Rimon scientists are working with first grade students to design and build bridges. We will be learning about different kinds of bridges and exploring different ways to engineer bridges over the next month or so. Yesterday the children worked in groups to build bridges made from blocks, popsicle sticks and clips. The challenge was to work together to build a bridge that could hold a number of heavy books. Here you see some bridge engineers at work.
In Tanakh this week, the children acted out stories about Yitzchak, Rivka, Eisav and Ya’akov. We learned about the birth of Eisav and Ya’akov. Eisav grew up to be a hunter and Ya’akov was a shepard. It was hard to understand how Eisav was foolish enough to trade his birthright to Ya’akov for a bowl of stew. We also learned that Rivka spoke to God and knew that it was Ya’akov and not Eisav who would lead the Jewish people going forward. Next week, we will examine how Rivka and Ya’akov trick Yitzchak into giving Ya’akov the blessing as well as the birthright. Dressing up to fit the various roles was a very fun highlight of the role play.
On Wednesday, Rimon readers celebrated reaching over 1000 reading minutes as a class. Our guest reader was Rav Hazzan, who read two of his favorite books, Abraham Searches for God and the Hebrew version of a Dr. Seus classic, Green Eggs and Ham.
On Thursday, we had our mission mitzvah party with the kindergarten students. The stuffed animal friends were very polite visitors, using their best manners and waiting their turn to introduce themselves. Rimon students already have begun accumulating good deeds for a future party.
Each morning in Rimon, we have a short recess time. Sometimes this time is spent in free play in the classroom. In warmer weather, we even go outside for 10-15 minutes. One favorite whole class activity is dancing and exercising along to GoNoodle. GoNoodle is an online exercise and mindfulness program designed for the classroom. Ask your student about his/her favorite GoNoodle activity and check it out on-line.
One of the many highlights of our schedule each week is Spanish with Hamorah Nissa. This week the children played bingo in Spanish!
For Tu B’shvat, the children have begun writing acrostic poems. We talked about the importance of trees and the children came up with a list of reasons that we need trees. This list included: trees give us paper, oxygen, shade, wood for houses and furniture and many foods. They also provide homes for a variety of animals. Next week, the children will be reading their poems to the rest of the school as part of our Tu B’shvat celebration.