The Hungry Caterpillar



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Prek 4 (Adele Leeds)

This week’s letter is C. We’ll read Eric Carle’s The Hungry Caterpillar and make ” name ” caterpillars.

We’ll make letter C cows and carrots and very colorful fall leaf wreaths!

We’ll work on identifying and counting numbers 1-15 and match carrot tops to carrots ( #s 1-15 ).

At circle time we’ll talk about fire and water safety, school, home and traffic safety. We’ll play safety-sign bingo!  We’ll also talk about the seasons and practice our days of the week and months of the year songs!

Carefully,  using candles and small glass jars ( one with a perforated lid ), we’ll discover that candle flames / fire need air to burn. We’ll talk about how firemen and women use water and extinguishers to put out fires.

We are working in our workbooks and this week we’ll practice writing A, B and C and numbers 1 and 2.

The children are loving outdoor play!

Prek 3 (Michele Zinicola)

Pre – K 3 is an exciting place to be!  Our second week of school was very productive.  The students are doing a wonderful job of learning our school routine and rules.  We have had fun learning each other’s names and becoming friends!

We are working on fun-filled activities that include letters, colors, shapes, weather, calendar skills, art projects and lots more!

We love doing finger play with our songs – “Where Is Thumbkin?” ,   “ If You’re Happy And You Know It “ , and  “Ten Little Monkeys”!

Outside play is always a fun and exciting place to be with our new friends!

This week we will continue to practice our letters A and B and have fun with the colors red, green, and blue.

We will talk about the new season – fall, and have our first school trip to the farm!

We will learn a new song about apples and have a fun project looking inside an apple.

We had a terrific week in school and look forward to next week  – Don’t forget to wear your smile to school!!!!


The Handwriting Without Tears Program


Prek 4 ( Jennifer Quartucci )

We are looking forward to a great week ahead!

We’ll be continuing with the letter B, and writing both a and b in lowercase.  To help assist your child\children at home in any handwriting they may do, here is the way they are learning the formation of uppercase A and B (through  ‘The Handwriting Without Tears Program’);

‘A’: Big line, big line, little line

‘B’: Big line, little curve, little curve

We will be making Bees from the letter B (which is an activity that will also help strengthen our scissor skills) and also using marshmallows for a butterfly art project.

For math we will be exploring sorting by shape, size and color.  We will take a nature walk around the school to practice sorting through the things we found outside in the fall.  We will compare colors, shapes and sizes of leaves, acorns, sticks and hopefully more.

We’ll read ‘A Bear for all Seasons’,  ‘Corduroy’, and ‘Leaf Man’

We will use the Smart Board to accompany skills being taught. Basic sign language and Spanish will continue to be used during circle time.

*Have your child be on the lookout for things in the house that start with ‘c’ as we will be starting show and tell on October 5th!*

Prek 3 

Wednesday is our field trip to the farm! We are looking forward to a fun day!

Letter of the week: B

Books we will be reading:

Bears on Wheels by Stan and Jan Berenstain

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?  by Bill Martin Jr.

The Wheels on the School Bus by Mary-Alice Moore

Because A Little Bug Went Ka-Choo! by Rosetta Stone

Projects: We will be making binoculars, butterflies, and a color booklet from the story Brown Bear Brown Bear.

Prek 2 ( Nellie Westpy ) 

Theme of the week: let’s share

Letter of the week: d

Books we will be reading: 

Go dogs go by PD Eastman

One duck stuck by Phyllis root

Danny the dinosaur by Sid Hoff


  • D is for dots 
  • Duck picture
  • Dot painting

Please do not forget that our trip is this Wednesday and if your child is participating you can either meet us at the school at at 8:50 AM and follow us over or meet us at the farm no later than 930 at the benches. Please remember that you need to remain with your child for the entire trip.

