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Pre-K 3

Mrs. Smith
Contact
Renee.Smith@dor.org
Preschool Philosophy

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
08
Student Zoom Meeting
Zoom
Mon
15
Student Zoom Meeting
Zoom
Fri
19
Seton parking lot
End of the year parade
Class Schedule

 

Mrs. Smith’s Daily Schedule

 

8:20 – Transition from early morning drop off

8:20 – 8:45 – Quiet table activities/arrival

8:45 – 9:15 – Morning Meeting:  Children have the opportunity to share with their friends.  Our morning prayers are also said in addition to specific people we want to share a special intention for.  We also do counting, alphabet recognition and movement and music during this time (this varies daily).  We also discuss and/or model what our main project for the day will be.

9:15 – 10:10 – Choice time/Table activities: Children have the opportunity to explore the classroom.  Many times new things will be presented during this time.  They will also have the opportunity participate in various projects that are set up for the day both academically and artistically.

10:10 – 10:15 – Clean up: Children work together to clean up during this time. 

10:15 – 10:30 – Wash hands and snack:  We use cloth napkins and reusable plastic cups with the environment on our minds.

10:30 – 11:00 – Outside time We go outside every day when the weather allows us (20 degrees and above and not raining).

11:00 – 11:15 – Story 

11:15 – Dismissal for half-day students

11:20 – 12:00 – Lunch

12:00 – 12:30 – Small group activities: Children work in small groups focusing on academic skills both in groups and one-to-one.

12:30 – 1:45ish – Brain Break:  Children rest on their blankets.  They are not required to close their eyes to fall asleep; rather, it is used as a quiet time for their minds and bodies.

1:45- 2:10 – Choice Time: Children have the opportunity to explore the room and continue to work on projects from the morning. 

2:15 Dismissal for full day children and transition for wrap around children 

 

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.

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!”

My Big World

Pre-K version a Scholastic Magazine that includes read aloud magazine video songs and games.

Go Noodle :

Great for indoor recess and to burn off some energy.

Beginner Bible 

An online version of bible stories.  You can find great ones on the Easter story during this Lenten season.

Storyline online:  

Favorite books read by famous actors.

Star Fall

Fun prereading and early math games.

 

Project for 6-12

Materials:

White paper

Paint to create flowers

toilet paper tubes

Procedure:

  1.   Cut TP rolls into flower shapes
  2. Dip into paint and print onto the paper
  3. You can create stems and leaves at the end of the flower

 

 

 

Project for Thursday 6-11
Materials:
Construction paper
 Q tips
yellow pom pom
Glue
Procedure
Create a stem and leaves from the construction paper
Use the Q tips to create the petals of the daisy.
Project for Wednesday 6-10
Materials:
White paper
Yellow, Green and Brown Paint
Fork
Procedure:
  1. Paint the stem and leaf
  2. Paint a circle at the end of the stem and fill it in.
  3.  Use the fork to create the sunflower.  You need to go around the whole circle.
Projects for Tuesday 6-9

 

Materials:

cupcake liner

construction paper

small seeds

yarn

Procedure:

  1. Create the dirt
  2. Add the brown yarn for the roots of the flower
  3. Put a stem on.
  4. Use the cupcake holder for the flower
  5. Place seeds in the center of the flower
  6. Create leaves for the stem.
  7. Place labels for each part of the flower.
Projects for Monday 6-8

Materials:

Blue colored paper

Colored paper to create what is needed for a plant to grow

White paper to label the things that are needed to grow.

Procedure:

  1.  Draw a line on brown paper 1/4 of it and have child cut it out ( this will be the dirt or soil)
  2. Glue on to the bottom and label soil
  3. Cut out a stem for the flower and create the top of the flower. Glue onto the Paper
  4. Trace a circle and have the child cut it out. Glue it on the paper and label it sun.
  5. Draw a cloud  cut it out and glue on to the paper
  6. Draw rain drops falling from the cloud and label it water
Project for Friday June 5th

Materials:

Paper plates

scissors

clothes pin

Pom Poms

google eyes

Procedure:

  1. Cut the paper plate in half and trim into an arch.
  2. Decorate any way you choose
  3. Glue Pom Poms onto the center of the clothes pin and add google eyes.
  4. Place the arches together to make the wings.
Project for Thursday June 4th

