We’re Rocking in Our School Shoes!

Good evening Tzeeporim families and friends!

We had a joyful first week of school, learning our rituals and routines, exploring centers, and having so much fun in our resources.

We talked about our Classroom Expectations, which include:

1. Be kind to others.
2. Use listening ears.
3. Use helping hands.
4. Use walking feet.

The students generated a list of ways they can show kindness to one another.

The Learning Centers in our classroom include Dramatic Play, Writing, Library, Puzzles, Art, Blocks, Math & Manipulatives, Science, and Sensory Table.

We began learning our Circle Time routine. Each day, we say the “Pledge of Allegiance” and the “Hatikvah”. We are using our calendar to practice counting to 31. This is an important VPK skill! We are learning the names and beginning sounds for the days of the week in order to enhance our phonemic awareness. We are also counting to the 100th day of school and already discussed our VPK Fashion Show, that we will have on the 100th day of school.

During Storytime, we beginning learning the ELLM ABC Song. The song continously reinforces letter-sound correspondence. We look at the letters, we say the letters, and we say the sound for each letter in song form.

We also enjoyed several “Pete the Cat” books this week, including Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes, Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes, Pete the Cat and His Groovy Buttons, and Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses. Prior to reading, we found the title, spine, and front and back covers of the books. During reading, we made predictions about what would happen next in the story. After reading, we shared our favorite parts of the books and made text-to-self connections.

We loved reading about Pete stepping into a pile of strawberries!

We were all thrilled to see Morah Rachel and Morah Miriam in Jewish Studies. On Monday, they taught us about the solar eclipse. They even did a demonstration of what they eclipse would look like.

On Wednesday, they helped us create our very own siddurim (prayer books). We practiced the tefilot (prayers) that are in our siddur, including Modeh Ani, Ma Tovu, Shema, and Adon Olam. We drew a picture for each prayer to remind of us the importance of the prayer.

We enjoyed some Aleph-Bet Yoga with Coach Trudy in P.E. She taught us the whole Hebrew alphabet through movement. We were all mesmerized!

Our friends who stay for enrichment in the afternoons, enjoyed an enriching art experience with Ms. Gutterman in the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School. She taught them about shapes and primary colors as they learned about artist, Piet Modrian.

We explored the garden with Ms. Heather during Gardening on Tuesday. She gave each of us a bag, and we went on a garden scavenger hunt. Some of us found flowers, others unearthed peppers and carrots, and still others discovered fragrant mint leaves! We used some of the items we collected to do nature rubbings and were so proud to see our rubbings hanging in the hallway on the way to lunch!

On Thursday, we went to Music with Ms. Emily. We used rhythm sticks in different ways to create different sounds. We banged the sticks on the floor to create a LOUD sound. We rubbed them together to create a quiet sound. We tapped them together to make a sound that was somewhere between quiet and LOUD. You can follow what we are doing in music with Ms. Emily here.

We also enjoyed Science in the Discovery Room with Ms. Heather. She taught us about some of the tools that scientists use to explore the world around them. Two of the tools we were able to use were magnifying glasses and tweezers. We did a find-and-seek activity with the magnifying glasses, and used the tweezers to slowly, and carefully lift (pretend) insects out of a container.

On Friday, we enjoyed a special Mystery Reader. Ms. Alyse read a special book to our class. We are so happy she joined us!

We welcomed Shabbat with our friends and families. We sang songs, gave a little tzedakah, and enjoyed a sweet kiddush as well. We had a wonderful ema and aba to represent our class!

We enjoyed Show and Tell, and shared our family pictures with our class. We counted how many people were in our pictures, shared their names, and why we love them so much. When we were finished, we attached them to our “Tzeeporim Family Tree”.

This week, our Show and Tell will be to bring in a special stuffed animal from home. We ask that it is small enough to fit easily in your child’s backpack and that they keep it in their backpack until it is time for Show and Tell.

We wrapped up the week by celebrating Ms. Carolyn’s birthday. We enjoyed frozen yogurt and got to pick our own toppings. Some of us chose strawberries and chocolate, others chose pineapple and oranges, but ALL of our friends asked for fruit as a topping. We were so proud of them for making such healthy food choices!

We had a fantastic week learning together in Tzeeporim and are looking forward to this coming week, when we begin reading books by Bill Martin, Jr. about animals, and starting our first letter, number, shape, and color of the week!

Todah rabah,

Ms. Alicia & Ms. Carolyn