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Pre-K 4

Mrs. Koerner
Miss. Castano
Contact
Jennifer.Koerner@dor.org
dominique.castanopolfleit@dor.org
Preschool Philosophy

Our preschool program is designed to provide learning experiences that will best meet the needs of each individual child. Development of the whole child (emotionally, spiritually, socially, intellectually, and physically) is our goal. PLAY is a fundamental part of our program, as it is through play that children learn cooperation, problem solving, language, mathematics, and to develop values, curiosity, self-esteem, coordination, and self-direction.

We believe that every child learns in a different way, especially at this young age, and they should be allowed to explore the world in their own unique ways.

Class Events & News
Mon
15
zoom meeting
10:00 AM
Thu
18
last zoom meeting
10:00 AM
Fri
19
last day parade and gift pickup
10:00 AM Seton parking lot
This was a year we will never forget. Good luck in Kindergarten. We love you!!

Daily Schedule
  • Arrival and Tabletop Activities 8:45-9:00
  • Morning Meeting 9-9:30 – We say our morning prayers, including the children’s intentions. We also do fingerplays, math/language activity, and music/movement. We read a story and/or discuss the topic we are currently working on. Any projects are also introduced and modeled if necessary.
  • Exploration 9:30-10:20-Children have the opportunity to explore the different centers around the classroom. Activities are changed often in order to go along with the current topic of study and/or season. Students are also able to participate in daily academic and artistic projects that are frequently teacher facilitated-these include science experiments and journal entries.
  • Clean up 10:20-10:25
  • Snack 10:25-10:40- Students take turns providing a daily snack. Keeping the environment in mind, cloth napkins and reusable plastic cups are used.
  • Outside Time 10:40-11:10-We go outside to the playground every day, weather permitting (above 20 and not raining)
  • Dance and Dismissal 11:10-11:20-We end our morning with a dance or creative movement. Then the morning students are dismissed to their parents.
  • Lunch 11:30-12:15-Students provide their own daily lunches-refrigerator and microwave are available. This year, the preschoolers will also be able to participate in Seton’s hot lunch program. All preschoolers eat together in one of the classrooms with Mrs. Koerner and Mrs. Smith.
  • Clean up/Bathroom/Rest Time 12:15-1:00-Students rest on their own blankets with the lights off and quiet music playing.
  • Literacy Activities/Daily Specials (see separate specials schedule) 1:00-2:10
  • Clean up 2:10-2:15-Students clean up the room and pack up their items to go home or move on to Wrap Around.
  • Dismissal 2:15-2:30-School day students get picked up and the wrap around students transition over to the aftercare room.
Specials Schedule

Monday: Spanish (PK-K and PK-C 12:15-12:45)

Tuesday: Art (PK-K) 1:00-1:30       Art (PK-C) 1:30-2:00

Wednesday: Music (PK-K) 1:30-2:00     Technology (PK-C) 1:30-2:10

Thursday: Technology (PK-K) 12:50-1:30     Music (PK-C) 1:30-2:00

Friday: PE (PK-K and PK-C) 1:30-2:10

Resources for online learning

Due to the current school closings we have compiled a list of sites that your child can visit daily to continue their learning.

Go Noodle great for indoor recess, these are the dances that we do every day before dismissal. Favorites include: Red Carpet, Bones, Little Green Froggy, Rollercoaster, Banana Banana Meatball, Pop Se Ko 2.0

My Big World prek version of Scholastic magazine that includes read aloud magazine, videos, songs, and games

Beginners Bible Easter Story  an online telling of the Easter story for this Lenten season

Storyline Online favorite books read by famous actors

Starfall fun pre-reading and early math games and activities that the children are familiar with from Tech class

Scholastic Learn at Home “Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin!”

 

Pop cap hyacinths 6/12
Materials:
*1-2 caps from water or pop bottles
*green paint
*purple or pink paint
*plain piece of paper
Procedure:
*use the green paint to make a long stem
*dip a cap into the purple paint and stamp it along the stem to create the flowers
Toilet paper roll flowers 6/12
Materials:
*toilet paper tubes
*plain sheet of paper
*paint
*scissors
Procedure:
*have a grown up cut the toilet paper rolls as shown in the picture
*dip in the paint
*stamp onto the paper
*can add stems and leaves if you want
How does a plant breathe? science experiment 6/11

Materials:

*clear plastic or glass bowl/glass
*leaf picked right off the tree (not picked up off the ground)
*water

 

Procedure:
*place the leaf in the bowl
*fill with enough water to cover the leaf (if the leaf floats to the top, you can put a small stone on top of it to hold it down)
*leave the leaf sit for several hours
*watch for air bubbles to form on the leaf and around the edge of the container-those are from the leaf “breathing”
Fork print sunflower 6/11
Materials
*sheet of white paper
*green,yellow, orange, brown paint
*plastic fork(s)
*qtip
*paintbrush
Procedure
*paint (or draw) a stem
*dip a fork in the orange paint and make the center of the flower
*dip a fork in the yellow paint and create the large sunflower around the orange
*dip a qtip into the brown paint and dab the “seeds” in the middle of the flower
Leaf print science 6/10

