Week 8 began with a lovely Whole School Tefillah, were the children were paired with older students and had the opportunity to shake the lulav and etrog, as well as march around the chapel for Hagba. We were also able to enjoy a snack as well as a yummy breakfast in the B’nai Jacob sukkah! Ray and Yotam also joined us this week to teach us a song for Sukkot, and to help us make pictures for Sukkot.
We are also so thrilled to welcome Orly and Michal back from Latvia! They were most definitely missed by all!!!!
Week 9 brought all of our friends back from their holiday travels! Smiles and hugs greeted everyone and we have begun to get back into our routine.
October is Fire Safety month!!!! We had a very detailed Fire Safety conversation on Thursday. We talked about
checking your smoke detectors, agreeing on an exit strategy and a meeting place case of a fire and the importance of making a plan with your children and practicing it!!!!! We also talked about safe things to play with and dangerous things. The children are all aware that ovens, stoves, electrical outlets, matches, etc. are NOT appropriate things to play with.
Social Studies continued with a map unit. Building Columbus’ voyage, the children were introduced to a variety of different maps. We talked about how the maps we use are flat but that the world is round. We explored a few maps and talked about a “bird’s eye view”. The children then had the opportunity to create their own map of either their bedroom or the classroom. As time goes on they will create maps on a larger scale.
Hebrew vocabulary continues to flow freely throughout the classroom. In addition to the previously mentioned vocabulary (body parts, left/right, run, walk, etc..) Things 2 have been given their 4th spelling list. Their new words are…
previous words are as follows…
Year שָׁנָה good טוֹב me אֲנִי Say אָמַר Life חַיִּים Shofar שׁוֹפָר Apple תַּפּוּחַ honey דְּבַשׁ eat אָכַל water מַיִם water שָׁטַף drink שָׁתָה write כָּתַב sentence מִשְׁפָּט happy שָׂמֵחַ baby fish דָּגִיג fish דָּג ice cream גְּלִידָה teacher מוֹרֶה child יֶלֶד soup מָרָק house בַּיִת; grass דֶּשֶׁא; shirt חֻלְצָה ; squirrel סְנָאִי ; painting ציור ; Israel יִשְׂרָאֵל; love אָהַב ; kippa כיפה ; clown לֵיצָן
New words that have been introduced are as follows;
create ברא sky שָׁמַיִם earth אֶרֶץ light אוֹר darkness חֹשֶׁךְ
The children are continuing to learn and practice the brachot for food. Each time we eat snack we have been introducing a new bracha depending on the food they have.
Barukh ata Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha’olam hamotzi lehem min ha’aretz.
Wine & Grape Juice
Barukh ata Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha’olam borei p’ri hagafen.
Barukh ata Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha’olam borei p’ri ha’eitz.
Barukh ata Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha’olam borei p’ri ha’adamah.
Barukh ata Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha’olam borei minei mezonot.
Miscellaneous Food (meat, poultry, eggs, fish, dairy products, candy)
Barukh ata Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha’olam shehakol niyah bidvaro.
We have been doing a great deal of reading. Some groups are continuing to work on their books from last week and the cause and effect skill. Other children have begun new books and have been introduced to chronological order. We are also continuing with The Tale of Desperaux. Desperaux is now in the dungeon of the palace, and was actually pushed in by has brother! We also met a new character, Roscuro. Roscuro is a rat who has both light and dark in his heart. Be sure to ask your child questions about that we have read. Shortly after reading about Roscuro we meant another character named, Botticelli Romerso. Botticelli is definitely a dark character and is doing his best to encourage Roscuro to be the same!
Handwriting and Phonics are worked regularly. Children are developing letter/sound recognition through songs and hand motions that help us remember the difference between short and long vowel sounds. Things 1 were introduced to new sight words over the past two weeks. goes, little, by, no, and not. Children are working on these words with flashcards as well as a variety of activities using color, tracing, matching, etc, from “The Jumbo Sight Word Book”. Things 2 were given a new list of spelling words that focused on the short /u/ sound. They are also continuing to learn about grammar. In addition to asking/telling sentences, they are learning the many different times that upper case letters are necessary. So far they have learned that the word in addition to the beginning of a sentence, the word I, days of the week, months of the year, holidays, names of specific people (and pets), as well as specific places all need an upper case letter.
This week in math the Things 1 group continued to develop their graph reading skills. They have also been learning about numbers through ten as well as one -to-one correspondence. Children in this group should be practicing identifying numbers 1 through 10, as well as writing them and counting items in sequential order.
Things 2 are working on solving addition equations to find the sum, as well as, solving for the missing addend. They have learned these terms and are encouraged to use them in school and at home while working on math. Children in this group should be practicing their addition facts regularly.
We are continuing to develop some of the Open Circle skills we have learned. Children are encouraged and expected to raise their hands and not interrupt others. They are practicing their SLL (School Listening Look) or ZPP (Zero Problem Position). We are also encouraging Children to be the type of friends they want to have. This means helping others, complimenting them, and showing kindness and respect to all!
For the past two weeks in parsha, we focused on…
V’Zot Habracha: (week 8)
We discussed that this parsha is read on Simchat Torah. It includes Moshe’s death. It is the final parsha of the book of Devarim (Deuteronomy) as well as the end of the entire Torah. At the end of each of the Five Books we sing Hazak Hazak VeNithazek (rough translation: more power to us!) We immediately begin reading the Torah again, with Genesis — parshat Bereshit. This is just like you can do as a family — begin your study of Torah together, again, with the rest of the Jewish world.
We discussed Shmini Atzeret and Simhat Torah. We watched Gene Kelly in Singin’ in the Rain to get us in the right mindset for Mashiv HaRuach uMorid Hageshem (You cause the wind to blow and the rain to fall — and which we recite as part of our daily liturgy from Shemini Atzeret until Pesach).
We have learned the following dances which I hope you will share with your children on Simhat Torah and other joyous occasions: UShavtem Mayim; Yesh Yesh; Hineh Ma Tov uMa Naim; El Nigun Atik; and Tzadik KaTamar. We also have been singing many songs and prayers all year, in part to lead up to this joyous holiday of Simhat Torah.
We had the pleasure of joining in with whole school Tefillah on these 3 days of Hol HaMoed Sukkot. Our Keshet children were brilliantly behaved and engaged in the Tefillah, earning them an even higher mark of excellence — our newest color, Gold, otherwise known as the Tzadik level. They followed along in the siddur, shook the lulav, participated in a robust Hallel, and circumambulated with the Hoshanot around the Beit Midrash. They were great role models in some cases for the older children, and their presence seemed to bring out the best in some of the older children as well.
We watched the godcast, read “Animal Antics”, “And God Created Squash”, “How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?”, “TRex“, “100 Things to Do with a Baby”, and “God’s Mailbox”. Ask your children about our play today: they acted out the story of B’reishit with props and costumes, and the following characters: Adam, Eve, God, the Serpent, the Tree of Good and Evil, Cain (with sheep), Abel (with celery), and The Subtitlist. Adam was introduced with the theme song from “Rocky”, and Eve with “I Am Woman Hear me Roar”.
One child asked: if God created the world, who created God? We discussed and discussed it, and then referred the question to…Morah Beth.