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News of the Week—Oct. 19-23

POPCORN WORDS:     They were ‘popping’ up all the time this week in our daily messages and in books. We learned that sometimes “E” is quiet and tells other hard worker letters (vowels) to do a flip and say their letter name. We saw this happening in “like” and “here”.  Our shared reading poem “I like to play.” and book The Balloon included our popcorn words this week.

COLOR WORD:     BROWN    The kinders had fun reading many Bear books…a character who is becoming a favorite.  We also read Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? .  We continued to practice our storytelling skills as we retold (and sang) the story many times this week.  Enjoy having your kinder practice their skills at home when they retell the story for you using their storytelling strip.  We made a brown bear hat while wearing brown. Thank you for helping your kinder participate in our color days by wearing particular colors.  The kinders (and I) looked forward to these fun days. 

 

 READING:  We learned that readers read patterned sentences.  We read a poem about the zoo and noticed the pattern of “______ are in the zoo.” With our reading partners, we worked hard to find places in our storybooks that were “Wow!, “Huh?”, “That’s cool!”  Storybooks are filled with these parts to make the story exciting!  We also reviewed looking for character feelings. Little Critter in I was so mad! by M. Mayer displayed a lot of feelings. We are all learning!  Just like when we were little we didn’t walk right away, we had to crawl, scoot, hold onto things and then we could walk, jog and then run!  Reading is like that too.  We have to learn some sounds, put those sounds together and then use all of our reading tools to practice being a reader. Reading by ourselves or with our partners help us grow as readers!

WRITING:  The kinders learned that writers also write books with a pattern.  After investigating a real pumpkin that Mrs. Bohl brought in, we wrote a book about the parts of the pumpkin using the pattern “I see the _______.” (stem, ribs, rind,  orange pumpkin) . We also wrote a book about ourselves after listening to the song Mat Man.  This song reminds us to include details in drawing a person. This book used the pattern of “Here is my ______.” (head, body, hair, friend).

SPLIT LIT/LITERACY: The kinders did activities to strengthen their skills in letter ID, letter sounds, hearing syllables in words, rhyming, blending sounds.  I am SO excited about the progress I am noticing.  Thank you for working and supporting your kinder at home.  It is making a BIG difference!

MATH:   We did a little bit of everything in math this week as we continued to work on Unit #2.  We worked on telling math stories (both + -), writing numbers in correct order, noticing 5 groups and extra ones in numbers 6-10, writing numbers 0-7, noticing partners of 5 and comparing numbers by using equal (= )and not equal (= with / through) symbols.  It was a busy week of learning!

HANDWRITING: We learned about the three different handwriting lines and how some letters are small, some are tall, and some fall below the lines.  We practiced writing “counterclockwise” letters (f,c,a,d) as well as our names. They did great but some upcoming letters are more difficult than others to form properly, so extra practice is always beneficial.  Writing with markers, chalk, bathroom crayons and even in shaving cream are some fun different ways to inspire your kinder.  

 

 

PHONICS: We spent most of the week studying alphabet charts.  The kinders worked in table groups to match pictures to the letters.  They learned that we can add new pictures to an alphabet chart to improve them and make them better. (ex: covering a picture of a rat with a picture of a rabbit). We practiced finding the beginning and ending letter quickly on a chart when shown a picture.  It was so fun to teach our stuffed animals everything we learned about alphabet charts at ABC School and to take an alphabet chart home.

SOME REMINDERS

KOOL KINDERS:   What fun to see and hear about this week Kool Kinders’ show and tell items of a Barbie, a stuffed dragon, a zoo keeper doll and white stuffed dog.

TURKEY TROT:  The Turkey Trot is going to be a virtual race this year. Check out the PE blog for the Turkey Trot information.   http://mvankoev.edublogs.org

LUNCH:  Hot lunch is free for all students through the entire school year.  If your kinder orders milk with their home lunch that is a charge.

BACKPACK SNACKS: THANK YOU SO MUCH for being conscientious about sending ONLY TWO healthy, NUT FREE snacks…one for the morning, one for the afternoon.  Our snack time is short but enough time to become refueled.  Don’t forget those water bottles! 🙂

Please remember to send your kinder in a coat each day to school. With this changing weather, it is important for the kinders to be warm at recess. Thank you!

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Oct 26—NO SCHOOL

*Tuesday, Oct 27—MUSIC

*Wednesday, Oct 28—GYM; Library…Bring back your library book, Homework packet due.   Fall Celebration donations due

*Thursday, Oct 29–ART  COLOR DAY: wear RAINBOW colors

 *Friday, Oct 30—STEAM;   Fall Celebration day. If you kinder chooses to wear a costume to school PLEASE make sure they can move freely, use the bathroom independently and quickly and wear it all day.  Keep all extra props, weapons, etc at home. Thank you! 🙂

*Friday, Nov 13–Fast Friday (early release) Dismiss at 12:15pm

*Nov 16 & 18–Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences and Book Fair.  More information on conferences will be sent out soon!

*Nov 25-Nov 27–NO SCHOOL. Thanksgiving Vacation

Have a fabulous long fall weekend.  I will see my sweet kinders on Tuesday ~~Mrs. Bohl

News of the Week—Oct 12-16

COLOR WORD:    ORANGE     We read some pumpkin books to celebrate the color orange.  We made a cute orange tiger and so much more.

POPCORN WORDS:   YES   NO  STOP  GO   We wrote these words in our journals, found/wrote them in our popcorn paper books, used magnets to create new words by changing the beginning sound (go, no, so, OR stop, mop, top, hop) and in our shared reading poem.  

