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NEWS—Sept 3-7

We had a great 4 day week in kindergarten, a few sunny warm days to play outside and a few cooler days.  Thank you for sending your kinder with a sweatshirt/coat for the cooler mornings.  We play outside unless it is raining or the wind chill is below O.  Be sure to label your kinder’s coat as it is hard for them to remember which coat/sweatshirt belongs to them.  

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

POPCORN WORDS:     A       COLOR WORD:      RED                                                            The kinders had fun celebrating the color RED today! We colored pictures, sang a red song,  read many books about a big, red dog…..Clifford.  Making a fun craft of Clifford helped us practice our cutting skills and listen to and follow directions.  It was fun to see RED shirts, RED pants, RED socks, RED hair ribbons on Friday.  We even ate a surprise RED snack….Red Strawberry Fruit Snacks! Yum!

PROCEDURES:  We have been learning and practicing how to do many things in our classroom. From how to daily turn in our blue folders and ordering lunch to remembering our number in line and walking down the hallway at school.  They have done a GREAT job practicing this throughout our movement around our school. The kinders are working very hard to keep their hands in their own bubble space when sitting on the floor and in their lap when sitting at their table spots—and not touching their supplies when listening for directions.  Each day I see improvement.  I have a FABULOUS bunch of kinders!!!

LIBRARY:  We visited the library for the first time on Wednesday. Mrs. VandenBerg read a book called, “Mr. Wiggle’s Book”.  This book is about how to take care of books and to be a book lover with them!  We learned that we must treat them very gently and be kind to them otherwise they may break!  We also took a tour of the library and learned where we can find books to check out!  Next week Wednesday we are planning to check out books in the afternoon at 1:50pm.

COOL TOOLS: The kinders are continuing to work hard each day to being ready to learn by….looking with eyes, listening with ears, voices quiet, hands in own bubble space and sitting like a pretzel (when on the rug).  We are learning about the different parts of the brain and how each part functions.  We are becoming mindful of each other and the climate of our learning classroom.  Our lessons about the cool tools are helping us be aware of others and how to deal with situations.   

Franklin’s Bad Day was read on Tuesday to help us learn to walk away before saying toothpaste words or doing toothpaste actions to our friends.  The BIG INFLATABLE SHOE is our visual reminder.  We decorated our own shoe to take home.

Wednesday we read When I am angry and learned that taking time to chill out when we feel upset is okay. We learned about our Calm Spot or other things we could do like talk to an adult, take a walk with an adult, etc…  The ICE CUBE TRAY is a good reminder.  We played a fun game using a real ice cube and said it was important for us to cool down when we feel angry or upset.  It was COOL! 🙂 .   

Thursday  we read Hurty Feelings and learned that the tone of your voice and how we say words is very important.  The microphone helps us remember this. 

WRITER’S  WORKSHOP:  The kinders found that writers share information with others about what they know. Examples of these topics were WHAT TV SHOW DO YOU LIKE TO WATCH? WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COLOR? WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO EAT FOR BREAKFAST?  They practiced this by taking turns with their partners to be the jelly (speaker) and the peanut butter (listener). They also learned and practiced what it looks like to “turn and talk” to their partners. The teacher claps two times and says “TURN AND TALK” and the kinders clap two times and say “OKAY”.  The kinders turn and face their partner, taking turns being the jelly and the peanut butter.  When they hear “1,2,3, turn your eyes back on me”, they turn and face the teacher. The kinders did AWESOME!!!  We also learned that we can think of something that we know about, draw it and write the beginning sounds while labeling our drawings.  We thought of many different topics and drew about “lining up” which we are becoming experts at doing!

NEWSPAPER—LET’S FIND OUT!  The kinders were introduced to the newspapers that help us learn about various topics.  School rules were the topic for this first edition.  

READER’S WORKSHOP:  During our first reading workshop lesson, the kinders learned that readers walk through the world in a special way.  They don’t just see things, they read things too!  We learned that we are readers and can already read different signs in our school, in our classroom and out in our world!  The kinders were excited know that they were able to read familiar environmental print signs. We are learning to LOOK, READ, THINK, LEARN!

We also talked about what it means to be a “Book Lover”.  We learned that a book lover takes care of their books by being gentle with them, not eating or using supplies around them and putting them back where we got them from.  We practiced being a book lover with books at our table spot.

MATH: Last week we started number writing during our handwriting time, stressing that we always start our numbers at the top!  This week we wrote number 2, 3 and 4.  We drew pictures to show their number sense like 2 flowers,3 balloons, 4 apples. 

We read Anno’s Counting Book, discussed numbers 1-10 and went on an I Spy hunt on the book pages for objects that corresponded to  that number. 

We explored with our math manipulatives!  The kinders were introduced to the number tiles 1-5, 10 counters and the math tray.  We also learned how to count a group of objects and find different ways to arrange them.  For example: 3 can be shown with 1 red tile and 2 blue tiles or 3 can be shown with 3 red tiles and 0 blue tiles.

Quiet Time:  Each day we have quiet time after lunch for 15-20 min.  The kinders  have a chance to rest their bodies and brains so they will be ready to learn for the rest of the afternoon.  

SOAR:  As a class we are learning how to SOAR- Be Safe, Own It, Act Responsibly and Be Respectful at school!  This week we learned about noise levels.  When Mrs. Bohl has a fist in the air it means that we need to be quiet.  We use this procedure in the hallway.  Please see our school wide expectations below.

A NEW FACE IN OUR CLASSROOM: Mrs. Bynum.  She is our classroom para-pro for the morning.  She has taken the place of Mrs. Rossback who is now working with other students within our school.  Mrs. Bynum will be with us all year.  We are VERY thankful to have her! 

NOTES FOR MOM AND DAD

*Outdoor clothing.—.Please send a coat or sweatshirt with your child if needed in the mornings.  The weather can quickly change so it is good to be prepared.

*Backpack snack.—Pack TWO quick, heathy snackS each day.  Be sure to place it in a special small pocket so that it is easy for them to locate.

*Blue folders—send them to school each day (you are all doing a great job with this!  Thank you!!)

