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Montessori preschool & kindergarten in New Hampshire's North Country

10 March, 2018
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The Last Great Race

mush!Sled dogs teamed up to pull sleds around the yard after reading about the Iditarod, which is currently in progress from Anchorage to Nome.  Snow boarders took turns racing down the snow hill.  Fresh snow was shoveled away and rolled up into serum snowballs to be pulled on sleds to the diphtheria victims in Nome.pull!a group of girlsbalancecars from a pocketgetting the tire out of the ditcha pile of icy snowmuddy fencedown the hillgirls chillinsleddingrolling snow ballshere we gofollowing the sled dog teambig shovel full of snowsnowyfunny kidsThe Monday students practiced their very careful cutting skills slowly maneuvering their scissors around fish shapes, which they then decorated with a variety of collage items.  They created some very colorful and creative fish.  Students continued to cut and collage fish throughout the week, creating a large gallery display.careful cuttingscissor skillscutting around the tail finselecting collage itemsgluingeyeballs & featherscutting out a fishcolorful fishplay dough and fish artgluing the fin back oncutting out her goldfishlots of collage items for her fishchecking out the fish galleryWhile potential students and families visited on Monday, the students took their monthly field trip to the library with Susan and Tammy, where they enjoyed some of their usual library activities.train tracksDuplosvehiclesfarm girlWe read about the serum relay that took place in Alaska in 1925 after some children in Nome were diagnosed with diphtheria, and serum had to be brought from Anchorage to treat them and prevent the spread of the disease.  A sled dog relay was set up through radio communication, and a series of mushers and their dogs ran through blizzards and below 40 degree temperatures both night and day to ensure it was delivered quickly.  We read the stories of Balto and Togo, two of the most heroic lead dogs that participated.  This serum relay was the origin of the Iditarod, which is currently taking place with over sixty mushers and their dog teams.  We checked the race standings daily, and were introduced to the top ranking participants each day, as well as the Berrington twins, Kristy and Anna.  The first few racers are anticipated to finish early next week.  The typical finish times over the past several years have been just over 8 days, so we will continue to track the Iditarod progress through next week.letter writing practicelast week in the post officeLego constructionbead chain, binomial cube, teen boardsweeping up a spillnumber workhundred boardblock constructionpattern picturesbead chainsletter sound sortpouring, playdough, and cuttingfine motor workaddition workmat worktypinganimal sorting and South America puzzle maphundred boardpink and brown toweraddition workplay doughreading to each othercircling letters in the morning messagefinding all s'sreading Popcornletter formationSlow and Fast bookFor Spanish with Zeanny we continued to work on colors and body parts.  The children were split into three groups and each child was given a colored pastel.  Each group had a piece of paper, and when zeanny named a color, a number, and a body part, the child with that color drew that many of the given body part.  When their crazy monsters were completed, we looked at them to see if they were all exactly the same or if they were different.  She read the Eric Carle story De La Cabeza a los pies (From Head to Toe), and the children acted it out.pequeno & grandeun negro cabezatres ojosquatro ojosmonstruoDe la cabeza a los piesOur study of fish was introduced with the books About Fish, Fabulous Fishes, and Big Al.  We discussed the characteristics of fish, including living in water, breathing with gills, being covered with scales, having fins, and laying eggs.  We did an animal sort.  Each student was handed an animal, which they identified as either an insect, arachnid, bird, mammal, or fish. Many fish activities were introduced, including fish in the water table, a fishing game, and fish math.fishing gamecatching fishCounting fishfishing and reading with Susanswimming fishpurple one fishcatching an orange #4 fishanimal class sortingfish in the waterocean reef connectagonsgirls in boats fishingfish additionWe read the story of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst, and discussed disappointments and handling disappointment by acknowledging it, feeling and expressing it in an appropriate way, and moving on.

