Two Year Old Weekly Activities
Week of February 12th
It is a short but exciting week in our two-year-old class! Just a reminder, there will be no class on Tuesday February 13 due to a STVP Staff Lenten Retreat. But we’ll be back together on Wednesday to celebrate Valentine’s Day with class party and the beginning of the season of Lent by gathering for prayer and receiving ashes. Also, this Friday marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year. We’ll take some time on Thursday to learn a little bit about Chinese culture! Due to the shortened schedule, we will postpone letter “S” week until we meet back together on Tuesday February 20th.
Week of February 5th
Our two-year-old class is back in the usual routine this week as we learn about the letter R and continue to practice large and small motor skills through games, crafts, and activities. Since “rain” is such a great R word and something we have seen a lot of lately, we will spend some time this week learning about the weather and all its different forms! We also will begin to prepare for our Valentine’s Day celebration and the start of Lent, all coming up next week.
Week of January 29th
Its going to be a busy week at St. Thomas of Villanova Preschool as we celebrate Catholic Education Week! On Tuesday we will enjoy some visitors to our school who will share their professions. Wednesday Polly the Magician is coming followed by a chapel service. And on Thursday is our St. Jude Trike-a-thon! We will also be creating a few special crafts to get ready to root for the Eagles at the Super Bowl this weekend! Due to all the extra festivities there will be no letter of the week. We’ll start back up the following week with letter R.
Week of January 22nd
This week is Q week! Along with our Q themed activities, this week we will talk about and explore what makes each of us different. Each child will make a special craft that looks just like them as well as share with the group some of their favorite things. We will also continue learning about tricycle safety from our friend Bikewell the Bear as we prepare for Catholic Schools Week and the St. Jude Trike-a-thon next week!
Week of January 15th
In addition to our normal letter of the week activities (this week is the letter P!), this week will begin a unit that will be ongoing for the next several weeks. The theme of the unit is called “All About Me.” This unit will foster self-esteem and communication skills and demonstrate how unique and special each child in our class is. As we explore this theme this week the students will practice communicating about themselves, such as their names, emotions, and families through a variety of activities. We will practice recognizing our names, identifying our feelings, as well as taking a look at the family photo each child has brought in and introducing all the members of our families to each other.
Week of January 8th
I am so happy and thankful to be teaching the two-year-old class for the remainder of the year! However, please continue to pray for Mrs. Levine’s health and recovery. For our first full week back at school, we celebrate the letter “O” with show and tell, crafts, and an obstacle course for gym on Wednesday! We will continue our normal schedule full of songs and games that teach all about our letters, numbers, colors, and shapes, with plenty of time for free play and exercise in the bike room and our class room.
Week of January 3rd
Happy New Year! Welcome back from what I hope was a magical and blessed Christmas with friends and family. We are excited to begin 2018 together in our two-year-old classroom! It’s a short but busy week – we’ll start with changing day (gym, music and language development), and celebrate letter “N” week with show and tell. As always we’ll find time for the bike room, free play in our classroom, fun art activities, stories and songs! We’ll continue to work on our numbers and letters and just have fun learning new things and being together. We’re especially excited to welcome a new friend to our class this week! It’s going to be a great new year.
Week of December 17th
As we sing in music class each morning, “Jesus is coming! Jesus is coming! Jesus is coming! Light his way!” It’s going to be a magical week in our classroom as we prepare for the birth of Jesus, and of course, for Santa too! We’ll continue singing our many Christmas songs, and reading our favorite Christmas stories. Our crafts will be ready to come home and we can’t wait to share them with you. It has been such fun celebrating this season together at school, and I wish you all a blessed, peaceful, and joyful Christmas with your friends and family! Thank you for sharing your children with me, and allowing me to be a part of their excitement at this time of year. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Looking forward to seeing all on Thursday!
