What’s been happening in TikkunXDesign lately? Students in grades K-2 have been experimenting with Contraption Kits. The students use these light-weight blocks to build ramps for balls. Using inquiry-based methods, students are testing predictions to learn more about force and momentum.
One of the biggest celebrations that takes place in kindergarten is the Naming Ceremony. This important milestone event highlights the beginning of our young students’ journey into literacy – in both English and Hebrew. Focusing on names gives our children an opportunity to begin exploring their Jewish identities through their naming story. […]
Our kindergarten students learn the Hebrew alphabet right along with the English alphabet. They practice proper letter formation, learn the sound each letter makes and master sight words. They were recently introduced to the letters resh and gimmel. Students were quickly able to recognize the letter resh in the words Rakevet (train), Rosh (head), Rimon (pomegranate), Ru-ah (wind) and Regel-Raglayim (foot-feet), and the letter gimel in the words Gamal (camel), Gadol (big), Gezer (carrot), G’vina ( cheese). For a listening […]
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 […]
What kinds of social and emotional skills are we working on in kindergarten? In kindergarten we… use our Peace Table to strengthen communication and peacemaking skills. use feelings charts, journaling, projects and role-playing to recognize social cues and solve social dilemmas. practice yoga and meditation to support calm, focused and flexible bodies and minds. take […]
Last week our Pre-K and kindergarten classes said goodbye to the baby chicks that hatched in their classrooms’ incubators. Our young scientists eagerly observed the incubating eggs very carefully for over three weeks. Of the 12 eggs our students watched, 5 hatched before returning the chicks to Casey Farm. This annual spring tradition is a […]
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, […]
Our Pre-K students have been excited about snow this winter. They even experimented with it! They brought some snow in to the classroom from outside and made predictions about what would happen to it. Students dictated their predictions in their science journals. The next morning they entered the class excited to see how their experiment […]
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!