If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Good afternoon Tzeeporim families and friends,

We enjoyed a wonderful week back together in our classroom. We jumped right back into our morning routine by arriving to school on time, putting our backpacks in our cubbies, washing our hands, completing the question of the day, and starting our morning activity. Thank you parents for ensuring a smooth transition back on Tuesday by assisting with getting reacquainted with those routines!

Our letter of the week this week was K. Together, we brainstormed a long list of words that began with the letter K, including king, kite, kindergarten, kiss, and kangaroo. During our morning routine, we practiced tracing the letter K.

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We used dry erase boards to write the letter K independently.

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In small groups, we transformed our letter Ks into kings by adding crowns and sparkling jewels.

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We worked on sculpting all of the letters of the alphabet using playdough.

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Our number of the week was 18. We practiced tracing, counting, and identifying the number 18.

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We enjoyed working in Centers, especially our dramatic play and blocks centers. Those centers give us the chance to use our imaginations and work on important early literacy skills.

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This week, we did an author study on Laura Numeroff. She is the author of several fantastic books, including If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, If You Take a Mouse to School, If you Give a Moose a Muffin, and If You Give a Pig a Pancake, among many others.

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We read all of the aforementioned books this week at school and gained a great sense for Numeroff’s writing style which uses a consistent pattern. We recognized the alliteration in the titles, and created our own book titles using alliteration.

We have used our names to count syllables since the beginning of the school year and this week, we began counting the syllables for our vocabulary words. We learned a new technique for counting the syllables in words. We placed our hands under our chins. Each time our chins moved down, we counted that as a syllable.

After reading If You Take a Mouse to School, we worked one-on-one with a teacher to write in our journals. We each wrote about our favorite thing to eat for lunch. Some of our friends like jello, others like cheese puffs, and some like ice cream! Then, we had the opportunity to share our writing and illustrations with the class.

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During P.E. this week, we had the opportunity to do free play in the indoor playground. We had SO much fun getting to choose our own activities and using equipment we haven’t used much this year like tunnels, hula hoops, and jump ropes.

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During Jewish Studies, Morah Miriam and Morah Rachel, taught us about King David. We learned that when King David was a young shepherd, he fought a giant named Goliath and won!

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In Music with Ms. Zina, we continued to practice songs like “Do Rei Me” and we danced the “Hokey Pokey.” Ms. Zina asked us if we remembered the three ballets that Tchaikovsky wrote, and we remembered they were “Swan Lake”, “Sleeping Beauty”, and “The Nutcracker.” She was very impressed with our memory!

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In Science, with Ms. Amanda, we learned about robotic coding and we practiced our coding skills using Code-a-pillars. We took turns practicing making the code-a-pillar move from a starting line to a finishing line. It was a very engaging learning activity!

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We welcomed Shabbat with our classmates and our other friends in Tzeeporim and Parparim.

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We are looking forward to wonderful week in Tzeeporim again next week!

Shabbat Shalom!

Ms. Alicia and Ms. Carolyn