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The Keshet class REALLY enjoyed their Pajama Day!!!! This was something we had ALL been waiting for 🙂
This week our center’s consisted of phonics where children worked in a small group with Morah Beth where kindergarten students worked on phonemic awareness skills, and first graders worked on when to use uppercase letters, and what nouns and verbs are. Because we are learning about ocean life, the children had the opportunity to create their own jellyfish for our underwater classroom. 
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. The next day while Morah Limor worked on Hebrew with the first grade, the kindergarten children worked through the same process. 
In this weeks math lesson the first grade has been learning to add and subtract tens and ones. Children have been working with base ten blocks, pictures and equations to show their knowledge. 
Kindergarten children have been continuing to use the number bonds and the part part whole model. 
This weeks ‘Word of the Day” writing consisted of the words “father/mother” and    “some”. 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. 
Spelling and sight words This week’s spelling words focus on “adding s” to words to make them plural. The children were taught the words plural and singular 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 The Green Light step of our traffic light. Green light means that we need to make a plan and try it. After we calm down (red light), brainstorm, (yellow light), we try it (green light). We talked about what happens if our plan does not work, and how to try a new plan or to appropriately ask for help. This is an extremely useful and important plan to implement and we encourage you to do so at home as well. 
In Science, the children talked, read and watched a short informative video clip about jellyfish. Children were asked to fill out a KWL charts as well as shar what they learned, interesting facts, and questions they still have. We also talked about and created sea stars for our “Underwater Classroom” 
Pekudei is the last Parasha in the book of Shemot. The Mishkan is set up for the
first time and Aaron put the Kohin clothes for the first time. There was
a special service to mark this first, and Moses puts the tablets in the ark.
He put bread on the table, he light the Menorah and hung the curtain on the
front of the Mishkan.
When the Mishkan is all set up, G-d can be found there. During the day there is a
cloud over the Mishkan and at night there is a column of fire.
Group 1: In preparation to Purim we learn that reading Megillah Esther is a
mitzevah. Before reading Megillat Esther the following blessings
are said; listeners respond אָמֵן.
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו וְצִוָּנוּ עַל מִקְרָא מְגִלָּה.
Group 2: The students are working on reading and reciting the Shema and
V’ehavetah, colors decode the letters and drew symbols the Hebrew words.
NEXT WEEK  WACKY WEDNESDAY will be stuffed animal day. Bring ONE of your favorite stuffed animals to snuggle throughout the day. Wednesday is also our field trip to Lyman Center to see Charlotte’s Web!!!! 
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