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29 May



As the year comes to a close we are working hard and accomplishing a lot!!!!
We began Tefillah with the Babaganoush and Ilanot classes. We all joined outside and sat together sharing siddurim. This is really a wonderful opportunity for the Keshet class. To be with the older children, follow along in a siddur and hear Tefillot that we may not be learning in class just yet. On Thursday we had many privileges at the Whole School Tefiilah. Aside from being able to see Ben Schiff (Grace’s brother ) read Torah, we got to watch her go up for an Alyiah with her mom and grandma. We also went up and led the school in the Shema, AND got to be front and center while the Torah was being taken out of the arc. 
In Math, Mrs. Ravski’s math group is revering their addition and subtraction strategies through fact families, word problems and number bonds. Morah Beth’s group is also reviewing and developing these skills. We have been using white boards and small manipulatives to visualize these concepts. We are also in the process of completing our end of year math assessments. 
In Language Arts/Reading different groups are continuing to concentrate on different concepts. One group is concentrating on the challenging concept of cause and effect, another on making predictions and drawing conclusions, and the last on the content of the story. We also had a listening center where the children listened to the story Enemy Pie. After listening to the story there was a writing activity to follow. 
In Spelling the first graders have their fifth and final group of homophones! They have been working on the spelling as well as the definitions through class time and www.spellingcity.com . The kindergartners have been exposed to a new list of sight words in which they are asked to work creatively with hands on assignments to help them remember these words. Some activities have included writing their words in flour, salt, or sugar. Making the words out of play-doh, air writing, and even writing their words on their parents back with their finger. Each group of children has begun a spelling book called “100 words You Need to Know By 1st Grade/2nd Grade. 
 This week’s Science lesson continued with the solar system. Our final planet Venus was explored and created. Ask your child what color Neptune is? Why is it that color? What is the temperature like on that planet? What is the planet made of? What size is Neptune?
We also read a wonderful story called “A Humongous Pushka in the Sky”. This is a story about the clouds and constellations and using one’s imagination to see a giant Tzedakah box. It also talked about the different ways we can give Tzedakah. After this story the class went into the art room and made their very own Tzedekah boxes 🙂
If you have not already downloaded the Sky View app, please do so. It is an amazing app that allows children (and adults) to explore the planets, constellations, and other areas as space!!!!
In Computer class Morah Betty is now focusing on keyboarding with the children  Please take some time to work with your child on the proper positioning of their hands on the keyboard. 
The WACKY WEDNESDAY theme this week was a “White Out”!  in honor of Shavuot. Next week will be DISNEY DAY!!!! Have your child dress with Disney in mind 🙂
The week ended with a special treat for the class! The children have been so well behaved, and received so many compliments from other teachers and students, they were able to earn 25 gems!!!! Their special treat was watching the movie, The Tale of Desperaux. We had recently finished the book and while watching the children compared the two by learning about and using a Venn Diagram!

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