WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—Jan. 29-Feb. 2

See what was on our agenda for this week.

MATH:  The kinders practiced number writing 1-20, told addition and subtraction stories and built teen numbers using 10 stick cubes and mini cubes during this week’s lessons.

          

Friday math games consisted of….

  ROLL AND COVER (practicing adding 2 numbers)

  GOOFY GROUNDHOGS (identifying shapes)

  WHICH BURROW IS MINE? (solving subtraction problems using a number line)

SPLIT LIT:  The kinders are enjoying working on various literacy skills like rhyming, practicing their handwriting by writing sentences containing lots of sight words, reading and writing popcorn words and listening to stories on a CD and drawing their favorite part of the story.

   

HANDWRITING:  Lower case letters p,r,n,m are called DIVER LETTERS because we need to dive down and come back up to finish writing the letter. We also practiced writing them correctly within words too.

  

WRITING WORKSHOP:  We worked hard this week telling and writing shared small moment stories.  We wrote about our blubber experiment, Split Lit time and making our valentine bags.  We learned what is needed to write a 5 star sentence by editing a small moment story. The kinders are doing an amazing job remembering to add details and labels in their drawings.  They are also working very hard to use popcorn words, spaces between words and sentence stoppers (.  !  ?)  I am so proud of them!

     

GROUNDHOG DAY: On Thursday 19 kinders predicted “Will we have an early spring?”and 4 kinders thought “Will we have 6 more weeks of winter?  On Friday, the kinders found out that YES the groundhog did see his shadow by watching a video from USA Today. Six more weeks of winter….we are ready!! 

We read a popcorn word book and watched a video 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 practiced making patterns and hearing sounds in words too. We also made a fun groundhog puppet to use when retelling a poem in addition to a celebration groundhog hat. A fun day of learning!

    

READER’S WORKSHOP:  The kinders LOVE using their SUPER POWERS when they read.  They are continuing to use their SUPER READING POWERS (Lips the Fish, Chunky Monkey, Flippy the Dolphin, etc) to figure out unknown words. In addition to using POINTER POWER & SNAP POWER, the kinder learned how to use PICTURE POWER, SOUND POWER and PARTNER POWER.

“PICTURE POWER” is when we look at the pictures to help us figure out what the words might be.

 

“SOUND POWER” is when we practice listening to the sounds we read because just looking at the picture is not enough.  We practiced covering the pictures in books to really practice this super power.  Focusing really hard on the sounds we hear to figure out words.

  

“PARTNER POWER” is when we read with our friends, each taking turns being the ‘jelly reader’ and ‘peanut butter listener’, giving helpful tips to the reader when needed.

    

*POPCORN WORDS:           BIG       WITH                                             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!

  

*KOOL KINDERS ARE BOOK LOVERS: 

  Peyton likes to read about the different cars in Cars Galore.

  Star Wars is a favorite of Anderson.

  Mia enjoys watching Shimmer and Shine on TV as much as she likes reading Shimmer and Shine and their Enchanted Bottle.  

  Bentley’s favorite book is The Day the Crayons Came Home.  

NOTES FOR MOM AND DAD

*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.  Popcorn word lists are read each THURSDAY!

*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, we will be outside for recess if the temperature is above 0 degrees. 

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

*100 DAY CELEBRATION:  Information has been sent home.  Please note that all collections are to be sent to school on Friday, February 9.  I know it will be so much fun for the children to share.  These collections will be returned home the same day.  Thank you for assisting your child in this great math learning opportunity!

*VALENTINE PARTY:  We will celebrate as a class Tuesday, Feb 13 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 THURSDAY, FEB. 8. FOOD DONATIONS DUE ON TUESDAY, FEB 13. Thank you to all the parents who are donating and preparing our activities.  If you would like to sign up, please go the the link on the side bar under VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES. 

UPCOMING DATES

 *NO SCHOOL: Monday, February 5 WINTER BREAK

*NO SCHOOL: Tuesday, February 6 WINTER BREAK

*WED. FEB. 7—Back at school; STEAMHOMEWORK DUE….math and literacy;  LIBRARY Please remember to return your child’s book.    Mailing Valentines  Take 4-5 valentines to mail

*THURS. FEB. 8GYM; reading TAKE HOME books & Rainbow word list;  Mailing Valentines  Take 4-5 valentines to mail 

*FRI. FEB. 9—- MUSIC;  Day 100 Celebration….100 Collections are DUE

*TUES. FEB. 13—Valentine’s Day Party  1:50-3:00pm  Non food donations due at school by Thursday, Feb 8. Food donations due Tuesday, Feb. 13.  Parent volunteers who are working at a party center, please arrive by 1:40pm for instructions & set up.  *NO TAKE HOME books this day.

