education

Welcome to Room Four!

Welcome To Room 4!

We are so excited to begin a new school year. We have so many new face and we love to work with our new students to expose them to different areas of the classroom and new routines. We are glad that many of our students are adjusting to each other and to the rules of the school. We know by the end of the school year they will be "big kids" capable of sitting for lessons, sharing with their friends and writing their name. Stay tuned for an action pack year here in room 4. 

How to Have Fun with Play Dough in School and at Home

When preschoolers play with play dough it stimulates their senses, while offering an opportunity to use their imaginations. Furthermore, the possibilities for conversation and interaction are endless!

The goals of a play dough activity are to:

  1. Encourage free exploration of the materials, which encourages creativity

  2. Expand their ability to pretend and imagine

  3. Help them learn some interesting new words that label their interests and actions

  4. Have fun!

This is the way we made the play dough in the classroom:

  Our students helped us make the play dough and then we put the play dough in a ball in front of our children and had them choose their own color. We watched them mix in the food coloring and talked about the changes that occurred. We observed, asked questions, listen to their observations, and waited to see how they want to use it.  

Our goal was to give your our students an opportunity to see what they want to do FIRST.

Once our students have started to show some direction as to what they want to do with the play dough, we joined in and played, following their lead. Our preschoolers used play dough to create pretend events, so pretended along with them. We turned the play dough into a person, animal, food, vehicle, etc. Pretending by using one thing to represent another is an important part of language and cognitive development.

   Our students enjoyed our playfulness and the fact that we were playing with them, contributing to what they have started to create.

This activity was lots of fun for our students as they:

  • played for a long time (maybe longer than usual)

  • became quite creative both with the play dough and the pretend theme

  • communicated with us frequently

 In case you are looking for a fun activity to do with your child at home, below are the play dough ingredients. This quick and easy recipe is great as kids can help make it as well as play with it.

 

 

Ingredients

  • 2 cup plain flour

  • 1 cup salt

  • 2  tbs oil

  • 1 cup cold water

  • 2 drops liquid food coloring

Method

  • STEP 1Combine plain flour and salt

  • STEP 2Add water, food coloring and oil. Mix until ingredients are combined.

  • STEP 3Knead well.

  • STEP 4If consistency is too wet add a little plain flour.

ENJOY IT!!!

Summer Program

Jefferson Park began its summer program on July 1st. We will be providing quality childcare through the summer months. We are implementing a light summer curriculum and plenty of fun and activities for the children. We are proud to start "Fun Fridays" at our center. Each week we bring in area talent to entertain and educate our children. Additionally, we have "Wet Wednesdays" where the children get wet and enjoy the sun. The program has been doing very well. We are almost at full enrollment and the families and children seem to be enjoying their time at the center.  

Art Show: Preschoolers do Van Gogh

On Thursday April 25th, Jefferson Park hosted its very own art show. The theme was "The city of Elizabeth through the eyes of a preschooler." Each class took on its own task of recreating the city. One of the classes focused on its rich cuisines, while another recreted the commerce of Jersey garden's mall, another classroom displayed facts surrounding the city's first submarine; while another classroom recreated the library and works by Vincent Van Gogh. 

It was quite spectacular to see the tremendous effort put fourth by all of the students. The mayor of Elizabeth stopped by and was thoroughly impressed by the young artist. "Who would have known, 3 year-old's can do Van Gogh!" said one of the Board's trustee members. 

Families and community members were also treated to the musical stylings of Micheal Williams an area instrumentalist who specializes in woodwinds. Williams played an array of different songs that ranged from saxophone to flue stylings.  

The evening was a huge success and showcased the true spirit of Jefferson Park. Finding ways to bring the community together around the children is a great way to build confidence. Have you ever thought of having your own art show at your home or school? Have you found your preschooler was enlightened by the experience? Share your thoughts and comments.   

We Planted A garden

On April 22nd Jefferson Park participated in Earth Day. Each classroom was given the task of creating a garden box from a seek or seedling. Some of the classes grew seedlings on their own for weeks by putting dirt and seeds in little cups and leaving them by the window to sprout. We had a range of plants in the garden when earth day arrived, from daisies, pumpkin, cucumber, sunflowers, corn, spinach, lettuce and various other types of vegetation. The children got the opprotunity to taste the fruits of their labor as the months went by. Ever think about starting your very own garden? It is a great way to introduce children to the growing process while teaching them to eat good that is healthy. Many of our parents reported back saying their children were now fascinated in eating more vegetables. Here is a quick DIY video for how you too can start your own garden.