Look at what these Little Engineering Learners have been doing!!!

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Take a look at the fun we have had with some engineering projects and other fun learning!

We wrote our opinions about dogs! This friend does not like dogs because they bark.
This friend likes dogs because they are cute.
We made salt dough ornaments to give to our parents for Mother’s Day!
We made the ornaments into hearts!
The fabulous Ms. Debbie in the Kitchen, baked our ornaments for us!!! Thank you, Ms. Debbie! When they cooled, we painted them!
We listened to the story of the Three Pigs. We then became engineers! We drew our plans to create a house for the pigs that the Big Bad Wolf would not blow in! Thank you to my incredible dad for helping with this project!
These friends made their house out of popscicle sticks!
This friend made his house out of toothpicks! Thank you to my amazing mom for helping with this project!!!!
The Big Bad Wolf (my hair dryer) tried blowing in the little pigs’ houses! πŸ™‚
We built CVC words!
We engineered again! This time we used various materials to create a paintbrush!!!
We drew our paintbrush design first!
We got to work creating the best paintbrush!
We tried out our paintbrushes!
We wrote about a person we love! We made them a card to tell all about the reasons we love them!
We retold the Benchmark story with our apple buddies!!!
We worked pulling weeds in the Salina Garden!
We watered in the Salina Garden!
We have some tall sunflowers beginning to grow!
We are learning about maps! We are working as a team to build this map puzzle of the world map!
We created our own road maps for our little vehicles!
We practiced math fact fluency!!!

Please practice each day to help your child feel confident for Friday’s spelling test! This week the word family is -ame. (came, same, name, lame, tame, flame)

PLEASE remember that all permission slips for both the Zoo and the Farm are due back to school not later than Friday!!! Please see me or the office staff if you need a new permission slip. The Zoo trip is on Wednesday!!! The Farm trip is on Friday!! Thursday of next week is a real life farmer’s market for our students! We are encouraging the students to dress like they are going to work as a farmer!

Please continue to bring in plastic bottle caps!!!

Please mark your calendars for a very special thank you to all of you wonderful parents!!! On June 6th (letter P day of our ABC countdown to the last day of school), the children and I would like to invite the moms and dads to our classroom at 11:00 for Pancakes for Parents!!!!

Thank you for all you do!

Love, Ms. Mehrhof

Eid Mubarak!

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I wish you all a joyous day!!!! Take a look at the fun way we ended our week!!!

We enjoyed a great Eid feast!!!
We ate together as a classroom family!
We love our friends!
Thank you families for the yummy food!
We ate so much delicious food!
We loved eating this meal together!
Thank you again for the yummy food!
We made moon observing binoculars.
We worked on our projects in the gathering place of our room!
We painted our shirts with our hands!
We made shirts for the planting of our Salina Wishtree!
We made shirts for the planting of our Salina Wishtree.
Look at our Salina Wishtree!!!!
Our butterflies emerged from their chrysalis!!!! The children named them Sonic, Pikachu, Princessie, Cindy, and the last one we are going to decide the name with a vote on Wednesday!
We delivered love notes to the community for Care to the Core!
We made signs to carry to tell others that we care about our Community!!!
We wrote special messages to tape to the doors of houses in our community! This one says “Love others!”
This one says “I love you! Kindness is cool!”
This one says, “Love one another.”
We are so excited about our butterflies!

We will not have school until Wednesday of this week!!!! Enjoy the two days off with your loved ones!!! When we come back, I will begin end of the year assessments….. I cannot believe it is already that time of year! I have loved each moment!!!

Thank you for you all you do!

Love, Ms. Mehrhof

Look what we have been doing!

