Home Students Classroom Pages Pre-K - Mrs. Duffy

Prekindergarten - Mrs. Duffy

Lisa-2Welcome to Pre-K!

 

I have been teaching for many years, and I love teaching Pre-K! I earned my M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from Lesley University, and have taught in Catholic, private, and public schools. My husband and I have three adult children, and we are a host family for students attending BG!

You can email me This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it !

 

 

The PreK D aide is Chandra Arbuckle. You can reach her This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

November

What a wonderful and busy time we had together in October, and November promises to speed by - it’s a short and busy month for us in Pre-K!

Conferences are November 16th for all grades, including Pre-K. I am still contacting a few families to schedule a conference time, and will then send out a conference date and time confirmation note to all families. Conferences are scheduled 10 minutes apart; it’s amazing how much information we can share in that time, and I look forward to conferences every year!

This month in Religion, we are learning about thanking God for His creation and the many blessings He has given us. From family to friends to St. Chris school, we have so much that we are thankful for. Together, we will make a long list of things our class is thankful for. We will learn about the Pilgrims and how thankful they were to God just like we are, and about the first Thanksgiving. We’ll have fun making our own butter and cornbread in class as Thanksgiving draws near. We’ll be talking about families and the ways in which family members care for each other, and about ways we can care for others, even in Pre-K!

Our science curriculum this month wraps up our study of fall changes. We are becoming such keen observers, and are developing our scientific inquiry skills. Our classroom science center is very popular, as children actively engage in the scientific processes of observing, hypothesizing, testing their hunches, and even recording observations and results. Science is fun! We love math in Pre-K too. We will continue our ongoing study of numbers, counting, patterns, and shapes, focusing this month on solid shapes, their names and attributes, and continuing our work with oral word problems using objects.

Our writing center is another very popular choice during centers. I’ve added picture word cards this month, so that children can copy words they are interested in writing. Writing each other’s (and their own) names is very interesting and exciting, so we have a set of class name cards in our writing center for copying, too. I keep a variety of interesting papers for the children to use in their writing, and a variety of writing tools, as well. We’ll be trying some new techniques in our art center this month, finishing up our introduction of alphabet letter names, sounds, and actions, trying some new games in our ABC and fine motor centers, and rounding out our learning with new songs, rhythms, rhymes, and games.



 

October News

What a busy month September was! Our Pre-K days were packed with fun and learning, and the days and weeks flew by. Our September theme, "God made me special" went hand-in-hand with our focus on getting acquainted with new friends, teachers, and routines in a new school full of big kids! We’ve  had gym, Spanish, music and library classes with our specials teachers, listened to lots of stories, learned new songs and prayers, visited St. Christopher Church every week, started our hot lunch program (we carry our own trays!), explored different art techniques, and played fun games. We have learned that God made each of us in unique and wonderful ways, and that He loves each one of us very much. We've practiced the name and sound associated with both upper and lowercase letters A - H, and we love doing the motions that go with each letter. We are finishing up a unit on Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and have been counting, recognizing and writing numbers, sorting and comparing by different attributes, talking about what happens when another one comes or one or more is missing (beginning addition and subtraction concepts) and doing lots of pouring, measuring, mixing, and comparing with our sand table and balance scales.

Our October theme is FALL! We are learning about farms, apples, trees, and pumpkins, and carefully observing and exploring the changes fall brings. We are excited about our field trip to Parlee Farm - please send in permission forms, vehicle forms and the required $7.00 cash no later than Thursday, October 5th so that we will be able to coordinate with drivers and with the farm. This trip is always a seasonal highlight, and the folks at Parlee are experts at creating educational trips for preschoolers.
During the weeks of October, we will introduce and practice the name and sound of letters I - P. This is a fast-paced Pre-K letter introduction program, and the children are eagerly participating each day. We will be exploring the idea that friends are are gift from God, and learning about God's gift of creation as we study fall and farms. In math, we'll continue to work on counting, sorting, and recognizing numbers, and will be working with word problems to add and subtract up to five objects. We'll be learning the traditional story The Little Red Hen, and exploring its characters, settings, and themes through books, interactive storytelling, songs and dramatizations. We'll even get to join the Kindergarten classes for a visit from firefighters who will show us some of the special equipment they use. We have a very busy month ahead of us in Pre-K!


 

Welcome to PreK!

Hello everyone, and welcome to Pre-K at St. Chris! We have such a wonderful year ahead of us, full of new friends, new learning, and fun times we’ll share together. I can’t wait to meet you!

I want you to know that helping kids at school is one of my very favorite things in the whole world. I also love growing flowers, going to the beach, and sparkly new snow in the winter. What are some of your favorite things? Do you think you could make a picture of something you like and bring it to school with you? You could bring it to Meet the Teacher Day on August 28th, to our Pre-K Orientation on August 31st, or to our Pre-K first day of school on September 5th. I would love to put your picture up in our classroom!

Here are a few pictures of my favorite things. Do you see something I didn’t tell you about yet?

Screen_Shot_2017-07-24_at_10.09.55_AM