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NEWS OF THE WEEK—March 11-15

Did anyone see the amazing rainbow in the early evening on Thursday?  Spring is coming….be patient.  It will be here soon! We learned today how rainbows are made.

MARCH IS READING MONTH:  We love Clifford books so reading Clifford Grows Up was fun!  Eating some  dog bones (Scooby snacks) was tasty too. 🙂 .

Thank you SO much for donating the food for our BOOKS FOR BREAKFAST?!?! celebration.  We ate mini muffins because of If you give a Moose a Muffin; donut holes because of Please, Mr. Panda; and mixed fruit (blueberries, apples, bananas) because of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. . It was a fantastic way to start our day.  Thank you to Lila’s mom for stopping by to give a helping hand.

The kinders wore many different kinds of fun socks because…..READING KNOCKS YOUR SOCKS OFF!  🙂 .   We even worked with our shoes off for part of the day to show off our fun socks.

POPCORN WORDS:     WHERE          THERE             WERE           Please, please keep practicing at home!  Some of these popcorn words are a bit more challenging to learn and remember.  You are unable to stretch them out but need to just remember them by looking at them.  However, we do like it when some words rhyme like ‘where’ and ‘there’. 🙂

ONCE UPON A TIME—-GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS:  We read MANY stories of The Three Bears…the ‘original’ versions, along with others like Goldilocks and the 3 Hares, Tackylocks and  Goldi Rocks and the Three Bears.  We practiced using different words to describe Goldilocks. For example she had yellow hair, she was naughty, curious, she was rude and likes porridge.  We used the Shape Go map during retell, focusing on what happened in the beginning, the middle and the end of story.  We had fun playing a popcorn word game relating to bears  during split lit called GOLDILOCKS AND THE 3 BEARS SIGHT WORD GAME.

READING:  This week the kinders learned that an AVID READER reads a lot, finds places everywhere to read, keeps a stack of book nearby, can’t stop reading and really pays attention to the book but a BAH READER is disinterested. They sorted  pictures to decide if it showed an avid reader or a “bah” reader. They also learned that AVID READERS try to feel what the characters are feeling.  Are the characters feeling happy, sad, excited, scared?  This makes the story enjoyable to read. We re-visited an old favorite The Carrot Seed to notice important parts in the story. The kinders worked in small “book clubs” to find important parts in books themselves by putting a sticky note on that page.  All of the kinders worked so well together, taking turns, sharing and talking.  I was very impressed!

WRITING:  This week we complied facts about bears onto a large chart and referred to that chart throughout the week.  We organized our facts onto our individual “have, can, are” papers.  As we wrote our informational booklets we asked ourselves “What else can I add?” by remembering what writers and illustrators do…write words and drawing matching detailed, labeled pictures.  The kinders did a great job reading their All About Bears books to their reading buddies.

We also talked about how lucky we are to know each other and be a family this year.  So…each kinder was given a friend’s name and they needed to think of one ‘nice dice’ compliment they could give them.  It was precious to hear the kinders read their message (in front of the class) to their friend and to see the smiles and excitement on the faces of the recipient. Some messages were: “I like you as a friend. You are nice. I like to play with you. You always stand up for me”. I am SO LUCKY to have such kind hearted kinders.  What an awesome way to spend my days!! 🙂

MATH:  Our math lessons revolved around identifying the characteristics of a cube, drawing subtraction pictures and writing the equations on whiteboards, decomposing teen numbers showing tens and extra ones and solving addition and subtraction problems.  Friday math games were St Patrick’s Day themed such as COLLECTING COINS (matching teen number partners to the total 10+4=14), put numbers 1-30 in order, matched number partners to the total; FINDING GOLD (identifying numbers 1-20) and RACE TO 100 (identifying numbers).  The kinders were excited to take home their own FINDING GOLD game.

MYSTERY READERS:  We are working to fill the month with readers.  If you would like to be a mystery reader please contact me so that we can schedule a date & time.  If an older sibling would like to be a mystery reader, that would be fantastic too.  I would love to schedule a date/time for them as well.

