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St. Joseph Catholic School

 

 "Called to Discipleship:  Be Christ's Light!"

 

Welcome to Preschool at St. Joseph Catholic School! 

I am so excited to be your child’s preschool teacher this year!

This is my fourth year at St. Joseph Catholic School and I am looking

forward to helping your child grow, and learn,

and have fun this year.

I have been a preschool teacher in Libertyville for the past 25 years,

and am passionate about helping young children learn.

I believe children learn best with hands-on experiences and

help facilitate their many different learning styles

in a kind and nurturing setting.

We will have an amazing year together meeting new friends, sharing new

discoveries, and learning new skills everyday.

Our instructional aide, Mrs.Tina Truskowski, has much experience in the classroom

after being a aide at St. Joseph Catholic School for 14 years!

Together, we help build positive relationships with children to help foster

growth and confidence in a caring classroom community.

We are both looking forward to sharing a wonderful year with your child.

 

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Recent Posts

Peek at Our Week May 28 - May 31, 2019

Learning Objectives: PreK 3

Religion - Special Lesson 11 - Special Seasons and Days: Birthdays. The children will grow in self-esteem. They will be grateful for the gift of life and respects others.

Social Studies - Exploring our outdoor environment: sounds and smells of nature.

Language/ Literacy - Focused Letter Study: Zz.

Math - Counting to 10. Numbers 1-5. Shape review: “How many shapes do you know?” Identifying, sorting, and classifying.

Learning Objectives: PreK 4

Religion - Special Seasons and Days - Special Lesson 11: Birthdays. The children will realize that their lives are a gift from God. They will thank God for their lives, and celebrate their lives.

Prayer Buddy End of Year Celebration: We thank our Prayer Buddies for mentoring our Preschoolers, and helping to form a special friendship in our Christian community. We are so grateful for their guidance during Mass. We will celebrate our fun year together with Popsicles at the Park.

Social Studies -  Scholastic My BIG World: Backyard Insects. Insects her and insects there. We see insects everywhere! High in the sky, or in the grass below, how many insects do you know?  Science Focus: observing insects • Science Skills: making observations/ using vocabulary • Vocabulary Theme Words: insect, mosquito, firefly, bee, ant, stinkbug, observe • Math: counting

Science - Buzzin’ Bees. The children will participate in a “hive” of activity this week! They will learn what nectar, honey, and pollen are, where they come from, and how bees and flowers share a mutually beneficial relationship. The children will understand the bee society, such as the role of the queen and the worker bee. They will be introduced to the way bees construct hives and how honey bees dance to communicate.

OWL - Unit 7 Week 3: Reflections. “What is a reflection?” Phonological awareness: segment phonemes. Alphabet knowledge: letter sounds, same/different ending sounds.    Concepts of print. Oral language: What’s My Word?, label and categorize words, demonstrate understanding of words, retell a story. Comprehension: respond appropriately, answer questions about a book, draw conclusions, demonstrate understanding of words, compare/contrast books. Concept words: dull, glass, mirror,reflection, shiny, smooth. Amazing words: chill, glide, scatter, silently, stare, sturdy. Focused Letter Study: Zz.

Math - Geometry: comparing/moving shapes, name common shapes, create a picture graph. Numbers & Operations: counting to 20, writing our numbers, comparing numbers.

Preschool+Plus

STEAM - “Gorilla Loves Vanilla”, by Chae Strathie and Nicola O’Byrne. “Can we make ice cream?” This literacy-based STEAM activity will involve the preschoolers in participating in discussions, asking questions, and making predictions. Listening to directions, they will measure, combine, and mix ingredients. Preschoolers will make observations and hypothesize results of their experiment. The children will compile a booklet to journal their activities.

World Travelers - Summer at the Beach!! Ahoy, Maties! Get ready to sail into summer!  We will integrate skills such as addition, by playing, “Get on My Boat”! Pirate Pete’s Phonics: Preschoolers will count and categorize syllables, identify beginning/ending sounds, gain confidence in alphabet knowledge during fun games and activities.

Peek at Our Week May 20 - May 24, 2019

PreK 3

Religion - Special Lesson 10 - Special Seasons and Days: Father’s Day. God gave us fathers. The children will appreciate what their fathers do for them. They will know that god loves them like a good father. The children will identify Joseph as the man who was like a father to Jesus.

Social Studies - Exploring our outdoor environment: sounds and smells of nature.

Language Literacy - Focused Letter Study: Yy..

Math - Counting to 10. Numbers 1-5.

