POPCORN WORDS:             STOP   GO   YES   NO  ORANGE                                 We are working very hard on stretching out the sounds in our popcorn words.  We discovered 2 of our popcorn words rhymed…NO and GO. We read a lot of pumpkin books to celebrate the color orange.  We celebrated the color orange by wearing orange and making a pumpkin! 

   

READER’S WORKSHOP:  This week we learned that readers can be storytellers!  We read the book The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything and then used props to retell the story. We learned that our props need to be in the correct order for the to story make sense. I hope they came home and retold the story for you using their props we made! We also had fun dressing up for the parts of the story and retelling it! What a fun story!!

    

MATH:  This week in math we started to tell addition and subtraction stories. For example: “3 teddy bears were eating dinner. 2 more teddy bears came to eat dinner too. How many teddy bears were eating dinner? 3 + 2 = 5.” We are also learning to see that numbers 6-10 are composed of a 5-group and more ones.          6 + 1 =7.   Friday math games were so fun!! Four different GVSU baseball players and their coach joined us again today for math games. We played RACE TO FILL THE PUMPKIN! (reading numbers and finding that many objects), HOW MANY LEAVES TALL AM I? (the kids measured how many leaves tall they are and their friends). COUNTING SEEDS! (counting the seeds in the apple and finding the correct number). FALLING LEAVES! (counting the dots on a leaf and finding the written number). We LOVE Friday math games!! 

  

WRITING: The kinders are doing a fabulous job drawing detailed pictures, labeling their pictures and stretching out sounds in words as we write a matching sentence while using as many popcorn words as we can.  After that is all done, the kinders share their writings with their partners.  This week’s topics  were about stop signs, traffic lights, walking quietly in line and making green choices.

HANDWRITING: We continued to learned how to properly write more FROG JUMP letters…B,P, N,M. We write a big line down and then frog jump to the top to finish the letter.  We had fun practicing in our workbooks and we also practiced on chalkboards for the first time!! We loved the chalkboards!! 

  

SPLIT LIT: During our split lit time, we practiced beginning sounds in words, letter identification and letter sounds. We had a lot of fun playing the new game CRASH!

     

MYSTERY READER: We enjoyed having 4 Mystery Readers this week!! Evelyn’s mom, Mrs. Stadt (who is also a first grade teacher at Georgetown) read us the book A Perfectly Messed Up Story. It was funny and we had so much fun listening to the story! It was really fun to see how excited Evie was to see her mom!!

  

Kaylee’s step-mom, Sarah, came in this week too! She read us Kaylee’s favorite story, The Berenstain Bears and The Forgiving Tree. It was a great story and Kaylee was so excited to see Sarah!! 

  

Ava’s grandma was another mystery reader this week! She is a teacher at a different school and came to our school to read to Ava and her class! She read our class Creepy Carrots…it was a fun story and there was a lot of orange in the story…perfect for orange day!!

  

Our final mystery reader of the week was Juliet’s dad! She was so excited to see him come through the door!! He read us the book, The Cat in the Hat Comes Back. We were excited to hear that book because we read the first Cat in the Hat recently. We love all of the rhymes in Dr. Seuss books!!

  

GRANDMA SHERRY & GRANDPA DON…I was so excited for my special kinders to meet my parents on Friday!! My mom and dad helped me so much this summer getting my classroom ready! They were very excited to meet my class! They had so much fun that they want to come back again!!

UPCOMING DATES:

Monday, Oct. 23 — ART

Tuesday, Oct. 24  STEAM; LIBRARY; TURKEY TROT AFTER SCHOOL AT 5:00 p.m. 

Wednesday, Oct. 25 — PE;  LITERACY AND MATH HOMEWORK DUE; Color Day —Wear BROWN

Thursday, Oct. 26 MUSICSchool Picture Retake Day Please return the original picture package during retakes. Absent students pictures will be taken at this time.

Friday, Oct 27 – ART; FALL PARTY AND PARADE— The kindergarten parade will begin at 2:10pm. Our classroom party will follow starting at 2:25ish – 3:15pm. Fun activities are being planned. Your child is welcome to wear the basics of their costume to school and/or the under layers.  We will then add the accessories and the outer layer of costumes before the parade. Otherwise they can bring their costume to school in a labeled bag.  They will be putting on their costumes OVER their school clothes prior to the parade. PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE WEAPONS OF ANY KIND OR SCARY, GORY MAKEUP.  Please be respectful of others.

