Sunnybrook Montessori School

Montessori preschool & kindergarten in New Hampshire's North Country

3 September, 2017
by Lyn

Sunnybrook Play Dates

All children ages 2-4 and their siblings and caregivers are invited to join us the first Monday of each month, October – May, from 10-11 AM for a morning in the classroom.  
Play dough Offer your child a social opportunity, visit with fellow local families, investigate the Sunnybrook classroom and montessori materials, and meet Lyn, (the teacher/director).  The play dates are an ideal opportunity to orient your child to the Sunnybrook classroom if you choose to enroll.

An art activity and snack will be provided.

Play dates are scheduled for the following dates:

October 2
November 6
December 4
January 8 (NOTE – 2nd Monday)
February 5
March 5
April 2
May 7

Please check this website if we are experiencing inclement weather that may cause Sunnybrook to be cancelled (if SAU 36 has a delay or cancellation due to weather, Sunnybrook will also), or contact Lyn ([email protected]) to be put on a play date e-mail list to be notified of cancellations.

17 June, 2017
by Lyn

Saying Goodbye

catchIt was a bittersweet week, saying goodbye and anticipating summer break.  We were lucky to have beautiful weather so we could spend a lot of time outside playing soccer, chasing friends, playing toss, digging in the sand box and garden, hunting caterpillars, riding bikes, and playing basketball. All day students enjoyed daily picnics outside under the apple tree, chatting and enjoying the warm weather and spring breezes while enjoying our lunches.
playing chaseYuck!ballscaterpillar cagethinkingzombie boygoing down the slidefunny boyPicnic lunchAnother picnic dayMonday students had a special visitor in the morning. The infamous Spikey the guinea pig, who has been featured in many stories and works of art, made an appearance. The children enjoyed patting her and taking turns carefully holding her before she returned to her crate and heading back home.
introducing Spikeysnuggles with SpikeyFor art the children used rulers to draw lines across foam core boards with pastels, then filled in the spaces with watercolor paints to make colorful geometric designs.
geometric paintingswater colorspainting in the linesThey then took turns dropping food coloring in vinegar, then pouring it over baking soda and dish soap to make a color changing foaming volcano.  It was so much fun to watch!
blue volcanovolcano color circlesOn Tuesday we celebrated our final fifth birthday.  We all counted as the birthday boy walked the globe around the candle sun, listing the seasons as he orbited around.  After singing “Happy Birthday” and blowing out his candle, he was excited to share gingerbread children to decorate with colored frosting and sprinkles.  Happy birthday to the soon to be five-year old!
the birthday boybirthday cookiesWe were anxious to get outside after the birthday celebration so we could do some fun outdoor activities.  Susan brought some weighted Styrofoam penguin eggs that she made and the children tried very hard to walk the eggs around on their feet and transfer them from one set of feet to another, just as the emperor penguins do.  We discovered how tricky it was to hold the eggs up on our toes and shuffle around without dropping them.  We discovered how very challenging it is!
penguins walking with their eggspassing the egg without dropping ita patriotic penguinThe Monday children loved their foaming volcano so much that they requested we do it again with everyone, so the children who were interested each took a turn dumping the vinegar in the jar and watching the colored foam bubble up.
starting the volcanopouring in the vinegaradding red to the volcanoWe brought out the water table to enjoy in the nice hot weather, which accidentally and then purposely turned into a water soaking each other game, so there were lots of wet little bodies by the end of recess.
playing in the waterOn our final day, the children got busy putting away, cleaning, breaking down, packing up, scrubbing, sorting, and washing all around the classroom.  We read some fun stories and gave goodbye hugs, then went outside to run and play for the last time for the year with our friends.
packing up the materialsbreaking down the vehicleswashing the tabletaking down the schedulecleaning the easelhugging friendsgoodbye hugsstories from the weekThe end of year performance, graduation, and pot luck was a huge success.  The children did an amazing job keeping their singing volume up through all 15 songs, and the Friday students shared their favorite facts about their continents.  Thank you so much to all the families for your support and trust.  We are so grateful to have had the wonderful opportunity to know you all and spend our days with your children.  We will miss our friends that are moving on, but wish you all the best!  Have a wonderful summer.  We will see many of you in the fall, and hope for visits from those heading to first grade and kindergarten.

