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Cancelled Activities for now…..


Due to the recent COVID-19 information, our administration has asked that we cancel all Mystery Readers and TAKE HOME Book Volunteers for our classroom for the month of March until after Spring Break.  We look forward to resuming these volunteer opportunities when we are given approval from the administration.  

If your kinder has their TAKE HOME books still at home or if their bag came home today, please return it tomorrow.  Thank you! 🙂

NEWS—Jan 13-17

Hooray for the hard working kinders!! We are working hard to make smart choices at school (keeping hands, to self, using kind words, following school rules, etc) while being ready to learn AND to listen when others talk. The kinders are also working hard to put their eyes on the teacher so that all directions/instructions are heard.  I think a 5 star award day might be happening next week. 🙂 Thank you so much to Mrs. Voss for being able to be with the kinders this week as I recover at home.  I am SO looking forward to seeing everyone Monday afternoon!!!

MATH: This week we worked on teen equations (10+6) and teen totals (16), writing teen numbers, identifying partners of 6,7 & 8 and showing numbers by using 5 groups.  For example: to show 7, we drew 5 circles in a line and then drew 2 more circles underneath.  Telling and solving addition and subtraction problems are also part of our daily routine.  Our Friday math games were TEEN NUMBER MEMORY (matching teen equations to the total) and SCOOP UP THE SNOWBALLS (identifying = and not = symbols and writing addition equations)

 

POPCORN WORDS:        MAKE       SAID        We found them in our day’s messages and within our popcorn books.  We learned about “Magic e” who quietly tells the hard worker (vowel) to say their letter name (long a) instead of their letter sound (short /a/ sound) in “make”. We had fun playing with letters to create more words using -ake.  We also learned to look for “talking” lines (quotation marks) to let us know that a character is talking.  Identifying “said” helped making this task easier.  Many kinders noticed that “ai” in the word said made the  short /e/ sound but in other words like rain, sail, “ai” work together to say a.  How silly and sometimes confusing! 🙂

WRITING:  More HOW TO….writing took place this week.  This time the kinders drew pictures and wrote out the steps on how to do something.  The kinders are experts on many things so choosing topics were a bit hard but we settled on writing How to make a pizza, How to make a snowman, How to eat cereal and How to eat an orange.  We had fun acting out the steps before writing.  The kinders are doing a great job remembering to include capital letters, spaces, sentence stoppers and to use as many popcorn (sight) words as possible.

READER’S WORKSHOP: This week we learned that careful readers check their reading.  They ask themselves “Does it make sense?  Did it sound right?” If not, they don’t just keep going. Readers try to fix it. Wise Owl, a beanie baby, is a fun visual reading strategy the kinders met to help them remember this. They also learned that PATTERN POWER doesn’t only help you read the words in books but patterns can also help you think about your whole book.  Does the ending go with the pattern? What is this book really saying?  It is so exciting to see the kinders becoming readers!

It is a good thing that we know our letters & sounds because that helps readers read words and figure out unknown words.  The kinders used ABC books to be encouraged to think, talk, play and sing the alphabet.  They were able to get to know all of the fun ways that letters and sounds go.  We also were reminded that we can activate our sound power in a bigger way to try a word they may not know by looking closely at the beginning sounds in it. Then think, “What word could this be?” We also enjoyed reading Move Over, Rover! by Karen Beaumont, a fun story about animals climbing into Rover’s doghouse. We made a text to text connection between these two books by noticing that animals climbed into a mitten and a doghouse.

MYSTERY READER: Ellery gave her grandmother, whom she calls Situ, and her little sister, a sweet hello.  Sorry about the lack of pictures again this week.  I will post them next week when I get back to school.  Thank you so much for coming in to read the kinders a story.  There are still open spots available.  Go to the Mystery Reader link on the side bar of the blog to sign up.  We would love to have you visit again or grandparents or older siblings visit too.

REMINDERS:

WINTER GEAR: It looks like we will get some snow again this weekend. Please remember to send your kinder with snow pants, boots, a hat, gloves/mittens and coat every day!  

SNACK:  Please remember to send 2 healthy snacks with your kinder each day.

TAKE HOME BOOKS – Please remember to return TAKE HOME books every Monday and  Thursday.  Look for new books to be coming home on those days too! Happy Reading!

