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Sunnybrook Montessori School

Montessori preschool & kindergarten in New Hampshire's North Country

20 May, 2018
by Lyn

Splash, Splatter, Splat

sandboxThe apple tree is blossoming, and green leaves are providing a shade cover on the sunny spring days.  The children have been finding all types of creepy crawlies, playing chase, digging out a large rock, creating mud, throwing rubber discs, hopping on hoppy balls, and constructing with the large blocks.climbing through the tunnelwriting on a big rock with a small rockfilling in the hole with dirtplaying with the dirtlooking at a wormrocking with a friendsleds have many usesThe rain kept us in on Tuesday, so we did some fun movement songs, then took out some rainy day activities.some movement timehopping frogstossing the flexiballbristle blocksplaymobileJackson Pollock, the artist famous for his enormous drip and splatter paintings, was introduced on Monday.  We read the story Action Jackson and watched a video of Jackson dribbling house paint onto large canvasses, just as described in the story.   We then got our own large canvasses, donned T-shirt smocks, and got down to creating our very own dribble and splatter paintings.Pollock paintingsblue and purple everywheredrip, dripflicking brownaction Jacksontap tapa serious painterall the colorscleaning the paint off the fencewashing up the tablePollock paintingsAt the art table, the students worked on finishing up props for our performance and creating puffy animals for the last day art show.  After deciding on an animal to make, the children worked very carefully drawing, coloring, cutting out, stapling together, and stuffing their animals.a skunk, a seahorse, and a froggreat white sharka yellow dogarta turkey, a mouse, and a foxlilly pada butterfly and a turtlea porcupine headbandThe final animal class, reptiles, was introduced.  We read About Reptiles and did our animal class sort.  Each student was given two animals, then they decided, based on the characteristics, which animal class it belongs to – mammal, bird, fish, insect, arachnid, reptile, or amphibian.  We learned that amphibians have moist, smooth skin, live partially in water and on land, go through metamorphosis, and can breathe and absorb water through their skin.  We learned that frogs, toads, salamanders, and newts are amphibians.  We focused first on frogs, and read several books about frogs, both informational and fiction stories.  We listened to the calls of four frogs – a wood frog, spring peepers, a gray tree frog, and an American bullfrog.  working on his food chain posteraddition work & number scrolllabeling their animal housesmaking mini booksmorning mat worktall towersa house for Rose and Rose Petalafternoon workletter workcampers cooking over the campfirereading his Fast and Slow book to some friendsdrawing Mommy and Daddybathing the baby and the fishcars jumping over the cliffwritingLegosnumber scrollsnumber writinghigh five for matching trianglesconstructing with Legoswater play with friendsnumber worktrinomial cubescent matchingmath work7 and 8 short chainsgeometric solidsreading with Susanafternoon quiet worknumber writing workhandwriting workWe celebrated a fourth birthday on Tuesday. Princess Elsa wore her new birthday dress and brought tasty strawberry topped cookies. We listed the seasons and counted the years as she walked the Earth around the sun, then we sang Happy Birthday before she blew out the candle. Happy Birthday newest four year old!4 years old!blowing out the candleFor Spanish with Zeanny we sang all our body part, color, and family songs, then she introduced a fun Mexican game called lotteria.  The children paired up and were each given a board and a small bowl of pebbles or glass rocks to use as markers.  Zeanny showed a picture card and read the title of each one, and the children searched their boards for the picture, placing a rock over the picture if found.  The first team to cover their whole board won the game.  The children had a lot of fun searching for and marking the pictures.clap clap claplotteria cardsmarking picturesDo we have it?a triple teamThe Armstrong family sent in a tornado bottle and a National Geographic book titled Storms.  We read the book and learned all about different types of storms, and the children enjoyed watching and trying out the tornado in a bottle.tornado in a bottlewatching the twisterWe continued to practice our songs for the last day.  The children all have props now, and they practiced their roles while we all tried to remember to sing loudly so the audience could hear us.

