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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!

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January in Pre-KD

Brrrrrr! It’s cold and SNOWY outside - the perfect time to learn about winter! Pre-K is learning all about snow, snowflakes, clouds, ice, temperature, measuring, solids and liquids, and even about the earth’s rotation and tilt! We’re singing snow songs and learning snow poems and games.

Our writing center is now stocked with winter word cards for those who like to copy words to practice writing and letter sounds. In our art center, we’re experimenting with ways to make snowflakes, snowmen, and winter scenes. We’re learning about cool and warm colors, and will explore some new materials and techniques, including oil pastels, crayon resist, and printing. Our Christmas-themed math center activities have given way to winter challenges and games, all designed to build and reinforce skills in number recognition, counting, measuring and comparing, adding and subtracting, and patterning.

Pre-K religion and science lessons this month center around learning about the senses of sight, hearing, touch, and smell. These activities are always a favorite as we explore God’s gifts of seasons and senses! With our winter theme, we’re also focusing on the topics of freezing and melting. We continue our work with letter recognition and sounds, rhyming, and beginning and ending sounds. Our formal introduction to letter formation begins this month, following our curriculum and introducing proper formation for lower case letters.

We’re learning about Martin Luther King, Jr. this month, and about his belief that the content of our character is what’s most important. We’re practicing speaking kindly and directly with a classmate who does something that bothers us, and how to respond kindly as well.

It’s another busy, fun month in Pre-KD, packed with learning and activities, and we'll need to have a party to celebrate all we've learned! Details about our winter party will be shared in your child's folder later this month. Please be sure to send in a blanket each Monday for rest time, and warm mittens and hats for outdoor play. Please remember that boots are not allowed to be worn in school, and to send in shoes for your child to change into if they wear boots to school.

I remain so thankful for your support and generosity - it is such fun to work with your children each day!


December News

December is here, with all of its special songs, crafts, and goodies! What a blessing it is to be part of a school community where we can sing, teach, and learn about Jesus and His birthday. Pre-K started learning Silent Night and Away in a Manger as soon as we got back from Thanksgiving. We are learning the words and melodies, and talking a lot about what the songs mean and about how special it is that Jesus didn’t come as a king in a castle, but as a tiny baby in a manger. We are learning that Jesus’ birth was an amazing way for God to show how much he loves us, and that we can say thank you to God and show that we love him by being kind to others. During Advent, we will be learning more about the holy night when Jesus was born, the visitors who came to see Him, and about Christmas symbols and traditions.

Before the beginning of Advent, the children enjoyed Gingerbread Week. We read different versions of the traditional story and compared and contrasted the details. We enjoyed making gingerbread people and houses, and even got to decorate and eat gingerbread cookies! We made a special Christmas ornament with our third grade buddies, and learned a fun gingerbread man dance.

In math, the children are learning that counting by tens is a quick way to count to 100 and beyond, and are having fun practicing that. We continue to develop word problem skills, and the children enjoy adding and subtracting on our class number line, calendar, and with objects. We complete our letter and sound introduction this month, having learned the letter, sound, and picture association for all 26 letters of the alphabet. Following the Fundations Pre-K curriculum, children will begin learning correct letter formation for lower case letters, and continue developing their awareness of words and sounds. The children practice and strengthen their rhyming skills and isolation of beginning and ending sounds of words every day. They continue to explore concepts of print and develop the fine motor strength needed for writing. Creating tiny books is a very popular activity in our writing center this month!

In science, we are carefully observing pine cones and learning about the life cycle of pine trees. It has been so exciting to discover seeds inside pine cones, and to talk about how seeds get planted and what they need in order to grow. We will also be learning about electricity, batteries, and Christmas lights this month, and continuing to record the changes in weather happening in December.

Merry Christmas, everyone!




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?