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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!!!

REMINDERS

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.

UPCOMING DATES

*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 of the Week—Oct. 19-23

POPCORN WORDS:     They were ‘popping’ up all the time this week in our daily messages and in books. We learned that sometimes “E” is quiet and tells other hard worker letters (vowels) to do a flip and say their letter name. We saw this happening in “like” and “here”.  Our shared reading poem “I like to play.” and book The Balloon included our popcorn words this week.

COLOR WORD:     BROWN    The kinders had fun reading many Bear books…a character who is becoming a favorite.  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. 

 

 READING:  We learned that readers read patterned sentences.  We read a poem about the zoo and noticed the pattern of “______ are in the zoo.” With our reading partners, we worked hard to find places in our storybooks that were “Wow!, “Huh?”, “That’s cool!”  Storybooks are filled with these parts to make the story exciting!  We also reviewed looking for character feelings. Little Critter in I was so mad! by M. Mayer displayed a lot of feelings. We are all learning!  Just like when we were little we didn’t walk right away, we had to crawl, scoot, hold onto things and then we could walk, jog and then run!  Reading is like that too.  We have to learn some sounds, put those sounds together and then use all of our reading tools to practice being a reader. Reading by ourselves or with our partners help us grow as readers!

WRITING:  The kinders learned that writers also write books with a pattern.  After investigating a real pumpkin that Mrs. Bohl brought in, we wrote a book about the parts of the pumpkin using the pattern “I see the _______.” (stem, ribs, rind,  orange pumpkin) . We also wrote a book about ourselves after listening to the song Mat Man.  This song reminds us to include details in drawing a person. This book used the pattern of “Here is my ______.” (head, body, hair, friend).

SPLIT LIT/LITERACY: The kinders did activities to strengthen their skills in letter ID, letter sounds, hearing syllables in words, rhyming, blending sounds.  I am SO excited about the progress I am noticing.  Thank you for working and supporting your kinder at home.  It is making a BIG difference!

MATH:   We did a little bit of everything in math this week as we continued to work on Unit #2.  We worked on telling math stories (both + -), writing numbers in correct order, noticing 5 groups and extra ones in numbers 6-10, writing numbers 0-7, noticing partners of 5 and comparing numbers by using equal (= )and not equal (= with / through) symbols.  It was a busy week of learning!

HANDWRITING: We learned about the three different handwriting lines and how some letters are small, some are tall, and some fall below the lines.  We practiced writing “counterclockwise” letters (f,c,a,d) as well as our names. They did great but some upcoming letters are more difficult than others to form properly, so extra practice is always beneficial.  Writing with markers, chalk, bathroom crayons and even in shaving cream are some fun different ways to inspire your kinder.  

 

 

PHONICS: We spent most of the week studying alphabet charts.  The kinders worked in table groups to match pictures to the letters.  They learned that we can add new pictures to an alphabet chart to improve them and make them better. (ex: covering a picture of a rat with a picture of a rabbit). We practiced finding the beginning and ending letter quickly on a chart when shown a picture.  It was so fun to teach our stuffed animals everything we learned about alphabet charts at ABC School and to take an alphabet chart home.

SOME REMINDERS

KOOL KINDERS:   What fun to see and hear about this week Kool Kinders’ show and tell items of a Barbie, a stuffed dragon, a zoo keeper doll and white stuffed dog.

TURKEY TROT:  The Turkey Trot is going to be a virtual race this year. Check out the PE blog for the Turkey Trot information.   http://mvankoev.edublogs.org

LUNCH:  Hot lunch is free for all students through the entire school year.  If your kinder orders milk with their home lunch that is a charge.

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.  Don’t forget those water bottles! 🙂

Please remember to send your kinder in a coat each day to school. With this changing weather, it is important for the kinders to be warm at recess. Thank you!

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Oct 26—NO SCHOOL

*Tuesday, Oct 27—MUSIC

*Wednesday, Oct 28—GYM; Library…Bring back your library book, Homework packet due.   Fall Celebration donations due

*Thursday, Oct 29–ART  COLOR DAY: wear RAINBOW colors

 *Friday, Oct 30—STEAM;   Fall Celebration day. If you kinder chooses to wear a costume to school PLEASE make sure they can move freely, use the bathroom independently and quickly and wear it all day.  Keep all extra props, weapons, etc at home. Thank you! 🙂

*Friday, Nov 13–Fast Friday (early release) Dismiss at 12:15pm

*Nov 16 & 18–Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences and Book Fair.  More information on conferences will be sent out soon!

