Shapes and numbers and colors oh my!

December is here, and oh how time flies! We are almost done with our 1st semester and we have worked on our fine/gross motor skills running, jumping, walking a balance beam, cutting with scissors, and coloring all sorts of art projects. The students love to build, and are so creative. Today we had two kiddos build a road with rectangle blocks that was probably 20 feet long. Last week a kiddo used the playground equiptment as a ship, and we all had to get on board so we wouldn’t sink or get lost at sea. Yes, their imaginations are wonderful. We have focused on colors, counted lemons and toes, painted our fingers and made masterpieces of course. We’ve learned about National/Jewish holidays along the way, and played dress up to act out the roles of history. Don’t hesitate to test their memories, they will impress you for sure. They still talk about Jonah and the whale, and honoring Tashlik. In Science we got to experiment with rocks and water, and stomped our feet to the beat in Music class. DuBow Preschool is having a rocking, great year!

The Thanksgiving program was a success, and our “Leaves” sang beautifully. Our “Latkes” will be performing soon, so be sure to write December 13th at 6pm on your calendars to hear our Kofimers sing again.

Monday the Scholastic Book Fair was kicked off, and we are in need of some books for our class to ensure we dig deep into our Foundations curriculum. I ask that if you buy a book for Kofim please focus on the following subjects: Nursery Rhymes, Nature, Feelings, Colors and Shapes, Animals, I Love You, Things that Go, People, Body Parts, Manners, the Seasons, and National Holidays. If you are able to shop online or at school we would greatly appreciate your help.

Now here are some super cute pics of your super cute kiddos… I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and great start to December! Shabbat Shalom!

— Lindsey and Amy

Kofim is deep in to Fall, fun, fine motor skills, and colors.

Hello to Kofim family and friends! These past couple weeks we have been busy turning 3- three of our friends had birthdays! We have been having fun learning about friction, pulleys, dancing with scarves and shaky eggs, and stomping our feet like dinosaurs. We’ve used out fine motors skills to lace acorns, peel oranges, hold our utensils at lunch time, and to play dress up with the dolls in class. We used out thumbs to make apple orchards, and pumpkin patches. And love, love, love racing outside in this cool weather. We have discussed colors in everything we do- rolling apples to cones, the food at snack time and lunch, the clothes they wear, the books we read… you name it we’ve done it. I appreciate everyone who was able to come to our Parent/Teacher Conferences. Having 1 on 1 time with you all to discuss your children, getting to know you a bit better, and making individual plans about how to make each one of your children the best they can be was great. To know we are in this together makes every day easier, and sets your children up for success. Please make sure to keep me in the loop on how the “homework” you are working on with your children is going, and if you ever want to touch base on their progress I am here to chat. Today we had an All Preschool Wide Shabbat, and our kiddos were able to sing and celebrate with the big guys. It’s always fun to get together, and have the whole school sing in unison. Shabbat Shalom to everyone, and we will be sure to see you all singing loudly at the Thanksgiving Show in a couple of weeks.

Sincerely,
Lindsey and Amy

Here are some important dates you should put on your calendar:
Friday, November 17th Shalom Baby Thanksgiving Make-and-Take
Friday, November 17th Deadline to bring your ingredients we need for our Thanksgiving Day Feast. *A seperate email will be sent out letting everyone know who needs to bring what. And thanks ahead of time!
Tuesday, November 21st Preschool Thanksgiving Program 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, December 13th Preschool Hanukkah Program 6:00 p.m.

Here are some pictures of your cuties hard at work.

Making patches and orchards.
Everyone got their own orange to peel, and they did great!
Crawling through a spaceship to get in to the Science Room was awesome!

 

Finding our eyes, nose, ears, etc. while singing.
Silly faces while turning 3, with brother, mom, and his class. 🙂
We rolled apples, and curling ribbon to find different colored cones.
We got a 2 for 1 birthday party! Two more 3 year olds in Kofim 2.

