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NEWS OF THE WEEK—March 25-28

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Well, we made it!  It is officially SPRING BREAK!  The kinders have been anxiously counting down the days.  Take a peek at what happened this week in kindergarten.

POPCORN WORDS:  AS    HAS 

 

MATH:  We spent the first few days reviewing various math concepts such as solving addition & subtraction problems, drawing & writing partner equations for story problems, identifying 3D shapes, writing number partner equations, drawing tens & extra ones for teen numbers.  On Wednesday, the kinders worked inside their “office spaces” to take the Unit #4 test.  These tests will come home after spring break.  

WRITING:  We read a collection of non-fictional books about pigs and located many interesting facts to write on our chart paper.  We used this information to help us write our information writings All About Pigs.  The writings by the children have been SO impressive! They are beginning to use spaces between words, popcorn words and sentence stoppers with more regularity.  Hooray for them!

 

 

ONCE UPON A TIME—-THE THREE LITTLE PIGS:  We also read the classic story The Three LIttle Pigs as well as some books with a twist The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, The Three Horrid Pigs and the Big Friendly Wolf and The Three Little Pigs and the somewhat bad pig.  Of course we needed to practice our retelling skills by creating props (character puppets and the straw, stick and brick houses out of a milk carton!) so that your kinder can tell you the story at home. We sang this fun song (using my CD) frequently this week. I found it on YouTube so that you can enjoy it at home. Here is the link to The 3 Little Pigs Blues by Greg and Steve.They also practiced reading popcorn words by playing RUN, PIGGY, RUN. Look for this game inside your kinder’s folder.

READING:  We continued to learn what avid readers like to do.  Avid readers don’t only like to share books, they also like to do fun things with books and their friends.  The kinders were introduced to READING PLAYDATES.  Playdate activities include PLAYING SCHOOL (Reading aloud & Shared reading); PLAYING GAMES (Snap word hunt & Guess what’s next?); PLAYING PRETEND (Act it out! & Use gestures!)   It was fun to see the kinders explore books, deciding what they wanted to do on a Reading playdate.  I LOVED seeing all the different choices!  Many LOVED playing school and being a teacher or student to explore books.  It was also fun to see those who made games out of finding sight words in books.  Those who chose to act out books were so fun to watch!  Getting these kinders excited about reading has been so much fun!!  We have LOTS of Avid Readers in our classroom! A fabulous way to learn!

MARCH IS READING MONTH:  We read Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons (again)! It’s one of our favorites! Then we enjoyed a yummy and cute snack that matched Pete’s shirt from the story! 

Mrs. Kuieck’s 2nd graders came and we enjoyed reading books together.  It has been so fun having other classes come into our room this month.

It was SO exciting to wear jamies to school on Thursday.  In the morning the kinders rotated among the kindergarten rooms to hear each teacher read one of their favorite stories.  Then they had a READ IN, where they were able to read books in each classroom for a few minutes.  An awesome way to end March is Reading Month…..by READING!!!  We did some reading (Llama, Llama, Red Pajamas) and storytelling (5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed) ourselves throughout the day.

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS: 

 Olivia turned 6 on Sunday, March 24.  

 Bronwyn turned 6 on Tuesday, March 26.  Thank you, girls, for the birthday treat bags!

REMINDERS

*TAKE HOME Books:  Your kinder will not have a book to take home over Spring Break.  They will be taking home a new book to read on Monday, April 8.  Reading books with parent volunteers will resume on Tuesday, April 9.  If you have free time, continue to practice popcorn words, addition & subtraction stories with written partner equations and write various kinds of stories…narrative, informational and pattern books.

*WINTER GEAR: Please keep in mind that even though the season is spring, some days will be wet and rainy.  Please continue to send a hat and mittens with your kinder as well as shoes to be worn just for outside. Thanks! :)

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

*MONTHLY CALENDAR:  The April calendar  can be found under CALENDARS at the top of our blog.  It lists birthdays, events, and more.  Please take time to read it.

