Our Creation adventure continued as we came to Day 2. We went outside to look up at the blue sky and also saw some white clouds. Armed with blue paint and shaving cream, the children created their own version of the second day. We had assumed the children would love the feel of the shaving cream and the opportunity to spread it with their hands; actually it was quite the opposite — most of the children preferred to use paintbrushes — except when they were cleaning the table!
And, as the week came to a close, we Morahs realized that with 2 year olds, Creation lasts much longer than 7 days. The subject is so rich and the children so receptive that we have decided to follow the children’s interest and see where it goes. Noach and his Ark full of animals, however, will make an appearance next week.
The school has many excellent play spaces. This week we changed it up a bit and sectioned off a safe area in the parking lot, which we filled with chalk, bubbles, balls, and a basketball hoop. Tree stump walking was a fun way to practice balance and promote self esteem. On rainy days we enjoyed getting our energy out as we rode bikes in the indoor play space.
The end of this first full week of school also saw the introduction of several new table toys. They provided practice in eye-hand coordination, design, and naming colors, whether used individually or in groups of two or three. These activities will be an integral part of the school year.
On the 7th Day, Hashem rested. David and Elisheva were Shabbat Ema and Abba as we celebrated Shabbat and reread My First Shabbat Book (the children love it). We hope you, too, enjoy a restful and joyous Shabbat.
Morah Sherry and Morah Blimie