B for Bee

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Prek 4 (Jennifer Quartucci )

Theme: Let’s Share. Students have been earning quite a lot of fillers for our classroom kindness bucket by sharing, helping one another and by making other’s days even more happy.

If your child is talking about ‘Captain Dory’, that is our class pet.  The veterinarian job in the class will feed him daily.

Letter of the week: B- bubble painting on a letter ‘B’, writing the letter B with ‘Handwriting without Tears’ and other sources, brain storming words that start with the letter ‘B’ and many activities using the literature below. These activities will focus on words that start with ‘B’, reinforce comprehension and sequencing skills.  Sign language: review ‘A’ and introduce ‘B.’


  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
  • Owl Babies
  • Magic School Bus: ‘A Book about Germs’

Math: categorizing objects through a variety of ways, using Teddy Bear Counters to measure things around the classroom, writing number 2 and reviewing shapes (recognizing and writing). Litererature will be incorporated into math lessons (sorting/classifying with books like Goldilocks and the Three Bears

We continue daily going over proper handwashing and ways not to spread germs.

If you haven’t already done so please send in a family picture for our class photo album. Thank you!


Prek 3 (Jennifer Polesuk) 

Please remember to send in your child’s favorite book to be shared with the class at circle time. Make sure their name is somewhere on the inside cover. 

We have our first music class this week! Music is every Thursday from 10:30-11:00.

Letter of the week : B

Math: We are continuing to work on sorting and patterns using different materials. We will make bracelets in a pattern, do sorting activities using goldfish crackers and counting bears,  and make patterns with stickers.  

We will also be working on name recognition and putting the letters in our names in order.

It will be a fun week!!!

Prek 2 (Nellie Westpy)

Theme of the week: let’s be friends/sharing

Books we will be reading:

  • The hungry Catapillar by Eric Carlisle
  • Chicka Chicka boom boom by Bill Martin
  • Counting is fun by Roberta Hansen

Projects we will do:

  • Catapillar with numbers
  • Hot chocolate craft
  • Castle creation

Math skills: counting and identifying one through five

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Uppercase and Lowercase


PreK 4  (Adele Leeds)

We’ll review letter A, practice writing uppercase and lowercase As and make applesauce ( measuring and mixing ingredients).

Ask your child to recite our apple poem:

Way up high in the apple tree

Five red apples smiled at me.

I shook that tree as hard as I could

Down came an apple,

Mmmmm, it was good!!

We’ll have a simple science lesson on light–its sources, why we need it and how we use it!

I’ll introduce the letter B and we’ll make  buzzing Bs and beautiful B birds!

We’ll have a teddy bear party ( counting, sorting and color identification ).

We’ll read Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey and Little Miss Bossy by Roger Hargreaves.

At circle time we talk about the weather, days of the week and months of the year. We check our calendar each day, review numbers 1-10, colors and shapes.

We use our name cards and the children are recognizing their own names and the names of their friends!

Prek 3 ( Michele Zinicola )

What an exciting first week at school!  We had fun getting to know each other’s names and learning about the routines of our day!

The students have been enjoying outside play on the playground equipment as well as the sandbox, which is always so much fun!

We have learned a new song and finger play – “Where Is Thumbkin?”

This week we will begin the letter B

We will continue to practice learning the letter A and have fun with our letter A projects!

We will continue working on calendar skills, colors, taking turns, and listening skills.

Also, our lessons and activities will still be focused on learning classroom procedures.

I am so proud and happy on how all the Pre-K 3 students transitioned – they are wonderful!!!  We are having a fun time in school!  Everyone is wearing their smile!

The Letter A

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Prek 4

It was a busy first week in our classroom!  Students have are settling into the schedule and what to expect during the day. We learned about a lot about our friends in the classroom and on the playground.

Next week:

Theme: getting to know you: students will begin identifying  letters of their names and classmates.  Through play, students will learn best about each other through socialization.

