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All About Me!

Hello! My name is Catherine Monaco. I am the UPK teacher in room 114. I taught Pre-K from 2008 to 2018 at St. Joseph's College. I have teaching certifications in General Education (Birth-2nd Grade, 1st-6th Grade) and Special Education (Birth to 2nd Grade). I also have a Master’s Degree in Literacy and I am currently working towards my teaching certification in TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language).

Last year, I took a year off from teaching to study Greek, volunteer, spend time with my family and substitute teach in Kindergarten to 8th grade. I have four children and only have two left at home. My youngest is 14. I have a dog named Lucy. I love to travel, garden, read, build things, face paint, ski and have fun!
 

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Week of December 2nd 2019

Last week we learned all about Kwanzaa. We use a plastic needle and yarn to string Kwanzaa colored beads in an ABC pattern. We colored a Kinara (candle holder) and the seven candles – three red on the left, three black on the right and one black candle in the middle. We made Unity Cups and described how we decorated them using positional words such as top, middle, bottom, and next to. We made a Kwanzaa placemat (Mkeka) using red and green triangles and rectangles on black paper, and we played Kwanzaa board games. We made lots of holiday feasts in the dramatic play center, and read the Scholastic magazine all about community holiday helpers – mail carriers, snowplow drivers, pilots, town workers and store clerks. We also practiced our songs for the upcoming concert – the children are very excited to perform on the 19th of December!