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Happy 1st Week of Learning at Home

Good morning kinders!  Happy 1st day of “Learning at Home.”  Your teachers can’t wait to see how amazing you do while you are working on your at-home learning.  We have added a few additional educational websites on our blogs.  Have fun exploring these over the next few weeks.  All kinders have or will be receiving Clever information soon.  If you have questions please reach out and we will get back to you with problem-solving.   Below you will see a week of learning ideas.

Our Morning Message

Good morning K team!  I could see the sunshine this morning.  Would you say good morning to a friend?  We should work hard today.

Love, Your K team teachers

Popcorn Words of the week:  could, would, should

Math

Focus on writing #’s 1-20 (can you go higher?-go!)

Number identification 1-20 (can you go higher?-go!)

Use a whiteboard or paper: Addition/Subtraction Fluency with numbers 1-8, look up educational youtube videos on 3D shapes, counting objects up to 10, one-to-one correspondence, writing number sentences that match the picture (for example 10 stars total = 1 purple star and 9 yellow stars. 10=1+9).  

Writing

Focus on writing letters to those you can’t see during this break.

Practice writing uppercase and lowercase letters

Reading

Enjoy some time reading each day – to someone, to yourself, to a stuffed animal.

Find our popcorn words of the week or past in books or around you.

Socializing

We would LOVE to build a photo album of kindergarten learners. Feel free to send us a picture of your kinder and how they are learning or having fun during this unprecedented time.  We will share them on our blog to keep us all connected.  

We miss our kinders already!!  Please enjoy the time together and be sure to reach out if you or your family are in need of ANYTHING!  Our school blog has many resources on it for those who may need a grab-n-go meal and other essential items.  We are here for you!  Sending you all hugs and love during this time.

Love, 

Your Kindergarten Teachers Team

Mrs. Baker, Mrs. Blauwkamp, Mrs. Bohl, Mrs. Stutz and Mrs. Tindall

NEWS—March 9-13

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR TAKING THE TIME TO ATTEND YOUR KINDER’S CONFERENCE.  THEY ARE MAKING FABULOUS PROGRESS AND GROWTH.  I WAS SO HAPPY TO SHARE THEIR PROGRESS WITH YOU!  IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS AS WE MOVE INTO THE SPRING, PLEASE LET ME KNOW.

MATH:  The kinders worked on decomposing teen numbers into tens and extra ones (refer to the number booklet sent home), identified & sorted 3D shapes, wrote partners for 4-10 and identified numbers that were less. We even squeezed in taking our unit #4 test.  I will share the test results with you when we return to school. It was a busy week!  Have fun playing FIND THE POT OF GOLD! game that is inside your kinder’s folder.

MARCH IS READING MONTH:  We love Clifford books so we ate dog bones (Scooby snacks).  It was fun reading each other’s clothing…shirts, sweatshirts, socks and pant legs.

 

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’. 🙂

WRITING:  This week the kinders wrote their persuasive letter to Mrs. Rose, our lunch aide.  The lunch tables and floor have become very messy with spilled food.  The kinders did a great job thinking of why this is a problem…..It makes more work for Mrs. Rose to clean up and you could slip/fall on the food on the ground.  They created very colorful posters that showed “Throw trash away!” or “Keep lunch tables clean” .

SPLIT LIT:  The Split Lit tubs were filled with activities that focused on reading popcorn words, “R” blends (gr,dr,cr,fr), syllables, rhyming and “H” brothers (sh,ch,th,wh).  The kinders enjoy this time of the day.

READER’S WORKSHOP: The first few days of the week, the kinders learned that avid nonfiction readers compare information by noticing what is similar and what is different in two books on the same topic.  We did this by looking at books about dragonflies and honey bees.  For example, we found out that the legs on both insects have important jobs. The kinders learned that nonfiction readers can pretend and act out parts of the text, just like they did with fiction stories.  The last few days of the week, the kinders explored poetry.  We practiced reading a favorite poem The Isty Bitsy Spider and a new poem The Swing for meaning and feeling.

MYSTERY READER:  Nora literally jumped up into her grandma’s arms as she walked into the classroom.  Nora’s grandma lives 2 1/2 hours away so this was a surprise!  She read their favorite book The Wonderful Pigs of Jillian Jiggs.  A fun, silly story about making stuffed pigs for pretend pets. 

If you were scheduled to be a mystery reader while we are closed, do not worry.  Rescheduling and flexible dates will be available.  

Your kinder had fun creating an early St. Patrick’s Day craft that you can use at home as decoration.  There are also some math and literacy St. Patrick themed worksheets inside your kinder’s backpacks/folders that you can complete next week.  

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS:  We celebrated 3 birthdays…..ALL of the kinders were born on the same day.  Happy Birthday to RYLEIGH, ROWAN, LUCAS.  

