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Learning at Home—March 27

   

READING KNOCKS YOUR SOCKS OFF!!  Find a fun pair of socks, put them on and snuggle down with a good book to celebrate MARCH IS READING MONTH at home.  Have a great weekend! 🙂

Today’s good morning message:

If you want to share a joke with me, send me a short video or you can go on Flipgrid by following Mrs. Reagan’s directions below.

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Recording a Video 

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Pictures of our friends:

Today’s read aloud is The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

NEWS—March 9-13

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR TAKING THE TIME TO ATTEND YOUR KINDER’S CONFERENCE.  THEY ARE MAKING FABULOUS PROGRESS AND GROWTH.  I WAS SO HAPPY TO SHARE THEIR PROGRESS WITH YOU!  IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS AS WE MOVE INTO THE SPRING, PLEASE LET ME KNOW.

MATH:  The kinders worked on decomposing teen numbers into tens and extra ones (refer to the number booklet sent home), identified & sorted 3D shapes, wrote partners for 4-10 and identified numbers that were less. We even squeezed in taking our unit #4 test.  I will share the test results with you when we return to school. It was a busy week!  Have fun playing FIND THE POT OF GOLD! game that is inside your kinder’s folder.

MARCH IS READING MONTH:  We love Clifford books so we ate dog bones (Scooby snacks).  It was fun reading each other’s clothing…shirts, sweatshirts, socks and pant legs.

 

POPCORN WORDS:     WHERE    THERE      WERE           Please, please keep practicing at home!  Some of these popcorn words are a bit more challenging to learn and remember.  You are unable to stretch them out but need to just remember them by looking at them.  However, we do like it when some words rhyme like ‘where’ and ‘there’. 🙂

WRITING:  This week the kinders wrote their persuasive letter to Mrs. Rose, our lunch aide.  The lunch tables and floor have become very messy with spilled food.  The kinders did a great job thinking of why this is a problem…..It makes more work for Mrs. Rose to clean up and you could slip/fall on the food on the ground.  They created very colorful posters that showed “Throw trash away!” or “Keep lunch tables clean” .

SPLIT LIT:  The Split Lit tubs were filled with activities that focused on reading popcorn words, “R” blends (gr,dr,cr,fr), syllables, rhyming and “H” brothers (sh,ch,th,wh).  The kinders enjoy this time of the day.

READER’S WORKSHOP: The first few days of the week, the kinders learned that avid nonfiction readers compare information by noticing what is similar and what is different in two books on the same topic.  We did this by looking at books about dragonflies and honey bees.  For example, we found out that the legs on both insects have important jobs. The kinders learned that nonfiction readers can pretend and act out parts of the text, just like they did with fiction stories.  The last few days of the week, the kinders explored poetry.  We practiced reading a favorite poem The Isty Bitsy Spider and a new poem The Swing for meaning and feeling.

MYSTERY READER:  Nora literally jumped up into her grandma’s arms as she walked into the classroom.  Nora’s grandma lives 2 1/2 hours away so this was a surprise!  She read their favorite book The Wonderful Pigs of Jillian Jiggs.  A fun, silly story about making stuffed pigs for pretend pets. 

If you were scheduled to be a mystery reader while we are closed, do not worry.  Rescheduling and flexible dates will be available.  

Your kinder had fun creating an early St. Patrick’s Day craft that you can use at home as decoration.  There are also some math and literacy St. Patrick themed worksheets inside your kinder’s backpacks/folders that you can complete next week.  

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS:  We celebrated 3 birthdays…..ALL of the kinders were born on the same day.  Happy Birthday to RYLEIGH, ROWAN, LUCAS.  

PLEASE CONTINUE TO PERIODICALLY CHECK OUR CLASS BLOG DURING OUR TIME AWAY FROM SCHOOL.  I WILL BE POSTING VARIOUS LEARNING SUGGESTIONS/IDEAS FOR YOUR KINDER TO DO AT HOME.  I WILL MISS SEEING THEM EACH DAY BUT LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING THEM IN A FEW WEEKS BECAUSE………

NEWS—-March 2-6

After seeing the snowflakes this morning, it is time to wish for spring weather.  Don’t you agree?

