Monthly Archives: February 14, 2018

Pictures and Parks in Little Beginners

What a day! All the girls looked so pretty, and the boys so handsome, as the came in for picture day! After posing and smiling and taking our class picture, we got back to our normal day of fun. We started off by finishing up our Purim masks. Oh, how fun it was to glue on pompoms.

    

During circle time, Morah Deena gave us another puppet show! We loved learning about Purim and singing Purim songs. We also got a chance to kiss and hug the Torah. Our Little Beginners are becoming familiar with our circle time songs, their favorite so far is “Head and Shoulders”.

Since today was so warm, we had the chance to play outside. We held hands so nicely as we made our way to the park. The Little Beginners had a blast climbing up the stairs and sliding down the slide.

    

Another great week in Little Beginners. We can’t wait to see everyone on Wednesday!

Happy Presidents’ Day!!

Morah Deena and Morah Naama

By |February 14, 2018|

Mishenichnas Adar Marbim B’Simcha……. in the Sunflowers.

We are so excited that it is Adar, the Hebrew month when the holiday of Purim is! It is such a happy month as well! The yeladim got dressed up as different characters in the Purim story and put on a play in the kitah while in the “castle”. We had such an amazing time acting out the story of Megillat Esther! They really are ready for Broadway!

During circle time we reviewed the four mitzvot of Purim. The yeladim know that one of the mitzvot is listening to the Megillah in Shule. We are supposed to hear every word so we have to be very quiet. The only time we can make noise is when we hear Haman’s name. That is when we will shake our Ra’ashan (grogger). We started making our groggers this week. The yeladim each picked their own container to decorate. We decorated the containers with pretty shiny squares. Then each child picked their own Purim character to make their grogger. They had a choice of Esther, Haman, Mordechai and King Achashveirosh. Wait until you see who your child picked!?

Based on what they picked the yeladim ‘dot dotted’ (with dot paints) a coffee filter that will be part of their character’s outfit. Cannot wait to see how these turn out!

Thank you to Noach’s Mommy for coming in and being our Library guest.

And the week continues……..

Morah Lilli and Morah Yafit

 

 

By |February 13, 2018|

Dress up fun in the Butterfly Class

We learned that Achashverosh lived in a big palace in Shushan and so we have been building palaces out of different materials. Some children built with blocks and magnatiles.

We took the boxes we painted silver and gold and set up a palace wall around us. We were in Shushan! The children loved dressing up in all the interesting costumes and pretending to be Achashverosh, Queen Esther, Vashti, Mordechai, and Haman.

We made a circle and triangle collage in preparation for making hamantashen next week. Hamantashen are triangle shaped, but before you fold them up, they’re circles! We’re finding shapes everywhere and learning to recognize them.

We also have been practicing with scissors. It’s great for our fine motor practice and the children love seeing their handiwork.

By |February 13, 2018|

Purim Prepping in the Little Beginners

Our Little Beginners are getting ready for Purim! We started working on our very own mask. Our Morah’s traced both our hands, cut them out, and we glued them together!  We then colored Popsicle sticks to be our mask handle. We can’t wait to wear our masks on Purim!

During circle time, Morah Deena gave the class a Purim puppet show, we met King Achashverosh, Haman Harasha, Mordachai and our favorite; Queen Esther. We all sat quietly and in awe as Morah Deena told us the Purim Story. We also learned some Purim songs, and dressed up in silly hats. We then had time to eat yummy Cheerios, and play with the rice table.

  

We always have a great time playing with the bikes and balls.

We can’t wait to see everyone on Wednesday, remember- it is picture day!

Morah Deena and Morah Naama

 

By |February 12, 2018|

Having A Ball- In Little Beginners

We had a great week here in Little Beginners!

Our Wednesday class started with some eager kids ready to play. After playtime, we all sat in a circle and davened, we sang Mode Ani and Shema. We even learned some new songs like ‘head and shoulders’.

Our morning continued in our indoor playground. We had a blast throwing, catching and running after colorful balls.

For our final activity of the day, we got to paint! We put paint on a paper inside a box, and placed golf balls inside. We each took turns rolling the box and balls around to create our own masterpiece! We can’t wait to bring our paintings home on Monday. We had a great week, and we are looking forward to coming back next week! Shabbat Shalom

 

Morah Deena and Morah Naama

By |February 12, 2018|

The Snowy Day in the Sunflowers!

We woke up on Wednesday morning to snow falling! The yeladim were so excited when they walked into the kitah.  “There is snow!” they said. After davening we all decided to sing our winter songs in honor of all the snow that was on the ground and still falling. “We should dance like snowflakes!” and so we sang our snowflake song. How could we forget our snowman song as well?

We read the classic book The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. A boy Peter loves to play in the snow and do all types of fun things. He walked with his toes facing outward in the snow and made footprints. We pointed our toes facing outward as well. Peter pointed his toes facing inward in the snow and made footprints and we pointed our toes facing inward as well. Peter also took a stick and made straight lines through the snow.

