Maximizing Children's Potential and Instilling a Desire to Grow, Learn and Succeed
My name Is Miss Vicki and my assistant's name is Miss Sona. We are very excited to be your child's teachers for the Pre-K year. We hope you had an enjoyable and fun-filled summer. We look forward to an enriching and rewarding school year. So many exciting activities will happen within our classroom that your children will be anxious to tell you all about. The Pre-K year is the time where children develop significantly in their academic, physical, social and emotional skills. As their teachers, we will make an important contribution in guiding this process in a positive and nurturing environment. I know the children will be happy to see old friends and create new friendships with boys and girls new to our program. I know, through experience, some of these friendships last throughout their school years. We have developed a curriculum where everyday is a successful experience for your child. We are excited to be The Iken Stem Science Academy. Our educational objective is a hands-on learning through Science, Technology, Engineering and Math which will be infused into all aspects of learning. Your child will be exposed to creative challenges and will benefit from its many rewards. They will always be encouraged to work to their highest potential. There are several supplies that we ask your child to bring to school on the first day: A change of clothing to be kept in the cubby A large backpack for all the notes and creative projects that will be going home each day A beach or bath size towel to be put over their resting mat A package of wipes A box of tissues An index box for their collection of sight words We are looking forward to meeting everyone at our back to school night Wednesday, August 30th at 7:00. Let us work together to make this year full of fun and personal growth for your child. \ - Miss Vicki
; JSeptember 5th- Today was a FANTASTIC first day of school!! We saw some of our old friends and made some new ones. We spoke about our summer and all the fun things we did. We did great first day of school projects; we made crayon box necklaces and a back to school crown. We also decorated our room; so please come in and take a look around. It was a beautiful day; we played and ran around the playground. It was so good to be back in school!!! September 6th- We had another great day in school. We finished our first day of school magnet picture which you can hang on your fridge. We also reviewed numbers 1-10 as we made our counting caterpillar. Everyone is participating in our morning meeting and learning the words to our song. We did a bean bag activity which the children enjoyed very much. JUST A REMINDER: NO SCHOOL TOMORROW; SEE YOU THURSDAY... September 8th Today, we continued our review of numbers through our turtle book. We also read together our first Weekly Reader which led to great group discussions. Please look for both projects in your child's schoolbag. Have a great weekend.... September 11th- This week's theme is "ALL ABOUT ME". We took a figure of ourselves and decorated it with things we like to do or things we like to eat. They are hanging on our hall bulletin board. Please stop by and take a look. Our Monday letter is in your child's folder. Thursday's Show and Tell is beginning this week. Please have your child bring in something that reminds him/her of something they did over the summer. Our Author of the Month activity is also starting. Our author for September is Leo Lionni. Please take your child to the library and let him/her choose one of his books. When the book is brought in your child will receive a certificate. September 12th- It was an exciting day in the Pre-K room. In the morning, we had physical education in the playground with Miss Hope and Miss Sammy. We designed a shape train to help us review all our shapes. Our number book is growing in pages; we practiced writing number 2 and did activities to reinforce our recognition of this number. It was a busy and fun day!!! September 13th- Today was all about colors!1 First, we designed a color caterpillar; each body part was a different color. Then, we discovered that if we mix certain colors together we can create a new color. In the afternoon, we did an experiment. We wondered what would happen if we mix oil and colored water together. We noticed that the water drifted to the bottom while the oil stayed on top. Your child now knows that the oil floats to the top because it is less dense than the water. We became little scientists!! September 14th- Today was a day of firsts in the Pre-K room. We had our "first" music class with Mr. Mike. We sang songs, danced and had lots of fun with puppets. In the morning we had our "first" Show and Tell. Everyone remembered to bring something; we love to share our "treasures" from home. It was also our "first" day to practice using scissors. We did a great job!!! September 15th- Friday's in the Pre-K room is the time to celebrate Shabbat. We joined Miss Christina's class in singing songs,saying the prayers and eating Challah. Our writing program is called Handwriting Without Tears. Today we built "Mat Man" as an introduction to forming the letters of the alphabet. Have a great weekend!! September 18th- We designed and created our first classroom book today titled Who Do You See? When each child completes their own page, this book will circulate to every house so you may enjoy the children's work. Our number book is ongoing and so far we have reviewed the numbers 1 and 2. In the afternoon, we read our Science Spin magazine. The topic was panda bears. The children were excited to learn how scientists go about studying this animal. September 19th- Handwriting Without Tears focuses on upper case alphabet letters first. Today was all about the letter "F". We made "f'ish and "f"oxes. They are hanging in the hallway outside our classroom. In the afternoon, we made edible faces. Starting with a rice cake, the children designed eyes, nose, mouth and hair out of "goodies". Of course, the best part was eating it. September 20th- With our chalk and pencils, we practiced writing upper case letter "F:. We also used scissors to cut out pictures beginning with our letter of the week. Today, we painted with edible paint made from yogurt and kool aid. We made beautiful colors and amazing pictures. JUST A REMINDER: There is no school Thursday and Friday. Have a nice weekend; see you Monday... September 25th- After a long weekend, all my friends were happy to see each other and to welcome in the new season of "FALL". We spoke about the changes we will start to see outside. We also introduced a new alphabet letter; upper case "E"> We practiced writing it on our individual chalk boards and created our own "E" cracking out of an egg. "E" gave us the opportunity to make "E"lephant headbands. The children looked so cute as they paraded around the room wearing their craft. September 26th- Our school theme is All About Maps and the neighborhood in which we live. Today, we designed a neighborhood map of all the places we may visit with our Mom and Dad. We also foiled Fall leaves for our Autumn board within the classroom. Please stop in and take a look. Today, we had Physical Education with Miss Hope and Miss Ilyssa. We learned how to throw the ball and get it into the basketball net. It was