Sunday, January 20, 2019

January 14-18, 2019


Visit from Joneslan Farm
Our Saxon theme this week was “People in Our Neighborhood.” We learned about different occupations and our lesson units were on: people who help us, people who keep us safe, and people who bring us the news. We had some special guests. On Monday, Steve, Carolyn and Alec Jones from Joneslan Farm in Hyde Park visited to teach us about being a dairy farmer. And on Thursday, Molly Gaines, Theo’s mother, visited to tell us about her job as a professional writer.

Our letter of the week was N/n and our number of the week was 13. We learned a fun letter N song, worked on letter and letter sound identification, counting and numeral identification and on math patterns and shapes.  

In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. day on January 21st, we learned about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We read books about him, did an art project and watched a short video geared towards children about his life.

Our Catholic ABC curriculum unit was on was “N” for Nun. We also learned about St. Nicholas.

Creative Dance and Books Come to Life class focused on the dance concept of place.  After the BrainDance, we practiced moving in self space and in general space. We learned a fun song and dance – Laurie Berkner’s Goldfish song. This song is a great example of dancing in self space and general space. We also read and acted out the book, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. We will be acting this out for the school in a couple of weeks!       
Here some questions to ask your child:
Will you tell me what you want to be when you grow up and why?
Who was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and why is he important?
What words start with the letter N?  
What is the difference between self space and general space?

What was your favorite activity this week?

Saturday, January 5, 2019

January 2-4, 2019

Making Shadows
Happy New Year! We had a short week in pre-k. Our Saxon theme this week was “Daytime.” We learned about the clocks and telling time. We also learned about shadows. We made our own clocks and played some time telling games with them. We also learned about how a shadow is made and we made our own shadows using a flashlight and our projector. The children loved this! We also worked on a shadow art project which will be going on our bulletin board soon.  

Our letter of the week was L/l and our number of the week was 12. We learned a fun letter L song, worked on letter and letter sound identification, counting and numeral identification and on math patterns and shapes.  

Our Catholic ABC curriculum unit was on was “L” for Light. We learned that Jesus is the light of the world. We made tissue paper art lights and sang “This Little Light of Mine.” And we learned about our Saint of the week, St. Lucy.

This week’s Creative Dance and Books Come to Life class focused on the dance concept of energy (smooth and sharp). After the BrainDance, we practiced moving and dancing with smooth or sharp energy. We danced to music that changes from smooth to sharp sounding. We also read and acted out the book, The Bunnies are Not in Their Beds.  
   
Here some questions to ask your child:
How do we tell time?
What makes a shadow?
What words start with the letter L?  
What was your favorite activity this week?

Friday, November 30, 2018

November 26-30, 2018

Fun in the fresh snow!
Our Saxon theme this week was “Weather Reports.” We learned about the sun, rain, wind, snow, thunder and lightning. We did a lot of hands-on science experiments to extend our learning which was really fun and educational.  We also had lots of fun playing in the fresh snow this week!

Our letter of the week was I/i and our number of the week was 9. We learned a fun letter I song about inchworms named Ignatius and Isabelle. We continued to work on beginning letter sounds, rhymes, syllables and on math patterns. We also continued to practice simple addition. We sang the ABC song in French and continued to practice French words for colors, numbers, family members, body parts, food, and things in nature.  

This week’s Catholic ABC curriculum was “I” for the Immaculate Conception and our Saint of the week was St. Ignatius.  We learned about how St. Gabriel came to Mary to tell her that she would be the mother to Jesus. We also learned about the season of Advent (a season of giving) and talked about how we can celebrate Christmas without any money or tangible gifts (by being kind helping others, sharing our loving heart, etc.). The children all had such beautiful ideas of how they could do this.

This week’s Creative Dance and Books Come to Life class focused on the dance concept of level.  After the BrainDance, we danced on different levels and we also danced to a song called, “Serengeti Bliss,” where we danced like different animals on different levels (snakes, elephants, monkeys, giant condors, etc.). We read the book, The Mitten, by Jan Brett (current author study). We also acted out the book.  

