NEWS OF THE WEEK—March 11-15

Did anyone see the amazing rainbow in the early evening on Thursday?  Spring is coming….be patient.  It will be here soon! We learned today how rainbows are made.

MARCH IS READING MONTH:  We love Clifford books so reading Clifford Grows Up was fun!  Eating some  dog bones (Scooby snacks) was tasty too. 🙂 .

Thank you SO much for donating the food for our BOOKS FOR BREAKFAST?!?! celebration.  We ate mini muffins because of If you give a Moose a Muffin; donut holes because of Please, Mr. Panda; and mixed fruit (blueberries, apples, bananas) because of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. . It was a fantastic way to start our day.  Thank you to Lila’s mom for stopping by to give a helping hand.

The kinders wore many different kinds of fun socks because…..READING KNOCKS YOUR SOCKS OFF!  🙂 .   We even worked with our shoes off for part of the day to show off our fun socks.

POPCORN WORDS:     WHERE          THERE             WERE           Please, please keep practicing at home!  Some of these popcorn words are a bit more challenging to learn and remember.  You are unable to stretch them out but need to just remember them by looking at them.  However, we do like it when some words rhyme like ‘where’ and ‘there’. 🙂

ONCE UPON A TIME—-GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS:  We read MANY stories of The Three Bears…the ‘original’ versions, along with others like Goldilocks and the 3 Hares, Tackylocks and  Goldi Rocks and the Three Bears.  We practiced using different words to describe Goldilocks. For example she had yellow hair, she was naughty, curious, she was rude and likes porridge.  We used the Shape Go map during retell, focusing on what happened in the beginning, the middle and the end of story.  We had fun playing a popcorn word game relating to bears  during split lit called GOLDILOCKS AND THE 3 BEARS SIGHT WORD GAME.

READING:  This week the kinders learned that an AVID READER reads a lot, finds places everywhere to read, keeps a stack of book nearby, can’t stop reading and really pays attention to the book but a BAH READER is disinterested. They sorted  pictures to decide if it showed an avid reader or a “bah” reader. They also learned that AVID READERS try to feel what the characters are feeling.  Are the characters feeling happy, sad, excited, scared?  This makes the story enjoyable to read. We re-visited an old favorite The Carrot Seed to notice important parts in the story. The kinders worked in small “book clubs” to find important parts in books themselves by putting a sticky note on that page.  All of the kinders worked so well together, taking turns, sharing and talking.  I was very impressed!

WRITING:  This week we complied facts about bears onto a large chart and referred to that chart throughout the week.  We organized our facts onto our individual “have, can, are” papers.  As we wrote our informational booklets we asked ourselves “What else can I add?” by remembering what writers and illustrators do…write words and drawing matching detailed, labeled pictures.  The kinders did a great job reading their All About Bears books to their reading buddies.

We also talked about how lucky we are to know each other and be a family this year.  So…each kinder was given a friend’s name and they needed to think of one ‘nice dice’ compliment they could give them.  It was precious to hear the kinders read their message (in front of the class) to their friend and to see the smiles and excitement on the faces of the recipient. Some messages were: “I like you as a friend. You are nice. I like to play with you. You always stand up for me”. I am SO LUCKY to have such kind hearted kinders.  What an awesome way to spend my days!! 🙂

MATH:  Our math lessons revolved around identifying the characteristics of a cube, drawing subtraction pictures and writing the equations on whiteboards, decomposing teen numbers showing tens and extra ones and solving addition and subtraction problems.  Friday math games were St Patrick’s Day themed such as COLLECTING COINS (matching teen number partners to the total 10+4=14), put numbers 1-30 in order, matched number partners to the total; FINDING GOLD (identifying numbers 1-20) and RACE TO 100 (identifying numbers).  The kinders were excited to take home their own FINDING GOLD game.

MYSTERY READERS:  We are working to fill the month with readers.  If you would like to be a mystery reader please contact me so that we can schedule a date & time.  If an older sibling would like to be a mystery reader, that would be fantastic too.  I would love to schedule a date/time for them as well.

Mrs. Estefan’s 4th grade class surprised us on Wednesday morning.  We had so much fun reading with them!

Brook’s mom was the Mystery Reader on Wednesday afternoon.  She read us a funny story called Those Pesky Rabbits.

Parker’s mom was the Mystery Reader Friday morning. She read us a favorite of theirs called No More Elephants.

