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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

NEWS—Nov. 11-15

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 decorate our classroom. They will come home soon.

POPCORN WORDS    OR    FOR

READING: We continued learning about our Super Reader Powers! We practiced reading using our POINTER POWER, our REREAD POWER, our PARTNER POWER (which we practiced by reading The Itsy Bitsy Spider), our PICTURE POWER and our SNAP WORD POWER! Wow…we have a lot of reading powers! We loved looking for SNAP words (popcorn words) in their books and writing them down! I’m so proud of how hard they are working!

HANDWRITING: We practiced writing the TAIL FAMILY letters (j,g,q,p,y)  We will review all of the lower case letters next week and begin practicing the proper formation of the upper case letters after Thanksgiving.  Keep working at home….it is helpful!

MATH: The kinders practiced identifying their shapes and learned about new shape…a hexagon. The Kinders had to find certain shapes and color them the correct color.  We also helped Puzzled Penguin write his numbers in the correct order. Good thing we helped him, he gets puzzled sometimes.  On Friday, the kinders worked in their own office space to take their Unit #2 math test.  I am excited to grade them and share their progress with you..

WANTS AND NEEDS:   We read Berenstain’s Bears get the Gimmies to help us learn the difference between wants and needs.  Wants are things that we wish we had.(doll, baseball, Xbox games, ipad)  Needs are things that we need to have.(food, water, clothes, shelter) Then we sorted pictures of wants and needs.  We sorted pictures of things we want and need. We completed a few worksheets to help us in our learning…a coloring paper and a cut and paste activity.

 

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, myself or working independently on literacy activities such as identifying and writing letters, reading emerging books, rhyming words, beginning sounds and more. 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS:

 We celebrated Kylie’s birthday on Tuesday.

We celebrated Katelyn’s birthday (a day earlier) on Friday.  Happy Birthday girls!

MYSTERY READERS:  There are many dates available for you, a grandparent or an older sibling to be a mystery reader.  If one of the dates listed do not work for your schedule, please contact me and we can make other arrangements.  Here is the link to sign up.

REMINDERS

Now that the snow season has arrived, 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
P.E. C.A.R.E.S food drive will be ending on Thursday, Nov. 21.  Please bring 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 the end of the day on Nov. 21 will win a bowling trip to Hudsonville Lanes and a P.E. C.A.R.E.S t-shirt.

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Nov 18—GYM; Parent-Teacher Conferences   Book Fair Preview Day   Allan’s birthday celebration

*Tuesday, Nov 19—ART 

*Wednesday, Nov 20—STEAM; Library–Please help your kinder remember their library book.  (I think that Mrs. VandenBerg is coming into the classroom so that the kinders can check out a new book.)   Homework packet is due  Parent-Teacher Conferences   Book Fair Purchase Day

*Thursday, Nov 21–-MUSIC 

*Friday, Nov 22—GYM

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

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

Have a great weekend.  I am looking forward to meeting with you next week to share your kinder’s progress.  You will receive your kinder’s report card at conferences.    Mrs. Bohl

NEWS OF THE WEEK—May 20-24

POPCORN WORDS:  A week of review!

OUR AMERICAN SYMBOLS:  The symbols that were studied this week were:  The Bald Eagle, The Liberty Bell and the American Flag.  We learned that Bald Eagles have sharp talons, they build their nests high in trees near water and they eat fish.

The Liberty Bell cracked the first time it was rung, it is made from copper and tin and it hangs from a wooden yoke.

The American Flag has 50 stars and 13 stripes, it has many names like “Old Glory” and it is red, white and blue.

We talked about what it means to be patriotic and what we do to show patriotism. Examples were wear red, white and blue, hang a flag, say thank you to veterans, say the pledge.  At the start of each day, the kinders are learning to recite the Pledge of Allegiance by standing tall, still and straight.  They have learned what those very special words really mean and what sacrifices the men and women of our country made for our freedom. We THANK them so much!!! We practiced identifying ending sounds by sorting pictures, We made & read  books and made patriotic hats. It was fun to learn how to do a crossword puzzle and word search too. Be sure to have your kinders teach you some cool and interesting facts about ALL of the American symbols we have studied.

It was fun to see the kinders dressed in red, white and blue clothing, Thank you for participating!  The kinders were EXCITED (to say the least) to learn that I brought “dessert” for them to eat after lunch…..RED, WHITE  and BLUE POPSICLES!

