Tag Archives: fast Friday

NEWS—Oct. 7-11

Fall weather is here!  Please continue to send a warm coat or sweatshirt with your kinder.  The weather can quickly change so it is good to be prepared.  We go out for a break/recess in the morning, lunch and end of the day.

COLOR WORD:    PURPLE     Harold and the Purple Crayon was just one of many purple 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. After reading Purplicious, the kinders were curious if red and blue really would make purple. We couldn’t pass up the chance to be a scientist and try it out using red and blue paint. Amazing….it really DID make purple!!! 🙂  Once again, it was fun looking at the way the kinders chose to wear this week’s color purple.  We have a few more colors to learn.


HANDWRITING: We spent some time distinguishing between letters and numbers. We started learning the proper formation of lower case letters.  This week it was the “straight line” letters (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.  


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. Thank you for working with your kinder at home.

MATH:  We spent the first part of the week reviewing the math skills that we learned…writing, identifying and counting object for numbers 1-5, identifying and drawing shapes, completing dot to dot pictures.  On Wednesday we took our first math test using individual “office spaces” (a folder separating them from their neighbor) .  They settled in and did a GREAT job of working hard on answering all the questions.  These tests will be graded and given to you soon. I am amazed at how much each kinder has grown in their math skills and abilities!! Thank you for working and supporting them at home.  We started unit #2 by searching for groups of objects 1-10. Friday math games were about identifying shapes, exploring with pattern blocks, identifying numbers 1-6 and counting objects.

READING WORKSHOP: We used storybooks like Piggy and Elephant  to help us notice that characters have feelings.  Sometimes the characters even show strong feelings, as in the book Ilama llama mad at Mama. . When a reader forgets what the words say, they can look at the pictures to help them remember what the words are.  We practiced this together by using a favorite book, The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear.

WRITING: The kinders learned that Show and Tell writing can be about important places.  Together we wrote a Show and Tell 3 page book about the library.  Writers and illustrators make decisions on what to draw and label.  The kinders worked hard to do this on each page.  We even tried to write a sentence about our pictures using some popcorn words.  Our Show and Tell book sounded like this:  We will hear a book. We will pick a book.  We will get a book.  The kinders are turning into fantastic writers!

LITERACY:  We finished ABC Boot Camp with letters Xx,Yy, Zz.  We will continue to review these letters, practice producing their sounds in small groups and in large group.  Our shared reading book for the week was Fall Leaves.  Reading this book together helps us in identifying parts of a book, noticing patterns, rhymes, popcorn words and more. It was pretty cool that our poem was about fall leaves too. It is becoming a favorite part of our morning.

MYSTERY READER: On Tuesday Ariya was thrilled to see her mom and her younger sister, Eden.  We enjoyed listening to Thelma the Unicorn.  Thelma learned that being yourself (a horse) is better than wanting to be something else…like a unicorn.  A great lesson for us to remember too.

On Wednesday Kennedy’s grandpa was our Mystery Reader.  He read Be Kind, Be Brave and Be You by Charles Schulz.  We love having grandparents stop by as much as parents.  

There are many open dates so if you are considering being a Mystery Reader, please sign up here  

FAMILY PUMPKIN PROJECT:  We have quite a few pumpkins that are disguised as a unicorn, princess, cat, snowman and more.  I totally forgot to take a picture…I will do that soon.  Thank you for participating. The pumpkins are fabulous!!!


BACKPACK SNACKS…THANK YOU SO MUCH for being conscientious about sending ONLY TWO healthy, NUT FREE snacks…one for the morning, one for the afternoon.  Our snack time is short but enough time to become refueled.

KOOL KINDERS:   The kinders are excited to be the Kool Kinder again.  We are now drawing out a stick with a kinder’s name on it to determine the next day’s Kool Kinder.  A yellow reminder note will come home the day prior. The kinders are bringing in a show and tell item from home.  After you choose the show and tell item, please talk with your kinder about what information they are going to share with the class.  We love to hear why they chose it, who gave it to them or where did they get it, etc. 

