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NEWS—Dec 9-13

What a Merry and Bright week of learning.  See what we did at school this week.

POPCORN WORDS:            WHAT      IT                                                                 December flash cards will come home next week so you can add them to your collection.  You might want 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)

MATH: We practiced making teen numbers by looking at a group of 10 and extra ones.  We put numbers in correct order and then practiced writing them correctly….not always starting at number one.  Example: (7,8,6, should be 6,7,8).  We also used shapes to create new shapes.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  We stepped away from writing personal narrative (true stories) to enjoy several Gingerbread stories.  Each day we read a different Gingerbread story and focused on using one of the many writing skills we have learned.  On Monday we read The Gingerbread Man by Jim Alsworth making sure our pictures and words matched.  On Tuesday, after reading The Gingerbread Boy, we focused on starting with a capital letter, putting spaces between words and ending with a sentence stopper (period).  On Wednesday The Gingerbread Baby was read so that we could work on identifying a feeling when we write.  Next week we will read a few more versions before their Gingerbread Cookie Jar packets come home.

HANDWRITING:  This week it was learning how to correctly write CLOCKWISE UPPERCASE LETTERS (P,B,R,D,T). Thank you for using these writing packets at home to give your kinder extra writing practice.  

READING:   This week the kinders practiced using all of their reading superpowers such as POINTER POWER, SOUND POWER, PICTURE POWER, BOOK TALK POWER. Their individual book boxes include interest books like Pete the Cat, Clifford, Fly Guy and books that are “good fit” books. “Good Fit” books that are at or near their tested reading level to help them sharpen their reading skills. We also worked to increase our private read to self time reading stamina.  At the beginning of the week we were at 4 minutes.  By the end of the week the kinders were reading at 10 minutes.  Way to go!  The kinders are SUPER READERS!! 

SPLIT LIT: The kinders really do enjoy this time of the day.  They rotate to 5 different centers (3 independent & 2 teacher led) where they practice specific skills to build their knowledge of sounds, words and phonemic awareness.  All of these skills help them grow in their ability to become independent readers. This week the kinders worked on identifying & writing popcorn words, final and medial sounds, blending and segmenting sounds and syllables.  

MYSTERY READER: Kylie was not expecting her grandparents to walk into the room.  They are visiting from AZ so it was so nice they could visit Georgetown.  Kylie’s Grandpa read There was a Coyote who swallowed a Flea.  A fun book about different animals found in AZ.

Candy Cane Sale:                                                                          
The 5th grade annual candy cane sale is here! Don’t miss out! You can buy a tasty treat for only $1. The sale runs through Wednesday, Dec. 18th! Thank you in advance for your support!

REMINDERS

*WINTER GEAR: Please send appropriate winter gear with your kinder each day even if there is not any snow.  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 this weekend to label your kinder’s snow pants and boots if you have not done this.

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

*BOOK EXCHANGE:  Thank you so much for sending in your holiday book exchange wrapped gift. If you would like your kinder to participate, please send a book in next Monday. Please let me know if you have any questions, kbohl@hpseagles.net.

*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 your preferance (Monday/ Thursday, weekly, 2X month, 1X month) 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.

*HOLIDAY PARTY:  Thank you so much for your donations.  Please send in ALL non-editable donations to school by Tuesday, Dec 17. Food items can be dropped off in the morning.  Party volunteers can arrive at 1:30pm to set up.  Here is the link to the sign up list if you need to check what you offered to donate. 

UPCOMING DATES

*Mon. Dec 16GYM    Holiday Gift Shopping  2:00-2:45pm.  Parent volunteers will be available to help your kinder shop.  More details coming soon    Wear Red and Green Day

*Tues. Dec 17ART   Wear Holiday Hat Day (antlers, hat, etc)

*Wed. Dec 18STEAM   Grinch Day  

*Thurs. Dec 19MUSIC    Holiday Party  2:00-3:00PM Volunteers can arrive at 1:30 for set up.  If you would like to check what your donated supplies, the sign up is HERE.  

