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06 Feb

Secular Studies
Open Circle skills are continuously practiced and modeled throughout the day. The use of communication skills ,the “I Feel” sentence, The Traffic Light, and Responsibility Mats are staple tools in the classroom. We are continuing to encourage respect towards peers, adults, materials, and themselves. Non-verbal signals for wanting to share in a group, the bathroom/water request, and agreements are modeled by teachers and children alike. These are all important skills that we encourage to be used at home as well as in school.
Reading groups continued a bit differently this week. We began with all of the children listening to a story called, “Guji Guji”. Prior to reading they were told what types of questions they would deed to answer so they knew what details to look out for. Ask your children what Guji Guji was? Why did crocodiles have a blue-grey body, big sharp claws, and pointed teeth. After answering these questions they were then created a venn diagram using the differences and similarities between crocodiles and ducks. Lastly, they were asked to illustrate Guji Guji and write (or dictate) seven words that describe (adjectives) the character.
Things 1 were introduced to new sight words /you/ and /of/. While Things 2 were given their new Spelling words that focused on the long /e/ sound. 
Things 2 are also continuing to develop their Language skills by working on identifying the naming and telling parts of sentences. 
This week in math the Things 1 are continuing to develop a number send of numbers 1-20 through the use of cubes and ten frames. They are representing numerals on the ten frame and beginning to learn about place value. Using the written numerals as well as the visual of the ten frame they have been asked to identify how many groups of ten are in a number. Each child was also given a set of index cards with the numbers 1-20 as well as a set of 10 frames with each number represented pictorially. The goal was for them to match the visually represented number to the numeral. Things 2  learned about graphing. After asking students, teachers, and faculty what their favorite favorite ice cream flavors were, they put the information into a bar graph. They then used the bar graph information to create a tally graph. In case anyone was wondering…Chocolate totally won!!!!
We had two amazing celebrations this week: a great Torah ceremony, and your children excelled at all of the speaking and singing parts!  Please re mind them that stamina and practice actually does make perfect, at least most of the time. We especially enjoyed seeing the snuggles with you, their parents, as we concluded the program.  Thank you for all the post-celebration treats.
Also, Things Two completed their first 100 words in their Machberet, so we celebrated with our own Aluf HaIvrit! Each child sang their own original song, composed and using lyrics chosen from those 100 words.  On to our next 100!
Bo: we watched the Godcast and Alephbeta video.  We had our role play, which included: God, Moshe, Aaron, Pharoah, Locusts, Darkness as Tangible and Thick as Pea Soup, Heinz Ketchup (Makat HeBechorot),  the Angel of Death, the Egyptian firstborns, and the sad Egyptian parents.  
We continued to examine my David Moss Haggadah; they used magnifying glasses to see some of the amazing micrography.  This was especially important this week, as our parsha includes the commandment that is the basis for the creation and use of the Haggadah: and you shall Tell Your Children (the story of the Exodus — see Exodus 13:8).  We sang the 10 plagues on the Ten Plagues Micrography page, and also sang the (amazingly illustrated Palindrome Ilu-veLo) Dayenu page. 
We continued to prepare for Tu BeShvat by reading and singing from our Tal Am resources.  All the children love “playing restaurant” in Hebrew; if you or anyone you know is travelling to Israel — please bring paper menus from restaurants of any kind.  Our current menu is from a fancy restaurant in Zichron Yaakov and includes Béchamel Sauce.  We also love playing “phone call with Saba and Savta”.
On Friday, we shared our Kabbalat Shabbat with Babaganoush, and kept up well with their usual program of prayers;  we shared with them our Eitz Hayim Hi with hand motions.  We read a book: All About Trees — so that we will be ready for Tu Beshvat..
go quickly    במהירות
silver   כֶּסֶף                                                                                                                                      
gold      זָהָב                                                                                                                                  
to eat   אָכַל
festival  חַג
Question for this coming week: find out something about Nachshon
Hebrew Vocabulary for this week included the following words. 
name   שֵׁם                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
corn   תירס
bus   אוֹטוֹבּוּס 
enter    נִכְנַס
look     נִרְאָה 
catch   תָּפַס
to it      את
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