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WHAT HAS HAPPENED—April 23-27

Can you believe it?  It is the end of April and next week we are moving into our last full month of school.  Take a look at what was accomplished this week.

SCIENCE:  What is Alive?  and Living and Non-Living were books that assisted us as we began learning about things that are alive and not alive.  The kinders learned that living things need *air, *water, *food, *soil (plants), *space (habitat)  and can *move, *grow.  Sorting living and non-living pictures was a fun activity. 

    

The kinders watched a science video that reviewed what makes something alive.  They also made a booklet about living and non-living things by building the missing words.  

   

We planted bean seeds and are patiently watering and waiting for them to sprout.  Hopefully the warmer, sunny spring weather helps.  We will keep you updated!  We also had some fun looking a a variety of seeds and had to match them with what they would grow into…a daisy, an onion, a sunflower, a radish and more.

     

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:   I am so proud of the kinders and their writing. This month’s genre was about HOW TO….  do various things.  This week the kinders wrote How to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich; How to wash your hands; How to eat an Oreo and How to plant a seed.

 

All of their writings came home today.  Enjoy having them show you how to do some of these tasks.  Your  kinder is a great teacher!  Next week we will begin our last writing unit…Opinion Writing.  Wow! I know that the kinders will do a fabulous job and will enjoy this type of writing. 

MATH:  The kinders are doing well comparing numbers, identifying numbers that are Greater than and Less than other numbers.  They are also doing well showing teen numbers using tens and extra ones. The kinders put away their workbooks for a few days and had fun playing games to practice identifying number partners.  For one game, they used two different colors of unifix cubes to create number partners of 7. For example: 4 red cubes + 3 blue cubes = 7 cubes.

   

Another game was called Flower Power.  The kinders took turns tossing a butterfly and bumble bee bean bag onto a large flower, using the numbers that the insects landed on to create number equations.  For example: 1+3=4.

Thank you so much for encouraging your kinder to complete their homework each week.  This helps to solidifying their learning.  

POPCORN WORDS:         COME   SOME                                                                           April popcorn flash cards were sent home to add to your kinder’s collection. The work that you do at home helps your kinder be the best student they can be. Thank you!

FUN CENTERS:  Thank you so much to Hunter’s mom, Katelynn’s mom and Lucas’ grandma for helping us learn while having fun.  We practiced using our predicting, comparing and counting skills by playing MAGIC BEANS, identified popcorn words by playing GOING BUGGY, used our questioning skills by playing GUESS WHO and used our investigating skills by comparing earthworms and gummy worms. (I am sorry there are not any pictures to share with you….I was also running a center.) Thank you so much for volunteering to be part of fun centers each month.  The kinders looked forward to this time and it would not have been possible without your support and help.  

END OF THE YEAR ASSESSMENTS:  Preparation for the end of the year assessments and records have begun.  I am excited to be the listener as I ask each kinder read books to me.  They are doing an AMAZING job!! They are making FABULOUS progress.  Supporting your kinder at home by practicing/reviewing popcorn words, reading books, completing math homework and more has helped your kinder be a successful learner.  Thank you so much.  

MYSTERY GUEST READERS:  Izabel was so surprised to see her mom and younger brother, Grayson walk through the door…again. She chose to read Spaghetti on my hot dog bun.  It was a fabulous story about having courage to show kindness to those who are unkind to us. Thank you so much for choosing a timely book and being willing to stop in to read us another story.  

    

  Happy birthday to Anderson.  He turned 6 on April 24.  Thank you so much for the birthday treat bags. 

NOTES TO MOM AND DAD

*MONTHLY CALENDAR:  May is FILLED with many birthday celebrations.  Be sure to look at the May calendar and the June calendar for May and summer birthday celebration dates, along with other important information.  It has been posted under CALENDARS at the top of our blog.

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

*TAKE HOME Books:  Please help your child 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.  We only have a few weeks left…keep reading!!!

UPCOMING DATES

*MONDAY, April 30: MUSICreading TAKE HOME BOOKS 

*TUESDAY, MAY 1: ART; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS 

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 2: STEAMHOMEWORK DUE….math and literacy;  LIBRARY: Please return your kinder’s book.

 *THURSDAY, MAY 3: GYMreading TAKE HOME BOOKS & Rainbow word lists

*FRIDAY, MAY 4:  MUSIC

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 9:  Field Trip to Hemlock Crossing Nature Center & Hager Park.   Please feel free to join us for our picnic lunch.  We will be at the park around 12:00pm. Your kinder will need a paper sack lunch LABELED WITH THEIR NAME and water bottle to enjoy during our picnic lunch.  NO SANDALS, FLIP FLOPS OR CROCS. TENNIS SHOES NEED TO BE WORN!!  We will be walking through woods and trails and playing on a big playground.  Please dress your child according to the weather. We will be OUTSIDE for most of the day!  