READING: We were introduced to some new strategies to use when we get stuck on unknown words. We learned about Tryin’ Lion, Stretchy Snake, Eagle Eye and Lips the Fish. Tryin’ Lion taught us that if what you’re reading doesn’t make sense, go back and try it again. Stretchy Snake taught us to s-t-r-e-t-c-h out the sounds and then blend them together. Eagle Eye taught us to use the picture on the page to figure out the word. Lips the Fish taught us to get our mouth ready to say the sounds in words. We practiced those skills in our books. We also looked at our popcorn word books and labeled some pictures to help us read them better. In our books we looked for what characters are feeling and labeled that feeling with a sticky note that tells the feeling . 

MATH: This week the kinders found out that they can tell math stories and solve the answers to their math stories. For example:  3 teddy bears came and sat at a table.  2 more teddy bears joined them.  How many teddy bears are at the table?”  3+2=5. They used their math toolboxes to show groups of 5 within numbers (5+1=6) and to compare numbers by using a 5 strip and extra one tiles.  They drew groups of 5 and extra ones and counted groups of objects inside their workbooks.  Friday math games were APPLE ORCHARD I SPY and PUMPKIN RACE.  What fun! 

WRITING:  This week we wrote about our Homes. We learned about how writers think about their important topic, draw it, label the pictures, write words and then write more words. We ended the week by making them colorful and sharing them with our table partner! They are doing a fabulous job drawing detailed pictures, labeling parts of their drawings and trying their best to write a matching sentence such as “I eat at the table. I sleep in my bed. I play in the playroom.”

PHONICS:  We are Word Scientists!  We began to look closely at an alphabet charts to notice which letters have straight or curvy lines, how it can help us match a picture to a letter and noticing things that are the same and different about the ABC charts. We also practiced learning a letter – naming it, sounding it, writing it and using it. We did the same thing practicing our popcorn words.

SPLIT LIT/LITERACY:  The kinders worked on rhyming, identifying letters, producing the sounds, identifying beginning and ending sounds by playing games.  

PBIS Outstanding Mission:  On Monday we departed on a mission brought to us by the PBIS team at Georgetown.  Our mission at our first stop was to determine the best way to SOAR at school which was by Detective Stauffer.  Our second and last stop was led by Mr. Waldie where we discussed who the secret agents are at Georgetown that give Outstandings to students.  This was fun little hunt to introduce Outstandings and remind our students of how we SOAR at school.  Ask your kinder about how they can SOAR daily at Georgetown. 

 

SOME REMINDERS FOR YOU 

KOOL KINDERS:   What fun to see and hear about this week Kool Kinders’ show and tell items of Ryan’s World, Fancy Nancy doll, mini car that fit inside a small container, a Leap Frog game and a cuddle buddy mouse.

TURKEY TROT:  The Turkey Trot is going to be a virtual race this year. Check out the PE blog for the Turkey Trot information.   http://mvankoev.edublogs.org

LUNCH:  On October 9, the USDA announced that they would be extending the Summer Food Service Program’s free meals for all students at all schools through June 30, 2021. The SFSP is a continuation of the operating rules in place during the spring/summer school closure from March-August 2020.  If your kinder orders milk with their home lunch that is a charge.

BACKPACK SNACKS: THANK YOU SO MUCH for being conscientious about sending ONLY TWO healthy, NUT FREE snacks…one for the morning, one for the afternoon.  Our snack time is short but enough time to become refueled.  Don’t forget those water bottles! 🙂

Please remember to send your kinder in a coat each day to school. With this changing weather, it is important for the kinders to be warm at recess. Thank you!

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Oct 19—MUSIC

*Tuesday, Oct 20—GYM 

*Wednesday, Oct 21—ART; Library…Bring back your library book, Homework packet due.   

*Thursday, Oct 22–STEAM EMAIL ME OR SEND A NOTE BY THURSDAY (10/22) IF YOUR KINDER WOULD LIKE A SACK LUNCH. 

 *Friday, Oct 23—STEAM;   Fast Friday (early release) Dismissal 12:15 COLOR DAY: Wear BROWN

*Wednesday, Oct 28–Fall Party Donations due at school

*Friday, Oct 30–Fall Party day

Have a fabulous fall weekend. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at kbohl@hpseagles.net  YOUR KINDER IS SPECIAL TO ME! 🙂  ~~Mrs. Bohl

News of the Week–Oct 5-9

A busy week of learning in school.

FIRE PREVENTION:  We spent some time reviewing fire safety rules for in school and at home.  We watched one of my favorite movies called Snuffy’s Fire Bargade.  A great short movie that helped the kinders learn more about “hot spots”, “Stop, Drop, Roll”, “stay low and get out”.  It is now available on youtube if your kinder wants to watch it again.  I didn’t dare tell the kinders that I first showed this movie using a film projector with reels at the start of my teaching career. Oh, my!  That really tells you how old I am. 🙂 The movie will jump for a few seconds at the start but smooths out.  Don’t miss the dragon…it is my favorite part. 🙂  We also read many fire safety books and our weekly newspaper to learn more information and just for fun.  Fire Truck by Ivan Ulz became a favorite of every kinder.  Here is a link on youtube if your kinder wants to listen to the story again and sing the song!  Here are some of the fire safety tips that we learned:

  • Check the smoke detectors in your house to make sure they work properly. Change the batteries yearly.
  • Go outside!  Talk about a safety plan for your family in case of a fire – where is your meeting spot? 
  • Call 911 immediately! 
  • Do not play with matches or lighters– they are dangerous and can cause fires! They are tools for grown-ups only!
  • If a part of your clothing or your body catches on fire, STOP, DROP, and ROLL. 

