This feature sheds light on the work students and teachers are doing, and it lets the community know what makes each class special.
Here’s more about this week’s featured classroom:
Teacher: Mrs. Megan Johnson
School: St. Mary’s Catholic School
What makes your classroom special? My aide and I agree there are many special things about our class. One special thing that comes to mind is that we started building our relationship last March when the students were in preschool. St. Mary’s School hosts a day called “Shadow a Cyclone.” We invite all potential kindergarten students to come spend the morning with us. They experience a day in the life of a kindergarten student. We feel like this really builds excitement for the upcoming school year. It is nice that we get to meet the students in advance and interact with them in the classroom setting. It really set the tone for this school year! Our next shadow day is March 6, 2018.
In addition to the curriculum, what are some things you teach your students? Our students are really lucky because each day we get to engage in prayer and we attend weekly mass. We also have a portion of our day set aside for religion. We discuss the Gospel message prior to the weekend mass. This gives the students a better understanding at their level. We also practice living out the Gospel in our daily lives.
What special project is your classroom working on now? Our class will be working on their Christmas present for their parents over the next few months. It is a surprise so we don’t want to give away too much information but it does involve a lot of paint and handprints!
How is your classroom involved with the community? We love to get involved and give back to the community. Part of our mission statement is “service to others.” Some of the things the kindergarten students do is collect individually wrapped snack items during Advent. We donate these items to The Johnson Cancer Center through Bucs’ Pride. We also collect various food items for the food pantry and host dollar jean days to support various causes.
How do you hope what your students are learning now will affect their future? One of the most important things we hope our students learn this year is how to be a good friend. A lot of the basics of friendship start in kindergarten. We work on using a kind voice when speaking to others. We try to help our friends instead of “telling” on them. We feel it is really important that the students know how to celebrate the success of others.