Dear Families: We would like to welcome you to a new school year. We are so excited to have your child in our toddler class! We are looking forward to learning more about your child to help make this a fun year full of amazing growth. We believe that communication is the key to your child's success so please feel to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have. Our curriculum will include language arts, math, science, social studies, music and art which will be taught through hands on play. Children enjoy learning new things while they are playing.
Please bring in the following items: diapers for your child, change of clothes,light jacket or sweater for chilly fall days and a supply of wipes that we share with the class for changing and during painting or pasting art projects. So, give your child a big hug and kiss and we will be ready to give them a wonderful day!
Sincerely, Miss Amy & Miss Sue,Miss Allyssa, Miss Hong
September 11th- Today was our first full day without our parents. The children began to feel comfortable in our classroom. They enjoyed playing with Miss Hong & Miss Michelle. What fun we had in the playground. It was such a beautiful day and we got to stay there a little longer than usual!
September 12 - Today was a fun day and the children are becoming more comfortable in the room. In the playground some children joined with others in the sand box and on the slide. They waited their turn for the most part and they all had fun. We also decorated a picture frame for a photo of their first week of school. For the children in pull-ups please only send the ones that can be closed again. We cannot take off the child's pants and shoes to change a wet pull-up. Please label any cups from home with your child's 1st and last name. Remember: school begins at 9am and ends at 12 unless your child stays later with Miss Marlene. Children get upset if they don't see their parent when other children are picked up. Thank you September 13 - Our curriculum theme this week is All About Me and the children pasted photos of their eyes, nose, mouth, ears and hair on a blank outline of a face, We asked questions such as "where should you put your eyes?" and "should your nose go above your eyes or under your eyes?" This helps children understand words such as over, under, near and next to. We used our promethean board to see and listen to ABC's and Twinkle, Twinkle sung by a cartoon mouse and her friends. We are taking advantage of this beautiful weather playing outdoors and joining in the bean bag toss organized by Miss Hope.
September 14 - Today the children had their 1st music session with Mr. Mike. He brought special instruments, puppets and songs to share and teach our children. He played familiar songs with his guitar and mouth piano and some of the children clapped and danced along. We laughed when he brought out his vegetable puppets which made squeaky sounds. Some children just sat and listened to see what else Mr. Mike had up his sleeves! We will enjoy learning and singing with Mr. Mike every Thursday. September 15 - Today was a fun day and Miss Hong joined us in our classroom to sing, play and read us a story. Miss Hong will be with us every Monday and Friday! We sang 5 Little Monkey's Swinging from a tree and we all laughed when the alligator "snapped" the monkey right out of the tree! We joined Miss Marlene's class for Shabbat and we sang the "Chicken Soup" song where the children tell us what to add to our soup. Next was playground time and we were pleased to see the children playing with one another, Enjoy the weekend! September 18- What a great day learning about the colors blue and yellow. We got to play in the gym today which was a lot of fun for us. September 19 - Dear Families, We have some children with several allergies in our class and as always, our goal is to keep all of our children safe. To help keep our room as allergy free as possible we ask that you do not give your children peanut butter or any type of peanuts before school. Please wash your child's hands before you enter the classroom and the bathrooms are almost directly across from our classroom. We appreciate your help and understanding! As for today...we started working on our Counting Cookie Jar Charts. During circle time we will practice counting with those charts that each child created. This will encourage number recognition as the children become familiar with counting. Sue and I are noticing that the children are playing together more often. Our class is off to a great start for an amazing school year! September 20 - The children finished their number charts which are displayed on the bulletin board in our classroom. As I mentioned we will be using it every day to practice counting. Please look at the board and walls outside our classroom to see what your children have been working on. Remember: school is closed tomorrow and Friday and we look forward to seeing you next week! September 26 - The children created "their" house for this week's theme, Your House and Neighborhood. They glued different colored shapes for the house, roof, windows, door and chimney which allowed us to review shapes and colors in a fun and interesting way. The children enjoy arts and crafts and they always choose the colors they like best. Everyone seems to be comfortable and happy in our classroom. September 27 - We always take photos of the children at work and at play so please check out the bulletin board outside our classroom and notice your child's "house" with various photos they glued on. We will add more over the next few weeks. They love showing their friends their family photos on the inside of our door. So, please send in a family photo if you haven't already. Thanks! September 28 - The children created paper boats with sails as we began to learn about Columbus who sailed the ocean blue and discovered a new land. Their boats are displayed outside our classroom. We also enjoyed music with Mr. Mike and his funny vegetable puppets. We have noticed the children starting to "work" as a team during clean-up time when some children tell others to put away their toy! It is amazing to see the children getting along so well in such a short time together. October 3 - This week we are learning about Apples and Fall. We glued green tissue paper on a large tree to represent leaves turning colors that will fall off in Autumn. The children will collect leaves in the playground which we will add to the tree in our classroom. We read The Wind Blew by Pat Hutchins and watched the video on our Promethean board which made the story come alive for the children. October 4 - We collected leaves from the playground and glued them on paper to create a colorful Autumn collage. The children painted green leaves to top the tree trunk they glued on their choice of orange or yellow paper. Their work is displayed on the bulletin board outside our room. Please take a moment to check out the board when you drop off or pick up your child. We know they will be so proud to show you their art. Please remember to send in a family photo if you haven't done so already. October 10 - It's Fire Safety" week and during circle time we read a story that shows how fire fighters get ready to put out fires. Our art project today was pasting paper fire trucks, tires and ladder to display in our classroom. During class play time Miss Sue and I were so pleased to watch a few children cooperating while building a large structure. They all contributed to their project with some children picking blocks while others placed the blocks where another child directed. It usually takes some time for two year olds to play together and not just side by side so we are amazed at their progress as a class! October 11 - The children enjoyed painting red fire fighter helmets and gluing a badge with their name. They are "official" now! Please check out their paper fire trucks displayed inside our classroom complete with a picture of each child "driving". We spent some time riding cars and bikes in the indoor gym and then enjoyed playing in our playground. It is always a busy day in our toddler class and it is a fun time for all! October 16-Our class did a pumpkin investigation today. We saw all the seeds inside of our pumpkin. We felt the seeds and glued them on a pumpkin craft.Tuesday
October 17-Today we learned about Diwali! We made lanterns to decorate outside of our classroom for the Diwali celebration! We used different color paper, glitter and glue. They came out great! We took out LEGO’s and made towers while we counted the blocks.
October 18 Today we had our Diwali celebration. It was so much fun! The children learned all about the holiday, Diwali. Some parents from the school helped to arrange a special day introducing the children to Diwali traditions. The children were able to sample some traditional Indian sweets and they were able to paint their own Diwali candle holder. They had a great time! October 19 Today we made a pumpkin! We painted with orange paint and used green tissue paper for the stem. They came out beautiful. We also made our own fall tree using foam leaf stickers. We looked at all the different shapes and colors as we stuck them to the paper. Mr. Mike came to visit for music class! The children all enjoyed it. The fan favorite was “Old McDonald Had a Farm.” The children danced, sang and clapped along. It was so much fun ! October 20 What a beautiful day to play outside with our friends! Please look at all the wonderful work we have displayed in the hall and in our classroom!