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.

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.

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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.