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"Celebrating spiritual growth while providing academic excellence in a Christ-centered environment." Friday, May 24th is a half day of school. 3K students must be picked up at 10:50, there is no extended care available.


****Some of our photos have been deleted because they need to feature 5 or more students and names can not be used to identify children.***

Week of May 13th:


This week we started a new unit on plants.  We read a new poem about what plants need to survive.  

We discussed that plants are living things and what that meant.  We sorted pictures of living and non-living things. We counted the syllables in each of the words that we sorted.

 

We planted seeds from our pumpkin that we carved at our Halloween party.  We used soil to cover the seeds and watered them. The plants are in the hallway by the elevator so they can can get some sunlight.  

The children used their cutting skills to cut and glue petals onto a flower.

 

The children did a hunt to look for the letters in their first names.  

The children determined if something was living or non-living.  If the picture was living they would color it in. They also wrote their first names.  

In Religion this week we discussed that when God created us, He gave us the ability to learn.  The children colored in a large letter “o”.

In the sensory table this week there are seeds, noodles, flowers and pots.  The children get to practice planting the different items in the pots inside the sensory table.  

We went on a picnic in the MWF class!  It was so nice we were able to enjoy our snack outside.  We ate some letter crackers, applesauce and a juicebox!

In the TR class it was unfortunately raining so we sat close by a window to enjoy our picnic!  We ate grapes, doughnuts and a juicebox!

Our Friday experiment this week was to predict which flower would open first.  There were two paper flowers placed in water. The children needed to make a prediction about which would open up first.  


We were excited to see that four of our caterpillars transitioned into their chrysalises.  We moved the chrysalises into a butterfly net and are waiting the arrival of our butterflies!



The week of May 6th:


This week we talked about how much we love our dads!  The kids continued to practice our “Families” poem.

We read stories about families and discussed how are families are the same and different.  We took turns talking about things we like to do with our families.

The children gave an idea of something that makes their dads special.  They drew a picture of themselves with their dads and wrote their first names.  

The children answered questions about their dads to make a card for him.  

The children used their hands to make a decoration for a card for their dads.  They also drew a picture of themselves with their dads.

The children ripped pieces of paper (using fine motor muscles) to make a special gift.

The children cut out numbers from a strip of paper and then glued the number to the correct spot.  

In Religion we discussed that just like mothers, we all have fathers.  Everyone’s father is God. The children traced a path of a girl walking to her father.  


We enjoyed a picnic in the MWF class!  We snacked in our classroom on pretzels and a juicebox!  We enjoyed a Llama Llama show focusing on moms!

We also had a picnic in the TR class in our classroom!  We enjoyed Goldfish and a juicebox! We also watched a cute Llama Llama show about moms!

We got some new friends in our class….caterpillars!  We enjoyed observing the caterpillars getting bigger this week.  The caterpillars will continue to eat and get bigger until they go into their chrysalis!

We celebrated a birthday in our MWF class!  We enjoyed some yummy doughnut holes as a special treat!



Week of April 29th:


This week we started to talk more about our families, specifically our mothers.  We recited a poem about our families.

In the sensory table this week there was water.  The children experimented with pouring, scooping and dumping the water with different types of containers and funnels.  

The children practiced using their cutting skills.  They cut numerals out and then glued the numeral to match the number of objects.  

The children shared ideas of what makes their moms the best.  They drew pictures of themselves with their moms and then wrote their first names.  

The children practiced “dressing up” some cats with different seasonal items.  

The children used watercolor paints to make a special present for our moms!

The children matched up colors to make different objects.  

We matched animal mothers and babies.  We then counted the syllables in the animal names.  

We enjoyed a picnic in the cafeteria in the MWF class!  We snacked on pretzels and a juicebox!

We enjoyed a picnic in the cafeteria in the TR class!  We munched on applesauce, pretzel goldfish and a juicebox!

In Religion we discussed that even Jesus had a mother, Mary.  Mary took care of Jesus and knew that her son was special. The children then drew lines to match up mothers with their babies.  

We used our hands to make a special gift!

The children answered questions about their mothers for a special gift!  

In the MWF class we created a rainbow using Skittles!  With all the rain we have been having, we decided to make a rainbow!  We lined the Skittles on a plate and made a prediction if the rainbow would form faster with cold or hot water.  Then we poured water in the middle of the plate and watched as the rainbow formed like magic! The hot water rainbow formed faster!  


Week of April 8th:

This week we started a new unit discussing Easter.  We learned a new poem to help us talk about how Easter is celebrated with the Easter Bunny but is really about Jesus rising to new life.  

The children looked for the letters in their first names on decorated Easter Eggs.  They also practiced writing their first names.