Here some questions to ask your child:
Why do we need the sun and the rain?
What words start with the letter I?
Do you remember that letter I song about the inchworms? Will you teach it to me?
Will you count to ten in French for me or sing the ABC song in French?
What was your favorite activity this week?

Saturday, November 10, 2018

November 5 - 9, 2018

Learning about turkeys with Stacey Waterman.

Our Saxon theme this week was “How Do We Communicate with Friends and Family?”  We learned about different ways we can communicate such as talking, using body language, sing language, writing, using the telephone, and email. We made telephones out of cups and string, we wrote letters to send home, and we also created invitations to host a party in our classroom for the 8th graders. It was really fun!  

Our letter of the week was G/g and our number of the week was 7. We learned a fun letter G song. We continued to work on beginning letter sounds, rhymes, syllables and on math patterns. We have also started some simple addition. We sang the ABC song in French, practiced words for colors, numbers, family members, body parts, things in nature, and also added some foods this week for our French lessons. We also learned how to say “hello” in French, Spanish, Japanese and Arabic (Bonjour, Hola, Konichiwa, and Kifak).

We did an author study this week. We read many books by Anna Dewdney, the author of the Llama, Llama books. The children loved her stories and I do too! They are wonderful stories to help children in the social/emotional domain and they are all rhyming books – which helps to teach phonics.

On Thursday, Stacey Waterman, visited our class to teach us all about wild and domestic turkeys. We learned how turkeys communicate and also learned about their habitat. It was great to get outside for an outdoor lesson in nature!

We were on the letter G in our Catholic ABC curriculum. We learned what a grotto is and learned about how Mary appeared to St. Bernadette in a grotto when she was a young girl. Our Saint of the week was St. Gregory.  

This week’s Creative Dance and Books Come to Life class was about the dance concept of focus. After the BrainDance, we practiced singular and multi-focus by moving like fish and seaweed. We read and acted out the book the Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? By Eric Carle.  

Here some questions to ask your child:
What words start with the letter G?
What are some ways you can communicate with me?
Tell me about the party you had with the eighth graders.
What was your favorite activity this week?

Sunday, October 14, 2018

October 8-12, 2018


Our Saxon theme this week was “How Can I Keep I Stay Healthy?”  We learned about personal hygiene, taking good care of our teeth, eating and drinking healthy, and exercising. Special thanks to Dr. Cassandra Coakley of Main Street Family Dentistry in Montpelier for donating tooth care kits to us. In addition to brushing and flossing our teeth together, we did an experiment with eggs to demonstrate the harmful effects of sugar on teeth when you drink things like juice or soda.

Our letter of the week was C/c and our number of the week was 3. We learned about squares this week and also reviewed circles and triangles. We learned about a new pattern this week – AA/BB. We also learned a fun letter C song. We continued to work on beginning letter sounds and rhymes. We sang the ABC song in French, and practiced the words for colors, numbers and family members.  

On Tuesday, we celebrated “Max” the bear’s birthday. We had a teddy bear picnic outside in the afternoon and it was a beautiful, warm and sunny day!

On Thursday, Stacey Waterman of Lamoille County Conservation District visited our classroom to teach us about predator plants. We had so much fun learning about these leafy carnivores!

We are on the letter C in our Catholic ABC curriculum. We learned about Jesus’ great love for us and we learned what a crucifix is and made one. We also learned about St. Catherine of Sienna. In addition to being a saint, she is one of the only female doctors of the church.  

This week’s Creative Dance and Books Come to Life classes focused on the concept of direction. After the BrainDance, we explored movement in different directions – forwards, backwards, sideways, up and down. We also read and acted out the book the Three Billy Goats Gruff.  

Here some questions to ask your child:
What words start with the letter C?
What happened to the eggs that sat overnight in water, low-fat milk, juice and soda?
What did you learn about predator plants from Stacey?
Will you tell me the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff?
What was your favorite activity this week?

