EMERGENCY CLOSING INFORMATION

Pre-K Parents: I will posting daily with information/materials/media that will help guide you through the contents / activites in your child's weekly plans. If you are in need of any materials, please email me at siano.sara@spsj.org and I can provide printable files. Also, please email me with any questions. Thank you!

Check out our amazing little Saints! They are working so hard and creating such awesome projects!

We are keeping very busy with lots of fun, new activities and experiences for the little learners in our Pre-K classroom this year!

The students use various materials and manipulatives for hands-on activities and projects which will help them explore the world around them.

For May, our Saint of the Month is The Blessed Virgin Mary. We will also continue along in our Spring unit, learning about May flowers, ladybugs, and so much more. We have lots of fun S.T.R.E.A.M. projects planned as well!

A different letter and number will be in the spotlight each week. The children are loving it so far. Ask your child about our "letter and number hunts" throughout the school.

Also, please remember the children love receiving mail in our magic mailbox! Thank you so much to all of the families who have been sending in mail.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me.

-Mrs. Siano

​School Phone: (908) 859-1244

Dates to Note:

Thursday, March 19 - First Day of Spring!

Wednesday, April 8 - Early Dismissal (12:15pm)

Thurs., April 9 - Holy Thursday; Easter Recess Begins

Friday, April 10 - Good Friday

Sunday, April 12 - Easter Sunday

Monday, April 20 - Easter Recess Ends

Thursday, May 21- Feast of the Ascension

Monday, May 25- Memorial Day - No Virtual Classes

Important Forms:


What kind of dinosaur likes to sleep a lot?

A stego-snaurus!

Get ready for a roarin' good time as we learn all about dinosaurs this week!

May 26 - 29, 2020

Did you ever wonder How Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?

Need Summer plans? Join the Pirasaurs!

jac-yivu-kyt (2020-05-22 at 06:57 GMT-7)

If the Dinosaurs Came Back. A read aloud in two parts:

jac-yivu-kyt (2020-05-22 at 06:44 GMT-7)
jac-yivu-kyt (2020-05-22 at 06:55 GMT-7)

Join Annie and Moby as they learn about fossils:

jac-yivu-kyt (2020-05-22 at 07:40 GMT-7)

"DINOSAURS POP! " Read aloud below. Read a book about dinosaurs from your home library!

jac-yivu-kyt (2020-05-22 at 06:40 GMT-7)

Why don't ladybugs play hide & seek?

They are always spotted!

It's Ladybug Week!

May 18 - May 22, 2020

The letter of the week is T, and the number of the week is 17.

This is the perfect book to help little learners begin to discover the many different names and representations of Mary from around the world:

The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle. Please enjoy this read aloud, and choose another book from your home library to share together.

Our favorite lady is back! Try your hand at feeding the Old Lady with your sequencing cards, and just for fun click on the worksheet image below for an Old Lady Roll and Color activity page:

jac-yivu-kyt (2020-05-15 at 07:04 GMT-7)

An animated reading from The Beginner's Bible about The Ascension:

Reading? Math? Super cute ladybug manipulatives?? YES PLEASE, TO ALL!

jac-yivu-kyt (2020-05-15 at 06:51 GMT-7)

Here is a cool life cycle video from Scholastic:

Watch this video to learn the basics of the ladybug lifecycle:

jac-yivu-kyt (2020-05-15 at 06:59 GMT-7)


Goodbye April Showers!

Hello, May Flowers

May 4 - May 8 & May 11-15, 2020

The letter of the week is J. J is for Jonah, and Jesus (of course!) The number of the week is 16. Review the number 6 (remember when we talked about an insect having 6 legs?) To make a 16 put a 1 in front of a 6!

Check out Chicka Chicka Boom Boom if you don't have a copy at home:

Enjoy the Jonah movie from Beginner's Bible:

Here is the flower craft I made with my students a few years ago which I described in the plans for the week:

Are you working on your recipes? Here is a reading of Pancakes, Pancakes! by Eric Carle:

Here is a very special reading of Mary, Mother of Jesus from Storytime with the Sisters:

Here is the story of Jonah from The Beginner's Bible. Please read the story of Jonah in a picture book or from a collection of children's Bible stories if you have one.


S.T.R.E.A.M. Whales

Here are some very cute whale crafts you could make using a cup or egg carton after learning about Jonah!

send me a photo of your creation!

Practice counting to 16 with acorns!

The letter of the week is Q. Q is for Queen, and Mary is the Queen of Heaven and Earth. This would also be a great week to review the letter M, which we learned a long time ago. The number of the week is 15. Review the number 5 which should still be fresh in our minds. May is the fifth month of the year, and a number often associated with Mary. To make a 15, put a 1 in front of a 5!

Enjoy this special reading of The Night Before Mother's Day by Natasha Wing.

jac-yivu-kyt (2020-05-01 at 06:39 GMT-7)

Here is a short clip of a very important event in the Mary's life:

A super silly pirate counting song!