MATH:  The kinders took their LAST unit #5 math test.  They did an AWESOME, FABULOUS, WONDERFUL job!  They worked hard showing what math skills they learned.  These tests arrived home this week.  I know that you are as proud of your kinder as I am!  We spent the other days “dipping our toes” into first grade math.  The kinders were very excited to use their own mini clocks to show the time by the hour.  

WRITING WORKSHOP:  Each day the kinders met with a group that had the same opinion on a topic, talked about the reasons for their opinion and then wrote about it.  These topics were saying why we like Georgetown school, what holiday we like best and which sport we enjoy playing. Our opinion writing ended by having the kinders  write their ON DEMAND piece about their favorite restaurant. This is when they do all of their writing independently, without teacher assistance. The kinders did an AMAZING JOB!  I am so very proud of them. I am in the process of grading them and will send home the writings home soon.

COUNTDOWN TO SUMMER:  Can you believe it? Ten more days of kindergarten!  Oh my! 🙂 The countdown to summer has officially begun in our classroom.  Each day we will open an envelope to see what fun activity is scheduled.  Today the first activity was…..EXTRA RECESS!!

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS:  We enjoyed giving the kinders who have “summer birthdays” (June, July, August) an early celebration.  Thank you for all of the birthday treats.

 Happy early Birthday Brooks!

 Happy early Birthday Aria!

 Happy early Birthday Breslyn!

 Happy early Birthday Elliot!

 Happy early Birthday Alesha!

MYSTERY  READER:  Brooks was so surprised and happy to see his dad step into the room.  He read another new story…one that Brooks’ grandpa gave him.  It was called  The Wolf, The Duck and The Mouse. Thank you so much for coming in….again!

REMINDERS

*LIBRARY BOOKS:  Almost all of the kinders have returned their library books.  Please return your book this week.

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

*KINDERGARTEN OLYMPICS:   A fun morning of games with all of the kindergarteners!  Kinders will need to wear TENNIS SHOES…NO FLIP FLOPS, SANDALS OR CROCS PLEASE!  They will also need a WATER BOTTLE, LABELED WITH THEIR NAME!  Don’t forget the SUNSCREEN…if we have sun :)!  Volunteers  should arrive at 8:45am for instructions. PARENTS & YOUNGER SIBLINGS, YOU ARE WELCOME TO JOIN US FOR A PICNIC LUNCH ON THE PLAYGROUND IF IT FITS INTO YOUR SCHEDULE.  WE WILL BE EATING AROUND 12:00PM

UPCOMING DATES

*MONDAY, MAY 27:   MEMORIAL DAY, No School

*TUESDAY, MAY 28:  MUSIC; Birthday celebration for Colton and Jase;  Countdown to Summer Day 9

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 29:  GYM;  Countdown to Summer Day 8

