¡Bienvenido, otoño!

Firstly, thank you all for celebrating my birthday this week and making it a special day, I felt very loved! I give thanks everyday for the wonderful community that we have at Grand Rapids Christian and the parental support and love that you show.

I can hardly believe that we are officially in autumn already – though the last few days haven’t felt much like it. One way I can tell is by the little bugs and illnesses that are already making the rounds. If your child isn’t feeling well please keep them home so they can recover quicker and keep their germs away from friends. Be sure to call the absentee line in the main office.

This week we tried out some new “estaciones de lenguaje” (literacy stations). We will spend some time everyday in one of the literacy stations working on reading and writing.

We are getting very excited about going on our first field trip next week (Thursday) to Seitsema Orchards. We will have another trip at the end of October and are in need of four more chaperones. Please email me if you are interested.

Important Dates:

October 2 - Field Trip to Sietsema Orchards

October 10 – Grandfriends’ Day (Class visits at 9am, Program at 10:45)

October 17 – Foot Frolic Frenzy (Our class runs at 1:45pm)

October 30 – Field Trip to Calvin Nature Preserve

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This week we our sight words were “la” and “el.” We have been practicing vowel sounds for awhile now – they are so tricky because we confuse Spanish and English! – and now we are beginning to talk about how to combine a consonant with a vowel to make a syllable. I have been hearing the most wonderful stories during our writing time! We are focusing on writing true stories and sequencing the beginning, middle and end. You can help us by encouraging your child to tell simple true stories about the things you do by finding the beginning, middle and end.

In Math we continue to practice recognizing groups of 1-10 as well as practicing simple addition and subtraction with our fingers. We are also working on shape vocabulary.

We are talking a lot about apples in preparation for our trip to the orchard. You can see some of the vocabulary with are learning on the Vocab and more tab above.

In Bible we began to hear about Isaac: how he found his wife and their twins, Jacob and Esau.

September 19

We are really getting into the swing of things in kindergarten and it’s easy to forget we’ve only been in school for a few weeks. The transition to kindergarten can be tough – if there is anything that I can do to help your child feel more comfortable with the school environment please give me a call or send a e-mail.

We had our first Ayudante Alegre (Happy Helper) this week, helping out with our calendar routine and other tasks throughout the week. When it is your child’s turn your child will receive a small packet to complete over the weekend and be able to bring in show and tell.

Please keep sending in a water bottle with your child. This saves us lots of time because we don’t have to walk all the way to the drinking fountain by the gym every time we need a drink.

Grandfriends Day will be October 10 this year. We are looking forward to having our Grandfriends visit the classroom as well as enjoy a short chapel time together where we will sing some songs we have been working on. There are invitations in your child’s folder that you can use to invite your guests. We encourage not only grandmas and grandpas, but aunts, uncles, neighbors, etc to come visit. If your child will not have a visitor on this day please let me know and I will be able to pair them with a friend and make sure they still have a great time!

 

Important Dates:

October 2 - Field Trip to Sietsema Orchards

October 10 – Grandfriends’ Day (Class visits at 9am, Program at 10:45)

October 17 – Foot Frolic Frenzy (Our class runs at 1:45pm)

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This week we our sight word was “gusta.” We began small literacy groups and are having a lot of fun mixing with friends from Srta. Weingarden’s class during our literacy time to read stories and work on letters and reading together. During writing time we worked on fixing up a piece of our writing to make it the best it can be. When writing comes home at this stage it may look messy and sometimes hard to read but we are learning a lot about what it means to be an author as well as strategies for sounding out words (in Spanish!) I’m so proud of all the hard work the kindergarteners have put into writing the last few weeks!

In Math we have been working on counting numbers 1-10 as well as writing them. Writing numbers can be tricky and reversals are very common at this age. You can ask your child “Does this number look OK?” Then point out that it is written backwards. Eventually our goal is that children may identify their own reversals, write correct numbers and write faster in preparation for first grade.

