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Last Day of Kindergarten!

Can you believe it?  Wow!  Where did the year go?  I can’t thank you enough for sharing your kinder with me this year.  It has been such a pleasure to be part of their journey!🙂

The LAST DAY OF KINDERGARTEN was so much F-U-N!!!  

DAY 1–KICK OFF FOR SUMMER:  The kinders were super excited to kick off their shoes for awhile. Yes, we ALL removed our shoes!  We read books that highlighted how special each kinder is, we celebrated the friendships we made and remembered many of the things we did this year in kindergarten. ALL of the kinders have grown and matured this year in school. That needed to be celebrated and it was a wonderful way to end our time as a class family. The kinders also had fun looking at their Kindergarten Memory Books.  These books are filled with pages of work that they completed along with some special surprises.  I hope that as you look through your child’s book you will be filled with memories of the time spent in kindergarten.

This video showcases what fun memories we created we this year.  I hope that you enjoy watching it. 🙂 We have had an AMAZING year together!   

Thank you for VOLUNTEERING this year!  Whether you were a TAKE HOME reading volunteer, helped with a class party, chaperoned a field trip or a combination of them, THANK YOU!  It takes many who love and care for our kinders to give them the best, fun experiences possible.  I could not have done it without you!

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR KINDER WITH ME!! I feel so blessed to be part of your kinder’s schooling. I am so grateful for your support and encouragement that you have shown this year. It was a privilege to spend my days with your kinder.  They are so precious and special.  I feel very honored that you entrusted me to care and teach them this year.  They have grown so much….both in height and maturity.  🙂  I am looking forward to seeing the friendships the kinders have made blossom as they continue to learn at Georgetown.  (I have the fantastic privilege of seeing my kinders in the hallways and maybe getting a hug or two next year!  Hooray!!):)

The kinders filled their backpacks this week with things that they have used in school this year.  When there is a rainy day or when your kinder says “I don’t know what to do!”, encourage them to complete pages in their math workbooks, write more stories, read books, write to 100 and beyond and create a list of popcorn words they know.  Continue to foster their love of learning, even in the summer months by using the whiteboards, marker and eraser that came home today.  We don’t want our now FIRST GRADERS to become “board.” 🙂

Have a fabulous summer!!!  Report cards will be mailed out on June 14.

Lots and lots of love,  I really do love your kinders! (Can I still call them that now that they are first graders?) Please keep in touch and have a fabulous summer!  Mrs. Bohl :)

NEWS OF THE WEEK—June 3-6

We made it!  Our last week of kindergarten!  Please check your kinder’s backpack for gym shoes, books, pictures, class keepsakes, and more!  Many different things have been coming home the past few days.

COUNTDOWN TO SUMMER CONTINUED……

DAY 5–CHALK DAY    It was fun to use our mini chalkboards again.  The kinders unscrambled popcorn (sight) words by writing the correct spelling of the word on their chalkboards.  They did fantastic!  In the afternoon, we took chalk outside to decorate our playground with some pretty cool pictures.

        

DAY 4—INK PEN DAY  Cheers rang throughout the classroom when the kinders found out that they would be able to write with an ink pen ALL DAY!  We had fun finding a friend who liked different things, such as; cookies, football, ice cream, reading a book, etc and then having them sign their name.  Learning that they were able to take the ink pens home, earned another round of cheers! 🙂

DAY 3–BE A SCIENTIST DAY  We did experiments like Walking Water, Swirly Twirly Milk, Erupting Lemon Volcanco, Mentos and Coke, Water in a bag and Salt and Popcorn.  We were reminded why doing science experiments are so fun. Sometimes the experiments work and sometimes we are not as lucky. Either way we had an absolutely fun day!

DAY 2—ICE CREAM PARTY DAY    We used our writing and retelling skills after reading Splat the Cat I scream for ice cream. We created an ice cream sundae and then wrote what happened in the beginning, middle and end of the story on each of the ice cream scoops.  We also enjoyed making our own double scoop ice cream cone craft while thinking of a name of our new ice cream flavor. We also solved some addition problems…paddle pop style. 🙂 In the afternoon all of the kindergarten classes met on the playground. What a fun time to play with the friends we made this year. They waited very patiently as the teachers handed out ice cream so they could enjoy a cool dessert.  Yummy, Yum, Yum!

MATH:  The kinders once again dipped their toes into doing some first grade math by learning about odd and even numbers.   We used EVEN STEVEN and ODD TODD to help us understand this math concept better. ( I would love to take credit for this fun game but alas it came from this fabulous website called First Grade Parade.)  This is what we did….

