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 Allysa, 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!
Sept. 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!
October 23 This week we will be learning about leaves and the weather ! Today we traced our arm and hand to make a tree trunk and branches, then we crumbled up tissue paper to make leaves. They came out beautiful. While we were outside we used our ears to listen to the crunching sound that the leaves made when we walked on them. Today was a beautiful sunny day so we did some finger painting and madun. It was messy and fun ! We had a great day ! October 24 - On this windy day the children listened to the story The Wind Blew and then decorated paper plates to resemble a hot air balloon and added a "basket". The children used dot markers so I'm sure you see some little blue and green fingers. We sang songs about autumn leaves turning color and falling to the ground. As always, we sing ABC's and counting songs during circle time and each day we introduce new stories and finger play games. October 25 - The children love to play at the train table in our indoor gym and Miss Ilene surprised us with a set for our classroom! The children had a great time setting up the tracks together and rolling the trains around. We also decorated leaves showing the changing colors as autumn sneaks up on us. We hope you enjoyed your child's boat representing one of the boats Columbus sailed in 1492. I'm sure you found a prominent place to hang your child's photo and frame. Enjoy! October 26 - What a fun day we had! The children picked pumpkins from our pumpkin patch. We enjoyed time in the playground and when we returned to our classroom we had a fire drill. The children are such troopers and were so calm as we led them out of the building. We washed up for snack and then it was time for music with Mr. Mike. The children laughed, sang and danced to fun songs. They also suggested songs of their own. It was another fun and busy day! October 31 - What a spooky day we had! After playground today we all visited the firehouse next to our school. We met firefighter Sam and members of his crew. He showed us the protective clothing he wears and the equipment he uses to fight a fire. We learned to Stop, Drop and Roll if our clothing caught on fire. Some children in our class showed firefighter Sam how they could stop, drop and roll. We all clapped. When we returned and washed our hands we enjoyed a snack of melted chocolate spiders with pretzels for legs. Umm,,,delicious! November 1 - Circle time is a very important part of our day. It is when we all sit on the carpet to sing our hello and good morning songs and the children place the card with their photo, 1st letter of their name and a colored shape into a slot by the bulletin board in our room. This card reinforces letter, color and shape recognition. We also read a story corresponding to our weekly curriculum and the children choose a few books they like. After snack the children had fun reaching high to burst bubbles from our Mickey Mouse bubble wand. Each child took a turn holding the wand. I was great fun and produced lots of giggle November 2 - We are getting into a patriotic frame of mind as we discuss America and how lucky we are to be able to vote for our leaders. Today the children painted with red and white paint on blue paper. Some of the colors became a bit muddled but the results are beautiful. We enjoyed music with Mr. Mike and his assortment of squeaky vegetables. The children are playing and building with one another and have become great friends. We are introducing new songs, books and games during circle time as the children are sitting longer and are anxious to see what is next. The children have come such a long way in a relatively short time! November 3 Today we made a basic pattern with red and blue dot markers.. We sat all together at the table and completed our own red , blue pattern! The children did fantastic !! To stick with our red, white and blue Election Day theme of the week we made red white and blue fire works. To make our fireworks we used a fork ! The children love to use different objects when painting. It was a beautiful day and we got to run and play outside. It was a lot of fun !
