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WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—May 14-18

This is a long posting so please read to the end.  We were busy this week!

OUR AMERICAN SYMBOLS:  Hooray for the U.S.A! This week the kinders began to learn about some of our most popular American symbols. Reading a Let’s Find Out newspaper about American Symbols was informative too.

   

First, we learned what a symbol is (it is a picture that stands for something). Next, we practiced identifying some common symbols for popular spots such as Dairy Queen, Target, Jet’s Pizza, etc.

The Statue of Liberty and The White House were the first two symbols studied.  After reading non-fiction books and watching an informational video about each symbol, the kinders did some informational writing by choosing 3 facts to write on their paper. It was fun to make a craft relating to the symbols too.

Some fun facts we learned about the Statue of Liberty were it was a gift from France, it is made from copper, she is called “The Lady of Liberty”, she holds a torch in one hand and a table in the other.  We did an experiment to see if we could turn copper pennies green like the Statue of Liberty did.  We put pennies in a bowl of vinegar and salt for 10 minutes then took them out to dry.  Can you see the green on them?  How cool!

   

   

We are keeping all of our work inside our American Symbols story pockets. The story pockets will come home next week after we learn about more American symbols.  

WRITER’S WORKSHOP: The kinders wrote their opinion about which sport they like to play (football, basketball, baseball, soccer), what kind of pet they would like (dog, cat, hamster, fish, lizzard), and stating why Georgetown is awesome.  The kinders always enjoy sharing their writings with their friends too.

       

At the end of the week, they wrote their ON DEMAND on the topic of their favorite restaurant. This is when they do all of their writing independently, without teacher assistance. The kinders did an AMAZING JOB!  I am so very proud of them. I am in the process of grading them and will send home the writings home soon.

We were invited to Mrs. VanKovering’s first grade to listen to her students read their realistic fiction narrative writing pieces.  It was good for the kinders to see what they will be writing next year.  Thank you for inviting us.  We really enjoyed coming!

                

MATH:  After reviewing various math skills, the kinders used their individual office spaces to take their last math test, Unit #5.  They are becoming very good mathematicians solving addition and subtraction problems, comparing items using terms longer, shorter, taller and showing teen numbers as tens and extra ones.  What a good job they have done!!! 🙂  Their tests will be coming home soon.

    

READER’S WORKSHOP:  We are Readers and we LOVE to read.  We are working on staying focused on reading for 18-20 minutes.  What an accomplishment as the kinders move into first grade.  Friday was “the best” according to the kinders as they eagerly read with their flashlights and tried to spotlight popcorn words.  Thank you for helping to supply your kinder with a flashlight.

     

MYSTERY GUEST READER:  It was Dominic’s turn jump up and cry “Dad” as our mystery guest reader walked into our room.  He brought the book The Legend of Jake, the Salty Dog because Hilton Head a favorite vacation spot for their family.  Thank you so much for stopping by today.  We love your visits.

                                  

OUR 5TH GRADE BUDDIES:  In preparation for our buddies going on their “sleep over field trip” (actual term is 5th grade camp), the kinders made them a card.  They also gave them a fun bag filled with a mini game booklet and a package of starbursts because “we hope they had “bursts” of fun at camp.”  Another way to spread random acts of kindness.  Our buddies were surprised!  Yeah!

      

POPCORN WORDS:          TODAY    PLAY     AWAY      UP                                                  Thank you so much for working with your kinder to learn their sight words.  They know soooo many words!  Oh my goodness!  I am so proud of them!  

NOTES FOR MOM AND DAD

*PLEASE RETURN….TAKE HOME books and LIBRARY books   Please return your library book if you still have it at home.  Inventory has began.  Please consider checking out library books from the public library throughout the summer.  Please return your TAKE HOME books.  

*BACKPACK SNACK:  Please remember to send TWO daily healthy snacks for your kinder, as we take a moment to refuel each day.  Thank you.

UPCOMING DATES

*MONDAY, MAY 21: STEAM;  

*TUESDAY, MAY 22: GYM;  

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 23: MUSIC;    WEEKLY HOMEWORK IS DONE FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR.  Thank you so much for supporting and encouraging your kinder to complete their homework each week.  It made an impact in their learning.

*THURSDAY, MAY 24:  ART

*FRIDAY, MAY 25: STEAMRedWhite and Blue Day!  Wear your RedWhite and Blue to school!!

*MONDAY, MAY 28…Memorial Day, No School

*TUESDAY, MAY 29:  Birthday celebration for Alexandra

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 30:  Birthday celebration for Katelynn (June 20)

*THURSDAY, MAY 31:  Birthday celebration for Jonathan (Aug 12)

