Welcome to Kindergarten!

Are you visiting my blog because you are going to be in my classroom this fall? HOORAY and WELCOME to Kindergarten!  

Can you believe it?  In a couple of months you will be riding the bus to school and having fun learning new things while playing with friends. I am so excited that you will be part of my kinder family. You can find out some fun facts about me when you click on MEET MRS. BOHL at the top of our blog page.  Be sure to explore all of the pages, posts, and links as well.

Please take a few moments and subscribe to our classroom blog.  See the widget on the side bar.  By subscribing (filling in your e-mail address in the subscribe rectangle box located on the upper right-hand column) you will be alerted to new postings so that you will know immediately what is happening in Kindergarten. Our class blog will be the site for information about school supplies, special events, pictures, curriculum, assessments, and so much more. We have so much fun in kindergarten, we don’t want anyone to miss one minute of the action.

Be sure to check our blog the first of July to find out what supplies you will need at the start of kindergarten. I will post information about our Kindergarten Open House in late August. Be sure to check our blog periodically throughout the summer for updates. Feel free to contact me through email (kbohl@hpseagles.net) if you have any questions, concerns or if you just want to say “HI”.  

For now….enjoy summer by going on vacation with your family, playing outside with friends, reading books from the library, going swimming in a pool, building sand castles at the beach, riding your bike or whatever else you can think of that is fun to do.  

~~Blessings, Mrs. Bohl

OUR 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!!!  We played math and sight word games and sang songs we learned this year, we read books and we played with our friends on the playground and more! A great way to end kindergarten.

At the start of the day, we opened our last Countdown to Summer envelope.  It read  . We had a very special time of honoring each kinder with an award created especially for them. This award showcased how SPECIAL and UNIQUE each kinder is.  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.  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.  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 yesterday 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. 

We love our 5th grade buddies!!  They visited with us this week and celebrated our amazing sight word success.  We read books together before they made a celebration rainbow tunnel for us to run through. As we made our way to the end we collected a gold coin and a golden Rolo candy.  Then we enjoyed  a yummy popsicle treat and played together on our playground.  Thank you to all of our 5th grade buddies for helping us all year through!!  Good luck in 6th grade!!

   

      

Please refer to the Summer Activity Calendar (posted under CALENDARS at the top of our blog page) for a listing of various activities and suggestions you might want to do with your child each day or refer to the paper copies sent home. 

Have a fabulous summer!!!  Report cards will be mailed out on June 15.

Lots and lots of love,  I really do love your kinders! (Can I still call them that now that they are first graders?)  Mrs. Bohl :)

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—June 4-7

COUNTDOWN TO SUMMER:  The last days of school were filled with activities such as:

  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.  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.

  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. 

       

After lunch all of the kindergarten classes met on the playground.  They waited very patiently as the teachers handed out ice cream so they could enjoy a cool dessert.  Yummy, Yum, Yum!

  

    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.

       

   BE A SCIENTIST DAY  We did experiments like Walking Water, Swirly Twirly Milk, Float or Sink Oranges, Mentos and Coke, Water in a bag.  What an absolutely fun day!

             

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  The kinders continued to create their own summer bucket lists.  They wrote a list of PLACES TO GO and 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!

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!

Mrs. Bohl

 

KINDERGARTEN OLYMPIC GAMES

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It was a picture perfect day for our annual Kindergarten Olympic games. Thank you to Mr. Garvin, Mrs. Gavie, Mr. Giffin, Mrs. Rudd, Mrs. Smith, Mr. Schuck, Mr. Trier, Mrs. Vannoy and Mr. Williams for spending the morning leading our kinders in playing their games.  It was great to see many other parents cheering on the kinders.  

Thank you so much for coming and supporting your kinder.

Enjoy the video that highlights the fun we had.

 

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—-May 29-June 1

COUNTDOWN TO SUMMER:  We hardly start our day and the kinders ask “When can we open the envelope?” This week’s envelopes held:

We read stories about watermelons, we sang “Down by the Bay” and created a new rhymes for the song, we made watermelons and ate watermelon.

       

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 them home, earned another round of cheers! 🙂

   

It was fun to use our mini chalkboards again.  The kinders had to solve addition and subtraction problems by writing the answer on their chalkboards.  They did fantastic!  In the afternoon, we took chalk outside to decorate our playground with some pretty cool pictures.

        

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 of THINGS TO DO AND FOODS TO EAT.  They will be writing  more topics 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. 🙂

MATH:  The kinders have been working on learning what makes a number be called odd or even.  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! 🙂  Next,  a kinder chose a number between 1-20 and counted out that many “crackers” (mini unifix cubes) to a plate.  Then we decided who would get the “crackers”…EVEN STEVEN or ODD TODD. Then, the kinder placed the “crackers” one at a time onto each hand, counting each one,  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?

IMG_0089Another day we practiced identifying even and odd numbers by completing a fun math worksheet.  I hope that you asked them to explain what they did to you.  We remember we learn better when we become the teachers and need to explain what we did.  🙂

READING VISITORS:  Mrs. Burdis’ 3rd grade class is having fun counting down to summer too.  It was “read with a friend” day for them on Tuesday, so they asked to come and read books with us.  Thank you for stopping by.  We had fun!

                   

Happy Birthday celebrations for….

 Thank you Alex for the birthday rice krispy treat.

 Thank you Katelynn for the tic tac toe game.

 Thank you Jonathan for the pencil and starbursts.

 

UPCOMING DATES

*MONDAY, JUNE 4:   GYM;  Countdown to Summer Day 5

*TUESDAY, JUNE 5:  MUSIC;  Countdown to Summer Day 4

*WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6:  ART; Countdown to Summer Day 3

*THURSDAY, JUNE 7:  STEAM; Countdown to Summer Day 2;   EMAIL ME OR SEND A NOTE BY THURSDAY (6/7) IF YOUR KINDER WOULD LIKE A SACK LUNCH.

