Maximizing Children's Potential and Instilling a Desire to Grow, Learn and Succeed
My name Is Miss Vicki and my assistant's name is Miss Sona. We are very excited to be your child's teachers for the Pre-K year. We hope you had an enjoyable and fun-filled summer. We look forward to an enriching and rewarding school year. So many exciting activities will happen within our classroom that your children will be anxious to tell you all about. The Pre-K year is the time where children develop significantly in their academic, physical, social and emotional skills. As their teachers, we will make an important contribution in guiding this process in a positive and nurturing environment. I know the children will be happy to see old friends and create new friendships with boys and girls new to our program. I know, through experience, some of these friendships last throughout their school years. We have developed a curriculum where everyday is a successful experience for your child. We are excited to be The Iken Stem Science Academy. Our educational objective is a hands-on learning through Science, Technology, Engineering and Math which will be infused into all aspects of learning. Your child will be exposed to creative challenges and will benefit from its many rewards. They will always be encouraged to work to their highest potential. There are several supplies that we ask your child to bring to school on the first day: A change of clothing to be kept in the cubby A large backpack for all the notes and creative projects that will be going home each day A beach or bath size towel or sheet to put over their resting mat A package of wipes An index box for their collection of sight words We are looking forward to meeting everyone at our back to school night Wednesday, August 30th at 7:00. Let us work together to make this year full of fun and personal growth for your child. \ - Miss Vicki
August 30th- Today was an amazing first day of school!! The children came into the classroom happy to see old friends and make new friendships as well. We started our day with circle time where everyone got to choose a job for the week. We sang our morning song,did the calendar and weather and counted how many children were at school. We drew a happy face because all the children were in school today. The children were very excited to create our first "2" projects; a first day of school necklace and a crown. They were very proud to wear both home. We also designed a number caterpillar; a review of 1-10 and small motor skills as we wrote our name and used a glue sick. Story time was an important part of the day; we read The Kissing Hand; a reminder that mommy's love is always with us with a kiss on the hand. We know that" Pre-K is a Ball". We each choose a sports ball to decorate and we hung them on our bulletin board. It was a busy day but one that was so much fun!!!! August 31- We had another awesome day in school. We started the day by having Shabbat with Miss Christina's class. Our stem project today was all about building. Each child was given a variety of shapes and they had to use their creative talents to build something by using their imagination. The finished products are hanging on the hallway bulletin board. We also had a review of simple numbers and we practiced following directions by working on several language papers. We hope everyone has a great holiday weekend; see you Tuesday. September 4- We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend. The children were very happy to return to school and see their friends. We started the day with the picking of jobs. The boys and girls take their jobs very seriously and do a great job at these tasks. We started our Eureka Math Program today by matching objects that were a pair. The children had fun describing their selections. Our journey through the alphabet started today. The first letter we will focus on is letter "Ff". This gave us a chance to create a fox and a flower. We also met "Mat Man and designed this letter out of sticks. Our day ended with a paper that asked the children to place the object where it belonged from a group of choices. It was a busy but fun day.... September 5- Today we were so excited to help Emma celebrate her 4th birthday. Her mom and grandma came in with cupcakes and goody bags for everyone. We continued with our work on letter "F" by creating a Rainbow Fish after we read the book at storytime. For math today, we used our counting cubes to focus on the concept of 1-5 by adding one more. Today, we read our first Weekly Reader. It was all about the beginning of school and doing good listening, sharing and making friends. We also did a paper on smaller and taller. Just a reminder: tomorrow is Show and Tell. Bring in something that reminds your child of what he/she did over the summer. September 6- Today was a first for several things in our classroom. We had our first Show and Tell. The children were so glad to bring in their treasures from home and share them with their classmates. It was also our first day with Mr. Mike; the music teacher. The boys and girls sang songs and danced around the classroom. Everybody had a great time!!! We continued our work with alphabet letter "F" as we designed a colorful fishbowl. We also practiced our cutting skills by cutting out 3 shapes and pasting them on a piece of paper. It was another great day in the Pre-K room.... September 7- Today, we started our school day with a Shabbat celebration. We were excited; the Rabbi joined us. Then, we discussed what the Rosh Hashanah holiday means to people. We ended this lesson by making a New Years card for each child to bring home to their family. We started our discussion of "apples" and did a cut and paste activity to improve the children's skills. We focused on the number "3" and did some math work which we then put into our ongoing math book. Every Friday, we go to the school library. We listened to a holiday story. Each child can then choose a book to borrow. This book should be brought back to school by next Friday when we visit the library again. We ended the day by pressing our thumb into an ink pad, and through a magnifying glass we saw how different each of our prints were. Enjoy your long weekend... September 12- Our school's theme this week is "All About Me". This gave us a chance to design a figure that looked like ourselves. We colored the clothes and blew paint through a straw to make the hair. Please take a look at them as they hang on our hallway bulletin board. We are also working on an "All About Me" book which will visit your homes soon. Today's snack was a "do it yourself" kind of yummy. Each child was given a rice cake, cream cheese and an assortment of foods to create a face. Not only did they look great but they tasted delicious. Our weekly reader this week was all about "feelings". Each child expressed what makes them happy, sad , excited and sometimes nervous. They expressed their feeling in a very mature way. We finished the day by working on our patterning skills. This week, we started our sight words which can be found in your child's index box. Please review them each night with your son/daughter. September 13- Today was a day filled with an assortment of activities. We did a cut and paste skill where we had to put the letter "F: in front of any picture that started with that letter. After that, we decorated our apples with colored rice and hung them on our fruit tree in the hallway. The day continued when we all sat at a big table with an assortment of materials that we could use. It was the children's job to group objects into groups of 3's and explain why they chose those objects and tell what they did or did not have in common. It was a great learning experience for all. Mr. Mike paid us a visit and we all sang and danced to his music. Today is our Thursday Show and Tell. The children were very proud to show what they had brought from home that began with letter "F". To end the day, and keeping with The All About Me theme, we measured how tall we are by using blocks. The children had fun stacking the blocks until they reached their friend's shoulder. It was a busy day in the Pre-K room!!!! September 14- Our day began today with our Shabbat celebration. The children love to sing the songs, say the prayers and eat the challah. We said good-bye to letter "F" by writing the upper and lower case of the letter and doing some related phonics work. We worked on the concept, also, of identifying what was the same and what was different. The children did very nicely on this skill. We visited our school library where Miss Michelle read us a story and then each child chose a book to borrow. In keeping with our new math program, Eureka Math, each child was given an assortment of fruit loops. The goal was to see how many different groups of 5's the children could make using patterning, shapes and letters. The children worked very hard to create many different ideas. Have a great weekend... September 17- Our journey through the alphabet continues as we stop at letter "Ee". This gave us a chance today to design an egg and the earth. With the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur approaching, the children painted a shofar; a horn sounded at the end of the day of fasting. Tomorrow, we will sew the pieces together. The school theme is mixing of colors. On the promethean board today, we learned how to mix colors to create new ones. We also watched what words begin with our letter of the week and the sounds it makes. We added a page to our ongoing alphabet book. The children decorated an envelope and then put a note inside to a family member. The last thing we did was a cut and paste activity. We had to match which 2 pictures went together. Once again, it was a busy day in the Pre-K room.
