WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—Jan 12-19

Hooray for the hard working kinders!! They are working hard to continue to make good choices at school (keeping hands, to self, using kind words, following school rules, etc) while being ready to learn AND to listen when others talk. The kinders are also working hard to put their eyes on the teacher so that all directions/instructions are heard. This is what first graders do and we are practicing to do the same.  Thank you for the continuing to courage your kinder at home!  Their choices make the difference in their learning.  We have 9 blue stars….we only need 1 more for fun reward.  Can we make it to 10 this week?  I think that we can!!!

MATH:  We are getting to the end of our math unit.  This week we worked on identifying teen equations (10+6) and teen totals (16), writing teen numbers, identifying partners of 6,7 & 8 and showing numbers by using 5 groups.  For example: to show 7, we drew 5 circles in a line and then drew 2 more circles in a line underneath.  Telling and solving addition and subtraction problems are also part of our daily routine.  Our Friday math games were TEEN NUMBER MEMORY (matching teen equations to the total); SHAPES ARE FUN (identifying shapes); SNOW FORTS (practicing number partners of 7).  

    

WRITING WORKSHOP:  We are diving deeper into writing Small Moment stories that are true one time, one place stories. At the beginning of the week we worked together to choose a small moment story about celebrating birthdays at school. We practiced telling the story over our fingers, drew detailed pictures and worked on stretching out sounds in the words we wrote. Don’t forget that we also work to include spaces between popcorn words and sentence stoppers (punctuation). Wow!! Next week the kinders will have the opportunity to choose their own small moment to write about.    This is a VERY challenging unit for kinders! I am proud of their perseverance and effort.  We are working to do our best!!

HANDWRITING: We learned how to write lower case letters u,i,e. We are working on writing our “full name” correctly on our papers.  This means ONLY the first letter is capital and the rest of the letters are lower case.  The  kinders are able to write their full name but many of the letters are written incorrectly.  There is a mix of upper and lower case letters within the first and last name.  Please begin practicing this new skill at home.  Thanks! 🙂

FUN CENTERS:  Mason’s mom, Scarlett’s dad, Jaxon’s dad and Peyton’s dad helped the kinders do a science experiment, play math games and make a craft on Friday afternoon.  Fun centers consisted of BLUBBER, BLUBBER  (learning how penguins stay warm in the very cold water); BEARS IN THE CAVE (identifying number partners 5-8); BUILDING MY SNOWMAN (writing names) and RACE TO THE SNOWMAN (identifying – + symbols).  Thank you so much for taking time to join us in learning.  It meant a lot to us.  

    

READER’S WORKSHOP:  This week we got ready to read (revved up) by learning that letters help us read.  By looking at the beginning letter , noticing a ‘switch’ of letters (is it a frog or toad?) and looking all the way through we can figure out words as we read. The kinders are doing an awesome job!  We are increasing our reading time too.  We are averaging 16 minutes a day. Hooray for reading! 

MYSTERY GUEST READER:  Livia was surprised and excited to see her dad come into the room.  He brought along The Tortoise and the Hare.  He chose this book because he likes to play sports with Livia.  Thank you for stopping by.

NOTES FOR MOM AND DAD 

*POPCORN WORDS:        MAKE       SAID                                                                              We found them in our day’s messages and within our popcorn books.  We learned about “bossy e” who quietly tells the hard worker (vowel) to say their letter name (long a) instead of their letter sound (short /a/ sound) in “make”. Flippy the Dolphin (a reading strategy) was spotlighted. We also learned to look for “talking” lines (quotation marks) to let us know that a character is talking.  Identifying “said” helped making this task easier.

*KOOL KINDERS ARE BOOK LOVERS:  We began another new round of being the Kool Kinder.  This time the job of the Kool Kinder is to locate their favorite book from home, decide why they like this book and take it to school to share with their friends.  The book will come back on the same day.

 Maddox brought How do dinosaurs say Merry Christmas.

 Hunter likes I’ll Wait, Mr. Panda because he likes donuts.

  Livia likes the book Mommies because she loves her mom.

  Parker likes to read Attack of the Nindroids because he likes Legos.

*BACKPACK SNACK:  Please remember to send TWO snacks each day with your kinder. They would probably enjoy a snack from home. Thanks so much for making these snacks healthy ones!  