BLUE FOLDERS and BACKPACKS:  Please get in the habit of taking out your kinder’s blue folder each night and removing the papers, art work, etc.  Please place any notes back inside the folder.  That is the best place for me to find them.  Cleaning out your kinder’s backpack of extra things will make it less heavy and allow more room for their folder and lunch box.  Thank you!


*Monday, Oct 14—ART

*Tuesday, Oct 15—STEAM 

*Wednesday, Oct 16—MUSIC; Library–Please help your kinder remember their library book.  Homework packet is due 


 *Friday, Oct 18—GYM; FAST FRIDAY (early release)  Dismissal at 12:15pm  Wear BLACK AND WHITE

*Friday, Oct 29—Picture Re-Take Day AND Turkey Trot 

*Thursday, Oct. 31—Fall Class Party, 2:00-3:00 p.m.  There are still openings to donate supplies.  Here is the sign up list.  



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.


*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).  


*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


*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




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.


*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


*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



Here is what we did the first 2 days of school.  See the previous postings for the rest of the week.

MATH: We combined shapes (pattern blocks) to make other shapes. We played a fun game to practice partners of 10.

As you know, this month we were given missions each day from Jingle Joy to spread  kindness to others. The kinders are so sweet and love to do nice things for others!  We had some kindness shown to us on Tuesday, when Mrs. Bast’s second graders came to our room and read to us! We wanted to say thank you, so we made them a snowman as a thanks!

LITERACYWe worked on stretching out sounds in words and listening for the middle sound in words.  Those hard workers (vowels) can be tricky but the kinders are working hard to figure out the sounds.

Stay safe as you travel visiting family or if you stay home.  Enjoy the next two weeks with your kinder….making memories together.  If you find you are in need of some activities to do with your kinder you can refer to the light green paper in the blue folder or look below for ideas…..

*practice counting by 1’s and 10’s to 100

*writing numbers 1-30

*practice identifying popcorn words using your flash cards

*create and write new pattern books or create a list of things

*practice writing first and last name (first letter capital, rest of letters lower case)

*read books together 

*go sledding, make a snowman, drink hot chocolate, have fun together!


*POPCORN WORDS:            REVIEW OF WORDS         Ask your kinder to show you how to play Scramble Them Up.   (Use your letter cards to scramble up the letters in popcorn words…and then put the letters in correct order. Example:  okol  is  look)

*WINTER GEAR: Please send appropriate winter gear with your child each day.  It keeps them warm when playing outside.  An extra pair of socks, mittens or gloves might be a good idea to keep inside their backpacks if their original pair gets wet.  Please take time over break to label your kinder’s snow pants and boots if you have not done this.

   We celebrated Jacob’s birthday on Tuesday.

  We celebrated Carter’s birthday on Thursday.

*BACKPACK SNACK:  Please remember each day to pack TWO quick, healthy snacks for your kinder.

*TAKE HOME BOOK PROGRAM:  I am planning to create a schedule over vacation. Thank you for volunteering and choosing to be part of this learning. If you still would like to be part of this fun volunteer activity, please email me and I will be happy to include you in the schedule. We will begin this program in January.  It is so exciting to see our kinders become readers.

*The January calendar is posted under CALENDARS at the top of the blog.  A paper copy was sent home this week.

*The January lunch menu is available to read under the FOOD SERVICE tab on the side bar.


*Monday, December 24 – Friday, January 4:  NO SCHOOL, Holiday Break.  School resumes on Monday, January 7!

*Monday, January 7—Back to School; GYM; Zander’s birthday (Jan 6) celebration

*Tuesday, January 8—ART

*Wednesday, January 9—STEAM;  LIBRARY Don’t forget your book! 

