This Week in Kindergarten…

POPCORN WORDS: away, play, today, up

READING: During reading this week, the Kinders continued to work on building their reading stamina. They have been doing a great job of reading quietly and practicing their books…using their Super Powers! We read a Scholastic News called Real Rainbow Fish. The Scholastic News talked about fiction (the Rainbow Fish) and non-fiction (the real Rainbow Fish). 

MATH: In math this week, we practiced showing teen numbers, representing each number with a group of ten circles and then the extra ones. We also continued our learning about math mountains. The Kinders are getting really good at drawing tiny tumblers to show the numbers on each side of their math mountain. We learned about showing equal groups, by adding shapes and writing the equation to match. The Kinders are continuing to practice their addition and subtraction skills too. I am so proud of them!

WRITING: During writing this week, we continued our learning about fact and opinion. We started the week by giving our opinion on whether we like ice cream in a cone or in a cup. Each day we met with a group that had the same opinion, talked about reasons for their opinion and then went and wrote about it. This week, we had to give 2 reasons to support our opinion. We also wrote our opinions on our favorite sport, favorite special and favorite pet. They are doing a great job with this! 

LITERACY: During our literacy time this week, we practiced many skills! We…made popcorn word watches, made lists of friends, read sentences and matched them with pictures, wrote books about anything we chose, matched upper and lowercase letters and practiced letter sounds. This is one of their favorite times of the day!

OUR CATERPILLARS: Wow!! Our caterpillars changed a lot this week! When we got to school on Monday, our 3 the caterpillars were hanging from the top of the cup. There were 2 of them in their chrysalis and one that wasn’t quite there yet. By the end of the week, they were all in a chrysalis. They were transferred from their cup into their 

A VISITOR…A SNAKE! On Friday, we had a snake visit our classroom (in a cage). Mrs. Stutz found a snake at her house and shared with our class for the day. The Kinders had so much fun looking at it throughout the day! They loved it when it slithered up the cage!

TAKE HOME BOOKS: Today was our last day of bringing home new take home books. I can’t believe it! The Kinders can read their books to you this weekend and then return them on Monday. Thank you so much to everyone for reading each night at home with your Kinders! They have become such good readers! Thank you so much to all of the parents and grandparents who came to listen to our readers! I couldn’t have done it without you!!! 

UPCOMING DATES:

Monday, May 20: Music; Take home books-just returning them today. We are finished with take home books for the year. 

Tuesday, May 21: Gym; Library-we are finished checking out books for this year. Please return any library books you have at home to school. Thank you!

Wednesday, May 22: Art

Thursday, May 23: STEAM

Friday, May 24: Music; Popcorn Friday; Wear Red, White and Blue today!

Monday, May 27: Memorial Day-no school

Friday, May 31: Kindergarten Olympics! If you’d like to help, we are still looking for volunteers! Please email me or return the sheet that was sent home. Looking forward to a fun day! Thanks!

Have a wonderful weekend!!

This Week in Kindergarten…

POPCORN WORDS: by, my, one

READING: In reading this week, the Kinders practiced increasing their reading stamina. They enjoyed reading to themselves and also reading with partners. They are doing a good job at reading the whole time. The Kinders are continuing to practice using their Reading Super Powers when reading…make sure they are using those at home too. 

MATH: In math this week, we practiced counting objects and writing the corresponding number. We also compared two numbers and had to decide which was less or greater. We had fun using objects to find partners of ten also! 

WRITING: During writing this week, we started our opinion writing. We started by learning what an opinion is. When we started writing, the Kinders had to decide if they liked the swings or slide better and then give a reason to support that. They also had to give their opinion on if they liked Winter or Summer better and give two reasons to support their opinion. 

MYSTERY READER: This week, Charlotte was thrilled when her dad came through the door! We enjoyed listening to two stories he brought with him, Waiting and The Maggie B. Charlotte was so excited that her dad got to come and read to us!

