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Kindergarten 2017 – 2018 Blog

Jewish Museum, Publishing Party and more!

Dear Kindergarten Families, We had a great week in Kindergarten.  We were preparing for our Publishing Party and practicing our song and dance for the Hanukkah Play! On Thursday, we had a great time at the Jewish Children’s Museum in Brooklyn. The children went to a Kosher Supermarket, visited Creation Exhibit, looked for oil in the Hanukkah exhibit, walked “on Shabbat Table,” made oil out of real olives and lit the menorah with it. Finally, we did a very exciting Game Show. Everyone had a great time! In Math, we are learning numbers 0-20. We have been using ten frames...
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Learning about Fall

Dear Kindergarten Families, We hope you had a fun and restful Thanksgiving break! We had lots of fun this week in Kindergarten. The children were excited to tell us stories about their Thanksgiving weekend and then wrote and illustrated them in their journals. In Math, we learned direction and position words, such as under, over, above, next to, on top, on the bottom, etc. We also introduced a clock to the children and learned about clock’s “face” and “hands.” We practiced using clocks to tell time to the hour. Then, we discussed what we do at different times of the...
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Happy Thanksgiving!

Dear Kindergarten Families, We have had a great short week in Kindergarten! We began on Monday by celebrating Irit’s birthday and then visiting our 4th grade buddies at their Publishing Party! In Math we have been continuing to learn about and practice the ideas of more than and fewer than for small numbers (0-10). We worked on simple word problems for addition and subtraction using words “adding together” or “taking away.” In English Language Arts, we learned the letter Jj and the sound /j/ it makes (as in /jet/). We practiced forming upper and lowercase letters Jj using our Handwriting...
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Learning About Thanksgiving

Dear Kindergarten Families, We had another wonderful week in Kindergarten! In Math, we practiced counting and adding small numbers. We used our fingers to count numbers up to 10. We also practiced counting using leaves and our new “Math Machine!”. Additionally, we are practicing writing our numbers with the correct orientation, accuracy and control. In English Language Arts, we learned the letter Ii and the sound /i/ it makes (as in ‘igloo’). We practiced forming upper and lowercase letters Ii using our Handwriting Without Tears books, wooden planks, and finding words that start with I and drawing pictures of them....
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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...
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Having Fun with Friends!

Dear Families, This week was great in Kindergarten! We see many new friendships and wonderful interactions developing among children in both groups! To encourage these friendships and learning experiences, we set up many engaging activities every morning from 8:15-8:45. It’s the most peaceful and creative time in our class! Also, on Friday, we took another trip to Carroll Park to explore different physical activities and a variety of games with friends. In Math, we learned about measuring and comparing length and weight using standard and non-standard units. We talked about longer v. shorter, taller v. shorter, and heavier v. lighter....
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Healthy Nutrition, Letter F, Creation and more!

Dear Families, We had a great week in kindergarten! In Math, we were working on ordering numbers from 0-10, learning the words one less, one more, and the same. We used our ten frames to help us practice solving problems with one more and one less. We are almost finished with our first Math workbooks! In English Language Arts, we learned the letter F and the sound /f/ it makes. We practiced forming upper and lowercase letters Ff using our Handwriting Without Tears books, wooden planks, shaving cream, and finding words that start with F and drawing pictures of them....
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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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Tasting Apples, Doing Tashlich and much more!

Dear Kindergarten Families, We hope you had a wonderful Holiday! This week was a lot of fun! We had 5 Mystery Guests: Tovi’s family from Sydney told us about various animals that live in Australia, Yahli’s mom read a fun book in Hebrew “Go Away, Monster!” and created fun monsters with the children, and Abby’s aunt from Melbourn came to visit us and taught us some songs! We also met our 4th grade buddies on Thursday! Our buddies made cards for us and took us on a Scavenger Hunt around the school. It was so fun! Ask your child about...
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Our First Full Week of Kindergarten

Dear Kindergarten Families, We have completed the first full week of Kindergarten! It’s such a pleasure to see the smiling faces of our students in the morning, budding friendships and more confidence in finding their way around the school! We are continuing to practice our classroom routines and rules, making friends and learning each other’s names. In Language Arts, we began learning the Alphabet by introducing letter A a, and the sound /a/ it makes, as in apple. The children practiced making letter A with wooden sticks, play dough, writing it on dry erase boards and with shaving cream. We...
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