Materials:

*a variety of leaves
*white piece of paper
*paper towel
*hammer or block with grown up supervision
Procedure:
*lay the leaves on the white paper
*cover with the paper towel
*gently hammer over the leaves
*the green chlorophyll from the leaves should leave a print on the paper
Fingerprint Dandelion 6/10

Materials:

*piece of colored paper (I used blue)
*green and white paint
*black crayon or marker
*fingertip or qtip
Procedure:
* paint a few thin green stems
*top each stem with a small black circle (about the size of a thumbprint)
*use your fingertip (or qtip) to create the dandelion puff around the black circle
Bean in a bag science 6/9

Materials:

*ziploc baggie

*folded paper towel

*bean or pea seed

*water

Procedure:

*fold the paper towel so it will fit in the bag

*wet the paper towel and place it flat in the bag

*place 2-3 bean or pea seeds on top of the paper towel

*tape the baggie onto a sunny window

*check the seeds daily for growth

*once the roots and stem start to grow they can be transferred to a pot or garden

Parts of a plant 6/9
Materials:
*sheet of paper
*crayons/markers
*green construction paper (or crayons)-stem/leaves
*yarn (roots)
*cupcake liner (flower)
*popcorn kernels (or other small seeds)
Procedure:
*draw a brown line for the soil
*glue on the green stem and leaves coming out of the soil
*glue on several strands of yarn under the soil to make the roots
*glue the cupcake liner on the top of the stem (flower)
*glue the popcorn kernels in the middle of the cupcake liner (seeds)
What a Plant Needs 6/8

Materials:

*plain paper

*crayons or marker

Procedure:

*draw a picture of the things a plant needs to grow-sun, soil, water (rain), air

Marble painted butterfly 6/5

Materials:

*piece of construction paper
*paint/markers/crayons (in the video I marble painted the wings)
*previous egg carton ant (from insect week) or make a new one using a section of a painted egg carton
Procedure:
*on one side of the paper, draw 2 wings
*color or paint the other side of the paper any way you choose (marble painting directions shown in the video-need an old pizza box or other box that will fit the paper, paint, several marbles or small bouncy balls)
*when dry, cut out the wings
*glue them together and attach the egg carton ant to the middle to complete the butterfly
Coffee Filter Butterfly 6/5

Materials:

*coffee filter
*washable markers
*squirt bottle with water (or the sink faucet will work as well)
*clothespin
*pipe cleaner
Procedure:
*color the coffee filter with the markers-the more color the better
*put the coffee filter on a paper towel or sheet of newspaper and squirt it with the water so that the colors bleed (if you use the faucet, just make sure it is a slow stream/drip)
*when dry, bunch it up in the middle and add the clothespin as a body
*pipe cleaner can be added as antenna and eyes can be drawn on
Paper plate butterfly 6/4

Materials:

*small paper plate or construction paper circle
*crayons or markers
*scissors
*pompoms, popsicle stick, or construction paper for body
Procedure:
*color the paper plate or cp circle
*on the back, a parent should draw 2 wings (shown on the video) for the child to cut
*glue (or staple) the 2 pieces together to form the wings
*glue the pompoms, popsicle stick, or cp body to the middle and add eyes
Sponge Paint Butterflies 6/3

Materials:

*a sponge with a rubber band around the middle to create a butterfly shape

*paint and a paint brush

*piece of paper

*crayons or markers

Procedure:

*draw a garden on the bottom half of your paper (flowers, grass, small insects…)

*use the paint brush to paint designs onto the sponge-try and have both sides match since butterfly wings are symmetrical

*stamp the sponge onto the top half of your paper to create butterflies-add antenna

 

Butterfly Life Cycle 6/2

Materials

*piece of construction paper folded into fourths

*crayons or markers

*4 kinds of pasta (orzo-egg, rotini-caterpillar, penne-chrysalis, farfalle-butterfly)

*glue

Procedure

*Egg-in the first box, draw a leaf and glue the orzo onto it.