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DR. SEUSS: We celebrated his birthday on Monday by learning that Theodore Seuss Giesel was Dr. Seuss’s official name and he wrote books under two names….Dr. Seuss and Theo. LeSeig. We read so many of his stories like Green Eggs and Ham, The Tooth Book, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, In a People’s House. We read a newspaper that was filled with fun facts different genre of books. We also had fun using Dr. Seuss themed props (courtesy of Mrs. Stutz) during fun photo shoots.

   

SPLIT LIT: We did Dr. Seuss themed activities this week.  We worked on reading popcorn words, matching rhyming words and reading & writing -am real and nonsense words.  TIC TAC TOE, GREEN EGGS IN A ROW was so fun playing at school that you can play it at home with your board games and green eggs and ham. 

MATH:  We started the week by doing two Dr. Seuss related math activities…..adding red and blue fish together (based on One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish) and then writing the total AND identifying numbers 1-20 while placing that many objects on ten frames. Oh the fun we had! We completed dot to dot pictures, wrote teen numbers,

WRITING:  This week, we while writing persuasive letters to incoming kindergarteners we focused on spelling strategies.  Using these strategies gives us word power!  Some of the strategies we used were looking at our word wall, stretching out the word and writing the sounds we hear, looking for little words that may be hidden in larger words and not forgetting about the vowel. We wrote about the problem of kids playing too rough on the playground. We wrote a greeting, reasons why this is a problem, a solution to the problem.  We also read a mentor text Do Not Bring your Dragon to Recess. We ended our writing by signing a petition saying we will play safe on the playground. The kinders did AMAZING!  

READER’S WORKSHOP:  The kinders practiced reading non-fiction texts and talking like an expert about the books we read. They read books as groups and found things they thought were WOW about the books or moments when we want to ask questions, to learn more! We also learned nonfiction text often has fancy words that we may want to learn more about. The kinders also practiced having reading playdates by  sounding like teachers and playing school while reading non-fiction books!

 

MARCH IS READING MONTH:  We read The Sleepy Little Alphabet and listened to Chicka Chicka Boom Boom while eating alphabet pretzels.  The kinders really had fun reading with their flashlights. Sorry about the dark pictures…the lights needed to be off, you know!! 🙂  Thank you for supplying one for your kinder.

MYSTERY READER:  Skyler was excited to see her dad be the mystery reader Wednesday afternoon.  He read Dragons love Tacos because he likes to eat tacos. 

KOOL KINDERS ARE BOOK LOVERS: 

Reagan likes to read Berstain Bears In the Dark.

Emmie brought Tiny the California Easter Bunny.

Be on the lookout for THE SURPRISE BOX.  The kinders are excited to take this box home and fill it with an item and write 3 clues about that object.  The kinder gives the clues to their friends and they need to try to guess what is inside the box.  So far we have had a sleep mask and a koala bear.

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS:  Don’t forget to change your clocks Saturday night…spring forward! 

UPCOMING DATES:

*MONDAY, MARCH 9––ART; reading TAKE HOME books  Parent Teacher Conferences 

*TUESDAY, MARCH 10–STEAM

*WEDNESDAY. MARCH 11––MUSIC; Book Fair Buying Day. Parent Teacher Conferences

*THURSDAY, MARCH 12–—GYM; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS;  

*FRIDAY, MARCH 13ART  READING FITS ME LIKE A T-SHIRT!  Wear clothing with words

*APRIL 2-—Kindergarten PJ Day!  Wear jamies (or comfy) clothes.

*APRIL 3-10––SPRING BREAK NO SCHOOL

~~Have a great weekend.  Mrs. Bohl

 

MARCH IS READING MONTH Donations

We LOVE to read….anywhere, anytime! 

We are celebrating that MARCH IS READING MONTH by enjoying special snacks relating to books.  If you would like to help us accomplish this by donating a food item, please click on the link below:

SIGN UP LINK

Please note the various dates that each item is requested to be at school.  If you have any questions, please contact me at kbohl@hpseagles.net .  Thank you for helping to make this month of reading so much fun for the kinders.  Refer to the special March calendar that was sent home for other activities planned too.

NEWS—Feb 24-28

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Welcome to March and the anticipation of spring.  We learned this week that the weather during March can be like a lion (wintery, cold) or a lamb (spring-like,warm breeze). The kinders made a lion or lamb based on how they think March will begin.  Check out our results….I think that there might be quite a few disappointed kinders if we don’t have spring like weather. 🙂

MATH: Number bonds were introduced to the kinders this week. This is just another way to see number partners.  The kinders did an amazing job working with this new skill. Tiny Tumblers who live on Math Mountains were practiced again. 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 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 practiced identifying 3D shapes and positional words such as under, above, behind, between, in front of, etc.

