¡Adios Ingles!

Esta semana dijimos “adios” a inglés y los niños me prometieron intentar hablar solamente en español. Tuvimos una fiesta fantástica y los niños rompieron su piñata, comieron dulces y colgaron su promesa en el salón. De acuerdo con su promesa yo también solamente voy a usar español…..JUST KIDDING!!

But really, the kindergarteners are so proud of all the Spanish they know and were very excited to celebrate this week. Thank you to those of you who were able to make it. Be sure to see all the photos on the photo page.

Mark your calendars for our Spring Program! Plan on Tuesday, May 6 at the Quest Center for grades K-4. Our program will begin at 7:00pm. Children should plan to arrive between 6:30pm-6:50pm. They should plan to wear a dark colored T-shirt with shorts or pants. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Important Dates:

April 21 – Singing Chapel, 8:30am, Families Welcome

May 6 – Spring Program at GRCHS, 7pm

May 16 – Family Fun Night

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This week our sight words were “tengo” and “tomar.” We also worked on making some signs to hang around the school that remind people to make good choices: Pick up your trash, Don’t waste water, Recycle!, Listen to your teacher, and more. We made these during our writing time and then went to the computer lab where we used KidPix to make and then print out our signs.

In Math we have been working on separating numbers into parts. We practiced the “baile de dedos” where we thought of all the different parts of a given number (i.e. 10 is 4 and 6, 7 and 3….) This is a great game to play at home.

This week we focused on all of the events leading up to the crucifixion and resurrection of our Lord. This culminated in a very special chapel on Friday morning. We also made murals of these events and hung them in the hallway for others to see:

Happy Spring Break!

Thank you to all of our March Mystery Readers. We really enjoyed having you visit us!

Check out the pictures of our visit from the eighth graders on the photo page.

Important Dates:

April 4-11 - Spring Break

April 18 – Chapel, 8:30am, Families Welcome

April 21 – Easter Chapel, 8:30am, Families Welcome

May 6 – Spring Program at GRCHS, 7pm

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This week we read books about spring and reviewed sight words and syllables up to this point. We worked on editing one of our newest pieces of persuasive writing and shared many of them with the class. We are really enjoying being songwriters as well as writing letters.

In Math we worked with teen numbers and number problems. We are still working on remembering what each sign in an equation means (= “igual a” – “menos” + “mas”)

This week we spent a lot of time thinking about the people of Ghana and praying for their needs. We created a piece of Batik fabric that will contribute to a whole school tapestry to remind us of the Ghanians and we wrote prayers to add to the prayer banners in the hallway. Our chapel on Thursday was wonderful as we heard from Comfort and Gifty, two women from Ghana, who shared with us about their life there and how we have helped make a difference.

A Busy Week

We sure know how to keep busy in kindergarten! This week was full of some special events. On Wednesday we got to meet Laurie Keller and learn about how she writes her books. We also learned how to draw some of her most popular characters like an otter from “Do Unto Otters” and Arnie the Doughnut. On Thursday we met a group of students from Japan who shared some of their culture with us. They wrote our names in Japanese characters, made origami for us and taught us some traditional games from Japan. We had a great time! On Friday we spent some time with our third grade buddies as they showed us their Egypt projects before their big presentation in the gym.

You can check out all of our pictures from March on the photo page.

Monday is Box Top Collection day. Please send in any you have at home!

Important Dates:

April 4-11 - Spring Break

April 18 – Chapel, 8:30am, Families Welcome

April 21 – Easter Chapel, 8:30am, Families Welcome

May 6 – Spring Program at GRCHS, 7pm

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This week we reviewed all of our sight words up to this point. Hereare some flashcards if you’d like to print them off for at home: Lesson 21-26. We have been talking about how writers write to make a change in the world. This week we learned that we can write letters, songs or information about problems to bring attention to them and get people to help us make a change. We especially liked a song we heard about “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” Many students tried writing songs for their own causes.

In Math we made a large display with 10 groups to talk about addition facts up to 10 as well as counting by tens. Did you know that kindergarteners learn how to count to 100 by 5s and 10s (in Spanish!)? This is a great skill to practice at home, the big numbers get tricky!