10 June, 2017
by Lyn

Wrapping Up

We had some rain that kept us inside Tuesday, but then the summer weather finally returned for a few days and we enjoyed it to the fullest!  Caterpillar hunts continued, games of tag commenced, and we made some giant bubbles with homemade bubble solution and bubble wands.  We even enjoyed an outdoor picnic on Thursday for lunch.
reptanglesindoor recess activitiesbristle blocks and magnatile construction teamknexplaymobilebristle block creaturegoing on an adventuresummer sleddingbubblesbubble filmmaking bubblesdipping ingetting solution on our wandsmaking bubblescatch the bubbleblow!left over bubblesIMG_9152 (2)listening to stories while taking turns hand washingoutdoor picnicFor art, the children were introduced to the artist Jackson Pollock, who is famous for his drip and splatter paintings.  The children had a most wonderful time creating their own Pollockesque works of art, which we will display on the last day.  They are quite colorful and fun and making them was even more so!
preparing the paintsPollock paintingbluedrippingdrip droppingsplatterIMG_8920 (2) - Copy - Copy - Copypainting dancegetting messybig splatterscleaning up a friend after paintingstarting outdrip dropartists in processsplattersome seriously cool artzombie handsAt the art-table we also made painted paper strip collages using old unclaimed paintings cut into pieces, which the children glued onto paper in their own designs.
painted paper collagespainted strip collageWe spent some time Tuesday morning as a group drawing self-portraits, family portraits, and pictures of our friends for individual books that each child will receive as a memento.
working on our "about me" booksself portraits, family portraits, and friend portraitsdrawing her family portraithis familylabeling his familymy houseWe brought out beads for friendship bracelets on Thursday, and many children created bracelets for their friends as we begin to say goodbye.
friendship braceletsMuch of our group times were occupied with practicing for our last day presentation.  The children were very patient while the Friday students introduced each continent and we sang the two songs for each.  This is the most extensive program we have taken on, with 15 songs in total!  They truly have worked hard to prepare.
polygon bookspolice on the waybuilding with blocksvery fine finger worksetting up the doll houseroads and an animal penstories with SusanBoggle and picture of my friendsteen boardtransfer worka black bear next to three treestree block animal forestbuilding wordsso proud of her block structure!placing cylindersemergency personnelLegosdinosaur puzzlebutterfly transfer workcuttingnesting penguinspolygon books and drawingpenguin habitatdrawing and writingthe garagesome stories from the weekFriday students had “the best day ever” making slime for science with glue, glitter, food coloring, and liquid starch.  Some of the students chose to mix it and be done, while others played with it all day long.  There was pink glitter slime, dark green glitter slime, light blue slime, white slime with silver glitter, purple glitter slime, and light green slime.  (I have heard that it if gets into the carpet, vinegar will dissolve it, though I have not attempted this myself).
combining ingredientsmixing slimestirring it upplaying with the slime

