Bear Feels Sick


Prek 4 ( Jennifer Ward )
I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!! This week we will be talking about germs and the importance of washing our hands, covering our mouths and etc.
Theme Of The Week:
– Germs
Letter Of The Week:
– We Will Be Learning The Letter “Hh.”
Books We Will Be Reading:
– “Bear Feels Sick.”
– “Colds.”
– “Keeping Well.”
– “Germs.”
– “What to Expect When You Go To The Doctor.”
Songs We Will Be Singing:
– Wash, Wash, Wash Your Hands.
– If You’re Happy And You Know It Wash Your Hands.
– The Soap On Your Hands
– This Is The Way We Wash Our Hands
Projects And Activities:
– Letter “Hh” Worksheet
– Connect the Dot Worksheet
– Letter “Hh” Tracing Worksheet
– Coloring A Germ
– Doing A Germ Activity With Glitter To Show How Germs Spread


Prek 3 ( Jennifer Polesuk) 

I hope everyone had a very nice Thanksgiving with their families!!

Theme of the week: G is for Germs

We will discuss the importance of washing our hands, as well as covering our coughs and sneezes. We will also learn a new song called “The Germ Stopping Song”.

Letter of the week: G

Books we will be reading:

Wash Your Hands! by Tony Ross

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld

Felicity Floo Visits The Zoo by E. S. Redmond

Grumpy Goat by Brett Helquist

Achoo! by Mij Kelly and Mary McQuillan


– letter G workbook page

– letter G page of our alphabet book

– golf ball painting

– Cover Your Sneeze activity

– G is for Grapes painting craft


– gumball activity to review numbers 1 – 10

– Goldfish Graphing – We will sort rainbow goldfish by colors and them graph how many of each color we have.


Prek 2 ( Nellie Westpy ) 

We had more than half of our class absent last week due to the holiday week as many people took last mini vacations so we will be using last week’s lessons plan for this week and will also be introducing the additional concepts below:
Letter : L
Although the children are too young to grasp the concept of right and left we will be working with them on objects that move from left to right for L. These lessons will also provoke vocabulary development. We will also be working with them on matching shapes to with their shadows.

Additional books we will be reading this week:
Mary had a little lamb by Sarah Hale
I took my frog to the library by Eric Kimmel
Lazy lions by Patricia Giff

Christmas Spirit


This week’s letter is I. We’ll make igloos, insects and ice cream cones! We’ll practice writing letter I  and numbers 8 and 9.

We are working on colorful holiday crafts, talking about the Christmas spirit of caring and sharing and practicing for our holiday show.

We’ll experiment with ice using salt and warm hands to make it melt! We’ll add food coloring to the melting ice!

With mittens we’ll review colors and numbers 1-15.

We’ll read Inch by Inch ( Leo Lionni ) and Imogene’s Antlers ( David Small ).

Bear Says Thanks

Prek 4 ( Jennifer Ward )

Just a reminder that Wednesday is an early dismissal day. I want to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving and to tell you that I am extremely thankful for all of your children. They bring me joy inside the classroom every single day!

Theme Of The Week:
– Thanksgiving

Letter Of The Week:
– We will continue reviewing the Letter “Gg.”

Books We Will Be Reading:
– “Bear Says Thanks.”
– “Thanksgiving At The Tappletons’.”
– “Thanksgiving.”

Songs We Will Be Singing:
– “Hello, Brown Turkey How Are You?”
– “I’m A Little Turkey.”
– “Five Fat Turkeys.”
– We Will Be Doing The Turkey Trot.

Projects And Activities:
– Letter “Gg” Worksheet
– Connect The Dot Worksheet
– Making A Pumpkin Pie Craft
– Indian Corn

Prek 3 ( Jennifer Polesuk )

This week will be spent celebrating Thanksgiving!! Hoping to see everyone at our “Show” on Wednesday at 11:15!!

Theme of the week: Happy Thanksgiving!

