WELCOME TO ST. MARY'S
January 13 - Wednesday
We finally tackled the pattern cards today & had great success. The weeks of open exploration worked. Children were comfortable & skilled choosing to do some of the more challenging cards. So proud of them all.
We continue to look at upper case letters and to match. More & more I hear "I know how to do this. Yes I can."
Our smart board was not very smart today so we shared & discussed a few winter books. Children were challenged in identifying a scene as the country or the city. Little steps.
Our playground was warm for this time of year both AM & PM - a gift.
Color pages in art were completed & they are now off to creating snowflakes. All is well -
January 11th - Monday
We began the day cutting out the mittens we water colored last week. One more set of mittens and we can create our mountain of mittens:). We also have been practicing lacing. Challenging for all but give this group time & they will master the skill.
We continue to look at the letters of the alphabet practicing letter recognition. The sounds of the letter have also been introduced but it is not yet our focus. We talked/discussed the importance of breakfast with many offering great understanding & some being silly. A lovely mix. A 'waffle baker' cereals & a few other items were introduced to our kitchen corner.
Children alternated between ABC upper case letter match & Math Shelf before Spanish class. I hope you hear their singing tonight.,,
January 6th - Wednesday
We began the day building/creating trees, caterpillars, downtown, butterflies & unicorns with our pattern blocks. Students understanding of symmetry is growing:). We are learning our months of the year now as we know the days of the week...In response to what day is it the answer I received was summer. You have to giggle.
We shared/discussed the story, "A Stanger in the Woods" with children appreciating all the sound effects. Many of their predictions were very realistic - who was the stranger, how did the stranger get there, why is a white owl called a white owl... We started to sing the ABC song looking at the letters which caused the children to slow down. A listening game was introduced & then we 'discovered' everyone's 1st letter makes its' own different sound.
Children enjoyed art with their color book almost completed.
The story "Frozen Noses" was enjoyed at the end of the day which supports mittens go on last when dressing for the winter. Still a challenge at times :)
Enjoy the evening
January 5 - Tuesday
Today we realized we had been on an extended vacation...
We cut out our mittens, attached cuffs & buttons beginning to create our mountain of mittens.
Children enjoyed library with Mrs. Murphy wishing her a warm Happy New Year when she entered the classroom :)
We enjoyed two new movement songs - Polar Freeze & Snowman Hokey Pokey. We acted out building a snowman.
All children completed an ABC uppercase letter match with different amounts of assistance. I promised each time we do it it will become easier - a promise
Thank you for the boots & snow pants. What a difference it makes in how much they enjoy being out. Thank you
Enjoy the evening -
January 4 - Monday
Welcome back. Happy New Year. Thank you all for your thoughtful generous gifts. It is so special to be remembered by my little ones. Thank you.
Today new puzzles were introduced to those ready and a few visited puzzles that were old friends. We shared "Yes I Can" reminding all we are a class who can do. We are beginning to look at the letters of the alphabet. All are confident singing the song, many know the letters in their 1st name so we will build on this.
We shared/discussed the story "A Mountain of Mittens" enjoying the rhyming of the story. We will be cutting out a mitten (scissors), lacing a mitten & painting a mitten this week to create our own mountain of mittens.
There was a mix match of children with boots & no ski pants, children with ski pants & no boots and children believing it would be a warm day. Please continue to send boots, ski pants, mittens... The playground is wet & I have yet to figure out the secret of keeping the children off the ground. Even if no snow I believe they have a better time if dressed for the cold. Thank you.
Again thank you for sharing the holiday cheer with me. Enjoy the evening
December 15th - Tuesday
A very busy morning beginning with our pink color page. We did a lot of movement in anticipation of library and then ended up with extra time to do our nativity story. Except for the 3 wise men we have the story & sequence down pretty much. A favorite read aloud has become "No Christmas Tree" which tells the story from the shepherds point of view.
We enjoyed both recesses. Thank you for the mittens & hats. It makes life so much more enjoyable.
During Choice time some glittered their wreaths with berries, others continued cutting green paper, math shelf was an option and of course play dough.
We have enjoyed the Polar Express book and were able to watch the video. All is fine with a few expecting an enormous snow storm Thursday - time shall tell.
Enjoy the evening
December 14th, Monday
We started the day practicing our scissor skills - cutting green paper for the wreaths we will make later this week. A number of children wanted to know where the puzzles were & to think I didn't think they noticed :)
We enjoyed a full video of the Nativity story with many "I know that." It is wonderful to see how engaged the children are with the story & how proud they are of their learning. We practiced answering in full sentences using an interactive program - I have a pet, Much progress noted.
We did not get out for either recess so our Magna tiles were brought out and a new activity - Magnet School. Children have to match the 1st letter to a picture. Team work won the day.
We did lots of movements to wiggle some our sillies out & enjoyed Spanish. All know how to say Merry Christmas in Spanish.
A grey day but lovely -
December 10 - Thursday
Gentle reminder tomorrow children have physical education - sneakers please
We started the day with open exploration with pattern blocks. Their imagination... We had birds in their nests, God's house with a red stair case, Christmas trees and Santa's village. During circle we extended the Nativity story introducing the shepherds & wise men. We enjoyed Library with Mrs. Murphy & then did our rotation creating angels, Christmas cookie cutters & decorating a tree. Nola gifted a number of toys to the classroom which were received with glee. All were most polite in saying thank you to her.
