THIS WEEK IN KINDERGARTEN…

POPCORN WORDS: Our popcorn words this week were said, make. We did many different activities this week to reinforce learning these new words.

 

MATH: This week in math the kinders explored with shapes. They used shapes to make new shapes…using triangles to make squares and rectangles and using squares to make rectangles. They did a great job exploring and are getting to know their shapes so well! This week we also focused on sorting pictures and objects. The kinders practiced sorting colors and shapes, types of animals, people and animals. They also had fun exploring different ways to sort buttons, insects and animals. We finished our week by talking about positional words. We made astronaut books that taught positional words.

 

MATH GAMES: On Friday, the kids had fun playing different math games. The practiced their math skills by drawing a number  of buttons on the snowmen, working on number sense using Play-Dough, sorting objects and “Roll A Snowman.”

WRITING WORKSHOP:  We are diving deeper into writing Small Moment stories that are true one time, one place stories. At the beginning of the week we worked together to choose a small moment story about trying a gummy bear. We practiced telling the story over our fingers, drew detailed pictures and worked on stretching out sounds in the words we wrote. Don’t forget that we also work to include spaces between popcorn words and sentence stoppers (punctuation). Wow!! Next week the kinders will have the opportunity to choose their own small moment to write about.    This is a VERY challenging unit for kinders! I am so proud of them working hard and trying their best!! Way to go Kinders!!

READING: This week in reading we learned that Letters Help Us Read! We learned that when you read, you need to…look at the first letter, switch up the first letter if it doesn’t match the word you’re saying, look all the way through a word (to make sure it’s the right word), and to stretch out the word you’re reading. We practiced this in our reading every day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Martin Luther King, Jr. often spoke about wanting people to get along and worked hard to change laws (rules) that were not fair.  We made friendship bracelets, found popcorn words within a simple book about Dr. King and looked at a Let’s Find Out newspaper and talked about his initials  MLK. I love that we can together celebrate our uniqueness and friendship!  It is so heart warming to see the kinders fill each other’s buckets each day.  

SPLIT LIT: This week during our split lit time, we practiced many different literacy skills. We practiced reading, our popcorn words, sight words, letters and sounds, rhyming and listening to books on CD. We were able to choose which station we wanted to go to…all by ourselves!! Mrs. Baker, Mrs. Hatfield and Ivy (a 5th grade helper that comes to our class to work with us) were able to work with us during this time too.

 

DRAMATIC PLAY: We had so much fun this week during our free choice time! We had a new dramatic play area set up…a vet clinic! There are animals (dogs, cats, bunnies, birds, hamsters), scrubs, doctor tools, food dishes, collars and leashes, pet information sheets, even real dog bones! We are excited every day to get to play at the vet clinic!!

SNOWMAN CRAFT: On Friday, we made our own puffy paint!! We painted paper plates with the puffy paint, added eyes, a nose, a mouth, and a hat. They turned out so cute and are hanging up in our classroom!

     

KINDERGARTEN FUN: The past two weeks we have gotten together with other kindergarten friends for some playtime. Last week we got invited to Mrs. Bohl’s class to play with our friends. This week, Mrs. Stutz’s class came to our classroom to play with our friends. It is so fun to get to see our kindergarten friends and get to know them better! 

    

   

 

UPCOMING DATES

*MON. JAN. 22–-STEAM; reading TAKE  HOME BOOKS

*TUES. JAN 23–-PE, LIBRARY…bring back your books 🙂   

*WED. JAN. 24–MUSIC;  HOMEWORK DUE; readingTAKE HOME BOOKS

*THURS. JAN. 25–-ART

*FRI. JAN. 26STEAM; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS

*FRI. FEB. 2—Fast Friday (Early Release)

*MONDAY, FEB. 5 & TUESDAY, FEB. 6—Winter Break Day—No School

*TUES. FEB 7—School begins again

*FRI. FEB 9—Day 100 Celebration

*TUES. FEB. 13—Valentine’s Day Party 2:00-3:00pm Planning will begin soon.

Happy New Year!!