definitely a busy day!!! September 27th- Today we mapped the voyage of Christopher Columbus. We talked about his three ships, the dangerous weather at sea and how he finally found land to build homes. We did a Stem experiment to show how white rice ABSORBS liquid food color; we made beautiful colors which we will use for future craft projects. Tomorrow is Show and Tell; look in your child's school bag for the theme.. September 28th- Today, we designed "SHOFARS'(horns) to symbolize the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. I am so proud of all the children. Everybody remembered to bring in "SHOW AND TELL. They stood in front of their classmates and told the story of what they brought in to share, We now know so many things that begin with alphabet letters "E" and "F". We went on a school scavenger hunt. We had to look for certain items hidden around the school; we were great detectives and everyone earned a gold coin. JUST A REMIMDER: NO SCHOOL TOMORROW; FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 29th Have a great weekend; see you Monday.... October 2- Our theme thisweek is All About Apples. We started the day by doing an apple experiment. We cut an apple and put a piece in vinegar, another in tonic water and a third in lemon juice. We discovered the only one that didn't turn brown was the one in lemon juice due to the citric acid. We also designed apple glasses; ask your children to put them on for you. We celebrated Liliana's birthday today; her family sent in delicious birthday treats for us to eat. The new author of the month is Holly Keller. Please take your child to the library and let him/her choose a book to bring into school. October 2- We read a Weekly Reader today. We learned not only do we like apples but many animals do as well. We also learned about the different parts of an apple. After we were done with our reading, we turned it into a book which is in our schoolbags. October 3- Everything we did in school today focused around our theme of apples. We tasted three different color apples and voted on our favorite. The red apple was a class favorite. We decorated foam apples and our face in the middle. We then painted an apple basket. Tomorrow, we will put everything together and hang it on our hallway bulletin board. Please stop by and take a look. We also did a sequencing pattern of what happens when an apple falls off the tree to when we have enjoyed eating it. Look for it in your child's schoolbag. It was indeed a busy day. October 4- Our journey through the alphabet continues as we introduced letter "D" today. We played with phonics cards that focused on pictures that began with our letter of the week and designed a "DUCK" which is hanging in the hallway. We prepared a delicious "Apple Crisp." We measured all the ingredients, baked it in the oven and had it as an afternoon snack; YUMMY!!! We took our fruit baskets and proudly hung them in the Sukkah for everyone to see. Just a reminder: No school Thursday, Friday and Monday. See you Tuesday. Enjoy your long weekend... October 10- Welcome back to school after the long weekend. The theme for this week is "Fire Prevention. Today, we designed a fire truck and navigated our way through a maze to help the fire truck reach the station. We learned the important emergency number "911" and the fire rule " Stop, Drop and Roll" in case our clothes should catch on fire. We practiced this rule by following all 3 steps. We have mastered the numbers 1,2 and 3 by doing work activities and fun challenges. If you have not taken your child to the library to pick out a book by Holly Keller, please do so as they love when it is their book read at story time. The reward certificates are very important to them. October 11- Today was a yummy day in the Pre-K room; we made edible spider webs. WE used pretzel sticks, melted chocolate and sprinkles. We put them in the freezer to harden. After an hour, we took them out and ate them; they were delicious!! We practiced writing upper case "D" and recognized several pictures that began with our letter of the week. We also made dalmation dogs for fire safety week. Our weekly reader was all about fire prevention. We learned the different ways a fire fighter can travel to put out a fire, JUST A REMINDER: School is closed Thursday and Friday. We will see you on Monday.. October 16- The letter of the week is letter "P". This gave us a chance to make a "PINK PIG" which you will see displayed in the hallway. We started our "math journals" today. This will be an ongoing notebook of much of the numbers, patterning and interactive work we do in our math curriculum. We visited the Promethean Board today. We watched videos that reinforced our recognition and phonetic work associated with letter "P". October 17- Today was all about beading, patterning and playing... We started the day by designing an apple/fall necklace. The children loved counting the beads and putting the apples onto their laced up necklace. Next, we added a page to our math journal. The children created their own patterns of arranging apples on paper; some by size and others by color. We read our Science Spin Magazine. We learned all about "The Moon"; what it is like to walk on the moon and how it is different from Earth. Finally, we played in the playground. What fun the children had on the swings, playing in the sandbox and just running around. October 18- Today was a great day in nursery school. We had our Diwali celebration. It was so much fun; we painted and decorated clay pots called "Diyas', we dressed up in traditional Indian clothes and ate delicious food. It is the Indian New Year and we were so excited; it was like fireworks in the air!! The children got to take home "goody bags." We want to thank all the moms who arranged this wonderful party for us. We also constructed a tent in our classroom. The children can go inside and have some quiet time while looking at a book. JUST A REMINDER.. Tomorrow is Show and Tell. Please have your child bring in something that reminds him/her of the FALL SEASON. October 19- Today, we continued our alphabet work as we created a Peacock for letter "P". They are very colorful and look great hanging in our room. We went to music today with Mr. Mike. We did puppet songs, learned some musical notes and did dancing to music. After lunch, we poured water into a jar. We added vinegar, baking soda and a handful of popping corn. We watched the reaction as the kernels of corn hopped around in the jar. It was so much fun to watch!!! October 20- Today was a great day in the Pre-k class. We started the day by having Shabbat with Miss Christina's class. We sang songs, ate challah and drank grape juice. We then had a Jump Bunch class where we exercised and did many fun activities. The children loved it. If you want your child to attend this enrichment class, there is a flyer in their backpack to sign up. We ended our day by working on our Fall mobile. It displays many signs of the season. Look for it to be hanging in the hallway. Have a wonderful weekend; see you Monday... October 23- Today was a "BUSY,BUSY" day in the Pre-K room. Our journey through the alphabet stopped at letter "B". We reviewed the sounds this letter makes and made a bumblebee and bus. We started our sight word curriculum today. Your child has an index box in their backpack with 3 index