*THURSDAY, MAY 30:  ART;  Countdown to Summer Day 7

*FRIDAY, May 31:  STEAM;  KINDERGARTEN OLYMPICS  Countdown to Summer Day 6

*FRIDAY, JUNE 7:  Last Day of School.  Dismissal at 12:15p.m.

~~~Have a great long weekend. Enjoy the wonderful weather while you celebrate Memorial Day!  Mrs. Bohl

NEWS OF THE WEEK—Dec 17-21

Here is what we did the first 2 days of school.  See the previous postings for the rest of the week.

MATH: We combined shapes (pattern blocks) to make other shapes. We played a fun game to practice partners of 10.

As you know, this month we were given missions each day from Jingle Joy to spread  kindness to others. The kinders are so sweet and love to do nice things for others!  We had some kindness shown to us on Tuesday, when Mrs. Bast’s second graders came to our room and read to us! We wanted to say thank you, so we made them a snowman as a thanks!

LITERACYWe worked on stretching out sounds in words and listening for the middle sound in words.  Those hard workers (vowels) can be tricky but the kinders are working hard to figure out the sounds.

Stay safe as you travel visiting family or if you stay home.  Enjoy the next two weeks with your kinder….making memories together.  If you find you are in need of some activities to do with your kinder you can refer to the light green paper in the blue folder or look below for ideas…..

*practice counting by 1’s and 10’s to 100

*writing numbers 1-30

*practice identifying popcorn words using your flash cards

*create and write new pattern books or create a list of things

*practice writing first and last name (first letter capital, rest of letters lower case)

*read books together 

*go sledding, make a snowman, drink hot chocolate, have fun together!

REMINDERS

*POPCORN WORDS:            REVIEW OF WORDS         Ask your kinder to show you how to play Scramble Them Up.   (Use your letter cards to scramble up the letters in popcorn words…and then put the letters in correct order. Example:  okol  is  look)

*WINTER GEAR: Please send appropriate winter gear with your child each day.  It keeps them warm when playing outside.  An extra pair of socks, mittens or gloves might be a good idea to keep inside their backpacks if their original pair gets wet.  Please take time over break to label your kinder’s snow pants and boots if you have not done this.

   We celebrated Jacob’s birthday on Tuesday.

  We celebrated Carter’s birthday on Thursday.

*BACKPACK SNACK:  Please remember each day to pack TWO quick, healthy snacks for your kinder.

*TAKE HOME BOOK PROGRAM:  I am planning to create a schedule over vacation. Thank you for volunteering and choosing to be part of this learning. If you still would like to be part of this fun volunteer activity, please email me and I will be happy to include you in the schedule. We will begin this program in January.  It is so exciting to see our kinders become readers.

*The January calendar is posted under CALENDARS at the top of the blog.  A paper copy was sent home this week.

*The January lunch menu is available to read under the FOOD SERVICE tab on the side bar.

UPCOMING DATES:

*Monday, December 24 – Friday, January 4:  NO SCHOOL, Holiday Break.  School resumes on Monday, January 7!

*Monday, January 7—Back to School; GYM; Zander’s birthday (Jan 6) celebration

*Tuesday, January 8—ART

*Wednesday, January 9—STEAM;  LIBRARY Don’t forget your book! 

*Thursday, January 10—MUSIC; If your kinder would like a sack lunch on Friday, an email or note is due today

*Friday, January 11—ART; Fast Friday Dismissal at 12:15pm

~~~I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year; hoping that you spend time making family memories that will be remembered fondly.  I look forward to seeing my kinders on January 7.  Thank you for sharing them with me each day! 🙂  Mrs. Bohl

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—Feb 19-23

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 had fun 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.

We now know that our CLASSROOM is inside of GEORGETOWN SCHOOL and our school is located in HUDSONVILLE. Hudsonville is in the state of MICHIGAN, Michigan is part of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA which is located in NORTH AMERICA. The kinders will be bringing home their booklet on Monday to share with you. Thank you for completing the picture map of their bedroom.

 

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

They were introduced to Tiny Tumblers who live on Math Mountains.  The Tiny Tumblers practice their tumbling all day long.  Some Math Mountains have a lot of Tiny Tumblers on one side of the mountain and not so many on the other side, but when you count all of the Tiny Tumblers they equal the Math Mountain number. These math mountains will help the kinders learn and practice number partners. For example, on math mountain 6 there are 4 tiny tumblers living on one side and 2 tiny tumblers living on the other side.  (4+2=6)   We also compared numbers to decide which number is greater or less. The kinders practiced figuring out the unknown partner when given the total and one of the partners by using beads they put on pipe cleaners. They did quite well with this different way of learning number partners.

We will do more with these math skills in the upcoming weeks. Thank you for completing the homework each week.  It helps in your child’s learning!  

Friday math games were….

   SUBTRACTION SMASH (subtraction problems

   SPIN & COVER 3D SHAPES (identifying 3D shapes)

  HEADS & TAILS PENNY FLIP (identifying sides of a penny & noticing number partners of 6)

READER’S WORKSHOP:  PUNKY PELICAN and JABBER THE RETELLER were met this week. 

PUNKY PELICAN helps us, as readers, to pay attention to punctuation and make it show in our voice. We practiced making our voice go up and down depending on punctuation. Jabber helps us, as readers, to remember to retell the story we read. We practiced retelling what happened in the beginning, the middle and the end of a story. We re-read Pete the Cat and his White Shoes, ;a book we read earlier in the year, and had to retell the events in order.

 

ASSESSMENTS:  Assessing your kinder in their literacy and math skills are underway.  I am so proud of the progress I am noticing.  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: The rainy morning on Tuesday was the perfect topic for the kinders’  “On Demand” writing piece. This is when they needed to do their own writing without help from their teacher. They practiced telling their small moment story across their fingers, sketching their pictures, adding labels to their pictures, adding words (and stretching out the sounds all on their own), using capital letters and sentence stoppers (punctuation). Wow…that is a lot of work!! They worked so hard!!  I am so impressed and proud of their writing.  All of their small moment stories will be coming home next week for you to enjoy.

