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Monday, November 20, 2017
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 participated in our second November Scholastic Lesson for this month titled "Every Thanksgivng". The video for this lesson showed us another interpretation of the first Thanksgiving with large,colorful pictures of the Pilgrims and Native Americans. We also had a discussion about Indian corn and viewed several pictures of what Indian corn looks like. We took notice to how it is similar yet different than regular corn on the cob. We discussed that even though it has the same shape and has husks like regular corn, it looks and feels different. We returned to our seats and read through our booklets together and shared with the friends at our table what we are most thankful for. The activity on the back required us to use the color key to figure out which numbers and colors were associated with each other. This is a great way to practice # identification and become familiar with color words....it also teaches us how to use a "key" to interpret information. Great work!
After visiting the bathroom and eating our delicious snacks, some of us enjoyed making our own Indian corn creations during center activities. We will be completing this activity in small groups over the next 3 days. We cut, colored, glued, and painted. We used q-tips to fill up our corn with wonderful colors - and each color means something. We practiced the beautiful poem that goes with it and explains what each color represents. They will be hanging outside of our classroom until Wednesday.
Gym time came quickly and Ms. Gorman always puts our large motor skills to work. We used hoops and balls and had so much fun. After lunch, our friend Adriana told us all about her adventures with Traveling Teddy this past weekend. We then learned a song from our Scholastic lesson this morning called "I Am Thankful". We also had a request for "Let's Have a Dinner", so we viewed that again as well (and sang along too!).
After a peaceful rest time, we gathered on the rug and flipped over a card that had either an "N" for Native American or "P" for Pilgrim. Whichever letter we chose is the one we will be dressed as for our feast on Wednesday (we are making them here at school). See if your child can tell you what he/she picked.
We ended the day in prayer, thanking God for our family and friends. We have one question to ask tonight for homework....where will we celebrating Thanksgiving at? We will discuss this tomorrow.
Friday, November 17, 2017
TGIF!! Another week completed in Pre-K 1! What fun we had with the letter Gg and the number 7!
"Run run run, as fast as you can
You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread man!!"
We ended our G week with lots of Gingerbread Man fun today.
During our morning lesson we reviewed the numbers 1-7 and the letters A-G. We are getting really good at identifying, sounding out, and even signing our letters. We did an excellent job selecting a picture and then placing it under the letter it begins with (A, B, C, D, E, F, or G). Next we reviewed the Gingerbread Man tale from yesterday and recalled the events and characters from the story. We re-read it, but this time we joined in as we recited the repetitive phrase that silly gingerbread boy kept saying to each character as they chased him. Afterward we worked hard to make our own cute little gingerbread men creations. We really put our fine motor skills to work! First we colored, then we cut out and glued our gingerbread men onto construction paper. Then it was time to add some neat decorations - raisin eyes, 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! These lovely creations will be hanging in the hallway for all to see!
Snack time was sooo good, then we finished up our center activities for this week. The morning went by quickly and it was already time for music class. Sr. Teresa's class is always entertaining...one of the fun things we did today was play a musical game of "follow the leader" that had us singing and doing movement.
We enjoyed our yummy lunches, then it was time for some free play exploration in the classroom. Afterward, we sat to review the Thanksgiving story once again and viewed a Thanksgiving song/video clip called "Lets Have a Dinner". Check it out on "you tube" if you get the chance! We then finished up our activity that we started yesterday by drawing and coloring what we are most thankful for. I must say that their responses were quite sweet and endearing.
After a relaxing rest time, we ended our day listening to a story our friend Isabella brought in for our G table this morning....the storybook "The Gingerbread Girl Goes Animal Crackers". In this silly tale, the gingerbread girl is fast and smart and she's ready to race with her new friends - the animal crackers! Fresh out of the box, they leap away singing "We're wild Animal Crackers, hear our fierce roar, you can't catch us, we're off to explore!"
Next week we look forward to being involved in many Thanksgiving related activities and our Fruit Feast on Wednesday! The letter "Hh" and the #8 will wait until the week of November 27th.
Have a fantastic weekend :) There is a Family Mass this Sunday at 9:00 am here at St. Matthew's Church.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
When checking our calendar this morning we discovered that Thanksgiving is just 7 days away - (our # of the week)....that's right, just one short week away! Our morning message revealed that we were going to use gummy bears to practice many math skills and create a graph. We each made our own gummy bear graph! We received a graph paper and identified the numbers from 1-7 on one side and colors on the other. We then received a cup with several gummy bears inside. Our first task was to carefully take them out, and place them in the proper column on our graph according to their color. This required us to sort, count, identify colors and numbers. Once finished we were able to clearly see which color we had the most of and the least of. Everyone's was different so many of us were comparing to see who had more/less of a certain color. Wonderful work! Check our folders to see :) Of course, our favorite part was eating them once we were done. Yum!!
After enjoying our morning snacks, we got busy with our center time activities. Next we had the chance to get a good stretch of the legs and some fresh air outside on this lovely fall day. Upon returning to the classroom, we gathered on the rug and again reviewed the Thanksgiving story. We were reminded of Thanksgiving things, like delicious food, parades and football - but we took the time to recognize that the true meaning of Thanksgiving is giving thanks to God for all that is special to us. We began an activity that began with the writing prompt "I can thank God for...". We will finish this tomorrow.
Lunch time was delicious as always, then we gathered on the rug for the classic story of "The Gingerbread Man". We talked about out how "Gingerbread", like "girrafe", had the soft /g/ sound. We will be revisiting this story again tomorrow.
Before resting, we went somewhere very special today. Fr. Welsh invited all of the Pre-K children to visit him in the church for a tour. We made our way over there and Fr. Welsh, our wonderful Pastor, showed us some of the beautiful things there. We looked at the lovely stained glass windows and specifically looked at St. Matthew and St. Luke. He talked to us about holy water, candles, and he even showed us his special chalice. See if your child can tell you about our church visit today. A huge thank you to Fr. Welsh for taking the time to show us these beautiful things.
We had a very short rest time, then finished the rotation of table top activities for this week. We ended our day in the usual way - prayers and goodbyes to all :)
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
What a "G"reat-looking G table we have! We added today two "Green Lantern" characters from Batman, a guitar, a glow stick, another giraffe, and a really cool globe.
During our morning lesson we viewed a short, interesting video clip on our SMARTboard all about one of our favorite animals that begins with the letter G....Giraffes! First we discussed all of the things we already knew about them - our list included that we can see them at the zoo and in the jungle, they have very long necks, have spots, and they eat leaves. After watching and listening to the video we learned some new giraffe facts - such as they have blue tongues that are as long as our arms, they are the tallest animal in the world, they sleep standing up, and they have to watch out for lions! We also learned that they live in the jungles in Africa - and we used the globe on our letter table to find where Africa is. Afterwards we enjoyed making our own giraffe crafts out of various size rectangles - we had rectangle heads, necks, bodies, legs and a tail. We cut, assembled and glued those rectangles together to make a giraffe. Last we added many brown spots- they look giraff-tastic!!!!
We had a nice morning snack, then worked in small groups at our centers. Before we knew it, it was time to visit Mrs. Dunfee in the library....where she read us a few entertaining stories. After lunch, we enjoyed some free play time with friends. Next we gathered on the rug and reviewed the story of the first Thanksgiving. We then got up, spread out, and participated in the "pop-se-ko" dance before settling down for a nice, quiet rest time.
After refining our fine motor skills with our table top activities, we rounded out our day by offering prayers and singing our goodbye tune.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
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. Which had more and which had less? Purple grapes was the winner for our class favorite (green=6, purple=12)
Our grape fun continued when we went back to our seats to find green and purple paper grapes at our tables. We grabbed a bunch and first sorted them by color. Next, we were encouraged to make patterns with the grapes. Who knew we could practice so many math skills with grapes? Next we were ready to put those counting skills to work as we counted out and glued 7 paper grapes on our plate - great counting everyone :) Check our folders to see!
After our morning snack and participating in our center-time activities, we stretched our legs outside and enjoyed the fresh air and exercise with our Pre-K 2 friends in Mrs. Wolk's class. When we returned to the classroom 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!
Our letter G table is Growing....today we added yet another giraffe, gum, some green items, a pair of gloves and "Golden Queen" from Skylander. Wow!!"
After enjoying our lunches and some free play time, we gathered on the rug to the listen to the tale of "The Three Billy Goats Gruff". We quickly pointed out the "G" words in the title. This story was about three clever billy goats who outsmart the mean troll that lives under the bridge. Rest time allowed us to calm our minds and bodies as the soft music played, then we got busy with our table top activities for this week - which include filling up upper case G's with ghosts, play-do exploration, and small legos and building manipulatives. Afterward we prepared for dismissal, offered prayer, and sang goodbye to our buddies for the day :)
Monday, November 13, 2017
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 listened for that initial /g/ sound as we found and circled only the pictures that started with g, then "x"ed out the rest. Check your child's folder for their wonderful work and see if he/she can read the sentences for you.
Our letter G table has on it two giraffes and a goat. We hope to add some more on there tomorrow.
After we visited the bathroom we enjoyed our morning snacks. Next we got busy with our center activities - this week they include: tracing and printing upper and lower case Gg's in our letter books, counting out 7 items - then drawing 7 body parts on the caterpillar, making a very special card for Thanksgiving, and practicing skills on the i-pads.
We then headed to gym class. Today Ms. Gorman had us practicing our hand-eye coordination as we used balloons and plates to practice many different skills. See if your little one can tell you about it.
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. Tomorrow we will be listening to the story of the very first Thanksgiving shared by the Pilgrims and the Native Americans.
Rest time was quite relaxing, then we wrapped up the day using dry erase markers and whiteboards. After packing up, saying our prayers and singing goodbyes, we ended another great day day in Pre-K :)
November 10, 2017
Happy Friday :) Brrrr...it's a chilly one!
I am glad to report that our F table is completely "F"ull. We have added another fork, a flipper, and a pair of flip-flops (double f). Fantastic!
During our morning lesson we had a nice discussion about our feelings. We talked about how we often can tell how a person feels just by looking at their face. We listened to the story "The Feelings Book" by Todd Parker and enjoyed the colorful illustrations. This book inspires kids (and adults!) to embrace the wide range of moods we all experience. We worked hard in our journals as we drew several faces showing different feelings. There were wonderful drawings of happy, sad, angry, tired, surprised, excited and scared faces....there were even some painted faces! Ms. Denise and I are very impressed with how independent these little ones are becoming!!
After a visit to the bathroom and morning snacks, we finished up our center activities for this week. The morning went by quickly and it was already time to line up for music class. Sr. Teresa introduced us to "Bouncy the Ball" and "Sammy the Snail".....see if your child can tell you about it!
Our yummy lunches hit the spot, then the all-favorite free play time followed. We then got up, spread out, and prepared for 2 dances in honor of the letter F. First was the ever popular "Freeze Dance". Next, we participated in "The Farmer in the Dell".
We calmed our minds and bodies during rest time, then we wrapped up our day with some alphabet bingo. Next week we look forward to exploring the letter Gg, the #7, and beginning our Thanksgiving activities. Please see the note in your child's folder about our upcoming "Fruit Feast" on Wednesday, November 22nd. Enjoy the weekend and see you Monday!
November 9, 2017
This morning we sang some of our favorite songs, then reviewed our letters A-F and numbers 1-6. After that we were ready for some frog fun. We were introduced to a new frog game for our classroom that reinforces our number recognition and counting skills. The goal is to help the # frog leap onto the appropriate lilly pad. Then we learned some interesting facts about a frog's life - the mommy frog lays her eggs, when the eggs hatch tadpoles come out (the tadpoles look more like fish than frogs), then the tadpole grows legs! We were laughing at the picture because it looks like a fish with legs. Then it grows into an adult frog and then the whole thing happens again. We also saw some neat pictures of different types of frogs on the SMARTboard - even poisonous ones! Afterward we enjoyed making a baby frog craft. We cut, colored, and glued and made some fantastic looking frogs!