cards. Each night, go over these words with your child and, please, leave the box in their bag. Each Monday, 3 new words will be added. Today, was our first math class with Miss Joshi. We traced our hand and counted how many cubes it took to cover one finger. The results were graphed to see who had the most, the least and who was in the middle. We went on a nature walk today. We then made leaf prints into clay with our gathered leaves. It was a great day October 24- We started our day with Miss Alyssa doing yoga with us. We stretched and learned yoga positions. We did a great science experiment. We took a curved out pumpkin, scooped out its seeds and filled it with vinegar, baking soda,dishwasher detergent and food coloring. We watched it erupt like a volcano... Just a reminder.Our trip to White Post Farm is tomorrow; please get your child to school on time as the bus will be leaving promptly.. October 25- Today was a great day; we boarded the school bus at 9:30 and we were off to White Post Farms. The first thing we did when we got there was feed the hungry animals. They saw us coming and they licked the food from our hands. We then boarded the tractor which took us along the corn stalks to the pumpkin patch where we each picked a pumpkin of our choice. We took lots of pictures which you can see in the Pre-k photo gallery. JUST A REMINDER: Tomorrow is Show and Tell. Please bring in a teddy bear or a picture of one... We will make our own edible teddy bear... October 26- Today was all about teddy bears!!! We made a "BISCUIT BEAR" using biscuits, raisins and chocolate chips for the eyes, nose mouth and buttons. We baked it in the oven and then had the most delicious snack; yummy!!! We also made a paper bear on a stick which we decorated with colors and googly eyes. Finally, for our Show and Tell, all the children brought in their favorite bears from home. We met rainbow bears, pooh bears, brown and white bears and even one that had a heart beat. It was a "BEARY" good day!!! October 27- Happy Birthday Anmay; today we helped our birthday boy celebrate his 4th birthday. His mommy and daddy brought in delicious cupcakes and a goody bag for all the children. We had so much fun!!! We finished working with alphabet letter "B" by practicing writing upper case "B" and finding our way through a maze by following only the "B's". We made it; we helped the bee find his hive. Every Friday is library. Every child chose a book of their choice. Some children have books at home that were not returned from previous weeks; please make sure all books are brought back on library day.. We finished the day by doing some work on patterning; the children did very well with this concept. Have a great weekend; see you Monday... October 30- Happy Monday!! Our alphabet train stopped at letter "R". We recognized picture cards that began with our letter of the week and repeated the sound "R" makes. We did a follow-up by designing a "R"aincloud with a rainbow above and raindrops below. We had math with Miss Joshi today. We learned about tally marks and how we can apply it to the counting of numbers. We used our cutting skills to cut out a picture of a school bus(just like the one we rode onto White Post Farms) and used our thinking skills to put the 4 pieces of the puzzle together. "3" new sight words have been added to the sight word box. Please review all the words with your child. Please read the Monday note that can be found in your child's folder. Your child can wear a costume to school tomorrow. Please put it over his regular clothes or put a change of clothes into his/her schoolbag. No masks, swords etc.. October 31 What a fun day we had in the Pre-K room. Our day started with a trip to the Fire House. The firemen told us about fire safety, we tried on their fire jackets, sat in the fire truck and watched the ladder on the truck go up until it practically reached the sky. The firemen gave us special goodies to take home. After lunch, our celebration of Halloween began. We modeled our costumes for our classmates and everyone looked adorable. We designed salt pumpkins and made edible treats. The children couldn't believe they could eat a 'spider", a "witches hat and broom" and a ghost. YUMMY!! The children enjoyed the treat bag that Miss Sona And myself gave to them. It was SO nice of Kensington's mom to bring in a present for each of the children. We thank her so much. The boys and girls had a fun-filled day... November 1- Our lessons on letter "R" continued today; this gave us the opportunity to design a name rocket. The children, first, had to count the letters in their name. They then took one square for each letter and wrote their name as they constructed the rocket. With putting a triangle at the top and 3 rectangles at the bottom, we were ready for blast off!! We discussed how clouds get too saturated with water and that creates rain. We took a jar, filled it halfway with water, squirted in some shaving cream and a few droplets of food coloring. The shaving cream couldn't hold in the droplets and soon rain filtered throughout the jar. We had blue streams circulating throughout our clear water. The children wanted to do it over and over!!! November 2- Our celebration and decorating for Thanksgiving began today. We painted our cornucopia and filled it with all different fruits and vegetables. We painted our bubble wrap corn and attached them to the cornstalk. Your children did a great job and made the bulletin board outside our classroom look very festive. After lunch, we took flour, vegetable oil and pumpkin puree and made pumpkin moon sand. The children mixed and mixed until it turned into a ball of orange sticky sand. They had so much fun molding it into different shapes and creations. Thank you for remembering to help your child pick something out for show and tell. The children loved listening to and seeing what their friends brought in to share. November 3- Today we reviewed uppercase R and practiced the number 8. We started to learn about Thanksgiving. We read our Weekly Reader and talked about the qualities of being a good friend. Have a great weekend. Reminder: Photo Day Nov. 8th November 6- Today we made red, white and blue election day hats. Tomorrow we will cast our vote for our favorite cookie. We welcomed in letter "N" by making a night time sky and a bird's nest. There are "3" new sight words in your child's box. Please review all their words with them. November 7 Today was Election Day in our classroom. We voted for our favorite cookie; will it be oreo or chocolate chip? Even though both cookies are delicious, the chocolate chip one was the favorite. We had science with Miss Rebecca. We learned what a hypothesis is and how to apply it to our science experiments and observations. We learned that by using a pipette, water and food coloring we can make different colors. The children had a great time and asked very intelligent questions to satisfy their curiosity. Look at the photos in the picture gallery. November 8- Today, we made believe we were children living long ago; no supermarkets and no place to buy paint. We wanted butter and pretty colors of paint; so we had to make our own. We shook heavy cream into butter and smashed beets and blueberries into shades of blue and red/purple. We spread the butter on crackers; YUMMY and used the juice of the berries to make beautiful