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NEWS OF THE WEEK—Jan 14-18

Hooray for the hard working kinders!! We are working hard to make smart 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 encouragement from home!  Their choices make the difference in their learning.  

MATH:  This week we worked on 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 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); MAKE 5 (number partners of 5); SNOWBALL COVERALL (identifying 1-20 & matching them to 1-20 in ten frames) and BEARS IN THE CAVE (identifying number partners of 6 & 7).  

 

POPCORN WORDS:        MAKE       SAID        We found them in our day’s messages and within our popcorn books.  We learned about “Magic 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”. We had fun playing with letters to create more words using -ake.  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.  Many kinders noticed that “ai” in the word said made the  short /e/ sound but in other words like rain, sail, “ai” work together to say a.  How silly and sometimes confusing! 🙂

WRITING:  We reviewed that a small moment is a true story that happened to us and is a small part of a larger story that takes places during one event.  At the beginning of the week we worked together to create a list of “seed” stories about school. Then we chose a small moment story about being the Kool Kinder and enjoying taking Snuggles home. We practiced telling the story over our fingers using the words first, next last.  (First, we draw a stick out of the box. Next I take Snuggles home. Last I tell my friends what I did with Snuggles). Then we drew detailed pictures and worte as many popcorn words as we could and stretched out sounds in unknown words Don’t forget that we also work to include spaces between popcorn words and sentence stoppers (punctuation). Wow!!  This is a VERY challenging unit for kinders! I am proud of their perseverance and effort.  We are working to do our best!! ( I will do better next week taking pictures during this time.  We are just so busy that I that forget.  Sorry 🙁

SPLIT LIT:  This week the kinders worked on beginning sounds, rhyming, sorting upper & lower case letters, sentence order in their independent centers.  They worked on identifying the initial, medial and final sounds in words with Mrs. Rossback and read books while I re-assessed kinders on literacy skills.  I am so proud of their progress.  You will find a note listing the skills your kinder will be working on next inside of their blue folder.

HANDWRITING: The SLANT TO START letters A,Y,V,W,X  was spotlighted this week. This completed learning the formation of uppercase letters.  We will continue to review formation of ALL letters during writing times.  We will begin to write our “full name”  on our papers too….starting next week.  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! 🙂

READING:  This week we learned that we can activate our PERSEVERANCE POWER…that means we don’t give up! We continue to try to use all of our super powers while we read.  We also learned that readers use their voices to bring a book to life….and to make it exciting and interesting to read. We don’t want to sound like a robot but try to read fluently. The kinders are doing an awesome job!  We are increasing our reading time too.  We are averaging 15 minutes a day. Hooray for reading! 

 

MYSTERY READERS:  Lila was thrilled and excited to see that her mom (and baby sister, Nora ) was the mystery reader on Wednesday afternoon.  We heard There is a Monster at the End of the Book because her mom LOVED hearing this story when she was a kinder and Lila LOVES the book now!  How fun to pass down favorite stories.

Friday morning Lillian’s mom & Grandma entertained us with reading the book Not quite Norwhal.  A sweet story about learning who you are and accepting others.

REMINDERS

*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.   

*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

*MONDAY. JAN. 21–-ART; reading TAKE  HOME BOOKS; MLK Day

*TUESDAY. JAN 22–-STEAM; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS   

*WEDNESDAY. JAN. 23–MUSIC; LIBRARY Please remember to return your kinder’s book.

*THURSDAY. JAN. 24–-GYM; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS 

*FRIDAY. JAN. 25ART; birthday celebration for Tinley (1/26)

*FRIDAY. FEB. 1—Fast Friday (Early Release)

*MONDAY. FEB. 4 & TUESDAY. FEB 5—Winter Break Day—No School

*WEDNESDAY. FEB 6—School begins again

*THURSDAY. FEB 7—Day 100 Celebration…information coming soon

*THURSDAY. FEB. 14—Valentine’s Day Party 2:00-3:00pm A sign up sheet for volunteering and donations will be posted this weekend.  

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

NEWS OF THE WEEK—Dec 17-21

Here is what we did the first 2 days of school.  See the previous postings for the rest of the week.

MATH: We combined shapes (pattern blocks) to make other shapes. We played a fun game to practice partners of 10.

As you know, this month we were given missions each day from Jingle Joy to spread  kindness to others. The kinders are so sweet and love to do nice things for others!  We had some kindness shown to us on Tuesday, when Mrs. Bast’s second graders came to our room and read to us! We wanted to say thank you, so we made them a snowman as a thanks!

LITERACYWe worked on stretching out sounds in words and listening for the middle sound in words.  Those hard workers (vowels) can be tricky but the kinders are working hard to figure out the sounds.

Stay safe as you travel visiting family or if you stay home.  Enjoy the next two weeks with your kinder….making memories together.  If you find you are in need of some activities to do with your kinder you can refer to the light green paper in the blue folder or look below for ideas…..