Friday, Nov. 3 — Fast Friday—Dismissal at 12:15pm

November 6 & 8 — Parent Teacher Conferences: On Monday, you will be notified of your day and time in the form a note inside your kinder’s folder. We have done our best to schedule a conference time to fit your needs, as well as to coordinate sibling conferences. If you have a conflict at your scheduled time, please contact me as soon as possible so that we can make other arrangements.   I am looking forward to sharing the awesome progress your kinder has and is making.

November 6-10—Book Fair:   We are scheduled to purchase books on Wednesday, Nov. 8 from 2:00-2:30 p.m.  Please send your kinder’s money in an envelope labeled with YOUR KINDER’S NAME and BOOK FAIR if you wish them to purchase books. The book fair will also be open during conference times. This is optional.  The proceeds go towards purchasing books for use in school. Thank you!

November 22-24—NO SCHOOL…Thanksgiving Break

STAR STUDENTS: We had 5 star students last week in our class this week. The kids came in every morning and asked who the star student was that day…they were so excited!! Starting next week the kinders are excited to bring home Lucky (our classroom stuffed dog) for the night!! I have Lucky at home this weekend getting him rested and ready for a fun week next week. I will choose sticks randomly each day to see who is the “lucky” one! Here are pictures of our star students this week…

    

POPCORN WORDS: ME    BE    WE    WILL    BLACK    WHITE            

The kinders were excited to see that our popcorn words rhymed (at least 3 of them). We found these words inside our daily message and found them in our popcorn word books! We read Harry the Dirty Dog books and had fun making a Harry craft! The kinders wrote popcorn words to complete the sentence “Harry is a white and black  dog.” We had fun dressing up in our black and white clothes today too! We also had fun drawing on black paper with white crayons!

           

HANDWRITING: This week we began practicing writing our letters in our handwriting books. The kinders are excited to use these books and are practicing the correct way to make their letters.

 

MATH:  We have been warming up our brains before we start our math lesson with a song. This week we had fun listening to Cowboy Count to 100 by 1’s by Jack Hartmann. The kinders loved singing and dancing along (and practicing counting too)!! We took our first Math test this week.  The kinders felt so important when they got to use their own “office” (a folder separating them from their neighbor) while taking their test.  I will share these tests with you at conferences.  I am amazed at how well the kinders are doing!! Thank you for working and supporting them at home. We will begin working on Unit 2 next week. We also had fun playing some math games this week. The 8th graders came over from Baldwin Street Middle School and played number Bingo with the kinders and fun math games that practiced number sense.

 

        

During math this week, we also had fun sorting shapes using food!! We sorted square Chex Cereal, triangle shaped Bugles, circle shaped Cheerios, straight line pretzels. The kinders sorted the shapes and then got to enjoy munching on the snacks!!

      

 

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  In writing we wrote all about our specials….art, STEAM, gym and music.  We begin writing by telling a story, drawing a picture together, labeling the picture and coming up with a sentence about the picture. Then the kinders independently draw their own pictures, add labels and together we trace words in a sentence that tell about the picture.

    

READER’S WORKSHOP:  During readers workshop we practice reading to self before we read with a partner.  When we read with a partner we sit EEKK (elbow to elbow and knee to knee) as we share books.  When we read with our partner, we learned that we can share our favorite part of a book, something cool and interesting and something we didn’t know. As you read books at home, you can practicing using these strategies too.

 

Split Lit: During the morning, we practice our literacy skills during split lit groups. The kids love to play games and while playing, they are getting extra practice on many literacy skills. It is so exciting to see them learn!

  

Free Choice: The kinders love to have free choice time!! This week we enjoyed playing with attribute blocks, geo-boards, Legos, Mega Blocks, lacing and creativity station. It is so fun to see the kids use their imaginations and get to know their classmates during free choice time!

     

Mystery Reader: We enjoyed having a Mystery Reader this week!! Lauren’s dad read us the book Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann. We had so much fun listening to the story and it was really fun to see how excited Lauren was to see her dad!! Lauren’s dad is a police officer and came dressed in his uniform…the kids got to ask questions all about police officers! Deputy Schaller even brought his cop car, started the lights for us to see and let the kids sit in it…they had so much fun!!!

