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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

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

 

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

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!

 

Holiday Party!

THANK YOU SO MUCH to ALL of the volunteers (Sabrina’s mom, Elliott’s dad, Sutton’s mom, Ellery’s mom, Rowan’s mom, Jude & Kieran’s mom, Ariya’s mom, Katelyn’s mom, Isla’s mom and Reagan’s mom) who ran our fun centers and to ALL of the volunteers who donated supplies to make our Holiday Party so fun!  It takes a lot of work to plan, organize, and run the party centers. The kinders and I had a fabulous time!  

Enjoy this short, fun video that captures the holiday fun of the day!

Grinch Day!

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“And the Grinch’s heart grew 3 sizes that day!”  What a great message we learned that when you think of others and give to them, your own heart grows more and more.  

All day long, the Grinch was the theme as we worked on writing, sight words and math.  Of course, we threw in some fun of learning how to draw the Grinch (thank you Mrs. Estefan, a 4th grade teacher, for being our “guest art teacher”) and by watching the movie (the cartoon version) while eating green grinch cookies.  

Enjoy these pictures of our fun day of learning!

NEWS—Dec 9-13

What a Merry and Bright week of learning.  See what we did at school this week.

POPCORN WORDS:            WHAT      IT                                                                 December flash cards will come home next week so you can add them to your collection.  You might want 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)

MATH: We practiced making teen numbers by looking at a group of 10 and extra ones.  We put numbers in correct order and then practiced writing them correctly….not always starting at number one.  Example: (7,8,6, should be 6,7,8).  We also used shapes to create new shapes.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  We stepped away from writing personal narrative (true stories) to enjoy several Gingerbread stories.  Each day we read a different Gingerbread story and focused on using one of the many writing skills we have learned.  On Monday we read The Gingerbread Man by Jim Alsworth making sure our pictures and words matched.  On Tuesday, after reading The Gingerbread Boy, we focused on starting with a capital letter, putting spaces between words and ending with a sentence stopper (period).  On Wednesday The Gingerbread Baby was read so that we could work on identifying a feeling when we write.  Next week we will read a few more versions before their Gingerbread Cookie Jar packets come home.

HANDWRITING:  This week it was learning how to correctly write CLOCKWISE UPPERCASE LETTERS (P,B,R,D,T). Thank you for using these writing packets at home to give your kinder extra writing practice.  

READING:   This week the kinders practiced using all of their reading superpowers such as POINTER POWER, SOUND POWER, PICTURE POWER, BOOK TALK POWER. Their individual book boxes include interest books like Pete the Cat, Clifford, Fly Guy and books that are “good fit” books. “Good Fit” books that are at or near their tested reading level to help them sharpen their reading skills. We also worked to increase our private read to self time reading stamina.  At the beginning of the week we were at 4 minutes.  By the end of the week the kinders were reading at 10 minutes.  Way to go!  The kinders are SUPER READERS!! 

SPLIT LIT: The kinders really do enjoy this time of the day.  They rotate to 5 different centers (3 independent & 2 teacher led) where they practice specific skills to build their knowledge of sounds, words and phonemic awareness.  All of these skills help them grow in their ability to become independent readers. This week the kinders worked on identifying & writing popcorn words, final and medial sounds, blending and segmenting sounds and syllables.  

MYSTERY READER: Kylie was not expecting her grandparents to walk into the room.  They are visiting from AZ so it was so nice they could visit Georgetown.  Kylie’s Grandpa read There was a Coyote who swallowed a Flea.  A fun book about different animals found in AZ.

Candy Cane Sale:                                                                          
The 5th grade annual candy cane sale is here! Don’t miss out! You can buy a tasty treat for only $1. The sale runs through Wednesday, Dec. 18th! Thank you in advance for your support!

REMINDERS

*WINTER GEAR: Please send appropriate winter gear with your kinder each day even if there is not any snow.  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 this weekend to label your kinder’s snow pants and boots if you have not done this.

*BACKPACK SNACK:  Please remember each day to pack TWO quick, healthy snacks for your kinder.

*BOOK EXCHANGE:  Thank you so much for sending in your holiday book exchange wrapped gift. If you would like your kinder to participate, please send a book in next Monday. Please let me know if you have any questions, kbohl@hpseagles.net.

*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 your preferance (Monday/ Thursday, weekly, 2X month, 1X month) 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.

*HOLIDAY PARTY:  Thank you so much for your donations.  Please send in ALL non-editable donations to school by Tuesday, Dec 17. Food items can be dropped off in the morning.  Party volunteers can arrive at 1:30pm to set up.  Here is the link to the sign up list if you need to check what you offered to donate. 

UPCOMING DATES

*Mon. Dec 16GYM    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

*Tues. Dec 17ART   Wear Holiday Hat Day (antlers, hat, etc)

*Wed. Dec 18STEAM   Grinch Day  

*Thurs. Dec 19MUSIC    Holiday Party  2:00-3:00PM Volunteers can arrive at 1:30 for set up.  If you would like to check what your donated supplies, the sign up is HERE.  

*Fri. Dec 20GYM   Polar Express Day   Wear jamies to school

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

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.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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. 

UPCOMING DATES

*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

NEWS—Nov. 25 & 26

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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.

UPCOMING DATES

*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