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Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on April 23, 2017

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 jstutz1@hpseagles.net.

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.  

Upcoming Dates:

  • 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.

 

 

 

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Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on April 16, 2017

April 10 – 14

Spring Break:  It sounds like everyone had a great Spring Break!  The Kindergarteners shared their favorite things they did with their friends.  We heard stories of losing teeth, water park fun, beach fun, movies and many more!  My husband and I traveled to Florida to watch our youngest son, Tom, a sophomore at Hudsonville High School, march at Magic Kingdom. A great week of Disney and relaxation!

Popcorn Words:  Jump, Him.

Math:  This week we started Unit 5.  We began by arranging our own “Math Night Sky.”  The Kindergartners helped me put together a Math Night Sky showing 10 stars on 10 posters.  Each poster has a combination of purple stars and yellow stars.  We then added a number sentence that said what the picture showed.  For example, 1 purple star and 9 yellow stars goes with the number sentence 10=9+1.  We then counted the stars by 10’s to make up 100 stars all together in our Math Night Sky.  We wrapped up the week by playing some fun easter themed math games.

 

Split Lit.:  We are doing a wonderful job with our split lit. time!  The Kindergarteners are able to pick from over 8 different activities while also meeting with a teacher everyday to practice their specific reading needs.  I have seen amazing growth with our Kindergarteners!!  Keep up the great work at home with the sight words/popcorn words and reading!!

Writer’s Workshop:  This month we are reviewing all of the different types of writing we have done so far in Kindergarten.  During Writer’s Workshop the Kindergarteners have had the choice to pick from writing an All About book, How to book or a Small Moment Story.  They are so excited about having the choice to write what they want!!

Reader’s Workshop:  This week in writer’s workshop we have been combining our class with Ms. Yankee’s class to learn about Characters in books.  We have listened to stories with characters in them and talked about how characters have emotions in stories.  Discovering that the author writes words that a character says words in a story by adding “quotation marks.”  We also have learned that the illustrator shows how a character feels in a story by drawing details on a character’s face.  We have discussed these characteristics and then partnered up with a friend from Ms. Yankee’s class to read back to back and then share the characters in our book at the end of our reading time.  We have enjoyed this whole group reading and learning time with our friends.

Science:  We have literally “dug in” to learning about Soil this week.  The Kindergarteners helped collect soil samples from around our school.  We collected a sample from the creek by the playground, the field and then the sandbox.  After collecting we were able to take a closer look at each of these samples.  Some of us had worms and bugs in our soil!  We learned that soil is made up of many different components!  Learning that soil has different levels:  bedrock, subsoil, topsoil, and humus.  We wrote in our journals pictures of the 3 different soil samples we collected.  The Kindergartners are having so much fun with this unit so far.  We will continue to talk about soil next week.  We will begin our study of rocks by the end of our week with our Rock collections due Friday, April 21.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, April 17…Music, Bring Take Home Book.
  • Tuesday, April 18…Art, Library, Bring Library Book.
  • Wednesday, April 19…Steam, Bring Take Home Book.
  • Thursday, April 20…Gym, Bring Take Home Book.
  • Friday, April 21…Music, Rock Collections Due.  Celebrating Earth Day!  Popcorn Friday.
  • Friday, April 28…Ryan’s B-Day!
  • Saturday, April 29…Neeko’s B-Day!
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Field Trip

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Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on April 13, 2017

 

Wonderful Kindergarten Families,

Thank you so much for the large response of volunteers for our May 9 field trip.  The 6 volunteer spots have been filled.  I have contacted all volunteers via email so please check your inbox.

Anyone is welcome to meet us at Huizenga Park (TimberTown) in Zeeland for a picnic lunch.  We should be arriving at the park around 12:00pm.  If you are meeting at the park and would like directions, please contact me at jstutz1@hpseagles.net.

Thank you again for your interest and excitement to join your kindergartener on this special day.

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Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on March 31, 2017

March 27 – 30

Popcorn Words:  We have not added any new sight words.  The Kindergarteners reviewed sight words this week and learned a few sight word games that they brought home.  

Writer’s Workshop:  Before leaving for Spring Break we worked on our “on demand” All About Wolves books.  I was so impressed with how well the Kindergarteners did with writing these books!!  We gathered information on Wolves this week and wrote our facts we learned together.  Then with our facts each Kindergartener wrote their own All About Wolves information book.  After spring break we will be reviewing the different types (Small Moment writing, How To writing, Scientific writing and All About writing)  we have explored as Kindergarten writers.  We also celebrated our amazing journey of becoming Non-fiction writers by sharing our All About Wolves book with our friends from Ms. Yankee’s classroom.  We enjoyed a yummy animal cracker snack and watched some silly videos of zoo animals.  