The Tiny Seed, by Eric Carle. You may have this in your home library, but if not, please choose another book to read together. If you are interested in a fun art project, i can give you instructions on how to make Eric Carle style pictures.

This is a great song for practicing the sound Q and u make when they are together!

If you are having a feista tonight, here's a little information on why we celebrate Cinco De Mayo.

Here is a link to Reason for a Flower by Ruth Heller. This book is full of information about seeds and how plants grow. Please remember to read a book from your home library today.

Here is our Saint of the Month poster for May. Please read it with your child, and if possible, print it out and display it.

Click the image to link to the printable file

Here are some ideas on how to make your handprint flowers for a fun Mother's Day project!


<< Practice counting 15 ladybugs.

What other things can you count 15 of?

Send me a photo of whatever you decide to count!


Check out Lois Ehlert's book, Planting a Rainbow, from Scholastic/Book Flix!

(Click the photo to the right to open the link)>>


Bring on the May flowers! It's...

April Showers Week

April 27 - May 1

The letter of the week is N (N is for Noah and New) and the number of the week is 14 (Review the number 4 and remember to look for the 1 in front of it! )

A song about the letter N :

The Rain Came Down by David Shannon (and boy, it has been coming down here too!)

Now that you've learned a little bit about Noah, enjoy this movie from The Beginner's Bible:

Here is the story of Noah's Ark from The Beginner's Bible (a read aloud):

Here is Arky Arky to sing as we learn about Noah and the Ark:

Some inspiration for your worm creations:

More on the Number 14:

How to Grow Happiness read aloud to enjoy at "gnome":

jac-yivu-kyt (2020-04-24 at 07:00 GMT-7)

Get ready to do some Singing in the Rain!

jac-yivu-kyt (2020-04-24 at 07:08 GMT-7)

A little birdie told me you are really enjoying the roll and count math activities. Here is an April showers themed roll and count but it's extra tricky. Use 2 dice and practice some early addition to get higher sums!

April Showers Roll and Count

Enjoy this reading of Worm Weather:

Remember to pick a book from your home library to share together today!

jac-yivu-kyt (2020-04-24 at 06:53 GMT-7)


Especially for our Pre-K train enthusiasts...

practice counting to 14 with the engines in this

Sesame Street video!



Let's try our hands (pun intended) at creating some rainy day art to match the weather we are getting this week!

We really couldn't have gotten more fitting weather for our April Showers week. Here are three examples of the rainy day art from last year.


Remember, all crafts are completely optional, and you can substitute andy and all materials as you see fit. Use what you have on hand!


Let's get hoppin'! It's...

Pre-K Frog Week

April 20 - April 24


The letter of the week is F (F is for Frog) and the number of the week is 5 (Five begins with F, and we will read and sing about the Five Green and Speckled Frogs!)

Check out What the Old Lady is swallowing this time!

Here is a fun song to help you learn about the life cycle of a frog. Now we have learned the life cycles of two different creatures-- a butterfly and a frog. Think about how they are the same, and how they are different. Next month we will learn about the life cycle of a ladybug. if you would like some cutting practice, check out this frog life cycle sequencing activity:

Frog Life Cycle Sequencing- Cut and Paste

If you liked Frog on a Log, check out Dog on a Frog! This series has been very popular at my house this week.


Here is a fun way to complete the handprint page from your Covid time capsule packet. >>

Cut colorful construction paper hands (or paws!) for each member of your family. Paste them in size order.

Maybe you could make each handprint in the favorite color of the family member it belongs too!

Here are the lyrics to the song about the Apostles:

Sung to the tune of "Jesus Loves Me"

Jesus called them one by one,

Peter, Andrew, James and John,

Next, came Philip, Thomas too,

Matthew and Bartholomew.

Chorus:

Yes, Jesus called them,

Yes, Jesus called them,

Yes, Jesus called them,

He called them one by one.

James the one they called the less,

Simon, also Thaddeus,

Twelfth apostle Judas made,

Jesus was by him betrayed.

Repeat Chorus

Matthias then took Judas' place,

To preach to men of every race,

Paul three preaching trips did make,

And went to Rome for Jesus' sake.

Repeat Chorus

Here is The Earth Book written (and read!) by Todd Parr, if you do not have a copy in your home library.

Check out these Crayola coloring pages for Earth Day:

If you love silly rhyming books, than Frog on a Log is perfect for you! If you don't have this book, please enjoy this video read aloud and read a different book from your home library.

Here are some examples of the finished paper plate frog project. This craft is completely optional, and very customizable. Please refer to the information in this week's lesson plans for some ideas of how to decorate your frog.

Here is how we decorated our letter Fs last year. Send me a photo of your creation!

Get ready to have this adorable counting song stuck in your head!

If you don't have the Five Green and Speckled Frogs book, read another book from your library, and practice singing the Five Little Speckled Frogs instead.

One of my favorite songs about the number 5:

Here is a video to help get you started on learning all about amphibians, frogs and more!

