Sunnybrook Montessori School

Montessori preschool & kindergarten in New Hampshire's North Country


examining squirrel tracks

Harold and his Purple Crayon introduced drawing lines to Monday students in the story by Crocket Johnson. We read Lines That Wiggle by Candace Whitman and The Line by Paula Bossio then watched a video where an artist demonstrated how to draw a portrait using one long line without picking up your pencil even once! Some artists gave it a try and discovered it was quite tricky to draw a whole picture using just one line.

Rose continued to review and introduce mammal signs. She did a fun activity where the children sorted some stuffed animals into groups. The children determined whether the animals had hair, four limbs, gave live birth, and nursed their babies or not to figure out if they were mammals or not mammals. We sang “Hurry, Hurry, Drive the Fire Truck” and “Sally the Camel Has 5 Humps.”

hurry, hurry climb the laddermammal4 limbsmilkmotherDoes it have hair? 4 limbs? Give live birth?Is it a mammal, or not a mammal?Sally the camel has 4 humpsSally the camel has no humps, because Sally is a horse, of course!

We watched videos of different animals walking. We observed how they moved their legs and learned the names for the different ways of moving. We observed a bear, which waddles like raccoons and skunks, who walk by moving both legs on one side at the same time, then both legs on the other. We tried it out and found it was kind of tricky to move that way. We then watched a deer walking, which is a diagonal or perfect walker, just like cats, dogs, foxes, and coyotes, who walk by alternating their feet. Most of us found this was the easiest way to move as it is the way humans move naturally when crawling and walking. We watched a mink moving, who is a bounder like fishers, otters, and weasels, moving both front feet then back feet. Finally we watched a rabbit galloping, who moves by placing their front feet down then hopping their back feet in front of their front feet, just like squirrels, mice, and groundhogs, so when we find their tracks in the snow, their big back feet are ahead of their little front feet prints. Some of us found this to be the hardest way to move.

waddling like a bearF has a tiger on her head . . .a yak, a deer, and a wolf on their heads

The children had fun taking turns performing The Mitten by, Jan Brett.

along came a badgera great big bear climbed inthe mouse tickled the bears nose and the bear sneezed and all the animals came tumbling outAaaaaa ca chooooo

It was a pretty chilly week with minimal sunshine but we did our best to stay warm running around, sledding, chopping up snow & ice, going on adventures, and looking for tracks.

heart icegoing for a ridesleeping while sleddingin the housethe welcoming committeeea snow personall cozythe bucket snowman

We returned to discussing steps and strategies for problem solving. As an implementation site for the Pyramid Model, which we began this year, we were given some great materials to use in the classroom. First we looked at an emotional regulation scale, showing a child from calm to distressed and talked about taking breaths to send oxygen to the brain and help calm ourselves. The children then shared some examples of problems that might need to be solved. We read a story about the steps to follow to solve a problem and some solutions we could try.

painting partnersassembling the human bodysand play with Rosesnap circuits fan helicopterup it goes!flipping the switchshowing the girls how to gently place the fanbuilding wordsperfecting fine motor skills with very careful tracing workexamining the brain partstheir super cool animal shelter castlewatching the wash agitatewhere do the lungs go?Sleeping Queens with Makennaballet dancerspin punching shapesThe fortress

The Medical Clinic was busy this week with so many patients getting exams, X-rays, vaccinations, and medical advice. I was told my heart was broken and would never be better again. It was a very sad day for this patient! Those nurses, doctors, and EMTs were very busy! They even had do dodge some wizarding spells when a Harry Potter invasion took over the clinic.

adding stripes to the ambulancered stripes on the back doorshere are your internal organspicking up patients in the ambulancetreating the patientlet's take your blood pressure and give you some shotsfilling out the intake formsthis baby needs some shotsoff to pick up a patientlistening for the heartbeatMichelle is in rough shapeDr. E

Kindergarten students chose their own math and literacy work. They did some sight word reading and a sight word word search. They listened to some addition and subtraction word problems, determined if it was an addition or subtraction problem, then used pictures, tally marks, fingers, rocks, flat glass marbles or counting in their heads to determine the solution to each problem.

number scrollreadingfinding sight wordsandthereturning to some writing workA panda had 7 stalks of bamboo.  It ate 4.  How many stalks of bamboo were left?pin punching their continents

Friday students did some skeleton dancing and were introduced to the names of the major bones on our bodies. We learned that all mammals (as well as reptiles, amphibians, birds, and most fish) have skeletons of bone (or cartilage) and they share the names. The head bone is always a skull, no matter what animal it belongs to, as is the femur, ribs, vertebrae, pelvis, etc. After several introductions to the names of the different bones the children took turns finding the bones on our skeleton, John. They identified the clavicle, vertebrae, femur, patella, pelvis, ribs, skull, and shoulder blades.

The skeleton dancethe hip bone's connected to the backbonefemurclaviclepelvisskullribs12 pairs of ribs is 12+12=24

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