Monthly Archives: January 31, 2018

Happy birthday to the trees in Israel! It’s Tu B’shvat….. in the Sunflowers

What an exciting time in Israel. The trees are blooming, especially the almond trees. We looked at pictures of four types of trees in Israel. The almond tree is definitely the prettiest with beautiful pink flowers. We also saw an orange tree, olive tree, and a eucalyptus tree. They all look so different! We then ventured outside to the playground and looked at trees. The trunks, roots and branches. We observed that the tree trunks have different textures from tree to tree. We wrapped paper around two tree trunks and rubbed brown crayons them. We saw that the design on the papers did not look the same and we realized why.

Still focusing on trees we went to the nature room and played with real trunks and branches as well as soil and spray bottles. They really enjoyed using the hammer and nails with the wood pieces as well.

Thank you to Lia’s mommy for being our Library guest this week. She was able to read a special book The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. A story about a tree that gives a boy grown into a man everything that the tree can give him throughout his life. We talked about what trees can give us? We will send home a book with all the great answers the yeladim gave us.

On Tuesday we played with only wood toys since trees gives wood which then becomes different toys that we have in our kitah. We played with blocks, puzzles and loose parts made out of wood as well.

This week’s Parsha is very exciting. In Parshat Yitro Hashem gives […]

By |January 31, 2018|

Tu B’Shevat in the Butterfly Class

Tu B’shvat is here! We’ve been learning about trees and getting ready for a special Tu B’shvat fruit tasting party on Wednesday.

We touched a real tree branch. The brown bark felt bumpy and rough on our fingers. Together we created a forest on our window sill. We each made a little tree by painting a toilet paper roll and making green leaves for the top.

We also made a big tree to decorate the art room wall. We painted the trunk and made handprints for the leaves.

Some other things we’ve been enjoying are the sand table, playdough, and playing with bouncy balls in the gym.

 

By |January 31, 2018|

Music, Snowflakes, Parsha and Library, OH MY!! in the Sunflowers

Thank you for all the feedback from our special literature activity The Mitten. The yeladim still want us to read it in the kitah and we surely will!

Morah Jill came on Monday morning for our special music class. The yeladim had the opportunity to use bell chimes to represent snowflakes “falling”. We loved to walk around the gym pretending to be snowflakes! Just like we do in our kitah, but we dance like snowflakes!

We talked about the snow that will be coming and the yeladim had so much fun making a scenic snow picture. This time they were able to make “snowflakes” by dipping rubber rings in white paint and tapping them on black paper. Cotton “clouds” were added in the sky and our scenic winter picture is complete!

We are still enjoying playing with the “snow” that we made last week.

In this week’s Parsha, Parshat Bo, we learned about the last three Maccot that Hashem sent to the Mitzrim. Arbeh, grasshoppers were the eighth Maccah.  They ate all the food in Mitzrayim!

The ninth Maccah was Choshech, darkness. The yeladim closed their eyes and they yelled that they could not see anything. The Mitzrim could not see anything either! It was so dark that no one was able to move!

The tenth Maccah was the worst one of all. All the first born Mitzrim became very sick. So sick that finally King Paroah yelled at Moshe and told him to let all the Yehudim go! Moshe could not believe it, but he told the Yehudim to leave Mitzrayim very fast before King Paroah changes his mind!

 

Thank you to Ezra’s daddy for coming […]

By |January 16, 2018|

Exploring every minute in the Butterfly Class

We’ve been having fun these last few days before vacation!

We did one last snowman activity – we each made a snowman bottle to take home. We chose which kind of bottle we wanted and then stuffed it with cotton. It was fun to poke the stuffing into the top. Then we drew on eyes, a mouth, nose, and buttons and glued a hat on top.

We also baked cookies.

Our puzzles, bikes, and Magnatiles have been popular too. We love to build tall towers with the Magnatiles and then knock them down, and look through them to see what color the room turns.

Have a great winter vacation!

By |January 16, 2018|

Make it snow! in the Butterflies

We’ve been working on making snow globes. We started by dotting white paint with qtips onto blue plates like snow. Then on a clear plate we glued a picture of each child and added glitter before we glued the plates together. When we shake it, it snows!

We made another winter treat – shaved ice. We put ice cubes in a special machine and turned the handle. It made the ice come out in tiny pieces. We poured a little grape juice on it and tasted it. It was yummy!

And here are some happy faces from circle time and play time to end off the week.

 

 

By |January 12, 2018|

We watched the snow melt. BUT wait, it froze again!..in the Sunflowers

We added more snowflakes to the kitah! This time the yeladim used scissors. We took a white round piece of paper. We folded it in half and then we folded it again. Lauren told Morah Lilli that it looked like a “slice of pizza.” The yeladim all agreed. They learned to cut the edges of the paper to make little triangles. The yeladim are used to cutting only straight lines but here they had the opportunity to do something different. They opened up their paper and they really looked like snowflakes! We glued the snowflakes on coffee filters and spread clear glue that was mixed with glitter flakes! They look gorgeous and we hung them on the lights all around the room.

 

On Wednesday morning we went outside on our snow trip to collect snow again. This time we brought the snow into the kitah but we did not play with it,  we left it in the buckets. After lunch we observed the buckets and realized that there was water at the bottom. Hmmmm. They knew that the snow was melting! It is too warm in the classroom for “snow to stay like snow!”

