Here you will find monthly newsletters sharing our educational goals!
February Miss Amy, Miss Allysa, Miss Sue Every month brings new and exciting themes to enhance children's learning and February is no exception. Ground Hog Day is fun for the children as we practice digging out of our burrows to find our shadow. We will be using flashlights to see what shadows we can make. February is dental health month and we begin with a visit from a dentist who will teach the children how to keep their teeth healthy and they will be entertained with a puppet show. Some of the topics we will explore are magnets and everyday tools, exploring the sky and rockets, stars and planets. We will have a party to celebrate Chinese New Year and the year of the dog. We will be learning about Dr. Seuss in our Author Study. The children will listen to some of his story's and create art to coincide with our favorite books. We are amazed to see how much the children have grown in ability and confidence since September. They have bonded with one another and they ask where a friend is if someone is absent. The children are having a great year of learning and socialization and they are a joy to us. Miss Amy, Miss Sue, Miss Alyssa Miss Marlene, February may be a short month but it is one that is packed with many new experiences We begin February with Groundhogs Day, we will learn all about legend of Punxsutawney Phil, his shadow and prediction of our weather. This will start our lesson in shadows, light and darkness. We will use flashlights to create our own shadows as well as shadows of other objects in our class.
We will also be learning about simple machines, tools and magnets. I will be bringing in many real tools and giving each child a chance to hammer and screw nails into real wood. This is always a fun experience. We will learn about pulleys and levers as well as safety rules when using these items.
Name and letter recognition will continue throughout the rest of the year, We will be concentrating on each child learning their own name and the letters in it.
Red will be the color of the month, with our celebrations of “I Love You Day” as well as the Chinese New Year. We will be making many decorations for the New Year using the traditional color RED. And of course RED, pink and purple will be incorporated into our LOVE projects. There will be many opportunities to include math, science, art and cooking into our lessons. We will talk about President’s Day; where does he live, what is his job? One of science experiment will be trying to clean a penny using different liquids. We will also take candy hearts and see in which liquid they dissolve fastest.
We end February with the celebration of the Jewish holiday Purim. Purim is a fun holiday filled with many traditions. We eat delicious hamantaschen, wear silly costumes and make lots of noise.
IMPORTANT DATES & EVENTS: February 7, (Wednesday) –The Dentist is coming February 8, (Thursday) –School Wide Ice Skating and Hot Chocolate February 15, (Thursday)—Chinese New Years Celebration –Parents Invited 12 noon
Miss Billi Dear Parents, February promises to be a busy and fascinating month! We start with light, darkness, and shadows, using flashlights to emphasize the concepts. We will be discussing healthy habits such as eating healthy food, keeping clean (especially washing hands), and brushing teeth. A pediatric dentist will be visiting the school to talk about foods that are good for our teeth and show how they count children’s teeth when they have an appointment. We will be experimenting with magnetic and non-magnetic objects to see if there is a pattern. Then we will be examining everyday tools; not just the ones we would find in a workshop, but tools we use daily without thinking. This will lead us into lessons on simple tools, such as wheels and axels or inclined planes. What do we use to make our lives easier every day? The next week is a favorite: exploring space and the planets. With that, we will celebrate Chinese New Year! The children have been working very hard to make it a special day! We can’t wait!
Miss Clara Happy February! We have so much planned for this month!We will learn about Groundhog’s Day, Valentine’s Day, dental health, and Chinese New Year. Our science focuses will be on magnets and simple machines.Please continue to practice our sight words at home!
February 1st-2nd The letter of the week is Y! We will create many projects and crafts to help the class learn all about the letter. Our sight words are: of, are. We will learn about shadows and light while also learning about Groundhog’s Day! Our class will create a class prediction on whether the groundhog will see his shadow or not! This will help us study prediction and result. Our math focus this week is counting to twenty-five! Look for a project in our classroom that will help us with one to one correspondence.
February 5th-9th The letter of the week is Z! We will learn all about this letter by watching videos, reading books, and writing it. We will also practice making the Z sound. Our sight words for the week are; to, our. This week we will learn about simple machines! We will study the wedge, pulley, inclined plane, screw, wheel and axel, and lever. We will watch videos of each of the six simple machines and then we will use them in our classroom. We will also look for examples of simple machines in our lives! This week is also dental health week! We will learn all about the importance of dental health and practice using a toothbrush. A dentist will visit our school on February 7th (Wednesday)!
February 12th-15th This week we will focus on the letter C! We have so many things planned to help your children learn everything about the letter. Please continue to check your child’s folder to see what we are creating in class. The sight words for this week are: yes, no. We have a holiday filled week! First our class will have our own Valentine’s Day party! We will create heart projects with science! For example, one of our creations will be with colored vinegar and baking soda. Next, we will celebrate Chinese New Year on the 15th(Thursday). We will create a class dragon with 25 links of paper chain. Reminder: We do not have school on February 16th- 23rd.
