This Week in Kindergarten…

Popcorn Words: an, can

Reading: This week in reading, we practiced reading with our partners. We found parts of our books that we were excited to share with our partners and showed them. We also practiced reading to ourselves…we are doing a great job of reading quietly at our reading spots!

Math: This week in math, we finished unit 2 in our math books. We also practiced addition and subtraction equations. I am so impressed with how well the Kinders are doing with adding and subtracting! Way to go! They took the unit 2 math test on Friday, going into their “offices” to take the test, giving everyone their own work space. 

Writing: This week in writing, we started writing pattern books. We learned about how pattern books have repeating words on each page, but one word changes. Sometimes the word that changes is at the beginning of the sentence, at the end of the sentence and in the middle of the sentence. This week we wrote two pattern books! 

Literacy: During our split lit time this week, we practiced many literacy skills. We learned about the words an and can and other words in the an word family. We also practiced ending sounds in words, rhyming, reading into whisper phones, our popcorn words and popcorn word books! We really enjoy our split lit time of day!

Mystery Readers: We were so excited to have two mystery readers this week! Elena was thrilled when her mom walked through the door! Our class loved listening to a unicorn story…we all know how much Elena loves unicorns!

Makinley was so excited to see her nana walk through the door! We enjoyed listening to a snow filled book called, Snowzilla! It was fun imagining a Snowzilla!

In our blue folders today, we brought home our popcorn word books/word cards from the month of November. Please continue to practice reading these books/words with your child at home. 

A message from our 5th graders – 5th Grade Candy Cane Sale

The annual candy cane sale is coming! Our 5th grade classes will be selling candy canes to help raise money for their 5th grade activities. The sale will be from Monday, December 3rd  through Friday, December 14th. The cost for each candy cane is $1.00 and they will be delivered to our classroom the same day they are ordered. If your Kinder would like to order one, please have them bring a dollar (in an envelope/baggie labeled with their name) to school in their blue folder. This is optional. Thank you!

UPCOMING DATES:

Monday, December 3: Music

Tuesday, December 4: Gym; Holiday Gift Shop – If you would like your kinder to participate, please provide the necessary information for family members they need to shop for on the outside of the envelope.  Enclose your kinder’s money inside. Please make checks payable to GEORGETOWN PTC; no library today.

Wednesday, December 5: Art

Thursday, December 6: STEAM

Friday, December 7: Music

Thursday, December 13: HOLIDAY MUSIC PROGRAM  Kinders arrive at 6:15pm, program begins at 6:30pm at Fair Haven Church 2900 Baldwin Street, Hudsonville.  

Wednesday, December 19Grinch Day-wear Green or dress like Grinch characters

Thursday, December 20: Holiday Party  It will be held from 2:00-3:00pm. If you would like your kinder to participate in the class book gift exchange, please send a  wrapped book (suited for either a boy or girl) with tag on the outside. Please send in books by Friday, December 14.  

Friday, December 21Polar Express Day…wear pj’s!

We are having “SNOW” MUCH FUN IN KINDERGARTEN!!

 

Many Exciting Things in December!

We have a very busy December planned! Below is a detailed list of everything you need to know for the main events leading up to winter break. December calendars will also be sent home with your kinder next week. Please take a few moments to read through this entire post – lots of details are on this page!

   (1) Holiday Party

Our Holiday Party will be held on Thursday, December 20 from 1:50-3:00 pm. If you would like to volunteer to help at and/or coordinate the party, please send me an email.  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.

    (2) Penguin Patch Holiday Shop

Georgetown’s Holiday Shop is next week, and our class is scheduled to shop on Tuesday, December 4 from 10:45-11:30 am. An informational page and envelope should have come home in your kinder’s folder yesterday with more details about the items in the shop.

 

     (3) Book Exchange

We will be doing our holiday book exchange during the last week of school before break. Please send in a gender-neutral book (less than $5) with your kinder by Friday, December 14. Please wrap the book and include a tag that says who the gift is from (ex: To a Friend, From Mrs. Baker). These can be sent in at any time. 

     (4) Holiday Music Program

Georgetown’s Holiday Music Program will be held at Fair Haven Church on Thursday, December 13. Our kinders need to arrive by 6:15pm and they will be performing at 6:30 pm. They have been practicing so hard and are ready to impress you with their musical talent!

   (5)  December Calendars

The December lunch menu can be found here.  I will send home a paper copy of the December calendar soon.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions regarding these plans – I hope I didn’t miss anything!  Thank you so much for your continued support of our little learners!

This Week in Kindergarten…Thanksgiving Fun!

Math: This week in math, we put turkeys in number order…counting by both ones and tens. We also wrote numbers in order, discovering which number was missing. 

