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NEWS—-Dec 2-6

POPCORN WORDS:     LOOK      RUN     FROM  Like always, we used them in the our writing and found them in books!  Our shared poem and book also contained words that we could read.  We had fun making some new words by adding a new letter at the start of “an”.


GINGERBREAD MAN:  He likes to run!  The gingerbread man has many ways of avoiding being caught! We found this out by reading  The Gingerbread Man by Karen Schimdt.  Next week we will be reading different versions of this story.  Will he get caught?  Will he escape?  Wait and see! Even our newspaper was about how to make a gingerbread man cookie and more at a bakery!

I hope that you had fun decorating your gingerbread boy/girl at home.  They are fantastic and special.  Hopefully, these gingerbread men won’t run away!! 🙂  For now they are on our board. 

MATH:   We practiced telling and solving addition and subtraction stories all week.  The kinders are doing a great job solving these problems.  We practiced seeing 5-groups and more in numbers 6-10 and building teen numbers (10+3=13). We used the break apart stick (popsicle stick) to show partners of numbers (4+2=6, 1+5=6, etc) when using math tiles.  The 3 Friday math games focused on making patterns, counting by 10’s and graphing.

READING:  The kinders learned that readers work hard to read words they know smoothly.  We learned how to make our books come to life by paying attention to the punctuation.  We learned how to sound excited when we see exclamation points and how to have a questioning voice when we see a question mark.  We also learned on how to use a voice that pulls readers in and how understanding of our book is important, otherwise our listeners may not understand it either.  We ended the week by learning about “book talk” power.  This is when we talk about the books we just read.  We tell the listener all of the important parts.  Book talk power is great for strengthening our comprehension skills!

SPLIT LIT:   All of the literacy activities were holiday themed and dealt with identifying letters and their sounds, blending and segmenting sounds in words, writing popcorn words and beginning and ending sounds in words.  This is one of our favorite times of the day….having fun while learning!

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  We learned that our writing pens have two jobs…one side is for writing and one side is for pointing when we need to reread what we wrote.  Writers use many different tools to help them write fabulous stories.  A checklist is one tool. We learned that words must have a vowel (hard worker) to sound right.  Another tool is our vowel chart which helps us remember the sounds the vowels make. The last tool we learned that that writers use is the word wall.  This chart makes it easy to find popcorn words in a snap.  We used all of these tools working together to begin writing about making Stone Soup before the kinders started writing yet another personal narrative story.  This is hard work but I am so proud of how hard the kinders work during this time.

HANDWRITING:  We started to learn the proper formation of UPPER CASE LETTERS.  This week the focus was on the STRAIGHT LINE FAMILY…LT,I.F,E,H.

MYSTERY READERS:  We had 3 mystery readers this week.

On Monday, the kinders didn’t know the mystery reader but I did.  My oldest daughter, Hannah and my granddaughters, Madeline (3) and Abigail (1) came to school. Hannah was still on Thanksgiving break from her school so it worked out perfectly.  She read Froggy Learns to Swim because Madeline LOVES to swim in Oma’s (my) pool and Madeline likes to read Froggy books.

On Wednesday, Lucas was thrilled to see his mom step into the classroom.  She read one of their favorites for the holiday season Snowmen at Christmas.  What a great book to imagine what snowmen do during the night.

On Friday, Reagan was all smiles when her Dad came to read us Santa is coming to Michigan.  A nice story that follows Santa’s trip to various cities in Michigan as he delivers his toys.


Books for the holiday book exchanged are due next week, Thursday (Dec 12).  Please have your kinder bring in a wrapped book.  They may fill out the “from” section but please leave who it is to blank.  If you ordered a book through our book order, I will send the book home with your kinder as soon as the books comes in or I will let you know if they are gifts. 


*Mon. Dec. 9  GYM

*Tues. Dec 10  ART

*Wed. Dec 11  STEAM;  Library Don’t forget to return your book!

*Thurs. Dec 12 MUSIC;  Wrapped books due for our Holiday Book Exchange if you would like to participate.  Holiday Music Program… We will travel to Fair Haven to rehearse from 10:00-11:00.  6:15 kinders arrive, 6:30 p.m. program at Fair Haven Church in Jenison.  If your kinder would like a sack lunch from the lunch service, please email me or write a note by Thursday, 12/11.

