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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!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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!

UPCOMING DATES

*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

 

NEWS— Sept.30-Oct. 4

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.  We also took note that “to” can be written other ways like “too” and “two”.

 

 

 

MATH:  We also continued to practice writing our numbers, especially 1-5, identifying groups of numbers 1-5 and practiced telling addition and subtraction stories. We learned that writing a 5 can be a bit tricky!  The students are learning that 5 is a small down, curve and a slide at the top.  We are using Peterson’s Language when making our letters and numbers.  Next week, we will have our very first math test to assess the skills that we have learned.  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 teddy bear counters.

LITERACY: We started diving into the structure and function of letters.!  We distinguished between 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.  ABC Boot Camp letters were Ss, Tt, Uu, Vv.  In our small groups we played rhyming and letter/sounds games.  We enjoyed reading together The Birthday Cake by Joy Cowley, while noticing popcorn words, front cover, title page, and more.

READING WORKSHOP:  We are continuing on with our favorite stories in reading this week!  The kinders are learning to sound exactly like the characters in some of our favorites while they are reading their books!  They are also learning to use the picture when reading their book.

We used this book to sound exactly like the characters in the, “Three Billy Goats Gruff”.  The students had a blast changing their voice to sound exactly like the troll and billy goats in this story.  This little paper book is now in their blue book bin.

COLOR WORD:  GREEN  It was fun to read Froggy books, make a green flip book and make a fun frog craft.  We read Little Blue and Little Yellow too.  What fun the kinders had experimenting with blue and yellow playdough to see if mixed it would turn green.  Of course, wearing green clothing was pretty cool too.

WRITING: The kinders were so excited to show and tell their item from home in our writing! The kinders pulled their object out of their brown bag, told their partner about it and then they were asked to draw and label it.  Labeling is tricky but we are learning to stretch words slowly and write all of the sounds that we hear.  Thank you for participating!

MYSTERY READERS:  On Wednesday,  Evelyn jumped up with smiles to greet her mom.  We heard a favorite book that they read at bedtime each night, Thank You and Good Night.  Evelyn’s mom even brought their stuffed animals they snuggle with during their nightly reading.

Friday Skyler was happy to see her grandma come through the door.  She read Pinkalious Apples, Apples, Apples.  A perfect story for apple picking season.  Skyler’s grandma surprise all of the kinders by bringing a Pink Lady apple for everyone!  Thank you so much for the thoughtful gift.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

BACKPACKS…Please take time to clean out your kinder’s backpack of unnecessary items like snuggle buddies, blankets, toys, extra notebooks, etc.  When backpacks are full of these items there is not enough room for their folders and lunch boxes.  

OUTDOOR CLOTHING….Please continue to send a coat or sweatshirt with your child.  The weather can quickly change so it is good to be prepared.

BACKPACK SNACK…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:  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.  Thank you!

LUNCH MONEY… When sending in lunch money, please place in a baggy or envelope and include your kinder’s first/last name and my name on it.  This will make it much easier when passing it on to the lunch staff.

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Oct 7—MUSIC, Culver’s Night—support Georgetown and eat at Culver’s.  *I am planning to work the 5:00-5:30pm shift!* KOOL KINDER: Elliott

*Tuesday, Oct 8—GYM;  KOOL KINDER: Kennedy

*Wednesday, Oct 9—ART; Library–Please help your kinder remember their library book.  Homework packet is due;  KOOL KINDER: Reagan

*Thursday, Oct 10–STEAM;  KOOL KINDER: Kieran

 *Friday, Oct 11—MUSIC;  KOOL KINDER: Allan  Wear PURPLE

*Thursday, Oct. 31—Fall Class Party, 2:00-3:00 p.m.  Sign-up list for donations will be coming soon!

News of the Week—Oct. 8-12

The weather is changing from summer to autumn, from warm to cooler days, from sunny to cloudy and rainy.  Thank you for sending your kinder in layers.  We go outside to play in the morning, at noon and in the afternoon. We love our playground! 🙂

Here is what your kinder did at school this week

POPCORN WORDS:     ME    BE    WE    WILL        The kinders were excited to see that our popcorn words rhymed (at least 3 of them).  We found these words inside our daily message, we unscrambled the letters to spell them correctly and found them in books.

COLOR WORDSBLACK    WHITE       We read Harry the Dirty Dog, Harry and the Neighbor, Harry goes to the sea, Please, Mr. Panda and Thank you 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.

Our newspaper this week was all about spiders so we just had to read The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle.  We were surprised to learn that half of the us LIKE spiders and half of us DO NOT LIKE spiders.  It’s always good to include some math into our learning!

    

Thanks for participating by wearing black and white! 🙂 Our surprise black & white snack this week was OREO cookies.  Not very healthy, I know but very tasty.  

