A week in review: May 20-24

Thank you to everyone who came and marched in the parade today what beautiful weather! Thank you as well to all my parent helpers. Your presence was so appreciated. So grateful to those who served our country so that we could have the freedom we enjoy!

We just completed our final full week of Kindergarten! The kids are working hard these last few weeks but you can certainly feel the excitement in the air! We are enjoying our alphabet countdown as well as our PBL studies!

This week I had a substitute for one morning to assess the students’ reading. I am so very proud of the readers they are becoming! Please continue to read with them over the summer. If you are at all interested in tutoring I will be doing it as well as Mary Bronsink. You can sign up on ZCS’website or contact me! You can choose how much or how little you would like to do it. Enjoy your long holiday weekend!

Important Dates:

  • May 27: Memorial Day Parade
  • June 5: Field Trip to the Holland Farmer’s Market
  • June 6: Last day of school

Additional Information:

Our field trip to the Holland Farmer’s Market is quickly approaching. I will be sending out information regarding this in the upcoming week. Also, if you have volunteered to go and haven’t already sent me the number of kids you can take in your car could you please do that.  I would like to determine a way to get us all there in the fewest cars possible as parking can be a bit limited.

WEDNESDAY, May 29 from 2:30-3:20 in the LIBRARY. We are combining with Mrs. Bronsink’s class for our PBL celebration. Families are welcome to join us in the Library to see what your children have learned. Although it is the PBL celebration, this project truly shows the growth that your children have made this whole school year. Their attention, reading, writing and creativity have grown so much! It is fun to watch them use everything they have learned and create something with it. Please note that you will have to check in at the office and there will be many other parents checking in so allow for a little extra time. Thanks!

Sometime in the next week if you could send your child with a gallon size Ziploc bag that is labeled. We will be starting to pack our stuff up as the end of the school year is almost here!

Curriculum:

Bible: This week we studied Saul and his journey to become Paul. We also talked about things we learned about God this year to put in our spiritual journals.

Phonics: We finished our study of the vowels by working on the vowel U.  We also worked on a paper that reviewed word families and rhyming.

Daily 5: This week is the last week I will be sending new books home. Please do your best to send them back on Monday and also look around your homes for any extra ones you may have floating around!

Writing Workshop: We finished up our How to writing. I was so proud of how the students were able to come up with ideas and then the steps to complete them! Their writing has progressed so much this year!

Math: We worked with base 10 blocks to make teen numbers.

Engaging God’s World: This week we continued to work on our PBL projects. Thank you again to all the parents who have helped us! We are excited to show you what we have learned next week!

Afternoons: We were able to work on our PBL projects plus art, quiet time, playtime and parade practice!

A week in review: May 13-17

As your child’s teacher this year I have to say that although I love summer and am excited for days by the pool, bike rides, and trips to the ice cream shop, I will so miss each and everyone of your children. They have been such a joy to teach this year and I am beginning to dread June 6! Thank you for all your support and continue to pray for our class that we will finish strong!

I would like to thank all of the PBL helpers this week! Next week will be another big one as we get our information ready to share with our friends and loved ones! I so appreciate all your help, as this project would not be possible without you!

Important Dates:

  • May 20: N is for night clothes. Please feel free to send your child to school in pajamas or comfy clothes!
  • May 21: O is wear orange day.
  • May 27: Memorial Day Parade
  • May 29: PBL celebration

Additional Information:

On May 27 We do not have school but we do have the amazing opportunity to walk in Zeeland’s Memorial Day Parade. If your child is planning on walking with our class please lmk by Thursday, May 23. I will be sending more information out regarding this towards the end of the upcoming week.

WEDNESDAY, May 29 from 2:30-3:20 in the LIBRARY. We are combining with Mrs. Bronsink’s class for our PBL celebration. Families are welcome to join us in the library to see what your children have learned. Although it is the PBL celebration, this project truly shows the growth that your children have made this whole school year. Their attention, reading, writing and creativity have grown so much! It is fun to watch them use everything they have learned and create something with it. Please note that you will have to check in at the office and there will be many other parents checking in so allow for a little extra time. Thanks!

