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NEWS—Oct. 28-Nov 1

POPCORN WORDS:   IN   ALL   It was fun to see that we could make some new words by adding different letters to ALL and IN.   Our daily message does not just contain our weekly words but also includes popcorn words we have already learned. That makes reading the daily message so fun!  Our shared reading poem and book allowed us to read familiar popcorn words.  

COLOR WORD:     BROWN    The kinders had fun reading brown bear books like Bear feels scared, Bear Can’t Sleep and Very Hairy Bear 

We also read Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? .  We continued to practice our storytelling skills as we retold (and sang) the story many times this week.  Enjoy having your kinder practice their skills at home when they retell the story for you using their storytelling strip.  We made a brown bear hat while wearing brown. Thank you for helping your kinder participate in our color days by wearing particular colors.  The kinders (and I) looked forward to these fun days. The kinders enjoyed eating teddy grahams for the surprise brown snack.


MATH: We continued to tell math stories (even using real candy corn pieces) to solve the answers to the math stories. For example:  3 teddy bears came and sat at a table.  2 more teddy bears joined them.  How many teddy bears are at the table?”  3+2=5   We practiced writing tricky numbers 8 & 9 too. Friday math games were FALLING LEAVES (matching the group of dots to the number) and MISSING PUMPKINS (writing numbers & ID numbers in 1-10 order). 

SCIENCE:  Our weekly newspaper helped us learn about the seasons of a tree.

WRITING: We continued with our Show and Tell Unit.  At the beginning of the week the kinders wrote a pattern book about a leaf. We closely observed our individual leaves, noticing the shape and color.   We used the pattern, “This is a…”.  to write our pages about the stem, vein, color. I am so proud of how far the kinders have come in writing!  We start a new unit next week of writing personal narratives! 

READING WORKSHOP:  It was all about learning how to increase and  our stamina.  We started the week by reading quietly, staying in our own spot, staying on task for 5 minutes.  We increased to 7 min 20 seconds.  Way to go kinders!  Next week we start learning about Super Powers and how they can help us become better readers.

CHOICES: Our favorite time of the day to learn and put into practice important social skills such as sharing, taking turns, being creative and working together.

HANDWRITING:  We learned how “clockwise letters” (h,r,n,m,b) are written. It was so fun using gelboards to write them too. Keep up practicing at home….it is helping!

MYSTERY READERS:  Wednesday afternoon Jude and Kieran were so happy to see their aunt (and mom) walk in our room.  Their aunt was visiting their family all the way from Ireland.  What a special treat.  She read the boys favorite story…A Book With No Pictures.  What a funny, silly story!

Friday morning Kylie was the one to jump up and hug her mom.  She read us Desert Night, Desert Day because Kylie has relatives who live by the desert.  What a sweet story introducing us to animals who live in the desert.  She even brought their squishy catus to go along with the story.


SNACKS:  Please remember to send in 2 snacks for your Kindergartner each day.  I do have graham crackers if it is forgotten.  Donations of graham crackers are ALWAYS welcome!!  Our supply is going fast! 🙂

WINTER GEAR:   Brrrr….our Michigan weather is changing quickly.   Please be sure to gather up those warmer coats, mittens, boots, hats and snow pants.  When it snows, this gear is mandatory to play outside.  When the snow arrives we do go outside and play!   However, if the temperature or wind chill get below freezing we do opt to stay inside. If anyone needs any help with getting these winter items PLEASE let me know.  Also, if your kinder needs new boots this season, please, please purchase boots with velcro closings NOT with tie up laces.  Keep in mind that the goal for all kinders to get their winter gear on and off independently. Label, Label, Label your kinder’s winter gear.  It will make it easier for me to know which black snow pants belong to your kinder.

HEADPHONES:   Send in headphones for STEAM if not already done so.  Thank you to all who have already sent them into school.

CALENDARS:  Please refer to the November calendar that was sent home for events, birthdays, etc or view it at the top of the blog under CALENDARS AND SCHEDULES.  The November lunch menu is also available on the Food Service website.