*THURSDAY, MAY 10:  EMAIL ME OR SEND A NOTE BY THURSDAY (4/12) IF YOUR KINDER WOULD LIKE A SACK LUNCH ON FRIDAY. 

*FRIDAY, MAY 11:  FAST FRIDAY (Early Release  Dismiss at 12:15pm)

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 14:  Birthday celebration for Dominic

*MONDAY, MAY 17:  Birthday celebration for Parker 

*FRIDAY, MAY 26…..RedWhite and Blue Day!  Wear your RedWhite and Blue to school!!

*MONDAY, MAY 28…Memorial Day, No School

*FRIDAY, JUNE 1:  Kindergarten Olympics  Volunteer note (coming home Monday) is due Friday, May 18

~~~Have a great weekend.  Mrs. Bohl

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—April 16-20

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EARTH DAY: We enjoyed making and wearing our Earth Day hats today. We read Just a Gum Wrapper and It’s Earth Day! by Mercer Mayer  among other books to assist in our learning about Earth Day.  We learned how we can take care of the earth and “go green” by recycling paper, cans and bottles, turning off lights when leaving a room, turning off the water while brushing teeth and using containers instead of plastic baggies for snacks. The kinders used this information to create a craft that is hanging in our hallway.  Having a chance to marble paint was part of the fun. 

        

We took a few minutes to find out where the 4th graders each week take our bags of scraps of paper.  The kinders were surprised to learn that we have a big recycling bin in our school parking lot.  Looking inside at all of that paper was pretty cool too. (Sorry…no pictures of that.  I was too busy lifting 24 kinders up to look inside) Many kinders said that they recycle at home.  Keep working to keep our earth healthy and clean.

   

Cheers were heard when I explained what we would be doing with blue & green frosting, a popsicle stick and a cookie……making an Earth Day cookie. Who knew that frosting and cookies make kinders explode with cheers?  🙂 Love it!!

      

SCIENCE…IT ROCKS!:   This week we focused our learning on rocks.  We investigated our rock collections by sorting them to be either rough or smooth.  We also lined them up by size….from smallest to biggest. We continued to investigate our rocks by the look of them, the height, the texture and if whether they would float or sink in water.  Be sure to take a look at their booklet for their answers.  Don’t forget to read the previous posting to learn about our 3 types of rocks experiments.

       

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  The kinders are busy writing steps about how to do something. This week we wrote How to make a birthday wishHow to eat an orange and How to marble paint.They are working so hard remembering to use everything that a good writer uses….popcorn words, put spaces between their words, include sentence stoppers, detailed pictures.  I am so proud of them.  They are amazing writers!!

   

MYSTERY GUEST READERS:  This morning Peyton quickly popped up to hug his dad and say “hi” to his little brother, Chase, when they walked into our room.  He brought along a book that they enjoy reading at home called There’s a Wocket in my Pocket by Dr. Seuss.  They enjoy reading all of Dr. Seuss’ books.  Thanks for coming in.

   

Later in the morning, Hunter was surprised to see his mom and little sister, Kenzie stop by.  We were happy to hear How to become a pirate.  A story that made us giggle and laugh.  We hearing new stories.

   

READER’S WORKSHOP:  Our focus was all about learning more about characters.  We explored what characters look like, how they act and what they are doing in books.  The kinders searched their books for characters as they read, talking to their partners about what the characters were doing and how the characters looked in these books. 

          

POPCORN WORDS:         THEY          THESE.                                        Be sure to ask your kinder the song that we sing to help us remember the spelling for “they”.  

SPLIT LIT (literacy time):  A few pictures of the kinders working on their literacy skills…reading sight words, building reading fluency, phonics building skills and more while having some fun.

    

 

  HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Caleb. He turned 6 on Monday. Who would have thought he would celebrate at home because of a snow day. 🙂  Thank you for the gift bags.

NOTES FOR MOM AND DAD

*OUTSIDE SHOES:  THANK YOU for sending your kinder in outside shoes or boots on rainy days.  Please remember that…..OUTSIDE SHOES CAN NOT BE WORN IN THE GYM AS MUD AND DIRT GETS ON THE GYM FLOOR.  PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU CHILD HAS GYM SHOES TO WEAR THAT ARE NOT THEIR OUTSIDE SHOES.  Thank you!

*BACKPACK SNACK:  Please remember to send a daily healthy snack 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.  We only have a few weeks left so let’s end strong! 🙂

*LUNCH MENU:  The May/June lunch menu is available under Food Service tab on the side bar of our blog.

UPCOMING DATES

*MONDAY, APRIL 23: GYM;  reading TAKE HOME BOOKS; 

*TUESDAY, APRIL 24: MUSIC;  reading TAKE HOME BOOKS; GES Art Reception 5:30 p.m. Anderson’s birthday celebration

*WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25: ART;  HOMEWORK DUE….math and literacy  LIBRARY: Please return your kinder’s book; 

*THURSDAY, APRIL 26: STEAM; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS and Rainbow word lists 

*FRIDAY, APRIL 27:  GYM; FUN CENTERS…Parent volunteers please arrive at 1:40pm for instructions

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 9:  Spring Field Trip to Hemlock Crossing Nature Center and Hager Park Park.  Note come home this week.  Return ASAP if you would like to chaperone…FIRST COME FIRST SERVE.  All welcome to Hager Park lunch and playtime. It would be helpful if you would please return the bottom portion of the orange note so that your kinder and I know of your plans. 

*FRIDAY, MAY 11….Fast Friday (Early Release Day dismissal at 12:15pm)

*Friday, May 25…..Red, White and Blue Day!  Wear your Red, White and Blue to school!!

*Monday, May 28.. .Memorial Day, No School

