Week of May 26th
This week in Pre K 3 we continue to review our letters of the alphabet, numbers and shapes. The children are working to complete their handwriting books and have been sent links to listen to books and songs to go along with the review. To celebrate Pentecost Sunday they are encouraged to color a picture of the Holy Spirit descending on the Apostles. We are reviewing the prayers we said daily in school, this week we are saying our Guardian Angel prayer each Zoom class. We have some exciting Zoom lessons this week. In addition to our daily calendar and weather the children will be: sharing what we like to do in summer, playing Alphabet BINGO and sharing their talents in a Zoom Talent Show!
Week of May 19th
This week Pre K 3 flexible instruction at home will be doing a lot of review work. Families are reminded that Thursday is a Holy Day of Obligation and Mass is offered at St. Thomas of Villanova live stream. The children will be working in their handwriting books, review both letters and numbers by tracing and coloring. They are also reviewing shapes, rhyming words and opposites. They have also been sent a variety of links to books, songs and activities to review each of these skills. In our Scholastic Magazine parents are encouraged to read and view the video with their children to learn summer safety when around the pool or other outside activities. Children can also work to learn a Ladybug Poem and make a ladybug craft. We look forward to seeing all of our friends on ZOOM this week.
Week of May 11th
This week in Pre-K 3 flexible learning, the children are reviewing letters A-F and numbers 5-7. I encourage everyone to review and practice all letters and numbers. We are also reviewing opposite words using a chart and worksheet. This week our ZOOM classroom will be full of fun for everyone. Tuesday we will celebrate two more STAR Students and we will read our May Book together. Thursday the children will come dressed up or bring a picture of a career they would like to do when they grow up. On Friday each child will share an opposite pair of words with their friends and we will listen to a book. We continue to celebrate the month of Mary and talk about our tradition of crowning Mary. The children are given a picture they can color or paint and they are asked to draw flowers or put stickers around her as we crown Mary individually this year. In our Scholastic Big World the children will learn about Bubbles, they will have various activities and even learn how to make them at home.
Week of May 4th
This week at home the Pre -K 3 class will begin their May Booklet, they will color each page before assembling the booklet. The booklet will remind them of the special things we celebrate in the month of May. They will review numbers 1-4 by coloring in their Handwriting books. They are encouraged to review letters and numbers through games and play. They will be introduced to the Nursery Rhyme, Humpty Dumpty. The children will water color a picture for their moms for Mother’s Day, as well as, listen to the story, The NIght Before Mother’s Day. During our Zoom classrooms we will celebrate our Star Students, review our alphabet, go over our May calendar, talk about Mary as Jesus’ mother and what makes our mom’s special. Each child will wear their favorite/crazy hat to share with friends.
Week of April 27th
This week while learning at home, the children will review the Alphabet by coloring in each letter and playing BINGO using the upper case letters. They will also listen to the book, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. They will make a booklet of ag rhyming words. They are encouraged to practice rhyming words through games and reading books. Math is always fun when you practice a lot, encourage children to recognize numbers and count objects. We will ZOOM this week and give each child the opportunity to share with their friends. Children will be asked to bring their pet or stuffed animal to Thursday’s Zoom and we will discuss how they take care of them much like Jesus the shepherd takes care of us.
Week of April 20,
This week at home we have a lot to learn. We will learn about the letter Z and have another ZOOM classroom with our friends. During ZOOM we will share our show and tell from letters W, X, Y or Z. We will also listen to, Zack the Lazy Zebra, before making a zebra using the letter Z, black paint and marbles. Z is also for zoo and the children can make a giraffe using their arm and hand. We also celebrate Earth Day this Wednesday and the children are encouraged to watch books and songs online that will teach them more about this important day. In our Scholastic we will learn how not to litter along with some fun interactive activities. Our Seeds this week we learn about Jesus walking to Emmaus and how his friends were so happy to see him again. We continue to practice our ABC’s, counting, our rhyming words, things big and small, as well as, our Earth Day Nature Hunt
Week of April 14th
This week Pre K-3 we continue to work at home with their families. In the Gospel we learn about Jesus' resurrection and new life. We will read Eric Carle’s “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and then make headbands that the children can color and count the food on the headband. They will also finger paint caterpillars placing the correct number body segments using numbers 1-10. The children are also given the opportunity to play a Math game using dice to count and then identify the corresponding number. We are almost finished with the alphabet! This week we will learn about the letter Y and words that begin with the letter. Rhyming is always fun and this week we will rhyme words ending in ….et. In our Scholastic My Big World the children will work online to learn about plants and how they grow. They have a chance to use various activities that include songs, counting and creating their own flower. Also included in the activities is a Butterfly poem the children will enjoy reciting.