First, I told the story that Even Steven LOVES things to be fair among his friends.  Everyone always needs to have the same amount.  It is all about being fair! 🙂  However, Odd Todd does not care if friends get a different amount.  It fact, he LIKES that! 🙂  We chose a number between 1-20 and a kinder counted out that many “crackers” (mini unifix cubes) to a plate.  We decided who would get the “crackers”…EVEN STEVEN or ODD TODD. Then, a kinder placed the “crackers” ,one at a time, onto each hand until the plate was empty.  This was a great way for the kinders to visually see if  the “crackers” were equal or not equal.  Finally we decided if we were correct in our choice.  Were the “crackers” divided fairly in each of EVEN STEVEN’S hands or was there a different amount in each hand that ODD TODD would like?

We also practiced solving addition problems by pretending to make a summer time drink…lemonade.

WRITING:  The kinders finished writing their own summer bucket lists.  They wrote a list of  PEOPLE TO SEE.  Get ready to do some of these things and check them off your kinder’s “bucket list”.  Some of the lists are quite long.  I think that you will stay busy this summer. 🙂 Have fun!

CLASSROOM CLEANUP:  Again, the kinders were amazing helping to get our classroom ready for next year’s kinders.  If you need some cleanup done around home this summer….ask your kinder.  They did a FABULOUS job and had fun too!

TIME WITH OUR BUDDIES:  We spend some time on Tuesday and Thursday with our buddies.  They ALL had a lot of fun playing on the playground together.  Everyone was ready to enjoy a popsicle on Tuesday too.  We wish them well as they move on to the middle school next year.

Tomorrow is our last day of the school.  It is also FAST FRIDAY!  Fun things are planned for the kinders.  Be there or be square? 🙂 Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow morning!  DON’T FORGET TO HAVE THEM TAKE ALONG THEIR BACKPACKS AND FOLDERS!

I can’t wait to see my kinders tomorrow!  Mrs. Bohl

KINDERGARTEN OLYMPIC GAMES

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It was a picture perfect day for our annual Kindergarten Olympic games on Friday. Thank you to  Mr. Trier,  Mrs. Robbins, Mrs. Daley, Mr and Mrs. Kuiper, Mrs. Shaffer, Mrs. Morrow for spending the morning leading our kinders in playing their games.  It was great to see many other parents cheering on the kinders as well as staying for lunch.

Thank you so much for coming and supporting your kinder.

Enjoy the video that highlights the fun we had.

 

NEWS OF THE WEEK—May 28-31

COUNTDOWN TO SUMMER:  We hardly start our day before the kinders ask “When can we open the envelope?” We had fun learning and practicing our literacy and math skills through these theme related days.  This week’s envelopes held:

Day 9—-WATERMELON FUN DAY   We read stories about watermelons, we sang “Down by the Bay” completed a rhyming book, painted paper plates to look like watermelons, practiced solving addition and subtraction problems using watermelon “seeds” and ate watermelon.

Day 8—BUBBLE DAY    Excitement was heard when the kinders found out that they were allowed to chew BUBBLE GUM in school!  Oh, my!  I think that our neighboring friends could hear us. (gum is not allowed, so what a treat!!)  We chewed & chewed & chewed before some actual bubbles were made by some kinders. We talked about how you can blow a bubble before we wrote out the steps. That writing just needed a fun picture so we made these cutie pie kiddos. We also created a graph that shows if we like or do not like to blow bubbles. We even watched a video of how bubble gum is made in the factory.  Of course we had to relate it to math….it is school!!! The kinders popped up when they heard that math time was going to be playing a math addition game using gum balls. Practicing adding numbers this way is fun!  Listening to a story and taking home our own bubbles filled out this fun day.

Day 7—-POPCORN AND MOVIE DAY  You should have heard the cheers that filled our classroom.  Oh my!! 🙂  We enjoyed tasting 3 different flavors of popcorn….plain, caramel and cheese after sorting the various flavors.   The class results showed plain is yummy but caramel and cheese were the favorites.  We also incorporated learning into playing popcorn related literacy and math games such as; POPCORN ANYONE?; POPCORN MATH; POPCORN MATCH UP.

