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NEWS OF THE WEEK—April 29-May 3

Look what your kinder did at school this week.

WRITING:   Can I say it again?  I am so proud of the kinders and their writing. This month’s genre was about HOW TO….  do various things.  This week the kinders wrote How to marble paint, How to make a (birthday) wish, How to eat a snack and How to eat an Oreo.   Enjoy writing some more How to…. stories at home by using the idea chart that was sent home this week. 

   

SCIENCE:  Hooray! We have learned that not all plants grow at the same rate but thank goodness they all sprouted!  The warmer spring weather helped so much.  We are watering  and journaling about the growth of our bean plants.  

  

We explored each part of flower by reading informational books, labeling the various parts (seed, roots, stem, leaves, petals) and creating a craft.

 We also read and discussed a Let’s Find Out newspaper relating to the growth cycle of a butterfly.  We continued our learning about Living and Non-Living too.

      

MATH:  Our math lessons this week focused on number partners.  We wrote number partners of 10 by drawing sun and clouds in a ten frame (5+5=10 or 9+1=10).  We wrote number partners of 7 & 10 by looking at colored dots and white dots in different arrangements. We also wrote number partners by drawing tiny tumblers on their math mountains.  During Friday math games, the kinders were able to choose from activities such as identifying 3D shapes, solving addition and subtraction problems, showing tens & extra ones in teen numbers.

POPCORN WORDS:        HAVE     ON      OF 

                                                                   

LITERACY:  The kinders this week did various literacy activities while I listened to each kinder read a book.  They are doing AMAZING!  A progress note came home this week, letting you know your kinder’s independent reading level.  I will continue to support and monitor their progress during these last weeks of school.  Remember it is the goal to have kinders read independently at Level D at the end of the school year.  If you have any questions, please contact me.

READING:  When reading non-fiction books, the kinders were reminded to ask themselves questions such as “I wonder why…?” “Where does….?’ or “What is this…?”  During read to self time, we are working on retaining and increasing our reading stamina.  On a good day, we are up to 15-18 minutes.  Wow!  

 We are constantly celebrating being READERS!   We had SO MUCH FUN today reading the jokes the kinders brought into school.  A LOT of giggles and laughs!!!  Thank you so much for helping your kinder participate.  Next week we will celebrate BEING CRAZY FOR READING! by coming to school with CRAZY HAIR.

TAKE HOME BOOKS:  Thank you  so much for encouraging and supporting your kinder this year as they participated in our TAKE HOME book program.  We have two more weeks of reading. Then we will begin to collect all of the books for summer inventory. Thank you so much to all of the volunteers who came into school each Monday, Tuesday and Thursday to listen to the kinders read.  It would not have been possible without your assistance.  I am so grateful for your help!

MYSTERY READERS:  We were lucky to enjoy two visits this week.

Brooks’ dad come on Wednesday afternoon and read This Moose belongs to Me.  A fun book where many people thought the moose was their pet.

 

Jace was so surprised to see not only his mom but also his brother, Caden (who is in 2nd grade) come in the room Friday morning.  His mom read TWO of Jace’s favorite books, The Dinosaur who lived in my backyard and Froggy plays T-Ball.    

 

Some rainy day inside playtime pictures

REMINDERS

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

*BOOK ORDERS:  All orders (online or paper forms with a check) are due on Monday, May 6.  This is the LAST book order for this school year.

*PLAYGROUND:  Our playground is very wet and muddy and then it is dry and dirty.  Please keep this in mind as you send your kinder to school. Rain boots or outside play shoes might be a good idea until the spring weather clears.  Thank you for being considerate of helping to keep our inside floors and rugs clean.

*MAY CALENDAR:  The May calendar can be found at the top of our blog under CALENDARS.  You can also refer to the paper copy that was sent home this week.  I will send home the June calendar soon.