pictures. Miss Rebecca visited us again. She brought her microscope with her and we were able to view an onion under it. We felt like "real scientists"!! It was a great day in school.... November 9- Today, we completed our lessons on letter "N" by writing the upper case "N', identifying pictures that began with our letter of the week and working our way through an "N" maze. Thursday afternoon is Show and Tell time. Everybody brought in something that had a number on it and told a story about their "treasure" from home. It was great to see that all the boys and girls participated in this activity. We had science with Miss Rebecca today. We learned about static electricity and the force it has to attract objects. Just a reminder: No school tomorrow. Have a great weekend; see everyone on Monday.... November 13- Today was all about birthday celebrations. We helped Valentina and Kensington celebrate their 4th birthday. Thank you to the moms for bringing in "yummy treats'' and "goodies." We welcomed in alphabet letter "M" by designing a paper monkey. We reviewed our numbers by counting thanksgiving pictures and circling the correct answer. Everyone did great; these pages were added to our "math journals." "3" new sight words were added to the sight word index box. The children are recognizing their words; thank you for working with them at home. November 14- Today's theme was Thanksgiving. We designed a turkey which you can use on your holiday table. The children made a log cabin from pretzels and marshmallow fluff. They were excellent builders and the best part was licking their fingers when they were done. To reinforce our letter of the week, we created a "movable monkey" which is in your child's schoolbag. Just a Reminder: Tomorrow is our trip to the supermarket. The children are very excited to meet our tour guide and have him show us around the different parts of the store. November 15- Today was our class trip to Stop and Shop Supermarket. The children had a great time. We learned about the different departments within the store; we visited the dairy, produce, meat and fish areas. We stopped at the deli department and had cheese, we went down the cereal aisle and had cheerios and of course the bakery section where we sampled the cookies. We even got to see a live lobster. When we returned to school, we reviewed the food groups and colored a healthy food plate Just a reminder: Parent-Teacher Conferences are tomorrow evening November 16th from 5-7. November 16- Today we designed our costumes for our Thanksgiving feast next week in school. We are the native americans and using brown paper, dot dots and feathers we created vests and dresses to wear . We also had music with Mr. Mike and practiced our songs that we will sing next week. We worked on our cut and paste skills as we reviewed the concept of what comes first, next and last. I want to thank all the parents who came tonight to Parent Teacher Night. It was a pleasure to speak to everyone about the progress their child has made this school year. November 17- Our day started by inviting Miss Christina's class into our room to do Shabbat with us. We sang songs, ate challah and had a great time. We worked very hard today on designing our native American headdresses which we will wear at our feast next week. Finally, we ended the day by visiting the school library. Every child took a book home with them, we just ask that they be returned before the Thanksgiving recess. Have a great weekend... November 20- Today, we finished our number book 1-10. The children had so much fun making the cover from beads. They can use these beads to count and make up number stories. Look for these books in their backpacks tonight. We also used magic scratch to create a turkey. The children were amazed to see a rainbow of colors as they scratched off the black surface. JUST A REMINDER: Tomorrow is Picture day; please have your children bring their smile to school. November 21- Today we designed our Thankful Tree. Each child added leaves to their tree indicating all the things they are thankful for. These trees will come home with your child tomorrow and would be a wonderful addition to your holiday table. Out of foil, we made canoes used by the Indians and mayflower boats which the pilgrims navigated as they looked for land and found Plymouth rock. We submerged our boats in water to see if they would sink or float. We observed all the boats floated until we put buttons into them which made them heavy and they sunk to the bottom. All the children were dressed in their finest clothes for picture day; they looked so cute!!! November 22- We started our day by preparing our string bean casserole for our holiday lunch. Then, dressed in our Native American outfits, we entered the dining room where we met up with the turkeys and Pilgrims. All together, we had a delicious feast, sang songs and wished one and all a Happy Thanksgiving. Miss Sona and I want to wish a Happy Thanksgiving to all the families in our class. Have a great weekend and we will see everyone on Monday. November 27- Welcome back; we hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend!! Our theme of the week are the books of Laura Numeroff. We started our day by visiting the promethean board and listening to some of her stories; we then created some of the characters. Your children's work can be found on the board outside our classroom. The alphabet letter of the week is letter "H". We identified pictures beginning with this letter and then designed a shape house. We, also, reviewed our writing of numbers 1-10 and did a cut and paste activity for putting a story in order. Our first day back was a very busy one!!! November 28 Today was all about designing our "Hobby Horses" The children had so much fun creating them and we watched them gallop out of the classroom on their way home. We have started to decorate our room as we get into the holiday spirit. Please stop in to see how beautiful our classroom is coming along. We have been working on cut and paste activities in categorizing different objects. Today, the boys and girls did a great job on putting different veggies in their correct place. November 29- Our day began with the continuation of making our room look festive for the holiday season. Our holiday tree is up surrounded by many decorations your children have made. We have menorahs, stars, candy canes and, of course, teddy bears. We worked on the math concept of greater and less. We used counters to help us on some of the problems that were challenging to the boys and girls. Everyone did a great job!! Today was a beautiful day for the month of November. We had a chance to go out to the playground; the children enjoyed running around and playing with the playground equipment. November 30- We started our day today by making gingerbread boys and girls. They came out so cute and they are hanging on our holiday shelves in the classroom. We enjoyed spending time with Mr. Mike. He showed us different instruments, we sang songs and danced to silly music. It was so much fun. Every Thursday is Show and Tell in school. The children looked very cute as they modeled the hats they brought in. You can see pictures in the Pre-K photo gallery on this website. We read about bats in our Weekly Reader. We learned so much information about this animal that we never knew