Sunnybrook Montessori School

Montessori preschool & kindergarten in New Hampshire's North Country

Mix It Up

a muddy puddleSome much needed rain came down, but luckily it only kept us in one day.  We spent our cloudy but warm days setting up and running through an obstacle course that put our gross motor (big muscle) skills to use.  We alternated feet running through hoops, crossed a balance beam, step walked across big blocks, zig zagged around the stumps, stepped up and over a table, hopped the hoppy ball, and crawled through the tunnel.  Some students had so much fun they did it over, and over, and over!   We also did a lot of raking, and pulled out the sleds to haul our loads of leaves to deposit in our garden for compost.  When we discovered a fantastic puddle under the apple tree, some students took off shoes and had fun in the mud, or stomped through in rain boots.  It was a busy, messy week!
three girls in a bincollecting helicoptersa drill on his forehead for drilling into the groundrunning through the hoopsbalancing & zig-zaggingbalancing & waiting for a turnkick!STOP!raking leavesfilling up the sledspulling a friendhauling leavesbare feet!dumping the leavesteamworkand dump!busyindoor recessbristle blocksa puppet showMr. Potato HeadMonday students were introduced to the artist Mary Cassatt, who is well known for her family portraits.  We discussed who would be included in a family portrait for each student, then they used pastels to create their own family portraits.
family portraitlabeling her family membersAt the art table for the week there was black paper, gray paper, pastels, and chalk.  The pastels and chalk are very bright and create a vivid contrast with the black.  There was a lot of drawing, as well as some cutting and folding. We later included bracelet beading at the request of the students, and they laced many bracelets for friends and themselves.
pastels on blackcoloring mixing and cutting linescoloring and cuttingbeading braceletsThe sensory table full of rocks continues to be busy.
filling up the bowlfilling upsweeping up their dropped pebblesscoopingTuesday was a mixed up backwards day.  With Tammy ill at home, and in anticipation of predicted rain showers, we reversed our morning, going out first, then coming in for a group snack, then Spanish, and finally work time.  The children handled the change well, and enjoyed having Zeanny stay for the rest of day.
Reading "Where Is The Green Sheep?" during snackreading before rest with ZeannyFor Spanish, we played an up and down game with Zeanny.  When she said arriba (above), we stood up and reached up, and when she said abajo (down), we crouched down.  She tried to trick us, but we were pretty good at listening and responding.  She read us some stories, and taught us a song about calabazas (pumpkins/squash).  Our vocabulary word for the week was calabaza, and anyone who writes it gets a prize.  At the end, all the students who wrote last week’s vocabulary word, mariposa (butterfly), got to pick a prize of a stamp or sticker.abajoarribawaiting for a prizewriting calabazacalabazaspelling out calabazaWe read the books Whoever You Are by Mem Fox, and We Are All Alike, We Are All Different, and discussed how we are similar to and different from everyone else on the planet.  We discussed how we are all people with blood and hearts and feelings and thoughts, but we all look different, have different preferences, and think different thoughts.  We played a game called “The Warm Wind Blows, for anyone who ____________.”  When the blank was filled in with phrases, such as “has a brother,” “likes spaghetti,” “is a boy,” those who fit that category went into the center of the circle.color mixingcutting and drawinga symmetrical transforming structureIMG_0819 (2)japanese sand garden & plant carelocks and keysloading up the conveyormovingto the endcolor mixmat workpost rest activitieswriting her vowelsworking on that fine motor controlcolored magnetic art blockseye-hand coordination and muscle controlrock building with the layerscool block structuressound cylinders & number sorting trayapple tree number puzzle & world map puzzleextending the block playstaying in the linesreading with a friendnumber writing practicereading about Pigeon with a friendnumber scrollnumber work100 boardhandwriting practicetransfer workwashing the chalkboardputting on his armorletter workmaking a Bwooden word cardspumpkin addition BINGOtransfer workThis was the last week for our kitchen in dramatic play.  The students brainstormed some new ideas to take the place of the kitchen, then voted to select which it would be.  Some of the suggestions were a farm, a haunted house, an airplane, a fairy house, a bus, and a train.  It was decided that we could do a temporary haunted house for our Halloween party on Tuesday, but narrowed down the long term options and voted between an airplane, a bus, and a fairy house.  The airplane was the winner with 11 votes, so next week we will begin brainstorming what will be needed to set that up.a table full of foodFor music with Susan we practiced the different terms for quiet to loud, from pianissimo and piano, all the way to forte and fortissimo.  We tapped or toes or stomped our feet and sang from very, very quietly, to very, very loudly.  It was fun to practice regulating our voices and bodies to match the corresponding term.  We also sang the song, “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean,” and every time we had a B word, we moved our arms or bodies up or down.  We then practiced doing it Lento (slowly), andante (medium), and presto (very fast).  It was challenging trying to move so quickly!forteStoriesWhile Lyn met with families on Friday, Susan and Tammy spent the morning in the classroom.  For science Susan introduced a fun rock experiment.  Each student took two colors of clay, which they rolled and folded and pushed together, similar to a metamorphic rock, then cut it in half to see how it had marbled and swirled as it changed.molding their rocksmixing and flattening the rockssee my rock layers?cutting the rockrock pieces

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