Zoo Animals

Prek 4 ( Jennifer Ward )
The children have been doing great learning their graduation songs!!

Weekly Theme:
– Zoo Animals

– Opposites

Books We Will Be Reading:
– “Elmer.”
– “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See.”
– “Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear.”
– “I, Crocodile.”
– “The Lion’s Share.”

Songs We Will Be Singing:
– 5 Little Elephants
– 5 Little Monkeys
– If Your An Animal And You Know It…
– Let’s Go To The Zoo
– The Itsy Bitsy Monkey

Projects And Activities:
– Doing A Workbook Page Practicing Writing Letters
– Doing Opposite Worksheets
– Making A Handprint Monkey
– Making A Giraffe
– Making A “Elmer”
– Making A Parrot
– Making A Peacock

Prek 3 ( Adele Leeds )
We’ll learn about Memorial Day and make American flags and star wreaths. We’ll make a special snack: an American flag of marshmallows, blueberries and strawberries!
With mini marshmallows we’ll play flag bingo (#s 1-10).

We’ll learn this song ( tune of three blind mice )
Red, white and blue
Red, white and blue
Stars and Stripes too!
Stars and Stripes too!
We celebrate Memorial Day
Each May, the American way
With red, white and blue!!

Look for our colorful number, shape and alphabet collages!

Caterpillar And Butterflies

Prek 4 – (Jennifer Ward )
Our pumpkin seeds have really started to grow. We will be sending them home this week so the children can plant them 🙂

Topic Of The Week:
– Caterpillar And Butterflies (Learning The Word Metamorphosis)
– We Also Just Got Some Caterpillars In So We Can Watch The Transformation 🙂

Letter Of The Week:
– We Have Finished The Alphabet So We Will Be Reviewing A-Z This Week

Books We Will Be Reading:
– “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.”
– “Hurry And The Monarch.”
– “Butterflies And Other Insects.”
– “Butterflies And Caterpillars.”
– “Monarch And Milkweed.”

Songs And Poems We Will Be Doing:
– Butterfly Song
– The Butterfly Ballad
– 5 Little Butterflies
– Butterfly Poem

Projects And Activities:
– Letter A-Z Review Worksheets
– Practice Writing Letters In Our Workbooks
– Butterfly Outline Picture
– Coffee Filter Butterfly
– Butterfly Life Cycle Leaves
– Handprint Butterfly
– Caterpillar Painted With Sponges

Prek 3 ( Adele Leeds )
Community Helpers Week!!
We’ll learn about firemen, police officers, doctors, nurses, mail carriers and more! We’ll play community helpers bingo and make police cars and handprint firemen!!
We’ll make and deliver mail to each other ( letter and name recognition), set up our own bakery ( number identification and less and more ) and community helper vehicle count ( #s 1-10 )!

The children are doing a great job practicing for the show!!

Mother’s Day

Prek 4 ( Jennifer Ward )

Thank you again to everyone who donated all of the recycling items in last week!!! The kids have learned so much about recycling 🙂 Also a reminder this Wednesday is the Mother’s Day Brunch. Please let us know if you plan to attend if you haven’t yet 🙂

– Mother’s Day

Letter Of The Week:
– Letter “Zz”

– Books We Will Be Reading:
– “Llama, Llama Misses Mama.”
– “Mama Rex And T.”
– “Dinosaur Vs. Mommy.”
– “Good Grief, It’s Mother’s Day!”
– “A Chair For My Mother.”

Songs We Will Be Singing:
– If You Love Your Mom And You Know It
– M-O-M-M-Y
– I Love Mommy
– I Love You Mommy
– Thank You, Mom

Projects And Activities:
– Letter Z Worksheets
– Letter Z Alphabet Page
– Letter Z Workbook Page
– Mother Day’s Surprises (shhhhhhh) 🙂

Prek 3 ( Adele Leeds / Michele Zinicola  )
We are working on Mother’s Day surprises and looking forward to the brunch on Wednesday May 8!
We’ll play “planting seeds” ( number recognition) and “ beautiful flowers “ (color recognition).