 

Happy November, Happy Fall, and I am so grateful for you all. It takes a village to raise a child, and loving people to support them grow. Here’s to Kofim, you are all rock stars in my book!

Sincerely,

Lindsey

Shabbat Shalom!

 

Fall has begun and Kofim is ready in color.

Hello Kofim family and friends! Two weeks have passed, and we have been busy learning and loving school. We have been focusing on Fall and all that it entails… colors, temperature, clothes, seasons, and of course having fun in the leaves. We had one of our friends turn 3, we had a Grandparent’s Breakfast and they were able to stop by for a surprise, Science taught us about bugs and magnets, Music class let us get down and boogie, and Jewish studies taught us about Noah’s Ark and Abraham. Whew… their little brains are full, full, full. 🙂

With a Fall focus we have talked about green, red, orange, yellow, brown, and blue. We went outside and collected leaves, and used them to decorate the first letter of each child’s name. The wind was super strong that day, so there were lots of giggles as we held the paper, the leaves, the glue, and of course one gust had them all running after the tools. What can say, when you do class outside you have to be ready for the unexpected. 🙂 We will continue this focus next week, and start using scissors to cut out acorns, and yarn to lace/string through holes of apples. These are advanced steps for 2 year olds, and I know our class can do it. They will love the challenge!

In Science we have used water, magnets, and paper butterflies to make a garden. They look forward to whatever fun activity Heather brings our way. Some times we stay in the Science room, and other times we go to the Garden… but our class tends to do Science in our studies as well. We did a sensory table about wind this week, focusing on Fall again, and using straws to “blow wind” to see what could move and what stayed still. It’s fun to see what they guess will fly, and what will stay still. We had a couple of fun comments like, “My dad could blow all this over!” and “It’s windy like this at the beach.” Each are great connections to home and school, and relating the two together. Yep, we have a bunch of smart cookies.

In Music class we use instruments like shaky eggs, scarves, and our feet to make noise. This is a good time to get the sillies out, and laugh it up! Mrs. Emily was even teaching us how to walk sloooowwwwlllllly to the beat, or fast when the rhythm speeds up- it’s great for concentration and to have to really think before you move.

Here are a few upcoming dates for everyone to jot down…

Wednesday, November 1st Parent Teacher Conference (times vary based on your scheduled appointment). NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, November 7th DuBow Preschool Parent Night: “What to look for in a Kindergarten Program”. 7pm, Kramer Library.

Tuesday, November 21st DuBow Preschool Thanksgiving Program (time TBD)

 

Now here are some fun pictures that relate to what we have done the past two weeks.

Using leaves from outside to decorate the first letter of our name.
Making wind with straws.
He is 3!!! Wow!!! And Dad came to visit us for our morning snack. 🙂
We made a Choo-Choo train on the slide.
We made leaf people.

Please make sure to check out the Art Gallery in the hallway near the office, we rotate which artist’s work gets put up bi-weekly. 🙂 They are very proud of their creations.

Also, here are a few housecleaning tips:

  • Make sure to keep our little friends nails trimmed and clean. We dig in the dirt, play with paint, and they tend to touch their faces often. So trimmed, clean nails will help keep the germs away during this cold season. Thank you!
  • We need smaller size Ziploc (or store brand) bags please. Snack, Sandwich, and Quart size. If you all could bring at least 1 to school next week we would greatly appreciate it.
  • As the weather is colder, the change of clothes for each student needs to be adjusted accordingly. I sent everyone’s home today in their backpacks. Please make sure to check it out this weekend, and to send in long sleeve gear on Monday. *Please send in a pair of socks as well. If kiddos have an accident sometimes it goes all the way down to their feet.
  • We will continue to work on hand-eye coordination, and the kids fine motor skills. So please be sure to send in utensils with their lunches.

Lastly, I am looking forward to seeing you all at Parent Teacher Conferences next week. If there is anything you would like to specifically address, please send me an email ahead of time. That way I can be sure to be prepared, and to keep the time flowing, as to not leave any parent waiting. Thank you for your continued partnership. I love my class, and truly am enjoying this year.

