Dear Parents, It was wonderful to meet you last Wednesday at Parent-Teacher Night! I look forward to an exciting and fun year ahead with you and your little ones! Please remember to bring the folowing items into school with you this week: - 1 Folder - A light jacket for your child to keep in the classroom - A change of clothes (shirt, pants, socks, underwear) in a clear plastic bin with a lid (state law dictates we can no longer keep plastic bags in our classroom) - A blanket your child likes to lay with Please make sure all of your child's items are clearly labeled with their name. Also, remember that we love to re-use paper-towel rolls and old magazines!
THIS WEEK (10/16-10/20)
October 16 - Welcome to a nice long five day week! We did a lot of handwriting and literacy today! We started our letter "P" pumpkins and we finished our letter P handwriting worksheet. We also sang some Halloween songs and did some handwriting practice at the Promethean Board - go to the picture section to take a look. At the end of the day, we played with shape blocks and tried to think of different ways to make a hat, a dog, and a train. See you tomorrow!
October 17 - Today we did our weekly reader, finished our letter "P" pumpkins, and did some "touch math." We put numbers 1-5 in the correct order on a piece of paper and put the correct number of stickers on each number! The students did very well with it - they needed little to no help to complete it!
October 18 - Today we had our Diwali celebration! We had so much fun with our friends! We got to decorate clay pots called "Diyas" and dress up in tradition Indian clothing. The best part was all the wonderful traditional Indian dishes we got to taste! After our celebration, we came back to the classroom and played in literacy centers, ate lunch, played outside, and learned about our new letter "B" with Mat Man! What a great day we had!
October 19 - Today we continued the letter B by practicing our phonics cards and making a "B" butterfly! We had lots of fun singing and dancing with Mr. Mike in music. Finally, at the end of the day, we used oral story-telling to tell our friends what our Halloween costumes are, or what we would like to be for Halloween, before we went home.
10/20/2017 - We had a very fun-filled, packed day here at Iken! First, we celebrated Shabbat with our friends across the hall in Miss Vicki's class. We had an exciting JumpBunch class, where we jumped a lot, learned how to throw a football, got some exercise, and had to follow multi-step directions. We continued our work with the letter "B" by practicing our handwriting. Finally, at the end of the day, we talked about spiders and their webs. We talked about why a spider spins its web - to catch insects! We touched contact paper and talked about how it is sticky, like a spiderweb. We wondered how spiders don't stick to their own webs. Then, we dipped our fingers into water and touched the contact paper again - our fingers didn't stick! We found out that spiders have a chemical on their skin that stops them from sticking to their own webs! Finally, we got to make our own spiderwebs by putting yarn on contact paper - the spiderwebs are hanging in our room!
THIS WEEK (10/10-10/11)
October 10 - Today we read about firemen, painted our firefighter hats, and learned all about the letter "P." We went through our letter "P" flashcards and discussed how to make a "P," before doing handwriting practice on slates, with Mat Man, and with a pencil on paper. We also took a nature walk to see how the leaves were changing. And of course, we did plenty of playing! It was a nice day back after the long weekend!
October 11 - Today we celebrated our friend Wynston's birthday! We also had fun taking handfuls of pompoms and counting them, making the correct number of circles to show how many we took, and writing the number! Also, after discussing firefighters and what they do for us in more detail, we finished our firefighter hats! Look for them in your child's folders! Reminder: There is no school tomorrow and Friday. Have a great long weekend, and we'll see you on Monday!
THIS WEEK (10/2-10/4)
October 2 - Today we started learning about the letter "D"! We sang and assembled Mat Man together, before making D's with his lines and curves. We learned that a "D" is just a big line and a big curve! We also made letter D's with clay! Before lunch, we got into our math centers and made "counting apple trees" (the worksheet was sent home today)! The children had to choose a number of apples from 1-5, dot them onto their tree, and then write the number of apples on the tree trunk! We had a great day!
October 3 - Today we made an "apple tree" to hang up in our room! We cut out red apples and glued them on the tree; then we took pictures of ourselves and glued them onto our apple! Now we have our smiling faces looking at us all day on our classroom wall! We also got a chance today to go to the "Big TV" - the Promethean board, and play a fun pumpkin game. Finally, we did handwriting practice and phonics review with our letter of the week - "D." See you tomorrow!
October 4 - We learned a ton in Miss Christina's class today! After circle time, we started our day by making a number line, based on the book "Ten Apples Up On Top" by Dr. Seuss. After we did our number line and danced our wiggles out, we got into literacy centers and finished letter D handwriting practice, and made letter D "donuts," with construction paper lines, curves, and sprinkles! In the afternoon we had plenty of play time, rest time, and finished up our letter "D" donuts. Reminder: We have Thursday and Friday off this week. Have a great weekend!
THIS WEEK (9/25-9/28) September 25 - Today we went to the Promethean Board and played a fun game to learn about community service jobs! We also sorted sandpaper numbers 1-8 and etched them onto white paper. Finally, we read the book "Today I Feel Silly" and discussed all the different emotions we feel. It was a nice and easy first day back after the long weekend!
September 26 - Today we started our newest letter - "E." We made the letter with Mat Man on the rug, and we wrote it in chalk on our Handwriting Without Tears chalkboard slates to practice. Because this week's theme is about our community, we also made a street with sponge-paint houses to send home tomorrow.
