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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

News of the Week—Oct. 22-26

An amazing week of learning and fun at school

POPCORN WORDS:        

They were ‘popping’ up all the time this week in our daily messages and in books. We learned that sometimes “E” is quiet and tells other hard worker letters (vowels) to do a flip and say their letter name. We saw this happening in “like” and “here”

COLOR WORD:     BROWN    The kinders had fun reading brown bear books like Bear’s Loose Tooth, Bear feels scared Many of the kinders had connections to these stories.

We also read Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? .  We continued to practice our storytelling skills as we retold (and sang) the story many times this week.  Enjoy having your kinder practice their skills at home when they retell the story for you using their storytelling strip.  We made a brown bear hat for our last color craft while wearing brown. Thank you for helping your kinder participate in our color days by wearing particular colors.  The kinders (and I) looked forward to these fun days. The kinders enjoyed eating teddy grahams for the surprise brown snack.

   

MATH:  This week the kinders found out that they can tell math stories and solve the answers to their math stories. For example:  3 teddy bears came and sat at a table.  2 more teddy bears joined them.  How many teddy bears are at the table?”  3+2=5  In addition, they practiced drawing pictures of math stories on super cool gel boards.  

READER’S WORKSHOP:  We continued to learn how to read storybooks.  We used The Three Billy Goats Gruff ,The Carrot Seed and favorite songs/poems to practice reading more and more words, using words like “and then…” “next…” and pointing to the words as we read.  They are doing a great job of looking at these books quietly during our readers’ workshop time every day. Sitting back to back with their reading buddy and practicing private reading. Then sitting side by side with their partner to show details in their books.

       

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  We completed our Launching writing unit by drawing and writing about what costumes we like to wear, brown things, Pete the Cat and playing on a slide.  The kinders have made FABULOUS progress and are feeling excited to be writers.  I will share ALL of their writing pieces with you at parent teacher conferences.  You will be amazed! We will begin to learn how to write like a scientist next week.

SCIENCE:  We read our weekly newspaper to learn if squirrels take other squirrels’ nuts.  Enjoy looking over the newspaper with your kinder to learn the answer.

  

HANDWRITING:  We learned how “clockwise letters” of h,r,n,m,b. Keep up practicing at home….it is helping!

LITERACY: This week the kinders worked as a whole group to decorate paper bags to look like fall houses.  They used their rhyming and phonemic skills when they put various pictures in the house as they sang a fun song.  I hope that you will enjoy playing around with the fall house that your kinder took home.  They can practice identifying letter sounds and popcorn words at home too.  We also went on a letter hunt for Jj, popcorn words and rhyming words when reading a poem together.

 

 

MYSTERY READERS:  On Wednesday, Tinley sprang up to hug her mom and younger sister.  She and Tinley love to read books together, so she choose two of their favorites Fancy Nancy and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?  It was really fun to read along with her mom for Brown Bear.

Rocco jumped up to welcome his mom into our room on Friday.  She knew that we like Little Blue Truck stories so she read Little Blue Truck’s Halloween.  A fun story for fall time.  The book even had flaps on each page that exposed the mystery picture.

 

BUDDY TIME:  We ended our day on Friday with spending some time with our buddies.  The buddies and the kinders turned pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns.  It is always fun when we get together.

   

 REMINDERS 

*CONFERENCES:  Conference dates and times have been sent home.  Conferences will be Monday, November 5 and Wednesday, November 7 after school.   I look forward to meeting with you and discussing your kinder’s progress. I will give you their first report card during our meeting.  I am excited to be sharing their literacy, math, writing and social skills progress with you. I will try to keep each conference to 15 min. long so I stay on time for the evening. Please come with any questions and arrive on time to my classroom. I ask that if your kinder does attend that they wait in the hallway while we have our conference in the classroom. Thank you! 🙂

*KOOL KINDER:  Please continue to review with your kinder about the information that they will be sharing. They are doing a nice job!

*OUTSIDE CLOTHES: We enjoyed playing outside this week.  Unfortunately the weather is turning colder.  When that happens please dress your child in warm outside clothes…warm coat, hat/headband, mittens/gloves.  We go outside to play in the morning, lunch recess and at the end of the day.  Looking ahead….If your child has outgrown their winter boots, PLEASE CONSIDER PURCHASING BOOTS THAT FASTEN WITH VELCRO CLOSINGS!!!  LACES TAKE TIME AND ARE DIFFICULT TO TIE/UNTIE WHEN WET.  Thank you!

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Oct 29ART

*Tuesday, Oct 30STEAM

*Wednesday, Oct 31MUSIC;  NO LIBRARY due to party activities (enjoy your kinder’s book for another week);  Fall Party and Parade 10:15-11:30am.  

*Thursday, Nov 1GYM;  Sack lunch orders (by note in kinder’s folder or email) due for tomorrow’s Fast Friday

*Friday, Nov 2GYM;  FAST FRIDAY Dismissal at 12:15pm

*Monday, Nov. 5BOOK FAIR BEGINS…Preview books at the Book Fair; Parent Teacher Conferences

*Wednesday, Nov. 7— Book Fair:  We are scheduled to purchase books on Wednesday, Nov 7 from 2:00-2:30pm.  Please send your kinder’s money in an envelope labeled with YOUR KINDER’S NAME and BOOK FAIR if you wish them to purchase books. The book fair will also be open during conference times. This is optional.  The proceeds go towards purchasing books for use in school. Thank you!  Parent Teacher Conferences