before. We ended our day by helping Dustin celebrate his birthday. Thank you to Dustin's mom for the delicious cupcakes and candy treat bag. December 1- Our day started today with the celebration of Shabbat with Miss Christina's class. The children love to sing the songs and, of course, eat the challah. We finished our work with alphabet letter "H" by writing the upper case letter and doing a follow the dot letter maze. Once again, we worked very hard on designing the decorations for the holiday season. The children had so much fun and enjoyed listening to the holiday music in the background. If you have not sent in your response to our holiday party, please send it in as soon as possible. It is important each child have a family member there. Have a great weekend.... DECEMBER 4- Today, we started our work on alphabet letter "K'. The children made a kings crown out of our alphabet letter which is hanging in our room. This week's theme is HIBERNATION. We learned that not all animals hibernate in the same way. We made "2" hibernation books which you can find in your child's schoolbag. We watched several videos on the Promethean Board which reinforced our learning of hibernation versus migration. Today was a beautiful day for the month of December. This gave us the opportunity to go outside and play on the playground. DECEMBER 5- Today, we read the story Katy No Pocket and sponge painted a kangaroo and the baby "joey"; they are hanging in our classroom. Please stop in and take a look. We started to work on our holiday shirts for the party on December 18th; the boys and girls can't wait to show them to all our guests. Continuing with our hibernation theme, we read the story Don't Wake The Bear and learned the difference between hibernation and migration. It was a busy day!!! DECEMBER 6- Today we made koala crowns for the letter "K". The boys and girls looked so cute; please go to the photo gallery to see a picture. Our weekly reader this week was about bears getting ready to hibernate for the long winter. We discussed how we keep warm during the cold winter months. We began our work on simple addition by using pictures. The children did very well in this introductory lesson. Just a reminder: Please have your child come to school in their pajamas tomorrow with a favorite stuffed animal. Also, tomorrow is Show and Tell. Your child was asked to bring something in that reminds him/her of the upcoming holiday season. DECEMBER 7- Today was our hibernation party day!!! All the boys and girls come to school in their pajamas with their favorite stuffed animal. Everybody looked cute and very tired: I guess they knew a long winter nap was awaiting them. We built a cave in our classroom, ate a "hefty" snack and then settled down for 3 long winter months. Our party continued in the gym where we climbed through a bear's cave and crawled through an underground tunnel. We, then, ate delicious cupcakes and drank chocolate milk. Our day continued with Show and Tell. It was so much fun to see what the children brought in from home that reminded them of the upcoming holidays. They were excited to share special treasures. Once again, we continued our work with simple addition. The boys and girls can recognize a plus and equal sign and can add numbers up to 10. It was a fun and very busy day in our classroom!!!! DECEMBER 8- Today we finished our work on Alphabet letter "K" by writing the upper case letter. We also completed a phonics sheet based on this letter as well as compiling a bookwith pictures beginning with this letter. We are designing special shirts which we will wear the day of our holiday party; we can't wait for our families to see them. Today we told stories and thought about what would come next. This encouraged the children to visualize a situation and think about the "order process" of story telling. They did an excellent job... Have a great weekend!!! DECEMBER 11- Today was an "awesome" day in the Pre-K room. We started the day by welcoming alphabet letter "L". We laced this letter weaving in and out; The children did an amazing job. Next we want to thank Dr. Friedman in Miss Clara's class for sending in gingerbread men cookies for us to decorate. The boys and girls had so much fun as they brought the cookies to life by adding toppings. The best part was eating our funny friends. After lunch, we celebrated Sebastian's 5th birthday. Thank you to Sebastian's mommy and daddy for the delicious cupcakes and goodie bags they brought for each child. DECEMBER 12- Keeping with the alphabet letter of the week, the boys and girls made paper plate lion stick puppets. We hung them on the hallway bulletin board for everyone to see. We continued our math work with addition up to number "10" . The children used counters so they can visually see the adding of the "2" numbers. They now recognize the plus and equal sign and understand the meaning of each. Each day, we continue to practice our holiday songs so we can entertain you at our holiday party. Our fish bowl where we count to the 100th day of school is filling up. It is hard to believe tomorrow is day "60"!!!! December 13- The school theme this week is "Let's Build"!! Today, the boys and girls built the Polar Express Train. Using Styrofoam, wooden wheels. craft sticks, glitter and paint we designed the train as seen in the movie. The finished product is hanging in our room; come take a look; your children did an amazing job!! For letter "L", we created a ladybug while thinking of other words that begin with this letter. This afternoon, we began our work on "opposites". After reading an Eric Carle book about opposites we thought of as many opposite words as we could. We finished this lesson by completing a sheet which can be found in your child's backpack. Just a reminder: Tomorrow is Show and Tell. Please have your child bring in something that keeps him/her warm in the winter. December 14- Today was all about "Holiday". The boys and girls decorated and wrapped their surprise holiday gift for the family. Keeping a secret is hard for these children. We also made our cinnamon stick reindeer which you will see hanging in the room when you come to visit on Monday. We have "great singers" in the room. We have been practicing our holiday songs which we are excited to sing at the party. Show and Tell was great; everybody brought in something to keep them warm on these cold days. The pictures are in the photo gallery for you to view. December 15- Today our little chefs baked cookies for our holiday party. They added all the ingredients, mixed them together cut them out with cookie cutters and waited for them to bake in the oven. After they cooled, drizzled chocolate and sprinkles were the decorations. They look delicious and we can't wait for you to eat them on Monday. We completed our work with letter "L" by writing the upper case and doing phonics work by choosing words that begin with the sound of L. We can't wait until Monday so we can celebrate the holiday season. Have a great weekend... December 18- Today was Holiday Party Day in the Pre-K class. We were so happy that so many family members could join us as we celebrate the different holidays in December. The boys and girls sang the songs of the season; I was so proud of them as they filled the room with music. Thank you parents for helping your child craft a winter box to take home