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News of the Week—Sept 17-21

Here is a peek at what your kinder did at school this week:

POPCORN WORDS:    THE      DOG       The kinders added another popcorn book  to their blue book boxes and highlighted this week’s words ;”the” and “dog”.  These words were “buttered” (colored with a yellow crayon) so that they popped off the pages as we read it.

COLOR WORD:        BLUE         We learned about different things that are blue,  practiced writing the word blue, made a blue book, wore blue clothes and made a blue craft of a favorite cat….Pete the Cat because In kindergarten, “It’s all good!” We also read many blue theme books like…Blueberry Mouse, The Little Blue Truck (a sweet, fun story about friends working together to help each other), Blueberries for Sal and Pout Pout Fish.  A few crafts may have come home relating to these fun books.  Of course Mrs. Bohl brought in a surprise blue snack….fresh blueberries this time!

 

   

Thank you for helping your kinder choose clothes each week that go with the highlighted color.

MATH:  Each day we begin our math time by practicing counting to 50…sometimes as a group point to numbers on a chart and sometimes using a fun youtube song. We used our math toolbox and 2 sided counters to make numbers.  The kinders used single tiles to show a number.  We talked about how it’s ok if some of us picked 3 red tiles or 2 blue tiles & 1 red tile to show the number 3.  It may look different but it is still showing the number that we are talking about….3. 

 

We used our math workbooks for the first time and drew the number of objects needed to represent the correct number. The kinders learned a song to assist them in recognizing circles. “A circle is like a button.  A circle is like a button.  Round and round it never stops.  A circle is like a button.” (sung to Farmer in the Dell).  

 

Friday math games consisted of identifying shapes, id numbers and drawing matching number and making patterns.

SHARED READING:  We read a letter Ee poem together as a class. After reading, we found the letter Ee in the poems. We also read a sight word poem called The Leaves. It was fun to hear how the words in the poems rhyme!

  

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:   We practiced drawing Mat Man again– a person, that includes certain body parts. We practiced drawing 1 head, 2 eyes, 2 ears, 1 nose, 1 mouth, 1 body, 2 arms, 2 hands, 2 legs and 2 feet. We had fun listening to the Mat Man song and sang it together as we drew Mat Man. We drew pictures of our school lunch table, house and playground and practiced adding details and labels.  Awesome job, writers!  We are keeping all of our stories inside our writing folders for awhile.

 

MYSTERY READERS:  We were excited to see Mrs. Reagan walk into our room and be our very first mystery guest reader.  She read her favorite book, Stand Tall, Molly Sue Melon.  A great story about being yourself.  Thank you so much!

    

Zander couldn’t believe his eyes when his dad came in Friday morning.  He ran straight to get a hug.  Zander’s dad read 2 books about Elephant and Piggie…I will surprise my friend! and I am invited to a party!  Each book made us giggle, especially when Zander’s dad changed his voice while reading.

Brook’s mom surprised him Friday afternoon when she stopped by to read The Snail and the Whale. A great book about friendship, helping each other and rhyming words.

Thank you so much!  If you would like to be one of our Mystery Readers, look on the sidebar under VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES to find “Mystery  Reader”.  Click on this link to sign up for a date that is convenient for you. There are many to choose from. We would love to have you read us a story!

BUCKET FILLER OR BUCKET DIPPER:  We read How Full is you Bucket? to help us distinguish between being a bucket filler or bucket dipper.  A bucket filler is kind, listens, walks in the hallway, is respectful, etc.  A bucket dipper hits, interrupts, does not let others play, uses toothpaste words, etc.  The kinders sorted pictures to solidify the differences.  All of us took a promise to be a bucket filler at school and at home.  When it is noticed a kinder fills someone’s invisible bucket, they will receive a colored dot on their popsicle stick.  When the stick is filled, they will receive an award necklace to take home.  We are all going to work hard to be bucket fillers!  

 

REMINDERS

BACKPACK SNACK & WATER BOTTLES:  Don’t forget those two quick, healthy backpack snacks.  Your kinder needs to be refueled each day.  🙂  Thank you so much for keeping the snacks NUT FREE!   Please send your kinder with a water bottle with a snap spout so that they can stay hydrated throughout the day.  We take frequent water breaks.

LIBRARY:  We got to go to library each Wednesday and visit Mrs. VandenBurg. It is so much fun to go to library! Please remember to help your kinder return their library book every Wednesday so they can get a new one book!

