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Friday, December 14, 2018

Happy Friday!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a wonderful weekend :)


Thursday, December 13, 2018

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

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

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

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

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


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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


Tuesday, December 11, 2018

"I scream, you scream

We all scream for Ice Cream!"

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, December 10, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Happy Feast of St. Nicholas Day!

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

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

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

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

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


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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


Monday, December 3, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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


Friday, November 30, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, November 29, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a great night!



Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Happy Tuesday!

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

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

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

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

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


Monday, November 26, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please take the time to read the following important reminders:

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

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

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

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, November 20, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scholastic Orders are due Monday, 11/26

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

Mission Boxes are due Friday, 11/30

Santa's Secret Shop is Friday, 11/30





Monday, November 19, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Friday, November 16, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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


Thursday, November 15, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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


Monday, November 12, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Friday, November 9, 2018

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

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

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

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


Thursday, November 8, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Wednesday, November 7, 2018

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

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

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

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

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

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


Monday, November 5, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Wednesday, October 31, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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


Tuesday, October 30, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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


Monday, October 29, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, October 26, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Thursday, October 25, 2018

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

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

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

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

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


Wednesday, October 24, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, October 22, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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


Friday, October 19, 2018

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

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

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

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

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


Thursday, October 18, 2018

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

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

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

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

Have a great night!


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

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

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

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

We had a nice morning snack, then got busy with our center time activities. Afterward we refined those fine motor skills by cutting, gluing, and assembling some wonderful scarecrow creations. First we cut out the large oval head and triangle hat shapes. After gluing the hat onto the head, we then received small oval eyes, a triangle nose, a mouth, some small square teeth, tiny white circle eyeballs, and some straw hair. We glued everything in its' place and.....wow! We have some unique and terrific looking scarecrows!!! They will be hanging in the hallway for all to see :)

After a nice lunch and some free play time with friends, we talked about an important word that begins with the letter E....Emergency. We learned that an Emergency is a serious and sometimes dangerous situation. We then listened to the story "Emergency...911". This book stressed the importance of knowing what a real emergency is (if someone is really hurt, if there's a fire, or a stranger in the house, etc). We don't call 9-1-1 for a small problem and we never call as a joke. We also talked about the importance of knowing a phone # in the event of an emergency. There were only a few children who knew a phone or cell # - so parents, please start practicing this important info with your children. They are old enough to start memorizing their addresses and phone numbers - but just focus on one at a time.

After a relaxing rest time, we began our table-top activities - this week we will fill up our upper case E's with colorful eggs, use seasonal stencils to make a Halloween picture, and building with manipulatives. We then wrapped up our day in the usual way - packing up, singing goodbyes, and praying to our Guardian Angels.


Monday, October 15, 2018

Happy Birthday to Colin!!!

We are "E"ager for "E" week! We were introduced to the upper and lower case Ee, practiced how to print it and what sound it makes, and saw many pictures of things that begin with the letter E. We used our memory skills to see if we could figure out which E picture was taken away. Our letter table already has our friend Elijah on there, along with an elephant, 2 eggs, and Princess Elena....Excellent :) We watched a fun letter Ee video clip on our SMARTboard by BouncePatrol. We were also introduced to our new number of the week, the # 5 - we discussed how some of us in this class have already turned 5 years old....and our friend Colin turns 5 today :) When we returned to our seats we used our pointer fingers to read our letter E sentences together, and we are getting better and better at this! We also found and circled only the pictures with the beginning /e/ sound, and "x"ed out the rest. Nice work!

During circle time today we learned some new Halloween songs.....we especially liked the one about the haunted house. Please check your child;s folder for an important letter with some reminders and Halloween info.

We really enjoyed our morning snack time because, after singing "Happy Birthday" to Colin, he shared some delicious munchkins from DD with us. Yum! Thanks to Colin for the birthday treats :) Afterward, we were very happy to line up and make our way downstairs for gym class. E is for exercise and we sure got lots of it!! We played a fun cookie monster game with hoops and styrofoam pieces and another game using large red solo cups.

Lunch time really hit the spot after all of that exercise. Before rest time we listened to the entertaining tale of "Elmer the Elephant" for the letter E. We will be revisiting this story later in the week when we further discuss elephants. We also had the chance to get up and dance to one of our favorite songs called "animal action" - one of the animals we acted like were elephants. We practiced moving around the classroom just like elephants with our strong feet and long, swaying trunks.

Rest time allowed for some peaceful moments, then we finished up our day with the use of whiteboards and dry erase markers. We were encouraged to print upper and lower case Ee's and did a good job at that. Clean up, prayers, and song closed out another great day in Pre-K :) See you tomorrow!


Friday, October 12, 2018

"Dinosaurs lived long ago, long ago, long ago. Dinosaurs lived long ago, that's prehistoric!" We sung this song to the tune of "London Bridges" today since our focus was on Dinosaurs. We saw pictures of many different kinds of dinosaurs and learned many interesting facts - that they roamed the earth millions of years ago but are now extinct, that some are meat eaters and some are plant eaters, and that they were big, small, slow and fast. We also discussed what a paleontologist does and that the word dinosaur means "terrible lizard". After looking at some very cool pictures of dinosaurs on our SMARTboard, we then returned to our seats to make some neat-o dinosaur headbands. First we chose the one we liked best, then used our crayons and scissors to color and cut. Lastly, our dinosaur was stapled onto a headband. Wow - we looked "dino"-mite!!!

What a "D"e-lightful D table - today we welcomed Donald Duck, two dogs, and a bag of Doritos! Way to go, Pre-K!!

We were pleasantly surprised at snack time when we found out that we were going to have a yummy "D" treat. We took some guesses as to what it could be, and it didn't take us long to figure out that it was....Donuts!! Yum :) After snack, we finished up with our center time activities for this week. We then made our way outside and wow, what a difference from yesterday!! We put on our sweatshirts and jackets and had a grand old time on this windy, chilly fall day.

After lunch, we saw the size of a real T-rex footprint (wow, it was big!) and we each took a guess as to how many Pre-K kids could fit into that footprint. Our guesses ranged from 1 to 12. After completing the activity, we discovered that 8 Pre-K students can fit into one T-rex footprint....and that was our friend Landon's guess. Great prediction, Landon! Next we played a few fun rounds of Dino Bingo. We played with a partner and worked well together to listen to the letter called, then checking our dino cards to see if that letter was on it. We played until each team had the chance to cover up all of the dinosaurs on their card and yell out "Bingo!". Nice work :)

After a relaxing rest time, we ended our day manipulating some clay. We were encouraged to make the letter Dd and/or #4 and we did a wonderful job. Next week we move on to the letter Ee and #5. Have a great weekend - see you Monday :)


Thursday, October 11, 2018

We had just one item that came in for the D table today....another dinosaur! Thanks to Henry for bringing that in. Just one more day left....we are still waiting for a doll, Donald Duck, or maybe some Doritos?

