Saturday, March 16, 2019

March 11-15, 2019

Saxon theme this week was “How Can I Visit the World around Me?” We learned different modes of transportation such as cars, bicycles, trains, airplanes,
 and boats.

Our letter of the week was U/u. We learned a fun letter U song, made letter U soup, and worked on letter sound identification. We learned about the number 17. We also learned about circles and AABB patterns.

We learned about the “upper room” this week during religion (letter “U” in our Catholic ABC curriculum). The upper room is where Jesus and his disciples celebrated the last supper together. We also learned about St. Patrick in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.  

Creative Dance and Books Come to Life class focused on the dance concept of speed. After the BrainDance, we practiced moving and dancing at different speeds. We also read and acted out the book, Slowly, Slowly Went the Sloth by Eric Carle.

Here some questions to ask your child:
What makes a boat float or sink?
Will you count to 17 for me?
What words start with the letter U?
Who was St. Patrick?  
What was your favorite activity this week?


Sunday, March 10, 2019

Saxon theme this week was “Insects.” We learned the difference between an insect and a spider. We learned about where insects live and how they move. We also learned about the life cycle of a ladybug and a butterfly. We counted ladybug spots, did ant hill mazes, made butterfly masks and made edible inspects and spiders using marshmallows and pretzel sticks. We also did some messy “worm painting” using cooked spaghetti - this was really fun!

Our letter of the week was T/t. We learned a fun letter T song and worked on letter and letter sound identification. We also learned about the number 17.

Stacey Waterman from Lamoille County Conservation District visited us on Thursday and taught us all about coyotes. The children loved learning to communicate like coyotes and following the “alpha” coyote around the room!

Our religion lesson this week focused on Lent and on the letter “T” for Trinity. Although it is hard to explain the Holy Trinity at any age, I used the example of a triangle (Father/Son/Holy Spirit) to try to explain it to the children. Our Saint of the week was St. Therese.

Creative Dance and Books Come to Life class focused on the dance concept of balance. After the BrainDance, we practiced balancing and then did a fun bean bag balance exercise. We read the book, Equal Shmequal and then we did a science experiment where we balanced stuffed animals and beanbags on a see-saw.

Here some questions to ask your child:
What is the difference between an insect and a spider?
How many body parts does and legs does an insect have? How about a spider?
What words start with the letter T?  

What was your favorite activity this week?

Friday, February 1, 2019

January 28 - February 1, 2019

Catholic Spirit Week Lip Sync Contest
It was such a fun and eventful week with it being Catholic Spirit Week. We started the week with an amazing performance by the No Strings Marionette Company. On Tuesday, we participated in the “Survival of the Fittest Competition,” on Thursday we gave a great performance at the Lip Sync Competition and Friday afternoon was filled with a fun indoor carnival followed by hot cocoa!
Our Saxon theme this week was “Animals in My Neighborhood.” We learned about dogs, cats, birds and fish.  We read the Saxon book, Pet Patrol, along with other pet-related literature. We sorted animals in our dramatic play area into “good pets” and “bad pets.” This was really fun. We also made cat masks and learned a rhyme about cats. We played a game of counting spots on a puppy. We made fish tank pictures. We also made pine cone bird feeders and hung them on a tree in front of our school.  
Our letter of the week was P/p and our number of the week was 15. We learned a fun letter P song, worked on letter and letter sound identification, counting and numeral identification and on math patterns and shapes. 
We learned names of rooms in the house during French lessons. The children know about 50 words now in addition to the French ABCs!
Our Catholic ABC curriculum unit was on was “P” for Prayer. We watched a Brother Francis video about prayer and we also learned about St. Peter.  

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?