Room One: Preschool Mindefullness

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 Every day we are bombarded by media, and technology. Today’s lives are very busy for all of us. Unfortunately, as parents, we find ourselves multitasking, as we try to get so many things done. Our little ones see our behaviors and copy us. We see children playing and mirroring their parents’ behavior. For example, I see girls trying to cook or shop while being on the phone. 

With mindfulness in mind, in order to help our students acquire essential skills , our school decided to include activities that help students focus on the present by relying on their senses. 

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Therefore, in our class we tried to do two activities. 

One was meant to use breathing as a way of calming our mind before starting any activity or calming when we had too much energy. We decided to focus on breathing, paying attention at the way our bodies inhale, exhale, how our abdomen moves during breathing process and calm our minds.  We noticed how our children payed attention better by incorporating this breathing technique. 

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We also taught our students how to calm down when they were angry or upset using the breathing technique. The poster we use in our calming down technique had 3 steps:

1.    Put your hands on your tummy and say: “Stop”

2.    Name your feeling 

3.    Take belly breaths 

A Guessing Game was the second activity we incorporated. With our eyes closed, the students tried to guess what musical instrument was used by the teacher to make sounds. The instruments used were: a big bell, little bells, symbols, clapper, a tambourine, shakers, and maraca. We had fun while using our hearing sense . 

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Room Four: Ice Painting

It’s been pretty cold here for the last couple of months. We took the frigid weather and turned it into an opportunity for a learning experience.

What happens to water when it becomes very cold? It freezes!

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 That’s right we took this simple experiment to the next level using ice trays, food coloring and popsicle sticks.

First, add different colors of paint or food coloring to an ice cube tray. Pour water and fill the tray to the top. When the paint has started to freeze, we added the popsicle stick.  Once we placed the tray back in the freezer we asked the children what they thought would happen to the ice overnight?

They had so much fun painting with these unusual art tools.

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Room Five: Land of the dinosaurs

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Dinosaurs are a popular theme for kids across the world. In this month our classroom read and learned about dinosaurs that exited in the three different time periods, the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods. To contribute the lesson of this theme we have:

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Science: They learned about their habits. They learned the difference between carnivores and herbivores (which had strong, sharp or flat teeth). They mocked being Paleontologists and imitated discovering dinosaur fossils and eggs at the Sand Table. They erupted a volcano. We had to figure out how to put the bones together to make a dinosaur skeleton using different kinds of pasta.

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Art: -They made paper mache dinosaurs and painted them, in addition to a paper mache volcano.  They traced dinosaur stencils and colored them.

Math: - Sorted the dinosaurs into two groups whether they walk on 2 or 4 legs. They played dinosaur table and floor puzzles.

Technology: We sang dinosaur songs and watched a dinosaur movie.

Room Three: Love & Developing Social Skills

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In the spirit of Valentine's Day we celebrated love and friendship. The students participated in several group activities while learning about how to be a good friend and follow polite expectations. Room 3 was encouraged to get outside and take breaks from the classroom setting and work on their social skills. Students were able to have dialogue with their friends and engage in some great wintertime fun outside. Thanks to our energetic and spirited friends, we were able to see a great deal of fun take place.  

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We focused this February on being polite. Students focused on keeping their emotions in check so that they can respond in a polite manner while being effective and appropriate. Staff has been handing out stickers and encouragement to all the students who have shown great attitudes and actions around their friends for the month of February.  In addition we will be ongoing with our yearlong theme of kindness and the different ways that students can show kindness to their peers.  Please be on the lookout for our hearts that the children worked very hard on since they will be going home soon and make sure you stop by our classroom to check out the pictures of your children being great friends to each other.

Room Two: Marine Life In Preschool

Besides it being the month of love and giving the past two weeks in room two have also been about the oceanic world. During this time the children have learned about some marine life, like the jellyfish, whose numbered tentacles had to be matched with circles, starfish, sharks, dolphins and angelfish. The children reviewed sink or float by placing certain fishes in a jar that resembled the ocean. In addition, the children will also be creating and learning about the different zones of the oceans and what kind of animals reside in each. During this time the children have been read literature that includes Rainbow FishCommotion In The Ocean, as well as Pout Pout Fish. 