Our Saint of the Month for April is Saint Bernadette. St. Berndatte lived in France, and not that long ago. Mary came to visit St. Bernadette when she was about the same age as an 8th grader! Do you remember who Mary is? That's right-- she is Jesus's Mommy. Mary has many names. She is known as The Blessed Mother, Our Lady Guadalupe and Our Lady of Lourdes. Bernadatte lived in a place named Lourdes. Many people did not believe St. Bernadette even though she was telling the truth. She kept telling the truth, even when it was hard and people treated her poorly.

Click the grahic below for a St. Bernadette printable you can display at home, the way we do in our classroom!

The letter of the week is R (for the Resurrection) and the number is 13 (there were 13 people at the Last Supper).

Happy Birthday, Scarlett!

If we were in our classroom today, we would be working on a Jelly Bean Prayer foam craft. As your child is opening up their Easter baskets on Sunday and enjoying some candy, read them The Jelly Bean Prayer and line up the different color jelly beans as you recite it with them.

The Jelly Bean Prayer

Red is for the Blood He gave.

Green is for the grass He made.

Yellow is for the sun so bright.

Orange is for the edge of night.

Black is for the sins we made.

White is for the grace he gave.

Purple is for the hour of sorrow.

Pink is for our new tomorrow.

An eggful of jellybeans, colorful and sweet, is a prayer, a promise, a loved one's treat.

So here it is is-- the BEST way to color Easter eggs with early learners (in my opinion). I have been coloring eggs using this method for the last few years and I will never go back. It is mess free, makes a cool speckled pattern on the eggs, is perfect for learning about color mixing AND the kids stay actively involved. There is no downtime while they are inpatiently waiting for the eggs to sit in dye. They are movin' and shakin' to get the color on the eggs. Paas came out witih a kit a few years ago, that I think they have stopped making but luckily I bought out their remaining suppoly when it went on clearance at Target. Lucky for YOU, it's easy enough to recreate at home using Ziploc bags, food coloring and uncooked rice. After boiling the eggs and letting them cool, you place some rice in a Ziploc bag with a few drops of food coloring. Put the egg in the bag, seal the bag tightly and let your kiddo shake to their heart's content. The longer they shake, the more color will be on the egg. Next, you can either take the egg out and set it aside for drying, OR place it in another bag to make a color combination. I promise it is very fun and the kids will love it. I found a video that shows a very basic tutorial, but it's easy to figure out. I'm also including some photos of our eggs from years past, and a photo of the Paas kit if you are able to find it! (*note, even with the kit, you will need to supply your own rice which is hard to find this year! I will be attempting to use wild rice, which is all I could get).

Finally! A tulip!

Here is a printout of some of our class's favorite Easter tradition! Click on the image to the right for a PDF. If you didn't have a chance to email me your child's favorite tradition, pick an egg and use a marker to write your child's response on an egg of their choice.

Notice that some of our friends like the same things, and some prefer different Easter traditions. Hang this up and think about your friends over Easter break. Keep each other in your prayers!

Pete is ready for a Big Easter Adventure! Please remember to try to read to your child at least once a day.

Please view Patricia A. Pingry's "The Story of Easter" if you do not have a copy at home.

Please remember to try to read to your child at least once a day.

One of my favorite S.T.R.E.A.M. activities of the entire year is growing our class Resurrection Garden. It really makes the Resurrection come alive for the children. If you have a green thumb or are just a good sport (like me) I highly suggest taking on a growing project while we are away from school. This is a very simple one, and you know that because even I could make grass grow! You need a large planter dish, which you will fill with soil. Place a small terracotta planter towards the back on its side, and cover with soil. Let the kids get their hands dirty! Place a large rock in front of the planter's opening (this is the tomb). Use river rocks or other small stones to create a path leading to the tomb's opening. Sprinkle grass seed all over the soil, and then place in three crosses made of sticks. Each day, mist the soil with a spray bottle, and keep your Resurrection garden in a sunny place.

If you are unable to complete this optional garden project, please do not worry! Because this project can be a big undertaking, I have included the tomb coloring sheet with this week's printables. If you do not have the materials needed to complete this project, please substitute as needed. There is no need to go to the store.

When you are discussing feelings and emotions with your child this week, as they begin to learn about empathy, Here are some resources you may find helpful. Thanks to Mrs. Finegan for finding the Thomas activity!

Learn to sing this Easter song with me, and we will sing together tomorrow morning!

Don't forget to practice the letters in E-A-S-T-E-R!

tmh-odiz-qou (2020-04-03 at 07:21 GMT-7)

Here are the Easter egg printouts we decorated with pasta last year. Feel free to decorate them however you would like. Send me your photos if you'd like to share!

Are you working on patterns today? You can make a pattern out of anything! Don't forget, it has to repeat.