On Thursday Tigger came with Andrea and AO from Believe in Books for their final visit.  We enjoyed the story AO read about Tigger, who was always so bouncy that he sometimes created trouble without thinking, so his friends came up with a plan and made a bouncer for him so he could bounce as much as he wants without knocking over things in his path.  The children said their Hello’s to Tigger with waves and hugs, then selected from 5 book options.a Tigger storybig hugs for TiggerFor Friday science we read Switch On, Switch Off, and learned about electrical circuits.  We then worked as a group to select and create some circuits using Snap Circuits kits.  First we made a circuit that we could turn on and off that made some alarm and laser sounds.  We then made a circuit that launched a fan up into the air.  We also made a circuit that lit up different lights.  Some students went off to do work, while others remained, wanting to make more and more circuits.  They selected one that we hooked to the ipod and the lights danced to the music, though we couldn’t figure out why the speaker wasn’t playing the music.  They also selected some to create energy using a crank and then a windmill, though we were unable to make enough wind with our breaths to actually register on the meter.pushing the switchadding a connectionconnecting the wiresturning on the fancreating energy with a wind turbinebuilding the light dancing circuit

11 May, 2018
by Lyn


climbing kidsdigging up a rockWhat a glorious week we had!  The long-awaited sunshine and summer temperatures made for a quick exit from the classroom and lots of outside time.  Leaf buds began to appear on the trees, changing bare branches to green.  The children had fun with balls, trucks, large blocks, stumps, buckets, and shovels.  A store was built in the corner of the playground where you could purchase anything you might need.  Trucks were busy travelling all around the yard.  Lots of sand was scooped and shoveled.  Stumps were tipped and rolled.  A ramp was built using stumps and the balance beam with the intention of climbing the tree, but it quickly became a balancing challenge which most of the children conquered.holes in the logsetting up the storein the sandboxthe shop is openbalancingcrawling up the balance beama little wind and a lot of sanda sled full of sandclimbing the beamDavid Hockney, an English artist, was introduced for his more recent works of art, which are composed of brightly colored landscapes on multiple canvasses, typically featuring forests of trees.  We viewed a short video introduction to Hockney and looked at some pictures of his work, then we created our own landscapes on multiple canvasses. The children each selected two to four pieces of paper, which we taped together.  They then planned their pictures and used pastels to create their landscapes.Hockney Landscapesa house and a butterflyartists at workall the layers of watera bower of rosesa snake near the waterOur multiple canvas landscapesThe final library trip was Monday while younger children from the community visited for the last play date.  There were some new fun activities at the library, which kept the children thoroughly stationgirls on the busbuilding a marble runtrainsmagnetic tunnel marble runmagnetic dress up dollThe art table was busy with students finishing up their Out the Window pictures, Mother’s Day gifts, and props for our last day presentation.five green and speckled frogsOutside My Windowa deer in the fieldperformance propsThe sensory table was filled with water, and the children enjoyed pouring, mixing, scooping, and squirting.water funthe water wheelspouring wateremptying the water tableZeanny continued to focus on the family, colors, and body parts.  We sang our body parts and colors songs.  