UPCOMING DATES:

*Monday, January 20— STEAM, Bring back TAKE HOME books

*Tuesday, January 21—MUSIC

*Wednesday, January 22—GYM;  LIBRARY Don’t forget your book!  Homework packets due

*Thursday, January 23—ART. Bring back TAKE HOME books

*Friday, January 24—STEAM

*Friday, Jan 31–Fast Friday (Early Release) @ 12:15pm

*Winter Break—February 1-4

*Wed. Feb 5—Day 100 celebration  Details coming soon!

*Friday, Feb 14–Valentine Day Party 2:00-3:00pm Please email me if you have NOT attended a party and would like to attend.  If you would like to attend again, I will be happy to put your name on a waiting list.

Have a great weekend.   Mrs. Bohl

 

NEWS—Dec 9-13

What a Merry and Bright week of learning.  See what we did at school this week.

POPCORN WORDS:            WHAT      IT                                                                 December flash cards will come home next week so you can add them to your collection.  You might want to play Scramble Them Up.   (Use your letter cards to scramble up the letters in popcorn words…and then put the letters in correct order. Example:  okol  is  look)

MATH: We practiced making teen numbers by looking at a group of 10 and extra ones.  We put numbers in correct order and then practiced writing them correctly….not always starting at number one.  Example: (7,8,6, should be 6,7,8).  We also used shapes to create new shapes.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  We stepped away from writing personal narrative (true stories) to enjoy several Gingerbread stories.  Each day we read a different Gingerbread story and focused on using one of the many writing skills we have learned.  On Monday we read The Gingerbread Man by Jim Alsworth making sure our pictures and words matched.  On Tuesday, after reading The Gingerbread Boy, we focused on starting with a capital letter, putting spaces between words and ending with a sentence stopper (period).  On Wednesday The Gingerbread Baby was read so that we could work on identifying a feeling when we write.  Next week we will read a few more versions before their Gingerbread Cookie Jar packets come home.

HANDWRITING:  This week it was learning how to correctly write CLOCKWISE UPPERCASE LETTERS (P,B,R,D,T). Thank you for using these writing packets at home to give your kinder extra writing practice.  

READING:   This week the kinders practiced using all of their reading superpowers such as POINTER POWER, SOUND POWER, PICTURE POWER, BOOK TALK POWER. Their individual book boxes include interest books like Pete the Cat, Clifford, Fly Guy and books that are “good fit” books. “Good Fit” books that are at or near their tested reading level to help them sharpen their reading skills. We also worked to increase our private read to self time reading stamina.  At the beginning of the week we were at 4 minutes.  By the end of the week the kinders were reading at 10 minutes.  Way to go!  The kinders are SUPER READERS!! 

SPLIT LIT: The kinders really do enjoy this time of the day.  They rotate to 5 different centers (3 independent & 2 teacher led) where they practice specific skills to build their knowledge of sounds, words and phonemic awareness.  All of these skills help them grow in their ability to become independent readers. This week the kinders worked on identifying & writing popcorn words, final and medial sounds, blending and segmenting sounds and syllables.  

MYSTERY READER: Kylie was not expecting her grandparents to walk into the room.  They are visiting from AZ so it was so nice they could visit Georgetown.  Kylie’s Grandpa read There was a Coyote who swallowed a Flea.  A fun book about different animals found in AZ.

Candy Cane Sale:                                                                          
The 5th grade annual candy cane sale is here! Don’t miss out! You can buy a tasty treat for only $1. The sale runs through Wednesday, Dec. 18th! Thank you in advance for your support!

REMINDERS

*WINTER GEAR: Please send appropriate winter gear with your kinder each day even if there is not any snow.  It keeps them warm when playing outside.  An extra pair of socks, mittens or gloves might be a good idea to keep inside their backpacks if their original pair gets wet.  Please take time this weekend to label your kinder’s snow pants and boots if you have not done this.

*BACKPACK SNACK:  Please remember each day to pack TWO quick, healthy snacks for your kinder.

*BOOK EXCHANGE:  Thank you so much for sending in your holiday book exchange wrapped gift. If you would like your kinder to participate, please send a book in next Monday. Please let me know if you have any questions, kbohl@hpseagles.net.