PLEASE CONTINUE TO PERIODICALLY CHECK OUR CLASS BLOG DURING OUR TIME AWAY FROM SCHOOL.  I WILL BE POSTING VARIOUS LEARNING SUGGESTIONS/IDEAS FOR YOUR KINDER TO DO AT HOME.  I WILL MISS SEEING THEM EACH DAY BUT LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING THEM IN A FEW WEEKS BECAUSE………

NEWS—-March 2-6

After seeing the snowflakes this morning, it is time to wish for spring weather.  Don’t you agree?

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DR. SEUSS: We celebrated his birthday on Monday by learning 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, In a People’s House. We read a newspaper that was filled with fun facts different genre of books. We also had fun using Dr. Seuss themed props (courtesy of Mrs. Stutz) during fun photo shoots.

   

SPLIT LIT: We did Dr. Seuss themed activities this week.  We worked on reading popcorn words, matching rhyming words and reading & writing -am real and nonsense words.  TIC TAC TOE, GREEN EGGS IN A ROW was so fun playing at school that you can play it at home with your board games and green eggs and ham. 

MATH:  We started the week by doing two Dr. Seuss related math activities…..adding red and blue fish together (based on One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish) and then writing the total AND identifying numbers 1-20 while placing that many objects on ten frames. Oh the fun we had! We completed dot to dot pictures, wrote teen numbers,

WRITING:  This week, we while writing persuasive letters to incoming kindergarteners we focused on spelling strategies.  Using these strategies gives us word power!  Some of the strategies we used were looking at our word wall, stretching out the word and writing the sounds we hear, looking for little words that may be hidden in larger words and not forgetting about the vowel. We wrote about the problem of kids playing too rough on the playground. We wrote a greeting, reasons why this is a problem, a solution to the problem.  We also read a mentor text Do Not Bring your Dragon to Recess. We ended our writing by signing a petition saying we will play safe on the playground. The kinders did AMAZING!  

READER’S WORKSHOP:  The kinders practiced reading non-fiction texts and talking like an expert about the books we read. They read books as groups and found things they thought were WOW about the books or moments when we want to ask questions, to learn more! We also learned nonfiction text often has fancy words that we may want to learn more about. The kinders also practiced having reading playdates by  sounding like teachers and playing school while reading non-fiction books!

 

MARCH IS READING MONTH:  We read The Sleepy Little Alphabet and listened to Chicka Chicka Boom Boom while eating alphabet pretzels.  The kinders really had fun reading with their flashlights. Sorry about the dark pictures…the lights needed to be off, you know!! 🙂  Thank you for supplying one for your kinder.

MYSTERY READER:  Skyler was excited to see her dad be the mystery reader Wednesday afternoon.  He read Dragons love Tacos because he likes to eat tacos. 

KOOL KINDERS ARE BOOK LOVERS: 

Reagan likes to read Berstain Bears In the Dark.

Emmie brought Tiny the California Easter Bunny.

Be on the lookout for THE SURPRISE BOX.  The kinders are excited to take this box home and fill it with an item and write 3 clues about that object.  The kinder gives the clues to their friends and they need to try to guess what is inside the box.  So far we have had a sleep mask and a koala bear.

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS:  Don’t forget to change your clocks Saturday night…spring forward! 

UPCOMING DATES:

*MONDAY, MARCH 9––ART; reading TAKE HOME books  Parent Teacher Conferences 

*TUESDAY, MARCH 10–STEAM

*WEDNESDAY. MARCH 11––MUSIC; Book Fair Buying Day. Parent Teacher Conferences

*THURSDAY, MARCH 12–—GYM; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS;  

*FRIDAY, MARCH 13ART  READING FITS ME LIKE A T-SHIRT!  Wear clothing with words

*APRIL 2-—Kindergarten PJ Day!  Wear jamies (or comfy) clothes.

*APRIL 3-10––SPRING BREAK NO SCHOOL

~~Have a great weekend.  Mrs. Bohl

 

NEWS—Feb 24-28

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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). The kinders made a lion or lamb based on how they think March will begin.  Check out our results….I think that there might be quite a few disappointed kinders if we don’t have spring like weather. 🙂

MATH: Number bonds were introduced to the kinders this week. This is just another way to see number partners.  The kinders did an amazing job working with this new skill. Tiny Tumblers who live on Math Mountains were practiced again. 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 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 practiced identifying 3D shapes and positional words such as under, above, behind, between, in front of, etc.

Friday math games focused on math skills like number partners, identifying teen numbers by showing the ten and extra ones in ten frames, identifying numbers 1-20 and solving addition problems.

POPCORN WORDS:  AND    GET  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. Your February flash cards are inside your kinder’s folder.

WRITING WORKSHOP:  We started to learn about PERSUASIVE WRITING.  First we thought of a problem like “not all kids are walking in the halls”.  Next we thought of how we could convince others why you need to walk in the halls.  Our reasons were “Kids can get hurt.  It is a school rule.” Then we figured out a solution such as “Kids need to walk looking forward.”  Finally we learned that we can tell others by making a sign or poster.  Celebrate with your kinder as they show you their writing & sign this weekend.  This was hard work but everyone persevered.