*If ordering a hot lunch or milk, please discuss with your child what they will be ordering so that they are comfortable and secure with their selections.

*Parents, please subscribe to this blog so that you are alerted when information is posted about happenings in our classroom.

UPCOMING DATES:

Monday, Sept. 9–ART; Kool Kinder: Rowan

Tuesday, Sept 10—STEAM;  Kool Kinder: Nora

Wednesday, Sept 11—MUSIC; Library  Kool Kinder: Kylie

Thursday Sept 12—GYM Kool Kinder: Sutton  Jet’s Pizza Night   Happy Birthday to Elliott! 🙂

Friday, Sept 13—ART, Kool Kinder:  Ariya  COLOR DAY….Wear YELLOW! Happy Birthday to Evelyn! 🙂

Friday, Sept. 20–Fast Friday (Early Release)  Dismissal at 12:15pm.

Thursday, Sept. 26—School Pictures….ordering information will be sent home soon.  

Have a restful weekend. Sleep well. We have a 5 day week ahead. Thank you for sharing your kinder with me. They are wonderful!  Mrs. Bohl

NEWS—Aug. 27-29

Day 2 , Day 3 & Day 4 have been filled with fun and learning!  Look at what we did.

We enjoyed meeting new friends and working hard to make good choices. We read  David goes to School to help us learn about some school rules.

Then we sorted pictures to show green (good) choices and red (not good) choices.  We also learned what our 5 class rules are.  The kinders are already showing that they can make smart choices so that they can soar in their learning.

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COOL TOOLS:  The kinders were introduced to our school tool box.  This box contains some very “cool tools”. These tools and lessons are designed to teach us how to be a good friend and how to handle different situations.

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On Tuesdsay we read Rainbow Fish and learned that our words matter.  We learned that we need to be like an ERASER and forgive ourselves for mistakes that we make and learn from them. We also need to forgive others too who may say or do hurtful things to us. We colored a picture of a rainbow fish…and even got a shimmery and shiny scale to put on it! 

              

On Wednesdsay we read Chrysanthemum and learned that words spoken hurt other’s feelings and are impossible to take back, like toothpaste. We learned that we are all special and unique and then “brushed” away hurtful words with real toothpaste.  

On Thursday we read Ish and were reminded again that our words matter. The FUZZY DICE remind us  to say nice words or show nice actions toward others.  We passed the fuzzy dice to our neighbor and gave them a nice compliment to practice. 

ROUTINES:  We read and re-read Lining up and Walking in the Hallway.  This book helps us remember the rules for how to walk in the hallway.  The kinders are doing an AWESOME job!!! Hooray!!

We have many fantastic tools that we use at school! This week, the kinders were introduced to how to use crayons, pencils, scissors, glue sticks, markers and play dough at school.  Congratulations to all kinders!

After listening to Pete the Cat Rocking in my School Shoes again. we made our own Pete the Cat shoes. We practiced our cutting skills and our gluing skills. We even got to put stickers on the shoes and draw shoelaces. The kinders were so excited to take them to show you.

  

The kinders also used 2 new tools to practice writing numbers 0 and 1.  Chalkboards and chalk! Using these tools was very fun!  

ABC BOOT CAMP:  After a summer of fun, kinders may need a refresher course in identifying letters and their sounds.  Welcome to ABC Boot Camp!  Each day we will be focusing on an alphabet letter and their sound.  This week it was all about letters A,B,C.  

 

INTRODUCTIONS: I am SO happy to introduce three special people who will be part of our classroom family this year.

    Mrs. Rossback who will be in our classroom in the morning.

   Mrs. Sremba (Mrs. S.) who will be in our classroom in the afternoon.

    Mrs. Rose who will be with the kinders on the playground during lunch recess and in the lunch room.

At the end of each day, our awesome 5th grade buddies from Mrs. Walenta’s class help the kinders get on their bus to go home.  We look forward to seeing them.  They are the BEST!! I will take some pictures next week.

I have to say that I have been blessed with the most AWESOME group of kinders! They are incredible!!!  Here are a few pictures of inside and outside playtime.

PARENT NOTES:

*Please remember to send your kinder’s folder each day to school.

*Don’t forgot to pack TWO quick, healthy backpack snack for your kinder to be refueled each day.

*Kool Kinders for next week are…Gabriella (Tues), Skyler (Wed), Ryan (Thurs), Katelyn (Fri).  We want to get to know them so please return the timeline paper with pictures and favorite things on or before their scheduled day.  A schedule was sent home this week.  Look for your kinder’s informational and timeline paper to come home a week prior to their scheduled date.

*If your kinder did not bring a pair of clean gym shoes to keep in their cubby, please send a pair to school.  We have gym on Friday.

*If your kinder will be ordering milk with their home lunch, please put a note on the outside of their lunchbox. This really streamlines our lunch process!

*Thank you, thank you for ALL OF YOUR DONATIONS!  Our cupboards are filled.  When they become empty, I will let you know.:)

*The September calendar has been posted under CALENDARS at the top of our blog.  You can read about events, birthdays, popcorn words, and Kool Kinders.

UPCOMING DATES: 

*Friday, Aug 30 – NO SCHOOL

*Monday, Sept 2 – NO SCHOOL

*Tuesday, Sept 3– ART

*Wednesday, Sept 4 – STEAM; Library for the first time!  Book Orders due (paper forms with a check written out to Scholastic Book Clubs OR online)

*Thursday, Sept 5 – GYM

*Friday, Sept 6 – MUSIC;  Color Day—-Wear RED!  

*Friday, Sept. 20 – Fast Friday (Early Release dismissal 12:15pm)

*Thursday, Sept. 26—School Pictures

~Have a restful and fun weekend!  Mrs. Bohl

NEWS OF THE WEEK—April 22-26

Can you believe it?  It is the end of April and next week we are moving into our last full month of school.  Take a look at what was accomplished this week.

SCIENCE:  What is Alive?  Living and Non-Living and Grow, Flower, Grow! were books that assisted us as we began learning about things that are alive and not alive.  The kinders learned that living things need *air, *water, *food, *soil (plants), *space (habitat)  and can *move, *grow.  Sorting living and non-living pictures was a fun activity to do.

