We Celebrate Exploration Through the Journey of Learning
August 28, 2019 Dear Parents, Welcome to Preschool where the adventure begins! This year your little learner will shine brightly in our classroom. There is an exciting year awaiting, designed to promote and enhance your child's growth and development. This very important year promises to be one filled with discovery and joy as your child learns and plays in an environment that is warm, safe and challenging. It will be a year of magical wonder and amazing growth for your little star. Our school encourages and promotes hands-on and exploratory learning through our STEAM curriculum. STEAM, an acronym for science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics, is a mix of interrelated subjects that are taught together in an integrated way. By adding art to a STEM curriculum it gives children a creative component to learning which is especially important in little learners.Literacy and reading readiness is also an essential component in our program. Literary works are integrated into our weekly theme and carried throughout the subject areas. Please be sure to send your child to school with: A backpack big enough to hold a pocket folder, notebook and lunch box. (if applicable) If your child is bringing lunch to school please have a lunch box and drink/thermos labeled with their first and last name. Please be aware we are a nut-free school. A sturdy 2 bottom pocket folder for daily correspondence. A family photo (for our family tree) and 2 individual photos of your child for their cubbies and emergency card. A full change of clothes in a plastic sized shoe bin with a lid. Please include a shirt, pants, underwear, socks and an extra pair of shoes. 2 boxes of wipes A smock or large t-shirt A marble notebook (for our shared reading book) I will be sending home weekly newsletters to keep you apprised of what fun adventures we are having in our classroom so check your child's folder daily. Please let me know if you need anything, have any questions, or concerns. You can leave a message at the office by calling 516-938-2540 or you can email me anytime at email@example.com. Please note that Meet the Teacher Night is on August 27th at 6;30pm for parents only to discuss the upcoming year and any question you may have. I am looking forward to our preschool adventure with your child and family! Thank you kindly, Ms. Melissa & Miss Joshi
October 10, 2018 Today the children had a wonderful day! They continued practicing the letter “F” on their individual slates and cut and paste “F” sounds on a worksheet. After Miss Cindy read FireTrucks aloud, the children continued their art project for fire prevention week by painting fire with red and yellow paint and constructing a fire truck from different shapes. They look terrific! Parking lot math was in full gear today as the children parked up to 15 cars. The kids were amused as they made their fire house Dalmatian puppet. It was so cute!
October 11, 2018 Today we said good-bye to our friend Laura. The whole class will miss her! After morning meeting we had music with Mr Mike, we did the choo choo dance and sang songs. In Math we practiced counting to five and started counting with our left pinky by pretending to play a piano. The kids enjoyed have the piano keys by their names! We read 5 Little Firefighters aloud while making our own firefighter stick figures. Then they put them into their very own little fire truck. They played with them all day. We even had them park them in the hall together in our “school fire house.” The children are really enjoying fire prevention week!! In Handwriting the kids practiced the letter “F” on the whiteboard and completed a worksheet with items that begin with the “F” sound. The children also colored along with Clifford the dog on what to do for a fire drill in their Scholastic reader. We ended our day reading Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Laura’s choice, and having little good-bye party party. Remember parents tomorrow is our trip to the fire house!
October 12, 2018 Fire prevention week came to a close with a trip to the Jericho Fire House. The children loved this trip! They learned about fire safety, firemen and what they do and what to do in an emergency. The children tried on a real firemen’s hat, pet the stuffed dalmatian dog, explored a real fire truck and saw the fire ladder go up. They had a very exciting day! When we got back the children had library with Miss Dana’s class. Miss Michelle read them two books. After library the kids went to play gym, most of them played basketball. Today we continued learning about France in travel center. The kids learned how to say good-bye in French, about the Effie Tower and heard nursery rhymes in French. We ended our day with a fire house dance party!
October 15, 2018 Hello Monday! In Room 5 boys ruled today as all the girls were absent. After morning meeting we had a Math in which the children learned how to split one group of items into two uneven groups. We also practiced counting to 5 using our piano fingers. We introduced a new letter of the week “G” and number of the week “7.” The children practiced on their individual slates and on the Prometheus Board. The boys also begin their letter “G” art project. Great Work! This month our author study is on Louis Ehlert as we have been reading her wonderful books. I choose the book Planting A Rainbow for this months project because of its unique illustrations and vibrant colors. The children love looking at the colors and abstract shapes on each page. They used round sponges dipped in bright colored paints to recreate the rainbow bouquet at the end of the book. They really did an outstanding job on it! The boys enjoyed driving the cars during Gym. I read 10 Little Red Apples aloud at circle time to kick off our new theme this week, apples, pumpkins and Fall. Until tomorrow kids! Just a reminder that are trip to White Post Farms is on Wednesday.
October 16, 2018 Room 5 had a terrific Tuesday. The children began the day decorating our classroom with pumpkin window stickers. Our Math lesson was really cute. The children practiced strategies to track their counting by using teddy bear manipulatives riding a merry-go-round. The activity was followed up with a similar worksheet. Today we begin exploring apples.🍎 The kids began working on their apple science experiments. We began by using the bucket balance scale to see how many items were heavier than an apple. Our second experiment had the children use their five senses to examine an apple. Miss Cindy and I recorded their responses. After gym Miss Dana’s class came to our classroom and we read the book Pumpkin Heads together. All the children completed four pumpkin faces, silly, scary, happy and mean, using triangles to construct their faces. What silliness! We ended our day by reading the book Nuts to You! Please remember that we are leaving for White Post Farms tomorrow morning. All students must arrive on time and have a car seat or booster seat for the bus.
October 17, 2018 White Post Farms here we come! The children had an amazing day today. First they were excited to ride a big bus. We sang The Wheels on the Bus all the way there. For many of the preschoolers this is their first school trip so we wanted it to be a special day for them. We feed the animals, went on a hayride, picked pumpkins and had a fun day! It was a beautiful day and a beautiful trip. After we returned to school the kids ate lunch and rested. We were able to do another apple experiment where the children predicted if an apple would sink or float in water. Most of them said it would sink but two children predicted correctly. Way to go! Thank you to everyone who helped make our day wonderful!
October 18, 2018 Today room 5 was filled with pumpkin and apple fun! First we went to Miss Dana’s class to learn about carving a pumpkin and explore the seeds and pulp inside. All the children had an opportunity to reach inside the pumpkin and feel the texture of the pulp and seeds. It was gooey fun! The children also made faces on their pumpkins they picked from White Post Farms yesterday. The children all collaborated on our pumpkin face - happy face won! In Math we created a number chart and each child placed the appropriate number of animals in each row. In handwriting we continued to practice the letter “G.” In STEM we continued to explore apples. All the children used a magnifying glass to study the parts of an apple. They also guessed how long an apple measures by using a piece of yarn and then putting it around the apple to see if they were right. Lastly the children made a chart of which apple taste better, red or green. Red apples won! Miss Amy read Up, Up an Apple Tree and Top Cat aloud. Thank you Miss Amy! As you can see room 5 had a busy day
October 19, 2018 Happy Friday! After morning meeting we celebrated Shabbat in Miss Dana’s class. In Math we filled in the number 5 class chart and practicing counting 1-5. We also learned a new Math song. In handwriting we said goodbye to letter “G” by practicing on chalk slates and a grasshopper worksheet. We finished our apple unit by making apple art and putting seeds in their apple books. The kids were so excited! The 3’s come together to finish our pumpkin unit as well. Miss Dana and I read them the book How many Seeds in a Pumpkin? and had each child complete the life cycle of a pumpkin worksheet in their Science notebook. They concluded the lesson by counting 3 pumpkin seeds from the bowl and planting them. They did a wonderful job!!! Today the children had Cooking with Miss Amy where the children made pumpkin pie in a cup. They poured and stirred and ate happily! We ended our week with a guitar dance party. The kids pretended to play air guitars as we danced and sang songs. They were really good at it! See you rock stars on Monday
October 20, 2018 Today we started our day by introducing the letter “H” and number “8.” The children begin practicing on the whiteboard and began their letter project today, H is for house. After morning meeting the children were excited to get their new jobs in the classroom. In Math we practiced number recognition 1-5 with coordinating dot cards and I began teaching them hopscotch. Our new theme this week is leaves and a Fall. We read aloud Let’s go on a Leaf Hunt and then the children went outside to actually go on a leaf hunt. They collected some awesome types of leaves which we will be utilizing all week. When the children came back inside they did leaf rubbings using wax paper and pastels. It was not only a sensory lesson but it also taught them about different textures. Gym time was time for the kids to let loose and have some fun driving cars and playing. We ended our day reading Leaves, a non fiction book, to recap what we had learned today. See you all tomorrow.
