St. James Episcopal Day School

Class Pages

Pre-Kindergarten 3

Teachers

Jillian Courville

Jillian Courville

Pre-K 3 Teacher

225-344-0805
jcourville@stjameseds.org

Kimberly Mahony

Kimberly Mahony

Pre-K 3 Teacher

225-344-0805
kmahony@stjameseds.org


Overview

Pre-Kindergarten 3 is a time for students to be introduced to a full-day in the classroom. The students will learn basic language and literacy, math, science/social studies, while also focusing on mastering fine motor skills and social and emotional growth. 


Room Mom & Dad

Courville: TBD
Mahony: TBD


Grade Level Rep

Martha Vasquez


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English and Language Arts:

  • Comprehend or understand and use language
  • Comprehend and use increasingly complex and varied vocabulary
  • Develop an interest in books and their characteristics 
  • Comprehend stories and information from books and other print materials
  • Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print
  • Demonstrate understanding of different units of sound in language (words, syllables, phonemes)
  • Develop familiarity with writing implements, conventions, and emerging skills to communicate through written representations, symbols, and letters

Mathematics:

  • Understand numbers, ways of representing numbers, and relationships between number and quantities
  • Understand basic patterns, concepts, and operations
  • Understand attributes and relative properties of objects as related to size, capacity, and area
  • Understand shapes, their properties, and how many objects are related to one another in space 

Social Science:

  • Develop an awareness of geographic locations, maps, and landforms.
  • Develop an awareness of the importance of rules and responsibilities within their community and the actions/behaviors necessary for effective citizenship
  • Develop the ability to carry out the scientific inquiry process (ask questions, predict, make observations, explain observation, and draw conclusions)
  • Acquire scientific knowledge related to physical science (properties of objects and materials)
  • Describe people, events, and symbols of the past and present

Art:

  • In younger grades, students spend time practicing their fine motor skills in cutting, drawing, and painting with large brushes.  As students grow, they begin fine tuning their work by adding creative details and using more sophisticated tools to express their art.  Over time, students are able to begin focusing on the elements of art and learn specific techniques.
  • The goal of the art program is to instill life-long knowledge, skills, and techniques that can be built upon in developing a true sense of appreciation for art for years to come.

Christian Education:

  • Our Christian Education program meets with all students once per week. During class the children learn about the liturgy, Sacraments, prayer, bible verses, and much more! Our lessons follow the liturgical calendar of the church. Monthly we focus on a different virtue such as thankfulness, truthfulness, kindness, and patience. The Guidance Counselor and I collaborate on these virtues so that the students learn about them from a Christian perspective and a social perspective.
  • Our Christian Education program is designed so that the Pre-K 3 through Kindergarten students receive a basic introduction into the topics covered all the way through 5th Grade but every year we build upon what is previously learned. 
  • Our lessons follow the Liturgical Calendar and include prayers, Parables of Jesus, parts of the Bible/Bible navigation, Miracles of Jesus, and Old Testament study. We also focus on one virtue per month and the School Counselor and I collaborate so that she teaches it from a social perspective and I teach it from a Christian perspective. 

Guidance:

  • The school counseling program cultivates and encourages the academic, personal/social, and career development of each child, as well as supports every students’ unique gifts through classroom guidance lessons, individual counseling, and small group counseling.
  • The Guidance curriculum works in conjunction with the Christian Education curriculum to teach monthly virtues to the students. These virtues are part of the program “Creating Classrooms and Homes of Virtue”. The guidance aspect of these lessons focuses on the social aspect behind each virtue. Some of the virtues that are covered are goodness, tolerance, perseverance, and thankfulness, among many others.
  • In Pre-K 3 through Kindergarten students learn about kindness, acceptance, tolerance, and being proud of who they are. The lessons of self-esteem and self-respect are important to teach at this young age because forging this strong foundation early gives the students more confidence to face challenges that will arise as they move through elementary, middle, high school, and higher education.

Library:

  • The library is a dynamic, exciting place for exploration, reading, thinking, learning, creating, growing, showcasing student work, and coding on the iPad. The library strives to meet and exceed the expectations of the students, parents and faculty by ensuring a balanced, up-to-date collection of print and non-print resources are available for in-school and home use. Our library follows the professional standards of the American Library Association (ALA) for library instruction and collection development.

Music:

  • Music at St. James Episcopal Day School is to provide our students with an opportunity to create and respond to music expressively.  They will experience a variety of musical styles and genres through performance, technology, imitation and movement in the classroom.  Children are taught the basics of music theory along with the works of great composers. It is our hope that they will discover the value and enjoyment of music.
  • Pre-K 3 Students will learn to sing simple songs with basic rhythm in collaboration with Spanish class. The students will learn simple spanish words, like basic numbers and colors, in the form of song. Music and Spanish will be a combined enrichment program.