   

Popcorn Words:  at, that.

Math:  This week we got back into our Math routines.  Warming up our Math brains counting by 1’s and 10’s to 100.  We dove deeper into number partners that make a new number.  The Kindergartners were able to identify what number partners make up the number 6.  Exploring that different numbers that make up 6.  Noticing 1 and 5, 2 and 4, 3 and 3 and 6 and 0 are all partners that make up 6 total.  We also explored teen numbers deeper as well.  Noticing ten groups and then some more to make a teen number.  The Kindergartners are learning that a ten frame has ten in it and that a ten stick has ten in it.  These tools are used to make teen numbers.  We had a lot of fun exploring our Math games that had us working on partners, teen numbers and number identification. 

        

Writers Workshop:  This week we are revisiting our Small Moment writing.  The Kindergartners are learning what makes a small moment story.  Discovering that a small moment story is a single event that has happened to them.  They have also explored that some stories are “watermelon” stories.  These are stories that are too big to write about.  We are learning that we need to pick one “seed” out of that watermelon story to write about.  For example, a watermelon story is my whole holiday break.  A seed story would be one event that I want to share.  An example of a seed story would be my favorite present that I opened.  The Kindergartners have been working with guidance to write this specific story across 3 pages.  Together we have talked this story over our fingers.  First, we sat down to open our present.  Second, we ripped open the paper.  Last, we were so excited!  It was a ___.  The Kindergartners have done a great job revisiting this small moment idea of story writing.  We will continue to build on our skills of small moment writing all month.  

Readers Workshop:  This week we are talking about “Revving up to read.”  What does that mean?  We have been learning how we warm up our brains to read!  We have talked about how readers will follow a few steps before they read a book.  First, they might take a look at the cover of the book and the title.  Then, they might even open the book to take a picture walk, even tell the story in their mind of what they think the story could be about.  Last, a reader will even guess at some of the words they might see in a book.  We practiced using these warming up activities all week.  During readers workshop we would take a look at our books first, take a picture walk and then even think about some of the words we might see in our books.  The Kinders practiced these skills all week while reading/looking at books back to back with their reading buddy during readers workshop.

Take Home Book Program:  Wow!!  Thank you to all of you that have sent in your yellow forms saying that you are willing to volunteer for our Take Home Book Program!  I am so excited to begin our program!  I will begin this program on Monday, January 22.  On this day the Kinders will bring home their Take Home Book Bag with instructions inside the bag.  If your child has already been bringing home books, this new book will replace that bag.  I will be testing all of the Kinders before this date to get their most accurate independent reading level.  Each Kinder will receive a Take Home Book bag and instructions on Monday, Jan. 22. I am sending a calendar home this week for all of the volunteers. If you are still interested in coming to listen to kids read at any time, please let me know! I’m always happy to have subs and/or add you to the schedule. 

Rainbow Behavior Chart:  After our holiday break we have started to use our rainbow behavior chart as a behavior tool in our classroom.  Our goal everyday is to be on GREEN!!  Sometimes if a Kinder is asked repeatedly to attend to a task or change their behavior then they will be asked quietly to move their individual name clip to yellow.  I always try to catch them quickly making a better choice and then they will get to clip back up to GREEN, ready to learn.  If a Kinder is repeatedly making good choices, listening in a snap then they will be asked to clip up to blue on our rainbow chart (Good Choices).  The Kindergartners have done a GREAT job with this new behavior tool.  We do still use a class clip!  With our class clip we have earned 10 superstars!!!  This earned us a special day!!  I will send out what our special day will be after we vote on it this week in class. 🙂

Split Lit. Centers:  What do we do at Split Lit. Center time?  Well, we get to chose from 8 different centers to explore.  The Kinders get to navigate these stations all by themselves!   They can pick from several “word work” activities, listen to books, read to a beanie baby, read with sunglasses on, etc.  They may also get some one-on-one time with Mrs. Stutz or Mrs. Hatfield (one of our K-para pro’s) during this time to work on specific reading skill building.  The kids were so excited to choose what station they wanted to go to!! 