Workbooks ( Miss Michele has worked one-on-one with the children all year ) and alphabet review booklets will go home in backpacks soon. They are great for summertime review!

We’ll read  I Love My Mommy ( Sebastian Braun ), I Love My Mommy Because ( Laurel Porter- Gaylord ), Mama Loves You ( Caroline Stetson ), Mommies are for Counting Stars ( Harriet Ziefert ) and The Night Before Mother’s Day ( Natasha Wing ).

Show and Tell — Friday May 10 —  One toy or book beginning with either letters A, B or C.


Prek 4 ( Jennifer Ward ) 

This week we are going to be discussing recycling. We will learn what the recycle symbol looks likes and what it means. If you have any recyclable items please send them into school this week. For example: newspaper, toilet paper/paper towel rolls, glass jars, egg cartons, cardboard and aluminum cans. We will talk about how they are recycled and how recycling helps the earth. We will also be using them for art projects this week.

Theme Of The Week:
– Recycling

Letter Of The Week:
– Letter “Yy”

Books We Will Be Reading:
– “Let’s Reduce Garbage!”
– “Let’s Re-Use!”
– “Waste Disposal.”
– “Reusing Things.”
– “Green City.”

Songs We Will Be Singing:
– Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
– This Old Earth
– Recycling Song
– We Need To Do The 3 R’s

Projects And Activities:
– Letter Y Workbook Page
– Letter Y Worksheets
– Letter Y Alphabet Page
– Making Art Projects Using Recycled Items 🙂

Prek 2 ( Adele Leeds / Michele Zinicola) 

We are practicing for our show in June. The children are doing a great job! We’re learning numbers 1-10 and colors red, blue, green, orange, purple, yellow, black and white in Spanish.
We planted carrot seeds and are eagerly watching the pot ( placed in a sunny window ) to see signs of growth!
We’ll make ladybugs and dragonflys and learn all about insects!
We’ll review positional words with a springtime picture placement activity.
We’ll learn and illustrate this poem

May is the month
of sunshine and flowers
Birds in their nests
and one or two showers!
Games to play
and kites to fly
Or just looking at the sky!
We could spend a year this way
if the year were made of May!!

We’ll read I Love Bugs! (Philemon Sturges), Bugs, Bugs, Bugs! ( Bob Barker ), Bugs Are Insects (Anne Rockwell) and Living Things ( Melvin and Gilda Berger ).

Earth Day – April 22nd

Prek 4 ( Jennifer Ward ) 
Welcome Back!!! I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter and a great spring break!!! It is nice to have everyone back to school 🙂

Theme Of The Week:
– Earth Day/Seeds/Plants

Letter Of The Week:
– Letter “Xx”

Books We Will Be Reading:
– “Earth Day.”
– “The Tiny Seed.”
– “How Groundhog’s Garden Grew.”
– “Seeds Move.”
– “Seeds, Seeds, Seeds.”

Songs We Will Be Singing:
– 5 Little Flowers
– Spring Song
– Oh Mr. Sun
– Spring Is Here
– Plants

Projects And Activities:
– Letter X Worksheets
– Letter X Alphabet Page
– Letter X Workbook Page
– Making A Sunflower
– Making A Earth Day Craft With Our Handprints
– Planting Some Seeds
– Making Some Hyacinths
– Free Painting A Flower In The Art Room

Prek 3 ( Adele Leeds / Michele Zinicola )

Monday April 22 is Earth Day and this week we’ll do activities and projects to learn about our earth and how to keep it healthy!
We’ll have an indoor picnic ( apples and goldfish) on a “pond” and learn about recycling and reusing and keeping our environment healthy for us and all living things!
With seed packets, we’ll learn about different vegetables and flowers, play a matching game and start an indoor garden!
We’ll do Earth Day worksheets and read these books: The Earth Book ( Todd Parr ), Curious George Plants a Tree and The Berenstain Bears Go Green (Jan and Mike Berenstain).