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We have been so busy learning, and having fun in kindergarten! Please take a look at what we have been doing and the announcements that follow! πŸ™‚

We made lanterns in celebration of the upcoming Eid.
We learned about ways we can help Earth for Earth Day!
We can help Earth by turning pff the water when we bruch our teeth.
We love playing with our friends!
We love playing with our friends!
We love pretending and playing with our friends!
We are busy writing about the seasons in our Benchmark workbook!
We colored real hard boiled eggs! We saw the physical change that happened to the shell of the egg!
We colored real hard boiled eggs! We saw the physical change that happened to the shell of the egg!
We colored real hard boiled eggs! We saw the physical change that happened to the shell of the egg!
We went on a math problem egg hunt!
We made these beautiful Eid decorations for the classroom! We learned there are different phases of the moon.
We have been learning about sunflowers and teen numbers! We made a sunflower and counted in a circular pattern the number of petals …..and wrote the matching teen number!
We are learning about butterflies! These are our butterflies in the caterpillar stage!
We are butterfly scientists!
Here are the butterflies in the pupa stage within their chrysalis.
We made a butterfly life cycle wheel! We shared the butterfly life cycle with a buddy on the carpet!
We practiced starting with a tower of 20 and counting one less as we say the teen number. ex. “18. One less is 17.”

This week, please remember we have a big Eid feast in our classroom! On Friday, at 2:00, if you would like to send in food for our feast, please contact me! So far we have two desserts, cheese bread, hummus, meat pies, and waters!!!!

Also, please know that Thursday, you will see the amazing Salina Wildcat students in the neighborhood, showing we care! We will be passing out “love notes” to the community we call home!

On Friday, we will be planting our own Salina Wishtree!!!!! We are so so so excited as a school family for this event!

On Wednesday, May 4, we will be starting our day at Lapeer Park at 8AM!!!!! We will ride our bikes or walk to school! PLEASE try to join us for this fun event, even if you do not have a bike! I will be walking! πŸ™‚

This week we will have our next list of spelling words! We will be learning words from the word family….-ock. (Clock, sock, tock, block) We will also do opinion writing about our favorite food!!! We all have a favorite food that makes us say, “yum”!!!! We will continue observing and learning about sunflowers and butterflies! We will also, practice counting by 10s to 100 as we examine groups of ten! In addition to all of this learning…we will begin learning about maps and their functions!

I hope you all enjoyed this lovely weekend! I am looking forward to an incredible week! Please do not forget, we really need the summer school permission slips to come to school signed! It is going to be such a fun and enriching hands on 5 weeks of fun for your children! Also, please return the farm field trip permission slip no later than Tuesday morning! πŸ™‚

Thank you for all you do!

Love, Ms. Mehrhof

Look at what has been happening and what is to come!

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We have been loving every minute of spring in Kindergarten! Take a look at some of the great things we have been doing!

We did some spring cleaning in our Salina garden! We pulled the weeds!
We used trowels and turned over the soil to prepare for new seeds to be planted!
We found worms in the soil and thanked them for helping make the soil so rich and nutritious for the plants!
We are so excited about the growth of our little sunflowers!
Wow! Look at how tall our sunflower sprouts have grown!
We wrote about what we celebrate in our Benchmark books!
We love our friends in Kindergarten!
We made a paper chain for the days of Ramadan and are counting down the days until Eid!

This week we will be learning words from the -ap word family. (ex. map, cap, tap, trap) We will also be researching facts about butterflies as we observe our caterpillars getting bigger! We will continue our learning about plants and sunflowers. In addition, we will be performing a science investigation with real eggs! This week we will continue to learn more about teen numbers. We will show these numbers as a group of ten and some extra ones. (Please note, when these eggs come home, they cannot be eaten) πŸ™‚ In addition, we will end our week with a fun math egg hunt!!!!

Please remember, there will be no school on Friday. There will also be a late start on Wednesday. School will start on Wednesday at 9:20. I have notified the families that I will be meeting with for parent teacher conferences on Wednesday this week as well. Conferences are by appointment only. They start at 3:30 and end at 6:30. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. Also, the report cards will be sent home tomorrow. πŸ™‚

See you at conferences!!!!

Please remember to send in any plastic bottle caps you have. We are collecting these for a beautiful welcome sign for our wonderful school!

Thank you for all you do!

Love, Ms. Mehrhof

Welcome Back from Spring Break!

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I hope you all had a fun and relaxing Spring Break! I am looking forward to all of the learning and fun we are going to have as we head into the last card marking of Kindergarten!