and fill with goodies. The children were so happy to present the gifts they had made in school to their parents. The delicious snack was served; the cookies the boys and girls had baked in school and latkes with applesauce. A great time was had by everybody!!!!! December 19- Today was an exciting day in our classroom. We had a visit from a "real author Bonnie Grubman". She read the class her book and played several fun games with us. We continued our journey through the alphabet by introducing letter "U". We made dot dot umbrellas from coffee filters. Even though it is December, the weather outside was beautiful. This gave us the opportunity to play on the playground. December 20- When we think of letter "U" we think of an umpire on a baseball field. Today, we designed this umpire on a grassy green area using different shapes for the markings. As we continue to practice writing our numbers, today we introduced the concept of before and after. We read a great Weekly Reader on mailing a holiday card to someone out of state. Now we know the exact route it takes. JUST A REMINDER: Tomorrow is Show and Tell. You may bring in anything you would like to share with your classmates. December 21- Happy Winter Solstice!! Today is the shortest day of the year. Starting tomorrow, we will have another minute of sunshine we can enjoy each day. We made ice cream in a bag this morning. We took ice cubes, heavy cream, kosher salt and sugar, vanilla and chocolate syrup and created homemade ice cream. After leaving it in the freezer for a couple of hours, we were able to enjoy it for dessert after lunch. Today's Show and Tell was so much fun; everyone brought in something of their choice from home and was very proud to share it with their classmates. December 22- Miss Sona and I want to wish everyone a wonderful holiday and A Happy and Healthy New Year. School reopens on Tuesday January 2, 2018; see you then.... January 2- Happy New Year; it was so good to see all the boys and girls after this school break. The first thing we did this morning was discuss what we did over the vacation. The children were very excited to talk about their fun adventures. We welcomed in "2018" with a class project of horns and fun glasses. We made a lot of noise and had a party of our own. The journey through the alphabet continues as we focus on letter "V" this week. We identified pictures that begin with this letter and designed a volcano with colors of red and orange. "3" new sight words were added to your child's collection. The boys and girls remembered all the words from before the vacation and quickly learned the new ones. Before the break, we had started to craft a snowman. Today, we added the finishing touches and you can see it hanging on the hallway bulletin board. January 3- Today was all about "a snowy day".. We started the morning by crafting a snow friend on ice skates. We then mounted all our people on an ice rink that we made in the classroom. Please come into the room and see what a great job your child did on his/her project. We then did an amazing science experiment. We twisted pipe cleaners into the shape of a snowflake and dipped them into a special solution. We need to leave them overnight and hopefully tomorrow they will crystalize into a beautiful snow decoration. The weathermen are predicting a major snowstorm for tomorrow. Please go to Ikenstem.com to see if our school will be closed. January 8- Today, we said good-bye to letter "V" by writing the upper case "V" and recognizing words that begin with this letter. We also welcomed letter "W" by designing a wagon pulling a watermelon. We read the popular book The Mitten by Jan Brett. We love this book and the class created a mitten of their own stretched out with all the animals snuggled inside. We hung it on our hallway bulletin board; please stop by and take a look. This week in your child's schoolbag are sight sentences. We grouped some of our sight words together to make 3 sentences. Your child was so excited at the idea that he/she was READING!!! January 9- Today was a fun day in school; we became junior meteorologists!! We discussed types of weather and what season they may occur. We looked out the window and our weather helper charted today's weather. We then made our own weather wheel to take home and determine the weather for the day. Each child received a weather certificate which validated him/her to be an official weather watcher. We read The Hat by Jan Brett and designed a hat which is hanging alongside our mittens in the hallway. We also began our work on simple subtraction using pictures. The children understood the skill and did very nicely in this activity. The work was put into each child's math journal. January 10- Today was an exciting day in school; we had a visit from a friend at Cornell Dairy. We got to milk a mechanical cow and churn our own delicious vanilla ice cream; it was yummy!! We learned all about Dr. Martin Luther King; an American Hero.. We created a peace sign from our hands and wrote what each of our dreams are for a safe place to live. We are in the process of doing a science experiment. We took 2 eggs and covered them with vinegar. We have to wait 48 hours to see what happens to our raw eggs.. We will tell you the results on Friday.. January11- This morning we focused on several academic areas. First, we reviewed our sight words and sentences. The children are so proud of themselves as they continue to recognize all the words. After this, we crafted a whale swimming in water for our letter of the week "W". This was followed by math work which focused on subtraction skills. The morning ended with Show and Tell. The children were so happy to show off their favorite article of clothing to wear. After lunch, we made homemade snow by mixing shaving cream and baking soda. The children were curious to see how it would feel; would it be cold, could they make a snowball? They were excited to see it wasn't cold to the touch but were even happier when they could throw a snowball at a friend. It was certainly a busy day!!! January 12- Today we finished our work on alphabet letter "W" when we practiced writing upper case "W", followed a dot to dot "w" sheet and found our way through an alphabet maze. The results are in on our "2" eggs we left in vinegar for 48 hours. The yolk of one egg fell out of its shell and was on the bottom of our container. The other egg also lost its brittle shell but it turned into a rubbery slippery oval shape which kept sliding out of our hands. When we tried to bounce it, it exploded into slimy egg yolk. It was amazing to see what could happen to an egg!!! We also watched the promethean board as we reviewed the life of Dr. Martin Luther King and sang some alphabet songs. It was a gray gloomy day outside but it was sunny and fun in the Pre-K room.... January 16- Today we journeyed through the alphabet and stopped at letter "Y". We welcomed this letter to our alphabet tree by crafting a xylophone. January 17th is Kids Invention Day. We have created a cleaning aid called The Cleaning Glove; one finger at a time. The children all helped by attaching a cleaning tool to each finger. Tomorrow, we will present our invention to the school; you can see pictures in the photo gallery. We introduced the concept of above, below and on. We had to identify objects that fit into each group