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01 Apr

For the first time the Keshet class took part in the Ezra Academy Invention Convention. It was an amazing experience with FULL participation, and some truly OUTSTANDING inventions! I would like to congratulate Naama Hotam for taking 1st place for kindergarten, Eli Blatchley, Gabe Levy, and Avinadav Horowitz for taking 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for 1st graders!!! Mazel Tov to ALL of the participants!
This week our center’s consisted of Writer’s Workshop, where the children worked on their “opinion writing” (see Writer’s workshop for more details.) Groups were also able to practice their subtraction facts through a fun game called Jumpin’ Chips subtraction. The children are used to playing this game with addition facts, and are ready to master the subtraction as well. 
During “reader’s workshop“, Morah Limor takes a group of children to work on Hebrew/Judaic, while the rest of the children are engaged in a variety of different literacy activities. some children are reading independently (Read to self), while some are “reading to someone”. Each group reads on their appropriate level and then focuses on comprehension as well as language skills. This weeks skills consisted of KWL charts (What I Know, Want to Know, and What I Learned), Main Idea/Details, Cause and Effect, and compare and contrast. Children are also being exposed to parts of speech such as nouns, adjectives and verbs. 
In this weeks math lesson the first grade began MULTIPLICATION!!!!!!!!! Children are learning to understand the concept of equal groups and use mathematical language to describe these groups. For example; 3 fives” or “3 groups of 5”. They have also learned how to find the total number in equal groups using repeated addition. 
Kindergarten children have mastered the concept and are able to use number bonds with ease. They have also done quite well with 3 digit addition. They are now developing their ability to form addition equations (within 10) and solve them. They are also connecting the number bond concept to the addition equations. 
This weeks ‘Word of the Day” writing consisted of the words “use” and “around”. 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 ing”  in order to make words in their present tense. 1st graders are also learning that these words are verbs and what that means. In order to practice children have been 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 Opinion writing. Children were encouraged to think about their “favorites” and asked to share why they feel so strongly about these things, thus hopefully encouraging others to be convinced. The Table of Contents has been completed by all and they are now focusing on the chapters in their book. 
This weeks Open Circle lesson continues from last week. Children have decided who they want to interview  and come up with 5 questions. They have typed their questions out, in computer class with Morah Betty and have scheduled times to meet with their interviewees. 
In Science, the children are continuing to watch the tadpoles. We have learned all about the lifecycle, as well as amphibians, and metamorphasis. Be sure to ask your child about these concepts, they will have lot’s of information to share!
We had a wonderful visit from “almost” Rabbi Yoni (Rabbi Amanda’s student teacher) to talk to us about kashrut, and what makes an animal kosher. 
Parashat Shemini is the 3rd Parasha in the book of Va-yikra, we learned that G-d teaches all the rules about what is Kosher and kinds of food Jewish people should or should not eat. G-d tells the Israelites that animals that can be eaten are animals with split hoofs and that chew their cud. Birds which can be eaten must not be hunters and edible fish must have fins and scales.
Today many foods that are Kosher have a special sign on the label. All of these signs show that the food is Kosher to for Jewish people to eat.
Group 1: the student made a door decoration with Jewish symbols.
Group 2: We continue to review the words from the Shema and Ve’haveta and color coded them.
In class the Keshet students start learning the songs: Ma -Nishtanah and Echad Mi Youdeah. We read the books:  “Sammy Spider’s first Passover”, Let my people go!”, and Miriam watches over baby Moses”.
We talk about what a Miracle is (in Hebrew Nes) and what miracle happened on Passover.
Shabbat table questions:
What is a miracle? Did you ever experience or saw a miracle?
NEXT WEEKS  WACKY WEDNESDAY will be Kids Dress like teachers and Teacher’s Dress like kids 🙂
Thank you and Shabbat Shalom!!!!
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