Dear Parents, It was wonderful to meet you last Wednesday at Parent-Teacher Night! I look forward to an exciting and fun year ahead with you and your little ones! Please remember to bring the folowing items into school with you this week: - 1 Folder - A light jacket for your child to keep in the classroom - A change of clothes (shirt, pants, socks, underwear) in a clear plastic bin with a lid (state law dictates we can no longer keep plastic bags in our classroom) - A blanket your child likes to lay with Please make sure all of your child's items are clearly labeled with their name. Also, remember that we love to re-use paper-towel rolls and old magazines!
THIS WEEK (2/12-2/15)
February 12 - We started our week by learning our new letter: Q! We followed this up with some Q handwriting practice. After handwriting, we did some math. This week's theme is Exploring the Sky, so we did dot-to-dot pictures, from one star to the next, to make constellations! This was sent home today. Finally, at the end of the day, we began building president Lincoln's log cabin, in honor of President's Week! You can take a look at these on our picture site. See you tomorrow!
February 13 - Today we began our day by talking about cleaning pennies! We are doing an experiment to see which will clean pennies better: vinegar, ketchup, or soapy water. Most of us think soapy water will clean the pennies best, and some of us think vinegar might work, as well! We'll see! We then completed our "log cabins," which are drying in our classroom! We also had gym with Miss Alyssa and Miss Hong today - we played a coordinated jumping game with hoola-hoops. Have a great night!
February 14 - Today was full of activity! We began the day by taking a peek at our penny-cleaning experiment. We found out that soapy water does not clean pennies! The vinegar and salt worked a bit, but ketchup worked best of all! We were very surprised. After our experiment, we got to make our own President's Day celebration snack! We made it with blueberry and cherry compote and whipped cream. Needless to say, the kids loved eating it! After snack, we had science with Miss Rebecca - we found out how carbon dioxide emitted from different chemical reactions can blow up a balloon! A handout was sent home with more information about our experiment. We then got to go outside for the first time in months! We enjoyed the fresh air very much! Finally, after lunch and rest time, we got to start a new letter "Q" project, which will be hanging up outside the classroom tomorrow. What a busy day!
February 15 - Today was our Chinese New Year celebration! Many of our students participated in traditional Chinese dances and we had some amazing Chinese food made by many of our parents! Thank you to all the parents who helped make the celebration possible. We were so happy that so many of you could make it to celebrate with us, and we certainly missed those of you who couldn't make it! Have a wonderful break!!
THIS WEEK (2/5-2/9)
February 5 - Today we started our day by learning about our theme - simple tools. We talked about the simple, everyday tools we use every in our classroom! We discussed that tools are things we use to help us make things, and then it was time for us to find some! The kids found scissors, pencils, markers, crayons, and more! It was fun and we learned a lot - pictures are up in the picture section! Later on, we made a "C"at for our letter of the week - "C" - and then we did a "counting on our hands" math worksheet, which was sent home.
February 6 - We started our day today by studying the ice ornaments we put outside on our windowsill weeks ago! They finally froze, and we were able to see and touch the ice and freezing cold water. We talked about how the water froze and what would happen to it if we left it in the classroom. Afterwards, we did a letter "C" handwriting lesson and some handwriting practice. We also did some math in our journals at the end of the day on number 15. See you tomorrow!
February 7 - Today was our 90th day of school - soon we will be up to our 100th day! We decided, instead of counting by 1's, we would try counting by 10's! The kids did a great job! We also had a visit from a dentist today! She put on a great puppet show for us, all about dental hygiene! Go over to the pictures section to see more. After our dentist visit, we did a Valentine's Day literacy activity - we decoded some different Valentine's Day messages on candy heart stickers, and decided which we wanted to write on our own "chalkboard" hearts! Then we wrote one of the messages in chalk! They are hanging in our room. Finally, at the end of the day, we started decorating lanterns for Chinese New Year. We will finish them tomorrow!
February 8 - Today we spent the entire day working on Chinese New Year projects and in specials. At the beginning of the day, we started by finishing our lanterns! They look amazing - check the pictures page to see us making them! We also had a great time in gym class today - we went "ice skating!" We covered the mats in the gym in shaving cream and slid over them! Pictures from gym are also up! After gym we had music, and then after lunch we began our Chinese New Year zodiac sign hats! Many of our friends had to go out to Chinese New Year practice, so we were not able to finish everything - we will finish it tomorrow!
February 9 - Today we spent a lot of time playing and making our Zodiac sign hats. We had a lot to do with our hats! We now all have an animal from the Zodiac that we chose to be on Chinese New Year. We also explored Miss Christina's tool box and found out how to use all the tools! We had plenty of play time in gym - for a part of the time we were there, we played "auto shop" and pretended to use all the tools to fix other's cars, scooters and bikes! It was fun to pretend! We also went over some sight words at the end of the day. We slowed down a bit this week with the sight words, because the kids have so much other work to finish for the upcoming holidays, but they will be sent home next week so you can review them over the vacation. See you next week!
THIS WEEK (1/29-2/2)
January 29 - Today we learned all about Polar Bears! We started the day with a Promethean board video, lesson, and discussion about Polar Bears. We talked about where they live, how they stay warm, and why they are white! We also discussed Groundhog Day, and will discuss both of these topics more as the week goes on. Afterwards, we talked about the letter Z, and made "Z"ebras, which are hanging up outside of our classroom. We got some quiet reading time after lunch, and then began a math lesson that we will finish tomorrow. At the end of the day, we read an old Inuit tale about an old woman and a Polar bear called, "Polar Bear Son."
January 30 - Today was filled with academics! We did a handwriting lesson and some practice on our letter of the week: "Z." We also got to finish our math lesson, which was sent home today! We got some gym time with Miss Hong - pictures are up in the picture section! Finally, at the end of the day, many of our friends went to practice their Chinese New Year song, while we played with different types of legos in the room, and started a polar bear craft that we will finish tomorrow.
January 31 - Today we started our day by finishing our polar bear project! We had to color in a polar bear using white chalk. The children had to make one big semi circle for the head, and two small semi circles for the ears. After that, they had to glue on the mouth, nose and ears in the correct place. The polar bears are hanging outside of our room, and some pictures of the children creating them are up on the website. Before lunch, we also read a new book about how polar bears live in the zoo, and discussed new facts about them. After lunch and rest time, we began a handwriting/literacy task that we will finish tomorrow.
