News of the Week—Nov 16-20

We had very short in-person week in kindergarten.  Look what we did at school.

MATH: We took our unit #2 math test.  This kinders did a great job!  We also practiced putting numbers 1-10 in the correct order by playing a fun fall fox game.

WRITING: We continued to work on writing our personal narrative/small moment stories this week.  The kinders thought of a real story that happened to them.  They told the story to their partner and then worked on their OWN story by writing the beginning and middle of their story in a 3-page writing booklet. They can finish the ending at home.  They were reminded to use ALL of our writing charts when writing real stories. They learned that writers say their sentence, working hard to write word after word on their paper.  

READING:  We added another Super Power to our chart. PERSISTENCE POWER reminds us to never give up when trying to tackle unknown words.  Using our Super Powers really helps us be Super Readers!  

zPOPCORN WORDS:  AN,  CAN,  MAN,  RAN    The kinders were excited when they noticed that “an” was hiding inside of our other popcorn words.  Our shared poem and book also included this week’s word…..can.  We had fun making up a new story for when Max gets ready for a rainy day after reading how he gets ready to play outside.

HANDWRITING:  We completed learning the proper formation of the lower case letters j,g,q,p,y,  This booklet came home with your kinder.  Please refer to it as you practice at home.

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS for this month 

SPECIAL TO GO BAGS: You are welcome to use the supplies inside of your kinder’s to go bags but please keep all materials inside the bag.  Once we return to school, the kinders will be asked to return the bags to school for usage during their special classes.

LEARNING PACKETS:  Please refer to the 2 learning packets that your kinder took home this week.  Be mindful of the week’s dates as you continue learn at home.

UPCOMING DATES

*Thurs Nov 19 At home learning.  Please refer to the learning packet.

*Fri Nov 20. At home learning.  Please refer to the learning packet.  Class Zoom Meeting 10:30-11:00. Link will be sent to your email this weekend.

*Mon Nov 23 At home learning. Please refer to the learning packet.

*Tues Nov 24. At home learning. Please refer to the learning packet.

*Nov. 25—Nov. 27—NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Vacation   

*Mon Nov 30 At home learning.  Please refer to the learning packet.

*Tues Dec 1 Virtual learning begins 

Again, thank you for taking the time to attend your kinder’s virtual conference this week.  You have amazing kinders and I am so grateful to spend my days with them.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitant to contact me at kbohl@hpseagles.net.  I am willing to help you as we navigate and learn together in kindergarten.

I am very THANKFUL for each kinder and how they make a difference in our class family.   Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

 

THANK YOU!!!

Thank you for attending your kinder’s parent teacher conferences. I enjoyed meeting with you, even if was virtual! :). Your kinder is unbe”leaf”able!!!

If you have any questions or concerns throughout the school year, please don’t hesitate in contacting me at kbohl@hpseagles.net.

Please continue to check your email and our blog for updates about learning at home.  Thank you!

Book Fair Information

Our class will have the opportunity to  “preview” the books at the book fair on Tuesday, Nov 17.  We will visit the book fair and make a wish list to bring home to parents.  

On Thursday, Nov 19 we are scheduled to “buy” books at the book fair.  If you are interested in having your kinder purchase a book from the book fair and want them to do it at school, you can send in the money with your kinder’s wish list.  Please be sure to circle the title of the book and place this inside an envelope with your kinder’s name clearly marked on the outside.  There is also an option to purchase books online if you wish.  Directions came home with the book fair information. 

Please reach out to me at kbohl@hpseagles.net if you have any questions.   Mrs. Bohl

News of the Week—Nov 9-13

It is hard to believe that it is mid-November and we are looking forward to Thanksgiving.  We had some fun making some silly looking turkeys to help decorate your home.

POPCORN WORDS    OR    FOR

READING: We continued learning about our Super Reader Powers!  We learned that PARTNER POWER can help make our reading stronger.  When using this superpower, one partner reads and the other partner points to each word. We learned that PICTURE POWER helps readers figure out unknown words or tricky words.  Pictures are helpful when reading. We learned that SNAP WORD POWER helps readers read snap words (popcorn words) quickly. We practiced using this superpower by reading the nursery rhyme The Itsy Bitsy Spider. We learned that SOUND POWER is needed when readers need more help than just looking at the pictures. We looked at a pictures of a beetle and guessed what the word would be.  Then we uncovered the first letter and made that sound.  Finally we uncovered the whole word learning that it was a beetle. 