Mrs. Estefan’s 4th grade class surprised us on Wednesday morning.  We had so much fun reading with them!

Brook’s mom was the Mystery Reader on Wednesday afternoon.  She read us a funny story called Those Pesky Rabbits.

Parker’s mom was the Mystery Reader Friday morning. She read us a favorite of theirs called No More Elephants.

SPLIT LIT: The kinders continue to work independently each day while their friends meet with Mrs. Rossback and me. Mrs. Rossback works on literacy skills and I am leading “book clubs”. We are reading a book that is at their instructional level.  Instructional level books are one level above what they can read independently. Independently they had new literacy activities to explore and complete. We practiced writing and identifying popcorn words, writing word family words and stretching out sounds in words. We continue to practice being quiet workers during this work time. Be sure to ask your child what they needed to do as their papers come home. 

KOOL KINDERS ARE BOOK LOVERS:

 Rocco likes to read funny books like One Big Pair of Underwear.

 Alivia likes to read I am Grinch, another story about the Grinch.

KOOL KINDERS AND THE SURPRISE BOX:  Wednesday 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, hatchable, toy gummy bear, stuffed fox. This is a secret so please remind your kinder to not tell what is inside the box.  Keeping the secret makes it more fun for all.

INSIDE RECESS FUN:  Because we had so many days that we stayed inside for recess, the kinders learned how to play a new game called 4 CORNERS.  We also learned how to play HEADS DOWN, 5 UP.  What a lot of fun when we can’t move around on the playground. 

REMINDERS

*OUTSIDE GEAR:  THANK YOU for sending and continue to send your kinder in boots or outside play shoes.  The snow has disappeared but the wood chips are very wet and dirty.  There MANY PUDDLES on the playground too.  Keep listening to the daily weather report for sending the correct clothes.

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

*TAKE HOME books:  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.

UPCOMING DATES

*MONDAY, MARCH 18–ART; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS 

*TUESDAY, MARCH 19–-STEAM; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS  

 *WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20– MUSIC Library….Return that library book!

*THURSDAY. MARCH 21GYM; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS

*FRIDAY, MARCH 22– ART

*THURSDAY, MARCH 28:  Kindergarten PJ Day

*MARCH 29-APRIL 7:  SPRING BREAK.NO SCHOOL  SCHOOL RESUMES ON APRIL 8!

~~Have a great weekend.  Mrs. Bohl

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

 

News of the Week—Oct. 22-26

An amazing week of learning and fun at school

POPCORN WORDS:        

They were ‘popping’ up all the time this week in our daily messages and in books. We learned that sometimes “E” is quiet and tells other hard worker letters (vowels) to do a flip and say their letter name. We saw this happening in “like” and “here”

COLOR WORD:     BROWN    The kinders had fun reading brown bear books like Bear’s Loose Tooth, Bear feels scared Many of the kinders had connections to these stories.

We also read Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? .  We continued to practice our storytelling skills as we retold (and sang) the story many times this week.  Enjoy having your kinder practice their skills at home when they retell the story for you using their storytelling strip.  We made a brown bear hat for our last color craft while wearing brown. Thank you for helping your kinder participate in our color days by wearing particular colors.  The kinders (and I) looked forward to these fun days. The kinders enjoyed eating teddy grahams for the surprise brown snack.

   

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 super cool gel boards.  

READER’S WORKSHOP:  We continued to learn how to read storybooks.  We used The Three Billy Goats Gruff ,The Carrot Seed and favorite songs/poems to practice reading more and more words, using words like “and then…” “next…” and pointing to the words as we read.  They are doing a great job of looking at these books quietly during our readers’ workshop time every day. Sitting back to back with their reading buddy and practicing private reading. Then sitting side by side with their partner to show details in their books.

       

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  We completed our Launching writing unit by drawing and writing about what costumes we like to wear, brown things, Pete the Cat and playing on a slide.  The kinders have made FABULOUS progress and are feeling excited to be writers.  I will share ALL of their writing pieces with you at parent teacher conferences.  You will be amazed! We will begin to learn how to write like a scientist next week.

