Dear Parents, I can't wait to meet you at our Meet the Teacher evening. I look forward to an exciting and fun year ahead with you and your little ones! Please remember to bring the following items into school with you this week -Alarge backpack - 1 Folder - A light jacket for your child to keep in the classroom - A change of clothes (shirt, pants, socks, underwear) in a clear plastic bin with a lid (state law dictates we can no longer keep plastic bags in our classroom) -A smock-so we don't get paint on our clothes. - A blanket and sheet for your child to rest with. Please make sure all of your child's items are clearly labeled with their name. Also, remember that we love to re-use paper-towel rolls and old magazines!
We have been very successful learning the new routines of our school and classroom. Some themes for this month are getting to know you, All about me, getting to know you, colors, mixing colors and weather and seasons.We have established rules and procedures, sharing time procedures and started to become familiar with the calendar.
We will become friendly with books such as If You Take a Mouse to School written by Laura Numeroff and books like No David! written by David Shannon these books help the students get used to the idea of school. the children will be getting jobs and continue to learn and grow each and every day.
As a STEM program please be advised that science will take place as soon as possible! this month we will be learning about bubbles this helps us learn about concepts such as surface tension, chemistry, light, and even geometry, adding math into the equation. The children will engage in processes such as observation and experimentation during these times and they will learn to be discovers and investigators. .
Learning primary colors is a great form of science and this will be included throughout the year. This month we will start our understanding of colors, what can mix together and make new colors. These understandings are presented through literature such as Leo Lionni in the books Little Blue & Little Yellow. This book gives us the opportunity to use our light table by showing how the primary colors can make other colors in the rainbow. Learning our colors will lead your children into very fun experiments! Coloring with ice cubes made from food coloring! we will use colored prisms with flashlights to show shadows and how they change shape.
Also, as we all know doing the weather helps the children become scientists in their own minds. How does the rain happen? What happens in the temperature to make it be able to snow? These are all questions that we are going to learn how to figure out this upcoming school year. Your children are going to learn how to describe and identify the weather conditions. How does the weather affect us as humans? How do we observe the weather?
Finally, please keep in mind that September is the month of new beginnings. The Jewish Holiday Rosh Hashanah this is a time where we celebrate a sweet new year and leave the rest behind. Your children will be able to try Apples and Honey which are the major foods we use to celebrate this holiday! it is also at a perfect time at the end of the month which can lead us into learning about apples in the upcoming months. Please feel free to contact the school with any questions that you have. We are going to have an awesome school year!
October newsletter Happy October friends! This month we have some exciting events going on at Jericho STEM Academy. We brought in Fall by learning about the life cycle of apples. The children will have an opportunity to dissect an Apple from seeds to core. October also brings about fire prevention week. The children learn to dial 9-1-1 in case of an emergency and the stop, drop and roll technique. They learn about firefighters and the important role they play in our community. During fire prevention week the children visit the Jericho Fire Station where they meet firefighters, see the firehouse and fire trucks. They love it!!! The children learn about the story of Christoper Columbus and the tools he used to sail the ocean blue. Our little explorers learn how exploration has changed over time and about the value of maps. During Fall harvest time is often referred to on farms. The children learn about farm animals and what is grown on a farm. In particular pumpkins and leaves are investigated using various STEM activities. The children learn about the origin of a pumpkin and how it grows. ver that leaves have many shapes, sizes and textures. October also brings about some holiday celebrations such as Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Columbus Day. As a multicultural school we celebrate the diversity of our cultures.
November News Happy November! We have been very successful in our learning and exploring these past two months! We cannot wait to continue our education as we enter this new month. Over the next couple of weeks we are going to be learning about a few new things that really connect to STEM
We will be learning about life long ago. Students will understand family life in various places long ago. What is an artifact? What are some historic toys we can think of? How have schools evolved? How does this relate to science, well we can churn cream into butter. Introduce graphic organizers and Venn diagrams. We can paint with foods and use juices as the colors. We will also be learning about sinking and floating. Students will learn which objects sink and float through buoyancy activities.
We will be learning about Thanksgiving; The Native Americans and our very exciting trip to Garvies Point this month. We will emphasize sharing and cooperation. Make costumes for our feast and celebrate. We will also be learning about measurement and rulers. We will incorporate math by using unifix cubes and yardsticks. There is so much to be learned this month and we can’t wait to continue our learning journey with all of you!
December/January The days are getting shorter and colder, and soon winter will be here. We will kick off December with a close look at what different animals do in the winter. The children will enjoy their very own Hibernation Party, and learn about hibernation, migration, and adaptation. They will explore these concepts in STEM, read books such as Bear Snores On, and make their own bear dens in Art.Our author study for the month is Marcia Brown, and we will use her story about the Three Billy Goats Gruff to launch a study on bridges. We will learn the basics on different kinds of bridges, such as a beam bridge and an arch bridge. By using the story of The Three Little Pigs, we will talk about different building materials and discuss which are stronger. The children will have a chance to design their own bridges with a variety of building materials in the classroom. Our field trip for the month will take us to the California Pizza Kitchen. Our 3’s will get to tour the kitchen, and get a closer look at the different steps and ingredients needed to make yummy pizza. They will then create their own pizzas. It will be a delicious and fun trip for all! In Math, we will start with reviewing 2D shapes, and then relate them to 3D shapes. We will then familiarize the children with counting on from 5 to 6 by adding 1 more, and then adding 1 more to get to 7. They will then work on composing a total of 6 or 7 objects using sets of 3 and 4. Because children learn in different ways, we use a variety of teaching styles to demonstrate these concepts. The children will be listening to lessons, practicing on work sheets, as well as participating in math games to help them learn. In preparation for the coming holidays of Hanukah and Christmas, we will be very busy making crafts with the children that will help with their fine motor skills development. We will be celebrating the holidays with a party where the parents are invited to join us, sing along, enjoy some snacks, and help the children make another holiday craft. We turn the page on 2019 and welcome in a brand New Year! The children will learn about the changing year and why it is celebrated. Our author of the month is Jan Brett, and we will read about the winter adventures of different animals in her books, The Mitten and The Hat. We will also be learning about different modes of transportation that bring us across land, sea, and air. We will look closely at the forms of transportation in our community, as well as what makes these vehicles move. In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., we will celebrate friendships and diversity. We will explore how we look different on the outside, but are the same on the inside. We will talk about what makes a good friend, and why being different is special, and on National Kids Inventor Day (January 17), we will work on a cooperation project by completing a STEM challenge with a friend. And as we go deep into winter, we will learn about arctic animals, where they live, what they eat, and how they adapt and keep warm. Each class will work on a school mural project showcasing different arctic animals. We will also take a closer look at snow and ice, and experiment on ways to melt snow. In Math, the children will continue matching numbers to corresponding objects, working with different configurations of objects to compose numbers. We will continue practicing number to objects recognition. And finally, to end our first month in 2020, we will be celebrating The Chinese New Year which will be the Year of the Rat. We will be making lanterns and decorating for our school party. This will be a very exciting event for all the school!