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NEWS OF THE WEEK—Feb 6-8

It was a very short week of school but we still did learning when we were at school.

   

LEARNING ABOUT GROUNDHOG DAY:  We read a newspaper to learn some true facts about groundhogs. We found out that groundhogs CAN eat leaves, berries, bugs, live in burrows, gnaw on wood, whistle and hibernate all winter.  They HAVE fur, sharp claws and teeth. Groundhogs ARE rodents, can be a big as large cat and can be called woodchucks.  We also made a fun groundhog puppet to use when retelling a poem.  A fun day of learning!

 

 

DAY 100:  Wow!  Can you believe it? Friday (a day late) we celebrated 100 days of learning in kindergarten.  

All day long we did activities revolving around the number 100!  We read books, we made a special Day 100 hat and badge, we counted to 100, we played math games identifying 100 numbers, we showed our 100 collections, we did 100 exercises and so much more.

100 COLLECTIONS: Thank you for helping your kinder collect and count 100 items!  They brought in fantastic, creative collections! 

RACE TO 100

The kinders practiced counting to 100 and “counting on” from a given number by playing the Race to 100 game with a friend. They each took home a game board so you can play at home for math review, too! 

   

PENNY FLIPS

The kinders learned how to flip a penny, recognize heads or tails, and record the results of the penny toss. They had lots of practice with this skill because they flipped a penny 100 times!!!

   

100 MINUTES OF PLAY

Throughout the day, our class was able to enjoy 100 minutes of play time (recess, break times, and play centers). Here are some of the play centers the kinders enjoyed.

  • GUMBALL MACHINE CRAFT: Kinders used do-a-dots to make 100 gum balls. 
  • 100 BLOCKS: Kindes built structures out of 100 wooden blocks and legos
  • 100 CUPS: Kinders made towers & castles using 100 red plastic cups. 
  • 100 PIECE PUZZLES:  Kinders worked to put together puzzles.
  • 100 DAY COLORING PAGE:  Kinders colored a picture.   

We are excited to have more days of learning in kindergarten ahead of us.

 

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: 

    We finally were able to celebrate Tinley’s birthday (1/26).  Thank you for the fun birthday treat bags.

POPCORN WORDS:    BIG    WITH    NOW    HOW   The kinders were introduced to these words this week.  They noticed that WITH has “th” (h brother) at the end while NOW and HOW rhyme. We will continue to work with these words next week. 

MYSTERY READERS:  Rocco was not expecting to see his mom step into the room on Wednesday. He could not stop smiling!  She brought the perfect book to read….The night before Day 100 because we were celebrating Day 100 this week.

Olivia was the kinder who was surprised on Friday when her mom, along with Marcus and Sophia, was the mystery reader.  She read Aqualicious because on a snowy day it is fun to read a book about sunny days at the beach.  (Sorry I am having difficulty uploading the pictures)

*KOOL KINDERS ARE BOOK LOVERS: 

  Breslyn enjoys reading Clifford the Big Red Dog.

    Emma likes to read There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Bell because it is funny.

REMINDERS

*TAKE HOME BOOKS:  We will begin reading and choosing books again on Monday. Thank you for helping your kinder be responsible in returning their books. Remember reading  books happen on MONDAY, TUESDAY AND THURSDAY.  

*WINTER GEAR:  Thank you for sending your kinder with all that they need to stay warm on the bus ride and while playing outside….snow pants, hats, mittens, boots. Just a reminder, when it warms up, we will be outside for recess if the temperature is above 0 degrees. We play out in the fields, and our playground does not get plowed, thank you for your help. 

*VALENTINE PARTY:  We will celebrate as a class Thursday, Feb 14 from 1:50-3:00pm. Party center volunteers please arrive by 1:40pm for instructions and set up. PLEASE HAVE NON FOOD DONATIONS BROUGHT INTO SCHOOL BY MONDAY, FEB. 11. FOOD DONATIONS DUE ON THURSDAY, FEB 14. Thank you to all the parents who are donating and preparing our activities.   Here is the link to the sign up document 

UPCOMING DATES

 

*MONDAY, FEB 11—ART; TAKE HOME books; Mail Valentines 

*TUESDAY, FEB 12—STEAM: TAKE HOME books; Mail Valentines

*WEDNESDAY. FEB. 13MUSIC;  LIBRARY Return library book!