CATERPILLARS: The caterpillars are growing fast!! The Kinders are excited to check them each morning and throughout the day to see how they are doing. They are always amazed at how big they are getting! We had fun reading a book called, The Very Impatient Caterpillar. It was a cute story that helped us understand their life cycle. 

UPCOMING DATES

Monday, May 13:  STEAM; reading TAKE HOME books  

Tuesday, May 14Music; Library…return your book! 

Wednesday, May 15: Gym; reading TAKE HOME books 

Thursday, May 16:  Art

Friday, May 17STEAM; reading TAKE HOME books; Celebrate being READERS: OUR STATE IS GREAT! wear clothing with places from Michigan on it .

Friday, May 24: Celebrate being READERS: CELEBRATE AMERICA!  Wear RedWhite and Blue to school!!

Monday, May 27:  Memorial Day, No School

Friday, May 31:  Kindergarten Olympics – A note asking for parent volunteers came home.  If you would like to be part of the fun day, please return the pink paper or email me your willingness.  We could use a few more volunteers. This special day would not be possible without your help.  Thank you so much! 

I would like to wish all of the Moms a Happy Mother’s Day!! I hope you all enjoy your special day…you deserve it!! The Kinders were very excited to make you a gift, I hope you all enjoy it!! 

Thank you so much for all of the notes, cards and gifts this past week! That was so thoughtful of you!! I am so lucky that I get to spend my days with your sweet children!! 

Field Trip Fun!!

We had such a great time on our field trip!! The Kinders enjoyed exploring and learning about Hemlock Crossing. Our guides did an amazing job of teaching us all about things in nature!! We continued our fun field trip at Hager Park. We had a picnic lunch and then had a lot of play time at the park. We even got to celebrate Clete’s birthday at the park with cupcakes! The Kinders had a great time and were pretty tired by the time we got back to school. Thank you to the chaperones for joining us and Hemlock Crossing and to the parents who were able to join us at the park! Enjoy these pictures!!  

The Bus Ride…

Hemlock Crossing…

Hager Park…

Field Trip Tomorrow!!

Our field trip is tomorrow, Tuesday, May 7!   

We will be at Hemlock Crossing Nature Park for the morning.  The bus will leave around 9:20 a.m. and arrive at Hemlock Crossing by 10:00 a.m.  Chaperones please plan to either meet us at Hemlock Crossing or come here and you are welcome to follow the bus out that way. 

The bus will be leaving around 11:30 a.m. from Hemlock Crossing to take us to Hager Park for our picnic lunch and play time.  We plan on arriving at Hager Park around 12:00pm.  We will be eating our picnic lunch at the picnic tables. The kinders will have some time to play on the playground after lunch before returning to Georgetown. 

Please be sure to dress your Kinder for trail walking and the weather (layers are helpful).  Also, don’t forget their labeled lunch and water bottle (or something to drink).  If you would like your child to have sunscreen for the day please feel free to label it and pack it for them for the day.  I will do my best to apply it.  Fingers crossed for NO RAIN!!!

If you are planning to meet your kinder for lunch, we will be eating by the area near the bathrooms of the wooden structure play area.  When you first pull into the park we will be on the left.  Younger siblings are welcome to join in the fun at the park.  

If we have rain after the nature center we will plan to return to Georgetown and have our lunch in our classroom.  Parents and younger siblings are welcome to join us!!

If you have any questions, please contact me at jbaker4@hpseagles.net.

This Week in Kindergarten…

POPCORN WORDS: have, on, of

READING: In reading this week, we continued reading non-fiction books. The Kinders were excited to see the new books that we got for our classroom! As readers, we practiced saying…”I wonder why?….” “Where does?….”  “What is this?….” We also worked on building our reading stamina. 

MATH: During math this week, we practiced writing our numbers. This week, we wrote all the way to 100!! Wow!! We also worked on finding partners of 10. On Friday, we had a lot of fun playing math games! 

WRITING: This week during writing, we continued our “how to” writing. We wrote about how to plant a seed. Since we planted our seeds last a week ago, we were able to write about this. We also wrote about how to get a bowl of cereal. The Kinders did a great job with their writing! They are doing a great job writing their sentences in order (first, next, then, last), drawing pictures and adding labels. 

