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Oct
19

From the Desk of Raquel Sultan, Early Childhood Director

Raquel Sultan, Early Childhood Director

Our division has had an HAmazing start of the year!  We are very excited to be back at school and getting back to full weeks of learning.  Our Early Childhood teachers have been extremely busy planning, strategizing and applying STEAM related concepts. They are becoming experts in Visible Thinking Strategies and are using Thinking Maps to introduce new concepts.

As you walk by the classrooms you will see, happy, engaged and curious children ready to tackle the day. Our day begins with our morning Mifkad gathering. We pray for Medinat Israel and our Chayalim, and we sing songs to lift our spirits, and begin our day with happiness and joy. As our students make their way to their classrooms, they are exposed to many engaging and purposeful activities.

Teachers begin their instruction with simple provocations that ignite our students' interest and curiosity when exploring new concepts and ideas. A beautiful example of a simple provocation happened in one of our Pre-K classrooms (Tzfat).  The teachers read many Sammy Spider books during the holiday season; this initiated a long and interesting process when learning about spiders.  Using different media and materials our students learned that spiders have a very intricate and calculated way of building their webs. Did you know that spiders produce silk threads to build their webs? The silk is produced in silk glands with the help of the spider's spinnerets. Spinnerets are special organs that allow the spider to decide what type of thread it needs for the web. Making webs is instinctive for spiders, which means nobody has to teach them how to do it. They are born knowing how. When a spider begins a web, it releases a silk thread. It anchors the thread to some object, a branch, a corner of a room, a doorframe, wherever it builds its web. As the spider moves back and forth, it adds more threads, strengthening the web and creating a pattern. Lines that go from the center of the web outward are called “radial lines." They support the web. Threads that go around and around the web are called “orb lines." The unit extended to a couple of weeks and there was clear evidence of learning in all children in the areas of literacy, math, science, art, engineering, technology, etc. Here are some samples of different webs created by our students: 

 

I look forward to a wonderful year of growth and learning. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at your convenience. You can reach me at rsultan@rasg.org or our school office 305.532.6421 ext. 118.

Shabbat Shalom,

Raquel Sultan
Early Childhood Director

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