Everyday there is some discussion or new discovery about some aspect of the beginning of the colonization of America and about its native peoples. We have read from or looked at pictures in a number of books – The First Thanksgiving by Linda Hayward, Thanksgiving by Lisa Herrington, The Lenape Indians by Josh Wilker, Spotlight on Native Americans – Delaware (Lenape) by Joseph Stanley, The Very First Americans by Cara Ashrose, and Indians of the Eastern Woodlands. From these books, the children have learned how Native Americans from our part of the country grew food, hunted, dressed, and built their homes (wigwams and longhouses). The children enjoy simulating what they have learned into their play. We had a basket of colorful fish in our classroom and spontaneously, the children placed some fish on a blue floor tile in our classroom and started to pretend to fish like the Native Americans. We then went into the Exploration Room and found small, bendable styrofoam “rods” to use as fishing rods, wooden alphabet letters to use as hooks, and even some more life-like looking fish to add to their pond. On a subsequent day some of the children took wooden blocks and built Pilgrim homes and barns for their animals.
We are celebrating Ella’s fourth birthday this week and the children worked hard to make a treasure box for her trinkets. They cut pieces of colorful napkins and glued them onto the outer and inner lid and sides of a wooden cigar box. We modge podged over the napkins to add a shiny and sturdier finish. The children are getting good practice in cutting and also learning what a mitzvah it is to give to others.
Morah Yafit wanted to give the children a review of the Hebrew letters – aleph, bet, and gimmel. She gave the children papers with the outlines of the letters and then instructed them on how to write the letters with colored tape. The children had a feeling of accomplishment when writing their letters and they also experienced great fun while doing it.
We continue, each day, working on learning the English alphabet as well. The children learn the alphabet letters when they spell out their names (with magnet letters) and their classmates names. When ready, some children are also starting to learn their last names. In addition, besides learning to form the alphabet letters with the help of the program, Handwriting Without Tears, the children are working with pages that give practice learning the initial phonetic sounds of words. We have just started working on the letter, “Ll”. You can help your children by pointing out things that begin with the initial phonetic sound of “L”. We will then write them down on our experience chart.
We celebrated Ella’s birthday with cupcakes that the children helped to make for her. Ella measured out and poured the ingredients, and the rest of the children happily mixed it all together for her. They decorated the cupcakes with frosting and sprinkles. And it’s lots of fun eating it too! We enjoyed having Ella’s mother here at school to celebrate with us. We thank her for the lovely class gift.
We wish everyone a relaxing weekend with your families.
Morah Yafit and Morah Fran