SCIENCE:  We read our weekly newspaper to learn if squirrels take other squirrels’ nuts.  Enjoy looking over the newspaper with your kinder to learn the answer.

  

HANDWRITING:  We learned how “clockwise letters” of h,r,n,m,b. Keep up practicing at home….it is helping!

LITERACY: This week the kinders worked as a whole group to decorate paper bags to look like fall houses.  They used their rhyming and phonemic skills when they put various pictures in the house as they sang a fun song.  I hope that you will enjoy playing around with the fall house that your kinder took home.  They can practice identifying letter sounds and popcorn words at home too.  We also went on a letter hunt for Jj, popcorn words and rhyming words when reading a poem together.

 

 

MYSTERY READERS:  On Wednesday, Tinley sprang up to hug her mom and younger sister.  She and Tinley love to read books together, so she choose two of their favorites Fancy Nancy and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?  It was really fun to read along with her mom for Brown Bear.

Rocco jumped up to welcome his mom into our room on Friday.  She knew that we like Little Blue Truck stories so she read Little Blue Truck’s Halloween.  A fun story for fall time.  The book even had flaps on each page that exposed the mystery picture.

 

BUDDY TIME:  We ended our day on Friday with spending some time with our buddies.  The buddies and the kinders turned pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns.  It is always fun when we get together.

   

 REMINDERS 

*CONFERENCES:  Conference dates and times have been sent home.  Conferences will be Monday, November 5 and Wednesday, November 7 after school.   I look forward to meeting with you and discussing your kinder’s progress. I will give you their first report card during our meeting.  I am excited to be sharing their literacy, math, writing and social skills progress with you. I will try to keep each conference to 15 min. long so I stay on time for the evening. Please come with any questions and arrive on time to my classroom. I ask that if your kinder does attend that they wait in the hallway while we have our conference in the classroom. Thank you! 🙂

*KOOL KINDER:  Please continue to review with your kinder about the information that they will be sharing. They are doing a nice job!

*OUTSIDE CLOTHES: We enjoyed playing outside this week.  Unfortunately the weather is turning colder.  When that happens please dress your child in warm outside clothes…warm coat, hat/headband, mittens/gloves.  We go outside to play in the morning, lunch recess and at the end of the day.  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.  Thank you!

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Oct 29ART

*Tuesday, Oct 30STEAM

*Wednesday, Oct 31MUSIC;  NO LIBRARY due to party activities (enjoy your kinder’s book for another week);  Fall Party and Parade 10:15-11:30am.  

*Thursday, Nov 1GYM;  Sack lunch orders (by note in kinder’s folder or email) due for tomorrow’s Fast Friday

*Friday, Nov 2GYM;  FAST FRIDAY Dismissal at 12:15pm

*Monday, Nov. 5BOOK FAIR BEGINS…Preview books at the Book Fair; Parent Teacher Conferences

*Wednesday, Nov. 7— Book Fair:  We are scheduled to purchase books on Wednesday, Nov 7 from 2:00-2:30pm.  Please send your kinder’s money in an envelope labeled with YOUR KINDER’S NAME and BOOK FAIR if you wish them to purchase books. The book fair will also be open during conference times. This is optional.  The proceeds go towards purchasing books for use in school. Thank you!  Parent Teacher Conferences