*Thursday, January 10—MUSIC; If your kinder would like a sack lunch on Friday, an email or note is due today

*Friday, January 11—ART; Fast Friday Dismissal at 12:15pm

~~~I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year; hoping that you spend time making family memories that will be remembered fondly.  I look forward to seeing my kinders on January 7.  Thank you for sharing them with me each day! 🙂  Mrs. Bohl


Thank you for supporting Georgetown and allowing your kinder to think of family members as they chose gifts at the Holiday Shop.  They had a lot of fun picking ‘just the right’ gift for their loved ones.  


GINGERBREAD MAN: We continued to read many different versions…The Gingerbread Baby, The Gingerbread Girl, The Gingerbread Girl goes Crackers. We are having fun comparing the endings of each of these stories.  More to come next week.

MATH:  We started unit #3 by meeting TEN BUG…a bug that has ten dots on it and helps us look for groups of ten. The Kinders had fun when ten bug flew around and talked to each of us. Looking for partners of numbers 2-6 (ex: 1+3=4,2+2=4,3+1=4 are partners of number 4) were also part of this week’s lessons.  The kinders used the “break apart stick” and math tiles to help them visually see this concept. Telling addition and subtraction math stories are becoming part of our daily math practice. Ask your kinder about how we like to act out our stories. 

Math games played were GINGERBREAD MEN PATTERNS (making patterns) and WHERE IS THE ELF? (identifying numbers 1-20)  Math is so much fun!! 🙂

WRITING: We continued to write pattern books have repeating words on each page, but one word changes. Sometimes the word that changes is at the beginning of the sentence, at the end of the sentence and in the middle of the sentence. This week we wrote four pattern books! All of the kinders are doing an excellent job!  I am so proud of them.  

WEEKLY NEWSPAPER:  The topic was HIBERNATION.  We read a fiction book that helped us identify animals that sleep during the winter.  Then we read our newspaper that gave us true facts about how bears get ready for the winter.  

READING:  The kinders learned that readers have SUPER POWERS!

This week it was all about POINTER POWER.  By pointing under each word, making sure that what they say matches what is written and remembering that even longer words get one tap, help to strengthen their super powers. We practiced using our pointer power by reading a Gingerbread Man book filled with popcorn words and by using some very cool googly eyes. Pointer Power….activate!!  You can practice using pointer power at home too!

HANDWRITING:  We worked on writing CLOCKWISE family letters,     Encouragement to write neatly and slowly is stressed as we work on these letters. Thank you for your continual practice at home. 🙂 

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS THE GINGERBREAD MAN?:  Gingy (our mini gingerbread man) sent us a big envelope filled with post cards from his latest destination…..FRANCE.  We learned about the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, Palace of Versailles, etc.  We agreed that we would like to eat a chocolate souffle, baguette, crepes but escargots would not be tasty.  Mrs. Rossback has had them and she said “they are a bit slimy”.  🙁 . It was fun to see that their flag had the same colors as ours….red, white and blue.  (Sorry….no pictures….we were so busy learning that I forgot! 🙁 )

MYSTERY READERS: Lila jumped up with glee and a small shout when she saw her grandma walk into the room on Wednesday.  She read a Piggy and Elephant book…There is a bird on your head!  What a silly, fun story.

Thursday Aria ran to greet her mom.  She read The Giving Tree.

Elliot was so surprised to see her mom and baby sister come into the room.  We heard Elliot’s favorite story, An Awesome Book.  A sweet story about dreams.

It is always fun to have grandparents & parents come and read to us.  Thank you!!

POPCORN WORDS:     LOOK      RUN       FROM                                    Like always, we used them in the our writing and found them in books!


*WINTER GEAR:  Please continue to send winter gear each day (when necessary) with your child.   It has become cold and snowy outside and we want our kinders warm.  They may wear their gym shoes every day or you can send a pair of shoes.  Wearing snow boots in our room is not a good option.  :)  Refer to earlier posting for more information.  PLEASE LABEL YOUR KINDER’S CLOTHING!

*BACKPACK SNACK:  Thank you for packing 2 quick, healthy backpack snacks each day!

*PARTY DONATIONS:  Thank you so much for your donations.  Please send in ALL non-editable donations to school by Monday, Dec 17. Food items can be dropped off in the morning.  Party volunteers can arrive at 1:30pm to set up.  Please be respectful of Mrs. Reagan’s request……Due to the large number of parent volunteers attending class parties with in the school, Mrs. Reagan has limited the parent attendees to ONLY those volunteering. You MUST have completed a background check if you wish to volunteer. Thank you for understanding.  Click on this link to see who is scheduled to volunteer.  

