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What a crazy, snowy, icy, cold week…..again!! AHHH!¬† I was so glad to see my kinders on most of the days. We were busy learning when we were at school. ūüôā

SPLIT LIT:¬† The kinders worked on various literacy skills like reading books, building a sentence, “th” brother at the beginning and ending of words, popcorn words, medial sounds in words.

WRITING:  We told small moment stories across our fingers about our morning routine at school and decorating our mail bags. The kinders are doing an amazing job drawing detailed pictures and writing sentences to match.  Many of the kinders are doing these tasks on their own with minimal assistance from me.  Wow!  I am so proud of them!  The kinders practiced their writing skills by creating a valentine card for their family too.

MATH:  We spent Monday reviewing math skills learned in unit #3 before taking the unit #3 math test on Wednesday.  I will share the results soon. The kinders took home their first math workbook. Have fun using this book at home to review skills learned.  Friday math games (all Valentine themed) included skills of addition, naming shapes, number partners.

READING: The kinders learned that some books are considered challenging because they have more words and more lines, longer words, new words and surprise endings.  That is when persistent power needs to be activated!  Books that contain patterns makes reading fun! We learned that when readers figure out the pattern it makes reading easier. The kinders were encouraged to use their reading mat to organize their books as they read.  Placing their books on the green dot side to start reading and moving the book to the red dot side when they are finished will allow them to go back and re-read their books again.


MYSTERY READER:  Wednesday afternoon, Aria jumped up with glee when her grandma and papa stepped into our room.  We heard the story When I Grow Up. An awesome story reminding us the importance of believing in ourselves because we have the power, within ourselves, to achieve any dream we put our minds and heart to.  

Parker was SO excited to see that his mom was our Mystery Reader again on Friday morning. She read one of Parker’s favorite books, My Lucky Day.¬† A funny story about how a pig tricked the fox into not eating him.

I introduced the kinders to one of my favorite book characters, Love Monster. We read Love Monster and Love Monster and the Last Chocolate and learned about making friends from the stories.  The kinders had fun making their own Love Monsters!

POPCORN WORDS:¬† ¬†BIG¬† ¬† ¬†WITH¬† ¬† HOW¬† ¬†NOW¬† ¬†WHO¬† ¬†NOT¬† ¬†I know that I have said it before but….the kinders are doing a fabulous job of learning their sight words. ¬†Each day I try to include the week’s words in the daily message and they are able to locate them every¬†time. ¬†Hooray!¬† There were many words this week..a couple of new words and others from weeks’ past.¬† Thank you for continuing to practice at home.¬† Ask your kinder (or email me for instructions) how to play “Disappearing Snowman” or “Scrambled up”.¬† These are favorite games we play in school to identify popcorn words.



  Brooks likes the book The Little Engine that Could because Grandpa gave it to him.

  Jase likes books about dinosuars so he brought in Dinosaur Explorers that is filled with fun facts.

¬†. Jace enjoys reading Curious George rides a bike because he likes to ride his bike….in the summer.¬† ¬†

    Lila really likes Piggy and Elephant books so she brought I REALLY like slop! 

WHERE IS MRS. BOHL?:  I want to let you know that I will be out of the classroom a fews days this coming week.  On Monday 2/18, I will be screening next year possible kinders.  Mrs. Fredrick will be the teacher.  On Wednesday afternoon 2/20. I will be attending a kindergarten teacher meeting. Mrs. Brock will be the teacher.  Both are amazing substitute teachers that are in our building often. If you have ANY changes to schedules please let the office know, they will pass along the information. Please take a few minutes this weekend to talk with your kinder about showing these new teachers kindness and respectfulness by following our class rules and making green choices throughout the day.


*TAKE HOME BOOKS:¬†A HUGE thank you for remembering to return your kinder’s books on MONDAY, TUESDAY AND THURSDAY for reading.¬† The kinders are excited to take home new books and read them to you.¬† Thank you!¬† I SWITCHED OUT YOUR KINDER’S BOOK FOR A NEW BOOK TODAY.¬† THEY TOOK THAT NEW BOOK HOME SO YOU CAN READ IT OVER THE WEEKEND. PLEASE RETURN ALL BOOKS ON MONDAY!

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

*BOOK IT CALENDAR: Return your completed January calendar soon.  


