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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23rd Week of Kindergarten – General and Jewish Studies

We continue to work on Tu B’Shevat in Jewish studies. It’s a treat for us to read a story each week about the holiday.  We enjoy taking care of our new plants and we are even seeing sprouts! We talked about ‘Choney the Circle maker’ from Israel. We wanted to have the same experience as Choney so we went outside to pray for the rain, geshem! We made our own circle and we prayed to Hashem to make it rain, and it worked!!!

We recycled some old playdough to make our very own Shkadeeya, the almond tree! We learned about lots of different types of trees in Israel and the fruit that comes from them. Along with Tu B’Shevat, we learned new Hebrew vocabulary like: seeds, roots, leaves, etc. We have also enjoyed Hebrew centers again! We get to play games, do puzzles, and work with Morah Adva to learn our sounds and vowels for the Hebrew letters.

Todah Raba to our Ima and Abba this week for Kabbalat Shabbat.

Our general studies week was busy with so much fun and learning. We started our week by reading about a chameleon named Clyde! He was silly and loved to camouflage. We enjoyed making our own camouflage chameleons and learned our amazing words, plus reviewing sight words.

During math we are getting into the nitty-gritty!!! We are really working on our ‘tens and ones’. Meaning, when we see the number ’37’ we can recognize that we have ‘3 tens and 7 ones’ or the number ’13’ tells us we have ‘1 ten and 3 ones’. 

We even got to celebrate the 100th DAY OF SCHOOL!!!!!!!! What ahuge accomplishment for us; it was such a fun day. We counted to 100 by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s and we did it several times 😉 We made 100 beaded necklaces, we did a 100 Hershey kiss hunt, and we even made a gumball machine with 100 gumballs! We enjoyed our special 100 show and tell, too.

We got to finish our exciting week with a fabulous mystery reader! It was even a Dr. Seuss book 🙂 We are excited to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday in March!

Stay tuned to see what happens next week in Kindergarten!

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22nd Week of Kindergarten – General Studies and a little bit of Jewish Studies

We had a hands on week of learning! Wow, are we lucky 🙂

In Reading this past week, we enjoyed learning all about seeds and the plant life cycle. Boy oh boy does it line up perfectly with Tu B’Shevat! We had fun exploring all types of seeds on our own…we even investigated a huge seed, the coconut.

We also used our height, hands, feet, and faces to make our very own sunflowers. Come check them out in the hallway 🙂

In math we have been having so much fun comparing numbers. It’s been fun for us to discuss ‘more than and less than’ while we make our matches. We now get to move on to numbers to 20 and explore some place value!! We ended our week by celebrating the 90th day of school…it got a little messy 😉

We wrote the number ’90’, we counted by 10’s and 5’s and even made our own tally marks to 90 (as a class!). Once we finished our 90 fun, we got to write our names in the shaving cream – both English and Hebrew!!

***It has come to our attention that our 100th day count is off by a week; we celebrate the 100th Day of School on Friday, February 10th. Please check your email for more details!!***

We ended our week with many surprises. We had a few friends loose their first tooth and we had a wonderful mystery reader 🙂 Mazel Tov and Todah!!!

During Jewish studies this week we are continuing to work on our Kindergarten Shabbat. We cannot wait to show you all that we are learning!!! We enjoyed planting new plants, sunflowers (we had a mishap with our last attempt).

It’s such a treat for us to be Ima and Aba each week. We love when our own Ima and Aba’s are able to join us.

Stay tuned to see what happens next in Kindergarten!

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21st Week of Kindergarten – Jewish studies AND General studies

This week we started our studies about Tu B’Shevat. We did a fun project where we made Shkedeya (blossom trees), come see them in our hallways! We also had a special visitor this week who taught us how to be ‘naturalists’ in honor of Tu B’Shevat. We even got to plant our own plant: we used cups, dirt, and seeds. We have been watering them at recess! We also got new hebrew letter books to help us learn new words, and we are starting to get better at our hebrew handwriting with our new handwriting book! It’s important for us to be bringing Tzedaka on Friday’s, too. Don’t forget!!

We are still busy preparing for Kindergarten Shabbat, February 17th. We Hope you have RSVP’d to Robyn!! We have lots of surprises to show you 🙂

In General studies we enjoy having more responsibility to lead our own morning meeting. We know to discuss the month, number date, and year. We also work on our place value with the days of school count and we even handle the weather, days of the week, and lunch count!

We loved learning about the butterfly life cycle in our story this week! We got to enjoy the journey with Marcel and Farfalina and learn our new amazing words. We have started have ‘sight word races’ which are raising the stakes in our learning 😉 Our centers proved to be quite exciting as we listening, rolled, searched, cut/glue/colored, and even compared numbers.

We have been having fun in math with our comparative sets! We are learning to make observations and sentences like ‘one more than 8 is’ or ‘one less than 4 is’. Next we get to move on to the good stuff…just wait and see!