UPCOMING DATES

*FRIDAY,MARCH 29- FRIDAY, APRIL 7….Spring Break…NO SCHOOL

*MONDAY, APRIL 8—STEAM; TAKE HOME BOOKS will arrive home again

*TUESDAY, APRIL 9—MUSIC;  reading TAKE HOME BOOKS; LIBRARY: We will have library so please return your kinder’s book

*WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10–GYM

*THURSDAY, APRIL 11ART;  reading TAKE HOME books  EMAIL OR SEND A NOTE BY THURSDAY (4/11) IF YOUR KINDER WOULD LIKE A SACK LUNCH ON FRIDAY.

*FRIDAY, APRIL 12—-GYM; FAST FRIDAY (Early Release Dismissal at 12:15pm)

*FRIDAY, APRIL 19—-ROCK COLLECTION DUE (a note with details coming home after break)

~~~Enjoy your Spring Break!  Take this time to relax and enjoy your time together, whether you are staying home or traveling. I will greet my awesome kinders on Monday, April 8.  Mrs. Bohl

SCHOOL RESUMES ON MONDAY, APRIL 8!

NEWS OF THE WEEK—March 18-22

Did you ever wonder how pencils are made?  Read your kinder’s newspaper this weekend.  We found out!

POPCORN WORDS:     COULD    WOULD   SHOULD (as a bonus word)    The kinders practiced identifying these words in books, in messages and in writings.

 Our shared reading this week.

WRITING:  We began our week by listing facts we knew about goats.  There were a lot of good facts.  Then we read informational books about goats to gather more facts.  The kinders incorporated these facts into their writing as they created another book of All About Goats.  The kinders are doing a fantastic job with their informational writing.  They have made incredible progress this year in their writing. I am so proud of their hard work.

READING: The kinders learned that when they think of a character’s feelings, an avid reader will try to use more precise words like “disappointed” or “excited” instead of just “sad” or “happy”.  They also learned that avid readers know which super powers they use often and which powers they don’t use easily or often. They decide which goals they will use more frequently.  We decided these goals.  1.  To point at each word when reading. 2. To try another vowel sound if the word doesn’t sound right. 3. To reread when it doesn’t make sense.  These reading goals were sent home so that the kinders could practice using them when reading at home.  We will continue to encourage using these reading goals at school too.

 

ONCE UPON A TIME….THE THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF:  Our fairy tale this week was about 3 brave goats who had courage to cross a bridge and deal with a bully, the troll. We read the original story and a few different versions of the fun fairy tale.  Again, we used the SHAPE GO map to help us retell the story, talk about the characters, setting and heart of the story. We discussed words that described the three goats and the troll.  This led into a good discussion about what we can do if we encounter a bully. We also had an awesome discussion about what makes a hero.  We thought the biggest billy goat was like a hero for saving his little brothers. Be sure to ask  your kinder about these talks. We had fun retelling the story using our props. Enjoy playing the game 3 Billy Goats Gruff at home while you practice sight words.

  

MATH: This week the kinders practiced solving subtraction and addition problems, writing number partner equations up to 10, drawing pictures on whiteboards to match a story problem and identifying and sorting 3D shapes.  We will be reviewing these math concepts and more next week before taking our unit #4 test on Wednesday.  

MARCH IS READING MONTH:   We loved listening to Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom and had fun making words, from alphabet pretzels, climb up the Chicka tree. We also read The Mixed-Up Alphabet while eating abc cookies.

Oh, my!  What fun it was reading books with the lights off and using our flashlights to put a spotlight on the words and pictures.  Thank you for sending in a small flashlight with your kinder!  

MYSTERY READERS:   Mrs. Houtstra’s 3rd graders stopped by on Thursday afternoon to read with us.  We are really enjoying reading books with other classes. 

Kinsman was beyond thrilled when he saw his mom (little sister & baby brother) on Friday morning.  She brought the book If I had T-Rex teeth because Kinsman LOVES dinosaurs. 

Friday afternoon Mrs. Walenta & the 5th grade buddies came to read books with us.  What a fun time! 

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS:

  Adelyne turned 6 on March 18.

Kinsman turned 6 on March 21. (So sorry…Kinsman’s picture didn’t turn out. Another picture will be taken next week….stay tuned)

REMINDERS

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

*WINTER GEAR: Please keep in mind that even though the season is leading towards spring, some days in the past week reminded us that the rain has left our playground VERY wet.  Please continue to send a hat and mittens, snow pants and BOOTS or different outside shoes with your kinder.  