2 June, 2017
by Lyn

Antarctic Antics

my caterpillar collectionCaterpillar catchers were on the hunt, scouring every tree trunk, log, table, fence post, and friend for the fourteen legged creepy crawlers.  Trillions of tent moth caterpillars, as estimated by the sharp-eyed collectors, were discovered and well cared for.
caterpillar on the shoulder, caterpillar in the handponderingfriendscaterpillar collectorsthe flower crownGot you!how many caterpillars in there?a leaf boquetlooking through the binocularscaterpillar hanging from a leafwhere are my slugs?any caterpillars up in the tree?playing toss the pandaArtists were at work on various projects, including self-portraits, finishing up thank-yous for Wozz, and other writing and drawing work.
Self portraitsan artist using a model to draw to a unicornThe new blocks have been very popular as we wrap up the year.  The children have begun experimenting with and expanding their construction, creating villages of houses, complex roadways, and ramps for rolling cylinders down.  They have been collaborating and cooperating to build their structures, then using them to play dramatic and cooperative games and scenarios, proposing and coming to agreements about how to arrange things, what purposes they serve, how to adjust their structures to better meet their goals, and making up various play scenarios.  They have listened and compromised and negotiated.  It is so fulfilling to see them implementing the social, emotional, cognitive, physical, exploratory, and creative skills they have been learning and practicing throughout the year.
animal homesa ramp with a long runwaya rampbuilding their housesthe housing complextraffic jamAt the children’s request, we started a short study of Antarctica, the seventh and final continent.  We asked some questions, proposed some hypotheses, and completed some experiments.  We began by discussing the climate and landscape in Antarctica.  We learned that the continent around the south pole is covered in ice and snow and does not house any countries.  Susan introduced us to glaciers and what happens when pieces break off into the ocean, which is called calving.  We asked some questions: What happens to water when it gets very cold?  What kind of water are glaciers made of?  What kind of water is sea ice made of?  How are they different and the same?  What happens when glaciers calve?  What happens to ice bergs and sea ice as it melts?  We came to some conclusions based on what we know, and proposed some hypotheses, then we experimented.  We learned that glaciers form on land from snow that has fallen and compacted over millions of years, so we know it is made of fresh water.  We know that oceans are salty, so sea ice is frozen salt water.  We hypothesized that water would get bigger when it froze.  We hypothesized that the ice would melt in the ocean water.  We hypothesized that the ice would sink and that it would float.  So we decided to do some experiments to test our hypotheses.  We started by making some sea water to freeze.  The children took turns pouring water into flat pans, adding salt, and dripping in blue food coloring.  We also took turns helping to make ice bergs by pouring fresh water into paper cups and dropping in green food coloring.  We then put them in the freezer overnight.
adding food coloring to our ice bergsThe following day the early students mixed up some ocean water by measuring out cups of water and stirring in teaspoonfuls of salt.  During morning-meeting we took out the frozen sea ice and ice bergs and observed what happened when they were placed in our ocean water.  We marked the water line when the sea ice was added, then observed what happened when we added the ice bergs.  The children observed that the sea ice melted much faster than the ice bergs.  They observed that the sea ice floated with the top of the ice aligning with the top of the water, while the ice bergs floated with a small portion above the water line, and a larger portion below the water line.  We observed that when we added the ice bergs, the water line rose.  At the end of the morning the ice bergs and sea ice were all melted.  So we discovered that all of our hypotheses were accurate – the ice did melt in the water, it both sank and floated, and the water did expand when it froze.  During circle-time we watched a video clip of a glacier calving.  It was hard to get the proper perspective of their truly enormous size, but it was neat to watch the giant chunks of ice break off and plunge into the water then shoot back up.
mixing up the salty ocean watersea ice in the salty oceanmarking the water linedoes it sink or float?looking at the ice under the waterhow much of the iceberg is above the water, and how much is below?testing the waterwatching the sea ice and ice bergs meltWe also read all about emperor penguins, and learned all kinds of things about them.  Did you know that they are the largest penguins, about the size of a five-year old child, at 4 feet tall?  Did you know that the father penguins carry the eggs on their feet for two whole months, without eating, while the mother penguin goes to sea to feed, finally returning weeks after the chick hatches.  We watched a video clip of mother penguins locating their mates and chicks by calling to them, which you can watch here.  We also watched a clip of penguins swimming and jumping out the water, and how they do that, which you can watch here.  We then did an experiment to understand how penguins stay warm in the harsh Antarctic temperatures.  We put on a “blubber” mitten and dunked our blubber mitten and our bare hands in ice water to see which got cold faster (which would have been much more effective if our mitten didn’t leak, but it was still semi effective).
testing out the blubber mittentrinomial and binomial cubeconnecting flowerscolor cube patternsmatching upper and lowercase and continent nomenclaturehow to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwichpin punching antarcticabuilding wordsscuba divingThank you Wozz for telling us about parrotsbinomial cubevehicles puzzlewriting in the quiet houseSome of our stories from the weekFriday students continued to work on their continent presentations for the final day performance, and worked together to build a very cool roadway.
reading to his friendspreparing for the last day presentationtracing Europecooperative roadwayreading to his friends before rest timecoloring the world map"Does it have dry, scaly skin?"quadrilateral