*Monday, Nov 4—MUSIC

*Tuesday, Nov 5—GYM  

*Wednesday, Oct 30—ART; Library–Please help your kinder remember their library book.  Homework packet is due    

*Thursday, Oct 31–-STEAM    

*Friday, Nov 1—MUSIC  Wear  RAINBOW COLORS  

*Nov. 15—Fast Friday (early release) Dismissal at 12:15

*Nov. 18—Parent-Teacher Conferences

*Nov. 20—Parent-Teacher Conferences

*Nov. 27—Nov. 29—NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Vacation

*Dec. 12—Holiday Program… 6:30 p.m. at Fair Haven Church in Jenison.  More details coming as date approaches.

Have a great weekend. Don’t forget to change your clocks to FALL BACK this weekend.  Mrs. Bohl


NEWS—Oct. 14-18

Our busy week of learning in kindergarten…..

COLOR WORDSBLACK    WHITE       We read Harry the Dirty Dog, Harry and the Neighbor, Harry goes to the sea, Please, Mr. Panda and I’ll wait Mr. Panda as our color theme books.  We also watched a non-fiction video about panda bears. We all agreed they are cute black and white bears so it was obvious that we needed to make panda bears.  It was fun to use a fork as our paint brush. Thanks for participating by wearing black and white! 🙂 We also made our weekly color flip book, went on a I Spy hunt for black & white pictures and drew a picture of Harry the Dirty Dog.  Our surprise black & white snack this week was OREO cookies.  Not very healthy, I know, but very tasty. 


HANDWRITING:  We learned about the three different handwriting lines and how some letters are small, some are tall, and some fall below the lines.  Remembering to always start at the top is tricky so extra reminders at home is helpful. We started practicing the proper formation of Counter Clockwise letters (f,c,a,d).  We will finish the rest of these letters next week.

POPCORN WORDS:   YES   NO  STOP  GO We wrote these words in our journals, found/wrote them in our popcorn paper books, used magnets to create new words by changing the beginning sound (go, no, so, OR stop, mop, top, hop) and in our shared reading poem.  

READING:  As readers, we learned another strategy to use when we get stuck on unknown words.  Tryin’ Lion is a cute beanie baby that tells us to “reread and never give up.”  He joins Eagle Eye ( look closely at the words and picture) and Stretchy Snake (stretch out sounds in words) as useful reading strategies.   Readers also notice that important words have labels to make reading them easier.  We practiced this by labeling important words in two emergent books. The kinders were given a sticky note to use when they located a character showing a feelings.  A good review from last week’s lessons.

MATH: This week the kinders found out that they can tell math stories and solve the answers to their math stories. For example:  3 teddy bears came and sat at a table.  2 more teddy bears joined them.  How many teddy bears are at the table?”  3+2=5  In addition, they practiced drawing pictures of math stories on whiteboards. They used their math toolboxes to show groups of 5 within numbers (5+1=6) and to compare numbers by using a 5 strip and extra one tiles.  They drew groups of 5 and extra ones, wrote number 6 and counted groups of objects inside their workbooks.

WRITING WORKSHOP: During our writing time we learned that writers stretch out sounds in words, the words match the pictures, they talk and share with their partners. We worked together to create another Show and Tell book.  This time it was about our Homes.  The kinders shared information about where they eat, where they sleep and where they like to play with their writing partners before actual drawing and writing each day.  They are doing a fabulous job drawing detailed pictures, labeling parts of their drawings and trying their best to write a matching sentence such as “I eat at the table. I sleep in my bed. I play in the playroom.” (We try to use as many popcorn words as possible when we write together!)  On Friday, we met with Mrs. Tindall’s class to read our books together and celebrate being awesome writers!