WINTER OLYMPICS:  We have been following the medal count of the Winter Olympic Games.  Each morning or so we have add tally marks to see how many gold, silver and bronze medals the USA, CANADA, GERMANY & NETHERLANDS have won.  This morning we practiced counting the syllables in various olympic pictures.  This afternoon we read a easy reader book about what athlete we would like to be. Enjoy watching the last events this weekend showcasing these amazing athletes.

    

BEHAVIOR:  As we move into the last of February and hopefully the beginning of spring, please encourage your child to remember to make good, green choices.  Remembering to follow our class rules (in the classroom, in the hallway, on the playground) is a must. The rules are simple: 1.WE WILL BE KIND AND USE GOOD MANNERS. 2. WE WILL BE READY TO LEARN. 3. WE WILL WORK HARD. 4.WE WILL FOLLOW DIRECTIONS QUICKLY. 5. WE WILL LISTEN WHEN OTHERS TALK AND WE WILL RAISE OUR HAND TO TALK. We have a lot of learning and listening left to do in our school year.  Thank you for your continued support!!

POPCORN WORDS:      ABOUT           WENT           HOME                          The   February popcorn words were sent home today.  Please add them to your collection for practice and review at home.

MYSTERY GUEST READER:  Anderson literally jumped up and ran to give his mom a big hug.  He was so excited!  His mom is a nurse so she read Outside-In. a book about the parts of our body.  It was fun to make Kitty Cat connections because we learned about the parts of our body in STEAM class.  Thank you so much for stopping by.

KOOL KINDERS  ARE BOOK LOVERS:

  Izabel likes to read Pinkalicious books.

 Blake likes the popular books Fly Guy’s Big Family.

  Caleb likes to read Monsters LOVE Underpants.

  Victoria likes the noises that the animals make in Noisy Farm.

KOOL KINDERS AND THE SURPRISE BOX:  Friday was the first day for guessing the item inside of the Surprise Box.  When the Surprise Box arrives at your house, you will need to select an item to place inside.  Then you and your kinder will need to think of 3 clues that describe the item. Example:  1.  It is red.  2.  It is hard.  3.  It bounces.  Answer: a ball.  Your kinder will tell the class the clues, having their friends try to guess what the item is. The items inside the Surprise Box were a band-aid and football cards.

  Happy Birthday to Mia!  Thank you for the goodie bags. 🙂

NOTES FOR MOM AND DAD

*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.  Please continue to send all of their snow gear.

*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.

*JUMP ROPE FOR HEART:  Due Feb. 28. A form was sent home with your kinder. Check out the PE blog for more information. 

*CALENDARS: The MARCH calendar  has been posted under CALENDARS.  A lot of fun events, popcorn words, birthdays are listed on this document.  The March lunch menu  has also been posted under the side tab Hudsonville Food Service.

UPCOMING DATES

*MON. FEB. 26—GYM reading TAKE HOME BOOKS

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

*WED.FEB. 28ART HOMEWORK DUE….math and literacy;  LIBRARY Please remember to return your child’s book. 

*THURS. MARCH 1––STEAM; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS & Rainbow word list;

*FRI. MARCH 2—GYM;  Dr. Seuss’s birthday.  Come to school wearing red/black/white (in honor of Cat in the Hat) or dress Seuss style.

*FRI, MARCH 9–FAST FRIDAY (Early Release Dismissal at 2:15pm)

*MARCH 12 & 14–Parent-Teacher Conferences: Parent slips stating your specific date and time (same as in Nov)  will be sent home on Monday.

Enjoy your weekend!  Mrs. Bohl

 

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—Jan. 22-26

Wow! It was very productive week of learning. Look what we have been doing!

SPLIT LIT:  If the kinders finish completing their “have to” work at their independent centers before it is time to switch groups, they can move on to the “can do” bins. These bins are filled with literacy activities such as: reading books filled with popcorn words; using letter cubes to spell CVC words; matching rhyming words and more. They really enjoy learning this way. 

