Discovering personal greatness in pre-school through grade 8 students - Burlington, Vermont

Teacher Talk

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...

Teacher Talk: The Last Supper – Holy Thursday

April 18, 2017

Pre-Kindergarten children gathered together to celebrate the Last Supper with each other on Holy Thursday.  We had been talking about the 12 special friends of Jesus, The Disciples, for a few weeks.  They knew Matthew was a thief before he met Jesus and they knew Andrew and Peter were fishermen.  They knew some of these men helped pass out the loaves and fish when Jesus multiplied them to feed the […] Read more...