During our morning lesson we reviewed our letters from A to D. We practiced their sounds and how to sign them. We then looked at the letter containers for each letter, which are filled with items that begin with that particular letter. We were asked to close our eyes, and when we opened them....Oh no! All of the items were mixed up. We each had the chance to choose an item, identify it, then put it back in the appropriate box according to its' beginning sound. Nicely done :) When we returned to our seats we put our fine motor skills to work as we used our pencils to match the letter on the one side with the picture that begins with that same letter on the other side. We did a great job - check our folders to see!

We enjoyed our morning snacks, then located our name tags for center time. Afterward we gathered on the rug for God's Time. We read a story about Brenda and how her friends helped her one day when she got lost. This story's message is that God takes care of us by giving us people to take care of us. We talked about the many people who love and care for us, and then we discussed how we can be good helpers to those who love us.

After lunch and some free play time with friends, we were happy to see that the rain had stopped. First we read a story about going to the "d"octor. This book was about the Jay family and the three children (Jenny, Joey, and Jack) who need to see the doctor for different reasons. This prompted us to share and talk about our own experiences at the doctor. We all agreed that we don't always like to go, but we must in order to stay strong and healthy. We were super happy to see that the rain had stopped, so before rest time we had the chance to get some fresh air and exercise outside.

After rest time, we completed the rotation of table-top activities for this week. We packed up, sang our closing song, prayed and ended our day. Looking forward another fun-filled, busy day in Pre-K tomorrow!


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Well, I am "D"e-lighted to report that we had a few more items added to our D table - a domino and a dime! 2 more days left...might we see a doll? a dog? or maybe a duck?

During our morning lesson today we focused on our # of the week, the number 4. We discovered that many of us in this class are 4 years old. We first played a pumpkin game where we each had to turn over a pumpkin card and identify the number on it (1,2,3,or 4). Next we were shown an instrument that begins with D...a very large drum! We each had the chance to bang it 4 times - nice counting was done by all! With the use of our SMARTboard, we reviewed our shapes and then had to find the one with the beginning /d/ sound - that's right, the diamond shape. We talked about how the top of a kite is often in the shape of a diamond. We then completed our activity page where we had to find and circle only the diamond shapes among many others. We were all able to find all 4 of them....we even attempted to make the #4 on the opposite side of our papers when we were finished. Great job :)

After snack, we got got busy with our center activities. We then made our way downstairs to see Sr. Teresa for music class. Our scheduled day for music is Friday, but Sister Teresa will not be here on Friday so she arranged it so we could go today. We participated in many musical activities, and even had some maraca fun today!

Lunch time was yummy, then free play time with friends followed. Afterward, we gathered on the rug to listen to the tale of "The Ugly Duckling". This story taught us a very important lesson - how important it is to be nice to our friends, that God made all of us special and how we should always be kind to everyone and celebrate differences. See if your child can tell you about this great story.

After resting so nicely, we rounded out our day using our fine motor skills as we engaged in the rotation of table-top activities. We packed up our belongings, then ended our day with prayers and goodbyes.


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend! Even though the weather doesn't feel like it, the Halloween season is definitely upon us. The children were quick to observe some changes in the classroom this morning when they arrived......pumpkins, spiders, ghosts, and jack-o-lanterns are decorating our room.

Our letter D table is already looking "D"ynamite! So far we have a dollar, a dinosaur and our friend Delaney added her letter person on there as well. We discussed many D items so hopefully we will see some more on there tomorrow.

During our morning lesson today we were introduced to our new letter (Dd) and our new # (4). We looked at many pictures that begin with D, then had to test our memory skills to see if we could figure out the one that was missing. We also viewed a fun letter Dd video clip on our SMARTboard by Bounce Patrol. We even got up and Danced to it. We practiced reading the 4 "D" sentences on our papers - using our pointer fingers to read the words. We are getting better at this and I encourage you to have your child read them for you as well. We also practiced tracing and writing the letter D and then chose one d item to draw on our papers. Nice work :)

Snack time was welcomed with smiles as we ate and chatted with friends. We then broke up into small groups for our center time activities....this week we will practice tracing and printing upper and lower case Dd's, counting out and gluing 4 spots on the dog, using crayons, scissors and glue to make a dinosaur craft, and i-pad practice. We had our first "real" fire drill with the fire alarm ringing. Before it happened, we were told that we would hear a loud alarm, so we were ready for it! We left the classroom quietly in a line, grabbed an 8th grade buddy's hand, and made our way out of the building safely. Yay for Pre-K....we did a wonderful job :)

Our Religion lesson this week focuses on "Loving". We discussed how we are loved by many people. We all thought of our families right away when we were asked to think about those who loves us. We learned that God takes care of us through others. We discussed how one of God's special gifts are the people who help us - like police officers, firefighters, dentists, trash collectors, mail carriers, doctors, etc. We talked about many community helpers and what they need/use to do their jobs. We completed the activity page for this lesson by drawing a picture of someone who loves us - and moms and dads were a very popular choice! We also had some great drawings of brothers, sisters, grandmoms and grandpops. We ended the lesson by thanking God for giving us so many people to help and care for us!

After munching on our lunches and some free play time, we gathered on the rug and listened to a very funny story titled "Dog Breath" by Dav Pilkey about a dog named Hally Tosis who had - yes, you guessed it - horrible breath! We held our nose for this one and laughed at the effect Hally the dog's breath had on people. It was so bad, that the Tosis family was going to get rid of him - but then a miracle happened! See if your little one can tell you why Hally was a hero at the end of the story.

Next we had lots of fun in the sun on this summer-like fall day with our friends in Pre-K 2 before calming down for some quiet time. After resting peacefully, we got busy with our table-top activities for this week - which include: filling upper case Dd's with diamonds, play-do molding, and stringing attribute beads to complete a pattern. These activities will rotate each day until all tables have them completed.

Before we knew it, the time had come to prepare for dismissal with prayer and song. Looking forward to seeing all of my Pre-K friends tomorrow!

Friday, October 5, 2018

Colors, colors, everywhere! What a great way to end C week by wearing our favorite color to school today! During our morning lesson we looked around to see what colors we all had on. We had red, yellow, purple, pink, white, blue, and black. We completed a graphing activity where our task was to place our name underneath the color we chose to wear today, then we tallied the results by counting each one. Which color had the most? Red - with a total of 5 children wearing it. Next popular was yellow, with a total of 4. Then came pink, with a total of 2. Finally then there was a 4-way tie between black, purple, blue and white with just 1 a piece. Orange and green apparently aren't favorites in Pre-K 1 - because they each had 0 votes.

Can you believe that we added the #20 to our 100 day vegetable garden count chart? That's right, we've been in Pre-K for 20 days and we are already making wonderful progress :)

We re-visited the story of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar", but this time we watched the movie version on the SMARTboard. Then we worked hard in our journals by drawing pictures from the story in our books - there were some wonderful drawings of that caterpillar, various types of food that he ate, and some lovely butterflies too.