Writing: This week in writing, we practiced our labeling skills. We labeled a Thanksgiving dinner and the parts of a turkey! 

Literacy: We had fun Thanksgiving based literacy stations this week! We practiced turkey rhymes, ending sounds, writing our letters and reading our books. 

Thankful Centers: It was so fun to have parents to have come to our class on Tuesday afternoon to help with our Thankful Centers! We had a great time making First Thanksgiving Bracelets that retold the story of the first Thanksgiving. Make sure your Kinder shares the story with you! We also made 5 Little Turkey Books. The Kinders each brought home their story to share with their families. Each Kinder made a Bag of Thankfulness. There are special items inside the bag. They are planning on giving the bag to someone they are thankful for! We also made a Thankful Turkey! The turkey has feathers that each Kinder got to write on what they are thankful for…choosing what they wanted to say! It was such a fun afternoon! Thank you to everyone who helped out! 

UPCOMING DATES:

THANKSGIVING VACATION:  November 21-23 – no school. Enjoy time with your families!

Monday, Nov. 26—STEAM

Tuesday, Nov. 27—Music; Library…don’t forget to return your book.  

Wednesday, Nov. 28—PE

Thursday, Nov. 29—Art

Friday, Nov. 30— STEAM 

December 4-7—PENQUIN PATCH HOLIDAY GIFT SHOP: We are scheduled to shop on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4. More details coming soon.

Thursday, Dec. 13–HOLIDAY MUSIC PROGRAM  Kinders arrive at 6:15pm. The program begins at 6:30pm. More details coming soon.

Thursday, Dec. 20–Holiday Party from 2:00-3:00 – more information coming soon!

Friday, Dec. 22-Polar Express Day Wear PJ’s to school!

Monday, Dec. 24 – Friday, Jan 4:  NO SCHOOL, Holiday Break.  School resumes on Monday, January 7!

Wishing all of you and your families a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING! I am very thankful that I get the chance to teach your sweet Kinder! 

~Mrs. Baker

This Week in Kindergarten…

POPCORN WORDS: or, for

READING: During reading this week, we did a GREAT job of working with our partners.  The kinders explored different ways that illustrators and authors show or write how characters feel.  They labeled feelings that they found in books.  Then shared what they found with their partners.  We even labeled important words, characters and parts in stories.  

WRITING: During writing this week, we finished up writing like a scientist. The Kinders had fun writing about a gummy worm…and then of course getting to eat it! They also investigated and wrote about colorful feathers. They are doing such a great job adding labels and stretching out the sounds they hear in the labels and words they are writing. I am so proud of them!

MATH: During math this week, we worked on identifying shapes, focusing on triangles and hexagons. We sang a song about hexagons to help us remember the number of sides a hexagon has. We also compared and wrote numbers 1-10 and practiced telling addition and subtraction math stories. 

LITERACY: At our literacy stations (split lit) this week, we had fun exploring and learning literacy skills. The kids are doing a great job with their independent stations as well as working with a teacher. 

SOCIAL STUDIES: We worked hard on learning all about WANTS and NEEDS this week. The Kinders have had fun sorting things we want and things we need. We even watched The Berenstain Bears Get the Gimmies to help us learn.

MYSTERY READER: Gabby was so excited when her mom walked through the door to be our mystery reader. Gabby got to help her mom choose what story to read. Gabby chose a Berenstain Bears story…some of our favorite characters in our class!

PE CARES:  Thank you SO MUCH for donating to our PE Cares Food Drive!!  Our class donated over 50 items to the cause!!  The Kinders LOVED carrying the donations down to PE!

VETERAN’S DAY: We learned about Veteran’s and what they have done. We read a Scholastic News all about them and did a Veteran craft. 

STONE SOUP: This book is a family favorite in my house.  The Kinders enjoyed reading the story Stone Soup by Ann McGovern.  They also enjoyed adding the ingredients to the pot to make our own Stone Soup.  At the end of the day, we got to try the soup if we wanted.  We had quite a few friends who liked the soup and some who did not! It was so fun to share this classic tale with them.  As the story says, “Soup from a stone, imagine that!”

UPCOMING DATES:

Monday, Nov. 19—PE

Tuesday, Nov. 20–ART; Book orders due; Thanksgiving Fun Centers…Volunteers please arrive at 1:40 for instructions.

Wednesday, Nov. 21 – Friday, Nov. 23—NO SCHOOL…Thanksgiving Break  

Dec 4-7—PENGUIN PATCH HOLIDAY GIFT SHOP – more details soon.

Thursday, December 13–HOLIDAY MUSIC PROGRAM at 6:30pm – more details soon.

Thursday, December 20–HOLIDAY PARTY – more details soon.