Day 6—GAME DAY   We enjoyed playing games outside in the morning during our Kindergarten Olympics.  We also played games in the afternoon inside our classroom.  The kinders chose from Uno, Top It, CandyLand, Chutes and Ladders, Fiddlesticks, Play Ball, Bingo to name a few.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  The kinders learned what a bucket list is and have been excited to create their own summer bucket lists.  They have written a list about PLACES TO GO, THINGS TO DO  and FOODS TO EAT.  They will be writing  about another topic next week.  Get ready to read what they have on their “bucket list” next week.  Some of the lists are quite long.  I think that you will stay busy this summer. 🙂

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS:  Thank you so much for the birthday treats!

 Happy birthday to Jase!

 Happy birthday to Colton!

FOUND….IS IT YOURS?  This cold pack needs to go home with the right kinder.  If you are missing a cold pack from your kinder’s lunch box, please email me and I will be happy to send it your way.

UPCOMING DATES

*MONDAY, JUNE 3:   MUSIC;  Countdown to Summer Day 5

*TUESDAY, JUNE 4:  GYM;  Countdown to Summer Day 4

*WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5:  ART; Countdown to Summer Day 3

*THURSDAY, JUNE 6:  STEAM; Countdown to Summer Day 2;   EMAIL ME OR SEND A NOTE BY THURSDAY (6/6) IF YOUR KINDER WOULD LIKE A SACK LUNCH.

*FRIDAY, JUNE 7: STEAM;  Countdown to Summer Day 1; Last Day of School.  Fast Friday (Early Release Dismiss at 12:15)

~~~Have a great weekend.  Mrs. Bohl

 

NEWS OF THE WEEK—May 20-24

POPCORN WORDS:  A week of review!

OUR AMERICAN SYMBOLS:  The symbols that were studied this week were:  The Bald Eagle, The Liberty Bell and the American Flag.  We learned that Bald Eagles have sharp talons, they build their nests high in trees near water and they eat fish.

The Liberty Bell cracked the first time it was rung, it is made from copper and tin and it hangs from a wooden yoke.

The American Flag has 50 stars and 13 stripes, it has many names like “Old Glory” and it is red, white and blue.

We talked about what it means to be patriotic and what we do to show patriotism. Examples were wear red, white and blue, hang a flag, say thank you to veterans, say the pledge.  At the start of each day, the kinders are learning to recite the Pledge of Allegiance by standing tall, still and straight.  They have learned what those very special words really mean and what sacrifices the men and women of our country made for our freedom. We THANK them so much!!! We practiced identifying ending sounds by sorting pictures, We made & read  books and made patriotic hats. It was fun to learn how to do a crossword puzzle and word search too. Be sure to have your kinders teach you some cool and interesting facts about ALL of the American symbols we have studied.

It was fun to see the kinders dressed in red, white and blue clothing, Thank you for participating!  The kinders were EXCITED (to say the least) to learn that I brought “dessert” for them to eat after lunch…..RED, WHITE  and BLUE POPSICLES!

MATH:  The kinders took their LAST unit #5 math test.  They did an AWESOME, FABULOUS, WONDERFUL job!  They worked hard showing what math skills they learned.  These tests arrived home this week.  I know that you are as proud of your kinder as I am!  We spent the other days “dipping our toes” into first grade math.  The kinders were very excited to use their own mini clocks to show the time by the hour.  

WRITING WORKSHOP:  Each day the kinders met with a group that had the same opinion on a topic, talked about the reasons for their opinion and then wrote about it.  These topics were saying why we like Georgetown school, what holiday we like best and which sport we enjoy playing. Our opinion writing ended by having the kinders  write their ON DEMAND piece about 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.

COUNTDOWN TO SUMMER:  Can you believe it? Ten more days of kindergarten!  Oh my! 🙂 The countdown to summer has officially begun in our classroom.  Each day we will open an envelope to see what fun activity is scheduled.  Today the first activity was…..EXTRA RECESS!!

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS:  We enjoyed giving the kinders who have “summer birthdays” (June, July, August) an early celebration.  Thank you for all of the birthday treats.

 Happy early Birthday Brooks!

 Happy early Birthday Aria!

 Happy early Birthday Breslyn!

 Happy early Birthday Elliot!

 Happy early Birthday Alesha!

MYSTERY  READER:  Brooks was so surprised and happy to see his dad step into the room.  He read another new story…one that Brooks’ grandpa gave him.  It was called  The Wolf, The Duck and The Mouse. Thank you so much for coming in….again!

REMINDERS

*LIBRARY BOOKS:  Almost all of the kinders have returned their library books.  Please return your book this week.

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

*KINDERGARTEN OLYMPICS:   A fun morning of games with all of the kindergarteners!  Kinders will need to wear TENNIS SHOES…NO FLIP FLOPS, SANDALS OR CROCS PLEASE!  They will also need a WATER BOTTLE, LABELED WITH THEIR NAME!  Don’t forget the SUNSCREEN…if we have sun :)!  Volunteers  should arrive at 8:45am for instructions. PARENTS & YOUNGER SIBLINGS, YOU ARE WELCOME TO JOIN US FOR A PICNIC LUNCH ON THE PLAYGROUND IF IT FITS INTO YOUR SCHEDULE.  WE WILL BE EATING AROUND 12:00PM

UPCOMING DATES

*MONDAY, MAY 27:   MEMORIAL DAY, No School

*TUESDAY, MAY 28:  MUSIC; Birthday celebration for Colton and Jase;  Countdown to Summer Day 9

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 29:  GYM;  Countdown to Summer Day 8

*THURSDAY, MAY 30:  ART;  Countdown to Summer Day 7

*FRIDAY, May 31:  STEAM;  KINDERGARTEN OLYMPICS  Countdown to Summer Day 6

*FRIDAY, JUNE 7:  Last Day of School.  Dismissal at 12:15p.m.

