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Posted Wednesday, Nov 18, 2020 11:39:00 PM
Early Childhood students gathered on the roof to listen – and dance - to the story of Chanukah. What better way to infuse the joy of being Jewish than with the celebration of a "mini" holiday?
Posted Wednesday, Nov 11, 2020 5:58:00 PM
Nursery Katom transformed its classroom into a farm after fully researching the types of animals that live on a farm, what they eat, and the sounds they make. Students observed and felt different textures and materials, which they then used to create farm animals. Throughout this process, students worked together creatively using skills in math, literacy, and language. They also have been polishing their presentation skills, taking turns as tour guides to explain to visitors what our farm entails.
Posted Wednesday, Nov 4, 2020 5:17:00 PM
The democratic process was alive in the ECC this week as students read books about an election and participated in the process themselves. To help our students gain an understanding of this process, they voted for what is relevant to their lives. In Nursery and Pre-K, students voted on which book to read; what to name a collective project, and what snack to have for a Shabbat party. Kindergarten students participated in the schoolwide election for the "President of the Roof," a compelling way to make this process relevant for our youngest students.
Posted Wednesday, Nov 4, 2020 5:15:00 PM
What better way for our Pre-K Keshet students to cement learning a new letter of the alphabet than on a neighborhood walk? First learning the sound and motion of the letter "D," students then searched for and identified dogs, doors, and a delivery man. The children also pointed out when they found the letter "D" on street signs.
Posted Wednesday, Oct 28, 2020 5:50:00 PM
Nursery and Pre-K students have begun weekly neighborhood walks, a time to explore and discover our own "back yard." Each class will enjoy a designated time to observe the sights and sounds, all the while accompanied by a member of the Ramaz security team.
Posted Wednesday, Oct 28, 2020 5:34:00 PM
Kindergarteners in Segol and Lilach focused their interdisciplinary study of the fifth day of creation (decided upon by popular vote!) by transforming their classrooms into an "aquarium populated with an array of sea creatures. Students paid a virtual visit to the Georgia Aquarium; researched a variety of marine life; created a large-scale mural of their aquarium, dubbed "Sea-Lach," blending the two class names; and identified different species based on what they learned.
Posted Wednesday, Oct 21, 2020 3:40:00 PM
Early Childhood Center students welcomed Rosh Chodesh Mar Cheshvan with a chagigah on the ninth-floor roof. Considered a "bitter" month devoid of holidays, Mar Cheshvan is a time to pray for rain in Israel by reciting the tefillah, Mashiv HaRuach U'Morid HaGeshem. Children delighted in their teachers' performance of "Hamitria Hagidola Shel Abba" – Dad's Large Umbrella, learning a lesson of chesed (kindness) in the story where a child uses his father's big umbrella to protect his friends from rain.
Posted Wednesday, Oct 14, 2020 5:06:00 PM
Using flashlights, students in the Pre-K Keshet classroom learned about light, light sources, and what makes a shadow. The children used their imaginations and explored what animals they could create using their hands.
Posted Thursday, Oct 8, 2020 10:32:00 AM
In an effort to make Sukkot even sweeter, many ECC and LS students participated in a special Parents Council sponsored virtual arts and crafts program. First, they were treated to hear Ms. Gafni read the book Something From Nothing by Phoebe Gilman about making memories and turning experiences into a book and story. Then they made their own sweet memories and edible sukkot led by Mr. Stephen Halper (Mr. H.) the Lower School Art teacher. Participants were tasked with being creative. Some used graham crackers, others used biscuits or pretzels for walls...
Posted Wednesday, Sep 30, 2020 8:19:00 PM
Students in Pre-K Yarok worked together to construct a classroom sukkah by incorporating burlap and tissue paper for the schach, decorating butcher paper for the walls, and creating "harvest fruits" from recycled cardboard wrapped in string. With the finished product came the powerful example of what can be accomplished through collaboration – one of the four "C" skills considered essential for even the youngest students to succeed in school and, ultimately, the workplace.
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