November 6 We started learning about life long ago. We learned that long ago children would use cranberries to paint so we gave it a try! We put the berries in a bag and the children had a blast using a small hammer to get the juice out of the berries to make the paint! They did such a great job taking turns. It was such a fun activity and the children really enjoyed it. Since we are still in the Fall season we made an acorn during art! This also doubled as a sorting activity. The children separated the dark brown from the light brown. They did so well and had a lot of fun doing it. We had lots of fun in the gym and building in our classroom with blocks. The children are really starting to become great friends, interact and share with each other. It’s wonderful to watch and I’m so proud of them! November 7 - We explained to the children that today, on Election Day, we vote for our president and other leaders. We watched a video and listened to a story about a bear and his friends that voted to decide what game to play. We each tried an Oreo and chocolate chip cookie and voted on the one we liked best. When the children made their choice they received 1 more of that cookie. We also played outdoors for a short time because it was a little too chilly but when we came back to the classroom we washed up and worked on a log cabin project similar to what the Pilgrims built when they reached America. November 8 - The children enjoyed playing in the gym with their friends in Miss Marlene's class. They played ball, rode bikes and cars and played with the trains and tracks at the railroad table. We started to learn some turkey songs and practiced counting and singing ABC's during circle time. We "tickle painted" the children's hands to create a handprint turkey. The children glued feathers, a beak and a gaggle to complete the project. Please check our hall bulletin board to see the log cabin and handprints the children created. Reminder: Photo day will now be Tuesday, November 21st. November 9 - Today our artists painted at the easel with blue and red paint. They are quite creative and their artwork is displayed in our room. We also enjoyed music with Mr. Mike and as you can see in today's photos there was a lot of fun and dancing going on. We also spent some time working on Thanksgiving decorations and the children love art projects.
November 13 Today we learned about turkeys and thanksgiving ! We did a fun math activity where we worked on counting and numbers 1-5. We put feathers on a turkey and marked them 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Using hand over hand tracing, the children tried to trace the numbers. They did a great job. We are so proud of them. For our art activity we made thanksgiving harvest corn. To make the corn kernels we used Lego blocks! It was so much fun and the children really enjoyed it. If you look closely , you can see that the corn husks are their little hands !! They came out great. They had a lot of fun in the gym today, riding the cars and bikes. They also had a great time with the train table! We started singing a lot of different turkey songs so I’m sure they will be singing them to you soon! We had so much fun today. November 14 - We introduced the "Pete the Cat" series of stories to the children. Each book tells of Pete's adventures such as when he steps in strawberries and then blueberries which turn his new white sneakers into red and blue or when his shirt keeps losing buttons. Pete sings as he tells his tale which include adding and subtracting buttons. The children loved the stories and asked for more. The series is fun but also teaches math to the children. Please send in a white T-shirt for the children to paint and decorate and wear at our Thanksgiving feast. Also, Please send in a package of wipes which all the children share for cleaning their hands after painting or gluing. Thank you. November 15 - Another exciting day at school! First the children enjoyed free play with their friends and once everyone arrived we came together for circle time. We sang our Hello song, ABC's and 10 Little Turkey's and we read another "Pete the Cat" book which the children really enjoy. We played outdoors in the sunshine and it is interesting to see the children separate to find their favorite activity. After washing up and enjoying snack time we heard the fire alarm bells....it was a fire drill! The children followed procedures as we all exited the building calmly and once outside we explained that we have to "practice" what to do if there was a real fire. The children were not frightened and we were so proud of them! They all get along well with one another and we have so much fun with our class! November 16 - Mr. Mike, our music teacher asked the children what songs or games they would like to choose. I was so pleased to hear what each child chose. They knew Mr. Mike's repertoire of songs and asked for some puppet show games as well. The children are comfortable enough to voice their opinions which shows us how much they have grown in confidence since we began the school year! We are still working on sharing but the children usually play and work well with one another!
November 17 We had a fun, turkey filled day! We made a turkey using a coffee filter, colored water and an eye dropper. The children love to watch the water change color and to squeeze the dropper. It is such a fun introduction to science. Today we had Library class! The children were able to listen to a story and then choose a book to bring home to share with their families. Please return the book 11/22 so they can choose a new one next library class. They loved the experience. We also did a color sorting activity today and the children did amazing. The children put colored squares into color coded spaces to make a beautiful colorful turkey. We had a great day today !
November 20 Today we continued to learn about thanksgiving ! The children learned about cornucopias and instead of filling ours with food - we filled them with shapes! The children are becoming much more familiar with the different shapes and are doing a wonderful job! The children also learned more about turkeys! We looked at pictures of real turkeys and real turkey feet! Then we used pipe cleaners and paint to make turkey foot prints! After we finished with the turkey prints we put paint on the children’s feet! They loved squishing it between their toes ! We had the children stamp their own footprint and we compared our feet to the turkey footprint. Our feet were much bigger than the turkey ! The children had such a great day and had so much fun!
