C for Carrot

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Prek 4 Class ( Adele Leeds ) 

C is  the letter of the week. We’ll practice letter formation, identify C words and explore our “C” box.

At circle time we’ll use carrots and carrot tops for an alphabet and number ( 1-15 ) identification and review activity.  Ask your child about our carrot patch!

Each day at circle time we review days of the week, months of the year, seasons and weather. We use our name cards for attendance and identifying names.

Look for our “circle cat” and corn on the cob art projects and our “cloud counting ” booklets!

With white chalk, food coloring, paper and water we’ll investigate chalk: how it looks and feels and what happens when it gets wet. We’ll watch it change color as we dip it into colored water. This simple experiment encourages sensory, observational and predicting skills.

We’ll read Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington and do a coloring and sequencing activity.    

Prek 3 Class (Susan Adesina )

THEME – All About Me

This week we will  continue to develop our  listening skills and our ability to sit still when appropriate. We will try to improve our focus.
We will  continue to practice taking turns through various games and activities.

ENGLISH- We are working on letter ” C” and its sound, naming as many ” C” words as we can.

MATH-

  • We will be counting 1-20
  • This week we will be focusing on repeating patterns

STORY- ” The very hungry CATERPILLAR” by E Carle

CIRCLE TIME ACTIVITIES-

  • “C”  words, color match, shape match, number maths and days of the week , the month and four seasons .
  • We will read at least one story each day.

ART AND CRAFTS:

Self Portraits:

  • Give  children small hand mirrors and encourage them to examine their reflections, noting such things as hair colors and styles, eyebrow and eye colors, skin color and nose and mouth shapes.
  • Set out paper, crayons, various colored construction paper scraps and yarn pieces and glue.
  • Then let the children use the materials to create self-portraits
  • Make repeating patterns using colors and shapes

5 things about me:

Ask each child to think of five special things about his or herself.
Example: The child could say, “I have blue eyes”, “I can stand on one foot”, etc.

HEALTH-
Encouraging washing of hands when using the bathroom and before eating food
Sing ” This is the way we wash our hands “

Bees and Bears

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Prek 4 Class ( Adele Leeds ) 

We’ll make Bees and Bears and have a teddy bear (graham crackers) sorting and graphing math activity. We’ll practice writing the letter B and the number 2.

We’ll make “name constellations” to help us continue to recognize and spell our own names and those of our friends.

We’ll read Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and do two activities with story content to challenge comprehension and math skills. Look for the “wise owl” worksheet which we’ll do together  to encourage the children to wait for and follow oral instruction and direction.

We’ll play catch with a soft ball decorated with numbers and letters. This activity strengthens gross motor skills and challenges letter and number identification.

To develop and strengthen small motor skills we’ll use plastic “tweezers” to pull pompoms from a very stuffed box! 

The children were very proud of their Alligator and Sunflower projects! 


PreK 3  – Week of 9/21/15

THEME – Lets be friends, let’s share

This week we will focus on learning to share, take turns and make new friends.
They will develops self awareness and social awareness. They will gain insight into who God has created them to be and how they fit into the social environment.

ENGLISH

  • We are working on letter “B”and its sound, naming as many “B ” words as we can.
  • Nursery.nursery rhymes/ songs ; ” A B C” ALPHABET , ”  When Goldilocks went to the house of the BEARS”

STORY: ” Goldilocks and the three BEARS”

MATH- We will be counting 1 – 20 and Classifying objects

CIRCLE TIME ACTIVITIES

  • ” B” words, color match, shape match, number maths and days of the week.
  • We will read at least one story each day, often related to letter B

HEALTH:

  • washing hands, hygiene in school.
  • Play  keeping clean game

PROJECTS:

  • Letter B collage on a BAG
  • Goldilocks sizing and  sequencing activity

Name Cards at Circle Time

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Prek 4 Class (Adele Leeds) 

We are getting acquainted and reacquainted! We’re using our name cards at circle time to recognize and learn to spell our own names and our friends’ names. At circle time we are talking about the days of the week, months of the year, weather, seasons and reviewing colors and shapes with hands-on activities.

