This Week in Kindergarten…

POPCORN WORDS: at, that, was

READING: This week during reading, we got an exciting tool to use when reading at school! It is called our reading mat. We used our reading mats to sort our books into a stack – from the easiest to the hardest books. Then we read them – starting on the green arrow (start) and putting them on the red arrow (finished) when done. Then we read them again – reading them back to the green arrow side. We also learned about looking for patterns in our books. We started by noticing the pattern in our cubes. We practiced reading pattern books, noticing the pattern as well as when the pattern changed. I am proud of how hard the Kinders are working during our reading time…they are learning a lot!

WRITING: During writing this week, we started learning about writing How-To stories. We started the week by talking about things we know how to do and things we are good at doing. Then we practiced writing how-to stories. We put pictures in order of what happened first, next, then and last. Then we wrote the words to match the pictures. We wrote about how to make a snowman, how to make cookies and how to get ready for school. It was a fun new type of writing! 

MATH: This week during math, we learned about shapes and how putting shapes together can make different shapes. We had fun using shapes and trying to make new ones! We also practiced our teen numbers. We learned about how there is a “hidden” 10 behind teen numbers. For example, in the number 14 – there is a 10 and 4 extra ones. We finished the week by learning about sorting pictures by shapes, colors, sizes and other fun ways. 

LITERACY: During our literacy time this week, we worked on our popcorn word books – looking for the words we know inside the books. Wow!! We know so many words now! We looked at the word at and then made other words from that word. We also worked in our learning binders and read a poem that focused on our word that

MATH GAMES: We had fun playing math games during our break times this week! We played counting games, color games and puzzles. It was fun!

  • THANK YOU so much for all of the graham crackers and Clorox wipes sent in! I really appreciate it! 
  • SNACKS: Please remember to continue to send your child with 2 snacks each day. We have a morning snack break and an afternoon snack break. 
  • SNOW GEAR: Please remember to send your child with a coat, snow pants, hat, gloves/mittens and boots each day to school. We play outside 2 times a day during the winter/snow season. You do not need to have your child wear the snow pants to school. We don’t go outside to play until lunch time. 
  • TAKE HOME BOOKS: On Tuesday, your Kinder will be bringing home a bag with 4 books in it. These books are for them to practice reading with you at home throughout the week. I would like for them to practice them all week and then return them the next Tuesday. I will give them 4 new books each week. There will be 2 books at your child’s independent reading level and 2 books at their instructional reading level (a level above their independent level). There will be instructions in the bag along with reading strategies to help you when reading with your child. Happy Reading! 

UPCOMING DATES…

Monday, January 11: Gym

Tuesday, January 12: Art; Take Home Book come home for the first time (please return next Tuesday); Library – remember to bring books back

Wednesday, January 13: STEAM; Homework due

Thursday, January 14: Music

Friday, January 15: Gym; Early Release Day – dismissal at 12:15

Enjoy some cute pictures of the kids playing in the snow at recess! I couldn’t get to all of them to get pictures, but I did get a few! Have a wonderful weekend! 

Classroom Needs…

To start the new year, there are a couple of things we could use for our classroom if you are willing and/or able to help us out. We are in need of…

* Clorox Wipes

* Graham Crackers

Thank you and Happy New Year!! 

This Week in Kindergarten…

POPCORN WORDS: review week

READING: This week during reading, we had fun reading some holiday books. We read Five Little Reindeer and The Gingerbread Man. We practiced looking for “popcorn words” we know in each book. We used our pointer power when reading them and our picture power to help figure out any tricky words. The Gingerbread Man story helped us practice positional words. We had to read carefully to find our where we needed to put the gingerbread man. After reading The Gingerbread Man, we practiced telling about the characters, the setting, the problem and solution. 

MATH: During our math time this week, we had fun using Santa’s sleigh to practice math problems. We added “presents” onto Santa’s sleigh and subtracted “presents” from Santa’s sleigh. We wrote the equations to go along with our math stories. We worked hard on looking at 5-groups within numbers and telling what the number is along with drawing the number using circles. We worked hard on teen numbers, coloring in the correct number of circles the reindeer told us to. 

LITERACY: This week during literacy, we searched for and colored popcorn words on a tree. The words ended up looking like ornaments. We also listened for beginning sounds in words as well as spelling CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) words on gingerbread men and in mugs of hot chocolate. 

