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General Studies: Singapore Math

Our math curriculum, Singapore Math, is a ladder based development system. This means that in Kindergarten we lay down the foundation for many math skills that will be learned throughout a student’s career.  “One of the defining features of Singapore Math is visualization. The concrete, pictorial, and abstract method underscores real-world application of math. It takes students from hands-on activities to pictorial representations, and finally to numbers (SingaporeMath.com).” We have mastered matching and sorting, numbers to 10, and sequencing numbers through 10.  We are getting ready to start learning more about shapes and patterns!  We have the opportunity to learn through action and exploration! “Singapore Math is about drawing connections, supporting the thinking process, and instilling comprehensive understanding. It encourages perseverance and naturally gives students confidence as they become equipped to solve problems using many different tools (SingaporeMath.com).”

Please visit http://www.singaporemath.com/Singapore_Math_s/301.htm to learn more about Singapore Math. At the bottom of the link, there is a great read about why Singapore Math ‘might just be the better way!’

Check out another article for more information on Singapore math and how you can help your child at home: http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/math/math-tips-for-parents/whats-singapore-math/

Jewish Studies: We have been busy! With all the holidays we have been celebrating, we have learned so  much. We have learned about Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and Simchat Torah! With the new holidays, we have learned new vocabulary. We hope you have seen the many projects we have made and brought home 🙂 We are working on the Hebrew calendar, too! We continue to learn about our Hebrew letters with vowels, numbers, and colors.

*A special ‘todah rabah’ to the parents who came and walked with us on our Sukkah Hop!!*

Specialty Spotlight: STEAM

We love starting our week with “Maker Monday!” Have you seen our key chains we made with the 3D printer? They have our names on them. When we learned about maps and keys, we decided to make one for our school. Each of us was in charge of a room in the school. We 3D printed our symbol for the map key and created our very own classroom map. You can find it on our door! Using “stop-motion” video, we are going to retell and sequence the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff using puppets and bridges that we produced!

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Redy to Rite?

Jewish Studies: We are learning about Rosh Hashana! We have been learning new songs and the meaning of the holiday. We are working on new vocabulary associated with the holiday and we even get to practice our writing in Hebrew. We continue to review colors, numbers, and shapes.


General Studies: Writing Workshop

Az ur child bringz hom riting for the ferst tim, do not be serprized at the speling. The inglish langwij is confuzing for studints!

Don’t panic. It is called “invented spelling” or “inventive spelling” and many teachers encourage it in the early grades. When children create their own spellings for words they do not know how to spell correctly, they’re using invented spelling. Invented spelling allows children to communicate in writing long before they are ready to spell each word correctly. Invented spelling also helps children progress toward standard spelling. Sounding out words and predicting how they will be spelled reinforces students’ understanding of the connection between letters and sounds and lets them experiment with the spelling patterns they are learning.

The researchers state that “ultimately, children who engage in the writing process in an environment with fewer constraints become more successful as writers because of their ability to independently explore and experiment with language.” For more information, plus helpful hints about the writing process, consider a great read: https://www.education.com/pdf/The_Dos_and_Donts_Invented/

We are so excited about our Lucy Calkins writing curriculum. We will be learning narrative writing,  informative writing, and opinion writing.

Specialty Spotlight: We got to explore in the science lab! In our classroom we have been learning about different tools scientists use to investigate and explore. We got some hands-on time with the tools we have been learning about 🙂

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Why Should We Read?


General Studies: Did you know that reading is all around the world?! From here to China, we don’t just read in our classroom or at school. We read EVERYWHERE! This week in our new reading curriculum, Units of Study by Lucy Calkins, we started exploring ‘learn-about-the-world’ books (non-fiction). We are so excited to explore each and every page! We even get to enjoy private reading time as well as partner reading time with our friends to share ‘Wow!’ pages! We love filling our table tubs with exciting books to read.