Take a look at what we did before break!

Thank you, Dr. Chochol for coming to read to our class!!!!
Thank you, Mr. Andrews for coming to read and share cookies with our class as well as the Young 5s!
We listened to the familiar story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We used pictures to retell the story in order!
We are getting ready to write a personal narrative about a time when we got a new toy. After we thought about the events that happened when we got the new toy, we took turns with our apple buddies saying what happened to prepare for writing and drawing!
We are authors and illustrators!
We compared measurable attributes between two bugs with our apple buddies!
We are hard workers! πŸ™‚
We are observing what sunflower seeds look like before we plant!
We planted sunflower seeds! We journaled our first week’s observations!
We know all plants need water and sun!

This week we will continue learning about sunflowers! We will practice informational writing about these amazing plants. We will also blend and make words for the -it family! (ex. sit, bit, mit, wit, spit) We will be tested on these words during our spelling test on Friday! In math, we identify groups of ten! This will begin our understanding that teen numbers are composed of a group of ten and some extra ones. In addition to these concepts, we will begin to discuss butterflies! We will be raising our own live butterflies in our classroom!

There will be a very important parent meeting for all Salina Families on Friday at 8:30! Please make plans to attend. This meeting will explain our Awesome Summer School program for ALL students! This program is for enrichment! We are encouraging ALL Salina students to attend the summer school program and join us for fun hands on learning activities! I am really hoping all of my students will attend and we can spend time together learning in fun and engaging ways this summer!!!

I cannot wait to see all of my little friends tomorrow! Doodle and I looked on the shores of the ocean for shells to share with each student! πŸ™‚
I wish all who are observing Ramadan a beautiful month of celebration!

Love, Ms. Mehrhof

Leprechaun Fun and More!

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I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend. Happy first day of Spring!!! As with the new budding of leaves and flowers….I am so excited to see what this season holds for your beautiful children as they finish Kindergarten! We are looking forward to a fun week before Spring Break!

This week we will continue to practice blending sounds to make words as well as write and read our heart words! We will continue to learn why we celebrate people and events in Unit 7 of Benchmark. We will also continue to practice decomposing numbers up to 10 and writing matching math equations for these decompositions. Wow! Your children are so brilliant! We will talk about different types of weather and how to stay safe during dangerous weather. This week we will continue to practice narrative story writing!

Take a look at the fun we had last week with the leprechaun trickery!

The leprechaun made a BIG mess in our classroom!!!
The Leprechaun played in the kitchen!
The Leprechaun painted and drew on our boards!
Whoa! The Leprechaun made a huge rainbow mess on the carpet!
The Leprechaun painted our spelling words on the table!
The Leprechaun moved around all of our chairs!
Wow!!! Were we surprised to see the mess!
We made Leprechaun traps!!!!! We are engineers! Thank you, Mrs. Alvarado for the materials to create our traps!
We drew our plans first and then got to work!
We made some pretty tricky traps!
We used rainbows and gold coins to try to trap the sneaky leprechaun.
We had fun making our leprechaun traps!
We made our spelling words with playdough!
We rolled a St. Patrick’s Day dice to graph the pictures rolled with a partner!
We did a directed drawing of a leprechaun! These were adorable!
We ended our week eating leprechaun muffins (green muffins with rainbow sprinkles πŸ™‚ )
We investigated how a rainbow is formed. We put a glass vase of water in the sunlight. The sunlight shined through the water and created a prism on the table showing the colors of the rainbow!
The children are pointing to the tiny “rainbow” they see. We learned that rainbows are created when sunlight shines through a raindrop and is refracted (bended). When the light shines through and is bended we get a rainbow. We also learned there are different types of rainbows!

We learned about Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, and Martin Luther King Jr. in our Benchmark text. We compared the three men and discussed their accomplishments. We looked closely at the penny, quarter, one dollar, and five dollar bills to see the faces of Presidents Washington and Lincoln.

