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April 8, 2019
by Miss Hutchison
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Week 29 Highlights

I hope you had a relaxing and fun spring break! Before we dive into these last 9 weeks of kindergarten, here’s a look back at our learning from the week before break. 

OUR LEARNING:

Popcorn Words – Our popcorn words this week were “as” and “has.” We are becoming super readers, and we know TONS of popcorn words now!

Math – This week, we continued to compare numbers (greater, less, or equal), write numbers 1-20, and learn about teen numbers. We are also practicing adding and subtracting more fluently (quickly!).  Plus, we learned about how to use math mountains to show addition or subtraction equations.  

 

Writing – This week we learned about another animal for our writing unit: “ALL ABOUT” books. We spent the week researching HORSES, then we sorted our facts into things that horses “can / have / are.” After that, we wrote our own nonfiction books with facts and realistic illustrations about goats.  We can’t wait to learn about a new animal after break! 

Reading – We continued Unit 4 this week by learning what it means to be an AVID reader!  Avid readers also have reading playdates with others to talk about the books they are reading! The class loved hanging out and reading in their playdate groups! We also set our own reading goals this week! Each kinder has their reading goal made into a bookmark to help them remember to practice it! 

4th Grade Reading Buddies – As part of our reading month fun, Mrs. Huizenga’s fourth grade class came to read with our kindergarteners. We have LOVED reading with every different grade level at Georgetown…it really motivates us to keep reading so we can become expert readers like the fourth graders! 

 

Pizza Party – We celebrated our most recent 15 star reward last Thursday with a PIZZA party and a PJ day! Our class munched on yummy pizza, veggie straws, and fruit snacks, and we also got to lounge around in different classrooms to read in our jammies. What a fun and relaxing way to kick off spring break! 

     


CELEBRATIONS:

Top Frog – We loved having Jayce as our Top Frog this week. We have made it through everyone in the class! Your child will have the chance to be the top frog for one more DAY this year…be on the lookout for details about this “Top Frog Day!”

Mystery Reader – Colton was surprised to see his sister, Hayden, as our mystery reader on Wednesday! She read us two books by one of our favorite authors, Mo Willems. Thanks for sneaking out of your fourth grade class to come join us, Hayden! 

March is Reading Month Snack – On Monday, Ms. Sherry (Miss Hutchison’s mom) came to visit, and she read us the book Thundercake by Patricia Polacco. We mixed the ingredients along with the story, then enjoyed a piece of thunder cake after she finished reading. Then, on Tuesday, Miss Fewell came and read us her favorite childhood book, Curious George Makes Pancakes. She gave us yummy pancake cookies! Thanks for celebrating March is Reading Month with us! 


Notes for Parents:

  • Take-Home Books are in full swing. Please be sure to read these books with your child and return them to school on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays!
  • Summer Tutoring Option – If you are interested in signing up for a tutoring block this summer, please sign up on this spreadsheet. Two of my other days are already fully booked, so these Thursday slots will likely fill up quickly! 
  • Spring Sports – If your kindergartener is participating in any spring sports (baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse, dance recitals, etc.) PLEASE send me some dates when I could come cheer them on! I love getting to watch our little ones do what they love, since they watch me do what I love every day (teaching them!) 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, April 8 – P.E., Take-Home Books, celebrate Eline’s birthday!
  • Tuesday, April 9 – Art, Library
  • Wednesday, April 10 – STEAM., Take-Home Books, Henley’s birthday!
  • Thursday, April 11 – Music, Take-Home Books
  • Friday, April 12 : Early Release @ 12:15 pmColton’s birthday!

March 27, 2019
by Miss Hutchison
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PJs & Pizza Party TOMORROW

Two reminders for tomorrow:

Your kindergartener can wear PJs to school tomorrow AND can bring in a small cuddle buddy! We will be relaxing and reading all morning to wrap up “March is Reading Month.”

ALSO, our class earned a 15 star reward! Miss Hutchison will be providing a pizza party lunch for our class tomorrow. You do not need to pack a lunch for your kindergartener tomorrow!

Looking forward to a fun last day of school before spring break!

March 24, 2019
by Miss Hutchison
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Week 28 Highlights

OUR LEARNING:

Popcorn Words – Our popcorn words this week were “could,” “should,” and “would.” We are becoming super readers, and we know TONS of popcorn words now!

Math – This week, we continued to compare numbers (greater, less, or equal), write numbers 1-20, and learn about teen numbers. We are also practicing adding and subtracting more fluently (quickly!).  Plus, we learned about how to use math mountains to show addition or subtraction equations.  

