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Thursday, May 30, 2019

We had such a nice day to end our year together. Our morning message revealed that we had a jam-packed day full of activities. We made our way downstairs to the auditorium for our final practice and moms and dads - let me tell you these kids are fabulous! We cannot wait to perform for you tomorrow!

Snack time was especially delicious because we celebrated the last summer birthday - our friend Noah. He shared some cupcakes with us, and even gave us each a very cool ring. We thank him for that! Next, we gathered on the rug and shared some special memories from the school year - our class trips, pajama day, 100th day, Easter Egg hunt, and our butterfly project were some of the favorites that were mentioned. We sure have had many fun and educational experiences this past year! We then sat back and enjoyed a video on our SMARTboard. This video was extra special because guess who starred in it? WE DID! That's right, we watched a 7 minute DVD movie capturing some of our most memorable Pre-K 1 moments - from September to now. We loved it so much that we asked to watch it again. Don't worry moms and dads - you too will get the chance to watch it tomorrow at our closing ceremony.

We enjoyed some center time activities, then made our way outside with our friends in Pre-K 2 for some fresh air and exercise. Lunch time hit the spot, and then we chose a place to play during free play time. We had a very relaxing rest of the day. Tables were moved from the center of the room, we laid down our blankets, and then finished the "Toy Story" movie - definitely a favorite! Many of us enjoyed some Sour Patch Kids treats while watching the movie.

I can't tell you how much I have enjoyed working with your children this year. They have made such tremendous progress and I am so proud of them. Thank you for sharing them with me - I will truly miss them.

I am so much looking forward to our show tomorrow and hope to see you there. All children should arrive at school by 9:00pm. Our show will start promptly at 9:30. Thanks for a great year and have a fantastic summer!!!! God Bless You.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Well, we certainly are winding things down here in Pre-K! This morning we quickly went through our usual routine, and were happy to add another tally mark to the "w" column on our Phillies scoreboard. 32 wins and 22 losses so far this season - not too shabby!!

After putting some finishing touches on our cereal boxes and memory books, we visited our centers earlier than usual. During our morning snack time, we sang "Happy Birthday" to our buddy Henry who will be turning 6 this summer. He brought in some delicious cupcakes to share with us. Yummy in our tummies :)

We located our name tags for center time activities, then made our way outside on this summer-like day. We got a good stretch of the legs and had lots of fun with our friends in Pre-K 2. We worked up quite an appetite and then enjoyed a pizza lunch provided by Ms. Denise, Mrs. Towey, and Mrs. Elliot. We sure love our pizza!

After lunch we gathered to watch more of the "Toy Story" movie, then crowned the Blessed Mother. We calmed our bodies during rest time, then rounded out the day making pictures with waterpaints.

Tomorrow will be our last day in the classroom together. We plan to finish up some projects, have a final practice for our show, and watch a special DVD.


Tuesday, May 28, 2019

I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend! It certainly was a beautiful one :)

Can you believe that it's the last week of Pre-K? Our countdown now shows the magic number of 3. Wow! Our morning message revealed that a busy day was in store for us. After going through our morning routine, we returned to our seats and began decorating our cereal boxes that we painted last week. We glued on some special words, then used foam stickers, jewels, and buttons to decorate them with. They are looking great! We just need to add a few finishing touches to them tomorrow.

During snack time, we enjoyed some fruit snacks and sang "Happy Birthday" to our friend Landon, who turned 5 yesterday. Afterward, we located our name tags for center time. Before we knew it, we were on our way downstairs to the auditorium to practice on the stage for our show. Wow, we are just getting better and better. We will have one final practice on Thursday :)

Lunch time was yummy in our tummies, then some free play time followed. We then gathered on the rug to watch a bit more of the "Toy Story" movie that we started last week before settling down for rest time.

We rounded out our day by drawing pictures with markers, then crowning the Blessed Mother.

At the end of our day, we offered prayers up for all the men and women who have served our country so selflessly. God bless America!

Tomorrow we look forward to a pizza lunch provided by Mrs. Sawyer, Ms. Denise, Mrs. Towey, and the lunch moms. So just pack a morning snack and 2 drinks, unless your child will not eat pizza.


Thursday, May 23, 2019

We went through our activities quickly because we had quite a busy morning. Our morning message revealed that we were going to practice on the stage for our show, and we were very excited about that. We joined our Pre-K 2 friends and made our way down to the auditorium and onto the stage. We listened well and practiced singing and dancing to all of our songs. We even practiced receiving our special certificates. I am so proud of how well these kids did. We will practice on the stage again next week!

We sure worked up an appetite, so we were happy to celebrate our friend Ayden today - another friend with a summertime birthday. He brought in chocolate cupcakes to share with us....yum!! Afterward we completed a page for the "memory books" we are working on, then finished up our center time activities for this week.

We had a nice lunch, followed by free play time. Next we gathered on the rug and began watching the Toy Story movie - seems like a class favorite for sure! After crowning our Blessed Mother, we settled down for a relaxing rest time before ending this nice day together.

Please remember that school is closed tomorrow, May 24th, and Monday, May 27th. Have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend :) See you Tuesday!


Wednesday, May 22, 2019

After going through our morning routine quickly, we began working on our cereal box project. Thanks moms and dads for sending them in!! We learned that these boxes will be changed into a beautiful picture frame. First we put smocks on, then helped to cover up our tables. We each received our cereal box, then got busy painting. We used several colors to paint up all the sides of our boxes. Step one completed! Next week we will decorate them and put the finishing touches on these special projects.

During snack time we sang "Happy Birthday" to another friend who has a summer birthday - Elijah!!. He shared some cupcakes and bags of chips with us. Dee-licious! Thanks to Elijah for that nice treat. Afterward we worked in small groups at our centers. Time moved quickly and we were already on our way to the library. Today was our last visit there, so we made sure to thank Mrs. Dunfee for reading us so many wonderful stories this year!

We had a nice lunch and then enjoyed some free play time. Next our friends in Pre-K 2 joined us again in our classroom to practice for our show. Great job by all :) After resting peacefully while the soft music played, we rounded out our day using dry erase markers to practice writing our first and last names.

Tomorrow we look forward to practicing on the stage for our show! Please keep in mind that there are no classes on Friday, May 24 and Monday, May 27th.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Happy Tuesday! Our Pre-K countdown is now down to 6 - wow, we can't believe it :)

Our morning lesson focused on numbers. We lined up the numbers 1 to 25 in the proper order and practiced our rote counting. Next, we closed our eyes as many of those numbers were flipped over. Our next task was to figure out which numbers they were. We each had a turn and did a fabulous job! When we returned to our seats, we completed a similar pencil/paper activity by filling in the missing numbers. Check our folders for our great work!

We had an extra delicious snack time because we celebrated a friend with a summer birthday - Neave! She brought in some yummy cupcakes to share with us - and we loved them! Thanks to Neave for that special treat. Afterward, we got busy with our center time activities. The memory book pages that we are working on are looking really nice.

Before lunch we made our way outside to get some fresh air and exercise. After lunch our friends from Pre-K 2 joined us in our classroom and we practiced for our upcoming show. I am happy to report that these kids are getting better and better each day :)

After a nice, quiet rest time, we crowned our Blessed Mother, prepared for dismissal and ended another great day in Pre-K!

Monday, May 20, 2019

Yay! We added 3 tally marks to the W column of our Phillies scoreboard. So we are at 27 and 19. Keep those wins comin'!

Even though we are getting ready to wrap up our year, there is still much to do and learn this week and next. During our morning lesson we reviewed and signed our letters from A to Z, and then we played an alphabet game called "Name the missing letter". The letters of the alphabet were placed in order on the rug, with many of them turned over. Our job was to identify them. Afterwards we completed a pencil/paper activity very similar to our game.

We had our bathroom break and then enjoyed our morning snack time. We lined up and made our way downstairs for gym class - where we had loads of fun and got plenty of exercise! Can you believe that it was our last one? We made sure to thank Ms. Gorman for being such an awesome gym teacher this year :)

Once back in the classroom, we got busy at our centers. This week we will practice writing our first and last names, reinforce many skills through i-pad games, and work on pages for our end of the year "Memory Books".

We had a nice lunch, then free play time soon followed. We practiced for our end of the year show, and then honored our Blessed Mother by crowning Her while singing "Immaculate Mary". After resting peacefully on this warm day, we rounded out our day with the use of waterpaints - making some neat and colorful creations! See you tomorrow :)


Friday, May 17, 2019

Our morning lesson focused on all of the letters of the alphabet - from A to Z! We first put all of the letters in the proper order across the rug. Then we each closed our eyes and selected an item from a bag and placed it on the floor in front of us. Our task was to identify the item, tell what letter it begins with, sign the letter, and then place it underneath the proper letter on the rug. Wow - we did an awesome job with this activity....kindergarten, here we come!

We returned to our seats and completed a similar activity where we had to match the letter on one side to the picture that begins with that letter on the other side. I am happy to tell you that most of the children were able to complete this independently. Check our folders to see!

We had a nice morning snack, then finished up our center time activities for this week. We then lined up and made our way down the hallway and down the steps to music class. Can you believe that it was our last one?? We made sure to thank Sr. Teresa for making music class so much fun this year. And we are happy that she will be at our show playing her guitar as we sing a special song .Be warned mom, dads, grandmoms and grandpops.....this one is a tearjerker!!

Lunch time was yummy in our tummies, then we practiced some songs for our show. Before resting, we went outside for some fresh air and exercise on this beautiful Spring day and then honored our Blessed Mother by crowning Her. After calming ourselves during rest time, we rounded out our day with some beginning sounds bingo.

It's hard to believe that we have just 8 school days left. Next week and the week after we will be involved in some special "end of the year" projects. Please remember to send in an empty cracker box or small-sized cereal box to school if you haven't already done so.

Enjoy the weekend :)


Thursday, May 16, 2019

Happy Thursday :) Today we took an imaginary trip to one of our favorite "Z" places...the zoo! Many of us were eager to share some of our own personal zoo experiences. We brainstormed and made a list of many zoo animals, then picked our favorite one. We also watched a Sesame Street video clip called "Elmo at the Zoo". When we returned to our seats we worked hard in our journals - first writing the words "Z-o-o A-n-i-m-a-l-s", then drawing some. There were really neat drawings of elephants, monkeys, lions, and giraffes (just to name a few).

After enjoying our morning snacks, we participated in our center time activities. Afterward, we had a nice time outdoors with our friends in Pre-K 2.

Lunch time was de-licious, then free play time followed. We then gathered on the rug to listen to the story "Corduroy at the Zoo". We followed Corduroy and his friends around the zoo and they couldn't decide whether they should visit the lions first, or take a jungle walk to see the monkeys, or maybe the kangaroos and the koalas? We looked under the flaps to see what surprises were in store for everyone during their fun-filled day at the zoo. Next we got up and had fun moving around the classroom pretending to be various animals while listening to the song "Let's Go to the Zoo".

We crowned our Blessed Mother, then relaxed for a peaceful rest time. We rounded out our day with table-top activities, before ending another great day in Pre-K!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Well, we started our day in a beautiful way! The Pre-K and Kindergarten children were invited outside to watch the crowning of our Blessed Mother. Last week it rained for the scheduled May Procession, so the crown made for the outdoor Blessed Mother was never used. We prayed, sang "Immaculate Mary", and watched as Mr. Seneca placed the beautful crown of flowers on Her head. She looks just lovely - and we even said an extra "Hail Mary" for all of our own mommies <3

Can you believe our Pre-K countdown is down to 10? Just 10 more days of Pre-K left. Wow!

Our morning lesson focused on zebras. We first discussed what we already know about these amazing animals - we mentioned that they have black and white stripes, look like horses, and live at the zoo and in the jungle. We then watched an informational video clip and learned a few interesting zebra facts: No two zebras have the same exact stripes, they are not good for riding because their backs aren't strong enough, they can run very fast, and they use their back legs to give a fierce and powerful kick if they need to defend themselves. We then returned to our seats and put those fine motor skills to work as we made our own zebra craft. It started with just a paper plate. We colored in the stripes, cut out ears and a nose/mouth, and added a strip of black hair for the mane. Last, we glued the eyes in place. Check our folders to see our wonderful creations!

We munched on our morning snacks, then we located our name tags for center time. Afterward, we made our way downstairs to the library where Mrs. Dunfee read us some enjoyable stories....we especially liked the P.J. Mask one :)

After lunch and some free play time, we practiced for our upcoming show - and we are looking and sounding better each day ) We then had some well-deserved fun in the sun outside before settling down for rest time.

Table-top activities rotated, then we prepared for dismissal. Unfortunately we had to add a tally mark to the L column after the Phillies loss yesterday - so our scoreboard is now 24 W, 17 L!


Tuesday, May 14, 2019

This morning we participated in our first May Scholastic lesson titled "Backyard Insects". We revisited the "Insect" theme and many of us remembered the most important feature of all insects - that they have 6 legs! We also learned that they have 2 antennae and 3 body parts called the head, thorax, and abdomen. We watched the informational video for this lesson, then returned to our seats to work in our booklets. We read many words together on the cover, then opened it up and identified the 5 insects inside each box. I encourage you to look through this book with your little one and see if he/she can tell you about it. On the back page we located the insect at the top, then carefully drew 6 legs on all of the ladybugs. We then received a paper with the 3 body parts of an insect on it - and we could clearly see that they were mixed up. Our task was to first color them, then cut them out. Finally, we had to assemble them (like a puzzle) with the head on top, thorax in the middle, and the abdomen at the bottom. Check our folders to see our great work!

We enjoyed our morning snacks, then got busy with our center time activities. One of our small-group activities this week is making the first page of a special memory book we will be working on. Hard to believe that there are just a few weeks left.

Lunch time hit the spot, then we played the interactive SMARTboard game from our Scholastic lesson earlier called "Build An Insect". We each had the chance to select a head, a body, an abdomen, antennae, wings or no wings, and something for the insect to eat. We each created a unique looking insect :) Before resting, we had the chance to stretch our legs a bit downstairs in the gym and got some good exercise.

After a peaceful rest time, we ended our nice day together with prayers and goodbyes...and we added another tally mark to the W column on our Phillies scoreboard before singing our ballgame song. Have a nice night!


Monday, May 13, 2019

I hope everyone had a nice, long weekend and a beautiful Mother's Day!

Zip-a-dee-doo-da! It's Z week and we have finally made it to the very last letter of the alphabet. Our Z table has a baby named "Zac" on it and a picture of a zebra so far :) The children are encouraged to bring anything that may have a zipper on it to add to the Z table this week.

We were introduced to the letter Z this morning, made the letter z sound, and learned how to sign it. We are so proud of the fact that we can sign the entire alphabet now! We practiced tracing and printing upper and lower case Zz's, found and identified the pictures with the initial /z/ sound, and read our "Z" sentences together - pointing to each word as we read them. Check our folders for our wonderful work!

After munching on our morning snacks, we got busy with our center activities. This week we will be tracing and printing upper and lower case Zz's in our letter books, making some neat zig-zag z's, and practicing many skills on the i-pads.

Gym time arrived quickly so we made our way down to the gym to see Ms. Gorman. We had loads of fun and got plenty of exercise, as usual. We practiced a variety of skills as we participated in an obstacle course - and Ms. Gorman was very happy that we followed her directions well :)

After lunch and some free play time, we gathered to listen to the story "Zip the Pig" by Richard Scary. Zip is a mail carrier in Busytown and in this story we saw what a hard worker he was. In this rhyming tale, we learned that snow or rain, gray skies or blue, Zip and his letters must get through. This story prompted us to talk about our mommy's and daddy's jobs. We then talked about the importance of being a good worker and what may happen if/when workers do not their jobs. Next, we prayed the "Hail Mary" and sang "Immaculate Mary" while our Blessed Mother was crowned.

We calmed our minds and bodies during rest time on this dark, rainy (and chilly!) day, then wrapped things up by getting busy with some table-top activities. After packing up and prayers, we adjusted our Phillies scoreboard - which now has 23 wins and 16 losses. We sang our Ballgame song in the hopes that those wins continue!

Please take the time to check out some new photos that have been added to this site. Just click on the "Pre-K Photos" link on the left to see some pictures from Easter and our recent trip to the Please Touch Museum.


Friday, May 10, 2019

When checking our Phillies scoreboard this morning we were happy to add yet another tally mark to that "W" column - so it's 21 wins and 15 losses so far this season....not too shabby! Our Pre-K countdown is now down to 14! Time is just flying on by...

This morning's Religion lesson helped us to appreciate the gift of our mommies. We talked about the many ways our mommies show love to us. We were reminded that our mothers deserve our love, respect, and help all year long. We returned to our seats and completed the activity page for this lesson by cutting and gluing to fill up the basket with beautiful flowers. On the opposite side we drew a picture of our mommy inside the heart in the basket. We can give these pretty "baskets" of love to someone special on Mother's Day - they are inside our folders. We also took the time to add some finishing touches to our Mother's Day cards that we have been working so hard on. We added some fancy jewelry and signed our names. We hope you love them as much as we do!!

We had a nice surprise at snack time! Since I was star of the week, I brought in a treat for the class and the kids were super excited to see that it was Rita's water ice! We had 3 flavors to choose from - mango, cherry, and blue raspberry. First we put our names underneath the flavor we wanted. Next we put our math skills to work as we tallied the results. Blue was the most popular with a whopping 7 votes. Mango and cherry tied for second place with 4 votes a piece. See if your little one can tell you which flavor he/she selected.

Next we finished up our center time activities for this week, then we made our way downstairs for music class. Today Sr. Teresa played the guitar as we sang the lyrics to one of the special songs in our upcoming show. This particular song is one that may cause a few tears - and the children sound so beautiful singing it :)

After lunch and some free play time, we were happy to get some exercise as we ran about in the gym for a short time. Upon returning to the classroom, we honored the Blessed Mother and then relaxed for a nice rest time. Before leaving for the weekend, we played a few fun rounds of "initial consonants bingo" - where we had to pay close attention as we listened to the letter sound, then checked our cards to see if one of the pictures on it began with that same sound.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. Wishing all mommies and all who fill that role a very happy and relaxing Mother's Day!



Thursday, May 9, 2019

Happy Thursday!

A yo-yo and a piece of yellow yarn (double y!) were added to our Y table this morning. Yes!

After completing our usual morning routine of activities, we listened to a delightful tale called, "Mommy in My Pocket" by Carol Hunt Senderak. This sweet story is about a little bunny who is nervous about leaving her mom on the first day of school. However, she lets her imagination run wild and makes a wish upon a star that her mommy would shrink and become pocket-sized. She imagines a whole school day with Mommy in her pocket!

After munching on our morning snacks, we got busy working on our Mother's Day cards. And let me tell you - they are looking fabulous! We carefully selected facial features and hair to make it look just like our moms. We even strung some beads and added a pretty necklace. You all look like movie stars!!! They are almost complete and will be sent home tomorrow!

We then worked in small groups for our center time activities. Lunch time hit the spot, and the all-favorite free play time soon followed. Afterward, the children listened as I finished up my star of the week poster. Today I told them some things I'm good at and what my hobbies are. We then took the time to honor our Blessed Mother by praying, singing, and then crowning Her.

Before rest time, we made our way downstairs to the gym on this rainy day to get a good stretch of the legs. After rest time, table-top activities were rotated, then we packed up and were on our merry way :) See you tomorrow!


Wednesday, May 8, 2019

What a wonderful time we had at the "Please Touch Museum" yesterday! A HUGE thank you to those of you who were able to join us and help out. It was a fun-filled day and today we enjoyed talking about many of the neat things we saw and did. Some of our favorites were: riding the carousel, the water exploration area, shopping in the supermarket, and the doctor's office (just to name a few). Pictures of this great day will be posted soon.

This morning's lesson focused on a wonderful day that is just 4 days away. We talked about how Mother's Day is a special day that is set aside each year to honor mothers and those who love and care for us like mothers. It's a day for us to say "thank you" to them. We each had a turn to tell about the ways our mommies and grandmoms show love to us - and their responses were very sweet! <3 We returned to our seats and started working on a beautiful hand-made Mother's Day card.....this one will be a keeper, for sure! We colored and cut to complete step 1. Tomorrow we will continue to work on them.

We visited the library a bit earlier than usual today, and we had some good laughs at the stories Mrs. Dunfee read to us. See if your little one can tell you about them. Upon returning to the classroom, we got busy with our center time activities. Afterward, we completed a drawing activity. Yesterday at the Please Touch Museum, we were given a paper to complete. The workers at the museum would like to know what we liked best about our trip - so we were asked to think of our favorite part (and boy, was it hard to pick just one!) and draw about it. These papers will be sent back to the museum.

Lunch time was yummy in our tummies, then free play time followed. Next, I had the chance to tell the kids about the next part of my "star of the week" poster - today they learned about my favorite book and some of my dislikes. After taking the time to crown the Blessed Mother, we made our way outdoors for some fresh air and exercise.

After a relaxing rest time, we packed up our belongings and ended another nice day in Pre-K :)


Monday, May 6, 2019

This morning we were introduced to the letter "Yy" and the #25. We recognized that although nobody's name in our class begins with "Y", we have three friends who have a "y" in their name (Ayden, Henry, and Delaney). We watched and sang along to the letter Y bounce patrol video and looked at several pictures of things that begin with the initial /y/ sound - then practiced how to trace and print it. Our letter Yy table already has on it a container of "y"ogurt. We then completed an activity where we practiced tracing and printing upper and lower case Yy's (a little tricky), identified pictures and listened for its' beginning sound - then circled the corresponding letter. Lastly, we practiced reading the 4 "Y" sentences together...see if your child can read them for you as well!

After a quick bathroom break, we enjoyed our morning snacks. We then split up into our small groups for center time. This week we will be tracing and printing the letter Yy in our letter books, filling an upper case Y with pieces of yarn , using dot-a-dot stampers to stamp out and and count to 25, and i-pad practice.

Before we knew it, we were lining up for gym class....and as always, it was quite eventful! We had much fun participating in some number relay games today:)

Lunch time was yummy in our tummies, then we had a surpising new "star of the week" to welcome.....Mrs. Dignam! That's right - I worked hard on my poster over the weekend and shared the first section of it with the children.I talked about my favorite food, color, and animal. We then practiced a few songs for our upcoming show, and I must say these kids are sounding and looking pretty good! Before rest time, we took the time to crown the Blessed Mother and will continue to do so during this holy month of May. The children may bring in flowers any day during the month to place by Her feet as we honor Her each day.

After resting, we put our fine motor skills to work as we got busy with some table top activities, which this week includes: name-writing practice, play-do exploration, and manipulatives. Prayer, our goodbye song and the ballgame song helped us leave for the day on a happy note! Our Phillies scoreboard shows 19 wins, 14 losses.

Tomorrow is our class trip to the Please Touch Museum. We are super excited about it!! Please make sure your child arrives at school by 8:00 am as usual. Each child should come with a brown-bag lunch with his/her name on it. We plan to leave school by 8:45 am and return by 2:00pm.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Our morning lesson focused on x-rays today. We learned that an x-ray is a special kind of a picture that shows the bones inside of our bodies that cannot be seen with our eyes or with regular cameras. We watched an informational video clip called "Getting an X-ray" and saw a little boy's experience of getting his arm x-rayed at the hospital. The x-ray machine looked like a giant camera and our job is to stay as still as we can. Some of us in this class have gotten x-rays or know someone who has had one. We talked about how they are nothing to be afraid of and that if we ever have to have an x-ray taken, we need to sit still and listen to directions. We viewed several "broken bone" x-rays on the SMARTboard and had to locate where the break was. We also viewed some animal x-rays on and laughed when we saw the dog one.....the x-ray revealed that it swallowed some interesting things. See if your child can tell you about it....

After our bathroom break and morning snack, we got busy making a neat x-ray craft. Earlier in the day we made white handprints on a piece on a piece of black construction paper. We changed them into x-ray hands by adding the bones with the use of q-tips. Great job! Check our folders to see!

Our "star" Noah brought in some delicious gummy bear treats to share with us during morning snack time. Thanks, Noah :) We then finished up our center time activities for this week. During center time, we heard the fire alarm bell ring, and we knew exactly what to do! We stopped what we were doing, lined up quickly and quietly, then made our way into the stairwell where we grabbed an 8th grade buddies' hand, and then made our way outside safely. X is for Excellent - and these kids did an excellent job - especially because we haven't had a fire drill in a while. Yay for Pre-K! Once we returned to the classroom, it was time for us to get ready for music class.

After lunch and some free play, our "star" Noah finished presenting his poster by telling us about a place he would like to visit and what some of his favorite things are. Before settling for rest time on this very warm day, our x-ray theme continued as we listened to the story "What Does the X-ray Say?", a book written and illustrated by 2nd grade students from Wisconsin. We looked at each x-ray to determine what the problem was....and there were some interesting sights on them. In fact, one dog x-ray revealed that he had swallowed 33 golf balls!

Our Blessed Mother statue is now in the front of the room and is ready for our Mary shrine dedication this month. Any child who would like to bring in flowers for our Shrine may do so any day throughout the month. We will be reciting the "Hail Mary" each day, and singing the song "Immaculate Mary" while the Blessed Mother is crowned each day during the month of May (every child will have a turn to crown Her). After crowning Her, we relaxed during rest time, then rounded out the day with prayers, goodbyes, and the good old ballgame song.

Enjoy the weekend :)



Thursday, May 2, 2019

Happy Birthday to Mina :)

After completing our morning routine of activities, we talked about how "X marks the spot!" Many children were familiar with this saying and we discussed how an "X" on a map usually indicates where the treasure is. We watched a short Sesame Street video clip and watched the detective find many X's.....on street signs, on exit signs, on treasure maps, and we learned that when an X made of crossbones is under a skeleton face it means danger or poison! When we returned to our seats we received a paper with the letter x taped to the center of it. We wrote the words "X marks the spot" on the bottom, then used our crayons to fill up the page. Next it was time to carefully peel those pieces of tape off. What could we see? You got it, x marks the spot!

We sang Happy Birthday to our friend Mina who turns 5 years old today! She brought in some yummy unicorn cupcakes to share with us as at snack time - delicious! Afterward, we located our name tags for center time.

Our Religion lesson this morning was a continuation of the one we started earlier in the week. Today we focused on how we can use God's gift of our imaginations. We discussed how when we use our imaginations, we can pretend and make guesses. We listened to the short stories for this lesson about a girl named Lorrie and a boy named Carlos. Each one required us to use our imaginations to think what was going to happen next. We then returned to our seats and looked at the two shapes on the page - a circle and a rectangle. Our task was to change these shapes into something else by using our imaginations. And what wonderful imaginations we have! Check your child's folder to see what he/she changed their shapes into :)

Before lunch, we enjoyed a good stretch of the legs outside with our friends in Pre-K 2. After lunch and some free play time, we gathered on the rug while our "star of the week" Noah told us about what he wants to be when he grows up and what he's good at doing. After taking the time to honor our Blessed Mother by crowning Her and singing, we then practiced some songs for our end of the year show before settling down for a nice, peaceful rest time.

We ended our day in the usual way - backpacks packed, prayers offered, and goodbyes sung. Have a nice evening :)



Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Hooray for May! We said goodbye to April and gave a warm hello to May as we flipped over the #1 on our May calendar, and our Pre-K countdown is down to 20!! There are many exciting things in store for us this month....our class trip to the Please Touch Museum, Mother's Day, and our end of the year celebration on the last day of the month.

Our letter X table welcomed a t-rex and an x-box game (that's a double x!). eXcellent :)

We participated in our second Archdiocesan "Teaching Touching Safety" lesson this morning. The focus was on on safe/unsafe touches, and what to do if someone touches us in a way that hurts or makes us feel uncomfortable. We identified several safe and unsafe situations. Afterward, we returned to our seats and looked at the 4 scenes on the page. Our task was to circle the pictures that show safe touches and put an "x" on the pictures that showed unsafe touches. On the opposite side, we were asked to think of a grown-up who makes us feel safe and draw that person. Check our folders to see!

After munching on our morning snacks, we completed our center time activities. The exit sign hunting is definitely a big hit this week! We then had the chance to get some fresh air and exercise outside for a short time. We then lined up and made our way downstairs to the library where Mrs. Dunfee read some entertaining stories to us.

Before preparing for dismissal, we took the time to honor our Blessed Mother, as we will do each day during the month of May. We will each have a turn to crown Her while the rest of us sing "Immaculate Mary". We will also be learning the "Hail Mary" prayer this month.

This half-day went by so quickly. See you tomorrow!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Well, our letter X table needs some items! Remember that anything with the letter x in it will work for our table this week....so maybe we will see a box? or a t-rex? some x-men? or possibly an x-box game?

During our morning lesson we practiced counting from 1-24 forward and backward. We also practiced counting to 100 by 2's, 5's, and 10's. When we returned to our seats we first used our scissors to cut out the 4 numbers at the bottom of the paper. Then we had to practice our counting skills as we glued the number in the box with the corresponding number of circles in it. Since these are higher numbers , this required careful counting. Nice job!

We had a nice snack time, then got busy with our center time activities. The children are being Excellent Exit Sign hunters and are enjoying touring the school to find them! During God's Time this week, we are focusing on the theme "Learning and Discovering" - all about how God has helped us learn so many wonderful things. We had a nice discussion about the many things we have learned how to do this year, then talked about some things we hope to learn in Kindergarten. We worked on our activity page for this lesson and discussed what the children in each picture were doing, then we traced over the x's next to each picture we are able to do as well! We will complete the opposite side during our next lesson.

Before lunch, we had some fun in the sun outside with our friends in Pre-K 2. After lunch and some free play time, we sat to listen to our "star" Noah tell us all about his family and what he likes to do with them. We then took the time to practice some of the songs we will be singing at our end of the year show. Next, we listened to a tongue-twisting Dr. Seuss book called "Fox in Socks". We noticed that the word fox ends with x. We practiced some tongue-twisters too. We attempted to say "six sick chicks" - first slowly, then progressively saying it faster. Whew, kind of tricky!

After resting, we got busy with our table-top activities before preparing for dismissal. We ended the day with prayers, goodbyes, and our Ballgame song.

REMINDER: Tomorrow is a 12:00 dismissal due to a faculty meeting. No lunch is needed, but please send in a snack and a juice.


Monday, April 29, 2019

We are eXcited for X week! Since not too many things begin with X, anything that begins, ends, or has an x in it will work for our X table. So we could try for an x-ray, x-men or xylophone - but we can also bring in a box, fox, saxophone, etc.

After our morning routine of activities, we were introduced to our new letter (X) and new # (24). We watched the letter X bounce patrol video and practiced making that tricky /x/ sound. We learned that the x sound is like a /k/ and an /s/ put together. We returned to our seats and read our 4 "X" sentences. We also found, circled, and colored 10 x's that were hidden in the picture. eXcellent work!

We enjoyed our morning snack after a short bathroom break. Center activities followed as we split up into our small groups. This week we will be working on the following activities: tracing and printing upper and lower case Xx's in our letter books, using our dot-a-dot stampers to stamp out 24 spots, i-pad practice, and going on an EXIT sign hunt. That's right - we will be searching through St. Matthew School to see how many EXIT signs we can spot. Ms. Denise will be taking small groups of us each day. First we will make a prediction, then we will tour the school as we count all of those EXIT signs. We wonder how many we will find?

Monday always move by quickly and today was no exception as it was already time for gym class. We got lots of exercise as we participated in a popsicle stick relay - Ms. Gorman was keeping track and can you believe we ran 1/4 mile?? We finished up by playing a fun game of sharks and minnows.

Lunch time really hit the spot, then free play time with friends followed. Afterward, we welcomed Noah as our new "star of the week". Today he told us about his favorite food, animal and color and we look forward to learning more about our friend Noah this week. Next, we were happy to find out that our last class book called "Wild Things" is ready to go home for one night with each child. We read each page together and laughed at some of the "wild" responses. After singing some songs for our end of the year show, we settled down for a nice, quiet rest time while the lights were off and the peaceful music played. Afterward, table activities were waiting for us and then we prepared for dismissal. Our goodbye song and praying to our guardian angels ended our day with smiles!

Friday, April 26, 2019

Well, fun Friday is here again - and what a busy one it was!

We had a quicker-than-usual morning meeting and completed our routine of Pledge, Prayers, calendar/weather check, and Pre-K countdown.....we are down to 23 in case you are wondering!! Our W table really "W"owed me today with the additions of a windmill, another water bottle, a wand, and Woody from Toy Story :)

Since our morning was a busy one, we got right down to business and finished up our "Wild Thing" craft that be began yesterday. First we reviewed the events of the story, then we got busy gluing and assembling. We added the features and each one looks quite creative and unique. Check our folders to see our Wonderful Wild Things!

Our morning message revealed that 8th grade buddies were going to help us at the flea market...and we were very excited about it! We each received a bag with our name on it with 10 game tickets and a snack/drink ticket. Our buddies escorted us around the auditorium and helped us play many fun games and choose a delicious snack and a drink. We all had much fun and won many prizes. A huge thank you to Mrs. Saulino and Mrs. Roman and their 8th graders for assisting us. Another special thank you to Mrs. Rocks, Mrs. MacGregor and the 3rd grade students for organizing such a fun event!

Upon returning to the classroom, we finished up our center time activities for this week. We then got busy working on our last class book for this year - our "Wild Thing" book. We used our imaginations to draw what we would look like as a wild thing, and then thought about a wild name for ourselves, 2 wild things we would eat, and a wild thing we would do....and I must say that we had some very interesting responses. We did a wonderful job!!! Next up was music class with Sr. Teresa, which is always fun :)

Before eating our lunches, we sang "Happy Birthday" to our friend Christine who turned 5 on Tuesday. After lunch and some free play time, we settled on the rug and listened to some songs we will be singing at our end of the year closing ceremony on Friday, May 31st. It's hard to believe that we are preparing for this already!

After a nice rest time on this rainy day, we packed up our belongings, said our prayers, and ended another great week in Pre-K! Our Phillies scoreboard now has 13 wins and 12 losses. We sang our ballgame song in the hopes that those Phillies win some games over the weekend :) See you Monday :)


Thursday, April 25, 2019

Our W table had a few Wonderful additions this morning - a water bottle, a waffle, and a watermelon. One day left - might we see a wallet, a whistle, or Woody from Toy Story?

This morning we watched and listened to an e-book on our SMARTboard called "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak (one of my personal favorites!) Of course we pointed out the "W" words in the title, and then watched the story come to life. Afterwards we put those fine motor skills to work as we colored, cut and glued as we started our own "wild thing" project. Some of us chose horns, some chose webbed feet, some chose human feet. Some of us chose a beak, while others preferred a nose and a mouth. We got the coloring and cutting done today. Tomorrow we look forward to assembling them and adding some "wild" features to them.

After a bathroom break and enjoying our morning snacks, we worked in small groups and we completed our center time activities. I am amazed at how brave the kids are with the worms this week - many of these little ones are handling them with no problem at all :) Afterwards, we made our way outside and it was time for us to say goodbye to our butterflies. We have really enjoyed watching the metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly in our classroom and now they are ready to be released. Although we were a bit sad to say goodbye, we know that they will be much happier outdoors with the grass, flowers, and trees. We gathered in a circle with our friends in Pre-K 2 in the front of the school, said a special prayer, and then watched and waited as the butterfly gardens were opened up. It was exciting to see them fly into the air. Bye bye butterflies!

After lunch and some free play time, we got up and spread out and did the "Wild Thing" move and freeze dance. We gnashed our teeth, showed our claws, rolled our eyes, and roared our loudest roars - just like the wild things in the story we read earlier. And whenever we heard "Be Still" - we froze like statues.

We relaxed our minds and bodies during a peaceful rest time, then we used dry-erase markers to draw on whiteboards before ending this nice day together.

Tomorrow we look forward to going to the auditorium for the 3rd grade flea market. Have a great night!


Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a beautiful Easter. It was wonderful to hear about all of the Easter adventures this morning. We were happy to see that we have 6 beautiful butterflies flitting around in our butterfly garden. That's right, they all emerged over the break! We each will get the chance to get an up-close look at them today and tomorrow before we release them. They finally reached their last stage of development. It was so neat to see this process take place!

What a Wacky Wednesday! Letter W could not be more fun with Wacky Wednesday surprises....

Upon arrival this morning it didn't take long for us to notice some wacky things going on in our classroom. There was a sneaker hanging from the ceiling, our name tags at our centers were upside-down, our weather frog was doing a handstand, our # days on our April calendar were dancing, our days of the week and months of the year were all mixed up, and there was Christmas music playing as we entered the room! The children were surprised to see that there were stuffed animal friends sitting in all of their seats, and their tables were all mixed up and not in the regular order. In addition, we sang our Goodbye Song at the beginning of the day. Waaaccckkkyyy!!!!!! When taking a look at each other we noticed some wacky hair, wacky socks, wacky clothes, wacky shoes, and wacky hats!

We tried to put some of that wackiness aside as we began our morning lesson, which focused on the letter W. We are looking forward to a "W"onderful W week. We were introduced to the letter W, sounded it out, signed it, and watched the letter W bounce patrol video. We listened for all of the words with that initial /w/ sound and listed them. No W items for our table yet, but we are hoping some will come in tomorrow - maybe some water, a wolf, or a watermelon? We were also introduced to our new # - #23.

When we returned to our seats we practiced tracing and printing upper and lower case Ww's. We also read the W sentences, pointing to each word from left to right as we read it. We identified, circled, and colored only the w pictures, and crossed out the ones that didn't. I encourage you to review this activity sheet with your child and have them read the sentences to you.

Bathroom break was next, followed by our morning snack. We then found our centers (even with our name tags hanging upside down!) Our center time activities this week include the following in small groups: making upper and lower case Ww's in our letter books, drawing and counting out 23 balls for the wagon, i-pad practice, and worm exploration. Yes, we will have some hands-on learning fun with real, live worms. We will use a magnifying glass to get a good look at them and maybe even touch them. Each day a different group of us will have the chance to not only observe and touch them, but practice some math skills as we compare them to see which one is longer/shorter than the other - and even form the letter W with them!

Before we knew it, we were on our way to visit Mrs. Dunfee in the library. We listened to a story very appropriate for today - Dr. Seuss's "Wacky Wednesday". What would happen if we woke up and everything was really wacky? That's what happens to the little boy in this hilarious book. Everywhere he turns he finds that more and more things are wacky - and nobody else seems to notice. But we certainly noticed! There were so many wacky things happening on each page that we lost count!

We had a nice lunch, followed by some free play time with friends. We then had the chance to get some fresh air and exercise on this lovely Spring day with our friends in Pre-K 2 before settling down to relax. Rest time on our mats was peaceful this afternoon, then we wrapped up the day molding and manipulating clay. We packed up, prayed and then had a good end to this Wacky day by singing our "Hello" song. Hopefully your little ones won't be too wacky for you at home this evening!

