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22 Jan

The Keshet class has been working SO hard on their Siddur Ceremony and Art Show!!!! Please be sure to join us on Friday, January, 29, 2016 at 9:00am in the B’nai Jacob Chapel. It is sure to be an incredible morning! If you are planning to attend (and please feel free to bring guests), please RSVP, with a total number of people, to Morah Beth at bmessina@ezraacademyct.org
This week’s Parhsa, is from the Book of Shemot. Parashat B’eshallach, Israel’s (Jacob) family was leaving Egypt and on their Journey g-d led them to the sea of reeds. Pharaoh changed his mind once again and wanted the Israelite people to came back. He sent his soldiers and chase them.  As the Israelite’s get closer to the Sea, Moses prayed to G-d for help and G-d divided the sea. The Israelites crossed the sea, and once they reached dry land they noticed that Pharaoh’s army was chasing them. The waters then returned and the Egyptian soldiers drown. The Israelis were at last safe and free.
Later the people got thirsty and started complaining about water, Moses found sweet water. When they got hungry G-d fed then with special food called manna.
Shabbat Table Questions:
1. Why were the Hebrew people cranky?

2. How did g-d take care of the Hebrew people in the desert?
3. Did the children of Israel miss Egypt? Did they want to go back, why?
Our center activities consisted of a phonics/grammar group with Morah Beth. Kindergarten students developed their phonemic awareness while first graders learned about when to use upper case letters, punctuation, the difference between asking and telling sentences and that a sentence is a complete thought. There was also a math center that focused on skip counting, and two parsha activities with Morah Limor. Each group made a collage with different paper materials that showed the Israelite’s escape from Egypt. Each child also learned to write the following words:
Pharoah פרעה , Am Israel עם ישראל, Moshes משה, Egypt מצרים, red sea  ים סוף
Each child had the opportunity to explore all of the stations.
This week we began a new form of “reader’s workshop”. While Morah Limor works with the Kindergarten students on Hebrew, the first graders rotated through different stations. There was a guided reading station with Morah Beth, where specific instruction is provided. There is a read to self station, in which children will quietly read a book, on their level, independently. Lastly, there was a read to someone station, where 2 children took turns reading to each other. These stations rotate throughout the period so everyone has the opportunity to do everything. The next day while Morah Limor works on Hebrew with the first grade, the kindergarteners will work through a similar process. This week children learned about a variety if skills and concepts. Past tense verbs, how to write a summary, venn diagrams, and cause and effect. 
In this weeks math lesson the Kindergarten children have begun their unit on length. Words like longer, shorter, larger, and smaller have been talked about and demonstrated. First graders have been studying 3 dimensional shapes. Cube, cylinder, rectangular prism, cone, etc. 
This weeks ‘Word of the Day” writing consisted of the word “effort”.  The children were given the word and asked to write two complete sentences, (uppercase, punctuation, and a complete thought in between). After writing their were asked to illustrate one or both sentences.
Spelling and sight words This week’s spelling words focus on the long /o/ sound. 1st graders were given activities in their spelling books as well as hands on homework activities. The Kindergarten children were provided with their sight words (some of which were in hebrew as well) and asked to practice them with their families. They too have hands on homework that allows them to become more familiar with reading and writing these words, in a fun and sometimes silly way.
For Social Studies began by learning about Henri Matisse. Matisse was not even awae that he enjoyed art until he was 20 and was recovering from an illness. His mother had given him paints to keep him busy and it was then he discovered how much he loved art. Prior to this Henri had gone to law school and even though he was bored by it he became a lawyer. It didn’t take long before Henri decided to leave the law profession and convince his parents to let him go to art school in Paris. Henri had many different styles of art, some of which became controversial. He didn’t care what others thought and he continued expanding his styles and created many amazing and beautiful paintings. 
We ended the week with some special Tu B’Shevat activities. Each child made a beautiful tree with the use of mosaic squares and stunningly colored buttons. They also heard the Giving Tree and then talked about the people who are “giving” to them, an how they can be more “giving”
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