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Parent-Teacher Conferences, Letter H and much more!

Dear Kindergarten Families,

It was great to meet with many of you on Thursday during Parent-Teacher Conferences. We are looking forward to meeting with more families on Monday evening. Many parents mentioned that their children don’t like talking about their school days. It is absolutely normal for children to keep the stories to themselves. Here is a list of 50 questions that might trigger their memories. In addition, looking together at the pictures on the blog might encourage them to talk about school activities and friends.

In English Language Arts, we learned the letter Hh and the sound /h/ it makes. We practiced forming upper and lowercase letters Hh using our Handwriting Without Tears books and wooden planks. We also practiced sorting pictures by initial letter sounds and glued them.

We read “Stellaluna” by Janell Cannon and had a discussion about being friends with people who are different from us.

In Writing, we wrote letters to our parents about what we like to do in school. We hope you enjoyed reading them at your conference!

In Math, we learned about what is heavier and lighter and drew pictures of things that are heavier and lighter than ourselves. We also practiced writing numbers 0-10, adding one more, with a rolling dice game and counting stamps activity.

In Social Studies, we learned about various professions and talked about what we want to do when we grow up. We wrote what we want to be and drew a picture of ourselves doing it.

In Hebrew this week we practiced using the verb ohev /ohevet (like). Children shared what they like to eat using the hebrew verb for like/love. For example: “Ani ohev oogah” (I like cake) or “Ani ohev pizza” ( I like Pizza), “ani ohevet glida” (I like ice cream).

We also used vocabulary related to the creation of the world: (Adama- earth), deshe- grass,  esev- grass, etzim-trees, prachim- flowers, shamayim- the sky.

We read books such as “Eliezer Vehagezer” by Levin Kipnis and “Hayom Halavan” by Shulamit Tzarfati. We sang songs such as the Hebrew letters song, the Keshet song, which is about the colors, as well as “Beemtza hayom hatzevah haadom,” which is about mixing the different colors to form a new color.

In Judaics we continued learning about the creation of the world. This week we learned about the third day of creation. G-d moved the water to one side and uncovered the land. Then, he created the grass, trees, flowers, fruits and vegetables. The children creatively drew the third day. On Friday, we celebrated Kabalat Shabbat by lighting shabbat candles, making Kiddush, and eating the challah after the Bracha -“… Hamotzi lechem min haaretz”. We sang Shabbat songs such as  “Shalom Aleichem” and “Lecha Dodi”  songs.

Related vocabulary (new and old):

Adama- earth, deshe- grass,    esev- grass, etzim-trees, prachim- flowers, perot- fruits, yerakot-vegetables, Tapuz- orange, oogah- cake, banana- banana, agas- pear, anavim- grapes,broccoli- broccoli, avocado- avocado, lemon- limon, gezer- carrot, toot- strawberry.
Colors: Adom- red, kachol – blue, yarok-green,  Katom- orange. Tzahov-yellow, sagol -purple, lavan- white, chum- brown, Shachor- black, varod- pink
Weather: geshem- rain, shemesh- sun, ananim- clouds, ruach- wind, ohr- light, choshech-darkness, sameach-happy, atzuv -sad, koes- mad, ayef – tired,. Ani poh- I am here , Yeled -boy, Yalda-Girl, tapuach-apple, rimon-pomegranate,, challa , glidah- ice cream, dvash-honey,, as well as abba – father, Ima- mother, saba- grandpa, savta- grandma.

Shabbat Shalom!

Rachel, Regina, Irit, and Ilana


Playing in the park


Georgie built a synagogue


Building Letter H


Science experimentation with water


Using magnetic tiles to create words

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Tap-tap game

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Building pyramids with 3-D magnetic geometric shapes


Happy Birthday, Asher!


Experimenting with baking soda and colored vinegar


“Tasty Math” magnetic game

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Art with Iviva:

With fall weather finally here, students explored the idea of harvest, including their favorite fruits and vegetables. Using watercolor pencils, students drew, painted, and explored ways of adding unusual details and qualities to vegetables, like wings, faces, arms, legs.

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