Elmer the Elephant


Prek 4 ( Jennifer Quartucci )

It’s hard to believe we are just about to start the month of November!  It will be a time of learning about families, our feelings, the letters ‘E’ and ‘F’, Thanksgiving, our everyday handwriting and math skills and more.

Before beginning November we are going to say goodbye to October with our Fall Party on Monday!


  • Project based on the book Elmer the Elephant
  • Family portraits in a popsicle stick house
  • ‘Egg-stra’ fun science Experiment

Math: using counting mats with ‘eggs’ to number 10

Writing numbers 1-5 extra practice

The kids are LOVING the Pledge of Allegiance; what a great time to learn about positional/directional concepts (beginning with left and right.) We can all have our right hands ready to salute! 🙂
Prek 3 ( Jennifer Polesuk )

Monday is our Fall party!!! Looking forward to a fun time!!!

Letter of the week: E

Books we will be reading:

  • Ten Timid Ghosts by Jennifer O’Connell
  • Who Said Boo by Phyllis Root
  • The Eye Book by Dr. Seuss
  • Elmer and the Flood by David McKee
  • Elmer and the Hippos by David McKee
  • The Enormous Egg by Leo Lionni


  • letter E egg craft
  • Elmer the elephant craft
  • rainbow tracing
  • plastic egg painting


We will continue to work on recognition of numbers 1-10. We will also be matching numbers with a corresponding set of objects using egg cartons and plastic eggs.

We sing many songs at school that the children know well. Please encourage your child to share them with you!!!

Grand Old Flag

There Are 7 Days In The Week

5 Little Ducks

5 Little Pumpkins

The Leaves Are Falling Down

Prek 2 ( Nellie Westpy)

Hello parents! We are excited for our fall party this week! We are going to continue learning about the season of fall, about mother animals in their babies, and this week we will be focusing on the letter I.

Letter of the week: I

Stories we will read:

  • Inch by inch by Leo Leone
  • The igloo by David yue
  • Inside outside by Stan and Jan Bernstein

Some projects we will be doing:

  • Making our own ice cream cones out of different colored construction paper
  • Fall pumpkin project
  • The letter I with insects

Math: we will be learning some new songs counting backwards from 10 to 1

Quaker Location

Every Autumn Comes the Bear


Prek 4 ( Adele Leeds ) 

We are looking forward to our Fall party on Monday October 31! The children are excited to see each other’s costumes and celebrate the season!

This week’s letter is G. We’ll make bunches of grapes, goats and goldfish swimming in a colorful bowl!

We’ll practice writing upper and lower case Gs and the numbers 2 and 3.

With measuring cups and spoons we’ll make our own granola ( toasted oats, raisins, Cheerios and honey ). The children can mix and measure: trying and tasting is always optional!

We’ll read Every Autumn Comes the Bear by Jim Arnosky, talk about our five senses and discuss what the bear is seeing, tasting, hearing, smelling and touching.

We’ll have a game of mystery scents and the children will be challenged– noses only–to identify cinnamon, lemon, vanilla, onion, coffee and orange!

We’ll learn this Fall poem:

A Fall of Colors 

I like sunshine 

I like trees

I like dancing in the breeze

I turn orange 

I turn brown

I go sailing to the ground

I am crispy

I can crunch

I get raked up in a bunch!!
Prek 3 ( Michele Zinicola ) 

What a great month of October!  We are learning new routines for our school day and having fun playing with our friends throughout the day!

We enjoyed singing our “Fall Leaves” poem, “Where Is Thumbkin”, “Itsy Bitsy Spider”, and lots more!

The four year old class shared their pumpkin song with us at snack time – it was so much fun to hear them sing!

We worked on the letter D projects and started the letter E.

We have completed the color pages in our school workbook and will be moving on to the letters.

At circle time we will talk about the weather changes, the calendar, the seasons, days of the week, and the months of the year.

Outside play is sooooo much fun with our friends!

We had a terrific week and month in school and look forward to November!

Remember to wear your smile to school!

F for Flag and Fish

1176 NJ-10 Location

Learning About the Days, Seasons, Months

Prek 4 ( Jennifer Quartucci )

During circle time, students are learning about the days, seasons, months and observing the daily weather. The flag salute is done daily and holding the flag is a very special job that everyone wants to do. We promise them they will each have a turn as we keep track by writing their names down.  In addition to singing the alphabet in English; we also do it in sign language and Spanish (up to the letter of the week.). Be sure to ask them to show you!

The children continue to recognize and learn the spelling of their names and their friends’ names as we review name cards each day.

This week we will continue working with the letter ‘Dd.’ Students will write the letter along with previously introduced letters for review. They  will be making their  dinosaurs named after them. I will be Mrs. Quartuccisaurus!