 

Materials:

Toilet paper tubes

Scissors

Glue

Procedure:

  1. Cut the tube in small equal pieces.
  2. squeeze the pieces together to give points
  3. Glue together the body and the four wings
  4. Add the antennas
  5. Paint if desired.
Project for Wednesday June 3

Materials:

2 Coffee filters

Water base markers

Pipe cleaner

Spray bottle of water

Procedure:

  1. Take the coffee filters and color all around it with vibrant colors.
  2. Spray with the water
  3. Let dry
  4. Put both coffee filters on top of each other horizontally
  5. Pinch in the middle and secure with a pipe cleaner
  6. Roll the pipe cleaner at the top.
Project for Tuesday June 2nd

 

Materials:

Paper plate

Baggie of pasta Mrs. Smith gave you

Markers or crayons

Procedure:

  1. Separate paper plate into 4 equal parts with a black marker
  2. Use 1st section for the first stage of the life cycle of the butterfly.  You could use butterfly, egg, caterpillar, Chrysalis. like the song I sang last week during videos.
  3. Use the bow tie pasta for the butterfly.  Glue it onto the first section.  Add antennas with markers or cayons.
  4. Now add the egg onto a leaf.  The tiny pasta is the egg.  You can draw, cut and glue a green leaf to the next  section.
  5. Add the caterpillar to the next section.  Use the curly pasta for this.  Glue it onto another green leaf with possible nibble off it.
  6. Draw a branch on the last section to attach the chrysalis.  Use the ziti for the chrysalis.
Projects for Monday June 1sr

 

Materials:

Green construction paper

Red construction paper

tape or stapler

Marker or google eyes

black paper for antennae

Scissors

Procedure:

  1. Cut long stripes of the green paper and one strip of the red paper.
  2. Put the ends together and either staple or tape together
  3. Loop another strip through the first green loop.  Tape or staple together
  4. Repeat until you have received the desire length of you caterpillar.
  5. Attach the red strip for the head.
  6. Add the eyes and antennas
Project for Friday 5-29

 

Materials:

White Paper

Colored paper

Marker

Scissors

  1.  Create several different shapes for the children to cut out of colored paper
  2. Create a pattern using the shapes.  It can be a 2 shape pattern or if they are looking for a challenge they can create a 3 shape pattern.
  3. Glue them onto the white paper
  4. Create a circle head and draw on the legs and face
Projects for 5-28

 

Materials:

Paint

TP rolls

Paper Plate

Markers

Procedure:

  1. Use TP rolls to create a caterpillar by dipping them into the paint.
  2. Children can create a pattern, or can practice counting the number of circles they are using to make the caterpillar.
  3. Use marker or crayon to create the face and antennas.
Project for Wednesday 5-26

 

Materials:

Plastic Easter Eggs

String or pipe cleaner

Masking tape

Procedure:

  1. Find plastic eggs from Easter
  2. Use string or a pipe cleaner to tread the eggs.  If you are using string place masking tape at the end to make it easier for them to thread through the hole.
  3. Add the eyes and antenna.
Project for Tuesday May 26

 

Materials;

Paper plate

Scissors

white paper

crayon, markers or paint

small googly eyes

Procedure:

  1. Cut paper plate in half.
  2. Follow the arch and cut.
  3. Have student create a pattern for the body of the caterpillar using paint, marker, or crayon.
  4. Trace and cut a circle for the caterpillar’s head and glue to the end of the body.
  5. Add eyes and smile to complete the caterpillar.
Project for Friday 5-21

 

Materials:
Toilet paper tube
Black paint
Colored paper
Pipe cleaners
battery operated tea light candle
Procedure
  1. Cut a U in the bottom of the tube
  2. Paint tube black
  3. Cut wings and glue on to the back
  4. Add the antennas
  5. Glue a yellow piece of paper around the U cut out
  6. Place the tea light candle under the tube and watch the firefly glow.
Project for Wednesday 5-20

 

