Teacher: Joan McDonald-Smith
Notes from Miss Joan
Our theme for the month of January is Winter. In Religion, we are now learning about God's gifts to the world. We are learning letter recognition and sounds. For Math, we are learning how to write numbers. We do weekly experiments in Science to help us learn about the season of Winter and to learn about states of matter. Students enjoy Weekly Reader, which provides us with an interesting topic to explore each week. Center time provides students with a variety of activities including painting at the easels, puzzles, building with various materials, and small manipulatives to help with hand and eye coordination. During our daily Circle time, we read books, have great discussions to show comprehension, and play various phonetic games. We have daily art projects and learn songs and poems to help us with the letters of the Alphabet, seasons, and Math.
Our afternoons are busy with lessons to reinforce the morning, Art, and activities to help improve our skills.
Dates to keep in mind:
Monday, January 5- Classes resume
Tuesday, Jauary 6- Miss Rebecca from The Phoenixville Library will visit.
Thursday, January 15- No School. Teacher In- Service Day.
Monday, January 19- No School. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Sunday, January 25- Start of Catholic Schools Week.
Friday, January 30- Noon Dismissal.
My Shooting Stars class is a full day program from 8:20 am to 2:50 pm. In the afternoons, we have reinforcement lessons from the morning, crafts, computer, educational games and once a week we will go to the gym for hand and eye coordination games.
For the Shooting Stars, we have Religion, Art, alphabet lessons, Math, Music (with Mrs. Springer and also during our day), Yoga and low impact aerobics, Center time filled with many activities, Snack, and Circle time. Our Circle time involves books, book discussions, phonetics, short games, and songs. In addition to that, the Shooting Stars have Physical Education lessons (with Mrs. Harkins), Spanish (with Sra. Bracha), Library, and Science. Our Science program is quite extensive and provides more than basic concepts. We learn much about plants, the human body, winter-themed concepts such as static electricity, matter, and how to use microscopes.
Parents receive a weekly newsletter as well as a class monthly calendar. Pictures are constantly added to our Snapfish album of classroom activities.