*LUNCH MENU: The April lunch menu can be found under the food service tab.

*TAKE HOME Books:  We will be reading books ONLY ON MONDAY this coming week.  Your kinder will not take home a book over spring break.  This will give me time to reassess the books that they are taking home.  They will take home a new book on Monday, April 8.

UPCOMING DATES

*MONDAY, MARCH 25––STEAM; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS; celebrate Olivia’s birthday (3/24)

*TUESDAY, MARCH 26-MUSIC; return TAKE HOME BOOKS; celebrate Bronwyn’s birthday

*WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27– GYM;  LIBRARY: We will have library so please return your kinder’s book.  return TAKE HOME BOOKS

*THURSDAY, MARCH 28—ART;  Kindergarten PJ Day….wear jamies (or comfy clothes) and slippers to school.  Don’t forget that shoes/boots are needed for outside play. SMALL STUFFED ANIMALS ONLY PLEASE!!

*MARCH 29-APRIL 7—SPRING BREAK.NO SCHOOL

*APRIL 8—-SCHOOL RESUMES; new TAKE HOME books sent home

—–HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND   MRS. BOHL

NEWS OF THE WEEK—March 4-8

Is March like a lion or a lamb?  We learned about these two different types of March weather while reading our weekly newspaper.  It will be fun to see what March actually brings.  I am hoping for more lamb days! 🙂 Are you?

MARCH IS READING MONTH:  We really liked reading aloud The Little Mouse, The Red, Ripe Strawberry and the Big, Hungry Bear by Don Wood.  To save the strawberry from being eaten by the big, hungry bear, the mouse finally decides to share the strawberry.  The kinders were happy that I decided to share strawberries with them.  A tasty extra snack!  

It was so fun to see and read each other’s clothing when we came to school WEARING WORDS on Thursday.  I can’t believe I didn’t take any pictures.  I totally forgot in the midst of learning.  🙁

POPCORN WORDS:  HOME    ABOUT     WENT  

SHARED READING:  Each morning we spend some time reading a poem and book together. This week we read the poem The Chubby Snowman and the book Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do you hear?  Together, we focus on popcorn words, rhyming words, patterns in sentences, fluency, punctuation and more.  At the end of the week, the kinders receive their own copy of the poem to keep in their book bins.  It is heartwarming to see them recite and read these poems to themselves and with their reading buddies.

WRITING:  We started a new type of writing called Informational Writing or “All About” writing.  We asked ourselves “Why we have All About books?” Answer: “To learn something new, to teach others and to enjoy!” Our topic of study was CHICKENS.  We read many different non-fiction books on chickens while writing down many interesting facts on a big chart. Then we organized these facts onto our own “have, can, are’ papers and highlighted 3 favorite facts before writing them down and sketching pictures in our  All About Chickens booklets.  The kinders did an AMZING job!!  Enjoy having your kinder read their writing to you.  We will continue informational writing throughout the month of March.

FAIRY TALE—THE LITTLE RED HEN:  Each week during March we will study a favorite fairy tale.  We began by learning what makes a story a fairy tale.  *A fairy tale usually begins with “once upon a time” and may have a happy ending.  *A fairy tale may have talking animals and a not so nice character.  *A fairy tale may take place in a forest and contain the number 3.  *A fairy tale may teach us a lesson.  We read The Little Red Hen this week. The kinders were introduced to a comprehension/retelling map called the Shape Go Map.  Each shape helps with recalling details of the story.  The kinders practiced their retelling skills by using character cutouts and a setting that they drew onto a paper bag.  I hope that you ask them to sing the retelling song we learned as they retell the story to you this weekend.

MATH:  This week the kinders practiced making partners of 10, drawing Tiny Tumblers on Math Mountains, solving addition problems and decomposing teen numbers by drawing 10 and extra ones.  They kinders are becoming such good mathematicians!

READING:  This week the kinders learned that when reading challenging books you need to use a new kind of picture power.  That means you really need to spend time looking at the pictures, noticing more and more details while making sure the words match the pictures. They also learned that snap words (popcorn words you can identify in a snap) can be disguised with endings of -ed, -ing, -s.  The kinders also worked on remembering what we read by retelling who was in the story, where it took place, what happened first, next last and how the characters were feeling. (Sounds like the Shape-Go-Map, right?  What a fun connection!) The kinders are developing this skill as their reading level grows.  