Many of the kinders already knew these fire safety rules.  It is good to “not be scared but be prepared”. 

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. Thank you for working with your kinder at home.

COLOR WORDSBLACK    WHITE       We read many books with black and white characters such as Harry the Dirty Dog, Harry and the Neighbor, Harry goes to the sea, Please, Mr. Panda and Thank you, Mr. Panda .  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. Thanks for participating by wearing black and white! 🙂 We also made our weekly color flip book, went on a I Spy hunt for black & white pictures and made a picture of Harry the Dirty Dog.  

MATH:  We spent the first part of the week reviewing the math skills that we learned…writing, identifying and counting object for numbers 1-5, identifying and drawing shapes, completing dot to dot pictures.  On Thursday we took our first math test using individual “office spaces” (a folder separating them from their neighbor) .  They settled in and did a GREAT job of working hard on answering all the questions.  These tests will be graded and given to you soon. I am amazed at how much each kinder has grown in their math skills and abilities!! Thank you for working and supporting them at home.  We will begin Unit #2 next week. 

We had fun practicing writing numbers 1-6 by playing PUT OUT THE FIRE on Friday.

PHONICS:   Mabel, our stuffed elephant kept us busy this week.  We used our names to build new words which was really fun. (ex: Cade=Bade) We labeled various things in our classroom, stretching out the sounds of each word. We practiced handwriting & learning more words by writing some popcorn words and friends’ names in our journals.  

READING: We used storybooks like Piggy and Elephant  to help us notice that characters have feelings.  Sometimes the characters even show strong feelings, as in the book Ilama llama mad at Mama.

WRITING: The kinders learned that Show and Tell writing can be about important places.  Together we wrote a Show and Tell 3 page book about the library. We learned (once again) that we can write across pages and add many details to each page.  While doing this we are working on stretching our words to add labels and add sentences to our writing. Writers and illustrators make decisions on what to draw and label.  The kinders worked hard to do this on each page.  Our Show and Tell book sounded like this:  We will hear a book. We will pick a book.  We will get a book.  The kinders are turning into fantastic writers!

LITERACY/SPLIT LIT:  We finished ABC Boot Camp with letters Ww,Xx,Yy, Zz.  We will continue to review these letters, practice producing their sounds in small groups and in large group. We worked in small groups with Mrs. Bynum, Mrs. DeGroot and Mrs. Bohl to practice identifying letters, producing the sounds and recognizing rhyming words. Our shared reading book for the week was It Is Too Hot!.  Reading this book together helps us in identifying parts of a book, noticing patterns, rhymes, popcorn words and more. It was pretty cool that our poem was about fall leaves. It is becoming a favorite part of our morning.

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION:  Cora turned 6 on Oct 6! 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

FALL PARTY:  Thank you so much for the quick response in willing to donate supplies to our upcoming Fall Party.  All requested items have been spoken for.  

BACKPACK SNACKS: THANK YOU SO MUCH for being conscientious about sending ONLY TWO healthy, NUT FREE snacks…one for the morning, one for the afternoon.  Our snack time is short but enough time to become refueled.

KOOL KINDERS:   The kinders are excited to be the Kool Kinder again.  We are now drawing out a stick with a kinder’s name on it to determine the next day’s Kool Kinder.  A yellow reminder note will come home the day prior. The kinders are asked to bring a show and tell item from home.  After you choose the show and tell item, please talk with your kinder about what information they are going to share with the class.  We love to hear why they chose it, who gave it to them or where did they get it, etc. 

LUNCH: Hot lunch is FREE to ALL students until Dec. 31, 2020.  If your kinder orders milk with their home lunch that is a charge.

BLUE FOLDERS and BACKPACKS:  Please get in the habit of taking out your kinder’s blue folder each night and removing the papers, art work, etc.  Please place any notes back inside the folder.  That is the best place for me to find them.  Cleaning out your kinder’s backpack of extra things will make it less heavy and allow more room for their folder and lunch box.  Thank you!

TURKEY TROT:  The Turkey Trot is going to be a virtual race this year. Check out the PE blog for the Turkey Trot information.   http://mvankoev.edublogs.org

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Oct 12—STEAM 

*Tuesday, Oct 13—MUSIC 

*Wednesday, Oct 14—GYM; Library…Bring back your library book, Homework packet due.   

*Thursday, Oct 15–ART 

 *Friday, Oct 16—STEAM;  Wear ORANGE

Have a fabulous weekend.  ~~Mrs. Bohl

 

 

News of the Week—Sept 28-Oct 2

Fall weather has definitely arrived!  Please send the appropriate coat/sweatshirt for your kinder to wear while playing outside.

COLOR WORD:    PURPLE     Harold and the Purple Crayon was just one of many purple themed books we read.  It was a great book to inspire imagination.  The kinders used their imagination to draw their own purple crayon adventures.  We LOVED hearing an old favorite song of Mrs. Bohl, the song “One Eyed, One Horned Flying Purple People Eater”.  They really enjoyed making their own one eyed, one horned flying purple people eater monsters. They are decorating our room for a bit. Here is the link to the “Purple People Eater” video we watched. Once again, it was fun looking at the way the kinders chose to wear this week’s color purple.  We have a few more colors to learn.

 

POPCORN WORDS:  TO   DO   YOU

SPLIT LIT: This week week we began Split Lit (small literacy groups) learning time. We focused on letter identification, letter sounds and rhyming by drawing out apples, matching fun objects to letter mats, playing rhyming games and building rhyming puzzles.

