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NEWS—Jan 6-10

 

WELCOME BACK!

Oh, it is good to be back with my kinders (at least for 2 days).  I missed seeing them:)  As stated in my letter, Mrs. Voss has been the teacher for the past 3 days and will be also be in the classroom through next Wednesday.  I hope to be back later in the week.

We jumped right into learning this week. We talked about setting goals for what we might want to learn or do this coming year.  We thought of goals that we can accomplish at school. For example: to add numbers, to be kind, to learn more popcorn words, to read books, to share. We made a fun Happy New Year craft. Our ‘party people’ will come home soon but for now they are decorating our room for the first part of January.  Welcome 2020!!

POPCORN WORDS: 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 “at” is hiding in “that” and that they rhyme. We also talked about how some letters make different sounds like in “was”. We read 2 books using these words and added the books to our blue book bins.  The kinders are doing an amazing job identifying “new” and “old” popcorn words.  We even noticed that -at words were inside our shared reading poem My Cat has a Hat.

WONDERFUL WINTER:  The snow 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 made a connection that this book was similar to our popcorn book, The Mitten.

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 shapes and animals/people. 

During Friday math games, the kinders played a game using paper snowballs, because real snowballs would melt in our room.  The game focused on writing and the identifying = and not = symbols. I am sorry about not being able to show you a picture but here are the directions.  Scatter paper snowballs on the floor.  While counting up to 3, have 2 people pick up as many of the snowballs as they can hold in their hands.  Lay and count the number of snowballs each person picked up.  Write each number and write = or not = between the numbers to compare the numbers.  Ask your kinder….they can show you how to play.  They also played Hot Chocolate Math again to practice seeing tens and extra ones within teen numbers.

HANDWRITING:  We focused on learning the proper formation of the COUNTER CLOCKWISE letters C,G,S,O,Q,U in their booklets. hey also had fun using play dough to form all of the letter learned so far. The kinders are doing a super job writing letters in isolation but transferring the proper formation during ‘regular’ writing time is not consistent.  Extra encouragement as they write at home is always helpful. 🙂  I will be exchanging their names on their pencil boxes soon to include their last name. They will begin adding their last name to their papers, working towards writing their full name by memory.  

READING: We began a new unit called Bigger Books, Bigger Reading Muscles. The kinders learned that some books are considered challenging because they have more words and more lines, longer words, new words and surprise endings.  That is when persistent power needs to be activated!  Books that contain patterns makes reading fun so PATTERN POWER is needed! We learned that when readers figure out the pattern it makes reading easier. The kinders were encouraged to use their reading mat to organize their books as they read.  Placing their books on the green dot side to start reading and moving the book to the red dot side when they are finished will allow them to go back and re-read their books again.

SPLIT LIT:  The kinders worked identifying the ending sounds in words, putting words in correct sentence order and identifying and writing popcorn words during their independent centers.  It is challenging for some kinders to stay focused during this work time so if papers like these come home incomplete, it is likely because they are not using their time wisely.  In the time alloted for each center, the kinders should be able to complete most if not all of of the task.  With Mrs. Bynum, the kinders practiced making more words by taking away “th” from “that” and adding different beginning letters to “at”. (cat, fat, sat, mat, etc).  Have fun at home using your Cat slider to practice this skill.  The kinders read books using whisper phones while I reassessed them on some literacy skills.  With Ms. Voss they worked on making -at words and reading CVC words.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  I am so proud of the kinders and their writing. This week we began writing HOW TO…. stories.  We shared what we thought we could teach others to do with our partners.  Some examples were: how to ride a bike, how to read a book, how to play football and more.We learned that writers write about what they know, use mentor books to help them write, ask themselves “Does this make sense?” when putting pictures in order and have partners ask questions while deciding the steps. Our writing topics were How to Brush your Teeth, How to Make Cookies, How to Wash your Hands and How to make Spaghetti. We did some cutting and pasting (instead of drawing) to put the pictures in correct order and then wrote words to tell the steps. The kinders did a marvelous job! We will write more HOW TO… stories next week.

MYSTERY READERS: On Wednesday, Evelyn was surprised to see her mom be the mystery reader.  On Friday it was Landon’s turn to see his dad come in the room.  Pictures were taken by Ms. Voss.  I will share those pictures next week.  Thank you for coming in.

REMINDERS:

*WINTER GEAR: Please send appropriate winter gear with your kinder 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 to label your kinder’s snow pants and boots if you have not done this.

