On Monday, we attended a fun assembly, where we watched Israeli dancers from Ramat Gan! These 20 dancers ranged in age from 11-16 years old. Three of them visited our classroom to share information and to answer questions. Many of us felt inspired to become dancers too!
This week in Torah, we finished studying the fifth day of Creation.
In Parashat Vayehi, we discussed how on Jacob’s deathbed, he blessed his sons and grandsons. We continue this tradition today by blessing our own children every Friday night.
We also talked about what we can do by ourselves in Hebrew. For example: singing, reading, and writing on our own. We used an app called Voice Thread to practice recording our responses. This app can be used on both iPads and computers. We will be using this app periodically in class, and as a homework assignment. I am sending home a letter in your child’s white folder today with detailed information, including their username and password for logging in.
We also watched a video on sign language! This tied into our reading story of the week, called Dear Juno. It was about a Korean American boy who corresponds with his Korean grandmother. They do not speak or write in the same language, yet they are able to communicate effectively through pictures.
We had a special visitor on Wednesday – Maya’s grandmother, Mrs. Shapiro! She read us a very cute book called How Pizza Came to Queens!
Our Mystery Reader today was Mauri Mizrahi! She read us three wonderful books!
During Center time, the students are becoming even more independent. Look at the concentration of these hard-workers!
One new activity we’ve been doing during Center time involves using an iPad app called Explain Everything. Please be checking your child’s blogfolio in the next few days for a personalized math problem created and recorded by your child!
With only one more week until Winter Break, we are continuing to work hard and to make every moment count. In Daily 5, we call this “a sense of urgency” because we know that every moment should be devoted to learning and growing.
Ms. Stein & Morah Rivka