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NEWS—Jan 20-24

 

IT IS SO GOOD TO BE BACK WITH MY KINDERS!  I AM FEELING BETTER EACH DAY.  THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE KINDERS WHO MADE ME FABULOUS GET WELL CARDS.  I LOVED READING THEM!  I HAD SUCH A SWEET SURPRISE WAITING FOR ME MONDAY AFTERNOON….AN AWESOME GIANT WELCOME BACK CARD (SIGNED BY ALL OF THE KINDERS) AND THESE LOVELY FLOWERS (COURTESY OF MRS. BYNUM & MRS. SREMBA) . I AM TRUELY BLESSED TO WORK WITH THOUGHTFUL CO-WORKERS AND HAVE SWEET KINDERS IN MY CLASS!  

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR DAY:  On Monday, we celebrated Martin Luther King Jr.  We learned that he was a famous American who was known for his dream that all the people in America would learn to get along and live in peace with each other, regardless of the color of their skin.  We spent the day reflecting on Dr. King and discussing how we can continue his legacy by being kind to others. 

SPLIT LIT:  This week’s activities focused on building a sentence, writing popcorn words, identifying popcorn words, listening for initial, medial and final sounds in words, changing initial letter to make new words & syllables. I am so proud of the progress that they are making.  It was a good week of working hard during this time.

MATH: Here are few math skills we covered this week.  Decomposing teen numbers to show ten and extra ones.

                                                  

Writing number partners, teen numbers and solving addition & subtraction problems.

The kinders played math games on Friday of BEARS IN THE CAVE (number partners of 7); TEEN MEMORY GAME (matching teen partners & totals); MAKE A FAMILY OF 5 SNOWMEN (number partners of 5): ROLL & COVER (addition)

 

We will become “office workers” by taking our unit #3 test next week. The test will cover number partners, showing teen numbers as tens and extra ones, solving addition & subtraction problems, combing shapes to make new shapes and more.

POPCORN WORDS:  HE   SHE   It was fun to see that if you add “s” to “he”, you have “she”.  We learned that SH is part of the “h brothers” family (sh,ch,wh,th).  The kinders did a fabulous job identifying if the /sh/ sound is at the beginning or ending of words. 

WRITING:  We wrote HOW TO… stories using another new format….a booklet form.  That was exciting!  We wrote about How to eat a snack, How to make a friend and How to make birthday wishes. The Kinders are getting more and more comfortable writing how-to papers, trying a little more on their own each time. Way to go Kinders!

READER’S WORKSHOP:  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 tricky words. We reminded ourselves that we can do this through sound power; looking closely at the beginning and the ending sound to solve the word.  We also learned that when we come to a word we may not know, we can bring out a magnifying glass to look closely at the letters.  We come to a snap word, we put the magnify glass away because we should know that word in a snap! It is so exciting to see the kinders making a connection to these reading skills when we are reading or writing together. Keep practicing those snap/popcorn words at home with your kinder! 

 

HANDWRITING: We practiced writing our full names….first and last names correctly.  Any extra practice at home would be helpful.  Some ideas to make writing fun is to use shaving cream (messy but oh so fun!), markers, pour salt in small tin, covering just the bottom and use finger to write, build name using blocks, legos, Cheerios, etc.

MYSTERY READERS: We were lucky to have 2 mystery readers this week.  On Wednesday, Evelyn was surprised to see her mom step into the room.  She read What Should Danny Do?  A fun book that we allowed us to make choices throughout the book to see how it would end.

On Friday, it was Kennedy’s turn to be surprised.  Her mom chose the book, 10 Rules of Birthday Wishes because it was Kennedy’s birthday.  What a special book that told us how to make birthday wishes.

Here are pictures of the Mystery Readers when I was gone.  Thanks so much for coming in!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Kennedy.  She turned 6 on Friday.  Thanks for the fun treat!

KOOL KINDER:  Snuggles had so much fun visiting your homes.  The kinders are going to enjoy their time with Snuggles at school.  For this turn of being the Kool Kinder, they are choosing a favorite storybook from home and bringing it to school so that we can read it together.

Allan brought Chicka Chicka Boom Boom because he loves learning about the alphabet.

Breckon chose Tyranosaurs Rex because he likes dinosaurs and this book was filled with popcorn word so he could read it by himself!

Kennedy shared her book of Princess! Fairy! Ballerina! because she wants to be a ballerina.