Physical Education:

  • Physical Education is more than recess and a time to play. It is a time for learning. One of my primary goals as a physical educator at St. James is to teach every child how and why they should keep themselves healthy and fit throughout their lifetime.  Our physical education program provides developmentally appropriate learning experiences that teach children how to be physically active in ways that foster creativity and self-expression, increase physical competence and self-esteem, and promote joy through lifelong physical activity.   
  • Our physical education curriculum includes a balance of body management, locomotor movement, manipulative skills, and rhythms/dance experiences. These units are designed to enhance the cognitive, motor, affective, and physical fitness development of every child in a safe learning environment.  
  • We provide experiences that encourage children to question, integrate, analyze, communicate, and apply cognitive concepts.  
  • Activities are taught throughout the year that allow children the opportunity to work together to improve their emerging social and cooperation skills, thereby fostering an understanding of themselves and the acceptance of others.  
  • On-going fitness assessments are used to help children understand, enjoy, improve, and/or maintain their physical health and well-being.  
  • Class activities designed for maximum student participation, success, and fun.

Spanish:

  • The Spanish program exposes our students to a world language, providing them with basic receptive and expressive language skills needed to communicate in Spanish as well as respect for other cultures. Physical response activities are used for the students to listen to and carry out spoken commands in a safe and fun environment, where the students feel free to take risks and participate.
  • Pre-K 3 students will learn simple spanish words, like basic numbers and colors, in the form of song in collaboration with Music class. Students will learn to sing simple songs with basic rhythm. Music and Spanish will be a combined enrichment program.

STEM:

  • STEM Education at St. James Episcopal Day School is an approach to teaching and learning that integrates the content of skills of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. STEM behaviors include engagement in inquiry, logical reasoning, collaboration, and investigation. St. James students will participate in STEM activities that are inquiry-based, that involve teamwork, and that involve collaboration. 

​Quarter 1

Christian Education:

We have learned about prayer as a way to talk to God and how God made each of us special. We all are given special gifts that God wants us to use throughout our life. We are now focusing on God’s love for us.

Guidance:

In Pre-K 3 the students and I read Rainbow Rob, which tells a story of a penguin who tries to be different colors of the rainbow. He learns that it is best to just be himself, a black and white penguin! The students talked about what makes them special and then colored a picture of Rainbow Rob.

Library:

The first nine weeks in the library was filled with learning and fun. Our Pre-K 3 students learned about the parts of a book including the front cover, back cover, spine, and call number. Ask your child to tell you about the author and illustrator of the book. All of our students were wowed by the wonderful library update! We are so blessed to have such a fresh and renewed facility. If you haven’t stopped by to check out the remodeled library please do so soon!

Please mark your calendars for the book fair November 12-17, 2017. 

Music:

Pre-K 3 was busy during during the first nine weeks of our new school year. We learned to keep the beat of the music with rhythm sticks. We learned that music is made from vibration. We had fun discovering string instruments on an iPad app about the orchestra.

Physical Education:

Pre-K 3 has been busy learning different locomotor skills, such as speed walking, running, galloping, jumping, and hopping. We have been playing games while we move like penquins, elephants, horses, bears, alligators, and monkeys. We have also been exploring going over, under, around and through while moving through obstacle courses. 

Recently we have been experimenting with non-locomotor motions, such as bending, twisting, and stretching while balancing on various body parts. This week we are starting to learn how to underhand toss. By keeping our bodies still, we can move our throwing arm like the pendulum of a grandfather clock. We are practicing our colors by tossing bean bags into matching hula hoop targets. We are also learning how to take turns and share equipment to play games.

Spanish:

Pre-K 3 is learning greetings, numbers, and colors. They enjoyed stories, like “María tenía una Llamita” (Mary had a little Llama), “Los Colores” (The Colors), and “Las Ruedas del Autobus” (The Wheels of the Bus).

STEM:

This first nine weeks has been so much fun in our newly designed STEM lab. The students have really enjoyed coming to the lab each week. They have learned to work together in their engineering groups, while building various structures with our hands-on building materials. It was a very exciting time during carnival week when Mrs. Feduccia inflated the Star Lab inside the STEM lab. 

 

Quarter 2

Christian Education:

The students completed a lesson on Baptism, and we spent time discussing thankfulness and what we are thankful for. The students were introduced to the Liturgical Calendar and learned about the season of Advent and Advent wreaths. We ended the nine weeks with a lesson on the Nativity as we prepare to celebrate Christmas. 

Guidance:

In Pre-K 3 the students have been learning about being thankful for the many things in their lives. They read the story "Bear Says Thanks" and shared what they are thankful for. They shared many things they are thankful for like Jesus, family, friends, and playing with others. It is always fun to hear them share what they love!

Library:

Pre-K 3 had the best time reading the book "Snowballs" by Lois Elhert. Who knew that food and materials, such as popcorn and sticks, can be added to snowmen to feed animals and help create nests in the winter. 