LITERACY:  This week the kinders worked as a whole group with Mrs. Bynum while I reassessed the kinders are their letters/sounds and rhyming words.  We have been working hard in mastering these skills during Split Lit and in small groups.  Their activities focused on sight words, rhyming words, distinguishing between letter b and letter d and listening for sounds in the beginning, middle and end of words.  Look for a note in your kinder’s folder informing you of your kinder’s progress in the coming weeks.  Our shared reading book was filled with rhyming words.

MYSTERY READER: On Wednesday afternoon, Kennedy was surprised…again.  This time it was her grandma who came to read a story to us.  She brought The Day the Crayons Talked because Kennedy LOVES to color. A fun story to hear especially since we are learning our colors words!


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.

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 21—ART

*Tuesday, Oct 22—STEAM 

*Wednesday, Oct 23—MUSIC; Library–Please help your kinder remember their library book.  Homework packet is due 

*Thursday, Oct 24–GYM    

 *Friday, Oct 25—ART; Wear ORANGE

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

*Tuesday, Oct 29—Fall Party games and craft items should be sent into school

*Thursday, Oct. 31—Fall Class Party, 2:00-3:00 p.m.  Food items should be sent into school in the morning 

*Nov. 15—Fast Friday (early release) Dismissal at 12:15

*Nov. 18—Parent-Teacher Conferences

*Nov. 20—Parent-Teacher Conferences

*Nov. 27—Nov. 29—NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Vacation

*Dec. 12—Holiday Program…Details coming

Have a fabulous weekend with your kinder.  They are very special little people who I am so thrilled to be spending my days with.  Mrs. Bohl



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!


*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.  


*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


News of the Week—Oct. 29-Nov. 2

It is hard to believe that it is November and we are looking forward to Thanksgiving.  To start us thinking about this new month we enjoyed moving to the Turkey Dance by The Learning Station, reading a turkey book and making adorable (a bit silly looking) turkeys.  

MATH:  Telling math stories and figuring out the answers to the math stories occurs daily. For example:  4 friends are having blue hot lunch, 3 friends are having white hot lunch.  How many friends are eating hot lunch today?  Counting to 100 also happens daily by watching Let’s Get Fit, Count to 100 by Jack Hartman or Counting Super Hero by Harry Kindergarten to name a few.  In math this week, we used blue dots to show groups of 5 and then some more. They also looked at groups of objects and numbers and decided if they were equal (=) or not equal (= with / through it).

We were introduced to finding different ways to make a 5 group.(5+0,4+1, 3+2, 2+3, 1+4, 0+5) It is fun to see how great the kinders are learning about adding numbers together! We practiced writing our numbers and doing some more dot-to-dot practice. 


Keep practicing number sense skills with your kinder by asking them to count groups of objects around them (plates at the table, cars on the road, etc.)

POPCORN WORDS:         IN    ALL                                                            We are working hard to stretch out the words and hear the beginning, middle and ending sounds in our weekly popcorn words.  We had fun putting different magnetic letters at the beginning of IN to make new words like….FIN, WIN, BIN, CHIN. We also made new words with ALL like….BALL,WALL, CALL, HALL, FALL, TALL, SMALL.  We wrote these words inside our “interactive journals”.  These journals will be used periodically throughout the school for literacy, math, social studies, science activities.

It was easy to read our weekly newspaper because it contained color words.  The kinders are becoming quite the readers!

READING: We learned about feelings and emotions this week. We learned to look at the character’s face to see what they are feeling. We practiced doing this as a group using the book Caps for Sale.  We practiced this with the books in their book boxes, privately and with their reading partners. 

WRITING:  We began a new unit entitled “Writing as Scientists”, looking deeper to label and draw objects with a scientific eye.  We looked closely at candy corn, a leaf and our own shoes with our own magnifying glass. Then we sketched out what we observed, added labels and wrote a sentence that told about our objects. We like being scientists!



