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Sunnybrook Montessori School

Montessori preschool & kindergarten in New Hampshire's North Country

14 September, 2018
by Lyn
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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 them.music 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
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Beginnings

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!

 

14 August, 2018
by Lyn
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Mandated Lead Testing Results

On February 8, 2018, Governor Sununu signed Senate Bill 247 Prevention of Childhood Lead Poisoning.  This law requires that all schools and licensed childcare facilities test lead in drinking water at all locations where water is available for consumption by children. Upon receipt of sample results, we are required to post them to our website and/or send letters to families informing you of the results and next steps.  Any locations showing 15 ppb (0.015 mg/L) or higher must be remediated.

We collected first draw samples from both the kitchen and bathroom sinks.  They were tested by the NH certified laboratory ENDYNE in Lebanon, NH.

The bathroom sink tested at 0.0068 mg/L.

The kitchen sink (our primary drinking water source) tested at 0.0060 mg/L.

Both are well below the level of concern.

If you would like a copy of the report, please e-mail me at [email protected] and I will e-mail you a copy.