February 1 - Today we started the day by making a winter sensory tube! We used winter-colored beads, sequins and sparkles and poured them into water. Go over to the pictures to see us making it! Afterwards, a real police officer came in to the school to discuss safety in different situations. You can also see pictures of this in the picture section. We also got to finish our literacy/handwriting work, which was sent home today. Finally, at the end of the day, we started work on the number 14 in our math journals.
February 2 - Today was a fun Friday! In the morning, we finished up all of our work - we finished the number 14 in our math books after Shabbat, went to library, and then it was fun time! When we got back from library, we built a zoo together as a class for our letter of the week - "Z." After lunch and play time in the gym, we got to watch the Groundhog Day footage of Punxsutawney Phil (most of us were sad to hear there would be 6 more weeks of winter!), and watched a few Polar Bear videos, during part of our rest time. Finally, at the end of the day, we went over our sight words and read two books about groundhogs and Groundhog Day!
THIS WEEK (1/22-1/26)
January 22 - Today we started our day by learning about our animal of the week - Narwhals! We learned all about these unique creatures by watching a documentary, looking at pictures, and discussing their most amazing feature: their horn. Ask your children about them tonight - they might give you some amazing facts! After discussing Narwhals, we had a handwriting lesson on the letter "Y," and then broke into centers and did some handwriting practice. Finally, at the end of the day, we did a science lesson! Since we are learning about Arctic animals this week, we discussed how they kept warm. One of the ways we discussed was blubber, and how Narwhals have blubber. To help us understand how blubber can keep animals warm, we put shortening into a rubber glove and stuck our hand in! Then, we put our hand into a bin of ice water. We realized that some of our fingers (the fingers that had shortening in them in the glove) were staying much warmer than the others! Head over to the picture section to see some pictures of this!
January 23 - Today we made Narwhals! We made lines on paper, and then rolled them to make them into "horns." After that, we stapled them to our whale cut-out. They will look great hanging in the school mural that goes up by the end of the week! We also got to meet Otto the Auto today! Triple A came in to talk to us about car safety. After a talk with one of Triple A's representatives, we got a visit from Otto! He is a little car that turns on and talks to us about what to do in the road and parking lot! Go over to the picture section to see pictures of us making our Narwhals as well as our visit with Otto the Auto! Finally, at the end of the day we made a yellow "Y" with yarn! We had a lot of fun and a lot of learning today!
January 24 - Today we talked more about Narwhals, made yoyos (for the letter Y), and worked on the number 13 in our math journals! We wrote on a huge sheet of paper together what we know about Narwhals - the kids remembered so many great facts - they even remembered some that I had forgotten! Pictures of our yoyos are up in the picture section!
January 25 - Today we finished our yoyos by first spelling the word together as a class, and then writing the word "Yoyo" on our double-lined paper, cutting it out, and gluing it to our yoyo project. The project went home today! We also made ice ornaments - we filled a plastic cup halfway with water and the kids could decide which color(s) of food coloring they wanted to use to tint the water with. We then put them outside to turn to ice! Tomorrow morning, we will see what happens to them! We then had music with Mr. Mike, and after lunch, we did some dancing and talked about the sight words that will go home tomorrow: "funny," "one," "jump," and "say."
January 26 - We had a nice, laid-back Friday today! After Shabbat, we charted and graphed how many of the students in class like to wear gloves, and how many like to wear mittens. We got four students for each! We then made a bar graph showing 4 students for gloves, and 4 for mittens. Then, we broke into groups of two and had to figure out how to make a bar graph using big legos! Eventually, after some trial and error and a lot of questions, the kids figured out together how to make one! We had a lot of fun figuring it out, and they were so proud of their work - you can see the pictures of it in the photos section! Afterwards, we broke into centers and made an igloo craft, which is hanging up outside of our classroom. Finally, at the end of the day, we finished our igloo craft while we watched some documentaries about the arctic, and other freezing cold places in the world! Have a great weekend!
THIS WEEK (1/16 - 1/20)
January 16 - We started our week with the letter "X!" We first did a handwriting lesson, and then we finished our letter "X" worksheets. We also studied the letter 11 in our math journals today. We then discussed and read some books about inventions and inventors. We studied the game "Mousetrap" and talked about Rube Goldberg machines. At the end of the day, we did some letter "X" phonics by playing a phonics pictionary game.
January 17 - Today was filled with activity and fun! First, we celebrated Vihaan’s 5th birthday! Happy birthday, Vihaan! Next, we talked about penguins. We discussed their amazing waterproof feathers, and then did some experiments. First, we put drops of water on our own skin, then we tried it on our shirt. We watched as the water seeped into the shirt, but beaded up on our skin! Then we colored a penguin with white crayon and saw that the crayon made a wax coating on the paper, making water bead up when it hit it! It was like the coating on penguin feathers! After we were done learning about penguins, we made an “X”-ray project, hanging up outside our room!
January 18 - Our whole day was filled with inventions! First, we worked very hard on our Rube Goldberg machine. We had to figure out a way to get a marble to fall out of a funnel, hit a car, and knock down four dominoes. We figured out that we needed a tunnel and a ramp in order to get the marble to the car. After that, the car hit the dominoes and knocked them down! It was so fun to watch, and to try over and over again. We definitely understood what it felt like to be scientists, and have our ideas fail before it worked, but we were so proud in the end of what we made! We also made an invention today. We talked about ways to make it easier to hear if you can't hear that well. We discussed that cupping our hands behind our ears amplified sound a bit. We thought about what we could make if we didn't want to keep our hands behind our ears all day. We came up with cupping paper (we used two halves of one paper plate - one for each ear) into the shape of ears and making a band to hang on top of our head to suspend the paper on right next to our ears! We all got to make one of these! Finally, we had music and some play time at the end of the day.
THIS WEEK (1/8-1/12)
January 8 - Today was my first day back! It was great to see everyone's smiling face again! We started the day by discussing Martin Luther King and how he wanted everyone to be friends, and everything to be equal and fair. We looked at pictures of him talking in big crowds and learned a bit about his life. We also finished up the letter "V" by making a "V"olcano that was sent home. Finally, we started a math project on number 11 that will be sent home tomorrow.
