April 17 – 21
Popcorn Words: They, these. The Kindergarteners practiced writing these words in sentences this week. They also learned a little jingle with learning the word they. Here is the jingle: There is no “a” in they, there is no “a” in they, t-h-e-y, there is no “a” in they.
Reader’s Workshop: This week we continued to talk about characters in books we read. We talked about how sometimes in books characters have different feelings and emotions in books. We will dive deeper into characters next week as we practice acting out books with our reader’s theater work.
Writer’s Workshop: The Kindergarteners have been working so well during writer’s workshop creating their chosen genre of writing. I have seen great All About books, Small Moment Stories and How To books. Next week we will pick our genre and focus on writing our best piece to share with another class. We also did some writing with our study of rocks. The Kindergartners discovered that chalk is a rock and they each did a writing piece showing what they drew with their chalk piece.
Math: We have been working on our teen numbers this week. We have practiced adding numbers together, finding groups of 10, partners of 10 and playing our missing partners games with partners. It was fun on Friday during our weekly Math games to play some beach themed math games that reinforced our Math concepts of the week. We will continue to work in Unit 5 next week as well. We will continue to develop our knowledge with teen numbers.
Science: This week we continued to learn about Soil and how we use it. We learned that soil is under our sidewalks, roads and even our school. We also planted our own seeds in soil in celebration of Earth Day. We will be keeping track of our plants growth in our own Plant journals. The Kindergartners also started their study of rocks. We discussed how rocks are different and the many different types of rocks. Learning about metamorphic, igneous and sedimentary rocks. The Kindergarteners will be exploring their rock collections next week. Thank you for helping your Kindergartner with their rock collections. We will keep these rocks at school for a few more days to study them further.
Earth Day: On Friday we celebrated Earth Day. We talked about what Earth day is and how we can help keep our planet healthy and clean. They learned about recycling, reusing and reducing our trash that we have. We took a walk outside and even picked up trash to help keep our school clean. The Kindergartners even learned that our school has a paper gator to help reduce the amount of trash we produce. We will continue to talk about reusing next week. Each Kindergartner was asked to bring a recycled product to school on Monday to make a new item.
Fifth Grade Buddies: We were so excited to get together with our 5th grade buddies this week. We LOVE to see them and get time with them. The 5th grade buddies came to see us and enjoyed some free time with us.
Mystery Reader: Carson was so excited to see his Dad walk through the door as our Mystery Reader. Mr. Tolsma read us two wonderful books: Edward the Emu and Edwina the Emu by Sheena Knowles. These two wonderful books showed us how even if you want to be something different the best thing to be is yourself. Thank you so much for sharing these books and your time with us Mr. Tolsma. If anyone is interested in being a Mystery Reader you can sign up by clicking on Mystery Reader on the right side of our blog or email me at email@example.com.
Beach Day Fun: We had so much fun on Friday celebrating our amazing behavior as a class with our Beach Day. We played some fun Beach themed Math games, had a beach picnic for lunch in our classroom, and read some beach themed easy readers. Next we will try to earn 11 superstars for a special day.
- Monday, April 24…Art, Bring Take Home Book, Bring reusable item.
- Tuesday, April 25…Steam, Library, Bring Library Book.
- Wednesday, April 26…Gym, Bring Take Home Book, Homework Due.
- Thursday, April 27…Music, Bring Take Home Book.
- Friday, April 28…Art, Ryan’s Birthday!
- Saturday, April 29…Neeko’s Birthday!
- Tuesday, May 9…Spring Field Trip to Hemlock Crossing Nature Center and Huizenga Park in Zeeland. Feel free to join us for our picnic lunch. Each Kindergartner should plan to bring a lunch from home for our field trip.
- Friday, May 12…Early Dismissal at 12:15 p.m.
- Friday, May 26…Wear Red, White and Blue Day to celebrate Memorial Day!
- Monday, May 29…Memorial Day, NO SCHOOL.