Thank you, thank you for the warm outer wear. It is so much more fun to play when our heads & hands are warm:)
December 9th - Wednesday
The day started with our trying to complete AABB patterns with our teddy bears. Challenges experienced by all. AB patterns a cinch.
During circle we shared/discussed all the people who help to make Christmas special. First on the list was Santa:)
The idea they themselves can help make the holidays special is difficult to grasp. It was reassuring all believe their brothers & sisters do add to the joy. A new game 'I have____ Who has_____' was introduced with some success. It helps to build vocabulary, supports speaking in full sentences, requires paying attention & it is fun.
Children enjoyed art & then had some choice time. For the 1st time one of our floor puzzle was put together by two friends.
We had time to enjoy some new Christmas songs & continue to practice Mary Rode to Bethlehem.
Please read Gentle Reminder in the students folders. All of us here want/need to see our little ones dressed warmly as we enjoy our outdoor recesses.
Sending holiday joy -
December 8th - Tuesday
We started the day with coloring - very open ended which some children like & some don't, A few are beginning to ask that I write their stories on their creations. A step in the right direction...
Children enjoyed library with some holiday stories receiving a 2nd/3rd reading. SHHH SANTA is a favorite.
We again shared/discussed stories, a video & puppets learning the story of the 1st Christmas. Small steps for little folks...
During choice time we divided into decorating a Christmas tree, holiday cookie cutters with play dough & creating our own angels. Until everyone gets a chance at each station we will keep rotating.
Not sure what it is or a combination of the weather, the holiday & our busy mornings but all are taking naps with a few asking when they can. A sign of the season....
Enjoy the evening --
December 7th - Monday
Happy New Week
We began with puzzles with some more challenging interlocking ones being introduced. Their confidence grows.
During Circle we started learning the story of the First Christmas. We shared a story about Guardian Angels & met Gabriel. Mary & Joseph were introduced as we enjoyed the Beginners Bible version of the Nativity. All agreed we have much to learn:)
Children visited Math Shelf & then enjoyed Spanish.
Our story with a holiday lesson was "I Love Christmas." Noodles, the puppy, gets angry everyone is getting ready for the holiday & no one has time for him. He figures out that if he helps he is happier... Promise to share the story again...
Please remember mittens & hats. We go out in most anything. Will give a heads up once the dreaded ski pants & boots are needed.
Enjoy the night -
December 3rd - Thursday
Gentle reminder tomorrow is an early release day - 11:50 for all. Morning snack please but no lunches:)
We started with practicing our scissor skills - play dough quickly became snakes, cookies, doughnuts & pizza all cut up into little pieces.
During morning circle we looked at the color gray. Most enjoyed was the elephant bouncing on a ball. A new skill was then introduced - answering a question with more than one word. A challenge had by all with lots of giggles. We will continue to work on this but it is for sure little steps for little folks with lots of modeling.
Children enjoyed library taking turns at one point to do a Christmas I Spy book. Very cooperative I heard from Mrs. Murphy.
We ran a little late savoring the warm afternoon recess so just a short nap for most.
We shared "God Gave Us Christmas" learning Baby Jesus was/is the first gift of the holiday...
Enjoy this beautiful day -
December 2nd - Wednesday
A fine day beginning with exploration with unifix cubes. Students understanding of balance is growing as they challenge themselves to build bigger & taller. I love the cooperation between the friends as they discover how to help one another.
We brainstormed what we know about Christmas during Morning Circle. Some great ideas were offered - baking, decorating and the Elf who travels from room to room at night. Some were stuck but by vacation all will be experts.
We reviewed manners again with a small read, "I Have Manners." Right now we over do but eventually, hopefully using our manners will become more natural. An optimist I am:)
Children enjoyed art after our AM recess. Our Kitchen Corner had a few holiday items added so there was some disappointment not all got to play there today. Heads up for any complaints at bedtime...
We are learning our 1st B-I-N-G-O song, Santa and listening to lots of holiday music. Favorites have yet to be determined.
Please let me know if you are interested in conferencing this Friday or next week. Options available on Sign Up Genius.
Enjoy the evening
December 1 - Tuesday
Another new month. Hoping all enjoyed the holidays & your child's crafts added to the joy.
In children's' (those who have been here awhile) folders please find my Conference Notes. I am hoping they can guide our conversations this coming Friday or next week. I have sent out through SignUpGenius a schedule with timed slots. Please let me know if you did not receive this request.
We started the day with our orange page, Many earned 6 out of 6 stickers - such progress. Children enjoyed Library & following snack, recess. This warmth is a gift. My goal/hope is to wrap up our 'study' of Creation this week. We added stars to our plates & tomorrow let there be blue skies & water:). Then onto the birth of Jesus. Christmas arts & crafts of course.
Overall energy level was low today - a good night sleep tonight I hope for everyone...
11.24 - Tuesday
We began with coloring our blue page. A little less careful overall but it is the holiday week. Children enjoyed library & we were able to get out following snack - YES!
