& 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
February 6th Today we worked on sorting by color and naming our color shapes. We added the letter F to our alphabet. We also painted our Chinese fans.
Febuary 4th We would all like to give a warm welcome to Rihaan, he will joining our class. Today we learned all about Groundhog Day. We read a story about all different animals that hoped to replace the groundhog, but in the end the groundhog was the best man for the job. We made our own groundhogs and observed the different shadows they made. We also made showdows with our own bodies. For snack we engineered our own hill and groundhogs, they were yummy.
February 1st Today our class worked together engineering the construction of an igloo. We used a bowl as our base structure and vanilla frosting as mortar and mini marshmallows for our bricks. Our Arctic animals from last week loved their new home. We also learned a new song “I’m going to catch you” by Laurie Berkner to add to our music movement,
January 31st We would like to welcome Lily to our class. Music Mike came to today, we sang songs, played with musical instruments and danced, he is so much fun. In gym we got to run and jump and play and use all of our energy to exercise. We worked on our decorations for our Chinese Nee Year Party next week and are looking forward to having our families join us.
January 30th As part of our study of snow and ice, we took a frozen block of ice and sprinkled it with salt. We each got to pick a color and use small droppers to drop water color onto the ice and watch it make all different crystal patterns. The children were really amazed watching the ice turn all different colors. We read the story A Day from A to Z and turned our letter E’s into elephants.
January 29th Miss Amy helped in our class today, she was very impressed with how many of us knew our letters and colors, we are all practicing really hard. We started working on our hats and Chinese lanterns for the Chinese New Year Party next week. It’s going to be so much fun.
January 28th We began our study of Snow & Ice. We read a story about frozen noses and made self portraits with frozen noses. Some of us can even show you our own noses. We played with our friends in gym and got to run around and get our silliness out and took a picture in front our school Arctic Animal mural, our class made the arctic foxes. We practiced the alphabet, counting and our colors, this week we are learning the letter F.
January 25th We ended our week of arctic exploration with a fun story about a penguin family and made our own penguins using recycled water bottles. We practiced counting to twenty as we filled our water bottles with cotton balls. We also completed our chart of which animals are arctic and which are not.
January 24th We started our day with a fun visit from Mr Mike, he is so much fun and played his sliding horn for us. We ran, rode bikes and played with our friends in gym. We built ice bergs and ice houses with different sized ice blocks ( foam egg cartons) and played with arctic animals. Then by combining glue and shaving cream together, we made puffy white paint and used it to make polar bears.
January 23rd We continue to learn about arctic animals, we passed around penguins, a walrus, an arctic fox, a polar bear, a carabu, and a whale so we could each get to see them. We read the story Al Pha’s bet, it was a great story about how the alphabet got its order. We liked it so much we will read it again. We are learning the letter D this week and review our other letters, many of us are recognizing the ones we learned.
January 22nd We would like to welcome Anaya to our class. today the children began learning about arctic animals, and they made arctic foxes for our school mural. We are up to letter D, in our alphabet study and are continuing to practice counting to 20. and learning our shapes and colors.
January 17th We had a fun morning singing and doing musical movement with Mr Mike. We really enjoy music. We made a mural with our hand prints in all different colors in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. e also got to dress the weather frog in his winter clothes, he had mittens, boots, his hat and scarf, all things we need to wear to keep warm.
January 16th We played with our lacing cards and string beads, these types of activities help us to improve our fine motors skills and co ordination. We are really getting to get to know all our new friends and are exploring a lot of ways to play together in the gym. Miss Pauline has been showing us how to ride on the seesaw together, it is a lot of fun.
January 15th We have been doing a lot of board puzzles, these are great for our fine motor skills and helping us to learn our shapes and colors. We included our learning of shapes with our lesson on diversity by making penguin of all different shapes.
January 14th This week we are learning about diversity, we read the book “The Crayon Box that Talked” about crayon that didn’t like each other until they saw that together they make a beautiful picture and they are all the same. We then made our own colored crayons in a crayon box. We had cooking with cooking with Miss Pauline and made strawberry and banana crapes, they were yummy.
January 11th Our friends from Miss Marlene’s class joined us today. We continued to learn about transportation, we made edible traffic lights, learned how cars and trucks slip on ice and made trucks using our shapes. We also continued learning our letters and colors.
January 10th We had music with Mr Mike this morning, it was a lot of fun. Then instead of gym, our class got to join in the soccer Kick & Play session. We kicked balls, did an obstacle course and had a whole lot of fun. Soccer is great exercise for our gross motor skills. We read a story about trucks and made a dump truck. We also spent some time practicing our colors and practiced sorting by color.
