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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—May 28-31

COUNTDOWN TO SUMMER:  We hardly start our day before the kinders ask “When can we open the envelope?” We had fun learning and practicing our literacy and math skills through these theme related days.  This week’s envelopes held:

Day 9—-WATERMELON FUN DAY   We read stories about watermelons, we sang “Down by the Bay” completed a rhyming book, painted paper plates to look like watermelons, practiced solving addition and subtraction problems using watermelon “seeds” and ate watermelon.

Day 8—BUBBLE DAY    Excitement was heard when the kinders found out that they were allowed to chew BUBBLE GUM in school!  Oh, my!  I think that our neighboring friends could hear us. (gum is not allowed, so what a treat!!)  We chewed & chewed & chewed before some actual bubbles were made by some kinders. We talked about how you can blow a bubble before we wrote out the steps. That writing just needed a fun picture so we made these cutie pie kiddos. We also created a graph that shows if we like or do not like to blow bubbles. We even watched a video of how bubble gum is made in the factory.  Of course we had to relate it to math….it is school!!! The kinders popped up when they heard that math time was going to be playing a math addition game using gum balls. Practicing adding numbers this way is fun!  Listening to a story and taking home our own bubbles filled out this fun day.

Day 7—-POPCORN AND MOVIE DAY  You should have heard the cheers that filled our classroom.  Oh my!! 🙂  We enjoyed tasting 3 different flavors of popcorn….plain, caramel and cheese after sorting the various flavors.   The class results showed plain is yummy but caramel and cheese were the favorites.  We also incorporated learning into playing popcorn related literacy and math games such as; POPCORN ANYONE?; POPCORN MATH; POPCORN MATCH UP.

Day 6—GAME DAY   We enjoyed playing games outside in the morning during our Kindergarten Olympics.  We also played games in the afternoon inside our classroom.  The kinders chose from Uno, Top It, CandyLand, Chutes and Ladders, Fiddlesticks, Play Ball, Bingo to name a few.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  The kinders learned what a bucket list is and have been excited to create their own summer bucket lists.  They have written a list about PLACES TO GO, THINGS TO DO  and FOODS TO EAT.  They will be writing  about another topic next week.  Get ready to read what they have on their “bucket list” next week.  Some of the lists are quite long.  I think that you will stay busy this summer. 🙂

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS:  Thank you so much for the birthday treats!

 Happy birthday to Jase!

 Happy birthday to Colton!

FOUND….IS IT YOURS?  This cold pack needs to go home with the right kinder.  If you are missing a cold pack from your kinder’s lunch box, please email me and I will be happy to send it your way.

UPCOMING DATES

*MONDAY, JUNE 3:   MUSIC;  Countdown to Summer Day 5

*TUESDAY, JUNE 4:  GYM;  Countdown to Summer Day 4

*WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5:  ART; Countdown to Summer Day 3