We will be using candy corn and pumpkins seeds as manipulates for math (counting groups to 10) and in fine motor activities.  Math topics will also include one to one correspondence and writing numbers 1-5.

We will do a science lesson on exploring the parts of a pumpkin and sponge painting with the pumpkin theme.

Show and Tell for our 2nd group of students will be on Wednesday.  We will do this upon returning from our ShopRite Trip.  If your child will not be in they are welcome to bring in the next day they are at school.  If you can’t remember if your child is in this group, please message me.

Prek 3 ( Jennifer Polesuk )

Letters of the week: We will be reviewing A,B,C, and D

Books we will be reading:

  • How Do Dinosaurs Stay Friends? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
  • Go Dog Go by P.D. Eastman
  • The Littlest Pumpkin by R.A. Herman
  • Halloween Hide-and-Seek by Chris Embleton-Hall
  • If You Give A Dog A Donut by Laura Numeroff
  • Froggy’s Halloween by Jonathan London


  • We will be talking about position words (above, under, next to, behind) to create a leaf position book
  • 5 Little Pumpkins song and craft
  • marble painting pumpkin
  • spider web paper plate craft

Prek 2 ( Nellie Westpy )

We’ve been making great progress with our little group! The children have gotten into a good routine sitting for circle time. We have begun doing flashcards learning about a variety of topics. One of them that has been the children’s favorites has been mother animals and their babies and their different names. We also have been doing a song for each the letter of the week so please encourage your child to sing some of them for you.

This week we will doing the following:

Books we will be reading:

  • Big Honeybear by Janice Bernstein
  • My hands by Aliki
  • Ho for hat! By William Smith

Projects we will be doing:

  • Handprints with paint
  • House made with the letter H

Math skills : we will continue to work on our shapes and counting


Prek 4 ( Adele Leeds ) 

This week’s letter is F. We’ll make F flags and fish and use goldfish crackers for a math counting, sorting and graphing activity.

We’ll search through our F box and the children will identify dozens of F items and words: fox, frog, flag, flower, fork etc.

We’ll practice writing 4s, 5s and Fs and continue working on writing names.

With orange, purple, green and black spiders and a large web we’ll practice color and number identification.

Look for our Halloween jack-o-lanterns and candy corn decorations.

Together we’ll make a large scarecrow with circles, squares, rectangles and triangles.

At circle time. we’ll talk about friendship and make a friendship circle. We’ll do the calendar, check the weather and sing our days of the week and months of the year songs!

Prek 3 ( Michele Zinicola )

We had a great visit from the Randolph fire department.  The children learned so many new things about fire safety.  They enjoyed their time with the firemen and taking a tour of the fire truck.  They received a fire safety book and hat.  Thanks to the Randolph fire department!

We continue to practice our letters A, B, and C.

We had fun learning the letter D and making our letter D ducks.

This week we will start the letter E.

At circle time, we will practice our colors, calendar skills, the weather changes, sing our finger-play songs and read our Halloween books.

We will learn our new poem, “Falling Leaves” and practice our colors by coloring the poem page.

We are enjoying our time learning about fall, the season is such a fun-filled learning environment.

Outside play with our friends is fantastic as we now know each other’s names  and have fun playing together!

School is a fun place to be – Remember to wear your smile!

Nellie WestpyLittle Promises Academy | nellie.westpy@littlepromisesacademy.com

E for Earth & D for Dandelion


D for Dandelion


Prek 4 ( Jennifer Quartucci)

Next week our focus letter will be ‘D’. Students will identify words beginning with ‘D’, write the letter and complete other activities with this letter. As always, we will continue to review prior letters and concepts.

We will continue our fall unit with leaf rubbings and fall animals. A squirrel poem will be introduced.

Math will include writing numbers to 5 and one to one correspondence.

Activities planned:

  • Dandelion art with dish brush
  • Edible ‘dirt’ cups
  • Math Counting doughnut game
  • Journal entries

We will be reading:

  • Mouse’s First Fall
  • Fall Animals
  • Arnie the Doughnut
  • One Duck Stuck

Prek 3 ( Jennifer Polesuk )

Letter of the Week: D

Books we will be reading:

  • How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
  • One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root
  • David Gets in Trouble by David Shannon
  • Five Little Ducklings Go To Bed by Carol Roth
  • Dazzling Diggers by Tony Mitton and Ant Parker


  • Dinosaur paper plate project
  • Leaf rubbing book
  • Dish brush fall tree


  • We will be continuing to work with the numbers 1-10
  • We will make a dot book to represent each number
  • We will use a number line to count up and back while singing songs such as 5 Little Ducks and 5 Little pumpkins

We will be using egg cartons for number practice in the coming weeks. If you have an empty egg carton you can send in with your child it would be greatly appreciated.