*BACKPACK SNACKS:  Don’t forget we take a snack break 2 times each day…morning & afternoon.  Please include your kinder in choosing their snacks.  Some kinders are commenting that they don’t like the snacks that are packed.  Thank you!

*TAKE HOME BOOK PROGRAM:  I schedule has been sent home to all of the parents/grandparents who have volunteered.  Books will come home late next week.  Reading will begin on Monday, January 20.  It is so exciting to see and help our kinders become readers.

UPCOMING DATES:

*Monday, January 13— STEAM

*Tuesday, January 14—MUSIC

*Wednesday, January 15—GYM;  LIBRARY Don’t forget your book!  Homework packets due

*Thursday, January 16—ART

*Friday, January 17—STEAM TAKE HOME books come home

*Monday, Jan. 20 return TAKE HOME books for reading

*Friday, Jan 31…Fast Friday (Early Release) @ 12:15pm

*Winter Break: February 1-4

NEWS—Dec 9-13

What a Merry and Bright week of learning.  See what we did at school this week.

POPCORN WORDS:            WHAT      IT                                                                 December flash cards will come home next week so you can add them to your collection.  You might want 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)

MATH: We practiced making teen numbers by looking at a group of 10 and extra ones.  We put numbers in correct order and then practiced writing them correctly….not always starting at number one.  Example: (7,8,6, should be 6,7,8).  We also used shapes to create new shapes.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  We stepped away from writing personal narrative (true stories) to enjoy several Gingerbread stories.  Each day we read a different Gingerbread story and focused on using one of the many writing skills we have learned.  On Monday we read The Gingerbread Man by Jim Alsworth making sure our pictures and words matched.  On Tuesday, after reading The Gingerbread Boy, we focused on starting with a capital letter, putting spaces between words and ending with a sentence stopper (period).  On Wednesday The Gingerbread Baby was read so that we could work on identifying a feeling when we write.  Next week we will read a few more versions before their Gingerbread Cookie Jar packets come home.

HANDWRITING:  This week it was learning how to correctly write CLOCKWISE UPPERCASE LETTERS (P,B,R,D,T). Thank you for using these writing packets at home to give your kinder extra writing practice.  

READING:   This week the kinders practiced using all of their reading superpowers such as POINTER POWER, SOUND POWER, PICTURE POWER, BOOK TALK POWER. Their individual book boxes include interest books like Pete the Cat, Clifford, Fly Guy and books that are “good fit” books. “Good Fit” books that are at or near their tested reading level to help them sharpen their reading skills. We also worked to increase our private read to self time reading stamina.  At the beginning of the week we were at 4 minutes.  By the end of the week the kinders were reading at 10 minutes.  Way to go!  The kinders are SUPER READERS!! 

SPLIT LIT: The kinders really do enjoy this time of the day.  They rotate to 5 different centers (3 independent & 2 teacher led) where they practice specific skills to build their knowledge of sounds, words and phonemic awareness.  All of these skills help them grow in their ability to become independent readers. This week the kinders worked on identifying & writing popcorn words, final and medial sounds, blending and segmenting sounds and syllables.  

MYSTERY READER: Kylie was not expecting her grandparents to walk into the room.  They are visiting from AZ so it was so nice they could visit Georgetown.  Kylie’s Grandpa read There was a Coyote who swallowed a Flea.  A fun book about different animals found in AZ.

Candy Cane Sale:                                                                          
The 5th grade annual candy cane sale is here! Don’t miss out! You can buy a tasty treat for only $1. The sale runs through Wednesday, Dec. 18th! Thank you in advance for your support!

REMINDERS

*WINTER GEAR: Please send appropriate winter gear with your kinder each day even if there is not any snow.  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 this weekend to label your kinder’s snow pants and boots if you have not done this.

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

*BOOK EXCHANGE:  Thank you so much for sending in your holiday book exchange wrapped gift. If you would like your kinder to participate, please send a book in next Monday. Please let me know if you have any questions, kbohl@hpseagles.net.

*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 your preferance (Monday/ Thursday, weekly, 2X month, 1X month) 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.

*HOLIDAY PARTY:  Thank you so much for your donations.  Please send in ALL non-editable donations to school by Tuesday, Dec 17. Food items can be dropped off in the morning.  Party volunteers can arrive at 1:30pm to set up.  Here is the link to the sign up list if you need to check what you offered to donate. 

