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NEWS—-Nov 4-8

POPCORN WORDS:  ARE    LITTLE     AM    Again we made new words by adding a letter to the beginning of “am”.  We enjoyed reading the shared reading poem This Little Piggy and the book Biscuit. . Each day we read this poem and book, noticing popcorn words, rhyming words, making new endings to the poem and more.  It is one of our favorite times of the day.

READING WORKSHOP: We started a new reading unit called “We are SUPER READERS!” The kinders learned they have PICTURE POWER! They can use the pictures while reading to help them become readers. They also have POINTER POWER! The kinders use their pointer finger pointing to each word they read one time and practiced reading from left to right. We practiced with pictures and colored dots “reading” them from left to right.  We did all of this with fun pointy fingers. The last power we learned about was SNAP WORD POWER! When we see words we know, we read them in a SNAP! We did this while reading Brown Bear, Brown Bear, Who Do You See?

MATH:  We practiced showing numbers using using blue dots. We added one blue dot each time to make the number bigger. Then we practiced showing the equations. For example, 2 + 1 = 3.  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!”  We also told addition and subtraction math stories by drawing and writing matching equations.  

WRITING:  We started writing PERSONAL NARRATIVE stories or as the kinders like to call them small moment or true life stories. These are stories about themselves, something that’s happened to them or something they’ve done. Each kinder came up with their own idea, told their story to a partner, drew the pictures to their story, added labels and words. They worked very hard on their stories this week!  I am so proud of the kinders!!!

RAINBOW DAY:  Oh, my!  What a fun way to celebrate knowing how to read and write color words.  We read color books and had some much fun learning a silly poem about Rainbow Hair and then making a person with Rainbow Hair.  

HANDWRITING: We practiced the lower case letters of the Slant family (k,v,w,x,z).Thank you for working on this at home too.

MYSTERY READERS:  Reagan was surprised to know both of our mystery readers this week.    First, on Wednesday, her MiMi (grandma) came to read The Otter who Loved to Hold Hands.  What a sweet story!

On Friday, Reagan’s mom came and read The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  It was a favorite story when she was a little girl and now she reads it with Reagan and her younger siblings.

REMINDERS

WINTER GEAR – Brrrr….our Michigan weather is changing quickly. Please be sure to gather up those warmer coats, mittens, boots, hats and snow pants. When it snows, this gear is mandatory to play outside. When the snow arrives we do go outside and play! However, if the temperature or wind chill get below freezing we do opt to stay inside. If anyone needs any help with getting these winter items PLEASE let me know. Keep in mind that the goal for all kinders to get their winter gear on and off independently. Please LABEL your Kinder’s winter gear.  It will make it easier for me to help each child keep track of their own belongings.

SNACKS – Please remember to send your kinder with 2 snacks and a water bottle each day. We have a morning and an afternoon snack. I always have Cheerios and graham crackers for kinders who forget. 

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Nov 11—GYM

*Tuesday, Nov 12—ART Kylie’s birthday celebration

*Wednesday, Nov 13—STEAM; Library–Please help your kinder remember their library book.  Homework packet is due    

*Thursday, Nov 14–-MUSIC   If your kinder would like a sack lunch from the lunch service, please email me or write a note by Thursday, 11/14.   Jet’s Pizza Night

*Friday, Nov 15—ART Fast Friday (early release) Dismissal at 12:15;  Katelyn’s birthday celebration (Nov 16)    Popcorn Friday

*Nov. 18—Parent-Teacher Conferences   Book Fair Preview Day   Allan’s birthday celebration

*Nov. 20—Parent-Teacher Conferences   Book Fair Purchase Day….No Library

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

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

Have a great weekend.  Mrs. Bohl

 

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Show and Tell Writing

We are beginning a new unit in writing called Show and Tell writing.  To help your kinder in their writing, please assist them in choosing an item that they can write about and is suitable for school.  

