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31 Mar

Our favorite time of year at Ezra has come. Peach tutoring time. This is when the older students gather in small groups with the Keshet class and tutor them on important parts of the seder. Order, The 4 Questions, The 10 Plagues, as well as songs and meaning. This is a most special time at Ezra. A chance to witness the Ilanot through 8th grade demonstrate leadership and shine in a truly spectacular way.

We were also able to finish our week with Miss Jeanine again!!!! We learned the song Bo’ee and Miss Jeanine taught us how to sign it!!!! It was a wonderful way to end a great week. 
Secular Studies:
This week in Science we began a unit on the SOLAR SYSTEM!!!! We began this unit by learning about and creating starts and constellations. Ask your children the following questions.
Q. What are stars made of?    A. large balls of hot, glowing gas. 
Q. What is the sun?         A. a star…BUT NOT the biggest star!
Q. Why does the sun look like the biggest star to us?    A. because it is closes to our planet. 
Q. What are groups of stars that seem to make a pattern called? A. Constellations. 
Q. Do we measure the distance between stars in miles?   A. NO. light years.
Q. How are stars born?  A. When gas and dust squeeze together and heat up. 
Q. Do stars change?   A. Yes. There are young stars (like the children 😉) blueish in color, middle aged stars (like Morah beth 😨) yellow in color, and old stars (those who will not be mentioned 😄) redish in color. 
Q. What are very large groups of stars called?   A. Clusters. 
Q. What are the largest clusters of stars called?   A. Galaxies.
Q. What is our galaxy?   A. The Milky Way (Morah Beth’s favorite candy of course!)
After taking in all of this information the children were able to create their own galaxies/clusters/constellations. They also learned the Hebrew name for stars (cochavim) and learned Twinkle Twinkle in Hebrew. 

Reading groups continued with lots of interesting topics, such as rabbits, where a venn diagram was created to compare different types of rabbits read about. Animal skeletons, where a KWL Chart was used as well as a venn diagram used to compare two different animal skeletons. The 5 senses, anywhere children learned how senses can be described by using adjectives. And a what we can be book that encouraged children to look at the difference between real and make believe.  

Things 1 were introduced to new sight words /come/ and /where/. They completed their packets and are doing an exceptional job learning a very long list of words!!!  Things 2 were given their new Spelling words that focused on words ending in /ed/. They learned that when adding /ed/ to a verb it makes the verb past tense.  
This week in math the Things 1 continued with addition/subtraction and fact families. They are still developing their ability to master their math facts and see how equations, fact families, and number bonds all tie together. 
Things 2  began a unit on telling time. They have learned the difference between digital and analog clocks as well as come clock vocabulary. Face, hands, minute, hour, second, o’clock, half past. Children are using pictures as well as the “Judy Clock” to experience different times. 
Hebrew Vocabulary for this week included the following words. 
blessing   בְּרָכָה  sweetheart    חביבי  eraser  מַחַק  pencil   עיפרון  bottle  בַּקְבּוּק
Parshat VaYikra: we watched the godcast and Alephbeta videos.  We discussed the sacrifices, showing thanks, expressing remorse, and the connection between the sacrifices and our current practice of Tefillah (prayer service).  
Regarding Pesach, we worked on: familiarizing ourselves with the Haggada; the search for and burning of the Hametz, and the associated blessings; the Order of the Seder, the 4 Questions, the 4 children, Pesach, Matza and Maror, Dayenu, the 10 plagues, and Had Gadya.  We sang songs and brachot for Pesach, and read books about the holiday.  We learned the 4 names for the Holiday: Hag HaPesach, Hag HaAviv, Hag HaHerut, and Hag HaMatza.

male   זָכָר  to wash   רָחַץ  fire  אֵשׁ  to sacrifice   הִקְרִיב  smell, odor   רֵיחַ

Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom.
Beth and Miriam
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