Week of January 16–Jewish Studies

 - by Morah Rachel

We promised this picture…… and here it is….

לאה רבקה ולו

Leah Rivka V’Levi

Leah Rivka and Levi(sorry to say he was absent that day!!)   both start with our letter ל

חגיגת הסדור  Haggigat HaSiddur—- Only one month to go!!

We are very excited as we  get ready for our big days, Feb. 10th and 11th!!  An email will be coming to you about all the facts you need to know. Here’s the basics:

  1.  Friday morning, Feb. 10th at 8:30 AM-9:30 AM.  Just for our Kitah Alef and guests.  We will have our own morning prayer service with our students leading the prayers  and afterwards, our students will perform a Hebrew play in honor of Tu B’shevat. Many Kodak moments!!! Photos, videos, allowed. We will  each receive a bag of goodies with Leagrams, sweets, etc.
  2. Saturday morning, Feb. 11th as part of the regular Shabbat service (9-12 pm) at the  Jacksonville Jewish Center, we will join with the Religious School 1st and 2nd graders in the main sanctuary to sing some songs, lead a few prayers and receive our new personalized prayerbooks.   No photos or videos allowed on Shabbat. Kiddush will follow the service.

Both of these events will be memorable!!!

Parents have a few responsibilities…..(watch for an email with more info)

1.  decorating child’s siddur cover  (time and place to be announced for parents to work together on this!)

2. participating in the Shabbat  service.  (One adult  part per family…. first come first serve for assignments in either  English or Hebrew!)  Let us know….

3. AND/OR whatever you want to do to help.

NO STRESS!!!  We will give you lots more information about this simcha.  Just wanted to make sure that the dates are saved on your calendars!!!

טו בשבט  Tu B’Shevat   the 15th day of the month of Shevat is Jewish Arbor Day. This year it falls on the secular calendar on February 11th.   REMEMBER THAT DATE!!!

(Not only will it be the tree’s birthday, but it will also be Shabbat Shira and our Haggigat Hasiddur!!! WOW)

WE LOVE TREES!!  We are  starting to sing and talk about trees!!!

עץ  אילן  etz   ilan      two words for tree

עצים  etzim   trees

אילנות  ilanot  trees

פרשת השבוע  Parshat HaShavuah  Portion of the Week

We are now in the 2nd book in the Torah שמות Shemot. Names..and that means we are learning all about Moses and the Children of Israel in Egypt.   We remember all this from Pesach!!

 

אריאות Ariyot Our letter lion has also reminded us

לקרוא Leek-row!! TO READ!!! Our new letters are:

מ Mem

ם Mem Sofit (final mem) YES another final letter!!!

Words like:

מילון milone dictionary

???? מילים עם milim im ??? words with question marks?? like:

מי me who?

מה mah what?

כמה kamah how many?

למה lamah why?

מלך melech king

משפחה mishpacha family

שמש shemesh sun

שמים shamayim heavens

ים yam sea

AND our very special person that starts with our  new letter……

picture to follow!!!!

Ulichnie’s Update January 13th

 - by erinulichnie

We have been hard at work since returning from winter break.   Please email or call me anytime if you have questions or concerns.

In spelling, we are working on r blends.  This week we worked on words with gr, pr, and tr.  We also learned that a noun is a person, place, thing, or idea.  We practiced identifying and sorting nouns.  Here are a few games we played this week on our laptops.

http://www.abcya.com/consonant_blends.htm

http://www.abcya.com/dolch_sight_word_bingo.htm

In reading, we have been reading books by Lois Ehlert.  We also studied her art style in art class.  We love her use of watercolor, cutouts,  and collage in her books.  We even made our own version of a leaf person, from her book Leaf Man.  Students wrote to describe their creations.  Keep reading at home!  I am seeing huge growth in our readers.  Keep it up, way to go, parents!

In writer’s workshop, we started a new type of writing.  Students are writing nonfiction pieces.  We are focusing on teaching topics.  Our topics ranged from ballet to lizards.  First graders know a lot of stuff!  Students have changed from storytellers to teaching readers about a topic.
In math, last week we wrapped up our measurement unit.  Students learned how to measure length, weight, and capacity.  For capacity, we measured water, sand, and made a gallon bot.  Here is a funny video we watched.

