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Sunnybrook Montessori School

Montessori preschool & kindergarten in New Hampshire's North Country

21 September, 2018
by Lyn


the balancing yoga manOur third week once again brought lots of beautiful weather.  We did lots of running, jumping, throwing, kicking, pushing, digging, investigating, problem solving, raking, collecting, and discussing.  The balls were kicked, thrown, and passed.  The tunnel made a great launching pad for the daredevils who were challenging themselves to jump across the sand box (which we revised to avoid jumping on the sandbox edges).  The engineers were busy getting things stuck in the tree so they could figure out how to get them out. The inventors were creating obstacle courses and leaf piles for navigating and jumping in. The construction crews were digging out sand, setting logs, and building castles and jails.  The drivers were motoring bikes, cars, sleds, and hopping balls around the yard. The scientists were collecting and examining all of the creepy crawlies they could find.  The monkeys were climbing trees, or at least attempting to do so. It was an energetic week outside!watching a worm hanging from a silk threadclimbing the treenegotiatingbouncingfilling the wheelbarrow with leavesleading a discussion or giving a lecture?it's raining leavestree trunk rubbingsworm collectorsRed Light Green LightI can fly!falling gracefullycatching airthrowing leavesbalancinghauling leavesleaf pilefalling leavesburied in leavesMonday students had fun reading To Be an Artist and Harve Tullet’s Mix It Up.  They then got busy with finger paints, selecting two primary colors at a time – red, yellow, blue – then mixing them together to create a secondary color – orange, green, purple – or all three to make brown.  At the end of the morning we used our color mixing knowledge to predict what would happen in the stories White Rabbit’s Color Book and Mouse, orange, purple, & greenred and blue make purplemixing all the colorsRED hands
making brownteamworkOn Tuesday we introduced butterfly or color prints, made by dropping dollops or smears of color on paper then folding it in half so it prints on the opposite side, creating mirrored prints.butterfly printspurple and orange printsafternoon paintingorange circleWe read Fire Drill and discussed how to safely conduct a fire drill by remembering to walk, immediately lining up, being silent, and responding with “Here I am” when called by name.  We then practiced our first fire drill of the year.  For new students it was difficult to understand why we wore our slippers outside, but we explained that a fire drill is an emergency and we need to get out of the building as safely and quickly as we can, not taking time to change shoes or even put on jackets.this week's reading selectionsA demonstration of how to take out a mat, unroll it, walk around it, and roll it up was given.  We continue to work on walking around the mats rather than directly over them.testing out new instrumentsplaying the frog guiro raspsa criss cross tower patterncylinder blockhammering practiceholding the babywashing upRafternoon workstuck in the mudmatching and hanging sockscutting workmatching the animalspouringLegosscrewing on jar coverswriting worklots of greenbinomial cubeplaydoughmat worktall tower & farm puzzledrawingbuilding towersstamp gamepouring waterMonday morning work timeinsect puzzlethe globerough & smooth and soft & hardsoft and hardleaf nomenclaturefarm animal matching & letter workfish puzzlehammering golf teesdrawingmatching lidsthe lamb and bunny chattingan a-maze-ing villagethe werewolf and the blue catcoloring her circle redwooden word cardsputting the blocks awayhammeringthe astronaut chefheads and tailsmore pink and brown constructionslistening to the patient's heartmatching roughnessOur first birthday of the year was celebrated on Tuesday.  The birthday girl (whose birthday was in August) brought some tasty cinnamon rolls to share.  She clearly explained the birthday routine to all the new students and demonstrated walking the globe around the candle sun while we listed the seasons and counted the years since her birth.  Happy (belated) birthday to our newest 5-year-old!birthday girlOn Wednesday we were looking forward to woodworking.  First, we practiced making silence and listening to the tone of the singing bowl, keeping our eyes closed until we could no longer hear it ringing.  Everyone then had an opportunity to tap the bowl before heading off to work.