HANDWRITING:  We learned the proper formation of the “slant” letters k,v,w,x,z by writing these letters in our booklets and on gel boards.  Keep practicing at home! 🙂



*PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES:  I am looking forward to sharing your kinder’s progress with you.  Please come with any questions and arrive on time to my classroom. Kinders do not need to attend, however if your kinder does attend that they wait in the hallway while we have our conference in the classroom. Thank you! 🙂  See you on Monday and Wednesday nights.

*OUTSIDE CLOTHES: When cooler weather is predicted, please dress your kinder in warm outside clothes…warm coat, hat/headband, mittens/gloves. We go outside to play in the morning, lunch recess and at the end of the day.  Looking ahead….If your kinder has outgrown their winter boots, PLEASE CONSIDER PURCHASING BOOTS THAT FASTEN WITH VELCRO CLOSINGS!!!  LACES TAKE TIME AND ARE DIFFICULT TO TIE/UNTIE WHEN WET.  Thank you!

*CALENDARS: The November calendar  is posted under CALENDARS on the side bar.  A paper copy was sent home this week.  Click on this link for the November lunch menu or go to the FOOD SERVICE link on the side bar.

*PE CARES FOOD DRIVE: Now until Nov. 16.  Your donations of canned or non-perishable food items can be brought into school anytime.  The kinders will be bringing them to gym class to add the our school collection. Thank you for your donations and thinking of those in need this season.  


*Monday, Nov. 5ART; Preview books at the Book Fair; Parent Teacher Conferences 

*Tuesday, Nov. 6STEAM; NO Library  Enjoy your kinder’s book for another week.

*Wednesday, Nov. 7MUSIC;  Book Fair: Please send your kinder’s money in an envelope labeled with YOUR KINDER’S NAME and BOOK FAIR if you wish them to purchase books.. The book fair will also be open during conference times. This is optional.  The proceeds go towards purchasing books for use in school. Thank you! NO Library  Enjoy your kinder’s book for another week; Parent Teacher Conferences

