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04 Mar

The Keshet class had a wonderful time listening to and celebrating Dr. Seuss stories for his birthday! Rhymes, stories, crafts, green eggs and a birthday party helped us celebrate this amazing author/illustrator!!!
This week our center’s consisted of a Dr. Seuss rhyming activity, (in honor of his birthday), where children created a Cat in the Hat. On this tall, striped, hat children drew and colored the red and white stripes. On each stripe of the hat children were asked to come up with different rhyming word families. 
The second center was a continuation of their All About Me Books. Table of Contents and chapters 1-3 are completed my almost everyone. Two more chapters to go and they will be ready to work on their cover and dedication pages!
Children are also continuing to add to their Torah (Parsha) scroll with Morah Limor, as well as an art craft that focused on this week’s Parsha, Vayak-heil. 
This week for “reader’s workshop“, Morah Limor started the week out by working with the Kindergarten students on Hebrew. The first graders rotated through a variety of different stations. Guided reading station with Morah Beth, read to self station, in which children quietly read a book, on their level, independently. They also spent time at the read to someone station, where 2 children took turns reading to each other. All of the books are from the Reading A-Z program which provide specific skills to develop along with the reading. The next day while Morah Limor worked on Hebrew with the first grade, the kindergarten children worked through the same process. Reading levels are continuing to soar, so be sure to keep reading EVERYDAY with your children!
In this weeks math lesson the first grade began their new math book!!! Numbers to 40, place value and the tens and ones place were learned through using manipulatives, pictures and number equations. 
Kindergarten children are also learning about place value with numbers through 20, and were introduced to number bonds as well. We have been using the terminology part-part-whole, as well ad addition equation, and sum.
This weeks ‘Word of the Day” writing consisted of the words “because” “every” and ” ocean”. The children were given the words 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. They then join in a circle, read their work and show their illustrations to their classmates. 
Spelling and sight words This week’s spelling words focus on “long i spelled with y” . 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.
In Writer’s Workshop each child has been working on their All About Me Book. Once the Table of Contents was completed the children were able to look at their chapters and begin focusing on each one. Children are learning to incorporate detail and write as though the reader knows nothing about the topic. We call this informative writing. 
This weeks Open Circle lesson focused on how to implement the yellow light. The brainstorming process to find solutions to the problem. The first step is to this of lots of ideas. We can not say that an idea is good or bad until all ideas have been presented. Children were provided with an example of a problem and asked to brainstorm ideas. They were then asked what they think might happen next, and the most important question to ask is, “Is this solution SFE AND FAIR”. These conversations help also children to identify that there are many different ways to solve a problem and help them learn that it is not only their solution that will work. 
In Science, the Keshet class has begun a unit on the Ocean! Children are learning the difference between salt and fresh water as well as the types of things that live in each. Children were split into two groups (salt water and fresh water) and after some “brainstorming” the groups shared what they each thought lived in these places and a list was made for all to see. 
This week’s Parsha is Vayak-heil. In this Parsha, Moshe gatered all fo th Jewish people together and reminded them that there was to be NO work done on Shabbat, and he reviewed the plans for the Mishkan.  Betzalel led the pople through all of this work and all of the gifts they had brought to the Mishkan were used to make an ark, table, menorah, washing stand, and 2 altars. The Jewish people made so many offers that Moshe had to tell them to stop bringing gifts. 
Shabbat table talk?
1. Why is it important to remember and keep Shabbat?
2. How Shabbat is different than any other day?
The students learned about the Mishkan and the important items that
were inside. They had to use their creativity and build the Mishkan
from Leggo or building blocks and put the following items inside: Ark,
Menorah, Altar and a table.
Shabbat Activity:
We learned that when we give a gift it shows that we are generous. The Hebrew
word is Nadiv (boy) – Nediva (girl). in this week Parasha we learn that
the Israelites were so generous with bringing and giving gift to build the
Mishekan that Moses had to ask them to stop. Today Jewish people
continue to show their generosity by giving Tzedaka. In class the
students decorated a Tzedaka boxes and will bring them home.
Please add it to your Shabbat table and talk to your child about the
important of helping others and how they would like to use the
Tzdakah money to help other.
Thank you and Shabbat Shalom!!!!
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