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News of the Week—Nov 16-20

We had very short in-person week in kindergarten.  Look what we did at school.

MATH: We took our unit #2 math test.  This kinders did a great job!  We also practiced putting numbers 1-10 in the correct order by playing a fun fall fox game.

WRITING: We continued to work on writing our personal narrative/small moment stories this week.  The kinders thought of a real story that happened to them.  They told the story to their partner and then worked on their OWN story by writing the beginning and middle of their story in a 3-page writing booklet. They can finish the ending at home.  They were reminded to use ALL of our writing charts when writing real stories. They learned that writers say their sentence, working hard to write word after word on their paper.  

READING:  We added another Super Power to our chart. PERSISTENCE POWER reminds us to never give up when trying to tackle unknown words.  Using our Super Powers really helps us be Super Readers!  

zPOPCORN WORDS:  AN,  CAN,  MAN,  RAN    The kinders were excited when they noticed that “an” was hiding inside of our other popcorn words.  Our shared poem and book also included this week’s word…..can.  We had fun making up a new story for when Max gets ready for a rainy day after reading how he gets ready to play outside.

HANDWRITING:  We completed learning the proper formation of the lower case letters j,g,q,p,y,  This booklet came home with your kinder.  Please refer to it as you practice at home.

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS for this month 

SPECIAL TO GO BAGS: You are welcome to use the supplies inside of your kinder’s to go bags but please keep all materials inside the bag.  Once we return to school, the kinders will be asked to return the bags to school for usage during their special classes.

LEARNING PACKETS:  Please refer to the 2 learning packets that your kinder took home this week.  Be mindful of the week’s dates as you continue learn at home.

UPCOMING DATES

*Thurs Nov 19 At home learning.  Please refer to the learning packet.

*Fri Nov 20. At home learning.  Please refer to the learning packet.  Class Zoom Meeting 10:30-11:00. Link will be sent to your email this weekend.

*Mon Nov 23 At home learning. Please refer to the learning packet.

*Tues Nov 24. At home learning. Please refer to the learning packet.

*Nov. 25—Nov. 27—NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Vacation   

*Mon Nov 30 At home learning.  Please refer to the learning packet.

*Tues Dec 1 Virtual learning begins 

Again, thank you for taking the time to attend your kinder’s virtual conference this week.  You have amazing kinders and I am so grateful to spend my days with them.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitant to contact me at kbohl@hpseagles.net.  I am willing to help you as we navigate and learn together in kindergarten.

I am very THANKFUL for each kinder and how they make a difference in our class family.   Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

 

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 26-30

POPCORN WORDS:   IN   ALL   It was fun to see that we could make some new words by adding different letters to ALL and IN.   Our daily message does not just contain our weekly words but also includes popcorn words we have already learned. That makes reading the daily message so fun!  Our shared reading poem and book allowed us to read familiar popcorn words.  

COLOR WORD:    RAINBOW of colors

MATH: We continued to tell math stories (even using real candy corn pieces) to solve the answers to the math stories. For example:  I was given 3 pieces of corn candy.  My friend was given 2 pieces of corn candy. How many pieces of corn corn in all?”  3+2=5  We practiced writing tricky numbers 8 & 9 too. 

WRITING: We continued with our Show and Tell Unit.  At the beginning of the week the kinders wrote a pattern book about a leaf. We closely observed our individual leaves, noticing the shape and color.   We used the pattern, “This is a…”.  to write our pages about the stem, vein, color. I am so proud of how far the kinders have come in writing!  We start a new unit next week of writing personal narratives! 

LITERACY:  We practiced identifying rhyming words and identifying a word by hearing all of the sounds in words by playing a fall game.  Enjoy using your kinder’s Autumn House to practice letters and sounds and sight words with the papers sent home. We also worked on identifying b and d…they can be tricky letters to recognize. 

PHONICS:  We learned that knowing the alphabet chart well helps with writing.  We used what we have learned about letters & sounds to write more sounds in words and to write snap words.  We call our sight words either popcorn words or snap words because we can identify them quickly.  We met a friend of Mabel….Blue Bear. We worked together to sound out and write words to a story about Mabel and Blue Bear. 

