Week 3 of Home Learning

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Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on March 28, 2020

 

3/30 – 4/2 

We hope this blog finds you all healthy and safe during this time of our “stay at home” orders.  Please reach out if you or your family are in need of ANYTHING!!  There are free lunches and breakfasts being offered at several Hudsonville Public school parking lots for ALL students.  There are many resources available during this time.  Please be sure to reach out if you have ANY questions or needs!!   

  • Monday, March 30…2 days worth of breakfasts and lunches will be given.
  • Wednesday, April 1…3 days worth of breakfasts and lunches will be given. 
    • Hudsonville High School – 5037 32nd Ave.
    • Riley Street Middle School – 2745 Riley Street.
    • Baldwin Middle School – 3835 Baldwin Street.
    • Alward Elementary School – 3811 Port Sheldon Street.

What a week of learning that soooo many of you are doing!!  We are SOOO PROUD OF ALL OF YOU!!!  The amazing ideas that you are sharing with us.  The photos of learning that we have been able to add to our “Photo Album of Home Learning” really show what an amazing group of Kindergarten families we have!!  

Be sure to check out the MANY different optional “Educational Fun” links that we have been adding to during this time.  We also have added 3 new resources that can be found at the very top of our blog and under our “Educational Fun” links to the right: Google Classroom (under “Educational Fun”, Sight Word Flash Cards (by month) and April Morning Work Packet (found under “Educational Fun” will be updated weekly with more pages for the week if you desire).  

Here are some ideas for options of learning this upcoming week:

Morning Message: 

Good Morning K team.  Wow!  I saw him jump so high on his trampoline with his sister! We hope you have a wonderful week!  

Love, Mrs. Blauwkamp and Mrs. Stutz

Popcorn Words of the week:  him, jump

Math:

  • Draw or use objects to show partners of a number (2 circles + 3 triangles = 5 shapes).
  • Find missing partners (If I had 5 crayons and I wanted 8 all together what would be my missing partner?  3.  For example:  5 + __ = 8).
  • Practice counting from a given number up to 100 (start counting at 60 – 100).

Writing:

  • Practice writing sentences with our sight words of the week in them (him, jump)
  • Think of a true story/small moment story that you can write about.  Write a beginning, middle, and end.  (For example:  First I got my boots and coat on.  Then I walked to the trail.  We walked to the lake.  It was beautiful.)

Reading:

  • When you read look for snap words (sight words)  – use your snap word superpower!
  • Practice sight words – Sight Word flashcards can be found at the top of our blog.
  • Read everyday

Social Studies:

  • What has been your favorite thing you have done during this stay at home time?  Draw a picture of yourself, label it, add color.  

Challenge:

  • Make a “Kindness Corner” card or picture and hang it in your window.   

 

 

 

 

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Zoom Reminder

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Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on March 25, 2020

Please don’t forget to join our zoom meeting tomorrow, March 26 at 10:30 am. This will be just a fun time for everyone to see each other again, and talk about what they have been up to at home! We miss everyone SO MUCH!!!! We cannot wait to see all of you tomorrow… it has been too long. See your email titled “Zoom Meeting” for all of the directions to help your kinder join the meeting. We are so appreciative of all of you for helping to make this meeting happen!

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Happy Birthday James!

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Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on March 24, 2020

Wishing our classmate James a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!  Please be sure to sing him a Happy Birthday “Scooby-Doo style” at some point during your day.  Sending James a BIG KINDERGARTEN HAPPY BIRTHDAY from all of your classmates and teachers!!!!! 

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Weekly Update…

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Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on March 23, 2020

3/23 – 3/27

Good morning Kinders!  Happy second week of being learners at home. One of the other K teachers shared this meme with us, and we thought it was the perfect picture for our blog this week! We know it can be tricky asking Kinders to get online when they have to log in to various websites. Remember to be patient!!! We truly appreciate all of your hard work as we navigate how to best learn at home!

Our Morning Message:

Good morning K team!  As I looked outside this morning, I saw a bunch of snow. It has been a crazy month of March. Take a break from reading and math to enjoy the snow today!

Love, Mrs. Blauwkamp and Mrs. Stutz

Popcorn Words of the week:  as, has

Math:

  • Work on adding and subtracting within 10 (or up to 20 if you want a challenge!).  If you would like to work in your Math book try pgs. 214-218.  
  • Bake something with Mom or Dad to work on measuring ingredients
  • Count your stuffed animals – Use them as a way to create story problems (There were 4 aminals playing in the field, but the bunny hopped away. How many animals are left?)

Writing:

  • Practice writing upper and lowercase letters
  • Write a letter to a friend in class or Mrs. Stutz and Mrs. Blauwkamp
  • Write our popcorn words

Reading:

  • Keep on being an AVID reader! Find different spots to read around your house and always keep a stack of books nearby.
  • Don’t forget to check out YouTube for our teacher read-alouds!

