Two Reminders for Monday 11/20

Two exciting events happening on Monday, November 20

STONE SOUP DAY!   Please refer to the gold note that was sent home this past week for the exact details and vegetable options your kinder can bring to make our soup be tasty.  This will be a fun (and tasty) activity to do with our friends during this Thanksgiving season.

I AM THANKFUL FOR…..SHOW AND TELL  Bring in one item that your kinder is thankful for.  Be sure to review with your kinder the reason why they are thankful for that particular item.  They will be telling their friends.

If you have any questions, please contact me at kbohl@hpseagle.net

 

ROLL OUT THE WELCOME MAT!!

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OH ME!  OH MY!  We have begun our 3rd round of our Kool Kinder activities.  The kinders and Snuggles are super excited because Snuggles is inviting himself to be a guest at your house.  Yippee!

We are again randomly drawing out a name to see who will be the next Kool Kinder.  When chosen, that kinder will be bringing home an extra backpack which belongs to Snuggles.  Inside you will find….Snuggles, his blanket, his PJ’s, his favorite book, crayons, a pencil and the sleep over journal.  Have fun including your extra guest in your nightly activities.  Before bedtime, encourage and assist your child in drawing a picture and writing a sentence about that picture inside the sleep over journal.  (They will be explaining this entry to the class on the following day.)

 Fill out the check list paper and return Sunggles and ALL of his belongings on the next school day.

 

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—Nov. 13-17

A busy week of learning…..

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  The kinders really put their writing skills to the test this week.  We finished our unit of ‘Writing like Scientists’ by looking closely at Indian corn and a pumpkin, drawing and labeling exactly what we saw and finally writing sentences using popcorn words to describe what we saw. The kinders will be bringing home their writings on Tuesday. Just in time for them to read their writings to family members.

SPLIT LIT:  The kinders continued to practice what it looks like to work independently in small groups while other kinders work with a teacher. They did a fabulous job working quietly, asking a friend for help and staying in their spot. Today we played two fun games….GOBBLE, GOBBLE (identifying letters and sounds) and SPIN THE SOUND (identifying beginning sounds in words).

             

SOCIAL STUDIES:  We created a venn diagram of what it was like for Pilgrim children back then  (cooked food over a fireplace, didn’t go to school, etc) and children now (buy food at a store, boys AND girls go to school, ride in cars,etc).  We found out that we both love and live in America, have chores and are thankful for many things. We also continued our learning about wants and needs. 

MATH: We used the canoes and Native American braves, along with fish crackers to help tell addition and subtraction stories.  Example: The brave caught 3 fish, then he caught 1 more.  How many fish did he catch?  OR  5 fish were caught.  2 fish were eaten for supper.  How many fish were left for breakfast? Of course, when we were done we HAD to eat the fish we caught.  Yum!!:) We worked on identifying shapes, especially hexagons, compared and wrote numbers 1-10 and practiced telling addition and subtraction math stories. We will continue to work on these skills this week in preparation for our unit #2 just after Thanksgiving break.  To help prepare your kinder for this test, please be sure to help them complete this past week’s math homework as well as the homework that will be coming home on Tuesday. We have found that adding or taking away 1 is a bit tricky so any extra practice you can do over the Thanksgiving break will be helpful to your kinder. Thank you for your support.

READER’S WORKSHOP:  The kinders started to learn how to read words three different ways….reading some words fast and by looking at the picture. 

    

Using our SUPER POWERS (reading strategies) of Eagle Eye and Lips the Fish helps us figure out words.  Lips the Fish reminds us to get our lips ready to read and Eagle Eye reminds us to look closely at words and pictures.

  

Our read to self reading time is increasing!  We have built our reading stamina to 8-10 minutes.  WhooHoo!! 🙂

HANDWRITING:  C,O,Q,G, are called Magic C letters because letter C is hiding in each letter.  The kinders are becoming quite good at writing their capital letters! Thanks so much for the continual practice at home!       

