This Week in Kindergarten…

POPCORN WORDS: make, said

READING: This week in reading, we reviewed all of our SUPER READING POWERS that we’ve learned so far! Wow…we are SUPER READERS!! We added a new super reading power to our powers. We added PERSISTENCE POWER! When something gets hard, we keep working hard at it, we don’t give up! We practiced this using different books. We also practiced reading smoothly (fluently) and not sounding like a robot when we read. Wow…we have learned a lot this week in reading!

MATH: This week in math, we practiced making new shapes when we put shapes together. We also learned about sorting and classifying pictures. We practiced sorting animals and shapes. We sorted by the types of animals, how many legs the animals have, big shapes and little shapes as well as the color of shapes. We learned about using a 5 group when counting objects. It is easier to put objects in a group of 5 (a straight line of 5) to count objects. It keeps our work more organized and easier to count the total number or objects. 

WRITING: This week during writing, we continued to practice writing a small moment story. We wrote about being the super star. We told the story across our fingers, to a friend, in pictures and added words to our stories. The story we told was about bringing the mystery box as the super star. This is the story we wrote: First we give three clues. Next we tell what it is. Last we pick a new stick. Next week we will continue to write another small moment story!

SPLIT LIT: This week during split lit, we practiced a lot of different literacy skills. We… had fun reading big books , practiced listening and looking for the middle sounds we heard in words, practiced our snap words, writing our first and last names, practiced our popcorn words and matched pictures to words that we read. 

, practiced listening for the middle sounds we hear in words, practiced our snap words, writing our first and last names

MYSTERY READERS: This week we were lucky enough to have two mystery readers! Kennedy was so excited when her mom surprised her and walked through the door! She read us a fun book called Olivia Saves the Circus! Kennedy had a lot of fun having her mom as a mystery reader! 

Adreian was super excited when his mom and little brother came through the door too! We had fun learning how to spell Adreian’s whole name by listening to a favorite story of his! Adreian had a lot of fun having his mom and brother come to our class!

UPCOMING DATES:

Monday, January 21: STEAM; Take Home Books today (bring back your book)

Tuesday, January 22: Music; Library…bring back your book

Wednesday, January 23: PE; Take Home Books today (bring back your book)

Thursday, January 24: Art

Friday, January 25: STEAM; Take Home Books today (bring back your book)

Enjoy these fun playground pictures from today…Have a wonderful weekend!!

Take Home Books

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 book bag 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, 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 Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Please make sure you help your Kinder remember to return their books to school every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Happy Reading!!

This Week in Kindergarten…

HAPPY NEW YEAR! We had fun on Monday with learning through New Year’s activities! We practiced New Year’s subtraction, New Year’s writing (resolutions) and made 2019 headband and craft! We are enjoying them hanging up in our classroom!

POPCORN WORDS: at, that, was

This week when learning about our new words, many of the Kinders noticed right away that “at” is hiding in “that” and that they rhyme. We also talked about how some letters make different sounds like in “was”. We read 2 books using these words and added the books to our blue book bins. 

READING: This week in reading, we continued working on using our SUPER POWERS during reading!! The Kinders are becoming super readers!! We learned that we have SOUND POWER…this is when we need to make the beginning letter sound when trying to figure out an unknown word.  Readers can’t always rely on using just PICTURE POWER, sometimes we need to use our SOUND POWER too! For example: Did the author use “horse” or “pony” in the writing.  By seeing a “h” and sounding it out, a reader can understand that the word is “horse”. We also learned that we have SNAP WORD POWER…this is when we learn words and practice them so that we can read them in a snap! We practiced writing many SNAP words in our journals! It was really fun!  

MATH: This week in math, we practiced drawing the correct number of circles for the number shown. We also practiced writing teen numbers and showing teen numbers. We always enjoy getting our math trays out and getting to make numbers. The Kinders did a great job showing teen numbers by showing 10 + extra ones. 

