Category Archives: Newsletters

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—Feb 12-16

Welcome back to a 5 day week of learning!

The kinders are full of excitement for learning which is becoming so evident as we learn new things each day and week. Did you like hearing about Love Monster?  We had a lot of fun making our own Love Monsters after reading Love Monster  and Love Monster and the last chocolate by Rachel Bright. Another way to celebrate friendship and Valentine’s Day.

     

MORNING WORK:  After unpacking their backpacks and sitting in their seats, the kinders have begun a new activity.  Each morning they complete one page of their February morning work packet.  After lunch count and attendance are taken, as a class, we review the work discussing the day’s concept/skill such as identifying 3D shapes of sphere, cube, cone, locating popcorn words, sequencing popcorn words so that the sentence makes sense and more. The kinders are enjoying ‘waking up their brain’ in this fun learning way.

MATH:  We told math stories using our fruit  from our ‘fruit & vegetable market’ adding written equations.  Remembering what each symbol (+ – = ) means and using them correctly is challenging but the kinders are doing a great job.  They learned that you can write a teen number equation two different ways but they mean the same thing.  One way is to write the partners first and then the total (10+4=14) or write the total first and then the partners (14=10+4).  The kinders practiced this skill by playing a memory game to match these equations.

      

Friday math games helped the kinders review the math skills of patterning, measuring with non-standard objects and seeing number partners in addition equations. 

   

READER’S WORKSHOP: The kinders learned how our voices to bring our books to life! We talked about how it sounds when we read like a robot compared to how it sounds when we read smooth. Then they had opportunities to practice sounding like a smooth reader when they read!

SPECIAL VISITORS:  On Wednesday, Mrs. Suttorp and her 2nd grade friends came into our room.  They  read us the fiction stories they wrote during their writing time. We enjoyed listening to their stories!  It was exciting for me to see how some of my former kinders are now accomplished writers.

       

WRITING WORKSHOP:  We continued to write about small moments that are true life, one time events such as writing about one of our party centers. The kinders are gradually doing more and more of the writing on their own.  I am so proud of them!!  This is a hard type of writing for these little ones.  In celebration of Valentine’s Day we created a pattern book about Things I Love.  Creating and writing a special valentine card for their family was also enjoyed.

  

POPCORN WORDS:         WHO               NOT                                                                            They noticed that the word “how” has the same letters as “who” only they are in different order.  A great learning moment about how the order of letters and the sounds they make are so important. The kinders practiced handwriting and spelling while playing UNSCRAMBLE THE POPCORN WORD.

      

SCIENCE:  The kinders like being scientists so we did a science experiment with candy hearts.  We predicted what would happen if you put candy hearts inside of a glass filled with water.  Most of us predicted that the candyt would sink and they were correct.  However….the longer they stayed inside the water the candy hearts began to float to the top.  Wonder why? Dropping hearts inside water was fun so why not try other liquids.  So….candy hearts went into  soda (Sprite) and vinegar.  We found out that bubbles floated around the hearts in the soda like fizz and vinegar made the hearts brighter.  

As we talked about our observations we began to wonder what would happen if candy hearts were dropped into other kinds of liquids like milk, lemonade, apple juice and warm water (not just room temperature water we tried before).  All of the liquids changed from being clear to colored as time went on.  

 

     

Ask your kinder for more information and be prepared…some of them might want to try some experiments at home.

MYSTERY GUEST READERS:  On Thursday, Katelynn was thrilled to see her mom come into the room.  She brought The Day my Mom came to Kindergarten.  It was a fun book to remind us about school rules and how hard we work at school.  

On Friday, Hunter literally jumped up and ran to give his mom a hug.  She brought along his younger sisters Kendall and Kenzie.  We were able to enjoy Too Many Toys by David Shannon. A very fun story about having a lot of toys and deciding which ones to give away….or not. 

KOOL KINDERS ARE BOOK LOVERS: 

 Makenize likes to read Clifford’s Family in this two story book.

 Katelynn likes to read Pinkalicious The Flower Girl.

 Dominic likes to read The Day the Crayons came home.

 Jayce likes to read Bad Kitty’s Christmas.

 Tristan likes to read Super Powers Bad Weather.

NOTES FOR MOM AND DAD

*WINTER GEAR:  Thank you for sending your child with all that they need to stay warm outside….snow pants, hats, mittens, boots. Just a reminder, we will be outside for recess if the temperature is above 0 degrees.  The playground is VERY WET with melting snow & ice.  Please continue to send all of their snow gear.