Shabbat Shalom,

Lindsey

 

Kofim is bonding, growing, laughing, and learning

These past two weeks in Kofim has been so eye-opening. The kids have truly began to trust us, to depend on each other, to build friendships, and to learn how to use the potty!  Yay Kofim, you are rockstars! Although our month has been full of High Holidays, celebrations, reflection, learning, and prayer it has also been full of preschool fun. The kids are really starting to understand the concept of Centers, which allows us for 1 on 1 time to help with individual growth and development. It also allows us more time for cuddles, which we can’t resist. 🙂 As we spoke about at Open House, 2’s are a time for physical and emotional growth, as much as academic. They are learning to use their words, calm their emotions, and to not use their hands as their first response when wanting a toy/to be first in line/or to try one of our tasty creations we bake. They really are sponges learning, learning, and learning. Something else we discussed at Open House was being consistent in the classroom, and at home, with asking questions that will broaden their way of thinking. For example, if you know you were outside the prior day and it was windy and you talked about it or you know the child noticed it use that as a learning conversation about wind, their 5 senses, and getting them to explain how it felt. Do not ask “Was it cold?” They will simply say, “Yes.” Ask if it was cold or hot wind. Ask if the branches in the trees were moving or were they standing still. These are concepts they will start to think about, but it will also broaden their vocabulary, because they will try to use a sentence to describe things. We do this in class relating school to home. For example, “What did you have for dinner last night?” If they name a vegetable that is hanging from the Sukkah, we will say, “Oh that’s great! That’s one of the vegetables hanging from our Sukkah.” All of a sudden school and home are one of the same, and they see the learnings are relevent in both places. Science and Garden has been full of days digging in the dirt planting seeds, learning about bridges, and discussing living organisms. Pretty cool stuff I must say. The kids really enjoy it, because it’s so different from the rest of the day. Circle time has been fun, and full of “Ah Ha” moments, and giggles galore. They are so proud of themselves learning to sign “Mister Sun.” And they giggle every time I hide behind the chair acting like a turtle when we do our animals alphabet. This week we did ABC Yoga, and besides catching every single person’s attention in class, it was calming, good for their muscles, and fun to be animals together. I will send a copy of this home during Winter Break, so when everyone is stuck inside in the cold you will have a calm but fun activity they like to do.

Here are some upcoming dates I want you to be sure not to miss:

October 15-28 WE HAVE 2 FULL WEEKS OF SCHOOL, NO DAYS OFF! 🙂

October 16, Monday at 8:30 am: Grandparent’s Breakfast in the Social Hall

October 17, Tuesday at 7 pm: DuBow Preschool’s 75th Anniversary Celebration Kick Off Event in the Indoor Playroom.

October 19, Thursday: Box Tops are due to the office.

October 20, Friday at 5:30 pm: All School Shabbat Services and Dinner.

October 22, Sunday 1-3 pm: Father Daughter Doing Dishes Event

 

Now here are some pictures of your cuties…

Playing in our Centers, practicing sharing/interacting/and balancing our blocks while discussing the colors and objects inside of them.
Doing a little Science and Math while we practice our hand eye coordination, and hand/finger dexterity.
What’s preschool without a little playground fun?!
Being a unicorn during our ABC Yoga

 

 

Weeeeeeeeeeee!

Thank you for allowing me to spend each day with your munchkins, it fills my heart. We have a great bunch of kiddos who are full of life, questions, want to learn, and love stickers! 😉 It really is fun in Kofim 2.

Have a great couple weeks, and we’ll catch up with you soon. As always, we are here to chat whenever you need us.