*Thursday, Nov. 8-GYM

*Friday, Nov. 9ART

*Friday, Nov. 16–Stone Soup Day! More details soon

*November 21-23—NO SCHOOL…Thanksgiving Break

~~~Have a great weekend!  Don’t forget to “Fall Back” and turn your clock backwards an hour Saturday night.  Mrs. Bohl

News of the Week—Oct. 1-5

Fabulous fall is here!  The weather this week has been fall like….cool mornings and some warm up during a few of the days. Thank you for sending a coat/sweatshirt along with your kinder each morning.  

Here is a peek of what your kinder did at school this week

POPCORN WORDS:         DO   TO   YOU      While stretching out the sounds in our popcorn words, we noticed that letter O can sound like /oo/ while containing either one O or OU. We could also hear that they rhyme.

COLOR WORD:    PURPLE     Harold and the Purple Crayon was just one of many puprle 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 Once again, it was fun looking at the way the kinders chose to wear this week’s color purple.  We have 3 more colors to learn.


HANDWRITING:  We started learning the proper formation of lower case letters.  This week it was the “straight line” letters of 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.  


READER’S WORKSHOP: The kinders are learning to love books. The kinders practiced how to “lean and tell” and “turn and talk” during this time too. The kinders found out that every book includes the same parts…..front and back of book, title, author & illustrator names, title page, pictures and words. This week they selected “good fit” books to keep inside their own blue baskets.  A “good fit” book is a book that sparks their interests or books that are familiar to them personally.  We read quietly for 4 whole minutes and they wanted to read longer.  We have a room full of beginner readers! 


MATH:   We also continued to practice writing our numbers, especially 1-4, identifying groups of numbers 1-4 and practiced telling addition and subtraction stories. Friday math games (for the most part) related to fire safety, by playing RACE TO THE FIRE (number writing 1-6), PUT OUT THE FIRE (1 to 1 correspondence, counting and number identification), ROLL AND COVER (number identification) and explored making patterns with lacing beads.


LITERACY: We started diving into the structure and function of letters.! We learned about the three different handwriting lines and how some letters are small, some are tall, and some fall below the lines. We also distinguished between letters / numbers and letters / words / sentences.  We incorporated this learning into our handwriting time too.  Learning to identifying our alphabet letters and practicing the sounds these letters make has been our focus.


WRITING WORKSHOP:   We focused on continuing to draw events that we experienced. We worked on adding as many details as possible to our pictures to tell where we were and who we were with. We also focused on the importance of labels. Our topics this week included: math time, time spent with our buddies, the firefighters’ visit and wearing purple.  We will explore more story writing next week by continuing to work on sounds as we attempt to write a sentence that matches our picture.

MYSTERY READERS:  Jase and Colton were SO surprise to see their babysitter, Phyllis walk into the room with their younger sister, Chloe.  She read a favorite book of theirs called Aliens in Underpants Save the World.  What a fun, silly, giggly book.  

Jacob jumped up and said “Mom” when she came in.  It was so fun to see his mom and younger brother, Austin again. They came and read a book last week too.  This time we heard We’re going on a bear hunt!.  A great story with rhythm and rhyme.

WALK-A-THON:  We were unable to walk outside due to the rain so we did what we are learning to do as kinders…..we problem solved.  We met Mrs. Elders in the multi-purpose room.  She put on some 80’s music and led us in zumba dance.  What fun!  We also did some dancing and moving in our room throughout the morning.  Thank you for ALL of your donations and support of our school.  WE DO APPRECIATE IT!  Remember…donations are due Monday, Oct 8.


*BACKPACK SNACKS AND WATER BOTTLES: Thank you for sending healthy backpack snacks each day and water bottles. 

*BOX TOPS:   Make sure you are collecting your Box Tops and  attaching them to the paper sent home.  When the paper is full, complete the information and send it back to school. Thank you!

*FAST FRIDAY (Early Release): If your kinder would like to order a sack lunch on Fast Friday (early release) Oct 12, please either send a note inside your kinder’s folder OR send me an email by Thursday, Oct. 11.


*Monday, Oct. 8—MUSIC; KOOL KINDER-Rocco

*Tuesday, Oct. 9–GYMKOOL KINDER-Tinley

*Wednesday, Oct. 10—ART; LIBRARY BOOKS due; KOOL KINDER-Adelyne; Celebrate Emma’s birthday

*Thursday, Oct. 11–STEAM; KOOL KINDER-Olivia;  Sack lunch orders due for tomorrow’s Fast Friday

*Friday, Oct. 12—STEAM; FAST FRIDAY  Dismissal at 12:15; COLOR DAY: Wear BLACK and WHITE;  

*Tuesday, Oct. 23—Turkey Trot  Go to the PE blog on our side bar for more information

*Thursday, Oct. 30—School Picture Retake Day

*Wednesday, Oct 31—FALL PARTY AND PARADE  We will be having our first class party on Oct 31. The parade of costumes will be at 2:00pm with our party following.  It will be a center rotation style with the kinders playing games and making a craft, ending with a party snack.  Planning is done.  Go to this link to sign up to volunteer.  Donations are filled. Please let me know if you have any questions about this fun day.

~~Have a great weekend.  Mrs. Bohl


News of the Week—Sept 24-28

Fall weather has arrived…at least for this week.  Thank you for sending your kinder in appropriate clothing AND for labeling their outer wear.

Here is a peek of what your kinder did at school this week.

COLOR WORD:    GREEN        We enjoyed reading Little Blue and Little Yellow, a sweet story about friendship and differences.  The kinders found out for themselves what happens when you mix yellow and blue.  It makes GREEN! Check out the play dough that came home today. 

