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23 Oct

Another full week of school and we are finally able to establish a consistent routine! The children have been working so hard on their academics, as well as, their social interactions. 
Circle time consisted of Days of the week, months or the year, date, days of school, and colors in both English and Hebrew. On Monday morning the class was introduced to this week’s Parsha, Lechlecha. Morah Limor read a story to the children in Hebrew and, then translated it into English.
Ask you children… Who the characters are in this week’s parsha? (Avraham, Sarah, Isaac, Lot, the three angels)
What promises did God make to Avraham? (They will have a baby boy, and  that they would have as many children as the starts in the sky. They would live in Canaan)
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 “Chester’s Way”. They then were asked to recall the story in sequential order using the words, “first, next and last”. As a whole group the class was introduced to what “text-to-self, text-to-book, and text-to world, connections are. After each child listened to the story, Chester’s way, they were asked to make these connections. There was also a math activity, called Jumpin’ Chips Addition. This is a fun game where children get to practice their addition facts.
In this weeks math lesson the first grade worked on methods of subtraction. The same way we used the “counting on” method for addition, we are using the “counting back” method for subtraction. First grade students should have mastered the math facts 1 through 5 and be on their way to mastering 1 through 10. They should comprehend the “counting on” and “counting back” methods of addition and subtraction.
Kindergarten is continuing to develop their one-to-one correspondence as well as numbers through 10. They have also learned about “zero”. At this point kindergarten students should be able to recognize numbers 1 through 10, write them correctly, understand their meaning, and be able to consecutively count forwards and backwards.
This weeks ‘Word of the Day” writing consisted of the words “happy” and “sad”. 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 a mixed, short vowel review.  1st grade reviewed 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 practice. Some of those words have been translated into Hebrew for them to practice as well.
The children also learned some important Hebrew words to go along with this week’s Parsha. (tent, water, food, donkey’s, camels)
In this week’s Science lesson, we learned about the lifecycle of a ladybug. And what is better than learning about a ladybug’s lifecycle???? Being able to see it first hand. Our ladybugs have arrived. They are currently in the larva stage and children have the opportunity to observe them on a daily basis. We are anxiously awaiting the pupa, young adult, and adult stages. Each child made a lifecycle wheel. They also heard a wonderful story in Hebrew about a ladybug who does mitzvot. After the story everyone made a ladybug and write a mitzvah on its back. Come see the bulletin board outside the classroom to see all about the ladybug unit!

This week’s Open Circle lesson focused on ” Cooperation”. We talked about how cooperation means “working together”. We also talked about why this is so important. A student said that cooperation was important so “we don’t get into fights” I told him that this was exactly right. I mentioned that when we are fighting we feel angry, sad, frustrated, etc… and nobody wants to feel that way. We then talked about how when people don’t cooperate it has an effect on everyone around them. Examples given were as follows;

If Morah Limor and I do not cooperate in class neither of us will be happy and it will make for a difficult time for the entire class. 
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If you don’t cooperate with your classmates, it effects all of us, because we need to stop what we are doing to discuss what has happened and how you have made others feel. 
The children then broke into small groups and were given the task of cooperating to draw a picture of a house. After 5 minutes we came back together and talked about how we were able to cooperate with each other. After this discussion the children were split into 2 larger groups and told to line up by height. They were then asked if it was easier to cooperate in a small or large group. Some children noticed that in the large group they had to take on the leadership role to help guide others. others felt as though the larger group was fine because everyone listened and knew what they had to do. 
We will continue to point out and develop their ability to cooperate with one and other and we encourage you to set up situations at home to help develop this tremendously important skill as well. 

 As you know October is Fire Safety month and we are so grateful to Mike Blatchly, Eli’s dad, for coming to school to talk about Fire Safety. On Monday the Keshet and Babaganoush classes gathered in the youth lounge for safety lessons as well as hands on practice. Be sure to ask your children what they learned about…Here are some questions to help guide you.
What should you do if you see matches or a lighter on the ground?

Why are they so loud/ What should we do when they go off? ( make sure they tell you that the first step is to feel the door, if you are in a room with a closed door.)
What do you do if you can’t get out of the house?
What do you do if you leave your favorite toy or pet in the house?
What should you do if your clothes catch fire?
Make sure to have an escape plan. Where will your family meet after leaving the house.
Give some examples of when you would need to call 911.
Thank you again Mike Blatchley for this important lesson!
For this week’s Judaic craft, the class made Shabbat Candle holders. The children first learned about the brachah. What to say, what to do with our hands when we say it, and what it all means. They then decorated their candle holders with lots of color and beauty. We also talked about fire safety and how they should safely light their candles. 
NEXT WEEK there will be NO  WACKY WEDNESDAY due to our HaShem Sheli Program. 
 Wishing everyone a Shabbat Shalom!

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