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Friday, May 25, 2018

Happy Birthday Isabella :)

What a busy, busy day in Pre-K!

After going through our morning routine quickly, we began working on our cereal box project. 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 our friend Isabella who turns 5 today. She shared some mini cupcakes with us and we loved them! Thanks to Isabella for that nice treat. Afterward we finished up with our center activities for this week.

Before we knew it, we were on our way to music class. Can you believe that it was our last music class for this year? We made sure to thank Sr. Teresa for providing us with many great music classes this past year!

We were very excited about our pizza lunch, provided by Isabella's mom. We enjoyed either plain or pepperoni, and even some garlic bread! Dee-licious!!

After some free play time we completed the last page of our memory books. All of the pages that we have been working on this week will be bound together. Each one of us will have our own special "Pre-K Memories" book to bring home and to keep. It is a very nice way to remember some of the special things we did and friends we made in Pre-K 1!

After resting peacefully and putting away our blankets, we gathered on the rug and watched some more of the Zootopia movie (which we are really enjoying) before packing up and preparing for dismissal.

Please remember that school is closed on Monday for the Memorial Day holiday. Also, keep in mind that when we return on Tuesday, we will be having another pizza lunch provided by Pablo's mom for his birthday.

Have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend :)

Thursday, May 24, 2018

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 enjoyed our morning snack time. Afterward we completed a page for the "memory books" we are working on, then got busy with our center time activities. Next we enjoyed some fun in the sun on this beautiful day as we played outside with our Pre-K 2 friends.

Lunch time hit the spot, then we gathered on the rug and watched a bit more of the Zootopia movie before rest time. After resting, we finished up with our table-top activities for this week.

Tomorrow we look forward to starting our cereal box project. Please keep in mind that in celebration of Isabella's birthday, a pizza lunch will be provided.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Thanks for sending in the empty cereal or cracker boxes so promptly. There are just a few more needed, so please them asap if you haven't done so already. On Friday, we will use them as we begin a fun art project.

This morning we participated in an alphabet interactive Smartboard game. We each had a turn to select an upper case letter, identify it and the sound it makes, then match it to its lower case letter. These kids are smart cookies!! We then returned to our seats and listened for the beginning sounds of several pictures and wrote the letter underneath of it. We completed this activity independently and did a wonderful job. Kindergarten - here we come!!!

We celebrated our friend Mason's summer birthday during our morning snack. He brought in some munchkins from DD to share with us - yum!! Thanks to Mason for that special treat. Afterward, we participated in our center time activities. We were happy to see Mr. Sun peek through the clouds a bit when we made our way outdoors for a good stretch of the legs. Before lunch, we visited Mrs. Dunfee in the library and enjoyed listening to a few good stories.

After lunch we joined together with our Pre-K 2 friends as we practiced our songs for our upcoming show. We are looking and sounding better and better each day :)

We calmed our minds and bodies during rest time, then we participated in some table-top activities to round out our day. After packing up backpacks, we crowned the Blessed Mother, prayed the Hail Mary, and sang our goodbyes :)


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Happy Tuesday! Our Pre-K countdown is now down to 7 - wow, we can't believe it!

This morning during our circle time activities we practiced some of the songs for our upcoming show. Soon we will be joining our Pre-K 2 friends to practice on the stage - so exciting :)

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 another friend with a summer birthday - Delanie! She brought in some yummy cupcakes to share with us - and we loved them! Thanks to Delanie 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 with our Pre-K 2 friends. After lunch we watched a bit more of the Zootopia movie that we started last week before settling down for some quiet time.

After resting, we participated in some table-top activities before preparing for dismissal. We ended our day by crowning and singing to the Blessed Mother, praying, and cheering on the Phillies.


Monday, May 21, 2018

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. Today we celebrated our friend Molly who has a birthday in the summer. After singing to her, she shared some delicious munchkin treats with us!! Yum :) Afterward, we located our name tags and completed our small group activities for center time. 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 loads of fun and got plenty of exercise during gym class, then we sat down and relaxed and enjoyed our lunches. After some free play time, we settled down for rest time. We did this a bit earlier than usual because at 1:45 we joined in the May Procession with the rest of the school. We made our way to the front of the school and gathered around the Holy Family statue and watched as the Blessed Mother was crowned. Beautiful!!

Upon returning to the classroom, we prepared for dismissal and ended another great day in Pre-K! Please remember to send in an empty cereal or cracker box for a special project we will be making. Also, pictures from our trip to the Please Touch Museum have been added to this site. Just click on the link to the left.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Zippers everywhere! Everyone remembered to bring in a zippered item to share with the class. We had jackets, lunch boxes, pencil cases, pocketbooks, video game cases, shoes and even pillows and hats! Of course all of our backpacks have zippers too!

Our Z table had the wonderful additions of a zebra and the Disney movie "Zootopia"! Great thinking!

This morning we participated in our final Scholastic lesson called "Busy Buzzy Bees" - a bit of a tongue twister so we tried to say it as fast as we could. We watched an interesting video about bees and learned that they collect 2 things from flowers - pollen and nectar, and that the nectar is used to make honey. We also learned that the queen bee lays the eggs and all of the other bees have jobs to do. We saw what a bee hive looks like and that the "z" sound we hear is the sound of their wings going really fast. We also remembered that bees are insects and all insects have 6 legs. We returned to our seats and read through our booklets before completing the activity on the back. Take a look at our wonderful work!

Snack time was especially delicious because we had a special "star of the week" treat. I treated the children to popsicles today, and I must say that they were a hit! The children enjoyed many different flavors when they were finished, many of them were showing off their colorful tongues :)

Music class with Sr. Teresa was next, which is always fun. Today we practiced one of our special songs for our show. Sr. Teresa accompanied us on her guitar and we did a wonderful job following her and singing the words. Be warned mom, dads, grandmoms and grandpops.....this one is a tearjerker!

Lunch time was so yummy because in celebration of our friend Harper's birthday in Pre-K 2, her mom treated us to a pizza lunch. We had the choice of plain or pepperoni and we loved it. Thanks to Harper for including us in her celebration :)

After some free play time, we played the interactive SMARTboard game from our Scholastic lesson this morning. We each had a turn to create our own insect by selecting a head, a thorax, an abdomen, legs, antennae, wings and then something for the insect to eat. We laughed at the end when it ate up the food we selected! Afterward, we rested peacefully on our blankets.

We ended the day watching some of the movie "Zootopia" that was added to our letter table this morning.

It's hard to believe that we have just 9 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.

Thanks and enjoy the weekend. See you Monday!


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Our letter Z table now has on it some zucchini, a ziplock bag, and a zombie book - love it!

Our Phillies scoreboard now shows 24 wins and 16 losses. Go Phils!! We like adding tally marks to the "W" column :)

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).

We enjoyed our morning snacks, then we got busy with our center time activities. We are proud of our letter books, which now has the entire alphabet in there. We have worked hard in them all year and will be bringing them home soon to show you! Before lunch, we played outside under the foyer for a short time.

After lunch and some free play time, I finished up my poster by telling the children about a special place I would like to visit and what some of my favorite things to do are. We then changed things up a bit as we participated in our table-top activities before rest time today. Sr. Constance and Sr. Jeanette in our Development Office had some special visitors who wanted to see us in our classroom. We were eager to show them what we were working on at our tables. Then we sang one of our songs that we have been practicing for our upcoming show for them. They loved it :)

After resting peacefully on this rainy day, we packed up, sang to and crowned the Blessed Mother, and ended our nice day together.

Tomorrow is "zipper day" - all children are encouraged to bring an item to school that has a zipper on it. Also, a pizza lunch will be provided by Harper's mom in Pre-K 2 - so no lunch is needed (unless your child will not eat pizza). A snack and 2 drinks should be sent in, as usual. See you tomorrow!!

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

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 rocket room, 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 we reviewed our letters and letter sounds. We played an alphabet game where we each received a picture and had to place it under the letter it began with. We all did a wonderful job with this activity. When we returned to our seats, we independently completed a similar activity where we had to match the picture on one side with the letter on the opposite side. Check our folders to see! Kindergarten - here we come!!

After eating our morning snacks, we visited our centers and completed our activities. We then gathered on the rug for God's Time, and our theme is "The Feelings God Gave Us". We discussed the many different feelings we experience and that all the feelings we have are okay. We talked about what to do when we are sad or angry and how to best handle those emotions. Afterward, we completed the activity page for this lesson.

Lunch time was yummy, then we had some free play time with friends in the classroom. Afterward, I continued my time as "star of the week" by telling the children about some things I am good at. After practicing some of the songs for our upcoming show, we got some fresh air and exercise for a short time before rest time.

Before ending another busy day in Pre-K, we participated in some table activities, packed up, said our prayers, sang goodbyes and our "ballgame" song, and crowned the Blessed Mother.


Monday, May 14, 2018

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 some fun "Z" activities happening this week. Please check your child's folder about our "zipper day" this Friday, May 13th.

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! Our letter Z table already has a Z card with pictures of a zebra, zero, and a zipper on it. 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. And Ms. Gorman was very happy that we followed her directions well :)

After lunch and some free play time, we took a look at the "Star of the Week" poster and guess who it is? Me! Since all of the children have had their time in the spotlight as our star student, it is now Mrs. Dignam's turn. Today I told the little ones about my favorite colors, food, and animal.

Before rest time we honored our Blessed Mother by singing and crowning Her. We then watched the adventures of Zeezo the letter Z on the SMARTboard. He lives at the zoo and we saw a zoo animal for each letter of the alphabet greet him - and it ended with the zebra carrying him on its' back and Zooming away. Afterwards we had some fun zooming around the classroom.

Rest time was very quiet and relaxing as the lights were dimmed and the soft music played. Before packing up, singing our goodbyes, and heading out for the day, we participated in some table activities.

We are SUPER excited about our class trip to the Please Touch Museum tomorrow. All children should arrive at the usual time and bring a brown bag lunch. There is a final reminder stapled to the front of your child's folder.

Have a great night!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

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 we participated in our first May Scholastic lesson titled "I Love You Because...." We talked about and saw pictures of the many ways our caregivers show us how much they love us. We also learned how use sign language to sign "I Love You"....see if your little one can show you. We watched the video for this lesson as well. When we returned to our seats, we read through our booklets and found the hidden hearts in all of the pictures. On the activity page on the back, we identified the three color words and colored the flowers the appropriate colors. Check our folders to see our wonderful work. Please encourage your child to read you some of the words in the booklet.

Morning snack time was yummy, then center time followed. Afterwards, we had lots of fun outside with our friends in Pre-K 2. We worked up an appetite, so lunch time really hit the spot. After some free play time, Stefan had the chance to use our "star" microphone to answer more questions about himself. Before rest time, we practiced some of the songs for our show.

After calming our minds and bodies during our rest time, we finished up the rotation of table-top activities for this week before ended our day with prayers and cheerful goodbyes.

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


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Happy Wednesday!

Some yogurt and a yellow ball were added to our Y table this morning. Yes!

After completing our usual morning routine of activities, we got busy working on our Mother's Day cards. We added some finishing touches to them and let me tell you - they are looking fabulous! We worked hard as we selected facial features, earrings, and hair to make it look just like moms/nans/or grandmoms. 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!

After our bathroom break and morning snacks, we got busy with our center time activities. Before lunch, we made our way down to the library where Mrs. Dunfee read us some entertaining stories.

After lunch and some free play time, we were excited to find out that we were invited to go down to the auditorium to watch the 5th graders do some ballroom dancing. Wow! They were impressive and did such a wonderful job :) Congratulations to them on a job well done. At the end they encouraged audience members to dance "The Macarena" - and our friends Molly, Scarlett and Pablo joined in on the fun!!! Great job!

We returned to the classroom and prepared for dismissal.

Please remember that there are no classes on Friday. See you tomorrow :)

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Our letter Y table had the wonderful addition of some yarn today.

This morning's Religion lesson focused on a wonderful day that is just 5 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 mom/nan/grandmom shows love to us - and their responses were very sweet! <3 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 the face of a person who loves and cares for us 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.

Our morning snacks were yummy, then we located our name tags for center time. Afterwards, we started working on a beautiful hand-made Mother's Day card. We will do a little bit each day until they are complete. Afterward, we had lots of fun-in-the-sun outside on this gorgeous Spring day.

After enjoying our lunches and some free play time, we gathered on the rug to listen to Stefan present the next section of his poster. Today we learned about his family and what he wants to be when he grows up. We practiced a few more of the songs for our show, then settled down for some quiet and peaceful moments.

After participating in some table-top activities, we ended our day honoring the Blessed Mary by crowning and singing to Her. Another busy day in Pre-K is in the books :) Have a wonderful evening!


Monday, May 7, 2018

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 one friend whose name ends with y (Molly). 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 toy yacht, some yellow items, and a yo-yo. Great job so far! 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, working on a very special card for Mother's Day, 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. Today we participated in many activities with the use of bean bags, hula hoops, balls, bowling pins, and we even practiced skipping - forward, sideways and backwards. Unfortunately though, Ms. Gorman did not give me a very good report at the end of class. Most of the children were not listening or following the rules today, so we when we returned to our classroom we had a good talk about the importance of listening to our teachers.

