This Week in Kindergarten…

COLOR WORD: RAINBOW colors! 

POPCORN WORDS: in, all

READING: This week during our reading time we made an Autumn House! Our autumn house helped us practice our reading skills. We worked on rhyming, onset/rime, beginning sounds and sight words. Inside the autumn house is another activity for you to practice at home – alphabet letters.

WRITING: During writing this week, we wrote another pattern book. We wrote all about a leaf! The Kinders had fun going outside and finding their own leaf, searching for the perfect one to write about! We wrote about the stem, the vein, the color of their leaf and finished with drawing a picture of their entire leaf. We wrote the words: This is the ___ on each page. 

 

MATH: This week during our math time, we added numbers up to 5 using CANDY CORN – YUM!! The Kinders definitely had fun with that math lesson! The best part being eating the candy at the end! We found groups of 8 and 9 objects and practiced writing those numbers. We also practiced math stories, using both addition and subtraction. It was fun to practice these math stories on white boards!

PHONICS: During phonics this week, Mabel and Blue Bear helped us learn more about initial sounds. We used our popcorn word all and made the word all into different words – fall, ball, wall, etc. We finished the week by practicing snap words – reading a word and being able to spell it in a snap! 

RAINBOW DAY: On Thursday we celebrated learning all of the colors in the RAINBOWWe made rainbow hair books, did rainbow writing (with our names) and made a rainbow hair craft! We have learned a lot about the colors of the rainbow and it was fun to celebrate the colors! 

FALL PARTY: We had such a fun time at during our Fall Party Day! We played a fun bingo game, made a fun Play-Doh monster craft, did a Fall picture search and find, made spider webs out of toothpicks and marshmallows, read the story of The Five Little Pumpkins (and took turns being the pumpkin) and had yummy treats! It was a fun filled day! Thank you so much for volunteering to supply items for our party today! I really appreciate it!

These were our disguised party guests…

Enjoy these cute pictures from our Fall Party…

IMPORTANT INFORMATION…

WINTER GEAR: The weather is starting to get much cooler!  Please be sure to begin gathering up those warmer coats, mittens, boots, hats and snow pants. When it snows, this gear is needed to play outside. When the snow arrives we do go outside and play!  However, if the temperature or wind chill get below freezing we do stay inside. If anyone needs any help with getting these winter items PLEASE let me know. If you are buying new boots, please consider buying velcro to help your Kinder with independence in getting them on. Keep in mind that the goal for all kinders is to get their winter gear on and off independently. Please label all of their winter gear items! 

SNACKS:  Please remember to send in 2 snacks for your kinder each day.  Don’t forget their water bottle! 

LUNCH: Hot lunch is free for all students until the end of the school year. There is a charge when only milk is ordered. 

UPCOMING DATES…

Monday, November 2: Art

Tuesday, November 3: STEAM; Library day – remember to return library books!

Wednesday, November 4: Music

Thursday, November 5: Gym

Friday, November 6: Art

November 16 and November 18: Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences and Book Fair.  More information on conferences will be sent out soon!

November 25 – November 27: NO SCHOOL…Thanksgiving Vacation

This Week in Kindergarten…

COLOR WORD: brown

POPCORN WORDS: like, here

READING: This week during reading, we read pattern books. We started by reading a pattern paper about the zoo. We colored the words to show the pattern in the paper. We found WOW! pages that we were excited about when looking at our books and HUH? pages that we were wondering about. It was fun to label the WOW! and HUH? pages with a sticky note! 

WRITING: During writing this week, we wrote two pattern books. Pattern books are when words repeat on each page. We started the week writing about a pumpkin and wrote the words: I see the — on each page. We finished the week writing about ourselves and wrote the words: Here is my — on each page. We had fun learning the Mat Man song which teaches about how to draw a person. When drawing ourselves, we focused on adding the correct parts of a person.

MATH: This week during math, we practiced writing the number 6. We looked for 6 objects and drew groups of 6 objects. We practiced writing the number 7. We looked for 7 objects and drew groups of 7 objects. We also practiced hard dot-to-dots. It is important to remember to draw straight lines and go in number order!