*BACKPACK SNACK:  Please continue to send 2 healthy, quick snacks with your kinder each day.  Your kinder needs to be refueled so that they be ready to learn.

*JUMP ROPE FOR HEART:  Due Feb. 28. A form was sent home with your kinder. Check out the PE blog for more information. 

UPCOMING DATES

*MON. FEB. 19—STEAM reading TAKE HOME BOOKS

*TUES. FEB 20–GYM;  reading TAKE HOME BOOKS;  

*WED.FEB. 21MUSIC; Valentine’s Day!! HOMEWORK DUE….math and literacy;  LIBRARY Please remember to return your child’s book. 

*THURS. FEB.22––ART; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS & Rainbow word list;

*FRI. FEB. 23—STEAM;  celebrating Mia’s birthday!

*FRI, MARCH 9–FAST FRIDAY (Early Release Dismissal at 2:15pm)

*MARCH 12 & 14–Parent-Teacher Conferences: Parent slips stating your specific date and time (same as in Nov)  will be sent home soon.

Enjoy your weekend!  Mrs. Bohl

 

WHAT HAPPENED THIS (VERY SHORT) WEEK—Feb 7-9

We had a fabulous 2 day week working and learning together.  Look what happened in kindergarten.

WRITING WORKSHOP:  Small moment writing continues!  Adding how you feel and adding extra words makes the writing more exciting to read was our focus this week.  I surprised the kinders with a treat of gummy bears so we wrote about that experience. We also wrote about when it is recess time. The kinders are doing a FABULOUS job remembering to include words like FIRST, NEXT, LAST in their writing. It sounded something like this:  First Mrs. Bohl had a surprise for us. I was excited! Next she gave me gummy bears. Last I ate my gummy bears.

MATH:  We told math stories using our fruit from our ‘fruit & vegetable market’ adding written equations.  Remembering what each symbol (+ – = ) means and using them correctly is challenging but the kinders are doing a great job.  Playing the game UNKNOWN PARTNER to learn number partners and noticing that 12=10+2 OR 10+2=12 means the same, it is just written differently were math lessons taught this week.  

READER’S WORKSHOP:  The kinders are working hard to use their “super powers” as they read so PERSISTENCE POWER was introduced. 

“Persistence Power”  means that we will not give up….we will keep trying, using all of our super powers!  

The kinders are also working on increasing their reading stamina. It can be very challenging for a kinders to keep to themselves, stay in one spot, look at a book the whole time, and not talk to friends. We will work on increasing this time each day.  I am so excited to see how they have progressed as readers.

*POPCORN WORDS:         HOW           NOW                                        The kinders are doing a fabulous job of learning their sight words.  Each day I try to include the week’s words in the daily message and they are able to locate them every time.  Hooray! This week we talked about the different sound /ow/ can make like in ‘cow’ or in ‘snow’. We had to work hard to hear which /ow/ sound we heard when sorting pictures.   Please keep reviewing and working on learning the list of popcorn words that come home.  Identifying sight words will help your kinder become a better reader!  Remember each Thursday we review their rainbow word list and exchange it for a new list.  Your support and work at home is making an impact on your kinder’s learning!  Thank you!!! 🙂

*KOOL KINDERS ARE BOOK LOVERS:  

  Alexandra likes spending time with her family just like Clifford did in Clifford’s Thanksgiving Visit.

NOTES FOR MOM AND DAD

*WINTER GEAR:  Thank you for sending your child with all that they need to stay warm outside….snow pants, hats, mittens, boots. Just a reminder, we will be outside for recess if the temperature is above 0 degrees.

*BACKPACK SNACK:  Please continue to send 2 healthy, quick snacks with your kinder each day.  Your kinder needs to be refueled so that they be ready to learn.

*JUMP ROPE FOR HEART:  Due Feb. 28. A form was sent home with your kinder this week.  Check out the PE blog for more information. 

UPCOMING DATES

*MON. FEB. 12—ART RESCHEDULED DAY 100 CELEBRATION! BRING IN 100 COLLECTIONS;  reading TAKE HOME BOOKS

*TUES. FEB 13–STEAMValentine’s Day Party  1:50-3:00pm  Parent volunteers who are working at a party center, please arrive by 1:40pm for instructions & set up;  NO reading TAKE HOME BOOKS;  

*WED.FEB. 14GYMValentine’s Day!! HOMEWORK DUE….math and literacy;  LIBRARY Please remember to return your child’s book. 

*THURS. FEB.15––MUSIC; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS & Rainbow word list; celebrating Blake’s birthday!

*FRI. FEB. 16—ART; Scholastic book order forms due (they are coming home on Monday, Feb. 12)

*FRI. FEB. 23—celebrating Mia’s birthday!