This item needs to be small enough to fit inside the paper bag. It should not be a treasured object as it will stay at school for a few days.  Some possible ideas are—a small stuffed animal, an action figure, a toy car, a beaded bracelet, etc—something that is of interest to your kinder.  

Please do not choose an object that is breakable or expensive.

Your kinder needs to bring in their “show & tell” item tomorrow (Tuesday, Oct 1). This object will stay at school for a few days.  

If you have any questions, please contact me. Thank you for your participation and support.   Mrs. Bohl

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—-Feb 25-March 1

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Welcome to March and the anticipation of spring.  We learned this week that the weather during March can be like a lion (wintery, cold) or a lamb (spring-like,warm breeze). We are not sure when the ‘lambs’ will arrive but we all think that they should come soon to Georgetown.  🙂

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY DR. SEUSS:  We had fun on Friday with rhymes that made sense and some that were just silly.  We learned that Theodore Seuss Giesel was Dr. Seuss’s official name and he wrote books under two names….Dr. Seuss and Theo. LeSeig. We read so many of his stories like Green Eggs and Ham, The Tooth Book, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, The ABC’s book and The Cat in the Hat Comes Back. We learned that his birthday is on March 2. We read a newspaper that was filled with fun facts about Dr. Seuss and the books that he wrote.

   

We had fun practicing reading our popcorn words by playing TIC TAC TOE, GREEN EGGS IN A ROW!  Enjoy playing at home with your board games and green eggs and ham. The kinders practiced their rhyming skills by playing games like, GREEN EGGS AND HAM ANYONE?….flipping eggs to make real or not real (silly) rhyming words. It was also fun to make and record rhyming words inside our Cat in the Hat books. We practiced telling addition & subtraction problems using fish crackers based on One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish Making a Cat in the Hat craft finished our day of learning. Maybe you can celebrate at home by reading your favorite Dr. Seuss book.  Oh, what a great day it was!!

   

MATH: The kinders observed the differences between 2D shapes (circles, triangles, etc) and 3D shapes (cone, sphere, cube).  We learned that 2D shapes are flat but 3D shapes take up space.

They were introduced to Tiny Tumblers who live on Math Mountains.  The Tiny Tumblers practice their tumbling all day long.  Some Math Mountains have a lot of Tiny Tumblers on one side of the mountain and not so many on the other side, but when you count all of the Tiny Tumblers they equal the Math Mountain number. These math mountains will help the kinders learn and practice number partners. For example, on math mountain 6 there are 4 tiny tumblers living on one side and 2 tiny tumblers living on the other side.  (4+2=6)   We also compared numbers to decide which number is greater or less and explored partners of 10.

WRITING: The kinders wrote small moment stories about going to bed and lunch time at school after we told the steps over our fingers. Choices was the perfect topic for the kinders’ “On Demand” writing piece because they are experts about what happens during this time each day. This is when they needed to do their own writing without help from their teacher. They practiced telling their small moment story across their fingers, sketching their pictures, adding labels to their pictures, adding words (and stretching out the sounds all on their own), using capital letters and sentence stoppers (punctuation). Wow…that is a lot of work!! They worked so hard!!  I am so impressed and proud of their writing.  All of their small moment stories will be coming home next week for you to enjoy. 

READING:  We used a book this week called Can you see our eggs? to help us learn that readers notice blends, like “gr” in “ground” or “fl” in “flower” to solve unknown words. It also helped us to practice reading all the way to end of a word to figure it out and to look for familiar popcorn words before reading. It is so exciting to see the kinders making a connection to these reading skills when we are reading or writing together. Our quiet reading time is up to 12-14 minutes. Yippee!!

MYSTERY READERS: We had 3 of them this week!  Wednesday, Breslyn’s dad had time off from teaching his 5th graders and he read us Memoirs of a Goldfish.  A lovely, cute story about friendship.