January 9 - Today we started the day with an exciting science experiment. We got snow from outside and some ice from the freezer. We observed the differences between each, and wondered why they looked and felt the way they did. We guessed what would happen if we put water on each - many kids guessed they would melt, and one of the students guessed that the snow would feel like ice. This is just what happened! We also found out that snow melts faster than hard ice, and found out that it is because the snow is many little tiny pieces of ice, which melt faster than one big piece of hard ice. After our experiment, we learned the letter "W," did some handwriting practice, and then finished our math project, which was sent home, after lunch.
January 10 - Today we started our day with show-and-tell! We did a good job using full sentences and talking about our letter of the week - "W." After show-and-tell we began a handwriting/literacy project, making "W"ebs with yarn and a construction paper "W." The most exciting part of our day, though, was when we got a visit from Cornell Dairy and got to "milk" a fake cow and make ice cream! You can see the pictures in the picture section! Finally, at the end of the day, we read a poem together called, "My Two Hands," in preparation for Martin Luther King Jr. day next week. We made our hand prints and put them all around a copy of the poem, hanging right outside our room!
January 11 - Today we started our day by finishing up our "W"ebs, which are hanging on the wall of our classroom! We also had some science time with our Science weekly reader about Martin Luther King Jr. After we read and discussed it, we took a brown egg and a white egg. We broke them both to see what was inside - they were both the same! We discussed how this was like us, as people - we are all different on the outside, but the same inside. We also had some fun and did some dancing in music with Mr. Mike. Finally, at the end of the day, we learned more about 10 frames. We rolled a die and had to show the number we got in our ten frame. We them, had to figure out number was one more, and one less, than the number we rolled. We will finish this worksheet tomorrow!
January 12 - Happy Friday! Today we started our day with Shabbat in our classroom. After Shabbat, we finished up our math game, which we started yesterday - we had to roll a die and show how many in a tens frame. Then, we had to write the number that was one less than what we rolled, and one more than what we rolled. After math, it was time for library! Most of the children got to take books out today. Finally, at the end of the day, we did some building. The children were challenged to make a snowman using classroom materials. The first great suggestion was to use play dough. The second suggestion was to use paper and markers. The third suggestion was to use blocks. Finally, the last suggestion was to use boxes to build up. First we built a snowman up out of boxes, a broomstick for the arms, and a cylinder jar for a hat. We used white paper to cover the boxes, playdough for the eyes, and some markers to draw the rest of the snowman. After we built the snowman as a class, we played with shape blocks and play dough and made winter items. Head over the the picture page to see the amazing creations the kids made!
December 18 - Our party was so much fun! Thank you to all the parents who came to celebrate the holidays with us. It was so nice to have you all here. We had a great time singing for you, making ornaments, and eating special holiday dishes. After our party, we had a quiet day - we had some lunch, took a rest, and read a story by our author of the week, Marcia Brown.
December 19 - We started the day today with a visit from the author Peggy Grubman. First, she read us her book, "How Do You Get a Mouse to Smile," and then we got to play a fun game with her. She gave everyone a dollar, and they paid for a piece of cheese, picked it up, and ran away while we sang a song. After our author visit, we split into math groups and made a color-by-number "Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer" using numbers 1-3. The children got the concept pretty well! These papers are hanging on our walls.
December 20 - Today we started the day by doing a fun science experiment with milk, Q-tips, food coloring and dish soap. We put the dish soap on the end of a Q-tip, put a few drops of green and red food coloring into our milk, and put the Q-tip into the milk. The milk started swirling around and the red and green colors swirled together! This is a reaction between the milk and the soap - when you touch the soap to the milk, it wants to "chase" all the fat in the milk to "clean" it. Just like if you had greasy fat on your hands and tried to wash them with soap, the soap would go right to the grease on your hands to clean it! It was a super fun experiment! After science, we had a great time celebrating Virat's birthday! His mommy and daddy brought in delicious cupcakes and potato chips for us to enjoy. After we celebrated, we broke into centers and made a letter "U" umbrella, played outside, and had lunch and rest time. After rest time we did show and tell, read a book called "Once a Mouse," by our author of the week Marcia Brown, and started on a reading/coloring worksheet, which will be sent home tomorrow.
December 21 - Today we started the day by breaking into centers and finishing up our literacy/coloring worksheet, which was sent home today. Afterwards, we stayed in centers and pushed through our handwriting letter "U" worksheet. After a lot of hard work in the morning, we had some playground time, and then music with Mr. Mike. Finally, at the end of the day, we made some New Year hats that are hanging outside our classroom!
December 22 - Today was all about Christmas. We sang some Christmas songs, read three Christmas books, and did some Christmas tree addition - we decorated a construction paper Christmas tree with jewels, and then added the top tier of the Christmas tree and the bottom together. We did a candy cane experiment - we put candy canes into water and watched them dissolve, after guessing what would happen. We also played with "insta-snow" - we added water to a tiny bit of powder with pipettes and watched it grow into a big, wet slush that was super fun to squeeze and smoosh. At the end of the day, the kids got a little holiday goody bag from Miss Christina and Miss Joshi. We wish you a very happy holiday, and will see you in a week and a half!
THIS WEEK (12/11-12/15)
December 11 - Today we got to do so many crafts! We started the day with Mat Man, introducing the letter "L" for the week, followed by a letter "L" handwriting lesson on the Promethean board. Afterwards, we got to decorate REAL gingerbread men with frosting, sprinkles, cheerios, marshmallows and mini chocolate chips! Later in the day, we made "L"ights, (with a construction paper "L" and a string of construction paper "lights") which are hanging up outside of our classroom.
December 12 - Today we started our day by finishing our winter trees from last week. We split into centers, and also completed our letter "L" handwriting worksheets. Before lunch, we wrote about the number 10 in our math journals. We played "break the train" and wrote (OOOOO/OOOOO) 5+5 = 10. Finally, at the end of the day, broke into centers again and did a STEM challenge. We first talked about how tonight is the first night of Hannukah, and discussed what a Menorah is, and how it represents the 8 nights that the candles burned for the Jewish people who were in hiding. We then had to find a way to make "menorahs" with pipecleaners as the candles and playdough as the base.
