St. John Berchmans - Ocean Buddies

Happy Thanksgiving

The Ocean Buddies started celebrating Thanksgiving in our classroom by making pies with pumpkin scented playdough and creating thankful turkeys! They used paint and pipecleaners shaped like turkey feet to create turkey tracks. The Ocean Buddies practiced reading "sight words" as they participated in a small group activity using the "Look at the Turkey" emergent reader books. They also practiced clapping syllables and identifying positional words. After listening to the story, "The Giving Tree," each Ocean Buddy wrote about how they can help a friend. These pictures and writings are hanging in the hallway outside of our classroom.

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** We will add photos to this same album next week.

We can't wait to see everyone at Parent-Teacher conferences!

Fine Motor Week!

This week the Ocean Buddies were busy practicing all of their fine motor skills. It is so important to strengthen fine motor muscles in order to do things in our everyday life. We practiced our pincer grasp by gluing popcorn to a corn shape and by using stringing beads on a bracelet. We learn how to use writing tools with control by coloring, painting, and using chalk. We even practiced our scissor skills, learning how to hold, move, and cut with them.

Happy Halloween!

The Ocean Buddies had so much fun at the Halloween Fest! Please click on our class photo to see more pictures from this week.

Have a Happy and Safe Halloween!


The Ocean Buddies are so excited for Halloween! This week we started talking about different costumes and things we can wear for Halloween. We made mummies using paper towels, rolled and painted clay pumpkins, decorated with jack-o-lantern stickers, and even made a pumpkin for Jesus! The Ocean Buddies learned about positional words like "in front" and "next to" by listening to directions and placing pumpkins stickers in a pumpkin patch. We are learning how to count and read recipes by finding objects for a witch's stew. The Ocean Buddies are busy working in their journals every week, too. This week's question is "What kind of costume would you like to wear?" Check out some of the results by clicking the photo!

Our 5 Senses

The Ocean Buddies spent the week exploring their 5 senses! They created puffy paint art, sorted objects by sound, and used Legos to build letters in their names. The students played an eye spy game where they searched for toys inside of rice bottles. They played another game where they sorted how they could identify objects using each of their five senses. They used their sense of touch and sight to explore Fall themed sensory bins. On Wednesday, the Ocean Buddies used their sense of sight, touch, taste, and smell as they made Fruit Tacos for snack! A special thank you to our room parents for visiting the classroom to help the students create decorations for the Halloween Fest. They made spiders using glitter paint, model magic, pipe cleaners, and googly eyes!

Community Helpers

The Ocean Buddies were busy this week learning about Community Helpers!

They were doctors as they matched ABC bandaids to their teddy bear's boo-boos.

They were construction workers as they built towers out of blocks.

They were hairdressers as they cut the hair of shape puppets.

They were bus drivers as they made buses by spelling their names.

They were mail carriers as they counted 1-10 stamps and matched numbers.

They were healers like Jesus and made their own healer bags.

They were scientists as they conducted a heat experiment.

The Ocean Buddies learned they can be anything they want to be!

Fire Safety

The Ocean Buddies had so much fun learning about firefighters and practicing fire safety drills! We talked about how and when to dial 911 in case of an emergency. They even practiced "dialing" 911 before decorating the numbers with tissue paper. The Ocean Buddies really enjoyed their visit with a firefighter and seeing the gear that firefighters wear. They learned a lot about fire safety and how important it is not to hide, but to exit a building in case of a fire. In our classroom, we practiced "stop, drop, and roll" and they completed an activity to bring home. The Ocean Buddies also created a firetruck art craft and played a fire truck counting game.

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It's Fall!

This week the Ocean Buddies continued to learn about Fall. We talked about things we like to do in Fall like picking apples, jumping in leaves, and picking pumpkins. The Ocean Buddies got their own journals this week and drew a picture of what they like to do in the Fall. Every week the Ocean Buddies will draw a picture and dictate to the teacher something about our theme. Ask your Ocean Buddy what they drew for "What do you like to do in the Fall?"

There was a lot of learning going on this week during centers! We taste tested apples, used cinnamon sticks to draw letters in rice, decorated trees with tissue paper and paint, practiced finding shapes, and colored an apple counting book.

This week we had our first Art Class with Ms. Petie. We read the story Edwina and used shapes to make dinosaurs.

The Ocean Buddies are also having fun visiting the after care room to use the Smart Board. This week we had to drag apples on the board to spell our names. The Ocean Buddies are learning so much about technology, taking turns, and spelling their names.

SJB started a kindness challenge this week, too. The challenge was to say something nice to an adult in the hallway and call them by name. Some Ocean Buddies earned kindness stickers this week for saying things like, "Hi Ms. Allison" and "Happy Birthday Ms. Judy!"

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Apples and Fall

The Ocean Buddies had so much fun learning about the Fall season and apples! They played some counting, addition, and same/different apple math games. They used stickers to match upper and lowercase letters on apple trees and magnets to spell Fall words. The Ocean Buddies also created a Fall book about colors and used tissue paper to decorate apple cut-outs. Click on the picture below to see more fun activities from this week!

Shapes and Colors

The Ocean Buddies were busy this week exploring shapes and colors! We practiced fine motor skills by cutting straight lines to make name puzzles. We also ripped and glued papers, drew shapes in shaving cream, and used watercolors.

During our science lessons, we learned about different tools that scientists use. We used our classroom tweezers and magnifying glasses to sort pom poms by color and look at different kinds of seashells.

For math, we played a shape game and even used shape cookies in our sensory bins.

We met with our Faith Partners again this week and practiced being kind to each other. They also showed us how to be respectful in church, too!

We loved painting at the easel and making our classroom book "Children, Children, What Do You See?"

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Me and My Family

This week, the Ocean Buddies continued to learn about what makes them unique and how each of us belongs to a different family. The Ocean Buddies decorated people cut-outs to represent themselves or someone in their family. They participated in many activities using their fine motor skills. They used dot markers to decorate their name, erasers to form letters, and worked together to complete puzzles. They also practiced holding scissors and cutting wrapping paper.

On Thursday, the Ocean Buddies met with their Faith Partners, the second grade class! They enjoyed exploring the classroom together. We will get together with our Faith Partners throughout the school year and sit with them when we attend church.

The Ocean Buddies also attended the Helping Kids Get Along workshop where we learned how to politely ask someone to stop their mean/annoying behavior.

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Meet the new Ocean Buddies!

Welcome to our classroom blog. Each week we will post fun photos and activities from our classroom.

This week the Ocean Buddies were busy exploring their new classroom and learning about what makes them unique. We discussed our favorite colors, who we have in our families, and so much more. We drew self portraits, looked at our fingerprints under magnifying glasses and practiced recognizing and making our names in many different ways. The Ocean Buddies built their names out of magnets, traced their letters with paint, strung letter beads together, and traced with crayons.

The Ocean Buddies took their first mini field trip to our chapel to learn about the special place. We drew pictures of what we saw in there. We also had our first Spanish and gym classes. The Ocean Buddies loved fishing for letters and riding scooters with Ms. Kim!