We completed our turkeys which will fly home tomorrow. Please enjoy all their holiday art work.
I have sent out a few requests to sign up for conferences the week of December 7th & the Friday before, the 4th. If you have not received a request please send me a quick e-mail. email@example.com
Gentle reminder tomorrow is early release - 11:50 for all. No need to send a lunch but morning snack please.
Wishing you all a healthy, fun, family holiday. Happy Thanksgiving...
December 4th is an early release day & a day set aside for parent & teacher conferences. Due to COVID restraints we have not been able to converse at arrival & dismissal times. So I took it upon myself to write out my observations for each child. I will send these home aft.er Thanksgiving vacation. If you would like to discuss my thoughts we can set up time for a telephone call or ZOOM (challenging for me), Please look for my letter/notes after the holiday - we will plan accordingly.
11.23 - Monday
A quiet day beginning with puzzles & then Morning Circle. We learned about turkeys. Boys are called Toms, girls hens. Only Toms talk & can say 1 word, gobble. Hope dinner conversation is fascinating. Oh & they take their baths in the dust to get rid of bugs.
We had an extended indoor recess (combining recess & choice time). Magna tiles were a hit.
We started our turkey project painting feathers & cutting out the body & head. Please appreciate your child's scissor skills when their turkeys fly home Wednesday.
Children enjoyed Spanish & after lunch Thanksgiving read-alouds. Favorite song was "Ten Little Turkeys."
Enjoy the night -
11.19 - Thursday
A lovely day that began with 'baking.' Our pumpkin pies are finished including a dollop of whipped cream (cotton ball).
We continue to share/discuss our upcoming holiday. Today we played a memory game which involved remembering what every child's favorite animal was - one very attentive child won the stickers. Tomorrow we'll try again. We shared "Pete the Cat's Thanksgiving" hearing about the Mayflower, Pilgrims & Squanto - it is all just exposure. I hope by next week the children are singing our thankful song for you...
We enjoyed library & both AM & PM recesses. Thank you for dressing your children warmly -
7 out of 8 zippers went up independently today!!! Thank you for your support
11.18 - Wednesday
We began the day improving upon our scissor skills - we cut orange construction paper & tissue paper (more challenging). We are making pumpkin pie:)
During circle we shared/discussed two nonfiction books on how pumpkins grow & 1 fiction book. a Duck & Goose book. No one had ever tried to eat a pumpkin flower - they are delicious when fried. Children wanted to share their favorite Jam songs with our two new students - Jam & Teddy Bear Teddy Bear...
Children enjoyed art beginning a new project involving primary colors. They finished class dancing the Chicken Dance.
It was cold on the playground but we did enjoy two recesses, just a little shorter.
I tried to read The Night Before Thanksgiving & it was a dismal failure. Most knew due to COVID this coming holiday will be celebrated differently.
Enjoy the sunshine -
11.17 - Tuesday
We welcomed Stella to our classroom this morning. Again all students were kind, welcoming and gentle. Our classroom community is growing and I find it very energizing. We have a fantastic bunch of children here in Pre K-A :)
A gentle request - would you please take time to be sure your child knows how to dress themselves for the coming cold weather. We are not anywhere near boots & ski pants so a little practice would be much appreciated. A few hints - in taking their jackets off sleeves tend to turn inside out. We are working on turning them right side out before hanging them up. You'll hear (I hope) "Put your mittens into your hat & your hat into your sleeve." It helps when we are all moving at once. Children also hear "Mittens go on last." It is challenging enough to zipper without having mittens on. It is a work in progress & again little steps for little folks but I am encouraging all to be independent of me. I do promise given time all will develop the skills. Promise.
The day was wonderfully busy - patterning with teddy bears, water color painting, library, interactive activity on the board, 2nd read aloud of Mo Williams' "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus." All of you are lucky to have children who never get their parents upset. Perfect Little Ones here...
Enjoy dinner -
11.16 - Monday
Welcome Back -
We started the day with puzzles. Three students worked independently and then together to complete the traditional interlocking puzzles - dinosaur, farm & rescue vehicles. "Yes I can" was heard loud and clear. One student without any assistance put together the 12 piece cow for her very 1st time. "I DID IT!"
We shared discussed two books, 'Pumpkin Prayer" & "Give Thanks for Each Day." Before sharing the reads students were challenged to listen for things to be thankful for (toys were a no-no). We had a range of purple balloons, Mom & Dad, rainbow cupcakes, mint ice cream, stickers and orange pumpkins. Well done. I was especially pleased with the more than one word answer.
We painted with Legos - orange, yellow & brown. A holiday craft...
Children enjoyed Spanish.
We actually saw a squirrel gathering leaves and going into his house on the playground. Three students successfully climbed the volcano for a closer look - I spotted them:)
All is happy -
11.13 - Friday
Happy Friday. We had an especially busy day and a fun one (I think).
We started with free exploration with pattern blocks. Besides remembering how important it is to focus when you are building students on their own began creating patterns and sharing them. One child discovered 2 red blocks equals 1 yellow block and then we were off to the races. It is this type of interaction/learning that makes teachers love teaching:).
Children enjoyed physical education even though it was in the café. A game of volley ball was played.