October 23,2018 Room 5 was very busy today! After morning meeting we had Math where we reviewed how to count using our piano fingers and matched dot cards to math cubes. The children are counting more quickly everyday! In handwriting we continued to practice the letter “H” and finished our letter project. Miss Cindy read them Fall leaves Fall to introduce our STEM lesson in which the children learned how leaves change color and what they need to stay alive. The children did an experiment where they colored a coffee filter with marker and dipped the tip into water. They watched as the coffee filter absorbed the water and changed to the color of the marker. The children had an opportunity to play in the playground on this beautiful fall day and talk about the leaves we found on the ground. I introduced puppet play to our centers today and it was a huge hit! The children enjoyed listening to A Very Busy Spider aloud. It was a wonderful day!
October 24, 2018 Today we welcomed back Katherine to our class! After morning meeting we had Math in which we sang our number song and worked on numbers 1-3 of their number books. The children practiced “H” on their chalk slates, whiteboard and the “H” sound worksheet. We also watched letter songs on the promethium board. The children worked on scarecrows today to continue our Fall theme. We read Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf and Leaf Man aloud. When we went out to play the children found leaf man outside! They were so excited! Check out the pictures. Lastly we did our science lesson on the characteristics of leaves and felt the texture of different leaves. The children completed a sand art leaf today to conclude the lesson. We ended our day with a travel lesson on France. Until tomorrow my friends. By the way, the children did a fantastic job on their art work for our school fundraiser! Please check out the printing options displayed by the office.
October 25,2018 Today Room 5 had a great day! We had music was Mr. Mike. It’s always a pleasure! The children finished their Number Books today and they came out wonderful. The children reviewed writing the letter “H” on their own white boards and on the chalk board. They also reviewed writing A-G. We read The Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves aloud. The kids laughed out loud! After reading Clifford and the Scarecrow, the children put the finishing touches on their own scarecrows. It was a brisk day but the children played in the playground. See you soon!
October 26, 2018 Happy Friday! Today was an active day for the kids in room 5! We had Shabbat with Miss Dana’s class. The kids look forward to it all week- thank you! In Math we played BINGO with dot cards, practiced piano fingers and sang cha-cha-cha song. In handwriting the children practiced on their chalk slate. They also made alphabet trees by matching letters A-H on their trees to sticker leaves with corresponding letters. It was an excellent review of letter recognition. The children played some basketball in gym today. For the past month we have been talking about France in our Travel Center, we concluded our tour today and the children got to stamp their passport as we said goodbye. They saw a real passport and we talked about why we use them. We concluded by taking passport photos which we will glue in on Monday. We read Fall Leaves and There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat aloud. Today was hat dance party Friday because we waved farewell to letter “H.” The children all wore hats and danced around. a great ending to a great week!
October 29, 2018 Today we welcomed a new friend to our class. Welcome Natalie! In Math we practiced counting using farm stories and using piano fingers in shaving cream. Each child had an opportunity to run their fingers through the shaving cream and tell a story. In handwriting we introduced the new letter of the week “I” and number of the week “9.” The children practiced the letter “I” on their worksheets and finished their letter project, I is for ice cream! Our new theme this week is Your Vote Counts! I read the book Election Day aloud and we began talking about what it means to vote. Our class is holding an election this week on which flavor ice cream you like best- chocolate or vanilla? The kids are very excited! The kids made signs for each. We will continue to learn about elections and the voting process as the week goes on. The children also painted a flag today using their handprints. The finishing touches will be completed tomorrow. They watched Tigers Neighborhood Election and Duck for President on the promethium board. As you can see today was a busy Monday! We concluded the day by having a special welcome to our classroom dance party.
October 30, 2018 Happy 3rd Birthday Nina! Today we celebrated Nina’s birthday. The kids were all very excited! In Math we reviewed number counting using individual placements 1-5. We continued to practice “I” on chalk slates and the whiteboard. During STEM the children designed and constructed a cookie factory after we read If You Give A Mouse A Cookie. We even took it a step further by discussing how we would deliver the cookies. The children also had an opportunity to have puppet play today and play outside. The children learned more about what happens on Election Day through their own coloring book. Eva and Katherine helped tell the other classes about our election coming up Thursday and why each like chocolate or vanilla. Lastly during Circle Time the children listened to 10 in the Bed aloud. Remember tomorrow to wear your costumes!
October 31, 2018 Happy Halloween! The kids came to school with their costumes on and were so cute! Miss Dana came to our class today and we had snack together and had a Halloween costume parade around the room. It was fantastic! The kids did monster math and built a block tower learning the concept of ‘adding one more.’ We read A Party for Piggy and began painting our own piggies pink. The kids had an opportunity to use the Promethium Board to practice making an “I” and went over the “I” sound. Miss Cindy read Pete the Cat and the 10 Little Pumpkins aloud. It was a great Halloween. Trick or Treat!
November 1, 2018 Today the children had a blast singing and dancing in music with Mr Mike. In Math with counted 1-5 by building up one more. The children first used cubes and then a sticker chart to complete this task. In handwriting the children used air clay to create the letter “I” and reviewed the “I” sound. We finished making piggy from A Party for Piggy with party hats! Today was the children’s Ice Cream Election Day! All the children voted in our classroom voting booth and got a voting sticker when finished. We would like to thank Miss Dana, Miss Vicky and Miss Christina’s classes for participating in our election. The children counted the votes together today- results will be posted tomorrow. Remember tomorrow is Dance Party Friday.
November 2, 2018 Dance a Party a Friday is the children’s favorite day of the week. We said good bye to the letter “I” with an ice cream dance party! We also counted up the votes to our ice cream election and Chocolate is the winner. The children went to each class to report the results. Everyone got ice cream after their lunch. The kids continued counting 1-5 with math cubes and piano fingers today. We wrote “I” on our chalk slates and made handprints afterward for fun. The children are getting used to transitioning from center to center now. We read A Muffin for Moose aloud. Thank you Miss Dana for hosting our Shabbat celebration. Have a wonderful weekend and I will see you all on Monday.
November 5, 2018 Happy Monday! Today room 5 began to learn about life long ago, our new theme this week. We made a string telephone with Miss Dana’s class and each child got to play “telephone.” They thought it was cool. In Math we continued to learn to count down from 5, first with cubes and then with dots. In handwriting we introduced the letter “J” and began practicing on a worksheet and chalk slate. The children also sat on the carpet with me to make letters out of blocks. I’m very proud of them! In gym the kids raced around in cars having lots of fun. We read I Can Build and A Cow Says Oink aloud. Thank you to Natalie, David and Matthew who shared their November show and Tell with the class. Remember we do not have school a Tuesday or Wednesday.
