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NEWS—Oct. 21-25

POPCORN WORDS:     They were ‘popping’ up all the time this week in our daily messages and in books. We learned that sometimes “E” is quiet and tells other hard worker letters (vowels) to do a flip and say their letter name. We saw this happening in “like” and “here”.  Our shared reading poem “I like to play.” and book The Balloon included our popcorn words this week.

 

 

 

 

COLOR WORD:    ORANGE       We read many pumpkin books to celebrate the color orange.  It was a perfect week to do this as many of the kinders have visited pumpkin patches. The kinders did not guess my orange surprise snack this week—-Cheese-It crackers!  A tasty mini snack.

SCIENCE: Scientists observe and look closely at objects. Scientists also label things. We were scientists in the classroom this week. We read a non-fiction book to gather information about how pumpkins grow.  Making our own “flow map” to show the life cycle of a pumpkin and singing a song to help us remember was fun.  We read a big book and newspaper that reinforced our learning about pumpkins.  

READER’S WORKSHOP:  With our reading partners, we worked hard to find places in our storybooks that were our “favorite part”, “Wow!, that’s cool”, “I didn’t know that?” and “That’s happened to me!” Storybooks are filled with these parts to make the story exciting! We are all learning!  Just like when we were little we didn’t walk right away, we had to crawl, scoot, hold onto things and then we could walk, jog and then run!  Reading is like that too.  We have to learn some sounds, put those sounds together and then use all of our reading tools to practice being a reader. Reading by ourselves or with our partners help us grow as readers!

 

 

 

 

HANDWRITING:  We continued to learned how to properly write more “counter clockwise” lower case letters of  e,s,o,u  A few of these letters are tricky so keep practicing at home.  It is helping!

WRITING WORKSHOP:  The kinders learned that writers also write books with a pattern.  After investigating a real pumpkin, we wrote a book about the parts of the pumpkin using the pattern “I see the _______.” (stem, ribs, rind,  orange pumpkin) . We also wrote a book about ourselves after listening to the song Mat Man.  This song reminds us to include details in drawing a person. This book used the pattern of “Here is my ______.” (head, body, hair, friend).

LITERACY: The kinders did activities to strengthen their skills in letter ID, letter sounds, hearing syllables in words, reading popcorn words and writing their name. I am SO excited about the progress I am noticing.  Thank you for working and supporting your kinder at home.  It is making a BIG difference!

MATH:   We did a little bit of everything in math this week.  We worked on telling math stories, writing numbers in correct order, noticing 5 groups and extra ones in numbers 6-10 and comparing numbers by using equal (= )and not equal (= with / through) symbols.  It was a busy week of learning!

Friday math games consisted of  HOW MANY PUMPKINS SEEDS? (counting groups of objects 1-10 using fine motor skills), RACE TO FILL THE PUMPKINS (or buckets)(counting objects), PUMPKINS, PUMPKINS (1-10 number order) and BUGS CAUGHT IN THE SPIDER WEB (identifying numbers 1-6). The kinders really look forward to Friday math games that reinforce concepts learned during the week. 

BUDDY TIME:  We ended our day on Friday with spending some time with our buddies.  First we read Spookley the Square Pumpkin together. A sweet story about looking at the inside of a person and not judging them by how they look on the outside. Then the buddies and the kinders created their own Spookley square pumpkins.  It is always fun when we get together.

MYSTERY READER: It was Ryleigh’s turn to be surprised when her grandma walked into the room Wednesday afternoon.  She read Duck, Duck, Moose.  A fun, giggly book about baby ducks thinking a moose is their mother.  She even surprised us by giving us mini rubber ducks.  Thank you so much!!

Friday Katelyn’s mom read us Pig the Pug because they have a dog that looks alike like Pig.  It was a good story to remind us it is more fun to share.  Thank you for coming!

Parent/Teacher Conferences: These will be on Nov. 18 and Nov. 20 from 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.  Conference times will be sent home on Monday.

Fall Party Update: Our Fall Party will be on Thursday, Oct. 31 at 2:00 p.m.  The 8 parent volunteers have been contacted along with the parents donating supplies.  Thank you for your understanding if you are not able to come to this party.  I have started a list of parents that were unable to attend this party but would like to attend our other 2 parties. This will be rotating so that all will get an opportunity to attend a party. 