Tomorrow we look forward to releasing our beautiful butterflies :)

Just a reminder that $3 for the flea market on Friday is due tomorrow. Each child will receive 10 tickets for games and snacks.



Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Well, our Pre-K countdown continues and the magic number is 27 (that's right, 27 days left of school!) and just 4 days until Easter. Hooray! We learned some new Spring and Easter songs recently - see if your child can sing one for you :)

During our morning lesson, we listened to some Bible stories starting from when Jesus entered the town of Jerusalem, the Last Supper, Jesus praying in the Garden and his capture by the soldiers, Jesus carrying his cross, Jesus dies on the cross, and ending with His Resurrection. We especially liked the beautifully illustrated pictures from our children's Bible book. Afterward, we returned to our seats and cut out the small pictures that we colored earlier in the week. Next we each received a large purple cross with the #'s 1-6 written on it. Our task was to put the pictures in the correct order in which they happened. This was a great way to review the Easter story and practice our sequencing skills. Check our folders to see. I encourage you to review this activity with your child and see if he/she can tell you about each picture.

We munched on our morning snacks, then we prepared for our Easter egg hunt. We each received the bags we worked on yesterday, and added the finishing touch of some egg stickers. Next, we were super excited to make our way outside with our friends in Pre-K 2. We were outside the front of the school and searched all around for 5 eggs to place in our bags. I must say, they did an "egg-celent" job counting!! Once we returned to the classroom, we opened them up to see what was inside....some had candy, some had toys, some even had some money inside! Once we were done, we put them back in our bag. We will save our bags until tomorrow, because we will be adding more things to them.

Next we completed our center time activities, then sat down to enjoy our lunches. After some free play time, , our "star" Henry finished up his poster and told us about a place he would like to visit and what some of his favorite things are. Way to go, Henry! We then listened to the story "What Is Easter?" - which is a wonderful reminder of what Easter is all about. Eggs, bunnies, and baskets are much fun, but Jesus and His great love for us is the true meaning of Easter. Before resting, we played a a variation to "Simon Says" called "The Easter Bunny Says".... we played a few rounds of this one!

We had a quiet and relaxing rest time, then we completed the rotation of table top activities for this week.

Tomorrow is a half day of school - 12:00 dismissal. We will have our Easter celebration with drinks and treats, so no need to send a snack unless your child will not eat the party treats. There is no school on Friday, April 19, Monday, April 22, and Tuesday, April 23rd. Pre-K students return to school on Wednesday, April 24th. Our plan for tomorrow is to participate in our Spring scholastic lesson, complete and discuss the Easter story from our Religion series, and enjoy some yummy treats at our Easter party. Thanks in advance to everyone who sent in some goodies.

Wishing you a very happy and blessed Easter with your beautiful children and families!


Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Many of us already brought in 5 eggs for our Easter egg hunt tomorrow. If you haven't sent yours in yet, please send them in tomorrow morning.

During our morning lesson we once again revisited the Easter story and listened to "The First Easter" which was another interpretation of the story of why we celebrate Easter, with beautifully colored illustrations. When we returned to our seats, we finished coloring the pictures of the Easter story. Next time we will cut these out and use them for a sequencing activity. We checked our Lent calendar and discussed todays' good deed - to help with a chore at home tonight.

We visited the bathroom, then sat down to enjoy our morning snacks. Afterward, we got busy with our center activities. The children are really enjoying making special Easter projects this week! Next we were happy to hear that we were going to decorate our Easter bags. We each received a bag and we colored and cut out a cute Easter bunny to glue onto it. Tomorrow we will add some stickers. Before lunch, we had some fun with our friends in Pre-K 2 outside on this brisk, Spring day.

Lunch time was delicious as always, and free play time with friends is always fun.Henry continued to share his poster with us - today we found out what he wants to be when he grows up and something he is really good at doing. Great job, Henry! We then listened to the story "The Best Easter Eggs Ever" which led to a nice discussion about painting/dying Easter eggs. Before resting, we took a look at our next (and last) class book that is now ready to go home for one night with each child titled "Our Favorite Season".

Rest time was very quiet and peaceful, then table-top activities were rotated. We ended our day in the usual way, with prayers offered and singing goodbyes to teachers and friends. We unfortunately had to add a tally mark to the "L" column on our Phillies scoreboard. We are hoping their next game is a win. Tomorrow we look forward to more Easter fun. Please remember to send in your child's 5 eggs if you haven't already done so.

Tonight at 7:00 pm in the auditorium, the 8th grade class will be doing their production of the Passion Play. It's about an hour long and would be a great way for your child to see the Easter story that we are focusing on this week come to life. Hope to see you there!


Monday, April 15, 2019

What busy little bunnies we were today!

Since this is a short week, we will resume with the letter Ww and the #23 when we return after the break. This week we will be focusing on Easter with many Easter-themed activities.

During our morning lesson we re-visited the Easter story. We first talked about the meaning of palms and how yesterday was Palm Sunday - which started this special week called Holy Week. We looked at some real palm and we each will be bringing a special piece home today. We began coloring some pictures that show Jesus' journey from when he entered Jerusalem (Palm Sunday) to His Resurrection (Easter Sunday). We will continue this activity tomorrow.

We were happy to see that our all of our caterpillars are now inside their chrysalis's. We watched as they were carefully removed from the cup and placed into our butterfly garden. We know that an amazing change (called a metamorphosis) is taking place in there. Now we will wait and watch to see how long it takes for the butterflies to emerge.

After enjoying our morning snacks, we visited our centers. This week we will be: making Easter cards for someone special, finding and counting 10 hidden eggs, and using our handprints to make an adorable Easter chick craft.

Next we were off to gym class with Ms. Gorman. We, as always, practiced many skills today. We even practiced our ice-skating and skiing skills. After lunch and some free play time, we gathered on the rug and welcomed Henry as our new "star of the week" . He presented the first part of his poster to us and told us about his favorite food, color, animal. He also told us about his family and what he likes to do with them. We look forward to learning more about Henry this week. Next we listened to the story "Clifford's First Easter", which showed us Clifford as a small puppy. It was a "peek under the flaps" book where many Easter surprises were hiding. It ended with Emily Elizabeth finding her most favorite thing of all in her basket....Clifford!! This prompted us to share what we would like to find in our Easter baskets this Sunday.

When checking our Lent calendar, we discovered that today's good deed is to clean our rooms. We relaxed during rest time, then we finished up the day with some table-top activities. This week they include painting with waterpaints, first and last name-writing practice, and play-do creations. We took the time to update our Phillies scoreboard - we added two more tally marks to the W column, and one more to the L column so it's now 9 W, 5 L - pretty good! We packed up our backpacks, said our prayers, sang our goodbyes and ended another great day in Pre-K :)


Friday, April 12, 2019

Can you believe that our Pre-K countdown is down to 30? That's right, just 30 days left of Pre-K !!

During our morning lesson we first recalled what we learned about volcanoes earlier in the week. We then saw pictures on our SMARTboard of what they look like and where they happen most frequently - and some very cool videos of volcanoes erupting. We were quite anxious and eager to make our own volcanoes erupt. We found out the ingredients needed for our special potion: baking soda, vinegar, dish soap, and red food coloring. Each table carefully counted out as I added 4 teaspoons of baking soda to the opening of their volcano. In a separate cup we mixed the vinegar, soap, and food coloring. We counted down, then poured the cup into the volcano and then.....voila! The ingredients created a chemical reaction and our volcanoes erupted with "lava" oooooozing out of it! We took some video of this fun and exciting experiment. Very cool!!

Snack time was especially yummy today because our "star of the week" Chase brought in some bags of fruit snacks for everyone. Thanks, Chase! Afterward, we finished up our center time activities for this week. Next, we listened to a very special story. First we talked about how this Sunday is "Palm Sunday" and starts Holy Week, which is the week before Easter. We listened to the story of the first Easter and saw how the people of Jerusalem welcomed Jesus when he entered the town on a donkey by waving palms. We will be focusing more on this Easter story next week as we prepare for this special day.

After having fun with Sr. Teresa at music class, we enjoyed our lunches and some free play time. Next, Chase had the chance to give us some clues about his "show and tell" item to see if we could guess it. See if your child can tell you what it was! We then took the time to tally the results of our "vegetable voting" activity from this week. Each day a different group of us had the chance to visit our "Vegetable Voting Booth" - made from cardboard with side flaps for optimal voting privacy. Our choices were: broccoli, carrots, corn, lettuce, peas and tomatoes. It looks like corn was "V"ictorious with 5 votes. Coming in second was the carrot with 4 votes, third was tomato with 3 votes, 4th place was the broccoli with 2 votes, and tied for last place was the lettuce and peas with no votes at all.

Before resting, we had the chance to get outside on this warm, Spring day to get a good stretch of the legs before winding down for nap time. We rounded out the day by coloring a Palm Sunday picture of Jesus entering the town of Jerusalem on a donkey while a child is waving his/her palm branch. Our good deed for Lent is to tell our families how much we love them. Please take the time to encourage your child to get their good deeds done over the weekend!

Next week we will not move on to a new letter or #, we will be involved in many Easter-related activities. Please keep in mind that each child should bring in 5 plastic eggs filled with a small novelty toy (bubbles, rings, stickers, tattoo, etc) no later than Monday, April 15th for our Easter egg hunt next week. Also, we are planning have an Easter celebration on Thursday, April 18th (this day is a noon dismissal). Anything you would like to contribute (mini soft pretzels, munchkins, mini cupcakes) would be greatly appreciated. Have a wonderful weekend :)


Thursday, April 11, 2019

Another bottle of vitamins were added to our V table today :)

During our morning lesson we listened to a story called "Vegetables, Vegetables" which was all about, well, vegetables. We looked at various types of vegetables and learned that they come from parts of plants. We also talked about how they are wonderful for our bodies and have lots of important vitamins and minerals in them. Some of us admitted that we do not like vegetables too much, but we discussed how we should keep trying them because as we grow our taste buds change. We then returned to our seats and worked in our journal books. Before drawing many pictures of different vegetables, we even wrote out the word v-e-g-e-t-a-b-l-e-s. Great work!

We had a nice morning snack, then we got busy with our center time activities. We were anxious to take a look at our caterpillar cup so we all were called two at a time to observe it. Well, unfortunately, 3 of the chrysalis's have fallen to the bottom of the cup - so we will wait and see about them. There are 2 caterpillars that have attached themselves to the top of the cup and hanging like a letter J - but didn't make their chrysalis's yet. We will continue to watch them.

Before lunch we gathered for God's Time and we finished up our lesson from Tuesday titled "Look What I Can Do!". The focus was to recognize the wonderful abilities God gave us. Today we recalled what our five senses are, how we use them, and thanked God for these special gifts. We returned to seats and completed the activity sheet we began on Tuesday. I encourage you to see if your child can recall his/her 5 senses for you. We also checked our Lent calendar and discovered that today's good deed is to be the prayer leader tonight before eating dinner.

After lunch, our "star" Chase finished presenting his poster by telling us about a special place he would like to visit and what his favorite things are. It's fun getting to know more about our friends! Next we listened to the story "From Caterpillar to Butterfly" about children in a classroom who have a jar of tiny caterpillars and they watch the changes over time (just like we are doing!) The book described the 4 stages of the butterfly's life cycle - the egg, the caterpillar, the chrysalis, and the butterfly. We learned some new words - we discussed that the change from caterpillar to butterfly is called "metamorphosis". We also learned that as caterpillars grow, they shed their skin and this is called "molting". We could easily see by looking in our cup that we have 3 chrysalis's at the bottom and 2 caterpillars hanging from the top. We will be watching and waiting....

We got some exercise downstairs in the gym before settling for rest time. Tomorrow we look forward to finishing up our volcano projects and watching them erupt. Have a great night!


Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Happy Wednesday :)

Our V table now has some pretend and real vegetables on it, along with some vitamins. Love it!

Our morning message revealed that we were going to begin our volcano project. First we watched a short informational video clip about volcanoes, then we each received a different color piece of play-do. Each table passed their play-do around and started squishing and mixing. We had fun pulling it apart and packing it back together to mix up the colors. It was cool to see the many colors blend together to make new colors. Next, we each received a piece of the mixed play-do, then with the use of a rolling pin, flattened it like a pancake. Finally, we molded our pieces around a plastic cup on a tray. Step 1(mixing) and Step 2 (molding) completed! We look forward to steps 3 and 4 on Friday.

Our morning snacks were enjoyed, then we located our name tags for center time. Afterward, we were happy to make our way outside for some fresh air and exercise. Next we visited the library where Mrs. Dunfee read us an entertaining story titled, "Bartholomew and the Oobleck". She even gave us an "oobleck" recipe that can be made at home, with adult assistance and supervision of course! Check our folders to see. Upon returning to the classroom, we sat down to enjoy our yummy lunches.

After some free play time, we gathered on the rug to listen to our "star" Chase tell us about what he wants to be when he grows up and some things he's really good at. Nicely done, Chase! We checked our Lent calendar and talked about today's good deed - to be polite and use kind words. We discussed many examples of how to speak politely and the kind words we should use every day.

We took the time to observe our caterpillar cup and guess what? We now have 3 chrysalis's - we actually had the chance to see one of the caterpillars making it's chrysalis right before our eyes. Very cool! It looks like two of them fell to the bottom of the cup, so we're not sure if they will change into butterflies or not. We look forward to seeing our cup again tomorrow to see if anything changes. Before settling down for rest time, we spread out and participated in the "Tooty-Ta" and "Gummy Bear" dances.

After rest time, we participated in table-top activities for ending this nice day together. After prayers and goodbyes, we sang (yet again) "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" in the hopes that the Phillies win their game tonight after last night's loss. Our scoreboard is now 7 Wins and 3 Losses....Go Phils!


Tuesday, April 9, 2019

During our morning lesson we practiced our counting skills. We are getting better and better at counting by 10's, 5's and even 2's. We used our number line to count forward and backward from 1 to 22. We then practiced locating the number that was "one more than" or "one less than" another number. When we returned to our seats, we continued to practice our counting skills by counting the shapes inside each box and then writing the corresponding number underneath. These were higher numbers so it was a bit tricky, but we did well with it. Nice job!

During center time, many of us got a good look at our caterpillar cup - and they are getting bigger and bigger. No chrysalis's yet, but we are anxiously waiting! After participating in our center activities, we gathered on the rug for God's Time. Our theme this week is "Look What I Can Do" and the focus is to recognize the wonderful abilities God gave us. We discussed many different things that we can do now that we were not able to do when we were younger. When we returned to our seats, we completed the first side of the activity sheet for this lesson and will complete side 2 next time.

Before lunch, we put on our jackets and enjoyed a short time outside on this beautiful Spring day with our friends in Pre-K 2. After lunch and some free play, Chase presented the next section of his poster to us. Today we learned all about Chase's family and what they like to do together. We then listened to the story "A Visitor for Bear". We first talked about the word "visitor" and discussed which visitors we like coming to our houses - then we talked about who we like to visit. After looking at the cover, we quickly discovered that bear's visitor is a mouse. In this heartwarming tale, all bear wants is to eat his breakfast in peace, but the mouse - who keeps popping up in the most unexpected places - just won't let him be! In the beginning of the story, bear doesn't want any visitors - he even has a sign on his door saying "No Visitors Allowed"- but after the mouse is given the chance to show bear what a real friend is, bear begs him to stay. We all agreed that spending time with friends makes us smile.

Our Lent calendar revealed that our good deed for today is to share a book with someone. After rest time, we took the time to share a book with a friend at our table. Please take the time to have your child share a book with you tonight as well!

Our Phillies scoreboard now indicates 7 wins, 2 losses. Hooray!! Before ending this nice day together, we packed up, prayed, and sang a hearty rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" in the hopes they win again tonight :)


Monday, April 8, 2019

V is for Victory and we were very happy to add 2 more tally marks to the "W" column and just one tally mark to the "L" column on our Phillies scoreboard. It is now 6 wins, 2 losses....Go Phillies! It's V week and there are some exciting things in store for us. We will be voting for our favorite veggie, learning about and making volcanoes, and learning about the life cycle of the butterfly.

Our V table already has "Vampirina" on it. During our morning lesson we talked about many things that begin with the /v/sound, then watched our bounce patrol video to get some more ideas. We were also introduced to our new # of the week - #22. We practiced reading some "V" sentences, looked at several pictures and listened for its' beginning sound, then wrote the corresponding letter underneath of it. Excellent work....check our folders to see!

We ate our morning snacks, then lined up and made our way downstairs for gym class. Today Ms. Gorman warmed us up with some fun dances, then we participated in some fun relays with the use of balloons, and next we finished up with a game of sharks and minnows.

Once we returned to the classroom, we got busy with our center activities for this week, which include: tracing and printing upper and lower case V's in our letter books, drawing and counting out 22 apples for the tree, making a "lift the flap" butterfly life cycle activity, voting in our own little voting booth for our favorite veggie, and i-pad practice.

Lunch time was next, followed by free play time with friends. Afterward, we welcomed Chase as our new "star of the week". He was happy to tell us about his "favorites" today and we look forward to getting to know him better this week. We then made our way outside on this beautiful Spring day and enjoyed the fresh air and sunshine.

Before settling down for rest time, we took a few moments to check a few things. First, our Lent calendar. Many of the children shared that they remembered to check it over the weekend and got their good deeds done - wonderful!! Today's good deed is to help someone do something. I am happy to report that there were some really good helpers in the classroom today - I hope they help out at home tonight also. Second, we checked our cup of caterpillars. Wow! Those caterpillars must have done a lot of eating over the weekend, because they are much bigger and longer than they were on Friday, and the food is much messier than it was before. Now we are anxiously waiting for them to attach themselves to the inside top of the lid, hang upside down, and form their chrysalis.

After resting peacefully, we gathered our belongings and packed up. Prayers and goodbyes to all ended another great day in Pre-K!!


Friday, April 5, 2019

Happy Friday!! We are tracking our caterpillar's progress and we each got an up-close look at them today with the magnifying glass. We made the following observations: they are longer, fatter, spikier, and they have made quite a mess with the food at the bottom of the cup. None have attached themselves to the inside of the lid yet, but we are anxiously waiting!

During God's Time this morning, we focused on the very best part of all God's creation. We reviewed His amazing gifts of water, food, creatures, plants, the sun, the moon, and the stars - but out of all God's creation, people are the most wonderful. When we returned to our seats, we took a look at the picture on our activity page and named all the things God created. Next we had to guess what was missing (the best part of all - us!) Finally, we drew ourselves in the picture. We also talked about how to take good care of ourselves, the children God made. We discussed the many ways we can do this and created a list: eat healthy foods, get plenty of rest, exercise every day, keep our bodies clean, brush our teeth and hair, and stay safe. We ended the lesson by saying a special prayer to God, thanking Him for making us and loving us. We checked our Lent calendar and today's good deed is to give out compliments. We took the time to face a partner and gave him/her a compliment. I even heard more throughout the day, which was very sweet to hear. I hope a few compliments are coming your way this evening as well! Please remember to check the Lent calendar over the weekend with your child and encourage them to get those good deeds done.

We enjoyed our morning snacks, then we finished up our center time activities for this week. Time moved quickly and it was already time for music class, which is always entertaining.

After lunch and some free play time, we made our way downstairs into the gym to get a little bit of exercise. We then had the chance to look at one more friend's USA map before settling down for rest time. Christine also selected a name for next week's "Star of the Week" and it looks like it will be....Chase! We rounded out the day with a few rounds of number bingo before prayers and singing goodbyes.

Enjoy the warm weather this weekend with your families!

Thursday, April 4, 2019

We unfortunately had to add the first tally mark in the "L" column on our Phillies scoreboard. Oh well, we can't win them all!!

Our letter U table now has another unicorn (total of 6 now) and a pair of underwear. We had to laugh at that one. Speaking of underwear, during our morning lesson we listened to a very silly story called "What Color Is Your Underwear?" This was a lift the flap book and each page featured a different animal. Before lifting the flap, we made predictions as to which color underwear each creature was wearing - and boy did they look silly! We really giggled at the elephant....see if your little one can tell you why. When we returned to our seats, we got busy making our own "What Color is Your Underwear?" flap book. First we colored the animals, then we chose a color for each animal's underwear. Finally, we colored the flaps, then carefully cut them out. Next our task was to put the pages in order from 1 to 4, then we patiently waited while the pages were stapled together and flaps taped on. Fantastic work! We took the time to read through our books together a few times, then we tried reading on our own. I encourage you to sit with your child and see if he/she can read it to you.

We had a nice morning snack, then we participated in our center time activities. Afterward, we enjoyed some time outdoors in the sunshine with our friends in Pre-K 2. Lunch time surely hit the spot after all of that exercise, then free play time followed. Next we gathered on the rug as our "star of the week" Christine finished talking about her poster - today she told us about a special place she wants to visit. We had several friends return their USA maps today - and they were proud to show them to us.

We had a relaxing rest time, then we finished up our table-top activities for this week before ending this nice day together. Our good deed for Lent is to tell our families about our day - and it was a busy one so there's lots to tell :) Have a great night!


Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Another tally mark in the "W" column on our Phillies scoreboard. Hooray!!

What an "U"nbelievable U table - today we added yet another unicorn and another umbrella. Might we see an undershirt, a uniform, or maybe some utensils before Friday?

This morning we participated in a Scholastic lesson titled, "Are You My Mother?" We learned that baby animals don't always look exactly like their parents. We looked at the colorful pictures of baby animals and their mommies and noticed the similarities and differences. This prompted a discussion about how we are big kids now, but we used to be little babies. We talked about some of the things we can do now that we couldn't do when we were babies - such as walking, running, dancing, playing sports, eating by ourselves, coloring, and drawing. We watched the informational video for this lesson called "Spring Babies", then returned to our seats and received our booklets. We first read through the pages, then completed the activity on the back page where we had to match the mommy with its' baby. We also completed an activity page where we had to identify the number on the mommy animal, then circle that same # of baby animals. Check our folders for our wonderful work!

After morning snacks, we located our name tags and worked in small groups at our centers. Next we were happy to make our way outdoors for some sunshine and fresh air and a good stretch of the legs. Afterward, we made our way downstairs to the library to hear a few entertaining tales read by Mrs. Dunfee - we especially liked the one about the Philly Phanatic.

We enjoyed our lunches, then free play time followed. Next we gathered on the rug and listened as our "star" Christine told us about what she wants to be when she grows up and something she's good at doing. Great job, Christine! We checked our Lent calendar and discussed today's good deed - to help out at dinner time tonight. We talked about the many things we can do to accomplish this. We also took a peek at our caterpillars and wow! - these little guys have been busy! The caterpillars are longer and bit fatter, the food at the bottom of the cup is becoming messier from them eating it, and we even noticed some webs in there. We will continue to observe them and note any changes!

Before settling down for rest time, we had 4 more friends return their USA project papers so we took the time to look at them. Some of us have friends/family members all over the country. Very cool!

We continued the rotation of table-top activities before packing up and preparing for dismissal. Another busy day ends in Pre-K :)


Tuesday, April 2, 2019

We had some great additions to our U table this morning which include an umbrella, another unicorn, and a ukelele. Awesome!

During our morning lesson we reviewed our numbers from 1 - 21 - counting forward and backward. We also practiced how to print the #21. After returning to our seats we worked hard as we traced and printed the #21, then connected the dots from 1 to 21 in the proper order. This was a little tricky for some of us, but we tried our best. Once complete, we could see that we made something for the letter u...an umbrella!

We got busy with our center time activities after enjoying our morning snacks. Afterward we had the chance to get some fresh air and exercise outside on this brisk, sunny spring day with our friends in Pre-K 2.

Lunch time was yummy and then we participated in some free play time. We then gathered to listen to our "star" Christine tell us all about her family and what she likes to do with them. Next we listened to the story "Monster and the Magic Umbrella" - a delightful tale about a friendly monster and a little boy who have much fun when something unexpected happens on a very hot day. Before reading we made some predictions as to why Monster's umbrella could be magic - but none of us guessed that it would get so incredibly big that they would be able to turn it upside-down and swim inside of it!

Before rest time we had some time to take a look at some of the USA projects that were already returned. Great job for getting them back so quickly and thanks for helping to complete! The children were very proud to speak about their families/friends and the states they live in. Remember that all USA papers should be returned by Friday. We checked our Lent calendar to see that our good deed for today is to hug someone special. We took the time to hug some of the special friends who were near to us, and I hope some hugs are given at home tonight also.

We relaxed our minds and bodies at rest time, then finished up our day by participating in some table-top activities before preparing for dismissal. We couldn't let the day end without singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" in the hopes that the Phillies winning streak continues tonight.


Monday, April 1, 2019

We were excited to add two more tally marks to the "Win" column of our Phillies scoreboard. We counted each column up and so far it's 3 wins, 0 losses - way to go, Phillies!!!

It's U week and we are "up" to the challenge of finding u items for our letter table. This one may be tricky. So far we have three very different unicorns on there. We were introduced to the letter Uu and the # 21. We practiced the two sounds the letter u can make (long and short) and looked at several pictures of things that begin with those sounds. We viewed the letter U Bounce Patrol video clip, then practiced how to make upper and lower case U's on the SMARTboard.

We returned to our seats and practiced reading the letter U sentences on our papers. I am impressed with how well these little ones are doing with sounding out words. We also identified and colored in only the U pictures.

After enjoying our morning snacks, we were on our way downstairs for gym class. We had lots of fun w while putting our large motor skills to work! Ms. Gorman told us that we did such a great job, that she had brownies for all of us. So on our way out, she took out a big tray and gave each of us a brown E. That silly Ms. Gorman played an April Fool's joke on us!!! Once we returned to the classroom, we got busy with our center time activities in small groups. This week we will be completing the following activities: tracing and printing upper and lower case Uu's in our letter books, d counting out and gluing 21 raindrops under the umbrella, making colorful umbrellas using scissors, crayons, and dot-a-dot stampers, and i-pad practice to reinforce math and language skills.

Lunch time was yummy in our tummies, then the all-favorite free play time followed. Next we introduced our new "star of the week", Christine. She worked hard on her poster this weekend and today she told us about her favorite color, food, and animal. We look forward to getting to know her better this week. We took the time to check our Lent calendar to discover that today's good deed is to read a book to someone. Some children were sharing books together in school, I hope they share one at home with a family member tonight as well.

We also took the time to look at a very large picture of a place that begins with the letter U....our country - the United States of America. We looked at the many states that make up our country and pointed out our state of Pennsylvania. We then found out that we have some homework - our USA project. There is a map and note attached to the front of your child's folder explaining the details - all maps should be returned to school any day this week, but no later than Friday, April 5th. Thanks in advance for your participation.

Before settling down for rest time, we were happy to welcome some new little friends to our classroom. We have a cup of live caterpillars - a special delivery that just arrived! We will be closely observing them over the next few weeks to note the changes that will occur. We will be learning about the life cycle of the butterfly - and we are excited about being able to see this transformation happen! We took a look and used some words to describe what they look like right now - tiny, fuzzy, and black. During the week we each will get the chance to get an up-close look at them with the use of magnifying glass.

We rested peacefully, then we wrapped up our day with the use of clay. We were encouraged to first make a long snake with it, then form it into the letter U. Nicely done! We then ended our day together, with prayers, songs, and smiles :) See you tomorrow!



Friday March 30, 2019

Happy Friday! It's time to say "Toodle-loo" to the letter T, but not before adding a table and a tooth to our T table. Tremendous! Speaking of tremendous - we added a tally mark in the "W" column of our Phillies scoreboard after that awesome win yesterday. Hooray!

During our morning lesson we reviewed our letters from A to T. We first played a game where we had to sort items according to their beginning sound. We each received a small item, had to identify it, sign it, and then figure out which letter box it belonged in. We then played another game where the letters were placed in order, but some were missing and we had to figure out which ones they were. When we returned to our seats we completed a similar activity by filling in the missing letters on the alphabet train. Check our folders to see!! Kindergarten, here we come :)

After our morning snacks, we finished up our center time activities for this week. Time went quickly, and before we knew it, we were on our way to our always enjoyable music class with Sr. Teresa.

After lunch, we gathered on the rug to check our Lent calendar. Today's good deed is to make someone smile. We talked about the many ways we can make our friends and family smile. We took the time to make the friends around us smile by offering hugs, giving compliments, and even making silly faces. We also discussed the good deeds for tomorrow and Sunday. Parent, please make your best effort to make sure their good deeds get done over the weekend. Next we were very happy to make our way outside on this cloudy spring day to get a good stretch of legs before resting.

After a short nap, we were ready to end our day by packing up, praying, singing goodbyes, and singing a hearty rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" in the hopes that the Phillies tack on a few more wins over the weekend. Blankets are being sent home today, so please return them on Monday. Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the warmer weather :)


Thursday, March 28, 2019

Many of us were happy to show off our Phillies shirts today in the hopes that they win their home opening game this afternoon. We noticed something new in our classroom this morning - our Phillies scoreboard. We will be keeping track of the Phillies wins and losses - which is a fun activity that will put our math skills to work as we count tally marks under both the "win" and the "loss" columns, use basic addition as we add a tally mark after each game played, and compare the columns to see which has more or less. Hopefully we will be adding more tally marks to the "W" side in the days/weeks to come!

Our morning lesson focused on an interesting creature that starts with T......turtles! After viewing an informational video clip on our SMARTboard, we learned some interesting turtle facts. We found out that turtles usually live very long lives - sometimes even over 100! They mainly eat plants, fruits, and vegetables and hide inside their shell when they sense danger. We returned to our seats and refined those fine motor skills as we created our own cute little turtle craft. We began with a small paper white bowl and colored it brown for the turtles' shell. We then colored the body parts green and used our scissors to cut out the head, tail and legs and glued them into place. After adding a pair of eyes, our turtles were complete. We held them up proudly and sang the new turtle song we learned this week called "Tiny Tim".....see if you child can sing it for you!

We munched on our morning snacks, then located our name tags and worked in small groups at our centers. We then gathered for God's Time and finished our "Bible" lesson that we began on Tuesday. We checked our Lent calendar to see that our good deed for today is to tell our families about our day - so we talked about the many things they can share with you this evening.

We enjoyed our lunches, then some free play time. Then the turtle theme continued as we listened to the entertaining tale of "The Tortoise and the Hare". We discussed how a tortoise is a turtle and a hare is a rabbit. In this classic story, the hare and the tortoise are having a race. The rabbit is extremely confident and is bragging about how far ahead he is. He decides to pause for a snack and a short rest. He wakes up to find out that the tortoise is now in the lead so he takes off with a last-minute sprint, but the tortoise (who moved slowly but without stopping) reached the finish line first. We cheered for that tortoise as the story ended and we talked about how we should never give up, even if we think we cannot do something - and how most times it's best to do things slowly and steadily rather than quickly and carelessly.

Next we had the chance to enjoy this beautiful Spring day by getting outside for some fresh air and exercise. Rest time soon followed, which was quiet and relaxing. Afterward, we finished up our table-top activities for this week. We ended our day by offering prayers and singing goodbyes. We also sang "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" in the hopes that the Phillies win their game this afternoon. Go Phillies!!

REMINDER: SCHOLASTIC BOOK ORDERS ARE DUE TOMORROW!


Wednesday, March 27, 2019

T is for Twenty, and we really practiced our counting skills today. We counted forward and backward from 1-20, worked in teams to make a number line in the correct order, then had the chance to figure out which # was missing. We also played a fun # matching game, testing our memory skills and practicing our # recognition. We viewed a short #20 video clip, hosted by good ol' Elmo from Sesame Street. We then got busy at our tables as we practiced tracing and printing the #20, then found, colored, and counted 20 hidden butterflies in the picture.

Our T table had the terrific additions of a tomato and two tigers today. Might we see a truck, a train or a triangle before the end of the week? Keep those t items comin'!

After enjoying our morning snacks, we got busy with our center time activities. Before lunch, we visited Mrs. Dunfee in the library where she read us a few good stories. After lunch, we gathered to check our Lent calendar and discovered that today's good deed is to hug someone special. We took the time to hug our fellow Pre-K friends. We even participated in a big group hug! Hopefully some hugs will be given out at home tonight as well.

Before rest time, we made our way downstairs to get some exercise in the gym. We had some fun with the letter T as we moved like tigers, turtles, T-rexes, trains and then we tiptoed over to the line. After rest time, we got busy with the rotation of table-top activities that we started yesterday before preparing for dismissal.

In honor of the Phillies home-opening game, Sr. John has given permission for us to wear Phillies shirts or jerseys over our uniforms tomorrow. Go Phillies!!!


Tuesday, March 26, 2019

We cannot believe that the month of March is almost over and that our Pre-K countdown is now down to 43!!

Our morning lesson today focused on the 4 seasons. Each day we practice our "months of the year", which are color-coded by the seasons. We watched a short video clip on the SMARTboard called "Four Seasons Make a Year" and saw the beautiful changes each season brings. We were then asked to vote for our favorite season - so we each had the chance to place our name on the graph underneath the season we like best. Once completed, it was time to tally and compare the results. It looks like summer is a popular favorite in this class with 10 votes, next was winter with 4 votes, then came fall with just one vote, and in last place was spring with 0 votes. When we returned to our seats, we were asked to draw a picture for the writing prompt, "My favorite season is ____________ because...." We referred to our graph as a guide to write the name of the season we chose in the blank space. We are getting really good at writing words!! Last, we used our pencils and crayons to draw and color a picture of what we like to do in that particular season. Wonderful work! These pictures will be bound together for our next class book titled, "Our Favorite Season".

We had a nice morning snack, then got busy with our center time activities. Next we gathered on the rug for "God's Time" . We first checked our Lent calendar to see that our good deed for the day is to help out at dinner time. We discussed the many ways we can do this so I hope you have some happy helpers tonight. This week in Religion we will be focusing on how the Bible tells us how much God loves us. We looked at pictures of some of the previous Bible stories we have read about (Creation, Noah's Arc, Jesus' birth, the three Kings). We will be hearing some more Bible stories as we get closer to Easter. We returned to our seats and completed the first side of the activity page for this lesson - we will complete it on Thursday.

Lunch time was yummy in our tummies, followed by some fun free play time with friends. Afterward we made our way downstairs to the gym to stretch our legs a bit since it was a bit too chilly to out outside. Rest time soon followed, then we participated in our table-top activities for this week, which include: Filling up the T with triangles, drawing on whiteboards with dry-erase markers, and play-do. We ended our day with prayers and singing goodbyes.


Monday, March 25, 2019

What a Terrific-looking T table to start off the week! So far we have a toothbrush and a spinning top (that even lights up while spinning). We talked about many T items, so we hope to see more on there tomorrow.

During our morning lesson, we looked at several pictures of things that begin with the initial /t/ sound. We learned how to sign it, then watched and sang along to the letter T Bounce Patrol video on the SMARTboard. When we returned to our seats, we practiced reading the letter T sentences together, practiced tracing and printing upper and lower case Tt's, then identified and circled only the pictures that began with T. We even knew what the non-t pictures began with!

We participated in our center time activities earlier than usual, due to a jam-packed morning full of activities. This week we will work on the following skills in small groups: tracing and printing upper and lower case Tt's in our letter books, drawing and counting out 20 spots for the turtles' shell, sponge painting colorful flowers to add to our Spring hallway display, and i-pad practice. Afterward, we enjoyed our morning snacks.

Before we knew it, we were off to gym class, where Ms. Gorman had us using various size balls to practice many skills. After gym, we made our way over to the other side of the building for a "dental hygiene" puppet show presentation in the auditorium. The puppets were quite lively and funny and we really enjoyed it! We learned a chant that goes, "If it's sticky and sweet, it's a yucky treat. A healthy food is a power food". We learned that eating too many sugary snacks and drinks causes cavities and that we should brush the germs away at least twice a day. We also learned that we have the power to choose healthy snacks! Since we were such good participants in the audience, we each received an "I am a Tooth Buddy" sticker. There is also a small bag in your child's folder with some more info for parents.

After lunch and some free play time, we gathered to listen to "A Tooth Story" - perfect for T week and for today after watching the dental presentation.....it's almost school picture day and there are going to be lots of empty spaces in Mrs. Connor's first grade class - lots of empty spaces in the smiles, that is, because most of her students are missing a tooth or two. Except for Jamie - who still has all of his teeth. But then something happened right before the class picture was taken! See if your little one can tell you about it.

We took the time to check our Lent calendar, and I was happy to find out that so many of the children completed their good deeds over the weekend. Thanks, mom and dad, for your cooperation with this special activity! Today's good deed is to give someone a compliment - and I am happy to report that I heard several throughout the day, which is so sweet to hear. Hopefully you will hear some too!

We had a quiet and peaceful rest time, then we rounded out our day manipulating some clay. We were encouraged to make upper and lower case Tt's and most of us were able to do this without any assistance! We packed up our backpacks, prayed, and ended our day with smiles.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Another rainy day - put we did not let that dampen our Pre-K spirits!! Many bright, smiling faces entered the classroom this morning.

It's time to say "So-long" to the letter S, but not before adding Snow White, a spoon, and some soap to our S table. Stupendous!!

Our winter hallway display was taken down, so our snowmen will be sent home today. We have been talking a lot about Spring time this week and the beautiful changes that happen during this season. Our morning message revealed that we were going to make a Spring time craft for our hallway display. We took some guesses as to what it might be. Some suggestions were flowers, trees, and Easter eggs. Once we heard the clue that it's something in the sky, it didn't take us long to figure out that it was a rainbow. We returned to our seats and used dot-a-dot stampers to stamp out all the colors of the rainbow - and we even put those colors in the proper order. We learned a song to help us remember the order of the colors....see if your little one can sing it for you. We attached some clouds to each side and added cotton balls to make they puffy. They look spectacular!!

After morning snacks, we finished up our center time activities for this week. Before we knew it, we were off to music class with Sr. Teresa, which is always enjoyable!

Lunch time was yummy, then free play time with friends followed. Since the rain stopped and the sun was shining, we decided to go outside. We thought we might see a rainbow, but no such luck! It was a bit windy, but it was nice to get some fresh air and run around for a short bit of time before resting.

We rounded out our week with a few rounds of alphabet bingo - we have gotten so much better at this game!! Please see the letter and form in your child's folder regarding our final scholastic book order for this year. Keep in mind that books ordered through scholastic are wonderful and inexpensive Easter basket fillers. Every order, no matter how small, is appreciated.

Have a wonderful weekend. See you Monday :)


Thursday, March 21, 2019

We have had some "S"ensational additions to our S table! We now have a Snickers bar, a shark, silly putty, some straws and a cube made up of a bunch of squares. One more day left....will we see a spoon, soup or maybe some soap?