Mr. Bond brought a great project for us to learn the new skill of sanding, and to practice and improve our skill with a screwdriver.  Each child was given a wooden block with his/her name on it.  They then sanded it smooth before attaching it to the other blocks with screws.  When using the screwdriver boards there is no resistance, so they were just becoming familiar with the twisting motion.  With the project the children needed to push and turn to make the screws go in – a rather challenging task for small hands and arms.  When it was completed it was a wonderful piece of art for our classroom.  Thank you, Mr. Bond!using the screwdriver boardssandingattaching his block
our awesome woodworking projectDuring group we read the book, Mr. Gumpy’s Outing, then acted it out in two groups.  In the story, two children and 8 animals request a ride in Mr. Gumpy’s boat with him.  He agrees, giving each an instruction to follow to prevent the boat from tipping.  All the animals did well at first, but then started to do all the things Mr. Gumpy had said not to do and tipped the boat right over, soaking all the passengers, who then went across the field and home with Mr. Gumpy for tea."Mr. Gumpy, may I come with you?""Yes, you may come, but no bleating."Thursday morning was our first Spanish session with Zeanny.  She started with “Me llamo” (My name is), then “Mi Cuerpo” (a body song).  She introduced La Caja Magica (the magic box) and pulled out some items from inside after we said the magic words and blew on it to make it open.  Zeanny showed us where the Spanish speaking countries of North and South America are, including her home country of Costa Rica. She pulled from la caja magica a long piece of fabric that is the colors of the Costa Rican flag and the US flag – rojo, blanco, et azul, which we hung on the wall.  She also introduced us to the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo with the counting story, Contando Con Frida.introducing La Caja MagicaColors of the Costa Rican flag & US flagReading about Frida KahloDuring music with Susan we again sang the song “Love Grows,” shaking hands for the second verse.  Susan created clapping rhythms, and we listened very closed to identify the pattern and follow along.  When she changed the rhythm, we had to listen closely to see how it had changed.  After clapping rhythms, Susan brought out the rhythm instruments again – maracas, frog and alligator guiro rasps, sticks, and bells – to create and follow more rhythms.  We learned to rest (stop), play (shake/tap once), and hold (keep shaking/tapping).  It was amazing to see everyone follow and repeat the rhythms so accurately!Love Growsrhythm makingtrading instrumentsFriday students read Each Peach Pear Plum and used our scientific observation skills to find the hidden characters in the pictures.  We then continued to read What is a Scientist? and learn what a scientist does.  We learned that scientists measure, count accurately, and compare and sort.  We then practiced these science skills by measuring each other back to back and determining who was shorter and who was taller, then lining up from tallest to shortest.  The children decided they wanted to do a second science activity, so we removed our slippers and they sorted them.  One group sorted by the material the slippers were made from – fluffy fabric, wool felt, leather, or foam rubber.  The second group sorted by stinky and not stinky – smelling each slipper to determine which pile it belonged in.  There were only 2 non-stinky slippers and 8 stinky ones!tallest to shortestpuffy fabric, foam rubber, leather, wool feltsmelly and not smelly

14 September, 2018
by Lyn

Settling In

lining up to jumpOur second week was mostly sunshiny and warm, with some showers that ceased just in time for outside. We brought the balls out so we could kick and toss them back and forth. We played Red Light, Green Light with balls in our hands, stopping to balance on one foot when Red Light was called. We searched for and collected a multitude of worms, tipping over the logs to find them in moist, dark places. We observed lots of caterpillars but were cautious not to touch the fuzzy white or yellow ones with long black hairs, as they can cause a skin rash. We did lots of digging in the sand, biking, driving trucks, jumping off the tunnel into the sand, and balancing on the logs. We enjoyed every moment of our time outside!assisting a friendleapingtemporary worm sanctuaryhelping a friend balancelooking for insects and arachnidsobserving the "itchy" caterpillarbalancingMonday students were introduced to the artist Yves Klein, who created his own unique color blue, and made monochrome paintings using only that color. We learned that mono means one, and chrome means color, so monochrome means one color. We then created our own monochrome paintings using six shades of the same color. We introduced monochrome painting to all students on Tuesday, and monochrome art was created throughout the week.Yves Klein and some blue monochromes by various artistsorange and redbluepurplegreenshades of yellowone of many purple paintingsgreen and redmonochrome artWe continued to learn about our classroom, the routines, expectations, how to treat our materials, the process of putting something back when we are finished, and being responsible for our belongings and needs. Everyone already knows to freeze bodies and voices whenever the lights go out and the bell rings, and then carefully head to the rug for group time when the lights come back on. They are so still like statues, one would think they were carved from stone!