      

We planted bean seeds and are patiently watering and waiting for them to sprout.  Hopefully the warmer, sunny spring weather helps.  We will keep you updated!

WRITING:   I am so proud of the kinders and their writing. This week we began writing  HOW TO…. stories.  We created a list of what we thought we could teach others to do.  Some examples were: how to ride a bike, how to read a book, how to play football and more.  We practiced telling the steps across our fingers using transitional words like First, Next, Then, Last.  Our writing topics were How to Wash Your Hands, How to Make a Pizza and How to Make a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich.  We will write more HOW TO… stories next week.

MATH:  The kinders practiced determining and writing number partners, writing numbers to 100! and drawing tens and extra ones for teen numbers this week.

The Friday math game was called FLOWER POWER.  The kinders took turns tossing a fly and bumble bee bean bag onto a large flower, using the numbers that the insects landed on to create addition and subtraction number equations.  For example: 1+3=4 or 7-3=4.

POPCORN WORDS:         COME   SOME

READING:  The kinders were introduced to poetry and what it looks like to be Avid Readers of Poetry.   We talked about how poetry is a lot like a song.  We hear songs and they get stuck in our heads and we sing them over and over.  So many of the poems we know are often sung like a song.  Making it easy for us to remember, allowing us to be Avid Readers/Listeners of Poetry.   The kinders were able to practice “How To Read a Poem” by….. 1.We read the words. 2. We think about the poem.3. We make our voices match the beat of the poem.  It was fun to practice this by using three familiar poems…It’s Raining It’s Pouring, Ring Around the Rosie and Baby Shark. It is fun to get to keep these poems in our book boxes!

MYSTERY READERS:  Colton and Jase were so surprised to see their mom walk through the door…again. She choose to read Hello, Paws because the boys like baseball and the Detroit Tigers!  A timely story with baseball season in full swing.  

Jacob jumped up excitedly when his mom and younger brother, Austin stepped into the room.  She read a favorite book from when she was a little girl called Mrs. Plug the Plumber.  What a funny, silly story.

KOOL KINDER: We have begun our last round of being the Kool Kinder.  Be on the lookout for the GUESSING JAR!  You will need to fill the jar with some items…but keep the number a secret!

REMINDERS

*BACKPACK SNACK:  Please remember to send TWO daily healthy snacks for your kinder, as we take a moment to refuel each day.  Thank you.

*TAKE HOME Books:  Please help your child to remember to return their book baggie EACH Monday, Tuesday and Thursday so that they are consistent with their read aloud practice and are able to check out a new book each time to build their reading experiences.  Don’t forget to sign the parent sheet and include comments or observations you feel may be helpful.  We only have a few weeks left…keep reading!!!

*REDUCE TRASH:  I posed a challenge to the kinders to see if we could reduce the wrappers thrown away during snack and lunch time.  A few of the kinders choose to take their snacks in containers this week instead of inside baggies.  Hooray!  Any more kinders want to join in the challenge?

UPCOMING DATES

*MONDAY, April 29: GYM; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS 

*TUESDAY, April 30: ART; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS 

*WEDNESDAY, May 1: STEAM;  LIBRARY: Please return your kinder’s book.

 *THURSDAY, May 2: MUSIC; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS 
 

*FRIDAY, May 3: GYM

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 8:  Field Trip to Hemlock Crossing Nature Center & Hager Park.   Please feel free to join us for our picnic lunch.  We will be at the park around 12:00pm. Your kinder will need a paper sack lunch LABELED WITH THEIR NAME and water bottle to enjoy during our picnic lunch.  NO SANDALS, FLIP FLOPS OR CROCS. TENNIS SHOES NEED TO BE WORN!!  We will be walking through woods and trails and playing on a big playground.  Please dress your child according to the weather. We will be OUTSIDE for most of the day!  

*THURSDAY, MAY 9:  EMAIL ME OR SEND A NOTE BY THURSDAY (5/9) IF YOUR KINDER WOULD LIKE A SACK LUNCH ON FRIDAY. 

*FRIDAY, MAY 10:  FAST FRIDAY (Early Release  Dismiss at 12:15pm)  Birthday celebration for Lilly (May 11)

*THURSDAY, May 16— Birthday celebration for Alivia (June 22)

*FRIDAY, May 17–Birthday celebration for Sidney (July 8)

*FRIDAY, MAY 24…..RedWhite and Blue Day!  Wear your RedWhite and Blue to school!!