We completed our morning routine as usual, which now includes the singing of our National Anthem. Our morning message revealed that we were going to learn about fascinating letter S creatures.....SNAKES! We learned some interesting facts about them and looked at several pictures of different kinds of snakes. We were surprised to learn that snakes smell with their tongues. We also learned that they shed their skin. We found it funny that snakes do not chew their food, but swallow it whole in one big gulp. We also talked about how most snakes are harmless, but some carry venom and are poisonous. See if your little one can recall any of this information for you. Afterward, we had fun as we created our own snake craft. Eeeeek! There were snakes slithering all over the place!

We enjoyed our morning snacks, then worked in small groups and completed our center time activities. After lunch and some free play time, we gathered on the rug to listen to our friend Mina tell us about what she's good at doing and a place she wants to visit. Good job, Mina!! We then were eager to finish the the "Snow White" story that we began a few days ago. We were sad that the wicked queen tricked Snow White into biting the apple, but as we continued to read we found out that this classic story has a very happy ending.

When checking our Lent calendar, we saw that our good deed for today is to be the prayer leader tonight before dinner. We say this prayer each day at school, so he/she should be able to recite it for you :) After we calmed our minds and bodies during rest time, we finished up the rotation of table-top activities for this week. See you tomorrow!


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Happy first day of Spring! Although it doesn't quite feel like Spring time yet, we were happy to say goodbye to Winter this morning. We look forward to looking for the Springtime changes that will be taking place in the weeks to come. When checking our Lent calendar, we discovered that our good deed for today is to tell our families how much we love them!

We participated in a Scholastic lesson this morning all about plants. We saw a tiny little sunflower seed and watched it grow. First it was a small seed in the soil, then it sprouted and we could see how the roots grow down under the soil and the stem grows up. Next we saw how the stem grew taller with leaves and a bud at the top, and then the bud opened up into a beautiful sunflower. Of course it also needed sunlight and water for this to happen. We watched the video clip for this lesson, then returned to our seats to read the booklet together and complete the activity page. I encourage you to review the booklet with your child at home and see if he/she can read some of the words for you :)

After snack time, we got busy with our center time activities. Next we lined up and made our way downstairs to the library where Mrs. Dunfee read us a few delightful stories. After enjoying our lunches and some free play time, we gathered to listen to our friend Mina tell us about her family and what she likes to do with them. She also told us what she wants to be when she grows up. It's fun learning new things about our friends. We then continued our "Snow White" story from yesterday and were happy to find out that the 7 dwarfs and Snow White became good friends, but her step-mother (the queen) is very jealous and wants to hurt Snow White. We got to the part where the 7 dwarfs leave for work and Snow White is home alone in the cottage. We took some guesses as to what will happen next.....we look forward to finishing the story tomorrow.

We relaxed during rest- time for a bit, then we continued the rotation of table-top activities. We gathered our belongings, packed up, prayed, and sang goodbyes to our friends and teachers as we ended another busy day in Pre-K!



Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Our letter "S" table is looking quite "S"tupendous with the super additions of a sock, Spiderman, Superman, sunglasses, and a picture of Delaney's sister "S"carlett. Keep those S items comin'!!

We were introduced to the # 19 this morning. We were quick to recognize that we flipped over the #19 on our March calendar today. We each received a # and we worked together to put them in order from 1-19. We counted forward and backward and watched a Sesame Street video clip all about the #19. We then put our fine motor skills to work as we traced and printed the #19, then connected the dots from 1 to 19 to make a beautiful butterfly. Check our folders to see our great work!

After a bathroom break and enjoying our morning snacks, we got busy with our center time activities. Next we gathered on the rug for God's Time and today we discussed St. Joseph, in honor of his feast day. We were reminded of the Bible story of Jesus' birth, and how Joseph was Jesus' father on earth. We discussed how much Joseph loved Jesus and Mary and how the three of them make up the "The Holy Family". We also talked about how Joseph was a carpenter and what a carpenter does. When we returned to our seats, we completed an activity sheet about St. Joseph....first we colored, then we cut out the six letters that spell out the name "J-o-s-e-p-h". Our final task was to glue the letters in the proper order. Great job was done by all!

Before lunch we were happy to make our way outside to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine with our friends in Pre-K 2. After lunch and some free play time, our friend Mina showed us the first part of her "star of the week" poster and we learned about her favorite food, color, and animal. Afterwards we listened to the beginning of the story "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" - right away we were able to identify the "S" words in the title. We got to the part where Snow White fell asleep in the house that belongs to the seven dwarfs. We look forward to hearing the rest of it tomorrow. Of course we took the time to check our Lent calendar and discovered that our good deed for Lent is to hug someone special. We took the time to hug some friends here at school, and hopefully some hugs will be given out at home tonight as well!

After calming our minds and bodies for rest time, we got busy with our table top activities. This week we will be filling up our upper case S's with stars, using strings to bead and lace, and drawing with markers. After preparing for dismissal, we ended the day with prayers and singing goodbyes.

Please take a moment to read an important letter regarding our next class trip that is inside your child's folder today. Thank you!


Monday, March 18, 2019

Well, we arrived this morning proudly showing off our Phillies shirts and jerseys :) We were also very excited about setting our leprechaun trap today.

We had a "S"uper start to "Ss" week. No letter table items have arrived yet, but the possibilities are endless with this letter, so we hope to see some come in tomorrow. We sounded out the letter S, signed it, and looked at many pictures of things with the initial /s/ sound. We viewed and sang along to the bounce patrol "S" video clip, then practiced tracing and printing upper and lower case Ss's on our papers - a little tricky, but we are getting the hang of it. We also practiced reading our "S" sentences, pointing to each word from left to right - "S"ensational!

We had a busy morning ahead of us, so we moved things along quickly. We visited our centers early, then enjoyed our morning snacks. We then made our way down to they gym for gym class first, then to sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" with our friends in Pre-K 2. The videographer was here and recorded us singing our little hearts out! On Sunday, April 7th (St. Matt's day at the Phillies) we will be on the big Phanovision screen at the Phillies game :)

We were also very excited about setting our leprechaun trap today. But how could we lure him in there? Well, we decorated it with things leprechauns love....lucky charms cereal, golden coins, sparkles, a rainbow, and even a fake leprechaun. It had a trap door and we were sure to add some steps so the little guy could get up there. We set it in the morning and kept a close watch! Alas! When we returned from gym class we found the window open, quite a mess, and some leprechaun footprints. The lucky charms and golden coins were gone! We checked the trap and guess what we found? The fake leprechaun! That tricky little fellow put the fake one inside the trap. We followed his footsteps to find that he ran across the kitchen table, up the cabinet, onto the windowsill and out the window he must have gone. He was a good little leprechaun though because he left us a small box of golden coins - chocolate ones - enough for all of us to share.

We were chatting all about that tricky leprechaun during lunch time, then free play time followed. Sr. John requested that we all go outside for one more video clip, so we made our way into the schoolyard with all of the other St. Matthew students. Afterward we gathered to listen to the story "Leprechaun on the Loose" - about a leprechaun who is on the loose in the classroom (hmmmm, sound familiar?) Before resting, we took the time to welcome Mina as our new "star" of the week, and she will begin showing us her poster tomorrow. We also took the time to check our Lent calendar, to see that today's good deed is to pray for the poor children. We included all of the poor children in our prayer intentions throughout the day, and hopefully they will be included in bedtime prayers this evening.

After resting nicely, we rounded out the day manipulating some clay. We were encouraged to make a long snake and form into the letter "S".....super job! After cleaning up and packing up, we ended the day with prayers and singing goodbye to all :)


Thursday, March 14, 2019

In honor of the letter R, we had some Robot fun today. During our morning lesson we first talked about what we already know about robots and this is what we came up with....they have gears, they are machines, some are big, some are small, they are made of shapes, they talk funny, and some have antennae and buttons. We then watched an informational video clip all about robots called "Real Life Robots" on our SMARTboard. We learned some interesting robot facts: some are used in outer space, near volcanoes, in the ocean, and many times they are used to help humans. Sometimes jobs are too difficult or dangerous for us to do, so robots do them. This prompted us to think about what we would like robots to do for us if we could create one....and there were some clever responses. Some children agreed that if they could have their own personal robot, they would like it to clean up toys for them, others said they would like it to make snacks for them, and a few said they would like it to make their bed for them. My preference would be to cook meals :) When we returned to our seats, we were excited to hear that we were going to make our own robot creations. Since it's "R" week, we used rectangles to make them. We received several different sized rectangles to use for the head, body, neck, arms, and legs. Even the antennas were long, skinny rectangles. All of our robots look different depending upon how we decided to assemble it. The result? Very unique and creative robots...check our folders to see!

We then enjoyed our morning snacks, followed by our center time activities. The leprechaun crafts they are making are hanging in our classroom and look adorable!

During God's Time we first checked our Lent calendar to see that our good deed is to share a book with someone today. We talked about how we could share a book with a friend during the school day, and how we could also share a book at home with a family member. We reviewed how Patrick used the shamrock to teach the people of Ireland about the Trinity. Afterward we finished the activity we started earlier in the week by assembling the 3 heart shapes together to form a shamrock. We glued the special words on each leaf and then the poem underneath which reads "Just like the leaves on the shamrock I see, there are 3 divine persons in the Trinity".

After lunch and free play time, we listened as our "star" Jason finished up his poster. He told us about a place he wants to visit and his favorite thing to do. We then listened to the story "Jack and the Leprechaun" - about a mouse named Jack who is visiting his cousin in Ireland for a St. Patrick's Day Party. We also took a look at the beginning stages of our leprechaun trap and thought of some great things to add to it - such as shiny coins, Lucky Charms cereal, and maybe even another leprechaun! We will finish it up and set the trap on Monday :)

We had a quiet rest time, then finished up the rotation of table-top activities for this week. I sent another letter home, changing our day to wear green back to tomorrow. Sr. John is allowing all students to wear Phillies attire on Monday (which you will receive an e-mail about). So - all Pre-K students should wear their green for St. Patrick's Day tomorrow! So sorry for any confusion.



Wednesday, March 13, 2019

We had the wonderful additions of 2 robots, Rod the Rooster (double R!), and a rainbow rabbit (another double R) to our R table this morning. During our morning lesson, we listened to the story "What Makes a Rainbow?" by Betty Schwartz. We first talked about our own experiences with rainbows. We especially liked how a rainbow of ribbons magically appeared when the pages were turned. In this story we learned the 3 things needed to make a rainbow.....rain, colors, and sunshine. See if your little one can recall this info for you. We returned to our seats and worked hard in our journals as we drew many of the things/characters from the story. There were some great drawings of rabbits, ladybugs, butterflies, raindrops, suns, chicks, and rainbows. Nicely done! We also learned a new "rainbow" song.

A quick visit to the bathroom and then morning snack followed. We then split into small groups and made our way to our centers. Time moved fast and before we knew it we were lining up for library, where Mrs. Dunfee read us a few good stories.

We returned to our classroom and ate our yummy lunches, then chose a place to play with friends for free play time. Afterward Jason showed us the next part of his poster and told us about what he wants to be when he grows up. He also talked about some things he's good at doing. Great job, Jason! Before resting, we each received a bean bag and had fun balancing and dancing to "The Bean Bag Boogie" dance.

After a peaceful rest time, we ended our day with smiles as we packed up, offered up prayers and sang goodbyes! See you tomorrow :)


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Our letter R table is "R"ockin'! We now have a ring, a cute little rabbit, and some Ryan slime! Keep those R items comin'!

Part of our morning routine now includes our Pre-K countdown. When we were counting our way to our 100th day, we added a vegetable to our garden each day. Now that we have passed that point, we are now removing a vegetable each day to see how many days left of Pre-K there are....and our magic # is 53, in case you were wondering...

Our lesson today focused on our # of the week - #18. We counted from 1-18, forward and backward and watched a short Sesame Street #18 video clip. We practiced tracing and printing the #18, then we found, circled and counted the 18 mice that were hidden in the picture. Nicely done!

We had a nice morning snack, then participated in our center time activities in small groups. During God's Time we reviewed what we have learned about St. Patrick and why he was such a special man. Today we learned that Patrick used the shamrock plant to teach about the Holy Trinity - one God in three divine beings: The Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. Just like there are three leaf parts on one shamrock plant, there are 3 parts of the Holy Trinity. We returned to our seats and started cutting out 3 heart shapes and 3 special words. On Thursday, we will complete this activity.

After a nice lunch and some free play time, our friend Jason told us about his family and what he likes to do with them. Next we listened to the story "Lucky Leprechaun" - we discussed how legend has it that leprechauns are little magic creatures. We joined Lucky on his adventure through the colorful, glittery pages as he searched for his pot of gold. See if your child can tell you where he finally found it. We started to brainstorm ideas on how to best catch a leprechaun - since we may see one here very soon. We are coming up with some great ideas for our leprechaun trap.

We relaxed during rest time, then we participated in the rotation of table-top activities before preparing for dismissal. We took the time to check our Lent calendar to see that today's good deed is to tell our families about our school day. Hopefully your little one can tell you a few things about our busy day together.

**There is an important note stapled to the front of your child's folder, and I will be sending a notification on the class dojo as well. Due to a death in my family, I will not be here this Friday, March 15th. Therefore, we will postpone our St. Patrick's Day activities until Monday, March 18th. So the children may wear green or St. Patrick's Day themed clothes on Monday, 3/18 instead of Friday, 3/15.



Monday, March 11, 2019

We are "R"eally "R"eady for R week! Unfortunately, no R items have been brought in yet. The letter R will be a bit easier than Q - what will "R"oll onto our table tomorrow?

We were introduced to our new # of the week (18) and upper and lower case Rr. We sounded it out, signed it, and looked at several pictures whose names begin with the initial /r/ sound. We viewed the letter R bounce patrol video as we sang along with it. When we returned to our seats we practiced reading the "R" sentences together - while pointing to each word from left to right as we read them. We also found and circled all of the "R" items on our papers - we were even able to determine what the non-R pictures began with - Nice work!

After enjoying our morning snacks, we were more than ready for gym class. Ms. Gorman had us work up a sweat with lots of exercises - and a fun "spaghetti and meatball" game with the use of hoops, foam noodles, and balls!! When we returned to the classroom, we got busy with our center time activities. This week they include: tracing and printing upper and lower case Rr's in our letter books, counting and gluing 18 carrots for the rabbit, making an adorable leprechaun craft, and i-pad practice.

After munching on our lunches and some free play time, we gathered on the rug and welcomed Jason as our new "star of the week". He did a great job on his poster this weekend. Today we learned about his favorite color, food, and animal and we look forward to getting to know him better this week!

During God's Time this week we will be focusing on St. Patrick's Day. Today we learned about the life of St. Patrick. We saw pictures of him as a child and learned that he was taken from his home as a young boy against his will and brought to Ireland where he was forced to herd sheep. He had a strong faith in God and prayed that he could escape. After several years, he finally did and returned to his home. He later became a priest, then a bishop - and returned to Ireland to teach the people about God. We learned that he was a kind and loving man, loved by many people, and even helped build schools and churches. We will be revisiting this story throughout the week and learn more about St. Patrick. We took a look at our Lent calendar and found out that today's good deed is to hug a friend. I am happy to report that many hugs were being given throughout the day, which was very sweet to see! Hopefully some hugs are coming your way as well!

We rested our minds and bodies for a bit, then we participated in our table-top activities for this week - which include: filling up R's with rectangles, painting with waterpaints, and first and last name writing practice. We rounded out the day with prayers, sang our goodbyes and ended our nice day together.




Friday, March 8, 2019

Happy Friday!

During our morning lesson, we re-visited the story "The Very Quiet Cricket" by Eric Carle. We first talked about what it means to be quiet and brainstormed some places where we should use our quiet voices - such as church, the library, and the movie theater. We also took the time to do many actions "quietly", like clapping, talking, and walking. We watched the animated version of this story on our SMARTboard. When we returned to our seats, we opened our journal books to the next empty page and were encouraged to draw pictures from the story - and I must say there were some impressive drawings of crickets, dragonflies, bumblebees and even spittlebugs! Nicely done.

We took the time to check our Lent calendar to find out today's good deed - which is to go to bed on time. I was happy to see that many of the children already looked at the calendar before coming to school and already knew. We will all make an extra effort to go to bed on time tonight - no "buts" about it! Moms and Dads - don't forget to refer to the Lent calendar over the weekend. Your cooperation with this Lenten activity is very much appreciated!

We especially enjoyed our morning snacks because our "star" Delaney brought in munchkins to share with us. Yum :) We then finished up our center time activities for this week. Usually we go to music class on Fridays, but Sr. Teresa wasn't in today. Fortunately though, Ms. Gorman had an open time in her gym so we had an unexpected gym class. Yay!!

Lunch time was yummy in our tummies, then we gathered on the rug as Delaney finished up her time as "star of the week". She brought in a show and tell to share with us and she also used our "star" microphone to answer questions from her friends. Great job, Delaney! She ended by choosing our next "star of the week" and it looks like it will be....Jason!

Before resting we got up, spread out, and showed off some dance moves as we participated in "The Gummy Bear" dance. After rest time, we finished up the rotation of table-top activities for this week. We wrapped up our day in the usual way, gathering our belongings, offering prayers and singing goodbyes. Enjoy the weekend!


Thursday, March 7, 2019

Whew! This half-day just whizzed on by!

Q is for Queen - and we sure felt like royalty today as we practiced our royal wave. During our morning lesson we discussed the role of a queen. We talked about how Queen Elizabeth is the Queen of England and we recalled that England is where the Pilgrims once lived. We used our SMARTboard to look at many pictures of Queen Elizabeth - some when she was a young queen and some recent ones. Not only did we practice our royal wave, but we also practiced our bows and curtsies. While doing so we said the words "Your Majesty" - the proper way to greet royalty! We returned to our seats and put those fine motor skills to work as we created our own beautiful queens - we really liked adding the finishing touch of some sparkling jewels. Quite Impressive!

We especially enjoyed our snack time because it is our friend Chase's birthday! After singing and praying for him, he shared some yummy cupcake treats with us. Delicious! Afterward, we got busy with our center time activities.

Next we gathered on the rug to listen to the story "The Very Quiet Cricket" by Eric Carle. One day a tiny cricket is born and meets a big cricket who chirps his welcome. The tiny cricket tries to respond, but nothing happened - not a sound! And so the quiet cricket makes his way in the world, meeting many different insects who greet the cricket with their version of "hello" and each time he rubbed his wings together to try and greet them back, nothing happened- not a sound. Finally it matures and meets another cricket and all of a sudden it made the most beautiful chirp. And we were able to hear the cricket's sweet song as the last page was turned! This story teaches a very important message - with some persistence and determination, our goals can surely be accomplished!

During God's Time, we discussed our Lent calendar and it makes me so happy that they are trying hard to complete each days' good deed. Today's good deed is to use many kind words. I heard some kind words here in the classroom and I hope you hear some at home as well. We learned that the special color associated with Lent is purple. We discussed how the priest during this holy season wears purple, and how other objects in the church are also clothed in purple.

Before we knew it, the time had come to wrap up our day. Half days move so quickly. Have a great night!


Wednesday, March 6, 2019

We had the wonderful addition of a q-tip make its' way onto our Q table this morning!

During our morning lesson we talked about our new # - 17. We identified it within a group of numbers and we counted forward and backward. We sat in a circle and someone started with the #1 and moving clockwise we each said the next number in the correct order - eager to see who was going to be #17. We watched a short Sesame Street #17 video clip before working on our activity page. First cut out 4 numbers at the bottom, then counted the shapes inside the boxes to see where each number belonged, then on the opposite side we connected the dots from 1 to 17 to complete a picture of a truck. Check our folders for our great work!

After our morning snacks, we located our name tags and worked in small groups at our centers. Before we knew it, we were on our way downstairs to the library where Mrs. Dunfee read us a few entertaining stories.

After lunch and some free play time with friends, we gathered to listen to our "star of the week" Delaney tell us about what she wants to be when she grows up and something she's really good at doing. We then remained on the rug for an important Religion lesson. Our lesson began with Fr. Artman placing blessed ashes on our foreheads - in the shape of a cross. We were told that the ashes on our foreheads are a sign to show the world how proud we are to be a child of God. These ashes are meant to remind us how much Jesus loves us and how much He did for us - and that Lent is a time for us to show our love for Him. We were shown our Lent calendars (which is being sent home today in your child's folder) and how we will be doing one special good deed each day of Lent, starting tomorrow. PLEASE put this calendar in a special place at home where you and your child can look at it and discuss it each day during this beautiful season of Lent. We will discuss it each day at school, and if you are able to discuss it at home as well it would be greatly appreciated. Afterward we finished up by coloring a picture about Ash Wednesday. We liked coloring the child on the page and making him/her look just like us (skin color, hair color, eye color).

After a quiet rest time, we participated in the rotation of table-top activities that we began yesterday. We ended our day in the usual way as we packed up, prayed, and sang goodbyes to our friends and teachers.

REMINDER: Tomorrow is a half day of school; 12:00 dismissal. Please pack a snack and a drink for morning snack time.



Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Welcome back after that unexpected snow day yesterday!

Q is for quick - and we had a few friends who were "q"uick to add some items to our q table this morning - so far we have a Queen of hearts, a quarter, and a letter Q magnet.

During our morning lesson we looked at several pictures that begin with the /q/ sound. We sounded it out and signed it. We of course looked at our letter Qq bounce patrol video and sang along to the familiar tune. We were also introduced to our new number of the week - 17.

We then returned to our seats to practice reading our letter Q sentences. Every time we do this we are encouraged to point to each word as we read it, which helps us with simple sight word recognition and left to right progression. We also found and circled all of the pictures that begin with Q, and put an "X" on those that didn't. Nice work!

After a bathroom break and morning snacks, we got busy with our center time activities for this week, which include: tracing and printing upper and lower case Qq's in our letter books, drawing and counting 17 balloons in the sky, making a "quilt" booklet, and practicing many skills on the i-pads. Before lunch, we had the chance to stretch our legs a bit as we got some exercise downstairs in the gym for a short time.

After lunch and some free play time, we welcomed Delaney as our new "star of the week". She did a great job decorating her poster over the weekend. We learned about her favorite colors, animal and foods today. She also told us about her family and things she likes to do with them. Great job, Delaney!

Rest time was peaceful, then we began the rotation of table-top activities for this week, which include: filling up Q's with q-tips, drawing with dry-erase erase markers on whiteboards, and beading/lacing practice.

Tomorrow there will be an important letter/calendar regarding how we, in Pre-K, will be approaching the Lenten season. Please look for it, remove it, and keep it in a special place so you and your child can discuss it each day during Lent. Thanks and have a great evening!


Friday, March 1, 2019

Well, today we said farewell to February and gave a big hello to the month of March. This month we have much to look forward to....a half day of school next Thursday, the beginning of the beautiful season of Lent, and St. Patrick's Day :)

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!! (technically it's tomorrow) And Happy Pajama Day to us :) How exciting to celebrate both of these occasions on the same day! It's a snowy Friday - what a great day to stay in our pj's!! We were excited to show off our comfy pajamas today.

Upon arrival this morning, we enjoyed completing a Dr. Seuss coloring page. During our morning lesson we looked at many Dr. Seuss books and read together the titles of them. Many of us recognized some of them - I was so happy to find out that many of the children have the very same books at home. We talked about how Dr. Seuss is one of the most popular children's authors. We even looked at some pictures on our SMARTboard of Dr. Seuss himself, whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel. Part of our discussion included how he often uses rhyming words and made-up words in his stories. We also viewed pictures of some Dr. Seuss's well-known characters - like Thing 1 , Thing 2, Horton the elephant, the Grinch, the Lorax, Sam I Am, and of course the classic Cat in the Hat. We next had much fun coloring, cutting, and gluing to make our own Cat in the Hat masks - which include a hat, a bow tie, and long whiskers. What wonderful creations! We smiled our biggest smiles as we got our pictures taken wearing them. They looked just like Mr. Cat in the Hat! We looked at a very cool place on our SMARTboard called "Seussville" (www.seusville.com), but didn't have time to really explore it. I encourage you to check it out with your child at home.

We visited the bathroom, and our morning snacks were especially delicious because our "star of the week" Colin brought in some yummy munchkin treats to share with us. Delicious :) Thanks to Colin for that special treat. After completing our rotation of center time activities for this week, we made our way to music class with Sr. Teresa. She was quite surprised to see that we arrived in our pajamas....so she took the time to teach us a lovely lullaby begore the end of the class.

Lunch time was yummy in our tummies! Our "star" Colin had the chance to use our microphone and answer more questions about himself after free play time. He also brought in a show and tell to share with us. He gave great clues and we were able to guess what it was pretty quickly. See if your little one can tell you what it was!

We ended the day by finishing up the rotation of table-top activities for this week. Whew - another busy week in Pre-K ends :) Have a wonderful weekend :)


Thursday, February 28, 2019

During our circle time activities today, we flipped over the very last day of February already - this month really moved quickly!

This morning we participated in a Scholastic lesson titled "Up, up, up". We learned about how wind is moving air and how it pushes things up, such as seeds, umbrellas, kites, and hats. We discussed how a breeze is a soft, gentle wind. We watched the informational video clip for this lesson all about the wind. When we returned to our seats, we read through our booklets together, then completed the activity on the back page. We also completed a "search and find" windy day picture, and practiced our counting skills as well....our task was to find 1 flag, 2 kites, 3 umbrellas, 4 leaves, and 5 hats. Great work! Check our folders to see.

We enjoyed our morning snacks, then separated into small groups for our center time activities. Next we gathered on the rug for "God's Time" and finished up our unit on "God's Gift of our World". Today we talked about how God's gift of light helps us in many ways. We received our creation pictures that we started when we began this unit, which already has water, land, fish, birds and trees on it. Today we added some animals and a sun. Now they are complete and ready to be hung at home in a special place. Every time we look at it, we will remember all of God's wonderful gifts to us!!!

After lunch and some free play time, we listened as our friend Colin finished presenting his "star of the week" poster. Today he told us about a place he would like to visit and what some of his favorite things are. Way to go, Colin! Next we had the chance to get some exercise as we made our way downstairs to the gym for a short time before rest time.

After we rested nicely for a bit, we participated in the rotation of table-top activities before ending this nice day together!

Tomorrow we look forward to wearing our Pajamas to school, and also celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday:)


Wednesday, February 27, 2019

"I waddle, waddle, waddle on my funny little feet

Across the icy snow I go, to find a fishy treat"

We sang this song to the tune of "Row, row, row your boat" this morning as our morning lesson focused on a special bird that begins with P. Yep, you guessed it - Penguins! We viewed an informational video clip on our SMARTboard and learned some interesting penguin facts: Most of them live in the antarctic, they like to eat fish, octopus, and lobster, they like to slide on their bellies, they have wings but cannot fly, and they can swim really fast. We saw pictures of many different kinds of penguins - even one called a macaroni penguin (we laughed at that one!). Afterward, we put our fine motor skills to work as we cut and glued to make our own penguin creations. We even spelled out the word p-e-n-g-u-i-n on its' belly. See if your child can recall any of the penguin facts for you - or maybe even sing you the song. We also practiced how to waddle like a penguin.

Our P table now has some purple play-do (that's a double p!), a pig and a pie picture (more double p's!), and a penny!

We had a bathroom break, then munched on our morning snacks. Yum! Then we split up into small groups for center time activities. These kids are doing a wonderful job with their porcupines this week:) We usually go to the library on Wednesdays, but since Mrs. Dunfee wasn't in today, Ms. Gorman let us get some exercise in the gym for a short bit of time. It's always fun to get a good stretch of the legs!

After lunch and some free play time, we continued our penguin theme by listening to the delightful tale titled "The Penguin Who Wanted to Sparkle", about a cute little penguin named Pip who wanted so badly to sparkle so he tried many things, but nothing seemed to work. Finally, at the end, he figured out a way to do it!!

After a nice rest time, we packed up our backpacks, prayed, and were on on our way.

Reminder: Friday is Pajama Day - the children may wear their pajamas to school on this day!

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Happy Tuesday :)

After our morning prayers, salute to the flag, calendar and weather check, and singing some favorite songs, we identified and counted our numbers from 1 to 16 (forward and backward). We watched a short Sesame Street podcast about the # 16 and then returned to our seats and practiced tracing and printing the #16, then found and colored the 16 hidden socks in the picture on our page - nice counting!!

Our P table is quite "P"lentiful with the addition of a pineapple, a pie, a piece of pizza, a pencil, a pink hat, and a pool. Wow!

After enjoying our morning snacks, we separated into our small groups for center time activities. Next we gathered on the rug for God's Time. Today we discussed how the sun and the moon are sources of light that are gifts from God. We talked about how the sun makes us feel warm, happy, and safe. We also discussed how at night time the sun does not shine, but God knew that we would need some light at night so he gave us the moon and stars to give us a bit of light in the evening. We talked about many things we like to do during the day when the sun is shining and then things we like to do at night when there are stars and moonlight. We then completed the activity page for this lesson by cutting out 3 pictures of children doing day-time and night-time activities, then stringing them onto a long piece of yarn. After a knot was tied in it, we proudly wore the necklaces we made - and we talked to the friends around us about our favorite day-time and night-time activities.

Lunch time was yummy, and some free play time followed. We then listened to our "star of the week" Colin tell us all about his family and what he likes to do with them.

After we relaxed during rest time, we started the rotation of table-top activities for this week, which include: filling up our upper case P's with pumpkins, play-do exploration, and painting with watercolor paints. We then ended this nice day together by packing up, praying and singing goodbyes.

100th day photos have been added to the website - take a look when you get the chance. Also, please see the letter stapled to the front of your child's folder about "Pajama Day" this Friday in honor of the letter P. Thanks and have a great evening :)


Monday, February 25, 2019

We began "P" week with two of our daily morning activities..."P"rayer and "P"ledge to our flag. During circle time we were eager to share about our weekends. During our morning lesson we were introduced to the letter "P", the sound it makes, learned how to sign it, and looked at several "p" pictures. We also viewed the letter P bounce patrol video clip and were introduced to our new # of the week - #16. I am so "P"roud of our P table, which already includes a penguin and 2 Power Rangers. Great job so far!! We returned to our seats and worked hard on our letter P papers as we read together the 4 "P" sentences. We also found and circled only the pictures with the initial /p/ sound.

After munching on our morning snacks, we made our way downstairs for gym class. After some warm-up stretches, we played a fun game with the use of cones, hula hoops and balls. See if your little one can tell you about it. Ms. Gorman was quite impressed with our throwing skills!

Upon returning to the classroom, we got busy with our center activities for this week, which include: Tracing and printing upper and lower case Pp's in our letter books, printing the #16 - then counting and drawing 16 apples in the picnic basket, making a neat prickly porcupine craft with the use of crayons, paint, and forks, and playing educational games on the i-pads.

We enjoyed our lunches and some free play time. We then welcomed Colin as our new "star of the week". Today he told us about his favorite animal, food and color. We look forward to learning more about Colin this week! Next our friend Landon told us all about his adventures with Traveling Teddy this past weekend. Now that Teddy has had the chance to go home with all of us, he will now stay in our classroom for us to play with. We then listened to the story "Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?", which reminded us of the "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" story. We discussed how both books were written and illustrated by the same people.

We settled down for a quiet and relaxing rest time, then we rounded out our day manipulating some clay. We were encouraged to make snakes with them, then form them into upper and lower case Pp's - nice work! We then ended this nice day together by gathering our belongings, packing up, praying, and singing goodbyes :)


Friday, February 22, 2019

Happy Friday! I am thrilled to announce that Ms. Denise is now a proud grandmother for the first time! Her son and his wife just had a baby boy - born today! God Bless all of them and their new bundle of joy.

We were happy to see a giant stuffed "Olaf" from Frozen added to our O table today!

After our morning routine of activities, we participated in our morning lesson all about the ocean, in honor of the letter "O". We shared some of our own ocean experiences, then we brainstormed and made a list of things in the ocean. We viewed a short video clip on our SMARTboard all about life in the ocean, and we saw many of the creatures we listed. We learned about how some sea creatures, like fish, have gills and can breathe under water. Others can hold their breath for a long time, but need to come up for air like sea turtles. And some, like dolphins and whales, have blowholes to help them breathe. We also discussed the importance of keeping our oceans clean so the sea creatures stay safe and healthy. We then returned to our seats and worked hard in our journal books and made some wonderful drawings of our favorite ocean animals...some popular ones were sharks, sea turtles, fish, octopus and jellyfish.

Next up was a short bathroom break, then morning snack time. Afterward we finished up our center time activities for this week. Before we knew it, we were lining up for music class. Today we had the chance to make music using a variety of instruments, such as bongos, maracas, jingle bells, xylophones, castanets, and rhythm sticks.....see if your little one can tell you about it. Friday mornings seem to always whiz on by.

Lunch time was yummy in our tummies, then some fun free play time followed. Afterward we listened to the wonderful counting and singing story called "Over in the Ocean" - in it were some bright and colorful illustrations of ocean life - and we counted a different type of of sea creature on each page! Afterward, we put on our coats and made our way outside to get some fresh air and a good stretch of the legs before rest time.

After rest time we packed up, offered prayers, and sang goodbyes as another great week in Pre-K ends :) Enjoy the weekend!


Thursday, February 21, 2019

Many of the children were eager to share about the fun they had in the snow yesterday. Snow days are fun:)

Our morning lesson focused on the #15. First we played a # counting and identification game where we had to put the numbers in the correct order. We practiced counting from 1-15 forward and backward, then watched a Sesame Street #15 video clip. When we returned to our seats we practiced tracing and printing the #15. We then practiced our counting skills by finding the one necklace out of 3 that had 15 beads on it. Excellent counting! On the opposite side we had to find the 15 hearts hidden in the picture.

We had an "O"utstanding addition to our O table today - an Oreo cookie. Tomorrow is the last day, will we see an oval shape, or a pair of overalls, or possibly an octopus?

We enjoyed our morning snacks, then got busy in small groups with our center time activities. During God's Time we continued our lesson on God's gift of animals. Today we took the time to appreciate what animals do for us and the ways they make life better for us. We discussed the many amazing gifts God has given us through animals - such as sweaters, milk, eggs, meat, and bacon. We completed the activity page for this lesson when we returned to our seats. We ended by thanking God for making animals for us to love, enjoy, and benefit from.

Before lunch, we had the chance to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine with our friends in Pre-K 2. It seems like it's been a while since we've played outside so we were happy to get out there.

After lunch and some free play time, we listened to our friend Elijah finish presenting his "star of the week" poster. Today we learned about what Elijah wants to be when he grows up, some things he's good at doing, and a place he would like to visit. Nice job, Elijah! Before resting we listened to an entertaining story titled "Oliver". We found out pretty quickly that Oliver in this story is not a boy, but an elephant. Oliver has always wanted to be a dancing elephant in the circus, but what will he do when he is told that the circus already has enough elephants? We laughed as we followed Oliver's silly adventures and were happy to see how he finally achieves his dream at the end.

After resting on our nap mats, we participated in the rotation of table-top activities before packing up backpacks. We said our prayers, sang our goodbyes, and went on our merry way!


Tuesday, February 19, 2019

I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend!

Welcome to an "O"utstanding week in Pre-K as we present the letter "Oo". We practiced tracing and printing upper and lower case "Oo", just like a circle. We also practiced the two different /o/ sounds. We got up and moved and grooved as we sang and danced to the letter Oo Bounce Patrol video. We were also introduced to our new # of the week, the #15! Our letter O table just has an orange on it so far....

Together we read 4 "O" sentences on our papers, and we are getting better at pointing to each word as it is read. Please encourage your child to read their sentences to you. We also completed a dot-to-dot where we had to start at the letter A and connect the dots in the order of the alphabet until we ended at the letter O. When completed correctly, we were able to see a letter o sea creature with 8 legs....you guessed it, an octopus! Nice work :)

We enjoyed our morning snack, followed by our center/small group time. This week we will be practicing upper and lower case Oo's in our letter books, counting out and gluing 15 fish for the octopus, painting our hands to create a neat-looking octopus, and practicing skills on the i-pads. During God's Time we began a new lesson titled "God's Gift of Animals"....we looked at many pictures of different types of animals on our SMARTboard and took the time to see how each animal has its own unique characteristics. We discovered that many of us have animals at home - cats, dogs, turles, fish, and even guinea pigs! We returned to our seats and completed the first part of the activity page for this lesson. We will complete it on Thursday.

Lunch time was de-lish, then some free play time followed. We then welcomed our friend Elijah as our new "star of the week". He worked on his poster over the weekend and had the chance to show us the first section. He told us about his favorite color, animal and food and then he told us about his family. Great job, Elijah! We look forward to learning more about him this week :) Before rest time, we continued our "Animal" theme from our Religion lesson by playing a fun charade game. We were encouraged to think of an animal, stand in front of the group, and act it out. Of course this prompted us to do one of our favorite dances called "Animal Action".

We rested peacefully, then started our table-top activities for this week, which include: filling up upper case O's with oranges, first and last name writing practice, and making shape pictures with shape pieces and design cards.

It looks like there will be no school tomorrow due to the expected snowfall tomorrow. See you Thursday!


Friday, February 15, 2019

Happy 100th Day!! We cannot believe that we have been in Pre-K for 100 days. Many of the children looked absolutely adorable coming into the room dressed like 100 year olds. It was so cute to see little old ladies and little old gentlemen walking down the hallway and into our classroom. I'm sad to say that there were several children who didn't participate :( Moms and Dads who made the effort - you did a fabulous job with the clothes and accessories! Of course I took some pictures so I will post them soon.

Did any of you see us on live tv this morning? Bob Kelly from Fox 29 was at our school and we were so excited about it. There will also be a recorded segment that will be on tonight between 5 and 6 - and there will be a short clip showing all of the Pre-K kids!! So tune into Fox 29 between 5 and 6 pm!! We also had the chance to watch a preview of the "Annie" production which will be taking place in our school auditorium this weekend. We loved it. Moms and Dads - please support our drama program and bring your little one to see it tonight or tomorrow evening at 7pm, or Sunday at 2pm. My husband and I run the program and we are so proud of the cast and all of their hard work!!

Needless to say, our morning was a bit hectic - but always fun!! Once we returned to our classroom, we especially enjoyed our morning snacks because our "star of the week" Neave brought in munchkins to share with us. Next we finished up our center time activities for this week. Before we knew it, we were on our way to see Sr. Teresa for an enjoyable music class. Sr. Teresa knew that it was our 100th day of school - so she had us using the rhythm sticks and we banged them together 100 times!!

