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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

Tomorrow 10/26

Tomorrow, Friday, October 26, your kinder has two choices for color celebrations (if they’d like to join in the fun!). 

Option 1: Wear BROWN to celebrate our color of the week. 

Option 2: Wear BLUE & GOLD to celebrate our Hudsonville Eagles football team, who are headed to the playoffs tomorrow night!

I can’t wait to see our brown / blue / gold outfits tomorrow!! 🙂 

News of the Week—Oct. 8-12

The weather is changing from summer to autumn, from warm to cooler days, from sunny to cloudy and rainy.  Thank you for sending your kinder in layers.  We go outside to play in the morning, at noon and in the afternoon. We love our playground! 🙂

Here is what your kinder did at school this week

POPCORN WORDS:     ME    BE    WE    WILL        The kinders were excited to see that our popcorn words rhymed (at least 3 of them).  We found these words inside our daily message, we unscrambled the letters to spell them correctly and found them in books.

COLOR WORDSBLACK    WHITE       We read Harry the Dirty Dog, Harry and the Neighbor, Harry goes to the sea, Please, Mr. Panda and Thank you Mr. Panda as our color theme books.  We also watched a non-fiction video about panda bears. We all agreed they are cute black and white bears so it was obvious that we needed to make panda bears.  It was fun to use a fork as our paint brush.

Our newspaper this week was all about spiders so we just had to read The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle.  We were surprised to learn that half of the us LIKE spiders and half of us DO NOT LIKE spiders.  It’s always good to include some math into our learning!

    

Thanks for participating by wearing black and white! 🙂 Our surprise black & white snack this week was OREO cookies.  Not very healthy, I know but very tasty.  

 MATH:  We continued to practice writing our numbers, especially 1-5 and identifying groups of numbers 1-5. This coming Tuesday, Oct. 16 we will be “office workers” as we take our very first math unit test.  The children will be assessed on number writing 1-5, identifying and drawing groups of numbers 1-5, identifying shapes and completing dot to dot pictures.  I know that they will do a fabulous job!

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  Sharing stories and writing was all about our time in our special classes….music, gym, art, STEAM.  I am amazed at the details the kinders are including in their drawings, with many kinders adding labels. We are working hard to stretch out sounds as we trace the words in the sentence that tells about the picture.

READER’S WORKSHOP: We are enjoying reading/looking at the books in our book boxes. Each kinder received a READING MAT.  They stack their books and put them on the green dot side and beginning reading. When they are done with a book, it moves to the red dot side.  When all of the books are on the red dot side, the kinders can read them back to the green side. We practiced getting right to work during our private read time. The kinders also worked hard on staying quiet the whole time, reading the whole time, and staying in one spot the whole time during this private read time.  After private read time, the kinders LOVE picking a favorite part in a book and sharing with a partner.  Mini lessons taught the kinders that there are 3 Ways to Read a Book. We are doing an awesome job!  WE ARE BECOMING READERS!

 

CHOICES:  It is one of our favorite times of our day.  The kinders enjoyed creating structures out of big and small Legos, putting puzzles together, building with wood blocks, drawing and writing on white boards, exploring with playdough and more. 

  

LITERACY: This week the kinders worked in groups with either Mrs. Rossback or myself to strengthen their literacy skills such as letter ID, letter sounds, rhyming and hearing syllables in words. As the year progresses, the kinders will continue to work in small groups, as a whole group and independently with specific literacy skills such as listed above as well as  popcorn/sight word practice and beginner reader skills. In addition, we read our Hh poem together, hunting for capital and lower case letter Hh, rhyming words and even popcorn words.  Ask your kinder to read and explain their Hh poem paper to you.

HANDWRITING:  We started working on the “counter clockwise” lower case letters of f,c,a,d.  More “counter clockwise” letters next week.  You can help at home by encouraging your kinder to write their letters with proper formation.  Using various writing tools like markers, watercolors, chalk or even pudding wax paper makes practice very fun.

