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23 Dec

Well, we did it! Another successful Chanukah production, where the Keshet class shined!!!! We are so proud of the class for all of their hard work and participation! We thank you for all of your support throughout this process!
In science we continued our Human Body Unit with a review of muscles, bones and the circulatory system. 
See if your children can tell you about…
Muscles:
The difference between expanding and contracting muscles. 
What smooth muscles (muscles that work involuntarily) and cardiac muscles (muscles that make the heart pump) are and do.
 There are over 650 muscles in your child’s little bodies and their jaw muscle is the strongest of all of these!
Bones:
What would happen to your body if you didn’t have bones? 
What are the 3 jobs of the bones – (keep you standing upright, help your body move, and produce cells)
axel bones (helps keep you upright)
apendicular (help you move)
joints (connect bones to help move
What bones are made of? (calcium)
What are the smallest bones in your body? (in the ear)
What is a fracture? (When there is a crack in the bone.)
Can bones fox themselves? Why would we need a cast?
Circulatory:
.. 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 typical daily vocabulary, Things 2 have been given new spelling words.
New words:
outside בַּחוּץ  chair  כִּסֵּא  map  מַפָּה  yard  חָצֵר  dessert   קִנּוּחַ  book  סֵפֶר
Reading groups are consisted of the rotations where children each had the opportunity to reading their groups and work on specific skills. The reading groups are beginning to focus on different genres, such as realistic fiction, fantasy, fiction, etc.
This weeks sight words (things 1) were /do/ and /be/. While Spelling words (things 2) focused on /ch/ and /sh/ words
Things 2 are also continuing to review grammar by reviewing possessive nouns and is and are.
 
This week in math the Things 1 has been talking about more, fewer, and equal to (or the same as). Children have been working with manipulatives to represent this new vocabulary, as well as working through their books/workbooks with coloring, one-to-one correspondence, and written numerals. 
Things 2 Continued to develop addition and subtraction by making a ten. There are specific steps for the children to show this process. 1st – make a number bond in order to make a ten.  2nd – make a “peanut” and an equation from the peanut. 3rd – make an equation with the sum or difference from the first equation and the leftover number from the number bond. Now that i have you thoroughly confused …ask your child to show you this process with these equations. 9+4=______ ; 13+4 = ________;  
16-4=_____. 
We were also so lucky to have Tzvi Benson-Tilsen join us for some fun math games! Today Rabah Tzvi
Parsha
Vayeshev and Miketz: we watched the Godcasts and the Alephbeta videos.  We had our role play, which included: Jacob (played by Jacob), Joseph, the Midianite traders with camels, Potiphar’s wife, Pharoah, Benjamin (played by Benjamin), all the other brothers, the baker, the butler, God (very minor role, sorry), and the ketchup pourer.    We watched some excerpts from Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat (starring: Donny Osmond).  We talked about tricking people, sibling rivalry, parental favoritism, and sibling reconciliation.  
 
We talked more about Hanuka, watched
 

dream  חֲלוֹם  blood  דָּם  voice  קוֹל  stripes  פסים  mercy  חֶסֶד

 
Question for the week of Jan. 3, Vayiggash: with your children and other family members, act out the revelation of Joseph’s real identity, and the reconciliation between Joseph and his brothers, by going verse by verse, Chapter 45, Genesis, verses 1-15.
Question for the week of Jan. 3, Vayiggash: with your children and other family members, act out the revelation of Joseph’s real identity, and the reconciliation between Joseph and his brothers, by going verse by verse, Chapter 45, Genesis, verses 1-15.
Parsha Vocabulary:
Next week’s Parsha is Miketz; I hope you will have a few minutes to read the parsha together with your children over our school break.
 
You might enjoy these 2 movies as a family, both of which pertain to this week’s (Yayeshev) and next week’s parshiyot:
and
Also, each child’s Machberet is in their folder. Please make sure they spend a few moments over the break reviewing consonants, vowels, syllables, words, and sentences so that we can continue moving forward on Jan. 3.  
 
Hanuka Sameach!
Shabbat Shalom
Beth and Miriam 🙂
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