Week 11

Our theme this week is: Shavuot

Our learning objectives are: Shavuot, occurring on May 28th, celebrates both the receiving of the Ten Commandments by Moses from God upon Mount Sinai and the spring harvest of grain. When we investigate Shavuot from an Early Childhood point of view, we talk about how the Torah provided the newly freed Jewish people with rules they would need to create a just society. With that in mind, we often use it as a prompt to investigate what a world might look like that didn’t have rules to protect us, and what kinds of rules we have in our classroom to help keep us all safe. For the actual holiday of Shavuot, we celebrate by wearing white, making head wreaths of flowers, and eating dairy.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Art Activity:  Make Our Own Tablets/Commandments. 

Materials needed: 

  • Cardboard or construction paper
  • Scissors
  • A printed picture of the Ten Commandments on a tablet
  • Some paint

Directions: Find a picture of what the actual Ten Commandments might have looked like. Using construction paper (or better still, cardboard) ask your child to draw and then cut out his or her idea of tablets. If you have paint available, paint the tablets a stone-looking color.

A question you could ask your children? Why do you think the Ten Commandments might have been written on stone and not paper?

Literacy Activity: Please have your child write their first and last name in their journal, the date, May 25, 2020, and the numbers 1-25. (Please model the date and numbers on a separate piece of paper.) If they have additional energy write a Hebrew word of the day: Spring – Aviv

Writing Words: Tzedakah, Wheat, First Fruits, and Spring

Video: Jandira demonstrates how to make a tablet. 

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Science/Building Activity: Continue to build the tablets

Materials Needed: 

  • Tiny stones
  • Glue

Directions: Using whatever tiny stones (or fancy jewels, glitter or whatever materials you have on hand), place a glue outline around the tablets your child created on Monday. Ask them to place the stones neatly outlining the outside of the “tablets”, leaving plenty of room for writing (**for later).

Literacy Activity: Please have your child write their first and last name in their journal, the date, May 26, 2020, and the numbers 1-25. (Once again, modeling the words and numbers on a separate piece of paper.)

Hebrew word of the day: Milk – Chalav

Writing words: Shavuot, Torah, Milk, and Honey

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Outdoor Activity: Flower head crown or wreath

We often wear a flower crown or wreath to celebrate Shavuot. On an outdoor walk, try to find flowers that you can pick, turn upside-down to dry, and then use them to create a wreath or flower head crown for Shavuot.

Literacy Activity: Please have your child write their first and last name in their journal, the date, May 27, 2020, and the numbers 1-25. (Once again, modeling the words and numbers on a separate piece of paper.)

Hebrew word of the day: Food – Ochel

Writing words: Mt. Sinai, Dairy, Food, Ten Commandments, and Rules

Video: Christine showcases how to make a flower crown. 

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Cooking Activity: Mt. Sinai Muffins

Mountain topping:

Snowy (marshmallow fluff or frosting)

Rocky (cookies n’ cream frosting)

Earthy (chocolate frosting or sauce with sprinkles or thin slices of Twizzlers as flowers)

Verdant (green-tinted cream cheese with flowers, green coconut at base)

Tablets:

Use two pieces of one of the following: white Jordan almonds, blanched almonds, graham cracker rectangles, Millano cookies, trimmed bread sticks, rectangles from Hershey bar (or two fun-size Hershey bars), cut pieces of jicama or carrot, mini-Fig Newton cookies, jelly beans, or marshmallows.

Basic Muffin Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup sugar (white or natural cane)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk (cow, soy, or rice)
  • ¼ cup canola oil

(Optional Ingredients):

  • 1 cup of raisins, dates, berries,chocolate chips, nuts, etc.  (*Raisins (grapes) and dates are two traditional Shavuot fruits.

Directions:

1. Grease muffin pan or use liners or silicone pans. (Or, try mini-bundt cupcake tins for bumpy mountains.  There will be no need to invert these, just let them cool completely and fill the center with frosting.)

2. Stir dry ingredients together.

3. In a separate bowl, stir wet ingredients together.

4. Add wet to dry and stir quickly with a fork until moistened.  Batter will be lumpy.

5. Fill cups 2/3 full and quickly put inside the oven.

6. Bake for 25 minutes, or until golden.

7. Remove from the pan immediately.

8. Cool completely before frosting or decorating.

Literacy Activity: Please have your child write their first and last name in their journal, the date, May 28, 2020, and the numbers 1-25. (Once again, modeling the words and numbers on a separate piece of paper.) 

Hebrew word of the day: Nourishment – Tezunah

Writing words: Muffins, Cookies, and Nourishment

Video: Making muffins with Maria. 

Friday, May 29, 2020

Before meeting for our Monday morning Zoom, please ask your child to dictate a few rules he or she thinks applies to children in the classroom. If you can, ask your child to frame the rules in positive terms versus using a “no” framework. (Example: Please use walking feet in the classroom versus don’t run in the classroom.)

Then please help your child write their rules on the tablets they created on Monday and Wednesday.

Video: Reading the Ten Commandments with Farzaneh. 

Literacy Activity: Please have your child write their first and last name in their journal, the date, May 29, 2020, and the numbers 1-25. (Once again, modeling the words and numbers on a separate piece of paper.) 

Hebrew word of the day: Flowers – Prachim

Writing words: Flowers, Greens, Decorations, Temple, and God’s Rules

Book Suggestions:

  • No Rules For Michael by Sylvia Rouse
  • A Mountain of Blintzes by Barbara Diamond Goldin
  • Cheesecake for Shavuot by Allison Ofanansky

Week 10

Our theme this week is: Community Helpers

Our learning objectives are: Building off our community curriculum, this week we will focus on community helpers. Everyone in our community makes essential contributions. This can be anything from, sanitation workers, farm workers, cleaners, and bus drivers. These types of jobs are very important to our community, and through this curriculum our objective is for your child to gain a larger awareness of the importance of these jobs. This curriculum is about deepening your child’s connection to their world.  

Video: Christine’s friend, Dr. Bryant sends a video message to the children. 

Monday, May 18, 2020

Art Activity: Thank You Notes to Community Helpers

Make a list with your child of different types of community helpers within their lives. This can include a garbage collector, mail carrier, gardener, nanny, teacher, dentist…etc.