SOCIAL STUDIES: We finished up our learning of Me on the Map.  This week we learned that our town is called Hudsonville.  We used symbols to locate various buildings on a map. Each of the kinders were able to write their own street and house number inside of the booklets.  It was fun to hear that some of the kinders live on the same street. The kinders’ bedroom map was included inside of your kinder’s booklet if they brought it back.  We are SO lucky to live in the fabulous state of Michigan and this amazing town of Hudsonville.

READING: We started learning about reading playdates!  We learned that avid readers don’t only share books, they are always inventing fun things to do with books and friends.  We used the chart below to guide us with our reading play dates!  Students were able to pick if they wanted to play school, play games or play pretend! The students had fun working with their partners and taking part in the reading playdates!  We also learned that really good readers act out the story in their mind, every time they read.  We are learning that reading is a lot like going to the movies because of all the pretending we are doing!  

MYSTERY READER: Landon was happy to see his grandma come to school.  She read Pancakes! Pancakes! by Eric Carle because she likes to bake and make pancakes with Landon.  Thank you so much for stopping by.

KOOL KINDERS ARE BOOK LOVERS:

Ariya likes Frozen so A Sister Like Me is a favorite book.

Sutton enjoys reading Be my Valentine, Peter Rabbit.

Sabrina likes to follow the steps at Christmas for How to Catch Santa.

Landon likes bugs and There was an Old Lady who swallowed a Fly!

Major brought in a cool book filled with fun facts about Undercover Animals.

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.  The playground is dirty, please continue to send your kinder with boots and snow pants! Thank you!

*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 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.

MONTHLY CALENDARS: Three March calendars are available for you to view.  Hot lunch calendarMarch calendarPlease take note of the REVISED copy that was sent home today.  It has the correct weekly popcorn words listed .  March is Reading calendar . Watch for a sign up for opportunities to donate special snacks for celebrating March is Reading month!

  UPCOMING DATES:

*MONDAY, MARCH 2––ART; reading TAKE HOME books; Dr. Seuss celebration–wear red, black & white

*TUESDAY, MARCH 3–STEAM

*WEDNESDAY. MARCH 4––MUSICLIBRARY  Please remember to return your kinder’s book.

*THURSDAY, MARCH 5–—GYM; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS;  EMAIL ME OR SEND A NOTE BY THURSDAY (3/5) IF YOUR KINDER WOULD LIKE A SACK LUNCH.

*FRIDAY, MARCH 6ART;  FAST FRIDAY Dismissal at 12:15pm  SHINE A LIGHT ON READING—Bring a Flashlight!

*MARCH 8: Daylight Savings…spring forward! 

*MARCH 9 & 11–—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 9-12–SPRING BOOK FAIR:  We are scheduled to purchase books on Wednesday, March 11. 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.

*APRIL 2-—Kindergarten PJ Day!  Wear jamies (or comfy) clothes.

*APRIL 3-10––SPRING BREAK:  NO SCHOOL

~~Have a great weekend.  Mrs. Bohl

NEWS—Feb 17-21

Look what we learned in kindergarten this week

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ALL ABOUT PRESIDENTS:  In honor of Presidents’ Day this past Monday, the kinders learned some interesting facts about 2 famous presidents.  We learned that George Washington was our very first president, he owned 5 farms, he wore white powder in his hair (Ewww…many thought this was strange), his picture is on the quarter and the one dollar bill.  Abraham Lincoln was an honest man who lived in a log cabin. He was the 16th president, he wore a stove pipe hat and kept important papers inside of it and his picture is on the penny and the five dollar bill. We read a newspaper to learn facts and placed facts on posters. The kinders enjoyed making a fun President flip craftivity to complete their learning. Did you ask them what they learned?

     

SOCIAL STUDIES:  The kinders began learning about and seeing various kinds of maps.  We read Me on the Map to help us broaden our understanding of the world around us.

So far, we have learned that we live in NORTH AMERICA, which is part of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and our state is MICHIGAN.  We are making a booklet to assist us in our learning. We will continue our study of maps next week.  Thank you for completing and sending back the picture map of your kinder’s bedroom.  You can return it on Monday if you need to finish it this weekend.

MATH:  We told math stories using our fruit  from our ‘fruit & vegetable market’ adding written equations.  Remembering what each symbol (+ – = ) means and using them correctly is challenging but the kinders are doing a great job. We continued to learn how to show teen numbers as tens and extra ones as well  as learning that you can write a teen number equation two different ways but they mean the same thing.  One way is to write the partners first and then the total (10+4=14) or write the total first and then the partners (14=10+4). The kinders counted, matched compared numbers by telling which number was greater and which number was less. We also practiced finding partners of ten and showing them with a break apart stick. We finished up the week by learning more about the attributes of 3 dimensional shapes. 