Week of December 4th
Tis the season, and it’s “L” week! Our two-year-old class is ready to celebrate Advent and prepare for the birth of baby Jesus! And yes, of course, we’re so excited for Santa’s arrival too! It’s the most wonderful time of year, especially if you’re in preschool, and it will be a fun few weeks for us all. This week we’ll read books that help us to prepare for the Christmas season and holiday. We’ll begin to learn about the story of Jesus’s birthday and will help to set up our very own class nativity. We’ll make decorations to brighten our classroom, and to bring home to our families. Our first project will be a special advent wreath, and we’ll learn about lighting the candles as we wait for the baby Jesus to be born.
Week of November 27th
It’s letter K week and we can feel the excitement building as we return from our Thanksgiving celebration and begin to prepare for Advent and Christmas! We will read a special story called A Snowman named just Bob by Mark Kimball Moulton, which talks about a surprise first snowfall just after Thanksgiving. We’ll make small snowflakes with our scissors (we’re getting so good at careful cutting!) and complete our letter K worksheet. We’ll also make beautiful kites to fly in our classroom. We’ll read The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn and complete a special related project to bring home. It’s going to be a wonderful week!
Week of November 20th
Happy Thanksgiving from our two-year-old class! We're excited to celebrate together on Tuesday with a special prayer service and feast with our friends! We'll wear the feather headdress we each made, and read more stories about this special holiday. We are so grateful for the many blessings in our classroom, school, and homes! Wishing all of our STV families a wonderful Thanksgiving full of laughter and happy memories.
Week of November 13th
Its letter J week and we’ll jump for joy as we prepare for Thanksgiving in our two-year-old classroom! We’ll spend time talking about what we’re grateful for, and what it means to give thanks and celebrate Thanksgiving with our friends and family. We’ll make turkeys, festive corn, and feather head bands to wear to our school feast! We’ll read a book called The Littlest Pilgrim, and color a picture of the characters in this wonderful story. We’ll also find time to play in our classroom, music room, bike room, and hopefully outside too. We’re working hard to recognize the letters in our name, and as always we love learning our ABC’s, numbers, shapes, colors, days of the week and months!
Week of November 6th
It’s time to celebrate the letter I! We’re excited for another great week in the two-year-old classroom. We’ll read books like You Are My I Love You, Don’t Forget I Love You, and Dig Ivan Dig. We’ll make igloos and ice cream cones, and complete our letter “I” worksheet about inchworms. As always we’ll find time to play outside and in the bike room, and with our many classroom toys. We’ll continue to work on recognizing our own names in writing, and learning our letters, numbers, shapes, colors and days! It’s going to be a fun fall week! We’ll even celebrate another class birthday!
Week of October 30th
“H” is for Halloween! It’s an exciting but short week for our two-year-olds! We will celebrate Halloween on Tuesday with pumpkin crafts and songs and stories (The Fierce Yellow Pumpkin by Margaret Wise Brown)! On Thursday we’ll talk about the new month of November and the idea of being thankful as we prepare for Thanksgiving! Our manners poster always helps us remember to say please and thank you! We’ll read The Hiccupotoamus by Aaron Zenz and work on our “H” worksheet – H is for hedgehog! We’ll play hopscotch and with hula hoops, and as an extra special treat, we’ll sing Happy Birthday to TWO of our classmates this week! We can’t wait!
Week of October 23rd
There is so much excitement in the air as we prepare for Halloween! Our two-year-old classroom is decorated with pumpkins and all signs of fall as we celebrate the letter “G” this week. We’ll make ghosts, write our letters and color with green crayons, play with green Play-Doh, and learn how seeds in the garden grow (we’ll even plant some pumpkin seeds of our own to take home)! We’ll read books like Green Eggs and Ham, I See Something Grand, and I Wanna Go to Grandma’s House. We will complete our letter “G” worksheet, continuing to work on tracing and coloring, and we’ll see if we can all recognize and learn the letters in our names! We’ll golf in gym class, and learn our Halloween songs in music class as we prepare for our big school party on Friday night! We hope to see you all there. It’s going to be a great and special week.