Reader’s Workshop:  We are continuing to work on using our story map to retell a story and find the heart of each story we read.  The Kindergartners have worked with their reading buddies to share a book, read a book and retell the story they have read.  Even having fun reading to their buddy they brought for P.J. day fun.  They are working so hard as readers!!

 

Math:  We reviewed our Math skills this week.  Playing different games, like the missing partner game.  We will jump into Unit 5 after spring break.

 

Science:  After Spring Break we will begin our study of soil and rocks.  A note went home asking the Kindergarteners to gather a collection of rocks.  This is due Friday, April 21.   Spring break may be a fun time to gather some interesting rocks.  Can’t wait to explore these with the kiddos!  I LOVE SCIENCE!!  This is one of my favorite units we do!!  

Reading Week:  This week we celebrated being readers!  On Thursday we had a very fun P.J. day traveling to the different Kindergarten classrooms to hear some favorite stories.  Each Kindergarten teacher read a story and did a fun activity with the Kinders.  So fun!  We were also surprised by many Mystery Readers throughout the week.  Our class even surprised Ms. Yankee’s Kindergartners as a Mystery Reader for them!!  Thank you ALL so much for supporting our push to get in as many Mystery Readers as possible during our March is reading month!!  We were able to have over 15 Mystery Readers surprises!!  If you would like to be a Mystery Reader please sign up on our signup.com link or contact me at jstutz1@hpseagles.net.  

 

  • Lilly was soooo excited to see her Nana and Papa walk through the door.  They were pretty sneaky….they were visiting Lilly for the weekend and Lilly thought they were leaving when they dropped her off at the bus stop.  THEN….surprise….they walked through the door to be our Mystery Reader!!!  We loved the book they shared with us, Amelia Bedelia’s First Field Trip by Herman Parish.  Thanks for visiting with us!!

  • Sir RAN with excitement when his Mom walked through the door!  Mrs. Carlton surprised us with one of Sir’s favorite stories.  He LOVES the book, The Elf On the Shelf Christmas Tradition by Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell.  The Kindergartners were so excited to hear the story and share parts of their own stories with their own Elf on the shelf.  Thanks for visiting with us Mrs. Carlton!
  • Then even Mrs. Stutz was surprised by our next Mystery Reader….her son Josh.  He surprised the Kindergartners with a great spring story, Too Many Carrots by Katy Hudson.  The Kindergartners loved asking him questions about college and seeing how big he was…Mrs. Stutz always refers to her boys as babies (doesn’t every mother?).  They loved asking him about illustration, a passion of Josh’s.  Thanks for visiting with us Josh!!
  • Evie didn’t know who to hug first when she saw her Mom and Dad walk through our door as Mystery Readers!  She was sooo excited!!  She kept remembering how Mommy had said she had to work today….so sneaky!!  She snuggled right in to hear the VERY FUNNY story, The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak.  The Kinders laughed at all the silly words that Evie’s Dad had to say!!  Thanks so much for sharing this funny book with us!!
  • Elena screamed with joy when she saw her Mom and little sister April walk through the door as our Mystery Reader.  She was so excited to see them walk through the door!!  Mrs. Zuiderveen read us two of her favorite books when she was a little girl,  Put Me In the Zoo by Robert Lopshire and What Was I Scared Of? by Dr. Seuss.  Thank you for surprising us Mrs. Zuiderveen and April for being our Mystery Readers!
  • You could hear Oliver E. shout, “Grandma!” as he saw his Grandma walk through the door as our Mystery Reader.  She read us two favorites of Oliver E.’s Daddy and his brother when they were little.  Sharing with us, We’re Very Good Friends, My Brother and I by P.K. Hallinan and Where Does the Butterfly Go When It Rains by May Garelick.  Thank you for visiting us!!
  • Ty thought maybe his Mom was just dropping off a snack donation….SURPRISE!!!  Ty was ALL SMILES when he realized she was actually our Mystery Reader!!  Mrs. Dunbar read us two great stories!!  One was a childhood favorite of hers, The Berenstain Bears, Play a Good Game by Stan Berenstain A GREAT story about being a good sport and having fun playing a game.  Her second book was a hilarious story about a Grandma who helps her sons when they need her, Grandma Drives the Garbage Truck by Katie Clark.  An adorable unexpected story about helping others.  Thanks for visiting with us Mrs. Dunbar!
  • With some help from the Kinders we surprised Ms. Yankee’s class as a Mystery Reader for them!  We read them the book, Don’t Push The Button by Bill Cotter.  We all got a good laugh with this book.  The involvement with the kinders pushing the button and shaking the book led us through a silly story!!  It was so fun to surprise our friends!!

