One of the first social skills we teach to toddlers is to say “thank you” … and we follow up on that in preschool.
If a big kid holds the door for you, if a teacher hands you a snack, if someone compliments your cute new boots, you say “Thanks”!
There’s a lot to be thankful for, and this time of year we spend time talking about it … and doing something about it. Continue Reading
We are focusing on pottery this month, and oh boy is it fun!
We began by learning what clay is … but then pulled out the Play-Doh to practice. (Clay is mud. Play-Doh is flour and water … a fact that might be dangerous to share with preschoolers. See below.) Continue Reading
Recently, a teacher on the Scholastic Books Facebook page posted a question: “Does anyone have a song or poem that works on sounds? We’ve done Ra Ra Red Sheep like Ba Ba Black Sheep. Does anyone have other ideas? Thanks!” Continue Reading
By Sister Stefanie MacDonald, OSB
We have continued to learn about Pablo Picasso, using the beautifully illustrated Just Behave, Pablo Picasso! by Jonah Winter. The kids loved the book … and loved our art project even more!
The project was based on Pablo’s musical instrument paintings. Continue Reading
We’ve progressed from lines to cubism in art class now, and are focusing on Pablo Picasso.
“Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists” is a series that I love to use. It does a great job on Pablo! Continue Reading
Now that I am both a teacher AND a vocation director, I dash between hats all day long. Recently, I combined them.
That’s because I wanted to make a video for vocation presentations. You might not need to make a vocation presentation per se, but I thought you’d be interested in the video as a tool for your own use. (Of course, you may be discerning your own vocation. :) Be sure to holler if you are!) Continue Reading
My favorite book for introducing colors to young kids is Mouse Paint. It’s the story of 3 white mice who mix their 3 jars of paint to make new colors.
It’s a great visual for my preschool through second graders. They learn the difference between primary and secondary colors as we read. At the end of the story, we review. Then we put on our paint shirts and HAVE FUN! Continue Reading