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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

 

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.  

 

 

Fire Safety Learning

Throughout this week we learned about Fire Safety.  We watched one of my favorite movies called Snuffy ‘s Fire Bargade.  A great short movie that helped the kinders learn more about “hot spots”, “Stop, Drop, Roll”, “stay low and get out”.  It is now available on youtube if your kinder wants to watch it again.  I didn’t dare tell the kinders that I first showed this movie using a film projector with reels at the start of my teaching career. Oh, my!  That really tells you how old I am. 🙂 The movie will jump for a few seconds at the start but smooths out.  Don’t miss the dragon…it is my favorite part. 🙂

We also read many fire safety books to learn more information and just for fun.  Fire Truck by Ivan Ulz became a favorite of every kinder.  Here is a link on youtube if your kinder wants to listen to the story again and sing the song! 

 

Friday afternoon Georgetown Township fire fighters came to teach us about fire safety.  

Captain Matt and firefighter Craig spoke with our class and Mrs. Tindall’s class about fire safety.

   

Here are some of the fire safety tips that we learned:

  • Check the smoke detectors in your house to make sure they work properly. Change the batteries yearly.
  • Go outside!  Talk about a safety plan for your family in case of a fire – where is your meeting spot? 
  • Call 911 immediately! 
  • Do not play with matches or lighters– they are dangerous and can cause fires! They are tools for grown-ups only!
  • If a part of your clothing or your body catches on fire, STOP, DROP, and ROLL. 

 

Many of the kinders already knew these fire safety rules and know that it is good to “not be scared but be prepared”.  Fire fighter Matt showed how he would crawl on the floor looking for people and had the kinders practice yelling “Over Here” if they were inside a building.

 

The firefighters also showed us of what they looked like wearing their heavy uniforms. 

      

After our time in the classroom, we were able to go outside and look at all of the tools the fire fighters keep and use on the fire truck.  Pretty cool stuff!!

    

Thank you, Georgetown Township Firefighters, for a great visit AND for the fire safety treat bags! 

NEWS— Sept.30-Oct. 4

Fabulous fall is here!  The weather this week has been fall like….cool mornings and some warm up during a few of the days. Thank you for sending a coat/sweatshirt along with your kinder each morning.  

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

POPCORN WORDS:        DO   TO   YOU      While stretching out the sounds in our popcorn words, we noticed that letter O can sound like /oo/ while containing either one O or OU. We could also hear that they rhyme.  We also took note that “to” can be written other ways like “too” and “two”.

 

 

 

MATH:  We also continued to practice writing our numbers, especially 1-5, identifying groups of numbers 1-5 and practiced telling addition and subtraction stories. We learned that writing a 5 can be a bit tricky!  The students are learning that 5 is a small down, curve and a slide at the top.  We are using Peterson’s Language when making our letters and numbers.  Next week, we will have our very first math test to assess the skills that we have learned.  Friday math games (for the most part) related to fire safety, by playing RACE TO THE FIRE (number writing 1-6), PUT OUT THE FIRE (1 to 1 correspondence, counting and number identification), ROLL AND COVER (number identification) and explored making patterns with teddy bear counters.

LITERACY: We started diving into the structure and function of letters.!  We distinguished between letters / words / sentences.  We incorporated this learning into our handwriting time too.  Learning to identifying our alphabet letters and practicing the sounds these letters make has been our focus.  ABC Boot Camp letters were Ss, Tt, Uu, Vv.  In our small groups we played rhyming and letter/sounds games.  We enjoyed reading together The Birthday Cake by Joy Cowley, while noticing popcorn words, front cover, title page, and more.

READING WORKSHOP:  We are continuing on with our favorite stories in reading this week!  The kinders are learning to sound exactly like the characters in some of our favorites while they are reading their books!  They are also learning to use the picture when reading their book.

We used this book to sound exactly like the characters in the, “Three Billy Goats Gruff”.  The students had a blast changing their voice to sound exactly like the troll and billy goats in this story.  This little paper book is now in their blue book bin.

COLOR WORD:  GREEN  It was fun to read Froggy books, make a green flip book and make a fun frog craft.  We read Little Blue and Little Yellow too.  What fun the kinders had experimenting with blue and yellow playdough to see if mixed it would turn green.  Of course, wearing green clothing was pretty cool too.

WRITING: The kinders were so excited to show and tell their item from home in our writing! The kinders pulled their object out of their brown bag, told their partner about it and then they were asked to draw and label it.  Labeling is tricky but we are learning to stretch words slowly and write all of the sounds that we hear.  Thank you for participating!