January 9th Continued learning letter B words, and practiced our alphabet song. We also continued learning about transportation, we read a book about all different kinds of trucks and got to drive our cars and trucks on the new roadway in our classroom.
January 8th Today we learned about the letter B and many new words that start with B. We made a letter B bear. We also learned about all different ways of transportation. Miss Kim brought in many samples of many types of transportation and we got to play with them and learn their names, there was a dump truck, a plane, a helicopter,and many more. We will continue to learn about the letter B and transportation more this week
January 7th We celebrated Miss Kim’s Birthday with her and enjoyed cupcakes. We also had a new friend join our class, her name is Amaya. We used a big colorful parachute in gym and made “popcorn” with the balls. Miss Kim introduced the letter B and we named many words that started with the letter B. We read a story about a boat and make our own boat using shapes. Then Miss Pauline came to our class and taught us how to make our own edible cookie dough, it was yummy.
January 3rd Another busy in our class, Music Mike visited our class, it was fun to see him and sing and dance with him. After gym we had a surprise visit from Miss Amy, she helped us all make a yogurt parfait for snack. We got to choose from bananas, blueberries, crushed pretzels, graham cracker and sprinkles. They were yummy. We worked on matching shapes and colors by putting the puzzle pieces together. We also did an experiment with warm and cold. There was a bowl with ice cubes and we held the ice cube in our hand, they were cold, the put on mittens and our hands got warm.
January 2nd We had a great day, kids were so excited to see their friends and meet and welcome our new friend Sophia to the class. We learned about the letter A. We will be working on a new letter each week as well as continue to work on our colors, shapes and numbers. We would like to wish all of our friends and families a very Happy New Year.
December 21st We joined Miss Marlene and Miss Pauline’s class today and just had a fun pre vacation day. We made holiday tree ornaments and played games and had cupcakes for snack. We wish everyone an enjoyable vacation and a very Happy New Year.
December 20th We would like to thank all our special guests for joining us at our holiday party, We all had such a fun day.
December 19th We finished working on our holiday gifts, and are so excited to give them to our families. We also all worked together to prepare the cookies for our holiday party, we will be decorating them with our special guest. We have been practicing a few holiday songs to sing, it’s going to be a really fun day. We added more decorations to our Gingerbread House, it’s coming out really yummy looking.
December 18th We worked really hard on our Holiday gifts for our parents. And then we started decorating our class Gingerbread House.
December 17th We got right down to work on finishing up our pile of presents decoration for our Holiday Party, and worked on some other holiday surprises. We read a story about a little girl named Kayla and learned how she and her family celebrate Kawanzaa. We also made a picture of a kinara.
December 12th We played in the gym and got to use up our midweek energy. We really love to run and climb and ride the bikes and cars. Back in our classroom, we worked together on a group project for our upcoming holiday party. We used our engineering skills to build structures with gumdrops and toothpicks. We had so much fun, so Miss Kim will get more gumdrop do we can do it again.
December 11th We have a new friend in our class, her name is Nancy. Welcome to our class Nancy. We got to show Nancy all the fun we have at school. We played in the gym, had circle time and did our weather frog, and made gingerbread men with our names, It was a very busy day.
December 10th We had cooking class with Miss Pauline today. We got to roll out dough, and add cinnamon and sugar. Can you guess what we made? Cinnamon rolls. We played soccer in gym with Miss Ayensa. It was a fun day.
December 6th Thursday are fun days with Music Mike, the kids are always happy to sing and play with Mr Mike and his musical toys. We hibernated in the gym today. We made a hibernating Bear craft, sang Going on a Bear Hunt and had cold hot cocoa and Oreos for snack. We also lite another candle on our Menorah.
December 5th We had a very busy day, Miss Marlene’s class joined us to make Latkes. We got to touch and smell potatoes and onions. Then Miss Kim helped us grate a potato. We took turns adding the ingredients and mixing. We then had tater tots for snack since they are similar to Latkes. After snack, author Bonnie Grubman visited us and read her book “Just the Right Size”. We really enjoyed it. Afterwards we sponge painted our Dreidels and lite the forth candle on our Menorah
December 4th Today we painted Stars of David, and sprinkled them with glitter so they shine really bright. We also lit the THIRD candle on our Menorah. In gym we played with hula hoops and tried really hard to make them spin.
December 3rd We are entering a very busy and fun time of the year. The children have been learning about Hanukkah, we have been playing Dreidel and learning to spin their bodies like a Dreidel. We lite the Shamash and the candle for the first night on our Menorah. We had cooking class and made Rice Krispies treats and decorated them. We also had a obstacle course set up in gym designed to help develop our gross motor skills and balance.