Writing – This week we learned about another animal for our writing unit: “ALL ABOUT” books. We spent the week researching GOATS, then we sorted our facts into things that goats “can / have / are.” After that, we wrote our own nonfiction books with facts and realistic illustrations about goats. For fun, we also tied in one of our favorite storybooks, “The Three Billy Goats Gruff.” We can’t wait to learn about a new animal next week! 

 

Reading – We continued Unit 4 this week by learning what it means to be an AVID reader! Avid readers….read a lot, find places everywhere to read, keep a stack of books they want to read, can’t stop reading, and really pay attention to their books! Avid readers also have reading playdates with others to talk about the books they are reading! The class loved hanging out and reading in their playdate groups! 

 

Flashlight Friday – As part of our reading month fun, our kiddos got to read in the dark with flashlights on Friday. BOY, did they love this!!! Maybe you can find a time to read with flashlights at home, too?? 

   

Reading Month Breakfast – We had so much fun at our Reading Month breakfast on Friday morning! We rotated to four different tables and listened to four different stories while we ate different parts of our breakfast: fruit kabobs, donuts, muffins, and green eggs & ham. We ended our breakfast by voting for our favorite book we read that morning – Please, Mr. Panda was the class winner!  

           


CELEBRATIONS:

Top Frog – We loved having Jayce as our Top Frog this week. We have made it through everyone in the class! Your child will have the chance to be the top frog for one more DAY this year…be on the lookout for details about this “Top Frog Day!”

Mystery Reader – Harper was so excited to see her dad walk through the door on Thursday! He read us two “Little Critter” books. Thanks so much for supporting our eager readers!!

March is Reading Month Fun – Mrs. Burdis’ third grade class came to visit our classroom and read with us this week! They checked out kindergarten-friendly books from the library and read with different friends in our classroom. We love reading with other classes from our Georgetown family!!!

   


Notes for Parents:

  • Take-Home Books are in full swing. Please be sure to read these books with your child and return them to school on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays!
  • Summer Tutoring Option – If you are interested in signing up for a tutoring block this summer, please sign up on this spreadsheet. Two of my other days are already fully booked, so these Thursday slots will likely fill up quickly! 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, March 18 – P.E., Take-Home Books
  • Tuesday, March 19 – Art, Library
  • Wednesday, March 20 – STEAM., Take-Home Books
  • Thursday, March 21 – Music, NO Take-Home Books
  • Friday, March 22 – Sunday, April 7: SPRING BREAK☀️

March 21, 2019
by Miss Hutchison
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Breakfast & Flashlights Tomorrow!

Our March is Reading Month breakfast is tomorrow morning! No need to feed your kindergarteners any breakfast before school – we will eat a bunch here. 🙂

Also, we will be celebrating March is Reading Month by reading with flashlights tomorrow afternoon! Please send your kindergartener to school with a flashlight, if possible.

March 18, 2019
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Week 27 Highlights

OUR LEARNING:

Popcorn Words – Our popcorn words this week were “were,” “there,” and “where.” We are becoming super readers, and we know TONS of popcorn words now!

 

Math – This week, we continued to compare numbers (greater, less, or equal), write numbers 1-20, and learn about teen numbers. We are also practicing adding and subtracting more fluently (quickly!).  Plus, we learned about how to use math mountains to show addition or subtraction equations. 

Writing – This week we started a new type of writing: “ALL ABOUT” books. We began by learning the difference between fiction and nonfiction books. Nonfiction books tell us facts about something and help teach us things! We spent the week researching CHICKENS, then we sorted our facts into things that chickens “can / have / are.” After that, we wrote our own nonfiction books with facts and realistic illustrations about chickens. We can’t wait to learn about a new animal next week! 

Reading – We began Unit 4 this week by learning what it means to be an AVID reader! Avid readers….read a lot, find places everywhere to read, keep a stack of books they want to read, can’t stop reading, and really pay attention to their books! We also learned that avid readers think about the feelings of the characters they are reading about. We took some time to write down and share the feelings of characters in our books. 

 

St. Patrick’s Day – We celebrated St. Patrick’s Day on Friday with a day full of good luck and fun activities! First, Miss Hutchison gave everyone a leprechaun hat to wear. Then, we made a rainbow of things that we’re lucky to have! Next, we wrote kind notes to others in our classroom about why we’re lucky to be their friends. These notes were so heartwarming! We also did some math graphing with Lucky Charms! 

       


CELEBRATIONS:

Top Frog – We loved having Liam as our Top Frog this week. Jayce will be our new top frog next week. 