UPCOMING DATES

*MONDAY, MAY 6:  ART; reading TAKE HOME books;  Book Orders due (online or paper forms);

*TUESDAY, MAY 7: STEAM; reading TAKE HOME books; LIBRARY…Return you library books.  NOTE CHANGE IN DAY DUE TO OUR FIELD TRIP;    JET’S PIZZA LUNCH

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 8:  Field Trip to Hemlock Crossing Nature Center &  Hager Park  HOME LUNCH WITH DRINK INSIDE OF LABELED PAPER BAG IS NEEDED. We will not be ordering hot lunch. Please feel free to join us for our picnic lunch. Younger siblings are welcome. We will be at the park around 12:00pm. Your kinder will need a home lunch and water bottle to enjoy during our picnic lunch.  NO SANDALS, FLIP FLOPS OR CROCS. TENNIS SHOES NEED TO BE WORN!!  We will be walking through woods and trails and playing on a big playground.  Please dress your kinder according to the weather. We will be OUTSIDE for most of the day! 

*THURSDAY, MAY 9:  GYM;   EMAIL ME OR SEND A NOTE BY THURSDAY (5/9) IF YOUR KINDER WOULD LIKE A SACK LUNCH.   reading TAKE HOME books

*FRIDAY, MAY 10:  ART: FAST FRIDAY (Early Release  Dismiss at 12:15pm);  Celebrate being READERS:  CRAZY HAIR DAY  Celebrate Lillian’s birthday (5/11)

*FRIDAY, MAY 17Celebrate being READERS: OUR STATE IS GREAT! wear clothing with places from Michigan on it

*FRIDAY, MAY 24: Celebrate being READERS: CELEBRATE AMERICA!  Wear  Red, White and Blue to school!!