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Oct 28—STEAM

*Tuesday, Oct 29—MUSIC   Picture Re-Take Day AND Turkey Trot  

*Wednesday, Oct 30—GYM; Library–Please help your kinder remember their library book.  Homework packet is due    Kindergarten Parent and Administration Meeting at 7:00pm in the Multi-Purpose Room at Georgetown.

*Thursday, Oct 31–-ART    Fall Class Party, 2:00-3:00 p.m.  

*Friday, Nov 1—STEAM (send in labeled over the head headphones for STEAM…see earlier posting)  Wear  BROWN  

*Nov. 15—Fast Friday (early release) Dismissal at 12:15

*Nov. 18—Parent-Teacher Conferences

*Nov. 20—Parent-Teacher Conferences

*Nov. 27—Nov. 29—NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Vacation

*Dec. 12—Holiday Program… 6:30 p.m. at Fair Haven Church in Jenison.  More details coming as date approaches.

Have a fabulous weekend.  Mrs. Bohl

Headphones for STEAM needed

Our STEAM teacher, Mrs. Totten is asking if  your kinder could bring in headphones (the type you can plug into a computer) to keep at school to use during STEAM class throughout the year.  These headphones do not need to be fancy.  Often they can be found at Five Below, where you can purchase them for under $5.00. Consider sending in over the head type headphones (pictured below) rather than the earbud type as these are easier to put on and take off independently.

They will begin using them on Friday, Nov 1 in STEAM.  It would be greatly appreciated if you could mark the headphones with your kinder’s name.  If you cannot send in headphones we do have some extra ones for them to use.  Thank you!

NEWS—Oct. 14-18

Our busy week of learning in kindergarten…..

COLOR WORDSBLACK    WHITE       We read Harry the Dirty Dog, Harry and the Neighbor, Harry goes to the sea, Please, Mr. Panda and I’ll wait Mr. Panda as our color theme books.  We also watched a non-fiction video about panda bears. We all agreed they are cute black and white bears so it was obvious that we needed to make panda bears.  It was fun to use a fork as our paint brush. Thanks for participating by wearing black and white! 🙂 We also made our weekly color flip book, went on a I Spy hunt for black & white pictures and drew a picture of Harry the Dirty Dog.  Our surprise black & white snack this week was OREO cookies.  Not very healthy, I know, but very tasty. 

  

HANDWRITING:  We learned about the three different handwriting lines and how some letters are small, some are tall, and some fall below the lines.  Remembering to always start at the top is tricky so extra reminders at home is helpful. We started practicing the proper formation of Counter Clockwise letters (f,c,a,d).  We will finish the rest of these letters next week.

POPCORN WORDS:   YES   NO  STOP  GO We wrote these words in our journals, found/wrote them in our popcorn paper books, used magnets to create new words by changing the beginning sound (go, no, so, OR stop, mop, top, hop) and in our shared reading poem.  

READING:  As readers, we learned another strategy to use when we get stuck on unknown words.  Tryin’ Lion is a cute beanie baby that tells us to “reread and never give up.”  He joins Eagle Eye ( look closely at the words and picture) and Stretchy Snake (stretch out sounds in words) as useful reading strategies.   Readers also notice that important words have labels to make reading them easier.  We practiced this by labeling important words in two emergent books. The kinders were given a sticky note to use when they located a character showing a feelings.  A good review from last week’s lessons.

MATH: This week the kinders found out that they can tell math stories and solve the answers to their math stories. For example:  3 teddy bears came and sat at a table.  2 more teddy bears joined them.  How many teddy bears are at the table?”  3+2=5  In addition, they practiced drawing pictures of math stories on whiteboards. They used their math toolboxes to show groups of 5 within numbers (5+1=6) and to compare numbers by using a 5 strip and extra one tiles.  They drew groups of 5 and extra ones, wrote number 6 and counted groups of objects inside their workbooks.

WRITING WORKSHOP: During our writing time we learned that writers stretch out sounds in words, the words match the pictures, they talk and share with their partners. We worked together to create another Show and Tell book.  This time it was about our Homes.  The kinders shared information about where they eat, where they sleep and where they like to play with their writing partners before actual drawing and writing each day.  They are doing a fabulous job drawing detailed pictures, labeling parts of their drawings and trying their best to write a matching sentence such as “I eat at the table. I sleep in my bed. I play in the playroom.” (We try to use as many popcorn words as possible when we write together!)  On Friday, we met with Mrs. Tindall’s class to read our books together and celebrate being awesome writers!