Materials:
3 sections of an egg carton
black paint
pipe cleaners for legs
eyes
Procedure:
  1. Paint the 3 sections of egg carton black
  2.  Add the legs and eyes
  3. Ant is ready to crawl
Project for Tuesday
Materials 
White, Yellow and black paper ( You cn make the paper by coloring or painting it if you do not have colored paper)
Straw or stick
Procedures:
  1.  Trace and cut 3 yellow 2 black circles, and 2 white circle
  2. Glue the circle staggered and in a pattern
  3. Glue the white circles at the to for the wings
  4.  Add the stinger and face
  5. Tape or glue to the stick and the bee is ready to buzz around
Projects for Monday 5/18

 

Materials:
Toilet Paper roll
Red Paper
Google Eyes
Glue
Procedures:
  1. Paint tube with black paint
  2. Trace and cut a circle from red paper
  3. Cut circle in half and add black dots
  4. Glue the two halves to the tube
  5. Add the eyes and the antennae.
Project for Monday 5/18

 

Materials:
Paper Plate
Red and Black paint
Google eyes
Procedures:
  1. Paint the very tip of the paper plate black
  2. Paint the rest of the plate red
  3. Divide red side in half with black paint
  4. Add dots to the red paint.
  5. Add eyes to the black section.
Project for 5/13

 

Materials:
Egg Carton cup
Green paint
Green pom pom
Google eyes
Green Paper
Procedure:
  1.  Cut a cup from the carton of eggs
  2. Paint cup Green
  3. Glue a green pom pom
  4. Create legs out of green paint
  5. Create eyes on out of paper or use google eyes,

This project can also be done with a paper bowl. 

Projects for 5/11 - 5/12
Life Cycle of a Frog Craft
Materials:
Egg Carton
Bubble wrap for the egg
Glue
Colored paper for legs and eyes
Marker
Procedure:
  1.  Cut  a small cup for each portion of the Life cycle of the frog.
  2. Paint the sections green
  3. Cut a small circle out of the bubble wrap
  4. Put black dots on the bubble wrap for the eggs.
  5. Attach a tail for for the tadpole
  6. Attache legs for the froglet
  7. Attach just legs without a tail.
Projects for 5/11 - 5/12

Paper plate frog

Materials:
Paper plate
Green Paint
Colored paper
Markers
Procedures:
  1. Fold paper plate in half.
  2. Glue the folded part together
  3. Paint the half paper plate green
  4. Let dry and add the mouth with a marker
  5. trace and cut circles green, a bit smaller white, a smaller black
  6. Cut a long rectangle in red paper.
  7. Wrap the rectangle around a pencil
  8. Glue tongue at the bottom of the frogs mouth
Have fun doing these projects!
Morning meeting 5/6

 

Project for 5/6
Materials:
Paper plates
Things to create the nest in the middle of plate
Colored paper
Pictures of oviparous ( can be from magazines, draw or cut the second part of worksheet to use.
Scissors
Glue
Procedure:
  1. Color or glue something into the center of the paper plate
  2. Find pictures of oviparous animals
  3. Trace and cut egg shapes.  Make sure to trace on the fold to have it open.  you may do it without opening and just glue the pictures on the egg in the nest.
  4. Have students try and write some animals names on the top of the egg.
  5. Glue eggs into the nest.
Project for 5/4 - 5/5

After talking about living and non-living things the children will create a collage of each one.

Children can cut pictures out of a magazine, print from the computer or draw pictures of Living and Non – Living things.

Projects for 3/25-3/26

For  Wednesday and Thursday I had planned to talk about Easter eggs and how they symbolize new life, just like Jesus’ resurrection.  I found a project using a construction paper egg (if you draw one, your children should be able to cut it out), masking tape, and some chalk (crayons or markers will do as well). Once the kids cut out the egg, they can criss cross several pieces of masking tape. Dip the chalk in water and color each section on the egg. When done, remove the tape. There is a version that is a bit more involved.  If you would like this version I will be happy to email it to you.

STEM Activity
Things you will need:
*Tray
*Egg carton,
*Plastic eggs
*Food Coloring
*Vinegar
*Baking Soda
*Squeeze Bottle ( Small Piece of a sponge could work)
Step 1
Place egg carton with plastic eggs in section on the tray
Step 2
Put 2-3 drops of different color food coloring in each egg
Step 3
Spoon baking soda in each egg to cover the food coloring
Step 4
Squeeze small amount of vinegar in the sections one at a time to see the colorful reaction!
This can be a messy activity but can turn into awesome water play for the children as they wash all the eggs for you.  Hours of fun for everyone!
Link to San Diego Zoo Live Cam

Have your child pick an animal and visit it for a few days in a row

Project for 3/23-3/24

Project for 3/23 – 3/24

 

I am sure that many of you have some extra TP or paper towel tubes in the house. This is an easy project to get in the spirit of Easter.  