*THURSDAY. FEB. 14GYMValentine’s Day Party  1:50-3:00pm  *NO TAKE HOME books this day.

*FRIDAY. FEB. 15—- ART

~~~~Have a fantastic weekend.  Stay safe and warm . Mrs. Bohl

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—Jan. 29-Feb. 2

See what was on our agenda for this week.

MATH:  The kinders practiced number writing 1-20, told addition and subtraction stories and built teen numbers using 10 stick cubes and mini cubes during this week’s lessons.

          

Friday math games consisted of….

  ROLL AND COVER (practicing adding 2 numbers)

  GOOFY GROUNDHOGS (identifying shapes)

  WHICH BURROW IS MINE? (solving subtraction problems using a number line)

SPLIT LIT:  The kinders are enjoying working on various literacy skills like rhyming, practicing their handwriting by writing sentences containing lots of sight words, reading and writing popcorn words and listening to stories on a CD and drawing their favorite part of the story.

   

HANDWRITING:  Lower case letters p,r,n,m are called DIVER LETTERS because we need to dive down and come back up to finish writing the letter. We also practiced writing them correctly within words too.

  

WRITING WORKSHOP:  We worked hard this week telling and writing shared small moment stories.  We wrote about our blubber experiment, Split Lit time and making our valentine bags.  We learned what is needed to write a 5 star sentence by editing a small moment story. The kinders are doing an amazing job remembering to add details and labels in their drawings.  They are also working very hard to use popcorn words, spaces between words and sentence stoppers (.  !  ?)  I am so proud of them!

     

GROUNDHOG DAY: On Thursday 19 kinders predicted “Will we have an early spring?”and 4 kinders thought “Will we have 6 more weeks of winter?  On Friday, the kinders found out that YES the groundhog did see his shadow by watching a video from USA Today. Six more weeks of winter….we are ready!! 

We read a popcorn word book and watched a video to learn some true facts about groundhogs. We found out that groundhogs CAN eat leaves, berries, bugs, live in burrows, gnaw on wood, whistle and hibernate all winter.  They HAVE fur, sharp claws and teeth. Groundhogs ARE rodents, can be a big as large cat and can be called woodchucks. We practiced making patterns and hearing sounds in words too. We also made a fun groundhog puppet to use when retelling a poem in addition to a celebration groundhog hat. A fun day of learning!

    

READER’S WORKSHOP:  The kinders LOVE using their SUPER POWERS when they read.  They are continuing to use their SUPER READING POWERS (Lips the Fish, Chunky Monkey, Flippy the Dolphin, etc) to figure out unknown words. In addition to using POINTER POWER & SNAP POWER, the kinder learned how to use PICTURE POWER, SOUND POWER and PARTNER POWER.

“PICTURE POWER” is when we look at the pictures to help us figure out what the words might be.

 

“SOUND POWER” is when we practice listening to the sounds we read because just looking at the picture is not enough.  We practiced covering the pictures in books to really practice this super power.  Focusing really hard on the sounds we hear to figure out words.

  

“PARTNER POWER” is when we read with our friends, each taking turns being the ‘jelly reader’ and ‘peanut butter listener’, giving helpful tips to the reader when needed.

    

*POPCORN WORDS:           BIG       WITH                                             The kinders are doing a fabulous job of learning their sight words.  Each day I try to include the week’s words in the daily message and they are able to locate them every time.  Hooray!

  

*KOOL KINDERS ARE BOOK LOVERS: 

  Peyton likes to read about the different cars in Cars Galore.

  Star Wars is a favorite of Anderson.

  Mia enjoys watching Shimmer and Shine on TV as much as she likes reading Shimmer and Shine and their Enchanted Bottle.  

  Bentley’s favorite book is The Day the Crayons Came Home.  

NOTES FOR MOM AND DAD

*TAKE HOME BOOKS:  The kinders really are enjoying reading and choosing books to read at home. Parents, thank you for your help and support by allowing your kinder the opportunity to read to you, practice their strategies and sight words, as well as instilling in them the pride and responsibility of being a reader.  A HUGE thank you to many parent volunteers who have committed their time!   We could not do this without your help and support. Thank you!! Remember we read books on MONDAY, TUESDAY AND THURSDAY.  Popcorn word lists are read each THURSDAY!

*WINTER GEAR:  Thank you for sending your child with all that they need to stay warm outside….snow pants, hats, mittens, boots. Just a reminder, we will be outside for recess if the temperature is above 0 degrees. 

*BOOK IT CALENDAR:  A new monthly calendar arrived home with your child this week.  Be sure to log all their wonderful reading each day!  Reading the TAKE HOME books counts!!  Return your completed January calendar this week.

*100 DAY CELEBRATION:  Information has been sent home.  Please note that all collections are to be sent to school on Friday, February 9.  I know it will be so much fun for the children to share.  These collections will be returned home the same day.  Thank you for assisting your child in this great math learning opportunity!

*VALENTINE PARTY:  We will celebrate as a class Tuesday, Feb 13 from 1:50-3:00pm. Party center volunteers please arrive by 1:40pm for instructions and set up. PLEASE HAVE NON FOOD DONATIONS BROUGHT INTO SCHOOL BY THURSDAY, FEB. 8. FOOD DONATIONS DUE ON TUESDAY, FEB 13. Thank you to all the parents who are donating and preparing our activities.  If you would like to sign up, please go the the link on the side bar under VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES. 

UPCOMING DATES

 *NO SCHOOL: Monday, February 5 WINTER BREAK

*NO SCHOOL: Tuesday, February 6 WINTER BREAK

*WED. FEB. 7—Back at school; STEAMHOMEWORK DUE….math and literacy;  LIBRARY Please remember to return your child’s book.    Mailing Valentines  Take 4-5 valentines to mail

*THURS. FEB. 8GYM; reading TAKE HOME books & Rainbow word list;  Mailing Valentines  Take 4-5 valentines to mail 

*FRI. FEB. 9—- MUSIC;  Day 100 Celebration….100 Collections are DUE

*TUES. FEB. 13—Valentine’s Day Party  1:50-3:00pm  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.  *NO TAKE HOME books this day.

   ~~~~Have a fantastic Winter Break!  I will see the kinders on Wednesday, Feb. 7.   Mrs. Bohl