Mystery Reader – Elise was so excited to see her grandma walk through the door on Thursday! She read us two super cool books, and we got to design our own hats after reading a hat book. 

 

March is Reading Month Fun – Our class was so thrilled to have some special book-themed snacks during Reading Month! Colton’s mom brought us some clementines and sunflower seeds to help us make flowers from Eric Carle’s “The Tiny Seed.” Then, Christian’s dad brought us dirt cups with worms, just like “The Diary of a Worm” book! Thank you so much for making reading month fun for our kiddos! 

 


Notes for Parents:

  • Take-Home Books are in full swing. Please be sure to read these books with your child and return them to school on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays!
  • March is Reading Month – If you would like to sign up for a breakfast item for our Reading Month Breakfast on March 22, please sign up on this spreadsheet. Also, if you would like to send in a book-themed snack on another day in March, please sign up on this sheet as well. Thanks for supporting our eager readers! 
  • Summer Tutoring Option – If you are interested in signing up for a tutoring block this summer, please sign up on this spreadsheet. Two of my other days are already fully booked, so these Thursday slots will likely fill up quickly! 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, March 18 – Music
  • Tuesday, March 19 – P.E., Library
  • Wednesday, March 20 – Art., Take-Home Books
  • Thursday, March 21 – STEAM, Take-Home Books
  • Friday, March 22 – Music, Reading Month breakfast @ 9:00am, bring a flashlight

BONUS: We FINALLY made it outside this past week for a nice walk around our outdoor classroom and the middle school! Hooray for warmer spring days on the horizon! 

March 10, 2019
by Miss Hutchison
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Week 26 Highlights

OUR LEARNING:

Popcorn Words – Our popcorn words this week were “about,” “home,” and “went.” We are becoming super readers, and we know TONS of popcorn words now!

Math – We focused lots on teen numbers this week by building teen numbers out of base ten blocks, making a teen number matching game to bring home, and more. We also started learning how to compare two numbers as “greater than,” “less than,” or “equal to.” The alligator always opens his mouth to eat the bigger number! (Example: 5 > 3) 

Writing – We did it! Your amazing writers finished their small moment writing unit this week by writing FABULOUSLY AMAZING stories about library for their On-Demand Assessment (which is a time when they do all of the writing, drawing, and editing completely by themselves!). I can’t wait for you to see the great stories they wrote at conferences this week! 

 

Reading – We finished Unit 3 of Reader’s Workshop this week by checking out the ways that popcorn words can “disguise” themselves with different endings (-ing, -ed, -s). We searched for these sneaky disguised popcorn words in our book boxes, too! 

Me on the Map – We finished our “me on the map” booklets this week by learning about our addresses! We practiced writing our street names and house numbers, and we each drew a special map of our bedrooms to show our special spot on the map. 🙂 

    


CELEBRATIONS:

Top Frog – We loved having Harper as our Top Frog this week. Liam will be our new top frog next week. 

Mystery Reader – Colton was so excited to see his grandma walk through the door on Thursday! She read us two super cool books from one of our favorite authors, Mo Willems. 

Kids Heart Challenge – Our kiddos started learning about the Kids Heart Challenge (formerly “Jump Rope for Heart”) this week in P.E.. Please take a moment to check out this blog post and register your child for this awesome challenge! 

March is Reading Month Fun – In addition to reading with other classes and having fun reading days, we’ve also been lucky enough to have some special book-themed snacks during Reading Month! Nathan’s mom helped us celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 1 with some Cat-in-the-Hat string cheese, Barbaloot teddy grahams, and green eggs and ham candies. Then, last week, Evan’s mom brought in a special One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish snack for our class! Thank you so much for making reading month fun for our kiddos! 

 


Notes for Parents:

  • Take-Home Books are in full swing. Please be sure to read these books with your child and return them to school on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays!
  • March is Reading Month – If you would like to sign up for a breakfast item for our Reading Month Breakfast on March 22, please sign up on this spreadsheet. Also, if you would like to send in a book-themed snack on another day in March, please sign up on this sheet as well. Thanks for supporting our eager readers! 
  • Parent Teacher Conference forms are this week on Monday and Wednesday! I can’t wait to catch up with you and share the amazing progress of your kindergarteners! 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, March 11 – STEAM, Take-Home Books
  • Tuesday, March 12 – Music, Library
  • Wednesday, March 13 – P.E., Take-Home Books, Book Fair Shopping Day!
  • Thursday, March 14 – Art, Take-Home Books
  • Friday, March 15 – STEAM, Wear crazy socks & GREEN (for St. Patrick’s Day)

March 6, 2019
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Reading with 1st Graders

Since March is Reading Month, our class has a goal to read with as many other classes at Georgetown as we can before the end of March! Today, we visited Mrs. VanKoevering’s first grade classroom, and her students graciously offered to read to us. Here are some pictures of our afternoon reading fun!