Friday math games focused on math skills like number partners, identifying teen numbers by showing the ten and extra ones in ten frames, identifying numbers 1-20 and solving addition problems.

POPCORN WORDS:  AND    GET  The popcorn words are becoming a bit harder to recognize so I can not stress it enough that practice at home is so crucial to your child’s growth.  We practice identifying our words many times and in many different ways throughout the day but your child needs to practice them at home too.  Thanks for taking on this important role. Your February flash cards are inside your kinder’s folder.

WRITING WORKSHOP:  We started to learn about PERSUASIVE WRITING.  First we thought of a problem like “not all kids are walking in the halls”.  Next we thought of how we could convince others why you need to walk in the halls.  Our reasons were “Kids can get hurt.  It is a school rule.” Then we figured out a solution such as “Kids need to walk looking forward.”  Finally we learned that we can tell others by making a sign or poster.  Celebrate with your kinder as they show you their writing & sign this weekend.  This was hard work but everyone persevered.

SOCIAL STUDIES: We finished up our learning of Me on the Map.  This week we learned that our town is called Hudsonville.  We used symbols to locate various buildings on a map. Each of the kinders were able to write their own street and house number inside of the booklets.  It was fun to hear that some of the kinders live on the same street. The kinders’ bedroom map was included inside of your kinder’s booklet if they brought it back.  We are SO lucky to live in the fabulous state of Michigan and this amazing town of Hudsonville.

READING: We started learning about reading playdates!  We learned that avid readers don’t only share books, they are always inventing fun things to do with books and friends.  We used the chart below to guide us with our reading play dates!  Students were able to pick if they wanted to play school, play games or play pretend! The students had fun working with their partners and taking part in the reading playdates!  We also learned that really good readers act out the story in their mind, every time they read.  We are learning that reading is a lot like going to the movies because of all the pretending we are doing!  

MYSTERY READER: Landon was happy to see his grandma come to school.  She read Pancakes! Pancakes! by Eric Carle because she likes to bake and make pancakes with Landon.  Thank you so much for stopping by.

KOOL KINDERS ARE BOOK LOVERS:

Ariya likes Frozen so A Sister Like Me is a favorite book.

Sutton enjoys reading Be my Valentine, Peter Rabbit.

Sabrina likes to follow the steps at Christmas for How to Catch Santa.

Landon likes bugs and There was an Old Lady who swallowed a Fly!

Major brought in a cool book filled with fun facts about Undercover Animals.

REMINDERS

*WINTER GEAR:  The cold weather is still here.  THANK YOU for sending your kinder with all that they need to stay warm outside.  Just a reminder, we will be outside for recess if the temperature is above O degrees.  Keep watching the weather forecast each day.  The playground is dirty, please continue to send your kinder with boots and snow pants! Thank you!

*BACKPACK SNACK: Please, please remember to send 2 quick, healthy snacks for your kinder, as we take a moment to refuel each day. Thank you.

*TAKE HOME books: Your kinder is doing an awesome job reading books.  You may have noticed that many of the kinders have moved up a level and there are different colored stickers on their books. Continue to assist and encourage them as needed.  Please help your kinder to remember to return their book baggie EACH Monday and Thursday so that they are consistent with their read aloud practice and are able to check out a new book each time to build their reading experiences.  Don’t forget to sign the parent sheet and include comments or observations you feel may be helpful.  The kinders are doing a fabulous job…thanks to your work at home and the reading volunteers.

MONTHLY CALENDARS: Three March calendars are available for you to view.  Hot lunch calendarMarch calendarPlease take note of the REVISED copy that was sent home today.  It has the correct weekly popcorn words listed .  March is Reading calendar . Watch for a sign up for opportunities to donate special snacks for celebrating March is Reading month!

  UPCOMING DATES:

*MONDAY, MARCH 2––ART; reading TAKE HOME books; Dr. Seuss celebration–wear red, black & white

*TUESDAY, MARCH 3–STEAM

*WEDNESDAY. MARCH 4––MUSICLIBRARY  Please remember to return your kinder’s book.

