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!!!
*MONDAY, April 30: MUSIC; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS
*TUESDAY, MAY 1: ART; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS
*WEDNESDAY, MAY 2: STEAM; HOMEWORK DUE….math and literacy; LIBRARY: Please return your kinder’s book.
*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…..Red, White and Blue Day! Wear your Red, White 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