We also read many Froggy books by Jonathan London, enjoyed many giggles and made a lot of connections. We even read a non-fiction about frogs.  Making a green Froggy was fun too! Ribbit!  Ribbit! 🙂 . The surprise green snack was…..green grapes!

Of course, wearing GREEN was a great way celebrate.

POPCORN WORDS:       IS   HIS   THIS              The kinders found out that when you add a letter (or two) at the beginning of “is” you can create new words.  Noticing that these words rhyme was pretty cool too! 🙂

MATH:  Daily we wake up our Math brains by checking out our 100 chart.  Counting and pointing to the numbers helps our brains remember the numbers.  Please practice this important skill at home too. The kinders continued to learned that they can write numbers, count objects, identify and sort shapes (circles, and not circles), draw groups of items and use mini tiles and their fingers to show a group of 5 and extra ones to make larger numbers.  Ex: 5 and 1 more make 6. 


WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  We worked together to make drawings and to try to write words and even sentences.  Sometimes we worked on whiteboards and other times we used paper and pencils.  We wrote about hanging up our backpacks, lining up in number order, our family and snack time.  We have awesome kinders who are working hard to draw detailed pictures!  

HANDWRITING:  We practiced writing numbers 8, 9 & 10 using mini chalkboards, whiteboards and in our handwriting books. They are doing great but some numbers are more difficult than others to form properly, so any extra practice at home would be appreciated. Please refer to the number writing books that arrived home this week. We are also working hard to improve on writing our names correctly and neatly.  Remember to encourage your kinder to write ONLY the first letter capital and the following letters lower case.

READER’S WORKSHOP:  The kinders learned that we want to be a Book Lover and NOT a Book Bully.  Book Lovers choose books carefully, turn each page, read every page in order, treat books with care. We also learned what it looks like to have Reader Respect.  That means we read quietly, stay in one spot, read the whole time and get started right away.  The kinders are so excited when they notice popcorn words in books.  We are becoming great readers!

SHARED READING:  All week we read our Ff poem together, hunting for capital and lower case letter Ff, rhyming words and even popcorn words.  Ask your kinder to explain their Ff poem paper to you.  (Apologies for the blurry picture)

MYSTERY READERS: We had 2 mystery readers!  How exciting!  On Wednesday afternoon, Jacob was surprised to see his mom and younger brother, Austin walk into the room.  It was fun to hear Put me in the zoo, especially because it included a lot of color and rhyming words. 

Friday morning it was Emma’s turn to be surprised.  Her mom and younger brother, Flynn read us 2 books. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom because we are learning about the alphabet and I like myself! because we are all special.  

Thank you to everyone for taking a break out of your day to come and read us a story.  If you are interested in being a Mystery Guest Reader, there is a link on the side bar under VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES that will allowed you to sign up on our calendar.

HUDSONVILLE SPIRIT:  Dressing in Hudsonville gear of blue and gold was so fun on Friday.  We were treated to some football players, cheerleaders, pep band members and the Eagle to bring football spirit to Georgetown.  Go Eagles!

BUDDY TIME:  Our 5th grade buddies came and helped us make eagle puppets.  It was fun to spend some time together.  



*BACKPACK SNACKS AND WATER BOTTLES:  Don’t forget to pack TWO quick, healthy snacks.  Your child needs to be refueled each morning and afternoon.  🙂  Thank you so much for keeping the snacks NUT FREE!  Please send your kinder with a water bottle with a snap spout so that they can stay hydrated throughout the day.  We take frequent water breaks.

*LIBRARY BOOKS:  Please return your kinder’s book when you are finished reading it.  We have a basket in our room to collect the books as they are returned.  Remember that your kinder will be able to check out another book ONLY after the prior one is returned.  We have library EACH WEDNESDAY.

*CALENDARS: Click on this link or go to the side bar Hot Lunch–Food Service to view the October lunch menu.  Be sure to read the October calendar  inside your kinder’s folder or you can find it under CALENDARS on the side bar to learn about special events, birthdays, specials, etc.


*Monday, Oct 1—STEAM, KOOL KINDER: Addison

*Tuesday, Oct 2—GYM;  KOOL KINDER: Alesha

*Wednesday, Oct 3—MUSIC;   LIBRARY;  Firefighters visit to teach us about fire prevention;  KOOL KINDER: Sidney

*Thursday, Oct 4–ART;  KOOL KINDER: Lillian; COLOR DAY….Wear PURPLE (note change of date due to Walk-a-thon)

 *Friday, Oct 5—STEAM;  KOOL KINDER: Lila;  Walk-a-thon…You are more than welcome to come walk the track with us from 9:45-10:30am! Our theme this year is “Lovin’ the 80’s”. Dress like it was in the 80’s or in Hudsonville blue or goldPlease consider donating as this is Georgetown’s ONLY fundraiser.  Thank you for your support!Click on this link for more information.

*Friday, Oct 12—Fast Friday (Early Release Day….Dismissal at 12:15pm).

*Tuesday, Oct. 23—Turkey Trot  Go to the PE blog on our side bar for more information

*Tuesday, Oct. 30—School Picture Retake Day

*Wednesday, Oct 31—FALL PARTY AND PARADE:  We will be having our first class party on Wednesday, Oct 31. An email will be sent to parents who showed an interest (on the kindergarten survey) in assisting with planning this party.  Thank you for your willings to make our first party a success.  Please let me know if you have any questions about this fun day.