February 26th-28th The letter of the week is O! We will create projects and learn to write the letter. We will also learn the sound that the letter O makes. The sight words for this week are: at, on. We will learn all about magnets this week! We will learn that magnets are attracted to metal. We will walk around the room and find surfaces that are metal with magnets! We will also paint with magnets. Our class will also learn about presidents this week! We will discover what a president does and why they are so important to our country. The children will find that presidents are also pictured on money! We will perform an experiment where we will find the best solution for cleaning a penny. Our number focus will be counting to 30!
Miss Christina This month will be full of Valentine’s Day love and Chinese New Year excitement in our class! Here’s what we’ll be doing!
Math: This month we will backtrack a little and further soak in what we have been learning over the past couple of months with teen numbers and adding. We will do some teen number review, and we will learn about different ways to add. We will use our hands, ten frames, different colored counters, and blocks to review and further explore the addition we have been learning. We will also study charts and graphs, and different ways to use/make them!
Literacy & Handwriting: This month we will begin to do more than one letter per week – even with the break coming up, we will focus on the letters “C,” “O,” “Q,” and “G.” We will continue our handwriting practice (to be made into books at the end of the year) with these letters. We will also learn phonics using flashcards and through our weekly show-and-tell. We will also continue sending 4 sight words home on Friday each week. We will be doing multiple literacy activities about Valentine’s Day and President’s Week (making cards, reading books, exploring and writing words used during these holidays), as well.
Science/STEAM: This month will be filled with exciting STEM challenges! We will learn about shadows for Groundhog Day, and make shadow puppets on the walls. We will make Valentine’s Day crafts and fill our room with warmth and love. We will study more about magnets, and we will learn about other every day tools that make life easier for us. We will explore the sky, rockets, and planets. We will celebrate Chinese New Year and make special lanterns made during the holiday. Finally, at the end of February after the break, we will discuss President’s Week and find out not only who is on the penny, but also how to clean them!
Themes: The weekly themes for February are: “Light, Darkness, and Shadows,” “Magnets & Everyday Tools,” “Exploring the Sky,” and “President’s Day.”
OTHER NEWS: On February 7th we will have a dentist coming to the school to talk to us!
Miss Vicki, February is going to be an exciting and challenging month in the Pre-K room. We will continue to add new letters to our alphabet tree, focus on new math numbers and concepts, explore new science ideas and have discussions on holidays happening this month. We will learn how to write the upper case letters C,O,Q and G, discuss their sounds, play phonics games and center many of our projects around these letters. In math, we will begin to focus on numbers larger than 10. The children will write them, concentrate on which number is bigger and smaller, make bar graphs and increase our sequencing skills of numbers. We will use our math knowledge to count how many sticks are needed to design Abe Lincoln's log cabin and how many drops of water can fit on a penny. Our science lessons will cover a wide selection of topics. We will guess as to whether the groundhog will see his shadow and we will design shadows of our own. Magnets and tools are always fascinating to children. We will explore different kinds of tools and compare their uses. The boys and girls will discover what items are attracted and repelled by magnets. We will create magnetic projects to experience these things firsthand. We will explore the sky as we learn about the solar system of planets, rockets and stars in our theme of the week. February is the celebration of holidays. First, we have Chinese New Year; the year of the dog. We thank, ahead of time, our many parents who are preparing and planning an amazing time for us. We will talk about President's Day; George Washington and Abraham Lincoln and how times were so different back then. Purim is also celebrated in February. The children will learn about this joyous holiday and will be able to come to school in their costumes and march in our parade. Finally, we have a visit from the dentist who will teach us how to keep our teeth white and our mouth healthy through a puppet show. Our sight word list is growing each week and your children have made a transition to putting these words into sentences. They are building a great foundation to reading. As you can see, there is a lot of learning going on in the Pre-K room.
January Miss Amy Dear Families: We hope you enjoyed the holidays and we wish you a Happy New Year! Now that the parties and celebrations are over we will begin the new year with many interesting themes and STEM activities. With winter quickly approaching we will notice changes in weather such as leaves disintegrating and brittle branches that have fallen off trees. We will create snowflakes to hang by the window and notice how the sun and light will cast a sparkly glow. Friendship is always a goal in our classroom and we will learn about the message Dr. Martin Luther King brought to all of us. We will discuss acts of kindness that we can use every day. Our author study will be Jan Brett and we will read her book, The Mitten and create a fun art project to coincide with the story. Another fun topic is penguins and the children will create them out of toilet paper rolls as we discuss how they keep their young warm in the frigid weather of the Arctic. Other Arctic animals such as polar bears, snowy owls andwhales will also be part of our discussion and art work. National Kids Inventors Day is another fun and challenging time as we try to come up with an invention that will help us in school such as making putting away blocks easier by perhaps making a ramp to slide them into their cubby. We'll see what our little friends come up with. As always, exercise, story time, singing, free play and snack time are incorporated into our busy day. Please send in a package of wipes to share in the classroom. We appreciate your support.
