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Welcome to Little Knights Preschool

 at St. Joseph Catholic School!

Called to Discipleship: Be Christ’s Light



I am excited to be a part of the St. Joseph Catholic School community as the new full day preschool teacher working with four year olds. I look forward to being a part of such a positive and caring academic community where body, mind and spirit are nurtured and developed.
Although I earned my education degree in Ohio, I have been a preschool teacher in Libertyville for the last 15 years. I love teaching preschool children and seeing the world through their eyes. I believe a warm and loving environment both encourages children to learn as well as helps them gain self-confidence. I am a strong believer in learning through play as well as hands on learning to help foster a child’s creativity and development. I look forward to a positive, loving, and wonderful year with your child!




Week at a Glance January 23 – January 27, 2017

Religion Objectives:  

Seeds – Jesus makes friends.  The children will identify ways to help out at home, recognize that Jesus chose special friends to help with his work and celebrate being friends and followers of Jesus.

God Made Living Things - God Made Flowers.  The children will know that God made a variety of flowers, realize that creation demonstrates God’s goodness and wisdom.  The children will also appreciate God’s gift of flowers.  

Literacy Objectives: 

Unit 4 – Week 3 – In the Barnyard – Why do farmers have animals?  Learn new concept words: cow, egg, hen, milk, pig, and sheep.  Learn amazing words: deal, electric, impatient, exchange and furious.  Listen to beginning sounds, letter names and sounds, disappearing letters, match uppercase and lowercase letters. Recalling story details. Our featured story is Click, Clack, Moo – Cows That Type

Social Studies Objectives: 

Demonstrate that all people need food and shelter. Recognizing the information is accessible through technology. Discuss fairness. 

Science Objectives: 

Identify and describe the characteristics of organisms and identify properties of common objects. 

My Big World with Clifford - Where does snow come from?  Learning how thermometers reflect the temperature. 

Fluffy, squishy (with a secret ingredient) slime! 

Math Objectives: 

Telling how many, comparing groups of farm animals, more vs. fewer, and let’s make 5.

Afternoon Enrichment: 

Audrey Wood author study: Alphabet Mystery scavenger hunt, Silly Sally the Little Knights way, and story retelling with the Napping House.

PreK4 is growing our own snowflakes!  We learned that the Borax soap makes the water murky because it is suspended in the hot water. Crystals will form as the water cools.  The soap molecules will attach to each other and fall to the bottom of the container.  As they fall, they will attach to the pipe cleaners to create beautiful snowflakes.
We had our first Art in the Box lesson today!  It was an informative lesson about Eric Carle, the author and illustrator.  We read some of his stories and made a butterfly picture just like the butterfly in The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
How do penguins stay dry?  We learned penguins have wax on their feathers to repel water.  We applied our knowledge by coloring our own penguins with waxy crayons. We observed that water does not absorb but instead beads up on our penguin.
Please enjoy the other center pictures in our folder to see our rectangle penguins for rectangle day, penguin patterning, penguin letter matching, penguin shape sorting and attic animals with icebergs in our sensory table. 
We learned about and celebrated Martin Luther King today in PreK4! We can all have great courage and change the world!
This afternoon, the children learned about Emperor penguins.  Then, they pretended to be the daddy penguin and take care of their baby penguin.  It is a very hard job!

Week at a Glance January 16 – January 20, 2017

Religion Objectives: 

Seeds – Feast of the Epiphany – Mary and Joseph take care of Jesus.  The children will share experiences of giving and receiving love in their families. The children will listen to the story of Epiphany story. The children will understand that Jesus had a family and that He was a child just like them.

We will visit the church this week in preparation of attending our first all school mass next week.  We will see where we will be sitting.  We will also discuss the expectations for church behavior and learn what will happen during mass.

Science Objectives:   

How do penguins stay dry? The children will experience what it is like to take care of a penguin egg. We will grow our own snowflakes.  Identify and describe characteristics of organisms. Describe the life cycle of a pumpkin.

Literacy Objectives:

Unit 4 – Week 2 – Out in the Fields – How do machines help farmers?  Learn new concept words: field, row, seed, soil, and tractor.  Learn amazing words: crowd, fancy, pond, fair, parade and startle.  Delete onsets, letter naming, ending sounds. Our featured story is Otis. Letter review for Aa through Ll.  Matching uppercase to their lowercase letters.

Math Objectives:

Add up to 5, tell me about 5, making 5, adding fingers to make 5, story problems with 5 and adding 1 more.  Patterning.  Shapes.  Past, present and future concepts with our calendar by reversing the numbers of our date and determining the new number.

Social Studies:

Honoring Martin Luther King.  Connecting past events with present and future.  Group decision making.

Afternoon Enrichment:

Counting the Room snowflakes, color/write our names, tracing the alphabet and letter order, and math games.

We had a blast attending the surprise baby shower for Mrs. Ziemann and Baby Z with our Prayer Buddies!  We made pink and blue cards for Mrs. Ziemann and predicted it is a girl!