 

Thursday, I had a surprise visit from my oldest daughter, Hannah, Madeline and baby Abigail. (She goes back to teaching herself in a week or so) Hannah read Goodnight, Mr. Panda because getting ready for bedtime is a fun part of their day.  The kinders were excited and so kind to Madeline and Abigail.  

Friday, Lily’s mom read Step This Way by Dr. Seuss. We learned about how different animals use their feet. A perfect book for our Dr Seuss celebration day.  

 

POPCORN WORDS:  AND    GET  Our popcorn words were fun this week because we could make so many rhyming words from them.  The popcorn words are becoming a bit harder to recognize so I can not stress it enough that practice at home is so crucial to your child’s growth.  We practice identifying our words many times and in many different ways throughout the day but your child needs to practice them at home too.  Thanks for taking on this important role.

KOOL KINDERS ARE BOOK LOVERS:  

 Colton likes the story How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

 Aria enjoys reading Are you my Mother?

 Addison’s favorite book is Little Bea and the Snowy Day.

 Olivia likes the funny story of The Cat in the Hat.

REMINDERS

*WINTER GEAR:  The cold weather is still here.  THANK YOU for sending your kinder with all that they need to stay warm outside.  Just a reminder, we will be outside for recess if the temperature is above O degrees.  Keep watching the weather forecast each day.

*BACKPACK SNACK: Please, please remember to send 2 quick, healthy snacks for your kinder, as we take a moment to refuel each day. Thank you.

*TAKE HOME books:  Your kinder is doing an awesome job reading books.  You may have noticed that many of the kinders have moved up a level and there are different colored stickers on their books. Continue to assist and encourage them as needed.  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.  The kinders are doing a fabulous job…thanks to your work at home and the reading volunteers.

 

UPCOMING DATES:

*MONDAY, MARCH 4––GYM; reading TAKE HOME books

*TUESDAY, MARCH 5–ART; reading TAKE HOME books

*WEDNESDAY. MARCH 6––STEAMLIBRARY  Please remember to return your kinder’s book.

*THURSDAY, MARCH 7–—MUSIC; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS;  EMAIL ME OR SEND A NOTE BY THURSDAY (3/7) IF YOUR KINDER WOULD LIKE A SACK LUNCH.

*FRIDAY, MARCH 8GYM;  FAST FRIDAY Dismissal at 12:15pm WEAR WORDS! and ALL SCHOOL PJ DAY wear jamies/comfy clothes with words

*MARCH 10: Daylight Savings…spring forward! 

*MARCH 11 & 13–—Parent-Teacher Conferences: Parent slips stating your specific date and time were sent home.  I am looking forward to sharing your kinder’s awesome progress with you.

*MARCH 11-14–SPRING BOOK FAIR:  We are scheduled to purchase books on Wednesday, March 13. If you would like to have your kinder purchase books, please send the money inside an envelope labeled with their name.  Parent volunteers will be available to help your kinder shop.  The Book Fair will be open during the conference evenings.

*MARCH 28-—Kindergarten PJ Day!  Wear jamies (or comfy) clothes.

*MARCH 29-APRIL 7––SPRING BREAK:  NO SCHOOL

~~Have a great weekend.  Mrs. Bohl

NEWS OF THE WEEK—Feb 11-15

What a crazy, snowy, icy, cold week…..again!! AHHH!  I was so glad to see my kinders on most of the days. We were busy learning when we were at school. 🙂

SPLIT LIT:  The kinders worked on various literacy skills like reading books, building a sentence, “th” brother at the beginning and ending of words, popcorn words, medial sounds in words.

WRITING:  We told small moment stories across our fingers about our morning routine at school and decorating our mail bags. The kinders are doing an amazing job drawing detailed pictures and writing sentences to match.  Many of the kinders are doing these tasks on their own with minimal assistance from me.  Wow!  I am so proud of them!  The kinders practiced their writing skills by creating a valentine card for their family too.