In Religion we talked about how God wants us to show love to others.  We talked about ways we could help and show others love. The children colored in hearts to show if other kids were showing love to one another or not.

 

The children hopped outside (before the snow came!) for our school competition!  We were excited that we made it to 30 seconds!

The children thought about good places to hide an Easter egg and drew the Easter Bunny with a decorated egg!  


The children listened closely to directions so they could create a hand-drawn Easter bunny.  

We looked for the smallest picture in a series of Easter pictures.

The children practiced mixing paint colors together to create a beautiful cross picture.

 

We went on a picnic in the hallway!  In the MWF class we had fruit snacks, graham crackers and a juicebox!  Then we went to second grade to take a peek and meet Ms. Massopust!

We went on a picnic in the hallway in the TR class!  We snacked on cheese balls, pirate’s booty and a juicebox!  The children loved seeing second grade and meeting Ms. Massopust!

In the sensory table this week we have magnet wands with Easter eggs.  Inside of the eggs are magnets and the children have to grab the eggs with the wands.  Their goal is to pick up all of the Easter eggs (without using their fingers) and drop them in the Easter baskets inside of the sensory table.  

We celebrated a birthday this week in the MWF class!  Our friend brought us yummy doughnut holes to celebrate turning 4!


Week of April 1st:



This week we continued our unit learning about insects.  We practiced counting the syllables in some of the names of different kinds of insects.  

We talked about the life cycle of an insect and practiced saying the names for the different stages-egg, caterpillar, chrysalis and butterfly.  

We watched a video of a time lapse of a butterfly’s life cycle.  

We read the stories Bees, Bee Dance, and Bug Hunt.  We continued to talk about the difference between fiction and non-fiction.  

The children practiced writing their first names and drawing themselves.  They also gave an idea of what a bee eats.

In Religion we talked about feelings that we have.  We practiced making different faces to show different feelings that we have.  

The children used their scissor and gluing skills to make a bee.  They cut long black strips of paper to make the black stripes and white squares to make wings.  

The children used symmetry painting to create a beautiful butterfly!

We enjoyed a picnic in the MWF class in the hallway.  We munched on pretzels and a juicebox before heading down to meet Mrs. Kuchenbecker in 2nd grade!  The children loved seeing Bob, the fish!

We enjoyed a picnic in the TR class!  We sat in the hallway before walking down to see Bob, the fish and Mrs. Kuchenbecker in 2nd grade!  We snacked on goldfish crackers and a juicebox!

The children counted pictures of animals, shapes and dots on dominoes and then sorted the pictures by the number.  

The children worked together to put together puzzles featuring insects!

The children colored bees to represent different numbers.  

For our Friday experiment the children made predictions about which liquid would clean a penny the best-soapy water, plain water or vinegar with salt in it.  The children were surprised that the vinegar did the best job!



Week of March 25th:

We started a new unit on Insects!  We learned a new song to help us tell if an animal is an insect or not.  Insects have a head, thorax, abdomen, 6 legs, eyes and sometimes wings.

We counted syllables in different insect names.  We discussed what syllables are and counted the syllables in our first names.  


We enjoyed a picnic in the cafeteria.  We snacked on pretzels, a fruit bar and a juicebox before visiting with Mrs. Vogt!

We enjoyed a picnic in the cafeteria.  The children had a chocolate bunny, teddy bear crackers and a yogurt drink before going to meet Mrs. Vogt and Mrs. Jarecki!

In the sensory table this week we have insects!  The children can use a variety of tools to pick up the pretend insects and hunt for different types!

In Religion we talked about how everyone grows.  The children matched up photos of things they did as babies vs. today.  

The children decided if they did or did not like insects by coloring in a yes or no to show their answer.  The children then drew a picture of an insect and practiced writing their first names.

The children used their hands to paint the version of Eric Carle’s Very Hungry Caterpillar.  

The children added the letters to spell their first names on their caterpillars.  

The children matched up letter bee puzzle pieces.  

The children counted to the number 6.  They took butterfly stickers to show different numbers.  

On Friday the children made predictions about how many insects a leaf would hold before it fell in the water!  




Week of March 18th:


This week we had a new theme, reading stories written by Mo Willems.  


We had a new poem called, “Rain”.  We practiced reciting the poem together.  

Before reading the story A Big Guy Took My Ball, the children gave an idea of someone who is bigger than them.  They drew of picture of themselves, the person bigger than them and wrote their first names.  

The children practiced using a proper grip to color a picture of a pigeon, trace the letters for the word, “PIGEON” and wrote their first names.  

The children used blue paint to make a blue circle and handprint.  