MYSTERY READERS:  On Wednesday,  Evelyn jumped up with smiles to greet her mom.  We heard a favorite book that they read at bedtime each night, Thank You and Good Night.  Evelyn’s mom even brought their stuffed animals they snuggle with during their nightly reading.

Friday Skyler was happy to see her grandma come through the door.  She read Pinkalious Apples, Apples, Apples.  A perfect story for apple picking season.  Skyler’s grandma surprise all of the kinders by bringing a Pink Lady apple for everyone!  Thank you so much for the thoughtful gift.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

BACKPACKS…Please take time to clean out your kinder’s backpack of unnecessary items like snuggle buddies, blankets, toys, extra notebooks, etc.  When backpacks are full of these items there is not enough room for their folders and lunch boxes.  

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 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:  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.  Thank you!

LUNCH MONEY… When sending in lunch money, please place in a baggy or envelope and include your kinder’s first/last name and my name on it.  This will make it much easier when passing it on to the lunch staff.

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Oct 7—MUSIC, Culver’s Night—support Georgetown and eat at Culver’s.  *I am planning to work the 5:00-5:30pm shift!* KOOL KINDER: Elliott

*Tuesday, Oct 8—GYM;  KOOL KINDER: Kennedy

*Wednesday, Oct 9—ART; Library–Please help your kinder remember their library book.  Homework packet is due;  KOOL KINDER: Reagan

*Thursday, Oct 10–STEAM;  KOOL KINDER: Kieran

 *Friday, Oct 11—MUSIC;  KOOL KINDER: Allan  Wear PURPLE

*Thursday, Oct. 31—Fall Class Party, 2:00-3:00 p.m.  Sign-up list for donations will be coming soon!

NEWS—Sept 23-27

A fun week in kindergarten…..

MATH:  We practiced comparing numbers using graphs, writing our numbers, especially 1-4, identifying groups of numbers 1-5. We used play dough to work out our fine motor muscles to make numbers 0-5. 

 

POPCORN WORDS:       IS   HIS   THIS              The kinders found out that when you add a letter (or two) at the beginning of “is” you can create new words.  We also noticed that sometimes the letter s makes a /z/ sound like in “is” and “his” but also makes a /s/ sound in “this”.  We highlighted these words in our weekly poem This is us too.  We even combined this week’s popcorn words with a few words we already learned to write the sentence “This is a red dog.” inside our journals.  

WRITING:  We practiced writing three page stories. Together, we wrote about fun at school…lunch, choices, music class. We drew pictures, added labels and even added a sentence. It is important to make sure that the sentence we write matches our drawings.   We used this week’s popcorn words to write and draw about our family and snack time.  This was hard work but we kept reminding ourselves when something gets hard we should say, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.”  The kinders always enjoy sharing their writings with their partners and by using the microphone. The kinders are amazing writers!!

LITERACY: This week we continued to focus on letter identification, letter sounds and rhyming by drawing out apples, matching fun objects to letter mats, playing rhyming bingo and building rhyming puzzles.   ABC Boot Camp letters this week were Oo, Pp, Qq, Rr.

READING WORKSHOP:  The kinders practiced sounding like a teacher when we read. They also started to learn how to be storybook readers.  Storybooks are books that readers may have read before and can enjoy reading again and again.  We also practiced telling familiar stories and making sure our words match what is in the picture.  Sound familiar?  It was pretty cool to make the connection that is what we were doing during writing time too.  One of the stories we had fun practicing this with is the story, The Three Billy Goats Gruff.   

MYSTERY READERS:  On Wednesday, Reese was so surprised to see her older brother, Easton walk into our room.  Easton is a 3rd grader who read Pete the Cat Plays Ball because he likes to play ball himself.  It was very fun to have Easton stop by…he was one of my former kinders!

On Friday, Nora jumped up with smiles to see her mom step into the classroom.  Because it had rained this morning, she read A Diary of a Worm.  A fun story from a worm’s perception!

If you would like to be a Mystery Reader, please go to the side bar of our blog and sign up.  We would love to have you read us a story.

EAGLE CRAFT, PEP ASSEMBLY AND WALK-A-THON: We had fun at the pep assembly (until the rain came) and walk-a-thon on Friday! Enjoy some cute pictures from our fun day! We even made an eagle craft with our 5th grade buddies to celebrate our school spirit!!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

*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…one for the morning, one for the afternoon.  Many kinders are bringing multiple snacks or no snacks at all.  Our snack time is short but enough time to become refueled.

