Sunnybrook Montessori School

Montessori preschool & kindergarten in New Hampshire's North Country

7 January, 2017
by Lyn

Behavior Management Workshop

If you are interested in learning about our philosophy of Behavior Management, we invite you to join us on Monday, January 23rd from 6-8 PM in the Sunnybrook classroom to get some background, research, tips, and methods for the Positive Discipline strategies used to help guide behavior in our classroom.

For questions, please contact Lyn at [email protected] or 788-3884.

Please RSVP to [email protected] if you plan to attend.

This event is open to families, the community, and educators.  It is worth 2 hours of professional development for early educators.

2 October, 2016
by Lyn

Play Dates

pattern block pictureWho:  All children ages 2-4 & their caregivers and siblings

What:  Come play with friends in the Sunnybrook Classroom.  Meet other local families with young children.  Do an art activity.  Explore the classroom.  Have a snack.  Listen to a story.  Meet the Sunnybrook Director/Teacher.

Where: Sunnybrook Montessori School

When: The first Monday of each month, October – May (January is the 2nd Monday) from 10-11 AM.

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14 January, 2017
by Lyn

Many Shades

What an adventurous week we had!  From too cold to be outside, to crazy winds, to over 40 degrees, then rainy and gray, and back to super cold.   We enjoyed all the shades of weather that we experienced.
moving the giant branchconstructing the snow fortrolling a snowballsnow fort on the greengiant snowballsmini snowmanposingKnex for a rainy day recessMr. Potato Head & Playmobile gardenersbristle blocksMagnatilesdrumming on the big drumFor Monday art the children were introduced to block printing, as used by Japanese artist Hokusai.  We examined a print of his work The Great Wave off Kanagawa.  We learned how he would carve different sections then print them in layers to complete the entire picture.  We looked through photos of his prints and located Mount Fuji in each, which is featured in a collection of his works.  We then cut out sticky back foam and stuck them to woodblocks, creating our own “carvings,” which we used to print.  Throughout the week all of the children enjoyed making their own stamps.
creating woodblock stampscreating wood block stampsstampingMonday students enjoyed some time at the library with Tammy while younger children visited the classroom for a playdate.  They had fun with duplos, puppets, stories, and trains.
Puppet palsWe had a special visitor in the classroom on Tuesday.  Susan Vigne, who will be joining us as the new classroom assistant, spent time getting to know the children, chatting and engaging with them as they worked throughout the morning.  We are excited to have her join us!

The sensory table has been filled with rice. Most of the world’s rice is grown in Asia, and is a food staple in many Asian countries.
animals in the ricericescooping riceThe airplane was all set up and was very busy travelling the world. Travelers checked in with their baggage, boarded the plane, were greeted by the pilot and copilot, and cared for by the flight crew.
May I check you in?yes, captainFlying to Californiaall packed and ready to gotaking offtime to boardHere we go!the skies are clearWhat does this switch do?We continued our study of Asia, with a continued focus on Japan.  We read the story Suki’s Kimono about a little girl who wore her traditional Japanese Kimono and geta (wooden shoes) to school and shared them with her class.  Although some of the students laughed at her, she stayed true to herself.  The children discussed how they would stand up for themselves and others if in a similar situation.  We read a bit about Tango no Sekku (children’s day) and learned that koinobori (carp streamers), are flown to represent courage and strength.
Japan boxThere's a peacock on his head, on his headA zoo of Asian animalsletter formationyellow play doughjournal writing, tong transfer & animal tracksIs a fish living or non living?table workthe resident animal expert and her big cat habitatbeginning sounds sortartist at workEurope puzzle mapLiving and nonliving sorttable cleaning at the end of the morningletter sound sortbalancing scales and Asia puzzle mapa picture of Mama and Metowers and tiger penscolorful artreading to friendsThis is an octopusIMG_6287 (2)cutting little piecesColoring while we wait to go outSpanish with Zeanny resumed this week. She started off Session II by introducing casa (house), techo (roof), pequena (small), medio (medium), grande (large), tubo de lampara (chimney), rectangulo (rectangle) and triangulo (triangle). We listened to the story Oso en Casa (Bear at Home) and learned about all the different rooms in a house. Zeanny gave each child 6 Popsicle sticks to construct un casa, which will be used throughout this session.
La caja magicaPequeno, medio, grande casaconstructing casasOn Thursday we introduced Martin Luther King Jr./Civil Rights Day.  We took turns sharing what a holiday is, then moved on to a discussion about similarities and differences between people.  Last week we talked about the varied shades of skin colors, eye colors, hair colors, and physical features of people on the earth.  We continued to share how we are the same and how we are different, but pointed out that we are all people who are equal and should be treated as such.  We introduced the laws of segregation that used to exist in parts of the United States, separating restaurants, water fountains, schools and where people could sit on buses based on the color of their skin.  The children had many suggestions about what they would or could have done and we learned about Martin Luther King Jr. and what he did do to change these unfair laws.  We read Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and learned how he used love and peaceful protests to combat hatred and anger.
Stories from the weekFor Friday Science we talked and read about plants, their parts, and how they grow and change.  We gently removed a spider plant from its’ pot and looked at the roots.  We were surprised by how long the roots were.  We discussed what the jobs are of the various parts.  We learned how the roots soak up water and nutrients from the soil and how they stabilize the plant in the ground so that it remains secure where it is.  We learned that the leaves use the water and sunlight to make food, how the stem carries the water and nutrients up to the leaves and flower, and how the flower, which may turn into fruit, houses the seeds, which are dispersed and turn into new plants.  The children then started the germination process by placing paper towels in clear cups, watering them, and placing the beans between the wet paper towels and the cup.  We will watch them until they begin to sprout, then plant them in dirt and see how they grow.
parts of a plantlima beans in cups