 MATH:  We continued to practice writing our numbers, especially 1-5 and identifying groups of numbers 1-5. This coming Tuesday, Oct. 16 we will be “office workers” as we take our very first math unit test.  The children will be assessed on number writing 1-5, identifying and drawing groups of numbers 1-5, identifying shapes and completing dot to dot pictures.  I know that they will do a fabulous job!

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  Sharing stories and writing was all about our time in our special classes….music, gym, art, STEAM.  I am amazed at the details the kinders are including in their drawings, with many kinders adding labels. We are working hard to stretch out sounds as we trace the words in the sentence that tells about the picture.

READER’S WORKSHOP: We are enjoying reading/looking at the books in our book boxes. Each kinder received a READING MAT.  They stack their books and put them on the green dot side and beginning reading. When they are done with a book, it moves to the red dot side.  When all of the books are on the red dot side, the kinders can read them back to the green side. We practiced getting right to work during our private read time. The kinders also worked hard on staying quiet the whole time, reading the whole time, and staying in one spot the whole time during this private read time.  After private read time, the kinders LOVE picking a favorite part in a book and sharing with a partner.  Mini lessons taught the kinders that there are 3 Ways to Read a Book. We are doing an awesome job!  WE ARE BECOMING READERS!

 

CHOICES:  It is one of our favorite times of our day.  The kinders enjoyed creating structures out of big and small Legos, putting puzzles together, building with wood blocks, drawing and writing on white boards, exploring with playdough and more. 

  

LITERACY: This week the kinders worked in groups with either Mrs. Rossback or myself to strengthen their literacy skills such as letter ID, letter sounds, rhyming and hearing syllables in words. As the year progresses, the kinders will continue to work in small groups, as a whole group and independently with specific literacy skills such as listed above as well as  popcorn/sight word practice and beginner reader skills. In addition, we read our Hh poem together, hunting for capital and lower case letter Hh, rhyming words and even popcorn words.  Ask your kinder to read and explain their Hh poem paper to you.

HANDWRITING:  We started working on the “counter clockwise” lower case letters of f,c,a,d.  More “counter clockwise” letters next week.  You can help at home by encouraging your kinder to write their letters with proper formation.  Using various writing tools like markers, watercolors, chalk or even pudding wax paper makes practice very fun.

MYSTERY READER:  Lillian was the one who was surprised this week.  Her mom came in to read Hedgehugs Autumn Hide and Seek.  A sweet book about making new friends.  Thank you so much for taking the time to read a story to us.  

    

REMINDERS  

*HEADPHONES FOR STEAM CLASS:  Mrs. Totten is asking the each kinder bring in a pair of headphones to use during class when they are working on the computer.  The headphones do not need to be fancy, but easy to put on and labeled with your kinder’s name.  We will keep these headphones at school until the end of the year.  Please try to have them to school by the first of November.  Thank you!

*TWO BACKPACK SNACKS AND WATER BOTTLES: Thank you for sending 2 healthy snacks each day and water bottles.  I do have graham crackers available if you forget. 🙂

*MYSTERY GUEST READERS:  There are many dates available to be a Mystery Guest Reader. Please go to the side bar under VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES and click on “Mystery Guest Reader” to sign up.  Please do not let the date or time hinder you from volunteering, we can alter that if needed.

*NOVEMBER PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES:  Please complete this survey as soon as possible.  SURVEY CLOSES OCTOBER 19 at 11:59pm.  This will help us schedule your kinder’s conference. 

*WARM SWEATSHIRTS OR COATS:  Please continue to send your kinder to school based on the weather. The mornings and days are becoming cooler, but we still go outside to play.

   HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EMMA. She turned 6 on Wednesday. Thank you for the birthday treat bags!  

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Oct. 15—MUSIC; KOOL KINDER-Breslyn

*Tuesday, Oct.16–GYM;

*Wednesday, Oct. 17—ART;  LIBRARY BOOKS due

*Thursday, Oct. 18–STEAM;  

*Friday, Oct. 19—MUSIC;  COLOR DAY: Wear ORANGE

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

*Tuesday, Oct. 30—School Picture Retake Day Please return the original picture package during retakes. Absent students pictures will be taken at this time.

*Wednesday, Oct 31—FALL PARTY AND PARADE— The kindergarten parade will begin at 10:15am. Our classroom party will follow. NOTE THE TIME CHANGE!!  Fun activities are being planned. Your kinder is welcome to wear the basics of their costume to school and/or the under layers.  We will then add the accessories and the outer layer of costumes before the parade. Otherwise they can bring their costume to school in a labeled bag.  They will be putting on their costumes OVER their school clothes prior to the parade. WE WILL NOT TAKE TIME TO REMOVE CLOTHES AND PUT ON OTHER CLOTHES.  If your kinder’s costume is regular clothes (farmer, cheerleader,etc ) they are welcome to wear them all day if it will not hinder their movement and learning.  PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE WEAPONS OF ANY KIND OR SCARY, GORY MAKEUP/MASKS.  Please be respectful of others. 

~~Have a great weekend,  Mrs. Bohl