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!

BLUE FOLDERS:  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.  Thank you!

OCTOBER CALENDARS: Please keep the October calendar that was sent home today handy.  It contains special schedules, special events and more.  You can also locate it under SCHEDULES AND CALENDARS at the top of our blog.  The October lunch menu is also available to view under the HOT LUNCH PROGRAM tab on the side bar.

LUNCH MONEY… When sending in lunch money, please place in a baggy or envelope and include your kinder’s first/last name and my name on it.  This will make it much easier when passing it on to the lunch staff.

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Sept. 23—MUSIC, KOOL KINDER: Reese

*Tuesday, Sept. 24—GYM;  KOOL KINDER: Landon

*Wednesday, Sept 25—ART; Library–Please help your kinder remember their library book.  Homework packet is due;  KOOL KINDER: Isla

*Thursday, Sept 26–STEAM;  KOOL KINDER: Emmie

 *Friday, Sept 27—MUSIC;  Firefighters visit for fire safety    KOOL KINDER: Jude  Wear GREEN

*Monday, Oct. 7: Culver’s Night – support Georgetown and eat at Culver’s

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

NEWS—Sept. 16-20

Here is 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 “Kindergarten is a groovy place!” 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!  Wearing blue was fun too!

 

READER’S WORKSHOP:  The kinders practiced rereading their books to try to learn more information. They practiced by noticing things in the pictures the first time through the book and then looked through it again, noticing more things.  Our private read time is up to 5 mintues!  Hooray for the kinders!

 MATH: The kinders used their math toolbox to practice addition and subtraction.  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 practiced identifying circles by learning a song…. “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).  The kinders worked as teams to sort shapes into two groups….circles and not circles.  They did a great job recognizing the differences in shapes.  

 

The kinders built towers to compare numbers 1-5 by using their math toolboxes.

LITERACY:  We continued our ABC Bootcamp by studying the letters Kk, Ll, Mm and Nn this week. We also split our class into 2 groups. One of the groups worked on identifying letters and producing their sounds and the other group practiced rhyming words.  We also were word detectives when we found our popcorn word “the” in the poem The Leaves.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  The kinders learned that when they try to draw a picture that is tricky, they can keep going by saying “I think I can.”  They used their whiteboards to draw pictures of doing gymnastic stunts.  They added many details and shared their drawings with the class.

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.  We are all going to work hard to be bucket fillers!  

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

*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…one for the morning, one for the afternoon.  Many kinders are bringing multiple snacks.  Our snack time is short but enough time to become refueled.

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!

*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.

*LUNCH MONEY… When sending in lunch money, please place in a baggy or envelope and include your kinder’s first/last name and my name on it.  This will make it much easier when passing it on to the lunch staff.

*BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS…Happy Birthday to Emmie (9/17) and Jude and Kieran (9/20)  Thank you so much for ALL of the birthday wishes and small gifts that you bestowed on me.  I am honored and grateful to spend my days with your kinder.

This coming week at our school is SPIRIT WEEK! Please check each day listed below for the way to help us celebrate school spirit leading up to the Hudsonville homecoming football game. 

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Sept. 23—STEAM, KOOL KINDER:Major  PAJAMA DAY!

*Tuesday, Sept. 24—MUSIC;  KOOL KINDER: Evelyn  CRAZY SOCK DAY!

*Wednesday, Sept 25—GYM; Library–Please help your kinder remember their library book.  KOOL KINDER: Breckon  CRAZY HAIR DAY!

*Thursday, Sept 26–ART; KOOL KINDER: Ellery  SCHOOL PICTURES!  Come with your smile 🙂 and your sealed picture form envelope if you are purchasing a picture packet.

