Kindergarten Metamorphosis

Dear Rising First Grade Families, This time of year is always bittersweet for us as teachers. After spending this whole school year watching our dear kindergartners grow and transform, we are sad to see them go. However, just as a butterfly does not belong in a cage, your children are ready for what is outside…

Jerusalem Day Fun

Dear Kindergarten Parent, Your child worked very hard this week, both on new learning themes and our class play. We had daily play  practice, requiring a lot of patience from students and teachers alike. With help from our dear art teacher Jan, we are also creating the set for the play. Kindergartners had a lot…

Grandparents, Insects and Bugs, oh my!

Dear Kindergarten Parent, Thank you for taking the time to read about the happenings in kindergarten this week. We had a big week with beginning our play practice and the arrival of our classroom caterpillars. Also, Monday was Grandparents’ Day, and everyone enjoyed having their grandparents and grand-friends visit their school.  We are studying insects…

Happy Birthday Israel

Dear Kindergarten Family, We had an exciting week with Yom Ha’atzmaut and more learning about birds. We took a bird walk in the sunshine to listen for bird songs and collect soft things that a bird would use to make a nest. Then we made clay nests, adding the natural elements we collected. This week…

Bird is the Word

Dear Kindergarten Family, Where does an eagle make its nest? Where does the cowbird leave her eggs? What is a bird colony? These are some of the questions we have been answering in our learning this week all about birds. With the spring season and its many regenerative elements, eggs and birds are our focus.…

Spring Fairy Tale Fever

Dear Kindergarten Family, Our Fairy Tale fun continues! This week we read and discussed many different versions of Jack and the Beanstalk and began the Cinderella story. There are various outcomes of the Jack tale, and kindergartners discussed which one they prefer. To finish out the week, students practiced the literacy skill of retelling with…

Fun in the Rain

Dear Kindergarten Family, Well, the rain just kept coming down this week despite all of our wishes otherwise. Luckily, we did have a nice day for our field trip on Thursday. We all rode the bus together, and enjoyed the wonderfully kid-friendly production of “The Boy who Cried Wolf.” One very neat thing about the…

Syllables, Skip Counting and Purim Fun

Dear Kindergarten Family, It was an action-packed week in kindergarten, with theme days bringing a fun (and often WILD) element into the classroom each day, we still managed to get some great learning done. The literacy theme this week was all about syllables, and the “secret stories” of Q and U and S and H.…

A Joyous Return

Dear Kindergarten Family, Thank you for reading this post! It has been a big week in kindergarten with the return of Morah Katie. The children had to catch her up on all their new routines and everything she missed when she was gone. We learned two new songs, “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley  and…