     

March 4, 2019
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Week 25 Highlights

OUR LEARNING:

Popcorn Words – Our popcorn words this week were “get” and “and.” We are becoming super readers, and we know TONS of popcorn words now!

Math – We started Unit 4 of math this week, which began with finding “partners of 10.” We will be digging deeper into the number 10 and teen numbers throughout this unit. 

Writing – We are almost finished with our unit: SMALL MOMENT WRITING. We kept filling up our writing binders by writing small moment stories about lunch, birthday cake, and more! We also learned the importance of checking our writing once we’re done. Here’s what our writing checklist looks like: 1- Start each sentence with a capital letter. 2- Use spaces between each word. 3- Add a punctuation mark to the end of each sentence. 4- Make sure your writing makes sense. 5- Make sure the pictures and the words match. 

Reading – This week, we practiced looking at the ends of words when we are reading. Usually, our young readers look just at the first letter in a word and guess until they get it right. 🙂 We are practicing the skill of reading through the WHOLE word to figure it out without guessing anymore! We played a word discovery game to practice this skill with our reading buddies. 

Me on the Map – This week, we began to find our special place on the map! We began by looking at the world, then North America, the United States, then Michigan. We will get even more “zoomed in” on the map this week. 


CELEBRATIONS:

Top Frog – We loved having Jordan as our Top Frog this week. Harper will be our new top frog next week. 

Mystery Reader – Elise jumped right up when she saw her dad walk through the door on Thursday! He read us three super cool books from a series, one of which was Ada Twist: Scientist. The kids loved learning about new careers through storybooks! 

Kids Heart Challenge – Our kiddos started learning about the Kids Heart Challenge (formerly “Jump Rope for Heart”) this week in P.E.. Please take a moment to check out this blog post and register your child for this awesome challenge! 


Notes for Parents:

  • Take-Home Books are in full swing. Please be sure to read these books with your child and return them to school on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays!
  • March is Reading Month – If you would like to sign up for a breakfast item for our Reading Month Breakfast on March 22, please sign up on this spreadsheet. Also, if you would like to send in a book-themed snack on another day in March, please sign up on this sheet as well. Thanks for supporting our eager readers! 
  • Parent Teacher Conference forms were due back to school on Friday. Please email me if you are unable to make your scheduled conference time and we can make other arrangements! I can’t wait to see you and update you on your child’s amazing growth so far this year! 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, March 4 – STEAM, Take-Home Books
  • Tuesday, March 5 – Music, Library
  • Wednesday, March 6 – P.E., Take-Home Books
  • Thursday, March 7 – Art, Take-Home Books, Wear clothes with words! 
  • Friday, March 8 – STEAM, Early Release @ 12:15, All-school PJ day

March 3, 2019
by Miss Hutchison
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March is Reading Month

Our class is excited to celebrate March is Reading Month this year! All throughout the month, we will be doing fun reading activities, learning about different authors, reading TONS of books, and celebrating all of our reading growth so far this year! 

On Friday, March 22, our class will be having a March is Reading Month breakfast and we would love to have your help! You can sign up to bring (or send in) one of the themed-breakfast items on the sign-up, and you are also welcome to join us for a relaxed morning of eating breakfast and reading a few of our favorite books. 

In addition to our activities, I would LOVE to do some fun book-themed snacks for the kiddos on random days throughout the month – you get to pick the date when you’d like to send in your snack! I put a few different ideas on the sign-up sheet, but if you would like to bring in (or send in) a different book-themed snack, PLEASE go for it!!! If you have a free moment and would like to stop in and read the book that goes along with your snack before we eat it, that would be even more amazing! 

Both of these “March is Reading Month” activities are completely optional, but our class of little readers would be thrilled to see you supporting our fun month of reading and growing together this March! 

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

Also, here is the calendar for our fun reading-themed days:

  • Thursday, March 7: Wear clothes with words on them! 
  • Friday, March 8: All-school PJ day
  • Friday, March 15: Wear crazy socks (Our reading will knock your socks off!)
  • Friday, March 22: Bring a flashlight (We will read in the dark with flashlights!)
  • Thursday, March 28: PJ Day & Bring a small pillow or cuddle buddy
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