November 30th We had fun playing in the gym, we get to run and climb and play with our friends. We joined with Miss Marlene’s class for Shabbat and learned all about the meaning and traditions of Hanukkah.
November 29th Mr Mike came this morning for Music, we had a lot of fun while he played interactive songs on his guitar for us. Miss Kim read us the story Hanukkah Bear by Eric Kimmel, about a hungry bear who ate all the Latkes. We also all worked together to paint our classroom Menorah.
November 28th We had a splashing good time today. After making our floating boats yesterday, we were ready to explore the sinking side of our Sink or Float lesson. Miss Kim brought in a collection of items to test and then the fun began, we got to find toys around our classroom to drop in the water bucket to see if they would sink.
November 27th Today was a lot of fun, we made our own little sailboats and used stickers to decorate the sails, this was a great activity for fine motor skills. After we assembled our boats we got to test them out to see if they would sink or float. Hooray they floated.
November 26th We combined with Miss Marlene’s Class today for some of our activities. We began our study on which objects sink and which float and why. We will be testing out different object in class all week and working on making a graph. It’s going to be a lot of fun.
November 21st We made a slice of pumpkin pie and read the story The Best Thanksgiving Ever. We then went to the Thanksgiving Feast will the whole school. We sang Thanksgiving songs and danced. Miss Ilene introduced us to her friend Albuquerque Turkey and we sang his special song. It was a lot of fun. We also got to try all the foods our friends made in their classes; sweet potatoes, stuffing, applesauce, cornbread, brownies and of course our mini apple pies. Everything was delicious. Wishing all our families a very Happy Thanksgiving
November 20th Another exciting day preparing for our feast. We got to roll out pie crust, add apple filling and we made crumb topping and sprinkled it on top, Muss Kim brought them home to bake and we will eat them tomorrow at our school feast. We also made homemade butter, it was a lit of work churning the cream until it turned to butter. We also read a story about Pilgrams and Native Americans
November 19th We made our placemats for our Thanksgiving feast, shhh we promised not to tell, you will be surprised when we bring them home, your going to love our little turkeys. We also read a story about The Littlest Pilgram. As part of our music movement we marched around our classroom to We are the Dinosaurs .
November 16th Miss Kim read us the story Stone Soup, and then we got to make our own version of stone soup. We used a big cauldron and our pretend food from our class kitchen. Each one of us got to add something; carrots, potatoes, peas and even a real stone.
November 15th The whole school gathered together in the gym today to learn about and celebrate Diwali. So of our school Mom’s made us special treats, we watched a video about Diwali and are bringing home a Diwali gift.
November 14th We had a Wacky Wednesday today, Music Mike came today instead of his regular Thursday, we really enjoy when he visits. We really let our creativity flow while making the headbands for out Thanksgiving Feast costumes. We used crayons, markers, sponge paint and dot markers.
November 13th We had a special visitor today, Miss Felicia came to take our pictures and a picture of our class and Miss Marlene’s class together, we can’t wait to see them. After being so good sitting while our friends had their pictures, we got to shake out all our extra energy in the gym. We really enjoyed it. We read A Countdown to a Thanksgiving and decorated our mini me turkeys for our bulletin board.
November 9th We read a story about an acorn and made our own acorns with buttons, picking up the buttons helped us work on our fine motors skills Miss Amy came to our class for library, we had a lot of fun signing nursery rhymes with her and she was surprised we could sign and do the hand motions for so many of them. We hope she comes again.
November 8th The kids learned about Diwali today, we read a story and watched a short video on our Promethean Board. They then had a great time measuring, mixing, kneading and shaping Salt Dough. We made our own Diyas in honor of Diwali. They each decorated their own with gem stones and Miss Kim brought them home to bake. We will get to see how they turned out tomorrow. The children even helped each other apply the gems to their Diyas.
November 2nd We enjoyed another story from our author of the month Laura Numeroff, If you give a dog a donut. We made our own book cover and even put real sprinkles on our donuts. We also had a visit from our librarian Miss Michele and she read us a story.
Today was a really fun day, we began our day with Music Mike and learned a few new songs and enjoyed many of our favorite, we loved the Bubble Gum song and the Freeze Dance the most today. We then played outside in the playground and enjoyed the warm day. We combined our math and science skills, by making pancake mix. We measured the mix, milk and oil and counted the eggs. And once it was prepared it was ready to be pancakes. Miss Kim brought in mini pancakes for us to enjoy with our snack and read us the book If you give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff, another fun book for our author study.
