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21 Sep

Even though we have had a short week we have accomplished a great deal! This week’s Wacky Wednesday was very bright with all of the grades in a different color of the rainbow. The Milat Ha Yom was even the word Keshet…which we though was quite appropriate

In Math, the kindergartners are continuing to work on one-to-one correspondence. They are also practicing how to properly form their numbers, (much like letters from the top down) and they have been introduced to the “5 frame”. They know how it is used and how it can help us with addition equations. The 1st graders are working on number bonds and how to find the missing number. 

Spelling; For this week’s spelling words the 1st grade will be focusing on the short /o/ sound. Kindergarten students have also been given a list of sight words to practice reading. Some of these words are translated and transliterated into Hebrew so the children can learn them in both languages. 
Language Arts has been filled with a variety of new concepts for many. We have reviewed the differences between fiction and non-fiction, as well as realistic fiction. Some of the new genres that were introduced were fantasy and biography.
For Handwriting, the children are continuing to learn about the different “strokes” used to form letters. Kindergarten worked on the uppercase and lowercase formations as well as the letter names and sounds for the letters /L/, /I/, and /T/.  The first graders are working on their ability to leave the proper spacing between their letters in a word and words in a sentence. They are also learning the importance of making “straight” letters and how it allows us to read their writing more clearly.  
Aside from developing their handwriting the children are also learning some skills to make them better writers. Each child was given a sheet to fill out (for homework) with various topics. These topic will remain in their writing folder and will be used when they are asked to make a free writing choice. It can often be a challenge for children to think of something to write about. With this list they will have a number of topics already created at their disposal. This week the topic was chosen for them. Keeping with the Yom Kippur theme the children were asked to write about what they we’re sorry for and what they wanted to do better in the new year. 
We studied about Yom Kippur, through a variety of stories and activities. Children were read the story, Sammy Spider’s First Yom Kippur.  In the story Sammy did something that he needed to apologize for. We then held a class discussion about what we needed  to say “i’m sorry” for. They also learned the Hebrew word for sorry, slichah (excuse me) or mitztaer (I’m sorry). There are so many Hebrew/Judaic books that have been written about Youm Kippur for children. There is also a fantastic secular book that ties in beautifully to how we want to be for the new year. The book Have You Filled A Bucket Today? Being a “bucket filler'” means doing good and kind things for others. We all have an invisible bucket. Our buckets can be filled or emptied. The children learned how to be “bucket fillers”. If we fill other people’s buckets our buckets will fill up as well!
There are three things that need to be done before Yom Kippur takes place. 1. Tshuvah (asking forgiveness), tzedakah (charity), and Tashlich. We were able to do one of those on Wednesday morning. Along with the 8th grade we walked up the street to the pond. We threw bread that represented our sins into the pond and prepared to begging anew. We also represented getting rid of our poor choices by blowing bubbles and watching them float away. Now that we have though about what we did this past year and how to become better people we are ready to fill those buckets! 
Open Circle was very informative this week. After last week’s discussion about classroom expectations and “non-negotiable” rules the children were asked to go home and talk about their own expectations and non-negotiable rules with their families. We discovered that we have many of the expectations were the same between home and school. We reviewed our color chart and everyone is working very hard to “clip up”!
For Hebrew the Kita Alef class learned the letter Shin and to recognize the letter in a word. Words that have the letter Shin are:
Shachar –  שחר (A boy name)
Sharona-שרונה (A girl name)
Shachor -שחור ( black)
Shalom –  שלום (Hello)
Shabbat – שבת (Shabbat)
Shabbat Shalom –   שבת שלום  (Shabbat Shalom)
Hebrew Gan – 
We learned to write the letters Dalet and Hey
We learn to recognize the letters in the following words:
Domino  – דומינו (Domino)
Degel –  דגל (Flag)
Devash – דבש (Honey)
Hege – הגה (steering wheel)
Har – הר (mountain)
Have a lovely weekend and Shabbat Shalom!


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