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NEWS OF THE WEEK—Nov. 26-30

I hope that you enjoyed the extra day home with your kinder.  The kinders were VERY excited about playing in the snow during recess.  Here a just a few pictures to enjoy!

Take a look at what your kinder in school this week.

GINGERBREAD MAN:  He likes to run!  The gingerbread man has many ways of avoiding being caught! We found this out by reading  The Gingerbread Man by Karen Schimdt.  All month we will be reading different versions of this story, comparing the endings of each book.  Will he get caught?  Will he escape?  Wait and see! Even our newspaper was about how to make a gingerbread man!

I hope that you had fun decorating your gingerbread boy/girl at home.  They are fantastic and special.  Hopefully, these gingerbread men won’t run away!! 🙂  For now they are on our hallway board. You can send your decorated gingerbread boy/girl in next week too, if they are still at home.

WRITING:  All month long we are DISCOVERING PATTERNS in books. During writing time, we are learning how to write simple pattern books. We already wrote 2 books…Foods I ate (for Thanksgiving) with the pattern….I ate ____.; I can do stuff with the pattern…I can _____.  I am so proud of their hard work.  They are stretching out sounds in words, writing popcorn words and using fantastic penmanship.  The kinders are so excited about this new writing adventure.  

HANDWRITING:  We began learning the proper formation of the upper case letters starting with the STRAIGHT LINE family of L,T,I,E,F,H. 

  

SOCIAL STUDIES:  The Gingerbread Man is on the Loose!  Gingy (our mini gingerbread man) is traveling the world, helping us learn about some different countries. 

We are boarding an imaginary airplane and flying the globe learning different fun facts about that country. This week he landed in Australia…the land down under.  Upon landing in the new country, each kinder has their own passport stamped as they de-board the airplane.  Gingy sent us some postcards with neat pictures of various landmarks.  The kinders are drawing their favorite fun fact in a book.  We also watched 2 videos, learning more facts about landmarks and animals that are indigenous to Australia.  The kinders enjoyed the animal video so much they wanted me to share the link so they could watch it again at home. Mrs. Rossback visited Australia so she also shared what she saw and did there.  Very cool! It was neat to learn that Australia’s flag has the same colors as American flag….red, white and blue….only in a different design.

READING: The kinders dove deeper into learning what to share with their reading partners.  They shared their favorite part of the story, something that is cool,  I didn’t know that? fact and that happened to me! connection with their reading buddy.  Our time of reading continues to become longer.  We are making progress! 🙂

MATH:  The first part of the week was wrapping up on learning and reviewing some math skills.  At the end of the week, the kinders  used their individual “offices”again when they took the unit #2 math test.  After I finish grading the tests I will send them home with the kinders.  Next week we move on to unit #3.   

SPLIT LIT:  I am so proud of the kinders!  Tuesday the kinders were re-introduced to different tasks (worksites). The activities at the stations will focus on writing, rhyming, beginning sounds and sight words. The kinders will be identifying letters/sounds, blending/segmenting sounds in words and recognizing sight words while working in small groups with Mrs. Rossback or myself when not working independently.  

*POPCORN WORDS:   AN      CAN     MAN     RAN                                                      How fun it is to be able to make more words if  you can identify ‘an’. We enjoyed using a gingerbread man slider to this.  We used these words many times in our writing and reading this week. I am so proud of how well the kinders are doing in identifying popcorn words. Thank you for practicing at home…..keep it up.  

MYSTERY  READERS:   On Wednesday, Amelia quietly and sweetly greeted her mom.  We enjoyed hearing Thidwick the big hearted moose by Dr. Seuss. It was her dad’s favorite story when he was younger and now Amelia loves it too!

Friday, both Jase and Colton ran across the room to give their mom and dad a hug as they entered the room with their younger sister, Chloe.  Mom read Zip Line, a sweet story about a little girl having a zip line (scar) on her chest from having heart surgery and how we are all different. It is Colton’s favorite story because he too has a zip line from heart surgery when he was younger.  Thank you for coming in.