~~~~Have a great weekend.  Mrs. Bohl





WONDERFUL WINTER:  The snow and rain outside was the perfect backdrop for learning inside.  We read another book by Jan Brett (she wrote The Gingerbread Baby) called The Mitten.  This is a great story about animals climbing into a mitten to stay warm.  We used our retelling skills to sequence the order of animals crawling into the mitten. We also enjoyed reading Move Over, Rover! by Karen Beaumont, a fun story about animals climbing into Rover’s doghouse. We made a text to text connection between these two books by using our comprehension and comparing skills to sort character pictures from each story.  The kinders did a fabulous job. We even read another version of The Mitten by Jim Allysworth, where some of the animals were the same from our previous readings.  What great connections!

MATH:  The kinders are working on telling and solving addition and subtraction stories by using objects or their fingers.  As the kinders are beginning to learn this math skill, manipulatives are helpful in solving these problems. They also are working to see 5-groups for numbers 6-10 (ie: 5 and 2 more = 7) and to tell why that is useful when counting.  The kinders practiced sorting and classifying objects while giving reasons why they classified the items that way by using pictures of insects.  During Friday math centers, the kinders matched teen number equations to the total (ie: 10+3  13).

They also played a game using paper snowballs, because real snowballs would melt in our very warm room.  The focus was to practice identify = and not = symbols.  I am sorry that I didn’t get a chance to take a picture.  Next time! 🙂

HANDWRITING:  We focused on learning the proper formation of more magic C letters….a,d,g.  We are learning that lines on the paper are like a highway road.  Some lower case letters take up the entire highway like a.  Other letters need to leave the road and go to the sky or down to the ditch like d and g. The kinders are doing a super job writing letters in isolation but transferring the proper formation during ‘regular’ writing time is challenging for them.  Extra encouragement as they write at home is always helpful. 🙂  The kinders were excited to see that their last name was added to the personal name tags.  They will begin adding their last name to their papers, working towards writing their full name by memory.  Please encourage them at home to use proper letter formation on their homework papers.

READER’S WORKSHOP:  Our new unit is called “Revving Up”.  The kinders learned that race car drivers rev up their engines to get them ready before a big race, we need to rev up our minds to get ready to read.  Some ways to do this is to *look at the cover and title of a book, *take a picture walk, *tell the story and *read the words.  You can practice these skills at home prior to reading their library books and TAKE HOME books (which will start soon).

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  We began a new unit about writing Small Moment stories, otherwise known as Personal Narrative. I introduced the kinders to the difference between a “watermelon” story and a “seed” story.  A watermelon story such as a whole day at school is too big for us to write as kinders just yet. However seed stories of going to gym class, completing our letter centers during Split Lit or eating lunch at school are considered small moment stories. These stories are easier to write. 


