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The Rosary in Kindergarten PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mrs. Kelli Jewell   
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 18:49

Traditionally, the month of October is "rosary month" in the Catholic church when the faithful are encouraged to pray the rosary.

The rosary is  a special way of praying.  As we recite the prayers of the rosary, we think about certain stories in the lives of Jesus and Mary.  These stories are called "mysteries".  We use rosary beads to help us keep count of the prayers and the mysteries.

I will be introducing the kindergartners to our class set of rosaries this week.  It's  important to note that rosaries are sacred whether they are blessed or not and are used to say a special prayer.  I will teach the students how to hold the rosary and use the beads to keep track of the Hail Mary's we pray.  This will not be a concept that is easy for them to retain.  So, I encourage you to pray the rosary or even just a decade with your child once or twice a week.  This will also be great practice for counting 1-10 and using one to one correspondence with the beads and the prayers!

And that is a perfect example of infusing our Catholic faith with academics!

Prayer for Catholic Schools PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mrs. Kelli Jewell   
Thursday, 26 July 2012 00:00

Dear Lord,

Bless those who work and learn in our Catholic schools.

Give our teachers the grace every day to be models of you to all they meet.

Give our students the desire to learn their lessons, and also to grow closer to you through our Mother and our older siblings, the Saints.

Give our administrators the guidance they need, to balance the needs of the school with a life modeled on you and your compassion.

Give our school parents the understanding, to make the most of school based on you for the academic and spiritual lives of their children.


Why Can't I Skip My 20 Minutes of Reading Tonight? Let's Figure it out mathematically! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mrs. Kelli Jewell   
Thursday, 26 July 2012 00:00

Student A reads 20 minutes/five nights/every week.

Student B reads only 4 minutes a night (or not al all).

Step 1:  Multiply minutes per night 5 times each week.

Student A reads 20 X 5 = 100 minutes.

Student B reads 4 X 5=20 minutes.

Step 2:  Multiply minutes per week times 4 weeks per month.

Student A reads 400 minutes/month.

Student B reads 80 minutes/month.

Step 3:  Multiply minutes per month times 9 school months/year.

Student A reads 3600 minutes/school year.

Student B reads 720 minutes/school year.


Student A practices reading the equivalent of 10 whole school days each year.

Student B gets the equivalent of only 2 school days of reading practice.


By the end of  sixth grade, if Student A and Student B maintain these same reading habits:

Student A will have read the equivalent of 60 whole school days.

Student B will have read the equivalent of only 12 school days.


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