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27 May

The Keshet class really enjoyed being able to show their “special friends” and grandparents around school this week.

Our week began with a lovely Tefillah led by our Tefillah leader, Grace. The children now know the order of the tefillot as well as where they are in the siddur!

We also had a wonderful visit from the second graders who joined us for some phonics games. This is a great way to begin the transition for those moving onto second grade. We will also be setting up some times to go to their classroom and spend some time with the Babaganoush teachers.

SECULAR with Morah Beth 

This week our center’s consisted of a math activity where the children used a deck of cards. Each child would take two cards, add them together and graph the answer in it’s proper column.

There was also a listening center where children heard the story, My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother and they answered some comprehension questions. On Friday the entire class re-listened to the story and used their critical thinking skills to answer a question about themselves.

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; recognizing the setting changes and being able to write about them descriptively, identifying the problem and solution,  main idea and supporting details and cause and effect. Children worked quietly in their small groups while I rotated to each group listening to them read and assisting when necessary.

In this weeks math lesson the first grade group have been developing their counting on skills and also seeing how they can apply the solving by making a ten strategy. Kindergarten students were also exposed to this strategy with more appropriate expectations of their skills.

This weeks ‘Word of the Day” writing consisted of the word “cooperate or cooperation, mother and father”. The children were given these words and asked to write two complete sentences, (uppercase, punctuation, and a complete thought in between). Each sentence required a noun, adjective, and verb. After writing their were asked to illustrate one or both sentences.

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 Greece. We met a young boy named Yannis Yannis is from Greece and that is where we travelled this week. We looked at the Greek flag and talked about similarities that we see between the American and Israeli flags. We also compared his school, writing, family life, and food. Speaking of food… we made some deliciously fresh tzatziki sauce and created our very own mosaic tile designs.

Judaics with Morah Limor

Parashat Be’hae – פרשת בהר is from the book of Va-yikra. In this Parasha we learn that some Jewish Holidays last a day and some last a whole week. There are two Holidays that last a whole year and of them is Shabbat .Shabbat is a holiday that comes every seven days. On Shabbat Jewish people around the world get to rest.  The other Holiday is “Shabbat Year (Shenat Shemita שנת שמיטה).

G-d teaches Moshe that every seven years there is to be a “Shabbat Year” in the seventh year the land should go to rest. On that year there is no farming.

7×7=49 .That is 49 years. After 49 come 50 that year called “Jubilee year” In the “Jubilee year” everyone goes free, we forget about any money which a person owes and we blow the shofar.


Group 1: Create poster to advertise their favorite place in Israel.

Group 2:  Reviewing stories from the Ariot book and finish their work in the book.

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