UPCOMING DATES

*Mon. Dec 16GYM    Holiday Gift Shopping  2:00-2:45pm.  Parent volunteers will be available to help your kinder shop.  More details coming soon    Wear Red and Green Day

*Tues. Dec 17ART   Wear Holiday Hat Day (antlers, hat, etc)

*Wed. Dec 18STEAM   Grinch Day  

*Thurs. Dec 19MUSIC    Holiday Party  2:00-3:00PM Volunteers can arrive at 1:30 for set up.  If you would like to check what your donated supplies, the sign up is HERE.  

*Fri. Dec 20GYM   Polar Express Day   Wear jamies to school

*Dec 21-Jan 5—Holiday Vacation   School resumes on Monday, January 6

NEWS—Oct. 28-Nov 1

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:     BROWN    The kinders had fun reading brown bear books like Bear feels scared, Bear Can’t Sleep and Very Hairy Bear 

We also read Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? .  We continued to practice our storytelling skills as we retold (and sang) the story many times this week.  Enjoy having your kinder practice their skills at home when they retell the story for you using their storytelling strip.  We made a brown bear hat while wearing brown. Thank you for helping your kinder participate in our color days by wearing particular colors.  The kinders (and I) looked forward to these fun days. The kinders enjoyed eating teddy grahams for the surprise brown snack.

 

MATH: We continued to tell math stories (even using real candy corn pieces) to solve the answers to the math stories. For example:  3 teddy bears came and sat at a table.  2 more teddy bears joined them.  How many teddy bears are at the table?”  3+2=5   We practiced writing tricky numbers 8 & 9 too. Friday math games were FALLING LEAVES (matching the group of dots to the number) and MISSING PUMPKINS (writing numbers & ID numbers in 1-10 order). 

SCIENCE:  Our weekly newspaper helped us learn about the seasons of a tree.

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! 

READING WORKSHOP:  It was all about learning how to increase and  our stamina.  We started the week by reading quietly, staying in our own spot, staying on task for 5 minutes.  We increased to 7 min 20 seconds.  Way to go kinders!  Next week we start learning about Super Powers and how they can help us become better readers.

CHOICES: Our favorite time of the day to learn and put into practice important social skills such as sharing, taking turns, being creative and working together.

HANDWRITING:  We learned how “clockwise letters” (h,r,n,m,b) are written. It was so fun using gelboards to write them too. Keep up practicing at home….it is helping!

MYSTERY READERS:  Wednesday afternoon Jude and Kieran were so happy to see their aunt (and mom) walk in our room.  Their aunt was visiting their family all the way from Ireland.  What a special treat.  She read the boys favorite story…A Book With No Pictures.  What a funny, silly story!

Friday morning Kylie was the one to jump up and hug her mom.  She read us Desert Night, Desert Day because Kylie has relatives who live by the desert.  What a sweet story introducing us to animals who live in the desert.  She even brought their squishy catus to go along with the story.

REMINDERS

SNACKS:  Please remember to send in 2 snacks for your Kindergartner each day.  I do have graham crackers if it is forgotten.  Donations of graham crackers are ALWAYS welcome!!  Our supply is going fast! 🙂

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.

HEADPHONES:   Send in headphones for STEAM if not already done so.  Thank you to all who have already sent them into school.

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 AND SCHEDULES.  The November lunch menu is also available on the Food Service website.

 

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Nov 4—MUSIC

*Tuesday, Nov 5—GYM  

*Wednesday, Oct 30—ART; Library–Please help your kinder remember their library book.  Homework packet is due    

*Thursday, Oct 31–-STEAM    

*Friday, Nov 1—MUSIC  Wear  RAINBOW COLORS  

*Nov. 15—Fast Friday (early release) Dismissal at 12:15

*Nov. 18—Parent-Teacher Conferences

*Nov. 20—Parent-Teacher Conferences

*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.

Have a great weekend. Don’t forget to change your clocks to FALL BACK this weekend.  Mrs. Bohl

 

NEWS—Oct. 14-18

Our busy week of learning in kindergarten…..