*MONDAY, FEB 18—STEAM;¬†reading TAKE HOME books; Mrs. Bohl gone all day¬†¬†Book orders due (online or paper forms)

*TUESDAY, FEB 19—MUSIC;¬†reading TAKE HOME books

*WEDNESDAY. FEB. 20‚ÄĒGYM;¬†¬†LIBRARY¬†Please remember to return your kinder‚Äôs book.¬† Mrs. Bohl gone in afternoon¬†¬†

*THURSDAY. FEB. 21ART; reading TAKE HOME books  


   ~~~~Have a fantastic weekend! Mrs. Bohl


It was a very short week of school but we still did learning when we were at school.


LEARNING ABOUT GROUNDHOG DAY:  We read a newspaper to learn some true facts about groundhogs. We found out that groundhogs CAN eat leaves, berries, bugs, live in burrows, gnaw on wood, whistle and hibernate all winter.  They HAVE fur, sharp claws and teeth. Groundhogs ARE rodents, can be a big as large cat and can be called woodchucks.  We also made a fun groundhog puppet to use when retelling a poem.  A fun day of learning!



DAY 100:  Wow!  Can you believe it? Friday (a day late) we celebrated 100 days of learning in kindergarten.  

All day long we did activities revolving around the number 100!  We read books, we made a special Day 100 hat and badge, we counted to 100, we played math games identifying 100 numbers, we showed our 100 collections, we did 100 exercises and so much more.

100 COLLECTIONS: Thank you for helping your kinder collect and count 100 items!  They brought in fantastic, creative collections! 


The kinders practiced counting to 100 and ‚Äúcounting on‚ÄĚ from a given number by playing the Race to 100 game with a friend. They each took home a game board so you can play at home for math review, too!¬†



The kinders learned how to flip a penny, recognize heads or tails, and record the results of the penny toss. They had lots of practice with this skill because they flipped a penny 100 times!!!



Throughout the day, our class was able to enjoy 100 minutes of play time (recess, break times, and play centers). Here are some of the play centers the kinders enjoyed.

  • GUMBALL MACHINE CRAFT: Kinders used do-a-dots to make 100 gum balls.¬†
  • 100 BLOCKS: Kindes built structures out of 100 wooden blocks and legos
  • 100 CUPS: Kinders made towers & castles using 100 red plastic cups.¬†
  • 100 PIECE PUZZLES:¬† Kinders worked to put together puzzles.
  • 100 DAY COLORING PAGE:¬† Kinders colored a picture.¬† ¬†

We are excited to have more days of learning in kindergarten ahead of us.



¬† ¬† We finally were able to celebrate Tinley’s birthday (1/26).¬† Thank you for the fun birthday treat bags.

POPCORN WORDS:¬† ¬† BIG¬† ¬† WITH¬† ¬† NOW¬† ¬† HOW¬† ¬†The kinders were introduced to these words this week.¬† They noticed that WITH has “th” (h brother) at the end while NOW and HOW rhyme. We will continue to work with these words next week.¬†

MYSTERY READERS:¬†¬†Rocco was not expecting to see his mom step into the room on Wednesday. He could not stop smiling!¬† She brought the perfect book to read….The night before Day 100 because we were celebrating Day 100 this week.

Olivia was the kinder who was surprised on Friday when her mom, along with Marcus and Sophia, was the mystery reader.  She read Aqualicious because on a snowy day it is fun to read a book about sunny days at the beach.  (Sorry I am having difficulty uploading the pictures)


  Breslyn enjoys reading Clifford the Big Red Dog.

    Emma likes to read There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Bell because it is funny.


*TAKE HOME BOOKS:  We will begin reading and choosing books again on Monday. Thank you for helping your kinder be responsible in returning their books. Remember reading  books happen on MONDAY, TUESDAY AND THURSDAY.  

*WINTER GEAR:  Thank you for sending your kinder with all that they need to stay warm on the bus ride and while playing outside….snow pants, hats, mittens, boots. Just a reminder, when it warms up, we will be outside for recess if the temperature is above 0 degrees. We play out in the fields, and our playground does not get plowed, thank you for your help. 

*VALENTINE PARTY:  We will celebrate as a class Thursday, Feb 14 from 1:50-3:00pm. Party center volunteers please arrive by 1:40pm for instructions and set up. PLEASE HAVE NON FOOD DONATIONS BROUGHT INTO SCHOOL BY MONDAY, FEB. 11. FOOD DONATIONS DUE ON THURSDAY, FEB 14. Thank you to all the parents who are donating and preparing our activities.   Here is the link to the sign up document 



*MONDAY, FEB 11—ART; TAKE HOME books; Mail Valentines¬†

*TUESDAY, FEB 12—STEAM: TAKE HOME¬†books; Mail Valentines

*WEDNESDAY. FEB. 13‚ÄĒMUSIC;¬†¬†LIBRARY Return library book!

*THURSDAY. FEB. 14‚ÄĒGYM;¬†Valentine‚Äôs Day Party ¬†1:50-3:00pm¬† *NO TAKE HOME books this day.


