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K Blog 2/11

Dear Kindergarten Families,   It was another exciting week in Kindergarten!  We learned new verses of our family song as well as a song in science.  We made fruit salad for the community fridge (11 quarts!) and delivered it to the fridge.  Thanks to everyone who contributed the lovely and delicious fruit.   In reading we continue to talk about the superpowers we have as readers.  This week we added picture power, noticing that if you look at the first letter of an unknown word  and study the picture, it can help you figure out the word. Children practiced reading...
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Kindergarten Blog 2/4

Dear Kindergarten Families,   We began the week by dividing into our new groups, The Pretty Planets and the Marvelous Toys (based on two of our favorite songs). Each child then made a family Venn Diagram with a child who had not been in their group in the first half of the year as a way of getting to know them. We celebrated the Lunar New Year by greeting each other with “Gung Hey Fat Choy” and making origami tiger faces in honor of the Year of the Tiger. We began to learn a new song about different types of...
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Kindergarten Blog 1/28

Dear Kindergarten Families,   This week, we planted parsley seeds, began a new Creation painting, and learned a new way to read and write the date: 1/28/22, in addition to January 28, 2022.  This is in preparation for a few special activities we will do on 2/22/22. We learned some new songs (Rise and Shine and In the Mood) and had fun singing some songs we have not sung for some time. We read Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See? all together using the superpowers of Pointer Power and Reread Power.   In Phonics we looked at a...
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K Blog 1/21

Dear Kindergarten Families,   This week, we began a science project in growing pepper plants and had a special hot chocolate surprise during a (somewhat) snowy Morning Meeting while reading Ezra Jack Keats’ The Snowy Day.   We had a discussion about the fact that COVID has been hard on all of  us but particularly difficult for the doctors and nurses who work with COVID patients.   We made pop up cards that will be delivered to doctors and nurses at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore.   In Writing Workshop we are continuing the Show and Tell unit with books about...
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Kindergarten Blog 1/14

Dear Kindergarten Families,   This week, we learned the last part of the song The Dream of Martin Luther King to sing for Friday’s Tekes. We had a very special visitor, Professor Joel (Nitzan’s grandfather) Zoom in to talk about what it was like to be present at Dr. King’s I Have a Dream speech. Here is a recording of part of his presentation. Link    In addition to learning the song and Professor Joel’s visit, we spent time reading about and learning about Dr. King’s work.  Children learned a lot about the unfair laws that he tried to change...
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Kindergarten Blog 1/7

Dear Kindergarten Families,   Happy New Year! We were all so excited to see each other after the break. The children are settling back into our school routines, refreshed from Winter break, with lots of stories to share (some of which are making appearances during Writing Workshop).   In Social Studies we began our study of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Our focus will be on the unfair laws surrounding the rights of people of color in our country and the work that Dr. King did to change those laws.  We will also talk about his belief in non violence. ...
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K Blog 12/17

Dear Kindergarten Families,   This week, we learned a new song, This Little Light of Mine, started a brand-new unit in Science, and (perhaps the most exciting activity this week) labeled the classroom!     In Phonics there was great excitement as we worked to label all the various parts of the classroom.  With a partner students listened for the beginning, middle and ending sounds of things like the pencils, erasers, dinosaurs, shelves, tape, desks, and much much more.  They then recorded the letters on an index card and taped the cards around the room.    In Social Studies we had...
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Kindergarten Blog 12/10

Dear Kindergarten Families,   This week we celebrated the end of Chanukah, made veggie chili and corn muffins, and walked the food we made and extra produce down to the community fridge.   In our Morning Meetings, the students have taken on deciding how we greet each other as well as what our share topic would be. In Wednesday’s share, we discovered that the most popular favorite shape is a circle! We continue to sing our favorite songs and work on learning new ones. We also had the chance to see the pictures and videos of our Celebration of Learning.  ...
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K Blog 12/3

Dear Kindergarten Families,   What an eventful couple of weeks it’s been! Following Parent-Teacher Conferences, we prepared for our Kesher Day activities and enjoyed showing off our singing and morning meeting routines to the grandparents of Kindergarten. We also worked on our own diaries, and shared one time we were brave for the Hannah Senesh Tekes, honoring our school’s namesake. After that, our focus shifted to preparing for our big Hanukkah event in which we sang for the whole school, and of course, put together and practiced for our much-anticipated Publishing Party. One book that we had fun reading as...
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11/5 Kindergarten Blog

Dear Kindergarten Families,   This week, we began with our student jobs! Every day, students have a new responsibility, like Teacher Helper, Sweeper, Blessing Leader, among others. We learned “Pretty Penny” and continued familiarizing ourselves with some of our newer songs like “You Are My Sunshine” and “Dreams of Harmony.”   In Phonics we studied the last student name: Olivia.  Vowels are tricky since they make so many different sounds but we were able to generate a good list of words that start with O.  We also practiced reading, writing, spelling, and using two new snap words: like and can....
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