Curriculum:

Bible: This week we finished up with our study of the Fruits of the Spirit and we also read and discussed the story of Peter being freed from jail by an angel. We discussed the meaning of faith and believing in things we can’t always see.

Word Wall Words: blue and purple.

Daily 5: We continued to work in our groups. This week we worked really hard on sliding through the sounds of words or breaking them up and looking for sounds and words we know! I am so encouraged by their ability to begin doing this more and more.

Phonics: This week we talked about the two sounds the vowel “o” makes and also the sounds of the blends “th” and “ch.”

Writing Workshop: This week we continued our “how to” writing as well as writing letters for our “L” day. As you are spending time with your child this weekend encourage him/her to think about the steps it takes to do things in their lives. Something as simple as brushing their teeth or feeding your pet are just a few examples. Next week they will be coming up with their own ideas and it is so helpful for them to be thinking ahead!

Math: We are continuing to work on simple addition and subtraction. This week we worked on adding things we might buy at the grocery store.

Engaging God’s World: For the next few weeks we will be researching and putting together our animal projects. This is such a fun way to see all of the students put so many of their skills together! Thank you again for all your help!

Afternoons: This week in addition to our play and quiet times we worked on our PBL assignments, did some phonics games and went to Market Day! It was a busy week in our Kindergarten class and I am looking forward to the week ahead!!!

A week in review: May 6-10

This week we really got into the swing of our ABC Countdown with donuts, experiments, games, fitness and hats! Make sure to ask your child about the mentos experiment. Our class joined another kindergarten class; each class tried a different type of mentos! Ask them whose volcano went higher! Thank you to all the parents who have donated for our Countdown it wouldn’t be possible without you! We have had such a productive week of hands on learning!

I would also like to thank everyone for all the beautiful cards and gifts for Teacher Appreciation Week. I am so very blessed by each and every one of you and so thankful for you all! You are so appreciated! Praying that you all have had a great weekend and a Happy Mothers Day!

Important Dates:

  • May 16: All school chapel-9:00 am
  • May 29: 2 PM will be our PBL Presentation. This is a date change, originally it was May 30 but the room is no longer available to us.
  • June 5: Field trip to Holland Farmers Market
  • June 5, 6: No PM bussing
  • June 6: Last day of school

Additional Information:

Due to some conflicts with the music room we will now be having our end of the year PBL presentation on May 29, along with Mrs. Bronsink’s class, in the media center (library). It will start at approximately 2:30 p.m. and will most likely last until near the end of the day. You are welcome to stay afterwards and enjoy some cookies with us! (If you would be willing to donate some cookies or baked goods for this celebration please shoot me an email!) Please mark this on your calendars and feel free to let grandparents know as well! This celebration is so much fun because it allows you to see how very much your kindergartener has grown this year!

I sent out a sign up genius on Friday evening for the Holland Farmer’s Market trip. Thank you for the great response. If you would still like to go please let me know because I don’t want anyone to miss out! Also, if you signed up could you shoot me an email about how many kids you can take in your car so I can figure out the best way to get us all there with as few cars as possible (the parking can be a bit tricky!).  Looking forward to this fun day with the kids and praying for lots of sunshine!

In just a few short weeks the Memorial Day Parade will be here! If you would be interested in walking with our class please let me know as I will need several volunteers to help keep our children safe and keep things running smoothly!

Curriculum:

Bible: This week we started studying the fruits of the spirit as well as listening to the story of Peter healing the lame man. We talked about how the healing was possible because it was done in the name of Jesus. We discussed how powerful the name of Jesus is!

Word Wall Words: (go) green and white!!!