WRITING:  We reviewed what a small moment story was.  Mrs. Bohl explained that a really big story is like a watermelon.  We want to pick just one seed out of the watermelon and tell a seed story.  Our Fun Fall Friday could be a watermelon story so we picked one seed to write about….making our marshmallow spider webs.  We practiced writing a beginning, a middle and an end. The kinders drew pictures on each page and wrote words to on each page. They even added a speech bubble to tell what someone in their picture was saying, just like in Piggy and Elephant stories!  The kinders are taking risks writing and doing a fabulous job!

HANDWRITING:  We practiced writing SLANT lowercase letters of k,v,w,x,z
PHONICS:  We practiced hearing for syllables, sorted pictures by the final sounds, spelled sight word by movement and more.

MATH: The kinders worked on showing the -1 pattern.  They practiced identifying their shapes and learned about a new shape…a hexagon. We learned that hexagons have 6 sides and 6 corners while singing a fun song about hexagons.The kinders had to find certain shapes and color them the correct color.  We also helped Puzzled Penguin learn the difference between number 6 and number 9.  We wrote our numbers in order and helped Puzzled Penguin do the same thing. Good thing we helped him, he gets puzzled sometimes.  Next week we will be taking our Unit #2 math test.  We had so much fun playing FIND THE TURKEY when he was hidden behind numbers 1-20.

WANTS AND NEEDS:  We reminded ourselves the difference between wants and needs.  Wants are things we wish we had (doll, baseball).  Needs are things that we need to have. (food, water, clothes, shelter)  We sang a fun song about wants and needs before completing a coloring sheet.

SPLIT LIT:   This week we started our new Split Lit. center activities.  After getting a chance to assess and re-assess the kinders, I was able to create a group of activities that enables them to work on the skills they need to practice the most.  The kinders spend this time with working in small groups either with Mrs.Bynum/Mrs. DeGroot, myself or working independently on literacy activities such as identifying and writing letters, reading emerging books, rhyming words, beginning sounds and more. The kinders love using their Reading Binders.  These binders have literacy skills inside them that they get to decide what to work on during literacy time. 

REMINDERS

It was announced today through a district email, that Nov. 23 and 24 are now remote learning days for Hudsonville Public Schools.  I will be sending home a learning packet with your kinder next week for each of these days.  This packet must be completed over these days home and returned to school the following week. 

In preparation for snow session, please remember. When snow is on the ground, please have the following in your kinder’s backpack:

  1. Snow pants
  2. Boots-designed for the snow
  3. A Warm Coat
  4. Mittens/Gloves
  5. A Hat

SNACKS – Please remember to send your kinder with 2 snacks and a water bottle each day. We have a morning and an afternoon snack. Due to COVID restrictions, we can not use our drinking fountain.

Our annual P.E. C.A.R.E.S food drive ends this week. We are asking for your help in bringing in non-perishable food items for Love Inc. in Hudsonville.  Food items to consider are canned vegetables and fruits, pasta, rice, baked beans, black beans, kidney beans, peanut butter, tuna fish, etc. (please no ramen noodles) The class with the most items at noon on Nov. 18 will win a bowling trip to Hudsonville Lanes (if allowed later in the year) and a P.E. C.A.R.E.S t-shirt.

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Nov 16—GYM; Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences  4:00-8:00pm

*Tuesday, Nov 17—ART 

*Wednesday, Nov 18—STEAM; Library–Please help your kinder remember their library book.  Homework packet is due  Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences 4:00-8:00pm  Book Fair Purchase Day

*Thursday, Nov 19–-MUSIC Birthday celebration for Kole

*Friday, Nov 20—GYM. Birthday celebration for Parker (11/23)

*Monday, Nov 23 & Tuesday, Nov 24–NO IN-PERSON CLASS A learning packet will come home.

*Nov. 24—Nov. 27—NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Vacation

Have a great weekend.  I am looking forward to meeting with you next week to share your kinder’s progress.  .    Mrs. Bohl

Important Conference Papers

Dear kinder families,   

Please look inside your kinder’s backpack for this yellow folder that came home today. I placed it inside the daily blue folder. 

This yellow folder contains papers for your kinder’s upcoming parent teacher conferences.  Take some time this weekend to look over the amazing progress that your kinder has and is making.  We will refer to these papers during our time together, so please keep this folder in a safe place.  

