Today the PK 3 students were scientists. The children made predictions of what would happen to jelly beans if placed in bubbly water, vinegar, and salt water. How exciting it was to see the color dissolve from the jelly bean and change the color of the liquid!
Full Day and 1/2 Day PK 3 combined classes today for Valentine's Day Party. Students enjoyed making a Heart Man, playing Bingo and heart counting. There was also a delicious snack, a sensory table filled with hearts, listening to Valentine themed stories and playing "Bozo" buckets. Thank you to all the parents that helped coordinate the party activities, supplies and volunteers for running a center.
Both PK3 classes enjoyed Winter activities inside our classroom. We read “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats and then enjoyed our own snowy day in the PK3 classrooms. We went skating and then had a snowball fight. First we prayed to Saint Lidwina, the patron saint of Ice Skaters. She was born in Holland in 1380.
Our Winter Wonderland Gallery is here:
The PK3 children enjoyed listening to the story Sneezy the Snowman by Maureen Wright. Then we had great fun making our own melted Snowmen using a mixture of shaving cream and glue! So fun and messy.
See the reat of our pictures in this Gallery:
PK 3 students are making snowflakes using pasta noodles and glitter. We are turning our room into a Winter Wonderland.
Preschoolers and Kindergarteners began their celebration of Thanksgiving by attending a Prayer Service in church. The children brought non perishable food items to share with those in need. Following the prayer service the children enjoyed a Thanksgiving Feast with all the PK3 students adorned in Pilgrim and Native American costumes that they had constructed.
The Three Year Old Preschoolers went on a walking tour in church on All Saints Day. The children were looking for the Saints in the beautiful stain glass windows. They know that a Saint loves and follows God always. We found St. Patrick, St. Francis, and St. Daniel.
Then we entered the main door of our school to discover the painted mural of our church, school,the pastor, Ascension students, and the Ursuline Sister. Mrs. Bracco shared the story of discovering this hidden historical mural.
Discovering the mural.
We had a fun Pumpkin Sensory center this week. We felt the smooth skin, the rough stem, knocked on the outside to hear the sound it made. Then we opened the pumpkin! The insides were cold and slimy. It smelled like delicious pumpkin. We pulled out the seeds and strings and pulp. We squeezed it in our hands and it was wet and gooey. We each counted out ten pumpkin seeds.
Today, the PK 3 children celebrated the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. In class we listened to a story about St. Francis and learned that he was a friend of animals. One day while teaching about Jesus the singing birds were so noisy that St. Francis asked them to be quiet. The birds were silent until he was finished preaching. St. Francis thanked the birds and then all the birds flew into the sky in the form of a cross.
Students are recognizing their names on name tags. Everyone's name is special to them!
We are singing a favorite song, "I'm Bringing Home a Baby Bumblebee!"