MATH:  We spent Monday reviewing math skills learned in unit #3 before taking the unit #3 math test on Wednesday.  I will share the results soon. The kinders took home their first math workbook. Have fun using this book at home to review skills learned.  Friday math games (all Valentine themed) included skills of addition, naming shapes, number partners.

READING: The kinders learned that some books are considered challenging because they have more words and more lines, longer words, new words and surprise endings.  That is when persistent power needs to be activated!  Books that contain patterns makes reading fun! We learned that when readers figure out the pattern it makes reading easier. The kinders were encouraged to use their reading mat to organize their books as they read.  Placing their books on the green dot side to start reading and moving the book to the red dot side when they are finished will allow them to go back and re-read their books again.

 

MYSTERY READER:  Wednesday afternoon, Aria jumped up with glee when her grandma and papa stepped into our room.  We heard the story When I Grow Up. An awesome story reminding us the importance of believing in ourselves because we have the power, within ourselves, to achieve any dream we put our minds and heart to.  

Parker was SO excited to see that his mom was our Mystery Reader again on Friday morning. She read one of Parker’s favorite books, My Lucky Day.  A funny story about how a pig tricked the fox into not eating him.

I introduced the kinders to one of my favorite book characters, Love Monster. We read Love Monster and Love Monster and the Last Chocolate and learned about making friends from the stories.  The kinders had fun making their own Love Monsters!

POPCORN WORDS:   BIG     WITH    HOW   NOW   WHO   NOT   I know that I have said it before but….the kinders are doing a fabulous job of learning their sight words.  Each day I try to include the week’s words in the daily message and they are able to locate them every time.  Hooray!  There were many words this week..a couple of new words and others from weeks’ past.  Thank you for continuing to practice at home.  Ask your kinder (or email me for instructions) how to play “Disappearing Snowman” or “Scrambled up”.  These are favorite games we play in school to identify popcorn words.

  

KOOL KINDERS ARE BOOK LOVERS: 

  Brooks likes the book The Little Engine that Could because Grandpa gave it to him.

  Jase likes books about dinosuars so he brought in Dinosaur Explorers that is filled with fun facts.

 . Jace enjoys reading Curious George rides a bike because he likes to ride his bike….in the summer.   

    Lila really likes Piggy and Elephant books so she brought I REALLY like slop! 

WHERE IS MRS. BOHL?:  I want to let you know that I will be out of the classroom a fews days this coming week.  On Monday 2/18, I will be screening next year possible kinders.  Mrs. Fredrick will be the teacher.  On Wednesday afternoon 2/20. I will be attending a kindergarten teacher meeting. Mrs. Brock will be the teacher.  Both are amazing substitute teachers that are in our building often. If you have ANY changes to schedules please let the office know, they will pass along the information. Please take a few minutes this weekend to talk with your kinder about showing these new teachers kindness and respectfulness by following our class rules and making green choices throughout the day.

REMINDERS

*TAKE HOME BOOKS: A HUGE thank you for remembering to return your kinder’s books on MONDAY, TUESDAY AND THURSDAY for reading.  The kinders are excited to take home new books and read them to you.  Thank you!  I SWITCHED OUT YOUR KINDER’S BOOK FOR A NEW BOOK TODAY.  THEY TOOK THAT NEW BOOK HOME SO YOU CAN READ IT OVER THE WEEKEND. PLEASE RETURN ALL BOOKS ON MONDAY!

*WINTER GEAR:  Thank you for sending your child with all that they need to stay warm outside….snow pants, hats, mittens, boots. Just a reminder, when it warms up, we will be outside for recess if the temperature is above 0 degrees. 

*BOOK IT CALENDAR: Return your completed January calendar soon.  