Daily 5: This week we continued to work on all five parts of the Daily 5. I was able to meet with each group once and everyone should have a new book to take home. I have been trying to send the books home with them on Thursday and if you could practice their books and blending cards over the weekend and send them back on Monday that would be great! Please continue to encourage your child to read even in the hectic pace of this month.  The more exposure they have to print the better readers they will become!

Phonics: This week we worked on the sounds the vowel “i” makes.

Math: We continued to work on finding different ways to make 10 by using manipulatives and then making charts to see the equations.

Writing Workshop: We are continuing our “How To” writing. This week I helped them with the first few steps in how to make a snowman and they came up with what they would do last. In the upcoming week they will start to write these on their own.

Afternoons: Our afternoons this week have been filled with so many things including making donuts, learning about experiments (ask your child about the book we read entitled God Thought of it First), and playing lots of different games. We also enjoyed art as well as our play times and quiet times!

HAT DAY!

Week in review: April 29-May 2

We are starting to wind down our Kindergarten year! It is hard to believe we are into May already, although we all would love to see a bit more of the sun! We are working hard these last few weeks on our vowel sounds and blending sounds together as we read! We have also started our ABC Countdown and I am looking forward to Monday when we will be making our homemade donuts and talking about the number zero! Praying you all have a restful and rejuvenating weekend, I will be headed to East Lansing to watch our oldest daughter graduate from MSU! Enjoy your children at this age, speaking from experience I can tell you the years fly by!

Important Dates:

  • May 8: half day for Tulip Time- dismissal is at 11:45
  • May 9 & 10: No PM Bussing
  • May 30: Our PBL Presentations-more info below
  • June 5: Field Trip to Holland Farmer’s Market-more info below

Additional Information:

PBL- This week we brainstormed about some animals we would like to learn about. The students then wrote some of their top animal choices on an index card and I will be going through them and dividing them into groups based on what animal they would like to study. I will be sending out a signup genius in the next few days looking for some volunteers to help our groups do research. After two weeks of research we will gather in the music room to present our animals to parents and friends or grandparents who would like to attend. This is such a fun and exciting project for our kindergarteners. Thank you in advance for your help!

Farmer’s Market Field Trip- This week we were given the date of our last field trip. We will be going to the Holland Farmer’s Market on June 5. For this trip I will need about 5-6 drivers like normal but I would love to have at least 8-9 parents come along as I would like each parent to be assigned to two children to help them walk around the farmer’s market and decide what they would like to purchase with their $2. (This money is from the field trip money you gave at the beginning of the year.) This can be a bit overwhelming for the kids so it is great to have them in smaller groups! I will be sending up the sign up genius for that in the next week as well!

Curriculum:

Bible: This week we learned about the Pentecost and how the believers came together and God gave them the Holy Spirit. We then talked about our Bible verse and what it means to “Go and make disciples of all nations.” We also worked on a page for our spiritual journal.

Word Wall Words: red and orange

Daily 5: I was able to work with each group once this week. We worked hard on reading strategies such as sliding through a word and breaking a word into parts to make it easier to read. Your child should have come home with a reading strategies paper in their book bag.

Phonics: This week we worked on the 2 sounds the vowel “e” makes and well as the sound the “sh” blend makes.

Writing Workshop: We finished up our pen pals unit with one last letter to them, along with a very fun pizza party! A huge shout out to the parents from our class who made that possible! We also started our “How to” writings with How to plant and How to make a pizza!

Handwriting: lowercase u, i and e.

Up in Lights: This week Daisy Haywood was Up in Lights. We were blessed to have Daisy join our class during the second semester. Her mom came and shared about her. We are so glad to have you in our class Daisy!

Afternoons: This week we had our normal afternoon activities like playtime and quiet time as well as art and math centers and of course our pizza party! We also started some of our afternoon ABC Countdown activities including apple snacks and outdoor chalk writing and drawing. Thank you again to the parents who are donating to make our ABC Countdown memorable!