Lunch time was yummy in our tummies, then we welcomed Stefan as our new "star of the week" after some free play time. Today he told us about his favorite food, color, and animal. We love learning new things about our friends! We 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: filling up our Y's with yarn, play-do exploration, and using dry-erase markers on whiteboards. Prayer, our goodbye song and the ballgame song helped us leave for the day on a happy note! See you tomorrow :)


Friday, May 4, 2018

We had to check the calendar to make sure it's still spring time because it sure felt like summer today!!! Thankfully the spring-like weather will be returning this weekend :)

During our morning routine of activities, we saw that our Pre-K countdown is now down to 19 - that's right, just 19 school days left of Pre-K!! (hard to believe)

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 :)

Snack time was especially delicious because our "star" Isabella brought in some chocolate candy to share with us. Yum! During this time, we heard the fire alarm and knew exactly what to do. We did an excellent job of getting out of the building quickly, quietly, and safely while holding hands with our 8th grade buddies. Way to go, Pre-K!!

After center time, we made our way over to the convent for Sr. Teresa'a music class - which is always great fun :) When we returned, we enjoyed our lunches while chatting with friends. After some free play time, Isabella finished up her time as "star of the week" with the use of the microphone as she answered more questions about herself. Next week's star, the last one, will be be Stefan. Before settling for rest time, we crowned the Blessed Mother and when reciting the "Hail Mary", we prayed especially for our second graders who will be making their First Holy Communion tomorrow. Next we listened to the entertaining tale of "Christina Katerina and the Box". This is a wonderful story about a girl who uses her imagination - which ties in perfectly with today's Religion lesson. One summer day when she and her mother are watching their brand new refrigerator being hauled into their house - mother is admiring the refrigerator, while Christina is admiring the box. Christina brings that box into her yard and it became a castle, a clubhouse, a racing car, and more!

Rest time was quiet and peaceful, then we rounded out our day with "Initial Consonants Bingo"...paying special attention to the first letter and sound of each picture called.

**Please see the important letter stapled to the front of your child's folder about our end of the year show on our last day of school** Hard to believe, but it is quickly approaching!


Thursday, May 3, 2018

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 and we talked about how they are nothing to be afraid of. We also viewed some animal x-rays on the SMARTboard 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....

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 our bathroom break and morning snack, we got busy making a neat x-ray craft. Earlier in the day Ms. Denise helped us to make white hand prints onto black paper. Now that these were dry, we changed them into x-ray hands by adding the bones with the use of q-tips. Great job!

After lunch and some free play, our "star" Isabella finished presenting her poster by telling us about a place she would like to visit and what some of her 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 put our fine motor skills to work with the use of waterpaints, paint brushes, water and paper. Nice, colorful creations! Before heading out for the day, we prayed and sang goodbyes.

Enjoy the rest of this beautiful day!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

We had some eXcellent additions to our X table this morning - an x-ray truck and some plastic toy saXophones :)

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!

After enjoying our morning snacks, we located our name tags for center time. The Exit sign hunting is certainly a big hit this week! Afterward we enjoyed the fresh air and got plenty of exercise outdoors on this summer-like day. We then made our way down to the library as Mrs. Dunfee read us a few delightful tales.

Lunch time was dee-licious! After some free play time, we listened to Isabella tell us about what she wants to be when she grows up and what she's good at doing. After practicing a few songs for our upcoming show, we took the time to crown the Blessed Mother while singing "Immaculate Mary".

We rested peacefully, then completed the rotation of table-top activities for this week. Before ending our day, we packed up, prayed, sang goodbyes and put some extra effort into our Ballgame song in the hopes that those Phillies win their next game - our scoreboard indicates 16 wins and 13 losses...come on boys, we need some wins!!!

Tomorrow we will release our beautiful butterflies!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

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. There are many exciting things in store for us this month....Mother's Day, our class trip to The Please Touch Museum, and the release of our classroom butterflies - which will happen on Thursday (just to name a few)

Our letter X table welcomed a xylophone today. 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 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 on this lovely Spring day with our friends in Pre-K 2. After lunch and some free play time, we sat to listen to our "star" Isabella tell us all about her family and what she likes to do with them. We then 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 of us sing "Immaculate Mary". We will also be learning the "Hail Mary" prayer this month.

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.

**Some photos from St. Patrick's Day and Easter have been added to this site - just click on the link on the left to see :)


Monday, April 30, 2018

We are eXcited for X week! Since not too many things begin with X, so anything that begins, ends, or has an x in it will work for our X table. We are off to a good start - we already have a large foam upper case X, an x card, and a toy x-ray machine.

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 played fun games called "Turtle Tag" and "Puppy Tag" and then practiced many skills using paddles.

Lunch time really hit the spot, then free play time with friends followed. Afterward, we welcomed Isabella as our new "star of the week". Today she told us about her favorite food, animal and color and we look forward to learning more about our friend Isabella this week. 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 - kind of tricky! 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 27, 2018

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

We had a quicker-than-usual morning meeting and completed our usual routine of Pledge, Prayers, calendar/weather check, and Pre-K countdown.....we are down to 24 in case you are wondering!! Our morning message revealed that some 7th grade buddies were coming to our classroom to help us at the flea market...and we were very excited about it! When they arrived, we each received a bag with our name on it with 10 game tickets and a snack/drink ticket. Our buddies escorted us downstairs 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. Gipson for allowing her 7th graders to assist us. Another special thank you to Mrs. Rocks and the 3rd grade teachers and students for organizing such a fun event!

We visited the bathroom, then got busy with our center time activities once we returned to the classroom. Before we knew it, we were off to music class - which is always enjoyable.

Lunch time was extra delicious, because our "star of the week", Kira, brought in some munchkin treats to share with us. Yum! After some free play time, we used our special microphone for a question/answer session with Kira to find out even more things about her. She ended by choosing our "star" for next week and it will be....Isabella :) We then got up and spread out and went on a lion hunt. We used our imaginations, listened to the story, and acted out the words on each page.....we did lots of actions - some of which included walking through mud, climbing up a tree, and swimming through the river. When we found the cave, we tiptoed in and it was awfully damp and dark and can you guess what was in there? Yes, a lion! So we repeated all of the previous actions until we made it back, safe and sound and into our seats. Wheeew!!

We had nice, relaxing rest time as the soft music played, then we finished up our day drawing a picture with markers. We packed up our belongings, said our prayers, and ended another great week in Pre-K! Our Phillies scoreboard indicates 15 wins and 9 losses - not too shabby!! We sang our ballgame song in the hopes that those Phillies win some games over the weekend :)


Thursday, April 26, 2018

What a "W"onderful W table....we now have the additions of a wallet, a walrus, wipies, a whistle and a window. One more day left.

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 to make our own unique "wild thing". Some have horns, some have hair, some have tails, some have webbed feet, some have human feet - but they all look Wild and Wonderful! They are hanging up in our classroom and will be sent home tomorrow.

During our morning snack time, our friend Ethan brought in a "w" snack to share with us. Worms... gummy ones, that is! We all had some and they tasted delicious! Thanks to Ethan for that treat. Afterwards, we completed our center time activities, then had the chance to get some fresh air and exercise outside with our friends in Pre-K 2.

After lunch and some fun free play time, we gathered on the rug to listen to Kira finish up her "star of the week" poster. Today she told us about a place she would like to visit and what some of her favorite things are. Way to go, Kira!!

We relaxed our minds and bodies during a peaceful rest time, then we manipulated some clay before heading out for the day.

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


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

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 were all mixed up, and there was stuffed animal monkey sitting in the kitchen area eating a banana. 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!!!!!!

We tried to put some of that wackiness aside as we began our morning lesson. We played a learning game where our task was to first pick a paper from the basket which had random #'s on them between 10 and 20, return to our seat and open it up, identify it, and then count out the corresponding # of seeds for our watermelon craft that we were getting ready to make. After identifying our number, we wrote it on the the back of our "watermelon" (which was 1/2 of a paper plate), wrote out the word w-a-t-e-r-m-e-l-o-n, and then colored and glued on our seeds. Wonderful Watermelon Work!!!

We had a quick bathroom break, ....and then the watermelon theme continued as we had the chance to eat a piece during our morning snack time. Yum! It tasted sweet and delicious! We then found our centers (even with our names being upside down!) and completed our small group work. 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 enjoyed our yummy lunches and some free play time, then our 8th grade friends Rory and Gavin returned to do one last activity with us. They first read us a book called "Walpol" and we could tell by the cover that Walpol was a walrus. Then we returned to our seats and worked in groups to draw things for the letter W. Before resting, Kira had the chance to present the next section of her poster - and we learned what she wants to be when she grows up and some things she is really good at.

Rest time on our mats was peaceful this afternoon, then we completed the rotation of table top activities. 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!


Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Our W table is "W"owing me!! Today we welcomed another whale, a walrus, Wonder Woman, and a bottle of water. Great job!

During our morning lesson we were introduced to a game called "Welcome to Wheelville" - which allowed us to practice our counting skills and associate a number with a group. Wheelville needs some help because the townspeople have forgotten where to park. We were encouraged to come to the rescue by assisting them. There were toy cars with numbers on them that corresponded with the # of stars in the parking spaces. Our task was to park the vehicle in the proper parking space. There is also the town police car that has to keep watch in case someone parks in the wrong spot. This game was "wheely" fun! When we returned to our seats we practiced our counting skills as we found, circled, and colored the 23 worms on our papers.

We enjoyed our morning snacks, then located our name tags for center time activities. The children are really enjoying the worm exploration this week! During's God's Time, we finished up our theme from last week "Look What I Can Do!". The focus is 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.

Before munching on our lunches, we had much fun outside with our friends in Pre-K 2 on this lovely Spring day. After lunch and some free play time, we had some 8th grade friends visit our room today. Gavin and Rory (two 8th grade boys) came in to read us a story and do a short activity with us (as part of a service project). They read us a Dr. Seuss book all about the life cycle of a butterfly called "My, Oh My -- A Butterfly", then we went back to our seats and worked in groups of 3 to draw the 4 stages of a butterflies' life. They will be coming back tomorrow to do one more activity with us. Before they left, we had to show them our beautiful butterflies in our butterfly garden, which look just like the butterflies in the book they read to us. Afterward, our "Star of the week", Kira, told us all about her family and the many things that they enjoy doing together. Nice job, Kira!!

Rest time was quiet and peaceful, then we rounded out the day with our table activities. We said our prayers, sang our goodbyes and a nice rendition of the "Ballgame" song to end our day.

Please be sure to see the note stapled to the front of your child's folder regarding the 3rd grade Flea Market, which we will be visiting this Friday.

Tomorrow, in honor of the letter W, we will have a quite a Wacky Wednesday!



Monday, April 23, 2018

We have butterflies! We could see when checking our butterfly garden this morning that 4 of the chyrsalis's are now empty shells - and 1 was still hanging from the lid and very dark in color. We could see them flying and crawling around and they look so very pretty. When will that last one emerge? Sugar water was placed inside so our butterflies have something to sip on until it's time to release them. We will use our maginifying glass to get an up-close look at them this week.

We are looking forward to a "W"onderful W week - exploring some fun things such as worms, wheels, and watermelons. 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. Our letter table already has a whale, Wolverine, a picture of "w"hite eggs, and a white wolf (double w!) "W"ow - Keep it up :) 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. 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. During center time, that last butterfly emerged - it happened so quickly that none of us even saw it happen. Yay - we now have 5 happy butterflies :)

W is for win, and our Phillies did a lot of that this past weekend. Our scoreboard indicates 14 wins and 7 losses - Hooray!!

Gym class was great fun with Ms. Gorman, then we enjoyed our lunches. After some free play time, we gathered on the rug to welcome Kira as our new "star" this week. She did a fine job working on her poster over the weekend, and today she told us about her favorite food, animal and color. We look forward to learning more things about her throughout the week. Before rest time, we had a nice discussion about our "end of the year show" - which is quickly approaching (I know it's hard to believe!). We listened to some of the songs we will be performing and will start practicing frequently.

After a relaxing rest time, we got busy with our table top activities for this week, which include painting with waterpaints, filling up large upper W's with worms, and play-do exploration.

We packed up, prayed, and sang our goodbyes as we ended another great day in Pre-K!


Friday, April 20, 2018

"V" is for victory - and we were happy to see that our Phillies scoreboard indicates another win. 11 wins, 7 losses so far this season. Yay Phillies!

Our letter V table had one more addition today.....a violet crayon. Very nice!

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!

Morning snack was extra yummy because Thomas brought in a pretzel tray from The Pretzel Factory for his "star of the week" treat...and they were delicious! Thank you, Thomas! Afterward, we finished up our center activities for this week. We then made our way to the convent for a fun music class with Sr. Teresa before lunch. We had the chance to go to musical centers today.

After lunch, we used our special microphone to ask Thomas some more questions about himself. Before rest time we were quite anxious for our volcano experiment. First we read a story titled "Volcanoes" and saw pictures of what they look like and where they happen most frequently - and some very cool pictures of volcanoes erupting. We found out the ingredients needed for our special potion: baking soda, vinegar, dish soap, and red food coloring. Each table carefully counted out 4 teaspoons of baking soda to put into 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 pictures of this fun and exciting experiment. Very cool!!

After a quiet rest time, we finished up the rotation of table top activities for this week. We ended our day by tallying the results of our "vegetable voting" activity 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 broccoli was "V"ictorious with 7 out of 17 votes. Coming in second was the corn with 4 votes, third was tomato with 3 votes, 4th place was the lettuce with 2 votes, in 5th place was the tomato with 1 vote and in last place was peas with 0 votes. These little ones are obviously not too fond of peas - that's okay, I'm not either!

Whew! This was quite the busy day. Enjoy the weekend with your families :)

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Our Pre-K countdown is now down to 30....wow, 30 school days away until the end of Pre-K - time is really flying by!