*practice counting by 1’s and 10’s to 100

*writing numbers 1-30

*practice identifying popcorn words using your flash cards

*create and write new pattern books or create a list of things

*practice writing first and last name (first letter capital, rest of letters lower case)

*read books together 

*go sledding, make a snowman, drink hot chocolate, have fun together!

REMINDERS

*POPCORN WORDS:            REVIEW OF WORDS         Ask your kinder to show you how to play Scramble Them Up.   (Use your letter cards to scramble up the letters in popcorn words…and then put the letters in correct order. Example:  okol  is  look)

*WINTER GEAR: Please send appropriate winter gear with your child each day.  It keeps them warm when playing outside.  An extra pair of socks, mittens or gloves might be a good idea to keep inside their backpacks if their original pair gets wet.  Please take time over break to label your kinder’s snow pants and boots if you have not done this.

   We celebrated Jacob’s birthday on Tuesday.

  We celebrated Carter’s birthday on Thursday.

*BACKPACK SNACK:  Please remember each day to pack TWO quick, healthy snacks for your kinder.

*TAKE HOME BOOK PROGRAM:  I am planning to create a schedule over vacation. Thank you for volunteering and choosing to be part of this learning. If you still would like to be part of this fun volunteer activity, please email me and I will be happy to include you in the schedule. We will begin this program in January.  It is so exciting to see our kinders become readers.

*The January calendar is posted under CALENDARS at the top of the blog.  A paper copy was sent home this week.

*The January lunch menu is available to read under the FOOD SERVICE tab on the side bar.

UPCOMING DATES:

*Monday, December 24 – Friday, January 4:  NO SCHOOL, Holiday Break.  School resumes on Monday, January 7!

*Monday, January 7—Back to School; GYM; Zander’s birthday (Jan 6) celebration

*Tuesday, January 8—ART

*Wednesday, January 9—STEAM;  LIBRARY Don’t forget your book! 

*Thursday, January 10—MUSIC; If your kinder would like a sack lunch on Friday, an email or note is due today

