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!
Monday"TSept. 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 unle Jss your child stays later with Miss Ma
rlene. 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.
Friday 12/15 Today we had a day filled with candy canes !!! For math , we worked on basic patterns. We did red, white, red, white. We made a candy cane out of the dots! The children helped each other figure out what dot came next! I love to see them working as a team to solve things Today we did a super fun science experiment ! We added a green and red candy cane to some water. We watched as the candy cane lost its green stripes, then it’s red stripes. Then a little while later, the whole candy cane disappeared! The children were amazed ! They thought it was magic. They were having so much fun that they didn’t even realize they were learning ! We had such a fun filled day!
Our class is running low on baby wipes. Please bring some in ! 12/18, 12/19 We are getting ready for our holiday celebration. Can’t wait for Wednesday to celebrate with our moms and dads! Everyone enjoyed meeting Bonnie Grubman. She is the author who wrote How To Make A Mouse To Smile!
December 20 - Today was our big holiday party and the children were very busy getting things ready for you. They put last minute touches on their snowman headbands and we rehearsed our songs. As you witnessed, the children love the songs but some were a little too shy to sing along. We hope you enjoyed working with your children on the cereal and pipe cleaner candy canes. The children enjoy creating an art craft each day and we thought you might like to see a glimpse of how it's done. Thank you for attending our holiday celebration and we know your children were so happy to see you at their school. We wish you all a wonderful and joyous holiday season and a Happy New Year! Don't forget school is still open through Friday the 22nd. See you tomorrow!
December 21 - I read Spot Goes to School by Eric Hill and today the children sponge painted the letter "D" for dog. The children asked if they could sprinkle glitter in the paint as we sometimes do. They love to add sparkles. It is always a treat when Mr. Mike arrives for music. They love his songs and silly games. I also explained that today is the winter solstice when the earth's tilt is furthest from the sun and today is the first day of winter. The children looked at photos of the earth and sun which began a discussion about the sun and may have helped the children understand that when the sun is closest to the earth it is summer - but when the sun is furthest, like today, it is winter. I hope you enjoy the art work we sent home today. As you know, the children love to create art and crafts and I'm sure they will be excited to show you their work. Wishing you and your families a joyous holiday season and a Happy 2018!
January 2 - Happy, Happy New Year to all. We have new and exciting themes, books and puzzles to share with the children as we explore winter, weather, animals and the sky. We have hands on science experiments to conduct using water, ice and melting snow as well as art projects to enhance learning. Today the children decorated the numbers 2018 to ring in the new year which reinforces number recognition. We also joined Miss Marlene's class to watch The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats which we read aloud earlier. A favorite story or book comes to life for the children when they see it on our Promethean board.
January 3 - The children enjoy arts & crafts and as I was mixing paint colors for a future art project the children were so interested that we put out small bowls of different color paint with paper for the children to use., Some children tried only one color but then added more and others mixed many colors. at once. Some children decided to do a hand print and painted their hand by themselves. We love that the children feel comfortable enough to experiment on their own but we keep our eyes open from a distance. After gym time and snack the children created paper snowmen and we learned a new snowman song which teaches counting backwards from 5 to 1. We always have fun but we are always learning!!
Monday 1/8 The children had great day back ! We worked on tracing today. I’m so impressed with how far they have come. From their grip on the crayon, to how they concentrate on their guide line is wonderful ! They are doing a great job. Today they worked on tracing a circle! A circle is tricky and they did so well! This circle was the belly for our penguin craft today! If you look closely you will see it’s not just any penguin, it’s the children’s handprint !! The children had a great time using glue and glitter to decorate their art work. Today we also worked on constructing a tower to be as tall as each child ! The children all worked together to stack and count the blocks. We had to count all the way to 13! The children were all 13 red blocks tall! The children had a fun day ! They are learning so much. Miss Allysa and Miss Hong.
Tuesday January 9 - We introduced a book by Jan Brett called The Mitten which is a Ukrainian folk tale. The children learned the names of animals they may never have heard of as they listened to the story of Nicki's lost white mitten and the animals that crawl inside to keep warm. We discussed how we keep warm in winter and the difference between gloves and mittens. We celebrated a friend's birthday by singing Happy Birthday and watching David blow out his candles. Most of us enjoyed vanilla cupcakes to celebrate his big day.