After snack time we finished up our center activities for this week, then we got a good stretch of the legs outside. We noticed how the weather is much cooler today than yesterday and feels more like Fall. Lunch time was dee-lish, then we played a fun game very appropriate for today.....color bingo! We each received a bingo card with different shapes filled with different colors. After a particular shape/color was called, our task was to see if it was on our card. If so, we covered it up with a bingo chip. If not, we waited for the next one. Once we filled up all the colors/shapes on our cards, we yelled "BINGO". We played until everyone had the chance to win. This was a fun way to practice our shape and color recognition skills :)

After resting our minds and bodies for a bit, we ended our busy day by packing up, praying, and singing goodbyes. It's time to say "C-U later" to the letter C....next week we move on to the letter Dd and the #4. REMINDER: There are no classes on Monday, October 8th due to a teacher in-service day. Have a great weekend - see you Tuesday :)


Thursday, October 4, 2018

Our C table is really "C"rawling with c items....today we added a comb, two candles, another car, a cupcake and some chalk. Wow!! During our morning lesson we listened to the wonderful story of something fuzzy that begins with "c" - "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle. This is one of my favorites and the children enjoyed following the caterpillar through his journey from birth to butterfly. We played a card game with pictures from the story. Some cards had 1 piece of fruit on it, some had 2, and others had 3. We each received one and had to count the items and identify the #. When we returned to our seats, we got busy making our own cute little caterpillars. We used a "C" shape to make them....colorful circles! We practiced those fine motor skills as we glued those circles close together to make the caterpillar's body. Then we added sticker eyes, and used our crayons to draw facial features, antennae, and lots of legs. These wonderful creations are crawling across our classroom and will be sent home tomorrow!

Snack time was yummy as we munched away on our snacks. After the completion of our center time activities, we just had to go outside on this beautiful Fall day. When we returned we continued our Religion lesson from Tuesday. We discussed how we can be good helpers to others at home and at school. We were introduced to our classroom Children's Bible and heard the story of "The Good Samaritan" - about a man who helped someone in need. We then completed our activity page by drawing a person in our lives who is a good helper to us. Check our folders to see our great work!

We had a nice lunch, then free play time followed. Afterward we spread out on the rug to learn a new dance called "Pop-se-ko". This is a fun one and we all showed off some pretty impressive dance moves!

Rest time was so peaceful, then we completed the rotation of table-top activities. Prepping for the end of the day went well as we prepared backpacks, then gathered for prayer and song.

Tomorrow is "Color Day" in Pre-K - so we hope to see these little ones wearing his/her favorite color to school tomorrow :)


Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Today we had more letter "C" fun with one of our favorite things that begin with C.....cookies! During our morning lesson we played a # review game using our pretend cookies and chips. We each received our own "cookie", then picked a # (either 1, 2, or 3) from the # bag. We first had to identify our number, then place the corresponding number of "chips" on our cookie. We also learned a catchy cookie song called, "Who took the cookie from the cookie jar?" ~ maybe your child will sing it for you :) Afterward we completed a similar activity using our crayons and glue. First we colored our cookies, then glued the appropriate # of chips inside of them. Check our folders for our wonderful work! We also welcomed 2 more cats and a cow to our "C" table. Will anything else show up tomorrow? We still have plenty of room for more!

All of that cookie talk made us hungry! After working with pretend cookies and chocolate chips, we were excited when we found out that we were having real chocolate chip cookies at snack time. That's right, chocolate chip cookies all around! (that's a triple c) Yum :)

After participating in our center time activities, we had the chance to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine and get a good stretch of the legs outside on this beautiful day. Once inside we made our way to the library, where Mrs. Dunfee read us a few entertaining stories.

After lunch and some free play time, we all had the chance to play a fun SMARTboard game called "Count the Candle" (we took notice that Count and Candle both begin with C). Next we each had the chance to come up to the SMARTboard, count the candles on the cake by lighting each one, then find the corresponding #. At the end we had the chance to decorate the cake as well!

Rest time was relaxing, then we participated in the rotation of table-top activities that we started yesterday. Before we knew it, the day was ending and we wrapped it up with prayers and goodbyes. See you tomorrow :)

*REMINDER* Friday, October 5th is color day in Pre-K. The children may wear his/her favorite color to school.


Tuesday, October 2, 2018

What a "Cool" looking letter C table. Today we had several cars (one with the Paw Patrol character "C"hase in it), crayons, and a bag of cookies added to our group of c items. Nice going :) We are wondering if maybe a camera, a candle, a carrot or a comb might come in tomorrow....

Our morning lesson today focused on the #3. Several children had the chance to pick a center in the classroom and find 3 items in there to bring to the circle. Others had fun clapping or stomping their feet three times. We practiced how to print the #3, which was a bit tricky, but we are starting to get the hang of it. We watched a #3 Sesame Street video on our SMARTboard, then we

Monday, October 1, 2018

Happy October! This month promises to be an exciting one. When checking our calendar today we discovered that there are 4 friends who have October birthdays and then there's Halloween at the end of the month.

It's C week and so far we have just one item on the C table - a cat. C is also for our friends Colin, Christine, and Chase who made their letter people to add on there as well. We hope to see more tomorrow...maybe a car? a candle? a cookie? carrot? or a crayon? So many possibilities for the letter C. During our morning lesson we focused on the C sound and learned that it usually makes the /k/ sound (as in cat) but sometimes makes the /s/ sound (as in Cinderella). We watched the letter Cc Bounce Patrol video, then returned to our seats to work on our activity sheets. We practiced reading the letter C sentences together, then we were encouraged to use our pointer fingers and slide our finger across the line from left to right as we practiced reading them on our own. On the opposite side, we listened for that hard /c/ sound and circled only the pictures that began with that sound - then "x"ed out the rest. Please review this at home with your child and see if he/she can read the sentences for you :)

After enjoying our yummy snacks, we were eager to make our way down to the gym to see Ms. Gorman for gym class. We got lots of exercise while practicing many large muscle skills. We balanced balls on cones, and played a fun game called "Froggies and Alligators". In this game some of us were the froggies who had to try to run to the opposite side and land inside a hula hoop without being caught and some of us were the alligators who stood in the middle and had to use noodles to try to tag the froggies. Lots of fun!

Next we got busy with our center time activities in small groups. This week we will be tracing and printing upper and lower Cc's in our letter books, counting and drawing 3 apples in the apple tree, making a colorful clown craft, and i-pad practice.

Lunch time was delicious as always, then some free play time followed. Afterward we gathered on the rug and listened to a very special story.....created by us! That's right - our first class book "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" is complete and ready to go home with each child for one evening. All of the pictures that we created last week have been bound together. We read it today and enjoyed seeing our own artwork illustrated on the pages. We then got up, spread out, and participated in a fun dance in honor of the letter C...."The Chicken Dance". We learned the four basic moves and then gave it a go!

We had a quiet and relaxing rest time, then we rounded out the day putting our fine motor skills to work as we manipulated some clay. We tried our best to make upper and lower case Cc's with it - and most of us could accomplish this all by ourselves!! Our day ended with smiles as we packed up, prayed and sang our goodbyes.