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 BLAH READER is disinterested. The kinders sorted pictures to decide if it showed an avid reader or not an avid (blah) 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 feelings along with the poems Mary Had a Little Lamb and The Itsy Bitsy Spider. The kinders worked in small “book clubs” to find important parts in books and by 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!

ASSESSMENTS:  Assessing your kinder in their literacy and math skills are underway.  I am so proud of the progress I am noticing. Notes stating your kinder’s independent reading levels are starting to come home.  Notice that their TAKE HOME books have reflected the change in levels. Please continue to work with your kinder at home by writing upper and lower case letters with proper formation, reviewing their popcorn words, reading books with them and listening to them read to you.  Don’t forget the math skills of counting by 1’s and 10’s to 100, writing numbers 1-20 with proper formation, telling, drawing and solving addition/subtraction stories and looking for number partners (2+4=6 & 10+4=14). As you can see, we are very busy learning and reviewing many skills in kindergarten.  I am excited to share your kinder’s personal progress with you at conferences.

WRITING WORKSHOP: We finished opinion writing by writing about the topics of: 1. Playing on swings or slides. 2. Swimming at the beach or pool. 3. Eating ice cream in a bowl or cone. 4. Favorite holiday…Halloween, Christmas or Valentine Day.  We finished our learning by taking an assessment to show what we know about writing an opinion paper all by ourselves! The kinders had to decide on their own opinion, give reasons why to support their opinion and remember to write sentences that start with an uppercase letter and end with punctuation. That’s a lot to do all by themselves.  I am so proud of them!

POPCORN WORDS:      HAD     BAD     MAP

SPLIT LIT: We practiced reading & writing CVC words, rhyming words and  popcorn words.  

BEHAVIOR:  As we move into the last of February and hopefully the beginning of spring as well as our curriculum grows it is essential for our kinders to be ready to learn. Following classroom rules class rules (in the classroom, in the hallway, on the playground) is a must. Our rules are simple: 1.FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS QUICKLY. 2. RAISE YOUR HAND TO SPEAK. 3. MAKE SMART CHOICES 4.BE KIND. 5. MAKE EVERYONE HAPPY.  Being in a large class can be a challenge for a 5 and 6-year-old.  We always strive to help the kinders to remember “how is my behavior helping or hurting my team (class)?”  We also let them know that mistakes are important because it helps us to learn red choices (bad) and green (good) choices.  Please encourage your kinder to try to be their best.  Thanks for your continued support!

MYSTERY READER:  It was Sutton’s turn to welcome her mom as the mystery reader.  We listened to her mom read Froggy gets a Doggy.  We LOVE Froggy books!  

KOOL KINDERS ARE BOOK LOVERS:

Reese likes to read The Christmas Story.

Nora’s favorite book is a Shimmer & Shine book called Friendship Divine.

Elliott thinks Dog Breath is a funny book.

Rowan reads The Very Hungry Caterpillar every night before bedtime.

Piggy & Elephant I Will Take a Nap! is Skyler’s favorite book.

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION:  

We celebrated Isla’s birthday this week.  Thank you for the fun birthday treats!

REMINDERS

*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, we will be outside for recess if the temperature is above 0 degrees.  The playground is VERY WET, VERY ICY.  Please continue to send all of their snow gear.

*TAKE HOME BOOKS: Please notice that your kinder is taking home 2 books inside of their baggie.  The lower letter (ex: level B) is their independent reading level.  This is the book that your kinder will read at school.  The higher letter (ex: level C) is to be read together at home, exposing them to what is to come.  Your kinder will need help to read this book.  If you have questions, please contact me.  Thank you for returning BOTH books each MONDAY and THURSDAY.

*BACKPACK SNACK:  Please continue to send 2 healthy, quick snacks with your kinder each day.  Your kinder needs to be refueled so that they be ready to learn.

*KIDS HEART CHALLENGE: You can make donations online until Feb 28. Check out the PE blog for more information.

*LUNCH CALENDAR:  The March lunch menu  has also been posted under the side tab Hudsonville Food Service.

*SPRING CONFERENCES:  We will be meeting in March to discuss your kinders progress.  Our Spring Conferences will be on March 9 and 11.  These dates and times were sent home on Monday.  Did you check your kinder’s blue folder? Your time will be the same as it was in the fall.  Please let me know asap if you need to make a change.  I want to ensure I accommodate everyone! 

UPCOMING DATES

*MON. FEB. 24—GYM reading TAKE HOME BOOKS

*TUES. FEB 25–ART

*WED.FEB. 26–STEAM; LIBRARY Please remember to return your kinder’s book. 

