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Being Thankful

Prek 4 ( Jennifer Ward ) 
The children have been doing great with putting their coats on by themselves. We are also working on zipping them by themselves 🙂

If you received a brightwheel message from me, please be sure to update your child’s extra clothes at school due to the weather getting colder.

We will have show and tell on Tuesday for the Letter “Ii.”

Weekly Theme:

– Being Thankful/Thanksgiving

Letter Of The Week:

– Letter “Ii.”

Books We Will Be Reading:

– “Why We have Thanksgiving.”

– “Thanksgiving Day.”

– “This Is The Turkey.”

– “Thanksgiving;”

– “Clifford’s Thanksgiving Visit.”

Songs We Will Be Singing:
– The Turkey Trot (The Kids Love Doing This.)
– Hello, Mr. Turkey

– 5 Little Turkeys

Projects And Activities:

– Letter “I” Worksheets

– Letter “I” Alphabet Page

– “Letter “I” Workbook Page

– Making A Thankful Turkey

– Making A Thanksgiving Place mat

– Painting A Turkey

– Making A Cornucopia

– Making A Turkey Wreath

Prek 3 ( Adele Leeds / Michele Zinicola) 

This week’s letter is I. Together we’ll make an igloo ( with mini marshmallows ), make insects ( learn what they are, where they live, what they eat) and experiment with ice: what makes ice melt?
We’ll do a letter I search worksheet and practice writing the letter I.
At circle time we’ll create a colorful turkey ( color, letter and number review ) and use turkey feathers for a patterning activity.

We’ll paint with corn cobs and make mini Mayflowers!

We’ll read I Love Bugs( Philemon Sturges ), Bugs Are Insects (Anne Rockwell), Bugs, Bugs, Bugs ( Bob Barner ), T is for Turkey (Tanya Lee Stone ), The 12 Days of Thanksgiving ( Jenna Lettice ), The Story of Thanksgiving ( Nancy J. Skarmeas ) and The Pilgrims’ First Thanksgiving ( Ann Mc Govern ).

We’ll learn and illustrate this poem

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

Our Families



Prek 4 ( Jennifer Ward )
Friendly Reminders: We are closed on Thursday and Friday due to teacher’s convention and to staff training. Since it is a short week, we will not be having show and tell this week because we will be reviewing letters A-G.

Weekly Topic:
– Our Families

Letter Of The Week:
– We Will Be Reviewing Letters A-G

Books We Will Be Reading:
– “Llama Llama Misses Mama.”
– “Llama Llama Gram And Grandpa.”

– “Me And My Dad.”

Songs We Will Be Singing:
– Finger Family
– When I See My Grandparents
– My Family
– If You Love Your Family And You Know It
– Families Are All Different

Projects And Activities:
– Letter Review Worksheets
– Making A Handprint Family Tree
– Painting A Picture Of Our Families
– Making A “F” Is For Family Picture

Spanish Of The Month:
– Family Members

Prek 3 ( Adele Leeds / Michele Zinicola)

This week is a short week; school is closed Thursday 11/7 and Friday 11/8 for New Jersey’s teachers’  convention.
This week’s letter is G. We’ll make giraffes ( learn some fun giraffe facts), sort and count (and snack on) with colorful goldfish crackers and use red and green grapes for counting and patterning and making our own grape juice!
We’ll work in our workbooks and do a letter G worksheet.
Please practice the G sounds ( hard and soft) and review G words! Thank you!
With food coloring, milk and dish detergent we’ll watch colors mix!
We’ll learn this poem

I know a Giraffe
I know a giraffe
With a neck that’s really high
She stretches and stretches
Til it reaches the sky
She lives on the plains
With the elephants too
You might also see her
When you visit the zoo!!

Halloween

Prek 4 (Jennifer Ward) 

Our Fall Party is on Wednesday:) Show And Tell On Tuesday Letter “G.” Please send in any Halloween books you would like to share for circle time 🙂

Weekly Theme:
– Halloween

Letter Of The Week:
– Letter “Gg.”

