Sunnybrook Montessori School

Montessori preschool & kindergarten in New Hampshire's North Country

Winter has Arrived

snow much fun!It was great to return to school after the break.  Everyone seemed happy to be back and ready to get back into things. Winter finally arrived and all things winter were the theme of the week! winter sunThe sleds and snow shovels were put to good use.  Friends took turns pulling each other around or running, jumping in, and gliding.  As it was too cold and dry to form a proper snowball, piles of snow gradually decreasing in size were formed to create sleeping snowmen.
snow shovelsfunny friendswatching Bill jugglegiant icicleFor Monday art the afternoon students braved the frigid temperatures to make ice art.  They poured water into trays and cups and added color and strings.  When they froze, we hung them from the tree in the playground, being careful to position the heavy ones within the tree fence so they would not fall on any heads! ice artice art in the treeblue and green ice artThe art table had ice paint for the children to paint with. signing his artworkice paintpainting a treeThe sensory table was filled with snow.  We observed it change from dry, fluffy snow to wet, malleable snow as the warm air gradually melted it.  It was fun to wear mittens and play with snow inside. snow in the sensory tableSNOW!snow insidemittens insidescooping snowmelted snowWe celebrated two birthdays on Tuesday – a 4th and a 5th.  We enjoyed counting for the birthday boy and girl as they orbited the sun with the earth.  Before enjoying the delicious batman and vanilla cupcakes, we sang happy birthday in celebration. Happy 4th birthday!birthday girlyummy cupcakesWhen we sat for circle time, the children discovered that each triangle had a name on it.  Everyone had fun finding their own name and sitting on their own triangle.  We reiterated the circle time expectation of raising hands to speak, and introduced how to make the toilet sign in sign language so that the teachers will know when someone needs to use the bathroom.

This week we discussed winter.  We read and talked about how the tilt of the earth changes the amount of daylight that parts of the earth get depending on where it is in its’ orbit around the sun.  The changes in daylight cause the earth to cool off as the days shorten then heat up as they lengthen.  We talked about what type of weather we get when it is winter.  We discussed snow and ice and what different animals do in the winter, such as hibernate or migrate.  We also talked about how people and other mammals stay warm.  We put our hands in a bucket of ice water and held ice cubes in our bare hands.  We then tried holding ice cubes with a blubber mitten to see how some animals have a layer of fat that helps to keep them warm.  We discussed how to dress for the outside and learned a song about what order to put our winter clothes on. animals on a geodeg and fIMG_1063 (2)puzzles and letterswhite snow play doughwooden word cards, continent puzzle map, & the farmfine motor transfer workconstruction vehicles puzzlereading and writingplay doughidentifying rockshandwriting practicelots of help on the number puzzleletter sound work and reading timepuzzles and trianglesfine motor clay workafternoon table worktable workIMG_1131 (2)labeling the vehiclesIMG_1120 (2)greater than, less thanexploring the globe and learning sign with Sue

cube patternssweeping uppracticing lettersmore play doughpracticing letter writing

For Friday science we began to talk about senses.  This week we explored the sense of taste.  We learned about bitter, sour, sweet, salty, spicy/hot (piquance) and Umami (savory/meatiness).  We taste tested a variety of foods and discussed which categories of flavors they were, including maple syrup, lemon juice, chocolate powder, salt, pickles, grapefruit, apple, dried cherries, apricots, orange, chocolate caramels, salted almonds, black pepper, and lime juice.
taste testingIn the afternoon the students helped to rearrange the classroom. They rolled and moved rugs, moved tables, swept up dirt hidden under rugs and shelves, pushed the piano to a new spot, and moved materials. Our classroom looks very different now! Rolling the rug
Songs we sang:

A Ram Sam Sam

Four Seasons (A Lyn original)

There are four seasons every year (x3)

Caused by the tilt of the earth

Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall (x3)

Caused by the tilt of the earth

If You’re Happy and You Know It  (our own version, which gives strategies for dealing with negative emotions)

Sad – get a hug

Frustrated – walk away

Angry – take some breaths

Days of the Week

Boom Chicka Boom (we do high voice, low voice, loud voice, quiet voice rather than the traditional version of styles)


The Snow Pants Song (tune of Frere Jacques)

Snow pants first, snow pants first

Then your boots, then your boots,

Put your jacket on; put your jacket on,

Hat then mittens, hat then mittens

Open Shut Them (first two verses)

Mr. Sun


Books we read this week:

Seasons of the Year by, Margaret Hall

Yo! Yes? by, Chris Raschka

Snow by, Uri Shulevitz

Time to Sleep by, Denise Fleming

Over and Under the Snow by, Kate Messner

Tasha Tudor’s Five Senses by, Tasha Tudor

Tasting by, Rebecca Rissman

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