MYSTERY READER:  Lillian was the one who was surprised this week.  Her mom came in to read Hedgehugs Autumn Hide and Seek.  A sweet book about making new friends.  Thank you so much for taking the time to read a story to us.  

    

REMINDERS  

*HEADPHONES FOR STEAM CLASS:  Mrs. Totten is asking the each kinder bring in a pair of headphones to use during class when they are working on the computer.  The headphones do not need to be fancy, but easy to put on and labeled with your kinder’s name.  We will keep these headphones at school until the end of the year.  Please try to have them to school by the first of November.  Thank you!

*TWO BACKPACK SNACKS AND WATER BOTTLES: Thank you for sending 2 healthy snacks each day and water bottles.  I do have graham crackers available if you forget. 🙂

*MYSTERY GUEST READERS:  There are many dates available to be a Mystery Guest Reader. Please go to the side bar under VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES and click on “Mystery Guest Reader” to sign up.  Please do not let the date or time hinder you from volunteering, we can alter that if needed.

*NOVEMBER PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES:  Please complete this survey as soon as possible.  SURVEY CLOSES OCTOBER 19 at 11:59pm.  This will help us schedule your kinder’s conference. 

*WARM SWEATSHIRTS OR COATS:  Please continue to send your kinder to school based on the weather. The mornings and days are becoming cooler, but we still go outside to play.

   HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EMMA. She turned 6 on Wednesday. Thank you for the birthday treat bags!  

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Oct. 15—MUSIC; KOOL KINDER-Breslyn

*Tuesday, Oct.16–GYM;

*Wednesday, Oct. 17—ART;  LIBRARY BOOKS due

*Thursday, Oct. 18–STEAM;  

*Friday, Oct. 19—MUSIC;  COLOR DAY: Wear ORANGE

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

*Tuesday, Oct. 30—School Picture Retake Day Please return the original picture package during retakes. Absent students pictures will be taken at this time.

*Wednesday, Oct 31—FALL PARTY AND PARADE— The kindergarten parade will begin at 10:15am. Our classroom party will follow. NOTE THE TIME CHANGE!!  Fun activities are being planned. Your kinder is welcome to wear the basics of their costume to school and/or the under layers.  We will then add the accessories and the outer layer of costumes before the parade. Otherwise they can bring their costume to school in a labeled bag.  They will be putting on their costumes OVER their school clothes prior to the parade. WE WILL NOT TAKE TIME TO REMOVE CLOTHES AND PUT ON OTHER CLOTHES.  If your kinder’s costume is regular clothes (farmer, cheerleader,etc ) they are welcome to wear them all day if it will not hinder their movement and learning.  PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE WEAPONS OF ANY KIND OR SCARY, GORY MAKEUP/MASKS.  Please be respectful of others. 

~~Have a great weekend,  Mrs. Bohl

News of the Week—Oct. 1-5

Fabulous fall is here!  The weather this week has been fall like….cool mornings and some warm up during a few of the days. Thank you for sending a coat/sweatshirt along with your kinder each morning.  

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

POPCORN WORDS:         DO   TO   YOU      While stretching out the sounds in our popcorn words, we noticed that letter O can sound like /oo/ while containing either one O or OU. We could also hear that they rhyme.

COLOR WORD:    PURPLE     Harold and the Purple Crayon was just one of many puprle themed books we read.  It was a great book to inspire imagination.  The kinders used their imagination to draw their own purple crayon adventures.  We LOVED hearing an old favorite song of Mrs. Bohl, the song “One Eyed, One Horned Flying Purple People Eater”.  They really enjoyed making their own one eyed, one horned flying purple people eater monsters.  Here is the link to the “Purple People Eater” video we watched. They are decorating our room for a bit Once again, it was fun looking at the way the kinders chose to wear this week’s color purple.  We have 3 more colors to learn.

