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Posted Wednesday, Jun 13, 2018 5:14:00 PM
Many of the ongoing units of study that the children have been working on, came to fruition in a beautiful way. The children took the skills they learned all year and applied them. They worked collaboratively and through experimentation, trial and error, and discovery, built something wonderful...
Posted Wednesday, Jun 6, 2018 2:57:00 PM
As Rabbi Lookstein so eloquently said, "this was the best Zimriah ever!!!" This year, the Kindergarten Zimriah celebrated Israel @70. The children certainly did justice to recognizing this very important milestone in our history. They sang all of the songs in Hebrew, which came naturally for them -- thanks to their immersion in our bilingual program...
Posted Wednesday, May 30, 2018 10:21:00 PM
There's a new, different, and exciting sound that can be heard in the ECC classrooms! In addition to the usual giggling, singing, and learning, there is now -- chirping!! Chicken eggs were delivered to the ECC at the beginning of May – just in time for spring. After the children monitored and turned the eggs for around a week, they began to hatch...
Posted Wednesday, May 30, 2018 10:20:00 PM
The children in Nursery Adom have been learning about transportation and decided that they wanted to build their own airport. They learned all about what both an airport and an airplane has in it and off they went! The TSA would appreciate their security. They have an area to walk through which you hope won't beep...
Posted Wednesday, May 23, 2018 9:23:00 PM
The Mummies and Masterpieces program came to the Nursery and Pre-K. classes last week to speak about an exciting artist! The children learned about Dale Chihuly, an American glass sculptor. His works are considered to possess outstanding artistic merit in the field of blown glass...
Posted Wednesday, May 23, 2018 9:22:00 PM
Pre-K Yarok is focusing on transportation study and the students have been using the neighborhood to guide their discovery! While investigating, students learned that a wagon is one way to get around. Together they brainstormed on the best way to make a wagon.
Posted Wednesday, May 9, 2018 1:50:00 PM
The Kindergarten classes have been studying their favorite Israeli artists, including Anna Ticho, Menashe Kadishman, Michal Na'aman, and Yaacov Agam. The children were excited to learn about the time period that each artist lived in and to experience making art in that artist's style...
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...
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