Sunnybrook Montessori School

Montessori preschool & kindergarten in New Hampshire's North Country

13 September, 2019
by Lyn
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Growing

Apple soup, leaf and sand stew, and mud pies have been featured dishes in the mud kitchen as the chefs experiment with local ingredients.  Children took turns donning helmets and riding the two-wheel bikes with training wheels.  We have been insect hunting, playing toss, hopping on balls, and excavating in the sand box.

Monday students explored color mixing for art.  We read Mouse Paint, White Rabbit’s Color Book, and Mix It Up and discussed what happens when we mix red and yellow, yellow and blue, blue and red, and all three.  We then did our own experimenting with finger paints.  Children selected two or three colors to mix and used their hands and fingers to push the paint around and create new colors.

This week we continued to learn the routine and expectations of the classroom.  We watched a demonstration of how to roll out a mat, take out work, set it up, clean it up, put it away, walk around the mat, and roll it up then put it away.  We learned how to get a teacher’s attention by placing a hand on her shoulder or grasping her hand and waiting until she is able to listen.  We also reviewed how to wash hands properly, first turning on the water and being sure to wet them, squirt one pump of soap, scrubbing all over for a count of 20 and making lots of bubbles, then rinsing, drying, and turning off the water.  We read about Group Time Expectations, which included raising hands to share a question or thought, respecting others by keeping our bodies to ourselves, and sitting up on our spots unless we are reading a story or doing a movement activity.

We read several stories about families and ourselves, including Whoever You Are, We Are All Alike, We are All Different, Why Am I Me? And All Kinds of Families.  We played “The Cold Wind Blows for . . . “ and when something that is true about us was said, we went to the middle of the rug, such as “anyone who has a sister” or “anyone who is 3.”

The caterpillars have been snug in their chrysalises while they transform from green goo into beautiful monarch butterflies.  We have been reading and learning about metamorphosis, how a caterpillar hatches from an egg on a leaf, then eats until it is too big for its’ skin so it splits out of it, eventually finding a leaf or stem to attach to, hanging upside down in a J and wiggling until it splits out of its’ skin for a final time to become a chrysalis.  It hangs for about two weeks before emerging as a butterfly.  We read Gotta Go! Gotta Go!, Are You a Butterfly?, and Waiting for Wings.  As we patiently waited and checked in on them, we observed one chrysalis turning black, and the first butterfly emerged Friday while we were outside before lunch.

Friday students continued their study of living and nonliving.  We created a chart and recorded What we KNOW about Living Things, What we WANT to know about living things, and what we LEARNED about living things.  The children shared that they know living things breath, eat, drink water, grow, and change.  They wondered if all living things walk, talk, or swim.  They discussed what they know about different living things and decided that no, not all living things walk, talk, or swim.  Many of the children then chose to have their bodies traced then colored their lifesize selves in, adding hair, facial features, and clothing.

7 September, 2019
by Lyn
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Beginning

The first week of school is off to a great start!  In the busyness of our beginning, the camera did not make it out much, so I apologize if we missed photos of your child this week.

The sunshine brought beautiful end of summer days as we enjoyed the new mud kitchen designed and built by Ian and John Schulte.  It was put to good use all week, and the children created many meals of apples, mud, grass, leaves, twigs, and water.  The bikes were zooming, the trucks were digging and dumping, the balls were rolling, and the apples had a party as they careened over the fence.  We had our first indoor recess, so were introduced to all the rainy day activities, including Knex, Magnatiles, Playmobile farm, Reptangles, Squiggs, Bristle Blocks, and Brain Flakes.

cooking
busy in the kitchen
trucks in the sand
apple throwing party time
pulling passengers
busy in the kitchen
squiggs
brain flakes

Our first week was focused on learning the routine and getting to know each other.  We sang and moved to some favorite songs: Mr. Sun, You Are My Sunshine, Way Up High in the Apple Tree, Ten Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, Hickety Pickety Bumblebee, and There Were Ten in the Bed.  We read stories about families and stories about butterflies.  We read Bark George, a story about a dog that meows, quacks, oinks, and moos. 

handwashing at the new sink
There Were Ten in the Bed and the Little One Said, "Roll Over! Roll Over!"

Students were introduced to the classroom and shown the many materials available for use during work time – both those that are free to use as desired, and those Montessori materials that a teacher introduces before use.  This week as the children were introduced to the routine, some Montessori materials were introduced, and all the open use areas were very busy.

cylinder block
tree and flower sorting
I Spy match
butterfly wing matching
acorn transfer work
pouring rice
pouring
sorting living and non living
carefully pouring the grains of rice
balancing the tree branches

At the art table the children used their finger skills to carefully peel and place stickers, draw with pencils and markers, glue pieces of colorful paper and yarn, cut long lines across paper, and do some leaf and template rubbing with crayons.

cutting paper
drawing
stickers

The water table was busy with pouring, stirring, squirting, mixing, scooping, and funneling. 

washing the baby
water time
water work
pouring

Blue and green play dough was molded, cut, rolled, and formed. 

green playdough

Blue, green, white and brown paint was brushed and stroked to form stripes, dots, the earth, trees, flowers, clouds, water, rain, and abstract art.

big blue swirls
lines

Lots of puzzles were assembled, both individually and by partners and teams. 

Frozen puzzle

Block roads, towers, and tunnels were constructed.

stacking blocks
blocking the entrance and building a tunnel
the trap to keep people out
tall tower and long curvy roads
a tall building for law enforcement officers

Moms, Dads, children, and pets were busy sleeping, cooking, cleaning, serving, and visiting in dramatic play.

pizza making
taking notes & sweeping up
chefs in the kitchen
wrapping up the baby
taking care of the babies

Friday students had their first science study.  We read about Living and Nonliving things and the characteristics of each.  We learned that living things grow and change, and they need air, water, nutrients, and sun to live.  We then sorted some objects into living or nonliving, each taking a turn to pick an item and decide if it grows and changes and is therefore living, or not.

living or non living
Does it grow and change?

15 July, 2019
by Lyn
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Renovation Fund Raiser at the Copper Pig

Please come support us on Wednesday, July 17th from 5-8 PM at the Copper Pig in Lancaster to raise funds for our kitchen/bathroom/classroom renovation.

Many community businesses and organizations have donated raffle items, including:

Santa’s Village
Dubois Firewood
Jodi Gerrish Massage
Scorpios Pizza and Sports Pub
Polish Princess
Bent Fork Farm
The Beal House
Libby’s Bistro
Roger Irwin Photography
Mount Cabot Maple
Bent Fork Farm
Assemble Studio
Prospect Farm
RizFit
Coos Brewing Company
Cute Kids Cupcakes
Smokin’ T’s Barbeque
John King Chimney Cleaning
FernieMoss art by Stacey Zemla
Robin Craxton Lindquist Art
Basket by Caroline Whipple
Yoga classes with Kat Colby
Yoga Classes with Nancy Phillips
Crumb Bar
Blaine’s Barber Shop
Happy Star Chinese Restaurant
Merlandrew Jewelry by Sue Rouillard
First Step Fitness
The Moody Mug Cafe
The Rialto Theater
Lonesome Woods
Otokahe Farm

Your donations will be so appreciated as we renovate our space. We are adding two classroom accessible bathrooms, two classroom sinks, a water fountain, a washer & dryer, a second classroom space for small groups, afternoon rest time & office work, a small kitchen, and a one way mirror for classroom observation. These renovations will be a huge benefit to the Sunnybrook students, families, and teachers!