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Ms. Sue Power, Preschool

Hello! My name is Sue Power. This is my sixteenth year of being a teacher and my third year at St. John Fisher. I am so excited to be working with your children this year in the part-time preschool program. A few facts about me are: Ever since I can remember, I always wanted to be a teacher. My love for reading extends from getting engrossed in a great book to choosing and reading books to my students. I believe in daily exercise and if my knees would cooperate, I would love to run a marathon, if I could. I also like to incorporate exercise in my classroom with movement, dancing and yoga. I am interested in anything related to science and I love to see my students faces light up when we mix up something as simple as baking soda and vinegar. I live in Evergreen Park and I have four fantastic adult children who thankfully are all doing well and in great careers of their own. I love going to the city and am a big Sox fan. A great evening for me is coming home from school, taking a walk and then sitting down to a great meal or going out to dinner with friends. I am proud to say that I am a product of Catholic school and that tradition remained the same for my own children as well. I really enjoy teaching my preschoolers about all of the wonderful things God has given us. I also enjoy teaching and learning with my students ways we can be more like Jesus in everything we do. I'm looking forward to meeting all of you on August 25, 2016! We are going to have a terrific year!

Part Time Preschool for Week of 3/25-3/29/19

Posted on Mar 31, 2019

Dear Preschool Parents,

     We read a book about spring and I note that it said, spring likes to take it's time and that is so true.  I know we're getting there!

     This week in Preschool we worked on letter Ww.  We played, some fun games to help us learn the sound and the formation.  One game was the watermelon game.  We flipped over the seeds to see if we could find our letter, we also played "What's in my wallet?"

     For Art we made whales and made our "rock'in ducks."  We also finished painting some really big eggs for our windows and hallway.

     This week in Religion we worked on the sense of touch, another wonderful gift from God.  We talked about how it's nice to touch things like puppies but not a porcupine, ouch!  We glued some different textures to our hand prints.

     For Math this week we worked on weight.  We had paper bags filled with different weights and we determined which was the heavier one with a partner.  Then we used our balance scale to measure some school supplies.

     We were able to get outside a few times for some fun exercise and sunshine.  Hope it continues!  Have a great weekend!

Part Time Preschool for Week of 3/18 to 3/22/19

Posted on Mar 24, 2019

Dear Preschool Families,

     Spring is definitely taking its time but we were fortunate enough to get outside to play a few times this last week.

     In addition to fresh air we also learned a new letter this week, letter Vv.  We played "put the "V" or "v" tulip in the correct vase and sorted vegetables from fruits and put them in their correct baskets.  We read some stories about volcano's and vacations and also some Easter books. 

     For Art we made a volcano, flowers in a vase and tissue paper crosses.  

     This week for Religion we added the sense of smell.  I brought in my diffuser or as someone in the class referred to it as a "confuser."  The diffuser had peppermint oil in it and they could smell it as soon as they walked in.  We talked about good smells like apple pie and not so good smells, like a skunk.  PU!  We thanked God for our wonderful sense of smell.

     For Math we worked on non standard measurement with linking cubes.  We made a tower of cubes and measured our feet and other items in the classroom.  Their paper consisted of putting short strips together and long strips together.

     Our Science experiment was a Volcano that erupted with blue food coloring and a lot of baking soda and vinegar.

     Finally, we all visited Mrs. Scannell's classroom to see her chick eggs in their incubator.  We will come back to see them when they hatch which should be this  week.  

     It was a great week in preschool.  Have a great rest of the weekend!

Part Time Preschool for Week of 3/11 to 3/15/19

Posted on Mar 17, 2019

Dear Preschool Families,

     Happy St. Patrick's Day!  We have been celebrating all week in preschool with sorting gold and green coins, trying to catch a leprechaun and Irish music and dancing.  

   We also had plenty of time for our new letter Uu.  We had fun looking "under" our chairs for a shamrock with a "U" or a "u" on it.  We found them and graphed which we had the most of.  We practiced putting things "under" my food umbrella.  We also, with partners, put together a "U" puzzle.  We read fun books about umbrella birds and unicorns as well as many St. Patrick's Day books.

     For Art we made umbrellas which was a two part project.  For the first time I had them use liquid water color with eye droppers.  They blotted it up with a coffee filter and when that was dry I cut raindrops out of them.  On day two they put it all together and it is adorning our hall.  We also made rainbows and they are out there too!

