Chameleons, Colors and Eric Carle

Shalom All!

Welcome to another weekly wrap up of what we have done in our VPK class.

This week we began our sight words with the word “is“- the next one will be “it”.


This week we focused on author and illustrator Eric Carle and read several of his books: The Mixed-Up Chameleon, 10 Little Rubber Ducks, The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse, and 1,2,3 Zoo. Last week we read books that were illustrated by Eric Carle. We talked about the colors in the illustrations and what about the books were the same and different.

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We learned about syllables. Syllables are the parts of a word. We clapped out and counted the syllables in our names and in various words that we heard in our stories. We then created a graph to see how many of each syllable there were in our class names.


After reading The Mixed-Up Chameleon, we got to draw a picture of our own unique animal. It was fun trying to think up different ways to express our own inner Eric Carle.

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We also used watercolors to paint our own chameleons. With only the primary colors to use, we saw how mixing colors can create new colors!

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Then, we took our color lessons over the past week and a half and combined it with our listening skills to correctly identify and learn positional words.

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In Jewish Studies, we leaned about Tzedakah (charity). We read the book The Very Best Place For a Penny and talked about what a big mitzvah tzedakah is. We have the opportunity to practice this mitzvah each Friday at Shabbat.


We are becoming more comfortable with beginning sounds, most especially with the first letter of our names. We used our Word Wall to hang our names up under the correct letter. img_0559img_0558 img_0564

To recap the Eric Carle week, we played a game that challenged us to remember which animal was from which book that Eric Carle illustrated.

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In Gardening, we tracked the progress of our seeds…


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Then we followed Ms. Amanda outside to the garden…

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And planted our seeds!

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We are enjoying the gross motor skills that we get to use during P.E. as well as during recess…

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And even in our class!


We created our very own “B” bumble bee!

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Our Ema and Aba Shabbat, Abigail and Jordan, did an amazing job of leading our class parade!img_0676 img_0678 img_0683 img_0686 img_0694

We wrapped up our week with a lesson in Community. A community is a place where people live, work, and play together. We talked about our class community, our school community, and the communities we live in.

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This was the best week ever… Until next week!

Dates to Remember

Friday, September 16th- Preschool Wide Shabbat 10:00 am   Ema: Lily Pop    Aba: Dillon 

Friday, September 23rd- Shabbat 10:00 am   Ema: Emma   Aba: Rafael

Monday and Tuesday, October 3rd and 4th- School Closed for Rosh Hashana

Friday, October 7th- Shabbat 10:00 am   Ema: Hannah  Aba:  Max

Tuesday, October 11th- noon dismissal for Erev Yom Kippur

Wednesday, October 12th- School Closed for Yom Kippur

Friday, October 14th– Shabbat 10:00 am     Ema: Milly     Aba: Zachary

Monday and Tuesday, October 17th-18th – School Closed for Sukkot

Monday and Tuesday, October 24th-25th– School Closed for Shemini Atzeret and Simhat Torah

Monday, November 7th- No School for Parent Teacher Conferences

Monday, November 14th- No School for Teacher In-Service Day

Please feel free to contact me via email at or by phone at (904)292-1000, extension 143 should you have any questions or concerns that you would like to discuss at any time.

Have a great week!

Ms. Suzie & Ms. Melissa