Sunnybrook Montessori School

Montessori preschool & kindergarten in New Hampshire's North Country

When the Warm Winds Blow

catching snowflakesOur ice rink rapidly melted away throughout the week, leaving glorious mud and grass.  The children created a drainage system at the back end of the playground so that all of the rain water and snow and ice melt could flow down the back hill into the field below.  They loved watching the stream they created run through the playground and out under the fence.  They shoveled mud into sleds and hauled it across the playground, creating another giant mud spot.  We played a lot of freeze tag and word tag again.  It was great to be able to run and move, though the mud was almost as slippery as the ice! Tuesday ice . . .Last days for sleddingtravelling on the tunnelice in the gardenice removal crewbikinglots of water!digging a streamshoveling mudwhere did their arms go?!Yay mud!"Where are the worms?"For Monday art the children began creating flowers for centerpieces on the tables at the Welcome Spring Breakfast fundraiser being held on Saturday, March 19th.  The rest of the week they used rainbow color paints to create bright colorful works of art. rainbow painting 8drawingartart tablewritingsigned by the artistafternoon mazes and writingMagnatiles filled the sensory table, resulting in many animal houses, star wars ships, and crazy towers. magnatile structuresmagnatilesmagnatile towersDinosaurs were placed in the block area, and the children had a lot of fun playing with them and learning their names.
dinosaur timedinosaurs at the farmWe intermittently continued construction on our log cabin.  The children very carefully gripped the paper towel and toilet paper rolls between their fingers while hot glue was applied and very carefully attached them to the house, making sure to keep all skin away from the glue.
logs on the cabinin the cabinin the cabinpeek-a-booThis week was dedicated to the Iditarod, which started on Saturday, March 5th, and will last for about 1½ to 2 weeks.  We learned that the Iditarod is held annually in Alaska, and runs from Anchorage to Nome.  There are about 60 dog teams and mushers, and we learned a little bit about some of the lead mushers.  We learned that the Iditarod began in honor of an emergency serum run to bring aid to the people of Nome who were suffering from a Diphtheria outbreak in 1925 and about Togo, the dog who ran the longest leg of the serum run with little rest in harsh conditions.
listening to a storyMercury, Venus, Earth, Mars . . .fabric matching by feelfrom plant or animal?etch-a-sketchbalancingmoving with Suecounting and matching numbers"i" wordswriting the alphabetwill this balance?morning work

all the sounds in the wordsplanet nomenclaturepatternscylinder blockafternoon workhow many sounds in a word?For Friday science we read the story, How Big is a Foot?  We discussed the difference in foot size and measured each student’s feet.  They were excited to see that some of them had the same length feet.  They were introduced to a ruler, which is a standard length, but we used our own feet to measure different things around the classroom, recognizing that the “measurements” would not be the same due to the differences in the lengths of our feet.  They practiced walking heel to toe to get an accurate measurement, then wrote down their findings on their record sheets. how many feet accross?measuring the circle rugmeasuring the alphabet shelf heel to toeclayFriday afternoon workBooks we read:
books we read
Home by, Carson Ellis

Kiana’s Iditarod by, Shelley Gill and Shannon Cartwright

All Alone by, Kevin Henkes

In My Heart by, Jo Witek

Togo by, Robert J. Blake

How Big is a Foot? by, Rolf Myller

Yertle the Turtle by, Dr. Seuss

Giggle, Giggle, Quack by, Doreen Cronin

New Songs introduced:

Micheal Finnegan

Where is Thumbkin

She’ll be Coming Round the Mountain


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