     For a Science experiment this week we again used the eyedroppers.  We dipped them in vinegar and dripped the vinegar over a ball of baking soda.  Inside the baking soda ball was a gold coin that they got to bring home.  Also, on Friday Mrs. Altmann shared with us another great experiment.  On a white plate we arranged Skittles color by color around the inner perimeter of the plate.  I poured a cup of water in the middle and we watched a rainbow appear before our eyes.  Awesome! 

    For Religion we talked about our wonderful sense of sight.  We talked about all of the beautiful things God has made for us to see every day.  

     For Math we worked on number order.  We took turns lining up with a number card in order.  We then did a connect the dot paper to make an umbrella.  

     I set our leprechaun trap before I went home on Thursday and he tricked us again.  He did however, leave us some slime and some other fun tricks and treats.  

     Have a great St. Patrick's Day and I will see everyone tomorrow.

Part Time Preschool for Week of 3/4 to 3/8/19

Posted on Mar 10, 2019

Dear Preschool Parents,

     Wow what a super week in Preschool.  We had so much fun with all of our Dr. Seuss activities.

     We began on Monday with, "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish."  We made fish bowls and glued fish in them.  We matched red and blue fish together for a quick math game. The students had to match the correct number of dots to the number.

     On Tuesday we read, "The Cat in the Hat." We put things in our own Cat in the Hat that began with letter T.  We also stacked small red hats to see how high we could get them without them falling down. We made Cat in the Hat masks too.

     On Wednesday it was "wacky."  We painted using anything but a paintbrush. Some items included spatulas, spoons, cars, Lego's and anything else we could find.  We wore silly clothes that were backwards and mismatched.  We read the story, "Wacky Wednesday," and noticed some wacky things in our classroom too.  There was a new teacher in my chair, wearing my glasses and a crown.  It was our own stuffed big brown dog that we have in our class.

     On Thursday we talked about the Grinch and the students educated me about all the things about the Grinch that I didn't know.  We made some cute Grinch ornaments complete with a heart on the back.  

     We ended the week on Friday with "Green Eggs and Ham."  We had some great munchkin treats, Dr. Seuss stickers and I attempted to make slime which turned out great for the first time.  

     In addition to all of these fun things, on Tuesday afternoon, SOAR students provided us with a dance and movement activity in the Gym which was so fun.  We also received ashes from Father Ken on Ash Wednesday.  We talked about continuing to do the kind acts that they have been doing at home in order to be just like Jesus.  I was so incredibly proud of the kids when Father Ken came to our class.  The kids were so kind and respectful as we called them up to receive their ashes.  Thank you for all you do as parents, that's why they are so good for us in school.

     For Math we worked on time to the hour. We read, "The Grouchy Ladybug," which involves time.  We learned about the "hands" of the clock and that the little hand is the "boss."  We also worked on Letter T this week too.

     I hope everyone has a great rest of the weekend.  Spring is approaching!


Part Time Preschool for Week of 2/25 to 3/1/19

Posted on Mar 03, 2019

Hi Preschool Families,

     Happy March!

     Preschoolers were very busy this week with their March decorations.  We painted and put together leprechauns to go with our Shamrocks and for letter S we made a seahorse with sequins.

     In addition to and with our letter S activities we played two fun learning games.  We pulled letters out of a sand pail and if it was a letter Ss we made a sandcastle.  We also put things in our suitcase that began with the letter S sound.  We completed some fun papers and learned the sound, formation and sign for letter Ss.  We read a lot of books with letter S in the title, one including Eric Carle's,  (my favorite author), "The Very Busy Spider."  In order for us to see how hard it is to walk with 8 legs we, 4 at a time, linked arms and tried to walk in the same direction.  Mrs. Healy and I did it too, it is not so easy to be a spider.

     For Math we made two patterns with our linking cubes.  We made AB patterns and AABB patterns.  We completed a paper where we traced the next pattern.

     This week in Religion we talked about the sense of hearing that God gave to us.  We talked about things we heard on our way to school and when we came to school.  We talked about some fun sounds to hear and some not so fun to hear.  This coming week we will talk about the sense of sight.

     Our Kindness Quilt Wall is so filled up with hearts of kindness.  Thank you for helping your children and recognizing that their little wonderful acts of kindness have huge ripple effects.  

     I attended a wonderful workshop this week on large to small group instruction which was very informative but what I took away from this is how important it is to sit and read more to our kids.  Technology is great but sitting and reading to your child is and always will be number one.  I ordered three books that we read at the workshop and can't wait until they come in the mail so I can read them to your kids.  

     Have a great rest of the weekend!