Prek 4 ( Jennifer Ward ) 
*Just want to send out a few reminders. Monday is our Easter party and egg hunt!!! We also have a half day of school on Friday April 12th. The following week April 15th-April 19th we are closed for spring break.*

Topic Of The Week:
– Easter

Letter Of The Week:
– Letter “W”

Books We Will Be Reading:
– “Let’s Get Ready For Easter.”
– “Easter.”
– “Little Bunny’s Easter Surprise.”
– “Easter Eggs-Travaganza.”
– “The Easter Story.”

Songs We Will Be Singing:
– E-A-S-T-E-R
– 5 Chicks
– 10 Little Bunnies
– The Bunny Pokey
– If You’re A Bunny And You Know It

– Letter W Worksheets
– Letter W Workbook Page
– Letter W Alphabet Page
– Making A Jesus Has Risen Handprint Picture
– Making An Easter Egg
– Making A Baby Chick
– Making A Cottontail Bunny

Prek 3 ( Adele Leeds / Michele Zinicola)
We’ll finish our Y and Z projects and review letters A- Z with alphabet flashcards.
With jelly beans we’ll sort and count and review numbers 1-6.
In our classroom, we’ll search for Easter eggs stuffed with alphabet puzzle pieces and then do the puzzle together!
We’ll make an Easter snack— pretzel baskets with pastel M and Ms!

We’ll read 1)From Tadpole to Frog (Wendy Pheffer) and do a sequencing activity, 2)Little Green Frog, 3) The Miracle of Easter (Jean M. Malone) and The Night Before Easter ( Natasha Wing).

April Showers

Prek 4 ( Jennifer Wards ) 

I cannot believe that we are already on the letter V. The alphabet has been flying by!!!

Weekly Theme:
– April Showers

Letter Of The Week:
– Letter “Vv”

Books We Will Br Reading:
– “Franklin And The Thunderstorm.”
– “Split! Splat!”
– “The Puddle.”
– “The Ugly Duckling.”
– “Turtle Splash.”

Songs/Poems We Will Be Singing:
– April Showers
– Raindrops
– Pitter Patter Raindrops
– Spring Song
– April Showers Song
– Rain Rain Go Away

Projects And Activities:
– Letter V Worksheets
– Letter V Workbook Page
– Letter V Alphabet Page
– Handprint Flower In The Rain
– Duck
– Raindrops
– Rain Boots
– Umbrella

Prek 2 ( Adele Leeds / Michele Zinicola ) 

We’ll finish the alphabet this week; we’ll make xylophones, yaks, x-rays of our hands and zebras!
We’ll practice with zippers, make yarn numbers 1-6 and make edible zoos ( stick pretzels and animal crackers!
We’ll read A Gardener’s Alphabet (Mary Azarian ) and Alphabet Under Construction (Denise Fleming).

March Comes In Like A Lion And Out Like A Lamb

Prek 4 ( Jeniffer Ward )
We had a wonderful week learning all about the different food groups!!! We learned all about healthy foods and foods that are a “sometime” food to eat 🙂 The children have been doing great remembering their addresses and phone numbers. I have told the children that as a reward at the end of everyone knowing their information that I will give each one of them a small prize for all of their hard work 🙂 I am so proud of each and every one of them!!! 🙂

Theme Of The Week:

– March Comes In Like A Lion And Out Like A Lamb.

Letter Of The Week:

– Letter “Uu.”

Books We Will Be Reading:

– “Library Lion.”

– “Sheep In A Jeep.”

– “I Am A Lion.”

– “The Snow Lambs.”

– “Mouse And Lion.”

Songs/Poems We Will Be Singing:

– In Like A Lion, Out Like A Lamb.

– March

– Five Little Lions

– Mary Had A Little Lamb

Projects And Activities:

– Letter “Uu” Worksheets

– Letter “Uu” Alphabet Page

– Letter “Uu” Workbook Page

– Making A Lion

– Making A Lamb

– Making A Lion Mask

– Making A  Lamb Mask
– Making A Drawing Of Weather That Is Like A Lion And Like A Lamb

Prek 3 ( Adele Leeds / Michele Zinicola )
This week’s letter is W. We’ll make weather wheels, watermelons and whales.
We’ll do a letter W search worksheet and practice tracing/ writing Ws.
With colorful plastic eggs we’ll do counting, sorting and patterning activities.
Weather permitting we’ll take a walk outside and look for signs of spring!