*November 21-23—NO SCHOOL…Thanksgiving Break

~~~Have a great weekend!  Mrs. Bohl

News of the Week—Oct. 15-19

What a fun week at school.  Look what we did as we learned together. 

POPCORN WORDS:           

The kinders are doing a fantastic job of stretching out the sounds in our popcorn words.  They also noticed that GO and NO rhyme.  How cool is that!  They found them in our emergent books, daily messages too.

 COLOR WORD:    ORANGE       We read many pumpkin books to celebrate the color orange.  It was a perfect week to do this as many of the kinders have visited pumpkin patches. The kinders had fun making an adorable orange tiger for the weekly color craft.  The kinders guessed my orange surprise snack—-oranges!  A tasty and healthy mini snack.

 

SCIENCE:  Scientists observe and look closely at objects. Scientists also label things. We were scientists in the classroom this week. We read a non-fiction book to gather information about how pumpkins grow.  Making our own “flow map” to show the life cycle of a pumpkin and singing a song to help us remember was fun.  We investigated a real pumpkin by learning the names of the parts of the pumpkin…stem, ribs, rind, blossom end. We also read 2 newspapers….one that reinforced our learning about pumpkins and one about Autumn.

 

Scientists also do experiments.  We did an experiment to see what objects were heavier or lighter than our pumpkin.  Oh, my! What a fun way to learn!  

   

READER’S WORKSHOP:  The kinders found out that “We are Storybook Readers”when we read favorite books such as Froggy books, Pete the Cat and Elephant and Piggy.  They learned that readers look at pictures, remember them and then read.  Readers also make sure the words and the pictures match.  When a reader changes their voice for different characters, it makes the story so much more fun. 

  

HANDWRITING:  We continued to learned how to properly write more “counter clockwise” lower case letters of  e,s,o, u.  A few of these letters are tricky so keep practicing at home.  It is helping!

WRITING WORKSHOP:  The kinders are doing a fabulous job drawing detailed pictures, labeling their pictures and stretching out sounds in words as we write a matching sentence while using as many popcorn words as we can.  After that is all done, the kinders share their writings with their partners.  This week’s topics  were about stop signs, traffic lights, walking quietly in line and making green choices.   We have amazing writers!

 

LITERACY:  I am beginning to re-assess the kinders on their literacy skills….letter sounds, rhyming, hearing sounds in words, etc. in preparation for parent teacher conferences. The kinders played games to strengthen their skills in letter ID, letter sounds, hearing syllables in words. I am excited about their progress and will share their progress with you.  Thank you for working and supporting your kinder at home.

MATH:  We wrapped up our first unit in Math by taking our first Math test this week. The kinders felt really important when they got to use their own “office” (a folder separating them from their neighbor) while taking their test.  I will share these tests with you at conferences.  I am amazed at how much each kinder has grown in their math skills and abilities!! Thank you for working and supporting them at home.  We started unit #2 by searching for groups of objects 1-10.

 

Friday math games consisted of  HOW MANY PUMPKINS? (counting groups of objects 1-10 using fine motor skills), HOORAY FOR APPLES (ID numbers), RACE TO FILL THE PUMPKINS (or buckets)(counting objects),ITSY BITSY SPIDER PATTERNS (extending patterns) and exploring and creating designs with GEOBOARDS. The kinders really look forward to Friday math games that reinforce concepts learned during the week. 

         

MYSTERY READERS:  On Wednesday, Carter flew into his grandma’s arms when she walked into our room. She read Rhoda’s Rock Hunt because Carter LOVES to go rock hunting.  She even surprised the kinders by giving each of them a special smooth rock so they could begin a collecting rocks.  Thank you for the sweet gift.

 On Friday, Addison was very excited to see her mom be the Mystery Reader.  We heard Adddison’s favorite book Room on the Broom, a fun rhyming story for this fall season. 

 REMINDERS

*Headphones Needed:  Our STEAM teacher, Mrs. Totten is asking that your kinder bring in headphones (the type you can plug into a computer) to keep at school to use during STEAM class throughout the year.  These headphones do not need to be fancy.  Often they can be found at Five Below, where you can purchase them for under $5.00.  If you could please send in a pair of headphones marked with your kinder’s name by Nov. 1 it would be greatly appreciated.  If you cannot send in headphones we do have extra for them to use.

