Mary Fanelli (nicknamed Tee) is new to St. Rose but has 10 years’ experience as a classroom teacher and 14 years as a Pre-school Director.
Tee received her Bachelors in Early Childhood Education and her Master’s degree in Education Administration from Wheelock College in Boston MA. Although most of her experience is with Public schools, Tee is a devout Catholic and is looking forward to working again in a Catholic faith based community.
“I am so happy to have the opportunity to nurture faith and an awareness of God as well as knowledge, imagination and a love of learning in these little ones as they begin their journey into elementary school.”
KINDERGARTEN GENERAL CURRICULUM
Religion: Our religious education program aims to provide experiences which help students learn about their faith. In addition, it is meant to encourage them to live their life through prayer, sharing, and trying to be a good community member. Lessons will focus on God’s love for them, Jesus, relationships, creation, as well as activities based on the seasons of the Church. The class will work from the “Faith First” religion curriculum. In addition, religious activities will be incorporated into our language arts program through book making, story retelling, and writing.
Language Arts/Reading: The goal of our language arts and reading program is to enable each student to have a firm foundation of phonics before they enter the first grade reading program. In addition, we work to individualize the program to each individual student’s ability level. We will be using a variety of strategies that include sight words, poetry, songs, class books, lists, journal writing, penmanship practice, dictation, and story writing. We use the Trophies Kindergarten reading curriculum as a base, as well as draw from several other programs. Students read and write throughout the kindergarten day.
Mathematics: Our general math program is “Harcourt”. In addition, we incorporate many lessons from “Math Their Way” into the curriculum. We use a “hands-on” approach to learning mathematical concepts. For everything we teach, there will be a concrete learning tool for children to manipulate. Students will spend time exploring, sorting, classifying, graphing, measuring, working with numbers, describing and comparing objects, problem-solving, and working with probability and statistics. Many times, they will be asked to record the processes they are using as well as the findings.
Science/Health: We will cover basic topics such as seasons, weather, insects, plants, and our bodies. The students will do in-depth units on ocean life, tropical rain forests, and temperate forests. In the winter, the class will use the FOSS animal science kit.
Art: Art experiences help children discover their own uniqueness. Art motivates children to use their imagination. It is included in all areas of the curriculum.
Music: Mr. Kurt Harbaugh is our music specialist. He will be meeting with the kindergarten class on Tuesday from 9:30-10:00 and Thursday mornings from 10:30-11:00 a.m. Music will also be an important piece of your child’s daily classroom experience.
P.E.: Mrs. Hendrickson is our physical education specialist. Kindergartners will have P.E. on Wednesdays from 12:40-1:10 p.m. and on Fridays from 2:15-2:45 p.m. Tennis shoes with non-marking soles must be worn to P.E. Students can keep a pair in their cubby to change into, or wear tennis shoes on scheduled P.E. days.
Library: Our library time is scheduled for Friday afternoons from 1:00-1:30.
*The following is a list of specific activities and events in regard to the kindergarten program.
VIP of the Week: Each child will have an opportunity to be Kindergarten VIP for a week. The Friday before your child is scheduled to be VIP, you will receive a letter detailing suggested items your child may wish to bring to class. These will include family photos, special baptismal items, a favorite toy, pet, and more. VIP pictures will be displayed on a bulletin board in the hall outside our classroom. Parents are also encouraged to come in for a visit during their child’s week and read a story, share an ethnic food, or a family tradition.
Scientist of the Week: Each week, one student will be selected to be our classroom scientist for the week. The scientist will plan and demonstrate either an experiment or science lesson to the class. A form will be sent home the Friday prior to the scheduled presentation for you to help your child complete. The form will ask you to name the experiment, materials needed, and describe what should happen. We will collect these forms and make a class book of experiments for each child to take home at the end of the school year.
Sharing: Sharing will take place after lunch on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. The students will be randomly assigned a sharing day. Each child is asked to limit their show and tell to one or two items a week. There will be a special box for the students to keep their show and tell items in on their given day.
Water bottles: Students are encouraged to bring a water bottle to school each day. If it is carried inside a backpack, you may want to seal it in a Ziploc baggy to avoid spills.
Snacks: Please sign up to provide snacks for the class during the year. Dry cereal, crackers, fruit, etc. all make good snacks for the students.
Pillow, Blankets: It is okay for the students to bring a blanket and/or pillow to use during quiet time. The students do not usually sleep during the 15 minutes of rest, but do enjoy having something comfortable to rest their heads on. As quiet time turns into silent reading, they will still be allowed to have their pillows and blankets out with them.
Other items from home: Besides their show and tell items and rest time items, toys from home should stay at home. This prevents special things from getting lost or broken at school.