REMINDERS 

*WINTER GEAR:  Please send winter gear each day with your child.   It is cold and the snow is here.  We want our kinders warm.  They may wear their gym shoes inside of school every day or you can send a pair of shoes. Please consider buying velcro closings on boots if you need to purchase new ones this year. Wearing snow boots in our room is not an option.  🙂 . DON’T FORGET TO LABEL YOUR KINDER’S CLOTHES!

*BACKPACK SNACK:  Thank you for packing 2 quick, healthy backpack snacks each day!

*5th Grade Candy Canes:  Mon. Dec 3 thru Fri Dec 14. The cost for each candy cane is $1.00 and they will be delivered the same day they are ordered. Please enclose the money inside a labeled envelope, listing the number of candy canes needed. See earlier posting for more details.

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Dec 3—STEAM

*Tuesday, Dec 4—MUSIC

*Wednesday, Dec 5—GYMNo Library due to Holiday Gift Shop.  Enjoy your kinder’s book another week;  HOLIDAY GIFT SHOP: We are scheduled to shop at 2:00pm  If you would like your kinder to participate, please provide the necessary information for family members they need to shop for on the outside of the envelope.  Enclose your kinder’s money inside. Please make checks payable to GEORGETOWN PTC.

*Thursday, Dec. 6—-ART

*Friday, Dec.7— STEAM 

*Thursday, Dec 13–-HOLIDAY MUSIC PROGRAM  Kinders arrive at 6:15pm, program begins at 6:30pm at Fair Haven Church 2900 Baldwin Street, Hudsonville.  

*Wednesday, December 19–Grinch Day—-wear Green or dress like Grinch characters

*Thursday, Dec 20–-Holiday Party  It will be held from 2:00-3:00pm.  We have enough volunteers for the party but  opportunities to donate snack items are available.  Go to this google document to sign up.  Thank you for being part of our second class party.  If you would like your kinder to participate in the class book gift exchange, please send a  wrapped book (suited for either a boy or girl) with tag on the outside. (TO A FRIEND   FROM (YOUR KINDER’S NAME)  ALL BOOKS ARE DUE BY FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14.  Ordered books will arrive in time for the party.

*Friday, December 21-Polar Express Day…wear pj’s!

*Monday, December 23 – Friday, January 4:  NO SCHOOL, Holiday Break.  School resumes on Monday, January 7!

*TAKE HOME BOOK PROGRAM:   This exciting program will begin in January.  If you are interested in listening to the kinders read, this volunteer opportunity is for you!  A note explaining this program will be sent home soon.  

~~Have a great weekend!   Mrs. Bohl

NEWS OF THE WEEK—-Nov. 12-16

A busy week of learning…..

WRITING:  The kinders really put their writing skills to the test this week.  We finished our unit of ‘Writing like Scientists’ by looking closely at seashells and Indian corn, drawing and labeling exactly what we saw and finally writing sentences using popcorn words to describe what we saw. The kinders will be bringing home their writings next wek. Just in time for them to read their writings to family members.

SPLIT LIT:  The kinders continued to practice what it looks like to work independently in small groups while other kinders work with a teacher. They worked on ending sounds, beginning sounds, popcorn words, handwriting letters. They did a fabulous job working quietly, asking a friend for help and staying in their spot. 

A very late introduction of….Mrs. Rossback.  We are blessed to have Mrs. Rossback join us during our morning learning.  The kinders work with her during our Split Lit, math and writing lessons.  

SOCIAL STUDIES:  We our learning about what it was like for Pilgrim children back then  (cooked food over a fireplace, didn’t go to school, etc) and children now (buy food at a store, boys AND girls go to school, ride in cars,etc).  We found out that we both love and live in America, have chores and are thankful for many things.

We also continued our learning about wants and needs. 

MATH:  We worked on identifying shapes, especially triangles and hexagons, compared and wrote numbers 1-10 and practiced telling addition and subtraction math stories. We will continue to work on these skills this week in preparation for our unit #2 just after Thanksgiving breakThank you for your support.