September 18- We started our day by sewing together our shofar and putting the blower inside. The children enjoyed blowing the horn. From there, we moved to designing decorations for the Sukkah. Sukkot is a holiday celebrated in the Fall to welcome in the harvest. We painted and created "3" fruit trees and we will hang them in the Sukkah on Friday. With mixing of colors as this week's theme, we decided to freeze paint in a muffin tin. When we return to school on Thursday, we will let it melt a little and then paint with the beautiful colors we created. We also made a color wheel book which is drying and will also be in your child's backpack on Thursday. Our work on "what goes together" continues as we matched pictures that make a pair. We ended the day by working on number "5" which we put into our counting book. See you on Thursday.... September 20- Today we blended colors with the paint we froze on Tuesday. The children had a great time and the designs they created were beautiful. Look in the picture section to see their'masterpieces." Thursday is Show and Tell day. The children are always very excited to share what they brought in from home. Their self-confidence is increasing with each week to stand up in front of their peers and tell the story behind what they have in the show and tell basket. Thursday is also the day Mr. Mike visits our room. The children love to sing and dance with him. Our Weekly Reader magazine was all about being polite. We had great discussions on how we can follow that rule both in school and at home. If you interested in any of the after school enrichment programs, please see the forms in your child's folder. September 21- It is Friday in the Pre-K class and we celebrated Shabbat. The children love singing the songs and eating the challah. We then went outside with our fruit trees and decorated the Sukkah for the holiday of Sukkot. We then continued with our theme of the week; all about the mixing of colors. We took milk,food coloring and dish washing detergent and with a craft stick watched the different colors swirl around. We also took coffee filters and paint and with a dropper watched the colors bleed through; what a pretty design it made!! We continued with our letter of the week; lowercase "e". The children are doing a great job writing the letters and hearing their phonetic sound. We continued our work with Eureka Math by rolling a dice and then putting the number of pegs into a peg board to match the number that was rolled. The children had so much fun playing this game. Just a reminder: no school Monday and Tuesday; see you Wednesday.... September 26- Welcome back after a long weekend. Today was a very busy day in the Pre-K room. We said good-bye to letter "E' by making elephant ears and doing an alphabet/reading activity with our letter of the week. We practiced writing our numbers in our math journal and also did a number activity based on colors and shapes. Our day continued with a lesson on sequencing and categorizing objects. Even though the sun came out outdoors, we made it rain in our classroom. We took clear water, water colored with blue food coloring and shaving cream. Into the clear water, we squirted shaving cream. We then took an eye dropper filled with blue water and put droplets into the shaving cream which acted as clouds. When the clouds could no longer hold the blue water, it filtered through and we saw rain.. It was a fun day in the Pre-K room!!!! September 27- Today our journey through the alphabet continues as we focus on letter "Dd". We discussed the sound that "D" makes and identified pictures that begin with our letter of the week. We also crafted a duck and made dots on lower case "d". In math, we worked with numbers 1-5 and sorted objects into groups. For our "All About Weather Week, we made a rain-stick by using a small tube, cotton balls and blue colored rice. We put the cotton balls into the tube and using a funnel we poured the rice through and watched it filter down the cotton balls. The children watched with excitement as this happened. Our work with sequencing continues and the boys and girls are doing an excellent job. Mr. Mike visited our room today and the children sang and danced and had so much fun.
September 28- Our morning began with our Shabbat celebration. Each week, we pick a different boy and girl to be the Ima(mommy) and Abba(daddy). The children love to sing the songs and eat the challah. The Rabbi visited our room today to explain to the children the holidays of Sukkot and Simchat Torah. He showed the boys and girls the lulav and etrog; two symbols of the holiday. We also marched with flags of Israel. We concluded our weather week by crafting fluffy clouds and raindrops. They are hanging on our hallway bulletin board. Our Weekly Reader focused on the topic of "Apple Orchards". We discussed the different colors apples could be and had a class discussion on who ever visited an orchard to pick apples with their family. In keeping with our Eureka Math Program, we placed a specific number of dots in the correct number column. We also learned by using counters the different ways to show the numbers 1-5. Enjoy your weekend; we will see everyone on Wednesday.... October 3- Welcome back after this long weekend. We began our day with circle time where each child told us what they did over the weekend. We then picked jobs for the week. We discussed our letter of the week (letter Dd) and created a dalmation dog. The children loved to name their dog and share this info with their friends. Our weekly reader was all about spiders. When we went on the playground, we found a spider web under the table. The children observed a web that had been spun from silk thread and saw how sticky it was by watching how grass stuck to it. We continued our work on classifying objects and practiced writing numbers as we answered the questions. Please look in your child's folder; you will find "3" new sight word cards, the info on Show and Tell and the authors we have chosen for our Author of the Month Activity. October 4- Today is Thursday and the children are always excited to have a visit from Mr. Mike. They love to watch his puppets, sing some songs and dance around the room. We completed our Columbus Day project by adding his "3" ships to the blue ocean we had painted. We wrote the upper and lowercase of the alphabet letter "Dd" and did some related phonics work. The children are doing an "awesome ' job of remembering the sight words we have covered so far. Thank you to the children who have brought in books by our authors of the month. We ended our day by doing some number work in our math journals. October 5- The boys and girls love Fridays!!! We began our day with one of their favorite activities; Shabbat... They love to sing the songs and eat the challah. They also enjoy playing the role of Ima and Aba. The day continued with us playing on the playground; the weather was beautiful and the children had a great time. In keeping with the weekly theme; All About Maps and Your Neighborhood, the children crafted a map of their town using stickers. Please look in their folders and let your son/daughter tell you about their special map. We practiced writing our numbers as they answered questions to math problems. Our work with sequencing continues and the children love to quess "What Comes Next?" Have a great weekend; see you Tuesday.... October 5- On Tuesday, October 9th, we will be having a Shelter In Place Drill. This is only A PRACTICE!! Miss Mindy, over the loud speaker, will announce that this drill is being put into place. We will report to a designated spot in the gym. We will wait there until we hear the command that the drill is over. We are doing this, as a practice, in the event of an emergency. It is always good to be prepared... October 9- Our day began with the introduction of a new alphabet letter; Pp. The children learned the sound it makes and identified pictures beginning with this letter. We also crafted a pig and a piano. Of course MAT MAN WAS ON HAND TO HELP OUT!!!! We introduced fire safety, our school weekly theme, by watching different ways to be safe in the event of a fire on the promethean board. We had our practice Shelter in Place where the children did a great job in following the directions with 'great listening ears". "3" new sight words were given to each student; they are building a solid foundation to reading. Our work with Eureka Math continued as we are now working with number skills up to 5. October 10- Today was all about Fire Safety. We crafted a fire truck and practiced how to dial 911 in the event of a fire or an emergency. We read a book called Stop,Drop and Roll. We learned that if our clothes catch on fire those 3 words tell us what to do. We also did a cut and paste activity to reinforce this rule. Our Weekly Reader was also on Fire Safety. We saw the protective clothes the firefighters wear when they enter a burning building. When we visit the Fire Station on Friday, we will see first hand how the men and women prepare themselves before they leave to fight a fire. For Eureka Math today, we practiced the different ways, using cubes, how to group the numbers 3,4,and 5. Just a reminder:Tomorrow is Show and Tell, bring in something that is red.... October 11- Today we learned how to write the uppercase of the letter "P". We also crafted a peacock with colorful feathers. Show and Tell was all about the color "RED". The children love to talk about what they bring in; we had an assortment of fire trucks, a red purse filled with goodies, a book about fire bears and even a red golf ball. It is Thursday and the children welcomed Mr. Mike into our room. They watched his puppets, played with music sticks and of course danced around the room. In keeping with our fire safety theme, we did a search a word that included fire safety words and a maze where we helped the fireman find his truck. At the end of the day, we did apple stamping in preparation for a project for next week. Don't forget; tomorrow is our trip to the fire station.. October 12- Today was an awesome day!! The day started with our trip to the fire station. A firefighter taught us some fire safety rules and showed us what he wears to fight fires. We even got to try on his firefighter coat and helmet. We then had a visit from a remote control fire truck driven by a dalmation dog (so cool). Our visit ended when we watched the fire ladder from the fire truck practically reach the sky. We took home a firefighter hat and goody bag. We finished our work on letter p by writing the lowercase and identifying pictures that begin with this letter. We read the book Apples On Top, and if you look at our hallway bulletin board, you can see how many apples each of us thought we could balance on our head. Have a great weekend... October 15- Our journey through the alphabet continues and this week we stop at letter "Bb". This gave us the chance to identify pictures that begin with this letter as well as crafting a bumblebee. We also read our mini "B" book which we took home and will now read to our family. The school theme, this week, is all about "apples". We read a story about apples and did a cut and paste activity to identify the parts of an apple. On the Promethean Board, we sang apple songs and learned the different ways we could eat an apple. The leaves are falling off the trees outside so we foil painted autumn leaves which we hung on our hallway tree. In Eureka Math, we made configurations of the number "5". We parked cars in the appropriate spots to match the number, we sorted objects into groups of 5 and reviewed the numbers covered so far. October 16- The day began with us painting a paper towel roll black. We then traced our hands, cut them out and added them to our paper towel roll. Two eyes were added and we had created a flying bat for letter "B". You can see them hanging in the hallway. Snack was so much fun. We tasted a red, green and yellow apple. We then voted and graphed which was the favorite. The green(granny smith) apple won. In math, we used our piano number line to look at the numbers 1-5. We then matched our fingers to the number Miss Vicki pointed to. In the afternoon, we began our work on "opposites". We looked at pictures and drew a line to the opposites that went together. We read a book all about pumpkins. We then did a cut and paste activity on the life cycle of a pumpkin. This was in preparation for the trip tomorrow to White Post Farms. Please have your children to school by 9:15 as the bus will be leaving promptly at 9:30. October 17- What a great day!!! We went to White Post Farms on the school bus. We had so much fun.. We saw many different kinds of animals, had a chance to go into the bird house and even feed the animals. We then took a tractor hay ride into the fields where we picked a pumpkin to take home. It was an amazing school day.... October 18- Today was awesome!!! We took one of our pumpkins from yesterday's trip, cut off the top and each