Hope this "Five Little Bunnies" read aloud makes you feel "hoppy"!

tmh-odiz-qou (2020-04-03 at 07:07 GMT-7)

Beginning Monday, March 30th, we will begin preparing for Easter in Pre-K. I have again tried to simplify the unit and tailor it to (hopefully) work well in a home learning environment. We now know that we will not be returning to school before Easter, so Mrs. Szczepanski and I will have some fun Easter surprises to send home with the students once we all return back to school! (We are certainly going to have a lot of celebrating to do when we finally get back in the classroom-- and I cannot wait!)

Just a reminder, the letter of the week is E and then number is 0. Easter begins with E, and there were ZERO people left in the tomb!

Flower update! Lots of daffodils and 2 buds on the tulip. The third one was eaten by a critter.

If you wanted to try to make a simple paper Easter basket, here is the link that was included in our plans this week.

Have a family movie night and watch The Story of Easter from The Beginner's Bible

Here is an video reading of "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick" if you don't have a copy but would like to do the sequencing activity with your little Old Lady!

Enjoy this reading of "On Easter Morning" from the Holiday Happenings series. Please note: I did change some of the wording since a lot of our Easter celebrations will look a little different this year. Don't forget to also read a book from your home library together. See how many Es you can find while you read!

tmh-odiz-qou (2020-04-01 at 06:52 GMT-7)

A visit from an OLD friend!

tmh-odiz-qou (2020-04-01 at 06:38 GMT-7)

If you would like to build your very own Little Old Lady it's easy! Use brown paper lunch bag, and the Old Lady Printable below. Print the face and cut it out, making sure to cut out the area inside the mouth as well. Use a glue stick to stick the face onto the front of the lunch bag, near the top. Cut out the portion of the paper bag that is in the mouth area as well.

For extra fun, print and cut the Old Lady Sequencing Cards to retell the story of The Old Lady Who Swallowed the Chick with a read and feed. The kids know what to do!

To the right I'm including a closeup shot of our class Old Lady. It's a little different but I thought it might help. Be careful! She bites.

(Note: I have uploaded the files using Google Drive. If you have any problems, accessing them please email me).

A Wednesday read aloud from some-bunny special!

tmh-odiz-qou (2020-04-01 at 06:29 GMT-7)

Don't forget to ask your child what their favorite Easter tradition is, and shoot me an email!

I wanted to post some info about the He is Risen/Sunrise Easter Craft. I strongly encourage you to try to to create one with your child. It is not hard to do and really reminds us of the true meaning behind Easter. It is also easy to modify if you want to create it using different materials. Below is a photo of one we made last year in class.

It is best not to try to complete the entire craft at once, and instead work on it over the course of 2 or 3 sessions. First we used water colors to paint the plate yellow and orange, like the sun is rising in the sky. When that is dry, you can fold up the bottom of the plate and color it (or paint it brown). We used brown crayon and stapled it into place after attaching the crosses in the next step. Cut 3 crosses out of brown construction paper and used a glue stick to attach them. Finally you can print out and glue or write "He is Risen" to complete your project.

When Spring Comes...

Here is another fun video about the number zero:

"What is Easter?" by Michelle Medlock Adams, read by a real funny bunny!

tmh-odiz-qou (2020-03-30 at 06:30 GMT-7)

Here is a video to help us kick off a week of learning about zero:

Begin sharing your favorite Easter traditions with your child. Help them "interview" different family members.

It's a great week for an egg drop! For anyone unfamiliar with this S.T.R.E.A.M. activity, the challenge is for kids to design a vessel using recycled materials. Whatever they design must protect a RAW egg from a high fall. We have dropped them from the top of the stairs at home, and we always put our egg in a ziploc back before placing it in its vessel, which helps minimize the mess. This is a popular activity for elementary and middle school students, but it is also a great, hands on project for a pre-schooler and a parent! Here are photos of "Humpty Dumpty" (made out of cups stuffed with cotton balls) and "Hola Egg-migo" (made out of a roll of toilet paper!) if you need some inspiration.

Happy Monday! It is one of my favorite weeks of the year-- caterpillar week! I have condensed the unit and tailored it to (hopefully) work well in a home learning environment. I absolutely love to raise live caterpillars in our classroom, and release the newborn butterflies in Mary's flower garden. I am truly sad that we may not have the chance to do that this year. Keep hoping and praying, and we will see what happens! Study the life cycle carefully with your child-- I have another adorable project to build on what they learn in this unit, that we will (hopefully!!) be able to work on in the classroom when school reopens.

Just a reminder, The letter of the week is C and then number is 6. Caterpillar begins with C, and caterpillars/butterflies are insects. Insects have 6 legs!

Thank you all for a fantastic first live session this morning using Google Meet! I was so happy to see all of your bright, shining faces! Mrs. Szcepanski and I miss you all SO MUCH. And a special Thank you to the parents. You are all doing an amazing job!

Have you started to think about what type of family tree you might want to create? I posted some great samples above, in the student photos. Here are a few other ideas:

Here is the Butterfly Song with music that goes with the lyrics you shared with your child yesterday.