Miss Marlene We hope everyone had a great vacation; we are so excited to be back. We would like to wish everyone a very Happy and Healthy New Year!! We have some great themes planned for this month. We begin by welcoming in 2018; we will talk about the numbers 2-0-1-8 and incorporate a fun math activity (1:1 Math correspondence) into our discussion by having the childrenidentify the numbers and then count the appropriate amount of stickers they need for each number. There will be lessons about the 4 seasons ; their names, what happens during each season and many creative projects to correspond to our discussions. WHITE will be the color of the month with lots of snow and ice based activities. We will be making “fake” snow, painting on ICE and learning all about Artic Animals. And if we’re really lucky we will even get to play with some real snow. We will also honor Martin Luther King Jr. within our classroom with discussions about friendship and a how beautiful a RAINBOW is because of all its different colors. Our author study this month is Jan Brettwho wrote The Mitten as well as many other wonderful Books.
I will be bringing many new objects into our classroom to help encourage dramatic play, sensory exploration and their own creative minds. It is the beginning of a new and wonderful year. IMPORTANT DATES & EVENTS: January 10,2018 (Wednesday) –Cornell Dairy Visits – we will make ice and milk a “cow” January 15, (Monday) –School Closed; Martin Luther’s King Day
MissBilli January is an exciting month for our school! We get to learn about changes in our climate and their effect on trees, which we reflected in our very own books. We discussed and documented our facts on our classroom chart and refer to them often. But that is only the beginning. Exploring the nature of friendship is very natural as we learn about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. By comparing brown and white eggs, we learn that, although the outside is different, inside they are the same. Class lessons include discussing what traits we value in our friends. We will learn facts about polar bears and penguins, as well as their respective arctic and Antarctic regions. Our Promethiean board allows us to see real videos of all sorts of animals from the poles. There is National Kid Inventor Day and Benjamin Franklin’s birthday, and Rube Goldberg machines to make and explore. We will also create an arctic mural. We really are very busy in January. How wonderful!
We have so much planned for this first month of the New Year! We will be learning about Martin Luther King Jr. and artic animals. Our science focus will challenge the students to create a Rube Goldberg machine. We will also continue to learn sight words!
January 2nd – 5th The letter of the week is U! We will create many projects and crafts to help the class learn all about the letter. Our sight word is for! We will be learning all about the New Year. The class will learn why we have a new year and about the first month, January. We will also create a project where the children will write each number in 2018 in the correct order. We will also perform several science experiments that resemble fireworks to celebrate the New Year.
January 8th-12th The letter of the week is V! We will learn all about this letter by watching videos, reading books, and writing it. We will also practice making the V sound. Our sight words for the week is are. This week we will learn about Martin Luther King Jr. We will read several books about why he is important. Our author study this week is Jan Brett. If you go to the library, please check out a Jan Brett book and send it school with your child! They love when we read books from home. On January 10th the children will milk a “cow” when Cornell University comes to visit the school.
January 16th-19th This week we will focus on the letter W! We have so many things planned to help your children learn everything about the letter.Please continue to check your child’s folder to see what we are creating in class. The sight word for this week is me. This week we will be creating Rube Goldberg machines. The class will learn what Rube Goldberg machines are and we will play games like mouse trap to demonstrate how one operates. We will also be completing a stem challenge centered on penguins feathers. We will learn that the feathers are waterproof! We will work tocreate a replica in our classroom. Reminder: No school on January 15th (Monday).
January 22nd – 26th The letter of the week is X! We will create projects and learn to write the letter. We will also learn the sound that the letter X makes. The sight word for this week is go! The theme for this week is artic animals. We will learn where and what the artic is. Then, the class will discover all the animals that live in the artic. The school will create a mural with all of the animals. We will read books to assist in the learning of these animals. We will also begin to learn numbers 15-20 this week.
Miss Vicki Welcome back; we hope everyone had a memorable holiday and we wish all our families a Happy New Year.January is going to be a busy month as we journey through the path of new alphabet letters, learn new math skills, embark on new science adventures and welcome a new author of the month We will welcome in the new year, 2018, through a classroom project of noisemakers and fun glasses and a discussion of why it is celebrated. We will introduce the word "resolution" and each child will think of something they would like to do differently this year. Our alphabet tree of letters is growing. This month, we will add V,W,X,Y and Z. Your children will learn the sounds of these letters and practice writing them throughout the week. They will recognize words beginning with these 5 letters and do various phonics activities. The boys and girls love to be challenged in math. This month, we will focus on simple subtraction 1-10, first through pictures, and then subtraction equations. We will continue working with past math concepts as we are always reviewing what we have learned. Science always plays an important role in our monthly curriculum and this month will be no different. We will begin with discovery through seasonal changes. We will observe how things look different in winter as compared to other seasons. We will have a sensory box; this will give the children a chance to feel different objects and describe their differences. We are looking forward to a visit from Cornell where they will show us how a mechanical cow is milked and how ice cream is made.
January is the month when we celebrate National Kids Inventors Day. Our class is going to develop a Rube Goldberg machine which will be on display for you to see. We loved creating the hibernation cave in the school hallway. This month, the focus will be on arctic animals. Each child will make an animal craft and add it to the mural which will decorate the hall. We will also learn how animals keep warm during these cold winter months. We will make our own snow and experiment with crystalized snowflakes.
Our sight word box is overflowing with new words each week. Now we are going to make easy to read sentences with our words. The children are very excited about their introduction to reading. The school author this month is Jan Brett who wrote The Mitten. We will design a project focusing on this popular children's book. Our classroom author is Mo Willems.