The yeladim had the opportunity to play with “snow” just like Peter did. The yeladim put glue and shaving cream on their paper and spread the “snow” all around with their hands. They loved the way it felt between their fingers! They made footprints with little plastic people pretending it was Peter. Then the yeladim took sticks and made long tracks on the “snow” as well! It was so much fun. The yeladim love listening to stories and then doing an activity related to the story. They really get to experience the story so much more! Like doing snow angels on the carpet like Peter did in the snow! We couldn’t wait for the snow and rain to stop so we could go outside and make real snow angels in the snow!!

We had a […]

By |February 9, 2018|

Colors, shapes and more in the Butterfly Class

We have a new friend in our class! Welcome, Shalom Nissim! We are so glad you have come to join us!!

We continued our Purim activities by beginning to create a castle to turn our classroom into a scene from Shushan. We painted boxes with silver and gold as the first step.

 

Meanwhile, we’ve also been learning about health and hygiene. We read a book about germs and how we have to be careful to wash our hands and sneeze and cough into our elbows so the germs don’t spread. We saw a silly demonstration of germs spraying everywhere – Morah Kerry pretended to sneeze while she sprayed water from a spray bottle across the room. Yuck! Then she covered her face with her elbow while she sneezed. No germs spread that way! Everyone thought that was very funny.

 

We’ve been working on our colors and shapes too. We’re in the process of making a collage for each color. So far we did red, orange, yellow, green, and blue. We also played a fun matching game where we had to match the shapes and colors.

  

Another fun thing we did was measure each person in our class with ribbon against the wall. We can see how tall everyone is and we can’t wait to see how much we grow by the end of the year.

Thank you to Daniela’s mother for reading to us during library time this week.

By |February 8, 2018|

The castle is being built in the Sunflowers…….

Purim is coming and we are so excited to transform our room into the land Shushan!

 

Before we learned about the Purim story we gathered around the table and gave the children different containers. There were many different things that the yeladim were able to fill their containers with. Corn, corks, and beads. What we did notice was each container made a different sound when we shook it depending on what the container was filled with! The corks when shook made a very deep noise. The beads and corn made a lighter noise. We loved shaking our containers to the song of Mishenichnas Adar Marbim B’ Simchah! We loved singing!

On to  the exciting story of Purim. Since King  Acheveirosh lived in the land of Shushan in a big castle, we thought why not build a castle for our kitah! The yeladim painted boxes a beautiful silver color for the base of our castle. Can’t wait to paint the top of the castle tomorrow!

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In this week’s parsha Parshat Mishpatim we learned that one of the laws in the Torah is that we do not eat milk and meat together. It was so much fun to make signs for Meat and Dairy. The yeladim love ice cream and chicken, but not together of course! Enjoy the signs to hang up in your kitchen!

The best part for the yeladim was all of the dress up clothes for Purim that we brought into the kitah in our dress up center!

We learned there are four mitzvot that we do on Purim. One of them is reading the story of Megilat Esther. We painted special containers bright colors to put our very own Megillahs in when […]

By |February 7, 2018|

Hurray! Purim is coming! in the Butterfly class

Although it’s not quite the month of Adar yet, we already jumped right into learning about Purim. We loved seeing a puppet show of the story of Purim and learning all about each person in the story – King Achashverosh, Vashti, Mordechai, Queen Esther, and Haman. After hearing the story, the children had a chance to play with the puppets and do a show of their own. They made Achashverosh say, “Vashti, come to my party!” and Vashti said, “No!” They thought about how the king must have felt – was he happy or sad that she didn’t come? They decided he was very sad. He was so sad and upset that he wanted a new queen instead of Vashti. We loved acting this out. We also practiced rolling up the toy megillah that we have.

    

We also learned about Haman, who was not nice to the Jewish people. When we hear Haman’s name when we read the megillah, we have to make a lot of noise! The children practiced making noise when they heard Haman’s name and being quiet when they heard anything else. After we did that, we went to the table and explored many materials that make different sounds. We put the different things inside containers, put the lids on, and shook them to hear the way it sounded. Some sounded loud and some were quieter – we even tried shaking cotton and guess what? It didn’t make any sound at all!

 

By |February 6, 2018|

First Day Fun – In Little Beginners

What a fantastic first day we had! It was nice to meet all our new Little Beginners. Everyone enjoyed getting to know each other while playing with play dough, cars, blocks and books. We then had circle time where we davened and sang songs.

Our Little Beginners loved playing with the “trucks”.

When we finished with the bikes, we went back to our room, where we had snack and played with our rice table. Everyone loved the feel of the rice. We then had a special project with dot paint. We made a class mural, which is now hanging in front of our classroom- come check it out! Our favorite part of this project was opening and closing the dot paint caps.

We had a great first day, and we can’t wait until we meet again on Wednesday!

  

Morah Deena and Morah Naama

 

By |February 6, 2018|