Socializing:

  • It has been really sad not to be in class together, so we came up with a fun idea to share what we have been doing at home with all of our friends! We are going to have a theme for each day of the week. Take a picture or video for each theme day, and email them to us that way we can put them on the blog (under educational fun – Photos Album of Home Learning) for everyone to see!!! You can write your responses out on a paper and hold it up for a picture or Mom/Dad could take a picture of what you’re working on or you could send in a video telling us what you did for the theme day. Totally up to you how you want to share with your friends! Have fun with this. 🙂
    • Math Monday – share something you did to practice your math skills!
    • Tasty Tuesday – share your favorite thing you ate that day!
    • Writing Wednesday – share something you wrote about during the week!
    • Thankful Thursday – share something you are thankful for!
    • Funny Friday – share a joke or something funny that happened to you this week!

Also, check out our school blog for information on grab-n-go meals and other essential items.  The meals are available to ANY CHILD who may be in need. We are here for you!  Sending you all hugs and love during this time.

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Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on March 23, 2020

3/23 – 3/27

Good morning Kinders!  Happy second week of being learners at home. One of the other K teachers shared this meme with us, and we thought it was the perfect picture for our blog this week! We know it can be tricky asking Kinders to get online when they have to login to various websites. Remember to be patient!!! We truly appreciate all of your hard work as we navigate how to best learn at home!

Our Morning Message:

Good morning K team!  As I looked outside this morning, I saw a bunch of snow. It has been a crazy month of March. Take a break from reading and math to enjoy the snow today!

Love, Mrs. Blauwkamp and Mrs. Stutz

Popcorn Words of the week:  as, has

Math:

  • Work on adding and subracting within 10 (or up to 20 if you want a challenge!)
  • Bake something with Mom or Dad to work on measuring ingredients
  • Count your stuffed animals – Use them as a way to create story problems (There were 4 aminals playing in the field, but the bunny hopped away. How many animals are left?)

Writing:

  • Practice writing upper and lowercase letters
  • Write a letter to a friend in class or Mrs. Stutz and Mrs. Blauwkamp
  • Write our popcorn words

Reading:

  • Keep on being an AVID reader! Find different spots to read around your house and always keep a stack of books nearby.
  • Don’t forget to checkout YouTube for our teacher read-alouds!

Socializing:

  • It has been really sad not being in class together, so we came up with a fun idea to share what we have been doing at home with all of our friends! We are going to have a theme for each day of the week. Take a picture or video for each theme day, and email them to us that way we can put them on the blog for everyone to see!!! You can write your responses out on a paper and hold it up for a picture or Mom/Dad could take a picture of what you’re working on or you could send in a video telling us what you did for the theme day. Totally up to you how you want to share with your friends! Have fun with this. 🙂
    • Math Monday – share something you did to practice your math skills!
    • Tasty Tuesday – share your favorite thing you ate that day!
    • Writing Wednesday – share something you wrote about during the week!
    • Thankful Thursday – share something you are thankful for!
    • Funny Friday – share a joke or something funny that happened to you this week!

Also, check out our school blog for information on grab-n-go meals and other essential items.  The meals are available to ANY CHILD who may be in need. We are here for you!  Sending you all hugs and love during this time.

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Helpful Resources and Tips!

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Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on March 19, 2020

Hello sweet Kinder families! With all of the changes and craziness of this week, the Georgetown staff has been working together to make this the most successful experience it can be! With that being said, we have been receiving lots and lots of emails with helpful tips and tools, and Mrs. Reagan asked that we pass along some information to you.

If you would like to use Moby Max at home, here is a friendly parent guide on how to access this resource and navigate the website.

Moby Max Parent Guide

Also, we have been figuring out new ways to stay connected socially while we are all at home. A really fun way we can do this is by sharing videos back and forth using a website called Flipgrid! This is a website that the entire school will be using, so it will be fun to click through the videos and see some familiar faces. You might even get to see your bus buddy!!! I will post the link below so you can have some fun with this!

https://flipgrid.com/georgetownrocks

When you click on the link, you will be asked to enter your school email. This will be your child’s username + hpsstudents.net

The next thing you will have to do is enter a code which is: 22faf4f1

Your child will then be able to create a video that all of their friends from school can watch. Mrs. Reagan asked the kiddos to share where they are learning at home and show everyone their pet or favorite stuffed animal! 