We wrapped up hibernation today with students most impressed with all they have learned, One child taught us all his "Hibernation Song." Please enjoy their peek-a-boo booklets & don't hesitate to ask questions - they know their stuff.
We shared/discussed "Turtle's Race with Beaver" revisiting Bear & Chipmunk from another story. Children giggled at how Turtle tricked Beaver ...
We revisited the story of Creation and began our Creation Plates craft. In the beginning there was darkness (we painted paper plates black). Next week we will continue to add to them.
Wishing you a great weekend - you may hear Sunday should be a day of rest.
11.12 - Thursday
We began the day welcoming a new classmate, Cora Noblet. All the children were most kind sharing the best part of the day is snack, recess and lunch:)
We completed our purple color page which is in their folders. Some 'worked' slower than others but all did well.
The holiday Thanksgiving was introduced. Eating turkey was well known & being thankful for our toys was popular. Thankfully we have a couple of weeks to extend our understanding.
We got our AM recess in before the rain & then children enjoyed library.
We hope to paint with Lego blocks this afternoon (holiday craft) but the energy level is low. Must be the weather -
Enjoy the evening -
11.10 - Tuesday
We started the day cutting straws (practicing scissor skills) and then stringing them. What took two mornings in the early fall took one short session today. Progress! I hope you enjoy their creations.
Children enjoyed library followed by snack and recess. A beautiful morning:)
We visited Math Shelf & then looked at other animals who hibernate completing an interactive activity on the SMART board - it worked...
We looked at a Peek-a-boo hibernation booklet which should be coming home towards the end of the week.
Please enjoy tomorrow & we will see you Thursday -
11.9 - Monday
We had a full house for the first time in a week. It was wonderful to have us all together again.
We started the day with a few beginning/finishing their hibernating chipmunks & others coloring. Rainbows with straight lines was popular today...
We shared/discussed a video on hibernation, enjoyed Walking in the Jungle, did a silly song with a turkey who could read & loved visiting with Jam - numbers. We visited Math Shelf & then had Spanish singing Head, Toes, Knees & Shoulders in Spanish.
Recess was extended a little to appreciate this gift of a day. During Choice Time I started visiting with each one individually to 'read' our Scholastic magazine. They will be coming home s-l-o-w-l-y.
Gentle reminder there is no school Wednesday -
11.6 - Friday
Happy, Happy Weekend -
We mixed things up a bit today given it was an early release. We colored our chipmunks in 1st before going to physical education. A great time had by all. When we returned to the classroom we enjoyed snack & then cut out our chipmunks. Excellent cutting by all. We glued them into their burrow & then glued leaves (paper ones) to make them warm & cozy for the winter. Monday we will hide them around the classroom. We enjoyed a read aloud of Mo Williams' "I Love My New Toy." Children are enjoying his books if you are looking for a bedtime read. Students opted to play inside rather than visit the playground. It was a 1-to-2 vote.
Enjoy this beautiful day & what promises to be a warm weekend -
11.5 - Thursday
We began the day practicing our scissor skills. Some rolled play dough & some made pancakes (most creative). Most now place the thumb in the thumb hole but tend to twist their hand when cutting. Time will help.
We shared/discussed a video on what animals do when winter is approaching. Migrating, growing a thicker coat, changing diet and hibernating were all presented. We will revisit the video again. Interest is high though this weather is not cooperating. We contrasted a story about a real bear and snowy bear noting fake bears are more cuddly than the real thing:)
Recess was grand with a little extension of time given how beautiful the day is.
Children enjoyed library & then played a counting game feeding squirrels(small stuffed animals) acorns.
Hoping to get out a little bit this afternoon. Again, tomorrow is early release. Enjoy this gift of a day -
11.3 - Tuesday
We started the day with a few different activities - some children finishing their fire truck coloring, some 'reading' their Scholastic magazine & some matching the firefighter's gear. We enjoyed library with Mrs. Murphy. She was most impressed we knew how to do thumbs up/down & what to do in case of fire - get out, stay out.
The 2nd lesson of 2nd Step was introduced - How to FOCUS... We reviewed our listening look & then discussed focusing.
Children were asked to 'study' something in the room & then just looking at me answer my questions. As a little one put it. "I don't get this focusing thing. Too hard." We played a game, What is missing? and decided we need practice. Great to self evaluate with honesty.
This afternoon we hope to wrap up all things to do with fire safety/fighters (please) and then returning to our 'study' of fall - chipmunks, squirrels, pumpkins, hibernation & on & on...
Enjoy the brisk weather -
11.2 - Monday
Happy new month. I hope Halloween was a wonderful night & you enjoyed your child's crafts.
Sorry we have been out of touch but my internet connection is 'fussy.'
Today we began with many stories of the weekend fun & then moved on to puzzles. It is Monday.
We reviewed all we have learned about firefighters & looked more closely at fire safety. Gentle reminder time to check/change batteries in smoke detectors. Children were sad to see all our Halloween books put away but did enjoy doing the Turkey Hokey Pokey.
We spent some time on Math Shelf with all being independent signing in & moving along. Progress. Children enjoyed Spanish. This afternoon we hope to complete our fire safety booklet. Look for in today's or tomorrows folder.