**A special thank you to those of you who placed a Scholastic Book Order! Your order helps us get free books for our classroom library. The order will be arriving at school shortly.**






Friday, September 28, 2018

Happy Friday! Although it was rainy outside, our classroom was nice and bright when the children arrived with such nice greetings and smiles this morning. Our morning routine is getting much quicker now that we know just what to do upon arrival. Nice going Pre-K :)

We had another B item make its' way onto our B table to end B week - a basket! This B table is the Best! During our morning lesson we used some small B items to practice many different skills - buttons! We each received a cup with 2 buttons inside of it. We emptied them out to see what color and shape they were. Then we put them all together and sorted them first by shape (we had squares, rectangles, hearts, stars, circles, and triangles), then by color (green, pink, red, yellow, orange, blue, black, purple). Nice sorting was done by all! Next we listened to the entertaining tale of "Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons" by Eric Litwin. Pete the cat loves and sings about his 4 groovy buttons on his yellow shirt, but when they pop off one by one, he doesn't get upset: "Did Pete cry? Goodness, no! Buttons come and buttons go". Even after he was left with no buttons at all, he was happy to find his own bellybutton at the end of the story.

When we returned to our seats, we received our storybook journals for the first time this year. We learned that this special book is for us to draw pictures in. Today we were encouraged to try our best to draw Pete the Cat and his buttons. After watching an easy way to draw them, we gave it a try! Wow - I think we have some future artists here in Pre-K 1!! They did a wonderful job drawing, then coloring in their pictures. We will work in these journals frequently throughout the year.

We enjoyed our snack time, then finished up with our center time activities for this week. Afterward, we were quite excited to to make our way downstairs for our very first music class with Sr. Teresa. She was very impressed with how well we listened and sang. We are already looking forward to next week's class!

Lunch time hit the spot, then we gathered on the rug to play the musical "Muffin Man" activity. One child is chosen to hide their eyes and use their listening ears to figure out who is singing. When we played this game a few weeks ago, we weren't very good at it - but now we are! We are becoming very familiar with our friends' voices and most of us were able to find the friend who was singing on our very first guess :)

We then had the chance to make our way outside for a good stretch of the legs before settling down for some quiet time. Parents, please make sure to pack sweatshirts or jackets on these cooler days.

Have a wonderful weekend with your child. They are all precious and I am really enjoying getting to know them!


Thursday, September 27, 2018

Fall is in the air!! The slight chill this morning was refreshing :) During circle time we talked again about some of the things that happen in this beautiful Autumn season!

Believe it or not, we were able to add a large B item to our table today - a bear wearing a bow, brought in by our friend Jake. Great job! Tomorrow is the last day for B items - might we see a balloon, a boat, a bird, or maybe a basketball?

During our morning lesson we played a letter "A" and "B" review game. We each received a bear and our first task was to identify its' color, then we had to see which letter was on its' shirt (A or B) and place it in under the corresponding letter. Finally, we counted up all of the A bears and B bears to see which had more, and which had less. We then revisited the story "Brown Bear, Brown Bear" one last time and made the pictures for our classroom book. Yes, we are making our own version of the story. What masterpieces! We did a really great job. This will be the first of several classroom books that we will make this year. Once I bind all of the pages together, each child will get the chance to bring this classroom book home for one night to share with their families.

We enjoyed our morning snacks, then participated in our small-group center time activities. We then liked spending time outside with Mrs. Wolk's class playing and getting some fresh air. The bright sun allowed us to see each other's shadows, and we had lots of fun jumping and stepping on them!

Upon returning to the classroom, we settled on the rug for God's Time. We discussed how each of us is special to God, and that we were all made and loved by Him. We each looked into a mirror to see our reflection and our own special features. We talked about how God made some of us with dark hair, light hair, straight hair, curly hair, dark eyes, light eyes....and all are beautiful! We then received our activity pages and looked at the picture of the children standing in front of a big mirror. We were encouraged to imagine that we were standing in front of a mirror, then draw ourselves in it. We tried our best to choose crayons that matched our eye and hair color. Take a look in our folders to see :) We ended by praying and thanking God for all of our new friends and for making us so special.

Lunch time was yummy as we ate and chatted with friends, then we chose a place to go for free play time. We were very happy to see that we had a special delivery after lunch - our nap mats! Now every student in the class has their own nap mat to rest on each day. They are colorful and comfy :) We practiced how to fold them up the right way and will continue to practice this skill each day.

After resting, we finished up the rotation of table top activities for this week, then prepared for dismissal. All of the children who returned the completed fundraising booklet received a special prize for doing so...it is inside their backpacks. Thanks again moms and dads!

Tomorrow we look forward to going to our first music class! Scholastic book orders are due tomorrow - if you haven't clicked on the "Scholastic Book Club" link to the left, I encourage you to do so. Have a great night :)


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

We had one friend who was quite eager to add some more items to our B table...our friend Alivia brought in a Barbie, a baby, a toy bike, and a bow. Wow!! We have 2 days left and some room for more items!

We learned some Fall-time songs this morning. The tree in the parking lot right outside of our window will be a fantastic teacher for our class. We can see just by looking out the window that the tree is starting to lose some leaves, and some of the ones that are hanging on, have changed color! We look forward to keeping our eyes out for more changes as autumn begins.

During our morning lesson we brainstormed as many B items as we could think of. We created a long list and then counted them up. We came up with 18 B things - Brilliant!! We practiced printing upper and lower case Bb's, then we chose a B item to draw on our papers. There were some nice drawings of balls, balloons, baseballs, basketballs, and even babies. Our last task was to use our dot-a-dot stampers to stamp on top of the large upper and lower case Bb's. Wonderful work!

Snack time was a refreshing break, then we located our name tags for center time. Next we were happy to see the sun peek out from the clouds as we played outside on this warm day. It was nice to sit down and relax in the library afterward while Mrs. Dunfee read us some entertaining stories.

Lunch time was yummy, and free play time was fun. We then stood on the rug and had another go at "We're Going On A Bear Hunt" since we enjoyed it so much yesterday. We acted out walking through the grass, the river, the mud, the forest, the snowstorm, and the cave. Once we found that bear in the cave we had to reverse our actions quickly back to the house and into our beds. Safe and sound :) Next we were introduced to a very special teddy bear.....Traveling Teddy! Traveling Teddy will soon get the chance to go home with each of us for a weekend. He has 2 important B items with him - a book and a backpack. We all promised that we will take very good care of him when it's our turn to have him.We are super excited about bringing Traveling Teddy to our homes with us!!

We settled for a quiet rest time, then participated in the rotation of table-top activities. Prayers and a good rendition of our good-bye song helped to end a nice day.

**I would like to thank all of you who completed and returned the fundraising booklets today. We had 11 out of 15 returned - way to go moms and dads!!!**

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

I am happy to say that our B table is "B"ursting with more B items....today we added baseball, a beanbag, a banana, 2 Batman figures, a blue bouncy ball (that's a triple B) and a Bible. Great thinking! We are wondering if maybe a bell, a bottle or a boat might show up on there this week. We reviewed how to make upper and lower case Bb's, and how to sign it.