and count how many we saw. This was good practice in the review of writing our numbers. January 17- Today we designed an x-ray of our hands using Q-tips for the bones we would find if we viewed a real x-ray. We introduced the concept of measurement using cubes to measure the length of objects. We recorded our findings on paper. As we think about the winter season and the snow that was falling outside, we made skiers using a pine cone as the body, pipe cleaners for the arms and craft sticks for the skis. Just a reminder: Show and Tell is tomorrow..Bring in a picture of a family member that you look up.. January 18- Today we finished our work on alphabet letter "X" by writing the upper case "X", finding our way through an X maze and exploring a picture filled with hidden X's. Show and Tell was a very exciting part of this day. Each child brought in a picture of someone who was special to them. It was so sweet to listen to the reasons as to why they chose this person. We concluded the day by reading The Weekly Reader; a Snowy Day. The children could easily relate to all the fun activities the children were doing in the snow. We then had to read a weather calendar and find all the dates within the month of January that answered the questions. The children did a great job!! January 19- Today was the display of our Rube Goldberg machine. What happens when you send a marble down a ramp to trigger a chain reaction effect. Look at our photo gallery to see your child trying out our homemade machine. This was the first day of our unit on measurement. What better way to measure your child's height than with pretzel rods. Each child laid down and a friend laid the pretzels one after the other to cover the child's length. It was a fun measurement lesson and certainly a yummy one!! Have a great weekend... January 22- Our trip through the alphabet continues and this week we will learn all about letter 'Y'. Today, we began by identifying pictures that begin with 'Y' and we crafted a yak animal. The school theme this week is arctic animals. Our classroom pick is the snowy owl. The children were so excited to begin this project as the first step was to paint the soles of their feet white. The ticklish feet brought about many giggles. Look for the school hallway mural later in the week. Our unit on rhyming words began this week. We charted as many words as we could think of that were in the 'AKE' and 'AT' family. This was followed by a paper to reinforce what we had learned. The other unit that we will introduce this week is measurement. The children will learn how to use a ruler and record their measuring. There are new "Sight Sentences" in your child's sight word box. The children were very excited to go home and read them to you. January 23- Today was an 'awesome' day in school. We got to meet Bob the puppet and Otto the Auto. They taught the children car safety rules ; the importance of car seats and seat belts. Otto was a remote control car that seemed to come alive; the boys and girls were excited to be a part of this lesson. We continued with our work on alphabet letter "Y" and crafted a 3 dimensional yo-yo. You can see it hanging on the hallway bulletin board. Our work continues with rhyming words. Today we introduced 2 new word families and, together as a class, thought of as many rhyming words as we could. This afternoon, we worked on a riddle arctic animal book. Together, we read the clues and the children looked at the word box to solve the riddle. They then had to write the answer. This was good practice for reading comprehension and penmanship. January 24- Today we did a lesson on painting. We didn't use paintbrushes like we usually do; we used "Y"arn for our letter of the week. The children did an amazing job creating abstract pictures. They are hanging around our "Y" bulletin board. We continued today with rhyming words and added "2" new word families. We then took our knowledge of rhyming words and played the rhyming mailbox game. The children picked a picture card and then had to place it in the mailbox of the correct word family. They loved playing this game and increased their understanding of words that rhyme. We ended the day by reading our Science Spin newsletter. It focused on the "3' states of matter; liquid, solid and gas. We also learned how heat affects certain materials. It was a busy day in our classroom. January 25- Today was all about STEM and science experiments in the Pre-K class. We started the day by observing water in its liquid and solid state and the effect the heat from the sun has on it. We are studying about arctic animals and the fact that their fat and thick fur keep them warm. We did the "blubber experiment" by covering our hand in a bag filled with Crisco shortening and immersing it into an ice bath. The other hand had nothing on it. We learned that the protection from the shortening acted as fat to keep that hand warmer than the other. We ended the day by learning that an orange with the peel on floats as compared to one that had no peel which sank. It has to do with the buoyancy of water and the effect gravity has on it. The children were amazed with all our scientific findings today!!! January 26- Today our class were busy bees. We reviewed our unit on rhyming words, measurements and even practiced writing our numbers 1-10. We also said goodbye to letter "Y". The children worked very hard today. Have a nice weekend. January 29- Today we introduced alphabet letter "Z". We identified many pictures that begin with this letter and crafted a zoo filled with animals. For our ongoing alphabet book, we designed a zebra and watched educational videos on the promethean board to reinforce what we had learned. We continued our work with rhymes by reading short sentences and filling in the missing rhyming word. We read an interesting weekly reader on penguins. The children learned all the things penguins can do and the one thing they can't; that is fly!! Today is Monday; "3" new words were added to the sight word box; please review all words with your children.. January 30- Today we did a Stem Challenge to see how strong spaghetti is. We took linguini and fettucine pasta and pushed some into a Styrofoam base while others we just laid down flat over blocks. we then took items of different weight and tried to balance them on the pasta. We learned that the pasta that was flat was stronger than the noodle standing straight up. We took many pictures; look in the photo gallery to see the fun we had. We continued our work on letter "Z" by crafting a paper bag zebra puppet. We also reviewed "opposites" ; the children remembered everything that was taught to them. January 31- Our journey through the world of numbers continues as we worked on number 11 today. The children practiced writing the number and then graphed the number after counting how many pears they saw. As we welcome in a new month tomorrow, the boys and girls began their work on their "love pot". Today, we tissue papered the pot; tomorrow we will add our flower and other goodies. Our work on opposites today focused on color coding opposites and a cut and paste activity. Not only did the children know the ones on the sheet, they came up with so many more. Just a reminder; Show and Tell is Thursday afternoon. Please have your child bring in a picture or stuffed animal of their favorite zoo