We are excited to welcome you to our Toddler program. We will be called Miss Marlene and Miss Cindy’s Monkeys. You have made a wonderful choice choosing the Iken STEM Science Academy. Here your child will gain their first exposure to a fun filled learning and social experience. In school they will be interacting with children their own age in a loving, safe and friendly environment. Our classroom and program are specifically designed for their age appropriate needs. In preparation for the first day of school on Wednesday, September 7, we have comprised a list with some requests to help us prepare for a wonderful and safe year.
*All medical forms must be in before your child can attend school. *Please send in 2 pictures of your child and 1 family picture *Please make sure you have read your parent handbook. *Please send in a complete change of clothes including socks in a small closed plastic box (everything MUST BE LABELED) *Please send in a large package of baby wipes and some diapers to leave in their cubbies. *Please send in a sweatshirt to leave in school. *DRESS FOR MESS, we paint and play and we get messy. *Dress your child in comfortable clothes, and remember if they start potty training their clothes should be easy to remove. (PLEASE no onesies) * They need a large backpack and a pocket folder in school everyday--please check their bags and folders we will be sending home their projects and notices in them. They are very proud of their work—make a big deal out of it. * Please send in a smock. It can be store brought or just an old adult shirt *We advise comfortable rubber soled shoes, preferably sneakers. * We love birthdays; snacks may be sent in to celebrate with the class. The snacks must be marked with a U or K or parve. (Kosher) and must be nut free. Please don’t hesitate to contact me thru the school office @516-938-2540 or you can e-mail me at email@example.com. I will usually get back to you later that day or in the evening. You can also reach Ilene Morin, our director at firstname.lastname@example.org We are excited about having your Toddler in our class and look forward to a great year together.
Sincerely, Miss Marlene & Miss Cindy
IMPORTANT DATES: Tuesday, September 5: Welcome BBQ—6:30
September Wednesday, September 6- Today was a great first day. We painted frames for our "1st Day of School Pictures". We played with new orange play dough and lots of other toys in our exciting classroom. Before we said goodbye we had circle time and sang lots of songs. There is no school tomorrow, Miss Cindy and Miss Marlene will see everyone on Friday. :) Thursday, September 7-NO SCHOOL Friday, September 8-Today we all explored our room a little on our own. I think we did very well, everyone seemed more comfortable "spreading their wings" -- walking around without mom or dad. We had our first snack as a class and everyone sat at the table ,it was an amazing sight and a great photo opportunity. Have a great weekend we'll see everyone on Monday. Monday, September 11-Our first day without our mommies or daddies and we did GREAT. There were a few tears but most of the day was tear free. We loved the playground; the sand, slides and running around outside was our favorite part of the day. We dot dotted paper measuring tape which we will use to measure how tall each child is. This week's theme is "All About ME" Tuesday, September 12- As I mentioned at "Meet The Teacher " night the second day would probably bring more tears then the first. That being said they ended quickly and most of the day was filled with smiles. We painted houses for our family photos which will be hanging around our room shortly. We had circle time where we're learning to recognize our friends and match shapes and colors that correspond to our picture attendance cards. Wednesday, September 13-Today we made a puzzle picture of our face using a cut up picture of ourselves. We discussed above, under and next to as we placed our pieces on our face puzzle. Everyone's interpretation is different as you can see when you check out our art work outside our classroom. Thursday, September 14-Today was a really good day; there is definitely a light at the end of the tunnel, I am so proud of our children. Today we had music with Mr. Mike, he played his guitar and we sang and danced along with the music. We sang some songs we know and then he taught us some new funny songs. Ask them to sing the bubble gum song for you. Friday, September 15-Today we had our first Shabbat, we sang traditional Shabbat songs, lit candles and ate delicious challah. We shared our Shabbat with Miss Amy's class and then we all went to the promethean board to learn about colors. It was a really nice day. Have a great weekend, we'll see you Monday. Monday, September 18-Today we conducted our first science experiment. We had 3 bottles,1 with blue water,1 with yellow water and 1 empty. We then poured some yellow water into the empty bottle followed by some blue water and when we mixed it all up we made GREEN water. We then read the book ; little blue, little yellow by Leo Lionni. This week we have a lot of fun activities planned around little blue and little yellow . Tuesday, September 19-Today was all about "PLEASE and