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION:  Birthday wishes were given to Amelia on Thursday.  Thank you so much for the fun “do it yourself” masks and crayons.

 

KOOL KINDERS ARE BOOK LOVERS:

 Amelia likes to read Muddle and Match.

 Bronwyn brought in The Book With No Pictures.  

 Jacob shared the book on the Construction Site. We had to use a flashlight to see the hidden pictures on each page.  

 Elliot likes to read Owl Boy because she likes owls.

 Sidney loves to read We are the Groovicorns.

REMINDERS

*OUTSIDE GEAR:  THANK YOU for sending and continue to send your kinder in boots or outside play shoes.  The snow has disappeared but the wood chips are very wet and dirty and the wind is very COLD.  Keep listening to the daily weather report for sending the correct clothes.

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

*TAKE HOME books:  Please help your kinder to remember to return their book baggie EACH Monday, Tuesday and Thursday so that they are consistent with their read aloud practice and are able to check out a new book each time to build their reading experiences.  Don’t forget to sign the parent sheet and include comments or observations you feel may be helpful.

*PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES:  Our Spring Conferences will be held Monday, March 11 & Wednesday, March 13 from 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Conference time reminders were sent home  with your kinder. Please let me know if you will not be able to attend conferences or if you have a conflict so that we can reschedule. Report cards will be sent home Monday.  If possible, please take a moment to review it.  We will be looking at it together. Please arrive on time, as we have 15 minutes to discuss your wonderful kinder! I will  do my best to stay on schedule.  I can’t wait to share your kinder’s progress with you!! They are AMAZING!!!

*TIME CHANGE:  Don’t forget to move  your clocks forward one hour Saturday night. Remember the saying….. “SPRING AHEAD”

UPCOMING DATES:

*MONDAY, MARCH 11–GYM; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS; preview (look at) book fair books; Parent-Teacher conferences

*TUESDAY, MARCH 12–-ART; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS;

 *WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13– STEAM; NO LIBRARY–enjoy your book for another week;  PURCHASE BOOK FAIR BOOKS (If you would like to have your kinder purchase books, please send the money inside an envelope labeled with their name.  Parent volunteers will be available to help your kinder shop.); Parent-Teacher conferences

*THURSDAY. MARCH 14MUSIC; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS 

*FRIDAY, MARCH 15– GYM; Books for Breakfast?!?! reading celebration starts around 9:15am…wear fun socks today because reading knocks our socks off!

*THURSDAY, MARCH 28:  Kindergarten PJ Day

*MARCH 29-APRIL 7:  SPRING BREAK.NO SCHOOL  SCHOOL RESUMES ON APRIL 8!

~~Have a great weekend.  Mrs. Bohl

OUR WEEK—March 20-24

ONCE UPON A TIME….THE THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF:  Our last fairy tale of the month was about 3 brave goats who had courage to cross a bridge and deal with a bully.  Again, we used the SHAPE GO map to help us retell the story, talk about the characters, setting and heart of the story. Do you know what this is?

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The kinders were wide-eyed when I turned on my record player so we could hear a song about the three goats.  (This was one of my favorite songs growing up!) They were so fascinated by how the record player worked with the giant CD!  Another precious kindergarten moment!!:) We acted out the song with puppets and with our own storytelling props so many times I lost count.

                  

We worked together to list words that described the three goats and the troll.  This led into a good discussion about what we can do if we encounter a bully. We also had an awesome discussion about what makes a hero.  We thought the biggest billy goat was like a hero for saving his little brothers. Be sure to ask  your kinder about these talks. We ran out of time on Friday to make our trolls so that is scheduled for Monday.  Look for them to come home then. I think that they will not be too mean….just cute! That is a good thing!! 🙂  Enjoy all of the activities your child took home today. 🙂