November 8, 2018 Happy Thursday! The children had a blast at the Old Bethpage Restoration Village today. The got to experience first hand “life long ago.” We visited the general store, the school house, the inn and many villagers homes. They hear a violinist play live and danced to a banjo /accordion player preforming on Main Street. The kids tasted real lemonade and got candy sticks and pretzels like children did after school long ago. They saw people dressed in period costumes and how they lived. It was a wonderful experience and trip!
November 9, 2018 Room 5 had a busy Friday! The kids practiced the letter “j” and reviewed the “j” sound. In math we learned a new math song called 5 little crabs and a new game called the 5 bears in a den. The kids enjoyed reenacting the bears in the game. To end this weeks theme of ‘life long ago’ the three year old classes came together to make their own feather quill and had an opportunity to write with a real one dipped in ink. Thank you Miss Dana for having us in your classroom! The children had so much fun in gym today. Miss Cindy and I created a fun obstacle course around the gym. The kids truly loved it! We had a jumping dance party to say goodbye to letter “J.” Have a wonderful three day weekend!
November 13, 2018 Today was a picture perfect day! The kids took their preschool pictures and they were so cute! In Math the kids counted down from five using a new five little fishy song using finger-play. The kids caught on quickly and was singing along by the second verse! We finished our jellyfish project today. Yeah! In handwriting the letter “K” was introduced. The children practiced the K strokes using a kite worksheet. Our new theme this week is Thanksgiving and we read Thanksgiving Day aloud. Afterward the kids made their own turkeys and we talked about what we are thankful for. Please check out our bulletin board to find out! Until tomorrow- gobble gobble.
November 14, 2018 What a Wednesday! Today we followed a Thursday schedule so the children had music with Mr Mike. Always fun! We continued to practice letter “K” and “K” sounds. After reading One Two Three Little Indian and Pilgrims aloud we talked about what is on a Thanksgiving table and how the pilgrims got to America. The children created their own Mayflower and tested it to see if it could float for the voyage. They loved tested it in the water. In Art the children painted corn on the cob using pencil erasers tops. They had an opportunity to play in games/ puzzles and ABC centers today. Remember tomorrow is our Diwali celebration in school
November 15, 2018 Our Diwali celebration today was wonderful! Thank you to all the moms who prepared this wonderful event for us! The children learned about the story of Thanksgiving today using a bead bracelet. We used the promethium board today to watch a Thanksgiving story and practice the letter “K.” The kids enjoyed doing their art project and reading The Littlest Pilgrim and Why We Give Thanks. The highlight of our afternoon was completing our STEM experiment. The children participated in a chemical reaction to have corn kernels dance in the jar. They were all amused at the explosion. It stared snowing at the end of the day so we watched the snow fall from our big window and started learning some snow facts. We had a great day!
November 16, 2018 Happy Friday! Today the children finished practicing the letter “k” on their chalk slates and whiteboard. We also had fun with corn art! The children dipped corn in paint and rolled it onto their paper creating a textured design. What a glorious mess! The children celebrated Shabbat together with Miss Dana’s class and went to library for some story time fun. Gym was roaring with fun as the children drove the cars around. Miss Amy read Turkey Trouble aloud as we continued to learn about Thanksgiving. We ended our day with a kangaroo dance party to say goodbye to the letter K! They enjoyed jumping around the classroom for some Friday afternoon fun. Have a great Weekend
November 19, 2018 Happy Thanksgiving week! The children started their day by decorating their Thanksgiving pilgrim costumes for our feast on Wednesday. They did a great job! The children also finished their special surprise for mom and dad for Thanksgiving day. They have been very busy turkeys. During STEM today we learned about the Native American tepee and the children constructed their own version. They even choose the sticks to put on the top. Then room 5 got a special treat... we have a life size tepee in the classroom for the kids to enjoy. We also began to prepare for our feast by making butter. Each child had an opportunity to shake the jar and were amazed at the clump of bitter that formed as a result. We played gym and read the book Thanksgiving at the Tappletons' aloud. The children learned that spending time with family and friends is more important than the holiday itself.
November 20, 2918 Happy Birthday Katherine! Today we celebrated Katherine’s 3rd birthday and we had a wonderful time! The children continued to practice letter “L” on their chalk slates. We also prepared for our Thanksgiving feast tomorrow by cooking some treats. We started by making some banana pudding and then cooked some cornbread. They measured, poured, and mixed all the ingredients together themselves. The kids are little chefs! We had gym today and read Twice the Night before Thanksgiving aloud. We are very excited about our Thanksgiving feast tomorrow!!!
November 21, 2018 Happy Thanksgiving Room 5! 🦃 The children enjoyed our Thanksgiving feast in their homemade pilgrim costumes! We sang songs, danced and ate yummy food. Check out the pictures. We also finished our letter project and learned about the 5 Corn Kernel Legend. The children completed their turkey trot scholastic readers today as well. From our preschool family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!
November 26,2018 Welcome Back! Today we began the letter of the week “M” and number of the week “13.” The children practiced writing “M” on the whiteboard and with blocks today. In Math the class began Module 2 with reviewing shapes. The children identified each shape and then played ‘pick the shape’ with a partner. We started our letter project, M for mouse. They are turning out very cute! The children watched “M” letter videos and began to watch videos to introduce our new theme Sink or Float. We watched to see what fruit sink in water and which floats. We will be preforming our own experiment tomorrow. After lunch the children took a long nap today. When they woke up we read Mister Seahorse aloud. See you tomorrow.
November 27, 2018 Today we did a STEM experiment -Will it sink or float. The children took various items such as a plastic spoon, penny, feathers, etc and guessed if they would float or sink. Check out ourphitos for the results! We also continued learning about the letter M and M sounds. The children also began painting their raccoons for our hibernation party next week. That a busy day! Remember tomorrow is Parent teacher conferences.
November 28, 2018 It was a wacky Wednesday in Room 5! The children finished up their raccoon project for our hibernation party next week. We also made dreidels for our school Hanukkah party. The children watched Billy Goat Gruff on the Promethium Board and practiced writing the letter “M.” Miss Cindy read Cinderella aloud to the kids. The children also helped me get ready for Parent Teacher conferences-. Thank you to all the parents who came tonight to meet with me.
November 29, 2018 Today a Room 5 had quite a day! The children had music with Mr. Mike. They had a wonderful time. In Math we practiced counting corners of shapes. The children also identified shapes and practiced directional words such as above and below. Using their chalk slates, they continued to practice the letter “M” and “M” sounds. In Art the children used their handprints to decorate mittens. It was our first winter decoration. After gym the children listened to Leo the Lion aloud. It was Eva’s turn to pick the book today. See you tomorrow.
November 30,2018 Happy Friday! The children celebrated Shabbat together. We practiced letter “M” using the dry erase board. In Math the children identified corners of various shapes and practiced direction words such as above and under. Since the weather is turning cold outside the children made glitter mittens to hang in the classroom. We read I Know I Can aloud and discussed what the children can do on their own. We ended our day with our dance party and said goodbye to letter “M.”
December 3, 2018 Welcome back Monday! Today we did a special obstacle course in gym class. The kids were like Olympic stars! We began our new letter of the week “N” and number of the week “14.” In Math we worked on triangles. The children first counted corners and then we used popsicle sticks and clay to assemble our own triangles. It was very cute and gave the children a hands on approach to learning shapes. The children also had an opportunity to finish their mittens and we hung them in the classroom. Today we began Italy in our travel unit and we read the book Green Eggs and Ham in Italian! Thank you David for sharing! Ciao !