*FRI, MARCH 9–FAST FRIDAY (Early Release Dismissal at 2:15pm)

*MARCH 12 & 14–Parent-Teacher Conferences: Parent slips stating your specific date and time (same as in Nov)  will be sent home soon.

There have been quite a few kinders missing school due to illnesses. It’s definitely that time of year.  Our tables are cleaned daily with disinfectant wipes and we try to practice good hygiene with our coughs and sneezes.   Thanks for alerting the office and me when your kinders will be absent. I hope that we all feel better soon. Rest and stay healthy!           Mrs. Bohl

***Sorry about the lack of pictures this week.  Can I blame the 2 day week plus the unexpected snow day?  Next week will be better. 🙂 

 

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—Jan. 29-Feb. 2

See what was on our agenda for this week.

MATH:  The kinders practiced number writing 1-20, told addition and subtraction stories and built teen numbers using 10 stick cubes and mini cubes during this week’s lessons.

          

Friday math games consisted of….

  ROLL AND COVER (practicing adding 2 numbers)

  GOOFY GROUNDHOGS (identifying shapes)

  WHICH BURROW IS MINE? (solving subtraction problems using a number line)

SPLIT LIT:  The kinders are enjoying working on various literacy skills like rhyming, practicing their handwriting by writing sentences containing lots of sight words, reading and writing popcorn words and listening to stories on a CD and drawing their favorite part of the story.

   

HANDWRITING:  Lower case letters p,r,n,m are called DIVER LETTERS because we need to dive down and come back up to finish writing the letter. We also practiced writing them correctly within words too.

  

WRITING WORKSHOP:  We worked hard this week telling and writing shared small moment stories.  We wrote about our blubber experiment, Split Lit time and making our valentine bags.  We learned what is needed to write a 5 star sentence by editing a small moment story. The kinders are doing an amazing job remembering to add details and labels in their drawings.  They are also working very hard to use popcorn words, spaces between words and sentence stoppers (.  !  ?)  I am so proud of them!

     

GROUNDHOG DAY: On Thursday 19 kinders predicted “Will we have an early spring?”and 4 kinders thought “Will we have 6 more weeks of winter?  On Friday, the kinders found out that YES the groundhog did see his shadow by watching a video from USA Today. Six more weeks of winter….we are ready!! 

We read a popcorn word book and watched a video to learn some true facts about groundhogs. We found out that groundhogs CAN eat leaves, berries, bugs, live in burrows, gnaw on wood, whistle and hibernate all winter.  They HAVE fur, sharp claws and teeth. Groundhogs ARE rodents, can be a big as large cat and can be called woodchucks. We practiced making patterns and hearing sounds in words too. We also made a fun groundhog puppet to use when retelling a poem in addition to a celebration groundhog hat. A fun day of learning!

    

READER’S WORKSHOP:  The kinders LOVE using their SUPER POWERS when they read.  They are continuing to use their SUPER READING POWERS (Lips the Fish, Chunky Monkey, Flippy the Dolphin, etc) to figure out unknown words. In addition to using POINTER POWER & SNAP POWER, the kinder learned how to use PICTURE POWER, SOUND POWER and PARTNER POWER.

“PICTURE POWER” is when we look at the pictures to help us figure out what the words might be.

 

“SOUND POWER” is when we practice listening to the sounds we read because just looking at the picture is not enough.  We practiced covering the pictures in books to really practice this super power.  Focusing really hard on the sounds we hear to figure out words.

  

“PARTNER POWER” is when we read with our friends, each taking turns being the ‘jelly reader’ and ‘peanut butter listener’, giving helpful tips to the reader when needed.

    

*POPCORN WORDS:           BIG       WITH                                             The kinders are doing a fabulous job of learning their sight words.  Each day I try to include the week’s words in the daily message and they are able to locate them every time.  Hooray!

  

*KOOL KINDERS ARE BOOK LOVERS: 

  Peyton likes to read about the different cars in Cars Galore.

  Star Wars is a favorite of Anderson.

  Mia enjoys watching Shimmer and Shine on TV as much as she likes reading Shimmer and Shine and their Enchanted Bottle.  

  Bentley’s favorite book is The Day the Crayons Came Home.  

NOTES FOR MOM AND DAD

*TAKE HOME BOOKS:  The kinders really are enjoying reading and choosing books to read at home. Parents, thank you for your help and support by allowing your kinder the opportunity to read to you, practice their strategies and sight words, as well as instilling in them the pride and responsibility of being a reader.  A HUGE thank you to many parent volunteers who have committed their time!   We could not do this without your help and support. Thank you!! Remember we read books on MONDAY, TUESDAY AND THURSDAY.  Popcorn word lists are read each THURSDAY!