In social studies, students learned about the concept of past, present, and future.  We also read about changes in transportation in our Florida Weekly Studies magazine.

In science, we went on a nature walk and collected leaves.  We also got to explore with our Makey Makey kit.  Students used apps to play games when they completed circuits.  Super fun!

http://makeymakey.com/apps/

 

Weeks of January 3 and 9– Jewish Studies כך

 - by Morah Rachel

Welcome to 2017……………….  Hope you had a relaxing vacation and a happy new year!!!

Before the break, we had the privilege to Skype with an author, Michael Rosen.  Here is a photo of us chatting with him and his cute dog.  THANKS to Ms. Hallet for organizing this for us!!

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Lots of information will be coming your way for our BIG event, חגיגת הסידור Haggigat HaSiddur, celebration of getting our Shabbat prayerbooks on Friday morning, February 10th  in school and on Saturday morning, February 11th in the main sanctuary of the Jacksonville Jewish Center.  SAVE the DATES!!!

אריאות  Ariyot  We are thrilled to be  in our new purple book. On the Smartboard we enjoy practicing what we know about the letters.

AND there’s more!!!  This is the first time that we meet 3 different versions of a letter.

כ כ ך Kaf (with dot in center), Chaf (No dot) and Chaf Sofit (final Chaf found only at the end of a word)

כ Chaf has words that we are learning like:

בוכה  bocheh  cries for a boy

בוכה   bochah cries for a girl

כוכב kochav  star

כוכבים kochavim  stars

AND A FINAL LETTER

ך   Chaf Sofit can only be found at the end of a word like:

איך  Aich?   How?

כך Kach    That’s the way

It also appears often in our prayers!!! In the V’Ahavta especially!

 

אריאות  Ariyot  Our letter lion next introduces us gleefully to:

ל Lamed

We have 2 people in our class who have this letter at the beginning of their names!!

לאה רבקה    לוי

Leah Rivka and Levi!!!!  (Picture will be forthcoming!!!)

 

We love this tall letter with  words like:

ילד  yeled  boy

ילדה  yalda  girl

חולה   choleh  sick for a boy

חולה   cholah   sick for a girl

אוכל   o-chel  eats for a boy

אוכלת  o-chelet eats for a girl

חלה   Challah  special twisted bread for Shabbat

גלידה  g’leedah   ICE CREAM  (a very tasty word this week!!)

 

פרשת השבוע Parshat HaShavuah  Torah portions these 2 weeks are

מקץ Miketz

ויגש Vayigash  All about Yosef and his brothers….. who didn’t recognize Yosef!!!

 

Ulichnie’s Update December 9th

 - by erinulichnie

Upcoming Events:

Dec. 12th @6:15          Hanukkah Musical and STEAM night

Dec. 16th @2:30         Hanukkah Party for first grade, please join us!

Dec. 19th – Jan. 2nd     Winter Break

In spelling, last week, we learned about blends.  The blends we worked on were bl, cl, and fl words, like blue, clip, and flag.  This week we will continue blends with gl, pl, and sl words.

In reading, we finished up our Judy Moody book and our lit logs.  We have also been reading books by Julia Cook.  She writes children’s books which help children learn to solve problems and improve social skills.  So far, we have read stories about interrupting, personal space, and stealing.  We are now listening to Hanukkah stories.  Next week we have the privilege of Skyping with the author, Michael J. Rosen, who has written lots of children’s books.  We will be reading Chanukah Lights Everywhere.  Then we will write questions that we want to ask Mr. Rosen.  Students are working hard at our Daily 5 stations each day.

In writing, we are completing our unit on personal narratives.  Students posted a personal narrative to their blogs.  I hope you have had a chance to see them.  Last week, we focused on adding feelings and talking to our writing.  This week, we will write “How to Make Latkes”.  We will even get to make latkes together!

In math, last week we finished up geometry.  We worked in centers and played games to review shapes and solid figures.  Students worked with pattern blocks, tangrams, and geoboards.  We even got to try out the new Lego wall!  We built images with tangrams and read Grandfather Tang’s Story, a Chinese story that uses tangrams.  This week we are going to start working on measuring weight.