Our morning lesson today focused on rhyming words - words that have the same ending sound. We talked about how all of the Dr. Seuss books we have read have many rhyming words in them. We listened to several sets of rhyming of words and saw them printed out as well. We could easily see how the ends of each pair of rhyming words were the same, but the first letter and sound was different. When we returned to our seats, we completed a "rhyme time" activity sheet where we had to find the picture in each row that rhymed with the first one. Check our folders to see our great work!

We had a nice morning snack, then we split up into small groups for our center time activities. During this time, we heard Sr. John announce on the speaker that we were having a "shelter in place" safety drill. We knew exactly what to do - we quickly and quietly lined up, and followed the teachers out the door into the hallway and sat down against the wall. We did an excellent job sitting patiently and quietly, until it was time to return to our classroom. Sr. John was very pleased with how well we did. Way to go, Pre-K!

After sitting still for that drill, we were very happy to have some time outside to get a good stretch of the legs before settling for lunch. After lunch, our "star" Thomas 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 butterfly garden that ours are now in the third (chrysalis) stage. We wonder how long they will be inside their chrysalis? We will be watching and waiting....

We rested quietly, then we got busy with some table top activities before preparing for dismissal. Tomorrow we look forward to finishing up our volcano projects and watching them erupt. Have a great night!


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

This half day went by so quickly!

During circle time this morning we watched as the lid of our caterpillar cup was carefully removed and placed into the butterfly garden. We were all able to get a very close look at our 5 chrysalis's. We were asked to use words to tell about what they look like - and we agreed that they are a brownish/gray color and look bumpy. The bumps look like a golden color. When the lid was being removed we saw many of the chrysalis's shaking and we laughed because it looked like they were dancing! So now it's time to watch and wait for some beautiful butterflies.

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 completed! We look forward to steps 2 and 3 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 always reads us good stories. Upon returning to the classroom, our "star" Thomas presented the next portion of his poster and told us about what he wants to be when he grows up and something he's really good at doing. Great job, Thomas!

Before we knew it, it was time to prepare for dismissal! We packed up, prayed, sang our goodbyes and ballgame songs, and ended our day with smiles.

God Bless our 6th grade students tonight as they receive the Sacrament of Confirmation!


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Happy happy birthday to Matteo :)

We welcomed some printed V pictures, more vaseline, a velociraptor, and a vest to our V table today - excellent!

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 located the number that was "in-between" two numbers. We also 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 our morning snack, we sang "happy birthday" to Matteo and then enjoyed some delicious DD munchkins that he brought in to share with us. Thanks to Matteo for that yummy treat.

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 chilly Spring day with our friends in Pre-K 2. After lunch and some free play, Thomas presented the next section of his poster to us. Today we learned all about Thomas'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.

We rounded out our day with table top activities, followed by prayers and goodbyes. We also sang "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" in the hopes that the Phillies win their game tonight.

REMINDER: Tomorrow is a half day of school - 12:00 dismissal. Only a morning snack and 1 drink should be packed - no lunch needed.


Monday, April 16, 2018

Hopefully all of these April showers will be bringing us some beautiful May flowers!!

V is for Victory and we were very happy to add not 1, not 2, but 3 tally marks to the "win" column on our Phillies scoreboard. It is now 9 wins, 5 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 and learning about and making volcanoes.

Our V table already has on it a picture of a violin, a van, "Vulture" and "Venom" from Spiderman, and some vaseline. Impressive so far! During our morning lesson we talked about many things that begin with the /v/sound, then watched our bouncepatrol 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!

Morning snacks were yummy, then 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.

Of course we were anxious to check on our caterpillar cup and guess what? No more caterpillars! All 5 have now moved into the next stage of their development and have all formed a chrysalis. We have 5 chrysalides hanging from the lid and we can see that they don't look fuzzy anymore. The hard shells look brown and bumpy. How long will it take for the butterfly's to emerge? We made some predictions and we will be checking on them frequently throughout the week.

Gym class with Ms. Gorman was lots of fun, as usual. We got some good exercise as we practiced our underhand rolls with both small and large balls and some plastic bowling pins. Many of us even got some strikes! We also used large hula hoops of different colors to play the fruit loop game.

Lunch time was next, followed by free play time with friends. Afterward, we welcomed Thomas 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. Before rest time we viewed a silly letter v video clip on our SMARTboard from walphabet.com about Vivi Violet and Victor Volcano. Vivi wanted to plant her vegetables in the valley, but as long as Victor Volcano was grumpy, he would keep erupting. Vivi figured out a way to make Victor happy - see if your child can tell you how she did it.

After resting peacefully, we finished up our day by drawing pictures with markers. Prayers and goodbyes to all ended another great day in Pre-K!!


Friday, April 13, 2018

Happy Friday!!

Well, we now have 4 hanging caterpillars and one inside of its' chrysalis....so exciting and so neat to see. We plan to check them again at the end of the day to see if anything changes.

We had one addition to our letter U table...the Disney book "Up".

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 - you!) 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 had a nice morning snack, then finished up with our center activities. We did a great job creating colorful umbrellas this week and now that they are all complete, they will be added to our Spring display in the hallway. Afterwards, we had the chance to enjoy this beautiful Spring day by getting a good stretch of the legs outside.

Upon returning to the classroom, it was already time for music class. Our music class had an unexpected surprise....a fire drill. We knew it was happening today, but didn't know exactly when. I am very proud of these kids because they did a wonderful job listening to Sr. Teresa and getting outside quickly and quietly. Way to go, Pre-K 1!!!

After lunch and some free play, we gathered on the rug and used the microphone to ask Matteo more questions about himself. We learned many new things about him this week! He also brought in a "show and tell" to share with us - see if your child can tell you what it was. Not only that, he brought in lollipops for us too! Thanks Matteo :) He ended by choosing a name for our "star" next week, and it looks like it will be.....Thomas! Before settling down for rest time, we tried a new "Pop-see-ko" dance at gonoodle.com and it was lots of fun!

Rest time was very quiet and relaxing, then we finished up our week playing a few rounds of alphabet bingo. Before leaving, we took a peek at our caterpillars and now there are 2 who are inside their chrysalis'! The other three are still hanging - we can't wait to see what they will look like on Monday.

Enjoy the warm weather this weekend with your families!


Thursday, April 12, 2018

After completing our morning routine of prayers, pledge, salute to the flag, calendar and weather check, Pre-K countdown, and songs, we participated in our Spring "Safe Touch" lesson. Today's lesson focused on safe/unsafe touches. We also discussed what we should do if someone ever makes us feel uncomfortable or scared - Use a loud voice and say "NO", walk away, and tell an adult who is in our "safe circle". We learned that our safe circle includes the people who we know, love, and trust. Once we returned to our seats, we completed an activity sheet that corresponds with this lesson. First we looked at the 4 scenes on the page, then we circled the ones that showed good touches and put an x on the ones that showed bad touches. We finished up by filling in the writing prompt, " __________ makes me feel safe". We chose a person from our "safe circle" and then drew a picture of ourselves with that person. Please take the time to review this important lesson/activity sheet with your child.

We were very happy to add another tally mark under the "W" on our Phillies Scoreboard and now the losses are less than the wins....yay!! Let's hope it continues. After our morning snacks and participating in our center activities, we enjoyed some fun in the sun outside with our friends in Pre-K 2.

We, of course, we very curious to take a look at our caterpillars. We are happy to report that one out of the 5 caterpillars has made its way to top of cup, attached itself, and is hanging from the lid. The rest of them look very large and were quite active today. We look forward to seeing what they will look like tomorrow.

We ate our lunches while chatting with friends, then some free play time followed. Next our "star" Matteo finished presenting his poster by telling us about a place he wants to visit and what some of his favorite things are. Great job, Matteo! A few more friends brought their USA maps back today, and they were proud to show them off and tell us about them.

Before settling for some quiet time, 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.

After some quiet time on our blankets, we rounded out the day using clay to make some neat creations - some of us made letters, numbers, shapes, creatures, and even some food. Prayers, goodbyes, and "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" ended our day with smiles.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

We were happy to add another tally mark to our "Wins" column on our Phillies scoreboard, so now the wins and losses are tied at 5 each. Maybe tomorrow the "W" column will have more :)

We had one addition to our U table - some utensils! Will we see an undershirt? or maybe a uniform?

We participated in our first April Scholastic lesson this morning titled "Animals in the Rain". We know that we use umbrellas to stay dry when it rains, but what do animals do? First we watched the video clip for this lesson, then we returned to our seats to work in our books. See if your little one can tell you about the pictures in the booklet. We know that Spring brings rain and we enjoyed working together to make the sounds of a rainstorm. On the back page we looked at the weather report and circled the appropriate clothes for each day. Nice work!

Morning snack time was yummy, then we split up into small groups for center time activities. Next we had the chance to get some exercise and fresh air outside on this sunny Spring day. Then we relaxed in the library and listened to a few stories read by Mrs. Dunfee before lunch time. We especially liked the story with the jellybean riddles.

After free play time, we listened to Matteo tell us about what he wants to be when he grows up and what he's really good at doing. It's fun finding out new things about our friends! We had a few more children return their USA maps today, so they had the chance to tell us about them. They are doing such a great job with this activity. Remember that all maps should be returned to school by Friday. Before settling for rest time, we played a fun interactive SMARTboard game from our Scholastic lesson earlier called "Raindrop Pop". Our task was to listen to the letter called and "pop" all of the raindrops with that same letter on it.

Rest time was quiet and peaceful, then we finished up the rotation of table-top activities. Of course we took a peek at our cup of caterpillars and they look even bigger than they did yesterday!

Goodbye song, "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" and prayer ended a lovely day :)


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

We had some additions to our U table this morning which include another umbrella, a unicorn blanket, and a Pokemon character that begins with U (not sure how to spell it though!)

During our morning routine we checked our Phillies scoreboard and were happy to see another tally mark in the "W" column. So far this season it's 4 wins, 5 losses. Lets hope those wins continue! 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 but we tried our best. Once complete, we could see that we made something for the letter u...an umbrella! We even wrote the word u-m-b-r-e-l-l-a underneath of it.

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" Matteo tell us all about his family and what he 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 were able to 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.

After a nice, quiet rest time, we got busy with our table top activities, then rounded out the day by packing up, praying, and singing our goodbyes. We also sang a nice rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" in the hopes that the Phillies tack on another win tonight :)

Monday, April 9, 2018

It's "U" week and I find it "U"nbelievable that we are almost through the alphabet. Finding items for the letter table this week may be a bit tricky - but we are "u"p to the challenge! So far we have a umbrella and a letter U stamper. 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 were also introduced to our new # this week, the # 21. When we returned to our seats we got busy reading our letter U sentences. I am impressed with how well these little ones are doing with sounding out words. We also looked for hidden Uu's and colored all of the upper case ones purple and lower case ones orange. Nice work!

After a quick visit to the bathroom and a nice morning snack, 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, drawing and counting out 21 raindrops under the umbrella, making colorful umbrellas using scissors, crayons, and dot-a-dot stampers to add to our Spring display in the hallway, and i-pad practice to reinforce math and language skills.

Mondays move quickly and before we knew it we were off to gym class. As usual we used our large motor skills and got lots of exercise as we played fun games like "squirrels and trees" and "kangaroos and tigers".

Lunch time is always a welcome and refreshing break, then some free play time followed. Next we welcomed Matteo as our new "star of the week". He did a great job working on his poster over the weekend, and today we found out about his favorite animal, color, and food. We will learn more about Matteo each day this week :)

Before settling down for rest time, we looked 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 no later than this Friday, April 13th. Thanks in advance for your participation.

We were quite anxious to get a good look at our caterpillars to see if they have changed at all since Friday. Well, these little guys have been busy over the weekend because the cup looks quite different! The food at the bottom is very messy from them eating it, the caterpillars have definitely grown longer and fatter (we think that they look "spikier" too) and it looks like there are some webs in the cup now as well. We will keep checking them and note any changes.

After a relaxing rest time, table top activities, pack-up, prayer, and goodbyes ended another great day together. See you tomorrow :)


Friday, April 6, 2018

Happy Friday! It's time to say "Toodle-loo" to the letter T, but not before adding 2 toothbrushes, Thor, another "Two-face" character from Batman, and a large stuffed tiger to our T table. Great job!

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 the inner circle of a paper plate, colored it brown and added some spots to turn it into the turtles' shell. Then we 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 had a bathroom break, ate our morning snacks, then located our name tags for center time. The toads they made this week look Terrific and will now be hung in the hallway on our Spring display which reads "Pre-K is "toad-ally" ready for Spring". Yep, we are ready for it, but where is that Spring weather?? Even though it was a bit cool, that didn''t stop us from having some fun outside for a short time before lunch.

After lunch our friend Sean wrapped up his time as "star of the week" by using the microphone to answer some questions about himself. He then chose a new "star" for next week and it looks like it will be Matteo :)

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.

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 up close! We took a look and used some words to describe what they look like right now - tiny, fuzzy, and black. Next week we each will get the chance to get an up-close look at them.

After a relaxing rest time, we played some alphabet bingo before ending the day together in prayer and song. Please be sure to see the note attached to the front of your child's folder regarding our upcoming class trip to the Please Touch Museum on Tuesday, May 15th.

Enjoy the weekend :)


Thursday, April 5, 2018

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. Unfortunately right now the "Loss" column is in the lead with 4, and just 1 in the "Win" column. Hopefully we will be adding many more tally marks on the W side in the days/weeks to come.

