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16 Oct

It is hard to believe it, but we have actually had a full week of school! By the time Thursday came around I think all of the children were in shock! We have had a wonderful week filled with lots of amazing learning. Please read on to find out all about this week’s experiences. 

Circle time went as usual. Days of the week, months or the year, date, days of school, and colors in both English and Hebrew!
On Monday we began our Parshah unit. This week’s Parsha is Noah. A story was read about Noah and the children learned that he was the last “good” person left on earth. They learned how God had approached Noah and told him that he was going to send a great flood to rid all the evils of the world. He promised to save Noah and his family, and told him to build an ark. God also told Noah to take 2 of every animal (male and female) on his ark. We continued to learn about the parsha throughout the week.  We also had the opportunity to create arks out of large boxes. The children were split into 4 groups, each group having a team leader. They has a list of requirements for creating their arks and then got to present them to the class. 
Our center activities consisted of English Reading and Hebrew Reading with written activities to follow. There was a listening center where the children heard the story “Brave Irene”. They then used a “flip book” and demonstrated their knowledge of characters, setting, and details. There was also a Lincoln Log activity in which the children had to create an Ark, much like Noah had used. 
Stories  – Mr. Popper’s Penguins; Noah’s Ark, David Gets in Trouble
In this weeks math lesson the first grade completed their chapter review  for addition,and began working on subtraction skills. Kindergarten is continuing to develop their one-to-one correspondence as well as numbers through 10. 
This weeks ‘Word of the Day” writing consisted of the words “goes” and “went”. Children were asked to use the word in two sentences ,including uppercase at the beginning and punctuation. They were then asked to illustrate their writing. 
Spelling and sight words This week’s spelling words focus on the short /u/ sound. 1st grade learned the difference between the short and long sounds as well as the difference between a vowel and a consonant. 
Kindergarten was provided with another list of sight words to work on. Some of those words have been translated into Hebrew for them to practice as well. 
This week we tied Social Studies, Science and Parsha together! We learned about and celebrated Columbus Day. Columbus needed boats to go on his journey and Noah was instructed to build an ark. Seeing as how both of these are so closely linked we decided to have a bit of fun. Each child built a small origami boat. We then went outside and had a boat race in the small pools outside of our classroom. The children had to discover how to balance their boats and what was necessary for it to float. The competition was fierce, but great fun was had by all!
In addition to learning the English letters and sounds, children are also learning Hebrew letters and sounds. So far they have been exposed to the letters; alef, bet, gimmel, dalet, hay ,vav and zayin. To go along with these letters some of the vowels have also been taught. Kamatz, patach, chirik, and cholam. 
This week’s Open Circle lesson focused on ” Including One Another”. We talked about how to include others while we are already involved in an activity. Sometimes we are in the midst of play and it can be hard to find a way to include a friend. We came up with a list of ways to include our friends. We also talked about the fact that we do NOT always have to be included. If others are already involved in an activity it does NOT mean they have to stop because “you” want to be included. “you ‘ may have to simply wait your turn.
 Wishing everyone a Shabbat Shalom!


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