Another fabulous week in Tzeeporim 1 came to a close with our friends, and teachers, singing “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” on a loop!
We focused heavily on the alphabet this week, including letter identification and phonological awareness. It is remarkable to see how far we have come in only 9 weeks. While we work on our letters in the clusters that target cumulative class familiarity- the letters taught in the order that most children are already familiar with- I like to introduce letters that are related to our lesson plan. We completed our first letter cluster and have moved on to the next group!
We began the week by stamping our names and playing with letter manipulatives to form names and words we are learning. We also continued to focus on beginning sounds and matching words that begin with the same letter.
Our Chicka Chicka Boom Boom book was read repeatedly and the song video was played often by special request. Feel free to find it on Youtube, they simply adore it! we also read Chicka Chicka 1,2,3 and once again discussed what is the same and different on the cover and in the content of both books. We continued to talk about the alphabet and what a mystery is while reading Alphabet Mystery– which the class LOVED!
We created our own coconut trees and letters were selected from a grouping of both letters and numbers. I included some challenging ones, like “S”, “5”, and “3” to test recognition.
In the book, it discusses the various family members of the letters, which lead us to a Family Portrait of our own!
Our letter of the week was “C”- for coconut! We learned how to sound it, write it, and talked about words that begin with “C”.
In P.E. we learned Yoga from Ms. Alyse.
In Jewish Studies, we discussed the next few weeks’ Torah portions that speak about Avraham and Sarah. We talked about their tent where guests were welcomed and hospitality reigned supreme- the mitzvah of Hachnasat Orchim. We made our own tent project and will continue to talk about our forefathers and mothers over the next few weeks.
In Gardening, we built personal greenhouses that went home with our friends. We also began our class project of watching seeds grow. We are currently monitoring seeds that are placed alone, in water, in soil, and in cotton. We will be discussing what each child thinks will happen, and then we will chart what actually occurs.
We worked on syllables by tapping out the parts of our names- first, then first and last- and moving on to words.
In Music, Ms. Zina is teaching us the song, “Do a Deer” from The Sound of Music as we learn the scales. We are also continuing to become more familiar with the music of the composers Tchaikovsky, Paganini, and Kabalevsky. I know, it’s pretty impressive!
We began discussing foods this week- the “Yay” foods that make our body grow big, strong, and healthy as well as the ones that are “snacks”, “treats”, and “junk” foods- their words, not mine! We will be moving on to discussing the food groups next week.
Our Mystery Reader this week was Harper’s dad!
Thanks to all our parents for making the effort to join us and spend time with our class. If you have any questions or concerns about the Mystery Reader schedule, please contact Natalie Dayan directly.
We celebrated Shabbat with our Aba Shabbat Harper and Ema Shabbat Ella!
Next week our Aba Shabbat will be Maximus and our Ema Shabbat will be Naomi.
We closed out the week by continuing to add words to our Word Wall.
We are very fortunate at the DuBow Preschool to have an administrative staff that takes the time to schedule screenings for our children. This week we had vision and speech screenings. The results will be passed along to you.
I wanted to take a moment to address our Parent Conferences that are taking place on November 9th. I have confirmed with most of you that the times set aside are convenient and have already re-scheduled a few that did not work. It is my hope that we can meet to discuss any questions or concerns that you have, as well as to give me the opportunity to tell you in person how lucky I feel that you have entrusted us with the most special part of yourself. Prior to the meetings, I will be sending home a copy of the ASQ evaluation summary along with a brief summary of tips on how best to utilize the time set aside for this meeting.
Please remember Monday, October 26th is Teacher Inservice Day. There is NO SCHOOL and Kids Club for those that already registered and paid for it.
As always…. this has been the BEST WEEK EVER… until next week!
Ms Suzie & Ms. Robin