This Week in Kindergarten…

POPCORN WORDS: up, away, today, play

READING: In reading this week, we reviewed using our pointer power when we read. The Kinders practiced making sure they were pointing to the words as they read, making sure they are reading every word that is written…not skipping or adding any words. They had fun wearing the pointer power rings when they read. 

WRITING: In writing this week, we worked more on opinion writing. The Kinders practiced stating their opinion and backing up their opinions with reasons. They even had to write a closing sentence. They are getting a lot of practice at writing opinion papers!

MATH: In math this week, we worked on finding partners of ten, telling if numbers are equal or not equal and practicing addition and subtraction equations. We also practiced drawing teen numbers…a group of 10 and some extra ones. We always like it when we get to practice our math skills on white boards!

 

MYSTERY READER: Juliet’s dad surprised us this Friday by being a mystery reader in our class. Juliet was so excited to see him. He had all of the Kinder’s attention, they loved listening to the book about pirates called How I Became a Pirate!

BUTTERFLIES: Our butterflies were ready to be let go to fly away this week. Monday and Tuesday was too rainy, so we waited until Wednesday to let them fly away. As they flew away we said, “Bye bye butterfly!” Ava wore the perfect shirt for letting our butterflies go!

LIVING AND NON-LIVING: We have been learning about things that are living and non-living. We did some fun activities this week to be able to tell the difference. We ended our study by taking a nature walk and founds things outside our school that were living and things that were non-living. We have been trying to grow our lima bean plants. We have one plant that has grown and that belongs to Ethan. We are still working on getting the rest of them to grow! 

UPCOMING DATES:

Monday, May 21: PE; take-home books

Tuesday, May 22: Music; Library…bring back your library books

Wednesday, May 23: Art; take-home books

Thursday, May 24: STEAM

Friday, May 25: PE; Last day of take home books; Wear your red, white and blue day! 

Monday, May 28: Memorial Day…no school

Friday, June 1: Kindergarten Olympics…still looking for more volunteers if you’re interested!

Friday, June 8: Last day of school…half day

This Week in Kindergarten…

Popcorn Words: by, my, one

Reading: In reading this week, we learned more about characters. We focused on finding out who the strong characters were in our books. We read some Little Critter books and Mercy Watson. We have been enjoying Mercy Watson books during our read aloud time. This week we talked about Mercy as a character and the other fun characters in the Mercy Watson books. We have read 3 chapter books and look forward to starting a new one next week! It is one of the Kinder’s favorite times of the day! Ask your Kinder who Mercy is and what Mercy likes to eat! 

Writing: In writing this week we practiced writing our opinions. I hope you’ve had fun reading their opinion writing that has come home! They got to choose and write their opinions about… If they liked hot lunch or home lunch…Going to the beach or the pool…Which season do they like best, winter or summer. They are doing a great job deciding on their opinion (even when they really like both), coming up with reasons to support what they choose and writing a closing. 

Math: In math this week we practiced partners of ten using pennies. We had a fun little rhyming song we sang to help us learn the partners of ten. We practiced doing addition and subtraction like big kids (where we challenged ourselves to see how many we could do in a minute). We also continued learning more about partners of different numbers and practicing our tiny tumblers. I am so proud of all the hard work they do in math!

Science: We had fun on our fast Friday learning about Living and Nonliving things. I was so impressed with what they knew! We colored and read a book all about living and nonliving things. We also chose an animal and talked about where it lives (its home), the air it breathes, the food it eats and the water it drinks. We have enjoyed watching our living caterpillars change into beautiful butterflies right in front of our eyes! We are patiently waiting for our plants to start growing! 

Outstanding: This week Kenzie was awarded with an OUTSTANDING from Mrs. Reagan! Kenzie does a great job of reminding us to BE NICE, WORK HARD, LEARN WELL! We are proud of you!

