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11 Nov

This week began with a classroom Tefillah led by Caleb and Orly. We also said a special prayer for Michal and her family in honor of the new baby, Ido! Mazel Tov!!!! 

On Tuesday we learned about the importance of voting and every child at Ezra Academy had the chance to cast their vote for President. 
On Friday we honored all of the veterans at Ezra Academy. Those who have served in the United Stated and Israeli military we provided cards, thank you’s and hugs for their years of service. We love, honor and appreciate all of you and the countless others who have served to protect us. 
We are continuing to develop the Open Circle skills that have already been introduced as well as the new skills of including one another and cooperating. We talked about how it feels to be left out and what ways we could include others in our play. We also talked about the fact that others do not always have to include someone if they are in the middle of a game or activity. Sometimes a child will need to simply wait their turn and that is okay. 
Children were also taught about cooperation and how working together is important and helpful and can sometimes be hard. Children had two opportunities to cooperate. One in a small group where children were paired together and asked to draw a house. The other was in larger groups where they were asked to work together to get into height order. At school we have many opportunities for children to work together on a task. It is important to provide these opportunities at home as well. When cooperation is successful be sure to compliment your child on their efforts. 
In Social Studies the mapping unit continued with children mapping their bedrooms, and even following a map through the “desert” with Avraham and Sarah for this weeks parsha.
Hebrew vocabulary continues to flow freely throughout the classroom. In addition to the previously mentioned vocabulary (body parts, left/right, run, walk, etc..) Things 2 have been given their 4th spelling list. Their new words are…
previous words are as follows…
Year     שָׁנָה   good      טוֹב    me   אֲנִי    Say    אָמַר    Life    חַיִּים   Shofar   שׁוֹפָר   Apple   תַּפּוּחַ  honey  דְּבַשׁ   eat    אָכַל   water    מַיִם   water    שָׁטַף   drink   שָׁתָה   write   כָּתַב      sentence  מִשְׁפָּט   happy   שָׂמֵחַ   baby fish    דָּגִיג   fish     דָּג    ice cream  גְּלִידָה   teacher    מוֹרֶה    child     יֶלֶד soup  מָרָק house  בַּיִת; grass  דֶּשֶׁא; shirt  חֻלְצָה ; squirrel   סְנָאִי ; painting  ציור ; Israel   יִשְׂרָאֵל; love  אָהַב ; kippa  כיפה ; clown  לֵיצָן    create    ברא   sky    שָׁמַיִם   earth   אֶרֶץ    light   אוֹר   darkness  חֹשֶׁךְ
no   לֹא   can  יָכֹל   pants   מִכְנָסַיִם    notebook  מַחְבֶּרֶת   wear  לָבַשׁ   fruit  פְּרִי    red   אָדֹם   hair   אָדֹם   tomato   עַגְבָנִיָּה
New words that have been introduced are as follows; see parsha words
 Reading groups are continuing in a variety of ways. At times children are paired with another child on their actual reading level. They take turns reading a book together and help each other work through the designated skills introduced. In addition t cause and effect, main idea and supporting details were added to our skills. Different groups have also been focusing on different genres and skills. The entire class has learned about realistic fiction and fictional stories.There are also times where children will “read to self” or “read to someone”. Reading groups are subject to change by the advancement of each child at their own rate. 

 Handwriting has continued at an individual pace. Each child works through their handwriting books, practicing the letter sounds and proper letter formation. Phonics activities are provided to the children in Things 1 while Things 2 are being instructed on grammar skills.

This weeks sight words included off, up, and am. Spelling words ended with /nt/ and /mp/.
This week in math the Things 1 used manipulatives to represent numbers. They are working on number order and what comes before and after. 
Things 2 began learning about the meaning of subtraction as well as methods to solve equations. Using the part, part, whole model and some new vocabulary (difference, subtraction, minus, equation). They have also been introduced to fact families. Through the use of pictures and then dice they were able to practice fact families by writing out the two addition and two subtraction equations. 
This week’s parsha, Lech Lecha: We watched the godcast, read “Sarah Laughs”, “Lech Lecha” and “A Little Boy Named Avram”.  We did our role play, including the characters: Avraham, Sarah, God, the Camels, Hagar, Ishmael, and Lot.  We sang “Kum VeHithalech Baaretz” and “Lechi Lach” and “Twinkle Twinkle Kochavim”.
Parsha vocabulary words:

camel  גָּמָל   quarrel  רִיב   North   צָפוֹן   war   מִלְחָמָה   famine   רָעָב   stars   כּוֹכָב

Shabbat Shalom
Beth and Miriam 🙂
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