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NEWS—-Dec 2-6

POPCORN WORDS:     LOOK      RUN     FROM  Like always, we used them in the our writing and found them in books!  Our shared poem and book also contained words that we could read.  We had fun making some new words by adding a new letter at the start of “an”.

 

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.  Next week we will be reading different versions of this story.  Will he get caught?  Will he escape?  Wait and see! Even our newspaper was about how to make a gingerbread man cookie and more at a bakery!

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 board. 

MATH:   We practiced telling and solving addition and subtraction stories all week.  The kinders are doing a great job solving these problems.  We practiced seeing 5-groups and more in numbers 6-10 and building teen numbers (10+3=13). We used the break apart stick (popsicle stick) to show partners of numbers (4+2=6, 1+5=6, etc) when using math tiles.  The 3 Friday math games focused on making patterns, counting by 10’s and graphing.

READING:  The kinders learned that readers work hard to read words they know smoothly.  We learned how to make our books come to life by paying attention to the punctuation.  We learned how to sound excited when we see exclamation points and how to have a questioning voice when we see a question mark.  We also learned on how to use a voice that pulls readers in and how understanding of our book is important, otherwise our listeners may not understand it either.  We ended the week by learning about “book talk” power.  This is when we talk about the books we just read.  We tell the listener all of the important parts.  Book talk power is great for strengthening our comprehension skills!

SPLIT LIT:   All of the literacy activities were holiday themed and dealt with identifying letters and their sounds, blending and segmenting sounds in words, writing popcorn words and beginning and ending sounds in words.  This is one of our favorite times of the day….having fun while learning!

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  We learned that our writing pens have two jobs…one side is for writing and one side is for pointing when we need to reread what we wrote.  Writers use many different tools to help them write fabulous stories.  A checklist is one tool. We learned that words must have a vowel (hard worker) to sound right.  Another tool is our vowel chart which helps us remember the sounds the vowels make. The last tool we learned that that writers use is the word wall.  This chart makes it easy to find popcorn words in a snap.  We used all of these tools working together to begin writing about making Stone Soup before the kinders started writing yet another personal narrative story.  This is hard work but I am so proud of how hard the kinders work during this time.

HANDWRITING:  We started to learn the proper formation of UPPER CASE LETTERS.  This week the focus was on the STRAIGHT LINE FAMILY…LT,I.F,E,H.

MYSTERY READERS:  We had 3 mystery readers this week.

On Monday, the kinders didn’t know the mystery reader but I did.  My oldest daughter, Hannah and my granddaughters, Madeline (3) and Abigail (1) came to school. Hannah was still on Thanksgiving break from her school so it worked out perfectly.  She read Froggy Learns to Swim because Madeline LOVES to swim in Oma’s (my) pool and Madeline likes to read Froggy books.

On Wednesday, Lucas was thrilled to see his mom step into the classroom.  She read one of their favorites for the holiday season Snowmen at Christmas.  What a great book to imagine what snowmen do during the night.

On Friday, Reagan was all smiles when her Dad came to read us Santa is coming to Michigan.  A nice story that follows Santa’s trip to various cities in Michigan as he delivers his toys.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Books for the holiday book exchanged are due next week, Thursday (Dec 12).  Please have your kinder bring in a wrapped book.  They may fill out the “from” section but please leave who it is to blank.  If you ordered a book through our book order, I will send the book home with your kinder as soon as the books comes in or I will let you know if they are gifts. 

UPCOMING DATES

*Mon. Dec. 9  GYM

*Tues. Dec 10  ART

*Wed. Dec 11  STEAM;  Library Don’t forget to return your book!

*Thurs. Dec 12 MUSIC;  Wrapped books due for our Holiday Book Exchange if you would like to participate.  Holiday Music Program… We will travel to Fair Haven to rehearse from 10:00-11:00.  6:15 kinders arrive, 6:30 p.m. program at Fair Haven Church in Jenison.  If your kinder would like a sack lunch from the lunch service, please email me or write a note by Thursday, 12/11.