ABC BOOT CAMP:  We are getting close to the end of the alphabet.  Rr, Ss, Tt, Uu, Vv were spotlighted this week.

READING:  We continued with our favorite stories in reading this week!  The kinders learned that readers work to sound exactly like the characters  in their storybooks. They use connecting words such as ” and then…and after that…” while they read the next page and point to any popcorn words they recognize. They used their paper Three Billy Goats Gruff  book, puppets and Piggy and Elephant books to practice this new skill. The kinders had a so much fun changing their voice to sound exactly like the troll and billy goats. This little paper book is now in their blue book bin. 

MATH:  The kinders practiced writing numbers, telling math stories (addition & subtraction), comparing numbers, identifying groups of objects up to 5 and recognizing shapes.

WRITING:  We began a new writing unit called Show and Tell this week.  We started by looking closely at our new friend, Mabel. Then we drew and labeled parts of the elephant. We also drew and labeled Pete the Cat. They did a fantastic job! The kinders were SO excited to use their show and tell item from home! The kinders pulled their object out of their brown bag, told their table partner about it and then they drew and labeled some parts.  Labeling is tricky but we are learning to stretch words slowly and write all of the sounds that we hear, especially when we refer to an ABC chart.  Thank you for participating!

PHONCIS:  Mabel taught us that some letters are called consonants and others are called vowels.  Vowels are special letters because they can make 2 sounds!  We had fun using our friends’ names to clap out the syllable beats and to practice writing them by heart.  The kinders ‘owned’ their letters (first letter) and were the teachers to their classmates as to how to write them.

TURKEY TROT:  The Turkey Trot is going to be a virtual race this year. Check out the PE blog for the Turkey Trot information.   http://mvankoev.edublogs.org

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Oct 5—ART, KOOL KINDER:  Parker

*Tuesday, Oct 6—STEAM;  KOOL KINDER:  Dylan

*Wednesday, Oct 7—MUSIC; Library…Bring back your library book, Homework packet due.    KOOL KINDER:  Grayson

*Thursday, Oct 8–GYM; KOOL KINDER:  Wesley

 *Friday, Oct 9—ART; KOOL KINDER: Mrs. Bohl  Wear BLACK & WHITE

News of the Week—Sept 21-25

A fun week in kindergarten…..

SPRIT WEEK FUN:  Thank you for participating!  🙂

PAJAMA DAY:  Totally forgot to take pictures.  The kinders wore fun jamies though. 🙂

CRAZY SOCKS DAY: 

CRAZY WILD HAIR DAY:

HAT DAY:

MAIZE AND BLUE DAY:

MATH:  The kinders sorted shapes into two groups….circles and not circles.  They did a great job recognizing the differences in shapes. They were so excited to use their own math tool boxes to practice number sense and comparing numbers using graphs. They also practiced writing numbers, especially 1-3 and identifying groups of numbers 1-5 in our workbooks. 

 

POPCORN WORDS:       IS   HIS   THIS     The kinders found out that when you add a letter (or two) at the beginning of “is” you can create new words.  We also noticed that sometimes the letter s makes a /z/ sound like in “is” and “his” but also makes a /s/ sound in “this”.  We highlighted these words in our weekly poem This is us and found them inside our popcorn book A Fireman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COLOR WORD:  GREEN  It was fun to read Froggy books, make a green flip book and make a fun frog craft.  We read Little Blue and Little Yellow too.  What fun the kinders had experimenting with blue and yellow playdough to see if mixed it would turn green.  Of course, wearing green clothing was pretty cool too.  

WRITING:  We continued writing our three page story about SCHOOL, writing about the playground and our classroom. We drew pictures, added labels and even added a sentence. It is important to make sure that the sentence we write matches our drawings. They added color and extra details to their pictures to make their story the best it can be. This was hard work but we kept reminding ourselves when something gets hard we should say, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.” The kinders did an amazing job!!

LITERACY:  ABC Boot Camp letters this week were Mm, Nn, Oo, Pp, Qq.  

READING:  The kinders practiced sounding like a teacher when they read. They also started to learn how to be storybook readers.  Storybooks are books that readers may have read before and can enjoy reading again and again.  We also practiced telling familiar stories and making sure our words match what is in the picture.  Sound familiar?  It was pretty cool to make the connection that is what we were doing during writing time too.  One of the stories we had fun practicing this with is the story, The Three Billy Goats Gruff.   

PHONICS:  Meet Mabel the elephant.  She is the main character in a new phonics program that began this week.  Mabel will help teach the kinders the ins and outs of phonics…learning more about letters & sounds, rhyming words, syllables, making of words, formation of letters and more.  Learning about names will be the focus of the lessons for the next few weeks.  The kinders looked at the letters in Mabel’s name and their friends’ names. They learned how to identify a letter by NAME IT, SOUND IT, WRITE IT, USE IT. We collected M items to put inside of Mabel’s bed such as a mini mirror, mouse, milk, M magnet. They had fun clapping the syllable beats in Mabel’s name (Ma  bel) and in their friends’ names.

INTRODUCING:  We are so grateful that 3 special para-professionals stop by throughout our day and week to learn and work with us in kindergarten.  

Mrs. Bynum  

     Mrs. De Groot

 Mrs. Santana

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

*OUTDOOR CLOTHING….Please continue to send a coat or sweatshirt with your child.  The weather can quickly change so it is good to be prepared.  Next week is predicted to be cooler weather.