*FRIDAY, JUNE 1:  Kindergarten Olympics 

*FRIDAY, JUNE 8:  Last Day of School.  Dismissal at 12:15 p.m.

~~~Have a great weekend.  Mrs. Bohl

 

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—-May 7-11

See what we did and learned about this week in kindergarten

SCIENCE:  We finished our learning about Living and Non-Living this week by making a mini booklet entitled Animal Needs. Have your kinder read and tell about what animals need to live. See the previous posting about the fun we had learning the parts of a plant. We also learned that not all plants grow at the same rate but thank goodness they all sprouted!  We watered  and journaled about the growth of our bean plant and you now have the responsibility of caring for that plant. Be sure to continue to write in the journal about what you do! 🙂 I hope that  you can find a good spot in your yard for planting the bean plant.  Science is so much fun! 

 

READER’S WORKSHOP:  This week we focused on increasing our reading stamina while defining the setting in books.  We made it to 18 minutes a few days.  Whoo Hoo!   We continued to celebrate becoming readers on Friday by reading with stuffed animals.  Reading to and with friends is always fun!!!

         

Next Friday, we will be reading with flashlight, looking to see if we can spot popcorn words within our books. The kinders are asked to bring in a flashlight on Friday, May 18.  All flashlights will be sent home on the same day.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP: More topics were introduced, more opinions were given, more reasons were written and more writings were shared with friends this week.  These topics included playing at the beach or at the pool; eating ice cream in a bowl or a cone; deciding which special class (art, STEAM, gym or music) they like best.  I am very proud of them. We will write a few more opinion writings as a whole group before ending the week with the kinders writing their ON DEMAND Opinion writing next week.  This is when the kinders use all of the strategies they have learned and write with teacher assistance.  I know that they will do awesome job!

MATH:  We used mini cubes and 10 cube sticks to show tens and extra ones for teen and twenty numbers.

   

The kinders compared objects using math terms such as longer than, shorter, heavier than, lighter than. 

The kinders will be reviewing various math skills the first part of the week and taking their LAST math test…Unit #5 towards the end of the week. Please encourage your kinder to do their best.  The test will cover addition & subtraction problems; comparing numbers using terms shorter, longer, heavier, lighter; showing tens & extra ones for teen numbers; and  more.

MYSTERY GUEST READER:  Jaxon literally jumped up from sitting on the floor and into his grandma’s arms.  How precious!  She brought his dad’s favorite book, Hamilton to read to us  A fun story about a pig and how he tricked the wolf from eating him. Thank you for stopping by.

 

POPCORN WORDS:       BY           MY           ONE                                                       What smart kinders I have!  I am working on the end of the year assessments and so far EVERYONE has been able to increase the amount of sight words they can identify.  Hooray for them! I am so very proud of the kinders!! 🙂 I encourage you this summer to continue to practice & review the popcorn words flash cards that have been sent home this year.  Sliding can often happen with basic skills and review is needed to ensure that the concepts are mastered.

NOTES FOR MOM AND DAD

TAKE HOME books:  This is the last week for the kinders to read and take home new books.  Please return their books on Monday,  Tuesday and Thursday.

BACKPACK SNACK:  Please remember to send TWO daily healthy snacks for your kinder, as we take a moment to refuel each day.  Thank you.

SPRING WEATHER:  Please take a moment each morning to check the daily weather report.  It changes from day to day.  We want our kinders to be prepared to play on the playground.

UPCOMING DATES

*MONDAY, MAY 14:  ART;   Birthday celebration for Dominic

*TUESDAY, MAY 15: STEAM   

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 16GYM;  HOMEWORK DUE….literacy and math

*THURSDAY, MAY 17: MUSIC Birthday celebration for Parker

*FRIDAY, MAY 18:  ART; Celebrate being READERS:….Read with a FLASHLIGHT.  Bring a flashlight to school;  Kindergarten Olympic volunteer note due

*FRIDAY, MAY 26: RedWhite and Blue Day!  Wear your RedWhite and Blue to school!!

*MONDAY, MAY 28:  Memorial Day, No School

*TUESDAY, MAY 29:  Birthday celebration for Alexandra

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 30:  Birthday celebration for Katelynn (June 20)

*THURSDAY, MAY 31:  Birthday celebration for Jonathan (Aug 12)

*FRIDAY, JUNE 1:  Kindergarten Olympics  A note asking for parent volunteers came home.  Volunteers will be notified shortly with details.  This special day would not be possible without your help.  Thank you so much.  If you still would like to be part of this fun day, please let me know before Friday, May 18

*FRIDAY, JUNE 8:  Last Day of School.  Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

~~~Have a great weekend.    Mrs. Bohl

 

Tasting Parts of a Plant

“Can you eat parts of a plant?”  The kinders were not sure when I asked them this question.  So we read a few books to learn how vegetables grow…above or below the ground and to review parts of a plant.  

   

We learned that carrots, potatoes, radishes are roots.  Celery is like a stem. Lettuce, spinach, cabbage are leaves. Broccoli and cauliflower are considered flowers and corn, peas, beans are the seeds of a plant.  

  

We had a taste testing party after building our plant using carrots, celery, spinach, broccoli and corn.  I was proud of ALL of the kinders for tasting some vegetables they don’t typically like to eat. We all agreed….We like to eat plants!!

   

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—April 30-May 4

Look what your kinder did at school this week.

SCIENCE:  Hooray! We have learned that not all plants grow at the same rate but thank goodness they all sprouted!  The warmer spring weather helped so much.  We are watering  and journaling about the growth of our bean plant.  

  

We explored each part of flower by reading informational books, labeling the various parts (seed, roots, stem, leaves, petals) and creating a craft which is hanging in the back of our room.  

  

We also read and discussed two different Let’s Find Out newspapers, both relating to seeds and the growth cycle of a plant.

 

It was fun to review previous knowledge of fairy tales when we enjoyed reading Jack and the Beanstalk.  We read the original version and one with a favorite character, Little Critter, who pretended to be Jack.  The kinders were excited to paint their beanstalk so that we could retell the story today.  Enjoy hearing your kinder retell the story to you.

 

 MATH:  The kinders compared numbers and identified if they were Greater than or Less than other numbers by writing G or L.  They also practiced showing teen numbers using ten and extra ones as well as writing partner equations for numbers 7-10.  We are getting to the end of our last unit in math learning.  Thank you for your continual support and encouragement towards your kinder in completing their weekly homework.  It is so beneficial to solidify their learning.

