Week of May 13th
We have become very proficient at the sounds of animals on the farm. We have read about sheep who drive jeeps, ducks who ride bikes and many animals who run the farm. We put together our own farm puzzle and illustrated it too. We went to church to practice our prayers, learn about holy water and sign a few songs. Our seeds continue to grow and will be taken home next week.
Week of May 6th
Mother’s Day was our main topic this week. We began with going to church to say a prayer to Mary and to practice proper church behavior. We carefully selected and strung noodles and beads for a Mother’s Day gift which was wrapped in cookie-cutter stamped paper. In music we practiced for the upcoming prayer service and played the listening game to identify the instrument.
Week of April 29th
This week we celebrated Spring with songs about ducks and frogs. We illustrated ducks who went over a hill and far away and then came back. We attended a prayer service to start the month of May, Mary’s month. We learned that Jesus returned to comfort his friends. And we have cared for the seeds we planted and have a sprout!
Week of April 22nd
The weather, the trees and the flowers cooperated beautifully with our past Easter theme of re-birth and resurrection. The sun lights our room in the morning, the trees are green the flowers are blooming and Jesus has risen. We have listened to ‘peepers’ and are talking and singing about baby frogs, ducks and monkeys. We have planted seeds, will tend them carefully and will watch closely for sprouts.
Week of April 15th
On our one day of school this week we were very busy. WE decorated our ‘Bunny Bags’ and dyed real eggs. We talked and read about Easter and spring being a time of renewal and rebirth in both our faith and nature. And we were able to spend time outside observing budding trees and blooming flowers and playing.
Week of April 8th
This week all the students in the school participated in the Spring Concert. The two year old class started the program with a song about the flag. Spring, Easter and the new Life Jesus gives us are our themes. In “Seeds” we are learning about how Jesus demonstrated conflict resolution and forgiveness. And finally the weather has cooperated and we have completely enjoyed playing outside.
Week of April 1st
The sun returned this week providing evidence of the return of Spring. We sang songs about the sun. We found the sun wherever it shone in our room and found shadows! In Religion we all allowed that we make mistakes. Only God is perfect. So what do we do? What do we say? Students are learning about being sorry, expressing and trying their best to act as Jesus would. We have begun making fun Easter decorations and we have been practicing our songs for the Spring show.
Week of March 25th
Spring, according to the calendar, arrived. This week our class is on high alert for its promise of new growth and color. The lesson in “Seeds” this week was about God’s hope for us to grow physically and spiritually – much like nature in Spring. “W” week brought in, among other things, a wolf, watermelon and a hippo….they swim in water! We are also focusing on listening skills and following directions with art work, directed group activities and large motor skills.
Week of March 11th
This week we noted the departure of winter, i.e.. longer days, mud and snow drops. We are looking for patterns everywhere and trying to create our own. We made sparkly finger-paints for St. Patrick’s Day. Using “Seeds” and “What About Bear” (by Suzanne Bloom) we discussed situations and how Jesus would want us to act. It is also a question we ask when conflicts arise in our room. We read Annie and the “Wild Animals”-Jan Brett and “Too Many Leprechauns”.
Week of March 4th
This week we talked about receiving ashes and that they symbolize the beginning of Lent and that we belong to Jesus. We also talked about the time between today and Easter being a time we want to show Jesus how good we can be. We received ashes in the chapel with the whole school. We read 5 Dog Night about being a good neighbor and a friend. On Thursday we joined the 3 day threes and made pepper prints in the shape of a shamrock, listened to stories about St. Patrick, opposites and March weather.
Week of Feb. 25th
Students re-told Wolf in the Snow and The Mitten by: Jan Brett). We noted the pictures on JB’s right hand pages which predict the next character and action. We read “The Hat” and painted a hat. We also decorated it by stringing yarn through holes. We talked about the animals which we see in winter and we tried walking, jumping and moving like they do. It was hart to be as quiet as they are! Using the circles and calendar numbers we worked on “Which comes next?
Week of Feb. 18th
This week we continued our investigation of winter and of being a good friend to others. We read, “The Mitten”< by Jan Brett and looked for the clues and patters on each page. We read , “Miss Spider’s Tea Party”< and talked about Miss Spider’s loneliness. Using “Seeds” we learned that Jesus wants us to include everyone and that we should be a friend to all.
Week of Feb. 11th
We were very busy making and decorating for Valentines Day. We decorated a picture frame Valentine for parents, decorated a bag for Valentine Card collection and we made noodle necklaces. Both days we talked about how we show our love to our families – within the context of Jesus’ Love for us. We read great
Valentine stories (i.e. “Click, Clack” and “Curious George” Valentine books.