LITERACY: During our literacy time this week, we practiced our literacy skills. The Kinders enjoyed choosing from making CVC words, practicing popcorn words, making lists of shapes, reading books and matching letters to sounds. 

OUR CATERPILLARS HAVE ARRIVED!! We are so excited to have welcomed a cup of caterpillars to our room this week! The Kinders were thrilled when I opened the box. They have been checking them out everyday (from our viewing area) to see if they have grown yet. I am excited for them to see how much bigger they have gotten over the weekend! 

LIVING AND NON-LIVING: The Kinders enjoyed making their binoculars! It has been so fun to watch their excitement about this activity! They chose the color of the paper for their binoculars, decorated them with “living” pictures, put them on and went outside for a walk. We looked for living and non-living things on our walk. It was so much fun!! 

5 SENSES: It was fun learning about the 5 senses! We used Mr. Potato Head to learn about the 5 senses. As a group, the kinders had to look at a picture, decide which of the senses would be used and put that body part on Mr. Potato Head. It was great team work!

SCIENCE EXPERIMENT HOW TO’S: This week it was fun to go to Mrs. Stutz’s classroom to listen to a how to book about making a tornado in a bottle. While we heard the book, we followed the steps of how to make one and actually made a tornado in a bottle!! In our classroom, we listened to a how to book about making a liquid rainbow. While we heard the book, we followed the steps and made a liquid rainbow. 

UPCOMING DATES

Monday, May 6:  STEAM; reading TAKE HOME books; CULVER’S NIGHT! This is a fundraiser for our school. I will serving dinner at Culver’s from 6:00-7:00. I hope to see you there! 

Tuesday, May 7Field Trip to Hemlock Crossing Nature Center &  Hager Park  HOME LUNCH WITH DRINK INSIDE OF LABELED PAPER BAG IS NEEDED. We will not be ordering hot lunch. Please feel free to join us for our picnic lunch. Younger siblings are welcome. We will be at the park around 12:00pm. Your kinder will need a home lunch and water bottle to enjoy during our picnic lunch.  NO SANDALS, FLIP FLOPS OR CROCS. TENNIS SHOES NEED TO BE WORN please. We will be walking through woods and trails and playing on a big playground.  Please dress your kinder according to the weather. We will be OUTSIDE for most of the day! 

Wednesday, May 8: Gym; LIBRARY – Return you library books…we changed the day due to our field trip; TAKE HOME books

Thursday, May 9Art

Friday, May 10:  STEAM; FAST FRIDAY (Early Release  Dismiss at 12:15pm – please email me if your kinder needs a lunch);  Celebrate being READERS with CRAZY HAIR DAY!!

Friday, May 17Celebrate being READERS with OUR STATE IS GREAT! wear clothing with places from Michigan on it.

Friday, May 24: Celebrate being READERS with CELEBRATE AMERICA!  Wear RedWhite and Blue to school!!

Monday, May 27:  Memorial Day, No School

Friday, May 31:  Kindergarten Olympics – a note asking for parent volunteers came home.  Volunteers will be notified shortly with details.  This special day would not be possible without your help.  Thank you so much!!  If you still would like to be part of this fun day, please let me know!!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!!

This Week in Kindergarten…

POPCORN WORDS: come, some

READING: In reading this week, we finished learning about being avid poets. We practiced some poems and also some nursery rhymes. It has been a lot of fun to add favorite nursery rhymes to our book boxes and practice them during our reading time! We learned about being a copycat poet. A copycat poet finds a poem they like the rhythm of and changes the words to make it their own. 

WRITING: This week we started learning about a new type of writing. We started learning about “how to” writing. We made a list of things we are good at and could teach others “how to” do. We came up with a great list! The first thing we wrote about was “how to” make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. We started by putting the pictures in order and then adding the words to match. We made sure to include the words: first, next, then and last. We also practiced the same steps with “how to” wash your hands. The Kinders are enjoying our new type of writing!  