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

*FRIDAY, JUNE 7: STEAM;  Countdown to Summer Day 1; Last Day of School.  Fast Friday (Early Release Dismiss at 12:15)

~~~Have a great weekend.  Mrs. Bohl

 

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—June 4-7

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

  BUBBLE DAY  Excitement was heard when the kinders found out that they were allowed to chew BUBBLE GUM in school!  Oh, my!  I think that our neighboring friends could hear us. (gum is not allowed, so what a treat!!)  We chewed & chewed & chewed before some actual bubbles were made by some kinders. We talked about how you can blow a bubble before we wrote out the steps. That writing just needed a fun picture so we made these cutie pie kiddos. We also created a graph that shows if we like or do not like to blow bubbles.  Of course we had to relate it to math….it is school!!! The kinders popped up when they heard that math time was going to be playing a math addition game using gum balls. Practicing adding numbers this way is fun!  Listening to a story and taking home our own bubbles filled out this fun day.

  ICE CREAM PARTY DAY  We used our writing and retelling skills after reading Splat the Cat I scream for ice cream. We created an ice cream sundae and then wrote what happened in the beginning, middle and end of the story on each of the ice cream scoops.  We also enjoyed making our own double scoop ice cream cone craft while thinking of a name of our new ice cream flavor. 

       

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

  

    POPCORN AND MOVIE DAY  You should have heard the cheers that filled our classroom.  Oh my!! 🙂  We enjoyed tasting 3 different flavors of popcorn….plain, caramel and cheese after sorting the various flavors.   The class results showed plain is yummy but caramel and cheese were the favorites.  

 

We also incorporated learning into playing popcorn related literacy and math games such as; POPCORN ANYONE?; POPCORN MATH; POPCORN MATCH UP.

       

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

             

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  The kinders continued to create their own summer bucket lists.  They wrote a list of PLACES TO GO and PEOPLE TO SEE.  Get ready to do some of these things and check them off your kinder’s “bucket list”.  Some of the lists are quite long.  I think that you will stay busy this summer. 🙂 Have fun!

Tomorrow is our last day of the school.  It is also FAST FRIDAY!  Fun things are planned for the kinders.  Be there or be square?  Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow morning!

Mrs. Bohl

 

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—-May 29-June 1

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

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

       

Cheers rang throughout the classroom when the kinders found out that they would be able to write with an ink pen ALL DAY!  We had fun finding a friend who liked different things, such as; cookies, football, ice cream, reading a book, etc and then having them sign their name.  Learning that they were able to take them home, earned another round of cheers! 🙂

   

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

        

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  The kinders learned what a bucket list is and have been excited to create their own summer bucket lists.  They have written a list of THINGS TO DO AND FOODS TO EAT.  They will be writing  more topics next week.  Get ready to read what they have on their “bucket list” next week.  Some of the lists are quite long.  I think that you will stay busy this summer. 🙂

MATH:  The kinders have been working on learning what makes a number be called odd or even.  We used EVEN STEVEN and ODD TODD to help us understand this math concept better. ( I would love to take credit for this fun game but alas it came from this fabulous website called First Grade Parade.)  This is what we did….

First, I told the story that Even Steven LOVES things to be fair among his friends.  Everyone always needs to have the same amount.  It is all about being fair! 🙂  However, Odd Todd does not care if friends get a different amount.  It fact, he LIKES that! 🙂  Next,  a kinder chose a number between 1-20 and counted out that many “crackers” (mini unifix cubes) to a plate.  Then we decided who would get the “crackers”…EVEN STEVEN or ODD TODD. Then, the kinder placed the “crackers” one at a time onto each hand, counting each one,  until the plate was empty.  This was a great way for the kinders to visually see if  the “crackers” were equal or not equal.  Finally we decided if we were correct in our choice.  Were the “crackers” divided fairly in each of EVEN STEVEN’S hands or was there a different amount in each hand that ODD TODD would like?

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

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

                   

Happy Birthday celebrations for….

 Thank you Alex for the birthday rice krispy treat.

 Thank you Katelynn for the tic tac toe game.

 Thank you Jonathan for the pencil and starbursts.

 

UPCOMING DATES

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

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

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

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

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

~~~Have a great weekend.  Mrs. Bohl

 

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—May 21-25

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

The Bald Eagle, The Liberty Bell and the American Flag

   

Check out the American Symbols pocket folders that your kinder brought home today.  It contains all of their work. We talked about what it means to be patriotic and what we do to show patriotism. Examples were wear red, white and blue, hang a flag, say thank you to veterans, say the pledge.  At the start of each day, the kinders recite the Pledge of Allegiance by standing tall, still and straight.  This week they learned what those very special words really mean and what sacrifices the men and women of our country made for our freedom. We THANK them so much!!! We made and read a few books. Enjoy having your kinders teach you some cool and interesting facts. 

   

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

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

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

   

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

    

COUNTDOWN TO SUMMER:  Can you believe it? Ten more days of kindergarten!  Oh my! 🙂 The countdown to summer has officially begun in our classroom.  Each day we will open an envelope to see what fun activity is scheduled.  Today the first activity was…..

   

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

    

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

  

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

NOTES TO MOM AND DAD       

*LIBRARY BOOKS:  Almost all of the kinders have returned their library books.  Please return your book this week. 

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

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

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

UPCOMING DATES

*MONDAY, MAY 28:   MEMORIAL DAY, No School

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

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

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

*FRIDAY, JUNE 1:  STEAM;  KINDERGARTEN OLYMPICS.  A fun morning of games with all of the kindergarteners!  Kinders will need to wear TENNIS SHOES…NO FLIP FLOPS, SANDALS OR CROCS PLEASE!  They will also need a WATER BOTTLE, LABELED WITH THEIR NAME!  Don’t forget the SUNSCREEN! Volunteers can arrive at 8:45am for instructions. PARENTS & YOUNGER SIBLINGS, YOU ARE WELCOME TO JOIN US FOR A PICNIC LUNCH ON THE PLAYGROUND IF IT FITS INTO YOUR SCHEDULE.  WE WILL BE EATING AROUND 12:00PM.   Countdown to Summer Day 6