Sincerely,

Lindsey and Amy

Kofim is moving and grooving…

As the night of Yom Kippur comes to an end I reflect on what a great two weeks we’ve had… I mean we were able to have a full week of school. Wahoo! Seems like it’s been a while since we were lucky enough to see our friends Monday-Friday. These past two weeks we tackled 2 holidays, 1 birthday, we baked, we worked on potty training, we constantly discussed manners/how to have patience/and how to be happy for others. We had lots to learn in Jewish Studies as well. We learned about Tashlik- throwing away our sins. We took bread crumbs, and threw them in our pretend pond with the fishes. It was a fun start to our New Year. That week we focused on learning the shape “circle” which we connected to apples, the colors red, green, brown, and mentioned gold. We ate apples and honey hoping for a sweet New Year, and played with the honey to see it’s texture and taste. We made apple art work galore out of pine cones, paper plates, and colored in circles while discussing our personal favorites… Green? Or red? We made honey combs out of thumbprints and dot paint. Yep, we got nice and dirty with art daily. 🙂 I hope the kiddos art work got home in an okay shape, so you were able to display them over these past 10 days. Speaking of 10, that was the number we focused on this past week, since there are 10 days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We colored the number, we painted our feet and counted our toes, and we discussed being clean/starting a new/the color white/and all the things we want to atone for this year. Some said they will listen better, others said they will learn to go potty in the big girl/boys potty, and others said they will focus on keeping their hands to themselves. Two years old can be a difficult stage with personal space. So this week we started a theme in our class… Hugging. We hug to feel good, we hug to say hello or goodbye, we hug when we need a little TLC, and we hug ourselves when we don’t know what to do with our hands. During circle time if our arms and hands get wild we give ourselves a hug. If we get upset because we want a friends toy we take a deep breath, hug ourselves, and then try to use our words. I would encourage you to use this technique at home, because consistency is the key to grasping a new concept and it seems to be working great! Our smart, loving kiddos pick up things so fast. I am so impressed by them all the time. When we discussed Yom Kippur we discussed saying “I’m sorry” to our family and friends for anything we have done, and then to hug it out. 🙂 This week we also found time to bake. It was so fun to see how excited the kids got. We smelled and touched each ingredient, we tried to use words to describe it’s scent, and we tasted the coconut. Some said it was like straw, some said it was yummy, and some said ewwwwww. They all made me smile. I just love them!

 

Here are some upcoming dates I don’t want you to miss:

Monday, October 2 Picture Day!!! Dress to impress, and bring your smile!

Wednesday, October 4 Early Dismissal at 12 pm.

Thursday/Friday, October 5/6 School is Closed

Tuesday, October 10 is Open House

Wednesday, October 11 is Early Dismissal at 12 pm.

Monday, October 16 is the Grandparent’s Breakfast at 8:30 am.

 

Here are few fun pictures of the past two weeks below. 🙂

Throwing our sins away.
Hugging after saying, “I’m sorry”.

 

Baking energy bites.

 

I wish you all a Happy, Healthy, Adventurous, and Fun filled year with Laughter and Love. Shana Tovah!

 

Sincerely,

Lindsey and Amy

 

Kofim 2 a month in…

Hello to Kofim family and friends! Two more weeks have passed, and we have learned about Labor Day (and discussed what everyone’s parents do), made the American flag out of pound cake and t-shirts, danced in music class, and survived a hurricane!  It’s been a serious couple weeks for our little guys.  We continue to discuss manners, colors, numbers, and letters. We constantly use our five senses to smell, taste, and touch EVERYTHING- I mean they are 2 after all. 🙂 Thank you all for bringing in white t-shirts for the kiddos, by the way, they are so excited to get to wear them Wednesday. We kept them at the school, so we could take a picture together, and will send them home in their backpacks or on them. 😉

As for the upcoming couple weeks, it is busy with holiday schedules and celebrations.  Here are some dates to make sure to put on your calendar:

  • Wednesday, September 20th is Erev Rosh Hashanah- All Schools have a noon dismissal, and the Preschool Kids Club closes at 3 p. Carpool with begin at 2:45 pm.
  • Thursday, September 21st is the Tashlikh Service at the Center’s pond. We will all take bread crumbs (which are symbolic for our sins) and throw them in the water at 6:15 pm.
  • Thursday and Friday, September 21st and 22nd is Rosh Hashanah- All Schools  and Kids Club are closed.
  • Monday, October 2nd is Preschool Picture Day. Dress to impress.
  • Monday, October 16th is the Grandparent’s Breakfast at 8:30 am.
  • Tuesday, October 17th is the DuBow Preschool’s 75th Anniversary Celebration Kick-off Event at 7 pm.