*MONDAY, MAY 27…Memorial Day, No School

*FRIDAY, MAY 31:  Kindergarten Olympics  Volunteer note (coming home this week) is due Friday, May 17

~~~Have a great weekend.  Mrs. Bohl

NEWS OF THE WEEK—-Feb 25-March 1

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Welcome to March and the anticipation of spring.  We learned this week that the weather during March can be like a lion (wintery, cold) or a lamb (spring-like,warm breeze). We are not sure when the ‘lambs’ will arrive but we all think that they should come soon to Georgetown.  🙂

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY DR. SEUSS:  We had fun on Friday with rhymes that made sense and some that were just silly.  We learned that Theodore Seuss Giesel was Dr. Seuss’s official name and he wrote books under two names….Dr. Seuss and Theo. LeSeig. We read so many of his stories like Green Eggs and Ham, The Tooth Book, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, The ABC’s book and The Cat in the Hat Comes Back. We learned that his birthday is on March 2. We read a newspaper that was filled with fun facts about Dr. Seuss and the books that he wrote.

   

We had fun practicing reading our popcorn words by playing TIC TAC TOE, GREEN EGGS IN A ROW!  Enjoy playing at home with your board games and green eggs and ham. The kinders practiced their rhyming skills by playing games like, GREEN EGGS AND HAM ANYONE?….flipping eggs to make real or not real (silly) rhyming words. It was also fun to make and record rhyming words inside our Cat in the Hat books. We practiced telling addition & subtraction problems using fish crackers based on One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish Making a Cat in the Hat craft finished our day of learning. Maybe you can celebrate at home by reading your favorite Dr. Seuss book.  Oh, what a great day it was!!

   

MATH: The kinders observed the differences between 2D shapes (circles, triangles, etc) and 3D shapes (cone, sphere, cube).  We learned that 2D shapes are flat but 3D shapes take up space.

They were introduced to Tiny Tumblers who live on Math Mountains.  The Tiny Tumblers practice their tumbling all day long.  Some Math Mountains have a lot of Tiny Tumblers on one side of the mountain and not so many on the other side, but when you count all of the Tiny Tumblers they equal the Math Mountain number. These math mountains will help the kinders learn and practice number partners. For example, on math mountain 6 there are 4 tiny tumblers living on one side and 2 tiny tumblers living on the other side.  (4+2=6)   We also compared numbers to decide which number is greater or less and explored partners of 10.

WRITING: The kinders wrote small moment stories about going to bed and lunch time at school after we told the steps over our fingers. Choices was the perfect topic for the kinders’ “On Demand” writing piece because they are experts about what happens during this time each day. This is when they needed to do their own writing without help from their teacher. They practiced telling their small moment story across their fingers, sketching their pictures, adding labels to their pictures, adding words (and stretching out the sounds all on their own), using capital letters and sentence stoppers (punctuation). Wow…that is a lot of work!! They worked so hard!!  I am so impressed and proud of their writing.  All of their small moment stories will be coming home next week for you to enjoy. 

READING:  We used a book this week called Can you see our eggs? to help us learn that readers notice blends, like “gr” in “ground” or “fl” in “flower” to solve unknown words. It also helped us to practice reading all the way to end of a word to figure it out and to look for familiar popcorn words before reading. It is so exciting to see the kinders making a connection to these reading skills when we are reading or writing together. Our quiet reading time is up to 12-14 minutes. Yippee!!

MYSTERY READERS: We had 3 of them this week!  Wednesday, Breslyn’s dad had time off from teaching his 5th graders and he read us Memoirs of a Goldfish.  A lovely, cute story about friendship.

 

Thursday, I had a surprise visit from my oldest daughter, Hannah, Madeline and baby Abigail. (She goes back to teaching herself in a week or so) Hannah read Goodnight, Mr. Panda because getting ready for bedtime is a fun part of their day.  The kinders were excited and so kind to Madeline and Abigail.  

Friday, Lily’s mom read Step This Way by Dr. Seuss. We learned about how different animals use their feet. A perfect book for our Dr Seuss celebration day.  

 

POPCORN WORDS:  AND    GET  Our popcorn words were fun this week because we could make so many rhyming words from them.  The popcorn words are becoming a bit harder to recognize so I can not stress it enough that practice at home is so crucial to your child’s growth.  We practice identifying our words many times and in many different ways throughout the day but your child needs to practice them at home too.  Thanks for taking on this important role.

KOOL KINDERS ARE BOOK LOVERS:  

 Colton likes the story How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

 Aria enjoys reading Are you my Mother?

 Addison’s favorite book is Little Bea and the Snowy Day.

 Olivia likes the funny story of The Cat in the Hat.

REMINDERS

*WINTER GEAR:  The cold weather is still here.  THANK YOU for sending your kinder with all that they need to stay warm outside.  Just a reminder, we will be outside for recess if the temperature is above O degrees.  Keep watching the weather forecast each day.

*BACKPACK SNACK: Please, please remember to send 2 quick, healthy snacks for your kinder, as we take a moment to refuel each day. Thank you.

*TAKE HOME books:  Your kinder is doing an awesome job reading books.  You may have noticed that many of the kinders have moved up a level and there are different colored stickers on their books. Continue to assist and encourage them as needed.  Please help your kinder to remember to return their book baggie EACH Monday, Tuesday and Thursday so that they are consistent with their read aloud practice and are able to check out a new book each time to build their reading experiences.  Don’t forget to sign the parent sheet and include comments or observations you feel may be helpful.  The kinders are doing a fabulous job…thanks to your work at home and the reading volunteers.

 

UPCOMING DATES:

*MONDAY, MARCH 4––GYM; reading TAKE HOME books

*TUESDAY, MARCH 5–ART; reading TAKE HOME books

*WEDNESDAY. MARCH 6––STEAMLIBRARY  Please remember to return your kinder’s book.

*THURSDAY, MARCH 7–—MUSIC; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS;  EMAIL ME OR SEND A NOTE BY THURSDAY (3/7) IF YOUR KINDER WOULD LIKE A SACK LUNCH.

*FRIDAY, MARCH 8GYM;  FAST FRIDAY Dismissal at 12:15pm WEAR WORDS! and ALL SCHOOL PJ DAY wear jamies/comfy clothes with words

*MARCH 10: Daylight Savings…spring forward! 

*MARCH 11 & 13–—Parent-Teacher Conferences: Parent slips stating your specific date and time were sent home.  I am looking forward to sharing your kinder’s awesome progress with you.