After our morning snacks we worked in small groups and completed our center time activities. We then enjoyed the fresh air and had some fun in the sun with our friends in Pre-K 2. We worked up an appetite out there, so we were happy to sit down to eat our lunches.
After lunch time we gathered for a story titled "Finklehopper Frog" - this was a wonderful rhyming tale of a frog who decided to give jogging a try and almost everyone laughs at his efforts. But Finklehopper learns from his friend Ruby Rabbit 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. We then got up and spread out for some "animal action" movement - and we finished up by moving and sounding like frogs all around the classroom.
We rested nicely, then rounded out our day with table-top activities. Prayers and goodbyes were offered before leaving the classroom. Have a nice evening :)
November 8, 2017
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 at 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, first with our own faces - then 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.
Our letter table is looking "F"abulous! Today we added a football, a fork, another frog, a rainbow flag, and another Mr. Freeze. Super!
After a bathroom break and enjoying our morning snacks, we participated in our center time activities. Afterward we put our coats on and played outside for a short time before visiting Mrs. Dunfee in the library.
Lunch time was delicious, as always :) After some free play time we gathered on the rug and talked about the special Family Project that is being sent home in folders today. Please take a look to find out all about it. All family pages are due back at school by Wednesday, November 22nd. We then listened 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 it would be so Funny. This story was about two unlikely, but likeable friends. A porcupine named Fluffy and a rhinocerous named....what?! See if your child can tell you about it....
After a quiet and peaceful rest time, we got busy with our table-top activities. Before we knew it, we were preparing for dismissal. We said our prayers and sang our goodbyes and ended another great day of Pre-K :)
November 7, 2017
We had a busy day full of fish activities for the letter F!
Our Ff table is looking quite "F"antastic! Today we welcomed another frog and a flag, some feathers, a flower pillow, a flashlight, and a fan. Impressive!
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 were introduced to some fishy games that will be added to our math center. One of them is a memory game where we have to match the fishies according to their color. The other is a sorting activity - where we can choose the way in which to sort (either by color or by size). We can also use this game to make patterns with the various types of fish. We also talked about our new # of the week, the # 6. Afterward, we colored the water in the fish tanks on our activity page. Next we practiced tracing and printing the #6. Our last task was to count out 6 little fishies to glue inside of our tank. Great counting was done by all!
Snack time was yummy, then we located our name tags for center time activities. We then had a good stretch of the legs as we made our way outside on this chilly Fall day. Parents, please make sure your child has appropriate attire as the chillier days approach. Coats, gloves, and scarves should be worn on colder days.
We gathered for God's Time and this week's theme is something very special that begins with the letter F....Families. Today we discussed how God has blessed us with wonderful families who love us and take care of us every day. We were also reminded that we are all a part of God's family. We looked at pictures of various types of families and talked about how family members sometimes look alike. The children were eager to tell the rest of us who they look like in their family. A "Family Project" will be sent home this week to be completed at home. We will be creating, with your assistance, a class family album.
After a nice lunch, we participated in some free play time. We then enjoyed listening to the entertaining story "A Fish Out of Water"....about a little boy who feeds his goldfish too much. We loved the illustrations which showed how the fish rapidly outgrows its' bowl, a large pot, a bathtub, and even a swimming pool!
After a relaxing rest time, we began our table top activities for this week, which include: Filling up an upper case F with feathers, play-do, and lacing with beads. After packing up, prayers and goodbyes ended our busy day. Looking forward to seeing all of my friends again tomorrow :)
November 6, 2017
It's "F" week and our Ff table is already "F"illing up! So far we have Mr. Freeze, a fidget spinner, a frog, a fox, the movie "Frozen", a flag and our friend Fiona added her letter person to it as well. Wow!! Keep those F items comin'!
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. See if your child can read these sentences for you. On the opposite side we identified the pictures, listened for the initial /f/ sound, circled only the ones that began with F and "x"ed out the rest. Wonderful work!
After munching on our morning snacks, we got busy with our center time activities. This week we will be tracing and printing upper and lower case Ff's in our letter books, identifying the #6 and counting out 6 objects, using dot-a-dot stampers to make colorful fish, and refining skills on the i-pads.
Even though Ms. Gorman was out today, we still went down to the gym and put those large motor skills to work. We used jump ropes, balls, and "catch the ball in the cup" games to keep us active and busy.
We enjoyed our lunches, then free play time with friends followed. Afterward, our friend Gracie told us all about her weekend with Traveling Teddy....sounds like both she and Teddy had lots of fun together. We then listened to a story about friends - a very special word for the letter "F" - called "Friends at School". In this story, we were introduced to many children and saw them doing some of the very same things we do at our school. We could easily see that these friends were feeling happy together. Why? Because they were sharing, taking turns, and being kind to each other. This prompted a good discussion about what good friends do and don't do - and how we should strive to be the best friend we can be each and every day.
Nap time was relaxing as we calmed our minds and bodies, then we finished up our day with the use of dry-erase markers and whiteboards. We packed up our backpacks, said our end-of-the-day prayer and sang our goodbyes to one another :)
November 3, 2017
Well, we came into the classroom with our best smiles on today for picture day. After our morning prayers and pledge, calendar and weather check and our 100 day countdown, we made our way into the auditorium to get our pictures taken. While we were waiting we practiced how to make our best smiles :) We were lookin' good in Pre-K 1!!
We returned to our classroom and participated in our morning lesson. Today we reviewed our letters from A to E in a fun way - using alphabet soup cans! There was a can for each letter and our job was to select a picture, identify it, say the letter it begins with, sign the letter, then place it in the corresponding can. Wow! I was impressed with how many of these smart cookies were able to do this with little or no assistance. When we returned to our seats, we completed a letter review page where we matched the letter on one side with the picture that begins with the letter on the other side. Nice work!!
We enjoyed our morning snacks, then located our name tags for center time activities. We then had some fun in the sun on this unusually warm November day as we ran about with friends outside. Before we knew it, we were making our way to music class. Sister Teresa had us using our high, medium and low voices. She used different instruments and we moved in different ways according to the speed she was playing.
After lunch and some free play time, we gathered on the rug for storytime. As we wrap up Halloween week, today we read "Is This A Monster?" In this big book, we saw some close-up, colorful pictures of the faces of interesting creatures from the animal world - and we had to guess if it was a monster or not. Some of them really looked like monsters when the picture zoomed it on only its' face! We then played our "Muffin Man" song game - where one of us hides our eyes and has to listen and guess which other friend is singing some of the song. When we first played this game, it took us several guesses to get it right. But now, we have gotten to know our friends' voices so well that we are getting it on the first try. I think it might be time for us to try to change our voices the next time we play.
After a quiet and peaceful rest time, we rounded out our week with a fun game of alphabet bingo. Blankets are being sent home today to get washed so please return them on Monday.
Have a great weekend and next week we will explore the letter Ff and #6 :)
November 2, 2017
Happy November! I hope everyone had a happy and safe Halloween with your little one(s)! We were quite anxious this morning to tell about the Halloween fun we had with families and friends.
We participated in our first November Scholastic lesson titled "Look at Leaves". We saw the many colors , shapes, and sizes of the beautiful Autumn leaves. We learned some interesting things about leaves - such as they have veins that run throughout them, some can be bigger than our faces, and the leaves on an evergreen tree never change - they always stay green. We watched the video for this lesson on our SMARTboard before working in our scholastic booklets. Check our folders to see! We also examined real leaves! We each picked a leaf from a bag and looked closely at it to see the size, shape, and color of it. We could easily see the veins running through it. We then completed an activity sheet where we identified the color and size of the leaf we chose, then we made our best effort to trace it. Nicely done!
We visited the bathroom, then sat down to enjoy our morning snacks - and many of us were happy to show our Halloween candy. We then located our name tags for center time. After center activities, we did some journal work. Today we were asked to draw Halloween things on our next journal page. There were wonderful drawings of pumpkins, ghosts, witches, spiders, and bats. We then enjoyed some fresh air and exercise as we made our way outside to play with our friends in Pre-K 2.
Lunch time was yummy, followed by free play time with friends. Afterward we played the interactive SMARTboard game from our Scholastic lesson earlier where we had to listen to the letter called, then click on only the leaves with that letter on it. The leaves were falling down, so our goal was try to click on them before they reached the ground. We each had the chance to play and we did an excellent job! Before settling for rest, we had some dance time. Since we are still in the Halloween spirit, we did "The Monster Shuffle" - and we certainly were moving and sounding like monsters in here!
After rest time we enjoyed some table top activities before ending our day with prayer and goodbyes. Please remember that tomorrow is picture day - so each child should bring their best smile to school :) Also, Halloween and Walk-a-thon pictures have been added to this site, just click on the link at the left to see!
October 31, 2017
Happy Halloween!! These little ghosts and goblins were in their Halloween finest 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 to see them all dressed up and so excited.
After our parade and having our pictures taken, we worked with our clay while waiting to get our costumes off. We had a brief morning meeting, then we were ready for our Halloween celebration. We listened to some Halloween music while tasting some delicious treats. We had soft pretzels, bags of chips, cupcakes and candy.....yum!! A HUGE thank you to all of the parents who sent in some goodies for these precious little ones. They loved them....and they each have very full "Boo" bags to bring home.
We then visited our centers before making our way outside to stretch our legs and exert lots of energy. Before lunch we gathered on the rug and listened to the story from our Religion lesson called "Halloween Fun"....which prompted a nice discussion about Halloween safety rules. This story is in your child;s folder.
Lunch time was especially delicious because our friend Pablo's family treated our class and Pre-K 2 to a pizza lunch...delicious!! We had cheese or pepperoni to choose from. Thanks so much to Pablo for that wonderful and generous treat.
After lunch we made our way downstairs to the auditorium to see the lovely senior citizens who visit our school every Tuesday. We, along with our Pre-K 2 friends, sang 3 of our Halloween songs for them. I think we were a hit because they really loved us. They even had a lollipop ghost treat for each of us. We used our good manners and remembered to say "thank you".
Upon returning to the classroom we sat down to watch a short Halloween movie. Yesterday we heard the wonderful story "Room on the Broom" and today we watched the movie version on our SMARTboard.
We ended the day by reviewing some Halloween night safety tips. As always, we prayed and thanked God for all of His blessings. Have a very happy and safe Halloween night! See you Thursday :)
October 30, 2017
Wow - our Halloween countdown revealed just 1 more day till Halloween....and we are super excited about it. This month went by so quickly!
We began our Monday as usual, with prayer, salute to the flag, singing hello to each other, and sharing about our weekend. We played a Halloween game that also reinforced our number recognition and counting skills with the use of a felt spider web, number cards and spider manipulatives. The large felt spider web was in the center of our circle and number cards from 1-10 that were flipped over around it. We each had a turn to select a card, identify the #, and then place the corresponding number of baby spiders inside the web. Great counting! Of course we talked about what's in store for us tomorrow and we are really looking forward to a frightfully fun day filled with costumes, games, singing, and treats.
When we returned to our seats we got busy working on our "Boo" bags for our Halloween celebration tomorrow. We colored and cut out Halloween shapes and glued them onto our bags. We also added some Halloween shape foam stickers. They look "boo"- tiful!
After a nice morning snack, we got busy with our center time activities. Time went by quickly and then we were getting ready to go to gym class. Today Ms. Gorman had us throwing and catching and she played some fun Halloween games with us.