October 31st We continued with our author study and read Its a pumpkin, Mouse by Laura Numeroff. We cut open a pumpkin and explored the insides, they were wet and gooey and most of us didn’t like the way they felt or smelled. We did like the orange pumpkin shaped sprinkle cookies we had for snack. We played in the gym today, the children are starting to interact and play games with each other, they are improving with their social skills and sharing with each other.
October 30th Today we read the book If you give a Mouse a Cookie and we had a chocolate chip cookie at snack, just like Mouse. Because Mouse drank his milk with a straw, we thought it would be a fun experiment to see what liquid we could make the most bubbles with. We started with 3 cups, one with milk, one with grape juice and the third with water. Can you guess which made the most bubbles?? It was the milk, and we got to pop them.
October 29th This week we are doing an author study, so we will be reading books from author Laura Numeroff. Her books are silly and we enjoyed If you give a Dog a Donut. We will be making a craft each day to match the book we read.
October 24th We continued learning about Fall. We explored our Nature Box, which was filled with all different types of leaves, twigs, acorns, seed pods, twigs, bark and rocks., of all sizes, shapes and colors. We paint trees with fall colored leaves with Q-tips. We made a graph chart showing how many leaves we had of red, brown, yellow, orange and green, the orange leaves won. This activity enforced our learning to identify colors and continued our introduction into numbers.
October 22nd We begin our study on Fall and Leaves. We sorted through real leaves and looked at all the beautiful colors. We made a wreath with leaves. In gym we got to exercise our gross motor skills.
October 18th What a busy day. We began our morning with a visit from Music Mike, the children are really beginning to enjoy the interactive songs and dances. They get so excited when he comes into our room. After Music we worked on matching our apples by color, sorting and made a graph chart to show how many of each color we had. We then used our dot markers to make an apple of our favorite color. During gym we began exploring the concept of in and out, using pop up tunnels to crawl through and say hello to our friends on the other side. And we saved the very best for the end of the day, we got to pick our own pumpkins from the Pumpkin Patch outside, it was so much fun
October 17th We practiced sorting our Lego apples again today, and are starting to be able to match our colors. We also painted with apples today, we made baskets of red, yellow and green apples. You can see our Apple art outside our classroom. Since it was a nice day, we played outside. We are starting to interact and play with each other more. Miss Kim was very excited to hear us starting to use our voices to talk to each other. Miss Vicki from the 4 year old class spent the day with us, she had a lot of fun playing with us.
October 16th We continued our study on apples and worked on identifying red, yellow and green ( we used Lego blocks to sort our colors so we didn’t bruise our apples). We also stacked our legos into tall towers. Miss Kim read us the book Apples, Apples,Apples, we learned many yummy treats to make with apples. We also painted our arms brown to make our own Apple trees with out names on the apples.
October 15th We had a small group today, so lots of one on one time , which was a lot of fun. We began our study of Apples and the children glued tissue paper squares to their Apple, great for fine motor skills. we also played with our red play doh, rolling, cutting and cutting shapes, more great skills.
October 12th We had a very exciting day today, we walked to the firehouse and learned all about fire safety, we got to see Patches the fire dog and had took pictures with the Firetruck. Back in our classroom we practiced dialing 9-1-1 on a make believe phone and made a 9-1-1 thank you card for the firemen.
October 11th We made our own Firetrucks and we are rushing off to a “fire”. We reviewed our fire safety flash cards and practiced putting out fires, with our fire bowling game. Music Mike came to visit today and we had a lot of fun singing and dancing with him.
October 10th We continued learning about Fire Safety, in preparation for our trip to the Firehouse on Friday. We read the book Curious George goes to the Firehouse. We used flash cards to learn fire safety words, and played our putting out a fire bowling game. We also made a fire dog. Our friends from Jericho High School also came to play with us today.
October 5th In the spirit of Columbus Day we paint blue ocean and used our handprints to make his 3 ships. Miss Kim filled our boat water table and we sailed our toy ships just like Columbus, we also got very wet and had to change into our dry clothes. We celebrated Shabbat with our friends in Miss Marlene’s class and enjoyed our challah bread.
October 4th Today we paint our “town”, we used all different mediums to paint with and used paint in the colors we are learning. You can see our town on the bulletin board in our classroom when you pick us up. Music Mike visited us today and he played us some of our favorite songs and we danced to some too. We love when he comes to class.
October 3rd This week we will be learning about our home and neighborhood. We will be using shapes to help us. Today we made our houses using squares, triangles, rectangles and circles. We also used our big blocks to build houses and tall building and had a lot of fun knocking them down. Miss Kim read us Ned’s New Home, about a worm named Ned who was looking for a new home.