*Fri. Dec 13    STEAM;  Fast Friday (Early Release…dismissal at 12:15am)   

*Dec 16—Holiday Gift Shopping  2:00-2:45pm.  Parent volunteers will be available to help your kinder shop.  More details coming soon    Wear Red and Green Day

*Dec 17—Wear Holiday Hat Day

*Dec 18—Grinch Day  

*Dec 19—Holiday Party  2:00-3:00PM Volunteers have been contacted.  If you would like to donate supplies, the sign up is HERE.  There are some open opportunities still available!

*Dec 20—Polar Express Day   Wear jamies to school

*Dec 21-Jan 5—Holiday Vacation   School resumes on Monday, January 6

Holiday Party Sign Up

The Holiday Party planning is done and now we could use your help.  Please follow the instructions below to sign up to donate the needed supplies for the party.  

All of the volunteer help spots have been filled.  If you have not had the opportunity to attend a party, no worries.  We will have our last party in February.  You are welcome to email me if you would like to be part of that party.  Thank you so much for helping to make our classroom parties a fun experience for the kinders.

We’re using (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming activity.

Please sign up for Holiday Party 2019!

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on
3. Sign up! Choose your spots – will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: does not share your email address with anyone.

Candy Canes for Sale

The annual fifth grade candy cane sale is officially here!

The annual candy cane sale has returned. Our fifth-grade classes will sell candy canes to help raise money for their end of year activities. This year the sale runs from Wednesday, December 4 through Wednesday, December 18.The cost for each candy cane is $1.00, and they will be delivered the same day they are ordered. If you’d like your kinder to order a candy cane, please send the money in an envelope or baggie (with their name on it) in their blue folder. That way, I will be sure to see it. Thank you for your support, and happy holidays!

Book Orders Due Tomorrow 12/2


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  This link should connect you directly to our class.  The books should arrive in time for our class book exchange. 

If you are purchasing books for our Holiday class book exchange, please keep the cost under $5.00.  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

Giving Thanks for YOU!

Dear kinder families,

I want to express my thankfulness to you.  I am so grateful to be able to spend everyday with your sweet kinder.  I love what I do!  Thank you so much for sharing your kinder with me.

I wish you the most WONDERFUL Thanksgiving Day and extended weekend with your family and friends. I am looking forward to seeing my awesome kinders on Monday, December 2.

With a grateful heart,  Mrs. Bohl


NEWS—Nov. 25 & 26


A very short week but yet full of learning….

SOCIAL STUDIES: We completed our learning about the pilgrims, Native American Indians and the first Thanksgiving. We learned what it was like to live the life of a Pilgrim child and a Wampanoag child.  We watched two short videos on a day in the life of a child who grew up living the pilgrim life and a child who grew up living the Wampanoag life.  We learned that pilgrim children picked their crops, they helped their families and they gathered firewood.  We learned that Wampanoag children scared away birds from their crops, collected water, picked crops and helped their families.  We learned both groups of children played with other children, ate meals, and had a place to sleep.  It was so fun learning about what life was like for children 400 years ago!

We made a storytelling bracelet by using colored beads to tell the story of the First Thanksgiving.  Enjoy having your kinder retell it to you. We also made a Thankful Bag that was filled with various objects to tell a special someone they are thankful for them. 

After reading the story of Stone Soup, we followed a recipe filled with popcorn words as we added our ingredients.  We put in corn, potatoes, peas, green beans, onions, tomatoes, spices and of course stones! After it cooked for a very long time we ate our delicious soup together. I am so proud of the kinders who were not sure if they would like the soup but tried it and they loved it.  

MATH: We practiced telling addition and subtraction stories by using Native American Indians (brave & squaw), a canoe, blue paper for water and fish crackers. “The brave caught 3 fish.  Then he caught 2 fish. How many fish did he catch?” or “The squaw cooked 6 fish. The brave ate 2 fish. How many fish were left in the pan?” A fun way to learn! We practiced making partners of ten too.  First we rolled a giant die to find out how many dots we needed to color on the turkey feather. Then we used a second color to color the remaining dots to make 10.  An example is: 4 orange dots + 6 brown dots = 10 dots.  Finally, we cut out the feathers and attached them to our turkeys.  Please ask your kinder to count the dots and tell you the number partners of their turkey feathers. 