Lunch time hit the spot after that energetic gym class, then we chose a place to play for free play time. Afterward, our friend Fiona told us about her adventures with Traveling Teddy this past weekend. We then listened to one of my favorite Halloween stories called "Room on the Broom" by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Some of these little ones were already familiar with this one. 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 a hungry dragon? See if your child can tell you about it.
After lunch we used our whiteboards to make some spooky Halloween things, before ending our day in prayer and song. Please remember that tomorrow the children should arrive at school in his/her costume. Please place a bag in your child's schoolbag so we can place the costume inside of it after removal. We look forward to our parade around the school, our Halloween celebration, and a pizza lunch tomorrow. Fun, fun, fun!
October 27, 2017
The children strutted in this morning sporting their Halloween outfits and colors and looked "spook-tacular"! After singing some songs and our Halloween favorites, we began our morning lesson about witches. First, we worked on our our patterning skills while we arranged witches and pumpkins to make various patterns. Don't be surprised if you hear your little one chanting "pumpkin, pumpkin, witch/pumpkin, pumpkin, witch". Next we listed some things that we already know about scary witches - green skin, pointy hat, they do "spells", ride broomsticks, and make potions. We then watched a short video clip on the SMARTboard about the characteristics of a witch. The only thing from the video that wasn't on our list was a long, warty nose! We sure know about witches in here! We finished up by making our own scary witches. We used the plates that we painted green yesterday, cut out a nose and a mouth, added some eyes, hat, hair and teeth - then glued them into place. These wonderful wicked witch creations are hanging in our classroom.
After enjoying our snacks, we finished up our center activities for this week. The pumpkins we painted will be coming home today - they look fabulous!
The morning flew on by and before we knew it, we were lining up for music class. The Halloween fun continued as we pretended to be spiders with Sr. Teresa....we liked being rock and roll spiders the best!
After a nice lunch, we enjoyed some free play time. Afterward we gathered on the rug for the story "Little Witch's Big Night". A quick bathroom visit, and then we prepared for the walk-a-thon. We made our way outside with our friends in Pre-K 2 and then had some fun and exercise as we walked around the block two times. It was nice to see some parents and grandparents there who joined us. A special thank you for the walk-a-thon donations!!! We so much appreciate your cooperation and support of our school.
Upon returning to the classroom, we enjoyed a yummy ice cream sandwich treat. De-licous! We then relaxed and calmed our bodies for a short nap time before packing up and ending this fun, yet busy day.
Next week we will continue with Halloween activities and will review the letters A-E and the numbers 1-5. Our letter table is now a Halloween table, so the children are encouraged to bring something in for Halloween.....so far we have a spooky tree that sings, a pumpkin, a human skeleton and a cat skeleton. Please keep in mind that we are closed next Wednesday, Nov. 1 in honor of All Saints Day and Friday is picture day - there is a picture form in your child's folder.
Have a wonderful weekend. Tomorrow is the Family Mass at 4:30 here at St. Matthew. The children may wear their costume to church and then "Trunk or Treat" immediately follows. Hope to see you there :)
October 26, 2017
The Halloween countdown is now down to 5....just 5 more days till Halloween....and we are super excited about it!
During our morning lesson we played a fun pumpkin game that had us practicing our number recognition and counting skills. We each received a pumpkin, some had stickers on them and some had a number on them. Our task was to either identify the # or the # of stickers on our pumpkin, and then find the friend who had it's counterpart. We did a great job with this activity and most of us were able to find our "match" pretty quickly. Some friends were helping others to find their match - great teamwork! We watched an animated version of "Five Little Pumpkins Sitting on the Gate" on our SMARTboard and we couldn't help but sing along. Afterward, we returned to our seats to put those fine motor skills to work. First we colored the gate and pumpkins, then it was time to use our scissors to cut. Next, our task was to put the pumpkins on the gate in the proper sequence from 1 to 5. Perfect pumpkin work!
We had a nice morning snack, then located our name tags for center time activities. We each were called to paint a paper plate green today for something we are going to make tomorrow for Halloween. What could it be? We took many guesses and soon we will see....
Next we put our sweatshirts and jackets on and made our way outside on this brisk, Autumn day. Upon returning to the classroom, we gathered for God's Time. We reviewed our last lesson and discussed how "All Saints Day" is the day after Halloween and a day to honor all of the saints. Many of us remembered that saints were people who acted just like Jesus and are now with God. Saints were kind, helpful, brave, and honest. We also discussed Halloween and how it's a day for make-believe fun. We each had the chance to share who or what we will be pretending to be this Halloween and then completed the activity page for this lesson. Check folders to see!
We enjoyed our lunch while chatting with friends, then we chose a place to play for free play time. After lunch we listened to the entertaining tale of "Spookley the Square Pumpkin" - One day in the pumpkin patch the strangest little pumpkin hatched. Spookley the Pumpkin was different. All the other pumpkins teased him until Spookley proved that being different can save the day! Some great lessons to be learned from this story.
We settled for a relaxing rest time, then finished up the rotation of table top activities for this week. Tomorrow we look forward to our walk-a-thon in the afternoon at 1:00pm. As you should already know, the Pre-K children are encouraged to wear Halloween-themed clothes or orange and black to school tomorrow. No costumes, please. Next Tuesday (on Halloween) the Pre-K children may wear their costumes to school. Have a great evening!
October 25, 2017
Our Halloween countdown continues and during our calendar activities this morning we counted that it's just 6 days away!!
During our morning lesson we made some estimations. We first talked about how an"estimation" is a fancy word for a "guess". We took another peek inside our classroom pumpkin. We made a list of words to describe the outside of it, which included hard, smooth, and orange. Then we thought of words to describe the inside of it - soft, wet, and slimy. We could see the many lines coming down the pumpkin and now it was time for our estimations. How many lines were on the outside of our pumpkin? We each had the chance to reveal our estimations and there were some great ones!! So our next task was to carefully count the lines and the magic # was.....23! Nobody guessed that exact number but we had one friend who was the closest - and that was Gracie with her estimation guess being 22!! Way to go, Gracie!
When we returned to our seats we continued our pumpkin theme by making our own unique pumpkin faces. First we picked the shape of our pumpkin, then we carefully used our scissors to cut, cut, cut it out. Then we had the chance to pick out facial features which included eyebrows, eyes, noses, mouths and some of us even added a bow or a hat. These wonderful creations are hanging in our classroom.
We next had the chance to go outside for some good exercise and enjoy the fresh, cool air. Afterward we visited Mrs. Dunfee in the library and listened to a few entertaining Halloween stories.
Lunch time was oh so yummy, then free play time with friends is always a favorite. Afterward we did some moving and groovin' to a few Halloween dances today - "The Skeleton Dance" and "Halloween Freeze Dance". Rest time was quiet and peaceful, then we rotated our table top activities. We ended the day in the usual way - a nice goodbye with prayer and song.
**Please make sure to read the letter stapled to the front of your child's folder which describe some important reminders**
October 24, 2017
What a "spook-tacular" day! Today most of our activities were about something spooky for Halloween.....ghosts! These little ghosts in Pre-K 1 are definitely excited for Halloween, which is just one short week away!
During our morning lesson we played a fun alphabet ghost game. We each had the chance to pick a ghost, flip it over, identify the letter (A,B,C,D, or E), and lastly sign the letter. We were able to do this with very little help. Nicely done. We listened to the story "Ten Timid Ghosts" -this was a Halloween countdown about 10 ghosts, a witch, and a haunted house. When we returned to our seats we cut, colored and glued to make a neat craft. We started with a paper plate, but after we added facial features, arms and streamers - we created our own spooky ghosts. They are hanging outside our classroom for all to see...."Boo-tiful" work! We even had the chance to move about and sound like ghosts in the classroom.
We enjoyed our morning snacks, then got busy with our center time activities in small groups. The children are really enjoying painting pumpkins this week.
We gathered on the rug for "God's Time" - this week and next we are focusing on Halloween and Feast of All Saints. Today we learned that "All Saints Day" is the day after Halloween and a day to celebrate all of the saints. We discussed how saints are people who followed Jesus and acted just like Him and are now with God in Heaven. We talked about how we can let the light of God's love shine from us, just like the saints did. Whenever we see a Halloween jack-o-lantern, we can think of God's light shining from us. We colored a special picture for this lesson which is in your child;s folder - see if your child can read the words for you.
We had a nice lunch, then some free play time with friends followed. We gathered to listen to a Halloween story called "What will you be?"...which was about children thinking about all of the things they could be for Halloween. Afterward we were happy to share with everyone what we plan on being for Halloween. Wow - I am looking forward to seeing these little ones in their costumes!!
After a quiet and relaxing rest time, we participated in our table top activities. This week we will work with play-do and Halloween cookie-cutters, trace Halloween stencils and color them, and use pattern blocks and boards. Packing up, prayers, and singing goodbyes ended another great day in Pre-K!
October 23, 2017
This week will be filled with many fun and educational Halloween activities. We participated in our second Scholastic lesson for October this morning which focused on somethings we see a lot of this time of year.....pumpkins! We learned that the word 'humongous" means giant and that pumpkins come in many different sizes, shapes, and colors. In the video for this lesson, we of course saw orange ones - but some were red, white, green and even blue! We also learned that the skin on the pumpkin can be smooth or bumpy. When we returned to our seats we received our Scholastic booklet and read about how a pumpkin grows. On the back cover we colored the ribbon only on the biggest pumpkin on each shelf. We then drew our own pumpkin that was bigger than the one next to it. Very nicely done!
After munching on our morning snacks, we got busy with our center activities. This week we will be matching the jack-o-lantern on one side with the same one on the other side, reviewing #'s 1-5 by making a number sheet and putting the appropriate number of Halloween stickers under the corresponding #, pumpkin painting, and i-pad practice.
The morning flew on by and before we knew it, we were lining up for gym class. Today we practiced our gross motor skills by hopping and skipping, then we used hula hoops to do many fun things. We worked up a good sweat!
After some lunch and the ever so popular free play time, we played the interactive game from our Scholastic lesson on our SMARTboard called "Build Your Own Pumpkin" - where we each had the chance to choose what type of pumpkin we wanted (bumpy, smooth, tall or green), then picked eyebrows, the shape we wanted for the eyes and nose, and lastly a mouth. At the end the pumpkin we created was added as the 5th pumpkin on the gate and we sang along to the song "5 Little Pumpkins Sitting on the Gate". We then had the chance to look inside of a real pumpkin. First we guessed what was going to be inside - and most of us recalled from the video this morning that there are seeds. We saw there is also something called pulp inside that is wet and stringy and holds the seeds. Next it was time to explore. We watched as Mrs. Dignam carefully cut around the stem, then we were allowed to touch and feel the inside of it if we wanted to. We used describing words to tell how it felt - wet, icky, gooey, and slimy were some of the words used. I encourage you to ask your child about it.
We had a relaxing rest time, then we wrapped up our day using our markers and whiteboards. Some of us made letters and numbers, others made some neat things for Halloween. We prepared for dismissal, then said our prayers and sang our goodbye song. We look forward a to a frightfully fun week ahead.
October 20, 2017
We had one more E item make its' way onto our E table today....an egg! What an Excellent job they did this week :)
One of our circle time activities is counting our way up to our 100th day of school - and today we flipped over the #30. Wow - our 30th day of Pre-K already!! Ms. Denise and I are so very pleased at the progress these kids are making! During our morning lesson, we revisited the "Humpty Dumpty" nursery rhyme from yesterday. Most of us can recite it all by ourselves! We watched it on our SMARTboard and then returned to our seats. We were happy to find out that we were getting ready to make our next class book - our "Humpty Dumpty" book. Each child received a page with the writing prompt "Humpty Dumpty sat on a ......" Now we know in the nursery rhyme he sat on a wall - but we came up with some other clever options - and yes, most were a bit silly. Then we drew about it. See if your child can tell you about their drawing. Once all the pages are bound together, each child will have the chance to bring the book home to share with their families.