Here is what our Little Explorers have to look forward to over the next few weeks of this cold month of January!
Math: This month we will study numbers 11-15! Last month we started doing simple addition and exploring which numbers are “inside” of other larger numbers. We will continue practicing simple addition with teen numbers. We will also be studying shapes in more detail, mostly studying how many sides and angles each common shape has.
Literacy & Handwriting: This month we will focus on the letters “W,” “X,” “Y,” and “Z.” We will continue our handwriting practice (to be made into books at the end of the year) with these letters. We will also learn phonics using our site word flashcards. We have begun to use common endings and sight words to make words in our writing (reading responses and season journals) and we will continue to encourage the kids to use these in their writing. We will also continue sending 4 sight words home on Friday each week. We will also be studying the author Jan Brett and the story “The Mitten.” Finally, we will be learning about and reading stories about Martin Luther King, Jr.
Science/STEAM: This month we have a lot of great science activities planned. We will have a fake cow come to the school to teach the kids how to milk a cow. We will do winter activities and study the properties of ice, snow and water. We will study arctic animals and polar bears, and find out through an experiment how some animals use blubber to stay warm. It will also be National Kid’s Inventors Day. We will study Rube Goldberg machines, like the one found in the game “Mouse Trap.”
Themes: The weekly themes for January are: “Happy New Year/Seansonal Changes,” “Martin Luther King/Friendship,” “National Kid’s Inventors Day/Penguins” and “Artic Animals,” and “Polar STEAM Activities.” DECEMBER NEWSLETTERS MISS CHRISTINA Math: This month we will finish review of numbers 1-10! Last month we started to move on to teen numbers, and this month we will start doing some simple addition, as well. We will explore which numbers are “inside” of other larger numbers, and see that together, two numbers equal a new number. We will also be reviewing AB and ABC patterns in our holiday crafts.
Literacy & Handwriting: This month we will focus on the letters “K,” “L,” “U,” and “V.” We will continue our handwriting practice (to be made into books at the end of the year) with these letters. We will also learn phonics using our site word flashcards. We have been exploring how to make words by using common simple word endings (-at = cat, bat, sat, fat, rat, etc.), and we will now begin applying that to our personal writing. Our writing will start getting more sophisticated – some of the children will soon begin to write letters together and form words (most words will be missing values and spelled incorrectly, but we encourage the children to attempt to use letters as much as they can). We will also continue sending sight words home on Friday each week, and will begin sending home four instead of three! ***Please send in an index card box for your children’s sight words if you have not already done so.
Science/STEAM: This month we will be cutting all different shapes and using many of our art supplies to make winter and holiday crafts (snowmen, snowflakes, etc.). We will make candy canes using AB patterns and Christmas ornaments using ABC patterns. We will study and discuss the holidays that occur during this season. In addition to Holiday crafts, the STEM theme for this month is “Bridges.” We will study and test different bridges, how they stand, and what they are used for. We will attempt to build our own bridges.
Themes: The weekly themes for December are: “How Do Animals Get Ready for Winter?” “Let’s Build It,” and “Winter Holidays.”
Reminders: Don’t forget to RSVP as soon as possible for our holiday party on Monday, December 18th! MISS VICKI The month will begin with our focus on how animals get ready for winter. A hibernation cave will be made in the school hallway and our class will fill the cave with "bears" settling in for the cold months. We will learn that not all animals hibernate in the same way. We will make a class book showing the differences in the habitats that animals choose for their winter home. This unit will culminate with a school wide hibernation party on December 7th. Your child will come to school in their pajamas and bring their favorite teddy bear. A special snack will be served to all.
Iken Science Academy focuses on Stem Education. such as engineering. We will construct a snowman with the approach of the cold weather and several objects reminiscent of the holiday season. The children will also construct a bridge using materials that we will provide.
We are excited to invite you to our Holiday Party on Monday, December 18th. We will sing songs, design a craft and have a delicious snack baked by your children. The boys and girls will be excited to have a family member spend some time with us in the classroom.
The words in the sight word index box are growing. The children are building an excellent sight word vocabulary as an introduction to reading. Please continue to review these words nightly with your child.
Each day we set aside time to focus on math sheets and hands on activities. The children will practice, this month, writing their numbers as we work on simple addition through pictures, the concept of before and after and graphing.
We have covered many alphabet letters; these letters appear on our alphabet tree. This month we will add K,L and U. The children love the phonics cards we use to identify pictures beginning with all the letters while it reinforces the sounds they make.
MISS CLARA We have so much planned for this month! We will be learning about hibernation, winter, and winter holidays. Our science focus will challenge the students to build snowmen, menorahs, and bridges. We will also begin to learn sight words!
December 4th-8th The letter of the week is H! We will create many projects and crafts to help the class learn all about the letter. The focus of this week is hibernation. We will learn how animals get ready for the winter. We will also discover how ice changes from a solid to a liquid. Reminder: Send your child to school in pajamas for a school wide hibernation party on 12/7 (Thursday).
