Week of February 11th
The fours will be celebrating Lincoln’s birthday and Valentine’s Day this week. Our new letter is Rr and we will celebrate by creating a Rainbow and painting with Red.
Our Bible stories teach about forgiveness, love and belonging. The children will hear the story of the forgiving father, the good Samaritan, and our Gospel story teaches that Jesus wants everyone to belong.
Week of February 4th
This week the 4’s will celebrate the Chinese New Year as they decorate a Chinese Dragon and make a Happy New Year card. The class will also create Valentines and compare how Abraham Lincoln lived and how we live today. They will practice writing numbers 11 to 14, create a pattern to make a quilt, and complete a graph using pennies. Our new flag song this month is the Star Spangled Banner.
The Gospel story this week recognizes that Simon Peter and his friends follow Jesus. The old testament story of Esther teaches the children what a brave queen she was.
Week of January 28th
Our class will celebrate Catholic Education Week at STV Preschool by describing what they like about school. They will also talk about teachers: school teachers, lessons that Jesus taught, and how children can teach other children. One of our Let’s Find Out magazines teaches a lesson about germs and the other introduces us to the life of a groundhog. The children will practice name printing. They will count and write numbers 13 and 14. On Thursday our class will participate in the St. Jude Trike a thon and Friday will bring Pajama Day fun!
“Listening” is the Seeds theme and the children will recognize that some people didn’t like to listen to Jesus. The class will also listen to the story of Simeon and Jesus.
Week of January 21st
The new letter this week is “Pp”. The children will participate in show and tell, practice printing P, create patterns, learn about penguins and make predictions.
The Seeds theme this week is “Good News”. The children will share good news about themselves and we will listen to this week’s gospel where Jesus tells us good news.
Week of January 14th
The new letter this week is “O” and the children will create an orange octopus, paint an orange oval, and find out about owl babies. We will begin to learn bike safety with Bikewell Bear as we get ready for the St. Jude Trike a thon. The class will practice sight words and the months of the year. The children will discuss kindness and friendship as we approach Martin Luther King Day of Service. The Seeds gospel story this week teaches that Jesus cares about families
Week of January 7th
This week the children will discover what bears do during the winter. They will learn about other animals in winter as the children complete their weekly reader. They will find out what words begin with our letter of the week, Nn. And the children will spend some time creating with sponge paint and stencils.
The theme of our Seeds issue this week is Baptism. The children will also begin to learn how Jesus lived while he grew up in Mary and Joseph’s home. We will begin to talk about Bikewell Bear as we approach the St. Jude Trike a thon.
Week of January 3rd
We will celebrate the New Year, 2019, and get ready to welcome new classmates in our school. The children will talk about the Christmas season and learn that the wise men are on the way to visit baby Jesus.
Week of December 17th
As we prepare for Jesus’ birthday, the children will celebrate the Joy of the third week of Advent. Our Seeds stories and Gospel readings remind us of the important role of Mary as Jesus’ mother.
During this week before the Christmas holiday we will take time to review numbers 1-10, practice measuring, cutting, and putting pictures in order. We will and find out that bears and other animals hibernate during the winter months. Parents and friends are invited to join the children for their Christmas program on Wednesday
Week of December 10th
Our new letter this week is Mm and the four-year old class will discover many words that start with the sound as they participate in Show and Tell. The children will finger paint and paint with marbles. They will count syllables, follow a recipe and complete a sequencing activity.
We will prepare for the third Sunday of Advent. The Gospel story introduces the children to John the Baptist and how he helps us get ready for Jesus. Our Seeds story explains how a family gets ready for their new baby, Rudy. We will continue to practice songs for our upcoming Christmas program.
Week of December 3rd
Our new letter this week is Ll and the four-year old class will discover many words that start with the sound as they participate in Show and Tell. They will continue creating beautiful Christmas decorations as they count, color, paint, cut, and they will put Santa sequencing pictures in order.
The children will discover that all creation is getting ready for Jesus as they celebrate the second week of Advent. They will also listen to the story of St. Nicholas and two Mexican stories: Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Legend of the Poinsettia.
Week of Nov 26th
Our new letter this week is Kk. The children will listen to the “K” sound, participate in Show and Tell, create a Koala, and practice writing the upper and lower case Kk. We will begin to get ready for the Christmas season by painting with green.
Our Bible story includes King Solomon and the introduction of the Christmas story to celebrate the first Sunday of Advent. We will also discuss and sing about the three kings who visited baby Jesus.
Week of Nov 19th
This week the class will review the reason we celebrate Thanksgiving. We will create turkey activities and play a turkey circle game. We’ll also learn the rules for a few popular table games as we learn a lesson in sharing.
The children will celebrate together with a special prayer gathering in church. They will also listen to the Gospel story of the week celebrating the feast of Christ the King.
Week of Nov 12th
This week we will continue the story of Pilgrims and the Native American Indians. They will find out how the Pilgrims learned how to plant and hunt. They will discover why the new friends came together to celebrate the first Thanksgiving. The children will practice writing upper case “J” and lower case “ j”. The children will paint with watercolors, practice writing the numbers 7 and 8. They will play the song My Country Tis of They using the rhythm bells and they will practice the nursery rhyme Hickory, Dickory, Dock with rhythm sticks.
