Maximizing Children's Potential and Instilling a Desire to Grow, Learn and Succeed
My name Is Miss Vicki and my assistant's name is Miss Sona. We are very excited to be your child's teachers for the Pre-K year. We hope you had an enjoyable and fun-filled summer. We look forward to an enriching and rewarding school year. So many exciting activities will happen within our classroom that your children will be anxious to tell you all about. The Pre-K year is the time where children develop significantly in their academic, physical, social and emotional skills. As their teachers, we will make an important contribution in guiding this process in a positive and nurturing environment. I know the children will be happy to see old friends and create new friendships with boys and girls new to our program. I know, through experience, some of these friendships last throughout their school years. We have developed a curriculum where everyday is a successful experience for your child. We are excited to be The Iken Stem Science Academy. Our educational objective is a hands-on learning through Science, Technology, Engineering and Math which will be infused into all aspects of learning. Your child will be exposed to creative challenges and will benefit from its many rewards. They will always be encouraged to work to their highest potential. There are several supplies that we ask your child to bring to school on the first day: A change of clothing to be kept in the cubby A large backpack for all the notes and creative projects that will be going home each day A beach or bath size towel to be put over their resting mat A package of wipes A box of tissues An index box for their collection of sight words We are looking forward to meeting everyone at our back to school night Wednesday, August 30th at 7:00. Let us work together to make this year full of fun and personal growth for your child. \ - Miss Vicki
September 5th- Today was a FANTASTIC first day of school!! We saw some of our old friends and made some new ones. We spoke about our summer and all the fun things we did. We did great first day of school projects; we made crayon box necklaces and a back to school crown. We also decorated our room; so please come in and take a look around. It was a beautiful day; we played and ran around the playground. It was so good to be back in school!!! September 6th- We had another great day in school. We finished our first day of school magnet picture which you can hang on your fridge. We also reviewed numbers 1-10 as we made our counting caterpillar. Everyone is participating in our morning meeting and learning the words to our song. We did a bean bag activity which the children enjoyed very much. JUST A REMINDER: NO SCHOOL TOMORROW; SEE YOU THURSDAY... September 8th Today, we continued our review of numbers through our turtle book. We also read together our first Weekly Reader which led to great group discussions. Please look for both projects in your child's schoolbag. Have a great weekend.... September 11th- This week's theme is "ALL ABOUT ME". We took a figure of ourselves and decorated it with things we like to do or things we like to eat. They are hanging on our hall bulletin board. Please stop by and take a look. Our Monday letter is in your child's folder. Thursday's Show and Tell is beginning this week. Please have your child bring in something that reminds him/her of something they did over the summer. Our Author of the Month activity is also starting. Our author for September is Leo Lionni. Please take your child to the library and let him/her choose one of his books. When the book is brought in your child will receive a certificate. September 12th- It was an exciting day in the Pre-K room. In the morning, we had physical education in the playground with Miss Hope and Miss Sammy. We designed a shape train to help us review all our shapes. Our number book is growing in pages; we practiced writing number 2 and did activities to reinforce our recognition of this number. It was a busy and fun day!!! September 13th- Today was all about colors!1 First, we designed a color caterpillar; each body part was a different color. Then, we discovered that if we mix certain colors together we can create a new color. In the afternoon, we did an experiment. We wondered what would happen if we mix oil and colored water together. We noticed that the water drifted to the bottom while the oil stayed on top. Your child now knows that the oil floats to the top because it is less dense than the water. We became little scientists!! September 14th- Today was a day of firsts in the Pre-K room. We had our "first" music class with Mr. Mike. We sang songs, danced and had lots of fun with puppets. In the morning we had our "first" Show and Tell. Everyone remembered to bring something; we love to share our "treasures" from home. It was also our "first" day to practice using scissors. We did a great job!!! September 15th- Friday's in the Pre-K room is the time to celebrate Shabbat. We joined Miss Christina's class in singing songs,saying the prayers and eating Challah. Our writing program is called Handwriting Without Tears. Today we built "Mat Man" as an introduction to forming the letters of the alphabet. Have a great weekend!! September 18th- We designed and created our first classroom book today titled Who Do You See? When each child completes their own page, this book will circulate to every house so you may enjoy the children's work. Our number book is ongoing and so far we have reviewed the numbers 1 and 2. In the afternoon, we read our Science Spin magazine. The topic was panda bears. The children were excited to learn how scientists go about studying this animal. September 19th- Handwriting Without Tears focuses on upper case alphabet letters first. Today was all about the letter "F". We made "f'ish and "f"oxes. They are hanging in the hallway outside our classroom. In the afternoon, we made edible faces. Starting with a rice cake, the children designed eyes, nose, mouth and hair out of "goodies". Of course, the best part was eating it. September 20th- With our chalk and pencils, we practiced writing upper case letter "F:. We also used scissors to cut out pictures beginning with our letter of the week. Today, we painted with edible paint made from yogurt and kool aid. We made beautiful colors and amazing pictures. JUST A REMINDER: There is no school Thursday and Friday. Have a nice weekend; see you Monday... September 25th- After a long weekend, all my friends were happy to see each other and to welcome in the new season of "FALL". We spoke about the changes we will start to see outside. We also introduced a new alphabet letter; upper case "E"> We practiced writing it on our individual chalk boards and created our own "E" cracking out of an egg. "E" gave us the opportunity to make "E"lephant headbands. The children looked so cute as they paraded around the room wearing their craft. September 26th- Our school theme is All About Maps and the neighborhood in which we live. Today, we designed a neighborhood map of all the places we may visit with our Mom and Dad. We also foiled Fall leaves for our Autumn board within the classroom. Please stop in and take a