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Kindergarten General Studies

Our days have been filled with very special events over the last two weeks. On Kesher Day we welcomed many grandparents and special friends and had the chance to mark on both maps and a graph the countries where they were all from. Then Kindergartners and their grown ups drew and colored the flags from those countries. What a beautiful display the flags created in color, design, and the diversity they represent. Undaunted by the rain, Kindergartners jumped right into the Rainy Day schedule and had great fun participating in a whole range of indoor games with their color teams...
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Hello Kindergarten Families

Kindergarten has been a whirlwind of events and industrious learning! We have been enjoying reading and discussing many of Kevin Henkes books to improve our reading and writing craft. We also enjoy comparing and contrasting the stories! We explored how he shows character emotions through pictures and words and are starting add feelings to our narrative sentences and illustrations. We also are noticing emotions in books we read independently. We have jumped into the world of surveys through thinking of topic, asking people what they like best of three things, recording, graphing, and analyzing the results. The office staff and...
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Dear Kindergarten Families הורים יקרים

We’ve been hard at work in Kindergarten getting ready for some special events. When we returned after Passover we had a celebration for Mimouna, a North African Jewish holiday. We baked our own pitas and made special dill cream cheese for a big chametz feast. On Monday we visited The Painted Pot. Our class walked carefully down Smith Street to our neighborhood ceramics studio for a fun project: painting Kiddush cups for our Shabbat boxes. We learned about the kiln and glazing. This week we had another big celebration: Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israeli Independence Day. We celebrated Israel’s birthday by learning...
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Kindergarten General Studies

Kindergartners were very busy with projects this week.  In social studies we have been representing the block that Hannah Senesh sits on in three different media after out trip outside to document what we see.  Some children are working on murals, some on paper collages, and some with building blocks. The goal is to represent the block accurately.  For example, not all the buildings are the same height, some show an address or name, and they all have different items out front. Children also learned about some of the fixtures on the sidewalk that help the city function such as bike racks,...
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Kindergarten General Studies

A new baby sister, covers for our information books, counting by two’s and fives, studying maps, and sending cars down ramps made from one, two or three blocks give you just a taste of the excitement this week in the Kindergarten General Studies Room. Naomi welcomed her new baby sister Alona and shared pictures and information with the rest of the class who listened attentively. We added her pictures to those of Liz and her baby and realized that we will have more to add to this baby gallery in the coming weeks. We continue to work on our information...
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Dear Kindergarten Families הורים יקרים,

We started learning about Pesach this week! First we made a chart of all the things we already know. It was a long list! Then we talked about the word seder/סדר and that it means order. The Pesach seder is a time when we follow the directions and tell the story of the Jewish people’s freedom from slavery while leaving Egypt. We’ve been practicing the four questions/מה נשתנה every day, asking why this night is different from all other nights. Yesterday we learned about the contents of a seder plate. We really love the book The Passover Seder by Emily Sper because...
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Kindergarten General Studies

It was a wonderful week in Kindergarten, highlighted by a full day of activities on Purim.  We heard the Purim story, participated in a parade, went to a carnival, decorated and exchanged bags with our buddies, and heard about a sixth grade service project. Other highlights included beginning to revise our information books, look at patterns in math ,  look a vowel sounds (focusing on short i)  and hearing some stories about kindness.  One book we read was about Community Help in Park Slope, an organization on Fourth Avenue and Sacket that serves lunch to over 200 hungry people from...
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Kindergarten Hebrew Judaics

Dear Kindergarten Families הורים יקרים, This week we got ready to celebrate Purim! In Judaics we went deeper into the Purim story and practiced telling it ourselves so that we could write our own megillot on paper towel scrolls. We learned about the special mitzvot of Purim: Hear the Megillah, distribute Mishloach Manot packages of food, donate/volunteer for Matanot L’evyonim to the less fortunate, and have a Purim feast/Seudah. We played a drawing game where we guessed which costumes we might wear during our whole school celebration. It was so exciting to see everyone all dressed up yesterday! We had...
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Dear Kindergarten Families,

We are so excited that Liz is returning on Monday! This week’s writing was letters welcoming her back and telling her about what we have been learning since she was gone. In math we continued our study of shapes, looking at the squares, triangles, rectangles, and circles that you can make when you trace the faces of cubes, rectangles, pyramids, and cylinders. Next week we will add hexagons to the shapes we are working with. In social studies we read another book about being an older sibling, as we have several children who are awaiting the birth of a new...
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Kindergarten General Studies

Happy 100th Day of School!  We celebrated by rotating through five activities including 100 Lego, 100 Cheerios necklaces,100 Things We Love About School, and some time in the gym.  A good time was had by all! In Social Studies we read a book about having brothers and sisters.  Children shared what is both fun and challenging about being a sibling. We also read a book about a child who has two homes. Children also finished their Family Collages and added a  sentence about what they like to do with their families. You will see these hanging in the hallway when...
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