Sunnybrook Montessori School

Montessori preschool & kindergarten in New Hampshire's North Country

4 June, 2022
by Lyn


We arrived to a Monday morning surprise. The butterfly had emerged overnight from the chrysalis we found last week. It was so exciting to watch it fly around. Sadly one of its’ wings is damaged, so it would not survive out in the world, so we have kept it in its’ enclosure. Our original research said on average a butterfly lives for about 2 weeks, but upon identifying it as a white admiral butterfly, it has been discovered that this particular species typically lives for 4 months.

a Tuesday morning surpriseit emergedbees and butterflies

The weather brought clouds and just right temperatures – not too hot and not too cold. We love being able to put on shoes and run outside to grab a bike and race around, do some digging, make some mud, collect some creatures, and go on adventures with friends.

santa and his elf delivering giftspush and pullpea seedsofficers on patrolMakenna in jailinsect habitatfinding toadsdigging out to reset the tunneldig itclass photostanding in a puddlemore rock and pot paintingmud monstermud soupReady, set, go

During sign with Rose on Tuesday the children practiced the alphabet, spelled some names, signed and sang “Sally the Camel”, and read a story about Franklin the Turtle.

bfKFranklin and friends

We ran through our Bee presentation, but focusing these last few weeks are hard, so we are minimizing things to keep it brief. The children have learned a lot about bees and are excited to share all of their knowledge.

working on her presentationrock collectionredperforming on the stagepencil workLego timebeesgreencoloringbelly breathing with rocksexamining beesmore legossleeping queensthe work stationthings that begin with yworking in the house

We had two spanish 4 students from the high school visit to tell us about Puerto Rico and symbols that have been found painted on rocks that were used to tell stories. They shared some rocks they painted and showed us symbols to represent agua (water), caricol (snail), rana (frog), sol (sun), tortuga (turtle) and bebe (baby). They showed us some rocks they had painted, then each child got a rock to paint with symbols, and then a pot and dish to paint and plant some marigolds they brought.

introducing Puerto Ricosome spanish wordsrock paintingpotsgetting soil for the flowerswatering her flowerplantingplanting timeadding soilpots and rocks

Kindergarten students and some future kindergarteners worked on their reading, writing, sentence formation, continent maps, number work, etc. Each day they did a brief focus activity then spent time on work of their choice.

article, adjective, noun, verbA reader reading to everyonerhyming wordsreading rhyming wordsbuilding sentencescontinent map workContinent MapcreatingMat satMore Piggie and Geraldmore readingwriting100 boardab wordsan author at workap words

Our last Friday science was focused on the final sense – taste. The children tasted a variety of food items including cheese, black beans, ham, pretzels, olives, chocolate, lime, orange, apple, peach and dragon fruit. They shared whether it was sweet, salty, sour, savory, or bitter. They also explored texture, both in their hands and in their mouths, and smell. The final food item we hoped to taste was a coconut, and we had fun drilling out the eyes to drain the water, then cracking it open, but unfortunately it was moldy so we didn’t get to taste it.

sour limeshe likes this onelime facenot a fan of dragon fruitdragon fruit is okaydragon fruit fiendthumbs upsmashing the coconutsmashed coconut


27 May, 2022
by Lyn

Hunters and Gatherers

The leaves are covering the trees, the temperatures were just right, the dandelions have gone to seed and the caterpillars, toads, slugs, worms, beetles, flies, birds, spiders and various other little creatures have been hunted, gathered, examined, and released back to their natural habitats. All the little scientists love collecting and watching and studying any living creature they can find. Friday students wanted to be farmers, so we brought out a big box of older seeds given to us by the Root Seller. The children selected some to take home and dug up soil to plant others. We discussed concerns about planting in the playground, but they wanted to give it a try, so we will see if our gardens grow this summer!

anyone want a slug?dandelionsa habitat for insectstaking a breakcontinuing work on the holechecking out the collectionworking on our presentationbalancingtake off shoes as you enter, pleasea chrysalisKyleh showing the children the group photossharing petson patrolthe caterpillar sanctuarycozy spotstalking to the toada collection of tent moth caterpillarscreepy crawlylook at the caterpillar climbing on the brancha caterpillar playgroundslidinga funny insect with big white eyesa small toad friendsetting up the balla spectator in the standsselecting seedsplanting some carrotscreating a gardenseeds for plantingpumpkins and cucumbers and corn

The children were introduced to sheets of beeswax that was formed into panels of hexagons. They used a wax coated wick and a sheet of beeswax to roll up a candle. They also colored and cut out a bee mask to wear (if they want) for the presentation.

bees wax sheetsrolling waxmaking it tighttrying to straighten it outwicks in wax

Rose sang and signed “The Bees Go Buzzing One By One” all up to 10 (different from the version we wrote) and we tried our best to keep up with her speedy signing. She read Franklin Fibs, about Franklin the turtle who tells a fib, then feels bad about it and struggles with how to tell the truth. We finished up with five more student butterflies as we sang and signed the “Five Little Butterflies” song.

The Bees go buzzing three by threeFranklin FibsFive little butterflies

The students helped Michelle mix up some cloud dough, then had a fabulous time playing it in!

flour and oil for cloud doughmixing up the cloud doughcloud dough funa little flour on the face

Group times this week were focused on rehearsing for our Bee presentation, practicing our bee songs, and reading stories.