Our letter T table had just one addition today - a trophy! Tomorrow is the last day for T...might we see a toothbrush, or a towel, a tie or maybe a tomato???

During our morning lesson we reviewed our letters from A to T. We played a 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!! Our morning message revealed that we were going to gym class since we missed our normal day on Monday. Hooray!

After snack time, we began our center activities, but didn't finish because it was gym time. Ms. Gorman had us participating in some fun relay games today. When we returned to the classroom, we finished up with our center activities before lunch time. After lunch, Sean finished up with his poster and told us about a special place he wants to visit and what his favorite thing to do is. Great job, Sean!

Before resting, we listened to a delightful story called "Tiger Trouble"...about a boy named Jack and his pet tiger Lily who do everything together. Whatever Lily does, Jack does, and everywhere that Jack goes, Lily follows. Life is perfect for Jack and Lily - until the terrible day when a grumpy man named Mr. Mud, who does not like cats, buys their apartment building and decides that Lily must go. What could be done to save her? See if your little one can tell you how Lily saved the day and even earned the respect of a man who doesn't like cats - especially tigers!

After we completed the rotation of 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!!


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

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 is really filling up....today we had the terrific additions of two turtles, t'wo tigers, a teapot and teacups, a train whistle, and a picture of Molly's mom whose name is Tara. Keep those t items comin'!

After enjoying our morning snacks, we got busy with our center time activities. Afterward we again had the chance to stretch our legs a bit as we made our way outdoors. The fog from this morning had disappeared and that sun was trying to peek through the clouds. It was so nice to enjoy some spring-like weather for a change! Afterward we visited Mrs. Dunfee in the library where she read us a few good stories.

After lunch we gathered on the rug to listen to a story about one of our favorite "T" animals.....Tigers! First we discussed the many things we already know about them - our list included: they have stripes, 4 legs, live in the jungle and forests, have sharp teeth and claws, and they roar. After listening to the story "Amazing Tigers" we learned some new interesting tiger facts - no two tigers' stripes are the same, they hunt deer, wild pigs, and wild cows, some tigers live in swamps, they mark their territories by making long scratch marks, and they are in danger of becoming extinct because people hunt them, even though it's against the law. Afterward, we had fun moving around the classroom like a tiger stalking its' prey.

Our "star of the week" Sean continued to present his poster to us - today we found out what he wants to be when he grows up and something he's really good at doing.

We calmed our minds and bodies for rest time, then participated in the rotation of table-top activities. We rounded out the day by packing up, prayer, and our cheery goodbye song! In honor of the Phillies home-opening game, Sr. John has given permission for us to wear Phillies shirts tomorrow. Go Phillies!!!


Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a beautiful Easter. It was wonderful to hear about all of the Easter adventures this morning.

What a "T"errific looking T table to start off T week! Today we welcomed Thomas the Train (double T!), a truck, Two-face from Batman a T-rex, and our friend Thomas colored his letter person to add on there as well. We were introduced to the letter Tt and the #20, as we will be focusing on them this week. We looked at several pictures of things that begin with Tt and stressed that initial /t/ sound. We practiced tracing and printing it on the SMARTboard and also learned how to sign it. We enjoyed watching and singing along to the letter Tt bounce patrol video as well. When we returned to our seats we practiced reading the letter T sentences on our paper together, pointing to each word as we read them. We also looked at a group of pictures, identified them, and circled only the ones with that initial /t/ sound. We even knew what the non-t pictures began with. Nice work!

During snack time we enjoyed some leftover cookies and peeps from our Easter celebration last week. Yum! Afterward, we broke up into our small groups and visited our centers. This week we will be rotating the following activities: Tracing and printing upper and lower case Tt's in our letter books, drawing and counting out 20 spots for the turtle's shell, making very cute toads to add to our Spring display in the hallway, and practicing many skills on the i-pads.

Before lunch we were happy to do something that we haven't been able to do in quite a while....play outside! It was so nice to get some fresh air and run about with our friends. Upon returning to the classroom, we sat down and enjoyed our lunches. Free play time soon followed.

Next we welcomed Sean as our new "star" - he worked hard on his poster and today we found out about his favorite food, animal, and color. He also told us about his family. It's fun getting to know our friends better. Before settling down for some quiet time, we listened to the story "Tumble Bumble" by Felicia Bond - this was a fun-filled rhyming tale of a tiny bug who goes for a walk and meets all kinds of creatures.

Before ending our day, we participated in some table-top activities. This week they include: play-do exploration, filling up our T's with triangles, and puzzles. See you tomorrow :)


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Well, our Pre-K countdown continues and the magic number is 44 (that's right, 44 days left of school!) and just 4 days until Easter. Hooray! We learned some new Spring and Easter songs this week - 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.

After our morning snacks, we located our name tags and participated in our center time activities. Once completed, we lined up and made our way to the library where Mrs. Dunfee read us some entertaining Easter stories.

Lunch time was especially yummy thanks to our friend Pablo, whose parents treated us to a pizza lunch. We had the choice of plain or pepperoni. De-licious!! After free play time, our "star" Molly finished up her poster and told us about a place she would like to visit and what some of her favorite things are. Way to go, Molly! 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 - so just a morning snack and drink is needed. There is no school on Friday, March 29th and Monday, April 2. Our plan for tomorrow is to participate in our Spring scholastic lesson, complete and discuss the Easter story from our Religion series, go on our Easter egg hunt, and enjoy some yummy treats. 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, March 27, 2018

Many of us arrived this morning with our 5 eggs for our Easter egg hunt. If you haven't seen yours in yet, please send them in by tomorrow.

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 clean something 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 decorated them with various kinds of Easter foam stickers. I must say that they look "egg-cellent"!!

Lunch time was delicious as always, and free play time with friends is always fun. Molly continued to share her poster with us - today we found out what she wants to be when she grows up and something she is really good at doing. Great job, Molly! We then listened to the story "The Best Easter Eggs Ever" which prompted a nice discussion about painting/dying Easter eggs. Before resting, we got up and did a fun bunny dance - we were hopping, skipping, and running around the circle until we heard the word "stop", and then we started again.

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. 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.

Also, Pablo's parents have graciously offered to treat the children to a pizza lunch tomorrow, so there is no need to send in something for lunch - just a snack and 2 drinks (unless your child will not eat pizza) Please see the note in your child;s folder.

Thanks and enjoy your evening :)

Monday, March 26, 2018

What busy little bunnies we were today!

Since this is a short week, we will resume with the letter Tt and the #20 when we return after the break. This week we will be focusing on Easter with many Easter-themed activities. We were quick to notice some Spring-time additions to our classroom - decorative butterflies, eggs, bunnies and even our attendance tree....our snowflakes have now changed to caterpillars. We look forward to the many beautiful changes this season brings.

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.

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 practiced many skills with the use of beanbags and frisbees today. After lunch and some free play time, we gathered on the rug and welcomed our new "star of the week" - Molly. She presented the first part of her poster to us and told us about her favorite food, color, animal. She also told us about her family and what she likes to do with them. We look forward to learning more about her 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 lead "Grace" before eating our dinners tonight.

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 packed up our backpacks, said our prayers, sang our goodbyes and ended another great day in Pre-K :)


Friday, March 23, 2018

Well, we are happy to see this week come to a close, and hopefully the snowy winter weather is behind us now.

During our morning lesson we learned a lot about fascinating "S" creatures.....snakes! We learned some interesting facts about them - such as: they like to hunt rats, mice and fish, and some can even catch birds or bats in the air, some snakes squeeze their prey, some are poisonous (just like spiders), some hatch out of eggs, and they shed their skin when it wears out. We found it funny that snakes do not chew their food, but swallow their prey in one, big gulp! Afterward, we had fun as we created our own snake craft. We used markers to color the snake's body, then we carefully cut out the head shape, assembled and glued them together and added a pointy tongue and a pair of eyes, and lastly, decorated them with colorful sticker spots. Eeeeek! There were snakes slithering all over the place!

What a "S"ensational S table we have! Over the course of the week we have added a sailboat, some snow (although it melted rather quickly), a stuffed teddy named "Sugar Bear", and a pair of scissors :) Nicely done.

We had an extra yummy morning snack because our star of the week, Kristiana brought in some delicious fruit snacks for everyone. Thanks to Kristiana for sharing them with us! Soon after we finished up our center activities for this week.

After another enjoyable music class with Sr. Teresa, we were ready for lunch time, then free play time is always experienced with enthusiasm. We then had the chance to ask Kristiana more questions about herself with the use of our "star" microphone. She also brought in a neat show and tell to share with us....see if your little one can tell you what it was. She finished up by selecting a name for next week and it looks like our next "star" will be....Molly!!

Before resting we listened to a very special story. First we talked about how this Sunday is "Palm Sunday" and starts Holy Wee, 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. Before calming our bodies, we played a fun listening game for the letter S - the ever popular "Simon Says". This game is a bit tricky and really tests our listening skills in a fun way!

We had a relaxing rest time, then we rounded out the day coloring a Palm Sunday picture of Jesus entering the town on a donkey while a child is waving his/her palm branch. Our good deed for Lent is to help out with a chore at home, so hopefully you will have some helping hands this evening. Don't forget to check the Lent calendar over the weekend so those good deeds get done.

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 Wednesday, March 28th for our Easter egg hunt next week. Also, we are planning to having an Easter celebration on Thursday, March 29th (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, March 22, 2018

It sounds like these little ones had a fun snow day yesterday. Let's keep our fingers crossed that these nor'easters are behind us and that the spring time weather will get here quickly.

Our late start made our day move by so very fast. We had a shortened circle time, then we went right to our center time activities. During God's Time we talked about the many ways God's gift of light helps us. We read "Our World is Bright" discussed the illustrations on the page. Afterward we talked about what we like best about daytime and nighttime. We finished up our activity that we started on Tuesday by stringing the pictures on a long piece of yarn and making a necklace out of it.

Before we knew it, it was lunch time and then free play time soon followed. Kristiana (our star of the week) finished presenting her poster. She told us about what she's good at doing, a place she would like to visit, and what some of her favorite things are. Great job, Kristiana! We then listened to the remainder of the "Snow White" story we started earlier in the week. We recognized that not only does Snow White's name start with S, but so do "Sleepy" and "Sneezy". Before resting we had the chance to show off some dance moves as we played a few rounds of "Freeze Dance".

After resting peacefully, we ended our day completing the rotation of table top activities for this week. Backpacks were packed, prayers were offered, goodbyes were sung, and we were on our way. See you tomorrow :)


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Happy first day of Spring! Although it doesn't look or feel like Spring time outside, we were happy to say goodbye to Winter this morning. Unfortunately the weather forecast is not cooperating with the calendar though, because another snow storm is on its way. Nevertheless, we look forward to looking for the Springtime changes that will be taking place in the weeks to come.

We were introduced to the # 19 this morning. 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.

Our letter S table is looking quite "S"tupendous! We had the super additions of some salt, a Superman cape, some shampoo, a shark, and a stop sign (double s!). Impressive!

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 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 began the activity page for this lesson by cutting out 3 pictures of children doing day-time and night-time activities. We will finish this during our next lesson. Of course we checked our Lent calendar to see that our good deed for today is to share a book with someone.

After lunch and some free play time, we made our way down to the auditorium to be part of a short (belated) St. Patrick's Day celebration for the wonderful senior citizens of our parish. We were asked to sing a few songs, so we sang "I"m a Little Leprechaun" and the "G-R-E-E-N" song. See if your little one can sing them for you as well! We also heard the 3rd graders sing a beautiful Irish blessing song and we even watched one of the 5th graders do some Irish dancing. We each received a lollipop treat for a job well done :)

When we returned to our classroom, we listened to our "star" Kristiana tell us all about her family and what she wants to be when she grows up. It's fun getting to know our friends better! 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 next time.

We had a relaxing rest time as the snowflakes were coming down from the sky (is it really the first day of spring?) Afterward, we rotated the table top activities that we began yesterday, then packed up our belongings and prepared for dismissal. Prayers ended the day in praise.

Well, it looks pretty likely that there will not be school tomorrow due to the impending snow :( Let's hope that this is the last of it. Please be safe out there! Have a good night.



Monday, March 19, 2018

S is for sunny and what a sunny Monday morning it was!

We had a "S"uper start to "Ss" week - our letter table already has our friends Sean, Stefan, Samantha, and Scarlett on there, along with a sun pillow, a bottle of syrup, a pair of sunglasses, some Spidermen, Superman, Sharkman, and Scooby-doo. The possibilities are endless with this letter, so we hope to see many more on there 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!

During snack time today we sang "Happy Birthday" to our friend Stefan, whose birthday was yesterday. He brought in some delicious cupcakes to share with us. Thanks to Stefan for that yummy treat.

We then completed our small-group, center time activities. This week they include: tracing and printing upper and lower case Ss's in our letter books, drawing and counting 19 acorns for the squirrel, coloring, cutting out, and gluing star shapes and learning a special star poem, and i-pad practice.

Gym class with Ms. Gorman soon followed. We really put those large motor skills to work as we played a popsicle stick relay race game, then we were learning how to play volleyball with the use of a net and some balloons. At first we kept wanting to catch the balloon, but by the end we were getting the hang of hitting it over the net.

Lunch time hit the spot, then free play time followed. We then welcomed our friend Kristiana as our new "star of the week". She worked hard on her poster over the weekend and told us all about her "favorites" today and we look forward to learning more about her this week. Afterwards we listened to the beginning of the story of "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 help someone do something. We talked about many different ways we can help friends at school and our families at home.