child scooped out part of the inside. We counted how many seeds we had discovered. Then , we added baking soda, vinegar and food coloring and , right before our eyes, we had created a volcano. The children loved it. For a craft today, we counted 11 orange strips and crafted a 3 dimensional pumpkin. They are hanging in our room,please take a peak. We practiced writing uppercase "B" and followed a path of B's to help a bee find his hive. In math, we grouped numbers into groups to show the different ways we could make combinations of numbers 2-5. We also added a number page to our math journal. Tomorrow is library, please have your child bring his/her book to school so another one can be chosen. October 19- Today was a FUN Friday; a nice way to end the week. The day started with the Shabbat celebration. We sang songs and ate challah. It was Neil's 5th birthday. His mom came in with cupcakes,drinks and a snack bag. Thank you to Neil's mom for bringing in yummy treats!!! After, Miss Amy joined us and we had a cooking lesson. She helped the children make a pumpkin pudding. All the boys and girls mixed the ingredients until it turned into pudding. It was another delicious part of our day... We practiced writing lowercase b and circled as many "b's" as we could find within a maze. We, once again, used our counting cubes to group and identify numbers. The boys and girls are amazing at identifying pictures which show opposites in their work today. Good work boys and girls!!! We also had library where Miss Michele read a book about apples and each child chose a book to take home. It was a busy day in the Pre-K room... Have a great weekend.. October 22- We started our day by talking about the weekend and the leaves we had collected. We looked at them carefully and graphed them according to size,shape and color. We talked about the different seasons of the year that we can find leaves. We did a seasons project through leaves that is hanging in our classroom. Please stop by and take a look. We introduced letter "R" by crafting a rabbit and a rocket. "3" new sight words were put into your child's box. Please review them with your child tonight. We continued our work on which picture doesn't belong; the children had to explain why they chose the picture they did. In math, the children had to match their fingers to numbers I held up; also they pretended to be waiters and serve the number of cubes on a plate to their customers that matched my number. October 23- Our day began with a math lesson. The children had cards 1-5 and had to match the number to the card I was holding. They also had to count out cubes to put into a designated number box. The boys and girls can group, identify and count with these numbers. Our day continued as we made a magic hat with a "rabbit "jumping out. The boys and girls enjoyed being magicians. Our theme of the week continued as we made leaf prints with water colors. We worked,also, on guessing what picture, like a pail and shovel, would fit best into a particular season of the year. Our story of the day was Watching The Leaves Fall. The children learned the word" chlorophyll" and why it is so important to a leaf... October 24- The children were very excited today.. We started the day with circle time and then we read the book Leaf Man. The children laughed when they saw how many things could be made from leaves. We then took the leaves we had collected and made our own leaf people. The children are proud of their craft and you can see them hanging on our hallway bulletin board. In math today, we cut, pasted and put together our 1-5 number book. The boys and girls had no trouble categorizing the pictures under the correct number. We did " a mystery behind the door" sheet. With very little clues to work with, the children were able to identify the hidden person and draw a line to match the "2" figures. It was a busy work day in the Pre-K room. October 25- Our day began with a math lesson using real M&M's and paper replicas of the candy. We used them to make a graph of the number "5" and to see how many combinations of numbers we could find to equal "5". We are working on a "seasons book" which the children will bring home tomorrow. The boys and girls expressed what they liked to do best in each season. The children,also, had a cut and paste activity in which they had to match the season with the picture of the tree by looking at the leaves and branches. We practiced our Handwriting without Tears by writing uppercase "R", following a dot dot to create a rainbow and finding words that began with the "R" sound. We added a page to our alphabet book by crafting a robot made from various shapes. The boys and girls made beautiful pictures on cards which can be ordered as a fundraiser for the school. Please look at the display in the hallway for further details. October 26- Today started with our celebration of Shabbat. The children are doing a great job of learning the songs and, of course, the challah,is one of their favorite snacks. Our number lesson was so much fun; the boys and girls had to match numbers and pictures on their card to the number I was holding. First, we had to get 3 across and then they had to fill in the whole card. They loved playing BINGO... We practiced writing lowercase r, solved a maze by following an "r" route and identified the letter within an array of many alphabet letters. We ended the week by reviewing our sight words so we are ready for new ones next week. Have a great weekend.... October 29- Our day began with circle time. New jobs were picked and everyone had a chance to say how they spent their weekend. The day continued with a Eureka Math lesson where we learned the concept of adding "1" more up to the number "5". We used children as examples as well as adding stars to circles with designated numbers. The letter of the week is alphabet letter "N'. We identified pictures that began with this letter as well as crafting a night and number project. The school theme is "Election Day". We used the Promethean Board to better understand what this day meant. We will conduct our own election in the classroom later in the week. Another page was added to our ongoing alphabet book where we designed a birds nest for letter "N". Your children received "3" new sight words; once again, as we practiced ,Miss Sona and I could not believe what an "awesome' job the boys and girls are doing. October 30- Today was an awesome day in the Pre-K room. Our day started where each child made a name necklace for letter "N". We then did a math lesson with interlocking cubes to, once again, reinforce the concept of "1 more." We then took flour, vegetable oil and pumpkin puree and made "moon sand." The children loved molding it into different shapes and alphabet letters. Please look at our pictures in the photo gallery to see their works of art. In the afternoon, we reinforced the concept of graphing different toys and ,we then had to tell which column had the most and the least. October 31 Today was a "BOO"tiful day in school. We started the day by asking each child what they were going to be for Halloween. This was followed by each boy and girl helping us make an edible treat; from rice krispie treats and candy cone we made pumpkins and from oreo cookies and hershey kisses we made a witch's hat. Everything was yummy!! For letter "N", we learned about Noah's Ark and crafted his boat with the animals entering 2by2. We read our weekly reader; it was all about the signs of Autumn and number counting of how many things we observed on the pages. The children are doing an awesome job of writing their numbers. Happy Halloween to everyone!!! November 1- Today was Election Day in our classroom. For snack, the children each had an oreo and chocolate chip cookie. They then, in private, cast their vote on a special ballot sheet as to which cookie was their favorite. The votes are in and the decision has been made. We love them both but the oreo won 6-4. The children graphed and tallied the results and received a voting certificate. We practiced writing uppercase "N" and found pictures that begin with this letter. Show and Tell was a huge success, as always. The children were very excited to share their "N" treasures from home. JUST A REMINDER: Tomorrow is library; please back your books. November 2- Today we completed our work on letter "N" by writing the lowercase of this letter, recognizing words that begin with letter "n" and doing a letter coloring activity in which we colored only the spaces that had "N" "n" in them. We also did a stem activity where we learned what it means to balance objects. We had a scale and, by using classroom toys, markers, clothespins etc. we observed how difficult it could be to make the two sides equal. Our math lesson today was based on "one less". We started with 5 circles and, each time ,decreased by one until only one remained. We also reinforced the concept of what comes before and what comes after. Have a great weekend... November 5- As we welcome in the month of November, our school theme is Thanksgiving; long ago and now... Today, we crafted the Mayflower boat with the pilgrims inside. The pilgrims will look familiar to you as they have the faces of your children. Stop by and look at our hallway bulletin board. We also designed a cornucopia and your children did an excellent job of filling it with fruits and veggies. We talked about how modern day things are so different from long ago. We were able to sweep with an old fashioned broom and write with a quill pen. It was different than writing with a marker or drawing with a crayon. On the promethean board, we watched the first Thanksgiving, sang some songs and also danced some turkey dances. Just a reminder; No school Tuesday and Wednesday...See you Thursday for our trip to Old Bethpage Restoration Village.. November 8- Today was our trip to Old Bethpage Restoration Village. The children had a chance to see how different things were a long time ago. We visited a "one room schoolhouse" and met the teacher. We visited the general store where they each received a "pennystick" candy. We toured the old houses and saw how the rooms were so different from the houses we live in. We listened to a man playing a mini accordion and another one who played the fiddle. The trip was fun and we learned a lot. We were happy to return to our modern school and turn on the electricity; if we lived a long time ago, the only light would come from a candle and the warmth would come from a fireplace not a furnace... Room 4 looked great to us!!!! November 9- We began our day by adding Thanksgiving decorations to our hallway bulletin board. We traced our hands and turned them into turkey feathers and we painted bubble wrap which became the corn to our holiday scene. We also created a basket of thanks; your children told me things they are thankful for; this project can be found in their schoolbag. Our author this month is Laura Numeroff. We read the book If You Give A Dog A Doughnut and we duplicated the dog from the story into a classroom craft. They are hanging in our classroom; come in and take a look. Our weekly reader was about Veteran's Day. The children learned what a veteran is and the commands you would give to the dogs who work with our servicemen. JUST A REMINDER.. No school Monday, November 12th. Tuesday, November 13th is Picture Day; bring your smile..... November 