks, selected our rocks and paint colors, then commenced painting our own rocks.rock paintingpink and blackblue, pink, purplemixing bluesa ballerina rockshades of purpledrying the brushcolorful rocksAs it was raining Monday, the children did some fun inside activities.  We started with some yoga, then moved on to flashlight dancing, and finally we played many games of hide and seek.  It was surprisingly hard to find the hiders, despite the lack of hiding spaces.  After hide and seek we took out the rainy day activities.warrior posedownward dogflashlight dancingcounting while everyone hidesa good hiding spotMr. Potato Headmagnatiles and animalsConnect FourFor an art project on Tuesday the children requested painting, so we brought the water color paints out to the art table.watercolor paintingOn Tuesday we had a special visitor.  Janice Mercieri from White Mountain Apiary came in to teach us all about bees.  She brought an observation hive, a piece of honey comb, and a queen bee cell.  She shared so much information about bees and gave us each an opportunity to hold and observe the honey comb and queen bee cell, and to look at the bees in the hive.  We learned so many things!  We learned that when bee larva hatch into adults, the first thing they do is clean their rooms so it is ready for the queen to lay a new egg.  We learned that all the worker bees are female, and there is only one queen.  The queen bee’s only job is to lay eggs, and the only job of the drone bees’, the only male bees in the hive, is to mate with the queen.  Janice told us that honey bees live for only 6 weeks, and within their lifetime, each bee makes only 2 drops of honey!  To make 1 pound of honey, bees must visit 2 million flowers.  Janice also shared that bees do a special dance to communicate with each other, indicating the location of newly discovered crops.  The colony will then vote on where to visit.  We learned that without bees, 1/3 of our food sources would not exist, as they are the primary pollinators of many crops.  We also learned that wax for the honey comb is produced in glands in the abdomen.  It was such an engaging and informative visit.  Thank you, Janice!honey comb from a hiveexamining the honey combthe queen bee cellexamining the queen bee celllooking for a drone beeobserving the bees in the observation hivea bee suitOn Wednesday morning we read Gary’s New Glasses, sent in by the Armstrong family, and talked about who we know with glasses and why people need glasses. We have two friends who got glasses this week, so it was a good story to help everyone understand how valuable glasses can be and how grateful we are to have them! We then wrote thank you letters to Janice.  The children worked hard to draw her beautiful pictures and write their Thank yous.Thank you cards for Janicebee picturesWe went outside early on Wednesday, after several friends helped set up an obstacle course.  Many of the children had fun doing it over, and over, and over.walking the balance beamhopping on the ballunder the tableover the stepping stonesaround the cones on the bikesover the stumpscareful balancingThursday was our clean out and good-bye day.  We cleaned out cubbies, gathered work from the classroom, and several children took little autograph books around the classroom to get signatures and/or pictures/notes from their friends.   We took out some beads so anyone who wanted could make friendship bracelets for their friends.  We read the story Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney, about a girl named Alice Rumphius.  Her grandfather tells her about his travels around the world and his love of the sea.  She decides that when she grows up, she too wants to travel the world to see far away places and return to live by the sea when she is old.  Her grandfather tells her that there is a third thing she must do: make the world more beautiful.  We discussed what some things were that we could do to make the world more beautiful.  Some of the suggestions were to; cover the world in bridges, plant flowers and trees, be kind and care for others, and build a giant ski slide.  At the end of the story when Miss Rumphius is older, she finally finds what she wants to do.  She orders a bushel of lupine seeds and scatters them everywhere she walks, and in the spring the entire town is covered in lupines.  
signing his signature book
friendship braceletspattern blocksgeometric solidslots of colorsreading about insectsdodecahedronreadingcontainersvery careful fine motor worka fun story with Susana porcupine familya boy and a dinosaurWe continued to practice for our performance throughout the week.  When the big night finally arrived, everyone was ready!  We will miss those friends who are moving on.  It is hard to say goodbye to everyone!  We wish everyone the best as they move up to new schools. (Thank you to the Armstrong family for the performance photos).practicing Phytoplanktonpracticing Little Black FlyAbout ArachnidsThere's a Spider on the FloorFive Green and Speckles FrogsOne hopped into the poolFour Little DucksBaby white tail deerPhytoplanktonLittle Black Flya hard working problem solveran independent artistan imaginative animal loverThank you to everyone for such a wonderful year.  We are so grateful to have such amazing, supportive families to work with.  We adore your children and so love spending our days with them.  Thank you for sharing them with us!