~~~Have a great weekend.     Mrs. Bohl

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—-April 9-13

Welcome back to school!!  I hope that you had a wonderful, relaxing and refreshing spring break. Mr. Bohl and I enjoyed playing at the beach and pool everyday in Florida with our entire family  (6 adults and a 16 month old).  We had wonderful, warm, sunny weather….it was hard to return home to Michigan weather. I hope that you enjoyed time with your family as well.  The kinders had a lot of fun telling each other about what they did.  Playdates, going to Rebounders, going to the movie theater, visiting grandparents, staying in a hotel and so much more was shared.  

Take a peek at what we did in kindergarten! 🙂

MATH:  This week we revisited how we sort objects by shape, size, color, etc.  Check out the Bonkers for Buttons book that came home. We also practiced identifying number partners and writing the matching equations.  Friday math centers focused on these math skills.  

   Domino Dots

   Unifix  cube partners

   Finding out the unknown partner

   Lima bean shake

READER’S WORKSHOP:  We began a new unit called CHARACTER ROUND UP.  In the unit we will dig deeper into our learning about characters by looking at how they look, what they say and do, comparing characters and more. The kinders are amazing me with their knowledge as readers. 

The first graders in Mrs. Woodring’s class joined us for a time of partner reading on Thursday.  It was so fun to see how some of my former kinders have grown and it gave this year’s kinders a peek into what they will reading next year.  Thank you for stopping by. 

                   

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  This month the kinders will be learning about another writing genre….HOW TO….  We started our learning by creating a list of things the kinders thought they are experts at doing, such as holding a hockey stick, opening a banana, playing Gaga Ball. 

We first told the steps over our fingers, next we wrote the words, then we drew detailed pictures and finally we read our story.  This week we created two How to books….How to read a book and How to get a snack. 

    

 I am so very proud of the growth and ability they have developed as writers!

SCIENCE….IT ROCKS!: We worked together to list facts that we knew about soil prior to spring break.  This week we read more informational books about soil and created charts like “Where we can find soil” and “Ways we use soil”.

  

To better understand the layers of soil we did a fun experiment.  Soil was put into a glass jar, water was add and shaken around, and then the waiting began.  After a bit we were able to see the layers of rocks, sand, silt, clay and humus.  Can you see the layers?

     

Before we investigated our personal baggies of soil, we sorted pictures of things found in soil by minerals, plants and animals.  We had fun using magnifying glasses to look closely at our soil to find roots, silt, worms, leaves and record our findings on a paper.  

      

Finally we learned how some types of soil are made through wind, rain, ice coming into contact with rocks.  Have your child show and explain the  flow map that they took home today.  

POPCORN WORDS:       HIM          JUMP                                                                         Please, please keep practicing at home!  The kinders are becoming fabulous readers!

  We celebrated with Peyton and who turned 6 on Monday. Thank you so much for the birthday treats

NOTES TO MOM AND DAD

*OUTSIDE SHOES:  THANK YOU for sending your child in outside shoes or boots on spring days.The playground is very muddy and we are working hard to keep our classroom floor clean.  Please remember that…..OUTSIDE SHOES CAN NOT BE WORN IN THE GYM AS MUD AND DIRT GETS ON THE GYM FLOOR.  PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU KINDER HAS GYM SHOES TO WEAR THAT ARE NOT THEIR OUTSIDE SHOES.  Thank you!

