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Kindergarten Blog 4/27

Dear Kindergarten Families,

The highlight of this week was without a doubt Yom HaAtsma’ut on Wednesday!

In Writer’s Workshop, we spoke about the tools we have around the room to help Kindergartners do their best writing, and how to best use them. We talked about the various alphabet charts, the name chart, the word wall, and the snap word chart. We also introduced the vowel chart, and talked about how every word has vowels in it. In Reading we continue to practice reading and writing CVC words using several different vowels. Children continue to make good progress reading the books in their book baggies.

In Science, the kindergartners got to apply their “Is it living?” checklists to various things to really understand how universal the checklist is! Scientists can determine whether something is living if it breathes, needs water, needs nutrients, can reproduce or make copies of itself, and grows and changes.

In Math we worked with solid shapes: cubes, cones, cylinders, and spheres.  We noticed the squares in the cube and the circles in the cones and cylinders.  We noticed that some of the shapes can roll, some can slice, and some can do both.  We went on a shape hunt in the hallway and found everyday items that are made of these shapes. 

In Social Studies we are finishing up our Family Project by creating a background for our families showing a place they like to be.  Examples so far include home, the beach, Candyland, Paris, and the Manhattan Bridge!

Next week we’ll be making fruit salad and muffins for the Community Fridge.  Families are invited to send in fruit (bananas, apples, grapes, plums, pears, pineapple, and any other fruits you like in a fruit salad).  Children can bring in fruit from Monday- Wednesday next week.  We will deliver the food to the Community Fridge on Friday. 

This week in Hebrew and Judaics, we continued to learn about Yom Ha`atzmaut, culminating in our super fun celebration day on Wednesday. Leading up to Yom Ha’atzmaut, the Kindergartners learned the song “Eretz Israel Sheli Yafa Vegam Porachat.”  Kindergartners also did arts and crafts projects creating Israeli flags, popsicle-stick-Magen Davids, and menorahs. On Yom Haatzmaut itself, the Kindergartners rotated through stations with the First graders and prepared yummy blue and white chocolate balls, made collage Israeli flags, learned about the modern Hebrew language, and made egrets after learning all about Israel’s unique bird population (more than half a billion of the worlds’ birds converge in Israel during the migratory season!) The children also enjoyed Israeli snacks and did some Israeli folk dancing too. 

In Judaic studies, we are hard at work preparing for our Kabbalat Shabbat ceremony on May 19th; they can’t wait to see you there and share all they’ve learned. The Kindergartners are learning their lines for their presentation and practicing songs for Shabbat. We’ve now begun learning about the next Jewish holiday, Lag B’Omer. Kindergartners are super excited about their field trip next week to the pottery studio to make Kiddush cups!

Shabbat Shalom,

K Team