*MONDAY, MAY 27:  Memorial Day, No School

*FRIDAY,MAY 31:  Kindergarten Olympics  A note asking for parent volunteers came home.  Volunteers will be notified shortly with details.  This special day would not be possible without your help.  Thank you so much.  If you still would like to be part of this fun day, please let me know soon.

~~~Have a great weekend.    Mrs. Bohl

 

NEWS OF THE WEEK—April 8-12

Welcome back to school!!  I hope that you had a wonderful, relaxing and refreshing spring break. Mr. Bohl and I enjoyed spending everyday listening to the ocean waves at the beach and pool in Florida.  We had warm, cloudy and sunny weather….it was hard to return home to Michigan weather. I hope that you enjoyed time with your family as well.  The kinders had a lot of fun telling each other about what they did.  Playdates, going to Rebounders, going to the movie theater, visiting grandparents, staying in a hotel and so much more was shared.  

Take a peek at what we did in kindergarten! 🙂 I am sorry about the lack of pictures.  I totally forgot the camera at school.

MATH:  This week we really focused on decomposing teen numbers, noticing the ten and extra ones as well as writing the entire equation. (10+3=13).  Friday math games focused on number partners.

  Domino Dots

   Lima bean shake

READING:  We began learning what an avid non-fiction reader looks like.  An avid reader learns interesting information and thinks “WOW”! and asks questions like “Huh?” and “Why”?  They also need to tell others what they learned and may use fancy words that go with the topic.  The kinders enjoyed reading non-fiction books with their reading buddies as they worked to apply these strategies.

SPLIT LIT: Sentence building (putting the words in order to make sense), handwriting, reading leveled books, writing word family words (-an; pan, fan, man, etc) were skills the kinders worked on at their independent centers.  They identified sight words and R blends (tr, gr, etc) with Mrs. Rossback.  My center focused on reading a leveled book and doing related activities.   

WRITING:  We continued to focus on informational writing.  The topic this week was All About Llamas.  A new book from the spring Book Fair was given to our class and it contained A LOT of cool, interesting facts about llamas. We wrote these facts onto our “have, can, are” charts before the kinders choose their own facts to include in their own All About Llamas books.  Next week we will learn facts about one more animal prior to the kinders writing their ‘ON DEMAND’ informational piece.  This means the kinders will be responsible for choosing their own facts from the chart. They will independently write their own sentences, using capital letters, spaces between words and sentence stoppers.  The kinders have been doing a fabulous job on the prior informational books.  I know that they will do an awesome job next week too!  I have faith in them!

POPCORN WORDS:       HIM          JUMP      The kinders are doing a fantastic job locating these words in our daily message and in books.  Thank you for continuing to practice these words (and all of the other popcorn words) at home. 

                                                                   

REMINDERS

*OUTSIDE SHOES:  THANK YOU for sending your child in outside shoes or boots on spring days.The playground is very muddy and we are working hard to keep our classroom floor clean.  Please remember that…..OUTSIDE SHOES CAN NOT BE WORN IN THE GYM AS MUD AND DIRT GETS ON THE GYM FLOOR.  PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU KINDER HAS GYM SHOES TO WEAR THAT ARE NOT THEIR OUTSIDE SHOES.  Thank you!

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

*TAKE HOME books:  Please help your child 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 new books 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.

*KOOL KINDER & THE SURPRISE BOX:  The kinders have thought of some great clues to give their friends as they try to guess the item inside the Surprise Box.  Make sure that your kinder understands that it is a secret…..so no telling others what is inside.  That makes it fun and fair for everyone.

 

UPCOMING DATES

*MONDAY, APRIL 15: STEAM; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS; BOOK ORDERS DUE (online or send paper form & check to school)

*TUESDAY, APRIL 16: MUSIC;  reading TAKE HOME BOOKS

*WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17: GYM;  LIBRARY: Please return your kinder’s book.  

*THURSDAY, APRIL 18: ART; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS 

*FRIDAY, APRIL 19: STEAM;   ROCK COLLECTIONS DUE

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 8…Spring Field Trip to Hemlock Crossing Nature Center & Hagar Park.  A yellow note came home containing volunteer information.  All parents (and younger siblings) are welcome to join us at Hagar Park for a picnic lunch and playtime. There has been an overwhelming response to chaperone our kinders.  I will contact all parent volunteers next week so that you can plan accordingly.  Thank you SO much for wanting to be part of your kinder’s experiences.

~~~Have a  great weekend.  Mrs. Bohl

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—April 30-May 4

Look what your kinder did at school this week.

SCIENCE:  Hooray! We have learned that not all plants grow at the same rate but thank goodness they all sprouted!  The warmer spring weather helped so much.  We are watering  and journaling about the growth of our bean plant.  

  

We explored each part of flower by reading informational books, labeling the various parts (seed, roots, stem, leaves, petals) and creating a craft which is hanging in the back of our room.  

  

We also read and discussed two different Let’s Find Out newspapers, both relating to seeds and the growth cycle of a plant.

 

It was fun to review previous knowledge of fairy tales when we enjoyed reading Jack and the Beanstalk.  We read the original version and one with a favorite character, Little Critter, who pretended to be Jack.  The kinders were excited to paint their beanstalk so that we could retell the story today.  Enjoy hearing your kinder retell the story to you.

 

 MATH:  The kinders compared numbers and identified if they were Greater than or Less than other numbers by writing G or L.  They also practiced showing teen numbers using ten and extra ones as well as writing partner equations for numbers 7-10.  We are getting to the end of our last unit in math learning.  Thank you for your continual support and encouragement towards your kinder in completing their weekly homework.  It is so beneficial to solidify their learning.

  

READER’S WORKSHOP:  The kinders continued to dive deeper in learning about characters.  We looked at the main characters, noticing that they can be in more than one book.  For example, the Little Critter character (books by author Mercer Mayer) is in many different books. We noticed that Little Critter does different things in different stories.  We also explored the difference between 2 main characters in books.  The Kinders loved comparing the characters of Hansel and Gretel in the classic tale Hansel and Gretel.  Noticing that Hansel and Gretel each do different things in the story.  The kinders have done a great job!