During music with Susan we continued to listen to high, middle, and low notes and move our bodies up high, in the middle, and down low.  The children took turns striking the high, middle, and low notes.  She then introduced a scale with the bells.  The children played their bells in a scale from high to low and low to high, and then played chords when Susan said their bell number.lowhighmediumtaking turns striking the tonesan octave of bellsStories from the weekWe continued our study of liquids and solids with a sink and float experiment on Friday.  Children took turns selecting items, making a hypothesis about whether they would sink or float, then testing their hypothesis.  At the end, we took out the floating items first, and sorted them by the material they were constructed from.  We observed that all the wooden items, and most of the plastic items floated.  We had one rubber item that was floating and determined it was because it had air trapped inside.  There was also a metal item that floated, which did so because it was bowl shaped.  When it was filled with water, it sank to the bottom with all the other metal items.What sinks and what floats?what should I pick?Will a metal cookie cutter sink?taking out the floaterscaptured a wooden itemsort by material

 

24 February, 2018
by Lyn
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Determination

sitting on a giant snowballA warm front briefly brought some spring-like weather.  We enjoyed building snowmen and giant snowballs.  On Wednesday it was warmer outside than in, so we took off jackets and got to work chopping out a channel to drain all the melted snow and ice.  The children loved scooping out slush, water, and ice chunks, and floating sticks down the flowing river.  The tunnel was filled with melted snow as well, and they had a great time scooping it out and dumping it down the fence, while attempting to stay dry. As cold weather returned the playground became quite slippery, so we carefully navigated our way around.making snowballssnowmen on the tablefloating down the channelsome snowman partshere comes a stickconstructing a snowmanthe crew working on the channela chunk of snowremoving the water from the tunnelthe big depositoryshovelsIce-landbeing carefulon the hill of iceTuesday was a rainy day, so we constructed an obstacle course, which went through a couple of changes.  The children had fun navigating all the obstacles, going up, over, under, and through. Hopping, jumping, balancing, and crawling. To end the indoor morning we took out the ribbons and did a little ribbon dancing.over the chairsunder the tablesover the river stonescross the tablejump from mat to matbalance on the bench and step through the ringsbalancingstay out of the hot lava!spinning in the BiliboFor art on Monday we introduced the Japanese art of suminagashi, aka paper marbling.  We showed examples of marbled paper, then got to work creating our own.  The children carefully squeezed drops of dye onto water, then swirled it around to create patterns.  They carefully set their papers on top of the dye, then slowly lifted them off when they had absorbed the ink.  They created some beautiful swirly patterns.marbled papersuminagashi paper makingswirling and droppingyellow and orangedrops of colorswirls of colorThe children painted a large US Postal collection box, then got busy mailing letters to all their friends.