*Caterpillar-in the next box, draw a leaf and glue on the rotini. Add antenna and legs with crayon or marker

*Chrysalis-in the next box, draw a tree with a branch and glue the penne hanging from the branch

*Butterfly-in the last box, draw some flowers and glue on the farfalle (colored if you want).  Add antenna with a crayon or marker

 

 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar sequencing 6/1

Materials

*8 small paper plates or construction paper circles

*crayons or markers

*copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar (it is also included in the video above)

Procedure

*decorate 1 circle to look like the caterpillar’s face

*on every other circle, draw what the caterpillar ate each day (1 apple, 2 pears, etc)

*put the caterpillar together in order of what he ate and/or use the circles to help re-tell the story

Rolled paper caterpillar 5/29

Materials

*green construction paper for the leaf

*8-10  construction paper rectangles in any color(s) you choose (approximately 2″x 4″ to roll for the caterpillar’s body)

*glue stick

*scissors

Procedure

*cut out leaf shape from the green paper

*put some glue on the short end of each rectangle and roll to the other end, forming a tube, securing with the glue

*glue the rolled pieces onto the leaf to form the caterpillar

*add eyes and antennas to the first tube to make the head

Friday, May 29 lesson-caterpillars

Toilet paper stamped caterpillar 5/28
Materials:
*toilet paper rolls
*piece of light colored construction paper
*paint
*marker or pencil for printing numbers
Procedure:
*create your caterpillar by dipping the toilet paper roll into the paint and stamping it onto the paper. You can use whatever colors you want. I used 1 color for the head and another for all of the body segments.
*once the paint dries, draw a face and antennas on the first circle. In each circle after, write the numbers in order (1,2,3…) for however many circles you stamped.
Thursday, May 28 lesson-caterpillars

Balloon print caterpillars (patterning)-5/27

Materials

*long strip of construction paper

*2 balloons

*2 different colors of paint

*crayon or marker to add face and legs

Procedure

*blow up both balloons to the approximate size of an orange

*pour the paint into 2 shallow dishes that you can dip the balloons in

*determine what pattern you want to create

*dip the balloons into the paint and gently press onto the paper to create your caterpillar

*use the crayons/markers to add a face and legs

Wednesday, May 27 lesson-caterpillars

Paper Plate Caterpillar 5/26

Materials

*paper plate

*paint, crayons, or markers

*scissors

*pipe cleaner

*construction paper circle for the face

*glue

Procedure

*cut the plate in half and then cut off the rounded edge

*paint or color as desired

*glue on construction paper face and the pipe cleaner antennae

 

Easter egg caterpillar 5/26

Materials

*10-12 plastic Easter egg halves with two holes (use bottom halves only, except for the last half which should be a top)

*2 pipe cleaners

*sharpie to draw a face

Procedure

*thread the 2 pipe cleaners through the holes in the eggs, leaving enough pipe cleaner at the end to twist and create antennas.

*at the last egg, twist the pipe cleaners together and snap on the matching egg top to create a whole egg.

*draw a face on the first egg

Tuesday, May 26 lesson-caterpillars

Dragonflies 5/21

Materials

*dragonfly template

*tissue paper squares

*glue/water mix with a paintbrush

*scissors

*any color construction paper for mounting (optional)

Procedure

*Cover the dragonfly with the tissue paper, painting over each square with the water/glue mixture. (It is OK to glue over the black lines)

*Let the dragonfly dry completely and then cut out with a scissors.

*Mine was a little flimsy so I mounted it on a piece of construction paper to make it a little more sturdy

Egg Carton Ants- 5/20

Materials

*egg carton (3 cup section-head, thorax, abdomen)

*black paint/paint brush

*pipe cleaner

*google eyes

Procedure

*Paint the egg carton black.

*Cut 8 pieces of pipe cleaner (2 antennae, 6 legs)

*Have a grown up poke holes in the egg carton so you can insert the pipe cleaners.

*Glue on google eyes

Wednesday, May 20 lesson- ants/insects

Ripped paper ladybugs 5/19

Materials

white, red, black construction paper

glue

Procedure

*Using your fingers, tear the red paper into a large, circular shape to form the ladybug’s body and glue to the white paper

*Rip smaller circles out of the black paper to form the dots and glue onto the body

*Rip 8 long skinny pieces from the black paper to make the 6 legs and 2 antennae. Glue onto the body.

*Draw eyes or glue on googly eyes.

Potato Masher Ladybugs 5/19

Materials: 

white paper

red and black paint

a potato masher or something else to make a circle print (canister lid, yogurt cup, paintbrush…)

a cork or something else to make small circle prints

a black crayon or marker to make legs and antennae

Procedure:

*dip the potato masher in the red paint and stamp several circles onto the white paper. Let those dry a little bit or blot with a paper towel

*dip the cork into the black paint and put some dots on each ladybug

*use the crayon or marker to draw 6 legs and 2 antennae on each ladybug

 

 

Tuesday, May 19 lesson-insects

Bees 5/18

Making bees using either a paper plate or a toilet paper tube.

oviparous animal class book 5/15

Snake project 5/14

Turtle Project 5/13

Frog Project 5/12

Frog Life Cycle 5/11

We walk through the frog’s life cycle and then there are 2 options to make your own depending on what supplies you have on hand.

Chicken Life Cycle 5/8

Oviparous Animals-Chickens 5/7

The children are going to learn about chickens and create their own fork print chick.

Oviparous Animals 5/6

Today the children will make a nest full of oviparous animals. Watch the video for explanation and directions.