Snack time was yummy, then we finished up with our center activities for this week. We next had the chance to get outside on this lovely day for a good stretch of the legs. Music class soon followed. Today we enjoyed singing Halloween songs, playing drums, and marching to music with Sr. Teresa.
After lunch we had the chance to work in our journals. First we brainstormed as many "E" things as we could think of. Then we picked our favorites and drew them in our journals. There were some great drawings of elephants, earmuffs, eggs, Elmo, our classmate Ethan, envelopes and even some eggplant - "E"xceptional work!
After a quick bathroom visit, we calmed our bodies for a nice rest time. We rounded out the day playing some color and shape bingo - a great and fun way to practice our color and shape recognition skills.
Next week, we will NOT be moving on to the letter Ff and #6 - we will be involved in many Halloween themed activities. Enjoy the wonderful weather this weekend with your precious little ones!
October 19, 2017
Well, we continued our egg theme today and we learned about a silly guy from a nursery rhyme who is, in fact, an egg......that's right - Humpty Dumpty! Some of us were familiar with him, some weren't. Right away we recognized his oval shape. We recited the nursery rhyme several times while looking at pictures of the events that took place - and we enjoyed singing it as well. There were 4 pictures of the story and we practiced our sequencing skills by putting them in the order in which they happened. In the well-known rhyme, all the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't put Humpty together again. But we thought of some clever ways to do it - our list included: tape, glue, an ice pack and bandaids. When we returned to our seats we made an adorable Humpty Dumpty craft. First we cut our the large oval shape, then we glued small rectangles close together to make a brick wall. We then added pants, buttons, arms and legs. Finally we added facial features. We discussed how Humpty Dumpty feelings changed in the nursery rhyme. First he was happy sitting on the wall. Then, when he fell, he felt scared. At the end he was sad that he couldn't be put back together. We decided how we wanted ours to feel when we made the mouth. I must say these creations look "egg"cellent!!! They are hanging in the hallway for all to see!
We had a nice morning snack, then split into small groups for center time activities. Before lunch we had lots of fun outside with our friends in Pre-K 2 as we ran about and got some fresh air and exercise.
Lunch time was de-licious, then we gathered on the rug for God's Time as we continued our lesson on families. We were reminded that, large or small, our families are God's gift to us. We finished up our activity sheet for this lesson that we started earlier in the week. We looked at the pictures of different families and the activities they were doing together. This prompted a nice discussion about what we like to do with our families. We ended by thanking God for giving us families who love and take care of us.
After a peaceful rest time, we completed the rotation of table top activities. We then prepared for dismissal with packing up backpacks, prayer, and and singing our goodbyes. Have a great evening!
October 18, 2017
We had yet another busy day in Pre-K! Our letter E table had just one addition today....eggplant! We are wondering if an egg or an engine might show up on there. Speaking of eggs, they were the focus of our morning lesson today. First we played a memory egg matching game. There were several eggs turned over and our task was to try to make a match, which required us to test our memory skills. Then we talked about the many ways eggs could be prepared, and it looks like scrambled was the class favorite. We had a discussion about the different kinds of animals that hatch from eggs. On our SMARTboard, we veiwed an informational video clip and learned that most birds (including penguins, chickens, seagulls and ducks) hatch from eggs and so do reptiles (including alligators, crocodiles, and turtles). We also learned that mammals (animals that have hair) do NOT hatch from eggs. When we returned to our seats we used our fine motor skills as we colored, cut, and glued eggs into the nest.
We had a nice morning snack, then we located our name tags and got busy with our center time activities. After cleaning up, we were happy to put our our jackets on and make our way outdoors to enjoy this beautiful Fall day. Afterward, we lined up nicely and visited Mrs. Dunfee in the library - we really liked the Halloween story she read us today.
After lunch we gathered on the rug for a special surprise. In honor of the #5 this week, our friend Mally brought in something to give us. Yesterday we talked about how a starfish has 5 arms - well Mally showed us a real starfish this afternoon and gave one to each of us to take home. Thank you so much to Mally for thinking of us!! After playing a fun, interactive game on our SMARTboard, we visited the bathroom and settled for nap time.
After helping to pack away our nap mats, table top activities were rotated. We then prepared for dismissal by packing up, saying our prayers, and singing goodbyes to end a wonderful Wednesday!
October 17, 2017
Brrr...there was definitely a chill in the air this morning!
Well I was super "E"xcited to see many new additions to our E table today....we now have earphones, earrings, another eraser, two Elmo characters, Princess Elena , and Evie the fox from Pokemon. Our friend Ethan who was absent yesterday added his letter person on there as well!
After completing our morning routine of activities, our morning lesson focused on the #5. We learned that starfish have 5 arms, some of us are 5 years old, we have 5 fingers on one hand and 5 toes on one foot. We even practiced giving each other "high fives". We also saw what a $5 bill looks like. After viewing a short #5 video clip, we returned to our seats to practice our # identification and counting skills. We each received an activity sheet with cookies on it - but the chips were missing! Our task was to identify the # next to each cookie, then count out the corresponding # of chips to glue inside of them. Very nice work!
Snack time today was especially delicious because, in celebration of my birthday, I brought in some donuts to share with everyone. Yum :) The kids were so cute with all of their "happy birthday" wishes and hugs <3
Center time activities soon followed, then we had the chance to get outside for some fresh air and a good stretch of the legs. Although it was a bit chilly, it was nice to see and feel the sun. Even in the cooler weather we do like get outside, even for a short time. As the colder days approach, they should all have appropriate attire for outside.
Upon returning to the classroom we gathered for God's Time and our theme this week is "We belong to our families" and the goal is to help the children appreciate that our families are the people to whom we belong, who love us and care for us. We talked about how some families are big, some are small, but all are wonderful and one of God's most precious gifts to us. We all had the chance to tell each other how many people live in our house with us, then completed the first side of the activity page for this lesson by drawing our family members inside the van. We will continue this lesson later in the week.
Lunch time always hits the spot, then it was time for some free play with friends. Afterward we listened to the entertaining tale of Elmer the Elephant. Right away we pointed out the letter "E" in the title. All of the elephants of the jungle were gray except Elmer, who was a patchwork of brilliant colors - until the day he got tired of being different. See if your child can tell you what he did to look like all the others. We giggled a lot during this story. We then got up and enjoyed some "animal action" movement - and one of the animals we were pretending to be was an elephant. We stomped and swayed our trunks just like the real ones.
Rest time was a nice way to relax as the soft music played, then we got busy with our table top activities. This week we will be rotating the following activities: filling up our large E's with eggs, puzzles/legos, and clay. We ended our day by packing up, gathering on the rug for prayers and goodbyes, then lining up nicely to head home (or to CARES) for the day. See you tomorrow!
October 16, 2017
We are 'E"ager for E week! It's only Monday and our E table is already filling up. We welcomed an envelope, an easel, an eagle, Elsa from Frozen, an eraser and 2 elephants to our E table this morning. Wow!!
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. 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!
We took a look at the tree outside our classroom window and noticed how many of the leaves are changing color. The last time we all looked at it together all of the leaves were green. Now they are mostly yellow. During circle time we learned some new Fall songs and we learned a Halloween song as well called "Five Little Pumpkins"....we will continue to learn more as we get closer and closer to Halloween. Also, there is an important letter in your child's folder about our upcoming walk-a-thon and Halloween day activities.
We returned to our seats and read the 4 letter E sentences together and we are learning how to use our pointer fingers to point to each word in the sentence as we read them. Please encourage your child to read them to you. On the opposite side we listened for that /e/ sound and circled only the pictures that begin with e and "x"ed out the rest. Great work!!
Snack time was yummy, then we got ready for our center time activities. This week, in small groups, we will be: tracing and printing upper and lower case Ee's, using our scissors, glue, and crayons to make an elephant craft, tracing and printing the #5 and using our dot-a-dot stampers to stamp 5 spots on the egg, and i-pad practice. Time went by quickly and it was already gym time. Today we used our bodies to be planes and cars. We "parked" our cars into the garage (the hula hoop) and practiced our balancing skills. We also tumbled, skipped, and ran on the mat.
After enjoying our lunches, we had a nice time during free play. We then gathered on the rug and our friend Molly had the chance to tell us about her weekend with "Traveling Teddy" - boy, did they do lots of fun things together! This Friday, Molly will choose the next friend to bring Teddy home. We then listened to the story "Lost" - from our Religion lesson from last week. This story was about little girl named Brenda her friend Carlos. The message of this story is that God shows His love for us by giving us people to take care of us. This story is in your child's folder.
After a nice, quiet rest time, whiteboard practice allowed for practicing our fine motor skills as many us used markers to make letters and numbers. Afterward it was time to prepare for prayer and goodbye for the day :)
October 13, 2017
We had one more dog added to our d table today! These kids did a "d"andy job!
We participated in our first Scholastic lesson for October titled "Our Friendly Firefighters". We discussed how firefighters are one of those special helpers God has given us and that they help keep animals and people safe. We looked at pictures of the gear they wear and the tools they use to do their job. We also talked about fire stations and how some have a firehouse dog called a dalmation. After watching the informational video for this lesson, we returned to our seats to complete the activity page in our booklet. We looked at each picture and put an "x" on the things that we should not touch. Check our folders for our great work!
We had a nice morning snack, then completed our center time activities. Before we knew it, we were lining up for music class. Today Sr. Teresa had us movin and groovin with maracas and magic sticks. We had to listen to the tempo of the instruments to determine whether we should move fast or slow.
Lunch time was next, then came the all-favorite free play time. Afterwards we gathered on the rug for God's Time. Today we talked about Mary since the whole school is honoring Her on this feast of "Our Lady Of Fatima". We learned that Mary is also known as "The Blessed Mother", "Our Lady of the Rosary", "Madonna", and "Our Lady of Fatima". We looked at a real rosary and we talked about how Fatima is a place in Portugal where the Blessed Mother appeared to 3 children. After watching a short video clip about it, we then colored a pretty picture of Her. In our folders we each have a special "Our Lady of Fatima" pin.
After a quick visit to the bathroom, we usually lay down to rest - but since we were having a fire drill at 1:15 we had some extra time. We continued our fire safety lesson from this morning by completing an activity sheet that required us to identify #'s, count and draw. Each dalmation on the page was wearing a hat with a # on it (1,2,3 or 4). First we identified the #, then drew that same # of spots on the dog. We did some really good counting and drawing!
The fire alarm was right on schedule and we did such a terrific job. Even though the alarm was a bit loud, we did exactly as instructed....lined up, left the classroom, grabbed an 8th grade buddies' hand, and exited the building quickly and quietly. Even Sister Irene came in to tell us how wonderful we did. Lollipop treats for us for a job well done!!!
We had a shortened rest time due to the fire drill, then we finished coloring the " Our Lady of Fatima" coloring page that we started earlier. Prayer and our goodbye song closed out a wonderful week! Enjoy the weekend :)
October 12, 2017
"Dinosaurs lived long ago, long ago, long ago - Dinosaurs lived long ago - thats 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 some interesting facts about them....that they roamed the earth millions of years ago but are now extinct, some are meat eaters and some are plant eaters, and some were big, small, fast, and slow. We also discussed what a paleontologist does and that the word dinosaur means "terrible lizard". We got the chance to pick our favorite kind of dinosaur and the class majority was that king of the dinosaurs - the T-rex!! When we returned to our seats, we created our own dinosaur craft. We colored, counted out 4 legs, glued them on along with a head and a tail, and added spots to make them look dino-rific!! Many of us even named our dinosaurs :)
We had 2 more items added to our D table today - another doll and a dragon. One more day left....