Lunch was extra yummy because we had some delicious pizza and had our choice of either plain or pepperoni - we even had some leftover potato chips from yesterday to go with it. Yum! Free play time followed, then our friend Neave had the chance to speak into our "star" microphone and answered more questions about herself. She even brought in a show-and-tell to share with us. Before settling for rest, we used the microphone for one more fun activity. We each had the chance to come up and finish the prompt, "I wish I had 100 ________. Some responses included toys, games, dresses, cats, cars and pizzas. Next it was time to move and groove while practicing some math skills. We spread out and participated in a 100 exercise challenge - and we were definitely up to the task! We viewed our SMARTboard, listened to the beat of the music, and did 10 different exercises 10 times each while counting from 1 to 100. Whew!! A bit tiring, but we did it!

After resting peacefully, we finished up our 100th day coloring page that we started this morning upon arrival.After packing up, prayers, and goodbyes - we ended another great week in Pre-K! These little old ladies and gentlemen should sleep well this evening!

Please remember that we are closed on Monday, 2/18 for the President's Day holiday. Hope to see you at the Annie show this weekend :)


Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day! We had a day full of Valentine fun <3

Our 99th day of Pre-K .....wow! Our vegetable garden is just one strawberry shy of being completely filled! That means tomorrow is our 100th day - and we are super excited about it!

We participated in our second February Scholastic lesson this morning titled "Hooray for Friends". This lesson was all about what good friends do. We watched a video about friendship which showed how good friends: share, take turns, use kind words, and help each other. When we returned to our seats, we worked in our Scholastic books. Clifford's big word for this lesson was "compliment" - and we discussed that a compliment is when you say something nice to someone, such as "I like your hair" and "You are really good at dancing". We then practiced giving compliments to the friends around us, and I must say it was so sweet to hear. Maybe some compliments will come your way too!! After reading through the booklet together, we worked on the back page which had us practicing our patterning skills.

We had a quick bathroom break, then we were excited about our Valentine's Day celebration. We had many delicious treats, such as mini soft pretzels, chips, popcorn, candy, cupcakes, and fruit snacks. Thank you, parents, for sending those goodies in - we loved them! There were also many Valentine cards that were distributed :)

After cleaning up, we located our name tags and worked in small groups at our centers. Before lunch, we settled on the rug to listen a story titled "Dinosaur Valentine". A little boy and his trusty dog, Bones, are in the park when they receive an invitation to a party they will never forget. It's a Valentine's Day party - and it's being given by dinosaurs!

After lunch and some free play time, we listened to our friend Neave finish presenting the last section of her "star of the week" poster. We then made our way downstairs to the gym to get some exercise before calming our minds and bodies for rest time. Afterward, we finished the rotation of table-top activities for this week.

Tomorrow will be quite the busy day....it is our 100th day celebration so I hope to see lots of 100 year olds entering the classroom in the morning. In addition - we will also be welcoming Bob Kelly from Fox 29 and previewing the "Annie" show in the auditorium.

I hope enjoy the rest of this Valentine's Day with your little sweethearts!


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Hip, hip, hooray - no 2 hour delay this morning - which means we were able to get back to our normal routine. After prayers, salute to the flag, morning reports of calendar and weather, 100 day countdown (can you believe we are #98??) and singing some favorite songs, we participated in our morning Religion lesson about Valentine's Day. We recalled the story we read yesterday about St. Valentine and then read "Valentine's Day" by Gail Gibbons - and saw the many ways people celebrate this day and how it's a day to show everyone we care about how special they are. We discussed how we can show our love by what we say and do. When we returned to our seats, we completed the valentine activity page for this lesson. We were encouraged to think of someone we would like to make a valentine for and draw him/her inside the box. We saw some wonderful drawings of moms, dads, brothers, mom-moms, and pop-pops. Next we cut out a heart shape and glued it onto the opposite side. Now we all have a valentine to give to someone special :)

We had a nice morning snack, then center-time followed. Afterward, we made our way downstairs to the library where Mrs. Dunfee read a few stories to us.

Lunch time hit the spot, followed by some free play time. Next we gathered on the rug to hear our "star" Neave tell us about something she is really good at and a place she would like to visit. See if your little one can tell you! We like learning new things about our friends! Next we listened to a a story called "I Love Hugs" - perfect in preparation for tomorrow. In this book we saw colorful photographs of hugs, cuddles, and snuggles. We know we all love hugs, and lots of animals love hugs too. See if your little one can tell you about the cuddly creatures in this story. Of course we couldn't finish without giving all of our friends hugs - and we especially liked our big group hug :)

After rest time, we rotated our table top activities and got busy with them. The time had come for us to pack backpacks and prepare for dismissal, then we prayed and sang our goodbyes.

Tomorrow we look forward to our Valentine's Day celebration. Please remember that the children may wear red/pink if they would like. Have a great evening.


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Well, another late start to our day. Hopefully we will be done with those for a while.

We added the 97th vegetable to our garden this morning. Just 3 more days till our 100th day - and we are very excited about it. Just like yesterday, we had to get right down to business so, after a quick morning meeting, we went right to our centers. During God's Time we listened to "The Story of Valentine's Day".....which told the story of the beginning of Valentine's Day in Rome long ago. We learned that Valentine's Day is named after a special man (St. Valentine) who was very kind and loving and all the children loved him. All over the world, people send cards called "valentines" to celebrate this special day. Many of us were excited to share that we will be bringing in valentines on Thursday to give to our friends.

Lunch time quickly arrived, then we enjoyed some free play time. Afterward, we sat on the rug and listened as our friend Neave continued to talk about her "star of the week" poster - today we learned about her family and some things she likes to do with them and also what she wants to be when she grows up. Nice job, Neave! Our friend Elijah also had the chance to tell us about all he did with Traveling Teddy over the weekend. Next we moved and grooved a bit as we made a circle and performed many actions while moving around the rug - such as hopping, galloping, skipping, twirling, and tip-toeing.

Once nap mats were put away, we got busy with our table-top activities for this week, which include: Making Valentine "cookies" with play-do, making a Valentine card with the use of pencils, tracers, crayons, stamps and stickers, and whiteboards with dry-erase markers.

Hopefully tomorrow will be uneventful and we'll be back onto a "normal" schedule! Have a nice night :)

Reminders:

  • Valentine's Day celebration is this Thursday, 2/14. The children may wear red or pink or anything Valentine's Day related.
  • On Friday, 2/15 we will be celebrating our 100th day of school. The children should come to school dressed like a 100 year old. We will also be welcoming Bob Kelly from Fox 29 to our school, as he will be doing his live broadcast, "Kelly's Classroom", from our school auditorium. We will also be previewing the "Annie" show on this day.
  • There is no school on Monday, 2/18 in observance of the President's Day holiday.


Monday, February 11, 2019

Well, what a surprise to find out last night that we were having a 2 hour delay this morning! Because of this, we had to get right down to business. After arrival and morning prayers, we went right to our centers. Since we are not focusing on a new letter or number this week, our small-group activities will be "100th day" and "valentine's day" related. We will be: using stamps and stamp pads to fill up 10 rows of 10 to make a total of 100, making 100th day crowns, practicing our patterning skills with valentine hearts, and making a valentine craft for someone special. By Friday, we will have completed all of these fun fine motor activities. Our letter table will be Valentine's Day themed this week - so the children are encouraged to bring in anything that has to do with Valentine's Day.

Before we knew it, we were on our way to see Ms. Gorman for gym class. We started off by participating in some relay races, then we practiced our striking and hitting skills with the use of balloons and noodles. Lots of fun!!

After all of that exercise, we were ready to sit down, relax, and eat our lunches. After some free play time, we welcomed Neave as our new "star of the week". Today Neave told us when her birthday is, and what her favorite colors, animal, and food are. We look forward to learning more about her this week!

Before settling down to rest, we listened to a "Pete the Cat" story called "Valentine's Day Is Cool". Pete the Cat thinks Valentine's Day isn't cool....that is, until he realizes how many special cats there are in his life! We were encouraged to think of all of the special people in our lives and discussed how Valentine's day is a day to show them how much we love them.

After we relaxed our minds and bodies for a short time, we used clay and tried our best to make a heart shape with it! Lovely work <3 We then packed up our belongings and ended this quick-moving day with prayers and singing goodbyes.

Due to the projected forecast for tomorrow morning, the Bob Kelly visit has been changed to Friday. So we will be celebrating our 100th day of school on the day of his visit - and we think he will love it!!

Reminders:

  • Valentine's Day celebration is this Thursday, 2/14. We still need some snacks, so please e-mail me or send me a message on class dojo if you can send something in. So far we have mini soft pretzels, fruit snacks, chips, and rice krispie treats. The children may wear red or pink or anything Valentine's Day related.
  • On Friday, 2/15 we will be celebrating our 100th day of school. The children should come to school dressed like a 100 year old. We will also be welcoming Bob Kelly from Fox 29 to our school, as he will be doing his live broadcast, "Kelly's Classroom", from our school auditorium. We will also be previewing the "Annie" show on this day.
  • There is no school on Monday, 2/18 in observance of the President's Day holiday


Friday, February 8, 2019

Our letter N table had the wonderful additions of some nail polish, a notebook, and a net this morning!!

During our morning lesson we reviewed our letters A-N and #'s 1-14. We then talked about a certain body part that begins with the letter N.....our noses! We discussed how we use our nose for one of our 5 senses- our sense of smell. We first listened to the the storybook our friend Delaney brought in this week called "The Nose Book", by Dr. Seuss. Next we brainstormed some things that we smell with our noses - good smells and bad smells. Some of us were brave enough to be blindfolded and then use our sense of smell to guess the scent. We had peanut butter, baby powder, cinnamon, garlic, pickles, shampoo, and soap. After giving a good sniff, we gave each item either a thumbs up or thumbs down. See if your little one can tell you what his/her favorite scent was. Then we returned to our seats for some journal work. Today's prompt was "With my nose, I like to smell...." There were a wide range of responses which included flowers, chicken nuggets, soap, pizza, cookies, shampoo, mac and cheese, and popcorn. Nice journal work!

We nibbled on our morning snacks- which were especially delicious because our "star of the week" Ayden brought in some yummy Oreo cookies to share with us. Thanks, Ayden! We then finished up our center time activities for the week. The noodle face craft we made this week are such wonderful creations and have been hanging in the classroom all week.... they will go home today. Music time came quickly. In music class we did lots of fun things, which included practicing rhythms. We even used i-pads to practice our timing and rhythm skills, which was part of a program that Sr. Teresa uses called "Preschool Prodigies". Lots of fun!

After enjoying our delicious lunches, we then gathered on the rug as Ayden finished up his time as "star of the week". With the use of our classroom microphone we had the chance to ask Ayden some questions about himself. Great job, Ayden and congratulations to Neave who will be our "star" next week.

After a nice, relaxing rest time, we played a few rounds of number bingo. Prayers and our goodbye song helped us end our day with smiles.

Next week will be a busy one! We will not be moving on to the letter O and the #15 until the week of 2/18. On Tues 2/12, we will be in the auditorium as we await the arrival of Bob Kelly from Fox 29, who will be doing a live broadcast from our school. On Thursday, we will celebrate Valentine's Day and preview the "Annie" musical performed by the Drama Club, and on Friday it will be our 100th day of school. So many exciting things to look forward to :)

Enjoy the weekend :)


Friday, February 8, 2019

Our letter N table had the wonderful additions of some nail polish, a notebook, and a net this morning!!

During our morning lesson we reviewed our letters A-N and #'s 1-14. We then talked about a certain body part that begins with the letter N.....our noses! We discussed how we use our nose for one of our 5 senses- our sense of smell. We first listened to the the storybook our friend Delaney brought in this week called "The Nose Book", by Dr. Seuss. Next we brainstormed some things that we smell with our noses - good smells and bad smells. Some of us were brave enough to be blindfolded and then use our sense of smell to guess the scent. We had peanut butter, baby powder, cinnamon, garlic, pickles, shampoo, and soap. After giving a good sniff, we gave each item either a thumbs up or thumbs down. See if your little one can tell you what his/her favorite scent was. Then we returned to our seats for some journal work. Today's prompt was "With my nose, I like to smell...." There were a wide range of responses which included flowers, chicken nuggets, soap, pizza, cookies, shampoo, mac and cheese, and popcorn. Nice journal work!

We nibbled on our morning snacks- which were especially delicious because our "star of the week" Ayden brought in some yummy Oreo cookies to share with us. Thanks, Ayden! We then finished up our center time activities for the week. The noodle face craft we made this week are such wonderful creations that have been hanging in the classroom all week.... they will go home today. Music time came quickly. In music class we did lots of fun things, which included practicing rhythms. We even used i-pads to practice our timing and rhythm skills, which was part of a program that Sr. Teresa uses called "Preschool Prodigies". Lots of fun!

After enjoying our delicious lunches, we then gathered on the rug as Ayden finished up his time as "star of the week". With the use of our classroom microphone we had the chance to ask Ayden some questions about himself. Great job, Ayden and congratulations to Neave who will be our "star" next week.

After a nice, relaxing rest time, we played a few rounds of number bingo. Prayers and our goodbye song helped us end our day with smiles.

Next week will be a busy one! We will not be moving on to the letter O and the #15 until the week of 2/18. On Tues 2/12, we will be in the auditorium as we await the arrival of Bob Kelly from Fox 29, who will be doing a live broadcast from our school. On Thursday, we will celebrate Valentine's Day and preview the "Annie" musical performed by the Drama Club, and on Friday it will be our 100th day of school.

Enjoy the weekend :)


Thursday, February 7, 2019

Today we participated in our first Scholastic lesson for this month titled "Animal Smiles" - all about teeth! We looked at some animals and the kind of teeth they have. We saw that hippos have very long teeth, horses have flat teeth, crocodiles have sharp teeth, dolphins have a lot of small teeth, and ducks have no teeth at all. We then talked about our own teeth and learned that before we get adult teeth, we have 20 baby teeth. We watched the informational video for this lesson all about how to take good care of our teeth. See if your little one can tell you about it. When we returned to our seats, we read through our booklets together, then used our fine motor skills on the back page as we had to use the number key to color the toothbrushes. Afterward, we each received a large, oval shape mouth and a pink tongue. First we had to cut out the tongue, after we glued it into the mouth we then added 20 teeth (well, we used small cotton balls) 10 for the top, and 10 for the bottom. Nice work!

After snack time, we located our name tags for center time. We then gathered on the rug for God's Time and reviewed the Noah's Ark story. We were introduced to a special Noah's Ark storybook and toy that we can play with in the classroom. We watched a short video about this Bible story on our SMARTboard, then we continued to color the coloring page we started on Tuesday.

Lunch time was oh so good, followed by some fun free play time with friends. We then listened as our friend Ayden finished presenting his "star of the week" poster and told us all about a place he wants to visit and his favorite thing to do. Before settling down for a relaxing rest time, we went downstairs to the gym to get a good stretch of the legs and exert some energy.

After completing the rotation of table-top activities for this week, it was time to pray and sing goodbyes for another day :)


Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Happy Wednesday! We didn't have any new items for our N table today. Might we see a newspaper, some nail polish or a necktie before the week ends?

Our morning lesson focused on some crime-fighting characters for the letter N.....Ninja turtles! We first discussed that a ninja is someone who is trained and skilled to fight in a special way. We then looked at a BIG picture of the 4 famous ninja turtles on our SMARTboard. We sure have some ninja turtle fans here in Pre-K 1. We talked about each one's name and the color it wears. We then were asked to vote for our favorite one....Donatello (purple), Michelangelo (orange), Raphael (red) or Leonardo (blue). We each placed our name under the one we liked the best and put our math skills to work as we tallied the results. We compared to see who had the most, least, and who had more/less than the other. See if your child can tell you who was the class favorite. We then returned to our seats and were super excited to make our own ninja turtle creations. First we cut a paper plate into the turtle head shape, then colored it green. Next we referred to our class graph and colored our mask the same color we voted for earlier. We cut out the mask and the mouth, and added some teeth with our black crayon. We glued everything into place, added some eyes and....voila! Ninja turtles were everywhere!

We enjoyed our morning snacks, then got busy with our center time activities. We usually visit Mrs. Dunfee in the library on Wednesdays, but she wasn't feeling well. Instead, we had the chance to get some fresh air and exercise outside.

After lunch, we gathered to listen to our "star" Ayden tell us about what he's good at doing. Next, our ninja theme continued as we listened to the story "The Ninjabread Man" - a fun spinoff of the the classic "Gingerbread Man" story. Sensei makes an age-old recipe for ninjabread. But the cookie escapes from the oven and runs loose! Can the Ninjabread Man outsmart Ninja Bear, Ninja Snake, Ninja Mouse, and Ninja Fox? We really liked this tale - and pointed out the similarities and differences from the traditional story. We then got up and showed off our best Ninja moves to the Ninja Turtle theme song.

Rest time was quite peaceful, then we continued the rotation of table top activities for this week. After packing up backpacks, we gathered for prayer and goodbyes to end the day in a friendly way.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Happy Tuesday! Our letter N table is looking quite "N"ifty with the addition of a nickel, a nerf toy, and a nose book :)

After completing our morning routine of activities, we participated in our morning lesson about the #14. We counted forward and backward, and identified all of our numbers from 1-14. We also played a number puzzle game where we each received a puzzle piece with either a # or a group of objects on it. Our task was to identify what we had on our piece, then find the friend who would make the puzzle complete. We then watched a #14 Sesame Street video clip hosted by our fuzzy friend Elmo. When we returned to our seats we practiced our number writing skills as we traced and printed the #14. We also looked at the different shaped candies on the bottom of the page and counted to see which one had 14. Great counting work!

We had a nice morning snack, then got busy with our center activities. The noodle faces this week look so creative and adorable and will be hanging in the hallway for all to see! Afterward we gathered on the rug for God's Time. This week we are learning about a very special man whose name begins with N....Noah. Today we read the story from our children's Bible of "Noah's Ark" and we learned that an ark is an enormous boat. In this story, we learned that God made us a promise. We had a nice discussion about what a promise is and the importance of keeping promises. God promised to never flood the earth again and gave us a sign for us to remember his promise - a rainbow! We each received a rainbow sticker for our shirt at the end of the lesson. See if your little one can tell you about this special story.

Before lunch we were very happy to make our way outdoors on this unusually warm winter day. We enjoyed the fresh air and sunshine and got a good stretch of the legs with our friends in Pre-K 2.

After lunch we listened to our "star of the week" Ayden tell us about his family and what he likes to do with them. He also told us about what he wants to be when he grows up. Nice job, Ayden! Before settling for rest, we listened to the story "Night Noises" by Mem Fox. An elderly Lily Laceby snoozes by the fire, and her dog Butch Aggie becomes alarmed by strange noises outside. Finally awakened by Butch Aggie's barks, Lily finds a lovely surprise waiting for her. See if your little one can tell you what the surprise was.

After a well-deserved rest, we got busy with our table-top activities for this week, which include: filling up upper case Nn's with pieces of newspaper, first and last name writing practice, and molding play-do. We packed up our belongings, said our prayers to bless the end of our day, and sang our friendly goodbyes.


Monday, February 4, 2019

We began the morning by checking our groundhog graph that we made on Friday. The last time we were here we placed our name under either the "Yes" column or "No" column, depending upon our prediction as to weather Phil the groundhog would see his shadow or not. It turns out that on Saturday, Phil did NOT see his shadow - so it looks like Spring is on its' way!!! Congrats to our friends Chase, Henry, and Jake who guessed correctly :)

We welcomed the letter N today - sounded it out, traced it, printed it, and learned how to sign it. We looked at several pictures of things that begin with the /n/ sound and of course watched the letter Nn bounce patrol video. We sound so nice singing along. We completed an activity page where we had to find and circle only the pictures that begin with n. On the opposite side we used our pointer finger to read the 4 sentences. These kids are getting really good at identifying simple sight words! We checked the N table and we already have a necklace and a ninja turtle, and our friends Neave and Noah added their letter people on there as well. We were also introduced to our new # of the week - the #14.

After a quick visit to the bathroom, we returned to the classroom and enjoyed our morning snacks. We then lined up and made our way downstairs for gym class. Today we participated in some relay races first, then we used parachutes for the first time to practice many skills. Once we returned to the classroom, we were ready for our center-time activities .This week we will be tracing and printing upper and lower case Nn in our letter books, drawing 14 eggs for the bird's nest, making neat-looking noodle faces, and i-pad practice.

After munching on our yummy lunches, we played with friends during free play time. Afterward our friend Jake (who was our "star" last week) finished up by answering some more questions about himself with the use of our "star" microphone (we ran out of time last Friday to do this). We then welcomed our new "star of the week" Ayden. He did a great job on his poster over the weekend and today he talked to us about his favorite food, color, and animal. We look forward to learning more about him this week. Also, our friend Colin spent the weekend with Traveling Teddy and told us about some of the things he did with him.

We then relaxed our minds and bodies for a quiet and peaceful rest time. Afterward we manipulated some clay and were encouraged to make 3 snakes, then put them together to form the letter N. Nicely done :) We packed up our belongings, said our prayers to bless the end of our day, and sang our friendly goodbyes :)


Friday, February 1, 2019

Today we said goodbye to January and hello to February. And can you believe it's our 90th day of Pre-K? Wow, time is really moving quickly. This month there are many exciting things happening....Groundhog Day (tomorrow), previewing our school show "Annie", Valentine's Day, and our 100th day of school celebration.

During our morning lesson today, we listened to a story about everyone's favorite weather forecaster - the groundhog. We learned that groundhogs are also called woodchucks (although they don't eat wood). They like to eat leaves, fruits, and vegetables. We thought it was funny that their front teeth continue to grow, so they nibble on things to keep them filed down. They sleep most of the winter in a burrow and they make a whistling sound when they are scared. Some people believe that if a particular groundhog, named Punxatawny Phil, sees his shadow on February 2 - then we will have a cold rest of the winter. So that 4 legged weather forecaster will be making his prediction tomorrow, so we decided to make our own predictions today. Will that pesky groundhog see or not see his shadow tomorrow? We each had the chance to vote by placing our name underneath the "Yes" or "No" column, depending on what our prediction was. You can check inside the folder to see what your child predicted. Tomorrow we will find out whose predictions prove to be correct :)

When we returned to our seats, we put those fine motor skills to work as we cut and glued to make our own cute little groundhog craft. After snack time, we separated into small groups and completed our center time activities for this week. Time flew on by and it was already time for music class.

Once we returned to the classroom, our friend Jake finished up his time as "star of the week" and showed us his "show and tell" item. We ran out of time, so he will answer some questions in our "star" microphone on Monday. He then picked who will be our "star" next week and it looks like it will be....Ayden!

Have a wonderful weekend! Please be sure to read the letter in your child's folder about our 100th day celebration scheduled for Friday, February 15th.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

I first would like to take the time to thank those of you who visited our classroom last during our "Open House"....it was such a pleasure to see and talk to you :)

Our morning message revealed that we had quite the busy day ahead, so we participated in our center activities earlier than usual today. We then visited the bathroom before enjoying our morning snacks. Time just whizzed on by and before we knew it, we were lining up to go the auditorium to see the school talent show. We had front row seats and loved seeing many of the talented students (and teachers!) perform. We were really laughing at the teacher dance - see if your little one can tell you why!

Lunch time was yummy as always, then we had some free play time with friends. Next our friend Jake finished presenting his "star of the week" poster to us - telling us all about a place he would like to visit and what some of his favorite things to do are.

We enjoyed some peaceful, quiet time on our blankets as our bodies relaxed and recharged before finishing up our table-top activities for this week.

REMINDER:

  • 12:00 Dismissal tomorrow. Children may wear their favorite sports shirt with their gym pants. It is "Soup-er" Friday - each child is asked to bring in a canned good or $1.


Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Brrr! What a cold winter start to the day. During our circle time activities this morning we played a fun "mitten matching" game - some of us are getting so good at this game that we made 2 matches! Our morning message revealed that we were going to preview the Book Fair - yay!

We then listened to the story of "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" - and some of us were already familiar with this funny tale. We quickly pointed out the M for Mouse in the title. If you give a mouse a cookie, he's going to ask for a glass of milk....and that's only the beginning!!! We laughed at all of the things the mouse kept asking for - all because of that cookie. When we returned to our seats, we were encouraged to create our own title with the prompt "If You Give a Mouse a _______, he will want some _______". We had some very clever responses and then drew a picture to tell about it. These pages will be bound together for our next class book. Wonderful Work!!

After eating our snacks, center time activities followed. The marble paintings are definitely a favorite this week.

We were very excited as we lined up to visit the library. Instead of listening to stories, we had the chance to see the School Book Fair. Wow - there were many different kinds of neat books! Some of our favorite ones were: PJ Max, Pete the Cat, Legos, Sharks, Spiderman, Peppa Pig, unicorns, books about Jesus, and so much more. These little ones were very excited to have the chance to look at all of these wonderful books. You can see for yourself tonight during the Open House from 7:00-8:00pm.

After a nice lunch and some coloring time, we listened to our "star of the week" Jake present part of his poster. He told us all about his family and what he likes to do with them. He also told us what he wants to be when he grows up. Great job, Jake!

Rest time was relaxing, then we participated in the rotation of table-top activities that we started yesterday. We look forward to another fun day tomorrow during Catholic Schools Week as we will be watching the school talent show in the auditorium.

I hope to see many of you tonight at our Open House, which is from 7:00-8:00 pm. You will have the opportunity to tour the school, purchase books at the Scholastic Book Fair, and see some your child's work in and around our classroom.


Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Our day started in the usual way with prayers, salute to the flag, calendar and weather check, 100 day countdown, and songs. We learned a silly song in honor of the letter m about a man who lives in the moon....see if your child can sing it for you. Our morning lesson focused on the #13 - we used our number cards to practice all of the numbers from 1 to 13 (forward and backward!). We used our fine motor skills as we practiced tracing and printing the #13, then practiced our counting skills as we circled the group with 13 things inside of it. Great work!

These kids are doing quite a "M"agnificent job with our letter M table - today we added another Minnie Mouse, a pair of mittens, a Mario card, a Mario nintendo game, and Magnet Man (that's a double m!) Impressive!!

During God's Time we had a nice discussion about Catholic Schools Week and the beauty of attending a Catholic School. We talked about how Jesus is an important part of every school day and that we, as Catholic school students, are reminded and encouraged to let Jesus's light shine through our hearts each and every day - by being kind and respectful toward others. We drew a picture of what we like best about St. Matthew School, which will be displayed in the hallway for all to see.

We enjoyed our lunches and then chose a place to play for free play time. When I came back to the classroom, Mrs. Elliot informed me that Sr. Jude (from first grade right next door to us) had to come in to tell us to quiet down. What saddened me was that when Sr. Jude came in to speak to us, many of us chose not to listen and continued to play. She even flickered the lights a few times to get our attention, and there were still many of us that just didn't stop playing. So, instead of doing what I had planned for us to do, we gathered on the rug and went over our classroom rules and the importance of listening to grown-ups and teachers - and what we should do when they come into our classroom to speak to us. Hopefully we will do better next time.

After rest time we participated in our table-top activities for this week, which include: filling up M's with macaroni, puzzle practice, and making pictures with stickers and markers.

Tomorrow we look forward to previewing "The Scholastic Book Fair" in the library!

REMINDERS:

  • Open house will be taking place tomorrow evening from 7-8pm. Please stop by and visit the classroom to see some of the fun things we do each day.
  • Friday is half-day of school - dismissal is at 12:00. Please pack a snack and a drink - no lunch. The children may wear their favorite sports shirt with their gym pants on this day.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Happy Catholic Schools Week! How wonderful to have a whole week dedicated to acknowledging how special Catholic Schools are and to celebrating especially how great our school is! Sister John sent an e-mail to all parents with details of the special events happening this week here at St. Matthew.

We have a "M"arvelous looking M table to start off the week - so far we have Minnie Mouse (double m), a Minnie Mouse chap stick, Monopoly money (another double M!), some real money, a picture of a man, and of course our friend Mina added her letter person on there.

We were introduced to the letter M and our new number of the week, the #13. We listened for that initial /m/ sound as we looked at several m pictures, and then tested our memory skills when we tried to figure out which m picture was missing from the group. We got up and moved as we watched our letter m bounce patrol video - singing and dancing along to it. We also learned how to sign the letter m - that one is a bit tricky! We returned to our seats and practiced reading the 4 "M is for.." sentences together, then found and circled only the pictures with the initial /m/ sound on the opposite side. Great work!

We especially enjoyed our snacks this morning because our friend Alivia (who was absent on Friday and was our star of the week last week) brought in some munchkins to share with us. We were quick to point out that M is also for munchkins....and there were mmm, mmm, good! Next we got busy with our center time activities. This week we will be working on the following activities in small groups: Tracing and printing upper and lower case Mm's in our letter books, printing the #13 and counting out 13 pieces of cheese for the mouse, making some unique looking marble paintings, and i-pad practice.

Gym class was up next and we certainly put those large motor skills to work. We worked on our hopping skills while participating in various activities - and we especially liked using the hula hoops towards the end of the class.

Lunch time hit the spot, then we gathered on the rug and listened as our friend Alivia used our "M"icrophone (another m word!) to answer some questions about herself, then gave us come clues as to what her "show and tell" was inside of her backpack. See if your little one can tell you what she showed us. We then welcomed Jake as our new "star of the week" and also heard about our friend Mina's adventures with Traveling Teddy this past weekend.

We rested peacefully for a short time, then we rounded out the day manipulating some clay. We were encouraged to make 4 snakes and put them together to form the letter M. Marvelous!

Reminder: Tomorrow is a dress-down day for all students!


Friday, January 25, 2019

Well, we moved through our circle time and morning meeting rather quickly because we had quite a busy morning jam-packed full of activities. Our morning message revealed that not only were we going to music class (which we do every Friday), but we were going to gym class as well. Since we missed it on Monday, we were able to go with the Pre-K 2 class today.

Since there was no time to waste, we started off with our center time activities in small groups. After a bathroom break and morning snacks, we were ready to line up for gym class. We had lots of fun with our Pre-K 2 friends as we did lots of yoga moves. Ms. Gorman was quite impressed and asked that I post the link she used in case you want to do this at home. It's www.cosmokidsyoga.com - check it out if you can, the kids really enjoyed it!

When we returned to the classroom, we received our journal books and brainstormed some things that begin with the letter L....we came up with lion, lemon, lollipop, ladder, ladybug, and our friend Landon. Next it was time to draw them in our journals - and we did a wonderful job. Their drawing skills have really come a long way :) Before we knew it, we were on our way to see Sr. Teresa for music class.

We had a nice lunch and then free play time is always fun. Before settling for rest time a new "star" for next week was chosen, and it looks like it's going to be Jake! After rest time, we finished up our journal activity that we started earlier. Whew, another busy week ends in Pre-K !

Next week we look forward to celebrating "Catholic Schools Week" - please check your email for a letter from our office to see all of the events taking place, starting with a very special Family Mass this Sunday at 11:00am. Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, January 24, 2019

After our usual morning routine, we were engaged in many ladybug activities today! During our morning lesson, we used our counting skills when we counted the ladybug's spots and then placed it on the leaf with the matching corresponding number. First we did this as a whole group activity, then we played a game where we each received either a ladybug with spots on it or a leaf with a # on it, and our task was the friend who had our match. Next, we talked about what we already know about ladybugs, then we watched an interesting video clip on our SMARTboard to learn a bit more. We found out that ladybugs are usually red, but can also be brown, orange, yellow, black, grey, and even pink! We also learned that they have 6 legs, live in gardens and grassy areas, and can not hurt us. Afterwards we enjoyed making a cute little ladybug craft. We colored, cut, glued and counted carefully. We each counted out 6 legs and 12 spots to glue onto them. What Lovely Ladybugs!!! They are hanging in the classroom and will be sent home tomorrow.

Guess what "l"eaped onto our L table today?A piece of lettuce. Love it! Just one more day....might we see some lipstick? or lotion?

We had a nice morning snack and then separated into small groups for our center time activities. Afterward, we gathered for God's Time and today we talked about how God made the fish as a gift for us. We discussed how fish are unique creatures with a special ability to live underwater all their lives. We looked at the many different kinds of fish that God made, then we returned to our seats and completed the activity page for this lesson. Check our folders to see!

After enjoying our lunches and some free play time, we listened to Alivia present the last part of her poster. Today she told us about a place she wants to visit and what her favorite things are. Learning new things about our friends is fun! We then continued our ladybug theme by watching and learning a ladybug song on our SMARTboard - about a ladybug that kept landing on different body parts.

Before settling down for rest time, we participated in a fun dance for the letter L called "The Limbo". Some of us were familiar with this one :) First we had a short little lesson on how to do the Limbo, then it was time to give it a try. I held that Limbo stick as each little one "limboed" their way underneath of it while listening to the "Limbo Rock". We have some impressive limbo dancers in Pre-K1!!!

After a quiet rest time on this rainy day, we finished up the rotation of table-top activities for this week before preparing for dismissal. See you tomorrow!


Wednesday, January 23, 2019

During our morning lesson we focused on our # of the week, the # 12. We talked about how there are 12 months in a year, 12 numbers on a clock, and 12 eggs in a dozen. We watched a #12 Sesame Street clip on our SMARTboard and got up and stamped 12 times. Next we looked at a group of dominoes to see if we could point out the one with 12 dots on it. We repeated this activity several times and it didn't take us long to realize that the domino with 6 on top and 6 on the bottom makes 12! Afterwards, we practiced how to trace and print the #12 and then had to find and circle the dominoes with 12 dots on it. Great counting, everyone :)

I am happy to report that our letter L table is "L"oading up with L items....this morning we welcomed lion, a lemon, and a lego. Wonderful!

After enjoying our morning snacks, we got busy with our center time activities. We then visited Mrs. Dunfee in the library where she read us some entertaining stories.

A scrumptious lunch and some free play time soon followed, then our "star of the week" Alivia presented another portion of her poster. Today we learned all about her family and what she likes to do with them. She also told us what she's good at and what she wants to be when she grows up. Nice job, Alivia! Next we sat and listened to the story "The Lion Who Wanted to Love". In this tale we met Leo - who was not your average lion cub. Instead of eating antelopes and zebras, he'd rather hug them and be their friend. Leo's mom and the rest of the lions do not understand this, so they tell him he has to leave the pride if he won't learn to hunt. So Leo goes to live in the jungle where he helps the creatures and nurses injured animals. Then one day, while trying to help a cheetah, he gets himself into trouble. We were happy to find out that all of his jungle friends came to the rescue and saved him. A wonderful example and reminder of why it's important to treat everyone with kindness.

After resting nicely, we wrapped up our day with our table top activities. We packed up, prayed, sang our goodbyes and went on our merry way.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

What a "L"ovely looking L table to start L week! So far we have an LOL toy, a large lollipop, and a picture of a leaf. There are many possibilities for this letter so we hope to see more each day :)

During our morning lesson we were introduced to our new # (12) and our new letter (Ll). We sounded out, signed, and used our pointer fingers to make the letter L in the air. We enjoyed watching and singing along to the letter Ll Bounce Patrol video on our SMARTboard too. We looked at several pictures of things that begin with the initial /l/ sound, and then our memory skills were tested as we tried to figure out which L pictures were missing from the group. On our activity page, we read (as a group) the 4 "L" sentences on the page. When we practice reading these sentences, we are learning how to blend sounds together, identify basic sight words, and left to right progression while sliding our pointer finger across the line. Please encourage your child to read these sentences for you at home :)

After visiting the bathroom, we especially enjoyed snack time because Fiona (last week's star of the week) brought in some delicious soft pretzels to share with us since she wasn't in school on Friday. Yummy in our tummies :) Thanks, Fiona! We then made our way to our centers - in small groups this week we will be working on tracing and printing upper and lower case Ll's, counting items and writing the corresponding # , coloring and cutting out lions - and practicing our patterning skills as we glue on his mane, and refining many skills on the i-pads.

During God's Time we continued our unit on "God's Gift of our World", and today we focused on how God made the birds in our world to enjoy. We looked at many pictures of various kinds of birds and we could easily see that they come in all sizes and colors. We learned that the ostrich is the largest bird and can run very fast. When we returned to our seats, we added some birds to our creation pictures that we started a few weeks ago.

After munching on our lunches and some free play time, our friend Fiona had the chance to use our "star" microphone and answer some questions about herself since she wasn't here on Friday. She also brought in a "show and tell" - so she gave us some clues and we had to try to guess what it was. See if your little one can tell you what it was! Great job, Fiona! Next we welcomed our new "star of the week" Alivia - and she presented the first section of her poster, which she worked hard on over the weekend. Nicely done, Alivia! We also had the chance to listen to our friend Delaney tell us all about what she did with Traveling Teddy this past weekend.

Before rest time we listened to an enjoyable lift-the-flap guessing story called "Do Lions Like Lettuce?" Yes, we were able to quickly see all of those L's! Everyone knows that lions don't like lettuce, but can you guess who does? We were able to see by lifting the flaps to find the answer. Do llamas like lollipops? No, but we do!! This prompted a nice discussion about what our favorite lollipops are....it looks like rainbow is a popular flavor in our class.

After a peaceful rest time, we participated in our table top activities for this week, which include: filling up upper case L's with lollipops, play-do exploration, and first and last name-writing practice with dry-erase markers. These activities will rotate over the next few days until each table completes them.

We packed up our backpacks, offered prayers, and sang goodbyes as we ended our nice day together.


Friday, January 18, 2019

Wow - another busy week ends in Pre-K...and the 2 hour delay this morning made our day just fly on by!

We had to get right down to business, so we had a very short circle time, then went right to our center time activities. We then made our way downstairs for music class. We all had the chance to make music on the glockenspiel - very cool!

We were surprised that lunch time was already upon us - what a quick-moving morning! After free play time, we gathered on the rug to listen to a beautifully-illustrated story titled "God's Dream" by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams. This story has a lovely message....that involves people who reach out and hold each other's hands, but sometimes they get angry and hurt each other - and say they're sorry and forgive. It's a wish that everyone will see they are brothers and sisters, no matter what language they speak, no matter the shade of their skin. This message sounded quite familiar to us, because it's the very same message Dr. Martin Luther King believed in and dreamed about. He had a dream that everyone could be friends. We returned to our seats and completed an activity page where we were encouraged to draw a picture of how we, too, can help to make God's dream and MLK's dream come true by being a good friend...and I must say that their responses/drawings were quite endearing. Before rest time we just had to sing the song we learned about Martin Luther King one last time. I had to record these little ones singing it, they were so adorable!

Please remember that there is no school on Monday due to the observance of the Martin Luther King holiday. Have a happy and safe weekend!



Thursday, January 17, 2019

Well, we had some kisses make their way onto our K table today. Hershey ones, that is! Some more keys were added as well. Great job!

Can you believe that we added the #80 to our vegetable garden today? That's right, we have been in Pre-K for 80 days! We use the numbers on this chart to help us practice counting by 10's....and we are getting quite good at it.