Your kinder is unbe”LEAF”able!  I am so proud of their progress and hard work. 

~~~Mrs. Bohl

To All Veterans….THANK YOU!!

Today we learned about Veterans Day.  We learned what a veteran is and why we have Veterans Day.  We also talked about what is a hero (someone who protects and keeps us safe) and listed people who we thought are heroes.

 

 

 

 

We read a sweet book entitled Hero Dad to help us learn more about what people in the military do. It was fun to make soldiers wearing camouflage.

 

We learned that a veteran is someone who served in the military by reading a newspaper.

   

Thank you to ALL veterans and active service men and women, for your service!

PE C.A.R.E.S Food Drive

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The annual P.E. C.A.R.E.S food drive will be starting on November 4.

We are asking for your help by bringing in non-perishable food items for Love Inc. in Hudsonville. Food items to consider are canned vegetables and fruits, pasta, rice, baked beans, black beans, kidney beans, peanut butter, tuna fish, etc.
(please no ramen noodles & please do not break apart packaged food)

The food drive will continue until noon on Nov. 18. We will be keeping track of how many items each class brings in for the food drive. The class with the most items at the end of the day on Nov. 18 will win a P.E. C.A.R.E.S t-shirt and a bowling trip to Hudsonsville Lane (if allowed later in the year).

This is a great opportunity for our students to care for their community, to teach our kinders compassion and love for others.  Thank you for sharing in this service project with us at Georgetown..  If you have any questions please contact  Mrs. Nienhuis and Mrs. VanKoevering. 

Below is a link to their blog: 

P.E. Blog http://mvankoev.edublogs.org

News of the Week—Nov 2-6

POPCORN WORDS:  ARE    LITTLE     AM    We met a new reading strategy buddy “Chunky Monkey”.  It reminds us to  look for chunks in words that we know to help us figure out a word.  We did this by adding a letter to the beginning of “am” to make jam, ham, Sam, clam, ram.  We enjoyed reading the shared reading poem You Are and the book Biscuit. . Each day we read this poem and book, noticing popcorn words, rhyming words, making new endings to the poem and more.  It is one of our favorite times of the day.

READING: We started a new reading unit called “We are SUPER READERS!” The kinders learned they have POINTER POWER! The kinders started by looking around the room pointing at words they could read. We learned that we can use our finger to track under the words as we read, so we read the exact words, giving each word one tap, even long words. We did all of this with fun pointy fingers. We also learned about REREAD POWER! When we see words we are not sure of, we can go back and try again. We practiced using both of these new powers while reading Brown Bear, Brown Bear, Who Do You See?

MATH:  We practiced showing numbers using using blue dots. We added one blue dot each time to make the number bigger. Then we practiced showing the equations. For example, 2 + 1 = 3.  They noticed the pattern that occurs when you add these numbers, seeing that each number sentence has a + 1, each answer increased by 1.  One kinder said, “Hey it looks like stairs!”  We also focused on shapes and discussed the attributes of a triangle told addition and subtraction math stories by drawing and writing matching equations.  It was fun on Friday to play a Spin and Cover game focusing on shapes.

LITERACY:  The kinders worked as a whole group with Mrs. Bynum and Mrs. DeGroot on syllables, popcorn words (sight words) and vowels (which are super tricky) while Mrs. Bohl continued with assessments in preparation for the upcoming parent/teacher conferences.

WRITING:  We started writing PERSONAL NARRATIVE stories or as the kinders like to call them small moment or true life stories. These are stories about themselves, something that’s happened to them or something they’ve done. Together we wrote about when we were “BOOed” last week. We told what happened over our fingers using transitional words like “First, Next, Last”.  As writers we also told the story across our writing pages.  Then we drew detailed pictures, added labels, stretched out sounds in words before adding colored details.  This was hard work.  I am so proud of the kinders!

PHONICS:  The lessons this week were about listening for sounds in words and for identifying snap words (sight words). The kinders looked at pictures, listened for the ending sounds and wrote the letter on their whiteboards.  Together we helped finish a letter that Mabel wrote to her friend Blue Bear.  We also listened for all the sounds in words by stretching out the word and writing those sounds down.  Finally we practiced identifying snap words even when the font is different.  It was a good week of learning!

HANDWRITING: We practiced writing the lower case letters h,r,n,m,b. Thank you for working on this at home too.  We are continuing to work on writing our names too.

LEARNING ABOUT ELECTIONS:  On Tuesday, we read a newspaper explaining the voting process.  We had fun practicing this process by tasting an Oreo cookie and a chocolate chip cookie. Yum! 🙂 Then, we secretly made our choice on our ballot.  Finally, we tallied and graphed our votes to find the winner.  And the winner was (by a slim margin)……an OREO COOKIE!!!

REMINDERS

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

SNACKS – Please remember to send your kinder with 2 snacks and a water bottle each day. We have a morning and an afternoon snack. Due to COVID restrictions, we can not use our drinking fountain.

