Can it be with grass sprouting, and shorts being pulled back out of the closets Spring is on it’s way to us? Hard to believe there are parts of the world knee deep in snow, but we are knee deep in sandals and tank tops, and even beach days soon enough! In class we have been talking about the weather. We discussed the sun, and how in Spring it helps the plants grow, but in the Summer it keeps the water warm to swim at the beach. We discussed how in the Fall the leaves are all over the ground, but in Winter it’s brrrrrrrrr cold. The kids have discussed how the sun is hot like a stove, and in the Winter the weather is cold like a popsicle. They have a wonderful understanding of temperature. They are smart cookies!
We have been learning about teamwork, how to do a mitzvah daily, and all about Purim. We have continued to have fun, and get dirty in Science, and dance and sing in Music class and Jewish Studies. We watched a puppet show in Jewish Studies, and learned about the characters in the story of Purim. We later came back to class, and dressed up in characters we think may have gone to party the King threw in the Purim story. Lastly, we’ve been having fun on the playground with different friends, acting like pirates on a ship, digging in the mulch for dinosaur bones, and racing our friends around. We even ran into the big Kindergarten and 1st graders last week when we went to play on the big kid swings. It’s so fun to the see the Kindergarten and 1st graders get excited to see “the babies”, as they call them. And of course, our “babies” are equally excited to see them.
I recently was studying about Music, and how it enhances children’s reading and math skills. Well our kids are going to be genius’s, because we sing all day long! 🙂 We sing at circle time, we sing walking the halls, we sing in our resources, and we sing when we need to get everyone’s attention. Another class I took was about tips and techniques to motivate children to learn. It listed 10 things to try:
2- Making learning exciting and enjoyable
3- Encouraging students to ask questions
4- Creating strong relationships
5- Being enthusiastic, warm, and accepting
6- Allowing ample time for children to explore and be creative during activities
7- Using games to stimulate interest
8- Providing positive feedback
9- Being eager for the children to learn
10- Encourage teamwork
Well, I am happy to announce we work on these as well on a daily basis. It is a part of our curriculum, and what it means to be a 5 Star rated school through the Guiding Stars program. I found these things interesting, and thought you would as well.
Here are some dates you want to be sure to keep in mind:
March 9th is our classes Shoobee Doobee Shabbat at 10 am.
March 26th is our classes Passover Experience at at 930am.
Now here are pictures of the fun things I listed above. 🙂
I hope you all enjoyed our “story through pictures”, and we will talk to you in a couple weeks on our next blog. Or, weekly in email. :>)
See you Sunday at the carnival!
Mrs. Lindsey and Ms. Amy