PreK 4

Religion - Special Seasons and Days - Special Lesson 10: Father’s Day. God gave us fathers. The children will know that God gave them fathers. They will appreciate what their fathers do for them. The children will show love for their fathers.

Social Studies - Scholastic My BIG World: “Here comes the sunflower!”: • Science Focus: plant life cycle • Movement: dramatizing • Vocabulary Theme Words: sunflower, seed, soil, sprouts, roots, stem, bud, flower • Science: plant part vocabulary

Science - Seed to Sprout: “How does a plant grow?”   Children will be involved in labeling parts of a plant, sequencing plant life cycle, planting beans, estimating number of days before sprouts appear, learning the needs of a plant. Shadow Makers. Using light source to create shadows.

OWL - Unit 6 Week 3: From Season to Season . “What changes in each season?” Phonological awareness: segment phonemes, identify ending sounds, identify words that do and do not end with same final sound. Alphabet knowledge:recognize and produce letter sounds, same/different ending sounds. Concepts of print. Oral language: What’s My Word?, label and categorize words, demonstrate understanding of words, retell a story. Comprehension: respond appropriately, answer questions about a book, draw conclusions, demonstrate understanding of words, compare/contrast books. Concept words: cold, fall, spring, summer warm, winter. Amazing words: bud, boil, chilly, next, perfect, tip. Focused Letter Study: Yy..

Math  - Geometry: comparing/moving shapes, name common shapes, create a picture graph. Numbers & Operations: counting to 20, making 10, writing our numbers, comparing numbers.

CAPE

Music & Movement w/ Mrs. Schneider. Exploring musical and movement concepts.

Music w/ Mr. Showstead.

Media with Mrs. Hoglund

Gym

Preschool+Plus

Media with Mrs. Hoglund

Gym with Ms. Nash’s Class

World Travelers - Summer at the Beach!! Ahoy, Maties! Get ready to hit the high seas for adventure during our May month-long study of all things OCEAN!  Our seafarers will be introduced to concepts and features of the beach and ocean, including properties of salt water. Preschoolers will be introduced to new vocabulary such as fluke, anemone, and tide. They will  identify and classify sea animals. We will integrate skills such as addition, by playing the fun game, “Get on My Boat”! Computer-less coding; Making their own treasure map, preschoolers will use block coding to find their way to the treasure!!  This will be a fun, hands-on activity to help introduce the children to the basic concept of computer coding.

Our week filled of all things Jack and Giant was a memorable one! Preschoolers made a classroom Beanstalk and were surprised when the “Giant’s feet made an appearance 💚
Once upon a time... Our favorite fairy tale reads from “Jack and the Beanstalk “! A wonderful selection to compare/contrast story, ending, characters, and illustrations! The real photograph one was a favorite!!
The Giant delivered a fittingly giant-sized note, along with a giant-sized chocolate chip cookie! In one of our reads this week, Jack is lured into the Gisnt’s castle by the delicious smell of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies! What a wonderful end to a fun week of Jack and the Giant fun!!
Jack and the Beanstalk STEAM!
If we could measure the excitement during this activity, it would have been an off-the-charts 11!!! Preschoolers challenge was to see how many “clouds” their beanstalk could hold! This involved much collaboration and communication, as well as experimenting with balance and method! Working in teams, they colored both Jack and the Giant’s castle to add above the beanstalk. Counting carefully, they then added cotton ball clouds atop their beanstalk! Many numbered over 30 clouds! Loved the trial & error, tenacity, and friendship!
Jack and the Beanstalk Science: “What does a plant need to grow?” Preschoolers are growing their own bean plants in class! We discussed what plants need to grow and predicted the best location in the classroom for our bean plants to grow! We tallied our results! 
Love our school community ❤️
Our upper elementary friends started a game of Duck, Duck, Goose for us!
Boom-whacker Fun in Music! Love these for helping develop skills in rhythm, listening and following directions, and self-regulation!! Added bonus: tons of fun!
Jack and the Giant Math Centers! We love integrating literature into other areas such as Math! Our Beanstalk now stands proudly in our room! In order to measure it, however, we used green tape on the floor to represent its height! Working in teams, preschoolers lasted out and counted how many Jack feet and Giant feet tall our beanstalk is!! Recording sheets gave us practice writing our numbers!
Shake the Magic Beans! Preschoolers took turns shaking out double-sided beans, red on one side and white in the other. They then graphed the results! The children were introduced to the concept of probability as they discovered most shakes had 2 or 3 red sides facing up!
Jack and the Beanstalk puzzle! We love puzzles for helping to develop skills such as problem-solving, collaboration, and communication skills!! And such a feeling of accomplishment when it is complete 😊