There is an exciting year awaiting us, designed to promote and enhance your child’s growth and development. This year promises to be one filled with discovery and joy as your child works and plays in an environment that is warm, safe and challenging. Our school promotes hand-on and exploratory learning. There will be a weekly themes where I plan several STEM activities for your children. Please be sure to bring in the following items: 1) A large backpack to hold a pocket folder, a lunch box, a sheet and projects that are sent home. 2) A sturdy 2 pocket folder for daily correspondence. 3) A family photo for our family tree, and 2 individual photos of your child. A full change of clothes in a plastic shoe box with a lid.This should include pants, shirt, socks, underwear, a sweat shirt and an extra pair of sneakers. 4) A smock for painting. 5) 2 containers of wipes. 6) One box of tissues. You can always message me on brightwheels or call the office at 938-2540 EXT. 129 or 136. Thank you,We are looking forward to seeing you on Meet the Teacher night on August 27th at 6:30. Miss Stephanie and Miss Susan
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!
We have been very successful learning the new routines of our school and classroom. Some themes for this month are getting to know you, All about me, getting to know you, colors, mixing colors and weather and seasons.We have established rules and procedures, sharing time procedures and started to become familiar with the calendar.
We will become friendly with books such as If You Take a Mouse to School written by Laura Numeroff and books like No David! written by David Shannon these books help the students get used to the idea of school. the children will be getting jobs and continue to learn and grow each and every day.
As a STEM program please be advised that science will take place as soon as possible! this month we will be learning about bubbles this helps us learn about concepts such as surface tension, chemistry, light, and even geometry, adding math into the equation. The children will engage in processes such as observation and experimentation during these times and they will learn to be discovers and investigators. .
Learning primary colors is a great form of science and this will be included throughout the year. This month we will start our understanding of colors, what can mix together and make new colors. These understandings are presented through literature such as Leo Lionni in the books Little Blue & Little Yellow. This book gives us the opportunity to use our light table by showing how the primary colors can make other colors in the rainbow. Learning our colors will lead your children into very fun experiments! Coloring with ice cubes made from food coloring! we will use colored prisms with flashlights to show shadows and how they change shape.
Also, as we all know doing the weather helps the children become scientists in their own minds. How does the rain happen? What happens in the temperature to make it be able to snow? These are all questions that we are going to learn how to figure out this upcoming school year. Your children are going to learn how to describe and identify the weather conditions. How does the weather affect us as humans? How do we observe the weather?
Finally, please keep in mind that September is the month of new beginnings. The Jewish Holiday Rosh Hashanah this is a time where we celebrate a sweet new year and leave the rest behind. Your children will be able to try Apples and Honey which are the major foods we use to celebrate this holiday! it is also at a perfect time at the end of the month which can lead us into learning about apples in the upcoming months. Please feel free to contact the school with any questions that you have. We are going to have an awesome school year!
October newsletter Happy October friends! This month we have some exciting events going on at Jericho STEM Academy. We brought in Fall by learning about the life cycle of apples. The children will have an opportunity to dissect an Apple from seeds to core. October also brings about fire prevention week. The children learn to dial 9-1-1 in case of an emergency and the stop, drop and roll technique. They learn about firefighters and the important role they play in our community. During fire prevention week the children visit the Jericho Fire Station where they meet firefighters, see the firehouse and fire trucks. They love it!!! The children learn about the story of Christoper Columbus and the tools he used to sail the ocean blue. Our little explorers learn how exploration has changed over time and about the value of maps. During Fall harvest time is often referred to on farms. The children learn about farm animals and what is grown on a farm. In particular pumpkins and leaves are investigated using various STEM activities. The children learn about the origin of a pumpkin and how it grows. ver that leaves have many shapes, sizes and textures. October also brings about some holiday celebrations such as Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Columbus Day. As a multicultural school we celebrate the diversity of our cultures.
November Newsletter Happy November! We have been very successful in our learning and exploring these past two months! We cannot wait to continue our education as we enter this new month. Over the next couple of weeks we are going to be learning about a few new things that really connect to STEM
We will be learning about life long ago. Students will understand family life in various places long ago. What is an artifact? What are some historic toys we can think of? How have schools evolved? How does this relate to science, well we can churn cream into butter. Introduce graphic organizers and Venn diagrams. We can paint with foods and use juices as the colors. We will also be learning about sinking and floating. Students will learn which objects sink and float through buoyancy activities.
We will be learning about Thanksgiving; The Native Americans and our very exciting trip to Garvies Point this month. We will emphasize sharing and cooperation. Make costumes for our feast and celebrate. We will also be learning about measurement and rulers. We will incorporate math by using unifix cubes and yardsticks. There is so much to be learned this month and we can’t wait to continue our learning journey with all of you!