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!
Welcome to February! We kick off this month by talking about Groundhog Day, and wondering whether the cold w\Winter days will be replaced by warmer Spring breezes. And then we will be turning to the skies. The children will be learning about space, our Solar System, rockets, stars, and planets. We will talk about what life is like for an astronaut, and design our own rocket ships. Our author of the month is Maurice Sendak, and we will be reading several of his books, including the much-loved Where the Wild Things Are. Our little ones will take inspiration from this story to create their own not-so-very-scary monsters. Moving on to Presidents’ Day, our STEM challenges will include cleaning pennies with Abraham Lincoln’s picture using various solutions such as vinegar, ketchup, and soapy water. We will also look at the science behind toothpaste, as well as learning about dental hygiene during Dental Week. And look out for lovebugs and hearts crafts coming our way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The children will happily make projects to show you just how much they love you! In Math, we will be working on counting on up to 10. Four each numeral that we reach, the children learn how to compose that numeral in different configurations, as well as visualize it in arrays and circular patterns. The children will also work on writing numbers in Handwriting as we continue to focus on strengthening their pencil grips. They are well on their way to learning to write their names! Part of this is teaching them proper letter writing. We also keep practicing letter recognition with the children, and begin introducing letter sounds to them. We will end February by mixing up Engineering Challenges with Dinosaurs! We will be designing and building construction projects using all kinds of materials including foam bricks, magnetic toys, play dough, Legos, plastic cups, and cardboard boxes. And we will also be learning about different kinds of dinosaurs who roamed the earth millions of years ago. MARCH The days are slowly getting warmer and longer, and soon, Spring will be here. March will be full of many exciting learning experiences for our 3-year-olds, some of whom have already started turning 4. We begin our first week of the month by celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday on Monday, March 2nd. We will be reading some of our author of the month’s favorite stories in the coming weeks, such as The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, and One Fish, Two Fish, as well as makingmany fun crafts and STEM activities about the books. One of our STEM topics of the month will be the Wind and Air. We will learn how air is all around us, what characteristics it has, how it can move things, and also look at some weather tools. We will also take a look at our lungs, and our respiratory system. Another topic we will be focusing on is Our Five Senses. We will take a closer look on what we can see, hear, smell, touch, and taste. Later in the month, we will be learning about the Rainforest. The children will explore the different levels of the rainforest as well as its climate, and learn about the extraordinary plant and animal life that make the rainforest their home. In Math, the children will be wrapping up learning to count up to 10. This includes learning to recognize numbers 1-10, count objects up to 10, and arrange objects up to 10 in different configurations, including circular. We will have assessments in the beginning of the month. We will then move onto introducing the children to the concepts of length, weight, and volume. We also have many more exciting activities coming up in March… On March 9th, we will celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim by dressing up in a costume for our annual Purim Parade. On March 10th, we will have a visit from Dairy Delights, and we will learn how to milk a cow, and make our own ice cream! We will be visiting the Jericho Smiles Dental Office on March 11th, and learn more about dental hygiene, and how we can keep our teeth and gums healthy. On March 19th, we will have a visit from Police Officer Merkel who will talk to us about train safety. We will be having our Spring Parent/Teacher conferences on March 19. March 19th will also be the first day of Spring, and we will be focusing on the changing of the seasons, and what that means in terms of the weather, animal and plant life, and changes in our wardrobe. Our annual Book Fair will be during the week of March 16th. This will be a fantastic opportunity for the children to buy books and add to their libraries at home. Looks like our little explorers will be very busy as they spring forward this month!