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Dear Kindergarten parents הורים יקרים, We are so excited to welcome our students back to school for their first full week of 2020! We spent a long time talking about what we did and where we went. We asked questions about the places we visited. The students continued to learn about the different body parts. This week we added the words לחיים (cheeks) and כתפיים (shoulders). We used visual cards so that the students were able to recognize the body parts. In addition, the students started to learn about the season winter חורף. They are now able to use the...
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Kindergarten Newsletter

Hello Families, We really enjoyed spending time with you at our Hanukkah celebration! This past week, we culminated our 5 senses unit with an exploration of fruit!  In past lessons, we identified the 5 senses and body parts used to discover different senses. Then we came up with adjectives for each sense.  This week, we wrote and drew our observations of 5 different types of fruit.  Then we tasted many types of fruit together and recorded describing words of how they tasted.  After tasting, we figured out what our favorite fruit was and graphed the results. Pineapple won! We also...
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Kindergarten Newsletter

Dear Kindergarten parents הורים יקרים, This week in Hebrew class, the students learned how to say the phrases “this is mine” and “this is not mine.” In response to my questions, the students answered if something is theirs. In addition, they are now familiar with emotions. When I ask the students how they are feeling, they are able to answer me with an emotion (sad, happy, etc). The students have learned additional body parts, such as fingers. We sang the song עשר אצבעות לי יש (I have 10 fingers). This week the students had a great time with the Shinshinim...
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Kindergarten Newsletter

Dear Families, We have launched our new writing unit “Show and Tell” and are busy writing about things we really care about, including our stuffed animals from home.  We are working extra hard on looking closely to add details, writing more on the page, and hearing more sounds as we spell.  We will soon move into writing pattern books! In math, we continued to explore counting strategies as we count bigger groups of objects.  We also are comparing and ordering numbers using less than, greater than, and equal.  Our new favorite card game is “top it!” We have enjoyed working...
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Dear Families, This week has been a flurry of activity as we prepare for our very first publishing party!  We learned that when we publish a book, we are deciding to share our story with the world and we need to “fancy up” our books! So we colored and created a cover, title, and all about the author page.  We also have gone back to our books to make sure that they have details, settings, labels and have a beginning middle and end.  Lastly, we practiced reading our stories with gusto.  We even got to read them to our first...
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Kindergarten Newsletter

Hello Families, It was a pleasure getting to meet with you this past week! Enjoy the pics from this week! Liz and Talia showing off our expert letter crowns! We are using flair pens in writing workshop which helps us with our thought flow! We are using the our new snap words to label our pictures We are adding “the” and “a” to our classroom labels (the whiteboards) Practicing our hello song Searching for snap words in books with partners Dear Kindergarten parents הורים יקרים, It was wonderful to meet all of you on Monday and Thursday at Parent Teacher...
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Kindergarten Newsletter

Hello Families, We have had a busy week of celebrating everyone’s names!  Kids are now experts on their own beginning letter and helping their friends during writing workshop if they need to write it or know the sound.  Kids are also acting as a teacher and showing the class the writing pathway of their letter using the handwriting without tears ABC shapes. They love this! Kindergarten has been working on their collaboration skills recently  as they now have a writing and phonics partner they work with daily.  They work together on rug activities, sharing stories, checking in for directions, and...
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Hello Families, This week we have been writing, writing, writing!  We started by labeling parts of the room so we know where to put and find things.  We practiced stretching out our words slowly to hear all the sounds to know which letters to write. Someone even labeled the teacher area (spelled “ter ar”). We also learned our first 3 snap words “I“, “like“, and “my“.  We learned these are specials words we see all the time that follow different sound rules (also known as high frequency or sight words). They also help kindergarteners become faster readers.  We practiced putting...
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Kindergarten Newsletter

Hello Families, We had a wonderful time on our first field trip to the Botanical Gardens!  The blue and yellow groups got to know new friends in the other class through their partners and small groups.  We examined fuzzy, fragrant, edible, and colorful plants. We also sketched and noticed shapes and seasonal changes in the garden around us.  The pictures below speak for themselves! Now that we are heading back into full weeks and days after the holidays, kindergarten is shifting focus. Thus far, we have been learning how to be in school while building community, and how to take...
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