*Nov 25-Nov 27–NO SCHOOL. Thanksgiving Vacation

Have a fabulous long fall weekend.  I will see my sweet kinders on Tuesday ~~Mrs. Bohl

News of the Week—Oct 12-16

COLOR WORD:    ORANGE     We read some pumpkin books to celebrate the color orange.  We made a cute orange tiger and so much more.

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: We were introduced to some new strategies to use when we get stuck on unknown words. We learned about Tryin’ Lion, Stretchy Snake, Eagle Eye and Lips the Fish. Tryin’ Lion taught us that if what you’re reading doesn’t make sense, go back and try it again. Stretchy Snake taught us to s-t-r-e-t-c-h out the sounds and then blend them together. Eagle Eye taught us to use the picture on the page to figure out the word. Lips the Fish taught us to get our mouth ready to say the sounds in words. We practiced those skills in our books. We also looked at our popcorn word books and labeled some pictures to help us read them better. In our books we looked for what characters are feeling and labeled that feeling with a sticky note that tells the feeling . 

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. 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 and counted groups of objects inside their workbooks.  Friday math games were APPLE ORCHARD I SPY and PUMPKIN RACE.  What fun! 

WRITING:  This week we wrote about our Homes. We learned about how writers think about their important topic, draw it, label the pictures, write words and then write more words. We ended the week by making them colorful and sharing them with our table partner! 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.”

PHONICS:  We are Word Scientists!  We began to look closely at an alphabet charts to notice which letters have straight or curvy lines, how it can help us match a picture to a letter and noticing things that are the same and different about the ABC charts. We also practiced learning a letter – naming it, sounding it, writing it and using it. We did the same thing practicing our popcorn words.

SPLIT LIT/LITERACY:  The kinders worked on rhyming, identifying letters, producing the sounds, identifying beginning and ending sounds by playing games.  

PBIS Outstanding Mission:  On Monday we departed on a mission brought to us by the PBIS team at Georgetown.  Our mission at our first stop was to determine the best way to SOAR at school which was by Detective Stauffer.  Our second and last stop was led by Mr. Waldie where we discussed who the secret agents are at Georgetown that give Outstandings to students.  This was fun little hunt to introduce Outstandings and remind our students of how we SOAR at school.  Ask your kinder about how they can SOAR daily at Georgetown. 

 

SOME REMINDERS FOR YOU 

KOOL KINDERS:   What fun to see and hear about this week Kool Kinders’ show and tell items of Ryan’s World, Fancy Nancy doll, mini car that fit inside a small container, a Leap Frog game and a cuddle buddy mouse.

TURKEY TROT:  The Turkey Trot is going to be a virtual race this year. Check out the PE blog for the Turkey Trot information.   http://mvankoev.edublogs.org

LUNCH:  On October 9, the USDA announced that they would be extending the Summer Food Service Program’s free meals for all students at all schools through June 30, 2021. The SFSP is a continuation of the operating rules in place during the spring/summer school closure from March-August 2020.  If your kinder orders milk with their home lunch that is a charge.

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.  Don’t forget those water bottles! 🙂

Please remember to send your kinder in a coat each day to school. With this changing weather, it is important for the kinders to be warm at recess. Thank you!

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Oct 19—MUSIC

*Tuesday, Oct 20—GYM 

*Wednesday, Oct 21—ART; Library…Bring back your library book, Homework packet due.   

*Thursday, Oct 22–STEAM EMAIL ME OR SEND A NOTE BY THURSDAY (10/22) IF YOUR KINDER WOULD LIKE A SACK LUNCH. 

 *Friday, Oct 23—STEAM;   Fast Friday (early release) Dismissal 12:15 COLOR DAY: Wear BROWN

*Wednesday, Oct 28–Fall Party Donations due at school

*Friday, Oct 30–Fall Party day

Have a fabulous fall weekend. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at kbohl@hpseagles.net  YOUR KINDER IS SPECIAL TO ME! 🙂  ~~Mrs. Bohl

News of the Week–Oct 5-9

A busy week of learning in school.

