Tu B’shvat and More in Rimon
Happy Belated Tu B’shvat everyone! Rimon students had a great time at the EcoFair on Tu B’shvat. The fair was organized and run by the 5th and 6th grade students. The children were able to choose from a variety of activities including planting, going on a nature observation walk, playing the cup game with questions related to nature and using recycled materials to create art projects. Rimon students completed their Tu B’shvat acrostic poems and are reading them to the rest of the school today at the beginning of Kabbalat Shabbat.
In Fundations, we have been learning about closed syllables. A closed syllable has only one vowel which is followed by a consonant or consonants. The vowel has a short vowel sound. We began learning some vowel teams as well. This week the children were introduced to the vowel teams: ay, ai, ee and ea. The children are learning the rule: “When two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking.” This rule should help them remember that when reading words with a vowel team, it is the long vowel sound of the first vowel that we hear. Next week, Rimon Students will learn even more vowel teams.
First grade mathematicians have almost completed the first of our two math books. Currently we are reviewing in preparation for a mid-year math assessment. The children are quite excited about finishing their first math workbooks.
Rimon scientists learned about parts of a bridge yesterday. These include: the beam, the span, the supports and the pier. We looked at two different kinds of bridges, suspension bridges like the Golden Gate Bridge in California and beam bridges like the Luoyang Bridge in China. We are reading a story about a boy named Javier who is working to build a bridge across the stream in his yard.
This week in social studies we are learning about Abraham Lincoln in preparation for Presidents’ Day. Ask your child if President Lincoln was an “Upstander” and why.
Rimon writers have finished their small moment stories and will be reading them to the Pre-K and K students next week. We will begin a unit on writing pattern books and already have begun listening to some mentor text stories (examples of pattern books written by others) such as The Napping House and Sitting Down to Eat.
Drivers are needed for our field trip to the Matzah Factory on Monday March 19!