  

READER’S WORKSHOP:  The kinders continued to dive deeper in learning about characters.  We looked at the main characters, noticing that they can be in more than one book.  For example, the Little Critter character (books by author Mercer Mayer) is in many different books. We noticed that Little Critter does different things in different stories.  We also explored the difference between 2 main characters in books.  The Kinders loved comparing the characters of Hansel and Gretel in the classic tale Hansel and Gretel.  Noticing that Hansel and Gretel each do different things in the story.  The kinders have done a great job!

    

We are constantly celebrating being READERS!   Reading everyone’s clothing today was a lot of fun.  It soon became a challenge to see how many popcorn words were on each others’ clothing.  Thank you for helping your kinder participate. 

TAKE HOME BOOKS:  Thank you  so much for encouraging and supporting your kinder this year as they participated in our TAKE HOME book program.  We have two more weeks of reading.  Then we will begin to collect all of the books for summer inventory. Thank you so much to all of the volunteers who came into school each Monday, Tuesday and Thursday to listen to the kinders read.  It would not have been possible without your assistance.  I am so grateful for your help!

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  The kinders began learning how to write their last style  of writing…..Opinion writing.  We started with learning the difference between fact and opinion.  Then we sorted statements into an opinion or fact column.  Reading a fun book called Duck! Rabbit! helped us verbally practice giving our reasons to why we felt that way. 

   

Each day they need to give their opinion about a topic, write two reasons to support why they feel that way and write a closing sentence such as “_____ is my favorite.” or “I really like _______.”  WOW!  WOW!  The kinders are writing like first graders!  They are including popcorn words, spaces between words, sentence stoppers as well as giving awesome reasons. Our topics this week were 1. playing on the swings or slide  2. like winter or summer  3. enjoy eating home lunch or hot lunch.  In honor of Cinco de Mayo, the kinders tasted chips and salsa before writing their opinion if it was yucky or yummy.  Have I said lately, how proud I am of them! 🙂

      

MYSTERY GUEST READERS:  We were lucky to enjoy two visits this week.

 Jonathan has been wishing his mom would stop by and this week she did.  His baby brother, Christopher came along too.  She brought a big book of The Little Old Lady who swallowed a Fly AND an Old Lady puppet with all of the characters she swallowed.  What a fun way to listen and enjoy a story. 

  

Victoria jumped up and gave her mom a big hug as she entered our room. Her mom brought along her favorite book when she was younger,Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham. It is one of our favorite books too.  It was fun to help Victoria’s mom read many of the pages.  Thank you so much for stopping by this morning.

  

POPCORN WORDS:        HAVE     ON      OF                                                                     It is amazing.!  Before a kinder can move the letter magnets to spell our popcorn words, the class is shouting out the word.  The kinders are beginning to SPELL the words in addition to identifying them.  How amazing!

NOTES FOR MOM AND DAD

*BACKPACK SNACK:  Please remember to send TWO daily healthy snacks for your child, as we take a moment to refuel each day.  Thank you.

*PLAYGROUND:  Our playground is very wet and muddy and then it is dry and dirty.  Please keep this in mind as you send your kinder to school. Rain boots or outside play shoes might be a good idea until the spring weather clears.  Thank you for being considerate of helping to keep our inside floors and rugs clean.

*BOOK ORDERS: On Monday, the last book orders for this year will be sent home.  You will be able to order online or send in the paper form along with a check to school.  All orders are due on Friday, May 11.

UPCOMING DATES

*MONDAY, MAY 7:  ART; reading TAKE HOME books

*TUESDAY, MAY 8: STEAM; reading TAKE HOME books; LIBRARY…Return you library books.  NOTE CHANGE IN DAY DUE TO OUR FIELD TRIP

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 9:  Field Trip to Hemlock Crossing Nature Center &  Hager Park  HOME LUNCH WITH DRINK INSIDE OF LABELED PAPER BAG IS NEEDED. We will not be ordering hot lunch. Please feel free to join us for our picnic lunch. Younger siblings are welcome. We will be at the park around 12:00pm. Your kinder will need a home lunch and water bottle to enjoy during our picnic lunch.  NO SANDALS, FLIP FLOPS OR CROCS. TENNIS SHOES NEED TO BE WORN!!  We will be walking through woods and trails and playing on a big playground.  Please dress your child according to the weather. We will be OUTSIDE for most of the day!; HOMEWORK DUE….literacy and math  

*THURSDAY, MAY 10:  MUSIC;   EMAIL ME OR SEND A NOTE BY THURSDAY (5/10) IF YOUR KINDER WOULD LIKE A SACK LUNCH.

*FRIDAY, MAY 11:  ART: FAST FRIDAY (Early Release  Dismiss at 12:15pm); Book Orders due (online or paper forms); Celebrate being READERS:  Bring a small stuffed animal to read with

*MONDAY, MAY 14:  Birthday celebration for Dominic

*THURSDAY, MAY 17:  Birthday celebration for Parker 

*FRIDAY, MAY 18:  Volunteer note (coming home Monday) is due Friday, May 18; Celebrate being READERS:  Bring a small flashlight to read with

*FRIDAY, MAY 26: RedWhite and Blue Day!  Wear your RedWhite and Blue to school!!

*MONDAY, MAY 28:  Memorial Day, No School

*TUESDAY, MAY 29:  Birthday celebration for Alexandra

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 30:  Birthday celebration for Katelynn (June 20)

*THURSDAY, MAY 31:  Birthday celebration for Jonathan (Aug 12)

*FRIDAY, JUNE 1:  Kindergarten Olympics  A note asking for parent volunteers came home.  Volunteers will be notified shortly with details.  This special day would not be possible without your help.  Thank you so much.  If you still would like to be part of this fun day, please let me know soon.