 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, Jan. 15…ART  
  • Tuesday, Jan. 16…STEAM, LIBRARY, Mrs. Baker gone – all K teacher learning day.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 17…PE, Homework due.
  • Thursday, Jan. 18…MUSIC
  • Friday, Jan. 19…ART, Popcorn Friday.
  • Monday, Jan. 22…Take Home Book Bags sent home.  
  • Wednesday, Jan. 24…Bring Take Home Book Bag back to school.
  • Friday, Jan. 26…Bring Take Home Book Bag back to school.

My Wonderful Class of Kindergarteners…

 

Grinch Day Fun!

We had a very fun Grinch Day!! We did a lot of fun grinch activities…we made Grinch headbands, did a Grinch math activity, made a Grinch face craft, read a story about the Grinch and answered questions, enjoyed some green Grinch juice and got to bring home a green candy cane. We even got to watch the movie How the Grinch Stole Christmas. We had fun seeing a lot of green in our classroom and even some silly hair! It was a fun day!

  

A Week of Learning and Exciting Activities!

This week we worked on many skills but added a fun holiday theme to them! We also enjoyed making a special gift for our parents! (Mrs. Baker had fun having her parents and daughter  come in to help the kids decorate their gift)!

The Final Destination of the Gingerbread Man…

The Gingerbread Man stopped at his final destination…The United States of America. We talked about our flag, the Pledge of Allegiance, the Statue of Liberty, and where we live in America. 

    

Gingerbread Man Tasting!

This week we had fun taste testing a Gingerbread Man cookie. Most of the kids liked it, but not all of them! We voted on if we liked the taste of it or not and then talked about which had more votes…yes, we liked it or no, we didn’t like it. It was a fun activity!!

  

Polar Bear Writing!

This week we wrote a pattern book similar to Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? By Bill Martin Jr. and illustrated by Eric Carle. We wrote pattern sentences about what the polar bear sees and then got to choose our own animal we wanted the polar bear to see at the end. We made polar bears to decorate our sentences. 

       

Outstanding!

We celebrated learning that another one of our friends in our class was noticed for being an outstanding student! Evelyn is an example of how to be nice to everyone, work hard all the time and learn well at Georgetown! We are so proud of you Evie!!

 

Fifth Grade Buddies!

We enjoyed having our fifth grade buddies come to our room for a fun craft! We always enjoy it when we get together with our fifth grade friends! We made cute gingerbread houses!

Mystery Reader!

Zachary’s mom came in on Friday as a Mystery Reader. Zachary was so excited to see his mom come through the door. She read us the story, Gingerbread Man on the Loose at the Zoo.

Our Holiday Party!

We had such a great time at our holiday party on Thursday! Thank you to all of the parents who helped us celebrate and have a fun time together! We enjoyed many fun games, crafts and snacks!

Polar Express!

We ended our week by having a fun Polar Express day! The kids “traveled” to each kindergarten room and watched part of the movie. We had “train tracks” in our classroom that the kids walked over to get onto the “train.” We even had sleigh bells delivered to our classroom. The kids finished our Polar Express day by enjoying some hot cocoa! What a fun way to end our week! 

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas! Enjoy your time with family and friends this holiday season! 

~Mrs. Baker

Polar Express Day!

Just a reminder that tomorrow, December 22, is our Polar Express Day in kindergarten! We will be having a fun day in our pajamas traveling on a “train” to the different kindergarten rooms. Please have your kinder wear their pajamas, but leave pillows, blankets and stuffed animals at home. Thanks…looking forward to another fun day!

 

Book Exchange

Just a reminder that we are having a book exchange this Thursday with our class. 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. (TO A FRIEND   FROM (YOUR KINDER’S NAME)  ALL BOOKS ARE DUE BY THURSDAY. Please keep the cost of the book under $5.00. If you ordered a book from the book order, the books are on the way! The delivery was supposed to be here today, but it wasn’t delivered yet! I’m hoping tomorrow! I’ll keep you posted. 

Popcorn Words:  it, what.