Help your child write thank you notes to some chosen people while also brainstorming about how they can make their work easier. For example, cleaning up his or her own room or making their own bed, or washing their own dishes after they are done eating. 

Literacy Activity: Please have your child write their first and last name in their journal, the date, May 18, 2020, and the numbers 1-25. (Please model the date and numbers on a separate piece of paper.) If they have additional energy write a Hebrew word of the day: Nurse – choveshet (female) / chovesh (male)

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Math/Science/Logic: “Who am I?”

Parents will read the following clues about each community helper, pausing after each clue to give their child a chance to answer. The goal is to be able to answer the question “Who Am I?” with the least number of clues. If your child is able to answer before all the clues are given, please feel free to continue to read the clues so that your child will appreciate and understand the extent to which our community helpers are so important. We have eight suggestions here, but feel free to add on with additional roles such as, nurse, veterinarian, farm worker, rabbi, cantor, construction worker, etc.

Police Officer: 

  1. Keeps us safe
  2. Wears a uniform
  3. Drives around our neighborhood
  4. Catches bad guys
  5. Stops people from breaking the law

Doctor:

  1. Has an office we go to
  2. Makes sure we are healthy
  3. Listens to our hearts and checks our ears and eyes
  4. Sometimes gives us shots so we can stay healthy
  5. Sometimes we get weighed and measured

Mail Carrier:

  1. Comes to our house every day
  2. Drives a cool little truck
  3. Wears a uniform
  4. Sometimes brings things, sometimes takes things
  5. I need a stamp to have this person take letters from our house

Fire Fighter:

  1. Keeps us safe
  2. Wears a uniform
  3. Sometimes drives in a really big truck
  4. The truck is usually red
  5. If there is a fire, we are really glad to see them come with their hoses

Crossing Guard:

  1. Keeps us safe
  2. Carries a STOP sign
  3. Tells us when we can go and when we have to stay on the corner
  4. Walks us across the street
  5. Works by schools

Grocery Store Workers:

  1. Puts things on shelves
  2. Tells us how much things cost
  3. Helps get us things
  4. Makes sure we have food
  5. It’s the people who help my mom and dad get food to our house

Teachers:

  1. Keep us safe
  2. Help remind us to be kind
  3. Take care of us when we aren’t with our moms and dads
  4. Show us fun stuff to do
  5. Teach us new skills and facilitate new learning activities

Chefs:

  1. Wear a tall poofy hat
  2. Wear a white jacket
  3. Are around hot things
  4. Know how to read a recipe
  5. Make us yummy things

Video: Jandira makes a video of giving a thank you card to a community helper. 

Literacy Activity: Please have your child write their first and last name in their journal, the date, May 19, 2020, and the numbers 1-25. (Once again, modeling the words and numbers on a separate piece of paper.)

Hebrew word of the day: Mailman – davar  

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Outdoor Activity: Garbage Collector & Recycling

When educating children, we strive to create nurturing interactions within the classroom. While we highlight various community helpers, it is important to not forget about jobs that make our world function. In this activity, we want you to have an open conversation about the importance of the job of a garbage collector. 

Please have your child this week, help with sorting the recycling and taking out the garbage. This is also a great opportunity to talk to your child about the importance of recycling and how not recycling can have negative impacts on our environment. Also, if you chose to write a thank you note to your garbage collector, please tape your thank you notes to your collection bins, or give them to the garbage collector directly.

Literacy Activity: Please have your child write their first and last name in their journal, the date, May 20, 2020, and the numbers 1-25. (Once again, modeling the words and numbers on a separate piece of paper.)

Hebrew word of the day: Police – mishtarah

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Cooking Activity: Oatmeal Cookies

This easy recipe is for you and your child to make and give to anyone your child feels that helps his or her community. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups (212g) all-purpose flour (scoop and level to measure)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (226g) unsalted butter, softened slightly (it should still be somewhat cold and firm)
  • 1 cup (200g) packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups (260g) rolled old fashioned oats*
  • 1 cup (153g) raisins** (preferably from a freshly opened package)
  • 1 cup (118g) chopped walnuts

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line rimmed 18 by 13-inch baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  • In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt for 20 seconds, set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream together butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until combined.
  • Mix in one egg, then blend in the second egg and vanilla.
  • Add flour mixture and mix just until combined then mix in oats, raisins and walnuts.
  • Scoop dough out and shape into 1 1/2-inch balls (or 40 grams each), transfer to a prepared baking sheet fitting 12 per sheet and spacing 2-inches apart.
  • Bake in a preheated oven until golden brown on edges and nearly set (center should look under-baked), about 12 – 14 minutes.
  • Let cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Video: Maria delivers cookies to firefighters and thanks them for all they do to keep us safe.

Literacy Activity: Please have your child write their first and last name in their journal, the date, May 21, 2020, and the numbers 1-25. (Once again, modeling the words and numbers on a separate piece of paper.) 

Hebrew word of the day: Teacher – morah (female) / more (male)

Friday, May 22, 2020

Poem:  

“Community Helpers” by Tophani Hodge

Teacher, teacher what do you do?
I teach reading and writing too. 
Doctor, doctor what do you do?
I help when you’re sick with a cold or a flu. 
Firefighter, firefighter what do you do?
I help fight fire that might hurt you. 
Officer, officer what do you do,
I help you stay safe in all that you do!
Gardner, gardener what do you do?
I water and clean your fliers to smell good. 
Mommy and daddy what do you do?
We keep you safe and healthy and love you both too!
Mailman, mailman what do you do?
I bring your mail and letters everyday to you. 

Video: Farzaneh reads a poem.

Literacy Activity: Please have your child write their first and last name in their journal, the date, May 22, 2020, and the numbers 1-25. (Once again, modeling the words and numbers on a separate piece of paper.) 

Hebrew word of the day: Lawyer – orech din

Instead of your child sharing a material possession, this week we would like your child to share a special experience they have had with their family. 

Book Suggestions:

**Let’s Meet a Firefighter (Cloverleaf Books ™ ― Community Helpers)

by Gina Bellisario

**Whose Hands Are These?: A Community Helper Guessing Book

by Miranda Paul

**Let’s Meet a Police Officer (Cloverleaf Books ™ ― Community Helpers)

by Gina Bellisario

**Community Helpers from A to Z (Alphabasics)

by Bobbie Kalman

Week 9

Our theme this week is: Building Community

Our learning objectives are: Our objectives are best expressed in the words of Richard S. Kordesh who states, “Children who experience community are more likely to become community builders themselves.” 