*FRIDAY, JUNE 8:  Last Day of School.  Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

~~~Have a great weekend.    Mrs. Bohl

 

WHAT HAS HAPPENED—April 23-27

Can you believe it?  It is the end of April and next week we are moving into our last full month of school.  Take a look at what was accomplished this week.

SCIENCE:  What is Alive?  and Living and Non-Living were books that assisted us as we began learning about things that are alive and not alive.  The kinders learned that living things need *air, *water, *food, *soil (plants), *space (habitat)  and can *move, *grow.  Sorting living and non-living pictures was a fun activity. 

    

The kinders watched a science video that reviewed what makes something alive.  They also made a booklet about living and non-living things by building the missing words.  

   

We planted bean seeds and are patiently watering and waiting for them to sprout.  Hopefully the warmer, sunny spring weather helps.  We will keep you updated!  We also had some fun looking a a variety of seeds and had to match them with what they would grow into…a daisy, an onion, a sunflower, a radish and more.

     

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:   I am so proud of the kinders and their writing. This month’s genre was about HOW TO….  do various things.  This week the kinders wrote How to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich; How to wash your hands; How to eat an Oreo and How to plant a seed.

 

All of their writings came home today.  Enjoy having them show you how to do some of these tasks.  Your  kinder is a great teacher!  Next week we will begin our last writing unit…Opinion Writing.  Wow! I know that the kinders will do a fabulous job and will enjoy this type of writing. 

MATH:  The kinders are doing well comparing numbers, identifying numbers that are Greater than and Less than other numbers.  They are also doing well showing teen numbers using tens and extra ones. The kinders put away their workbooks for a few days and had fun playing games to practice identifying number partners.  For one game, they used two different colors of unifix cubes to create number partners of 7. For example: 4 red cubes + 3 blue cubes = 7 cubes.

   

Another game was called Flower Power.  The kinders took turns tossing a butterfly and bumble bee bean bag onto a large flower, using the numbers that the insects landed on to create number equations.  For example: 1+3=4.

Thank you so much for encouraging your kinder to complete their homework each week.  This helps to solidifying their learning.  

POPCORN WORDS:         COME   SOME                                                                           April popcorn flash cards were sent home to add to your kinder’s collection. The work that you do at home helps your kinder be the best student they can be. Thank you!

FUN CENTERS:  Thank you so much to Hunter’s mom, Katelynn’s mom and Lucas’ grandma for helping us learn while having fun.  We practiced using our predicting, comparing and counting skills by playing MAGIC BEANS, identified popcorn words by playing GOING BUGGY, used our questioning skills by playing GUESS WHO and used our investigating skills by comparing earthworms and gummy worms. (I am sorry there are not any pictures to share with you….I was also running a center.) Thank you so much for volunteering to be part of fun centers each month.  The kinders looked forward to this time and it would not have been possible without your support and help.  

END OF THE YEAR ASSESSMENTS:  Preparation for the end of the year assessments and records have begun.  I am excited to be the listener as I ask each kinder read books to me.  They are doing an AMAZING job!! They are making FABULOUS progress.  Supporting your kinder at home by practicing/reviewing popcorn words, reading books, completing math homework and more has helped your kinder be a successful learner.  Thank you so much.  

MYSTERY GUEST READERS:  Izabel was so surprised to see her mom and younger brother, Grayson walk through the door…again. She chose to read Spaghetti on my hot dog bun.  It was a fabulous story about having courage to show kindness to those who are unkind to us. Thank you so much for choosing a timely book and being willing to stop in to read us another story.  

    

  Happy birthday to Anderson.  He turned 6 on April 24.  Thank you so much for the birthday treat bags. 

NOTES TO MOM AND DAD

*MONTHLY CALENDAR:  May is FILLED with many birthday celebrations.  Be sure to look at the May calendar and the June calendar for May and summer birthday celebration dates, along with other important information.  It has been posted under CALENDARS at the top of our blog.

*BACKPACK SNACK:  Please remember to send TWO daily healthy snacks for your kinder, as we take a moment to refuel each day.  Thank you.

*TAKE HOME Books:  Please help your child to remember to return their book baggie EACH Monday, Tuesday and Thursday so that they are consistent with their read aloud practice and are able to check out a new book each time to build their reading experiences.  Don’t forget to sign the parent sheet and include comments or observations you feel may be helpful.  We only have a few weeks left…keep reading!!!

UPCOMING DATES

*MONDAY, April 30: MUSICreading TAKE HOME BOOKS 

*TUESDAY, MAY 1: ART; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS 

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 2: STEAMHOMEWORK DUE….math and literacy;  LIBRARY: Please return your kinder’s book.

 *THURSDAY, MAY 3: GYMreading TAKE HOME BOOKS & Rainbow word lists

*FRIDAY, MAY 4:  MUSIC

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 9:  Field Trip to Hemlock Crossing Nature Center & Hager Park.   Please feel free to join us for our picnic lunch.  We will be at the park around 12:00pm. Your kinder will need a paper sack lunch LABELED WITH THEIR NAME and water bottle to enjoy during our picnic lunch.  NO SANDALS, FLIP FLOPS OR CROCS. TENNIS SHOES NEED TO BE WORN!!  We will be walking through woods and trails and playing on a big playground.  Please dress your child according to the weather. We will be OUTSIDE for most of the day!  

*THURSDAY, MAY 10:  EMAIL ME OR SEND A NOTE BY THURSDAY (4/12) IF YOUR KINDER WOULD LIKE A SACK LUNCH ON FRIDAY. 

*FRIDAY, MAY 11:  FAST FRIDAY (Early Release  Dismiss at 12:15pm)

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 14:  Birthday celebration for Dominic

*MONDAY, MAY 17:  Birthday celebration for Parker 

*FRIDAY, MAY 26…..RedWhite and Blue Day!  Wear your RedWhite and Blue to school!!

*MONDAY, MAY 28…Memorial Day, No School

*FRIDAY, JUNE 1:  Kindergarten Olympics  Volunteer note (coming home Monday) is due Friday, May 18

