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NEWS—Nov. 18-22

We had fun learning this week in kindergarten.  Look what we did.

Again, thank you for taking the time to attend your kinder’s conference this week.  You have amazing kinders and I am so grateful to spend my days with them.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitant to contact me.

MATH:  We completed some pages in our math workbooks.  We found partners within a park scene like 1 duck + 3 ducks=4 ducks.  We met 10 Bug.  He loves to see groups of 10 things.  We counted blue dots and found out that the arrangement of the dots doesn’t change the amount. We looked for 10 within teen numbers. (10+4=14) We also put numbers in order by writing them correctly.  During our Friday math games we played HOW MANY TURKEYS? (writing & solving addition problems); I SPY THANKSGIVING FOODS (writing the number of foods found); ROLL, COUNT & COVER ACORNS (number ID); WHERE ARE THE TURKEYS? (matching numbers to ten frames).

SOCIAL STUDIES:  We began our discussion on who the Pilgrims were and their journey on the Mayflower. We worked together and “shared the marker” to write why the Pilgrims left England, who was on the Mayflower and where they landed. We looked at the parts of the Mayflower ship, stretched out the sounds in the words and wrote them on our paper.

We thought of things that we would need if we packed our bags and went on the Mayflower.  This lead to a deeper discussion about wants vs needs.  The kinders “packed their own trunks” with items they would take along if they were on the Mayflower by creating a list and drawing pictures to match.  Our weekly newsletter was timely as we compared Native Americans to the Pilgrims.

It was fun to see their reaction when they learned how the Native Americans taught the Pilgrims to plant their gardens.  I used cookie crumbs for dirt, candy corn for seeds and fish crackers to explain this.  We all agreed that we are glad that the farmers don’t use fish as fertilizer today!

WRITING: We continued to work on writing our narrative/read stories this week.  The kinders thought of a real story that happened to them.  They told the story to a friend and then wrote the beginning, middle and end of their story in a 3-page writing booklet.  They added a speech bubble to their story to help readers see that someone was talking in their story.   They were reminded to use ALL of our writing charts when writing real stories. They learned that writers say their sentence, working hard to write word after word on their paper.

READER’S WORKSHOP:  We added 2 more Super Powers to our chart.  SOUND POWER teaches us that sometimes picture power isn’t powerful enough, you need to use the sound of the first letter to read the word. PERSISTENCE POWER reminds us to never give up when trying to tackle unknown words. Using our Super Powers really helps us be Super Readers!

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POPCORN WORDS:  AN,  CAN,  MAN,  RAN    The kinders were excited when they noticed that “an” was hiding inside of our other popcorn words.  Our shared poem and book also included this week’s word…..can.  We had fun making up a new story for when Max gets ready for school after reading how he gets ready to play outside.

HANDWRITING:  We had fun practicing writing our lower case letters this week.  Once a bird was safely by their birdhouse, we wrote the lower case letters (tracing upper case) on our papers.

MYSTERY READER:  Landon was so excited to welcome his grandma into our classroom.  She read us Green Eggs and Ham because she loves to eat eggs and ham and she reads this story often to Landon.

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

Allan turned 6 on Monday!  

REMINDERS

Now that the snow season has arrived, please remember. When snow is on the ground, please have the following in your kinder’s backpack:

  1. Snow pants
  2. Boots-designed for the snow
  3. A Warm Coat
  4. Mittens/Gloves
  5. A Hat

BACKPACK SNACKS:  Please talk with your kinder about the snacks that they are taking to school.  Many are saying that they don’t like the snacks that are packed and don’t want to eat them.  I have graham crackers and Cheerios for those kinders who forget.

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Nov 25—ART   Book Order forms coming home

*Tuesday, Nov 26—STEAM:  Bring Stone Soup ingredient!  Refer to the note that was sent home.

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

*Dec. 2–Book Orders due (paper form or online) 

*Dec 12—Wrapped books due for our Holiday Book Exchange if you would like to participate.  

*Dec. 12—Holiday Program… 6:30 p.m. at Fair Haven Church in Jenison.  More details coming as date approaches. The kinders are very busy practicing their songs!

*Dec 18—Grinch Day

*Dec 19—Holiday Party   Activities are being planned.  Details about donations and volunteers will be available soon.

*Dec 20—Polar Express Day   Wear jamies to school

News of the Week—Nov 5-9

Look what we did this week in school.  We were busy!!!!

 

MATH: This week we focused on learning some new math routines.  The kinders learned how to count the teen numbers by showing fast freeze 10 and some more.  For example, they say “10 is 10 plus 1 more.”   We also added 1 to numbers 1-9 to make numbers.  The kinders loved using blue dots to practice adding 1 to numbers on our blue math mats. They noticed the pattern that occurs when you add these numbers, seeing that each number sentence has a + 1, each answer increased by 1.  One kinder said, “Hey it looks like stairs!”