MATH: This week in math we started our unit 5 learning. We started unit 5 by practicing teen numbers…10 + 5 = 15. We also drew pictures to match our equations on whiteboards, which is always fun! We also practiced counting objects into the teens. We practiced crossing off objects as we count so that we remember to count every object. We finished our week by practicing partners of 10. 

LITERACY: This week during our literacy time, we worked on many different skills. We focused on vowel sounds and deciding which vowel sound belongs in a word. The Kinders are still enjoying getting to choose which literacy station they visit. 

MYSTERY READER: This week Bella was thrilled when her mom walked through our door to be a mystery reader! It was fun to listen to her share two books with us! It was fun to hear a new story called Swim Little Wombat, Swim and a favorite called Horton Hatches the Egg. The Kinders do such a great job listening to our mystery readers!

Earth Day… On Monday, we had fun learning all about the Earth and what we can do to help our Earth! Each Kinder made a fun craft using paint and marbles and told one way they plan to take care of the Earth. 

Plants… This week we planted lima beans. We have begun learning about living and non-living, so we planted seeds to help us learn about living things. The Kinders planted them on Thursday and I could hear them outside on Friday morning looking through the window to see if they had grown. Hopefully soon…but not quite yet! 

Rocks… On Friday, we had a great time looking at our rock collections! The Kinders were so excited to look at rocks closely with a magnifying glass, sort their rocks (by size, color and texture) and then got to walk around the room with the magnifying glasses and look at all of the Kinder’s rock collections. It was really fun! We also enjoyed learning about Metamorphic and Sedimentary rocks by “making rocks” with candy! We ended our rock learning today with making fossils. We each got a piece of clay and found something we wanted to use to make an imprint in the clay. Hopefully they will dry over the weekend and be ready to take home on Monday. Enjoy the pictures!! They were so cute…it was fun to try and capture it!! 

UPCOMING DATES

Monday, April 29: Art; Take Home Books

Tuesday, April 30: STEAM; Library…bring back your library book!

Wednesday, May 1: Music; Take Home Books

Thursday, May 2: Gym

Friday, May 3: Art; Take Home Books

Tuesday, May 7: Field Trip to Hemlock Crossing Nature Center & Hager Park. Please feel free to join us for our picnic lunch.  We will be at the park around 12:00pm. Your kinder will need a sack lunch with their name on it and water bottle to enjoy during our picnic lunch. Remember to put your Kinder in tennis shoes for the day. We will be walking through woods and trails and playing on a big playground.  Please dress your child according to the weather. We will be outside for most of the day! I can’t wait!! It should be a lot of fun!!

Friday, May 10: Fast Friday…dismissal at 12:15. 

Friday, May 24: RedWhite and Blue Day! Wear your RedWhite and Blue to school!

Monday, May 27: Memorial Day – No School

Friday, May 31:  Kindergarten Olympics – volunteer note is coming home soon.

Have a wonderful weekend!! 

This Week in Kindergarten…

POPCORN WORDS: they, these

READING: In reading this week, we continued learning about non-fiction books. It has been a lot of fun to search for different things in non-fiction books! I am so impressed with how well the Kinders work with each other to learn from their non-fiction books. We also introduced poetry this week. The Kinders were able to practice How To Read a Poem. It was fun to practice by using two familiar poems…It’s Raining It’s Pouring and Ring Around the Rosie. It is fun to get to keep these poems in our book boxes! 

MATH: During math this week, we finished our learning in unit 4. We reviewed what we had learned, practiced some shapes and took our unit 4 test. The Kinders love to get their “offices” out and use them to take their test in! They worked so hard on their test! Look for it to be coming home soon. 

WRITING: In writing this week, we finished our informational writing unit. The Kinders got to show what they know about informational writing by planning, writing and drawing all they know about horses! 

LITERACY: This week during our literacy centers we practiced a lot of different skills. We practiced letter sounds, popcorn words, writing CVC words, we practiced writing our numbers and had fun making the 3 billy goats and the troll and practiced retelling the story that we learned last week. That was our favorite station this week! 