Given that we are all separated during this time, it is difficult to build community. We wanted to share a communal love of Israel and a communal holiday, Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Israel’s birthday) that took place last week. 

Monday, May 11, 2020

Art Activity: Israeli Flag

We invite you to make an Israeli flag with your children.

Materials you will need:

  • Paper – white and blue
  • Scissors
  • Glue 
  • Markers or crayons

Directions:  Find a picture of the Israeli Flag. Show your children how the Star Of David (the central star) is made up of two triangles, one right side up and one is upside down. You can ask them to show you the details they notice. For example, “Are the two parallel stripes of blue right up against the edge of the white? Is there some space there? Where is the star placed on the flag?”

Using either a plain white piece of paper and blue markers or a plain white piece of paper and strips of blue paper (6 thin and 2 relatively wide), have your children either draw the flag they see, or glue the pieces on, first placing them where they think they go, and then finalizing their decision with glue.

In order to create community, we would love you to take a picture of your child, with or without the whole family, waving the flag. Please send it to us. Our plan is to put all the photos together in one larger picture, to show the community that we represent, even though we are physically apart. 

Literacy Activity: Please have your child write their first and last name in their journal, the date, May 11, 2020, and the numbers 1-25. (Please model the date and numbers on a separate piece of paper.) If they have additional energy write a Hebrew word of the day: Chaver – Friend

Writing Words: We also ask that they continue writing the following words: Community, friends, neighbors, together, cooperate.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Science/Building Activity: Foil Towers

As educators, we strive hard to build community within the classroom. Since we are all at home right now with our families, we thought this would be a good opportunity to build a stronger bond between family members.

For this activity, you and your children will work together to build one cohesive foil tower. Using tape and foil, plan together, work together, and then create your collaborative foil tower together. This activity will strengthen your child’s critical thinking, problem solving, and engineering skills while including the use of their social emotional awareness skills. 

Please share a photo with us of your creation!

Literacy Activity: Please have your child write their first and last name in their journal, the date, May 12, 2020, and the numbers 1-25. (Once again, modeling the words and numbers on a separate piece of paper.)

Hebrew word of the day: Ahava – Love

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Outdoor Activity: Signs of Encouragement

Make a sign of encouragement with your child to put up in your windows for your neighbors. Then go for a walk with your child and notice other people’s signs. Another option would be to make a sign of encouragement with your child for a friend and put it on a stick and place it in their yard for them! 

Literacy Activity: Please have your child write their first and last name in their journal, the date, May 13, 2020, and the numbers 1-25. (Once again, modeling the words and numbers on a separate piece of paper.)

Hebrew word of the day: Strength – Chazak

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Cooking Activity: Pre-K Cookbook

With your child, choose 1 or 2 of their favorite recipes and send them to us. This could be baking, cooking, or even making a smoothie. We will be compiling all the recipes to add together to create a Yellow & Turquoise Room Cookbook for everyone!

Additional Fun Activity: Trust Smoothie

Do you trust your child? With one adult, let them choose items from the fridge and pantry to create a silly creative smoothie. Have the other parent taste the smoothie and send us the videos of the taste test with your child telling the parent what ingredients they put in it. After the taste test obviously…  🙂

Literacy Activity: Please have your child write their first and last name in their journal, the date, May 14, 2020, and the numbers 1-25. (Once again, modeling the words and numbers on a separate piece of paper.) 

Hebrew word of the day: Courage – Ometz lev

Friday, May 15, 2020

Reading Activity: Poetry


Below is a poem to read together. Enjoy!

“Community Helpers” by Toni Williams 

Teachers teach us ABC’s,

Shapes and colors,123s.

Doctors help us when we’re sick.

Medicine will do the trick.

Firefighters put out fires.

Mechanics fix our cars and tires.

Police help keep things safe for you.

What job do you want to do?

Literacy Activity: Please have your child write their first and last name in their journal, the date, May 15, 2020, and the numbers 1-25. (Once again, modeling the words and numbers on a separate piece of paper.) 

Hebrew word of the day: Forgiveness – Slichah

Book Suggestions:

  • Counting on Community by Innosanto Nagara
  • Look Where We Live!: A First Book of Community Building by Scot Ritchie
  • Quinito’s Neighborhood/El Vecindario de Quinito by Ina Cumpiano

Week 8

Our theme this week is: Social-Emotional Awareness

Our learning objectives are: The learning objectives for this week are for your children to improve their social-emotional skills as they gain a deeper understanding of themselves by gauging what they are feeling day-to-day, moment by moment, while also strengthening their relationships to others around them. 

Monday, May 4, 2020

Art Activity: Recognizing Feeling’s Board           

Materials needed:

  • Paper, cardboard, or anything that they can write, draw, or color on. 
  • Scissors
  • Markers, color pencils, and a pencil.

Directions: 

1.   Cut one square into 6-inch by 6-inch or any size. Inside the big square draw 6 little squares.

2.    In each square have them draw six different faces showing different emotions. For example, they could use the emotions happy, sad, angry, scared, silly, excited, surprised, shy, and embarrassed.

3.     When they are done, have them write the words under the faces they drew. Then they can write the word describing that feeling under their drawing. 

A Question you could ask your children?

Each day ask your child, how are you feeling today? Have your child explain to you why she/he is having those feelings or what she/he thinks makes her/him have those feelings? Encourage your child to talk, without pressuring him/her.  When you finish having the conversation, if the feeling of boredom comes up, have them check which face best identifies with them at the moment of having that particular feeling.

Literacy Activity: Please have your child write their first and last name in their journal, the date, May 4, 2020, and the numbers 1-20. (Please model the date and numbers on a separate piece of paper.) If they have additional energy write a Hebrew word of the day: Sameach – Happy

Writing Words: Sad, Happy, Angry, Scared, Silly, Excited, Surprised, Shy, and Embarrassed.