*WINTER GEAR:  Thank you for sending your child with all that they need to stay warm outside….snow pants, hats, mittens, boots. Just a reminder, we will be outside for recess if the temperature is above 0 degrees. 

*BOOK IT CALENDAR:  A new monthly calendar arrived home with your child this week.  Be sure to log all their wonderful reading each day!  Reading the TAKE HOME books counts!!  Return your completed January calendar this week.

*100 DAY CELEBRATION:  Information has been sent home.  Please note that all collections are to be sent to school on Friday, February 9.  I know it will be so much fun for the children to share.  These collections will be returned home the same day.  Thank you for assisting your child in this great math learning opportunity!

*VALENTINE PARTY:  We will celebrate as a class Tuesday, Feb 13 from 1:50-3:00pm. Party center volunteers please arrive by 1:40pm for instructions and set up. PLEASE HAVE NON FOOD DONATIONS BROUGHT INTO SCHOOL BY THURSDAY, FEB. 8. FOOD DONATIONS DUE ON TUESDAY, FEB 13. Thank you to all the parents who are donating and preparing our activities.  If you would like to sign up, please go the the link on the side bar under VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES. 

UPCOMING DATES

 *NO SCHOOL: Monday, February 5 WINTER BREAK

*NO SCHOOL: Tuesday, February 6 WINTER BREAK

*WED. FEB. 7—Back at school; STEAMHOMEWORK DUE….math and literacy;  LIBRARY Please remember to return your child’s book.    Mailing Valentines  Take 4-5 valentines to mail

*THURS. FEB. 8GYM; reading TAKE HOME books & Rainbow word list;  Mailing Valentines  Take 4-5 valentines to mail 

*FRI. FEB. 9—- MUSIC;  Day 100 Celebration….100 Collections are DUE

*TUES. FEB. 13—Valentine’s Day Party  1:50-3:00pm  Non food donations due at school by Thursday, Feb 8. Food donations due Tuesday, Feb. 13.  Parent volunteers who are working at a party center, please arrive by 1:40pm for instructions & set up.  *NO TAKE HOME books this day.