WRITING: We read a book about giving thanks before the kinders wrote about what they are thankful for and why.  It is so exciting to see how they have progressed thus far in their writing. We have so much to be thankful for! 🙂  We are truly blessed!

2nd Grade Reading Celebration:  Mrs. Gates invited our class to join her 2nd graders for a reading celebration!  The 2nd graders were spread out throughout their room and they each had nonfiction books that they studied and were experts about!  We learned about dinosaurs, farming, weather, space, etc….It was so much fun to learn some new facts from our 2nd graders!

SPLIT LIT: The activities had a Thanksgiving theme to help the kinders practice identifying initial sounds, words that began with T/words that did not begin with T and rhyming words.  The kinders’ literacy skills are improving all the time!

Important Information

There is no homework this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday.  Please enjoy time with your family and friends. Homework will resume on 12/4.

CALENDARS:  The DECEMBER calendar (paper copy was sent home 11/26) and the December lunch menu is available.  Please refer to these calendars for upcoming events and hot lunch choices.


*Mon. Dec. 2  MUSIC ;  Book Orders due (paper form or online) 

*Tues. Dec 3  GYM

*Wed. Dec 4  ART;  Library Don’t forget to return your book!

*Thurs. Dec 5  STEAM

*Fri. Dec 6    GYM

*Dec 12—Wrapped books due for our Holiday Book Exchange if you would like to participate.  

*Dec. 12—Holiday Music Program… We will travel to Fair Haven to rehearse from 10:00-11:00.  6:15 kinders arrive, 6:30 p.m. program at Fair Haven Church in Jenison.  

*Dec. 13–Fast Friday 12:15pm dismissal

*Dec 18—Grinch Day

*Dec 19—Holiday Party  2:00-3:00PM Activities are being planned.  Details about donations and volunteers will be available soon.

*Dec 20—Polar Express Day   Wear jamies to school

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. Mrs. Bohl


Stone Soup Reminder…..

Tomorrow we are going to be making Stone Soup as a class! Please send your veggies in tomorrow to add to our soup! 

  1. Please use the baggie I sent home to place your food item inside.
  2. Please clean and chop all vegetables into bite sized pieces. The food must be ready to be placed inside our pot. If you use canned vegetables, please drain them prior to placing them in the baggie. Please send in no more than a 1/2 cup of vegetables.
  3. Please choose 1 vegetable from the following list:

green beans






Looking forward to a fun day!

Roll out the welcome mat for……Snuggles!


OH ME!  OH MY!  We have begun our 3rd round of our Kool Kinder activities.  The kinders and Snuggles are super excited because Snuggles is inviting himself to be a guest at your house.  Yippee!

Again, we are randomly drawing out a name to see who will be the next Kool Kinder.  When chosen, that kinder will be bringing home an extra backpack which belongs to Snuggles.  Inside you will find….Snuggles, his blanket, his PJ’s, his favorite book, crayons, and the Sleep Over journal.  Have fun including your extra guest in your nightly activities.  Before bedtime, encourage and assist your kinder in drawing a picture and writing a sentence about that picture inside the sleep over journal.  (They will be explaining this entry to the class on the following day.)

 Fill out the check list paper and return Sunggles and ALL of his belongings on the next school day.

5 Stars = Extra long Choices!

We have a scoreboard in our class.  It looks like something like this.

Everyday Mrs. Bohl is keeping track of when the kinders follow directions in a snap. When we follow her directions in a snap the first time we (the kinders = you) earn a point and a collective, “Oh yeah!” can be heard.  When Mrs. Bohl has to repeat directions and it takes the kinders another try to follow directions then she (Mrs. Bohl = me) earns a point.  A collective, “Oh man” can be heard. When the kinders have more points on the scoreboard than Mrs. Bohl, a blue star goes up on the wall. 

This week we reached our goal of 5 stars!  Hooray! 

We rewarded our hard work by having an extra long time of CHOICES.  Here are a few pictures of what the kinders did during this time.  Way to go, kinders!  Congratulations!