We started our learning by sketching a simple picture of the many things we did over vacation…opening gifts, going on a trip, taking down the Christmas tree, playing with friends, visiting family, etc.  We listed what makes a good small moment story….*a true story about things people do, *things happen in order, *a (single) small moment stretches across pages. We decided to write our first small moment story about Christmas Books, a small story about our book exchange. The kinders practiced telling who were the characters, where it took place, what happened first, next and last and stretching those details across their fingers.

Then they drew detailed pictures depicting this event. We worked together to stretch out sounds in unknown words and used popcorn words as much as possible.  They did a great job.  We will begin another new story next week.


*POPCORN WORD:      WAS   AT   THAT                                                                      We added three more words to our growing list of popcorn words that we are working on identifying in a snap. Many of the kinders noticed right away that Chunky Monkey is busy when “at” is hiding in “that”.  We practiced making more words by taking away “th” and adding different beginning letters to -at. (cat, fat, sat, mat, etc).  Have fun at home using your Cat slider to practice this task. It was also great week for review too.  


    Happy Birthday to Jayce who turned 6 on Jan 6.

*BACKPACK SNACK:  Thank you for packing TWO quick, healthy backpack snacks each day.

*CLASSROOM TEMPERATURE:  Our classroom is VERY warm.  Just ask your kinder!  Mrs. Reagan is working with the furnace men to remedy this problem.  In the meantime, please dress your kinder in layers so that they are comfortable throughout the day.

*OUTSIDE CLOTHES:  Thank you for dressing your child in warm outside winter gear.  Sending an extra pair of mittens or socks inside their backpacks might be helpful and more comfortable to wear later in the day.  

*JANUARY CALENDAR:  The JANUARY calendar has been posted under CALENDARS at the top of the blog.  It contains information about specials, birthdays and monthly events.   

*TAKE HOME BOOKS PROGRAM:  A schedule has been created and sent home with those who have volunteered.  If you would like to part of the program you can email me and I will be happy to add to the schedule.  The existing volunteers would love to have a partner on their days too. 🙂 This exciting reading program WILL BEGIN MONDAY, JANUARY 22!  Thank you for volunteering and being part of your child’s education.  Practice reading the book that will come home on Jan 18 and RETURN THE BOOK INSIDE OF THE BAGGIE ON MONDAY, 1/22.  

*READING RAINBOW POPCORN WORDS:   Please remember to send the list back to school every THURSDAY. The kinders will read through the list with a volunteer or an 8th grader from Mr. Van Noord’s class from Baldwin Middle school.  Remember these word lists were created from the 60 sight words that each kinder is working on to master before the end of the school year! The words are broken up into smaller lists so that they are easier to learn.  Each list is a new color of the rainbow!  Even though new lists are added to their page protectors, please continue to review previous papers so that words are not forgotten (pointing to each word out of order is best). The goal is to identify these popcorn words automatically and in a snap! The word lists will all stay inside the page protector and can be kept inside your kinder’s blue folder. This is a safe spot to keep it to ensure it won’t be lost and is in their folder for reading at school.

*RAZ-KIDS:  Information about this online reading program information was sent home this week as well as in a previous posting.  Are you taking advantage of this free reading online reading program.  (Thank you to the PTC for covering the cost)  Please take advantage of this alternative opportunity to read books.  A fun, educational way to spend some time with your kinder on these cold winter days.


*Monday, January 15— MUSIC

*Tuesday, January 16ART;  BOOK ORDERS DUE (online or paper form with a check made out to Scholastic Book Clubs) 

*Wednesday, January 17STEAM;  LIBRARY Please remember to return your child’s book;  HOMEWORK DUE….math and literacy

*Thursday, January 18GYM;  TAKE HOME books sent home  Happy birthday for Tristan

*Friday, January 19MUSIC; FUN CENTERS Volunteers arrive at 1:40pm for instructions  

*Monday, January 22–TAKE HOME books begin;  Birthday Celebration for Livia (1/21)

~~~Have a great weekend and welcome back to the school routine!  Stay warm this weekend.  Mrs. Bohl