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WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—May 14-18

This is a long posting so please read to the end.  We were busy this week!

OUR AMERICAN SYMBOLS:  Hooray for the U.S.A! This week the kinders began to learn about some of our most popular American symbols. Reading a Let’s Find Out newspaper about American Symbols was informative too.

   

First, we learned what a symbol is (it is a picture that stands for something). Next, we practiced identifying some common symbols for popular spots such as Dairy Queen, Target, Jet’s Pizza, etc.

The Statue of Liberty and The White House were the first two symbols studied.  After reading non-fiction books and watching an informational video about each symbol, the kinders did some informational writing by choosing 3 facts to write on their paper. It was fun to make a craft relating to the symbols too.

Some fun facts we learned about the Statue of Liberty were it was a gift from France, it is made from copper, she is called “The Lady of Liberty”, she holds a torch in one hand and a table in the other.  We did an experiment to see if we could turn copper pennies green like the Statue of Liberty did.  We put pennies in a bowl of vinegar and salt for 10 minutes then took them out to dry.  Can you see the green on them?  How cool!

   

   

We are keeping all of our work inside our American Symbols story pockets. The story pockets will come home next week after we learn about more American symbols.  

WRITER’S WORKSHOP: The kinders wrote their opinion about which sport they like to play (football, basketball, baseball, soccer), what kind of pet they would like (dog, cat, hamster, fish, lizzard), and stating why Georgetown is awesome.  The kinders always enjoy sharing their writings with their friends too.

       

At the end of the week, they wrote their ON DEMAND on the topic of their favorite restaurant. This is when they do all of their writing independently, without teacher assistance. The kinders did an AMAZING JOB!  I am so very proud of them. I am in the process of grading them and will send home the writings home soon.

We were invited to Mrs. VanKovering’s first grade to listen to her students read their realistic fiction narrative writing pieces.  It was good for the kinders to see what they will be writing next year.  Thank you for inviting us.  We really enjoyed coming!

                

MATH:  After reviewing various math skills, the kinders used their individual office spaces to take their last math test, Unit #5.  They are becoming very good mathematicians solving addition and subtraction problems, comparing items using terms longer, shorter, taller and showing teen numbers as tens and extra ones.  What a good job they have done!!! 🙂  Their tests will be coming home soon.

    

READER’S WORKSHOP:  We are Readers and we LOVE to read.  We are working on staying focused on reading for 18-20 minutes.  What an accomplishment as the kinders move into first grade.  Friday was “the best” according to the kinders as they eagerly read with their flashlights and tried to spotlight popcorn words.  Thank you for helping to supply your kinder with a flashlight.

     

MYSTERY GUEST READER:  It was Dominic’s turn jump up and cry “Dad” as our mystery guest reader walked into our room.  He brought the book The Legend of Jake, the Salty Dog because Hilton Head a favorite vacation spot for their family.  Thank you so much for stopping by today.  We love your visits.

                                  

OUR 5TH GRADE BUDDIES:  In preparation for our buddies going on their “sleep over field trip” (actual term is 5th grade camp), the kinders made them a card.  They also gave them a fun bag filled with a mini game booklet and a package of starbursts because “we hope they had “bursts” of fun at camp.”  Another way to spread random acts of kindness.  Our buddies were surprised!  Yeah!

      

POPCORN WORDS:          TODAY    PLAY     AWAY      UP                                                  Thank you so much for working with your kinder to learn their sight words.  They know soooo many words!  Oh my goodness!  I am so proud of them!  

NOTES FOR MOM AND DAD

*PLEASE RETURN….TAKE HOME books and LIBRARY books   Please return your library book if you still have it at home.  Inventory has began.  Please consider checking out library books from the public library throughout the summer.  Please return your TAKE HOME books.  

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

UPCOMING DATES

*MONDAY, MAY 21: STEAM;  

*TUESDAY, MAY 22: GYM;  

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 23: MUSIC;    WEEKLY HOMEWORK IS DONE FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR.  Thank you so much for supporting and encouraging your kinder to complete their homework each week.  It made an impact in their learning.

*THURSDAY, MAY 24:  ART

*FRIDAY, MAY 25: STEAMRedWhite and Blue Day!  Wear your RedWhite and Blue to school!!