*TAKE HOME BOOKS:  The TAKE HOME books will begin Monday! Thank you in advance for reading this book with your kinder and reminding them to return these books in the baggies each Monday,Tuesday and Thursday.  If you are interested in volunteering, please let me know and I will be happy to add your name to the schedule. 

*WINTER CLOTHES:  Thank you for dressing your child in warm outside winter gear.  Sending an extra pair of mittens or socks inside their backpacks might be helpful.

UPCOMING DATES

*MON. JAN. 22–-ART; reading TAKE  HOME BOOKS; Birthday celebration for Livia (1/21)

*TUES. JAN 23–-STEAM; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS   

*WED. JAN. 24GYM;  HOMEWORK DUE….math and literacy;  LIBRARY Please remember to return your child’s book.

*THURS. JAN. 25–-MUSIC; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS and Reading the Rainbow word lists

*FRI. JAN. 26ART; 

*FRI. FEB. 2—Fast Friday (Early Release)

*MON. FEB. 5 & TUES. FEB 6—Winter Break Day—No School

*TUES. FEB 7—School begins again

*FRI. FEB 9—Day 100 Celebration

*TUES. FEB. 13—Valentine’s Day Party 2:00-3:00pm Planning will begin soon.

~~ So many good things happening at school. We are learning a lot!  Have a great weekend!    Mrs. Bohl

TAKE HOME books came home TODAY!

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Dear Kinder families,

Today your kinder took home their very first TAKE HOME book.  You will find inside their folder a yellowish orange note with more details about this exciting learning adventure.  You will also find inside their folder a big zip-lock bag, labeled with their name, and a purple step by step home directions sheet,  a tan parent comment sheet, a reading strategies bookmark and a book just right for them to read.  Remember that TAKE HOME books are not meant to be challenging for your kinder to read.  They should feel successful to be able to read these books.  (We will save the challenging books for school learning 🙂 Our goal is to read at a B level by February and a D level by the end of the school year.

Please encourage and support your kinder as needed when they read their book to you.  It is good to read the book more than one time and on different occasions.  PLEASE KEEP THIS BOOK HOME UNITL MONDAY, JANUARY 22. Monday will be the first day that your kinder will read their book with a parent volunteer at school. Parent volunteers will read with the kinders on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. DON’T FORGET THAT READING RAINBOW POPCORN WORD LISTS HAPPEN ON THURSDAY TOO!

The kinders were very excited to begin this new adventure.  Happy Reading!!!! 🙂

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Send Reading the Rainbow lists to school

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Don’t forget to send your kinder’s Reading the Rainbow word lists to school tomorrow, January 18. 

Your kinder will be reading the words in random order to the 8th grade students.  A new colored list will come home if they are able to read the words correctly in a snap. 

Thank you for practicing these words with your kinder.

Outstanding Kinder

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!

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

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Today we celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  

We are ALL special and unique.  To help understand this concept better I first showed the kinders two gifts. One was plain and the other was wrapped with colorful paper.  I asked the kinders which gift they would rather receive.  Almost all of the kinders said “The one with the pretty paper.”  We opened the pretty decorated gift and found old rocks inside.  We opened the plain gift and found some mini M&M’s.  We talked about how we quickly judge people by what they look like on the outside….what clothes they wear, what brand of shoes they have, etc.  We learned that Martin Luther King wanted us to look on the inside of a person…how kind they are, how they stand up for others, etc.

We did another experiment.  I showed the kinders a brown egg and a white egg.  After observing what was the same about the eggs…they both rolled, they were big, they were layed by a chicken and they had a shell.  We noticed the difference about each egg was the color.  Then we cracked them open.  We had a difficult time identifying which egg was which by looking at the yolks…they looked the same.     

We are like the eggs.  We may look different on the outside because some of us wear glasses, some of us have brown hair, some of us are tall and some of us have blue eyes BUT we all are the same on the inside. We like to play outside, we like to read books, we like to eat apples, we like to ride the bus and we like to have friends.  

Martin Luther King, Jr. often spoke about wanting people to get along and worked hard to change laws (rules) that were not fair.  In the afternoon we made friendship bracelets, found popcorn words within a simple book about Dr. King and looked at a Let’s Find Out newspaper and talked about his initials  MLK.  

       

I love that we can together celebrate our uniqueness and friendship!  It is so heart warming to see the kinders fill each other’s buckets unselfishly and generously each day.  I really love my kinders and I am so proud of them! 🙂 

A Play Date with Friends

What do you do on a rainy winter day?   