Upcoming Dates:

  • April 3 – 7…Spring Break, NO SCHOOL
  • Monday, April 10…GYM, Bring Take Home Book.
  • Tuesday, April 11…MUSIC, LIBRARY, Bring Library Book.
  • Wednesday, April 12…ART, Bring Take Home Book.  No homework due….no homework was given over Spring Break! 
  • Thursday, April 13…STEAM, Bring Take Home Book.
  • Friday, April 14…GYM, Early Release Day – Dismissal at 12:15 p.m.
  • Friday, April 21…Rock Collections Due.
  • April 28…Ryan’s B-Day!
  • April 29…Neeko’s B-Day!
  • Tuesday, May 9…Our Spring Field Trip…details coming soon.

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Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on March 25, 2017

March 20 – 24

Popcorn Words:  as, has.

Math:  We wrapped up our Unit 4 work and took our test on Friday.  These tests will come home next week.  In this unit we explored addition, subtraction, 3 D shapes, drawing pictures to show a story problem.  I am amazed at how far these Kindergarteners have grown!!

Readers Workshop:  We have finished our study on Fairy Tales.  Exploring The Little Red Hen, The Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and The Three Bears and The Three Billy Goats Gruff.  The Kindergarteners talked their way through the “Shape Go Map” on each of these stories.  Easily identifying the problem and talking through the solution.  Learning the lesson of each story about determination and not giving up.  Also being able to explore the Fiction genre.  The Kindergartners also learned two sight word games with these stories.  These games came home with them.  Please enjoy the variation of learning sight words with these newly learned games.

Writers Workshop:  The Kindergarteners wrote two books this week as Informational Writers.  They wrote  All About Bears and All About Goats.  They are ready to try this on their own next week.  They will be writing their “On Demand” Informational Writing piece next week.  I am confident they will shine with this upcoming task.

Mystery Readers:

  • On Monday we joined Ms. Yankee’s class and we were all treated to our amazing superintendent Dr. Nick Ceglarek as our Mystery Reader.  Dr. Ceglarek read us the book The Magician’s Hat by Malcom Mitchell.   Also sharing the amazing journey behind this book showing the Kindergarteners who the author was and his story.  Malcom Mitchell is a wide receiver with the New England Patriots.  Along with becoming a Super Bowl champion he has also become an author.  Hoping that his story and his writing will inspire children to read.  We loved hearing this book and having Dr. Ceglarek visit with us!  Thank you for visiting with us Dr. Ceglarek!!

Dr. Ceglarek asking us what is special about March….READING MONTH!!!

Dr. Ceglarek listening to what we want to be when we grow up….NBA player, Football player, Dancer, Teacher, Veterinarian, Doctor, so many ideas!

  • Tuesday Evie could not believe her eyes when she saw her Nana and Papa walk through our door as our Mystery Readers.  Evie’s grandparents read our class the book, A Visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker.  Our class quickly made the connection that we were also working on Bears this week in writing!  This book was adorable.  Telling us the story about bear and how he didn’t want any visitors then quickly realizing he really liked mouse and made a new friend!  Thank you for visiting with us and being our Mystery Reader!!

  • Friday we were treated to 24 Mystery Readers!!  Mrs. Bast’s first grade class snuck through our connecting door of our classrooms to surprise us as our Mystery Readers.  We were soooo excited to meet these new friends.  We each got to listen to a book from a first grader and then read our own book to them!!  It was so fun to show off our own reading skills!  The Kindergarteners also LOVED seeing  what a first grade classroom looks like.  It was a lot of fun!!  Thank you Mrs. Bast’s first graders for being our Mystery Readers!!  

Sam spots his sister Ava!!

