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:


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


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!


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. 

Room One: Farm Animals

 Farm animals are a great fun topic of study for preschoolers because they all naturally love animals. For our farm unit, here are just a few of the objectives we hoped to achieve while learning about farm animals:

  • The kids will be able to recognize and identify common farm animals

  • The kids will know the mother, father, and baby names for common farm animal families (e.g, hen, rooster, and chick are all part of the chicken family)

  • The kids will know the sounds made by common farm animals

  • The kids will know what kinds of products we get from farm animals

       The books we used for this theme were:” Over on the Farm”; “Busy Noisy Farm”, “The Big Red Barn”, “Hatching Chicks”, “ Dogs”, “Cows”, “Goats”, “Sheep”. We built a barn surrounded by fences, we played with toy farm animals grouping them by categories, and counting them; we compared and touched furs, and feathers, we talked about animals that live in a farm, and animals that do not live in a barn. Each child selected his/her favorite animal, and made it during art activities using paper plates. We also talked about what animals eat, and we talked about pets. The best surprise for our students was having a real turtle for the whole week into our classroom. 

       But, the best thing for our students was the fact that we had a Petting Farm Animal Day and that our students were able to see and pet: goats, ducks, rabbits, a donkey, a rooster, and a lamb. Our students were super exited to see real animals. This was according to them one of the best day ever. 

Room Five: “Celebrating Fire Prevention Week”

By: Arelys B. Menendez

At the beginning of this month we celebrated Fire Prevention Week. To introduce this theme we read several books. One of the books that we read was,”Clifford the Firehouse Dog” by Norman Birdwell. Through this book they learned the concept of Stop, Drop, and Roll. After we read the book we did our own practice of the “Stop, Drop, and Roll” process. Also, we discussed why we should never play with lighters, matches, or others materials that provoke a fire. We did a few more activities such as: Math: We used a dice to identify numbers and count the missing rungs and glue on the ladder. Art: We used base shapes, so the children were able to make their own fire truck. Science: We mixed yellow and red paint with a fork to pretend to make the flame of a fire. They really enjoyed this theme.

Room Three: Welcome back to school


The first two months of preschool has been enjoyable. we look forward to getting to know each child and fostering in him or her a love for learning. We are thrilled with all of our new friends and all of our engaging learning toys. Our room is a continual work in progress and with that being said we hope to make a few more additions to our classroom shortly. We have now added our pet turtle to our room and the children voted to name him Donatello. Please make sure that you stop by and say hello.  

Thanks to everyone who was able to attend back to school night and special thanks to everyone who has shown a great willingness to be involved in order to give our preschool and children a very special place to grow and learn. 

Pumpkins & Project Approach in Room 2


As we enter a season the children have to opportunity to explore it through one or all of their senses. Fall gifted us with pumpkins, in which the children had the opportunity to use three of their senses. During the process questions were asked, like where do pumpkins grow, while also implementing fun facts, for example a pumpkin is a fruit. As the lesson progress the children touched, saw and smelled the inside of the pumpkin after it was cut. They also had the opportunity to take the seeds out of the pumpkin and see them in a better view. 

Room Four: We just love fall

Fall is such an exciting time of year. The weather becomes cooler and the environment changes drastically keeping us in awe of its beauty. For preschoolers exploring Fall is an endless world of new discoveries. Room 4 went on an exploratory journey over the past few weeks. We went on a nature walk, collected different colored leaves and acorns. They also became little scientists, investigating the ends and outs of pumpkins, gourds and squash. The children loved getting messy, with the seeds and pumpkin meat. There was also a lesson on why leaves change colors. We learned about the awesome changes that occur before the leaves fall to the ground.  On top of that, the class made leaf creations with their hands using primary and secondary colors. Finally after our last nature walk we had the students glue the leaves on the paper adding features, such as arms and legs, head, or tail. They looked fantastic. The children even gave the leaf characters names. We just love Fall.

Learning about ladybugs in room two

 As the ladybugs successfully transitioned into each stage, the students witnessed the phenomena; these stages included larva, pupa and then to adulthood. The children also viewed as water was placed in the designated location, and when they were fed the raisin, as adults. When they were released, the children observed how some of the ladybugs flew out of the incubator, while others were placed on a flower. Although goodbyes are never the easiest to say, it was time for the fully grown ladybugs to leave the nest and begin forward on their voyage.