December 13 - We were very busy with holiday projects today! We made a beautiful holiday gift for our parents today (it's a surprise!), snowmen, and "mittens" with our first initial on them. Our room is filled with glitter at the end of the day from all of the beautiful holiday art work we've been making! We still had time for some math, literacy, and science though, of course. We did the science weekly reader that got sent home today, as well as a little example of what we've been doing in class. We sent home a number 10 with dot-dots with 5 in the one and 5 in the zero. We did this whole class, and sent it home as the child did it to show parents their understanding of the addition we've been doing. Some children did exactly what was asked, but many are still learning. Some children made an extra dot or two, some made 10 dots in each number, and some just made dot dots all over their paper. Like I said, we are still learning! We discussed the correct way to make this after the children again after they were done. Some of them just need a little more time. Finally, we discussed the sight words for the week - "or," "like," "from," and "you," and put them up on our word wall.
December 14 - Today we started the day with a math lesson. We used different colored counters to sort and add. We started with 10 counters, and sorted them into piles. We had to find how many of each color we had. Then, we played a game - I went around the room and told the students to tell me how many of a certain color they had, as quickly as they could. Some kids could tell how many they had just by looking at their pile, some put the color in its own pile and counted how many they had. After math, we did some more holiday crafting! We broke into literacy centers and finished up our snowmen and made our holiday party crowns. We also had music today. At the end of the day, we did show and tell.
December 15 - Today was all about getting ready for our holiday party! We practiced our holiday songs, constructed and decorated a huge gingerbread house, and made our sugar cookies! It was a fun day of decorating and singing songs with our friends - a great Friday! Have a great weekend, and don't forget about the party at 10:50 on Monday!
THIS WEEK (12/4 - 12/8)
December 4 - Today we got so much work done! First we welcomed our new letter "K" and practiced it on the Promethean board. After handwriting, we broke into centers and finished our dreidels, which are hanging in our room. We also made "K"ites, which are hanging outside our room. Finally, at the end of the day we had time to do some math in our math journals. We broke 8 circles into "1" and "7" and learned the addition sign (+). We made an addition sentence - 1+7=8. Finally, we played a fun game with magnets, exploring the attraction and repulsion of both sides. Take a look at the photo page for pictures!
December 5 - Today we started our day by playing with Mat Man and making letter K with his parts. We also did some letter K handwriting practice. For math, we did a Christmas patterns worksheet that went home today: the kids had to glue the correct picture onto the end to complete the pattern. We also read a book about hibernation and discussed the idea of hibernation. After going to the playground, having lunch, and then rest time, we put on some Christmas music and made construction paper Christmas trees to hang in our room!
December 6 - Today, we started the day by finishing our Christmas trees! They are hanging up in our room, along with our dreidels. We also had gym with Miss Alyssa today, where we got to play with the parachute! The kids loved it. We also introduced our sight words - "a," "I," "boy," and "girl." Finally, we did show and tell at the end of the day!
December 7 - Today was all about hibernation! First, we had a challenge: we had to build a cozy place for our stuffed animal friends to hibernate! Go over to the picture section to see the great building we did! After we built our cozy hibernation spaces, we broke into centers and made some bear masks that were sent home! We even snuck in some time to do some Christmas crafts - we made reindeer ornaments! They are hanging outside our room. Then we had a hibernation party in gym! We got to eat Teddy Graham cupcakes and "burrow" in a "tunnel" (like a hibernating hedgehog), as well as go through a "cave" (like a hibernating bear). Finally, at the end of the day, we did show-and-tell and math journals (focusing on number 9 - 7+2=9).
December 8 - Today was a busy day for the little explorers! We started our day by having Shabbat with Miss Vicki's class and eating our yummy challah bread. Then, we made "K"eys. On a construction paper cut-out of a key, we had to do our best to write the word "Key" on our special double-lined paper. These went home today. Afterwards, we pulled our ongoing monthly theme of the holidays into our weekly theme of hibernation by reading the story "Bear Stays Up For Christmas." When we were finished with the story, we got to split into centers and begin our new Christmas project. We used "puff paint" (glue, shaving cream, and white paint) to decorate gingerbread men, which are hanging outside on our classroom bulletin board. We had time at the end of the day to work on ABC patterns with a hibernation worksheet. We also started a new winter tree project using our puff paint! What a full Friday!
THIS WEEK (11/27-12/1)
November 27 - We started the day today by introducing the letter "H" with Mat Man. After, we read the story, "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie." Afterwards, we made our own chocolate chip cookies out of construction paper and counted all the chocolate chips we sprinkled on! Some of us had over 20 chocolate chips on our cookie! Our cookies are hanging up outside the classroom. We also learned our three new sight words: "little," "for," and "house." At the end of the day, we did handwriting practice of our new letter "H."
November 28 - Today we began the day by making "H"ouses! They are hanging outside of our room. We also read the story "If You Give a Cat a Cupcake," and wrote a reading response about our favorite part - this went home in their folder today. The kids are having a lot of fun sounding out words! Most of them can write at least one or two letters that they hear in the words that describe their picture - this is a huge accomplishment! Later, we were able to do our first adding lesson! It was a very simple concept about the number 6 - we all had to write 6 circles, and then put a line through the middle. We counted how much were on each side, and wrote "3" on one side, and "3" on the other. Then we circled all of the circles and realized that the number 3 is in the number 6 two times! Finally, at the end of the day, we explored magnets! We went around and tried to pick up different objects with magnets! Everyone got to try. We realized that magnets and metal are the only things that stick to magnets!
November 29 - Today we started decorating for the holidays! We made all different color candy canes. The only directions were to make sure we used one white bead and one bead that we could choose the color of. We made such colorful candy canes, and they are hanging in our classroom! We also read "If You Bring a Mouse to School," and started a math project based on "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie." We had to take paper cookies with different amounts of chocolate chips and paste them onto the right number! At the end of the day, a few of the children also did show and tell. See you tomorrow!
November 30 - We started our day by making snowflakes! We talked about the fact that all snowflakes are different and read the book, "The Snowy Day." We took a piece of white paper and folded it. Then we made all different shapes on the folded line. When we opened it up, we saw that new shapes had formed! We also found out that if we folded it more than once, we would have exact copies of the shape we were cutting on other parts of the snowflake. The kids said it looked like magic! They were amazed that they could do it themselves. We made some really amazing creations that will be hanging in our classroom by next week! We also had music today with Mr. Mike. Then, later on, we finished our cookie jar math project. It was sent home today!