I know this is overwhelming and new to all of you. Trust me when I say it is just as new to us! So please just remember to BREATHE and enjoy the extra time you get to have with your sweet babies!!! Also, if you have any questions at all, feel free to reach out to myself and Mrs. Stutz. We love hearing from you and seeing all the pictures you have been sharing! It has been breaking our hearts not being able to be at school every day with our wonderful Kinders, but the emails and pictures help brighten our day!! The last link I wanted to share with you is a link just for parents. Mrs. Reagan created another Flipgrid link in hopes that parents could use this as a way to lift each other up by sharing any homeschooling tips you might have or fun ideas other families could try. 

Here is the link: https://flipgrid.com/parenttipsges

The only thing you will be asked to do is enter this code: Ges3909!

Please do not feel pressure to upload videos or use the resources we share with you! This is the time for you to figure out what will work best for you and your child. This might look different for everyone… and that is OK! We will all get through this together. We’re sending our love to everyone. Stay healthy!

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Kindergarten Teacher Youtube Channel…

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Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on March 18, 2020

Looking for an easy way to view our Teacher Read Alouds?  Check out our Kindergarten Teacher Read Alouds by using this Youtube link (these are being added to daily): 

Kindergarten Teacher Read Alouds

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day and more…

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Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on March 17, 2020

Thank you to EVERYONE for being patient, asking questions and tackling this new “Learning at home” adventure with us!  You will find below a message from Mrs. Stutz.  Also, you will see that under our “Educational Fun” tab we added many new links that may be helpful and enjoyable to explore. 

Our plan is to provide you with a weekly update on skills you can work on from home.  This is all new territory for all of us.  As we navigate this new norm PLEASE feel free to reach out to us with ANY questions.  Be sure to let us know if there is anything you may need as well.  Our HPS website does have many resources available to those in need.  

We are missing you all so much!! 

Hugs from home,

Mrs. Blauwkamp and Mrs. Stutz

A Message from Mrs. Stutz

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Happy 1st Week of Learning at Home…

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Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on March 16, 2020

Good morning Kinders!  Happy 1st day of “Learning at Home.”  Your teachers can’t wait to see how amazing you do while you are working on your at-home learning.  We have added a few additional educational websites on our blogs.  Have fun exploring these over the next few weeks.  All Kinders have or will be receiving Clever information soon.  If you have questions please reach out and we will get back to you with problem-solving.   Below you will see a week of learning ideas.

Our Morning Message:

Good morning K team!  I could see the sunshine this morning.  Would you say good morning to a friend?  We should work hard today.

Love, Your K team teachers

Popcorn Words of the week:  could, would, should

Math:

  • Focus on writing #’s 1-20 (can you go higher?-go!)
  • Number identification 1-20 (can you go higher?-go!)
  • Workbook pgs. 198-213 (skipping pgs. 201-204). *If you do not have your Math book the concepts to work on are: completing addition problems with numbers 1-8, cylinders and cones objects, counting objects up to 10, one-to-one correspondence, writing number sentences that match the picture (for example 10 stars total = 1 purple star and 9 yellow stars. 10=1+9). 

Writing:

  • Focus on writing letters to those you can’t see during this break.
  • Practice writing uppercase and lowercase letters

Reading:

  • Enjoy some time reading each day – to someone, to yourself, to a stuffed animal.
  • Find our popcorn words of the week or past in books or around you.

Socializing:

  • We would LOVE to build a photo album of Kindergarten Learners. Feel free to send us a picture of your Kinder and how they are learning or having fun during this unprecedented time.  We will share them on our blog to keep us all connected.  

We miss our Kinders already!!  Please enjoy the time together and be sure to reach out if you or your family are in need of ANYTHING!  Our school blog has many resources on it for those who may need a grab-n-go meal and other essential items.  We are here for you!  Sending you all hugs and love during this time.

Love, 

Your Kindergarten Teachers Team

Mrs. Baker, Mrs. Blauwkamp, Mrs. Bohl, Mrs. Stutz and Mrs. Tindall

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Weekly Update

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Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on March 15, 2020

3/9 – 3/13

Getting Crafty: Before we left for our unexpected break, we wanted to make sure the kinders were able to make a St. Patrick’s Day craft! Don’t they make the cutest, little leprechauns!?

Popcorn Words: where, there, were

Math: We are so close to finishing up Unit 4! This week we finished up our teen number books that went home. The booklets helped the kinders practice breaking up teen numbers into 10s and 1s. We also practiced adding within 10 using strategies like finger math and drawing out circles. The one skill we we did not have the chance to practice another time was identifying 3D shapes. Over the break, we ask you to encourage your kinder to flip through Unit 4 in their workbooks and complete any blank pages we did not get to. This will be a great way to keep up on the skills they have learned throughout the unit. You can also challenge them to take the Unit 4 practice test as well!