   

HANDWRITING:  We started learning the proper formation of lower case letters.  This week it was the “straight line” letters of l,t,i.  These booklets were sent home.  Please refer to this booklet as your kinder continues to practice writing at home.  They are doing great but some upcoming letters are more difficult than others to form properly, so extra practice is always beneficial.  Writing with markers, chalk, bathroom crayons and even in shaving cream are some fun different ways to inspire your kinder.  

   

READER’S WORKSHOP: The kinders are learning to love books. The kinders practiced how to “lean and tell” and “turn and talk” during this time too. The kinders found out that every book includes the same parts…..front and back of book, title, author & illustrator names, title page, pictures and words. This week they selected “good fit” books to keep inside their own blue baskets.  A “good fit” book is a book that sparks their interests or books that are familiar to them personally.  We read quietly for 4 whole minutes and they wanted to read longer.  We have a room full of beginner readers! 

   

MATH:   We also continued to practice writing our numbers, especially 1-4, identifying groups of numbers 1-4 and practiced telling addition and subtraction stories. Friday math games (for the most part) related to fire safety, by playing RACE TO THE FIRE (number writing 1-6), PUT OUT THE FIRE (1 to 1 correspondence, counting and number identification), ROLL AND COVER (number identification) and explored making patterns with lacing beads.

         

LITERACY: We started diving into the structure and function of letters.! We learned about the three different handwriting lines and how some letters are small, some are tall, and some fall below the lines. We also distinguished between letters / numbers and letters / words / sentences.  We incorporated this learning into our handwriting time too.  Learning to identifying our alphabet letters and practicing the sounds these letters make has been our focus.

    

WRITING WORKSHOP:   We focused on continuing to draw events that we experienced. We worked on adding as many details as possible to our pictures to tell where we were and who we were with. We also focused on the importance of labels. Our topics this week included: math time, time spent with our buddies, the firefighters’ visit and wearing purple.  We will explore more story writing next week by continuing to work on sounds as we attempt to write a sentence that matches our picture.

MYSTERY READERS:  Jase and Colton were SO surprise to see their babysitter, Phyllis walk into the room with their younger sister, Chloe.  She read a favorite book of theirs called Aliens in Underpants Save the World.  What a fun, silly, giggly book.  

Jacob jumped up and said “Mom” when she came in.  It was so fun to see his mom and younger brother, Austin again. They came and read a book last week too.  This time we heard We’re going on a bear hunt!.  A great story with rhythm and rhyme.

WALK-A-THON:  We were unable to walk outside due to the rain so we did what we are learning to do as kinders…..we problem solved.  We met Mrs. Elders in the multi-purpose room.  She put on some 80’s music and led us in zumba dance.  What fun!  We also did some dancing and moving in our room throughout the morning.  Thank you for ALL of your donations and support of our school.  WE DO APPRECIATE IT!  Remember…donations are due Monday, Oct 8.

REMINDERS

*BACKPACK SNACKS AND WATER BOTTLES: Thank you for sending healthy backpack snacks each day and water bottles. 

*BOX TOPS:   Make sure you are collecting your Box Tops and  attaching them to the paper sent home.  When the paper is full, complete the information and send it back to school. Thank you!

*FAST FRIDAY (Early Release): If your kinder would like to order a sack lunch on Fast Friday (early release) Oct 12, please either send a note inside your kinder’s folder OR send me an email by Thursday, Oct. 11.

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Oct. 8—MUSIC; KOOL KINDER-Rocco

*Tuesday, Oct. 9–GYMKOOL KINDER-Tinley

*Wednesday, Oct. 10—ART; LIBRARY BOOKS due; KOOL KINDER-Adelyne; Celebrate Emma’s birthday

*Thursday, Oct. 11–STEAM; KOOL KINDER-Olivia;  Sack lunch orders due for tomorrow’s Fast Friday

*Friday, Oct. 12—STEAM; FAST FRIDAY  Dismissal at 12:15; COLOR DAY: Wear BLACK and WHITE;  

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

*Thursday, Oct. 30—School Picture Retake Day

*Wednesday, Oct 31—FALL PARTY AND PARADE  We will be having our first class party on Oct 31. The parade of costumes will be at 2:00pm with our party following.  It will be a center rotation style with the kinders playing games and making a craft, ending with a party snack.  Planning is done.  Go to this link to sign up to volunteer.  Donations are filled. Please let me know if you have any questions about this fun day.