December 1 - Today we started the day by having Shabbat with Miss Vicki's class! We then went back to our room, ate our challah bread, and had math centers. We also started a dreidel project today, as part of our holiday season decorating! We will make dreidels and Christmas trees and hang them on our wall in the coming week. Finally, at the end of the day, we did some more addition in our math journals, centering around the number "7." We drew seven circles, and broke the line of circles at 5. We realized the the numbers "5" and "2" both go together to make the number "7!" We even learned about the equal sign (=) today, and had to use it to show that 5 and 2 = 7. The children are doing so well with our beginning addition! Finally, sight words went home today. If your child does not have an index card box, they will be sent home in their folder. If you are unable to get an index card box, please go over the words with your child and send them back in a rubber band or paper clip next week, and we will try to add to them as the weeks go on. Have a great weekend!
THIS WEEK (11/20-11/22)
November 20 - Today we learned about Native American symbols and worked very hard on our Native American vests for most of the day. We talked about how many of the symbols the Native Americans used, such as "mountain," "bear," "hunting," "rain," etc. We discussed why these things were so important to the Native Americans. Finally, we got to choose names for ourselves based on the symbols we saw on the paper, or animals we thought about that Native Americans shared their land with. Finally, at the end of the day, we went over letter "M" flashcards, sang a letter "M" song, and played some literacy games that centered around the letter.
November 21 - We started our day today by making mashed potatoes for our Thanksgiving feast tomorrow! First we talked about where potatoes come from, and how they grow. We talked about how the pilgrims used to have to work long hard days to get the potatoes out of the ground and bring them to their families - now we have machines to do this work for us! First we got to peel a raw potato. We then took turns mashing boiled potatoes. We heated up butter and milk, and then poured the mixture into the mashed potatoes and mixed them a little more. Finally, our mashed potatoes were done! We also made a "M"ouse today that the children took home with them in their folders, as well as Native American headbands. We decorated them with dot-dot paint and a feather. We are going to look great for our feast tomorrow!
November 22 - Today was filled with food, fun and learning! First, we did our handwriting and wrote letter M's - next week we will be working on letter H. Then, it was time for our feast! We sat with the entire school and sang Thanksgiving songs and ate several delicious dishes made by the classes in our school. We even had some time at the end of the day to work on number 5 in our math journals! What a great day we had! Have a happy Thanksgiving!!
THIS WEEK (11/13-11/17)
November 13 - Today we started the day by celebrating Hannah's birthday! She brought in a beautiful cake to share with the class. Happy birthday Hannah! After Hannah's party, we did some handwriting practice and broke into literacy centers - there was some great letter-writing and drawing in class today. We went out to get some exercise in the gym, and then came back and broke into math centers. Before lunch, we went over our sight words one more time, before they were sent home in the children's backpacks - you can send them back any day before Friday. After lunch and rest time, we made turkeys with plates, construction paper, and feathers - you can see them hanging outside the classroom.
November 14 - Today we started the day with a visit from Mat Man! We learned all about our new letter "M" and thought of words that started with the letter. Then we all got to draw our own "M" on the whiteboard. After handwriting/phonics, we did some work in our math journals. We also had gym today. After lunch, we started our lego-print corn - we took big legos, dipped them in paint, and stamped them onto a piece of yellow paper. Tomorrow we will cut them out and make them into a corn stalk!
November 15 - Today was all about our field trip to the grocery store! We started by discussing different healthy options in our daily diet. At the store, we went through 6 different departments, got to see a real, live lobster, and also got to eat a cookie in the bakery department, some cheerios in the cereal department, and some cheese in the deli department! When we got back to school we talked about what makes a balanced meal, and filled out a plate together with foods from all five food groups. Finally, we got some outside time and rest time at the end of the day, before a few of the children shared their show and tell items.
November 16 - Today we started the day by making "log cabins" out of pretzel sticks and marshmallow fluff. We had to try to figure out how to build up the pretzels to try to make a free-standing structure. After we made our log cabins, we did show and tell and got to talk about items that began with the letter "m." We had some play time in the gym, and then came back to the classroom for music with Mr. Mike. Finally, at the end of the day, we got to have some free time in literacy centers. It was great to see all the parents who came for parent/teacher conferences! Thank you for coming to talk with me - I really enjoyed sharing your children's work and daily activities with you all! November 17 - Today we started our day by having Shabbat in Miss Vicki's room. After Shabbat, we talked about life long ago and the process of churning butter. We then made butter together from heavy cream! We talked about where it came from and what cream is made of/what it can turn into. We all got a chance to shake up the butter. We saw the butter change consistency from cream, to whipped cream, to butter and buttermilk. The students watched as I poured out the buttermilk and saw that what was left was solid butter! We then got to spread the butter that we had made together onto crackers. We also introduced new sight words that were sent home today with the children who have sight word index card boxes, and we had library. After lunch and outside time, we celebrated our friend Claire's birthday! Her mother brought in a beautiful strawberry and whipped cream cake and balloons, and sent home goody bags for the boys and girls. Finally, before we left for the day, we had some math time and sent home a worksheet where we had to follow the path of numbers 1-20 to complete a maze. What a packed day! Have a wonderful weekend!
THIS WEEK (11/6-11/9)
November 6 - We started our day today with a handwriting lesson on the letter "N" at the Promethean Board. Afterwards, we came back to the room and did some letter "N" phonics cards. We also did some work with numbers and patterns - we put colored beads and buttons into a container labeled 1-5 and a container labeled 1-10, with a different colored bead for each number. We had to use the correct amount of beads or buttons for each number. This activity will help the kids learn numbers 1-10 in and out, so that they can recall the numbers and show them automatically - go to the picture section to see us in action! After some playground time, we came back into the classroom and talked about what we were thankful for. We spelled out some words together, like "daddy," "mommy," "sister," "toys," etc. We then broke into literacy centers and wrote out what we were thankful for on special double-lined paper. Later this week, we will paste what we wrote onto "feathers," and hang up a "Thankful Turkey" outside.
