Good Afternoon Families!
We are officially one month into our school year and what a joyous time it has been!
This week we began English Assessments, which will continue through to the end of next week. Once they are completed we will then be able to create our English Small Groups. Next week we will introduce classroom jobs! In Hebrew we continued learning about the weather and next week we will begin talking about objects around the classroom and school building. Be on the lookout for some new vocabulary.
Below is our update for the week of 9/9-9/13
This week we continued learning and reinforcing classroom rules and procedures. We also introduced water color painting during center time. Next week we will begin doing English Assessments to establish our small groups. In Hebrew, we began small groups with Ms. Shira where we continued learning about the weather and colors.
Below is our update for the week of 9/3-9/6,
We spent an amazing week with our children enjoying new centers. This week we introduced playdough, soft blocks and magnetiles. Also, we collectively created some center rules. We have been reading several books in Hebrew, singing Hebrew songs, counting to ten in Hebrew, as well as doing morning meeting in Hebrew.
Hooray! We have officially made it through our first week of school! Over the week we have seen a few tears, smiles and the beginning of a friendships.,
To help with this transition to a unfamiliar place, this week we spent a lot of time getting to know one another.
During morning meeting we practiced greeting each other in both Hebrew and English, singing songs, identifying our classroom jobs for the school year and establishing classroom rules to ensure our safety. Ms. Shira taught us how to name our emotions, numbers and weather in Hebrew.
During center time we began with table toys, drawing and books. As we follow the First Six Weeks of School model, we will continue to introduce new materials and centers slowly. When each center is officially opened, we will collaborate to create expectations for each individual center and agree upon policies to support a safe and productive classroom.
Following this long weekend, we will move a little closer to our normal daily schedule. Beginning on Tuesday, each morning we will begin our day with Second Step (our social emotional curriculum). Center rotations will be practiced with some materials that have already been introduced and some new things.
-We are so excited to see all of you next Wednesday evening for our Back to School Night from 6 to 7 pm!
- Please submit your photograph permission slips and authorized pickup forms ASAP
Ms. Alexander & Ms. Shira
We will be hosting conferences this week. Please follow the link to schedule a time that works best for you.
We will be making Stone Soup this week. We would love to have as many different types of vegetables in our soup as possible. Please send in your child's favorite vegetable.
The Gan Galil class is invited to attend Orchid Family Day event at the Botanic Garden Conservatory on Sunday, March 11, 2017. If you any additional questions please reach out to Jen Shapiro (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Boaz Green (email@example.com) or visit the events website:
This week the Gan Galil were very much that.
As the Gan Galil continue their clothing unit in Hebrew, they have rapidly moved beyond strictly naming vocabulary words in Hebrew, but are now asking and answering questions. They have also taken the lead in guiding most components of morning meeting in Hebrew as well as naming and explaining the center expectations completely in Hebrew.
During English instruction, the Gan Galil have begun working on rhyming and filling in the initial sound of each rhyming word. At centers, prep for the garden are underway. Planting, writing vegetable labels, and discussions about how to care for our plants are the focus as we wait for the weather to warm up a bit more, so we may then take our investigation outside!
In both English and Hebrew Math, the class is continuing to work on connecting items counted to the matching numeral as well as identifying less than, more than, or the same.
We hope that everyone enjoyed our basketball game movie, as much as the Gan Galil enjoyed participating in it. We still have a few more special events sneaking up on us... please stay tuned!
Ms. Sam and Ms. Shira
Busy... busy... busy, does not even begin to depict what the Gan Galil have been up to the past few weeks. After constructing our homes and creating a model neighborhood in our classroom to accompany all of the labeled pictures of our families adorning our classroom, the Gan Galil wasted no time getting straight to work on our newest studies- in Hebrew, Clothing and in English- Food.
To help with th transitions, our classroom is slowly
After a slow return to our normal routine at school last week, the Gan Galil were more than ready to get to work this week!
Despite it being a new year, we picked right back up where we left off in December... Families. In Hebrew, the Gan Galil are continuing to discuss all of the different members of the family including: softa, saba, khah-TOOL, and KEH-lehv.