*Fri. Dec 13    STEAM;  Fast Friday (Early Release…dismissal at 12:15am)   

*Dec 16—Holiday Gift Shopping  2:00-2:45pm.  Parent volunteers will be available to help your kinder shop.  More details coming soon    Wear Red and Green Day

*Dec 17—Wear Holiday Hat Day

*Dec 18—Grinch Day  

*Dec 19—Holiday Party  2:00-3:00PM Volunteers have been contacted.  If you would like to donate supplies, the sign up is HERE.  There are some open opportunities still available!

*Dec 20—Polar Express Day   Wear jamies to school

*Dec 21-Jan 5—Holiday Vacation   School resumes on Monday, January 6

NEWS OF THE WEEK—Jan 7-11

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WELCOME BACK!

Oh, it is good to be back with my kinders.  I missed seeing them each day. 🙂  

We jumped right into learning this week. We talked about setting goals for what we might want to learn or do this coming year and wrote them down.  We added our writing pieces to a fun Happy New Year craft. We thought of goals that we can accomplish at school. For example: to add numbers, to be kind, to learn more popcorn words, to read books, to share.  Our ‘party people’ will come home soon but for now they are decorating the hallway by our room for the first part of January.  Welcome 2019!!

POPCORN WORDS:  WAS    AT      THAT                  We added three more words to our growing list of popcorn words that we are working on identifying in a snap. Many of the kinders noticed right away that “at” is hiding in “that” and that they rhyme. We also talked about how some letters make different sounds like in “was”. We read 2 books using these words and added the books to our blue book bins.  The kinders are doing an amazing job identifying “new” and “old” popcorn words.

WONDERFUL WINTER:  The snow outside was the perfect backdrop for learning inside.  We read another book by Jan Brett (she wrote The Gingerbread Baby) called The Mitten.  This is a great story about animals climbing into a mitten to stay warm.  We used our retelling skills to sequence the order of animals crawling into the mitten. We also enjoyed reading Move Over, Rover! by Karen Beaumont, a fun story about animals climbing into Rover’s doghouse. We made a text to text connection between these two books by noticing that animals climbed into a mitten and a doghouse.

 

MATH:  The kinders are working on telling and solving addition and subtraction stories by using objects or their fingers.  As the kinders are beginning to learn this math skill, manipulatives are helpful in solving these problems. They also are working to see 5-groups for numbers 6-10 (ie: 5 and 2 more = 7) and to tell why that is useful when counting.

 The kinders practiced sorting and classifying objects while giving reasons why they classified the items that way by using pictures of shapes and animals/people. 

During Friday math games, the kinders played a game using paper snowballs, because real snowballs would melt in our room.  The game focused on writing number partner equations and the identifying = and not = symbols. I am sorry about not being able to show you a picture but here are the directions.  Scatter paper snowballs on the floor.  While counting up to 3, have 2 people pick up as many of the snowballs as they can hold in their hands.  Lay and count the number of snowballs each person picked up.  Write out the correct number equation (5+4=9) or write each number and write = or not = between the numbers to compare the numbers.  Ask your kinder….they can show you how to play.

HANDWRITING:  We focused on learning the proper formation of the STRAIGHT AND SLANT letters N,M,K,Z in their booklets and with play dough. The kinders are doing a super job writing letters in isolation but transferring the proper formation during ‘regular’ writing time is not consistent.  Extra encouragement as they write at home is always helpful. 🙂  The kinders were excited to find a paper with their last name added to their pencil box.  I will be exchanging their names on their pencil boxes soon to include their last name. They will begin adding their last name to their papers, working towards writing their full name by memory.  

READING:  We continued working on using our super powers during reading. Readers learn words and practice them so that they can read them in a snap. Paper and a pencil were added to the kinders’ book bins so that they can practice this.  We also added SOUND POWER to our chart.  Readers can’t always rely on using just PICTURE POWER when they encounter an unknown word. They need to make the first letter sound to figure out the word.  For example: Did the author use “rabbit” or “bunny” in the writing.  By seeing a “r” and sounding it out, a reader can say “rabbit”.  

