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Sunnybrook Montessori School

Montessori preschool & kindergarten in New Hampshire's North Country

22 April, 2018
by Lyn

Fair vs Equal

Mud season continues with our finicky weather.  The children found the large hole under the crab apple tree to be an excellent place for digging.  The sandbox is now ice free and suitable for a cleaner digging spot.  We are hoping for sunshine and green grass to appear after vacation!making sand castlesa collection of sticksscooping mud and waterblowing a pinwheel that blew into the playgrounddigging a friend out of the mudsand boxWe read the story Right Outside My Window to introduce this week’s art activity.  The children selected mat board frames and created views of what one might see when looking out the window.  They saw gardens, animals, people, etc.  These works of art will be displayed during the last day art show.Right Outside My Windowa garden outside my windowplacing the window frameoutside my windowWe continued to learn about the various reptiles, and played a near and far game, where we would be near or far away from reptiles placed around the room, including snakes, lizards, turtles and tortoises, and alligators and crocodiles. We read How to Hide a Crocodile about reptile use of camouflage to hide from predators and prey. Some children then colored reptiles hiding in camouflage environments.reptile camouflage picturesWe celebrated our second sixth birthday of the year with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. The birthday girl passed out her birthday treats, then held the globe to orbit the sun while we named the seasons and counted her years on earth. Happy 6th birthday, birthday girl!passing out birthday peanut butter and jelly sandwiches6 years old!For Spanish with Zeanny we continued to learn about body parts, numbers, and the members of a familia with some stories, songs, and games. Zeanny read Las Familias and Me Madre es Fantastica. We then did a matching game. Zeanny described where each member of the family was, and the children took turns selecting the family member and placing them on their corresponding pictures.cha cha chaohosLas Familiasfamilia songdormirTuesday students had some fun in the afternoon with the stepping stones before heading home. With the rainy day keeping us inside, we had some energy to expend!Tuesday afternoon funover the stepping stonescrossing the riverThe dramatic play area has been transformed into a camp site, and the children have been loving it!  They enjoyed turning off the lights to make it nighttime.  They slept in the tent, caught fish in the pond, built a fire pit, prepared food over the fire, and roasted hot dogs and marshmallows on sticks.  They had so much fun together camping out.building a fireflames and roasting marshmallowshotdogs and marshmallowshow to put the removable handle on the potrocks for dinner?the camping crewWe introduced the terms FAIR and EQUAL.  First, everyone was given a T-shirt in Lyn’s size, so it would be equal.  We discovered quickly that just because it fit Lyn, didn’t mean it fit everyone else.  When putting the first T-shirt on a student, a second student pointed out that it was not that child’s size.  We realized that just because it was equal, did not mean that it was fair.  We then told all the children that if they could reach the stickers taped up high on the wall by standing on the floor, then they could have one.  We found that most of the students could not reach those stickers.  Although this was equal, because everyone had a turn to stand on the floor and try, it was not fair.  We asked what we could do to make it so everyone could get a sticker, and they suggested standing on a stool.  When the children who were unable to reach the stickers on their own were able to reach by standing on a stool, we recognized that this was not equal, but it was fair, as not everyone needed a stool to reach the stickers, but some did.  Finally, we took turns briefly trying on Lyn’s glasses and asked if everyone should have a pair just like them to make things equal, and they agreed that it was fair for Lyn to have glasses because she needs them, while others did not, so not having glasses if you don’t need them is fair.  The children defined EQUAL as everyone gets the same, and FAIR as everyone gets what they need.Lyn sized T-shirtstrying to reach the stickerstall enough to get a stickerLyn's glassesstanding on a stool to reach a stickerstanding on a stool and wearing a T-shirt in her sizedrawing with friendsnumber scrollsletter sound matchLegospounding golf T'smath worklego timetaking down her paintingReptiles in the doll house?scooping rocks and finding numbersmath workwriting worknumber scrollstory sequencingliteracy tabletree parts puzzleafternoon literacy workadding butterflies20'sblock roads and secret hiding spotsOn Thursday morning we did some yoga movements with the Kira Willey CD, Dance for the Sun. The children had so much fun doing sun salutations, downward dog, frog hops, etc., that they requested three yoga series.  It felt good to stretch and move our bodies.swaying like a tree in the windchild's poseWe continued to practice songs for the end of year performance with Susan, and she began discussing the various props and roles that students could play during the performance.  After vacation the kindergarten students will become involved in planning and preparing for the performance.

For Friday science we read the story The Penny.  In the story, a father was sad as he took apart the sailboat named the Penny, and later told his daughter stories about how his grandfather had built the sailboat and how the father had sailed it as a young boy.  We then discussed the sink and float activity we did several weeks ago, and the children recalled which materials floated, and which sank.  They recalled that although the metals sank, the one that was shaped like a bowl did not, unless it got water in it, and although rubber materials sank, the bracelet that was filled with air did not. The children then used a variety of materials to construct their very own boats, including wax, ping-pong balls, aluminum foil, tape, wooden popsicle sticks, bottles & plastic containers, straws, and pipe cleaners.  The challenge was to see how many marbles their boats could hold.  They discovered that some of the most basic boats floated, while more complex boats sank or tipped.  We probed to see what the concerns were with the boats that were sinking and how to change the next boat so that it would stay afloat.  Many of the children were very engaged with the activity and enjoyed creating and testing a variety of boats throughout most of the morning.a basic boat holds several marblesmolding wax for a boatA ping pong ball boat floats very well!a little tippya aluminum foil boat with a clipDo the bottles float with marbles in them? Do they float with water in them?testing lots of boatsa raft of sticksmodifying boats so they stay afloat