~~~Have a great weekend.  Mrs. Bohl

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—April 16-20

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EARTH DAY: We enjoyed making and wearing our Earth Day hats today. We read Just a Gum Wrapper and It’s Earth Day! by Mercer Mayer  among other books to assist in our learning about Earth Day.  We learned how we can take care of the earth and “go green” by recycling paper, cans and bottles, turning off lights when leaving a room, turning off the water while brushing teeth and using containers instead of plastic baggies for snacks. The kinders used this information to create a craft that is hanging in our hallway.  Having a chance to marble paint was part of the fun. 

        

We took a few minutes to find out where the 4th graders each week take our bags of scraps of paper.  The kinders were surprised to learn that we have a big recycling bin in our school parking lot.  Looking inside at all of that paper was pretty cool too. (Sorry…no pictures of that.  I was too busy lifting 24 kinders up to look inside) Many kinders said that they recycle at home.  Keep working to keep our earth healthy and clean.

   

Cheers were heard when I explained what we would be doing with blue & green frosting, a popsicle stick and a cookie……making an Earth Day cookie. Who knew that frosting and cookies make kinders explode with cheers?  🙂 Love it!!

      

SCIENCE…IT ROCKS!:   This week we focused our learning on rocks.  We investigated our rock collections by sorting them to be either rough or smooth.  We also lined them up by size….from smallest to biggest. We continued to investigate our rocks by the look of them, the height, the texture and if whether they would float or sink in water.  Be sure to take a look at their booklet for their answers.  Don’t forget to read the previous posting to learn about our 3 types of rocks experiments.

       

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  The kinders are busy writing steps about how to do something. This week we wrote How to make a birthday wishHow to eat an orange and How to marble paint.They are working so hard remembering to use everything that a good writer uses….popcorn words, put spaces between their words, include sentence stoppers, detailed pictures.  I am so proud of them.  They are amazing writers!!

   

MYSTERY GUEST READERS:  This morning Peyton quickly popped up to hug his dad and say “hi” to his little brother, Chase, when they walked into our room.  He brought along a book that they enjoy reading at home called There’s a Wocket in my Pocket by Dr. Seuss.  They enjoy reading all of Dr. Seuss’ books.  Thanks for coming in.

   

Later in the morning, Hunter was surprised to see his mom and little sister, Kenzie stop by.  We were happy to hear How to become a pirate.  A story that made us giggle and laugh.  We hearing new stories.

   

READER’S WORKSHOP:  Our focus was all about learning more about characters.  We explored what characters look like, how they act and what they are doing in books.  The kinders searched their books for characters as they read, talking to their partners about what the characters were doing and how the characters looked in these books. 

          

POPCORN WORDS:         THEY          THESE.                                        Be sure to ask your kinder the song that we sing to help us remember the spelling for “they”.  

SPLIT LIT (literacy time):  A few pictures of the kinders working on their literacy skills…reading sight words, building reading fluency, phonics building skills and more while having some fun.

    

 

  HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Caleb. He turned 6 on Monday. Who would have thought he would celebrate at home because of a snow day. 🙂  Thank you for the gift bags.

NOTES FOR MOM AND DAD

*OUTSIDE SHOES:  THANK YOU for sending your kinder in outside shoes or boots on rainy days.  Please remember that…..OUTSIDE SHOES CAN NOT BE WORN IN THE GYM AS MUD AND DIRT GETS ON THE GYM FLOOR.  PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU CHILD HAS GYM SHOES TO WEAR THAT ARE NOT THEIR OUTSIDE SHOES.  Thank you!

*BACKPACK SNACK:  Please remember to send a daily healthy snack for your kinder, as we take a moment to refuel each day.  Thank you.

*TAKE HOME books:  Please help your kinder to remember to return their book baggie EACH Monday, Tuesday and Thursday so that they are consistent with their read aloud practice and are able to check out a new book each time to build their reading experiences.  Don’t forget to sign the parent sheet and include comments or observations you feel may be helpful.  We only have a few weeks left so let’s end strong! 🙂

*LUNCH MENU:  The May/June lunch menu is available under Food Service tab on the side bar of our blog.

UPCOMING DATES

*MONDAY, APRIL 23: GYM;  reading TAKE HOME BOOKS; 

*TUESDAY, APRIL 24: MUSIC;  reading TAKE HOME BOOKS; GES Art Reception 5:30 p.m. Anderson’s birthday celebration

*WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25: ART;  HOMEWORK DUE….math and literacy  LIBRARY: Please return your kinder’s book; 

*THURSDAY, APRIL 26: STEAM; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS and Rainbow word lists 

*FRIDAY, APRIL 27:  GYM; FUN CENTERS…Parent volunteers please arrive at 1:40pm for instructions

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 9:  Spring Field Trip to Hemlock Crossing Nature Center and Hager Park Park.  Note come home this week.  Return ASAP if you would like to chaperone…FIRST COME FIRST SERVE.  All welcome to Hager Park lunch and playtime. It would be helpful if you would please return the bottom portion of the orange note so that your kinder and I know of your plans. 