   ~~~~Have a fantastic Winter Break!  I will see the kinders on Wednesday, Feb. 7.   Mrs. Bohl

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—Jan. 22-26

Wow! It was very productive week of learning. Look what we have been doing!

SPLIT LIT:  If the kinders finish completing their “have to” work at their independent centers before it is time to switch groups, they can move on to the “can do” bins. These bins are filled with literacy activities such as: reading books filled with popcorn words; using letter cubes to spell CVC words; matching rhyming words and more. They really enjoy learning this way. 

The kinders were recently reassessed in identifying sight words.  Everyone made AWESOME GROWTH!!!  I am so excited and pleased with their progress. Please look inside your kinder’s folder for an updated note. I have spent the week having the kinders individually read books to me so that I can adjust the level of books they are taking home.  You may see that your kinder will be bringing home a different colored sticker book.  This reflects the growth they are making.  Thank you for your continued support of reading with your kinder at home.  

MATH: It was a week of review in math.  Here are few math skills we covered.

                                                  

Drawing teen numbers showing 10 and extra ones plus writing the equation.

Writing number partners

Solving addition and subtraction problems

 We have postponed taking our unit #3 test until Monday.  A third of our friends were absent on Friday (a few vacations but mostly due to the flu).  That gives all of the kinders the weekend to finish their math homework for some extra practice.  Your kinder will take home the volume 1 math workbook on Monday.  This book can stay at home and does not need to be returned to school.  Use this workbook for review and have fun completing any pages we did not do in class.  Unit #4 will begin on Tuesday.

FUN WITH FRIENDS:  We spent some time Friday afternoon practicing writing our names, letters and numbers in shaving cream.  What a lot of fun!!!  It also made our room smell good too!

       

WRITING WORKSHOP:  Telling and writing small moment stories is challenging.  The kinders are working SO hard during this part of our day.  I was gone to a meeting Thursday morning and Mrs. Reagan was the teacher. After learning a bit about Mo Williams, the author who writes Piggy and Elephant books,  she and the kinders wrote  about a time they pretended. 

   

READERS WORKSHOP:  The kinders are learning how to use their super powers when they read. 

       To help the kinders use their Pointer Power, they were given a fun “eyes” ring to use when reading.

        

       When using our Snap Word Power some  words, like our popcorn words, are easy to read.

MYSTERY GUEST READER: Izable was all smiles when her mom and younger brother, Grayson walked in today.  She read us one of Izzy’s favorite books, You are my Best Friend because Izzy was in the story with Elsa and Ana. Thank you for stopping by.

EXTRA RECESS:  This week we started to work as table teams to earn points as a behavior tool in our classroom.  Our goal at the end of the week is for each table team to earn 30 points.  The tables that have 30 tally points earn an extra recess.  Mrs. Reagan surprised us by giving our class an OUTSTANDING award for making our goal.  

It was a perfect day for playing outside this morning too.  Congratulations kinders!  I know that we can do it again next week!  I am proud of you!!

       

 

*KOOL KINDERS ARE BOOK LOVERS:

 Mason likes to read The Foot Book because he likes Dr. Seuss.

   Jaxon likes Clifford so Clifford’s First Christmas is one of his favorites.

  Lucas likes to make snowmen and read Snowman Magic.

Scarlett enjoys reading Are you my Mother?

  Jonathan brought Martin’s Big Words.  A great learning book about Martin Luther King Jr.

   NOTES FOR MOM AND DAD

*POPCORN WORDS:            HE               SHE                                                                          It  was pretty cool to notice that “he” and “she” rhyme with the popcorn words we already know “me, we, be”.  January popcorn flash cards will be sent home soon.  Please add them to the existing cards at home for practice.

*WINTER GEAR:  Even though it is cold outside we will go out to play if the wind chill is above O.  Thanks for bundling up your child for play outside.

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION:     We gave Livia birthday wishes on Tuesday.  She turned 6 on 1/21!  Thank you for the birthday treat bags!

*VALENTINE PARTY AND VALENTINE EXCHANGE:   Tuesday, February 13 from 2:00-3:00pm. I will send out a separate posting on Saturday with a spreadsheet that you can volunteer for helping and supplying donations.  VALENTINE EXCHANGE:  Information has been sent home. Be sure to have your kinder write their names on each valentine.  Please remember to use the name labels for the front of the valentines for easier mailing. The kinders may bring in 4-5 valentines (select randomly from list) on Wed. Feb. 1; Thurs. Feb. 2; Tues. Feb. 7; Thurs. Feb 9; Fri. Feb 10 to mail. PLEASE DO NOT SEND IN ALL OF THE VALENTINES AT ONE TIME!  Let the love begin to flow!

*100 DAYS OF SCHOOL CELEBRATION:  Friday, February 9..  Start thinking about what 100 items your kinder will like to collect and bring to school.  Your kinders 100 collections will be due on Feb. 9. This is the day that they may bring them into school. Please do not send them into school earlier. The collections will return home the same day. Begin collecting 100 items and decide how your kinder would like to display them.  Have fun! 🙂

*CALENDARS: The FEBRUARY calendar  has been posted under CALENDARS.  A lot of fun events, popcorn words, birthdays are listed on this document.  The February lunch menu has also been posted under the side tab Hudsonville Food Service.

UPCOMING DATES

*MON. JAN. 29-STEAM; reading TAKE  HOME BOOKS  

*TUES. JAN. 30–-GYM; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS, last day to order PE apparel

*WED. JAN 31MUSIC; HOMEWORK DUE….math and literacy;  LIBRARY Please remember to return your child’s book.    Mailing Valentines  Take 4-5 valentines to mail; 

*THURS. FEB. 1––ART; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS;  Mailing Valentines  Take 4-5 valentines to mail   If your kinder would like a sack lunch on Friday, please email me (kbohl@hpseagles.net or send a note by Thursday 2/1.

*FRI. FEB. 2-STEAM; FAST FRIDAY…Dismissal at 12:15pm  

 *NO SCHOOL: Monday, February 5 WINTER BREAK

*NO SCHOOL: Tuesday, February 6 WINTER BREAK

*WED. FEB. 3—Back at school

*FRI. FEB. 9—- Day 100 Celebration

*TUES. FEB. 13—Valentine’s Day Party  2:00-3:00pm  Non food donations due at school by Thursday, Feb 8. Food donations due Tuesday, Feb. 13.  Parent volunteers who are working at a party center, please arrive by 1:40pm for instructions & set up.

~~~Have a great weekend.  Stay warm and safe!   Mrs. Bohl

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—Jan 12-19

Hooray for the hard working kinders!! They are working hard to continue to make good 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. This is what first graders do and we are practicing to do the same.  Thank you for the continuing to courage your kinder at home!  Their choices make the difference in their learning.  We have 9 blue stars….we only need 1 more for fun reward.  Can we make it to 10 this week?  I think that we can!!!

