We are excited to welcome you to our Toddler program. We will be called Miss Marlene and Miss Cindy’s Monkeys. You have made a wonderful choice choosing the Iken STEM Science Academy. Here your child will gain their first exposure to a fun filled learning and social experience. In school they will be interacting with children their own age in a loving, safe and friendly environment. Our classroom and program are specifically designed for their age appropriate needs. In preparation for the first day of school on Wednesday, September 7, we have comprised a list with some requests to help us prepare for a wonderful and safe year.
*All medical forms must be in before your child can attend school. *Please send in 2 pictures of your child and 1 family picture *Please make sure you have read your parent handbook. *Please send in a complete change of clothes including socks in a small closed plastic box (everything MUST BE LABELED) *Please send in a large package of baby wipes and some diapers to leave in their cubbies. *Please send in a sweatshirt to leave in school. *DRESS FOR MESS, we paint and play and we get messy. *Dress your child in comfortable clothes, and remember if they start potty training their clothes should be easy to remove. (PLEASE no onesies) * They need a large backpack and a pocket folder in school everyday--please check their bags and folders we will be sending home their projects and notices in them. They are very proud of their work—make a big deal out of it. * Please send in a smock. It can be store brought or just an old adult shirt *We advise comfortable rubber soled shoes, preferably sneakers. * We love birthdays; snacks may be sent in to celebrate with the class. The snacks must be marked with a U or K or parve. (Kosher) and must be nut free. Please don’t hesitate to contact me thru the school office @516-938-2540 or you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will usually get back to you later that day or in the evening. You can also reach Ilene Morin, our director at email@example.com We are excited about having your Toddler in our class and look forward to a great year together.
Sincerely, Miss Marlene & Miss Cindy
IMPORTANT DATES: Tuesday, September 5: Welcome BBQ—6:30
September Wednesday, September 6- Today was a great first day. We painted frames for our "1st Day of School Pictures". We played with new orange play dough and lots of other toys in our exciting classroom. Before we said goodbye we had circle time and sang lots of songs. There is no school tomorrow, Miss Cindy and Miss Marlene will see everyone on Friday. :) Thursday, September 7-NO SCHOOL Friday, September 8-Today we all explored our room a little on our own. I think we did very well, everyone seemed more comfortable "spreading their wings" -- walking around without mom or dad. We had our first snack as a class and everyone sat at the table ,it was an amazing sight and a great photo opportunity. Have a great weekend we'll see everyone on Monday. Monday, September 11-Our first day without our mommies or daddies and we did GREAT. There were a few tears but most of the day was tear free. We loved the playground; the sand, slides and running around outside was our favorite part of the day. We dot dotted paper measuring tape which we will use to measure how tall each child is. This week's theme is "All About ME" Tuesday, September 12- As I mentioned at "Meet The Teacher " night the second day would probably bring more tears then the first. That being said they ended quickly and most of the day was filled with smiles. We painted houses for our family photos which will be hanging around our room shortly. We had circle time where we're learning to recognize our friends and match shapes and colors that correspond to our picture attendance cards. Wednesday, September 13-Today we made a puzzle picture of our face using a cut up picture of ourselves. We discussed above, under and next to as we placed our pieces on our face puzzle. Everyone's interpretation is different as you can see when you check out our art work outside our classroom. Thursday, September 14-Today was a really good day; there is definitely a light at the end of the tunnel, I am so proud of our children. Today we had music with Mr. Mike, he played his guitar and we sang and danced along with the music. We sang some songs we know and then he taught us some new funny songs. Ask them to sing the bubble gum song for you. Friday, September 15-Today we had our first Shabbat, we sang traditional Shabbat songs, lit candles and ate delicious challah. We shared our Shabbat with Miss Amy's class and then we all went to the promethean board to learn about colors. It was a really nice day. Have a great weekend, we'll see you Monday. Monday, September 18-Today we conducted our first science experiment. We had 3 bottles,1 with blue water,1 with yellow water and 1 empty. We then poured some yellow water into the empty bottle followed by some blue water and when we mixed it all up we made GREEN water. We then read the book ; little blue, little yellow by Leo Lionni. This week we have a lot of fun activities planned around little blue and little yellow . Tuesday, September 19-Today was all about "PLEASE and THANK YOU", we learned a new song that helps remind us to always use our magic words. We practiced being kind to each other by sharing our toys and waiting for our turn during circle time. It is really nice to observe the children recognizing each others pictures and interacting with each other. And it's only the second week of school. Wednesday, September 20-Today we had a delicious snack of "Apples and Honey" a Jewish tradition and symbol for Rosh Hashanah wishing everyone a sweet New Year. We also had a great day with our musical instruments. We marched and danced and tried to guess what song Miss Marlene was "playing". And I use the word playing loosely but we had a great