The Keshet Experience - May 20-24

We began our week by welcoming back the 8th grade students from Israel! There were flags, music, dancing, lots of cheering....and maybe a few light raindrops! It is always such a fun morning and beautiful way to start the week!

In this week's  Science unit we talked about the two largest planets...Jupiter and Saturn! See if your children can answer the following questions. 

Jupiter: How many moons does Jupiter have? (63) How long does it take for Jupiter to rotate once around the Earth? (about 11 Earth years) Canny stand on Jupiter? (no) Why not? (because it is made of liquids and gasses)Is there wind on Jupiter? (yes and it blows VERY fast) Jupiter is the largest planet. How many Earths could you fit inside of Jupiter? (over 1,000) Jupiter has a spot called "The Great Red Spot". What is it? (a hurricane like storm that has lasted over 300 years.)

Saturn: Saturn has rings, what are they made of? (ice, dust, dirt, and empty space) How many moons does Saturn have? (30) What is Saturn made of? (gas) Why is Saturn the lightest planet? (because it is made of the gas helium)

 Reading began with out usual groups and shared reading. We ended the week with some really fun reading games and activities. All activities focused on different skills and children worked in groups that differed from their typical reading groups. These activities also focused on phonemic awareness and spelling

In Math the Kindergarten students have been learning to tell time to the hour and half hour....and they are really good at it. Identifying the hour and minute hands and their placement has proven to be a challenge but one they have met with success!

First graders have continued with the "rainbow" and "up/down" method of solving double digit addition and subtraction. 

In Open Circle we have been solving a variety of problems that student shave had. We dive into the problem bag, read the issues that children have written about and all offer our assistance. 

This week we focused on Lag BaOmer. We found out that Rabbi Akiva learned to read late in life and was a great Jewish thinker. When the Romans didn’t allow the Jewish people to study Torah, they refused to listen. They pretended to be on a hunting trip, and they hid the Torah with their hunting gear. They studied Torah in secret in a cave. Today Jewish people celebrate Lag BaOmer with outdoor activities including hikes, picnics and campfires. We created some campfire crafts in class, but the highlight of our Lag BaOmer celebration was when we all took a long “hike” to a “cave” to study Torah in secret. Ask your child what we were doing sneaking around, and they might just casually say “We were going hunting, that’s all!”

Some students have completed Hebrew workbooks this week, some have started new books, and everyone had a chance to play new learning games. Some children have begun to decode Hebrew letter and vowel combinations, and others are reading books in Hebrew on their own! It is very exciting to see all of the progress made by every student in the past few months!

Our class tefillah is getting longer and stronger as most students are mastering the full length Mah Tovu, as well as other prayers.

This week’s parshah is Behar. In it, the Jewish people learn about two holidays which each last a whole year.  The first is the Shabbat Year, during which no farming is done so that the land is allowed to rest. The year after the seventh Shabbat year is called the Jubilee Year. In that year long holiday, debts are cancelled and slaves go free. The Torah says, “Proclaim liberty throughout the land, to all the inhabitants of the Land.” The same words are written on the American Liberty Bell. 

Please see the  link below for this week's photos!

Have a wonderful Shabbat and Memorial Day weekend!

Morah Beth and Morah Gila



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