    

We are constantly celebrating being READERS!   Reading everyone’s clothing today was a lot of fun.  It soon became a challenge to see how many popcorn words were on each others’ clothing.  Thank you for helping your kinder participate. 

TAKE HOME BOOKS:  Thank you  so much for encouraging and supporting your kinder this year as they participated in our TAKE HOME book program.  We have two more weeks of reading.  Then we will begin to collect all of the books for summer inventory. Thank you so much to all of the volunteers who came into school each Monday, Tuesday and Thursday to listen to the kinders read.  It would not have been possible without your assistance.  I am so grateful for your help!

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  The kinders began learning how to write their last style  of writing…..Opinion writing.  We started with learning the difference between fact and opinion.  Then we sorted statements into an opinion or fact column.  Reading a fun book called Duck! Rabbit! helped us verbally practice giving our reasons to why we felt that way. 

   

Each day they need to give their opinion about a topic, write two reasons to support why they feel that way and write a closing sentence such as “_____ is my favorite.” or “I really like _______.”  WOW!  WOW!  The kinders are writing like first graders!  They are including popcorn words, spaces between words, sentence stoppers as well as giving awesome reasons. Our topics this week were 1. playing on the swings or slide  2. like winter or summer  3. enjoy eating home lunch or hot lunch.  In honor of Cinco de Mayo, the kinders tasted chips and salsa before writing their opinion if it was yucky or yummy.  Have I said lately, how proud I am of them! 🙂

      

MYSTERY GUEST READERS:  We were lucky to enjoy two visits this week.

 Jonathan has been wishing his mom would stop by and this week she did.  His baby brother, Christopher came along too.  She brought a big book of The Little Old Lady who swallowed a Fly AND an Old Lady puppet with all of the characters she swallowed.  What a fun way to listen and enjoy a story. 

  

Victoria jumped up and gave her mom a big hug as she entered our room. Her mom brought along her favorite book when she was younger,Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham. It is one of our favorite books too.  It was fun to help Victoria’s mom read many of the pages.  Thank you so much for stopping by this morning.

  

POPCORN WORDS:        HAVE     ON      OF                                                                     It is amazing.!  Before a kinder can move the letter magnets to spell our popcorn words, the class is shouting out the word.  The kinders are beginning to SPELL the words in addition to identifying them.  How amazing!

NOTES FOR MOM AND DAD

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

*PLAYGROUND:  Our playground is very wet and muddy and then it is dry and dirty.  Please keep this in mind as you send your kinder to school. Rain boots or outside play shoes might be a good idea until the spring weather clears.  Thank you for being considerate of helping to keep our inside floors and rugs clean.

*BOOK ORDERS: On Monday, the last book orders for this year will be sent home.  You will be able to order online or send in the paper form along with a check to school.  All orders are due on Friday, May 11.

UPCOMING DATES

*MONDAY, MAY 7:  ART; reading TAKE HOME books

*TUESDAY, MAY 8: STEAM; reading TAKE HOME books; LIBRARY…Return you library books.  NOTE CHANGE IN DAY DUE TO OUR FIELD TRIP

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 9:  Field Trip to Hemlock Crossing Nature Center &  Hager Park  HOME LUNCH WITH DRINK INSIDE OF LABELED PAPER BAG IS NEEDED. We will not be ordering hot lunch. Please feel free to join us for our picnic lunch. Younger siblings are welcome. We will be at the park around 12:00pm. Your kinder will need a home lunch and water bottle to enjoy during our picnic lunch.  NO SANDALS, FLIP FLOPS OR CROCS. TENNIS SHOES NEED TO BE WORN!!  We will be walking through woods and trails and playing on a big playground.  Please dress your child according to the weather. We will be OUTSIDE for most of the day!; HOMEWORK DUE….literacy and math  

*THURSDAY, MAY 10:  MUSIC;   EMAIL ME OR SEND A NOTE BY THURSDAY (5/10) IF YOUR KINDER WOULD LIKE A SACK LUNCH.

