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Sunnybrook Montessori School

Montessori preschool & kindergarten in New Hampshire's North Country

8 February, 2019
by Lyn


shoveling shadowsWarmer days made outside play lots of fun.  The snow was perfect for snowballs and snowmen and building up our sledding hill.  The hill was busy with sledders and penguins taking turns slipping down to the bottom then running around to do it again.starting positionclimbing upsnowballs for a snowmansnowball rollingdown the hillrunningat the top of the hilllittle snowmana line of girlspulling a friendsunshinepenguin slidingqueen of the hillpulling up the sledsMonday students had a busy morning.  They decorated their Valentine mailbags, wrote Valentine letters to their families, painted their paper mache balloons, and had a health lesson with Zeanny then enjoyed a special dairy treat of yogurt with granola and frozen fruit before heading to the library with Tammy.paper mache paintinggluing on heartspink, purple, red, and blueDiary makes strong bonesyummy yogurt!colorful spheresValentine’s Day, the day of love and friendship, was introduced.  We read some Valentine stories and the children began to prepare for our party next week by making Valentine mailbags.  We continued to sing our Valentine songs, including Skidamarink, You Are My Sunshine, A Tisket A Tasket, and Mail Myself to You.Valentine Mail bagslots of heartsheart chainWe introduced letter writing and the Post Office.  We read The Jolly Postman and each child wrote a letter home to one, two, or all of their family members for Valentine’s Day.  They will mail their letters when we take our tour of the US Post Office next Tuesday.a letter to my brothera letter to grandpaWe continued to chart our recyclables and trash usage.  We discussed how many recyclables we have been saving from the landfill, and introduced the idea of reducing waste, which we will delve into more in depth next week.4 digit addition with golden beads8 long chainIn Winter I . . .brushing teethpainting at easegeometric solids & color cubesth bookdominoespretty patternsletter sound booksa story with a friendbotany puzzlescuttingch bookrecording her workspelling out the words in the storymat workwriting timeword workMe on the Map was read again, and we introduced the floor map that we are creating of the town of Lancaster.  Susan drew an outline of the central roads and the river, and the children began painting the road gray and river blue.  Next week we will continue to add more detail.mappingoutlining for paintingFriday students explored their fifth sense, the sense of taste, with a tasting party.  We read about our sense of taste and looked at our taste buds in a mirror.  We learned that there are five categories of taste – sour, sweet, salty, bitter, and umami (meat).  We then washed up, sat at the snack table, and tasted some different foods to determine what they were, and if they would be categorized as sweet, sour, salty, bitter, or umami.  Some of them were pretty difficult to categorize, and we didn’t always agree, but we had fun tasting different flavors.close your eyessour salty pickleHow does this one taste?We celebrated a fifth birthday.  The birthday girl told us she was born in the winter, in the month of February, five years ago, so she speedily orbited the earth around the sun while we counted out her age.  After she blew out the candle we enjoyed tasty cupcakes with cashew maple frosting.5 years oldbirthday cupcakesa cupcake for my birthday

1 February, 2019
by Lyn

A Tree is Nice

We had so much fun sledding on our mini hill.  It was hard to wait for turns, remember to walk up the backside of the hill, and stay out of the way of sledders, but we are making progress.  We had a couple of inside days due to low temperatures, so we made the best of it with some inside activities.things from nature snow pilereadyall lined upDown the hilltaking a breakIndoor recess fun:Calico Critters CottageKnexbristle blocksa tall towerplaymobileofficers on dutyMonday students did some paper mache work.  They were given the option to do a paper mache bowl or balloon – of course everyone chose to do a balloon, because – BALLOONS!!  We had to play with them a bit before covering them with the strips of paper dipped in the flour and water paste.  Unfortunately, due to the messiness of our hands, no photo documentation was acquired.