*BACKPACK SNACK:  Please remember to send TWO daily healthy snackS for your kinder, as we take a moment to refuel each day. Many kinders are coming to school with snacks. Thank you.

*TAKE HOME books:  Please help your child 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 new books 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.

*KOOL KINDER & THE GUESSING JAR: We have begun another round of being the Kool Kinder.  Your kinder  will be bringing home the “Guessing Jar.” Their job is to fill the jar with a mystery number (1-50) of objects (marshmallows, erasers, etc.) for our class to guess the quantity the next day.  The items back home with him/her the same day.  We have counted seashells, marbles, beads, chocolate candy this week.

UPCOMING DATES

*MONDAY, APRIL 16: STEAMreading TAKE HOME BOOKS; BOOK ORDERS DUE; celebrating Caleb’s birthday

*TUESDAY, APRIL 17: GYM;  reading TAKE HOME BOOKS; ROCK COLLECTIONS DUE

*WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18: MUSIC;  HOMEWORK DUE….math and literacy;  LIBRARY: Please return your kinder’s book.  

*THURSDAY, APRIL 19: ART; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS and Rainbow word lists

*FRIDAY, APRIL 20: STEAMPopcorn Friday; Earth Day celebration

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 9…Spring Field Trip to Hemlock Crossing Nature Center & Hagar Park.  An orange note will be coming home Monday containing volunteer information.  All parents (and younger siblings) are welcome to join us at Hagar Park for a picnic lunch and playtime. Please send back the the bottom portion of the orange note so that I know of your plans.

~~~Have a  great weekend.  Mrs. Bohl

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—Feb 19-23

Look what we learned in kindergarten this week

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ALL ABOUT PRESIDENTS:  In honor of Presidents’ Day this past Monday, the kinders learned some interesting facts about 2 famous presidents.  We learned that George Washington was our very first president, he owned 5 farms, he wore white powder in his hair (Ewww…many thought this was strange), his picture is on the quarter and the one dollar bill.  Abraham Lincoln was an honest man who lived in a log cabin. He was the 16th president, he wore a stove pipe hat and kept important papers inside of it and his picture is on the penny and the five dollar bill. We read a newspaper to learn facts and placed facts on posters. The kinders enjoyed making a fun President flip craftivity to complete their learning. Did you ask them what they learned?

     

SOCIAL STUDIES:  The kinders had fun learning about and seeing various kinds of maps.  We read Me on the Map to help us broaden our understanding of the world around us.

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

 

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

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

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

Friday math games were….

   SUBTRACTION SMASH (subtraction problems

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

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

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

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

 

ASSESSMENTS:  Assessing your kinder in their literacy and math skills are underway.  I am so proud of the progress I am noticing.  Please continue to work with your kinder at home by writing upper and lower case letters with proper formation, reviewing their popcorn words, reading books with them and listening to them read to you.  Don’t forget the math skills of counting by 1’s and 10’s to 100, writing numbers 1-20 with proper formation, telling, drawing and solving addition/subtraction stories and looking for number partners (2+4=6 & 10+4=14). As you can see, we are very busy learning and reviewing many skills in kindergarten.  I am excited to share your kinder’s personal progress with you at conferences.

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

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

    

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

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

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

KOOL KINDERS  ARE BOOK LOVERS:

  Izabel likes to read Pinkalicious books.

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

  Caleb likes to read Monsters LOVE Underpants.

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

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

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

NOTES FOR MOM AND DAD

*WINTER GEAR:  Thank you for sending your child with all that they need to stay warm outside….snow pants, hats, mittens, boots. Just a reminder, we will be outside for recess if the temperature is above 0 degrees.  The playground is VERY WET.  Please continue to send all of their snow gear.

*BACKPACK SNACK:  Please continue to send 2 healthy, quick snacks with your kinder each day.  Your kinder needs to be refueled so that they be ready to learn.

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

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

UPCOMING DATES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy your weekend!  Mrs. Bohl

 

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—Feb 12-16

Welcome back to a 5 day week of learning!

The kinders are full of excitement for learning which is becoming so evident as we learn new things each day and week. Did you like hearing about Love Monster?  We had a lot of fun making our own Love Monsters after reading Love Monster  and Love Monster and the last chocolate by Rachel Bright. Another way to celebrate friendship and Valentine’s Day.

     