~~~~Have a fantastic weekend.  Stay safe and warm . Mrs. Bohl


Wow!¬† Can you believe it? Snowy wintery days home before WINTER BREAK!! ūüôā . Even though you have had surprise extra days home with your kinder, find something special to do during winter break. Hopefully the roads will clear so you will be safe driving.¬†¬†

If your kinder does any reading today, be sure to email me a picture. Many kinders have been taking this time to read books to pets, to younger siblings, under blankets, etc.¬† Please email Mrs. Reagan (before Saturday) too so that your kinder will be included in the drawings.¬† I will be out of town Friday-Tuesday spending time with family in Florida.¬† I will try to bring some sun back with me. ūüôā



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

*WINTER GEAR:¬†¬†Thank you for sending your kinder with all that they need to stay warm on the bus ride and while playing outside….snow pants, hats, mittens, boots. Just a reminder, when it warms up, we will be outside for recess if the temperature is above 0 degrees.¬†

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

*100 DAY CELEBRATION: The Day 100 collection note  will come home on Wednesday.   Please note that all collections are to be sent to school on Thursday, February 7.  I know it will be so much fun for the children to share. Thank you for assisting your child in this great math learning opportunity!

*VALENTINE PARTY:  We will celebrate as a class Thursday, Feb 14 from 1:50-3:00pm. Party center volunteers please arrive by 1:40pm for instructions and set up. PLEASE HAVE NON FOOD DONATIONS BROUGHT INTO SCHOOL BY MONDAY, FEB. 11. FOOD DONATIONS DUE ON THURSDAY, FEB 14. Thank you to all the parents who are donating and preparing our activities.   


*NO SCHOOL: Monday, February 4 WINTER BREAK

*NO SCHOOL: Tuesday, February 5 WINTER BREAK

*WEDNESDAY. FEB. 6‚ÄĒBack at school; STEAM;¬†¬†LIBRARY¬†Please remember to return your child‚Äôs book.¬†¬†¬†¬†Mail Valentines¬†¬†Take 5-6 valentines to mail

*THURSDAY. FEB. 7MUSIC; reading TAKE HOME books;¬† Day 100 Celebration….100 Collections are DUE

*FRIDAY. FEB. 8‚ÄĒ- GYM;¬†Mail Valentines¬†¬†Take 5-6 valentines to mail

*MONDAY, FEB. 11Mail Valentines  Take 5-6 valentines to mail

*TUESDAY, FEB 12—Mail Valentines¬† Take 5-6 valentines to mail

*THURSDAY. FEB.¬†14‚ÄĒValentine‚Äôs Day Party ¬†1:50-3:00pm¬† *NO TAKE HOME books this day.