COLOR WORDSBLACK    WHITE       We read Harry the Dirty Dog, Harry and the Neighbor, Harry goes to the sea, Please, Mr. Panda and I’ll wait Mr. Panda as our color theme books.  We also watched a non-fiction video about panda bears. We all agreed they are cute black and white bears so it was obvious that we needed to make panda bears.  It was fun to use a fork as our paint brush. Thanks for participating by wearing black and white! 🙂 We also made our weekly color flip book, went on a I Spy hunt for black & white pictures and drew a picture of Harry the Dirty Dog.  Our surprise black & white snack this week was OREO cookies.  Not very healthy, I know, but very tasty. 

  

HANDWRITING:  We learned about the three different handwriting lines and how some letters are small, some are tall, and some fall below the lines.  Remembering to always start at the top is tricky so extra reminders at home is helpful. We started practicing the proper formation of Counter Clockwise letters (f,c,a,d).  We will finish the rest of these letters next week.

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

READING:  As readers, we learned another strategy to use when we get stuck on unknown words.  Tryin’ Lion is a cute beanie baby that tells us to “reread and never give up.”  He joins Eagle Eye ( look closely at the words and picture) and Stretchy Snake (stretch out sounds in words) as useful reading strategies.   Readers also notice that important words have labels to make reading them easier.  We practiced this by labeling important words in two emergent books. The kinders were given a sticky note to use when they located a character showing a feelings.  A good review from last week’s lessons.

MATH: This week the kinders found out that they can tell math stories and solve the answers to their math stories. For example:  3 teddy bears came and sat at a table.  2 more teddy bears joined them.  How many teddy bears are at the table?”  3+2=5  In addition, they practiced drawing pictures of math stories on whiteboards. They used their math toolboxes to show groups of 5 within numbers (5+1=6) and to compare numbers by using a 5 strip and extra one tiles.  They drew groups of 5 and extra ones, wrote number 6 and counted groups of objects inside their workbooks.

WRITING WORKSHOP: During our writing time we learned that writers stretch out sounds in words, the words match the pictures, they talk and share with their partners. We worked together to create another Show and Tell book.  This time it was about our Homes.  The kinders shared information about where they eat, where they sleep and where they like to play with their writing partners before actual drawing and writing each day.  They are doing a fabulous job drawing detailed pictures, labeling parts of their drawings and trying their best to write a matching sentence such as “I eat at the table. I sleep in my bed. I play in the playroom.” (We try to use as many popcorn words as possible when we write together!)  On Friday, we met with Mrs. Tindall’s class to read our books together and celebrate being awesome writers!

LITERACY:  This week the kinders worked as a whole group with Mrs. Bynum while I reassessed the kinders are their letters/sounds and rhyming words.  We have been working hard in mastering these skills during Split Lit and in small groups.  Their activities focused on sight words, rhyming words, distinguishing between letter b and letter d and listening for sounds in the beginning, middle and end of words.  Look for a note in your kinder’s folder informing you of your kinder’s progress in the coming weeks.  Our shared reading book was filled with rhyming words.

MYSTERY READER: On Wednesday afternoon, Kennedy was surprised…again.  This time it was her grandma who came to read a story to us.  She brought The Day the Crayons Talked because Kennedy LOVES to color. A fun story to hear especially since we are learning our colors words!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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

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

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Oct 21—ART

*Tuesday, Oct 22—STEAM 

*Wednesday, Oct 23—MUSIC; Library–Please help your kinder remember their library book.  Homework packet is due 

*Thursday, Oct 24–GYM    

 *Friday, Oct 25—ART; Wear ORANGE

*Tuesday, Oct 29—Picture Re-Take Day AND Turkey Trot 

*Tuesday, Oct 29—Fall Party games and craft items should be sent into school

*Thursday, Oct. 31—Fall Class Party, 2:00-3:00 p.m.  Food items should be sent into school in the morning 

*Nov. 15—Fast Friday (early release) Dismissal at 12:15

*Nov. 18—Parent-Teacher Conferences

*Nov. 20—Parent-Teacher Conferences

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

*Dec. 12—Holiday Program…Details coming

Have a fabulous weekend with your kinder.  They are very special little people who I am so thrilled to be spending my days with.  Mrs. Bohl

 

NEWS OF THE WEEK—Dec. 10-14

What a merry and bright week we had at school.  We had so much fun doing some last minute gingerbread man activities, playing games, singing songs and just learning! 