painting the collection boxletter writingmailing a lettercounting out the cashWe read several stories about taking on challenges and introduced the term determination.  We read a true story about Emanuel Ofasu Yeboah, a man born in Ghana with only one working leg who would hop to school every day, until at 13 years old, he left home to earn money to support his family.  He eventually decided to bike across Ghana to raise awareness about disabilities.  We tried hopping all around the classroom on one leg and quickly realized how challenging it is! This link will take you to a 5 minute video of Emanuel sharing his story.  We also read about basketball player Michael Jordan, who at 9 years old decided that he wanted to someday play basketball in the Olympics, and how he worked to accomplish that dream.  We also read about a boy named Jabari, who wanted to climb up and dive off the diving board at the pool.  He was scared, but with his father’s support, he built up courage and finally did it.stories from the weekthe block bargemarble sortingcounting pegsGo Fishlarge animal observerswriting timerowing the pirate shipteen boardhundred boardreading with Tammycounting penniesanimals on raftsfabric matchingworking on the US states mapmitten matchingmorning mat workmetal insets, pin-punching, and number scrollsletter sound workfinishing up the US states puzzlethe binomial cubealphabet sound & symbol match1,2,3towersfarm animal puzzletracing 2counting and number match traybuildings & drumsboys drumminginstrumentsRED over BLACKcounting spindles100 board and teen boardputting the story in ordera hornet is fastletter writinga writer at workThe story of The Mitten was introduced last week, and the children loved performing it, so we continued performing it throughout the week, taking turns being Baba, Nicki, and the various animals who crawl into the mitten.acting out The Mittencrawling under the mittenall ready to beginthe hedgehog crawling into the mittenWe took some time to write thank you cards for postman Tim to thank him for taking time to give us a tour of the mailroom last week.Thank you letters for TimDear TimFor Spanish Zeanny played some color and size games with us.  We stood up very big “grande” and shrunk down very small “pequeña.”  We sang the color song and used our color vocabulary to match items to their color words.pequenagrandecolor matchingWe celebrated the most recent fifth birthday with pink and purple frosted chocolate cupcakes.  The birthday girl walked the globe around the sun while we all counted the years and listed the seasons as she grew from an infant to a five-year-old.  Happy fifth birthday!The birthday girl!blowing out her candleFor music Susan played high notes and low notes and notes in between while we moved up or down or in the middle to match the pitch of the notes.  When she played high notes, we stood up high.  When played low notes, we scrunched down low.  When she played middle notes, we crouched with our hands on our knees.  When she played the scale, we slowly moved up or down with the rising and falling of the notes.  She also played the notes slowly and quickly, and we attempted to move accordingly.up highOn Friday our science study of the states of matter continued.  We began to discuss liquids.  We became molecules in matter and moved far, far apart to become a gas, then moved closer together to become a liquid, then smooshed as closely together as we could to become a solid.  We then gathered together and watched as different liquids were poured into a tall glass cylinder.  We watched how they flowed and observed that some flowed much more slowly than others.  We poured the more dense liquids in first.  We observed that as we poured liquids that were less dense, they poured more quickly and seemed “lighter.”  The various liquids formed layers that floated on each other, rather than mixing together.light brown honey and yellow tinted corn syrupblue dish soapa layer of green wateradding rubbing alcoholdensity layersOn Tuesday afternoon we had a goodbye party for Tricia with some special treats and the children all gave her cards they made.  We said our official goodbyes throughout the week, and our final goodbye on Friday, her last day at Sunnybrook.  We will miss her dearly and wish her well on her new life adventures!chocolate cake and strawberry shortcakechocolate cake and whipped creama party for Tricia