December 10, 2018 Today we had a busy day. The children had a soccer gym class with Miss I. In Art they made snowmen with their names on it to practice their letters. We introduced a new number, 15, and letter, “O.” The kids has cooking with Miss Pauline and made cinnamon buns. Delicious!!! In Math we started 3-D shapes and patterns. They even started their letter project ‘O for octopus’ and counted Cheerios for the activity! Like I said the kids were busy. They all fell asleep after lunch. Remember tomorrow is our trip.
December 11, 2018 Our trip to Shoprite in Plainview was a great success. The children learned about the different food groups and toured the store. They learned about what foods are good for them. They meet the butcher, baker and the sushi makers. They even saw live lobsters. It was a wonderful experience. Thank you to our guide Katherine. When we returned to school the children enjoyed building a snowflake. They took different shapes and stacked them to build their own snowflake creation. After lunch all the children slept! It was a wonderful day!
December 12, 2018 Today the children continued to practice the letter “O” on the whiteboard and on worksheets. In Math we sang our marching song, practiced piano fingers and began our chapter review. On December 20th is our Holiday party so please RSVP and bring in a wrapped book for the kids grab bag. The children began making elf hats for the party today which we will finish tomorrow. They also had library with Miss Michelle and played in Gym. In Art the children began painting their coco mugs. They were so tired after a long day they all slept after lunch. See you tomorrow!
December 13, 2018 What a wonderful day! The children enjoyed music with Mr. Mike. We practiced the letter “O” and in Math we sang songs and reviewed shapes. In Art the children painted a nights sky as part of build-it project we are doing together. The also glittered their individual snowflakes as part of a display entitled Snowflakes are Unique Just Like Us! They enjoyed gym so much it tired them out and after lunch they fell asleep! Remember please RSVP for our holiday party December 10th at 10am and bring a wrapped book for the grab bag. Thank you !
December 17,2018 Today we began our winter holiday week! The children learned how to write the new letter of the week, “P” and number of the week, 16. They practiced on the promethium board and listened to “P” letter songs. The kids were beyond excited when I announced that we will be building a snowman in the classroom today! They figured out how to create one with the materials provided. He came out really cute! The kids also had an opportunity to complete their painting project of snowman on a starry night. In Math we practiced adding just one more. We can’t wait to see everyone on Thursday at 10 am!
December 18, 2018 What a Tuesday in Room 5! The children continued to practice the letter “P” and their counting. We did a STEM project in which the children constructed a house. They helped design and build the house in the classroom. They cut, colored and helped assemble the house. When they were done they got to play in it. After gym the children had lunch and I read a Llama Llama Bully Friend aloud. It was a great day!
December 19, 2018 One more day to our holiday party and we had lots to do! The children worked on a special project for mom and dad. They decorated their own Christmas trees to take home tomorrow. We were singing songs all day long as the children were hard at work! Best of all we baked sugar cookies to decorate! The measured, mixed and stirred like professional bakers!!! Can’t wait to see everyone tomorrow!!
December 20, 2018 Our holiday party was a great success! Thank you to all the parents that joined us and the generous gifts for Miss Cindy and I. A special thank you to our class mom Mrs Gomes. The kids loved showing off for mom and dad! They were so excited and kept talking about the party after everyone left. The children had an opportunity to finish our letter project and have fun in gym. We ended the day reading I Love You Stinky Face and lots of hugs!! I am very proud of each of them
December 21,2018 Happy Holidays to all our children and their families! We spent the day with Miss Dana’s class. We had Shabbat and gym together. We also heard the story of the gingerbread man and the children helped decorate a big gingerbread man together. Then they all ate him!!! The children also had a blast making marshmallow snow men. Finally we ended the day having a cozy afternoon watching Frosty the Snowman. 🥳 Happy New Year!
January 2, 2019 Happy New Year! It was nice to have all our little friends back in school today! The children practiced counting to 10 by doing the shake it dance. We also began to explore adding two numbers. Our new letter of the week is “Q” and number is “17.” We completed our letter P project for penguins and began writing the letter Q on the Prometheus board. The children also sang and danced along to letter “Q” songs. Our STEM experiment was exciting. We discussed why we celebrate New Years and our family traditions. The children first made a mixture of confetti, baking soda and water and we put it into plastic champagne glasses. When ginger was added the children saw how it exploded with confetti. They recorded what they saw into their science notebooks. It was an exciting day in Room 5.
January 3, 2019 Today Room 5 was busy! In Math we learned about tallying items. The children had an opportunity to practice counting while tallying each item. In Art we celebrated New Years by creating our own fireworks painting! 🎆 The children continued to practice writing the letter “Q” and reviewing “Q” sounds. They each made Quilts for their letter project. As always they enjoyed music with Mr. Mike! The best part of our day was cooking with Miss Amy. She made yogurt parfaits with the children and they loved it!
January 4,2019 It was a fun day in our classroom! We celebrated Shabbat with Miss Dana’s class. In Math we sang and tallied additional items. We added a verse to our counting poem. The children said goodbye to “Q” today after they practiced on their chalk slates. They let loose at gym and played with the ride-on cars. In Art we began creating our snow village by having the children build their houses. In library the children listened to the book The Mitten and re-enacts the story with stuffed animals. It was a great day!
January 7, 2018 Happy Birthday Miss Cindy! The classes came together to celebrate Miss Cindy’s birthday today! We continued to practice tallying items and counting in Math. In recognition of our author of the month Jan Brett, Miss Cindy read The Hat aloud. The children then made Heggie the Hedgehog using textures items such as felt, sandpaper, popsicle sticks and yarn. We discussed how each item felt and why. The children also mad hats for Heggie to wear just like in the book. Miss Pauline came in today for a cooking lesson and taught the children to make edible cookie dough. Delicious 😋 In Gym we played games with the parachute. The children had such fun all day!!!
January 8, 2019 Today the children enjoyed a visit from Otto the autobot. The children learned about car safety. Otto spoke to them about car and parking lot safety. The children practiced the letter “R” in Handwriting and counting items in sequential order in Math. In Art we continued to build our snow village and began painting our traffic light. The kids enjoyed listening to the story My jacket in the Snow. It is an interactive story where the children identify the picture as part of the story. They loved it and it kept them engaged. We ended our day with some gym fun.
January 9, 2019 Today we continued to learn about transportation and safety. We conducted an experiment to answer the question which car moves faster? We used wind power, magnetic pull and a zip line effect to move each car across the table. The children guessed beforehand and then we timed each raced to see which one moved fastest. The winner was the zip line effect. The children also made traffic lights in Art and learned a new a song to remember what a red, green and yellow light means. In Math we continued to tally cubes and they practiced writing “R” on the promethium board. Most exciting part of our day was finishing our snow village. The children worked super hard on creating it! It’s hanging in the hallway - enjoy! ❄️
January 10, 2019 Happy Birthday David! Today we celebrated David’s 4th birthday superhero style. Thank you for the cupcakes and coloring books! In Math we practiced counting in sequential order. The children are getting faster and faster everyday. We reviewed the “R” sound and named everything we could think of that begins with the letter “R.” The children did our monthly scholastic together during circle time and we read My Crayons can Talk. It was so funny! We took a plan ride around the classroom to our new travel spot- China. The kids learned how to say hello and good-bye in Chinese and colored the Chinese flag. See you all tomorrow.