Looking forward to a fun week!!

Prek 2 ( Nellie Westpy )

Our class had a blast with the fire department last week! This week we will be reviewing the F and moving onto the letter G. We are starting to work with different textures now that the kids have settled in and are really enjoying ourselves!

Letter of the week: G

Projects we will be doing:

  • G with goldfish
  • Grapes on the vine
  • Gumball machine with pom-poms

Math skills: we will be working on the shape circle this week and counting purple circles placing them together to make grapes on the vine.

Books we will be reading:

  • Good night Moon by Margaret Brown
  • Three goats by Paul Galdone
  • Good night by Shirley Hughes


E for Earth


Prek 4 ( Adele Leeds )

We’re ready for our visit from the Randolph Fire Department on Monday, October 17. We’ve had fire drills, lessons on fire prevention and safety and made our own fire trucks!

This week’s letter is E and we’ll make elephants and ” e ” earthworms and earths.

We’ll practice writing upper and lowercase Es and numbers one and eleven.

We’ll have a simple science lesson on static electricity. Ask your children about our rice crispy/ balloon experiment!

With acorns ( paper ) and candy corn we’ll do math number matching, counting and sorting.

5 Little Acorns is this week’s poem.

5 little acorns sitting in a tree.

Along came Mr. Squirrel as hungry as could be!

Then the fall winds blew and rustled all the leaves

Mr. Squirrel was pleased!


At circle time, we are using name cards, learning to follow directions, taking turns and listening to learn!

Prek 3 ( Michele Zinicola )

We had a great week at school!  This week we will review the letters A, B, and C.

We will introduce the letter D and work on letter D projects.

We will learn about fire safety and have a visit from the Randolph firemen and the Randolph fire trucks!

Our music class song, was one in which we pretended to be a fireman.  It was so much fun!

We are continuing to learn our colors, shapes, and numbers in a fun, hands-on environment.

At circle time, we will practice our calendar skills, talk about the weather, the seasons, and sing our finger-play songs.

Our new song will be,” Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star ”.   Our new story will be, “Llama, Llama, I Miss My Mama”.

We will continue working in our school workbooks – reviewing our colors.

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

We had a terrific and fun-filled week at school and look forward to next week!

Remember to wear your smile to school!


Firemen and Fire Trucks


Prek 4 ( Jennifer Quartucci )

This week we will continue focusing on letter C.  We will also be leaning about ways to keep healthy centering on exercise.  It is Fire Safety Prevention Week so we have many fun and educational activities planned for that. We will also continue enjoying all the things this great season has to offer.

Activities will include:

*Reading a fall story and acting it out with  yoga movements. We will be exercising our bodies and our brains 😊

*Science Experiment using tissue paper, baking soda and vinegar to show how a fire extinguisher works

*”Thank you’ card to fire department for keeping us safe a year

*’A Handful of Safety Tips’ art and lesson for fire safety

Books we will be reading:

  • No Dragons for Tea
  • Awesome Autumn (to be used with exercise/yoga)
  • Caps for Sale
  • Four Seasons Make a Year

Our first show and tell for the first half of the class was so much fun!  We are very excited to see the second half of the class do their show and tell on the 26th for ‘D’.

Prek 3

Letter of the Week: C

Books we will be reading:

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • Little Mouse and the Big Cupcake
  • Curious George Goes to a Chocolate Factory


  • caterpillar craft
  • puffy paint cupcake painting
  • paint with corks to make a fall tree


-reinforce numbers 1-10 by matching numbers with sets of objects

Prek 2 ( Nellie Westpy )

We have gained great momentum in this class! All the children are now enjoying and participating in circle time. We have been doing a song for each letter each week so please ask your children what songs they been singing. Below are the plans for this week.

Letter: f

Projects we will do:

  • The letter F with flowers
  • A popsicle fox
  • Paper plate fish

Books we will read:

  • One Fish two Fish by Dr. Seuss
  • Rainbow fish by Marcus Pfister
  • First words by Kaitlyn grob

Math: we will be counting and sorting different color fish


Prek 4 ( Adele Leeds ) 

We’ll review letters A, B, C and D.

We’ll make Stop, Drop and Roll fire trucks and learn about fire safety as we look forward to our visit from Randolph’s firemen and fire trucks!

We’ll have lessons on opposites and simple rhyming!

We’ll use mini pumpkins and gourds for a math sorting and counting activity.

We’ll learn this fall/ pumpkin poem and make a craft to go with it!

5 little pumpkins sitting on a gate

The first one said “Oh my it’s getting late.”

The second one said “There are witches in the air.”

The third one said “But we don’t care.”

The fourth one said ” Let’s run and run and run.”