December 11th-15th The letter of the week is K! We will learn all about this letter by watching videos, reading books, and writing it. We will also practice making the K sound. Our sight words for the week are the and in. This week we will build and engineer several different objects. We will consider which materials are best for building. We will create a bridge and a snowman with different household objects. The class will continue to work on number recognition, but this week we will look to become familiar with numbers 10-15.
December 18th-22nd This week we will focus on the letter L! We have so many things planned to help your children learn everything about the letter. Please continue to check your child’s folder to see what we are creating in class. The sight words for this week are it and is. The focus for this week is winter! We will look at the changes and the weather that occur during this season. We will also learn about the different holidays that happen in the winter. Our author of the week is Marcia Brown. If you check out a book by Marcia Brown at the library, please send it in with your child! They love when we read books they bring from home. Reminder: Our class’ holiday party is on December 19th! Parents are welcome to join the class for the party. MISS BILLI We are looking forward to a fun-filled month of discovery and exploration for December! Math: We will continue to work on numerals and matching amounts with snowmen and counters. We will be using familiar shapes to make winter-related pictures and scenes. We will be focusing on writing numerals 1-10 and create snowflakes and snow scenes, as well as matching the numbers out of context. Literacy and Handwriting: We will continue to practice writing the letters covered in Handwriting Without Tears and many of our students have begun to master writing their names independently. We will continue to encourage them to recognize initial letters in words we read in our books. Our writing center has become the most popular center in our room. STEM: We noticed changes in the states of matter in water in the classroom, outside our window, and in the freezer. The students have become increasingly skilled at building more advanced construction and are learning to work cooperatively to make more elaborative creations. They especially enjoyed making own rainclouds, using shaving cream "clouds". This month, we will be exploring animals preparing for winter, by hibernating, migrating, and adapting to the cold weather. We will be building caves, dens, nests, and treehouses, and exploring how they forage for food and shelter as winter sets in. On Dec. 7th, we are looking forward to our school-wide hibernation party! Everyone is encouraged to wear pajamas, bring a favorite teddy bear, and cuddle up in "caves". With the winter holidays approaching, we will be making holiday crafts and treats. Once again, thank you for your continued support at home
MISS MARLENE December means holidays and winter. We have many exciting activities planned. We have an author coming to visit, a hibernation party and of course a holiday party to which parents are invited. In preparation for all our events we will be baking delicious treats and creating wonderful projects to decorate our room with. We’ll learn all about hibernation, which animals hibernate, which migrate and how they prepare for the winter. We also have a wonderful unit called “Let’s Build It” in which we will be creating different objects and structures from all sorts of materials. I‘ll give you a hint, one might be a snowman built out of boxes. Our classroom will become a festive haven filled with holiday music, songs, books and decorations. I will be bringing many new objects into our room, which will aid in expanding their vocabulary as well as knowledge of holiday traditions and celebrations. All of these experiences help foster a child/person that is excited, caring and involved in the community around them.
Please dress them in layers as the weather is always changing at this time of the year. We go outside most days; the fresh air is wonderful for all of us. DATES TO REMEMBER: Thursday, December 7—Hibernation Party Tuesday, December 19—Author Bonnie Grubman visits- How Do You Get A Mouse To Smile Monday, December 21---Holiday Party –Parents Invited Friday, December 25—January 1,2018 ---NO SCHOOL, Winter Vacation Tuesday, January 2---- School Reopens Happy Holidays to all, and a very happy and healthy New Year.
MISS AMY December is an exciting month for many reasons and our weekly themes reflect many interesting topics. "How animals get ready for winter" explores animals that hibernate and animals that thrive in winter. We will be having a school wide hibernation party on December 7th to celebrate. The children are invited to wear pajamas and bring their favorite teddy bear to school. Our "Let's Build it" theme will include building a 3-D snowman using a plastic soda bottle complete with top hat and scarf. We will also build a menorah to celebrate Hanukkah. "Winter Holidays" is fun for all. The children will learn holiday songs and we will decorate our classroom and bulletin board with snowmen, snowflakes, sleds, ice skates and mounds of snow. We will all celebrate the holidays with a party and we think you will be delighted to hear your children singing the songs they have learned. The children will learn about New Year's as we ring in 2018. Please remember school will be closed December 26 and will reopen January 2nd. Wishing you a happy holiday season and a great year ahead! November Newsletters-Reminder: Photo day is November 8th! Parent teacher conferences are on November 16th ,Thanksgiving feast is on November 22nd.
