Recess and unstructured play are critically important for elementary school children. These non-academic learning experiences promote fine and gross motor development, social emotional growth, and interpersonal bonding. Recently, children have been constructing and deconstructing a stick fort in the parking lot — one of the designated areas where some students choose to have recess. Using […]
As a progressive school, our teachers seek out areas of integration within our curriculum. With the holiday of Tu B’shvat (the Jewish New Year for trees) approaching, second grade teachers worked collaboratively, weaving the theme into many subject areas. Students are reading poetry about trees and learning about the important role trees play in our environment […]
Second grade students completed beautiful nature-themed watercolors with specific direction from our art teacher, Mr. Mirsky. He introduced students to a number of techniques including using salt to create a marble effect and using a straw to spread the paint into thin lines. These paintings have been paired with Haikus that the students wrote during […]
Meghan Cavanaugh joined JCDSRI’s faculty in September as our school social worker. Meghan has over a decade of experience working with children and families in schools as well as in home-based and office settings. When asked about her impressions of JCDSRI, Meghan said that our school community is “positive and supportive — teachers reflect to students […]
Our school-wide celebration of Israel’s Independence Day was very active and kef (fun)! In honor of Israel’s 70th birthday, students played Israeli games and participated in Israeli folk dancing during recess. Students “visited” a variety of places in Israel as they traveled around school participating in different stations. We had an all-school trivia competition, Jewperdy, […]
How do you get your first grade class excited to practice writing? Ms. Bour knows the secret! Because when she transitions with her students to writing, they cheer every time. That’s because they are writing their very own comic books. They started with a story map to organize their stories. They have been practicing writing dialogue and […]
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 […]
Story sequencing is an important skill that helps emerging readers develop comprehension. Sequencing also helps students develop problem-solving and organizational skills. In first grade we practiced sequencing using the story of Jonah and the Big Fish (The book of Jonah is traditionally read in synagogue on Yom Kippur). The best part was that our students […]
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!
This week in Kindergarten we started learning all about pianos and keyboards. Here’s a video of us testing out how the piano works while watching what happens on the inside! It’s definitely not Mozart, but it’s a start!