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05 May

Well, we did it!!!! Screen Free Week was a success. The children were so thrilled to come in and tell us what they did INSTEAD of being on their iPad, tablet, phone or TV, and truth be told it was a great experience for us as well. We put so much focus on getting ourselves healthy by eating the right foods and exercising. It is time we realized the impact these screens are having on our health. Hopefully we can all learn from this experience and consider cutting back on our screen usage. 
We were also so very lucky, this week, to have seen, Lilach Shaham and Mira Leibowitz read Torah on Yom Ha A’tzamaut! We are so thankful that we were able to celebrate with them and see such an important event. 
Secular Studies:
This week in Science the children were introduced to fact about our planet Earth. 
Q. What do the Earth and a piece of bread have in common? A. They both have a  crust.
Q. What is the Earth’s crust made of? A. dirt and rock
Q. What is most of Earth’s crust covered with? A. water
Q. Can you name the Earth’s layers? A. crust, mantle, and core. 
Q. There are parts of the Earth’s crust that rise above the water. What are these called? A. continents and islands
Q. What is the Earth’s mantle made of? A. melted rock called magma.
Q. When does magma turn to lava? A. When it comes out of the Earth.
Q. What is a plate? A. something you eat off of…. just kidding :). The Earth’s plates are broken up pieces of it’s crust. 
Q. What happens when the Earth’s plates move? A, earthquakes, creation of mountains, volcano’s.
Q. Can we eat things that come from the Earth’s crust? Yes! anything that grows from the ground is coming from the crust. 

Reading groups  began with a new way to practice skills. Different games focusing on different skills were used. From rhyming to homophones,  and sequential order, to short vowel sounds. Lots of hands on learning took place addition to small group reading instruction. 

Things 1 were introduced to new sight words, which consisted of the color words. This week was just the beginning with the colors, green, brown, yellow, and blue. They completed the first half of 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 short vowel words. Children were asked to review the words they have been previously quizzed on and without knowing what I would choose they were quizzed on Friday! I am so thrilled to say they all did a WONDERFUL job!!!!
This week in math the Things 1 played a variety of math games that allowed them to practice their math facts. Jumping’ Chips Addition, 3-in-a-row addition and subtractions gave each child an opportunity to work in small groups, focus on their cooperation skills, while building knowledge and skill. 
Things 2   began double digit addition while using place value to determine ones and tens. 
Parshiot Aharei Mot & Kedoshim: we watched the godcasts.  We talked about the important rules — don’t put obstacles in front of the blind, do not gossip even about deaf people, save the corners of your fields for the needy, and treat the stranger fairly as we were strangers in Egypt.
Yom HaZikaron: Sunday night many of the Keshet parents took prominent roles in the very moving Yom Hazikaron Community Commemoration; they were eloquent.  Monday in school, we listened to appropriate music and talked about the Israeli army. We recited the Tefilla for Israeli Soldiers. 
Yom Haatzmaut: the children rotated to activities about Jerusalem, Haifa, Eilat, Qumran Caves, the army, and Tel Aviv.  Tel Aviv and Haifa seemed quite popular.  We had a great falafel lunch provided by the PTO (thank you PTO! we appreciate your kindnesses!) and had a great Tefillah with Hallel.  Morah Lilach (and Michal’s mom) read Torah for the first time — amazing! Yasher Koach and Mazal Tov.
We have continued to count the Omer and begun talking about Lag B’Omer and Shavuot.
ram   אַיִל  goat    שעיר  spices סמים  finger   אֶצְבַּע  fire   אֵשׁ
Hebrew Vocabulary for this week included the following words. 
shirt   חֻלְצָה  bed    מִטָּה  sleep   יָשַׁן  yellow    צֹהַב  pink   וָרֹד

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