MYSTERY READER: Charles was super excited when his grandma came through our door this week as a mystery reader! She drove 2 hours to come and read to our class…wow! It was fun to listen to the story she chose called Rattletrap Car and we even got to help her read a part of it!

MYSTERY READER: Jessica was thrilled when her brother Rich walked through our door this week to be a mystery reader! He is a second grader at Georgetown and he read us the book Good Night Beach, a favorite book his mom likes to read to them. It was fun to listen to Rich read us a great story!

MYSTERY READER: Haddie was so excited when her brother walked through the door this week as a mystery reader too! Reece is a second grader at Georgetown also. It was fun to listen to him read us a Lego book called I’m Fun Too! We have a lot of Lego fans in our class that had a lot of fun listening to this story! 

EGG HUNT: The Kinders enjoyed some fun searching for an egg with a treat inside on Friday! Enjoy the cute pictures!!

UPCOMING DATES

Monday, April 22: Gym; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS;  Earth Day!

Tuesday, April 16: Art; Library…Please return your kinder’s book. 

Wednesday, April 17: STEAM; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS 

Thursday, April 18: Music

Friday, April 19: Gym; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS

Tuesday, May 7:  Spring Field Trip to Hemlock Crossing Nature Center & Hagar Park. Bring a sack lunch and water bottle.  We will be leaving by 9:30 a.m., returning back to school by 2:00 p.m. 

Friday, May 10:  Fast Friday (Dismissal at 12:15pm)

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and got a chance to enjoy the wonderful sunshine!!

This Week in Kindergarten…

POPCORN WORDS: him, jump

READING: This week in reading, we began learning what an avid non-fiction reader looks like.  An avid reader learns interesting information and thinks “WOW”! and asks questions like “Huh?” and “Why”?  They also need to tell others what they learned and may use fancy words that go with the topic.  It was fun to watch reading buddies get excited about finding interesting things in their books and mark them with a sticky note! Their excitement was contagious!

MATH: This week during math, we practiced more partner equations as well as counting objects and comparing them. The Kinders are doing a great job of adding and subtracting equations all on their own! 

WRITING: During writing this week, we practiced another informational writing topic. This week we learned and wrote all about goats. The Kinders are doing a great job reading and learning information about their topic, filling out a planning page, writing their books, drawing pictures to match the words and including labels in their writing. This next week, the Kinders will try writing an informational book all by themselves! They are going to be writing all about horses. 

LITERACY: During our literacy time this week, the Kinders worked on many different skills. Split Lit time is one of their favorite times of the day. It gives them some choice on what skills they want to practice. 

MYSTERY READER: Gabby was so excited when her mom, little brother and sister came through the door and surprised our class by being mystery readers! It was fun to listen to her mom read us the Dr. Seuss story One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

MAPS: This week, we learned all about maps. It was fun to read books about maps, color maps and make our own maps! The Kinders got really excited about their map books and enjoyed their new learning!

ROCK COLLECTIONS: A note came home on Friday about collecting rocks. We are going to be studying rocks and would like each Kinder to bring in between 10-12 rocks to look at. The rock collections are due on Thursday, April 25. 

 

UPCOMING DATES

MONDAY, APRIL 15: Music; TAKE HOME BOOKS

TUESDAY, APRIL 16: Gym;  Library

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17: Art; TAKE HOME BOOKS; Mrs. Baker gone in the morning for a meeting at another school.

THURSDAY, APRIL 18STEAM

FRIDAY, APRIL 19: Music

TUESDAY, MAY 7…Spring Field Trip to Hemlock Crossing Nature Center & Hagar Park. All parents (and younger siblings) are welcome to join us at Hagar Park for a picnic lunch and playtime. There has been an overwhelming response to chaperone our kinders.  I will contact all parent volunteers next week so that you can plan accordingly.  Thank you SO much for wanting to be part of your kinder’s experiences!