Room One: Teaching Kindness in Preschool

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It is of great importance that we teach kindness to our children as early as preschool. Our students mirror very well the way the adults around them talk or talk. Therefore we hope to try our best to be great role models for them so that they copy our manners and pleasant way of talking and acting.

To teach kindness, we initiated the following activities:

Wishing kind thoughts to the ones we love

Around holidays, when we were singing the songs” We Wish You a Merry Christmas/ And a Happy New Year,” we talked about sending someone kind thoughts on certain occasions: like holidays, or birthdays. E.g., we wish Mia on her birthday to be happy and healthy.

When someone was sick, we talked about sending kind thoughts:” May Margelie feel better so that she comes back soon to school.”

Read books with stories of kindness

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We read the story “The Rainbow Fish,” and we discussed the importance of sharing with our friends. We read the book “Oops! Excuse Me Please!” and talked about kind manners.

Bring a smile to the classroom

When we talked about our rules, we discussed how we feel every day, and we talked about how our smile can be contagious to others, and how our happy face can generate a state of well being for the ones around us.

During small group time activities, we practiced manners, talking kindly to others, making compliments to our friends, practicing fairways of playing with our friends (e.g., playing together and sharing our toys; trading our toys and waiting for our turn).

Imaginative games

I offered various scenarios, and I asked the children to be kind in their response. For example, my puppet Jane is upset, because she was not included in any of the games children were playing. I asked our students to invite her to join them in their games kindly.

Music

Each time we talked about manners, gratitude, we were singing specific songs like: ”Please and Thank You”; “Gracias,” “Don’t Forget to Be Thankful, Don’t Forget to be Nice.”

Being Helpful

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We praise our students each time they are helpful. Helping us clean up or doing different jobs is another way of being kind.

We hope that these themes are helping our students be kind, and nice to each other every day.

Room One: February "The Rainbow Fish"

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It is of a great importance that we teach kindness to our children as early as preschool. Our students mirror very well the way the adults around them talk or talk. Therefore our hope is to try our best to be great role models for them so that they copy our manners, and pleasant way of talking and acting.  

In order to teach kindness in our classroom, there are a few activities we initiated. Here are a few examples: 

·      Wishing kind thoughts to the ones we love

Around holidays, when we were singing the songs” We wish You a Merry Christmas/ And a Happy New Year”, we talked about sending someone kind thoughts on certain occasions: like holidays, or birthdays. E.g. we wish Mia on her birthday to be happy and healthy.

When someone was sick, we talked about sending kind thoughts:” May Margelie feel better so that she comes back soon  to school”. 

·      Read books with stories of kindness 

We read the story “The Rainbow Fish” and we discussed the importance of sharing with our friends. We read the book “Oops! Excuse Me Please!” and talked about kind manners. 

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·      Bring a smile to the classroom 

When we talked about our rules, we discussed largely about how we feel every day, and we talked about how our smile can be contagious to others, and how our happy face can generate a state of well being for the ones around us. 

·      During small group time activities we practiced manners, talking kindly to others, making compliments to our friends, practicing fair ways of playing with our friends (e.g. playing together and sharing our toys; trading our toys; and waiting for our turn). 

·      Imaginative gamesin which I offered various scenarios, and I asked the children to be king in their response. For example, my puppet Jane is really upset, as she was not included in any of the games children were playing. I asked our students to kindly ask her to join them in their games. 

·      Music 

Each time we talked about manners, gratitude, we were singing specific songs like: ”Please and Thank You”; “Gracias”, “Don’t Forget to Be Thankful, Don’t Forget to be Nice”. 

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·      Being Helpful 

We praise our students each time they are helpful. Helping us clean up or doing different jobs is another way of being kind. 

Our hope is that these themes are helping our students be kind, and nice to each other every day.