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 cleaning up and packing up, we ended the day with prayers and singing goodbye to all!


Friday, March 16, 2018


Top of the mornin' to ya!!! This is the way we greeted our teachers and friends today as we celebrated the feast of St. Patrick. We were excited to show off our green clothes and accessories as we entered the classroom.

During our morning lesson we played a fun math game with the use of shamrocks, a pot of gold, and some coins. Our task was to flip over a shamrock, identify the # on it, then place the corresponding # of coins in the pot. Our morning message revealed that the math fun was going to continue with the use of something sweet and delicious.....Lucky Charms cereal (perfect for St. Patrick's Day!) We each received a cup full of various marshmallow shapes. Our next first task was to sort. We each received a sorting sheet and placed our marshmallow pieces on top of the matching picture on our paper. Once sorted, we then counted to see how many of each kind we had. Finally, we wrote down the corresponding number in the box next to the picture. Before digging in, we had one more job to do....compare! Which kind had the most? the least? Did any have an equal amount? I even heard some kids comparing with friends at their table! What a fun way to practice our math skills. Of course, we enjoyed tasting them when we were done. Magical work!!

We had an extra yummy snack time because our friend Delanie brought in some delicious cookies to share with us. Vanilla with green icing - so good!! Afterward we finished up our center activities for this week.

We were super 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, and 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 music 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. 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 kicked up our heels a bit as we practiced some Irish dancing to Irish music. We first watched a videoclip on our SMARTboard to see how it's done. Hop, two, three and kick, two, three were the steps we practiced. First we tried it while keeping our arms very still down by our sides, then we tried it while touching hands in the air.

Pablo finished up his time as "star of the week" and we had the chance to ask him more questions about himself in the microphone. Pablo finished up by selecting a name for next week and it looks like it will be....Kristiana! Our Lent calendar revealed that today's good deed is to tell our families about our day - and boy is there much to tell!!! Please remember to check the Lent calendar over the weekend so those good deeds get done.

After resting peacefully, we rounded out the day finishing up a St. Patrick's Day coloring page that we started this morning. Have a great weekend. Happy St. Patrick's Day :)



Thursday, March 15, 2018

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, some can fly, 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. I think most of the children agreed that if they could have their own personal robot, they would like it to clean up toys 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....and we thought of a neat "R" name for them. 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 give out compliments today. I know I heard some throughout the day and hopefully you will too. We reviewed how Patrick used the shamrock to teach the people of Ireland about the Trinity. Afterward we colored and cut out 3 heart shapes and assembled them together to make a shamrock shape. 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 time, we listened as Pablo finished up his "star of the week" poster. Today he talked about a place he would like to visit and what some of his favorite things are. Before settling down for rest time, we listened to the story "The Night Before St. Patrick's Day"...."Twas the night before St. Patrick's, the day to wear green. Not a creature was stirring, except Tim and Maureen". So what do these two kids who can't fall asleep do? They set traps all over the house - hoping to catch a leprechaun that will lead them to his pot of gold. But they don't realize just how tricky leprechauns can be! We are super excited about setting our leprechaun trap up tomorrow....it's just about ready. We also had time to do a fun dance. Our robot theme continued as we spread out and practiced our robotic dance moves. We were talking, moving, and dancing like robots all around the room!

We rested our minds and bodies for a while, then we completed the rotation of table top activities for this week. Two reminders for tomorrow: 1) All Scholastic book orders are due and 2) the children may dress down and are encouraged to wear green for St. Patrick's day.

We are looking forward to some fun St. Patrick's Day activities tomorrow :)

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

We had the wonderful additions of another ring, a red "angry bird", and some raisins on 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, 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 Pablo 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, Pablo! Before resting, we each received a bean bag and had fun balancing and dancing to "The Bean Bag Boogie" dance.

After resting peacefully, we participated in our table top activities. After cleaning up and packing up, we rounded out the day with prayers and singing goodbye to all! **Just a reminder that all Scholastic Book Orders are due this Friday, March 16th**


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Our letter R table is "R"ockin'! We now have another Robin and Riddler from Batman, two rings, a ruler, and a large stuffed rhino. 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 and our magic # is 54, 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.

Lunch was yummy as always, then we played with friends during free play time. Afterward our friend Pablo got up and presented the next part of his poster. Today he told us all about his family and some fun things 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 in just 3 days. We are coming up with some great ideas for our leprechaun trap.

We rested peacefully, then we got busy with our table top activities for this week, which include: filling up upper case R's with red rectangles, painting with waterpaints, and first and last name-writing practice. We finshed up with prayers, sang our goodbyes, and were on our way. See you tomorrow :)


Monday, March 12, 2018

We are "R"eally "R"eady for R week! Today we welcomed two " Riddler" characters from Batman, "Red Robin" from Batman (that's a double R), and two small Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer stuffed animals (triple R!) The letter R will be a bit easier than Q - what will "R"oll onto our table next?

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!

Snack time was especially yummy because our friend Thomas brought in munchkins from Dunkin' Donuts to share with us. Delicious! Thanks to Thomas for that special treat. Afterward, we separated into small groups for our center time activities. This week they include: tracing and printing upper and lower case Rr's in our letter books, drawing and counting 18 carrots for the rabbit, making an adorable leprechaun craft, and i-pad practice.

Unfortunately Ms. Gorman was not in school today, but we still made our way down to the gym for some fun and good exercise.

After munching on our lunches and some free play time, we gathered on the rug and welcomed Pablo 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 againt 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 :)

After a quiet and peaceful rest time, we rounded out the day coloring a picture of St. Patrick. After packing up our belongings, prayers and goodbyes ended our happy day.

Friday, March 9, 2018

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 one of these clever little ones 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 took the time for a little snack, then we finished up our center time activities for this week. Afterward we were ready for a fun and always entertaining music class with Sr. Teresa.

Our letter Q table now has on it another queen, some quinoa, and a queen from a deck of cards. Great job! During God's Time we checked our Lent calendar and recognized that today's good deed is to make someone smile. We also reviewed our lesson about animals from earlier in the week and listened to the short story "Can You Guess" - where we listened to the clues to figure out which animal was being described. Check our folders to see.

Lunch time yummy in our tummies, then we gathered on the rug and our star of the week, Adriana, had the chance to use our microphone and answer questions from her friends. She also brought in a very cool show and tell for us to see! She finished by choosing a name for next week and it looks like it will be.... Pablo :)

Before settling for some quiet time, we listened to the wonderful story of "The Very Quiet Cricket" by Eric Carle. One day a tiny cricket is born and meets a larger cricket who chirps his welcome. The tiny cricket tries to respond, but nothing happened - not a sound! So the 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 - that with some persistence and determination, our goals can surely be accomplished!

After resting peacefully, we rounded out the day with some alphabet bingo - always a favorite!

**Just a reminder that Scholastic orders are due next Friday, March 16th. Enjoy the weekend :)


Thursday, March 8, 2018

Happy birthday to Kira, whose birthday was yesterday, and to Gracie, whose birthday is today! Well, the forecast proved to be correct! These little ones were eager to tell about their snow adventures yesterday on our unexpected day off. It sounds like many snowmen, snowballs, igloos and snow angels were made....and of course some sledding and snowball fights were had by some!

With our two hour delay, the morning went by super fast. After our morning routine of activities, which now includes our Pre-K countdown, we located our name tags and got right to work with our center activities. Once completed, it was already lunch time.

Before eating, we celebrated Kira's and Gracie's birthdays by singing to them. They both brought in some yummy cupcakes to share with us, so after eating our lunches we enjoyed them. Thanks to both of them for those delicious treats. Free play time soon followed.

Afterward, we gathered on the rug as our friend Adriana finished up her "star of the week" poster. Today she told us about what she's good at doing, where she wants to visit, and some of her favorite things. Great job, Adriana!! We then took a look at the quarter coin and discussed how 1 quarter is equal to 25 cents (which is 25 pennies). Next we played a game called "Toss the Quarter on the Q"....there was a large upper case Q on the rug in the middle of our circle and we each had a turn to toss our quarter to see where it landed. We used the positional words "above, below, next to, inside, and on" as we checked to see where our quarter fell. Once everyone was finished we tallied the results to see how many landed in which position. It looks like most of the quarters landed below - see if your child can tell you where his/her quarter fell!

Our Lent calendar revealed that today's good deed is to tell our families about our school day, so I hope your little one can tell you something about our day together.

We rested nicely, then rounded out our day finishing up the rotation of table top activities for this week. We packed up our backpacks, then prayers and our goodbye song ended our fast-moving day. See you tomorrow as we get back to our normal schedule :)

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

When checking our "Q" table, we noticed that there were a few additions - another quarter, some q-tips, a queen puppet, some Quaker oatmeal and a duck. A duck, you might say? Well, yes, because it "q"uacks....great thinking!

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 took the time to recognize that when everyone is here, we have 17 children in Pre-K 1, and today we were all here :) We watched a short Sesame Street #17 video clip before working on our activity page. First we traced and printed, then we connected the dots from 1 to 17 to complete a picture of a truck. Check our folders for our great work!

After a bathroom break and enjoying our morning snacks, we got busy with our center time activities. Afterward, we gathered on the rug for God's Time. This week we are focusing on God's gift of animals. We discussed many different animals and how each has its own unique characteristics, and we took the time to recognize them as God's gift to us. We also had a discussion about the many ways animals make life better for us and looked at items that we get from animals. We then returned to our seats and completed the activity page for this lesson. Check our folders to see. We, of course, checked our Lent calendar to see that our good deed for today is to hug someone special. We took the time to hug some friends at school, and hopefully more hugs will be given at home tonight.

Lunch we dee-licious, and free play time is always fun. Then we listened to our "star" Adriana tell us about her family and what she wants to be when she grows up. Before settling for rest time, we got up, spread out, and did some movement. Earlier we talked about God's gift of animals, so we thought it would be fun to participate in some "Animal Action".

After putting our nap mats away, we participated in our table top activities, which this week include filling up our upper case Q's with q-tips, play-do exploration, and using dry-erase markers to draw on whiteboards.

We ended our day in the usual way, with prayers and goodbyes to all. ** Please see the letter stapled to the front of your child's folder regarding the predicted weather forecast and procedures. It looks like that groundhog's prediction is proving to be right! Not sure if there will be school tomorrow or not - so please be safe out there.


Monday, March 5, 2018

We said hello to the letter Q this morning - and one little friend was "q"uite "q"uick to put his item on the Q table....a quarter. Yes, q may prove to be tough, but I think we are up for the challenge. To help us with this, during our morning lesson we looked at several pictures that begin with the /q/sound - and learned that q and u are the best of friends and are almost always together. We sounded it out and signed it - and of course looked at our letter Qq bounce patrol video and sang along to the familiar tune. We then returned to our seats and practiced reading our letter Q sentences. Every time we do this we are encouraged to point to each word as we read them - which helps us with simple sight word recognition and left to right progression. We also found and circled only the pictures that begin with Q, and put an "x" on those that didn't. Nice work!

We munched on our morning snacks, then completed our center time activities in small groups. This week we will be tracing and printing upper and lower case Qq's in our letter books, drawing and counting 17 balloons in the sky, completing a cut and paste number review activity, and playing fun learning games on the i-pads.

Once center time activities were completed, we cleaned up and got ready for gym class with Ms. Gorman. Of course, a good time was had by all as we practiced many skills with the use of hula hoops, beanbags, and noodles.

After a nice lunch and some free play time, we welcomed Adriana as our new "star of the week". She worked hard on her poster over the weekend and today we found out about her favorite color, animal, and food. We are looking forward to finding out more about Adriana this week! We then listened to the story "Quick as a Cricket" - and noticed the letter Q right away (with the u right beside it). This is a great story for self-awareness which features a boy mimicking different kinds of animals. Whether brave or shy, strong or weak, in the end the young boy celebrates all different sides to himself. Afterward we talked about how the word quick means really fast. We got up, spread out, and did many actions as "quickly" as we could.....such as running, jumping, hopping kicking, spinning, clapping, shaking, and even "dabbing". It was quite a sight to see!

When checking our Lent calendar we discussed how today's good deed is to "give someone a compliment". We talked about what a compliment is and gave examples. I heard some compliments during the day, which was sweet to hear. I hope you hear some at home as well :)

Rest time was relaxing while the quiet music played, then we finished up the day using our fine motor skills as we manipulated some clay. Many of us made some fine looking upper and lower case Qq's - which was "q"uite impressive! Backpacks packed up, prayers offered, goodbyes sung and we were on our way out the door.



Friday, March 2, 2018

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!! And Happy Pajama Day to us :) How exciting to celebrate both of these occasions on the same day! It's a rainy, windy 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" Delanie brought in some yummy cupcake treats to share with us. Delicious :) Thanks, Delanie 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.

Upon returning to the classroom, we had just enough time to ask Delanie some more questions about herself as she used our "star" microphone. She then picked who our next "star" will be and it is.....Adriana!

This half day went by very quickly and it was already time to pack up and go home. We checked our Lent calendar to see that our good deed for today is to help someone do something. I hope you have some happy helpers today :) Please remember to check the Lent calendar over the weekend.

See you Monday!



Thursday, March 1, 2018

Well today we said farewell to February and gave a big hello to March. There are many exciting things in store for us this month. Tomorrow we will celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday, St. Patrick's Day will be here soon, and we will welcome the beautiful Spring season toward the end of the month.