Math:  This week the Kindergartners explored adding numbers, finding groups of ten in pictures and discovering how the zero disappears in a teen number.  They worked together in small groups to use pennies to show numbers and then taking the ones number to place it over the 0 in a teen number to see how the teen number is made.  Many of them noticed a pattern when we did this.  Discovering that the ones number makes up part of the teen number.  Comments like, “Hey whatever number we add to 10 is in the new number at the end! We had a lot of fun playing math games on Friday! 

Readers Workshop:  We dove deeper into more patterns that we see in books.  Noticing books that have patterns with  a word that changes in the middle.  Also, exploring patterns that have a surprise ending.  An example of a surprise ending was seen in several books we explored.  For example in the book Picnic there was a pattern of mouse finds a _____.  Then on the last page the story ended with Mouse has a picnic!  We learned this is called a surprise ending because it is different than the rest of the pattern in the book.

Gingerbread Man Travel Update:  This week we followed the Gingerbread Man to Canada.  We discovered the landmark Niagra Falls!  The Kinders couldn’t believe how big the falls were!  We imagined being in a boat looking at the falls and looking for the Gingerbread Man.  The Kinders also noticed how the  Canadian flag has red and white like our flag!  The Gingerbread man escaped before we could catch him!!  We then boarded our imaginary airplane and headed to Greenland, the next country he was spotted!  He is a quick little guy!!  The Kinders learned that Greenland is not all green.  Exploring many pictures of the famous landmark, Ilulissat Ice-fjord and all of the amazing animals that live in Greenland.  They were in awe over the amazing ice and beautiful animals in Greenland.  We will keep looking for the Gingerbread man in Greenland and then return to our last country to hopefully catch him next week!!  We also enjoyed a couple new versions of the story!

Split Lit: We had fun doing our Split Lit centers this week! It is fun for Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Hatfield to see how much they are learning during the teacher stations! The kids are also getting so good at independent practice during 2 of their 4 stations. It is so exciting to see all of the things they are learning!!

     

 

Backpack Snack:  Please be sure to remember to send in TWO snacks for our a.m. and p.m. snack time.

Holiday Program:  What an AWESOME night of holiday cheer!!  The Kindergartners did an AMAZING job with their rehearsals and performing!!  I was so proud of all of them!!

         

Holiday Party:  Our classroom holiday party will be Thursday, Dec. 21 after our specials time.  We will be back in our classroom at 1:50 ish and ready to party!  We will finish up our party by 3:15 and pack up for the end of our day.  All are welcome to attend!  Extra hands are always helpful!  If you are interested in helping with supplies and did NOT receive an email, let me know by emailing me at jbaker4@hpseagles.net.

Winter Bundler: Grandma Schaller (Lauren’s grandma) came this week and helped our class get all bundled up for the playground! We were so thankful she came to help us out!

Mystery Readers: We had 3 mystery readers read to us this week! One of our mystery readers we had come to surprise us was Kaylee’s mom, Mrs. Stormes. She read us Llama Llama Holiday Drama and Fancy Nancy!

 

Mrs. Taylor, Ian’s mom, surprised Ian and our class by being a mystery reader this week too! We were so excited to hear How the Grinch Stole Christmas!!

 

Jasper’s mom, Mrs. Duwe, surprised us on Friday by being our mystery reader. She read us one of Jasper’s favorite books, Planet Kindergarten!

 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, Dec. 18…Music
  • Tuesday, Dec. 19…art, library
  • Wednesday, Dec. 20…STEAM, Grinch fun day…wear green!
  • Thursday, Dec. 21…PE, Holiday Classroom Party 1:50-3:15 p.m. Happy Birthday Logan!
  • Friday, Dec. 22…ART, Polar Express Day in K…All K P.J. Day!!! Happy Birthday Charlotte and Violet!
  • Monday, Dec. 25 – Friday, Jan. 5…NO SCHOOL, HOLIDAY BREAK!!  School resumes Monday, Jan. 8.

Music Program!