We read stories and sang songs about trees.  We read I Am A Tree, A Tree is Nice, Be a Friend to Trees and From Tree to Paper.  Susan taught us several tree songs, including Yippee, Hooray, I am a Sprout, This Bark on Me, and Branching Out.  We read about and discussed the many ways that we depend on trees.  They breath out oxygen and in Carbon Dioxide, the opposite of us, and they clean the air.  They provide food, shade, and shelter.  They provide homes for many animals.  They provide wood for houses, paper, boxes, magazines, books, paper towels, toilet paper, tables, chairs, floors, etc.sorted recycling, how to make a treeMy life as a tree has just begunbranching outtrees in winterStudents sorted the recycling, then we counted and charted our recycling as a group.  We had 6 fewer items the second week than the first week (the second week was also much shorter due to MLK day and snow days).  We also weighed our trash from the past two weeks.  In two weeks we accumulated 3.6 lbs of trash – less than 1/2 bag.  We also weighed our paper towels.  The first week we used 2.58 lbs of paper towels, and the second we used 1.7 lb.  We began to talk about reducing our waste this week, specifically about making sure we took only 1 or 2 paper towels to dry our hands to help reduce waste and save trees.sorting recyclingMr. Bond guided us in sanding the bottom and sides of our tool boxes.goggles onsandingsmoothing out the edgesall ready to go!We revisited the story Jabari Jumps, about the first time Jabari dives off the diving board, and some strategies he uses to take on that challenge.  He takes deep breaths to help calm and focus his brain, and he uses a mantra to tell himself he can do it.  We read Katy and the Big Snow, about a snow plow who works through a big snow storm, plowing out the whole city of Geopolis, even when she gets tired.  We discussed how fun challenges can be, and the children shared some experiences they have had or their family members have had when they took on a challenge and worked through it.A Tisket A Tasketreading, writing, arithmeticwooden word cardscar jumpsIn wintercolored cube artlacingNorth America & handwriting workanimals of North Americaalphabet go fishtrinomial cube, forest animals puzzleeye spydown to the last piecewriting and word workLegostangramsadditionNorth America pin punchcreatures listspeedy green planesbananagram tiles word BINGOwatering the aloewatering the spider plantdominoesliving or non-livingdominoesafternoon workb,g,jletter workslimehemispheresKatie from Believe in Books brought Pooh and A.O. for a visit.  A.O. read about the time Pooh took a balloon and rolled in the mud, then floated up and pretended to be a rain cloud so he could get the honey from the tree, but those bees were not fooled by Pooh’s disguise.  Everyone got to wave to or hug Pooh before picking their very own book to take home.Poohdouble hug for PoohPooh hugreading our new storiesFriday students explored their fourth sense, touch, this week.  We discussed the features of an item that we can determine based on touch, such as temperature, size, shape, texture, softness/hardness, and wetness or dryness.  We identified color, scent, and the noise it makes as things we could not identify based on touch.  Everyone had a chance to reach into the feely bag and select an item to identify using our sense of touch.What do you feel?We talked a bit about groundhog day, then some of the children made groundhogs who pop up to spot their shadows then scurry back to their burrows to sleep until groundhogssnow on the groundsnow around the shadow

25 January, 2019
by Lyn


We were excited to have so much snow on our playground after our first big snow dump of the season!  We worked as a team to make a huge pile in the center of the playground for sledding, which Friday students were able to enjoy after the rain and freeze.  It was so much fun sledding down individually and in pairs.  We started to learn and practice how to be safe and respectful when the top of the hilldown the hilliceDental care was introduced through some stories about teeth brushing and care.  We demonstrated how to brush our teeth for two minutes until the timer ran through, going in a circular motion and cleaning each section for a count of ten.  A tooth-brushing activity was put out in practical life, the play dough dental set was added, and toothbrush painting was available at the art table.pulling teethtoothbrush paintingplay dough dentistyellow, purple, orange, pink, greenputting in the teethlots of pinkMr. Bond helped us attach the second side of our tool boxes this week. We donned our safety glasses and carefully pounded in the three nails to secure the wood together.attaching the second sidesecuring the nailOfficer Lucas from Fish and Game, and his intern, Brandon, visited on Wednesday to teach us about New Hampshire mammals and adaptation.  He brought pelts for us to examine and learn about.  We observed the shape, size, color, and the thickness and length of the fur to help us determine which animal each pelt was from.  We compared a pine marten pelt, which had longer, thicker fur for cooler temperatures and higher elevations to a mink pelt, which is sleeker and adapted to being in the water.  We observed identifying characteristics of several pelts to help us name them, including white stripes on a black skunk, and tail rings and black mask on a raccoon.  We also identified a coyote, beaver, fisher, gray fox, red fox, and muskrat.  To conclude we discussed adaptation and how animals adapt to survive.  Snowshoe hare and ermine are both animals that change from darker summer fur to white in the winter.  Officer Lucas asked why the animals change, and the children said so they would blend in with their surroundings, adapting to stay safe from predators. Each child then worked with a partner to read an animal name, then identify and place it on the matching pelt.coyotepine martenwhich is the fisher?beaver peltcan you make the mask?raccoon eyesfeeling the ermineWhich animal do you have?labeled peltstrinomial cubespooningtong transferAfricadice additionaddition using a number linecrawlingcontinentssorting and countingtangramsCostume Partygeometric solids and sound cylinder matchingalphabet go fishpuzzlesalphabet BINGOmaking fiveanimal circle timewaiting animalsmountains of bearspaint and sitreading with a friendnumber workthreefeely bagfolding (and trimming wayward threads)dominoessweeping upinstrumentsmatching numbersbinomial cubeclock workOur very short week concluded with a Friday science lesson on the third of the five senses we have explored – the sense of smell.  We read about how scent molecules travel into the nose, where they are trapped in the nerve endings, which bring the information to the brain, where it is interpreted and we determine what the scent is.  We then did some smelling.  We attempted to close our eyes and use our sense of smell to determine what items we were sniffing.  We smelled and identified a banana, honey, glue, mustard, paint, and an onion.  We found that we preferred to use our sense of sight to help identify the items we were scenting.