Our annual P.E. C.A.R.E.S food drive started this week. We are asking for your help in bringing in non-perishable food items for Love Inc. in Hudsonville.  Food items to consider are canned vegetables and fruits, pasta, rice, baked beans, black beans, kidney beans, peanut butter, tuna fish, etc. (please no ramen noodles) The class with the most items at noon on Nov. 18 will win a bowling trip to Hudsonville Lanes (if allowed later in the year) and a P.E. C.A.R.E.S t-shirt.

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS – Happy Birthday to both Isabelle and Jack!  Pictures to come next week.

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Nov 9—GYM;  Cade’s birthday celebration

*Tuesday, Nov 10—ART 

*Wednesday, Nov 11—STEAM; Library–Please help your kinder remember their library book.  Homework packet is due    

*Thursday, Nov 12–-MUSIC   If your kinder would like a sack lunch from the lunch service, please email me or write a note by Thursday, 11/12.   

*Friday, Nov 13—EXTRA RECESS  Fast Friday (early release) Dismissal at 12:15;  

*Nov. 16 & 18—Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences   Here is the signup link https://calendly.com/kbohl/bohl 

*Nov. 25—Nov. 27—NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Vacation       

Have a great weekend.  Mrs. Bohl

Fall Party Day

 

A very BIG thank you to ALL of the parent volunteers who donated supplies.  Our day went so smoothly and  we had so much fun!  THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Today we read fun fall books, made a craft based on the poem 5 Little Pumpkins, made a spider web out of marshmellows and toothpicks, played bingo and created silly monsters from play doh.

Enjoy this video of today’s activities.  Thank you again for all of your donations!!  You are awesome parents of awesome kinders!!

News of the Week—Oct 26-30

POPCORN WORDS:   IN   ALL   It was fun to see that we could make some new words by adding different letters to ALL and IN.   Our daily message does not just contain our weekly words but also includes popcorn words we have already learned. That makes reading the daily message so fun!  Our shared reading poem and book allowed us to read familiar popcorn words.  

COLOR WORD:    RAINBOW of colors

MATH: We continued to tell math stories (even using real candy corn pieces) to solve the answers to the math stories. For example:  I was given 3 pieces of corn candy.  My friend was given 2 pieces of corn candy. How many pieces of corn corn in all?”  3+2=5  We practiced writing tricky numbers 8 & 9 too. 

WRITING: We continued with our Show and Tell Unit.  At the beginning of the week the kinders wrote a pattern book about a leaf. We closely observed our individual leaves, noticing the shape and color.   We used the pattern, “This is a…”.  to write our pages about the stem, vein, color. I am so proud of how far the kinders have come in writing!  We start a new unit next week of writing personal narratives! 

LITERACY:  We practiced identifying rhyming words and identifying a word by hearing all of the sounds in words by playing a fall game.  Enjoy using your kinder’s Autumn House to practice letters and sounds and sight words with the papers sent home. We also worked on identifying b and d…they can be tricky letters to recognize. 

PHONICS:  We learned that knowing the alphabet chart well helps with writing.  We used what we have learned about letters & sounds to write more sounds in words and to write snap words.  We call our sight words either popcorn words or snap words because we can identify them quickly.  We met a friend of Mabel….Blue Bear. We worked together to sound out and write words to a story about Mabel and Blue Bear. 

HANDWRITING:  We continued using our Peterson Handwriting books to learn the correct way to write letters.  We will be keeping these books at school until we are finished with them. These are some of the letters we practiced…e,s,o,q.

REMINDERS

SNACKS:  Please remember to send in 2 snacks for your kinder each day.  Don’t forget the water bottle! 🙂

WINTER GEAR:   Brrrr….our Michigan weather is changing quickly.   Please be sure to gather up those warmer coats, mittens, boots, hats and snow pants.  When it snows, this gear is mandatory to play outside.  When the snow arrives we do go outside and play!   However, if the temperature or wind chill get below freezing we do opt to stay inside. If anyone needs any help with getting these winter items PLEASE let me know.  Also, if your kinder needs new boots this season, please, please purchase boots with velcro closings NOT with tie up laces.  Keep in mind that the goal for all kinders to get their winter gear on and off independently. Label, Label, Label your kinder’s winter gear.  It will make it easier for me to know which black snow pants belong to your kinder.

CALENDARS:  Please refer to the NOVEMBER calendar that was sent home for events, birthdays, etc or view it at the top of the blog under CALENDARS.  The November lunch menu is also available on the Food Service website.

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.

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Nov 2–MUSIC

*Tuesday, Nov 3—GYM;  School Pictures Retakes

*Wednesday, Nov 4—ART; Library…Bring back your library book, Homework packet due.   

*Thursday, Nov 5–STEAM  

 *Friday, Nov 6—MUSIC; celebrate Isabelle (11/7) & Jack (11/8) birthdays

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

*Nov 16 & 18–Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences and Book Fair.  Please check your inbox for an email about signing up for a day/time.

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