The children will explore their feelings in our Seeds issue this week. The children will learn that everything about them is good and that God is with them. Out Bible stories this week are about the wise King Solomon.
Enrichment: The afternoon class (3’s and 4’s) will jump and jiggle, then count and sort colorful jellybeans. They will review who they are thankful for, and they will continue to practice simple sentences in Spanish.
Week of Nov 5th
This week we will begin learning about the Pilgrims’ journey to a new land, and how they overcame dangers during their first winter in Plymouth. The children will practice writing upper case “I” and lower case “i”. They will discover why we celebrate Veteran’s Day. The children will, paint, count, graph and read a chart. They will play the rhythm bells and practice with rhythm sticks.
In our Seeds issue this week, the children will listen to the Gospel reading and learn to appreciate that Jesus likes gifts from the heart and that everyone can give a gift of self.
Week of Oct. 29th
Our letter of the week, H, comes just in time for Happy Halloween! The children will have the opportunity to paint ghost handprints, create a paper house, cut out a heart shape, make a “hand” puppet, and practice writing upper case “H” and lower case “h”. We will also celebrate autumn by counting and writing numbers in our Let’s Find Out issue. The class will play a matching game by counting Halloween pictures and numbers from 1 to 10.
In our Seeds issue this week, the children will recognize God’s gifts of Creation and family. They will listen to the Gospel story as Jesus tell us about God. They will learn the importance of saying “thank you.” The class will discuss angels and saints as we celebrate All Saints Day. We will begin to pray the Our Father prayer and the children will sing and play (rhythm bells) the November flag song, My Country Tis of Thee.
Week of Oct. 22nd
This week the 4’s will welcome the firefighters and we will review fire safety. We will celebrate Gg and review colors, patterns, counting, and cutting skills. Let’s Find Out introduces the children to the world of Spiders. On Friday we will welcome our families to the annual Halloween parade.
The Bible stories this week include the story of how David was a boy when he became a king and the story of how David was brave when he fought the giant, Goliath. The Gospel story is about Bartimaeus, which tells how Jesus cured his blindness. On Tuesday the children will be introduced to the first safe environment lesson.
Week of Oct. 15th
This week the 4’s will learn about how and where pumpkins grow. They will use this information to create their own pumpkin patch, use pictures to put pumpkins in order, and use the sound of our letter of the week, Ff, to draw faces on pumpkins to complete the poem about five little pumpkins. They will complete pumpkin patterns using the Let’s Find Out issue.
The bible stories this week tell the story of Joseph and his brothers using the themes of feelings and forgiveness. The gospel story tells the children that Jesus wants them to be helpers.
Week of Oct. 8th
During Fire Prevention Week, the children will find out what happens in a fire house and what to do in case of fire. They will attend a fire safety assembly and meet a real firefighter. This week the students will be introduced to the letter Ee. They will paint at an Easel, discover what an Explorer does (Christopher Columbus), and listen to the story of Moses and the Great Escape.
We have been counting the days until Halloween, singing about the days of the week and predicting the weather. We have also been reviewing colors, learning to read a map, and matching and putting pictures in order.
This week’s Gospel story will help the children understand that keeping God’s commandments means helping others and sharing with them.
Week of Oct. 1st
This week the 4 -year- olds will listen to the story of David the Shepherd Boy. They will discover that St. Francis loved all God’s creatures, and they will find out that families are special and that God loves everyone: children and adults.
During “D” week the children will decorate, discover and draw pictures. They will practice writing D and d in the handwriting book. They will also find out that Columbus was an explorer and he discovered a new land.
We continue to review color words in English and Spanish, count the numbers on the calendar and days of the week, as well as the students in our class. We will also count the days until Halloween! On Friday we plan to play Color/Shape Bingo game.
Week of Sept 24th
The fours will spend each day “creating” something new during C week. They will paint, sculpt with play doh and create a clown using the letter of the week. We will also take some time to talk about colors, and count apples as we pretend to go to an apple orchard and we’ll celebrate Johnny Appleseed Day with a story and song.
Besides listening to the story of God’s Creation, the children will discover that they are part of a school and church community. They will be introduced to workers who help us in our community.
Week of Sept. 17th
This week the children will practice writing the letter Bb in the handwriting book. They will color a large bubble letter B and create a bear. They will share with the class during show and tell.
Our weekly magazine, Let’s Find Out, reminds the children of ways to be polite. We will also discuss manners and sharing. They will practice cutting, colors, and counting.
The Bible story this week introduces the children to Baby Moses in the basket. The Gospel story in our first Seeds issue teaches us how Jesus welcomes the little children.
Week of Sept. 10th
During this first week of school the children will celebrate the letter “Aa”. We will paint and cut out apple shapes, create an apple puzzle and share with the class during Show and Tell. We will also listen to the stories of Adam and Eve and Noah’s Ark.
Our weekly magazine, Let’s Find Out, introduces the children to different feelings.
The class will discover that God made each of us special and we are reminded to love one another. We will attend a prayer service on Thursday to celebrate the beginning of our new school year.