UPCOMING DATES

*MONDAY, FEB 18—STEAM; reading TAKE HOME books; Mrs. Bohl gone all day  Book orders due (online or paper forms)

*TUESDAY, FEB 19—MUSIC; reading TAKE HOME books

*WEDNESDAY. FEB. 20GYM;  LIBRARY Please remember to return your kinder’s book.  Mrs. Bohl gone in afternoon  

*THURSDAY. FEB. 21ART; reading TAKE HOME books  

*FRIDAY. FEB. 22—- STEAM

   ~~~~Have a fantastic weekend! Mrs. Bohl

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—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

News of the Week—Oct. 29-Nov. 2

It is hard to believe that it is November and we are looking forward to Thanksgiving.  To start us thinking about this new month we enjoyed moving to the Turkey Dance by The Learning Station, reading a turkey book and making adorable (a bit silly looking) turkeys.  

MATH:  Telling math stories and figuring out the answers to the math stories occurs daily. For example:  4 friends are having blue hot lunch, 3 friends are having white hot lunch.  How many friends are eating hot lunch today?  Counting to 100 also happens daily by watching Let’s Get Fit, Count to 100 by Jack Hartman or Counting Super Hero by Harry Kindergarten to name a few.  In math this week, we used blue dots to show groups of 5 and then some more. They also looked at groups of objects and numbers and decided if they were equal (=) or not equal (= with / through it).

We were introduced to finding different ways to make a 5 group.(5+0,4+1, 3+2, 2+3, 1+4, 0+5) It is fun to see how great the kinders are learning about adding numbers together! We practiced writing our numbers and doing some more dot-to-dot practice. 

 

Keep practicing number sense skills with your kinder by asking them to count groups of objects around them (plates at the table, cars on the road, etc.)

POPCORN WORDS:         IN    ALL                                                            We are working hard to stretch out the words and hear the beginning, middle and ending sounds in our weekly popcorn words.  We had fun putting different magnetic letters at the beginning of IN to make new words like….FIN, WIN, BIN, CHIN. We also made new words with ALL like….BALL,WALL, CALL, HALL, FALL, TALL, SMALL.  We wrote these words inside our “interactive journals”.  These journals will be used periodically throughout the school for literacy, math, social studies, science activities.

It was easy to read our weekly newspaper because it contained color words.  The kinders are becoming quite the readers!

READING: We learned about feelings and emotions this week. We learned to look at the character’s face to see what they are feeling. We practiced doing this as a group using the book Caps for Sale.  We practiced this with the books in their book boxes, privately and with their reading partners. 

WRITING:  We began a new unit entitled “Writing as Scientists”, looking deeper to label and draw objects with a scientific eye.  We looked closely at candy corn, a leaf and our own shoes with our own magnifying glass. Then we sketched out what we observed, added labels and wrote a sentence that told about our objects. We like being scientists!

 

    

HANDWRITING:  We learned the proper formation of the “slant” letters k,v,w,x,z by writing these letters in our booklets and on gel boards.  Keep practicing at home! 🙂

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REMINDERS

*PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES:  I am looking forward to sharing your kinder’s progress with you.  Please come with any questions and arrive on time to my classroom. Kinders do not need to attend, however if your kinder does attend that they wait in the hallway while we have our conference in the classroom. Thank you! 🙂  See you on Monday and Wednesday nights.

*OUTSIDE CLOTHES: When cooler weather is predicted, please dress your kinder 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 kinder 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!

*CALENDARS: The November calendar  is posted under CALENDARS on the side bar.  A paper copy was sent home this week.  Click on this link for the November lunch menu or go to the FOOD SERVICE link on the side bar.

*PE CARES FOOD DRIVE: Now until Nov. 16.  Your donations of canned or non-perishable food items can be brought into school anytime.  The kinders will be bringing them to gym class to add the our school collection. Thank you for your donations and thinking of those in need this season.  

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Nov. 5ART; Preview books at the Book Fair; Parent Teacher Conferences 

*Tuesday, Nov. 6STEAM; NO Library  Enjoy your kinder’s book for another week.

*Wednesday, Nov. 7MUSIC;  Book Fair: 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! NO Library  Enjoy your kinder’s book for another week; Parent Teacher Conferences

*Thursday, Nov. 8-GYM

*Friday, Nov. 9ART

*Friday, Nov. 16–Stone Soup Day! More details soon

*November 21-23—NO SCHOOL…Thanksgiving Break