We participated in our second January Scholastic lesson this morning titled "Home in the Cold". We learned that a habitat is where an animal lives and that a polar bear's habitat is the the Arctic. We watched the informational video for this lesson all about animals that live in the arctic - see if your little one can tell you. We played a fun interactive SMARTboard game where we had to look at many animals at the bottom of the screen and only select the ones who belong in the Arctic and place them in the Arctic habitat. When we returned to our seats we read through our booklets together, then completed the activity page on the back that required us to use our counting and graphing skills. Check our folders to see our great work!

Snack time was yummy, then we participated in our center time activities. Before lunch, we gathered for God's Time and recalled some of His wonderful gifts to us that we have discussed.....water, earth, and plants. Today we talked about how farmers use God's gifts to grow good things for us. We looked at several pictures of fruits and vegetables, such as apples, oranges, strawberries, cucumbers, and pumpkins. We discussed how farmers grow these foods in the earth from seeds to full-grown vegetables or fruits and then send them to the stores where we can buy them.

After a nice lunch and some free play time, we gathered to listen to our friend Fiona present the last 2 sections of her "star-of-the-week" poster. Today we found out about a place she would love to visit and what some of her favorite things are. Great job, Fiona!! We also had the chance to run about and get some exercise. Instead of going outside in the cold, Ms. Gorman allowed us to use the gym since it wasn't being used. Thanks Ms. Gorman :)

Rest time was relaxing, then we finished up our table-top activities for this week. Prep for dismissal, prayers, and our goodbye song rounded out our day. See you tomorrow!


Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Happy Wednesday! Our letter table had one addition this morning....a picture of a kite! We are wondering if maybe some ketchup, a hershey kiss, or a king from a deck of cards might come in before Friday.

During our morning lesson we reviewed our letters from A to K. We played a fun game where we worked together in teams to connect the letter with the object that begins with that letter with pieces of yarn. Good teamwork! When we returned to our seats, we completed a similar activity where we used our pencils to draw lines from the letter to the corresponding picture. Nicely done!

After our morning snack, we got busy with our center time activities. Next we lined up and made our way downstairs. Library with Mrs. Dunfee is always a highlight for Wednesdays. Upon returning to our classroom, we prepared ourselves for the safety lock down drill. We learned that we do this in the event that we have to stay safe inside of our classroom. We did a fantastic job!!!

After lunch and some free play time with friends, we learned more about our "star" Fiona. Today she told us what she wants to be when she grows up and what she is good at doing. It's fun finding new things out about our friends! We also read another story about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We learned that when he was a boy he grew up in a time when people weren't treated fairly just because of the color of their skin. We discussed how Dr. King helped people work together to make changes, how he helped to change the world without fighting. We talked about his message of peace, caring, and unity. We also learned a song called "Sing About Martin" - check it out on youtube if you get the chance, I'm sure your little one will sing it for you :)

After a nice, quiet rest time, we rounded out our day with the rotation of table-top activities. Prep for dismissal, prayers, and song ended our day with smiles.


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

"Old King Cole was a merry old soul

And a merry old soul was he,

He called for his pipe, he called for his bowl

And he called for his fiddler's three"

This morning we recited and sang the nursery rhyme "Old King Cole" for the letter K. We watched the nursery rhyme "come alive" when we viewed a short video on our SMARTboard about Old King Cole - and some other nursery rhyme characters were in it as well. It was an entertaining segment with props, singing, and dancing. We also practiced counting from 1-11 and had fun finding the # 11 mixed in with a group of other numbers. Once we returned to our seats, we each received an activity page with a king's crown on it. First, we colored it then we decorated it with jewels (sequence). But, we had to be good counters for this one.....we counted out and glued 11 jewels onto our crowns - Great counting was done by all!

We had a bathroom break, ate some yummy snacks, and then located our name tags for center time. Afterward we gathered on the rug for God's Time. We are continuing our unit on "God's Gift of our World". We recalled how last week we discussed God's Gift of water. This week we will be focusing on God's Gifts of Earth and Plants. We talked about how our plants grow from seeds planted in the earth - and we remembered when we planted grass seeds in our cups full of soil. We each received the picture we started last week with the water on it and today we cut out a piece of land and added it.

After lunch and some free play time, we listened to our "star" Fiona tell us all about our family and what she likes to do with them. Nice job, Fiona!! We then continued our "King" theme and before rest time we were all encouraged to think about what rule we would enforce if we were to be king for a day. Next we each had the chance to stand in front of the class (wearing a king crown) to announce our rule, complete with the royal trumpet fanfare performed by our classmates. I must say that we had many interesting rules such as "Everyone must ride their scooters", "Everyone must watch youtube" , "Everyone must dance", and "everyone must go to the beach", just to name a few. What a happy and fun kingdom it would be!! We even learned the royal wave!

We rested for a short time, then got busy with our table-top activities for this week - which include: filling up the letter K with kites, play-do and making pictures with markers.

I am happy to report that our family album is finally ready to go home. Each child will have the opportunity to take this special book home for one evening to share with their families.

Have a great evening :)


Monday, January 14, 2019

Oh well, even though those Eagles didn't win yesterday's game, many of the children were eager to share about their weekends - and it sounds like most had some fun in the snow!

We "kicked" off K week with our letter K bounce patrol video on our SMARTboard- we know this tune so well now that we sing the entire thing. We sounded out, traced, printed, and signed the letter Kk. We have items on our K table so far - a Kit Kat bar (that's a double K!) and Ken (Barbie's boyfriend). Keep it up :) We were also introduced to our new # of the week, # 11.

We looked at several pictures that begin with K and played our guessing game to see if we could figure out the one that was missing from the group. We were also introduced to our new number of the week, the number 11. Afterward, we received our papers and read together the four "K" sentences (see if your child can read them for you!) We also circled and colored only the pictures that begin with the letter k. Nice work!

After our morning snack, we were ready and eager to line up for gym class. Ms. Gorman had us participating in lots of fun large muscle skills movements - we even used frisbees!

Upon returning to the classroom, we got busy in small groups at our centers. This week we will be tracing and printing upper and lower case Kk's in our letter books, counting out and drawing 11 items , making an adorable Hershey "K"iss craft, and i-pad practice.

After lunch we welcomed Fiona as our new "star of the week". She worked hard on her poster over the weekend and talked about the first section of it. We look forward to learning more about her throughout the week. Jason also had the chance to tell us about what he did with Traveling Teddy over the weekend. Before resting, we listened to a wonderful story about Martin Luther King, Jr. We noticed the K for King on the cover. We learned that Martin Luther King was a great man and how his words and actions changed the way people thought - and helped to change the world. We will be learning more about him throughout the week.

After resting peacefully, we wrapped up our day using whiteboards and dry-erase markers. We were encouraged to make upper and lower case Kk's....a little tricky for some of us, but we all tried our best! Our day ended with prayers and singing goodbyes. Have a nice evening and stay warm - it's bitter cold out there!


Friday, January 11, 2019

Happy Friday :) And Happy Birthday to our friend Alivia who will be turning 5 on Sunday!!

Just so everyone knows, I have been having issues with the classdojo recently. I sent out a reminder yesterday that the children had permission to wear Eagles attire today, but apparently it never sent. Sr. John sent an email and I believe I mentioned it on Monday's daily update. I had to re-install the class dojo app, so I think it's okay now. Hopefully next Friday we can all wear our Eagles stuff again :)

Our letter J table sure is "J"umping with j items - we had a few more items added this morning - some juice and a jump rope! Nice job!

During our morning lesson, we reviewed our letters from A to J. We then played a a letter/sound recognition game. We split up into 2 teams - some of us were given a letter and some of us were given an object. Our task was to look around the circle to see if we could find the friend on the opposite team that had our match. We all stood up, walked around, and were encouraged to find our partner. We did so well with this activity that we played a few rounds - and found our match each time! Our morning message revealed that we were not going to music class because Sr. Teresa is ill - but we were happy to find out that we were going to gym class. Yay!

When we returned to our seats, we completed a fine-motor activity where we first had to identify the letters and objects on the paper. Then we carefully cut out all of the letters. The next task was to place the letter next to the object that begins with that letter. This was a bit tricky because there were 2 extra letters that were not needed, so we really had to focus on the beginning sound of each object. Check our folders to see our wonderful work!

During our morning snack, we sang happy birthday to Alivia and she had some delicious munchkins from DD to share with us. Yum!! We then lined up for gym class. Ms. Gorman was not in on Monday when we usually have gym, so she was gracious enough to let us come today with the Pre-K 2 class. Thanks Ms. Gorman, we love all of the fun activities you plan for us!

When we returned to the classroom, we finished up our center activities for this week. After our busy morning, we were ready for a good lunch. Landon brought in some delicious cheez-its for his "star of the week" treat to give to everyone. Thanks so much, Landon!!

Free play time in the classroom followed. We then gathered to listen to our "star" Landon tell us more about himself. He used our "star" microphone to answer questions from the audience (which is us!). He also brought it a show and tell - but we call it "tell-and-show". He tells us some clues about what he brought in (the color, what he does with it, etc.) and we have to guess what it is. Landon gave some great clues and we were able to guess what it was. See if your little one can tell you about it. He finished up by choosing a name for next week and it looks like our star will be....Fiona!!

We settled down for a nice rest time, and then wrapped up our day coloring an Eagles picture in the hopes that they win the big game on Sunday. Have a wonderful weekend. Go EAGLES!


Thursday, January 10, 2019

Wow - winter chill has certainly arrived!! Brrrr... Please remember that all children should have coats, gloves, hats and scarves during these cold winter months. We do like to get some fresh air each day, even if it's just for a short time.

Our letter J table had one "J"oiner today....a piece of jewelry! One more day left.

Our morning lesson today focused on a special place that begins with J - a place where many animals live. Yep - the jungle! We first brainstormed as many jungle animals that we could think of - which included an elephant, giraffe, monkey, tiger, lion, cheetah, and hippo. We listened to the story "Rumble in the Jungle" to see if there were any more. All of the ones from our list were in there - in addition to a zebra, a gorilla, a rhino, and a crocodile. When we returned to our seats, we received our journal books and found the next empty page. Our first task was to write out the word J-u-n-g-l-e, then we chose a few jungle animals to draw. Great work!

We enjoyed a nice morning snack, then located our centers and worked in small groups. We then gathered for God's time and continued our lesson on God's Gift of Water. Today we discussed how we can help keep the water God made fresh and clean. We talked about how God gives us water to enjoy and use, but it is our responsibility to take care of it and keep it clean. We then completed the activity page for this lesson by putting an "x" on all of the objects that should not be in the underwater scene. Check our folders to see.

After munching on our lunches and some free play time, we listened as our friend Landon finished presenting his "star of the week" poster. Today he told us about a place he would like to visit. Great job, Landon! We then continued our "jungle" theme from earlier by participating in the song "Walking in the Jungle". We pretended the classroom was the jungle and we walked through and came across many jungle creatures. We then stomped, jumped, and skipped through it as well. At the end , when we saw the tiger and heard the loud roar, we ran back to the safety of our classroom rug. Whew!

After resting oh so nicely, we wrapped up our day finishing up the rotation of table-top activities before our end of the day prayers and goodbyes. See you tomorrow :)

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

J is for Jellyfish and we learned some interesting jellyfish facts today. We already knew that they live in the ocean and that they sting, but we didn't know that they can be purple, blue, pink, yellow, or clear....and some of them can even glow! We also learned that they do not have eyes, a brain or a heart (who knew?) - but they do have a mouth!! Some are small, some are large, and they all have long tentacles that look like strings. Some of us talked about our own experiences with jellyfish and we were reminded that we should never touch one or get too close to one. When we returned to our seats, we created our own jellyfish craft. First we chose a color a real jellyfish could be and we colored a portion of a paper plate. Next we used our scissors to cut it out. We then flipped it over and glued on many long streamer pieces for the tentacles. Finally, we added large eyes and a mouth We know that they don't really have them, but we like how they look with them! We did a fantastic job and they are hanging in our classroom for all to see! In fact, Fr. Welsh visited our classroom today and noticed them right away and said how nice they looked. He asked if any of us could tell him something new that we learned today, and we told him what we learned about jellyfish. Fr. Welsh was also surprised to hear that jellyfish do not have a brain or heart!

Our J table had 2 more additions today - a jar of Jif peanut butter (that's a double j) and a JoJo bow. I wasn't sure what this was, but I was informed that there is a singer on youtube called JoJo Siwa who wears big bows. Nice job! 2 days left...

After our morning snacks, we got busy with our center time activities. We then made our way downstairs to the library where Mrs. Dunfee read us a few enjoyable stories. Lunch was de-lish and then we had some time to play in the classroom. Afterward, we gathered on the rug to listen to our "star of the week" Landon tell us about some things he is really good at.

Before rest time, we learned a jellyfish song....

"With a belly full of jelly and legs like string, the jellyfish is no ordinary thing With a belly full of jelly, and legs like string, the jellyfish can give you quite a sting With a belly full of jelly, and legs like string, that's how God made the jellyfish"

We then had fun pretending to be jellyfish in the ocean.

After resting, we participated in the rotation of table-top activities that we began yesterday. Another busy, but fun day in Pre-K :)


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

We had 2 more "J" items "J"oin our J table this morning....a pair of jeans and a jet! Love it. 3 more days - maybe we will see some juice? a jacket? or some jelly before the end of the week.

We focused on the #10 today during our morning lesson- and we noticed that it's our first # of the week with 2 digits in it. We practiced counting and identifying the numbers 1-10. The numbers were put in order on the rug and then we closed our eyes while one number was flipped over. We had fun taking a guess as to which number was flipped and then checking to see if we were correct. We also were asked to put them in the proper order after mixing them up. When we returned to our seats, we completed an activity that required us to first count, then write the corresponding number. Writing numbers is a bit tricky and some of us needed a lot of assistance, so I suggest reinforcing this activity page at home with your little one.

We enjoyed our morning snacks, then we participated in our center time activities. Afterward, we gathered on the rug for "God's Time". We are beginning a new unit called "God's Gift of our World". Today's lesson focused on God's precious gift of water. We discussed the many ways water helps us - we love to swim and play in water, we use water to quench our thirst, we use water to clean ourselves when we take a bath or shower, to brush our teeth, and water helps to make many things grow. We read the short story "Water is Everywhere" and then returned to our seats and began a creation picture, which we will continue to work on throughout this unit.

Lunch was yummy, and free play time soon followed. Afterward, we listened to our "star" Landon tell us about the next section of his poster. Today he told us all about the people in his family and what he likes to do with them....we also found out that he would like to be a basketball player when he grows up. It's fun finding out new things about our friends!! We then got up and spread out for some music and movement. First we participated in a fun counting song by Jack Hartmann called "Count to 10 with our friends"....we were counting to 10 like soldiers, monsters, cowboys, opera singers, and babies. Check it out on youtube if you get the chance. Next we danced to "pop-see-ko" before settling down for a nice rest.

We finished up our day with some table-top activities. This week we will be rotating the following activities: filling up a large letter J with jellybeans, first and last name writing practice, and stringing beads. Prayers, goodbyes, and the Eagles song ended our day with smiles.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Hooray for "J" - it's J week and we had a few friends coming into the classroom with items for our J table. So far we have Princess "J"asmine from Aladdin and a basketball "j"ersey! We also have 2 classroom friends for J... Jake and Jason, so they are on there as well. And we are "J"umping for "J"oy after that Eagles win last night....Go Birds!!!

During our morning lesson, we were introduced to the letter Jj and the number 10. We took a look at the Bounce Patrol video for Jj and practiced how to trace, print, sound out, and sign it. We looked at several pictures and listened for that initial /j/ sound. We even read some J sentences on our activity sheets - take a look in your child's folder and see if he/she can read them for you.

After our morning snacks, we visited our centers and worked in small groups. This week we will be tracing and printing upper and lower case Jj's in our letter books, tracing and printing the #10 and counting out 10 jellybeans to glue in the basket, making a neat jack-in-the-box craft, and practicing many skills on the i-pad. These activities will rotate daily until each group completes them.

Ms. Gorman was not in school today, we so played in the gym instead of going outside. We had fun and exerted lots of energy. We were happy to sit down and eat our lunches after all of that exercise.

After lunch and some free play time, we welcomed Landon as our first "star" of the week. He worked hard on his poster over the weekend and did a great job telling us about the first section of his poster. Way to go, Landon! We look forward to learning more about him this week. Our friend Ayden also had the chance to tell us about his adventures with Traveling Teddy this past weekend.

After a peaceful rest time, we put our fine motor skills to work with the use of whiteboards and dry-erase markers. We then packed up our belongings, prayed, and sang goodbyes. We also sang the "Eagles" song after that awesome victory last night! Sr. John has given permission for the students to wear anything Eagles-related this Friday. Have a great night!


Friday, January 4, 2019

Can you believe that we added the #71 to our 100 day countdown vegetable garden chart this morning?

Today we participated in our first January scholastic lesson titled, "Slip, Sliding on Ice". We talked about how ice is frozen water. We recalled when we watched water (a liquid) being poured into an ice tray last month, and then the next day how it changed into ice (a solid) after being in the freezer overnight. We watched an interesting video clip about when water freezes and we talked about the fun things we can do with ice....eat it, skate on it, slide down it, and some people can make really neat sculptures with it. When we returned to our seats, we read through our booklets together and practiced reading many of the words. On the back cover we saw how snowflakes come in different shapes and pointed to our favorite one - then we connected the dots in numerical order to make a snowflake. Check our folders to see our great work!

After munching on our morning snacks, we got busy with some center time activities. Afterward, we completed a cut-and-paste snowman sequencing activity. First we used our scissors to cut, cut, cut out the boxes at the bottom of the page. Next our task was to look at them carefully and put them in the correct step-by-step order when making a snowman. Nicely done!!

We then made our way downstairs to see Sr. Teresa for music class. We were introduced to "bouncy" who helped us with our high. low, and medium singing notes. We also played the fun musical game called "Where oh where is pretty little Susie?"

Lunch was yummy and free play time followed. Afterward, we gathered on the rug and took a look at a large poster. We learned that starting next week we will have a "star of the week" and that each of us will have our turn to be the "star". When we are the "star of the week", we will have time each day to talk about a part of our poster while wearing special glasses and speaking into our "star" microphone. The first name was chosen and it looks like our first "star" will be....Landon!!

Before settling down for rest time, we continued our "ice" theme from this morning by participating in a few rounds of "freeze dance". We rounded out our day manipulating some clay - and we were encouraged to make a snowman with it.

Next week we will move on to the letter Jj and the #10. Have a wonderful weekend :)


Thursday, January 3, 2019

Hello and Happy New Year! I hope everyone had time to relax over the holidays. This morning we noticed some classroom changes....snowflakes now hang throughout the room, our attendance tree is now being filled up with snowflakes instead of apples, and our calendar shows a brand new month and year! After completing our morning activities we were eager to share stories during circle time. It sounds like all of these kids made Santa's "nice" list after hearing all about their presents. It was beautiful to hear about their holiday adventures with family.

We listened to a delightful story called "The Snowman", by Raymond Briggs. James builds a snowman, which, for one magical night, comes to life! This heartwarming story is illustrated with pictures from the film with the same title.

We noticed that our hallway display is empty now that all of our elves and holly people have been taken down and sent home. We were asked to think about something new that we could make for winter....and it didn't take too long for us to guess "a snowman"! This was a fun craft and math activity rolled into one. We counted out the letters of our first names (some had 4,5,6,7, 8 and even 9!) The # of snowballs we used to make our snowmen matched the # of letters in our first names. As a result, some are short, some are tall, and all look fantastic! We added features and some snowflakes with our crayons. These wonderful winter creations will be displayed in our hallway for all to see :)

After a bathroom break and morning snacks, we located our name tags for center time. During this time, we were each called to add some finishing touches to our snowmen. Afterward, we were happy to make our way outside to get some fresh air and a good stretch of the legs with our Pre-K 2 friends.

After lunch and some free play time, we gathered on the rug to watch the short movie version of the story we read earlier, "The Snowman". The unique thing about it is that there are no words at all, but so very captivating. We laughed at the snowman's silly antics. If you haven't seen it, you can check it out for free on youtube.

We rested peacefully before prepping for dismissal. 2019 is already off to a great start here in Pre-K 1!!


Friday, December 21, 2018

"A Savior born in Bethlehem

and Jesus is His name-o

J-E-S-U-S, J-E-S-U-S, J-E-S-U-S

and Jesus is His name-o!

What a fun day we had celebrating the upcoming birthday of baby Jesus! Check this site, our class dojo, and the school facebook page for some pictures and videos.

I would like to take the time to thank you all for sharing your child with me. They are truly a delight to have in class and a gift to my spirit. I wish all of you a very merry and blessed holiday season and I look forward to sharing more wonderful learning experiences with your child in the new year. God Bless you and enjoy the holidays with your precious child and families.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

We are certainly feeling the magic of Christmas in Pre-K 1! Just 5 days away...and just 1 day until our "Happy Birthday, Jesus" celebration!!

This morning we participated in our second December Scholastic lesson titled "Gingerbread Time!" We learned about the process of making a gingerbread cookie and used our hands to act out each step. 1) mix ingredients 2) roll out the dough 3) press with a gingerbread man cookie cutter 4) bake in the oven and 5) decorate with icing and candies. After watching the video for this lesson, we returned to our seats and read through our booklets together. On the back page we used a key to color the shapes on the gingerbread cookies. Nicely done! See if your little one can read some of the words for you at home. Of course this reminded us of the "The Gingerbread Man" story we read a few weeks ago, so we recalled the events of the story.

We enjoyed our morning snacks, then got busy with our center time activities. Afterward, we completed our Nativity scene craft that we started last week. Our task today was to glue wooden sticks onto a big piece of construction paper to form the stable shape. Next we glued all of the pieces on to make our own beautiful Nativity scene. They look lovely - check our folders to see!

Lunch time was de-lish, then we had some free play time fun. Before settling down for a nice rest, we got some fresh air and ran about outside for a short time. After putting away our nap mats, we got busy with the rotation of table-top activities that we started yesterday.

REMINDER: Tomorrow is our "Happy Birthday Jesus" celebration. Thanks in advance to those parents who offered to send in cupcakes, cookies, or juice boxes!! The children are encouraged to wear red and green or Christmas clothes tomorrow - and any Christmas accessories such as hats, headbands, necklaces, etc. Please keep in mind that it is a full day of school. See you tomorrow :)


Wednesday, December 19, 2018

After completing our morning routine of activities, we talked about the true meaning of Christmas and the events that happened so long ago in Bethlehem. It reminded us of the first grade play we saw yesterday and we discussed all of the characters that we saw. I told the children that they will be in this special play just 2 short years from now and everyone had the chance to share which part he/she would like to have. So sweet :)

During our morning lesson we participated in a Christmas tree counting game. Our task was to flip over a number (between 1 and 9), identify it, place it at the tip-top of the large tree, and then decorate the tree with the corresponding number of ornaments. Good counting was done by all!! When we returned to our seats, it was time for us to get busy making yet another Christmas craft. Today we worked hard making a special ornament to hang on the tree. It's a Christmas tree - with our cute little faces right in the middle. There is a special poem on the back along with our signature. On the front, we used balls and shiny pieces to fill up those branches and at the tip-top we placed a beautiful yellow star. They look tree-mendous!!! A few more finishing touches and they will be ready to be sent home.

We had a nice morning snack and center time quickly followed. We then made our way downstairs for some library time with Mrs. Dunfee before lunch. After lunch we had the chance to get some fresh air and exercise outside and got a good stretch of the legs!

After relaxing our minds and bodies during rest time, we rounded out the day with some Christmas-themed table-top activities, which include: making Christmas "cookies" with play-do, using markers to draw Christmas-related things, and coloring and decorating a Christmas tree. Before leaving we listened to what has become one of our favorite Christmas songs called "Happy Birthday Baby Jesus" - and we do some good dance moves to it as well!! I encourage you to find it on youtube so your child can sing it for you :) See you tomorrow!!


Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Well, these little ones are as busy as Santa's elves on these last days of the year. When checking our calendar and our Christmas countdown we cannot believe that the magic number is 7. That's right, just one week away....hard to believe!!

After our morning routine of activities, we quickly got to work. Our first task was finishing the beautiful angels that we already started. Yesterday we focused on coloring, today we focused on cutting and assembling. We cut out the head, body, and wings, then glued them into place. Our next task was to add some facial features and hair. Finally, we sprinkled some glitter on the wings and.....wow! what lovely angels indeed! Check our folders to see :)

After our morning snacks, we located our name tags for center time. Afterward, we received our Nativity scene pictures that we colored last week. Today we carefully cut each piece out. Tomorrow we will work on creating the stable and gluing our pieces on to a large piece of construction paper to create our own Nativity scene.

Lunch time was yummy, and free play time followed. We then we gathered on the rug and reviewed the story of the first Christmas, knowing that we were going to see the 1st grade play today in the lower Church. Some of us have siblings in first grade so we were especially excited. After lunch and some free play time, we were anxious and ready to see it. What a wonderful play the 1st graders put on! We really enjoyed their re-telling of the beautiful Christmas story and congratulations to the entire first grade class (and their teachers!) on a job well done :) There is another performance tomorrow for parents if you are able to come....it really is a beautiful reminder of what Christmas is all about.

We had a short, yet peaceful rest time before preparing for dismissal. More Christmas fun awaits for us tomorrow :)


Monday, December 17, 2018

Happy 3rd week of Advent! Boy, time is surely moving quickly. Our Christmas countdown revealed just 8 more days till that special day....and we are super excited about it! Many of us are very eager to find our classroom elf "Jingle" upon arrival - and he always seems to find a good spot! We have been practicing how to use positional words to describe where he is hiding instead of just pointing to him (such as above, under, behind, inside, etc...) See if your little one can tell you where our silly elf was today!

This week we will be involved in many Christmas activities. After completing our morning routine, we started working on a special Christmas craft. Last week our hands were painted white and we pressed them onto blue construction paper. We made some predictions as to what we will be making with them...there were some great guesses but none were correct. We will be making lovely Christmas angels and our handprints will be the wings. We hope to complete them tomorrow - this one's a keeper for sure!

We munched on our morning snacks, and then made our way downstairs for gym class. We had such a blast and exerted much energy as we participated in the following large motor activities: Grinch tag (where most of us were frozen grinches and waited for 2 friends pretending to be Mr. and Mrs. Clause to unfreeze us), Feed the Reindeer relay game with the use of scooters and hula hoops, and then our favorite was the Reindeer Rescue game....see if your child can tell you about it. Ms. Denise took some good pictures of us in action, so I will post them soon!

When we returned to the classroom, we got busy with our center time activities. This week, in small groups, we will be finishing up our handprint Christmas trees that we started last week, making some special reindeer food to sprinkle outside our homes on Christmas Eve, and also completing a fine motor activity which will allow for us to practice our color recognition and color words by coloring ornaments on the Christmas tree the appropriate color.

Lunch time hit the spot after our busy morning, and then the all-favorite free play time followed. Afterward, our friend Neave had the chance to tell the rest of us about her adventures with Traveling Teddy this past weekend. We then discussed how yesterday began the 3rd week of Advent. We "lit" the pink candle on our wreath which we learned represents "joy". We received our papers and added the 3rd flame to the pink candle.

We rested peacefully, then wrapped up our day molding clay into Christmas things...there were candy canes, presents, trees, stockings and even some snowmen. After packing up nicely, we prayed, sang our goodbyes, and were on our merry way :)


Friday, December 14, 2018

Happy Friday!

During our morning lesson today, we reviewed the two different sounds the letter I can make. Next we looked at a bunch of pictures (A-I) which were spread out on the rug and had to find the ones that started with the letter /i/ sound. We found them pretty quickly, and we were even able to tell what the non-i pictures started with!

We were quite anxious to observe our ice cube tray from yesterday and took notice of the differences. After keeping our tray in the freezer overnight, our water changed into ice! We discussed how the freezing cold temperature changed our liquid into a solid. Next we used our ice cubes to do something we never knew we could do with ice.....paint! That's right - we painted with an ice cube with food coloring inside of it. We noticed that the longer we kept our ice cubes out, the more they melted - and then we discussed why. Check our folders to see our unique ice paintings!

After snack time, we finished up our center time activities for this week. During this time, we each had the chance to get a close-up look at some real insects that used to be alive (2 moths and a dragonfly). We used a magnifying glass and were able to see the antennae, 6 legs, eyes, and wings.

Before we knew it, we were lining up for music class. Sister Teresa had us using something for the letter I.....instruments!!! We had lots of fun with maracas and jingle bells today :)

After lunch and some free play time, we finished coloring the last 2 pictures of our Nativity scene, the cow and the sheep. We then gathered to listen to the story of "Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer", followed by a fun dance called "The Reindeer Pokey".

We rested peacefully as we listened to lovely instrumental Christmas music before our end of the day prayers and singing goodbyes. Next week we are looking forward to seeing the 1st grade play about that very special night when baby Jesus was born. We also are looking forward to our own "Happy Birthday, Jesus" celebration next Friday with our friends in Pre-K 2.

We will not have a new letter or number next week, as we will be involved in many Christmas themed learning activities. Our letter table will be a Christmas table, so the children are encouraged to bring in anything Christmas related.

Have a wonderful weekend :)


Thursday, December 13, 2018

This morning we had one more addition to letter I table....some ice! Not real ice, but a picture of some. Good thinking! Our Christmas countdown revealed that Jesus' birthday is just 12 days away....how exciting!!

During our morning lesson we learned about some creepy, crawly creatures that begin with I.....insects!! We learned some interesting insect facts: some have wings, some have antennae, but all insects have 3 body parts and 6 legs! We watched a video and learned that they live in all parts of the world and have no bones in their bodies. They can usually be found near dirt, grass and ponds and they hatch from eggs. We saw many different kinds of insects of all shapes and colors! When we returned to our seats, we received our journal books and tried our best to draw our own insects. There were some great drawings of ladybugs, ants, bumblebees, butterflies, dragonflies, and grasshoppers!

We had a nice morning snack, then located our name tags for center time. The rest of us had the chance to give our "Hairy Harry's" a good (and much needed) haircut and will bring them home today. Afterward, we reviewed what the Nativity is and received our papers that we started on Tuesday. Today we focused on the shepherds and the angel. We discussed how they are important in the story of Jesus's birth....God used the angels to bring the good news that Jesus was coming and a whole host of angels appeared before the shepherds. The shepherds were told by the angels about Jesus being born and they went to see Him with their own eyes. We then colored these pictures in.

We chatted with friends while eating our yummy lunches, then we enjoyed some free play time. Afterward, our "insect" theme continued as we read a book about them and saw some close-up pictures. We then got up and showed off some good dance moves while singing the song "Happy Birthday Baby Jesus".

After rest time, we finished up our table-top activities for this week. Then we watched water being poured into an ice cube tray, and continued to watch as different food colors were dropped into them. What will happen to the water in our tray after keeping it in the freezer overnight and why? We will be doing some ice exploration tomorrow!


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Wow, what a jam-packed day full of activities!

We went through our morning routine rather quickly, and then got busy with our center activities early. Many of us were called during this time to give "Hairy Harry's" a good haircut (boy, how they've grown!) and will be bringing them home today or tomorrow. We talked about how if they are placed in a windowsill and given a small amount of water each day, they will continue to grow and need haircuts! We welcomed 2 more Iron Men to our I table this morning. I is a tricky one, but we are wondering if maybe an insect, ice skates or an invitation may show up before the week ends.

After our morning snacks, we were off to the auditorium for the Christmas concert. We heard many familiar Christmas tunes played by the members of our school band. They did a wonderful job! I encourage all parents to try to attend the concert this evening at 7:00 - it's guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit!

Upon returning to the classroom, we colored a Christmas card that will be sent to the Sisters at Camilla Hall and then it was already time to go to the library.

We ate a dee-lish lunch, then free play time with friends followed. Afterward we gathered for God's Time and reviewed the story of the first Christmas. We already knew that the three kings each brought baby Jesus a gift, but we had no idea that the animals gave Him gifts too. We found out that the donkey's gift was carrying Mary on its' back, the cow's gift was the hay for baby Jesus' manger, the sheep's gift was wool to make the manger soft, and the dove's gift was singing baby Jesus to sleep. See if your child can tell you! It was then time to move and groove to a new dance today called "The Crazy Santa Dance" - and it was a bit crazy! Whew, this was a tiring one, so we were ready for a well-deserved rest time afterward :)

We rounded out the day participating in the rotation of table-top activities. We then packed up backpacks, bundled up, sang goodbyes and prayed as we ended our busy day. Have a great evening :)


Tuesday, December 11, 2018

"I scream, you scream

We all scream for Ice Cream!"

We had some ice cream fun today for the letter "Ii". During our morning lesson we talked about ice cream. First we discussed the many different toppings that can be added to ice cream - our list included m&m's, strawberries, bananas, cherries, whipped cream, sprinkles, gummy bears, skittles, cookies and chocolate syrup. Yum! Next we chose our favorite ice cream flavor and graphed the results. Once completed we discovered that our classroom likes chocolate the best. Vanilla, strawberry and mint were tied with two votes each and the least liked flavor was orange sherbet. We used our math skills to compare which flavors had more/less. Next we talked about the number "9" and put our fine motor and counting skills to work as we put 9 scoops of ice cream on our cones (paper ones, that is!)

After our morning snacks, we located our name tags and worked in small groups at our centers. Next, we gathered on the rug for God's Time. We revisited the story of the First Christmas and were introduced to a toy Nativity set that is in our classroom. We enjoyed identifying each piece and setting up the scene. We will be creating a Nativity craft as we await Jesus's birthday. We started it today by coloring Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus in the manger.

We enjoyed our lunches and some free play time, then we listened to the story "It's Mine" by Leo Lionni. Three selfish frogs live together on an island. All day long they argue: "It's Mine! It's Mine! It's Mine!". But a bad storm and a big brown toad help them realize that sharing is much more fun. Wonderful message! We then got up, spread out, and had some fun doing the Hokey Pokey dance.

After rest time, we got busy with our table-top activities for this week, which include: filling up our case I's with ice cream cones, stringing beads, small building manipulatives. Prep for dismissal, prayers, and singing goodbyes put a happy end to our day! Tomorrow we look forward to attending the band Christmas concert.

Please take the time to read the letter stapled to your child's folder regarding our "Happy Birthday, Jesus" celebration on Friday, December 21st.

Monday, December 10, 2018

It was such a pleasure meeting/speaking with all of you regarding your child's report card. I have seen so much growth and progress taking place in this classroom over the last few months and I truly enjoy each and every one of them. Please remember to sign and return the progress report and the envelope as soon as possible.

We were excited to see that some of our "Hairy Harry's" already need haircuts. That's right, because we supplied those grass seeds with soil, water and sunlight the grass is already starting to grow. I even heard some of the children comparing to see whose grass was shorter/longer :) After we each have a chance to cut his "hair", then they all will be sent home.

It's "I" week and I must say I am already "I"mpressed with our I table - today an ice cream cone and Iron man were brought in. During our morning lesson we looked at several "Ii" pictures and tested our memory skills to see if we could figure out the one that was missing from the group. We also enjoyed watching and singing along to the letter I bounce patrol video clip on our SMARTboard. We were also introduced to our new number of the week - "9". When we returned to our seats, we practiced reading the 4 letter I sentences together, then on the opposite side we searched for and circled only the upper and lower case I's among a large group of letters. Nice work!

We enjoyed our morning snacks, then were off to gym class with Ms. Gorman. We exerted lots of energy as we participated in a running relay game, kicking balls to a target, and we even tried some push-up and sit-up exercises!

During our center/small group time this week we will complete the following activities: 1) using our hand prints to make a special Christmas gift 2) tracing and printing upper and lower case Ii's in our letter books, and 3) tracing and printing the number 9 and using our thumbprints to make 9 insects in the jar. These activities will rotate daily until each child completes them.

Lunch time was yummy in our tummies, then we gathered on the rug to listen our friend Fiona tell us about all she did with Traveling Teddy this past weekend. We then were happy to "light" another candle on our Advent wreath. A paper flame was added to the second purple candle - the candle that represents "peace". We talked about ways to incorporate peace into our classroom and home life. We came up with several thoughtful responses to bring peace to one another in the classroom and at home with the family. We discussed how it's a good idea to listen when a parent/teacher/sibling/friend is talking. We show respect when we listen and not talk over someone. We also thought it good to sit quietly and not make a lot of noise when someone is speaking. We also recognized how following directions at school and at home can lead to a peaceful activity. We are going to try especially hard during these last weeks of Advent to say and do especially kind things. We discussed today how every time we do a kind act, we are giving Jesus a gift.

After resting our bodies, we each received some clay and were encouraged to mold it into an upper and case and lower case Ii. We ended our day in the usual way by praying and singing goodbyes. See you tomorrow!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Happy Feast of St. Nicholas Day!

After our morning prayers, salute to the flag, attendance check, songs, calendar check and weather report, and our Christmas countdown, we participated in an interesting scholastic lesson on hibernation. First we discussed what hibernation means - a deep, restful sleep during the winter months. We learned that some animals hibernate, some do not. We watched the video that goes with this lesson called "Winter Sleepers" on our SMARTboard and saw some of the interesting places that some animals hibernate - in trees, underground, in mud, in nests and even under rocks! One of our friends asked if animals could hibernate in our houses....we all agreed that we would not like that too much! When we returned to our seats, we read through our booklets together and completed the activity on the back page where we had to find the sleeping animals who were hibernating and circle them.

We enjoyed our morning snacks and then finished up our center time activities for this week. All of our "Hairy Harry" plants are completed, so now we will check them daily to see when his hair grows!! We then gathered on the rug for God's Time and listened to "The True Story of Santa Claus", by Paul Prokop. This is a charming picture book that skillfully weaves the real meaning of Christmas into the story of the saint (Saint Nicholas) who became Santa Claus. This beautiful story recognizes that Jesus is the focus of Christmas. We learned about Saint Nicholas's life and how he helped the poor , taught people about Jesus and how to be loving and trusting, and especially loved little children.

Lunch was dee-licious, then free play time followed. Afterwards we read the story "Hibernation Station"....about families of animals who are preparing to board the hibernation train at the start of winter and have an interesting journey. It follows forest animals and their preparation for their long winter sleep. We were laughing because many of the animals had pajamas and slippers on!

We then had a nice, quiet rest time as the soft music played. We ended our day by finishing up our table-top activities for this week, praying, and singing goodbyes to our classmates and teachers (and Jingle too!)

REMINDER: Tomorrow there are NO CLASSES for Pre-K and Kindergarten due to progress report conferences taking place. Please arrive at your scheduled time and enter the school through the doors under the foyer. I am looking forward to meeting with all of you :)


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Well, what an exciting day!!! Our classroom elf, "Jingle" finally arrived! Believe it or not, we did not see him right away. We all came in, unpacked, and colored without even knowing he was here. During circle time, we were informed that he had indeed arrived - and then it didn't take too long for us to find him. See if your little one can tell you where he was. He also brought with him a very interesting object....a Santa Cam!! It is a special camera that records all we do and say in our classroom - and guess who can view it? Yep, good ole' Santa Claus!! Hopefully "Jingle" will give Santa a good report tonight and we look forward to seeing where that silly elf will be tomorrow.