PHONICS: During phonics this week, we started the week by looking at a blank ABC chart and finding pictures that matched the letters. We worked with our table partners and had fun sorting. We practiced getting really quick at finding the correct letter and picture! It was fun to think of different words and draw different pictures that start with the letter we were talking about, not just the picture shown. We ended the week with our ABC school. It was fun to teach our stuffed animals all about the ABC’s! 

ABC SCHOOL with our stuffed animals…we had fun teaching them all about letters and sounds of the alphabet and what each of their names started with! They even got to help us read a poem. 

BROWN BEAR, BROWN BEAR FUN: We had fun listening to the book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? this week! It was fun to listen to the Kinders read along with the book! We did some fun Brown Bear, Brown Bear activities!

HANDWRITING: This week in kindergarten, we began our Peterson Handwriting books. The Kinders have been learning the correct way to write the letters and practicing writing them in their handwriting books. We will be keeping these books at school until we are finished with them. These are some of the letters we practiced…

FALL PARTY: Our Fall party will take place on Friday, October 30. Thank you to everyone that signed up to donate items! I really appreciate it! The kindergarteners are welcome to wear their costumes to school that day if they’d like. Because we can’t have guests at our party this year, please help your kinder decorate Pete the Cat to join us at the party as a guest! 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

TURKEY TROT:  The Turkey Trot is going to be a virtual race this year. Check out the PE blog for the Turkey Trot information.   http://mvankoev.edublogs.org

LUNCH:  Hot lunch is free for all students through the entire school year.  If your kinder orders milk with their home lunch that is a charge.

BACKPACK SNACKS: THANK YOU SO MUCH for being conscientious TWO healthy snacks each day! Don’t forget to send a water bottle too! 

Please remember to send your kinder in a coat each day to school. With this changing weather, it is important for the kinders to be warm at recess. Thank you!

UPCOMING DATES:

Monday, October 26: No School today

Tuesday, October 27: Art; Library – please remember to return library books!

Wednesday, October 28: STEAM

Thursday, October 29: Music; Wear RAINBOW colors today to celebrate learning all of our colors! 

Friday, October 30: Gym; Fall Party!

Friday, November 13: Early Release Day – dismissal at 12:15

November 16 and 18: Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences and Book Fair.  More information on conferences will be sent out soon!

November 25 – November 27: NO SCHOOL…Thanksgiving Vacation

Sack Lunch

Tomorrow is an early release day. If your Kinder needs a sack lunch tomorrow for our early release day, please email me to let me know. If they would like a lunch, let me know what type of milk your Kinder would like also. Thank you! 

This Week in Kindergarten…

COLOR WORD: Orange

POPCORN WORDS: yes, no, stop, go

READING: This week during reading, we practiced some different skills. We learned about Tryin’ Lion, Stretchy Snake and Eagle Eye. Tryin’ Lion taught us that if what you’re reading doesn’t make sense, go back and try it again. Stretchy Snake taught us to s-t-r-e-t-c-h out the sounds and then blend them together. Eagle Eye taught us to use the picture on the page to figure out the word. We practiced those skills in our books. We also looked at our popcorn word books and labeled some pictures to help us read them better. In our books we looked for what characters are feeling and labeled that feeling with a sticky note that tells the feeling. It is so fun to watch the Kinders start to recognize popcorn words as they are reading their books!! 

WRITING: During writing this week, we wrote about an important place, our homes. We learned about how writers think about their important topic, draw it, label the pictures, write words and then write more words. We ended the week by making them colorful and sharing them with our table partner!

MATH: This week in math, we started unit 2. We looked for groups of numbers and colored the groups different colors. We learned about 5 strips (an easy way to see a group of 5 using squares and pennies) and built numbers higher than 5 using the 5 strip. From there we made equations using numbers 1-10. Later this week, we found groups of number 6-10. Then, they drew dots to match the given number. The Kinders are doing a great job with our math lessons! We ended the week by doing a fun math game! The Kinders had to search around the room for “hidden” pictures. They had to count the leaves on the pictures and write the number on their paper. They thought it was fun to search the room and use a clipboard! 

ABC BOOTCAMP: We learned about the letters X, Y and Z. We talked about what the letters look like, practiced making the letter sounds, writing the letters, learned about and colored things that start with that letter. We are all finished with our ABC Bootcamp! 