*Fri. Dec 20GYM   Polar Express Day   Wear jamies to school

*Dec 21-Jan 5—Holiday Vacation   School resumes on Monday, January 6

NEWS—-Dec 2-6

POPCORN WORDS:     LOOK      RUN     FROM  Like always, we used them in the our writing and found them in books!  Our shared poem and book also contained words that we could read.  We had fun making some new words by adding a new letter at the start of “an”.

 

GINGERBREAD MAN:  He likes to run!  The gingerbread man has many ways of avoiding being caught! We found this out by reading  The Gingerbread Man by Karen Schimdt.  Next week we will be reading different versions of this story.  Will he get caught?  Will he escape?  Wait and see! Even our newspaper was about how to make a gingerbread man cookie and more at a bakery!

I hope that you had fun decorating your gingerbread boy/girl at home.  They are fantastic and special.  Hopefully, these gingerbread men won’t run away!! 🙂  For now they are on our board. 

MATH:   We practiced telling and solving addition and subtraction stories all week.  The kinders are doing a great job solving these problems.  We practiced seeing 5-groups and more in numbers 6-10 and building teen numbers (10+3=13). We used the break apart stick (popsicle stick) to show partners of numbers (4+2=6, 1+5=6, etc) when using math tiles.  The 3 Friday math games focused on making patterns, counting by 10’s and graphing.

READING:  The kinders learned that readers work hard to read words they know smoothly.  We learned how to make our books come to life by paying attention to the punctuation.  We learned how to sound excited when we see exclamation points and how to have a questioning voice when we see a question mark.  We also learned on how to use a voice that pulls readers in and how understanding of our book is important, otherwise our listeners may not understand it either.  We ended the week by learning about “book talk” power.  This is when we talk about the books we just read.  We tell the listener all of the important parts.  Book talk power is great for strengthening our comprehension skills!

SPLIT LIT:   All of the literacy activities were holiday themed and dealt with identifying letters and their sounds, blending and segmenting sounds in words, writing popcorn words and beginning and ending sounds in words.  This is one of our favorite times of the day….having fun while learning!

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  We learned that our writing pens have two jobs…one side is for writing and one side is for pointing when we need to reread what we wrote.  Writers use many different tools to help them write fabulous stories.  A checklist is one tool. We learned that words must have a vowel (hard worker) to sound right.  Another tool is our vowel chart which helps us remember the sounds the vowels make. The last tool we learned that that writers use is the word wall.  This chart makes it easy to find popcorn words in a snap.  We used all of these tools working together to begin writing about making Stone Soup before the kinders started writing yet another personal narrative story.  This is hard work but I am so proud of how hard the kinders work during this time.

HANDWRITING:  We started to learn the proper formation of UPPER CASE LETTERS.  This week the focus was on the STRAIGHT LINE FAMILY…LT,I.F,E,H.

MYSTERY READERS:  We had 3 mystery readers this week.

On Monday, the kinders didn’t know the mystery reader but I did.  My oldest daughter, Hannah and my granddaughters, Madeline (3) and Abigail (1) came to school. Hannah was still on Thanksgiving break from her school so it worked out perfectly.  She read Froggy Learns to Swim because Madeline LOVES to swim in Oma’s (my) pool and Madeline likes to read Froggy books.

On Wednesday, Lucas was thrilled to see his mom step into the classroom.  She read one of their favorites for the holiday season Snowmen at Christmas.  What a great book to imagine what snowmen do during the night.

On Friday, Reagan was all smiles when her Dad came to read us Santa is coming to Michigan.  A nice story that follows Santa’s trip to various cities in Michigan as he delivers his toys.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Books for the holiday book exchanged are due next week, Thursday (Dec 12).  Please have your kinder bring in a wrapped book.  They may fill out the “from” section but please leave who it is to blank.  If you ordered a book through our book order, I will send the book home with your kinder as soon as the books comes in or I will let you know if they are gifts. 

UPCOMING DATES

*Mon. Dec. 9  GYM

*Tues. Dec 10  ART

*Wed. Dec 11  STEAM;  Library Don’t forget to return your book!