SPLIT LIT: The kinders continue to work independently each day while their friends meet with Mrs. Rossback and me. Mrs. Rossback works on literacy skills and I am leading “book clubs”. We are reading a book that is at their instructional level.  Instructional level books are one level above what they can read independently. Independently they had new literacy activities to explore and complete. We practiced writing and identifying popcorn words, writing word family words and stretching out sounds in words. We continue to practice being quiet workers during this work time. Be sure to ask your child what they needed to do as their papers come home. 

KOOL KINDERS ARE BOOK LOVERS:

 Rocco likes to read funny books like One Big Pair of Underwear.

 Alivia likes to read I am Grinch, another story about the Grinch.

KOOL KINDERS AND THE SURPRISE BOX:  Wednesday was the first day for guessing the item inside of the Surprise Box.  When the Surprise Box arrives at your house, you will need to select an item to place inside.  Then you and your kinder will need to think of 3 clues that describe the item. Example:  1.  It is red.  2.  It is hard.  3.  It bounces.  Answer: a ball.  Your kinder will tell the class the clues, having their friends try to guess what the item is. The items inside the Surprise Box were a band-aid, hatchable, toy gummy bear, stuffed fox. This is a secret so please remind your kinder to not tell what is inside the box.  Keeping the secret makes it more fun for all.

INSIDE RECESS FUN:  Because we had so many days that we stayed inside for recess, the kinders learned how to play a new game called 4 CORNERS.  We also learned how to play HEADS DOWN, 5 UP.  What a lot of fun when we can’t move around on the playground. 

REMINDERS

*OUTSIDE GEAR:  THANK YOU for sending and continue to send your kinder in boots or outside play shoes.  The snow has disappeared but the wood chips are very wet and dirty.  There MANY PUDDLES on the playground too.  Keep listening to the daily weather report for sending the correct clothes.

*BACKPACK SNACK:  Please, please remember to send TWO healthy snacks for your kinder, as we take a moment to refuel each day.  Thank you.

*TAKE HOME books:  Please help your kinder to remember to return their book baggie EACH Monday, Tuesday and Thursday so that they are consistent with their read aloud practice and are able to check out a new book each time to build their reading experiences.  Don’t forget to sign the parent sheet and include comments or observations you feel may be helpful.

UPCOMING DATES

*MONDAY, MARCH 18–ART; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS 

*TUESDAY, MARCH 19–-STEAM; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS  

 *WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20– MUSIC Library….Return that library book!

*THURSDAY. MARCH 21GYM; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS

*FRIDAY, MARCH 22– ART

*THURSDAY, MARCH 28:  Kindergarten PJ Day

*MARCH 29-APRIL 7:  SPRING BREAK.NO SCHOOL  SCHOOL RESUMES ON APRIL 8!

~~Have a great weekend.  Mrs. Bohl

Thank you for coming!

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Dear kinder parents,

Thank you so much for taking the time to attend your kinder’s conferences this week.  I enjoyed meeting with each of you to share the awesome progress they made and continue to make.  

It is hard to believe that within a few months they will be first graders!  Oh my! I will need to say good-bye….I don’t know if I am ready to do that.  

Give your kinder a hug and a high five!  They are AWESOME!!!  If you have any questions or concerns as the year comes to a close, please contact me at kbohl@hpseagles.net 

~~Mrs. Bohl

NEWS OF THE WEEK—March 4-8

Is March like a lion or a lamb?  We learned about these two different types of March weather while reading our weekly newspaper.  It will be fun to see what March actually brings.  I am hoping for more lamb days! 🙂 Are you?

MARCH IS READING MONTH:  We really liked reading aloud The Little Mouse, The Red, Ripe Strawberry and the Big, Hungry Bear by Don Wood.  To save the strawberry from being eaten by the big, hungry bear, the mouse finally decides to share the strawberry.  The kinders were happy that I decided to share strawberries with them.  A tasty extra snack!  

It was so fun to see and read each other’s clothing when we came to school WEARING WORDS on Thursday.  I can’t believe I didn’t take any pictures.  I totally forgot in the midst of learning.  🙁

POPCORN WORDS:  HOME    ABOUT     WENT  

SHARED READING:  Each morning we spend some time reading a poem and book together. This week we read the poem The Chubby Snowman and the book Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do you hear?  Together, we focus on popcorn words, rhyming words, patterns in sentences, fluency, punctuation and more.  At the end of the week, the kinders receive their own copy of the poem to keep in their book bins.  It is heartwarming to see them recite and read these poems to themselves and with their reading buddies.