*BACKPACK SNACK…THANK YOU SO MUCH for being conscientious about sending TWO healthy, NUT FREE snacks…one for the morning, one for the afternoon.  

*LIBRARY BOOK…When you are finished reading your kinder’s library book, you can return it to school.  We have a box where the books will be kept until we go to the library on Wednesday.  Your kinder will be able to check out another library book ONLY when the other book is returned.

*CALENDARS..You can view this month’s food service lunch menu on the side bar AND the OCTOBER calendar at the top of the blog under CALENDARS.

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Sept. 28—GYM, KOOL KINDER: Hannah 

*Tuesday, Sept. 29—ART;  KOOL KINDER: Cameron  

*Wednesday, Sept 30—STEAM; Library…Bring back your library book, Homework packet due.    KOOL KINDER: Jack 

*Thursday, Oct 1–MUSIC; KOOL KINDER: Cade. SCHOOL PICTURE DAY!

 *Friday, Oct 2—GYM; KOOL KINDER: Parker  Wear PURPLE

News for the Week—Sept 14-18

Here is what your kinder did at school this week:

POPCORN WORDS:    THE      DOG       

COLOR WORD:        BLUE         

 

We read Pete the Cat books because Pete is a blue cat.                                      We read Pout-Pout Fish books.

                  We read Little Blue Truck and made our own Little Blue Truck  

READING:  The kinders practiced re-reading to learn more about a topic. We also re-read our books to put all the pages together. We started at the front cover and went through page by page all the way until we got to the back cover. When reading our real world books, we learned to add a “pinch” of ourselves, by telling what we think about our books. 

COOL TOOLS:  We read How Full is you Bucket? to help us distinguish between being a bucket filler or bucket dipper.  A bucket filler is kind, listens, walks in the hallway, is respectful, etc.  A bucket dipper hits, interrupts, does not let others play, uses toothpaste words, etc.  The kinders sorted pictures to solidify the differences.  All of us took a promise to be a bucket filler at school and at home.  We are all going to work hard to be bucket fillers!  

We read the story Interrupting Chicken and learned that it’s important to wait our turn to talk and not be an interrupting chicken.  

MATH: The kinders used their math books for the first time!  We drew objects to match the number we were given and met a new friend named Puzzled Penguin. We had to help Puzzled Penguin figure out his mistake! Puzzled Penguin will be in our math books frequently this year, so we are going to need to help him!  We practiced identifying circles by learning a song…. “A circle is like a button.  A circle is like a button.  Round and round it never stops.  A circle is like a button.” (sung to Farmer in the Dell). We also added numbers together using our math tools. We ended the week by comparing numbers – we colored graphs to show which number was bigger or smaller. 

LITERACY:  We continued our ABC Bootcamp by studying the letters Jj, Kk, Ll this week.  We also were word detectives when we found our popcorn word “the” in the poem The Leaves.

WRITING:  The kinders listened to the story The Little Engine That Could. We learned that even when things get hard, it’s ok…we don’t give up! When something is hard we should say, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.” We used whiteboards and markers to practice this lesson by drawing (and erasing if we made mistakes) a train. We drew pictures of the playground and our homes. We added details to the pictures and labeled some things on the pictures too. They did a great job taking a risk and writing the first sound they heard as well as stretching out some words. We ended the week by starting a three page booklet about school. We wrote about the lunchroom – drawing a picture, labeling and even writing a sentence! We will continue these books about school next week. 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

*OUTDOOR CLOTHING….Please continue to send a coat or sweatshirt with your child.  The weather can quickly change so it is good to be prepared.

*BACKPACK SNACK…THANK YOU SO MUCH for being conscientious about sending TWO healthy, NUT FREE snacks…one for the morning, one for the afternoon.  Many kinders are bringing multiple snacks.  Our snack time is short but enough time to become refueled.

This coming week at our school is SPIRIT WEEK!  Join in the fun! Day’s events are listed in red.

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Sept. 21—MUSIC, KOOL KINDER: Kole  PAJAMA DAY!  Birthday celebration for Dylan

*Tuesday, Sept. 22—GYM;  KOOL KINDER: Emily  CRAZY SOCK DAY!

*Wednesday, Sept 23—ART; Library  KOOL KINDER: Sophia  CRAZY HAIR DAY!

*Thursday, Sept 24–STEAM; KOOL KINDER: Isabelle WEAR A HAT DAY! and COLOR DAY…wear GREEN.  WALK-A-THON DAY

