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Grinch Day Fun!

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“And the Grinch’s heart grew 3 sizes that day!”  What a great message we learned that when you think of others and give to them, your own heart grows more and more.  

All day long, the Grinch was the theme as we worked on writing, sight words and math.  Of course, we threw in some fun of learning how to draw the Grinch (thank you Mrs. Estefan, a 4th grade teacher, for being our “guest art teacher”) and by watching the movie (the cartoon version).  

Enjoy these pictures of our fun day of learning!

              

NEWS OF THE WEEK—Dec. 10-14

What a merry and bright week we had at school.  We had so much fun doing some last minute gingerbread man activities, playing games, singing songs and just learning! 

WRITING:  We wrote a few more books this week too.  We thought of a topic, came up with a patterned sentence, wrote our words and drew detailed pictures.  We learned how to add specific details so that readers can infer more about the story.  Some of the patterns were “____ can fly.”  “It is a ____(color) gift.” I have been so impressed by their hard work!  Hooray for the kinders!! 🙂 Be on the lookout for these books…they will come home next week.  The kinders are very observant as they read books too…they are on the lookout for these fun patterns. 🙂

HANDWRITING:  This week COUNTER CLOCKWISE letters of C,G,S,O,Q,U were spotlighted.  Thank you for practicing at home too.  

MATH:  The kinders explored seeing 5 groups and extra ones to make larger numbers….6-10. by playing a fun game using holiday erasers for practice.  We also told some subtraction stories using the erasers too.  We completed a worksheet to practice teem number building as well as looking for number partners in number sentences.

    

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)

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…..SPAIN.  We learned that they like to play futball (soccer), they speak Spanish, they like to eat churros, snails, olives and more. We had fun trying to count to 10 in Spanish too.  Where will Gingy go next?

READING:  We learned about more superpowers that Super Readers use when reading….SNAP WORD POWER, PARTNER POWER and PICTURE POWER.  Snap word power is when a reader can find words they know, like sight words, and read those words in a snap.  The kinders explored the classroom for words they knew in a snap.  Partner power is when readers help each other when they are reading.  The kinders worked with their reading partner to read a book together, taking turns to point and read to each other while helping each other with words that might be tricky. Picture power is when readers really look at the picture to see if it matches the words written.

SPLIT LIT:  I am reassessing the kinders on the skills that they are working on in small groups. They made great progress. I am so proud of their hard work in learning. We will begin working on new literacy skills in small groups after vacation along with new independent literacy work. We worked as a whole group to practice hearing syllables in Christmas words. If you have time during our break, please continue to use your flash cards to practice identifying sight words.

MYSTERY READER:  Parker literally jumped up and screamed when his mom stepped into the room.  She read Mooseltoe because she loves Christmas.  What a fun story!

REMINDERS

*WINTER GEAR: Please send appropriate winter gear with your child 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 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 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.  

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Dec. 17–-MUSIC;  ALL non-food party donations are due

*Tuesday, Dec. 18—GYM; Celebrate Jacob’s birthday  

*Wednesday, December 19–-ART; LIBRARYDon’t forget to return your kinder’s book! Grinch Day—-wear Green, or dress like Grinch characters. We will learn how to make our heart grow!

*Thursday, Dec 20–-STEAM;  Holiday Party  It will be held from 2:00-3:00pm.  Thank you for being part of our second class party. Parent volunteers can arrive at 1:30 for set up.  Food donations should arrive in the morning.  Celebrate Carter’s birthday

*Friday, December 21–MUSIC; 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

 

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—Dec. 11-15

What a merry and bright Christmas week we had at school.  We had so much fun doing some last minute gingerbread man activities, some Christmas fun, singing songs and wearing jamies!! It was nice to have the kinders feeling healthy and back at school this week.

READER’S AND WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  We finished up our unit on DISCOVERING PATTERN books…looking for them when we read books and when we write books.  We found out this week that some books have ‘growing’ patterns like in There was an old lady who swallowed a bell and ‘shrinking’ patterns like in The Napping House. The kinders are very observant as they read books…always on the lookout for these fun patterns. 🙂  We wrote a few more books this week too.  We thought of a topic, came up with a patterned sentence, wrote our words and drew detailed pictures.  We learned how to add specific details so that readers can infer more about the story (I like to _____ in the snow.) The kinders had fun making a gingerbread man flip book by writing a pattern of ‘I can run from a ___.’  I have been so impressed by their hard work!  Hooray for the kinders!! 🙂 Be on the lookout for these books…they came home today.

MATH: 

          The kinders are still working on seeing 10 in teen numbers (10 and 3 more make 13).  They played a fun game using holiday erasers for practice before challenging themselves to complete a worksheet to match teen numbers with the correct Christmas objects. 

    We combined shapes (pattern blocks) to make other shapes.  Friday math center games were CHRISTMAS CANDY! (graphing and comparing numbers),CATCH THE GINGERBREAD MAN (ID teen numbers), REINDEER GAMES (comparing numbers) and CHRISTMAS OBJECTS (counting teen numbers).

HOLIDAYS AROUND THE WORLD:  We boarded our imaginary airplane 3 times this week and flew to France, Greenland and Sweden.

  It was fun to learn that the flag of France has the same 3 colors as ours.  The children in France can’t wait to see if their piece of cake has the hidden bean inside making them the KING or QUEEN for the day.  We played a fun game of “Who has the hidden bean?”

  The children in Greenland write letters to Santa because they live so close to the North Pole. We enjoyed making Santa Claus.