Songs We Will Be Singing:
– I’m A Little Pumpkin
– Halloween Song
– 5 Little Pumpkins
– Witch Had An Itch

Books We Will Be Reading:
– “Big Pumpkin.” Back By Popular Demand 🙂
– “Molang’s Halloween.”
Halloween Books Sent In From Home 🙂

Projects And Activities:
– Letter G Workbook Page
– Letter G Worksheet Pages
– Letter G Alphabet Page
– Make A Candy Corn
– Make A Frankenstein
– Make A Jack-O-Lantern
– Make mummies With Our Faces On Them

Prek 3 ( Adele Leeds / Michele Zinicola)

We’ll make a pumpkin number line (1-10) and work together on a pumpkin math worksheet (1-5).
To review shapes we’ll play pumpkin matchup!
We’ll make Halloween spiders ( with 8 legs ), jack-o-lanterns and learn this Halloween poem.
A Halloween Pumpkin
I am a pumpkin big and round
Once upon a time I grew in the ground
Now I have a mouth, two eyes and a nose
What are they for, do you suppose?

When I have a candle inside shining bright
I’ll be a jack-o-lantern on Halloween night!!

We’ll read The Night Before Halloween, In the Haunted House, Happy Halloween Biscuit, Halloween Day(Anne Rockwell) , Arthur’s Halloween, The 12 Days of Halloween, Clifford’s First Halloween, Room on the Broom (Julia Donaldson ) and The Hallo-weiner ( Dav Pilkey ).

Fall Is All Around Us

Prek 4 ( Jennifer Wards ) 
Just a few reminders: We are having early dismissals on Thursday and Friday due to conferences and dismissals will be at 11:45. We will be having show and tell on Tuesday for the letter F. 🙂

Topic Of The Week:
– Fall Is All Around Us

Letter Of The Week:
– Letter “Ff.”

Books We Will Be Reading:
– “Big Pumpkin”
– “Halloween”
– “Clifford’s Halloween.”
– “Frankenfrog.”
– “About Halloween.”

Songs We Will Be Singing:
– Fall Leaves
– Grey Squirrel, Grey Squirrel
– Fall
– Five Little Scarecrows

Projects And Activities:
– Letter F Worksheet Pages
– Letter F Alphabet Page
– Letter F Art projects with “Flowers”
– Making A Scarecrow
– Painting Around Leaves
– Making A Corn On The Cob
– Painting A Fall Tree
– Making A Pumpkin

Prek 3 ( Adele Leeds / Michele Zinicola )
We are looking forward to Miss Sharon’s science lesson on Monday!

This week’s letter is F. We’ll make fish and fall wreaths ( colorful hands! )
We’ll sort and count with fluffy feathers and  practice tracing Fs and 5s.
We’ll read Dr. Seuss’s Fox in Socks and One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Eric Carle’s The Very Lonely Firefly and Louise Ehlert’s Feathers for Lunch.
We will fish for letters A-F and numbers 1-5.
We’ll learn theses square and rectangle poems

I’m a Square
What am I?
What am I?
I am a shape
I am a shape
I have four sides that are all the same
And that is something that will never change!
See if you can guess my name!
I’m a square!
I’m a square!

I’m a rectangle
You can see.
I have four sides
Count with me!
Two are short and two are long
Come along and sing my song!

Leaves And Trees


Prek 4 ( Jennifer Ward ) 

Just a few reminders: We are closed on Monday due to Columbus Day. Our Weis field trip is on Wednesday. We will be reviewing our letters A-E this week so there will be no show and tell.:) Miss Jenny

Theme Of The Week:
– Leaves And Trees

Letter Of The Week:
– Reviewing Letters A-E

Books We Will Be Reading:
– “Full Of Fall.”
– “Fall Leaves.”
– “In The Fall.”

Songs We Will Be Singing:
– Leaves On The Trees
– 1,2, Leaves Fell Down

Projects And Activities:
– Letters A-E Review Worksheets
– Leaf Prints
– Fall Tree With Pumpkin Seeds
– Leaf Hand print Wreath

Prek 3 ( Adele Leeds / Michele Zinicola ) 

We are looking forward to our trip to Weis supermarket! We’ll read Pete the Cat’s Trip to the Supermarket (James Dean) and at circle time we’ll shop together for healthy foods.