MATH:  We are getting to the end of our math unit.  This week we worked on identifying 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 in a line 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); SHAPES ARE FUN (identifying shapes); SNOW FORTS (practicing number partners of 7).  

    

WRITING WORKSHOP:  We are diving deeper into writing Small Moment stories that are true one time, one place stories. At the beginning of the week we worked together to choose a small moment story about celebrating birthdays at school. We practiced telling the story over our fingers, drew detailed pictures and worked on stretching out sounds in the words we wrote. Don’t forget that we also work to include spaces between popcorn words and sentence stoppers (punctuation). Wow!! Next week the kinders will have the opportunity to choose their own small moment to write about.    This is a VERY challenging unit for kinders! I am proud of their perseverance and effort.  We are working to do our best!!

HANDWRITING: We learned how to write lower case letters u,i,e. We are working on writing our “full name” correctly on our papers.  This means ONLY the first letter is capital and the rest of the letters are lower case.  The  kinders are able to write their full name but many of the letters are written incorrectly.  There is a mix of upper and lower case letters within the first and last name.  Please begin practicing this new skill at home.  Thanks! 🙂

FUN CENTERS:  Mason’s mom, Scarlett’s dad, Jaxon’s dad and Peyton’s dad helped the kinders do a science experiment, play math games and make a craft on Friday afternoon.  Fun centers consisted of BLUBBER, BLUBBER  (learning how penguins stay warm in the very cold water); BEARS IN THE CAVE (identifying number partners 5-8); BUILDING MY SNOWMAN (writing names) and RACE TO THE SNOWMAN (identifying – + symbols).  Thank you so much for taking time to join us in learning.  It meant a lot to us.  

    

READER’S WORKSHOP:  This week we got ready to read (revved up) by learning that letters help us read.  By looking at the beginning letter , noticing a ‘switch’ of letters (is it a frog or toad?) and looking all the way through we can figure out words as we read. The kinders are doing an awesome job!  We are increasing our reading time too.  We are averaging 16 minutes a day. Hooray for reading! 

MYSTERY GUEST READER:  Livia was surprised and excited to see her dad come into the room.  He brought along The Tortoise and the Hare.  He chose this book because he likes to play sports with Livia.  Thank you for stopping by.

NOTES FOR MOM AND DAD 

*POPCORN WORDS:        MAKE       SAID                                                                              We found them in our day’s messages and within our popcorn books.  We learned about “bossy 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”. Flippy the Dolphin (a reading strategy) was spotlighted. 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.

*KOOL KINDERS ARE BOOK LOVERS:  We began another new round of being the Kool Kinder.  This time the job of the Kool Kinder is to locate their favorite book from home, decide why they like this book and take it to school to share with their friends.  The book will come back on the same day.

 Maddox brought How do dinosaurs say Merry Christmas.

 Hunter likes I’ll Wait, Mr. Panda because he likes donuts.

  Livia likes the book Mommies because she loves her mom.

  Parker likes to read Attack of the Nindroids because he likes Legos.

*BACKPACK SNACK:  Please remember to send TWO snacks each day with your kinder. They would probably enjoy a snack from home. Thanks so much for making these snacks healthy ones!  

*TAKE HOME BOOKS:  The TAKE HOME books will begin Monday! Thank you in advance for reading this book with your kinder and reminding them to return these books in the baggies each Monday,Tuesday and Thursday.  If you are interested in volunteering, please let me know and I will be happy to add your name to the schedule. 

*WINTER CLOTHES:  Thank you for dressing your child in warm outside winter gear.  Sending an extra pair of mittens or socks inside their backpacks might be helpful.

UPCOMING DATES

*MON. JAN. 22–-ART; reading TAKE  HOME BOOKS; Birthday celebration for Livia (1/21)

*TUES. JAN 23–-STEAM; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS   

*WED. JAN. 24GYM;  HOMEWORK DUE….math and literacy;  LIBRARY Please remember to return your child’s book.

*THURS. JAN. 25–-MUSIC; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS and Reading the Rainbow word lists

*FRI. JAN. 26ART; 

*FRI. FEB. 2—Fast Friday (Early Release)

*MON. FEB. 5 & TUES. FEB 6—Winter Break Day—No School

*TUES. FEB 7—School begins again

*FRI. FEB 9—Day 100 Celebration

*TUES. FEB. 13—Valentine’s Day Party 2:00-3:00pm Planning will begin soon.