This morning, after completing our morning routine of activities, we listened for the /p/ sound as we found the one picture in each group that began with P. We did very will with this activity! We brainstormed many different P things and boy there were oh so many. When we returned to our seats we worked in our journals as we drew things beginning with the letter P. There were wonderful drawings of things like pigs, pizza, pineapples, penguins, pumpkins, popsicles, and popcorn.

Our letter P table is looking "P"erfect - another pig, some pizza, and popcorn were added today. When checking our Lent calendar, we discovered that today's good deed is to be the prayer leader before eating dinner tonight. We say two different prayers at school before we eat (one before snack and one before lunch)....I hope your little one can say one of these for you tonight before dinner.

We enjoyed our morning snacks, then got busy with our center time activities. We then gathered for God's Time as we continued our lesson from Tuesday, this time taking the time to thank God for His gift of fish. We talked about the characteristics of fish and how their special abilities enable them to live underwater all their lives. We looked at several different kinds of fish on our SMARTboard. When we returned to our seats, we completed the activity page for this lesson, which is inside your child's folder for you to see.

Before lunch we enjoyed some fresh air as we stretched our legs outside with our friends in Pre-K 2. After lunch and some free play time with friends, we sat on the rug and listened to our "star" Delanie finish up her poster. Today she told us about a place she would like to visit and what some of her favorite things are. We've learned a lot about Delanie this week! Afterward we got up and spread out and had a go at another version of the Pop-see-ko dance....and some of us had the chance to do our own "pop-see-ko" as everyone else followed.

Rest time was relaxing and quiet, then we rounded out the day with a few rounds of number bingo. In your child's folder is a letter attached to a few scholastic booklet forms. We looked through the booklets in school and hopefully you will take the time to look through them at home as well. This will be our last order for this school year. You can order on line or complete and return the order form(s) with payment - due date is Friday, March 16th.

Tomorrow we look forward to Pajama Day and celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday. Please remember that dismissal is 12:00.


Wednesday, February 28, 2018


"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.

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 were joking about how we should call them "fork-upines" since we are using forks dipped in paint to make their quills.

We then made our way down to the library and listened while Mrs. Dunfee read us a few good stories. Next we filled our bellies with our lunches, then played with friends during free play time. Afterward, we gathered on the rug to get to know our "star of the week" Delanie a bit better. Today she told us what she wants to be when she grows up and what she's good at doing. Great job, Delanie! Before resting we participated in one of our favorite "P" dances...."Pop-see-ko". So much fun :)

We rested nicely as the soft music played, then we finished up our table top activities for this week. After packing up, prayers and our goodbye song ended a happy day :) Please keep in mind that Friday is "Pajama Day" and 12:00 dismissal.


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

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 video clip all about the # 16 and got up and stomped 16 times along with the Count, Elmo, and other Sesame Street characters. We 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 some potato chips, Pooh bear, two Penguin characters from Batman, a pineapple, a pencil, and a picture of our friend Molly's "P"op-Pop. 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. First we checked out Lent calendar to see that our good deed for today is to hug someone special. We took the time to hug the friends around us. I hope some hugs are coming your way as well. We then continued our Religion unit on "God's Gift of Our World". We already discussed God's gifts of water, earth and plants. This week we are thanking God for His gift of birds and fish. Today we looked at many different kinds of birds on our SMARTboard and pointed out each one's unique characteristics. We talked about the many different places we see birds, such as near trees, on the beach, in the water, on the ground, in the sky, and in cages. We all had the chance to share what kind of bird we would like to be. When we returned to our seats, we completed side 1 of the activity page for this lesson.

Before lunch we enjoyed the fresh air and sunshine as we played outside with our friends in Pre-K 2 on this beautiful day. After lunch we listened to our "star" Delanie tell us about her family and the things she likes to do with them - she also told us that her mommy is expecting a baby boy soon and that she can't wait to be a big sister....how exciting! We then sat back and re-visited the story called "A Porcupine Named Fluffy". We were happy to hear this delightful tale again because we remembered how much we liked it the first time (back on letter F week). We laughed the first time, and laughed again today!

Rest time soon followed, then we got busy with table top activities. We packed up our backpacks, gathered for prayer, and ended our day with "goodbyes" for everyone.


Monday, February 26, 2018

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 large stuffed "Poppy" from Trolls, a picture of Poppy, a pirate, a parrot, two power rangers, a pony, and a picture. Of course our friend Pablo colored his letter person and added it on there as well. 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 our morning snacks, we located our name tags for center time. This week we will complete the following activities in small groups: 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.

Before we knew it, we were on our way to gym class. We practiced our foot/hand/eye coordination skills as we skipped, galloped, and jumped. After exerting all of that energy, we were more than ready to eat our lunches. Some fun free play time with friends followed. Afterward, we gathered on the rug and listened as our friend Ethan told us about his adventures with Traveling Teddy this past weekend. Next we welcomed our new "star of the week" Delanie - who worked hard on her poster over the weekend. Today we learned about her favorite color, food, and animal. We look forward to getting to know her better this week!'

When checking our Lent calendar, we discussed that today's good deed is to pray for the poor children, which I am happy to say that we took the time to do in school. I encouraged the children to include all of the poor children in their bedtime prayers this evening. Many children were proud to tell that they completed their good deeds over the weekend. Wonderful!!!

Before settling for rest time, we listened to a story about a popular cat whose name begins with the letter P....yep, his name is Pete. The title was "Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons". Pete the cat is wearing his favorite shirt - the one with the 4 totally groovy buttons. But when one falls off, does Pete cry? Goodness, no! He just keeps on singing his song. This is a great story that also teaches basic subtraction as each button pops off and seeing how many are left on Pete's shirt. At the end he had 0 buttons on his shirt - but Pete was fine with it because he still had his bellybutton!"

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, first and last name writing practice, 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. These kids looked adorable :)

Please see the letter in your child's folder regarding a service project both Pre-K classes are involved in called "Gracie's Gift", which was started by a St. Matthew family. Your support would be greatly appreciated. Enjoy the rest of your day!


Friday, February 23, 2018

Well, I must say that these children must have gotten some good sleep last night because they came in looking MUCH younger today than yesterday! Being 100 for 1 day was fun, but we were very happy to be 4 and 5 year olds again :)

Our morning lesson focused on the beautiful Lenten season. Of course we discussed our Lent calendar and it makes me so happy that they are trying hard to complete each days' good deed. Many of us were happy to tell about how we shared a book with someone yesterday!! Today's good deed is to open the door for someone. Parents, I ask that you continue to check the Lent calendar over the weekend and help/encourage your little one to complete the good deed. 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. We even saw some pictures of this on our SMARTboard. When we returned to our seats, we colored the picture for this lesson - see if your child can tell you about the items in the picture.

We had a nice morning snack, then we wrapped up our center activities for this week. These kids did a great job stamping out 10 sets of 10 stamps to make 100 - and I am happy to report that all of them were able to count by 10's from 10 to 100 with no (or very little) assistance. Once center activities were completed, we lined up for music class. We learned the song about Noah and the Ark called "Rise and Shine" and were introduced to an instrument called the string bass - which sounded a lot like an elephant!

Upon returning to the classroom, we sat down to enjoy our lunches while chatting with friends. Free play time followed, then we gathered on the rug to listen to our "star" Ethan finish up his poster. He told us about a place he would like to visit and one of his most favorite things. Next he used our microphone to answer more questions about himself. Great job, Ethan! He then picked next week's "star".....congratulations to Delanie :)

After a quiet rest time, we completed the rotation of table top activities for this week. Next week we will be moving on to the letter Pp and the #16 - please see the letter stapled to the front of your child's folder about our "Pajama Day" planned for next Friday 3/2, which is a 12:00 noon dismissal.

Enjoy the weekend!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Happy 100th Day!!! We cannot believe that we have been Pre-K for 100 days. The children looked absolutely adorable coming into the room dressed like 100 year olds. There were little old ladies and little old gentlemen everywhere! Moms and Dads - you did a fabulous job with the clothes and accessories! Of course I took some pictures so I will post them soon. We enjoyed parading around the school with our friends in Pre-K 2 - and we even saw some of our mommies and daddies in the auditorium registering for next year!! Everyone loved how we looked and we received many compliments.

After all of that parading around, we worked up an appetite. During snack time we each received a vanilla wafer and two fudge-striped cookies and our task was to make the #100 with them before eating them. Yum!

After completing our center time activities, we started to make some neat-looking "100th Day" crowns. First we wrote on our name in the blank, then we colored them. During this activity we heard Sr. John on the speaker letting us know that the school was in a lock-down drill. Since we had a good discussion about this before snack time, we were ready and knew exactly what to do. We were super quiet and did an outstanding job!! Way to go, Pre-K :)

Lunch time came quickly, then we played with friends during free play time. Afterward, we had the chance to finish our crowns from earlier. We finished coloring, used our scissors to carefully cut, then a headband was added. We definitely are 100 days smarter!! Nicely done. 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 ended our fun, busy day together. These little old ladies and gentlemen should sleep well this evening :)


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Our 99th day of Pre-K!!! Wow...our vegetable garden is just one strawberry shy of being completely filled. That means that tomorrow is our 100th day and we are SO much looking forward to it!

During our morning lesson we played a fun math game which allowed us to practice our counting and number writing skills. We each had the chance to roll the foam dice, count the total up, then write the number on the whiteboard. Number writing is a bit tricky for some of us so we will continue to work on this. Afterward, when we returned to our seats, we completed a similar activity. We counted up the # of items in each box and then wrote the corresponding number. I encourage you to practice number writing at home with your child. On the opposite side we connected the dots in order from 1 to 20 and when completed correctly we made a fine looking horse.

After eating our morning snacks and participating in our center time activities, we made our way downstairs to visit Mrs. Dunfee in the library. Lunchtime soon followed and it was de-lish! Free play time is always fun, and then we gathered on the rug for God's Time. We are continuing to talk about Lent this week so we took the time to check our Lent calendar to see that today's good deed is to help out at dinner time tonight. We talked about all the different ways we can do this, so I hope you have some happy helpers this evening :) We next listened to our "star" Ethan tell us about his family, what he wants to be when he grows up, and what he's really good at doing.

We couldn't pass up the opportunity to get outside on this spring-like day, so we were happy to have some fun-in-the-sun while getting lots of fresh air and exercise! We worked up a sweat, so it was nice to settle our minds and bodies as the soft music played during rest time.

Table top activities were rotated, then we ended our day in the usual way by packing up backpacks, praying, and cheerful goodbyes.

Tomorrow is our 100th day celebration! I hope to see lots of 100 year olds entering the classroom in the morning. Also, please know that there is a lock down drill scheduled for tomorrow for the entire school. Sr. John sent an e-mail earlier in the week about this. I will be preparing the children for this tomorrow morning, but if you could discuss this with them at home as well, that would be very helpful.

Have a great evening!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

I hope everyone enjoyed the nice, long weekend!

When checking our 100 day garden this morning we added the #98 - wow, just 2 more days till our 100th and we are super excited about it! After completing our morning routine of activities, we participated in a letter sound activity. First we reviewed and signed our letters from A to O. Then we looked at three classroom items that were placed in the middle of the circle and our task was to find the 2 that started with the same letter/sound. When we returned to our seats we completed a very similar activity sheet called "Super Sounds". First we identified the three pictures in each row, then circled the two with the same initial sound. Check our folders for our wonderful work!

After a quick visit to the bathroom, we sat down and munched on our morning snacks. Center time soon followed. Since we are not focusing on a new letter or # this week, our center time activities will be "100th day" related. Some of us today had the chance to fill up 10 rows with 10 stamps inside each one to make a total of 100 stamps. Others worked on a page for our next class book titled "Our 100th Day Cheer" by completing the prompt: "If I could have 100 of anything at all, I wish I had 100 ________, now THAT would be a ball!" By Friday we all will complete these fun fine motor activities - while counting by 10's from 10-100!

We then had the chance to enjoy some time outdoors on this warmer-than-usual day as we got some fresh air and ran about with our friends in Pre-K 2. Next we sat down to enjoy our lunches, followed by some free play time with friends.

During God's Time we checked our Lent calendar to see our good deed for the day. I was happy to hear that many of the children referred to the calendar over the long weekend and did each days' good deed. Today's good deed is to tell our families about our day - so hopefully you will hear a few things about our busy day at school. Next we welcomed our new "Star of the Week" Ethan and wow...he sure did work hard on his poster this weekend. He used lots of decorations and pictures and it looks very cool. He told us all about his favorite color, food and animal. We love learning new things about our friends! Our friend Scarlett also had the chance to tell us about some of her fun adventures with Traveling Teddy this past weekend. Great job, Ethan and Scarlett!!

After relaxing our bodies for rest time, we rounded out the day with some table-top activities - this week we will mold clay, use strings for beading and lacing, and work with puzzles. We prepared for dismissal, prayed to our Guardian Angels and sang our goodbyes. See you tomorrow!


Friday, February 16, 2018

Happy Friday!

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. Friday mornings seem to always whiz on by.

Lunch time was yummy in our tummies, then some fun free play time followed. Samantha finished up her time as "star of the week" with the use of our microphone as she answered more questions about herself.

During God's Time, checked our Lent calendar to see what our good deed for the day is. Some of the children came into the classroom already knowing todays' good deed - WONDERFUL!! We will all make an extra effort to go to bed on time tonight - no "buts" about it! I am also happy to report that many of us were continuing to do yesterday's good deed (using kind words) - which was so beautiful to see and hear. 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 relaxed at rest time, and then rounded out our day with two rounds of alphabet bingo. We packed up, offered prayers, and sang our goodbyes.