January 11, 2019 Happy Friday! After Shabbat we continued learning about transportation in library with Miss Michelle. We played several transportation games around the classroom. In Art we made sponge paint choo choo trains. They came out wonderful!! We finished reviewing “R” on the whiteboard and had a “rain dance” party to say goodbye to letter “R.” In Math with learned to tally up to 5 with a slash. The kids really enjoyed extra gym time so much they all slept during rest time. At the end of the day we learned more about Chinese culture in Travel. Have a great weekend!
January 14, 2019 What a manic Monday! The children started the day with our final observation of our classroom plant. They have been recording their “findings” in their science notebooks. During math the children counted objects one place at a time. Then tallied the number in all. Our new letter if the week is “S” which the children made air clay molds of and practiced on a worksheet. We also listen to “S” songs on the Promethium Board and made our letter project. I introduced Martin Luther King today as our theme this week is diversity. We read a book of his life. The children had a wonderful time in cooking with Miss Pauline and made sweet cakes filled with strawberries, bananas and whip cream. They loved making them and eating them up! In gym Miss I taught them about running track. They learned about running races and passing the baton. What a fun day
January 15, 2019 Tuesday’s are terrific in Room 5! We continued to practice counting places with the help of Spencer spider legs. In Handwriting the children continued to practice letter “S” and traced their “S” clay molding with their fingers. Our STEM lesson was based on Martin Luther King Day. We looked at a brown and white egg and before cracking them open I asked the children will they be different inside? We cracked them both open and determined that although different on the outside we are all the same on the inside. During circle time we read The Littlest Train aloud. See you tomorrow.
January 16, 2019 Today we jumped into math using blocks to counting places. We had a mock birthday party where we had to count each place setting. The kids had a ball! The children are writing the letter “S” better as they are using their clay molds to guide them. In science we used the large magnifying glass to examine items from the classroom. We also sorted various shapes such as a cylinder, cube and rectangle. In Art we read the poem A Box of Crayons can Talk. We discussed how we all are unique but still fit together as a class just like a box of crayons. The children colored their own crayon cutout and drew their picture inside. Preschool is so much fun!
January 17, 2019 Happy Birthday Natalie! Today we celebrated Natalie’s 4th Birthday! We had a wonderful time!! In Math we continued our number poem by adding 8 apples to our math cart. We also counted objects and adding to numbers equaling 8. We practiced the letter “S” and “S” sounds. We started practicing with Mr Mike for our spring concert. They love music! Gym was so fun with riding cars and jumping around. Center time was especially interesting as I had pairs playing together and then switching friends. Every friend played together it was wonderful!
January 18, 2019 Happy Friday! We started our day with Shabbat with Miss Dana’s class. In Math we continued counting in different patterns. The children had an opportunity to plant seeds in their garden. The were given 8 seeds to “plant “ in any pattern they liked. It was a cute activity that encouraged them to experiment with patterns. In Handwriting we wrapped up the letter “S” with a “S” is for school worksheet. The continued to use their clay letter “S” to guide them. Miss Michelle read the children stories in library. We were so excited to see the pre-k classes present their inventions to us today for kids invention day. Miss Vicki’s class was amazing! Thank you for having us. Miss Christine’s class was awesome. Thank you very much for letting us be apart of it ladies. The children eagerly watched as they will be participating in this activity next year!
January 22, 2019 Hope all my friends enjoyed their long weekend. Today we jumped into Math by practicing counting at the pollen cafe’. We also had a waiter/ waitress who tallied our bumble bee guests. In Handwriting I introduced letter “T” and number 20 today. The children practiced on the whiteboard and on their own. In Art we started our letter project, “T” is for trees. Today was also the beginning of our Arctic animals theme. We talked about what animals we find in the Arctic and made a poster with their pictures. In STEM we read Pete the Penguin and talked about why penguins don’t feel cold even though they are in the water most of the time. I had the children color a picture of a penguin with crayons and then they each sprayed ocean water on it. The water didn’t get the paper wet and just formed droplets because like crayon wax the penguins have wax on their feathers to keep them warm. It was a fun but busy day!
January 23, 2019 Today we continued to learn about Arctic animals and focused on the polar bear. We read the story The Three Bears by Jan Brett aloud and learned some facts about polar bears. In Art the children created their own polar bear using textured materials such as crepe paper, pom poms, cotton balls and paper plates. They did a wonderful job! In Math we continued to practice the tally method. Each child had an opportunity to practice the letter “T” and number “20” on the promethium board. The children also watched a discovery kids show on Arctic animals. This unit as been so much fun to do with the kids because they all love animals
January 24, 2019 Today we focused on snow owls in the Artic. I read Owl Babies aloud and we started an owl art project. The children used pom pom dipped in white paint to make these furry friends. So cute! We reviewed counting to 7-8 and tallying in Math. In Handwriting we learned about the letter “T” sounds and found items around the classroom that begins with “T.” We also started decorating for for Chinese New Year. Gym was fun riding cars around and music was wonderful with Mr Mike. Until tomorrow!
January 25, 2019 Happy Friday! Shabbat was fabulous with Miss Dana’s class. Todays highlight was the children finishing their snow owl painting. What a masterpiece!!! We continued to review in Math and finished up the letter “T” in Handwriting. The children began tracing their names. Gym time was especially fun the kids were full of energy. In library Miss Michelle read a penguin book and the kids walked around like a penguin. It’s was so funny! Remember that homework is due Monday kids! Have a great weekend
January 28, 2019 Monday madness in room 5! We had gym first thing this morning and rode around in our cars. In Math we continued to review concepts and play math and engineering games. Our new theme this week is snow and ice. We began by reading the book The Snowy Day aloud and the children made snow puffy paint snowmen. They each had an opportunity to measure, pour and stir the snow paint before making their snowman painting. I had different shapes for them to decorate their snowman with. They came out super sweet! In Handwriting we are learning to write the letter “U” this week. Our number of the week is zero. In Art we continued to make decorations for the Chinese New Year. The children painted fish today and made hats for the celebration. We are really excited!
January 29, 2019 What a terrific Tuesday! The children discovered what melts ice faster- cornstarch, flour and salt. The children set up an experiment where the ice cubes covered with cornstarch, salt or flour was compared to ice alone. We voted on which one would melt faster and after 15 minutes the witnessed that salt was the winner. We discussed why that happens. The children recorded their results in their science notebooks. In Math we continued to review and the children played math games. In Handwriting we practiced letter “U” on our chalk slate and whiteboard. We finished our Chinese New Year decorations and read The Race of the Zodiac. During circle time we read The Snow Bear aloud. Remember tomorrow is indoor ice skating.. be prepared to get messy!
January 31,2019 Music was in the air as the children began practicing for our spring concert with Mr Mike today. In Math we learned about the concept of zero. In Art the children made love bugs and love caterpillars with their names on it for our bulletin board. We played and rode cars in gym. In handwriting the children made clay “U” models and we reviewed sounds. We learned about asking questions during science today. We inserted it into our science notebooks. During circle time we read Bubbly Andy aloud.
February 1, 2019 Happy February! Today the children made snow globes in STEM. They loved seeing their picture inside and pouring snow in it (glitter). They went wild shaking it over and over again. In Math we continued to learn about zero and counting down. In Art we finished our ladybugs and caterpillars for Happy Love Day. The children enjoyed Shabbat today with Miss Dana’s class and gym. We also went to library where we read Blizzard aloud. The children enjoyed hearing the story and following the little boys adventure in the snow. In Handwriting we finished up letter “U” sounds. Have a wonderful weekend!!!