time. Enjoy your extended weekend and a Happy and Healthy to all our friends. Thursday, September 21-NO SCHOOL Friday, September 22-NO SCHOOL Monday, September 25- This week we will discuss Christopher Columbus,maps and our home. Today we started to make a map of our classroom. We learned to use water color paints: the process is water, paint, paper repeat.We enjoyed the warm weather outside in the playground with our friends from Miss Amy's class. Tuesday, September 26-Today we made a house out of shapes, we used triangles, squares and rectangles. We played a game where we matched our foam blocks to our paper shapes. The children were very creative with play dough and some little plastic family figures, they loved pretending they had mommies, daddies ,babies and even cats and dogs. They are really doing great. We are very proud of them :). Wednesday, September 27-Today we talked about Columbus,we learned that he discovered America where we live and that used a boat for his journey. We sang a new song about his travels and then we did tested various objects to see what would float and what would sink. The children loved the water play and didn't even realize they were conducting a science experiment. Thursday, September 28-Today we finished our classroom maps, they loved putting themselves on the map.We also tested our boats in water, it was so exciting to see them float. Please take them out of their backpacks they can use them in the bathtub. It was a very busy day: we had a fire drill ,music with Mr. Mike and 2 art projects. The horn in we made symbolizes the ram's horn which is blown in celebration of the Jewish New Year. It is called a Shofar and they loved blowing it . Have a wonderful weekend; NO SCHOOL FRIDAY Friday, September 29- NO SCHOOL
October Monday, October 2-Apples, apples and more apples; today we painted with apples, tasted apples and made a graph of our results. We learned that apples grow from seeds that are planted in the ground and they grow into trees and come in different colors. Some are sweet and some are sour, we know that from some of the faces they made after tasting a green granny smith. Tuesday, October 3-Today we read the book "Ten Apples Up On Top " by Dr Seuss and used the book as the theme of the day. We made our very own book with our pictures and we will be sending home to share with every family over the next few weeks. Please read it with your child and enjoy. Later in the day we used the Promethean Board to learn a song based on the book, we danced and sang all about apples. Wednesday, October 4-Today we made caramel covered apples. We used all of our senses to examine the ingredients:caramels and apples. We looked, touched, tasted and smelled the apples and caramels while we made them. They were a big success, everyone dipping the apples and most of all eating them.We also hung up our Sukkot decorations in the Sukkah. Sukkot is an autumn harvest festival, it was when the Jewish people gathered the crops .A Sukkah is a temporary structure that has an "open" roof so we can see the sky.Enjoy your extended weekend :) Thursday, October 5-NO SCHOOL Friday, October 6-NO SCHOOL Monday, October 9-NO SCHOOL Tuesday, October 10-This week is we'll be concentrating on fire safety.Today we made ourselves into fire boys and fire girls, they'll be hanging outside our room for everyone to see. We learned about fire safety with the help of Elmo and the promethean board. We sang a song about calling 911 if we need help and if theres a fire we have to crawl on the floor and get out of the house. Please let us know if they talk about what we do in school, its nice to know what they are understanding about our lessons. Wednesday, October 11-Today our lesson on fire safety included observing a lighted birthday candle, we blew it out and watched the smoke drift up to the ceiling and we each took a turn smelling the smoke. We learned that fire is HOT and we should never touch it. We also learned that if we smell smoke we get mommy and daddy and crawl on the floor to get out of the house.They really enjoyed our science lesson today, they were such good listeners we'll be doing many more interactive experiments in the following weeks. Enjoy your long weekend, next week a FULL 5 days yay:) Thursday, October 12-NO SCHOOL. Friday, October 13-NO SCHOOL Monday, October 16-Today we made pumpkins using different materials. We used foam, paper and paint. The children had a great time creating their masterpieces. We also used blocks to build bridges and others structures that could hold our mini pumpkins.They really enjoyed placing the pumpkins under and on top of their structures. Tuesday, October 17-Today we made some beautiful crafts in preparation for our Diwali celebration. We made a "mosaic candle " out of paper plates and small pieces of colorful papers. We also did"henna painting"using lace dollies. They came out great. Please check out our bulletin board our finished pieces are on display. Wednesday, October 18-Today was a very special day at our school, we had a big Diwali celebration. Diwali is the Hindu New Year ,also called the Festival Of Light. We painted clay pots called "Diyas" and dressed up in traditional Indian clothing. But the very best part of our celebration was all the delicious traditional foods we tasted. Thank you to all of our wonderful moms who put together this very special celebration. Thursday, October 19-Today we made an edible pumpkin patch. We made chocolate pudding,using our math skills when we measured our ingredients. Then using an electric beater we watched as the liquid mixture thickened and became delicious pudding. We then created "dirt" using a hammer and wood block to crush the cookies. Our final product was delicious. Friday, October 20- Monday, October 23- Tuesday, October 24- Wednesday, October 25- Thursday, October 26- Friday, October 27- Monday, October 30- Tuesday, October 31-