KOOL KINDER:  Kinder completed an “All About Me and My Favorite Things” pages to share with their classmates.  These pages are being placed in a class book for all to view.  These pages will be given back to the kool kinders at the end of the school year.  Thank you for helping your kinder with these pages as they each get a turn to be the Kool Kinder!

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Sept. 24—ART, KOOL KINDER: Jase

*Tuesday, Sept. 25—STEAM;  KOOL KINDER: Emma

*Wednesday, Sept 26—MUSIC;   LIBRARY;   KOOL KINDER: Kinsman;   COLOR DAY….Wear GREEN Note change in day because of Eagle Spirit Day on Friday.

*Thursday, Sept 27–GYM; KOOL KINDER: Parker;   Picture Day Come with your smile 🙂 and your sealed picture form envelope if you are purchasing a picture packet.

 *Friday, Sept 28—ART; KOOL KINDER: Jacob;  Eagle Spirit Day…Wear Blue and Gold or Hudsonville gear;  Popcorn Day

*Wednesday, Oct. 31—Fall Class Party, 2:00-3:00 p.m.  Details coming soon.

~~~~Have a great weekend.  Mrs. Bohl

 

Constitution Day

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Did you know that today, September 17 is Constitution Day?  Do you know what Constitution Day is?  Your kinder knows! Ask them! 🙂

Today we learned that many years ago important men got together and wrote down important laws on paper and signed their names.  These laws (rules) were made to help the people get along, treat each other fairly and be safe.  At school, we too, have rules we need to follow. We reviewed the pictures of choices we should make during the school day (green choices), and ones that we should never do in school (red choices).

Each day we recite (with motions) our 5 class rules. These rules are posted in our room, along with all of our signatures (handprints).  Ask your kinder to recite them to you.  They can do it!

1.  Follow directions quickly.

2. Raise your hand to speak.

3.  Make smart choices.

4. Be kind.

5. Make everyone happy.

 We the kids…of Mrs. Bohl’s class….are already working hard to not break any of these rules. We can work better together when we are kind and considerate of one another.  We can make good choices and we DO!  I am so proud of my kinders! 🙂

 

More Mystery Reader Dates Available

Dear Fabulous Kinder Parents,

What an amazing response for volunteering to be a Mystery Reader.  Because of this awesome willingness to read a story to the kinders, I have add Wednesdays from 2:45-3:00pm as an alternative option. 

Please follow this link to view the added dates.  Feel free to involve grandparents or come in a second time.  We look forward to seeing you!  If you have questions please contact me at kbohl@hpseagles.net.  

News of the Week—Sept 10-14

Here is a peek at what your kinder did at school this week:

POPCORN WORDS:      I       SEE                                                                                        The kinders searched for the popcorn words in books and in a poem.  They were so excited to be readers of these words.   

 

COLOR WORD:         YELLOW                                            We learned another song to sing to help us spell yellow.  We read many books with yellow characters such as Pete the Cat…The Wheels on the Bus , The Seals on the Bus and Curious George books. We learned about different things that are yellow, practiced writing the word, made a yellow book and made a yellow craft. We had a lot of fun making a bus craft to end our week of yellow!  Stop by and see them decorating the back of our classroom.  The kinders were happy to hear that I had another surprise color snack for them….yellow bananas this week.  Yummy!

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SHARED READING:  We have been practicing our reading skills by doing shared reading each day. Shared reading is a time when the kinders and I all read a poem or story together at the same time. This helps build fluency and some important concepts of reading for our little ones! This week, we read poems about the letter Cc , the letter Dd and the popcorn words I & see. We were detectives when we searched for those letters/words in our shared reading poems!  It was fun to hear how the some of the words in the poems rhyme! 

 

STAYING SAFE AT SCHOOL AND ON THE BUS:  This week was filled with learning some of our school’s safety drills.  The kinders practiced exiting the school and learning where our meeting spot is located during a fire drill.  They also practiced sitting criss cross applesauce with their hands on their head in a safe room within school during a tornado drill.  In case it was unsafe to be in the hallways, we practiced how to sit quietly in a safe place inside our locked room. Oh my!!  The kinders did an AMAZING  job during ALL of these practice drills! I was so proud of them!  We are learning that “we don’t need to be scared, we need to be prepared”. Do you practice your safety drills at home?