We are also practicing numbers 1-12 ( identification and counting ) and reviewing the alphabet with concentration on letter A these first two weeks of school.

We’ll make applesauce and use animal crackers and acorns for sorting and counting activities.

I’ll begin workbook and worksheet lessons and I’ll observe and correct ( if necessary ) the childrens’ pencil/crayon grip and strength. 

We’ll read Eric Carle’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? and do two story-related activities: 1) familiarize the children with spelling their first names and 2) a “book review” that challenges the childrens’ story comprehension and recall skills.

We’ll do an apple science experiment and put together night/day and four seasons booklets.

Prek 3 Class ( Susan Adesina )

THEME -Summer/Fall

Story: “Spot Starts School” 

This week we will focus on learning to share, say” please” and”thank you”, listen during story time and sit still when appropriate.

Each child will become familiar with teachers, peers and school environment.

ENGLISH-We are working on letter “A” and its sound, naming as many “A” words as we can.

Nursery.nursery rhymes/ songs ; “A B C” ALPHABET 

STORIES:

  • ” ANIMALS ”  Non-fiction books,
  • ” Autumn is for APPLES” by M Knudsen,
  • ” Is it ALIVE?” by K Graves,
  • ” I am an APPLE” by J Marzollo,
  • “AMAZING APPLES” by J Bauer

MATHS-  We will be sorting by shape then by color. We will be counting 1-20

CIRCLE TIME ACTIVITIES-:   ” A” words, color match, shape match, number maths and days of the week. We will read at least one story each day, often related to letter A.

HEALTH: washing hands

PROJECTS:

  • Letter A collage.
  • Make a shape sort picture
  • Summer and Fall picture, comparing both

 

Milk Painting

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Prek 4 / Wraparound Class (Adele Leeds)

We’ll complete our alphabet review over the next two weeks and will continue our review of numbers 1-30, ordinal numbers, odd and even numbers and  counting by 5s and 10s.

Using spring theme math story problems we’ll practice counting, addition, subtraction, sorting and comparing sets.

For a letter and number review art project we’ll make a collage using newspaper, magazine and coupon cutouts!

We’ll make “milk paint” ( a mix of evaporated milk and food coloring that creates a pastel look ) and salt paint ( salt, liquid starch and tempera paint mixed together to create a frosted appearance ). Celery stalks, Q-tips ,clothespins and plastic bottle tops will be our “paintbrushes.”

We’ll learn about Memorial Day and its meaning and celebrations and make flags, one decorative and one edible( blueberries, strawberries and marshmallows)!

Prek 3 Class ( Susan Adesina )

OVERALL GOAL – Learn about a variety of animals, how they live and their habitats

WE WILL BE PRACTICING FOR GRADUATION

THEME-  Zoo animals

ENGLISH – Alphabet review – sounds of letters. Make alphabet picture.

MATH –  Concentrating on numbers 20 – 30 and reviewing number identification

STORIES:

  • “Dear Zoo” by R Campbell
  • ” Brown Bear, Brown Bear” by B Martin

NURSERY RHYMES/ SONGS – ” Days of the week”

CIRCLE TIME ACTIVITIES:

  • number math, counting to 30
  • recognizing numbers 20 to 30
  • Number identification review 11 to 20
  • Days of the week
  • Months of the year.
  • Seasons
  • We will read at least one story each day

ART AND CRAFT: Make variety of animals from paper and put them in “cages”

Prek 2 Class (Chrissy Sunberg )

This week in the pre-k 2’s class, we will be finishing  up the school year by creating some fun spring crafts. We will continue to review the alphabet, months of the year and days of the week. 

We will put our letter skills to use by creating custom name caterpillars! This is a fun and easy way for the class to learn the letters in their name. Keeping in theme with bugs, we will make colorful snails. 