Letter of the week: A- making a collage with pictures that begin with the letter ‘A’, identifying the letter A through visual discrimination.  ‘Ants on a Log’ cooking/snack lesson and lots more.


  • Alexander and the Very Bad Horrible Day by Judith Viorst
  • Animals should absolutely never wear clothes by Judi Barrett
  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
  • I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont

Math: continue with patterns, numbers 1-15 and a review of shapes through a sorting activity.

Health skills: we will be doing a science project that shows how germs are spread and review the correct sequence in hand washing.

Prek 3 

During the second week we will be learning about the difference between the fall and summer season. A general outline is below regarding what your child will be learning about this coming week.

Theme of the week: Summer versus fall

Letter of the week: b

Books we will be reading:

  • Blue by Karen mole
  • Bennys big bubble by Tommy payola
  • School bus by Donald crew

Math skills: they will be using counting bears and sorting and classifying them onto math worksheets.


  • Butterflies made out of paper plates and sequins
  • Upper and lower case bees out of buttons
  • School bus made out of the B

Prek 2

For our second week of school we will be learning about the differences between summer and fall seasons .

Here is a general outline for this coming week.

Theme: Summer versus full

Letter of the week :b

Books we will be reading:

  • Big bugs by Seymore Simon
  • Maisie drive the bus by Russi cousins
  • Bubble trouble by Mary Packard

Projects we will be doing:

  • The B made out of buttons
  • A bumblebee made out of the Letter b
  • Fall versus summer picture



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Prek 4 ( Adele Leeds ) 

Welcome to all our PreK students!

We’ll spend this first week getting acquainted ( and reacquainted ) with lots of getting- to- know -each- other games and activities.

1-Name Card Shuffle ( identify and learn our classmates names )

2-Bean Bag Pass ( children share their names and things they like )

3-All About Me booklets

4-Line Up! This simple and fun activity challenges the children to learn each other’s names, positional words and order ( first, second, third, in front of, behind, next to etc.).

We’ll learn our routine: playtime ( individual workbook time ), clean up, snack, circle time ( stories  and math , science and language activities ), art project time, library and outdoor play.

This week’s letter is A (  letter identification, beginning sounds, A words and “A” box.

Look for these art projects and letter A worksheets.

— Edible apple butterflies ( apples and carrots )

— Apple Family trees

— Lowercase a apples

— Parts of an apple ( leaf, core, stem, flesh, seed, skin )

We’ll explore textures using oatmeal, flour and water!

Prek 3 ( Michele Zinicola )

Welcome to Pre-K 3!

As we begin an exciting new school year, I would like to extend a warm welcome to our Pre-K 3 students and families.

I am very excited to be your child’s teacher this year.  I look forward to working together and creating a positive, welcoming school environment for my students and help them develop their love for learning!

So many great things will happen this year in our class!  Each month our fun-filled activities will include letters, numbers, stories, fine/gross motor skills, shapes, colors, art projects, name recognition, weather, calendar skills, and lots more!

The first week of school we will work on learning each other’s names with oral language development and taking turns, with getting to know activities.

They will include:

  • That’s My Name!
  • Where’s My Name?
  • Read It and Write It in Pasta!

This week’s letter is the letter A

We will work on letter recognition and how to form the letter A,

recognize the parts of an apple, and make a tissue paper apple.

Also, our lessons and activities will be focused on learning our rules and classroom procedures, but having fun at the same time.

Once again, WELCOME to PRE – K 3 , and don’t forget to wear your smile to school!

The First Day of School


Theme of the week: Welcome

Letter of the week: A


  • Alpha bites a funny feast by Charles Reasoner
  • The first day of school by Tony Johnson
  • The a book by Jane Monacure

Math skills: We will be sorting a variety of different colored apples onto a four square sheet. We will also practice counting forward and backward.


  • Apple print using fresh apples and paint
  • The letter a with ants
  • Back to school picture

Health skills: we will be learning about classroom health procedures.