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Teacher Talk: Second Grade Thanksgiving

November 21, 2017

The second grade students studied the history of Thanksgiving this month, including some role-playing as either a Native American or a Pilgrim. “Pilgrims went on a ship called the Mayflower and they travelled very far to be at their own home,” said one student. Another student countered: “Native Americans are the reason why the Pilgrims survived.” Students made their own costumes out of paper, and constructed some paper turkeys as […] Read more...

Teacher Talk : New Begins/ New Life/Life Cycle

September 19, 2017

We started our kindergarten year off by observing two Monarch caterpillars complete their cycle and emerge into two beautiful butterflies.   We read the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar and many other butterfly books.  We sang and acted out  If I Were a Butterfly  and Butterfly Fly.   Each morning the children arrived anxious to see what changes had happened.   The children drew in their journals.    We estimated and counted how many […] Read more...

Back to School Carnival

September 11, 2017

On Friday, September 9, 2017 Mater Christi’s PTO held the annual Back to School Carnival.  Despite the rain the event was a huge success and all who attended  had a wonderful time.  New families expressed how exciting it was to meet other families and see the community gather.  Stepping into the gym you could hear the sounds of laughing children, parents chatting, and teachers/faculty volunteering.   Games, face painting, a balloon […] Read more...

Teacher Talk: Combining Art and Language at Mater Christi School

June 13, 2017

When Mrs. Jennifer Coulter set out to plan a research unit with her third graders, it occurred to her that this would be a perfect unit to teach in interdisciplinary fashion. She approached Ms. Hannah Robertson, Mater Christi School’s art teacher, and together they came up with a plan that would incorporate researching the life of an artist and creating a still life painting in the artist’s style. SmugMug Pictures […] Read more...

Teacher Talk: Ocean Life in Pre-Kindergarten

May 9, 2017

Inquiry!  Inquiry!  Inquiry!  Our unit about ocean life comes alive each year because of our commitment to inquiry learning.  Some years we study mostly whales, some years we look more at fish and plants.  It depends on what the children want to know.  This year we seem to have done it all!  Because of questions asked by 4 and 5 year old children everyone in the class has learned that […] Read more...