~~~Have a great long weekend. Enjoy the wonderful weather while you celebrate Memorial Day!  Mrs. Bohl

NEWS OF THE WEEK—May 13-17

OUR AMERICAN SYMBOLS:  Hooray for the U.S.A! This week the kinders began to learn about some of our most popular American symbols.

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.  Then we looked at some American symbols like The White House, The Capital, President Trump, Air Force One, etc.

The Statue of Liberty and The White House were the first two symbols we studied.  After reading non-fiction books and watching an informational video about each symbol, the kinders labeled parts of each symbol and choose 1 interesting fact 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.

  

It was fun to learn that The White House is big and white! You need 570 gallons of paint to paint the outside.  It has 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms 3 elevators, a swimming pool, movie theatre, a bowling alley and some rooms are named after colors like The Red Room, The Blue Room.

  

WRITING:  More topics were introduced, more opinions were given, more reasons were written and more writings were shared with friends this week.  These topics included preferring to eat home lunch or hot lunch, 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 without teacher assistance.  I know that they will do awesome job!

MATH:  The kinders showed tens and extra ones for teen and twenty numbers and compared numbers using terms Greater than, Less than and Equal.  They compared objects using math terms such as longer than, shorter, heavier than, lighter than.  Friday math games had an American symbols theme and consisted of adding tens and extra ones for teen numbers, putting numbers in correct order, solving subtraction problems, counting by 10’s to 100 and sorting 3D shapes.

 

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.

READING:  We are AVID Readers and we LOVE to read.  We are working on staying focused on reading for 115-18 minutes.  What an accomplishment as the kinders move into first grade. It was SO much fun reading each other’s clothing of places in Michigan such as Mackinac, Central Michigan, Michigan State, John Ball Zoo and of course…Hudsonville.  We also read some books written by Michigan authors. Thank you for helping your kinder participate.  Next week we will celebrate AMERICA! by coming to school wearing red, white and blue clothes.

MYSTERY READER: Wednesday Sidney was glad to see her mom in the doorway.  She read Dream I’ll Be.  A sweet story reminding the kinders that they can be whatever they want to be when they grow up.

Friday it was Jacob’s turn to jump up and welcome his mom and younger brother, Austin into the room.  She read Bunny Cakes, a Max and Ruby story by Rosemary Wells.  We like Max and Ruby stories!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  We love your visits.

TAKE HOME BOOKS: Thursday was our last day of reading our TAKE HOME books. I can’t believe it that we are finished. Thank you so much to everyone for reading each night at home with your kinders! They have become such good readers! Thank you so much to all of the parents and grandparents who came to listen to our readers! I couldn’t have done it without you!!! 

SPLIT LIT:  During our time this week, the kinders wrote popcorn words, read sentences and matched them with pictures, identified vowel sounds, worked with rhyming words, read books and sorted H brother (ch, sh, th) pictures.

OUR 5TH GRADE BUDDIES:  In preparation for our buddies going on their “sleep over field trip” (actual term is 5th grade camp) on Thursday and Friday, the kinders made them a card.  They also gave them a fun bag filled with a mini game booklet, a marker, starbursts, fruit snacks and a rice krispy treat 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!

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS:

 Alivia will celebrate her ” real” birthday on June 22.

 Sidney will celebrate her “real” birthday on July 8.