REMINDERS:

VALENTINE FUN:  A note arrived home this week about our upcoming Valentine Party.  It will be on Friday, February 14, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. As part of our Valentine celebration, we will be making Valentine “mailboxes” at school.  If your kinder would like to bring in valentines for their classmates, please use the labels that were sent home for easier valentine addressing.  You can begin sending valentines on Feb. 6, allowing the kinders time to deliver their Valentines in class. 

WINTER GEAR: Please remember to send your kinder with snow pants, boots, a hat, gloves/mittens and coat every day!  

SNACK:  Please remember to send 2 healthy snacks with your kinder each day.

TAKE HOME BOOKS – Please remember to return TAKE HOME books every Monday and  Thursday.  Look for new books to be coming home on those days too! Happy Reading!

CALENDARS:  Here is the  FEBRUARY calendar   You can read about upcoming events, birthdays and more.

UPCOMING DATES:

*Monday, January 27— GYM, Bring back TAKE HOME books

*Tuesday, January 28—ART

*Wednesday, January 29—STEAM;  LIBRARY Don’t forget your book!  Homework packets due

*Thursday, January 30—MUSIC. Bring back TAKE HOME books;  Email me by 1/30 if your kinder would like a snack lunch tomorrow 1/31

*Friday, January 31—MUSIC;  Fast Friday (Early Release) @ 12:15pm

*Mon. Feb 3 & Tues. Feb 4—Winter Break

*Wed. Feb 5—School again!   Day 100 celebration  Bring in 100 collection! (see note that was sent home)

*Friday, Feb 14–Valentine Day Party 2:00-3:00pm Parent volunteers for this party have been contacted.  Watch for a sign up list coming this week for party donations!

Have a great weekend!   Mrs. Bohl

5 Stars Reward Day

Wow!  WE DID IT!  We reached our goal of 5 blue stars for positive behavior of making smart choices.  The smart choices the kinders made to SOAR towards our 5 stars were:  listening, working hard to stay on task, following our class rules.  It took us awhile and it was hard work but we stuck with it and today we are celebrating on a job well done.

Today  our pencils are taking a break from working because the kinders voted to use gel pens and markers instead.  This will be SO fun!  Markers are quite a favorite supply to use during choices.  🙂 . Congratulate your kinder today and look for any papers coming home that are completed with fun colors today!

NEWS—Jan 13-17

Hooray for the hard working kinders!! We are working hard to make smart 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.  I think a 5 star award day might be happening next week. 🙂 Thank you so much to Mrs. Voss for being able to be with the kinders this week as I recover at home.  I am SO looking forward to seeing everyone Monday afternoon!!!

MATH: This week we worked on 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 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) and SCOOP UP THE SNOWBALLS (identifying = and not = symbols and writing addition equations)

 

POPCORN WORDS:        MAKE       SAID        We found them in our day’s messages and within our popcorn books.  We learned about “Magic 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”. We had fun playing with letters to create more words using -ake.  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.  Many kinders noticed that “ai” in the word said made the  short /e/ sound but in other words like rain, sail, “ai” work together to say a.  How silly and sometimes confusing! 🙂

WRITING:  More HOW TO….writing took place this week.  This time the kinders drew pictures and wrote out the steps on how to do something.  The kinders are experts on many things so choosing topics were a bit hard but we settled on writing How to make a pizza, How to make a snowman, How to eat cereal and How to eat an orange.  We had fun acting out the steps before writing.  The kinders are doing a great job remembering to include capital letters, spaces, sentence stoppers and to use as many popcorn (sight) words as possible.

READER’S WORKSHOP: This week we learned that careful readers check their reading.  They ask themselves “Does it make sense?  Did it sound right?” If not, they don’t just keep going. Readers try to fix it. Wise Owl, a beanie baby, is a fun visual reading strategy the kinders met to help them remember this. They also learned that PATTERN POWER doesn’t only help you read the words in books but patterns can also help you think about your whole book.  Does the ending go with the pattern? What is this book really saying?  It is so exciting to see the kinders becoming readers!

It is a good thing that we know our letters & sounds because that helps readers read words and figure out unknown words.  The kinders used ABC books to be encouraged to think, talk, play and sing the alphabet.  They were able to get to know all of the fun ways that letters and sounds go.  We also were reminded that we can activate our sound power in a bigger way to try a word they may not know by looking closely at the beginning sounds in it. Then think, “What word could this be?” 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 noticing that animals climbed into a mitten and a doghouse.

MYSTERY READER: Ellery gave her grandmother, whom she calls Situ, and her little sister, a sweet hello.  Sorry about the lack of pictures again this week.  I will post them next week when I get back to school.  Thank you so much for coming in to read the kinders a story.  There are still open spots available.  Go to the Mystery Reader link on the side bar of the blog to sign up.  We would love to have you visit again or grandparents or older siblings visit too.