November 21 - Today was photo day and we were so proud of how well the children followed the photographers instructions as she advised them how to sit, where to place their hands and of course, smile! She had funny toys and made funny noises to make them laugh! It worked! We also played and worked with Miss Marlene's class today. The children enjoyed playing and singing with one another and we all helped to make brown sugar coated yams with mini marshmallows on top. We will share them with the other classes at our Thanksgiving feast tomorr
November 22 - Our Thanksgiving feast was a success! The children wore their turkey shirts and Native American head bands and we all sang Thanksgiving songs. The children feasted on a string bean casserole, cornbread, macaroni and cheese, cranberry sauce and brown sugar and marshmallow yams. (please know that we were allergy conscience and did not serve certain foods to children with allergies). We shared our yams with other classes and tried some dishes they created. Our class was very interested in the songs performed by other classes. We all had a fun feast with our school mates! Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!
November 28 - Now that the Thanksgiving holiday has passed we will begin new topics and work on everyday skills. The children listened to If You Give A Mouse A Cookie by author Laura Numeroff and began working on a mouse and cookie art project. We are also decorating a large letter using the 1st letter of our name. The children will learn to recognize their letter when we have circle time each day and the other children will begin to recognize their friend's letters as well. We enjoyed gym and playtime with Miss Marlene's class and the children played together well.
November 29 - The children finished their mouse and cookie art project that they began yesterday and started dot marking the first letter of their name. We were going to add colored tissue paper but the children decided to add silver glitter instead. They rally love that glitter!! After gym time and puzzles we enjoyed story time with Miss Marlene's class. It is interesting to see how the children play and enact with their friends across the hall. Toddler two's is all about getting used to other children and adults which will prepare them for many social settings throughout their school days.
November 30 - Our children are becoming puzzle experts so we have traded up for puzzles that will challenge them a bit more. Puzzles are a wonderful source to promote cognitive thinking and hand eye coordination. We try to incorporate puzzles that relate to weekly themes such as the fire truck puzzle during Fire Safety week. Today our music teacher, Mr. Mike introduced new songs and old favorites. He handed out Rhythm Sticks to the children and taught them to tap the beat of the music. They caught on quickly and did very well. We enjoyed some time outdoors before snack and then we painted our hedgehogs as we began to learn about animals that hibernate in winter, We also practiced what we would do if we had to leave our classroom and move far away from windows due to a hurricane or storm. We call this a Shelter in Place drill and we would leave the classroom together and walk in an orderly way to the indoor gym where we would remain until it was safe to leave.
12/1 Miss Allysa and Miss Hong- We are getting ready for winter ! Today we made a pair of mittens. The children used so many different skills when making these mittens ! First - they had to use color matching ! They were given a mitten and had to find its same color match! Next- the children did shape sorting ! They were given a bunch of square and circle foam pieces . They had to sort them and put squares on one mitten and circles on the other. Last, we had the children practice tracing their first initial on their mittens. The children did so amazing with all of these skills ! The children all worked together to build a town out of legos. They are doing so well sharing and are really interacting so well. We had such a fun day!
12/4 Miss Allysa and Miss Hong- We started learning about animals during the winter! Today we spoke about hedgehogs! We spoke a lot about it’s quills. For art today we made hedgehogs ! The children used a fork to paint quills all over their hedgehogs. The children did so well with the technique. The hedgehogs came our adorable! For the last couple of weeks Miss Hong and I have been working on tracing letters with the children. Today we had the children trace each letter in their name. Then we assembled them into an adorable snowman! The children are doing SO amazing with tracing ! We have seen so much improvement in the way they hold the crayon and their tracing skills. We are so proud of them! Today, we also had a fire drill and the children did so wonderful following directions. We had such a great day !