*5th Grade Candy Canes:  Mon. Dec 3 thru Fri Dec 14. The cost for each candy cane is $1.00 and they will be delivered the same day they are ordered.  Please enclose the money inside a labeled envelope, listing the number of candy canes needed.


*Monday, Dec 10—MUSIC  

*Tuesday, Dec 11—GYM  

*Wednesday, Dec 12—ART;  LIBRARYDon’t forget to return your child’s book!  

*Thursday, Dec 13–-STEAM; HOLIDAY MUSIC PROGRAM  Georgetown Holiday Music Program  6:30pm at Fair Haven Church, 2900 Baldwin Street, Hudsonville.  Kinders arrive by 6:15pm;    Sack lunch orders (by note in kinder’s folder or email) due for tomorrow’s Fast Friday

*Friday, Dec. 14— GYM;  Fast Friday Dismissal at 12:15pm

*Monday, Dec. 17–ALL non-food party donations are due at school

*Wednesday, December 19–Grinch Day—-wear Green or dress like Grinch characters. We will learn how to make our heart grow!

*Thursday, Dec 20–-Holiday Party  It will be held from 2:00-3:00pm. Parent volunteers can arrive at 1:30 for set up.  All donations should be brought to school by Monday, Dec. 18.  Food donations should arrive on party day in the morning.  If you would like your kinder to participate in the class book gift exchange, please send a  wrapped book (suited for either a boy or girl) with tag on the outside. (TO A FRIEND   FROM (YOUR KINDER’S NAME)  ALL BOOKS ARE DUE BY FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14 but can come into school anytime.   

*Friday, December 21-Polar Express Day…wear pj’s!  Come to school wearing your cozy pajamas.  Wear boots and snow pants for outside play but slipper shoes are welcome inside of school.  NO STOCKING FEET ARE ALLOWED. NO STUFFED ANIMALS OR BLANKETS.  Thank you! Be prepared for a fun day of learning.  

*Monday, December 23 – Friday, January 5:  NO SCHOOL, Holiday Break.  School resumes on Monday, January 7! 

~~Have a great weekend!   Mrs. Bohl


Two Important Reminders

Kinder parents, here are two reminders for you…..

Don’t forget to return your kinder’s library book by Wednesday so he/she can check out a new one during our library time! 

If your kinder would like to order a sack lunch on Fast Friday (early release) Sept. 14, please either send a note inside your kinder’s folder OR send me an email by Thursday, Sept. 13.


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.



*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


*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



Look what your kinder did at school this week.

SCIENCE:  Hooray! We have learned that not all plants grow at the same rate but thank goodness they all sprouted!  The warmer spring weather helped so much.  We are watering  and journaling about the growth of our bean plant.  


We explored each part of flower by reading informational books, labeling the various parts (seed, roots, stem, leaves, petals) and creating a craft which is hanging in the back of our room.  


We also read and discussed two different Let’s Find Out newspapers, both relating to seeds and the growth cycle of a plant.


It was fun to review previous knowledge of fairy tales when we enjoyed reading Jack and the Beanstalk.  We read the original version and one with a favorite character, Little Critter, who pretended to be Jack.  The kinders were excited to paint their beanstalk so that we could retell the story today.  Enjoy hearing your kinder retell the story to you.


 MATH:  The kinders compared numbers and identified if they were Greater than or Less than other numbers by writing G or L.  They also practiced showing teen numbers using ten and extra ones as well as writing partner equations for numbers 7-10.  We are getting to the end of our last unit in math learning.  Thank you for your continual support and encouragement towards your kinder in completing their weekly homework.  It is so beneficial to solidify their learning.


READER’S WORKSHOP:  The kinders continued to dive deeper in learning about characters.  We looked at the main characters, noticing that they can be in more than one book.  For example, the Little Critter character (books by author Mercer Mayer) is in many different books. We noticed that Little Critter does different things in different stories.  We also explored the difference between 2 main characters in books.  The Kinders loved comparing the characters of Hansel and Gretel in the classic tale Hansel and Gretel.  Noticing that Hansel and Gretel each do different things in the story.  The kinders have done a great job!


We are constantly celebrating being READERS!   Reading everyone’s clothing today was a lot of fun.  It soon became a challenge to see how many popcorn words were on each others’ clothing.  Thank you for helping your kinder participate. 