I am now posting YouTube video links using EdPuzzle which is supposed to help filter out commercials and ads. If you have any issues or other feedback please let me know. We have a great School Technologist who is tirelessly working to help improve our distance learning capabilities!

Our first daffodil finally opened! Which signs of Spring have you seen outside this week?

Ten Magic Butterflies Read Aloud! (and finally a decent thumbnail) I love this book because it combines Reading with Math. It is a great book to read with your child so that they can practice counting the flowers/butterflies. Parents check out the video for a fun fact about the author.

tmh-odiz-qou (2020-03-25 at 08:10 GMT-7)

Read your child The Butterfly Song lyrics and discuss.

All of God's creations are so amazing! We are so lucky. You can really see the world He created for us come alive in the Spring. What are some "Spring" things that your child feels grateful for?

The Butterfly Song

If I were a butterfly, I'd thank you Lord for giving me wings

If I were a robin in a tree, I'd thank you Lord that I could sing

If I were a fish in the sea, I'd wiggle my tail and I'd giggle with glee

But I just thank you Father for making me, me.

For you gave me a heart and you gave me a smile

You gave me Jesus and you made me your child

And I just thank you Father for making me, me.

If I were an elephant, I'd thank you Lord by raising my trunk

If I were a kangaroo, I'd just hop right up to you

If I were an octopus, I'd thank you Lord for my fine looks

But I just thank you Father for making me, me

For you gave me a heart and you gave me a smile

You gave me Jesus and you made me your child

And I just thank you Father for making me, me.

If I were a wiggly worm, I'd thank you Lord that I could squirm

If I were a crocodile, I'd thank you Lord for my great smile

If I were a fuzzy wuzzy bear, I'd thank you Lord for my fuzzy, wuzzy hair

But I just thank you Father for making me, me

For you gave me a heart and you gave me a smile

You gave me Jesus and you made me your child

And I just thank you Father for making me, me.

The Family Book by Todd Parr would be a great book to read this week as we are learning about our families.

If you have completed your caterpillar/butterfly life cycle sequencing project, check out this video. It is one of my favorites and really makes science come alive! I had never learned about how newly hatched butterflies pump the fluid out of their bodies before I watched this a few years ago.

Here is a video reading of Pete the Cat and the Cool Caterpillar if you don't have a copy. Please choose a different Pete the Cat book to read, or a book of your choice from your home library.

Is anyone ready to start working on their butterfly life cycle sequencing? Here is an example of a student's completed work from last year. It is not perfect, but you can see the student had a basic understanding of the life cycle. Your child will need support but they should be able to color, cut and glue with gluestick fairly independently.

I wanted to share a fun caterpillar Math game I made last year. You can count how much the caterpillar eats. The students would take turns opening the caterpillar's body sections and then they would identify the number inside. After that, they would count out a matching quantity of manipulatives. We used erasers that looked like fruit. See if you can come up with something similar at your house, using whatever materials you have on hand.

Have you had a chance to talk about your family yet this week? Who is in your family? What makes your family special? Take some time today to look at photo albums with your child.

I am just not catching a break on the thumbnails attached on these video previews!! I tried making this clip using the recording feature in Google Meet so that I'll be ready for Friday.

Check out this reading of Clara the Caterpillar. It does a great job of illustrating the caterpillar/butterfly life cycle, uses LOTS of our the letter of the week, and has a great moral!

tmh-odiz-qou (2020-03-23 at 06:43 GMT-7)

Have you been going outside and checking for signs of Spring? I checked in on my garden last week. I showed the students the crocuses on our last day of school. The daffodils are only buds, and I will be SHOCKED if any get any tulips-- the animals always eat them! I will be talking more about perenials in the next few weeks, so hopefully I will have more blooms by then. This week I will see if I can get any photos of insects. You should try too!

Tulips (leaves only, so far!)

Crocuses are always our first floral sign of Spring.

Daffodil buds.

This week, please talk with your child about how we are like caterpillars. Jesus sacrificed his life for us, so that we can have a new life in Heaven. When our soul goes to Heaven, it is like the caterpillar starting a new life as a butterfly.

I wanted to show you what the "C is for Caterpillar" project might look like when you are finished. We completed these in class last year using construction paper circles. I can't wait to see your creations!

I wanted to share a fun math activity with you that can be completed a varied of ways. You can "build" caterpillars of different lengths by adding sections to their bodies. We completed these in our classroom last year using bingo daubers but you could also let your child dip their finger in ink or paint. Draw a caterpillar face on a peice of paper and when your child has finished, ask them to write the number that matches the "length" of the caterpillar's body.

I think many of you may have a copy of Eric Carle's "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" in your home libraries, but if not, I am linking to a read aloud featuring Eric Carle himself . I am also sharing one of my favorite animations. Enjoy!