Speaking of partner reading, do you read with your children at home? “Study after study shows that early reading with children helps them learn to speak, interact, bond with parents and read early themselves, and reading with kids who already know how to read helps them feel close to caretakers, understand the world around them and be empathetic citizens of the world.” (Washingtonpost.com) For more information, please visit the Washington Post website and read the entire article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2017/02/16/why-its-important-to-read-aloud-with-your-kids-and-how-to-make-it-count/?utm_term=.38d43f4e00f9

Make sure your child reads at least 10 minutes every night. Hands in…3..2..1..Super Readers!!!

Jewish Studies: Our vocabulary is growing! Did you know that we are learning our very own Hebrew words? We work with Morah Adva every day to grow our Hebrew language. We are working on learning our colors, numbers, shapes, and parts of the body. In kindergarten, we lay down the foundation of the Hebrew language. Knowing these basic vocabulary phrases and words will help us grow as we continue to learn!

Specialty Spotlight: Art

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Welcome to Kindergarten!!

Wow, day 2 already?! It has been wonderful getting to know each other, exploring our classroom, and learning together through games.  Next week we can’t wait to start working in our books! Here are some important ‘need to knows’ from our first day:

*Your ‘blue folders’ full of school information are due back to school this Friday, August 25th!

*Make sure you are checking your child’s daily folder for our schedule, information and behavior. Here is the behavior chart, attached for your reference!

*We will be having snack each morning and I encourage you to send in healthy choices, packed separately from our lunch.

Please be sure to check our blog when a new post is added 🙂 you have already been subscribed. We are so excited for this school year! Thank you for sharing your children with us, it is sure to be great. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to email me at pamela.lewis@mjgds.org


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Kindergarten Catch Up – General and Jewish Studies

Jewish studies: In the last few weeks we have learned about Yom Ha Atzmaut and Lag B’Omer. We have been reviewing the months. We love doing projects for the holidays: our flags and the birthday card for Israel! We learned the story of Lag B’Omer, Rabbi Akivah and his students, the hero bar coch-vah, and much more. The students get to color the characters of the story and be in the story themselves! They write their name in Hebrew and we are reviewing and extending our vocabulary all the time. We have started to learn about Shavuot: the name of the holiday, about the ten commandments, the bikkurim, and we learn new works about the holiday like basket, fruit, and gather of the crops. We learn about the story in the holiday too: megilat root, the temple, and how many times people go to the temple on the holidays! We made our own bikkurim with the fruit. Chag Sameach!!

General Studies: We are winding down with the school days, but we are hard at work! We have enjoyed an AMAZING career day, thanks to you!! We have been learning new amazing words each week, exploring through centers, and even building our own homes! We are very excited to be telling time in math, we are counting to 100 and soon get to explore money!!

Our last field trip to the Zoo:

Stay tuned to see how we end Kindergarten with a BANG!! We still have lots to do 🙂

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Kindergarten Catch-Up!

Talent Show:

Jewish Studies:

Passover Seder was a huge success! Todah Rabba to all who came to join us. We even cleaned all the chametz from our classroom!

We love getting to welcome Shabbat every week with our Ima and Aba, it’s so special to bring in the Sabbath with our friends.

We have been learning about Yom Ha’Atzmaut and we are excited to celebrate Israel’s birthday next week! We have been reviewing and learning new vocabulary everyday. We also get to do Hebrew centers and work on our handwriting of the Hebrew letters.


General Studies:

This month in the library, students are celebrating National Poetry Month. Students learned to recite and then perform Shel Silverstein’s poem Boa Constrictor. Enjoy the video!

We are loving reading our stories each week. We haven’t had full time in our reading centers, but we have been so busy!

We are adding and subtracting like professionals! This week we started doing both at the same time, so it’s very important for us to pay attention to the ‘adding’ or ‘subtracting’ sign in the problem. We also celebrated the 140th day of school!! We also compared our heights from the beginning of the year to now. WOW, have we grown!!!

We are very thankful to all of our mystery readers! We love getting to see our friends and visitors.

Winn-Dixie Field Trip: We had several mensches who took the school tzedakah money and shopped at Winn-Dixie. We got to have a tour of the grocery store which included tasting dragon fruit, making our own peanut butter, and even doing our own shopping! Once we had our groceries, we had a picnic lunch and then went to JFCS food pantry to deliver the food we bought.