 *Friday, Sept 25—MUSIC; KOOL KINDER: Wesley  BLUE/GOLD DAY Wear Blue and Gold or Hudsonville gear;  

~~~~Thank you so much for ALL of the birthday wishes and small gifts that you bestowed on me.  I am honored and grateful to spend my days with your kinder. Have a great weekend.  Mrs. Bohl

News for the Week–Sept 8-11

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

POPCORN WORDS:     I       SEE                                                                                      

COLOR WORD:        YELLOW     We learned another song to sing to help us spell yellow.  We read many books with yellow characters such as Pete the Cat…The Wheels on the Bus and Curious George books. We learned about different things that are yellow, practiced writing the word, made a yellow flip book and made a yellow bus craft, adding a fun message using our popcorn words, I see a yellow bus. I was able to get a safe social distance unmasked picture of all of our friends when they finished.  Mrs. Bohl LOVED getting to see our faces!! 

SHARED READING:  We have been practicing our reading skills by doing shared reading each day. Shared reading is a time when the kinders and I all read a poem or story together at the same time. This helps build fluency and some important concepts of reading for our little ones!  We read a poem called I See. There were familiar words in the poem (I, see, a). We highlighted the words we know and then put them in our 3 ring binder to practice at school. We also added a paper book to our book boxes, the book included our popcorn words. 

COOL TOOLS: We finished learning about the last two cool tools and then read two more books to help us know how we can further use our cool tools. 

Being Friends was a great book that showed us that it is okay that we are not all the same…we are different and special, just like a KALEIDOSCOPE. It was fun to look through a real kaleidoscope and then color our own.

We read Mine-a-saurs and learned that we can tell a friend to STOP in a kind way by saying “It bugs me when ______, I wish that you would stop.”  A ladybug and a wishing wand helps us remember this. 

We read Howard B. Wigglebotttoms learns about bullies and learned about what bullying is.  The kinders were reminded about how important and useful it is to use our cool tools. We talked about how we need to care of our friends and stand up for them when someone teases them.  We are a class family….inside our room and on the playground.  We have very caring kinders.

We also read A Monster who lost his mean. Monster lost his M and was now called “Onster”.  We were reminded that being kind and doing kind actions is much more fun that doing monster actions. The kinders did an amazing job figuring out which actions a FRIEND would do OR a BULLY would do.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP: We practiced drawing a picture and adding a label to go with it. We listened for the first sound in the word and labeled the picture with the first sound. For example, we drew a picture of us lining up at the door. We drew ourselves and the door and then added other people to the picture. We labeled the door with a D for door and the floor with an F for floor. We also labeled ourselves. We finished our writing this week by doing a shared writing – we added pictures of our playground and labeled the pictures with the first letter sound. It was a fun way to do writing! 

ABC BOOTCAMP:  We learned about the letters Ff, Gg, Hh and Ii this week. We will continue to review letters and learn new ones.

READER’S WORKSHOP: The kinders learned what jobs the teacher and kinders do during Reader’s Workshop time.

This week in readers workshop we focused on what it means to private read and partner read. They practiced reading real world books (non-fiction) using a level 1 voice (a whisper voice). We learned that we can read the pictures in the book and we need to start reading at the cover.  We then read page by page until we get to the end. We also worked on partner reading with our table buddies.  They did a great job and had fun reading together! 

LIBRARY:  We visited the library for the first time on Wednesday! Mrs. VandenBerg, our school librarian, read the book, Mr. Wiggle’s Book.  This book is about how to take care of books and to be a book lover!  We learned that we must treat them very gently and be kind to them, otherwise they may break.  We also took a tour of the library and learned where we can find books to check out!  Next week we are planning to check out books.

MATH:  We read Anno’s Counting again to help us better understand “number scenes,” which are pictures that have a specific number of objects (3 buildings, 3 people, 3 birds, 3 bridges, etc.)  before we drew our own scenes of 2,3,4 & 5 on paper.  We also practiced ordering, counting and visualizing the numbers 1-5 by using our white boards.  The kinders enjoyed working on counting by placing play dough balls on a bus mat.  We did this all together and discussed the concept of adding one more to get the next number.

Mask Free Work Spots:  In our classroom, I have set up 2 mask free work spots for the kinders. These spots are 6 feet from peers. If at any point they would like a mask break, they may move to one of these spots with their work and unmask. They have done a great job learning our sign for this and letting their friends have a turn.  I will add more mask free spots as necessary.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

*OUTDOOR CLOTHING….Please continue to send a coat or sweatshirt with your child.  The weather can quickly change so it is good to be prepared.

*BACKPACK SNACK…THANK YOU SO MUCH for being conscientious about sending TWO healthy, NUT FREE snacks…one for the morning, one for the afternoon.  Many kinders are bringing multiple snacks.  Our snack time is short but enough time to become refueled.

*GYM DAYS..Please consider having your kinder keep a pair of socks either in their cubby or backpack to wear during gym days.  On these warm days, many kinders do not like to wear their gym shoes without socks when they come to school wear sandals or flip flops.

*TOWELS..Please send your kinder’s towel back to school on Monday.  The towels went home on today so they could be washed over the weekend.

*LUNCH MONEY..Hot lunch is now FREE for ALL students until Dec. 31st.  Therefore, if your kinder would like hot lunch you do not need to send in money until after the holiday break.  If your kinder currently has money in their account it will be held until they take hot lunch after December 31st. 

IMPORTANT DATES:

*Monday, Sept. 14–MUSIC; Kool Kinder: Avery.  Bring back washed towels

*Tuesday, Sept 15—GYM;   Kool Kinder: Cora 

*Wednesday, Sept 16—ART; Homework due; Library….we will be taking home a book   Kool Kinder: Sawyer  Birthday celebration for Mrs. Bohl

*Thursday Sept 17—STEAM;  Kool Kinder: Marissa  EMAIL ME OR SEND A NOTE BY THURSDAY (9/17) IF YOUR KINDER WOULD LIKE A SACK LUNCH.

*Friday, Sept 18—EXTRA RECESS;  COLOR DAY…Wear BLUE!   Fast Friday (early release) Dismiss at 12:15  

*Thursday, Sept. 24—Walk-a-Thon: Please note the date change from our September calendar

~~~Have a great weekend.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at kbohl@hpseagles.net  YOUR KINDER IS SPECIAL TO ME! 🙂   Mrs. Bohl

News for the Week–Aug 31-Sept 3

We had a great 4 day week in kindergarten, many sunny warm days to play outside.  Consider sending your kinder with a sweatshirt/coat for the cooler mornings.  We play outside unless it is raining or the wind chill is below O.  Be sure to label your kinder’s coat as it is hard for them to remember which coat/sweatshirt belongs to them.  

