On Friday, June 2nd from 8:45-12:00pm we will be holding the Kindergarten Olympic’s. This is our special end of the year celebration where we combine all 4 kindergarten classes on the kindergarten playground for a morning of fun, filled relay games!! In order to make the morning run smoothly we need our wonderful parent helpers! So far I have only 3 volunteers from our classroom who have turned in the form to help! If your able to help please reach out to me by e-mail or return the form that was sent home back to school by this Friday, May 19. If you have younger siblings to watch or are not able to commit to the whole morning. All families are welcome to come watch and cheer us on at any point in the morning. Or join us at noon for a run award ceremony and picnic lunch! Thanks so much for your help and support!!!
Happy Mother’s Day: The Kindergartners worked so hard on their gifts for Mom!! They took such special care about just how they wanted their gifts to look. Choosing just the right colors and words. We hope you enjoy your special gift!! Wishing you all a VERY HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!! Thank you so much for sharing your treasure with me!!
Popcorn Words: my, by, and one
Math: This week we continued our work in unit 5. We practiced working with numbers to figure our greater than, less than and equal! We worked on making teen numbers with groups of 10 and some more ones. Also, practicing adding and subtracting numbers.
Writer’s Workshop: We are continuing our work on opinion writing. We wrote our opinions this week on…is home lunch or hot lunch better? And what special do we like best (gym, art or music). The kinders were so excited to share their opinion pieces with Mrs. Bowers (art teacher) on Thursday because many of them chose art as the best special!!! We are having fun writing our opinion, coming up with two reasons why and then coming up with a wrap up sentence.
Readers Workshop: We are continuing to work on our reading stamina. Our goal is to be able to sit quietly for 20 minutes and look at books, practice our sight words and even try to read. Next Friday, May 19, we will bring our own flashlight to put a “spotlight/flashlight” on our reading progress!!!
Science: We have continued our study on Living and Non-Living Things. We brought our lima bean plants home Monday! Hopefully, you found a special place to re-plant them and keep them growing!
On Tuesday we took our big field trip to the Hemlock Crossing in West Olives and Hager Park!! We had a blast exploring living and non-living things in 3 different settings- meadows, forest and pond! Then we loved to picnic and play with our friends to follow at the park. Thanks to the many parents who were apart of our day to make it extra special! Check out some pictures….
We also made mini booklet on Animal Needs this week. The kinders also had fun creating a flower craft. It has been so amazing to witness their love for science and explore the outside with them!! We will continue with Science for the rest of the year with some “fun” science experiments.
Kindergarten Olympics: A note asking for parent volunteers came home. Volunteers will be notified shortly with details. This special day would not be possible without your help. Thank you so much. If you still would like to be part of this fun day, please let me know by Friday, May 19. It is such a fun day!! All are welcome to come watch and even enjoy lunch with your child on Olympic day! We do the Kindergarten Olympics on our K/1 playground.
Mystery Reader’s: Thank you to Mrs. Maldanado, Dayne’s mom for surprising us on Thursday!!! When she walked into the door Dayne came running into her arms!!! She brought a familiar fairy tale, Goldilocks and the 3 Bears, wrote partly in Spanish! It was fun to hear that Dayne’s parents speak Spanish at home and he knows many words! It was fun to learn some words in Spanish!!
Also big thanks to Logan, Liam’s big brother in 5th grade on Friday for visiting us!!! Logan read his favorite book from when he was in kindergarten, Kitten’s First Full Moon! It was a sweet tale of a cute kitten! He did amazing reading aloud to us!! There are 4 more weeks left to get in to volunteer as our reader, e-mail me!!!
More Summer B’day’s… We celebrated Rich and Liam this week! They have b’days in June and then July!!! Thanks for the treat bags Rich and the cookies, Liam!!!
Library: This coming Tuesday will be our last day to check out a library book for the year. We LOVE our library time!! Thank you Mrs. VandenBerg for guiding us this year during our library time.