Our K-5 Music Program is Thursday (12/14/17).  Details about the program can be found on Mrs. Bretz’s Blog.  The program is being held at HARBOR MINISTRIES 2900 Baldwin St., Hudsonville MI 49426.

K-2 Arrive at 6:15.  Drop children off in their room.   Parents keep their coats.  Program begins at 6:30 pm.

  • K – Family Life Center
  • 1st – 100 Wing
  • 2nd – 400 Middle

3-5 Arrive at 7:15.  Drop children off in their room.  Keep their coats.  Program begins at 7:45 pm.

  • 3rd – 100 Wing
  • 4th – 400 Middle
  • 5th – Family Life Center

If you would like a DVD, print this form  HolidayDVDForm-1oe9scd and turn it into the school office before Monday, 12/18/17.

Mrs. Reagan and Mrs. Bretz

 

Popcorn Words:  look, from, run.  We had to look for the Gingerbread man all week!!  He was on the run!!  He kept leaving us messages all week.  

Math:  This week in math we continued to dive into numbers.  We talked about how when we added numbers together they make a new number.  We call those numbers partners, the partners 3 and 5 can make up the number 8.  Also, discovering doubles that make up new numbers.  For example, 1 + 1=2 or 3 + 3=6.  The Kinders LOVE playing Math games every Friday!  They played a Gingerbread Match game, where they rolled a dice twice, added the partners and found the answer.  I am so proud of their Math progress!!

    

Readers Workshop:  This week we explored how patterns can help us read.  We looked at how in books there are often patterns in the words on each page.  Discovering many pattern books in our classroom.  We found a pattern book that had the same words on each page but the first word changed each time.  For example,  Giraffes are in the zoo, Zebras are in the zoo, etc.  Also, discovering patterns in sentences that the last word changes.  This pattern might look like: Look at the lemonade, Look at the hamburger, etc.  The Kinders loved adding a pattern book to their blue book boxes that we use during our quiet time and read to self time.

Writers Workshop:  The Kindergartners had a lot of fun writing their own pattern books this week.  We wrote patterns that went along with the pattern we looked at during our Readers Workshop time.  They wrote a book called  Here are the ______ and also one called _______ Can Run Fast. One book with a pattern where the last word changes and another where the first word changes in the pattern.  They did an amazing job!  

Literacy Stations:  The Kinders have started to visit two Literacy Stations everyday during our Literacy time.  They work with myself or Mrs. Hatfield (our amazing Kindergarten para-pro) on specific skills to help build reading skills.  The Kinders also work at an independent station where they practice skills they have been taught.  They practice handwriting, practice their sight words (also knows as popcorn words), reading books with words they can stretch out, identifying sounds in words, etc.  They also received a list of words of the first few sight words that popped into our classroom. We call this reading the rainbow.  Each list has 6 sight words on it and is a different color, as the list grows the colors change and we try to read the rainbow of words in our classroom.  The kinder practice recognizing these words, writing these words and spelling them during our literacy time.  As they master the list then they will receive the next list to practice.  They are so excited about this new task!!

     

Gingerbread Man On the Loose:  This week we took an imaginary trip with our own passports and tickets to try and catch the Gingerbread Man on the loose!  He is on the loose and traveling to different countries!  We boarded our “airplane” with our “tickets” and “passports” (they even got their “passports” stamped). We looked for him in France this week. We discovered that is a long way from where we live in the United States.  The Kinders loved looking at the globe to see the different countries there are.  We first looked for the Gingerbread man at one of Frances famous landmarks, The Eiffel Tower.  We couldn’t catch him!!  We also looked at the flag of France.  Noticing that it is different than our American flag.  There are no stars!  However, we did notice that the colors are the same.  Both have red, white and blue colors on the colors.  We will continue to catch the Gingerbread man next week too.  We will visit a new country to find him!!  This has been a fun way to introduce the Kinders to the idea that there are other countries and different symbols that each country has.  The Kinders are also enjoying the many stories of the Gingerbread man!  We have listened to a couple different stories of the Gingerbread man.  Gingerbread Man Loose in the School, The Gingerbread Boy and The Gingerbread Girl.  