OUR HOLIDAY PARTY… we had a fun-filled holiday party on Wednesday!! We made crafts, played games and had a snack – we made a snowman out of Oreos, pretzels, marshmallows, raisins and frosting. It was such a fun day!! Enjoy these cute pictures from our fun day…

GRINCH DAY… we enjoyed a Grinch themed day on Thursday! We did Grinch themed math, reading, literacy writing and a craft. The Kinder’s were excited to bring home a green candy cane and to tell you about their fun day!

This week we had fun “planting” a peppermint in oatmeal. We waited for it to grow into a candy cane…and it did eventually! At first we only saw the oatmeal, then we could see a little bit of candy cane growing and finally a big candy cane grew! It was so fun to check and see if they were “growing”. 

POLAR EXPRESS DAY… we had fun having a Polar Express themed day on Friday! We watched the movie, had hot cocoa and did Polar Express themed learning. It was especially fun to be in our pj’s all day long! Make sure you ask your Kinder to see their ticket on the Polar Express! 

UPCOMING DATES…

Monday, January 4: School resumes; Music

Tuesday, January 5: Gym; Library

Wednesday, January 6: Art

Thursday, January 7: STEAM

Friday, January 8: Music

Tuesday, January 12: Take Home Books begin – more information coming about this in January! 

I’d like to wish everyone a wonderful Holiday season!! Enjoy this winter break and time with family!! I hope that you all enjoy the gifts your Kinder made for you!

A few more pictures of these cute kiddos…

This Week in Kindergarten…

This was an exciting week in Kindergarten! We started our week learning virtually and ended the week learning in person. Way to go kinders and families!! Thank you so much for all of your support during this time!! I really do appreciate it!!

Reading: This week during reading at home the kinders read stories to family members, stuffed animals and friends. At school we learned what it means to retell a book after reading and practiced this skill. We practiced retelling the story of the Gingerbread Man – learning about the characters, setting and the order things happened in the story. We also read a paper together looking for all of our popcorn words in it! 

Math: This week during math, the kinders practiced comparing numbers – looking for the greater number, counting by tens using gingerbread people and counting ten frames.

Writing: This week in writing, the Kinders wrote a small moment story at home and did a great job! At school we practiced labeling a gingerbread man and writing sentences – making sure to use an uppercase letter to begin the sentence and a sentence stopper at the end. 

Literacy: The kinders did activities that focused on filling in the missing parts of the gingerbread story (using popcorn words), syllable claps and building new words with word families (rhymes).

Holiday Fun: We listened to many different stories about the Gingerbread Man this week. It was fun to listen to many different books where the Gingerbread Man is a character. Some of our favorites were called The Gingerbread Man is Loose (at different places). We had fun trying a gingerbread cookie and voting if we liked it or not. More Kinders voted yes than no. It’s always fun to have a cookie!

Reminders:

SNOW GEAR – In preparation for snow session, please remember. When snow is on the ground, please have the following in your kinder’s backpack and don’t forgot to label!!

  1. Snow pants
  2. Boots-designed for the snow (consider velcro closing if purchasing new)
  3. A Warm Coat
  4. Mittens/Gloves
  5. A Hat

SNACKS – Please remember to send your kinder with 2 snacks and a water bottle each day. We have a morning and an afternoon snack. Due to COVID restrictions, we can not use our drinking fountain.

HOT LUNCH – It is FREE to ALL students through June 2021. If your kinder orders milk with their home lunch there is a charge.

Upcoming Dates:

Monday, December 14: STEAM; Wear something RED, GREEN and/or WHITE.

Tuesday, December 15: Music; Library – remember to return library books; Wear a HOLIDAY HAT/HEADBAND (Santa hat, antlers, etc.).

Wednesday, December 16: Gym; Wear a HOLIDAY SHIRT/SWEATER. We are going to have our holiday classroom party today!

Thursday, December 17: Art; GRINCH DAY – dress Grinch style.

Friday, December 18: STEAM; Wear you POLAR EXPRESS DAY – wear your pj’s! 

