Mazel Tov to our second graders! They began a new Chumash (book), B’resheet! We also brainstormed what we know about the Torah, and each student shared their ideas.
In Jewish Studies last week, we also read two stories about children who were new in their classrooms. One of the children had just moved to America from Israel. He felt sad and did not want to go to school because he didn’t have any friends. The other child moved from a public school to a Jewish school, here in America. She felt happy because she already had a friend in her new school. We connected these stories with our newest student to see how she felt and now feels about school.
We also did an activity last week using the initials from our names. Using our first and last initials, we created Hebrew words. Although some of the initials were very challenging, this was still an excellent activity for our brains!
In Parashat Lech L’cha, we learned about the promise that God gave Abraham, that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars in the sky. Then, we made paper stars, decorated with our names, which we hung from the ceiling. This is a visual representation of God’s promise.
Please ask your child to share with you what they learned in Parashat Lech L’cha.
Last week in General Studies, we explored the desert habitat. First, we listened to a story on CD while following along in our reading books. Next, we watched a Magic School Bus episode called All Dried Up. Afterward, we discussed animals and plants that live in the desert. Take a look:
We also drew a picture of desert plants and animals, and then wrote descriptions of our pictures.
Here is a Science summary from Mrs. Jaffa!
“We have been having lots of fun exploring the states of matter. Last week we tested solid ice, water, and air balloons with a Balloon Poke experiment. This week we modeled the molecules of solid, liquids, and gases using Fruit Loops. Here are some pictures of us in action.”
In Math last week, we practiced adding two-digit numbers without renaming. First, we used a place value chart and number discs, in order to really visualize what’s happening. Then, we used the standard algorithm of adding in “straight columns.” The students are getting better and better at verbalizing their strategies. This is a necessary skill because since math is its own language, it’s important to be able to explain your thinking.
We’ve been enjoying the full, five-day weeks of school and the consistency of working in small groups. Between working on reading comprehension skills with Ms. Wulbern, practicing Spelling on laptops, practicing Math on iPads, developing independent work habits, and being video-recorded for blogfolio documentation, we have been productive and busy!
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday,
Morah Rivka and Ms. Stein