LITERACY:  This week the kinders worked as a whole group with Mrs. Bynum while I reassessed the kinders are their letters/sounds and rhyming words.  We have been working hard in mastering these skills during Split Lit and in small groups.  Their activities focused on sight words, rhyming words, distinguishing between letter b and letter d and listening for sounds in the beginning, middle and end of words.  Look for a note in your kinder’s folder informing you of your kinder’s progress in the coming weeks.  Our shared reading book was filled with rhyming words.

MYSTERY READER: On Wednesday afternoon, Kennedy was surprised…again.  This time it was her grandma who came to read a story to us.  She brought The Day the Crayons Talked because Kennedy LOVES to color. A fun story to hear especially since we are learning our colors words!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

BACKPACK SNACKS…THANK YOU SO MUCH for being conscientious about sending ONLY TWO healthy, NUT FREE snacks…one for the morning, one for the afternoon.  Our snack time is short but enough time to become refueled.

BLUE FOLDERS and BACKPACKS:  Please get in the habit of taking out your kinder’s blue folder each night and removing the papers, art work, etc.  Please place any notes back inside the folder.  That is the best place for me to find them.  Cleaning out your kinder’s backpack of extra things will make it less heavy and allow more room for their folder and lunch box.  Thank you!

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Oct 21—ART

*Tuesday, Oct 22—STEAM 

*Wednesday, Oct 23—MUSIC; Library–Please help your kinder remember their library book.  Homework packet is due 

*Thursday, Oct 24–GYM    

 *Friday, Oct 25—ART; Wear ORANGE

*Tuesday, Oct 29—Picture Re-Take Day AND Turkey Trot 

*Tuesday, Oct 29—Fall Party games and craft items should be sent into school

*Thursday, Oct. 31—Fall Class Party, 2:00-3:00 p.m.  Food items should be sent into school in the morning 

*Nov. 15—Fast Friday (early release) Dismissal at 12:15

*Nov. 18—Parent-Teacher Conferences

*Nov. 20—Parent-Teacher Conferences

*Nov. 27—Nov. 29—NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Vacation

*Dec. 12—Holiday Program…Details coming

Have a fabulous weekend with your kinder.  They are very special little people who I am so thrilled to be spending my days with.  Mrs. Bohl

 

Bus Safety Training

Today we had a visit from Mrs. DeZeeuw and Mrs. Reeves, who are “real” bus drivers. They shared some 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. 

It was good to review these important bus safety tips after we have been riding the bus for a few weeks.  We have awesome kinders who are soaring on the bus!

NEWS—Oct. 7-11

Fall weather is here!  Please continue to send a warm coat or sweatshirt with your kinder.  The weather can quickly change so it is good to be prepared.  We go out for a break/recess in the morning, lunch and end of the day.

COLOR WORD:    PURPLE     Harold and the Purple Crayon was just one of many purple themed books we read.  It was a great book to inspire imagination.  The kinders used their imagination to draw their own purple crayon adventures.  We LOVED hearing an old favorite song of Mrs. Bohl, the song “One Eyed, One Horned Flying Purple People Eater”.  They really enjoyed making their own one eyed, one horned flying purple people eater monsters.  Here is the link to the “Purple People Eater” video we watched. They are decorating our room for a bit. After reading Purplicious, the kinders were curious if red and blue really would make purple. We couldn’t pass up the chance to be a scientist and try it out using red and blue paint. Amazing….it really DID make purple!!! 🙂  Once again, it was fun looking at the way the kinders chose to wear this week’s color purple.  We have a few more colors to learn.

 

HANDWRITING: We spent some time distinguishing between letters and numbers. We started learning the proper formation of lower case letters.  This week it was the “straight line” letters (l,t,i) These booklets were sent home.  Please refer to this booklet as your kinder continues to practice writing at home.  They are doing great but some upcoming letters are more difficult than others to form properly, so extra practice is always beneficial.  Writing with markers, chalk, bathroom crayons and even in shaving cream are some fun different ways to inspire your kinder.  

   

POPCORN WORDS:  ME   BE   WE   WILL   The kinders were excited to see that our popcorn words rhymed (at least 3 of them).  We found these words inside our daily message, we unscrambled the letters to spell them correctly and found them in books. Thank you for working with your kinder at home.

