NEWS from the S.S. Noah

Mrs. Johnson's Kindergarten Weekly News

April 11, 2016

Sneak Peek of the Week Ahead...


WEEKLY THEME: How Does Your Garden Grow? Week 1

The Kingdom of Heaven is like a single sunflower, which was planted in a large field. When it died, a strong wind came and scattered about it's seed. Much of the seed took root and soon the field was filled with bright yellow sunflowers. If only all the new Sunflowers understood how to invest their seeds, then what a marvelous site we would be!


If you close your eyes, you can even hear plants coming to life all around you. What a fun time to experience "How Does Your Garden Grow?" We will read a class set of The Carrot Seed, and sequence "How To Plant A Seed. The nursery rhyme "Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary, How Does Your Garden Grow? will be acted out by making flowers. Jack And The Bean Stalk, will come to life as each child receives a "magic" bean and must decide what adventure it will take them on. Story maps will be made as we compare the fairy tale version to Jim and The Beanstalk (a modern day version).

Story maps (whether done in pictures or written out) bring organization and meaning to what is read. They improve comprehension. You will see several coming home dealing with details and sequence. We'll also read the Parable of The Sunflower. Just watch a sunflower during a day. It keeps its face toward the sun all day. What a great comfort and example to us all to keep our faces toward The Son!

The Magic School Bus: Gets Planted


We will continue working on our facts. Subtraction always seems to be a little harder for children that addition, so for the next two weeks, subtraction will be our focus.

The Needs of a Plant (song for kids about 5 things plants need to live)

Friendly Reminders


Please help your child complete the seed collection homework. Assignment will come home on Friday.

Please read through the "Plant Sitter" project . I will send home the information on Friday. You will need to help your child select a plant/ a seed/ or a cutting and record his/her observations. PLANT IS DUE AT SCHOOL ON Wednesday, May 18 FOR OUR FLOWER/PLANT SHOW. This is a long-term project and not a part of our weekly homework.

Important Dates

April 13 ThIs trip has been cancelled! So sorry!

KJ to Mason Christian Village

April 15 Plant Sitter calendar and information will come home.

April 26

Field trip to The Learning Tree Farm


Permission slips were sent home on Friday.

May 4-6 International Week at CHCA

May 6 China Lunch at school

May 13 Mother's Day Tea 2-3 pm at school

May 18 Plant Show


Dear Families,

Our farm field trip is just two weeks away. About 5-6 parents may ride the bus with our class. Please let me know as early as possible if you might be a bus rider or if you prefer to drive your own car. As stated earlier, your child may ride in the car with you if driving is your choice, but no other child may ride with you unless that child's parent is riding in the car with you. This is an all day trip and children will need to bring all of the items listed in the information packet I sent home on Friday. Please let me know if you have questions. This is a great and informative trip for the children. I love that the name of the farm is The Learning Tree Farm!