Sunnybrook Montessori School

Montessori preschool & kindergarten in New Hampshire's North Country

Flutter By, Butterfly

ice from a puddleWe were so grateful this week for the gorgeous sunny days and super warm temperatures, which allowed us to get LOTS of much needed time outside!  There was a lot of wrestling, chasing, scooping up and playing with water, sled rides, and running, running, running.  The spring like weather and week before vacation energy made for a week of active outside play.
funny girl in a sledwatching the cloudsdigging up the watersitting in sledschopping up the snowlots of truckschasing the trainbig truckspulling a friendwinter playlooking for tracksa girl in a bucketsocial hourchilling in the shadelaying down on the jobgetting a ride from a very strong girlrockingtaking a napwater funfilling the potholessled trainwater in the tunnelWrestling and “rough play” is a favorite activity of many Sunnybrook students, and research has shown how very valuable this type of engagement is for young children – both with peers and the adults in their lives.   There are many articles available citing the research, so feel free to google.  This one and this one give a good overview of the benefits and how we as teachers regulate and moderate this type of play. That said, if you do have concerns about rough and tumble play and would prefer that your child not engage, please let us know!
wrestlingtake downa pile of boysFriday students had some fun times outside the fence, as well . . .
breaking down the snowbankclimbing on the snow mountaindriving the trucks uprolling downFor Monday art weaving was introduced.  The children were each given a paper with strips cut, which they wove colored paper through to create colorful designs.  A yarn weaving and potholder weaving activity were also made available for the week, and the children took turns threading the colorful pieces over and under, over and under.
weaving workweavingpotholder weavingAt the art table the children used watercolor paints to paint on coffee filters, which we will turn into butterflies by wrapping pipe-cleaner bodies around them.  They also used tempera paint to pain on one side of a paper, then folded it over to print onto the other side, making a symmetrical pattern.  Once dry, these were cut into butterfly shapes and added to our rainforest.
butterfly prints & Amazon river turtlepainting coffee filters to make butterfliespainting butterfly wingsbutterfliesThe rain forest was busy with fishermen, both paddling down the river in their dugout canoes and fishing from the banks.  There were some rather large fish captured and hauled in for a tasty meal.
demonstrating how to fishgoing fishingboating and fishing down the riverfishing on the Amazoncaught a big one!We watched the beginning of several videos so that we could get a real life look at the Amazon rain-forest.  We watched butterflies flying around the Amazon, a speed boat heading down river, an Amazon jungle tour in a canoe with a native guide, a quick look at some Amazon villages, and an introduction to the Amazon Rain-forest.
building the Amazon Rainforest and the Sima Humboldt sinkholea tall tree in the Amazonmatching butterfly wingsword workletter formation workpuzzle challengepuzzle & geometric solidsbead transferreading to friendsafternoon workdrawingtriangles, circles, and squaresinstrumentseggs hatchingbutterfly wing matchingletter sound sortshapesteaching a friend to readmetal insetsreadingdrawingb, r, i formationWe were thrilled to have a special visitor, Liz, join us on Wednesday morning to talk about her time living in South America.  She told us about living in Chile and Brazil, and showed use many pictures of her time there.  We saw the Atacama Desert, Machu Pichu, families dressed in bright clothing, city views, glaciers, guanaco (an animal similar to a lama or alpaca), and many other wonderful photos.  She also shared her Alpaca made with Alpaca hair, which everyone took turns petting.  It was so soft!  Thank you so much to Liz for coming all the way up from southern New Hampshire to share her stories and photos with us!
Learning about the Atacama Dessertpetting the soft alpacaa visit to Machu PichuThursday was our final Spanish lesson for session II with Zeanny.  We sang the songs she has been teaching, listened to the Spanish version of the story Mortimer, by Robert Munsch, then we learned to make empanadas.  Everyone was given a bowl, several scoops of masa, and some water.  We stirred and mixed then formed the dough into balls, then flattened them into circles.  Zeanny scooped beans and sprinkled shredded cheese, then folded them over to make half circles, pinching the edges together.  While Zeanny cooked them up, we ate snack and listened to stories, then we tried our creations.  Some children chose to bring theirs home to share with their families.  They sure were yummy!
cabeza, hombros, rodillos y dos pieswhat is in the magic box today?Mortimeradding some watermixing masa with waterstirring the masa and waterforming the ballsfilling the empanadasforming the empanadasWe celebrated a special birthday on Tuesday.  Our newest four-year-old was super excited for her turn to hold the globe and orbit the candle sun while we counted for her.  After the “Happy Birthday” song, she blew her candle out in one try, then we all enjoyed pink frosted cupcakes with sprinkles.  Happy birthday to our most recent four-year-old!
Birthday girlsome of our storiesbean growthFriday science continued our study of animal classes.  We examined some frogs, toads, newts, and salamanders, all member of the amphibian class.  We learned that they have soft, moist skin, typically live in wet areas, go through metamorphosis, hatch from eggs that are jellylike and clear with little black spots, and breath through their skin.  The children did the animal classification sort (they are really getting to know their classes!) then drew pictures of the metamorphosis of a frog.
animal class sortingfrog metamorphosis pictureseggs, tadpoles, tadpoles with legs, frogs

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