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

~~~Have a great long weekend. Enjoy the wonderful weather while you celebrate Memorial Day!  Mrs. Bohl

OUR WEEK—May 30-June 2

A shorter week but still busy with learning

COUNTDOWN TO SUMMER:   The first thing the kinders ask when they walk into the room each morning is “When are we going to open our envelope?”  It is the highlight of the day, I think.  🙂

Thursday was Day 7 and we read    You should have heard the cheers that filled our classroom.  Oh my!! 🙂  We enjoyed tasting 3 different flavors of popcorn….plain, caramel and cheese.    The class results showed plain is yummy but caramel and cheese were the favorites.  We also incorporated learning into playing popcorn related literacy and math games such as; POPCORN ANYONE?; POPCORN MATH; POPCORN MATCH UP.

       

We ended our day by watching a short movie while eating more of our favorite kind of popcorn.  Yum, Yum! Fun, Fun!

We opened envelope #6 a bit later in the day because we were busy playing our Olympic games but excitement was still there, especially when the kinders learned there were 2 notes inside.  The first note said   It was a perfect day to enjoy our lunch outside with parents and friends.  The second note read   I don’t think the kinders could believe this.  They kept asking, “I can sit in a different place?”  I think that many would like to repeat this activity again on Monday.  Good thing they will be able to open another envelope on Monday!  What will it be about?  Stay tuned!

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  The kinders learned what a bucket list is and have been excited to create their own summer bucket lists.  They have written a list of PLACES TO GO, THINGS TO DO AND FOODS TO EAT.  They will be writing about one more topic next week.  Get ready to read what they have on their “bucket list” next week.  Some of the lists are quite long.  I think that you will stay busy this summer. 🙂

MYSTERY GUEST READER:  Hudson was shocked to see his grammy walk into our classroom because he thought she left to go home after our picnic lunch.  Instead she walked into the office so she could be our mystery reader.  How sneaking of her! 🙂  She brought HOLLER LOUDLY, a favorite book that Hudson  reads at her house.  It was about learning when it is a good time to be quiet and when you need to talk loudly.  We love hearing new stories!  Thank you, everyone, who took a break this year and were one of our mystery guest readers.  Keep reading this summer!!

REMINDERS 

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

UPCOMING DATES:

*MONDAY, JUNE 5:  MUSIC

*TUESDAY, JUNE 6:  ART

*WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7:  STEAM

*THURSDAY, JUNE 8: GYM;

*FRIDAY, JUNE 10: MUSIC; Last Day of School.  Dismissal at 12:15 p.m.

~~~I will post pictures about our fun Kindergarten Olympic game day tomorrow.  Have a great weekend. Enjoy the wonderful weather.   Mrs. Bohl

OUR WEEK—May 22-26

OUR AMERICAN SYMBOLS:  Check out the American Symbols  pocket folders that your kinder brought home today.  It contains all of their work. The symbols that were studied this week were The Bald Eagle, The Liberty Bell, The American Flag.  At the start of each day, the kinders recite the Pledge of Allegiance by standing tall, still and straight.  This week they learned what those very special words really mean and what sacrifices the men and women of our country made for our freedom. We THANK them so much!!!  On Friday, the kinders dressed in red, white and blue to celebrate the upcoming holiday…Memorial Day.  Eating red, white and blue popsicles was a “cool” way to end the day.  

      

READER’S WORKSHOP:  This week we have reviewed and worked on recall and comprehension using the Shape-Go Map.  This has also been a great tool to help us think about the lesson a story is trying to tell and teach us about within our fictional stories.  We have also practiced making connections between the text to self (how we can personally relate to the story we are reading). Please continue to practice these important reading skills this summer when you read together.  The kinders shined so “BRIGHT” as readers this year that they needed sunglasses to read today.  What a fun way to end our celebrating as readers this month of May.

       

COUNTDOWN TO SUMMER:  Can you believe it? Ten more days of kindergarten!  Oh my! 🙂 The countdown to summer has officially begun in our classroom.  Each day we will open an envelope to see what fun activity is scheduled.  Today the first activity was…..

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Here are some pictures of our time outside.  A perfect day for an EXTRA RECESS!!!

         

 REMINDERS 

*LIBRARY BOOKS:  All of the kinders have returned their library books.  Hooray!  Thank you so much for your prompt response.

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

UPCOMING DATES:

*MONDAY, MAY 29:   MEMORIAL DAY, No School

*TUESDAY, MAY 30:  MUSIC; Countdown to Summer Day 9

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 31:  ART; Countdown to Summer Day 8

*THURSDAY, JUNE 1:  STEAM; Countdown to Summer Day 7

*FRIDAY, JUNE 2: KINDERGARTEN OLYMPICS.  A fun morning of games with all of the kindergarteners!  Kinders will need to wear TENNIS SHOES…NO FLIP FLOPS, SANDALS OR CROCS PLEASE!  They will also need a WATER BOTTLE, LABELED WITH THEIR NAME!  Don’t forget the SUNSCREEN! Volunteers can arrive at 8:45am for instructions. PARENTS & YOUNGER SIBLINGS, YOU ARE WELCOME TO JOIN US FOR A PICNIC LUNCH ON THE PLAYGROUND IF IT FITS INTO YOUR SCHEDULE.  WE WILL BE EATING AROUND 12:00PM.   Countdown to Summer Day 6

*FRIDAY, JUNE 9:  Last Day of School.  Dismissal at 12:15p.m.

~~~Have a great long weekend. Enjoy the wonderful weather while you celebrate Memorial Day!  Mrs. Bohl