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08 Sep

We hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend. The children came back to school ready to begin! Tefillah was led by Sophie B and Ben, while hallway lines were led by Sophie M, the door was held by Hillel, Calendar was led by Dar, and Cordelia and Gabby were ready to help the teachers whenever they were called upon. We also had a special visit from Morah Betty who came in to teach us about the iPad’s and how to use them. Next week we will be joining her in the computer lab!!! Todah Raba Morah Betty. We ended the week with a special visit from Hillel’s Abba, Nadav! Nada joined us to teach us about Shabbat and sing songs with us! Todah Raba Nadav.
Morning Meeting:  During our morning meetings we have been reviewing the days of the week, months or the year, specific date, weather and days of school, in Hebrew and English, (with tally charts). We have also begun skip counting the days of school by 2’s. Dar has been a fantastic and enthusiastic helper!!!
Open Circle: For this week’s Open Circle, we reviewed our Classroom Rules as well as the importance of not interrupting (raising their hands) as well as how else they can be an “Active Listener”.
Secular Studies:
Reading Centers consisted of 4 different groups. Children are reading at many different levels and the groupings allow them to have reading partners and work at a level that is most appropriate for them. One group was using the Starfall program to familiarize themselves with the letters and their sounds. Those children who are already readers were paired with readers on the same or similar levels. They took turns reading to each other and focusing on specific skills. For example; creative storytelling, sequencing, and main idea/details. I (Morah Beth) rotate between the groups explaining the skills and providing support as well as  assisting with decoding when necessary. Prior to breaking into these groups, the children gathered in our meeting space and were introduced to some different styles of writing. Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Realistic Fiction. After treading their selections they were asked to identify what style the author was writing in. 
Math Centers consisted of building blocks (one to one correspondence), fact family cards, and “Make 7”. Children were split into different groups  focusing on each of these activities throughout the week. Each group met with me (Morah Beth) each day to focus on more specific skills. Children in Things 1 have been learning about matching, and sorting, while children in Things 2 have been reviewing numbers 1-10 in written form, pictorial form, ten frame form, and the numeral identification. 
Social Studies: We are continuing with our All About Me unit. Children learned that their names help make them unique and that it was the first gift they ever received from their parents. We read the book “First Gift” and talked about how we can sometimes have many different “names”. (English , Hebrew, nicknames…) They were then able to decorate name signs in both Hebrew and english and add their nicknames (if they have them.) our will see these on display for our HaShem Sheli program. 
Writer’s Workshop: This week we reviewed the parts of a book as well as some ideas of what to write about. After reviewing fictional writing in reading, each child was asked to think about an opinion they have and write about it.
Judaic/Hebrew :

Ki Tavo, Deut 26:1 – 29:8 is this week’s parsha. In Keshet, we focused on the following concepts: tithing/charity; Israel and the Land Flowing with Milk and Honey (sang, listened to and danced to Eretz Zavat Chalav Udvash); watched Shalom Sesame; watched KiTavo godcast; did an activity with the entire Torah being written on stones, and the Eival and Gerizim mountains, regarding blessings and curses; did a “matching fruits and vegetables” activity with regard to first fruits which is part of this week’s parsha.  The children were excellent leaders and participants in our classroom and whole-school tefilla.  We have been doing lots of movement — calisthenics, counting up to ten in Hebrew; Shimon Omer; the Penguin Song; and Israeli dances including Mayim Mayim, Yesh, and Nigun Atik.  We have begun to discuss and prepare for Rosh Hashana, and have been blowing the shofar and singing verse 4 of Psalm 27 (traditionally recited every day of the month of Elul, through Hoshana Raba), every day. Ask your child to teach/sing this with you: 


  אַחַת, שָׁאַלְתִּי מֵאֵת-יְהוָה–    אוֹתָהּ אֲבַקֵּשׁ:
שִׁבְתִּי בְּבֵית-יְהוָה,    כָּל-יְמֵי חַיַּי;
לַחֲזוֹת בְּנֹעַם-יְהוָה,    וּלְבַקֵּר בְּהֵיכָלוֹ.
4 One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: {N}
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, {N}
to behold the graciousness of the LORD, and to visit early in His temple.
Week 1:
bathing suit בֶּגֶד יָם waves גַּל  surfboard גַּלְשָׁן  sand חוֹל  sunscreen קְרֶם הגנה
Week 2: 
toys   צַעֲצוּעַ  bucket   דְּלִי  fish  דָּג  chair   כִּסֵּא sun  שֶׁמֶשׁ
Thank you, have a wonderful Labor Day weekend, and Shabbat Shalom!!!!
Morah Beth and Morah Miriam

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