REMINDERS:

WINTER GEAR: It looks like we will get some snow again this weekend. Please remember to send your kinder with snow pants, boots, a hat, gloves/mittens and coat every day!  

SNACK:  Please remember to send 2 healthy snacks with your kinder each day.

TAKE HOME BOOKS – Please remember to return TAKE HOME books every Monday and  Thursday.  Look for new books to be coming home on those days too! Happy Reading!

UPCOMING DATES:

*Monday, January 20— STEAM, Bring back TAKE HOME books

*Tuesday, January 21—MUSIC

*Wednesday, January 22—GYM;  LIBRARY Don’t forget your book!  Homework packets due

*Thursday, January 23—ART. Bring back TAKE HOME books

*Friday, January 24—STEAM

*Friday, Jan 31–Fast Friday (Early Release) @ 12:15pm

*Winter Break—February 1-4

*Wed. Feb 5—Day 100 celebration  Details coming soon!

*Friday, Feb 14–Valentine Day Party 2:00-3:00pm Please email me if you have NOT attended a party and would like to attend.  If you would like to attend again, I will be happy to put your name on a waiting list.

Have a great weekend.   Mrs. Bohl

 

Book Orders due tomorrow 1/17

DON’T FORGET!  BOOK ORDERS ARE DUE FRIDAY, JAN 17!

You may send into school the completed paper form along with a check made out to Scholastic Reading Club OR you may order online at  https://orders.scholastic.com/L77G6  This link should connect you directly to our class.  

If you are purchasing books as gifts for your kinder, please let me.  I will contact you when they arrive.

Thanks for supporting and encouraging your kinder to read!  If you have any questions please contact me at kbohl@hpseagles.net

PE Apparel Sale

The annual P.E Apparel sale is officially open and will be open until January 29, 2020.   If you are interested in buying any apparel, you must order online.  

The link is: https://bit.ly/30fOoh0

Here is the design and colors available:

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Please contact Mrs.  Nienhuis or Mrs. VanKoevering if you have any questions.

616-797-9797 ext. 7460

tnienhui@hpseagles.net or mvankoev@hpseagles.net

Thank you!! 

NEWS—Jan 6-10

 

WELCOME BACK!

Oh, it is good to be back with my kinders (at least for 2 days).  I missed seeing them:)  As stated in my letter, Mrs. Voss has been the teacher for the past 3 days and will be also be in the classroom through next Wednesday.  I hope to be back later in the week.

We jumped right into learning this week. We talked about setting goals for what we might want to learn or do this coming year.  We thought of goals that we can accomplish at school. For example: to add numbers, to be kind, to learn more popcorn words, to read books, to share. We made a fun Happy New Year craft. Our ‘party people’ will come home soon but for now they are decorating our room for the first part of January.  Welcome 2020!!

POPCORN WORDS: 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 “at” is hiding in “that” and that they rhyme. We also talked about how some letters make different sounds like in “was”. We read 2 books using these words and added the books to our blue book bins.  The kinders are doing an amazing job identifying “new” and “old” popcorn words.  We even noticed that -at words were inside our shared reading poem My Cat has a Hat.

WONDERFUL WINTER:  The snow 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 made a connection that this book was similar to our popcorn book, The Mitten.

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 shapes and animals/people. 

During Friday math games, the kinders played a game using paper snowballs, because real snowballs would melt in our room.  The game focused on writing and the identifying = and not = symbols. I am sorry about not being able to show you a picture but here are the directions.  Scatter paper snowballs on the floor.  While counting up to 3, have 2 people pick up as many of the snowballs as they can hold in their hands.  Lay and count the number of snowballs each person picked up.  Write each number and write = or not = between the numbers to compare the numbers.  Ask your kinder….they can show you how to play.  They also played Hot Chocolate Math again to practice seeing tens and extra ones within teen numbers.

HANDWRITING:  We focused on learning the proper formation of the COUNTER CLOCKWISE letters C,G,S,O,Q,U in their booklets. hey also had fun using play dough to form all of the letter learned so far. The kinders are doing a super job writing letters in isolation but transferring the proper formation during ‘regular’ writing time is not consistent.  Extra encouragement as they write at home is always helpful. 🙂  I will be exchanging their names on their pencil boxes soon to include their last name. They will begin adding their last name to their papers, working towards writing their full name by memory.  