MYSTERY GUEST READER:  Dominic was full of smiles when he saw his mom and little brother walk into our room.  We enjoyed hearing Pete the Cat The very first Thanksgiving.  She also surprised us with a fun Thanksgiving treat of popcorn turkeys.  Thank you so much for taking a break out of your day to stop by. 

   

NOTES TO MOM AND DAD

*POPCORN WORDS:                  FOR     OR                                         The kinders are doing so good at finding these words in our daily message and inside their books when reading to self.  They are excited when they notice them! Please begin using the popcorn flash cards sent home last week, if you are not already doing so.  

*BACKPACK SNACK:  Thank you for sending two quick, healthy snacks each day!  It helps your kinder be refueled for more learning!

*KOOL KINDERS: We had 4 kinders bring show and tell items this week.

 Jayce brought his favorite hat and blanket.

 Scarlett brought her blanket and Paddington Bear.

 Peyton brought a rubik cube.

 Jordan brought a Michigan football.

*BLUE FOLDERS:  Please check your kinder’s blue folder each night for notes, work, homework.  

*WARM OUTSIDE CLOTHES:  Please continue to send a warm coat for your kinder to wear while playing outside.  The weather is changing and we want our kinders to stay warm and healthy this year.

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday Nov 20—GYM;  Stone Soup Day… Drained, chopped vegetables are due.  See note that was sent home this week;  I am Thankful for…show and tell due

*Tuesday Nov 21–MUSIC; Thanksgiving Centers

*Wed, Nov 22, Thurs. Nov. 23, Fri. Nov 24—NO SCHOOL  Thanksgiving Break  Enjoy the time with family.

*Friday, Dec. 1—Fast Friday Dismissal at 12:15pm; Book orders (coming home Monday) due (online & paper forms) 

*Dec 4-7—HOLIDAY GIFT SHOP: We are scheduled to shop on Monday, Dec. 4 More details soon

*Thursday, Dec 14–CHRISTMAS MUSIC PROGRAM  Georgetown Holiday Music Program  6:30pm

*Thursday, December 21–Christmas Party  It will be held from 2:00-3:00pm.  Planning will begin soon. Thank you for being part of our second class party.