Sunday, October 7, 2018

October 2-6, 2018

Our Saxon theme this week was “How Can I Keep Myself Safe?”  We met police officer, Lance Lamb, of the Morristown Police Department and we were also visited by the Morrisville Fire Department. We learned about fire safety, traffic safety, water safety, and how to be safe at home around containers and hazardous chemicals. We learned about first responders and what they do, and talked about how they are safe people for us to go to in an emergency. We also practiced a window evacuation from our classroom this week with the help of Mrs. Nordenson; we also took a walk with her towards New Beginning Miracle Fellowship Church since that is our “on foot” evacuation site. In the case of an emergency, it is important that the children know where our safe place is located and how we would get there. The children were all really great at following directions during our practice drill.
Our letter of the week was B/b and our number of the week was 2. We continuing learning about A/B/C patterns and also continued to work on onset rimes.  We also learned a fun letter B song about a bear named Bubba. We also made the letter B/b and the number 2 out of playdoh. We sang the ABC song in French, practiced learning to count to ten in French, and also added French words for colors this week.  
On Wednesday, Dot Reeve, from the Morristown Library came to visit us. She read the book Mouse Paint to the children and then we had fun mixing colors just like the mice did in the story. We made purple (red and blue), green (blue and yellow), and orange (red and yellow).
We are on the letter B in our Catholic ABC curriculum. We learned about baptism and about St. Bernadette.   
This week’s Creative Dance and Books Come to Life classes focused on the concept of rhythm. We learned that a rhythm is a pattern and the children were excited to tie their knowledge of A/B and A/B/C patterns to our movement concept. After the Braindance, we explored the concept of rhythm by learning a fun song called, “Let’s Get the Rhythm.” We also used our hands to clap rhythms and then had fun dancing with maracas. I chose the book Fireman Small for us to act out since it related to our Saxon unit on safety.
Here some questions to ask your child:
What words start with the letter B? Do you remember the song about Bubba the bear?
Can you explain what a rhythm is to me? Can you clap a rhythm for me?
What things can we do to keep ourselves safe?
What was your favorite activity this week?

Saturday, September 29, 2018

September 24-28, 2018

Our Saxon theme this week was “What Do I Know about My Body?”  We learned about parts of the face, parts of the body that bend, our skeletons, organs and germs. We also learned about our unique fingerprints.   
Since last weekend was the official start of autumn, we also explored apples this week. We did an apple tasting and the children used my apple peeler/corer to help prepare the apples. We tried four different varieties. Granny Smith and New Zealand Red Cheekie apples were our favorites.
We started our letter and number of the week units. Our letter this week was “A” and our number was “1.” We started to learn about A/B/C patterns and continued to learn about rhymes and beginning letter sounds (onset rimes).  We also learned a fun letter A song about an alligator named Alice. We explored triangles this week and created them. We sang the ABC song in French, practiced learning to count to ten in French, and we added colors to our French lessons this week. 
We finished our Eric Carle author study this week and finished our author study of books by Kathryn Otoshi.
We began our Catholic ABC curriculum this week starting with the letter A for apostle and angel. We learned about the 12 apostles of Jesus and we also made angels. Our Saint of the week was St. Anne, Mary’s mother.  
This week’s Creative Dance and Books Come to Life classes focused on the concept of body parts which tied in nicely to our Saxon unit. After the Braindance, we explored the concept of body parts by learning a fun movement song called, “My Name is Joe.” We danced to the song, “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes,” and I added some extra verses so we could work on identifying parts of our face and other body parts. We also had fun balancing bean bags on different parts of our bodies. Finally, we read and acted out the book, Head to Toe, by Eric Carle.  
Here some questions to ask your child:
What parts of your body bend and how do they bend?
How can we help to not spread germs?
Can you think of some words that start with the letter A?
Will you show me what a triangle looks like? (Go on a triangle scavenger hunt around your house)
What was your favorite activity this week?