FIRE PREVENTION:  We spent some time reviewing fire safety rules for in school and at home.  We watched one of my favorite movies called Snuffy’s Fire Bargade.  A great short movie that helped the kinders learn more about “hot spots”, “Stop, Drop, Roll”, “stay low and get out”.  It is now available on youtube if your kinder wants to watch it again.  I didn’t dare tell the kinders that I first showed this movie using a film projector with reels at the start of my teaching career. Oh, my!  That really tells you how old I am. 🙂 The movie will jump for a few seconds at the start but smooths out.  Don’t miss the dragon…it is my favorite part. 🙂  We also read many fire safety books and our weekly newspaper to learn more information and just for fun.  Fire Truck by Ivan Ulz became a favorite of every kinder.  Here is a link on youtube if your kinder wants to listen to the story again and sing the song!  Here are some of the fire safety tips that we learned:

  • Check the smoke detectors in your house to make sure they work properly. Change the batteries yearly.
  • Go outside!  Talk about a safety plan for your family in case of a fire – where is your meeting spot? 
  • Call 911 immediately! 
  • Do not play with matches or lighters– they are dangerous and can cause fires! They are tools for grown-ups only!
  • If a part of your clothing or your body catches on fire, STOP, DROP, and ROLL. 

Many of the kinders already knew these fire safety rules.  It is good to “not be scared but be prepared”. 

POPCORN WORDS:  ME   BE   WE   WILL   The kinders were excited to see that our popcorn words rhymed (at least 3 of them).  We found these words inside our daily message, we unscrambled the letters to spell them correctly and found them in books. Thank you for working with your kinder at home.

COLOR WORDSBLACK    WHITE       We read many books with black and white characters such as Harry the Dirty Dog, Harry and the Neighbor, Harry goes to the sea, Please, Mr. Panda and Thank you, Mr. Panda .  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 made a picture of Harry the Dirty Dog.  

MATH:  We spent the first part of the week reviewing the math skills that we learned…writing, identifying and counting object for numbers 1-5, identifying and drawing shapes, completing dot to dot pictures.  On Thursday we took our first math test using individual “office spaces” (a folder separating them from their neighbor) .  They settled in and did a GREAT job of working hard on answering all the questions.  These tests will be graded and given to you soon. I am amazed at how much each kinder has grown in their math skills and abilities!! Thank you for working and supporting them at home.  We will begin Unit #2 next week. 

We had fun practicing writing numbers 1-6 by playing PUT OUT THE FIRE on Friday.

PHONICS:   Mabel, our stuffed elephant kept us busy this week.  We used our names to build new words which was really fun. (ex: Cade=Bade) We labeled various things in our classroom, stretching out the sounds of each word. We practiced handwriting & learning more words by writing some popcorn words and friends’ names in our journals.  

READING: We used storybooks like Piggy and Elephant  to help us notice that characters have feelings.  Sometimes the characters even show strong feelings, as in the book Ilama llama mad at Mama.

WRITING: The kinders learned that Show and Tell writing can be about important places.  Together we wrote a Show and Tell 3 page book about the library. We learned (once again) that we can write across pages and add many details to each page.  While doing this we are working on stretching our words to add labels and add sentences to our writing. Writers and illustrators make decisions on what to draw and label.  The kinders worked hard to do this on each page.  Our Show and Tell book sounded like this:  We will hear a book. We will pick a book.  We will get a book.  The kinders are turning into fantastic writers!

LITERACY/SPLIT LIT:  We finished ABC Boot Camp with letters Ww,Xx,Yy, Zz.  We will continue to review these letters, practice producing their sounds in small groups and in large group. We worked in small groups with Mrs. Bynum, Mrs. DeGroot and Mrs. Bohl to practice identifying letters, producing the sounds and recognizing rhyming words. Our shared reading book for the week was It Is Too Hot!.  Reading this book together helps us in identifying parts of a book, noticing patterns, rhymes, popcorn words and more. It was pretty cool that our poem was about fall leaves. It is becoming a favorite part of our morning.