MATH:  We spent the first part of the week reviewing the math skills that we learned…writing, identifying and counting object for numbers 1-5, identifying and drawing shapes, completing dot to dot pictures.  On Wednesday we took our first math test using individual “office spaces” (a folder separating them from their neighbor) .  They settled in and did a GREAT job of working hard on answering all the questions.  These tests will be graded and given to you soon. I am amazed at how much each kinder has grown in their math skills and abilities!! Thank you for working and supporting them at home.  We started unit #2 by searching for groups of objects 1-10. Friday math games were about identifying shapes, exploring with pattern blocks, identifying numbers 1-6 and counting objects.

READING WORKSHOP: We used storybooks like Piggy and Elephant  to help us notice that characters have feelings.  Sometimes the characters even show strong feelings, as in the book Ilama llama mad at Mama. . When a reader forgets what the words say, they can look at the pictures to help them remember what the words are.  We practiced this together by using a favorite book, The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear.

WRITING: The kinders learned that Show and Tell writing can be about important places.  Together we wrote a Show and Tell 3 page book about the library.  Writers and illustrators make decisions on what to draw and label.  The kinders worked hard to do this on each page.  We even tried to write a sentence about our pictures using some popcorn words.  Our Show and Tell book sounded like this:  We will hear a book. We will pick a book.  We will get a book.  The kinders are turning into fantastic writers!

LITERACY:  We finished ABC Boot Camp with letters Xx,Yy, Zz.  We will continue to review these letters, practice producing their sounds in small groups and in large group.  Our shared reading book for the week was Fall Leaves.  Reading this book together helps us in identifying parts of a book, noticing patterns, rhymes, popcorn words and more. It was pretty cool that our poem was about fall leaves too. It is becoming a favorite part of our morning.

MYSTERY READER: On Tuesday Ariya was thrilled to see her mom and her younger sister, Eden.  We enjoyed listening to Thelma the Unicorn.  Thelma learned that being yourself (a horse) is better than wanting to be something else…like a unicorn.  A great lesson for us to remember too.

On Wednesday Kennedy’s grandpa was our Mystery Reader.  He read Be Kind, Be Brave and Be You by Charles Schulz.  We love having grandparents stop by as much as parents.  

There are many open dates so if you are considering being a Mystery Reader, please sign up here  

FAMILY PUMPKIN PROJECT:  We have quite a few pumpkins that are disguised as a unicorn, princess, cat, snowman and more.  I totally forgot to take a picture…I will do that soon.  Thank you for participating. The pumpkins are fabulous!!!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

BACKPACK SNACKS…THANK YOU SO MUCH for being conscientious about sending ONLY TWO healthy, NUT FREE snacks…one for the morning, one for the afternoon.  Our snack time is short but enough time to become refueled.

KOOL KINDERS:   The kinders are excited to be the Kool Kinder again.  We are now drawing out a stick with a kinder’s name on it to determine the next day’s Kool Kinder.  A yellow reminder note will come home the day prior. The kinders are bringing in a show and tell item from home.  After you choose the show and tell item, please talk with your kinder about what information they are going to share with the class.  We love to hear why they chose it, who gave it to them or where did they get it, etc. 

BLUE FOLDERS and BACKPACKS:  Please get in the habit of taking out your kinder’s blue folder each night and removing the papers, art work, etc.  Please place any notes back inside the folder.  That is the best place for me to find them.  Cleaning out your kinder’s backpack of extra things will make it less heavy and allow more room for their folder and lunch box.  Thank you!

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Oct 14—ART

*Tuesday, Oct 15—STEAM 

*Wednesday, Oct 16—MUSIC; Library–Please help your kinder remember their library book.  Homework packet is due 

*Thursday, Oct 17–GYM    EMAIL ME OR SEND A NOTE BY THURSDAY (10/17) IF YOUR KINDER WOULD LIKE A SACK LUNCH.

 *Friday, Oct 18—GYM; FAST FRIDAY (early release)  Dismissal at 12:15pm  Wear BLACK AND WHITE

*Friday, Oct 29—Picture Re-Take Day AND Turkey Trot 

*Thursday, Oct. 31—Fall Class Party, 2:00-3:00 p.m.  There are still openings to donate supplies.  Here is the sign up list.