*FRIDAY, MAY 11….Fast Friday (Early Release Day dismissal at 12:15pm)

*Friday, May 25…..Red, White and Blue Day!  Wear your Red, White and Blue to school!!

*Monday, May 28.. .Memorial Day, No School

~~~Have a great weekend.     Mrs. Bohl

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—-April 9-13

Welcome back to school!!  I hope that you had a wonderful, relaxing and refreshing spring break. Mr. Bohl and I enjoyed playing at the beach and pool everyday in Florida with our entire family  (6 adults and a 16 month old).  We had wonderful, warm, sunny weather….it was hard to return home to Michigan weather. I hope that you enjoyed time with your family as well.  The kinders had a lot of fun telling each other about what they did.  Playdates, going to Rebounders, going to the movie theater, visiting grandparents, staying in a hotel and so much more was shared.  

Take a peek at what we did in kindergarten! 🙂

MATH:  This week we revisited how we sort objects by shape, size, color, etc.  Check out the Bonkers for Buttons book that came home. We also practiced identifying number partners and writing the matching equations.  Friday math centers focused on these math skills.  

   Domino Dots

   Unifix  cube partners

   Finding out the unknown partner

   Lima bean shake

READER’S WORKSHOP:  We began a new unit called CHARACTER ROUND UP.  In the unit we will dig deeper into our learning about characters by looking at how they look, what they say and do, comparing characters and more. The kinders are amazing me with their knowledge as readers. 

The first graders in Mrs. Woodring’s class joined us for a time of partner reading on Thursday.  It was so fun to see how some of my former kinders have grown and it gave this year’s kinders a peek into what they will reading next year.  Thank you for stopping by. 

                   

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  This month the kinders will be learning about another writing genre….HOW TO….  We started our learning by creating a list of things the kinders thought they are experts at doing, such as holding a hockey stick, opening a banana, playing Gaga Ball. 

We first told the steps over our fingers, next we wrote the words, then we drew detailed pictures and finally we read our story.  This week we created two How to books….How to read a book and How to get a snack. 

    

 I am so very proud of the growth and ability they have developed as writers!

SCIENCE….IT ROCKS!: We worked together to list facts that we knew about soil prior to spring break.  This week we read more informational books about soil and created charts like “Where we can find soil” and “Ways we use soil”.

  

To better understand the layers of soil we did a fun experiment.  Soil was put into a glass jar, water was add and shaken around, and then the waiting began.  After a bit we were able to see the layers of rocks, sand, silt, clay and humus.  Can you see the layers?

     

Before we investigated our personal baggies of soil, we sorted pictures of things found in soil by minerals, plants and animals.  We had fun using magnifying glasses to look closely at our soil to find roots, silt, worms, leaves and record our findings on a paper.  

      

Finally we learned how some types of soil are made through wind, rain, ice coming into contact with rocks.  Have your child show and explain the  flow map that they took home today.  

POPCORN WORDS:       HIM          JUMP                                                                         Please, please keep practicing at home!  The kinders are becoming fabulous readers!

  We celebrated with Peyton and who turned 6 on Monday. Thank you so much for the birthday treats

NOTES TO MOM AND DAD

*OUTSIDE SHOES:  THANK YOU for sending your child in outside shoes or boots on spring days.The playground is very muddy and we are working hard to keep our classroom floor clean.  Please remember that…..OUTSIDE SHOES CAN NOT BE WORN IN THE GYM AS MUD AND DIRT GETS ON THE GYM FLOOR.  PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU KINDER HAS GYM SHOES TO WEAR THAT ARE NOT THEIR OUTSIDE SHOES.  Thank you!

*BACKPACK SNACK:  Please remember to send TWO daily healthy snackS for your kinder, as we take a moment to refuel each day. Many kinders are coming to school with snacks. Thank you.

*TAKE HOME books:  Please help your child to remember to return their book baggie EACH Monday, Tuesday and Thursday so that they are consistent with their read aloud practice and are able to check out new books each time to build their reading experiences.  Don’t forget to sign the parent sheet and include comments or observations you feel may be helpful.

*KOOL KINDER & THE GUESSING JAR: We have begun another round of being the Kool Kinder.  Your kinder  will be bringing home the “Guessing Jar.” Their job is to fill the jar with a mystery number (1-50) of objects (marshmallows, erasers, etc.) for our class to guess the quantity the next day.  The items back home with him/her the same day.  We have counted seashells, marbles, beads, chocolate candy this week.

UPCOMING DATES

*MONDAY, APRIL 16: STEAMreading TAKE HOME BOOKS; BOOK ORDERS DUE; celebrating Caleb’s birthday

*TUESDAY, APRIL 17: GYM;  reading TAKE HOME BOOKS; ROCK COLLECTIONS DUE

*WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18: MUSIC;  HOMEWORK DUE….math and literacy;  LIBRARY: Please return your kinder’s book.  

*THURSDAY, APRIL 19: ART; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS and Rainbow word lists

*FRIDAY, APRIL 20: STEAMPopcorn Friday; Earth Day celebration

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 9…Spring Field Trip to Hemlock Crossing Nature Center & Hagar Park.  An orange note will be coming home Monday containing volunteer information.  All parents (and younger siblings) are welcome to join us at Hagar Park for a picnic lunch and playtime. Please send back the the bottom portion of the orange note so that I know of your plans.

~~~Have a  great weekend.  Mrs. Bohl

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—March 26-29

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Well, we made it!  It is officially SPRING BREAK!  The kinders have been anxiously counting down the days.  Take a peek at what happened this week in kindergarten.