During Friday math games, the kinders needed to look closely and count various Thanksgiving foods and write the number. They practiced drawing 5 groups and more within a 10 frame by counting Thanksgiving objects.

READING:   It was all about LABELS this week.  The kinders learned that labels help readers remember important characters and parts of the story.  Working together we wrote the sounds we heard onto to label.  Our read to self reading time is increasing!  We have built our reading stamina to 8-10 minutes.  WhooHoo!! 🙂      

MYSTERY READERS:  Jase was full of smiles when he saw his mom walk into our room.  We enjoyed hearing Clifford’s Good Deeds.  Thank you so much for taking a break out of your day to stop by. 

Lily jumped up and ran into her mom’s arms while the kinders said “It’s Lily’s mom!”  She brought a fun book about a Boston Terrier called Twinky the Dinky Dog because they have a Boston Terrier named Indy at their home.  She even brought a picture of their dog, Indy.  

POPCORN WORDS:         FOR     OR       It was fun to learn that “for” can also be spelled “four” to mean the number 4.  The kinders are doing so good at finding these words in our daily message and inside their books when reading to self.  They are excited when they notice them!  This month’s popcorn books and flash cards will come home soon.

 

PE CARES:  Thank you so much for donating food during the PE CARES food drive.  Our class collected 50 food items.  Thank you!

REMINDERS

*BACKPACK SNACK:  Thank you for sending two quick, healthy snacks each day!  It helps your kinder be refueled for more learning!

*BLUE FOLDERS:  Please check your kinder’s blue folder each night for notes, work, homework.  

*WARM OUTSIDE CLOTHES:  Please continue to send a warm coat for your kinder to wear while playing outside.  The weather is changing and we want our kinders to stay warm and healthy this year.

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday Nov 19—MUSIC;   I am Thankful for…show and tell due

*Tuesday Nov 20–GYM; Thanksgiving Fun Centers (Volunteers please arrive at 1:40pm for instructions)

*Wed, Nov 21, Thurs. Nov. 22, Fri. Nov 23—NO SCHOOL  Thanksgiving Break  Enjoy the time with family.

*Monday, Nov 26—Book orders due (online & paper forms) 

*Dec 4-7—PENQUIN PATCH HOLIDAY GIFT SHOP: We are scheduled to shop on Wed. Dec 5. More details soon

*Thursday, Dec 13–HOLIDAY MUSIC PROGRAM  6:30pm . More details soon

*Thursday, December 20–Holiday Party  A sign up sheet will be available soon. Thank you for being part of our second class party.

