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03 Mar


Open Circle focused on appropriate ways to show our affection towards each other. While we love our friends and sometimes want to show our love there are appropriate ways to do so. We often talk about keeping our hands on our own bodies in terms of hurtful behaviors, however, we also need to learn that many ways of showing affection can be inappropriate as well.  While hugs and kisses are okay for our families they are not for school. We talked about how these acts of kindness may also spread germs and we do not want to get anyone sick. We often share activities with some of the older children at Ezra. We discussed while it is so much fun to be with the “big kids” they love to help the Keshet students, we still need to be independent students and use the time with them to learn. 

Reading groups have been a bit different this week. We have been celebrating Dr. Seuss!!! Each day a different Dr. Seuss book was reading an activity followed. Monday we read My Many Colored Days, and children talked about colors that represent their feelings and what they do about those feelings. Tuesday we read, Horton Hears a Who and children thought about 2 good deeds they have done that made them feel good. On Wednesday we read…Wacky Wednesday of course! Children noted some wacky things they saw throughout the day and drew wacky pictures of themselves and their teachers. Thursday we started our day with Green Eggs and “Yams” 😉. We learned about Dr. Seuss and created some fun Cat in the Hat looking snacks. 

Things 1 were introduced to new sight words /were/ and /yes/. While Things 2 were given their new Spelling words that focused on long /e/ sounds, using /ee/ and /ea/. 
Things 2 are also continuing to develop their Language skills by working the to correctly use the words I and me. A review of nouns, verbs, adjectives, took place prior to them learning about pronouns. 
This week in math the Things 1 have been learning addition techniques. Adding on through the use of pictures and manipulatives. Adding on is done by starting with the larger number and counting on from that particular number. for example. 3+2=_______. Children will start with the number 3 count on 4, 5. New vocabulary: sum, equation, addition
Things 2  began a very exciting unit on Multiplication! Their faces were priceless once they realized it was not as challenging as they has expected!!!! This concept is being introduced by adding in groups. 5×3 is simply 5+5+5=. New vocabulary: rows, columns, 
Parshat Teruma: We watched the godcast and Alephbeta video.  We sang Debbie Friedman’s “Holy Place” and “Asu Ki Midkdash”.  Our role play included the parts: God and Moshe.  Everyone else brought gifts — beautiful material, necklaces, scarves, bangles, etc.  We talked about the ability, and necessity, of every single person to give gifts to meaningful causes — each to their own ability.   Generosity and philanthropy — especially to Jewish causes — is a central message. 

We began to get ready for Purim with song, dance, vocabulary, coloring and story.  Ask your children about “I Love To Laugh” from Mary Poppins and “Happy” by Pharell Williams — as we commanded to be Happy in the month of Adar! We read “The Old Synagogue”, “Sammy Spider’s First Purim”, “The Better than Best Purim”, “If You’re Afraid of the Dark, Remember the Night Rainbow”, and “The Children of Chelm”. 
We enjoyed a Whole School Tefilla on Monday for Rosh Hodesh and the regular Tefillah on Thursday, where the Keshet class got new Ilanot Tefillah partners. 
Parsha vocabulary:
oil   שֶׁמֶן  wings   שֶׁמֶן  table  שֶׁמֶן  ring   טַבַּעַת  ark   טַבַּעַת
Hebrew Vocabulary for this week included the following words. 
mask   טַבַּעַת   costume   טַבַּעַת   laugh   צָחַק   talk   דִּבֵּר   shoes     דִּבֵּר
Wishing everyone a Shabbat Shalom
Morah Beth and Morah Miriam
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