Mystery Reader: This week we had a mystery reader surprise us and come read to us! Juliet’s mom, Mrs. Sliwa, visited and read us the book, The Pigeon Needs a Bath by Mo Willems. Mrs. Sliwa had a lot of help reading the book from Juliet…it’s one of her favorites!!

 

North Pole Ninjas:  On Monday morning the Kinders came to school and found a surprise arrival from a North Pole Ninja.  The North Pole Sensei has given us a challenge during the month of December: to spread acts of kindness.  We are up for the challenge!!  Our first challenge was to make an ornament for someone special and leave it for them. We also made hearts for someone we love, mittens for Mrs. Holland (our recess helper) and smiled at people throughout the day.  The Kindergartners were so excited! They are excited every morning to see if our sensei leaves us a mission!!

We got RACKED!!  As we were working hard in our classroom we heard a knock at the door.  We opened the door and found a bag with a note.  It told us we had been RACKED!!  We were hit by a Random Act of Christmas Kindness.  Inside the bag we found a candy cane for each of us.  Thank you for our yummy surprise treat to whoever left us our RACKED bag!!

 

Holiday PartyI am still looking for a parent to coordinate the party. If you’re interested please email me to let me know. Thank you to all who have volunteered to help!!  More details will be coming soon.  The party will be Thursday, December 21 at 1:50-3:00 p.m.  I am more than happy to welcome you to our classroom party!  We can always use volunteers and the Kinders LOVE having family in our classroom!  

Holiday Program:  Our Holiday Program will be Thursday, December 14, 6:30 p.m. at Harbor Ministries (formerly knows as Fair Haven), 2900 Baldwin Street.  Kindergartners need to be dropped off to me by 6:15 p.m. at our meeting place inside the church.  Our meeting place will be just outside the sanctuary in the “gym area” of the church.  Our Kinders will be attending a rehearsal at the church on Thursday a.m. We will take a school bus to the church and practice the program.  We will leave our school by 10:00 a.m and return by 11:15 a.m. on Thursday morning.  

Winter Has Arrived: Winter weather is here!! We had some very excited kinders when the snow arrived!!  I was pretty excited to see the snow this week too!  The Kinders have done a great job so far putting and taking off their gear.  Thank you to bundlers who have started to help us out!!  Please remember to label your kiddos gear.  It helps me sooooo much with missing items and those several pairs of black snow pants that we ultimately have.  I do keep an extra bucket of mittens, gloves, scarves and snow pants available to kinders just in case.  Check out our fun in the snow!

           

Fun Friday: We had fun making a snowman craft on Friday! The kids were so excited that they got to take them home! I’m sure you found the perfect spot to hang them up!

  

Free Choice: During free choice time on Friday, the kinders got to have fun in our Gingerbread Bakery! The kids had fun “mixing, baking and selling” cookies! They were so excited, they wanted to bring some “cookies” home!!

    

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, Dec. 11…GYM
  • Tuesday, Dec. 12…MUSIC, LIBRARY
  • Wednesday, Dec. 13…ART, Homework due.
  • Thursday, Dec. 14…STEAM, Rehearsal at Harbor Ministries 10-11:15 a.m., Holiday program 6:30 p.m., Kinders arrive by 6:15 p.m. 
  • Friday, Dec. 15…GYM, ALL SCHOOL P.J. DAY!!
  • Monday, Dec. 18…MUSIC
  • Tuesday, Dec. 19…ART, LIBRARY
  • Wednesday, Dec. 20…STEAM
  • Thursday, Dec. 21…GYM, Holiday Classroom Party 1:50-3:00 p.m., LOGAN’S BIRTHDAY!
  • Friday, Dec. 22…ART, Polar Express Day in K…All K P.J. DAY!!! CHARLOTTE & VIOLET’S BIRTHDAY!
  • Monday, Dec. 25 – Friday, Jan. 5…NO SCHOOL, HOLIDAY BREAK!!  School Resumes Monday, Jan. 8.