WRITING:  We wrote a few more books this week too.  We thought of a topic, came up with a patterned sentence, wrote our words and drew detailed pictures.  We learned how to add specific details so that readers can infer more about the story.  Some of the patterns were “____ can fly.”  “It is a ____(color) gift.” I have been so impressed by their hard work!  Hooray for the kinders!! 🙂 Be on the lookout for these books…they will come home next week.  The kinders are very observant as they read books too…they are on the lookout for these fun patterns. 🙂

HANDWRITING:  This week COUNTER CLOCKWISE letters of C,G,S,O,Q,U were spotlighted.  Thank you for practicing at home too.  

MATH:  The kinders explored seeing 5 groups and extra ones to make larger numbers….6-10. by playing a fun game using holiday erasers for practice.  We also told some subtraction stories using the erasers too.  We completed a worksheet to practice teem number building as well as looking for number partners in number sentences.

    

POPCORN WORDS:            WHAT      IT                                                                                  December flash cards will come home next week so you can add them to your collection.  You might want 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)

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS THE GINGERBREAD MAN?:  Gingy (our mini gingerbread man) sent us a big envelope filled with post cards from his latest destination…..SPAIN.  We learned that they like to play futball (soccer), they speak Spanish, they like to eat churros, snails, olives and more. We had fun trying to count to 10 in Spanish too.  Where will Gingy go next?

READING:  We learned about more superpowers that Super Readers use when reading….SNAP WORD POWER, PARTNER POWER and PICTURE POWER.  Snap word power is when a reader can find words they know, like sight words, and read those words in a snap.  The kinders explored the classroom for words they knew in a snap.  Partner power is when readers help each other when they are reading.  The kinders worked with their reading partner to read a book together, taking turns to point and read to each other while helping each other with words that might be tricky. Picture power is when readers really look at the picture to see if it matches the words written.

SPLIT LIT:  I am reassessing the kinders on the skills that they are working on in small groups. They made great progress. I am so proud of their hard work in learning. We will begin working on new literacy skills in small groups after vacation along with new independent literacy work. We worked as a whole group to practice hearing syllables in Christmas words. If you have time during our break, please continue to use your flash cards to practice identifying sight words.

MYSTERY READER:  Parker literally jumped up and screamed when his mom stepped into the room.  She read Mooseltoe because she loves Christmas.  What a fun story!

REMINDERS

*WINTER GEAR: Please send appropriate winter gear with your child each day even if there is not any snow.  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 this weekend to label your kinder’s snow pants and boots if you have not done this.

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

*BOOK EXCHANGE:  Thank you so much for sending in your holiday book exchange wrapped gift. If you would like your kinder to participate, please send a book in next Monday. Please let me know if you have any questions, kbohl@hpseagles.net.

*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.

*HOLIDAY PARTY:  Thank you so much for your donations.  Please send in ALL non-editable donations to school by Monday, Dec 17. Food items can be dropped off in the morning.  Party volunteers can arrive at 1:30pm to set up.  Please be respectful of Mrs. Reagan’s request……Due to the large number of parent volunteers attending class parties with in the school, Mrs. Reagan has limited the parent attendees to ONLY those volunteering. You MUST have completed a background check if you wish to volunteer. Thank you for understanding.  Click on this link to see who is scheduled to volunteer.  

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Dec. 17–-MUSIC;  ALL non-food party donations are due

*Tuesday, Dec. 18—GYM; Celebrate Jacob’s birthday  

*Wednesday, December 19–-ART; LIBRARYDon’t forget to return your kinder’s book! Grinch Day—-wear Green, or dress like Grinch characters. We will learn how to make our heart grow!

*Thursday, Dec 20–-STEAM;  Holiday Party  It will be held from 2:00-3:00pm.  Thank you for being part of our second class party. Parent volunteers can arrive at 1:30 for set up.  Food donations should arrive in the morning.  Celebrate Carter’s birthday

*Friday, December 21–MUSIC; Polar Express Day…wear pj’s!  Come to school wearing your cozy pajamas.  Wear boots and snow pants for outside play but slipper shoes are welcome inside of school.  NO STOCKING FEET ARE ALLOWED. NO STUFFED ANIMALS OR BLANKETS.  Thank you! Be prepared for a fun day of learning.  

*Monday, December 23 – Friday, January 5:  NO SCHOOL, Holiday Break.  School resumes on Monday, January 7!  

~~Have a great weekend!   Mrs. Bohl

 

News of the Week—Oct. 29-Nov. 2

It is hard to believe that it is November and we are looking forward to Thanksgiving.  To start us thinking about this new month we enjoyed moving to the Turkey Dance by The Learning Station, reading a turkey book and making adorable (a bit silly looking) turkeys.  