*Monday, December 24 – Friday, January 4:  NO SCHOOL, Holiday Break.  School resumes on Monday, January 7!

~~~Have a great weekend!  We only have school on Monday and Tuesday next week.  Mrs. Bohl

 

News of the Week—Nov 5-9

Look what we did this week in school.  We were busy!!!!

 

MATH: This week we focused on learning some new math routines.  The kinders learned how to count the teen numbers by showing fast freeze 10 and some more.  For example, they say “10 is 10 plus 1 more.”   We also added 1 to numbers 1-9 to make numbers.  The kinders loved using blue dots to practice adding 1 to numbers on our blue math mats. 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!”

 

During Friday math games the kinders identified numbers 1-10, sorted and counted fall leaves, counted turkeys in ten frames and wrote numbers 1-20 and used pattern blocks to create a turkey. 

   

WRITING: We looked closely at two fall objects….gourds and acorns. We drew exacting what we saw and then stretched out the words by writing sounds we heard in own booklets. We practiced writing simple sentences using popcorn words when writing about our object.  For example: This is a gourd. I see green and orange.  It is bumpy. This was challenging for the kinders but I am proud of their efforts and hard work.  We can be scientists and draw and what we see!  Hooray!

READING:  The kinders are doing a fabulous job practicing private reading and each skill that we learned this week.  They learned that readers work hard to help themselves solve problems.  Using pictures to help remind them of the story they are reading is very helpful.  Many are noticing there are words we might know to help us tell the story. They also enjoyed reviewing emotions from last week and looking for how the characters showed their emotions and putting a sticky note by that character. We are becoming great readers!

SOCIAL STUDIES:  We read Berenstain’s Bears get the Gimmies to help us learn the difference between wants and needs.  Wants are things that we wish we had.(doll, baseball, Xbox games, ipad)  Needs are things that we need to have.(food, water, clothes, shelter) Then we sorted pictures of wants and needs.  We began our discussion on who the Pilgrims were and their journey on the Mayflower. We worked together and “shared the marker” to write why the Pilgrims left England, who was on the Mayflower and where they landed.

 

 

We looked at the parts of the Mayflower ship, stretched out the sounds in the words and wrote them on our paper.

 

We finished the week by thinking of things that we would need if we packed our bags and went on the Mayflower.  This lead to a deeper discussion about wants vs needs.  The kinders “packed their own trunks” with items they would take along if they were on the Mayflower by creating a list and drawing pictures to match.

 

SPLIT LIT:   This week we have done a great job of starting our new Split Lit. center activities.  After getting a chance to assess and re-assess the kinders, I was able to create a group of activities that enables them to work on the skills they need to practice the most.  The kinders spend this time with working in small groups either with Mrs. Rossback( our para pro) or myself or working independently on literacy activities such as identifying and writing letters, reading emerging books, rhyming words, beginning sounds and more. On Friday the kinders played two literacy games….GOBBLE, GOBBLE (identifying letters) and SPIN A PICTURE (practicing writing letters and beginning sounds).A good start to learning!

      

POPCORN WORDS:               AM          ARE           LITTLE                                                     Our list of popcorn words is growing.   It is amazing how the kinders are seeing these words in books, messages and papers.   

 

MYSTERY GUEST READER:  It was so sweet to see Bronwyn jump into her mom’s arms on Wednesday.  She read us Groovy Joe Ice Cream and Dinosaurs.  It was fun to join in the reading.

 Jacob sprang up when his grandma “Amma” and younger brother Austin arrived on Friday.  She read us Froggy gets dressed.  A perfect book for the first day of snow!

Thank you so much for coming in!  We love our guest readers!

  REMINDERS

 

*WINTER CLOTHES:  Please remember to send a warm, winter clothes for your kinder to wear when we play outside.  The snowy weather has arrived and it is more fun to be warm when it is recess. Looking ahead….If your child has outgrown their winter boots, PLEASE CONSIDER PURCHASING BOOTS THAT FASTEN WITH VELCRO CLOSINGS!!!  LACES TAKE TIME AND ARE DIFFICULT TO TIE/UNTIE WHEN WET. 

This unclaimed scarf and black snow pants stayed at school today.  They arrived to school on a kinder but did not go home on a kinder.  If they belong to your kinder, please let me know so that I can return them. Don’t forget to….. LABEL YOUR KINDER’S SNOW PANTS. A lot of the kinders have black snow pants and they all look alike to the kinders and me! :). Thank you!

*BACKPACK SNACKS:  Don’t forget to place two quick, healthy snack inside your kinders backpack.

*PE CARES FOOD DRIVE: ends on Nov. 15.  Your donations of canned or non-perishable food items can be brought into school anytime.   Thank you for your donations and thinking of those in need this season.  We have brought a lot of food so far. Thank you!  Thank you!

    

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Nov. 12–STEAM 

*Tuesday, Nov. 13–MUSIC

*Wednesday, Nov. 14–GYM;  Library  Many books have already been returned – due to the Fall Party and Book Fair, we have not checked out books in a few weeks.

*Thursday, Nov. 15--ART;  Last day to bring in PE CARES food donations.

*Friday, Nov. 16–STEAM;  Stone Soup Day!  Drained, chopped vegetables are due.  See note that will come home Monday.

*November 21-23—NO SCHOOL…Thanksgiving Break

*Dec 4-7—HOLIDAY GIFT SHOPDetails coming soon on our shopping day!

*Thursday, Dec 13–HOLIDAY MUSIC PROGRAM  Save the date—-Georgetown Holiday Music Program  More information to come!

~~~Have a great weekend!  Mrs. Bohl