13- Today was Picture Day. The girls looked beautiful and the boys looked very handsome; and everyone remembered to bring their smile. Our journey through the alphabet continues as we made a stop at letter "Mm". We crafted a mouse, a monkey and identified pictures beginning with the "M" sound. In your child's schoolbag tonight are "3" new sight words. Please review all the words with your son/daughter. Next week is our Thanksgiving Feast. We are the Native Americans. The children worked hard on decorating their costumes with paint, dot dots and feathers. We reviewed the writing of our numbers, and I am happy to say, most of us are writing the numbers correctly. I am very proud of the children.... November 14- Today we continued working on our costumes for the Thanksgiving Feast. As we worked, we sang some thanksgiving songs which put us in the holiday mood. We crafted a mosaic turkey which is hanging in our room; the children did a great job. Mr. Mike visited our room today. We sang songs and danced around; we had so much fun. All week long at story time, we are reading books about Thanksgiving,and also ,from the author of the month Laura Numeroff. The boys and girls enjoy this special time of the day. We ended our day by doing a sequencing cut and paste activity focusing on the activities that make up our day. Just a reminder: Bring in a picture of someone or something you are thankful for; tomorrow is Show and Tell. November 15- Today was a special day in our school; we had our Diwali celebration. We thank all the moms who worked so hard to give us the yummy food we ate. In keeping with the Thanksgiving holiday, we created turkey necklaces; the children did a great job beading their designs. In Math, we reviewed numbers by putting in the missing number of what comes before, after and between. Show and Tell also kept us in the holiday mood; everyone brought in a picture of something or someone they are thankful for. November 16- Our day began,as usual, with circle time. The discussion was all about the first snowfall. The children were excited to talk about touching the snow, walking in the snow and how they wanted to build a snowman. The day continued with Shabbat where we sang songs and ate challah. We said good-bye to lowercase "m" by writing the letter and recognizing this letter mixed in between other ones we have learned. Today is Friday and it is the day to visit the library. Miss Michelle read us Thanksgiving stories and we each chose a book to borrow. The day ended as we designed place mats for our Thanksgiving feast in school next Wednesday. Have a great weekend.... November 19- Today was an exciting day in the Pre-K room. We began the day by making Thanksgiving photo frames. The children will bring them home tomorrow. We then brought in the Promethean Board where we watched Thanksgiving videos, sang songs and danced The Turkey Pokey. When snack time came, we shook whipping cream into butter and spread it on our crackers just like the people of long ago. After lunch, we dot dotted a pilgrim book and completed a graph on Thanksgiving objects; the children did a great job!!! November 20- We began our day by making centerpieces for our Thanksgiving table. The children did a great job; I hope you enjoy using them. Tomorrow is our Thanksgiving Feast; it is our job to prepare the sweet potatoes for our lunch. We took sweet potatoes and rolled them in corn flake crumbs. We can't wait to eat them tomorrow. We have been practicing our Thanksgiving songs; we will sing them tomorrow at the feast. In the afternoon, we read some Thanksgiving books and did a holiday cut and paste activity. We also went back in time. We are sure the pilgrim and Indian boys and girls liked to paint but there was no paint available. Today, we did what they did. We smashed all different kinds of berries and used the juice as paint. Our beautiful pictures are hanging in the hallway. November 21- Today was our Thanksgiving feast. Dressed in our Native American outfits , we sat in a circle with the pilgrims and turkeys and sang songs and did the turkey pokey. We then sat at the table with the Thanksgiving place-mats we designed and had a delicious lunch with foods symbolic of the holiday; YUMMY!!!! We wish everyone a HAPPY THANKSGIVING.... November 26- I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. We started the day by introducing a new alphabet letter Hh. We crafted a house and covered lower case h with hearts. We also identified pictures that begin with the "H" sound. In your child's schoolbag are "3" new sight words. Please review them with your son/daughter. With all the Thanksgiving boards down, we are preparing for the holiday season and cold weather. One of our boards is a giant present which we will cover with holiday crafts; the other is a large platter of cookies with mugs of hot cocoa. Who doesn't like a warm cup of cocoa on a chilly night???? Please have your child read to you "My H Book" which is in their backpack. These books build the foundation to a good reader. November 27- After morning meeting, we reviewed letter "H' and created a horse. We dot dotted it brown, added a tail and a mane and it looks real!!! We have them hanging on our bulletin board inside the classroom. The school theme, this week, is sink and float, On the promethean board, we watched videos to see what keeps an object afloat and what makes it sink. Tomorrow, we will do our own test with different objects in a tub of water. In Eureka math, we are identifying various shapes and counting how many points each have. We are also looking for shapes that don't have points. Our cut and paste activity was all about measurement. We cut out a paper ruler and measured various objects. The boys and girls did a great job in this introductory lesson in measuring. Just a reminder; Tomorrow night is Parent-Teacher Conferences. I am looking forward to meeting with each of you. November 28- We continued our work today on letter "H" by designing a paper bag hippo puppet. The children had lots of fun crafting it. Next week is Chanukah and we will have a party with the rabbi. Today we made special crowns to wear to our celebration. We also did a phonics activity where we identified what object did not belong in each box. Just a reminder: Tomorrow is Show and Tell. Please have your child bring in something that starts that letter "H". November 28- The morning began with "2" projects focusing on letter "H". First, we spoke about healthy habits and what to do when we sneeze or cough. This was followed by writing upper case "H" and doing word H recognition and a follow the dot H worksheet. In the afternoon, we filled a tub with water. We looked at several objects and formed a hypothesis as to which ones would sink or float. We then placed them into the tub and made our observations which we recorded on our data sheet. In preparation for our hibernation week, our class was picked to craft a skunk which is one of several animals that take a long winter nap. We will put our animals into their cave next week. November 30- We began our day with the Shabbat celebration. The children love to sing the songs and can't wait to see who will be the Ima(mommy) and Abba(daddy) at the table. The holiday of Hanukkah begins Sunday at sundown. We talked about this holiday, sang some songs and also made a colorful dreidle. We finished our work with lower case "h" by writing this letter, recognizing it mixed between other letters and doing a follow the dot. We started our mosaic snowmen as well as scratching off a snowflake and discovering brilliant color underneath. Have a great weekend... December 3- We started the day with circle time. We welcomed in the new month of December and all the fun activities we have to look forward to in this month. We also hopped aboard the alphabet train and stopped at letter "K". We spoke about the sound this letter makes, recognized some pictures beginning with this letter and crafted a king's crown and a key. In your child's word box, you will find "3" new sight sentences. Please review them with your son/daughter. Miss Pauline visited our classroom. She did a cooking lesson where the children made rice krispie treats. The boys and girls were all smiles. In Eureka Math today, we used straws and playdoh to construct a triangle, a square and a rectangle. We then counted how many points and sides each had. In the afternoon, we built a menorah out of clothespins to celebrate the Chanukah holiday. It was a busy day in the Pre-K room. December 4- In keeping with the alphabet theme of the week, today we designed a kangaroo and learned that the baby is called a joey. For our cut and paste activity, we grouped objects that are hot and cold and put them in the appropriate columns. We reviewed addition by writing picture math equations. We brought the promethean board into our room and watched educational videos on Hanukkah and hibernation; our school theme of the week. We also did a sequencing activity on baking a cake; the children put everything in the perfect order... December 5- Today was an exciting day in our classroom; we got to meet a real author. She read us her book and explained what an author does. She also gave us some goodies to take home. In preparation for hibernation day, we created a cave for a bear out of marshmallows and frosting; we also used teddy bear cookies for the family. We did a great experiment that explained how blubber (fat) keeps an animal warm. We filled a bowl with ice and had the children put their bare hand into it; COLD!! Then we covered their hand with crisco shortening and put it into a glove. The crisco served as the fat layer of warmth to their hand. This hand was much warmer when put into the bowl of ice. We also read a weekly reader on what the bear has to do to prepare for his winter hibernation. We can't wait for our hibernation day tomorrow.... December 6- Today was hibernation day in school. Dressed in our pajamas and bathrobes and hugging a stuffed animal,we arrived at school for our long winter nap. We went into the gym where we did a craft and then had chocolate milk and cookies to fill our tummies before we hibernated. Look at our pictures in the photo gallery. We worked on upper case "K" by writing the letter, recognizing words that begin with "K" and doing a dot dot to reveal what was hidden within. Show and Tell was great. Everybody brought in something that could be found in a kitchen. We got a great selection of kitchen utensils. December 7- Today was a special day; we had our school Hanukkah party. Dressed in our menorah headbands we entered the gym where we listened to the story of Hanukkah and sang some holiday songs. We then snacked on latkes and applesauce and jelly doughnuts. We made edible dreidels out of pretzel sticks, marshmallows and hershey kisses. We also got to take home a dreidle filled with gelt.