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

POPCORN WORDS:     A       COLOR WORD:      RED                                                            The kinders had fun celebrating the color RED today! We colored pictures, sang a red song,  read many books about a big, red dog…..Clifford.  Making a fun craft of Clifford helped us practice our cutting skills and listen to and follow directions.  It was fun to see RED shirts, RED pants, RED socks, RED hair ribbons and RED hair on Thursday.  

PROCEDURES:  We have been learning and practicing how to do many things in our classroom. From how to daily turn in our blue folders and ordering lunch to remembering our number in line and walking down the hallway at school.  They have done a GREAT job practicing this throughout our movement around our school. The kinders are working very hard to keep their hands in their own bubble space when sitting on the floor and in their lap when sitting at their table spots—and not touching their supplies when listening for directions.  Each day I see improvement.  I have a FABULOUS bunch of kinders!!!

COOL TOOLS: The kinders are continuing to work hard each day to being ready to learn by….looking with eyes, listening with ears, voices quiet, hands in own bubble space and sitting like a pretzel (when on the rug).  We are becoming mindful of each other and the climate of our learning classroom.  Our lessons about the cool tools are helping us be aware of others and how to deal with situations.   

Franklin’s Bad Day helped us learn to walk away before saying toothpaste words or doing toothpaste actions to our friends.  The BIG INFLATABLE SHOE is our visual reminder.  We decorated our own shoe to take home.

 When I am angry helped us learn that taking time to chill out when we feel upset is okay. We learned about our Calm Spot or other things we could do like talk to an adult, take a walk with an adult, etc…  The ICE CUBE TRAY is a good reminder.  We played a fun game using a real ice cube and said it was important for us to cool down when we feel angry or upset.  It was COOL! 🙂 .   

We read Hurty Feelings and learned that the tone of your voice and how we say words is very important.  The microphone helps us remember this. 

WRITER’S  WORKSHOP:  The kinders found that writers share information with others about what they know. Examples of these topics were WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COLOR? WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO EAT FOR BREAKFAST?  They practiced this by taking turns with their table buddies to be the jelly (speaker) and the peanut butter (listener). The kinders did AWESOME!!!  We also learned that we can think of something that we know about, talk about it and then draw it.  Our topic….wearing masks!  :). It is fun seeing all the different designs on everyone’s masks. 

SPECIAL READER:  We were SO EXCITED to have our principal, Mr. Waldie visit us and read one of his favorite books to us, Elephant and Piggie, A Big Guy Took My Ball! by Mo Willems. He even had a mask with Elephant and Piggie on it!  We laughed a lot because the characters in the book were so funny. It was nice to have him visit our room!

READER’S WORKSHOP:  During our first reading workshop lesson, the kinders learned that readers walk through the world in a special way.  They don’t just see things, they read things too!  We learned that we are readers and can already read different signs in our school, in our classroom and out in our world!  The kinders were excited know that they were able to read familiar environmental print signs. We are learning to LOOK, READ, THINK, LEARN!

We also talked about what it means to be a “Book Lover”.  We learned that a book lover takes care of their books by being gentle with them, not eating or using supplies around them and putting them back where we got them from.  We practiced being a book lover with books at our table spot.

MATH: We started number writing during our handwriting time, stressing that we always start our numbers at the top!  This week we wrote numbers 0,1,2.   We drew pictures to show their number sense like 1 flower, 2 balloons.

We read Anno’s Counting Book, discussed numbers 1-10 and went on an I Spy hunt on the book pages for objects that corresponded to  that number. 

The kinders were introduced to the number tiles 1-5 and 10 counters.  We also learned how to count a group of objects and find different ways to arrange them.  For example: 3 can be shown with 1 red tile and 2 blue tiles or 3 can be shown with 3 red tiles and 0 blue tiles.

Quiet Time:  Each day we have quiet time after lunch for 20-25 min.  The kinders  have a chance to rest their bodies and brains so they will be ready to learn for the rest of the afternoon.  

ABC BOOT CAMP:  Letters Bb, Cc, Dd and Ee were spotlighted this week.  We are practicing identifying the letters and making their sounds by singing fun songs too.

NOTES FOR MOM AND DAD

*Backpack snack.—Pack TWO quick, heathy snackS each day.  Be sure to place it in a special small pocket so that it is easy for them to locate.

*Blue folders—send them to school each day (you are all doing a great job with this!  Thank you!!)

*If ordering a hot lunch or milk, please discuss with your kinder what they will be ordering so that they are comfortable and secure with their selections.  

*Parents, please subscribe to this blog so that you are alerted when information is posted about happenings in our classroom.

UPCOMING DATES:

Monday, Sept. 7–No school. Labor Day

Tuesday, Sept 8—MUSIC;  Return a washed SMALL beach towel. Book Orders due (online…class code L77G6 or paper form/check)   Kool Kinder: Valentina

Wednesday, Sept 9—GYM; Library  Kool Kinder: Braydon

Thursday Sept 10—ART Kool Kinder: Aryana 

Friday, Sept 11—STEAM, Kool Kinder:  Anora  COLOR DAY….Wear YELLOW!   

Have a restful weekend. Sleep well. We have a 4 day week ahead. Thank you for sharing your kinder with me. They are wonderful!  Mrs. Bohl

FINISHED! FUN! FATHERS!