TAKE HOME BOOKS:  Thank you  so much for encouraging and supporting your kinder this year as they participated in our TAKE HOME book program.  We have two more weeks of reading.  Then we will begin to collect all of the books for summer inventory. Thank you so much to all of the volunteers who came into school each Monday, Tuesday and Thursday to listen to the kinders read.  It would not have been possible without your assistance.  I am so grateful for your help!

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  The kinders began learning how to write their last style  of writing…..Opinion writing.  We started with learning the difference between fact and opinion.  Then we sorted statements into an opinion or fact column.  Reading a fun book called Duck! Rabbit! helped us verbally practice giving our reasons to why we felt that way. 


Each day they need to give their opinion about a topic, write two reasons to support why they feel that way and write a closing sentence such as “_____ is my favorite.” or “I really like _______.”  WOW!  WOW!  The kinders are writing like first graders!  They are including popcorn words, spaces between words, sentence stoppers as well as giving awesome reasons. Our topics this week were 1. playing on the swings or slide  2. like winter or summer  3. enjoy eating home lunch or hot lunch.  In honor of Cinco de Mayo, the kinders tasted chips and salsa before writing their opinion if it was yucky or yummy.  Have I said lately, how proud I am of them! 🙂


MYSTERY GUEST READERS:  We were lucky to enjoy two visits this week.

 Jonathan has been wishing his mom would stop by and this week she did.  His baby brother, Christopher came along too.  She brought a big book of The Little Old Lady who swallowed a Fly AND an Old Lady puppet with all of the characters she swallowed.  What a fun way to listen and enjoy a story. 


Victoria jumped up and gave her mom a big hug as she entered our room. Her mom brought along her favorite book when she was younger,Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham. It is one of our favorite books too.  It was fun to help Victoria’s mom read many of the pages.  Thank you so much for stopping by this morning.


POPCORN WORDS:        HAVE     ON      OF                                                                     It is amazing.!  Before a kinder can move the letter magnets to spell our popcorn words, the class is shouting out the word.  The kinders are beginning to SPELL the words in addition to identifying them.  How amazing!


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

*PLAYGROUND:  Our playground is very wet and muddy and then it is dry and dirty.  Please keep this in mind as you send your kinder to school. Rain boots or outside play shoes might be a good idea until the spring weather clears.  Thank you for being considerate of helping to keep our inside floors and rugs clean.

*BOOK ORDERS: On Monday, the last book orders for this year will be sent home.  You will be able to order online or send in the paper form along with a check to school.  All orders are due on Friday, May 11.


*MONDAY, MAY 7:  ART; reading TAKE HOME books


*WEDNESDAY, MAY 9:  Field Trip to Hemlock Crossing Nature Center &  Hager Park  HOME LUNCH WITH DRINK INSIDE OF LABELED PAPER BAG IS NEEDED. We will not be ordering hot lunch. Please feel free to join us for our picnic lunch. Younger siblings are welcome. We will be at the park around 12:00pm. Your kinder will need a home lunch and water bottle to enjoy during our picnic lunch.  NO SANDALS, FLIP FLOPS OR CROCS. TENNIS SHOES NEED TO BE WORN!!  We will be walking through woods and trails and playing on a big playground.  Please dress your child according to the weather. We will be OUTSIDE for most of the day!; HOMEWORK DUE….literacy and math  


*FRIDAY, MAY 11:  ART: FAST FRIDAY (Early Release  Dismiss at 12:15pm); Book Orders due (online or paper forms); Celebrate being READERS:  Bring a small stuffed animal to read with

*MONDAY, MAY 14:  Birthday celebration for Dominic

*THURSDAY, MAY 17:  Birthday celebration for Parker 

*FRIDAY, MAY 18:  Volunteer note (coming home Monday) is due Friday, May 18; Celebrate being READERS:  Bring a small flashlight to read with

*FRIDAY, MAY 26: RedWhite and Blue Day!  Wear your RedWhite and Blue to school!!

*MONDAY, MAY 28:  Memorial Day, No School

*TUESDAY, MAY 29:  Birthday celebration for Alexandra

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 30:  Birthday celebration for Katelynn (June 20)

*THURSDAY, MAY 31:  Birthday celebration for Jonathan (Aug 12)

*FRIDAY, JUNE 1:  Kindergarten Olympics  A note asking for parent volunteers came home.  Volunteers will be notified shortly with details.  This special day would not be possible without your help.  Thank you so much.  If you still would like to be part of this fun day, please let me know soon.

*FRIDAY, JUNE 8:  Last Day of School.  Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