2 June, 2018
by Lyn
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Changes

rockingWe spent a LOT of time outside this week enjoying the summer warm temperatures.  There were lots of insects in various stages of development, arachnids, worms, amphibians, birds, etc. to discover and examine this week.  The children collected caterpillars, ladybug larva, worms, and toads to examine.  The balls, badminton, and ball toss games were brought out, and the children were busy tossing, catching, kicking, throwing, and scooping balls.  A new bike was a popular toy for riding and pushing.  Sleds lined the fence to create shelters from the sun.  Digging in the sand and filling trucks for transport kept children occupied in the sand box.  Children began prepping the garden for planting by digging up the soil to make it loose.blue kids collecting insectsbalancingpushing a friend on the bikecaterpillars in a bucketchecking out a spiderdigging in the gardenpassing the balllining up the water bottlessitting on the tunnelwatching the worma group of girlsfunny friendsa game of tossbadminton with a friendAt the art table the children finished up their self-portraits.  Some artists really studied themselves and thoughtfully considered how to draw themselves.self portraitWhat does your shirt look like?an accurate self portraithere is my mouthWe continued rehearsals for our performance.  We even did a complete run through outside.  It is hard to remember to sing so the audience will hear, but we are confident the children will be prepared and will perform well when the day arrives.rehearsalZeanny came for a final Spanish group, and we played loteria, a Mexican BINGO game.  This time there were prizes for the first to get all four corners, four in a row vertically, four in a row horizontally, an X, and then for everyone who filled their whole board (so everyone got at least one prize).  The children had so much fun, and everyone was a good sport when they didn’t win a game.verticalloteriaDo I have that one?We celebrated two birthdays on Thursday.  For the fourth birthday, the birthday girl passed out beautiful pink ballerina cupcakes.  She smiled her way around the sun with the globe as we counted her birthdays and listed the seasons before blowing out the candle.  The soon to be six-year old shared tasty white chocolate, pretzel, junior mint, & marshmallow snack treats that were too yummy to stop eating!  She graciously waited her turn, then walked the globe around the candle sun while we all counted her six years since birth.  Happy birthday, birthday girls!!ballerina cupcakes & tasty snack mix treatsbirthday girlblowing out the candleeating birthday treatsThe children were busy finishing up projects that they had started, and some children selected some Montessori activities that they were interested in checking out before the end of the year.writing workThe frog is sitting.cutting work6, 7, 8Legossnakes shedding their skinsThis is a snake. I see the snake.A bird is fast. A turtle is slow.water playcontinent puzzle mapsdrawing with chalk, writing in sand, tracing the letterAustraliasorting by sizeafternoon writing worktrinomial cubecutting workmore USA puzzleswalking the block roadadding and coloring the oceansfinishing up work from our clipboards100 boardfast and slowdragon lairssmall block puzzle boxsorting colorswaternumber scroll writingOver the past couple of weeks we have been eating outside as much as possible.a picnic lunch outsideFor Friday science we did some colored light mixing to create new colors.  Each student chose a red, blue, or yellow flashlight.  We took our lights to the back hallway where it was dark, and the children divided into groups with 1 red, 1 blue, and 1 yellow light.  They then shone the lights together on the wall to create new colors.  They discovered that when all three lights were shining in the same spot, it made while light, and when all the lights were off, it was black.  Unlike pigments, white light is all colors of light combined, while black is the absence of light.  When we got back to the classroom they requested a disco dance party, so we turned on some Disco music and the kids had fun dancing and jumping around with their lights.shining colorsdance partyDisco dancing

 