*MARCH 11-14–SPRING BOOK FAIR:  We are scheduled to purchase books on Wednesday, March 13. If you would like to have your kinder purchase books, please send the money inside an envelope labeled with their name.  Parent volunteers will be available to help your kinder shop.  The Book Fair will be open during the conference evenings.

*MARCH 28-—Kindergarten PJ Day!  Wear jamies (or comfy) clothes.

*MARCH 29-APRIL 7––SPRING BREAK:  NO SCHOOL

~~Have a great weekend.  Mrs. Bohl

NEWS OF THE WEEK—Feb 18-22

Look what we learned in kindergarten this week

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ALL ABOUT PRESIDENTS:  In honor of Presidents’ Day this past Monday, the kinders learned some interesting facts about 2 famous presidents.  We learned that George Washington was our very first president, he owned 5 farms, he wore white powder in his hair (Ewww…many thought this was strange), his picture is on the quarter and the one dollar bill.  Abraham Lincoln was an honest man who lived in a log cabin. He was the 16th president, he wore a stove pipe hat and kept important papers inside of it and his picture is on the penny and the five dollar bill. We read a newspaper to learn facts and placed facts on posters. The kinders enjoyed making a fun President flip craftivity to complete their learning. Did you ask them what they learned?

     

SOCIAL STUDIES:  The kinders began learning about and seeing various kinds of maps.  We read Me on the Map to help us broaden our understanding of the world around us.

So far, we have learned that we live in NORTH AMERICA, which is part of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and our state is MICHIGAN.  We are making a booklet to assist us in our learning. We will continue our study of maps next week.  Thank you for completing and sending back the picture map of your kinder’s bedroom.  You can return it on Monday if you need to finish it this weekend.

MATH:  We told math stories using our fruit  from our ‘fruit & vegetable market’ adding written equations.  Remembering what each symbol (+ – = ) means and using them correctly is challenging but the kinders are doing a great job. We continued to learn how to show teen numbers as tens and extra ones as well  as learning that you can write a teen number equation two different ways but they mean the same thing.  One way is to write the partners first and then the total (10+4=14) or write the total first and then the partners (14=10+4).  Finally the kinders compared numbers, deciding if the number was greater than or less than the other number.  They were surprised to use this math skill when completing the back page of this week’s newspaper.  

Friday math games were….

   SUBTRACTION SMASH (subtraction problems

   TWEET, TWEET (number partners 1-10) and ONE PAIR, TWO PAIR (matching numbers to ten frames)

  MITTEN MATCH (teen numbers)

READING: This week we learned that careful readers check their reading.  They ask themselves “Does it make sense?  Did it sound right?” If not, they don’t just keep going. Readers try to fix it. They also learned that PATTERN POWER doesn’t only help you read the words in books but patterns can also help you think about your whole book.  Does the ending go with the pattern? What is this book really saying?  It is so exciting to see the kinders becoming readers!

ASSESSMENTS:  Assessing your kinder in their literacy and math skills are underway.  I am so proud of the progress I am noticing. Notes stating your kinder’s independent reading levels were sent home this week.  Notice that their TAKE HOME books have reflected the change in levels. Please continue to work with your kinder at home by writing upper and lower case letters with proper formation, reviewing their popcorn words, reading books with them and listening to them read to you.  Don’t forget the math skills of counting by 1’s and 10’s to 100, writing numbers 1-20 with proper formation, telling, drawing and solving addition/subtraction stories and looking for number partners (2+4=6 & 10+4=14). As you can see, we are very busy learning and reviewing many skills in kindergarten.  I am excited to share your kinder’s personal progress with you at conferences.

WRITING:  Small moment story writing continued this week.  The kinders wrote stories about the valentine party, Mystery Reader visits and going out for recess.  They are doing a fabulous job!  Each day the kinders are drawing and writing more on their own, while I support and encourage and guide them.  They will write more stories next week, working towards drawing and writing entirely on their own.  This genre is VERY, VERY hard.  I am very impressed with their perseverance.

BEHAVIOR:  As we move into the last of February and hopefully the beginning of spring, please encourage your kinder to remember to make good, green choices.  Remembering to follow our class rules (in the classroom, in the hallway, on the playground) is a must. The rules are simple: 1.FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS QUICKLY. 2. RAISE YOUR HAND TO SPEAK. 3. MAKE SMART CHOICES 4.BE KIND. 5. MAKE EVERYONE HAPPY . We have a lot of learning and listening left to do in our school year.  Thank you for your continued support!!

POPCORN WORDS:      HAD     BAD     MAP

MYSTERY READERS: Brooks was totally surprised to see his mom on Wednesday and his dad on Friday. His mom read Honey, Honey….Lion! by Jan Brett.  She is one of their favorite authors.

His dad read The Antlered Ship .  A great story about having adventures with your friends…old and new ones.

KOOL KINDERS  ARE BOOK LOVERS:

 Tinley likes to read Daisy the Donut Fairy.

    Parker likes Sneezy the Snowman because his grandpa gave it to him.

  Kinsman likes to read fun facts about dinosaurs.

     Zander likes legos and the book I’m Fun too!

 Lillian likes The way I Love You because she purchased this book with her snowy day gift card.

 

REMINDERS

*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.  The playground is VERY WET, VERY ICY.  Please continue to send all of their snow gear.

*TAKE HOME BOOKS:  Please notice that your kinder is taking home 2 books inside of their baggie.  The lower letter (ex: level B) is their independent reading level.  This is the book that your kinder will read at school.  The higher letter (ex: level C) is to be read together at home, exposing them to what is to come.  Your kinder will need help to read this book.  If you have questions, please contact me.  Thank you for returning BOTH books each MONDAY, TUESDAY and THURSDAY.

*BACKPACK SNACK:  Please continue to send 2 healthy, quick snacks with your kinder each day.  Your kinder needs to be refueled so that they be ready to learn.

*KIDS HEART CHALLENGE:   A form was sent home with your kinder. You can make donations online. Check out the PE blog for more information.

*LUNCH CALENDAR:t.  The March lunch menu  has also been posted under the side tab Hudsonville Food Service.

