Sunnybrook Montessori School

Montessori preschool & kindergarten in New Hampshire's North Country


batter up!Baseball season has arrived!  There was lots of pitching, hitting, catching, and waiting in the dugout for a turn at bat.  Even on Tuesday pitching skills were practiced with snowballs.  There were some busy workers moving the rocks pushed onto the grass by the snowplows during the winter back to the driveway.  They loaded up their trucks and buckets, transported the rocks across the lawn, and dumped them back where they belong. bucket 'O snowTuesday snow plowloading up the truckshauling gravelplayground playdigging for the chipmunkFor Monday art we looked at several books illustrated by Eric Carle and examined how he creates his illustrations.  We learned that he uses various techniques and items to create large sheets of painted paper, which he then cuts up to create collage pictures.  The children were excited to get started making their own Eric Carle style painted papers.  They used sponges, forks, scrapers, whisks, and a variety of other tools to paint with.  Next week they will use their papers to cut out and paste together collage type pictures. Eric Carle artpurple with a spongeblue and black and yellowAt the art table during the week the children were busy making some surprise Mother’s Day gifts, which will come home at the end of next week.
working on Mother's Day giftsnests and eggswritingGerrie Scott came to read on Monday.  She read the story The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle, who we had spent the morning learning about. The Very Busy Spidercylinder blocksmorning workthe farmreading about dinosaursreadinghow many birds?teen boarda dinosaur houseReading about the oceanletter sound gamehundred boardlots of numbers on her scrollunifix cube light sabersfishingcoin sortingreading "Can I Play Too?"taking a ridematching beginning soundsanimal puppet schoolmultiplication boardreading to the dogreading in the cabinreadingbowling subtraction gamedinosaurswriting down phone numbersafternoon worktrinomial cubepassing the ballconnecting gears (with a puppet in her shirt)bead transferWe continued to read and discuss water and the water cycle.  We observed that the water we poured into the cylinder before vacation was lower, which we learned was due to evaporation.  We also did an experiment to see how water condensates after it evaporates and cools off.  The children are now familiar with the terms cycle, precipitation, evaporation, and condensation.  They also know that the water on earth is the same water that has been here since the dinosaurs! condensationOn Thursday we introduced string instruments.  We saw a guitar, a violin, a ukulele, and a zither.  We listened to the song “Mansinneedof” played on the mandolin by Sarah Jarosz.  We then took turns choosing instruments to play, and several children took turns being the conductor, guiding everyone to play their instruments quietly or loudly.
fortissimo!conducting the bandmaking musicplaying our instrumentsSome future frogs joined the class on Thursday morning, and lots of them hatched throughout the day.  It was interesting to see all of the different bugs and larva that arrived with the eggs as well.  We are looking forward to watching the tadpoles over the next six weeks to see how they grow and change.
checking out the frog eggschecking out the tadpoles with TammyFor Friday science the students learned about four different types of land forms that relate to bodies of water-  lake, island, bay and cape.  They used clay to create the land forms and then painted the land and water.
lakecreating landformspainting the waterStories we read this week: books we read
Little Cloud by, Eric Carle

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by, Bill Martin/Eric Carle

Parts by, Tedd Arnold

The Very Busy Spider by, Eric Carle

The Water Cycle by, Helen Frost

A Big Guy Took My Ball by, Mo Willems

Fancy Nancy: Bonjour Butterfly by, Jane O’Connor

Pete the Cat: Scuba Cat by, James Dean

Uni The Unicorn by, Amy Krouse Rosenthal

The Water Cycle at Work by, Rebecca Olien

Can I play Too? by, Mo Willems

Berlioz the Bear by, Jan Brett

Swimmy by, Leo Lionni

Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? by, Bill Martin/Eric Carle

Amazing Animals by, Robin Bernard

More Parts by, Tedd Arnold


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