REMINDERS

*PLEASE RETURN….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.  

*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 20:  STEAM; Celebrate Brooks’ (July 18) birthday

*TUESDAY, MAY 21MUSIC; Celebrate Aria’s  (July 19) birthday

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 22: GYM; LIBRARY…we are finished checking out books for this year. Please return any library books you have at home to school. Thank you! Celebrate Breslyn’s Aug 8) birthday

*THURSDAY, MAY 23:  ART;  Celebrate Elliot’s (Aug 13) birthday

*FRIDAY, MAY 24: STEAM; Celebrate being READERS: CELEBRATE AMERICA!  Wear RedWhite and Blue to school!!  Celebrate Alesha’s (Aug 15) birthday;  Popcorn Friday

*MONDAY, MAY 27:  Memorial Day, No School

*FRIDAY,MAY 31:  Kindergarten Olympics  If you’d like to help, we are still looking for volunteers! Please email me or return the sheet that was sent home. Looking forward to a fun day! Thanks!

NEWS OF THE WEEK—May 6-10

Another week of learning…check it out!

MATH:  The kinders compared numbers and identified if they were Greater than or Less than  by adding to the less  number or crossing off the extra number to make the groups equal.  They also practiced showing teen numbers using ten and extra ones as well as writing partner equations for numbers 7-10. We worked on telling story problems and then writing addition number sentences. We are getting to the end of our last unit in math learning.  The kinders have learned so much.

POPCORN WORDS:  ONE   MY    BY   Many of the kinders already were able to read this week’s words.  How fabulous…they are doing so well!!!  We talked again that sometimes letters say other sounds just like “y” says “i” in my & by.  

WRITING:  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 the kinders 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. Liking winter or summer.  Have I said lately, how proud I am of them! 🙂

SCIENCE:  “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!!    I hope that you were able to find the perfect spot outside or in a larger pot to replant your kinder’s lima bean plant.  They were so excited to take them home.  

  

READING: The kinders are working to remember all of their superpowers as readers. They learned how to report on a topic or book that they read by sharing the information they learned.   We had a lot of fun with  “just in” breaking news reports after we read a Let’s Find Out newspaper on Cool Seeds.  The kinders were able to talk into a microphone while I played the news reporter asking them breaking news questions!!  It was so much fun!  We also worked on increasing our reading stamina.  Amazing work!

We are constantly celebrating being READERS!   We had SO MUCH FUN today coming to school wearing CRAZY HAIR styles. Thank you so much for helping your kinder participate.  Next week we will celebrate OUR STATE IS GREAT! by coming to school wearing clothes with places of Michigan on them.

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 one more week 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!

MYSTERY READER:  Lily was super excited to notice her mom walk through the door.  She read us a fun book entitled The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors.  Of course, at the end of the story we had to play a few rounds of the game.  What fun!  

JET’S PIZZA LUNCH:  Thank you for ordering pizza for supper so we could eat pizza for lunch. 

REMINDERS

*BACKPACK SNACK:  Please remember to send TWO daily healthy snacks for your kinder, 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.

UPCOMING DATES

*MONDAY, MAY 13:  ART; reading TAKE HOME books  

*TUESDAY, MAY 14STEAM; reading TAKE HOME books

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 15: MUSIC LIBRARY…Return you library books. This is the last day to check out a book. 

*THURSDAY, MAY 16:  GYM;  reading TAKE HOME books–LAST DAY! Celebrate Alivia’s (June 22) birthday

*FRIDAY, MAY 17: ART; Celebrate being READERS: OUR STATE IS GREAT! wear clothing with places from Michigan on it . Celebrate Sidney’s (July 8) birthday

*FRIDAY, MAY 24: Celebrate being READERS: CELEBRATE AMERICA!  Wear RedWhite and Blue to school!!

*MONDAY, MAY 27:  Memorial Day, No School

*FRIDAY,MAY 31:  Kindergarten Olympics    A note asking for parent volunteers came home.  If you would like to be part of the fun day, please return the pink paper or email me your willingness.  We could use a few more volunteers. This special day would not be possible without your help.  Thank you so much.  

~~~I would like to wish all MOMS a Happy Mother’s Day!  Your kinders love you very much. You are an important person in their life.  Thank you for all that you do. They were very excited to make you a small gift….especially since they love reading books with you!  🙂

~~~Thank you so much for all of the sweet notes and gifts that you and your kinder bestowed on me this week.  I feel truly blessed to be able to spend my days with your kinder.  I love them very much.  I appreciate your support and encouragement at home.  It means a great deal to me.    Have a great weekend.    Mrs. Bohl

 

NEWS OF THE WEEK—April 29-May 3

Look what your kinder did at school this week.