17 February, 2018
by Lyn
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Love and Snow and Blocks

duck and coverSledding was once again the name of the game for the week.  The children took turns going down the snow hill in pairs, seeing how far they could sled or “snowboard.”  There are so many groups of friends within our whole group of friends, and it is so fun to see them interacting so cooperatively with each other.sleds in a linethe mighty adventurerup on the hillstick art in a buckettaking turnsmining for salt in the salt minessearching for a missing hathanging outwhat's in the bucket?snow arton the snow mountainpedestrian crossingReminding children that the snow is not suitable for consumption is a daily conversation.  A friend decided to bring a chunk in to melt, and we began observing what else we could see in that snow that might end up in our mouths.What is really in that snow you are eating?Eric Carle art continued on Monday.  The children took the painted papers they made last week and cut them into pieces, which they used to create a collage and glue to a large paper.a snake and purple boxcutting collage papers"A rattle snake"gluing her butterflypieces of redTuesday was an exciting day with our visit to the Post Office.  We met postman Tim, and he took us on a tour through the back, showing us the loading dock where mail comes in and goes out, the sorting stations, the letter bins, the large trolleys for moving the mail, the check out counter where people purchase stamps and mail packages, the office where passport photos are taken, and the back of the rented postal boxes.  We learned a lot about how the mail is sorted and distributed!walking to the Post Officemailboxesthe loading dockwhere the mail is sortedValentine’s day was another exciting day.  The children distributed their Valentine cards, then selected their work for the morning.  Some of the special Valentine’s day activities included a roll and color game, where you roll a die, then color in that many hearts on your page.  You continue as long as you want, or until the page is full.  Another activity was a Valentine sight word coloring page, where each sight word is colored a specific color to create a picture.  At the end of the morning the children enjoyed selecting treats from a wide range of offerings.  There were so many things to choose from, it was hard to decide which to have!  Thank you to everyone who sent in a special snack!  They were much appreciated.a Tisket a Tasketroll, count, and colordistributing Valentinessight word picture coloringvacachecking the nameValentine Hearts action game - crab walkingyummy snacksenjoying the treatswhat tasty snacks!Blocks were very popular this week.  Everyone seemed to be in need of some social building time, and we enjoyed listening to the conversations, strategizing, problem solving, story telling, and negotiating going on.blocks and animalslots of blockslarge animals on the shipanimals on a towerThe post office also continued to be busy with customers buying stamps and mailing letters, writing letters by hand and on the typewriter, and checking mail.the cashierworking at the Post OfficetypingOn Thursday we read the story Friends by Helme Heine, about three friends who do everything together.  One day after their adventures they sit down to enjoy some cherries.  Charlie Rooster was concerned that he did not get as many as Fat Percy the pig, so Johnny Mouse and Fat Percy gave him all of their cherry pits.  We discussed the difference between fair and equal, such as having the option to choose which activities you prefer.  While some students prefer to draw, others prefer building with blocks.  Sometimes it is hard to see that equal is not always fair, and that fair does not mean equal.patterns of color100 boardnumber scrollHere is . . .art with StaceyWhich is heavier?spindle box counting workalphabet BINGOsums of 10floor workup and down the number linebuilding a treeschool bus puzzleletter sound sortdoll house playD for Dad and M for Mompin punchingputting the tree branches togethergumA crab is fastbowling additionsetting up the drumsFor music we brought out the drums.  It is always the best when the playing begins spontaneously, rather than being guided, so we spent several minutes just enjoying the rhythms the students produced.  Eventually we revisited quarter notes, half notes, and whole notes.  As Susan had previously demonstrated with blocks, we counted out and played quarter notes with one beat per count, half notes with one beat for every two count, and whole notes, with one beat for every four count.  We also introduced what each note looks like, so we can connect a visual with the count.  At the end the children wanted to take turns conducting, so a couple of students quickly lead the others through louder and quieter playing.drumming timeconducting the drummingFriday students continued to explore the states of matter by making balloon rockets.  They stretched and pulled their balloons and did their best to inflate them by blowing air into them.  Many of the students were able to do so independently with some mighty puffing.  Tammy and I blew up the balloons for those who just could not make theirs inflate, then we clipped the ends and taped each balloon to a straw on a string.  The children then opened their clips and watched their rockets shoot across the room as the air was forcefully expelled from the balloon.  Some needed a little assistance to get going, but most students repeated it multiple times and enjoyed seeing how far their balloons would go.circling all of the a'sblowing up a balloonstretching and inflatingReady, Set . . .and they are off!