   ~~~~Have a fantastic Winter Break!  I will see the kinders on Wednesday, Feb. 6.   Mrs. Bohl


Wow! It was very productive week of learning despite the 2 hour delay and snow day. Look what we have been doing!

SPLIT LIT:¬† This week’s activities focused on building a sentence, writing popcorn words, identifying popcorn words, listening for initial, medial and final sounds in words, changing initial letter to make new words and listening for the /sh/sound in words.¬† I am so proud of the progress that they are making.¬† It was a good week of working hard during this time.

MATH: Here are few math skills we covered.  Decomposing teen numbers to show ten and extra ones.



Writing number partners










Solving addition and subtraction problems and looking for shapes inside of pictures.








We will become “office workers” by taking our unit #3 test sometime next week. The test will cover number partners, showing teen numbers as tens and extra ones, solving addition & subtraction problems, combing shapes to make new shapes and more.

POPCORN WORDS:¬† HE¬† ¬†SHE¬† ¬†It was fun to see that if you add “s” to “he”, you have “she”.¬† We learned that SH is part of the “h brothers” family (sh,ch,wh,th).¬† The kinders did a fabulous job identifying if the /sh/ sound is at the beginning or ending of words.¬†

WRITING:¬† Telling and writing small moment stories is challenging but the kinders are working hard.¬† Our story was about our Split Lit learning.¬† We practiced telling what happens first, next, last by saying the words as we touched our fingers.¬† Then we drew pictures and wrote the words.¬† “First we put out the box. Next I do my work. Last I move to a new spot.”

READING:  The kinders continue to use their SUPER POWERS as they read books.  They learned that readers can read faster and smoother is to realize that knowing the pattern helps you sing the words that are the same on every page. Then you can really work at figuring out the words that change.  

Readers also learned that punctuation (sentence stoppers) helps you change your voice as you read. We hunted for periods, exclamation marks and question marks inside the poem Where is Thumbkin? before we read it.  

We learned about another super power that readers use….BOOK TALK POWER.¬† Book Talk power reminds readers to talk about what the book could be about by looking at the cover & characters prior to reading the book.¬†

MYSTERY READER: Elliot was all smiles when her grandma and younger brother, Coby walked in today.  She read us I am Human A book about Empathy. A sweet story about caring for others.

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

 Carter likes to read Detective Ted & the Case of the MIssing Cookies because he likes to solve mysteries.

   Alesha likes Clifford so Clifford goes to Dog School is one of her favorites.

  Adelyne to read How to Catch a Monster because it is funny.


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

*VALENTINE PARTY AND VALENTINE EXCHANGE:   Tuesday, February 14 from 1:50-3:00pm.  Thank you so much for volunteering your time and donations.  ALL spots have been filled!!!  VALENTINE EXCHANGE:  Information has been sent home. Be sure to have your kinder write their names on each valentine.  Please remember to use the name labels for the front of the valentines for easier mailing. The kinders may bring in 4-5 valentines (select randomly from list) on Thurs. Jan 31; Wed. Feb. 6; Fri. Feb. 8; Mon. Feb 11; Fri. Feb 12 to mail. PLEASE DO NOT SEND IN ALL OF THE VALENTINES AT ONE TIME!  Let the love begin to flow!

*100 DAYS OF SCHOOL CELEBRATION:¬† Thursday, February 7.¬† Start thinking about what 100 items your kinder will like to collect and bring to school. ¬†Your kinders 100 collections will be due on Feb. 7. This is the day that they may bring them into school. Please do not send them into school earlier. Have fun collecting 100 items! ūüôā A paper note will come home Monday.


*MONDAY. JAN. 28-‚ÄďSTEAM; reading TAKE ¬†HOME BOOKS; Birthday celebration for Tinley (1/26)¬†¬†


*WEDNESDAY. JAN 30‚ÄďGYM; ¬†LIBRARY¬†Please remember to return your child‚Äôs book. ¬†¬†¬†

*THURSDAY. JAN 31‚Äď–ART; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS; ¬†Mail Valentines ¬†Take 4-5 valentines to mail ¬†¬†If your kinder would like a sack lunch on Friday, please email me ( or send a note¬†by Thursday 1/31

*FRIDAY. FEB. 1-STEAM; FAST FRIDAY…Dismissal at 12:15pm¬†¬†

 *NO SCHOOL: Monday, February 4 WINTER BREAK

*NO SCHOOL: Tuesday, February 5 WINTER BREAK

*WEDNESDAY. FEB. 6—Back at school;¬†¬†Mail Valentines ¬†Take 4-5 valentines to mail

*THURSDAY. FEB. 7—- Day 100 Celebration

*THURSDAY. FEB.¬†14‚ÄĒValentine‚Äôs Day Party ¬†1:50-3:00pm¬† Non food donations due at school by Tuesday, Feb 12. Food donations due Tuesday, Feb. 14.¬† Parent volunteers who are working at a party center, please arrive by 1:40pm for instructions & set up.

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


Hooray for the hard working kinders!! We are working hard to make smart choices at school (keeping hands, to self, using kind words, following school rules, etc) while being ready to learn AND to listen when others talk. The kinders are also working hard to put their eyes on the teacher so that all directions/instructions are heard. This is what first graders do and we are practicing to do the same.  Thank you for the encouragement from home!  Their choices make the difference in their learning.  

MATH:  This week we worked on teen equations (10+6) and teen totals (16), writing teen numbers, identifying partners of 6,7 & 8 and showing numbers by using 5 groups.  For example: to show 7, we drew 5 circles in a line and then drew 2 more circles underneath.  Telling and solving addition and subtraction problems are also part of our daily routine.  Our Friday math games were TEEN NUMBER MEMORY (matching teen equations to the total); MAKE 5 (number partners of 5); SNOWBALL COVERALL (identifying 1-20 & matching them to 1-20 in ten frames) and BEARS IN THE CAVE (identifying number partners of 6 & 7).  


POPCORN WORDS:¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† MAKE ¬† ¬† ¬† SAID¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† We found them in our day’s messages and within our popcorn books. ¬†We learned about “Magic e” who quietly tells the hard worker (vowel) to say their letter name (long a) instead of their letter sound (short /a/ sound) in “make”. We had fun playing with letters to create more words using -ake.¬† We also learned to look for “talking” lines (quotation marks) to let us know that a character is talking. ¬†Identifying “said” helped making this task easier.¬† Many kinders noticed that “ai” in the word said made the¬† short /e/ sound but in other words like rain, sail, “ai” work together to say a.¬† How silly and sometimes confusing! ūüôā