Week of April 6th
This week the Pre K 3 class will continue to work at home with their parents. This week we will learn about Holy Week beginning with Palm Sunday and including Holy Thursday, Good Friday and finally Easter Sunday. The children will color in pictures of Jesus going through these special days, after they color and cut apart the pictures they will retell the story by putting them in chronological order. They have an Easter booklet this week to color and practice reading with their families. They can also color an Easter basket that they will cut apart and puzzle back together in 1-5 order. The children will color or paint some Easter pictures to decorate their homes, one is an E for Easter paper and the other a Happy Easter sign. A Neighborhood scavenger hunt is included for the children to notice various objects when playing outside. Also included in their activities are links to the storybook, “An Easter Story”, and science experiments, with Easter themes, to do with their families
Week of March 30 - Home Lessons
This week the Pre K 3 class will continue to work at home with their parents. In next week's Gospel Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a donkey as people welcome him with palm branches. I encourage parents to discuss different ways we welcome people when we see them. Our letter this week is X, along with a coloring page the children are invited to watch a story video about the letter X. They can also watch a story all about spring and how things begin to grow. We continue to learn rhyming words, the children will make 2 booklets this week for the words endings ..in and ..am. The parents are asked to work with their children reciting and acting out the Easter Bunny poem. The Math activity this week has the children recognizing numerals 1-10 and placing the correct number of flower petals on a stem using their creativity. The Family Fun Activity this week is a Rainbow scavenger hunt, the children will have to locate and name things using the colors of the rainbow. We begin each day with prayers and sing God Bless America, I encourage parents to do this with the children to reinforce the importance of prayer in our lives.
Week of March 23 - Home Lessons
This week the Pre K 3 class will begin working at home with their parents. In the Gospel we will learn about Jesus curing the blind man. The children will be encouraged to talk about appreciating the sense of sight and it was suggested that they play “Eye Spy with My Little Eye” game with their parents. The children will learn about the letter W. The W coloring paper has a watermelon and we asked the children to brainstorm other W words. We will also continue to work on fun rhyming words ending in ..an by coloring in four pictures that will fold into a rhyming booklet. Our new story booklet is called “What’s in My Garden” the children will color each page following the story details. Parents are asked to read the book with their children locating the capital letter and page number on each page. In Math, children will color each half of several Easter eggs. If they have plastic eggs at home,match their eggs to look like the ones they colored. Scholastic magazine is all about Hummingbirds and the website has the magazine with additional activities for the children to see and complete. They will also be able to glue 4 pictures, in chronological order, of the life cycle of an egg to bird. Included in the lesson plan was also a list of Family Fun Activities that reinforce skills the children are learning. We end each day with the Guardian Angel prayer and I included the words for parents to pray along with them.
Week of March 9
This week we will learn about the letter V and have the chance to identify and match numbers 1-9. In our Seeds we will recognize the importance of water and how it is used in the Sacrament of Baptism. We will learn about the Shamrock and make some. St. Patrick’s Day decorations. The children are continuing to be “Bucket Fillers” during Lent and treating each other with kindness and using kind words. We have been enjoying reading Dr. Seuss books and listen to the rhyming words and sometimes guess the rhyming words as we read. It has been a busy and fun month in Pre K.
Week of March 2
This week in Pre K 3, we will be introducing the letter U and beginning a very exciting month of March. We will be celebrating Dr. Seuss birthday all month by reading his book and doing fun activities to go along with each book. This week we will read “The Cat and the Hat”, as well as, “One Fish, Two Fish”. We will start to color our March reading booklet before we begin to practice reading it later this month. In Religion we will learn about Jesus’ Transfiguration and talk about how we all change as we grow up. In our Scholastic Magazine we will learn how to dress for spring weather. We continue to be “Bucket Fillers” with our kind words and actions through Lent.
Week of February 24
This week our Pre K class will celebrate Ash Wednesday at our school prayer service and we will begin to learn that Lent is a time to make good choices. During Lent we will all be working to “fill our class bucket” with kind acts and words. We will read the book “Have You Filled Your Bucket Today?”, a story about how each of us can fill an imaginary bucket whenever you make a friend happy by using kind words and actions. The children will be encouraged throughout Lent to put pom-poms in our classroom bucket to visually reinforce how making good choices grows. We will also learn the difference between big and small and review all the letters of the alphabet we have learned this year. We will learn that this week is extra special since we have an “extra day” because we are celebrating a Leap Year.
Week of February 17, 2020
This week in Pre K 3, we will be learning about words that start with the letter T. We will talk about what makes friends special and each child has a special gift to share. This will tie in nicely as we learn all about our “Star of the Week” student on Wednesday. We will also introduce Nursery Rhymes starting with “The Cat and the Fiddle”. We will listen to it on CD and learn to recite the short rhyme before water coloring a picture correlating with the Nursery Rhyme. The children will continue to recognize colors and shapes.