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION:  Cora turned 6 on Oct 6! 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

FALL PARTY:  Thank you so much for the quick response in willing to donate supplies to our upcoming Fall Party.  All requested items have been spoken for.  

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.

KOOL KINDERS:   The kinders are excited to be the Kool Kinder again.  We are now drawing out a stick with a kinder’s name on it to determine the next day’s Kool Kinder.  A yellow reminder note will come home the day prior. The kinders are asked to bring a show and tell item from home.  After you choose the show and tell item, please talk with your kinder about what information they are going to share with the class.  We love to hear why they chose it, who gave it to them or where did they get it, etc. 

LUNCH: Hot lunch is FREE to ALL students until Dec. 31, 2020.  If your kinder orders milk with their home lunch that is a charge.

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!

TURKEY TROT:  The Turkey Trot is going to be a virtual race this year. Check out the PE blog for the Turkey Trot information.   http://mvankoev.edublogs.org

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Oct 12—STEAM 

*Tuesday, Oct 13—MUSIC 

*Wednesday, Oct 14—GYM; Library…Bring back your library book, Homework packet due.   

*Thursday, Oct 15–ART 

 *Friday, Oct 16—STEAM;  Wear ORANGE

Have a fabulous weekend.  ~~Mrs. Bohl

 

 

News of the Week—Sept 28-Oct 2

Fall weather has definitely arrived!  Please send the appropriate coat/sweatshirt for your kinder to wear while playing outside.

COLOR WORD:    PURPLE     Harold and the Purple Crayon was just one of many purple themed books we read.  It was a great book to inspire imagination.  The kinders used their imagination to draw their own purple crayon adventures.  We LOVED hearing an old favorite song of Mrs. Bohl, the song “One Eyed, One Horned Flying Purple People Eater”.  They really enjoyed making their own one eyed, one horned flying purple people eater monsters. They are decorating our room for a bit. Here is the link to the “Purple People Eater” video we watched. Once again, it was fun looking at the way the kinders chose to wear this week’s color purple.  We have a few more colors to learn.

 

POPCORN WORDS:  TO   DO   YOU

SPLIT LIT: This week week we began Split Lit (small literacy groups) learning time. We focused on letter identification, letter sounds and rhyming by drawing out apples, matching fun objects to letter mats, playing rhyming games and building rhyming puzzles.

ABC BOOT CAMP:  We are getting close to the end of the alphabet.  Rr, Ss, Tt, Uu, Vv were spotlighted this week.

READING:  We continued with our favorite stories in reading this week!  The kinders learned that readers work to sound exactly like the characters  in their storybooks. They use connecting words such as ” and then…and after that…” while they read the next page and point to any popcorn words they recognize. They used their paper Three Billy Goats Gruff  book, puppets and Piggy and Elephant books to practice this new skill. The kinders had a so much fun changing their voice to sound exactly like the troll and billy goats. This little paper book is now in their blue book bin. 

MATH:  The kinders practiced writing numbers, telling math stories (addition & subtraction), comparing numbers, identifying groups of objects up to 5 and recognizing shapes.

WRITING:  We began a new writing unit called Show and Tell this week.  We started by looking closely at our new friend, Mabel. Then we drew and labeled parts of the elephant. We also drew and labeled Pete the Cat. They did a fantastic job! The kinders were SO excited to use their show and tell item from home! The kinders pulled their object out of their brown bag, told their table partner about it and then they drew and labeled some parts.  Labeling is tricky but we are learning to stretch words slowly and write all of the sounds that we hear, especially when we refer to an ABC chart.  Thank you for participating!

PHONCIS:  Mabel taught us that some letters are called consonants and others are called vowels.  Vowels are special letters because they can make 2 sounds!  We had fun using our friends’ names to clap out the syllable beats and to practice writing them by heart.  The kinders ‘owned’ their letters (first letter) and were the teachers to their classmates as to how to write them.