*THURSDAY, MARCH 5–—GYM; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS;  EMAIL ME OR SEND A NOTE BY THURSDAY (3/5) IF YOUR KINDER WOULD LIKE A SACK LUNCH.

*FRIDAY, MARCH 6ART;  FAST FRIDAY Dismissal at 12:15pm  SHINE A LIGHT ON READING—Bring a Flashlight!

*MARCH 8: Daylight Savings…spring forward! 

*MARCH 9 & 11–—Parent-Teacher Conferences: Parent slips stating your specific date and time were sent home.  I am looking forward to sharing your kinder’s awesome progress with you.

*MARCH 9-12–SPRING BOOK FAIR:  We are scheduled to purchase books on Wednesday, March 11. If you would like to have your kinder purchase books, please send the money inside an envelope labeled with their name.  Parent volunteers will be available to help your kinder shop.  The Book Fair will be open during the conference evenings.

*APRIL 2-—Kindergarten PJ Day!  Wear jamies (or comfy) clothes.

*APRIL 3-10––SPRING BREAK:  NO SCHOOL

~~Have a great weekend.  Mrs. Bohl

NEWS OF THE WEEK—March 25-28

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Well, we made it!  It is officially SPRING BREAK!  The kinders have been anxiously counting down the days.  Take a peek at what happened this week in kindergarten.

POPCORN WORDS:  AS    HAS 

 

MATH:  We spent the first few days reviewing various math concepts such as solving addition & subtraction problems, drawing & writing partner equations for story problems, identifying 3D shapes, writing number partner equations, drawing tens & extra ones for teen numbers.  On Wednesday, the kinders worked inside their “office spaces” to take the Unit #4 test.  These tests will come home after spring break.  

WRITING:  We read a collection of non-fictional books about pigs and located many interesting facts to write on our chart paper.  We used this information to help us write our information writings All About Pigs.  The writings by the children have been SO impressive! They are beginning to use spaces between words, popcorn words and sentence stoppers with more regularity.  Hooray for them!

 

 

ONCE UPON A TIME—-THE THREE LITTLE PIGS:  We also read the classic story The Three LIttle Pigs as well as some books with a twist The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, The Three Horrid Pigs and the Big Friendly Wolf and The Three Little Pigs and the somewhat bad pig.  Of course we needed to practice our retelling skills by creating props (character puppets and the straw, stick and brick houses out of a milk carton!) so that your kinder can tell you the story at home. We sang this fun song (using my CD) frequently this week. I found it on YouTube so that you can enjoy it at home. Here is the link to The 3 Little Pigs Blues by Greg and Steve.They also practiced reading popcorn words by playing RUN, PIGGY, RUN. Look for this game inside your kinder’s folder.

READING:  We continued to learn what avid readers like to do.  Avid readers don’t only like to share books, they also like to do fun things with books and their friends.  The kinders were introduced to READING PLAYDATES.  Playdate activities include PLAYING SCHOOL (Reading aloud & Shared reading); PLAYING GAMES (Snap word hunt & Guess what’s next?); PLAYING PRETEND (Act it out! & Use gestures!)   It was fun to see the kinders explore books, deciding what they wanted to do on a Reading playdate.  I LOVED seeing all the different choices!  Many LOVED playing school and being a teacher or student to explore books.  It was also fun to see those who made games out of finding sight words in books.  Those who chose to act out books were so fun to watch!  Getting these kinders excited about reading has been so much fun!!  We have LOTS of Avid Readers in our classroom! A fabulous way to learn!

MARCH IS READING MONTH:  We read Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons (again)! It’s one of our favorites! Then we enjoyed a yummy and cute snack that matched Pete’s shirt from the story! 

Mrs. Kuieck’s 2nd graders came and we enjoyed reading books together.  It has been so fun having other classes come into our room this month.

It was SO exciting to wear jamies to school on Thursday.  In the morning the kinders rotated among the kindergarten rooms to hear each teacher read one of their favorite stories.  Then they had a READ IN, where they were able to read books in each classroom for a few minutes.  An awesome way to end March is Reading Month…..by READING!!!  We did some reading (Llama, Llama, Red Pajamas) and storytelling (5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed) ourselves throughout the day.

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS: 

 Olivia turned 6 on Sunday, March 24.  

 Bronwyn turned 6 on Tuesday, March 26.  Thank you, girls, for the birthday treat bags!

