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

Spanish:
– 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

Projects/Activities:

– 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).

Fall Harvest Party

Prek 4 ( Jennifer Ward )

This week we will be discussing feelings. We will be talking about why we have feelings and why at certain times we feel a certain way. Also a reminder, we have our Fall Harvest party on Tuesday. I am looking forward to celebrating with everyone! 🙂

Theme Of The Week:

– I Am Feeling…

Letter Of The Week:
– We will be introducing the letter “Ff” while still reviewing the letters A-E.

Books We will Be Reading:
– “When Sophie’s Feelings Are Really, Really Hurt.”
– “Feelings.”
– “When Miles Got Mad.”
– “My Many Colored Days.”
– “Grumpy Bird.”

Songs We Will Be Singing:
– If You’re Happy And You Know It
– Cry, Cry When You’re Sad
– Feelings
– Sometimes I Feel Happy

– I Look In The Mirror

Projects And Activities:
– Letter “Ff” Tracing Worksheet
– Letter “Ff” Alphabet Page
– Making “emotions” sticks
– Making an emotion plate
– Drawing a “feelings” face

Prek 3 ( Jennifer Polesuk )

Theme of the week: Celebrating Fall

Tuesday is our Fall party!!!!!!

Letter of the week: E

Books we will be reading:

– Ten Timid Ghosts by Jennifer O’Connell

– Halloween Hide and Seek by Chris Embleton-Hall

– Froggy’s Halloween by Jonathan London

– Who Said Boo? by Phyllis Root

– The Eye Book by Dr. Seuss

– The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

– Elmer by David McKee

Projects/Activities:

– fine motor spider web craft

– Halloween patterns

– letter e workbook page

– letter E page of our alphabet book

– sponge painted Elmer the Elephant

– rainbow trace letter E

Math: Egg carton math

-placing objects inside an egg carton to represent the numbers 1-10

Prek 2 ( Nellie Westpy )

We have been making great strides in our class and all of our students have adjusted to the routine of school and are doing well. The kids are looking forward to our fall harvest party this Tuesday from 1030 to 1130! Please keep in mind that if your child attends school that day they need to come in their costume. The remainder of our weeks plans are listed below:

Letter of the week: H

Some books we will be reading:
Happy hippo by Bill Martin
Hats hats hats by morris Hamon
Hello house by L Hayward

Some projects we will be doing:
Our handprints with paint!
Creating our own hats!
Heart project

Math :rote counting one through ten  with hearts (please note most of our students are ableist rote count  one through five if your child is still struggling with this please continue to practice at home)

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

Creating Fall Decorations 

Our Fall party is on Wednesday November 1. We’ll show each other our costumes ( no scary costumes, please ), play games, make snacks and create fall decorations.

With black, Orange and purple spiders and a large web we’ll practice sorting and counting(  #s 1- 15 ).

We’ll practice forming the numbers four and five and letters A-E.

This week’s’ letter is F.Look for our foxes and flags and lifecycle of frogs booklets ( science and sequencing ).

Weather permitting we’ll walk outside and explore using our eyes and ears!

We’ll learn and illustrate this November poem

Leaves are falling
Winter’s calling
We are thankful for our friends
Nove–M–Ber
It’s November once again!

Tastes Good

The Pumpkin Book

This week’s letter is E. We’ll exercise, indoors and outdoors!
Look for our Earths, Elmos and eggs.
We’ll read Tastes Good (Sally Hewitt) and learn about our taste buds, tongue and salty, sour, bitter and sweet tastes. We’ll take  tiny tastes of sugar and lemon!

We’ll be working in our workbooks, practicing letter E and numbers 3 and 4 formation.

With candy corn and muffin tins, we’ll work on counting and one-to-one correspondence ( #s 1-12 ).

We’ll read Room on the Broom (Axel Scheffler), The Twelve Days of Halloween (Jenna Lettice) and Halloween Day ( Anne Rockwell).

The Pumpkin Book

The Pumpkin Book

Prek 4 ( Jennifer Ward )
This week we will be discussing leaves, trees and pumpkins. How the leaves and trees change during the fall and how it takes months for pumpkins to grow.

