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News of the Week—Nov 2-6

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

*Tuesday, Nov 10—ART 

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

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

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

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

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

Have a great weekend.  Mrs. Bohl

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!


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!


*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— Sept.30-Oct. 4

Fabulous fall is here!  The weather this week has been fall like….cool mornings and some warm up during a few of the days. Thank you for sending a coat/sweatshirt along with your kinder each morning.  

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

POPCORN WORDS:        DO   TO   YOU      While stretching out the sounds in our popcorn words, we noticed that letter O can sound like /oo/ while containing either one O or OU. We could also hear that they rhyme.  We also took note that “to” can be written other ways like “too” and “two”.




MATH:  We also continued to practice writing our numbers, especially 1-5, identifying groups of numbers 1-5 and practiced telling addition and subtraction stories. We learned that writing a 5 can be a bit tricky!  The students are learning that 5 is a small down, curve and a slide at the top.  We are using Peterson’s Language when making our letters and numbers.  Next week, we will have our very first math test to assess the skills that we have learned.  Friday math games (for the most part) related to fire safety, by playing RACE TO THE FIRE (number writing 1-6), PUT OUT THE FIRE (1 to 1 correspondence, counting and number identification), ROLL AND COVER (number identification) and explored making patterns with teddy bear counters.

LITERACY: We started diving into the structure and function of letters.!  We distinguished between letters / words / sentences.  We incorporated this learning into our handwriting time too.  Learning to identifying our alphabet letters and practicing the sounds these letters make has been our focus.  ABC Boot Camp letters were Ss, Tt, Uu, Vv.  In our small groups we played rhyming and letter/sounds games.  We enjoyed reading together The Birthday Cake by Joy Cowley, while noticing popcorn words, front cover, title page, and more.

READING WORKSHOP:  We are continuing on with our favorite stories in reading this week!  The kinders are learning to sound exactly like the characters in some of our favorites while they are reading their books!  They are also learning to use the picture when reading their book.

We used this book to sound exactly like the characters in the, “Three Billy Goats Gruff”.  The students had a blast changing their voice to sound exactly like the troll and billy goats in this story.  This little paper book is now in their blue book bin.

COLOR WORD:  GREEN  It was fun to read Froggy books, make a green flip book and make a fun frog craft.  We read Little Blue and Little Yellow too.  What fun the kinders had experimenting with blue and yellow playdough to see if mixed it would turn green.  Of course, wearing green clothing was pretty cool too.

WRITING: The kinders were so excited to show and tell their item from home in our writing! The kinders pulled their object out of their brown bag, told their partner about it and then they were asked to draw and label it.  Labeling is tricky but we are learning to stretch words slowly and write all of the sounds that we hear.  Thank you for participating!

MYSTERY READERS:  On Wednesday,  Evelyn jumped up with smiles to greet her mom.  We heard a favorite book that they read at bedtime each night, Thank You and Good Night.  Evelyn’s mom even brought their stuffed animals they snuggle with during their nightly reading.

Friday Skyler was happy to see her grandma come through the door.  She read Pinkalious Apples, Apples, Apples.  A perfect story for apple picking season.  Skyler’s grandma surprise all of the kinders by bringing a Pink Lady apple for everyone!  Thank you so much for the thoughtful gift.


BACKPACKS…Please take time to clean out your kinder’s backpack of unnecessary items like snuggle buddies, blankets, toys, extra notebooks, etc.  When backpacks are full of these items there is not enough room for their folders and lunch boxes.  

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 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:  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.  Thank you!

LUNCH MONEY… When sending in lunch money, please place in a baggy or envelope and include your kinder’s first/last name and my name on it.  This will make it much easier when passing it on to the lunch staff.


*Monday, Oct 7—MUSIC, Culver’s Night—support Georgetown and eat at Culver’s.  *I am planning to work the 5:00-5:30pm shift!* KOOL KINDER: Elliott

*Tuesday, Oct 8—GYM;  KOOL KINDER: Kennedy

*Wednesday, Oct 9—ART; Library–Please help your kinder remember their library book.  Homework packet is due;  KOOL KINDER: Reagan

*Thursday, Oct 10–STEAM;  KOOL KINDER: Kieran

 *Friday, Oct 11—MUSIC;  KOOL KINDER: Allan  Wear PURPLE

*Thursday, Oct. 31—Fall Class Party, 2:00-3:00 p.m.  Sign-up list for donations will be coming soon!