OUR WEEK—-Jan. 30-Feb. 3

The kinders are full of excitement for learning which is becoming so evident as we learn new things each day and week. Did you enjoy seeing and hearing about Love Monster?  We had a lot of fun making Love Monster after reading Love Monster by Rachel Bright. Another way to celebrate friendship and Valentine’s Day.

 

Just see what was on our agenda for this week.

MATH:  The kinders practiced number writing 1-20, telling math addition and subtraction stories, comparing numbers and deciding if they were GREATER or LESS and built teen numbers using cubes were part of this week’s lessons. Friday math games consisted of ROLL AND COVER (practicing adding 2 numbers) and VALENTINE ADDITION (using M&M’s to write number partners) 

HANDWRITING:  We finished up learning the formation of the rest of the lower case letters f,q,x,z.   We will review the formations of all of our letters throughout the rest of the school year by completing a few more pages in our handwriting books.

WRITING WORKSHOP:  The kinders worked hard writing their “On Demand” Small Moment stories.  After their story was done, they had the opportunity to  “fix and fancy” by adding color to their drawings.  All of their small moment writings will come home next week.  I will share their “on demand” writing with you at conferences.

GROUNDHOG DAY: On Wednesday the kinders predicted “Will the groundhog see his shadow? 10 for YES….9 for NO.  On Thursday, the kinders found out that YES the groundhog did see his shadow by watching a video from USA Today.  We incorporated our feelings about this by completing a fun writing paper.  We read two popcorn word books, an informational book and watched a video to learn some true facts about groundhogs. We found out that groundhogs CAN eat leaves, berries, bugs, live in burrows, gnaw on wood, whistle and hibernate all winter.  They HAVE fur, sharp claws and teeth. Groundhogs ARE rodents, can be a big as large cat and can be called woodchucks.  A fun day of learning!