The Bees Go Buzzing One by One

watching a chrysalis they founda robot for her fatherindoor hammering projectworking on bee projectsalphabet soup with Makennanumber scrollsassembling the fairy castle puzzlea rhyming puzzlealphabet soupnumber writing practicesequencing a storythe 20'smatching letters to words

Kindergarten students chose their own work this week, selecting to work on their story writing, number writing, number identification, and several students chose to do a reading activity where they had to match the rhyming words. They did some syllable clapping, clapping and identifying the number of syllables in each of their names – both given and nicknames – and those of their classmates and teachers.

Fly Guywritingreading workwriting about her weekend planting with momThe Small Pigcut, read, and match rhyming wordsreading and matching rhyming words & pin punchingone syllable in her name1, 2, 3 syllablesclap, claphis name has two syllablesmy friend's name has 3 syllables

During Friday science we explored a fourth sense; smell! We read Thank You, Omu! about a grandmother who cooks up some thick red stew and everyone in the neighborhood smells it and comes knocking on her door. We learned that Omu is Igbo, one of the languages spoken in Nigeria, for queen, but it is the term the author used for her grandmother growing up. We then did some smelling and guessing. Lyn attempted hide items from view and the children closed their eyes, being respectful to others by keeping their guesses in their heads until everyone had a chance to smell before sharing what they thought they had smelled. They smelled hay, cinnamon, ripe banana, chocolate, dish soap, onion, orange, watermelon, onion, and lilacs. They then did a little tasting, too. (The photos were posed after the fact).

watermelonsniffing lilacsthe scent of chocolateover ripe banana smells goodsniffing an onion

22 May, 2022
by Lyn


Sunnybrook Montessori School is in a transition Phase. After ten years as the Director and Lead Teacher, Lyn is moving on to a dream job of working in a library. She will join the team at the Whitefield Public Library to help bring books to life and assist in deepening community connections, programming, and collaborations.

We are seeking just the right fit to lead our vibrant community of learners. Please click this link to access the Post for the Position of Director & Lead Teacher.

To apply, please submit a letter of intent, resume, 3 resources, and copy of your transcripts showing the relevant courses needed to be Director & Lead Teacher qualified as outlined in the NH Child Care Licensing Rules (pg. 68-69) to [email protected]

21 May, 2022
by Lyn


There was a lot of energy this week so we spent a lot of time outside, where the children were so busy buzzing around with the bees.  They were digging a giant hole in the back end of the playground, biking all over, playing catch, watching the cable guys work on the lines, having pool noodle battles, playing in puddles, hunting for and collecting worms, slugs, snails, beetles, moths, and toads, building fortresses and forts and hideouts, picking flowers, creating collections of nature items, examining flowers and insects with magnifying glasses, and going on adventures.
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The children worked with Michelle to plant flower seeds in the bollards out front.
planting seedsplanting nasturtiums
The Seeds and Sunbeams students had their final session with Emily on Monday.  They picked dandelions and made dandelion chains and crowns and necklaces and bracelets.

We began work on end of year self portraits to compare with our beginning of the year self portraits (for those who did them).
blondself portraithere are my armsmixing up just the right color
We practiced our bee songs and started to finish up our projects for our Bee Presentation.
painting bees
During sign language with Rose we practiced the alphabet and insect signs, then read the Piggie and Gerald story, I Am Invited to a Party!.  We wrapped up with the Five Little Butterflies song, and five different students had a turn to wear the wings and be butterflies.
Hurry, Hurry spray the watercvbeepartyfive little butterflies
We played an insect action game.  The children took turns rolling large dice, then turning over the corresponding number card and everyone did the insect action on the opposite side, such as flutter like a butterfly, pollinate like a bee, buzz like a fly, hop like a grasshopper, chirp like a cricket, etc.
6+3=9chirp like a cricketchew like a beetlepollinate like a beebalancingword matchblueprintta damusic classLego timemuggetsdoing a little readingreading Fly Guy

We celebrated a fifth birthday. The birthday girl very, very, very slowly orbited the sun as we slowly listed the seasons and counted her birthdays. She shared tasty popsicles to celebrate and the children were excited to lick up a grape, tangerine, or cherry pop.  Happy Birthday, birthday girl!
orbitingpopsiclesenjoying their birthday popsicles
Kindergarten students read a series of poems, then wrote their own, brainstorming about rhyming words to create rhyming poems.  They practiced identifying numbers into the hundreds, taking turns both guessing and writing them.  They chose their own math and/or literacy work, with many students choosing to create story books or reinforce their number learning.
writing poetry about their familieshundred boardMarch, March, March, March77writing a number for everyone to readtelling him a number to writeDuring Friday science we explored our sense of touch.  We touched jars that were hot or cold to different areas of our skin to feel temperature, we lightly trailed our fingers up our arms, then gripped our forearms tightly to feel varied pressure, we felt texture that was rough or smooth, and we felt the soft rug and the hard floor.  We then pulled items from a feely bag, using our sense of touch to guess what they were. We discussed how we use our different senses to experience the world, and that through these experiences, we can use our other senses, such as sight, to identify “touch” senses without actually touching, such as hardness, temperature, and texture because our brains have learned what these “look” like through our experiences with wood, snow, sandpaper, etc.
a fenceno peekinga hat blindfoldmatching fabrics by feel