In Math, in both English and Hebrew the students are working on naming basic shapes and their identifying features.
During our Science investigations, we have been working on constructing and making predictions of what would happen to each of the three little pig's homes if the Big Bad Wolf Blew on the house. We discovered that the straw house and the house of sticks no matter how well we constructed them, were no match for the Wolf (hair dryer). the Brick house (wooden blocks) however, we were torn on whether or not it would be able to sustain the Wolf's 'wind'. Based off of our investigation, everyone was correct! Some of the bricks (blocks) were blown over, but others were able to stay up right. Some of the arguments of how this occurred, included: my daddy built the house, the wolf went home to bake a cake, and the pig used mean words.
To begin each school day in 2017, we worked on naming our letters and their corresponding sounds. Now in 2018, we are building on our knowledge and now we are also practicing air writing the letters. The individual letters in our names are also being practiced more, as each Gan Galil now takes a turn writing their name each morning as they arrive to school. To see their continued growth in name writing, please checkout the purple binder on top of the cubbies.
While each of these accomplishments leave the teachers in awe, the area the Gan Galil continue to impress their teachers most, is their continuous growth on problem solving and completing tasks on their own. More and more frequently, we have spied different friends comforting one another, helping each other make better choices, and simply working together to solve a common goal- whether that is building a structure with the Imagination Station Blocks or playing I Have, Who Has Shapes without the assistance of a teacher.
Ms. Shira and Ms. Sam
***Please send in or email family recipes and pictures!****
**At our upcoming Winter Program on December 14, 2017, Sela and the PTSA will host our second Uniform Swap of the year! Please bring in any gently used uniforms that no longer fit your child and/or pick up something that will! No donation required to get something for your child! Uniform clothing donations can be made anytime up until the morning of the Program. We will have another Uniform Swap later in the spring!**
This week we, began our family unit. In both English and Hebrew, we discussed each member of our families. We also discussed how each family is unique and how we each can help our family and what a family is.
A Family is...
Abigail- They love each other Alexander- Help... shoes
Roman- My mommy and daddy Drew- My mommy
because I love them Harlem- A mommy, Nana, Daddy, and Papa
Azare- They fix my finger Harper- You hug your family
Zander- My mommy and my trains Kennidi- People in my home
Belis- A mommy and a baby eating Chase- I love my mommy and daddy
food Isabel: Eating together
Chelsy- My mommy pick me up Hugo- A family has a brother and sister and Jasper- A mommy and baby looking mommy and daddy.
Cole- We go somewhere... Savannah. Liev- Alexander
I Help My Family By...
Abigail- I floss my teeth for my mommy Roman- Eat the food
and daddy Alexander- I eat ice cream!
Drew- Help mommy share Azare- Get food
Harlem- I help my papa clean the floor Peter- I help mom fix the TV
up when it's dirty. Zander- I pick up train
Belis- I help my mommy and daddy go Kennidi- I get on the ladder
to sleep Chase- Clean up
Chelsy- Pick ice cream Isabel- I put on a band aid
Harper- Mommy takes me to Wal-Mart Jasper- I help mommy mop the floor
and I pick out things Liev- Help get the food down
Kolin- I go to sleep
Beyond just discussing who was in our families, we also began focusing more on written words. Each friend dictated in both English and Hebrew who was in their family as the teachers wrote their words down. Afterwards, the Gan Galil drew pictures of their family members and what they love about their families. To also strengthen the understanding of written words, the Gan Galil, have begun dictating and drawing pictures of one thing they would like to do each day at school.
In Math centers, the Gan Galil are beginning to create their own math games. This week, without any support from the teachers, they created a new game called, Who Stole the Cookies from the Cookie Jar. They followed the model they learned from our Mouse counting game- roll the dye and count that many cookies out, but instead they sing the chant: Who stole the cookies and then place the cookies in a bucket.
As we come closer to the end of our second unit, we are continuously amazed at how much the Gan Galil know and how much more they still want to uncover.
This week’s investigations focused on the mouth and more specifically, the teeth. Our first conversation, “what do we use our teeth for”, was limited to more repetitive responses: we use our teeth to eat or chew. As we began conducting experiments related to teeth, the answers also became more abstract.