After enjoying our morning snacks, we participated in our center time activities. We then put on our jackets or sweatshirts and made our way outside for some fresh air and exercise. There was definitely a chill in the air today!! We had some extra fun today because we were out there with our Pre-K 2 friends as well.
After munching on our lunches, we chose a place to play for some free play time. We then continued our dinosaur theme with some "dino bingo". We paired up to play this one. Each team received a dinosaur bingo card which had several dinosaurs on it with letters inside of them. Each time a letter was called that was on our cards, we covered it up with a bingo chip. Once all of our dinosaurs were covered we yelled "BINGO". This was a fun way to practice our letter identification skills. We did a great job and played until each team won :) Afterward we got up and moved like dinosaures as we danced to the "Dinosaur Stomp".
We had a nice, quiet rest time - then completed the rotation of table top activities for this week. We finished up our day by packing up, saying our prayers, and our goodbye tune helped us end our day with smiles.
October 11, 2017
D is for diamond :) Our morning lesson was all about shapes. We took turns identifying all of the shapes and then enjoyed finding them all around our classroom. We focused on that particular shape that begins with d....diamond! We played a fun game that required the use of a large diamond shape on our rug, a beanbag, and our location words. We each had the chance to toss the beanbag and see if it landed inside, outside, or on the diamond. See if you child can tell you where his/hers landed. When we returned to our seats we used our fine motor skills to search for only the diamond shapes on our papers. Nicely done!
We had a nice snack, and then split into small groups for our center time activities. During this time we had our first fire drill practice. No alarm was sounded, just a notification from Sr. John through the speaker. We lined up quickly and quietly, walked out of our classroom, grabbed an 8th grade buddy's hand, then exited the building. I am super proud of these kids - they did a fantastic job!! On Friday, we will practice again but the alarm will be used.
We had some time to play outside for a good stretch of the legs before making our way to the library. We listened to a few stories from Mrs. Dunfee as we sat back and relaxed.
We ate our yummy lunches, then had some free play time with friends. Before resting we got up and did one of our favorite "d" actions.....dancing! We did "animal action" and "pop-see-ko" today - lots of fun!
We enjoyed a nice rest, then got busy with the next rotation of table top activities. We then packed up and gathered for goodbye with prayer and song. Looking forward to another great day tomorrow!
October 10, 2017
Then we colored only the boxes that had 4 items in it. This activity required good listening skills as well :) On the back we attempted to pring our own #4 - great job!
We had a nice morning snack, then got busy with our center time activities. After cleaning up nicely, we had lots of fun in the sun outside on this very warm Fall day. When we returned to the classroom, we gathered on the rug for God's Time. Today we discussed how God has given us many gifts - and some of these gifts are the people who help us. We looked at several items (a police badge, a stethoscope, a mail bag, a chef's hat, a fire hose) and then identified the helper that would use them. We then discussed how each worker helps us. We returned to our seats to complete the activity page for this lesson by drawing a picture of someone who helps us.
Lunch time was de-licious, and then free play time with friends is always fun. Afterward we sat back and listened to the story "The Ugly Duckling". Yesterday we made some predictions as to why the duck on the cover looked so sad, and today we found out why. See if your child can tell you about it. This story taught us an important lesson: how we should always be nice to our friends, that God made all of us special , and how we should always be kind to others and celebrate differences.
Lights were dimmed and soft music played while we rested nicely. Afterward, we began our table top activities for this week, which include: filling up our D's with diamonds, play-do, and stringing/lacing manipulatives. These will rotate each day until all three tables complete them.
Another great day in Pre-K! I am very proud of each and every one of them - they are really making such beautiful progress.
A practice fire drill was scheduled for today, but it has been postponed until tomorrow. Enjoy the rest of your day :)
October 9, 2017
When we had our weather report this morning, we had to double check to make sure it's Fall time. Indeed it is, but this summer-like weather just won't go away!! It's a rainy Monday, but our happy smiles when entering the classroom brightened everything up :)
It's D week, and our D table is already looking "D"ynamite!! Already we have a dog, a dolphin, a dragon, a dinosaur, a duck, a doll, and our friend Delanie made her letter person to add on there as well. During our morning lesson we looked at several pictures that begin with the /d/ sound, then checked out the bounce patrol letter D video on our SMARTboard. We practiced reading the 4 letter D sentences on our papers, using our pointer fingers to point to each word in the sentence as we read it. I encourage you to ask your child to read them to you as well :) On the opposite side we traced the large upper and lower case Dd, then drew a picture of something that begins with D. Nice work!
After our morning snacks, we located our centers. This week our center activities include: tracing and printing upper and lower case Dd's in our letter books, coloring and gluing 4 spots on a dog, making an adorable dog craft, and i-pad practice. We then lined up and were happy to make our way down to the gym with Ms. Gorman. We practiced many balance and coordination skills with the use of balls. Great fun and exercise!
We worked up quite a sweat in gym class, so we were more than ready for lunch time. Free play time with friends soon followed. We then made our way to the rug and were excited to see that our first class book "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" is completed. We read it and liked seeing our own and our friends' pictures in the book. Each child will get the chance to bring this book home for one evening to share with his/her family. We then took a peek at the cover of another story called "The Ugly Duckling" and pointed out the "D" word in the title. We took some guesses as to what this story may be about....we will read it tomorrow.
We relaxed at rest time, then wrapped up our day using our whiteboards and markers. Many of us were proud to show that we could make the letter D! After packing up, we closed out the day with prayers and our goodbye song. Looking forward to seeing all of my Pre-K friends tomorrow!
October 6, 2017
Colors, colors, everywhere! What a fun way to end "c" week wearing our favorite color to school today. As we came in this morning, instead of placing our apple in the tree, we placed our apple underneath the color we were wearing. During our morning lesson, we took a look at the graph to tally the results. It looks like pink was the winner with 5 friends wearing it. Then came red with 4 names underneath of it. Next up was white with 3 and blue and purple were tied with 2 names under them. And just 1 friend's name was under the color orange. No friends chose to wear brown, black, or yellow (0). Check out our "color day" pictures - they were just added. Just click on "color day photos" on the drop bar to the left.
We have become familiar with "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle this week. Today we watched the story "come to life" on the SMARTboard. Afterward we worked in our journal books as we drew pictures from this delightful story. There were some wonderful drawings of that caterpillar, various types of food that he ate, and even some pretty butterflies too.
We munched on our morning snacks, then split up into groups for center time activities. We then had the chance to get some fresh air and lots of exercise on yet another beautiful, sunny Autumn day. Music class with Sr. Teresa soon followed.
We reviewed our Religion lesson this week by listening to the story " Everyone Can Help" (this story is in your child;s folder). We discussed how when Jesus was alive He helped many, many people and that He still helps us today through others. We ended by saying a little prayer thanking God for the many wonderful helpers in our lives - especially our families!
We also had our first fire drill practice with our 8th grade buddies this afternoon. We talked about what a fire drill is and how we need to exit the classroom quickly and quietly. We practiced 2 times and did a fantastic job!! The first school fire drill is set for Monday, October 9th.
We rested peacefully, then ended our day in the usual way. The Scholastic Book order arrived this morning, so check your child's backpack for his/her items if you placed an order. Thanks again for your participation :) Also, Ms. Gorman (our awesome gym teacher) is looking for pictures of kids being active or eating healthy. Please snap a picture of your kids doing one of these things and email it to email@example.com.
Time to say "C-U-later" to the letter C. Next week we will be doing lots of fun letter D activities. Have a great weekend!!!
October 5, 2017
Happy birthday to our friend Mally who turns 5 today :)
Our C table is extremely "c"rowded!! We were happy to welcome several more cars, a camera, a chicken, and Cinderella this morning. One more day left!
This morning's lesson had us practicing our patterning skills. We used 2 "c" things to make our patterns today....cars and caterpillars. We were first introduced to the "A-B" pattern (car, caterpillar, car, caterpillar, car, caterpillar). Then we tried the "A-B-B" pattern (car, caterpillar, caterpillar/car, caterpillar, caterpillar) We even tried the "A-A-B-B" pattern (car, car, caterpillar, caterpillar/car, car, caterpillar, caterpillar). Next we revisited the story of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar". We then returned to our seats to make our own caterpillars. We even used a shape that begins with c to make them.....you guessed it - circles! We glued several circle shapes together, colored the grass, added facial features and antennas and......voila! a very cute little caterpillar indeed!!
We then had an especially yummy snack time. After singing "happy birthday" to Mally, she shared some delicious cupcakes with us. Thanks to Mally for that special treat. Yum! Afterward we had the chance to complete our center time activities in small groups. We then were happy to go outside and enjoy another beautiful sunny day. We played with our friends in Pre-K 2 and got lots of exercise.
During God's Time we talked about the many ways that we can be good helpers. We listened to a short Bible story about how Jesus was always a good helper and how we should always remember to say "thank you" when someone helps us. We returned to our seats to finish the page we began earlier in the week by drawing a picture of ourselves being good helpers.
After a nice lunch, we chose a place in the classroom to play. Afterward we looked at the colors of many different kinds of bugs. We looked at many interesting bugs and how colorful they were! Since tomorrow is our "color day" in Pre-K, we talked about our favorite colors.
Rest time was quite peaceful, then we finished up the rotation of table top activities. We wrapped up our day in the usual way - packing up, prayers, and goodbyes.
Tomorrow we look forward to wearing our favorite color to school. Have a nice night!
October 4, 2017
Well today we had more letter C fun with something delicious that begins with C.....cookies!! During our morning lesson we played a # review game using pretend cookies and chips. We each received our own cookie ( a paper one, that is) and then waited to see the # that was held up (either 0, 1, 2 or 3). First we identified the #, then we placed the appropriate # of "chips" inside 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, next we looked at the # under each cookie, identified it, then glued the corresponding # of chips inside of it. Nicely done!
Our C table is "c"rawling with C items. Today we added a clock, another car, corn, a carrot, and a stalk of celery. Wow!! Will anything else be added tomorrow?
All that cookie work made us a bit hungy so we were ready and eager for snack time. Afterwards, we got busy with our center time activities. Next up we were thrilled to get outside on this beautiful Fall day to get a good stretch of the legs and some fresh air. Most of us played a fun game of "Duck, duck, goose" out there. We then made our way to the library where we sat back, relaxed, and listened to a few stories read by Mrs. Dunfee.
Lunch time was yummy, then we enjoyed some free play time with friends. Before settling for rest time we gathered on the rug to find out the ending to the story we began yesterday called "Caps for Sale". We made some pretty clever predictions yesterday about what may have happened to the peddler's caps......who would have guessed that a bunch of silly monkeys took them?? We had some time to play an interactive SMARTboard game called "Candle Count"- perfect for C week. We each had the chance to practice our # identification, then drag the correct # of candles onto the cake. Mmmm, another delicious c word. This prompted a nice discussion about our favorite kind of cakes.
We rested quietly, then continued the rotation of table top activities. We packed up, then gathered for goodbye with prayer and song. See you tomorrow!!
October 3, 2017
What a "Cool" looking C table we have so far! Today we welcomed 3 cars, 2 cows, and a crayon. Great job! We are wondering if maybe a comb, a camera, carrot or possibly a candle will show up on there soon...
Our lesson today focused on the #3. We played a fun clapping game where we each identified a # (either 1,2, or 3) and then clapped that same # of times. We all had the chance to participate and did some fine counting and clapping (2 "c" actions!) Of course we also used our hands to clap other ways, like fast, slow, quiet, and loud. We watched a short #3 video clip on our Smartboard, then we returned to our seats to refine those fine motor skills. Our task was to look inside each box on the page, count the # of creatures inside of it, then circle the correct #. We are really getting the hang of following step-by-step directions. These little ones did a great job counting and circling the corresponding # - check folders to see!!