    In Sweden the girls wear a crown of candles and the boys wear star hats while serving their parents sweet buns.  

SPLIT LIT:  The kinders were reassessed on the skills that they were working on in small groups. They made great progress. I am so proud of their hard work in learning.  I will be sending home a note about each kinder’s individual progress next week. We will begin working on new literacy skills in small groups after vacation along with new independent literacy work. We worked as a whole group to practice hearing syllables in Christmas words. If you have time during our break, please continue to use your flash cards to practice identifying sight words.

NOTES FOR MOM AND DAD

*POPCORN WORDS:            WHAT      IT                                                                                     December flash cards were sent home so you can add them to your collection.  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 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.

*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.

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Dec. 18–-GYMALL non-food party donations are due; Book Exchange books are due

*Tuesday, Dec. 19–MUSIC

*Wednesday, December 20–-ART; LIBRARYDon’t forget to return your child’s book! HOMEWORK DUE….math and literacy;  Grinch Day—-wear GreenWho inspired hairdos, antlers like the Grinch’s dog Max or be creative  We will learn how to make our heart grow!

*Thursday, Dec 21–-STEAMHoliday Party  It will be held from 2:00-3:00pm.  Thank you for being part of our second class party. Parent volunteers can arrive at 1:30 for set up.  Food donations should arrive on party day by 1:30pm.   

*Friday, December 22–GYM;  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.  Birthday celebration for Makenzie’s Dec. 28 birthday.

*Monday, December 25 – Friday, January 5:  NO SCHOOL, Holiday Break.  School resumes on Monday, January 8! 

~~Have a great weekend!   Mrs. Bohl

 

Important Details and Dates

Here are some important details and dates for the rest of this week and next week. Please write them on your calendar.

Thursday, Dec 14 – Holiday Music Program

Where? Fairhaven Church

When? drop off @ 6:15 pm, performance @ 6:30 pm

Please drop off kinders in the Family Life Center.

*Please keep your kinder’s coat with you during the program. Our class will sit together after our performance time and watch the 1st/2nd graders. All other Holiday Program details can be found in this blog post.      

If you would like a DVD, print this form  HolidayDVDForm-1oe9scd and turn it into the school office before Monday, 12/18/17.

Friday, Dec. 15 – All School PJ Day

Wear your warm, comfy jamies to school. 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. 

Monday, Dec. 18 –  3 Items Due

1.  Holiday Book Exchange Books due.  Please wrap your kinder’s book (suited for either a boy or girl) with tag on the outside. (TO: A FRIEND   FROM: YOUR KINDER’S NAME)      2.  ALL non-food party donations due       3.  Family Traditions homework paper due. Please label the pictures that are drawn.

Wednesday, Dec. 20 – Grinch Day

Wear GreenWho inspired hairdos, antlers like the Grinch’s dog Max or be creative  We will learn how to make our heart grow!

Thursday, Dec. 21 – Holiday Party Day

Food party donations due by 1:30pm.  Party volunteers arrive at 1:30pm for set up.

Friday, Dec. 22 – Polar Express Day

Wear your warm, 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.  

 

 

OUR SHORT WEEK—Dec. 19-21

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“And the Grinch’s heart grew 3 sizes that day!”  What a great message we learned that when you think of others and give to them, your own heart grows more and more.  All day long, the Grinch was the theme as we worked on writing, sight words and math.  Of course, we threw in some fun of learning how to draw the Grinch (thank you Mrs. Estefan for being our “art teacher”), eating green Grinch cookies and watching the movie.  Enjoy watching this short video of this fun day of learning!

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THANK YOU SO MUCH to ALL of the volunteers (Mrs. Asher, Mrs. Bragg, Mrs. Brock, Mrs. Bacon, Mrs. Pyke) who ran our fun centers and to ALL of the volunteers who donated supplies to make our Christmas Party so fun!  It takes a lot of work to plan, organize, and run the party centers. The kinders and I had a fabulous time!  Enjoy this short, fun video that captures the holiday fun of the day!

Wearing comfy pajamas was just right for boarding the Polar Express today.

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Our day was filled with reading the book The Polar Express, singing Christmas songs with Mr. Bowen’s 4th grade class, watching the movie by moving through all of the kindergarten classrooms, drinking hot chocolate (with and without marshmallows), solving addition problems using mini marshmallows and solving mystery words using a code.  The day ended with a package delivered to our classroom!  Inside were silver jingle bells and special bookmarks from Santa Claus!!!  They were super cold…probably because they arrived right from the North Pole.  WE BELIEVE!!

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Enjoy watching this short video about our fun day!  

Stay safe as you travel visiting family.  Enjoy the next week and half with your kinder….making memories together.  If you find you are in need of some activities to do with your kinder you can…..

*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 small moment stories

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

*read books together (don’t forget Raz-Kids online)

*practice the Fluency Packet that was sent home

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

*The January calendar will be sent home when school resumes and will be posted towards the end of Christmas vacation.  

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

UPCOMING DATES:

*Thursday, December 22 – Monday, January 2:  NO SCHOOL, Christmas Break.

*Tuesday, January 3—Back to School; GYM; LIBRARY Don’t forget your book!

*Wednesday, January 4—MUSIC

*Thursday, January 5—ART

*Friday, January 6—STEAM

*Friday, January 13—Early Release,    Dismissal at 12:15pm  

~~~I would like to wish you a Blessed 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 3.  Thank you for sharing them with me each day! 🙂  Mrs. Bohl