5th Grade Buddies:  We were able to visit with our 5th grade buddies on Friday!  We captured the beauty of the weather and had so much fun playing on the 4/5 playground!  Ms. Yankee and her 5th grade buddies from Mr. Gort’s class joined us too!  Some of us LOVED the spinning toy….Mr. Gort was the master spinner!!   WE LOVE OUR BUDDIES!!

 

Snacks:  We are in need of more peanut free snack donations to our classroom.  Please check ingredients of the snacks to ensure they are peanut free.  Let me know if you have any questions!

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, March 27…Gym, Bring Take Home Book.
  • Tuesday, March 28…Music, Bring Library Book.
  • Wednesday, March 29…Art, Bring Take Home Book, Homework Due.
  • Thursday, March 30…Steam, Bring Take Home Book, ALL K P.J. DAY!!  Wear your P.J.’s or comfy clothes to school.  You may bring a stuffed animal!  No blankets please.
  • Friday, March 31 – April 7…NO SCHOOL…SPRING BREAK!
  • Tuesday, May 9…Our class along with Ms. Yankee’s class will have our Spring Field trip to Hemlock Crossing Nature Center and then Timber Town.  More information will come home as our date approaches.
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Hand 2 Hand

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Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on March 19, 2017

Parents,
We invite you to participate in our spring donation drive to support Hand2Hand — a community program that provides food to families in need through the school year and during the summer months.  This blog post explains the types of donations needed, drop off location and time frame.
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Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on March 19, 2017

March 13 – 17

Popcorn words:  were, where, there.

Math: This week we continued to practice our addition sentence writing.  Noticing that they can be written two different ways.  One way is to write the partners first then the answer ( 2 + 3 = 5).  Another way is to write the answer first then the partners (5 = 2 + 3).  The Kindergarteners are doing a great job of working on their subtraction skills as well.

Reader’s Workshop: This week we continued to explore Nonfiction Reading. This week we dove into learning about Bears and all of the Kindergarteners added a Non-fiction book to their book boxes, All About Bears. We added the fairytale Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  We enjoyed trying our own “porridge” on Friday.  Some of us decided we like porridge (oatmeal) and some of us did not.  The Kindergarteners loved making this connection to our fairytale.

 

Writer’s Workshop We continuing our informational writing piece on the topic of Bears. The Kindergarteners did a great job of gathering information from books and also exploring some bear facts from videos.   We will put what we learned into our own All About Bears book this week.

Library:  We did not have a library day last week.  Due to our Book Fair we will be having it this week.  Many of the Kindergarteners already returned their book to our classroom library basket.  

St. Patrick’s Day:  All week we had some tricky shenanigans in our classroom left by a mystery little leprechaun (Mrs. Stutz).  Our leprechaun left us shamrocks to hang, gold to find and yummy cupcakes on Friday to enjoy!!  We loved the little footprints he left us on our desks and walls!!

Conferences: Thank you SO MUCH for attending our Spring Parent Teacher conferences!!  It was such a pleasure to be able to share your child’s progress with you.  It is such a pleasure to be part of your child’s educational experience!!

Mystery Reader:  

  • Oliver E. was so excited to see his Dad appear through our door as our Mystery Reader on Thursday!!  Mr. Elders joined us and read two favorite books, Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by James Dean and The Pigeon Needs a Bath! by Mo Willems.  We LOVED hearing these books!!  Thank you for visiting with us Mr. Elders!!  

 

  • Mia Y. sprung up when she saw her Mom was our Mystery Reader on Friday!  Mrs. Yates read us a favorite of hers when she was a little girl, Corduroy by Don Freeman.  Then she shared the classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.  Thanks so much for reading to us Mrs. Yates!!

 


CALLING ALL MYSTERY READERS:  If you would like to be a Mystery Reader this month, during “reading month” please email me at jstutz1@hpseagles.net to arrange a date and time.  I would LOVE to schedule as many readers as we can this month.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, March 20…Steam, Bring Take Home Book.
  • Tuesday, March 21…Gym, Library, Bring Library Book.
  • Wednesday, March 22…Music, Bring Take Home Book.
  • Thursday, March 23…Art, Bring Take Home Book.
  • Friday, March 24…Steam.  
  • Saturday, March 25…Mother/Son Event at BAM in Holland, 2:00-4:00 p.m. 
  • Thursday, March 30…All K P.J. Day (wear your jammies or comfies)
  • Friday, March 31 – Friday, April 7…NO SCHOOL – Spring Break
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Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on March 16, 2017

There have been multiple cases of strep throat diagnosed in the last few weeks in our school.   Your child may have recently been exposed to strep throat at school. Properly treated cases are no longer infectious. However, please watch your child for the symptoms which usually appear 2-5 days after exposure.