animal. February 1- Today we had a visit from Officer Merkle who taught the children many safety rules to follow. The boys and girls watched a video that was very informative; they learned that a police officer is their friend. We welcomed in February by painting a "love heart"; it is hanging on the board outside our classroom. Show and Tell was an exciting part of our day; the children shared their zoo pictures and stuffed animals with their classmates. We continued our math work by focusing on the number "11" by coloring in all the objects that had a number "11'. We then had to count up how many we found. February 2- Today we finished our work on letter "Z" by writing the upper case "Z" and practicing phonics skills that centered around this letter. Today is Groundhog Day; we learned that the groundhog saw his shadow and that there would be 6 more weeks of winter. We watched the promethean board and read our science skills magazine and discovered many facts about this animal that we did not know before. In the afternoon, we did a fun Stem challenge. We took clothespins and craft sticks and using our imagination we designed some incredible works of art. Look in the gallery section of pictures to see our crafts. Have a great weekend.. February 5- As we continue our journey through the alphabet, this week we will stop at letter "C". We identified pictures that began with our letter of the week and crafted a cat which is hanging in our room Our 100th day of school is getting closer and we painted and glittered a big sign which will be on our hallway bulletin board. Each child got to string ten of something; we will have a total of 100 which will embellish our sign. The school theme for the week is magnets and tools. Today we took 3 bottles and filled them with different objects. We then took our magnetic wands to see which things the magnet will attract. The children learned the objects must be made of metal for the attraction to happen. We are focusing on numbers larger than 10. Today we worked on number "12". The boys and girls practiced writing the number and then graphed how many oranges were on their paper. On a page of numbers, they had to find the number "12" and circle it. It was a very busy day in our class. February 6- Today we were very busy crafting for the Chinese New Year celebration next week. We cut out our lanterns and decorated them with yellow tissue paper. Each child chose an animal from the chinese zodiac animals, colored it and will place it on their headband which will be worn to our celebration. We continued with our work on alphabet letter "C" and designed a caterpillar which is decorating our classroom door. We began our discussion of healthy teeth in preparation for our visit from the dentist tomorrow. We read a book called The Dentist Is Our Friend and many of the boys and girls shared their own visit to their dentist. February 7- Today was all about good dental health. We started the day when the dentist came to visit us. We watched a puppet show and learned all the different things we should do to keep our mouth healthy and our teeth pearly white. We even got to brush a dinosaur's teeth. The day continued as we designed our classroom dental project and read a Weekly Reader on how teeth can look so different. In the afternoon, we made homemade tooth paste. It was a little salty and the expressions on the children's faces was priceless. You can view these photos in the picture section. Just a reminder: Tomorrow is Show and Tell and our skating fun time in the gym. February 8- What a fun day in school!! We turned the gym into an ice skating rink. We sprayed the mats with shaving cream and away we skated. A drink of chocolate milk was perfect to end the excitement. Usually you paint with a brush but today we learned you can do magnetic painting. The children chose 4 different colors of paint and were amazed at the beautiful results. Show and Tell was great!! The children brought in everything that helps them keep a healthy mouth and were very verbal to explain their "treasures" from home. September 9- Today we finished our work on letter "C" by practicing the writing of this letter and identifying pictures that began with our letter of the week. In Math, we advanced to number "13". The children did a great job of writing the number and graphing the "13" apples they saw. The theme of this week was simple tools. After lunch, we became "little carpenters". With a screwdriver and hammer in hand, we turned the screw and hammered in the nail. It wasn't so easy!! We read a weekly reader on American Symbols. We learned about The Statue of Liberty, the Bald Eagle and the American Flag. We learned how lucky we are to be living in a land of freedom. Have a great weekend... February 12- One of the themes for this week is the discussion of President's day. During circle time we talked about and read a book about Abraham Lincoln. We looked at a penny and saw that his face is on this coin. We then did "2' experiments. We took a container, lined it with a paper towel and saturated the towel with vinegar. We are hoping to turn the shiny pennies green. In another bowl we mixed vinegar with salt. In this experiment, we want to turn dull pennies shiny. We have to wait a few days to see the results. Our journey with the alphabet continues and this week we are stopping at letter "O'. Today, we crafted an owl as we thought of many words that begin with this letter. We watched the Promethean Board and learned about Abraham Lincoln and many songs and dances to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Finally, our work continued with number "13". We had to find and color all the blocks that had this number on them and then add up how many we had found. February 13- Today we continued our work on letter "O" by crafting an octopus' eight legs with cheerios. With President's Day approaching next week, we continued our discussion of presidents by learning about George Washington. We read a book about his life and then framed Abraham Lincoln and George Washington in red, white and blue. Our weekly reader this week focused on these two presidents and the similarities and differences between our life today and theirs so long ago. The children are doing a great job of identifying beginning consonant sounds as our work in language arts continues. February 14- Today was a "FUN" day in school. We started the day by reading a valentine's day book and the boys and girls crafted a bear heart to take home. They were also very excited to take home their 'LOVE' gift to their family. We had a visit today from Miss Rebecca who demonstrated for us the different chemical reactions that would inflate a balloon. The children were amazed at what they observed. We continued our number work as we practiced how to write number 15 and recognize this number when mixed in with other numbers on the page, We ended the day by reading a weekly reader that taught us that animals could have the shape of a heart somewhere on their body... February 15- What an awesome day in school!! Today was our Chinese New Year celebration. We thank the parents who worked so hard arranging this wonderful afternoon. The children looked adorable in their Chinese attire, the dances and songs were great and the food tasted delicious... Have a restful winter recess; school reopens Monday, February 26th.