Marvelous Monday

This week we are reading Fairy Tales. We started our week by reading “The Gingerbread Man”

We did a lot of retelling the story through discussion and dramatic play.

Our project of the day was to Roll-A-Gingerbread man. In this activity we rolled dice to build our Gingerbread man. Each # on the dice represented a different part of the gingerbread man. We turned this into a game and the preschoolers loved it.

During Jesus time we began our lesson on praying in Jesus name. We learned of a group of people who prayed to Jesus to be healed of their illness. When they were healed only 1 came back to thank Jesus.

See many of you tomorrow!

Miss O’Toole

Terrific Thursday

We had quite an exciting day in preschool. We started our day with a photoshoot for our St. Lucas website and started centers early. The preschoolers were so flexible and worked with our crazy schedule.

We talked about wind and how wind makes things move, even though we can’t see it. To demonstrate this we used straws to create our own wind. We tried to blow different objects like feathers, rocks, crayons and other objects. We talked about which objects were easiest and hardest to move.

Our project of the day was to create a windsock. We used dobbers and streamers to create or windsocks. Have your preschooler show you how wind moves through the streamers.

During Jesus time we read in our Story Bible. We read the story of Zaccheus and saw pictures to help tell the story. These pictures help brings the story to life! Ask your preschooler what they remember about our Bible Story.

See many of you tomorrow!

Miss O’Toole

Tip Top Tuesday

We started our morning by discussing rain. We learned that rain falls only when a cloud is filled with too full with water. We showed this by filling up a paper bag with shredded tissue paper. I blew into the bag to show that the cloud was filling with water. When it was too full I popped the bag to show that once it was full it rained. The preschoolers really enjoyed this demonstration and wanted to see it another time.

We started centers with some science activities to show why it rains. We used cotton balls to absorb water droplets made by pipe-ettes. Once the cotton balls were filled with water we squeezed them and watched it rain. We did a similar activity to demonstrate this new way. this activity we used shaving cream to model clouds and used pipe-ettes to put water into the clouds. When the clouds were too full we saw rain in the bottom of the cup! The pipe-ettes also helped us work on hand strength and our pincer grasp.

We went to chapel today and talked about Jesus journey into Jerusalem. Ask your preschooler what Jesus rode on to get there.

We learned a new song today called this little light. Ask your preschooler to sing it for you.

See you tomorrow!

Miss O’Toole

Marvelous Monday

This week we are learning about weather. We started our week with clouds. We briefly talked about the different kinds of clouds we see in the sky. We also talked about some of the shapes we can see in the sky. We read Little Cloud by Eric Carle and noticed that clouds can change.

Our project of the day was to create our own clouds. We did some symmetry painting to create these clouds. We folded a piece of paper in half as used white paint to make our cloud shapes. After painting we folded our paper over to see the print the cloud made on the other side. We had many different cloud shapes, dogs, flowers, butterflies etc.

Our other centers were:
-W yarn book page
-name writing for portfolios
-building W with wooden pieces
-counting clouds and making shapes out of clouds

During Jesus time we began talking about a man named Zaccheus. We knew that Zachcheus didn’t have many people who liked him because he was a tax collector. But Jesus came to visit and Zaccheus changed his life. Ask your preschooler what Zaccheus did to make this change.

*Reminders*

We are excited to be working with Pastor Larson on expanding the Early Childhood Center at St. Lucas. On Thursday, March 9, we have scheduled a photoshoot with a trusted photographer to capture images of our facility and kids. If possible, please prepare your child like you would on picture day. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Megan Arnold, Marketing and Outreach Director, at 314-832-1244 ext 12 or marnold@wordoflifeschool.net.

See many of you tomorrow!

Miss O’Toole

Terrific Thursday

This morning we read”Oh The Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss. This is one of my personal favorites and it seemed to intrigue many of the preschoolers. I saw them experience many emotions while reading the story.

During centers we,

-Used different shaped sponges to paint and decorate hot air balloons (to fit in with our story) and took silly pictures. These will be displayed in the classroom tomorrow!
-Used geoboards and rubber bands to make shapes and letters
-talked about the letter V and made vases with flowers inside

Zippy visited during Jesus time and was so BUSY that he missed out on a special surprise I had for him! This reminded us of our Bible story for the week. Martha missed out on the wonderful Word that Jesus was sharing because she was busy with other things. We talked about how no matter what we have going on, we need to make sure that we have time for Jesus.

