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25 Sep

Another short week with lots going on! On Monday the children brought in tzedakah for Kapparot. We have a wonderful tradition of the 8th grade students coming by and performing this activity. Kapparot is another way to get rid of our “poor choices” from the previous year. A prayer is said as our Tzedekah is waved over our heads. Our slates are wiped clean and we prepare to make the most appropriate choices we can. 

We began our week with a lovely Tefillah in which the children sang, Al Shlosha Devarim. The children were asked what this song is about and they were able to tell us that it is about the world being built on three important things. Torah, prayer, and hard work. We then moved on to the Shemah where the children were taught the meaning of this Tefillah. That there is ONE G-D and only one. After the Shemah, the Birkat Hashachar was said and talked about. What are we thanking G-d for? These tefillot are recited while using the large Tefillah chart where the children can see the photos and read the large print. 
Our center activities were a continuation from last week. Due to our short week not everyone had the opportunity to engage in all of the activities. Reading, math and Hebrew were going on in small group settings. 
Stories were read about Yom Kippur. We talked about doing “Tshuvah” and what that means.  We also read about Jonah and the Whale. The  class was asked why this story was read at this particular time of the year. We discussed that Joanah needed to ask G-d for forgiveness and we must do the same. We also learned that this story is written in a Megillah that is read on Yom Kippur. We also began to learn about the next of the holiday, Sukkot. The children were read stories that talk about the meaning of Sukkot as well as the traditions and meanings behind them that take place on this holiday. 
We also had the privilege of watching the 8th graders assemble the lulavim. Rabbi Amanda’s student teacher, Yoni Nadiv, explained what each piece of the lulav is and how they are put together. 
In math, the first grade is continuing to use their knowledge of “part-part-whole” to solve addition equations. The children learned the meaning of the + and = symbols. They practices this concept in their workbooks as wells verbally telling number stories to each other and then writing out an equation. Kindergarten has begun to learn how to read a picture graph as well as chart out a bar graph. 
This week we began a new writing activity. ‘Word of the Day” On certain days there is a word written on the board. As the children walk in there is a sheet of paper on their desks. They write the word of the day down and then write (or dictate) one to two sentences using that word. They then have an opportunity to illustrate their writing and read their work aloud. This week’s words were, please and this
Spelling and sight words have been a review for the children. Short vowel sounds as well as common sight words have been reviewed and used in our Word of the Day writing.
This week’s Open Circle lesson was one of great importance! How to be a Good Listener.  The children were asked to look at me while I read a short passage. Then they were told to focus on something else while I read the same passage. Which was easier for them to focus on? Why? We learned that it is always easier to focus when we give our “School Listening Look”  or SLL. This is when our bodies are facing the teacher (or person talking) and we are making eye contact. After the lesson the class had the chance to draw what it looks like to be a good listener.  We will continue to practice the SLL in school and we encourage you to practice at home with the HLL (Home Listening Look) as well. 
We wish everyone a wonderful Shabbat and Sukkot. Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach!

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