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News of the Week—Oct. 1-5

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

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

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

COLOR WORD:    PURPLE     Harold and the Purple Crayon was just one of many puprle themed books we read.  It was a great book to inspire imagination.  The kinders used their imagination to draw their own purple crayon adventures.  We LOVED hearing an old favorite song of Mrs. Bohl, the song “One Eyed, One Horned Flying Purple People Eater”.  They really enjoyed making their own one eyed, one horned flying purple people eater monsters.  Here is the link to the “Purple People Eater” video we watched. They are decorating our room for a bit Once again, it was fun looking at the way the kinders chose to wear this week’s color purple.  We have 3 more colors to learn.

   

HANDWRITING:  We started learning the proper formation of lower case letters.  This week it was the “straight line” letters of l,t,i.  These booklets were sent home.  Please refer to this booklet as your kinder continues to practice writing at home.  They are doing great but some upcoming letters are more difficult than others to form properly, so extra practice is always beneficial.  Writing with markers, chalk, bathroom crayons and even in shaving cream are some fun different ways to inspire your kinder.  

   

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

   

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

         

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

    

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

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

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

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

REMINDERS

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

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

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

UPCOMING DATES

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

*Tuesday, Oct. 9–GYMKOOL KINDER-Tinley

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

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

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

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

*Thursday, Oct. 30—School Picture Retake Day

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

~~Have a great weekend.  Mrs. Bohl

 

News of the Week—Sept. 4-7

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 one sweatshirt that arrived to school but doesn’t have a home to go to at the end of the day.  If this belongs to your kinder, please email me.  Thanks! 🙂

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

POPCORN WORDS:     A       COLOR WORD:      RED                                                            The kinders saw RED this week.  We colored pictures, read books, learned a poem, went on an I Spy hunt all relating to RED

   

I wish you could have heard their excited voices as they compared their RED shirts, RED pants, RED socks, RED hair ribbons on Friday.  We even ate a surprise RED snack….Red Strawberry Fruit Snacks! Yum!

 In honor of red, we 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.

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!!!

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. 

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.   

Franklin’s Bad Day was read on Wednesday 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.

Thursday we read When I am angry and learned that taking time to chill out when we feel upset is okay.  The ICE CUBE TRAY is a good reminder.  We played a fun game using a real ice cube.  It was COOL! 🙂

Being Friends was a great book that showed us that it is okay that we are not all the same…we are different and special, just like a KALEIDOSCOPE. It was fun to look through a real kaleidoscope and then color our own.

 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 “hands and eyes”, they repeat “hands and eyes” and turn and face the teacher. The kinders did AWESOME!!!  We will be doing more sharing next week.

 

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.  

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 and number 3.  We drew 2 flowers and 3 apples to show their number sense. 

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

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 by using our math manipulatives. Pictures will come next week.  I totally forgot to take them.

On Fridays the kinders enjoy playing various math games to strength the math concepts learned during the week.  This week they played with PATTERN BLOCKS, ROLL AND COVER WITH PETE THE CAT (ID #1-6), UNIFIX CUBES, PLAYDOUGH NUMBERS (ID #1-10) AND SORTING TEDDY BEARS (ID colors). 

     

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.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISHES TO:  Thank you for all of the birthday treats!

 Addison

  Rocco              Parker

 Lila

 

UPCOMING DATES:

Monday, Sept. 10–GYMKool Kinder: Ethan

Tuesday, Sept 11—ART;  Kool Kinder: Jace.

Wednesday, Sept 12—STEAMLibrary….Don’t forget to return your kinder’s library book INSIDE their backpack;   Kool Kinder: Brooks

Thursday Sept 13—MUSIC Kool Kinder:  Aria

Friday, Sept 14—GYMCOLOR DAY….Wear YELLOW!  FAST FRIDAY (Early Release dismissal 12:15pm) 

Thursday, Sept. 27—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

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

See what was on our agenda for this week.

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

          

Friday math games consisted of….

  ROLL AND COVER (practicing adding 2 numbers)

  GOOFY GROUNDHOGS (identifying shapes)

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

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

   

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

  

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

     

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

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

    

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

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

 

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

  

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

    

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

  

*KOOL KINDERS ARE BOOK LOVERS: 

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

  Star Wars is a favorite of Anderson.

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

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

NOTES FOR MOM AND DAD

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

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

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

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

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

UPCOMING DATES

 *NO SCHOOL: Monday, February 5 WINTER BREAK

*NO SCHOOL: Tuesday, February 6 WINTER BREAK

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

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

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

*TUES. FEB. 13—Valentine’s Day Party  1:50-3:00pm  Non food donations due at school by Thursday, Feb 8. Food donations due Tuesday, Feb. 13.  Parent volunteers who are working at a party center, please arrive by 1:40pm for instructions & set up.  *NO TAKE HOME books this day.

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