 

Way to go kinders!   I am SO proud of all of your hard work these final weeks of school!  You have FINISHED the end of our kindergarten year together.  As we all know it was not the way we preferred it to be….which is together.  I LOVED seeing all of you during my visits the last week of school.  Your amazing messages on driveways, signs, and very generous gifts warmed my heart SOOO MUCH!!  I cannot begin to thank you enough.  Parents, your amazing perseverance, and flexibility during this whole year has been truly unbelievable.  From the start to the very end, your support has meant everything to me.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

As your summer and FUN move along, there are blogs that will be updated with school supplies lists.  So far we have been instructed to keep with this tradition.  Usually, in the first week of July, teachers update their blog for next year’s students.  In this blog, there is usually a wish list or school supplies list that is posted.  I would recommend keeping your eye on first-grade teachers’ blogs to see if there are any supplies listed in July.  The first-grade teachers’ blogs can be found by clicking on this link  Georgetown Elementary School blog.  All teachers are listed on the right side, be sure to scroll down to see them.  I wish you a FUN filled summer and don’t forget to keep in touch!  I won’t say goodbye, only see ya later.  You will always be able to find a warm hug and a loving heart waiting for you from Mrs. Bohl. 🙂 

Usually, we end of the year by having our kinders do a special gift for the FATHER figure in their life.  With our unique end to the year, we went with a virtual gift. Below is a video. It is a gift from your kinder and their friends to all of the Father figures in their lives.  I wish everyone a VERY HAPPY FATHER’S DAY.  May June 21 be an awesome celebration of Fathers, Grandfathers, Uncles, Step-fathers, and Father figures alike.  

Questions you might have:

1.  Will I get an end of the year report card for my kinder?  NO.

2.  When will I find out my kinder’s first-grade teacher?  Middle of summer, July ish.

3.  Who will be our principal at Georgetown Elementary?  The interviewing process is going on now.

4.  What if I have questions over the summer?  Please reach out to Mrs. Bohl and I will do my best to find the answers or help you find someone who can.

    • Mrs. Bohl.       kbohl@hpseagles.net

5.  What if my kinder wants to talk to Mrs. Bohl?  Send me an email and I would LOVE to connect with them!!!

6.  What if I DO NOT want to receive any more blog updates?  You can unsubscribe.  Here is how:

    • When you receive an email alert that the blog has been updated, scroll to the bottom of the email.  Look for the option “UNSUBSCRIBE”
    • Go through the steps to unsubscribe and you should be all set.
    • If you have any problems feel free to email us and I believe we can change it from our end as well.

Week 11 at HOME (June 1-5)

WOW!  I cannot believe that this is our last week of kindergarten.  There are SO MANY emotions that I am feeling.  From disappointment and sadness to gratitude and pride.  While our week looks VASTLY different than that of our typical end of the year I am truly SO THANKFUL to have had the opportunity to be part of your kinder’s educational journey.  This will truly be a class that I will NEVER forget!  Thank you for partnering with me as we experienced our year together.  While we may be ending the year with a very different experience, with a lack of togetherness and fanfare please know that my heart is FULL of pride and gratitude to you all for sharing your kinder with me!!  

The month of May flew by so fast and we are now entering the month of June and our last week of virtual learning!  This week our virtual learning will look a bit different. An assignment will be posted to Google Classroom both Monday and Tuesday.  We will have our last class zoom meeting on Wednesday morning at 10:00am INSTEAD of Tuesday night.  Be sure to check our blog each day because my morning videos will hold special, fun messages.

Morning Message:

Good morning kinders,

Our last week of school is here.  You did it!  I was so happy to see you last week when I came by your house.  This week I have many fun activities planned for you through our blog.   What is one thing you are looking forward to doing for fun over summer break?

Love, 

Mrs. Bohl

Popcorn Words: Review – Try and spy as many popcorn words as you can in our morning message!

Monday: 

  • Google classroom lesson: I can check my reading superpowers. 
    • Journal prompt: What is your favorite thing to do in the summer? Why?
  • Special: STEAM
  • Check our blog today for the countdown to summer balloon pop and read aloud.  Open Day 5 envelope!

Tuesday: 

  • Google Classroom lesson: I can show teen numbers.
    • Assignment:  Create and play a teen number game. 
  • Special Gym
  • Check our blog for the countdown to summer balloon pop and read aloud. Open Day 4 envelope!
  • We will NOT be having a ZOOM class meeting tonight!

Wednesday: 

  • NO GOOGLE CLASSROOM!
  • Check our blog today for our countdown to summer balloon pop and read aloud.  Open Day 3 envelope!
  • 10:00a.m. ZOOM Readers Celebration.  An email with the invite will be coming.

Thursday: 

  • NO GOOGLE CLASSROOM! 
  • Check our blog for the countdown to summer balloon pop and read aloud.  Open Day 2 envelope!

Friday: 

  • NO GOOGLE CLASSROOM! 
  • Check our blog today for our countdown to summer balloon pop and read aloud.  Open Day 1 envelope!

Specials:

  • STEAM, the code is: kot3fis
  • GYM, the code is: fc5u2nq

Reminders: 

  • You will be able to pick up your kinder’s belongings tomorrow, June 1st. Please refer to the email you received from Mrs. Reagan about your pickup day and time. If you have any questions, please email me!  I am happy to help.
  • We will be having an end of the year parade for all of the students to see their teachers! If you would like to attend, you can find all of the information listed on our school blog.
  • Please continue to send me pictures of your kinders for our Father’s Day project.  They are due by June 4!
  • Summer Learning Packet and our June Calendar are both located at the top of our blog for your use.  
  • I LOVE seeing the pictures of your kinder learning at home or just having fun.  Keep on sending them in!  
  • Please check out our district website for  HPS District Covid-19 Updates