We’ll do number ( 1,2 and 3 ) and letter ( A, B, C and D ) searches for review.
We’ll make Elmos and eggs and learn E sounds and words.
For science, we’ll discover what makes an egg float in water!
We’ll make scarecrows with colorful shapes and learn this song/ activity:

Scarecrow, Scarecrow

Scarecrow Scarecrow turn around
Scarecrow scarecrow jump up and down
Scarecrow scarecrow arms up high
Scarecrow scarecrow wink one eye
Scarecrow scarecrow bend your knees
Scarecrow scarecrow flap in the breeze
Scarecrow scarecrow climb into bed
Scarecrow scarecrow rest your head!

We’ll read Every Autumn Comes the Bear ( Jim Arnosky ).

Fire Prevention

Prek 4 ( Jennifer Ward ) 

This week we will be learning a lot about fire prevention!! The fire truck will be coming to visit us on Monday 🙂 We will be having show and tell on Tuesday for the letter E. The children have been doing GREAT cutting with scissors!!!

Theme Of The Week:
– Fire Prevention

Letter Of The Week:
– Letter “Ee.”

Books We Will Be Reading:
– “What Does A Firefighter Do?”
– “Firetrucks.”
– “I Want To Be A Firefighter.”
– “Stop, Drop And Roll.”
– “Crawl Low Under Smoke.”

Songs We Will Be Singing:
– I’m a Big Red Firetruck
– Hurry, Hurry, Drive The Firetruck
– Fire Safety Song
– Beep, Beep, Beep

Projects And Activities:
– Letter “Ee” Worksheets
– Letter “Ee” Alphabet Page
– Letter “Ee” Workbook Page
– Make A Big Box Firetruck Together
– Make A Dalmatian (Fire Dog)
– Make A Fire Craft
– Make A Small Firetruck
– Practice Putting Out A Pretend Fire

Prek 3 ( Adele Leeds / Michele Zinicola)

To celebrate Columbus Day ( school closed Monday October 14 ) we’ll read In 1492

(Jean Marzollo), talk about explorers and discovery and make our own Ninas , Pintas and Santa Marias
This week’s letter is D. We’ll make handprint ducks and play donut match ( number and color review) and dominos.
We’ll read From Seed to Pumpkin ( Wendy Pheffer ) and Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins ( Dianne Ochiltree ) and make thumbprint pumpkins on a vine and play
“What’s Missing?”
with tiny pumpkins and gourds.
Thank you for helping your child with his/ her morning tasks ( jacket and backpack on hook, lunch box in cubby and folders in the basket in our room).

The children are getting to know each other ( we play getting to know our friends games  at circle time) and enjoying our activities!
We love this beautiful fall weather; outside play is fun and healthy!

Apples

Prek 4 ( Jennifer Ward ) 
We had so much fun on our field trip to the farm!!! We learned so much about apples,bees, the good and bad animals on the farm and about the insects also that help the farm. Show And Tell Tuesday for the Letter “D”. We are going to do some matching games to match our uppercase and lowercase letters together. We are also going to do some patterns with some paper apple cut outs 🙂

Weekly Theme:
– Apples

Letter Of The Week:
– Letter “Dd.”

Books We Will Be Reading:
– My “d” Sound Box
– “Apples And Pumpkins.”
– “An Apple Festival.”
– “Apple Picking Time.”
– “One Green Apple.”

Songs We Will Be Singing:
– Have You Ever Seen An Apple?
– Do You Know The Apple Man?
– 5 Little Apples

Projects And Activities:
– Letter D Workbook Page
– Letter D Worksheets
– Letter D Alphabet Page
– Apple Booklet
– Color Changing Apple Craft
– Apple Basket
– 3D Apple

Spanish For The Month:
– Shapes

Prek 3 ( Adele Leeds / Michele Zinicola ) 
This week’s letter is C. We’ll use carrots, cucumbers and celery to make edible flowers that we’ll enjoy at snack time! We’ll make crabs and clouds ( simple science lesson on the water cycle ) and colorful clowns ( shapes and colors review).
To review numbers 1-6 we’ll make a colorful carrot patch ( matching carrot tops and bottoms ).
We’ll read The Very Hungry Caterpillar ( Eric Carle ) and make “name caterpillars,” Goodnight Construction Site ( Sherri Duskey Rinker ), Clifford The Big Red Dog, Curious George Goes to the Library, Corduroy ( Don Freeman ) and The Cat in the Hat ( Dr. Seuss ).

