Foot Frolic Frenzy

What a busy day today! We really enjoyed our time at Foot Frolic Frenzy. A big thank you to Shine Window Cleaning and Holiday Lighting and Celebration! Cinemas for sponsoring our class. You can continue to send in prize coupons and pledge money until November 5.

10-17-14 (14)(More pictures here)

We also met with prayer circles for the first time. We learned the praise dance and spent a few minutes together in prayer. Prayer Circles are such a powerful way that we come together as a school community to support each other in prayer – another blessing of our amazing Christian School community.

Don’t forget to send in Box Tops! Our class is falling boxtopbehind in the Box Top standings and we could use some help before the school’s big turn in date on October 27!

Weighing pumpkinsWe are beginning to learn about pumpkins, how they grow and the names of their parts. If you are interested in helping us explore pumpkins on the morning of Friday, October 31 from about 9-10am please let me know. We need 4 parent volunteers who will help us measure, weigh and count pumpkin seeds.

Due to the short week, there will not be a new update next week. Again, please note the dismissal times for our upcoming half days.

Important Dates:

October 21 – Half Day, 12:10 Dismissal

October 22-24 - No School, Christian Educator’s Conference

October 30 – Field Trip to Calvin Nature Preserve

October 31 – Half Day, 11:35am Dismissal

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This week our sight word was “veo”. We also worked on syllables: “sa, se, si, so, su.” In writing we began using our sight words and syllables to write our very own easy readers. We are writing things like “La manzana, Veo el vástago, Veo la cáscara, Veo la pulpa, Veo la manzana.” (The Apple, I see the stem, I see the skin, I see the meat, I see the apple.”)

In Math we continued working with 5 groups and telling math stories. We are also using our math manipulatives to show addition problems with 5 groups like “5+4 is 9 and 5+2 is 7.”

In Science we continued to talk about otoño and took a walk around the school to investigate the fall changes that we see happening.

In Bible we finished our study of Joseph’s life by hearing about how he reunited with his family. We also began memory work this week on Psalm 100. We will learn one verse each week so that by Thanksgiving Break we will be able to share it at home. If you would like to follow along at home you can print out this booklet: Salmo100. We have learned verse 1.

Grandfriends

What a wonderful blessing today to be surrounded with the loving support of so many special Grandfriends! It was so nice to see the kids’ excitement for their special visitors. We enjoyed playing with them in our room and singing for them during our program. Be sure to check the photos page to see more pictures.

Thank you so much for responding to the fall weather by sending in jackets, sweaters and appropriate footwear. As the weather gets colder we will continue to play outside each day (unless it is below 0*). Please also consider writing your child’s name inside their things because sometimes we do get “hot” and take things off on the playground. A name will help us get your child’s things back to them.

Please be sure to look closely at all the important dates that are coming up. Note especially the dismissal times for our half days. Also, you should have received the date and time for your child’s conference in their blue folder today. If you have not yet returned the bright green conference questionnaire please do so as soon as possible.

Important Dates:

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

October 21 – Half Day, 12:10 Dismissal

October 22-24 - No School, Christian Educator’s Conference

October 30 – Field Trip to Calvin Nature Preserve

October 31 – Half Day, 11:35am Dismissal

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This week we reviewed all of our sight words up to this point. We also worked on syllables: “pa, pe, pi, po, pu.” Now we are able to make a lot of words like mapa, puma, papá, mamá, etc.

In Math we began a new unit that focused on finding 5 groups within bigger numbers. We also are telling “math stories” that help us use and make addition and subtraction problems. You can try this out at home. “I set 3 plates on the table and then 1 more. 3 + 1 is 4.”

In Science we began talking about autumn (otoño) and the changes that it brings.

In Bible we began to hear about Joseph’s life. We reflected on how Joseph kept believing in God even though his life seemed so miserable at times.

¡Manzanas!

What a busy week we have had! We really enjoyed our first field trip to Sietsema Orchards. We were able to see how apples grow and even pick our own. On Friday we used these apples to make applesauce in our classroom – it smelled great cooking all day long and it tasted delicious!

On Friday we said good bye to Srta. Andrea who spent so much time with the kids in preschool last year. We are sad to see her go but wish her well as she returns to her home in Guatemala next week. And with every goodbye comes a hello so we also welcomed a new teacher, Sra. VanBronkhorst. She will be joining us beginning October 13 while Sra. VanderMeer takes over for Sra. Marsh’s (1st grade SI teacher) maternity leave. She will visit again next Monday to get to know us before her first official day. We anticipate that Sra. VanBronkhorst will stay will us through the end of December.

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Important Dates:

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

October 31 – Half Day, 12:10 Dismissal

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This week we our sight word was “y.” We also worked on our first set of syllables: “ma, me, mi, mo, mu.” We will begin learning a new set of syllables each week that will help us read and write more and more words! Please continue reading and re-reading the books that come home each Friday to practice sight words and sounding out.

In Math we finished up our first unit and took our very first test. The children did great and I look forward to showing you all they have learned at our upcoming conferences.

In Science we talked a lot about…..you guessed it, ¡manzanas! We learned the names of apple parts and talked about their life cycle.

In Bible we heard about how Jacob tricked his brother Esau and then had to leave his family for a long time.

¡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.