The kinders were recently reassessed in identifying sight words.  Everyone made AWESOME GROWTH!!!  I am so excited and pleased with their progress. Please look inside your kinder’s folder for an updated note. I have spent the week having the kinders individually read books to me so that I can adjust the level of books they are taking home.  You may see that your kinder will be bringing home a different colored sticker book.  This reflects the growth they are making.  Thank you for your continued support of reading with your kinder at home.  

MATH: It was a week of review in math.  Here are few math skills we covered.

                                                  

Drawing teen numbers showing 10 and extra ones plus writing the equation.

Writing number partners

Solving addition and subtraction problems

 We have postponed taking our unit #3 test until Monday.  A third of our friends were absent on Friday (a few vacations but mostly due to the flu).  That gives all of the kinders the weekend to finish their math homework for some extra practice.  Your kinder will take home the volume 1 math workbook on Monday.  This book can stay at home and does not need to be returned to school.  Use this workbook for review and have fun completing any pages we did not do in class.  Unit #4 will begin on Tuesday.

FUN WITH FRIENDS:  We spent some time Friday afternoon practicing writing our names, letters and numbers in shaving cream.  What a lot of fun!!!  It also made our room smell good too!

       

WRITING WORKSHOP:  Telling and writing small moment stories is challenging.  The kinders are working SO hard during this part of our day.  I was gone to a meeting Thursday morning and Mrs. Reagan was the teacher. After learning a bit about Mo Williams, the author who writes Piggy and Elephant books,  she and the kinders wrote  about a time they pretended. 

   

READERS WORKSHOP:  The kinders are learning how to use their super powers when they read. 

       To help the kinders use their Pointer Power, they were given a fun “eyes” ring to use when reading.

        

       When using our Snap Word Power some  words, like our popcorn words, are easy to read.

MYSTERY GUEST READER: Izable was all smiles when her mom and younger brother, Grayson walked in today.  She read us one of Izzy’s favorite books, You are my Best Friend because Izzy was in the story with Elsa and Ana. Thank you for stopping by.

EXTRA RECESS:  This week we started to work as table teams to earn points as a behavior tool in our classroom.  Our goal at the end of the week is for each table team to earn 30 points.  The tables that have 30 tally points earn an extra recess.  Mrs. Reagan surprised us by giving our class an OUTSTANDING award for making our goal.  

It was a perfect day for playing outside this morning too.  Congratulations kinders!  I know that we can do it again next week!  I am proud of you!!

       

 

*KOOL KINDERS ARE BOOK LOVERS:

 Mason likes to read The Foot Book because he likes Dr. Seuss.

   Jaxon likes Clifford so Clifford’s First Christmas is one of his favorites.

  Lucas likes to make snowmen and read Snowman Magic.

Scarlett enjoys reading Are you my Mother?

  Jonathan brought Martin’s Big Words.  A great learning book about Martin Luther King Jr.

   NOTES FOR MOM AND DAD

*POPCORN WORDS:            HE               SHE                                                                          It  was pretty cool to notice that “he” and “she” rhyme with the popcorn words we already know “me, we, be”.  January popcorn flash cards will be sent home soon.  Please add them to the existing cards at home for practice.

*WINTER GEAR:  Even though it is cold outside we will go out to play if the wind chill is above O.  Thanks for bundling up your child for play outside.

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION:     We gave Livia birthday wishes on Tuesday.  She turned 6 on 1/21!  Thank you for the birthday treat bags!

*VALENTINE PARTY AND VALENTINE EXCHANGE:   Tuesday, February 13 from 2:00-3:00pm. I will send out a separate posting on Saturday with a spreadsheet that you can volunteer for helping and supplying donations.  VALENTINE EXCHANGE:  Information has been sent home. Be sure to have your kinder write their names on each valentine.  Please remember to use the name labels for the front of the valentines for easier mailing. The kinders may bring in 4-5 valentines (select randomly from list) on Wed. Feb. 1; Thurs. Feb. 2; Tues. Feb. 7; Thurs. Feb 9; Fri. Feb 10 to mail. PLEASE DO NOT SEND IN ALL OF THE VALENTINES AT ONE TIME!  Let the love begin to flow!