Room Five: Winter & The Project Approach

During this month we learned about winter. We read and discussed several books related to this theme. The Snowy Day by: Ezra Jack Keats was the book that the children enjoyed the most. They have been delighted to read about Peter’s adventures. In extension of the book we created different activities.

 Math: We made our own foot prints like Peter and measured them with the snap cubes. After, we compared who had the biggest and smallest footprint in the class. In addition, we made a class book, recording everyone’s footprints.

Science: We performed a snow melting experiment. In the book Peter learned snow melted, when his snow ball melted inside his coat pocket. We used ice cubes and tried different materials such as: cold water, juice, hot water, sand, and aluminum foil. First, we made predictions of what they thought was going to happen when we put the ice cube in each separate material? After making these predictions, we did our own experiments.

 Art: We created our own scenes with Peter using different art materials.

Language: We played a smiling snowman game, which identified beginning sounds. They really enjoyed it.

Room Four: Sensory With Shaving Cream

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The children loved this sensory experience of sinking their fingers in soft shaving cream. It’s a great science activity. The activity can also be used to create works of art.

 We even had them write their first initial and some numbers on the table.

 Simply spray the shaving cream onto the plate or onto the table top and watch the children explore and begin to have a ball. 

 Next we added drops of food coloring to the shaving cream. We even counted the drops and talked lots about the colors we were using.  You could even use the book Mouse Paint  by Ellen Stohl Walsh to discuss mixing colors.

 What you need:

  • Shaving cream from a can

  • Plate or tray

  • Food coloring

  • Spoon

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Room Three: Winter Update

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Everyone in room 3 hopes that all of our families enjoyed the holidays. We are happy to be back in school and look forward to all the exciting lessons that are coming up during the second half of the school year.  We have been focusing on numbers 1-20 and letters H, I, and J  this past month and the children have learned how to play Pictionary.  We have focused on connecting our pictures to our beginning letter and sound. They have come so far academically this few months and we should all be so proud! Also, we have been learning all about winter and how different animals stay safe and warm versus the ways that we stay safe and warm.  In the coming month, we will be learning about nutrition and how to keep our bodies strong besides the ways that we stay healthy and warm. 

Please keep in mind that we will be going outside so that the children get some time to exercise whenever it is above 35 degrees.  The children should come to school with a winter coat, hat and mittens to ensure that when we go outside that they are comfortable and warm.  We appreciate your help in this matter.  

Room Two: Play-dough & Science

For a Friday science lesson the children made play dough from scratch. During this time the children had the opportunity to not only touch and taste the salt, but also had the opportunity to touch and smell the baking flower. In addition, a measuring cup was also introduced, in which all of the children had the chance to use, as well. When all of the children placed all the necessary ingredients in the mixing bowl each took a turn to stir it until the mixture was completed. Afterwards, each student received a piece of the play dough and made their own creations, like a snowman or Spider-man. 

Ms. Arelys's school mission statement

This month we asked our teachers to create their own mission statement for their classroom. Here is what Ms. Arelys created:

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Jefferson Park Preschool is a place where teachers, staff and families are collectively and efficiently involved in the education and development of preschool children. Jefferson Park is exceptional, progressive and peaceful. We understand the impact that we have on children and families; we strive to create a community that is safe, cordial and educated.

Ms. Towanda's school mission statement

This month we asked our teachers to create their own mission statement for their classroom. Here is what Ms. Towanda created:

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Jefferson Park Preschool is a place where children families and teachers are collectively and actively involved in the education and development of preschool children.

Jefferson Park is inviting, nurturing and a loving place for both students and families.

We understand the impact that we have on children and families, we strive to create a community that is educational, kind and understanding.

Ms. Angela's mission statement

This month we asked our teacher’s to create their own mission statement for their classroom. Here is what Ms. Angela created:

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 Jefferson Park Preschool is a place where teachers, students, and families are collectively and unanimously

involved in the in the education and development of preschool children.

 Jefferson Park is welcoming, nurturing, and fun.

 We understand the impact that we have on our children and families, we strive to create a community that is caring, loving, and kind.