HANDWRITING:  We continued using our Peterson Handwriting books to learn the correct way to write letters.  We will be keeping these books at school until we are finished with them. These are some of the letters we practiced…e,s,o,q.

REMINDERS

SNACKS:  Please remember to send in 2 snacks for your kinder each day.  Don’t forget the water bottle! 🙂

WINTER GEAR:   Brrrr….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.  Also, if your kinder needs new boots this season, please, please purchase boots with velcro closings NOT with tie up laces.  Keep in mind that the goal for all kinders to get their winter gear on and off independently. Label, Label, Label your kinder’s winter gear.  It will make it easier for me to know which black snow pants belong to your kinder.

CALENDARS:  Please refer to the NOVEMBER calendar that was sent home for events, birthdays, etc or view it at the top of the blog under CALENDARS.  The November lunch menu is also available on the Food Service website.

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.

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Nov 2–MUSIC

*Tuesday, Nov 3—GYM;  School Pictures Retakes

*Wednesday, Nov 4—ART; Library…Bring back your library book, Homework packet due.   

*Thursday, Nov 5–STEAM  

 *Friday, Nov 6—MUSIC; celebrate Isabelle (11/7) & Jack (11/8) birthdays

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

*Nov 16 & 18–Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences and Book Fair.  Please check your inbox for an email about signing up for a day/time.

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

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

NEWS—-Dec 2-6

POPCORN WORDS:     LOOK      RUN     FROM  Like always, we used them in the our writing and found them in books!  Our shared poem and book also contained words that we could read.  We had fun making some new words by adding a new letter at the start of “an”.

 

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.  Next week we will be reading different versions of this story.  Will he get caught?  Will he escape?  Wait and see! Even our newspaper was about how to make a gingerbread man cookie and more at a bakery!

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 board. 

MATH:   We practiced telling and solving addition and subtraction stories all week.  The kinders are doing a great job solving these problems.  We practiced seeing 5-groups and more in numbers 6-10 and building teen numbers (10+3=13). We used the break apart stick (popsicle stick) to show partners of numbers (4+2=6, 1+5=6, etc) when using math tiles.  The 3 Friday math games focused on making patterns, counting by 10’s and graphing.

READING:  The kinders learned that readers work hard to read words they know smoothly.  We learned how to make our books come to life by paying attention to the punctuation.  We learned how to sound excited when we see exclamation points and how to have a questioning voice when we see a question mark.  We also learned on how to use a voice that pulls readers in and how understanding of our book is important, otherwise our listeners may not understand it either.  We ended the week by learning about “book talk” power.  This is when we talk about the books we just read.  We tell the listener all of the important parts.  Book talk power is great for strengthening our comprehension skills!

SPLIT LIT:   All of the literacy activities were holiday themed and dealt with identifying letters and their sounds, blending and segmenting sounds in words, writing popcorn words and beginning and ending sounds in words.  This is one of our favorite times of the day….having fun while learning!

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  We learned that our writing pens have two jobs…one side is for writing and one side is for pointing when we need to reread what we wrote.  Writers use many different tools to help them write fabulous stories.  A checklist is one tool. We learned that words must have a vowel (hard worker) to sound right.  Another tool is our vowel chart which helps us remember the sounds the vowels make. The last tool we learned that that writers use is the word wall.  This chart makes it easy to find popcorn words in a snap.  We used all of these tools working together to begin writing about making Stone Soup before the kinders started writing yet another personal narrative story.  This is hard work but I am so proud of how hard the kinders work during this time.

HANDWRITING:  We started to learn the proper formation of UPPER CASE LETTERS.  This week the focus was on the STRAIGHT LINE FAMILY…LT,I.F,E,H.

MYSTERY READERS:  We had 3 mystery readers this week.

On Monday, the kinders didn’t know the mystery reader but I did.  My oldest daughter, Hannah and my granddaughters, Madeline (3) and Abigail (1) came to school. Hannah was still on Thanksgiving break from her school so it worked out perfectly.  She read Froggy Learns to Swim because Madeline LOVES to swim in Oma’s (my) pool and Madeline likes to read Froggy books.

On Wednesday, Lucas was thrilled to see his mom step into the classroom.  She read one of their favorites for the holiday season Snowmen at Christmas.  What a great book to imagine what snowmen do during the night.