*100 DAYS OF SCHOOL CELEBRATION:  Friday, February 9..  Start thinking about what 100 items your kinder will like to collect and bring to school.  Your kinders 100 collections will be due on Feb. 9. This is the day that they may bring them into school. Please do not send them into school earlier. The collections will return home the same day. Begin collecting 100 items and decide how your kinder would like to display them.  Have fun! 🙂

*CALENDARS: The FEBRUARY calendar  has been posted under CALENDARS.  A lot of fun events, popcorn words, birthdays are listed on this document.  The February lunch menu has also been posted under the side tab Hudsonville Food Service.

UPCOMING DATES

*MON. JAN. 29-STEAM; reading TAKE  HOME BOOKS  

*TUES. JAN. 30–-GYM; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS, last day to order PE apparel

*WED. JAN 31MUSIC; HOMEWORK DUE….math and literacy;  LIBRARY Please remember to return your child’s book.    Mailing Valentines  Take 4-5 valentines to mail; 

*THURS. FEB. 1––ART; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS;  Mailing Valentines  Take 4-5 valentines to mail   If your kinder would like a sack lunch on Friday, please email me (kbohl@hpseagles.net or send a note by Thursday 2/1.

*FRI. FEB. 2-STEAM; FAST FRIDAY…Dismissal at 12:15pm  

 *NO SCHOOL: Monday, February 5 WINTER BREAK

*NO SCHOOL: Tuesday, February 6 WINTER BREAK

*WED. FEB. 3—Back at school

*FRI. FEB. 9—- Day 100 Celebration

*TUES. FEB. 13—Valentine’s Day Party  2:00-3:00pm  Non food donations due at school by Thursday, Feb 8. Food donations due Tuesday, Feb. 13.  Parent volunteers who are working at a party center, please arrive by 1:40pm for instructions & set up.

~~~Have a great weekend.  Stay warm and safe!   Mrs. Bohl

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—Jan 8-12

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 TAKE A PEEK AT WHAT YOUR KINDER DID IN SCHOOL THIS WEEK              

WONDERFUL WINTER:  The snow and rain outside was the perfect backdrop for learning inside.  We read another book by Jan Brett (she wrote The Gingerbread Baby) called The Mitten.  This is a great story about animals climbing into a mitten to stay warm.  We used our retelling skills to sequence the order of animals crawling into the mitten. We also enjoyed reading Move Over, Rover! by Karen Beaumont, a fun story about animals climbing into Rover’s doghouse. We made a text to text connection between these two books by using our comprehension and comparing skills to sort character pictures from each story.  The kinders did a fabulous job. We even read another version of The Mitten by Jim Allysworth, where some of the animals were the same from our previous readings.  What great connections!

MATH:  The kinders are working on telling and solving addition and subtraction stories by using objects or their fingers.  As the kinders are beginning to learn this math skill, manipulatives are helpful in solving these problems. They also are working to see 5-groups for numbers 6-10 (ie: 5 and 2 more = 7) and to tell why that is useful when counting.  The kinders practiced sorting and classifying objects while giving reasons why they classified the items that way by using pictures of insects.  During Friday math centers, the kinders matched teen number equations to the total (ie: 10+3  13).

They also played a game using paper snowballs, because real snowballs would melt in our very warm room.  The focus was to practice identify = and not = symbols.  I am sorry that I didn’t get a chance to take a picture.  Next time! 🙂

HANDWRITING:  We focused on learning the proper formation of more magic C letters….a,d,g.  We are learning that lines on the paper are like a highway road.  Some lower case letters take up the entire highway like a.  Other letters need to leave the road and go to the sky or down to the ditch like d and g. The kinders are doing a super job writing letters in isolation but transferring the proper formation during ‘regular’ writing time is challenging for them.  Extra encouragement as they write at home is always helpful. 🙂  The kinders were excited to see that their last name was added to the personal name tags.  They will begin adding their last name to their papers, working towards writing their full name by memory.  Please encourage them at home to use proper letter formation on their homework papers.

READER’S WORKSHOP:  Our new unit is called “Revving Up”.  The kinders learned that race car drivers rev up their engines to get them ready before a big race, we need to rev up our minds to get ready to read.  Some ways to do this is to *look at the cover and title of a book, *take a picture walk, *tell the story and *read the words.  You can practice these skills at home prior to reading their library books and TAKE HOME books (which will start soon).

