Sunnybrook Montessori School

Montessori preschool & kindergarten in New Hampshire's North Country

6 September, 2014
by Lyn
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Sunnybrook Play Dates

We are excited to once again be offering play dates for two and three year old children, their caregivers, and siblings.  We welcome you to join us the first Monday of each month, October to May, from 10-11AM at Sunnybrook Montessori School.  Children and their caregivers may explore the classroom, meet Lyn, create some art, enjoy a snack, and participate in a circle time with songs and a story.  We look forward to seeing you!

creating art

creating art

Come play with us
December 1
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February 2
March 2
April 6
May 4

Please Note: If White Mountains Regional School District closes due to inclement weather, we will close as well.  Closings are posted on the WMRSD website.

 

28 November, 2014
by Lyn
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Stone Soup is What You Need . . .

Chopping up the ingredients

Chopping up the ingredients

“Stone Soup is what you need, when you have some friends to feed. Step right up with what you’ve got, and add it all to the big soup pot.”  (from Some Friends to Feed by, Pete Seeger & Paul Dubois Jacobs)  The children were so excited to make and eat stone soup.  They brought in so many ingredients that they spent the whole of Tuesday morning washing, peeling, and cutting them up.  There were potatoes, carrots, onions, celery, tomatoes, squash, green beans, black beans, peas, and broth.  It made so much soup that we were able to make two huge pots.  The first pot we enjoyed sharing together on Wednesday morning, and the second pot of soup was donated to a local family in need.  The older children helped to set up and serve the meal, then everyone sat and shared what they are thankful for before eating.

scrubbing potatoes

scrubbing potatoes

washing carrots

washing carrots

preparing

preparing

Thankful

Thankful

enjoying stone soup

enjoying stone soup

What are you thankful for?

What are you thankful for?

In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, the children took some time to decorate a Thankful Tree with tags listing the things they are thankful for.  We discussed that being thankful means being happy about something that you have.  With no prompting or suggestions, the children quickly and easily shared the things they are thankful for, including mom, dad, brothers, sisters, family, beds, clothes, food, school, and myself.

Thankful Tree

Thankful Tree

pin punching

pin punching

writing

writing

painting

painting

alliteration

alliteration

blocks

blocks

lanterns

lanterns

For Monday art the children made lanterns for our Winter Performance.  They each folded a paper in half, cut lines up, connected it into a lantern and chose ribbons for adornment.  The three day students will be making their lanterns next week.

ball

ball

mud

mud

Mud, mud, glorious mud!  With Monday’s warm weather, the children were thrilled to discover mud in the playground.  It was fabulously messy and fun!

more mud

more mud

outside play

outside play

planting a tree

planting a tree

23 November, 2014
by Lyn
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Past, Present, Future

 

Snow play

Snow play

snowman

snowman

Monday morning arrived with some great snow!  The children had a fabulous time making giant snowballs for snowmen and snow chairs.  They had so much fun rolling and rolling and rolling snowballs all around the yard.  Throughout the week the snow dwindled away, but everyone had fun pulling friends in sleds, breaking up the snowballs, and running, running, running!

pulling a friend

pulling a friend

shadow tracing

shadow tracing

The art table was very busy this week!  For Monday art we did some shadow tracing then moved on to beading friendship bracelets.  On Tuesday we introduced weaving, which turned into making paper chains with the weaving strips.  Many children colored, cut out, and taped up ingredients for the giant pot of stone soup hanging on the wall. The children also continued to work on finishing up some past art work, making more bracelets, creating a variety of items using paper, scissors, glue, and tape, and doing lots of writing and drawing.

bracelet making

bracelet making

weaving

weaving

paper chains

paper chains

singing and writing the alphabet

singing and writing the alphabet

cooperative stone soup game

cooperative stone soup game

During circle we continued to read and discuss Stone Soup.  We also continued discussing Native Americans and introduced the concepts of past, present, and future.   We also introduced a daily mystery number question.  So far we have counted and recorded how many students are in our class, how many days until Stone Soup Day, and how many girls/boys are in our class.  The children reminded us not to forget the teachers when counting the girls!

afternoon work

afternoon work

animals

animals

clock

clock

hundred board

hundred board

pin punching

pin punching

play dough

play dough

puzzles

puzzles

rhyming puzzle

rhyming puzzle

states puzzle with Tammy

states puzzle with Tammy

table work

table work

tweezers

tweezers

dice addition

dice addition

firemen with their hoses and ladders

firemen with their hoses and ladders

rug work

rug work

afternoon group bracelet making

afternoon group bracelet making

In the sensory table we made moon sand with sand, cornstarch, water, and red food coloring.  It was a very interesting and goopy experience!  The children had a lot of fun molding, piling, pushing, and dripping it.

Friday Science

Friday Science

Friday students had a fun day with Tammy!  They enjoyed making special designs with chalk and paint.  For science they did a soluble and insoluble experiment, testing various solids such as salt, flour, coffee, etc. to see if they would dissolve in water.

soluble, insoluble

soluble, insoluble

We are looking forward to Stone Soup week and Thanksgiving break coming up!