THANK YOU", we learned a new song that helps remind us to always use our magic words. We practiced being kind to each other by sharing our toys and waiting for our turn during circle time. It is really nice to observe the children recognizing each others pictures and interacting with each other. And it's only the second week of school. Wednesday, September 20-Today we had a delicious snack of "Apples and Honey" a Jewish tradition and symbol for Rosh Hashanah wishing everyone a sweet New Year. We also had a great day with our musical instruments. We marched and danced and tried to guess what song Miss Marlene was "playing". And I use the word playing loosely but we had a great time. Enjoy your extended weekend and a Happy and Healthy to all our friends. Thursday, September 21-NO SCHOOL Friday, September 22-NO SCHOOL Monday, September 25- This week we will discuss Christopher Columbus,maps and our home. Today we started to make a map of our classroom. We learned to use water color paints: the process is water, paint, paper repeat.We enjoyed the warm weather outside in the playground with our friends from Miss Amy's class. Tuesday, September 26-Today we made a house out of shapes, we used triangles, squares and rectangles. We played a game where we matched our foam blocks to our paper shapes. The children were very creative with play dough and some little plastic family figures, they loved pretending they had mommies, daddies ,babies and even cats and dogs. They are really doing great. We are very proud of them :). Wednesday, September 27-Today we talked about Columbus,we learned that he discovered America where we live and that used a boat for his journey. We sang a new song about his travels and then we did tested various objects to see what would float and what would sink. The children loved the water play and didn't even realize they were conducting a science experiment. Thursday, September 28-Today we finished our classroom maps, they loved putting themselves on the map.We also tested our boats in water, it was so exciting to see them float. Please take them out of their backpacks they can use them in the bathtub. It was a very busy day: we had a fire drill ,music with Mr. Mike and 2 art projects. The horn in we made symbolizes the ram's horn which is blown in celebration of the Jewish New Year. It is called a Shofar and they loved blowing it . Have a wonderful weekend; NO SCHOOL FRIDAY Friday, September 29- NO SCHOOL
October Monday, October 2-Apples, apples and more apples; today we painted with apples, tasted apples and made a graph of our results. We learned that apples grow from seeds that are planted in the ground and they grow into trees and come in different colors. Some are sweet and some are sour, we know that from some of the faces they made after tasting a green granny smith. Tuesday, October 3-Today we read the book "Ten Apples Up On Top " by Dr Seuss and used the book as the theme of the day. We made our very own book with our pictures and we will be sending home to share with every family over the next few weeks. Please read it with your child and enjoy. Later in the day we used the Promethean Board to learn a song based on the book, we danced and sang all about apples. Wednesday, October 4-Today we made caramel covered apples. We used all of our senses to examine the ingredients:caramels and apples. We looked, touched, tasted and smelled the apples and caramels while we made them. They were a big success, everyone dipping the apples and most of all eating them.We also hung up our Sukkot decorations in the Sukkah. Sukkot is an autumn harvest festival, it was when the Jewish people gathered the crops .A Sukkah is a temporary structure that has an "open" roof so we can see the sky.Enjoy your extended weekend :) Thursday, October 5-NO SCHOOL Friday, October 6-NO SCHOOL Monday, October 9-NO SCHOOL Tuesday, October 10-This week is we'll be concentrating on fire safety.Today we made ourselves into fire boys and fire girls, they'll be hanging outside our room for everyone to see. We learned about fire safety with the help of Elmo and the promethean board. We sang a song about calling 911 if we need help and if theres a fire we have to crawl on the floor and get out of the house. Please let us know if they talk about what we do in school, its nice to know what they are understanding about our lessons. Wednesday, October 11-Today our lesson on fire safety included observing a lighted birthday candle, we blew it out and watched the smoke drift up to the ceiling and we each took a turn smelling the smoke. We learned that fire is HOT and we should never touch it. We also learned that if we smell smoke we get mommy and daddy and crawl on the floor to get out of the house.They really enjoyed our science lesson today, they were such good listeners we'll be doing many more interactive experiments in the following weeks. Enjoy your long weekend, next week a FULL 5 days yay:) Thursday, October 12-NO SCHOOL. Friday, October 13-NO SCHOOL Monday, October 16-Today we made pumpkins using different materials. We used foam, paper and paint. The children had a great time creating their masterpieces. We also used blocks to build bridges and others structures