Thank you for the hats & mittens. Our 1st recess is about 9:40 so it tends to be chilly. Thank you -
10.27 - Tuesday
A fabulous day beginning with free exploration of our pattern blocks. We built tall towers, orange buildings & tipping castles. We completed AB Halloween patterns using ghosts, witches hats, spiders & pumpkins. I believe we may have it mastered. We tried ABB patterns & loved how our tongues tripped.
Mrs. Murphy shared many of our Halloween classroom books during library. She was most impressed at how well we could answer Halloween riddles:)
We 'carved' our pumpkins choosing our eyes, nose & mouth pieces with great care.
Mrs. D was shocked at how well we clean up at Choice Time & move to a 2nd corner. We are the best.
This afternoon we shared/discussed a day in the life of a firefighter. Firefighter Joe told us to go low when there is smoke. We practiced stop-drop-roll in case there is ever a need. I kind of skipped over the reason for -
Please visit the front of our school when you have a moment. There is a Halloween surprise awaiting you ...
10:26 - Monday
Running to a meeting so I'll be brief -
Puzzles 1st in the AM, introduction of Firefighters & Fire Safety, Spanish & then indoor AM recess. We painted pumpkins (paper plates) which we will 'carve' tomorrow. We did have an outdoor PM recess but wet & cold. Hoping for sun tomorrow -
Enjoy the night
10:23 - Friday
A busy full wonderful day -
We started with coloring encouraging the children to use more than 1 color. I would ask at home you support your child in developing hand preference. Whichever hand, right or left, you observe them using the most gently remind them to use that natural hand of preference.
Children enjoyed physical education reporting great fun. We shared/discussed a book on leaves reviewing the seasons & what a tree would look like during a particular time of year. With great enthusiasm we went on a leaf hunt - returning to class with a bunch of leaves. We used wet glue to create great works of art - enjoy.
We visited Math Shelf before lunch & then off to the playground.
Enjoy the weekend -
10.22 - Thursday
A gift of a day:)
We started with stringing beads with a number of students working with the small set (the baby beads). We are not yet following a pattern but we are getting closer. All did a lovely job of working together to clean up.
The days of the week song was introduced at morning circle. It truly is just for exposure & building vocabulary. Who wouldn't enjoy singing to the beat of the Adam's Family song? We shared/discussed a picture of children & a teacher listening. It makes me smile how much they know & at times how little it generalizes. The seed is planted. We reviewed the color pink with all loving the flamingos.
Children enjoyed library and then were off to Choice Time. During this time I 'visited' with each child to review the numbers 1-5 and 1-to-1 correspondence. Much progress was noted. Please enjoy their trees.
We started a project of creating a leaf crown. Fingers crossed it comes home with them tomorrow. Fire Safety & becoming a Fire Fighter next week & Halloween of course...
Hope you are able to enjoy this beautiful day -
10.21 - Wednesday
A rainy wet day with no outside recess:(
We started the day with our 2nd lesson in 2nd Step - Why do we listen? All answers were right on: keep us safe, help us learn, makes you be good & helps you follow directions. Smart crew here. We enjoyed our second listen of Seasons of the Year with more students singing along. We shared/discussed Mouse's First Fall. Most preferred Mouse's First Halloween read. We joined Jam in dancing Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear & of course Jam.
We had indoor recess with the added treat of using water & food coloring with eye droppers to paint leaves. Mrs. Caruso joined us for art & we continue to make pizza.
To save the day our classroom set of magna tiles was brought out for the 1sr time - a hit.
We had extended time with play doh & fall cookie cutters - cats, owls, ghosts and bats were created. Rolling the play doh is a challenge for some but little steps for little folks.
We revisited the story of Creation & the song - "Who Put the Buzz in the Bees.?"
A busy day so all should sleep well for you tonight - I hope
10.20 - Tuesday
A fabulous day beginning with our 'yellow page.' A couple of children are testing the waters as is expected 'choosing' to do/complete the page during choice time. It is all about learning:)
A new song, Seasons of the Year was introduced. The theme of seasons is integrated across the curriculum with children's understanding growing as they experience the changes. Thankfully the weather cooperated today - we had wind, we had clouds, we had sunshine, we were both cold/hot. As one little one put it, "This is a mixed up weather."
Children had library with Mrs. Murphy enjoying both some of our reads & some of hers.
We did AB patterning with leaves 'getting all the way to the end of the bench two times.' Progress. Children then sponge painted their own AB pattern. A few chose to do two - one for the kitchen corner & one for their parent.
We shared "Mouse's First Fall" at the end of the day. We are deciding if we should learn a new prayer for closing. Much discussion :)
Thoughtful reminder - If you sent in summer clothes in case of an accident you may want to send in warmer clothes when you have a moment.
Enjoy the evening
10.19 - Monday
Welcome back. We started the day with puzzles that were new to us. Change is not a friend to Little Ones. All tried & success was found to some measure.
Our 1st 2nd Step lesson was introduced. We shared our ideas of how to listen & then enjoyed the story, "Nobody Listens to Andrew." There is a bear asleep on his bed & no one will listen... We reviewed the color purple & heard a wolf howl - purple mountains. Favorite song today was "Jam." Favorite part was jam on my tail :).