REMINDERS

*TAKE HOME Books:  Your kinder will not have a book to take home over Spring Break.  They will be taking home a new book to read on Monday, April 8.  Reading books with parent volunteers will resume on Tuesday, April 9.  If you have free time, continue to practice popcorn words, addition & subtraction stories with written partner equations and write various kinds of stories…narrative, informational and pattern books.

*WINTER GEAR: Please keep in mind that even though the season is spring, some days will be wet and rainy.  Please continue to send a hat and mittens with your kinder as well as shoes to be worn just for outside. Thanks! :)

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

*MONTHLY CALENDAR:  The April calendar  can be found under CALENDARS at the top of our blog.  It lists birthdays, events, and more.  Please take time to read it.

UPCOMING DATES

*FRIDAY,MARCH 29- FRIDAY, APRIL 7….Spring Break…NO SCHOOL

*MONDAY, APRIL 8—STEAM; TAKE HOME BOOKS will arrive home again

*TUESDAY, APRIL 9—MUSIC;  reading TAKE HOME BOOKS; LIBRARY: We will have library so please return your kinder’s book

*WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10–GYM

*THURSDAY, APRIL 11ART;  reading TAKE HOME books  EMAIL OR SEND A NOTE BY THURSDAY (4/11) IF YOUR KINDER WOULD LIKE A SACK LUNCH ON FRIDAY.

*FRIDAY, APRIL 12—-GYM; FAST FRIDAY (Early Release Dismissal at 12:15pm)