*KOOL KINDERS:   The kinders are excited to be the Kool Kinder again.  We are now drawing out a stick with a kinder’s name on it to determine the next day’s Kool Kinder.  A yellow reminder note will come home the day prior. The kinders are bringing in a show and tell item from home.  After you choose the show and tell item, please talk with your kinder about what information they are going to share with the class.  We love to hear why they chose it, who gave it to them or where did they get it, etc.  This week Adelyne brought in her Cabbage Patch cat, Breslyn brought in a horse, Alesha brought in an unicorn and Tinley brought in her flippsy doll, Zoe.

*WARM SWEATSHIRTS OR COATS:  Please continue to send your kinder to school wearing a warm sweatshirt or coat for outside play.  The mornings and days are becoming cooler, but we still go outside to play.

*FAMILY PUMPKIN PROJECT:  We have quite a few pumpkins that are disguised as cats, gumball machine, Snoopy, jack-o-lantern, superheroes, dinosuar, gummy bear and a donut.   Pumpkins can come to school anytime next week.  We will add them to our display. 

 

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Oct. 22—GYM  

*Tuesday, Oct. 23– ART; Turkey Trot after school 5:00pm

*Wednesday, Oct. 24—STEAM;  LIBRARY bring your library book  

*Thursday, Oct. 25–MUSIC;  environment print labels due

*Friday, Oct 26—GYM;  Popcorn day:  Color Day—Wear BROWN

*Thursday, 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 10:30-11:30am. 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.  WEAPONS OF ANY KIND OR SCARY, GORY MAKEUP ARE NOT ALLOWED. Please be respectful of others.   Non-food donation items can be sent into school anytime!

*Friday, Nov. 2—Fast Friday—Dismissal at 12:15pm

*November 5 & 7–Parent Teacher Conferences:   I am looking forward to sharing the awesome progress your kinder has and is making.  

*November 5-8—Book Fair:   We are scheduled to purchase books on Wednesday, Nov 7 from 2:00-2:30pm.  Please send your kinder’s money in an envelope labeled with YOUR KINDER’S NAME and BOOK FAIR if you wish them to purchase books. The book fair will also be open during conference times. This is optional.  The proceeds go towards purchasing books for use in school. Thank you!

*November 21-23—NO SCHOOL…Thanksgiving Break

~~Have a great weekend. Enjoy the fall weather!  Mrs. Bohl

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

News of the Week—Sept 24-28

Fall weather has arrived…at least for this week.  Thank you for sending your kinder in appropriate clothing AND for labeling their outer wear.

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

COLOR WORD:    GREEN        We enjoyed reading Little Blue and Little Yellow, a sweet story about friendship and differences.  The kinders found out for themselves what happens when you mix yellow and blue.  It makes GREEN! Check out the play dough that came home today. 

We also read many Froggy books by Jonathan London, enjoyed many giggles and made a lot of connections. We even read a non-fiction about frogs.  Making a green Froggy was fun too! Ribbit!  Ribbit! 🙂 . The surprise green snack was…..green grapes!

Of course, wearing GREEN was a great way celebrate.

POPCORN WORDS:       IS   HIS   THIS              The kinders found out that when you add a letter (or two) at the beginning of “is” you can create new words.  Noticing that these words rhyme was pretty cool too! 🙂

MATH:  Daily we wake up our Math brains by checking out our 100 chart.  Counting and pointing to the numbers helps our brains remember the numbers.  Please practice this important skill at home too. The kinders continued to learned that they can write numbers, count objects, identify and sort shapes (circles, and not circles), draw groups of items and use mini tiles and their fingers to show a group of 5 and extra ones to make larger numbers.  Ex: 5 and 1 more make 6. 

 

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  We worked together to make drawings and to try to write words and even sentences.  Sometimes we worked on whiteboards and other times we used paper and pencils.  We wrote about hanging up our backpacks, lining up in number order, our family and snack time.  We have awesome kinders who are working hard to draw detailed pictures!  