WRITING:  We started a new type of writing called Informational Writing or “All About” writing.  We asked ourselves “Why we have All About books?” Answer: “To learn something new, to teach others and to enjoy!” Our topic of study was CHICKENS.  We read many different non-fiction books on chickens while writing down many interesting facts on a big chart. Then we organized these facts onto our own “have, can, are’ papers and highlighted 3 favorite facts before writing them down and sketching pictures in our  All About Chickens booklets.  The kinders did an AMZING job!!  Enjoy having your kinder read their writing to you.  We will continue informational writing throughout the month of March.

FAIRY TALE—THE LITTLE RED HEN:  Each week during March we will study a favorite fairy tale.  We began by learning what makes a story a fairy tale.  *A fairy tale usually begins with “once upon a time” and may have a happy ending.  *A fairy tale may have talking animals and a not so nice character.  *A fairy tale may take place in a forest and contain the number 3.  *A fairy tale may teach us a lesson.  We read The Little Red Hen this week. The kinders were introduced to a comprehension/retelling map called the Shape Go Map.  Each shape helps with recalling details of the story.  The kinders practiced their retelling skills by using character cutouts and a setting that they drew onto a paper bag.  I hope that you ask them to sing the retelling song we learned as they retell the story to you this weekend.

MATH:  This week the kinders practiced making partners of 10, drawing Tiny Tumblers on Math Mountains, solving addition problems and decomposing teen numbers by drawing 10 and extra ones.  They kinders are becoming such good mathematicians!

READING:  This week the kinders learned that when reading challenging books you need to use a new kind of picture power.  That means you really need to spend time looking at the pictures, noticing more and more details while making sure the words match the pictures. They also learned that snap words (popcorn words you can identify in a snap) can be disguised with endings of -ed, -ing, -s.  The kinders also worked on remembering what we read by retelling who was in the story, where it took place, what happened first, next last and how the characters were feeling. (Sounds like the Shape-Go-Map, right?  What a fun connection!) The kinders are developing this skill as their reading level grows.  

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION:  Birthday wishes were given to Amelia on Thursday.  Thank you so much for the fun “do it yourself” masks and crayons.

 

KOOL KINDERS ARE BOOK LOVERS:

 Amelia likes to read Muddle and Match.

 Bronwyn brought in The Book With No Pictures.  

 Jacob shared the book on the Construction Site. We had to use a flashlight to see the hidden pictures on each page.  

 Elliot likes to read Owl Boy because she likes owls.

 Sidney loves to read We are the Groovicorns.

REMINDERS

*OUTSIDE GEAR:  THANK YOU for sending and continue to send your kinder in boots or outside play shoes.  The snow has disappeared but the wood chips are very wet and dirty and the wind is very COLD.  Keep listening to the daily weather report for sending the correct clothes.

*BACKPACK SNACK:  Please, please remember to send TWO healthy snacks for your kinder, as we take a moment to refuel each day.  Thank you.

*TAKE HOME books:  Please help your kinder to remember to return their book baggie EACH Monday, Tuesday and Thursday so that they are consistent with their read aloud practice and are able to check out a new book each time to build their reading experiences.  Don’t forget to sign the parent sheet and include comments or observations you feel may be helpful.

*PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES:  Our Spring Conferences will be held Monday, March 11 & Wednesday, March 13 from 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Conference time reminders were sent home  with your kinder. Please let me know if you will not be able to attend conferences or if you have a conflict so that we can reschedule. Report cards will be sent home Monday.  If possible, please take a moment to review it.  We will be looking at it together. Please arrive on time, as we have 15 minutes to discuss your wonderful kinder! I will  do my best to stay on schedule.  I can’t wait to share your kinder’s progress with you!! They are AMAZING!!!

*TIME CHANGE:  Don’t forget to move  your clocks forward one hour Saturday night. Remember the saying….. “SPRING AHEAD”

UPCOMING DATES:

*MONDAY, MARCH 11–GYM; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS; preview (look at) book fair books; Parent-Teacher conferences

*TUESDAY, MARCH 12–-ART; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS;

 *WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13– STEAM; NO LIBRARY–enjoy your book for another week;  PURCHASE BOOK FAIR BOOKS (If you would like to have your kinder purchase books, please send the money inside an envelope labeled with their name.  Parent volunteers will be available to help your kinder shop.); Parent-Teacher conferences

*THURSDAY. MARCH 14MUSIC; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS 

*FRIDAY, MARCH 15– GYM; Books for Breakfast?!?! reading celebration starts around 9:15am…wear fun socks today because reading knocks our socks off!