TURKEY TROT:  The Turkey Trot is going to be a virtual race this year. Check out the PE blog for the Turkey Trot information.   http://mvankoev.edublogs.org

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Oct 5—ART, KOOL KINDER:  Parker

*Tuesday, Oct 6—STEAM;  KOOL KINDER:  Dylan

*Wednesday, Oct 7—MUSIC; Library…Bring back your library book, Homework packet due.    KOOL KINDER:  Grayson

*Thursday, Oct 8–GYM; KOOL KINDER:  Wesley

 *Friday, Oct 9—ART; KOOL KINDER: Mrs. Bohl  Wear BLACK & WHITE

News of the Week—Sept 21-25

A fun week in kindergarten…..

SPRIT WEEK FUN:  Thank you for participating!  🙂

PAJAMA DAY:  Totally forgot to take pictures.  The kinders wore fun jamies though. 🙂

CRAZY SOCKS DAY: 

CRAZY WILD HAIR DAY:

HAT DAY:

MAIZE AND BLUE DAY:

MATH:  The kinders sorted shapes into two groups….circles and not circles.  They did a great job recognizing the differences in shapes. They were so excited to use their own math tool boxes to practice number sense and comparing numbers using graphs. They also practiced writing numbers, especially 1-3 and identifying groups of numbers 1-5 in our workbooks. 

 

POPCORN WORDS:       IS   HIS   THIS     The kinders found out that when you add a letter (or two) at the beginning of “is” you can create new words.  We also noticed that sometimes the letter s makes a /z/ sound like in “is” and “his” but also makes a /s/ sound in “this”.  We highlighted these words in our weekly poem This is us and found them inside our popcorn book A Fireman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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:  We continued writing our three page story about SCHOOL, writing about the playground and our classroom. We drew pictures, added labels and even added a sentence. It is important to make sure that the sentence we write matches our drawings. They added color and extra details to their pictures to make their story the best it can be. This was hard work but we kept reminding ourselves when something gets hard we should say, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.” The kinders did an amazing job!!

LITERACY:  ABC Boot Camp letters this week were Mm, Nn, Oo, Pp, Qq.  

READING:  The kinders practiced sounding like a teacher when they read. They also started to learn how to be storybook readers.  Storybooks are books that readers may have read before and can enjoy reading again and again.  We also practiced telling familiar stories and making sure our words match what is in the picture.  Sound familiar?  It was pretty cool to make the connection that is what we were doing during writing time too.  One of the stories we had fun practicing this with is the story, The Three Billy Goats Gruff.   

PHONICS:  Meet Mabel the elephant.  She is the main character in a new phonics program that began this week.  Mabel will help teach the kinders the ins and outs of phonics…learning more about letters & sounds, rhyming words, syllables, making of words, formation of letters and more.  Learning about names will be the focus of the lessons for the next few weeks.  The kinders looked at the letters in Mabel’s name and their friends’ names. They learned how to identify a letter by NAME IT, SOUND IT, WRITE IT, USE IT. We collected M items to put inside of Mabel’s bed such as a mini mirror, mouse, milk, M magnet. They had fun clapping the syllable beats in Mabel’s name (Ma  bel) and in their friends’ names.

INTRODUCING:  We are so grateful that 3 special para-professionals stop by throughout our day and week to learn and work with us in kindergarten.  

Mrs. Bynum  

     Mrs. De Groot

 Mrs. Santana

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

*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.  Next week is predicted to be cooler weather.

*BACKPACK SNACK…THANK YOU SO MUCH for being conscientious about sending TWO healthy, NUT FREE snacks…one for the morning, one for the afternoon.  

*LIBRARY BOOK…When you are finished reading your kinder’s library book, you can return it to school.  We have a box where the books will be kept until we go to the library on Wednesday.  Your kinder will be able to check out another library book ONLY when the other book is returned.

*CALENDARS..You can view this month’s food service lunch menu on the side bar AND the OCTOBER calendar at the top of the blog under CALENDARS.

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Sept. 28—GYM, KOOL KINDER: Hannah 

*Tuesday, Sept. 29—ART;  KOOL KINDER: Cameron  

*Wednesday, Sept 30—STEAM; Library…Bring back your library book, Homework packet due.    KOOL KINDER: Jack 

*Thursday, Oct 1–MUSIC; KOOL KINDER: Cade. SCHOOL PICTURE DAY!

 *Friday, Oct 2—GYM; KOOL KINDER: Parker  Wear PURPLE