 

During Friday math games the kinders identified numbers 1-10, sorted and counted fall leaves, counted turkeys in ten frames and wrote numbers 1-20 and used pattern blocks to create a turkey. 

   

WRITING: We looked closely at two fall objects….gourds and acorns. We drew exacting what we saw and then stretched out the words by writing sounds we heard in own booklets. We practiced writing simple sentences using popcorn words when writing about our object.  For example: This is a gourd. I see green and orange.  It is bumpy. This was challenging for the kinders but I am proud of their efforts and hard work.  We can be scientists and draw and what we see!  Hooray!

READING:  The kinders are doing a fabulous job practicing private reading and each skill that we learned this week.  They learned that readers work hard to help themselves solve problems.  Using pictures to help remind them of the story they are reading is very helpful.  Many are noticing there are words we might know to help us tell the story. They also enjoyed reviewing emotions from last week and looking for how the characters showed their emotions and putting a sticky note by that character. We are becoming great readers!

SOCIAL STUDIES:  We read Berenstain’s Bears get the Gimmies to help us learn the difference between wants and needs.  Wants are things that we wish we had.(doll, baseball, Xbox games, ipad)  Needs are things that we need to have.(food, water, clothes, shelter) Then we sorted pictures of wants and needs.  We began our discussion on who the Pilgrims were and their journey on the Mayflower. We worked together and “shared the marker” to write why the Pilgrims left England, who was on the Mayflower and where they landed.

 

 

We looked at the parts of the Mayflower ship, stretched out the sounds in the words and wrote them on our paper.

 

We finished the week by thinking of things that we would need if we packed our bags and went on the Mayflower.  This lead to a deeper discussion about wants vs needs.  The kinders “packed their own trunks” with items they would take along if they were on the Mayflower by creating a list and drawing pictures to match.

 

SPLIT LIT:   This week we have done a great job of starting our new Split Lit. center activities.  After getting a chance to assess and re-assess the kinders, I was able to create a group of activities that enables them to work on the skills they need to practice the most.  The kinders spend this time with working in small groups either with Mrs. Rossback( our para pro) or myself or working independently on literacy activities such as identifying and writing letters, reading emerging books, rhyming words, beginning sounds and more. On Friday the kinders played two literacy games….GOBBLE, GOBBLE (identifying letters) and SPIN A PICTURE (practicing writing letters and beginning sounds).A good start to learning!

      

POPCORN WORDS:               AM          ARE           LITTLE                                                     Our list of popcorn words is growing.   It is amazing how the kinders are seeing these words in books, messages and papers.   

 

MYSTERY GUEST READER:  It was so sweet to see Bronwyn jump into her mom’s arms on Wednesday.  She read us Groovy Joe Ice Cream and Dinosaurs.  It was fun to join in the reading.

 Jacob sprang up when his grandma “Amma” and younger brother Austin arrived on Friday.  She read us Froggy gets dressed.  A perfect book for the first day of snow!

Thank you so much for coming in!  We love our guest readers!

  REMINDERS

 

*WINTER CLOTHES:  Please remember to send a warm, winter clothes for your kinder to wear when we play outside.  The snowy weather has arrived and it is more fun to be warm when it is recess. Looking ahead….If your child has outgrown their winter boots, PLEASE CONSIDER PURCHASING BOOTS THAT FASTEN WITH VELCRO CLOSINGS!!!  LACES TAKE TIME AND ARE DIFFICULT TO TIE/UNTIE WHEN WET. 

This unclaimed scarf and black snow pants stayed at school today.  They arrived to school on a kinder but did not go home on a kinder.  If they belong to your kinder, please let me know so that I can return them. Don’t forget to….. LABEL YOUR KINDER’S SNOW PANTS. A lot of the kinders have black snow pants and they all look alike to the kinders and me! :). Thank you!

*BACKPACK SNACKS:  Don’t forget to place two quick, healthy snack inside your kinders backpack.

*PE CARES FOOD DRIVE: ends on Nov. 15.  Your donations of canned or non-perishable food items can be brought into school anytime.   Thank you for your donations and thinking of those in need this season.  We have brought a lot of food so far. Thank you!  Thank you!

    

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Nov. 12–STEAM 

*Tuesday, Nov. 13–MUSIC

*Wednesday, Nov. 14–GYM;  Library  Many books have already been returned – due to the Fall Party and Book Fair, we have not checked out books in a few weeks.

*Thursday, Nov. 15--ART;  Last day to bring in PE CARES food donations.

*Friday, Nov. 16–STEAM;  Stone Soup Day!  Drained, chopped vegetables are due.  See note that will come home Monday.

*November 21-23—NO SCHOOL…Thanksgiving Break

*Dec 4-7—HOLIDAY GIFT SHOPDetails coming soon on our shopping day!

*Thursday, Dec 13–HOLIDAY MUSIC PROGRAM  Save the date—-Georgetown Holiday Music Program  More information to come!

~~~Have a great weekend!  Mrs. Bohl