We had a visit from Mrs. DeZeeuw and Mrs. Reeves, who are “real” bus drivers. They shared bus safety tips with us. For example: No eating on the bus, keep our feet/legs out of the isle, use quiet voices.  We learned the ” 4B rules”. for sitting safely on the bus….back to back and bottom to bottom and more. We really enjoyed watching an old favorite video of Mrs. Bohl’s to review the bus safety rules.  Here is the link if you want to watch it too.

              

COOL TOOLS:  We finished learning about the last two cool tools and then read two more books to help us know how we can further use our cool tools. 

  We read Hurty Feelings and learned that the tone of your voice and how we say words is very important.  The microphone helps us remember this. 

   We read Mine-a-saurs and learned that we can tell a friend to STOP in a kind way by saying “It bugs me when ______, I wish that you would stop.”  A ladybug and a wishing wand helps us remember this. 

   We read Howard B. Wigglebotttoms learns about bullies and learned about what bullying is.  The kinders were reminded about how important and useful it is to use our cool tools. We talked about how we need to care of our friends and stand up for them when someone teases them.  We are a class family….inside our room and on the playground.  We have very caring kinders.

  We read Have you filled a Bucket today? and learned that we all have invisible buckets.  We can be bucket fillers by saying kind words, helping others without being asked, walking quietly in hallway, etc OR we can be bucket dippers by using mean words, not doing your best, etc. We will be learning more about how we can fill our buckets next week.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  The kinders found out that writers draw pictures and do their best to label their drawings in addition to telling stories about what they know. We enjoyed singing “Mat Man”, a song that helps us learn our body parts. click on this link if you want to watch it again. The kinders had fun labeling me.  Yes, they actually stuck sticky notes onto my leg, foot, hand, arm, mouth, eye, tummy and hair.  Lots of giggles and smiles, for sure. 🙂

  

The kinders then drew a picture of a person and we labeled the hair, tummy and leg.  We also drew and labeled drawings of riding the bus, being ready to learn on the rug and eating at our lunch table.

READER’S WORKSHOP: The kinders learned what jobs the teacher and kinders do during Reader’s Workshop time.

They learned that we can read print anywhere…not just in books.  They walked around the room reading print in classroom.  It was so exciting to hear them say “We are readers!”  “I can read that!” 

 

MATH:  We read Anno’s Counting again to help us better understand “number scenes,” which are pictures that have a specific number of objects (3 buildings, 3 people, 3 birds, 3 bridges, etc.)  before we drew our own scenes of 2,3,4 & 5.

    

We also used foam tiles to represent different numbers (1-5). The kinders practiced writing numbers 4  & 5 on chalkboards, whiteboards and in their number books.

 

CHOICES:  During this time of our day, the kinders are able to choose various activities to play with.  Some of their choices are: legos, kitchen area, coloring, playdough, wooden blocks, play town, etc.  The kinders LOVE choices!

REMINDERS:

*OUTDOOR CLOTHING….Please continue to send a coat or sweatshirt with your child.  The weather can quickly change so it is good to be prepared.

*BACKPACK SNACK…THANK YOU SO MUCH for being conscientious about sending TWO healthy, NUT FREE snacks.

*GYM DAYS..Please consider having your kinder keep a pair of socks either in their cubby or backpack to wear during gym days.  On these warm days, many kinders do not like to wear their gym shoes without socks when they come to school wear sandals or flip flops.

*MYSTERY READER…Would you like to be a mystery reader in our classroom this year? Follow this link to sign up to surprise your kinder.

UPCOMING DATES:

*Monday, Sept. 17–GYM;    Kool Kinder: Elliot

*Tuesday, Sept 18—ART;     Kool Kinder: Alivia

*Wednesday, Sept 19—STEAM; Library….Don’t forget to return your kinder’s library book;  Kool Kinder:  Zander

*Thursday Sept 20—MUSIC;   Kool Kinder: Colton

*Friday, Sept 21—GYM;  COLOR DAY…Wear BLUE!    Kool Kinder: Amelia  

*Thursday, Sept. 27—School Pictures….ordering information will be sent home soon.  

~~~Have a great weekend.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at kbohl@hpseagles.net  YOUR KINDER IS SPECIAL TO ME! 🙂   Mrs. Bohl

Friday, Sept 14 information….