Cause: Strep throat and strep throat with a rash (scarlet fever) are common bacterial infections in children spread by coughing or sneezing.

Common Signs and Symptoms:

  •   Throat pain
  •   Difficultyswallowing
  •   Red and swollen tonsils, sometimes with white patches or streaks of pus
  •   Tiny red spots on the soft or hard palate — the area at the back of the roof    of the mouth
  •   Swollen, tender lymph glands (nodes) in your neck
  •   Fever
  •   Headache
  •   Rash
  •   Stomachache and sometimes vomiting, especially in younger children

Call your Health Provider: If you recognize any symptoms and suspect strep. For accurate diagnosis, a throat culture needs to be taken. Symptoms generally occur 2-3 days before a culture will show positive results. Following a culture being taken, your child should remain at home until you know the results.  Please call the office at 797-9797 to let the office know if your child tests positive for strep.  Our school needs to report these illnesses to the Health Department.

 

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Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on March 13, 2017

March 6 – 10

Popcorn words:   could, should, would.  We found ou patterns in words and enjoyed our easy reader book, Should I, Could I, Would I?

Math: This week we continued to practice making Math mountains.  The Kindergarteners exploring 3-D shapes with our Math games on Friday.  They even loved using “magic bean” to do some fun addition and subtraction practice.

 

Reader’s Workshop: This week we continued to explore Nonfiction Reading. This week we dove into learning about Pigs and all of the Kindergarteners added a Non-fiction book to their book boxes, All About Pigs. We added the fairytale The Three Little Pigs.  We really enjoyed creating our own 3 little pig houses and character sets in our Three Little Pigs readers workshop folders.  To dig deeper on pigs we were so lucky to have a special guest speaker come and tell us all he knows about Pigs.  The guest speaker was Brycen Kuieck, a 5th grader (and son of Mrs. Kuieck-a 2nd grade teacher here at Georgetown Elementary) who is raising and training a Pig for a 4-H project.  He shared his knowledge with us and also shared some funny stories and pictures.  Thanks for visiting with us Brycen!!

Writer’s Workshop:  We have started writing our second Informational writing piece on the topic of Pigs. The Kindergarteners did a great job of gathering information from books and our guest speaker Brycen this week on Pigs.  They started their Can, Have, Are worksheets with important information. We will continuing writing on Pigs the beginning of upcoming week and then switch to Bears.

Star Student: Our next round of star student activities has started.  The activity is a Surprise Box that the students return with 3 clues that their classmates guess what is inside.  We have all loved guessing what could be inside the box!  We have seen such treasures as a ring, necklace, patch, and a gold dollar coin.  Be on the lookout for the surprise box coming home soon with your child!

Conferences: Our Spring Conferences will be held Monday, March 13 – Wednesday, March 15 from 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Conference time reminders were sent home  with your child. Please let me know if you will not be able to attend conferences or if you have a conflict so that we can reschedule. I can’t wait to share your Kindergartener’s progress with you!! They are AMAZING!!!

Mystery Reader:  This week as we were singing our Mystery Reader song Ollie’s eyes grew wide and a “Dad!!” could be heard as he saw his Dad walk through the door.  Mr. Woodring joined us and read us two fabulous books, Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems and Shoo, Fly Guy! by Tedd Arnold.  We loved these stories!  Thanks for visiting with us Mr. Woodring!!

CALLING ALL MYSTERY READERS:  If you would like to be a Mystery Reader this month, during “reading month” please email me at jstutz1@hpseagles.net to arrange a date and time.  I would LOVE to schedule as many readers as we can this month.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, March 13…ART, Bring Take Home Book.  Our class visits Book Fair to “Preview” books and make our wish list, PT Conferences 4-8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 14…STEAM, LIBRARY, Bring Library Book, PT Conferences 4-8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 15…GYM, PT Conferences 4-8 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 16…MUSIC, Our class’ turn to buy books at the book fair if we chose. Please send money with your child if you wish to purchase books.
  • Friday, March 17…ART, St. Patrick’s Day (wear green)
  • Thursday, March 30…All K P.J. Day (wear your jammies or comfies)
  • Friday, March 31 – Friday, April 7…NO SCHOOL – Spring Break
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Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on March 5, 2017

February 27 – March 3

Popcorn words:   about, home, went.