that could hold our mini pumpkins.They really enjoyed placing the pumpkins under and on top of their structures. Tuesday, October 17-Today we made some beautiful crafts in preparation for our Diwali celebration. We made a "mosaic candle " out of paper plates and small pieces of colorful papers. We also did"henna painting"using lace dollies. They came out great. Please check out our bulletin board our finished pieces are on display. Wednesday, October 18-Today was a very special day at our school, we had a big Diwali celebration. Diwali is the Hindu New Year ,also called the Festival Of Light. We painted clay pots called "Diyas" and dressed up in traditional Indian clothing. But the very best part of our celebration was all the delicious traditional foods we tasted. Thank you to all of our wonderful moms who put together this very special celebration. Thursday, October 19-Today we made an edible pumpkin patch. We made chocolate pudding,using our math skills when we measured our ingredients. Then using an electric beater we watched as the liquid mixture thickened and became delicious pudding. We then created "dirt" using a hammer and wood block to crush the cookies. Our final product was delicious. Friday, October 20- Today we celebrated Shabbat with delicious challah and many fun songs. We also had a lot of fun doing various science and engineering activities with our pumpkins. We did a sink and float experiment and was surprised that our little pumpkin floated. We also made bridges out of different materials that we then balanced our pumpkins on. And finally we made a tunnel out of our big pumpkin that our wooden trains were able to ride through. It was a VERY FULL day. Monday, October 23-This week is all about leaves,the weather and we also have an author of the week: Lois Ehlert. Today we used our time outside to collect sticks, leaves and other items we found laying our playground. We will be using all of our collected items for a very special collage. Our snack today was delicious red apples, not only did we eat them we did a little apple investigation. We discovered that inside every apple is a hidden star with 5 seeds. After snack we painted using the the "star" as a stamp/paintbrush. Tuesday, October 24-Today we read "Leaf Man" by Lois Ehlert, the children really enjoyed the story and it became an inactive activity as they started to get up and point out what I was reading about. It was wonderful watching them participate and move the lesson in a whole different direction. I bought in lots of different size pumpkins and we did a little pumpkin investigation. We weighed them on a scale ,we used a tape measure to measure them and then the most fun part we all got to pick them up and compare big/little and heavy/light. It was a great day even with all the rain outside. Wednesday, October 25-Today we bought the outdoors in. We had collected lots and lots of leaves, many colors, shapes and sizes and I put them all around our room and we played, sorted and then made a "Leaf Man" collage with the real leaves. It was a lot of fun ,we all loved making a big mess with the leaves and I have to compliment all the kids because they helped Miss Cindy and I clean everything up. We really do have a lot of fun while we learn. Speaking of fun we will be having a Halloween celebration, they can wear costumes --NO MASKS. A note with details will go home. Thursday, October 26-We set up a leaf collection on the floor ,we covered it with clear contact and the children were fascinated by it . They walked on it and touched, after they explored it on their on we showed them how to make a leaf rubbing. Their faces were priceless when they discovered what was happening. Please look at our classroom bulletin boards for your child's work. Friday, October 27- Today was Shabbat which we all love because we get to have challah for snack.We made beautiful "stained glass" leaves and read some of our favorite Fall books. Please remember Tuesday is our trip to the Firehouse and our Halloween celebration. Costumes are encouraged we are looking forward to another great week. Enjoy your weekend. Monday, October 30-Today we learned about spider and used our fine motor skills when we stacked plastic spiders onto straws.We also made personalized trick or treat bags . Everyone painted their very own real mini pumpkin ,tomorrow all their treats will come home.REMINDER--We are visiting the firehouse and we be celebrating Halloween in our class. Costumes are encouraged NO MASKS,SWORDS, etc. Tuesday, October 31-HAPPY HALLOWEEN to everybody. Today was so fun filled and special. First of all everyone looked great in their costumes, our room was so festive. Soon after we all arrived we went to the playground for some free air and running around. Then we all walked to the firehouse with the entire school, we saw real firemen and went into a real firetruck; it was great. And if that was enough we made chocolate spiders. We examined and tasted the chocolate ,then we melted it and tasted it again. We talked about the difference between the chocolates. We added pretzel sticks for legs--8 of course, and white M&M's for eyes. Not only was our snack educational and scientific, it was DELICIOUS.
