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News for the Week—Sept 14-18

Here is what your kinder did at school this week:

POPCORN WORDS:    THE      DOG       

COLOR WORD:        BLUE         


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

News for the Week–Sept 8-11

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

POPCORN WORDS:     I       SEE                                                                                      

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

News for the Week–Aug 31-Sept 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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Monday, Sept. 7–No school. Labor Day

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

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

Thursday Sept 10—ART Kool Kinder: Aryana 

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

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

News for the Week—Aug 24-27

I have to say that I have been blessed with the most AWESOME group of kinders! They are fin-tastic!!!  Having our first week of school filled with half days made the transition to school go smoothly.  


SHOW AND TELL: It was so fun seeing the items that hold special meaning to the kinders.  It was a great way to start to get to know each other.

READ ALOUDS: We read Pete the Cat Rocking in my School Shoes. We had fun making our own Pete the Cat shoes while practicing our cutting and gluing skills. The kinders were so excited to take them home to show you.

We read books about characters making good and bad choices. We learned that we want to make good (green) choices and not bad (red) choices. We sorted some pictures and decided if they were green or red choices.                 



COOL TOOLS:  The kinders were introduced to our school tool box.  This box contains some very “cool tools”. These tools and lessons are designed to teach us how to be a good friend and how to handle different situations.


We read Rainbow Fish and learned that our words matter.  We learned that we need to be like an ERASER and forgive ourselves for mistakes that we make and learn from them. We also need to forgive others too who may say or do hurtful things to us. We colored a picture of a rainbow fish…and even got a shimmery and shiny scale to put on it!               

 Chrysanthemum taught us that words spoken hurt other’s feelings and are impossible to take back, like toothpaste. We learned that we are all special and unique.

We read Ish and were reminded again that our words matter. The FUZZY DICE remind us  to say nice words or show nice actions toward others.  

ROUTINES:  We read Lining up and Walking in the Hallway.  This book helps us remember the rules for how to walk in the hallway.  The kinders are doing an AWESOME job!!! Hooray!!

We have many fantastic tools that we use at school! This week, the kinders were introduced to how to use crayons, pencils, scissors, glue sticks and play dough at school.  Congratulations to all kinders!

ABC BOOT CAMP:  After a summer of fun, kinders may need a refresher course in identifying letters and their sounds.  Welcome to ABC Boot Camp!  Each day we will be focusing on an alphabet letter and their sound.  This week it was all about letter Aa.

Thank you so much for sharing your kinders with me.  They are SO SPECIAL!!  I can’t wait to spend 177 more days with them.  Just look at these AWESOME kinders!        They ROCKED their first day of kindergarten…..and the other 3 days too!!! 🙂


*Please remember to send your kinder’s folder each day to school.

*Don’t forgot to pack TWO quick, healthy backpack snack for your kinder to be refueled each day.

*If your kinder did not bring a pair of clean gym shoes to keep in their cubby, please send a pair to school. 

*If your kinder will be ordering milk with their home lunch, please put a note on the outside of their lunchbox. This really streamlines our lunch process!

*Thank you, thank you for ALL OF YOUR DONATIONS!  Our cupboards are filled.  When they become empty, I will let you know.:) Please take a minute this weekend to clean out your kinder’s backpack of any extra “things” that is making the backpack heavy and taking up space.  

*The SEPTEMBER calendar has been posted under CALENDARS at the top of our blog.  You can read about events, birthdays, popcorn words, etc


*Monday, Aug 31 – GYM

*Tuesday, Sept 1– ART

*Wednesday, Sept 2 – STEAM;

*Thursday, Sept 3 –  ART Half day…dismissal at 12:15   Color Day—-Wear RED!  

*Friday, Sept 4 – NO SCHOOL 

*Monday, Sept 7 – NO SCHOOL–LABOR DAY

~Have a restful and fun weekend!  I am excited for Monday!  Mrs. Bohl