Take Home Books: We will wrap up our Take Home Books program Thursday, May 18. Please be sure to send in any take home books by the end of the week.
- Monday, May 15…Take Home Books and Ellie’s Birthday!
- Tuesday, May 16…Take Home Books, Last Day for Library Check-out! Celebrate Mady’s Summer B’day!!!
- Wednesday, May 17… Math and Lit HW Due and take home books!
- Thursday, May 18…LAST DAY FOR TAKE HOME BOOKS. Celebrate Lila’s Summer B’day!!!
- Friday, May 19… BRING YOUR FLASHLIGHT!! Bring a flashlight to read with for the day. Label the flashlight with your child’s name, it will be returned home the same day. I will have a few extras to share!
- Wednesday, May 23… Ellery’s Summer Birthday!
- Friday, May 26…Wear Red, White and Blue
- May 29…NO SCHOOL, Memorial Day
- Friday, June 2…KINDERGARTEN OLYMPICS
- Friday, June 9…Last Day of School. Dismissal at 12:15 p.m.
Popcorn Words: have, of, on
Math: We are continuing to work on Unit 5. The Kindergartners worked on story problems, comparing totals through 10, equal groups and explored tens and ones with teen numbers. They are doing a GREAT job!
Writer’s Workshop: This week in writer’s workshop we started a new type of writing: Opinion Writing!! We have learned that Opinion writing is when a writer states a belief about something and then gives two reasons to tell why. This week we practiced opinion writing by telling if we liked swings or slides better and then giving two reasons why. We also wrote about the best way to eat ice cream- cup or cone? And the best pet- dog, cat, hamster, lizard or fish? We also got to taste test chips and salsa in celebration of Cinco de Mayo Friday! The Kindergarteners had to give their opinion on whether or not they thought chips and salsa was yummy or yucky. It has been fun to see them explore this genre of writing. We will continue with Opinion writing over the next two weeks!
Reader’s Workshop: This week in writer’s workshop we worked on our reading stamina. We are revisiting the basic guidelines for our reader’s workshop: 1. We need to get started right away. 2. We need to be readers the whole time. 3. We stay in one spot. and 4. We read quietly. The Kindergartener’s have done wonderful at revisiting our guidelines of reader’s workshop.
We also had a blast wearing shirts with words Friday!!! We had fun reading each other’s shirts!!!
Science: This week we continued exploring Living and Non-Living things around us. We learned that living things need food, water, shelter, air, sunlight and space to grow. Our plants continue to grow!! We will be taking these bean plants home soon as they’e quickly out growing their cups!
Split Lit.: Our split lit. centers have been running very smoothly with the students continuing to work on their sight words, and building their reading skills. We have also been doing some whole group lessons, reviewing concepts from letters and sounds to sight words. I will be assessing students for our end of the year report cards on all concepts. Sliding can happen with basic skills often and review is needed to ensure that the concepts are mastered. Thank you for continuing to work with your child on skills that we have learned throughout the year. I am so excited to see their progress!!
Take Home Books: Our last day of Take Home Books will be next Thursday, May 18. Thank you to all of the parent volunteers for coming in to read with our Kindergarteners!!! All Take Home Books will be returned Thursday for the school year!
Mystery Reader: No readers this week! 🙁
We only have a few more weeks for mystery readers if you, an older sibling, grandparent, etc. would like to surprise us please e-mail me to set up a time! Please volunteer if you can!! The kinders have all been asking when their special parent will be coming! I am flexible on times, it takes 10 minutes!
Kindergarten Olympics: What are the Kindergarten Olympics? A fun day of games where all the Kindergarten classes join together! We will be having the Kindergarten Olympics on Friday, June 2 . A note asking for parent volunteers went home the start of the week. I received a few back already! Thank you!!! I will be contact with all volunteers soon with more info. Please bring those slips back if you can help out!
Summer Birthday Celebrations... we have so many summer b’days.. we will be recognizing this and celebrating them throughout the month of May..Jasper and Jay were this week! Thanks for the fabulous b’day treats!! It was fun to have some early celebrations with you!