WRITING: During writing this week, we started writing small moment stories. We learned about the difference between writing a WATERMELON story and a SEED story. A watermelon story is a really big topic, like our holiday break. That would be too big of a story to write. A SEED story is a smaller topic, like opening presents, skiing, watching a movie. That would be a smaller story and easier to write. This week we wrote a story about opening presents. It’s exciting to see the Kinders write a story about something they did! 

LITERACY: During our literacy time this week we continued to practice many literacy skills. On Friday, we had fun playing literacy games! 

HANDWRITING: This week in handwriting, we finished a handwriting book and started practicing writing our first and last names. We will continue to practice writing our names. The Kinders got new name tags on their pencil boxes showing their first and last names. 

MYSTERY READER: Vivia was thrilled when she saw her mom walk through the door! The Kinders loved listening to the book, Tickle Monster! You could tell it was a favorite of Vivia’s, she helped read along with her mom! 

UPCOMING DATES:

Monday, January 14: Art

Tuesday, January 15: STEAM; Library…remember to bring your books back! 

Wednesday, January 16: Music

Thursday, January 17: Gym

Friday, January 18: Art; Take Home Books sent home.

Monday, January 21: STEAM; Return Take Home Books.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!  ~Mrs. Baker

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!

This Week in Kindergarten…

Where in the World is the Gingerbread Man? This week our Gingerbread Man finished his travels by visiting Russia and Spain. We learned all about these countries and saw some of the favorite sights from Russia and Spain, looked at their flags, learned about the food they eat, the language they speak and their money. The Kinders had fun visiting these countries with the Gingerbread Man and getting more stamps in their passport books! 

Grinch Day Fun! We had so much fun having a day all about the Grinch! We did Grinch math, Grinch labeling, made a Grinch headband, colored a Grinch sight word paper and had some delicious Grinch Juice! We got to watch the cartoon version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas and sing along to the Grinch song! Each Kinder brought home a green candy cane to enjoy!! 

Bus Buddies: Our bus buddies came to our room and helped us make a countdown chain to Christmas. We love to have our buddies come to our room and it’s so fun to do an activity with them! We are lucky to have such great buddies! 

Mystery Reader: Jessica was so excited when her mom, brother (who is a second grader at Georgetown) and Nene (grandma) came through our door! Jessica’s mom and brother read us a fun story, How To Catch a Snowman! Then she got to stay and make a fun snowman craft with us! 

Party Fun! We had a wonderful holiday party! Thank you so much to all of the parents that volunteered to make our party so much fun, it is really appreciated! Adreian’s mom did a great job planning a fun-filled party for us! Enjoy all of the fun pictures!

Polar Express Day! We ended our week by traveling on “The Polar Express” starting in our classroom and visiting the other kindergarten classrooms at Georgetown! We got to watch the movie The Polar Express and got our tickets stamped at each room. We had a special delivery to our room, jingle bells! Wow, were we excited! We finished our day by having hot chocolate…yummy!!

Here are some activities to do together over our break…

  • Practice counting by 1’s and 10’s to 100
  • Write numbers 1-30
  • Practice identifying popcorn words using your flash cards
  • Create and write new pattern books or create a list of things
  • Practice writing first and last name (first letter capital, rest of letters lower case)
  • Read books together 
  • Have fun together!! 

UPCOMING DATES:

Monday, December 24 : Friday, January 4:  NO SCHOOL, Holiday Break…school resumes on Monday, January 7!

Monday, January 7: Back to School; Art

Tuesday, January 8: STEAM; Library…remember your book! 

Wednesday, January 9: Music

Thursday, January 10: Gym; If your kinder would like a sack lunch on Friday, please send an email.

Friday, January 11: STEAM; Fast Friday…Dismissal at 12:15pm

I wish you all a very happy holiday!! 

~Mrs. Baker

This Week in Kindergarten…

Popcorn Words: what, it

Reading: This week in reading, we focused on our SUPER READING POWERS because…WE ARE SUPER READERS! The SUPER READING POWERS we practiced this week are pointer power, snap word power and partner power. Snap word power is when a reader can find words they know, like sight words, and read those words in a snap. Partner power is when readers help each other when they are reading. The kinders worked with their reading partner to read a book together, taking turns to point and read to each other while helping each other with words that might be tricky. We had fun practicing with The Itsy Bitsy Spider. Picture power is when readers really look at the picture to see if it matches the words written.