        

UPCOMING DATES:

Monday, Oct. 16—Music; Culver’s Night  Enjoy a night free of making supper and support Georgetown at the same time. Mrs. Baker will be serving dinner from 5:00-6:00!!

Tuesday, Oct.17–Art; Library

Wednesday, Oct. 18—STEAM; Disguised pumpkin due

Thursday, Oct. 19-PE 

Friday, Oct. 20—Music;  COLOR DAY: Wear ORANGE

Tuesday, Oct. 24—Turkey Trot  Go to the PE blog on our side bar for more information

Thursday, Oct. 26—School Picture Retake Day Please return the original picture package during retakes. Absent students pictures will be taken at this time.

Friday, Oct 27—FALL PARTY AND PARADE— The kindergarten parade will begin at 2:10pm. Our classroom party will follow starting at 2:25ish – 3:15pm. Fun activities are being planned. Your child is welcome to wear the basics of their costume to school and/or the under layers.  We will then add the accessories and the outer layer of costumes before the parade. Otherwise they can bring their costume to school in a labeled bag.  They will be putting on their costumes OVER their school clothes prior to the parade. PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE WEAPONS OF ANY KIND OR SCARY, GORY MAKEUP.  Please be respectful of others.

 

 

Star Students!!

STAR STUDENTS: We had 4 star students last week in our class (one of our friends was not feeling good, so we are excited to learn all about her this week). The kids came in every morning and asked who the star student was that day…they were so excited!! Every week I will send home 5 more star student papers until we have learned all about every friend in our class!! Here are pictures of our star students this week…

   

Headphones for STEAM Studio

In STEAM Studio your child gets the chance to use a computer.  It is very helpful if the students have a pair of headphones to use in STEAM Studio.  I would love for each of our students to bring a pair of headphones to use by Monday, October 23.  The style of headphone is up to you, as long as your child will wear them comfortably.  A wired headphone is best, one that can be plugged into our computers.  No need to spend a lot on these, I know I have seen them at Five Below before.  Please mark your child’s name on these headphones with a permanent marker when sending them in to school.

Reading: In reading this week, we learned about reading with our reading buddies. We start by reading back-to-back and then switch and read EEKK…elbow-to-elbow, knee-to-knee. The partners read from the same book or take turns reading a different book, but…they all stay busy reading the whole time!

 

Writing: In writing this week, we have practiced shared writing. As a class, we draw a picture together, label the picture and come up with a sentence about the picture. On their own, the kids have also practiced drawing pictures, labeling and tracing words (that make a sentence) on a page about their picture. 

Math: In math this week, we have continued to practice learning about number sense. We have practiced showing how many of something a number represents. We had fun practicing forming numbers using Play-Dough!! We have also practiced writing numbers…finishing up our number books and sending them home. We talked about the words more and less and understanding which number is more/less. We even started practicing adding and subtracting some numbers…wow!

Split Lit: We practiced different skills during our split lit time this week. We continued learning about rhyming and beginning letter sounds and our color word purple too!

Math Games: 4 GVSU Baseball players and their coach (also known as Crew’s dad) came to our classroom on Friday to play math games with us! We were so excited about the visit and had so much fun playing fire safety math games with them!! Some of them even wore their purple!! We can’t wait for them to come back again!!

Free Choice: We had fun exploring with shapes, links, Legos and Geoboards. The kids enjoyed creating and having fun!!

Mystery Reader: We enjoyed having our first Mystery Reader surprise us this year!! Kaylee’s grandpa read us the book How to Babysit A Grandpa by Jean Reagan. We had so much fun listening to the story and it was really fun to see how excited Kaylee was to see her grandpa and grandma!! 

Upcoming Dates:

Monday, October 9-Music, Columbus Day

Tuesday, October 10-Art and Library

Wednesday, October 11-STEAM studio

Thursday, October 12-PE, Jet’s Pizza Night

Friday, October 13-PE, Fast Friday, Wear BLACK & WHITE

Note…I’ll be adding the SUPER STAR pictures to the blog on Monday!

 

Firefighter Visit!