Weekly Update…

Popcorn Words:  an, can, man, ran.  The Kinders loved seeing how the chunk “an” was in all of these words!!  We dove into our theme for the month of The Gingerbread Man.  We explore many different versions of this book.

     

Math:  We wrapped up Unit 2 in Math this week.  The Kinders took their Unit 2 test this week.  I will be grading these over the weekend and they will be sent home soon.  We will start Unit 3 this week, exploring partners that when put together make up a new number (2 flowers plus 3 more flowers equal 5 flowers total).

     

Writers Workshop:  This week we wrapped up our Unit of Writing Like a Scientist.  The Kindergartners loved using their scientific eyes to explore details of an object and write a book about it as well.  We wrote books about a tree, frog and bears.  I’m excited to let you see these books!  These books will be coming home next week.  We will explore pattern book writing next week.

Readers Workshop:  We have been exploring our different reading strategies buddies.  This week we explored skippy the frog and stretchy the snake.  Skippy the frog tells us that sometimes it’s ok to skip a word we don’t know.  Skip it, read the sentence and then think about the missing word and what would make sense.  Hop back to the beginning of the sentence and read it again.  Stretchy the snake  helps us to remember to stretch the word out slowly and put the sounds together to figure out the word.  It has been so amazing to see and hear them practice these strategies when they work on their reading skills during readers workshop.

    

 

Reminders:

  • Please be sure to send in 2 snacks everyday for your Kinder.  We have an a.m. and p.m. snack daily.
  • As the cooler weather approaches be sure to pack your Kinder appropriate gear.  If your child wears boots to school they can easily wear their gym shoes in school if desired.  If other shoes are desired once switched out of boots then be sure to pack them in their backpack.  
  • If you are signed up to be a Winter Bundler feel free to come and help us bundle once the snow flies.  You can plan to arrive at 11:30 and finish up around 12:00 (you can go outside when kiddos are at recess or you can stay inside to wait and help them unbundle after recess).  Thanks so much for volunteering!!

Take Home Book Program:  This exciting program will begin in January.  If you are interested in listening to the kinder read, this volunteer opportunity is for you!  A note explaining the program will be sent home soon.  Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles are also welcome to volunteer for this program!  Please note that a Background Form is needed.

5th Grade Candy Cane Sale:  The 5th graders are selling candy canes to fund their 5th grade camp experience.  Monday, Dec. 4-Friday, Dec. 15 Candy Canes will be on sale for $1.00.  If your Kinder is interested in buying a candy cane please enclose money inside a marked envelope on any of these days with the number of candy canes desired.  Candy cane sales will happen daily and will be delivered on the same day they are ordered.  

Beach Day: We had so much fun at “the beach!” The kids had a great time reading and working on their beach towels and playing beach math games!! The GVSU baseball players and their coach came to play games with us. It was their last time to volunteer in our classroom…we really enjoyed all the time they spent with us and helped us learn!!

 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, Dec. 4…STEAM; Our class can shop at the Holiday Shop-if you wish for your child to shop please send in the Penguin Shop paper and envelope clearly marked.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 5…PE; No Library due to Holiday Shop in Library…enjoy your book for another week!
  • Wednesday, Dec. 6…Music, Homework due.
  • Thursday, Dec. 7…Art
  • Friday, Dec. 8…STEAM, Popcorn Friday.
  • Thursday, Dec. 14…Holiday Program…6:30 p.m. @ Harbor Ministries, 2900 Baldwin Street, Jenison (Formerly known as Fair Haven Church) on Baldwin Ave./28th Ave.  Plan to have your Kinder in their meeting spot by 6:15 p.m.
  • Dec. 21…Logan’s B-Day!
  • Dec. 22…Violet and Charlotte’s B-Day!
  • Dec. 21…Classroom Holiday Party, 1:50-3:00 p.m.
  • Dec. 22…Polar Express Day…All K P.J. Day!!
  • Monday, Dec. 25 – Friday, Jan. 5…NO SCHOOL, HOLIDAY BREAK! School resumes on Monday, Jan. 8.