One of our study questions during the clothing unit was , “What clothes do people wear to work?” This class found out that community helpers wear uniforms , and certain schools require uniforms. We love our St. James uniforms! Several of our parents wear dress clothes to work. We were blessed to have a policeman, salon owner/ stylist, District Executive BSA, nurse practitioner, real estate agent, children’s book marketer, neonatal nurse , and a design consultant visit our class. A special thank you to all of our visitors. The class loved learning about the duties of each special visitor!

As the clothing unit came to a end, I thought of a great celebration to close this unit.

We had a fashion parade! We took a day off from our beautiful school uniforms and we were able to wear any clothing for our special day. The children paraded through all the preschool classrooms and we stopped by the kindergarten class, too! I must say we looked stunning in our cotton, silk, rayon, and polyester clothing! The parade was a blast , but also a learning experience for the children. We practiced following the leader, staying in line, and greeting other teachers and children.

One of our objectives for this unit had each child exploring geometric shapes with straws. We talk about geometric shapes everyday, but this lesson gave your child a hands on experience that will help them remember how shapes are alike and different. Children do not develop their ideas about shapes by sight only, they need to manipulate and compare in a variety of ways.


Math and language go hand in hand in this classroom! One of our lessons this week had my tongue twisted. We learned that tongue twisters are phrases that are hard to say because the words sound the same. The children loved to hear me say , “She sells seashells down by the seashore.” Your child is learning the sound of letter “S” when they listen to me use the letter “S” several times. This lesson helped your child with phonological awareness. Phonological awareness is an important skill in learning to read. Your child is becoming aware of letter sounds as I read and sing. Stay tuned as next week we will be moving on to our building unit.

Susannah Joyce

We wrapped up the end of the year with a special visitor. Everyone was surprised and amazed when  Santa Claus walked into our room! He must have found out that we were learning about clothing. The children were thrilled to see his forest green vest and shiny gold buttons. His bright red suit was trimmed in shimmering gold and fluffy white wool. He was a sight to behold!


As the end of the year came to a close we celebrated the birth of Jesus at our Christmas Party. The children were able to wear their favorite p.j.’s for our party. Wearing our p.j’s was fun and we were able to discuss the different types of fabric and colors in the material. We also learned that we wear different types of clothing for different seasons , changing weather or special occasions.

We discussed that some of our clothes are sewn together with pieces of fabric. I used lacing boards to demonstrate how to sew. This activity gave each child the opportunity to strengthen the small muscles in their hands. Building the small muscles in the children’s hands will aid with pre-writing skills.


Our dramatic play area was full of action. I read one of the books from our unit, The Girl Who Wore Too Much.  The class loved this story and after I read it we acted out the story. This story is a Thailand folktale about a little girl named Aree whose parents give her all the clothes and jewelry she wants. Aree learns of a dance and she tries to wear all her beautiful clothes and jewelry to a the dance. She learned that she can’t wear all her clothes because they are very heavy and she can’t move. Aree learned that she does not need all of her clothes to make her happy. The lesson of this story is to be happy with less.   

We love to have special visitors come into the classroom. One of great things about St. James is the amazing talents of our faculty. Mrs. Sarah teaches a class in our building and she volunteered her time and talents to show the class how to crochet and knit. Not all of our clothing items are sewn. The children were thrilled to watch Mrs. Sarah and learn that some sweaters, scarves, or blankets are made by crocheting or knitting yarn.  We watched Mrs. Sarah as she used one hook for crocheting and two needles for knitting. A special thank you to Mrs. Sarah!


Letters are everywhere and we have been working hard on recognizing and learning to spell our names. I took letters and placed in envelopes and the children  worked on putting the letters in the proper order to spell their name. It is a joy to watch the class as they learn and grow!  We will be moving on to discuss the special uniforms that people wear to work.


Katelyn Gunter

We finished our tree unit with a special visitor and a special nature walk into the woods around our campus. Mr. Clint Harris is the Southern Arkansas Project Manager for the Nature Conservancy’s Arkansas office. Mr. Harris showed our children the different types of trees that are native to our area. Our woods are full of pine, oak and cedar trees. The class learned about evergreen trees and deciduous trees. We discussed the wildlife in our area and we learned that the woods are home to several animals. We found a bird’s nest and we noticed that a deer had rubbed a small tree with his antlers. We were thrilled to follow our woodland path as we explored the natural beauty that surrounds our campus. A special thank  you to Mr. Clint Harris and Emily Harris for taking time out of their day to educate our children.