Room Three: Discovering Science

This month the entire Jefferson Park Preschool family had a exciting and educational trip to Liberty Science Center located in Jersey City, New Jersey.  The children explored many hands on activities and learned how expression through the arts creates innovation. They children were thrilled to see examples of color theory, displays and interactive games and they experienced many new sights, sounds and sensations. A class favorite was the animal exploratory section where the students were captivated not only with the massive snapping turtle but with the variety of aquatic wildlife in our very own Hudson River waterways. All and all the students had a blast and after all the fun and learning we had a very sleepy bus full of knowledgeable preschoolers!

Room Three: Give a mouse a cookie


It is an exciting time of year and all the children are used to their routines and expectations by this point in the school year. We are exploring higher level activities and projects and the children are quite excited about their upcoming art show. Our theme will be based around the book If You Give A Mouse A Cookie and the children are s excited to be sharing all their beautiful work with friends and family. They are also working dilengently on the planting skills as well as their science identification of plant and tree parts and the needs of all living things.Warm weather is arriving and the children are once again enjoying the playground!  Most of room 3 finds that it is their favorite part of the day because of the wonderful transition to more comfortable weather and the lack of necessary heavy clothing and coats.  We cannot wait for the families to come and be apart of this wonderful time of the year and hope to see everyone at our wonderful art show.  We are also remind families that all of the children should come to school with an thermos that is filled with ice water and we will refill as necessary to keep the children hydrated throughout the day.  Thanks! Ms. Jenny and Ms. Geydy



 Singing and music play an important role in our culture. In preschool, music plays at important role in each activity. At Jefferson Park Preschool, we are truly fortunate to have music with our music teacher, Mrs. Betsy every Friday. Our students love exploring different beats, and instruments with Mrs. Betsy. We call our time with Mrs. Betsy, “the fun Friday”.


A 2016 study at the University of Southern California’s Brain and Creativity Institutefound that musical experiences in childhood can actually accelerate brain development, particularly in the areas of language acquisition and reading skills. According to the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation(NAMM Foundation), learning to play an instrument can improve mathematical learning and even increase SAT scores.


But academic achievement isn’t the only benefit of music education and exposure. Music ignites all areas of child development and skills for school readiness: intellectual, social and emotional, motor, language, and overall literacy. It helps the body and the mind work together. Exposing children to music during early development helps them learn the sounds and meanings of words. Dancing to music helps children build motor skills while allowing them to practice self-expression. For children and adults, music helps strengthen memory skills.

 In addition to the developmental benefits of music, for preschoolers, it provides them with so much joy. Many preschoolers make up songs and, with no self-consciousness, sing to themselves as they play. Preschoolers enjoy singing just to be singing. They aren’t self-conscious about their ability and most are eager to let their voices roar. They like songs that repeat words and melodies, use rhythms with a definite beat, and ask them to do things. Preschool children enjoy nursery rhymes and songs about familiar things like toys, animals, play activities, and people. They also like finger plays and nonsense rhymes with or without musical accompaniment.

Planting the seeds of ladybugs room 2

The children will have the opportunity to view the life span of a ladybug. The soon to be ladybugs were transported from a tube to their current habitat. During this time the ladybugs will grow through the larva stage, the pupa stage then the adult stage, in which they will be released into the wild. So far, the children are enjoying their company and learning about the ladybug. 

Room Four: We’re Aware of Print

As Room 4 prepared for Spring and Spring Time themes. We read Eric Carle’s, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  This story was a terrific literacy booster. At this time during the school year our class is becoming more aware of all the print in the environment around them; the walls in the classrooms, the signs outdoors and the pages of our picture books. During this story some of the students started to read along with Ms. Mercedes and myself; telling parts from memory while turning the pages. Hearing a word while they also see it in print helps children draw one more link between what they hear and the symbols they see. As a variation, we had students put the events of the story in order while I read the book. The class loved acting out the story and putting it in sequential order.