 *Friday, Sept 27—STEAM; KOOL KINDER: Lucas  BLUE/GOLD DAY andWALK-A-THON!…Wear Blue and Gold or Hudsonville gear;  

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

~~~~Have a great weekend.  Mrs. Bohl

 

 

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. 

NEWS—Sept. 9-13

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

POPCORN WORDS:     I       SEE                                                                                      

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 and Curious George books. We learned about different things that are yellow, practiced writing the word, made a yellow flip book and made a yellow bus craft, adding a fun message using our popcorn words, I see a yellow bus.   They will come on Monday. The kinders were happy to hear that I had another surprise color snack for them….yellow bananas this week.  Yummy!  We practiced positional words by moving Pete the Cat in front of the bus, behind the bus, under the bus, on top of the bus, etc.  Have fun doing the same thing at home with your Pete and his bus!  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.

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!  We read a poem called I See. There were familiar words in the poem (I, see, a). We highlighted the words we know and then put them in our 3 ring binder to practice at school. We also added a paper book to our book boxes, the book included our popcorn words. 

 

 

 

STAYING SAFE AT SCHOOL:  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?

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. 

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.

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 also read A Monster who lost his mean. Monster lost his M and was now called “Onster”.  We were reminded that being kind and doing kind actions is much more fun that doing monster actions. The kinders did an amazing job figuring out which actions were things a FRIEND would do OR a BULLY would do.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP: We are starting to learn that when we are done, we have just begun!  We can always add to our picture, add to our writing or start a new piece of writing.  We need to work the whole time to make the most out of our writing workshop time.  Writers also learned that they can solve a problem like “What can I draw?” or “What can I add to my picture?” by closing their eyes and  picturing it in their head (like a camera picture).  Stretching out sounds in words and trying to write the sounds is what super writers do.  We shared the marker and practiced these skills as we drew about our playground. Writers also love sharing their drawing with friends.

ABC BOOTCAMP:  We learned about the letters Hh, Ii and Jj this week. We will continue to review letters and learn new ones.

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

Readers can read by themselves (privately) and they can read with a friend (partners).  When reading with a partner, they sit side by side, hold a book in the middle, take turns reading and share WOW pictures and facts. They practiced reading real world books (non-fiction) and storybooks using a level 1 voice (a whisper voice). We also learned and practiced reading from cover to cover this week. We looked at the front cover, went through all all the pages and read all the way to the back cover. They did a great job and had fun reading together!  As a class, we pledged to be book lovers, whether privately or with partners.

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 on paper and on whiteboards.

We also used foam tiles to represent different numbers (1-5). The kinders practiced writing numbers 4  & 5 on whiteboards too!  We even worked in our math workbooks for the very first time….Yay!!!

GUEST READER: The kinders were surprised to see Mrs. Reagan walk into the room as our first guest reader.  She read us Jabari Jumps. . A book about being brave to try new things.  Would you like to be a guest reader in our classroom this year? Follow this link to sign up to surprise your kinder.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

*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…one for the morning, one for the afternoon.  Many kinders are bringing multiple snacks.  Our snack time is short but enough time to become refueled.

*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.

*LUNCH MONEY… When sending in lunch money, please place in a baggy or envelope and include your kinder’s first/last name and my name on it.  This will make it much easier when passing it on to the lunch staff.

*BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS…Happy Birthday to Elliott (9/12, Evelyn and Mrs. Bynum (both on 9/13).  

IMPORTANT DATES:

*Monday, Sept. 16–GYM; Kool Kinder: Ryleigh  Birthday celebration for Mrs. Bohl

*Tuesday, Sept 17—ART;   Kool Kinder: Adrian Birthday celebration for Emmie

*Wednesday, Sept 18—STEAM; Homework due; Library….Don’t forget to return your kinder’s library book;  Kool Kinder:  Amin

*Thursday Sept 19—MUSIC;  Kool Kinder: Sabrina  EMAIL ME OR SEND A NOTE BY THURSDAY (9/19) IF YOUR KINDER WOULD LIKE A SACK LUNCH.

*Friday, Sept 20—GYM;  COLOR DAY…Wear BLUEKool Kinder: Mrs. Bynum Fast Friday (early release) Dismiss at 12:15  Birthday celebration for Jude & Kieran