*THURSDAY, MARCH 28:  Kindergarten PJ Day

*MARCH 29-APRIL 7:  SPRING BREAK.NO SCHOOL  SCHOOL RESUMES ON APRIL 8!

~~Have a great weekend.  Mrs. Bohl

Heart Challenge

Dear Parents,
 
We are SO CLOSE to meeting our needed sign up to get $500 worth of PE EQUIPMENT!  We just need 26 more kids…that is one student per class.  This does not involve money — it simply involves registering and committing to taking care of your heart through exercise and diet.
 
Here is a link to the BLOG POST about the challenge.
 
Our School Page for registration can be found here.
 
WE CAN DO IT!  Just 26 more kids and we have $500 worth of new PE equipment for everyone to use!
 

Reading with First Grade

On Monday, Mrs. Van Kovering’s first graders came to read the fiction stories that they wrote to us.  The kinders were impressed with how much information the first graders included in their writing.  It was cool for them to see what they will be writing about next year….and how much!  Thank you first graders for stopping by.  We enjoyed your visit.

NEWS OF THE WEEK—-Feb 25-March 1

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Welcome to March and the anticipation of spring.  We learned this week that the weather during March can be like a lion (wintery, cold) or a lamb (spring-like,warm breeze). We are not sure when the ‘lambs’ will arrive but we all think that they should come soon to Georgetown.  🙂

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY DR. SEUSS:  We had fun on Friday with rhymes that made sense and some that were just silly.  We learned that Theodore Seuss Giesel was Dr. Seuss’s official name and he wrote books under two names….Dr. Seuss and Theo. LeSeig. We read so many of his stories like Green Eggs and Ham, The Tooth Book, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, The ABC’s book and The Cat in the Hat Comes Back. We learned that his birthday is on March 2. We read a newspaper that was filled with fun facts about Dr. Seuss and the books that he wrote.

   

We had fun practicing reading our popcorn words by playing TIC TAC TOE, GREEN EGGS IN A ROW!  Enjoy playing at home with your board games and green eggs and ham. The kinders practiced their rhyming skills by playing games like, GREEN EGGS AND HAM ANYONE?….flipping eggs to make real or not real (silly) rhyming words. It was also fun to make and record rhyming words inside our Cat in the Hat books. We practiced telling addition & subtraction problems using fish crackers based on One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish Making a Cat in the Hat craft finished our day of learning. Maybe you can celebrate at home by reading your favorite Dr. Seuss book.  Oh, what a great day it was!!

   

MATH: The kinders observed the differences between 2D shapes (circles, triangles, etc) and 3D shapes (cone, sphere, cube).  We learned that 2D shapes are flat but 3D shapes take up space.

They were introduced to Tiny Tumblers who live on Math Mountains.  The Tiny Tumblers practice their tumbling all day long.  Some Math Mountains have a lot of Tiny Tumblers on one side of the mountain and not so many on the other side, but when you count all of the Tiny Tumblers they equal the Math Mountain number. These math mountains will help the kinders learn and practice number partners. For example, on math mountain 6 there are 4 tiny tumblers living on one side and 2 tiny tumblers living on the other side.  (4+2=6)   We also compared numbers to decide which number is greater or less and explored partners of 10.

WRITING: The kinders wrote small moment stories about going to bed and lunch time at school after we told the steps over our fingers. Choices was the perfect topic for the kinders’ “On Demand” writing piece because they are experts about what happens during this time each day. This is when they needed to do their own writing without help from their teacher. They practiced telling their small moment story across their fingers, sketching their pictures, adding labels to their pictures, adding words (and stretching out the sounds all on their own), using capital letters and sentence stoppers (punctuation). Wow…that is a lot of work!! They worked so hard!!  I am so impressed and proud of their writing.  All of their small moment stories will be coming home next week for you to enjoy. 

READING:  We used a book this week called Can you see our eggs? to help us learn that readers notice blends, like “gr” in “ground” or “fl” in “flower” to solve unknown words. It also helped us to practice reading all the way to end of a word to figure it out and to look for familiar popcorn words before reading. It is so exciting to see the kinders making a connection to these reading skills when we are reading or writing together. Our quiet reading time is up to 12-14 minutes. Yippee!!