Science Lesson with our 5th grade friend Ivy…

Celebrating reading with our stuffed animals…

Upcoming Dates:

Sunday, May 13: Happy Mother’s Day to all of you wonderful moms!! Enjoy your day!!

Monday, May 14: PE; Take home books

Tuesday, May 15: Music; Library

Wednesday, May 16: Art; Homework due; Take home books

Thursday, May 17: STEAM

Friday, May 18: PE; Take home books; Celebrate being readers…read with a flashlight! Bring a flashlight from home to read with at school. 

Friday, May 25: Wear red, white and blue!

Friday, June 1: 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.

Friday, June 8: Last day of school: Dismissal is at 1:00. 

 

Tomorrow we are celebrating our reading by reading with a stuffed animal!! The Kinders are welcome to bring a stuffed animal to read with tomorrow. Please have them choose a stuffed animal that will fit in their backpack. They will be bringing it back home tomorrow.

Remember…it’s a FAST FRIDAY!! Dismissal is at 12:15. Please email me if your Kinder needs a lunch. 

 

Our field trip today at Hemlock Nature Center was AWESOME!!  However, with our day of nature always comes those little critters we need to mindful of.  Ticks!

As a staff we always give the good once over to look for any little hitchhikers.  However,  these little “friends” love to find spots to hide out that we aren’t allowed to search.  So maybe tonight is a bath night and an extensive once over would be helpful for Tick safety. I have attached the link from the CDC on Ticks.  Please let me know if you have any questions OR if you did see any hitchhikers (Ticks).

This Week in Kindergarten…

POPCORN WORDS: have, of, on

READING: In reading this week, we continued studying characters in our books. We learned that the same characters can be in more than one book. We also learned that there can be more than one strong character in a book. We practiced finding the characters that are the strong characters. 

MATH: In math this week, we practiced making numbers 1-20 out of cubes and ten sticks. The kids partnered up and worked together making all the numbers. We practiced writing our numbers from 1-100…wow!! That was a lot of writing!! 

WRITING: In writing this week, we started our opinion writing. We started by talking about the differences between facts and opinions. We read books about opinions…I Wanna New Room and I Wanna Iguana. We sorted sentences by reading them, then determining if they were a fact or an opinion. We tried our first opinion writing by choosing which way we like our ice cream…in a bowl or in a cone. Then we had to come up with 2 reasons why we like our ice cream that way and write those reasons. This week we will continue to learn more about opinion writing. 

OUTSTANDINGS: There were 3 kinders in our class that were awarded OUTSTANDINGS for…BE NICE, WORK HARD, LEARN WELL!! Congratulations to Miles, Lauren and Zaidyn!! We are proud of you!!

MYSTERY READER: Kenzie’s dad surprised Kenzie and our class by reading us a couple of books!! Unfortunately, Mrs. Baker was not there (kids with doctor appointments) and does not have any pictures. I am so sorry to Kenzie and her dad!! Thank you for taking time off from school and coming to our school Mr. Branch!! We love to have mystery readers!! 

PLANTING BEANS: We planted lima beans this week. We are learning about living and non-living things. Each kinder has their own plant they planted this week. They put soil in the cup, pushed 3 lima bean seeds into the soil, added more soil and then watered it. They are in the window sill and we are anxious for them to grow!

FOSSILS: We made our own fossils this week in class!! We made a rock out of clay and then chose something we wanted to use to imprint into the clay. We had to let them harden, but will be able to bring them home tomorrow. 

UPCOMING DATES:

Monday, May 7: STEAM; Take home books

Tuesday, May 8: PE; FIELD 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!!  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! Looking forward to a fun day!!

Wednesday, May 9: MUSIC;  Library (change in day due to field trip); Take home books; Homework due

Thursday, May 10: ART

Friday, May 11: STEAM; FAST FRIDAY (Early Release  Dismiss at 12:15pm) Please email me or send me a note if your child will need a sack lunch. Celebrate being READERS:  Bring a stuffed animal to read with!!