Week of February 10, 2020
This week in Pre K 3, we will be introduced to the letter S. We will learn about the Presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, as we celebrate Presidents Day next Monday. In our Seeds Magazine this week we learn about Jesus’ rule to love one another. This lesson continues in our Scholastic theme about loving our friends. Both of these lessons will prepare all of us to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Everyone is decorating Valentine boxes so our friends can deliver special cards on Thursday.
Week of February 3, 2020
This week in Pre K 3, we will be learning about words that start with the letter R. We will use a flashlight to show the importance of light and how we can be the light in the world to others and how we can use our special talents to make other people happy. We continue to practice writing and spelling our names. Everyone will hand paint a red hand and a blue hand before mixing to make the color purple. In Math we will continue to count and recognize numbers along with differentiating the difference between pictures. This week we also introduce our STAR STUDENT. Each week we will spotlight a different student and interview them in class from a questionnaire they filled out at home
Week of January 27, 2020
Happy Catholic Education Week! We have a lot of fun activities planned this week and look forward to sharing our school with everyone. The children we will be reading about different careers preparing for our Career Day on Tuesday and they have been practicing songs for our Prayer Service on Wednesday. Trike-a-Thon is Thursday and we have been learning all about bike safety and the children of St. Jude Hospital. We are collecting soup cans all week and ask the children to place their can in the team they are rooting for to win the Super Bowl. This week we will begin to write our names! We have been practicing spelling them but now we will begin to trace each letter. Encourage the children to practice at home!
Week of January 20, 2020
This week we introduce the letter “Q” and will make a small paper quilt using colorful squares. In Religion we will learn about Jesus finding his new friends, the Apostles. We will also learn that Pope Francis is our Pope, the leader of the Catholic Church. We will continue to work on our “Winter Book” and learn about the White Fox and how he lives in the snow. Every day we will read about bike safety to help prepare us for our St Jude Trike-A-Thon next Thursday, January 30.
Week of January 13, 2020
This week we introduce the letter “P” and will work with our number flashcards organizing numbers 1-10. In Religion, we will learn that the Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity. The children will each have an opportunity to use their 5 senses and hear, smell, see, touch and taste (m&m, gold fish & junior mint). We will make penguins and learn about these animals that love the cold. The children will begin to color their Winter Booklets that they will complete and bring home to share with their families. Our class continues to say the Our Father every morning, as well as, singing God Bless America.
Week of January 6, 2020
This week we introduce the letter “O” and work to recognize numerals 1-10 through activities and worksheets. In Seeds we will talk about Jesus Baptism and our own Baptism; we will discuss how our childhood and family compares to the Holy Family’s life. In Math we will be recognizing our numbers and putting them in numerical order 1-10. Each child will be given a set of cards that we will use regularly to recognize and organize numbers. Everyone will build a Snowman with letters that spell our his/her name. In Scholastic we will learn about building Ice Castles before painting pictures using colored ice cubes. Everyday we practice the Our Father prayer during our morning prayer
Week of January 2, 2020
The children will color a New Year’s Day paper, review counting 1-10, recall Christmas and tell about their Christmas. They will take turns passing around a snowball, water color and play in the yard and in the bike room.
Week of December 16, 2019
This week we will introduce the letter N and color a Nativity paper. We will continue to tell the Nativity story and make a Nativity scene from our Seeds magazine. The class will practice for our Christmas program on Tuesday for our Christmas Show on Wednesday at 9:30 AM. We hope all of you are able to join us we celebrate our Christmas holiday. The children will color Christmas pictures and make patterns using various colors. We will decorate Christmas cookies on Thursday morning! Merry Christmas to everyone and may you have a Blessed Christmas season with your families.
Week of December 9, 2019
This week our class will learn about the letter “M” and continue to work on recognizing patterns. We will continue to learn about the Christmas story and Mary and Joseph’s long journey to Bethlehem. The class will share ways are preparing for Christmas at home with our families. The students will make Christmas trees to hang in our windows and everyone will color in a “Jesus Jesus What DId You See?” booklet to bring home and share with their families next week. All week we will be practicing our Christmas songs for our school show next Wednesday December 18th
Week of November 25, 2019
This week our class continue to learn the letter “K” and continue to count and recognize numbers up to 10. We will celebrate Thanksgiving as a school on Tuesday with a prayer service and feast, our class will be representing the Pilgrims. The class will listen to this week’s Gospel and talk the beginning of Advent. Each child will have their own paper Advent Wreath that they will attach a flame each week as we get closer to Jesus’ birth. We will finish our Thanksgiving book to bring home and read with our families. We continue to review letters A through K and recognize pictures and words that start with each letter. Happy Thanksgiving to all of our families.