READING: We began a new unit called Bigger Books, Bigger Reading Muscles. The kinders learned that some books are considered challenging because they have more words and more lines, longer words, new words and surprise endings.  That is when persistent power needs to be activated!  Books that contain patterns makes reading fun so PATTERN POWER is needed! We learned that when readers figure out the pattern it makes reading easier. The kinders were encouraged to use their reading mat to organize their books as they read.  Placing their books on the green dot side to start reading and moving the book to the red dot side when they are finished will allow them to go back and re-read their books again.

SPLIT LIT:  The kinders worked identifying the ending sounds in words, putting words in correct sentence order and identifying and writing popcorn words during their independent centers.  It is challenging for some kinders to stay focused during this work time so if papers like these come home incomplete, it is likely because they are not using their time wisely.  In the time alloted for each center, the kinders should be able to complete most if not all of of the task.  With Mrs. Bynum, the kinders practiced making more words by taking away “th” from “that” and adding different beginning letters to “at”. (cat, fat, sat, mat, etc).  Have fun at home using your Cat slider to practice this skill.  The kinders read books using whisper phones while I reassessed them on some literacy skills.  With Ms. Voss they worked on making -at words and reading CVC words.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  I am so proud of the kinders and their writing. This week we began writing HOW TO…. stories.  We shared what we thought we could teach others to do with our partners.  Some examples were: how to ride a bike, how to read a book, how to play football and more.We learned that writers write about what they know, use mentor books to help them write, ask themselves “Does this make sense?” when putting pictures in order and have partners ask questions while deciding the steps. Our writing topics were How to Brush your Teeth, How to Make Cookies, How to Wash your Hands and How to make Spaghetti. We did some cutting and pasting (instead of drawing) to put the pictures in correct order and then wrote words to tell the steps. The kinders did a marvelous job! We will write more HOW TO… stories next week.

MYSTERY READERS: On Wednesday, Evelyn was surprised to see her mom be the mystery reader.  On Friday it was Landon’s turn to see his dad come in the room.  Pictures were taken by Ms. Voss.  I will share those pictures next week.  Thank you for coming in.

REMINDERS:

*WINTER GEAR: Please send appropriate winter gear with your kinder each day.  It keeps them warm when playing outside.  An extra pair of socks, mittens or gloves might be a good idea to keep inside their backpacks if their original pair gets wet.  Please take time to label your kinder’s snow pants and boots if you have not done this.

*BACKPACK SNACKS:  Don’t forget we take a snack break 2 times each day…morning & afternoon.  Please include your kinder in choosing their snacks.  Some kinders are commenting that they don’t like the snacks that are packed.  Thank you!

*TAKE HOME BOOK PROGRAM:  I schedule has been sent home to all of the parents/grandparents who have volunteered.  Books will come home late next week.  Reading will begin on Monday, January 20.  It is so exciting to see and help our kinders become readers.

UPCOMING DATES:

*Monday, January 13— STEAM

*Tuesday, January 14—MUSIC

*Wednesday, January 15—GYM;  LIBRARY Don’t forget your book!  Homework packets due

*Thursday, January 16—ART

*Friday, January 17—STEAM TAKE HOME books come home

*Monday, Jan. 20 return TAKE HOME books for reading

*Friday, Jan 31…Fast Friday (Early Release) @ 12:15pm

*Winter Break: February 1-4

School begins on January 6!

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Welcome back to school and Happy New Year!  

I am looking forward a great start to 2020 at school on Monday. I can not wait  to see all of my kinders again.  I missed my 28 morning hugs. 🙂  

It is January and it is winter.  Remember the bus ride to and from school can be cold.  The wind chill can fluctuate throughout the day.  If the wind chill warms to above O, we will go outside to play for recess.  So PLEASE CONTINUE TO SEND SNOW PANTS, BOOTS, HATS, MITTENS to school each day with your kinder.  This way they will be prepared and will stay warm playing outside. Don’t forget to label their clothing.

Enjoy the rest of the break, pack your kinder’s backpack with their daily folder & library book, give your kinder an extra hug while preparing them for making good choices and working hard at school again.  I will see them Monday morning!  The heat has been turned down at school during vacation so dress your kinder in warm layers as the school will chilly before it warms up.

Hugs, Mrs. Bohl

Spreading Kindness in December

This is Jingle Joy….the kindness elf.

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During the month of December, she has been living in our classroom. Maybe your kinder has already told you about her??