Ms. Jenny's mission statement

This month we asked our teachers to create their own mission statement for their classroom. Here is what Ms. Jenny created:

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This has been such an exciting time at Jefferson park Preschool. The students have had the amazing opportunity to learn about other cultures, holidays and food while sharing their knowledge with friends and exploring new games and experiences.  The children have had a wonderful time listening to all types of culturally diverse music and food. We have also indulged quite a bit with plenty of cups of hot cocoa and marshmallows. We also had a wonderful time at our celebration at the North Pole  located at Jefferson Park Preschool for the evening. Our students were able to decorate cookies, work on ornaments and meet with Santa. We finished off the month with a great pizza party and the children are thrilled to have had such a great time.  We want to thank all the families that have participated in supporting us and making it possible to do so much with your children.  Thanks again and let's start our new year with great memories and energy for continued success of the children and families.

Ms. Jesi's mission statement

This month we asked our teacher’s to create their own mission statement for their classroom. Here is what Ms. Jesi created:

Jefferson Park Preschool is a place where teachers, children, and families are collectively and happily involved in the education and development of preschool children. 

Jefferson Park is fun, safe and exciting!

We understand the impact that we have on children and families, we strive to create a community that is safe,  exciting and welcoming. 

Room Five: “Celebrating Diversity”

  By: Arelys Menendez                 

  In this month we learned about diversity in our classroom. It is not necessary to travel to another state or country to find different cultures. Diversity is all around us. The teachers and students in our classroom come from different cultural backgrounds, such as: Cuba, Guyana, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Philippines, Ecuador, El Salvador, Puerto Rico and the United States. To introduce the theme we read the book “WE ARE ALL ALIKE……WE ARE ALL DIFFERENT.” Through this book we taught the children that even though they come from different cultures, they are different sizes, have different textures of hair, are different skin colors, and they like different kinds of food, we are still the same because we are all PEOPLE. We read different multicultural books, we discussed the different kinds of cultures, which parents and children dressed up a doll with their native or typical outfits. To complete our monthly lesson we had a buffet with our typical dishes, and the children were able to dress in their native outfits.

Room One: Teaching Patterns in Preschool 

Patterning is a basic math skill upon which many mathematical concepts are based. Basic math skills, such as patterns, help establish a strong foundation for learning more advanced math concepts later.

Developmental Sequence of Pattern Skills

Here’s the developmental sequence for teaching patterning skills to our young children in Preschool or Pre-K.

•  Stage 1:Child can recognize a pattern

•  Stage 2:Child can describe a pattern

•  Stage 3:Child can copy a pattern

•  Stage 4:Child can extend a pattern

•  Stage 5:Child can create a pattern

Basic patterns include two items, or AB. More complex patterns include ABC, ABC; AABB,AABB; AAB,AAB; ABB, ABB

It can take months or even an entire school year for preschoolers to achieve mastery of patterning. For this reason we provide our students with plenty of patterning practice all year long. Our objective is that our students recognize, describe, copy, extend, and create patterns at the end of the school year. 

These are the different ways we use to make patterns:

•  Sound/Rhythm

•  Movement

•  Concrete objects

•  Color

•  Shape

•  Size

Room Three: Celebrating culture and gratitude

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November has ended and allof our friends have had a wonderful celebratory month learning about Thanksgiving and about Multiculturalism. We want to thank all the amazing familis that took time out of their day to not just celebrate with us but to bring such thoughful delicious foods for our celebration. Thank you so much to everyone that made our party such a great sucess. We would like to remind everyone that winter is here. Please remember we go outside daily. Don't forget to send hats, mittens, and warm winter coats. Thanks to everyone for helping our children and we hope to see everyone again at our next event. 

Room two gives thanks!

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Although we should always give thanks, the month of November intensifies the feeling of being grateful. During this time the children were asked what they were most appreciative for. Their responses were written down on a brown paper bag and after assembling the project, which was a drumstick, they were displayed on the bulletin board in the hallway. In addition, the children also celebrated the day of giving thanks by dressing in their native attire and eating delicious dishes from different countries.