 READER’S and WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  This week the kinders reviewed what makes a book fiction or non-fiction.  They also compared fiction and non-fiction books (The Three Billy Goats Gruff,  The Three Billy Goats Fluff) about goats.  They incorporated this learning into their writing as they created another book of All About Goats.  The kinders are doing a fantastic job with their informational writing.  They have made incredible progress this year in their writing.  We ended our week by reading informational books about wolves.  Next week the kinders will write independently to complete their “on demand” informational writing piece.  I am excited for them!

MATH:  The math skills that the kinders worked on this week were writing equations for partners of 10, building numbers 1-20 using tens and extra ones, telling and solving story problems with drawings and equations. They are becoming quite the math learners. 🙂

MYSTERY GUEST READER:  Micah was super surprised to see his aunt Kaylee walk into our room.  She brought 2 books to read.  How exciting since we usually hear one story. First she read Click, Clack, Moo, a silly story about farm animals. How thoughtful of her to bring cow stickers for each of the kinders.  Thank you so much!  The second story, Giraffes Can’t Dance, had a good lesson about being yourself and to keep trying new things. 

 If you would like another turn feel free to log onto our  SignUp page on the sidebar or email me at kbohl@hpseagles.net  and we can schedule another time.  Dates and times are flexible.

Spring has sprung:  Spring is in the air!  With the change of weather, excitement is in the air and in our classroom.  PLEASE remind and  encourage your kinder to keep on trying hard and doing their best listening everyday.  Next week is spring break and hopefully we will all be recharged to hard work during last few months of  Kindergarten.  We are making AWESOME progress.  Let’s keep it up!!!

REMINDERS:

*POPCORN WORDS:          AS             HAS                                                         The kinders practiced identifying these words in books, in messages and in writings.  

*WINTER GEAR: Please keep in mind that even though the season is spring, some days this week reminded us that winter has just finished.  Please continue to send a hat and mittens with your kinder.  Many kinders were cold earlier in the week playing outside due to not having  proper gear. Thanks! :)

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

*LUNCH MENU: The April lunch menu can be found under the food service tab.

*MONTHLY CALENDAR:  The April Calendar can be found under CALENDARS at the top of our blog.  It lists birthdays, events, and more.  Please take time to read it.

*TAKE HOME Books:  We will be reading books ONLY ON MONDAY this week.  Your kinder will not take home a book over spring break.  This will give me time to reassess the books that they are taking home.  They will take home a new book on Monday, April 10. 

UPCOMING DATES:

*MONDAY, MARCH 28––ARTreading TAKE HOME BOOKS 

*TUESDAY, MARCH 28-–STEAM; return TAKE HOME BOOKS…no reading

*WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30– GYM; HOMEWORK DUE….math and literacy  LIBRARY: We will have library so please return your kinder’s book.  

*THURSDAY, MARCH 31: MUSIC;  Kindergarten PJ Day….wear jamies and slippers to school.  Don’t forget that shoes are needed for outside play. NO BLANKETS OR STUFFED ANIMALS PLEASE!!

*MARCH 31-APRIL 7:  SPRING BREAK.NO SCHOOL

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 10…Spring Field Trip to Hemlock Crossing Nature Center &  TimberTown (More information later)

—–HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND   MRS. BOHL

OUR WEEK—-March 13-17

A fabulous week of learning.  Take a look and see 🙂

There was a sea of green clothes, green socks and green hair ribbons worn to school on Thursday to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  The kinders created some unique leprechauns to decorate your home. 

        
We also talked about how lucky we are to know each other and be a family this year.  So…each kinder was given a friend’s name and they needed to think of one ‘nice dice’ compliment they could give them.  It was precious to hear the kinders read their message (in front of the class) to their friend and to see the smiles and excitement on the faces of the recipient.  I am SO LUCKY to have such kind hearted kinders.  What an awesome way to spend my days!! 🙂

      

ONCE UPON A TIME—-THE THREE LITTLE PIGS:  We read a collection of non-fictional books about pigs and located many interesting facts to write on our chart paper.  We used this information to help us write our information writings “All About Pigs.”  The writings by the children have been SO impressive! They are beginning to use spaces between words, popcorn words and sentence stoppers with more regularity.  Hooray for them!  We also read the classic story The Three LIttle Pigs as well as some books with a twist The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig and The Three Little Pigs and the somewhat bad pig.  Of course we needed to practice our retelling skills by creating props (character puppets and the straw, stick and brick houses out of a milk carton!) so that your kinder can tell you the story at home. We sang this fun song (using my CD) frequently this week. I found it on YouTube so that you can enjoy it at home. Here is the link to The 3 Little Pigs Blues by Greg and Steve. Check out all of the pig activities inside your kinder’s story pocket.      