As we approach the end of the school year we are going to continue to focus on our listening skills and keeping our hands to ourselves. 

Books we will read are:

  • Alphabet Rescue
  • The Grouchy ladybug 

 

Paint with Marshmallows

 

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Prek 4 / Wraparound Class ( Adele Leeds ) 

This week we continue our practice and preparation for graduation and end-of-the-year show. The children are having fun learning the words and movements to the songs! 

We’ll review alphabet letters K, L, M and N and make ladybugs, paint with marshmallows ( great fine motor skill activity ) and use colorful lollipops for a math counting and sorting activity.

We’ll explore animal habitats (arctic, Antarctic, ocean and grasslands) using worksheets and art activities as we learn the habitats’ characteristics and the animals that live in each.

I’ll hide fireflies ( large, medium and small yellow pompous ) and the children will find, sort ( by size ) and count them!

Prek 3 Class ( Susan Adesina )

MONDAY 2pm MOTHERS DAY GET TOGETHER

OVERALL GOAL – Learn about a variety of animals, how they live and their habitats
THEME-  Habitats
ENGLISH- Alphabet review – sounds of letters. Make alphabet picture.
MATH –  Concentrating on numbers 20 – 30 and reviewing number identification
STORIES – “The gingerbread man”

NURSERY RHYMES/ SONGS

  • ” Hello everybody “
  • ” We are the dinosaurs”
  • ” All of this is me”

CIRCLE TIME ACTIVITIES

  • number math -counting to 30
  • recognizing numbers 20 to 30
  • Number identification review 0 to 20
  • Days of the week
  • Months of the year.
  • Seasons
  • We will read at least one story each day

ART AND CRAFT

  • use a bowl filled with ice and play with Arctic animals in ice
  • make variety of habitats from boxes ;- paint and decorate
  • use water play and sea life creatures to learn about sea habitat
  • make 4 paper habitats and put animals in correct place
  • use sand tray and desert animals to make a habitat

Prek 2 Class ( Chrissy Sunberg )

This month we will be discussing “Animals and their Habitats.” This week in the two’s class we will  also learn about bugs, bees and butterflies. We will also review some letters by reading books with the alphabet in it and create a letter collage using glue and paper. We will create letter  C caterpillars and 3-d pasta butterflies. Our class is going to continue going outside everyday and    running  around on the playground with their friends. 

Books we will be reading are below:

  • The Grouchy Ladybug
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • The Very Quiet Cricket
  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
  • The Alphabet Rescue

Ladybugs, Bees and Dragonflies 

Prek 4 / Wraparound Class ( Adele Leeds )

 

We’ll continue our alphabet review(G,H,I and J) and practice letter formation and beginning sounds.

We are learning to count by 5s (1-100 ) and are practicing each day at circle time. We are also reviewing and remembering odd and even numbers ( 1-30 ).

We’ll make ladybugs, bees and dragonflys as we explore  the bugs and insects that spring brings to us! With oranges, grapes, carrots, celery and arugula  we’ll make colorful and nutritious  butterfly snacks!!

With gooey substances (honey, syrup and molasses) we’ll observe and explore textures and gravity as we watch gravity pull the honey etc from spoon to bowl! 

To review colors and challenge the children’s observation and memory skills we’ll play “what’s missing” using colorful cookie cutouts!

At circle time we’ll create a unique garden. With his eyes closed each child will place a spring flower in our flower bed. This activity, a version of ” pin the tail on the donkey,” challenges understanding spatial relationships and visual memory.

We’ll read Butterflies by Emily Neye and Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey.

