Monthly Archives: January 6, 2017

Winter is here in the Butterfly class!

Over the last few days we began to talk about winter and some of the things we know about it. We know that in the winter it’s very cold and we need coats, scarves, gloves, and boots when we go outside.

It’s so cold that water turns to ice outside. We noticed ice out in our parking lot. It was slippery to walk on and hard and cold to the touch. We made our own indoor ice by filling up some containers with colored water and putting them in the freezer. Soon we will explore with it in different ways  – what will happen when we hold it in our hands? What will happen if we break it? We’re excited to find out.


We looked at pictures of snowflakes and discussed that every snowflake is different. We made snowflakes by gluing popsicle sticks together in creative ways. Everyone of the children’s snowflake is different, just like real snowflakes!

We played a mitten matching game. We looked really hard at each mitten to see which ones had the same details and which had different ones. It was fun when we found a match!!

We also played with pretend snow. It looks a lot like the real stuff but it’s not cold!

Shabbat Shalom! Stay warm!

By |January 6, 2017|

Literacy with Morah Brenda in the Sunflower Class

Learning to read does not begin with formalized reading instruction. Research has shown that the key factor for long term success in reading is a child’s foundation in phonological awareness.


Phonological awareness is based on listening. It is primarily understanding that spoken language can be broken down into small units of sound. The child realizes that words are made up of individual sounds and that those sounds can be manipulated.  For example, the word “dog” is not a single unit but instead is made up of 3 distinct sounds: /d/ /o/ /g/.  Note that if I switch the first sound from /d/ to /f/, I change the entire meaning of the word. In order to engage in phonological activity, the child does not need to know which letter makes what sound. The concern is with the sounds themselves rather than the names of the letters that produce them.


In the Sunflower Class program this year, we are learning to listen as we sequence and segment sounds and recognizing rhymes through puppets, games and songs.  In order to supplement our classroom work, I would like to share some of my favorite books for you to read with your child.  These books offer wonderful rhymes and word play. Be sure to point at the words as you read – this teaches a child the skill of tracking. Enjoy!


Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas

The Hungry Thing by Jan Stepian

Cock-a-Doodle-Moo! By Bernard Most

Llama Llama Red Pajamas by Anna Dewdney

Silly Sally by Audrey Wood

How Do Dinosaurs say Goodnight by Jane Yolen

The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen

What about Moose? By Corey Rosen Schwartz

My Truck is Stuck by Kevin Lewis

Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley

Duck in the Truck by Jez Alborough

Bear Snores by Karma […]

By |January 6, 2017|

Bears are sleeping………. in the Sunflowers Class

It is winter outside even though there is no snow. Soon it is going to be very cold outside. It is hard for the animals to be outside in the winter, so they crawl under the ground called a “Den.” They hibernate!  The yeladim pretended to be bears and curled up and slept. We talked about how the bears sleep until the spring. We painted boxes brown so they look like a bear’s den in the woods.

The yeladim were so excited when they found snow in the parking lot. We brought the snow to our kitah. This is the second time that we have brought snow into the kitah! We loved playing with it. Squeezing it, and seeing how it melts in their hands! We loved playing with the snow so much that we decided to make fake snow! Each child had the chance to pour glue and shaving cream together into a bowl, and the yeladim mixed it with their spoons. The children loved the feel of the smooth texture of their snow and the fact that it wasn’t too cold to hold for a long time.


We showed the yeladim pictures of bears in their dens and even with snow surrounding them. We discussed how bears search for food before the snow comes. Since it is hard for bears to find food when the snow covers the ground, they hibernate which means the parts inside their bodies slow down so they don’t use as much energy and they rest until they can search for food again.

The children loved building their own bear dens. They then scooped the “snow” with their hands and put it on top of their bear dens. […]

By |January 5, 2017|