November Wednesday,November 1--Today we started talking about Election Day and learned a new song about the colors of our flag. We also added some new songs to our circle time. We now include a song about the days of the week and we spell each child's name. It is a fun way to learn new things. The most special part of our day was "painting" with shaving cream and then adding foam blocks and building with the sharing cream as a " cement". It was a new experience that most of the children really enjoyed. They had it all over, so if your child smelled kind of soapy its the shaving cream. Thursday, November 2--Today we started making our handprint flag.We painted our hands and then pressed, pressed.pressed.I will say most of the children really love getting messy with paint. Tomorrow we will finish the flag using white paint and our fingers to make the stars. We had music with Mr. Mike one of our favorite activities. Our favorite song of Mr. Mike's is Bumble Gum,see if your children will sing it for you. Friday, November 3--We sing wonderful traditional songs, set a pretty table and eat delicious challah bread when we celebrate Shabbat. The weather was so wonderful we had a great time in the playground, we love being outside. We finished off our week of spiders with a Fizzing Frozen Spider Experiment. We mixed baking soda with a little water and hid our plastic spiders in the mixture and then put it in the freezer. Later in the day we mixed some vinegar with food coloring and let the magic begin. Each child took a dropper filled with the vinegar and squirted it onto the frozen baking soda block. The vinegar and baking soda create a chemical reaction causing fizzing,bubbles and melting.We continued until we were able to dig out all our spiders. It was a fun experience for all . Have a great weekend. Monday, November 6--Today was Election Day in the Toddler room. We discussed what it means to vote; choosing which one we like best. Today's choice was between Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse stickers, please look at our Election Day bulletin board to see the process and results of the election.We also voted on two delicious cookies an for snack ;Oreo or chocolate chip. I must confess even though Oreo was the winner we all tasted a little of both. We've started talking about Thanksgiving. Over the next week we will be adding many new objects to our classroom that we can use to tell the Thanksgiving story. Wednesday, November 8--We're starting to talk about Thanksgiving.Today we talked about things long, long ago .Did you know there were no stores to buy paint in, there wasn't even paint to buy. What to do? We did an experiment. We took some cranberries and smashed them and guess what; we made "paint". We fingerprinted with our results it was messy but a lot of fun. Ask your kids about it, they had a great time with our homemade paint. Thursday, November 9--Today we started decorating our class for Thanksgiving. We painted a big turkey together as a class,it will be hanging on our bulletin board next week. Some of us love paint so much they paint their hands, it makes us smile watching them investigate the color and the texture of the paint. At this age learning comes through touch,taste and smell a lot of times and watching them discover something new is always exciting.Enjoy your weekend. Friday, November 10--NO SCHOOL Monday, November 13--Today was a special day at school, we celebrated Katherine's birthday. We sang to Katherine 2 times and made a beautiful birthday card for her. A special thank you to her mom for bringing in a delicious birthday snack. We practiced our Thanksgiving songs and we read a story all about the Pilgrims, the Native American and how they helped each other and then a a BIG FEAST to celebrate . Tuesday, November 14--We made a corn on the cob craft using Cheerios,not only was it a fun project to make it tasted good too. We love to go out on these crispy Fall days and play. Please dress them in jackets that are warm enough for this weather. We always try get outside for gym. Wednesday, November 15--Today we made some handprint turkeys, they love to paint their hands. We added feathers' beck and a red waddle. The feathers became a multi sensory experience. We touched them and blew them around, they really enjoyed playing with the feathers.We started a very exciting lesson today, it involves teaching the children to put on their own jackets. It's called the Fireman Flip.We place their jackets on the floor ,stand at the neck opening, put in their hands and FLIP. Hence the Fireman Flip,we will be practicing that alot. They