On Friday, Reagan was all smiles when her Dad came to read us Santa is coming to Michigan.  A nice story that follows Santa’s trip to various cities in Michigan as he delivers his toys.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Books for the holiday book exchanged are due next week, Thursday (Dec 12).  Please have your kinder bring in a wrapped book.  They may fill out the “from” section but please leave who it is to blank.  If you ordered a book through our book order, I will send the book home with your kinder as soon as the books comes in or I will let you know if they are gifts. 

UPCOMING DATES

*Mon. Dec. 9  GYM

*Tues. Dec 10  ART

*Wed. Dec 11  STEAM;  Library Don’t forget to return your book!

*Thurs. Dec 12 MUSIC;  Wrapped books due for our Holiday Book Exchange if you would like to participate.  Holiday Music Program… We will travel to Fair Haven to rehearse from 10:00-11:00.  6:15 kinders arrive, 6:30 p.m. program at Fair Haven Church in Jenison.  If your kinder would like a sack lunch from the lunch service, please email me or write a note by Thursday, 12/11.

*Fri. Dec 13    STEAM;  Fast Friday (Early Release…dismissal at 12:15am)   

*Dec 16—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

*Dec 17—Wear Holiday Hat Day

*Dec 18—Grinch Day  

*Dec 19—Holiday Party  2:00-3:00PM Volunteers have been contacted.  If you would like to donate supplies, the sign up is HERE.  There are some open opportunities still available!

*Dec 20—Polar Express Day   Wear jamies to school

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

NEWS—-Nov 4-8

POPCORN WORDS:  ARE    LITTLE     AM    Again we made new words by adding a letter to the beginning of “am”.  We enjoyed reading the shared reading poem This Little Piggy 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 WORKSHOP: We started a new reading unit called “We are SUPER READERS!” The kinders learned they have PICTURE POWER! They can use the pictures while reading to help them become readers. They also have POINTER POWER! The kinders use their pointer finger pointing to each word they read one time and practiced reading from left to right. We practiced with pictures and colored dots “reading” them from left to right.  We did all of this with fun pointy fingers. The last power we learned about was SNAP WORD POWER! When we see words we know, we read them in a SNAP! We did this 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 told addition and subtraction math stories by drawing and writing matching equations.  

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. Each kinder came up with their own idea, told their story to a partner, drew the pictures to their story, added labels and words. They worked very hard on their stories this week!  I am so proud of the kinders!!!

RAINBOW DAY:  Oh, my!  What a fun way to celebrate knowing how to read and write color words.  We read color books and had some much fun learning a silly poem about Rainbow Hair and then making a person with Rainbow Hair.  

HANDWRITING: We practiced the lower case letters of the Slant family (k,v,w,x,z).Thank you for working on this at home too.

MYSTERY READERS:  Reagan was surprised to know both of our mystery readers this week.    First, on Wednesday, her MiMi (grandma) came to read The Otter who Loved to Hold Hands.  What a sweet story!

On Friday, Reagan’s mom came and read The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  It was a favorite story when she was a little girl and now she reads it with Reagan and her younger siblings.

REMINDERS

WINTER GEAR – Brrrr….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. I always have Cheerios and graham crackers for kinders who forget. 

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Nov 11—GYM

*Tuesday, Nov 12—ART Kylie’s birthday celebration

*Wednesday, Nov 13—STEAM; Library–Please help your kinder remember their library book.  Homework packet is due    

*Thursday, Nov 14–-MUSIC   If your kinder would like a sack lunch from the lunch service, please email me or write a note by Thursday, 11/14.   Jet’s Pizza Night

*Friday, Nov 15—ART Fast Friday (early release) Dismissal at 12:15;  Katelyn’s birthday celebration (Nov 16)    Popcorn Friday

*Nov. 18—Parent-Teacher Conferences   Book Fair Preview Day   Allan’s birthday celebration

*Nov. 20—Parent-Teacher Conferences   Book Fair Purchase Day….No Library

*Nov. 27—Nov. 29—NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Vacation

*Dec. 12—Holiday Program… 6:30 p.m. at Fair Haven Church in Jenison.  More details coming as date approaches. The kinders are very busy practicing their songs!          