Please remember that we are closed Monday in honor of President's Day and we will be celebrating our 100th day of school on Thursday, February 22nd!!! ( details about this day were stapled to the front of your child's folder). We are super excited about it.

This Sunday, February 18th is the Pre-K/Kindergarten Information session and classroom tours for prospective families. This will begin at 11:00 am in the auditorium. If you would like to check out the kindergarten classrooms and/or meet the kindergarten teachers you are more than welcome to attend. If you know of anyone who may be interested in our Pre-K program for next year, please spread the word!

Registration for kindergarten will be taking place next Thursday, February 22nd

Have a wonderful weekend. (The letter Pp and #16 will wait until the week of Feb 26th)


Thursday, February 15, 2018

Well I am "o"verjoyed to report that we had some great additions to our O table today - 3 oranges, another "Olaf" and Octomus Prime the transformer. Great job :)

After our usual morning routine of activities, we participated in a "sweet" Valentine activity - using candy sweethearts. Yes, we wanted to continue our Valentine fun! We each received a cup with many candy hearts inside of it. Our first task was to sort them by color by placing them inside the appropriate color heart on our papers. Once sorted, it was then time to count. We wrote the number that matched how many of each color we had. Finally, it was time to compare. Which color had more than the other? less than? Which color had the most? the least? did any have an equal amount? We practiced many skills with this one activity! We even wrote out the color words for the colors we had the most and least of! Check our folders to see our great work! Of course, we ended by tasting some of these sweet treats.

We next enjoyed our morning snacks while chatting with friends. Afterward we located our name tags for center time activities. After cleaning up nicely, we were happy to put on our coats and make our way outdoors. The recent frigid temps or the rain has kept us inside, so it was so nice to finally get some fresh air and exercise. We loved playing together in the not-so-cold air!

Lunch time was oh so yummy, then we gathered on the rug and listened to our star "Samantha" finish up her poster. Today she told us all about what she's good at doing, a place she wants to visit, and some of her favorite things. Great job, Samantha! We remained on the rug for "God's Time" and we recalled how yesterday we received the blessed ashes on our foreheads and was the first day of Lent. We were reminded that Lent lasts for 40 days and is a time for us to grow and change to become more like Jesus....to show Jesus how much we love Him by doing kind deeds each day. We checked our Lent calendar and discovered that today's good deed is to say many kind words. I was happy to see that many of the children already looked at the calendar before coming to school and already knew. I heard some kind words being said and I hope you hear some at home as well.

Rest time was relaxing, then we rounded out the day with the use of white boards and dry erase markers. Our day ended with packing backpacks, prayers and cheerful goodbyes :)


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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

After unpacking, morning prayer, salute to the flag, 100 day countdown, calendar and weather reports, and some energetic singing, we participated in our second February Scholastic lesson titled "Animal Friends". The message in this lesson was a beautiful one..."You don't have to be the same to be friends". We saw many animals that were not alike, but very good friends. Perfect for Valentine's Day! We watched the video clip for this lesson and met a cheetah named "Ruuxah" and a dog named "Raina" who live at the San Diego Zoo and are very close friends. We returned to our seats and read through our booklets together - and saw how the unlikeliest of pairs can be the best of friends. We then completed the activity on the last page where we found and circled letters and heart shapes. Check our folders for our wonderful work!

We had a quick bathroom break, then were very excited about our Valentine's Day celebration. We received plates, napkins, juice boxes and lots and lots of yummy treats. Thank you to all who sent in goodies for us! We loved them. Afterward we participated in our center time activities.

After cleaning up we noticed that we had a special visitor in our classroom - Fr. Welsh - just in time for our Religion lesson. Our lesson began with Fr. Welsh 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. We had one more thing to do to finish up this lesson, but it was already time for us to visit the library.

We made our way down to the library and listened to a few delightful stories read by Mrs. Dunfee. Lunch time was next and then the all-favorite free play time. Afterward we finished up our Religion lesson from earlier 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). We't unfortunately ran out of time and didn't get the chance to complete part 2 of our Religion lesson from yesterday, but they are in the folders if you would like to help your child complete the activity at home.

We rested peacefully, then completed the rotation of table top activities for this week. We ended our day in the usual way as we packed up, prayed, and sang our goodbyes to our friends and teachers.

Wishing you all a beautiful Valentine's Day with your sweethearts :)


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The little ones were raring to get the day started so we got right down to business with prayers, salute to the flag, morning reports of calendar and weather, 100 day countdown (can you believe we are #94??) and singing some favorite songs.

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.

Our letter O table is looking quite "O"utstanding as we now have some oranges, an octopus and a stuffed otter :)

We enjoyed our morning snacks, then got busy in small groups with our center time activities. 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 tomorrow. Afterwards we were busy little Valentine bees as we decorated bags with beautiful heart stickers.

Lunch time was yummy as always, followed by some free play time. Afterwards we listened to our friend Samantha tell us about her family and some things she likes to do with them. She also told us what she wants to be when she grows up. 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. Before settling for rest time, we got up, made a circle, and held hands while we sang and played "Farmer in the Dell".

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. Also, we will celebrate Ash Wednesday by receiving ashes on our foreheads and learn about the Lenten season. Have a great evening.


Monday, February 12, 201

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 already has on it an onion, an octopus, and owl, Olaf from Frozen, and some Oreo's. Keep those O items coming!!

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, drawing and counting out 15 fish for the octopus, painting our hands to create a neat-looking octopus, and practicing skills on the i-pads.

When we arrived at the gym, we were happy to see that we were going to participate in some Winter Olympic activities. These fun activities included: ice skating, 1 and 2 man bobsleds, and a biathelon (skiing and target toss). We did a super job and Ms. Gorman was very proud of our efforts - she even gave us each our own gold medal before we left. We are so lucky to have such an awesome gym teacher :)

We sure worked up an appetite after all of that exercise, so we were ready and eager to eat our lunches. Yum! Free play time with friends followed, then we gathered on the rug and welcomed Samantha as our new "star" this week. Today we learned about her favorite food, color, and animal and we look forward to getting to know her better this week. Next our friend Delanie had the chance to tell us all about her adventures with Traveling Teddy this past weekend. Before resting we listened to the 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 peacefully, we got busy with our table-top activities for this week which include: filling up upper case O's with oranges, manipulating play-do, and making Valentine cards with stickers and stamps. Once completed, we packed up and ended another great day together in Pre-K!


Friday, February 9, 2018

Welcome back - I hope you enjoyed the Eagles Parade yesterday. What a great day for our wonderful city!

Our letter N table had some fabulous additions as we wrapped up N week - a night light, a nail file, and 2 different kinds of nail polish.

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 story "A Pride of Noses" - which was about the many different sizes and shapes of animal noses. 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, clorox wipes, chocolate, garlic, and toothpaste. 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, soap, pizza, cookies, donuts bananas, shampoo, mac and cheese, and popcorn Nice journal work!

We nibbled on our morning snacks, then finished up our center time activities for the week. The noodle face craft we made this week are such wonderful creations that I decided to hang them in the hallway for all to see. Music time came quickly. In music class we did lots of fun things, which included learning a lullaby tune.

After enjoying our delicious lunches, we then gathered on the rug as Fiona finished up her time as "star of the week". With the use of our classroom microphone we had the chance to ask Fiona some questions about herself. Great job, Fiona and congratulations to Samantha 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 we look forward to working on the letter Oo, the #15, and our Valentine's Day celebration on Wednesday. Please be sure to see the important letter stapled to the front of your child's folder regarding our 100th day celebration.

Have a wonderful weekend :)

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

We began our day with prayers, salute to the flag (which now includes the singing of our National Anthem), calendar and weather check, 100 day countdown, and singing some classroom favorites. When checking our letter N table we had one Nice addition - another necktie. We are hoping to see a necklace, a newspaper or maybe some nail polish on there on Friday.

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, adding 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 we worked in small groups at our centers. Afterward, we gathered on the rug and reviewed the "Noah's Ark" story. We viewed a short animated video clip of this special story as well. We returned to our seats and began to color a picture for this story - many of us didn't complete it so we were encouraged to finish it at home.

Lunch time hit the spot, then came the all-favorite free play time. Next we had the chance to listen to our friend Fiona tell us all about a place she would like to visit and her favorite things to do.

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.

Rest time was quite peaceful on this dark day, then we finished up 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.

School is closed tomorrow in honor of the Eagles Parade. Those of you making your way down there, have fun and be safe! See you Friday :)

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Happy Tuesday! Ou letter N table is looking quite "N"ifty with the addition of some nickels, a necktie, and a napkin today.

When checking our 100 day chart we added the #90 - wow! Just 10 school days away until our 100th day. A letter will be sent home next week about our 100th day celebration.

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 even watched a #14 Sesame Street video clip hosted by our fuzzy friend Elmo. When we returned to our seats we practiced our counting and number writing skills as we counted the shapes inside each box and printed the corresponding number. 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.

Lunch time was yummy in our tummies, then we had fun with friends during free play time. We then listened to our "star of the week" Fiona tell us about her family and what she likes to do with them. She also told us about what she wants to be when she grows up and something she's really good at doing. Nice job, Fiona! Before settling for rest, we each received a bean bag and had a go at "Bean Bag Boogie" - always fun! Table top activities rotated, then prayers and goodbyes sent us on our way with smiles.

Please see the letter about Valentine's Day stapled to the front of your child's folder. Also, as you should already know, there are no classes this Thursday 2/8 - it is an Archdiocesan holiday in honor of the Eagles Parade. Have a great evening :)

Monday, February 5, 2018

E-A-G-L-E-S Eagles!!! For the first time in franchise history we are the Super Bowl champs - now that is certainly something to cheer about! We were all a bit tired this morning after celebrating the Eagles' victory last night, but that didn't stop us from coming to school. I was impressed to see that we only had 3 children absent today - way to go, Pre-K 1!!!

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 just have one thing on there - a special letter N book titled "All Aboard with Noah" (which we will be learning about this week during God's Time). 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 were ready for our center-time activities .This week we will be tracing and printing upper and lower Nn in our letter books, drawing 14 eggs for the bird's nest, making neat-looking noodle faces, and i-pad practice. After cleaning up nicely, we made our way downstairs for gym class. We stretched, participated in some relay fun, and used bean bags and buckets to practice our balancing skills.

After munching on our yummy lunches, we played with friends during free play time. Afterward our friend Scarlett (who was our "star" last week) finished up by answering some more questions about herself 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" Fiona. She did a great job on her poster over the weekend and today she talked to us about her favorite food, color, and animal. We look forward to learning more about her this week. Also, our friend Samantha spent the weekend with Traveling Teddy and told us about some of the things she did with him. Afterward we listened to the story "Naughty Little Monkeys". We noticed the N for Naughty and talked about what it means and how we should try our best to be another N word instead....Nice! (This reminded us of Santa's naughty/nice list). This silly tale (told through the letters of the alphabet) is about twenty-six naughty little monkeys who engage in wild antics when their human parents unwisely leave them alone one evening.

We then relaxed our minds and bodies for a quiet and peaceful rest time. Afterward we got busy with the table top activities for this week, which include: filling up upper case N's with pieces of newspaper, first and last name-writing practice, and making pictures with markers. We packed up our belongings, said our prayers to bless the end of our day, and sang our friendly goodbyes :)


Friday, February 2, 2018

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

Happy Groundhog Day! Upon arrival this morning, many of us were eager to find out what the groundhog predicted. I was happy to see that some of my little friends already knew! It looks like Phil did indeed see his shadow....so don't put those snow shovels away just yet! Could a winter storm be in store for us? It looks like our friends Molly, Scarlett, Stefan, Kira, Matteo, and Samantha guessed correctly!!!

This half day just flew on by. We participated in our first February Scholastic lesson titled "Making Shadows". We learned that when something blocks light, it creates a shadow. We know that we love to step on each other's shadows outside on sunny days. We watched the informational video for this lesson and played the SMARTboard game called "Shadow Puzzles". When we returned to our seats, we completed our booklets together.

Snack time was especially delicious because we had some munchkin treats from Molly for the letter M and our star of the week Scarlett shared some yummy sugar cookies with us. Dee-licious! We next finished up our center time activities for this week.

Before making our way down to the auditorium we put our math skills to work by first completing a 1 to 20 dot-to-dot activity, then we even worked on our subtraction skills. That's right - we were listening to see how many pieces of fruit the groundhog ate, crossed that many out, then counted to see how many were left. Wow - kindergarten - here we come!! Check our folders to see :)

The pep rally in the gym rounded out our day. St. Matt's is filled with Eagles fever, that's for sure! We cheered and sang and had much fun. We may even be on the news...

I hope everyone has a wonderful, safe weekend.

E-A-G-L-E-S Eagles!!!!


Thursday, February 1, 2018

Today we said goodbye to January and hello to February. Wow, time is really moving quickly. This month we look forward to Catholic Schools Week (which is this week), Groundhog Day (tomorrow), 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. 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 Puxatawny 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. Tomorrow we will find out whose predictions prove to be correct :)

We participated in our center activities earlier than usual today, 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 Scarlett finished presenting her "star of the week" poster to us - telling us all about a place she would like to visit and what some of her favorite things to do are.

We enjoyed some peaceful, quiet time on our blankets as our bodies relaxed and recharged. Afterwards we rounded out the day with a fun SMARTboard game called "Monster Mansion Math" (triple M!) and then ended another busy day together.