~~ So many good things happening at school. We are learning a lot!  Have a great weekend!    Mrs. Bohl

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—Jan 8-12

imgres

 TAKE A PEEK AT WHAT YOUR KINDER DID IN SCHOOL THIS WEEK              

WONDERFUL WINTER:  The snow and rain 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 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 using our comprehension and comparing skills to sort character pictures from each story.  The kinders did a fabulous job. We even read another version of The Mitten by Jim Allysworth, where some of the animals were the same from our previous readings.  What great connections!

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 insects.  During Friday math centers, the kinders matched teen number equations to the total (ie: 10+3  13).

They also played a game using paper snowballs, because real snowballs would melt in our very warm room.  The focus was to practice identify = and not = symbols.  I am sorry that I didn’t get a chance to take a picture.  Next time! 🙂

HANDWRITING:  We focused on learning the proper formation of more magic C letters….a,d,g.  We are learning that lines on the paper are like a highway road.  Some lower case letters take up the entire highway like a.  Other letters need to leave the road and go to the sky or down to the ditch like d and g. The kinders are doing a super job writing letters in isolation but transferring the proper formation during ‘regular’ writing time is challenging for them.  Extra encouragement as they write at home is always helpful. 🙂  The kinders were excited to see that their last name was added to the personal name tags.  They will begin adding their last name to their papers, working towards writing their full name by memory.  Please encourage them at home to use proper letter formation on their homework papers.

READER’S WORKSHOP:  Our new unit is called “Revving Up”.  The kinders learned that race car drivers rev up their engines to get them ready before a big race, we need to rev up our minds to get ready to read.  Some ways to do this is to *look at the cover and title of a book, *take a picture walk, *tell the story and *read the words.  You can practice these skills at home prior to reading their library books and TAKE HOME books (which will start soon).

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  We began a new unit about writing Small Moment stories, otherwise known as Personal Narrative. I introduced the kinders to the difference between a “watermelon” story and a “seed” story.  A watermelon story such as a whole day at school is too big for us to write as kinders just yet. However seed stories of going to gym class, completing our letter centers during Split Lit or eating lunch at school are considered small moment stories. These stories are easier to write. 

  

We started our learning by sketching a simple picture of the many things we did over vacation…opening gifts, going on a trip, taking down the Christmas tree, playing with friends, visiting family, etc.  We listed what makes a good small moment story….*a true story about things people do, *things happen in order, *a (single) small moment stretches across pages. We decided to write our first small moment story about Christmas Books, a small story about our book exchange. The kinders practiced telling who were the characters, where it took place, what happened first, next and last and stretching those details across their fingers.

Then they drew detailed pictures depicting this event. We worked together to stretch out sounds in unknown words and used popcorn words as much as possible.  They did a great job.  We will begin another new story next week.

NOTES FOR MOM AND DAD

*POPCORN WORD:      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 Chunky Monkey is busy when “at” is hiding in “that”.  We practiced making more words by taking away “th” and adding different beginning letters to -at. (cat, fat, sat, mat, etc).  Have fun at home using your Cat slider to practice this task. It was also great week for review too.  

*BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION:  

    Happy Birthday to Jayce who turned 6 on Jan 6.

*BACKPACK SNACK:  Thank you for packing TWO quick, healthy backpack snacks each day.

*CLASSROOM TEMPERATURE:  Our classroom is VERY warm.  Just ask your kinder!  Mrs. Reagan is working with the furnace men to remedy this problem.  In the meantime, please dress your kinder in layers so that they are comfortable throughout the day.

*OUTSIDE CLOTHES:  Thank you for dressing your child in warm outside winter gear.  Sending an extra pair of mittens or socks inside their backpacks might be helpful and more comfortable to wear later in the day.  

*JANUARY CALENDAR:  The JANUARY calendar has been posted under CALENDARS at the top of the blog.  It contains information about specials, birthdays and monthly events.   

*TAKE HOME BOOKS PROGRAM:  A schedule has been created and sent home with those who have volunteered.  If you would like to part of the program you can email me and I will be happy to add to the schedule.  The existing volunteers would love to have a partner on their days too. 🙂 This exciting reading program WILL BEGIN MONDAY, JANUARY 22!  Thank you for volunteering and being part of your child’s education.  Practice reading the book that will come home on Jan 18 and RETURN THE BOOK INSIDE OF THE BAGGIE ON MONDAY, 1/22.  

