FOUR YEAR OLD WEEKLY ACTIVITIES Week of February 12th During this busy week, the children will discover two great presidents, Lincoln and Washington. They will learn about the different and same things these two experienced when they were growing up. The children will also see if their lives are similar or different. The class will count and add pennies to make the number ten. We will begin the season of Lent by participating in a prayer service on Ash Wednesday and receive ashes as a reminder of our belief in Jesus. Wednesday is also Valentine’s Day. The children have been busy making crafts and they will deliver valentines in their “mailboxes”. In addition to this week’s Gospel story about how Jesus teaches Good News about God, we will also hear the story of the Good Samaritan and an important lesson about forgiveness.
Week of February 5th The new letter this week is Rr and the children will create a rocket, paint with red, review school rules and play rhythm bells. They will celebrate the Chinese New Year, listen to the story of Abraham Lincoln and prepare for Valentine’s Day. As a class we will “light” the Olympic torch and continue to practice The Star Spangled Banner. We will listen to the Good News about Jesus in our Gospel story.
Week of January 29th The children will celebrate Catholic Education Week by discussing how special our school is. They have been working on activities expressing their favorite things about our class, how we are all teachers, and how Jesus loves everyone. They have been practicing bike safety with Bikewell Bear. Our unit about animals and how they live during the winter months will conclude with our celebration of Groundhog Day. We will also find time to celebrate our E-A-G-L-E-S!
Week of January 22nd The new letter this week is Qq and the children will have fun creating a Quilt, painting with Q tips, and decorating a Queen. They will find out how the author and illustrator Mo Willems creates his children’s books. The class will continue to help Bikewell Bear and his friend, Pedals, learn about bike safety as we continue to get ready for our St. Jude Trike a Thon. Our Gospel theme this week teaches the children how to recognize ways to find peace and make peace.
Week of January 15th This week the new letter “Pp” will be highlighted: penguins, paint, playdoh, printing names, and puzzles as well as “P” show and tell. The children will learn how they can follow Jesus and how they can be peaceful. They will explore animals that hibernate during winter and they will practice reading a calendar. Bikewell Bear and his friend Pedals the Bunny will be introduced as we begin to get ready for our annual Trike a Thon for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Week of January 8th This week the children will compare where they live to where Jesus lived when he was a child. They will also learn to appreciate church sounds and how they can listen when visiting God’s house. We will continue the unit about how animals live during the cold, winter season. The children will listen to the story of Martin Luther King and express their own dream for the future using words and drawings. Our new letter this week is “Oo” and the children are invited to share with the class during Show and Tell.
Week of January 3rd This week the children will welcome the New Year by celebrating the letter Nn, counting Numbers, and Naming the months. They will begin to learn about how God’s little animals live during these cold winter months. Together we will review the Christmas story, including the three Kings’ visit to see the Baby Jesus.
Week of December 18th The children are completing their Christmas crafts by counting, cutting and gluing. They will review the numbers 6 to 10 and they will begin learning the names of the months in preparation for the new year, 2018. They will learn about the important job that mail carriers do, especially at this busy time of year. After reviewing the Christmas story in preparation for Jesus’s birth, the children will sing and play bells as part of our annual Christmas program. Week of December 4th During this week the children will celebrate the letter L by creating “candle” lights and colorful Christmas lights; they will also add another flame to their Advent wreath. They will listen to the legend of the poinsettia and discover which animals begin with the letter L. During this busy time of year the class will take time to compare things that they” need” to stay healthy and happy and things that they may “want” to receive this Christmas. Our Seeds stories introduce John the Baptist and Juan Diego who met the Mother of God, Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Week of November 27th This week the class will welcome the season of Advent by discussing that we will be waiting for Jesus’ birthday. We will begin to count the days until Christmas and prepare our homes and hearts for Jesus by creating crafts throughout the next few weeks. We’ll review the alphabet and add a new letter, “K”. This week we will count and create patterns using blocks, chains and colors. Week of November 20th The children in the Monday class will prepare for the school feast by mixing and baking pumpkin muffins. Our prayer service and feast will take place on Tuesday. This week’s Gospel teaches the children that they are never too small to be helpful. They will identify caring actions that they are able to do.