*SPRING CONFERENCES:  We will be meeting in March to discuss your kinders progress.  Our Spring Conferences will be on March 11 and 13.  These dates and times have been sent home on Friday.  Please check your kinder’s blue daily folder.

UPCOMING DATES

*MON. FEB. 25—GYM reading TAKE HOME BOOKS

*TUES. FEB 26–ART;  reading TAKE HOME BOOKS

*WED.FEB. 27–STEAM;   LIBRARY Please remember to return your kinder’s book. 

*THURS. FEB 28––MUSIC; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS 

*FRI. MARCH 1—GYM;  Come to school wearing red/black/white (in honor of Cat in the Hat) or dress Seuss style to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2

*FRI, MARCH 8–FAST FRIDAY (Early Release Dismissal at 2:15pm)

*SAT. MARCH 9–Boys event 1:00-4:00pm @ BAM Entertainment

*MON. MARCH 11—Spring Conferences  4:00-8:00pm

*WED. MARCH 13—Spring Conferences  4:00-8:00pm

*MARCH 11 & 13–Parent-Teacher Conferences: Parent slips stating your specific date and time (same as in Nov)  were sent home.

Enjoy your weekend!  Mrs. Bohl

 

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—Feb 19-23

Look what we learned in kindergarten this week

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ALL ABOUT PRESIDENTS:  In honor of Presidents’ Day this past Monday, the kinders learned some interesting facts about 2 famous presidents.  We learned that George Washington was our very first president, he owned 5 farms, he wore white powder in his hair (Ewww…many thought this was strange), his picture is on the quarter and the one dollar bill.  Abraham Lincoln was an honest man who lived in a log cabin. He was the 16th president, he wore a stove pipe hat and kept important papers inside of it and his picture is on the penny and the five dollar bill. We read a newspaper to learn facts and placed facts on posters. The kinders enjoyed making a fun President flip craftivity to complete their learning. Did you ask them what they learned?

     

SOCIAL STUDIES:  The kinders had fun learning about and seeing various kinds of maps.  We read Me on the Map to help us broaden our understanding of the world around us.

We now know that our CLASSROOM is inside of GEORGETOWN SCHOOL and our school is located in HUDSONVILLE. Hudsonville is in the state of MICHIGAN, Michigan is part of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA which is located in NORTH AMERICA. The kinders will be bringing home their booklet on Monday to share with you. Thank you for completing the picture map of their bedroom.

 

MATH:  The kinders observed the differences between 2D shapes (circles, triangles, etc) and 3D shapes (cone, sphere, cube).  We learned that 2D shapes are flat but 3D shapes take up space.

They were introduced to Tiny Tumblers who live on Math Mountains.  The Tiny Tumblers practice their tumbling all day long.  Some Math Mountains have a lot of Tiny Tumblers on one side of the mountain and not so many on the other side, but when you count all of the Tiny Tumblers they equal the Math Mountain number. These math mountains will help the kinders learn and practice number partners. For example, on math mountain 6 there are 4 tiny tumblers living on one side and 2 tiny tumblers living on the other side.  (4+2=6)   We also compared numbers to decide which number is greater or less. The kinders practiced figuring out the unknown partner when given the total and one of the partners by using beads they put on pipe cleaners. They did quite well with this different way of learning number partners.

We will do more with these math skills in the upcoming weeks. Thank you for completing the homework each week.  It helps in your child’s learning!  

Friday math games were….

   SUBTRACTION SMASH (subtraction problems

   SPIN & COVER 3D SHAPES (identifying 3D shapes)

  HEADS & TAILS PENNY FLIP (identifying sides of a penny & noticing number partners of 6)

READER’S WORKSHOP:  PUNKY PELICAN and JABBER THE RETELLER were met this week. 

PUNKY PELICAN helps us, as readers, to pay attention to punctuation and make it show in our voice. We practiced making our voice go up and down depending on punctuation. Jabber helps us, as readers, to remember to retell the story we read. We practiced retelling what happened in the beginning, the middle and the end of a story. We re-read Pete the Cat and his White Shoes, ;a book we read earlier in the year, and had to retell the events in order.

 

ASSESSMENTS:  Assessing your kinder in their literacy and math skills are underway.  I am so proud of the progress I am noticing.  Please continue to work with your kinder at home by writing upper and lower case letters with proper formation, reviewing their popcorn words, reading books with them and listening to them read to you.  Don’t forget the math skills of counting by 1’s and 10’s to 100, writing numbers 1-20 with proper formation, telling, drawing and solving addition/subtraction stories and looking for number partners (2+4=6 & 10+4=14). As you can see, we are very busy learning and reviewing many skills in kindergarten.  I am excited to share your kinder’s personal progress with you at conferences.

WRITING WORKSHOP: The rainy morning on Tuesday was the perfect topic for the kinders’  “On Demand” writing piece. This is when they needed to do their own writing without help from their teacher. They practiced telling their small moment story across their fingers, sketching their pictures, adding labels to their pictures, adding words (and stretching out the sounds all on their own), using capital letters and sentence stoppers (punctuation). Wow…that is a lot of work!! They worked so hard!!  I am so impressed and proud of their writing.  All of their small moment stories will be coming home next week for you to enjoy.

WINTER OLYMPICS:  We have been following the medal count of the Winter Olympic Games.  Each morning or so we have add tally marks to see how many gold, silver and bronze medals the USA, CANADA, GERMANY & NETHERLANDS have won.  This morning we practiced counting the syllables in various olympic pictures.  This afternoon we read a easy reader book about what athlete we would like to be. Enjoy watching the last events this weekend showcasing these amazing athletes.

    

BEHAVIOR:  As we move into the last of February and hopefully the beginning of spring, please encourage your child to remember to make good, green choices.  Remembering to follow our class rules (in the classroom, in the hallway, on the playground) is a must. The rules are simple: 1.WE WILL BE KIND AND USE GOOD MANNERS. 2. WE WILL BE READY TO LEARN. 3. WE WILL WORK HARD. 4.WE WILL FOLLOW DIRECTIONS QUICKLY. 5. WE WILL LISTEN WHEN OTHERS TALK AND WE WILL RAISE OUR HAND TO TALK. We have a lot of learning and listening left to do in our school year.  Thank you for your continued support!!

POPCORN WORDS:      ABOUT           WENT           HOME                          The   February popcorn words were sent home today.  Please add them to your collection for practice and review at home.