In Bible we heard more about the Israelites during their exile in Babylon and then how God kept his promise and they returned to their land and had to rebuild the temple and their city walls.

Feeling appreciated

A big thank you from Sra. VanderMeer and I for all of your kindness and appreciation this week! We really were spoiled and felt very loved. It is such a blessing to work at a school where you feel surrounded by a community of people who truly care about one another. Along with the blessing of being with your children on a daily basis we are blessed with wonderful parent and family support as well as a great PTO. Thank you!!

We had a great time on our field trip Wednesday. We had to wait a while on the bus but the kindergarteners enjoyed sharing some songs in Spanish with Mrs. Sytsma’s kindergarten class and then singing some songs all together. It is always wonderful to hear kindergarteners singing. Save the date – our special Spring Program is coming up on May 6 where you will be able to experience the wonderful sounds and songs from this year. More details to come.

We have another Box Top Collection on March 31. Please keep those box tops coming!

Important Dates:

March 26Who-Hair Day.  Can you put your hair in a wacky “Who-ville” style?

March 26 – Special author visit by Laurie Keller

March 28 - Book Orders Due (Code is GRM82)

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This week our sight words were “no” and “él.” We wondered why we have had two sight words that seem the same (“el” and “él”) but we learned that “el” goes with lots of different words and means “the” while “él” can replace a boys name in a sentence and means “he” – so tricky!

We were so excited to present Mrs. Boss with our How-to books on Thursday. They are now proudly displayed in the library for other students to read. This week we talked about how our writing can help solve problems and change things. We are using our eyes to see a problem, thinking about how to solve the problem and then writing it down to convince others that it needs to change. So far we are thinking about problems like running in the halls, throwing litter on the ground and not enough games on our iPads.

In Math we began a new unit that focuses a lot on using 10 groups and solving number stories. We are working on creating a wall display that shows 10 groups and how to count by tens.

In Bible we heard about how the Israelites stopped following God and so they were taken over by their enemies and forced to live in Babylon. Daniel and his friends were faithful to God and we all worked together to act out the story of the “Fiery Furnace.”

Chugging along

Boy, it seems like we are just chugging along in kindergarten at this point! It is such a blessing to be a part of your child’s growth during this part of their life. At this time of year the children always begin to show big steps in their development. I enjoyed sharing this with some of you this week at conferences and look forward to sharing with the rest of you next week.

We are already thinking about and looking forward to our special end of the year field trip to the Critter Barn. This is an all day field trip on Tuesday, June 3 and each child will want one parent or special adult with them to make the day extra special! You will not want to miss this, it’s a great day!

Funky Feet Day!

Funky Feet Day!

Next week Wednesday we will be attending a GR Symphony performance of The Snowman at Sunshine Community Church.

Important Dates:

March 18 – P/T Conferences (4:30-6:00 pm, 6:30-8:00 pm)

March 19Wear green in honor of Green Eggs and Ham, Trip to Symphony Pops

March 20 – P/T Conferences (4:30-6:00 pm)

March 26Who-Hair Day.  Can you put your hair in a wacky “Who-ville” style?

March 28 - Book Orders Due (Code is GRM82)

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This week our sight words were “todos” and “ella.” We reviewed syllables with “j” as well as “gi” and “ge.” These are tricky because they do not make the normal hard “g” sound. Does your child have a magazine subscription? Kid’s magazines are a great way to foster a love of reading. Cricket Magazines offers their 3-6 year old literacy magazine “Ladybug” in Spanish – check it out!

We spent this week making final adjustments and cleaning up our How-to books for publishing. Then we wrapped them up and plan on giving them to Mrs. Boss for the library (we were a little bummed that she was out on Thursday and Friday for a conference but we will save the surprise for next week!) Your child should have come home with their purple (paper) writing folder. This is theirs to keep, we will be getting new ones next week.

In Math we finished up a unit and took a test to share what we have learned. We have been talking a lot about 3D shapes and describing their position. We are continuing to work on addition and subtraction by telling math stories.

In Bible we talked about the story of Jonah and the Big Fish. We learned that we can talk to God even when we have made bad choices and he will give us a second chance.

¡Bienvenido, marzo!