*THURS. FEB 27––MUSIC; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS 

*FRI. FEB 28—GYM

*FRI, MARCH 6–FAST FRIDAY (Early Release Dismissal at 2:15pm)

*MON. MARCH 9—Spring Conferences  4:00-8:00pm

*WED. MARCH 11—Spring Conferences  4:00-8:00pm

Enjoy your weekend and the sunshine!  Mrs. Bohl

NEWS–Feb. 10-14

POPCORN WORDS:   NOT   WHO

READING:  The kinders practiced using their retelling skills all week long.  After listening to a valentine story, the kinders retold the story by recalling the characters, setting (where did it take place) and the order of events.  While they were reading with their partners, the kinders were able to put their retelling skills to work using the books inside of the blue book boxes.  Enjoy hearing your kinder retell you The Day it Rained Hearts using the picture cards at home.

MATH:  It was all about showing teen numbers using tens and extra ones, comparing numbers using the terms GREATER THAN and LESS THAN and solving addition and subtraction math stories.  The kinders completed pages in their math workbooks, used 11-20 mats and manipulatives.  We read another Love Monster story called Love Monster and the Last Chocolate before creating our own math story.

After reading and talking about this week’s newspaper, we decided to combine math and our opinion.  First we tasted candy hugs and candy kisses. Next we colored our paper kiss to reflect our choice.  Then we created a graph of Hugs or Kisses on the board. Last we gave a reason why we liked a candy hug or a candy kiss.

SPLIT LIT: The kinders worked on skills such as syllables, writing and reading CVC words, reading popcorn words, identifying ending sounds and identifying “h brothers” (th & sh sounds).

WRITING WORKSHOP: The kinders began learning how to write a new style  of writing…..Opinion writing.  We started with learning the difference between fact and opinion.  Then we sorted statements into an opinion or fact column.  After hearing a story that relates to the day’s writing, the kinders give their opinion, write two reasons to support why they feel that way and write a closing sentence such as “_____ is my favorite.” or “I really like _______.”  WOW!  WOW!  The kinders are writing like almost first graders! Do I dare say that?  🙂 They are including popcorn words, spaces between words, sentence stoppers as well as giving awesome reasons. Our topics this week were: 1. What animal would you take home from the zoo? 2. Liking winter or summer.  3. Choosing hot lunch or home lunch.  Have I said lately, how proud I am of them! 🙂 . This is difficult writing but they are off to a GREAT start!

HANDWRITING:  We learned the proper formation of the SLANT TO STRAIGHT upper case letters, A, Y, V, W, X.  We will continue to work on writing our letters (upper and lower case) for the remaining school year.  Any extra practice at home would be helpful.  Some fun practice might consist of shaving cream, salt trays, watercolors, markers, bath crayons, etc.  

WHERE IS MRS. BOHL?: I want to let you know that I will be out of the classroom Monday morning. I will be screening next year possible kinders.  Mrs. Voss is coming back and will be the teacher. Hooray!  🙂 Mrs. Bynum will still be in the classroom. I will be back in the afternoon. Please take a few minutes this weekend to talk with your kinder about showing Mrs. Voss kindness and respectfulness by following our class rules and making green choices.

KOOL KINDERS ARE BOOK LOVERS:

Ellery likes to read Unicorn Day because she likes unicorns.

Katelyn thinks this little bear is cute in Make a Wish Bear.

Adrian likes the repeating pattern in Sneezy the Snowman.

Jude likes bugs in the book Bugs in my Hair.

Evelyn thinks Press Here is a funny book.

MYSTERY READER:  Sabrina was so happy to see her dad come into the room.  He read The Day the Crayons Quit.  A fun story about using ALL of the crayons when drawing pictures.

REMINDERS

*WINTER GEAR:  Please send your kinder with all that they need to stay warm on the bus ride and while playing outside….snow pants, hats, mittens, boots. Just a reminder,  we will be outside for recess if the temperature is above 0 degrees. We play out in the fields, and our playground does not get plowed, thank you for your help. 

UPCOMING DATES

*MONDAY, FEB 17—GYM; TAKE HOME books;  Mrs. Bohl out of the classroom in the morning. Mrs. Voss is here.

*TUESDAY, FEB 18—ART 

*WEDNESDAY. FEB. 19STEAM;  LIBRARY Return library book!  Homework due 

*THURSDAY. FEB. 20MUSIC;  If your kinder would like a sack lunch on Friday, please email me or put a note in their folder by 2/20

