Chanukah rehearsals are in full swing. Costumes are rolling in and the excitement is spreading like wildfire. Perhaps we are biased but we think the Keshet class is going to steal the show! 🙂
In Open Circle we talked about recognizing differences. While we are all basically similar, we are also all very different. Children were asked to look at their classmates and acknowledge external as well as internal differences within themselves. Some children noted hair or eye color while others noted who was a good friend or good at cooperating. We are encouraging the children to look beyond themselves and appreciate what they see in others. We also learned a new technique, taught to us by Nurse Carolyn. This technique is called tapping and it is a way to help children refocus themselves after their emotions get the best of them. Please watch this video clip that explains “tapping” and try implementing at home with your children when necessary.
In science we are continuing the Human Body Unit with the circulatory system. Children already knew that the circulation involves the hear and how the blood travels around the body.
.. there are 4 parts or chambers to the heart, (2 atria and 2 ventricle)
…valves keep the blood flowing in the right direction,
…veins carry blood to the heart,
…arteries carry blood away from the heart,
…It is the blood’s job to bring oxygen to every part of your body. Oxygen is brought into the blood by the lungs.
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 ; kippah 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 letters אוֹת lions אַרְיֵה there and here שם Alphabet אָלֶפְבֵּית flag דֶּגֶל cake עוּגָה small קָטָן big גָּדוֹל movie סֶרֶט you אַתָּה, אַתְּ band aid פְּלַסְטֶר heart לֵב eye עַיִן ear/s אֹזֶן see רָאָה house בַּיִת help עֶזְרָה know יָדַע six שֵׁשׁ basketball כַּדּוּרְסַל boy בֵּן horse סוּס
zebra זֶבְּרָה goat תַּיִשׁ face פָּנִים magic marker טוּשׁ Hanukah חנוכה Garbage פַּח drink שָׁתָה
Reading groups have been changed around a bit. As the children progress and develop their skills, the groups change as do the expectations. Three of the groups read a story from the Trophies reading program. After each story, there was a writing activity to follow. The expectations of each child are different depending on their skill level.
We have also begun our next chapter book; James and the Giant Peach. We are meeting some very “peculiar” characters and seeing some very interesting things happen. The children were immediately able to make text-to-text connections between the characters in this book and Tale of Desperaux.
This weeks sight words (things 1) were, /are/ and /did/. While Spelling words (things 2) focused on double final consonants.
Things 2 are also continuing to review grammar and parts of speech. Nouns (singular and plural), verbs, how and when to use the words is and are, as well as possessive nouns with their apostrophes.
This week in math the Things 1 learned about patterning with size, shape, and color. Children were asked to identify and create patterns using one or all of these characteristics.
Things 2 continued to practice adding and subtracting by making a 10. In addition to using pictures to visualize the 10, they are also learning to follow the mathematical steps to show how a 10 is made.
Parsha: Vayishlach: We watched the godcast and the alephbeta videos. We read: We had a great role play with the following characters: Yakov, Esau, Rachel, baby Benjamin, the Angel, and God. We sang Siman Tov ve Mazel Tov on the birth of baby Benjamin, and then mourned Rachel’s death. The children learned about Yakov’s injured upper thigh with “oy, my upper thigh”. We talked a lot about siblings: sibling conflict, sibling jealousy, sibling reconciliation, and different kinds of siblings. We sang “Hinei Ma Tov uMa Naim” to reinforce positive sibling relationships and reconciliation. We read: “Brothers and Sisters”, “Brothers: A Hebrew Legend”, “Franklin and Harriet”, and “The Berenstain Bears Hug and Make Up”.
We also sang and read about Hanuka, including: “The Flying Latke”, “Latkes and Applesauce”, “The Chanukah Guest”, the Tal Am Hanuka Big Book, and “Sammy Spider’s First Hanuka”. We watched a godcast about Hanuka, and listed to music by the Fountainheads, the Maccabeats, Six13, etc. We learned the candlelighting Brachot and sang songs from a Hanuka songbook.
dawn שַׁחַר hug חִבּוּ camp מַחֲנֶה gifts מַתָּנָה pain כְּאֵב
Question for next week,
Question for this coming week’s parsha Vayeshev: how does the Torah refer to Joseph’s “coat of many colors”? (see Genesis chapter 37:3)(Ketonet Pasim)
Beth and Miriam 🙂