~~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

 

3 Reminders…Don’t Forget!

This week our color word is GREEN.  Come to school tomorrow, Wednesday, September 26 wearing green to celebrate this fun color.  Note the change in date due to picture day and the Spirit Day.

Don’t forget to return your library books by Wedneday so your kinder can check out a new one! 

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Come to school wearing your smiles on Thursday,September 27.   If you are ordering pictures, please complete the form and include a payment.

In light of Hudsonville Homecoming, it is Spirit Day on Friday, September 28. Come to school wearing your Hudsonville gear or dress in blue and gold.  GO EAGLES!

News of the Week—Sept 17-21

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

POPCORN WORDS:    THE      DOG       The kinders added another popcorn book  to their blue book boxes and highlighted this week’s words ;”the” and “dog”.  These words were “buttered” (colored with a yellow crayon) so that they popped off the pages as we read it.

COLOR WORD:        BLUE         We learned about different things that are blue,  practiced writing the word blue, made a blue book, wore blue clothes and made a blue craft of a favorite cat….Pete the Cat because In kindergarten, “It’s all good!” We also read many blue theme books like…Blueberry Mouse, The Little Blue Truck (a sweet, fun story about friends working together to help each other), Blueberries for Sal and Pout Pout Fish.  A few crafts may have come home relating to these fun books.  Of course Mrs. Bohl brought in a surprise blue snack….fresh blueberries this time!

 

   

Thank you for helping your kinder choose clothes each week that go with the highlighted color.

MATH:  Each day we begin our math time by practicing counting to 50…sometimes as a group point to numbers on a chart and sometimes using a fun youtube song. We used our math toolbox and 2 sided counters to make numbers.  The kinders used single tiles to show a number.  We talked about how it’s ok if some of us picked 3 red tiles or 2 blue tiles & 1 red tile to show the number 3.  It may look different but it is still showing the number that we are talking about….3. 

 

We used our math workbooks for the first time and drew the number of objects needed to represent the correct number. The kinders learned a song to assist them in recognizing circles. “A circle is like a button.  A circle is like a button.  Round and round it never stops.  A circle is like a button.” (sung to Farmer in the Dell).  

 

Friday math games consisted of identifying shapes, id numbers and drawing matching number and making patterns.

SHARED READING:  We read a letter Ee poem together as a class. After reading, we found the letter Ee in the poems. We also read a sight word poem called The Leaves. It was fun to hear how the words in the poems rhyme!

  

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:   We practiced drawing Mat Man again– a person, that includes certain body parts. We practiced drawing 1 head, 2 eyes, 2 ears, 1 nose, 1 mouth, 1 body, 2 arms, 2 hands, 2 legs and 2 feet. We had fun listening to the Mat Man song and sang it together as we drew Mat Man. We drew pictures of our school lunch table, house and playground and practiced adding details and labels.  Awesome job, writers!  We are keeping all of our stories inside our writing folders for awhile.

 

MYSTERY READERS:  We were excited to see Mrs. Reagan walk into our room and be our very first mystery guest reader.  She read her favorite book, Stand Tall, Molly Sue Melon.  A great story about being yourself.  Thank you so much!

    

Zander couldn’t believe his eyes when his dad came in Friday morning.  He ran straight to get a hug.  Zander’s dad read 2 books about Elephant and Piggie…I will surprise my friend! and I am invited to a party!  Each book made us giggle, especially when Zander’s dad changed his voice while reading.

Brook’s mom surprised him Friday afternoon when she stopped by to read The Snail and the Whale. A great book about friendship, helping each other and rhyming words.