WRITING:¬† We reviewed that a small moment is a true story that happened to us and is a small part of a larger story that takes places during one event.¬† At the beginning of the week we worked together to create a list of “seed” stories about school. Then we chose a small moment story about being the Kool Kinder and enjoying taking Snuggles home. We practiced telling the story over our fingers using the words first, next last.¬† (First, we draw a stick out of the box. Next I take Snuggles home. Last I tell my friends what I did with Snuggles). Then we drew detailed pictures and worte as many popcorn words as we could and stretched out sounds in unknown words Don’t forget that we also work to include spaces between popcorn words and sentence stoppers (punctuation). Wow!!¬† This is a VERY challenging unit for kinders! I am proud of their perseverance and effort. ¬†We are working to do our best!! ( I will do better next week taking pictures during this time.¬† We are just so busy that I that forget.¬† Sorry ūüôĀ

SPLIT LIT:  This week the kinders worked on beginning sounds, rhyming, sorting upper & lower case letters, sentence order in their independent centers.  They worked on identifying the initial, medial and final sounds in words with Mrs. Rossback and read books while I re-assessed kinders on literacy skills.  I am so proud of their progress.  You will find a note listing the skills your kinder will be working on next inside of their blue folder.

HANDWRITING: The SLANT TO START letters A,Y,V,W,X¬† was spotlighted this week. This completed learning the formation of uppercase letters.¬† We will continue to review formation of ALL letters during writing times.¬†¬†We will begin to write our “full name”¬† on our papers too….starting next week.¬† This means ONLY the first letter is capital and the rest of the letters are lower case. ¬†The ¬†kinders are able to write their full name but many of the letters are written incorrectly. ¬†There is a mix of upper and lower case letters within the first and last name. Please begin practicing this new skill at home. Thanks! ūüôā

READING:¬†¬†This week we learned that we can activate our PERSEVERANCE POWER…that means we don’t give up! We continue to try to use all of our super powers while we read.¬† We also learned that readers use their voices to bring a book to life….and to make it exciting and interesting to read. We don’t want to sound like a robot but try to read fluently. The kinders are doing an awesome job! ¬†We are increasing our reading time too. ¬†We are averaging 15 minutes a day. Hooray for reading!¬†


MYSTERY READERS:  Lila was thrilled and excited to see that her mom (and baby sister, Nora ) was the mystery reader on Wednesday afternoon.  We heard There is a Monster at the End of the Book because her mom LOVED hearing this story when she was a kinder and Lila LOVES the book now!  How fun to pass down favorite stories.

Friday morning Lillian’s mom & Grandma entertained us with reading the book Not quite Norwhal.¬† A sweet story about learning who you are and accepting others.


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

*TAKE HOME BOOKS:  The TAKE HOME books will begin Monday! Thank you in advance for reading this book with your kinder and reminding them to return these books in the baggies each Monday,Tuesday and Thursday.   

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




*WEDNESDAY.¬†JAN. 23‚ÄďMUSIC; LIBRARY¬†Please remember to return your kinder’s book.


*FRIDAY. JAN. 25ART; birthday celebration for Tinley (1/26)

*FRIDAY. FEB. 1—Fast Friday (Early Release)

*MONDAY. FEB. 4 & TUESDAY. FEB 5—Winter Break Day—No School

*WEDNESDAY. FEB 6—School begins again

*THURSDAY. FEB 7—Day 100 Celebration…information coming soon

*THURSDAY. FEB. 14—Valentine’s Day Party 2:00-3:00pm A sign up sheet for volunteering and donations will be posted this weekend.¬†¬†

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




Oh, it is good to be back with my¬†kinders. ¬†I missed seeing them each day. ūüôā ¬†

We jumped right into learning this week.¬†We talked about setting goals for what we might want to learn or do this coming year and wrote them down. ¬†We added our writing pieces to a fun Happy New Year craft. We thought of goals that we can accomplish at school. For example: to add numbers, to be kind, to learn more popcorn words, to read books, to share.¬† Our ‘party people’ will come home soon but for now they are decorating the hallway by our room for the first part of January.¬† Welcome 2019!!

POPCORN WORDS:¬† WAS¬† ¬† AT¬† ¬† ¬† THAT¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†We added three more words to our growing list of popcorn words that we are working on identifying in a snap. Many of the kinders noticed right away that “at” is hiding in “that” and that they rhyme. We also talked about how some letters make different sounds like in “was”. We read 2 books using these words and added the books to our blue book bins.¬† The kinders are doing an amazing job identifying “new” and “old” popcorn words.

WONDERFUL WINTER:¬†¬†The snow outside was the perfect backdrop for learning inside. ¬†We read another book by Jan Brett (she wrote The Gingerbread Baby)¬†called¬†The Mitten. ¬†This is a great story about animals climbing into a mitten to stay warm. ¬†We used our retelling skills to sequence the order of animals crawling into the mitten. We also enjoyed reading¬†Move Over, Rover!¬†by Karen Beaumont, a fun story about animals climbing into Rover’s doghouse. We made a text to text connection between these two books by noticing that animals climbed into a mitten and a doghouse.


MATH:  The kinders are working on telling and solving addition and subtraction stories by using objects or their fingers.  As the kinders are beginning to learn this math skill, manipulatives are helpful in solving these problems. They also are working to see 5-groups for numbers 6-10 (ie: 5 and 2 more = 7) and to tell why that is useful when counting.

 The kinders practiced sorting and classifying objects while giving reasons why they classified the items that way by using pictures of shapes and animals/people. 

During Friday math games, the kinders played a game using paper snowballs, because real snowballs would melt in our room.¬† The game focused on writing number partner equations and the identifying = and not = symbols. I am sorry about not being able to show you a picture but here are the directions.¬† Scatter paper snowballs on the floor.¬† While counting up to 3, have 2 people pick up as many of the snowballs as they can hold in their hands.¬† Lay and count the number of snowballs each person picked up.¬† Write out the correct number equation (5+4=9) or write each number and write = or not = between the numbers to compare the numbers.¬† Ask your kinder….they can show you how to play.

HANDWRITING:¬†¬†We focused on learning the proper formation of the STRAIGHT AND SLANT letters N,M,K,Z in their booklets and with play dough. The kinders are doing a super job writing letters in isolation but transferring the proper formation during ‘regular’ writing time is not consistent.¬† Extra encouragement as they write at home is always helpful. ūüôā ¬†The kinders were excited to find a paper with their last name added to their pencil box.¬† I will be exchanging their names on their pencil boxes soon to include their last name. They¬†will begin adding¬†their last name to their papers, working towards writing their full name by memory.¬†¬†