Have a great weekend.  Mrs. Bohl

 

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NEWS OF THE WEEK—March 11-15

Did anyone see the amazing rainbow in the early evening on Thursday?  Spring is coming….be patient.  It will be here soon! We learned today how rainbows are made.

MARCH IS READING MONTH:  We love Clifford books so reading Clifford Grows Up was fun!  Eating some  dog bones (Scooby snacks) was tasty too. 🙂 .

Thank you SO much for donating the food for our BOOKS FOR BREAKFAST?!?! celebration.  We ate mini muffins because of If you give a Moose a Muffin; donut holes because of Please, Mr. Panda; and mixed fruit (blueberries, apples, bananas) because of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. . It was a fantastic way to start our day.  Thank you to Lila’s mom for stopping by to give a helping hand.

The kinders wore many different kinds of fun socks because…..READING KNOCKS YOUR SOCKS OFF!  🙂 .   We even worked with our shoes off for part of the day to show off our fun socks.

POPCORN WORDS:     WHERE          THERE             WERE           Please, please keep practicing at home!  Some of these popcorn words are a bit more challenging to learn and remember.  You are unable to stretch them out but need to just remember them by looking at them.  However, we do like it when some words rhyme like ‘where’ and ‘there’. 🙂

ONCE UPON A TIME—-GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS:  We read MANY stories of The Three Bears…the ‘original’ versions, along with others like Goldilocks and the 3 Hares, Tackylocks and  Goldi Rocks and the Three Bears.  We practiced using different words to describe Goldilocks. For example she had yellow hair, she was naughty, curious, she was rude and likes porridge.  We used the Shape Go map during retell, focusing on what happened in the beginning, the middle and the end of story.  We had fun playing a popcorn word game relating to bears  during split lit called GOLDILOCKS AND THE 3 BEARS SIGHT WORD GAME.

READING:  This week the kinders learned that an AVID READER reads a lot, finds places everywhere to read, keeps a stack of book nearby, can’t stop reading and really pays attention to the book but a BAH READER is disinterested. They sorted  pictures to decide if it showed an avid reader or a “bah” reader. They also learned that AVID READERS try to feel what the characters are feeling.  Are the characters feeling happy, sad, excited, scared?  This makes the story enjoyable to read. We re-visited an old favorite The Carrot Seed to notice important parts in the story. The kinders worked in small “book clubs” to find important parts in books themselves by putting a sticky note on that page.  All of the kinders worked so well together, taking turns, sharing and talking.  I was very impressed!

WRITING:  This week we complied facts about bears onto a large chart and referred to that chart throughout the week.  We organized our facts onto our individual “have, can, are” papers.  As we wrote our informational booklets we asked ourselves “What else can I add?” by remembering what writers and illustrators do…write words and drawing matching detailed, labeled pictures.  The kinders did a great job reading their All About Bears books to their reading buddies.

We also talked about how lucky we are to know each other and be a family this year.  So…each kinder was given a friend’s name and they needed to think of one ‘nice dice’ compliment they could give them.  It was precious to hear the kinders read their message (in front of the class) to their friend and to see the smiles and excitement on the faces of the recipient. Some messages were: “I like you as a friend. You are nice. I like to play with you. You always stand up for me”. I am SO LUCKY to have such kind hearted kinders.  What an awesome way to spend my days!! 🙂

MATH:  Our math lessons revolved around identifying the characteristics of a cube, drawing subtraction pictures and writing the equations on whiteboards, decomposing teen numbers showing tens and extra ones and solving addition and subtraction problems.  Friday math games were St Patrick’s Day themed such as COLLECTING COINS (matching teen number partners to the total 10+4=14), put numbers 1-30 in order, matched number partners to the total; FINDING GOLD (identifying numbers 1-20) and RACE TO 100 (identifying numbers).  The kinders were excited to take home their own FINDING GOLD game.

MYSTERY READERS:  We are working to fill the month with readers.  If you would like to be a mystery reader please contact me so that we can schedule a date & time.  If an older sibling would like to be a mystery reader, that would be fantastic too.  I would love to schedule a date/time for them as well.

Mrs. Estefan’s 4th grade class surprised us on Wednesday morning.  We had so much fun reading with them!