Thank you so much!  If you would like to be one of our Mystery Readers, look on the sidebar under VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES to find “Mystery  Reader”.  Click on this link to sign up for a date that is convenient for you. There are many to choose from. We would love to have you read us a story!

BUCKET FILLER OR BUCKET DIPPER:  We read How Full is you Bucket? to help us distinguish between being a bucket filler or bucket dipper.  A bucket filler is kind, listens, walks in the hallway, is respectful, etc.  A bucket dipper hits, interrupts, does not let others play, uses toothpaste words, etc.  The kinders sorted pictures to solidify the differences.  All of us took a promise to be a bucket filler at school and at home.  When it is noticed a kinder fills someone’s invisible bucket, they will receive a colored dot on their popsicle stick.  When the stick is filled, they will receive an award necklace to take home.  We are all going to work hard to be bucket fillers!  

 

REMINDERS

BACKPACK SNACK & WATER BOTTLES:  Don’t forget those two quick, healthy backpack snacks.  Your kinder needs to be refueled each day.  🙂  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:  We got to go to library each Wednesday and visit Mrs. VandenBurg. It is so much fun to go to library! Please remember to help your kinder return their library book every Wednesday so they can get a new one book!

KOOL KINDER:  Kinder completed an “All About Me and My Favorite Things” pages to share with their classmates.  These pages are being placed in a class book for all to view.  These pages will be given back to the kool kinders at the end of the school year.  Thank you for helping your kinder with these pages as they each get a turn to be the Kool Kinder!

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Sept. 24—ART, KOOL KINDER: Jase

*Tuesday, Sept. 25—STEAM;  KOOL KINDER: Emma

*Wednesday, Sept 26—MUSIC;   LIBRARY;   KOOL KINDER: Kinsman;   COLOR DAY….Wear GREEN Note change in day because of Eagle Spirit Day on Friday.

*Thursday, Sept 27–GYM; KOOL KINDER: Parker;   Picture Day Come with your smile 🙂 and your sealed picture form envelope if you are purchasing a picture packet.

 *Friday, Sept 28—ART; KOOL KINDER: Jacob;  Eagle Spirit Day…Wear Blue and Gold or Hudsonville gear;  Popcorn Day

