Monthly Archives: March 30, 2018

Ready for Pesach in Little Beginners

Today we were busy finishing up all our Pesach projects. We were so excited to make our own afikomen bags. We were very good at neatly putting glue on the matzah cutouts and pasting them onto our bags.

   

During our ‘seder’ Morah Naama showed us how we break the middle matza in half and put the bigger piece into our afikomen bag to hide. She even hid an afikomen and we had to search around the room to find it.After playing with the bikes and balls, we sang our Pesach songs one more time, and then it was time to say goodbye until after Pesach.

 

We hope you all enjoy the beautiful projects your children worked so hard on.

Have a Chag Kasher V’sameach!

Morah Deena and Morah Naama

 

By |March 30, 2018|

Getting ready for the Seder in the Sunflowers class……

We were so excited for our school Seder! The yeladim shredded the apples for the Charoset. They grated the apples with a standing grater. They are ready for the kitchen! Sprinkled with a little cinnamon and poured a little grape juice! YUM!

Our pillows were stuffed with very soft stuffing. The yeladim have never felt this before and they loved the feeling of the stuffing in their hands!

Spring has arrived as well as the more appropriate weather. We talked about what happens in the springtime, that flowers bloom and the grass grows. The flowers are all different bright colors so we made a beautiful collage in our  Kitah. We took bright colors of all different types of materials and glued in on a large piece of paper. Looking at it, it looks like all different kinds of flowers growing next to each other!

For the Seder we finger painted our tablecloth blue. The yeladim decided it would be the Yam Suf and it really looks like it!

The yeladim did a great job cleaning the whole kitah to get ready for our very own B’dikat Chametz. They put pieces of bread all over the room and then we turned off the lights. They used a feather to sweep the pieces of bread in the paper bag with the help of a candle.  We will give it to the Rabbi to burn the bag Friday morning.

Our Seder was amazing, along with great musical accompaniment by the very famous King Paroah. He came all the way from Mitzrayim with his guitar  to see what a Seder was all about! He enjoyed himself […]

By |March 28, 2018|

Ready for a very happy Pesach! in the Butterflies

After a lot of preparation, we are all ready for Pesach!

We cleaned our classroom and scrubbed the tables, chairs, walls, and mirror. Then we learned about bedikat chametz and checked everywhere with a feather, a candle, and a spoon. We also used a flashlight so we could see better in the dark. We found pretend pieces of chametz and scooped them with our feathers onto our spoons and into the bag. The children were so excited for this treasure hunt and found all the chametz!

 

We remembered everything we learned about the seder at our mock seder today. We love doing activities together with the Sunflower class! We made kiddush, ate matzah, dipped karpas in salt water, and ate a yummy meal. The table was covered with a beautiful tablecloth we decorated ourselves. King Pharoah even visited and sang songs with us, and the Sunflowers put on a special play of the Pesach story.

The children made beautiful contributions to your family seder! We hope you enjoy the haggadah, kiddush cup, washing cup, afikomen bag, and pillowcase we sent home.

Chag Sameach everyone!

By |March 27, 2018|

Making Matza Covers in Little Beginners

It was so nice to be back after being away for so long! We had so much to do today to get ready for Pesach.

We started off the day by making our very own matza covers. We used puff painted to trace a stencil with the hebrew word ‘matza’ on it. Each cover came out so pretty and the Little Beginners can not wait to bring them home!

After making the matza covers, we had a mock seder to prepare the children for Friday night. We learned about all the special food that goes on the seder plate, and sang the order of the seder starting from ‘Kadesh’. We also sang the Ma nishtana, we even poured four cups of ‘wine’ and broke the afikomen into two!

Each Little Beginner is learning to interact with each other. They are becoming excellent at sharing at taking turns with the toys. We are so proud of them!

    

Can’t wait to see you all on Wednesday!

Morah Deena and Morah Naama

By |March 27, 2018|

A fun week in the Butterflies

Despite the fact that we were only in school for 3 days this week, we managed to do a lot and have a lot of fun!

We all enjoyed the matzah bakery with Rabbi Rosenblum. We remembered making matzah in our classroom and knew that we had to put in flour and water and make it in only 18 minutes. After grinding real wheat kernels into flour, we helped pour in the water and the Rabbi mixed it all up. Then we each got a piece of dough and rolled it flat. When it came out of the oven, it was really matzah! We ate it for snack time and it was yummy.

       

We also had an obstacle course set up in our gym. We crawled through the tunnel, slid on our tummies on scooters, and more. It was so much fun and great for our gross motor skills!

 

                   

We ended off the week as usual by singing with Rabbi Mischel. We love dancing and singing in the shul!

 

Have a great Shabbos! See you on Monday for some last Pesach activities.

By |March 23, 2018|

Avadim Haayinu….. Atah B’nai Chorin in The Sunflower class.