**Please also have your child ready with a piece of paper and pencil or their whiteboard and pen. We will be doing a Hebrew word of the day together. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Science and Building Activity: Flower Power 

Materials Needed: 

  • One white flower or light colored flower, with a long stem
  • Food coloring
  • Clear cup or vase with water

Directions: Have your child choose a color of food coloring. Ask them how that color makes them feel. Put some water in a clear container and have them drop a few drops of food coloring into the water. Place the white flower in the water and watch the petals turn the color of the water! This change generally takes one day. 

Literacy Activity: Please have your child write their first and last name in their journal, the date, May 5, 2020, and the numbers 1-20. (Once again, modeling the words and numbers on a separate piece of paper.)

Hebrew word of the day: Yachad – In Unity

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Outdoor Activity: Mindfulness & Clouds 

During this activity, your child will recognize what they are feeling in the moment through an interactive cloud gazing activity.

Step outside with your child into your backyard, onto a balcony, or take a walk out to the sidewalk. If you are in a safe place like a balcony or terrace, have your child lay down on their back to look up at the clouds. If you walked outside to the sidewalk, have your child sit. Ask them to close their eyes and take a deep breath in through their nose and out through their mouth. Do this three times. Have them open their eyes and ask them to notice what they are feeling. Then, have them look up at the clouds to look for shapes of animals in the clouds. 

Once they spot an animal, ask them what they think that animal is feeling. Please do this for 10 minutes with them while also modeling what you see in the clouds. End with asking them to close their eyes again and repeat taking three deep breaths in through their nose and out through their mouth.

This activity is designed to help your child process what they are feeling in these current times. By asking them to find an animal and ask them what the animal is feeling, it will help them open up and process what they are personally feeling.

I recommend repeating this activity and doing it when your child is having a rough day at home or needing space. If in a safe area they can do this alone moving forward for alone time. You can also do this solely to center yourself during the day if you need space!

Literacy Activity: Please have your child write their first and last name in their journal, the date, May 6, 2020, and the numbers 1-20. (Once again, modeling the words and numbers on a separate piece of paper.)

Hebrew word of the day: Shoneh – Different

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Cooking Activity: Scrambled Eggs

We have chosen the idea of cooking scrambled eggs. We chose this because a scrambled egg begins with the idea of breaking an egg. And yes, the egg gets broken. The egg has changed. Sometimes things change. The egg isn’t whole anymore, but then we make something new with it. Sometimes things happen like how our school year changed, and we aren’t in our classroom anymore, but then we took that change and made something new with it. And while during this change we can’t be together, you are learning new lessons by being at home. You are spending more time with Mom and Dad, playing more with your siblings, or simply learning to entertain yourself at home. 

Ingredients you will need:

  • Egg
  • Cheese
  • Milk

Directions:

You can grate the cheese and break the eggs and whisk them with a touch of milk.

*Out of broken things we get something new and unexpected.

**We also ask your child to continue writing new words: 

Unexpected, eggs, cheese, milk, salt.

Literacy Activity: Please have your child write their first and last name in their journal, the date, May 7, 2020, and the numbers 11-20. (Once again, modeling the words and numbers on a separate piece of paper.) 

Hebrew word of the day: Shanah – Year

Friday, May 8, 2020

Story: Empathy in Action 

Skills targeted:  

  • Empathy
  • Perspective-taking, and 
  • Communication 

How to try it: Spend some time watching a show, movie or reading a story. At any given time, pause and discuss how the characters are feeling. You might ask, “ How are they feeling?” and “ How would you feel if that happened to you?”  Use this conversation to build on considering how others feel, discussing social clues, and caring about their emotions.

Literacy Activity: Please have your child write their first and last name in their journal, the date, May 8, 2020, and the numbers 1-20. (Once again, modeling the words and numbers on a separate piece of paper.) 

Hebrew word of the day: Chaverim – Friends

Book Suggestions:

* When Sophie Gets Angry – Really, Really Angry by Molly Bang* Today I Feel Silly & Other Moods That Make My Day by Jamie Lee Curtis

Week 7

Our theme this week is: Shapes

Our learning objectives are:  To reintroduce the language of and concepts related to shapes to our students, as shapes are integral to learning, both for organizing and identifying information in the visual world, and as a part of the language of math, reading and science. When we give a name to a particular shape, it helps us to know how that shape fits into our world, while also becoming useful as a symbol—as anyone who drives in our modern world can see. This week, we ask you to help your children identify shapes on the page, and in the natural world. 

Monday, April 27, 2020

Art Activity: Abstract Collage

You will need:

. Paper

. Scissors

. Glue 

. Outlines of squares, triangles, hexagons, rectangles, and trapezoids, etc

Directions:

Using either printed shapes, or hand-drawn outlines of shapes, ask your child to color the shapes, and then cut them out. Using a separate piece of construction paper, printer paper, poster board, etc. Ask your child to glue the shapes on to the paper to make a beautiful collage. Cut out shapes in different colors and make an abstract collage. (PLEASE SAVE YOUR EXTRA SHAPES!)

Literacy Activity: Please have your child write their first and last name in their journal, the date, April 27, 2020, and the numbers 11-20. (Please model the date and numbers on a separate piece of paper.) If they have additional energy write a Hebrew word of the day: Ma’agal – Circle

We also ask that they continue writing the following shapes words: Square, Trapezoid, Hexagon, and Rectangle.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Math and Building Activity: Counting Shapes and Building Them

Ask your child to identify everyday shapes they see in your house. (Example: rectangle door, circle table, and a triangle lamp.) Ask them to pick their favorite shape and then count how many they see in their own house and/or bedroom. Ask them to draw their favorite shape in three different ways they see it. (For example, a square table, a square window, and a square book.)

Then, using Blocks, Magna-tiles or Legos, have them re-create the shapes they found and drew. 

Literacy Activity: Please have your child write their first and last name in their journal, the date, April 28, 2020, and the numbers 1-20. (Once again, modeling the words and numbers on a separate piece of paper.)

Hebrew word of the day: Ravu’ah – Square

Materials needed: Paper and pencil

Project Extension #1: 

If you are inspired and your child seems enthusiastic about counting shapes, we suggest using those extra shapes from Monday to create SHAPE MATH. For example, place three squares, add a plus symbol (+), and a fourth square and show your students how three squares added to one more square equals (=) four squares. It is a way to introduce the symbols of plus and equal as part of the language of math.