MYSTERY GUEST READER:  Anderson literally jumped up and ran to give his mom a big hug.  He was so excited!  His mom is a nurse so she read Outside-In. a book about the parts of our body.  It was fun to make Kitty Cat connections because we learned about the parts of our body in STEAM class.  Thank you so much for stopping by.

KOOL KINDERS  ARE BOOK LOVERS:

  Izabel likes to read Pinkalicious books.

 Blake likes the popular books Fly Guy’s Big Family.

  Caleb likes to read Monsters LOVE Underpants.

  Victoria likes the noises that the animals make in Noisy Farm.

KOOL KINDERS AND THE SURPRISE BOX:  Friday was the first day for guessing the item inside of the Surprise Box.  When the Surprise Box arrives at your house, you will need to select an item to place inside.  Then you and your kinder will need to think of 3 clues that describe the item. Example:  1.  It is red.  2.  It is hard.  3.  It bounces.  Answer: a ball.  Your kinder will tell the class the clues, having their friends try to guess what the item is. The items inside the Surprise Box were a band-aid and football cards.

  Happy Birthday to Mia!  Thank you for the goodie bags. 🙂

NOTES FOR MOM AND DAD

*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.  The playground is VERY WET.  Please continue to send all of their snow gear.

*BACKPACK SNACK:  Please continue to send 2 healthy, quick snacks with your kinder each day.  Your kinder needs to be refueled so that they be ready to learn.

*JUMP ROPE FOR HEART:  Due Feb. 28. A form was sent home with your kinder. Check out the PE blog for more information. 

*CALENDARS: The MARCH calendar  has been posted under CALENDARS.  A lot of fun events, popcorn words, birthdays are listed on this document.  The March lunch menu  has also been posted under the side tab Hudsonville Food Service.

UPCOMING DATES

*MON. FEB. 26—GYM reading TAKE HOME BOOKS

*TUES. FEB 27–MUSIC;  reading TAKE HOME BOOKS 

*WED.FEB. 28ART HOMEWORK DUE….math and literacy;  LIBRARY Please remember to return your child’s book. 

*THURS. MARCH 1––STEAM; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS & Rainbow word list;

*FRI. MARCH 2—GYM;  Dr. Seuss’s birthday.  Come to school wearing red/black/white (in honor of Cat in the Hat) or dress Seuss style.

*FRI, MARCH 9–FAST FRIDAY (Early Release Dismissal at 2:15pm)

*MARCH 12 & 14–Parent-Teacher Conferences: Parent slips stating your specific date and time (same as in Nov)  will be sent home on Monday.

Enjoy your weekend!  Mrs. Bohl

 

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—Feb 12-16

Welcome back to a 5 day week of learning!

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

     

MORNING WORK:  After unpacking their backpacks and sitting in their seats, the kinders have begun a new activity.  Each morning they complete one page of their February morning work packet.  After lunch count and attendance are taken, as a class, we review the work discussing the day’s concept/skill such as identifying 3D shapes of sphere, cube, cone, locating popcorn words, sequencing popcorn words so that the sentence makes sense and more. The kinders are enjoying ‘waking up their brain’ in this fun learning way.

MATH:  We told math stories using our fruit  from our ‘fruit & vegetable market’ adding written equations.  Remembering what each symbol (+ – = ) means and using them correctly is challenging but the kinders are doing a great job.  They learned that you can write a teen number equation two different ways but they mean the same thing.  One way is to write the partners first and then the total (10+4=14) or write the total first and then the partners (14=10+4).  The kinders practiced this skill by playing a memory game to match these equations.

      

Friday math games helped the kinders review the math skills of patterning, measuring with non-standard objects and seeing number partners in addition equations. 

   

READER’S WORKSHOP: The kinders learned how our voices to bring our books to life! We talked about how it sounds when we read like a robot compared to how it sounds when we read smooth. Then they had opportunities to practice sounding like a smooth reader when they read!

SPECIAL VISITORS:  On Wednesday, Mrs. Suttorp and her 2nd grade friends came into our room.  They  read us the fiction stories they wrote during their writing time. We enjoyed listening to their stories!  It was exciting for me to see how some of my former kinders are now accomplished writers.

       

WRITING WORKSHOP:  We continued to write about small moments that are true life, one time events such as writing about one of our party centers. The kinders are gradually doing more and more of the writing on their own.  I am so proud of them!!  This is a hard type of writing for these little ones.  In celebration of Valentine’s Day we created a pattern book about Things I Love.  Creating and writing a special valentine card for their family was also enjoyed.

  

POPCORN WORDS:         WHO               NOT                                                                            They noticed that the word “how” has the same letters as “who” only they are in different order.  A great learning moment about how the order of letters and the sounds they make are so important. The kinders practiced handwriting and spelling while playing UNSCRAMBLE THE POPCORN WORD.

      

SCIENCE:  The kinders like being scientists so we did a science experiment with candy hearts.  We predicted what would happen if you put candy hearts inside of a glass filled with water.  Most of us predicted that the candyt would sink and they were correct.  However….the longer they stayed inside the water the candy hearts began to float to the top.  Wonder why? Dropping hearts inside water was fun so why not try other liquids.  So….candy hearts went into  soda (Sprite) and vinegar.  We found out that bubbles floated around the hearts in the soda like fizz and vinegar made the hearts brighter.  

As we talked about our observations we began to wonder what would happen if candy hearts were dropped into other kinds of liquids like milk, lemonade, apple juice and warm water (not just room temperature water we tried before).  All of the liquids changed from being clear to colored as time went on.  

 

     

Ask your kinder for more information and be prepared…some of them might want to try some experiments at home.

MYSTERY GUEST READERS:  On Thursday, Katelynn was thrilled to see her mom come into the room.  She brought The Day my Mom came to Kindergarten.  It was a fun book to remind us about school rules and how hard we work at school.  

On Friday, Hunter literally jumped up and ran to give his mom a hug.  She brought along his younger sisters Kendall and Kenzie.  We were able to enjoy Too Many Toys by David Shannon. A very fun story about having a lot of toys and deciding which ones to give away….or not. 

KOOL KINDERS ARE BOOK LOVERS: 

 Makenize likes to read Clifford’s Family in this two story book.

 Katelynn likes to read Pinkalicious The Flower Girl.

 Dominic likes to read The Day the Crayons came home.

 Jayce likes to read Bad Kitty’s Christmas.

 Tristan likes to read Super Powers Bad Weather.

NOTES FOR MOM AND DAD