We all had a chance to visit Math Shelf & then had Spanish. We sang our afternoon prayer for her at the end of class. She was most impressed. This afternoon we hope to do sponge painting with leaves & create a pattern - fingers crossed.
Enjoy the evening -
10-16 - FRIDAY:)
Happy Weekend -
We began the day with physical education & then snack. We were starving.
We enjoyed an interactive read & then matched summer green leaves to their fall colored leaf. Children love the interactive games. We moved on to completing simple patterns with increasing confidence and success. Children enjoyed Clifford's Halloween read aloud & then off to choice. It is rewarding to see how they have learned the routine/expectation of cleaning up one toy before moving on. Favorite 'game' today was throwing our rubber dice up in the air & then counting the dots.
Please find their marker early morning creations where we focused on using lots of different colors. The 'which leaf is different' was completed with lots of support from me. To be expected given the format of the work & the preference to just color with the dot-to-dots. All are most proud of their sponge leaf art masterpieces.
Enjoy the weekend & thank you for sharing your children with me -
10.15 - Thursday
We began the day with our teddy bears and completing AB patterns. Children are needing less of my support & beginning to enjoy the challenge of extending the pattern. More & more are working left-to-right.
We again enjoyed Coco Melon's Excuse Me/Sorry video with the goal of students actually using these words throughout the day. Still listening & still hopeful:) We met "Jam" our Starfall's main character & enjoyed his silly 1st song... Favorite part was jam on my tail. We began a simple review of colors. Today was blue with us naming blueberries, the sky, ocean, Daddy's car & blue Italian ice. The goal is for children to use this vocabulary in natural conversations - I want to wear my blue sweater today rather than that sweater,
Children enjoyed library today & then we were visited by Mrs. Boyle. Throughout the year she will be taking informal pictures & posting on our school site or the school's Facebook page. Hope you enjoy.
All students were starving today & tired. So much for a 4 day week being short -
Talk tomorrow -
10.14 - Wednesday
What a difference the sunshine makes:)
We started the day with our color green sheet. The shape crescent was new to them with most preferring calling it a banana. We revisited saying excuse me & sorry. We discussed when we should say it & why these words were important. You may hear the song this evening. We used felt leaves to build AB patterns & are still struggling a bit. The idea of 'repeat' is a challenging concept for little ones. We will get there. Walking in the Jungle returned for movement.
Children enjoyed Art adding cheese to their pizzas. Both Mrs. Caruso's book & song are well enjoyed.
We visited Math Shelf this afternoon with progress being noted. Most are at the intermediate level for prerequisite math knowledge having advanced from beginner. We travel next to numbers 1-3.
A favorite story now is "What Am I?" which has children guessing, shapes, colors and names of fruit. Avocado was the most challenging. We shared/discussed for the 1st time "Oops! I Made a Mistake!" Even for our little ones the need to be perfect can be scary/distressing.
Enjoy the warm evening -
10.13 - Tuesday
Welcome back -
We started the day with puzzles as is our routine 1st day back. Children enjoyed library with Mrs. Murphy & then on to snack:). Due to our lovely weather we had indoor recess with a few not understanding why we couldn't go out - I have me boots...
We shared a digital read from Scholastic "Looking at Leaves." No one knew what a rake was. We completed a leaf match with much discussion on what colors leaves turn. The need for pink leaves was voiced strongly.
Rainy days are long but all is well -
October 9 - Friday
Happy Friday, Happy LONG Weekend.
We started with physical education today. A bit chilly but all happy athletes. We sang one of our favorite finger plays, Here Is the Beehive (copy in folders) watched a science video on bees & created our own bees which will be hung once dry.
Some strung their cut straws from yesterday & some are still cutting straws. Different strokes for different folks.
Wishing you all a restful weekend -
We started our morning cutting plastic straws - practicing our scissor skills. The pieces were popping all over the room:)
Tomorrow morning we string the pieces so be expecting some beautiful jewelry.
I hope the children have shared how well they are learning the Pledge of Allegiance. We say it every morning following our prayers & before our good morning song.
We shared/discussed the story, "The Invisible Boy." I was most impressed with their understanding of how sad it is when you feel ignored. All promised to be 'good' friends to one another. One child caught how Brian, the invisible character gets more & more color when the new boy, Justin, pays attention to him. It is a story we will revisit over the year.
Children enjoyed Mrs. Murphy at library time & her reread of "What are you so grumpy about?"
We counted & counted & counted our little apples on the apple tree...
Beans is now a favorite activity at Choice Time.
Enjoy the sunshine -
10.07 - Wednesday
We began the day with our first 'structured' coloring activity. Skills vary across the students - some are developing hand preference, some are learning to hold a crayon correctly, some are learning about the helping hand & eyes on work & others are most content to color within the lines. Each week we will complete a different sheet & I do hope you see progress (fingers crossed).
We shared the story "Apple Picking Time" learning different names for apples. Banana apple was the favorite. We reviewed our 5 senses & how to use them to investigate an apple. We sang 5 Little Apples & shook the tree hard. Some learned to roll a dice and count out apples (red glass beads) to put on a tree. We hoped to do an apple investigation in the afternoon but we ran out of steam. Maybe tomorrow.