REMINDERS:

Open house tonight from 7:00-8:00 pm - hope to see you here!

12:00 dismissal tomorrow. Eagles attire is permitted and encouraged!!! Also, it's "Soup-er" Friday - each child is asked to bring in a canned good or $1


Wednesday January 31, 2018

Wow, we flipped over the very last day on our January calendar this morning! These months are going by quickly.

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! Speaking of mittens, we welcomed 4 of them to our letter table today :) Our morning message revealed that we were going to the Book Fair and having a hot dog lunch - 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: Star Wars, Frozen, Legos, Sharks, Dogs, Peppa Pig, Shopkins, 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 tomorrow night during the Open House from 6:30-8:30pm tomorrow night (Feb 1)

After enjoying our delicious hot dog lunch, we played with friends in the classroom. We then listened to Scarlett, our star of the week, tell us about what she wants to be when she grows up and some things she's really good at doing. Way to go, Scarlett!

Rest time was peaceful, then we finished up the rotation of table top activities for this week. We look forward to another fun day tomorrow during Catholic Schools Week as we will be watching the school talent show in the auditorium.

REMINDERS:

Open house will be taking place tomorrow evening from 7-8. Stop by and visit the classroom to see some of the fun stuff we do at school each day.

Friday, Feb 2, is a 12:00 dismissal. Please send in a snack and a drink, no lunch.


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

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 mirror, a picture of Scarlett's cousin named Malachi, a magnet, and a monkey :)

Snack time was especially yummy today because we sang "Happy Birthday" to our friend Adriana. Her birthday actually happened over the Christmas break when we were not here, so we finally celebrated it today. She brought in some delicious vanilla cupcakes to share with us. Yum!

While we were participating in our center activities today, we were excited when we saw snowflakes starting to fall from the sky!! 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.

After lunch, we made our way downstairs with our friends in Pre-K 2 to the auditorium to sing "Fly Eagles Fly" for the seniors who come each Tuesday. They loved it - we were definitely a hit - and they even gave us each a lollipop treat!!

When we returned to the classroom our "star" Scarlett told us all about her family and the things she likes to do with them. Next, we recalled some of the events that happened in the story that we started yesterday called "The Mitten" and we were eager to finish it. We didn't think that any more animals could squeeze inside that mitten, but along came a bear. We thought for sure that big bear would make that mitten burst open, but somehow he managed to squeeze his way in there. A little mouse arrives and sits right on that bears' nose. Well, the mouse's whiskers tickles the bear's nose causing him to sneeze - and all of the animals and the mitten fly into the air in all directions. Nicki finally finds his mitten, brings it home, and his grandmom wonders why one is so enormously stretched out. She just can't figure it out.....but we know why!

After a nice, quiet rest time, we got busy with our table top activities before ending another great day in Pre-K. Tomorrow we look forward to previewing "The Scholastic Book Fair" in the library and a hot dog lunch. Have a great evening.


Monday, January 28, 2018

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 book, meteors, a Moana doll and of course our friends Mason, Molly and Matteo added their letter people 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 writing upper and lower case Mm's inside the mittens, then practiced reading the 4 "M is for.." sentences. Great work!

After a quick visit to the bathroom and munching on our morning snacks, 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 with the use of hula hoops, bowling pins, balls, and we even did some relay races :)

Lunch time hit the spot, then we had fun with friends during free play time. Afterwards we gathered on the rug and welcomed Scarlett as our new "Star of the Week". We learned about her favorite color, animal, and food. We look forward to getting to know her better this week. We also had the chance to listen to Matteo tell us all about his adventures with Traveling Teddy this past weekend.

Before resting we listened to a story that not only is for the letter M, but is also a wonderful winter story called "The Mitten". A boy named Nicki was playing out in the snow when he lost his mitten. A group of woodland animals came along one by one and decided that the mitten would be a perfect place to get warm. A mole crawled in first, then along came a rabbit, a hedgehog, an owl, a badger, and a fox. Can any more animals possibly fit inside that mitten? We made some predictions as to what we think will happen next. We are anxious to finish the story tomorrow to find out.

Rest time was peaceful as the lights were dimmed and the soft music played, then we ended our day with some table top activities. This week each table will have the chance to fill up upper case M's with macaroni, play-do exploration, and practice using laces for beads and/or lacing cards.

We prepared for dismissal by packing up, praying, singing goodbyes and a nice rendition of "Fly Eagles Fly". This Wednesday the Home and School Association is providing us with a hot dog lunch ( a drink is not included). If your child does not want a hot dog, then just send in a lunch as usual.


Friday, January 26, 2018

TGIF!!

This morning we participated in our second January Scholastic lesson titled "Waddle Like a Penguin", which was all about, you guessed it....penguins!! We learned some interesting penguin facts, such as: there are 17 different kinds of penguins around the world, a group of penguins is called a flock, they "squawk" with their friends, they are good swimmers, baby penguins are called chicks, they can hop and like to slide on their bellies. See if your child can recall any of this info for you. Clifford's big word for this lesson was "Habitat" - the place where an animal lives. We discussed how the emperor penguin's habitat is very cold and snowy. When we returned to our seats we read through our booklets together and then completed the math activity on the back cover. We also completed an activity where we cut out 5 pictures (4 penguins and 1 child) and then put them in size order from shortest to tallest. Nice work!! We are certainly preparing ourselves for kindergarten :)

We next munched on our morning snacks while chatting with friends. Afterward, we finished up our center time activities for this week. Fridays always move quickly, and before we knew it we were lining up for music class with Sr. Teresa.

After lunch and some free play time, our friend Gracie had the chance to finish up her time as "star of the week". Today she used our special microphone and we had the opportunity to ask her more questions about herself. Then she chose a name for next week and it looks like our "star" will be....Scarlett :)

We couldn't let this week end without participating in a fun dance for the letter L....the Limbo! Most 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!!!

We rested nicely and ended our day in the usual way. 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 special events taking place - I also have them on the "calendar" link on the toolbar to the left. Have a great weekend :)

Thursday, January 25, 2018

I just "L"ove our L table! Today we welcomed some lipstick, lettuce, a ladybug, and some Life cereal. Excellent!

During our morning lesson, we reviewed our letters from A to L and then played a fun letter matching memory game. This game used to take us a while to play, but we finished rather quickly because our memory skills are greatly improving. Once a match was made, we identified the letter and signed it for our friends. When we returned to our seats, we completed a letter-picture matching activity. Many of us finished this pretty fast, so then our task was to flip our paper to the empty side, print upper and lower case Ll and draw some "L" things. Take a look in your child's folder to see :)

We all enjoyed our morning snacks, then we participated in o17 ur center time activities. Afterwards, we settled on the rug for God's Time. We recalled how last week we discussed God's great gift of water. This next lesson focused on God's great gifts of Earth and Plants. We recognized how God made everything in the world for us and that God made plants for us to enjoy and use. We talked about how along with the help of the sun and water, we are able to grow plants from tiny seeds. Of course we were quick to remember when we planted grass seeds a while back and before we knew it the grass was growing and growing. We also discussed how farmers grow fruits and vegetables (such as apples, oranges, cucumbers and tomatoes) in the earth from seeds and then send these foods to the stores when they are ready where we can buy them. Afterward, we completed the activity page for this lesson and then ended with a special prayer, thanking God for His wonderful gifts of earth and plants.

Lunchtime was yummy, then free play time with friends followed. Next our friend Gracie finished presenting her poster to us. Today she told us about a beautiful place she would like to visit some day. Great job, Gracie!

After a relaxing rest time, we each received some cardboard and some clay and used those fine motor skills to make many different things. We were encouraged to make the Letter Ll and #12 and many of us were eager to show that we were able to do it!

We offered prayers, sang our goodbyes, and gave that Eagles cheer song another go. We even learned how to sign "E-A-G-L-E-S" :) Another great day in Pre-K!!


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

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 our "lovely ladybugs"!

Guess what "l"eaped onto our L table today? Lex Luther from Superman (that's a double L) and a light. Love it!

Snack time was yummy, then we located our name tags for center time activities. Afterward, we made our way down to the library and setttled on our carpet squares as we listened to a few enjoyable stories read by Mrs. Dunfee.

After enjoying our lunches and some free play time, we listened to Gracie present the next part of her poster. Today she told us what she wants to be when she grows up and what she's really good at. Learning new things about our friends is fun! We then continued our ladybug theme by watching a learning a ladybug song on our SMARTboard - about a ladybug that kept landing on different body parts.

Rest time was peaceful, then we finished up the rotation of table top activities for this week. Backpacks were packed, then we rounded out the day with prayer, our goodbye song and that good ole' Eagles cheer! Have a great night.


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

We got right down to business today with our morning activities, reports, and some circle time singing. Can you believe that we added the #80 to our vegetable garden this morning? Yes, 8 full rows of 10 are filled up, which means we have been in Pre-K for 80 days now. Wow!! We use our vegetable garden each day to help us count by 10's - and we are getting pretty good at it!

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 4 more lions, some lotion, a lemon, a lamb, and a lollipop!! Wonderful.

After enjoying our morning snacks, we got busy with our center time activities. We then took advantage of the warm temperature today and played outside for some fresh air and exercise - we were lucky that the rain had taken a break during that time!

A scrumptious lunch and some free play time soon followed, then our "star of the week" Gracie presented another portion of her poster. Today we learned all about her family and what she likes to do with them. 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 goodbye song and The Eagles "Fly" song, and went on our merry way.


Monday, January 22, 2018

Yay Eagles!! This morning when we chatted about our weekend activities, many of us watched the Eagles win yesterday and we look forward to the next 2 weeks as we prepare for the Superbowl game. So exciting!!

What a "L"ovely looking L table to start L week! So far we have a lunchbox, a stuffed lion, and a lizard. Since there are many, many things for this letter we hope to see more each day.

After our morning prayer, salute to the flag, calendar and weather check, we sang some tunes and we were sure to include "Fly Eagles Fly". During our morning lesson we were introduced to our new number (12) and letter (Ll). We sounded out, signed, and used our pointer fingers to make upper and lower case L's in the air. We enjoyed watching and singing along to the letter L bounce patrol video on our SMARTboard too. We looked at several things that begin with the initial /l/ sound, and then our memory skills were tested when we tried to figure out which L picture was missing from the group. On our activity pages we read, as a class, the 4 "L" sentences on the page. When we practice reading these sentences together we are learning how to blend sounds together, identify easy sight words, and left to right progression while sliding our finger across the line. Please encourage your child to read these sentences for you at home.

We visited the bathroom, enjoyed a yummy snack, and then found our centers. In small groups this week we will be working on tracing and printing upper and lower case Ll's, printing the number "12" and stamping 12 spots on a shirt, coloring and cutting out lions - and practicing our patterning skills as we glue on his mane, and refining many skills on the i-pads.

The morning flew on by and it was already time for gym class with Ms. Gorman. Today we put those large motor skills to work with the use of scooters - moving forward and backward. We also had lots of fun skating around the gym - see if your little one can tell you how they did it!

After lunch and some free play time, we gathered to greet our new "star of the week" Gracie. She worked hard on her poster over the weekend and told us all about some her favorite things today. We look forward to learning more about her this week. We also had the chance to listen to our friend Thomas's tell us all about his adventures 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 19, 2018

Wow! Another busy week ends in Pre-K! It's time to say goodbye to "Kk" and the #11. This morning during circle time we looked at all of the letters that we've worked on so far (A-K). We took notice to the fact that K is the 11th letter in the alphabet. Our letter K table had 2 great additions today - a bottle of "k"etchup and a "K"it-"K"at bar (that's a double K!)

We participated in our first January Scholastic lesson titled "I Am Frozen" - all about frozen things and melted things. We recalled how when, a few weeks ago, we made ice by pouring liquid water (and food coloring) into the tray and placed it into a freezing cold place (the freezer). We remembered how it changed into ice ( a solid) after keeping the tray in there overnight. We also remembered how when we were painting with them in the classroom, they were starting to melt. We discussed how heat melts things, and had some fun as we spread out and pretended to be melting snowmen. We watched the informational video clip for this lesson, then returned to our seats to work in our scholastic booklets. We read through the pages together, then practiced some math skills on the back activity page. We counted, measured and compared .Check our folders to see!

We enjoyed our morning snacks, then we finished up our center time activities for this week. It was already time for music class with Sr. Teresa. She has been teaching us a song (with instruments) about Freddy the Flea and Rover the dog - see if your child can tell you about it.

After a dee-licious lunch, we settled on the rug as our friend Mason finished up his time as "star of the week". He did a wonderful job! He shared with us a special "tell and show" item. I call it "tell and show" because the presenter keeps the item hidden while he/she gives us clues about what it is until we guess it. He showed us his very cool baseball trophy :)

Before resting, we listened to the very sweet story called "How Many Kisses Do You Want Tonight?" As nighttime falls, each precious little animal finds a cozy place and waits for goodnight kisses. The parents ask each time "How many kisses do you want tonight?" while the baby animals playfully respond with the # required to get them to fall asleep. Afterward we were each asked the question "How many kisses do YOU want tonight?" and the responses ranged from 1 to 1 million - so I hope you have lots of kisses ready for your little one tonight :)

We ended the day learning and singing along to the Eagles "Fly" song. Many of us were proudly wearing our Eagles shirts today and we certainly hope that it brings much good luck for the big game on Sunday.

Have a wonderful weekend! Go Eagles!!! Congratulations to our friend Gracie who will be our "star" next week!



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