*FRIDAY. FEB. 21—-GYM;  Fast Friday…dismissal at 12:15pm

~~~~Have a fantastic weekend.  Stay safe and warm . Mrs. Bohl

NEWS—Feb. 5-7

It was a short week but still full of learning!  Our class is filled with outstanding kinders who are working hard at school.  One of the most  challenging things the kinders are working on is to stop talking to friends and choose to listen to directions/information when teaching is occurring.  Any encouragement you can give your kinder at home would be appreciated and helpful.  🙂

POPCORN WORDS:  HOW   NOW   The kinders noticed right away that these two words rhyme and that we wrote “how” A LOT of times during our How to….writing.  The kinders thought it was pretty neat that /ow/  has two different sounds in words.  

READING:  We focused on comprehension this week.  We read a book and talked about what the character did first, next and finally the last!  We also discussed the setting of the story, who was in it and what the characters were doing. This type of retell was great for building our comprehension skills.  Feel free to work on retelling when reading storybooks with your kinder at home.

MATH:  Wednesday was filled with math activities because of Day 100. (See the earlier posting.)   Thursday we made teen numbers 11-20 using a 10 group and extra ones using ten sticks and mini cubes.  We also practiced writing and drawing teen equations (10+3=13).  During Friday math games we worked on our math skills of identifying shapes, adding 2 numbers and graphing.

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

WE HAVE MAIL:  Yes, we have mail inside our of valentine mail bags.  How exciting!  The kinders were able to begin mailing the valentines this week. They were a bit disappointed that the mail bags were not coming home right away but they became excited when they found out more valentines are coming their way.  Memory kind of moments.  🙂  I also wish that I could include the conversations that took place during these first mailings.  So many kinders filling each others’ buckets by offering to help and squealing with excitement when they saw similar valentines.  Oh my…I love this time of the year!

*KOOL KINDERS ARE BOOK LOVERS:

 Lucas’ favorite super hero is Batman so he brought the book Batman 5 minute stories.

 Kieran really thinks Dr. Seuss writes funny books so he brought One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.

 Ryleigh brought two books but we only read her second favorite book, Ryleigh Saves the Day because her most favorite book 50 States in Every Vehicle was too long to read. 🙂

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS:  Thank you for all of the birthday treats!

  Reagan had a birthday on Monday, Feb 3

  Breckon had a birthday on Tuesday, Feb. 4

REMINDERS

*VALENTINE PARTY:  We will celebrate as a class Friday, Feb 14 from 2:00-3:00pm. Party center volunteers please arrive by 1:35pm for instructions and set up. PLEASE HAVE NON FOOD DONATIONS BROUGHT INTO SCHOOL BY TUESDAY, FEB 11. FOOD DONATIONS DUE ON FRIDAY, FEB 14. Thank you to all the parents who are donating and preparing our activities.   Here is the link to the sign up list 

*WINTER GEAR:  Please send your kinder with all that they need to stay warm on the bus ride and while playing outside….snow pants, hats, mittens, boots. Just a reminder,  we will be outside for recess if the temperature is above 0 degrees. We play out in the fields, and our playground does not get plowed, thank you for your help. 

UPCOMING DATES

*MONDAY, FEB 10—MUSIC; TAKE HOME books;  Bring 5-6 valentines to mail   Celebrate Isla’s birthday 2/9

*TUESDAY, FEB 11—GYM:  Bring 5-6 valentines to mail;  NON FOOD DONATIONS FOR THE VALENTINE PARTY DUE

*WEDNESDAY. FEB. 12ART;  LIBRARY Return library book!  Homework due.  Bring 5-6 valentines to mail

*THURSDAY. FEB. 13STEAM

*FRIDAY. FEB. 14—- MUSIC;  Valentine’s Day Party  1:50-3:00pm FOOD DONATIONS FOR PARTY DUE

~~~~Have a fantastic weekend.  Stay safe and warm . Mrs. Bohl

After Winter Break Details

I hope that you are enjoying the time at home (or away) with your family.  Here are a few reminders when school begins again on Wednesday, Feb 5.  See you soon!  Mrs. Bohl

REMINDERS

*TAKE HOME BOOKS:  The kinders really are enjoying reading and choosing books to read at home. Parents, thank you for your help and support by allowing your kinder the opportunity to read to you, practice their strategies and sight words, as well as instilling in them the pride and responsibility of being a reader.  A HUGE thank you to many parent volunteers who have committed their time!   We could not do this without your help and support. Thank you!! Remember we read books on MONDAY AND THURSDAY.  

*WINTER GEAR:  Thank you for sending your kinder with all that they need to stay warm on the bus ride and while playing outside….snow pants, hats, mittens, boots. Just a reminder, we will be outside for recess if the temperature is above 0 degrees. 

*BOOK IT CALENDAR: A new monthly calendar came home with your kinder. Be sure to log all their wonderful reading each day!  Reading the TAKE HOME books counts!!  Return your completed January calendar anytime.

*100 DAY CELEBRATION: The Day 100 collection note  came home last week.  Please note that all collections are to be sent to school on Wednesday, February 5. I know it will be so much fun for the kinder to share. Thank you for assisting your kinder in this great math learning opportunity!

*VALENTINE PARTY:  We will celebrate as a class Friday, Feb 14 from 2:00-3:00pm. Party center volunteers please arrive by 1:35pm for instructions and set up. PLEASE HAVE NON FOOD DONATIONS BROUGHT INTO SCHOOL BY TUESDAY, FEB 11. FOOD DONATIONS DUE ON FRIDAY, FEB 14. Thank you to all the parents who are donating and preparing our activities.   