Children enjoyed art adding sauce to their pizza & learning the Dracula Dance.
Each day a student is now leading us in Grace at either snack or lunch. I am proud of them. We are practicing how to bless ourselves with challenges - crossing over is DIFFICULT.
Though I do not mention it often students do enjoy two outdoor recesses a day, an afternoon walk on some days and a free choice play time daily. We frequent the bathroom:) It is a full day with us hitting kind of a bump in the road as the newness has worn off hence the need for napping. I appreciate your patience as we build our stamina.
Favorite story right now is, "Love Monster." Favorite song is "Yes I Can."
Hope no one loses power this evening -
10.06 - Tuesday
We began the day with our bears trying to create patterns. Most are still randomly matching the colors, all are 'reading' the patterns right-to-left and still there is progress:). We enjoyed a new version of the Creation Story with all children knowing God created everything, able to name one thing He did create & loving that God laughed on the 7th day.
We enjoyed library with Mrs. Murphy. She balances introducing her books with rereading classroom books. Children are loving this time together.
We revisited "Ten on Top" with students completing a 1-5 activity. Their 'work' is in their folders. They should be able to identify the numbers & count the dots with 1-1 accuracy (kind of).
All but one slept at quiet time which is typical for this time of year. Once they become used to the day it will become rare when they actually sleep. A few students do have a snuggly with them. We hang them on separate hooks, spaced far apart, & send them home Friday for wash. There is no sharing of them - safety first. Feel free to send a small blanket in if you wish -
Wishing you a quiet evening
10.05 - Monday
A lovely day shared by all.
We began the day with puzzles & I am seeing lots of progress. Children are beginning to understand puzzle clues looking for flat edges, top & bottom pieces & picture hints. All exciting as I hear, "I did it."
We shared ""Ten Apples Up On Top" and then tried walking as we balanced one apple (beanbag) around the classroom. Lots of giggles. The silly song, "An Apple on My Head" was requested with lots of students singing along. The movement song "Dem Bones" was introduced with the wiggle, wiggle being enjoyed most.
We painted precut apples with green paint. The challenge was to keep our eyes on our work & no paint on the table. Some success here but children did appreciate how when their eyes travel so does the paint. All enjoyed washing the tables:)
Children enjoyed Spanish learning here, good and not here. I am most impressed with how quickly they catch on.
This afternoon we looked at patterns together & then a little Math Shelf.
Enjoy the evening -
10.02 - Friday
We created our 2nd apple today by tearing tissue paper & then a little wet glue (little is up for interpretation).
Children enjoyed physical education. It was noted they are crossing the street with much more care. Progress.
We shared our end of the day prayer for Mr. Beza. He was most impressed. I hope you enjoy their stars.
Have a wonderful weekend & appreciate the sunshine -
10.01 - Thursday
It is difficult to believe a new month is upon us. Happy October.
Busy, busy day. We began with gluing all of our cut red pieces creating an apple. We colored the leaf & the stem and 'filled' a basket in the kitchen corner. We learned the vocabulary stem, skin & flesh for an apple. We discussed how you can use all 5 senses to investigate an apple. More science next week. We had our pictures taken and received many compliments from the photographer on how handsome/beautiful we were & the best behaved:)
We enjoyed library with Mrs. Murphy & she was kind enough to do a 5th maybe 6th read of Max's Tricycle. Well loved story.
We listened & did a new movement song, Scarecrow...
We enjoyed a math read aloud & then 'worked' on our app. Math Shelf. We are tired -
Reminder tomorrow is an 11:50 release for all. Enjoy -
9.30 - Wednesday
Gentle reminders tomorrow is picture day & Friday, October 2nd is an early release at 11:50. Children will have snack (maybe pack a little extra) but no lunch till your pickup - thank you for including the napkins and spoons. Much appreciated.
Today we began building with unifix cubes creating towers and trains. The vocabulary introduced included width & length, short & long and equal. All exposure at this point:) We completed our 1st graph with 2 children liking apple pie & 4 children preferring apple sauce. The activity naturally supports addition skills & developing the idea of more or less. Applesauce won. We sang the silly song, Apple on My Head and did a hokey pokey.
Children enjoyed art beginning a few week involved project of making pizza. They are learning a song with hand motion too. A pizza play set was added to the kitchen corner.
We shared & discussed the story, "Max's New Tricycle" with the hope being children would realize the importance of their eyes going in the same direction as their feet. Safety 1st! I hope you hear a little about Max's accident on his trike (goes over a rock).
We started painting our afternoon prayer stars which I hope to send home by Friday.
Enjoy the last night of September -
9.29 - Tuesday
A lucky streak I hope - two days on the site:)
We began the day with our new markers remembering to "Listen for the click so the marker doesn't get sick." Their creations are in the folders. We did a little bit of movement before library with Mrs. Murphy. Shake the Sillies out was a big hit and 5 Apples Up in the Tree. All received high praise for their listening skills during library.
We practiced with our scissors cutting red construction paper to create an apple tomorrow. It is a challenge for most to hold the scissors correctly but little steps for little folks.
We are learning the Creation story having shared, "Let There be Light" and a Beginner's Bible video.