~~~Have a great weekend!  Don’t forget to “Fall Back” and turn your clock backwards an hour Saturday night.  Mrs. Bohl

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—-May 29-June 1

COUNTDOWN TO SUMMER:  We hardly start our day and the kinders ask “When can we open the envelope?” This week’s envelopes held:

We read stories about watermelons, we sang “Down by the Bay” and created a new rhymes for the song, we made watermelons and ate watermelon.

       

Cheers rang throughout the classroom when the kinders found out that they would be able to write with an ink pen ALL DAY!  We had fun finding a friend who liked different things, such as; cookies, football, ice cream, reading a book, etc and then having them sign their name.  Learning that they were able to take them home, earned another round of cheers! 🙂

   

It was fun to use our mini chalkboards again.  The kinders had to solve addition and subtraction problems by writing the answer on their chalkboards.  They did fantastic!  In the afternoon, we took chalk outside to decorate our playground with some pretty cool pictures.

        

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  The kinders learned what a bucket list is and have been excited to create their own summer bucket lists.  They have written a list of THINGS TO DO AND FOODS TO EAT.  They will be writing  more topics next week.  Get ready to read what they have on their “bucket list” next week.  Some of the lists are quite long.  I think that you will stay busy this summer. 🙂

MATH:  The kinders have been working on learning what makes a number be called odd or even.  We used EVEN STEVEN and ODD TODD to help us understand this math concept better. ( I would love to take credit for this fun game but alas it came from this fabulous website called First Grade Parade.)  This is what we did….

First, I told the story that Even Steven LOVES things to be fair among his friends.  Everyone always needs to have the same amount.  It is all about being fair! 🙂  However, Odd Todd does not care if friends get a different amount.  It fact, he LIKES that! 🙂  Next,  a kinder chose a number between 1-20 and counted out that many “crackers” (mini unifix cubes) to a plate.  Then we decided who would get the “crackers”…EVEN STEVEN or ODD TODD. Then, the kinder placed the “crackers” one at a time onto each hand, counting each one,  until the plate was empty.  This was a great way for the kinders to visually see if  the “crackers” were equal or not equal.  Finally we decided if we were correct in our choice.  Were the “crackers” divided fairly in each of EVEN STEVEN’S hands or was there a different amount in each hand that ODD TODD would like?

IMG_0089Another day we practiced identifying even and odd numbers by completing a fun math worksheet.  I hope that you asked them to explain what they did to you.  We remember we learn better when we become the teachers and need to explain what we did.  🙂

READING VISITORS:  Mrs. Burdis’ 3rd grade class is having fun counting down to summer too.  It was “read with a friend” day for them on Tuesday, so they asked to come and read books with us.  Thank you for stopping by.  We had fun!

                   

Happy Birthday celebrations for….

 Thank you Alex for the birthday rice krispy treat.

 Thank you Katelynn for the tic tac toe game.

 Thank you Jonathan for the pencil and starbursts.

 

UPCOMING DATES

*MONDAY, JUNE 4:   GYM;  Countdown to Summer Day 5

*TUESDAY, JUNE 5:  MUSIC;  Countdown to Summer Day 4

*WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6:  ART; Countdown to Summer Day 3

*THURSDAY, JUNE 7:  STEAM; Countdown to Summer Day 2;   EMAIL ME OR SEND A NOTE BY THURSDAY (6/7) IF YOUR KINDER WOULD LIKE A SACK LUNCH.

*FRIDAY, JUNE 8: STEAM;  Countdown to Summer Day 1; Last Day of School.  Fast Friday (Early Release Dismiss at 12:15)

~~~Have a great weekend.  Mrs. Bohl