Happy 4th Birthday, Charlotte! I know you have been waiting for this day :)

Today we will be learning about Daniel and the Den of Lions. This Bible Story contains a vital message, one which is important to share with your children now more than ever, considering what our community is currently experiencing. God protects Daniel, even in a terrifying and seemingly hopeless situation. Daniel had Faith, stayed loyal to, and trusted in God. Daniel's story can be found in many collections of children's Bible stories. If you do not have one at home, view Daniel and the Lions from The Beginner's Bible. Even better, do both!

Please enjoy the read aloud below, despite the very unflattering cover photo :p

Have your child color the Daniel /Lions page. Ask he or she to retell you the story in their own words.

If possible, have your child re-create part of the story using their toys and then act out the scene with them. Make a list of things you will need and search through the toys bins. Sort of like a scavenger hunt! We looked for lions, rocks, a man and an angel. (Does our Daniel look familiar to you? I bet some of the lions do!)

Don't forget to talk about how March comes in like a Lion and goes out like a Lamb. If you complete your pasta art lion, send me a photo!

Happy Saint Joseph's Day!

As a bonus/optional activity, talk with your child about Saint Joseph. Who was Joseph? Why was he important? Stress that Joseph was the foster father of Jesus (his father here on Earth) and he helped Mary raise Jesus with his heart full of love. Show your child a picture of The Holy Family. St. Joseph is known as the worker. He was a carpenter and taught Jesus his trade. Click the button for a printable coloring sheet. Ask your child about the image. Who is the little boy? (Jesus!) Why are there tools in the picture? (Because he was a carpenter!)

We got mail in our Magic Mailbox!! Check it out!

One of my absolute FAVORITE counting songs/videos, and perfect for Spring!

Today practice counting 12 objects. Can you make groups of like objects (12 legos, 12 dolls, 12 cookies?) How many groups of 12 can you make?

Share one last St. Patrick's themed story with your child. Many of you may have "How to Catch a Leprechaun" in your home library. If not, please view the video below and select a different physical book to read together today.

Spring has arrived!!! Goodbye Winter! I hope you were able to go outside yesterday to get some fresh air. It was a beautiful day! The Siano boys took a hike and explored. We also saw lots of wildlife in our yard. What animals have you seen outside this week? How is the weather going to change now that it is Spring? What other things will change?

Read "Springtime Prayer" by Ralph Waldo Emerson with your child.

Who made the flowers? Who made the grass, birds and bees? Who made EVERYTHING?

Aren't we blessed to live in such a beautiful world, that was created just for us?

What are your favorite things about springtime? Draw a picture!

Springtime Prayer

For flowers that bloom about our feet,

For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet,

For song of bird, and hum of bee,

For all things fair we hear or see,

Father in heaven, we thank Thee!

For blue of stream and blue of sky,

For pleasant shade of branches high,

For fragrant air and cooling breeze,

For beauty of the blooming trees,

Father in heaven, we thank Thee!

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Please begin working on the cloud worksheet with your child. Talk to them about why they feel lucky. What things and people in their life has God blessed them with?

*Please note- the craft portion (adding ribbons, streamers) is optional but please discuss/fill out the cloud with your child.

Have you been discussing different helpers in your neighborhood each day? Here is a fun song, which also may help your child think of more/different types of helpers in our community!

Kids! Help your parents learn how to be Weather Watchers!

Parents- Click the image below and select the option at the bottom of the box to view the video without signing in/creating an account.

Please have your child practice number formation / identifcation as they complete the Pot of Gold number tracing sheets today. Tracing is so important; it helps build muscles in their hands and arms so that they'll be ready to write!

Pete the Cat is back! If you do not have today's reading selection, Pete the Cat and the Great Leprechaun Chase, please the video below with your child. It has a great moral at the end.

If you view the video in lieu of reading the book, please select another book from your home library to read together today.

Please make sure to discuss the rainy weather are having today! See if they will give you a weather report. Ask for advice on what you should wear/carry if you need to go outside today.

Update: The sun made an appearance! Were my weather watchers looking for rainbows?

The Gingerbread Man series is VERY popular in our classroom. If you do not have a copy of the Gingerbread Man and the Leprechaun Loose at the School, view this with your child and enjoy!

(Then choose an additional book to read together later today).

A fun math activity for today would a gold coin hunt! If you do not have any gold coins, cut circles out of yellow paper (have your child color white paper yellow if you do not have any construction paper). If possible, label the coins with numbers (if you are using gold coins, masking tape and marker works great!) When your child finds all of the coins, practicing lining them up and counting them. Then make several different piles and count the quantities of coins in each. Have your child practice putting the coins in number order if you were able to label them.

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Today is a great day to learn about Saints with your child, especially Saint Patrick.

Please review some of the following facts about Saint Patrick:

  • When he was a boy he was a captured and taken to Ireland as a slave
  • He later escaped and became a priest, and then a Bishop
  • He had so much love in his heart for God, and for the people of Ireland, that he returned back to Ireland and helped the people learn all about God
  • He used the shamrock to explain The Blessed Trinity to the people of Ireland (3 parts to make 1 whole)
  • He performed many miracles, and is told to have rid all the snakes from Ireland
  • His feast day is today (March 17th)
  • We wear green on St. Patrick's day because Ireland is the "Emerald Isle," a shamrock is green, and green is the color of Spring!