10 February, 2018
by Lyn
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Clickety Clack

grabbing branchesWe were so excited for all the new snow!  By the end of the week, the snow was up past knees, so we were building up our muscles walking and running around.  We shoveled and shoveled, building up our snow hill.  We had fun playing alligators and crocodiles, pulling and being pulled in sleds, doing LOTS of shoveling, and rolling down, getting buried in, and sledding down our snow mountain. Friday students decided to make use of the giant snow bank at the end of the driveway. They shoveled the top of the bank to make it flat and push some snow down to make a better hill for sledding.a snowy girltunnel timetaste testfriendsshoveling snow onto the hilljumping on the little snow pileready, set,a bunch of kids on a snow pileheading downfilling the sleds with snowtricky balancinga mountain of snowbig scoopburied in a snow pilea gaggle of girlsmore tricky balancingthe big hillthe steep slopesledding down the bankFor art on Monday we introduced the art of illustrator & author Eric Carle, who paints large pieces of paper using various tools to create different patterns and effects.  Once dry, he uses them to cut into pieces which he collages together to create pictures.  Most of his books feature animals, including the popular The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Brown Bear, Brown Bear.  The students took large pieces of newsprint, selected their desired colors and tools, and got to work creating their own large sheets of paper for collage work next week.Eric Carlepurple swirlslight purplepainting with a scrub brushdots with a cork, toothbrush and sponge painting, rolling the paintAfter art the children took their monthly trip to the library with Tammy and Susan, where they enjoyed playing with the trains, in the large vehicles, etc.Library timeValentine’s day was introduced, which we will celebrate next week with our Valentine’s Day party and some fun Valentine themed games and activities.  Each of the children decorated their Valentine mailbag, where all their friends will deliver their Valentines.lots of heartsvalentine mail bagsred and pinkSusan shared some animal collage pictures using shapes.  The children took a page and cut out the shapes, then followed the picture instructions showing how to build their chosen animal with the shapes.  They glued them all together then colored their giraffes, pandas, and zebras.making a giraffecutting shapes to make animalsWe decided it was time to switch up Dramatic Play, so the children shared suggestions, then took a vote.  It was a close race between a camp & campsite and a Post Office.  The Post Office was chosen with 11 votes over the 9 for a camp.  We got to work taking down our forest and setting up the Post Office.  We wanted to keep our trees, so we taped them up in the science area of the classroom.  In the Post Office we installed some mailboxes, a front desk with a cash register where stamps and packaging can be purchased, and a writing table where letters can be written and addressed.manning the post officebusy post officeHow much does a stamp cost?typing, writing, & checking outWe read the story Click, Clack, Moo, Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin, then learned how to write a letter.  We were introduced to the letter format, including date, address, body, and salutation.  Many children wrote cards and/or letters to their friends, and then responded.  We brought in a type writer on Thursday, and the children tried to wait very patiently for their turn to type out letters and words.  It was a busy Post Office!writing cards to each otherwriting a letter to a friendaddressing his cardDear FriendCan we play?Click, clacktaking turns typingtyping timeFor Spanish Zeanny continued to practice colors, counting, body parts, and animal names.  Last week we focused on pollito (chick), and this week we emphasized vaca (cow).  She read El Gran Granero Rojo (The Big Red Barn) by Margaret Wise Brown, where we were introduced to the names of many animals, including caballos (horse), oveja (sheep), cabras (goat), ganso (goat), and vaca (cow).   We played a fun game, where we did fun actions if we had the color she named.nariz (nose)la caja magica (the magic box)El Gran Granero Rojoquel color?If you are wearing azul . . .Cafe (brown)We discussed sleep and how it helps us stay healthy.  The children shared that it makes your body stronger and helps you get energy.  We did an activity where we each wrote or illustrated what we had done that day, and stuck it in a mailbox.  We talked about how the mailbox is like our brain and it stores all the information from our day, and at night our brain sorts through it all to decide what to keep and what to filter out.  We went through our mailbox and decided which things were important to keep, and those we should let go.mitten matchingpainting animals to finish up dioramasmammal invasionshadow puppet timefabric matchcylinder blockLego constructionfloor workpuzzlingbell matchmammals in the block areacutting practicecarefully balancingpaintingreadinganimals at the zooNorth Americamaps and booksgirls at the doll housebead transfer with tweezersafternoon workclay and animalsSlow and FastplaydoughDear Farmer Brown,Do these sound the same?On Thursday morning we listened to the story of The Mitten as told by Jan Brett, then acted it out.  The children took turns being the various animal characters and crawling into the parachute mitten, while the Niki character skipped around the room wandering the forest, not realizing he had dropped his mitten.animals in the mittenFor music Susan introduced some more animal songs, and we moved our bodies the way the animals might.  As pandas we reached across our bodies to gather and eat bamboo, as giraffes we reached up high to chomp leaves with our hand mouths, as elephants we took giant steps, lifting our knees up high, and as zebras we galloped across the plains.stomping like elephantspandas gathering bamboogiraffes reaching for leavesgalloping zebrasStoriesDuring Friday science we introduced the states of matter – liquid, solid, and gas.  We squished together as close as we could to become a solid, spread out a bit to become a liquid, then spread out a lot to become a gas.  We felt three balloons – one filled with gas, one with water, and one with ice, to see how they each take up space, and that gas and liquid can change shape, but solids retain their shape.  We also poured water into different containers to see how the “shape” of the water changes.catching a balloon filled with gasliquid, solid, gasfull of waterWe celebrated the most recent fourth birthday with some tasty chocolate vegetarian cupcakes topped with strawberries and blackberries. The birthday girl was so excited for the arrival of her special day! She proudly held the globe and orbited the candle sun while we named the seasons and counted the years, then we sang happy birthday before enjoying the tasty birthday treats.Happy Birthday!tasty cupcakes