*Monday, December 25 – Friday, January 5:  NO SCHOOL, Holiday Break.  School resumes on Monday, January 8!

~~~Have a great weekend!  We only have school on Monday and Tuesday next week.  Mrs. Bohl

 

Another Outstanding Kinder Award

When we make green (good) choices and they are noticed, Mrs. Reagan hands out OUTSTANDING awards to classes in school.  We have quite a few on the wall outside our classroom door.  Way to go!

This week she gave an OUTSTANDING award to one particular kinder……KATELYNN…..for making awesome green choices that show she is “IS NICE, WORKS HARD AND IS READY TO LEARN”.  Congratulations, Katelynn!  

Mrs. Reagan will be passing out more individual OUTSTANDING awards throughout the school year.  Remember….your choices matter!  🙂

 

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—Nov. 6-10

Look what we did this week in school.  We were busy!!!!

VETERANS DAY:  Tomorrow is Veterans Day.  We learned who is a veteran…..someone who served in the military.   We read a newspaper and a sweet book entitled Hero Dad to help us learn more about what they did for us.  Thank you, veterans, for your service!

FUN CENTERS:  Thank you so much to the fabulous parents of Lucas, Caleb, Parker and Izabel for volunteering this week. The kinders practiced identifying their shapes by making a turkey using pattern blocks. Fun, fun!  They sorted, counted and wrote the number of colored fall leaves in their leaf pile.  They made a soldier in honor of Veterans Day. They played “FALL”, a game that practiced letters and sounds.

          

MATH: The kinders practiced writing 8,9,10 tricky numbers for most kinders. They identified triangles and other shapes and then explained their characteristics. They also worked to build numbers 1-10 and to see how the 5 groups are needed to make numbers 6-10.

During Friday math games the kinders identified numbers 1-6 by playing ROLL AND COVER…PILGRIM STYLE; practiced writing numbers 1-20 using playdough; and explored with unifix cubes.

    

WRITER’S WORKSHOP: We looked closely at two fall objects….gourds and acorns. We drew exacting what we saw and then stretched out the words by writing sounds we heard in own booklets. We practiced writing simple sentences using popcorn words when writing about our object.  For example: This is a gourd. I see green and orange.  It is bumpy. This was challenging for the kinders but I am proud of their efforts and hard work.  We can be scientists and draw and what we see!  Hooray!

READER’S WORKSHOP:  We looked closely at settings this week (using Pete the Cat books), learning that a setting tells us it is where the story takes place.  Settings can be different in books and settings can change within a story.

   

SOCIAL STUDIES:  We read Berenstain’s Bears get the Gimmies to help us learn the difference between wants and needs.  Wants are things that we wish we had.(doll, baseball, Xbox games, ipad)  Needs are things that we need to have.(food, water, clothes, shelter) Then we sorted pictures of wants and needs.  We began our discussion on who the Pilgrims were and their journey on the Mayflower. We worked together and “shared the marker” to write why the Pilgrims left England, who was on the Mayflower and where they landed.

 

We looked at the parts of the Mayflower ship, stretched out the sounds in the words and wrote them on our paper.

 

We finished the week by thinking of things that we would need if we packed our bags and went on the Mayflower.  This lead to a deeper discussion about wants vs needs.  The kinders “packed their own trunks” with items they would take along if they were on the Mayflower by creating a list and drawing pictures to match.

SPLIT LIT:   This week we have done a great job of starting our new Split Lit. center activities.  After getting a chance to assess and re-assess the kinders, I was able to create a group of activities that enables them to work on the skills they need to practice the most.  The kinders spend this time with working in small groups either with Mrs. Hatfield( our para pro) or myself or working independently on literacy activities such as recognizing popcorn words and writing them and beginning sounds while practicing forming the capital letters. Friday the kinders played two literacy games….GOBBLE, GOBBLE (identifying letters) and SPIN A PICTURE (practicing writing letters and beginning sounds).A good start to learning!

      

POPCORN WORDS:               AM          ARE           LITTLE                                                                     Our list of popcorn words is growing.   It is amazing how the kinders are seeing these words in books, messages and papers.   

Today you will find a list of all of the popcorn words from September through November inside the folders.

MYSTERY GUEST READER:  It was so sweet to see Jaxon jump into his dad’s arms to greet him. He read us two books.  Hooray for Fly Guy and Green Eggs and Ham.  Thank you so much for coming in!  We love our guest readers

  

NOTES TO MOM AND DAD

*KOOL KINDERS:  5 kinders had the chance to share their favorite item.

  Jaxon brought his football player.

  Hunter brought a few of whales and sharks from his collection.

  Lucas brought his hockey helmet.

  Bentley brought Penguin submarine (from Batman).

  Kateylnn brought a rose from Beauty and the Beast.

*WARM COATS:  Please remember to send a warm coat for your kinder to wear when we play outside.  The weather is turning cooler and it is more fun to be warm when it is recess. Looking ahead….If your child has outgrown their winter boots, PLEASE CONSIDER PURCHASING BOOTS THAT FASTEN WITH VELCRO CLOSINGS!!!  LACES TAKE TIME AND ARE DIFFICULT TO TIE/UNTIE WHEN WET.  Thank you!

*BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION   Happy Birthday to Jaxon.  He turned 6 on Nov. 9  Thank you for the treat bags.

*BACKPACK SNACKS:  Don’t forget to place two quick, healthy snack inside your kinders backpack.

*PE CARES FOOD DRIVE: ends on Nov. 16  Your donations of canned or non-perishable food items can be brought into school anytime.   Thank you for your donations and thinking of those in need this season.  We have brought a lot of food so far. Thank you!  Thank you!

    

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Nov. 13–STEAM 

*Tuesday, Nov. 14–GYM

*Wednesday, Nov. 15–MUSIC;  Library  Please remember to return your kinder’s book;  Literacy and Math Homework due;

*Thursday, Nov. 16--ART;  Last day to bring in PE CARES food donations.

*Friday, Nov. 17–STEAM;  

*Monday, Nov 20–Stone Soup Day!  Drained, chopped vegetables are due.  See note that will be sent home on Wednesday.

*November 22-24—NO SCHOOL…Thanksgiving Break

*Dec 4-7—HOLIDAY GIFT SHOPDetails coming soon on our shopping day!

*Thursday, Dec 14–CHRISTMAS MUSIC PROGRAM  Save the date—-Georgetown Holiday Music Program  More information to come!