We finished up our study of the five senses. We most enjoyed identifying the things we enjoy and don’t enjoy experiencing with each sense. We are beginning to study apples now in preparation for our upcoming field trip to Seitsema Orchards. You can see some of the vocabulary with are learning on the Vocab and more tab above.

In Bible we began to hear the story of Abraham and the special promise that God made him.

Our First Full Week

We have been learning so much in our first weeks of kinder! We are starting to feel comfortable with our routines, learning how to use our classroom materials, how to play on the playground and making lots of new friends.  We have enjoyed participating in chapel time with the whole school to praise God through our singing and talk about this year’s theme. What a blessing it is to be a part of a school that comes together in such an intentional way to build community and praise God.

Please keep sending in a water bottle with your child. This saves us lots of time because we don’t have to walk all the way to the drinking fountain by the gym every time we need a drink.

Our first field trip is fast approaching. On October 2 we will visit Sietsema Orchards in Ada. We are looking for 2 more parent volunteers that would like to come along with us. We will leave on the bus around 8:20 and should return to the school around 11am. Please e-mail me if you are interested in attending.

Please be sure to check the links on the right to see what is happening in our co-curricular classes as well as read the GRCES Home Bulletin or look at the hot lunch menu.

 

Important Dates:

September 15 – Picture Day!

October 2 - Field Trip to Sietsema Orchards

October 10 – Grandfriends’ Day (Class visits at 9am, Program at 10:45)

October 17 – Foot Frolic Frenzy (Our class runs at 1:45pm)

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This week we learned our first sight word, “yo.” We practiced using “yo” to make sentences in our first take home book, “Yo lo hago así.” You will find the book along with some more information in your child’s blue take home folder. We also formed writing partners that can read our writing and help us decide how to make it even bettter.

In Math we have been using small manipulatives to make numbers 1-10 and even talked about adding and subtracting with colored cubes.

We learned about our senses of sight (vista) and hearing (oído). We even did a hearing test to see if we could name sounds without seeing a picture. It is amazing how God made our senses so that we can learn about the world around us.

In Bible we read the story of Noah’s Ark and the Tower of Babel. We talked about how God always keeps His promises and that we need his love, especially when we make mistakes.

Four Full Days

We had a busy and full 4 days of school! We have had a wonderful couple of weeks but your kindergartner probably still needs some extra hugs, kisses and sleep at the beginning of the school year to help with the many transitions they are facing.

It has been a blessing to begin to get to know your child over the last several days. I am looking forward to a wonderful year working together with you to help your child learn and grow over the next many months. Please do not hesitate to send me an e-mail, give me a call or catch me before or after school if you have any questions, comments or stories to share!

Our first field trip is fast approaching. On October 2 we will visit Sietsema Orchards in Ada. We are looking for 4 parent volunteers that would like to come along with us. We will leave on the bus around 8:30 and should return to the school around 11am. Please e-mail me if you are interested in attending.

 

Important Dates:

October 2 - Field Trip to Sietsema Orchards

October 10 – Grandfriends’ Day

October 17 – Foot Frolic Frenzy

 

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9-4-14 (4)This week we continued to review letter sounds through many different activities. We even created the letters using our bodies and turned the pictures into our own ABC book.

In Math we are working on counting 1 – 10 as well as quickly recognizing groups of objects from 1 -5.

We have begun to study our body’s five senses and how they help us observe and interact with all of God’s creation.

This week we continued the story of creation and heard about how sin entered the world through Adam and Eve’s choices.

¡Bienvenidos a Kinder!

2014esHIGHSpanishWelcome to a new school year! Our theme this year is “Telling the Story.” Throughout the year we will use this as a focus during chapels, prayer circles, daily devotionals and daily life in the school. You may want to reflect on this theme together as a family and ask your child what we have talked about in school. I look forward to being a part of your child’s story this year. I’m sure the year will bring many ups and downs but we will face them together with faith that God is always by our side on the journey.

