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WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—Dec 18-22

Please refer to the previous postings about the last 3 fun filled days at school.  Here is what we did on the first 2 days of the week.

HOLIDAYS AROUND THE WORLD:  On Monday we visited Canada.

  Clemment Moore was born in Canada so we read The Night before Christmas.

On Tuesday we flew back home to America.

  We learned that Rudolph was first drawn for an ad campaign for a local department store. We also realized that many of the things we do during the holidays originated in many of the countries we visited.

5TH GRADE BUDDIES:  We enjoyed spending time with our buddies by making a gingerbread house together….no not a real gingerbread house, just a paper one, but still fun!

        

MATH: The kinders sorted objects by looking at various attributes (number of legs on animals vs people, people vs animals, hair vs feathers, and by shapes, colors, size of shapes, etc). The kinders are still working on seeing 10 in teen numbers (10 and 3 more make 13).

   

HANDWRITING:  We continued to learn how to form partner letters v,w,t.  Partner letters are lower case letters that look similar to upper case letters.

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

*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 

*practice the Fluency Packet that was sent home

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

NOTES FOR MOM AND DAD

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

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

   Happy (early) Birthday to Makenzie. She will turn 6 on Dec. 28. 

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

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

*The JANUARY calendar is posted under CALENDARS at the top of the blog.  A paper copy will be sent home when school resumes.

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

UPCOMING DATES:

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

*Monday, January 8—Back to School; MUSIC; Tristan’s birthday celebration

*Tuesday, January 9—ART; Jayce’s birthday (Jan 6) celebration

*Wednesday, January 10—STEAM;  LIBRARY Don’t forget your book! HOMEWORK DUE….math and literacy

*Thursday, January 11—GYM; If your kinder would like a sack lunch on Friday, an email or note is due today