Project Extension #2:

Pattern making – Using those shapes, set up a pattern for the student. (Example: Triangle, Triangle, Square, Triangle, Triangle, Square) and ask them to draw the next part of the sequence. Remember: a pattern is only a pattern if it repeats itself perfectly two times or more. 

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 

Outdoor Activity: Finding Shapes in our Everyday World

Shapes are everywhere! We have them all around us. Our sidewalks are made of squares and rectangles. We have street signs, hazard cones, and we can even find them in nature. Our challenge to our students is to find as many recognizable shapes as s/he can, and with your help, taking photographs of those shapes they “spy with their little eye” to share with us during our Zoom check-in. 

Materials: 

  • Walking shoes
  • A parent’s camera

Literacy Activity: Please have your child write their first and last name in their journal, the date, April 29, 2020, and the numbers 1-20. (Once again, modeling the words and numbers on a separate piece of paper.)

Hebrew word of the day: M’shulash – Triangle

We also ask that they continue writing the following shape words: Rhombus, Triangle, Parallelogram, and Circle.

Thursday, April 30, 2020 

Cooking Activity: Making Shapes With French Fries

  • 1-2 big potatoes 
  • Cut each potato in thin slices
  • Gently cut out different shapes such as a triangle, a square, a diamond, a circle, from each slice.
  • In a big pan 3 cups of vegetable oil
  • Allow your oil to boil
  • Add your cut up to shape of potatoes into the hot oil
  • Let it cook until it’s fried and crispy 
  • Remove from the oil
  • Add some salt, let it cool down and enjoy it!

Literacy Activity: Please have your child write their first and last name in their journal, the date, April 30, 2020, and the numbers 11-20. (Once again, modeling the words and numbers on a separate piece of paper.) 

Hebrew word of the day: Kochav – Star

We also ask that they continue writing the following shape words: Octagon, Cylinder, Cube, and Cone.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Song: “Secret Agent Shapes” by Harry Kindergarten Music

Interactive activity: Please follow the link to play a fun interactive game!

Literacy Activity: Please have your child write their first and last name in their journal, the date, April 31, 2020, and the numbers 11-20. (Once again, modeling the words and numbers on a separate piece of paper.) 

Hebrew word of the day: Malben – Rectangle 

Book Suggestions:

  • So Many Circles, So Many Squares by Tana Hoban
  • Perfect Square by Michael Hall
  • What Am I?: Looking at Shapes Through Apples and Grapes by Leo and Diane Dillon

Week 6

Our theme this week is: Eyes

The learning objectives for this week is for your children to learn more about the body, specifically eyes, and how eyes work. This will all be done while having fun and gaining new vocabulary along with fine-tuning their writing skills.

Monday

Art Activity: Animal Camouflage

            * Camouflage is when something or someone has a visual disguise. Some clothing makes it hard for others to see them and some animals, like the chameleon, do this naturally and is an example of how to camouflage into your surroundings. 

            Q: How do animals blend into their surroundings?

Materials needed for this experiment:

  • 2 large sheets of construction paper in each of 3 different colors
  • Scissors
  • A partner to do the experiment with

Directions: 

1.    Cut one sheet of each color into 2-inch by 2-inch squares.

2.    Place all of the colored squares onto one of the large sheets while your partner closes their eyes.

3.    When your partner opens their eyes, give them five seconds to grab as many colored squares as they can of any of the colors. 

What’s Happening?

            Our eyes quickly notice sharp contrast in color. Your partner will usually pick out squares that are not the same color as the sheet they are lying on. When animals and humans use camouflage, they are taking advantage of the fact that when their colors match those around them (green frogs in grass, brown lizards on a tree branch) predators don’t see any contrast, and the animals are somewhat hidden. If you placed a brown frog on the grass or a green lizard on a tree branch, that animal would stand out and not be protected. (The Usborne Big Book of Experiments by Alastair Smith)

Literacy Activity: Please have your child write their first and last name in their journal, the date, April 20, 2020, and the numbers 1-20. (Please model the date and numbers on a separate piece of paper.) If they have additional energy write a Hebrew word of the day: Yad – Hand

This week’s word bank includes the following words (Make a word wall in the house with your child for extra fun!)

·       Science

·       Week

·       April

·       Experiment

·       Eye

·       Light

·       Flame

·       Pupil

·       Retina

·       Optic nerve

·       Adapt

·       Camouflage

Tuesday

Science Activity: How your eyes work

            **Your eyes work in a similar way to cameras. By following the instructions below you can make a simple camera out of an empty yogurt container and some tracing paper. 

You will need:

  • Yogurt container (a small container like a Yoplait would work the best). 
  • Black paint
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Rubber band
  • Small candle
  • Ruler
  • Tracing paper
  • Thumb tack
  • Paint brush

Directions:
            1) Paint the inside of the yogurt container with black paint. If you mix a drop of dishwashing liquid with the paint it will stick better. 

            * ** Black paint reduces the reflections inside the container. 

            2) When the paint is thoroughly dry, push the tack into the base of the yogurt container to make a small pinhole. Then, take the tack out carefully.  

            3) Stretch a piece of tracing paper tightly over the top of the yogurt container and secure it with the rubber band. This is the viewing screen of your camera. 

            4) Light a small candle, make the room dark, and point the base of the container at the candle, from about 20 inches away. What do you see?

            ***Tip: Hold the yogurt viewer level with your eyes. 

What happens?

            * Some light from the flame travels through the pinhole and lands on the paper screen. The light rays travel in straight lines. When they go through the pinhole the rays from the top of the candle hit the bottom part of the screen and rays from the bottom of the candle hit the top of the screen. So the image is upside down. 

Expert Science Tips: 

            Q: What happens inside your eyes?

            A: Light travels through a hole at the front of your eye, called the pupil. It lands on a screen called the retina, making an upside-down image. A nerve, called the optic nerve, joins the retina to your brain. Your brain turns the image the right way up and tells you what you are seeing.

            Q: How does a real camera work?

            A: Real cameras have light-sensitive film at the back instead of a screen. When you press a button, a shutter lets light in. The light marks a picture on the film. This is then printed on paper to make a photograph. (The Usborne Big Book of Experiments by Alastair Smith)

Literacy Activity: Please have your child write their first and last name in their journal, the date, April 21, 2020, and the numbers 1-20. (Once again, modeling the words and numbers on a separate piece of paper.)