November 7 - Today we had science with Miss Rebecca! She came in to teach us all about how scientists make hypotheses and work with "chemicals." We got to use a pipette and wear special glasses so we didn't get "chemicals" in our eyes! (There were no real chemicals used - just water and food coloring!) We also had a lot of math today - we did math journals with a focus on the number 3, and we also got to take handfuls of noodles (for the letter "N") and see how many we could grab at once, then write the number and show how many. Finally, we also learned about Election Day! We got to wear the election hats we made last week and vote on which cookie we liked the best!
November 8 - Today we had a lot of time in literacy and math centers! We made a letter "N" for "Number" worksheet in literacy, and we built with legos, shape blocks, and clay in math centers. We played "Hide and Go Seek" to work on our listening skills, to help us with following multiple-step directions. We talked a lot about Thanksgiving, and read the book, "One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims." We also got another science lesson with Miss Rebecca today! We got to use a microscope and see frogs blood, butterfly feathers, and wool!
November 9 - Today we had more science with Miss Rebecca! We learned about static electricity. We got to rub a comb and a balloon on our hair and then watched as we saw pieces of tissue paper stick to them through the magic of static electricity! We also got to see Miss Rebecca rub a balloon on her hair and push a can around with the balloon without even touching it! We had even more excitement when Mr. Mike came in to do music class with us! In the classroom, we learned about how the pilgrims and native Americans used fruit juices to paint or dye their clothes, then we mashed up cranberries and used them to paint! Finally, we got some free time in math centers where we played with ten frames, five frames, and built with legos and shape blocks. We have off tomorrow, and sight words from this week will be sent home on Monday of next week. Have a great weekend!
THIS WEEK (10/30-11/3)
October 30 - Our week started off great today. For handwriting, we went to the Promethean Board room and did a lesson on our new letter "R." We read the book "Oodles of Animals" and remembered our trip to White Post Farms last week. We did some guided reading of a poem that we are familiar with from previous classes called, "5 Little Pumpkins." We pasted the poem in our season journals and drew a picture of it. We had math with Miss Joshi and learned all about tally marks, and how we can use them to show how many a number represents. It was a learning-filled day!
October 31 - Today we went to the firehouse! We got to talk to real firemen, try on their jackets, and take a tour through their firetruck! The best part was when we got to see them lift the ladder on top of the firetruck! After we got back, we had some play time and did our handwriting letter "R" practice and did our "R" rainbows! Finally, after lunch and a rest, we had a Halloween party! We got to read a story, play with Halloween magnets, and throw a pompom at a spider web to try and hit to spider. It was SUCH a fun day! At the end of the day we got our goody bags from Miss Christina and Miss Joshi, and we got some goodies from Virat's parent's also. They are both in the children's backpacks. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
November 1 - We did a ton of learning today! First, we made a fall "sensory tube" out of items that were the color of fall items. We talked about whether we thought the items would sink or float as we all got a chance to put some in. Afterwards, we shook up the tube and watched it settle - some items quickly, and some slowly. Next, we got to write in our season journals. We took items that we collected outside last week and studied them closely. Then, we had to draw them and try our best to label them with letters. As an example, one student realized that the word "yellow" started with a "y" and wrote that next to his yellow leaf. One student realized that the word "rock" had an "r" and a "c," and one child realized the word "stick" had an "stk." The children were so brave, trying to come up with the correct letters in their words and write the letters on their own. It was wonderful to see! Finally, we did the worksheet "How Many Rocks Can You Grab?" which was sent home with them in their folders. We do a version of this almost every week - the children have to pick a handful of a certain item, count the handful, and write the number. They then have to show the amount by drawing the correct amount of whatever item we counted. This is to study the numbers 1-10 out of context, and for learning to stop when you've drawn the correct amount of items. The children are getting better at it!
November 2 - Today we started with going over some new sight words - "good," "me," and "see." We spelled them, sounded them out, wrote them on the board, and put them under the correct letter in the alphabet on our word wall. They will be going home with the children tomorrow. We then made hats for Election Day next week as a class. The children had to use their class supplies to glue strips of red and blue paper to a piece of white paper. They then had to make red and blue "stars" (most of them made dots) with crayons. We also did our science weekly reader, which went home in their folder today. Then the children had music. After lunch, we did some word building with the ending letters, "-it." We made the words "sit," "kit," and "fit." We tried a few other letters like, "jit," but realized they weren't words. At the end of the day, we worked on our listening. We played a game called "Doggie, Doggie, Where's Your Bone?" One child turns around and can't look while another child chooses someone to sit on the "bone." When the student is sitting on the bone, the class says, "Doggie, doggie, where's your bone?" The "doggie" (the child who is hiding their eyes), must turn around and try to find the student who is sitting on their bone! Playing games like this will help with the student's listening skills and ability to follow 2 or 3-step directions.
November 3 - Today we started our day by singing some Shabbat songs and having our Challah bread. After Shabbat, we went to the library to read a story and take some books out. After library, we did some work on the numbers 1 through 10, with a specific focus on "2." We worked in our math journals, isolating the number, writing the number, and showing how many make two. Some of the students were even able to write numbers 1-10. Next week we will start adding number 11 into our lessons. Before lunch, we also reviewed all of our sight words: "and," "good," "is," "me," "see," "the." At the end of the day we learned about our new letter "N" with Mat Man and did some letter "N" phonics cards. It was a great day!
THIS WEEK (10/23-10/28)
October 23 - Happy Monday! Today we started the day by going over to the Promethean board to sing our "5 Little Pumpkins" song and discuss the fun number line activity that we sent home today. We sang about our 5 little pumpkins, and then had to dot 1-5 orange dots under the correct number. We also colored fall leaves today. Over the course of the week, we will write our names on the leaves and add them to our classroom apple tree hanging on the classroom wall! We also had plenty of free time outside and in literacy and math centers in the classroom today.
October 24 - Today we started using our math journals! We took a handful of buttons (for our letter B), and counted them, then we had to write how many we took. We wrote the number and made circles to show how many. We also read a story about a fruit tree, and discussed the differences between the tree in the story (a "summer" tree), and the trees outside. Finally, at the end of the day, we made aluminum foil tree paintings - we crumpled up pieces of tinfoil, dabbed them into fall color paints, and rolled them onto white paper. They look great!