*TAKE HOME BOOK PROGRAM:  I am planning to create a schedule over vacation.  Thank you for volunteering and choosing to be part of this learning. If you still would like to be part of this fun volunteer activity, please email me your preferance (Monday/ Thursday, weekly, 2X month, 1X month) and I will be happy to include you in the schedule. We will begin this program in January.  It is so exciting to see our kinders become readers.

*HOLIDAY PARTY:  Thank you so much for your donations.  Please send in ALL non-editable donations to school by Tuesday, Dec 17. Food items can be dropped off in the morning.  Party volunteers can arrive at 1:30pm to set up.  Here is the link to the sign up list if you need to check what you offered to donate. 

UPCOMING DATES

*Mon. Dec 16GYM    Holiday Gift Shopping  2:00-2:45pm.  Parent volunteers will be available to help your kinder shop.  More details coming soon    Wear Red and Green Day

*Tues. Dec 17ART   Wear Holiday Hat Day (antlers, hat, etc)

*Wed. Dec 18STEAM   Grinch Day  

*Thurs. Dec 19MUSIC    Holiday Party  2:00-3:00PM Volunteers can arrive at 1:30 for set up.  If you would like to check what your donated supplies, the sign up is HERE.  

*Fri. Dec 20GYM   Polar Express Day   Wear jamies to school

*Dec 21-Jan 5—Holiday Vacation   School resumes on Monday, January 6

NEWS OF THE WEEK—Feb 18-22

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 began 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.

So far, we have learned that we live in NORTH AMERICA, which is part of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and our state is MICHIGAN.  We are making a booklet to assist us in our learning. We will continue our study of maps next week.  Thank you for completing and sending back the picture map of your kinder’s bedroom.  You can return it on Monday if you need to finish it this weekend.

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. We continued to learn how to show teen numbers as tens and extra ones as well  as learning 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).  Finally the kinders compared numbers, deciding if the number was greater than or less than the other number.  They were surprised to use this math skill when completing the back page of this week’s newspaper.  

Friday math games were….

   SUBTRACTION SMASH (subtraction problems

   TWEET, TWEET (number partners 1-10) and ONE PAIR, TWO PAIR (matching numbers to ten frames)

  MITTEN MATCH (teen numbers)

READING: This week we learned that careful readers check their reading.  They ask themselves “Does it make sense?  Did it sound right?” If not, they don’t just keep going. Readers try to fix it. They also learned that PATTERN POWER doesn’t only help you read the words in books but patterns can also help you think about your whole book.  Does the ending go with the pattern? What is this book really saying?  It is so exciting to see the kinders becoming readers!

ASSESSMENTS:  Assessing your kinder in their literacy and math skills are underway.  I am so proud of the progress I am noticing. Notes stating your kinder’s independent reading levels were sent home this week.  Notice that their TAKE HOME books have reflected the change in levels. 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:  Small moment story writing continued this week.  The kinders wrote stories about the valentine party, Mystery Reader visits and going out for recess.  They are doing a fabulous job!  Each day the kinders are drawing and writing more on their own, while I support and encourage and guide them.  They will write more stories next week, working towards drawing and writing entirely on their own.  This genre is VERY, VERY hard.  I am very impressed with their perseverance.

BEHAVIOR:  As we move into the last of February and hopefully the beginning of spring, please encourage your kinder 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.FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS QUICKLY. 2. RAISE YOUR HAND TO SPEAK. 3. MAKE SMART CHOICES 4.BE KIND. 5. MAKE EVERYONE HAPPY . We have a lot of learning and listening left to do in our school year.  Thank you for your continued support!!

POPCORN WORDS:      HAD     BAD     MAP

MYSTERY READERS: Brooks was totally surprised to see his mom on Wednesday and his dad on Friday. His mom read Honey, Honey….Lion! by Jan Brett.  She is one of their favorite authors.

His dad read The Antlered Ship .  A great story about having adventures with your friends…old and new ones.

KOOL KINDERS  ARE BOOK LOVERS:

 Tinley likes to read Daisy the Donut Fairy.

    Parker likes Sneezy the Snowman because his grandpa gave it to him.

  Kinsman likes to read fun facts about dinosaurs.

     Zander likes legos and the book I’m Fun too!