After enjoying our morning snack, we got busy with our center time activities. Once completed, we were excited to make our way outside for some sunshine, fresh air, and exercise.
Upon returning to the classroom, we gathered on the rug for "God's Time". We are continuing the theme of "Belonging" and today we talked about how we can be good helpers. We talked about the many ways we can use our helping hands, just like Jesus did. We looked at the activity page for this lesson and saw many children helping each other. We returned to our seats, colored the helping hands, and then glued them onto the picture that showed our favorite way to help. We will complete this activity page on Thursday.
Lunch time was delicious, and then free play time with friends is always a favorite. Afterward, we sat down to listen to the story "Caps for Sale". First we pointed out that the word "caps" in the title begins with the letter C and many of us shared that we have baseball caps at home. The caps in this story were more of the traditional type and we laughed at how the man very carefully walked through the town wearing all of the caps he was trying to sell on the top of his head! He decided to take a rest by a tree, but before sleeping he made sure every single cap was on his head. But, uh-oh, when he woke up they were gone! We took many guesses as to what may have happened....here are a few clever predictions that we made: the wind blew them off, frogs ate them, dogs took them, people stole them, a witch came by and made them disappear. Tomorrow we will find out when we finish this entertaining story. Next we stood up, spread out, and had the chance to act like many different kinds of animals as we danced to "Animal Action".
Once rest time was finished, we began our table top activities for this week - which include: filling up a large upper case C with cotton, making a picture with markers, and play-do. These activities will rotate among the 3 tables each day until all are completed. We then packed up, sang our goodbyes, and recited our afternoon prayer to end another great day in Pre-K!
October 2, 2017
Today we said goodbye to September and welcomed the wonderful, new month of October. It is starting to look and feel like Fall time. We noticed some classroom changes this morning as we entered the classroom - many Halloween decorations have been added.
It's C week and our C table already has on it a cat, Chewbaca from Star Wars, chapstick, a box of Cocoa Puffs Cereal (that's a double c) and a coffee can (another double c). Keep those C items comin'!!
We were introduced to the letter C and the #3, which we will be focusing on this week. We talked about how the C sound is tricky because sometimes it sounds like /k/, sometimes like /s/, and if an h follows it, it makes the /ch/ sound. We learned how to sign the letter C in sign language also. We discussed and looked at pictures of several things that begin with the letter c, then watched the lively bounce patrol letter Cc videoclip on our SMARTboard. When we returned to our seats we got busy reading 4 "C" sentences together, then on the opposite side we went on a letter C hunt as we found and circled all of the letter C's we could find. Check our folders for our amazing work!
Snack was yummy, then we were off to our centers to work and play in small groups. This weeks' center activities include: 1)tracing and printing upper and lower case Cc's in our letter books 2) drawing, coloring, and counting 3 apples in the apple tree, 3)making a very cool cow craft, and 4) i-pad practice.
Before we knew it, we were on our way to gym class. Ms. Gorman had an obstacle course set up for us today! We practiced many skills as we jumped, hopped, skipped, crawled, balanced and even tumbled our way through the course. Lots of fun!
After lunch, we had some free play time in the classroom. Next we settled on the rug to listen to a wonderful story about something fuzzy that begins with the letter c....."The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle. This one is a favorite and we enjoyed following the caterpillar through his journey from birth to butterfly. Before resting we learned a dance about another C animal called "The Chicken Dance" - some of us already knew this one!
We had a nice, peaceful rest time, then we put those fine motor skills to work as we worked with our whiteboards to make many interesting drawings. We wrapped up our day in the usual way by packing up, singing goodbyes to teachers and friends, and praying.
I would like to take the time to thank all of the parents who placed a Scholastic order. I am thrilled to tell you that we earned over 1200 points worth of free materials for our classroom. In addition, every child will receive a free book. Yay :) Thanks SO much for your participation. The items should be here by the end of the week.
Please take the time to read the note stapled to your child's folder. This Friday (10/6), in honor of the letter C, we will have a special "Color Day". Your child is encouraged to wear his/her favorite color to school that day instead of the school uniform.
September 29, 2017
Wow! What a difference a day makes in the temperature!! Thank you, God, for this beautiful Autumn day :)
Our letter table had one more addition today....some bread! These kids did the "B"est job with the B table this week.
We are becoming quite acquainted with our morning routine - unpacking, putting our apple in the attendance tree, practicing our coloring, singing hello, starting the day with prayers, salute to the flag, and checking on date, weather, and morning message. Each day gets a little bit smoother!
We participated in our second September Scholastic lesson this morning which was all about apples. We were eager to share what we remembered about apples from last week. We watched the interesting video for this lesson and learned that there are over 7500 different kinds of apples....who knew? We saw some delicious things that are made from apples, like apple sauce, apple juice, apple pie, apple cake, apple muffins, and even apple cider donuts...yum! When we returned to our seats, we each received our own booklet and were great listeners as we located the #'s inside and looked in each box. On the back of the booklet, we traced the #5, then found and circled the piece of fruit with 5 seeds in it. I encourage you to review this booklet with your child at home. We also followed directions well when we colored the different parts of the apple a particular color. We used brown for the seeds and stem, green for the leaf, and then we chose our favorite color apple for the skin (red, yellow, or green). It looks like red apples are most popular in this Pre-K class! Very nicely done!!
Snack time was oh, so good - then we finished up our center activities for this week. Time went by quickly and before we knew it, we were lining up for music class. We had some maraca fun with Sr. Teresa today.
After munching on our lunches we chose a place to play for free play time. Afterward we had the chance to play an interactive SMARTboard game from our Scholastic lesson this morning. This game had us practicing our counting skills as counted the # of seeds in the apple and placed it in the bucket with the corresponding #. Then we played a similar game where we had to sort the apples - first by color, then by size. Afterward, we got up and moved about as we participated in the "gummy bear" dance - we really like that one!
Rest time was peaceful, and then we used those fine motor skills as we manipulated some clay to wrap up our day. We packed up our backpacks, sang our goodbye song and prayed as we ended another great day in Pre-K.
I hope you all have a fantastic weekend with your little ones - they are all so precious and we are really enjoying getting to know them. They all have their own very sweet, unique, personalites :)
September 28, 2017
Ahhhh, it was so nice to the feel the cool breeze this morning in our classroom.
There were no new "B" items today, but there's one day left. Maybe a bell, a basketball, or basket will show up tomorrow?
After completing our morning routine of prayers, salute to the flag, weather and calendar check, we added another vegetable to the vegetable garden as we continue our 100 day countdown. We have already been in school for 14 days!! We then participated in our morning lesson by finding and identifying B items within a group. Our morning message revealed that we would be revisiting the story of "Brown Bear, Brown Bear" one last time before working on our class book page of this same story. When we returned to our seats, we each picked a color from the box and identified it. We then were asked to think of our favorite animal. We tried our best to draw that animal with our pencils onto our papers, then colored them in the same color we had selected. This activity was not only fine motor practice, but also required listening skills by following directions. These kids are doing such a great job and have already made great progress since they started. Once these pages are bound together, each child will have the opportunity to bring the class book home to share with your family.
We had our yummy snacks, then located our name tags for center time. Most of us are able to locate our names all by ourselves! We then enjoyed this lovely day as we had some fun in the sun outside with not only our classmates, but with our Pre-K 2 friends as well. Upon returning to the classroom, we gathered on the rug for God's Time. We discussed and reviewed the many things that good friends say and do. We talked about how Jesus had many friends and that Jesus is a special friend to all of us. He loves us so much that he wants to be our friend forever and how we can talk to Him any time. We each had a chance to look at ourselves in the mirror to see how special God made us. We then completed the activity page for this lesson by drawing a picture of ourselves inside the large mirror on the page. Check our folders for our wonderful work!
After filling our bellies at lunchtime and then some free play time, we sat on the rug and were introduced to a very special classroom friend.....he's stuffed, brown in color, and begins with the letter B. It's "Traveling Teddy"!! We talked about how Teddy doesn't like to be stepped on, kicked, pulled on, or thrown and he especially doesn't like to get dirty. We learned that we will each have the chance to bring Teddy home for a weekend as long as we promise to take great care of him. We all are looking forward to doing fun things with Traveling Teddy.
Before settling for rest, we did a super fun dance using something that begins with the letter B....beanbags!! We did a dance called "The Beanbag Boogie" where we had to place the beanbag on many different parts of our bodies - trying not to let it fall to the floor. We did a lot of laughing too!
After resting a bit, we completed the rotation of table top activities. Prayers and goodbyes helped to end our day with smiles :)
September 27, 2017
Some friends were very eager to add some things to our B table this morning....a blue bear (that's a double b), some bows and a book. "B"eautiful!
Our morning lesson had us identifying colors, identifying letters, and sorting. We each received a bear and our tasks were to: tell what color it was, identify the letter on its' shirt (A or B), then place it in the proper column on the rug. I am happy to report that we all know most of our colors and the difference between the letters A and B. Once completed, we counted up each column to see which had more or less. After tallying the results, we discovered they both had 9, then discussed how that means they are equal to each other.
We returned to our seats and practiced making upper case and lower case B's on our papers. We then thought of something that begins with the /b/ sound and drew it on our page.....there were several balls, some bunnies, a book, and even a boat. Lastly, we used the dot-a-dot stampers to stamp out the upper and lower case Bb. Check our folders to see our great work!
Morning snack was soooo good, then we completed our center time activities. After cleaning up nicely, we enjoyed some fresh air and sunshine outside as we ran about with friends. We got lots of exercise out there so it was nice to sit back and relax in the library afterward and listen to a few stories read by Mrs. Dunfee.
We enjoyed our lunches, then chose a place a to play for some free play time with friends. We then gathered on the rug to listen to the classic story of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears". We looked at the cover and pointed out the B word "Bear". Some of us were familiar with this story already....about a little girl named Goldilocks who comes upon the Bear Family's house in the forest. After finishing the story we discussed some of Goldilocks's bad choices (going into a stranger's house, touching their things) and her good choices (apologizing to the Bear family and helping to fix baby bear's chair). We are learning every day how we should always try our best to make good choices. Before resting we were excited to get up, spread out, and go on a bear hunt. We had fun as we acted out all of the actions to this song....see if your child can tell you about it!
We had a quiet rest time, then we participated in the rotation of table top activities. After packing up, prayers, and singing goodbyes, we ended another great day in Pre-K. Tomorrow we look forward to the cooler temperature!!
September 26, 2017
I am happy to report that our "B" table is "B"ursting with more items. Today we took notice to the addition of a boat, a baby, two bears, Belle from Beauty and the Beast, and a bird. Wow - quite impressive! We are wondering if we might see a bell, a banana, or possibly a barbie? There are so many things that begin with b!
Our morning lesson focused on the number 2. First we identified the #2, then we practiced counting 2 items. We talked about the many parts of our bodies that we have 2 of. Arms, legs, eyes, ears, nostrils, feet, hands, elbows, shoulders, and knees made the list! After watching a #2 video clip, we returned to our seats to put our fine motor skills to work. First we traced the large #2 with our finger, then we filled it up by gluing ripped paper pieces inside of it. We also attempted to make the #2 on the opposite side - yes, it's a bit tricky. Great effort.
We enjoyed our morning snacks, then center time activities in small groups took place. Afterward, we had some fun in the sun outside on this warm, fall day. Upon returning to the classroom we gathered on the rug for God's Time. Our theme this week is "Belonging" and how we all belong together in our Pre-K class. We talked about how Jesus helps us to be good friends and what good friends say and do. We completed the activity page which showed children participating in preschool activities and we were happy to recognize that we all like to do the same things. We will complete this activity page later in the week.