MISS CHRISTINA Math: This month we will continue to review numbers 1-10. We will practice all the numbers in and out of context, showing how many the number represents using counters and blocks. We will also learn ten frames. Finally, we will do more work with A/B patterns and start learning A/B/C patterns. Literacy & Handwriting: This month we will focus on the letters “N,” “M,” “H,” and “K.” We will continue our handwriting practice (to be made into books at the end of the year) with these letters. We will also learn the phonics of each letter with our phonics flashcards. We will start exploring how to make words by using common simple word endings (-at = cat, bat, sat, fat, rat, etc.) We will also continue sending sight words home on Friday each week. ***Please send in an index card box for your children’s sight words if you have not already done so. Science/STEAM: This month we will be learning all about life long ago, the Pilgrims, and the Mayflower. We will make a variety of boats and see if they sink or float. We will contrast the food, the toys, and the different types of work the children did back in the Pilgrim’s time to what we do today. We will crush cranberries and blueberries to paint with them. We will make our own butter using heavy cream. Themes: The weekly themes for November are as follows: “Our Vote Counts,” “Life Long Ago,” and “Thanksgiving,” Reminders: Please remember to check your children’s folders each night – there may be important notices we need you to see. Also, if your child has not received sight words, it is because I have not received an index card box for them. Please send the box in as soon as possible. Show & Tell will begin this month. Everyone will be assigned a day of the week to present their show and tell. MISS VICKI Our month will begin with the theme of Election Day.The children will learn what it means to vote.Using our math skills for measuring, we will make vanilla and chocolate pudding.Wearing their red, white and blue Election Day hats, they will cast their vote in the ballot box to see which flavor is the school favorite. We will also vote on which cookie we like the best. This month is the home to one of our favorite holidays; Thanksgiving.This will give us the opportunity to do crafts, learn songs, sample delicious foods, conduct science experiments, design costumes and see how different life was for families long ago. The children will learn how the toys children played with are definitely not similar to the ones they use today.We will paint with crushed cranberries and churn our own butter.We will build a thankful tree and fill a cornucopia with painted fruits and vegetables. We will focus on sharing and cooperation as we see how the Indians taught the pilgrims to build houses and plant foods. The Indians were hosts to the pilgrims as they all sat down to a thanksgiving feast. All the children of Iken Stem will sit down dressed in costumes and have a feast which each class will have a part in cooking. We will learn about the Mayflower ship as we build our own boats and study the concept of sinking and floating. Our Handwriting Without Tears program continues with the alphabet letters N, M, H, K and L.The children will practice writing these letters as well as reviewing the phonetic sounds of letters already covered. The pages in our math journal are filling up as we practice writing and recognizing numbers, make patterns with shapes and pictures, paste dots to match numbers and follow number mazes. The author of the month in the Pre-K class is H.A.Rey.His Curious George books are a favorite among children .The school author is Laura Numeroff. MISS AMY We are excited to begin our November curriculum including Election Day, Life Long Ago and, of course, Thanksgiving! The children will be voting for their favorites snacks and we will tally and post the winning snack. We will learn about how people lived long ago, the houses they lived in, how they dressed, worked, gathered food and what they did for fun. We will discuss Native Americans and Pilgrims and how the Pilgrims sailed to America on the Mayflower. The children will help prepare a Thanksgiving food to share with other classes for our feast. We love to cook with young children as it is a great way for them to learn math while counting and sorting. During meal preparation we will learn to measure the ingredients and count how many tablespoons or cups of ingredients to add. They will work together much as the Pilgrims did when preparing for their feast with Native Americans which will promote cooperation and patience as they wait for their turn to mix and pour. We are having a wonderful year with your children and as always, we thank you for your continue support! Our first theme will be Election Day. We will vote in our room for our favorite cookie and our favorite sticker. Then we will count the votes and graph our results.
MISS MARLENE Our first theme will be Election Day. We will vote in our room for our favorite cookie and our favorite sticker. Then we will count the votes we will graph the results and see who the winner is. Thanksgiving is a major focus of November and it provides us with many learning opportunities. STEM is always part of our weekly themes. We will be making butter, baking for our school feast and learning how people long ago lived. We will make paint out of cranberries and toy boats out of aluminum foil. Cooperation will be talked about and we will work on many projects together fostering taking turns and sharing with our friends. Our author of the month will be Laura Numeroff who wrote many wonderful books such as If You Give A Mouse A Cookie and If You Give A Cat A Cup Cupcake as well as many others. With each book we read we will have a corresponding craft as well as a cooking lesson. November will be another exciting month in our Toddler Room. Remember to check their bags for projects and look at our bulletin boards. It is a wonderful opportunity to see their work as well as a great way to start a conversation with them about what we did in school.
