Morning meeting was led by Jacob…by himself! Jake clearly knows the routine and was able to lead the class through days, months, date, weather, days of school, and weather. He added to our tally charts and called upon children to answer questions when necessary. Great job Jake… Yasher coach!
We would also like to thank our special guest, Nurse carolyn! Nurse carolyn came in to give us a Science lesson hand washing. With her she brought two pieces of bread. The first piece we all touched WITHOUT washing our hands. The second piece we all touched after washing our hands. Both pieces of bread were places in a zip-lock bag and placed on the shelf. As time goes on we will see which piece of bread grows more mold… YUCK!!! Check in next week for the results!
This week in Open Circle we began with a review of non-verbal signals. The children are all doing a wonderful job of understanding and using these signals, and we are beginning see how classroom activities can run more smoothly because of this.
This week’s new lesson was about “Giving and Receiving Compliments”. I began the lesson by paying a compliment to each child. It may have been about something they were doing, making, or wearing. The children were then asked how they felt, and of course they each felt, good or special. We compared giving a compliment to giving a gift. It is something that makes both the giver and receiver feel good and the best part is ….it doesn’t cost a thing!!!
Children were asked to practice giving compliments to their family and friends as often as possible. We are trying to SPREAD KINDNESS all over the world!
Our reading groups have changed a bit. As children are growing to higher levels the groups are changing. Groups continue to run in the same manner; reading to someone, working on a specific skill, (main ideas details, etc.), and read independently. The purpose of re-reading is not only to help develop fluency, but also to pick up on concepts that may have been missed. A number of the groups this week worked on cause and effect, while others focused on supporting details and main idea. Wishing the reading packets, children are also exposed to grammar lessons. Thus far children have been introduced to nouns and verbs.
This week Things 1 completed a review of numbers 1-10 through fun workbook activities. The often match, cut and paste, or write in order to master their number sense.
Things 2 began a unit on subtraction. We talked about how the we subtracts we are starting with the “WHOLE” and taking away one of the “PARTS”. Children used unified cubes to represent number stories that were told and asked to find the missing part. They were showed what a subtraction equation looks like in written form, in a number bond, and with manipulatives.
Some fun math centers included Dice Dots, where children had to roll 2 die, add the numbers together and then circle the appropriate number of dots on the paper. There was also Card Addition. Children used Uno Cards, added them together and wrote an addition equation.
In keeping with the All About Me theme, children finished part two of their portraits. This time they were asked to tell me what their skin color was. As expected white, brownish, were colors that were shared. When I took a white crayon and placed it next to the child who claimed they had white skin they all quickly realized that white was not an appropriate descriptive word. Nor was brown or peach, or tan. We talked about the fact that our skin is made up of many colors that create our own unique coloring. Children were then asked to use a variety of colors to create a skin color closest to their own.
Things one were assessed on their knowledge of previous sight words and have now moved onto three new words. This week’s words were, /an/, /at/, and /he/. Children worked through colorful worksheets with silly pictures, as well as learning through sensory play.
Things 2 were provided with their newest spelling list focusing on a mixed short vowel review. The list includes words using all of the short vowel sounds, as well as a challenge word and “sight words”.
We watched the Lech Lekha godcast, as well as a short video about how to count the stars (see Genesis 15:5). Our role play included the parts: Avram, Sarai, God, Lot, camels, and the cutest little idols you could imagine (that were then smashed)(gently). We pretended to be in Avram’s group of travellers, and with him travelled from Ur to Haran to Shechem to Beit El to the Negev to Egypt back to the Negev to Hebron. We played Coke and Pepsi with: Canaan and Mitzrayim as the 2 sides, and included the following full-group actions: “Raav” (famine) — Oy! I’m hungry!; You Will Have a Baby (Hahahaha!); and Kochavim (Twinkle Twinkle Little Star) in the middle of the 2 lines. We watched short Israeli videos about the Land of Israel because of the phrase “Kum veHithalech Baaretz” in this week’s parsha. We created original art based on Van Gogh’s (Goch in Hebrew) Starry Night (see our bulletin board!) to tie in with verse 15:5 (below). We sang Twinkle Twinkle Little Star in Hebrew and English, as well as the Debbie Friedman classic: Lechi Lach, which is based on this week’s parsha. We discussed the new month of Heshvan, and how we need to make sure to create our own happiness during this month in particular, as there are no holidays this month. We continued to sing, dance, and march to “Mashiv HaRuach”.
Starry Night by Van Gogh:
||5 And He brought him forth abroad, and said: ‘Look now toward heaven, and count the stars, if thou be able to count them’; and He said unto him: ‘So shall thy seed be.’
ה וַיּוֹצֵא אֹתוֹ הַחוּצָה, וַיֹּאמֶר הַבֶּט-נָא הַשָּׁמַיְמָה וּסְפֹר הַכּוֹכָבִים–אִם-תּוּכַל,
לִסְפֹּר אֹתָם; וַיֹּאמֶר לוֹ, כֹּה יִהְיֶה זַרְעֶךָ.
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
Week 9: famine רָעָב tent אֹהֶל camel גָּמָל silver כֶּסֶף land אֶרֶץ
Thank you, and Shabbat Shalom!!
Morah Beth and Morah Miriam