Theme Of The Week:
– Leaves, trees and pumpkins

Letter Of The Week:
-We will be reviewing again this week the letters A-E.

Books We Will Be Reading:
– “Autumn Leaves.”
– “The Pumpkin Book.”
– “Autumn.”
– “Pumpkin Day, Pumpkin Night.”
– “Fall Leaves Fall.”

Songs We Will Be Singing:
– The Leaves On The Trees
– 1,2 Leaves Fall Down
– Five Little Leaves
– Leaves Are Falling
– All The Leaves Are Falling Down

Projects And Activities:
– Leaf Paintings
– Letters A-E worksheet
– Pumpkins
– Leaf Collage
– Handprint Leaf Trees

Prek 3 ( Jennifer Polesuk) 

Wednesday is our trip to Shop Rite! Looking forward to a fun morning!

Theme of the week: Fun With Fall/ Counting Up and Back

Letter of the week: D

Books we will be reading:

– One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Roo

– 5 Little Pumpkins by Dan Yaccarino

– The Littlest Pumpkin by R.A. Herman

– Mouse’s First Fall by Lauren Thompson

Projects/Actvities

– 5 Little Ducks song and counting activity

– dot paint patterns

– 5 Little Pumpkins song and craft

– coloring the correct number of leaves worksheet

– acorn painted pumpkins

– dice game

Prek 2 (Nellie Westpy) 

Letter of the week: G

Some projects we will be doing:
Marshmallow ghosts
Green G with gum drops
Gumball project with pom-poms

Some books we will be reading:
The golden goose by Jacob Grimm
Grouchy ladybug by Eric Carlisle
A week at grandmas by Stan Bernstein

This week we will be doing a guessing jar with a review of items A-G

Math skill : we will be reviewing Number one through five with a variety of counting lessons as well as identification flashcards.

All The Leaves Are Falling Down


Prek 4 ( Jennifer Ward ) 

This week we will be discussing the season of Autumn and the changes we will be seeing with the new season.

Theme Of The Week:
– Fall Is All Around Us

Letter Of The week:
-We will be reviewing this week letters A-E.

Books We Will Be reading:
-“Every Autumn Comes The Bear.”
-“When Autumn Comes.”
-“Fall.”
-“The Season Of Fall.”
-“Autumn Leaves.”

Songs We Will Be singing:
– All The Leaves Are Falling Down
– Leaves Are Falling
– Autumn Winds
– The Sky Is Falling
– Five Little Leaves

Projects And Activities:
– Letters A-E review worksheet
– Scarecrows
– Candy Corn

– Coloring A Squirrel

– Making A Fall Tree

Prek 3 ( Jennifer Polesuk )

We will have our first Music class this Thursday! This is always a lot of fun for the children.

Theme of the week: Fall Is All Around

Letters of the week: C and D

Books we will be reading:

– There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves by Lucille Colandro

– Little Cloud by Eric Carle

– How Do Dinosaurs Stay Friends by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

– Dazzling Diggers by Tony Mitton and Ant Parker

– We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger

Projects/Activities:

– cork painted Fall tree

– coloring leaves to review small, medium, and large

– cloud paintings

– Letter D workbook page

– Letter D page of our alphabet book

– cotton ball and clothes pin painted candy corn

Math: We will do more review of the numbers 1-10

– candy corn counting

– color by number Fall leaves

Prek 2 ( Nellie Westpy ) 

We had such a fantastic week last week with the fire trucks at our school! Please keep in mind that this week is an abbreviated week and we have half-day dismissal’s on Thursday and Friday at 11:45 AM with no lunch Bunch available so please plan accordingly. Here are some of the things your children will be doing this week at school below:

Some projects we will be doing:
Fingerpainting
Foil art
Creating our own funny faces

Objects we will be working on for our phonics sounds:
Fan/fish/football/frog/far

Some books we will be reading:
Frogs by Gail Gibbons
Frog and toad together by Arnold Lobel
Friends by helm Hein
A flower out of the book by Jerry Pallotta

D for Dinosaurs

The Randolph Fire Department is coming to Little Promises on Monday, October 16. We’ll learn about fire prevention and the firemens’ gear and their jobs. We’ll have an up close look at the fire truck and all its equipment.We’ll read Firehouse! ( Mark Teague) and Fire Fighters ( Norma Simon).