Last week, we got to go to the science lab and work with squishy circuits.  The kids had so much fun.  These will be at our STEAM night on Monday.

In social studies, we read about Pilgrims and learned about the past, present, and future.  We also learned about the idea that history is something that happened in the past.  This week we will be working in our book to learn about map skills.

 

Week of December 12–Jewish Studies כ

 - by Morah Rachel

The last week of the school year 2016 …… Oy! Time is flying!!!  חנוכה שמח Chanukah Sameach once again, Happy Chanukah and a happy “secular” new year!!!

Thanks to Ms. Hallett for helping us out with our latest blogposts for Chanukah!  Check out your child’s blog folio soon and see the “singing”gold Chanukiyah.

מזל טוב Mazal Tov to the 4 students who received EXTRA CREDIT for reading our blog…..   אליענה, עילי, נח,שמואל! Eliana, Eli, Noah and Zach!!! The answer to the question was…… 44!!! Yes, 44 candles are needed for the whole holiday of Chanukah! Excellent math problem!! (2 +3+4+5+6+7+8+9= 44!!) There will be more opportunities in future blogposts for extra credit.   Keep reading!

WE LOVED COOKING with our favorite professional  טבח Tabach chef— אבא של לאה רבקה Aba shel Leah Rivka—- Tavi’s dad!!! תודה רבה Todah Raba!!! Thank you very much to Scotty for all his expertise and yummy treats!! (He didn’t even  get distracted like the chef in our story!!)  We made  strawberry & REAL whipping cream sandwiches on chocolate donuts!!! WOW!!!

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We will soon begin our newest Ariyot book… it is purple!!!

Our new letter, כ , (with a dot in the middle) Kaf,  has lots of new words like:

כד  kad  pitcher

כדים  kadim  pitchers

כותב   kotev  writes for a boy

כותבת kotevet writes for a girl

כואב  ko-ev  hurts

כחול  kachole  blue

כיתה  kitah  class

פרשת השבוע  Parshat HaShavua  The  weekly portion of the Torah continues even if we don’t have school!!  This week is  וישלח Vayishlach  where Jacob and Esau reconnect and next week is

וישב Vayeshev where Joseph gets the coat of many colors and dreams big dreams!!!

חגיגת הסדור   Haggigat HaSiddur   Our Celebration of our new Prayerbook

Lots of information will be coming your way about our big event on 2/10 and 2/11.     It will be a Friday and Shabbat to remember!!  FYI Adult parts in the service for  our Haggigat HaSiddur  on that Saturday morning need to be distributed.  If you want to read Torah or Haftarah or lead Ashrey, it’s a good idea to start practicing!  Please,  let us know what one parent per family would want as a part in the service.  We have Hebrew parts, English parts, and non-speaking parts.  First come … first serve!!  Let us know  and we can help you practice and learn your part.

ALSO please note that there are new songs on VOICETHREAD.  It will always be part of the homework assignment to sing and point to the words of the new songs.  If there are still difficulties in logging on to Voicethread, let us know.  The students will be assessed to see if they have accomplished their assignment on Voicethread. ( Just sing and follow along!)

Week of December 5–Jewish Studies י

 - by Morah Rachel

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See below for extra credit opportunity for our loyal blog readers and their Kitah Alef student!!!

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חנוכה שמח Chanukah Sameach Happy Chanukah!! (during Winter Break!!)

We are learning lots in our חנוכה שמח  Chanukah Sameach  Happy Chanukah workbook.    Just ask any of us soon which is the correct way to light the  חנוכיה Chanukiya and we will show you  how!!

We are learning words for the holiday :

יהודים Yehudim  Jews

יונים  Yevanim  Syrian Greeks

בית המקדש  Bet HaMikdash  The Holy Temple

אסור  asoor   forbidden

פסל  pesel   idol

נס נסים  nes,  nisim    miracle (s)

שמן  shemen   oil

חנוכיה   Chanukiyah    Chanukah  9 branched candleholder

סביבון  sevivon    dreidel

לביבות   levivot   latkes

ספגניות  sufganiyot    jelly donuts

Thanks to Mrs. Gutterman for helping us make our golden pasta Chanukiyot.  תודה רבה  A BIG THANK YOU to Morah Hanna and her handy, kind husband, Moshe Bendit, for getting all the materials ready for this project every year.   WOW!!!   You will soon enjoy these treasured gifts for years to come.