Today we had a guest at our chapel, George Dennehy. He shared with us his music as well as his story. You can learn more about George at his website: georgedennehy.com.

I’m looking forward to seeing each of over the next couple weeks for conferences. Take a look at report cards and bring any questions you may have with you for our time together. Please help us keep on schedule by arriving a couple minutes early and being mindful of our 15 minute time limit. If we need to schedule a longer time to talk I would be happy to set something else up.

March is reading month. We are looking forward to celebrating this with Wacky Wednesdays (see below) and Mystery Readers. If you would like to come in as a Mystery Reader check out our sign-up here: SignUpGenius. There will be some “Spanglish” books available in our classroom if you are interested in grabbing one of those to read or send me an email and I will put one in your child’s backpack.

Hat Day

Hat Day

Important Dates:

**Note the change in Wacky Wednesdays below. We have a field trip on March 19 and decided not to leave the building in our “Who-hair.”**

March 11 - P/T Conferences (4:30-6:00 pm, 6:30-8:00 pm)

March 12Funky Feet.  Wear your favorite fun socks or slippers in honor of Fox in Socks.

March 18 – P/T Conferences (4:30-6:00 pm, 6:30-8:00 pm)

March 19Wear green in honor of Green Eggs and Ham

March 20 – P/T Conferences (4:30-6:00 pm)

March 26Who-Hair Day.  Can you put your hair in a wacky “Who-ville” style?

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This week our sight words were “bien” and “dijo” (he/she said). We reviewed syllables with “h” – these syllables trick us up because the “h” has no sound! If you are interested in learning a little bit more Spanish as a parent there is a great app called DuoLingo (it’s free!) that you can use to learn Spanish beginning with the most basic to much more complicated language.

In Math we have been working hard on our addition facts to 10 and subtraction to 5. At this point in kindergarten some children are able to do these with ease and could use some more challenges with math – enlist them in helping you count and add up items at the grocery store. Other children could use some extra help – give them some beans or pennies to use while completing math problems at home.

In Bible we continued to heard more of Israel’s history as the Israelites struggled to always listen to God. The kindergartener’s had a lot of fun singing praise songs together while using musical instruments when we talked about how King Hezekiah cleaned up the temple and reopened it as a place of worship to God.

¡Adios, febrero!

Though short, we had a busy week in our classroom. We had a chance to meet with our third grade buddies and another trip to the computer lab on Wednesday. I am amazed at how well the kindergarteners have been doing in the computer lab. While many children are comfortable using a touch display, working with the mouse can be tricky. It’s a great workout for their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Yet another glimpse of how much they have grown this year!

March is reading month. We are looking forward to celebrating this with Wacky Wednesdays (see below) and Mystery Readers. If you would like to come in as a Mystery Reader check out our sign-up here: SignUpGenius. There will be some “Spanglish” books available in our classroom if you are interested in grabbing one of those to read or send me an email and I will put one in your child’s backpack.

Important Dates:

March 5 – Hat Day.  Wear your favorite hat in honor of Cat in the Hat.

March 11 – P/T Conferences (4:30-6:00 pm, 6:30-8:00 pm)

March 12 – Funky Feet.  Wear your favorite fun socks or slippers in honor of Fox in Socks.

March 18 – P/T Conferences (4:30-6:00 pm, 6:30-8:00 pm)
March 19 – Who-Hair Day.  Can you put your hair in a wacky “Who-ville” style?

March 20 – P/T Conferences (4:30-6:00 pm)

March 26 – Wear green in honor of Green Eggs and Ham

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This week our sight words were “hacer” (to make/do) and “jugar” (to play). We reviewed syllables with “ll” and “ñ” – these are tricky sounds! If you would like some sight word cards to print out at home look at last week’s news post.

In Math we talked about shapes – both 2D and 3D. We also used some position words to describe their location. El cubo está detrás de la esfera, etc. We did a great job forming these sentences in Spanish. On Friday we played some math games (some new, some old) and had a great time putting our math knowledge to work.

In Bible we continued to hear about Elisha and how he performed miracles that helped those in need. We talked about how we should follow this example by helping those around us who are in need and showing them Jesus through our actions.