H is for Happy and we were happy to see a few more additions to our H table this morning....a very fancy helmet, and another helicopter. One more day left :)

During our morning lesson today we talked about how to keep our Hearts Healthy for the letter H. We agreed that in order to keep our little hearts healthy we must remember to eat healthy snacks most of the time, exercise our bones and muscles, and remember to get plenty of sleep. We made a list of healthy heart foods and junk foods. We all agreed that we all like to eat junk foods sometimes, we just can't eat too much of it! Next we enjoyed sorting foods and placing them in the appropriate pile (junk food or healthy food). When finished we counted the piles and compared. Our junk food pile had less, with only 6 items in it while our healthy pile had more with 8.....and yes, we recognized that 8 is our special number this week.

After watching a short Sesame Street video clip about the #8, we returned to our seats to refine those fine motor skills. We each received a picture of a butterfly and we colored its' body, antennae, and wings. Then our task was to carefully count out 8 heart shapes and glue them inside the wings. Nicely done!!!

As we munched on our morning snacks, we took the time to check to see if we were eating healthy or junk food. The result? 4 of us were eating something healthy and 10 of us were eating junk food. Hmmmm....

After we participated in our center time activities, we were on our way to the library. We heard during the morning announcements that today is Mrs. Dunfee's birthday....so we used our tiptoe quiet feet as we entered the library. We were so quiet that she didn't even know we were there. When she walked in we all said "SURPRISE" and then sang our Happy Birthday song to her. She loved it :)

Lunch time hit the spot, and free play time is always fun. Before rest time we gathered to listen to the story of the very first Christmas. We saw Mary, Joseph, the angel Gabriel, the animals, the Innkeeper, the three Kings, and of course baby Jesus. We recognized that the reason we give presents at Christmas is because it's Jesus's birthday.

We relaxed our minds and bodies during rest time, then we rounded out the day with the rotation of table-top activities. Prayers and goodbyes made for a nice end to our busy day.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Our letter H table had two wonderful additions today - "Hans" from the movie "Frozen" and a helicopter. 2 more days...might we see a hanger? a hula hoop? or maybe a toy horse or house?

After our morning activities, checking the calendar and weather, and singing some of our favorite songs, we had a very important "safe touch" discussion. Sr. John sent an e-mail to all parents with the details of this archdiocesan requirement for all elementary schools. We began by singing and moving to the song "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" and then we listed all of our regular body parts. Next we talked about how there are other body parts that no one (except safe adults, like parents and doctors) should touch. We discussed how our private body parts are the areas of our bodies that is covered by a bathing suit. We learned the rules for guarding against anyone who may try to hurt us or touch us in a bad way....1. Say "No", 2. Run away and 3. Tell a safe adult. Please review this important info with your child on a regular basis.

After our morning snacks, we got busy with our center time activities. We are really enjoying making our Hairy Harry's and look forward to checking each day to see if he has any hair yet! During our center time today we were each called out into the hallway to help decorate our class Christmas tree. Wow - what wonderful helpers! Our tree is looking tree-mendous - filled with lights, ornaments, candy canes and even popcorn. Once we filled it up, we all went out to see the finished product. We took some guesses as to what was going to be placed at the tip-top - many of us thought it was going to be an angel or star. But then we saw that a beautiful red and gold sparkly bow was put up there. We all counted to 3 as we watched it get plugged in and.....Wow! We helped decorate a wonderful Christmas tree :)

During God's Time, we reviewed the meaning of Advent. We sang our special Advent song and talked about how we get ready for Christmas by being kind and loving to one another....and we talked about how we can do this. We discussed how doing and saying kind things is one way of giving Jesus a birthday gift. We then returned to our seats and received the activity page for this lesson. We saw the pretty Advent wreath and pointed to the first purple candle of "hope". We used our scissors to cut out a flame and glued it on top. While we wait for Christmas, we will paste the flames on these candles - one for each week of Advent. They will be hanging in our classroom until it is completed.

Lunch time was yummy in our tummies, then we enjoyed some free play time with friends. Afterwards, we participated in some table-top activities. This week the following activities will rotate: filling up upper case H's with hearts, play-do exploration, and drawing with dry-erase markers on whiteboards.

We rested peacefully, then we ended our day with Ms. Gorman helping us prepare for dismissal. Have a great evening :)


Monday, December 3, 2018

Happy Monday! We welcomed the letter "Hh" with a big "H"ello today! We thought about the sound a dog makes when it pants to help us make that /h/ sound. We looked at many letter h pictures and enjoyed viewing and singing along to the letter Hh Bouncepatrol video clip. Our letter table just has one item on it so far.....a hat. We talked about many other things for H so hopefully we will see more on there tomorrow. We were also introduced to our new number of the week.... "8"!

After our salute to the flag, songs, calendar check, and weather, we discussed a special project that we will be working on this week in honor of the letter H.....we will be making our own "Hairy Harry's". First we discussed what hairy means - then we discovered that Hairy Harry is a plant. We brought some science into our discussion and made a list of things seeds need to grow into plants (soil or dirt, water, and sunlight)....see if your child can name them! We will each receive our own cup to draw Harry's face. Next, we will fill up our cups with soil, sprinkle in some grass seeds, and then add a bit of water. We will take care of our Hairy Harry's (although they are not quite hairy yet!) by watering them and keeping them in the sunlight. We can not wait to watch him grow some hair (well, grass)....and when it gets too long, we will use our scissors to give him a haircut.

After snack time, we were on our way to gym class. Ms. Gorman gave us a good ab workout today by playing crab soccer, in addition to having us practice our hand-eye coordination with the use of noodles and balloons. Always fun :)

Upon returning to our classroom, we located our name tags for center time activities. This week we will be rotating the following activities in small groups - counting out 8 blueberries and gluing them onto the pie on our worksheets, making our Hairy Harry plants, tracing and printing upper and lower case Hh's in our letter books, and playing some fun and educational games on the i-pads.

We enjoyed our delicious lunches, then some free play time. We then gathered on the rug and listened to our friend Noah tell us all about his adventures with Traveling Teddy this past weekend. We then discussed how yesterday began the Advent season on the church calendar. We talked about how Advent is a time of waiting - a time for us to prepare our hearts for Jesus' birthday. We looked at our beautiful classroom Advent wreath and learned what it symbolizes....the wreath is in the shape of a circle - a circle never ends which symbolizes God's never ending love for us. We looked at the 4 candles on the wreath which represent the 4 weeks before Christmas. We "lit" the first candle today which represents "hope" and we sang a special Advent song. We also noticed our class Advent calendar that is now displayed and talked about how we will move the star each day closer to Jesus' birthday. We will be spending the next few weeks creating Christmas crafts, practicing skills with Christmas-themed games and activities, listening to stories, singing songs, and preparing for the birthday of baby Jesus. The children may be enjoying the magic of the season, but our main focus will always be the real reason for the season, the birth of Jesus.

We had a relaxing rest time, then we prepared for dismissal, sang goodbyes and prayed to our guardian angels. We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our classroom elf "Jingle". Many of us have elves at home that we share stories about, and we hope Jingle makes his entrance soon....Santa said that it would be one day this week.....


Friday, November 30, 2018

Whew! We had a pack-filled morning of activities so we got right down to business. We said our prayers and salute to the flag, checked the weather and calendar (can you believe it's the last day of November?), and read our morning message. We went through our morning routine quickly so we would be ready for our 8th grade buddies to escort us down to Santa's Secret Shop. It was such a delight to see these little ones so excited to see Santa and Mrs. Clause, do some shopping, and eat some delicious snacks. We had a wonderful time :) A special thanks to Mrs. Saulino and her students for assisting us today!

Upon returning to the classroom, we had a quick bathroom break then got busy with our center time activities. Afterward, we enjoyed completing our elf craft that we started yesterday. We carefully cut it out, decorated the hat, and then came our favorite part.... we added our own adorable little face to it. We are just the cutest bunch of elves ever!! These wonderful works of art will be hanging in the hallway for all to see!!

Before we knew it, we were lining up to go to music class....where we danced, sang songs, and played a fun musical game where we had to find Susie in the Paw Paw Patch.

We enjoyed a nice lunch, then some free play time with friends followed. We then had the chance to play outside for a short time before settling down to rest. We packed up, prayed to bless the end of the day, and were on our merry way!

Have a wonderful weekend! Please check your child's folder about our conference time for next Friday, 12/7.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Well, what a wonderful time we had at the Philadelphia Art Museum yesterday! The children really seemed to enjoy themselves. After a fun bus ride, we arrived at the museum and our tour guide (Ms. Lindsay) greeted us right away. She was wonderful! She led us to different sections of the museum, taught us about different types of armor worn by knights, read us a story, and showed us how to make a majestic crown. Please check the class dojo app for some pictures and a video from our trip yesterday!! Some pics will soon be posted on this site as well.

Our morning lesson today focused on color words. Most of us are able to identify colors pretty easily, but identifying color words is a bit trickier. We used our listening ears to pay close attention to the beginning sounds to help us figure it out. We also looked at the color word animals hanging in our classroom to help us as well. When we returned to our seats, we worked together to figure out which color we needed for each winter hat on the page. Check our folders to see our great work!

After our morning snacks, we worked in small groups at our centers. The Holly People that the children are working on this week are super adorable and will be added to our Christmas hallway display. Afterward, we had the chance to get some fresh air and a good stretch of the legs outside for a short time before lunch.

After lunch and some free play time, we gathered on the rug to learn a fun dance called "Tutti Ta". First we watched it on the SMARTboard, then we got up and joined in the fun. I encourage you to look this one up on YouTube - the kids really liked it!!

After a quiet and relaxing rest time, we wrapped up our day by starting a Christmas elf craft that we will finish tomorrow. There's going to be something really special about these elves....see if your little one can tell you why.

Please remember that tomorrow we will be visiting Santa's Secret Shop. Please make sure your child has the completed form and some shopping money in an envelope if you haven't already sent it in. Also, we are EXTREMELY excited that Santa and Mrs. Clause are coming. If you would like a photo, please send in $3 in a separate envelope. The children may wear Christmas accessories tomorrow (headbands, necklaces, bracelets, etc.)

Have a great night!



Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Happy Tuesday!

During our morning lesson, we read a wonderful storybook that was sent to us from the Philadelphia Art Museum called "The Tiny King". The tiny king lives by himself in a big castle guarded by lots of big soldiers. Every day, he eats his meals at a big dining table (though he can never finish all the food), rides a big white horse (though he is thrown off every time), and takes a bath in his big fountain bathtub (which is never much fun). And every night, he sleeps in a big bed all alone. The tiny king is so sad and so lonely that he never sleeps very well. But then one day, something BIG happens that changes everything! See if your little one can tell you about it. This was such a heartwarming tale with bright and colorful illustrations that we all enjoyed. We talked about some of the things we may see in the museum tomorrow, such as paintings and sculptures. We learned that an art museum is a building that has beautiful and interesting things made by people from all over the world....and that some of those things are very old, and some are new. We even saw some photos of some items that we will look for tomorrow!

When we returned to our seats, we each received a coloring book all about the Art Museum to prepare us for our trip tomorrow (another free gift that was sent along with the storybook). We chose a page to color and will work in them again tomorrow.

We enjoyed our morning snacks, then we got busy with center time activities. Before lunch, we gathered on the rug for "God's Time".Our lesson today focused on the cross and how it is a sign of God's love for us. We discussed how we belong to a special family, the Church, because we are all God's children. And that we begin our prayers by making the sign of the cross. We took the time to point out some crosses that are in our classroom. I was happy to hear that some of the children have them in their home as well. We discussed other places we may see them, such as at church and on necklaces. We colored the cross on the the activity page for this lesson, then cut it out. We carefully placed a heart sticker right in the center of it to remind us how much God loves us. We then were helped to make a pretty necklace out of it.

Lunch time was dee-lish, then we enjoyed some free play time. We then had the chance to stretch our legs and get some good exercise. Instead of going outside on this blustery day, we went down to the gym since nobody was using it. After a nice rest time, we chose another page from our Art Museum coloring book to color before praying and singing goodbyes to end our day.

We look forward to our class trip tomorrow - there is a final reminder stapled to the front of your child's folder. All children should arrive at school at the regular time (by 7:50 am) and wear their regular St. Matthew uniform. The bus will be leaving our school around 9:00 am and returning around 12:15pm. We will eat snack before we board the bus and lunch after we return to school.


Monday, November 26, 2018

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and enjoyed some time with family and friends. The children were anxious to tell about where and what they ate :) Since we will be going on our class trip on Wednesday and visiting Santa's Secret Shop on Friday, we will not be moving on to the letter H and the number 8 until next week.

This morning, when checking our November calendar, we noticed that it's the last week of the month already! And just 2 days until our trip to the Philadelphia Art Museum - and we are super excited about it! During our morning lesson we reviewed our letters from A to G, practiced their sounds, and signed them. When we returned to our seats we practiced how to connect the upper case letter to its' matching lower case letter by drawing lines. This was a bit tricky at first, but we quickly got the hang of it. Check our folders to see! I encourage you, also, to reinforce the activity page at home with your child.

After enjoying our morning snacks and drinks, we lined up for gym class with Ms. Gorman. We, as always, practiced many skills and put those large motor skills in action. We had a relay race with the use of scooters, practiced our underhand throws, and used buckets for catching. Fun, fun, fun!

Upon returning to the classroom, we located our name tag for center time activities. During center time this week we will each be called for assessments and we will also be making a Christmas craft for our hallway display.

Lunch time was oh so yummy, then we enjoyed some free play time with friends. Afterward, we gathered on the rug to listen to the story of "The Gingerbread Girl Goes Animal Crackers" by Lisa Campbell Ernst. She's fast and she's smart. In fact, she's so smart she outfoxed the fox. And now she is ready to race again - only this time she's running in a pack with her new friends - the animal crackers! Fresh out of the box, they leap away chanting, "We're wild animal crackers, hear our fierce roar, you can't catch us, we're off to explore!" Eventually they come face to face with that tricky fox and he talks them into hopping onto his tail. Can the gingerbread girl save them? If so, how? See if your little one can tell you how she outsmarts that fox yet again!!

We had a nice, relaxing rest time as the peaceful music played, then we wrapped up our day molding clay into some interesting things.

Please take the time to read the following important reminders:

**Scholastic book order deadline has been extended to Friday, 11/30

**Progress Report Conferences are scheduled for Fri 12/7. No classes for Pre-K on this day. A form was sent home in your child's folder. Please complete and return it asap. Times are given on a first-come-first-served basis.

**We will be visiting Santa's Secret Shop this Friday, 11/30. A paper is in your child's folder with more specific info. Please complete and return the bottom portion of the letter and return it on Friday.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

What a wonderful fruit feast we had today with all our friends in Pre-K 1 and Pre-K 2! Our little Pilgrims and Native Americans were so excited and looked so cute. We enjoyed a variety of fruits which included bananas, grapes, apples, blueberries, cantaloupe, strawberries, watermelon, clementines, and pineapples. They tasted sweet and delicious :) Of course we remembered to thank God first for all of the wonderful fruit we were about to share. Yum! A special thanks to Ms. Denise and Mrs. Sawyer for all of their hard prep work of setting up, slicing, serving and cleaning up. Also, a HUGE thank you to all of the parents who were able to send in some fruit for our fun feast this morning.

Before our feast we gathered for circle time and added the 50th v'egetable to our 100 day countdown garden. Wow - we are already half way there :) We also put some finishing touches on our Thanksgiving cards that we started last week. Take a look in your child's folder to see this beautiful work of art!!

After our feast, we located our name tags and played at our centers for a short time. We then went down to the libraray where Mrs. Dunfee read us a few stories before packing up, saying prayers and singing goodbyes.

I hope everyone has a beautiful Thanksgiving holiday with your loved ones. I know I am thankful for each and every one of these little children who brighten up my classroom each day. God Bless.

Tuesday, November 20, 2019

Well, we certainly came in with our best smiles today for Picture Day! These kids even impressed the photographer with how well they waited their turn, sat down in the picture chair, and smiled so nicely.

We cannot believe that Thanksgiving is just 2 days away.....and just one more day until our Fruit Feast with all of our Pre-K friends!

We have been involved in many Thanksgiving-related activities (songs, games, crafts, stories). During our morning lesson we participated in our second Scholastic lesson for this month titled " Thankful and We Know It!" We saw bright, colorful pictures of some things we are thankful for....such as our houses, our pets, our friends, and our food. We discussed how Thanksgiving is a good opportunity for us to try new foods. We also talked about the importance of having good manners at the Thanksgiving table by saying "Yes, Please" and "No, Thank You" when asked if we would like something to eat. We watched the enjoyable video clip on our SMARTboard that goes with this lesson, then we returned to our seats and read through our booklets. On the last page we used our counting and comparing skills as we circled the plate in each row that had more food in it.

Morning snacks were yummy, then we got busy with our center time activities. During this time, we were each called to get measured for our headpieces for tomorrow's Feast. We then were happy to make our way outdoors to get some fresh air and exercise before lunch time. After lunch we listened to a story called "I'm No Turkey" about a dog who does not want to be dressed as a turkey on Thanksgiving. We then got up and participated in a fun disco turkey dance. We were wobbling, flapping our wings, shaking our feathers, and doing some silly dance moves.

We ended up our day coloring the picture we selected yesterday which has either a Pilgrim or a Native American Indian child on it. Then the time had come to say a thankful prayer and wish each other a happy rest of the day!

REMINDERS: Tomorrow is 12:00 dismissal and our Fruit Feast

Scholastic Orders are due Monday, 11/26

Class Trip to the Philadelphia Art Museum is Wed, 11/28

Mission Boxes are due Friday, 11/30

Santa's Secret Shop is Friday, 11/30





Monday, November 19, 2018

Well, our Thanksgiving countdown continues and we cannot believe that we are just 3 days away, but just 2 days until our fruit feast with all of our Pre-K friends. After our morning routine of prayers, salute to the flag, songs, calendar and weather, we of course re-visited the Thanksgiving story - we listened to another interpretation of the first Thanksgiving on our SMARTboard with large,colorful pictures of the Pilgrims and Native Americans.

During our morning lesson we played a math game where we flipped over a # (between 1 and 7), identified it, then put that same # of feathers on the turkey. We went back to our seats and completed a similar activity where we identified the # on the turkey's belly, then glued that same # of feathers on his body. Gobblin' good work I must say!!!

We munched on our morning snacks, then before we knew it we were lining up for gym class. Ms. Gorman had a very cool obstacle course set up for us! We practiced many skills, such as jumping through hoops, walking and balancing on "planks", crawling through tunnels, tumbling and rolling, and running and hopping. So much fun!

Once we returned to our classroom, we located our name tags for center time activities. After enjoying our lunch and some free play time, we gathered on the rug and listened while our friend Chase told us all about his adventures with Traveling Teddy this past weekend. Way to go, Chase! Next we practiced our patterning skills with a fun Thanksgiving themed turkey feather game on our SMARTboard. First we each had the chance to complete the simple "A-B" pattern of feathers (for ex. brown, red, brown, red, brown...). Then the patterns got a bit trickier with "A-B-B", "A-A-B-B", and even "A-B-C" patterns. We are getting better and better at completing patterns :)

After a nice rest time, we each had the chance to flip over a paper to see what we will be dressed as for our Fruit Feast on Wednesday....either a Pilgrim or a Native American Indian. See if your little one can tell you what he/she will be. (We will be making the headpieces in school). We packed up, prayed, and sang goodbyes as we ended another great day in Pre-K!!

Tomorrow is picture day. The photo order form should be completed and returned tomorrow. The children may dress down.

Please take the time to read the paper inside of your child's folder with important reminders.


Friday, November 16, 2018

Well, I hope everyone stayed safe in that unexpected snow event yesterday. We had to double-check our calendar to make sure it's still Fall-time because it certainly looked and felt like Winter this morning.

We participated in our first November Scholastic lesson today titled "Turkey Trot". We first talked about what we already know about turkeys - they are birds, they have feathers, and they gobble. We watched an informational video all about wild turkeys and learned some new turkey facts: baby turkeys are called poults, the boy turkeys are called "toms", the girls are hens, only the boy turkeys can fan out their tail feathers, turkeys like to take dust baths to get the bugs off of them, they like to eat bugs, and they can fly. When we returned to our seats, we read through our booklets together, then we completed the activity page on the back. We used our fine motor skills to help the mom turkey get to her poults by following the turkey tracks. We then worked on coloring a turkey by following a color key. This activity helped us to practice identifying color words and follow directions. Check our folders to see :)

After snack, we finished up our center activities for this week. We have been working hard on a special Thanksgiving card. We will finish these next week. Time flew on by and it was already time for music class. When we arrived in Sr. Teresa's room we had a surprise for her. Tomorrow Sr. Teresa will be celebrating her 25th jubilee so we sang "Happy Anniversary" and our special blessing song for her. She just loved it :)

Lunch time was yummy in our tummies, then we gathered on the rug to listen to the story "We're Going on a Ghost Hunt". Right away, it reminded us of the story "We're Going on a Bear Hunt". Four children go out at night in search of a ghost. They ran into several obstacles and then they finally came to a graveyard where they came face-to-face with a G-G-GHOST! Then they quickly made their way back to the safety of their warm, cozy home. We talked about how this story was similar to and different from the bear hunt story.

We relaxed our minds and bodies during rest time, then we ended our day with a fun game of alphabet bingo before preparing for dismissal.

Please see an important letter in your child's folder about ClassDojo. I plan to use ClassDojo to communicate with parents. The instructions for how to sign up are inside an envelope in your child's folder. Please e-mail me if you have any questions about this. Also, school pictures will be taken this Tuesday, 11/20 - please complete and return the order form in your child's folder by that date. Thanks and have a wonderful weekend!


Thursday, November 15, 2018

Wow, what an exciting day in Pre-K! Not only did we see snow falling from the sky, we also practiced some math skills with some yummy gummy bears!!!

We were happy to see another item make its' way onto our G table....a blow-up green guitar (double g!)

During our morning lesson we reviewed our colors and color words. We practiced matching the color to its' color word by listening to the beginning sound. Our color board in our classroom was a helpful tool to guide us. Our morning message revealed that we were using gummy bears to practice sorting and counting - and we love gummy bears! When we returned to our seats, we each received a gummy bear sorting mat. Our first task was to color over the color word with that particular color. We then each received a bag with several gummy bears inside of it. Our next task was to place each one on top of its' matching color gummy bear on our mat. We are wonderful sorters!! Next, it was time to count how many of each color we had, and then we tried our best to write that number next to each bear. This was a bit tricky for some of us, but we all made a great effort! Our next step was to compare. Which color did we have the most of? the least of? Which two colors were equal and had the same amount? Some of us were even comparing with the friends at our tables....seeing who had more of less of a particular color. Impressive math work!! Finally, it was time for our favorite part.....yes, to eat them :) Yum!

We had a nice morning snack, and then got busy at our centers. During this time we saw those snowflakes coming down and we were super excited about it. During God's Time, we revisited the Thanksgiving Story, and then talked about the Indian Corn decoration. We saw what real Indian corn looks like and passed it around and felt how hard it was. We talked about the similarities and differences between Indian corn and regular corn. When we returned to our seats, we created our own Indian corn using q-tips and red, yellow, brown, and orange paint. There is a beautiful poem on it that explains the meaning of all of the colors. They are hanging up to dry and will be sent home tomorrow.

After lunch and some free play time, we gathered on the rug, stood up and spread out, and then participated in a dance just perfect for today called "The Gummy Bear Dance"...some of us were already familiar with the song as we sang and danced about.

We rested as the snow continued to fall, then we completed the rotation of table-top activities for this week. Before we knew it, it was time to head home for day.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

"Run, run, run, as fast as you can

You can't catch me, I'm the gingerbread man!"

We had much fun with many gingerbread man themed activities today!

Our letter G is Growing with g items....we have recently added a green power ranger, a green lollipop, some grapes and a glow stick. Great job! Two more days left....maybe we will see some gum? a glove? goldfish or glue??

During our morning lesson, we used our counting skills as we reviewed our numbers from 1 to 7 with the use of gingerbread men. We each received our own gingerbread man foam piece, next we each received a cup full of buttons. Then it was time to wait, look, and count. A number card was held up and our first task was to identify the number without speaking. Next we had to put the corresponding number of buttons on our gingerbread man. We played several rounds and did a very nice job!! Next we listened to the story "The Gingerbread Man".... the classic tale of a silly little cookie who comes to life! Some of us were already familiar with it. We enjoyed following him as he ran away from a little old woman, a little old man, a cow, a horse, and some farmers. But when he came to the river he was in quite the dilemma since he couldn't swim...until mister fox came along and offered to help. But was he being helpful or sneaky? We discussed how the fox character in many stories and fairytales usually can't be trusted - which proved to be the case in this story! Afterward, we worked hard to make our own cute, little gingerbread men creations. First we colored, then we cut them out and glued them onto a piece of construction paper. Then it was time to add some neat decorations - fat raisin eyes, colorful buttons on his belly, and sparkly pieces on his arms and legs. We were proud of our work - and this one surely will not run away!! Check our folders to see :)

After a trip to the bathroom and eating our delicious snacks, we were ready to go to our centers and complete our small group activities. We are all able to find our name tags without any assistance :) We then lined up and made our way downstairs to the library to see Mrs. Dunfee. We especially liked the story called "There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Pie".

Lunch time hit the spot, then we participated is some free play time. We then had the chance to sit down and listen to our friend Jake tell us all about what he did with Traveling Teddy this past weekend. Nice job, Jake! Then we enjoyed participating in some "Animal Action" movement - as we moved around the classroom looking and sounding like many different animals.

After resting peacefully, table-top activities kept us busy until it was time to prepare for dismissal. Tomorrow we will have some fun with gummy bears. Have a good night.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The cloudy, drizzly day today did not dampen our preschool spirits - we were ready for a wonderful day!

During our morning lesson today, we had the chance to taste something sweet and delicious that begins with the letter G.....grapes! We each received a cup with 1 green and 1 purple grape inside of it and took the time to taste each one. Then we had to decide which one we liked the best. We then made a Grape Graph and we each put our name underneath the color we preferred. Finally, we tallied the results. It was a close race, but green grapes was the winner for our class favorite (green=7, purple=6) We noticed that the total # of green grapes was 7 - our number of the week! See if your little one can tell you what color he/she voted for.

When we returned to our seats we were ready to put those math skills to work as we counted out 7 grapes and glued them onto our plates. We also printed the number 7 on there too. Great grape counting, everyone!

We had many grapes left over, so some of us chose to eat more during snack time. Some of us even made patterns with the green and purple grapes :) Afterward, we got busy with our center time activities.

During God's Time, we discussed what Thanksgiving is all about - giving thanks to God for all that makes us happy. We listened and looked at pictures in a book that taught us all about the very first Thanksgiving. We learned that the Pilgrims lived in a country across the ocean named England. They were not very happy there because the King told them that they could not pray or go to Church - so they decided to leave England on a ship called The Mayflower. This book showed the Native American Indians and how they assisted the Pilgrim people after they landed in a new country. The Native Americans showed the Pilgrims how to fish, hunt, grow crops, and build strong homes. We also learned how one Native American named Squanto especially helped the Pilgrim people. We will be re-visiting this story often as we prepare for this special day!

Lunch was de-licious, then we had the chance to choose a place in the classroom to play for free play time. Afterward we made our way outside on the crisp, cool fall day for some fresh air and exercise. Rest time allowed us to peacefully take time to ourselves. We then began our table-top activities for this week: gluing ghosts inside a large letter G, play-do exploration, and whiteboards with dry-erase markers. Clean-up and prep for dismissal followed. We ended our day with prayer and song.


Monday, November 12, 2018

May God bless all our veterans, those who have served, and the men and women presently serving. Thank you for your service to our country!

What a Great-looking G table we already have! On it sits a Green marker, a giraffe, and a giant gingerbread man cookie! Keep those G items comin'!

At circle time today, after doing our usual routine of prayers, salute to the flag, songs, and calendar we began discussing the letter Gg and how it makes 2 different sounds (just like the letter Cc) - the soft and the hard /g/ sound. We looked at several pictures that begin with G practiced how to sound it out and print it (it's a tricky one to make!) We viewed a video clip by Bounce patrol on our SMARTboard about the letter G. We were also introduced to the #7, our new number of the week.

Once we returned to our seats we practiced reading some letter G sentences. Yes, we are beginning to read simple sentences :) Next we used those fine motor skills when we found and traced all of the upper and lower case Gg's on our paper. Check your child;s folder for their wonderful work and see if he/she can read the sentences for you.

After a trip to the bathroom and our morning snacks, it was time for gym class with Ms. Gorman. We took the time to notice that both gym and Ms. Gorman begin with G!!! Our ab muscles sure got a workout as we strengthened them to the tune of Baby Shark. We also used balloons to practice our hand-eye coordination by doing various activities. And at the end, we were even allowed to stomp and pop them :)

At center time we were busy with our small group activities - printing the letter Gg in our letter books, counting groups of items up to 7, working on a special Thanksgiving card, and fun at the i-pad station. These activities will rotate until all students complete each one. Before we knew it it was time for lunch.

After lunch we gathered to listen to a story called "Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks". We talked about how the Thanksgiving holiday is quickly approaching and it's a day to thank God for all that makes us happy. In the story we were reminded of the many blessings in our lives that we are thankful for....we even drew about it on a piece of paper with the writing prompt: "I Can Thank God For....." Many of us were thankful for our mommies and daddies, our friends, our teachers, and our food, and our toys. Tomorrow we will be listening to the story of the very first Thanksgiving shared by the Pilgrims and the Native Americans.

After resting quietly we prepared for dismissal and ended our nice day together. Enjoy your evening :)



Friday, November 9, 2018

We began our day in the usual way - with prayers, pledge, calendar and weather check, 100th day countdown, and singing some lively songs. During our morning lesson we reviewed our letters from A to F. First we put the letters in the correct order, then we made sure to put the lower case letter next to the proper upper case letter. Lastly, we each received a picture of something and our task was to listen to the beginning sound and place it under the corresponding letter. We are smart cookies!! When we returned to our seats we received our journal books, we found the next empty page and were encouraged to draw things for the letter F. There were drawings of flags, footballs, feathers, frogs, fish, fidget spinners, and even our friend Fiona! Fantastic!!

We had a nice morning snack, then finished up our center time activities for this week. Afterward, we put on our coats and went outside for a good stretch of the legs. We always enjoy our time outdoors! We then made our way downstairs for some musical fun with Sr. Teresa.

Lunch time was yummy in our tummies, then we gathered on the rug to listen to one of my favorite stories called "A Porcupine named Fluffy". We noticed right away that Fluffy begins with the letter F....but we didn't know that the story was going to be so Funny. This story was about two unlikely, but likeable friends. A porcupine named Fluffy and a rhinocerous named...what?! See if your little one can tell you about it! We then got up and danced to Pop-see-ko before resting on our nap mats.

We rounded out our day by playing some alphabet bingo. I am happy to report that most of the children are now able to play with little or no assistance. As we prepared to leave this afternoon, we offered prayers for family members and friends who were not feeling well. God bless our Pre-K families! Have a great weekend :)


Thursday, November 8, 2018

Happy Thursday! Well, our letter F table is looking quite "F"abulous. We have added another fork, a fish, a flashlight, a fidget spinner, and a picture of friends. Wow! One more day left....

Our morning lesson focused on an "F" creature that hops around. That's right, frogs! We first played a frog counting game where we had to choose a frog with a number on it and make it hop (and ribbit) over to the lily pad with the corresponding number of spots on it. We then watched a short frog video on our SMARTboard and learned some interesting frog facts: they come in many different colors and sizes, they are amphibians which means "double life" - they can live both in the water and on land. We discussed how that makes them different from fish. We learned that many frogs can change their color to blend in with their environment, which is called camouflage. We also learned that they like to eat bugs and that some frogs are poisonous! At the end of the video we laughed when we saw a very silly looking frog called the "tomato frog" - and yep, it looked just like a tomato!

When we returned to our seats, we got busy coloring a small paper plate green. Next we carefully cut out two long frog legs. We then glued on some eyes, and eyeballs, a tongue, and the legs. What fantastic looking frogs!!

F is for Fire Drill and we did a wonderful job when the fire alarm unexpectedly went off this morning. We knew exactly what to do and Sr. Irene made a point to tell us how proud she was of us. Great job, Pre-K 1!!

We enjoyed our snacks, then worked in small groups at our centers. We then gathered on the rug for God's Time and listened to the story "This Is My Family". This prompted a nice discussion about how families love and care for one another. We returned to our seats and looked at the activity page for this lesson. We then thought about the # of people who live in our house with us and then drew that same number of "heads" inside the van. We ended by saying a small prayer thanking God for the gift of our families. We then made our way outside and enjoyed the fresh air and sunshine with our friends in Pre-K 2.

After lunch and some free play time, we listened to a story titled "Finklehopper Frog" - this was a wonderful rhyming tale of a frog who decided to give jogging a try and everyone laughs at his efforts. But Finklehopper learns that its best to be himself and do what he loves (hopping), because that's the perfect way for him! This story teaches an important lesson about how we shouldn't try to be like others and that we all have many gifts and talents that make us special. Before settling down for rest, we participated in the musical game of "Farmer in the Dell" - some of us were already familiar with this one.

After we rested for a short time, we finished up the rotation of table-top activities for this week. We packed up backpacks, offered up prayers, and sang our goodbye song and ended our nice day together.


Wednesday, November 7, 2018

This morning as we arrived we were encouraged to think of something on our body that begins with the letter F. We had some wonderful guesses of fingers, feet and even forehead, but nobody mentioned the one I was looking for......faces! After morning prayer, pledge, checking the calendar, weather, singing our days of the week and months of the year, and singing some of our favorite tunes, we took a look around the circle and everyone's beautiful Face. Have you ever noticed you can tell a lot about people and the way they are feeling by looking at their faces? We talked about different ways we can feel (happy, sad, angry, surprised, scared, tired, and silly) and we play-acted each one! We enjoyed demonstrating many different emotions and talked about times when we felt certain ways. We listened to the story "Faces" and learned that every face in the world is unique and special. All faces have things that are the same and things that are different, but no matter what we all do the same things with them - talk, smell, see, hear, think and sleep. This story had great pictures of many different faces all over the world. Next we had the chance to make our own Funny Faces, not with our own faces but with a fun craft. First we cut, then glued an oval face shape on our papers. Next we had the chance to select facial features that were pre-cut from magazines - there were several different sized eyes, noses, and mouths to choose from. Once we were pleased with how our funny faces looked, we glued the pieces into place. Lastly, we colored on some hair. What funny faces they were indeed!!! Check your child's folder to see.

After our morning snacks we located our name tags for center time activities. Afterward, we got some fresh air and lots of exercise as we played outdoors on this beautiful, sunny fall day. It was then nice to sit back and relax in the library while Mrs. Dunfee read to us.

Lunch time hit the spot, and some free play time with friends followed. We then got up, spread out, and and participated in one of our favorite dances that happens to begin with the letter F....Freeze dance! After a quiet and peaceful rest time, table-top activities were rotated and we got busy with them before ending our day together with song and prayer.

Please see the important letter attached to your child's folder about our upcoming "Fruit Feast", which will take place on Wednesday, November 21st. Have a wonderful evening :)

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Well, it was a rainy November day, but my pre-K friends always know how to bring the sunshine into any day! We had some "F"abulous additions to our F table this morning: 3 footballs and a fork! Keep those F items comin'! Might we see a flag? a flashlight? a flower?

F is for Fish and during our morning lesson we talked about what we already know about fish and looked at various pictures of several different kinds of fish. We learned that fish come in all shapes, sizes, and colors - and that they have gills through which they breathe. We then went "fishing" by capturing a fish. Our task was to identify the shape and the # of shapes on our fish. After some careful counting, we had to place our fishy under the fish tank with the corresponding numeral on it (either 1,2,3,4,5 or 6). Once we placed our fish in the correct column, we then tallied the results by counting each row. Which had the most? the least? Afterward we colored the water in the fish tanks on our activity page, next we practiced tracing and printing the # 6. We then counted out 6 little fishies to glue inside of our tank - great counting was done by all!

We enjoyed our morning snacks, then we located our name tags and split up into small groups for our center time activities. Before lunch, we gathered on the rug for God's Time. Our theme this week is "Families" and we discussed how our families are the people to whom we belong, who love and care for us. We talked about how there are many different types of families - some are big, some are small, but all families love and care for one another. We took the time to recognize that God loves all of our families and that our families are one of God's special gifts to us. We listened to the story "Loving Families", which is in your child's folder.

Lunch was yummy, then came the all-favorite free play time. We then gathered to listen to the delightful tale called "A Fish Out of Water" - about a boy who feeds his goldfish too much. We loved the illustrations which showed how the fish rapidly outgrows its bowl, a cooking pot, a bathtub, and even a swimming pool!

A peaceful rest time was followed by our participation in the table-top activities for this week, which include: filling up large upper case F's with feathers, play-do exploration, and stringing beads. We packed up, sang our goodbyes, prayed, and ended our day. Looking forward to another fun-filled busy day in Pre-K tomorrow :)


Monday, November 5, 2018

Happy November! I hope everyone had a happy and safe Halloween with your little one(s). We were anxious to tell about our weekends and all of the Halloween fun we had with our families and friends.

It's "F" week and we had one item come in today for our table - a farmer! Our friend Fiona also colored her letter person and added it on there as well. We hope to see more F items come in - there are so many to choose from! During our morning lesson today we looked at several "f" pictures and tested our memory skills to see if we could figure out the one that was missing. We viewed a video clip by BouncePatrol on our SMARTboard all about the letter F and the sound it makes - we were even singing along :) We practiced how to sign and print it. We were also introduced to the number 6 - our special # this week.

Afterward we returned to our seats to practice reading some letter F sentences, then finding and circling only the pictures with the beginning /f/ sound. See if your child can read the sentences for you when you check their wonderful work in his/her folder.

After a bathroom break and morning snack, we lined up for gym class. We played a spirited game of sharks and minnows, followed by some noodle hockey, then we ended things up using bean bags to test our reaction time. Ms. Gorman always plans fun activities for us!

Upon returning to the classroom, we got busy with our center time activities for this week, which include: tracing and printing upper and lower case Ff's in our letter books, identifying the flags with the #6 on it, making a colorful fish with the use of a large fish stencil and dot-a-dot stampers, and i-pad practice.

