Our school-wide Purim celebration was filled with costume parades, games, hamantaschen baking and more! Leading up to Purim, students studied the holiday story from Megillat Esther (the Scroll of Esther) and each class decorated its door with a scene from the story. Students filmed themselves acting out the scene from their classroom door. On Purim, children visited […]
In pre-k and kindergarten, music class focuses on exploration and discovery. We begin learning about sound and how it is made using vibrations. We learn about and listen to several different kinds of instruments including ukulele, guitar, piano, keyboard, recorder, many types of percussion and more!
Empathy is a very important mindset that we practice in our TikkunXDesign Lab. It helps us understand what problems or needs we are trying to remedy. In order to help us foster this important mindset, we welcomed some new classroom pets to our Design Lab: Madagascar hissing cockroaches. We first spent time observing our new […]
Kindergarten students are enjoying the crisp, sunny fall weather — working outdoors as scientists and making observations of nature. In order to train our young scientists, we first discussed HOW scientists observe things. That was followed by a discussion of what the word Observe means and the class came up with the definition: observe means to […]
Our kindergarten students are buddies with 4th graders and are doing a very special project this year. Along with playing, exploring and learning with our buddies, we are also joining the “Compassion Games” with them! The compassion games are a way to spread love and kindness through small, simple acts of compassion, or join a […]
Here is our song list for Zimriyah 2017! Next to each song title is which grades will be singing it. We’ll be using these recordings to practice for the performance on May 25th!
Who We Are Sara and I are both seniors studying mechanical engineering at Brown University, and we are interested in classroom design and placemaking as it relates to social and emotional learning. I worked as an assistant teacher in a preschool for several years in my hometown of Middletown, NJ. While at school, I’ve taught […]
Every time the pre-k class went on the playground, they noted how the Maple tree changed. It was so sad when it dropped it’s leaves, but we learned a song to celebrate this fall event: “Oh Mrs. Tree it seems to me you dress a little silly. When it’s hot you wear a lot, but […]
This past month the Pre-K class has learned how to become a peaceful kehillah (community). In our Feelings Journals we have shared what makes us happy and where our peaceful places are. On Open School Night, our parents left us pictures of their peaceful places. […]
Shalom, I am Rotem and I am so excited to teach Design Lab to JCDSRI students from PreK to 3rd grade (and learn with them!). We just ended our fourth week in Design Lab and I would like to share with you some highlights of our time together. We began by asking: What do we […]