   ~~~~Have a fantastic Winter Break!  I will see the kinders on Wednesday, Feb. 7.   Mrs. Bohl

We HAVE mail!

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Yes, We have mail inside our of Valentine mail bags.  How exciting!  I wish that I could tell you how often the kinders check their bags. Memory kind of moments! Maybe I should actually keep track one of these days.  🙂  I also wish that I could include the conversations that took place during these mailing times.  So many kinders filling each others’ buckets by offering to help and squealing with excitement when they saw similar valentines.  Oh my…I love this time of the year!

      

Don’t forget that your kinder will have the opportunity to mail their valentines this coming week Wednesday, Feb. 7, Thursday, Feb. 8 and Monday, Feb 12.

We WANT mail!

These fun mail bags are waiting to be filled with messages and valentines. Your kinder can to take 5 valentines to school on Wednesday, Jan 31; Thursday, Feb 1; Wednesday, Feb. 7; Thursday, Feb 8 and Monday, Feb 12.   They will have the opportunity to “mail” them sometime during the day.  

    

So……if you have not encouraged your kinder to begin signing their name to their valentines, please start.  It is easier and not so overwhelming for them if they do this task small batches.  Please attach the name labels that were sent home to the front of the valentines.  This will make mailing them easier for the kinders.

Growing Kinders

Today we counted 94 days in school. Can you believe it!?  There has been a lot of learning going on kindergarten in these past 94 days.  The boys and girls have learned to count to 100 by 1’s and 10’s.  They can add and subtract numbers. The kinders can write their letters correctly and are able to spell some popcorn in a snap.  They have also learned to play nicely, take turns, solve their own problems and read books.  

The kinders were sooo excited to see this week their old pencil trays  that held their supplies were replaced with pencil boxes.  Yes, their very own pencil boxes (these are the pencil boxes that you supplied in the fall) filled with NEW crayons, pencils, erasers, glue sticks and scissors.  

Yes, the kinders are growing.  They are working hard to get ready for first grade.  They learned a new listening chant, to prompt them to stop talking and listen for instructions.  The kinders are building their reading, writing and working stamina so that the room has a quieter atmosphere for learning.  Some days and times are better than others but we are trying.  I am positive that we will be successful!  Why?  Because my kinders are awesome!!  To help at home…..please remind and talk with your kinder about the importance of listening when others talk, not to make silly noises during instruction and to do their best work.  

Thank you for your support!  Mrs. Bohl

Going on Vacation?

Will your kinder be out of school for a vacation in the next few weeks? If so, please email me so I can send  “Vacation Request” form home with your kinder. This form is submitted to our office for attendance purposes and helps our class in planning for assessments, missing work, et cetera.

Thanks a bunch! 

Upcoming Math Test

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The kinders will be taking their Unit #3 math test this coming Monday, January 29.  

This unit covered various math skills such as; writing teen numbers, identifying 10-groups in teen numbers as ten and extra ones, writing number partners and totals, identifying shapes and positions, etc.  

Thank you for encouraging your kinder to do their best work.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.  Mrs. Bohl

***Also I had some questions regarding when the TAKE HOME books would be sent home and when they need to be returned.  Books will be read with parent volunteers on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.  Your kinder needs to bring their books to school on these days.  The rest of the days of the week they are encouraged to keep the books at home to continue to practice reading them.  Remember Reading the Rainbow word lists are also read on Thursday. If you have any more questions, please ask me.***

Valentine Party Opportunities

The planning is done for our third and last class party.  Hooray! 

Will you “BEE” part of the fun?

 

If you are interested in volunteering to lead a game or craft at our party, or if you are willing to donate supplies,  please sign-up on this spreadsheet.

Our Valentine’s party is scheduled for Tuesday, February 13 from 1:50-3:00 pm. (We are celebrating the day before to spread out the party times amongst grade levels.)

With our limited space and administration request I have to limit the amount of people that are allowed to be at our classroom party.  Our party will be limited to only those who are volunteering to help at a station and party coordinators.  A total of 8 parents will be allowed at this party.  This is hard for me, but I am following our current protocol for our school.  

Thanks so much for your willingness to support & join our Valentine’s Day fun! If you have any questions please contact me at kbohl@hpseagles.net

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—Jan. 22-26

Wow! It was very productive week of learning. Look what we have been doing!

SPLIT LIT:  If the kinders finish completing their “have to” work at their independent centers before it is time to switch groups, they can move on to the “can do” bins. These bins are filled with literacy activities such as: reading books filled with popcorn words; using letter cubes to spell CVC words; matching rhyming words and more. They really enjoy learning this way. 