I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. Psalm 89:1

This blog/website is intended to serve as a communication tool for the upcoming school year. You will find weekly updates on the “Home” page; the school year calendar under “Calendar;” links to interesting sites for parents and students on the “Links” page; vocabulary, links to videos and more under “Vocab and More;” links to photo albums on the “Photos” page and you can refresh your Spanish letter knowledge on the “ZooPhonics” page.

If there is anything in particular you would like to see on the site please let me know!

**One detail for the coming weeks. Please talk with your child about snack and lunch times. There are a lot of children who are confused about what to eat for snack and what to order for lunch. Every morning they will be asked to tell me if they are having Hot Lunch, Sack Lunch (this is Option #2 on the menu), lunch from home or just ordering milk. You may want to go over with them what to order before dropping off at school.

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This week we spent a lot of time reacquainting ourselves with old friends and making some new friends. We will spend the first few weeks of the school year using English as we get used to our routines, learn school rules and form relationships with each other. We spent time going over procedures for bathrooms, snack time, recess, lunch, special classes and dismissal – that’s a lot to learn for a kindergartener! I’m sure your children have been more exhausted than usual at night. They could probably use some extra sleep in the next weeks as they get used to their new school year schedule. We also began reviewing letter sounds and names with our ZooPhonics animal friends and used our names as a starting point for naming letters and their sounds. We are also talking about numbers and introducing some math manipulatives that will help us all year long as we study numbers together.

A reminder that GRPS bussing starts next week. The first days of bussing and the parent pick up line always bring some bumps in the road, if your child is riding the bus please be prepared for it to arrive later than scheduled while routes are worked out. If you are using parent pick up please review the sheet sent home in your child’s blue take home folder. If you ever need to change your after school pick up plans you must send a note to school or e-mail me so that I can make sure your child gets to the right place.

In the coming weeks you can help us by praying for patience for both teachers and students as we negotiate all of the newness that comes with a brand new school year.

Have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend, see you on Tuesday!

¡Hasta luego!

It has been a joy to get to know each of the kindergarteners over the course of this year. I have so enjoyed seeing them grow academically, physically, emotionally and in their relationship with Jesus. As I send them off for summer and for first grade I pray that they continue to hold their energy and enthusiasm for learning and they remember to always walk humbly with their Lord. They will always be in my prayers!

 

Important Dates:

August 21 – Open House, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

August 25 – First Day of School K-4, 12:10pm dismissal

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Check out more pictures from the Critter Barn and our whole year on the Photos page!

Getting Ready for the Farm

I can’t believe how quickly we are nearing the end of the year! This week I have been thinking more and more about how the kindergarteners have grown over the course of the year. I am amazed by their writing and their recently completed animal research books, so impressed at the number stories and equations they come up with in, blown away by their reading skills, in awe of their bible story discussions and just proud of their many accomplishments this year. Thank you for sharing your children with me for this year (and many for the last two years) it is a joy and a blessing to be a part of their lives.

boxtopMonday is our last day for Box Tops to be turned in (to count for our school contest) Please send in everything you’ve got at home!

 

Important Dates:

June 3 – All day trip to the Critter Barn

June 6 – Last Day of School, 12:10 Dismissal

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Did you see our farm animal books? After finishing and binding our books we shared them with our classmates and then wrote notes to each other about what we liked best. Then our third grade buddies came and we read our books with them and celebrated with popsicles.

We continued looking at the plant life cycle learning the parts of plants and what they need to thrive.

We have learned a few new math games this week to work on our subtraction skills. You can play Subtraction Bowling  and Dice Subtraction at home.

In Bible we have heard more parables told by Jesus. The kindergarteners really enjoy figuring out what Jesus wanted to teach by telling each story – we have had some great discussions about the Tax Collector and the Pharisees, the Prodigal Sun and many more parables.

We hope you read a lot this summer! Check out Mrs. Boss’s links to online stories (be sure to find the Spanish books at the International Children’s Digital Library) as well as the many Summer Reading Programs happening in our area.