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28 Sep

We hope everyone had a wonderful, sweet Rosh Hashanah! We were all so happy to be back together again after such a long break! We are pleased to say that the children quickly resumed their routines and participation was at a high and there were lots of “clip-ups”!!!!! 
Morning Meeting:  
We continue to develop an understanding of days, weeks, months, year, and weather during out meeting time (in Hebrew as well as English). Children are also becoming familiar with skip counting by 10’s, 5’s and 2’s as we count the days of school thus far. We are up to a whopping 19 days!!! Tally charts are also continuing to grow for days of school and weather allowing the children to become familiar with visual number representation as well as written numerals. 
Open Circle:
This week we decided to base our Open Circle unit around Yom Kippur. Apologizing and forgiveness were two words used a great deal. In addition to thinking about our sins and what we need to ask forgiveness for, the children were also asked how they could have made a better choice for the future.  
Secular Studies:
Reading Centers 
Reading centers went seamlessly this week. Children were gathered in a mini lesson to discuss Author’s Purpose. We talked about the three reasons an author would write a book. (to inform/teach, to persuade/convince, or to entertain). While children were dispersed in their developmentally appropriate reading groups they were asked to think about the author’s purpose. Other skills depended on the books that were being read, however fluency and comprehension are a steady staple wishing these groups.  
Math Centers:
For the children in “Things 1” number recognition, one to one correspondence, and the written numeral have been the main focus. They have also begun to read picture graphs and identify a specific number through this type of graph. 
For children in “Things 2” the week began with a review of number bonds and part-part-whole. This has been a wonderful visual of how numerals connect to create new numbers. After completing their review children began to create their own number stories. Through the use of visual aids and manipulatives children paired up and created as many number stories as possible. It was an eye-opening experience for the children to realize how many different stories (equations) could be made with the same number of items.  
Writer’s Workshop: Writing continued with the stories that began last week. Children are trying to provide detail on each page by using descriptive words to help create a picture in the reader’s mind. 
“Things 2” received their second spelling list focusing on the short /i/ sound. Children practiced their words through games, stamping, verbal spelling, and through the use of manipulatives. 
Sight Words:
“Things 1” reviewed the words, the, is, and it in a variety of fun ways with hands on activities (Wikki sticks and white boards). In addition to this they were also exposed to three more sight words. /to/, /a/, /as/.
Judaic/Hebrew :
During Tefillah Jacob and Gabby were amazing leaders. Thursday’s Whole School Tefillah was filled with ruach from Keshet…as usual. They really make Ma Rabu and Hallelujah, and Oseh Shalom a spirited experience. The parsha this week is VZot Habracha, the last parsha in the book of Devarim and the entire Torah.
We watched the godcast and did our role play.  The parts were: God, Moshe, and the 12 tribes.  Each tribe got their own individualized blessing, and at the end the people were sad because Moses died.  
The verse that we sing very frequently is in this parsha, here:

  תּוֹרָה צִוָּה-לָנוּ, מֹשֶׁה:  מוֹרָשָׁה, קְהִלַּת יַעֲקֹב.
4 Moses commanded us a law, an inheritance of the congregation of Jacob.
When we get to the end of a book of the Torah, we chant: 

chazack chazack chazach 

This week we went with the 8th grade to Tashlich. As we paired off and travelled up Rimmon road to the pond we were preparing to trow away all of our “poor choices”. This years ceremony was one that has never been done before, Thanks to Morah Gail! Each child received a bag of 8 cheerios. After repeating an “al chait” children threw a cheerio into the water to represent ridding themselves of that “sin”. The sins that were focused owner quite relatable to children  For example: “I am sorry for not including my friend at recess.” “I am sorry for to listening to my parents or teachers”. etc…Then the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears was read. Children were asked to think about תשובה‎. After the story the group was asked if they thought Goldilocks had done anything wrong. AND…Did Goldilocks do תשובה‎? We ended the ceremony with each child thinking about 5 things they wish to do better in the new year. Their ideas were written on a hand print and added to a bulletin board in the hallway!
The week ended with a Kapparot ceremony led by the 8th grade.
We played our very special Tashlikh game (prior to the Tashlikh school activity on Tuesday): we had a blue towel on the floor, representing the flowing water of a river.  We threw in our sins (each written on a piece of paper with a paper clip attached) and then each child had a chance to fish out one sin with a magnetic fishing pole. The rest of the children first sang Avinu Malkeinu and UShavtem Mayim, the child acted out the sin they drew out of the water, and then the rest of the class guessed which sin was being acted out!  We continued to play our Shimon Omer using: blow shofar, apples dipped in honey, Slicha, I forgive you, Buzzing Bee, Kiddush, Hamotzi, etc.  We then played Shimon Omer with the 3 items that ensure our being written in the book of Life: Tzedaka, Tefillah and Teshuva!  We also did flashcards with those words to reinforce reading of those words. 
The phrase גמר חתימה טובה   and its imagery would be great to include — as we say it during these 10 days as a greeting — may you be inscribed in the book of life. 
We reviewed the story of Jonah as it is read on the afternoon of Yom Kippur.
Week 1 : bathing suit בֶּגֶד יָם waves גַּל  surfboard גַּלְשָׁן  sand חוֹל  sunscreen קְרֶם הגנה
Week 2: toys   צַעֲצוּעַ  bucket   דְּלִי  fish  דָּג  chair   כִּסֵּא sun  שֶׁמֶשׁ
Week 3:Nitzavim: today  היום  covenant   בְּרִית  nation  עם  water  מַיִם land    אֶרֶץ Vayelekh: to speak   דִּבֵּר  holiday  חַג  ear  אֹזֶן  land  אֲדָמָה  tent  אֹהֶל
Week 4 eagle   נשר  oil   שֶׁמֶן  milk   חָלָב  ear   אֹזֶן borders   גְּבוּל
Week 5blessing   בְּרָכָה number   מִסְפָּר  dew   טַל  cry  בָּכָה  strong   חָזָק
Thank you, and Shabbat Shalom!!
Morah Beth and Morah Miriam

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