December 19 – January 3: Holiday Break

Monday, January 4: Return to school

Look at these cute Kinders holding the stockings they made…

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Return to In-Person Learning…

I hope this update finds you all healthy, safe, and cozy.  We will be returning to IN-PERSON learning starting tomorrow, Wednesday, December 9.  Doors will open at 8:35 a.m.  PLEASE plan to have the following upon your child’s return tomorrow:

  • Completed work from our learning at home time, labeled with your kinders name.
  • Gym shoes
  • 2 face masks
  • Specials “to-go” bags
  • Morning Work Packets
  • Blue Daily Folders
  • Library books
  • Extra books that were sent home with your child
  • Lunch choice decision or home lunch.
  • Water bottle
  • 2 snacks for our a.m. and p.m. snack times.
  • Appropriate outside gear for the day – labeled.  We will be going outside in these winter months when the temperature is above freezing.

We will be having a fun theme week next week.  Our classroom will also be having a Holiday Party Day on Wednesday, December 16 Kindergarten teachers have organized a fun day for our classes.  No donations are necessary at this time.  We will not be doing a student gift exchange this year.  The Kinders will give their classmates the gift of friendship this year.  I am sending home a December calendar tomorrow.  Please reach out to me if you have ANY QUESTIONS, jbaker4@hpseagles.net.

This Week in Kindergarten…

GREAT job with our “Learning at Home” this week!  I hope you found the learning packets helpful as you navigated through our google classroom’s daily assignments. Thank you for all of your flexibility and patience with our Kindergarten team as we maneuvered through this change in learning.  We are planning to return to in-person learning on Wednesday, Dec. 8.  However, with the current climate of constant change please be sure to stay tuned to our class blog and Georgetown blog for any updates.

Popcorn Words:  look, from, run.  The Kinders did a GREAT job of finding these popcorn words in our morning messages this week!

Math: This week the Kinders worked hard at finding groups of 10 in teen numbers, practiced writing numbers 1-10, drew shapes, learned how to use a break apart stick, worked on story problems, and solved addition and subtraction equations.

Writers Workshop:  Your kinder was asked to write a small moment story over the week.  First, thinking of a small moment that happened to them.  Then, telling it across their fingers, drawing it across three pages, drawing pictures to match, and then fixing and fancying it to create a finished small moment story.

Readers Workshop:  During this week of learning your Kinder was asked to practice their fluency, listen for patterns, change their voice when reading and use all of their Reading Superpowers.  We hope you saw some reading behavior that made you proud!

Morning and Afternoon Meetings:  It was SO GREAT to see your Kinders join in on our daily meetings!  I LOVED seeing them bring their cozy items every day and work with me on our Daily Morning Work Packets. It was AWESOME to see the Kinders engage in the meetings. THANK YOU for all of your help parents and learning helpers!!!! It makes my day to get to see them on Zoom!!

Upcoming Events:

  • Monday, Dec. 7…Online Learning Day
    • Morning Meeting @ 8:45 a.m.
    • Afternoon Meeting @12:15 p.m.
    • STEAM
  • Tuesday, Dec. 8…Online Learning
    • Morning Meeting @ 8:45 a.m.
    • Afternoon Meeting @12:15 p.m.
    • MUSIC
  • Wednesday, Dec. 9…In-Person Learning
    • PLEASE return to school:
      • Specials “to-go bags”
      • Learning Packets, Homework, any papers completed by your Kinder while at home learning time.
      • December Morning Work Packet
      • Gym shoes
    • MUSIC
  • Thursday, Dec. 10…
    • GYM
  • Friday, Dec. 11…
    • ART

The Past Couple Weeks…

The past couple weeks in kindergarten have looked a lot different than they typically do! I am so thankful for all of you and your sweet children! It has been a lot of new learning for everyone!  Thank you all for your patience, understanding, and flexibility during these last two weeks.  You have been given A LOT of information.  PLEASE KNOW that if at any point you have a question, wondering, or need, email me and I will help.  

During this Thanksgiving time, I am truly thankful for all of your sweet Kindergarteners and your families!  To be able to start our year together and get in 12 weeks of building a classroom community and learning has been a gift.  I cannot thank you all enough for sharing your Kindergartener with me!!  

Here is a snapshot-ish of our last 2 weeks of learning:

Popcorn Words:  an, can, man, ran.  The Kinders noticed right away that the word family -an is hidden inside each of the words can, man, and ran.

