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16 Dec

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. 
Children learned….
.. 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
New words:
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.
ParshaVayishlach: 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.
Parsha Vocabulary:
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)
Shabbat Shalom
Beth and Miriam 🙂
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