*READING RAINBOW POPCORN WORDS:   Please remember to send the list back to school every THURSDAY. The kinders will read through the list with a volunteer or an 8th grader from Mr. Van Noord’s class from Baldwin Middle school.  Remember these word lists were created from the 60 sight words that each kinder is working on to master before the end of the school year! The words are broken up into smaller lists so that they are easier to learn.  Each list is a new color of the rainbow!  Even though new lists are added to their page protectors, please continue to review previous papers so that words are not forgotten (pointing to each word out of order is best). The goal is to identify these popcorn words automatically and in a snap! The word lists will all stay inside the page protector and can be kept inside your kinder’s blue folder. This is a safe spot to keep it to ensure it won’t be lost and is in their folder for reading at school.

*RAZ-KIDS:  Information about this online reading program information was sent home this week as well as in a previous posting.  Are you taking advantage of this free reading online reading program.  (Thank you to the PTC for covering the cost)  Please take advantage of this alternative opportunity to read books.  A fun, educational way to spend some time with your kinder on these cold winter days.

UPCOMING DATES:

*Monday, January 15— MUSIC

*Tuesday, January 16ART;  BOOK ORDERS DUE (online or paper form with a check made out to Scholastic Book Clubs) 

*Wednesday, January 17STEAM;  LIBRARY Please remember to return your child’s book;  HOMEWORK DUE….math and literacy

*Thursday, January 18GYM;  TAKE HOME books sent home  Happy birthday for Tristan

*Friday, January 19MUSIC; FUN CENTERS Volunteers arrive at 1:40pm for instructions  

*Monday, January 22–TAKE HOME books begin;  Birthday Celebration for Livia (1/21)

~~~Have a great weekend and welcome back to the school routine!  Stay warm this weekend.  Mrs. Bohl

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—Dec 18-22

Please refer to the previous postings about the last 3 fun filled days at school.  Here is what we did on the first 2 days of the week.

HOLIDAYS AROUND THE WORLD:  On Monday we visited Canada.

  Clemment Moore was born in Canada so we read The Night before Christmas.

On Tuesday we flew back home to America.

  We learned that Rudolph was first drawn for an ad campaign for a local department store. We also realized that many of the things we do during the holidays originated in many of the countries we visited.

5TH GRADE BUDDIES:  We enjoyed spending time with our buddies by making a gingerbread house together….no not a real gingerbread house, just a paper one, but still fun!

        

MATH: The kinders sorted objects by looking at various attributes (number of legs on animals vs people, people vs animals, hair vs feathers, and by shapes, colors, size of shapes, etc). The kinders are still working on seeing 10 in teen numbers (10 and 3 more make 13).

   

HANDWRITING:  We continued to learn how to form partner letters v,w,t.  Partner letters are lower case letters that look similar to upper case letters.

Stay safe as you travel visiting family.  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…..

*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 new pattern books or small moment stories

*practice writing first and last name (first letter capital, rest of letters lower case)

*read books together 

*practice the Fluency Packet that was sent home

*go sledding, make a snowman, drink hot chocolate, have fun together!

NOTES FOR MOM AND DAD

*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 child 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.

   Happy (early) Birthday to Makenzie. She will turn 6 on Dec. 28. 

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

*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 will be sent home when school resumes.

*The January lunch menu is available to read under the FOOD SERVICE tab on the side bar.

UPCOMING DATES:

*Monday, December 25 – Friday, January 5:  NO SCHOOL, Holiday Break.  School resumes on Monday, January 8!

*Monday, January 8—Back to School; MUSIC; Tristan’s birthday celebration

*Tuesday, January 9—ART; Jayce’s birthday (Jan 6) celebration

*Wednesday, January 10—STEAM;  LIBRARY Don’t forget your book! HOMEWORK DUE….math and literacy

*Thursday, January 11—GYM; If your kinder would like a sack lunch on Friday, an email or note is due today

*Friday, January 12—ART; Fast Friday Dismissal at 12:15pm

*Friday, January 19—Fun Centers Volunteers arrive at 1:40pm for instructions

~~~I would like to wish you a Blessed 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 8.  Thank you for sharing them with me each day! 🙂  Mrs. Bohl

Polar Express Day fun

Wearing comfy pajamas was just right for boarding the Polar Express today.

imgres

Our day was filled with reading the book The Polar Express, watching the movie by moving through all of the kindergarten classrooms, drinking hot chocolate (with and without marshmallows), solving addition problems using mini marshmallows 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!!

images

                                                 

 

Holiday Party Fun

images-1

THANK YOU SO MUCH to ALL of the volunteers (Jaxon’s dad, Mason’s dad, Alex’s mom, Jonathan’s mom, Dominic’s mom, Lucas’ mom, Katelynn’s mom, Hunter’s mom, Izabel’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 Fun

imgres

“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).  

Enjoy a few pictures of this fun day of learning!