(chocolate coins) It was a fun day!!! When we returned to the classroom, we did a lesson on lower case"k". We wrote the letter, colored a hidden picture and solved a word search. We also worked on our sequencing skills by putting picture stories in order. Have a nice weekend.... December 10- Today we welcomed a new friend into our classroom. Her name is Brahmini and she knows many of her classmates as she was in the school as a toddler. We are happy to have her in our Pre-K room. Our alphabet letter for this week is letter "Ll". Today, we crafted a lion and laced the letter "L". We also read our L reading book which is in your child's backpack. As a follow-up, we did a cut and paste "L" activity. There are "3" new sight words in your child's folder. You should be so proud of your son/daughter; they are amazing how they recognize all these words. Tomorrow is our trip to Shop Rite; it is going to be a fun morning... December 11- Today was our trip to ShopRite. Miss Katherine met us as we entered the store. She showed us around to all the different sections of the store and explained the healthy importance of each. We even got to meet Larry the Lobster. When we stopped at the produce department,we ate a banana. As we toured the bakery, we got to see where bread and cake is made and even sampled a cookie. We received a treat bag from the supermarket which is in our backpack. When we returned to school, we each told what our favorite part of the trip was. This was followed by a cut and paste activity in which we had to fill our brown lunch bag with healthy food. December 12- Our day got off to a great start. After circle time, we designed a paper plate lion to represent our letter of the week We are working very hard getting ready for our holiday party next week. We are crafting holiday items and practicing our songs in preparation for this special day. Our weekly reader was so interesting. We learned about opaque, translucent and transparent lights and experimented as to which ones would let the light from a flashlight shine through. Just a reminder.. Tomorrow is Show and Tell. Please have your child bring in a healthy food to have for lunch.... December 13- This week in school is called "Lets Build"!! Using styrofoam and other assorted materials, we build a horse and a circus bear cage. They are on display in the hallway. We practiced writing upper case "L" and did some picture recognition of this letter. We also made a paper plate ladybug in a cut and paste activity. Mr. Mike visited our room and we had fun singing and dancing. December 14- We started off the day by celebrating Shabbat. We sang songs and ate challah bread. We said good-bye to lowercase "l" by writing the letter and doing some "l' dot to dot activities. We worked on a cut and paste activity where we built a snowman. The children are always excited to do their addition work as they are so proud of how well they do.. Have a great weekend... December 17- Today, we introduced letter "Uu" on our journey through the alphabet. We crafted a unicorn and an umbrella. We reviewed all the alphabet letters covered thus far and thought of words that began with each letter. In math, we learned the concept of "one more" and did a related soccer math skill paper. We also are working on graphs and today, we read one and recorded our findings. In our cut and paste activity, we discovered all the things we would find in a backpack. We are busy preparing for our Holiday Party on Thursday; very exciting.... December 18- We continued our work today on letter "U" by making an umpire on a baseball field. We also did a cut and paste activity where the children had to put "U" pictures into the "U" book. We practiced our math skills by doing some addition problems up to "10". We worked on graphing both insects and farm animals. Our hundred day fish bowl is getting closer to the number "100". The children are very excited as a new fish is added each day. Our ongoing alphabet book is filling up with many creative works of art. Today, the children designed an umbrella and decorated it with pom poms. December 19- Today we practiced writing the upper case letter "U" and did related phonics work. In Eureka math, we practiced the concept of "one more" and drew eggs and chicks to illustrate this idea. We practiced our sight words; please review them over the vacation as I don't want the children to forget what they have learned. Looking forward to our holiday party tomorrow at 10; see everybody then.... December 20- We want to thank all our families for making our holiday party such a big success. There were songs, stories, crafts, treats and, of course, presents!!!! We had fun, lots of smiles and memories of a great Pre-K celebration.... December 21- We want to wish everyone A Wonderful Holiday and A Happy New Year.. School reopens Wednesday January 2nd 2019.... January 2- Welcome back; Happy New Year to everyone... We started the new year by crafting a 2019 project; the children were excited to blow their noise makers and wear their "2019" glasses. We spoke about how things had changed since we left school before vacation; a new month, a new season and a new year!!! We all worked very hard on our winter hallway bulletin board; we made snowmen out of egg cartons. In math, we worked on different combinations on how to make the number "6" by joining cubes. The follow up was a cut and paste activity from Eureka Math. Today was a great school start to a new year.. January 3- Today was all about the season of winter... We started the day by crafting snow people and ice skates. The children had so much fun lacing the skates and dressing their snow friends. In the afternoon, we turned our classroom into a winter wonderland. We made homemade snow from shaving cream and baking soda. We made snowmen and had good old fashioned snowball fights. What fun!!!! For Show and Tell, the children brought in something that reminded them of winter. We had hats, scarves, ear muffs, mittens and a snowman box. And since it was Thursday, Mr. Mike visited our classroom. We sang and danced and had a great time!!!! January 4- We started our day with the celebration of Shabbat. The children love to sing the songs and enjoy the challah for snack. Our author for the month of January is Jan Brett. Today we read the book, "The Hat". The boys and girls chose a hat and each one decorated it in a unique way. Today, we started our journey into rhyming words. The children were introduced to the "AT" family and the "ACK" family. We thought of many words that belonged in each group. This was followed by a worksheet to reinforce what we had learned. We ended our day by focusing on the number "7" and the different combinations of numbers that make up this number.. Have a great weekend!!! January 7- Welcome to a new week. Today, we journeyed through the alphabet and stopped at letter "Vv". We crafted a volcano and colored some of our favorite vegetables. In the morning, we went to the gym where we had fun playing games with the parachute. This was followed by a visit from Miss Pauline where she showed us how to make edible cookie dough. This is transportation week in school. We painted a paper towel roll and tomorrow we will turn it into a car. We reviewed beginning sounds by matching a letter to the appropriate picture. We also sharpened our addition skills by solving problems without pictures. "3" new sight words are in your child's schoolbag. Please go over them with your son/daughter. We ended the day by helping Zara celebrate her 5th birthday. Thank you to Zara's mommy for the delicious ice pops and dixie cups. January 8- Today was an exciting day in school; we met Otto the Auto. We learned many safety rules on riding in a car. Ask your child to tell you some of the things they learned. In the morning, we made homemade ice cream. We took heavy cream, sugar, salt and vanilla and shook all the ingredients over ice. The result was a creamy vanilla ice cream. We read The Mitten by Jan Brett( our author of the month). As a follow up activity, we painted a mitten, stuffed it with pillow fluff and surrounded it with all the animals that tried to keep warm inside on a snowy day. Virat turned 5 and we helped him celebrate his birthday. His mommy brought in delicious cupcakes and juice. Each child received a goody bag to take home. Thank you to Virat's mommy.. January 9- Our alphabet letter for this week is letter "Vv". Today we made beautiful vases with flowers crafted from coffee filters. We finished our activity book based on Jan Brett's The Mitten. We put mittens in order from smallest to largest, we followed a maze to help Nicki find his mitten and did a cut and paste activity to find pictures that begin with letter "M" like mitten. Our Weekly Reader was titled AH-CHOO!!. We learned good health rules to follow when we have to sneeze. In math, we worked with number "8". We learned different combinations of this number; we also worked with tally marks to indicate the number of objects seen on the paper. January 10- "Vv" is our letter of the week. Today, we practiced writing the upper case "V", completed a dot to dot activity sheet and did related phonics work. We are learning about different means of transportation. In a cut and paste activity, we identified what belongs in the air, on the road and in the water. Our rhyming skills are getting better with each day. We are able to identify words that rhyme with each other and the word family they belong to. In math, we reviewed what numbers added together will make "7" and "8". This helps us with the addition work we are doing with numbers 1-10. January 11- The day began with the celebration of Shabbat. One of the songs we sang was the "Chicken Soup Song'; very appropriate for this cold windy day. Our work with letter "Vv" concluded with the writing of the lowercase "v", doing a dot to dot and following a maze to find the vegetables. Our work with rhyming words continued with a cut and paste activity. We learned about the "ing", and "op" family. Our math work today was to learn about tally marks. We counted cows and sheep; after making "4" lines, the fifth one crosses the others. We also added "one more" as we counted the legs of the octopus. Have a great weekend.... January 14- Today was a very busy day in the Pre-K room. We started the day by picking our weekly jobs. We then had circle time; only 25 more days until the 100th day of school. "3" new sight words were added to our growing collection of words; please review them with your child tonight. Our alphabet letter is "Ww". We made a wagon and displayed various types of weather. We had gym today with Miss Ayensa; we had so much fun running relay races. Miss Pauline visited our room to do a cooking lesson. We made a fruit sandwich using a pancake, various kinds of fruit, cool whip and chocolate syrup. The children licked their plates clean. We also learned about Dr. Martin Luther King and what 'His Dream Was". We made a friendship peace sign by tracing our hands; it is hanging outside our room in the hallway. It was a very productive day!!!! January 15- This week is National Kids Invention Day. We were busy this morning working on our invention which will be revealed later this week. It is very useful, handy and helpful. During story time, we read Snowmen At Work. We were surprised to see how many jobs a snowman could do when we thought he only lived in our yard. We did a cut and paste activity where we had to sought out living things as to where they lived; in the sky, land or ocean. We continued with our work on rhyming words; the children are doing an excellent job with rhyming word families. Our math lesson centered on whether it is easier to count objects in a linear or circular configuration; we worked on numbers 7 and 8 and decided a straight line is much easier. January 16- Our letter of the week is alphabet letter "W". Today, we made a whale coming out of the