This Week in Kindergarten…

Popcorn Words: I, see

The Color Yellow

We started learning about our second color word this week…yellow! We learned about different things that are yellow, met Yasmine Yellow, practiced writing the word yellow, made a yellow book, wore yellow clothes and made a yellow craft with our bus buddies. We had so much fun! The kids were so excited to have a picture with their bus buddies on their bus!

Shared Reading

We read two poems this week during our shared reading time. We read a letter Cc poem and a letter Dd poem together as a class. After reading, we found the letter Cc and letter Dd in the poems. We also read a sight word poem called I See. It was fun to hear how the words in the poems rhyme! 

Math

This week in math we practiced making scenes of 2, 3, 4 and 5. We drew the number of objects needed to represent the correct number. We also worked with partner using our math tools. We showed a number and then used the correct number of squares that represent that number. 

Writing

In writing this week, we learned how to draw Mat Man – a person, that includes certain body part. We practiced drawing 1 head, 2 eyes, 2 ears, 1 nose, 1 mouth, 1 body, 2 arms, 2 hands, 2 legs and 2 feet. We had fun learning the Mat Man song and sang it together as we drew Mat Man. We practiced adding details and labels to a bus picture and a rug picture. I am so impressed with how well the kindergarteners did with our writing!

Reading

We started our reading lessons this week. We learned about the Teacher’s Jobs and the Student’s Jobs during reader’s workshop. The teacher and students each have 3 jobs. Look at our poster that helps us remember our jobs. We also learned that We Are Readers! We can look. We can think. We can read. We practiced each of these things by reading words around our classroom. Wow…we can read a lot of words in our classroom!

Cool Tools

We read the book Hurty Feelings and learned that the tone of our voice is like a microphone. The way we say things can be kind or hurtful. We also read Mine-O-Saur. We learned that when a friend continues to bother us, we can say…”It bugs me when you do that and I wish you would stop.”

Bus Safety

On Tuesday, we had 2 bus drivers visit Georgetown and teach us all about bus safety. We had to listen to bus rules and then got a chance to practice them. We even got to take a short ride in the bus. We are bus safety certified!

Library

We got to go to library again on Tuesday and visit Mrs. VandenBurg. It is so much fun to go to library! Please remember to help your kinder return their library book every Tuesday so they can get a new one!

Gathering Song

Mrs. Baker sings a song when it’s time to meet at the rug. The kinders have picked up so quickly on the song and now they sing along!

Class? Class? Yes! Yes!

This is one of the ways I use to  get your Kinder’s attention. I say, “Class? Class?” The Kinders respond, “Yes! Yes!” This is their cue to stop talking and put their eyes on Mrs. Baker. We learned this one of the first days of school and we practice this throughout the day. They are getting good at it! This week we added, hands and eyes! I say, “Hands and eyes!” The Kinders respond, “Hands and eyes!” This is their cue to put their hands in their laps and put their eyes on Mrs. Baker. We learned this cue this week and have practiced it throughout the week. We have pictures to help us remember!

Hannah lost a tooth this week!! She was so excited!! Check out her new smile.

Upcoming Dates:

Monday, September 17: Art

Tuesday, September 18: STEAM; Library – remember to return your book today!

Wednesday, September 19: Music

Thursday, September 20: PE

Friday, September 21: Art; Wear BLUE today!

Thursday, September 21: School picture day…information will be coming home soon.

Have a wonderful weekend!! Your kinder works so hard all week at school, have some fun playing and relaxing this weekend!! I’ll look forward to seeing everyone on Monday!!

~Mrs. Baker

A Few Kindergarten Reminders…

Tonight is a Jet’s pizza night! Plan an easy dinner night and order some pizza! Tell Jet’s who your child’s teacher is when you order! Jet’s will donate a portion back to our school and also the class with the highest amount of orders wins a pizza party! Have a good night!

 

Tomorrow we are celebrating our color of the week…yellow!! Be sure to have your kinder wear their yellow tomorrow!!

 

Tomorrow is an early release day. School will dismiss at 12:15. If your child is parent pick-up, please be here by 12:15. If you child needs a sack lunch, please email me to let me know. The sack lunch is the same cost as hot lunch.

This Week in Kindergarten…

The Color Red…

We started learning about our first color word this week…red! We learned about different things that are red, met Randy Red, practiced writing the word red, made a red book, wore red clothes and made a red craft. We had a lot of fun making a Clifford craft to end our week of red!

Shared Reading…

We read two poems this week during our shared reading time. We read a letter Aa poem and a letter Bb poem together as a class. After reading, we found the letter Aa and letter Bb in the poem. It was fun to hear how the words in the poems rhyme! We also made an Aa brochure to take home. 