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אריאות Ariyot Our Letter lion

The next letter we are studying is the letter  י  yod   with words like:

יד  yad   hand

יושב  yoshev  sits for a boy

יושבת  yoshevet sits for a girl

יויו  yoyo   YOYO!!! 🙂

חגיגה  chaggigah   celebration  (our Haggigat HaSiddur Celebration of the Siddur  is on Friday and Saturday mornings  2/10/17 and 2/11/17  SAVE THE DATES— More info to follow!!))

חידה  chidah   puzzle

Don’t forget VOICE THREAD has a new song for Chanukah !!! ENJOY! If you are having difficulty getting on Voice Thread, please let us know!!!

פרשת השבוע   Parshat HaShavua Torah  Portion of the week….ויצא Vayetze

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LOYAL BLOG READERS:    Extra credit opportunity!!!

Please have your child send in  the  written answer to this question>>>>>>>>

How many candles do we need for the whole holiday of Chanukah?? 

Weeks of November 21 and 28–Jewish Studies ט

 - by Morah Rachel

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

We  are SOOOO thankful for our amazing students and their families in Kitah Alef.  We aren’t just giving thanks on Thanksgiving but every day!!  מודה אני Modeh Anee!!  Thanks for returning the siddurim and little by little  the photos  as well.

We look forward to VIP day on Tuesday and hope you’ll dance with us!

Enjoy the holiday with family and friends!

Our newest letter is:  ט tet

and our newest vowels are ..   eh

Words with ט tet:

טבח  tabach   chef

אוטו oto  automobile

טלויזיה televisia  television

טוסט toast  toast

טוב tov good for boy

טובה tovah  for girl

It’s a great story about a crazy chef who loves cars!!!  FUN!!

Every week a new portion in the Torah is read.  These 2 weeks the  פרשת השבוע  Parshat HaShavuah portions  of the week are: חיי שרה    תולדות   Chaye Sarah    and Toldot.  We are introduced to Rivka and the following week to her twins….. just like the twins in our class!!

Ulichnie’s Update November 18th

 - by erinulichnie

Upcoming events:

  • VIP Day – Wednesday, November 22nd, 1:30-3:30
  • Thanksgiving Break – November 23-24
  • Show and tell – Friday, December 2
  • Book Fair – December 5 – 9
  • Campout – December 10
  • Hanukkah Program and family STEAM activities – December 12, 6:30 pm
  • Hanukkah  Celebration – Friday, December 16, time TBD
  • Winter Break – December 19 – January 2

Things have been going great in all areas of first grade.  I couldn’t ask for a better group of kids.  I appreciate all that you do at home to help make your children successful.  I am truly thankful for all of the fabulous families.  I hope you have a Thanksgiving filled with fun, love, laughter, and amazing food.  Happy Thanksgiving!

In spelling, we are still working on the “magic e” words.  We have learned to tell the difference between the short and long vowel sounds.  Last week, we even got to build our words with pull and peel Twizzlers!  We will have no spelling list this week.

In reading, we have started our first “Lit Log”.  We respond to our current chapter book read aloud each day.  We are reading The Wishbone Wish, from the Judy Moody series.  Students write and discuss predictions, characters, setting, problem, solution, vocabulary, and even rate the book.  We will be doing some fun Thanksgiving reading and writing next week.  Please keep reading each day over the break.

In writing, we learned to zoom in on small moments and write seed stories.  Writers are working on including feelings and description on their personal narratives.  We love writing time!

In math, we have been focusing on geometry.  We are discussing shapes and their attributes.  We have discussed the following shapes: circles, squares, rectangles, trapezoids, pentagons, hexagons, and rhombuses, to name a few.  Students have been using pattern blocks to explore and create patterns.  We are discussing how shapes can be sorted and categorized.  We even created symmetrical designs for our turkey feathers.