*FRIDAY, APRIL 19—-ROCK COLLECTION DUE (a note with details coming home after break)

~~~Enjoy your Spring Break!  Take this time to relax and enjoy your time together, whether you are staying home or traveling. I will greet my awesome kinders on Monday, April 8.  Mrs. Bohl

SCHOOL RESUMES ON MONDAY, APRIL 8!

NEWS OF THE WEEK—March 18-22

Did you ever wonder how pencils are made?  Read your kinder’s newspaper this weekend.  We found out!

POPCORN WORDS:     COULD    WOULD   SHOULD (as a bonus word)    The kinders practiced identifying these words in books, in messages and in writings.

 Our shared reading this week.

WRITING:  We began our week by listing facts we knew about goats.  There were a lot of good facts.  Then we read informational books about goats to gather more facts.  The kinders incorporated these facts into their writing as they created another book of All About Goats.  The kinders are doing a fantastic job with their informational writing.  They have made incredible progress this year in their writing. I am so proud of their hard work.

READING: The kinders learned that when they think of a character’s feelings, an avid reader will try to use more precise words like “disappointed” or “excited” instead of just “sad” or “happy”.  They also learned that avid readers know which super powers they use often and which powers they don’t use easily or often. They decide which goals they will use more frequently.  We decided these goals.  1.  To point at each word when reading. 2. To try another vowel sound if the word doesn’t sound right. 3. To reread when it doesn’t make sense.  These reading goals were sent home so that the kinders could practice using them when reading at home.  We will continue to encourage using these reading goals at school too.

 

ONCE UPON A TIME….THE THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF:  Our fairy tale this week was about 3 brave goats who had courage to cross a bridge and deal with a bully, the troll. We read the original story and a few different versions of the fun fairy tale.  Again, we used the SHAPE GO map to help us retell the story, talk about the characters, setting and heart of the story. We discussed words that described the three goats and the troll.  This led into a good discussion about what we can do if we encounter a bully. We also had an awesome discussion about what makes a hero.  We thought the biggest billy goat was like a hero for saving his little brothers. Be sure to ask  your kinder about these talks. We had fun retelling the story using our props. Enjoy playing the game 3 Billy Goats Gruff at home while you practice sight words.

  

MATH: This week the kinders practiced solving subtraction and addition problems, writing number partner equations up to 10, drawing pictures on whiteboards to match a story problem and identifying and sorting 3D shapes.  We will be reviewing these math concepts and more next week before taking our unit #4 test on Wednesday.  

MARCH IS READING MONTH:   We loved listening to Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom and had fun making words, from alphabet pretzels, climb up the Chicka tree. We also read The Mixed-Up Alphabet while eating abc cookies.

Oh, my!  What fun it was reading books with the lights off and using our flashlights to put a spotlight on the words and pictures.  Thank you for sending in a small flashlight with your kinder!  

MYSTERY READERS:   Mrs. Houtstra’s 3rd graders stopped by on Thursday afternoon to read with us.  We are really enjoying reading books with other classes. 

Kinsman was beyond thrilled when he saw his mom (little sister & baby brother) on Friday morning.  She brought the book If I had T-Rex teeth because Kinsman LOVES dinosaurs. 

Friday afternoon Mrs. Walenta & the 5th grade buddies came to read books with us.  What a fun time! 

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS:

  Adelyne turned 6 on March 18.

Kinsman turned 6 on March 21. (So sorry…Kinsman’s picture didn’t turn out. Another picture will be taken next week….stay tuned)

REMINDERS

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

*WINTER GEAR: Please keep in mind that even though the season is leading towards spring, some days in the past week reminded us that the rain has left our playground VERY wet.  Please continue to send a hat and mittens, snow pants and BOOTS or different outside shoes with your kinder.  

*LUNCH MENU: The April lunch menu can be found under the food service tab.

*TAKE HOME Books:  We will be reading books ONLY ON MONDAY this coming week.  Your kinder will not take home a book over spring break.  This will give me time to reassess the books that they are taking home.  They will take home a new book on Monday, April 8.

UPCOMING DATES

*MONDAY, MARCH 25––STEAM; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS; celebrate Olivia’s birthday (3/24)

*TUESDAY, MARCH 26-MUSIC; return TAKE HOME BOOKS; celebrate Bronwyn’s birthday

*WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27– GYM;  LIBRARY: We will have library so please return your kinder’s book.  return TAKE HOME BOOKS

*THURSDAY, MARCH 28—ART;  Kindergarten PJ Day….wear jamies (or comfy clothes) and slippers to school.  Don’t forget that shoes/boots are needed for outside play. SMALL STUFFED ANIMALS ONLY PLEASE!!

*MARCH 29-APRIL 7—SPRING BREAK.NO SCHOOL

*APRIL 8—-SCHOOL RESUMES; new TAKE HOME books sent home

—–HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND   MRS. BOHL

NEWS OF THE WEEK—March 11-15

Did anyone see the amazing rainbow in the early evening on Thursday?  Spring is coming….be patient.  It will be here soon! We learned today how rainbows are made.

MARCH IS READING MONTH:  We love Clifford books so reading Clifford Grows Up was fun!  Eating some  dog bones (Scooby snacks) was tasty too. 🙂 .

Thank you SO much for donating the food for our BOOKS FOR BREAKFAST?!?! celebration.  We ate mini muffins because of If you give a Moose a Muffin; donut holes because of Please, Mr. Panda; and mixed fruit (blueberries, apples, bananas) because of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. . It was a fantastic way to start our day.  Thank you to Lila’s mom for stopping by to give a helping hand.

The kinders wore many different kinds of fun socks because…..READING KNOCKS YOUR SOCKS OFF!  🙂 .   We even worked with our shoes off for part of the day to show off our fun socks.