SCIENCE:  We began our learning about SOIL by using our schema (knowledge we know) and listed facts we already knew about soil.  Some of the facts were:  Soil is brown, Soil is another name for dirt.  Grass grows in it.  Worms live in it.  Plants grow in it. Soil can turn into mud. Soil can have holes in it.  We read an informational book that helped us learn more about what soil is and what is found inside of soil.  Then we created a poster of parts of soil….grass, worms, sticks, ants, rocks, leaves. 

  

This week your kinder brought home a yellow reminder paper.  Please take a few minutes during spring break to scoop some soil into the baggie, seal it shut and return the baggie by Tuesday, April 10 if you have not already done so. We are going to be investigating their soil very closely.  The kinders and I can’t wait to “dig” into learning about soil.  🙂

MATH:  The kinders showed  their knowledge of solving addition & subtraction problems by playing HOP LIKE A BUNNY.  The kinders bounced with energy along a number line to solve problems while their friends wrote the number equation on whiteboards. 

    

The kinders were “egg”cited to receive a plastic egg filled with jelly beans. We used these jelly beans to practice number partners.  Eating them was quite fun too. They are becoming great mathematicians.

The kinders also had fun doing some “peep” math, figuring out how to divide the peep bunnies equally.  Eating a peep bunny was fun too. 🙂

    

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  The kinders put their informational skills to the test this week. After reading informational books about wolves and creating a chart of facts we learned,  it was time for each kinder to write their own “All About Wolves” books, including facts of their choice. Before they began writing, the kinders were reminded to include all of the things that good writer use..capital letters, spaces between words, sentence stoppers and popcorn words, drawing detailed pictures with labels. They did this independently without teacher assistance…we call this “on-demand” writing. After some ‘fix and fancy’ time, the kinders shared their informational writing with friends from Mrs. Stutz’s class.  What an awesome job as writers they have become!:)  I will be sharing how well they did with you after spring break.

         

We enjoyed reading The Easter Bunny’s Assistant.  It was a fun, silly book about the Easter Bunny showing his assistant, a skunk how to color the eggs before delivering them.  After reading the book the kinders wrote a letter to the Easter Bunny answering his question of “Shall I let him (the skunk) help me deliver the eggs?”  They did an amazing job of decorating a paper egg too!

                

PJ DAY:  What a fabulous, fun day at school.  The kinders were SO excited to wear their jamies and slippers to school again.  The day was filled with fun bedtime related stories and activities like Llama, Llama, Red Pajama,  Ten in the Bed (with a fun song to sing…it stays with you awhile :), 5 Little Monkeys jumping on the Bed, The Napping House and Mooncake.  Enjoy looking through your kinders story pocket that is filled with their work.

   

POPCORN WORDS:   It was a week of review and what a review we did!  The March flash cards were sent home this week so you can add them to your collection.  Keep practicing!  It helps so much!

MORNING WORK:  The kinders were excited to take home their March morning work packet.  This packed covered many different literacy and math skills that were introduced and reviewed.  They will be begin their April morning work packet after break.

  

NOTES FOR MOM AND DAD

*TAKE HOME Books and Homework:  Your kinder will not have a book to take home over Spring Break.  They will be taking home a new book to read on Monday, April 9.  Reading books with parent volunteers will resume on Tuesday, April 10. Your kinder did not take home any homework this week.  If you have free time, continue to practice popcorn words, addition & subtraction stories with written partner equations and write various kinds of stories…narrative, informational and pattern books.

*WINTER GEAR: Please keep in mind that even though the season is spring, some days this week reminded us that winter has just finished.  Please continue to send a hat and mittens with your kinder as well as shoes to be worn just for outside. Thanks! :)

*BACKPACK SNACK:  Please remember to send  TWO daily healthy snacks for your kinder, as we take a moment to refuel each day.  I have a few snacks but not enough for the many kinders who are forgetting.  Thank you.

*LUNCH MENU: The April lunch menu can be found under the food service tab.

*MONTHLY CALENDAR:  The  APRIL calendar  can be found under CALENDARS at the top of our blog.  It lists birthdays, events, and more.  Please take time to read it.

UPCOMING DATES

*FRIDAY,MARCH 30- FRIDAY, APRIL 8….Spring Break…NO SCHOOL

*MONDAY, APRIL 9—STEAM; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS will arrive home again;  celebrate Peyton’s birthday

*TUESDAY, APRIL 10—GYM;  reading TAKE HOME BOOKS; LIBRARY: We will have library so please return your kinder’s book;   BAGGIE OF SOIL DUE

*WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11—MUSIC; 

*THURSDAY, APRIL 12ART;  reading TAKE HOME books & Rainbow word lists;  EMAIL ME OR SEND A NOTE BY THURSDAY (4/12) IF YOUR KINDER WOULD LIKE A SACK LUNCH ON FRIDAY.