This morning, three Georgetown Township firefighters came to visit our school! Firefighters Matt, Dwayne and Les talked with our class and Mrs. Stutz’s class about fire safety. Our kindergarteners were in awe of the firefighters’ uniforms, tools, and knowledge!

Here are some of the fire safety tips that we learned about today:

  • Check the smoke detectors in your house to make sure they work properly. 
  • Talk about a safety plan for your family in case of a fire – where is your meeting spot?
  • Call 911 immediately! 
  • Do not play with matches – they are dangerous and can cause fires! 
  • If a part of your clothing or your body catches on fire, STOP, DROP, and ROLL.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

 

The firefighters also showed us all of the components of their heavy uniforms.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

We even got to see the fire truck and all of it’s secret compartments that store special tools. The firefighters put on the lights and siren for us too!       

If your child would like to spend more time with the Georgetown Firefighters, they will be having an open house celebration this THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5 at 6:30 PM at FIRE STATION 1. There will be popcorn, the children can sit in a fire truck, and firefighters will be there to answer questions!

Thank you, Georgetown Township Firefighters, for a great visit! 

STAR STUDENTS: We had 5 star students this week in our class. The kids came in every morning and asked who the star student was that day…they were so excited!! Every week I will send home 5 more star student papers until we have learned all about every friend in our class!! Here are pictures of our star students this week…

    

 

Special 8th Grade Visitors Came to Meet Us!

On Thursday we met to Brandon, Noah and Sean. They are 8th graders in Mr. VanNoord’s leadership training class at Baldwin Middle school.  The class will be coming every Thursday morning, to spend time with all kinders at Georgetown.  The kids got to play some games together.  We are looking forward to their visit next Thursday!

  

Spirit Day!

On Friday morning, we had HHS football players, cheerleaders, super fans and some band members stop by to lead the school in cheers to celebrate Eagle Spirit Day!!  It was fun to see everybody cheering for Hudsonville and getting us excited for the homecoming game!!

         

POPCORN WORDS:       IS   HIS   THIS    GREEN                                                       These popcorn words ‘popped’ into our learning this week.  We enjoyed reading Little Yellow and Little Blue, a sweet story about friendship.  The kinders had fun finding out what happens when you mix yellow and blue…it makes GREENThey were so excited they got to bring home the play-dough!!

Green Frogs!!

We had fun making a craft to celebrate our week of green! We made frogs that are decorating our classroom!

  

 

MATH:  We learned that we can write numbers, draw groups of objects to show the number and started adding and subtracting numbers. Each morning at calendar we add one (+1) to our math chart. We talk about how many days we’ve been in school, adding one more each day. We talk about groups of tens and ones. This week, we got up to the number 22 (20 + 2 = 22). We learned about circles and shapes that are not circles.

   

WRITING: This week in writing we practiced drawing Mat Man and adding all of the parts of a person. We also have been doing shared writing. We draw a picture together as a class and come up with a sentence about the picture. The kids love doing shared writing!

         

SPLIT LIT: During our split lit time, we have been practicing rhyming and beginning word sounds. We played games and did some activities to reinforce these skills.

 

SMILEY FACES: We have been working hard on earning smiley faces during the day! The kinders get so excited when they earn a smiley! If we have more smileys at the end of the day then sad faces we earn a star…when we earn 10 stars, we will have another fun day!

PAJAMA DAY: We had a really fun pajama day! We ended the day with popsicles…always a great treat!!

 

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Oct 2—PE

*Tuesday, Oct 3—MUSIC & LIBRARY

*Wednesday, Oct 4—ART

EACH WEDNESDAY…Math & Literacy homework due

*Thursday, Oct 5–STEAM

 *Friday, Oct 6—PE….Wear PURPLE

*Friday, Oct 13—Fast Friday (Early Release Day….Dismissal at 12:15pm).

*Tuesday, Oct. 25—Turkey Trot  Go to the PE blog on our side bar for more information

*Thursday, Oct. 27—School Picture Retake Day

*Friday, Oct 27—FALL PARTY AND PARADE:  We will be having our first class party on Friday, Oct. 27. The parade of costumes will be at 2:00pm with our party following.  It will be a center rotation style with the kinders playing games and making a craft, ending with a party snack.  Please let me know if you have any questions about this fun day.