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
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. We will discover that leaves have many shapes, sizes and textures. October also brings about some holiday celebrations such as Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Columbus Day. As a multicultural school we celebrate the diversity of our cultures. November is a month filled with exciting educational adventures for the students at The Jericho Stem Academy.
Our first theme that the children will be introduced to is Life Long Ago. We will show the boys and girls how life then was so different from modern day. We will churn heavy cream into butter, make glue from flour and water and paint with crushed cranberries. The boys and girls will make their own toys; they will be made aware there were no stores, things were made at home. This unit will culminate with a visit to Garvies Point where the children can observe many artifacts from the past and make their own piece of pottery.
The children will learn about the Thanksgiving Holiday as we emphasize sharing and cooperation. We will tell them the story of Thanksgiving, introduce them to the Native Americans and the Pilgrims who sailed on the Mayflower looking for land. The school will celebrate by having a feast where each student will dress in a costume representative of the holiday and enjoy Thanksgiving foods made by the children.
Stem activities are emphasized throughout the month. The students will learn about buoyancy and which objects will sink and float based upon many experiments conducted in the classrooms.
Our author of the month is Laura Numeroff who is known for her kid friendly books such as If You Give A Mouse A Cookie. Many crafts will be centered around her literary works.
We will also learn about measurement and how to use a ruler as we measure the children and various objects around the room.
As you can see, November is very busy and fun filled for the children.
December December is full of holiday fun! We begin the month with a hibernation theme. The children learn about the animals who hibernate and where they hibernate. The school has a hibernation party where the children dress in their cozy pjs and have cookies and milk. They all have an opportunity to sleep in the hibernation cave. Through STEM experiments the children learn about blubber and how the animals stay warm. The children learn to “build it” in December. They learn the basics of building bridges and attempt to build their own using objects such as legos, blocks, magnum cubes, cups and sticks. We also had a trip to California Pizza Kitchen where the children built their own pizza!!! Building a life size snowman was our favorite build it activity! ⛄️ Finally let’s not forget celebrating our winter holidays. Singing songs, doing crafts, baking cookies and decorating them was the highlight of the month. Our winter parent holiday party was extraordinary! It was a wonderful end to 2019.
January... Happy 2020; A New Year, A New Month, A New Season, A New Decade!!!! January is going to be a busy month at The Jericho Stem Academy. Our first school theme is All About Transportation. Otto the Auto is visiting our school to teach us about car safety. All the classrooms will learn about different vehicles and even build some of our own in several Stem activities. We celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. and learn about the diversity between people. It is special to have a good friend, no matter how similar or different they are to you. We are lucky to be a Stem School. As part of our curriculum, we have National Inventor's Day. The children are going to be paired with a friend to complete a Stem challenge as well as each class designing an invention of their own. Winter is upon us and this leads us into another school theme; Arctic Animals. We will create a school mural and discover and learn about the various animals that exist in these arctic locations. The cold weather, also, gives us the opportunity to make fake snow, examine snowflakes and conduct several experiments on the melting and freezing of water. We will even ice skate on a floor of shaving cream. We will end the month with a Chinese New Year's celebration. We like, as a school, to embrace all cultures and we look forward to this special day on January 29th.