~~~Have a great weekend.    Mrs. Bohl



Wow! It was very productive week of learning. Look what we have been doing!

SPLIT LIT:  If the kinders finish completing their “have to” work at their independent centers before it is time to switch groups, they can move on to the “can do” bins. These bins are filled with literacy activities such as: reading books filled with popcorn words; using letter cubes to spell CVC words; matching rhyming words and more. They really enjoy learning this way. 

The kinders were recently reassessed in identifying sight words.  Everyone made AWESOME GROWTH!!!  I am so excited and pleased with their progress. Please look inside your kinder’s folder for an updated note. I have spent the week having the kinders individually read books to me so that I can adjust the level of books they are taking home.  You may see that your kinder will be bringing home a different colored sticker book.  This reflects the growth they are making.  Thank you for your continued support of reading with your kinder at home.  

MATH: It was a week of review in math.  Here are few math skills we covered.


Drawing teen numbers showing 10 and extra ones plus writing the equation.

Writing number partners

Solving addition and subtraction problems

 We have postponed taking our unit #3 test until Monday.  A third of our friends were absent on Friday (a few vacations but mostly due to the flu).  That gives all of the kinders the weekend to finish their math homework for some extra practice.  Your kinder will take home the volume 1 math workbook on Monday.  This book can stay at home and does not need to be returned to school.  Use this workbook for review and have fun completing any pages we did not do in class.  Unit #4 will begin on Tuesday.

FUN WITH FRIENDS:  We spent some time Friday afternoon practicing writing our names, letters and numbers in shaving cream.  What a lot of fun!!!  It also made our room smell good too!


WRITING WORKSHOP:  Telling and writing small moment stories is challenging.  The kinders are working SO hard during this part of our day.  I was gone to a meeting Thursday morning and Mrs. Reagan was the teacher. After learning a bit about Mo Williams, the author who writes Piggy and Elephant books,  she and the kinders wrote  about a time they pretended. 


READERS WORKSHOP:  The kinders are learning how to use their super powers when they read. 

       To help the kinders use their Pointer Power, they were given a fun “eyes” ring to use when reading.


       When using our Snap Word Power some  words, like our popcorn words, are easy to read.

MYSTERY GUEST READER: Izable was all smiles when her mom and younger brother, Grayson walked in today.  She read us one of Izzy’s favorite books, You are my Best Friend because Izzy was in the story with Elsa and Ana. Thank you for stopping by.