Week of November 18, 2019
This week our class will learn about the letter “K” and continue to count and recognize numbers up to 10.. The class will listen to this week’s Gospel and learn about Jesus is King of Heaven. We will discuss what a leader does and how they help us. The class will begin to form patterns using 2 and 3 colors. Each child will color in a thanksgiving turkey booklet to bring home. The children will each paint a turkey and name 4 things they are thankful for this Thanksgiving. We continue to reinforce letters A-J, as well as, our Thanksgiving songs and poems.
Week of November 11, 2019
This week our class will learn about the letter “J” and continue to count and recognize numbers up to 10. In Religion we will continue to talk about all of the gifts God gives us. We will color pictures of some of the food God provides and pray to our Guardian Angel to watch over us. We will talk about the importance of always saying “Thank you” to God. We will continue to color our “Colors of Fall” book so we can bring it home this week. Reviewing letters A through I is part of our daily routine, we match pictures with the letter they begin with. The children will prepare for Thanksgiving by using watercolors to paint a turkey, working in our Scholastic Magazine and singing songs.
Week of November 4, 2019
This week our class will learn about the letter “I” and continue to count and recognize numbers up to 10. The class will listen to this week’s Gospel and talk about taking care of all of God’s creations big and small. We will observe the colors of fall and color and make a “Colors of Fall” book. We continue to review letters A through H and recognize pictures and words that start with each letter. The children will begin to prepare for Thanksgiving by making a turkey and Thanksgiving singing songs.
Week of October 2, 2019
This week our class will learn about the letter ”H” and continue to count and recognize numbers up to 10.. The class will listen to this week’s Gospel and talk about friends. Friends are the people who we like to spend time with and share with. We will talk about All Saints Day, saints are holy people that followed God’s laws and now live in Heaven. In Math the children will be recognizing and sequencing numbers 1-10. We continue to review letters A through G and recognize pictures and words that start with each letter. For Halloween we are reciting poems, singing songs and reading books. Happy Halloween!
Week of October 21, 2019
This week our class will learn about the letter ”G” and continue to count and recognize numbers up to 10.. The class will listen to this week’s Gospel and look for the good in other people. We will look for the good in everyone by discussing nice qualities about our friends. We will learn about pumpkins in our Scholastic Magazine and get to see and feel the inside parts of a real pumpkin in class. The children will work with play dough to make shapes. We will learn our new Pumpkin poem and continue to sing our October songs.
*We will be having our “Protecting God’s Children” lesson on Wednesday October 23
Week of October 14, 2019
This week our class will learn about the letter ”F” and continue to count and recognize numbers up to 10. We will talk about prayer and how this is a way we can talk to God and He always listens to our prayers. Children will be encouraged to pray with their parents before they go to sleep at night. The class will continue to sort objects by color and count them. Fall is a season full of changes and we will observe changes all around us: trees, weather and shorter days. We will sponge paint our Fall Tree hanging in the classroom.
Week of October 7, 2019
This week our class will learn about the letter ”E” and continue to count and recognize numbers up to 10. We will listen to the Bible story of Jesus healing the nine lepers and understand the importance of saying “thank you”. We will give examples of when we can say thank you and try to say it more this week. The fire fighters will visit our school on Wednesday and teach us about fire safety and give us the opportunity to tour their fire truck. In our Scholastic magazine we will further learn about fire safety to share what we learned with our families.
Week of September 30, 2019
This week our class will learn about the letter ”D” and continue to count and recognize numbers up to 10. We will begin to sing our October songs starting with ‘I’m A Little Pumpkin” at circle time. In Seeds series will talk about how we are growing and as we grow we learn new things. We will also celebrate Guardian Angels day on Wednesday and the feast of St. Francis of Assisi with our pets on Friday. The children will observe leaves and how they are changing color and texture.
Week of September 23, 2019
This week our class will learn about the letter”C” and continue to count to 10. We will begin to sing our “Days of the Week” song at circle time. The Seeds series will talk about helping others. We will give examples of sharing and different ways we can help others. The children will learn about the parts of apples and will be given an opportunity to taste 3 types of apples: red, green and yellow.
Week of September 16, 2019
This week our class will learn about the letter ”B” and continue to count to 10. We will learn a new Apple poem during circle time. The Seeds series will be introduced and we will talk about the people we meet at church. Our class will continue to practice blessing ourselves with our right hand. We will talk about the 4 seasons and how each is different. The children will paint a tree that they would see outside in the summer season.
Week of September 9, 2019
This week our class will learn about the letter “A”. We will talk about Apples, America and Noah’s Ark. Students will use paints, crayons and glue to make apples, as well as, red, white and blue wind socks. The children will be counting and recognizing the numbers 1,2,3 and determining which object is “in the middle”. We will begin working with pencils and introduce our Weekly Reader. We will continue to learn our circle time routine, saying the Hail Mary and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.