We sang several of the songs we learned last week and added some new ones. We learned a second version of the “Peanut Butter and Jelly” song, which we liked a bit better, as it has hand motions. We sang “Old McDonald Had a Farm,” “Mary Wore a Red Dress,” “Do As I’m Doing,” and “Shake Your Sillies Out.”StoriesWe learned how to get a teacher’s attention by placing a hand on a shoulder or grasping a hand until a teacher can turn and engage. The children have picked this up quickly, which has helped to reduce the verbal attention cues that can get lost in the classroom chatter.

A favorite book, We Are All Alike, We Are All Different was read, which introduced the concept of having similarities and differences and celebrating both. We also read My Name Is Elizabeth, about a girl who wants to be called by her full name, not a nickname. We realized that only a few people in our class have nicknames. The story What I Like introduced the concept of liking and disliking different things. We discovered that the boy in the book does not like fleas, peas, or bees, but several of us really love peas and bees (though no one loved fleas). We played the game “When A Warm Wind Blows.” The leader says, “A warm wind blows for anyone who _____________” and lists something that might be similar or different about us. The first day we listed colors that one might be wearing. When the statement “A warm wind blows for anyone wearing orange” was spoken, all children wearing orange would silently step into the center of the rug. We played several times, listing many colors. The following day we played listing preferences, such as “a warm wind blows for anyone who loves spaghetti.”ten pin bowling addition worksoft and hardofficer and a babywater tablenumber boardLegos with friendscounting flat marblesMonarch life cycleletter workHer favorite pastimebeadingdrawingtactile fabric matchingspindle boxrough and smoothnumber bead boardsmonarch life cyclehammeringblock patternsracing up the rampfloor workwatching the puppet showknex constructiona green monster manwooden word cards1, 2, 3, 4Asolving the teen boardwhat shape is missing?number tracingmetal insets and U bookSouth America puzzle mapmastering quick additionletter work & a red drawingapple tree puzzleCosmic Nesting Boxesfamily timebuilding a mountaina tree puzzleanother tree puzzlebrown stairs & pink towertaking care of the babiesartistsa and d letter workfarm animal heads and tailsapple tree number puzzlecarefully constructing pink and brown patternsgreen playdoughcutting work and dice additionpouringlistening to the baby's heartbeatnumber bead board 1-10n and e letter workpolygon tracing and labelingrolling a matWednesday was our first woodworking day with Mr. Bond. Many children were super excited for their turn to use the tools. Mr. Bond created some screwdriver and wrench boards where children could use Phillips head screwdrivers, flat head screwdrivers, allen wrenches, and hex wrenches to insert screws into their matching spots in the boards. The children were placed in one of six groups of four children each. Some enjoyed it so much, they attempted to join other groups to continue their turn. We are looking forward to next week and working with Mr. Bond again. Thank you to Mr. Bond for volunteering his time and skills! This is going to be a great year together!screwdriver boardsPhillips head screwdriver
working with Mr. Bondwork with wrenches and screwdriversThursday was our first music group with Susan. She began by introducing songs about friendship. First we learned the song “Make New Friends” then we learned “Love Grows.” When Susan introduced the second verse of “Love Grows” she helped us go around the circle, shaking hands first with the person on the right, then turning and shaking hands with the person on the left, who then turned to shake hands with the person on their left, and all around the circle back to the beginning. At the end, she brought out some maracas and rhythm instruments, and the children enjoyed playing with and without a conductor guiding time with SusanFriday students read Becoming Butterflies about a class who had caterpillars that turned into chrysalises then monarch butterflies, just like us. We continued reading What Is a Scientist, then practiced observing and documenting skills. The scientists took turns observing the caterpillar and chrysalis in the tank, then documented their observations by drawing what they saw, trying to be accurate in their depictions. We labeled, signed, and dated the documentation, then posted them on the wall.observing the caterpillardocumenting the chrysalisscientists creating accurate drawingscaterpillars and chrysalisesObservations & Documentation of a Monarch chrysalis and caterpillar