In keeping with our Social Studies unit on helpers in our community, talk with your child about how St. Patrick was a helper in his community. Do we have clergymen who help in our community? Who are they? How do they help?

Be as hands on as possible when discussing the Saints. Remind your children that these were real people, just like you and me. There is a coloring sheet in your packet. You can also choose to make simple puppets. My kids love collecting Tiny Saints which I always share with our class during circle time (and yes, the Pope is in there too). Please show them St. Patrick (far left) and see if they will tell you about any of the Tiny Saints I wear on my lanyard.

How cool is this for illustrating how important it is to wash our hands? Watch this video with your child, or even better, try this experiment at home! My boys are doing it right now!!

There are lots of free, printable shamrock counting cards online. Or, you can make your own!

Read this poem to your child to help them understand how a shamrock can be used to represent The Blessed Trinity. Have them count to three on their fingers as they recite it with you.

I saw that some of you are off to a great start decorating your shamrocks! Here are some examples if you need inspiration (tissue paper, buttons and bingo marker):

If your child decorates a shamrock please send it in when school reopens-- I'd love to display it in our classroom and share with the class.

S.T.R.E.A.M. PROJECT ALERT!

If were in our classroom today, we would be setting a trap in hopes of capturing our very own leprechaun! This is an awesome activity to try at home (and completely optional). You can use materials from around your house to construct a one-of-a-kind creation that just might trap a magical little fellow. Last year, we drew rainbows on big paper to lure the leprechaun in (this helps with practicing fine motor skills and color identification). We used lucky charms and shamrock stickers as bait-- see what you can think of! (Something tells me leprechauns might like sugary or green foods...) Next, we used a box and a stick to create our actual trap. A shoebox and a pencil should do the trick. It might be fun to wrap, paint or cover the box with stickers. Let your child get creative-- give them some recycled materials and they might come up with a different vision. It is a great opportunity for them to turn into little engineers! If you have any paper towel or toilet paper rolls laying around (which I know are a hot commodity right now) you could make a leprechaun spyglass or binoculars.

Email me photos of what you come up with and I will post to share with the class!

Fiddle-de-fizz, 'tis magic it is! A "Ten Lucky Leprechauns" Read aloud!

Please feel free to view the video below with your child if you do not own this book, and then choose a book from your library at home to read together.

Join me in wishing Philip a very happy 4th birthday! We will have a belated celebration when school reopens!

Even when things seems extra scary, Pre-K remembers that Lent is a very special time. Fill your heart with love and please remember how powerful prayer can be.

Here is some information that might be helpful if your children are asking about the Corona Virus, or why we are not in school right now: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/talking-with-children.html

We have been enjoying the beautiful Spring-like weather!

That moment when your teacher shows you how MIRACULOUS it was when Jesus turned water into wine at Cana!

“From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere!”

Sorting , snacking and making art using one fish, two fish, red fish and blue fish!

“You're off to Great Places!

Today is your day!

Your mountain is waiting,

So... get on your way!” ...

We had a blast celebrating all things Seuss at SSPJ!

Our halls are decked and we are ready to "Read Across America!"

We really enjoyed our exploration into the world of germs this week. We learned all about to keep from spreading germs and we also painted germs two different ways-- using bingo daubers and air! We also had a chance to practice our cutting. We are working on a long term project of "growing" our own germs too!

We couldn't resist playing in the snow one last time, even though it is starting to feel like Spring! We did a great job making prints of and identifying different letters and numbers.

Pre-K loves LOVE! We worked with stampers to count hearts, learned a little bit about negative space and painted with bingo daubers, and celebrated Valentines Day with a little party and valentine exchange!

Our classroom has been overrun by penguins! We loved color sorting and it was great practice for our math and fine motor skills.

To cap off Catholic Schools Week, we had a very special presentation of the Miracle of the Loaves and the Fishes from a very special visitor-- Mrs. King! For those of you who don't know, Mrs. King taught Pre-K here at SSPJ for many years. After learning all about this miracle, we shared a special snack: 2 fish, 5 "loaves" and grape juice.

The upper grades played Bible Jeopardy this afternoon, but we played Bible Bingo! The students did a great job following directions, helping each other and paying attention while flexing their brain muscles remembering different symbols, people and stories from the Bible. We will definitely be playing this again!

What a surprise it was to walk in to our classroom and see that it was transformed into a winter wonderland! The SSPJ Pre-K Bobsled team raced their sleds down an icy slope, played with "snow", and talked about how the Bible tells us that God controls the weather and only He can really make it snow.

Hard at work sorting snowmen. Teamwork makes the dream work!

Check out these snowman stacks! They had so much fun stacking and counting.

Glittery pasta art and searching for icy gems in the snow:

We learned all about the Epiphany and made crowns just like the three Wisemen. We are also hard at work decorating for Winter!