READING:¬† We continued working on using our super powers during reading. Readers learn words and practice them so that they can read them in a snap. Paper and a pencil were added to the kinders’ book bins so that they can practice this.¬† We also added SOUND POWER to our chart.¬† Readers can’t always rely on using just PICTURE POWER when they encounter an unknown word. They need to make the first letter sound to figure out the word.¬† For example: Did the author use “rabbit” or “bunny” in the writing.¬† By seeing a “r” and sounding it out, a reader can say “rabbit”.¬†¬†

SPLIT LIT:¬†¬†The kinders worked on writing lower and upper case letters, identifying the middle sound in words and identifying and writing popcorn words during their independent centers.¬† It is challenging for some kinders to stay focused during this work time so if papers like these come home incomplete, it is likely because they are not using their time wisely.¬† In the time alloted for each center, the kinders should be able to complete most if not all of of the task.¬† With Mrs. Rossback, the kinders practiced making more words by taking away “th” from “that” and adding different beginning letters to “at”. (cat, fat, sat, mat, etc).¬† Have fun at home using your Cat slider to practice this skill.¬† The kinders read books using whisper phones while I reassessed them on some literacy skills.

WRITING:¬†¬†We began a new unit about writing Small Moment stories, otherwise known as Personal Narrative. I introduced the kinders to the difference between a “watermelon” story and a “seed” story.¬† A watermelon story like what happened over winter vacation is too big for us to write. However, seed stories of specific events like opening gifts, visiting family, watching a movie are considered small moment stories. These stories are easier to write.¬†


We started our learning by creating a simple bubble map of the many things we did over vacation…opening gifts, going on a trip, taking down the Christmas tree, playing with friends, visiting family, etc.¬† We decided to write our first¬†small moment story about “opening gifts”¬†during our book exchange. The kinders¬†practiced telling¬† what happened first, next and last¬†and stretching those details across their fingers.Then we drew pictures depicting this event. We worked together to stretch out sounds in unknown words and used popcorn words as much as possible.¬† They did a FANTASTIC job!!¬† We will begin another new story next week.

MYSTERY READER:  Wednesday afternoon Zander was very surprised to see his grandma.  She read us the classic book Petunia.  It was different to see some pages were black & white and others were colored.  Thanks so much for stopping by.

 Zander turned 6 on Sunday but we celebrated his birthday on Monday.  Thank you for the birthday treat!



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

*CLASSROOM TEMPERATURE:¬†¬†The temperature in our classroom changes daily….sometimes it is warm and sometimes it feels a bit chilly.¬† Please dress your kinder in layers so that they are comfortable throughout the day.

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

*JANUARY CALENDAR:  The January calendar has been posted under CALENDARS at the top of the blog.  It contains information about specials, birthdays and monthly events.   A paper copy was sent home prior to break.

*TAKE HOME BOOKS PROGRAM: ¬†A schedule has been created and was sent home with those who have volunteered.¬† This exciting reading program WILL BEGIN MONDAY, JANUARY 21!¬† Thank you for volunteering and being part of your kinder’s education. ¬†Practice reading the book that will come¬†home on Jan 17 and RETURN THE BOOK INSIDE OF THE BAGGIE ON MONDAY, 1/21. ¬†


*Monday, January 14‚ÄĒ¬†GYM; Book orders due (online or paper form with a check)

*Tuesday, January 15ART

*Wednesday, January 16‚ÄĒSTEAM;¬† LIBRARY¬†Please remember to return your kinder‚Äôs book

*Thursday, January 17‚ÄĒMUSIC;¬† TAKE HOME books sent home

*Friday, January 18‚ÄĒGYM

*Monday, January 21–return and read TAKE HOME books¬† ¬†

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


Here is what we did the first 2 days of school.  See the previous postings for the rest of the week.

MATH: We combined shapes (pattern blocks) to make other shapes. We played a fun game to practice partners of 10.

As you know, this month we were given missions each day from Jingle Joy to spread  kindness to others. The kinders are so sweet and love to do nice things for others!  We had some kindness shown to us on Tuesday, when Mrs. Bast’s second graders came to our room and read to us! We wanted to say thank you, so we made them a snowman as a thanks!

LITERACY:  We worked on stretching out sounds in words and listening for the middle sound in words.  Those hard workers (vowels) can be tricky but the kinders are working hard to figure out the sounds.

Stay safe as you travel visiting family or if you stay home. ¬†Enjoy the next two weeks with your kinder….making memories together. ¬†If you find you are in need of some activities to do with your kinder you can refer to the light green paper in the blue folder or look below for ideas…..

*practice counting by 1’s and 10’s to 100

*writing numbers 1-30

*practice identifying popcorn words using your flash cards

*create and write new pattern books or create a list of things

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

*read books together 

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


*POPCORN WORDS:            REVIEW OF WORDS         Ask your kinder to show you how to play Scramble Them Up.   (Use your letter cards to scramble up the letters in popcorn words…and then put the letters in correct order. Example:  okol  is  look)

*WINTER GEAR: Please send appropriate winter gear with your child each day.  It keeps them warm when playing outside.  An extra pair of socks, mittens or gloves might be a good idea to keep inside their backpacks if their original pair gets wet.  Please take time over break to label your kinder’s snow pants and boots if you have not done this.

¬† ¬†We celebrated Jacob’s birthday on Tuesday.

¬† We celebrated Carter’s birthday on Thursday.

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

*TAKE HOME BOOK PROGRAM:  I am planning to create a schedule over vacation. Thank you for volunteering and choosing to be part of this learning. If you still would like to be part of this fun volunteer activity, please email me and I will be happy to include you in the schedule. We will begin this program in January.  It is so exciting to see our kinders become readers.

*The January calendar is posted under CALENDARS at the top of the blog.  A paper copy was sent home this week.

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


*Monday,¬†December 24 ‚Äď Friday, January 4: ¬†NO SCHOOL, Holiday Break. ¬†School resumes on Monday, January 7!

*Monday, January 7—Back to¬†School; GYM; Zander’s birthday (Jan 6) celebration

*Tuesday, January 8—ART

*Wednesday, January 9—STEAM;¬†¬†LIBRARY Don’t forget your book!¬†

*Thursday, January 10—MUSIC;¬†If your kinder would like a sack lunch on Friday, an email or note is due today

*Friday, January 11—ART; Fast Friday Dismissal at 12:15pm