7 September, 2018
by Lyn


IMG_6195 (2)What a great first week we had!  The weather cooperated, allowing us to get outside daily despite the heat and torrential rain.  It was nice to run and stretch and move around after our mornings inside working.problem solvingbadmintonmud puddle funa leaf pile for jumpinga big dump truck in the sandobserving caterpillarsdiscussing the planhoppingIt was an exciting start to school.  The teachers and returning students enjoyed welcoming all of the new students, some who had their very first days of school ever!  New students were introduced to the classroom and the daily schedule.  We discussed the flow of the day, from entering, changing to inside shoes and washing hands, to the signal to freeze when the lights go out and the bell rings, then gathering for morning meeting before choosing work for work-time.  New students had a brief tour and orientation to the classroom.  The snack routine was introduced and students learned how to take out a mat, roll it, and flip it before selecting work, carrying it to the mat with two hands, completing it, and returning it to its place.  Some Montessori materials were introduced – some that the students requested, and others that we felt would be engaging for them.  Returning students were helpful guides when friends needed assistance or had questions.Math and map worktransfer workteen workpouring sandyucky bugs!!changing up the pink towerpouringteamworkNorth America puzzle mapcars and garagescutting and pastingEach day we discussed how to be safe and respectful in the classroom so everyone is able to have an enjoyable experience at school.  The children had many ideas and suggestions, including walking inside, not hitting, punching, or kicking, offering help but listening when told no thank you, asking for hugs before taking them, making sure that our touches are gentle, being kind, being honest, being safe by not touching others’ eyes, mouths, or where underwear covers, telling an adult if someone does hurt you or touch you where they shouldn’t, walking around others’ work mats, picking up our work when we are done, and saying please and thank you.

We read many stories and sang lots of songs, including Hickety Pickety Bumblebee (a name introduction song), Way Up High in the Apple Tree, Peanut Butter and Jelly, ABC’s, Jump Jim Joe, BINGO, and Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.our stories from the weekordering the number rodscylinder blocksshort nine chainworn out from a busy dayafternoon quiet workcube puzzle boxmoving pom pomsnumber workone through tenpouring worknesting animalsafternoon quiet workbuilding block patternsreading before whisper timeback to the basicsThe easel, block area, play dough, and dramatic play were quite busy.  The children quickly welcomed each other and integrated together.  They enjoyed painting many colorful pictures, building a variety of roads and structures and driving cars around, pushing, kneading, shaping, rolling, and cutting playdough, and cooking all types of food, caring for babies, and making phone calls.  Some new materials were set out, and returning students quickly gravitated to them.  It was a week of getting into (and back into) the space, and learning the (new) classroom set up and routine.colorful linesa little purple, a bit of yellow, a smidge of bluea thorough artistblock roads and tunnelsrainbow bridgesgreen with glitterpizza cutter for cutting the doughserving icecreampouring the tuna into a bowltoo many cooks in the kitchenfriends at playHow is your pizza?preparing dinnerdramatic playWe spent Thursday diligently watching a monarch caterpillar brought in by the Shannon family. As soon as it exited the jar and entered the tank, it climbed up the side to the top and began the process of attaching itself. One of the students wanted to know how it did that, so he did some research with Susan. They discovered that it creates a silk pad, then attaches to the silk pad with its cremaster.  It then hangs in a J shape before wiggling and squiggling out of its skin. We observed it throughout the day, and around 3 PM it split its skin and formed a chrysalis. We will observe it over the next couple weeks, along with a second, smaller caterpillar the Shannon’s brought later in the day, until they emerge as a butterflies.
watching the caterpillarwatching the caterpillar wiggling in a Jthe chrysalis formsFriday students were introduced to science through reading the beginning of What is a Scientist? And discussing what it means to question and wonder and try to find answers, and how to do that using our five senses.  We read a book about shapes, and observed how many sides and angles they had, and looked around our classroom to find matching shapes.  We are looking forward to further scientific wonderings and explorations!