& Miss FulyeaDear Families: We would like to welcome you to a new school year. We are so excited to have your child in our toddler class! We are looking forward to learning more about your child to help make this a fun year full of amazing growth. We believe that communication is the key to your child's success so please feel to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have. Our curriculum will include language arts, math, science, social studies, music and art which will be taught through hands on play. Children enjoy learning new things while they are playing.
Please bring in the following items: Diapers for your child, change of clothes, smock, light jacket or sweater for chilly fall days and a supply of wipes that we share with the class for changing and during painting or pasting art projects. So, give your child a big hug and kiss and we will be ready to give them a wonderful day!
Sincerely, Miss Kim and Miss Fulyea
September 2019 Welcome to the Toddlers. Starting school can be a very exciting and scary time for toddlers and their families. Our job as teachers is to make your child’s first school experience warm, loving, educational and as stress free as possible. September is all about adjusting to our new environment, learning routines and making new friends. In addition to all the social aspects we have a wonderful month of themes lined up for September; All About Me, Bubbles and The Weather to name a few. With all our themes we include many various STEM activities. During our study of the weather we will become meteorologists. We will observe our environment/ the weather outside, talk about the different seasons, do experiments (making rain and snow storms in a bottle) and make our very own weather charts to use at home. We also have an author of the month; Leo Lionni, we will read his book Little Blue, Little Yellow. This book gives us a wonderful lead in to color mixing and size comparison. We will paint with ice cubes; use our school light table and experience and experiment with mixing colors using many different mediums. September also includes the holiday Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. It is the first of many holidays we will celebrate together as a class. We will eat apples and honey a traditional snack symbolizing a sweet new year. Another fun activity will be apple tasting (different kinds), apple sorting and finally graphing our results. Literacy and music are always part of our learning experience. Every week we read books related to our themes and learn many new songs, some will be silly and funny and others will teach us a lesson. We are looking forward to an amazing year.
October newsletter Happy October friends! This month we have some exciting events going on at Jericho STEM Academy. We welcomed 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. . The Fall foliage is beautiful and the children learn how leaves change colors and why. Through nature walks, children also discover 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 2019 Our November themes at Jericho STEM Academy are Life Long Ago, Thanksgiving, Measurement and one of our favorite authors Laura Numeroff. For our first theme Life Long Ago the children will learn that there were no stores to buy things ,if you needed something you had to make it or grow it. Through some fun and delicious science we will make “paint” using berries and make yummy butter out of cream. The children will learn about Thanksgiving, we will be emphasizing sharing and cooperation. Through our Lego center and dramatic play we will introduce them to the Native Americans and the Pilgrims who sailed here on the Mayflower. We will also be working hard on some wonderful decorations for your family's holiday table. There will be a school feast where we will dress in a costume that we made and eat food that we made as well. Our author of the month is Laura Numeroff who has written many books such as If You Give A Mouse A Cookie. We will do some fun crafts based on her books. Our last theme before the Thanksgiving break is measurement. We measure the children and other items around the room using non-standard materials such as blocks, string and other objects to teach proper measuring techniques, and how measuring can be fun! Have a very Happy Thanksgiving.