We were slaves BUT now we are free! The yeladim have finished learning the Ma Nishtana and have learned that the last question mentions that we lean when we drink our cups of wine. Why? What is the significance of leaning? Because now we are free! We can eat and drink any way we want!

Our beautiful pillowcases were decorated today with pretty flowers. Even though there is snow outside, it IS spring and what better way to celebrate spring than to make our gorgeous pillowcases with bright fabric paint and bright flowers. They really look great and the yeladim cannot wait to LEAN on them during the Seder.

The real highlight of the week was acting out our Pesach story. Hope you enjoyed the pictures! There is no need to explain the scenes because they did such a great job acting all the different characters!

Our Haggadah is ready to be sent home and the yeladim are so proud of them.

We have to start cleaning the kitah for Pesach and then do B’dikat Chametz next week! We are getting very close!

By |March 23, 2018|

The Haggadot are FINISHED in the Sunflowers!

We created our covers for our Haggadot. We wanted them to look like Matza so we dipped LEGO blocks in brown paint and we printed with the blocks! The covers really look like Matza with the holes and everything!

 

Tuesday morning Rabbi Y came and we had the opportunity to make real Matza with flour and water. We made sure that from the moment the flour and water were mixed until they came out of the oven it was not more than eighteen minutes! Well, we did it!

The yeladim learned in the fourth Question it is mentioned that we lean. Why do we lean? Because we are free! We can sit straight while we drink or we can lean BUT on this night we lean to the left.

We thought it was appropriate to make cute pillowcases for the Seder for when we lean. The yeladim picked pretty Spring fabric paint and used a plastic fork to spread the paint. We have never done this before and they turned out so beautiful!

We really love acting out Magid- the story of Pesach!!

 

By |March 20, 2018|

Hands on in the Sunflower class!

The past two days we have been observing and touching the different foods that we eat at the Seder. We looked at real Marror, the horseradish root that some people use. It was passed around the table and it was interesting to listen to the comments from the yeladim.

Uriel, “It looks like a carrot.”

Lauren, “I think it looks like a mountain.”

”It is hard and bumpy.”

As we cut open the horseradish root the yeladim noticed that the smell on the inside was much stronger than the smell on the outside!

It was so interesting to see the class’ response when they learned that some people use Romaine lettuce for Marror! “That is so funny!” They said.

When we passed around the Romaine some more comments flew around the room.

Ella, “It’s soft.”

Lieba, “It looks really flat.”

Negev, “It looks like a big leaf.”

Emma, “It’s crunchy.”

Last but not least we decided to see which was heavier, the Root or the Romaine. They guessed the Root and they were right!

For Karpas the yeladim learned that some people use parsley to dip in the salt water. Next, we spread the parsley all over the table. The yeladim loved waving it and noticed it is so thin!

Lauren, “It’s wet.”

They all agreed that parsley looks like a tree as well.

We went to the Exploration room and brought the sandbox in. We placed some little people and cardboard packing boxes into the sandbox. The yeladim loved pretending that the people were Avadim in Mitzrayim and they had to build big cities for King Paroah. They loved putting their little fingers in the sand and “acting” out in their little heads what Paroah would say to the Yehudim.

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By |March 15, 2018|

Seder Explorations in the Butterflies

We’ve been practicing for the seder and getting familiar with each of the objects and foods that we use and eat on Pesach. We learned all about the seder plate and each item that is on it.

Our favorite activity is pouring grape juice for kiddush for everyone in the class.

We eat bitter marror to remind us that the Jews worked so hard. We held, smelled, and even tasted a real horseradish root. It didn’t taste so good at all.

We learned that we dip two times at the seder. The first thing we dip is the karpas in salt water. Some people use parsley and some people use potatoes or other vegetables. We made salt water together and then dipped parsley and ate it. The salt water reminds us of the tears the Jewish people cried when they were working so hard in Mitzrayim. We also used parsley to paint with.

For the beitzah, the egg, we each practiced cracking an egg and then made scrambled eggs. They were yummy! We know that at the seder, we dip an egg in salt water just like the karpas.

 

The charoset is made with apples, pears, nuts, and wine or grape juice. The children all helped cut up the fruit and mix it together. It looked just like the cement the Jews made bricks out of in Mitzrayim. We also made our own buildings with brick blocks and sang “bang bang bang bang your hammers low” as we worked.

For the chazeret, the children had a chance to taste a lettuce leaf. At the seder we use it for marror too, as well as the […]

By |March 15, 2018|

Making Frogs In Little Beginners

We continued learning about the 10 makot. After watching the water turn red for makah dam, we started learning about  the frog makah. We are now experts on all things frogs, we know what color they are, and what sound they make. We even began creating our own! The kids loved dot painting their froggies green, and opening and closing their froggies mouths’.

 

After working on our frogs, we enjoyed playing on the bikes and with the baby dolls, as well as with the rice table.

   

 

 

 

We will miss everyone on Monday, can’t wait to see you all next Wednesday!

 

Morah Deena and Morah Naama

By |March 15, 2018|