¡Feliz Navidad!

We wrapped up this week with a wonderful Christmas chapel together as a school and much celebrating in our classroom as well. What a wonderful time we have had preparing for Christmas this year. I hope that you and your family enjoy a wonderful and blessed Christmas together.

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If you are looking for a New Year’s Resolution….Have you ever considered helping cover recess at school? Volunteers are needed on a daily basis to supervise students on the playground during lunchtime recess between 12:10pm & 1:10pm.   Please sign in at the front office and then proceed to the playground to find Tammie Otte.  3 volunteers are needed each day.  Go to PLAYGROUND to sign up.

Important Dates:

December 22 – January 2 – Christmas Break

January 19 – No GRPS Bussing

January 22 – PreK and Kindergarten Open House 6:30-8:00pm

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This week we enjoyed many special activities and books related to Christmas. We also made a special book thanking Sra. VanBronkhorst for her time with us. We will miss her!

In Math we are continuing to work on simple addition and subtraction problems. We are getting pretty good at addition but subtraction still trips us up sometimes.

We had a wonderful week sharing the story of Jesus’ birth together. We also worked on memorizing Luke 2:7 “Asi que dio a luz a su hijo primogéntio; lo envolvió en pañales y lo acostó en un pesebre porque no había lugar para ellos en la posada.”

Preparing for Christmas

advent_wreath_2_aThis week we lit the candle of peace on our advent wreath. We talked about the peace Christ brings to us and how we can bring that peace to others.

We are beginning to feel Christmas in the air! We have been preparing by sharing the story of Jesus’s birth, decorating our room and working on a special “Top Secret” project. We’ll continue the excitement next week as we get together with our buddies, deliver Christmas cards in the neighborhood and have our own party. What a wonderful blessing to be able to celebrate Christ’s birth together as a school community.

Important Dates:

December 18 – Christmas Party, 1:05

December 22 – January 2 – Christmas Break

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This week our sight words were “con” and “mi.” We also worked on syllables: “fa, fe, fi, fo, fu.”

In writing, we have worked hard to edit and fix up our favorite stories for publication. Today we finished up our work. Look for these special stories to come home next week.

In Math we are working with shapes. We tried making new shapes out of the simple shapes that we have been using and found that we could make all kinds of things – houses, fish, bigger shapes, etc. We are also continued to work on addition and subtraction. Subtraction is tricky but we are getting better every week!

During Bible we began to talk about the story of Christ’s birth. We first talked about Zechariah and Elizabeth’s surprise when they heard they would have a child and then Mary and Joseph’s story when they also found out they would have a child.

Advent

advent_wreath_1_aIt seems like a while since we’ve had a full week – and the kindergarteners were definitely feeling tired by the end of this week. I’m sure that some extra sleep is in order for everyone this weekend!

During this busy full week we had a lot of fun getting our classroom and ourselves ready for Christmas. We started school on Monday talking about the advent wreath and how we light a candle each week in anticipation of Christ’s coming. This week’s candle of hope reminds us that we are hopeful not only for the celebration of Christ’s birth, but also for when Christ comes again.

Important Dates:

December 18 – Christmas Party, 1:05

December 22 – January 2 – Christmas Break

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This week our sight words were “vente” and “conmigo.” We also worked on syllables: “la, le, li, lo, lu.”

In writing, we learned about how to make our stories even more interesting by adding details and by asking a writing partner questions about their books.

In Math we are working on simple addition and subtraction with numbers 0 – 10. Sometimes it is helpful to use fingers or small objects to work out these problems. We are also still interested in telling math stories and the addition and subtraction problems that go with them.

During Bible we heard about Gideon and how his army won over the Midianites even when it looked impossible. The kindergartners decided that Gideon actually had a bigger army because God is bigger than the Midianites. :-)

A Snowy Week

What a transformation our world has gone through this week! I hope you enjoyed some of your time in the snow. WP_20141118_028As parents it can be such a pain to think about suiting up for the snow, brushing off cars, shoveling, driving, etc. but it is so much fun to watch the wonder on children’s faces as they experience snow. One of our snow days was my daughter’s birthday and it was wonderful to have the time to celebrate with her and also amazing to watch her excitement about the new landscape. She is now happily asking for “Outside, mama?” all day long and pays no attention to my groans about getting on winter gear.

On that note, thank you for sending in winter clothing each day. I have a small stash of extras but it depletes quickly! Be sure to label everything with your child’s name and I will do my best to help look for things when they are lost.

WP_20141121_003Don’t forget that Monday is Dress Like a Superhero Day! We are so excited that we met and surpassed our Foot Frolic Frenzy Goals and we will celebrate on Monday. I look forward to seeing all the Super-kindergarteners next week!

Important Dates:

November 24  Dress Like A Superhero Day!

November 25  Thanksgiving Chapel, 8:25am

November 26 – 28 No School, Happy Thanksgiving!

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This week we reviewed all our sight words to this point. If you would like to practice them at home you can print out these flashcards: Lesson 1-10. We also worked on syllables: “ba, be, bi, bo, bu.”

In writing, we continued using lots of tools to help make our writing better. We also talked about practicing our stories first by telling them to others in a “storyteller voice.” You can practice this at home by encouraging your child to tell you a story using the same kinds of words you might find in a story book.