*November 21-23—NO SCHOOL…Thanksgiving Break

~~~Have a great weekend!  Mrs. Bohl

News of the Week—Sept 24-28

Fall weather has arrived…at least for this week.  Thank you for sending your kinder in appropriate clothing AND for labeling their outer wear.

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

COLOR WORD:    GREEN        We enjoyed reading Little Blue and Little Yellow, a sweet story about friendship and differences.  The kinders found out for themselves what happens when you mix yellow and blue.  It makes GREEN! Check out the play dough that came home today. 

We also read many Froggy books by Jonathan London, enjoyed many giggles and made a lot of connections. We even read a non-fiction about frogs.  Making a green Froggy was fun too! Ribbit!  Ribbit! 🙂 . The surprise green snack was…..green grapes!

Of course, wearing GREEN was a great way celebrate.

POPCORN WORDS:       IS   HIS   THIS              The kinders found out that when you add a letter (or two) at the beginning of “is” you can create new words.  Noticing that these words rhyme was pretty cool too! 🙂

MATH:  Daily we wake up our Math brains by checking out our 100 chart.  Counting and pointing to the numbers helps our brains remember the numbers.  Please practice this important skill at home too. The kinders continued to learned that they can write numbers, count objects, identify and sort shapes (circles, and not circles), draw groups of items and use mini tiles and their fingers to show a group of 5 and extra ones to make larger numbers.  Ex: 5 and 1 more make 6. 

 

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  We worked together to make drawings and to try to write words and even sentences.  Sometimes we worked on whiteboards and other times we used paper and pencils.  We wrote about hanging up our backpacks, lining up in number order, our family and snack time.  We have awesome kinders who are working hard to draw detailed pictures!  

HANDWRITING:  We practiced writing numbers 8, 9 & 10 using mini chalkboards, whiteboards and in our handwriting books. They are doing great but some numbers are more difficult than others to form properly, so any extra practice at home would be appreciated. Please refer to the number writing books that arrived home this week. We are also working hard to improve on writing our names correctly and neatly.  Remember to encourage your kinder to write ONLY the first letter capital and the following letters lower case.

READER’S WORKSHOP:  The kinders learned that we want to be a Book Lover and NOT a Book Bully.  Book Lovers choose books carefully, turn each page, read every page in order, treat books with care. We also learned what it looks like to have Reader Respect.  That means we read quietly, stay in one spot, read the whole time and get started right away.  The kinders are so excited when they notice popcorn words in books.  We are becoming great readers!

SHARED READING:  All week we read our Ff poem together, hunting for capital and lower case letter Ff, rhyming words and even popcorn words.  Ask your kinder to explain their Ff poem paper to you.  (Apologies for the blurry picture)

MYSTERY READERS: We had 2 mystery readers!  How exciting!  On Wednesday afternoon, Jacob was surprised to see his mom and younger brother, Austin walk into the room.  It was fun to hear Put me in the zoo, especially because it included a lot of color and rhyming words. 

Friday morning it was Emma’s turn to be surprised.  Her mom and younger brother, Flynn read us 2 books. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom because we are learning about the alphabet and I like myself! because we are all special.  

Thank you to everyone for taking a break out of your day to come and read us a story.  If you are interested in being a Mystery Guest Reader, there is a link on the side bar under VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES that will allowed you to sign up on our calendar.

HUDSONVILLE SPIRIT:  Dressing in Hudsonville gear of blue and gold was so fun on Friday.  We were treated to some football players, cheerleaders, pep band members and the Eagle to bring football spirit to Georgetown.  Go Eagles!

BUDDY TIME:  Our 5th grade buddies came and helped us make eagle puppets.  It was fun to spend some time together.  

 

REMINDERS

*BACKPACK SNACKS AND WATER BOTTLES:  Don’t forget to pack TWO quick, healthy snacks.  Your child needs to be refueled each morning and afternoon.  🙂  Thank you so much for keeping the snacks NUT FREE!  Please send your kinder with a water bottle with a snap spout so that they can stay hydrated throughout the day.  We take frequent water breaks.

*LIBRARY BOOKS:  Please return your kinder’s book when you are finished reading it.  We have a basket in our room to collect the books as they are returned.  Remember that your kinder will be able to check out another book ONLY after the prior one is returned.  We have library EACH WEDNESDAY.

*CALENDARS: Click on this link or go to the side bar Hot Lunch–Food Service to view the October lunch menu.  Be sure to read the October calendar  inside your kinder’s folder or you can find it under CALENDARS on the side bar to learn about special events, birthdays, specials, etc.

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Oct 1—STEAM, KOOL KINDER: Addison

*Tuesday, Oct 2—GYM;  KOOL KINDER: Alesha

*Wednesday, Oct 3—MUSIC;   LIBRARY;  Firefighters visit to teach us about fire prevention;  KOOL KINDER: Sidney

*Thursday, Oct 4–ART;  KOOL KINDER: Lillian; COLOR DAY….Wear PURPLE (note change of date due to Walk-a-thon)

 *Friday, Oct 5—STEAM;  KOOL KINDER: Lila;  Walk-a-thon…You are more than welcome to come walk the track with us from 9:45-10:30am! Our theme this year is “Lovin’ the 80’s”. Dress like it was in the 80’s or in Hudsonville blue or goldPlease consider donating as this is Georgetown’s ONLY fundraiser.  Thank you for your support!Click on this link for more information.

*Friday, Oct 12—Fast Friday (Early Release Day….Dismissal at 12:15pm).

*Tuesday, Oct. 23—Turkey Trot  Go to the PE blog on our side bar for more information

*Tuesday, Oct. 30—School Picture Retake Day

*Wednesday, Oct 31—FALL PARTY AND PARADE:  We will be having our first class party on Wednesday, Oct 31. An email will be sent to parents who showed an interest (on the kindergarten survey) in assisting with planning this party.  Thank you for your willings to make our first party a success.  Please let me know if you have any questions about this fun day.

~~~~Have a great weekend.  Mrs. Bohl