Lunch time was oh so yummy, then we gathered on the rug for storytime. First we were happy to find out that our next class book, "Humpty Dumpty", is ready for us to bring home to share with our families. We enjoyed listening to it and seeing all of our illustrations in there. We then listened to a story called "Families". First we pointed out the letter F on the cover, then we looked at the many different pictures of different kinds of families. Every picture showed how special everyone's family can be and afterward we all shared something about our own family. This week in Religion we will be focusing on the "Family" theme, and in your child's folder you will find the pages for our "Family Project". Please look for it and read the instructions on the front page. All family pages are due by Wednesday, November 21st.

Rest time allowed us to relax our minds and bodies, then we wrapped up our day manipulating some clay. We practiced making snakes, then forming them into upper and lower case Ff's. Nicely done :)

Please take a minute to check out the "Pre-K Photos" link to the left. Halloween and walk-a-thon pictures have been added. Have a great night!


Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween!!! These little ghosts and goblins were in their Halloween finest on this sunny fall day to celebrate this special day with their Pre-K friends! The children did such a wonderful job parading around the hallways and classrooms in their costumes. It certainly was fun seeing the children all dressed up and so excited :) Many of the children chuckled when they saw me in my costume this morning....see if your little one can tell you about it! Pictures will be posted on this site over the weekend.

After our parade and having our pictures taken, we chose a Halloween coloring page to color while we waited to remove our costumes. Mrs. Malloy (from the Advancement Office) visited us and recorded us singing "Five Little Pumpkins" and it's already up on the Saint Matthew Facebook page. Check it out when you get the chance! After a trip to the bathroom, we were ready for our Halloween celebration. We listened to some Halloween music while we munched on some delicious treats. A HUGE thank you to the parents who sent in some goodies!! We really enjoyed them. We even played some fun Halloween games.....toss the pumpkin in the bucket where we each had 5 chances to toss little pumpkins into a large pumpkin bucket and pass the pumpkin where we all sat in a circle and passed the pumpkin around while the spooky music played - when the music stopped, whoever was holding the pumpkin got a treat.

After locating our centers for some small group activities, we made our way down to the library where Mrs. Dunfee read us some entertaining Halloween stories.

After lunch, we made our way across the hallway and gathered with our friends in Pre-K 2 to watch "Room on the Broom". We listened to this wonderful story yesterday about a witch, her broom and some friends. Today we enjoyed watching the story come to life on the SMARTboard.

We had a nice, quiet rest time, and then prepared for dismissal. Whew, quite the busy day we had!! We ended it by going over some Halloween night safety tips. As always, we prayed and thanked God for all of our blessings. Have a happy and safe Halloween night!

**Please remember that we are closed tomorrow, November 1st and on Friday, November 2nd. Enjoy the long weekend and see you Monday :)


Tuesday, October 30, 2018

As we entered the classroom this morning, we enjoyed watching and listening to some Halloween tunes. Just one more day and we are super excited about it!

We watched as our class jack-o-lantern was carved out during circle time. He now has eyes, nose, and a mouth. Tomorrow we look forward to lighting him up and watching him glow!!

Tomorrow we plan on having a Halloween party and we know that means some sweet treats. We were busy making "Boo" bags this morning to put those treats in. We picked our favorite Halloween pictures, colored them, then cut them out. Next we glued them onto our bags. Lastly, we added some spooky stickers. "Boo"-tiful!!!!

After our morning snacks, our center time activities allowed us to practice important Pre-K skills as well as have fun at the same time. We then were able to enjoy the great outdoors on this brisk, cool, windy day. Upon returning to the classroom, we settled on the rug for God's Time. Today we learned about the word "Trinity" and that it means "Three in One".....God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit....all three are God yet together they are one. We were shown a piece of candy corn to help explain this concept. We could easily see 3 colors that come together to make up 1 piece of candy corn. We even learned a song about this as well - see if your little one can sing it for you! When we returned to our seats, we each received a large paper piece of candy corn separated into 3 sections. We left the top section white, then we colored the middle section orange and the bottom section yellow. After cutting out each section, we glued them together to make "one" onto another piece of paper. While working on these, we munched on some real candy corn. Mmmm, mmmm good! Check our folders to see our wonderful work!!

We had some free play time after lunch, then we sat down to listen to the delightful Halloween story titled "Room on the Broom". The witch and her cat are happily flying through the sky on a broomstick when the wind picks up and blows away the witch's hat, then her bow, and then her wand! Luckily, three helpful animals find the missing items, and all they want in return is a ride on the broom. But is there room on the broom for so many friends? And when disaster strikes, will they be able to save the witch from the hungry dragon? We especially liked the happy ending to this story.

After resting peacefully, we finished up our day with the use of dry erase markers and whiteboards. Some of us printed letters, numbers, shapes and others drew some Halloween pictures. Many fun Halloween activities are in store for us tomorrow. Please remember that the children should arrive to school wearing his/her costume. We plan to wear them for about an hour or two. A bag should be inside your child's backpack so we can put the costume in there after removal. Also, anything you would like to contribute to our party tomorrow will be greatly appreciated! Thank you :)


Monday, October 29, 2018

Just 2 more days till Halloween! Wow, this month really went by quickly.

Our Halloween table looks "Spook-tacular"!! We added a witch jack-o-lantern and a spooky owl to it today.

We participated in our second Scholastic lesson for this month which was all about pumpkins. First we had the chance to look at a real large pumpkin, and then some gourds (which are also part of the pumpkin family). We examined them and could see right away that they were different colors, sizes, and shapes. Next we felt them and talked about their textures. What did they feel like? Some were very smooth, and some were very bumpy. The large pumpkin that has been sitting under our Halloween table has been patiently waiting to be cut open. First we made some predictions as to what could be inside of it. Next , we all watched as Mrs. Dignam first drew a face on our pumpkin with a black marker, then carefully cut out a circle around the stem to give it a hat. We all peeked inside and saw many, many seeds and stringy stuff called pulp. Most of us even wanted to touch and feel it. We all agreed that it felt gooey, wet, and squishy. Finally, we watched as all the seeds and pulp were scooped out of it. Tomorrow we will finish up our class jack-o-lantern. We watched the interesting video all about how pumpkins grow, then returned to our seats to work in our booklets. I encourage you to take a look at it with your child and see if he/she can tell you about it.

We enjoyed our morning snacks, then got ready for gym class. Today we were practicing how to run and skip backwards, and we even tried some side shuffling and got lots of exercise with hula hoops. When we returned to the classroom, we got busy with our center time activities.

Lunch time hit the spot, then came the all-favorite free play time. We then gathered on the rug to listen to the delightful tale of "Max and Maggie and the Perfect Pumpkin"....which was about Max and Maggie (a pair of mice friends) who visit the pumpkin patch. Maggie is trying her best to help Max find the perfect pumpkin, but it's not going as she planned. This is a story that teaches a good lesson about friendship and how to resolve differences.

We settled in for a nice rest, then finished the day by identifying letters. We used Halloween storybooks and spooky witch fingers to point to and identify many letters of the alphabet. We look forward to some more Halloween fun tomorrow!

REMINDER: This Wednesday, October 31st, the children are encouraged to wear his/her Halloween costume to school. Please make sure that there is a bag in your child's backpack so we can place it in there after removal. If your child's costume has a mask that makes it difficult for them to see, and/or a weapon, please leave them at home. Thanks!!

Friday, October 26, 2018

Happy Friday! And even better....a dress down Friday :) Many of us were wearing Halloween themed clothes and we were proud to show them off! In addition, we are celebrating two birthdays today - Delaney and Fiona!!

While checking the October calendar this morning, we counted that there are just 5 more days till Halloween. So exciting :) We played a fun jack-o-lantern memory game during circle time. We also listened to the story "Spooky Hour"....all about the many different spooks who come around at midnight. They all made their way to a haunted house....but it turned out to be not so scary at all! When we returned to our seats, we got busy drawing in our journal books. Our task was to try our best to draw Halloween things. There were some pretty impressive drawings of jack-o-lanterns, witches, ghosts, bats, cats, and even spiders!! Many of us even wrote the word "B-O-O" as well :)

We had an extra delicious snack time today. After singing "Happy Birthday" to our friends Delaney and Fiona, we enjoyed some cupcakes (brought in by Fiona) and cake pops (brought in by Delaney). Yummy in our tummies. Thanks to both of them for sharing those treats with us.

After finishing up our center time activities for this week, we lined up and made our way downstairs for a Halloween-themed music class.

We ate while chatting with friends during lunch time, then we chose a place to play for some free play time. After lunch we finished a SMARTboard game that we started yesterday. We each had the chance to "carve out" a face for the jack-o-lantern, then play the scary music as it lit up. Very cool! We then prepared for the walk-a-thon. A special thanks to the parents who were able to walk with us!! After a quick bathroom break, we lined up and made our way outside. We had fun as we walked around the block 2 times - we especially liked the spooky decorations that Fr. Welsh put up around the rectory!!

Upon returning to the classroom, we had the chance to rest for a short time, then we wrapped up our day by eating a delicious ice cream sandwich treat provided by Sr. John. Yum!!!

Tomorrow is St. Matthew's annual "Trunk or Treat", which is set to take place in our school parking lot after the 4:30 Family Mass. If the weather does not cooperate, it will be held in the auditorium. Hope to see you there :)

Next week we will continue our Halloween theme. Please keep in mind that we are closed next Thursday, Nov. 1 and Friday, Nov. 2. Enjoy the weekend!


Thursday, October 25, 2018

Our letter table has been transformed into a Halloween table and it is looking quite festive!! There is a large pumpkin sitting underneath of it and on it we have a largo "BOO" sign, a singing haunted tree, a cute stuffed pumpkin bear and a witch bear, a spooky skeleton, an eyeball, and a bat necklace. Wow! The children are encouraged to bring in Halloween items up until next Wednesday.

During our morning lesson we played a math pumpkin game. First we had to put the pumpkins in the proper numerical order from 1 to 5. Next we each had the chance to flip over another pumpkin with a certain number of stickers on it (ranging from 1 to 5) and placed it under the corresponding number. Nice counting! We then watched the '"5 Little Pumpkins" video on our SMARTboard. This is one of the Halloween songs we've been practicing. When we returned to our seats, we worked on those fine motor skills as we colored the gate and 5 pumpkins. Then we used scissors to cut out the 5 pumpkins. Our last task was to put the 5 pumpkins in numerical order. Wonderful work! See if your little one can sing it for you :)

After snack and center time activities, we gathered on the rug for God's Time. We discussed how Halloween is a time for us to dress up and play make-believe. We all were eager to share what we plan to pretend to be on Halloween. We listened to the story about Carlos on Halloween and talked about some important safety tips. When we returned to our seats we completed the activity page for this lesson. Check our folders to see!

After a nice lunch and some free play time, we listened to the story "Ten Little Pumpkins". First we looked at the cover and saw the bright illustrations, then we discussed how this morning we put 5 pumpkins on the gate and that 10 is more than 5. We saw the ten little pumpkins and how excited they were for Halloween. We enjoyed counting down from ten as each pumpkin disappeared. We also had fun acting out our 5 Little Pumpkins song. This is so adorable I think tomorrow I will record the children doing this :)

We rested, then prepared for dismissal. We look forward to another fun day tomorrow. Please keep in mind that tomorrow is our walk-a-thon. The children may dress down and wear sneakers on their feet.


Wednesday, October 24, 2018

What a "witchy" Wednesday we had in our classroom today! After singing some songs and our Halloween favorites, we began our morning lesson about witches. First we brainstormed some things that we already know about scary witches and came up with a pretty impressive list: pointy hats, ride on broomsticks, make potions, ugly long hair and teeth. We then watched a short video clip on the SMARTboard about the characteristics of a witch. There were a few things our list didn't have - a long pointy nose (with a wart on it!) and they can do magic spells. We sure know about witches in here! We finished up by making our own scary witches. We used the paper plates that we painted green last week, cut out a pointy hat, added eyes, a nose, a mouth, and teeth and glued them into place. These wonderful wicked witch creations are hanging in our classroom for all to see :)

After munching on our morning snacks, we worked in small groups at our centers. We then made our way downstairs to the nice, warm library and listened to Mrs. Dunfee read us some entertaining Halloween stories.

We then enjoyed a good lunch, followed by some free play time friends. Our witch fun continued as we viewed a video by Bounce Patrol called "Witches on Halloween". We watched it once, then we were ready to get up and join in on the fun. We were performing many witch actions all around our classroom, such as cackling, screaming, stirring, riding brooms, and casting spells. Afterward we were laughing as Mrs. Dignam pretended to cast a spell on each of us by changing us into something. Our task was to sound and/or act out whatever we were changed into. See if your little one can tell you about it :)

Rest time was peaceful, then we completed the rotation of table-top activities for this week. We ended our day in the usual way - packing backpacks, prayers and a happy goodbye song :)

**REMINDER** Our walk-a-thon will be taking place on Friday. Please do NOT send your child to school in his/her costume. The children may dress down on this day, but please make sure they have sneakers on. We will walk around the block at approximately 1:00 pm. Pre-K children should wear their costumes to school next Wednesday, October 31st.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

What a "spook-tacular" day! Today most of our activities were about something creepy we see around Halloween.....ghosts! These little ghosts in Pre-K 1 are definitely excited about Halloween.

During our morning activities, we began a whole new row of vegetables in our garden when adding the next number to it. Today is is our 31st day of Pre-K :) During our morning lesson we reviewed the letters A, B, C, D, and E by playing a fun ghost memory game. Each ghost, when we flipped it over, had a letter on the back of it....and we each had a turn to try and make a match. We identified each letter, signed it, and even made the letter sound. Way to go! Afterward we enjoyed cutting and gluing when we made a neat craft. We started with just a paper plate, but after we added facial features, arms, and streamers we created our own spooky ghosts. They are hanging across our classroom for all to see - such "Boo-tiful" work!

Snack time was yummy, then we located our name tags for our center time activities in small groups. We then enjoyed the fresh air and sunshine as we stretched our legs outside with our friends in Pre-K 2.

After lunch and some free play time, we gathered on the rug to watch an entertaining video about a friendly ghost family. We then got up and spread out and moved like ghosts around the classroom while making scary ghost sounds. We even did the "Ghostbusters" dance (Just Dance on youtube) - some of us were already familiar with this song :)

We relaxed our minds and bodies as we settled down for a nice rest, then we participated in the rotation of table-top activities. After a quick clean-up and packing up our belongings, a prayer to our guardian angels and our goodbye song ended another busy day in Pre-K.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Another chilly morning.....we double checked to make sure it's still Fall time. Indeed it is, but this morning certainly did not feel like it!! **Please make sure your child wears his/her sweatshirt to school since the heat is not on yet in the building.

This week will be filled with many fun and educational Halloween-themed activities. Our morning lesson focused on patterns. We discussed how a pattern is when the same thing happens over and over again. We used Halloween pumpkins, bats and ghosts to practice various patterns. We first were introduced to the "A-B" pattern (pumpkin/ghost/pumpkin/ghost/...) Then we did the "A-A-B-B" pattern (pumpkin/pumpkin/ghost/ghost). Next we did "A-A-B" (pumpkin/pumpkin/ghost). We even tried the "A-B-C" pattern (pumpkin/ghost/bat) When we returned to our seats, we completed a similar activity. First we used our scissors to cut, cut, cut out the 5 Halloween pictures at the bottom of our papers. Then our task was to complete the patterns on the remaining section of the paper by placing the pictures in the appropriate places. So don't be surprised if you hear your little one chanting "pumpkin, pumpkin, bat/pumpkin, pumpkin, bat". Nice work :)

After eating up our morning snacks, we were eager to make our way down to gym class. Wow - Ms. Gorman had us participating in many different large motor activities.....we used streamers to practice throwing and catching, we used balls to throw and catch inside of a cup which takes careful hand-eye coordination, and we even played sharks and minnows!

Upon returning to the classroom, we got busy with our center time activities. This week we will be making an adorable pumpkin craft to add to our hallway display, reviewing our numbers 1-5 by placing the appropriate # of Halloween stickers under the corresponding number, completing a color by number witch activity, and playing some Halloween games on the i-pads.

Lunch time was de-licious, followed by some free play time with friends. After lunch our friend Alivia had the chance to tell us all about her adventures with Traveling Teddy. We then listened to a few s-p-o-o--k-y Halloween stories before settling in for a nice, peaceful rest. Afterward we returned to our seats and got busy with some Halloween-themed table-top activities....using a scary witch finger to place on top of our own to find letters and numbers, play-do exploration with some neat-o Halloween cookie cutters, and practicing how to draw ghosts, pumpkins and witches on whiteboards.

REMINDER: Our annual walk-a-thon will be taking place this Friday, 10/26. There is a paper in your child's folder with more specific info. Please keep in mind that the Pre-K kids will NOT be coming to school in their costume that day, but they may wear orange and black or Halloween-themed clothes. We will walk with the rest of the school around 1:00pm, but will only go around the block.


Friday, October 19, 2018

Happy Friday :) These little ones were certainly energized by the cool temps this morning and were ready for some Pre-K biz!

Our letter E table is now "E"xploding with E items - today we added a pair of earrings and another egg! Nice job! We particpiated in our first October Scholastic lesson this morning titled "Let's Have a Fire Drill". We discussed how there is no fire during a fire drill and that we are just practicing what to do if there ever is a real fire. Knowing what to do helps keep us safe! We reviewed the 4 main rules during a fire drill. 1) Stop and Listen 2)Keep Quiet 3)Go out together (holding an 8th grade buddies' hand) and 4) Stay together until a grown up says it's safe to go back inside. We also reviewed the # to call in the event of an emergency. We watched the informational video for this lesson on our SMARTboard. After reading through our booklets together, we then put many skills to work as we completed the activity page on the back. On this page our task was to use the key to color the firefighter's gear. This activity was a good way for us to identify numbers, color words, and follow directions. I encourage you to review this booklet at home with your child and see what he/she can tell you about it.

After enjoying our snacks, we got busy with our center time activities. Yesterday, about half of us painted a paper plate green for a project we will be working on next week for Halloween. Today the rest of us did it as well. Hmmmm...what will it be? We made some predictions and next week we will find out.

After participating in many fun activities in Sr. Teresa's music class, we settled down for a nice lunch. We then enjoyed some free play time, then we gathered on the rug for a SMARTboard game. This game was part of our Scholastic lesson earlier called "Dress the Firefighter". We each had a turn to put the fire gear on the firefighter, then chose a tool for her to use. Before resting, we were very happy to find out that Traveling Teddy is all ready to go home with someone. Each Friday a new friend will be selected to bring him home to spend the weekend with them. We took the time to talk about the importance of taking good care of him by handling him gently, keeping him inside his backpack when we are not playing with him, and returning him on Monday. There is a book in the backpack as well that should be completed with the help of a parent/guardian (instructions are inside of it). Alivia's name was chosen so she will be the first one to spend the weekend with him. Next Friday Alivia will pick another friend's name to bring him home.

A quiet rest time on the mats, prayers at the end of our day, and good-byes to our friends helped end a fun day. **This Sunday is our Fall Craft Fair here at St. Matt's from 9:00 am to 2:00pm. I will be at a craft table helping kids make turkeys. There will be many kids' activities going on and lots of vendors selling beautiful items. Hope to see you there!


Thursday, October 18, 2018

Our letter E table had 2 wonderful additions today - another eraser and an Eagles jersey! Way to go Chase and Fiona :) One more day left....

During our morning lesson we played a game that tested our memory skills. We were shown some paper eggs with many different designs on them. Once they were flipped over, they all looked the same. Our task was to find two eggs with matching patterns. It was a bit tricky, but we got the hang of it pretty fast. Our morning message revealed that we were going to draw pictures for our next class book and that we were going to begin to make a scary Halloween craft!! Before returning to our seats, we reviewed the Humpty Dumpty nursery rhyme from yesterday....most of us were able to recite it without any help at all :) We then were told that our next class book will be titled "Humpty Dumpty Sat on a ...." Now we all know that in the rhyme he sat on a wall, but we were asked to think of something else Humpty could sit on. I must say that we had some silly responses! We then got busy drawing an oval shape for Humpty Dumpty', added a face, arms, and legs (and some of us even gave him pants!). Then we drew a picture of whatever we wanted him to sit on. These creative pages will be bound together for our next class book and will go home for one night with each child.

After snack time and center time, we were happy to get some fresh air outside and play with our friends from Pre-K 2. Please note that we will be going out, even for a short time, each day. On these colder days, all of the children should have a coat. There were many children today with only a sweatshirt.

Lunch time was yummy in our tummies, then free play followed. We then had the chance to move and groove to the Pop-see-ko dance... and I can see that this one is becoming a class favorite!! If you would like to check it out, go to www.gonoodle.com and search for it - maybe your little one can teach it to you :) We settled in for a quiet rest, then we finished up the rotation of table-top activities before ending another great day in Pre-K!

Have a great night!


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Happy Wednesday and happy birthday to me :) What a busy day we had in Pre-K!

During our morning lesson we participated in some egg-citing activities! We talked about the different kinds of animals that hatch from eggs, and then we Examined real eggs. We took a close look at 2 eggs and they looked exactly the same. They were the same color (white), same shape (oval), and the same size. We looked at the inside of a raw egg and saw the yolk, the egg white, and the outer shell. Yes, it was a gooey mess! Then we looked at another egg, and although it looked the same on the outside it was quite different on the inside. This egg was hard boiled and we noted the differences. Next we began our egg experiment. Mrs. Dignam spun both eggs (the raw and the hard boiled) and we noticed that one of them spun very quickly, while the other one spun quite slowly. We made predictions as to which egg was the one that spun faster. Afterwards we checked to see if our predictions were correct by cracking those eggs to see. What did we find? The hard boiled egg moved faster and more easily because it is solid inside....many predictions proved to be correct!

We were also introduced to a famous nursery rhyme character who is, in fact, an egg....good old Humpty Dumpty. Some of us were familiar with him, some of us not. We practiced the rhyme several times, learned the song version of it, and watched it on the SMARTboard. We practiced our sequencing skills by putting the events of the Humpty Dumpty rhyme in the proper order. First we used our scissors to cut out the 4 pictures on our page, then we had to figure out what happened first, second, third, and fourth and glue it in the appropriate place. Egg-cellent work :) See if your little one can show you their sequence strip and say the rhyme for you!

Snack time started a bit differently today....Sr. Irene came in with a stuffed animal bear that sung "Happy Birthday" - so we all joined in and sang for Mrs. Dignam. This was so very sweet! Then we all enjoyed some delicious soft pretzel pieces from The Pretzel Factory - delicious!!

After visiting Mrs. Dunfee and listening to a few good stories, we settled down to enjoy our lunches, then chose a place to play for free play time. We then got up, spread out, and showed off some good dance moves as we participated in "The Freeze" dance.

We relaxed during rest time, then we got busy with the rotation of table-top activities. We prepared for dismissal, then prayed and sang goodbyes to end our day with smiles.


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Brrrr!!! There's a chill in the air! We certainly had a cold start to our morning.

Unfortunately there were no new E items for our E table today. Maybe Elsa from Frozen, an eraser, an envelope or a pair of earmuffs might come in before Friday?

During our morning lesson we focused on the #5 and took a peak at our birthday chart to see who has already turned 5 in this class....it looks like only 4 so far (Neave, Ayden, Jake, and Colin). We talked about how we have 5 fingers on one hand and 5 toes on one foot. We watched a Sesame Street video clip all about the #5. When we returned to our seats, we practiced tracing and printing the #5 - which was a bit tricky, but we are getting the hang of it. We noticed that if we are not careful, it could look like the letter S. We finished up our papers by counting the spots on the dog and then circled the corresponding #....check our folders to see!!

We had a nice morning snack, then got busy with our center time activities. Afterward we refined those fine motor skills by cutting, gluing, and assembling some wonderful scarecrow creations. First we cut out the large oval head and triangle hat shapes. After gluing the hat onto the head, we then received small oval eyes, a triangle nose, a mouth, some small square teeth, tiny white circle eyeballs, and some straw hair. We glued everything in its' place and.....wow! We have some unique and terrific looking scarecrows!!! They will be hanging in the hallway for all to see :)

After a nice lunch and some free play time with friends, we talked about an important word that begins with the letter E....Emergency. We learned that an Emergency is a serious and sometimes dangerous situation. We then listened to the story "Emergency...911". This book stressed the importance of knowing what a real emergency is (if someone is really hurt, if there's a fire, or a stranger in the house, etc). We don't call 9-1-1 for a small problem and we never call as a joke. We also talked about the importance of knowing a phone # in the event of an emergency. There were only a few children who knew a phone or cell # - so parents, please start practicing this important info with your children. They are old enough to start memorizing their addresses and phone numbers - but just focus on one at a time.

After a relaxing rest time, we began our table-top activities - this week we will fill up our upper case E's with colorful eggs, use seasonal stencils to make a Halloween picture, and building with manipulatives. We then wrapped up our day in the usual way - packing up, singing goodbyes, and praying to our Guardian Angels.


Monday, October 15, 2018

Happy Birthday to Colin!!!

We are "E"ager for "E" week! We were introduced to the upper and lower case Ee, practiced how to print it and what sound it makes, and saw many pictures of things that begin with the letter E. We used our memory skills to see if we could figure out which E picture was taken away. Our letter table already has our friend Elijah on there, along with an elephant, 2 eggs, and Princess Elena....Excellent :) We watched a fun letter Ee video clip on our SMARTboard by BouncePatrol. We were also introduced to our new number of the week, the # 5 - we discussed how some of us in this class have already turned 5 years old....and our friend Colin turns 5 today :) When we returned to our seats we used our pointer fingers to read our letter E sentences together, and we are getting better and better at this! We also found and circled only the pictures with the beginning /e/ sound, and "x"ed out the rest. Nice work!

During circle time today we learned some new Halloween songs.....we especially liked the one about the haunted house. Please check your child;s folder for an important letter with some reminders and Halloween info.

We really enjoyed our morning snack time because, after singing "Happy Birthday" to Colin, he shared some delicious munchkins from DD with us. Yum! Thanks to Colin for the birthday treats :) Afterward, we were very happy to line up and make our way downstairs for gym class. E is for exercise and we sure got lots of it!! We played a fun cookie monster game with hoops and styrofoam pieces and another game using large red solo cups.

Lunch time really hit the spot after all of that exercise. Before rest time we listened to the entertaining tale of "Elmer the Elephant" for the letter E. We will be revisiting this story later in the week when we further discuss elephants. We also had the chance to get up and dance to one of our favorite songs called "animal action" - one of the animals we acted like were elephants. We practiced moving around the classroom just like elephants with our strong feet and long, swaying trunks.

Rest time allowed for some peaceful moments, then we finished up our day with the use of whiteboards and dry erase markers. We were encouraged to print upper and lower case Ee's and did a good job at that. Clean up, prayers, and song closed out another great day in Pre-K :) See you tomorrow!


Friday, October 12, 2018

"Dinosaurs lived long ago, long ago, long ago. Dinosaurs lived long ago, that's prehistoric!" We sung this song to the tune of "London Bridges" today since our focus was on Dinosaurs. We saw pictures of many different kinds of dinosaurs and learned many interesting facts - that they roamed the earth millions of years ago but are now extinct, that some are meat eaters and some are plant eaters, and that they were big, small, slow and fast. We also discussed what a paleontologist does and that the word dinosaur means "terrible lizard". After looking at some very cool pictures of dinosaurs on our SMARTboard, we then returned to our seats to make some neat-o dinosaur headbands. First we chose the one we liked best, then used our crayons and scissors to color and cut. Lastly, our dinosaur was stapled onto a headband. Wow - we looked "dino"-mite!!!

What a "D"e-lightful D table - today we welcomed Donald Duck, two dogs, and a bag of Doritos! Way to go, Pre-K!!

We were pleasantly surprised at snack time when we found out that we were going to have a yummy "D" treat. We took some guesses as to what it could be, and it didn't take us long to figure out that it was....Donuts!! Yum :) After snack, we finished up with our center time activities for this week. We then made our way outside and wow, what a difference from yesterday!! We put on our sweatshirts and jackets and had a grand old time on this windy, chilly fall day.

After lunch, we saw the size of a real T-rex footprint (wow, it was big!) and we each took a guess as to how many Pre-K kids could fit into that footprint. Our guesses ranged from 1 to 12. After completing the activity, we discovered that 8 Pre-K students can fit into one T-rex footprint....and that was our friend Landon's guess. Great prediction, Landon! Next we played a few fun rounds of Dino Bingo. We played with a partner and worked well together to listen to the letter called, then checking our dino cards to see if that letter was on it. We played until each team had the chance to cover up all of the dinosaurs on their card and yell out "Bingo!". Nice work :)

After a relaxing rest time, we ended our day manipulating some clay. We were encouraged to make the letter Dd and/or #4 and we did a wonderful job. Next week we move on to the letter Ee and #5. Have a great weekend - see you Monday :)


Thursday, October 11, 2018

We had just one item that came in for the D table today....another dinosaur! Thanks to Henry for bringing that in. Just one more day left....we are still waiting for a doll, Donald Duck, or maybe some Doritos?

During our morning lesson we reviewed our letters from A to D. We practiced their sounds and how to sign them. We then looked at the letter containers for each letter, which are filled with items that begin with that particular letter. We were asked to close our eyes, and when we opened them....Oh no! All of the items were mixed up. We each had the chance to choose an item, identify it, then put it back in the appropriate box according to its' beginning sound. Nicely done :) When we returned to our seats we put our fine motor skills to work as we used our pencils to match the letter on the one side with the picture that begins with that same letter on the other side. We did a great job - check our folders to see!

We enjoyed our morning snacks, then located our name tags for center time. Afterward we gathered on the rug for God's Time. We read a story about Brenda and how her friends helped her one day when she got lost. This story's message is that God takes care of us by giving us people to take care of us. We talked about the many people who love and care for us, and then we discussed how we can be good helpers to those who love us.

After lunch and some free play time with friends, we were happy to see that the rain had stopped. First we read a story about going to the "d"octor. This book was about the Jay family and the three children (Jenny, Joey, and Jack) who need to see the doctor for different reasons. This prompted us to share and talk about our own experiences at the doctor. We all agreed that we don't always like to go, but we must in order to stay strong and healthy. We were super happy to see that the rain had stopped, so before rest time we had the chance to get some fresh air and exercise outside.

After rest time, we completed the rotation of table-top activities for this week. We packed up, sang our closing song, prayed and ended our day. Looking forward another fun-filled, busy day in Pre-K tomorrow!


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Well, I am "D"e-lighted to report that we had a few more items added to our D table - a domino and a dime! 2 more days left...might we see a doll? a dog? or maybe a duck?

During our morning lesson today we focused on our # of the week, the number 4. We discovered that many of us in this class are 4 years old. We first played a pumpkin game where we each had to turn over a pumpkin card and identify the number on it (1,2,3,or 4). Next we were shown an instrument that begins with D...a very large drum! We each had the chance to bang it 4 times - nice counting was done by all! With the use of our SMARTboard, we reviewed our shapes and then had to find the one with the beginning /d/ sound - that's right, the diamond shape. We talked about how the top of a kite is often in the shape of a diamond. We then completed our activity page where we had to find and circle only the diamond shapes among many others. We were all able to find all 4 of them....we even attempted to make the #4 on the opposite side of our papers when we were finished. Great job :)

After snack, we got got busy with our center activities. We then made our way downstairs to see Sr. Teresa for music class. Our scheduled day for music is Friday, but Sister Teresa will not be here on Friday so she arranged it so we could go today. We participated in many musical activities, and even had some maraca fun today!

Lunch time was yummy, then free play time with friends followed. Afterward, we gathered on the rug to listen to the tale of "The Ugly Duckling". This story taught us a very important lesson - how important it is to be nice to our friends, that God made all of us special and how we should always be kind to everyone and celebrate differences. See if your child can tell you about this great story.

After resting so nicely, we rounded out our day using our fine motor skills as we engaged in the rotation of table-top activities. We packed up our belongings, then ended our day with prayers and goodbyes.


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend! Even though the weather doesn't feel like it, the Halloween season is definitely upon us. The children were quick to observe some changes in the classroom this morning when they arrived......pumpkins, spiders, ghosts, and jack-o-lanterns are decorating our room.

Our letter D table is already looking "D"ynamite! So far we have a dollar, a dinosaur and our friend Delaney added her letter person on there as well. We discussed many D items so hopefully we will see some more on there tomorrow.

During our morning lesson today we were introduced to our new letter (Dd) and our new # (4). We looked at many pictures that begin with D, then had to test our memory skills to see if we could figure out the one that was missing. We also viewed a fun letter Dd video clip on our SMARTboard by Bounce Patrol. We even got up and Danced to it. We practiced reading the 4 "D" sentences on our papers - using our pointer fingers to read the words. We are getting better at this and I encourage you to have your child read them for you as well. We also practiced tracing and writing the letter D and then chose one d item to draw on our papers. Nice work :)

Snack time was welcomed with smiles as we ate and chatted with friends. We then broke up into small groups for our center time activities....this week we will practice tracing and printing upper and lower case Dd's, counting out and gluing 4 spots on the dog, using crayons, scissors and glue to make a dinosaur craft, and i-pad practice. We had our first "real" fire drill with the fire alarm ringing. Before it happened, we were told that we would hear a loud alarm, so we were ready for it! We left the classroom quietly in a line, grabbed an 8th grade buddy's hand, and made our way out of the building safely. Yay for Pre-K....we did a wonderful job :)

Our Religion lesson this week focuses on "Loving". We discussed how we are loved by many people. We all thought of our families right away when we were asked to think about those who loves us. We learned that God takes care of us through others. We discussed how one of God's special gifts are the people who help us - like police officers, firefighters, dentists, trash collectors, mail carriers, doctors, etc. We talked about many community helpers and what they need/use to do their jobs. We completed the activity page for this lesson by drawing a picture of someone who loves us - and moms and dads were a very popular choice! We also had some great drawings of brothers, sisters, grandmoms and grandpops. We ended the lesson by thanking God for giving us so many people to help and care for us!

After munching on our lunches and some free play time, we gathered on the rug and listened to a very funny story titled "Dog Breath" by Dav Pilkey about a dog named Hally Tosis who had - yes, you guessed it - horrible breath! We held our nose for this one and laughed at the effect Hally the dog's breath had on people. It was so bad, that the Tosis family was going to get rid of him - but then a miracle happened! See if your little one can tell you why Hally was a hero at the end of the story.

Next we had lots of fun in the sun on this summer-like fall day with our friends in Pre-K 2 before calming down for some quiet time. After resting peacefully, we got busy with our table-top activities for this week - which include: filling upper case Dd's with diamonds, play-do molding, and stringing attribute beads to complete a pattern. These activities will rotate each day until all tables have them completed.

Before we knew it, the time had come to prepare for dismissal with prayer and song. Looking forward to seeing all of my Pre-K friends tomorrow!

Friday, October 5, 2018

Colors, colors, everywhere! What a great way to end C week by wearing our favorite color to school today! During our morning lesson we looked around to see what colors we all had on. We had red, yellow, purple, pink, white, blue, and black. We completed a graphing activity where our task was to place our name underneath the color we chose to wear today, then we tallied the results by counting each one. Which color had the most? Red - with a total of 5 children wearing it. Next popular was yellow, with a total of 4. Then came pink, with a total of 2. Finally then there was a 4-way tie between black, purple, blue and white with just 1 a piece. Orange and green apparently aren't favorites in Pre-K 1 - because they each had 0 votes.

Can you believe that we added the #20 to our 100 day vegetable garden count chart? That's right, we've been in Pre-K for 20 days and we are already making wonderful progress :)

We re-visited the story of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar", but this time we watched the movie version on the SMARTboard. Then we worked hard in our journals by drawing pictures from the story in our books - there were some wonderful drawings of that caterpillar, various types of food that he ate, and some lovely butterflies too.

After snack time we finished up our center activities for this week, then we got a good stretch of the legs outside. We noticed how the weather is much cooler today than yesterday and feels more like Fall. Lunch time was dee-lish, then we played a fun game very appropriate for today.....color bingo! We each received a bingo card with different shapes filled with different colors. After a particular shape/color was called, our task was to see if it was on our card. If so, we covered it up with a bingo chip. If not, we waited for the next one. Once we filled up all the colors/shapes on our cards, we yelled "BINGO". We played until everyone had the chance to win. This was a fun way to practice our shape and color recognition skills :)

After resting our minds and bodies for a bit, we ended our busy day by packing up, praying, and singing goodbyes. It's time to say "C-U later" to the letter C....next week we move on to the letter Dd and the #4. REMINDER: There are no classes on Monday, October 8th due to a teacher in-service day. Have a great weekend - see you Tuesday :)


Thursday, October 4, 2018

Our C table is really "C"rawling with c items....today we added a comb, two candles, another car, a cupcake and some chalk. Wow!! During our morning lesson we listened to the wonderful story of something fuzzy that begins with "c" - "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle. This is one of my favorites and the children enjoyed following the caterpillar through his journey from birth to butterfly. We played a card game with pictures from the story. Some cards had 1 piece of fruit on it, some had 2, and others had 3. We each received one and had to count the items and identify the #. When we returned to our seats, we got busy making our own cute little caterpillars. We used a "C" shape to make them....colorful circles! We practiced those fine motor skills as we glued those circles close together to make the caterpillar's body. Then we added sticker eyes, and used our crayons to draw facial features, antennae, and lots of legs. These wonderful creations are crawling across our classroom and will be sent home tomorrow!

Snack time was yummy as we munched away on our snacks. After the completion of our center time activities, we just had to go outside on this beautiful Fall day. When we returned we continued our Religion lesson from Tuesday. We discussed how we can be good helpers to others at home and at school. We were introduced to our classroom Children's Bible and heard the story of "The Good Samaritan" - about a man who helped someone in need. We then completed our activity page by drawing a person in our lives who is a good helper to us. Check our folders to see our great work!

We had a nice lunch, then free play time followed. Afterward we spread out on the rug to learn a new dance called "Pop-se-ko". This is a fun one and we all showed off some pretty impressive dance moves!

Rest time was so peaceful, then we completed the rotation of table-top activities. Prepping for the end of the day went well as we prepared backpacks, then gathered for prayer and song.

Tomorrow is "Color Day" in Pre-K - so we hope to see these little ones wearing his/her favorite color to school tomorrow :)


Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Today we had more letter "C" fun with one of our favorite things that begin with C.....cookies! During our morning lesson we played a # review game using our pretend cookies and chips. We each received our own "cookie", then picked a # (either 1, 2, or 3) from the # bag. We first had to identify our number, then place the corresponding number of "chips" on our cookie. We also learned a catchy cookie song called, "Who took the cookie from the cookie jar?" ~ maybe your child will sing it for you :) Afterward we completed a similar activity using our crayons and glue. First we colored our cookies, then glued the appropriate # of chips inside of them. Check our folders for our wonderful work! We also welcomed 2 more cats and a cow to our "C" table. Will anything else show up tomorrow? We still have plenty of room for more!