Friday, May 18:  Celebrate being READERS:  Bring a small flashlight to read with

Friday, May 26: RedWhite and Blue Day!  Wear your RedWhite and Blue to school!!

Monday, May 28:  Memorial Day – No School

Friday, June 1: KINDERGARTEN OLYMPICS!!

Wear a shirt with words on Friday!!

Tomorrow all of the kindergarten classes are going to have a fun day reading shirts!! We are all going to wear a shirt with words to school…please have your Kinder join in the fun!! The Kinders will love reading their friends shirts!!

This Week in Kindergarten…

POPCORN WORDS: come, some

This week we practiced finding our popcorn words in our morning message. We also looked for capital letters and punctuation in our morning message. We did some other popcorn word practice during our split lit time. 

 

READING: In reading this week, we practiced making connections to the characters we read about in books. We used different Franklin books and had fun making connections to Franklin. We asked ourselves the question, “Has that ever happened to me?” We had to put a sticky note by the picture that has happened to us…Has something special broke? Have you ever got or wanted a pet? We had fun telling our reading partners about our connections. 

WRITING: In writing this week, we finished up our last week of writing how-to’s. The Kinders worked hard on writing their very own how-to’s this week. They came up with their own idea, drew a sketch (and added labels), wrote the steps in order, wrote the words. Then they checked to make sure their sentences started with capital letters and ended with punctuation. They did a great job writing all by themselves!! Way to go Kinders!!

 

MATH: In math this week, we practiced writing equations using Anno’s Counting Book. We used this book to look at the pictures and added more of something. We drew the pictures on  our whiteboards and then wrote the equation to match. We also made a “Night Sky” in our classroom with stars. The stars are arranged to make partners of tens. The Kinders are getting really good at recognizing partners of ten!

OUTSTANDINGS: Two girls from our class were awarded with OUTSTANDINGS this week. They represent our class with the best qualities of BE NICE…WORK HARD…LEARN WELL! Congratulations to Charlotte and Violet!! We are proud of you!!

  

FUN WITH ROCKS: We had a fun this week with our rocks! We read some books about rocks this week and learned about the different types of rocks. We even “made” our own Sedimentary and Igneous rocks out of Starburst!! We learned about using heat and pressure to make rocks and used heat (our warm hands) and pressure (our muscles) to “make” our own rocks. We looked at all of our rocks that we brought in and investigated them. We sorted our rocks by color, size, texture (bumpy/smooth). We measured how big around our rocks were (we even used yarn and a ruler). We measured how long on rocks were using cubes. Our favorite thing we did was to see if our rocks would sink or float in water. We made predictions and then put the rock in to water. Next week we are going to continue to learn a little bit more about rocks…we still have another type of rock to “make” and we are going to make our very own fossils!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO 5TH GRADE IVY…we are so happy you help us in our classroom!! 

8TH GRADE HELPERS: We have 8th grade helpers that come to our classroom every Thursday morning to help our. They help us with different things…sight words, writing and learning games. We like it when they come to our room!

UPCOMING DATES:

Sunday, April 29GVSU Baseball Game @ 12:00. Join us if you can!! 

Monday, April 30: Art; Take home books

Tuesday, May 1: STEAM; Library

Wednesday, May 2: PE; Take home books; Homework due

Thursday, May 3: Music

Friday, May 4: Art; Take home books

Tuesday, May 8: 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 paper sack lunch LABELED WITH THEIR NAME and water bottle to enjoy during our picnic lunch.  NO SANDALS, FLIP FLOPS OR CROCS. TENNIS SHOES NEED TO BE WORN!!  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! LOOKING FORWARD TO A FUN-FILLED DAY!

Friday, May 11: Fast Friday…please remember to email me if your child needs a sack lunch

Monday, May 28: No school…Memorial Day

Friday, June 1: Kindergarten Olympics!!

 

Have a wonderful weekend!!