MYSTERY READERS: We had 3 of them this week!  Wednesday, Breslyn’s dad had time off from teaching his 5th graders and he read us Memoirs of a Goldfish.  A lovely, cute story about friendship.

 

Thursday, I had a surprise visit from my oldest daughter, Hannah, Madeline and baby Abigail. (She goes back to teaching herself in a week or so) Hannah read Goodnight, Mr. Panda because getting ready for bedtime is a fun part of their day.  The kinders were excited and so kind to Madeline and Abigail.  

Friday, Lily’s mom read Step This Way by Dr. Seuss. We learned about how different animals use their feet. A perfect book for our Dr Seuss celebration day.  

 

POPCORN WORDS:  AND    GET  Our popcorn words were fun this week because we could make so many rhyming words from them.  The popcorn words are becoming a bit harder to recognize so I can not stress it enough that practice at home is so crucial to your child’s growth.  We practice identifying our words many times and in many different ways throughout the day but your child needs to practice them at home too.  Thanks for taking on this important role.

KOOL KINDERS ARE BOOK LOVERS:  

 Colton likes the story How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

 Aria enjoys reading Are you my Mother?

 Addison’s favorite book is Little Bea and the Snowy Day.

 Olivia likes the funny story of The Cat in the Hat.

REMINDERS

*WINTER GEAR:  The cold weather is still here.  THANK YOU for sending your kinder with all that they need to stay warm outside.  Just a reminder, we will be outside for recess if the temperature is above O degrees.  Keep watching the weather forecast each day.

*BACKPACK SNACK: Please, please remember to send 2 quick, healthy snacks for your kinder, as we take a moment to refuel each day. Thank you.

*TAKE HOME books:  Your kinder is doing an awesome job reading books.  You may have noticed that many of the kinders have moved up a level and there are different colored stickers on their books. Continue to assist and encourage them as needed.  Please help your kinder to remember to return their book baggie EACH Monday, Tuesday and Thursday so that they are consistent with their read aloud practice and are able to check out a new book each time to build their reading experiences.  Don’t forget to sign the parent sheet and include comments or observations you feel may be helpful.  The kinders are doing a fabulous job…thanks to your work at home and the reading volunteers.

 

UPCOMING DATES:

*MONDAY, MARCH 4––GYM; reading TAKE HOME books

*TUESDAY, MARCH 5–ART; reading TAKE HOME books

*WEDNESDAY. MARCH 6––STEAMLIBRARY  Please remember to return your kinder’s book.

*THURSDAY, MARCH 7–—MUSIC; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS;  EMAIL ME OR SEND A NOTE BY THURSDAY (3/7) IF YOUR KINDER WOULD LIKE A SACK LUNCH.

*FRIDAY, MARCH 8GYM;  FAST FRIDAY Dismissal at 12:15pm WEAR WORDS! and ALL SCHOOL PJ DAY wear jamies/comfy clothes with words

*MARCH 10: Daylight Savings…spring forward! 

*MARCH 11 & 13–—Parent-Teacher Conferences: Parent slips stating your specific date and time were sent home.  I am looking forward to sharing your kinder’s awesome progress with you.

*MARCH 11-14–SPRING BOOK FAIR:  We are scheduled to purchase books on Wednesday, March 13. If you would like to have your kinder purchase books, please send the money inside an envelope labeled with their name.  Parent volunteers will be available to help your kinder shop.  The Book Fair will be open during the conference evenings.

*MARCH 28-—Kindergarten PJ Day!  Wear jamies (or comfy) clothes.

*MARCH 29-APRIL 7––SPRING BREAK:  NO SCHOOL

~~Have a great weekend.  Mrs. Bohl

Dr. Seuss Day!

Since Dr. Seuss’ birthday is on March 2, we will be celebrating with a Dr. Seuss-themed learning celebration on Friday, March 1!

We will be having a lot of fun by reading and learning about all things Dr. Seuss! If your kinder would like to dress up in Dr. Seuss style (Think about characters from books like Cat in the Hat, Fox in Sox, Green Eggs & Ham, Grinch, Horton Hears a Who, etc.)  OR in red, black and white, that would be fabulous!!

I can’t wait to see what Seuss-tastic outfits we’ll have on Friday for our celebration!