 Lillian likes The way I Love You because she purchased this book with her snowy day gift card.

 

REMINDERS

*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, VERY ICY.  Please continue to send all of their snow gear.

*TAKE HOME BOOKS:  Please notice that your kinder is taking home 2 books inside of their baggie.  The lower letter (ex: level B) is their independent reading level.  This is the book that your kinder will read at school.  The higher letter (ex: level C) is to be read together at home, exposing them to what is to come.  Your kinder will need help to read this book.  If you have questions, please contact me.  Thank you for returning BOTH books each MONDAY, TUESDAY and THURSDAY.

*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.

*KIDS HEART CHALLENGE:   A form was sent home with your kinder. You can make donations online. Check out the PE blog for more information.

*LUNCH CALENDAR:t.  The March lunch menu  has also been posted under the side tab Hudsonville Food Service.

*SPRING CONFERENCES:  We will be meeting in March to discuss your kinders progress.  Our Spring Conferences will be on March 11 and 13.  These dates and times have been sent home on Friday.  Please check your kinder’s blue daily folder.

UPCOMING DATES

*MON. FEB. 25—GYM reading TAKE HOME BOOKS

*TUES. FEB 26–ART;  reading TAKE HOME BOOKS

*WED.FEB. 27–STEAM;   LIBRARY Please remember to return your kinder’s book. 

*THURS. FEB 28––MUSIC; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS 

*FRI. MARCH 1—GYM;  Come to school wearing red/black/white (in honor of Cat in the Hat) or dress Seuss style to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2

*FRI, MARCH 8–FAST FRIDAY (Early Release Dismissal at 2:15pm)

*SAT. MARCH 9–Boys event 1:00-4:00pm @ BAM Entertainment

*MON. MARCH 11—Spring Conferences  4:00-8:00pm

*WED. MARCH 13—Spring Conferences  4:00-8:00pm

*MARCH 11 & 13–Parent-Teacher Conferences: Parent slips stating your specific date and time (same as in Nov)  were sent home.

Enjoy your weekend!  Mrs. Bohl

 

TAKE HOME books arrive home today!

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Dear Kinder families,

Today your kinder took home their very first TAKE HOME book. They were SO EXCITED to find out they were taking books home to read!  You will find inside their folder a yellow note with more details about this exciting learning adventure.  You will also find inside their folder a big zip-lock bag, labeled with their name, and a step by step home directions sheet,  a white parent comment sheet, a Super Powers reading bookmark and a book just right for them to read.  

Remember that TAKE HOME books are not meant to be challenging for your kinder to read.  They should feel successful to be able to read these books.  (We will save the challenging books for school learning 🙂 Our goal is to read at a B level by February and a D level by the end of the school year.

Please encourage and support your kinder as needed when they read their book to you.  It is good to read the book more than one time and on different occasions.  

PLEASE READ AND RETURN YOUR KINDER’S BOOK BAG ON  MONDAY, JANUARY 21.

Monday will be the first day that your kinder will read their book with a parent volunteer at school. Parent volunteers will read with the kinders on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday

What a fun, new adventure.  Happy Reading!!!! 🙂

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A few reminders…..

Snack Time:  We have two daily snack times in kindergarten.  One in the morning. and one in the afternoon.  Please remember to send in two snacks for your kinder daily.  Maybe have a discussion with them about what and where their snacks are so they are aware.   I have some extra snacks to provide if necessary.  Thanks for your support.

Spring Field Trip:  We have our Spring field trip on Wednesday, May 9 to Hemlock Crossing Nature Center and Hager Park.  We are able to bring 6 chaperones on this field trip.  However, we are able to have all parents and younger siblings join us for lunch and play time at Hager Park in Jenison.  A note with volunteer information will be coming home Tuesday.  Chaperones will be taken on a first come first serve basis.  Thank you for your understanding.  

Literacy Skills:  We work hard during our Split Lit time on many different skills.  The kinders work on sight word recognition, phonics building skills and reading fluency.  They are doing a GREAT job with these tasks throughout our literacy time.  It has been amazing to see their growth!  Our goal is to know about 40 sight words and read independently at Level D  by the end of the school year.  We work hard every day to try to reach this goal.  Your support of our TAKE HOME Book Program and sight word practice at home is so helpful…thank you!!!