December 5 - We read Animals in Winter by Henrietta Bancroft to coincide with our theme How Do Animals Get Ready For Winter. The children created paper plate hedgehogs and sponge painted them with gray and brown paint to resemble their color in the wild. They are hanging in the hall under the big cave just past our classroom. The children are so proud of their work and love to see it displayed. We looked at a video of bears hibernating in a cave and mice burrowing under thick leaves in a forest. We also enjoyed circle time and the children chose their favorite songs such as The Wheels on the Bus and Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes! As always, we practice counting and reciting the alphabet and the children are beginning to recognize the 1st letter of their name and some numbers. We enjoy listening to the children's conversations during snack time. They enjoy one another's company and we are happy to see how they interact.
December 6 - The children were busy painting the bottom of egg cartons and when they dry we will cut them apart and use them as building blocks as they will fit well enough to stack. The children love building and although we have many block sets of different sizes, colors and materials we thought it would be fun to create our own blocks. To get ready for our holiday party that you are invited to attend, the children are learning some holiday songs we are sure you will enjoy. We will be baking cookies and while mixing, measuring and adding ingredients is fun, the children are learning math and science as they watch the wet and dry ingredients become a solid cookie. Tomorrow is our Hibernation Party so please dress your child in pajamas and let them bring a hibernating stuffed animal with them. Every day at Iken is special and we enjoy planning new and exciting activities to share with the children. We hope they share their day with you as well.
December 7 - Today the children enjoyed wearing pajamas and holding their favorite stuffed toy. We enjoyed crawling into our makeshift cave and watching a video teaching why and how some animals hibernate in the winter. Our busy day also included creating a bear mask and painting. Mr. Mike and the children sang some new songs but also the "old" favorites that the children request every week. We started learning holidays songs hoping to impress you at our holiday party in December.
Monday 12/11- Today we started getting into the winter holiday spirit! First, we decorated a dreidel with all different stickers. We practiced singing the dreidel, dreidel song while we worked. Then, we made a snow globe using the marble painting technique. We put marbles, paper, and white paint in a closed container and the children shook it!! Shake , shake , shake! Then we added a snowman to our snow globe! They came out awesome! The children loved shaking the container and they did a great job taking turns. The children are working very hard practicing songs and making decorations for our holiday party!
Tuesday 12/12 today we started the day with some fingerpainting! The kids always love to make a mess! Today we used a paper plate and some green paint to make a wreath. While we waited for the paint to dry we played a game with the paper berries we were going to add to our wreath. Each “berry” had a letter on it. The letters were the first initial of each of the children’s names. I mixed up all the “berries” and put them on the table. The children all sat together taking turns and picking out the berry that had their first initial written on it. They all did a great job! Not only are they doing well recognizing their own first initial, but also which initial belongs to which friend. When their wreaths were dry, we added the berries! We spoke about all the beautiful lights that are decorating the houses outside, and we decided to make our own! The children used colored tissue paper to decorate our own lights. We had such a wonderful, busy day !!
Wednesday 12/13 We had another fun filled, busy day today ! Today, we used our hand prints to make our very own menorah. We crumbled up tissues paper and put it as the flames on our candles. They came out great and are hung up outside our classroom for all to see! Then we made an evergreen tree! We used a fork to paint our tree. Using a fork made it look just like pine needles all over. They came out great and the children had so much fun making them. For math today we started introducing the concept of small, medium and large. The children had to pick the correct size shape to complete their picture. Today we were making a tree and a snowman. Each child was given 3 triangles. One small, one medium and one large. Working with me, each child would label each shape (small, medium and large) and then they glued them onto the paper into the shape of a tree. We did the same with the snow men but using circles. Working with me, they would pick out the small, medium and large circle and then assemble them into a snow man. This activity used their knowledge of shapes. They had to correctly pick out the proper shape- circle vs triangle. It was also a great introduction to comparing sizes, as well as putting sizes in order. They all did a wonderful job and it’s something we will continue working on! We had a lot of fun today.