Each morning the kinders looked eagerly (actually “excitedly” is a more accurate word 🙂 ) around the room to locate her hiding spot.  She was found on top of the flag, inside the empty one hundred bucket, on top of the big whiteboard, way up high on top of the cupboards and inside the kitchen sink as well as other places.  Did you notice that she likes to climb up high?  (ha, ha).  Her main mission was to help us spread kindness to others.  Please ask your kinder to explain about our daily secret missions.  This was and still is TOP SECRET!! 🙂  

It was an amazing, fun time for us to learn how to think of others during this holiday season….and always!  Have some fun spreading the Magical Reindeer Food (on your front lawn) that Jingle Joy left for each kinder. They were so excited to find her gift.  I just loved seeing their happy and (believing) faces! 🙂

 

NEWS—Dec. 16-20

Here is what we did the first 2 days of school.  See the previous postings for the rest of the week.

MATH:  We used gingerbread cookies, various school items to make balance scale balance. We played a fun elf game to practice partners of 10. We counted holiday objects and decided which group had more.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  We read 2 more Gingerbread stories.  After reading The Gingerbread Girl we practiced using speech bubbles.  We drew our favorite part of the story from The Gingerbread Cowboy and independently wrote our own sentence.

LITERACY:  Our Split Lit centers were holiday themed to help us practice reading and writing color and sight words, listening for initial, medial and final sounds, writing upper and lower case letters.  We used our comprehension skills to figure out parts of The Gingerbread Man story such as the characters, setting, problem and solution.  The kinders did a fabulous job!

MYSTERY READER:  Elliott immediately said “Mom” when she walked into the room.  She read us Elliott’s favorite story Little Excavator. because like in the story Elliott is sometimes called Little E at home. What a cute story about big machines!

Stay safe as you travel visiting family or if you stay home.  Enjoy the next two weeks with your kinder….making memories together.  If you find you are in need of some activities to do with your kinder you can refer to the green paper in the blue folder or look below for ideas…..

*practice counting by 1’s and 10’s to 100

*writing numbers 1-30

*practice identifying popcorn words using your flash cards

*create and write a small moment (personal narrative) story or create a list of things

*practice writing first and last name (first letter capital, rest of letters lower case)

*read books together 

*go sledding, make a snowman( if we have snow), drink hot chocolate, have fun together!

REMINDERS

*POPCORN WORDS:            REVIEW OF WORDS         Ask your kinder to show you how to play Scramble Them Up.   (Use your letter cards to scramble up the letters in popcorn words…and then put the letters in correct order. Example:  okol  is  look)

*WINTER GEAR: Please send appropriate winter gear with your kinder each day.  It keeps them warm when playing outside.  An extra pair of socks, mittens or gloves might be a good idea to keep inside their backpacks if their original pair gets wet.  Please take time over break to label your kinder’s snow pants and boots if you have not done this.

*CLEAN OUT BACKPACKS:  Please take a few minutes and empty your kinder’s backpack of unnecessary items.  Many of the backpacks are full of extra items (stuffed animals, blankets, etc).  It is hard to find space for folders, shoes, lunch boxes.  Thank you!

*TAKE HOME BOOK PROGRAM:  I am planning to create a schedule over vacation. Thank you for volunteering and choosing to be part of this learning. If you still would like to be part of this fun volunteer activity, please email me and I will be happy to include you in the schedule. We will begin this program in January.  It is so exciting to see our kinders become readers.

*The JANUARY calendar is posted under CALENDARS at the top of the blog.  A paper copy was sent home this week.

*The January lunch menu is available to read under the FOOD SERVICE tab on the side bar.

UPCOMING DATES:

*Monday, December 23 – Friday, January 3:  NO SCHOOL, Holiday Break. School resumes on Monday, January 6!

*Monday, January 6—Back to School; ART

*Tuesday, January 7—STEAM

*Wednesday, January 8—MUSIC;  LIBRARY Don’t forget your book! 

*Thursday, January 9—GYM; Jet’s Pizza Night 4-9pm

*Friday, January 10—ART

*Friday, Jan 31…Fast Friday (Early Release) @ 12:15pm

*Winter Break: February 1-4

~~~I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year; hoping that you spend time making family memories that will be remembered fondly.  I look forward to seeing my kinders on January 6.  Thank you for sharing them with me each day! 🙂  Mrs. Bohl

Polar Express Day

Wearing comfy pajamas was just right for boarding the Polar Express today.

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Our day started with a visit from SANTA CLAUS!  What a treat!

The rest of the day was filled with reading the book The Polar Express, finding rhyming pictures based on the Polar Express, watching the movie by traveling to all of the kindergarten classrooms, drinking hot chocolate (with and without marshmallows), writing teen numbers and solving mystery words using a code. 

The day ended with a package delivered to our classroom!  Inside were silver jingle bells from Santa Claus!!!  They were super cold…probably because they arrived right from the North Pole.  WE BELIEVE!!

Happy PJ Day!