Lunch time was delicious and free play time in the classroom soon followed. Next we sat on the rug to listen to the re-telling of the story "Brown Bear, Brown Bear". This time we participated in the read-along! Before settling for rest, we watched "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" on our SMARTboard. Tomorrow we look forward to acting it ourselves!
Rest time gave us peaceful moments, then we were introduced to our table top activities. Some of us worked on filling up large letter B's with balloons, others manipulated some play do, while the rest of us played with manipulatives. These activities will rotate until each table completes them.
After packing up our belongings, we sat in the circle to round out our day in the usual way - prayers and our goodbye song. Another great day in Pre-K! Enjoy your evening.
**REMINDER** - Scholastic orders are due tomorrow
September 25, 2017
My little friends got right back into the swing of things this morning as we prayed, saluted the flag, checked our calendar, had a weather report, and introduced our new letter "Bb" and #2. Our B table is already looking "B"rilliant as we already have a balloon, two bunnies, a bucket, and a blue ball (that's a double B!) What other B items will be on our table tomorrow? We looked at several pictures of things that begin with the /b/ sound to give us some ideas. We also checked out the letter Bb bounce patrol video on our SMARTboard. When we returned to our seats we read some B sentences together using our pointer fingers. On the opposite side we found and circled all of the pictures that begin with the /b/ sound, and crossed out all of the ones that didn't. This was a good use of our fine motor skills as well as a listening activity. We are learning how to follow step-by-step directions. I encourage you to review this at home with your child.
After munching on our morning snacks, we looked around the classroom to locate our name tags. This week in small groups we will be completing the following activities: working in our letter books to trace and make upper and lower case Bb's, tracing and printing the #2 and making 2 hand prints on our papers, coloring and cutting out a bear, and i-pad practice. Center activities rotate daily so that all children will complete them by the end of the week.
Before we knew it, we were off to gym class. Ms. Gorman had us using our large muscles as we ran, skipped and galloped across the gym. She then had us practicing our hand-eye coordination as we played "catch the cricket" with the use of small tennis balls and cups. Our task was to toss the ball in the air gently, then catch it in the cup. Lots of fun!
We worked up quite a sweat on this very warm day so lunch time really hit the spot. We then participated in some classroom free play time. Afterward we gathered on the rug to listen to the very popular story of "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?". Some of us were already familiar with this one. We will be making our first classroom book of this story later this week.
Rest time soon followed as we relaxed and calmed our minds and bodies. We then rounded out the day with use of our whiteboards, markers, and erasers. We drew some neat things, and attempted to make letter B's and #2's - both a bit tricky, but we are getting the hang of it. After packing up, prayers and our goodbye song ended our day with smiles.
September 22, 2017
Happy first day of Fall! We are looking forward to the change in season and all of the fun activities that we will do in Pre-K! Week 2 is now complete!
Thanks for making our letter A table Absolutely Amazing!! We had the addition of an ant today - a plastic one, that is. The children love sharing their letter items with the class and we can't wait to see what will pop up on our B table next week.
We enjoyed listening to the re-telling of the story "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom". We were introduced to our storybook journals this morning, which we will be working in every week. After reading, rereading, and discussing our story each week, we will be using our journals to draw and color pictures from the story. Today there were wonderful drawings of coconut trees, suns, moons, and many upper case and lower case letters of the alphabet. We also took the time to review the #1, the letter A, the sound it makes, and we even learned how to sign the letter A in sign language! See if your child can show you.
Snack time was extra yummy because our friend Thomas brought some Dunkin Donuts munchkins to share with us. Thanks for that special treat!! After locating our name tags and completing our center time activities, we lined up for music class. We walked so nicely all the way down the hallway, into the convent, and down the steps to Sr. Teresa's classroom. She was very impressed with us and we had the chance to play some fun music games with her.
After enjoying our lunches while chatting with friends, we chose a place to play for free play time. We then settled on the rug to listen and watch the last of our "All About Me" bag presenters. Thank you, parents, for assisting your child with this special project. They did such a great job showing off their bags and talking about the items inside of it....and we are enjoying getting to know each other better.
Before rest time we watched the animated movie version of the story "There's an Alligator Under My Bed. We rested peacefully, then we were ready to make many different things with our clay. I saw some wonderful upper and lower case A's, #1's, letters, snakes, balls, and some friends even made their names.
Just a reminder that scholastic money is due next Wednesday 9/27. Next week we look forward to many letter "B" related activities, the #2, and more getting to know you games. Have a wonderful weekend with your little ones!!
September 21, 2017
My little Pre-K friends enjoyed a sunny day in school. They are doing a wonderful job attending to the morning routine. When checking our letter table we saw that another alligator, another airplane and an acorn was added to it. Wow - our table is almost completely filled. But, we can always make room so we have one more day left.
Our morning lesson today focused on an interesting insect that begins A.....ants!! We saw some neat pictures on our SMARTboard of many different species of ants. We learned that they are hard workers and are very strong. We also learned the many different places they may live. We saw that ants have 3 body parts and 6 legs. Afterward, we put our fine motor skills to work as we used 3 oval shapes to make our own ant creations. We glued the body parts in place, then added some eyes, antennaes, and legs. They look f"ANT"astic!!
We enjoyed our morning snacks, then split up into small groups and visited our centers. Once center time activities were completed, we were happy to get outside for some fun in the sun. Upon returning to the classroom we gathered on the rug for God's Time. We talked about how God gave us his son Jesus to be our special friend and how Jesus helps us to be good friends with each other. We discussed the many things that we will be doing with our Pre-K friends this year and then completed the activity page for this lesson. Check our folders to see!
Lunch time really hit the spot, then we chose a place in the classroom to play for free play time. We then gathered on the rug for some more "ALL ABOUT ME" bag presentations. Excellent job!! We then listened to the remainder of the story we began yesterday "There's an Alligator Under My Bed". Some of the predictions we made about the end of the story proved to be correct. See if your child can tell you about how the little boy got the alligator away from his bed.
We relaxed during our rest time while the soft music played, then we completed the rotation of table activities. Another busy but fun-filled day in our room. Tomorrow we look forward to going to our first music class. Have a good night!
September 20, 2017
My little friends enjoyed many giggles this morning as they sang along to the fun song of "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes". Now, we all know that this song is even more fun when you start out slowly and then keep increasing the speed each time.
Wow! Two new A items joined our A table today....a cute little stuffed alligator and a toy anchor. Impressive! There's still some more room on our table so we hope to see more on there tomorrow.
Our morning lesson focused on a delicious fruit that begins with A......that's right - Apples! First we watched as an apple was sliced open and we learned that an apple has many parts....the stem, the seeds, the flesh, and the skin. We learned that the seeds inside are also called pips. Next we participated in a fun apple learning game. We each had the chance to put our hand inside of the box and pull out a paper apple. Our task was to tell what color we picked (red, yellow, or green) and then place it under the corresponding color. This was a great color identification and sorting activity. Once completed we tallied the results by counting carefully, then comparing to see which color had the most and the least. Nicely done :)
When we returned to our seats we traced the large upper case and lower case Aa's with our finger. After tracing our names ever so carefully with our pencils, we then drew an apple on our page. We chose our favorite color apple and then colored them in the appropriate color. Lastly, we used dot-a-dot stampers to stamp on top of the upper and lower Aa. Check our folders for our great work!
Snack time was yummy and we had the pleasure of meeting two special visitors during this time today. First Sr. John arrived and had a good time asking the children their names. She was on a special fast-moving chair because she hurt her foot and cannot walk on it....she was even going backwards!!! Then Fr. Farrell came in, told us a silly joke, and then gave us a blessing. Both Fr. Farrell and Sr. John were impressed with how well we bless ourselves.
After completing our center activities in small groups, we had a grand time time outside for a nice breath of fresh air and exercise. We then made our way down to the library and had the chance to sit back and relax as Mrs. Dunfee read a few stories to us.
Lunch time was delicious and then some free play time with friends followed. We gathered on the rug and had the chance to see a few more friends present their "All About Me" bags. These kids are doing such a great job with this activity!! Before resting, we listened to the first part of the story "There's An Alligator Under My Bed". We were quick to point out that the word "alligator" in the title begins with the letter A. Tomorrow we will find out what happens when we finish this entertaining story.
After a peaceful rest time, the table activities rotated and we got busy with them. Before we knew it, the time had come to say a little prayer and sing our goodbye song to one another. See you tomorrow!
September 19, 2017
Our letter A table had some wonderful additions today... an angel, two more "Ariel's", two more airplanes, and a toy animal. Love it!! We are wondering if maybe "Ana" from Frozen, an apron or an acorn will show up on there. During circle time we learned 2 new songs for the letter A...the first one was a fingerplay about an apple tree and the other was about an alligator who was being teased by some silly monkeys.
Our morning lesson today focused on our number of the week - the #1. We identified the #1 among a group of numbers and practiced making it in the air with our magic fingers. We talked about the parts of our bodies that we have one of... our list included head, nose, chin, neck, belly, and mouth. We each had the chance to clap or jump one time as well. When we returned to our seats, we traced the big #1 with our fingers, then used our pencils to trace our name. Our next task was to use small pieces of colorful construction paper to fill up the big #1. They did "one"derful!!
Snack time was yummy while we chatted with friends. Center time soon followed as we split into small groups and completed our activities. Next we took some time to go outside for some fresh air and a good stretch of the legs. Upon returning to the classroom, we settled on the rug for our first Religion lesson, which I call "God's Time". Our first theme of the year is "Welcome to Preschool". In today's lesson we recognized that our new classroom is a warm, welcoming community of friends. We discussed how during the year we will learn about God's only son, Jesus, who is our friend. We will play games, sing songs, and listen to stories. We returned to our seats and completed the activity page for this lesson by finding the blank space in the picture and drawing our own faces inside of it.
Once lunch time was finished, we had fun with friends during free play time. Afterward we settled on the rug and listened as 4 more friends shared their "All About Me" bags with us. Awesome job! It's fun getting to know our friends and we are discovering that many of us have similar interests :)
Rest time gave us the chance to relax our minds and bodies. We then had the chance to explore our table activities. This week we will work with play-do, use markers for drawing, and glue apples inside the large letter "A". After packing up, prayers and our goodbye song ended a terrific Tuesday!
September 18, 2017
Hooray for A!! Today we introduced the letter Aa and our A table is already looking "A"wesome! So far we have Ariel from "The Little Mermaid" and an airplane. Our friend Adriana made her letter person and added it on there as well. Keep those A items comin'! During our morning lesson we looked at several pictures of things that begin with A, such as acorn, alligator, apple, airplane, apron, anchor, ant and astronaut. We watched a lively letter A video by bouncepatrol on our SMARTboard too. When we returned to our seats, we put our fine motor skills to work as we traced our names, then found and circled only the A pictures on our papers, listening carefully for that beginning /a/ sound. Nice job! Check our folders for our wonderful work.
After a bathroom break and morning snack, we got busy with our center time activities. One group worked in their letter books where they traced upper and lower case Aa's, then chose 2 "A" pictures to color and glue into their books. Another group sat with Ms. Denise and explored some apples....Ms. Denise carefully sliced the apple sideways and showed us the star shape in the center. We then made some neat apple prints with some red paint and paper. Another group traced and printed 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.
Before we knew it, it was time to line up for gym class. Ms. Gorman had us using our large muscle skills with the use of hula hoops and balls. We got lots of exercise and worked up quite an appetite. Good thing lunch was up next. After that we had the chance to choose a place in the classroom to play for free play time.
We then gathered on the rug and enjoyed getting to know some of our friends a bit better as they presented their "All About Me" bags. Isabella, Mason, and Delanie did a great job showing their bags and telling us about the items inside of them. We are looking forward to looking at more tomorrow.
