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01 Dec

The past two weeks have been great fun! From Thanksgiving activities and stories, the completion of Charlotte’s Web and being able to compare and contrast it to the movie, and now this week with studying the brain and our brainiac hats!!!!
Open Circle:
We began last Monday morning with an Open Circle lesson on “How to Deal With Teasing” Role play helped children be “IN’ the situation and allowed them the opportunity to handle themselves in such a situation. We then discussed and made a list of things we can do if we are being teased. Ask your child how they would handle this tricky situation.
This week be talked about recognizing differences in people. Some differences we are able to see on the outside but there are many differences that we can not see. Children were asked to contribute to a list of differences that we may not be able to determine just by looking at someone.
Secular Studies:
Reading Groups 
Seeing as how this was a short week we decided to do something a bit different for reading. moral Miriam has been teaching about the Parsha and Jacob’s dream. We decided to learn a bit about dreams. Why we dream? What are some of our sleep habits? Many questions were posed through a variety of center activities. A Dream Board game, where children had to roll the dice, and answer the questions they landed on. A Card game in which each child picked a card and had to talk for 30 seconds about their answer. And lastly a word search where dream/sleep words had to be found. 
This week our reading groups continued as usual.  Each group reading together, completed their reading packet to corresponds to their book, and then re-reading independently. Teachers (Morah Miriam, Ms. Ball, and myself) are rotating throughout these groups to listen to reading and offer support with the work that follows. Some skills that have been addressed this week are as follows;  main idea and supporting details, identifying the problem and solution, as well as character and setting. 
Math Centers: 
Last week match centers were Thanksgiving themed. Skip counting, addition, tangram turkeys, Indian patterning, etc, were completed by both groups. 
This week…
Things 1 became familiar with creating shapes from pattern blocks and tangrams. They were also taught a variety of ways to sort these shapes. ( size, shape, color, sides/angles)
Things 2 have been introduced to ordinal numbers,and the correct way to say, write  and find them. 
Social Studies:
Last week we continued learning about thanksgiving. children were read a story about what it was like to live on the Mayflower. We then compared it to how they live today. They were also asked to think about the pros- and cons of each situation. 
This week we plunged back into our unit on The Human body!!!! The human brain to be exact! While there is SO much to learn about the brain here are a few things we were able to focus on. 
* The brain controls how we think, move and our senses.
* It weighs about 3 pounds
* The largest part of the brain is the cerebrum: It is divided into two “hemispheres” The left brain and the right brain. The left brain controls the right side of our bodies AND our ability to write, do math, and think critically. The right side of the brain controls the left side of the body AND our artistic and creative sides. 
* under the cerebrum there is a “brain stem”. this sends messages to our bodies. controls our breathing and heartbeat. 
* behind the brain stem is the cerebellum. This helps our bodies move smoothly. 
* The cerebral Cortex is divided into 4 sections. The frontal lobe controls our movement and thinking; Parietal Lobe controls our senses; Occipital Lobe controls our vision, and our Temporal Lobe controls our hearing. 
After learning about all these very complicated words the children each had an opportunity to make a “brain hat”!
Spelling/Sight Words:
Things 1 have been provided with new sight words. /by/, /no/, /not/, /do/, /be/, /go/.
Things 2 were quizzed on the /st/ words last week and were given Double Final Consonants to work on this week. 
This week we talked about creating a “how to” book. Children were asked to think about something they really know how to do. They were then asked to break it down into specific steps and write down notes to remind them of the order. Next week they will begin to write their stories. 
Judaic/Hebrew :
We had a great (short, but great) week with parshat Vayetzei.  We saw the godcast, and our role play included the characters God, Lavan, Yaakov, Rachel, Leah, Bilhah and Zilpah.  We built a Sulam Yaakov, and attached the angels that each child made using glitter and streamers.  We sang the song: Ufaratzta with hands pointing at West, East, North South — as this appears in the parsha.  We talked about sleep and dreams in our integrated curriculum — we used center activities about these subjects, connecting them with Yaakov’s dream in the parsha.   We continued to talk about gratitude in Hebrew, integrated with our learning about Thanksgiving.  And of course, we continue to practice our Jerusalem songs in preparation for the Hanuka show.

  וַיִּיקַץ יַעֲקֹב, מִשְּׁנָתוֹ, וַיֹּאמֶר, אָכֵן יֵשׁ יְהוָה בַּמָּקוֹם הַזֶּה; וְאָנֹכִי, לֹא יָדָעְתִּי.
16 And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said: ‘Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not.’
sun   שֶׁמֶשׁ  ladder    סֻלָּם   gate   שַׁעַר  on a journey   דֶּרֶךְ  love  אַהֲבָה
Vayishlach: we watched the godcast, and did Coke and Pepsi with: Jacob and Esau, wrestling, hurting your thigh, and crying with happiness.  Our role play included: God, Jacob, Esau, the Angel, Esau’s army, Rachel, and Leah.  We sang “Hiney Ma Tov UMah Naim” when the brothers reconciled and embraced, and Am Yisrael Chai when Jacob’s name was changed to Israel.  We have been learning about Hanuka — through puzzles, books, songs, stories and more. 
under   תַּחַת  stone   אֶבֶן  place    מָקוֹם  dress מָקוֹם  walked    הָלַךְ
brain   מוח  thoughts   מַחְשָׁבָה  feelings    הַרְגָּשָׁה  differences   הֶבְדֵּל  clothes  בגדים

hair   שֵׂעָר  color   צֶבַע  tall   גָּבוֹהַּ   short   קָטָן   eyes   עַיִן
Thank you, and Shabbat Shalom!!
Morah Beth and Morah Miriam

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