Friday, April 28, 2017
We left early this morning and headed south to Kfar Hanokdim. We road camels through the Negev desert. We then climbed the Roman path up Masada and learned about the history of Masada. We had a yummy lunch and then headed towards Nahal David where we hiked to a beautiful waterfall and the kids had a great time. Kids are spending time with their families tomorrow. We will be having Havdalah at Zoey's house. Shabbat shalom!
Thursday, April 27, 2017
We arrived safely after a long trip! The 8th graders were amazing! Adam got the prize for no sleep at all! There was an excited reunion of the Kadima and Singalovski kids. We went straight to the Tel Aviv port where we learned about the beginning of the port, walked along the coastal boardwalk, grabbed ice cream, and then met the families who whisked us home! There were lots of smiles and hugs all round!
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
After completing their time at the Earth Trek Camp, and learning from the California pioneers, 4th and 5th grade students spent time in old town Caloma and then headed to the State Capitol building today. They also learned about growth west and the development of the state of California, thanks in part to the transcontinental railroad on their visit to the California Railroad Museum. This evening, they will be heading home following their adventure in and around Sacramento.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
The Kadima 4th and 5th grade are spending the next 2 days in the State capital exploring their social studies units and the development of the west. Today, they visited Sutter's Mill, just outside of Sacramento. Gold was found at Sutter's Mill setting off the California Gold Rush. Students engaged in experiential learning by mining gold themselves at the south fork of the American River. Students then spent time in Caloma learning from preservationists about life and culture of the mining days, including an interactive dramatic experience.
Overall, they are all engaged in learning and looking forward to more learning tomorrow.
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Last Day in New York
Once our bags were packed and we checked out of the hotel we headed toward the final monument of the tour - the 9/11 memorial and museum, and a visit to the observation deck of the Freedom Tower, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere standing 1776 feet tall.
The 9/11 memorial is a series of waterfalls at the footprints of the original towers. Several of the students had family friends who perished on 9/11 and we were fortunate enough to find the names of one of them Lorenzo Ramzey.
The 9/11 Memorial and Museum tells a somber story and for some it was difficult to hear. Before entering the museum spaces we spoke to the students about what they may see and what happened on September 11, 2001. We reminded them that their parents, their school and their community are all here to keep them safe and that work is constantly being done by security personnel and armed forces toward that effort. They had many questions and we answered them and reminded them that we didn't always have all the answers but just like anything in history that has affected us, we are tasked with learning so that it may never happen again. Upon entering the museum, students saw remnants of fire trucks, pictures of those who perished and heard recordings of the day's event. They also saw pieces of steel foundation, staircases and the original slurry wall that holds water from the Hudson River back.
When we left the museum area, we sat in a circle under trees and shared what we learned and about how we felt. We spoke about how the Holocaust, while so much greater in magnitude, was caused by those with the same intent of destruction.
We were inspired by the growth and rebuilding at the World Trade Center. Many buildings were destroyed on 9/11 - not just the twin towers. In their place, is growth and re-development, including the Freedom Tower. We were fortunate enough to spend time high in the sky on the observation deck and observe city views from a new point of view.
For lunch, we headed to Washington Square park in the middle Greenwich village, for a Yom Ha'Atzmaut picnic lunch and a chance to play I the sunshine before heading home. To our surprise, students from NYU (the NYU campus surrounds the park) had organized a Yom Ha'Atzmaut celebration with music, celebration livelihood and joy. They shared some flags with us and our students were eager to share in Israeli pride.
Now the trip has come to an end, and as they travel home, we know that our students enjoyed their travels and learned more then they realized, bringing fill circle not only the knowledge of their heritage and Judaism, but of Math, Science, History and Art.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
What a day filled with adventure and learning! We started with a visit to temple Emanu-El, the largest reform synagogue in North America, if not the world. As today was Yom HaZikaron - we started with a discussion about what that means as a day of remembrance for Israel's fallen soldiers and how it is juxtaposed by being followed with Yon Ha'Atzmaut as a day of celebration. Students had insightful commentary about dedication and remembrance for fallen soldiers in the state of Israel, the bitter memories of those times, in comparison to the sweet memories of freedom, liberty, and the creation of a Jewish state of Israel. We observed a moment of silence and the group chanted Kaddish as they were led by Max and Ilan. Following Kaddish, we were joined by a docent and historian named Hadassah. She told the students about the construction of the facility before the depression and elaborated on the architecture. Students had insightful questions about the structure and community and compared it to what they learned at Eldridge Street on the opposite side of town.
Following temple Emanu-el, we did a walking tour of Rockefeller Center, and then back towards Time Square before catching the bus to go to Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Once at the Met, the students were encouraged to look for and engage in history through art, artistic styles, and to learn. Each group was charged with completing a mission through the museum and documenting their learning. They were each asked to complete the following:
1. Life imitating art! Take a picture of yourself in front of a piece of art or next to that piece of art, imitating it! Feel free to be creative but remember to be appropriate. Sculptures, paintings or other similar items are all acceptable.
2. Find something from ancient history - Greek Roman, or Egyptian! There is part of the Temple of Dandur set up in one section of the museum, sculptures, displays, and much much more! Have fun exploring.
3. Find a piece of art by any of the impressionist artists. These include Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Vincent Van Gogh and Camille Pissaro among others. Be sure to photograph yourself alone or in a group in front of that art.
4. Find something from American history. Think about our Presidents, founding fathers, or anything else representing the United States of America. This can be a painting, a statue, or other artifact. Be sure to photograph yourselves in front of it as well.
5. Bonus! Find something that interests you take a picture and tell us why you found it interesting!
Several of the groups upon seeing the Sunflower painting by Vincent Van Gogh recalled a 4th grade art unit where they learned about Van Gogh and then themselves painted sunflowers. Another student asked about the dot paintings, referring to the Pointilism styling of painting by Georges Seurat and recalled painting sailboats themselves in that style as first graders. It was wonderful to see and hear about learning becoming real and dynamic while having it move outside the classroom wall. They experienced this with joy and enthusiasm. Many students also enjoyed the roof top garden where the set of the mansion from the movie Psycho is on display.
When asked about their favorite part of the Met, this is what the students replied:
Favorite things at the museum:
Max: bronze Greek chariot
Maya: Georges Seurat and Pointilism
Hannah: painting of the person on the subway
Dunn: painting of George Washington Crossing the Delaware
Alex: painting of George Washington Crossing the Delaware
Adam: statue of Perseus with medusa's head
Guy: anything by Vincent Van Gogh
Daniel: anything by Vincent Van Gogh
Omri: sunflower painting by Claude Money
Everett: specific details in paintings
Seth: psycho mansion
Ezra: psycho mansion
Ilan: My favorite part was the pigeon and the girl
So no trip to New York is complete without a Yankees game! So after the Met, we trekked to Yankee Stadium in the Bronx and enjoyed a game of the Yankees versus the Royals.
It was a very action packed day!