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Posted Tuesday, Mar 27, 2018 11:27:00 AM
Pesach preparations were in full swing in the ECC. Students enjoyed baking their own matzah, in exactly 18 minutes, as is the halakhic requirement. Students were encouraged to compare and contrast the differences and similarities between matzah and challah. The activity culminated with an afikomen "hunt," which was a hit among the investigative little ones...
Posted Wednesday, Mar 14, 2018 6:07:00 PM
Every day the Kindergarten children count how many days they have been in school! While doing this, they learn to count by 5's and 10's and their goal is to count to 100. Last week, that goal was met. With great excitement, the Kindergarten celebrated reaching 100 days of school. Every class had a "100-day museum" which displayed 100 items in many different ways....
Posted Monday, Mar 5, 2018 4:47:00 PM
In the Purim spirit, Pre-K classes prepared Mishloach Manot for the KJ Lunch and Learn group! Each class prepared an item and then worked together on assembling the packages. The experience was one of camaraderie and teamwork for the sake of fulfilling a mitzvah...
Posted Monday, Mar 5, 2018 4:38:00 PM
In preparation for Purim, Rabbi Weinstock visited each ECC class and showed the children the megillah scroll and discussed the similarities and differences between a Sefer Torah and a Megillah. A Sofer (scribe) writes both holy texts on parchment, using a bird's feather and ink, but the main difference, the students learned, is that a Megillah has only one scroll whereas a Sefer Torah has two...
Posted Monday, Mar 5, 2018 4:37:00 PM
The month of Adar gives the ECC an opportunity to embrace its silly side. In the spirit of the month, ECC classrooms turned some of their regular routines upside down by occasionally dancing in the hallways and partaking in many other acts that bring the joy of Adar into the air...
Posted Wednesday, Feb 21, 2018 1:00:00 PM
The Kindergarten children have been focusing on Marc Chagall's art in preparation for Purim! One of the works students have looked at focuses on neighbors exchanging mishloach manot. In the background one sees a man riding a horse, reminiscent of Mordechai...
Posted Tuesday, Feb 20, 2018 1:00:00 PM
Learning about other places opens children's eyes to other ways of life. It allows children to understand that people are different and respect those differences. For the last several weeks, Kindergarten students have been "traveling the world" during their library period. Pairing a nonfiction book about a foreign land with a fiction book that takes place in that country, students located the country on the globe and explored a little of the country's culture, animals, language, and cuisine...
Posted Wednesday, Feb 7, 2018 11:57:00 AM
The Kindergarten celebrated Tu B'Shevat by joining the 5th graders in the MS for a holiday themed round robin. The 5th graders prepared a very meaningful morning for the younger students. The ECC children painted planters, played Tu B'Shevat Bingo, and decorated a large tree...
Posted Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018 3:33:00 PM
Kindergarteners have been getting dirty with worms in science. Through feeding--and even touching--the worms themselves and creating their own edible "compost," the students are discovering how worms can help reduce the size of our landfills and make the earth a more beautiful place.
Posted Wednesday, Jan 24, 2018 1:23:00 PM
The ECC came together to celebrate Bentzi's birthday on Rosh Chodesh Shevat. Bentzi's family even flew in from Israel for the festivities. Students watched a montage of Bentzi's life and decorated "Bentzi" cakes, sang birthday songs, and even wrote birthday books in Hebrew!
Posted Wednesday, Jan 24, 2018 1:21:00 PM
Pre-K Yarok and Pre-K Lavan have been learning about animals this month! They built a zoo in their class and then decided that they wanted to visit a real zoo. Luckily, there is a zoo right here in Central Park! In preparation for their trip to the Central Park Zoo, the children were given real maps of the zoo to examine. They pored over the maps with fascination, as they followed the paths with their fingers and looked at the pictures of where specific animals can be found...
Posted Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018 4:08:00 PM
The Kindergarten children learned why they had the day off from school on Monday -- to remember and commemorate a special man named Martin Luther King Jr. Teachers spoke about how there were rules in America that were unfair and not kind, and some people followed the rules but MLK stood up to them and fought for equality and fairness...
Posted Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018 4:04:00 PM
Nursery Varod is immersed in learning about animals. This prompted the children to change their Imagination Station into something different -- a zoo! Students made a list of the items necessary for a zoo, such as cages, animals, food, tickets, a gift shop, hay for horses, and even a place to play...
Posted Friday, Jan 5, 2018 11:06:00 AM
The children in the ECC happily arrived back in school and shared adventures from their time off. Before the break, the children expressed what they wanted to study when they returned...
Posted Friday, Jan 5, 2018 11:04:00 AM
Just before the winter break the physical education department created an obstacle course for the nursery students. Each station was meant to explore a variety of traveling skills, in order to help children understand the concept of moving over, under, around, and through objects. The children had a wonderful time moving around through each obstacle!
Posted Sunday, Dec 17, 2017 6:36:00 PM
Each ECC grade participated in a special holiday-themed "Chanukah Round Robin." The children were divided into groups and were able to play and celebrate with students from other classes. When the classes came into their new groups, the fun began! Activities in the "round robin" included: creating edible chanukiot (made from bananas and pretzel sticks)...
Posted Saturday, Dec 9, 2017 11:00:00 PM
With great anticipation for Chanukah, the children of Pre-K Yarok have learned all about the characters and events of the stirring Chanukah story. They learned about brave Yehuda HaMacabee with his small band of Jewish soldiers, as well as Antiochus and his big army...
Posted Wednesday, Nov 22, 2017 2:25:00 PM
The children in the ECC were looking forward to celebrating Thanksgiving last week! Each class spent time learning the history of the exciting holiday. The children spent the week making natural dyes from vegetables and spices including beets, cabbage, and turmeric. They enjoyed experimenting with the dyes by placing them on different kinds of materials...
Posted Thursday, Nov 16, 2017 4:57:00 PM
Most of the Kindergarten classes spent weeks studying the sun, moon, and stars. As a culminating activity, "Cosmic I.Q" a traveling planetarium, came to Ramaz. Many of the children have never seen a planetarium and seeing a large dome in the middle of the auditorium raised many questions...
Posted Thursday, Nov 16, 2017 4:40:00 PM
Last Tuesday morning, Nursery parents experienced a taste of Nursery class in Ramaz! Nursery teachers modeled lessons for parents to help them better understand our exciting program. One of the takeaways from the breakfast was displaying the ways in which the Nursery program is integrated and connected...
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