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Posted Wednesday, May 19, 2021 10:02:00 PM
Nursery Katom has been exploring and observing different aspects of nature and lifecycles. The class recently welcomed ladybug larvae that will transform into ladybugs. They watched intently as the larvae was transferred to their new home together with raisins that were soaked in water for food. They observe them daily and are watching their progression closely similar to their previous experiment watching the metamorphosis of caterpillars into butterflies. The class is eagerly waiting for them to emerge and grow and will release them outside when ready.
Posted Wednesday, May 19, 2021 10:01:00 PM
How do you teach others to make an ice cream sundae; which ingredients and tools are needed, the order of the steps to be taken? This is precisely what students in K-Segol have been doing as they began writing "how-to" books of their own. This writing process empowers young students to be both "teachers" and writers, challenging them to generate, organize, and sequence their ideas.
Posted Wednesday, May 12, 2021 11:27:00 PM
With spring in the air, our nursery students' curiosity about the natural world sparked a variety of ways to explore and learn. In one class, students became nature photographers, capturing photos along 85th street of trees, flowers, and anything else nature-related they found inspiring. Students then compiled their photos into a book, aptly choosing the tite, "Nature Book," using language to describe what they saw as their teachers wrote down their musings alongside the photos they took.
Posted Wednesday, May 5, 2021 3:25:00 PM
PreK Tzahov created a Lion Mane Jellyfish! Students learned that it's tentacles can be 120 feet long! Being that pipe cleaners are each 1 foot long, as a class the children counted and connected 120 pipe cleaners. Once connected they reached all the way from their classroom to the fifth floor roof!
Posted Wednesday, May 5, 2021 3:20:00 PM
Pre-K Tzahov had a very special visitor this past week! Rabbi Lookstein joined the class to teach students about the importance of wearing tzizit. Rabbi Lookstein explained that tzizit help to remind us to keep mitzvot! They are also worn on a four cornered garment – which is what they used to wear a long time ago. The children also thought about all of the mitzvot that they already perform and what they have learned from the Torah. Having such an important visit helped students' excitement grow about the mitzvah of tzizit as well as many other mitzvot in the Torah. This was extremely special and memorable. Thank you Rabbi Lookstein for inspiring us.
Posted Wednesday, May 5, 2021 3:14:00 PM
The children of K-Segol are master game players. Their interest in games led to a unit on game development. After researching and playing different games, the children decided to make their own versions of some of their favorites. Using recycled goods they worked together to build games to keep in their classroom for them to use. The games included, Tic, Tac, Toe; Guess Who, Skeet Ball, Bingo, and Mancala.
Posted Wednesday, Apr 28, 2021 3:51:00 PM
K-Zahav students have been engaging in a study of animals, building their own three-dimensional versions of everything from giraffes to zebras. They also have been learning about mixing paint colors, discovering which combinations result in "color matches" for the real flowers they were using as inspiration for creating their own "still lifes."
Posted Wednesday, Apr 28, 2021 3:49:00 PM
K-Kachol capped off its study of firefighting and emergency services with a visit to our neighborhood fire station to learn about fire safety. Driven by their interest in all things "fire-department related," students turned their classroom into a fire station over the past few weeks. They enjoyed virtual tours of fire trucks and ambulances, and during their reading workshop, read fire station books! They also watched firefighter training videos and even tried to complete some of their physical workouts. Finally, they created firefighter uniforms from recyclable materials, making sure to wear their homemade gear during their visit.
Posted Wednesday, Apr 28, 2021 3:45:00 PM
Pre-K Keshet transformed its classroom into a "working" farm this week, including the "milking" of a cardboard cow. Students learned about the process – first making sure their hands were washed and clean, and then practicing the technique of using their pointer fingers and thumbs to gently "squeeze" the udder and release the milk into a bucket. They also learned that cows are milked twice a day, so each student had an opportunity to "milk" our cow twice. As one student quickly observed, "the more you squeeze it, the more comes out."
Posted Wednesday, Apr 21, 2021 5:09:00 PM
K-Kachol students each contributed to the creation of an Israel Museum outside their fifth-floor classroom. They brought in related items - from old Israeli passports to puzzles, books to photos. Offering a quick tour, one student, pointed out the Hebrew edition of Good Night Moon, "Lila Tov Yareach," he said. "Did you know that one?" he asked.
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