are always so proud when they can start putting on their coats by themselves. Please help and encourage them. :) Thursday, November 16--PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCESToday we started working on our Thanksgiving costume, we are going to be turkeys. We made tepees for our Thanksgiving play village and the best part of our day--we made BUTTER. We've been talking about how long ago there were no stores to buy things in so you had to make things yourself. We now know milk( heavy cream) comes from a coward if you shake,shake,shake a lot you get BUTTER. It was delicious. Friday, November 17--I enjoyed meeting with all of you last night for parent /teacher conferences. I love "our" kids and I'm so proud of them. Thank you for sharing them with us.Today we celebrated Shabbat with a special treat, we used our delicious homemade butter on our challah-YUM YUM. We finished our turkey costumes that we'll wear at our Thanksgiving feast next week and we painted paper towel rolls that we will make Native American necklaces with . It was a very busy day. Have a wonderful weekend. :) Monday, November 20--Today we prepared our contribution for our school Thanksgiving Feast. We made a cranberry compote which consists of cranberry sauce, mandarin oranges and crushed pineapple .YUM YUM. It was a multi sensory experience.Everyone had a chance to smell all the ingredients, then we tasted each ingredient separately and after we mixed it all together we tasted our finished product. We can't wait to share it with our friends. Tuesday, November 21--PICTURE DAY Today was picture day and everyone looked so nice. I was very proud of all our kids, they waited for their turn ,(which is not easy to do) and when it was their turn they listened to the photographer and followed her directions.We also took a big Toddler picture with Miss Amy's class. We also helped Miss Amy make sweet potatoes with marshmallows for our feast tomorrow. It was a very busy day. Wednesday, November 22--THANKSGIVING FEASTToday was our school wide Thanksgiving feast we joined all our friends as we sang songs and ate delicious food prepared by all the classes.Everyone was dressed in festive holiday costumes; there were turkeys ( the Toddlers),Native Americans and pilgrims. It was a great day and we are all thankful to be part of such a wonderful school family. Have a very Happy Thanksgiving. We will see everyone on Monday. Thursday, November 23--NO SCHOOL Friday, November 24--NO SCHOOL Monday, November 27--Welcome back, I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. It's Laura Numeroff week, we will be reading many of her books and do some corresponding activities. During our Promethean Board time we heard If You Give A Mouse A Cookie and If You Give A Pig A Pancake,we also sang a cute song about pancakes. It was a great welcome back to school day. Tuesday, November 28--Today we read If You Give A Pig A Pancake and we did a project counting how many pancakes our pigs ate.We also made play dough cookies and pancakes and put them on a real cookie sheet to"bake" them. When they were"cooked" we used a spatula to put them onto our plates. It was a great exercise in hand eye coordination. We also enjoyed a special story time with Miss Amy's class. Wednesday, November 29--Today we read If You Give A Cat A Cupcake and then we made pretend cupcakes that looked so good the children watched to eat them. We also reviewed our knowledge of shapes and made a mouse out of different shapes. Check out our work hanging on the bulletin board. Thursday, November 30--Today was an interesting day, we had a Shelter in Place drill. Our children followed our directions perfectly ,they lined up and we walked to the gym ,then we sat in our designated place. Shelter in Place is used in case of severe weather such as a hurricane. We leave our rooms for an area with no windows to keep us safe . Today we also did some fun science ,we made syrup paint for our paper pancakes. We mixed Karo syrup with yellow food coloring. It made a shiny paint ,we tasted it, it was sweet. We touched it ,it was very sticky and we painted with it. It was much thicker then regular paint. We also painted a hedgehog for our school hibernation mural. Another fun and busy day. December Friday,December 1--We started our day with a birthday celebration for Arjun. He family joined us .They brought in beautiful birthday plates and napkins ,delicious cupcakes and goody bags for everyone. Thank you to Arjun and his family. We celebrated Shabbat with songs and challah and then went outside to enjoy the fabulous weather. Before we ended our day we