MATH:   We began our last…yes our last…unit this week. We will continue to work on number partners, telling and solving addition/subtraction story problems, teen numbers and more. Thank you so much for encouraging your child to complete their math homework each week! I know that some weeks it seems more intense than others but thank you for taking the time to break up the pages over several nights.  Completing the homework reinforces math concepts (and literacy) taught and learned at school.  During Friday Math Centers, the kinders practiced identifying pennies and dimes and the writing the amount writing (teen numbers showing tens and extra ones) by playing THIS LITTLE PIGGY.  They also played FIND MY GOLD by identifying numbers 1-30.  Have fun playing this game at home using the leprechaun number cards inside your kinder’s folder.

FRIDAY CENTERS:  Thank you so much to Gavin’s mom for giving an helping hand to the kinders this afternoon. The kinders HUFFED AND PUFFED like the wolf to graph and blow objects.  They also practiced reading popcorn words by playing RUN, PIGGY, RUN. (look for this game inside the pig story pocket) and made a fun rainbow name necklace good enough to eat (if you like fruit loops:) If you would like volunteer to be part of fun centers, the dates for April and May will be coming home soon.

REMINDERS:

*POPCORN WORDS:     COULD        WOULD       and bonus word….SHOULD We noticed that all of these words had the “ould” pattern in them.  We are so smart!!

*OUTSIDE GEAR:  THANK YOU for sending and continue to send your kinder in boots or outside play shoes and warm winter attire.  New snow keeps falling and melting causing the playground to become very wet and dirty. Keep listening to the daily weather report for sending the correct coat…winter, spring or sweatshirt.

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

UPCOMING DATES:

*MONDAY, MARCH 20–MUSICreading TAKE HOME BOOKS 

*TUESDAY, MARCH 21–ART; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS and word lists  

*WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22– STEAM; HOMEWORK DUE….math and literacy  LIBRARY: We will have library so please return your kinder’s book.  

*THURSDAY. MARCH 23–GYM; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS  

*FRIDAY, MARCH 24–MUSIC 

*SATURDAY, MARCH 25 Mother/Son Event at BAM in Holland  2:00-4:00pm

*THURSDAY, MARCH 30:  Kindergarten PJ Day….wear jamies and slippers to school.  Don’t forget that shoes/boots are needed for outside play.  NO BLANKETS OR STUFFED ANIMALS PLEASE!!

*MARCH 31-APRIL 7:  SPRING BREAK.NO SCHOOL

~~Have a great weekend.  Mrs. Bohl

OUR WEEK—March 6-10

Take a peek at what your kinder did this week at school.

ONCE UPON A TIME—-GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS:  We read MANY stories of The Three Bears…the ‘original’ versions, along with others like Goldilocks and the 3 Hares, Tackylocks and the Three Bears and Goldi Rocks and the Three Bears. We used the Shape Go map during retell, focusing on what happened in the beginning, the middle and the end of story.  

We learned what porridge is (oatmeal) and agreed (after tasting) that porridge for breakfast is good. Yum, Yum!  Enjoy learning from your kinder as they show you their story pocket materials.

                

 READER’S WORKSHOP:  This week we learned what the illustrator’s role is in writing non-fiction books.  They help us learn something new, they zoom in to help us see details up close and they work with the author to make sure the pictures match the words.  When the kinders read their books, they are busy noticing these features.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  This week we complied new information called facts about bears onto a large chart and referred to that chart throughout the week.  We organized our facts onto our “have, can, are” papers.  As we wrote our informational booklets we asked ourselves “What else can I add?” by remembering what writers and illustrators do…write words and drawing matching detailed pictures.  

MATH:  Earlier in the week we worked on writing partner equations, solving addition & subtraction problems, drawing tens and extra ones for teen numbers and more. At the end of the week, the kinders did a great job working within their office spaces as they took the unit #4 math test..  They are becoming awesome math learners. I am so proud of the results.  I will send home their graded math tests home soon.  We will begin unit #5 next week.