PHONICS: We were word scientists this week during phonics. We looked closely at letters and sounds! We looked at alphabet charts, noticing things that are the same and different about the ABC charts. We also practiced learning a letter – naming it, sounding it, writing it and using it. We did the same thing practicing our popcorn words. It was a fun week of phonics! 

WE ARE SOARING: We are going to SOAR at school! On Monday, we went on a mission around our school. We had to find 2 detectives “hidden” outside. The first detective we found was Detective Stauffer. She talked to us about choosing to SOAR! S = be Safe; O = Own it; A = Act responsibly; R = be Responsible. We learned how to SOAR around the school and in the classroom. Detective Stauffer sent us to find another detective named Detective Waldie who sent us on a mission to find an outstanding in our classroom! 

SPECIAL READERS: This week, our two school secretaries visited our classroom and each read us a book. It was fun to have Mrs. Hoekstra and Mrs. Jeltema in our classroom and get to know them! They each read us a fun story! 

Our Secretary Mrs. Hoekstra…

Our Secretary Mrs. Jeltema…

FORT DAY was SO MUCH FUN!! The kindergarteners had a super fun time building forts and learning inside their forts! Way to go earning a fun reward day Kinders!!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

  • Please remember to send 2 healthy snacks each day for your Kinder. We have 2 snack breaks each day. 
  • Hot lunch is free for all students through the entire school year. You must get an entire hot lunch, not just milk, for it to be free.
  • Please remember to return clean beach towels on Monday. 
  • The Turkey Trot is going to be a virtual race this year. Check out the PE blog for the Turkey Trot information.   http://mvankoev.edublogs.org

UPCOMING DATES:

Monday, October 19: Gym

Tuesday, October 20: Art; Library – please remember to return library books!

Wednesday, October 21: STEAM

Thursday, October 22: Music

Friday, October 23: Gym; Wear BROWN today!

CUTE KINDERS…Enjoy these pictures of your sweet kiddos enjoying a mask break!

Have a wonderful Fall weekend!

Fort Day!

The Kindergarteners have worked hard to earn 5 stars in our classroom! They earned the stars from following directions and being ready to learn. Because they earned 5 stars, we get to have a fun reward day! They voted this afternoon and voted for FORT DAY! I told them that they may bring a blanket, towel or sheet to school with them tomorrow for FORT DAY. Please make sure the blanket, towel or sheet fits into their backpack. Please keep pillows and stuffed animals at home. Thank you!! We’re looking forward to a fun-filled FORT DAY! 

This Week in Kindergarten…

POPCORN WORDS: be, me, we, will

COLOR WORDS: black and white

We read books with black and white characters…

We made our own Harry the Dirty Dog…

READING: This week during reading, we learned more about reading storybooks. We put together everything we learned and practiced “reading” stories. The kinders are doing good job matching their words to the pictures on the page. We learned about looking at the character’s faces to tell how they are feeling. It was fun to use Elephant and Piggie books to practice this skill, they are such fun characters.

WRITING: During writing this week, we wrote about an important place, the library. We learned about how writers think about their important topic, draw it, write words and then write more words.

MATH: This week during math, we practiced writing our numbers one through five. We also learned more about shapes – shapes with straight lines and curvy lines. We reviewed for our math test and took our math test. The Kinders loved going to their “offices” to take their test. Their “office” gave them their own space to work on their own! 

ABC BOOTCAMP: We learned about the letters T, U, V and W. We talked about what the letters look like, practiced making the letter sounds, writing the letters, learned about and colored things that start with that letter.

LEARNING BINDER: This week in kindergarten, we got learning binders! The kindergarteners were super excited to get these binders and work on the pages inside. They enjoyed tracing their names, letters, numbers and lines. It was a fun part of our week!

FIRE SAFETY: This week we learned about fire safety. We read some books, colored our own fire safety book, recognized numbers on flames and moved a fire truck and fire fighter around the fire station using positional words – above, below, over, under, next to. 

