Sunnybrook Montessori School

Montessori preschool & kindergarten in New Hampshire's North Country

Wheather the Weather

playing chaseSun, clouds, wind, frost, rain, snow, puddles and mud – we had it all this week!  We realized how much we value that active outside time after being stuck inside for two days of recess time, though the children did enjoy the variety of rainy day activities. the concrete mud pitmaking stewwrestling with Suemagnatiles for indoor recessPlaymobile during indoor recessKnex for indoor recessReptangles & Wedgitsdominoesplaying the piano with Sue
For Monday art the students used the centrifugal force created by a salad spinner to create art.  They dripped paint drops on coffee filters, then placed them in the salad spinner.  When they pumped it, the paint pulled out to the edges, creating triangular lines of color.
Salad Spinner ArtThe art table was very busy during the week, while each of the children worked to create a top secret holiday gift for their families.  It will be exciting to see them all displayed together the night of the winter performance to appreciate the variety between them. drawingartGerrie Scott joined us for a story on Monday.  Unfortunately, I cannot remember the title of it!A story with Gerrie ScottMonday mat workOur circle times have been dedicated to preparing for the winter performance.  The children will be singing 4 songs and reciting one poem, and they are quickly mastering them.  The Monday & Friday students will be putting on a skit, which they had a lot of fun practicing. drumming to "This Little Light of Mine"sweeping the carpettracing on the light tableJust finished Europe puzzle map!Thank you picture for Dr. Schmidttransfer activitycarefully crawling under the tunnelwooden word cardshandwritingletter soundsfun with claymatching beginning soundsfine motor workletter sound workpop beads in the sensory tablerhyming puzzlewritinggeometric solidshandwriting practice with metal insetsmatching wordsalliterationbead chainsOn Wednesday morning we had a special visitor.  The children were excited to welcome Dr. Tarkleson, who introduced the instruments that she uses when examining patients, and demonstrated how to use each one.  Everyone was very excited to have a turn with the stethoscopes, otoscope, and sphygmomanometer.  They also had fun dressing up in Dr. Tarkleson’s white coats and surgery caps and using their own individual tongue depressors and syringes.  Thank you Dr. Tarkleson!  It was a lot of fun and there were a LOT of “immunizations” given this week to keep us healthy! taking turns with the stethoscopehow do my ears look?testing reflexesDoctors in trainingcaring for the patientwrapping up an injuryThe afternoon students walked the donated food over to the food pantry on Wednesday after lunch.  Each child carried a bag all the way over, into the church, and down to the room where donations are accepted.  The volunteers were very thankful. taking donations to the food pantryriding the roller coaster with TammyFriday students have been learning about matter this year, and this week we began to explore water.  We read several books about water then did a sink/float experiment.  Each child chose three items from around the classroom to test.  We observed that the wooden items floated, while rocks, hard plastic, and metal items sank. Sink or Float?Friday afternoon handwriting work
Some books we read throughout the week:

Art by Patrick McDonnell

Trouble with Trolls by Jan Brett

Frosty the Snowman by Annie North Bedford

The Grinch Who Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

The Mitten: An Old Ukranian Folktale by Alvin Tresselt

Water Is Water by Miranda Paul

National Geographic Readers: Water

Who Sank the Boat by Pamela Allen

Songs we have been singing:

If You’re Happy and You Know It

Jingle Bells

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

The Peace Round

This Little Light of Mine

It Snowed Last Night

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