MATH:  Telling math stories and figuring out the answers to the math stories occurs daily. For example:  4 friends are having blue hot lunch, 3 friends are having white hot lunch.  How many friends are eating hot lunch today?  Counting to 100 also happens daily by watching Let’s Get Fit, Count to 100 by Jack Hartman or Counting Super Hero by Harry Kindergarten to name a few.  In math this week, we used blue dots to show groups of 5 and then some more. They also looked at groups of objects and numbers and decided if they were equal (=) or not equal (= with / through it).

We were introduced to finding different ways to make a 5 group.(5+0,4+1, 3+2, 2+3, 1+4, 0+5) It is fun to see how great the kinders are learning about adding numbers together! We practiced writing our numbers and doing some more dot-to-dot practice. 

 

Keep practicing number sense skills with your kinder by asking them to count groups of objects around them (plates at the table, cars on the road, etc.)

POPCORN WORDS:         IN    ALL                                                            We are working hard to stretch out the words and hear the beginning, middle and ending sounds in our weekly popcorn words.  We had fun putting different magnetic letters at the beginning of IN to make new words like….FIN, WIN, BIN, CHIN. We also made new words with ALL like….BALL,WALL, CALL, HALL, FALL, TALL, SMALL.  We wrote these words inside our “interactive journals”.  These journals will be used periodically throughout the school for literacy, math, social studies, science activities.

It was easy to read our weekly newspaper because it contained color words.  The kinders are becoming quite the readers!

READING: We learned about feelings and emotions this week. We learned to look at the character’s face to see what they are feeling. We practiced doing this as a group using the book Caps for Sale.  We practiced this with the books in their book boxes, privately and with their reading partners. 

WRITING:  We began a new unit entitled “Writing as Scientists”, looking deeper to label and draw objects with a scientific eye.  We looked closely at candy corn, a leaf and our own shoes with our own magnifying glass. Then we sketched out what we observed, added labels and wrote a sentence that told about our objects. We like being scientists!

 

    

HANDWRITING:  We learned the proper formation of the “slant” letters k,v,w,x,z by writing these letters in our booklets and on gel boards.  Keep practicing at home! 🙂

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REMINDERS

*PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES:  I am looking forward to sharing your kinder’s progress with you.  Please come with any questions and arrive on time to my classroom. Kinders do not need to attend, however if your kinder does attend that they wait in the hallway while we have our conference in the classroom. Thank you! 🙂  See you on Monday and Wednesday nights.

*OUTSIDE CLOTHES: When cooler weather is predicted, please dress your kinder in warm outside clothes…warm coat, hat/headband, mittens/gloves. We go outside to play in the morning, lunch recess and at the end of the day.  Looking ahead….If your kinder has outgrown their winter boots, PLEASE CONSIDER PURCHASING BOOTS THAT FASTEN WITH VELCRO CLOSINGS!!!  LACES TAKE TIME AND ARE DIFFICULT TO TIE/UNTIE WHEN WET.  Thank you!

*CALENDARS: The November calendar  is posted under CALENDARS on the side bar.  A paper copy was sent home this week.  Click on this link for the November lunch menu or go to the FOOD SERVICE link on the side bar.

*PE CARES FOOD DRIVE: Now until Nov. 16.  Your donations of canned or non-perishable food items can be brought into school anytime.  The kinders will be bringing them to gym class to add the our school collection. Thank you for your donations and thinking of those in need this season.  

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Nov. 5ART; Preview books at the Book Fair; Parent Teacher Conferences 

*Tuesday, Nov. 6STEAM; NO Library  Enjoy your kinder’s book for another week.

*Wednesday, Nov. 7MUSIC;  Book Fair: Please send your kinder’s money in an envelope labeled with YOUR KINDER’S NAME and BOOK FAIR if you wish them to purchase books.. The book fair will also be open during conference times. This is optional.  The proceeds go towards purchasing books for use in school. Thank you! NO Library  Enjoy your kinder’s book for another week; Parent Teacher Conferences

*Thursday, Nov. 8-GYM

*Friday, Nov. 9ART

*Friday, Nov. 16–Stone Soup Day! More details soon

*November 21-23—NO SCHOOL…Thanksgiving Break

~~~Have a great weekend!  Don’t forget to “Fall Back” and turn your clock backwards an hour Saturday night.  Mrs. Bohl