*Thursday, Sept. 26—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

 

 

NEWS—Sept 3-7

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

POPCORN WORDS:     A       COLOR WORD:      RED                                                            The kinders had fun celebrating the color RED today! We colored pictures, sang a red song,  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.  It was fun to see RED shirts, RED pants, RED socks, RED hair ribbons on Friday.  We even ate a surprise RED snack….Red Strawberry Fruit Snacks! Yum!

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!!!

LIBRARY:  We visited the library for the first time on Wednesday. Mrs. VandenBerg read a book called, “Mr. Wiggle’s Book”.  This book is about how to take care of books and to be a book lover with them!  We learned that we must treat them very gently and be kind to them otherwise they may break!  We also took a tour of the library and learned where we can find books to check out!  Next week Wednesday we are planning to check out books in the afternoon at 1:50pm.

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.   

Franklin’s Bad Day was read on Tuesday 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.

Wednesday we read When I am angry and learned that taking time to chill out when we feel upset is okay. We learned about our Calm Spot or other things we could do like talk to an adult, take a walk with an adult, etc…  The ICE CUBE TRAY is a good reminder.  We played a fun game using a real ice cube and said it was important for us to cool down when we feel angry or upset.  It was COOL! 🙂 .   

Thursday  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. 

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 “1,2,3, turn your eyes back on me”, they turn and face the teacher. The kinders did AWESOME!!!  We also learned that we can think of something that we know about, draw it and write the beginning sounds while labeling our drawings.  We thought of many different topics and drew about “lining up” which we are becoming experts at doing!

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.  

READER’S WORKSHOP:  During our first reading workshop lesson, the kinders learned that readers walk through the world in a special way.  They don’t just see things, they read things too!  We learned that we are readers and can already read different signs in our school, in our classroom and out in our world!  The kinders were excited know that they were able to read familiar environmental print signs. We are learning to LOOK, READ, THINK, LEARN!

We also talked about what it means to be a “Book Lover”.  We learned that a book lover takes care of their books by being gentle with them, not eating or using supplies around them and putting them back where we got them from.  We practiced being a book lover with books at our table spot.

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, 3 and 4.  We drew pictures to show their number sense like 2 flowers,3 balloons, 4 apples. 

We read Anno’s Counting Book, discussed numbers 1-10 and went on an I Spy hunt on the book pages for objects that corresponded to  that number. 

We explored with our math manipulatives!  The kinders were introduced to the number tiles 1-5, 10 counters and the math tray.  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.

Quiet Time:  Each day we have quiet time after lunch for 15-20 min.  The kinders  have a chance to rest their bodies and brains so they will be ready to learn for the rest of the afternoon.  

SOAR:  As a class we are learning how to SOAR- Be Safe, Own It, Act Responsibly and Be Respectful at school!  This week we learned about noise levels.  When Mrs. Bohl has a fist in the air it means that we need to be quiet.  We use this procedure in the hallway.  Please see our school wide expectations below.

A NEW FACE IN OUR CLASSROOM: Mrs. Bynum.  She is our classroom para-pro for the morning.  She has taken the place of Mrs. Rossback who is now working with other students within our school.  Mrs. Bynum will be with us all year.  We are VERY thankful to have her! 

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.

UPCOMING DATES:

Monday, Sept. 9–ART; Kool Kinder: Rowan

Tuesday, Sept 10—STEAM;  Kool Kinder: Nora

Wednesday, Sept 11—MUSIC; Library  Kool Kinder: Kylie

Thursday Sept 12—GYM Kool Kinder: Sutton  Jet’s Pizza Night   Happy Birthday to Elliott! 🙂

Friday, Sept 13—ART, Kool Kinder:  Ariya  COLOR DAY….Wear YELLOW! Happy Birthday to Evelyn! 🙂

Friday, Sept. 20–Fast Friday (Early Release)  Dismissal at 12:15pm.

Thursday, Sept. 26—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

NEWS—Aug. 27-29

Day 2 , Day 3 & Day 4 have been filled with fun and learning!  Look at what we did.

We enjoyed meeting new friends and working hard to make good choices. We read  David goes to School to help us learn about some school rules.

Then we sorted pictures to show green (good) choices and red (not good) choices.  We also learned what our 5 class rules are.  The kinders are already showing that they can make smart choices so that they can soar in their learning.

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COOL TOOLS:  The kinders were introduced to our school tool box.  This box contains some very “cool tools”. These tools and lessons are designed to teach us how to be a good friend and how to handle different situations.