*MONDAY, MAY 28…Memorial Day, No School

*TUESDAY, MAY 29:  Birthday celebration for Alexandra

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 30:  Birthday celebration for Katelynn (June 20)

*THURSDAY, MAY 31:  Birthday celebration for Jonathan (Aug 12)

*FRIDAY, JUNE 1:  Kindergarten Olympics 

*FRIDAY, JUNE 8:  Last Day of School.  Dismissal at 12:15 p.m.

~~~Have a great weekend.  Mrs. Bohl

 

Read with a Flashlight tomorrow 5/18

May has been a moth of celebrating becoming READERS!

To celebrate….tomorrow  (Friday, May 18) is FLASHLIGHT FRIDAY!

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Look around the house for a small flashlight to bring to school. Please label the flashlight with your kinder’s name.  (If you have extras, I am sure that friends who forget will appreciate it 🙂  

We will turn off the lights and read books by flashlight.  We will use them to spotlight words as we read.  The flashlights will be returned home the same day.  Refer to the earlier note for details about the rest of our Fun Reading Friday events.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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I hope that all MOMS have a wonderful day that is just for you!  Your kinder loves you so much!  They were so excited to take home their card for you.  I hope you enjoy the special artwork that they created especially for you! Thank you for sharing your kinder with me each day!!!

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—-May 7-11

See what we did and learned about this week in kindergarten

SCIENCE:  We finished our learning about Living and Non-Living this week by making a mini booklet entitled Animal Needs. Have your kinder read and tell about what animals need to live. See the previous posting about the fun we had learning the parts of a plant. We also learned that not all plants grow at the same rate but thank goodness they all sprouted!  We watered  and journaled about the growth of our bean plant and you now have the responsibility of caring for that plant. Be sure to continue to write in the journal about what you do! 🙂 I hope that  you can find a good spot in your yard for planting the bean plant.  Science is so much fun! 

 

READER’S WORKSHOP:  This week we focused on increasing our reading stamina while defining the setting in books.  We made it to 18 minutes a few days.  Whoo Hoo!   We continued to celebrate becoming readers on Friday by reading with stuffed animals.  Reading to and with friends is always fun!!!

         

Next Friday, we will be reading with flashlight, looking to see if we can spot popcorn words within our books. The kinders are asked to bring in a flashlight on Friday, May 18.  All flashlights will be sent home on the same day.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP: More topics were introduced, more opinions were given, more reasons were written and more writings were shared with friends this week.  These topics included playing at the beach or at the pool; eating ice cream in a bowl or a cone; deciding which special class (art, STEAM, gym or music) they like best.  I am very proud of them. We will write a few more opinion writings as a whole group before ending the week with the kinders writing their ON DEMAND Opinion writing next week.  This is when the kinders use all of the strategies they have learned and write with teacher assistance.  I know that they will do awesome job!

MATH:  We used mini cubes and 10 cube sticks to show tens and extra ones for teen and twenty numbers.

   

The kinders compared objects using math terms such as longer than, shorter, heavier than, lighter than. 

The kinders will be reviewing various math skills the first part of the week and taking their LAST math test…Unit #5 towards the end of the week. Please encourage your kinder to do their best.  The test will cover addition & subtraction problems; comparing numbers using terms shorter, longer, heavier, lighter; showing tens & extra ones for teen numbers; and  more.

MYSTERY GUEST READER:  Jaxon literally jumped up from sitting on the floor and into his grandma’s arms.  How precious!  She brought his dad’s favorite book, Hamilton to read to us  A fun story about a pig and how he tricked the wolf from eating him. Thank you for stopping by.

 

POPCORN WORDS:       BY           MY           ONE                                                       What smart kinders I have!  I am working on the end of the year assessments and so far EVERYONE has been able to increase the amount of sight words they can identify.  Hooray for them! I am so very proud of the kinders!! 🙂 I encourage you this summer to continue to practice & review the popcorn words flash cards that have been sent home this year.  Sliding can often happen with basic skills and review is needed to ensure that the concepts are mastered.

NOTES FOR MOM AND DAD

TAKE HOME books:  This is the last week for the kinders to read and take home new books.  Please return their books on Monday,  Tuesday and Thursday.

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

SPRING WEATHER:  Please take a moment each morning to check the daily weather report.  It changes from day to day.  We want our kinders to be prepared to play on the playground.

UPCOMING DATES

*MONDAY, MAY 14:  ART;   Birthday celebration for Dominic

*TUESDAY, MAY 15: STEAM   

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 16GYM;  HOMEWORK DUE….literacy and math

*THURSDAY, MAY 17: MUSIC Birthday celebration for Parker

*FRIDAY, MAY 18:  ART; Celebrate being READERS:….Read with a FLASHLIGHT.  Bring a flashlight to school;  Kindergarten Olympic volunteer note due

*FRIDAY, MAY 26: RedWhite and Blue Day!  Wear your RedWhite and Blue to school!!

*MONDAY, MAY 28:  Memorial Day, No School

*TUESDAY, MAY 29:  Birthday celebration for Alexandra

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 30:  Birthday celebration for Katelynn (June 20)

*THURSDAY, MAY 31:  Birthday celebration for Jonathan (Aug 12)

*FRIDAY, JUNE 1:  Kindergarten Olympics  A note asking for parent volunteers came home.  Volunteers will be notified shortly with details.  This special day would not be possible without your help.  Thank you so much.  If you still would like to be part of this fun day, please let me know before Friday, May 18

*FRIDAY, JUNE 8:  Last Day of School.  Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