PreK 3 Class ( Susan Adesina)

OVERALL GOAL – Learn about a variety of animals, how they live and their habitats

THEME-  Bugs, bees and butterflies

ENGLISH- Alphabet review

MATH-  Concentrating on numbers 20 – 30 and reviewing number identification

STORIES-

  • “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by E Carle
  • “The Very Busy Spider” by E Carle

NURSERY RHYMES/ SONGS –

  • “If I were a butterfly”
  • “Incy Wincy Spider”
  • Days of the week song
  • “Little Miss Muffet”

CIRCLE TIME ACTIVITIES-

  • number math -counting to 30
  • recognizing numbers 20 to 30
  • Number identification review 0 to 20
  • Days of the week
  • Months of the year.
  • Seasons
  • We will read at least one story each day

ART AND CRAFT

  • Use watercolor paint and coffee filter paper to make a butterfly
  • Collect bugs from the playground area in a bug box to examine
  • Make play dough bugs and put in a bug box

 

PreK 3 Class ( Chrissy Sunberg)

This week we will be celebrating Spring! We are going to make coffee filter butterflies and make lady bugs with rocks. We are going to get outside for free play everyday! Since we are done learning the alphabet, we will have fun reviewing it by playing alphabet games and reading books with all the letters in it! We will continue to strengthen our gross fine motor skills by coloring and painting.

Some books we will read are:

  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
  • Alphabet Rescue

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D for Dandelions

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Pre-k 4 & Wraparound Class ( Adele Leeds )

This week we’ll review letters D, E and F and make dandelions, earthworms, electricity and foxes! We’ll review beginning sounds, practice letter formation and do letter puzzles/ searches.

We’ll finish our Mother’s Day projects and gifts. The children are proud of their art work and eager to share it!

We’ll make a “rainbow in a jar”! In a clear mason jar we’ll carefully layer honey, light corn syrup, dish soap, olive oil, rubbing alcohol, water and food coloring. Using a variety of fruits we’ll make an “edible rainbow” to share with our friends!

Math lessons will include an odd/even activity numbers 1-30 and we’ll use Micky Mouse to help solve addition and subtraction equations!

Prek-3 Class (Susan Adesina)

THEME-  seeds, sprouts and growing

ENGLISH- recap alphabet and sounds. Identify some/ all of the letters in their names

MATHS- introduce different ways to tell the time – days,weeks months, day, night,etc

STORIES:

  • “The tiny seed “by E Carle
  • “Jack and the Beanstalk”

NURSERY RHYMES/ SONGS – “Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary, how does your garden grow?”

CIRCLE TIME ACTIVITIES:

  • number math -counting to 20 , recognizing numbers 11 to 20 . 
  • Days of the week. Months of the year. Seasons – talk about the 4 seasons (time)
  •  We will read at least one story each day

HEALTH SKILLS – Sugars in diet and trying new foods/helping make better food choices.  

ART AND CRAFT:  

  • Plant variety seeds and observe growth over coming weeks.
  • Put carrot tops in water
  • Grow beans in a zip lock bag and note changes
  • Paint variety of flowers  and label parts ( roots, shoots, leaves. flowers)
  • Make Mother’s Day gifts and card
  • Use coffee filter papers to make flowers

Pre-k 2 Class (Chrissy Sunberg)

This week we will finish up the alphabet with the letter Z.  We will create  a Zebra with paper and glue.

We are going to create paper tube parrots in honor of earth day last week and we are going to explore circle painting, while we use or recycled paper tubes. Again, it is a simple way to introduce toddlers to paint.  The paper tube fits easily in their small hands and it adds some distance between the paint and the hands. While some of our pre-k two’s love paint others rather use crayons but I do try to encourage using paint.

The class is going to get dirty while we attempt to garden. We will decorate plant holders and plant some seeds.

The books we will be reading are:

  • The Tiny Seed
  • The Carrot Seed

 

Earth Day, Every Day

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PreK 4/ Wraparound (Adele Leeds)

On Monday in PreK Cafe we’ll make edible and nutritious nests and chicks( pretzels, Kix, pineapple, raisins and orange peppers ). We are reading stories and learning about all our different animal friends ( feathered and furry and swimming and flying!). We’ll make colorful booklets and learn about different animal homes and habitats.

