March 21, 2017
Today the kindergartners started writing their own stories, either fiction or non-fiction. Every single child quickly came up with a working title and went right to work on his or her story. There are some wonderful stories taking shape already. As each child finishes, his or her parents are welcome to come in on the day the child reads to the class. I will give each parent a heads up as your child nears the finish line. Some children will write two or more stories, while others will work long and hard on this first one. More on this process in the future.
Through journals, word sorts, and picture-writes, reading to one another or to themselves, and working in their reading groups—all the children continue to improve their reading and writing skills.
Last week we picked and drew olive leaves. We also examined olive flowers and fruits online and included those in our drawings. Soon we’ll draw the tree, too. Spring is bringing so much beauty to the hillside. We can’t wait to get out there again! We potted a leaf we cut when it sprouted long enough roots. We are keeping a journal of the growth from leaf cutting, rooting in water, planting and more.
As parents may have noticed when perusing the kindergarten work that went home last Friday, the children have been working on 10’s and 1’s, fractions (equal parts of a whole) graphing, and no-carry two digit addition. Not all children have done all of these; for some they are still a work in progress. We are also still doing Marcy Cook math.
The K’s love the independence of working in their “To-Do” folders at their own pace. We started memorizing the little poem, Ode to Spring today. Each poem has an accompanying illustration. The To Do folders contain challenging Dot to Dots, math unfinished work or extensions, Alligators All Around, extra mandalas, and more.
Shavuah Tov to you all!
Shalom! The excitement of Pesach (Passover) has filled our classroom. We began our unit on Pesach by learning about the Pesach story. The class has heard the story of Pesach told in both English and Hebrew. Next week the class will begin acting out the story. The kindergarteners also learned the meaning of the word chametz (bread or anything leavened) by sorting food items. The class then learned about the steps for preparing a home for the holiday of Pesach.We cleaned our classroom then went on a hunt for chametz in our classroom called, Bidikat Chametz. Bidikat Chametz is the ritual hunt for chametz done the night before the first Pesach seder. Each kindergartener will make a Bidicat Chametz Kit which will include a beautifully painted wooden spoon, feather, candle, instructions and the brachot. I hope that you will have fun using it together!
We have also focused on the Passover Seder – the order of the seder, the symbols of the seder and the many songs. The kindergarteners have so far learned the following songs: Ma Nishtanah, Dayenu, Echad Mi Ydeah (to the number 8), Avadim Hayinu, Eliyahu Hanavi and Simcha Raba.
The kindergarteners have finished the Aleph Bet and are now finishing up preparations for their Aleph Bet Party. Once the class has finished all the necessary preparations, they will celebrate with an Alpeh Bet Party. For the Aleph Bet Party your kindergartener will be able to invite one special guest… their favorite stuffed animal!
Tomorrow the kindergarteners will be singing a song about opposites at Mifgash together with Gveret Aloni. The song also has a dance component which makes it lots of fun!