October 25 - Today we went on our big field trip! We got to see and feed many different types of animals, went on a hayride, and went pumpkin-picking in a pumpkin patch! We all got to choose a pumpkin to bring home. We had so much fun! Afterwards, we went back to school, had lunch, and started our "All About Pumpkins" books! We wrote down how many lines our pumpkin has and how much it weighs. Tomorrow, we will cut open the pumpkin and count the seeds, and we will see if it sinks or floats.
October 26 - Our day was filled with science! This morning, we opened up a pumpkin to see what was inside of it! We counted seeds, counted the lines, and saw if it sinks or floats! We found out that it floats, and that there were OVER 100 seeds in our pumpkin! We wrote it all in our pumpkin books. After we finished pumpkin books, we read "Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf," and talked about the different colored leaves outside. We talked about the difference between fall leaves and spring leaves, and used adjectives to describe how they were crunchy, hard, smooth, soft, red, yellow, or green. After talking about leaves, we went on a nature walk and gathered tons of fall items off the ground, like branches, leaves, clovers, bark, and a few blades of dying grass! Finally,at the end of the day, we did some handwriting and started learning about letter "R" with Mat Man! We had a very learning-packed day!!
October 27 - Today we did some math review, art, and science! We started our day by singing some Shabbat songs and having Challah bread as a snack in our classroom. We also had library, where we read a story and all got to take a book out. After we finished library, we had math centers. We did some review of the number 1 - we wrote the number 1, we showed how many by writing 1 circle, and we had to pick the number 1 out of a line of numbers ranging from 1-9. My favorite part of the day, though, was when we went outside for free time. Virat and Simon wanted to see which of their cars went faster, and pushed them to see how far they went. Bryan and Jasper put sand and a stick of leaves into a bucket and put it into a house to make a houseplant. Vihaan and Murtaza worked almost the entire time building a big mountain together in the sand box. Claire helped the teachers and her friend by pushing Elizabeth on the swing. Hannah and Wynston played on the firetruck, joined later by Jasper, Bryan and Simon. Neil, Wynston, and Virat played music on the pots and pans we have hanging on the fence outside. We really used our imaginations and played well with our friends today!
***REMINDER: Please send your child's library book back to school each Friday - we only got 4 books today. Everyone got to take a book out of the library today, but for some children it is their second book. Please send both books back next week. We also only have only 3 sight word index card boxes - please send one with your children next week or they won't have a place to keep their sight words. Finally, please try to go through your child's folder each night - we may have important notices for you to see. Thank you!
THIS WEEK (10/16-10/20)
October 16 - Welcome to a nice long five day week! We did a lot of handwriting and literacy today! We started our letter "P" pumpkins and we finished our letter P handwriting worksheet. We also sang some Halloween songs and did some handwriting practice at the Promethean Board - go to the picture section to take a look. At the end of the day, we played with shape blocks and tried to think of different ways to make a hat, a dog, and a train. See you tomorrow!
October 17 - Today we did our weekly reader, finished our letter "P" pumpkins, and did some "touch math." We put numbers 1-5 in the correct order on a piece of paper and put the correct number of stickers on each number! The students did very well with it - they needed little to no help to complete it!
October 18 - Today we had our Diwali celebration! We had so much fun with our friends! We got to decorate clay pots called "Diyas" and dress up in tradition Indian clothing. The best part was all the wonderful traditional Indian dishes we got to taste! After our celebration, we came back to the classroom and played in literacy centers, ate lunch, played outside, and learned about our new letter "B" with Mat Man! What a great day we had!
October 19 - Today we continued the letter B by practicing our phonics cards and making a "B" butterfly! We had lots of fun singing and dancing with Mr. Mike in music. Finally, at the end of the day, we used oral story-telling to tell our friends what our Halloween costumes are, or what we would like to be for Halloween, before we went home.
10/20/2017 - We had a very fun-filled, packed day here at Iken! First, we celebrated Shabbat with our friends across the hall in Miss Vicki's class. We had an exciting JumpBunch class, where we jumped a lot, learned how to throw a football, got some exercise, and had to follow multi-step directions. We continued our work with the letter "B" by practicing our handwriting. Finally, at the end of the day, we talked about spiders and their webs. We talked about why a spider spins its web - to catch insects! We touched contact paper and talked about how it is sticky, like a spiderweb. We wondered how spiders don't stick to their own webs. Then, we dipped our fingers into water and touched the contact paper again - our fingers didn't stick! We found out that spiders have a chemical on their skin that stops them from sticking to their own webs! Finally, we got to make our own spiderwebs by putting yarn on contact paper - the spiderwebs are hanging in our room!
THIS WEEK (10/10-10/11)
October 10 - Today we read about firemen, painted our firefighter hats, and learned all about the letter "P." We went through our letter "P" flashcards and discussed how to make a "P," before doing handwriting practice on slates, with Mat Man, and with a pencil on paper. We also took a nature walk to see how the leaves were changing. And of course, we did plenty of playing! It was a nice day back after the long weekend!
October 11 - Today we celebrated our friend Wynston's birthday! We also had fun taking handfuls of pompoms and counting them, making the correct number of circles to show how many we took, and writing the number! Also, after discussing firefighters and what they do for us in more detail, we finished our firefighter hats! Look for them in your child's folders! Reminder: There is no school tomorrow and Friday. Have a great long weekend, and we'll see you on Monday!
THIS WEEK (10/2-10/4)
October 2 - Today we started learning about the letter "D"! We sang and assembled Mat Man together, before making D's with his lines and curves. We learned that a "D" is just a big line and a big curve! We also made letter D's with clay! Before lunch, we got into our math centers and made "counting apple trees" (the worksheet was sent home today)! The children had to choose a number of apples from 1-5, dot them onto their tree, and then write the number of apples on the tree trunk! We had a great day!
October 3 - Today we made an "apple tree" to hang up in our room! We cut out red apples and glued them on the tree; then we took pictures of ourselves and glued them onto our apple! Now we have our smiling faces looking at us all day on our classroom wall! We also got a chance today to go to the "Big TV" - the Promethean board, and play a fun pumpkin game. Finally, we did handwriting practice and phonics review with our letter of the week - "D." See you tomorrow!