During our morning lesson today we practiced identifying the #2 and counting out 2 items. We went around the circle to see who could clap two times and yes, we all did it! We brainstormed what we have 2 of on our bodies and we had quite the list: eyes, eyebrows, cheeks, hands, arms, legs, feet, ears, and even nostrils! We watched a Sesame Street #2 video that had us movin' and groovin' and the end we all stamped our feet 2 times. When we returned to our seats, we practiced counting how many items were in each box (either 1 or 2), then circled the corresponding #. We are doing a great job following directions. On the opposite side, we practiced making our own #2's...a bit tricky, but we will keep working at it.

After our morning snacks, we participated in our center time activities. Next we were happy to make our way outside for some fresh air and exercised on yet another cloudy day. Once we returned to the classroom we gathered on the rug for God's Time and listened to a story about making new friends. We talked about how God helps us to be a good friend and we discussed the the words and actions of a good friend. We each had the chance to name some of the new friends we have made in our Pre-K classroom, then we colored some of the children on our activity page to look like some of the friends in our class. We will finish this lesson on Thursday.

Lunch time was delicious, and then came the all-favorite free play time. We then sat down and listened to the popular story "We're Going On A Bear Hunt" - and right away we took notice that one of the words in the title starts with the letter B! After listening, we then got up and watched it on our SMARTboard - but this time we participated in all of the actions. We had lots of fun - we laughed at the end when we all pretended to make it safely to our beds and pull the covers over our heads.

After resting peacefully, we got busy with our table top activities. This week at our tables we will be: filling up upper case Bb's with balloons, stringing beads and lacing, and using cookie-cutters with play-do. We then ended our day in the usual way - packing up, saying prayers and singing goodbyes to friends and teachers!

**Please see the important envelope in your child's folder about St. Matthew's "Reading For Education Campaign". There is a booklet that must be completed and returned tomorrow. Even if just one coupon is completed, your child will receive a prize - but it has to be returned tomorrow.**




Monday, September 24, 2018

Happy Monday! Happy Autumn!

We got right back into the swing of things this morning to begin our Pre-K day. We prayed, saluted the flag, checked the calendar, added another day to our vegetable garden, and had a weather report. We were introduced to our new letter Bb and the sound it makes. We even learned how to sign it in sign language. We were happy to welcome one item to our B table - Belle from Beauty and the Beast. What other B items will show up on our table tomorrow? We watched and sang along to the letter Bounce Patrol video on our SMARTboard and got some good ideas....baby, bottle, balloon, bear, ball....just to name a few.

When we returned to our seats we practiced reading 4 letter B sentences together. We are working hard at using our pointer fingers to point to each word in the sentence from left to right as we read them. On the opposite side we listened for that /b/ sound to figure out which pictures began with B and which did not. Our task was to circle the ones that did, and put an "x" on those that did not. We did a great job following directions - check our folders to see :)

We then had a quick bathroom break and sat down to enjoy our morning snacks. Next we lined up and made our way down to the gym for gym class with Ms. Gorman. We got lots of exercise while practicing many skills like balancing, hopping, skipping, and kicking.

Upon returning to our classroom, we located our name tags and got busy with our center time activities...some of us worked hard in our letter books tracing and printing upper and lower case Bb's, a group of us colored, cut, and glued to make a brown bear, another group traced and printed the number 2 ( a little tricky) then using a large stamp pad to stamp our two hand prints on our papers, and another small group practiced skills on the i-pads. These center activities will rotate each day until each group completes them.

Lunch time was followed by some free play time, then we gathered on the rug and listened to the story "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" and enjoyed reading along. Some of us were already familiar with this classic tale. We will be making our first classroom book of this story this week! Before rest time, we participated in a fun movement activity called "Beanbag Boogie" - in honor of the letter B! We were giggling as we attempted to put the beanbag on different body parts and then keep it on there while bouncing.

We rounded out our day with the use of clay. We refined those fine motor skills as we attempted to make three snakes and form them into an upper case B. These kids are the Best! We prepared for dismissal and ended our day with prayer and goodbyes.


Friday, September 21, 2018

Okay, another cloudy day today, but it was sunny in our Pre-K classroom!

Our letter A table had the addition of an ant this morning - don't worry, it was a fake one! Thanks for helping to make our letter A table "A"bsolutely "A"wesome! The children really enjoy sharing their letter items with the class and we look forward to seeing what will show up on our "B" table next week :)

Our "apple" theme continued today as we participated in our second Scholastic lesson titled "Mmm, Mmm Apples". We reviewed the parts of an apple, then we watched an interesting video and learned about how apples grow. We returned to our seats and looked through our booklets together. On the back page we put our fine motor skills to work as we traced our name, then colored the apples the appropriate colors. This activity also had us practicing our color identification, letter identification, and beginning sounds. Check our folders to see :)

During our snack time we celebrated our friend Jake's birthday, which took place on the first week of school when only some of us were here. He brought in some delicious chocolate chip cookies to share with us. Thanks to Jake for that yummy surprise - we enjoyed them!

We worked and played at our centers, then went outside for a well-deserved break and some exercise. Afterward we gathered on the rug and learned a bit about Saint Matthew, in honor of his feast day today. We talked about how saints are people who followed Jesus and lived their lives just like Him when they were here on earth. Because they were so close to Jesus, they became saints after they died. We discussed how Matthew wrote some of the stories in the Bible and then colored a picture of him.

After lunch and some free play time, we were anxious to listen to the last group of children share their "All About Me" bags with us. The children did such a great job with this getting to know you activity and thank you for helping them with it! We were very excited to find out that in honor of the Feast of St. Matthew, the entire school was being treated to some Rita's water ice. We made our way outside, chose our favorite flavor (cherry, mango, or blue raspberry) then sat down and started diggin' in with our spoons. Yum :)

We settled into a relaxing rest time, then we prepared for dismissal, prayed, sang goodbyes and ended a wonderful week in Pre-K.

Have a fantastic weekend with your precious little ones. See you Monday!


Thursday, September 20, 2018

We had one more addition to our letter A table this morning....an avacado!!! So great :) One more more day to bring some A items in....will we see any more?

This morning we learned all about the parts of an apple. Many of us knew that inside an apple we will always find seeds...but we didn't know that seeds are also known as pips. We looked at a real apple and took some guesses as to how many apples would be inside of it. The predictions ranged from 1 to 6. We watched as Mrs. Dignam carefully sliced open the apple sideways, then showed us the star shape inside of it. We counted the seeds and our friend Neave's prediction was right on - there was 5 inside! Next we looked at the other apple parts: the skin, the flesh, and the stem. Sometimes apples have leaves too, but ours did not. Next we participated in a fun activity where we voted for our favorite color apple - red, yellow, or green. We each had the chance to put our name underneath the color apple we like best. We tallied the results to find that this Pre-K class likes green apples the best, with a total of 7 votes and we like yellow apples the least with only 3 votes.

When we returned to our seats we practiced our fine motor, color identification and listening skills as we completed an apple parts activity page. We found and used our red crayon to color the skin, we found and used our green crayon to color the leaf, and then we found and used our brown crayon to color the stem and the seeds. We did a fabulous job. I encourage you to review this activity with your child at home and see if he/she can tell you the names of the apple parts.