Materials you will need are TP rolls, paper, paint or markers. 

If you do not have paint at home this is an easy to trace the shape and color them in.  Be creative on how you want to create these adorable  bunnies.

Another activity you can do today is:

Look for different shapes around the house and trace them with your finger.

Use play-dough and  create shapes with it.

Project for 3/20 Signs of Spring

Project for 3/20

Signs of spring

Go on a walk with your family and look for signs of spring.  Birds chirping, leaf buds, flowers coming up, Ect…

When you get home try and find things in magazines that are signs of spring.  It doesn’t need to be what you found.  It could be other things.  Cut  them out or draw the signs of spring and glue them onto a piece of paper.  

 

Large Motor Exercises

Project for 3/19 - 3/20

Project for 3/19 – 3/20

During Lent we will be talking about Easter.  The children can make salt dough crosses. This will be a great way for them to remember all the things that come back to life in the spring.  These can be air dried or even put in a low temp oven 250 for about 2-3 hours until they are hard.  Make sure what every they press into them can go into the oven.

Salt Dough Recipe

2 Cups Flour

1/2 Cup Salt

2/3 Cup Water

2 Large Popsicle Sticks (not necessary for you to have these)

Paper Plates-to lay your cross on when making it

Objects to stick in dough (seashells, jelly beans, buttons, feathers, glitter, jewels, stones, etc.)

Meet Mrs. Smith

My name is Renee Smith and I have been a teacher at Seton for 22 years.  This was my first teaching job and have been here ever since.  Seton is my home away from home.  I taught preschool for 13 years, changed it up a bit and taught 1st grade for three and then back home to preschool for the remainder of my years at Seton.  I hold a BA from Brockport State in Communications and a Master’s Degree from Nazareth College in Elementary Education birth through 6th grade.  I also hold a second certification in Special Education.

While the children in my room have the freedom of exploration, they are doing this within the guidance of the Common Core standards set in place by the NYS standards.  Children should be allowed to enjoy an environment that is conducive to not only learning academic and social skills, but also an environment where they can play and learn within their cognitive development.  My classroom affords them the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to move onward to kindergarten and build a foundation for the love of learning.  I also believe in forging close relationship with the families of each student so that the different, individual approaches to their learning and/or progress can be expanded upon at home and vice versa.  Every child learns in a different way and especially at this age, they should be allowed to explore their world in their own way.  This approach to learning helps to foster a love of learning at an early age.

Daily Schedule
  • 7:50 Transition from early morning drop off
  • 7:50-8:45  Quiet table activities/arrival
  • 8:45-9:10  Morning Meeting:  Children have the opportunity to share with their friends.  Our morning prayers are also said in addition to specific people we want to share a special intention for.  We also do counting, alphabet recognition and movement and music during this time (this varies daily).  We also discuss and/or model what our main project for the day will be.
  • 9:10-10:10  Choice time/Table activities: Children have the opportunity to explore the classroom.  Many times new things will be presented during this time.  They will also have the opportunity participate in various projects that are set up for the day both academically and artistically.
  • 10:10-10:15  Clean up: Children work together to clean up during this time. 
  • 10:15-10:30  Wash hands and snack:  We use cloth napkins and reusable plastic cups with the environment on our minds.
  • 10:30-11:00  Outside time We go outside every day when the weather allows us (20 degrees and above and not raining).
  • 11:00-11:10 Story 
  • 11:10-11:15  Dismissal for half-day students
  • Lunch
  • Small group activities: Children work in small groups focusing on academic skills both in groups and one-to-one.
  • Brain Break:  Children rest on their blankets.  They are not required to close their eyes to fall asleep; rather, it is used as a quiet time for their minds and bodies.
  • Choice Time: Children have the opportunity to explore the room and continue to work on projects from the morning. 
  • Dismissal for full day children and transition for wrap around children