Monday, December 24 – Friday, January 4:  NO SCHOOL, Holiday Break.  School resumes on Monday, January 7!

 

We had fun with our bus buddies making a thankful bulletin board…

 

Stone Soup

This Week in Kindergarten…

POPCORN WORDS: am, are, little

READING: The kinders are doing a fabulous job during our reading time! This week we learned that readers work hard to help themselves solve problems. We use pictures to help remind us of the story we are reading, which is very helpful. They are doing such an amazing job at telling stories! It is exciting to see them recognize words in their books…yay!! Many are noticing there are words we might know to help us tell the story. 

MATH: This week in math, we learned how to count the teen numbers by showing fast freeze 10 and some extra ones. We also added 1 to numbers 1-9 to make numbers.  It was fun using pennies to show numbers, each time adding 1 to numbers on our blue math mats. They noticed the pattern that occurs when you add these numbers, learning that each answer gets bigger by one. This week, we also practiced adding things together that we drew on white boards, shapes and writing numbers. 

WRITING: This week in writing, we looked closely at two different objects. We used magnifying glasses to zoom in on pinecones and gourds. The Kinders love being “scientists” and looking at all the parts of the objects they are studying. They are doing a great job with labels and adding a sentence or two to their writing, using some of our popcorn words.  

SPLIT LIT: During split lit this week, we rotated to 5 different stations. We practiced our popcorn words with many fun activities. We painted our popcorn words with the do-a-dots, we practiced rainbow writing them in our journals, we found words in the -am word family, practiced beginning word sounds, practiced writing our letters, read with whisper phones and worked on our popcorn word books. Split lit is one of the Kinders favorite times of day! 

MYSTERY READERS: We were so lucky to have 2 mystery readers this week! On Thursday, Haddie’s dad came through the door and surprised Haddie! She was so happy to see him. We had fun listening to the story Giraffes Can’t Dance! On Friday, Gabby’s dad surprised Gabby when he came through the door and read us a Berenstain Bears book! It is so fun to have mystery readers! Thank you for taking time to come and read to us!

UPCOMING DATES:

Monday, November 12: Music

Tuesday, November 13: PE; Library-please return your books

Wednesday, November 14: Art

Thursday, November 15: STEAM; Last day for PE cares food donations

Friday, November 16: Music; Stone Soup Day…note coming home Monday. Vegetables for Stone Soup due today.

November 21-23: Thanksgiving Break

December 4-7: Holiday Gift Shop…details coming soon.

December 13: Holiday Music Program…more information to come soon. It’s a wonderful music program, your Kinders have been practicing!

Enjoy your weekend!! Remember all of your snow gear for Monday!! 

Ready, Set…Find that Winter Clothing!

Tomorrow is Friday and looks like it will be our first day of snow!   There is excitement in the air about the snow!

Just a few reminders:

  1.  The kids go outside at every recess.   We only keep them inside if the wind chill is below zero.
  2. WINTER CLOTHING is a must.  Boots, hats, mittens/gloves, snow pants. Write your last name on the snow pants’ tag — or get a white permanent marker and write it on the inside lining.  Use that same marker on the boots and jacket linings.
  3. Be prepared to hang up the winter clothing to air out and dry each night.

And, finally…get ready to hear about the new recess celebrations and concerns.  The SNOW is so much fun on the playground.  And, like most schools we have rules (I know… way to ruin the fun, right?!)  The rules are basic:

  1.  NO SNOW BALLS.  WHY?  Because we have had our fair share of eye injuries, head injuries, bruising etc. when these snow balls hit people in the face.  I always tell kids that if their parents let them have snow ball fights at home, do it at home.  But we can’t do it at school.
  2. NO ICE SLIDING.  WHY?  We have kids break their wrist or arm sliding on ice.  We have also had kids fall and get a concussions.
  3. FORTS…build at your own risk.  Our playgrounds are shared by nearly 600 kids. If you build a fort during one recess, another group might come out the next recess and change your fort — put on an addition or take off the front porch or destroy it for a new subdivision. So…build away…but know it might be changed.

I am sure you’ll hear about these celebrations and concerns. Our priority will be to have the kids dress appropriately for the snow,  have fun in the snow and be safe in the snow.

Looking forward to having fun in the snow with the Kinders!!

This Week in Kindergarten…

POPCORN WORDS: in, all

READING: In reading this week, we learned about feelings and emotions. We learned to look at the character’s face to see what they are feeling. We practiced doing this as a group using a fun Clifford book called, Clifford and the Grouchy Neighbors. Then, we got to try it on our own and mark our pages where we found emotions with sticky notes. That was really fun!! After we finished, we shared our feeling pages with our reading partners. 