October 4 - We learned a ton in Miss Christina's class today! After circle time, we started our day by making a number line, based on the book "Ten Apples Up On Top" by Dr. Seuss. After we did our number line and danced our wiggles out, we got into literacy centers and finished letter D handwriting practice, and made letter D "donuts," with construction paper lines, curves, and sprinkles! In the afternoon we had plenty of play time, rest time, and finished up our letter "D" donuts. Reminder: We have Thursday and Friday off this week. Have a great weekend!
THIS WEEK (9/25-9/28) September 25 - Today we went to the Promethean Board and played a fun game to learn about community service jobs! We also sorted sandpaper numbers 1-8 and etched them onto white paper. Finally, we read the book "Today I Feel Silly" and discussed all the different emotions we feel. It was a nice and easy first day back after the long weekend!
September 26 - Today we started our newest letter - "E." We made the letter with Mat Man on the rug, and we wrote it in chalk on our Handwriting Without Tears chalkboard slates to practice. Because this week's theme is about our community, we also made a street with sponge-paint houses to send home tomorrow.
September 27 - Today was all about the letter "E." We made letter "E" elephants - they are hanging up outside of our room! We also continued our sponge-paint houses and practicing writing our letter E's with our "Handwriting Without Tears" curriculum. Finally, we worked on phonics with our letter "E" flashcards.
September 28 - We had such a productive day in Miss Christina and Miss Joshi's class today! We started by making letters with clay - you can see pictures of the children's fantastic work on the pre-k photo gallery page! We also had music with Mr. Mike today, and a school-wide scavenger hunt! At the end of the day, we did some math, as well as handwriting practice! We sent home a lot of great projects, so be sure to check your child's folder tonight! There's no school tomorrow - see you next week! THIS WEEK (9/18-9/20) September 18 - Today Miss Christina's Explorers explored colors! We made purple, green and orange. We even got to go to the Promethean board and use a fun color-mixing game to experiment with color mixing all the colors (go to the pictures section to see it)! We also started our letters! We talked about the first letter in our Handwriting Without Tears curriculum - the letter "F." We identified pictures that started with the letter, and we also thought of more words that start with that sound.
September 19 - Today we continued learning about the letter "F" by making an "F" fox - an "F" with ears, eyes, a nose and a tail! We used Mat Man to help us find the right shapes to use when writing the letter "F" (one big line and two small lines). Finally, we also started to talk about patterns!
September 20 - Today we continued to talk about AB patterns and made our own on pipe cleaners with beads in a pattern to take home! We had to choose two colors and stick with them - the children did a great job with it! Later, we made an "F" with feathers! They are hanging outside of our classroom. We ended our day by reading "Pezzettino" by Leo Lionni and making some great structures inspired by the book with pattern blocks and legos! Have a great long weekend!
THIS WEEK (9/11-9/15) - All About Me September 11th - Today we used watercolor paints for the first time! Everyone practiced how careful they could be with the paints, and we had very little mess! We also talked about how to draw a person with a head, body, arms and legs. Everyone did a great job making their own person! Finally, on the playground we spent time in the sandbox discussing measurements and comparing weights in the sandbox!
September 12th - We finished our watercolor/math project today - we clipped 4 clothespins with 1 to 4 dots on them onto a paper plate with the numbers 1-4. This is a game you can play with your children to review the numbers 1-4 with them - take all the clothespins off, and then have your children figure out where they go! You should also take a look at our hair color/eye color charts hanging on the bulletin board outside the classroom, along with our faces! We found out that everyone in our class has brown eyes (light or dark brown) and most of us have black hair. Finally, we explored the different things we can replicate with pattern blocks. Some of the great discoveries we made were that two squares make a rectangle, two trapezoids make an octagon, and a square and a triangle make a house.
September 13th - Today we made our spotted turtle shells, numbered 1-5, sticking 1 to 5 "spots" on each shell. We also began our oral stories, gathering ideas for what we can say in front of the class when we tell our own oral story of a recent event. We also continue to explore pattern blocks to find what great shapes and objects we can create.
September 14th - We had quite the STEM-filled day in our class today! We started the day with four of our friends telling an oral story to the class about something we have done recently with our families. After a few of our oral stories, we read our Science weekly reader together. We also practiced our names. Finally, we did one of the STEM challenges that makes our school so special - we cut shapes out of cardboard and had to figure out how to make a free-standing sculpture using only scissors. We figured out that we can fold a piece in half and cut the middle, putting another shape in the middle to make the structure stand on it's own. We then cut small incisions into the other shapes to stick them together and build them up. As time went out, my explorers figured out more ways to make the structure stand, and cut new shapes on their own. They also realized they could cut more incisions into the same cardboard shape to stick more shapes together! Go over to the pictures section to see more of what we built!
September 15th - We had a great Friday spending time with our friend's in Miss Vicki's class! First we went across the hall to learn about Shabbat. We sang songs and had a wonderful celebration. We also had library today with Miss Sammy, and we each got to take out a book to bring home, but that has to be brought back to school sometime before Friday next week. We used what we are learning about shapes, building, and shape blocks to make a construction paper shape collage to bring home. We ended our day by visiting our friends in Miss Vicki's room again, and we started our Handwriting Without Tears curriculum together. We learned about parts of our bodies from "Mat Man" (a "man" made out of wooden curves and lines we can also put together to make letters), and when we were done assembling him together, we made letters using the lines and curves he's made out of. Go over to the picture section to see more! Have a great weekend!
THIS WEEK (9/5-9/8): We will be getting to know each other and exploring our school and classroom centers. September 5th - Today we went through our daily morning routine, sang, danced, and made "kissing hands." We had such a wonderful first day of school, making new friends and seeing old friends again!
September 6th - We had a great day reinforcing our cutting and glue stick skills! We cut fringes on feathers and decorated them, and we made a big square by gluing small squares into a square shape. These were both sent home in the children's folders today. NOTE: Please empty your children's folders each night. Thank you!
September 8th - Friday was super fun for the Little Explorers! In the morning, we took a nature walk around our playground, talked about the summer season, and discussed all the different things we could see in the summer. We differentiated summer from winter, fall, and spring. During math, we reviewed numbers 1-8 and made a counting octopus - 8 pipe cleaner legs, with 1-8 beads on each leg. See you on Monday!