Math…

In math this week, we started learning about number sense. We “read” a book called Anno’s Counting Book. There are no words in the book, but we learned about numbers throughout the book. We also practiced looking at a number and making that number using math magnets. 

Math Games…

On Friday, we had a lot of fun playing math games! It was our first time trying math games in kindergarten and we did amazing! We had a chance to move around the room in groups and try all of the games! We…

  • Made numbers out of Play-Dough.
  • Spun an ice-cream spinner and scooped that color ice-cream onto a cone or bowl.
  • Rolled a die, found the correct color teddy bear and sorted the teddy bears into the correct colored cups.
  • Rolled a die, counted the correct number of peanuts and put them into peanut bags.
  • Looked at a flower with a number on it and built the flower as tall as the number shown.

Writing…

We learned that writer’s share information with each other. We practiced sharing information with a partner. We learned how to “turn and talk” to your partner. We practiced taking turns telling our partners different things such as…What is your favorite color? What is your favorite food? What did you do after school yesterday? The partner that went first was the “jelly” (speaker) partner. The partner that went second was the “peanut butter” (listener) partner. I was amazed at how well they did with this activity! Way to go Kinders!

Cool Tools…

We continued learning about cool tools this week! We…

  • Read ish and learned how it’s nice to give compliments and say nice things to each other – our nice dice remind us of this!
  • Read Franklin’s Bad Day and learned when sometimes the best thing to do is to walk away – our shoe reminds us of this!
  • Read When I Get Angry and learned that sometimes you need to “chill out” on your own until you’re ready to play – we played a game with ice cubes to remind us of this!
  • Read Being Friends and learned that we are all different and special and to find the beauty in everyone – we looked through a kaleidoscope to remind us of this!

Play Time…

We LOVE play time!! It’s our favorite part of the day!! Enjoy these cute pictures of your sweet Kinders playing together at school!!

Upcoming Dates:

Monday, September 10 – Art

Tuesday, September 11 – STEAM; library…please bring back your library book. 

Wednesday, September 12 – Music

Thursday, September 13 – PE

Friday, September 14 – Art; color day…wear YELLOW; fast Friday (school gets out at 12:15). 

Thursday, September 27 is school picture day. Information will be coming home soon! 

Please remember to send your child with 2 snacks each day! We have a morning and an afternoon snack! Thank you!

We had a great week at school!! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!

~Mrs. Baker

A Couple of Things…

Library Books…

Today was the first day that we got to check out books from the library! You will find your child’s library book inside their backpack. Your kindergartener may borrow this book for ONE WEEK, and then it must be returned to school by next Tuesday in order to check out another book.

This is a new routine, so your kindergartener will need your help to remember to return the book each Tuesday. 

If you are finished reading the book prior to Tuesday, your child may return the book anytime! We have a basket inside our classroom that will hold our collection of library books. 

Thank you for encouraging reading and helping with this new responsibility!

~Mrs. Baker

 

Friday is red day…

This week we are studying the color red. We are going to celebrate our new learning by wearing the color red on Friday. It will be a fun way to celebrate as a class! So…wear red on Friday kinders!! 

 

Third Day of Kindergarten!

This morning we practiced our crayon skills by trying our best to color within the lines. This is tricky, but we worked hard on it!!

We had another exciting day in kindergarten! We started our day by re-reading Pete the Cat Rocking In My School Shoes. Pete the Cat is becoming a fast favorite of ours! After reading the book, we made our own Pete the Cat shoes. We practiced our cutting skills (after learning the rules about scissors) and our gluing skills (after learning the rules about glue sticks). We even got to put stickers on the shoes and draw shoelaces. It was a fun activity!

We learned our second COOL TOOL lesson. We read the book Chrysanthemum and learned that words spoken hurt other’s feelings and are impossible to take back, like toothpaste. We learned that we are all special and unique and then “brushed” away hurtful words with real toothpaste. 

We had a lot of fun reading a book called Interrupting Chicken! It was a silly book, but had a good lesson…we have to be listeners during learning time and not an Interrupting Chicken!! We did a coloring paper to go along with our book. 

We used two new tools for the first time this week. We used chalkboards and chalk. As a class, we practiced writing the number 0 and 1. We also drew 1 flower to go along with the number. The kids were excited to use the chalkboards, some of the kinders said they had even heard of a chalkboard before. 🙂

We had three friends in our class get recognized for summer learning. They were given an award to bring home and share with their family and one to hang up outside our classroom. There was a random drawing that gave a student in each grade a prize. The winner was RJ from our class…yay RJ!! He was so excited to get his Amazon gift card. 

Another exciting thing that happened today was that Eliana lost her tooth on the bus on the way to school!! She was so excited!!

Have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend! I will look forward to seeing your sweet kiddos on Tuesday!!       ~Mrs. Baker

Second Day of Kindergarten!