*FRIDAY, MAY 11:  ART: FAST FRIDAY (Early Release  Dismiss at 12:15pm); Book Orders due (online or paper forms); Celebrate being READERS:  Bring a small stuffed animal to read with

*MONDAY, MAY 14:  Birthday celebration for Dominic

*THURSDAY, MAY 17:  Birthday celebration for Parker 

*FRIDAY, MAY 18:  Volunteer note (coming home Monday) is due Friday, May 18; Celebrate being READERS:  Bring a small flashlight to read with

*FRIDAY, MAY 26: RedWhite and Blue Day!  Wear your RedWhite and Blue to school!!

*MONDAY, MAY 28:  Memorial Day, No School

*TUESDAY, MAY 29:  Birthday celebration for Alexandra

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 30:  Birthday celebration for Katelynn (June 20)

*THURSDAY, MAY 31:  Birthday celebration for Jonathan (Aug 12)

*FRIDAY, JUNE 1:  Kindergarten Olympics  A note asking for parent volunteers came home.  Volunteers will be notified shortly with details.  This special day would not be possible without your help.  Thank you so much.  If you still would like to be part of this fun day, please let me know soon.

*FRIDAY, JUNE 8:  Last Day of School.  Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

~~~Have a great weekend.    Mrs. Bohl

 

Spring Field Trip

Our class field trip is happening very soon.  Our class, along with Ms. Hutchison’s class, will be going to Hemlock Crossing Park  in West Olive for a nature and wild life study using our 5 senses. The kinders will travel by bus together, leaving by 9:15 a.m.  We will explore the Nature Center from 10-11:30 approx.  Then we will climb on the bus to travel to Hager Park in Jenison for a picnic lunch and play time, returning to school by 2:00 p.m.   A  bright orange informational note came home.

Hemlock Crossing limits the number of parent chaperones that can attend.  ONLY 6 parent volunteers can join us for the morning activities.  All volunteers have been contacted.  Thank you for ALL of the volunteers to chaperone.  It is least favorite part of my job to have to limit chaperones.  All chaperones will provide their own transportation to and from the field trip.  Please consider carpooling if it is easiest.

However, all parents and younger siblings are more than welcome to meet us for the second portion of our day at Hager Park in Jenison for a picnic lunch and playtime. We should be at the park by 12:00 p.m.   Kinders will be asked to bring a sack lunch and drink on our field trip day for the park.  

If it rains on our field trip day we will still go to the Nature Center and if rain persists we will cancel lunch and playtime at the park and return to our classroom for an inside picnic and playtime.  You are welcome to join us there if it rains.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me or fill out the orange sheet and return it as soon as possible and I will add you to this FIELD TRIP PARENTS list. 

More specific details about our field trip will be coming home prior to our trip day.  Thanks so much for your support and understanding!  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!!!

Spring Field Trip

Our class field trip will be occurring very soon.  We will be  going to Hemlock Crossing Park  (10:00-11:30am)  in West Olive for a nature and wild life study using our 5 senses. We will go  to Huizenga Park in Zeeland (12:00-1:30 pm ish) for a picnic lunch and playtime. A  bright yellow informational note came home today inside your kinder’s folder.

Hemlock Crossing limits the number of parent chaperones that can attend.  ONLY 6 parent volunteers can join us for the morning activities.  If more than 6 parents show an interest attending, I will place the remaining parents on a waiting list.  

However, all parents and younger siblings are more than welcome to meet us for the second portion of our day at Huizenga Park in Zeeland for a picnic lunch and playtime. 

Please fill out the yellow sheet and return it as soon as possible. I will contact the interested parents very soon so that you can plan accordingly.

Thanks so much for your support and understanding!  Mrs. Bohl