We have a lot of exciting things happening as we get close to wrapping up Kindergarten. I can’t believe it!! We have Career Day, our field trip to the Zoo, plus much more learning!! Stay tuned 🙂

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28th and 29th Week of Kindergarten – Jewish and General studies

In Jewish studies we are getting ready for our Seder! We are practicing everyday with Morah Adva. We have our very own pretend seder plate to use while we practice! Everyone has a part and we cannot wait to share with you what we have learned. Not only are we practicing for our seder, but we are learning the story of Passover too!

We have been packing in the learning in General studies! We are so excited to continue exploring addition and next week we get to have fun with subtraction.

Our amazing words are always a blast to explore, plus reviewing our weekly sight words. We have read some wonderful stories about types of transportation! Our centers give us time to show off our growing independence 🙂

We have been spending some time with social studies the past two weeks also, what a treat!! We have learned about the 7 continents, our oceans, and the compass rose. We even made a castle by folowing compass rose directions, it also helped our listening skills!

During writing workshop we are excited to begin persuasive writing!! We started our introduction to persuasive writing by learning about hoe to make the world a better place…by WRITING!

We celebrated a couple of birthdays and had some fabulous mystery readers!! Thank you for making these memories with our kids.

Besides all the learning we do in Kindergarten, we also have fun and smile every day!!! Stay tuned to see what happens next week in Kindergarten.

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27th Week of Kindergarten – Jewish and General Studies

In Jewish studies we started the week by finishing Purim! We enjoyed getting together with the whole school to celebrate. We quickly started learning about Passover. We are learning the Haggadah and the Passover Seder. We have made our own Seder plates and matzot. We are excited to work on Passover projects for the next few weeks 🙂 We are learning new vocabulary along with the holiday.

In general studies this week we have been BUSY. We had so much fun learning about the Arctic this week. Our new amazing words lead us to learn about penguins, whales, and icebergs! We got to go to the science lab to learn about Penguins a little more. We know that Penguins have ‘blubber’ on them to help them stay warm in the arctic, so we got to feel what it was like to have our own blubber!

We also enjoyed our reading centers this week. This really gives us time to be independent learners and explore on our own!


We finished up our writing workshop stories and we are finally excited to move on to Opinion writing! We have so many books to share 🙂 We are great writers!

During math we have decided to DIVE in to number bonds. We spent the last two weeks playing with numbers bonds in a variety of hands on way. We used cubes, paper chains, squares, magnets, and more. This week we ventured into addition!! Can you believe it? We also celebrated (late) the 12oth day of kindergarten.

Todah Raba to our lovely mystery reader! What great books we got to hear, we loved them 🙂

Stay tuned to see what happens next week in Kindergarten! It is sure to be exciting!!!

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25th and 26th Week PHOTO DUMP of Kindergarten – General and Jewish Studies

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24th and 25th Week of Kindergarten – Jewish and General studies

Toda Raba to everyone who came to see us in Kindergarten Shabbat!! We were were so proud to show off all we have learned. Here are the videos and pictures from our rehearsals..plus challah baking!

This week in Jewish studies we started to talk about Purim!! We learned the story of Purim, acted it out and told it. We even had Morah Eta join in on the fun! We have been doing projects and making masks to celebrate. We learned about the 4 mitzvot of Purim: goody baskets, giving to the poor, the Purim meal, and reading the megilah. We have so much more fun ahead learning about Purim!! We are expanding our vocabulary and learning new songs.

We continue to water our plants to get ready for Pesach! We are hoping to use our leaves for the Seder plate…fingers crossed 😉

It was a big couple of weeks in Jewish studies, but we were still busy in General studies too! Our centers always get our minds ready for learning as we explore sight words and get creative with our learning.

In writing workshop we continue to write our very own ‘How-to’ pieces. We have some of our very best work displayed outside of our classroom if you’d like to see 🙂 we will be moving on to ‘opinion’ writing very soon!

It was big news in math!! We continue to practice place value with our tens and one, but we also started telling time, using our own clocks, we just briefly started number bonds, and we even introduced the Penny with Abraham Lincoln!!!

We have LOTS of exciting learning coming up. Stay tuned to watch it unfold 🙂

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