You have a play date with friends!

So…..on Thursday, we invited our friends from Mrs. Baker’s kinder class to join us during Choices.  We had a lot of fun building structures from legos, creating cages and play areas for animals, coloring, going on a hunt around the room for hidden pictures (and writing how many snowballs we counted), playing Candy Land, writing on whiteboards and playing with our mini town playhouse.

               

Thank you for coming and playing with us!

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—Jan 8-12

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 TAKE A PEEK AT WHAT YOUR KINDER DID IN SCHOOL THIS WEEK              

WONDERFUL WINTER:  The snow and rain outside was the perfect backdrop for learning inside.  We read another book by Jan Brett (she wrote The Gingerbread Baby) called The Mitten.  This is a great story about animals climbing into a mitten to stay warm.  We used our retelling skills to sequence the order of animals crawling into the mitten. We also enjoyed reading Move Over, Rover! by Karen Beaumont, a fun story about animals climbing into Rover’s doghouse. We made a text to text connection between these two books by using our comprehension and comparing skills to sort character pictures from each story.  The kinders did a fabulous job. We even read another version of The Mitten by Jim Allysworth, where some of the animals were the same from our previous readings.  What great connections!

MATH:  The kinders are working on telling and solving addition and subtraction stories by using objects or their fingers.  As the kinders are beginning to learn this math skill, manipulatives are helpful in solving these problems. They also are working to see 5-groups for numbers 6-10 (ie: 5 and 2 more = 7) and to tell why that is useful when counting.  The kinders practiced sorting and classifying objects while giving reasons why they classified the items that way by using pictures of insects.  During Friday math centers, the kinders matched teen number equations to the total (ie: 10+3  13).

They also played a game using paper snowballs, because real snowballs would melt in our very warm room.  The focus was to practice identify = and not = symbols.  I am sorry that I didn’t get a chance to take a picture.  Next time! 🙂

HANDWRITING:  We focused on learning the proper formation of more magic C letters….a,d,g.  We are learning that lines on the paper are like a highway road.  Some lower case letters take up the entire highway like a.  Other letters need to leave the road and go to the sky or down to the ditch like d and g. The kinders are doing a super job writing letters in isolation but transferring the proper formation during ‘regular’ writing time is challenging for them.  Extra encouragement as they write at home is always helpful. 🙂  The kinders were excited to see that their last name was added to the personal name tags.  They will begin adding their last name to their papers, working towards writing their full name by memory.  Please encourage them at home to use proper letter formation on their homework papers.

READER’S WORKSHOP:  Our new unit is called “Revving Up”.  The kinders learned that race car drivers rev up their engines to get them ready before a big race, we need to rev up our minds to get ready to read.  Some ways to do this is to *look at the cover and title of a book, *take a picture walk, *tell the story and *read the words.  You can practice these skills at home prior to reading their library books and TAKE HOME books (which will start soon).

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  We began a new unit about writing Small Moment stories, otherwise known as Personal Narrative. I introduced the kinders to the difference between a “watermelon” story and a “seed” story.  A watermelon story such as a whole day at school is too big for us to write as kinders just yet. However seed stories of going to gym class, completing our letter centers during Split Lit or eating lunch at school are considered small moment stories. These stories are easier to write. 

  

We started our learning by sketching a simple picture of the many things we did over vacation…opening gifts, going on a trip, taking down the Christmas tree, playing with friends, visiting family, etc.  We listed what makes a good small moment story….*a true story about things people do, *things happen in order, *a (single) small moment stretches across pages. We decided to write our first small moment story about Christmas Books, a small story about our book exchange. The kinders practiced telling who were the characters, where it took place, what happened first, next and last and stretching those details across their fingers.

Then they drew detailed pictures depicting this event. We worked together to stretch out sounds in unknown words and used popcorn words as much as possible.  They did a great job.  We will begin another new story next week.

NOTES FOR MOM AND DAD

*POPCORN WORD:      WAS   AT   THAT                                                                      We added three more words to our growing list of popcorn words that we are working on identifying in a snap. Many of the kinders noticed right away that Chunky Monkey is busy when “at” is hiding in “that”.  We practiced making more words by taking away “th” and adding different beginning letters to -at. (cat, fat, sat, mat, etc).  Have fun at home using your Cat slider to practice this task. It was also great week for review too.  

*BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION:  

    Happy Birthday to Jayce who turned 6 on Jan 6.

*BACKPACK SNACK:  Thank you for packing TWO quick, healthy backpack snacks each day.

*CLASSROOM TEMPERATURE:  Our classroom is VERY warm.  Just ask your kinder!  Mrs. Reagan is working with the furnace men to remedy this problem.  In the meantime, please dress your kinder in layers so that they are comfortable throughout the day.

*OUTSIDE CLOTHES:  Thank you for dressing your child in warm outside winter gear.  Sending an extra pair of mittens or socks inside their backpacks might be helpful and more comfortable to wear later in the day.  

*JANUARY CALENDAR:  The JANUARY calendar has been posted under CALENDARS at the top of the blog.  It contains information about specials, birthdays and monthly events.   

*TAKE HOME BOOKS PROGRAM:  A schedule has been created and sent home with those who have volunteered.  If you would like to part of the program you can email me and I will be happy to add to the schedule.  The existing volunteers would love to have a partner on their days too. 🙂 This exciting reading program WILL BEGIN MONDAY, JANUARY 22!  Thank you for volunteering and being part of your child’s education.  Practice reading the book that will come home on Jan 18 and RETURN THE BOOK INSIDE OF THE BAGGIE ON MONDAY, 1/22.  

*READING RAINBOW POPCORN WORDS:   Please remember to send the list back to school every THURSDAY. The kinders will read through the list with a volunteer or an 8th grader from Mr. Van Noord’s class from Baldwin Middle school.  Remember these word lists were created from the 60 sight words that each kinder is working on to master before the end of the school year! The words are broken up into smaller lists so that they are easier to learn.  Each list is a new color of the rainbow!  Even though new lists are added to their page protectors, please continue to review previous papers so that words are not forgotten (pointing to each word out of order is best). The goal is to identify these popcorn words automatically and in a snap! The word lists will all stay inside the page protector and can be kept inside your kinder’s blue folder. This is a safe spot to keep it to ensure it won’t be lost and is in their folder for reading at school.

*RAZ-KIDS:  Information about this online reading program information was sent home this week as well as in a previous posting.  Are you taking advantage of this free reading online reading program.  (Thank you to the PTC for covering the cost)  Please take advantage of this alternative opportunity to read books.  A fun, educational way to spend some time with your kinder on these cold winter days.

UPCOMING DATES:

*Monday, January 15— MUSIC

*Tuesday, January 16ART;  BOOK ORDERS DUE (online or paper form with a check made out to Scholastic Book Clubs) 

*Wednesday, January 17STEAM;  LIBRARY Please remember to return your child’s book;  HOMEWORK DUE….math and literacy

*Thursday, January 18GYM;  TAKE HOME books sent home  Happy birthday for Tristan

*Friday, January 19MUSIC; FUN CENTERS Volunteers arrive at 1:40pm for instructions  

*Monday, January 22–TAKE HOME books begin;  Birthday Celebration for Livia (1/21)

~~~Have a great weekend and welcome back to the school routine!  Stay warm this weekend.  Mrs. Bohl

READING THE RAINBOW

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We have started to a new activity to learn our popcorn (sight) words called READING THE RAINBOW.”  

The kinders have been given a colored sheet of 6-8 sight words to practice at home. When they have mastered these words, they will receive  a new color (paper) of the rainbow. This is another technique that I use to teach popcorn words.  

These word lists were created from the 60 sight words that each kinder is working on to master before the end of the school year! The words are broken up into smaller lists so that they are easier to learn.  Each list is a new color of the rainbow!  Even though new lists are added to their page protectors, please continue to review previous papers so that words are not forgotten (pointing to each word out of order is best). The goal is to identify these popcorn words automatically and in a snap!

The word lists will all stay inside the page protector and can be kept inside your kinder’s blue folder. This is a safe spot to keep it to ensure it won’t be lost and is in their folder for each Thursday. The kinders will have the opportunity to read through their list with either a parent volunteer or the 8th graders from Mr Van Noord’s class (they come into our classroom each Thursday morning) and receive a new list.

It is amazing to see their growth!! Keep up the good work!! Thank you for your support and help at home.  It is so important for your kinder to be successful and grow!  If you have any questions, please contact me at kbohl@hpseagles.net       Mrs. Bohl