After enjoying our morning snacks and working/playing at our centers, we enjoyed some fresh air outside and got some good exercise. We then gathered on the rug for God's Time and finished the lesson we began on Tuesday. We first listened to a story about Lorrie and her first day of Pre-K. We listened to find out what Lorrie liked about being in her new classroom. This led us to a nice discussion about what we like best about our new school.....and we all agreed that making new friends is at the top of our list!

Lunch time was yummy as always, and then free play time with friends in the classroom followed. Afterward we listened as 3 more friends presented interesting items from their "All About Me" bags - Chase, Colin, and Alivia. These kids are doing such a great job with this getting-to-know-you activity!

Before settling down for some quiet time, we had a practice fire drill. First we talked about what a fire drill is - a time for us to quickly and quietly line up, exit the classroom, grab an 8th grade buddies' hand, and make our way outside to the school lot safely. Sister John alerted us over the loud speaker that we were having a fire drill, so we knew exactly what to do. A is for amazing - and I must say that these little ones did quite an amazing job :) Way to go, Pre-K! Next time we will practice with the actual alarm.

After resting so nicely, we finished up the rotation of table-top activities for this week. We gathered for prayer and goodbyes at the end of our day and look forward to seeing our friends tomorrow :)

FINAL REMINDER: Nap mat orders are due tomorrow for all those interested in ordering through school. The fee is $29 (cash only)


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

I am happy to report that our letter A table is looking A-mazing! Today we added not one, but two apples, an angel and Ana from the movie "Frozen". Great job so far everyone! If you and your child can think of any more, please send them in. After praying and saying The Pledge of Allegiance , we sat down for circle time. We sang our hello song and few others, the weather watcher and calendar checker did their jobs, and sang our months of the year and days of the week songs. Next we put our math skills to work by playing a fun apple counting and sorting game. We each received a different color apple (either red, yellow, or green). We made a floor graph to see how many apples were under each color and then discussed which color had the most and the least.

When we returned to our seats, we each received an activity page with a large upper and lower case Aa on it. Our first task was to carefully trace our names with our pencil. Next we watched how to draw an apple on the SMARTboard, then tried our best to draw our own at the bottom of our papers. Wow - we have some awesome apple drawers! We then thought about which color apple we like the best - red, yellow or green. We were asked to find that color in our crayon bags and hold it in the air. This helps us with our listening skills and following directions. We then colored our apple in using the color we chose. But we weren't done yet! Finally, we used some colorful dot-a-dot stampers to stamp on top of the large upper and lower case Aa's. Wonderful job! Check our folders to see our amazing work!

We enjoyed our morning snacks, then got busy with our center time activities. Next we were happy to get outside for a good stretch of the legs. It was so nice to see the sun and feel a cool breeze. We had lots of fun jumping on each other's shadows during this time today. Afterward, we made our way to the library, sat down and relaxed, and listened to a few good stories read by Mrs. Dunfee.

Lunch time was de-licious, then free play time with friends in the classroom followed. Before we settled in for rest time, three of our friends presented their All About Me Bags (Jake, Delaney, and Elijah). We learned some neat things about our new friends! We then finished the story we started yesterday "There's an Alligator Under My Bed" - we were surprised by the ending! Next we spread out and had some "Animal Action" fun as we listened to the music and acted out moving like ducks, bunnies, horses, and bees (just to name a few).

Rest time was quite peaceful, then we were eager to get busy with our table top activities for today. We gathered up our belongings, packed up, prayed and sang our goodbyes as we ended another great day in Pre-K :)

**Please remember that if you are interested in purchasing a nap mat through school, the $29 fee is due no later than this Friday, 9/21....cash only please**



Tuesday, September 18, 2018

We are really beginning to get the hang of things in Pre-K 1! We are becoming very familiar with the morning routine of unpacking, putting our apple in the attendance tree, and coloring in our coloring books. I am very proud of them :)

One of our "A" friends (Alivia) remembered to bring in an item for our A table - a stone carving of her name. We had one more addition of a book titled "Animals" , brought in by our friend Delaney. Great! If you and your child can think of any more, please send them in...we have lots of room on our table. Maybe an apple? or an airplane? or an acorn? After praying, saying The Pledge of Allegiance and singing our hello song, we sat down for circle time. We sang songs, the weather watcher and calendar checker did their jobs, and sang our months of the year and days of the week songs.

Our morning lesson focused on the number 1 and we enjoyed talking about the parts of our bodies that we have one of - our list included head, face, mouth, nose, chin, back, and bellybutton! We also took turns finding the #1 within a group of other numbers. We stood up and moved a bit as we watched and danced along to a Sesame Street #1 video on our SMARTboard. When we returned to our seats, we traced the large #1 with our pointer finger, then put our fine motor skills to work as we glued torn pieces of construction paper inside to fill it up. Check our folders to see!

After bathroom and snack we searched for our name tags and participated in our center-time/small group activities, which rotate every day. We then had the opportunity to go outside and get some fresh air and stretch our muscles.

Upon returning to the classroom, we gathered for "God's Time", which is our Religion lesson. Today we discussed how this year we will learn about God and God's love for us. We will learn about God's only son, Jesus, who is our friend. We talked about how we will play games, sing songs, and listen to stories. We looked at a large picture of 4 Pre-K friends named Carlos, Peter, Brenda, and Lorrie and that we will see these children throughout the year on our Religion activity pages. Afterwards we returned to our seats and received our own page to work on. First we traced our name, then we made our own face in the picture with the other children by drawing eyes, a nose, a mouth, and some hair. We will complete this activity page during our next lesson on Thursday.

Lunch time was yummy in our tummies, then we chose a place to play for free play time. Next we gathered on the rug and enjoyed looking at Neave's, Noah's, Christine's and Ayden's "All About Me" bags. It's so much fun learning new things about our new friends....and we are discovering that many of us have similar interests! Before resting, we began a story called "There's An Alligator Under My Bed", by Mercer Mayer. We read the first part of the story and made some predictions about what will happen in the next part. Tomorrow we will find out!

After a relaxing rest time, we returned to our seats and got busy with some table activities. Each table has a different activity that will rotate each day until all tables complete them. This week we will fill up our upper case A's with apples, manipulate some play-do, and make a picture with markers.

We wrapped up our day by packing up our belongings, praying, and singing goodbyes. Looking forward to another great day tomorrow ;)


Monday, September 17, 2018

Hooray for "A"! Today we introduced the letter Aa and our A table so far is Absent of items! Please help your child find something at home that begins with A to put on our A table! Our friends Ayden and Alivia colored their letter people to put on there. We talked about many things that begin with "A", such as apple, alligator, anchor, ant, acorn, apron, and airplane. We also took a look at the bouncepatrol letter A video on youtube.

During center/small group time, one group began working in our letter books where we traced and made upper and lower case Aa's, then we chose two A pictures to color and glue into our books. Another group cut, colored and cut out acorns and made apple prints with red paint, while another group traced and made the #1 and counted out 1 ice cream scoop (well, a cotton ball) to glue on top of a piece of pie that we colored. By Friday, all of us will have completed all of these fun learning activities.