READER’S WORKSHOP:  Did you know that the kinders have SUPER POWERS?  Yes, they do!  They are continuing to use their SUPER POWERS (Lips the Fish, Chunky Monkey, Flippy the Dolphin, etc) to figure out unknown words.  This week they were introduced to Kitty Cat Connector.  She helps us make connections to the story that is being read.  

 

REMINDERS:

*POPCORN WORDS:           BIG       WITH                                   The kinders are doing a fabulous job of learning their sight words.  Each day I try to include the week’s words in the daily message and they are able to locate them every time.  Hooray!

*KOOL KINDERS ARE BOOK LOVERS: 

 Isabella enjoys reading God knows all about me.

 Easton likes funny books so A Pig, A Fox and A Box is one of his favorites.

 Avery thinks popcorn is yummy to eat while watching movies so If you take a mouse to the movies it the perfect book to read.

  Nugget and Fang was selected by Micah to share with his friends because he likes sharks.

****A new round of Kool Kinder will begin this coming week.  Look for the yellow reminder note inside your kinder’s folder for details.

*TAKE HOME BOOKS:  The kinders really are enjoying reading and choosing books to read at home. Please take notice that there are 2 books inside their bags.  You will find a yellow note explaining the reason for the 2 books inside your kinder’s folder.   Parents, thank you for your help and support by allowing your kinder the opportunity to read to you, practice their strategies and sight words, as well as instilling in them the pride and responsibility of being a reader.  A HUGE thank you to many parent volunteers who have committed their time!   We could not do this without your help and support. Thank you!! Remember we read books on MONDAY, TUESDAY AND THURSDAY.  Popcorn word lists are read each TUESDAY.

*WINTER GEAR:  Thank you for sending your child with all that they need to stay warm outside….snow pants, hats, mittens, boots. Just a reminder, we will be outside for recess if the temperature is above 0 degrees. 

*BOOK IT CALENDAR:  A new monthly calendar arrived home with your child this week.  Be sure to log all their wonderful reading each day!  Reading the TAKE HOME books counts!!  Return your completed January calendar this week.

*100 DAY CELEBRATION:  Information has been sent home.  Please note that all collections are to be sent to school on Wednesday, Feb. 8.  I know it will be so much fun for the children to share.  These collections will be returned home the same day.  Thank you for assisting your child in this great math learning opportunity!

*VALENTINE PARTY:  We will celebrate as a class Monday, Feb 13 from 2:00-3:00pm. Party center volunteers please arrive by 1:40pm for instructions and set up. PLEASE HAVE ALL DONATIONS BROUGHT INTO SCHOOL BY TUESDAY, FEB. 7. Thank you to all the parents who are donating and preparing our activities.

*JUMP ROPE FOR HEART: Pledge envelopes due on or before Feb. 17. Please check the PE blog for further details

UPCOMING DATES

 *NO SCHOOL:  There will be no school on Monday, February 6 WINTER BREAK for STUDENTS Enjoy the day with your kinder!

*TUES. FEB 7–GYM; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS; reading POPCORN WORD LIST; LIBRARY Please remember to return your child’s book. Mailing Valentines Take 4-5 valentines to mail    

*WED.FEB. 8–MUSIC; DAY 100 CELEBRATION…100 Collections are DUE; HOMEWORK DUE….math and literacy

*THURS. FEB.9––ART; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS;  Mailing Valentines Take 4-5 valentines to mail  

*FRI. FEB. 10STEAMMailing Valentines Take 4-5 valentines to mail  

*TUES. FEB. 13—Valentine’s Day Party  2:00-3:00pm  Donates due into school by Tuesday, Feb. 7.  Parent volunteers who are working at a party center, please arrive by 1:40pm for instructions & set up.

*SAT. FEB. 25—-Daddy Daughter Dance: 6:30-9:00pm.  The cost is $30 per couple.  RSVP’s are due by Friday, Jan. 27.  Attached is a copy of the Invitation.Georgetown-Invite

   ~~~~Have a great weekend,   Mrs. Bohl