look. Today, we had Physical Education with Miss Hope and Miss Ilyssa. We learned how to throw the ball and get it into the basketball net. It was definitely a busy day!!! September 27th- Today we mapped the voyage of Christopher Columbus. We talked about his three ships, the dangerous weather at sea and how he finally found land to build homes. We did a Stem experiment to show how white rice ABSORBS liquid food color; we made beautiful colors which we will use for future craft projects. Tomorrow is Show and Tell; look in your child's school bag for the theme.. September 28th- Today, we designed "SHOFARS'(horns) to symbolize the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. I am so proud of all the children. Everybody remembered to bring in "SHOW AND TELL. They stood in front of their classmates and told the story of what they brought in to share, We now know so many things that begin with alphabet letters "E" and "F". We went on a school scavenger hunt. We had to look for certain items hidden around the school; we were great detectives and everyone earned a gold coin. JUST A REMIMDER: NO SCHOOL TOMORROW; FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 29th Have a great weekend; see you Monday.... October 2- Our theme thisweek is All About Apples. We started the day by doing an apple experiment. We cut an apple and put a piece in vinegar, another in tonic water and a third in lemon juice. We discovered the only one that didn't turn brown was the one in lemon juice due to the citric acid. We also designed apple glasses; ask your children to put them on for you. We celebrated Liliana's birthday today; her family sent in delicious birthday treats for us to eat. The new author of the month is Holly Keller. Please take your child to the library and let him/her choose a book to bring into school. October 2- We read a Weekly Reader today. We learned not only do we like apples but many animals do as well. We also learned about the different parts of an apple. After we were done with our reading, we turned it into a book which is in our schoolbags. October 3- Everything we did in school today focused around our theme of apples. We tasted three different color apples and voted on our favorite. The red apple was a class favorite. We decorated foam apples and our face in the middle. We then painted an apple basket. Tomorrow, we will put everything together and hang it on our hallway bulletin board. Please stop by and take a look. We also did a sequencing pattern of what happens when an apple falls off the tree to when we have enjoyed eating it. Look for it in your child's schoolbag. It was indeed a busy day. October 4- Our journey through the alphabet continues as we introduced letter "D" today. We played with phonics cards that focused on pictures that began with our letter of the week and designed a "DUCK" which is hanging in the hallway. We prepared a delicious "Apple Crisp." We measured all the ingredients, baked it in the oven and had it as an afternoon snack; YUMMY!!! We took our fruit baskets and proudly hung them in the Sukkah for everyone to see. Just a reminder: No school Thursday, Friday and Monday. See you Tuesday. Enjoy your long weekend... October 10- Welcome back to school after the long weekend. The theme for this week is "Fire Prevention. Today, we designed a fire truck and navigated our way through a maze to help the fire truck reach the station. We learned the important emergency number "911" and the fire rule " Stop, Drop and Roll" in case our clothes should catch on fire. We practiced this rule by following all 3 steps. We have mastered the numbers 1,2 and 3 by doing work activities and fun challenges. If you have not taken your child to the library to pick out a book by Holly Keller, please do so as they love when it is their book read at story time. The reward certificates are very important to them. October 11- Today was a yummy day in the Pre-K room; we made edible spider webs. WE used pretzel sticks, melted chocolate and sprinkles. We put them in the freezer to harden. After an hour, we took them out and ate them; they were delicious!! We practiced writing upper case "D" and recognized several pictures that began with our letter of the week. We also made dalmation dogs for fire safety week. Our weekly reader was all about fire prevention. We learned the different ways a fire fighter can travel to put out a fire, JUST A REMINDER: School is closed Thursday and Friday. We will see you on Monday.. October 16- The letter of the week is letter "P". This gave us a chance to make a "PINK PIG" which you will see displayed in the hallway. We started our "math journals" today. This will be an ongoing notebook of much of the numbers, patterning and interactive work we do in our math curriculum. We visited the Promethean Board today. We watched videos that reinforced our recognition and phonetic work associated with letter "P". October 17- Today was all about beading, patterning and playing... We started the day by designing an apple/fall necklace. The children loved counting the beads and putting the apples onto their laced up necklace. Next, we added a page to our math journal. The children created their own patterns of arranging apples on paper; some by size and others by color. We read our Science Spin Magazine. We learned all about "The Moon"; what it is like to walk on the moon and how it is different from Earth. Finally, we played in the playground. What fun the children had on the swings, playing in the sandbox and just running around. October 18- Today was a great day in nursery school. We had our Diwali celebration. It was so much fun; we painted and decorated clay pots called "Diyas', we dressed up in traditional Indian clothes and ate delicious food. It is the Indian New Year and we were so excited; it was like fireworks in the air!! The children got to take home "goody bags." We want to thank all the moms who arranged this wonderful party for us. We also constructed a tent in our classroom. The children can go inside and have some quiet time while looking at a book. JUST A REMINDER.. Tomorrow is Show and Tell. Please have your child bring in something that reminds him/her of the FALL SEASON. October 19- Today, we continued our alphabet work as we created a Peacock for letter "P". They are very colorful and look great hanging in our room. We went to music today with Mr. Mike. We did puppet songs, learned some musical notes and did dancing to music. After lunch, we poured water into a jar. We added vinegar, baking soda and a handful of popping corn. We watched the reaction as the kernels of corn hopped around in the jar. It was so much fun to watch!!! October 20- Today was a great day in the Pre-k class. We started the day by having Shabbat with Miss Christina's class. We sang songs, ate challah and drank grape juice. We then had a Jump Bunch class where we exercised and did many fun activities. The children loved it. If you want your child to attend this enrichment class, there is a flyer in their backpack to sign up. We ended our day by working on our Fall mobile. It displays many signs of the season. Look for it to be hanging in the hallway. Have a wonderful weekend; see you Monday...