Hebrew word of the day: Regel – Foot

Wednesday 

Outdoor Activity: Have your children go outside to see how many different animals they can “spy,” and have them write below in the blank spot what parts of the animals they saw. 

For example: I spy with my amazing eye the bird’s wing. 

I spy with my amazing eye _______________.

I spy with my amazing eye _______________.

I spy with my amazing eye _______________.

I spy with my amazing eye _______________.

I spy with my amazing eye _______________.  

Activity extension: 

Did the animal you saw camouflaging themself?

            **Have your child take notice of what types of camouflaging techniques were seen. For example, was there a brown bird perched on a brown tree branch. 

Literacy Activity: Please have your child write their first and last name in their journal, the date, April 22, 2020, and the numbers 1-20. (Once again, modeling the words and numbers on a separate piece of paper.)

Hebrew word of the day: Panim – Face 

Thursday 

Dramatic Play Activity: Have your child make playdough (or use playdough that you already have at your house) to create different parts of their body (e.g. arm, foot, nose, mouth). After, on a piece of paper, have them write the word of the body part that they created.  

Playdough recipe.

Ingredients:

o   2 ½ cup flour

o   ½ cup salt 

o   1 tsp cream of tartar

o   3 tsp cooking oil

o   2 cups boiling water

o   A splash of food coloring (optional)

Directions:

o   Mix dry ingredients.

o   Add oil and water stirring quickly 

o   Store in an airtight container.

Literacy Activity: Please have your child write their first and last name in their journal, the date, April 23, 2020, and the numbers 1-20. (Once again, modeling the words and numbers on a separate piece of paper.) 

Hebrew word of the day: Etzba – Finger

Friday 

Song: “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” dance song

Hi kids! Let’s shake our bodies and dance!

Jump, jump, jump
Let’s all jump.
Jump, jump, jump
Make your muscles pump.
Head, shoulder, knees, and toes, knees, and toes.
Head, shoulder, knees, and toes, knees, and toes.
Eyes and ears and mouth and nose.
Head, shoulder, knees, and toes, knees, and toes.
March, march, march
Let’s all march.
March, march, march
Get your body charged.

Head, shoulder, knees, and toes, knees, and toes.
Head, shoulder, knees, and toes, knees, and toes.
Eyes and ears and mouth and nose.
Head, shoulder, knees, and toes, knees, and toes.

Literacy Activity: Hebrew word of the day: Emet – Truth 

Book Suggestions – 

  • Arlo Needs Glasses by Barney Saltzbergfu
  • My Travelin’ Eye by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
  • The Usborne Big Book of Experiments by Alastair Smith 

Week 5

This week’s word bank includes the following words (Make a word wall in the house with your child for extra fun!)

  • Chocolate
  • Matzo
  • Coconut
  • Oven
  • Granola
  • Cinnamon
  • Brown
  • Sugar
  • Charoset
  • Grape Juice
  • Apples
  • Pesach
  • Kitchen
  • Recipes
  • Ingredients
  • Refrigerator
  • Mix

Monday:

Please have your child write their first and last name in their journal, the date, April 13, 2020, and the numbers 1-20. (Please model the date and numbers on a separate piece of paper.) If they have additional energy write a Hebrew word of the day: Savta – Grandmother 

Passover Activity: Chocolate Coconut Matzo Bark

This easy treat uses salty matzo, chocolate and shredded coconut to make a unique spin on bark or brittle. 

  • Total: 30 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Inactive: 20 min
  • Cook: 5 min

Ingredients:

  • 6 sheets of salted matzo
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups sweetened coconut flakes

Directions:

  • Pre-heat the oven to 350ºF.
  • Place the sheets of matzo on a baking sheet lined with tin foil and sprinkle the chocolate chips over each piece of matzo.
  • Bake until the chocolate begins to melt, about 3 minutes, and take out of the oven.
  • Then with a knife or spatula, spread the melted chocolate chips over the sheets to matzo, and immediately sprinkle the coconut flakes.
  • Once the chocolate has set, break the sheets of matzo into pieces.
  • Serve and eat. Enjoy!

Tuesday:

Please have your child write their first and last name in their journal, the date, April 14, 2020, and the numbers 1-20. (Once again, modeling the words and numbers on a separate piece of paper.)

Hebrew word of the day: Sabba – Grandfather

Tuesday Passover Activity: Nut-Free Charoset Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 apples, peeled and sliced
  • 1/3 cup raisins or dried cranberries
  • 2 tbsp grape juice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Directions: 

Put the raisins in the food processor and process until very finely chopped. Add apples, cinnamon and grape juice. Pulse a few times until apples are finely chopped. Do not over process – apples should be chopped, not liquid.

**Charoset tastes great on top of matzo!

Wednesday:

Please have your child write their first and last name in their journal, the date, April 15, 2020, and the numbers 1-20. (Once again, modeling the words and numbers on a separate piece of paper.)

Hebrew word of the day: Doedah – Aunt

Wednesday Passover Activity: Kookoo Sabzi (kesh)

Ingredients: 

  • 3 large bunches of cilantros
  • 3 large bunches of Italian parsley
  •  1 large bunch of fresh dill
  • 2 large leeks, roots and top 1 inch trimmed
  •  Fine sea salt and fresh pepper as desired
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  •  6-7 large eggs

Directions: 

  • After you have chopped all your greens add the eggs and mix well.
  • Put oil on your frying pan and let it warm up.
  • Add all your mix inside the pan and let it cook for about 20 minutes on low heat.
  • Turn over and cook the other side for another 20 minutes. 
  • Serve and enjoy!

Thursday:

Please have your child write their first and last name in their journal, the date, April 16, 2020, and the numbers 1-20. (Once again, modeling the words and numbers on a separate piece of paper.) 