We transformed the blue circle and handprint into our pigeons!

We enjoyed another picnic by the cross, this time to see how many purple promises had been nailed to the cross!  We snacked on fruit snacks, pretzels and a water bottle in the MWF class!

The TR class also enjoyed a snack by the cross!  We enjoyed popcorn, oranges and a juice box while we took a peek at the cross!

We practiced counting to the number 5.  The children identified the number 5 in a variety of ways.  

For Religion we discussed that created us and is happy when we try to make things.  The children used crayons to make a tree.

We discussed rhyming words and practiced saying words that rhyme.  

The children ordered pictures of Elephant and Piggie (characters from Mo Willems’ books) from biggest to smallest.  

In the sensory table this week there were many different containers for the children to pour and scoop water.  

We collected a lot of items to donate to the Respect Life Women’s Organization...thank you SO MUCH!!!



Week of March 11th:

The children practiced counting to the number four and then looked for different ways to represent 4.  

The children hunted for the letters to spell their first names hidden on shamrocks.  The children practiced writing their first names.

We read the story There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover.  The children sequenced the events from the story.  

The children practiced counting with Play Dough.  The children practiced rolling balls and snakes with play dough to make shamrocks and numbers.  

We enjoyed a picnic by the cross!  We snacked on Goldfish and juice while we discussed the importance of Lent.  Each child chose something they would like to pray for, their idea was written on a paper and then nailed to the cross.  

On our picnic this week we sat by the cross!  The children enjoyed cereal and a juice box while we discussed Lent.  Each child gave an idea of something to pray for and then nailed the idea to the cross.  

We had a baby shower with our 3rd grade buddies!  We created crosses for the mothers at the Respect Life Organization.  

After making our crosses, we played “Pin the Pacifier on the Baby” and “Name That Baby”.  Next week we will be collecting items for the organization.



Week of March 4th:

This week we started a new theme learning about St. Patrick’s Day!  We begin reciting a new poem about leprechauns.

The children worked together to complete a colorful ABC puzzle.  

The children thought about what made them lucky and practiced writing their first names.  

The children used their fingers as paintbrushes and painted leprechauns.  We used their faces to make the leprechauns more personal!

The children gave ideas about where a leprechaun should hide and practiced writing their first names.  

The children used their hands to help paint a flower.

The children helped put some decorations up for our classroom door!  The children helped to color the sky and add cut green paper for the grass.  


The children colored in pictures of Jesus working with Joseph in Joseph’s shop.  We discussed different jobs people have.

We had a picnic in the MWF class!  We ate bear crackers, raisins and a juice box in the hallway by the cross.  Next week each child will think of something they want to work on during the Lenten season and it will be nailed to the cross.  

We had a picnic in the TR class!  We ate cheese crackers, fruit snacks and a juice box!  We ate by the cross and talked about how we work on praying more during the Lenten season.  

The children learned that Lent is a time to grow in God’s love just like plants grow.  They circles the pictures of things that help plants grow.

The children played with popcorn seeds, Legos and gold coins in the sensory table.  The children poured, scooped and buried the coins!

This month our virtues are patience and perseverance.  The children were patient waiting on the carpet!

On Friday we were surprised because a leprechaun left us a leprechaun rock!!!  We dropped the rock in vinegar and were gifted with another gold coin! We were also surprised to find chocolate gold coins left in our snack pockets!  


Week of February 24th:

This week we continued our Dr. Seuss theme!  We read a poem with fun rhyming words.

We enjoyed some fun time with our 3rd grade buddies!  We played Dr. Seuss Bingo, watched Green Eggs and Ham, read Dr. Seuss books and played with play dough to make Dr. Seuss characters!

We enjoyed a snack and birthday celebration from a friend in the MWF class!  We had doughnuts and a juice box and then went to visit Mrs. Schultz, the music teacher.  We got to listen to the 5th graders play on their recorders.

We enjoyed a snack with the TR class!  We had doughnuts, yogurt and a juice box in the music room!  The children got to meet Mrs. Schultz, the music teacher and listen to her play guitar!

We read The Cat in the Hat Comes Back and Green Eggs and Ham and discussed the different characters that were in the books.  When reading with your child at home please ask them to look for the different characters in the stories you are reading.  

The children followed directions to make one fish, two fish, a red fish and a blue fish.  They also practiced writing their first names.


We discussed that God is happy when we play.  We looked for hidden pictures of toys and circled them.  

The children had their hands painted to make  their own versions of Thing One and Thing Two!

The children used red and blue fish to make patterns.  

The children ate different kinds of fish- Goldfish and Swedish Fish and then decided which they liked more.  We counted the fish and found out which had more and less.