January 10 - The children enjoyed a visit with Pat from the Cornell Cooperative Extension at the Suffolk County Farm & Education Center. She told stories about the farm and the animals that live there. The children learned that cows eat grass and corn and that they give us milk and ice cream. The children had a chance to "milk" her wooden life size cow although we used water and we sang Old MacDonald. The 3 and 4 year old children made ice cream during their lesson which our two year olds enjoyed at snack time. The children had a fun, educational and yummy science lesson. January 11 - We have been celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. and his teachings of racial equality and the children painted different color crayons to add to our crayon box. We discussed that even though each color is different they are all crayons just as we are all people but we have different features as well. The children looked at photos of boys and girls from around the world with different color skin, hair, eyes and even clothing. We also heard the story of The Rainbow Fish written by Marcus Pfister which tells the story of a beautiful fish who has many friends because he learned to share. Miss Sue and I love story's that promote friendship. The children's crayons and fish are displayed outside of our classroom. Please remember to send in a package of wipes as we are running low and they are shared by all the children.
Friday 1/12 We had a busy day today! We learned more about Dr. Martin Luther King by singing a wonderful song ! The song was all about Dr. Martin Luther King and how he wanted peace and harmony! The children really enjoyed dancing and singing along. For our art craft today we traced the children’s hands and the children decorated them with different color dotter markers. We spoke about how everyone looks different and we are all friends! We did 2 math projects today which touched on skills we have been working on. The first project was patterns ! Since we have been talking about the wonderful book “The Mitten” the children made a pattern using red and yellow mittens! Red,yellow,red, yellow. Each child took turns picking out which color came next in the sequence. It is amazing how well they are doing with patterns! Our next math assignment was sorting Big and Small! I hung up a big and small mitten on the wall in our classroom. Then the children had to pick a mitten from the pile that had an assortment of big and small mittens. After that they had to stick it to the correct mitten. They LOVED this activity and had such a great time !!! They did so well!! They are really understanding the concept of big and small. We had such a great day today. *Reminder!* There is no school Monday 1/15. Please bring in baby wipes for our class, we are running low! January 16 - Today was all about penguins. The children learned that penguins live in cold climates and like to slide on the ice. They find fish to eat in the ocean and keep the babies warm by sitting on their dad's feet. The children created penguins from toilet paper rolls and painted paper plates to resemble snow and sparkly ice. They are displayed outside our classroom. We watched a video of penguins and how they live and care for their young on our Promethean board. We all practiced wobbling like penguin do, The children are learning letters in their names and also their friends. We practice the alphabet by playing a guessing game as I point to a letter. They are adding more letters by sight every day. Two year olds have difficulty waiting their turn for a toy or book so Miss Sue and I plan activities that promote patience without tears. Today we asked each child to select a short book for us to read. Each child wanted us to read their book first so we announced that the child wearing a blue shirt will be first. Next, we asked whose book has a dog on the cover to go next, and so on. This worked well and no one shed a tear! January 17 = Today we practiced recognizing colors. We handed out different color pom poms that we use for gluing noses or buttons on art projects and when we called out a color the children had to put that color pom pom into a bucket. It was interesting that when a child didn't know a color he looked at what other children put in the bucket and did the same. They still learned the color and participated in the game as well. While singing Old MacDonald, the children took turns placing felt animals from the song inside a felt barn we acquired for our classroom. We love to add and change things to interest the children during circle time. After our daily rituals we ask the children to choose a favorite book for us to read. It is important for the children to have choices during the day as it promotes critical thinking in all areas of learning. January 18 - Becoming familiar with letters and words is the first step in early literacy and we encourage this every day by reading books, asking questions and exposing children to letters. The children can pick out the first letter of their name and some of their friends from letters on our bulletin board.. Today, the children picked out the letter of their first name and we lined up pictures beginning with that letter below. We asked each child to choose the pictures under the letter of their name. We then asked them to name the pictures and glue them on a colored paper of their choice. Letter, word and color recognition all came together in a fun way for the children.
