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20 May

The Keshet class was soooooo excited to see that our tadpoles, Kevin, Bob, and Stuart, have begun to grow legs!!!!! We have been watching them closely and are documenting their metamorphosis!

This week was flu of special visitors as well. A wonderful chef who travelled from Afula to make falafel with us. K-5 gathered in the gym around tables and quickly got to work rolling falafel. While they were being fried up we got to meet the chef from a kibbutz in afula, (which we learned was our sister city.) He was wonderful  and they were delicious!!!! We were also privileged to have Ali Cranshaw’s mom, Rhea come talk to us about working at the post office. She shared some books with us as well as different types of stamps and answered questions. The children learned how to form a friendly letter as well as the importance of addressing an envelope and providing a return address. Thanks so much Rhea!!!

SECULAR with Morah Beth 

This week our center’s consisted clock making. Children were able to create their own clocks, complete with hands, cues for counting around the clock.

The second center provided more time for the children to work on their Writer’s Workshop, “How To” stories. Children are asked to think about including details into their writing, by using adjectives.

During “reader’s workshop“, children of all ages were grouped with their appropriate reading peers.Groups were engaged in a variety of different literacy activities. Some children read  independently (Read to self), while some are “read to someone”. Each group reads on their appropriate level and then focuses on comprehension as well as language skills. This weeks skills were as follows; chronological order, supporting details, proper nouns, common nouns, and alphabetical order. Children worked quietly in their small groups while I rotate throughout the groups listening to them read and assisting when necessary.

In this weeks math lesson the first grade has begun to work on the place value of numbers to 120, estimation, number order and comparing numbers.

Kindergarten children are continuing to develop their time telling skills (o’clock and 30), as well as reviewing fact fluency through a variety of hands on math activities and games.

Spelling and sight words This week’s spelling words focus on more sight words they are expected to know for second grade. In order to practice children have been given activities for homework as well as in class. 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 “How To” writing. Children were encouraged to think about something they can do confidently. They were then asked to write a few chapters explaining to the reader “how to” do their activity. There is a wide variety of topics that are being explored.

In Social Studies, we travelled to India. The children learned about a seven year old girl names Meena and a nine year old girl names Sarala. We observed the traditional clothing and talked about similarities and differences between our clothing. We also learned about Meena’s favorite meal and how it was similar to something we like to eat as well! Other comparisons we made were with handwriting , homes, pets and religion. For fun, children created small clay candle holders decorated with flower petals and those who wanted were able to have a unique henna tattoo from Morah Beth.

JUDAICS with Morah Limor

Parashat Emor is from the book of Va-yikra. In this Parash we learned that all the Kohanim come from Aaron’s family and they must from the tribe of Levi (Levi is one of the twelve sons of Jacob).

G-d teaches Moshe more rules which help Aaron and his sons keep their family holy.

The Kohanim also have a very important work on Holidays. Moshe learned about Shabbat, Passover, Shavout and Sukkot). We learn from this Parasha that Shabbat is a holiday that comes every week.

In Israel children go to school for 6 days (in US for 5 days) and on Shabbat they rest. This is because this is the time taken to remember that G-d worked/created the world in 6 days and on the seventh day he rested.

We honor and remember Shabbat by lighting Shabbat candles and reciting the Kiddush (in class we having on Friday kabbalat Shabbat).

Shabbat table talk:

If you could travel in the world and celebrate Shabbat where would it be and why?



Group 1: working on finishing their Ariot book.

Group 2: Creating a windsock with a welcome sign to welcome the 8th graders on their return from Israel.

NEXT WEEK’s  WACKY WEDNESDAY will be Red White and Blue Day!!!!

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