EXTRA RECESS:  This week we started to work as table teams to earn points as a behavior tool in our classroom.  Our goal at the end of the week is for each table team to earn 30 points.  The tables that have 30 tally points earn an extra recess.  Mrs. Reagan surprised us by giving our class an OUTSTANDING award for making our goal.  

It was a perfect day for playing outside this morning too.  Congratulations kinders!  I know that we can do it again next week!  I am proud of you!!




 Mason likes to read The Foot Book because he likes Dr. Seuss.

   Jaxon likes Clifford so Clifford’s First Christmas is one of his favorites.

  Lucas likes to make snowmen and read Snowman Magic.

Scarlett enjoys reading Are you my Mother?

  Jonathan brought Martin’s Big Words.  A great learning book about Martin Luther King Jr.


*POPCORN WORDS:            HE               SHE                                                                          It  was pretty cool to notice that “he” and “she” rhyme with the popcorn words we already know “me, we, be”.  January popcorn flash cards will be sent home soon.  Please add them to the existing cards at home for practice.

*WINTER GEAR:  Even though it is cold outside we will go out to play if the wind chill is above O.  Thanks for bundling up your child for play outside.

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION:     We gave Livia birthday wishes on Tuesday.  She turned 6 on 1/21!  Thank you for the birthday treat bags!

*VALENTINE PARTY AND VALENTINE EXCHANGE:   Tuesday, February 13 from 2:00-3:00pm. I will send out a separate posting on Saturday with a spreadsheet that you can volunteer for helping and supplying donations.  VALENTINE EXCHANGE:  Information has been sent home. Be sure to have your kinder write their names on each valentine.  Please remember to use the name labels for the front of the valentines for easier mailing. The kinders may bring in 4-5 valentines (select randomly from list) on Wed. Feb. 1; Thurs. Feb. 2; Tues. Feb. 7; Thurs. Feb 9; Fri. Feb 10 to mail. PLEASE DO NOT SEND IN ALL OF THE VALENTINES AT ONE TIME!  Let the love begin to flow!

*100 DAYS OF SCHOOL CELEBRATION:  Friday, February 9..  Start thinking about what 100 items your kinder will like to collect and bring to school.  Your kinders 100 collections will be due on Feb. 9. This is the day that they may bring them into school. Please do not send them into school earlier. The collections will return home the same day. Begin collecting 100 items and decide how your kinder would like to display them.  Have fun! 🙂

*CALENDARS: The FEBRUARY calendar  has been posted under CALENDARS.  A lot of fun events, popcorn words, birthdays are listed on this document.  The February lunch menu has also been posted under the side tab Hudsonville Food Service.



*TUES. JAN. 30–-GYM; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS, last day to order PE apparel

*WED. JAN 31MUSIC; HOMEWORK DUE….math and literacy;  LIBRARY Please remember to return your child’s book.    Mailing Valentines  Take 4-5 valentines to mail; 

*THURS. FEB. 1––ART; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS;  Mailing Valentines  Take 4-5 valentines to mail   If your kinder would like a sack lunch on Friday, please email me (kbohl@hpseagles.net or send a note by Thursday 2/1.

*FRI. FEB. 2-STEAM; FAST FRIDAY…Dismissal at 12:15pm  

 *NO SCHOOL: Monday, February 5 WINTER BREAK

*NO SCHOOL: Tuesday, February 6 WINTER BREAK

*WED. FEB. 3—Back at school

*FRI. FEB. 9—- Day 100 Celebration

*TUES. FEB. 13—Valentine’s Day Party  2:00-3:00pm  Non food donations due at school by Thursday, Feb 8. Food donations due Tuesday, Feb. 13.  Parent volunteers who are working at a party center, please arrive by 1:40pm for instructions & set up.

~~~Have a great weekend.  Stay warm and safe!   Mrs. Bohl