Writing: During writing this week, we continued writing pattern books. This week we focused on books that have the same beginning pattern on each page, with the last word on every page changing. The Kinders practiced writing the words they know how to write/spell and stretch out the ones they don’t. They are doing a great job of adding details! It is fun to see them notice pattern books during read aloud and when they are reading to themselves too! They are learning so much!

Math: This week in math, we learned about seeing 5 groups and extra ones to make larger numbers…6-10 by playing a fun game using holiday erasers for practice.  We also told some subtraction stories using the erasers too.  We also practiced some number stories on white boards, both adding and subtracting numbers. 

Literacy: During our literacy time this week, we had fun doing some gingerbread man activities! The Kinders are doing such a great job during our split lit time! They are working on many skills…stretching out words, labeling pictures, practicing popcorn words and reading books! Way to go Kinders!

Mystery Reader: Gabby was super excited when her mom walked through our door and read us a Berenstain Bears story! The Kinders LOVE the Berenstain Bears and LOVE listening to stories…so it was perfect!!

Where in the World is the Gingerbread Man? This week we read The Gingerbread Man on the Loose at Christmas. The Gingerbread Man sent us a postcard saying he traveled to France. We had fun learning about all of the things that he was seeing in France! We got our passports, got on an airplane (it even sounded like an airplane in our room) and headed to France! It was a lot of fun! We are excited to see what other adventures the Gingerbread Man has planned for us!

NICHOLAS THE NICE NINJA: We have been given missions every day from Nicholas the Nice Ninja to spread some kindness to others. The Kinders are so sweet and love to do nice things for others! They take their missions very seriously!! We had some kindness shown to us on Friday, when Mrs. Kuieck’s second graders came to our room and read to us! We wanted to say thank you, so we made them a snowman as a thanks!

HOLIDAY PROGRAM: Wow!! I am so lucky to have such great performers in my class!! The Kinders did a wonderful job at the program!! I did not have my camera with me during the program (I can’t believe I forgot it), but I did get some pictures during the practice. Enjoy!

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 soon. Please let me know if you have any questions, jbaker4@hpseagles.net.

TAKE HOME BOOK PROGRAM:  Starting in January, the Kinders will begin bringing home books to read 3 days a week. I would like to get volunteers to come to our classroom on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays from 2:00-3:00. I would love to have 2 parents/grandparents scheduled each day to listen to the Kinders read and choose a new book. If you would like to be part of this fun volunteer activity, please email me and I will be happy to include you in the schedule. It is so exciting to see our kinders become readers.

Holiday Party: Our party is on Thursday, December 20 from 2:00-3:00. Party volunteers can arrive at 1:30pm to set up. Mrs. Reagan has made a request……Due to the large number of parent volunteers attending class parties with in the school, Mrs. Reagan has limited the parent attendees to ONLY those volunteering. You MUST have completed a background check if you wish to volunteer. Thank you for understanding.

UPCOMING DATES

Monday, December 17: Gym

Tuesday, December 18: Art ; Library…please return your library book!

Wednesday, December 19: STEAM;  Grinch Day – wear GREEN, or dress like Grinch characters. It will be a fun filled Grinch day!

Thursday, December 20: Music; Holiday Party…It will be held from 2:00-3:00pm.  Thank you for being part of our second class party!! Parent volunteers can arrive at 1:30 for set up.  

Friday, December 21: Gym; Polar Express Day…wear your pajamas!! You are welcome to wear slippers too, but please leave blankets and pillows at home.

Monday, December 23 – Friday, January 5:  NO SCHOOL, Holiday Break.  School resumes on Monday, January 7!  