Math: This week we worked with partners to help build partners that make up 10.   We continued to practice making Math mountains.  The Kindergarteners are also beginning to explore 2-D and 3-D shapes.  Noticing the difference between these two kinds of dimensional shapes.  We are continuing our practice of adding and subtracting as well.  We are really becoming amazing Math magicians!!

Reader’s Workshop: This week we started a new Unit: Nonfiction Reading. We have learned that Non-Fiction books are not fake…they are about real topics. They are books that teach us something that we want to know more about. We have explored the many features that we see in a Non-fiction book. Labels, diagrams, pictures, table of contents, highlighted words, etc. This week we dove into learning about Chickens and all of the Kindergarteners added a Non-fiction book to their book boxes. Including their own All About Chickens Non-fiction book. The Kindergarteners have LOVED looking at our variety of Non-fiction books in our classroom!!  We also introduced “Iggy the Iguana” as another strategy to predict what we are reading.  Iggy reminds us to make inferences, predictions of what will happen next in a story.

Shape Go Map:  The Kindergarteners have begun learning about digging deeper into their comprehension of a book.  We have started by exploring Fairy Tales with our non-fiction genre.  Helping the kindergarteners explore the difference between the two genres.  This week we started the fairytale of The Little Red Hen.  The kinders were able to distinguish easily between what was real and what was not real.  The Kindergarteners each have a copy now of The Little Red Hen story and their nonfiction book All About Chickens in their book boxes to read during our read to self time.  Our Shape Go Map teaches the Kindergarteners how to recognize the setting of a story, characters, telling the story and also discovering if there is a problem (none of the hens friends would help) and a solution (we decided it would be nice to share anyway with our friends) in the story.  The Kindergarteners explored this map by practicing a retell with partners using a storyboard and character pieces.  They will continue to practice this “Shape Go Map” comprehension more throughout the month.

 

Writer’s Workshop: We have started working on Informational writing this week.  As informational writers we are creating writing pieces that teach someone about a topic.  The Kindergarteners noticed that this kind of writing reminded them of How-To writing.  While it is similar they are different types of writing because with informational writing we are giving information on a topic not teaching someone how to do something.  We have started writing our first writing piece on the topic of Chickens. We have drawn and labeled a chicken picture, started our “can, have, are” chart.  We will continue working on our  informational writing next week. It has been very fun to use Non-fiction books on chickens and educational videos to learn more about chickens to help us with our writing.

Dr. Seuss Fun: Oh what fun was had when we explored the beloved author Dr. Seuss!  We explored 10 Apples On Top, by building partners of 10.  Also, exploring Oh The Places You’ll Go we made our own hot air ballon craft with where we would go.  Then, exploring Bartholomew and the Oobleck we experimented with our own Oobleck to see if objects would sink or float.  We had fun with our Green Eggs and Ham inspired snack.  We will continue to celebrate Dr. Seuss this month, also knows as “Reading Month!”

 

Star Student: Our next round of star student activities will start next week.  Be sure to be on the lookout for this information coming home soon for your Kindergartener over the next month.

Conferences: Our Spring Conferences will be held Monday, March 13 – Wednesday, March 15 from 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Conference time reminders were sent home  with your child. Please let me know if you will not be able to attend conferences or if you have a conflict so that we can reschedule. I can’t wait to share your Kindergartener’s progress with you!! They are AMAZING!!!

CALLING ALL MYSTERY READERS:  If you would like to be a Mystery Reader this month, during “reading month” please email me at jstutz1@hpseagles.net to arrange a date and time.  I would LOVE to schedule as many readers as we can this month.  

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, March 6…Music, Bring Take Home Book
  • Tuesday, March 7…Art, Library, Bring Library Book
  • Wednesday, March 8…Steam, Bring Take Home Book, Homework Due
  • Thursday, March 9…Gym, Bring Take Home Book
  • Friday, March 10…Music, Early Dismissal – 12:15
  • Monday, March 13…Our class visits Book Fair to “Preview” books and make our wish list, PT Conferences 4-8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 14…PT Conferences 4-8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 15…PT Conferences 4-8 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 16…Our class’ turn to buy books at the book fair if we chose.
  • Friday, March 17…St. Patrick’s Day (wear green)
  • Thursday, March 30…All K P.J. Day (wear your jammies or comfies)
  • Friday, March 31 – Friday, April 7…NO SCHOOL – Spring Break

 

 

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