water; we also thought of many other words that begin with "w". Miss Christina's friends visited our classroom. We learned how to build a Rube Goldberg machine; how to make objects fall in a chain reaction. Our math lesson was focused on number "8"; how many different combinations can we make that total this number. We also had so much fun solving one syllable words that were hidden in a word search. The day ended when we read our weekly reader on Martin Luther King. We drew a picture symbolizing what his dream was for all people. January 17- The boys and girls did an amazing job with their work on letter "W". They wrote the upper case "W", found their way through an alphabet maze, recognized pictures that began with our letter of the week and solved a dot to dot mystery. We had music with Mr. Mike and the children practiced their songs that they will sing in the Spring concert in May. Show and Tell was great. The children had to bring in "2" objects that rhymed with each other. I was so impressed with what was brought in; GOOD WORK to the children in the Pre-K room.... January 18- Today was the day we revealed our invention for National Kids Invention Day. We made Helpful Handy Belts. When you are busy, you want your hands to be free to do your chores but you are holding so many things. We invented a belt where you can hang things from it; thus freeing up your hands. We had the children decide what they would like to be and what should hang from their belts. We had a banker, mommy, chef,artist, salon owner, carpenter, artist just to name a few. Please look in the picture gallery to view your child. Have a great weekend; just a reminder, no school Monday. See you Tuesday... January 22- Our day began with circle time. After weekly jobs were picked, we talked about the cold weather and the different ways we could stay warm. Our letter of the week is alphabet letter "Xx". We crafted a xylophone and viewed the alphabet inside an x-ray. The school theme ,this week, is Arctic Animals. We watched several informative videos on the Promethean Board to familiarize ourselves as to which animals live in this cold region. In your child's schoolbag are "3" sight sentences. Please review them with your son/daughter. In the afternoon, we reviewed beginning sounds as we identified several pictures on an activity sheet. In math, we practiced writing number "11" and did a graph based on this number. We ended the day by doing a cut and paste activity on sequencing. January 23- This morning was all about arctic animals. We read the story Way Up In The Arctic and became acquainted with many animals that live in this cold tundra. We then painted our feet white and turned them into snowy owls. Our creations are hanging in the hallway. We also crafted walruses which we will hang on a school mural in the gym. Our morning ended when we read a Weekly Reader about penguins. In the afternoon, we did a puzzle rhyming sheet and worked on number "11". It was a very busy day in the Pre-K room. January 24- The children were very excited today to make an x-ray of their hand. We first traced their hands and used Q-tips and Halloween candy bones to represent the bones in their hands. We practiced writing the letter "W", did a dot to dot activity and helped the pirate find his treasure map. We had music with Mr. Mike; we practiced our concert songs and did a freeze dance which was so much fun. Our reading skills are so good; we were able to read a simple sentence and cut out the picture that matches the sentence. We finished the day by reviewing tally marks for the number "8". January 25- We started our day by going to the library. Miss Michelle read us several books about arctic animals. We then chose books to borrow and bring home. When we returned to the room, we celebrated Shabbat and had challah for snack. We finished learning about letter "X"; we practiced writing the upper and lower case of the letter and did a cut and paste activity of words ending with "X". As a group, we had an activity book which taught us important facts about the favorite arctic animals; please have your child share this book with you. We finished the day with a before and after number sheet; we used a number line to help us solve these examples. Have a nice weekend. January 28- Today we visited letter "Yy" and pasted the letter on our alphabet tree. Our letter project today focused on making a paper yo-yo and a yak. We read the book A Snowy Day by Ezra Keats; we listened very carefully for at the conclusion of the book we did a cut and paste activity sequencing where we had to put the pictures in the order in which they happened in the book. This week's school theme is Snow and Ice. We took 2 ice cube trays. One we filled with plain water and some non metal objects. The other we filled with water and dropped different metal items into the water. We put them into the freezer for overnight. Tomorrow, when we get to school we will take our magnets and see which cubes will be attracted to the magnet even though the items are frozen into the ice cube; that was our hypothesis. The class voted 8-2 that the attraction to the magnet will still be there. Tune in tomorrow for the results.... January 29- The results are in; we took our ice cube trays out of the freezer and discovered that our magnet could attract metal objects even if they are frozen within an ice cube. Today, we worked very hard creating our dragons and headbands for our Chinese New Years Celebration next week. Our Science Spin Weekly Reader taught us the difference between the terms push and pull and how gravity pulls us down to the ground. We were able to look at a picture and write whether the person was pulling or pushing the object. Our day ended when we solved rhyming word puzzles for different word families.... January 30- In keeping with the theme of snow and ice, we made an underwater sea animal snow globe. After gluing shells and sea animals to the lid of the jar, we added water and glitter. We taped the lid tight, turned the jar over and we had a beautiful snow globe. We continued our work on number "12". We wrote the number and made a graph based on "12" oranges. We also practiced our rhyming word families; "at" and "ar" in a cut and paste activity. Our headbands are ready for the Chinese New Year celebration; the year of the pig; we can't until next week!!!! January 31- Our day began with Circle Time. We talked about how cold it is outside and the different ways we can keep warm. The day continued as we worked with letter "Yy". We wrote the letter, found the letter scrambled within other letters, drew a picture that began with "y" and recognized pictures that begin with this letter. Show and Tell was, as always, a big success. Each child was asked to bring in "2" things that are opposite to each other. Everybody thought "out of the box"; the objects that were brought in were "awesome". In math , we added "one more" until we counted to "9" and then took "one away" until we reached "zero". February 1- We began our day with the celebration of Shabbat. After that, we went to the gym where we rode bicycles, scooters and climbed on the apparatus. We returned to the classroom and finished our work on letter "Y' doing additional phonics and cut and paste activities. We then spoke about the new month of February and how tomorrow is Groundhog's Day. We are anxious to see what will happen with the groundhog and whether we will have 6 more weeks of winter or an early spring. We will discuss the results when we have Monday circle time. We also read a Weekly Reader which gave us more facts about the groundhog. Have a great weekend... February 4- Our day started with Circle Time and the first thing we discussed was Groundhog's Day. The children knew that the groundhog did not see his shadow and we are hoping for an early Spring. Our author for the month is Maurice Sendak. We read Where The Wild Things Are and then made our "own wild things." The boys and girls did a great job; you can see them hanging in the hallway. Our school theme this week is "outer space"; on the promethean board this morning, we watched several educational videos and learned about the sun, moon and the planets. We will continue this theme later in the week when we do several projects and experiments. We worked on our sequencing skills as we put in order how a storm comes to be. We also worked on several rhyming word families and wrote the word that rhymed with the picture. The boys and girls are doing an excellent job with this concept. Lastly, in Eureka math, we are working on the number "9". We patterned all the different combinations of this number and made believe we were setting a table for nine people. As we put down each plate, the children had to tell me how many more they would need to make "9". It was a very busy day... Just a reminder; no school tomorrow.... February 6- Today was a 'SPECIAL' day in school. A mobile planetarium came to the school and we traveled to outer space. We really felt like we were moving as we journeyed into space and saw Neil Armstrong put the first step onto the moon. We also visited all the planets, saw the constellations and the big ball of sun. It was so exciting!!!! When we returned to the classroom, we made rockets from paper towel rolls and decorated them with star stickers and red tissue paper for the flame. We read the book Happy Birthday Moon as a follow up to our awesome morning. In math today, we counted stars on an activity sheet, practiced writing our numbers 1-10 in a blast off activity and helped the alien find his way through a maze as he looked for a planet. February 7- Today was an exciting day in school. Thank you to all the parents, grandparents and to Miss Cindy and Miss Pauline for making the Chinese New Year such a wonderful celebration. The children looked adorable and the dances and parade of the boys and girls was something spectacular to watch. The different foods were delicious and it was so nice to eat with the families of our children. We then went downstairs where the children got to put on tattoos and have their face painted. Every child received a goody bag, even the teachers, and we thank you for that. We appreciate you sharing your New Years with us. February 8- Friday was busy with many different crafts and learning exercises. As a conclusion to our outer space theme, we read the story Mousetronaut and made an orbit wheel of the moon and earth rotating around the sun. We did a cut and paste activity putting the planets in order from the closest to the furthest away from the sun. We sponge painted our love heart and each child wrote what love means to him/her. We read a Weekly Reader that showed us that not only humans embrace each other but animal mommies and babies do so as well. After reading the magazine, the children cut it into a book. Have a great weekend.... February 11- We began our day with circle time; every child picked the job they wanted. We then discussed our school themes for the week; the first one is Presidents Week. As a follow, up we framed pictures of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. We learned some interesting facts when we watched the prometheon board and saw their faces on the penny, quarter and dollar bill. The other theme is good dental rules. As an introduction, each child was given an "I Can Read" book which can be found in their schoolbags. Let your