Sunnybrook Montessori School

Montessori preschool & kindergarten in New Hampshire's North Country



Stacey and Lil Zemla came in to do an art project with us Monday. They read the story Petra, about a rock who has been sitting for thousands of years and eventually is picked up by a child and painted to look like an elephant. The children picked rocks from our rock pile then washed and painted them with acrylic paint.

purpleyellow and blue stripesbig and medium rockspurples and bluesspots and stripesgreens, blues, yellows, reds

We continued to practice Woodland Stone Soup. We hope to have a dress rehearsal soon!

Setting up for Woodland Stone Soup practicethe bunny, bees, birds, and mousea narrator readingThe raccoons and chipmunks asking the mouse for foodasking the bees for honey

We had three lambs visit with the Morrison family on Tuesday. The children loved watching (and chasing) them as they ran all around the playground. One lamb was very tame, and some of the children had the opportunity to bottle feed it. The other two were not as tame, and the children really wanted to chase and catch them. When it was time to go we sat on the stumps and watched the sheepdog follow the commands to help herd them.

Meeting the lambfeeding the lambchasingtwo bigger lambsbaby lambpetting a lambmilk for the lambpettingherding the lambs

During sign language Rose talked about rules, where we might have rules, why we have rules, and what the rules are at school, just like the rules Mr. Gumpy had for the children and animals before going for a boat ride. The children shared some of the school rules and Rose showed us how to sign them. The children then took turns signing the story of Mr. Gumpy’s Outing, imitating Rose as she read and signed. We then sang and signed the song BINGO.

Mr. Gumpy owned a BOATDon't SQUABBLEthe RABBITgo for a RIDEDon't keep BLEATINGDon't FLAP ABOUTDon't TRAMPLEDon't KICKThe PIG mucked aboutThe PIG

During Spanish with Zeanny we practiced counting, she tried to trick us with the song Cabeza, Hombros, Piernes, Pies (Head, Shoulder, Legs, and Toes), and then we did some silly dancing with La Marcha. Zeanny then introduced how to set a mesa (table). She introduced all the items needed and how to place everything. This work will be left out in the classroom for the children to practice.

sietepiernesLa Marchaplatoel cuchillola mesa

Kindergarten students did some hundreds, tens, and ones place number building work. They rolled three dice, and decided which number would represent each place, then wrote and built that number. They continued working on their understory. They each chose an animal that lives in the understory to draw, color, and cut out. They considered the size of the animal they chose to draw then compared the size to the other animals and selected an appropriately sized paper, from small to large. They practiced the alphabet by building and walking letters using the stepping stones in the yard.

5 hundredsbuilding 542Building 621drawing a bird for the understorya black beargluing animals in the understoryAnimals in the understorya very small uppercase Nwalking an LS

The Physician’s office continued to be busy.

checking on patientslistening to her heartchecking the X-raystime for surgerySo many injuriesplay dougha big boattracing EuropeLegosexamining wasp nestswasp nestsegg cells inside the nestlearning how wasps build their nestsMemory

We did a little house renovating. The children love to climb up and sit on the roof, so we took off the back panel and added a ladder. We also began construction on the second house. Thank you to the Sansoucy family for the new saw and mitre box, screws, and square! They have been very helpful!

all closed upway up highusing the miter box to get a straight cutup on the roofchatting with Susan from the roofblocking off the back wallspyingcutting boardssawingfood for saleremoving the back panelattaching stepstrying out the new stepschecking inup and downtrading shoescutting a board to sizestarting on the second house

burying friends in pillowsupbikingwagon ridemixing potionbalancinglaying out the basechattinggirlstable movingenjoying the sunshinepedalpushspeedyplaying Ghost in the Graveyardfriendsstirring ingredientscups and bowlsrunning in the hailbraving the falling hailsoccercollecting items for fairy housesmaking mud cakesover and under the bridgeup and overant holesstopping for a chatgirls in a circlepulling, riding, and pushing

Students checked out the worm house throughout the week and observed the tunnels they created and how they mixed the sand and soil together.

finding wormsShowing Susan how the worms are mixing the sand and soilfinding wormsworm tunnels

This week for Friday science Michelle introduced the parts of a seed and the life cycle of a plant. She showed us a video about how seeds become plants, then she gave each student four different types of bean/pea seeds that had been soaked, and a magnifying glass to examine them. The children carefully peeled off the seed coat, located the embryo, which would become the root, and identified the endosperm, which is the biggest part of the seed and will feed the plant until it has sent a shoot up through the soil and formed leaves that will begin using sunlight, air, and water to make its’ own food.

How seeds become plants
peeling off the seed coat
four seeds
taking apart the seeds
seed parts
finding the embryo
Here is the endosperm
examining the seeds
examining more seeds

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