Hebrew word of the day: Dode – Uncle 

Thursday Passover Activity: Matzah Granola (large recipe for the whole family)

Ingredients:

  • 1lb. Brown Sugar
  • 1 Stick Margarine
  • 1 C. Water
  • 2lbs. Matzah Farfel
  • 1lb. Raisins
  • 1/2lb.  Walnuts
  • ½ lb. Sliced Almonds
  • 1/2 lb. Pecans
  • ½ lb. Chocolate Chips

Directions: 

  • Boil and set aside brown sugar, margarine, and water.
  • Mix matzah farfel with the rest of the ingredients.
  • Combine boiled sugar mixture with dry mixture and mix well.
  • Spread mixed over two greased cookie sheets in a thin layer.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Mix once or twice while baking. Cool, store in a sealed container and enjoy!

Friday: Shabbat group meeting at 10:00am

Week 4

This week we are adding concepts and activities surrounding Passover. 

We would like you to start the week with your child by reading them the story of Passover. Please see below.

Passover Story

A long time ago in the land of Egypt, there was a king, called Pharaoh. He was very mean to the Jewish people. He forced them to build storage buildings for his cities in Egypt. The Jewish people had to work all day long. They didn’t have time to eat breakfast, lunch, or dinner. They hardly had any time to sleep. They could not spend time with their families and friends – all they did was make bricks out of mud and straw and build day after day.

Finally, the Jewish people said, “We’re really tired, we can’t stand this anymore.” God heard the people’s cry for help. God went to a brave Jewish man named Moses and said, “Moses. Go tell Pharaoh to let the Jewish people go free.” Moses said, “Are you sure you want me? I don’t speak very well.” God said, “Yes, I want you to do it.” So Moses went to Pharaoh and said, “Let the Jewish people leave Egypt.” Pharaoh said “No!” God sent a terrible thing called a plague, to change Pharaoh’s mind. When Pharaoh woke up, all this water had turned into blood – YUCK! Pharaoh called Moses and told him the Jewish people could leave Egypt, the blood turned back to water, but Pharaoh changed his mind – the Jewish people had to stay and be slaves. God then sent another plague – when pharaoh woke, there were frogs everywhere, Pharaoh told Moses all the Jews could leave. But when the frogs went away, Pharaoh changed his mind again! Eight more times, God sent a plague and Pharaoh said the Jewish people could go free, but each time he changed his mind. Finally, the plagues were too terrible, and Pharaoh told the Jewish people to get out.

        Moses called his people together and told them to pack their bags as it was time to leave Egypt. “Hurry,” he said, “before Pharaoh changes his mind again!” The people packed so quickly that they did not have time to let their bread dough rise. They baked it and it came out flat – matzah! The Jewish people left Egypt as quickly as they could. When they were safe on the other side of the Sea of Reeds, they sang songs of thanksgiving to God, and they danced and were very happy to be free at last.

       To remember the time when the Jewish people left Egypt and became free, we get together with our friends and families every year to celebrate. We have a Seder, tell the Pesach story, and sing songs. We read the Haggadah and eat special foods, such as matzah, charoset and maror. We are happy to be free to live the way we want to, and not be slaves anymore.

Monday: Please have your child write their first and last name in their journal, the date, April 6, 2020, and the numbers 1-20. 

(Please model the date and numbers on a separate piece of paper) If they have additional energy, write a Hebrew word of the day: Todah Rabah – Thank you very much. 

Monday Passover Activity: 

  • Using the word bank below, please have you or your child write all the words on flashcards. Have them then lay all the cards out and find the opposite pairs.

* Dark/Light

* Raised/Flat

* Dirty/Clean

* Slaves/Free

* Full/Empty

* Bitter/Sweet

* Reclining/Sitting Straight 

Tuesday: Please have your child write their first and last name in their journal, the date, April 7, 2020, and the numbers 1-20. 

(Once again, modeling the words and numbers on a separate piece of paper). 

Hebrew word of the day: Bevakashah – You’re Welcome 

Tuesday Passover Activity: Construct a Seder Plate

  • Find a piece of cardboard or something hard and cut it into a circle to be your seder plate.
  • Cut six circles out of paper
  • Draw the following images on a piece of paper/label & then cut out to glue on your seder plate. 

* Egg

* Parsley

* Shankbone

* Celery

* Horseradish

* Charoset

Wednesday: Please have your child write their first and last name in their journal, the date, April 8, 2020, and the numbers 1-20.

(Once again, modeling the words and numbers on a separate piece of paper).

Hebrew word of the day: Shalom – Hello and Goodbye

Wednesday Passover Activity: Sketch Frogs

  • Print an image or two of a frog
  • Based on that frog image, have your child observe the various shapes s/he sees and sketch those shapes to complete  a drawing of a frog

Thursday: Please have your child write their first and last name in their journal, the date, April 9, 2020, and the numbers 1-20. 

(Once again, modeling the words and numbers on a separate piece of paper). 

Hebrew word of the day: Ach – Brother

Thursday Passover Activity: Passover Memory Game

  • Write and make two flashcards for each of all the Passover words from Monday and Tuesday from last week. (*To accommodate your child’s learning, you can have your son/daughter also draw the corresponding item above the word to act as a visual mediator, if helpful.)
  • Then, flip all your cards so that you cannot see them. 
  • Mix them all up. Now you can begin your game.  
  • You need to find and remember where both cards are for every word. For example, you want to match parsley with parsley. Whoever finds the most matches wins. 

Friday:

Hebrew word of the day: Ahchot – Sister

Extra Passover Weekend Activities: 

  • Decorate or design a Cup for Elijah
  • Make a frog bookmark or frog origami

Scavenger hunt – Hide an afikoman in your house with clues to find it.

Book Suggestions –
– Sammy Spider’s First Passover by Sylvia A. Rouss
– The Story of Passover by David A. Adler
– What Is Passover? by Harriet Ziefert

Week 3

Monday: Please have your child write their first and last name in their journal, the date, March 30, 2020, and the numbers 1-20.  (Please model the date and numbers on a separate piece of paper) If they have additional energy write a Hebrew word of the day: Rosh – Head
Passover words: Seder, Plate, Symbols.

Prepare for Tuesday’s math game/scavenger hunt: Find 20 pennies, one die.