A birthday celebration for Mrs. Siano AND Pope Francis. We learned all about him, and made Pope puppets too!

Sensory jingle bins activity

Stage ready!

Gingerbread shape identifcation and sorting, and Christmas story time with Mrs. Hammerstone:

What a cool visual showing the change of seasons! I leaves on the ground were blown away to reveal a path of frosty leaf prints. The children LOVED seeing these lining the walkway to our school.

Christmas tree color sorting:

Exploring Whoville!

We have been decking the halls everyday and enjoying this season of Advent! Also, for those of you who haven't heard, our classroom elf is back and has been named Meatball.

We truly hope all of our Pre-K families know how thankful we are to have these little turkeys with us everyday. Happy Thanksgiving!

Enjoying a beautiful Fall day!

We've got ears; say "Cheers!"

Have you ever seen such adorable little turkeys??

Today we did our best to balance as we scurried up an oak tree to collect and count acorns. We hope you like the squirrel cup puppets that came home in our folders! We really enjoyed making them after reading Scaredy Squirrel.

We have started working on Thanksgiving themed projects and changing out our classroom and hallway decorations. The children really enjoyed making "pumpkin pie" and reviewing what it means to be pious like Saint Padre Pio.

Your little angels sung their hearts out today and we couldn't be prouder of them. They brought tears to the eyes of the attendees of the Veterans Day Prayer service. In addition to their amazing performance, we were able to unveil the rock flag we created in cooperation with the other Pre-K and Kindergarten classes, as well as the banner we made which was used to decorate the front of the stage. Most importantly, the children truly understand why we celebrate Veterans Day, and why we honor these brave men and women for their selflessness and service to our country.

PS- Here is a link to the song the children performed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45FAIy2rWw0

We worked on so many different projects for the Veterans visiting our school next week, to let them know how much we appreciate them. We don't want to ruin the surprise just yet, but we can't wait until you see what we created!

We had an AMAZING surprise in our magic mailbox for All Saints Day-- A 3D printed cross to keep in our classroom. WOAH!!!

You say Halloween, we say Party!

Thanks to our families for making this celebration possible, especially the room parents who joined us for the parade!

Working on gross motor and math skills-- web walking and spider counting!

The Phillipsburg Police Department sent us junior officer badges! We found them in our magic mailbox this morning. Super cool!

Today we continued our discussion on about how we are all made in God's image, but we are all unique individuals. "Big or small, God picked us all!"

We made these cool magnets for our lockers and loved decorating the pumpkin faces. I love how they all look different, but so cute! The students are VERY excited to bring these home next week.

Our classroom is full of "weather-watchers". We ventured outside this morning to feel the chill in the air and blustery wind. We went on a fall scavenger hunt (our checklists came home) but here are some of the things we found! While on the hunt, we also saw different types of flowers, insects and trees, and smelled some wild onions! (There were a lot of "Ewwwwws").

We have been SO BUSY I haven't had a chance to post photos. Here are some from our Pumpkin "Trip". It was a fantastic day. Thank you to all the families who helped to make this day so special.

Fire safety day was AWESOME!

We are finishing up our apple unit, and it is bitterSWEET! Most of us loved our apple crisp and vanilla ice cream :)

Math centers are FUN! Working on manipulating shapes and numeral formation.

We made apple trees like Shel Silverstein's "The Giving Tree" and tried some home made applesauce too!

What a busy day! We mixed up some puffy paint and tried out a simple printmaking activity today. We also examined some leaves in our magnification station.

Brownie party & mini nature walk today. The dewy grass around the playground was full of tiny spider webs!

Today we celebrated Johnny Appleseed's birthday! We learned about his life, and how he was kind, generous, and told people all over the United States about God. We loved making our hats!

Do you like the apples on our bulletin board? This was an important project and we worked very hard on it. We have been learning all about The Blessed Trinity. Ask your children about the different parts of an apple. We learned that the skin represents God The Father, who protects us. The flesh represents God The Son, because Jesus was God made flesh. The seeds remind us of The Holy Spirit, Who lives inside all of us, and helps us grow!

We have been very busy learning all about apples. We completed our apple tasting, but first we made predictions about which color apple we would like the most. It's always very interesting to see how many change their minds once they sample different types! Golden delicious was the big winner this year.

Sneak peak of a class photo blooper (they are saying MEATBALL!)

Working hard on our math and fine motor skills today while counting "Ten Apples Up On Top".

This past week, we read Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses, by Kimberly and James Dean. Then, we made some of our own magic glasses!

The children absolutely LOVE this story (Spoon by Amy Krouse Rosenthal). For anyone that has Amazon Prime, there is an animated short that they often ask to watch at the end of the day as one of their class rewards. If you are able to, watch with them at home! They are excited to share this story with you.

The class LOVED listening to this song while we were working on our pasta art this past week. If anyone has been singing this song at home and you've been wondering why, here it is!