SPLIT LIT: The kinders continue to work independently for 15 minutes each day while their friends meet with either Ms. Lisa or myself.  They have new literacy activities to explore and complete.  Be sure to ask your child what they needed to do as their papers come home. 

REMINDERS

*POPCORN WORDS:     WHERE          THERE             WERE              Please, please keep practicing at home!  Some of these popcorn words are a bit more challenging to learn and remember.  You are unable to stretch them out but need to just remember them by looking at them.  However, we do like it when some words rhyme like ‘where’ and ‘there’. 🙂

*OUTSIDE GEAR:  THANK YOU for sending and continue to send your kinder in boots or outside play shoes.  The snow has disappeared but the wood chips are very wet and dirty and the wind is very COLD.  Keep listening to the daily weather report for sending the correct coat…winter, spring or sweatshirt.

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

*TAKE HOME books:  Please help your child to remember to return their book baggie EACH Monday, Tuesday and Thursday so that they are consistent with their read aloud practice and are able to check out a new book each time to build their reading experiences.  Don’t forget to sign the parent sheet and include comments or observations you feel may be helpful.

*PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES:  Our Spring Conferences will be held Monday, March 13 – Wednesday, March 15 from 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Conference time reminders were sent home  with your kinder. Please let me know if you will not be able to attend conferences or if you have a conflict so that we can reschedule. Report cards will be sent home Monday.  If possible, please take a moment to review it.  We will be looking at it together. Please arrive on time, as we have 15 minutes to discuss your wonderful kinder! I will  do my best to stay on schedule.  I can’t wait to share your Kindergartener’s progress with you!! They are AMAZING!!!

*TIME CHANGE:  Don’t forget to move  your clocks forward one hour Saturday night. Remember the saying….. “SPRING AHEAD”

UPCOMING DATES:

*MONDAY, MARCH 13–GYM; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS; preview (look at) book fair books; parent teacher conferences 

*TUESDAY, MARCH 14–MUSIC; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS;  LIBRARY: I am not sure if Mrs. VandenBerg will be coming into our room to exchange books or not.  To be on the safe side, please return your book; parent teacher conferences

*WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15– ART; HOMEWORK DUE….math and literacy;  purchase book fair books (If you would like to have your kinder purchase books, please send the money inside an envelope labeled with their name.  Parent volunteers will be available to help your kinder shop.); parent teacher conferences

*THURSDAY. MARCH 16–STEAM; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS;  ST PATRICK’S DAY–wear green if you wish

*FRIDAY, MARCH 17– GYM; ST PATRICK’S DAY–wear green if you wish

*THURSDAY, MARCH 30:  Kindergarten PJ Day

*MARCH 31-APRIL 1-7:  SPRING BREAK.NO SCHOOL

~~Have a great weekend.  Mrs. Bohl

OUR WEEK—Feb. 27-March 3

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Welcome to March and the anticipation of spring.  We learned this week that the weather during March can be like a lion (wintery, cold) or a lamb (spring-like,warm breeze).  Well,  so far March has been more like a lion.  We are not sure when the ‘lambs’ will arrive but we all think that they should come soon to Georgetown.  🙂  

ONCE UPON A TIME—THE LITTLE RED HEN:  Each week during March we will study a favorite fairy tale.  We began this unit by learning what makes a story a fairy tale.  *A fairy tale usually begins with “once upon a time” and may have a happy ending.  *A fairy tale may have talking animals and a not so nice character.  *A fairy tale may take place in a forest and contain the number 3.  *A fairy tale may teach us a lesson.  The kinders were introduced to a comprehension/retelling map called the Shape Go Map.  Each shape helps with recalling details of the story. This week we learned what the author’s intent/lesson/heart of the story is that “friends help and work together.” We listed many ways we can help others.  For example: You can help in the kitchen, help pick up toys, help make food, help by being nice to friends, help by making good choices. We have such kind hearted kinders! 🙂  We also read a variation called The Little Red Hen makes a Pizza and compared that to the original story.  Please take a time to review all of the Red Hen activities your child took home inside their fairy tale pocket.  A lot of learning took place this week. 