Letter of the week: Review of A – F

Books we will be reading:

– Countdown to Thanksgiving by Jodi Huelin

– 10 Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston

– Theo’s Thanksgiving by David Steinberg

– Five Silly Turkeys by Salina Yoon

– The Best Thanksgiving Ever! by Teddy Slater


– turkey hats

– turkey cards

-Thanksgiving song list covers

– turkey dot to dot


Prek 2 ( Nellie Westpy )

We have been progressing leaps and bounds in our class. A large amount of parents have been telling me that their children’s vocabulary is exploding and that’s what we want to hear as we’ve been working diligently on introducing a variety of new vocabulary words every week during circle time. I also just wanted to give you a gentle reminder that this weekend is abbreviated week due to the holidays so we are closed at 11:45 this coming Wednesday, November 23 and closed Thursday and Friday we wish you a very blessed Thanksgiving with your family!

Letter of the week:K

Some projects we will be doing:
Thanksgiving project

Some books we will be reading:
Koala  Lou by mem fox
The emperor and his kite by Jane Yolen
Thanksgiving Charlie Brown

The Night Before Thanksgiving

Prek 4 ( Adele Leeds ) 

We’ll review letters A-H and numbers 1-15 using colorful turkey feathers.

We have been talking about Thanksgiving and the  Christmas season and  being thankful and sharing, caring and kind to our families and friends.

The children are having fun and doing a great job learning the songs and poems for our Christmas show.

Look for our I am thankful  turkeys and Thanksgiving dinner booklets!

Together we’ll create an edible turkey ( grapes, strawberries, bananas, carrots and pretzels )!

We’ll read The Night Before Thanksgiving ( Natasha Wing ), The Story of Thanksgiving ( Nancy Skameas ) and One Big Turkey ( Anne Vittur Kennedy ).

The Little Engine That Could Saves The Thanksgiving Day Parade

Prek 4 ( Jennifer Ward )
This week we will be talking about our families and also discussing Thanksgiving.

Theme Of The Week:

– My Family/Thanksgiving

Letter Of The Week:
-Letter “Gg”

Books We Will Be Reading:
– “The Little Engine That Could Saves The Thanksgiving Day Parade.”
– “Thanksgiving Is For Giving Thanks.”
– “Why We Have Thanksgiving.”
– “Thanks For Thanksgiving.”

Songs We Will Be Singing:
– “Hello, Brown Turkey How Are you.”
– “I’m A Little Turkey.”
– “Five Fat Turkeys.”
– “Six Little Turkeys.”
– The class will also be learning how to do the “Turkey Trot.”

Projects And Activities:
– Letter “Gg” Worksheet
– Connect The Dot Worksheet To Help Review Numbers

– Hand Print Turkey

– Native American Feathered Headpiece

– Drawing A Picture Of Their Family

Prek 3 ( Jennifer Polesuk ) 

Hello Parents! Please remember to send back your RSVP for our Thanksgiving “Show” if you have not already done so. Remember you may bring your child in at 11:15 on Wednesday, November 22nd even if it is not their regularly scheduled day. Hope you can all join us!!

Theme of the week: I Am Thankful For………

Letter of the week : F

Books we will be reading:

– Fireman Small Fire Down Below by Wong Herbert Yee

– The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

– Thanksgiving Is For Giving Thanks by Margaret Sutherland

– The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle

– Feathers For Lunch by Lois Ehlert


– letter F workbook page

– letter F page of our alphabet book

– I Am Thankful For…….. activity

– fork painting

– painting with feathers

– Thanksgiving cards

Prek 2 ( Nellie Westpy )

Letter of the week: J

Some projects we will be doing:
Making our own jaguar
Jellybean jars
Creating a joker

Some books we will be reading:
Bernstein Bears and mommy’s new job by Stan Bernstein
Giant jam sandwich by John lord
Jumping bean by Lynn Messinger

Math: we will be sorting a variety of The jellybeans by color then counting forward and backward up to the number 10 with the jellybeans before creating or jellybean jar picture .

Thanks is for Giving Thanks

Adele Leeds

This week’s letter is H.