~~~Have a great weekend.    Mrs. Bohl

 

Tasting Parts of a Plant

“Can you eat parts of a plant?”  The kinders were not sure when I asked them this question.  So we read a few books to learn how vegetables grow…above or below the ground and to review parts of a plant.  

   

We learned that carrots, potatoes, radishes are roots.  Celery is like a stem. Lettuce, spinach, cabbage are leaves. Broccoli and cauliflower are considered flowers and corn, peas, beans are the seeds of a plant.  

  

We had a taste testing party after building our plant using carrots, celery, spinach, broccoli and corn.  I was proud of ALL of the kinders for tasting some vegetables they don’t typically like to eat. We all agreed….We like to eat plants!!

   

Field Trip Memories

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We had so much fun learning and observing living and non-living things during our class trip to Hemlock Crossing Nature Center this week.  We observed birds flying and chirping, water snakes slithering in the water and tadpoles and water beetles swimming.  We saw plant life and creatures in meadows and wetlands. Our five senses were very busy all morning long.  

Thank you, thank you to Mr. Vogel, Mr. Cozzolino, Mrs. Vannoy, Mr. Kniceley, Mrs. Laurie and Mrs. Garvin for joining us in learning. I am so glad that many other parents were able to join us for a picnic lunch at school.  What a fun day…even though it rained during lunch time. 

Enjoy the video that showcases our memories.

 

Book Orders due tomorrow—May 11

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                       Book Orders are due on FRIDAY, MAY 11   

       THIS IS THE LAST BOOK ORDER FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR!!                        

 You may send into school the completed paper forms along with a check made out to Scholastic Reading Club OR you may order online at www.scholastic.com/readingclub. 

Our code is L77G6 

Thanks for supporting & encouraging your kinder to read!  Mrs. Bohl

Read with a STUFFED ANIMAL tomorrow

Bring a SMALL stuffed animal on Friday!!

We are celebrating our fabulous year of reading growth throughout May by having “Fun Reading Fridays!”

Our second reading Friday is tomorrow: Read with a (small) stuffed animal Day. Your kinder is welcome and/or encouraged to take a small stuffed animal to read with.  The stuffed animal will come back home at noon. Check the pink note for details about the rest of our Fun Reading Friday events. 

The kinders will love reading with their stuffed animals!!!

 

Please check tonight……

Our field trip today at Hemlock Nature Center was AWESOME!! (even if it did rain at the end)  However, with our day of nature always comes those little critters we need to mindful of.  Ticks!  

As a staff we always give the good once over to look for any little hitchhikers.  However,  these little “friends” love to find spots to hide out that we aren’t allowed to search.  So maybe tonight is a bath night and an extensive once over would be helpful for Tick safety. I have attached the link from the CDC on Ticks.  Please let me know if you have any questions OR if you did see any hitchhikers (Ticks).

https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/index.html