This week we will celebrate Israel’s 73rd birthday!
This special day is called Yom Ha’Atzmaut.
One of the special foods that people eat in Israel is Israeli salad. I know we eat salad here too, but in Israel, they make it a special way. They chop up the vegetables into tiny cubes and dress them very simply with olive oil, lemon juice and salt. It is healthy and delicious!
Here is the vocabulary for the salad in Hebrew:
Now that you know the words, we can sing one of my favourite songs together.
These are the actions:
Make the rhythm on your lap, clap twice for “salat”
Pretend to chop using one hand as the cutting board and the other as a knife “nachtoch ha yirakot”
Wave your right hand inward “agvaniah” left hand “melafefone.
Put both hands together at the elbows, joining fingertips to make a heart for “chasa”.
Make a circle shape with your two fingers “ve’ gam tzon”
Stick arms out in front then rub your fists on your eyes like you are crying “bazal…wahhh”
Repeat rhythm and clapping
Pretend to pour oil from your thumb “nosif shemen”
Turn both hands like you are squeezing lemon halves “limon”
Use pointer fingers to show salt falling “me’at melach”
Clap “salat tayim, salat bari” put hands out as an offering “ze tov” thumbs to chest “labriut she’li”
Here are my boys (much younger in Israel) demonstrating and teaching me!
I am so proud of the work, learning and enthusiasm of our Kindergarten students.
Not only did they blow us away during our model seders (as I’m sure they will at home for the real ones), but they have shown amazing growth in social skills during our Caught Being Kind initiative.
What does it mean to be caught being kind?
It is when students are noticed by their peers or a teacher doing what is right, helping a friend, being extra polite, being a leader, and going the extra mile to make someone else feel good.
Here in Kindergarten, we have been caught in many ways including helping zip our friends’ coats, giving compliments, helping to clean up after an activity, making cards, pictures, or necklaces for our classmates and teachers, following our classroom rules and showing exemplary behaviour.
Students were acknowledged both in the moment and at the end of the week with a special visit from Mrs. Gordon. She presented them with a golden heart and certificate of kindness.
Thank you so much to everyone who was able to join us for Innovation Day in KA and KB yesterday!! The students worked so hard to create their planet sculptures and to learn space facts and they were so proud to share what they had learned and created with you. If you were not able to join us, you can watch both KA and KB’s Solar System Presentations in the videos below…..
Today, we wrapped up our Outer Space unit by talking about stars and constellations and then the kids built their own constellations out of marshmallows and toothpicks. Their imaginations were in full gear and the different structures they created were truly stellar!!!
to Asher A. (KA) who turns 6 on March 26th
and to Ariel (KA) who turns 6 on March 30th!!!
Wishing you all a very happy, healthy and safe Passover – chag Pesach sameach from the K team!!
This year KA will be having a Model Seder on Tuesday, March 23rd, and KB on Wednesday, March 24th. We will begin in the morning during our Judaics class. As it is a special event, students are welcome to come dressed up.
For the day of our Model Seder each student is asked to bring the following items (in addition to a regular snack/lunch):
1 hard-boiled egg (peeled and wrapped please)
1 or 2 small celery sticks
1 leaf of romaine lettuce
The remainder of the Seder ingredients, such as egg matzah, horseradish, NUT FREE charoset, and grape juice, will be provided.
*Should you have any concerns regarding food allergies, please provide your child with his/her own food.
This year’s virtual INNOVATION DAY is officially one week away. It is a day to celebrate Science here at OJCS, so pencil in Wednesday, March 24th into your calendar next week. Each class will have a live presentation on Google Meet…. check out the poster below for each class’ designated time and links for the meet. We look forward to virtually welcoming you to our Kindergarten classrooms!
This week, the Kindergarten classes blasted off into a new unit all about Outer Space and we started by talking about what it would be like to visit the moon. There were a lot of great creative ideas of what it might be like to live on the moon as well as many interesting questions!! One question that was asked was “how are the craters on the moon made?” along with “is the moon made of cheese?”….. so we decided to investigate!!
We discovered that craters on the moon are made when rocks or meteorites hit the moon, creating a pit or a hole (and not because the moon is made of cheese!!) and then we did an experiment to show how that happens…. using flour and cocoa powder to create the surface of the moon, we dropped different sized rocks from different heights to see how craters are created. Check out this video to see a few of our trials:
This experiment was out of this world!! Make sure to ask your child to tell you how the moon was made or what are the different shapes the moon takes on throughout the month….. post their answer in the comments below!!