All of that cookie talk made us hungry! After working with pretend cookies and chocolate chips, we were excited when we found out that we were having real chocolate chip cookies at snack time. That's right, chocolate chip cookies all around! (that's a triple c) Yum :)

After participating in our center time activities, we had the chance to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine and get a good stretch of the legs outside on this beautiful day. Once inside we made our way to the library, where Mrs. Dunfee read us a few entertaining stories.

After lunch and some free play time, we all had the chance to play a fun SMARTboard game called "Count the Candle" (we took notice that Count and Candle both begin with C). Next we each had the chance to come up to the SMARTboard, count the candles on the cake by lighting each one, then find the corresponding #. At the end we had the chance to decorate the cake as well!

Rest time was relaxing, then we participated in the rotation of table-top activities that we started yesterday. Before we knew it, the day was ending and we wrapped it up with prayers and goodbyes. See you tomorrow :)

*REMINDER* Friday, October 5th is color day in Pre-K. The children may wear his/her favorite color to school.


Tuesday, October 2, 2018

What a "Cool" looking letter C table. Today we had several cars (one with the Paw Patrol character "C"hase in it), crayons, and a bag of cookies added to our group of c items. Nice going :) We are wondering if maybe a camera, a candle, a carrot or a comb might come in tomorrow....

Our morning lesson today focused on the #3. Several children had the chance to pick a center in the classroom and find 3 items in there to bring to the circle. Others had fun clapping or stomping their feet three times. We practiced how to print the #3, which was a bit tricky, but we are starting to get the hang of it. We watched a #3 Sesame Street video on our SMARTboard, then we

Monday, October 1, 2018

Happy October! This month promises to be an exciting one. When checking our calendar today we discovered that there are 4 friends who have October birthdays and then there's Halloween at the end of the month.

It's C week and so far we have just one item on the C table - a cat. C is also for our friends Colin, Christine, and Chase who made their letter people to add on there as well. We hope to see more tomorrow...maybe a car? a candle? a cookie? carrot? or a crayon? So many possibilities for the letter C. During our morning lesson we focused on the C sound and learned that it usually makes the /k/ sound (as in cat) but sometimes makes the /s/ sound (as in Cinderella). We watched the letter Cc Bounce Patrol video, then returned to our seats to work on our activity sheets. We practiced reading the letter C sentences together, then we were encouraged to use our pointer fingers and slide our finger across the line from left to right as we practiced reading them on our own. On the opposite side, we listened for that hard /c/ sound and circled only the pictures that began with that sound - then "x"ed out the rest. Please review this at home with your child and see if he/she can read the sentences for you :)

After enjoying our yummy snacks, we were eager to make our way down to the gym to see Ms. Gorman for gym class. We got lots of exercise while practicing many large muscle skills. We balanced balls on cones, and played a fun game called "Froggies and Alligators". In this game some of us were the froggies who had to try to run to the opposite side and land inside a hula hoop without being caught and some of us were the alligators who stood in the middle and had to use noodles to try to tag the froggies. Lots of fun!

Next we got busy with our center time activities in small groups. This week we will be tracing and printing upper and lower Cc's in our letter books, counting and drawing 3 apples in the apple tree, making a colorful clown craft, and i-pad practice.

Lunch time was delicious as always, then some free play time followed. Afterward we gathered on the rug and listened to a very special story.....created by us! That's right - our first class book "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" is complete and ready to go home with each child for one evening. All of the pictures that we created last week have been bound together. We read it today and enjoyed seeing our own artwork illustrated on the pages. We then got up, spread out, and participated in a fun dance in honor of the letter C...."The Chicken Dance". We learned the four basic moves and then gave it a go!

We had a quiet and relaxing rest time, then we rounded out the day putting our fine motor skills to work as we manipulated some clay. We tried our best to make upper and lower case Cc's with it - and most of us could accomplish this all by ourselves!! Our day ended with smiles as we packed up, prayed and sang our goodbyes.

**A special thank you to those of you who placed a Scholastic Book Order! Your order helps us get free books for our classroom library. The order will be arriving at school shortly.**






Friday, September 28, 2018

Happy Friday! Although it was rainy outside, our classroom was nice and bright when the children arrived with such nice greetings and smiles this morning. Our morning routine is getting much quicker now that we know just what to do upon arrival. Nice going Pre-K :)

We had another B item make its' way onto our B table to end B week - a basket! This B table is the Best! During our morning lesson we used some small B items to practice many different skills - buttons! We each received a cup with 2 buttons inside of it. We emptied them out to see what color and shape they were. Then we put them all together and sorted them first by shape (we had squares, rectangles, hearts, stars, circles, and triangles), then by color (green, pink, red, yellow, orange, blue, black, purple). Nice sorting was done by all! Next we listened to the entertaining tale of "Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons" by Eric Litwin. Pete the cat loves and sings about his 4 groovy buttons on his yellow shirt, but when they pop off one by one, he doesn't get upset: "Did Pete cry? Goodness, no! Buttons come and buttons go". Even after he was left with no buttons at all, he was happy to find his own bellybutton at the end of the story.

When we returned to our seats, we received our storybook journals for the first time this year. We learned that this special book is for us to draw pictures in. Today we were encouraged to try our best to draw Pete the Cat and his buttons. After watching an easy way to draw them, we gave it a try! Wow - I think we have some future artists here in Pre-K 1!! They did a wonderful job drawing, then coloring in their pictures. We will work in these journals frequently throughout the year.

We enjoyed our snack time, then finished up with our center time activities for this week. Afterward, we were quite excited to to make our way downstairs for our very first music class with Sr. Teresa. She was very impressed with how well we listened and sang. We are already looking forward to next week's class!

Lunch time hit the spot, then we gathered on the rug to play the musical "Muffin Man" activity. One child is chosen to hide their eyes and use their listening ears to figure out who is singing. When we played this game a few weeks ago, we weren't very good at it - but now we are! We are becoming very familiar with our friends' voices and most of us were able to find the friend who was singing on our very first guess :)

We then had the chance to make our way outside for a good stretch of the legs before settling down for some quiet time. Parents, please make sure to pack sweatshirts or jackets on these cooler days.

Have a wonderful weekend with your child. They are all precious and I am really enjoying getting to know them!


Thursday, September 27, 2018

Fall is in the air!! The slight chill this morning was refreshing :) During circle time we talked again about some of the things that happen in this beautiful Autumn season!

Believe it or not, we were able to add a large B item to our table today - a bear wearing a bow, brought in by our friend Jake. Great job! Tomorrow is the last day for B items - might we see a balloon, a boat, a bird, or maybe a basketball?

During our morning lesson we played a letter "A" and "B" review game. We each received a bear and our first task was to identify its' color, then we had to see which letter was on its' shirt (A or B) and place it in under the corresponding letter. Finally, we counted up all of the A bears and B bears to see which had more, and which had less. We then revisited the story "Brown Bear, Brown Bear" one last time and made the pictures for our classroom book. Yes, we are making our own version of the story. What masterpieces! We did a really great job. This will be the first of several classroom books that we will make this year. Once I bind all of the pages together, each child will get the chance to bring this classroom book home for one night to share with their families.

We enjoyed our morning snacks, then participated in our small-group center time activities. We then liked spending time outside with Mrs. Wolk's class playing and getting some fresh air. The bright sun allowed us to see each other's shadows, and we had lots of fun jumping and stepping on them!

Upon returning to the classroom, we settled on the rug for God's Time. We discussed how each of us is special to God, and that we were all made and loved by Him. We each looked into a mirror to see our reflection and our own special features. We talked about how God made some of us with dark hair, light hair, straight hair, curly hair, dark eyes, light eyes....and all are beautiful! We then received our activity pages and looked at the picture of the children standing in front of a big mirror. We were encouraged to imagine that we were standing in front of a mirror, then draw ourselves in it. We tried our best to choose crayons that matched our eye and hair color. Take a look in our folders to see :) We ended by praying and thanking God for all of our new friends and for making us so special.

Lunch time was yummy as we ate and chatted with friends, then we chose a place to go for free play time. We were very happy to see that we had a special delivery after lunch - our nap mats! Now every student in the class has their own nap mat to rest on each day. They are colorful and comfy :) We practiced how to fold them up the right way and will continue to practice this skill each day.

After resting, we finished up the rotation of table top activities for this week, then prepared for dismissal. All of the children who returned the completed fundraising booklet received a special prize for doing so...it is inside their backpacks. Thanks again moms and dads!

Tomorrow we look forward to going to our first music class! Scholastic book orders are due tomorrow - if you haven't clicked on the "Scholastic Book Club" link to the left, I encourage you to do so. Have a great night :)


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

We had one friend who was quite eager to add some more items to our B table...our friend Alivia brought in a Barbie, a baby, a toy bike, and a bow. Wow!! We have 2 days left and some room for more items!

We learned some Fall-time songs this morning. The tree in the parking lot right outside of our window will be a fantastic teacher for our class. We can see just by looking out the window that the tree is starting to lose some leaves, and some of the ones that are hanging on, have changed color! We look forward to keeping our eyes out for more changes as autumn begins.

During our morning lesson we brainstormed as many B items as we could think of. We created a long list and then counted them up. We came up with 18 B things - Brilliant!! We practiced printing upper and lower case Bb's, then we chose a B item to draw on our papers. There were some nice drawings of balls, balloons, baseballs, basketballs, and even babies. Our last task was to use our dot-a-dot stampers to stamp on top of the large upper and lower case Bb's. Wonderful work!

Snack time was a refreshing break, then we located our name tags for center time. Next we were happy to see the sun peek out from the clouds as we played outside on this warm day. It was nice to sit down and relax in the library afterward while Mrs. Dunfee read us some entertaining stories.

Lunch time was yummy, and free play time was fun. We then stood on the rug and had another go at "We're Going On A Bear Hunt" since we enjoyed it so much yesterday. We acted out walking through the grass, the river, the mud, the forest, the snowstorm, and the cave. Once we found that bear in the cave we had to reverse our actions quickly back to the house and into our beds. Safe and sound :) Next we were introduced to a very special teddy bear.....Traveling Teddy! Traveling Teddy will soon get the chance to go home with each of us for a weekend. He has 2 important B items with him - a book and a backpack. We all promised that we will take very good care of him when it's our turn to have him.We are super excited about bringing Traveling Teddy to our homes with us!!

We settled for a quiet rest time, then participated in the rotation of table-top activities. Prayers and a good rendition of our good-bye song helped to end a nice day.

**I would like to thank all of you who completed and returned the fundraising booklets today. We had 11 out of 15 returned - way to go moms and dads!!!**

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

I am happy to say that our B table is "B"ursting with more B items....today we added baseball, a beanbag, a banana, 2 Batman figures, a blue bouncy ball (that's a triple B) and a Bible. Great thinking! We are wondering if maybe a bell, a bottle or a boat might show up on there this week. We reviewed how to make upper and lower case Bb's, and how to sign it.

During our morning lesson today we practiced identifying the #2 and counting out 2 items. We went around the circle to see who could clap two times and yes, we all did it! We brainstormed what we have 2 of on our bodies and we had quite the list: eyes, eyebrows, cheeks, hands, arms, legs, feet, ears, and even nostrils! We watched a Sesame Street #2 video that had us movin' and groovin' and the end we all stamped our feet 2 times. When we returned to our seats, we practiced counting how many items were in each box (either 1 or 2), then circled the corresponding #. We are doing a great job following directions. On the opposite side, we practiced making our own #2's...a bit tricky, but we will keep working at it.

After our morning snacks, we participated in our center time activities. Next we were happy to make our way outside for some fresh air and exercised on yet another cloudy day. Once we returned to the classroom we gathered on the rug for God's Time and listened to a story about making new friends. We talked about how God helps us to be a good friend and we discussed the the words and actions of a good friend. We each had the chance to name some of the new friends we have made in our Pre-K classroom, then we colored some of the children on our activity page to look like some of the friends in our class. We will finish this lesson on Thursday.

Lunch time was delicious, and then came the all-favorite free play time. We then sat down and listened to the popular story "We're Going On A Bear Hunt" - and right away we took notice that one of the words in the title starts with the letter B! After listening, we then got up and watched it on our SMARTboard - but this time we participated in all of the actions. We had lots of fun - we laughed at the end when we all pretended to make it safely to our beds and pull the covers over our heads.

After resting peacefully, we got busy with our table top activities. This week at our tables we will be: filling up upper case Bb's with balloons, stringing beads and lacing, and using cookie-cutters with play-do. We then ended our day in the usual way - packing up, saying prayers and singing goodbyes to friends and teachers!

**Please see the important envelope in your child's folder about St. Matthew's "Reading For Education Campaign". There is a booklet that must be completed and returned tomorrow. Even if just one coupon is completed, your child will receive a prize - but it has to be returned tomorrow.**




Monday, September 24, 2018

Happy Monday! Happy Autumn!

We got right back into the swing of things this morning to begin our Pre-K day. We prayed, saluted the flag, checked the calendar, added another day to our vegetable garden, and had a weather report. We were introduced to our new letter Bb and the sound it makes. We even learned how to sign it in sign language. We were happy to welcome one item to our B table - Belle from Beauty and the Beast. What other B items will show up on our table tomorrow? We watched and sang along to the letter Bounce Patrol video on our SMARTboard and got some good ideas....baby, bottle, balloon, bear, ball....just to name a few.

When we returned to our seats we practiced reading 4 letter B sentences together. We are working hard at using our pointer fingers to point to each word in the sentence from left to right as we read them. On the opposite side we listened for that /b/ sound to figure out which pictures began with B and which did not. Our task was to circle the ones that did, and put an "x" on those that did not. We did a great job following directions - check our folders to see :)

We then had a quick bathroom break and sat down to enjoy our morning snacks. Next we lined up and made our way down to the gym for gym class with Ms. Gorman. We got lots of exercise while practicing many skills like balancing, hopping, skipping, and kicking.

Upon returning to our classroom, we located our name tags and got busy with our center time activities...some of us worked hard in our letter books tracing and printing upper and lower case Bb's, a group of us colored, cut, and glued to make a brown bear, another group traced and printed the number 2 ( a little tricky) then using a large stamp pad to stamp our two hand prints on our papers, and another small group practiced skills on the i-pads. These center activities will rotate each day until each group completes them.

Lunch time was followed by some free play time, then we gathered on the rug and listened to the story "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" and enjoyed reading along. Some of us were already familiar with this classic tale. We will be making our first classroom book of this story this week! Before rest time, we participated in a fun movement activity called "Beanbag Boogie" - in honor of the letter B! We were giggling as we attempted to put the beanbag on different body parts and then keep it on there while bouncing.

We rounded out our day with the use of clay. We refined those fine motor skills as we attempted to make three snakes and form them into an upper case B. These kids are the Best! We prepared for dismissal and ended our day with prayer and goodbyes.


Friday, September 21, 2018

Okay, another cloudy day today, but it was sunny in our Pre-K classroom!

Our letter A table had the addition of an ant this morning - don't worry, it was a fake one! Thanks for helping to make our letter A table "A"bsolutely "A"wesome! The children really enjoy sharing their letter items with the class and we look forward to seeing what will show up on our "B" table next week :)

Our "apple" theme continued today as we participated in our second Scholastic lesson titled "Mmm, Mmm Apples". We reviewed the parts of an apple, then we watched an interesting video and learned about how apples grow. We returned to our seats and looked through our booklets together. On the back page we put our fine motor skills to work as we traced our name, then colored the apples the appropriate colors. This activity also had us practicing our color identification, letter identification, and beginning sounds. Check our folders to see :)

During our snack time we celebrated our friend Jake's birthday, which took place on the first week of school when only some of us were here. He brought in some delicious chocolate chip cookies to share with us. Thanks to Jake for that yummy surprise - we enjoyed them!

We worked and played at our centers, then went outside for a well-deserved break and some exercise. Afterward we gathered on the rug and learned a bit about Saint Matthew, in honor of his feast day today. We talked about how saints are people who followed Jesus and lived their lives just like Him when they were here on earth. Because they were so close to Jesus, they became saints after they died. We discussed how Matthew wrote some of the stories in the Bible and then colored a picture of him.

After lunch and some free play time, we were anxious to listen to the last group of children share their "All About Me" bags with us. The children did such a great job with this getting to know you activity and thank you for helping them with it! We were very excited to find out that in honor of the Feast of St. Matthew, the entire school was being treated to some Rita's water ice. We made our way outside, chose our favorite flavor (cherry, mango, or blue raspberry) then sat down and started diggin' in with our spoons. Yum :)

We settled into a relaxing rest time, then we prepared for dismissal, prayed, sang goodbyes and ended a wonderful week in Pre-K.

Have a fantastic weekend with your precious little ones. See you Monday!


Thursday, September 20, 2018

We had one more addition to our letter A table this morning....an avacado!!! So great :) One more more day to bring some A items in....will we see any more?

This morning we learned all about the parts of an apple. Many of us knew that inside an apple we will always find seeds...but we didn't know that seeds are also known as pips. We looked at a real apple and took some guesses as to how many apples would be inside of it. The predictions ranged from 1 to 6. We watched as Mrs. Dignam carefully sliced open the apple sideways, then showed us the star shape inside of it. We counted the seeds and our friend Neave's prediction was right on - there was 5 inside! Next we looked at the other apple parts: the skin, the flesh, and the stem. Sometimes apples have leaves too, but ours did not. Next we participated in a fun activity where we voted for our favorite color apple - red, yellow, or green. We each had the chance to put our name underneath the color apple we like best. We tallied the results to find that this Pre-K class likes green apples the best, with a total of 7 votes and we like yellow apples the least with only 3 votes.

When we returned to our seats we practiced our fine motor, color identification and listening skills as we completed an apple parts activity page. We found and used our red crayon to color the skin, we found and used our green crayon to color the leaf, and then we found and used our brown crayon to color the stem and the seeds. We did a fabulous job. I encourage you to review this activity with your child at home and see if he/she can tell you the names of the apple parts.

After enjoying our morning snacks and working/playing at our centers, we enjoyed some fresh air outside and got some good exercise. We then gathered on the rug for God's Time and finished the lesson we began on Tuesday. We first listened to a story about Lorrie and her first day of Pre-K. We listened to find out what Lorrie liked about being in her new classroom. This led us to a nice discussion about what we like best about our new school.....and we all agreed that making new friends is at the top of our list!

Lunch time was yummy as always, and then free play time with friends in the classroom followed. Afterward we listened as 3 more friends presented interesting items from their "All About Me" bags - Chase, Colin, and Alivia. These kids are doing such a great job with this getting-to-know-you activity!

Before settling down for some quiet time, we had a practice fire drill. First we talked about what a fire drill is - a time for us to quickly and quietly line up, exit the classroom, grab an 8th grade buddies' hand, and make our way outside to the school lot safely. Sister John alerted us over the loud speaker that we were having a fire drill, so we knew exactly what to do. A is for amazing - and I must say that these little ones did quite an amazing job :) Way to go, Pre-K! Next time we will practice with the actual alarm.

After resting so nicely, we finished up the rotation of table-top activities for this week. We gathered for prayer and goodbyes at the end of our day and look forward to seeing our friends tomorrow :)

FINAL REMINDER: Nap mat orders are due tomorrow for all those interested in ordering through school. The fee is $29 (cash only)


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

I am happy to report that our letter A table is looking A-mazing! Today we added not one, but two apples, an angel and Ana from the movie "Frozen". Great job so far everyone! If you and your child can think of any more, please send them in. After praying and saying The Pledge of Allegiance , we sat down for circle time. We sang our hello song and few others, the weather watcher and calendar checker did their jobs, and sang our months of the year and days of the week songs. Next we put our math skills to work by playing a fun apple counting and sorting game. We each received a different color apple (either red, yellow, or green). We made a floor graph to see how many apples were under each color and then discussed which color had the most and the least.

When we returned to our seats, we each received an activity page with a large upper and lower case Aa on it. Our first task was to carefully trace our names with our pencil. Next we watched how to draw an apple on the SMARTboard, then tried our best to draw our own at the bottom of our papers. Wow - we have some awesome apple drawers! We then thought about which color apple we like the best - red, yellow or green. We were asked to find that color in our crayon bags and hold it in the air. This helps us with our listening skills and following directions. We then colored our apple in using the color we chose. But we weren't done yet! Finally, we used some colorful dot-a-dot stampers to stamp on top of the large upper and lower case Aa's. Wonderful job! Check our folders to see our amazing work!

We enjoyed our morning snacks, then got busy with our center time activities. Next we were happy to get outside for a good stretch of the legs. It was so nice to see the sun and feel a cool breeze. We had lots of fun jumping on each other's shadows during this time today. Afterward, we made our way to the library, sat down and relaxed, and listened to a few good stories read by Mrs. Dunfee.

Lunch time was de-licious, then free play time with friends in the classroom followed. Before we settled in for rest time, three of our friends presented their All About Me Bags (Jake, Delaney, and Elijah). We learned some neat things about our new friends! We then finished the story we started yesterday "There's an Alligator Under My Bed" - we were surprised by the ending! Next we spread out and had some "Animal Action" fun as we listened to the music and acted out moving like ducks, bunnies, horses, and bees (just to name a few).

Rest time was quite peaceful, then we were eager to get busy with our table top activities for today. We gathered up our belongings, packed up, prayed and sang our goodbyes as we ended another great day in Pre-K :)

**Please remember that if you are interested in purchasing a nap mat through school, the $29 fee is due no later than this Friday, 9/21....cash only please**



Tuesday, September 18, 2018

We are really beginning to get the hang of things in Pre-K 1! We are becoming very familiar with the morning routine of unpacking, putting our apple in the attendance tree, and coloring in our coloring books. I am very proud of them :)

One of our "A" friends (Alivia) remembered to bring in an item for our A table - a stone carving of her name. We had one more addition of a book titled "Animals" , brought in by our friend Delaney. Great! If you and your child can think of any more, please send them in...we have lots of room on our table. Maybe an apple? or an airplane? or an acorn? After praying, saying The Pledge of Allegiance and singing our hello song, we sat down for circle time. We sang songs, the weather watcher and calendar checker did their jobs, and sang our months of the year and days of the week songs.

Our morning lesson focused on the number 1 and we enjoyed talking about the parts of our bodies that we have one of - our list included head, face, mouth, nose, chin, back, and bellybutton! We also took turns finding the #1 within a group of other numbers. We stood up and moved a bit as we watched and danced along to a Sesame Street #1 video on our SMARTboard. When we returned to our seats, we traced the large #1 with our pointer finger, then put our fine motor skills to work as we glued torn pieces of construction paper inside to fill it up. Check our folders to see!

After bathroom and snack we searched for our name tags and participated in our center-time/small group activities, which rotate every day. We then had the opportunity to go outside and get some fresh air and stretch our muscles.

Upon returning to the classroom, we gathered for "God's Time", which is our Religion lesson. Today we discussed how this year we will learn about God and God's love for us. We will learn about God's only son, Jesus, who is our friend. We talked about how we will play games, sing songs, and listen to stories. We looked at a large picture of 4 Pre-K friends named Carlos, Peter, Brenda, and Lorrie and that we will see these children throughout the year on our Religion activity pages. Afterwards we returned to our seats and received our own page to work on. First we traced our name, then we made our own face in the picture with the other children by drawing eyes, a nose, a mouth, and some hair. We will complete this activity page during our next lesson on Thursday.

Lunch time was yummy in our tummies, then we chose a place to play for free play time. Next we gathered on the rug and enjoyed looking at Neave's, Noah's, Christine's and Ayden's "All About Me" bags. It's so much fun learning new things about our new friends....and we are discovering that many of us have similar interests! Before resting, we began a story called "There's An Alligator Under My Bed", by Mercer Mayer. We read the first part of the story and made some predictions about what will happen in the next part. Tomorrow we will find out!

After a relaxing rest time, we returned to our seats and got busy with some table activities. Each table has a different activity that will rotate each day until all tables complete them. This week we will fill up our upper case A's with apples, manipulate some play-do, and make a picture with markers.

We wrapped up our day by packing up our belongings, praying, and singing goodbyes. Looking forward to another great day tomorrow ;)


Monday, September 17, 2018

Hooray for "A"! Today we introduced the letter Aa and our A table so far is Absent of items! Please help your child find something at home that begins with A to put on our A table! Our friends Ayden and Alivia colored their letter people to put on there. We talked about many things that begin with "A", such as apple, alligator, anchor, ant, acorn, apron, and airplane. We also took a look at the bouncepatrol letter A video on youtube.

During center/small group time, one group began working in our letter books where we traced and made upper and lower case Aa's, then we chose two A pictures to color and glue into our books. Another group cut, colored and cut out acorns and made apple prints with red paint, while another group traced and made the #1 and counted out 1 ice cream scoop (well, a cotton ball) to glue on top of a piece of pie that we colored. By Friday, all of us will have completed all of these fun learning activities.

Time moved quickly and before we knew it, we were lining up for gym class. Ms. Gorman had us using different color bean bags and hula hoops to practice many different skills - and we even participated in some relay fun. She was super proud of us for following directions so well! Yay for Pre-K!!

We worked up quite an appetite, so lunch time hit the spot! We met our new lunch mom, Mrs. Elliot. Afterward, we had some free play time, then gathered on the rug with our friends. Before we settled down for rest time, we really liked getting to know some of our friends a bit better as they presented their "all about me" bags. Landon and Henry did a great job showing us their bags and telling us about the items inside. We are looking forward to looking at more tomorrow :)

After resting peacefully, we ended the day looking at our superhero photos that were taken last week (yes, we all had our picture taken wearing some superhero glasses), then we brainstormed some things we know about superheroes. Our list included: they are strong, they are kind, brave, and they help others. We talked about our display in the hallway titled, "The Superheroes of Pre-K-1" - with our pictures hanging underneath. We discussed how we can be a superhero by being a super student - by being good helpers, kind, sharing, and brave!

We took a moment to look at our classroom web page and saw some new photos that have been added from our "Meet and Greet" and first week of school. It was fun to see ourselves on the SMARTboard. Take a moment to check them out when you get the chance! Our fire drill that was scheduled for today was re-scheduled for another day this week due to the rain.

We packed up our backpacks, said our prayers and sang our goodbye song as ended our Monday together. See you tomorrow :)



Friday, September 14, 2018

Whew! Our first week of Pre-K has come to an end. The children have done such a wonderful job this week getting to know one another, following a new routine, taking turns, playing nicely, creating crafts, and practicing new songs and prayers.

These little one are continuing to get comfortable with our classroom routine and are even getting mighty independent with unpacking bags and taking care of their items before settling down at the table to practice coloring.

This morning we participated in our first September Scholastic lesson titled "Hello, School!", which was all about being in a new classroom with new friends and teachers. We looked at many colorful pictures of children in their classrooms - and they were doing some of the very same things that we do every day! We also discussed the many ways we can greet our new friends.....we can say "hello", wave, smile, give high-fives, and even give a handshake. Of course, we practiced all of these greetings with the friends sitting near us. After watching the short videoclip that goes with this lesson, we returned to our seats. We each received our own scholastic book and a pencil, and our first task was to trace our name. We will practice tracing our names every day in Pre-K! Next we followed directions well as we completed the activity page ""What is in your Classroom?". Our task was to see if the pictured item on the page is something that is also in our Pre-K classroom. If so, we colored in the happy face next to the picture. Take a peek in our folders to see our wonderful work! I encourage you to review this booklet at home with your child.

Morning snack was yummy, then we enjoyed playing with friends during center time. In small groups, we practiced using scissors by attempting to cut, cut, cut on the dotted lines.

We were happy to get outside and play with our friends in Pre-K 2 on yet another cloudy day. After munching on our lunches, we chose a place to play in the classroom during "Free Play" time. Next we gathered on the rug and listened to the story "Designed by God, that's what Makes Me Special". We talked about all of the wonderful gifts God gave us, including our senses and amazing bodies. Afterward, many of the children were eager to tell about some of the amazing things that they can do with their bodies.

Before settling for rest time, we practiced how to safely exit the classroom in the event of a fire. Our 8th grade buddies assisted us by holding our hands and walking us outside to the school lot. This was done in preparation for our first school fire drill, which is scheduled for Monday. They did a great job :)

After resting peacefully, we finished up our day playing a SMARTboard game that helped us practice the names of shapes.

Please be sure to see the letter in your child's folder. Ms. Denise and I are very proud of the children. Next week we are looking forward to going to our "specials" classes for the first time, sharing our "All About Me" bags with the class and learning all about the letter ""Aa" and the #1. Have a wonderful weekend with your litte ones :)


Thursday, September 13, 2018

Even though it was not sunny outside this morning, the childrens' smiles as they came in today surely brightened up our classroom :)

After a good practice of our morning routine, we started off with prayer and salute to the flag. We are learning how to bless ourselves, fold our hands while praying, and recite "The Pledge of Allegiance". We took a look at the calendar, counting the days we've had so far in September, as well as checking on this cloudy weather. We are also using our vegetable garden chart to count up to our 100th day of school, today we added the #4! Of course we sang some songs, then read our morning message. We read the entertaining story of "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault. A told B, and B told C, I'll meet you at the top of the coconut tree - but when all the letters of the alphabet race up the tree.....Oh No! Chicka Chicka BOOM! BOOM!

Next up we had a bathroom break, then enjoyed our morning snacks. Afterward, we were happy to get some time to play with friends during center time. We located our name tags and got busy with center time activities. During this time, we were called in small groups to complete an activity related to the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom story. We discussed how the story had all of the letters of the alphabet in it, then we each had a turn to find the letter that our name begins with and practice the sound it makes. Finally, we all received a piece of construction paper with the first letter of our name on it, and our task was to cover it up with colorful stickers. What a fun way to practice those small motor skills as we peeled off each sticker and carefully placed it on top our letter. A great job was done by all! They are hanging in our classroom for all to see :)

We then took a trip outside. We are practicing how to play safely in the school lot and how to treat our friends while we are playing - with helping hands, not hurting hands. It was nice to get lots of exercise - and our friends from Pre-K 2 were out there with us as well!

Lunch time was yummy and really hit the spot, then we enjoyed some free play time. Afterward we viewed a musical version of the story Chicka Chicka Boom Boom on our SMARTboard (this is on youtube if you would like to show it to your child again). Then we got up, spread out, and participated in a fun movement activity called "Animal Action" - we listened to the music and moved all around the classroom like different types of animals....we were slithering like snakes, hopping like frogs, flying like birds, and swinging like monkeys (just to name a few).

After visiting the bathroom once more, we rested our minds and bodies and relaxed for a bit. We finished up our day using whiteboards and dry erase markers. We then packed up and ended our day with prayer and song.

We look forward to starting a new day in Pre-K tomorrow :)


Wednesday, September 12, 2018

How nice it was to see the classroom filled with all of the boys AND girls today! Most of them were very eager to enter the classroom with great smiles that just lit up the room. We are beginning to learn the morning routine - unpacking, putting our apples in the attendance tree, and coloring. At circle time we had a calendar checker, a weather watcher, and several other helpers as we participated in our morning meeting activities. There was even two new songs introduced to help us learn the days of the week and the months of the year! We use songs often in the classroom to learn and develop language and rhythm...and have fun too :)

After munching on our morning snacks, we enjoyed listening to the reading of the story "No, David!" by David Shannon about a little boy who sometimes forgets the rules. David was extremely silly in this story and we were laughing at his antics. See if your child can tell you some of the situations David got himself into! Afterward we worked in small groups to make our own "David" puppet from the story - we put those small muscle skills to work as we colored, cut and glued our puppets together. Check our folders to see :)

Of course we had fun playing with the toys during center time. We located our name tags and played at either the kitchen/construction area, blocks and building, writing center, math center or i-pad station. Afterward it was so nice to get a good stretch of the legs outside and run about on this warm day.

Before lunch we made our way downstairs to visit the school library. We met our librarian Mrs. Dunfee and listened to another silly story called "The Cow Who Went Oink". It was our first time eating lunch at school and we did a fantastic job!! After cleaning up, we had the chance to choose a place in the classroom to play for a short time. I am very happy to report that the children are already playing so very nicely together. Next we had the chance to move and groove as we participated in a fun "Freeze Dance" song!

After a quick trip to the bathroom, it was our rest time - a time for us to be quiet and still after a very busy morning. Soft music, lights dimmed, and peace. Some friends fell asleep, some didn't. Before we knew it rest time was over and then we all had the chance to manipulate some clay before ending our day together. Some of us made balls, snakes, and even letters with our clay - great job!

We gathered our belongings, said our closing prayer and sang our goodbye song. Busy but fun day in Pre-K! We are so proud of all of the children - they are doing great :) See you tomorrow!


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Way to go, girls!! What a pleasure it was to meet all of the young ladies who are in our Pre-K 1 class. Another amazing day :) Some of the daily jobs that we practiced today are how to line up, walk in line, how to walk into and out of the classroom, unpacking and placing our backpacks in the proper bin, finding our name tag apple and placing it in the attendance tree, and listening to directions.

We weren't shy at all when we sang some fun songs at circle time. We dressed our weather frog for another rainy, cloudy day and turned over the next day on our September calendar. As the boys did yesterday, we enjoyed looking at our circle time boards and what we will be learning and participating in each day during our morning meeting. We took the time to read our morning message together to find out what the day had in store for us.

After walking quietly to the bathroom and enjoying our morning snack, we had a quick tour of the centers in our classroom. First we went over some rules, then we were able to participate in free play time. Again, the dramatic play area was a popular place - we all played there at some point today. A few of us enjoyed playing i-pad games and some of us put our drawing skills to work at the easel. The blocks and building area was visited by a few and the writing center had a few guests today as well.

Next we listened to the wonderful story "The Kissing Hand" by Audrey Penn about a racoon named Chester who is sad to leave his mommy when he goes to school. His mother shares a wonderful secret with him that makes him feel her love even when she can't be with him. A perfect story for the first day of school! This prompted a good discussion about our first day of school feelings. After the story we colored a picture of Chester while waiting to make a special art project for you, our wonderful parents. You will see it in our folders tomorrow! At the end of the story, we learned how to say "I Love You" in sign language - see if your little one can show you!

Next we made our way downstairs to see the gym where we will be having gym class next week, then we were happy to get some fresh air and exercise outside for a short time.

Time went by quickly and it was already time to go home. We gathered in a circle to end our day with prayer and our goodbye song. We received a special treat that went along with "The Kissing Hand" story for having such a wonderful first day. Ms. Denise and I are so very proud of them.

Tomorrow we look forward to having all of the boys and girls in our wonderful class together for the first time. TOMORROW IS A FULL DAY OF SCHOOL - DISMISSAL IS AT 2:30 PM. Please keep in mind that all children should have a morning snack, a lunch, 2 drinks, and a small towel inside their lunchbox. Thanks and have a great night :)


Monday, September 10, 2018

Wow! Wow! Wow! Our first day was fantastic! I am so proud of our Pre-K 1 boys and how well they listened and got settled into our classroom.

We practiced doing a number of basic daily jobs, like walking into the classroom, lining up, finding their name tag apples and placing them in our attendance tree, (which everyone did wonderfully!), putting folders away, unpacking backpacks, and waiting for directions.

We also sang some fun songs that will help us learn things, like each others' names and what the weather looked and felt like on this cloudy, rainy day. We looked at our circle time boards and noticed that we will be counting each day until our 100th, we will learn some fun new songs to help us remember our days of the week and months of the year. We also looked at our birthday board and we learned that we have one pre-k friend who has a September birthday - and that is Jake!

After a trip to the bathroom and our morning snack, we had the chance to see all of the centers in our classroom and participated in free play time. Some of us chose to play in the kitchen/dramatic play area, while others of us had fun playing games and doing puzzles, playing in the blocks and building area, and a few of us even painted at the easel!

Next we listened to the wonderful story "The Kissing Hand" by Audrey Penn about a raccoon named Chester who is sad to leave his mommy when he goes to school. His mother shares a wonderful secret with him that makes him feel her love even when she can't be with him. A perfect story for the first day of school! This prompted a good discussion about our first day of school feelings. After the story we colored a picture of Chester while waiting to make a special art project for you, our wonderful parents. You will see it in our folders on Wednesday!

We took a trip down to the gym to meet our gym teacher, Ms. Gorman, then we had the chance to play outside for a short time to get some fresh air. While out there, we played a fun game of "Duck, duck, goose." Before we knew it it was almost time to go home. We gathered in a circle to end our day with prayer and we talked about the favorite part of our day.

The children really did their very best to follow directions, clean up toys, share with friends, and use manners. I'm so proud of them! They each received a special treat before going home for having such a wonderful first day.

Looking forward to seeing the girls tomorrow!


Dear Parents,

I am very excited to be your child's teacher and look forward to an enriching and rewarding school year. So many great things will happen in our class! My objective this year is to help better prepare your child for kindergarten emotionally, spiritually, socially, and academically in a positive and nurturing environment.

Below you will find some of the skills focused on in Pre-K:

Reading Readiness: listening to and following directions, left to right progression when reading and writing, letter identification, and letter sounds, using storybooks to make predictions and learn about characters, setting, and lessons learned.

Math Concepts: patterning, sorting, one to one correspondence, greater than/less than, shapes, size sequencing, number recognition, number writing, simple addition and subtraction.

Fine Motor Skills: manipulating small objects, tracing, painting, coloring, pencil grip, correct letter and number formation, gluing and cutting.

Science: simple experiments and outcome predictions, animal habitats

Awareness of self: respect of self and others as well as our school community, waiting one's turn to speak and play, and completing daily tasks.


It would be very helpful if your child becomes familiar with the following skills and information. Please work on any of these skills and/or information below with your child that he/she may need help with:

1. His/Her full name and phone number

2. How to wash his/her hands with soap and water as well as how to dry them.

3. How to put away play things and materials after using them.

4. How to use a tissue when blowing his/her nose. How to cough and sneeze into his/her elbow.

5. How to take off and put on clothing including jackets, mittens, etc. without assistance.

6. How to unfasten/fasten clothing including zippers, snaps and buttons.

PLEASE make sure that your child knows how to take care of his/her bathroom needs including wiping him/herself without assistance.

We realize many children may not have mastered all of the above, but working together, we're sure it can soon be accomplished.

I am very much looking forward to meeting all of you and your beautiful children and I am excited to be a part of their growth and development. Please don't hesitate to contact me at sdignam71@gmail.com with any questions or concerns you may have.

Enjoy the remainder of your summer!

Please click on the "Pre-K Info" and "Calendar" tabs to your left for further info regarding Parent Orientation Night, Meet and Greet, and the first week of school schedule.


Sincerely,

Mrs. Dignam