*Wednesday, Oct. 31—Fall Class Party, 2:00-3:00 p.m.  Details coming soon.

~~~~Have a great weekend.  Mrs. Bohl

 

News of the Week—Sept 10-14

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

POPCORN WORDS:      I       SEE                                                                                        The kinders searched for the popcorn words in books and in a poem.  They were so excited to be readers of these words.   

 

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 , The Seals on the Bus and Curious George books. We learned about different things that are yellow, practiced writing the word, made a yellow book and made a yellow craft. We had a lot of fun making a bus craft to end our week of yellow!  Stop by and see them decorating the back of our classroom.  The kinders were happy to hear that I had another surprise color snack for them….yellow bananas this week.  Yummy!

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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! This week, we read poems about the letter Cc , the letter Dd and the popcorn words I & see. We were detectives when we searched for those letters/words in our shared reading poems!  It was fun to hear how the some of the words in the poems rhyme! 

 

STAYING SAFE AT SCHOOL AND ON THE BUS:  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?

We had a visit from Mrs. DeZeeuw and Mrs. Reeves, who are “real” bus drivers. They shared bus safety tips with us. For example: No eating on the bus, keep our feet/legs out of the isle, use quiet voices.  We learned the ” 4B rules”. for sitting safely on the bus….back to back and bottom to bottom and more. 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.

              

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. 

  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. 

   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 read Have you filled a Bucket today? and learned that we all have invisible buckets.  We can be bucket fillers by saying kind words, helping others without being asked, walking quietly in hallway, etc OR we can be bucket dippers by using mean words, not doing your best, etc. We will be learning more about how we can fill our buckets next week.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  The kinders found out that writers draw pictures and do their best to label their drawings in addition to telling stories about what they know. We enjoyed singing “Mat Man”, a song that helps us learn our body parts. click on this link if you want to watch it again. The kinders had fun labeling me.  Yes, they actually stuck sticky notes onto my leg, foot, hand, arm, mouth, eye, tummy and hair.  Lots of giggles and smiles, for sure. 🙂

  

The kinders then drew a picture of a person and we labeled the hair, tummy and leg.  We also drew and labeled drawings of riding the bus, being ready to learn on the rug and eating at our lunch table.

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

They learned that we can read print anywhere…not just in books.  They walked around the room reading print in classroom.  It was so exciting to hear them say “We are readers!”  “I can read that!” 

 

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.

    

We also used foam tiles to represent different numbers (1-5). The kinders practiced writing numbers 4  & 5 on chalkboards, whiteboards and in their number books.

 

CHOICES:  During this time of our day, the kinders are able to choose various activities to play with.  Some of their choices are: legos, kitchen area, coloring, playdough, wooden blocks, play town, etc.  The kinders LOVE choices!

REMINDERS:

*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.

*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.

*MYSTERY READER…Would you like to be a mystery reader in our classroom this year? Follow this link to sign up to surprise your kinder.

UPCOMING DATES:

*Monday, Sept. 17–GYM;    Kool Kinder: Elliot

*Tuesday, Sept 18—ART;     Kool Kinder: Alivia

*Wednesday, Sept 19—STEAM; Library….Don’t forget to return your kinder’s library book;  Kool Kinder:  Zander

*Thursday Sept 20—MUSIC;   Kool Kinder: Colton

*Friday, Sept 21—GYM;  COLOR DAY…Wear BLUE!    Kool Kinder: Amelia  

*Thursday, Sept. 27—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

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—Oct. 16-20

What a fun week at school.  Look what we did as we learned together. 

POPCORN WORDS:             STOP   GO   YES   NO  ORANGE                                              The kinders are doing a fantastic job of stretching out the sounds in our popcorn words.  They also noticed that GO and NO rhyme.  How cool is that! We read many pumpkin books to celebrate the color orange.  It was a perfect week to do this as many of the kinders have visited pumpkin patches. The kinders had fun making pumpkins and turning them into jack-o-lanterns for the weekly color craft.  They are hanging in the back of our classroom for a week or so.  

     

WRITING WORKSHOP:  The kinders are doing a fabulous job drawing detailed pictures, labeling their pictures and stretching out sounds in words as we write a matching sentence while using as many popcorn words as we can.  After that is all done, the kinders share their writings with their partners.  This week’s topics  were about stop signs, traffic lights, walking quietly in line and making green choices.

     