This weeks’ letter is D. We’ll practice beginning sounds and letter formation and will name lots of D words. We’ll make dinosaurs and dandelions! We’ll play dominos and use colorful dots (stamping ) for math activities.

We continue to practice good manners and taking turns, learning each others’ name and recognizing names on name cards and sharing toys, puzzles, blocks and books at free playtime.

We’ll review the sense of touch and have a lesson on the sense of smell using our noses to identify different scents ( lemon, orange, ginger, cinnamon, coffee, vanilla and pine)! We’ll read five senses by Aliki.

Animals In The Fall

Prek 4 ( Jennifer Ward ) 

This week we are going to be talking about fire safety and also animals in the fall. The children have been great at remembering to put their folders in the basket in the morning. We are still scheduling conferences, if you would like to schedule a meeting with me just let me know. 🙂

Theme Of The Week:
-Animals in the fall/ Fire Safety

Letter Of The Week:
-We will be introducing the letter “Ee” while still reviewing the letters “Aa”, “Bb”, “Cc” and “Dd”.

Books We Will Be Reading:
– “Animals In The Fall.”
– “Fall Animals.”
– “Stop, Drop and Roll.”
– “Fire Trucks.”
– “I Want To Be A Firefighter.”

Songs We Will Be Singing:
– Wide Eyed Owl
– 5 Little Squirrels
– Foxy Fox
– Fire Safety Song
– Hurry, Hurry Drive The Fire Truck

Projects And Activities:
– Letter “Ee” tracing worksheet.
– Letter “Ee” alphabet page.
– Making a fire dalmation dog
– Making a fire safety list to hang up in the classroom about all the things to do incase of a fire.
– Making a deer
– Making a squirrel

I will be bringing in a fire helmet for the class to try on. I will send pictures to all of the parents also on brightwheel. 🙂

Prek 3 ( Jennifer Polesuko )

The fire trucks are coming to school this week! They will be here on Wednesday and Thursday morning. It will be an exciting experience for the children!

Theme of the week: Fire Safety

Letter of the Week: C

Books we will be reading:

– A Color Of His Own by Leo Lionni

– Fireman Small by Wong Herbert Yee

– Flashing Fire Engines by Tony Mitton and Ant Parker

– Cat’s Colors by Jane Cabrera

Projects/Activites:

– painting with cars

– fire truck tracing

– firefighter painting project

Math: We will be working on recognizing and ordering the numbers 1-10

– caterpillar dot to dot

– caterpillar color by number
Prek 2 ( Nellie Westpy )

We are proud to be honoring and celebrating fire prevention and our local firefighters this coming week. We have the fire department coming to our school this Wednesday and Thursday to teach the children fire safety as well as give the children a tour of the fire trucks! In addition we will be working on whats listed below:

Letter :E

Our objects for our E sound this week: Eskimo,eggs,elf,eggplant,eagle and envelope

Some projects we will be working on:
letter E with egg shells
elephants made with E
egg people

Science skill: Understanding the parts of an egg (having the children crack them with me and introducing the life cycle of a chicken)

Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins

We’ve taken advantage of the beautiful weather and taken walks. We walk with partners, stay in line and talk about the trees, flowers, birds, squirrels and flowers! We count the cars, trucks and buses that drive by and have fun naming the colors we see!

We’ll review letters A, B and C and numbers 1-12.
Over the next 2-3 weeks we’ll be learning about the five senses. This week we’ll use touching to identify different textures and surfaces (cotton, stone, sandpaper, tree bark, pumpkins and gourds).

We’ll play What’s missing?? using colorful pumpkins and ghourds of different shapes and sizes!

Look for our thumbprint pumpkin vines ( math ).
We’ll use sequencing cards ( 4 ) to order and tell a short story. This activity we’ll repeat and review ( with more challenge ) through the year.

We’ll read Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins ( Dianne Ochiltree ), Pumpkin Pumpkin ( Jeanne Titherington ) and From Seed to Pumpkin ( Wendy Pferrer ).
Look for our pumpkin booklets!