We have 2 new additions to our classroom this year: Saint Benedict and his twin sister, Saint Scholastica. (You, too, can have Saint dolls!)
The dolls are a great illustration for a story I like to tell the students. It’s about Scholastica and Benedict’s last time together. Continue Reading
We are all saints in the making! My preschoolers are doubtful. They’ve learned about Saints Theresa, Benedict, Scholastica and Francis – saints who did amazing things. Continue Reading
Father Freddie blesses the children’s pets, including our gerbil, Bennie.
St. Francis is a beloved saint. He showed us how to love and value the earth and all its creatures. That sure appeals to preschoolers (and their teacher)!
Last week we devoted our Jesus Time to him. Continue Reading
The Bible creation story is always fun to teach. We get to create the world along with God … on the backs of our shelves!
We also get to talk about some ways in which the story reflects long-ago thinking, and some ways in which it’s still relevant. 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
School has begun and I have 16 wonderful children to teach and enjoy every day.
One of the first things we talk about is behavior. It never fails that one child (or more) struggles with rules. Continue Reading
Happy (belated) St. Patrick’s Day!
We had a low-key celebration this year so we could go to Mass with a little less excitement than a full-on party would produce. Continue Reading
Preschoolers love Dr. Seuss (as do their teachers). This Catholic preschool teacher even teaches Jesus Time lessons based on Dr. Seuss stories! ❤
Put that love of stories with a love of birthdays and you can imagine why we had so much fun celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday last week! Continue Reading
The week has come, finally, to go to Mass!
We begin, on Monday, with a practice run (which we repeat through Wednesday).
Before we line up, I tell the children that we will be quiet and focused, as if we are conducting a fire drill (this happened in October). Continue Reading
Getting preschoolers ready for their first school Mass takes some planning. You need to share lots of information in bite-sized and preschool-flavored bits! 🙂
Here’s how I teach it. Continue Reading