The kinders were recently reassessed in identifying sight words.  Everyone made AWESOME GROWTH!!!  I am so excited and pleased with their progress. Please look inside your kinder’s folder for an updated note. I have spent the week having the kinders individually read books to me so that I can adjust the level of books they are taking home.  You may see that your kinder will be bringing home a different colored sticker book.  This reflects the growth they are making.  Thank you for your continued support of reading with your kinder at home.  

MATH: It was a week of review in math.  Here are few math skills we covered.

                                                  

Drawing teen numbers showing 10 and extra ones plus writing the equation.

Writing number partners

Solving addition and subtraction problems

 We have postponed taking our unit #3 test until Monday.  A third of our friends were absent on Friday (a few vacations but mostly due to the flu).  That gives all of the kinders the weekend to finish their math homework for some extra practice.  Your kinder will take home the volume 1 math workbook on Monday.  This book can stay at home and does not need to be returned to school.  Use this workbook for review and have fun completing any pages we did not do in class.  Unit #4 will begin on Tuesday.

FUN WITH FRIENDS:  We spent some time Friday afternoon practicing writing our names, letters and numbers in shaving cream.  What a lot of fun!!!  It also made our room smell good too!

       

WRITING WORKSHOP:  Telling and writing small moment stories is challenging.  The kinders are working SO hard during this part of our day.  I was gone to a meeting Thursday morning and Mrs. Reagan was the teacher. After learning a bit about Mo Williams, the author who writes Piggy and Elephant books,  she and the kinders wrote  about a time they pretended. 

   

READERS WORKSHOP:  The kinders are learning how to use their super powers when they read. 

       To help the kinders use their Pointer Power, they were given a fun “eyes” ring to use when reading.

        

       When using our Snap Word Power some  words, like our popcorn words, are easy to read.

MYSTERY GUEST READER: Izable was all smiles when her mom and younger brother, Grayson walked in today.  She read us one of Izzy’s favorite books, You are my Best Friend because Izzy was in the story with Elsa and Ana. Thank you for stopping by.

EXTRA RECESS:  This week we started to work as table teams to earn points as a behavior tool in our classroom.  Our goal at the end of the week is for each table team to earn 30 points.  The tables that have 30 tally points earn an extra recess.  Mrs. Reagan surprised us by giving our class an OUTSTANDING award for making our goal.  

It was a perfect day for playing outside this morning too.  Congratulations kinders!  I know that we can do it again next week!  I am proud of you!!

       

 

*KOOL KINDERS ARE BOOK LOVERS:

 Mason likes to read The Foot Book because he likes Dr. Seuss.

   Jaxon likes Clifford so Clifford’s First Christmas is one of his favorites.

  Lucas likes to make snowmen and read Snowman Magic.

Scarlett enjoys reading Are you my Mother?

  Jonathan brought Martin’s Big Words.  A great learning book about Martin Luther King Jr.

   NOTES FOR MOM AND DAD

*POPCORN WORDS:            HE               SHE                                                                          It  was pretty cool to notice that “he” and “she” rhyme with the popcorn words we already know “me, we, be”.  January popcorn flash cards will be sent home soon.  Please add them to the existing cards at home for practice.

*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.

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION:     We gave Livia birthday wishes on Tuesday.  She turned 6 on 1/21!  Thank you for the birthday treat bags!

*VALENTINE PARTY AND VALENTINE EXCHANGE:   Tuesday, February 13 from 2:00-3:00pm. I will send out a separate posting on Saturday with a spreadsheet that you can volunteer for helping and supplying donations.  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 Wed. Feb. 1; Thurs. Feb. 2; Tues. Feb. 7; Thurs. Feb 9; Fri. Feb 10 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:  Friday, February 9..  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. 9. This is the day that they may bring them into school. Please do not send them into school earlier. The collections will return home the same day. Begin collecting 100 items and decide how your kinder would like to display them.  Have fun! 🙂

*CALENDARS: The FEBRUARY calendar  has been posted under CALENDARS.  A lot of fun events, popcorn words, birthdays are listed on this document.  The February lunch menu has also been posted under the side tab Hudsonville Food Service.

UPCOMING DATES

*MON. JAN. 29-STEAM; reading TAKE  HOME BOOKS  

*TUES. JAN. 30–-GYM; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS, last day to order PE apparel

*WED. JAN 31MUSIC; HOMEWORK DUE….math and literacy;  LIBRARY Please remember to return your child’s book.    Mailing Valentines  Take 4-5 valentines to mail; 

*THURS. FEB. 1––ART; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS;  Mailing Valentines  Take 4-5 valentines to mail   If your kinder would like a sack lunch on Friday, please email me (kbohl@hpseagles.net or send a note by Thursday 2/1.

*FRI. FEB. 2-STEAM; FAST FRIDAY…Dismissal at 12:15pm  

 *NO SCHOOL: Monday, February 5 WINTER BREAK

*NO SCHOOL: Tuesday, February 6 WINTER BREAK

*WED. FEB. 3—Back at school

*FRI. FEB. 9—- Day 100 Celebration

*TUES. FEB. 13—Valentine’s Day Party  2:00-3:00pm  Non food donations due at school by Thursday, Feb 8. Food donations due Tuesday, Feb. 13.  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

Reading Reminders!

Dear kinder families,

Remember, parent volunteers read with the kinders on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. DON’T FORGET THAT READING RAINBOW POPCORN WORD LISTS HAPPEN ON THURSDAY TOO!

Many kinders forgot their books today.  Enjoy reading their books tonight and tomorrow night and return their book inside the bag that contains the bookmark and parent comment sheet on Thursday.