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  The kinders are very excited to be informational writers.  We read non-fiction books about “chickens”(an easy choice because of The Red Hen) and charted all of the facts that we learned….then we ran out of room on our chart. 🙂 Then we organized these facts onto our “have, can, are’ papers and highlighted 3 favorite facts we wanted to write about. We practiced telling these facts across our fingers, wrote them down and illustrated them in a booklet.  Wow!  That was hard, but exciting work.

READERS WORKSHOP:  Seeing the smiles on the kinders’ faces when they made connections to their non-fiction writing lessons, after learning they would be reading and having non-fiction books in their book bins was priceless!  Our mini lessons taught us how the author’s role is to teach us facts, how they choose a title, how they use features, like bold words, arrows, captions, etc. to let us know what’s important and how they organize their writing.  The kinders were excited to add non-fiction books to their personal collections to use during reading time.  Our quiet reading time is up to 12-14 minutes. Yippee!!

MATH:  Telling and solving addition and subtraction story problems are  now part of our daily math routine.  Completing pages inside of our math workbooks gives the kinders extra practice independently. We learned about 3D shapes, focusing on cones and cylinders.  We again practiced showing how to make teen numbers with ten and extra ones by making the pages for a mini teen book. The kinders will be ‘office workers’ again at the end of next week when they take their unit #4 math test so please take time this weekend and next Wednesday to complete the math homework.  Any extra practice in solving story problems, completing addition and subtraction stories, drawing tens and extra ones for teen numbers would be helpful.  Thanks so much!

MYSTERY GUEST READER:  If you are interested in being one of our guest readers, please take a look on the side bar under VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES.  There are many dates still available.  You are welcome to come and read a second time if you like. If a different time is more convenient for your schedule, please contact me. 

REMINDERS

*POPCORN WORDS:           HOME         WENT     ABOUT                                Our popcorn words are becoming a bit harder to recognize so I can not stress it enough that practice at home is so crucial to your child’s growth.  We practice identifying our words many times and in many different ways throughout the day but your child needs to practice them at home too.  Thanks for taking on this important role.

*WINTER GEAR:  The snow is back.  THANK YOU for sending your child with all that they need to stay warm outside.  Just a reminder, we will be outside for recess if the temperature is above O degrees.  Keep watching the weather forecast each day.

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

*TAKE HOME books:  Please help your child to remember to return their book baggie EACH Monday, Tuesday and Thursday so that they are consistent with their read aloud practice and are able to check out a new book each time to build their reading experiences.  Don’t forget to sign the parent sheet and include comments or observations you feel may be helpful.  Tuesday is reading popcorn word list too. The kinders are doing an awesome job…thanks to you at home and the reading volunteers.

UPCOMING DATES:

*MONDAY, MARCH 6––STEAM; reading TAKE HOME books 

*TUESDAY, MARCH 7––GYM; reading TAKE HOME books; reading POPCORN WORD LIST;  LIBRARY  Please remember to return your child’s book.

*WEDNESDAY. MARCH 8––MUSIC; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS; HOMEWORK DUE….math and literacy 

*THURSDAY, MARCH 9–—ART; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS

*FRIDAY, MARCH 10—STEAM;  FAST FRIDAY (Early Release Dismissal at 2:15pm)  EMAIL ME OR SEND A NOTE BY THURSDAY (3/9) IF YOUR KINDER WOULD LIKE A SACK LUNCH.

*MARCH 13, 14,15–—Parent-Teacher Conferences: Parent slips stating your specific date and time were sent home.  I am looking forward to sharing your kinder’s awesome progress with you.

*MARCH 13-16–SPRING BOOK FAIR:  We are scheduled to preview on Monday, March 13 and purchase books on Wednesday, March 15. If you would like to have your kinder purchase books, please send the money inside an envelope labeled with their name.  Parent volunteers will be available to help your kinder shop.  The Book Fair will be open during the conference evenings.

*MARCH 17—Wear GREEN—St. Patrick’s Day

*MARCH 30-—Kindergarten PJ Day!  Wear jamies (or comfy) clothes.

*MARCH 31-APRIL 7––SPRING BREAK:  NO SCHOOL

~~Have a great weekend.  Mrs. Bohl