Sunnybrook Montessori School

Montessori preschool & kindergarten in New Hampshire's North Country


waiting in the dugoutBaseball, tag, construction work, races, biking, and many make believe games took place on the playground.  It was great to be outside and active so much even with the constant cloud to pitch properlyHelping him into the proper batting stancebatter upshovelsa mud holethe gangrunning away from SueWorking under the treeconstruction zonecaution: big holeFor Monday art the children learned about Henry Matisse and how he used scissors to cut out colored paper and paste it in patterns to create art.  The children then took their Eric Carle painted papers and cut them into shapes, which they pasted in patterns or pictures, just as Matisse and Carle do.
creating collagesMatisse artbutterly collagecut and paste artMatisse/Carle art collagesWe read a book that Sue brought in called Right Outside My Window by Mary Ann Hoberman, then each of the children took some time to draw a picture of what they see out the window.  They are pretty fantastic, and we are excited to display them on the last day of school for everyone to see. When you look out your window, what do you see?outside my window I see . . .I saw a skunk out my windowThere was water in the sensory table, and the children had a lot of fun pouring, stirring, fishing, washing the baby, and squirting water.  They did well staying dry and keeping the water in the table.
squirting waterwater in the sensory tablescoopingwater playwashing the babyThis week we started to learn about clouds.  We read that clouds are named according to how high they are in the sky, and what shape they are.  Clouds that are really high are Cirrus, those in the middle are Alto, and the lowest clouds are stratus clouds.  We also talked about which clouds will bring rain, and those that will bring thunderstorms.

We learned a new term: erosion.  We looked at pictures of landforms and other types of erosion caused by water, including bridges, canyons, and rivers.  We also examined smooth, rounded river rocks eroded to smoothness by rushing river waters pushing the rocks together, and smoothed driftwood.  It is amazing to think that water can carve away earth and rock.

On Thursday we opened up the front of the piano and looked inside.  We observed the very complex action that takes place when the keys are pushed, causing the hammer to strike the string.  We discussed whether it is a percussion or string instrument, and everyone had differing opinions.  The children were all excited to have a turn playing and watching the action.  We even tried out the three pedals to observe what each one does – one quiets the piano, one makes it louder, and the third holds the note.  After taking turns at the piano we chose instruments to play and some children took turns being the conductor. inside the pianowatching the pin and hammer mechanismobserving the actionconductingmaestro
reading to friendswriting timegiving a helping handreading word listsGo Fish!last sound in "hat"letter writingforward rollsnumber scrollreadingbeginning sound sortcolorful picturespuzzles"i" wordsa new book to readbuilding wordsletter tracingthe zipperSadly, our tadpoles did not live long enough to turn into frogs.  The egg waste may have been too much for the amount of water, and by Wednesday they had all expired.   I will have to do some research and figure out what to do differently next time.

The children requested that we set up the doctor’s office/ambulance/ER again, so we pulled out the tools and they got busy brainstorming how to go about setting it up and what will be needed.  We will get some more ideas on Monday from the Teddy Bear clinic about how to proceed.  In the meantime, they were very creative with their set up.
headed to the ERpaging Dr. JonesFriday students had fun with science.  They were introduced to the terms dissolve, solution, and suspension.  We learned that things that dissolve (break down into tiny pieces we can’t see) in water form a solution, while those that don’t break down form a suspension.  We tested ten different cooking items to see if they dissolved or not, then checked them off on the chart.
does it dissolve?testing salt solubilityflour does not dissolveFriday was so beautiful that the children did not want to go inside at the end of the recess, so they requested a picnic, which we had, then spent a busy afternoon outside digging, playing, and hunting for sticks, flowers, and natural items on the bank behind the playground.

We are not learning any new songs right now, as we are working to solidify the songs we will perform on the last day.

Books we read this week: Our stories this week
The Iridescence of Birds by, Patricia MacLachlan

Henry Matisse Drawing with Scissors by, Jane O’Connor

Right Outside My Window by, May Ann Hoberman

Clouds by, Anne Rockwell

Water is Water by, Miranda Paul

One by, Kathryn Otashi

A Bad Case of Stripes by, David Shannon


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