We’ll learn this poem:

October
October’s the month
When the smallest breeze
Gives us a shower
Of autumn leaves.
Bonfires and pumpkins,
Leaves falling down
October is red
And golden and brown!

The children are enthusiastic learners and happy at circle, project and play times!

Let’s Share


Prek 4 ( Jennifer Ward )

Show And Tell Tuesday Letter C 🙂

Weekly Theme:
– Let’s Share

Readiness:
– Letter “Cc”

Books We Will Be Reading:
– ” Rainbow Fish.”
– ” We Share Everything.”
– ” Sharing Is Fun.”
– ” Clifford’s Best Friend.”
– ” The Berenstain Bears Hug And Make Up.”

Songs We Will Be Singing:
– We Love To Share
– Sharing Is Fun
– Let’s Share

Projects And Activities:
– Making Rainbow Fish
– Doing A Cookie Monster Activity (Sharing Cookies)
– Making “Sharing” Hands
– Painting A Picture Of Us Sharing
– Making A Sharing Canvas Together

Prek 3 ( Adele Leeds / Michele Zinicola )
The children enjoyed Miss Sharon’s sink or float science lesson and we all look forward to science activities on Tuesdays. Thank you Miss Sharon!

This week we’ll finish our letter B activities and projects and continue working in our workbooks and alphabet review books ( letters B and C ).

On Wednesday September 25 we’ll visit Sun High Orchards and hear about the crops, the animals and how a farm works.
At circle time, we’ll play Put the Mud on the Pig ( counting and using dice ) and Farm Animal count and clip ( numbers 1-5 ).
We’ll read Tucked in the Barn ( Agnes Green ) and Farming ( Gail Gibbons ).

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

Let’s Be Friends

Prek 4 ( Jennifer Ward )
We will start doing Show And Tell on Tuesdays because it is a day that everyone attends :)So next week we will do Show And Tell Letter B on Tuesday :)Our first week of school has been great and I cannot wait to continue the year with everyone 🙂
The children’s coats have been falling on the floor in the hallway at times, if you can please put your child’s name on the inside of their coat for less confusion would be a big help. Thank you so much 🙂 Miss Jenny

Theme Of The Week:
– Let’s Be Friends

Letter Of The Week:
– Letter “Bb.”

Books We Will Be Reading:
– “Sam’s New Friend.”
– “Friendshape.”
– “Winter Friends.”
– “A Friend At The Zoo.”
– “Best Frints At Skrool.”

Songs We Will Be Singing:
– Meet A Friend
– Find A Friend Song
– Friends 1,2,3 Song

Projects And Activities:
– Letter “Bb” Worksheets
– Letter “Bb” Alphabet Page
– Letter “Bb” Workbook Page
– Making friendship bracelets for our friends
– Making A friendship tree with our handprints
– Make A friendship “Quilt”
– Free Draw ourselves doing an activity with friends
– Make A Friend-a-saurus

Prek 3 ( Adele Leeds / Michele Zinicola )

This week’s letter is B. We’ll sort and count with buttons and tiny bears( color and number review), make bees and birds and play outdoors with bubbles!

We’ll read Fine Feathered Friends (Tish Rabe), A Gardener’s Alphabet (Mary Azarian),B is for Bulldozer (June Sobel) and It Looked Like Spilt Milk (Charles G. Shaw).

The children enjoy circle time— learning our routine and songs, recognizing their names ( on the name cards and on their chairs ), waiting for their turns and encouraging their friends!
We’ll read and illustrate this poem:

Fall Leaves
Red, yellow, orange, brown
Leaves are falling all around
See them dance in the cool fall air
Rake them and pile them
And bag them with care!