MORNING WORK:  After unpacking their backpacks and sitting in their seats, the kinders have begun a new activity.  Each morning they complete one page of their February morning work packet.  After lunch count and attendance are taken, as a class, we review the work discussing the day’s concept/skill such as identifying 3D shapes of sphere, cube, cone, locating popcorn words, sequencing popcorn words so that the sentence makes sense and more. The kinders are enjoying ‘waking up their brain’ in this fun learning way.

MATH:  We told math stories using our fruit  from our ‘fruit & vegetable market’ adding written equations.  Remembering what each symbol (+ – = ) means and using them correctly is challenging but the kinders are doing a great job.  They learned that you can write a teen number equation two different ways but they mean the same thing.  One way is to write the partners first and then the total (10+4=14) or write the total first and then the partners (14=10+4).  The kinders practiced this skill by playing a memory game to match these equations.

      

Friday math games helped the kinders review the math skills of patterning, measuring with non-standard objects and seeing number partners in addition equations. 

   

READER’S WORKSHOP: The kinders learned how our voices to bring our books to life! We talked about how it sounds when we read like a robot compared to how it sounds when we read smooth. Then they had opportunities to practice sounding like a smooth reader when they read!

SPECIAL VISITORS:  On Wednesday, Mrs. Suttorp and her 2nd grade friends came into our room.  They  read us the fiction stories they wrote during their writing time. We enjoyed listening to their stories!  It was exciting for me to see how some of my former kinders are now accomplished writers.

       

WRITING WORKSHOP:  We continued to write about small moments that are true life, one time events such as writing about one of our party centers. The kinders are gradually doing more and more of the writing on their own.  I am so proud of them!!  This is a hard type of writing for these little ones.  In celebration of Valentine’s Day we created a pattern book about Things I Love.  Creating and writing a special valentine card for their family was also enjoyed.

  

POPCORN WORDS:         WHO               NOT                                                                            They noticed that the word “how” has the same letters as “who” only they are in different order.  A great learning moment about how the order of letters and the sounds they make are so important. The kinders practiced handwriting and spelling while playing UNSCRAMBLE THE POPCORN WORD.

      

SCIENCE:  The kinders like being scientists so we did a science experiment with candy hearts.  We predicted what would happen if you put candy hearts inside of a glass filled with water.  Most of us predicted that the candyt would sink and they were correct.  However….the longer they stayed inside the water the candy hearts began to float to the top.  Wonder why? Dropping hearts inside water was fun so why not try other liquids.  So….candy hearts went into  soda (Sprite) and vinegar.  We found out that bubbles floated around the hearts in the soda like fizz and vinegar made the hearts brighter.  

As we talked about our observations we began to wonder what would happen if candy hearts were dropped into other kinds of liquids like milk, lemonade, apple juice and warm water (not just room temperature water we tried before).  All of the liquids changed from being clear to colored as time went on.  

 

     

Ask your kinder for more information and be prepared…some of them might want to try some experiments at home.

MYSTERY GUEST READERS:  On Thursday, Katelynn was thrilled to see her mom come into the room.  She brought The Day my Mom came to Kindergarten.  It was a fun book to remind us about school rules and how hard we work at school.  

On Friday, Hunter literally jumped up and ran to give his mom a hug.  She brought along his younger sisters Kendall and Kenzie.  We were able to enjoy Too Many Toys by David Shannon. A very fun story about having a lot of toys and deciding which ones to give away….or not. 

KOOL KINDERS ARE BOOK LOVERS: 

 Makenize likes to read Clifford’s Family in this two story book.

 Katelynn likes to read Pinkalicious The Flower Girl.

 Dominic likes to read The Day the Crayons came home.

 Jayce likes to read Bad Kitty’s Christmas.

 Tristan likes to read Super Powers Bad Weather.

NOTES FOR MOM AND DAD

*WINTER GEAR:  Thank you for sending your child with all that they need to stay warm outside….snow pants, hats, mittens, boots. Just a reminder, we will be outside for recess if the temperature is above 0 degrees.  The playground is VERY WET with melting snow & ice.  Please continue to send all of their snow gear.

*BACKPACK SNACK:  Please continue to send 2 healthy, quick snacks with your kinder each day.  Your kinder needs to be refueled so that they be ready to learn.

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

UPCOMING DATES

*MON. FEB. 19—STEAM reading TAKE HOME BOOKS

*TUES. FEB 20–GYM;  reading TAKE HOME BOOKS;  

*WED.FEB. 21MUSIC; Valentine’s Day!! HOMEWORK DUE….math and literacy;  LIBRARY Please remember to return your child’s book. 

*THURS. FEB.22––ART; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS & Rainbow word list;

*FRI. FEB. 23—STEAM;  celebrating Mia’s birthday!

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

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

Enjoy your weekend!  Mrs. Bohl