Friday 1/19 - We had a wonderful day today! The children got a chance to go to library today and choose a book! You will see it in their backpack, please return it next week so the children will be able to choose a new book to borrow! Today, the children worked on their fine motor skills as well as their counting skills with a fun activity! The children took cut outs of penguins with different numbers on them and then put the correct number of clothes pins onto each penguin. They did really well with this activity and really focused on using the clothes pins. We also did an activity using colors! The children had to color the penguins belly to match his hat. The children loved the matching game ! We spoke a lot about penguins today ! One thing we discussed is how penguins hatch from eggs and the daddy penguins take care of the egg! The children made their own penguins coming out of its egg! They came out adorable. We had a wonderful day and I hope you all have a great weekend !
Tuesday 1/23--Today we learned about walrus'. We learned that they live in cold places and use their long tusks to break ice to find fish to eat. The children made a paper walrus for our school display. They painted paper plates brown, added eyes, a mouth and tusks. We enjoyed a special visit from Otto the Auto and the puppet Bob who explained why all children need to sit in car seats whenever they ride in a car and that we need to be careful crossing the street or walking in a parking lot. It was a fun but busy school day!
Wednesday 1/24 - When the children arrive in the morning they find different games and puzzles on the table to start their day. We introduced a puzzle with numbers from one to ten that promotes number recognition and encourages math readiness. Later the children counted colorful pom poms as they glued them on a paper winter hat much like the one in Jan Brett's book The Hat. We plan our curriculum to build on math, reading and science skills which are based on our weekly themes. Our children happily participate in the activities of the day and do not even realize they are learning all the time. We are running low on wipes so please send one in if you haven't done so recently. Thank you!
Thursday 1/25 - The children had such fun using a mixture of shaving cream and white school glue. This medium introduces young children to sensory play and lets them explore new textures. The children mixed the two ingredients together which became fluffy and when they lifted their brushes they noticed that peaks had formed. They continued experimenting with the brushes and then we gave them paper polar bears to "paint". As they were creating their bear we invited them to touch, smooth and smell the mixture with their hands. We asked how it felt. Is it cold or hot, hard or soft, smooth or rough and how does it smell? The children enjoyed touching the mixture and smearing it on the table. It was a messy activity that didn't actually make a mess! The children told Mr. Mike, our music teacher, about the shaving cream as soon as he arrived later in the morning.
Tuesday 1/30 - The snowy weather this morning was the perfect opening for a discussion about polar bears and other animals that live in cold climates. We showed pictures of Arctic animals and learned about the Arctic fox. The children created a fox with tissue paper, paper plates lots of glue. They love gluing, which seems like a simple task but it can be difficult for young children to manipulate a small brush, dip it into glue and spread it on paper. As they were working on their projects we explained that the fox stays safe from other animals such as bears or wolves because their fur turns white in winter. We used the word "camouflage" and tried a little experiment. I stood several feet away from the children and asked them to name a red object I was holding against a red paper, They tried to guess but could not really see what it was. When I took away the red paper they clearly saw that it was a red block. We tried this with plastic fruits, vegetables and crayons of different colors and we all giggled when we guessed wrong. It was a fun day!
Wednesday 1/31 - Today the children enjoyed some freestyle art experiences. We started with brown paint adding white paint every few inches to lighten the brown until we could only see white paint. The children learned that in the Arctic some animal's fur changes color to "camouflage" them to stay safe from larger animals called "predators". We have been using those two words which were in books we read aloud to the children hoping they would become familiar with them. Our next art centered activity was spraying shaving cream into our large basin table to allow the children to mix, measure, scoop and pour the cream to see how much would fit into their cups, bowls and pots. It was interesting to watch the children choose another bowl or larger cup when the first cup wouldn't hold any more. This is math in a fun and messy way. They were amazed to see how easy it was to clean their hands when they were finished.