UPCOMING DATES

*NO SCHOOL: Monday, February 3 WINTER BREAK

*NO SCHOOL: Tuesday, February 4 WINTER BREAK

*WEDNESDAY. FEB. 5—Back at school; GYM;  LIBRARY Please remember to return your child’s book.  Day 100 Celebration….100 Collections are DUE

*THURSDAY. FEB. 6ART; reading TAKE HOME books; Mail Valentines: Take 5-6 valentines to mail

*FRIDAY. FEB. 7—- STEAMMail Valentines: Take 5-6 valentines to mail

 

NEWS—Jan 27-31

POPCORN WORDS:  with     big

WRITER’S WORKSHOP: This week the kinders wrote their last their HOW TO… stories.  Monday, the kinders put the steps in order and wrote the words to explain How to make a peanut and jelly sandwich.  Tuesday, the kinders used the one page format to draw and write the steps of  How to get hot lunch. Wednesday and Thursday, the kinders  were able to choose their topic of How to get a library book or How to get ready for recess.   They did an amazing job!  They are  becoming awesome writers!

MATH: We spent Monday reviewing math concepts we learned in this math unit.  On Tuesday, the kinders took their job seriously as “office workers”.  They stayed focused and did their best in answering the math questions.  These tests will come home soon!  We started Unit #4 by looking for partners of numbers 1-10 and telling math stories.

READING: This week the kinders learned that when reading challenging books you need to use picture power that has extra strength.  That means you really need to spend time looking at the pictures, noticing more and more details while making sure the words match the pictures. They also learned that snap words (popcorn words you can identify in a snap) can be disguised with endings of -ed, -ing, -s.  The kinders also worked on remembering what we read by retelling who was in the story, where it took place, and predicting what might happen.  The kinders are developing this skill as their reading level grows.  

 SPLIT LIT:  We worked on our sight words, we added another book to our blue book box with our popcorn words (with, big) in it and we sounded out 3 letter words (CVC – consonant, vowel, consonant words).  We also sorted upper and lower case letters, listened for medial sounds in words and sorted words in the word families -at and -am.  

GROUNDHOG DAY: In preparation for Groundhog Day, we learned a few fun facts about groundhogs, we made a groundhog craft and predicted if the groundhog would see his shadow and go hiding for 6 more weeks of winter OR would he not see his shadow and stay outside for an early spring. Watch the news on February 2 and have fun coloring the correct groundhog on the paper that was sent home.  For me….I am hoping for a cloudy day so that we have an early spring! 🙂 . According to our classroom graph, many of the kinders are predicting a cloudy day too.  How about you?

THESE KINDERS ARE BOOK LOVERS:

  Ryan likes to collect gemstones so he brought the non-fiction book Mega Gemstones.

Isla has a unicorn bedroom so Thelma the Unicorn was the perfect book to share with the class.

Gabriella likes to read I’m a Big Sister because she is a big sister.

Kylie brought Room on the Broom because she also likes to watch the TV show.

 Amin enjoys reading Jack B. Ninja because he likes playing ninja.

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday. Feb 3 & Tuesday. Feb 4—Winter Break

*Wednesday, Feb 5—School again!  GYM;  Day 100 celebration  Bring in 100 collection! (see note that was sent home)  LIBRARY Don’t forget your book!  

*Thursday, Feb 6–ART;  Bring back TAKE HOME books;  Mail Valentines…bring in 5-6 valentines

*Friday, Feb 7–STEAM; Mail Valentines….bring in 5-6 valentines

*Friday, Feb 14–Valentine Day Party 2:00-3:00pm Click on this SIGN UP LINK if you wish to donate supplies.

Have a great weekend and a wonderful Winter Break!   Mrs. Bohl

NEWS—Jan 20-24

 

IT IS SO GOOD TO BE BACK WITH MY KINDERS!  I AM FEELING BETTER EACH DAY.  THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE KINDERS WHO MADE ME FABULOUS GET WELL CARDS.  I LOVED READING THEM!  I HAD SUCH A SWEET SURPRISE WAITING FOR ME MONDAY AFTERNOON….AN AWESOME GIANT WELCOME BACK CARD (SIGNED BY ALL OF THE KINDERS) AND THESE LOVELY FLOWERS (COURTESY OF MRS. BYNUM & MRS. SREMBA) . I AM TRUELY BLESSED TO WORK WITH THOUGHTFUL CO-WORKERS AND HAVE SWEET KINDERS IN MY CLASS!  

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR DAY:  On Monday, we celebrated Martin Luther King Jr.  We learned that he was a famous American who was known for his dream that all the people in America would learn to get along and live in peace with each other, regardless of the color of their skin.  We spent the day reflecting on Dr. King and discussing how we can continue his legacy by being kind to others. 

SPLIT LIT:  This week’s activities focused on building a sentence, writing popcorn words, identifying popcorn words, listening for initial, medial and final sounds in words, changing initial letter to make new words & syllables. I am so proud of the progress that they are making.  It was a good week of working hard during this time.