Please remember to label all your children’s cups and clothes FIRST and LAST names. Dress them in layers as the weather is always changing at this time of the year. We go outside most days, the fresh air is wonderful for all of us. MISS CLARA We have so much planned for this month! We will be learning about voting, numbers, life long ago, and Thanksgiving. Our science focus will be on what happens when you put something in the water, will it sink or float? November 1st-3rd We will be reviewing all of the letters that we have learned! We will practice writing each letter and thinking of words that begin with the letters, A, E, F, D, P, and B. Our class will also be learning about numbers and voting. We will practice number recognition with games and puzzles. We will also read a book about voting and create several class votes! The children will create a voter card to cast their ballot! November 6th-9th The letter of the week is R! We will create many projects and crafts to help the class learn all about the letter. Each child will also practice tracing and then writing the letter R. Our focus this week is life long ago! We will look back in history to see how life has changed. The class will create a T-chart to distinguish the differences. We will also attempt to make butter as a class and try to paint with cranberries. Reminder: Photo day is November 8th! November 13th-17th This week we will focus on the letter N! We will learn all about this letter by watching videos, reading books, and writing it. The class will learn all about Thanksgiving this week! We will learn about why we celebrate Thanksgiving. We will be creating lots of turkey themed crafts so please check your child’s folder to see these creations. We have many Thanksgiving themed science experiments planned that we are so excited about! Reminder: Parent teacher conferences are on November 16th November 20th-22nd Even though we have a short week, we have so much planned! We are going to conduct a science experiment by creating our own boats and seeing which ones float. We will study why some will float and others will sink. We also will be creating costumes for our Thanksgiving feast, which is on November 22nd. November 27th-30th The letter of the week is M! We have so many things planned to help your children learn everything about the letter. We will be reading many books by Laura Numeroff. If you take your child to the library, please have them check out a book by Laura Numeroff! The children love when I read books that they bring from home. We will also be conducting science experiments that focus on the surface tension of water! OCTOBER Miss Christina & Miss Joshi’s Little Explorers are in for a fun month! Here is a break down of what we have to look forward to over the next few weeks! Math: Last month we focused mostly on shapes and just touched on the numbers 1-8. This month we will continue to review shapes. We will also review numbers 1-10 in more detail, and study numbers in and out of context. We will practice handwriting numbers and matching the amount with the actual number (ex. Number 5 = o o o o o) Literacy & Handwriting: Last month, we focused mainly on mastering the handwriting of our names. We also focused on handwriting and phonics of the letters “F,” “E,” and “D.” This month we will learn about letters “P,” “B,” “R,” and “N.” We will also begin using word sorts to identify beginning letters. Science/STEAM: Last month we did some great STEM challenges – we built free-standing cardboard sculptures with nothing but scissors, and we hypothesized about and watched a celery stalk suck up water tinted with food coloring! This month we will be doing “Sink or float” experiments, taking nature walks, and learning more about plants (apple trees/pumpkins/leaves). We will also be learning more about colors, color-mixing, and associating colors with holidays and fall. Themes: The weekly themes for October are as follows: “Apples and Fall,” “Fire Safety,” “Harvest Time,” “Leaves and Weather.” Each week our STEM and literacy concepts are as closely related to these themes as possible! Reminders: We have a trip to White Post Farms on October 25th to go pumpkin picking! Don’t forget to send the permission slip and $25 into school! You can either deliver this to the main office or send it in your child’s folder to be collected in class. If you do not want your child to attend, please still send in the permission slip and indicate this so we know who will be going and who will not. Thank you! Miss Christina & Miss Joshi
********************************************************************************************************************************* Miss Clara's Bumblebees Happy October! We have so much planned for this month! The overarching theme is the season of Fall. We will focus on the changes that occur. Follow along with the schedule below to stay updated with what your child is doing at school!
October 2nd – 4th The letter of the week is D! We will learn all about the letter and will practice tracing and writing it. Our class will also begin to learn about Fall. We are going to create trees with red, yellow, orange, and brown leaves. We will also be examining apples. The class will read Ten Apples on Top, by Dr. Seuss. Then we will test how many apples you can really stack! October 10th – 11th This is a short week, but we have so many fun activities planned!We will be reviewing all of the letters we have learned up to this point (A, F, E, D). We will practice writing the letters and discover things that begin with these letters. The class will also focus on fire safety! Look out for fun projects in your child’s folder. October 16th – 20th We skip to the letter P this week as we follow our Handwriting Without Tears curriculum. We will watch videos about the letter and we will practice writing and tracing. The theme for this week is harvest time! We will examine pumpkins, corn, gourds, and other autumn time produce. The class will also celebrate Diwali on the 19th! We are so excited to learn about different cultures. October 23rd – 27th The letter of the week is B! We will begin to learn about the letter this week and continue to practice writing and tracing it until next week. Our focus author this week will be Lois Ehlert! We will be reading books relating to fall and farm animals. This will prepare the children for our fabulous fieldtrip we have planned to White Post Farms on the 25th! Please return the permission slips so that your child can attend.