Time moved quickly and before we knew it, we were lining up for gym class. Ms. Gorman had us using different color bean bags and hula hoops to practice many different skills - and we even participated in some relay fun. She was super proud of us for following directions so well! Yay for Pre-K!!

We worked up quite an appetite, so lunch time hit the spot! We met our new lunch mom, Mrs. Elliot. Afterward, we had some free play time, then gathered on the rug with our friends. Before we settled down for rest time, we really liked getting to know some of our friends a bit better as they presented their "all about me" bags. Landon and Henry did a great job showing us their bags and telling us about the items inside. We are looking forward to looking at more tomorrow :)

After resting peacefully, we ended the day looking at our superhero photos that were taken last week (yes, we all had our picture taken wearing some superhero glasses), then we brainstormed some things we know about superheroes. Our list included: they are strong, they are kind, brave, and they help others. We talked about our display in the hallway titled, "The Superheroes of Pre-K-1" - with our pictures hanging underneath. We discussed how we can be a superhero by being a super student - by being good helpers, kind, sharing, and brave!

We took a moment to look at our classroom web page and saw some new photos that have been added from our "Meet and Greet" and first week of school. It was fun to see ourselves on the SMARTboard. Take a moment to check them out when you get the chance! Our fire drill that was scheduled for today was re-scheduled for another day this week due to the rain.

We packed up our backpacks, said our prayers and sang our goodbye song as ended our Monday together. See you tomorrow :)



Friday, September 14, 2018

Whew! Our first week of Pre-K has come to an end. The children have done such a wonderful job this week getting to know one another, following a new routine, taking turns, playing nicely, creating crafts, and practicing new songs and prayers.

These little one are continuing to get comfortable with our classroom routine and are even getting mighty independent with unpacking bags and taking care of their items before settling down at the table to practice coloring.

This morning we participated in our first September Scholastic lesson titled "Hello, School!", which was all about being in a new classroom with new friends and teachers. We looked at many colorful pictures of children in their classrooms - and they were doing some of the very same things that we do every day! We also discussed the many ways we can greet our new friends.....we can say "hello", wave, smile, give high-fives, and even give a handshake. Of course, we practiced all of these greetings with the friends sitting near us. After watching the short videoclip that goes with this lesson, we returned to our seats. We each received our own scholastic book and a pencil, and our first task was to trace our name. We will practice tracing our names every day in Pre-K! Next we followed directions well as we completed the activity page ""What is in your Classroom?". Our task was to see if the pictured item on the page is something that is also in our Pre-K classroom. If so, we colored in the happy face next to the picture. Take a peek in our folders to see our wonderful work! I encourage you to review this booklet at home with your child.

Morning snack was yummy, then we enjoyed playing with friends during center time. In small groups, we practiced using scissors by attempting to cut, cut, cut on the dotted lines.

We were happy to get outside and play with our friends in Pre-K 2 on yet another cloudy day. After munching on our lunches, we chose a place to play in the classroom during "Free Play" time. Next we gathered on the rug and listened to the story "Designed by God, that's what Makes Me Special". We talked about all of the wonderful gifts God gave us, including our senses and amazing bodies. Afterward, many of the children were eager to tell about some of the amazing things that they can do with their bodies.

Before settling for rest time, we practiced how to safely exit the classroom in the event of a fire. Our 8th grade buddies assisted us by holding our hands and walking us outside to the school lot. This was done in preparation for our first school fire drill, which is scheduled for Monday. They did a great job :)

After resting peacefully, we finished up our day playing a SMARTboard game that helped us practice the names of shapes.

Please be sure to see the letter in your child's folder. Ms. Denise and I are very proud of the children. Next week we are looking forward to going to our "specials" classes for the first time, sharing our "All About Me" bags with the class and learning all about the letter ""Aa" and the #1. Have a wonderful weekend with your litte ones :)


Thursday, September 13, 2018

Even though it was not sunny outside this morning, the childrens' smiles as they came in today surely brightened up our classroom :)

After a good practice of our morning routine, we started off with prayer and salute to the flag. We are learning how to bless ourselves, fold our hands while praying, and recite "The Pledge of Allegiance". We took a look at the calendar, counting the days we've had so far in September, as well as checking on this cloudy weather. We are also using our vegetable garden chart to count up to our 100th day of school, today we added the #4! Of course we sang some songs, then read our morning message. We read the entertaining story of "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault. A told B, and B told C, I'll meet you at the top of the coconut tree - but when all the letters of the alphabet race up the tree.....Oh No! Chicka Chicka BOOM! BOOM!

Next up we had a bathroom break, then enjoyed our morning snacks. Afterward, we were happy to get some time to play with friends during center time. We located our name tags and got busy with center time activities. During this time, we were called in small groups to complete an activity related to the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom story. We discussed how the story had all of the letters of the alphabet in it, then we each had a turn to find the letter that our name begins with and practice the sound it makes. Finally, we all received a piece of construction paper with the first letter of our name on it, and our task was to cover it up with colorful stickers. What a fun way to practice those small motor skills as we peeled off each sticker and carefully placed it on top our letter. A great job was done by all! They are hanging in our classroom for all to see :)

We then took a trip outside. We are practicing how to play safely in the school lot and how to treat our friends while we are playing - with helping hands, not hurting hands. It was nice to get lots of exercise - and our friends from Pre-K 2 were out there with us as well!

Lunch time was yummy and really hit the spot, then we enjoyed some free play time. Afterward we viewed a musical version of the story Chicka Chicka Boom Boom on our SMARTboard (this is on youtube if you would like to show it to your child again). Then we got up, spread out, and participated in a fun movement activity called "Animal Action" - we listened to the music and moved all around the classroom like different types of animals....we were slithering like snakes, hopping like frogs, flying like birds, and swinging like monkeys (just to name a few).

After visiting the bathroom once more, we rested our minds and bodies and relaxed for a bit. We finished up our day using whiteboards and dry erase markers. We then packed up and ended our day with prayer and song.

We look forward to starting a new day in Pre-K tomorrow :)


Wednesday, September 12, 2018

How nice it was to see the classroom filled with all of the boys AND girls today! Most of them were very eager to enter the classroom with great smiles that just lit up the room. We are beginning to learn the morning routine - unpacking, putting our apples in the attendance tree, and coloring. At circle time we had a calendar checker, a weather watcher, and several other helpers as we participated in our morning meeting activities. There was even two new songs introduced to help us learn the days of the week and the months of the year! We use songs often in the classroom to learn and develop language and rhythm...and have fun too :)

After munching on our morning snacks, we enjoyed listening to the reading of the story "No, David!" by David Shannon about a little boy who sometimes forgets the rules. David was extremely silly in this story and we were laughing at his antics. See if your child can tell you some of the situations David got himself into! Afterward we worked in small groups to make our own "David" puppet from the story - we put those small muscle skills to work as we colored, cut and glued our puppets together. Check our folders to see :)

Of course we had fun playing with the toys during center time. We located our name tags and played at either the kitchen/construction area, blocks and building, writing center, math center or i-pad station. Afterward it was so nice to get a good stretch of the legs outside and run about on this warm day.