*FRIDAY, APRIL 13—-MUSIC; “Fast Friday” (Early Release Dismissal at 12:15pm)

*TUESDAY, APRIL 17—-ROCK COLLECTION DUE

~~~Enjoy your Spring Break!  Take this time to relax and enjoy your time together, whether you are staying home or traveling. I will greet my awesome kinders on Monday, April 9.  Mrs. Bohl  

SCHOOL RESUMES ON MONDAY, APRIL 9!

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—March 19-23

ONCE UPON A TIME….THE THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF:  Our last fairy tale of the month was about 3 brave goats who had courage to cross a bridge and deal with a bully, the troll.  Again, we used the SHAPE GO map to help us retell the story, talk about the characters, setting and heart of the story. Do you know what this is?

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The kinders were wide-eyed when I turned on my record player (that has been preciously cared for more than 35 years) so we could hear a song about the three goats.  (This was one of my favorite songs growing up!) They were so fascinated by how the record player worked with the giant CD!  Another precious kindergarten moment!!:) On a very sad note…..we were unable to hear the song again today because a kinder touched the record player without permission (which was sitting in my personal teacher space) and broke the arm. I fear that it is unrepairable.  I am very saddened that no ownership has been admitted to.  It would be a happy moment if the kinder would accept responsibility for their actions.

We worked together to list words that described the three goats and the troll.  This led into a good discussion about what we can do if we encounter a bully. We also had an awesome discussion about what makes a hero.  We thought the biggest billy goat was like a hero for saving his little brothers. Be sure to ask  your kinder about these talks. On Friday we made trolls. . I think that they turned out very troll-like, not too mean….just cute! That is a good thing!! 🙂  Enjoy all of the activities your child took home today. 🙂

    

The kinders learned how to play the 3 Billy Goats Gruff game to practice reading popcorn words.  They were excited to learn that they were able to take the game home.

   

READER’S WORKSHOP:  This week the kinders reviewed what makes a book fiction or non-fiction.  They also compared fiction and non-fiction books (The Three Billy Goats Gruff,  The Three Billy Goats Fluff) about goats.

  

We enjoyed retelling the story using our props.

         

Kitty Cat Connector reminded us that we can make text to text connections when we read various books about The 3 Billy Goats Gruff.

         

By comparing the 3 goats family to our families we made text to self connections.

 We were introduced to Iggy the Inferring Iguana.  Her job is to help us ask “I wonder….?” questions while we read.  An example:  “Why was the troll so grumpy & mean?”

WRITING WORKSHOP:  We began our week by creating a list of what facts we knew about goats.  There were a lot of good facts.

Then we read informational books about goats to gather facts.  The kinders incorporated these facts into their writing as they created another book of All About Goats.  The kinders are doing a fantastic job with their informational writing.  They have made incredible progress this year in their writing. We ended our week by reading informational books about wolves.  Next week the kinders will write independently to complete their “on demand” informational writing piece.  I am excited for them!

MATH:  We spent a few days reviewing various math concepts such as decomposing teen numbers into 10 and extra ones, writing partner equations, identifying 3D shapes and more.

    

On Wednesday we used our office spaces to take Unit #4 math test.  I am in the process of grading them and will send the tests home next week.  The kinders did a fabulous job!  

   

We began our last…yes our last…unit this week. The kinders had fun drawing teen numbers showing the tens and extra ones and having the class figure out what teen number it was.

     

The kinders played DOMINO DOTS to practice their addition skills during Friday math games.

     

MYSTERY GUEST READER:  Lucas could not believe his eyes to see his mom in our room.  He thought she was at her school.  She brought his favorite book Goodnight Hockey because Lucas plays hockey and wants to be a goalie.  Thank you for stopping by.

      

If you would like another turn feel free to log onto our  SignUp page on the sidebar or email me at kbohl@hpseagles.net  and we can schedule another time.  Dates and times are flexible.

*POPCORN WORDS:          AS             HAS                                                                              The kinders practiced identifying these words in books, in messages and in writings.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS:

  Izabel turned 6 on March 21.  Thank you for the gift bags.

  Scarlett will turn 6 on March 24

NOTES FOR MOM AND DAD

  • Please remember to send your kinder with 2 snacks each day!
  • Please remember to check and empty your kinder’s blue take home folder each day so there is room for new things each day!

Spring has sprung:  Spring is in the air!  With the change of weather, excitement is in the air and in our classroom.  PLEASE remind and  encourage your kinder to keep on trying hard and doing their best listening everyday. There has been some disrespectful actions (answering rudely, not following directions) among the kinders.  Next week is spring break and hopefully we will all be recharged to hard work during last few months of Kindergarten.  We are making AWESOME progress.  Let’s keep it up!!!

*WINTER GEAR: Please keep in mind that even though the season is spring, some days this week reminded us that winter has just finished.  Please continue to send a hat and mittens with your kinder.  Many kinders were cold earlier in the week playing outside due to not having  proper gear. Thanks! :)

*LUNCH MENU: The April lunch menu can be found under the food service tab.

*TAKE HOME Books:  We will be reading books ONLY ON MONDAY & TUESDAY this week.  Your kinder will not take home a book over spring break.  This will give me time to reassess the books that they are taking home.  They will take home a new book on Monday, April 9.

UPCOMING DATES:

*MONDAY, MARCH 26––STEAMreading TAKE HOME BOOKS

*TUESDAY, MARCH 27-GYM; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS….NO new books home

*WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28– MUSICHOMEWORK DUE….math and literacy  LIBRARY: We will have library so please return your kinder’s book.

*THURSDAY, MARCH 29—ART;  Kindergarten PJ Day….wear jamies and slippers to school.  Don’t forget that shoes are needed for outside play. NO BLANKETS OR STUFFED ANIMALS PLEASE!!

*MARCH 30-APRIL 8—SPRING BREAK.NO SCHOOL

*APRIL 9—-SCHOOL RESUMES ; new TAKE HOME books sent home

—–HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND   MRS. BOHL

Mystery Guest Reader

Mrs. Bohl made a mistake.  She TOTALLY forgot to include this week’s mystery guest reader in the weekly posting.  Thank you for understanding.

Izabel was surprised and very happy to see her mom and little brother, Grayson walk into the room.  Her mom was the guest reader once already so it was fun to have her come again.  This time she read Izzy the Ice Cream Fairy.  A fun book with Izzy as the main character.  Thank you for stopping by.