When we discussed Labor Day the students told us their parents jobs consisted of “astronauts”, Mommies who after dropping them off at school “go back home to sleep “, Daddies who are “busy we don’t know what they do”, and a “Mommy who helps people”.  Don’t you just love their little minds?  They had Amy and I laughing.

As for colors and numbers, they are learning and progressing wonderfully.  It’s so fun to hear them during circle time.  They are anxious to tell us the answers, and show us they know the next steps in our routine.  Watching them sing “Mister Sun”, and do the sign language is touching.  Yes, we will perform this for you this year- don’t you worry. And their letter recognition is growing and growing.  Some run up to the board and point out the letters of their first name, and others find them on the playground. Today they saw letters on the playground equipment and were so cute saying, “Look Mrs. Lindsey, it’s my letter!”

Below are a couple of pictures of the activities I discussed above.  I hope you enjoy them, and the pictures we capture daily on Tadpoles.  We try very hard to give you a sneak peek into the day, and your child’s activities. Two year old’s can have a hard time telling you what went on during the day, so my goal is to send you pictures that you can use to ask questions that will create a dialogue about their learning’s, and daily fun.

Making our American Flags out of pound cake, strawberries, blueberries, and whip cream.
Dancing in Music Class with our friends from Kofim 1.

I hope everyone is safe, and getting back to normal after the hurricane.  My thoughts have been with you all.  It was so great to get to hug each student when we returned to school, and know we were all safe and sound and back together.

Looking forward to seeing you all daily at drop off!

Sincerely,

Lindsey and Amy

Kofim 2 is official off to a great start!

Hello to Kofim families and friends!  What an adventurous 2 weeks we’ve had, with laughter, cuddles, learning, and fun!  We have found out daily routine, and it goes something like this:

  • Free play or table directed activity
  • Clean up while singing our “Clean up song”
  • Circle time (which consist of singing “Mister Sun” using sign language, singing our “ABCs” while following our animal/letter poster, saying our month/date out loud, and counting 1-10 using our animal/number poster
  • Then we read a book (which depends on our subject for the week/day (so far we’ve focused on Back to School, Letters, and Getting to Know You)
  • Resource time (Gardening/Science/P.E./Jewish Studies/Music)
  • Go outside (take a Nature Walk or go to the playground)
  • Teacher Directed Activity (arts and crafts, sensory activities, 1 on 1 or 2 on 1 time with me to ensure each child is developing at their personal needed pace)
  • 2nd Circle Time (review the day, give each child a compliment on something positive we witnessed that day and try to relate it to the Class Rules or our “What does it mean to be Jewish?” board, read another book
  • Free play
  • Lunch
  • Nap

 

Here are some important dates to put down on your calendar:

September 4: Preschool closed for Labor Day (no Kids Club either)

September 7 at 715p: Preschool Open House

September 11: High Holiday Babysitting forms due to office

September 15 at 10a: Preschool wide Shabbat in the Main Sanctuary

 

Below are a few pictures of the adventures we’ve gone on to the pond, exploring nature and what it provides for us to eat, we had a scavenger hunt and found animals in the stain glass outside the synagogue, and we did yoga (which was so fun and funny!).

Nature Walk
Sensory activity (we plucked a lime, felt it’s texture, smelled it, cut it in half to see/touch/smell the juice and seeds inside)
Scavenger Hunt (we found animals in the stain glass)
Yoga
Circle Time

What a general blog posting may look like,

We love our class, we love to watch how their minds work, and we love their sweet cuddles we are lucky enough to enjoy. I will be writing a biweekly blog, but please feel free to reach out to me whenever you need.