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On Tuesdsay we read Rainbow Fish and learned that our words matter.  We learned that we need to be like an ERASER and forgive ourselves for mistakes that we make and learn from them. We also need to forgive others too who may say or do hurtful things to us. We colored a picture of a rainbow fish…and even got a shimmery and shiny scale to put on it! 

              

On Wednesdsay we read Chrysanthemum and learned that words spoken hurt other’s feelings and are impossible to take back, like toothpaste. We learned that we are all special and unique and then “brushed” away hurtful words with real toothpaste.  

On Thursday 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. 

ROUTINES:  We read and re-read Lining up and Walking in the Hallway.  This book helps us remember the rules for how to walk in the hallway.  The kinders are doing an AWESOME job!!! Hooray!!

We have many fantastic tools that we use at school! This week, the kinders were introduced to how to use crayons, pencils, scissors, glue sticks, markers and play dough at school.  Congratulations to all kinders!

After listening to Pete the Cat Rocking in my School Shoes again. we made our own Pete the Cat shoes. We practiced our cutting skills and our gluing skills. We even got to put stickers on the shoes and draw shoelaces. The kinders were so excited to take them to show you.

  

The kinders also used 2 new tools to practice writing numbers 0 and 1.  Chalkboards and chalk! Using these tools was very fun!  

ABC BOOT CAMP:  After a summer of fun, kinders may need a refresher course in identifying letters and their sounds.  Welcome to ABC Boot Camp!  Each day we will be focusing on an alphabet letter and their sound.  This week it was all about letters A,B,C.  

 

INTRODUCTIONS: I am SO happy to introduce three special people who will be part of our classroom family this year.

    Mrs. Rossback who will be in our classroom in the morning.

   Mrs. Sremba (Mrs. S.) who will be in our classroom in the afternoon.

    Mrs. Rose who will be with the kinders on the playground during lunch recess and in the lunch room.

At the end of each day, our awesome 5th grade buddies from Mrs. Walenta’s class help the kinders get on their bus to go home.  We look forward to seeing them.  They are the BEST!! I will take some pictures next week.

I have to say that I have been blessed with the most AWESOME group of kinders! They are incredible!!!  Here are a few pictures of inside and outside playtime.

PARENT NOTES:

*Please remember to send your kinder’s folder each day to school.

*Don’t forgot to pack TWO quick, healthy backpack snack for your kinder to be refueled each day.

*Kool Kinders for next week are…Gabriella (Tues), Skyler (Wed), Ryan (Thurs), Katelyn (Fri).  We want to get to know them so please return the timeline paper with pictures and favorite things on or before their scheduled day.  A schedule was sent home this week.  Look for your kinder’s informational and timeline paper to come home a week prior to their scheduled date.

*If your kinder did not bring a pair of clean gym shoes to keep in their cubby, please send a pair to school.  We have gym on Friday.

*If your kinder will be ordering milk with their home lunch, please put a note on the outside of their lunchbox. This really streamlines our lunch process!

*Thank you, thank you for ALL OF YOUR DONATIONS!  Our cupboards are filled.  When they become empty, I will let you know.:)

*The September calendar has been posted under CALENDARS at the top of our blog.  You can read about events, birthdays, popcorn words, and Kool Kinders.

UPCOMING DATES: 

*Friday, Aug 30 – NO SCHOOL

*Monday, Sept 2 – NO SCHOOL

*Tuesday, Sept 3– ART

*Wednesday, Sept 4 – STEAM; Library for the first time!  Book Orders due (paper forms with a check written out to Scholastic Book Clubs OR online)

*Thursday, Sept 5 – GYM

*Friday, Sept 6 – MUSIC;  Color Day—-Wear RED!  

*Friday, Sept. 20 – Fast Friday (Early Release dismissal 12:15pm)

*Thursday, Sept. 26—School Pictures

~Have a restful and fun weekend!  Mrs. Bohl

A GREAT FIRST DAY OF KINDERGARTEN!

 

We had an FABULOUS first day together!  Thank you for helping your kinder have a great start to their day by giving them a hug and sending them off.  We explored our school, shared a bit about ourselves and learned a little about what we will do this year in kindergarten.   

A reminder—-WE TAKE TIME FOR 2 SNACK BREAKS IN OUR DAY.  PLEASE SEND 2 HEALTHY SNACKS WITH YOUR KINDER EACH DAY.  PLEASE PUT THESE SNACKS IN A SMALL FRONT POCKET OF THEIR BACKPACK….NOT INSIDE THEIR LUNCH BOXES.  This can be confusing for the kinders to distinguish between snack food and lunch food. Thanks for your help.

Here are a few pictures of our fun day.

STORYTIME

     We read this book and drank some special juice to chase away any ‘jitters’ we may have had.     

ON OUR “PETE THE CAT” SCAVENGER HUNT 

LUNCH TIME

 Our table is the Corn Table.

Mrs. Rose watches over us on the playground during lunch recess and helps us  in the lunch room.

SHOW AND TELL—-OUR “ME” BAGS

Thank you so much for sharing your kinders with me.  They are SO SPECIAL!!  I can’t wait to spend 180 more days with them.  Just look at these AWESOME kinders!        They ROCKED their first day of kindergarten!!! 🙂