- Monday, May 8… Bring take home book!
- Tuesday, May 9…Field Trip- Field Trip to Hemlock Crossing Nature Center & HAGER PARK!!! HOME LUNCH WITH DRINK INSIDE OF LABELED PAPER BAG IS NEEDED. We will not be ordering hot lunch. Please feel free to join us for our picnic lunch. We will be at the park around 12:00pm. Your kinder will need a home lunch and water bottle to enjoy during our picnic lunch. NO SANDALS, FLIP FLOPS OR CROCS. TENNIS SHOES NEED TO BE WORN!! We will be walking through woods and trails and playing on a big playground. Please dress your child according to the weather. We will be OUTSIDE for most of the day!; Bring your Library Book!!!
- Wednesday, May 10… Rich’s Summer B’day! Celebration!!!! Take home book due and Literacy and Math Homework Due!!!
- Thursday, May 11… Bring take home books and Liam’s Summer B’day Celebration!!!
- Tuesday, May 16.. Mady’s summer b’day celebration!!!
- Thursday, May 18… Lila’s summer b’day celebration!!!
- Thursday, May 18…Bring all take home books to school!! LAST DAY OF TAKE HOME BOOKS PROGRAM.
- Friday, May 26… Wear Red, White and Blue Day!!!
- Monday, May 29…NO SCHOOL, Memorial Day!
- Friday, June 2 …Kindergarten Olympics
- Friday, June 9…LAST DAY OF SCHOOL…dismissal at 12:15 p.m.
As apart of our reader’s time we also practiced plays again….. we performed this time for Mrs. Stutz’s kinders!!! We did amazing! You can watch below!!! So many kinders are loving their time on stage!
We will be changing the park that we are going to after our Hemlock Nature Center part of our field trip. Instead of going to Huizenga Park in Zeeland we will now be going to Hager Parkin Jenison.
We plan to be at Hager Park around 12:00 and have our picnic lunch near the wood structure playground. Then enjoy some playtime before returning to school around 1:30 p.m. If you are planning to meet your child for lunch please join us as Hager Park in Jenison on our field trip day. A note regarding this change will also be coming home with your child on Monday along with directions to Hager Park.
Tomorrow I am hoping to get all of our class to wear clothing with words, a shirt, hat, anything with words! So get out your wearable words and wear it tomorrow Friday, May 5!!
The month of May in Reading Workshop is all about celebrating the gift of reading and the readers we have become!!! This coming Friday we will have a special reading day where we wear SHIRTS WITH WORDS!!!! Break out your word shirts for Friday! I can’t wait to have you help me read them all!
I mentioned summer tutors to many of you at conference time in March. However, I wanted to send the list our again because I know many of their schedules are filling up fast! All of these teachers and paraprofessionals would be a great choice to work with your child this summer to help prevent the summer slide! Even just one day a week for a few weeks would be great to keep their reading, writing and math skills fresh for 1st grade! Send them an e-mail soon to secure a spot!
Karyn McIntire firstname.lastname@example.org K-5 Reading and Math Monday-Thursday
Pam Oosterbroek email@example.com K-5 Reading and Math Monday-Friday
Lisa Kuieck firstname.lastname@example.org K-3 Reading and Math
Katie Burdis email@example.com K-2 Reading and Math Monday- Friday
Jen Baker firstname.lastname@example.org K-5 Reading and Math Tues. & Thurs.
On Friday we performed some Readers Theater fairy tale plays we had been practicing all week! We’re working on getting into the character as we perform. We all had a special part in each show! They did a fantastic job. I videotaped each for you to watch together at home! Enjoy watching, just click on each play title to watch!! They did great!
April 24 – 28
Popcorn Words: some, come.
April popcorn flash cards were sent home to add to your kinder’s collection. The work that you do at home helps your kinder be the best student they can be. Thank you!
Sports Day: We had a blast with sports day Monday! It was fun to see everyone’s sport gear and play a baseball sports math game.