SPLIT LIT:  The kinders worked on writing lower and upper case letters, identifying the middle sound in words and identifying and writing popcorn words during their independent centers.  It is challenging for some kinders to stay focused during this work time so if papers like these come home incomplete, it is likely because they are not using their time wisely.  In the time alloted for each center, the kinders should be able to complete most if not all of of the task.  With Mrs. Rossback, the kinders practiced making more words by taking away “th” from “that” and adding different beginning letters to “at”. (cat, fat, sat, mat, etc).  Have fun at home using your Cat slider to practice this skill.  The kinders read books using whisper phones while I reassessed them on some literacy skills.

WRITING:  We began a new unit about writing Small Moment stories, otherwise known as Personal Narrative. I introduced the kinders to the difference between a “watermelon” story and a “seed” story.  A watermelon story like what happened over winter vacation is too big for us to write. However, seed stories of specific events like opening gifts, visiting family, watching a movie are considered small moment stories. These stories are easier to write. 

  

We started our learning by creating a simple bubble map of the many things we did over vacation…opening gifts, going on a trip, taking down the Christmas tree, playing with friends, visiting family, etc.  We decided to write our first small moment story about “opening gifts” during our book exchange. The kinders practiced telling  what happened first, next and last and stretching those details across their fingers.Then we drew pictures depicting this event. We worked together to stretch out sounds in unknown words and used popcorn words as much as possible.  They did a FANTASTIC job!!  We will begin another new story next week.

MYSTERY READER:  Wednesday afternoon Zander was very surprised to see his grandma.  She read us the classic book Petunia.  It was different to see some pages were black & white and others were colored.  Thanks so much for stopping by.

 Zander turned 6 on Sunday but we celebrated his birthday on Monday.  Thank you for the birthday treat!

 

REMINDERS

*BACKPACK SNACK:  Thank you for remembering to pack TWO quick, healthy backpack snacks each day.

*CLASSROOM TEMPERATURE:  The temperature in our classroom changes daily….sometimes it is warm and sometimes it feels a bit chilly.  Please dress your kinder in layers so that they are comfortable throughout the day.

*OUTSIDE 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 and more comfortable to wear later in the day.  

*JANUARY CALENDAR:  The January calendar has been posted under CALENDARS at the top of the blog.  It contains information about specials, birthdays and monthly events.   A paper copy was sent home prior to break.

*TAKE HOME BOOKS PROGRAM:  A schedule has been created and was sent home with those who have volunteered.  This exciting reading program WILL BEGIN MONDAY, JANUARY 21!  Thank you for volunteering and being part of your kinder’s education.  Practice reading the book that will come home on Jan 17 and RETURN THE BOOK INSIDE OF THE BAGGIE ON MONDAY, 1/21.  

UPCOMING DATES:

*Monday, January 14— GYM; Book orders due (online or paper form with a check)

*Tuesday, January 15ART

*Wednesday, January 16STEAM;  LIBRARY Please remember to return your kinder’s book

*Thursday, January 17MUSIC;  TAKE HOME books sent home

*Friday, January 18GYM

*Monday, January 21–return and read TAKE HOME books   

~~~Have a great weekend and welcome back to the school routine!  Stay warm this weekend.  Mrs. Bohl

A few reminders…..

Snack Time:  We have two daily snack times in kindergarten.  One in the morning. and one in the afternoon.  Please remember to send in two snacks for your kinder daily.  Maybe have a discussion with them about what and where their snacks are so they are aware.   I have some extra snacks to provide if necessary.  Thanks for your support.

Spring Field Trip:  We have our Spring field trip on Wednesday, May 9 to Hemlock Crossing Nature Center and Hager Park.  We are able to bring 6 chaperones on this field trip.  However, we are able to have all parents and younger siblings join us for lunch and play time at Hager Park in Jenison.  A note with volunteer information will be coming home Tuesday.  Chaperones will be taken on a first come first serve basis.  Thank you for your understanding.  

Literacy Skills:  We work hard during our Split Lit time on many different skills.  The kinders work on sight word recognition, phonics building skills and reading fluency.  They are doing a GREAT job with these tasks throughout our literacy time.  It has been amazing to see their growth!  Our goal is to know about 40 sight words and read independently at Level D  by the end of the school year.  We work hard every day to try to reach this goal.  Your support of our TAKE HOME Book Program and sight word practice at home is so helpful…thank you!!!