7 January, 2017
by Lyn

In With the New

It was wonderful to see all our friends again after two weeks away.  Everyone was very busy and excited to get back into the swing of things!

Our outside time was filled with snowball battles, stick collecting, mountain climbing, shoveling, and giving and taking sled rides.  You may have noticed that we encourage the children to ask a friend when they want to go for rides in the sleds, rather than becoming the pullers ourselves.  The goals behind this response are to: 1) get them engaged with a peer, sometimes someone they may not know well, 2) help them recognize that relationships are give and take, 3) give them the opportunity to be active and feel how their muscles move and work while pulling a heavy load, and 4) feel a sense of accomplishment and pride for doing hard work and for doing something for someone else.
pulling a friend (and some sticks) and a blanketTag! I got you!taking a breakcollecting sticksdigging outice removal expertclimbing the snow mountainhauling out the fallen treeDramatic play was a popular area while everyone spent time socializing and enjoying playing together with friends again.  This was the last week with the Doctor’s Office.  On Thursday we took a vote, and the children decided 14 to 3 to set up an airport rather than a market.  Friday students got busy taking down the clinic and setting up the airport and plane.  They painted the luggage scanner, set up the check in area, “built” the airplane, then named and decorated it.  They named it the “Sunnybrook 62S Giraffe.”  We will continue to add to it through the week.
painting the luggage scannercoloring the airplaneafternoon workcoloring owlsclaymoon phases nomenclaturedrawingmemory and stories with Tammyupper and lowercase letter matchtransfer & hammer and nailsconnecting gearsproblem solvingmat workpuzzlesWe introduced our study of the largest continent, Asia.  We began by reading Asia by Rebecca Hirsch, and starting the book Explore Asia by Bobbie Kalman.  One of the students shared a wonderful Japanese folktale, The Dream Eater, by Christian Garrison, about Baku, a chimera who gobbles up bad dreams. With currently 48 official countries, we will only be able to study a few in depth, so we began with the country of Japan.  We looked through our Japan box and found some yen (money), a Japanese fan, a kimono (traditional dress), a Kokeshi doll, chopsticks, origami books and paper, koinobori (carp streamers), and a beckoning/lucky cat statue.  We then read the story The Beckoning Cat by Koko Nishizuka.
peaceful in her kimono15 elephants went out to playconstructing habitats for the Asian animalslooking through the Japan boxWe celebrated two birthdays on Wednesday.  Our newest five year-old shared fun monster cupcakes after walking the earth around the sun five times, once for each year since he was born.  The most recent four year-old passed out yummy raspberry flavored cupcakes with buttercream frosting.  She held the globe and orbited the candle sun while we counted four times around for her.  Happy birthday to our newest four and five year-olds!
birthday boy!four year old smilesFor Friday science we read Is It Living or Nonliving? By Rebecca Rissman, then sorted a variety of items into living or non-living baskets, according to whether they need air, water, and nutrients and if they grow and move on their own.  At the children’s request we also read Living or Nonliving by Carol Lindeen, and Living or Nonliving by Kelli Hicks.
living or non living?