WRITING:   Can I say it again?  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 marble paint, How to make a (birthday) wish, How to eat a snack and How to eat an Oreo.   Enjoy writing some more How to…. stories at home by using the idea chart that was sent home 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 plants.  

  

We explored each part of flower by reading informational books, labeling the various parts (seed, roots, stem, leaves, petals) and creating a craft.

 We also read and discussed a Let’s Find Out newspaper relating to the growth cycle of a butterfly.  We continued our learning about Living and Non-Living too.

      

MATH:  Our math lessons this week focused on number partners.  We wrote number partners of 10 by drawing sun and clouds in a ten frame (5+5=10 or 9+1=10).  We wrote number partners of 7 & 10 by looking at colored dots and white dots in different arrangements. We also wrote number partners by drawing tiny tumblers on their math mountains.  During Friday math games, the kinders were able to choose from activities such as identifying 3D shapes, solving addition and subtraction problems, showing tens & extra ones in teen numbers.

POPCORN WORDS:        HAVE     ON      OF 

                                                                   

LITERACY:  The kinders this week did various literacy activities while I listened to each kinder read a book.  They are doing AMAZING!  A progress note came home this week, letting you know your kinder’s independent reading level.  I will continue to support and monitor their progress during these last weeks of school.  Remember it is the goal to have kinders read independently at Level D at the end of the school year.  If you have any questions, please contact me.

READING:  When reading non-fiction books, the kinders were reminded to ask themselves questions such as “I wonder why…?” “Where does….?’ or “What is this…?”  During read to self time, we are working on retaining and increasing our reading stamina.  On a good day, we are up to 15-18 minutes.  Wow!  

 We are constantly celebrating being READERS!   We had SO MUCH FUN today reading the jokes the kinders brought into school.  A LOT of giggles and laughs!!!  Thank you so much for helping your kinder participate.  Next week we will celebrate BEING CRAZY FOR READING! by coming to school with CRAZY HAIR.

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!

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

Brooks’ dad come on Wednesday afternoon and read This Moose belongs to Me.  A fun book where many people thought the moose was their pet.

 

Jace was so surprised to see not only his mom but also his brother, Caden (who is in 2nd grade) come in the room Friday morning.  His mom read TWO of Jace’s favorite books, The Dinosaur who lived in my backyard and Froggy plays T-Ball.    

 

Some rainy day inside playtime pictures

REMINDERS

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

*BOOK ORDERS:  All orders (online or paper forms with a check) are due on Monday, May 6.  This is the LAST book order for this school year.

*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.

*MAY CALENDAR:  The May calendar can be found at the top of our blog under CALENDARS.  You can also refer to the paper copy that was sent home this week.  I will send home the June calendar soon.

UPCOMING DATES

*MONDAY, MAY 6:  ART; reading TAKE HOME books;  Book Orders due (online or paper forms);

*TUESDAY, MAY 7: STEAM; reading TAKE HOME books; LIBRARY…Return you library books.  NOTE CHANGE IN DAY DUE TO OUR FIELD TRIP;    JET’S PIZZA LUNCH

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 8:  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 kinder according to the weather. We will be OUTSIDE for most of the day! 

*THURSDAY, MAY 9:  GYM;   EMAIL ME OR SEND A NOTE BY THURSDAY (5/9) IF YOUR KINDER WOULD LIKE A SACK LUNCH.   reading TAKE HOME books

*FRIDAY, MAY 10:  ART: FAST FRIDAY (Early Release  Dismiss at 12:15pm);  Celebrate being READERS:  CRAZY HAIR DAY  Celebrate Lillian’s birthday (5/11)

*FRIDAY, MAY 17Celebrate being READERS: OUR STATE IS GREAT! wear clothing with places from Michigan on it

*FRIDAY, MAY 24: Celebrate being READERS: CELEBRATE AMERICA!  Wear  Red, White and Blue to school!!