POPCORN WORDS:     WHERE          THERE             WERE           Please, please keep practicing at home!  Some of these popcorn words are a bit more challenging to learn and remember.  You are unable to stretch them out but need to just remember them by looking at them.  However, we do like it when some words rhyme like ‘where’ and ‘there’. 🙂

ONCE UPON A TIME—-GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS:  We read MANY stories of The Three Bears…the ‘original’ versions, along with others like Goldilocks and the 3 Hares, Tackylocks and  Goldi Rocks and the Three Bears.  We practiced using different words to describe Goldilocks. For example she had yellow hair, she was naughty, curious, she was rude and likes porridge.  We used the Shape Go map during retell, focusing on what happened in the beginning, the middle and the end of story.  We had fun playing a popcorn word game relating to bears  during split lit called GOLDILOCKS AND THE 3 BEARS SIGHT WORD GAME.

READING:  This week the kinders learned that an AVID READER reads a lot, finds places everywhere to read, keeps a stack of book nearby, can’t stop reading and really pays attention to the book but a BAH READER is disinterested. They sorted  pictures to decide if it showed an avid reader or a “bah” reader. They also learned that AVID READERS try to feel what the characters are feeling.  Are the characters feeling happy, sad, excited, scared?  This makes the story enjoyable to read. We re-visited an old favorite The Carrot Seed to notice important parts in the story. The kinders worked in small “book clubs” to find important parts in books themselves by putting a sticky note on that page.  All of the kinders worked so well together, taking turns, sharing and talking.  I was very impressed!

WRITING:  This week we complied facts about bears onto a large chart and referred to that chart throughout the week.  We organized our facts onto our individual “have, can, are” papers.  As we wrote our informational booklets we asked ourselves “What else can I add?” by remembering what writers and illustrators do…write words and drawing matching detailed, labeled pictures.  The kinders did a great job reading their All About Bears books to their reading buddies.

We also talked about how lucky we are to know each other and be a family this year.  So…each kinder was given a friend’s name and they needed to think of one ‘nice dice’ compliment they could give them.  It was precious to hear the kinders read their message (in front of the class) to their friend and to see the smiles and excitement on the faces of the recipient. Some messages were: “I like you as a friend. You are nice. I like to play with you. You always stand up for me”. I am SO LUCKY to have such kind hearted kinders.  What an awesome way to spend my days!! 🙂

MATH:  Our math lessons revolved around identifying the characteristics of a cube, drawing subtraction pictures and writing the equations on whiteboards, decomposing teen numbers showing tens and extra ones and solving addition and subtraction problems.  Friday math games were St Patrick’s Day themed such as COLLECTING COINS (matching teen number partners to the total 10+4=14), put numbers 1-30 in order, matched number partners to the total; FINDING GOLD (identifying numbers 1-20) and RACE TO 100 (identifying numbers).  The kinders were excited to take home their own FINDING GOLD game.

MYSTERY READERS:  We are working to fill the month with readers.  If you would like to be a mystery reader please contact me so that we can schedule a date & time.  If an older sibling would like to be a mystery reader, that would be fantastic too.  I would love to schedule a date/time for them as well.

Mrs. Estefan’s 4th grade class surprised us on Wednesday morning.  We had so much fun reading with them!

Brook’s mom was the Mystery Reader on Wednesday afternoon.  She read us a funny story called Those Pesky Rabbits.

Parker’s mom was the Mystery Reader Friday morning. She read us a favorite of theirs called No More Elephants.

SPLIT LIT: The kinders continue to work independently each day while their friends meet with Mrs. Rossback and me. Mrs. Rossback works on literacy skills and I am leading “book clubs”. We are reading a book that is at their instructional level.  Instructional level books are one level above what they can read independently. Independently they had new literacy activities to explore and complete. We practiced writing and identifying popcorn words, writing word family words and stretching out sounds in words. We continue to practice being quiet workers during this work time. Be sure to ask your child what they needed to do as their papers come home. 

KOOL KINDERS ARE BOOK LOVERS:

 Rocco likes to read funny books like One Big Pair of Underwear.

 Alivia likes to read I am Grinch, another story about the Grinch.

KOOL KINDERS AND THE SURPRISE BOX:  Wednesday 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, hatchable, toy gummy bear, stuffed fox. This is a secret so please remind your kinder to not tell what is inside the box.  Keeping the secret makes it more fun for all.

INSIDE RECESS FUN:  Because we had so many days that we stayed inside for recess, the kinders learned how to play a new game called 4 CORNERS.  We also learned how to play HEADS DOWN, 5 UP.  What a lot of fun when we can’t move around on the playground. 

REMINDERS

*OUTSIDE GEAR:  THANK YOU for sending and continue to send your kinder in boots or outside play shoes.  The snow has disappeared but the wood chips are very wet and dirty.  There MANY PUDDLES on the playground too.  Keep listening to the daily weather report for sending the correct clothes.

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

*TAKE HOME books:  Please help your kinder to remember to return their book baggie EACH Monday, Tuesday and Thursday so that they are consistent with their read aloud practice and are able to check out a new book each time to build their reading experiences.  Don’t forget to sign the parent sheet and include comments or observations you feel may be helpful.

UPCOMING DATES

*MONDAY, MARCH 18–ART; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS 

*TUESDAY, MARCH 19–-STEAM; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS  

 *WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20– MUSIC Library….Return that library book!

*THURSDAY. MARCH 21GYM; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS

*FRIDAY, MARCH 22– ART

*THURSDAY, MARCH 28:  Kindergarten PJ Day

*MARCH 29-APRIL 7:  SPRING BREAK.NO SCHOOL  SCHOOL RESUMES ON APRIL 8!

~~Have a great weekend.  Mrs. Bohl