*Thurs. Dec 12 MUSIC;  Wrapped books due for our Holiday Book Exchange if you would like to participate.  Holiday Music Program… We will travel to Fair Haven to rehearse from 10:00-11:00.  6:15 kinders arrive, 6:30 p.m. program at Fair Haven Church in Jenison.  If your kinder would like a sack lunch from the lunch service, please email me or write a note by Thursday, 12/11.

*Fri. Dec 13    STEAM;  Fast Friday (Early Release…dismissal at 12:15am)   

*Dec 16—Holiday Gift Shopping  2:00-2:45pm.  Parent volunteers will be available to help your kinder shop.  More details coming soon    Wear Red and Green Day

*Dec 17—Wear Holiday Hat Day

*Dec 18—Grinch Day  

*Dec 19—Holiday Party  2:00-3:00PM Volunteers have been contacted.  If you would like to donate supplies, the sign up is HERE.  There are some open opportunities still available!

*Dec 20—Polar Express Day   Wear jamies to school

*Dec 21-Jan 5—Holiday Vacation   School resumes on Monday, January 6

Look inside the folders….

These three items came home with your kinder today:

1 – Where in the world is the Gingerbread Man? suitcase

Gingy is off flying back to the North Pole to be ready for the holidays.  We learned about his last stop….Russia.  It was fun to listen to a short video of how the names of fruits are spoken in Russian.  We even were able to copy some of the fruit names.  The kinders are so excited to share their suitcases, passports, and journals with you! 

2 – Popcorn cards & books

The December popcorn cards and popcorn books are inside the blue folders.  Please add these cards and books to your exsiting piles for practice at home.  The kinders are doing so well in reading these books.  You might even notice some patterns. 🙂

3 – Pattern Writing books

We are finished with the writing unit on Pattern books.  Enjoy seeing the growth your kinder has made.  As a group, we worked hard to stretch out sounds in the words, to add spaces between words and to include sentence stoppers like a period.

Here’s to three more days of fun before break!

Wednesday – Grinch Day (dress in Grinch theme or green)

Thursday – Party Day (1:50-3:00 pm)

Friday – Polar Express Day (wear pajamas)

NEWS OF THE WEEK—Nov. 26-30

I hope that you enjoyed the extra day home with your kinder.  The kinders were VERY excited about playing in the snow during recess.  Here a just a few pictures to enjoy!

Take a look at what your kinder in school this week.

GINGERBREAD MAN:  He likes to run!  The gingerbread man has many ways of avoiding being caught! We found this out by reading  The Gingerbread Man by Karen Schimdt.  All month we will be reading different versions of this story, comparing the endings of each book.  Will he get caught?  Will he escape?  Wait and see! Even our newspaper was about how to make a gingerbread man!

I hope that you had fun decorating your gingerbread boy/girl at home.  They are fantastic and special.  Hopefully, these gingerbread men won’t run away!! 🙂  For now they are on our hallway board. You can send your decorated gingerbread boy/girl in next week too, if they are still at home.

WRITING:  All month long we are DISCOVERING PATTERNS in books. During writing time, we are learning how to write simple pattern books. We already wrote 2 books…Foods I ate (for Thanksgiving) with the pattern….I ate ____.; I can do stuff with the pattern…I can _____.  I am so proud of their hard work.  They are stretching out sounds in words, writing popcorn words and using fantastic penmanship.  The kinders are so excited about this new writing adventure.  

HANDWRITING:  We began learning the proper formation of the upper case letters starting with the STRAIGHT LINE family of L,T,I,E,F,H. 

  

SOCIAL STUDIES:  The Gingerbread Man is on the Loose!  Gingy (our mini gingerbread man) is traveling the world, helping us learn about some different countries. 

We are boarding an imaginary airplane and flying the globe learning different fun facts about that country. This week he landed in Australia…the land down under.  Upon landing in the new country, each kinder has their own passport stamped as they de-board the airplane.  Gingy sent us some postcards with neat pictures of various landmarks.  The kinders are drawing their favorite fun fact in a book.  We also watched 2 videos, learning more facts about landmarks and animals that are indigenous to Australia.  The kinders enjoyed the animal video so much they wanted me to share the link so they could watch it again at home. Mrs. Rossback visited Australia so she also shared what she saw and did there.  Very cool! It was neat to learn that Australia’s flag has the same colors as American flag….red, white and blue….only in a different design.