Brook’s mom was the Mystery Reader on Wednesday afternoon.  She read us a funny story called Those Pesky Rabbits.

Parker’s mom was the Mystery Reader Friday morning. She read us a favorite of theirs called No More Elephants.

SPLIT LIT: The kinders continue to work independently each day while their friends meet with Mrs. Rossback and me. Mrs. Rossback works on literacy skills and I am leading “book clubs”. We are reading a book that is at their instructional level.  Instructional level books are one level above what they can read independently. Independently they had new literacy activities to explore and complete. We practiced writing and identifying popcorn words, writing word family words and stretching out sounds in words. We continue to practice being quiet workers during this work time. Be sure to ask your child what they needed to do as their papers come home. 

KOOL KINDERS ARE BOOK LOVERS:

 Rocco likes to read funny books like One Big Pair of Underwear.

 Alivia likes to read I am Grinch, another story about the Grinch.

KOOL KINDERS AND THE SURPRISE BOX:  Wednesday 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, hatchable, toy gummy bear, stuffed fox. This is a secret so please remind your kinder to not tell what is inside the box.  Keeping the secret makes it more fun for all.

INSIDE RECESS FUN:  Because we had so many days that we stayed inside for recess, the kinders learned how to play a new game called 4 CORNERS.  We also learned how to play HEADS DOWN, 5 UP.  What a lot of fun when we can’t move around on the playground. 

REMINDERS

*OUTSIDE GEAR:  THANK YOU for sending and continue to send your kinder in boots or outside play shoes.  The snow has disappeared but the wood chips are very wet and dirty.  There MANY PUDDLES on the playground too.  Keep listening to the daily weather report for sending the correct clothes.

*BACKPACK SNACK:  Please, please remember to send TWO healthy snacks 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.

UPCOMING DATES

*MONDAY, MARCH 18–ART; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS 

*TUESDAY, MARCH 19–-STEAM; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS  

 *WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20– MUSIC Library….Return that library book!

*THURSDAY. MARCH 21GYM; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS

*FRIDAY, MARCH 22– ART

*THURSDAY, MARCH 28:  Kindergarten PJ Day

*MARCH 29-APRIL 7:  SPRING BREAK.NO SCHOOL  SCHOOL RESUMES ON APRIL 8!

~~Have a great weekend.  Mrs. Bohl

NEWS OF THE WEEK—-Feb 25-March 1

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Welcome to March and the anticipation of spring.  We learned this week that the weather during March can be like a lion (wintery, cold) or a lamb (spring-like,warm breeze). We are not sure when the ‘lambs’ will arrive but we all think that they should come soon to Georgetown.  🙂

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY DR. SEUSS:  We had fun on Friday with rhymes that made sense and some that were just silly.  We learned that Theodore Seuss Giesel was Dr. Seuss’s official name and he wrote books under two names….Dr. Seuss and Theo. LeSeig. We read so many of his stories like Green Eggs and Ham, The Tooth Book, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, The ABC’s book and The Cat in the Hat Comes Back. We learned that his birthday is on March 2. We read a newspaper that was filled with fun facts about Dr. Seuss and the books that he wrote.

   

We had fun practicing reading our popcorn words by playing TIC TAC TOE, GREEN EGGS IN A ROW!  Enjoy playing at home with your board games and green eggs and ham. The kinders practiced their rhyming skills by playing games like, GREEN EGGS AND HAM ANYONE?….flipping eggs to make real or not real (silly) rhyming words. It was also fun to make and record rhyming words inside our Cat in the Hat books. We practiced telling addition & subtraction problems using fish crackers based on One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish Making a Cat in the Hat craft finished our day of learning. Maybe you can celebrate at home by reading your favorite Dr. Seuss book.  Oh, what a great day it was!!

   

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 and explored partners of 10.

WRITING: The kinders wrote small moment stories about going to bed and lunch time at school after we told the steps over our fingers. Choices was the perfect topic for the kinders’ “On Demand” writing piece because they are experts about what happens during this time each day. 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. 

READING:  We used a book this week called Can you see our eggs? to help us learn that readers notice blends, like “gr” in “ground” or “fl” in “flower” to solve unknown words. It also helped us to practice reading all the way to end of a word to figure it out and to look for familiar popcorn words before reading. It is so exciting to see the kinders making a connection to these reading skills when we are reading or writing together. Our quiet reading time is up to 12-14 minutes. Yippee!!