*FRIDAY, JUNE 8: STEAM;  Countdown to Summer Day 1; Last Day of School.  Fast Friday (Early Release Dismiss at 12:15)

~~~Have a great weekend.  Mrs. Bohl

 

KINDERGARTEN OLYMPICS ARE TOMORROW 6/1

images-3Our Kindergarten Olympics are being held tomorrow, Friday, June 1. Hooray!!

Here are a few reminders:

*Parent volunteers are asked to be on the Kindergarten playground at 8:45 a.m. for instructions.  Games should be finished around 12:00. Please stop at the office prior to this time for a name tag!

*Don’t forget to  wear tennis shoes, shorts and t-shirts.  We will be running and playing lots of games.  NO FLIP FLOPS OR SANDALS PLEASE!!

*Please send a home lunch and drink  for your kinder.THERE WILL BE NO HOT LUNCH!  We will be eating a picnic lunch as a class. at 11:45am-12:00pm.  Parents and younger siblings are welcome to join us for a picnic lunch on our playground.  

*Please send a water bottle with your kinder’s name clearly marked on the outside.  It is going to be WARM and we will want to stay hydrated during our games.

*Apply sun screen BEFORE coming to school.

*Please send ONE backpack snack for the afternoon.  The kinder teachers are supplying pretzels for the morning snack. 

*Volunteering parents please dress in comfy active clothes.  You will be walking around with the kinders helping them play the games.  If you want to take along a lunch so that you can join us…you are welcome.

We can’t wait to enjoy a fun filled morning with all our kindergarten classrooms!!  Let the games begin!! 🙂

~~Mrs. Bohl

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—May 21-25

OUR AMERICAN SYMBOLS:  The symbols that were studied this week were: 

The Bald Eagle, The Liberty Bell and the American Flag

   

Check out the American Symbols pocket folders that your kinder brought home today.  It contains all of their work. 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 recite the Pledge of Allegiance by standing tall, still and straight.  This week they 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 made and read a few books. Enjoy having your kinders teach you some cool and interesting facts. 

   

Friday the kinders dressed in red, white and blue clothing, along with patriotic hats to celebrate the upcoming holiday…Memorial Day.  Have fun waving the mini flags while watching a parade this weekend. 🙂

READER’S WORKSHOP:  This week we have been practicing what Reader’s Workshop looks like in first grade.  We sit back to back and read silently.  We have made it to 8 1/2 minutes of TOTAL SILENCE!  What an amazing accomplishment!  The kinders are so proud of themselves and I am so proud of them!  

MATH:  The kinders enjoyed reviewing their math skills by playing patriotic math games all week such as  LINCOLN’S BASE TEN BLOCKS (counting 10 & extra ones); STARS AND STRIPES SUBTRACTION (solving subtraction problems); LET FREEDOM RING ADDITION (solving addition problems); BALD EAGLE’S NUMBER ORDER (putting teen numbers in the correct order).

   

WRITING WORKSHOP:  We used all of our writing skills to write three cool and interesting facts about the American symbols being studied.  The kinders did a fabulous job!  Check out their writings inside the red  symbol folders.  At the end of the week, the kinders chose their favorite American symbol and gave a reason why they picked it.  They are doing a super job sharing in front of the class too.

    

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…..

   

  A perfect day for an EXTRA RECESS!  Eating red, white and blue popsicles was pretty “cool” too!

    

MYSTERY GUEST READER:  Izabel was so surprised and happy to see her grandma step into the room.  She jumped up right away and gave her a hug.  Izzy’s grandma read Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon.  A favorite book that reminds us to be ourselves and to stand up to a bully. Thank you so much for coming in.

  

KOOL KINDERS:  We have just enough time for the kinders to be the Kool Kinder one more time.  Each day we are draw out TWO names to be co-Kool Kinders.  They share all of the duties of being the Kool Kinder.   

NOTES TO MOM AND DAD       

*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.

*TAKE HOME BOOKS:  All of the kinders have returned their TAKE HOME books.  Hooray!  They were able to choose a fun bookmark this week to use during their reading time at home. The reading strategies bookmark that was inside their baggies was also sent home.  

*RAINBOW WORD LISTS:  We are finished reading our lists at school.  All word lists will be returned very soon, along with the remaining word lists for you to use over the summer. Thank you for encouraging and supporting your kinder this year.  They did an amazing job learning popcorn words. 

UPCOMING DATES

*MONDAY, MAY 28:   MEMORIAL DAY, No School

*TUESDAY, MAY 29:  GYM; Birthday celebration for Alexandra;  Countdown to Summer Day 9

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 30:  MUSIC; Birthday celebration for Katelynn (June 20); Countdown to Summer Day 8

*THURSDAY, MAY 31:  ART;Birthday celebration for Jonathan (Aug 12);    Countdown to Summer Day 7

*FRIDAY, JUNE 1:  STEAM;  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! Volunteers can 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.   Countdown to Summer Day 6

*FRIDAY, JUNE 8:  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

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—May 14-18

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

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

   

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

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

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

   

   

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

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

       

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

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

                

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

    

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

     

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

                                  

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

      

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

NOTES FOR MOM AND DAD

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

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

UPCOMING DATES

*MONDAY, MAY 21: STEAM;  

*TUESDAY, MAY 22: GYM;  

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

*THURSDAY, MAY 24:  ART

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

*MONDAY, MAY 28…Memorial Day, No School

*TUESDAY, MAY 29:  Birthday celebration for Alexandra

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

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

*FRIDAY, JUNE 1:  Kindergarten Olympics 

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

~~~Have a great weekend.  Mrs. Bohl