MATH: In math this week, we used pennies to show groups of 5 and then some more. It is fun to see how great the Kinders are learning about adding numbers together! We practiced writing our numbers and doing some more dot-to-dot practice. We even got to help Puzzled Penguin when he was having some trouble writing his numbers in order!

WRITING: This week in writing, we started to write like a scientist! We looked closely at objects this week with magnifying glass to help us zoom in on them, drew the object, labeled the object and wrote a sentence about it. The Kinders LOVED writing like a scientist!! They looked closely at candy corn and colorful seashells. They even wanted to be writers during our play time in the afternoon. 

LITERACY: During our literacy time this week, we made a Fall house. We decorated our Fall houses and filled them with different literacy skills. We will be bringing our houses (and directions) home next week for you to continue to practice these skills at home. 

MYSTERY READER: Jack was so excited when he saw his dad and mom walk through the door! He ran right up to them and gave them a big hug! His dad read us a great story called, What Do You Do With An Idea. 

UPCOMING DATES…

Monday, November 5: STEAM; Parent Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, November 6: Music; Preview book fair (no library today)

Wednesday, November 7: PE; Parent Teacher Conferences

Thursday, November 8: Art; Buying day at book fair (if you choose)

Friday, November 9: STEAM

We had an amazing Fall party!! Thank you so very much to all of the parents and grandparents that helped to make our kindergarten Fall party so much fun!! We all loved having you in our classroom and appreciate the supplies you sent in also!! Enjoy these adorable pictures of your sweet kiddos…

Have a wonderful weekend!! 

Reminders for our FAST FRIDAY…

To celebrate learning all of our color words… your Kinder can wear RAINBOW colors tomorrow or wear his/her favorite color!

Also, if your child needs a sack lunch from the hot lunch program, please email me to let me know and I will send one home with them. Thanks!

 

Dismissal is at 12:15. 

Have a wonderful weekend!!

 

This Week in Kindergarten…

POPCORN WORDS: LIKE, HERE

COLOR WORD: BROWN   We learned all about the color brown this week. We read books with brown characters, found pictures of things that were brown, made a brown book and made a brown bear headband as our brown craft!! It was fun to see all of the Kinders in their brown and blue and gold clothes!!

READING: In reading this week, we continued to learn how to read storybooks.  We used The Three Billy Goats Gruff ,The Carrot Seed and Brown Bear, Brown Bear to practice reading more and more words. We practiced using words like AND, NEXT, THEN and pointing to the words as we read. We have worked really hard at reading quietly during our reading time! We also practiced reading books with our reading partners. We had fun reading The Three Billy Goats Gruff together!! I am amazed at how well they are learning the words to their stories!

MATH: In math this week, we practiced telling math stories. We acted out stories about family dinners and added and subtracted people from our stories. Wow…they are doing a great job with this!! We did more adding using pennies this week. We also practiced doing dot-to-dots all the way up to 10. Way to go!!

WRITING: In writing this week, we wrote about our costumes, brown things, Pete the Cat and what we like to do at school. We are making our things we like to do at school paper and our Pete the Cat paper into class books. You will get to see it at Parent Teacher conferences. This next week, we will begin writing like a scientist!

LITERACY: During our literacy time this week, we practiced our popcorn words and our color word. We also practiced our beginning word sounds. We made a Fall house that we are going to use next week to practice our literacy skills. When we are finished we will bring it home to share with you!

MYSTERY READER: Kennedy was so excited when her dad, mom and little sister came through the door!! She ran into her dad’s arms. A lot of Kennedy’s friends were really excited to see her dad too!! We had fun listening to the story, If You Give a Pig a Pancake!! 

UPCOMING DATES:

Monday, October 29: STEAM

Tuesday, October 30: PE; Library books due back today

Wednesday, October 31: Music; Fall Parade @ 10:15, Party @ 10:30

Thursday, November 1: Art

Friday, November 2: STEAM; Wear RAINBOW colors today…to celebrate all of the colors we’ve learned this year; Early Release Day…dismissal at 12:15. Please email me if your child needs a sack lunch. 

Monday, November 5: Parent Teacher conferences

Tuesday, November 6: Book Fair-Preview Day

Wednesday, November 7: Parent Teacher conferences

Thursday, November 8: Book Fair-Buying Day. If your kinder would like to purchase a book/books, please send money in an envelope with their name on it to school in their blue folder. The book fair will be open during Parent Teacher Conferences. 

A note about conferences…Conference dates and times have been sent home.  Conferences will be Monday, November 5 and Wednesday, November 7.  I look forward to meeting with you and discussing your kinder’s progress. I will give you their first report card during our meeting.  I am excited to share all of their progress with you!!

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

Enjoy these cute pictures from the Turkey Trot this week!!