*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.  The playground is VERY WET with melting snow & ice.  Please continue to send all of their snow gear.

*BACKPACK SNACK:  Please continue to send 2 healthy, quick snacks with your kinder each day.  Your kinder needs to be refueled so that they be ready to learn.

*JUMP ROPE FOR HEART:  Due Feb. 28. A form was sent home with your kinder. Check out the PE blog for more information. 

UPCOMING DATES

*MON. FEB. 19—STEAM reading TAKE HOME BOOKS

*TUES. FEB 20–GYM;  reading TAKE HOME BOOKS;  

*WED.FEB. 21MUSIC; Valentine’s Day!! HOMEWORK DUE….math and literacy;  LIBRARY Please remember to return your child’s book. 

*THURS. FEB.22––ART; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS & Rainbow word list;

*FRI. FEB. 23—STEAM;  celebrating Mia’s birthday!

*FRI, MARCH 9–FAST FRIDAY (Early Release Dismissal at 2:15pm)

*MARCH 12 & 14–Parent-Teacher Conferences: Parent slips stating your specific date and time (same as in Nov)  will be sent home soon.

Enjoy your weekend!  Mrs. Bohl

 

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—Jan 12-19

Hooray for the hard working kinders!! They are working hard to continue to make good choices at school (keeping hands, to self, using kind words, following school rules, etc) while being ready to learn AND to listen when others talk. The kinders are also working hard to put their eyes on the teacher so that all directions/instructions are heard. This is what first graders do and we are practicing to do the same.  Thank you for the continuing to courage your kinder at home!  Their choices make the difference in their learning.  We have 9 blue stars….we only need 1 more for fun reward.  Can we make it to 10 this week?  I think that we can!!!

MATH:  We are getting to the end of our math unit.  This week we worked on identifying teen equations (10+6) and teen totals (16), writing teen numbers, identifying partners of 6,7 & 8 and showing numbers by using 5 groups.  For example: to show 7, we drew 5 circles in a line and then drew 2 more circles in a line underneath.  Telling and solving addition and subtraction problems are also part of our daily routine.  Our Friday math games were TEEN NUMBER MEMORY (matching teen equations to the total); SHAPES ARE FUN (identifying shapes); SNOW FORTS (practicing number partners of 7).  

    

WRITING WORKSHOP:  We are diving deeper into writing Small Moment stories that are true one time, one place stories. At the beginning of the week we worked together to choose a small moment story about celebrating birthdays at school. We practiced telling the story over our fingers, drew detailed pictures and worked on stretching out sounds in the words we wrote. Don’t forget that we also work to include spaces between popcorn words and sentence stoppers (punctuation). Wow!! Next week the kinders will have the opportunity to choose their own small moment to write about.    This is a VERY challenging unit for kinders! I am proud of their perseverance and effort.  We are working to do our best!!

HANDWRITING: We learned how to write lower case letters u,i,e. We are working on writing our “full name” correctly on our papers.  This means ONLY the first letter is capital and the rest of the letters are lower case.  The  kinders are able to write their full name but many of the letters are written incorrectly.  There is a mix of upper and lower case letters within the first and last name.  Please begin practicing this new skill at home.  Thanks! 🙂

FUN CENTERS:  Mason’s mom, Scarlett’s dad, Jaxon’s dad and Peyton’s dad helped the kinders do a science experiment, play math games and make a craft on Friday afternoon.  Fun centers consisted of BLUBBER, BLUBBER  (learning how penguins stay warm in the very cold water); BEARS IN THE CAVE (identifying number partners 5-8); BUILDING MY SNOWMAN (writing names) and RACE TO THE SNOWMAN (identifying – + symbols).  Thank you so much for taking time to join us in learning.  It meant a lot to us.  

    

READER’S WORKSHOP:  This week we got ready to read (revved up) by learning that letters help us read.  By looking at the beginning letter , noticing a ‘switch’ of letters (is it a frog or toad?) and looking all the way through we can figure out words as we read. The kinders are doing an awesome job!  We are increasing our reading time too.  We are averaging 16 minutes a day. Hooray for reading! 

MYSTERY GUEST READER:  Livia was surprised and excited to see her dad come into the room.  He brought along The Tortoise and the Hare.  He chose this book because he likes to play sports with Livia.  Thank you for stopping by.

NOTES FOR MOM AND DAD 

*POPCORN WORDS:        MAKE       SAID                                                                              We found them in our day’s messages and within our popcorn books.  We learned about “bossy e” who quietly tells the hard worker (vowel) to say their letter name (long a) instead of their letter sound (short /a/ sound) in “make”. Flippy the Dolphin (a reading strategy) was spotlighted. We also learned to look for “talking” lines (quotation marks) to let us know that a character is talking.  Identifying “said” helped making this task easier.

*KOOL KINDERS ARE BOOK LOVERS:  We began another new round of being the Kool Kinder.  This time the job of the Kool Kinder is to locate their favorite book from home, decide why they like this book and take it to school to share with their friends.  The book will come back on the same day.

 Maddox brought How do dinosaurs say Merry Christmas.

 Hunter likes I’ll Wait, Mr. Panda because he likes donuts.

  Livia likes the book Mommies because she loves her mom.

  Parker likes to read Attack of the Nindroids because he likes Legos.

*BACKPACK SNACK:  Please remember to send TWO snacks each day with your kinder. They would probably enjoy a snack from home. Thanks so much for making these snacks healthy ones!  

*TAKE HOME BOOKS:  The TAKE HOME books will begin Monday! Thank you in advance for reading this book with your kinder and reminding them to return these books in the baggies each Monday,Tuesday and Thursday.  If you are interested in volunteering, please let me know and I will be happy to add your name to the schedule. 

*WINTER 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.

UPCOMING DATES

*MON. JAN. 22–-ART; reading TAKE  HOME BOOKS; Birthday celebration for Livia (1/21)

*TUES. JAN 23–-STEAM; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS   

*WED. JAN. 24GYM;  HOMEWORK DUE….math and literacy;  LIBRARY Please remember to return your child’s book.

*THURS. JAN. 25–-MUSIC; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS and Reading the Rainbow word lists

*FRI. JAN. 26ART; 

*FRI. FEB. 2—Fast Friday (Early Release)

*MON. FEB. 5 & TUES. FEB 6—Winter Break Day—No School

*TUES. FEB 7—School begins again

*FRI. FEB 9—Day 100 Celebration

*TUES. FEB. 13—Valentine’s Day Party 2:00-3:00pm Planning will begin soon.

~~ So many good things happening at school. We are learning a lot!  Have a great weekend!    Mrs. Bohl