MYSTERY READERS: We had 3 of them this week!  Wednesday, Breslyn’s dad had time off from teaching his 5th graders and he read us Memoirs of a Goldfish.  A lovely, cute story about friendship.

 

Thursday, I had a surprise visit from my oldest daughter, Hannah, Madeline and baby Abigail. (She goes back to teaching herself in a week or so) Hannah read Goodnight, Mr. Panda because getting ready for bedtime is a fun part of their day.  The kinders were excited and so kind to Madeline and Abigail.  

Friday, Lily’s mom read Step This Way by Dr. Seuss. We learned about how different animals use their feet. A perfect book for our Dr Seuss celebration day.  

 

POPCORN WORDS:  AND    GET  Our popcorn words were fun this week because we could make so many rhyming words from them.  The popcorn words are becoming a bit harder to recognize so I can not stress it enough that practice at home is so crucial to your child’s growth.  We practice identifying our words many times and in many different ways throughout the day but your child needs to practice them at home too.  Thanks for taking on this important role.

KOOL KINDERS ARE BOOK LOVERS:  

 Colton likes the story How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

 Aria enjoys reading Are you my Mother?

 Addison’s favorite book is Little Bea and the Snowy Day.

 Olivia likes the funny story of The Cat in the Hat.

REMINDERS

*WINTER GEAR:  The cold weather is still here.  THANK YOU for sending your kinder with all that they need to stay warm outside.  Just a reminder, we will be outside for recess if the temperature is above O degrees.  Keep watching the weather forecast each day.

*BACKPACK SNACK: Please, please remember to send 2 quick, healthy snacks for your kinder, as we take a moment to refuel each day. Thank you.

*TAKE HOME books:  Your kinder is doing an awesome job reading books.  You may have noticed that many of the kinders have moved up a level and there are different colored stickers on their books. Continue to assist and encourage them as needed.  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.  The kinders are doing a fabulous job…thanks to your work at home and the reading volunteers.

 

UPCOMING DATES:

*MONDAY, MARCH 4––GYM; reading TAKE HOME books

*TUESDAY, MARCH 5–ART; reading TAKE HOME books

*WEDNESDAY. MARCH 6––STEAMLIBRARY  Please remember to return your kinder’s book.

*THURSDAY, MARCH 7–—MUSIC; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS;  EMAIL ME OR SEND A NOTE BY THURSDAY (3/7) IF YOUR KINDER WOULD LIKE A SACK LUNCH.

*FRIDAY, MARCH 8GYM;  FAST FRIDAY Dismissal at 12:15pm WEAR WORDS! and ALL SCHOOL PJ DAY wear jamies/comfy clothes with words

*MARCH 10: Daylight Savings…spring forward! 

*MARCH 11 & 13–—Parent-Teacher Conferences: Parent slips stating your specific date and time were sent home.  I am looking forward to sharing your kinder’s awesome progress with you.

*MARCH 11-14–SPRING BOOK FAIR:  We are scheduled to purchase books on Wednesday, March 13. If you would like to have your kinder purchase books, please send the money inside an envelope labeled with their name.  Parent volunteers will be available to help your kinder shop.  The Book Fair will be open during the conference evenings.

*MARCH 28-—Kindergarten PJ Day!  Wear jamies (or comfy) clothes.

*MARCH 29-APRIL 7––SPRING BREAK:  NO SCHOOL

~~Have a great weekend.  Mrs. Bohl

NEWS OF THE WEEK—Feb 11-15

What a crazy, snowy, icy, cold week…..again!! AHHH!  I was so glad to see my kinders on most of the days. We were busy learning when we were at school. 🙂

SPLIT LIT:  The kinders worked on various literacy skills like reading books, building a sentence, “th” brother at the beginning and ending of words, popcorn words, medial sounds in words.

WRITING:  We told small moment stories across our fingers about our morning routine at school and decorating our mail bags. The kinders are doing an amazing job drawing detailed pictures and writing sentences to match.  Many of the kinders are doing these tasks on their own with minimal assistance from me.  Wow!  I am so proud of them!  The kinders practiced their writing skills by creating a valentine card for their family too.