Tuesday: Please have your child write their first and last name in their journal, the date, March 31, 2020, and the numbers 1-20.  (Once again, modeling the words and numbers on a separate piece of paper).  Hebrew Word of the day: Aviv – Spring
Passover words: Pesach, Elijah, Cup

Tuesday Math Game: Twenty Pennies
Start: Put a penny out to start the penny bank.
Take Turns: You get one free pass per game. When you pass, you skip your turn.
On your turn: 1.) Roll the die. 2.) Read the number. Put that many pennies in the bank. If the total in the bank is:

  • Less than 20 – the next player takes a turn.
  • 20 – the game is over. You win!
  • More than 20 – the game is over. The other player wins!
  • Talk about…How did you organize your pennies, so they are easy to count?

Wednesday: Please have your child write their first and last name in their journal, the date, April 1, 2020, and the numbers 1-20. (Once again, modeling the words and numbers on a separate piece of paper). Hebrew Word of the day: Ima – Mom

***Today is a new month! Please explain to your child what this means as we move along with time. 

Science: Dip the pennies in vinegar and wash them. What do you notice happening? What changes do you see? 

Thursday: Please have your child write their first and last name in their journal, the date, April 2, 2020, and the numbers 1-20.  (Once again, modeling the words and numbers on a separate piece of paper).  Hebrew Word of the day: Aba – Dad
Passover words: Meal, Salt, Water, Decoration

Thursday Math Game: Build a hideout you can fit inside.

1) Build: Use materials to build a hideout that:

      Easy: fits one person.

      Medium: Fits two people.

      Hard: Fits one person lying down.

2) Give tours: What shapes did you use to make your hideout? How did you make it sturdy?

3) If you have a sibling, friend, or pet, build another hideout or combine them. 

Friday: Shabbat Zoom

Book Suggestions –
Sammy Spider’s First Passover by Sylvia Rouss and The Story of Passover by David A. Adler

Week 2

Here is our lesson plan for your children for this upcoming week. As you will see, we are adding the concept of rhyming words to our lesson plan. We ask that you say the word pairings out loud, showing your children how the “end sounds” sound the same.

MONDAY: Please have your children write the following words in their journals: Bat-Cat, Sat-Mat, Flat-Rat. 

Also, please have them write the date, March 23, 2020, and, please have them write the numbers 11-20. 

(please model the date and numbers on a separate piece of paper) If they have additional energy, we also ask that they continue writing some Passover words: Spring. Green. Parsley. Moses. Frogs. Seder.

TUESDAY:   Please have your child write the following rhyming pairs

Seed-Weed. Nose-Rose. Hi-Bye.  

Also, please have your child write Tuesday, March 24, 2020, and once again, write the numbers 11-20. (once again, modeling the words and numbers on a separate piece of paper). And more Passover words:

Family. Friends. Questions. Matzah. Afikomen. Hagaddah. Story.

Wednesday- Please have your child write the day of the week, the date, and practice again the numbers 11-20. Also continue writing Passover words—Seder Plate, Planting, Candles, Holiday. Egypt. Pharaoh.  

Rhyming pairs: Go-Snow, Rig-Dig, Sun-Fun

Thursday: Once again, write the date, the day of the week, and continue working on number formation 11-20. Our Passover words are Miriam. Torah. Freedom. Order. Cleaning. Exodus. Consequences. Our rhyming words are Bee-Knee, Door-Floor, Book-Nook.

FRIDAY: Shabbat Zoom at 10:00am. 

Book Suggestions – Sammy Spider’s First Haggadah by Sylvia A. Rouss and More Than Enough by April Halprin Wayland and Katie Kath

Week 1 Turquoise Room (scroll down for Yellow Room)

Our theme this week is Passover Learning!
Here are some learning activity ideas for you this week: 

Objectives for this week – introducing Passover and working on early math and literacy concepts, as well as improving fine motor skills through writing.

Monday – Ask your child to count how many doors are in your house. Please model the number for them on a piece of paper for them to help them visualize that number and have them write the number down to show us on Wednesday. Also, please have them choose one or more of the following words to write. Once again, we ask that you model the writing in clear printed letters, and then drawing a line on a separate sheet of paper, have them write the word you modeled. Here are some word choices: Passover. Spring. Green. Parsley. Moses. Frogs. Seder.

Tuesday – Ask that your child count how many spoons are in your home. Once again, we also ask them to write down that number. If they need modeling on how to write it, write it neatly for them to write on their own separate piece of paper. Your child may choose one or more of the following words to copy from your modeling: Family. Friends. Questions. Matzah. Afikomen. Haggadah. Story.

Wednesday – Today, we ask your child to count the number of chairs in your house, and write that down to show us at our weekly meet-up.  Words: Seder Plate, Planting, Candles, Holiday, Egypt. Pharaoh.

Thursday – Today, our goal is to find out how many windows are in your house! Please write that number down to share with us. Words: Freedom, Miriam, Torah, Cleaning, Order, Exodus, Consequences.

Friday – We will connect with all of you on Friday morning. We miss all of you so much. We cannot wait to see your faces all together, even if it is via computer. If your child wishes, your child can draw a beautiful shabbat flower to show his or her friends. 

Book Suggestions – Pippa’s Passover Plate by Vivian Kirkfield and The Little Red Hen and the Passover Matzah by Leslie Kimmelman and Paul Meisel

Week 1 Yellow Room

Our theme this week is the weather! Here are some learning activity ideas for you this week: 

Weather Reporter – In class, we have a weather reporter each week, where the child goes and checks the weather. Each day this week, have your child check the weather. Ask them what they notice outside. Are there clouds? Is the moisture on leaves? How does the air feel on their skin? They can start a weather journal, and draw or write words that correlate to what they notice outside.

Then, they can report the weather using a full sentence.

Along with the theme for this week, here are some activities you can do with your child:
 
Sign-in Journals – In class, your child signs-in every day, along with writing the numbers 1-10 or 1-20. They also write the date and the day of the week. This is something they can do every day. 

KeyCards – The index cards that we sent home are for your child to reference if they are writing notes. If they ask you how to spell something, write the word in their KeyCards, and they can use this to reference.

Project Idea – The children write notes and cards to each other all the time to their friends. This is something they can still do. To again build community and stay connected within these new times while also being respectful of social distancing, encourage your children to write notes to their friends and explain, then you can send a picture of it to them.

Storybooks – Your child can add pages to their storybooks, and you are more than welcome to add more pages if you run out.

Book Suggestions – Singing in the Rain by Tim Hopgood and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett and Ronald Barrett

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