February 4, 2019 Hello Monday! Today the children began practicing the letter “V” and started their letter project. They are painting flowers inside a vase. So artistic! In Math we hopped around the room like a frog counting each hop. It was frog..tastic! Our theme this week is up in the sky. We watched a video on the planets and stars on the promethium board. In STEM we made a sensory bag with stars as an introduction to the constellations. in Art we started making our love penguins. They are coming out so cute! During circle time Arjun and David shared show and tell. Great work boys!!! I read the kids It’s Groundhog Day and spoke about the legend. Have a great day off tomorrow, see you all Wednesday.
February 6, 2019 Today the children traveled to outer space as the planetarium came to Jericho STEM Academy! The children watched as a Neil Armstrong landed on the moon and visited each planet. They also saw the Milky Way and found constellations in the starry sky. It was an amazing experience - thank you to all the parents who contributed. Room 5 was flying high as the children made rocket ships today and tested their velocity in the classroom. Miss Dana’s class shared in this STEM experiment as each child blew in their rockets to see how far it could go. They loved it!! In Math we added cubes up to 9 and in Handwriting we practiced the letter “V.” We ended the day reading Scholastic Magazine learning about different animals and the size of their teeth. We talked about how important it is to brush your teeth every day.
February 7, 2019 Happy Chinese New Year! Today the whole school celebrated Chinese New Year. Thank you to the parents and staff who helped make this event memorable for the children. Check out the pictures! The children were singing and dancing with Mr Mike today. We counted and practiced writing numbers in Math. In Handwriting we worked on letter “V” using our chalk slates. We spent the rest of the day celebrating !
February 8, 2019 It was an exciting week for Room 5! We did so many fun activities with our friends in Miss Dana’s class! We turned into astronauts as the children colored their suits and blasted off into outer space. We read the book I want to be an Astronaut aloud to get them ready for their STEM mission. All the children colored their planets (coffee filters) and sprayed them with water. The children saw how the colors bleed together into a pattern. Once they were done each child named their planets. We can’t wait for you to see our display in the hallway next week! The children also learned counting objects up to 9 in Math. In handwriting we talked about “V” sounds and everything that begins with the letter “V.” The children also made valentine frames together with Miss Dana’s class for a special surprise to mom and dad. We ended our day with a dance party! Happy weekend friends!!!
February 11, 2019 Happy Monday! We began our day watching Abraham Lincoln’s autobiography on the promethium board to kick off this week’s theme of presidents and dental week. Later in the week we will be learning more about our great presidents. In Math we began counting objects up to 9 in various patterns by planting seeds in their own garden. The children had to count each seed and place it in their own pattern. We also started practicing our new letter of the week “W.” They also began making their letter projects today. In Art the children worked on special valentine gifts for mom and dad. They also began making cards for their friends at school. In gym the children rode cars and had fun throwing balls around the room
February 12, 2019 Snow Day! The children in Room 5 had a blast inside in spite of the snow outside. We talked about the penny and the president Abraham Lincoln. We learned about the effect of an acid (vinegar and salt) in a penny. The children did a STEM experiment were they had to clean the penny with an acid mixture or soap and water. They were shocked how shiny they came out. We also worked on our valentine cards for our school friends and a special love gift for mom and dad. In Math we tallied cubes up to 9. In handwriting we used clay to make a “W” to trace. Thank you Theo and Katherine for sharing during show and tell.Today we had two special helpers that helped our class. They read and played with the entire class all day
February 13, 2019 Today was a fun day at Jericho STEM Academy. We had a dental puppet show to demonstrate proper dental care for the kids. They had all their favorite characters sing and talk about dental care. In Math we continued tallying 9 objects. In handwriting we worked on the letter “W” on the promethium board. We also watch letter “W” songs and the monster brushes his teeth song! The children also delivered valentines to their friends in Miss Dana’s class to demonstrate kindness toward others. The practiced writing their names on each card and decorated them with stickers. In Art the children made their own toothbrushes and toothpastes. They came out very sweet. The children finished their coin rubbing as we discussed the different coins and the presidents. We ended our day reading Will You Be My Sunshine aloud.
February 14, 2019 Happy Love Day ❤️💕! My friends had a huge love day. We did heart math and practiced the letter “W” on their chalk slate. The children watched the story of George Washington cutting down his fathers cherry tree as a child on the promethium board. They then made George Washington’s cherry tree using finger paints in Art. We put our valentine’s in our friends mailboxes. In STEM we discovered the beauty of rainbow colors coming together in a skittles chemical reaction. We played laughed and danced! What a wonderful ❤️ day!
February 15, 2019 Today we had a crazy Friday! We reviewed tallying up to 10 objects in various patterns in Math. We practiced the letter “W” on the whiteboard and the “W” sound. In Art the children made their mouth out of construction paper and used marshmallows as their teeth. We learned about how many teeth are in their mouth and why we brush our teeth. We read our monthly Scholastic about being a good friend to everyone. As a class we played Dr Seuss balance game. The children enjoyed balancing birthday cake and umbrellas on their heads while skipping or jumping. All the children participated in the group activity it was wonderful!! Thank you to Miss Dana for hosting Shabbat. Have a wonderful week off my friends and don’t forget to do your homework!
February 25, 2019 Welcome back my friends! Today we had a new student start in our class- Welcome Nitya! We jumped right back into Math counting combinations of 10. The kids did wonderfully. In handwriting we began letter “X.” They practiced on the promethium board and made clay models of the letter “X” to practice with this week. In honor of black history month we talked about Mae C. Jamerson. First African American woman to go into space. The children built the shutter Endeavour which Mae took into space in 1992. Our poster is on display outside our classroom. In the promethium board the children watched letter songs. The kids loved riding around the gym. During story time I read Min builds a Machine to start off this week’s theme- Engineering Challenge. It was a great day!
February 26, 2019 Hello my friends! Today we continued to experiment with our theme this week which is Engineering Challenges. We talked about engineers and what engineer’s build. The children got to work. They built a contraption called a slong. They had a great time playing with it when it was done! Check out the pictures. We also reread Min and the Machine so we could build Min’s machine together. I laid out building materials and the children deduced what to do to build Min’s machine. Finally we tested it. In Math the kids worked in pairs to “feed up to 10 animals.” In handwriting we continued to work on the letter “X.” The children also completed their letter project today.
February 27, 2019 Today we had a wonderful Wednesday! We learned about vitruvian man and the concept of proportions and symmetry. We spoke about it and I modeled how a baby doll has the same features on both side of her body. The children then created a picture of their own face first on one side of the paper then the other. We did an experiment to test the theory and the children discovered that their length (head to toe )and arm span are approximately the same. Check out the photos. We also did some basic addition using cubes in Math today. They practiced counting to 10 with their partners. In handwriting we continued to practice the letter “X” and its sound. The children practiced it on the promethium board as well. They enjoyed watching sci kids engineering challenge on chain reactions on the promethium board. In gym they laughed and played and just had fun! Lastly we practiced our letter sounds and assisted the kids as the speller their names in blocks
March 1, 2019 Happy Friday! March is upon us! Today the kids continued tallying 10 objects in Math and adding 10 doggy’s to our number chart. We reviewed letters “C” and “D” and their sounds. We also finished practicing letter “X” on our chalk slates. The children celebrated Shabbat with Miss Dana’s class. They ate and sang songs. In gym they rode cars 🚗 pretending to drop their kids at school- it was so cute! In Travel center we stamped our passports with a China stamp and then took a plan ride to Hawaii. We looked at the globe and talked about where Hawaii is located. We started talking about the Hawaiian flag and music. It’s going to be a fun topic for them. We ended the day with a dance party saying goodbye to “X.” Have a great weekend!