17 December, 2016
by Lyn

Winter Wonderland

shovelingWhat a wonderful white world we had this week!  We had so much fun pulling each other in sleds, being pulled in sleds, making mini snowmen as the sun gradually warmed the snow, playing on the little snowbank, having snowball fights, and shoveling paths around the yard.  When the temperatures dipped too low at the end of the week, we admired the whiteness from inside while we enjoyed indoor recess activities.
funny girlfilling up the sledswhat do you see?winter warmthpull!hang on!chillingsnowball fight!I'm going to get you!attempting to dislodge the stumpusing the boot jacksmagnatiles at recessbristle blocks for recessFor Monday art we were introduced to mural drawing.  We began drawing out a winter scene to display for the Winter Performance, using white and gray pastels to make snow, clouds, the sun and the moon.  As the week went on and everyone continued to add, it became a much more colorful, not so white wintry scene.  Artistic license at its’ best!
winter muralworking on the muraladding to the muralMany children had a fabulous time decorating paper cone Christmas trees with green glue, pom-poms, buttons, ribbons, beads, and tissue paper.   Each tree was unique and colorful!
painting the treesadding ornamentsgreen glueThe Monday boys decided that it was time for snow in the sensory table, so they worked as a team to empty the sand so we could bring in the cold stuff.  We added arctic animals (moose, polar bear, snowy owls, bald eagles, orca and seals) and antarctic animals (emperor penguin, chinstrap penguin and king penguin).  As the week wore on, additional non-polar animals migrated in as well.
emptying the sensory tablepolar animalsbrrrr!inside snowpaintinganimals in the snowOn Wednesday afternoon, the students who volunteered suited up and trekked across the street to drop off the food donations at the food pantry.  The donations were very appreciated, and the children had fun chatting with the ladies who accepted them.
delivering the donations to the food pantrydone with our deliverysound sortmini vehiclesstories with Tammynumber bead pyramidgeometric solidsMy familybalancingletter formation practicenumber worktelling a storydrawing a white dinosaur in the snowwooden word cardsmorning mat workmore morning mat workteen boardletter sound work with Cindymulti-tasking musicianbuilding cube patternssearching for objects in the picturesThe much anticipated Pajama day finally arrived and the children had so much fun assembling and playing in a big fort, listening to stories with Cindy, decorating gingerbread men made by the Hayward/Randall family, eating popcorn and drinking hot chocolate with marshmallows, and playing with puppets and other fun activities.  It was so exciting to wear our pajamas to school!  The children even decided to turn the lights off to make it more like nighttime.
magnatilessea life puzzletending to the puppetsmagnetic color cubes & block towerswatching the popcorn popcookie timehere it comes!stories under the fort with Cindyhammer and nailsplaying in the forthappy gingerbreadadding marshmallowslots of sprinklesdecorating gingerbread menyummy cookies!We also celebrated a fourth birthday on Thursday.  The birthday boy had eagerly anticipated his turn to hold the globe and walk around the candle while we counted each year that he has been alive.  He shared angel food cupcakes with whipped frosting and sprinkles.  Happy birthday newest four year-old!
the birthday boyorbiting the sunFor Friday science we learned about static electricity.  We tried to build some up by rubbing our stocking feet on the carpet, but it didn’t work very well.  We watched a short video explaining how electrons and  protons carry a charge, and when there is an imbalance in charge, they will move to make it balanced, which can create an electric shock.  Although this concept is beyond comprehension, the terms proton and neutron were introduced.  Everyone then chose a balloon, which we vigorously rubbed on our hair then performed magic tricks of sticking them to shelves, tanks, ourselves, the quiet house, etc.  Some of us even built up enough static electricity that we were surprised by a little shock, so it worked after all!  When were done sticking our balloons to everything we could, the children played “keep the balloons up,” counting how many times they could tap them before they fell down to the ground.
look!it sticks!balloon magichow many taps?Our storiesOnce again our circle times were dedicated to preparing for Friday night.  We practiced entering the sanctuary, climbing the steps, standing on our names, singing the songs, reciting lines for the Winter Solstice presentation, and shaking our maracas to Feliz Navidad while Cindy accompanied us on the guitar.  There was a lot of energy during practice sessions, but as always, the event was a huge success.  The children did a wonderful job and provided some great entertainment on a very chilly evening.  It was wonderful to have (almost) everyone in the Sunnybrook family together for the evening!
pajama day practice sessionfiling on stageFeliz NavidadThank you to those who brought food for the potluck, our volunteer photographer, and those who got everything all cleaned up and put back together at the end of the night.  Your contributions are so appreciated!