We’ll make houses ( using colorful circles, squares, triangles, rectangles and diamonds) and horses and use hearts for number review (1-15)and one-to-one correspondence.
We’ll begin talking about Thanksgiving: why and how we celebrate and all the people and gifts we are thankful for.
We’ll make thankful turkeys and read Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks (Margaret Sutherland).
Look for our Thanksgiving poem ( illustrated by the children) and ask your child about our turkey poem/ fingerplay and our silly turkey song!

Thanksgiving poem
First we give thanks for
The food we are given.
Then we give thanks for
The houses that we live in.
Then we give thanks for
The sun that shines above.
But mostly we give thanks
For the people that we love!

Five Little Turkeys
Five little turkeys standing at the door
One waddled off and then there were four!

Four little turkeys sitting near a tree
One waddled off and then there were three!

Three little turkeys with nothing to do
One waddled off and then there were two!

Two little turkeys in the morning sun
One waddled off and then there was one!

One little turkey better run away
For soon it will be Thanksgiving Day!

We’ll practice making upper and lowercase Hs, sixes and sevens.

Being Thankful

Prek 4 ( Jennifer Ward )
This week we will be talking about being thankful and what we are thankful for. I will be asking the students what they are thankful for and, I will be writing it down on a board and also taking a picture. I will be sure to send one to every parent also on brightwheel. 🙂 Just a few reminders: The Shop-Rite field trip has been moved to November 13th. Also, The school is closed on Thursday and Friday. I hope everyone has a wonderful week!

Theme Of The Week:
– We Are Thankful For…

Letter Of The Week:
– Since last week and this week were/are short weeks, we will continue the letter “Ff” this week.

Books We Will Be Reading:
– “We Gather Together…”
– “The Great Thanksgiving Escape.”
– “Over The River and Through The Woods.”

Songs We Will Be Singing:
– Thanksgiving Song
– I’m Thankful
– Thankful Song

Projects And Activities:
– “Ff” Worksheet
– Spanish Worksheet
– We Will Be Making A Thankful Tree
– Drawing A Picture Of What We Are Thankful For

– Numbers 1-20

Prek 3 ( Jennifer Polesuk )

Theme of the week: E is for Exercise!

We will be doing lots of different exercises during circle time this week. This will help to get the children moving and also help us to practice counting up and back to 10!!!

Letter of the week: E

Books we will be reading:

– Elmer and Grandpa Eldo by David McKee

– An Extraordinary Egg by Leo Lionni

– Roly Poly Egg by Kali Stileman


– sponge painted Elmer the Elephant

– rainbow trace letter E

– paint with plastic eggs

– color by number egg

– paper plate elephant

– find and dot the letter E
Prek 2 ( Nellie Westpy )
Letter Of the week: I

Some projects we will be doing this week:
Ice cream cone cupcakes!
Making insects  with model magic and toothpicks
Creating an inch worm

Some books we will be reading:
Ice cold birthday by Marion Coco
Ira says goodbye by Bernard waber
From cow to ice cream by Bertran night

Science lesson:
How to identify a true insect/six Flags/3 body parts/2 antennas

Election Day at School

This week is a short one. School is closed Thursday and Friday, November 9 and 10 ( New Jersey Education Association teachers’ convention).

We’ll review letters A-F ( beginning sounds, naming words), play an uppercase/ lowercase matchup game and together do an A-F letter search worksheet.

We’ll vote on Election Day in school on Tuesday 11/7 choosing our favorite foods, colors, shapes and games!

I’ll introduce the letter G, it’s beginning sound and challenge the children to name G words. Look for our beautiful bunches of purple grapes!

At circle time, we do calendar, review letters and numbers and days of the week, months of the year and the four seasons.We work on manners, taking turns and encouraging our friends.
Ask your children about our silly-sock matching game which we’ll play after
we talk about pairs ( ears, eyes, feet, hands and socks and shoes!).

We’ll read Goodnight Moon ( Margaret Wise Brown).