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  We began a new unit about writing Small Moment stories, otherwise known as Personal Narrative. I introduced the kinders to the difference between a “watermelon” story and a “seed” story.  A watermelon story such as a whole day at school is too big for us to write as kinders just yet. However seed stories of going to gym class, completing our letter centers during Split Lit or eating lunch at school are considered small moment stories. These stories are easier to write. 

  

We started our learning by sketching a simple picture of the many things we did over vacation…opening gifts, going on a trip, taking down the Christmas tree, playing with friends, visiting family, etc.  We listed what makes a good small moment story….*a true story about things people do, *things happen in order, *a (single) small moment stretches across pages. We decided to write our first small moment story about Christmas Books, a small story about our book exchange. The kinders practiced telling who were the characters, where it took place, what happened first, next and last and stretching those details across their fingers.

Then they drew detailed pictures depicting this event. We worked together to stretch out sounds in unknown words and used popcorn words as much as possible.  They did a great job.  We will begin another new story next week.

NOTES FOR MOM AND DAD

*POPCORN WORD:      WAS   AT   THAT                                                                      We added three more words to our growing list of popcorn words that we are working on identifying in a snap. Many of the kinders noticed right away that Chunky Monkey is busy when “at” is hiding in “that”.  We practiced making more words by taking away “th” and adding different beginning letters to -at. (cat, fat, sat, mat, etc).  Have fun at home using your Cat slider to practice this task. It was also great week for review too.  

*BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION:  

    Happy Birthday to Jayce who turned 6 on Jan 6.

*BACKPACK SNACK:  Thank you for packing TWO quick, healthy backpack snacks each day.

*CLASSROOM TEMPERATURE:  Our classroom is VERY warm.  Just ask your kinder!  Mrs. Reagan is working with the furnace men to remedy this problem.  In the meantime, please dress your kinder in layers so that they are comfortable throughout the day.

*OUTSIDE CLOTHES:  Thank you for dressing your child in warm outside winter gear.  Sending an extra pair of mittens or socks inside their backpacks might be helpful and more comfortable to wear later in the day.  

*JANUARY CALENDAR:  The JANUARY calendar has been posted under CALENDARS at the top of the blog.  It contains information about specials, birthdays and monthly events.   

*TAKE HOME BOOKS PROGRAM:  A schedule has been created and sent home with those who have volunteered.  If you would like to part of the program you can email me and I will be happy to add to the schedule.  The existing volunteers would love to have a partner on their days too. 🙂 This exciting reading program WILL BEGIN MONDAY, JANUARY 22!  Thank you for volunteering and being part of your child’s education.  Practice reading the book that will come home on Jan 18 and RETURN THE BOOK INSIDE OF THE BAGGIE ON MONDAY, 1/22.  

*READING RAINBOW POPCORN WORDS:   Please remember to send the list back to school every THURSDAY. The kinders will read through the list with a volunteer or an 8th grader from Mr. Van Noord’s class from Baldwin Middle school.  Remember these word lists were created from the 60 sight words that each kinder is working on to master before the end of the school year! The words are broken up into smaller lists so that they are easier to learn.  Each list is a new color of the rainbow!  Even though new lists are added to their page protectors, please continue to review previous papers so that words are not forgotten (pointing to each word out of order is best). The goal is to identify these popcorn words automatically and in a snap! The word lists will all stay inside the page protector and can be kept inside your kinder’s blue folder. This is a safe spot to keep it to ensure it won’t be lost and is in their folder for reading at school.

*RAZ-KIDS:  Information about this online reading program information was sent home this week as well as in a previous posting.  Are you taking advantage of this free reading online reading program.  (Thank you to the PTC for covering the cost)  Please take advantage of this alternative opportunity to read books.  A fun, educational way to spend some time with your kinder on these cold winter days.

UPCOMING DATES:

*Monday, January 15— MUSIC

*Tuesday, January 16ART;  BOOK ORDERS DUE (online or paper form with a check made out to Scholastic Book Clubs) 

*Wednesday, January 17STEAM;  LIBRARY Please remember to return your child’s book;  HOMEWORK DUE….math and literacy

*Thursday, January 18GYM;  TAKE HOME books sent home  Happy birthday for Tristan

*Friday, January 19MUSIC; FUN CENTERS Volunteers arrive at 1:40pm for instructions  

*Monday, January 22–TAKE HOME books begin;  Birthday Celebration for Livia (1/21)

~~~Have a great weekend and welcome back to the school routine!  Stay warm this weekend.  Mrs. Bohl