We spent last week doing an overview of the school year, so I could see where the students were individually and how the class responded to things as a whole. We have one smart bunch of kiddos! They love to laugh, they love to sing, and they LOVE our Nature Walks! We took one the first week, and found lions. We took one this week and found a lime, the American and Israeli flag, we went into the Day School office to see how the big kids do things, and we went by the pond and saw a branch that looked like an alligator. What fun we had! This week in Gardening we pulled weeds, veggies, flowers, and had fun getting dirty. Tuesdays will be P.E. and Gardening, so please be sure to send the kiddos in clothes you are okay with getting dirty, and socks and shoes that are sturdy for them to balance, and kick balls with. We have started to learn the first letter of our names, and have colored it/painted it/put stickers on it/sat on it on the carpet/found it in different places in the classroom/and encouraged them to find it in their homes. If you and your child find something in your house by Friday evening with the first letter of their name please take a picture of it, and email it to me… I have a fun activity at school I’d love to do with them.

We are working on learning our body parts, and did an activity pasting pictures of our body parts to the letter “B”. We are discussing what each part of our body is used for; for instance, we use our listening ears to hear directions. Like when our friends ask us to “Please share” or “Please stop”, or making sure we take our turns to speak up, so we can learn and don’t interrupt our friends who are trying to learn.

We are focusing on manners, and being a good person. This rolls into the focus we have on, “What does it mean to be Jewish?” It means to have respect or “Kavod” for others, doing a good deed or “Mitzvah” (and every day at our 2nd circle time we give each child a compliment for something good they did that day… and there have been soooooooo many good things to share.) We are two lucky teachers. We have boys holding doors for their friends, girls picking up the pillows after circle time or sharing a pillow with a friend, and clapping our hands when someone does something good. I do want to let you know every Friday at 915a we celebrate Shabbat, and anyone is welcome to come any week- but with that said Kofim does not “perform” every time like the big guys. I will be sure to let you know in advance when there will be any sort of performance by Kofim, so you can come hear their little voices sing out and their smiles shining brightly.

We truly love being with your kids every day. What fun we are having, and what an honor it is to know we are a part of helping their minds grow.

Hope to see you in the halls, and definitely at our Open House September 7th at 715pm!

Sincerely,

Lindsey and Amy”

Welcome to Kofim 2 – Let’s Stay Connected!

We would like to welcome all of our families to DuBow Preschool’s Kofim 2 Class.  We are excited to get to know you and watch our classmates grow.

There are many ways that you can stay connected to your child(ren)’s class!
This blog will be updated periodically with classroom info.  It’s a great place to find out about some of the activities and programming that we offer.  Your teachers may also send periodic emails with classroom info as well.

The DuBow Preschool and Martin J. Gottlieb Day School also send out a weekly email to keep everyone updated with school happenings. You can see an example of this email HERE.   If you are not receiving these emails, please email amanda.watsky@mjgds.org for additional assistance.

If you enjoy social media, you can follow the DuBow Preschool on Facebook or Instagram for quick photos and information.

Let’s have an amazing year!

A visit from Firestation 51

We had so much fun painting a tee-shirt like flames and learning the Stop,Drop and Roll song during community helpers week. The kids also got a visit from station 51 on Monday.

   
    
   
Standing with our class and some brave Firefighters. 

Community helpers week

This week we learned about our Community and the people that are important and who live in it. The kids were so excited to have Officer Nancy visit our school and show them her Police car! . I think their favorite part was the siren. We also learned about Doctors, Dentists, Teachers, Bakers any many others who help keep a community safe and flourish.

Our little Officers in action  

    
    
   
Next week we will be learning about Firefighters and there will be a surprise visit of a Fire truck and Firemen .
Upcoming events: March 18th – School closed Teacher inservice day

                                         March 24th- Preschool celebrates Purim kids wear costume for a fun parade!!!