She read a story about the family, and we sang the family song.  For our game this week she brought a poster with a monster family.  Zeanny asked each child to use a chosen color to draw a named number of a particular body part, for example, tres azul ohos (3 blue eyes).el bebedrawing on the monstruoWe read about snakes and played some snake games.  We jumped over the wiggling jump-rope snake, being careful to not get eaten.  We then played snake in the grass, a game of tag where the taggers have to slither like snakes.  We used two rugs with 3 snake taggers each, and the remaining students were the mice and other prey that were eaten by the snakes.intersectionsafternoon workmorning workblock habitatswriting workadding butterfliesmetal insets and writingblock structurecampersaddition workroads around the rugA moose is slowputting the fraction circles back togetherpunching flowers for our line up spotscounting pegssome books from the weekThe wood frog tadpoles Tammy brought in last week hatched over the weekend and have already started to grow. We noticed that they had external gills, and read that they will soon be covered. We will keep a close eye on them to see how they grow and change over the next four weeks.the tadpoles have hatchedair for the tadpolesSeveral weeks ago we had a discussion about trees, their role in our lives, where paper comes from, and conserving paper.  The children offered suggestions about how we could conserve paper and what steps we could take to save more trees.  Some of the suggestions we were able to implement immediately, such as making signs as reminders about only taking two paper towels, and remembering to use the whole paper rather than just scribbling and throwing it away.  Another suggestion was to plant more trees, so on Wednesday after we read A Tree is Nice, Trees Are Plants, and we pretended to be trees with Gus while reading Gus is a Tree, we were introduced to our very own trees, which we received from the NH Cooperative Extension Service.  Each child was given a tree of their very own to take home and plant.We are treesOn Thursday morning we read about lizards and watched a short clip from the BBC series Life (available on Netflix) Episode 2 – Reptiles and Amphibians.  We watched rain coming down on a dwarf gecko, which floats on water because it is so small and light, but the raindrops in comparison are so big that they create giant waves.  We then watched a clip about the panther chameleon, which stealthily climbs through the jungle trees hunting insects with its’ long sticky tongue.  The students were each given “lizard tongues.” They then found their name tags in the classroom where they used their tongues to hunt for insects.  They had a lot of fun shooting out their tongues and catching their prey.insect hunterscatching flieslizard tonguesI caught a fly!catching insectsFor science on Friday we read Because of an Acorn and Be a Friend to Trees, sharing our thoughts and knowledge of trees.  We then learned how wood is turned into paper by watching two videos, How do they turn wood into paper? and How is Paper Made?   We then got busy making our very own paper.  The children took paper pulp, paper scraps, and water, and added it all to a blender.  After chopping it into pulp in the blender, they poured their paper into a paper frame mold, placed it on a piece of newsprint, rolled it flat with a rolling pin, and left it to dry.  We are anxious to see the finished products next week!watching the paper pulp mixingstarting the blenderstirring the pulp in the waterchoosing the paper colorprepping the paper pulppouring out the pulp into the frameturning on the blenderpushing the water throughsqueezing out the waterswirling paper pulptearing the paper piecesadding waterrolling the papersmooshing out the water

