Sunnybrook Montessori School

Montessori preschool & kindergarten in New Hampshire's North Country

Mix It Up

retrieving the frisbeeTis the season for running away and running after and running around.  There were lots of versions of chase and tag played.  We continued to find worms throughout the week, rolling over logs and stumps and blocks and searching any other spot they might hide.  We raked up the leaves and sticks and removed some of the toys to tidy up the playground.  We played lots of frisbee and soccer, so there are some bruised shins walking around.
WORM!rolling the logworms and waterthe sled trainscooping waterthe tankworking as a team to move the logfinding wormsscoopwalking our wallhelping a friend tie his shoeone fancy sand castlea block housesoccer gameMonday art was very much a process over product project.  The students drew shapes or pictures on blocks of wood, then carefully used hammers to pound nails in around the shapes.  They then wrapped string around the nails in a colorful pattern.  It was a good lesson on patience, focus, precision, coordination, and control.
pounding the nails into the blocks of woodhammering nailscarefully hammering and wrappingwrapping the stringnail and string artMixed-up Cat art was introduced to all students for the art activity of the week.  The children drew an animal (mostly cats) then drew lines through them to create color division blocks.  They produced some pretty fun art, some of which we even got to display for a few days.  Mother’s day pictures were also finished up and wrapped.
Mother's Day pictureMixed-up cat picturesmulticolored catdrawing the catsmixed-up artWork continued on the Emergency Services Station.  It is coming along slowly but surely.  A fire hose was brought in.  The vehicles are almost completed.  A house with fire was erected.  Medical supplies were brought out (thank you Shannon family!) and put to use.  The children continue to brainstorm ideas, and we will continue to assist them in their implementation.
cutting out the letters for POLICEpasting the letters on the POLICE caradding windows and doors to our buildingEMTs tending to an accident victimemergency services at worka house on fireemergency services on the wayOur study of the continent of Australia began with an exploration of the many animals that are unique to this continent and the varied climates, from tropical to desert.  Some of these unique animals include a group of marsupials, including wombats, Tasmanian devils, koalas (which are NOT bears), kangaroos, and wallabies.  There are also flightless birds, including emus, cassowaries and kiwis.   There are platypus and echidna, the only egg laying mammals, frilled lizards, leafy sea dragons, and wobbegongs.  We also learned that some outside species that were introduced, including camels and dogs (dingos), have become feral and roam wildly across the land.  We learned that a large section of the continent is very sparsely inhabited by humans, and this area is called the outback.
Australian animals in their caves and burrowsreadingtransferusing picture cards to make up a storyrhyming picture matchFamily Funcloud nomenclature cardswooden word card word matchingbuilding a fairy castleletters on the light tablewater bottles from shortest to tallestpuzzle teamwriting and drawing workdoll housei word match workMorning worknumber scrollsfine motor workStories from the weekDr. Debra came for her final health presentation on Thursday to teach us about the importance of sunscreen and why we use it. We discussed how the sun can burn our skin, which damages it, and the children shared their experiences and observations of sun damage, such as red, painful burns that cause dry and peeling skin. Dr. Debra did an experiment with us, where we observed UV beads that were colorless inside, but when exposed to the sunshine became bright pink and purple. In one bag, the beads were unprotected and changed color. In a second bag they were coated with sunscreen and they did not change color.
UV beads changing color in the sun vs those covered with sunscreenFor Science the Friday students learned about the heart, a most important muscular organ, which continuously pumps blood to the lungs to get oxygen, then out to all the parts of the body.  We read The Body – Heart and learned all about how the heart works and why it is important.  We located our hearts, then felt and listened to our heart beats with hands and stethoscopes.  We did some dancing and jumping and discovered that our hearts beat faster when we exercise.  The children then became the heart, lungs, head, legs, hands, and blood flowing through veins and arteries.  The heart person pushed the blood to the lungs, where they became oxygen rich, then returned to the heart, who then pushed them out to the head, feet, and arms, where they exchanged their oxygenated blood for deoxygenated blood, then returned to the heart to continue the cycle.  We decided it was still a pretty tricky process to understand after completing several rounds.
dancing and jumping with ribbons to increase heart rateexercisingthe heart pumping blood out to the bodyOne of our friends brought eggs to show us how he taps holes in the ends then blows them out. Everyone was very interested and excited to have him blow out an egg for them, which we washed out and will paint once dry.
showing how to make holes in an egg and blow it out

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