Miss Clara & Miss DaDa ********************************************************************************************************************************* Miss Amy's Rainbow Stars Welcome to October! We are so pleased that the children have adjusted well and enjoy playing and working together. We are excited about the many upcoming activities planned for October. Our curriculum themes include Apples and Fall, Fire Safety, Leaves and Weather. We are looking forward to celebrate Diwali on October 17th. All themes will integrate math, literacy, science, creative expression and music and the children will be learning in a fun and innovative way. The children will choose a pumpkin from our "pumpkin patch" to bring home. (details to follow). We will guess what is inside a pumpkin and the children will see and touch the seeds when we cut it open. After we wash and dry the seeds the children will glue them onto their pumpkin drawing. We all will be going to the Fire Station to learn about fire safety and a firefighter will show us his protective clothing. The children will have an opportunity to climb onto a fire engine with us. How exciting! We will mix red and yellow paint to create orange which is one of the colors of the month. Author week is interesting as we learn about different authors and the people that illustrate our favorite books. Our Author of the Week will be Lois Ehlert. Regards, Miss Amy & Miss Sue, Miss Allysa and Miss Hong ******************************************************************************************************************************** Miss Marlene's Monkeys Everyday we are adjusting a little more to our daily routine. We're learning to wait and walk with our teachers, sit together at the table for snack and sit on a monkey picture for circle time. And it’s only been 3 weeks, they are recognizing their friends and interacting with each other. It’s so exciting watching them become aware of everything around them. Fall is here and we have so many exciting activities planned. Apples, pumpkins and leaves just to name a few. We will taste, touch, paint and cook with apples. We’ll discuss what colors they are and where they grow. Some children are amazed to learn they grow on trees and not in the supermarket. October is fire prevention month ;we will be doing a unit on fire safety. It is one of their favorite themes, the children love seeing the fire red fire trucks and participating in some dramatic play with our assorted firemen and trucks in the classroom. This month’s author study is Lois Ehlert ,she has written some wonderful books and I am looking forward to sharing them with your children.We will also celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights which is celebrated by many of our Indian friends. It is always fun learning about and celebrating different cutures. The weather is starting to change and we will talk about the different kinds of weather, and making our very own weather charts.All our themes include art projects, songs, books, math and science on an age appropriate level. Regards, Miss Marlene & Miss Cindy ****************************************************************************************************************************** Miss Vicki's SuperStars We are going to center our learning around such themes as Apples and Fall, Fire Safety, Harvest Time, Leaves and Weather, The Celebration of Diwali and Our Trip To White Post Farms. This time of year gives us the opportunity to create some magical crafts. We are going to design a scarecrow, a Fall necklace and an Autumn mobile. We are going to paint with corn cobs and acorns. October is Fire Safety Month. The children will learn about the rule of "Stop, Drop and Roll. We will make a fire truck and sing some safety songs. A walk around the neighborhood to collect signs of Fall is always fun to do. Our writing program is called "Handwriting Without Tears." The boys and girls are introduced to "Mat Man"; a character made from sticks which is the foundation for making alphabet letters. With each new letter, the children write the letter on a chalkboard, trace it with a wet sponge and then go over it with paper towel. The children then get a chance to practice this letter on a worksheet. The children are doing great; they are learning their sounds and phonics associated with each letter we have learned. Math is an important part of our Pre-K curriculum. This month we will taste 3 different color apples, graph them and see which is the class favorite. We are reviewing the writing and recognition of numbers. We will be starting a Math Journal which will contain cut and paste activities with numbers, patterning, sorting and many other concepts to challenge their minds. We love to do Science, Engineering and Technology within our school day. This month we will cut apples and discover what we need to add to the bowl to keep them from turning brown. We will curve out a pumpkin and scoop out the seeds. We will let them dry and use them for a project. We will also make a volcano out of a pumpkin. Our visits to the Promethean Board always reinforces what we are doing in the classroom. Our Author of the Month for October is Holly Keller and Lois Ehlert.
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Miss Billi's Butterflies We have so much to learn and do! We started the month with a study of apples, autumn, and spiders. We have an interactive bulletin board, so do not forget to check it out! Next will be fire safety, very important for our children, who will learn about safest thing to do if a fire should occur. Afterward, we will delve into celebrating the harvest, farms, food, and nutrition. Diwali is coming and we will learn about and celebrate the festival. The date of the holiday is October 19th. Our featured author will be Lois Ehlert, who has a unique style to her illustrations. She has written several books about plants, gardens, and all manners of flora and fauna. Before you know it, we will be off to White Post Farms, seeing the animals in the petting zoo, and picking pumpkins! Please send back the permission slip for your child, if you have not yet. We will be paying close attention to variations in the weather, tracking it on our weather graph and noticing the changes that occur in nature, observing plants and animals as they prepare for the cold. We are learning to write our names, as well as new letters throughout our writing program, Handwriting Without Tears. It is always fun to go to our Promethean board, where we can watch and interact with the computer to reinforce what we are learning. So much to do and learn! Thank you for your support at home; the children benefit so much when we all work together. Warmest regards, Miss Billi and Miss Dana
Miss Billi and Miss Dana December Miss Billi and Miss Dana's Butterflies are looking forward to a fun-filled month of discovery and exploration for December! Math: We will continue to work on numerals and matching amounts with snowmen and counters. We will be using familiar shapes to make winter-related pictures and scenes. We will be focusing on writing numerals 1-10 and create snowflakes and snow scenes, as well as matching the numbers out of context. Literacy and Handwriting: We will continue to practice writing the letters covered in Handwriting Without Tears and many of our students have begun to master writing their names independently. We will continue to encourage them to recognize initial letters in words we read in our books. Our writing center has become the most popular center in our room. STEM: We noticed changes in the states of matter in water in the classroom, outside our window, and in the freezer. The students have become increasingly skilled at building more advanced construction and are learning to work cooperatively to make more elaborative creations. They especially enjoyed making own rainclouds, using shaving cream "clouds". This month, we will be exploring animals preparing for winter, by hibernating, migrating, and adapting to the cold weather. We will be building caves, dens, nests, and treehouses, and exploring how they forage for food and shelter as winter sets in. On Dec. 7th, we are looking forward to our school-wide hibernation party! Everyone is encouraged to wear pajamas, bring a favorite teddy bear, and cuddle up in "caves". With the winter holidays approaching, we will be making holiday crafts and treats. Once again, thank you for your continued support at home Warmest regards, Miss Billi and Miss Dana