~~~I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy¬†New Year; hoping that you spend time making family memories that will be remembered fondly. ¬†I look forward to seeing my kinders on January 7. ¬†Thank you for sharing them with me each day! ūüôā ¬†Mrs. Bohl

Holiday Party Day!


THANK YOU SO MUCH¬†to¬†ALL¬†of the volunteers (Zander’s dad, Jase & Colton’s mom, Addison’s mom, Aria’s mom, Lillian’s mom) who ran our fun centers and to ALL of the volunteers who donated supplies to make our Holiday Party so fun! ¬†It takes a lot of work to plan, organize, and run the party centers. The kinders and I had a fabulous time! ¬†

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


Grinch Day Fun!


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

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

Enjoy these pictures of our fun day of learning!



What a merry and bright week we had at school.  We had so much fun doing some last minute gingerbread man activities, playing games, singing songs and just learning! 

WRITING:¬† We wrote a few more books this week too. ¬†We thought of a topic, came up with a patterned sentence, wrote our words and drew detailed pictures. ¬†We learned how to add specific details so that readers can¬†infer¬†more about the story.¬† Some of the patterns were “____ can fly.”¬† “It is a ____(color) gift.” I have been so impressed by their hard work! ¬†Hooray for the kinders!! ūüôā Be on the lookout for these books…they will come home next week.¬† The kinders are very observant as they read books too…they are on the lookout for these fun patterns. ūüôā

HANDWRITING:  This week COUNTER CLOCKWISE letters of C,G,S,O,Q,U were spotlighted.  Thank you for practicing at home too.  