19 January, 2019
by Lyn


The sleds were joined by a new friend this week, which made everyone so excited, so thank you to the anonymous sled donor!  All the sleds were quite busy and put to good use.  They pulled, pushed, carried, and carted snow, friends, vehicles, and ice.  We tried to move around to stay warm on these cold winter days.hauling snowa bucket of snowbirdseed on the tablefilling bucketspullingtwo in a sledhaulingsnow kicking battlecarrying the passenger in the sledWe spent a couple days inside with below 5ᵒ temperatures.  We had fun with indoor activities that only come out on indoor recess days or during after care, so we were excited for the change.  We had a lot of energy left over in the afternoons, though, so we played duck, duck, goose and long jump one day, and made an upside-down chair obstacle course to challenge our maneuvering skills another day.brain flakesMr. Potato HeadplaymobileCandy Land with SusanknexMonday students used salt to create snowy pictures.  First they drew a winter scene with pastels, then painted over it with watercolor paints.  They then sprinkled salt over the watery paint, which pushed the paint out to create snowflakes in the and bluewinter night
trees in the forestbright colored skynight skySusan returned this week and we were so happy to see her.  She is such an integral part of our class and we missed her while she had to be away.

We covered some heavy topics this week, but the children dealt with them well.  We observed them and listened to their comments and questions to be sure they felt positively about the information and powerful to take action toward positive change.