Why do we need to take care of/brush our teeth?
Hugo: When you don’t brush your teeth you Cole: Because we eat.
might get a hole in your teeth. Alexander: Because it get dirt of Harper: Because your teeth might fall out. my teeth.
Drew: Because your teeth hurt. Kennidi: Because I don’t want Zander: My teeth were rotten and I went to my breath
the doctor. Belis: Because the can get red Chelsy: Because the doctor. and brown and have to Harlem: I brush my teeth at home because go to the dentist.
they are so shiny like this! Kolin: Because they’ll be dirty
Roman: Because you’ll feel sick. and green.
Nina: Because if I don’t brush, I get Chase: Makes them clean. holes in my teeth. Peter: Because we eat
Liev: Clean! popsicles
Isabel: I brush my teeth in the morning Abigail: If you don’t brush your and they’re clean. teeth, bugs will get in
Azare: Because we eat. your body; they will see a hole and come in.
English small groups, alternated between science experiments and letter recognition/rhyming games. For science, we were focusing on what is good for our teeth versus what is bad for our teeth. The investigation took three days to complete. Day 1, the Gan Galil were presented with three beverages: brown soda, grape juice, and milk. The students were then asked to predict what would happen to their teeth (in this scenario, hard boiled eggs) if they were exposed to each of the different beverages over an extended period of time. The predictions ranged from the soda turning our teeth brown or rotten to the milk causing our teeth to explode or crack. After leaving the eggs in their designated liquid for two days, the Gan Galil were then exposed to the results. This time they were able to conclude: the grape juice stained the teeth (eggs) black, the soda made the teeth (eggs) turn brown, and the milk helped them maintain their original white coloring. The final consensus was, to keep our teeth healthy we should drink more milk (khah- LAHV). The third and final day of our experiment focused on how we can continue to support our teeth and keep them healthy. The three eggs were reintroduced, but this time they were accompanied by a toothbrush and toothpaste. The Gan Galil took turns brushing each egg and describing how the egg changed when they attempted to clean them. The grape juice, mostly came off, but left a slightly grey tint, the milk showed off the blue toothpaste, but then when washed away glistened white again, but the soda egg, no matter how much brushing, remained brown. The final decision was we should drink a lot of milk, maybe a little juice, but stay away from soda.
On the alternative days, when we were not conducting investigations, the Gan Galil are continuing to strengthen their literacy skills. Each week, we continue to review and introduce new letter flashcards. During Fundations (our letter flashcard time), the students are asked to repeat the letter, sound, and word. Next, each student is given a chance to name one letter independently. If they are able to name the letter, sound, and name, they are then asked to practice air writing the letter (drawing the letter with their finger as the teacher instructs how to form the letter- ex. T: straight line down, straight line across the top). In small groups, the students revisit the letters and will have a chance to name the selected letters for that week, independently. If they need additional time with the letters, we use this time to continue practicing the letter names through our Crocodile game. If they show confidence recognizing all of the letters for this week, we have begun practicing identifying some rhyming words. The first part of the activity involves reading Hop on Pop and then work as a group to match the rhyming cards together.
Hebrew small groups have gone from simply naming vocabulary words to working on using complete sentences. The stem of the sentence will remain the same: ani rotzi (I/he/she want to…), eyfo (where is…), ma ze (what is)… and the students will complete the statement with the assistance of vocabulary picture cards or pointing to a specific part of their own body.
Beyond just learning to ask questions or make statements, the Gan Galil have also begun using Hebrew small groups as a time to become more familiar with Hebrew children’s books and to tell the stories themselves. As our winter performance approaches in only a month, the Gan Galil are working very hard to bring one of these stories to life.
After Thanksgiving break, we will begin our next unit, Families. We would love to invite you to schedule a time to visit our classroom and share a family tradition, activity, or even a favorite story with our whole class. Part of what makes our school and classroom so special, is the diversity and many different cultures (beyond just Hebrew) that unite our community.
Ms. Sam and Ms. Shira
Ms. Shira & Ms. Alexander