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

*Friday, January 19—Fun Centers Volunteers arrive at 1:40pm for instructions

~~~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 8.  Thank you for sharing them with me each day! 🙂  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

 

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—-Dec 4-8

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

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FIRST SNOWFALL FUN:  Thank you for sending winter gear for your kinder.  Here are a few photos of things the kinders like to do in the snow.

       

GINGERBREAD MAN: We continued to read many different versions…The Gingerbread Baby, The Gingerbread Bear, The Gingerbread Girl,  We are having fun comparing the endings of each of these stories by writing and illustrating inside our Cookie Jar journals. There are a few more to come next week. 🙂

MATH:  All week we have been working on building teen numbers (10 and 2 more make 12). Looking for partners of numbers 2-6 (ex: 1+3=4,2+2=4,3+1=4 are partners of number 4) were also part of this week’s lessons.  The kinders used the “break apart stick” and math tiles to help them visually see this concept. Telling addition and subtraction math stories are becoming part of our daily math practice. Ask your kinder about how we like to act out our stories.  Math games played were WADDLE ALL THE WAY (what number comes next),  GINGERBREAD PIRATES..ROLL AND COVER (adding 2 numbers), CATCH THE GINGERBREAD MAN (ID teen numbers) and REINDEER FUN (ID teen numbers)  Math is so much fun!! 🙂

   

HOLIDAYS AROUND THE WORLD:  We were on the move this week.  We visited 3 different countries….Netherlands, Mexico and England. 

  We learned that wooden shoes are left outside in hopes that they will be filled with treats in the Netherlands.  Surprise….the kinders found their shoes filled with a treat the next morning! 

  Poinsettias and the pinata is popular in Mexico. 

  England was the first country to send out Christmas cards and to hang up stockings.  We decorated and made Christmas cards for family and friends.   

WRITER’S AND READER’S WORKSHOP:  We wrote pattern books that have the new word in the middle (I see ____ on the tree) and a new word at the end (Look at the  _____) with a surprise ending like “It is Santa!”  We worked together to write new characters that the gingerbread man can run from. (I can run from a ______.)  All of the kinders are doing an excellent job!  I am so proud of them.  We noticed patterns when reading books too.  We learned that sometimes a book has a repeating pattern found in I went walking by Sue Williams and question/answer pattern in the rhyme of Who stole the cookies from the cookie jar?  We will wrap up our learning about pattern books next week.

FRIDAY FUN CENTERS: The kinders used their math skills of non-standard measurement to measure various Christmas pictures by playing LET’S MEASURE? Noticing which numbers are greater or less than was the focus when they played REINDEER GAMES.  A popcorn word version of WHERE IS THE ELF? was a hit!  Lacing & decorating stockings (England) was the last center.  Thank you so much to Katelynn’s mom, Blake’s mom, Hunter’s mom and Victoria’s mom for giving a helping hand today.  We really appreciated you coming to help us have fun learning. Opportunities for helping during  January and February will be coming home soon. 

            

HANDWRITING:  We finished learning how to form the upper case letters. We will begin working on the lower case letters next week.  Thank you for your continual practice at home. 🙂 The kinders are doing a fabulous job!

MYSTERY GUEST READER: Blake jumped up with glee and a small shout when he saw his Mom (and younger sister, Clara) walk into the room.  She read If you give a mouse a cookie. because it was her favorite book when she was younger. It is always fun to have parents come and read to us.  Thank you!!

  

NOTES TO MOM AND DAD

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

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

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

*PARTY DONATIONS:  There are still some opportunities for you to be part of or our upcoming party on Dec. 21.  If you are willing to donate some needed supplies, please sign up on this google doc.  Thank you for being part of our second party.

*5th Grade Candy Canes:  Mon. Dec 4 thru Fri Dec 15. 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.

*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 was sent home and due before Christmas vacation.

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Dec 11—STEAM  

*Tuesday, Dec 12—GYM  

*Wednesday, Dec 13—MUSIC;  LIBRARYDon’t forget to return your child’s book!  HOMEWORK DUE….math and literacy;  ALL party donations are due at school

*Thursday, Dec 14–-ART; HOLIDAY MUSIC PROGRAM  Georgetown Holiday Music Program  6:30pm at Harbor Ministries, (formerly known as Fair Haven Church) 2900 Baldwin Street, Hudsonville.  Kinders arrive by 6:15pm;   Victoria’s birthday celebration

 *Friday, Dec. 15— STEAM  

*Monday, Dec. 18–ALL non-food party donations are due at school

*Wednesday, December 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  It will be held from 2:00-3:00pm.  Planning is done.  Thank you for being part of our second class party. Parent volunteers can arrive at 1:30 for set up.  All donations should be brought to school by Monday, Dec. 18.  Food donations should arrive on party day by 1:30pm.  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 MONDAY, DECEMBER 18 but can come into school anytime.  Ordered books will arrive in time for the party. 

*Friday, December 22-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 25 – Friday, January 5:  NO SCHOOL, Holiday Break.  School resumes on Monday, January 8! 

~~Have a great weekend!   Mrs. Bohl

 

 

Holidays around the World has begun

 

 

The kinders were so excited to learn that during the month of December we will be taking a “plane” ride to various countries.  We will be learning how these countries celebrate this special holiday season.  We began by making a “suitcase” to hold all of our work. Next, we talked about something else people need when they leave the United States – a passport. We filled out our own passports and they are ready to be filled with stamps from each country!  

  

The kinders will be learning about the location of these countries on the globe and locating each country on their individual maps. The kinders had a BLAST on our first “flight”!  (I had an airplane video playing so it looked like we were really in the sky).  A flight isn’t complete without a snack of pretzels served by the flight attendant. (which was me) 🙂 

 This week we flew to Australia and found out that it is summer during their holiday season and families go to the beach and have a picnic. We sorted winter & summer pictures to extend our learning. 

   We also visited Germany and learned that decorating the tannenbaum (tree) and gingerbread house originated here. The kinders learned that nutcrackers also originated in Germany and were excited to see my collection of nutcrackers. The Christmas trees we made are decorating the back of our room.  Stops at more countries next week!