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!