*MONDAY, MAY 27:  Memorial Day, No School

*FRIDAY,MAY 31:  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.

~~~Have a great weekend.    Mrs. Bohl

 

NEWS OF THE WEEK—April 22-26

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?  Living and Non-Living and Grow, Flower, Grow! 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 to do.

      

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!

WRITING:   I am so proud of the kinders and their writing. This week we began writing  HOW TO…. stories.  We created a list of what we thought we could teach others to do.  Some examples were: how to ride a bike, how to read a book, how to play football and more.  We practiced telling the steps across our fingers using transitional words like First, Next, Then, Last.  Our writing topics were How to Wash Your Hands, How to Make a Pizza and How to Make a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich.  We will write more HOW TO… stories next week.

MATH:  The kinders practiced determining and writing number partners, writing numbers to 100! and drawing tens and extra ones for teen numbers this week.

The Friday math game was called FLOWER POWER.  The kinders took turns tossing a fly and bumble bee bean bag onto a large flower, using the numbers that the insects landed on to create addition and subtraction number equations.  For example: 1+3=4 or 7-3=4.

POPCORN WORDS:         COME   SOME

READING:  The kinders were introduced to poetry and what it looks like to be Avid Readers of Poetry.   We talked about how poetry is a lot like a song.  We hear songs and they get stuck in our heads and we sing them over and over.  So many of the poems we know are often sung like a song.  Making it easy for us to remember, allowing us to be Avid Readers/Listeners of Poetry.   The kinders were able to practice “How To Read a Poem” by….. 1.We read the words. 2. We think about the poem.3. We make our voices match the beat of the poem.  It was fun to practice this by using three familiar poems…It’s Raining It’s Pouring, Ring Around the Rosie and Baby Shark. It is fun to get to keep these poems in our book boxes!

MYSTERY READERS:  Colton and Jase were so surprised to see their mom walk through the door…again. She choose to read Hello, Paws because the boys like baseball and the Detroit Tigers!  A timely story with baseball season in full swing.  

Jacob jumped up excitedly when his mom and younger brother, Austin stepped into the room.  She read a favorite book from when she was a little girl called Mrs. Plug the Plumber.  What a funny, silly story.

KOOL KINDER: We have begun our last round of being the Kool Kinder.  Be on the lookout for the GUESSING JAR!  You will need to fill the jar with some items…but keep the number a secret!

REMINDERS

*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!!!

*REDUCE TRASH:  I posed a challenge to the kinders to see if we could reduce the wrappers thrown away during snack and lunch time.  A few of the kinders choose to take their snacks in containers this week instead of inside baggies.  Hooray!  Any more kinders want to join in the challenge?

UPCOMING DATES

*MONDAY, April 29: GYM; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS 

*TUESDAY, April 30: ART; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS 

*WEDNESDAY, May 1: STEAM;  LIBRARY: Please return your kinder’s book.

 *THURSDAY, May 2: MUSIC; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS 
 

*FRIDAY, May 3: GYM

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 8:  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 9:  EMAIL ME OR SEND A NOTE BY THURSDAY (5/9) IF YOUR KINDER WOULD LIKE A SACK LUNCH ON FRIDAY. 

*FRIDAY, MAY 10:  FAST FRIDAY (Early Release  Dismiss at 12:15pm)  Birthday celebration for Lilly (May 11)

*THURSDAY, May 16— Birthday celebration for Alivia (June 22)

*FRIDAY, May 17–Birthday celebration for Sidney (July 8)

*FRIDAY, MAY 24…..RedWhite and Blue Day!  Wear your RedWhite and Blue to school!!

*MONDAY, MAY 27…Memorial Day, No School

*FRIDAY, MAY 31:  Kindergarten Olympics  Volunteer note (coming home this week) is due Friday, May 17

~~~Have a great weekend.  Mrs. Bohl

NEWS OF THE WEEK—April 15-19

In between our “regular” learning  we squeezed in some fun bunny, chick and decorated egg activities.  An exciting event was being able to decorate an egg before it was taped to the seat of our chair.  It was the kinders’ responsibility to keep their egg warm by sitting on it while waiting for it to hatch.  Throughout the day on Friday, the eggs began to hatch chicks….PEEPS chicks that is.  What a lot of fun it was when the kinders realized their egg had hatched.  You just have to LOVE kinder humor and excitement!  

POPCORN WORDS:  THEY    THESE    

SCIENCE…IT ROCKS!   This week we focused our learning on rocks.  We read non-fiction books about rocks and learned about three types of rocks and did a fun activity to go along with each one.

 

(1) Igneous Rocks – Igneous rocks are formed by heat. We began with lots of little “rocks” (butterscotch/chocolate chips). Then we applied heat to the rocks (using a microwave) until the rocks turned to magma! Our magma cooled and hardened to form igneous rocks that we could eat.  The igneous rocks tasted pretty good too.  🙂

  

(2) Sedimentary Rocks – Since sedimentary rocks are formed by pressure, we applied pressure to three different colored marshmallows to form a new sedimentary rock.  The kinders layered 3 colors of marshmallows, applied some pressure to create sedimentary rocks before eating them. Yum, Yum!