Music:

We are learning lots of things in Pre-K 3 music. We loved singing Halloween and Thanksgiving songs. The children learned about instruments in the string family and listened to each of them play. We also learned that crescendo means music that grows from soft to loud. We had fun growing like a tree to the crescendo in Mr. Wolfgang’s music “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik”.

Physical Education:

Pre-K 3 has been busy exploring how to balance and move their bodies on scooters! We have learned how to sit, kneel, and lie down on the scooter. We have practiced going forward, backwards and around, and around, and around!
We have also been working on tracking and catching objects in their air.  First we tried catching scarves or “leaves”. Next we learned how to use launch boards by stepping on the end so that a bean bag came up in the air! 

Spanish:

Pre-K 3 learned to name some parts of the body in Spanish. They love singing and dancing “Mi Cuerpo hace música” & “¿Donde está?” They are learning some opposites like “rápido/lento” (fast/slow) and “grande/pequeño” (big/small).

STEM:

We have had a great time in STEM this second nine weeks. The Pre-K 3 students have had a wonderful time working in their engineering groups. They have enjoyed learning about force and motion. Mrs. Feduccia introduced them to virtual reality using the Z-space computer. Each of the students were amazed at how real it all looked. We discussed how the Monarch butterfly goes to Mexico every winter. They really thought that they were in a real forest with them. The students enjoyed working with the new construction tool set and the train set. One of their favorite activities was counting Christmas bows and creating shapes with them. 

 

Quarter 3

Christian Education:

The students were introduced to the Liturgical Calendar. We have learned about the season of Epiphany and Lent. Students have learned about Jesus loving the little children and have been introduced to parables. They have heard the story of the Lost Sheep and the Good Samaritan. We wrapped up the nine weeks with a lesson on Zacchaeus. 

Guidance:

In Pre-K 3 the students discussed all of the things that make them unique. We created a difference train to hang on the wall with the topics we discussed. We talked about different hair color, eye color, age, and being a boy or girl. We talked about how being different makes each of us special, and that we can still play with people that are different from us. They did a great job and we had a lot of fun!

Library:

The third nine weeks started off with themes of hibernation. The kids explored the parts of a bear’s day in Old Bear by Kevin Henkes. A Rainbow of my Own by Don Freeman allowed us to explore the different colors of the rainbow and discuss our favorite colors. We celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday by reading My Many Colored Days.

Music:

The children in Pre-K 3 were so excited to sing on the stage for Grandparent’s Day. They have been practicing “ Yankee Doodle Dandy” for a long time. We have also continued to focus on steady beat during our class time. We have been using instruments like hand drums, triangles and rhythm sticks. 

Spanish:

Pre-K 3 had so much fun learning the names of some animals in Spanish. They also learned how to express their likes and dislikes about some food items by saying “me gusta” (I likes) and “no me gusta” (I don’t like).

STEM:

During the third nine weeks, the Pre-K 3 enjoyed creating a chemical reaction. They really enjoyed mixing the baking soda and vinegar. Their favorite part was when they added the food coloring to make it blue. The student’s were introduced to Mr. Bones (our class skeleton) as well. They loved learning about the scientific names of their bones. The bone they enjoyed learning about the most was the Femur, because it is the largest bone.

 

Quarter 4

Christian Education:

The students reviewed the Liturgical Calendar. We continued learning about the season of Lent and then studied the season of Easter. Students have learned about the true meaning of Easter and the events of Holy Week. We have also discussed Resurrection and Jesus as the Lamb of God. Students heard a lesson on the 23rd Psalm and Jesus as our shepherd.  We wrapped up the Nine Weeks with a lesson on the Lord’s Prayer.

Music:

Children in PreK3 have been excited about singing in church for the first time. They worked hard on their song and did a wonderful job when the performed. The children have enjoyed singing folk songs like “I’ve been working on the Railroad” and “She’ll becoming Round the Mountain”.

Physical Education:

In the 4th quarter, the Pre-K 3 and 4 year olds learned about pedestrian and bike safety for our Safety Town event in April.  As pedestrians, they learned basic safety rules, such as crossing the street with someone older, and stopping at the curb that separates a safe area from a dangerous area.
As drivers, on balance bikes, they learned basic road signs, and why it is important to wear a bike helmet.  Practicing their biking techniques on our Balance Bikes was fun but challenging.  It has been a lot of fun to watch as the children gained confidence in their balancing ability each day.  While not ready to be on their own quite yet, they will be soon!

Spanish:

Pre K 3 continued practicing greetings, colors, animals, food, and how to introduce themselves. They had so much fun creating a movie about their likes and dislikes about food. I enjoyed teaching them very much. They are adorable! 

STEM:

During the fourth quarter Mrs. Feduccia's STEM Pre-K 3 classes enjoyed learning about transportation on the Mississippi river. They loved making barges out of tin foil and then placing them in the river Jordan to learn about buoyoncy, weight, and mass.
One of their favorite things this nine weeks was to create and design things using legos. It has been an amazing year watching our precious Pre-K 3 students use their natural curiosity to develop a love for science, technology, engineering, and math.