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

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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.

 

26 October, 2014
by Lyn
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Pumpkins and Fire Trucks

balancing

balancing

This cold rainy week was filled with lots of exciting activities!

During Monday Art the students learned about the artist Jackson Pollock, then had a fabulously messy time creating their own splatter art masterpieces, which are currently displayed on our classroom wall.

Jackson Pollock splatter painting

Jackson Pollock splatter painting

masterpieces completed

masterpieces completed

scooping out the pumpkin

scooping out the pumpkin

Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins!  We were thankful for the three pumpkins that were donated by a generous family this week.  The students were so excited to cut them open and scoop out the seeds and guts.  We then soaked the insides in water, removed the stringy fibrous parts, then dried and roasted the seeds with salt and cinnamon sugar for snack.  They were so yummy!

Next it was carving time. The children decided that one pumpkin should be scary, one should be happy, and one should be sad.  They designed faces and the students took turns carving them out.  It was some very careful work!

pumpkin guts!

pumpkin guts!

carving the last pumpkin

carving the last pumpkin

During circle we discussed germs and how they are transferred from one person to another.  We demonstrated sneezing into our elbows and when we need to wash our hands. The children had a lot of good information to share!

The rainy weather and excitement of the week had our bodies full of energy, so we tried to do some singing and dancing to help get it out.  On Wednesday we brought out the parachute for the first time.  It was fun to shake it really fast, to sit underneath and sing, and to take turns going under while everyone else was shaking it.

writing

writing

color mixing

color mixing

completing the trinomial cube

completing the trinomial cube

continent puzzle map

continent puzzle map

floor work

floor work

golden beads

golden beads

handwriting

handwriting

magnetic letters

magnetic letters

painting

painting

number work

number work

sound cylinders

sound cylinders

table work

table work

hundred board

hundred board

working those fine motor muscles

working those fine motor muscles

sweeping

sweeping

making spider webs and spiders

making spider webs and spiders

At the art table the children had a fun time making spider webs and spiders with Tammy.  They painted plates black then used pipe cleaners, pom-poms, and eyeballs to make spiders.  The next day they punched holes around the plates and laced spider webs through them for their spiders to sit on.

Painting the plates black

Painting the plates black

Assistant Chief Jones with all of his gear on

Assistant Chief Jones with all of his gear on

On Thursday everyone was anxious to get over to the library to see the fireman and the fire truck.  Ronnie read Firehouse! by Mark Teague then Assistant Chief Jones arrived.  He talked to us about having smoke detectors in our houses, how to stay below the smoke if there is a fire, how to cover our faces with our hands and to Stop Drop and Roll if there is fire on our clothes, and that we should have a safe meeting place outside if there is a fire in our house.  He then showed us how he puts on all of his gear for a fire, and what he would look like with everything on.  He said that his job is to help us if there is a fire, and that underneath all of his protective gear, he is still the same person.  If we are ever in a fire and see him, we should crawl to him and not be afraid because it is his job to help get us out.  Finally we headed out to see the fire truck. Fireman Jones showed us several of the tools that they have on the truck, and told us what they do with them, then everyone who wanted to had a chance to climb up into the fire truck to see inside.

Firehouse! by Mark Teague

Firehouse! by Mark Teague

taking a turn in the truck

taking a turn in the truck

checking out the tools on the firetruck

checking out the tools on the firetruck

leaf observations

leaf observations

Friday students read about scientists and what they do.  They learned that a scientist asks questions, learns from her senses, makes observations and records them, and tests things.  We then practiced being scientists by observing leaves.  We observed their size, shape, color, texture, and edging.  We measured some, traced some, and did rubbings.  We noticed their veins and stems and observed differences and similarities between them.

18 October, 2014
by Lyn
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The Sun and the Rain

afternoon group

afternoon group

backbends

backbends

What a crazy week of weather we had, but we enjoyed it all, from the heat to the rain and in between.  On Thursday we wanted to make the most of the warmth, so we enjoyed a picnic lunch and did our afternoon work outside.  On Friday we had fun in the rain playing with all of the water we could find.

picnic lunch

picnic lunch

boys in the sand box

boys in the sand box

girls in the sandbox

girls in the sandbox

playing with baby mouse

playing with baby mouse

walking the blocks

walking the blocks

sharing her umbrella

sharing her umbrella

Water!

Water!

buckets of water

buckets of water

mud soup

mud soup

muck

muck

drawing with the glitter pens

drawing with the glitter pens

We spent our week preparing for Bring Your Family to Sunnybrook Night.  We learned how to give a tour of the classroom, and the children chose and practiced demonstrating items that they wanted to introduce to their families.  They made invitations to bring home with some new sparkly glitter pens, then used the pens to create as many beautiful sparkly pictures as they could before the ink all ran out.

number work

number work

puzzle maps

puzzle maps

table work

table work

bats!

bats!

At the art table everyone was busy making bats.  They used good fine motor skills to hold the template, trace around it, cut it out, then decorate the bat.  Our classroom is now full of mosquito eating bats!

art

art

We welcomed a new friend on Wednesday.  Everyone was excited to meet her and show her around.  We are looking forward to getting to know her better throughout the year!

drop, cover, hold

drop, cover, hold

We were all very much looking forward to seeing the firemen and the fire truck at the library on Thursday, but they had to postpone until next Thursday.  Instead, we participated in the Great North East Shake Out at 10:16.  We talked about what might happen if everything started shaking, and the children quickly pointed out that things could fall down off the shelves and walls.  They suggested places to go and ways to protect ourselves, then we practiced finding a table to go under until the shaking ends.

acorn transfer

acorn transfer

color grading

color grading

afternoon work

afternoon work

counting pegs

counting pegs

helping a friend

helping a friend

letter formation practice

letter formation practice

reading about butterflies

reading about butterflies

reading in the quiet house

reading in the quiet house

Family Night

Family Night

On Thursday evening the children were very excited to show their families their classroom and all of their favorite things to do at school.  They gave tours, demonstrated materials, and visited with friends.  It was fun to have our families at school and to be there at night!

demonstrating materials

demonstrating materials

some favorite work

some favorite work

introducing the metal insets

introducing the metal insets

making bats

making bats

Friday students had a lot to accomplish.  They were very eager to make more bats in the morning, then they took some time to make thank you letters for a donation we received from the Lancaster Elementary School seventh grade.  The seventh and eighth graders had a super hero design contest, and the winners were awarded $100 to donate to an organization of their choosing.  The seventh grade group that won chose Sunnybrook!  It was tremendously thoughtful, and we are so grateful that they chose us as the recipients.

observing a spider

observing a spider

Digestion

Digestion

For science in the afternoon, we learned about the digestive system.  The students examined their teeth in a mirror and learned that the front teeth are for cutting the food, and the back molars are for grinding.  To demonstrate this, the students took turns cutting up a peanut butter sandwich with scissors, then adding water (saliva), and grinding it down further with a masher.  We then demonstrated how the esophagus pushes the food down to the stomach by squeezing the muscles (pushing a wooden object through some tights), then poured the mashed food into a plastic bag stomach with some enzymes and acid (coke).  Everyone took a turn mixing and mashing the food in the stomach, then poured it into the small intestine (a leg from a pair of tights), and watching the nutrients come out to be used by the body while pushing the waste through.  Finally, we cut string the length of each section of the digestive system, tied them together, and stretched it out across the classroom – it was more than 20 feet long!

the stomach at work

the stomach at work

the length of the digestive system

the length of the digestive system