Here you will find monthly newsletters sharing our educational goals!
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