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NEWS—Sept. 16-20

Here is 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 “Kindergarten is a groovy place!” 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!  Wearing blue was fun too!

 

READER’S WORKSHOP:  The kinders practiced rereading their books to try to learn more information. They practiced by noticing things in the pictures the first time through the book and then looked through it again, noticing more things.  Our private read time is up to 5 mintues!  Hooray for the kinders!

 MATH: The kinders used their math toolbox to practice addition and subtraction.  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 practiced identifying circles by learning a song…. “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).  The kinders worked as teams to sort shapes into two groups….circles and not circles.  They did a great job recognizing the differences in shapes.  

 

The kinders built towers to compare numbers 1-5 by using their math toolboxes.

LITERACY:  We continued our ABC Bootcamp by studying the letters Kk, Ll, Mm and Nn this week. We also split our class into 2 groups. One of the groups worked on identifying letters and producing their sounds and the other group practiced rhyming words.  We also were word detectives when we found our popcorn word “the” in the poem The Leaves.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  The kinders learned that when they try to draw a picture that is tricky, they can keep going by saying “I think I can.”  They used their whiteboards to draw pictures of doing gymnastic stunts.  They added many details and shared their drawings with the class.

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.  We are all going to work hard to be bucket fillers!  

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

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

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

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!

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

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

*BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS…Happy Birthday to Emmie (9/17) and Jude and Kieran (9/20)  Thank you so much for ALL of the birthday wishes and small gifts that you bestowed on me.  I am honored and grateful to spend my days with your kinder.

This coming week at our school is SPIRIT WEEK! Please check each day listed below for the way to help us celebrate school spirit leading up to the Hudsonville homecoming football game. 

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Sept. 23—STEAM, KOOL KINDER:Major  PAJAMA DAY!

*Tuesday, Sept. 24—MUSIC;  KOOL KINDER: Evelyn  CRAZY SOCK DAY!

*Wednesday, Sept 25—GYM; Library–Please help your kinder remember their library book.  KOOL KINDER: Breckon  CRAZY HAIR DAY!

*Thursday, Sept 26–ART; KOOL KINDER: Ellery  SCHOOL PICTURES!  Come with your smile 🙂 and your sealed picture form envelope if you are purchasing a picture packet.

 *Friday, Sept 27—STEAM; KOOL KINDER: Lucas  BLUE/GOLD DAY andWALK-A-THON!…Wear Blue and Gold or Hudsonville gear;  

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

~~~~Have a great weekend.  Mrs. Bohl

 

 

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. 

NEWS—Sept. 9-13

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

POPCORN WORDS:     I       SEE                                                                                      

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

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

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

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

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

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

IMPORTANT DATES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

News 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