September 27 - Today was all about the letter "E." We made letter "E" elephants - they are hanging up outside of our room! We also continued our sponge-paint houses and practicing writing our letter E's with our "Handwriting Without Tears" curriculum. Finally, we worked on phonics with our letter "E" flashcards.
September 28 - We had such a productive day in Miss Christina and Miss Joshi's class today! We started by making letters with clay - you can see pictures of the children's fantastic work on the pre-k photo gallery page! We also had music with Mr. Mike today, and a school-wide scavenger hunt! At the end of the day, we did some math, as well as handwriting practice! We sent home a lot of great projects, so be sure to check your child's folder tonight! There's no school tomorrow - see you next week! THIS WEEK (9/18-9/20) September 18 - Today Miss Christina's Explorers explored colors! We made purple, green and orange. We even got to go to the Promethean board and use a fun color-mixing game to experiment with color mixing all the colors (go to the pictures section to see it)! We also started our letters! We talked about the first letter in our Handwriting Without Tears curriculum - the letter "F." We identified pictures that started with the letter, and we also thought of more words that start with that sound.
September 19 - Today we continued learning about the letter "F" by making an "F" fox - an "F" with ears, eyes, a nose and a tail! We used Mat Man to help us find the right shapes to use when writing the letter "F" (one big line and two small lines). Finally, we also started to talk about patterns!
September 20 - Today we continued to talk about AB patterns and made our own on pipe cleaners with beads in a pattern to take home! We had to choose two colors and stick with them - the children did a great job with it! Later, we made an "F" with feathers! They are hanging outside of our classroom. We ended our day by reading "Pezzettino" by Leo Lionni and making some great structures inspired by the book with pattern blocks and legos! Have a great long weekend!
THIS WEEK (9/11-9/15) - All About Me September 11th - Today we used watercolor paints for the first time! Everyone practiced how careful they could be with the paints, and we had very little mess! We also talked about how to draw a person with a head, body, arms and legs. Everyone did a great job making their own person! Finally, on the playground we spent time in the sandbox discussing measurements and comparing weights in the sandbox!
September 12th - We finished our watercolor/math project today - we clipped 4 clothespins with 1 to 4 dots on them onto a paper plate with the numbers 1-4. This is a game you can play with your children to review the numbers 1-4 with them - take all the clothespins off, and then have your children figure out where they go! You should also take a look at our hair color/eye color charts hanging on the bulletin board outside the classroom, along with our faces! We found out that everyone in our class has brown eyes (light or dark brown) and most of us have black hair. Finally, we explored the different things we can replicate with pattern blocks. Some of the great discoveries we made were that two squares make a rectangle, two trapezoids make an octagon, and a square and a triangle make a house.
September 13th - Today we made our spotted turtle shells, numbered 1-5, sticking 1 to 5 "spots" on each shell. We also began our oral stories, gathering ideas for what we can say in front of the class when we tell our own oral story of a recent event. We also continue to explore pattern blocks to find what great shapes and objects we can create.
September 14th - We had quite the STEM-filled day in our class today! We started the day with four of our friends telling an oral story to the class about something we have done recently with our families. After a few of our oral stories, we read our Science weekly reader together. We also practiced our names. Finally, we did one of the STEM challenges that makes our school so special - we cut shapes out of cardboard and had to figure out how to make a free-standing sculpture using only scissors. We figured out that we can fold a piece in half and cut the middle, putting another shape in the middle to make the structure stand on it's own. We then cut small incisions into the other shapes to stick them together and build them up. As time went out, my explorers figured out more ways to make the structure stand, and cut new shapes on their own. They also realized they could cut more incisions into the same cardboard shape to stick more shapes together! Go over to the pictures section to see more of what we built!
September 15th - We had a great Friday spending time with our friend's in Miss Vicki's class! First we went across the hall to learn about Shabbat. We sang songs and had a wonderful celebration. We also had library today with Miss Sammy, and we each got to take out a book to bring home, but that has to be brought back to school sometime before Friday next week. We used what we are learning about shapes, building, and shape blocks to make a construction paper shape collage to bring home. We ended our day by visiting our friends in Miss Vicki's room again, and we started our Handwriting Without Tears curriculum together. We learned about parts of our bodies from "Mat Man" (a "man" made out of wooden curves and lines we can also put together to make letters), and when we were done assembling him together, we made letters using the lines and curves he's made out of. Go over to the picture section to see more! Have a great weekend!
THIS WEEK (9/5-9/8): We will be getting to know each other and exploring our school and classroom centers. September 5th - Today we went through our daily morning routine, sang, danced, and made "kissing hands." We had such a wonderful first day of school, making new friends and seeing old friends again!
September 6th - We had a great day reinforcing our cutting and glue stick skills! We cut fringes on feathers and decorated them, and we made a big square by gluing small squares into a square shape. These were both sent home in the children's folders today. NOTE: Please empty your children's folders each night. Thank you!
September 8th - Friday was super fun for the Little Explorers! In the morning, we took a nature walk around our playground, talked about the summer season, and discussed all the different things we could see in the summer. We differentiated summer from winter, fall, and spring. During math, we reviewed numbers 1-8 and made a counting octopus - 8 pipe cleaner legs, with 1-8 beads on each leg. See you on Monday!