After our tree unit it was time to move on to our clothing unit. The past couple of weeks we discussed what we know about our clothing and the features of our clothing. I used the children’s raincoats to discuss the different types of materials used to make clothes and how different materials can protect us from the weather. We used snaps and zippers to keep our raincoats together. This fun activity was also a great fine motor workout! Everyone had a blast putting on their raincoats and telling each other about the color and features of their raincoats.  


After we looked at our raincoats, I had the children take out their winter jackets and we talked about small, medium, and large sizes. Everyone looked for the size in their jacket. We searched for the letters S, M, or L.  I used my sweater to show the children a large item and we compared my large sweater to their small jackets.

Each investigation has a set of books that I read each day.  One of our books for this study is Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The story of Goldilocks helped us learn about size. It is important for each child to learn to recognize objects by size. Ordering by size also prepares children for more complex math and problem solving.

Our P.E. class this week had us jumping for joy! The children had to jump with feet together and land on a colored circle.  After each child completed their task , they galloped around the orange cones and resumed their place in line. During our next P.E. lesson the children used scooters to strengthen their core muscles. The class had to use their gross motor skills to move forward , backward and spin around. Our P.E. class helps with several skills. The class has to listen to instructions, wait in line for a turn and learn to work as a group.


Katelyn Gunter

Fall is a exciting time of year! The leaves are changing and we are growing. Halloween and trips to Egypt are just a few of our recent adventures. This month was full of fun!! We ended October with our Halloween Party. Our parents helped paint pumpkins, and celebrate the season. This party helped our class with their hand and eye coordination as we bowled with a pumpkin.  One of the highlights of our party was getting all wrapped up like a mummy. The food was great and the children enjoyed dressing up and seeing each other in their costumes. As we wrapped up our party , it was time to take off to Egypt.


One of the great things about St. James is watching the older children learn about other countries. We were invited to tour ancient Egypt last week to watch the sixth grade class as they described what life was like in another time and country. We learned that ancient Egyptians used symbols as a form of communication. The children were amazed with the beautiful clothing and the knowledge of the older students. We went back to our class and used shaving cream as our form of communication.  One of the joys of teaching is watching my students learn to write letters. Our fingers were our writing tools and the children drew straight line letters, shapes , and people. This activity was a fine motor workout and a sensory delight!


Early math skills are important to each child. We discussed patterns and we used our shirt color to reinforce our skills. I picked a child to get up in front of the class and make a pattern with shirt colors. Red and blue shirts were involved in our AB pattern activity.The children came up one by one as their friend called their name. Each child is having to think about the color that will come next as they make their pattern.

We worked on patterns with leaf color and colored people manipulatives. Seeing a pattern and extending a pattern helps promote observation skills.


We are getting ready for our fall program and Thanksgiving. This class is soaring into autumn!

Katelyn Gunter

We are branching out in all directions with our tree unit. The children loved our investigation on, “Who lives in trees?” I think our favorite creature that lives in a tree was a squirrel. One of our math activities had us scampering like squirrels for nuts. I love to use nature items for our math projects. We gathered acorns and counted them. I put out number cards and the children had to place the correct amount of acorns on the number card. Children learn to count more accurately if they can touch and move objects as they count. We are working on connecting numerals to quantities, and having fun while leaning!


Expressive language is flowing in this room. Our unit had us moving to the beat with, I’m a Sturdy Oak Tree, which was the title of a movement activity that had our class hooting like a owl, flying like a bird, slithering like a snake, and buzzing like a bee.

This class used their imaginations by pretending to be creatures that live in trees. This lesson helps your child learn about the characteristics of living things.

Everyday we learn about letters and numbers. Children love to learn when we have hands on activities. During the tree unit we collected sticks from trees on our playground.  We used the sticks to form letters. Our Handwriting Without Tears curriculum begins letter recognition with the straight line family - E, F, H, I , L , T; these letters are easy to form with sticks and we had a blast making them! The curriculum begins letter writing with the straight line family because it requires the fewest amount of strokes and these letters are easiest to write.


One of our highlights was going to the Williams Memorial United Methodist Church pumpkin patch. It was very exciting to see all of the pumpkins! We learned that not all pumpkins are orange, as we walked through the pumpkin patch the children noticed yellow, grey and white pumpkins. The boys and girls enjoyed a story as they ate their pumpkin muffin. The field trip was a hoot!


Each year St. James picks a community service project. This year we picked Harvest Regional Food Bank of Texarkana.  Our community service project was a big hit! Harvest Texarkana came to our school and picked up our donations of food for our community.  We love to help others and give something back to our community.


Check back with us in a couple of weeks to find out what this class is investigating!

Katelyn Gunter