We continued to talk about plastics and sorting out waste that can be composted, burned, or recycled.  We watched some moving videos about plastic pollution around the earth.  We viewed a brief video of the Pasig River in Manilla, Philippines.  The video shows a river full of trash running through the city.  We discussed how fortunate we are to have trash collection and landfills where our trash can be taken so our rivers can stay clean and clear of waste.  We discussed how all this trash flows down the river and into the ocean, where it is mistaken for food by sea birds and ocean animals.  We then watched a video of a manta ray ingesting plastic, thinking it is food.  We watched the beginning of a National Geographic video called How We Can Keep Plastic Out of Our Oceans.  Finally, we watched a video about a landfill and how trash can be managed and recycled.  We discussed, as pointed out in the two longer videos, that everyone has a role to play.  Each of us in our classroom has a job, and our job is to pay attention to what we throw away and what we recycle and reuse. The BBC has an enlightening and heartbreaking video (which we did not show the children) about the impact of plastic pollution on the planet and how microplastics are infiltrating the environment and creating a serious health risk to animals and humans across the planet.  I would highly encourage you to watch it.  It can be accessed by clicking here: BBC Drowning in Plastic.  We sorted through some of the waste we have collected and a couple children worked with Susan to create signs to hang over our waste area to indicate what can be recycled, burned, or composted, and what must go in the trash.  There are items we are working on researching still, and we have been surprised by some of the things that we can recycle, including juice pouches.  We will purchase a box from a company called Terracycle, where we can mail granola, chip, and energy bar wrappers to be recycled.  We are determining what items can be burned in Lyn’s furnace and kept out of the landfill.  And we are making sure all of our food waste goes into the compost instead of the trash.recycle, burn, compost, or trash?what goes in the compost?recycle, burn, trash, compostemptying the after snack sweepings into the compostWednesday, the day after Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, we read and learned all about him.  We started by reading and discussing My Brother Martin, written by his sister, Christine King Farris. We learned the terms segregation and discrimination and talked about unfair laws that prohibited people from doing things because of the color of their skin, such as sitting where they want on a bus, eating in certain restaurants, drinking out of some water fountains, and attending particular schools. We learned how Martin Luther King Jr. worked to change these laws and how this dream began as a child when his friends with white skin were no longer allowed to play with him.  We learned that skin color is determined by how much melanin is in our skin, making it lighter or darker, and that the closer our ancestors lived to the equator, the darker their skin.  We talked about kindness and equality and how all humans are the same because we all have feelings and thoughts and bodies, but we are also all different because we have different colored hair, eyes, and skin, and are different shapes and sizes and we have different feelings and thoughts about different things.If you're sad and you know it get a hug . . .sound sortsolving word problemsplay doughdice additionreadingmatching numbersforest connectagonsbeanbag on 8in the fairy housebig piece, little piecesroadsNounsVerbsletter workwriting 8stracing Asiapattern block patternsbuilding a forestpartner paintinginstrumentsin the tenttransfer workpattern stampinganimal linesgreen glass rockswriting & play doughtaking notesfriends readinganimals in the treeshop scotchstamping the pattern made with pattern blocksletter writingso many animals in the winter woodsstory with Tammybowlingroller coasterpouring waterusing the prism with Tammy to make rainbowschasing rainbowsmake 5climbingoverchairsripped paper collagemulti purpose play dough toolrivers, roads, and railsletter tic-tac-toee and ncareful coloring with fine tip markersstories with TammyMr. Bond worked with the children to attach the bottom of their tool boxes to the first side.  They opened the clamp, then secured the side, before attaching the bottom.  Each child hammered in three nails, starting with one in the middle, then the two on the ends. As always, thank you so much to Mr. Bond who so generously volunteers his time, skills, and resources!hammeringattaching the bottomin goes the middle nailtime to assembleopening the clampWe talked about our community and Susan taught us several songs about community workers, community, and friends.  We discussed what we might see on our walk around town (which we are hoping to do on Tuesday, weather permitting).  The children named several buildings that we would need to spot and include on our community map, including the library, post office, and bank.

We put out washing bins for the children to wash out all the recyclables.  They enjoyed scrubbing them and rinsing them clean, then putting them in a bin to dry.washing out the recyclablesrinsing the containersThursday during group gathering we sorted through and charted what we had collected in our recycling bin.  We took out our trash bag for the week and observed that with our sorting of waste, making sure as many burnable, compostable, and recyclable items were kept out of the trash as possible, we made less than ½ bag of trash in a week.  We discussed how much of what ended up in the trash could have gone in other bins, so we will be more careful in the future about where we put our waste in an effort to recycle, compost, and keep as much as possible out of the landfill.  We sorted, counted, and charted our recyclables.  We found that granola bar wrappers and yogurt lids and containers were the highest numbers, at about 14 each.sorting recyclablesyogurt cups & snack bar wrappersThe children had fun taking turns performing the story of Tacky the Penguin with flannel characters.Tacky the PenguinThe hunterslooking for the land of the pretty penguinsthey came with rocks and locks and maps and trapsthe naratorFriday students continued their study of the 5 senses.  This week we focused on the sense of hearing. We listened to some animal sounds and identified them.  Some were very easy, but a couple were quite hard.  We watched a video about how the ear works, stopping to discuss and expound on what was said.  We also watched a video about sound waves and how different frequencies make different patterns.  Some of them were very cool, and the children started moving to the music as it played.  We read a book about sound and how it works, then we listened as lyn moved various items and tried to identify them.  Some were very challenging, and some we got right away, such as a jar being opened, a brush sweeping, a box of crackers being opened, and tape being pulled off a dispenser.  Finally we took out the big drum with the felt balls and vibrated them right off as we played different drumming patterns and played slowly then quickly.tapping a rhythmfast, fast, fast