Our big news this week was in writing workshop. We all tackled ‘how-to’ writing with the same topic. We wrote about it and then followed our own steps to make it a reality 🙂

Thank you to those friends who were able to come to our Shema at Bedtime program. What a treat to be in our PJ’s!

It’s a treat for us to ed each week with a special visitor for Mystery Reader. Boy are we lucky!!

Stay tuned to see what we get in to later this week in Kindergarten! Keep your eyes open, we are beginning to learn about camouflage 😉

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20th Week of Kindergarten-General AND Jewish Studies

We had a short week! Luckily, we had lots to do to get ready for Kindergarten Shabbat! See flyer below, we hope to see you there. DON’T FORGET TO RSVP!!!

                     

We are continuing to learn about the Winter. It’s great that we are able to continuously review our letters, numbers, and prayers. We started to talk about Tu B’Shevat and got to learn some new songs!

 

What a big week in General Studies! We started our week with a new story! We read about two twins and how they (and we) grow and change! We are excited to explore this more as we continue in our unit.

 

 

During writing workshop we talked about ‘how-to’ writing. When we are writing a ‘how-to’ piece, we have to explain and number each step of directions. We also have to rely on our pictures to help give directions.

 

 

Our most exciting news this week was in math; we started our new math book!!!! We have moved on to math book B and we are on a roll!!!  We are so excited to explore number bonds, start adding and subtracting, plus time and money 🙂 We also had a lot of fun this week with our 80 party. Can you believe there are only 20 more days until we get to celebrate the 100th day?!

We are lucky that we have such amazing resources each week! In PE we get to play silly games that test our teamwork, and in music we get to explore different instruments 🙂

 

Sometimes we get to take a break from our classroom and have a hands on experience in our surroundings. For example, there was some construction happening this week at school! There were new pipes (or something) being layed underground. As our window was right by the action, we got to watch the whole process and we had to get a closer look.It was so cool to feel the machines working under our feet!

We always love ending our week with visitors for Kabbalat Shabbat and our Mystery Readers. Toda Raba to everyone who always helps to make us smile 🙂

Stay tuned to see what happens next week in Kindergarten!

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19th Week of Kindergarten – General AND Jewish Studies

In Jewish studies we have been learning about the story of Joseph and his multi-colored coat! We have been taking some time to review our Alef-Bet, numbers (11-20), and favorite songs.  On Monday and Wednesday, we love getting to explore in our Jewish studies centers. We play games and practice our writing with Morah Adva.  When we practice our writing, we are working hard to remember the proper way to write each letter. When we are learning the names and sounds of the Hebrew vowels that go under/side/top of the letters. We continue to grow and expand our vocabulary everyday with animals, objects, colors, and numbers! We are working on learning the different ways to greet a boy vs a girl: Ima Omaret VS Abba Omar (Mom said VS Dad said).

 

In General studies this week we had so much fun learning. In writing workshop we started a new story. We are making our very own fiction stories. What a great opportunity to use our imagination and get creative!

We had a very cool opportunity to go and check out the middle school Science Fair! We learned a lot from the experiments and enjoyed seeing some of our older friends. We are also excited to be using our social studies Weekly Readers! We have been talking about how to be a good citizen and we have been practicing our phone numbers and addresses.

In reading we learned all about ducks this week! Did you know ducks don’t EVER get wet?! Ask your child about that one 🙂 We also had fun in our centers with arts, reading, and weight!

We could not contain ourselves when we had math this week. There was splishing and splashing as we dove into capacity!! We learned that capacity is ‘how much something can hold’. We had several opportunities to explore this concept through buckets, cups, pails, and more!

We got to work with first grade this week when they started to review graphing! They came in to collect data from us 🙂 We were happy to help! We also had a visit from Mr. Fred, our guidance counselor. He spoke with us about name calling and how it can make someone feel. We read a great book about our words being like a volcano! We have also enjoyed checking on our Panda friends during snack time at the Smithsonian and in San Diego.

Be sure to stay tuned to see all the learning we do next week in Kindergarten!

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The 17th and 18th Weeks of Kindergarten – General Studies

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A Peek at Jewish Studies in Kitat Gan

We have begun to learn about our next Jewish holiday, Hanukkah! We discussed the story and its meaning, sang songs, and did many projects including building a dreidl & a chanukiyah (menorah) and creating a placemat with the art and blessings. And, of course, we are learning all of the b’rachot for the lighting of the candles. We are ready to celebrate!

We have continued our regular morning activities including the Hebrew month, days of the week, season, body parts, and much more! Our Jewish Studies centers this week include a Hebrew writing center, games related to the mitzvot we are studying, our new Hanukkah center, and an iPad Hanukkah games center.

Shabbat comes every week!!

This week we learned about parshat ha’shavuah (the weekly Torah portion) which is the story of Jacob’s dream – Jacob’s ladder and its meaning. We even discussed our own dreams!

 

 

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