Math:  We took our Unit 2 Math test this week.  Your Kinders worked hard on Math worksheets that were sent home in their packets.

Writers Workshop:  The Kinders worked hard on writing their own small moment stories.  First, they thought about a small moment story that happened to them, picturing it in their minds and then telling it across their fingers.  They also worked hard on the writing that was sent home with them.

Readers Workshop:  We have started to add more powers to our reading superpowers.  This week we added persistence power.  As readers, we have to remember to use all of our powers and most importantly WE CAN’T GIVE UP!  I hope your Kinder liked practicing these powers for you and their stuffed animals this week.

Important Information:

Meal Information:  Free meals are available for all children 18 and under.  You must place an order ahead of time.  You can click this link to go to the order form.  You will be able to pick up these meals at:

  • Hudsonville Freshman Campus, 3370 Allen Street, Hudsonville, 49426.  Front Vestibule area (faces Allen Street).
  • 3:30 – 4:00 p.m

Online Learning:  Please follow the daily learning schedule that I emailed you this past weekend. Remember, there are new slides posted each morning in our google classroom at 8:00 am. 

Tuesday, Dec. 1

  • Morning Meeting 8:45 a.m.
  • Afternoon Meeting 12:15 p.m.
  • Google classroom learning slides
  • MUSIC

Wednesday, Dec. 2

  • Morning Meeting 8:45 a.m.
  • Flex Day, students work independently. 
  • NO TEACHER OFFICE HOURS TODAY.  Feel free to email (jbaker4@hpseagles.net) me with any questions.

Thursday, Dec. 3

  • Morning Meeting @ 8:45 a.m.
  • Afternoon Meeting @ 12:15 p.m.
  • Google classroom learning slides
  • GYM

Friday, Dec. 4

  • Morning Meeting @ 8:45 a.m.
  • Afternoon Meeting @ 12:15 p.m.
  • Google classroom learning slides
  • ART

Here’s to a great week! 

 

Logins and Passwords

Parents-

We are asking that you check your child’s login information as soon as possible.  This information is located on the back of your child’s blue folder.  We are finding that the information we were given in August for our kindergarten students is incorrect and parents are unable to login. 

I have sent the IT department a list of our class in hopes that they can get me new information as soon as possible.  Please email me as soon as possible if you are unable to log your child in.  

Thank you!

Learning at Home…

As we are all aware, our school district will be learning at home through Dec. 9.  With this news, the Kindergarten teachers at Georgetown have put together 2 weeks’ worth of learning packets for your Kinder.  Each Kinder was sent home with a Learning packet for 11/18 – 11/24 and for 11/30 – 12/4.  Our goal was to give you pencil and paper tasks that will be easy for you and your Kinder to maneuver through over these next 2 weeks.

Our district plan does state that some online learning will take place.  We will be using google classroom which will house all of our learning for this time.  Each Kindergarten classroom has a specific classroom code.  As a parent, you will need to log into your child’s email to accept the google classroom invite.   Please know that each Kinder does have an email and clever badge id., which is located on the back of your Kinders blue take-home folder.

Here are the links on how to log into google classroom:

Our district has asked each grade level to develop a daily schedule for our students.  Below you can view the daily schedule for Kindergarten.  Please know that our expectations are for you to do what works for your family.

DAILY SCHEDULE:

Virtual learning will not begin until Tuesday, December 1. 

8:45 – 9:00:  Morning Meeting and Morning Attendance (We are required to take attendance during this time.  If you cannot make this meeting daily please email our school office: mjeltem@hpseagles.net).

9:00 – 9:30:  Writing:  Watch lesson & Complete assignment

9:30 – 10:00:  Math:  Watch lesson & Complete assignment

10:00 – 10:30:  Snack and Break (teacher office hours available to you)

10:30 – 11:00:  Reading:  Watch lesson & Complete assignment

11:00 – 11:30:  Small Group Work (groups will NOT meet until Dec. 7)

11:30 – 12:15:  Lunch and playtime

12:15 – 12:30:  Afternoon Meeting/Read Aloud and afternoon attendance (We are required to take attendance during this time.  If you cannot make this meeting daily please email our school office: mjeltem@hpseagles.net).

