Mrs. Bouse's News

Thursday, January 14, 2016


Mrs. Schaefferkoetter sent out an email recently regarding the upcoming Music Parent Share.
Our class will be doing their Parent Share on Tuesday, February 16th at 10:40am. For more specific details, please see Mrs. Schaefferkoetter's web page at


Today, we had 6th grade students visit our classroom and read us a couple stories! The kids were thrilled to hear a story read to them from another child! Often, hearing their peers read to them encourages and builds excitement about reading!

Reading Book Bags

I am so proud of those students that have been consistently returning their Reading Book Bag each day/week! I have seen HUGE improvements with their reading skills and cannot wait to see their reading abilities by the end of Kindergarten!
If you have not been using the Reading Book Bag system that was sent home with your child (or do not plan to), please return those and I will still be reading with your child throughout the week during our Reading Group time.
Reading with your child every night has so many benefits!
*Building fluency
*Building a LOVE for Reading
*Building confidence
*Building their vocabulary
*Bonding time with your child


This week we took our "pretest" for our writing grade. The students were asked to write about their favorite animal and explain why it was their favorite. As a class, we talked about the sight words they could use to answer this question. "I like ___ because they___" were all on the sight word wall for them to find and use. Many of the students were able to complete this assignment, using the correct words. They phonetically sounded out the rest of the words. This was amazing! We look at whether their sentence makes sense, too!

At home, if you want to help your student get better at writing, ask them about their favorite food, color, toy, etc. Do they answer in a complete sentence? Encourage them to answer in a complete thought, as it is then easier to write a complete sentence. Have them use sight words from their rainbow wall list in their folder. Encourage them to sound out harder words. They do not have to be spelled correctly.

The other focus of this assignment is the 4-finger check:
  1. Do you have uppercase at the beginning?
  2. Do you have finger-spaces between words?
  3. Do you have punctuation (a period) at the end?
  4. Does your sentence make sense?

Sentences can be simple, such as "I like..." or "I see...." for many assignments. But help them make it a "college sentence" by using the word "because" to explain more about it!

Happy Writing!