Week of October 16th
This week the two-year-old class will learn all about the letter F! We’ll paint pictures of farm animals, make frogs with our green Play-Doh, sing songs about our friends, and say a prayer in church for our families. We’ll read favorite books like Alice the Fairy, Families Have Together, The Story of Ferdinand, and A Splendid Friend Indeed. We will also work on our letter F worksheet, and practice writing outside with chalk! As always we’ll find time to play on the playground, in the bike room, and with our toys in our classroom! It’s going to be a great week.
Week of October 9th
This is sure to be an exciting week for our two-year-olds as we prepare for a visit from our local fire station! Firemen will come to talk about fire safety and emergencies, and show us their special uniforms and equipment. We’ll have a chance to try on some gear, and climb aboard a real fire truck! We will also celebrate the letter “E” this week! We’ll share our show and tell items, complete our letter E worksheet, and do some fun elephant and Elmo crafts! We’ll even go on an egg hunt. It’s going to be a busy and wonderful week!
Week of October 2nd
It’s “D” week in our Two-Year-Old class! We’ll read books like Daddies Are for Catching Fireflies, Harry the Dirty Dog, and Edwina: The Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct! We’ll draw, design our own donuts, make dogs and dinosaurs out of Play-Doh, and do some dot painting! During gym class we’ll play freeze dance, one of our favorite things to do! We’ll also celebrate the feast of St. Francis on Wednesday, and will talk about our family pets, especially our dogs! As always, we’ll find time to play with all of our classroom toys, puzzles, books, and games. We’ll also head to the bike room and onto the playground! It’s going to be a great week.
Week of September 25th
Two-year-olds! This week we will learn about and celebrate the letter C! We’ll start each day with Circle time- singing our ABC’s, updating our calendar, checking our weather, and learning our days. We’ll sing “If you’re happy and you know it CLAP your hands!” We’ll read some special books that all have something to do with the letter C – Ella takes the Cake, The Cat in the Hat, and Caps for Sale. During art time we’ll pretend to make cakes with Play-Doh, design our own beautiful crowns, and make paper plate cookies! We’ll do a lot of counting this week too- counting the cars we see, and the caps we pile high. We’ll work on catching in gym class, and as a special treat, we’ll go camping in our classroom!! It’s going to be a wonderful week.
Week of September 18th
This week we will learn about the letter B! We will read books together (The New Bear at School, Olivia forms a band, Who is Driving?), play with blue Play-Doh, color bumble bees, decorate and hang paper balloons, and make our own fuzzy bears! We’ll ride bikes in the basement and blow bubbles outside on our playground. We will sing “The Wheels on the Bus” as well as our other favorite songs like “If You’re Happy and You Know It” and our ABC’s. We’ll continue to work on our numbers (we’ll count and sort our little bears) and learn our days of the week, as well as our colors and seasons. We’ll have so much fun as we continue to make new friends and learn more about our school!
Week of September 11th
This week we will continue getting to know each other and our school! Each day we will of course find time to play with our many classroom toys, read our board books, use our puzzles, and explore some more of our school building and grounds. We will talk about and update our calendar (days, dates, months, seasons), discuss the weather, identify shapes and colors, and use our letters and numbers. We will always work identifying our names as we learn where to put our backpacks and where to sit at the table.
St. Thomas of Villanova Two Year Old Program
Children entering our two-year-old program must be two (2) years of age on or before October 1st of the school year they wish to attend. The children must be able to handle bathroom procedures independently.
The classroom is set up with the following centers to allow for independent exploration and play:
Art Blocks/Construction Books/Quiet Area Dramatic Play
Fine Motor /Manipulative Science/Sensory Table Prayer corner
The school day starts at 8:30am and ends at 11:30am, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Daily activities for our two-year-olds allow for both structured and independent learning experiences. In addition to learning in the classroom, the children have some classes in the music room, computer room and the bike room. Children also have unstructured playtime daily where they utilize either our indoor or outdoor play equipment.
Morning snack is provided with water every day.