MATH:  We spent Monday reviewing math skills learned in unit #3 before taking the unit #3 math test on Wednesday.  I will share the results soon. The kinders took home their first math workbook. Have fun using this book at home to review skills learned.  Friday math games (all Valentine themed) included skills of addition, naming shapes, number partners.

READING: The kinders learned that some books are considered challenging because they have more words and more lines, longer words, new words and surprise endings.  That is when persistent power needs to be activated!  Books that contain patterns makes reading fun! We learned that when readers figure out the pattern it makes reading easier. The kinders were encouraged to use their reading mat to organize their books as they read.  Placing their books on the green dot side to start reading and moving the book to the red dot side when they are finished will allow them to go back and re-read their books again.

 

MYSTERY READER:  Wednesday afternoon, Aria jumped up with glee when her grandma and papa stepped into our room.  We heard the story When I Grow Up. An awesome story reminding us the importance of believing in ourselves because we have the power, within ourselves, to achieve any dream we put our minds and heart to.  

Parker was SO excited to see that his mom was our Mystery Reader again on Friday morning. She read one of Parker’s favorite books, My Lucky Day.  A funny story about how a pig tricked the fox into not eating him.

I introduced the kinders to one of my favorite book characters, Love Monster. We read Love Monster and Love Monster and the Last Chocolate and learned about making friends from the stories.  The kinders had fun making their own Love Monsters!

POPCORN WORDS:   BIG     WITH    HOW   NOW   WHO   NOT   I know that I have said it before but….the kinders are doing a fabulous job of learning their sight words.  Each day I try to include the week’s words in the daily message and they are able to locate them every time.  Hooray!  There were many words this week..a couple of new words and others from weeks’ past.  Thank you for continuing to practice at home.  Ask your kinder (or email me for instructions) how to play “Disappearing Snowman” or “Scrambled up”.  These are favorite games we play in school to identify popcorn words.

  

KOOL KINDERS ARE BOOK LOVERS: 

  Brooks likes the book The Little Engine that Could because Grandpa gave it to him.

  Jase likes books about dinosuars so he brought in Dinosaur Explorers that is filled with fun facts.

 . Jace enjoys reading Curious George rides a bike because he likes to ride his bike….in the summer.   

    Lila really likes Piggy and Elephant books so she brought I REALLY like slop! 

WHERE IS MRS. BOHL?:  I want to let you know that I will be out of the classroom a fews days this coming week.  On Monday 2/18, I will be screening next year possible kinders.  Mrs. Fredrick will be the teacher.  On Wednesday afternoon 2/20. I will be attending a kindergarten teacher meeting. Mrs. Brock will be the teacher.  Both are amazing substitute teachers that are in our building often. If you have ANY changes to schedules please let the office know, they will pass along the information. Please take a few minutes this weekend to talk with your kinder about showing these new teachers kindness and respectfulness by following our class rules and making green choices throughout the day.

REMINDERS

*TAKE HOME BOOKS: A HUGE thank you for remembering to return your kinder’s books on MONDAY, TUESDAY AND THURSDAY for reading.  The kinders are excited to take home new books and read them to you.  Thank you!  I SWITCHED OUT YOUR KINDER’S BOOK FOR A NEW BOOK TODAY.  THEY TOOK THAT NEW BOOK HOME SO YOU CAN READ IT OVER THE WEEKEND. PLEASE RETURN ALL BOOKS ON MONDAY!

*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, when it warms up, we will be outside for recess if the temperature is above 0 degrees. 

*BOOK IT CALENDAR: Return your completed January calendar soon.  

UPCOMING DATES

*MONDAY, FEB 18—STEAM; reading TAKE HOME books; Mrs. Bohl gone all day  Book orders due (online or paper forms)

*TUESDAY, FEB 19—MUSIC; reading TAKE HOME books

*WEDNESDAY. FEB. 20GYM;  LIBRARY Please remember to return your kinder’s book.  Mrs. Bohl gone in afternoon  

*THURSDAY. FEB. 21ART; reading TAKE HOME books  

*FRIDAY. FEB. 22—- STEAM

   ~~~~Have a fantastic weekend! Mrs. Bohl