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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
September 5, 2019 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. October newsletter Happy October friends! This month we have some exciting events going on at Jericho STEM Academy. We brought in Fall by learning about the life cycle of apples. The children will have an opportunity to dissect an Apple from seeds to core. October also brings about fire prevention week. The children learn to dial 9-1-1 in case of an emergency and the stop, drop and roll technique. They learn about firefighters and the important role they play in our community. During fire prevention week the children visit the Jericho Fire Station where they meet firefighters, see the firehouse and fire trucks. They love it!!! The children learn about the story of Christoper Columbus and the tools he used to sail the ocean blue. Our little explorers learn how exploration has changed over time and about the value of maps. During Fall harvest time is often referred to on farms. The children learn about farm animals and what is grown on a farm. In particular pumpkins and leaves are investigated using various STEM activities. The children learn about the origin of a pumpkin and how it grows. We will discover that leaves have many shapes, sizes and textures. October also brings about some holiday celebrations such as Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Columbus Day. As a multicultural school we celebrate the diversity of our cultures.
November is a month filled with exciting educational adventures for the students at The Jericho Stem Academy.
Our first theme that the children will be introduced to is Life Long Ago. We will show the boys and girls how life then was so different from modern day. We will churn heavy cream into butter, make glue from flour and water and paint with crushed cranberries. The boys and girls will make their own toys; they will be made aware there were no stores, things were made at home. This unit will culminate with a visit to Garvies Point where the children can observe many artifacts from the past and make their own piece of pottery.
The children will learn about the Thanksgiving Holiday as we emphasize sharing and cooperation. We will tell them the story of Thanksgiving, introduce them to the Native Americans and the Pilgrims who sailed on the Mayflower looking for land. The school will celebrate by having a feast where each student will dress in a costume representative of the holiday and enjoy Thanksgiving foods made by the children.
Stem activities are emphasized throughout the month. The students will learn about buoyancy and which objects will sink and float based upon many experiments conducted in the classrooms.
Our author of the month is Laura Numeroff who is known for her kid friendly books such as If You Give A Mouse A Cookie. Many crafts will be centered around her literary works.
We will also learn about measurement and how to use a ruler as we measure the children and various objects around the room.
As you can see, November is very busy and fun filled for the children.
December December is full of holiday fun! We begin the month with a hibernation theme. The children learn about the animals who hibernate and where they hibernate. The school has a hibernation party where the children dress in their cozy pjs and have cookies and milk. They all have an opportunity to sleep in the hibernation cave. Through STEM experiments the children learn about blubber and how the animals stay warm. The children learn to “build it” in December. They learn the basics of building bridges and attempt to build their own using objects such as legos, blocks, magnum cubes, cups and sticks. We also had a trip to California Pizza Kitchen where the children built their own pizza!!! Building a life size snowman was our favorite build it activity! ⛄️ Finally let’s not forget celebrating our winter holidays. Singing songs, doing crafts, baking cookies and decorating them was the highlight of the month. Our winter parent holiday party was extraordinary! It was a wonderful end to 2019.
February 2020 February is the month of love ❤️ here at Jericho STEM Academy. We begin our month exploring the sky. The children learn about rockets, stars, planets and outer space. They will be making telescopes to explore the night sky and making planets of their very own. During dental week a dentist visits the school and teaches the children the importance of dental hygiene. Have you ever cleaned pennies with ketchup or vinegar? That’s just one if the experiments we preform during president’s week. The children learn about the presidents that made this country great. In February we also focus on engineering challenges. The children build tunnels, bridges and structures from various materials. We end the month digging for dinosaurs. The children love making fossils and learning about dinosaurs long ago. This month we celebrate Where The Wild Things Are author, Maurice Sendak. Besides Valentine’s Day we also celebrate groundhogs day and our 100th day of school. February is full of fun!!
MARCH 2020 March is a very exciting month at Jericho Stem Academy. Our school will celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday with parties and creative projects to embrace all the characters in his books. We will see a live production of A Cat In The Hat at The Bellmore Playhouse. During this month, we will also study about wind and air, focus on our 5 senses, learn about the Purim Holiday and march in a parade dressed in costume. We will discover the levels of the rainforest and what animals and plants live within. This month also gives us the opportunity to learn about magnets and various other tools that help us in our everyday life. Always ongoing is our Eureka Math Program and Core Knowledge; our literature and Literary Curriculum. We are looking forward to a visit from Cornell Dairy Delight. We will learn how to milk a cow and make ice cream. Officer Merkel is a welcome visitor who teaches the children about train safety. There are several trips planned out of the school. We will visit a dental office,as well as Stew Leonard's Supermarket where the boys and girls will visit the different aisles that make up the store. During the month of March, there is a Book Fair. The children can purchase books to stimulate their interest in different areas. We are excited; winter is almost over, Spring is around the corner and the boys and girls have so many exciting things to look forward to this month.