Week of November 13th This week the children will jump for joy over the new letter, “Jj”. They will count the number of children in our class whose names begin with J, they will count and color jellybeans in a jar, and they will find out that you can almost see through a jelly fish. The class will continue listening to the Thanksgiving story and complete their books to take home to share with their families. They are singing turkey songs and creating decorations for the upcoming holiday. Our Bible stories this week teach us about fairness and perseverance. In our Gospel story, Jesus teaches us that God has given everybody special talents. Week of November 6th During this first week of November the children will be introduced to the new letter of the week, Ii. They will listen to the story of the Pilgrims and find out about the Native Americans. The class will learn about veterans through an Army family. They will learn map skills by following a Veteran’s Day parade. Our Bible story this week is about Moses and the Ten Commandments and how important rules can be. In our Gospel story, Jesus tells us not to miss out.
Week of October 30th Halloween will highlight “Hh” week as the children continue to count pumpkins, play Pass the Pumpkin, sort shapes and witches hats, and play Halloween Bingo. They will explore Autumn leaves and discover how they use the five senses during this season. The children will also complete a chart by choosing colorful leaves. In our Gospel story this week we will learn that Jesus teaches us to help others. The Old Testament story of Hagar and her Son in the desert reminds us that God provides for us. Finally, this week the children will review shapes and colors. Week of October 23rd “Gg” week begins with the Bible story about Growing up: The boy who became a king, and ends with the boy, David, who was very brave when he met Goliath the Giant. “Gg” week also finds ghosts in the classroom: a flying ghost, a surprise ghost, and a handprint spooky ghost. They will listen to friendly ghost stories and take a spooky walk. The children will learn all about pumpkins and how they grow. They will create a jack-o-lantern, match witches using colors and shapes, and count and paint a bunch of green grapes. The class will sing “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”; they will learn how to be safe and how to follow God’s two important rules. Week of October 16th Our new letter this week is Ff and the children will practice words like Feelings and Forgiveness when they learn about Joseph and his colorful coat. They will create a Friendly Frankie monster and a Fingerprint Flower. In addition to writing letters and numbers, they’ll practice cutting by fringing feathers. In our Gospel story this week, the children will recognize ways to praise God by praying, singing, being respectful and thoughtful, and showing love. Week of October 9th This week the fours will discover that Columbus was an Explorer and he proved that the Earth was round and not flat. The children will practice writing this week’s letter, “Ee”, and will have fun finding words beginning with “Ee”. During fire prevention week, we will look forward to a visit from the firefighter and explore how a fire engine works. The children will review STOP, DROP, ROLL and STAY LOW and GO. Our Gospel this week will discuss how Jesus invites us to his “party” when we celebrate together at Church. The children will take turns sharing their favorite party stories. Week of October 2nd During this first week of October, the children will keep busy discovering “D” words, painting with marbles, Q tips, brushes, and Do-A-Dot paint markers. They will be sight reading color words, matching and learning to read a chart. They will also recognize how community helpers keep them safe. In addition, the children will discover that St. Francis loved all God’s creatures. They will also be introduced to David, one of God’s important helpers. Our Seeds theme will identify how much God loves them. They will recognize and appreciate how they change and grow. Week of September 25, 2017 Our new letter this week is “Cc”. The children will practice words that begin with “C”, and will match Community Helpers, paint a large candy corn picture, create some clouds using cotton balls, and practice cutting skills. The fours will talk about God’s Creation, learn how to be a good and caring friend, and listen to our Gospel story about choices. We will also celebrate Johnny Appleseed Day this week and welcome our parents as they visit our classroom. Week of September 18 This week the fours will celebrate the letter “Bb”. They will practice words that begin with “B”, and sing songs such as The Wheels on the Bus and B-I-N-G-O. They will review shapes and colors, including Blue, Brown and Black. The children will discover that they all have feelings and that showing kindness makes them feel happy. They will listen to the story of Moses, the baby in a basket. In our Seeds issue, the children will find that Jesus welcomes everyone. Week of September 11th During this first full week of school the children are introduced to the letter Aa and will practice words that begin with the "a" sound. They will find out about apples and how they grow. The children will count classmates and learn their names and continue to learn and follow school rules. They will be introduced to new prayers, participate in our first prayer gathering, listen to Bible stories about Noah and his Ark and Adam and Eve, and discover that God loves them.