We’ll use seeds and potting soil to create our window garden. We’ll tend to it over the next few weeks and look forward to sending home special flowering gifts.

April 22 is Earth Day. We’ll talk about protecting and caring for (and enjoying!) our world. We’ll read Earth Day, Every Day (Lisa Bullard) and  The Earth Book ( Todd Parr) and and have circle time activities/lessons on recycling and keeping the earth clean.

With green frogs and lily pads we’ll play number recognition (1-20) and alphabet/ letter identification. 

This month’s Bible verse is Luke 6:31 “do unto others as you would have them do to you.” The children know it and we talk about it’s meaning and importance each day at circle time.

 

PreK 3 Class ( Susan Adesina ) 

THEME- caring for our world/life cycles

This week each child will  be encouraged to  wait their turn

ENGLISH- recap alphabet and sounds

MATH – introduce different ways to tell the time – days,weeks months, day, night,etc

STORIES- “The very hungry caterpillar ” by E Carle

NURSERY RHYMES/ SONGS:

  • “Hickory Dickory Dock”
  • “Old Macdonald had a Farm”

CIRCLE TIME ACTIVITIES

  • number math -counting to 20 , recognizing numbers 11 to 20 . 
  • Days of the week. Months of the year. Seasons – talk about the 4 seasons (time)
  • We will read at least one story each day

 HEALTH SKILLS – Sugars in diet and trying new foods/helping make better food choices – creating healthy shopping basket of food and also sorting foods into healthy and unhealthy groups

ART AND CRAFT-

  • Make painted, symmetrical butterflies
  • Make life cycle of butterfly and frog
  • make alphabet collage

PreK 2 Class ( Chrissy Sunberg)

in the 2’s class we will continue to learn all about the letter x and I will introduce the letter y to the class as well. We are going to continue to make crafts with paper, glue and cupcake liners.  The theme for the week is caring for our world/life cycles. We will discuss what it means to recycle and create a project using recycled goods. 

The class will continue to practice sitting during circle time. We will continue to review and sing our days of the week song, the  months song and learn the basics of a calendar while counting to 30.  Most importantly we will go outside everyday and play nicely with our friends. 

Some books we will read are:

  • Waiting for Wings
  • The Adventure of a Plastic Bottle

Spring Vocabulary

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Prek 4 Class (Adele Leeds)

This week we’ll review letters A, B and C practicing letter formation ( lowercase / uppercase ), beginning sounds and identifying A, B and C words. We’ll practice writing numbers 1-10 and 11, 12 and 13.

To celebrate Spring we’ll have literacy lessons and learn about spring babies! We’ll use vocabulary to complete sentences and learn the names of animal babies ( kid/goat, kitten/ cat etc.). We’ll read Does A Kangaroo Have a Mother Too? ( Eric Carle ) to connect our lesson to literature. We’ll also use mom/ baby names for a lesson in matching ending sounds. As a group we’ll listen to the ending sounds in cat/kitten etc. and identify and match words with the same ending sounds.

Using Spring vocabulary ( flower, puddle, caterpillar etc.) we’ll have a group activity on syllables. Ask your children how we counted syllables by shaking eggs! (plastic eggs filled with with rice).

At circle time we’ll make charts and graphs as we talk and learn about daytime/nighttime, Am /PM and the activities we have for different times of the day.

We’ll make a life cycle of a frog and continue to discover the new life ( buds, flowers, spring babies) that Spring brings each year! Wake Up It’s Spring ( Lisa Campbell Ernst ) is a delightful spring story I’ll share with the children.