HANDWRITING:  We practiced writing numbers 8, 9 & 10 using mini chalkboards, whiteboards and in our handwriting books. They are doing great but some numbers are more difficult than others to form properly, so any extra practice at home would be appreciated. Please refer to the number writing books that arrived home this week. We are also working hard to improve on writing our names correctly and neatly.  Remember to encourage your kinder to write ONLY the first letter capital and the following letters lower case.

READER’S WORKSHOP:  The kinders learned that we want to be a Book Lover and NOT a Book Bully.  Book Lovers choose books carefully, turn each page, read every page in order, treat books with care. We also learned what it looks like to have Reader Respect.  That means we read quietly, stay in one spot, read the whole time and get started right away.  The kinders are so excited when they notice popcorn words in books.  We are becoming great readers!

SHARED READING:  All week we read our Ff poem together, hunting for capital and lower case letter Ff, rhyming words and even popcorn words.  Ask your kinder to explain their Ff poem paper to you.  (Apologies for the blurry picture)

MYSTERY READERS: We had 2 mystery readers!  How exciting!  On Wednesday afternoon, Jacob was surprised to see his mom and younger brother, Austin walk into the room.  It was fun to hear Put me in the zoo, especially because it included a lot of color and rhyming words. 

Friday morning it was Emma’s turn to be surprised.  Her mom and younger brother, Flynn read us 2 books. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom because we are learning about the alphabet and I like myself! because we are all special.  

Thank you to everyone for taking a break out of your day to come and read us a story.  If you are interested in being a Mystery Guest Reader, there is a link on the side bar under VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES that will allowed you to sign up on our calendar.

HUDSONVILLE SPIRIT:  Dressing in Hudsonville gear of blue and gold was so fun on Friday.  We were treated to some football players, cheerleaders, pep band members and the Eagle to bring football spirit to Georgetown.  Go Eagles!

BUDDY TIME:  Our 5th grade buddies came and helped us make eagle puppets.  It was fun to spend some time together.  

 

REMINDERS

*BACKPACK SNACKS AND WATER BOTTLES:  Don’t forget to pack TWO quick, healthy snacks.  Your child needs to be refueled each morning and afternoon.  🙂  Thank you so much for keeping the snacks NUT FREE!  Please send your kinder with a water bottle with a snap spout so that they can stay hydrated throughout the day.  We take frequent water breaks.

*LIBRARY BOOKS:  Please return your kinder’s book when you are finished reading it.  We have a basket in our room to collect the books as they are returned.  Remember that your kinder will be able to check out another book ONLY after the prior one is returned.  We have library EACH WEDNESDAY.

*CALENDARS: Click on this link or go to the side bar Hot Lunch–Food Service to view the October lunch menu.  Be sure to read the October calendar  inside your kinder’s folder or you can find it under CALENDARS on the side bar to learn about special events, birthdays, specials, etc.

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Oct 1—STEAM, KOOL KINDER: Addison

*Tuesday, Oct 2—GYM;  KOOL KINDER: Alesha

*Wednesday, Oct 3—MUSIC;   LIBRARY;  Firefighters visit to teach us about fire prevention;  KOOL KINDER: Sidney

*Thursday, Oct 4–ART;  KOOL KINDER: Lillian; COLOR DAY….Wear PURPLE (note change of date due to Walk-a-thon)

 *Friday, Oct 5—STEAM;  KOOL KINDER: Lila;  Walk-a-thon…You are more than welcome to come walk the track with us from 9:45-10:30am! Our theme this year is “Lovin’ the 80’s”. Dress like it was in the 80’s or in Hudsonville blue or goldPlease consider donating as this is Georgetown’s ONLY fundraiser.  Thank you for your support!Click on this link for more information.

*Friday, Oct 12—Fast Friday (Early Release Day….Dismissal at 12:15pm).

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

*Tuesday, Oct. 30—School Picture Retake Day

*Wednesday, Oct 31—FALL PARTY AND PARADE:  We will be having our first class party on Wednesday, Oct 31. An email will be sent to parents who showed an interest (on the kindergarten survey) in assisting with planning this party.  Thank you for your willings to make our first party a success.  Please let me know if you have any questions about this fun day.

~~~~Have a great weekend.  Mrs. Bohl