What would happen if we took the snow that melted and poured it into ice cube tray? That is exactly what we did. We took the tray to the freezer and we can’t wait to see what happens!

It’s all about the snow! Off to the indoor gym we went and opened up the parachute. We threw many snowballs on the parachute and sang our “Dance Like Snowflakes” song while we were shaking the parachute! We had such a good time!

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By |January 12, 2018|

Brrr! It’s cold outside! in the Butterflies

After our snow day we came to school and saw that there was so much snow on the ground. We decided to paint on it! We filled up spray bottles with colorful water and went outside. It was fun to spray the snow and watch it turn colors. Using the spray bottles is also good exercise for our hand muscles.

We came inside and made fake snow out of conditioner and baking soda. We measured and poured each of the ingredients and then mixed it together until it turned into a snowy white mixture. It felt a little like real snow but not as cold. We were able to make snowballs and even a snowman with it!

We compared the fake snow to some real snow that we brought inside, and noticed that the real kind was much colder and icier. Here are some things the children said about the snow.

“I don’t like the snow.”

“Hands!”

“Cold.”

“Nice.”

“It’s a pile.”

We talked about what we wear in the winter to stay warm. We remembered that everyone in our class wore a coat to school, and  some people in our class wore scarves and gloves or mittens. We decorated our own mittens with tissue paper squares and hung them in our classroom. We’re going to make scarves next!

Last but not least we’ve been having fun with bubbles in the gym. Look at these excited faces! We love to try to catch and pop the bubbles as they float.

By |January 10, 2018|

The Mitten…… in the Sunflower Class

After the yeladim decorated their two sides of their snow white Mitten they sewed the two sides together using white yarn and a plastic needle. Morah Lilli punched holes all around the perimeter of the mitten using a hole puncher. The yeladim took the needle and went up and down and up and down. They really did such a great job!

Once the Mitten was ready it was time to decorate all the animals from the book. The mole and the rabbit were first. Brown fur was placed on the mole and white cotton balls were glued onto the rabbit. We have real pictures of the animals hanging in the classroom so the yeladim know how to decorate all the animals.

Onto the Hedgehog and the Owl. The Hedgehog is very prickly so they glued on little pipe cleaner sticks. The Owl has many feathers and very big eyes!

Since there is so much snow on the ground there was a special table in the kitah to scoop up “snowballs”. Small styrofoam balls were put in a very large plastic container. The yeladim had different utensils to scoop the “snowballs” up and put them into smaller containers. They really enjoyed this special activity!

Speaking of snow we learned a snowflake song and we pretended to be snowflakes! We even danced like snowflakes!

We took a small trip outside to see all the snow piled high in the parking lot. The yeladim scooped up the  snow with their shovels and trowels. Other yeladim had fun spraying the snow with different color of water spray. Enjoy the pictures that we took!

Once we collected the snow we brought it into the kitah. We asked the yeladim […]

By |January 10, 2018|

We are trying to keep warm… in the Sunflowers

We are all talking about the cold. We might not like it, but the yeladim agree it is very appropriate for what we are discussing in our class. For the past two weeks we have been reading the wonderful book The Mitten. We have been reading it every day. We started talking about how we keep warm and what we wear to keep parts of our bodies warm! We all focused on what we wear to keep our hands warm. Mittens of course! We decorated a pair of mittens with different types of fabric and now we have them hanging on our Keep Warm bulletin board. They really look so cute!

Rabbi Mischel was our Library Guest this week and he read a book about all the things that Hashem created for us in the world. Then he ended the book with all the yeladim singing the song “Hashem is here”. The yeladim thought he was so funny!

We cannot have the season of winter without making our winter playdough. The yeladim added glitter “snowflakes” to the dough and now we can play with it every day throughout the winter!

We started the second book of the Torah, Sefer Shmot. Such an exciting beginning to the story of Moshe. The mean King Paroh did not treat the Yehudim in Mitzrayim very nicely. He made them work all day and all night. He decided he did not want any Jewish boy babies being born. He told all the Mitzrim that any Jewish boy baby should be thrown into the river! You should have seen the yeladim’s faces. They could not believe what Morah Lilli said. We […]

By |January 3, 2018|

Snowy Explorations in the Butterfly Class

We’ve been experimenting with ice. We filled tall ice cube trays with water and food coloring and put it in the freezer. When it was frozen, we saw that they looked just like markers or crayons and we painted with them. It was cold!

We also made real crystal snowflakes. We put water and Borax in a big tank and hung pipe cleaner snowflake shapes inside. We watched them closely during the day and saw some crystals forming on the bottom. When we came in the next day, they had really turned into crystals! What a cool science experiment.

We also enjoyed Pajama Day and our hibernation activities last week. We all were so cozy in our pajamas as we made pancakes, ate hibernation cupcakes that we made (we put bear cookies inside each one just like they were hibernating), and cuddled and rested with the bears.

We have been reading many winter books and our favorite is one called “The Snowman” by Raymond Briggs. It doesn’t have any words, only pictures. It’s about a boy who makes a snowman and then goes on some adventures with him. When he wakes up in the morning, he sees that the snowman melted! We love this book and read it over and over. We were inspired to make our own melted snowman projects. We each painted with white and then added a hat, eyes, a nose, and a scarf. They came out so adorable.

 

We made a big felt snowman that we enjoyed playing with too.

Last but not least, Mazal Tov to Liat on the birth of her new baby sister!

 

By |January 2, 2018|