5 May, 2018
by Lyn

Go With the Flow

No! Yes!The rakes, balls, trucks, frisbees, tricycles, and hoppy balls were finally brought out from storage, much to everyone’s delight.  The Armstrong family also donated a wagon, wheelbarrow, and peddle bike, so there was a lot of activity this week.  The worm hunters were busy tipping over stumps and digging in the garden for creepy crawlies, and were delighted with their finds.  After examining their collections, most of the worms ended up in the garden to aerate the soil.  Sandcastles were constructed in the sandboxes, and buckets full of water were turned into potions and stews.mud soupkickingI can hold ita maple seed sproutingAre there any worms in here?buckets of soupon the movesand playfunny girlsfilling in the holea wiggly squiggly wormworm huntershere you goballs for salewormsa hot day requires water bottlesthe dump truck brigadedigging in the sanda cool dude with a wheelbarrowtoes in the sandEMT team to the rescuenightcrawlertaking the tunnel trainthis small!Monday students watched a time lapse video of a Holton Rower pour painting.  Rower’s artwork is done on a fairly large scale, but we imitated his style with small blacks and acrylic paints.  The children selected their mat board bases, blocks, and paint colors after donning T-shirt smocks.  They then squeezed paint over the block, which flowed down over the sides.  As each color was added, the paint was layered and pushed further out, creating beautiful patterns.Holton Rowerbrown on pink on bluepinks and purplespouring colorsblueblue and greenour pour paintingsWe celebrated an upcoming 4th birthday.  The birthday boy shared his new age, then carefully orbited the sun with his globe while we listed the seasons and counted his age.  After singing Happy Birthday, he blew out his candle, then we enjoyed some delicious cake.
I'm 4!blowing out the candlebirthday cakeIn anticipation of Mother’s Day, we introduced a flower making art project.  The children used the rotary cutter to slice strips of paper, which they then glued to a piece of mat board.  After assembling them in a circular radial pattern, they then rolled them over and glued the other end down, finally selecting a circle color for the flower center.  This project took some intense focus and coordination with the placing, rolling, and gluing.  Many children wrote Mother’s Day notes.  Keep a look out for these special gifts being sent home next week!mother's day flowersMother's Day giftscutting strips of paperflower stripsOn Tuesday morning the children each took some time to write and/or draw thank you cards for officer Glen Lucas and Andy Schafermeyer for their visit with trout a couple of weeks ago.  They children had such a wonderful time, and they worked hard to draw some beautiful trout pictures for Andy and Glen.Thank you cardsThank you for showing us the fishThank youdrawing rainbow troutThank you Glen & Andy!The dramatic play camping area continued to be busy.a pot of stewfishing in the pondroasting a chicken lega wild animal in the tentDuring Spanish Zeanny continued to sing songs with us about the body parts and colors.  We also read the book Mi Madre es Fantastica!  Zeanny then played a hide and take away game.  She covered up the little family member finger puppets, as well as an elephant and hipopotamo and a gigante baby, then removed one. We then guessed which family member (or animal) was missing.  The students who wrote familia were each given a prize.blowing up the yellow balloonWe started to wrap up our reptile unit with a story about alligators and crocodiles called SNAP!  We learned that although they are very similar, they have two main differences.  Alligators have rounded snouts, like the letter U, while crocodiles have more pointed snouts, like the letter V.  We also learned that the crocodile’s fourth tooth on the bottom sticks up into a notch on the outside of its’ upper jaw, while the alligator’s fourth tooth is inside the jaw.  We did a sorting activity with some pictures and our crocodile and alligator toys.  Each child was given a picture or animal, then determined whether it was an alligator or out for the crocodile!afternoon workanimal leg addition work with Susanbristle block constructionthe reptile house trainsaying hi to the baby brotherthe cleaning teamcutting race tracks, and doing some writingglass rock transfergeometric solidscvc word guessing and writing gamereading about and discussing animalscolorful paintingcounting butterfliescounting, cutting, and writingmetal inset worka great storychecking out the frog eggscylinder blocksblock building teamlegospin punching around his square pictureW bookreading to a friendmaps, addition, drawing & sound gameWe read about turtles as well, learning that they lay eggs in the sand, which hatch many months later.  Most turtles are amphibious, except for tortoises, so after hatching, they make their way to water as quickly as they can.  We learned about turtle predators, and how most turtles (though not sea turtles) can pull their head and legs into their shell.  We then played a game where we pretended to be turtles trying to make our way to water before any predators (birds, raccoons, crocodiles, and jaguars) could eat us (remove a sock).  We ducked into our shells to protect ourselves, then waited for the predator to leave us alone before heading for the water out little turtles!the predators on the huntthe turtle being eatenWe did some animal movement activities to work on our gross motor skills.  We pretended to be giraffes reaching up to eat leaves from tall trees, pandas reaching down for bamboo, zebras galloping, flamingos standing on one foot, and hopping frogs.elephants lumberingWe continued to practice for our end of year performance with Susan.  The kindergarten students met with Susan to make some decisions about the performance and select which songs and animal classes they want to present.  Each student chose which song they wanted to perform in, and we practiced our roles, holding duck puppets, pictures, etc.phytoplankton song practiceFriday students were given marshmallows and toothpicks and challenged to build the biggest structure that they could.  We quickly discovered that it was rather difficult to get very high without proper support, so the children began building shapes and ladders and constellations.  They had a great time using their fine motor skills and imaginations to come up with some crazy structures.building upmarshmallow structurespentagonWhat can you build with marshmallows and toothpicks?the gingerbread houseAs rain was predicted, we went out for a very early recess, anticipating the arrival of a storm.  When it didn’t blow through, we decided to bring our work outside, rather than heading in.  We read the story Lifetime about animals and numbers.  We learned that caribou will shed 10 sets of antlers in a lifetime,  woodpeckers will drill 30 roosting holes, and a seahorse father will birth 1000 babies!  We then each took a little book and made our own animal books.animal books