READING: The kinders dove deeper into learning what to share with their reading partners.  They shared their favorite part of the story, something that is cool,  I didn’t know that? fact and that happened to me! connection with their reading buddy.  Our time of reading continues to become longer.  We are making progress! 🙂

MATH:  The first part of the week was wrapping up on learning and reviewing some math skills.  At the end of the week, the kinders  used their individual “offices”again when they took the unit #2 math test.  After I finish grading the tests I will send them home with the kinders.  Next week we move on to unit #3.   

SPLIT LIT:  I am so proud of the kinders!  Tuesday the kinders were re-introduced to different tasks (worksites). The activities at the stations will focus on writing, rhyming, beginning sounds and sight words. The kinders will be identifying letters/sounds, blending/segmenting sounds in words and recognizing sight words while working in small groups with Mrs. Rossback or myself when not working independently.  

*POPCORN WORDS:   AN      CAN     MAN     RAN                                                      How fun it is to be able to make more words if  you can identify ‘an’. We enjoyed using a gingerbread man slider to this.  We used these words many times in our writing and reading this week. I am so proud of how well the kinders are doing in identifying popcorn words. Thank you for practicing at home…..keep it up.  

MYSTERY  READERS:   On Wednesday, Amelia quietly and sweetly greeted her mom.  We enjoyed hearing Thidwick the big hearted moose by Dr. Seuss. It was her dad’s favorite story when he was younger and now Amelia loves it too!

Friday, both Jase and Colton ran across the room to give their mom and dad a hug as they entered the room with their younger sister, Chloe.  Mom read Zip Line, a sweet story about a little girl having a zip line (scar) on her chest from having heart surgery and how we are all different. It is Colton’s favorite story because he too has a zip line from heart surgery when he was younger.  Thank you for coming in.

REMINDERS 

*WINTER GEAR:  Please send winter gear each day with your child.   It is cold and the snow is here.  We want our kinders warm.  They may wear their gym shoes inside of school every day or you can send a pair of shoes. Please consider buying velcro closings on boots if you need to purchase new ones this year. Wearing snow boots in our room is not an option.  🙂 . DON’T FORGET TO LABEL YOUR KINDER’S CLOTHES!

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

*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. See earlier posting for more details.

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Dec 3—STEAM

*Tuesday, Dec 4—MUSIC

*Wednesday, Dec 5—GYMNo Library due to Holiday Gift Shop.  Enjoy your kinder’s book another week;  HOLIDAY GIFT SHOP: We are scheduled to shop at 2:00pm  If you would like your kinder to participate, please provide the necessary information for family members they need to shop for on the outside of the envelope.  Enclose your kinder’s money inside. Please make checks payable to GEORGETOWN PTC.

*Thursday, Dec. 6—-ART

*Friday, Dec.7— STEAM 

*Thursday, Dec 13–-HOLIDAY MUSIC PROGRAM  Kinders arrive at 6:15pm, program begins at 6:30pm at Fair Haven Church 2900 Baldwin Street, Hudsonville.  

*Wednesday, December 19–Grinch Day—-wear Green or dress like Grinch characters

*Thursday, Dec 20–-Holiday Party  It will be held from 2:00-3:00pm.  We have enough volunteers for the party but  opportunities to donate snack items are available.  Go to this google document to sign up.  Thank you for being part of our second class party.  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.  Ordered books will arrive in time for the party.

*Friday, December 21-Polar Express Day…wear pj’s!

*Monday, December 23 – Friday, January 4:  NO SCHOOL, Holiday Break.  School resumes on Monday, January 7!

*TAKE HOME BOOK PROGRAM:   This exciting program will begin in January.  If you are interested in listening to the kinders read, this volunteer opportunity is for you!  A note explaining this program will be sent home soon.  

~~Have a great weekend!   Mrs. Bohl