A few details about Friday, September 14:

**Wear Yellow!  We are celebrating the color of the week in K!!

**Friday is an early dismissal day (Fast Friday).  Students will be dismissed at 12:15 p.m.

  • On early dismissal days, and often every day, our parent pick up kinders are walked to the meeting area by the office at least 5 minutes before our dismissal time.  Promptness often eases little one’s fears. 
  • Lunch is eaten at home on early dismissal days.
  • If you need to order a sack lunch from our Food Service for your kinder PLEASE let me know by TODAY….THURSDAY!  Write me a note or email me at kbohl@hpseagles.net.  Sack lunch is the available hot lunch choice for all students.  If your kinder will be receiving one please indicate the milk choice of white or chocolate.  These sack lunches will be sent home with your kinder.

Two Important Reminders

Kinder parents, here are two reminders for you…..

Don’t forget to return your kinder’s library book by Wednesday so he/she can check out a new one during our library time! 

If your kinder would like to order a sack lunch on Fast Friday (early release) Sept. 14, please either send a note inside your kinder’s folder OR send me an email by Thursday, Sept. 13.

Do you want to be a Mystery Reader?

Do you like to read books to your kinder at home?  We would love to have you come and be one of our Mystery Readers!  We LOVE reading books at school!

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Mystery Readers typically arrive on Fridays around 11:15am and it takes about 10-15 minutes.  If the days and times listed on this link do not work for your schedule alternative plans can be made.  Please contact me at kbohl@hpseagles.net. 

Parents, grandparents, aunts/uncles are invited to sign up to SURPRISE your kinder by reading a special, family favorite story.  When you sign up using SignUp.com, I will be notified and you will be receive an email reminder. 

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our schedule on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/go/CFqraHK
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually. The link on our blog page is on the sidebar under VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES  listed as “Mystery Reader”.

Please consider being a Mystery Reader this year.  Seeing the surprised and happy smile on your kinder’s face is PRICELESS!  And SHHHH!!  Don’t tell your kinder if you sign up and when you are coming.  It is more fun when they are surprised!

 

News of the Week—Sept. 4-7

We had a great 4 day week in kindergarten, a few sunny warm days to play outside and a few cooler days.  Thank you for sending your kinder with a sweatshirt/coat for the cooler mornings.  We play outside unless it is raining or the wind chill is below O.  Be sure to label your kinder’s coat as it is hard for them to remember which coat/sweatshirt belongs to them.  Here is one sweatshirt that arrived to school but doesn’t have a home to go to at the end of the day.  If this belongs to your kinder, please email me.  Thanks! 🙂

Here is a peek at what your kinder did at school this week:

POPCORN WORDS:     A       COLOR WORD:      RED                                                            The kinders saw RED this week.  We colored pictures, read books, learned a poem, went on an I Spy hunt all relating to RED

   

I wish you could have heard their excited voices as they compared their RED shirts, RED pants, RED socks, RED hair ribbons on Friday.  We even ate a surprise RED snack….Red Strawberry Fruit Snacks! Yum!

 In honor of red, we read many books about a big, red dog…..Clifford.  Making a fun craft of Clifford helped us practice our cutting skills and listen to and follow directions.

PROCEDURES:  We have been learning and practicing how to do many things in our classroom. From how to daily turn in our blue folders and ordering lunch to remembering our number in line and walking down the hallway at school.  They have done a GREAT job practicing this throughout our movement around our school. The kinders are working very hard to keep their hands in their own bubble space when sitting on the floor and in their lap when sitting at their table spots—and not touching their supplies when listening for directions.  Each day I see improvement.  I have a FABULOUS bunch of kinders!!!

COOL TOOLS: The kinders are continuing to work hard each day to being ready to learn by….looking with eyes, listening with ears, voices quiet, hands in own bubble space and sitting like a pretzel (when on the rug).  We are learning about the different parts of the brain and how each part functions.  We are becoming mindful of each other and the climate of our learning classroom.  Our lessons about the cool tools are helping us be aware of others and how to deal with situations. 

We read Ish and were reminded again that our words matter. The FUZZY DICE remind us  to say nice words or show nice actions toward others.  We passed the fuzzy dice to our neighbor and gave them a nice compliment to practice.   

Franklin’s Bad Day was read on Wednesday to help us learn to walk away before saying toothpaste words or doing toothpaste actions to our friends.  The BIG INFLATABLE SHOE is our visual reminder.  We decorated our own shoe to take home.

