Sunday, April 18, 2021


  As April began, we started a new topic.  We are now learning about plants!  To introduce our new topic, we read The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle.  Then, after learning about the different parts of a plant, we became farmers.  Each first grader planted a green bean seed and a scallion bulb in planter boxes in our classrooms.  The boxes are sitting on top of the bookcases right next to the windows now, getting plenty of light.  We are excitedly waiting for our crops to grow!

We made our April visit to the class tree, and unlike some other April visits of years past, we found the tree to be full of leaves and flower buds!  Please check out this week’s picture email to see!

Because we are now in the season of spring, the first graders were welcomed back to class this week with vases of tulips on their tables.  During journal time, we wrote stories about tulips, we drew pictures of the tulips, and we even wrote some tulip poems!    

Please continue to send in a water bottle with your first grader every day.  Especially as the days get warmer, it helps us transition from recess back to class much more quickly when the first graders can grab their own water bottles and not need to wait for cups of water to be poured.  Thank you very much for your help!

Have a great weekend!

-Miss Deena Tanenbaum

Friday, March 19, 2021


          It was a bittersweet week in first grade.  While we eagerly watched the progress of the Iditarod all week, we were extremely sad to have officially concluded our Iditarod studies.  Nevertheless, our school year continued with our next topic of study, probably the only topic that could possibly be exciting after learning about the Iditarod.  We are now learning about space, stars, and planets!  We started with a mnemonic device to help us learn and remember both the names of the planets as well as their order in the solar system.   We then used this knowledge to put together a puzzle of our solar system.  We were able to see that the largest planet in our solar system is Jupiter and that our closest neighbor is the moon.  We also read a very interesting book called Is There Life In Outer Space as well as an information filled book called Planets Around The Sun.  With the short week coming up there won’t be a newsletter, so your first grader will fill you in on the rest of our intergalactic unit!

We finished up a chapter in our math books about measurement and time.  In first grade, we learn how to tell time to the full hour and the half hour. If you have an analog clock at home (the kind with hands), you can help your first grader practice this skill by asking them to read the clock when it is a full hour or half hour time.  

I wish you a happy, healthy, and safe Pesach.  Enjoy your matzah!

-Miss Deena Tanenbaum

Thursday, June 18, 2020

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