PHONICS: We worked hard this week on letter names, letter sounds, popcorn words and names of friends in our class. We decided that we didn’t have any names that start with the letter P or G on our word wall. We wrote a letter to Pete the Cat and Gerald and asked them if they’d like to be on our word wall. They wrote us back! Mr. Waldie delivered letters to us and we were so excited! We also got letters from Llama Llama, Piggie, Harry the Dirty Dog, David and George. Wow!! It was such an exciting day to get all these letters! We are adding so many names to our word wall! 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

  • Thank you so much for signing up to supply items for our Fall party! All requests have been filled. 
  • Please remember to send 2 healthy snacks each day for your Kinder. We have 2 snack breaks each day. 
  • Hot lunch is free for all students until December 31. You must get an entire hot lunch, not just milk, for it to be free.
  • Please remember to return clean beach towels on Monday. 
  • The Turkey Trot is going to be a virtual race this year. Check out the PE blog for the Turkey Trot information.   http://mvankoev.edublogs.org

UPCOMING DATES:

Monday, October 12: Music

Tuesday, October 13: Gym; Library – remember to bring your book back!

Wednesday, October 14: Art

Thursday, October 15: STEAM

Friday, October 16: Music; Wear ORANGE today!  

It was a fun and busy week in kindergarten! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and enjoy this beautiful weather we’re having!

~Mrs. Baker (in all of my brainflakes jewelry and crown) 

Fall Party

We just got word that we can have a Fall Party. WOOHOO!! I am planning to have our Fall Party on Friday, October 30. Unfortunately, we cannot allow parents to attend : (   We will miss you! I would love to incorporate parents by asking for your help in supplying items for a fun Fall party for our Kinders. Costumes will be allowed, as long as their costumes can be worn easily and manageable for them. Face masks will still need to be worn with costumes.

I have planned some activities and a snack for the Kinders. The items needed for our party are on signup.com.

We’re using SignUp.com (the leading online SignUp and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming SignUps.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com:

Fall Party Donations Sign Up

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

This Week in Kindergarten…

Popcorn Words: do, to, you

Color Word: Purple

Reading: This week during reading, we continued learning about our favorite stories. The students are learning to sound exactly like the characters in some of our favorites while they are reading their books! We also learned that one way to make our old favorite storybooks sound more grown-up is to read the words that make the pages go together. You read one page and then put in connecting words like: then, after that, etc. We also practiced finding sight words we may know in our books and trying to sound exactly like the characters in our books!  

Writing: In writing this week, we were super excited to show and tell our item from home in our writing! The students pulled their object out of their brown bag, told their partner about it and then they were asked to draw and label it.  Labeling is tricky but we are learning to stretch words slowly and write all of the sounds that we hear. We did the same thing with our friend stuffed friend Mabel from our class! 

Math: During math this week, we focused on writing numbers 1-5. We learned that writing a 5 can be a bit tricky! The students are learning that 5 is a small down, curve and a slide at the top. We are using Peterson’s Handwriting Language when making our letters and numbers. We also compared sets of numbers and drew objects for the number 4 and 5. Next week, we will have our very first math test to assess the skills that we have learned.

ABC Bootcamp: We learned about the letters P, Q, R, S. We talked about what the letters look like, practiced making the letter sounds, writing the letters, learned about and colored things that start with that letter.

Bus Safety: This week we had two Hudsonville bus drivers come and teach us all about bus safety! We learned the rules for getting on and off the bus and being safe while on the bus and crossing the street. The Kinders did a great job remembering to sit bottom to bottom, back to back on the bus!

Important Information:

  • The Turkey Trot is going to be a virtual race this year. Check out the PE blog for the Turkey Trot information.   http://mvankoev.edublogs.org
  • Please remember to send your Kinder to school with 2 healthy snacks each day. 
  • Hot lunch is free for all students until December 31. 
  • Library – we go to library every Tuesday. Please help your Kinder remember to bring their library book back every Tuesday so that they can check out a new one!

Upcoming Dates:

Monday, October 5: STEAM

Tuesday, October 6: Music; Library day – remember to bring your book back!

Wednesday, October 7: Gym

Thursday, October 8: Art

Friday, October 9: STEAM; Wear black and white today!

 

Have a wonderful weekend! 

~Mrs. Baker