son/daughter tell you about the pages within the book. Later, in the day, we reviewed what comes after and between in numbers and the children did a great job. They also had no problem as we worked on beginning sounds of various pictures. This week, we have sight sentences; please go over them with your child. February 12- Today, we had a small class due to the weather but we had a fun day. We started to design our valentine cards for mom and dad and made a "love" elephant to decorate the front of the card. We read a weekly reader about Abe Lincoln and saw how things were so different in the days when he lived in his log cabin. We did our math lesson and saw how "10" is one more than "9". We used the cubes to show different combinations of "10". We ended the day with a cut and paste activity focusing on beginning and ending sounds. In free play, the boys and girls used their creativity to design foam block structures and used tall paper cups to see how tall a design they could make. February 13- Today was a great day in school; a dental hygienist came to visit. We saw a puppet show and learned how to keep our teeth healthy. The children received a goody bag to take home. When we returned to the classroom, we looked at our eggs from yesterday. Our hypothesis was correct, the one in water stayed white, the one in soda had turned the shell brown. We made our own toothpaste from baking soda, salt, water and orange extract. Using toothbrushes and homemade toothpaste, we scrubbed the brown shell clean. In math today, we worked on valentine subtraction with numbers under "10". We finished our valentine cards and can't wait to bring them home to mom and dad... February 14- Happy Love Day to everyone!!! The children had a great time exchanging goody bags and making something special for mom and dad. Show and Tell was great; everyone brought in pictures of the people they love to give hugs and kisses to. We learned in our Weekly Reader today that not only do boys and girls lose their baby teeth but many animals also. We reviewed subtraction skills as well as beginning and ending sounds of words. February 15- Happy Friday.. Our day began with circle time. We spoke about what we may do with our week off from school. We then had Shabbat; the children love singing the songs and eating the Shabbat snack. We did a craft emphasizing the importance of good dental care; this was followed by watching informative dental videos on the prometheon board. Our math work is going great; the children know their subtraction skills up to "10' and can solve math equations. I hope everyone has an enjoyable week off; school reopens Monday, February 25th. February 25- Welcome back; we hope everyone had an enjoyable winter recess. We started the day with circle time where everyone had a chance to tell their friends what they did over this past week. We are back on track on our journey through the alphabet. This week, we will be focusing on letter "Z". We will make zoo animals and write the upper and lower case of the letter as well as doing related phonics work. In math, we worked on number "10". By using unifix cubes and patterned squares, we saw how many different combinations of "10" we could make. We also worked on number "14"; we practiced writing the number and identifying it when mixed in a group with other numbers. We are learning what our address is and how to recognize it so we can put it on our attendance chart in the morning. Our school theme is engineering challenges. Today, the children had so much fun using different materials to build very creative things. You can see some of their work in our online picture gallery. February 26- We began our day with a review of all our sight words and sentences. The children did an amazing job of remembering everything we have done so far. We are focusing our craft projects on zoo animals as we learn about letter "Z". Today the boys and girls made zoo finger puppets. Our day continued with work on number "14"; everybody is writing their numbers very legibly. We did a sequencing cut and paste activity on waiting and getting on the school bus; many of us will ride the bus next year to kindergarten. We also reviewed matching upper to lowercase alphabet letters. Our day ended as we celebrated Miss Sona's belated birthday.... February 27- Today, we did something which was lots of fun; we found a partner and measured each other using craft sticks and blocks. It was our way of showing how to build the height of our friends for an engineering challenge. We wrote the uppercase letter "Z" as well as recognizing pictures that begin with this letter. We did an alphabet dot to dot and uncovered our letter of the week. In our Science Spin magazine, we learned how pencils are made. Every time we now use a pencil, we will know the story behind it. We also practiced our subtraction skills up to "10" Just a reminder; tomorrow is the 100th day of school. Please have your child bring in a 100 of something for Show and Tell. February 28- Today was a exciting day; it was our 100th day of school!! We wore our 100th day crowns and glasses to start the day. We read the book 100 Day Worries and then shared our Show and Tell. We were so excited to see what our classmates brought in to share. After we got our 100 day medals and certificates, we filled a gumball machine with a 100 colorful dots. To end the day, we crafted a weaving project on a big 100 number sign. It was a fun day and our classroom bowl of fish is now complete!!!! Please look at all our pictures in the photo gallery.... March 1- Our day began with the celebration of Shabbat. We sang songs and ate yummy challah. We finished our work with letter "Z". We practiced writing the lowercase "z" and did related phonics work. We reviewed matching lower to uppercase alphabet letters; the children have mastered this skill. One of our papers from Eureka Math was to identify groups of "10" mixed between other number combinations. The children did great... We finished the day by working on engineering challenges. We gave the boys and girls cups, blocks and craft sticks and told them to use their imagination. Working in groups, the results were awesome!!! Have a great weekend... March 4- Happy Monday; we all made it to school despite the snowy conditions outside. We have a new alphabet letter this week; letter "C". Today we crafted a caterpillar and a coat. On our journey to number "20', today we stopped at "15. We practiced writing the number and found groups of "15. This week's theme is Dr. Seuss. On our hallway bulletin board, we made The Cat in The Hat, Horton the Elephant and a hot air balloon to symbolize Oh The Places You'll Go. Just a reminder; tomorrow is our trip to Lynbrook Playhouse to see The Cat in The Hat; please have your child to school promptly at 9. March 5- Today was the best day; we got on a bus and headed to the Bellmore Playhouse. We saw an amazing show; The Cat in The Hat. It was so much fun to watch. The characters acted out the book we had read in class; they even interacted with the audience. As we were leaving the theater, we met the characters and took a picture with them. It was an awesome day!!!! March 6- Today we read One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish; we then painted our own fish bowl and used our hands as the two fish. It tickled as we painted our hands red and blue. We did a weekly reader on Dr. Seuss; it was all in rhymes. We did a decoding math skill; we graphed goldfish crackers by color and then shared the results with our classmates. In Eureka math, we stated a math book where we counted the pictures and put them on the page that corresponded with the correct number. We are excited to welcome a new girl into our class; Emma (a second Emma) .She met all her new classmates and we are happy she is in Pre-K with us... March 7- Today we used our imagination to craft several projects. For letter "C", we made a cactus using dot dot markers, rice and sand to create our design. After reading Dr. Seuss' Cat In The Hat, we wondered what would happen if the cat visited our house and made a mess; how would we clean it up???? We took many materials we found around the classroom and made a mop, broom, feather duster and vacuum to solve the problem. There are exhibited outside our classroom, please take a look at the finished products; they are amazing!!!! March 8- Our day began with a visit to the library. Miss Michele read us several Dr. Seuss books and then we chose a book to borrow. Our day continued with the celebration of Shabbat. We sang songs and ate challah bread. We said good-bye to alphabet letter "C" by writing the letter and doing word recognition. We worked on number skills by adding numbers on a cat in the hat page as well as reviewing what numbers come before and after. Please look for the Parent Teacher conference appointment slips in your child's schoolbag. Please send them back as soon as possible. Have a nice weekend... March 11- Today ,we journeyed through the alphabet and stopped at letter "O". This gave us a chance to design an owl and an ocean scene, We also did activities and reading skills in our mini "O" book. This week's school theme is Wind and Air. On the promethean board, we watched stories about what causes wind and its effects on people and nature. After lunch, we did some phonics work. We looked at a picture and colored the letters which spelled the word. We also did a cut and paste activity where we read a sentence made up from our sight words. Then , we had to cut out the words and put the sentence back in the right order. The boys and girls did great on all the work... March 12- Today was a great day in school; we had a mechanical cow visit us. We were able to squeeze out the milk and then churn it. It went into a special machine and turned our hard work into vanilla ice cream; YUMMY!!!! In keeping with our school theme; wind, we did blow painting. We splashed some paint onto paper and then blew through a straw. The results were awesome; everyone's picture was different. Our letter of the week is "O"; we crafted an octopus and used cheerios for the legs; we even got to eat a few... We reviewed rhyming word families and did a cut and paste activity to reinforce 3 word families. March 13- We are working on a great project in the classroom; wind chimes. From a round cardboard circle, we hung various materials on lanyard, Tomorrow, we are hoping for a windy day; we will go outside and observe what happens to our chimes. Our weekly reader this week is In Like A Lion, Out Like A Lamb. We spoke about what that title means and what changes this new season will bring with it. We also read a book called Like A Windy Day to see how wind affects our everyday life. We did a sequencing activity called Planting A Garden; something we may do with Mom in the spring. We reviewed our addition skills by adding numbers and drawing a line to the correct answer, Just a reminder: tomorrow is Show and Tell (note is in the schoolbag); also we will be visiting the book fair... March 14- The boys and girls were so excited today; the weather was beautiful and we played outside in the playground. They ran around, went on the swings and climbed the outdoor equipment. We spoke about the holiday of Purim and decorated a hallway bulletin board with masks and hamantaschen. We read a Science Spin magazine all about what grows in the dirt now