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01 Oct

We have continued to fill our short week with lots of excitement and learning.  The Keshet class had their first experience together at a Whole School Tefillah in which the children had the opportunity to use the Lulav and Etrog. Back in the classroom we continued with our normal Tefillah routine by singing, Al Shlosha Devarim, the Shema, Birkat Hashachar and Oseh Shalom.

From Tefillah we went to the Babaganoush classroom where we heard a story about how to build a Sukkah. From there we got to actually build our own Sukkot with all sorts of yummy treats! Gram crackers for the walls, pretzel sticks for the schach, and colorful cereal for the fruits that decorate the top. As you can imagine, snack was next and hugely enjoyed by all!
Our center activities consisted of English Reading where children met with Morah Beth in a small reading group and followed up with a writing activity. Hebrew Reading with Morah Limor. Building a Sukkah with Lincoln Logs, followed by a writing activity in which the children got to tell about how they celebrate the holiday. A Holiday bingo game and a  listening center story called “Catching the Moon” .After listening to this story online the children had a Language Arts or a science activity to choose from. 
Stories were read about Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah. We had great fun experimenting with allowing the rainwater hitting out marker drawings, as well as making a mobile with information on why rainwater is so important. The children are also very excited to begin our Parshah unit which begins with Bereshit. 
Due to the short weeks math has been a review for both Kindergarten and 1st grade. Kindergarten has continued to work on counting in sequential order and writing their numbers 1-10, while first grade develops their understanding of number bonds, part-part-whole, and finding the missing number.  
This weeks ‘Word of the Day” writing consisted of the word “are” Children entered the classroom where they saw the word of the day written on the board. They wrote (or dictated ) two sentences using the word “are” and then illustrated. When we joined for circle each child had the chance to share their writing with the rest of the class. 
Spelling and sight words This week’s spelling words focus on the short /e/ sound. Children have been reviewing words with a variety of fun activities from their spelling books and are preparing for their quiz next Friday. The Kindergarten have been given sight words to review and some of them have even been translated into Hebrew! Children practice these words throughout the week in order to build their language and vocabulary. 
This week’s Open Circle lesson focused on non-verbal signals. There are many times in which a child has a request , but does NOT need to disrupt others in order to ask it. We talked about how raising our hand is a non-verbal signal for showing that you have something to as or share. At Ezra we have many non-verbal signals that we use. Be sure to as your child the signal for , “bathroom”, “I agree”, “quiet please” and “voice volume”.  We even made up a new non-verbal signal for when children need to get a drink of water.  We also talked about the importance of not interrupting others at home. If a parent is on the telephone or talking, can you wait for them to finish? what can you do if you require attention? We encourage you to come up with some signals of your own at home or even better use some of the ones we have been using at school. 
NEXT WEEK”S WACKY WEDNESDAY WILL BE STRIPE DAY!!!!! think vertical, thing horizontal, think diagonal…. wear your stripes in every direction if you like. 
We has a wonderful visit from Vicki and Ron, our Emissaries. They brought a “friend” with them all the way from Israel. Their “friend” Israel, welcomed us into his Sukkah. The children took a virtual tour of the Sukkah and figured out what was missing. They then helped Israel add what was needed. Meeting Israel was followed by a song and a craft. 
 Wishing everyone a Shabbat Shalom and a Chag Sameach!


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