27 May, 2018
by Lyn
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Colorful

peek a booWith the apple tree in full bloom, the sun shining down, and the breezes blowing, outside was a glorious place to be.  There was a lot of running, hauling, digging, mixing, insect hunting, bouncing, biking, and imagining.sand timeon the movedirt soupchattingnegotiationsrunning aroundhauling the big blockfriendsIs that a spider egg sack?run!bucket stackhelping handsmaking a sad friend laughMondays artists learned about Henri Matisse, particularly his later years when he was too ill to paint and began to observe the natural world around him, imagine, plan, create, cut, and position painted paper shapes.  We were introduced to drawing with scissors in the story by the same title.  We then went off to create our own cut out art, which were titled “LOVE,” “HIKING WITH MOM AND OUR DOG,” “FLOWER FIELD,” “PAINT,” “THE OCEAN,” “TANGLED UP SEAWEED,” “FROGGY ON A LILY PAD CATCHING FLIES,” “SQUARES,” “THE MARIANA TRENCH,” and “BIG FLOWERS AND LITTLE FLOWERS.”  Can you identify them?Henri Matisse artlots of pinkcutting painted paper"LOVE"artists cuttingThe art table was busy while the remainder of the children finished up their puffy animals.  They are all so wonderful, and we are excited to display them from the trees on the last day!  We also re-introduced self-portraits and the children began working carefully on their images of themselves.  It is always so fun to match the beginning of the year with the end of year self-portraits.ocean animalsred foxpuffy animala snowy owla big grey rhinocerosa bunny and a flamingoself portraitswhat color is my skin?Rehearsals for the end of year performance continued.  We practice a couple of songs during each group time to keep it from being too overwhelming, but next week will begin full scale practices outside where we will (weather permitting) perform.rehearsalsWe pulled out the ribbons and did some ribbon dancing on Tuesday.ribbon dancersbig swirlstwirling the ribbonOn Wednesday we read a book sent in by the Armstrong family about Memorial Day and discussed how it honors those in the military who died in service.  We discussed what some Memorial Day traditions might be, including parades, spending time with families, and having barbecues or picnics.  Children who have family members who serve or did serve in the military shared who they knew and which branch of the military they served in (if they knew).  The Armstrongs also sent in some fun USA themed puzzles which the children loved coloring.Memorial Day puzzlesWe read about frogs and toads, and learned about the differences.  We read that frogs have long back legs for hopping and swimming, while toads have short legs.  We read that frogs have smooth, wet skin, while toads have bumpy drier skin.  We read that male frogs make long, loud sounds, while toads have quieter, shorter calls.  We also read that frogs lay eggs in clumps, while toads lay eggs in strands.  We continue to watch our wood frog tadpoles, which are getting bigger every day.  We are hoping to have tadpoles with legs before school is out!someday you will grow up to be just like me, except realdrawing a frogOn Thursday . . .addition booka fawn for the fawnapple tree nomenclaturewater tower balancing acthandwriting workcounting pennieswater playblock rampMammals posterThis is a rabbit. I see the rabbit.friends coloring togetherreadingplay doughshell and button sortingcamping timecareful in the middlebuildings of blocksLegosfine motor workdrawingreading togethermorning workcoloring and countingbooksWe celebrated a fifth birthday on Thursday.  The birthday girl passed out red and blue frosted cupcakes before taking the globe for her trips around the sun.  She told us that she was born in the spring in the month of May five years ago, then quickly orbited the candle while we named the seasons and counted her years.  We all laughed when the globe dropped on the table, pushing the candle, which blew out the flame.  We then re-lit it so she could blow it out herself after singing Happy Birthday.  Happy Birthday, Birthday girl!!passing out the treatsbirthday girlWe had a small group on Friday, so we pulled out the instruments.  We were excited to try two new instruments donated for the yard sale that we pulled out – a steel drum and large gourd thumb piano.  We also pulled out the big drum.  The children took turns choosing and playing the instruments, then we learned about sound waves when we put felt balls on the big drum.  We tapped it lightly and the balls bounced.  When we played it harder they went flying up in the air.  The children had a LOT of fun doing that over and over and over and over . . .ting tingsteel druminstrumentsbouncing ballsso high!ready, set . . .GO!