Colors, Shapes, Mice, and Rainbows

Shalom!

(I apologize for the delay, but we have been experiencing technical difficulties.)

This week was both a review week as well as one filled with NEW information. You know the song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, that’s where we went this week! We learned the “Rainbow Song.”

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We practiced more of our name writing skills- both first and last name.

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We also talked about SAME and DIFFERENT. Last week Ms. Robin introduced us to Mouse Paint, primary colors and mixing them… this week we added Mouse Shapes. Just looking at our books side by side during “Predictions”, we talked about what is the same on both book covers and what is different. And this time when we read Mouse Paint, we danced like mice mixing colors!

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We also learned the nursery rhyme “Hickory Dickory Dock.”

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We practiced our fine motor skills by cutting (on the dotted line) shapes. Then we put them together, glued them, and labeled our mouse… All by following the teacher’s sample! We are working on our deductive reasoning skills. Does the triangle go OVER or UNDER the large circle? Do the small circles go FIRST or LAST?

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In Jewish Studies we learned about Noah and his ark. At the very end of the story, God sent a rainbow to show his promise to Noah that He would never send another flood. Rainbows are made of every color in Mouse Paint. We made an ark out of pound cake, chocolate, and animal crackers for snack!

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We continued our rainbow fun by making a handprint in a rainbow. We placed it on the “Shema” prayer to remind ourselves that we cover our eyes with our hand when reciting this prayer.

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We continued with our emergent writing by drawing and labeling our Mouse Paint pictures. I asked the class to think about,”What would I draw if I was a mouse in the story?” We had self (mouse) portraits and family pictures. We also labeled our pictures.

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We learned our letter of the week “Z” which probably looks like the lightning that Noah saw during the 40 days and 40 nights of rain.

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We continued reviewing our basic shapes, and then got fancy! Have you seen a trapezoid, octagon, or parallelogram lately? We sure have! Then we played the “Shape Game” against Ms. Suzie- we beat her every time!!

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**Please note- while I fully support the idea that children should learn how to build sportsmanship qualities as well as how to win and lose graciously… there is NOTHING cooler than an entire class developing their self-esteem, team building skills, and camaraderie when they unite to play against the teacher! They encouraged, commended, and cheered for each other. This game is designed for them to win! **

In. P.E. this week we got to be bunnies with sock tails.

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In Science, Ms. Amanda taught us all about sinking and floating objects.

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We planted seeds and watered our garden with Ms. Amanda as well.

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In Music, we talked about the composer Tchaikovsky- he composed Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. We heard selections from all three. Ms Zina also taught us how to “feel” music- we listened and told her if the piece of music we heard made us feel happy or sad.

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This was the best week ever… Until next week!

Dates to Remember:

Thursday, October 22nd- Speech Evaluation, please return signed permission forms

Friday, October 23rd- Aba Shabbat Harper Ema Shabbat Ella

Monday, October 26th- School Closed, Teacher In-Service Day- Kids Club by registration only

Friday, November 9th- Parent Conferences. I have sent home a form with the time for your conference. There will be coverage to watch your child during your conference time. If you require all day Kids Club, please register your child.

If you have any questions or require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Have a great day!

Ms. Suzie & Ms. Robin