Week of Nov. 14– Updated Jewish Studies Voicethread!!

 - by Morah Rachel

 And now introducing on your own computer at home.:   

   VOICETHREAD

“Dear Kitah Alef Parents,

We are excited to introduce the online program VOICETHREAD (Kol Kesher).  VOICE THREAD is an amazing new learning tool, which allows for conversations around images and for Hebrew to be brought into every home.

Each student has been set up with his/her own account and we are asking parents to help sign in their child at VOICE THREAD. The instructions will follow….”   Click on the following to be invited!

https://voicethread.com/groups/subscribe/221125/2c12251e8/

On Friday, 11/11, we sent more of this letter explaining about Voicethread and the  reading/singing assignment for Kitah Alef.  It also gives you your child’s password!  These are the correct usernames and passwords!!   The homework is just to listen to the songs and point to the words.  We  practiced the whole process at school so the children will be experienced.  Thanks for joining us in this new endeavor!!!  It will get better and better as we all get used to it!!  (Right now there is a song to review the letter Zayin on Voicethread called  Shalom Zayin….. Many more to follow!!)

Thanks for returning the yellow siddurim HaSiddur Sheli by Tuesday, the 15th,  and keep sending in those photographs if you haven’t completed them !!  It is a joy for the students to see the pictures corresponding to the prayer.

אריאות  Ariyot   We learn a new letter:

ח  Chet    (Clear your throat!!)  like in the word Chanukah!!  חנוכה

Whose name begins with this letter????

  חנה Chana in our class!!!!   AND WHO ELSE????

מורה     חנה  our very own Morah   CHANA!!

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Some other words that we learn  are:

אח  ach  brother

אחות achot  sister

חגיגה  chagigah   celebration   (our חגיגת הסידור Chagigat HaSiddur  Celebration of us getting our new Shabbat prayerbooks  is  coming in February!)

חדש  chadash   new (for a boy)

חדשה  chadasha  new (for a girl)

משפחה  mishpacha family

The story this week tells us about a wonderful event ….

ברית מילה  brit milah  (covenant of circumcision— bris).

תפילות  Tefilot  Prayers  We are moving forward with many prayers like ואהבת  V’Ahavta  “And you shall love”  which is the paragraph after the Shema and many others!!  Rabbi Tilman taught us about Tefillin and Talit…. the “costume” that Jews wear when they pray everyday.

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In the Torah this week coming up is all about Avraham and Sarah and how they showed hospitality.  פרשת השבוע וירא Parshat HaShavua Vayera

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Ulichnie’s Update November 8th

 - by erinulichnie

It was so great meeting with you all for conferences!  Thank you so much for making the time.

Upcoming events:

  • Teacher inservice – no school for students on Monday, November 14th
  • VIP Day – Wednesday, November 22nd, 1:30-3:30 Save the date!
  • Thanksgiving Break – November 23-24

Just a quick reminder that our regular library day has been switched to Wednesday each week.  Sorry for any confusion!

This week in spelling and phonics we have been working on distinguishing between the short and long a sounds.  We completed a word sort and worked on sentence formation.  Next week, we will be working on the long i sound.

In reading, we are learning about the election process through our read aloud Bad Kitty for President.  We are discussing election vocabulary like, campaign, media, primary, nominee, and debate.  Some of our discussions get pretty interesting!  I am also completing reading assessments for sight words, comprehension and taking the Star reading assessment for the first quarter.

In writing, we have been taking some time to do some free choice writing.  Our next unit in writing will be informational or non-fiction writing.

Our field trip to the Florida Theater was a great success.  Our class really enjoyed the musical.  It was fun to see the characters we have been reading about come to life on stage.  Here are a few pictures.

In math, we are wrapping us our unit on subtraction.  We have been knocking out some workbook pages.  We are also working on solving subtraction word problems.  Students are learning how to subtract when comparing.  Students are using story mats and manipulatives to solve subtraction problems.  Then, they created their own picture story  problems and wrote stories to go with them.  Finally, we got to solve each other’s problems.  Please keep practicing Rocket Math when you see sheets coming home.  Students are moving up quickly!