15 April, 2018
by Lyn


waterways in the sandWe are ready for green grass, so we got busy chopping up the ice and removing it from the yard.  It was another muddy week playing in puddles and digging in the sand box and the brown gloopy mud.  Hopefully spring will be arriving for real very soon!ice in the waterscooping waterice chunks in a bucketloading up and hauling away the icethe pink and purple crewfriend hugscrazy rockingice chunksThe Ice Queen and her ice dragon eggsFor art on Monday we did radial designs – drawing, coloring, and cutting out circles, then cutting them into quarters.  Each quarter was then glued to the corner of a colored square paper.  The children used their creative brains to come up with unique patterns.a quarter in each cornergluing on the pie piecescutting around his big circleradial designsIn honor of Earth Day, during the week the children used blue and green liquid watercolors to dab spots all over a coffee filter, then spray it with water to make the color spread, creating an earth.  They then traced and cut out their hands, a rather challenging undertaking.  When the blue and green Earths were dry, the children pasted their hands with a heart made by the connected fingers over the center of the Earth.dotting blue and green & cutting out hands of loveI love Earthcutting out handsSome special visitors came on Tuesday to teach us about local fresh water fish, specifically three types of trout.  Andy Schafermeyer, a fish biologist, and conservation officer Glen Lucas, brought a cooler full of live trout for us to examine and hold.  Andy introduced the fish by first showing us pictures.  First he showed us a trout that is colored like a rainbow, and we determined that it is a rainbow trout.  Then he showed us a trout that is all brown, and we figured out that it is a brown trout.  Finally, he showed us a trout that lives primarily in brooks, earning the name brook trout.  When we had the trout sufficiently identified, he put some in some special boxes he made with clear panels, then he and officer Lucas brought them around for us to examine.  Finally, those children who wanted to, had a chance to hold a trout.  Andy discussed with us how fish need to be in the water to breath, and they live in cold water.  He asked us to think about how warm our hands are, so that when we held the fish we kept in mind to only hold them for short periods of time so they would not cook in our hands and they could get back into the water to breath.  The children LOVED holding the fish, including some of the tiny fry.Andy and Officer Lucas telling us about trouttouching the trouttalking to officer Lucaslooking at the little frybeing careful with the brook troutnot so sure she wants to hold itholding a fishjust a fingerchatting with a rainbow troutsort of slimyBrook Troutsquirmy fisha wiggly one!rainbow troutholding a troutFor Spanish, Zeanny continued to focus on numbers and body parts, and began to introduce families.  We sang the cabeza, hombros, piernes, pies song (head, shoulders, knees & feet).  She read us a story about a bebe (baby) and how the family tried to figure out why it was sad, then sang a family song with finger puppets.  To wrap up we played a number game, where our boat was sinking and we had to get in the life boats, according to how many they could hold.  When she would hold up a number, we had to get together in groups of that number.  It was crazy but fun!Cabeza
the familia songWe celebrated the most recent 4th birthday.  The birthday boy passed out slices of blue frosted cake to everyone before preparing for his travels around the sun.  He showed us all that he is now four, then carefully held the globe while quickly orbiting the candle while we listed the seasons and counted his birthdays.  After being serenaded with the Happy Birthday song, he blew out the candle and everyone enjoyed their tasty birthday cake.  Happy birthday 4-year-old!4 years old!blowing out the candleWe did some challenging big body movements and learned some new skills.  We balanced and hopped on one foot and tried to do so without holding on to anything.  We practiced our galloping, and some of us even practiced skipping.  We attempted jumping jacks, starting out slowly in an I, then becoming an A.  We also tried making an X with our bodies, then bending and touching the opposite foot, going back up into an X, then bending and touching the opposite foot with the other hand.cvc word readingfinding numbers in the rocksreading and writing about goats in Ranger Rick
l and ireading Big Maxcutting worka home for the reptilesnumber scroll 20s100 piece dinosaur puzzle assembly team worktable workfinding letters & cutting out the hemispherespaintingwritingchallenging constructionwashing paintbrushesafternoon mathcutting diagonal linestrinomial cube & fish countingelements puzzle blocksnumber scrollcrazy reptile housesAs dramatic play interest has dwindled, we took down our ocean wonderland and took some time suggesting and voting on ideas for a new theme.  The children decided on a camp site/fairy forest/flower garden, all suggestions that had been nominated several times before but not yet selected.  We decided that combining these themes would make a good match.  The children started by moving our forest trees back from the science area and planning the supplies we would need and what we will need to construct.  The children listed a fire pit, a tent, a hiking path, fireworks in the sky at night, and some animals.  We will get busy next week assembling the site.

For music we began selecting and practicing (with actions & movements) some of the songs that we will sing at the last day/graduation celebration, including Black Bear Cub, There’s a Spider on the Floor, and Five Green and Speckled Frogs.Three Green and Speckled FrogsOne Green and Speckled FrogWhile Lyn met with families on Friday, Susan and Tammy did a fun activity about camouflage and blending in with the environment.  Susan cut out and hid squares of bright colored, brown, and green papers all over the room.  The children then went on a hunt for the squares, bringing them back to the middle rug, where they lined them up to graph them.  They counted and discovered that they located many more brightly colored papers than those that matched the environment.  After recognizing this, they returned to hunt some more, and discovered many more camouflaged papers.  They then selected a lizard picture, which they colored, drawing an environment around it in which it would be camouflaged.