We had another great day in kindergarten!! We had a lot of fun playing with Play-Dough after we learned the rules of Play-Dough of course. We are now Play-Dough Certified!! It’s official!! We reviewed our crayon rules today and since we are all doing such a great job with crayons, we are also Crayon Certified!! Yay!! Look for their awards in their blue folders. 

Today we started the first of our COOL TOOL lessons. These are lessons that teach us how to be good friends and how to handle different situations. We even keep our cool tools in a tool box. Today we read the book The Rainbow Fish and learned that our words matter. We learned that we need to be like an ERASER and forgive ourselves for mistakes that we make and learn from them. We also need to forgive others too who may say or do hurtful things to us. We colored a picture of a rainbow fish…and even got a shimmery and shiny scale to put on it! 

We re-read our book called Lining Up and Walking in the Hallway. This book helps us remember the rules for how to walk in the hallway. Today, we did an amazing job following the hallway rules!! Way to go Kinders!!

This afternoon, we drew a picture of ourselves and wrote our name. I am saving this paper at school for now, but you’ll get to have it eventually. 🙂

The kinders had some fun playing with some math manipulatives today also. They were able to create whatever they wanted to!!

I am excited for another fun-filled day tomorrow!!

 

First Day of Kindergarten!

We had an amazing first day of kindergarten!! It was so fun to see all of the smiling faces today!! We learned a lot of routines…wow…there’s a lot of things to learn!! We read a book called Pete the Cat Rocking in My School Shoes. This book lead us on a tour of the school, searching for Pete the Cat. We found the lunchroom, music room, gym, STEAM studio room, art room, library and even met our secretaries in the office. They are so nice!! We never found Pete the Cat, but had fun looking for him!!

We learned that Pete the Cat tells us “It’s All Good”. We don’t need to worry about things, it’ll be ok!! We had fun making Pete the Cat first day of kindergarten headbands. 

We met our bus buddies today too! Mrs. Greenlund’s 4th grade class came to our class to meet us. We were excited about this!

Thank you for sharing your sweet kinder with me, I’m looking forward to another great day in kindergarten tomorrow!! A couple more fun recess pictures…

 

A Couple Reminders…

What you will need for Tuesday:

  • Thank you for getting back to me about transportation going home!! It makes me feel better to know how your sweet kiddo is getting home. 
  • Your child’s ME Bag with two items inside that will help us get to know him/her better. If you were not at open house, please just use a paper lunch bag (or any bag that isn’t clear) you have at home. 
  • Completed forms for the office (found in the yellow envelope).
  • GYM Shoes!!! (we will have PE/Gym  on Thursday)
  • HOME LUNCH/drink – OR, if you’ll be ordering HOT LUNCH, be sure your kinder knows what lunch he/she will be ordering (white or blue).  See the August lunch menu for lunch options.    
  • Name tag.  There were 2 inside the folder are to be worn on Day 1 (Tuesday) and Day 2 (Wednesday) of school.  Send them wearing their name tags.  My name is also on the name tags which will help get them to our classroom on these busy mornings!  I do plan to be outside the first couple weeks a few minutes before the bell rings to ease any fears.

You can check out the Hudsonville Food Service website (listed under the side of our blog under “helpful links”) for payment information including the option of setting up an online lunch account (highly recommended!)  If your kinder will be having home lunch but ordering MILK, attaching a small note on the outside of their lunch box would help me out a TON for the first few weeks of school.  This helps me and them remember they would like milk.  

Lunch ordering is brand new for most of the Kindergartners.  I will be helping them learn the process and soon they will be professional lunch orderers!  It will help me and them if you could have some discussion on what they are having for lunch daily (home lunch, blue or white lunch choice).  Often times a note telling me which lunch choice your child would like can help.  Until your kiddo gets used to the routines.

Remember, at this age, these little ones often get their cues from parents and adults around us.  If we get emotional and cry….they will too.  The more excited and reassuring you can be with your child the better.  I truly LOVE what I do and will definitely be calming any fears that may happen.   Whether it be a loving hand to hold, distraction or hugs of reassurance.  

What if it rains?

If it is raining on Tuesday morning, feel free to walk your child to our outside classroom door L (this is where they will be coming in every morning). If you prefer to walk him/her to the school lobby and say good-bye, you may. Then, your kinder will be walked down to our classroom by staff in our building.  

Feel free to contact me with ANY questions you have!!  Thanks again for sharing your amazing child with me this year!!

Excited for tomorrow…Mrs. Baker  🙂

 

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School Directory

The purpose of this directory is to help parents connect with other parents for kinder get togethers (playdates, birthday parties, etc).

We do not share parent emails at the office or teacher level. If you would like to connect with other parents to arrange kinder get togethers, you must complete this form. Once it is completed, the form will be emailed to all parents who completed the form. This form will not be published on the school website nor will it be printed and distributed.