~~~Have a great weekend!  Mrs. Bohl

 

Thank you for coming!

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THANK YOU SO MUCH for taking the time to attend your kinder’s conference this week.  I loved meeting with all of you and sharing the great progress your kinder is making in kindergarten.  They are working very hard each day at school.  I am so proud of their efforts!

I truly love spending my day with your kinder.  They are precious! 🙂   If you have any questions or concerns please be sure to contact me at kbohl@hpseagles.net.

10 stars = Another Reward!

CONGRATULATIONS TO MY AWESOME KINDERS!!!

They earned 10 stars for making green choices.  

We celebrated by having 2 choice times…..one before music class and one after music class.  There was a surprise gasp from some of the kinders when they found out that they didn’t need to pick up the zoo made from blocks and animals and the lego creations…..they could stay on the floor for later.  The kinders enjoyed legos, art spot, blocks, Mayflower play set and Fiddlesticks (a favorite literacy game). What a fun change in routine.  

     

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—Oct. 30-Nov. 3

It is hard to believe that it is November and we are looking forward to Thanksgiving.  Have fun decorating the turkey tail feather.  It will be nice to see how creative ya’ll are. Our turkey needs beautiful tails so that he will not be chosen to be on your Thanksgiving table. 🙂 You can return the turkey tail next week. Thanks so much! 🙂  

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MATH:  Telling math stories and figuring out the answers to the math stories occurs daily. For example:  4 friends are having blue hot lunch, 3 friends are having white hot lunch.  How many friends are eating hot lunch today?  Counting to 100 also happens daily by watching Let’s Get Fit, Count to 100 by Jack Hartman or Counting Super Hero by Harry Kindergarten to name a few.  The kinders are doing an amazing job identifying 5 frames and counting the extra ones to figure out the number; for example: 5+3=8. We are still working on writing and counting the numbers 6 through 10. Keep practicing number sense skills with your kinder by asking them to count groups of objects around them (plates at the table, cars on the road, etc.)

POPCORN WORDS:         IN    ALL                                                                       We are working hard to stretch out the words and hear the beginning, middle and ending sounds in our weekly popcorn words.  We had fun putting different magnetic letters at the beginning of IN to make new words like….FIN, WIN, BIN, CHIN. We also made new words with ALL like….BALL, HALL, FALL, TALL, SMALL.  We wrote these words inside our “interactive journals”.  These journals will be used periodically throughout the school for literacy, math, social studies, science activities.

READER’S WORKSHOP:  We started a new unit, Digging Deeper, that will teach us about characters, settings and how to use our “super powers” (reading strategies) when reading books. This week focused on characters….learning that characters can be a person, animal or thing; characters can talk and a character is who the story is about.  

We read many Froggy books to emphasize these points. We also learned how to think of words that describe (or tell) about a character. We practiced thinking of words to describe ourselves before we described Froggy.  We said “Froggy” is green, is silly, has web feet, eats flies and has short legs.  

Then we compared 2 characters (Froggy and Frogalina) using more descriptive words.  

We are working very hard to remember to place our reading finger under each word as we read.   Reading to self gives us time to practice using these strategies.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  We began a new unit entitled “Writing as Scientists”, looking deeper to label and draw objects with a scientific eye.  We worked together to put sticky notes on a scientist poster about what a scientist does and what they might use. We are referring back to this as we write like a scientist.

We looked closely at a banana, 2 different kinds of candy corn, a leaf and our own shoes with our own magnifying glass. Then we sketched out what we observed, added labels and wrote a sentence that told about our objects. We like being scientists!