The children decided if they did or did not like cats by coloring in one face to answer the question.  The children also wrote their first names.

In the MWF class the children tried different green foods and then voted for the one they liked the best.  The most children liked the pickle and the least liked the green olive.


The children used their fine motor muscles to push and string beads together.  


The children were asked what they thought an author does.  


Week of February 18th:

We finished up our unit on Valentine’s Day with our parties!  



Thank you so much to everyone for sending in delicious snacks and adorable paper products, volunteering your time, creating a fun craft and having your child prepared for the parties!

The children wrote who they loved and then practiced writing their first names.

 

We practiced counting to the number 3 and looked for the number 3 in a variety of representations.  

We started a new unit on Dr. Seuss.  We asked the children what they thought an author does before explaining that they write books.  



We read a poem with lots of rhyming words about different places to read.  


We enjoyed some fun Dr. Seuss books!  This week we read The Cat in the Hat and  Fox in Socks.  We practiced saying some tongue twisters!

The children hunted for magnetic letters to spell some items from Dr. Seuss books.

The children used glue sticks to create their own version of the Cat in the Hat.  

We talked about the meaning of the word, “characters” and then looked through Dr. Seuss’s books to find different characters.  

The children looked for the largest picture of a character from a Dr. Seuss book and circled it.  They also practiced writing their first names.

The children wrote letters on hearts to spell their first names.  

In Religion we discussed that God is happy when we are happy.  One of the things that makes us happy is the ability to move. We traced wheels on different forms of things that move.

 

In the sensory table this week we have water and some red and blue fish.  The children use tubes and spoons to try and catch the red and blue fish.

 

We enjoyed World Traveler Day on Wednesday!  We visited Italy and made our own paper pizzas!

We went on a picnic this week in the TR class!  We enjoyed our yummy cheese crackers and juicebox in the hallway!

We went on a picnic this week in the MWF class!  We enjoyed pretzels and a juice box in the the hallway!

The children had to look for pictures of the cat in the hat that were medium sized.  The children circled the medium cats and then wrote their first names.

 




Week of February 4th:

This week we started a new unit on Valentine’s Day.  We looked at the letters to spell “Valentine’s Day” and compared them to the letters in our first names.

We read a new poem about hearts.  We looked at the words for different colors.  

We enjoyed a picnic in the cafeteria in the MWF class.  We snacked on graham crackers, juice and applesauce!

We enjoyed a picnic in the cafeteria in the TR class.  We ate yummy snack mix, applesauce and a juice box!

The children glued shapes together to make a school bus.  

The children looked for transportation that traveled in the air and practiced writing their first names.  

We discussed what the word, “Admire” means as a part of Catholic Schools Week.  The children chose one person they admired.

Since we’ve had a lot of cold weather and ice we’ve had some fun dancing in our classroom!

The children looked for different sized hearts and then colored the hearts to correspond with the size.  

We had rice in our sensory table this week!  The children poured, scooped and experimented with different sized containers!


We painted hearts shades of red, purple and pink for a special card!

We practiced counting and looking for the number 2.  The children traced the number 2.

We enjoyed snack in the TR class.  We ate in our classroom and munched on popcorn and a juice box!



Week of January 21st:



We began a new unit this week on Transportation.  We counted the letters in the word and discussed what it meant.  The different areas in the classroom reflected our new theme. The children completed puzzles with different forms of transportation.  

The children painted large boxe and we turned the boxes into cars!  

We discussed that there are three ways to travel- in the sky, in the air and in the water.  We sorted different types of transportation by where they traveled.

The children practiced writing their first names and circling modes of transportation that move on the ground.  

The sensory table was turned into a car wash this week!  The children used soap and brushes to clean all of our classroom cars.  

The children used the Handwriting Without Tears slate boards to practice writing their first names.  I would write a letter in chalk- then the child would trace the letter in chalk, trace it with a wet towel, trace it with a dry towel, and then write it on their own with chalk.  

We enjoyed goldfish crackers and a juice box for our picnic in the TR class!  We enjoyed our snack in our room since it was “See Us In Action Day”!

We practiced counting and looking for the number 1.  We counted to the number one in silly ways and looked at all the different ways the number one can be written.  The children used crayons to circle the number ones and practice writing the number one.

The children looked for different shapes on a picture of a firetruck and then matched the color to the correct shape to color in the firetruck.  

We discussed that God is happy when we celebrate special times in our life!  The children matched big and large shapes.

We celebrated birthdays this week! Our friends shared treat bags and rice krispie treats!

Jared was the snack bringer for the MWF class.  He brought us apples, oranges, Pirate’s Booty and a juice box!  We munched on our delicious snack in the church!