We practiced our 1st names today with clothespins.
A fabulous Tuesday -
9.28 - Monday
I got on the site!!! We are smooth sailing here. My age, the heat, the business of the day I am challenged when trying to remember what we did last week. I know we enjoyed Mouse Count, Mouse Shapes & Mouse Colors hence the little mice that came home. I know we have been working on feelings trying to build our vocabulary & our response to facial expressions (a challenge given the masks). I hope you enjoyed your child's copy of Our Big World.
We began with a focus on apples enjoying a video of an apple orchard. Our big word was orchard. We had Spanish learning some names for colors. We counted with Bear and had a little time on Math Shelf.
Gentle reminders - Thursday is individual picture day & Friday is early release with us at 11:50...
Hope to talk with you all tomorrow
9.23 - Wednesday
Thank you for remembering to tuck a napkin into their lunch boxes & for the snugglies. Though a warm day outside our classroom was cool.
We played our version of 'Who Stole the Cookie' with much more participation today. We shared Mercer Mayer's "I Was So Mad" with all children reporting they never ever get mad:). Our movement song was Pinocchio's Hokey Pokey.
All children enjoyed Art with Mrs. Caruso - paper in their folders.
We practiced with a white board making circles & then circled a whole class poster full of children's emotions. Your copy should be coming home Friday -
Our read aloud was "N-O Spells NO!" again with students reporting they never ever say no to an adult. You have to love these little ones ...
Enjoy the warm night
9.22 - Tuesday
Our 1st fire drill was this AM & besides the alarm being "too big(loud)" we did well. I reinforced the drill was practice to keep us safe but there maybe questions tonight...
Children enjoyed library with Mrs. Murphy.
We practiced recognizing our own names with a few students identifying their friend's names. We shared the story "Who Stole the Cookie", enjoyed the video & played our version of the game.
Students are 'complaining' they are cold during quiet time. If you would like to send a small blanket/snuggly with them that would be fine. Given the COVID the blanket would have to travel with them each day & stay in their backpacks. A small, small blanket would/could work -
We used our markers for the 1st time today completing a maze (found in their folders tomorrow). We practiced listening for the click so the marker won't get sick. Tricks of the trade.
Enjoy the night -
9.21 - Monday
Happy Fall & Happy Monday. We welcomed a new student today, Erica. You would have been proud of each of your children. They were kind and welcoming & inclusive. Erica ended her 1st day with a smile thanks to your child.
Children enjoyed Spanish today learning the word for 'here' and counting in 1-10 loud & quiet in both English & Spanish. They also enjoyed saying good-bye in Spanish. We started looking at feelings today with students offering some original thoughts including feeling loved & feeling kind. We shared a digital read of My Big World & enjoyed a dance break stomping our feet to feeling mad. We shared discussed our 2nd math story, Mouse Count with children taking turns being a snake & catching numbered mice. We then matched numbers 1-5 & proudly hung our work. All children have completed a simple assessment using our Math Shelf App. The read aloud today was, "But No Elephants"...
We are still loving 'Walking in the Jungle.'
Enjoy the dinner hour:)
9.18 - Friday
Happy Friday. We finished our 1st full week. Children had their 1st physical education class with Mr. Fitz. They did jumping jacks, played red light green light and were highly enthusiastic when they returned to class. We used our water paints for the 1st time and our 1st names magically appeared (white crayon). During math we shared/discussed two versions of the song 5 Little Ducks, enjoyed the video & 'played' with 5 plastic ducks counting up & back. Favorite read aloud is "A Porcupine Named Fluffy." To start the conversation the rhino is named Hippo:)
Enjoy the weekend & if possible would you sneak a napkin into the children's' lunches. Thank you for sharing your child with us here -
OOPS - Thursday's notes are under Monday.
9.14 - MONDAY
Hello all families & again welcome. Thank you for entrusting your children into our care. We will love them well. Thank you for the supplies, for completing the information on the PRE K WELCOME form and for the extra set of labeled clothes. If you are missing any of this please send in as you can.
I promise to try to send a brief update each day with Friday promising to be a little shorter. Please check in to get a bird's eye view into your child's day. I find a little heads up on my part helps with your child's response to "What did you do in school today?"
As of now we have five students, Jack, Nola, Syndney, Maeve & Lillian (Lily). We are getting to know one another & our schedule. Patience is most important these first few days or weeks :)
Enjoy the evening -
Thursday, September 17th
Best laid plans to communicate & then there is this thing called the internet:)
We are becoming more & more comfortable with each other, our routines & our schedules. We have shared, discussed & read books concerning what we do in school, what teacher's do (Mrs. Appleberry), how to stay safe & how to share (take turns, divide, wait).
We shared "Mouse Shape" and then created classroom mice that hang in our classroom. One looks more like a bear to me but who am I to argue with three & four year olds. Our favorite shape to say is the octagon with a growl.
We are learning 3 prayers - morning, grace and an afternoon prayer. Standing still is the challenge.
We have practiced using glue sticks - just a dab will do...
Favorite songs include 'walking in the jungle' and the 'beehive song.'
All is fine & I am enjoying getting to know each child's special personalities.
Enjoy the afternoon