Before lunch we made our way downstairs to visit the school library. We met our librarian Mrs. Dunfee and listened to another silly story called "The Cow Who Went Oink". It was our first time eating lunch at school and we did a fantastic job!! After cleaning up, we had the chance to choose a place in the classroom to play for a short time. I am very happy to report that the children are already playing so very nicely together. Next we had the chance to move and groove as we participated in a fun "Freeze Dance" song!

After a quick trip to the bathroom, it was our rest time - a time for us to be quiet and still after a very busy morning. Soft music, lights dimmed, and peace. Some friends fell asleep, some didn't. Before we knew it rest time was over and then we all had the chance to manipulate some clay before ending our day together. Some of us made balls, snakes, and even letters with our clay - great job!

We gathered our belongings, said our closing prayer and sang our goodbye song. Busy but fun day in Pre-K! We are so proud of all of the children - they are doing great :) See you tomorrow!


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Way to go, girls!! What a pleasure it was to meet all of the young ladies who are in our Pre-K 1 class. Another amazing day :) Some of the daily jobs that we practiced today are how to line up, walk in line, how to walk into and out of the classroom, unpacking and placing our backpacks in the proper bin, finding our name tag apple and placing it in the attendance tree, and listening to directions.

We weren't shy at all when we sang some fun songs at circle time. We dressed our weather frog for another rainy, cloudy day and turned over the next day on our September calendar. As the boys did yesterday, we enjoyed looking at our circle time boards and what we will be learning and participating in each day during our morning meeting. We took the time to read our morning message together to find out what the day had in store for us.

After walking quietly to the bathroom and enjoying our morning snack, we had a quick tour of the centers in our classroom. First we went over some rules, then we were able to participate in free play time. Again, the dramatic play area was a popular place - we all played there at some point today. A few of us enjoyed playing i-pad games and some of us put our drawing skills to work at the easel. The blocks and building area was visited by a few and the writing center had a few guests today as well.

Next we listened to the wonderful story "The Kissing Hand" by Audrey Penn about a racoon named Chester who is sad to leave his mommy when he goes to school. His mother shares a wonderful secret with him that makes him feel her love even when she can't be with him. A perfect story for the first day of school! This prompted a good discussion about our first day of school feelings. After the story we colored a picture of Chester while waiting to make a special art project for you, our wonderful parents. You will see it in our folders tomorrow! At the end of the story, we learned how to say "I Love You" in sign language - see if your little one can show you!

Next we made our way downstairs to see the gym where we will be having gym class next week, then we were happy to get some fresh air and exercise outside for a short time.

Time went by quickly and it was already time to go home. We gathered in a circle to end our day with prayer and our goodbye song. We received a special treat that went along with "The Kissing Hand" story for having such a wonderful first day. Ms. Denise and I are so very proud of them.

Tomorrow we look forward to having all of the boys and girls in our wonderful class together for the first time. TOMORROW IS A FULL DAY OF SCHOOL - DISMISSAL IS AT 2:30 PM. Please keep in mind that all children should have a morning snack, a lunch, 2 drinks, and a small towel inside their lunchbox. Thanks and have a great night :)


Monday, September 10, 2018

Wow! Wow! Wow! Our first day was fantastic! I am so proud of our Pre-K 1 boys and how well they listened and got settled into our classroom.

We practiced doing a number of basic daily jobs, like walking into the classroom, lining up, finding their name tag apples and placing them in our attendance tree, (which everyone did wonderfully!), putting folders away, unpacking backpacks, and waiting for directions.

We also sang some fun songs that will help us learn things, like each others' names and what the weather looked and felt like on this cloudy, rainy day. We looked at our circle time boards and noticed that we will be counting each day until our 100th, we will learn some fun new songs to help us remember our days of the week and months of the year. We also looked at our birthday board and we learned that we have one pre-k friend who has a September birthday - and that is Jake!

After a trip to the bathroom and our morning snack, we had the chance to see all of the centers in our classroom and participated in free play time. Some of us chose to play in the kitchen/dramatic play area, while others of us had fun playing games and doing puzzles, playing in the blocks and building area, and a few of us even painted at the easel!

Next we listened to the wonderful story "The Kissing Hand" by Audrey Penn about a raccoon named Chester who is sad to leave his mommy when he goes to school. His mother shares a wonderful secret with him that makes him feel her love even when she can't be with him. A perfect story for the first day of school! This prompted a good discussion about our first day of school feelings. After the story we colored a picture of Chester while waiting to make a special art project for you, our wonderful parents. You will see it in our folders on Wednesday!

We took a trip down to the gym to meet our gym teacher, Ms. Gorman, then we had the chance to play outside for a short time to get some fresh air. While out there, we played a fun game of "Duck, duck, goose." Before we knew it it was almost time to go home. We gathered in a circle to end our day with prayer and we talked about the favorite part of our day.

The children really did their very best to follow directions, clean up toys, share with friends, and use manners. I'm so proud of them! They each received a special treat before going home for having such a wonderful first day.

Looking forward to seeing the girls tomorrow!


Dear Parents,

I am very excited to be your child's teacher and look forward to an enriching and rewarding school year. So many great things will happen in our class! My objective this year is to help better prepare your child for kindergarten emotionally, spiritually, socially, and academically in a positive and nurturing environment.

Below you will find some of the skills focused on in Pre-K:

Reading Readiness: listening to and following directions, left to right progression when reading and writing, letter identification, and letter sounds, using storybooks to make predictions and learn about characters, setting, and lessons learned.

Math Concepts: patterning, sorting, one to one correspondence, greater than/less than, shapes, size sequencing, number recognition, number writing, simple addition and subtraction.

Fine Motor Skills: manipulating small objects, tracing, painting, coloring, pencil grip, correct letter and number formation, gluing and cutting.

Science: simple experiments and outcome predictions, animal habitats

Awareness of self: respect of self and others as well as our school community, waiting one's turn to speak and play, and completing daily tasks.


It would be very helpful if your child becomes familiar with the following skills and information. Please work on any of these skills and/or information below with your child that he/she may need help with:

1. His/Her full name and phone number

2. How to wash his/her hands with soap and water as well as how to dry them.

3. How to put away play things and materials after using them.

4. How to use a tissue when blowing his/her nose. How to cough and sneeze into his/her elbow.

5. How to take off and put on clothing including jackets, mittens, etc. without assistance.

6. How to unfasten/fasten clothing including zippers, snaps and buttons.

PLEASE make sure that your child knows how to take care of his/her bathroom needs including wiping him/herself without assistance.

We realize many children may not have mastered all of the above, but working together, we're sure it can soon be accomplished.

I am very much looking forward to meeting all of you and your beautiful children and I am excited to be a part of their growth and development. Please don't hesitate to contact me at sdignam71@gmail.com with any questions or concerns you may have.

Enjoy the remainder of your summer!

Please click on the "Pre-K Info" and "Calendar" tabs to your left for further info regarding Parent Orientation Night, Meet and Greet, and the first week of school schedule.


Sincerely,

Mrs. Dignam