SCIENCE:  Scientists observe and look closely at objects. Scientists also label things. We have 4 pumpkins in our classroom….a large orange one, a bumpy orange one, a mini orange one and even a white one. I totally forgot to take a picture of the pumpkins.  I will do that this coming week.  Oops! 🙁 We learned the names of the parts of the pumpkin…stem, ribs, rind, blossom end.

Scientists do experiments.  We did an experiment to see what objects were heavier or lighter than one of our pumpkins.  Oh, my! What a fun way to learn!  

   

READER’S WORKSHOP:  The kinders learned that readers can be storytellers.  We read the book The Little Old Lady who was not afraid of anything and then used props to retell the story. We learned that our props need to be in the correct order (a flow map) so that the story makes sense. We had so much fun!  I hope that you enjoyed hearing your kinder tell the story to you.

   

We read Pumpkin, Pumpkin before we created our own flow map of how a pumpkin grows.  It was fun to retell this story by singing a song.  Ask your kinder to teach you the song.

   

HANDWRITING:  We continued to learned how to properly write more FROG JUMP letters…B,P, N,M. We write a big line down and then frog jump to the top to finish the letter.  Keep practicing at home.  It is helping!

    

SPLIT LIT:  I am beginning to re-assess the kinders on their literacy skills….letter sounds, rhyming, hearing sounds in words, etc. in preparation for parent teacher conferences.  I am excited about their progress and will share their progress with you.

MATH:  We started to tell math addition and subtraction stories.  For example:  “I ate 2 pieces of bacon and 1 piece of toast for breakfast.  How much food did I eat?” or “Mom made 4 pancakes. We ate 3 pancakes.  How many pancakes were left?” We are also learning to see that numbers 6-10 are composed of a 5-group and more ones. 6 + 1 =7.   Friday math games consisted of  HOW MANY PUMPKINS? (counting groups of objects 1-10 using fine motor skills), HOORAY FOR APPLES (ID numbers), RACE TO FILL THE PUMPKINS (or buckets) and exploring and creating designs with GEOBOARDS. The kinders really look forward to Friday math games that reinforce concepts learned during the week. 

         

MYSTERY GUEST READER:  Livia flew into her grandma’s arms when she walked into our room.  Grandma VanDuinen read Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat because Livia likes cats and this book was her mom’s favorite.  She even dressed up like the Cat in the Hat.  How special!!  Thank you for reading to us.

  

 NOTES TO MOM AND DAD

*KOOL KINDERS:  The kinders are bringing in a show and tell item from home.  After you choose the show and tell item, please talk with your kinder about what information they are going to share with the class.  We love to hear why they chose it, who gave it to them or where did they get it, etc. 

  Victoria shared her kitty.

  Mason shared his baseball trophy.

  Caleb shared his White Caps baseball.

  Makenzie shared her kitty cat.

  Maddox shared his trash truck.

*BACKPACK SNACKS:  Please pack TWO snacks each day.  We are taking a break in the morning AND in the afternoon to refuel to be ready for learning.  

*HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JORDAN!      Thank you for the birthday treats.

*WARM SWEATSHIRTS OR COATS:  Please continue to send your kinder to school wearing a warm sweatshirt or coat for outside play.  The mornings and days are becoming cooler, but we still go outside to play.

UPCOMING DATES:

*Monday, Oct. 23—MUSIC;  Jet’s Pizza for lunch.  See earlier posting for information  NO hot lunch or milk will be ordered.

*Tuesday, Oct. 24– ART; Turkey Trot after school 5:00pm; celebrate Mason’s birthday

*Wednesday, Oct. 25—STEAM;  LIBRARY bring your library book;  LITERACY & MATH HOMEWORK due;  Color Day—Wear BROWN

*Thursday, Oct. 26–GYM; School Picture Retake Day Please return the original picture package during retakes. Absent students pictures will be taken at this time.

*Friday, Oct 27—MUSIC; FALL PARTY AND PARADE— The kindergarten parade will begin at 2:10pm. Our classroom party will follow starting at 2:25ish – 3:15pm. Fun activities are being planned. Your child is welcome to wear the basics of their costume to school and/or the under layers.  We will then add the accessories and the outer layer of costumes before the parade. Otherwise they can bring their costume to school in a labeled bag.  They will be putting on their costumes OVER their school clothes prior to the parade. WE WILL NOT TAKE TIME TO REMOVE CLOTHES AND PUT ON OTHER CLOTHES.  If your child’s costume is regular clothes (farmer, cheerleader,etc ) they are welcome to wear them all day if it will not hinder their movement and learning.  PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE WEAPONS OF ANY KIND OR SCARY, GORY MAKEUP.  Please be respectful of others. 

*Friday, Nov. 3—Fast Friday—Dismissal at 12:15pm

*November 6 & 8—Parent Teacher Conferences: On Monday, you will be notified of your day and time in the form a note inside your kinder’s folder. We have done our best to schedule a conference time to fit your needs, as well as to coordinate sibling conferences. If you have a conflict at your scheduled time, please contact me as soon as possible so that we can make other arrangements.   I am looking forward to sharing the awesome progress your kinder has and is making.

*November 6-10—Book Fair:   We are scheduled to purchase books on Thursday, Nov 9 from 12:30-1:00pm.  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!

*November 22-24—NO SCHOOL…Thanksgiving Break

~~Have a great weekend. Enjoy the beautiful weather!  Mrs. Bohl