March 5, 2019 Dr Seuss week is my favorite week all year to celebrate with the kids! Today we did a Cat In The Hat themed STEM activity where the children used red colored vinegar and oil to demonstrate how they separate. The children tried many methods to try to get it to combine (shake, stir, mix) but they realized it just will not work. In Math we counted and reviewed tallying. In handwriting we began a new letter of the week “Y.” We practiced writing it on our worksheets on the whiteboard. I read I Can Read With My Eyes Shut to the children aloud and we talked about their favorite places to read. Each child made a picture illustrating their favorite place to read and made glasses made of pipe cleaner. It was awesome!!!!!! The children also helped make a birthday cake for Dr Seuss for his birthday (it’s hanging on the bulletin board). In gym they rode around the gym. We had a wonderful day!!
March 6, 2019 Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! We celebrated his birthday today with Miss Dana’s class. It was so much fun! We sang happy birthday and had cupcakes and Oreos. We took pictures in a Dr Seuss prop frame, made hats, played Cat In The Hat balance game and Cat In The Hat toss game. We ended the party reading Wacky Wednesday to the kids. I also read Green Eggs and Ham to the children before doing our STEM activity. They made green fizzy eggs. They got to do it all on their own! The children practiced writing the letter “Y” on the promethium board and watched the story Cat in the Hat. Room 5 truly had a wacky Wednesday.
March 7, 2019 Today we had an interesting day. We began the day by reading One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish to the children aloud. The children then used goldfish to fill the fish bowls from 1-6. We did simple addition using the goldfish as manipulatives. They did a wonderful job! In handwriting they continued to practice the letter “Y” on their chalk slates. In Art the children made Cat In The Hat paintings by using their handprints. It came out so cool! Mr Mike gave the children another wonderful music lesson. The children are working hard practicing for our spring concert! In gym they rode cars and jumped around. During circle time Miss Cindy read Dr Seuss’s ABC.
March 8, 2019 Another fantastic Friday in Room 5! In STEM the children engineered the cat in the hat’s hat out of red cups and paper squares. I challenged them to go as high as they can go! The children also had an opportunity to build Truffula trees from The Lorax today. I finished reading The Lorax today during circle time. They constructed the trees out of blocks and pom poms. In Art they continued to create their own version of a Truffula tree with cotton balls, paint and straws. In Math we continued to practice simple addition by using our teddy math bears. In handwriting we practiced “Y” in the whiteboard and reviewed its sound. I think the most fun we had was during our Travel lesson where I taught the children ‘Aloha’ and presented them with lays. We talked about what that symbolizes. Then I taught them to hula dance to Hawaiian music. What fun!!!
March 11, 2019 Hello Monday! Happy birthday Nitya!!! We had a wonderful celebration for Nitya today. This week’s theme is wind and air. We talked about what create wind and blowing air. The children made their own kites because kites move through the air. We practiced our letter of the week “Z” on the promethium board and chalk slates. They enjoyed dancing to the letter “Z” songs on the promethium board as well. In Math I reviewed individually with the children.The most exciting part of our day is when I introduced a new engineering set to our classroom called my junior engineers. The children loved using the bolts, wheels, gears, rods and screwdriver to build their invention. The children also began their letter project today. I read I don’t want to get up today by Dr Seuss aloud during circle time. The day flew by!
March 12, 2019 You won’t believe the amazing Tuesday we had. Today the children learned about Dairy from a real dairy farmer. The children learned to milk a cow (pretend) named Butterscotch and what dairy products we get from milk. They also had an opportunity to turn the crank to make ice cream using an old fashioned ice cream maker. As a reward for their hard work they ate the vanilla ice cream the made! 🍨 We reviewed in Math and had fun playing in gym. I read the children The Three Little Pigs to set up our STEM lesson. We talked about how strong wind can be and what objects can be knower down by wind. They tested paper, books, blocks and markers. I then prompted the children to design a house they thought could withstand a strong wind. We will continue our STEM lesson tomorrow. Check out the pictures!!
March 13, 2019 Today was a wonderful Wednesday! We worked on a STEM project with Miss Dana’s class. We first reviewed the story The Three Little Pigs and the materials they used to build their houses. We asked the children if they could build a house that couldn’t be knocked down by wind? We separated the children into three groups and each group build a house using straw, sticks or paper. The children then gathered around each house and tried to blow it down! We all decided which came in first, second and third. It was great fun and the children experienced the entire scientific process. We also practiced on the promethium board and reviewed in Math. The highlight of the day was our first gym period outside in months! The children needed the fresh air and the ran around happily! What a nice day. Please don’t forget to check out our book fair going on this week. Miss Cindy and I have picked out some books for our classroom for the children to enjoy. Check out our wish list at the book fair.
March 14, 2019 Today Room 5 had busy bees 🐝! The children went outside for gym and ran in the sunshine and fresh air. Then we sang and danced with Mr Mike in Music. In Math we reviewed by counting and sorting objects around the room. The children practiced making the letter “Z” using shaving cream in a plate. They had fun putting their hands in it and forming letters swooshing it around. We also continued talking about air by reading a poem about “wind” and making a pinwheel. The kids really loved it and loved seeing it fly when we went outside again for our STEM lesson. Our STEM lesson focused on air resistance. The children made parachutes and determined if a figurine or car would fall from the top of the ship (in the playground) faster. The children each had an opportunity to let the parachute fly. The results were in .. the car wins! They liked this hands on activity as they made the parachutes and conducted the experiment themselves. As I said, they were busy bees! The book fair is still going on, please come support. Thank you to all the parents who bought us books for our classroom 💕.Our wish list basket is still outside- thank you in advance
March 15, 2019 Today was a fantastic Friday in a Room 5. We had Shabbat with Miss Dana’s class. We played Math games and reviewed. In Handwriting we said goodbye to letter “Z” and had a party to celebrate the children completing the alphabet! They each got a metal and certificate. I am very proud of each of them. We began focusing on letter sounds and will continue to do so until the end of the year. It was a lovely day outside so we went on a nature walk to observe wind in mother nature. The children also had an opportunity to have playground time. During circle time I read I Need A Hug and Quack, Quack ,Moo I Love You. Have a wonderful weekend!
March 18, 2019 Today Room 5 said a big “HELLO” to an old friend who has returned to our class- Laura. We are happy she is back! This week we are talking about our 5 senses. We talked about what our 5 senses are and what we use them for. Today we focused on sight. The children enjoyed going outside for a nature walk using their five senses to identify their surroundings. I read Our Sight to the children during circle time. On the promethium board the children watched 2 videos on the five senses and practiced letter formation. I had asked each of them to write a letter on the board. In Math we began a new unit. The children learned some vocabulary - tall, short and the same- that we will be using throughout this unit. We also expanded our counting cha- cha dance. The children review the sounds and alphabet everyday. Can’t wait to see my friends tomorrow.
March 19, 2019 Happy Tuesday! We started our day with our STEM activity with Miss Dana’s class. We set up a mystery touch test. The children had to feel an object soft (cotton), sticky (tape) and rough (shell). They all had an opportunity to do the experiment and guess what it was. Most of the children guessed correctly! Check out the photos of their faces when trying to figure out what they were feeling, it’s priceless! We continued to review letter formation and sounds. Today the children played math and engineering games during center time. During circle time I read the book Feeling aloud. We used the promethium board to watch ABC sound videos and number videos counting 1-20. In Math we reviewed the terms Tall and short by measuring each child back to back. We discovered who was tallest and shortest. The children had a full day!