Thursday we read When I am angry and learned that taking time to chill out when we feel upset is okay.  The ICE CUBE TRAY is a good reminder.  We played a fun game using a real ice cube.  It was COOL! 🙂

Being Friends was a great book that showed us that it is okay that we are not all the same…we are different and special, just like a KALEIDOSCOPE. It was fun to look through a real kaleidoscope and then color our own.

 WRITER’S  WORKSHOP:  The kinders found that writers share information with others about what they know. Examples of these topics were WHAT TV SHOW DO YOU LIKE TO WATCH? WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COLOR? WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO EAT FOR BREAKFAST?  They practiced this by taking turns with their partners to be the jelly (speaker) and the peanut butter (listener). They also learned and practiced what it looks like to “turn and talk” to their partners. The teacher claps two times and says “TURN AND TALK” and the kinders clap two times and say “OKAY”.  The kinders turn and face their partner, taking turns being the jelly and the peanut butter.  When they hear “hands and eyes”, they repeat “hands and eyes” and turn and face the teacher. The kinders did AWESOME!!!  We will be doing more sharing next week.

 

NEWSPAPER—LET’S FIND OUT!  The kinders were introduced to the newspapers that help us learn about various topics.  School rules were the topic for this first edition.  

MATH: Last week we started number writing during our handwriting time, stressing that we always start our numbers at the top!  This week we wrote number 2 and number 3.  We drew 2 flowers and 3 apples to show their number sense. 

We read Anno’s Counting Book and went on an I Spy hunt on the book pages for objects that corresponded to  that number. 

We also learned how to count a group of objects and find different ways to arrange them.  For example: 3 can be shown with 1 red tile and 2 blue tiles or 3 can be shown with 3 red tiles and 0 blue tiles by using our math manipulatives. Pictures will come next week.  I totally forgot to take them.

On Fridays the kinders enjoy playing various math games to strength the math concepts learned during the week.  This week they played with PATTERN BLOCKS, ROLL AND COVER WITH PETE THE CAT (ID #1-6), UNIFIX CUBES, PLAYDOUGH NUMBERS (ID #1-10) AND SORTING TEDDY BEARS (ID colors). 

     

NOTES FOR MOM AND DAD

*Outdoor clothing.—.Please send a coat or sweatshirt with your child if needed in the mornings.  The weather can quickly change so it is good to be prepared.

*Backpack snack.—Pack TWO quick, heathy snackS each day.  Be sure to place it in a special small pocket so that it is easy for them to locate.

*Blue folders—send them to school each day (you are all doing a great job with this!  Thank you!!)

*If ordering a hot lunch or milk, please discuss with your child what they will be ordering so that they are comfortable and secure with their selections.

*Parents, please subscribe to this blog so that you are alerted when information is posted about happenings in our classroom.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISHES TO:  Thank you for all of the birthday treats!

 Addison

  Rocco              Parker

 Lila

 

UPCOMING DATES:

Monday, Sept. 10–GYMKool Kinder: Ethan

Tuesday, Sept 11—ART;  Kool Kinder: Jace.

Wednesday, Sept 12—STEAMLibrary….Don’t forget to return your kinder’s library book INSIDE their backpack;   Kool Kinder: Brooks

Thursday Sept 13—MUSIC Kool Kinder:  Aria

Friday, Sept 14—GYMCOLOR DAY….Wear YELLOW!  FAST FRIDAY (Early Release dismissal 12:15pm) 

Thursday, Sept. 27—School Pictures….ordering information will be sent home soon.  

Have a restful weekend. Sleep well. We have a 5 day week ahead. Thank you for sharing your kinder with me. They are wonderful!  Mrs. Bohl

We have LIBRARY on Wednesday!

Did you see that they took home a library book this week?  On Wednesday we visited the library for the first time.  

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We met Mrs. VandenBerg, the school librarian.  

 

 

 

 

   We sat on her blue rug where she will read us stories.  Today Mrs. VandenBerg taught us how to choose a library book.

    We were able to look at ALL the books and choose one.  There are LOTS of books in the library!

      We  waited in line to check out.  We put our own library card and book under her red beeping light.   

  We are excited to take home our book.

This is a new routine, so your kinder will need your help to remember to return the book each Wednesday. Your kinder may borrow this book for ONE WEEK, and then it must be returned to school by next Wednesday in order to check out another book.

If you are finished reading the book prior to Wednesday, your kinder may return the book anytime! We have a basket inside our classroom that will hold our collection of library books. 

Thank you for encouraging reading and helping with this new responsibility!  Happy Reading!! 🙂