We’ll read Whistle for Willie ( Ezra Jack Keats ) and Wake Up, It’s Spring ( Lisa Campbell Ernst).

The Food Groups

Prek 4 (Jennifer Ward)
This past week was a wonderful week!!! All of the children are able to write their first and last names by memory!!!! I am super proud of each of them. We are still practicing birthdays, phone numbers and addresses. 🙂

Weekly Theme:
– The Food Groups

Letter Of The Week:
– Letter “Tt.”

Books We Will Be Reading:
– “The Milk Group.”
-“The Vegetable Group.”
– “The Grain Group.”
– ‘The Fruit Group.”
– “Meat, Fish And Eggs.”

Songs We Will Be Singing:
– Healthy Choices
– So Good For You
– The Vegetable Song

Projects And Activities:
– Letter “T” Workbook Page
– Letter “T” Worksheets
– Letter “T” Alphabet Page
– Making A Food Rainbow
– Making A Fruit Basket
– Making A Lunchbox With Food Choices In It
– Making A Food Pyramid
– Making A Traffic Light With Food Choices

Prek 3 ( Adele Leeds / Michele Zinicola)

At circle times we are reviewing numbers 1-10, colors, shapes,  letters A-U and name cards. We continue to practice taking and waiting for turns and letting our friends answer questions!  The children are doing a good job!
This week we’ll celebrate Spring’s arrival by playing Cloud, Rainbow and Puddle (visual discrimination) and Rainstorm! ( letter and number recognition ).

We’ll read The Wind Blew ( Pat Hutchins ) and do a comprehension and sequencing activity.
This week’s letter is V. We’ll sort through our V box and play What’s Missing? We’ll make colorful flower vases and volcanoes!
With baking soda, white vinegar and food coloring we’ll make a volcano erupt!
We’ll have Show and Tell on Friday 3/23. Your child’s choice!

Our Five Senses

Prek  4 ( Jennifer Ward ) 

I hope that everyone had a great weekend! This week we are going to be talking about our 5 senses. We will be smelling some items to try and guess what they are and also doing some taste tests. (I am aware of food allergies and foods that children are not allowed to eat.):) We will also be doing some fun activities with sight, touch and hearing!!!

Topic Of The Week:
– Our Five Senses

Letter Of The Week:
– The Letter “Ss.”

Books We Will Be Reading:
– “My Eyes Are For Seeing.”
– “Taste.”
– “Touch.”
– “Smell.”
– “Sound.”

Songs We Will Be Singing:
– 5 Senses Song
– Our 5 Senses

Projects And Activities:
– Letter “Ss” Workbook Page
– Letter “Ss” Worksheets
– A 5 Senses Book
– Free Paint Of Our Favorite Sense

Prek 3 ( Adele Leeds / Michele Zinicola )

On Monday March 11 Miss Sharon will teach a science lesson to the children and on Wednesday March 13 the nutritionist from Weiss supermarket will do a lesson on nutrition and make fruit and vegetable smoothies for the children to sample and enjoy!

We’ll talk about healthy foods and create ( with magazine pictures and play foods ) healthy meals and snacks! Together we’ll make a healthy and colorful fruit and vegetable snack to share!

We’ll celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with shamrock match ( numbers 1-10 and letters A- U).
We’ll play What’s under the Shamrock?  ( memory challenge ) and  make festive St. Patrick Day wreaths!

We’ll read Good Enough to Eat ( Lizzy Rockwell ), St. Patrick’s Day Countdown ( Salina Yoon ), Hooray for St. Patrick’s Day ( Joan Holberton ) St Patrick’s Day ( Gail Gibbons )and Looking for Leprechauns (Sheila Keenan )