Writer’s Workshop: We have really blossomed as writers. This week we picked a piece of writing from our writing folder that we fixed and fancied. Then, we visited Mrs. Stadt’s first grade class and read them our writing. They shared a piece of writing with us too. We even got to check out the incubator in their classroom filled with eggs that will soon be baby chicks! The Kindergarteners will be exploring opinion writing during the month of May.
Reader’s Workshop: We are continuing to identify with characters in stories that we read. Making connections to how they feel, something they have done or even connecting to other books that show that same action. We had so much fun creating readers theaters plays and performing for each other! I am working on posting these for viewing soon! Some tech. difficulties this week!
Split Lit: The Kindergarteners have done a great job making choices on their own during our split lit. time. They are choosing from writing words, sentences, and even listening to books. We have even started to do some readers theater work in small groups. Each of the students getting a part in a play and then reading it together. It has been fun to see them enjoy this task.
Math: In math this week we worked on subtraction, addition, teen numbers, finding groups of 10 and even discovering equal and not equal groups!
Science: We wrapped up our study on soil and started our observations of our rock collections. The Kindergarteners have loved making the different kinds of rocks. Using pressure with starbursts to create their own edible sedimentary rocks and then using pressure and heat from their hands to create their own metamorphic rocks. We also melted chocolate and butterscotch chips to make igneous rocks, using the microwave as our extreme heat! We wrapped up our study of rocks by doing rock centers Friday! They brought their collections home Friday! Our plants are taking off too! We have had so much fun observing them everyday!
Earth Day Crafts: We had so much fun sharing our created crafts using recyclable and reusable items. The Kindergarteners were very creative!! This project helps us kick off our study of living and non/living things next week.
Mystery Reader: This week Jay was filled with excitement when his dad walked in! He brought the Dr. Seuss classic, All the Places You’ll Go. Thanks so much for coming!
Explorer of the Jungle: We started traveling home with, Iggy, a traveling Iguana that is friend’s with Banana’s. The students will fill out a journal page, writing a sentence or two to tell us about what they did with Iggy. Thank you for helping your child with this activity.
*MONTHLY CALENDAR: May is FILLED with many birthday celebrations. Be sure to look at the May June calendar for May and summer birthday celebration dates, along with other important information. It has been posted under CALENDARS at the top of our blog.
- Monday, May 1…ART, Bring Take Home Books.
- Tuesday, May 2…STEAM, LIBRARY, Bring Library Book. Celebrate Jay’s B’day!!!
- Wednesday, May 3…GYM, Bring Take Home Books, Homework Due.
- Thursday, May 4…MUSIC, Bring Take Home Books. Celebrate Jasper’s B’day!!!
- Friday, May 5…ART
- Tuesday, May 9…Field Trip. We will be leaving at 9:15 a.m., lunch at Huizenga Park in Zeeland, return to school by 2:00 p.m. Please feel free to join us for our picnic lunch. We will be at the park around 12:00pm. Your kinder will need a home lunch and water bottle to enjoy during our picnic lunch. NO SANDALS, FLIP FLOPS OR CROCS. TENNIS SHOES NEED TO BE WORN!! We will be walking through woods and trails and playing on a big playground. Please dress your child according to the weather. We will be OUTSIDE for most of the day!
- Friday, May 12…Early Release Day, 12:15 p.m.
- Friday, May 26… Wear RED, WHITE and BLUE!
- Monday, May 29…NO SCHOOL, Memorial Day.
- *FRIDAY, JUNE 2: Kindergarten Olympics Volunteer note due Friday, May 19- INFO COMING HOME THIS WEEK!
Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 25th is library day! Be sure to bring your books back, we were missing many library books last week!
Also, Earth Day homework is due tomorrow! Bring in a recyclable item that you can think of another use for! If you have time to create it, make it! If you just bring it to share un-made that’s fine too! I will have extras in case you forget! Rich brought a great one back today already! A gatorade bottle that he turned into a music shaker! So fun and creative!!! 🙂 Can’t wait to see your new inventions tomorrow!