We saw Abraham Lincoln’s face on the five dollar bill and the penny! We saw George Washington’s face on the quarter and the one dollar bill.
This friend is showing us the five dollar bill with Abraham Lincoln’s face on it.
We are excited about learning!
Trustee Jim Thorpe came to our room to read to us!!! Thank you, Trustee Thorpe!
Please send plastic bottle caps to school with your child! Help us collect enough to create this lovely welcome sign for the outside of our beautiful school!

On Friday, PLEASE send your child to school wearing as much red as they would like to wear! We are collecting $1 this day to raise money for charity!

Happy first week of Spring!!!!

Thank you for all you do!

Ms. Mehrhof

A look at what have done….. as well as a look ahead!

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Happy last week of winter! I am so very excited to begin another week of learning, laughter, and fun!

Take a look at the fun we have been having!

We are learning with a word work activity! This word work activity uses bottle cap letters to spell our heart words!
This is a partner word work activity called Pop for Sight Words!
This is a word work activity where we get to play a memory match game to find the matching pictures that rhyme……like house and mouse!
This is a word work activity where we get to use stamps to stamp and write our heart words!
We made the racoon family from the Wishtree! We made You, You, and You!
We are learning about opossums. One of the characters we are reading about in the Wishtree, by Katherine Applegate, is Flashlight, along with his family! He is an opossum! We used gray paint and puff balls attached to clothespins to paint the furry bodies for our opossums!
We worked in teams as together we sorted facts about opossums onto a tree map.
Here are our adorable opossums just hangin’ around in the room! πŸ™‚
We worked in partners to roll, find, and color the words from the -in family!
We read “Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr. Seuss!!! We loved it so much! We decided to make and try green eggs and jam!
We graphed our opinions about green eggs and jam after trying them of course!
Some of us liked the green eggs and jam! Some did not! πŸ™‚
We enjoyed trying a new food!
“Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr. Seuss read aloud on YouTube
We read “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” by Dr. Seuss. We then rolled dice and used only a red and blue crayon to create a drawing to show what we rolled. We used an addition math sentence to explain our drawing! (ex. 5 red fish+3 blue fish= 8 fish.)
During engineering time, this friend used the materials to create, the crow named Bongo, from the “Wishtree” by Katherine Applegate!
This week we will be learning to blend, read, spell, and write the words from the -op family. Our spelling test will be on Friday! Please help your child practice and feel confident for the test! πŸ™‚
This week we will also be talking about sneaky leprechaun shenanigans! We will make our very own traps to catch a sneaky leprechaun in class.

This week we will also be learning about rainbows. We will create rainbows as well. In addition to that, we will be learning about narrative writing. We will write our own fictional narrative stories to tell about a time when we found a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. We will tell what we did with the gold. We will also continue learning in unit 7 of Benchmark that focuses on; Why do we celebrate people and events?. In this unit we are reading informational texts about people that are celebrated for their accomplishments. We are learning to ask and and answer questions about the text as well as make personal connections to the text. We are also learning new vocabulary.

This week’s power letter is the letter Ll. We will practice finding words that begin with l and words that end with l. In math, we are working with word problems and using drawing and number bonds to solve the problems. We are also learning how to decompose numbers less than 10.

Please remember, Friday, March 18th is a half day! The first day of Spring is Sunday, March 20th!!!

Thank you for all you do!

Love, Ms. Mehrhof

Happy Presidents’ Day!

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Today our beautiful country celebrates Presidents’ Day! Here is a read aloud for you to share with your children. I wish you all a fun and relaxing rest of mid-winter break.

Presidents’ Day by Anne Rockwell read aloud on YouTube

Your child brought home our One School One Book choice, “Wishtree”by Katherine Applegate. Please take the time to read the chapters to your children. I am also reading the chapters aloud to the children in class. We are so excited about this story. Bongo, the crow, is actually making special appearances around our school! πŸ™‚

We have wishtrees that we will add animals to as we read along in our book. I will let you all know which chapters we read in class on Whatsapp. Please do not read past chapter 9 before we return to school. I really want to take the beautiful journey in reading together! So far, we have met the following characters; Red, the Oak tree. (the narrator of our story.) We met Bongo, the crow who has a stash of “special treasures” inside of one of Red’s hollows. We met Samar. She is a shy and lovely ten year old girl who is a newcomer with her family to the neighborhood.

