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Welcome Letter for Students

posted Sep 2, 2015, 10:11 AM by Alexandra Arcuri   [ updated Sep 2, 2015, 10:30 AM by Ameila Giordano ]


Dear Transitions Class, 


It is almost time to come to Transitions and I am so excited to see you!

We are going to have a great time together. We will sing songs, read stories, create science projects and learn so many wonderful new things. Of course there will be lots of other new friends who will be waiting to play and learn with you, too.

Our classroom is all set up with exciting things to do and see, and I am very ready to get started!   I know that the fun will not begin until you are here, so I will be waiting for you to arrive to begin a super Transition year! 

See you very soon!


Our Last Week of School

posted Jun 12, 2015, 11:56 AM by Alexandra Arcuri   [ updated Jun 12, 2015, 11:56 AM by Ameila Giordano ]

As I sit and write this I can not believe this was the last week of school. I treasured teaching each of your children. I was so blessed this year to become part of St.Leo's school. I feel a have found my home. I can't thank each of you enough for sharing your children with me this year. We learned a lot and had so much fun doing it! Keep using your imagination over the summer, read, use your math skills, have fun with science but most of all have a wonderful, restful and blessed summer. 

For those going to summer camp see you on June 29th for those who aren't going to camp see you in September. Don't forget to stop by and say hi or just to give me a hug! :)

Math, Science and Water Day

posted Jun 7, 2015, 4:16 PM by Alexandra Arcuri   [ updated Jun 8, 2015, 5:09 PM by Ameila Giordano ]

This week in Transitions we worked in groups in math using dominos to create addition problems. In science this week we learned all about different species of birds. Birds that build a nest and how nest can be different for different birds. We also learned about the New Jersey State bird the Goldfinch. We also found out that the Goldfinch loves to sing so we watched and listened to Goldfinches sing their songs. Finally, at the end of the week we had Water Day. Pre-K3, Pre-K4 and Transitions had a lot of fun!  

Math, Science, and the Wizard of Oz!

posted May 31, 2015, 12:16 PM by Alexandra Arcuri   [ updated May 31, 2015, 12:16 PM by Ameila Giordano ]

This week we continue to move forward with cross curricular activities in math and science. We reinforce addition using "insect math". In science we labeled an insect and learned a new word..abdomen. Did your child tell you that their abdomen hurt this week? :)  We also had fun decorating our cookies to look like ladybugs! Next,the students worked hard writing about what they were doing this summer. I had a lot of fun seeing where their feet were taking them. (see attached) We ended our week attending the dress rehearsal for The Wizard of Oz. The students at St.Leos put on a phenomenal show!!,We are proud of all of you!

May Crowning, Math, Science, Memorial Day & Field Day

posted May 25, 2015, 9:13 AM by Alexandra Arcuri   [ updated May 25, 2015, 9:13 AM by Ameila Giordano ]

This was a short week with many exciting events. First, we had May Crowning for Mother Mary in the beginning of the week. We did cross curricular activities with math and science. We began our week learning about insects and then we had fun adding insects in math! We ended our week discussing, thinking and completing a book  of those who sacrificed their lives for us and those who continue to protect us. Finally, we rounded out our week with Field Day Fun!!!!!!!

Math,Sight Words,Reading,Science Fair, and Catching Flies

posted May 17, 2015, 6:16 AM by Alexandra Arcuri   [ updated May 17, 2015, 6:16 AM by Ameila Giordano ]

In Math this week we continued with addition. We reviewed all fifteen of our current sight words by playing games all week. We used magnets to spell them out and we"caught" our words pretending to be frogs. (See attached file) We continue working on reviewing our alphabet letters. O and P were this weeks letters. We discussed Memorial Day, family heroes, and created our Memorial day project for the hallway. The students are starting to read books in class! This is an exciting event for all! Finally, in Science we got to go to the the school wide science fair. We learned about gravity, the future, charging our electronics and clean water! In class for science we pretended to be frogs, colored frogs habitats, we watched a dvd on a frogs life and then celebrated by eating green colored iced pops. 

Field Trip, Math, Sight Words and Tadpoles!

posted May 10, 2015, 6:54 AM by Alexandra Arcuri   [ updated May 10, 2015, 6:54 AM by Ameila Giordano ]

This week in Transitions we had FUN!!! We got acquainted with our tadpoles. Learned about the different stages of life for a frog. Eggs, tadpole, tadpole with legs, froglet, and a frog. Our tadpoles are at the stage with legs. We are checking daily and hoping to see froglets very soon! We learned about a frogs diet. Insects and worms...YUCK!!!! In math we keep working hard with addition, including numbers up to and including fifteen. This coming week we will be playing a lot of sight word games. Using cross curricular activities such as "catch" the sight word flies with a froggy tongue. Finally, this week we got to go to Chef Central for a fun cooking class. What an experience! Please check out the attached file for all the wonderful pictures.  

Flowers, Math and Tadpoles!

posted May 3, 2015, 6:18 AM by Alexandra Arcuri   [ updated May 3, 2015, 6:18 AM by Ameila Giordano ]

This week in Transitions we learned all about parts of a flower. We labeled, painted, cooked, and grew flowers. We continue to work on addition in math. Our new sight words this week were: at, me, up, on, and so. We also tackled our mystery mixed up sentence: Sloths live in trees. Lastly, but most exciting we have two new additions to our classroom. Tadpoles!!! This week in science we will be learning all about frogs! It's going to be a Hoppy week :) 

Math, Sight words, Alphabet review and Science

posted Apr 26, 2015, 11:43 AM by Alexandra Arcuri   [ updated Apr 26, 2015, 11:43 AM by Ameila Giordano ]

This week in Transitions we continued with addition in math. Our new sight words for the week were: was, do, he and it. We reviewed our alphabet letters: F,G, H and I. In Science we learned about Astronauts and ended our 8 week Solar system with a spectacular celebration. We also made Earth day cookies from scratch and of course we ate all of them! This week we will be discussing parts of a plant. 

Reading Buddies,Solar System, Sentences & Shuttles!

posted Apr 19, 2015, 6:13 AM by Alexandra Arcuri   [ updated Apr 19, 2015, 6:13 AM by Ameila Giordano ]

This week we started with our Reading Buddies stopping by to read to us. We love our visits from our older fellow Lions! We started learning sight words this week. We have been seeing it, building it, and writing them! So far we have learned: A, the, go, and, I. We also wrote a sentence this week from "mixed up words." In math we continue to do addition. We have learned the plus sign symbol and the equal sign. We also learned the fancy word for the answer in a addition problem is called a sum. Finally, we are coming to an end to our 8 week unit on the Solar system. We are gearing up for our party on Earth day this Wednesday. We had fun painting our rocket ship and making our own NASA rocket ships that are now being displayed in our room "flying around." 

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