In Math we are working on spotting groups of 10 in the numbers we see. We are also working on representing sumas and restas (addition and subtraction problems) with simple drawings. We cross out to show subtraction and draw separate groups to show addition problems.

During Bible we read about Joshua and the Israelites as they finally reached the Promised Land and entered Jericho. We are also working on Verses 1 – 5 from Psalm 100.

Chilly Days

Can you believe it?! Snow already! The kindergarteners have done a great job this week with all of their extra winter gear. You can help us out by letting your child practice putting on all of their winter clothes on their own, just like we do at school. It would also be great to send in a pair of shoes for indoor wear that are easy to slip on and off each time they must get ready for recess or come back inside. Thank you for attending to all of these details that make our days go so much smoother.

Have you ever checked out the Links section on this website? There are some interesting articles for parents, games your child can play at home and even a link to Scholastic where you can order Spanish books.

WMAIE, West Michigan Alliance for Immersion Educators, is a non-profit group formed to support language immersion programs in West Michigan. WMAIE provides professional development to teachers, action research, collaboration, and support within the immersion community. Your support of immersion educators directly impacts their classroom expertise and teaching practices. Please see the flyer attached to your email and visit these vendors during our fundraising week to support local businesses and WMAIE! **This organization is very helpful to the Spanish Immersion teachers, please help us support this endeavor!

Important Dates:

November 16 – 22 WMAIE Fundraising Week (see note above)

November 20 WMAIE Fundraiser at Roeda Studio

November 24  Dress Like A Superhero Day!

November 25  Thanksgiving Chapel, 8:25am

November 26 – 28 No School, Happy Thanksgiving!

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This week our sight word was “a” – such a tiny but important word! We also worked on syllables: “na, ne, ni, no, nu.” In writing we began to use some special tools to help us write even better. We have magic pencils, vowel charts, checklists and word walls – we are learning to work just like real authors!

In Math we finished up our current unit with a test. In the next unit, we will begin looking more closely at addition and subtraction problems and continue to build our sense of numbers through 20.

During Bible we read about the Israelites struggle to enter the Promised Land. We also reviewed the events of Moses’s life and make a book illustrating our favorite Moses stories. We are also working on Verses 1 – 4 from Psalm 100.

Calvin Woods and Pumpkins

What a busy week we had! If you’d like to hear a great story from this week (and have a good laugh) ask your child about Sra. Wolf and the ratón (mouse).

It was nice to finally have a full, normal week of kindergarten. It’s amazing to see the growth that the kindergarteners have made since the beginning of the year. We have made good friends are working together in our classroom to help each other learn and grow.

With the weather getting colder, please remember to send in appropriate clothing as we will still play outside each day. Please label your child’s gear so that we can make sure it always makes it home.

Important Dates:

November 25  Thanksgiving Chapel, 8:25am

November 26 – 28 No School, Happy Thanksgiving!

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This week our sight words were “un” and “una”. We also worked on syllables: “ca, co, cu.” In writing we began writing real stories about our life. You can help by asking your child to retell a family story with you: “One day I helped my mom make cookies. I got the eggs out of the refrigerator and they fell on the floor. My mom helped to clean them up.”

In Math we continued our work with numbers 1-20. We also learned a new shape : hexágono (hexagon).

We have been talking about all the things we are thankful for. Please be sure to send in our e-mail a picture of something your child is thankful for.

During Bible we have followed the Israelites during their time in the desert. We are also working on Verses 1 – 3 from Psalm 100.

Calvin Woods and Pumpkins

We had a great week in kindergarten! We really enjoyed our field trip to Calvin on Thursday. We were blessed with a beautiful day to explore God’s creation. We were able to see a blue heron on the pond and even find a blue spotted salamander under a log. Enjoy some more pictures here.

We also met with our 3rd grade buddies from Mrs. Snyder’s class. We look forward to seeing them many more times this year.

With the weather getting colder, please remember to send in appropriate clothing as we will still play outside each day. Please label your child’s gear so that we can make sure it always makes it home.

Important Dates:

November 3 – 4 No Public School Busses, Gym Pick Up

November 25  Thanksgiving Chapel, 8:25am

November 26 – 28 No School, Happy Thanksgiving!

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This week our sight word was “nosotros”. We also worked on syllables: “ta, te, ti, to, tu.” In writing we finished up our mini unit on writing easy readers. Please take some time to celebrate the books that your child brought home and ask them to read them to you.

In Math we practiced creating numbers 1-10 with 5 groups and then explored number patterns with “+1″ equations. We are also working on counting to 20 – those teen numbers are tricky! You can hear them on this website and practice at home.

In Science we investigated pumpkins by weighing, measuring and then counting the seeds. Thank you to the parents and grandparents who helped us with this messy and fun project! As we looked at all the numbers we collected about each pumpkin – height, circumference, lines, seeds – we realized that the differences in the pumpkins remind us of the way that God made each of us unique and different.

During Bible we are talking about Moses and the Israelites. We have witnessed God’s faithfulness to the Israelites as they struggled to free themselves from Egypt. We are also working on Verses 1 and 2 from Psalm 100.