See many of you tomorrow!

Miss O’Toole

Wonderful Wednesday

This morning we started our day by reading “Wacky Wednesday” by Dr. Seuss. The preschoolers loved looking for all of the wacky things they could find in the book. We made our Wednesday wacky during center time.

During centers we,

-made wacky sculptures using playdough, pipe cleaners, buttons, straws, Pom Pom and glue
-we colored our pictures under the table instead of on the table
-painted at the easel using q tips, spoons and paintbrushes
-practiced rhyming words using picture puzzle cards
-drew pictures of things that rhymed in our notebooks, some of us even came up with our own silly words like Dr.Seuss.

During Jesus time we used picture puppets to retell the story of Mary, Martha and Jesus. Ask your preschooler if they can tell you what happened. After that, we practiced a little rhyme to help remember the story. See if your preschooler can tell you the rhyme.

Don’t forget to register for next school year. You can register here using this link http://wordoflifeschool.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/EnrollmentForm1718.pdf

Have a great evening and see you tomorrow.

Miss O’Toole

Marvelous Monday

This week we are celebrating Dr Seuss’s birthday by reading his books! This is always a fun week for the preschoolers as well as for me!

We started by reading “There’s a Wocket in my Pocket. We noticed some silly words that Dr.Seuss made up. We got an extra laugh out of these. 🙂 We also talked about rhyming words and will continue to practice these this week.

Our project was to create our own Wocket in our pocket! I loved seeing the preschoolers creativity and how excited they were about their Wocket!

During Jesus time, we introduced our story for the week. We talked about how Jesus went to visit some friends..but one of his friends wasn’t quite so friendly. We will read more about this story later this week.

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram at @wol_otooleps34.
Also, re-enrollment season is upon us! Send in your forms soon so you can reserve your spot for next year! You can follow this link http://wordoflifeschool.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/EnrollmentForm1718.pdf to fill out your enrollment form.

See many of you tomorrow!

Terrific Thursday

We started our day with a video on a day in the life of a teacher. We learned that teachers are community helpers because they teach children and adults in the community.

We also thought about what we would like to be if we were a community helper. The graph will be in the hallway at the end of the week.

During centers we:

-painted using school/teacher related sponges. The preschoolers loved sponge painting.
-peeled and placed # stickers in the letter n.
-did a cutting activity

Our librarian friend visited today. The preschoolers love her and the energy she brings when she reads!

REMINDER

If you would like to re- enroll for next school year, you can follow this link

http://wordoflifeschool.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/EnrollmentForm1718.pdf

If you have Instagram be sure to follow my class account @wol_otooleps34 to see what we are doing in the classroom!

See you tomorrow.

Miss O’Toole

Tip-Top Tuesday

We started our day with our letter N letter bag. Ben shared n words like nickel, ninja turtles and newspaper! What great N words to share with our friends!

We also continued learning about community helpers. Today we talked about construction workers. We learned that construction workers use tools and machines to help them build and create. We also talked about how construction workers need a blueprint in order to know what to build. We used paper pieces to create buildings, houses and restaurants and then went to the carpet to build what our blueprints told us.

We had chapel today and had a message about how Jesus is our rock and if we build a foundation on this ROCK, it will never fail. The preschoolers greatly enjoy going to chapel!

This week I created a classroom Instagram page on which I will post pictures about the happenings in our classroom! If you have an Instagram and would like to see what we do, please follow me @wol_otooleps34! I sent home some photo permission forms to those students whose I did not have on file. Please return those as soon as possible!

See many of you tomorrow!

Miss O’Toole

Marvelous Monday

We started our morning with a discussion about community helpers. We talked about how a helper is someone who helps and a community is a place where people lov, work and play. Our first community helped we learned about was a doctor. We know that a doctor is someone who helps keep us healthy and gives us check-ups. We watched a video on the Smartboard about a day in the life of a doctor.

While watching the video we noticed some of the tools that the doctor used. We created our own tool to use during our dramatic play time; a stethoscope.

Our other centers were:
-patterning, sorting and matching counters to cards
-letter N yarn book
-dramatic play in our dentist/doctor office center

During Jesus time, we continued to talk about how Jesus loves all little children and wants to make time for them. As your preschooler what we used to help tell the story of Jesus and the little children.

We did a lot of singing during our music time. The preschoolers loved signing and dancing so much!

See many of you tomorrow!

Miss O’Toole