Once again, we had a lovely Calendar Helper by the name of Cordelia! Cordelia helped us with the Days of the Week, Months of the Year, complete days (using day, month, date, and year). Cordelia also helped us count the days we have been in school by 10s, 5s, and 2s!!!! This week we took the number of days we have been in school and added in one, more, one less, ten more, and ten less. Our Weather tallies are growing showing the sunny, cloudy, and rainy days we have had since the beginning of the year! After Cordelia helped with all of this with me, she then helped Morah Miriam do it all in Hebrew! Todah Raba Cordelia!
This week in Open Circle we talked about the importance of Non-verbal signals. Non-verbal signals are used for needs such as bathroom, questions, etc… Non-Verbal signals can also be used by teachers. Perhaps we will need a student to wait a moment, lower their voice volume, or to be quiet. we too will use non-verbal signals for these requests. The purpose of these signals is to not disturb others during a lesson or independent work. It allows both teachers and students to flow through their work with less distraction. Please ask your children to show you some of the signals we use in the classroom. (questions, bathroom, water, lower your voice, quiet please, I agree)
Reading centers have picked back up again! Children were spread out in 4-5 groups that were on a reading level that best suited them. Each group took turns reading aloud, as well as reading independently. After completing their book they each focused on a different Language Arts skill that helped them develop a deeper understanding of what they read.
Parents…. It is extremely important for your children to be practicing their math facts! Children in Things 2 should have math facts 1-5 mastered from last year. The end of year expectation of them is to have 1-10 mastered (addition and subtraction). Children in Things 1 will be learning and will be mastering facts 1-5, addition/subtraction by the end of the year.
Things 1 continued to develop a strong number sense of 1-10 They are learning about numbers through 10 in a variety of ways. At this age, it is extremely important for children to develop a strong number sense. This is the foundation for a successful math student and these children are well on their way!
Things 2 are continuing to work on solving addition equations by using the “counting on” method, as well as finding the missing part. It is important for children to understand that the = symbol means, “the same as”, so a statement such as 5+4=6+3 is TRUE.
Children in Things 1 are completing their final week with the words, the, is, it, a, to, as. Next week new words will be introduced!!!!
Children in Things 2, had their Spelling quiz on the short/e/ words and were also introduced to the short /u/ words.
Each group practiced their words through a variety of hands-on tasks,(play-doh, wiki sticks, stamps…) as well as activities from their books or worksheets.
Noach: we watched the godcast, and read lots of books about Noah and the Tower of Babel. We built a Tower of Babel out of wooden blocks and legos. Then each child got a page out of this book:
and I read the First Question out loud in 12 different languages. They then attached them to the Tower of Babel, and their cooperation and teamwork all fell apart…
We talked about the importance of using words and language to communicate, cooperate, collaborate, and work as a team. We watched the classic “You say tomayto, and I say tomahto” about all the ways we communicate.
We played animal matching games in Hebrew (Noah story), and watched Mike Mulligan’s & His Steam Shovel about building projects & teamwork (Tower of Babel).
Our role play included: God, Noah, Noah’s wife Naamah, their sons Shem, Ham and Japhet, the dove, the Rainbow, and many, many animals.
We also celebrated Simhat Torah (just a little belated) by marching around the room 7 times with our Torah scrolls. We also celebrated Morah Beth’s first time reading Torah at Ezra with song, dance, cards, balloons and special snack. Her performance of this great mitzvah is sure to lead to additional mitzvot!
We began to prepare for Rosh Hodesh Heshvan through learning additional parts of Hallel.
We also introduced the phrase
into our Amida — we sang and danced to this phrase.
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: Vocabulary: eagle נשר oil שֶׁמֶן milk חָלָב ear אֹזֶן borders גְּבוּל
Week 5: fun כֵּיף turtle צָב water מַיִם balloon בָּלוֹן ball כַּדּוּר
Week 7: welcome בָּרוּךְ הַבָּא guests אוֹרֵחַ sukka סוכה lulav לולב etrog אתרוג
Week 8: ark תֵּבָה covenant הַבְּרִית rain גֶּשֶׁם dove יוֹנָה wind רוּחַ
Thank you, and Shabbat Shalom!!
Morah Beth and Morah Miriam