*Friday, January 11—ART; Fast Friday Dismissal at 12:15pm

~~~I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year; hoping that you spend time making family memories that will be remembered fondly.  I look forward to seeing my kinders on January 7.  Thank you for sharing them with me each day! 🙂  Mrs. Bohl

Look inside the folders….

These three items came home with your kinder today:

1 – Where in the world is the Gingerbread Man? suitcase

Gingy is off flying back to the North Pole to be ready for the holidays.  We learned about his last stop….Russia.  It was fun to listen to a short video of how the names of fruits are spoken in Russian.  We even were able to copy some of the fruit names.  The kinders are so excited to share their suitcases, passports, and journals with you! 

2 – Popcorn cards & books

The December popcorn cards and popcorn books are inside the blue folders.  Please add these cards and books to your exsiting piles for practice at home.  The kinders are doing so well in reading these books.  You might even notice some patterns. 🙂

3 – Pattern Writing books

We are finished with the writing unit on Pattern books.  Enjoy seeing the growth your kinder has made.  As a group, we worked hard to stretch out sounds in the words, to add spaces between words and to include sentence stoppers like a period.

Here’s to three more days of fun before break!

Wednesday – Grinch Day (dress in Grinch theme or green)

Thursday – Party Day (1:50-3:00 pm)

Friday – Polar Express Day (wear pajamas)

NEWS OF THE WEEK—Nov. 26-30

I hope that you enjoyed the extra day home with your kinder.  The kinders were VERY excited about playing in the snow during recess.  Here a just a few pictures to enjoy!

Take a look at what your kinder in school this week.

GINGERBREAD MAN:  He likes to run!  The gingerbread man has many ways of avoiding being caught! We found this out by reading  The Gingerbread Man by Karen Schimdt.  All month we will be reading different versions of this story, comparing the endings of each book.  Will he get caught?  Will he escape?  Wait and see! Even our newspaper was about how to make a gingerbread man!

I hope that you had fun decorating your gingerbread boy/girl at home.  They are fantastic and special.  Hopefully, these gingerbread men won’t run away!! 🙂  For now they are on our hallway board. You can send your decorated gingerbread boy/girl in next week too, if they are still at home.

WRITING:  All month long we are DISCOVERING PATTERNS in books. During writing time, we are learning how to write simple pattern books. We already wrote 2 books…Foods I ate (for Thanksgiving) with the pattern….I ate ____.; I can do stuff with the pattern…I can _____.  I am so proud of their hard work.  They are stretching out sounds in words, writing popcorn words and using fantastic penmanship.  The kinders are so excited about this new writing adventure.  

HANDWRITING:  We began learning the proper formation of the upper case letters starting with the STRAIGHT LINE family of L,T,I,E,F,H. 

  

SOCIAL STUDIES:  The Gingerbread Man is on the Loose!  Gingy (our mini gingerbread man) is traveling the world, helping us learn about some different countries. 

We are boarding an imaginary airplane and flying the globe learning different fun facts about that country. This week he landed in Australia…the land down under.  Upon landing in the new country, each kinder has their own passport stamped as they de-board the airplane.  Gingy sent us some postcards with neat pictures of various landmarks.  The kinders are drawing their favorite fun fact in a book.  We also watched 2 videos, learning more facts about landmarks and animals that are indigenous to Australia.  The kinders enjoyed the animal video so much they wanted me to share the link so they could watch it again at home. Mrs. Rossback visited Australia so she also shared what she saw and did there.  Very cool! It was neat to learn that Australia’s flag has the same colors as American flag….red, white and blue….only in a different design.

READING: The kinders dove deeper into learning what to share with their reading partners.  They shared their favorite part of the story, something that is cool,  I didn’t know that? fact and that happened to me! connection with their reading buddy.  Our time of reading continues to become longer.  We are making progress! 🙂

MATH:  The first part of the week was wrapping up on learning and reviewing some math skills.  At the end of the week, the kinders  used their individual “offices”again when they took the unit #2 math test.  After I finish grading the tests I will send them home with the kinders.  Next week we move on to unit #3.   

SPLIT LIT:  I am so proud of the kinders!  Tuesday the kinders were re-introduced to different tasks (worksites). The activities at the stations will focus on writing, rhyming, beginning sounds and sight words. The kinders will be identifying letters/sounds, blending/segmenting sounds in words and recognizing sight words while working in small groups with Mrs. Rossback or myself when not working independently.  

*POPCORN WORDS:   AN      CAN     MAN     RAN                                                      How fun it is to be able to make more words if  you can identify ‘an’. We enjoyed using a gingerbread man slider to this.  We used these words many times in our writing and reading this week. I am so proud of how well the kinders are doing in identifying popcorn words. Thank you for practicing at home…..keep it up.  

MYSTERY  READERS:   On Wednesday, Amelia quietly and sweetly greeted her mom.  We enjoyed hearing Thidwick the big hearted moose by Dr. Seuss. It was her dad’s favorite story when he was younger and now Amelia loves it too!

Friday, both Jase and Colton ran across the room to give their mom and dad a hug as they entered the room with their younger sister, Chloe.  Mom read Zip Line, a sweet story about a little girl having a zip line (scar) on her chest from having heart surgery and how we are all different. It is Colton’s favorite story because he too has a zip line from heart surgery when he was younger.  Thank you for coming in.

REMINDERS 

*WINTER GEAR:  Please send winter gear each day with your child.   It is cold and the snow is here.  We want our kinders warm.  They may wear their gym shoes inside of school every day or you can send a pair of shoes. Please consider buying velcro closings on boots if you need to purchase new ones this year. Wearing snow boots in our room is not an option.  🙂 . DON’T FORGET TO LABEL YOUR KINDER’S CLOTHES!

*BACKPACK SNACK:  Thank you for packing 2 quick, healthy backpack snacks each day!

*5th Grade Candy Canes:  Mon. Dec 3 thru Fri Dec 14. The cost for each candy cane is $1.00 and they will be delivered the same day they are ordered. Please enclose the money inside a labeled envelope, listing the number of candy canes needed. See earlier posting for more details.

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Dec 3—STEAM

*Tuesday, Dec 4—MUSIC

*Wednesday, Dec 5—GYMNo Library due to Holiday Gift Shop.  Enjoy your kinder’s book another week;  HOLIDAY GIFT SHOP: We are scheduled to shop at 2:00pm  If you would like your kinder to participate, please provide the necessary information for family members they need to shop for on the outside of the envelope.  Enclose your kinder’s money inside. Please make checks payable to GEORGETOWN PTC.

*Thursday, Dec. 6—-ART

*Friday, Dec.7— STEAM 

*Thursday, Dec 13–-HOLIDAY MUSIC PROGRAM  Kinders arrive at 6:15pm, program begins at 6:30pm at Fair Haven Church 2900 Baldwin Street, Hudsonville.  

*Wednesday, December 19–Grinch Day—-wear Green or dress like Grinch characters

*Thursday, Dec 20–-Holiday Party  It will be held from 2:00-3:00pm.  We have enough volunteers for the party but  opportunities to donate snack items are available.  Go to this google document to sign up.  Thank you for being part of our second class party.  If you would like your kinder to participate in the class book gift exchange, please send a  wrapped book (suited for either a boy or girl) with tag on the outside. (TO A FRIEND   FROM (YOUR KINDER’S NAME)  ALL BOOKS ARE DUE BY FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14.  Ordered books will arrive in time for the party.

*Friday, December 21-Polar Express Day…wear pj’s!

*Monday, December 23 – Friday, January 4:  NO SCHOOL, Holiday Break.  School resumes on Monday, January 7!

*TAKE HOME BOOK PROGRAM:   This exciting program will begin in January.  If you are interested in listening to the kinders read, this volunteer opportunity is for you!  A note explaining this program will be sent home soon.  

~~Have a great weekend!   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