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NEWS—Sept. 9-13

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

POPCORN WORDS:     I       SEE                                                                                      

COLOR WORD:        YELLOW     We learned another song to sing to help us spell yellow.  We read many books with yellow characters such as Pete the Cat…The Wheels on the Bus and Curious George books. We learned about different things that are yellow, practiced writing the word, made a yellow flip book and made a yellow bus craft, adding a fun message using our popcorn words, I see a yellow bus.   They will come on Monday. The kinders were happy to hear that I had another surprise color snack for them….yellow bananas this week.  Yummy!  We practiced positional words by moving Pete the Cat in front of the bus, behind the bus, under the bus, on top of the bus, etc.  Have fun doing the same thing at home with your Pete and his bus!  We really enjoyed watching an old favorite video of Mrs. Bohl’s to review the bus safety rules.  Here is the link if you want to watch it too.

SHARED READING:  We have been practicing our reading skills by doing shared reading each day. Shared reading is a time when the kinders and I all read a poem or story together at the same time. This helps build fluency and some important concepts of reading for our little ones!  We read a poem called I See. There were familiar words in the poem (I, see, a). We highlighted the words we know and then put them in our 3 ring binder to practice at school. We also added a paper book to our book boxes, the book included our popcorn words. 

 

 

 

STAYING SAFE AT SCHOOL:  This week was filled with learning some of our school’s safety drills.  The kinders practiced exiting the school and learning where our meeting spot is located during a fire drill.  They also practiced sitting criss cross applesauce with their hands on their head in a safe room within school during a tornado drill.  In case it was unsafe to be in the hallways, we practiced how to sit quietly in a safe place inside our locked room. Oh my!!  The kinders did an AMAZING  job during ALL of these practice drills! I was so proud of them!  We are learning that “we don’t need to be scared, we need to be prepared”. Do you practice your safety drills at home?

COOL TOOLS: We finished learning about the last two cool tools and then read two more books to help us know how we can further use our cool tools. 

Being Friends was a great book that showed us that it is okay that we are not all the same…we are different and special, just like a KALEIDOSCOPE. It was fun to look through a real kaleidoscope and then color our own.

We read Mine-a-saurs and learned that we can tell a friend to STOP in a kind way by saying “It bugs me when ______, I wish that you would stop.”  A ladybug and a wishing wand helps us remember this. 

We read Howard B. Wigglebotttoms learns about bullies and learned about what bullying is.  The kinders were reminded about how important and useful it is to use our cool tools. We talked about how we need to care of our friends and stand up for them when someone teases them.  We are a class family….inside our room and on the playground.  We have very caring kinders.

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

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

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

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

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

MATH:  We read Anno’s Counting again to help us better understand “number scenes,” which are pictures that have a specific number of objects (3 buildings, 3 people, 3 birds, 3 bridges, etc.)  before we drew our own scenes of 2,3,4 & 5 on paper and on whiteboards.

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

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

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

*OUTDOOR CLOTHING….Please continue to send a coat or sweatshirt with your child.  The weather can quickly change so it is good to be prepared.

*BACKPACK SNACK…THANK YOU SO MUCH for being conscientious about sending TWO healthy, NUT FREE snacks…one for the morning, one for the afternoon.  Many kinders are bringing multiple snacks.  Our snack time is short but enough time to become refueled.

*GYM DAYS..Please consider having your kinder keep a pair of socks either in their cubby or backpack to wear during gym days.  On these warm days, many kinders do not like to wear their gym shoes without socks when they come to school wear sandals or flip flops.

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

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

IMPORTANT DATES:

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

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

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

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

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

*Thursday, Sept. 26—School Pictures….ordering information will be sent home soon.  

~~~Have a great weekend.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at kbohl@hpseagles.net  YOUR KINDER IS SPECIAL TO ME! 🙂   Mrs. Bohl

 

 

NEWS—Sept 3-7

We had a great 4 day week in kindergarten, a few sunny warm days to play outside and a few cooler days.  Thank you for sending your kinder with a sweatshirt/coat for the cooler mornings.  We play outside unless it is raining or the wind chill is below O.  Be sure to label your kinder’s coat as it is hard for them to remember which coat/sweatshirt belongs to them.  

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

POPCORN WORDS:     A       COLOR WORD:      RED                                                            The kinders had fun celebrating the color RED today! We colored pictures, sang a red song,  read many books about a big, red dog…..Clifford.  Making a fun craft of Clifford helped us practice our cutting skills and listen to and follow directions.  It was fun to see RED shirts, RED pants, RED socks, RED hair ribbons on Friday.  We even ate a surprise RED snack….Red Strawberry Fruit Snacks! Yum!

PROCEDURES:  We have been learning and practicing how to do many things in our classroom. From how to daily turn in our blue folders and ordering lunch to remembering our number in line and walking down the hallway at school.  They have done a GREAT job practicing this throughout our movement around our school. The kinders are working very hard to keep their hands in their own bubble space when sitting on the floor and in their lap when sitting at their table spots—and not touching their supplies when listening for directions.  Each day I see improvement.  I have a FABULOUS bunch of kinders!!!

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

COOL TOOLS: The kinders are continuing to work hard each day to being ready to learn by….looking with eyes, listening with ears, voices quiet, hands in own bubble space and sitting like a pretzel (when on the rug).  We are learning about the different parts of the brain and how each part functions.  We are becoming mindful of each other and the climate of our learning classroom.  Our lessons about the cool tools are helping us be aware of others and how to deal with situations.   

Franklin’s Bad Day was read on Tuesday to help us learn to walk away before saying toothpaste words or doing toothpaste actions to our friends.  The BIG INFLATABLE SHOE is our visual reminder.  We decorated our own shoe to take home.

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

Thursday  we read Hurty Feelings and learned that the tone of your voice and how we say words is very important.  The microphone helps us remember this. 

WRITER’S  WORKSHOP:  The kinders found that writers share information with others about what they know. Examples of these topics were WHAT TV SHOW DO YOU LIKE TO WATCH? WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COLOR? WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO EAT FOR BREAKFAST?  They practiced this by taking turns with their partners to be the jelly (speaker) and the peanut butter (listener). They also learned and practiced what it looks like to “turn and talk” to their partners. The teacher claps two times and says “TURN AND TALK” and the kinders clap two times and say “OKAY”.  The kinders turn and face their partner, taking turns being the jelly and the peanut butter.  When they hear “1,2,3, turn your eyes back on me”, they turn and face the teacher. The kinders did AWESOME!!!  We also learned that we can think of something that we know about, draw it and write the beginning sounds while labeling our drawings.  We thought of many different topics and drew about “lining up” which we are becoming experts at doing!

NEWSPAPER—LET’S FIND OUT!  The kinders were introduced to the newspapers that help us learn about various topics.  School rules were the topic for this first edition.  

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

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

MATH: Last week we started number writing during our handwriting time, stressing that we always start our numbers at the top!  This week we wrote number 2, 3 and 4.  We drew pictures to show their number sense like 2 flowers,3 balloons, 4 apples. 

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

We explored with our math manipulatives!  The kinders were introduced to the number tiles 1-5, 10 counters and the math tray.  We also learned how to count a group of objects and find different ways to arrange them.  For example: 3 can be shown with 1 red tile and 2 blue tiles or 3 can be shown with 3 red tiles and 0 blue tiles.

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

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

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

NOTES FOR MOM AND DAD

*Outdoor clothing.—.Please send a coat or sweatshirt with your child if needed in the mornings.  The weather can quickly change so it is good to be prepared.

*Backpack snack.—Pack TWO quick, heathy snackS each day.  Be sure to place it in a special small pocket so that it is easy for them to locate.

*Blue folders—send them to school each day (you are all doing a great job with this!  Thank you!!)

*If ordering a hot lunch or milk, please discuss with your child what they will be ordering so that they are comfortable and secure with their selections.

*Parents, please subscribe to this blog so that you are alerted when information is posted about happenings in our classroom.

UPCOMING DATES:

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

Tuesday, Sept 10—STEAM;  Kool Kinder: Nora

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

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

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

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

Thursday, Sept. 26—School Pictures….ordering information will be sent home soon.  

Have a restful weekend. Sleep well. We have a 5 day week ahead. Thank you for sharing your kinder with me. They are wonderful!  Mrs. Bohl

NEWS—Aug. 27-29

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

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

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

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

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

              

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

On Thursday we read Ish and were reminded again that our words matter. The FUZZY DICE remind us  to say nice words or show nice actions toward others.  We passed the fuzzy dice to our neighbor and gave them a nice compliment to practice. 

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

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

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

  

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

PARENT NOTES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UPCOMING DATES: 

*Friday, Aug 30 – NO SCHOOL

*Monday, Sept 2 – NO SCHOOL

*Tuesday, Sept 3– ART

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

*Thursday, Sept 5 – GYM

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

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

*Thursday, Sept. 26—School Pictures

~Have a restful and fun weekend!  Mrs. Bohl

A GREAT FIRST DAY OF KINDERGARTEN!

 

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

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

Here are a few pictures of our fun day.

STORYTIME

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

ON OUR “PETE THE CAT” SCAVENGER HUNT 

LUNCH TIME

 Our table is the Corn Table.

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

SHOW AND TELL—-OUR “ME” BAGS

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

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!