By Sister Stefanie MacDonald, OSB
Gerbils, hamsters, birds, rabbits, and fish have called my classroom “home” throughout my 20 years of teaching.
They have been part of our school family, teaching us about the importance of caring for all God’s creatures.
After our hamster died last year, I had to find a new pet. My sister, MacKenzie, loves her guinea pig, so I decided to get one for my preschoolers. Read more!!
Ten in the Bed is one of our favorite songs.
We love to sing along with the video. And we especially love the surprise ending! (You’ll have to watch it to see what happens.) Continue Reading
The Three Bears by Byron Barton is my favorite book to use in shared reading. It provides many great opportunities for differentiated instruction.
When we read it out loud together, it helps us learn how to use different characters’ voices for the “Who’s been eating my porridge?” lines. That brings it to for every learning level, and builds joy for reading. Continue Reading
It’s been a long time since we grownups learned the parts of the Mass. We take for granted many things that perplex little ones.
As a Catholic preschool teacher, I am charged with teaching the children about Mass. Last week, I shared Mass for Catholic Preschoolers, Part 1. Here’s the 2nd part – 2nd week, in our curriculum – of our unit. Continue Reading
School starts in just a couple of weeks and I can’t wait.
Yes, I know I’ll be dying for some time off in, say, a week, but hey. I love my kids and can’t wait to see them!!! Continue Reading
Whew! July has been a very busy month, with 3 conferences and a visit with my family up in Dubuque. All of it was wonderful, but I am so glad to be back home and getting ready for school! 🙂
St. John Bosco is helping me. He wrote, “It is not enough that young people are loved. They must know that they are loved.” Continue Reading
Can you believe it? School’s almost over again. Every year I feel the same way. How can time go so fast???
Of course it doesn’t go fast for the preschoolers. They live in the moment (as we all should, at least more than we do).
Today one of my little ones underscored the reason I love teaching in a Catholic school … and miss it so much over the summer! She looked deep in thought on the playground.
My teacher associate, Mrs. Sierra, asked her what she was thinking about. She said “Jesus’ love for me.”
That just made my day. It’s why I LOVE teaching in a Catholic school. Helping the kids feel Jesus’ love, and helping them understand what Jesus wants them to do – love and serve each other – is what it’s all about!!! 🙂