September 28th We complete our study of weather with the funniest one, SNOW. We read a story about a snowy day, played with snowballs, dressed our weather frog in his snow clothes, painted a snowy day picture with a cotton ball and even made our own snow.
September 27th Today we learned about Sunny days and cloudy days, we even impressed Miss Kim when we remembered our colors from last week and knew the sun was yellow. Our friend Jay from Jericho High School visited our class today for Mr. Mike and helped us paint our yellow suns. We dressed our Weather Frog in his sunny day outfit.
Wednesday September 26th we began our study on weather today. We meet our new classroom Weather Frog and learned a new song “Whats’s the Weather” to sing during Circle Time, each day we will dress our weather frog and discuss what the weather is doing “today”. we painted our fingers and made rain. Our rain pictures are outside our classroom on the bulletin board. We also made it rain in a jar.
Friday September 21st We had a very busy day. Our new friend, Jerry came to our class, he is a High School student in the Exploring Childhood Development class at Jerich High School, he will joining a lot throughout the year. Outside in the playground we played a lot in the sandbox, digging in the sand and filling buckets helps use with our hand and eye coordination and gross motor skills and it is a lot of fun to dump out. We celebrated Shabbat with Miss Marlene’s clas. and continued with our exploration of colors and did our final check on our color science experiment, All of our flowers took on the color of the water they were in, we liked yellow the best.
Thursday September 20th We continued our exploration of colors, and I was very excited that the children are begging to recognize and name Red, Blue, Yellow and Green. We used our dot markers to color shapes. We read a book about colors and helped to find the hidden objects hidden on the pages. Since the weather was so nice, we were able to use the playground, the Music Mike came to our class to play songs and dance with us.
no school Sept. 19
Tuesday, September 18th Today the children got very hands on discovering how colors blend to create new colors. We added a spoonful of primary colored paint to shaving cream and use our new colors to paint. They all had a great time. We also checked on our flowers observed the outer part of the petals were starting to turn the color of the water they were in. We can’t wait to see them on Thursday. Rabbi Herman came in to visit our class. He spoke to us about Yom Kippur and even blew the Shofar for us. We all enjoyed his visit.
Monday, September 17th We began our discovery of colors. During circle time the children were introduced to an assortment of objects in the primary colors, many of them were able to repeat the colors back to us and recognize like colors objects. We read a story about blending colors. We started our Science experiment by placing white flowers into 4 different colored jars of water and we can’t wait to see if they will change color. And since it was such a beautiful day, we were able to play and climb on the slides and toys on the playground. It is a fun way to build our core muscles and coordination.
August 30th-What a wonderful time we had meeting all of our new friends! Friday, August 31-- Today we celebrated our first classroom Shabbat,we ate delicious challah and sang some traditional Shabbat songs. For our art project we used dot/dots, it's one of our favorite painting mediums. We ended our day in the playground. It was a really nice day. Have a wonderful 3 day weekend. See you TUESDAY September 4 As autumn is approaching we outlined an apple and had the children color the inside with a red crayon. We drew a large A at the top of their paper and wrote "A is for Apple". A fun activity also introduced the 1st letter of the alphabet and the color red. September 5- Our children are becoming more familiar with the classroom. We painted apples green and red today, we are learning our colors. Playing with play doh was also fun, a sensory experience and strengthens our fine motor skills. September 6 We started our Thursday with Music with Mr, Mike. Mr. Mike played his guitar and we sang and danced to many songs. We had 3 different kinds of apples with honey for snack. Our class is learning about shapes. September 7th- There is no school on Monday and September 11th- We are happy to announce that our new teacher, Miss Kim will join us on Wednesday. We welcome her and thank Miss Ayensa for loving us each and every day!
SEPTEMBER NEWS Summer is over and a new school year begins. The children arrived the first day with bright smiles anxious to see old friends and meet new ones. The month of September is filled with many exciting programs. We will continue our Handwriting Without Tears Program and Eureka Math. We have introduced Core Knowledge; a literary and language arts program designed to introduce children to fairy tales. rhymes and fables. The boys and girls will engage in different themes. The first theme is "All About Me." We will talk about family, the child's interests and favorite things. We will also explore the art of bubble making. The children will do observation, experimentation and the discovery of what makes a bubble. Boys and girls love colors. We will talk about rainbows and we will mix colors using ice cubes and food coloring. The Fall season will be upon us. We will talk about the changes we see in the weather and what we observe in the outdoors with this new season. The author of the month is Leo Lionni. We will read many of his books which will leadto great class discussions. The Rosh Hashanah Holiday will be celebrated as we dip apples into honey. It will be a very busy month at The Jericho Stem Academy.