~Mrs. Baker

 

Holiday Program Information…

  • Who:  Your amazing Kindergartner, K-5th graders
  • What:  Georgetown Elementary Holiday Program
  • Where:  Fair Haven Church, 2900 Baldwin Street, Hudsonville 49426. 
    • Kindergartners will need to report to the Family Life Center inside the church by 6:15 p.m.  
  • When: 
    • 6:15 p.m. – students need to arrive to the Family Life Center inside church.
    • 6:30 p.m. – K-2nd grade performs. 
  • 7:30 p.m. 3rd-5th grade students need to arrive. 
  • 7:45 p.m. 3rd-5th grade performs.

Please email me at jbaker4@hpseagles.net if you have any questions.  

This Week in Kindergarten…

Popcorn Words: look, from, run

Reading: During reading this week, we learned that we are SUPER READERS! Super readers use their super reading powers to read words. The super power we practiced using this week was our POINTER POWER! The Kinders practiced pointing to each word one time with their finger. We practiced using our pointer power by pointing to colors and animals and then adding words to the pictures. They each got a finger to use during reading to remind them to point to their words. You can encourage them to use their pointer power when they read at home!

Writing: During writing this week, we continued practicing writing pattern books. We wrote pattern books where the first word in the pattern changes on each page. I am so impressed with how well the Kinders are doing writing pattern books. They are practicing starting each sentence with an uppercase letter, putting a finger space between their words, adding punctuation and labeling. 

Math: During math this week, we practiced dot-to-dots, counting and coloring groups of ten items and finding partners of 6. We met TEN BUG…a bug that has ten dots on it and helps us look for groups of ten. The Kinders had fun when ten bug flew around and talked to each of us. Today, the Kinders brought home their unit 2 math test in their blue folders. They did a great job!

Literacy: During our literacy time this week, we practiced many literacy skills. We practiced rhyming, blending sounds together to make words, popcorn word books, reading into our whisper phone and looking for our popcorn words in a poem. We also read the story of The Gingerbread Man and looked for the word man and the word chunk an in the story.  

Where in the World is the Gingerbread Man? This week we read The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School. At the end of the story, the Gingerbread Man left us a note that led us on a search for him around the school. Our search ended at the office where the Gingerbread Man had left us a treat. He left us gingerbread cookies! Yum! We went back to our classroom to eat them…and almost all of us liked them! We voted YES or NO if we liked it or not. The Gingerbread Man sent us a postcard saying he traveled to Australia. We had fun learning about all of the things that he was seeing in Australia! We got our passports, got on an airplane (it even sounded like an airplane in our room) and headed to Australia! It was a lot of fun! We are excited to see what other adventures the Gingerbread Man has planned for us!

Mystery Reader: Charles was so excited and surprised when he saw his mom come into our room this week! We had a lot of fun listening to the story she chose to read. We even got to say parts of the book! 

Upcoming Dates…

Monday, December 10: Gym

Tuesday, December 11: Art; Library…bring back your library book!

Wednesday, December 12: STEAM

Thursday, December 13: Music; Holiday Music Program at 6:30 at Fair Haven Church. Please arrive at 6:15. The address is: 2900 Baldwin Street, Hudsonville.  

Friday, December 14: Art; Books for gift exchange due; Early Release…dismissal at 12:15. 

Wednesday, December 19: Grinch Day…wear green or dress like a Grinch character!

Thursday, December 20: Holiday Party from 2:00-3:00. If you emailed me about volunteering, you will be hearing from Adreian’s mom, Heather, soon!

Friday, December 21: Polar Express Day…Kinders wear PJ’s!

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

Have a wonderful weekend…Mrs. Baker

Do you know about Toys for Tots? It’s a great charity that provides happiness and joy to kids on Christmas morning. They cannot do this without our help.

This year, we have set a school donation goal of 100 toys.  

Bring a new, unwrapped toy to school before December 13.  Toys for Tots will distribute these toys to kids in need throughout our community.

PLEASE SUPPORT THE KIDS IN OUR COMMUNITY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!

Ainslee Tomaszewski, Student Chairperson for Georgetown Toys for Tots Campaign