After a quiet and peaceful rest time, we rounded out our day with the use of whiteboards and markers. We each received our own whiteboard, eraser and markers.... a little bit of drawing helped to end our day with smiles. Goodbye song and prayers wrapped up a wonderful day in Pre-K :)
September 15, 2017"
Whew!! Our first week of Pre-K has come to an end! The children have done a fantastic job this week getting to know one another and their teachers, following a new routine, taking turns, playing nicely, creating crafts, and practicing new prayers and songs.
We are getting familiar with our morning routine and how to sit criss cross applesauce. Today after the calendar checker and the weather watcher did their jobs so perfectly, we enjoyed playing a game called "Good Choice or Poor Choice?". We each had the chance to choose a picture and decide whether it showed children showing good or poor behavior. This was a fun way to reinforce our classroom rules and how to be nice to our friends. Our morning message revealed that we were going down to the gym to meet our gym teacher Mrs. Gorman and to see some of the neat things we will be using/doing in gym class this year. Soon after, we lined up and made our way down the steps and into the gym. We can't wait for our first gym class on Monday!!
Upon returning to the classroom we sat down and enjoyed talking with friends while eating our snacks. Once we were finished, we participated in our first "Scholastic" lesson of the year - we usually do 2 of them a month. Today's topic was "Can I Play?" with the focus on how to be a good friend at school. The children did an excellent job - check their folders for their booklet and I encourage you to review it with them at home.
Next we got busy with our center time activities. We located our name tags and played with friends at either the dramatic play area, blocks and building, puzzles and games, writing center, or i-pad station. Afterward we had some fun in the sun on this beautiful day.
Lunch time was yummy, followed by some free play time in the classroom. Next we settled on the rug and watched the Scholastic video that went along with our lesson from this morning which showed us 3 ways to be a good friend....playing together, sharing, and taking turns. We enjoyed playing the interactive SMARTboard game called "count the crayons" where we each had the chance to go up and help put the crayons in the box while counting them, then we had to click on the corresponding number. Great job, everyone!
Before resting we listened to the story "There's Lots That I Can Do" by Kathleen Harte about a little girl who describes the many things she is good at. This prompted a nice discussion about things we are good at. Some responses were: climbing, running, dancing, kicking, and eating ice cream! We all agreed that one thing we should all try extra hard to be good at every day is being a good friend.
The time had come for some rest and relaxation with the lights out, soft music on and....peace. After completing the rotation of table activities, we ended our day as we always do - with our end of the day prayer and our goodbye song.
Next week we look forward to going to all of our "Specials" classes for the first time, sharing our "All About Me" bags with the class (don't forget to check the date on the bottom of your child's bag to see which day next week he/she will share theirs with the class), and focusing on the letter "Aa" and the #1.
Have a wonderful weekend with your families!
September 14, 2017
Happy birthday to Mrs. Towey - our afternoon aide!!!
Well, today was another fabulous day in Pre-K! We practiced doing all of the important start-of-the-day activities, and these little ones are really catching on to the routine. We began the day with prayer, salute to the flag, calendar check, a weather report, and a look at the morning message.
We listened to the story "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" by Bill Martin- about the letters of the alphabet making their way up the coconut tree...but oh no! too many letters in that coconut tree!! See if your child can tell you what happened. Afterward we each had the chance to tell our friends the letter our name begins with. We returned to our seats and each received a piece of construction paper with the upper case letter that begins our names. Next, our task was to peel and apply colorful stickers directly on top of the letter.....our small motor skills got a nice workout. Wonderful job! These will be hanging in the hallway for all to see.
We made our way to the bathroom and then enjoyed our morning snacks. Yum! Afterward we looked around the classroom to locate our name tags for center time. We are getting better each day at learning where things belong. After cleaning up nicely, we made our way outside for some play and fun. Many of us were playing "ring around the rosie" outside today.
Before lunch time we played a fun get-to-know-you game on the rug with a ball. When the ball was rolled to us, we shouted out our name and told our classmates our favorite color, then we rolled it back. Lunch time was dee-licious, then we had the chance to pick places to play in the classroom for free play time.
After lunch we re-visited the "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" story, but this time we watched a singing version of it on our SMARTboard. Next we got up for some exercise as we participated in 2 new dances - animal action and the gummy bear dance. These kids sure love to dance :)
Ahhh, rest time was so peaceful. The children take a nice, quiet rest even if they do not fall asleep. It is good for the body and the mind to have some quiet time. Afterward we participated in some table activity fun, then before we knew it the time had come for us to end our day with prayer and song. I am so proud of how well these little ones are adjusting to school. Way to go, Pre-K friends!!
September 13, 2017
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, placing lunches on the lunch cart, unpacking backpacks, putting our apples in the attendance tree, and coloring in our coloring books. At circle time we saluted the flag, said our morning prayers and sang some songs. We also had a calendar checker, a weather watcher, and some other helpers as we participated in our morning meeting activities. We read our morning message together and found out we had many fun things in store for us today....such as reading a story about a boy named David, making a David stick puppet, center time, outdoor play, and visiting the library.
After visiting the bathroom and munching on our morning snacks, gathered on the rug to listen to "David Goes to School" by David Shannon - about a little boy who sometimes forgets the rules as school. We were laughing at some of his silly behavior. Next, we each played at the center where our name tag was hanging and played with friends. During this time we put our fine motor skills to work in small groups as we colored, cut, and glued to make our "David" stick puppet.
Next we made our way outside to get a good stretch of the legs and run about with friends. Afterward we traveled back inside and down the steps to the library to visit Mrs. Dunfee - where we sat down to listen to a nice story.
It was our first day eating lunch at school and we met our lunch mom Ms. Mary. When we finished we had the chance to choose a place in the classroom to play for free play time. Before settling down for rest time, we got up and had the chance to show off our dance moves as we parictipated in a few rounds of "Freeze Dance"....I must say we have some excellent freezers in Pre-K 1!! Rest time followed, a time for us to be still and relax while the lights were dimmed and the soft music played. Afterward we went to our seats and explored some table activities - some us were stringing beads, some were using clay to make interesting things, and some of us were busy lacing and putting puzzles together.
Before we knew it, it was time to pack up and end our day. We gathered our belongings, prayed, and sang our goodbye song. A busy but fun day in Pre-K!! See you tomorrow :)
September 12, 2017
Way to go, girls!! What a pleasure it was to see all of the young ladies in our Pre-K 1 class. Another amazing day!
Some of the daily jobs that we practiced today are how to line up, walk down the hallway quietly, unpacking our backpacks, placing folders in the folder bin, hanging up our apples in the attendance tree, how to properly sit in our seats, and listening to directions.
We weren't shy at all when we sang some silly songs at circle time. We dressed our weather frog appropriately for todays' weather 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.
Next we had a quick tour of our classroom and had the chance to visit each center and see all there is to to do at each one. Of course we talked about the importance of taking care of the center items and putting them back in their proper place.
After visiting the bathroom and eating our snacks, we settled on the rug to listen to the wonderful story of "The Kissing Hand" by Audrey Penn. It was 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 sat down in our seats and colored a picture of Chester Raccoon. Once completed we were happy to find out that it was "free play" time - a time to play and explore at the centers in the classroom. Again, the dramatic play area was a popular place. A few of us put our painting and drawing skills to work at the easel. Some of us visited the blocks and building area and the writing center had a few guests today as well. During this time we were each called to make a special "Kissing Hand" project and get our "first day photos" taken. They did a wonderful job!
Before going home we used our small muscle skills and manipulated some clay at our tables. We made some interesting things with our clay - such as snakes, meatballs, chairs and even letters!
After packing up, we gathered in a circle, talked about our favorite part of the day, said our prayers, and sang our goodbye song. We received a special treat that went along "The Kissing Hand" story for having such a wonderful first day. Tomorrow we look forward to having all of the boys and girls from Pre-K 1 all together for the first full day.
September 11, 2017
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.
Our friends practiced doing a number of basic daily jobs, like lining up, walking down the hallway, locating their apple and placing it into the attendance tree, unpacking backpacks, putting folders in the folder bin, and waiting for directions.
We also learned some fun, new songs that will help us learn our friends' names. We looked at our circle time boards and noticed that we will be counting each day until our 100th. We listened to some catchy songs that will help us learn our days of the week and months of the year. We then took a group tour of the classroom to get a good look at the centers and what we can explore at each one.
After a quick trip to the bathroom we sat down to enjoy our morning snacks. We then sat on the rug to listen to a wonderful story called "The Kissing Hand" by Audrey Penn. It was 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 sat down in our seats and colored a picture of Chester Raccoon.
Free play time soon followed, and we sure were eager and ready to play in the classroom. Some of us chose to go to the dramatic play area, while others of us had fun playing some i-pad games and playing in the blocks and building area. During this time we were called one at a time to make a special art project just for you moms and dads - that goes with our "Kissing Hand" story....these will be sent home on Wednesday We were also called during this time to get our "First Day Photo" picture taken - they did great!
We cleaned up nicely, then enjoyed some time outside on this lovely, sunny day. We were having a good time stepping on each other's shadows and getting good exercise. Before we knew it, it was almost time to go home. We gathered in a circle to end our day with our goodbye song and prayers.
We also had the chance to share with our friends what our favorite part of the day was today as we each received a special first day treat. It was a wonderful day! The boys did a nice job and I am so proud of them. Looking forward to seeing the girls tomorrow!
September 7, 2017
What a wonderful turnout we had last night! I would like to take the time to thank all of you for coming to our Parent Orientation night. It was a pleasure meeting you all and I loo forward to working together with all of you to make this school year the best it can be for your precious children.
Please remember to cover your child's folder in clear contact paper so it lasts throughout the school year. The paperwork that was placed on the right side of the folder (yellow "Highlights" paper, Child Info form, Pre-K Info form, Dismissal sheet) should be returned on your child's first day of school (Monday 9/11 for boys or Tues 9/12 for girls)
On Sunday, September 10th, we will have a "Meet and Greet" in the Pre-Kindergarten classrooms. We encourage you to bring your child to meet his/her teachers and view the classroom before the first day of school. This is a wonderful opportunity to ease those first day fears and for the children to come into the classroom and explore. There will be a fun “scavenger hunt” activity for them to complete (with your help, of course) and each child will receive something special from their teacher. Hope to see all of you there!
MONDAY. 9/11/17: Boys only 7:50-11:30 - no lunch, snack only
TUESDAY 9/12/17: Girls only 7:50-11:30 - no lunch, snack only
WEDNESDAY 9/13/17, THURSDAY 9/14/17 and FRIDAY 9/15/17: All students 7:50-2:30 - lunch and snack needed
ACTIVITY FEE: Please send in $25 cash by Friday, September 15th for projects, arts and crafts, and special activities that will have throughout the year.
NAP MATS: Please send in $29 (cash only) by Friday, September 22nd if you would like to purchase a nap mat for your child. These mats are sturdy and have a blanket attached to them. It can be used again in kindergarten next year. If you have a mat from an older child, than can be used too. If you would like to purchase the nap mat on your own, Target and Walmart have school approved mats with blankets for anywhere between $18-$30. If you choose to order one through us, please let me know asap so I can add your name to the list - CASH ONLY please.
Scholastic Book Club orders are due Wednesday, 9/27/17. You can place your order on-line thru the "Scholastic Book Club" link on the left, or fill out the form that was sent home in your child's folder.
August 20, 2017
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.
Learning centers offer guided experiences that encompass all the skills and understandings necessary for optimum development and success in school. Typical centers may include:
- Dramatic Play
- Art/Creative Expression
- Outdoor recess
- Group Circle
- Table Toys
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.
We will occasionally send home Scholastic Book Orders. The more books we order, the more points we earn for free books for our classroom library. Ordering is even easier now that it can be done on-line - just click on the "Scholastic Book Club" link on the left.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns you may have.
Enjoy the remainder of your summer!