    

HANDWRITING:  We continue learning how to properly write the STARTING CORNER letters V,W,X. Keep practicing at home! 🙂

BALDWIN 8TH GRADE VISITORS:  Each Thursday morning the kinders are excited to welcome the 8th graders.  This week half of the kinders spent time playing PUMPKIN SOUND BINGO (to practice letter sounds) and PUMPKIN FLIP (graphing) with the 8th grade boys.  The other kinders read a newspaper to learn how we use our 5 senses to observe leaves and played a number matching game about leaves with Mrs. Bohl.  Next week the kinders will switch activities.

  

NOTES TO  MOM AND DAD 

*PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES:  I am looking forward to sharing your kinder’s progress with you.  Please come with any questions and arrive on time to my classroom. I ask that if your kinder does attend that they wait in the hallway while we have our conference in the classroom. Thank you! 🙂  See you on Monday and Wednesday nights.

*KOOL KINDERS: We saw and heard about 4 different show & tell items this week.  We do not have a Kool Kinder on Fast Fridays.

  Izabel brought her puppy who makes different sounds when you squeeze his paws.

  Parker brought his big brother’s football because he likes to play football.

  Livia brought her stuffed hyena, a character from the Lion King.

  Blake brought his lovey, White Bear.

*OUTSIDE CLOTHES: When cooler weather is predicted, please dress your kinder in warm outside clothes…warm coat, hat/headband, mittens/gloves.  We go outside to play for lunch recess and at the end of the day.  Looking ahead….If your kinder has outgrown their winter boots, PLEASE CONSIDER PURCHASING BOOTS THAT FASTEN WITH VELCRO CLOSINGS!!!  LACES TAKE TIME AND ARE DIFFICULT TO TIE/UNTIE WHEN WET.  Thank you!

*PE CARES FOOD DRIVE: Nov.1 until Nov. 16.  Your donations of canned or non-perishable food items can be brought into school anytime.  The kinders will be bringing them to gym class to add the our school collection. Thank you for your donations and thinking of those in need this season.  

UPCOMING DATES

Return decorated turkey tails by the end of this week.

*Monday, Nov.  6ARTPreview books at the Book Fair; Parent Teacher Conferences 

*Tuesday, Nov. 7STEAM; NO Library  Enjoy your kinder’s book for another week.

*Wednesday, Nov. 8–GYM;  Literacy and Math Homework due;  Book Fair: Please send your kinder’s money in an envelope labeled with YOUR KINDER’S NAME and BOOK FAIR if you wish them to purchase books.. The book fair will also be open during conference times. This is optional.  The proceeds go towards purchasing books for use in school. Thank you!; Parent Teacher Conferences

*Thursday, Nov. 9MUSIC; Celebrating Jaxon’s birthday

*Friday, Nov. 10ART;  Friday Centers…volunteers arrive @ 1:40 for directions

*Monday, Nov. 20–Stone Soup Day! (note change of date) More details soon

*November 22-24—NO SCHOOL…Thanksgiving Break

*Thursday, Dec. 14–CHRISTMAS MUSIC PROGRAM  Save the date—-More information to come!

~~~Have a great weekend!  Don’t forget to “Fall Back” and turn your clock backwards an hour Saturday night.  Mrs. Bohl

OUTSTANDING KINDER HONORED

 

When we make green (good) choices and they are noticed, Mrs. Reagan hands out OUTSTANDING awards to classes in school.  We have quite a few on the wall outside our classroom door.  Way to go!

This week she gave an OUTSTANDING award to one particular kinder……BENTLEY…..for making awesome green choices that show he is “IS NICE, WORKS HARD AND IS READY TO LEARN”.  Congratulations, Bentley!  

Mrs. Reagan will be passing out more individual OUTSTANDING awards throughout the school year.  Remember….your choices matter!  🙂

Fun with our Buddies

We gathered with our 5th grade buddies this afternoon.  Together we estimated (guessed) and counted paper clips, mini blocks and circle counters to see how tall a jack-o-lantern and scarecrow were.  Our buddies were a big help to us because we (kinders) are just learning how to do this math skill.  

           

We also had time to read books together.  We had a lot of fun!