This story is so special and sends a lovely message about friendship and acceptance. Please help your child keep this book in a special place and take great care of it. It is theirs to keep forever. πŸ™‚ We will continue reading at chapter 9 on Wednesday!

Take a look at the illustrations of the characters we have met so far in the story…..

Here we can see a lovely illustration of Red and Samar.
Here is another beautiful illustration of the characters we have met in “Wishtree” by Katherine Applegate.
Here is another beautiful illustration of the characters we have met in “Wishtree” by Katherine Applegate.
We love our new book! It is so awesome to see children so excited about reading!!!! We also made a circle map to list all of the animals that have made their home in Red’s 216 year old life!

Thank you for all you do!!! I am so looking forward to seeing the children on Wednesday!

Love, Ms. Mehrhof

We had such a fun Valentine’s Party!!!!

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We really enjoyed all of the fun and laughter during our Valentine’s celebration! Thank you all so much for all of the treats and Valentines you sent to school with your children! They loved sharing these with their friends!

Take a look at the lovely time we had today!

We made heart boys and girls to decorate the front of our Valentine bags!
Look at our adorable Valentine treat bags!
Here are the rest of the adorable treat bags!
We decorated and ate cupcakes!
Some friends used their sour candy hearts to decorate their cupcakes!
We sorted, counted, and graphed colored candy hearts!
We played a Valentine sight word game to music!
We read the sight words when the music stoppped!
We created very special Valentines!
We graphed candy hearts!
We used two dice as we rolled and colored the sum of the two numbers shown.
We created Valentines with lots of different craft materials!
We played Valentine Bingo!
Thank you to all of our Valentine volunteers that joined our party! We appreciate you all so much!
Thank you, volunteers for all of your help!
We practiced addition at our Valentine’s party!
We loved playing Bingo!

We listened to the story “The Day it Rained Hearts” by Felicia Bond. Then we created a math project of raining hearts!

We used a number bond and an equation to represent the hearts that rained down on our project!

Please remember, tomorrow is a late start! School will start one hour later!

Thank you for all you do!

Love, Ms. Mehrhof

Happy 100th/101st Day!!!!

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Wow!!! the 101st day of school has past!!! We had such an amazing 100th Day celebration!!!

Take a look at the pictures from today and last week!

We made 100th day hats with finger painting by 10s!
We stacked 100 cups! We also ate 100 goldfish crackers and 100 animal crackers!!! (Collectively of course πŸ˜‰ )
We love to paint!
These friends are 100 years old in kindergarten.
100 years old and still loves legos!
These friends are 100 years old in kindergarten!
These friends are also 100 years old in kindergarten!
Happy 100th Day of School!!! We are shining brighter and brighter each day!!!
We had a lesson in dental health for Dental Awareness!!!
We learned how to take good care of our teeth!
Our One School One Book choice this year is “Wishtree” by Katherine Applegate!!!! It’s such a touching story about friendship and acceptance!
We all got our own copies of “Wishtree” by Kathrine Applegate!!! We are so excited to listen to this book and go on the beautiful journey of the story together with our whole school!
I wish you all a lovely Valentine’s Day!!!!

I am so excited to celebrate Valentine’s Day with my students! I know they are too! Please encourage your child to wear red or pink tomorrow for our celebration of friendship!

The week’s homework and spelling words have been sent home!

The word family we will focus on for this week is the -et family! (ex. bet, met, set, vet, wet, jet)

We are continuing to work with number bonds and equations for addition. We are also continuing our work with learning about goods and services!

And…..we are starting a new unit in Benchmark! We will be learning that every story has a message! How exciting!

Your child brought home their workbook from Unit 5 on Friday! This is an awesome tool to use for review as well as for reading practice. Your child will love showing you their work and what they learned in unit 5!

Thank you for all you do!

Love, Ms. Mehrhof