    

(3) Metamorphic Rocks – These rocks are formed using a combination of both heat and pressure. We used three colors of cold play-doh and applied the heat and pressure of our hands to “morph” (marble) the rocks into new colors/shapes.  Three different colors of play dough (purple, orange & blue) represented rocks were given to each kinder.  The kinders layered the colors and applied pressure and heat (from their hands) to form metamorphic rocks.  No editable rocks this time…yet very fun)

  

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.  Thank you for helping your kinder find AWESOME rocks!

WRITING:  We read books about COWS before we wrote facts onto our “have, can, are” charts. The kinders decided which facts they wanted to include in their own All About Cows books.  They worked independently to put their facts into sentences, remembering to use capital letters, spaces between words and sentence stoppers, before drawing detailed pictures.  They enjoyed reading their books to their reading buddies.  The kinders did a fabulous job!  I can’t wait to share how well they did with you.

MATH:  This week we practiced writing number partners.  The kinders LOVED explaining to me EXACTLY how to add partners together.  They taught me that I can use my fingers to show partners, and then add those partners together by counting all of my fingers.  Then, they taught me that I can do something called “counting on.”  I can put a partner in my head and then count on with my fingers to add the numbers together.  Finally, they taught me that I can use objects to count, like crayons.  I can show the partners with the crayons and then count all of the crayons for my total.  Teaching someone else is known to be the best way to learn something yourself.  Having the kinders teach me was an awesome way for me to see what they know.  We also practiced writing numbers to 100.  It was fun to solve addition & subtraction problems by playing BUNNY HOP.

READING:  The kinders looked at nonfiction books and went on a scavenger hunt to locate various features found inside informational books.  They learned that avid nonfiction readers compare information by noticing what is similar and what is different in two books on the same topic.  We did this by looking at books about dragonflies and honey bees.  For example, we found out that the legs on both insects have important jobs. The kinders learned that nonfiction readers can pretend and act out parts of the text, just like they did with fiction stories.

End of the Year Push:  We are rapidly approaching the end of kindergarten.  I cannot believe it!  This year has gone so very fast!!  With the end of the year comes some learning that needs to take place.  We have more writing, math and reading to get through.  We also have some goals that we will try to reach.  The kinders are working very hard every day at school.  They work in reading groups, small group interventions with math & reading and in many other ways to help them reach goals to be ready for first grade.  Please continue to work on sight word flashcards, be sure to also visit our Clever page for fun educational games which are located on the right side of our blog.   I will continue to work endlessly with your kinder to prepare them for first grade.  Let me know if you have any questions. 

MYSTERY READERS:  Last week, Emma was surprised to see her grandma step into the room. She read The Little Red Hen…a favorite of Emma’s.  It was nice of her to bring along seashells from her time in Florida to share with the kinders.  How very thoughtful and kind.  Thank you!

Wednesday Bronwyn was not expecting to see her mom come in the room….again!  She read Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon.  It is a favorite book that Bronwyn likes to read at home.  Surprise…it is a favorite one at school too!  

Lillian’s mom was the mystery reader on Friday.  She choose a familiar character….The Little Old Lady….to read to us.  This book was called The Little Old Lady who swallowed a Bat.

REMINDERS

*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.  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 SURPRISE BOX:  The kinders have thought of some great clues to give their friends as they try to guess the item inside the Surprise Box.  Make sure that your kinder understands that it is a secret…..so no telling others what is inside.  That makes it fun and fair for everyone.

UPCOMING DATES

*MONDAY, APRIL 22: MUSIC; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS;  Earth Day!

*TUESDAY, APRIL 16: GYM;  reading TAKE HOME BOOKS

*WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17: ART;  LIBRARY: Please return your kinder’s book.  

*THURSDAY, APRIL 18STEAM; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS 

*FRIDAY, APRIL 19: MUSIC

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 8:  Spring Field Trip to Hemlock Crossing Nature Center & Hagar Park. Bring a sack lunch and water bottle.  We will be leaving by 9:30 a.m., returning back to school by 2:00 p.m. 

*FRIDAY, MAY 10:  Fast Friday (Dismissal at 12:15pm)

~~~Have a  great weekend.  Mrs. Bohl