Prek 3 Class ( Susan Adesina )

THEME- Furry and Feathered Friends

This week each child will  be encouraged to  wait their turn

ENGLISH- Letter “Z” and its sound, naming as many “Z” words as we can – eg “ZIP ZOO ZERO ZEBRA ZIG ZAG

MATHS- introduce different ways to tell the time

STORIES-

  • “Noah’s Ark” by God
  • “The very hungry caterpillar” (time -days of week and healthy and unhealthy foods
  • Non-fiction ZEBRA books
  • NURSERY RHYMES/ SONGS – “Hickory Dickory Dock”
  •  “Old Macdonald had a Farm”

CIRCLE TIME ACTIVITIES-

  • “Z”words,  number math -counting to 20 .
  • Days of the week. Months of the year.
  • Seasons – talk about the 4 seasons (time)
  • We will read at least one story each day

HEALTH SKILLS – Sugars in diet and trying new foods/helping make better food choices – creating healthy shopping basket of food and also sorting foods into healthy and unhealthy groups

ART AND CRAFT

  • Use black paper Z and white paint to make a ZEBRA
  • make a collage of furry and feathered animals
  • make ZIG ZAG picture using crayons

Prek 2 Class ( Chrissy Sunberg )

This week we will be learning about the letter X x. We will create a colorful xylophone using paper and glue, which is 2 of the two’s favorite art materials. 

The theme of the week is furry & feathered friends. We will learn about what some animals do after they come out of hibernation. 

We will look at different pictures of birds and discuss similarities and differences. We will create a bird craft using a few different art materials, which will  include paper, paint, feathers and pom poms.

We will learn about the life cycle of a chicken and read many books about our fun furry friends. 

Some books we will read this week are:

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • Waiting for Wings

Spring Flower Gardens

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Prek 4 Class ( Adele Leeds)

Y and Z are this week’s letters. We’ll make yaks and zebras and use yellow yarn ( rulers and yardsticks too) for a lesson on measurement.

To celebrate spring we’ll create spring flower gardens using sticky dots and hole reinforcers( good for fine motor strength) and crayons to add petals,stems and leaves! 

Using thumbprints and handprints we’ll show the growth of a tulip: bulb, roots, stem, bud and bloom!

We’ll read Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? (Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle) and do a counting and sorting math activity. After reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar ( Eric Carle ) we’ll make edible caterpillars with cucumbers and grapes!

Our science lesson will introduce the children to the water cycle with a simple condensation experiment.

 

Prek 3 Class ( Susan Adesina )

THEME – explore the 5 senses through hands on experience 

This week each child will  be encouraged to  put up their hand to ask a question- take turns.

ENGLISH- Letter “V” and its sound, naming as many “V” words as we can – eg” VAN VET VOICE VOLCANO VIOLIN VACUUM VEGETABLES VASE

MATHS- count 10 to 20 forward and backwards. Play number identification games 

STORIES

  • “Tastes good ” by S Hewitt
  • “Smell it” by S Hewitt”
  • The Easter story                     

NURSERY RHYME- “Head and shoulders”                  

CIRCLE TIME ACTIVITIES-    “V”words,  number math. Months of the year. Seasons.

 We will read at least one story each day

HEALTH SKILLS-  Blindfolded – feel/taste/smell/listen to a variety of objects and guess what each one is Play various musical instruments to make different sounds- high/low, loud/soft

ART AND CRAFT PROJECTS:

  • Make a collage of things we are thankful for
  • Make a VASE of paper flowers on a letter V
  • Make a hand print VOLCANO 
  • Cut out several paper hands and stick a different textured material on each hand
  • Use a paper towel tube and dried beans to make a shaker

Prek 2 Class ( Chrissy Sunberg)

 

Spring has Finally Sprung!! This week we will be learning about the letter W.  In honor of Spring our group will make worm crafts with pipe cleaners and sticks. 

We will also make bird feeders so we can welcome all the birds back to NJ. We will have watermelon and do a watermelon craft too. The them for this week is characteristic of water.

We are going to discuss the importance of water. 

As always, we will practice sitting in a circle and listening to our teachers during circle time and not speaking while others are. 

We will also practice keeping our hands to ourselves. 

Some books we will be reading are:

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • Caterpillar Spring Butterfly Summer
  • Splish Splash Spring