Thursday 2/1 - Ground Hog Day is tomorrow so the children used flashlights to create shadows on the floor and ceiling. We tried to make shadow animals on the wall. The children were fascinated to shadows of their fingers and hands on the wall. The children glued "grass" actually, green paper, to a cup and glued their ground hog to a pop stick to show how a ground hog can come out of his burrow to see his shadow. They also enjoyed music with Miss Marlene's friends.
Monday 2/5-Today we made winter trees. We also learned about simple tools such as screw drivers and hammers. Our Promethean board lesson focused on simple machines such as pulleys, levers and inclines; we will be using them in our classroom all week.
Tuesday 2/6 = In Phys. Ed. today Miss Hong asked the children to sit in a circle to catch and roll a large ball to a child she chose. This simple activity promotes hand eye coordination which is sometimes difficult for two year olds. Our children were quite capable of rolling the ball straight to the waiting child. We also discussed tools, magnets and items we use everyday to help with simple tasks. The Children loved using tongs, spatulas, can openers, yard sticks and everyone's favorite...the ice cream scoop. We learned that magnets only stick to metal objects and the children walked around the room to see where the magnet would stick. Wednesday 2/7 - It was a very exciting day for the children. First, they listened to a story about a little boy who visited the dentist for the very first time. We talked about how we can keep our teeth healthy. Then, we were all treated to a puppet show by a dental technician from Smile Station. She demonstrated the correct way to brush and floss our teeth and some children asked questions. Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Bert & Ernie and some very interesting chickens made us laugh during the puppet show and the children were able to help brush a green dinosaurs big teeth. It was a fun and informative presentation and the children were each given a goody bag to take home. I read a story titled No, No, Yes, Yes by Leslie Patricelli and the children had such fun laughing and saying No, No when the little boy in the story did awful but funny things such as spilling his food on his head!
Thursday 2/8 - Another exciting day for the children at Iken Stem! The children went "ice skating with shaving cream today. They removed their socks and shoes and we put paper "booties" on their feet. They were slipping and sliding on a huge mat in the gym topped with shaving cream. After our ice skating session, we all enjoyed some "hot cocoa"...which was really chocolate milk! The children always point out the photo displayed in our classroom of penguins sliding on the ice and they were happy to try it as well. Mr. Mike brought a new musical instrument for the children to listen to and although they enjoyed it's sound they asked him to play songs to dance to. February 12- Today we learned how to use patterns to make dragons.
Tuesday 2/13 - Our busy day began as the children listened to a story about rocket ships soaring past the moon and stars and planets. They created an art project showing a rocket ship surrounded by planets and stars. of our curriculum themes this week is President's Day and why we celebrate it. We examined coins engraved with president's faces and used pennies with George Washington to do a science experiment. Our experiment today was to try to clean copper pennies. We set up water, milk, vinegar and soda and the children dropped a penny into their choice of liquid. We cannot wait until tomorrow to see which liquid cleaned our pennies!
February 14 Valentine's Day! - Today Miss Rebecca conducted a very interesting science experiment for us and our friends in Miss Marlene's class. The children helped Miss Rebecca fill a large empty soda bottle with vinegar and then a balloon with baking soda. The balloon was fitted over the opening of the bottle and as the baking soda trickled into the vinegar a bubbly reaction occurred. The children were amazed at the "explosion" in the bottle. To celebrate President's Day the children painted some sticks red and some white and glued them together. They added a blue rectangle with white sparkly paint to create an American flag. Our snack today was also red, white and blue...the children created a parfait with layers of cherries, blueberries and cool whip to resemble the colors of our flag. Yummy!
February 15 - Happy Chinese New Year to all! The children water colored space ships, aliens and stars to complete our theme, Exploring the Sky. Playing in the sandbox, the children enjoyed measuring how much sand it took to fill various size containers and cups. After music with Mr. Mike we were treated to a wonderful and informative presentation about the lunar Year of the Dog followed by a performance by some of the children in other classes. The children wore red and gold costumes and banged on drums as they marched in while beautiful music played in the background. Some children tried Chinese food, fruits and sweets or ate their own lunch as they talked and laughed with their friends. We all learned that red is a lucky color for Chinese people and each year is associated with a different zodiac animal. 2018 is the year of the dog! We wish you a fun and restful week off. See you soon!