that Spring is coming. It is Thursday and we had our weekly visit from Mr. Mike. We sang, danced and had lots of fun March 15- We finished our work today with alphabet letter "O". We practiced writing the upper and lowercase of the letter, recognized pictures beginning with this letter and solving a dot to dot; the result was the letter "O". We took our school made wind chimes outside and hung them on the branch of a tree; we were lucky, it was windy and they swayed back and forth. We identified the number "16"; we wrote the letter, found it among other numbers and colored the number within scoops of ice cream. We thank Neil's mom who gave us a book from our wish list. We read it during story time and the children loved it. Have a wonderful weekend... March 18- Today the alphabet train stopped at letter "Q". This gave us a chance to craft a queen and do "Q-Tip painting." This week's theme is The 5 Senses. We spoke about what the 5 senses are, read a book based on this topic and started our 5 senses class book. On the Promethean Board, we watched a video and listened to a song that focused on this topic. In phonics, we did an activity where we had to fill in the missing last letter. We also did an activity where we wrote the number that comes before and after with numbers up to 10. March 19- Our class designed the most beautiful foam quilt today. Each child was given a square and chose stickers of their choice to decorate their part of the quilt. It is hanging in our room; please take a look. We continued working on our 5 senses book. Today we focused on things we can hear and those objects that do not make a noise. In math, we worked on the concepts of taller and shorter; we used our friend's height as a visual to this idea. We played on the playground and the children had so much fun... March 20- Today was so much fun in school. The boys and girls came dressed in costume and we celebrated the holiday of Purim. We marched through the hall and into the gym. The rabbi told the children the story of Purim. When we returned to our rooms, we ate hamantaschen for snack. In the afternoon, we focused on the theme of the week; The 5 Senses. We covered the children's eyes and they had to guess what they were feeling, tasting, touching, smelling. I loved their reaction to certain foods, the objects they touched with their hands and the smells they discovered with their nose. Our weekly reader focused on habitats; we learned that this is a home for animals.. March 21- What a great Thursday!! Show and Tell was so much fun..Everybody had to bring in something; we then had to guess which of our senses we had to use to identify the object. We ate, touched, smelled, tasted and of course saw all the objects. We added another page to our 5 Senses Book(hearing and touching); our book is almost done. We worked on the concept in math; taller and shorter. We did a cut and paste activity to reinforce the concept. We practiced our concert songs with Mr. Mike; we can't wait to sing for our families. March 22- Today, we said good-bye to letter "Q" as we journey through the alphabet We wrote the letter, identified the letter mixed in between other letters and practiced the sound it makes. We completed our 5 Senses Book; the children have it in their backpack. We worked on the math concept; "the same as". The boys and girls had to find the "2" pictures that were the same. The highlight of the day was when we helped Jordan and Corey celebrate their "5th" birthday. Thank you mom for the delicious cupcakes and goody bags you gave the children. Have a nice weekend... March 25- Happy Monday!! We began our week with Circle Time. The children picked the jobs they wanted; we also spoke about what we did over the weekend. Our alphabet letter of the week is letter "G", We made a gumball machine and a favorite fruit; grapes. The school theme this week is the rain-forest. On the Promethean Board, we watched videos that showed us the different animals that live in each of the 4 levels of the amazon rain-forest. We added another page to our ongoing alphabet book; each child decorated a "g"ift. We did a cut and paste activity where we cut out the days of the week and put them in the correct order. Finally, the number of the day is "17". We traced the number and then the boys and girls wrote it by themselves. March 26- Today was all about the Rainforest Forest. We read a book which showed us the different levels of the rainforest and which level each animal called their home. We then designed our own 3 dimensional rainforest. The children did an amazing job; their creations are hanging on the hallway bulletin board. We did a cut and paste activity where we had to read 4 of our sight words and then spell out the letters and put them in the correct boxes. For math, we worked on the idea of heavier and lighter. We had to find the lighter of 2 objects and circle or color it. We then looked around the room to find groups of 2 objects and we had to determine which was lighter. We read a book about Spring. The children then each had a turn to tell the signs of Spring they have seen in the outside. March 27- It is Spring! Today, we designed Spring foam flowers to hang on the bulletin board in our room. They are colorful and bright and makes our room look so pretty. We also made from a white paper bag a giraffe for the letter "G". Our Weekly Reader was all about rainbows. We now know that water +sun makes a rainbow. We colored a rainbow using all the colors. In math, we had to look at 2 objects and figure out which one is heavier. We also finished our work on number "18'. It was a busy day but we still had time to play outside on the playground... March 28- Today, we worked on letter "G". We wrote the upper and lowercase letter and do related phonics activities. We also designed guitars which are hanging in our classroom. We continued our work with the concept of which is heavier and lighter when we look at "2" objects. We have begun our work on telling time; the children are doing an amazing job of reading "the o'clock time on their toy clock. It was so nice meeting with so many family members during our parent-teacher meetings. April 1- Today we introduced alphabet letter "S". We talked about what words begin with this letter and the sound it makes. We worked on a simple reader with words beginning with this letter. Kites are flying high in our room. We painted 2 big kites and surrounded them with little ones; up, up and away!!!! We did a sequencing activity where we had to tell the order on how to plant flowers. We also worked on number "19"; we wrote the number and identified it scrambled between other numbers. Finally, we did a categorizing project; we had to tell which column had the most and which had the least. April 2- Our author of the month is Mo Willems. After reading several of his books, we designed a pigeon(one of his main characters) which is hanging out in the hallway. For letter "S', we made a slithery snake which is hanging high above in our classroom. This week is all about simple tools. We brought in several different kinds and the boys and girls had a chance to actively see how they are used. We also did a measuring and counting exercise which focused around different kinds of tools. In your child's schoolbag is a permission slip to Old Westbury gardens; our next trip. Please sign the slip with a check enclosed ; we will learn many things about gardening and planting while touring the beautiful grounds. April 3- All pictures and updates of whats happening in our classroom are now on Brightwheel. Please log in and view all the excitement in room 4. Week of April 8th This week's school theme is April Showers and Rainbows. We will craft paper umbrellas and surround them with raindrops and rainbows. We will conduct experiments in our classroom to make explosions of color using different materials. Our author study of Mo Willem's books continues as we read The Pigeon books and Knufflebunny. The alphabet letter of the week is "A". We will make various crafts and practice writing the letter. We will introduce the children to the holiday of Passover. We will design a kiddush cup and seder plate; on Friday we will have a lseder for the children where they will prepare many of the foods Week of April 15th- This week is all about Earth Day and recycling. We will read books educating the children on this important topic as well as watching videos on the promethean board. The Pre-k class is going to build an airplane from styrofoam pieces, paper towel rolls and egg cartons. In math, we will work on the concept of matching to see "if this is enough" to make a complete match. We will continue to read books from Mo Willems; our author of the month. In phonics, we are learning about ending consonant sounds. Week of April 29th- Welcome back from Spring Recess.. This week we will be focusing on flowers; the cycle of how they grow and what is needed to make them beautiful to brighten up the Springtime. We will also be doing some planting; our class took lima beans and placed them in moistened paper towel. We hope over vacation they have sprouted and can create lima bean plants. This week, we will visit Old Westbury Gardens; this will be a continuation of our study on flowers. The author for the month of May is Eric Carle. We will design a bulletin board based around one of his books as well as read many of his interesting and colorful works. Week of May 6th.. This week, we will work on our science projects for the Science Fair. We will also be very busy designing our special gift for mom. The letter of the week is "Jj". We will craft projects that begin with this letter and do related phonics activities. Week of May13th.. This week, our journey through the alphabet comes to a close as we focus on letter Tt. We will put together our alphabet book that we have been working on all year. The theme of the week is Life Cycles of different animals. We will look at several animals and see how their cycles differ. Week of May 20- This week's theme is all about artists. We will focus on Alberto Giacommetti; a sculptor who focuses on lean slender figures made from foil. We will also visit Garvies Point as an introduction to our Ocean studies. Week Of May 27- This week we will study animal creatures from the ocean and under the sea. We will read stories, create an ocean bulletin board and do graphing and cut and paste activities that focus on ocean animals. The end of the year is approaching and graduation is around the corner. We will continue to practice our graduation songs and design a graduation bulletin board. Week of June 3- This week we will take our trip around the world. We will visit China, Italy, India and our class will represent France. We will design chef hats and make a yummy chocolate mousse as a dessert treat. We will make pencil/pen holders for our father's day gifts. In math, we will review addition and subtraction through number sentences. On Thursday, we will have the Pre-K prom. The children come back to school dressed in their best. We dance,play games and have dinner and dessert together. It is going to be a great night... Week of June 10- This week is all about graduation. On Thursday, June 13th, the Pre-K boys and girls will graduate. Dressed in their caps and gowns, they will receive their diplomas in front of family and friends. We wish everyone a happy and safe summer....