1:00 – 1:50: Specials

2:00: – Purposeful Play until the end of the day

2:00 – 2:30:  Teacher office hours available to you

You should have received an email from your Kindergarten teacher inviting you to a “fun zoom” meeting for tomorrow.  We would love to see your Kinder!  PLEASE reach out to your Kindergarten teacher at ANY POINT if you have any questions.  We thank you for your patience, grace, and understanding during this very fluid time.

This Week in Kindergarten…

We had fun making some cute, colorful turkeys! 

POPCORN WORDS: or, for

READING: This week during reading, we continued learning all about our reading Super Powers! We continued using our POINTER POWER and REREAD POWER. We learned new powers too…PICTURE POWER, SNAP WORD POWER and SOUND POWER. We used PICTURE POWER when we get to a tricky word we aren’t familiar with, we use PICTURE POWER to help us figure out the tricky word. Pictures are helpful when reading! We used SNAP WORD POWER to read the popcorn words (snap words) we are so familiar with, reading them in a snap! We practiced reading a familiar nursery rhyme – The Itsy Bitsy Spider. The kindergarteners practiced reading the words that I pointed to, making sure we were on the same word. We used our SOUND POWER when we needed more help than just the picture was giving us. We looked at a picture of a beetle and guessed what the word would be. Then we uncovered the first letter and made that sound. We finally uncovered the whole word learning that it was a beetle. 

WRITING: During writing this week, we wrote another small moment story. We started the week by having a treat – a gummy bear! We wrote about what happened first, next and last. We used those words on our writing papers too. The kinders drew pictures to match their words, labeled the pictures, wrote sentences and then added…a speech bubble! It was fun to learn about speech bubbles by reading Elephant and Piggie stories and then trying out speech bubbles in our own stories! 

MATH: In math this week, we learned all about hexagons! We learned that hexagons have 6 sides and 6 corners and even learned a fun song about hexagons. We practiced subtracting 1 from a given number. We used fun erasers to practice this skill and then tried it on a worksheet. We practiced writing the numbers 8 and 9 and helped Puzzled Penguin learn the difference between the number 6 and the number 9. We finished the week by practicing our number writing. We wrote the numbers in order and helped Puzzled Penguin do the same!

LITERACY: During our literacy time this week, we added some new pages to our literacy binders. The Kinders worked hard on these new pages – looking at the pictures and then stretching out the words, listening for all the sounds you hear in the words. We also practiced listening for syllables in words. We finished the week by playing Simon Says. “Simon” told the kids to write a SNAP word on their whiteboards. We are working hard on all these literacy skills!

VETERAN’S DAY: We learned about Veteran’s Day! We read a Scholastic News and learned what a veteran is and why we have Veteran’s Day. We made a veteran craft to bring home! Thank you to all veteran’s and all active service men and women for your service!

WANTS AND NEEDS: We learned about wants and needs this week. We talked about what a need is and what a want is and learned the difference between them. We had fun sorting pictures into wants and needs, read a Scholastic News about wants and needs and made a little wants and needs book to bring home and share with you!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION…

  • Our annual P.E. C.A.R.E.S food drive is continuing until November 18. Thank you so much for all of the food donations! If you would like, you can still send in food items.  Food items to consider are canned vegetables and fruits, pasta, rice, baked beans, black beans, kidney beans, peanut butter, tuna fish, etc. (please no ramen noodles) The class with the most items at noon on November 18 will win a bowling trip to Hudsonville Lanes (if allowed later in the year) and a P.E. C.A.R.E.S t-shirt.
  • Continue to send your child with warm winter clothes each day! Please remember to label all of their winter things! Many items look alike and it’s always helpful to be able to look for a name!

UPCOMING DATES…

Monday, November 16: Art; Book Fair preview day; Virtual parent-teacher conferences

Tuesday, November 17: STEAM; Library – remember to bring back books!

Wednesday, November 18: Music; Book Fair shopping day; Virtual parent-teacher conferences

Thursday, November 19: Gym

Friday, November 20: Art

November 23 – November 24: No in-person class – I will be sending things home for your Kinder to work on at home. 

November 25 – November 27: No School – Thanksgiving Break

Our 5th grade buddies surprised us with a world kindness day poster! That was such a nice thing to do for our class! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!