Week of Feb. 4th
Our theme for the month is friendship and love. In “Seed” we learned that Jesus was always a good friend. We are learning about the qualities of friendship in stories, in our discussions and in all of our interactions. We continue to work on following directions, patterns and number names.
Week of Jan. 28th
As it was Catholic Schools’ Week, we enjoyed many new activities. We listened to parents talk about their professions and we attended a magic show. We went to church and sang songs with the other classes. And we rode our bikes in the
St. Jude Trike-a-thon.
Week of Jan. 21
Families, our own and that of Jesus have been discussed this week. In “Seeds” we learned that Jesus did His best to be a good son to Mary and joseph. And we talked about ways we also can be good sons and daughters. Animals in winter and snow, as well as bike safety have also been on our agenda this week.
Week of Jan. 14th
Winter, snow, the letter “O” and baptism were topics in our class this week. We learned about the baptism of Jesus and our own. We colored the illustrations in Seeds. We read
“The Snow Day” and “Wolf in the Snow”, among others and are working on various illustrations of our own. We were introduced to several octopuses and an oreo and we practiced “O” words that rhyme.
Week of Jan. 7th
Winter has arrived with its blustery wind, dramatic skies and chilling cold. WE are illustrating, reading and talking about families. Jesus completed the family of Mary and Joseph. He was their child just as our students are the children of their parents.
Week of Dec. 10th
This week we talked about and colored the candles of the Advent Wreath. We worked with glue and sparkles to decorate trees. We read many stories, their favorite being, “The Christmas Trolls”, by Ian Brett. And we practiced songs for the Christmas program.
Week of Dec. 3rd
This week we talked about and colored the candles of the Advent Wreath. We worked with glue and sparkles to decorate trees. We read many stories, their favorite being, “The Christmas Trolls”, by Ian Brett. We practiced song for the Christmas program too.
Week of Nov 26th
The Letter “K” included kangaroos, kittens and a koala bear. We learned that Jesus is our Leader from “Seeds” and we talked about what we need to do to follow Him. Christmas is our dominant thought and them for the coming weeks and we have begun making decorations, singing songs and reading stories.
Week of Nov 5th
This week we welcomed a new friend and classmate, Hali. We used watercolors for the first time painting Fall leaves. We continue to work on matching numbers to their names. Using Seeds, we talked about how Jesus helps us to see our world and his gifts as well as the right choices to make.
Week of Oct 29th
This week we continued to sing about glue, paint and color all thing Halloween. We counted pumpkins and their seeds and we read many fun Halloween stories. We talked about and worked on “Seeds” pages concerning saints and angels.
Week of Oct. 22nd
This week we have learned about fire safety. Firemen from Bryn Mawr came with their yellow and green fire engine. We have made Halloween wreaths and have practiced our Halloween songs. We are continuing to learn The Sign of the Cross and prayer before snack.
Week of Oct. 15th
Two Year Olds
Letter of the Week-Show and Tell, “F”. Sponge Painted, color words, combo colors, red, green = brown. Read Color Books – Shades. Halloween Play Doh – fool and cut. Put together a witch, practiced the sing of the Cross and talked about Jesus and Mary. Practiced Halloween Song.
Week of Oct. 8th
We talked about the items the students brought in for “E”. We practiced the Halloween songs. We talked about who we love and who loves us and that God loves us and our families. We made jack-o-lanterns out of pumpkins and we finger painted.
Week of Oct. 1st
Fall, the letter ‘D’ and what God Has Made3 dominated our week. We have talked about and discovered the many colors on one Leaf. ‘D’ day brought in dolls and dogs. Both Fall and St. Francis Day emphasized the continuing wonder of what God has made.
Week of Sept. 24th
We were very happy to welcome the parents of our students in to our classroom this week. We have begun reading and talking about Fall. We are also talking about God, who made all living things. Color, shape and counting work continue!
Week of Sept. 17th
The twos continue to take on their roles as students. We have adjusted both our snack and “Changing Day” routines to better them. We have enjoyed working with the letter of the week, “B”, balls, babies, bumblebees and buses.
Week of Sept. 10th
Our twos, namely Izzy, Nora, Daley and Ellie are off to an energetic start. We have played outside and in the bike room, gone to music and a prayer service in the chapel and begun to learn our prayer before snack. In our classroom we are learning to count by using the calendar and learning colors using books and songs. We talked about the apples that came in for Show & Tell and the First “Letter of the Week”, A. Every day we talk about and highlight sharing and being a good friend. We emphasize “using words” and always including others. This is an important theme of our class for the year.
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.