The fifth one said “I’m ready for some fun.”

Whewww went the wind and out went the lights and

the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight!!!

We’ll read Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey.

We’ll practice writing our names and writing letters A, B, C and D.

Prek 3 ( Michele Zinicola)

Wow! Time goes by fast and the first month of school just came and went.  The children are getting used to the routine of our classroom.  They love to come in the classroom every morning and play with their new school friends.

We are learning letters, colors, numbers, and shapes in a fun, hands-on environment.

We will continue reviewing the letters A, B, and C.

At circle time, we will practice our calendar skills, sing our finger play songs , talk about fire safety and have fun identifying our colors and shapes.

We will do an art project for the letter C and a counting project using our finger prints for pumpkins on a vine!

We will continue working in our school workbooks – reviewing our colors.

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

We had a terrific week in school and look forward to next week! Remember to wear your smile to school!

Celebrating Columbus Day with a Story

C for Caterpillar

Prek 4 ( Jennifer Quartucci )

This week we will be focusing on identifying the signs of our new season.  We will spend time outdoors enjoying the season’s sights and sounds.

This week’s letter is ‘C.’ Students will identify words that start with C and write the letter along with projects listed below and more….

Projects will include:

  • ‘C’ Caterpillars
  • ‘Cupcake activity
  • Fall suncatchers
  • Making a fall color book

Books will include:

  • If You Give a Cat a Cupcake
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • It’s Fall!
  • Mouse’s First Fall
  • Students will be writing numbers 2 and 3 and recognizing numbers 1-10 with hands on activities.

Please note that show and tell will begin this month and will be based on our letters of the month.  Due to the number of students in the class, I find it best for half to do one letter the first Wednesday of the month and the other half to do our 2nd letter of the month.

Please see below when your child will be having their show and tell:

*Letter ‘C’ on Wednesday October 5th*

Arianna.     Vincent.       Alex

Makayla.    Andrew.       Greyson

Yanni.         Aiden

Maya.         Samantha

*Letter ‘D’ on Wednesday October 26th*

Ryan.       Avery N.     Francesca

Jacob.     Brady.        Stavros

Soham.   Dominick.  Avery A.

Ava.         Alexa

Prek 3 ( Jennifer Quartucci )

Letter of the week: C

Books we will be reading:

  • Corduroy
  • Cat in the Hat
  • Who Stole the Cookies From the Cookie Jar?


  • paint with cars
  • create cookie counting cards to practice numbers 1-10
  • make a candy corn craft
  • We will also do a beginning cutting activity. Some children are more comfortable with this than others. I will help them hand over hand if necessary.

Please remember to send your child’s folder to school every day. It is the easiest way to make sure I get any paperwork sent in and you get to see your child’s hard work!!!

Prek 2 ( Nellie Westpy )

Theme: friends/sharing

Letter of the week: E


  • The letter E with Eyes
  • Egg project
  • E is for envelope

Books we will be reading :

  • Extraordinary alphabet by Kathy Etringer
  • Eensy Winsy Spider by Maryann Hobermun
  • Eating alphabet by Louie Elbert

Math: We will be sorting balls according to color

Nellie WestpyLittle Promises Academy | nellie.westpy@littlepromisesacademy.com

Quaker Church Location

Columbus Day with a Story


Prek 4 ( Adele Leeds )

This week’s letter is D. We’ll make dinosaurs and ducks and use dominos for a math game ( numbers 1-15 ).

We’ll use dots for a patterning activity.

Look for our pumpkin patch math/art project!

We’ll celebrate Columbus Day with a story ( In 1492 by Jean Marzollo ) and craft.

Ask your children about our sink/float science experiment ( observation and predicting ).

We’ll read Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jean Titherington, Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins by Dianne Ochiltree and The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn.

We’ll use autumn leaves  for a counting and sorting activity.

We’ll learn this simple fall rhyme:

Leaves are falling

Leaves are falling

To the ground

To the ground

Look at all the colors

Look at all the colors

Red, yellow, brown

Red, yellow, brown!!!

Prek 3 ( Michele Zinicola )

We had a fun and exciting week at school!  We are enjoying playing with our new friends and continue to learn about the routines of our day!

Our farm trip was a great success!  We learned about bees, honey, apples, pumpkins, and so much more!

We will continue with letters A and B.

This week’s letter is the letter C.

We will read “The Hungry Caterpillar” and work on a letter C project.

We will discuss the new season of fall and make colorful fall leaf wreaths.

We will read a story and talk about fire safety.

We are working on fun-filled activities and also in our school workbook, which includes colors, letters, and shapes.

We had a terrific week at school and look forward to the new month of October and all of the month’s fun times and activities in school.

Don’t forget to wear your smile to school!!!!!!