Shabbat Shalom, JKG! In this vocabulary unit we are learning about body parts. Can you and your JKG kids find ways to work them into your daily routines?
This week we're continuing our lessons on Tu B'Shvat and the value of tal bashchit (do not waste). JKG students learned about the environment through science experiments about water, filtration, and composting. The JKG chefs whipped up homemade Fig Newtons in honor of the holiday which is known for its celebration of trees and the seven species (or common foods) of biblical Israel.
Our 4th and 5th grade students started on an exciting new project in collaboration with the Breman Museum in Atlanta. For the next several weeks these JKG kids will have the opportunity to work with experts from the museum to explore their families' Jewish roots. We can't wait to see what everyone learns!
Students work on a composting experiment. They are creating mixtures with different ratios of lettuce and newspaper to track which combination of materials decomposes most quickly.
These students are preparing a cool card to exchange with our pen pals at Kibbutz Ein Hashofet. JKG students are sending Tu B'Shvat cards on homemade paper with a blend of seeds. The paper can then be planted--perfect for the environment!
JKG Chefs whip up Fig Newtons for their friends. We substituted dates for figs and they were delicious!
Part of taking care of the environment is being aware of clean water. Our students experimented with natural and man made filters (rocks, leaves, sticks, and coffee filters), trying different combinations to see which worked best.
Older JKG kids are on an anthropological journey to learn more about their family histories. Today they learned just what an anthropologist does by studying our guest from the Breman Museum, Rabbi Joe.
Thanks for following along with this week's adventures! We'll be back next week with lessons on Judaism Around the World.
Shabbat Shalom! We are excited to present our newest episode of JKG TV--see clips of what we've been up to the last few weeks with our lessons on friendship and communities!
This week, we are starting our lessons on the holiday of Tu B'Shvat and the value of tal bashchit. Tu B'Shvat translates to "The 15th of the month Shvat" and celebrates the beginning of a new year of planting. While the holiday actually celebrates a variety of plants (wheat, barley, dates, and grapes to name a few!), it is most well known for its celebration of trees. Tal bashshit is the value that teaches us not to waste or destroy things.
In preparation for Tu B'Shvat (February 10, 2017) JKG students will be learning about local nature and ways we can all be more sustainable. This week we are discovering the ins and outs of composting, identifying trees and plants in the JKG neighborhood, and working on cool holiday art projects. Take a look at what we've been up to so far!
JKG Gardeners try to identify the flowers we planted last week. Students drew pictures or did rubbings of bark, leaves, and petals. One student tried to do rubbings of a sprig from the fragrant rosemary bush and said, "I couldn't get the leaves, but I sure got the smell!"
Getting a detailed leaf rubbing is serious business.
Another group of students started a two week composting project. This week they learned the difference between composting and recycling. The next time they meet, the kids will be experimenting with which materials compost best.
JKG Students design a poster to teach the rest of our community the do's and don'ts of composting with examples of waste we'd find during a normal day at JKG.
We are so lucky to have such environmentally minded kids! It feels almost like every day is Tu B'Shvat with their enthusiasm for the garden and compassion for each and every bug discovered on the playground. Ask your students if they have learned or thought about any cool new ways to be more sustainable and check in with us soon to see our compost and water science experiments, a tasty Tu B'Shvat treat, and tree inspired art work!
In the JKG Afterschool Community, we introduce new vocabulary units every two weeks. We are currently working on the verbs listed below. If you want, you can try them at home. They're a great way to get your kids moving!
Welcome back JKG families! In the JKG Afterschool Communitiy, we are kicking off our spring semester by learning about חֲבֵרוּת and קהילה (friendship and community). A new year is a great time for new friendship, so our students challenged themselves to spend more time with different students: we made friendship bracelets for new friends and sketched portraits of each other. JKG students also reflected on what it means to be a part of a קהילה (community), whether that be in their classroom, family, neigborhood, or even as big as the global Jewish community. We completed a couple of projects for our immediate local community by participating in a clean up nature walk and making sandwiches for a local shelter.
Friendship bracelets! On the left, singlings help each other braid a bracelet. On the right, Andrea helps a JKG student make a friendship ring (or finger bracelet as some kids called it!).
It takes a lot of focus to perfectly portray a new friend!
Some new friends and their completed portraits!
To help our local קהילה (community), our JKG students made sandwiches to pass out to shelters. We're trying to make 50 this week!
We're so glad to be back in session! Check back with us next week as we start learning about Tu B'Shvat and taking care of our environment.
JKG Afterschool Community
Welcome to the JKG Afterschool Community blog. This is your window into our amazing Afterschool Community. Each week you will find updates on what your kids are learning about at JKG, as well as some suggestions of ways to bring the lessons into your bayit (home).