Writer’s Workshop: We completed our opinion writing unit this week! The kinders have really blossomed as writers throughout this unit, and we are SO proud of them! The problem we chose to write about this week was making the lunch room table too messy. The kinders went of independently and decided who they wanted to write a letter to about this problem. Some kiddos chose to write a letter to Mr. Rob or our lunch helper or even a friend. We encouraged them to use their resources to help them spell and stretch out words to listen for all of the sounds. A great activity they can do over the break is to write a letter to help make the world a better place! Here are some posters you can refer to in order to help support your child’s writing! We’ve talked a lot about how we need to include reasons in our writing to be more persuasive, so this is also something you can remind them of.

Reader’s Workshop: We continued learning about nonfiction texts this week as well as reading playdates! The kinders had so much fun acting out a nonfiction read-aloud about penguins. Children learn best through play and there are so many games we can utilize while reading!

Mystery Readers: We were SO lucky to have three former students of Mrs. Stutz’ as mystery readers this week!!!

  • James was so surprised to see his sister, Madison, walk through the door, so it was only fitting that she read the book I Will Surprise My Friend! Thank you so much for reading to our class and bringing a sweet treat to share with everyone.

  • Gabba was THRILLED to have her sister, Charlotte, be a mystery reader! Charlotte and one of her friends read the book Do Not Lick This Book. Thank you for sharing this interactive book with our kinders!

  • Savannah read a book called My No, No, No Day. Thank you for coming to visit our sweet class!

Book Lovers: Thank you to all of our Book Lovers who brought in their favorite book to read with their friends!

  • Connor shared Grandpa Harring Loves Connor and Palmer. It was such a sweet book personalized just for them!

  • Mahlek shared Two Tough Trucks.

  • Palmer shared I’m a Unicorn.

  • Isaiah shared The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room.

Wearing Words: Check out all of the words on these cute kinders!

Our Little Fam: It was a sad day on Friday having to say goodbye to all of these sweet faces!!! We have become a little family, and we will miss everyone so much during this unknown amount of time off. Please reach out if you have any questions, and check the blog every so often for updates or any academic ideas to do at home! Also, we would LOVE to see any pictures of what you and your kiddos will be up to over the break. Stay safe and healthy! We also wanted to say how much we appreciate everyone making it to conferences this past week. It was great chatting with all of you!

Love, Mrs. Blauwkamp and Mrs. Stutz

 

3/2 – 3/6

Popcorn Words: home, went, about

Dr. Seuss Day: We had SO much fun celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday!!! Since Dr. Seuss’ birthday is in March, we honor him by designating March as National Reading Month. Our whole week was centered around Dr. Seuss activities. We made some Truffula Tree pencils and took some silly pictures to celebrate! Please see the pictures and video below!!

 

Math: We did a fun math lesson that went along with the book Ten Apples Up On Top. There was a subtraction and addition activity that the kinders were able to do. It was amazing to see their brains in action when they were coming up with different ways to get to 10. We practiced writing those equations with all the different partners of 10. We also worked on writing numbers 1-20 in the correct order. They have been working so hard!

Writer’s Workshop: We have been writing all about problems and how we can make the world a better place! The kinders brainstormed different problems we have noticed at school like not walking in a line in the hallway and playing rough on the playground. This week we focused on problem-solving unsafe playground behavior. They started out by writing a letter to incoming kindergartners to let them know the importance of being safe at recess. Last, they created a petition promising they would play safely on the playground and had their friends sign it. It was such a fun activity for them to participate in!

Reader’s Workshop: The kinders were introduced to nonfiction texts this week! They learned that nonfiction is different from storybooks because they teach us true facts about a topic. The students were split into groups and each given a book about a certain topic, such as insects. They then had to compare how the books were similar and different. We taught them that we will come across WOW moments in nonfiction texts and come up with questions as we read. Avid nonficition readers are always learning! Each of them were able to pick out two nonficiton books to keep in their book box.

Mystery Readers:

  • Addison was SO excited to see her Nana walk through door as our mystery reader!! She read The Easter Bunny is Coming to Michigan, and it was adorable. Thank you so much for spending some time in our classroom!

  • Violet’s dad was also a mystery reader, and she was jumping with excitement! He let the kiddos vote between two books, and they decided on one of my favorites, Corduroy. Thank you so much for visiting our classroom!

Book Lovers: Thank you to all of our Book Lovers who brought in their favorite book to read with their friends!

  • Joshua shared Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes.

  • Norah shared Happy Pig Day.

  • Gabba shared I Don’t Want to be a Frog.

  • Hudson shared Jurassic World: Owen to the Rescue.

Outstandings: Congratulations to all of our sweet kinders who earned Outstandings! Keep up the AMAZING work!!!

Light up reading: It was a blast to light up reading on Friday! We even had some fun lighting up popcorn too!!! Ha!

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