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Kindergarten Blog

Sukkot, Simchat Torah and Back to Regular Schedule

Dear Kindergarten Families, We had an exciting first full week of school! Our kindergartners feel really comfortable, confident and engaged with their friends and learning activities. In English Language Arts, we learned the letter E and the sound /e/ it makes (like in /egg/). We practiced forming upper and lowercase letters Ee using Handwriting Without Tears books, wooden planks, dry erase boards and wiki stix. We encouraged the children to draw pictures of things that begin with letters D and E and try to label their pictures. We worked on Words Their Way spelling activities practicing beginning sounds M, L,...
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The Last Week of Kindergarten…

Dear Kindergarten Families, It is hard to believe that this was the last week of Kindergarten! So many amazing events, experiences and discoveries, so much growing together! We made new friends, adjusted to our new school, learned how to write, read, count, sing, play many new games, and, most importantly, enjoy learning with friends! This last week was filled with lots of fun experiences. On Monday, we had a Sprinklers Day and played many water games: soaking wet on a hot day, playing with boats and bubbles and experimenting with wet chalk. On Tuesday, we had a cozy Pajama Day: we...
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Backwards Day, Talent Show and more fun!

Dear Kindergarten Families, The last two weeks of school have been  entirely planned by our creative students and we have been having lots of fun learning about the Olympics and airplanes, sewing and ballet, performing in a Talent Show and laughing throughout our Backwards Day. In Language Arts, we have been helping our wonderful kindergartners to have an easy transition into first grade. They are ready and excited about it! We read fun (and sad) books about the end of kindergarten and the children brainstormed and then wrote in their journals “My favorite memories of Kindergarten…” We are looking forward...
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Learning about Shavuot, coins and writing books!

Dear Kindergarten Families, We had a fun and busy week in Kindergarten learning about Shavuot, counting coins, and writing fun books about animals. In Language Arts, we were learning about expository or informational writing. We even had three writers visiting our classroom as Mystery Guests – Simone and her parents! We talked about differences between fiction and nonfiction writing. We discussed how we can do research, explored dozens of books about animals to get inspired, and chose our favorite animals. Then, the students began writing nonfiction pieces about the animal of their choice. The books are called “Who Am I?”...
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Kabbalat Shabbat Ceremony, Prospect Park Zoo and more!

Dear Kindergarten Families, We had a busy and fun week in Kindergarten: from exploring the Prospect Park Zoo to presenting our Jewish Studies learning at the  Kabbalat Shabbat celebration. The children started the week by sharing exciting stories about their Mother’s Day weekend. Thus, we began our Language Arts week with a journal writing about Mother’s Day with fun illustrations. Then, we practiced writing letters with a greeting (“Dear….”), a main part and a signature. The students wrote invitations for their families to our Kabbalat Shabbat program. Students also worked on the  letters b and d which children often reverse....
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Lag B’Omer, Mother’s Day and much more!

Dear Kindergarten Families, The children had a great week rehearsing songs and dances for their Kabbalat Shabbat ceremony on May 19th, preparing Mother’s Day surprises for their wonderful moms and, of course, celebrating Lag B’Omer at Prospect Park! In English, we continued working on short vowel /o/,/u/ and/a/ as in sun, hot or hat. Students worked on word searches and on unscrambling sentences before rewriting and drawing a picture based on the phrase. We also learned about Silent or Magic e. We practiced reading a poem about the Magic e, sang a song about Magic e, and put our new...
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Celebrating Yom Haatzmaut!

Dear Kindergarten Families, We had a wonderful week celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day! The children began their Tuesday with the whole school Tekes (assembly) and then moved through stations related to Israeli inventions in the environment with the first graders.  We compared and planted seeds in “hydroponic” containers vs. soil, we used recycled paper to make giant Israeli flags, we tasted organic Israeli food,  and other fun activities! Then, the children learned Israeli dancing from our Shinshinim and tasted many different Israeli foods: Bisli, pita, falafel, Israeli salad and much more! Here is a link to see the students...
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Making Kiddush Cups at Painted Pot and much more!

Dear Kindergarten Families, We would like to thank all of the parents who kindly helped us with the Field Trip to the Painted Pot! A big thanks to Shira (Rephael’s mom), Jessica (Charlie’s mom), Saskia (Nava and Cy’s mom), Adam (Aaron’s dad), Lydia (Ben’s mom), and Ran (Evia’s dad). We would also like to thank Orli’s and Jessica’s Grandmas for coming to read great books as our Mystery Guests! It’s such a pleasure to watch this group of children grow and develop strong bonds  and loving relationships! They are very kind, encouraging and helpful to each other, their conversations are...
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Welcome Back after Passover Break

Dear Kindergarten Families, The children were very excited to come back to school and share their amazing stories about their Passover Seder with their families,  their travels, their playdates and much more! They eagerly jumped back into reading, writing, counting and playing with each other! In Language Arts, we began the week by reading a funny book “Passover Parrot” by Evelyn Zusman and discussing everyone’s adventures during spring break, and then the children wrote in their journals about the highlights of their Passover vacation. As a class, we read the Word Wall to reinforce which sight words we know and...
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Passover Model Seder, Matzah Baking, and much more!

Dear Kindergarten Families, We had a busy week preparing for Passover. The children experienced baking matzah in 18 minutes, had a Model Seder, created a diorama of Egypt, explored forces and motion in Science, enjoyed more books by Eric Carle and much more! In Language Arts, students continued the author study of the engaging and colorful books of Eric Carle. Students read “Today is Monday” and were challenged to trace and write the days of the week independently, then write a song with the days of the week and a food with the same beginning sound. (Example: Monday Matzah, Tuesday...
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