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10 Feb

Please note that Tav, Eydan, and Alexandra, of the Ilanot class are raising money for St. Jude’s. The week of February 27; Monday, Wednesday, and Friday there will be a bake sale. Please see the attached flier and we hope that you will allow your children to support this worthy cause. 
Thank you!!
Secular Studies:
Open Circle skills are continuously practiced and modeled throughout the day, and we continue to encourage you to use them at home as well. This week we revisited  the skills of giving and receiving compliments. This is in preparation for “Friendship Week” that will be introduced next week. 

Reading groups went back to normal this week. Four groups, each reading at their appropriate levels and focusing on skills that were introduced in the stories they were provided. For example: 

Things 1 were introduced to new sight words // and //. While Things 2 were given their new Spelling words that focused on a mixed vowel review sounds. 
Things 2 are also continuing to develop their Language skills by learning about nouns, singular and plural, and what to do with special names of people or places. 
This week in math we were able to celebrate our 100th day!!!!!! Coloring pages, calendar activities (skip counting by 10’s , 5’s and 2’s to 100), bags of 100 things and a very special snack! In addition to hundreds of other things… Things 1 continued to develop their foundation with the ten frame.The visual of the ten frame helps children see how many groups of ten are in a number. In addition to using a ten frame and centimeter cubes, they have explored the visual by using a bar graph. 
Things 2  were provided with pectoral representation of a number higher than 20. They were asked to find the groups of ten and then write the number. They have also been introduced to Cuisenaire rods and how they represent all numbers. We are encouraging all of the children to look at numbers in terms of how many groups of ten there are. For example; 30 and 8 is 38 (30+8=38)
Parshat Beshallah and Shabbat Shira: we watched the Godcast and Alephbeta video.  We had our role play, which included: God, Moshe, Aaron, Miriam, Pharoah, Pharoah’s army and chariots and horses, Nachshon, and the cloud (by day) and the fire (by night) that guided the Israelites through the desert.  We relived the tremendous drama of the Exodus, packing up our Matza, 600,000 men, women and children fleeing in the night,  Pharoah changing his mind, the Israelites being chased by Pharoah and his army, Nachshon’s bravery demonstrated by his plunging into the waters without knowing how to swim when action was required, the splitting of the Reed Sea, the celebration of Miriam and the women with their tambourines as they arrived on dry land, the poetry of the Song of the Sea, the drowning of Pharoah’s army, the Israelites quickly becoming disillusioned and their very loud grumbling and complaining about hunger and thirst, the provision of manna and all its delightful tastes, Moshe’s striking of the rock to get water instead of simply using his words as God instructed (consequence: not permitted to enter the Land of Israel), the rules of war, and the cruelty and inhumanity of the Amalekites.  We also prepared for Shabbat Shira by singing a lot — everyone got a chance to share their favorite song, and we accompanied them with tambourines, triangles and maracas.
We continued to prepare for Tu BeShvat by reading and singing from our Tal Am resources.   We enjoyed John Denver and the Muppets singing “Inch by Inch” and sang along with them.  We watched the Shaboom video about “Waste Not”, as Jewish environmentalism is rooted in Tu BeShvat.  We reviewed the 7 species and learned the various Brachot with a memory game.  We had fun with Tu BeShvat Lotto and the Exodus puzzle.  We also enjoyed Rabbi Joe Black’s “Nachshon Rap” and joined in singing and acting that out as well.  We read a few more books about trees, and the book “Nachshon Who Was Afraid to Swim: A Passover Story”, read to the class by Gilah Benson-Tilsen.   We hope to have time for a fruit and vegetable Colorful & Edible Tree Creation with the appropriate Brachot, as well as Debbie Friedmans “Devorah’s Song” which is related to the beautiful Haftora this week.  
thirsty  צָמֵא  rock   צור    quarrel    רִיב   tambourine   תֹּף מִרְיָם   ; sword חֶרֶב ; 
Question for next week: which one is your favorite commandment?
Hebrew Vocabulary for this week included the following words. 
lotto    לוֹטוֹ ;  sea   יָם ;  snow  שֶׁלֶג ;  clouds   עָנָן ; hail   בָּרָד
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