Sunnybrook Montessori School

Montessori preschool & kindergarten in New Hampshire's North Country

3 October, 2013
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Monday Play-Dates

color block patterns

color block patterns

Join us for our monthly Monday play dates on the first Monday of each month from 10-11 AM in the Sunnybrook classroom, from October to May.  All children ages 2-4, their caregivers and siblings are invited to join us.  We will enjoy an activity, a snack, a story and some songs.  We hope to see you there!

12 April, 2014
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Spring Has Sprung!

Friends

Friends

Yay for mud!

Yay for mud!

The sun came out and the hats, mittens, snow-pants, jackets, boots, and socks came off this week!  The glorious warmth melted the snow and ice, and the children had a wonderful time removing the layers, sinking into the mud, playing in the water, and saying goodbye to winter weather.

making mud

making mud

collecting water

collecting water

making a canal

making a canal

shoveling water

shoveling water

Bare feet!

Muddy feet!

We continued our study of Australia this week.  We learned about the didgeridoo, a native Australian instrument made from a tree branch hollowed out by termites, the boomerang, a throwing toy originally used for hunting, and aboriginal cave painting.

29 - Pitz Quattrone and Three Trees

Pitz Quattrone and Three Trees

On Wednesday afternoon we traveled to St. Johnsbury for a performance by Pitz Quattrone and the Three Trees.  We heard and learned about several instruments, including the didgeridoo, the Jew’s harp, the ney, the frame drum, and the oud.  The children enjoyed moving to the music in their seats, wiggling their bodies, hands, heads, and feet.

bank game

bank game

constructing houses

constructing houses

counting rod segments

counting rod segments

letter sound game

letter sound game

painting

painting

play dough

play dough

snack stories

snack stories

sweeping up the floor

sweeping up the floor

thump thump thump thump

thump thump thump thump

winding up the string

winding up the string

wooden word cards

wooden word cards

writing

Author illustrators at work

dot painting

dot painting

The students were busy with art making aboriginal dot paintings, drawing, creating books, making water color paintings, cutting, gluing, and coloring.

drawing

drawing

artists at work

artists at work

coloring

coloring

water colors

water colors

sensory table

sensory table

The sensory table was filled with water, rocks, and ocean animals of Australia.  The children enjoyed learning the names of the many animals, building them underwater houses, and swimming them around.

el camello (camel)

el camello (camel)

In Spanish we continued to practice animal names and do animal actions.  We talked about the Mer (sea) and many native Australian animals.

sleeping queens

sleeping queens

Friday students were busy as always.  They had fun playing a game of Sleeping Queens, then doing some writing and puzzle maps.  For science they cut open their celery from last week to see the xylem that carry the water up to the leaves.  Then we talked about sap running in the trees, tasted some sap, then set some to boil and watched the water evaporate and the sap thicken and darken.

practicing some tricky letters

practicing some tricky letters

puzzle maps

puzzle maps

sight word square game

sight word square game

5 April, 2014
by Lyn
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The Land Down Under

Creating our ocean

Creating our ocean

April brings us to the Land Down Under, where we encounter lots of unique animals such as the kangaroo, platypus, koala, emu, flying fox, kookaburra, lyre bird, dingo, Tasmanian devil, echidna, and wombat.  The waters around Australia and the Great Barrier Reef are also home to many types of ocean life, including the wobbegong shark, leafy and weedy sea dragons, the giant whale shark, and 1500 different types of coral.

April Fools!  Who is who?!

April Fools! Who is who?!

continent nomenclature

continent nomenclature

"e" book

“e” book

lacing

lacing

magnetic colored cube art

magnetic colored cube art

letter match & puzzle map

letter match & puzzle map

metal insets

metal insets

28 - reading

reading

sweeping under the snack table

sweeping under the snack table

weaving

weaving

ocean painting

ocean painting

The children began a giant ocean mural by using blue, green, and white paint to create water and seaweed.  They traced, colored, cut out, and attached various ocean animals.

making ocean animals

making ocean animals

cleaning up paint spills

cleaning up paint spills

What lives in the ocean?

What lives in the ocean?

ocean animals at play

ocean animals at play

We filled the sensory table with water, rocks, and ocean animals.  The children had a wonderful time swimming and splashing around and building homes out of rocks.

At the science table the children used stethoscopes to listen to their heart beats, tested their eye sight with eye charts, and weighed themselves on the scale.

weight check

weight check

pulpo caleinte

pulpo caleinte

During Spanish we played a fun new game, pulpo caliente (hot octopus), learned a song about pez (fish), and pretended to be different Australian animals.

pez

pez

Spanish parts of speech

Spanish parts of speech

How do plants drink?

How do plants drink?

For science, Friday students did an experiment to see how plants drink.  They added red coloring to water then placed several stalks of leafy celery in the water.  By the end of the day the tips of the leaves were tinted red.  Next week we will cut the stalks to see how the water travels up to the leaves.

writing work

writing work

racing cars

racing cars

silent e words

silent e words

Friday letter circling "k"

Friday letter circling “k”

fish book

fish book

cube art

cube art