MATH:¬† The kinders explored seeing 5 groups and extra ones to make larger numbers….6-10. by playing a fun game using holiday erasers for practice.¬† We also told some subtraction stories using the erasers too.¬† We completed a worksheet to practice teem number building as well as looking for number partners in number sentences.


POPCORN WORDS:¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬† ¬† ¬†WHAT ¬† ¬† ¬†IT¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† December flash cards will come home next week so you can add them to your collection.¬† You might want to play Scramble Them Up.¬† ¬†(Use your letter cards to scramble up the letters in popcorn words…and then put the letters in correct order. Example: ¬†okol ¬†is ¬†look)

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS THE GINGERBREAD MAN?:  Gingy (our mini gingerbread man) sent us a big envelope filled with post cards from his latest destination…..SPAIN.  We learned that they like to play futball (soccer), they speak Spanish, they like to eat churros, snails, olives and more. We had fun trying to count to 10 in Spanish too.  Where will Gingy go next?

READING:¬†¬†We learned about more superpowers that Super Readers use when reading….SNAP WORD POWER, PARTNER POWER and PICTURE POWER.¬† Snap word power is when a reader can find words they know, like sight words, and read those words in a snap.¬† The kinders¬†explored the classroom for words they knew in a snap.¬† Partner power is when readers help each other¬†when they are reading.¬† The kinders worked with their reading partner to read a book together, taking turns to point and read to each other while helping each other¬†with words that might be tricky. Picture power is when readers really look at the picture to see if it matches the words written.

SPLIT LIT:  I am reassessing the kinders on the skills that they are working on in small groups. They made great progress. I am so proud of their hard work in learning. We will begin working on new literacy skills in small groups after vacation along with new independent literacy work. We worked as a whole group to practice hearing syllables in Christmas words. If you have time during our break, please continue to use your flash cards to practice identifying sight words.

MYSTERY READER:  Parker literally jumped up and screamed when his mom stepped into the room.  She read Mooseltoe because she loves Christmas.  What a fun story!


*WINTER GEAR: Please send appropriate winter gear with your child each day even if there is not any snow. ¬†It keeps them warm when playing outside. ¬†An extra pair of socks, mittens or gloves might be a good idea to keep inside their backpacks if their original pair gets wet.¬† Please take time this weekend to label your kinder’s snow pants and boots if you have not done this.

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

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

*TAKE HOME BOOK PROGRAM:  I am planning to create a schedule over vacation.  Thank you for volunteering and choosing to be part of this learning. If you still would like to be part of this fun volunteer activity, please email me and I will be happy to include you in the schedule. We will begin this program in January.  It is so exciting to see our kinders become readers.

*HOLIDAY PARTY:  Thank you so much for your donations.  Please send in ALL non-editable donations to school by Monday, Dec 17. Food items can be dropped off in the morning.  Party volunteers can arrive at 1:30pm to set up.  Please be respectful of Mrs. Reagan’s request……Due to the large number of parent volunteers attending class parties with in the school, Mrs. Reagan has limited the parent attendees to ONLY those volunteering. You MUST have completed a background check if you wish to volunteer. Thank you for understanding.  Click on this link to see who is scheduled to volunteer.  


*Monday, Dec. 17‚Äď-MUSIC;¬† ALL non-food party donations are due

*Tuesday, Dec. 18—GYM; Celebrate Jacob’s birthday¬†¬†

*Wednesday, December 19‚Äď-ART;¬†LIBRARY‚ĶDon‚Äôt forget to return your kinder‚Äôs book! Grinch Day‚ÄĒ-wear¬†Green, or¬†dress like Grinch characters.¬†We will learn how to make our heart grow!

*Thursday, Dec 20‚Äď-STEAM;¬† Holiday Party¬† It will be held from 2:00-3:00pm.¬† Thank you for being part of our second class party. Parent volunteers can arrive at 1:30 for set up.¬† Food donations should arrive in the morning.¬† Celebrate Carter’s birthday

*Friday, December 21–MUSIC;¬†Polar Express Day‚Ķwear pj‚Äôs!¬†¬†Come to school wearing your cozy pajamas. ¬†Wear boots and snow pants¬†for outside play but slipper shoes are welcome inside of school. ¬†NO STOCKING FEET ARE ALLOWED. NO STUFFED ANIMALS OR BLANKETS.¬†¬†Thank you! Be prepared for a fun day of learning. ¬†

*Monday,¬†December 23 ‚Äď Friday, January 5: ¬†NO SCHOOL, Holiday Break. ¬†School resumes on Monday, January 7!¬†¬†

~~Have a great weekend!   Mrs. Bohl