MATH: Here are few math skills we covered this week.  Decomposing teen numbers to show ten and extra ones.

                                                  

Writing number partners, teen numbers and solving addition & subtraction problems.

The kinders played math games on Friday of BEARS IN THE CAVE (number partners of 7); TEEN MEMORY GAME (matching teen partners & totals); MAKE A FAMILY OF 5 SNOWMEN (number partners of 5): ROLL & COVER (addition)

 

We will become “office workers” by taking our unit #3 test next week. The test will cover number partners, showing teen numbers as tens and extra ones, solving addition & subtraction problems, combing shapes to make new shapes and more.

POPCORN WORDS:  HE   SHE   It was fun to see that if you add “s” to “he”, you have “she”.  We learned that SH is part of the “h brothers” family (sh,ch,wh,th).  The kinders did a fabulous job identifying if the /sh/ sound is at the beginning or ending of words. 

WRITING:  We wrote HOW TO… stories using another new format….a booklet form.  That was exciting!  We wrote about How to eat a snack, How to make a friend and How to make birthday wishes. The Kinders are getting more and more comfortable writing how-to papers, trying a little more on their own each time. Way to go Kinders!

READER’S WORKSHOP:  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 tricky words. We reminded ourselves that we can do this through sound power; looking closely at the beginning and the ending sound to solve the word.  We also learned that when we come to a word we may not know, we can bring out a magnifying glass to look closely at the letters.  We come to a snap word, we put the magnify glass away because we should know that word in a snap! It is so exciting to see the kinders making a connection to these reading skills when we are reading or writing together. Keep practicing those snap/popcorn words at home with your kinder! 

 

HANDWRITING: We practiced writing our full names….first and last names correctly.  Any extra practice at home would be helpful.  Some ideas to make writing fun is to use shaving cream (messy but oh so fun!), markers, pour salt in small tin, covering just the bottom and use finger to write, build name using blocks, legos, Cheerios, etc.

MYSTERY READERS: We were lucky to have 2 mystery readers this week.  On Wednesday, Evelyn was surprised to see her mom step into the room.  She read What Should Danny Do?  A fun book that we allowed us to make choices throughout the book to see how it would end.

On Friday, it was Kennedy’s turn to be surprised.  Her mom chose the book, 10 Rules of Birthday Wishes because it was Kennedy’s birthday.  What a special book that told us how to make birthday wishes.

Here are pictures of the Mystery Readers when I was gone.  Thanks so much for coming in!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Kennedy.  She turned 6 on Friday.  Thanks for the fun treat!

KOOL KINDER:  Snuggles had so much fun visiting your homes.  The kinders are going to enjoy their time with Snuggles at school.  For this turn of being the Kool Kinder, they are choosing a favorite storybook from home and bringing it to school so that we can read it together.

Allan brought Chicka Chicka Boom Boom because he loves learning about the alphabet.

Breckon chose Tyranosaurs Rex because he likes dinosaurs and this book was filled with popcorn word so he could read it by himself!

Kennedy shared her book of Princess! Fairy! Ballerina! because she wants to be a ballerina.

REMINDERS:

VALENTINE FUN:  A note arrived home this week about our upcoming Valentine Party.  It will be on Friday, February 14, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. As part of our Valentine celebration, we will be making Valentine “mailboxes” at school.  If your kinder would like to bring in valentines for their classmates, please use the labels that were sent home for easier valentine addressing.  You can begin sending valentines on Feb. 6, allowing the kinders time to deliver their Valentines in class. 

WINTER GEAR: Please remember to send your kinder with snow pants, boots, a hat, gloves/mittens and coat every day!  

SNACK:  Please remember to send 2 healthy snacks with your kinder each day.

TAKE HOME BOOKS – Please remember to return TAKE HOME books every Monday and  Thursday.  Look for new books to be coming home on those days too! Happy Reading!

CALENDARS:  Here is the  FEBRUARY calendar   You can read about upcoming events, birthdays and more.

UPCOMING DATES:

*Monday, January 27— GYM, Bring back TAKE HOME books

*Tuesday, January 28—ART

*Wednesday, January 29—STEAM;  LIBRARY Don’t forget your book!  Homework packets due

*Thursday, January 30—MUSIC. Bring back TAKE HOME books;  Email me by 1/30 if your kinder would like a snack lunch tomorrow 1/31

*Friday, January 31—MUSIC;  Fast Friday (Early Release) @ 12:15pm

*Mon. Feb 3 & Tues. Feb 4—Winter Break

*Wed. Feb 5—School again!   Day 100 celebration  Bring in 100 collection! (see note that was sent home)

*Friday, Feb 14–Valentine Day Party 2:00-3:00pm Parent volunteers for this party have been contacted.  Watch for a sign up list coming this week for party donations!

Have a great weekend!   Mrs. Bohl