February is all about family in Kindergarten Hebrew class. We have been celebrating our families by learning the names of our family members in Hebrew (דָּוִד דּוֹדָה אֲנִי אבּא אִמָּא אָח אָחוֹת תִּינוֹק תִּינֹקֶת קָטָן קְטַנָּה גָּדוֹל גְּדוֹלָה סבּא סָבְתָא), singing, speaking, writing in Hebrew, drawing and even sculpting our families from Plasticine.
It’s hard to believe that we are already at the winter break!! How did that happen?!?
Speaking of winter, the weather is getting colder and we thought we should clarify our Outdoor Play plan for the winter months. If it is colder than -20 (with or without the windchill), we will not be playing outdoors. As with rainy days, if we are not on the playground at 8:30, please drop-off at the front door. While we will strive to get outside as much as possible, we will take advantage of the gym when the weather is not cooperating.
IMPORTANT REMINDER: Tomorrow (Dec. 18th) is a school-wide Pyjama Day for Dress Down Day and we will be collecting donations for Sit With Me Dog Rescue.
to Harry (KA/B) who turns 5 on December 18th
to Nate (KB) who turns 5 on December 24th
to Jackson (KB) who turns 5 on December 30th
to Oliver (KB) who turns 6 on December 30th
and to Miriam (KA) who turns 6 on January 2nd!!
It is has been a great few weeks celebrating Chanukah in Kindergarten!! From singing, dancing, and getting crafty, to practicing the brachot, Dreidel math and learning Chanukah words in French & Hebrew, it has been tons of fun!! In case you missed the Ks performance during Tuesday’s school wide Chanukah Celebration, you can watch it here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1zP7PfQZt9P5wrhTGKN4vidH6cEWYZEBE/view?usp=sharing.
We hope you all had a fantastic holiday with your families and we just wanted say thank you for the very generous Amazon gift cards we received from both classes!! We wish you all a wonderful winter break and cannot wait to see everyone back at school in 2021!!
During Parent-Teacher conferences last week, we had a lot of questions about the apps and online programs we are using in class as well as the ones that could be used at home. We thought it would be helpful to give you a recap of all of these programs, how your child might be able to use them at home, and how you can support your child as they are using them.
IXL Online Math Forum
IXL is an online forum that provides diagnostics of learning skills, promotes review, mastery and extensions of skills through practice, as well as providing students, teachers, and parents valuable information on student’s progress through grade data points. You should have received a handout that explained how to log in and provided your child’s login and password; if you need a reminder contact Morah Andrea. We use this program at least once a week in class, but practice time at home is also encouraged! For a more in depth tutorial on how to set up the program for your child as well as highlights of the program, check out these blog posts from our Math specialist, Mrs. Cleveland:
JiTap is a program that can be used on a computer, iPad, or phone. It supports Hebrew language learning and Jewish holidays with games, songs and other activities. Every week, new games are assigned to support what is being learned in class. Use your child’s OJCS account when logging in; the passwords are either kaojcs or kbojcs, depending on your child’s class.
Boukili is a French reading app that allows your kids to read books online or to be read to in French. As they read books, they earn points and rewards like games and outfits for their avatar. This program is mainly for practice at home and is not necessarily assigned by Madame Sophie.
Flipgrid is a platform where students can record short videos of themselves answering a prompt. It is a great way for them to demonstrate their oral language skills. To log in, use your child’s class code flipgrid.com/kaojcs or flipgrid.com/kbojcs followed by your child’s school email and password. Use of Flipgrid will either be assigned in class or via the distance learning schedule where the code for specific assignments are posted, eg: https://flipgrid.com/688f36cd.
Classkick is a site that allows your child to work online while receiving live support from their teacher. You may see it referenced on our distance learning schedule. To login, select “sign in with Google” and ensure that you are using your child’s ojcs email and password.
Teach Your Monster to Read
This app is available for purchase on the App store ($6.99), and we recently learned that you can download a desktop version that is free, though there may be some differences in the program. We use this app in class and the kids absolutely love it!! It covers everything from letters and their sounds to reading full sentences and short stories.
Kids Learn! Sight Words
This app is designed for iPads and is available for free on the App store, though there are additions available for purchase. It combines fluency, vocabulary, spelling, and comprehension practice with entertaining, engaging graphics in a fun learning format.
Spelling Games for Kids
This app is designed for iPads or iPhones and is available for free in the App store. It helps to hone your child’s spelling skills through a variety of games that feature over 900 words.
Our yeladim have taken learning to a whole new level! Instead of having an assisting role, they are now leading our morning routing as the (חזן חזנית) chazzan/chazzanit and (עוזר עוזרת עם הלוח השנה) ozer/ozeret im haluach hashanah.
They are also becoming experts at printing their Hebrew names, thanks to a part of our new morning routine!
We have also been immersed in learning the story of Jacob (Yaakov) and had so much fun building ladders to heaven after hearing the story of his dream. We raced to gather the maklot (sticks) and then built sulamim (ladders) and counted the rungs in Hebrew to see who’s was the tallest. It was amazing to see all of the different designs! We have some incredible engineers!
Now, we are using them to learn the names for our feelings in Hebrew.
We played Bingo and are learning a traditional Hebrew song. It is perfect for Kindergarteners. In it we sing about how sometimes we feel different things (angry, happy, hungry, full, big, small, sweet and sour…), but that doesn’t change who we are.
You can hear it here:
Please visit this Flipgrid code using the link below to practice with your child using their emotion masks.
We hope that you have all been enjoying the celebrations at home!
The yeladimילדים have certainly been enjoying learning about the Chagim.
For Rosh Hashanah, some of our highlights were: creating beautiful holiday placemats, while learning new holiday vocabulary like tapuach, d’vash, and shofar.
We did our very own tashlich, and threw styrofoam balls onto our carpet (with fish and water), ridding ourselves of all the things we wish to change for the new year. Some of those things were:
hitting my brother/sister, not listening to my Mommy/Daddy, getting angry/frustrated…
For Yom Kippur, we learned the story of Jonah and the Whale and the yeladim acted it out using their own storyboard, where they added pictures as the story progressed. After, we spoke about how Jonah couldn’t hide from G-d, because G-d is everywhere.
We made a scale and separated behaviours that are tov (good) and lo tov (not good), discussed the importance of selichotסליחות (saying sorry to our family and friends), and made a card telling a family member that we are sorry from the bottom of our heart!
Now we are learning about Sukkot, building and eating in a Sukkah סוכה and the ארבּעת המינים (lulav and etrog). We learned a new Hebrew song and hammered with musical sticks to the music.
Patish, masmer פטיש, מסמר
Nikach maher ניקח מהר.
Sukkah livnot סוכה לבנות,
Banim ou banot בנים ובנות.
La la la la la la la la…
Krasim, nikah קרשים ניקח
V’anafim l’schach וענפים לסכך
Caset h’gag קשט הגג
Lichvod ha’chag לכבוד החג.
La, la, la, la, la…..
Kaneh, kaneh, קנה, קנה,
Sukah nivneh סוכה נבנה.
Krashim nikah קרשים ניקח,
Knei’suf l’schach קני סוף לסכך.
Maher, maher מהר, מהר,
Pan n’aher פן נאחר,
Ayin faiyni chachot אין פנאי חכות,
Maher sukkot מחר סוכות
Tach, tach, tach….
You can practice with the Hop version here:
We also created cute leaf creatures and welcome signs to hang in the Sukkah as decorations.