March 20, 2019 Room 5 was jumping today! We continued to learn about the five senses today. We focused on hearing today. Miss Dana’s class joined us and the children were split into two teams. They listened to 10 sounds and had to guess what they were. They heard a cow, rooster, raindrops, dog, ect. Everyone did a wonderful job! I read the book I Hear aloud. In Art the children built their own Mr/Mrs Potato Head. They put on each body part and we reviewed what sense it was associated with. In Math we continued to compare tall, short and the same. The children also did some simple addition. We played outside in the playground. The children practiced letters and sounds during handwriting. The greatest excitement today was celebrating Purim! The children dressed up in costumes and had a parade down the hall to celebrate the holiday.
March 21, 2019 Today the children had music with Mr. Mike. He is hard at work preparing them for our spring concert. As we continue to learn about the 5 senses today we focused on smell. Miss Danas class joined us as we had the children do a smell experiment. We had the children smell various items, soap, orange, lemon, cinnamon and chocolate just to name a few, and they had to guess the snell. It was interesting hearing their thoughts. It was a fun experience! We practiced letter formation and sounds in Handwriting. In Math the children had partners to see who can build the tallest and shortest towers. I read It Smells Like and Who Ate The Cookie in the Cookie Jar aloud.
.March 22, 2019 Friday in Room 5 are very exciting. We celebrated Shabbat with Miss Danas class. In Math we finished our unit on tall, short and the same. The children build towers to show an example of each. We also did some simple addition. In Handwriting we reviewed letter sounds and letter formation. We revealed the letters H, I and J. Concluding our 5 senses week we had a taste test- each child tasted something salty, sweet and sour. They colored the happy face if they liked it or not. What’s not to like- pretzels, orange and chocolate. The children also finished a five senses worksheet to review what we learned. Don’t forget we have parent conferences on Thursday
March 26, 2019 What a wonderful Tuesday it was! In Math we played counting basketball and learned the difference between heavy and light. We had a group lesson then they completed an individual review. In STEM we began making our 3 layers of rainforest trees together. Yesterday the children colored the animals. We watched videos on the rainforest animals on the promethium board and wrote letters and numbers on the board in Handwriting. Using shape blocks the children assembled a rainforest snake in two designs. The criteria was to make an AB pattern and to count the amount of shakes used. It went very well. See you tomorrow!
March 27, 2019 Room 5 had a wacky Wednesday! In Math we began learning about heavier than and lighter than terms. The children took turn determining which item was heavy and light. They did a wonderful job! In Handwriting we reviewed letter formation. I read aloud The Great Kapok Tree, one of my favorites. The children enjoyed making their own Kapok tree, placing the rainforest animals on the appropriate layer. There were many parts to this STEM project and the children handled it really well. The children enjoyed running in the playground and breathing in the fresh air. In Art the children began their rainforest book. Remember tomorrow is parent conferences. See you all then.
March 28, 2019 Today was a jumping Thursday, we had music with Mr. Mike. We went to the playground to run around. We continued to learn about the rainforest today and the children created their own rainforest alphabet book. I showed them pictures of different rainforest animals on the iPad so they can draw their favorite one in the cover of their books. It came out wonderfully! The children practiced their letters and sounds today. In Math we counted to the beat using fake drumsticks. Using the balance scale they weighed items to discover what was heavy and what was light. They completed the task by weighing an apple and a block and recording it on the worksheet. They are hanging on the door of our classroom. Great job!!
March 29, 2019 Thank you parents for meeting with me yesterday! Today was a wonderful Friday with the kids!!! They began the day with Shabbat in Miss Dana’s classroom. We continued our unit in measurement but learning about volume in terms of small, medium and large. We got sensory rice everywhere during the group lesson. It was great! In Art we finished up the rainforest unit with making a Macaw bird out of tissue paper and paper plates. The children practiced scissor skills, letter formation and sounds throughout the day. After rest time we matched animal names to their picture. It was another sweet day!
April 1, 2019 April is here! The children spent the first day of April designing their own umbrella so we can hang it on the bulletin board. We also read two Mo Williams books, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and Don’t Let Pigeon Stay Up Late, as he is our author study this month. Our theme this week is simple machines and everyday tools. The children were introduced to basic tools today and learned about inclines using ramps. Each child got to experiment with velocity. The children watched Science kids on the Promethean board to learn more about inclines and pulleys. In Math we learned about volume. In Handwriting we reviewed letter formation and sounds.
April 2, 2019 What a busy Tuesday. The children learned about length today as we compared items from the classroom to determine what is longer and shorter in length. For STEM today we learned about magnets and screws. The children used magic magnetic wands to find the metal objects in a sensory bin. They were amazed at how many objects they could pick up. They also learned more about simple machines today by learning about pulleys. I read The Blue Truck to introduce the lesson. The truck got stuck in the mud and by using a homemade pulley we were able to get the truck out of the mud! We had playtime outside today. During circle time I read Gerald Can’t Wait! A really fantastic way to talk about waiting your turn in class. In Art the children painted Mo Williams pigeon with water paints. They loved using these paints and did a great job!
Room 5 - Week of 4/7/19 - 4/12/19 This week we are exploring the theme of rainbows and April showers. This is one of my favorite times of year with the children. The children will be learning about where rainbows come from and making their own rainbows in a variety of ways. In STEM we will be using water, cds, a flashlight and prisms to bend light and create a rainbow. They will also erupt test tubes in a rainbow of colors by creating a chemical reaction. We will be creating a rainbow out of textured materials like beads, popsicle sticks and fruit loops. Painting rainbows are most fun! The children will be using watercolors and fingerprints to design their idea of a rainbow in two separate projects. Rainbow fish is a wonderful story for this age. The children will be creating their own unique rainbow fish and completing some math activities based on the book. Lastly, using legos and colored blocks they will construct rainbows in the classroom. On Thursday we will be making Matzo Apple Kugel for our Passover celebrating on Friday. The children will be reviewing letter formation and sounds in Handwriting. What a busy week ahead!
Room 5- Week of 4/15-4/17/19 This is a short week but filled with fun! Our theme is Earth Day/ Recycling and we have some wonderful activities planned. We are going to make recycling bins and learn how to sort garbage in each. We are also going to read The Lorax in school and plant our own Tuffila trees in a recycled planter. We are also going to make the earth out of food coloring and shaving cream. What messy fun! On Wednesday we are having an Easter celebration. There will be bunny hop math races, coloring eggs, parade and an Easter egg hunt. The children will also be bringing home their Easter basket with the cutest baby chicks 🐤 they made in Art. Miss Cindy and I wish all our families a very happy holiday and a relaxing spring break!
Room 5- Week of 5/20- 5/24/19 This week we will be exploring the great artist of our time. The children will be using famous artist’s techniques to create their own masterpieces. The special artist we are focusing on in our classroom is Jackson Pollock. We will be recreating his infamous splatter paint technique this week! In Math we will be focusing on writing numerals and adding/subtracting terms. I can’t wait to get started with the children. Our STEM lessons are going to focus on the multiple talents of our great artist such as carving, molding, and constructing bridges. In Handwriting we will work on letter formation and sounds. We will continue to work on beginning sounds as well. This Friday we will be holding our annual Art Show and the children will be going on a trip to Garvies Point.
Room 5- Week of 6/3- 6/7/19 This week the kids in Room 5 will be packing their luggage and grabbing their passport to go on an adventure. It’s kids around the world week and we will be learning about different cultures from each class. Our country is 🇮🇹 Italy! We will be making an Italian flag, singing songs, learning the language and making cannolis! We will be teaching the other classes to make a pizza craft. The children will also be Engineering a way to build pyramids in Egypt. Go on a safari in Africa and learn about the animals along the way. Its going to be a great trip! ✈️