made play dough hedgehogs.Enjoy your weekend, we'll see everyone on Monday. Monday,December 4--Another beautiful December day we were able to go out and enjoy. After running around outside we came inside to do some serious gift making. Can't say what it is because it's a surprise. This weeks theme is hibernation. Today we read We're Going On A Bear Hunt and then talked about bears and what hibernation is. On the Promethean Board we saw lessons on hibernating and migrating animals. And to top off our day we had a fire drill and the children did a wonderful job following directions. Tuesday,December 5--We started learning some holiday songs for our party. The room is is very festive with all the holiday decorations we're making and the holiday music we are listening to. Today while singing the Dreidel Song we all played with various dreidels, they really enjoyed trying to make them spin. Some of the children were able to spin them on their own and their faces told the story of how proud they were of their accomplishments. We also made a cave and bears to hang up in our room.The eyes on the bears open and shut, so-so cute. Wednesday,December 6--Today we made delicious edible caves for our little bear cookies. We used graham crackers, frosting and tiny little graham bears. The children really enjoyed preparing their snack but honestly they LOVED eating much more.We were even able to make our snack into a math lesson, we counted how many bears we put in the cave and discovered that our cave was a triangle. We talked more about hibernating animals and how some hibernate under the ground and some over the ground. We played a game guessing if the toy I had was UNDER the table or OVER the table. It was a lot of fun. REMINDER:Send in your RSVP's for our holiday party AND Tomorrow is our Hibernation Party-Children should wear pajamas and can bring a teddy bear if they wish. Thursday, December 7--What a wonderful day we had at school today.Everybody came to school in their pajamas and brought their favorite stuffed friend. Our furry friends joined use for circle time, music with Mr. Mike and our hibernation party. We had fun climbing into the "bear cave" and burrowing through a tunnel like snakes do to hibernate. Our hibernation party ended with a sweet treat: teddy bear cupcakes for all. Friday,December 8--Today we made some new decorations for our room. We painted stars, we mixed white and blue paint to make light blue. Creating new colors is always exciting. We also made some paper plate Christmas trees. We have new green play dough and a dreidel mold, we made play dough dreidels; they are pretend so they don't spin I was told. We practiced our holiday songs today with our class jingle bells. They really enjoy music and movement as a combined activity. Combining music and movement helps children learn to control their bodies. They learn to move fast to fast music, and more slowly to slow tunes.Learning physical control is an important developmental step and can help build concentration skills and self-control later on. Monday,December 11--This week's theme is "Let's Build It",today we started painting many different size boxes for our projects.In the upcoming days we will be constructing different holiday themed decorations out of them. We can't wait to show them off at our party. We had a very pleasant surprise today, gingerbread boy/girl cookies. We decorated them with delicious and colorful candies and then the best part we ate them. Yummy, yummy. We want to send Dr. Friedman a very big thank you for getting the school such a creative and delicious snack. Tuesday,December 12--Happy Hanukkah - Tonight is the first night of Hanukkah. For 8 nights our candles will burn so bright celebrating the Jewish Festival of Lights.On each of the 8 nights a candle is lit in a special candelabra called a menorah. The menorah has 9 candles the middle candle is called the Shamash ; it is the helper candle ,it is lit first and then used to light all the other candles.. We made beautiful foam glitter menorahs that will be displayed on our bulletin board. Todays science experiment also celebrated Hanukkah. We lit our class menorah with real candles. We observed what happens to candles when you don't blow them out. They get smaller and smaller until they disappear, the children were fascinated that the candles just disappeared. Wednesday,December 13-- Thursday, December 14-- Friday,December 15-- Monday,December 18-- Tuesday,December 19-- Wednesday,December 20-- Thursday, December 21-- Friday,December 22-- Monday,December 25-January 1, 2018--SCHOOL CLOSED January 2018 Tuesday,January 2--