The children have been very busy getting ready for Chanukah. Learning the story of how King Antiyocus did not want the Jewish people to practice their religion anymore and how he and his army went into the Temple and tried to destroy it; and how Judah the Macabee and his brothers took a small army and surprised King Antiyocus and his army and defeated them reclaiming the Temple and their religion. When the Jews went to clean up the Temple they found only one vile of oil to light the Menorah. To everyone’s amazement, the oil lasted eight days thus giving us the holiday of Chanukah. The children have spent the week practicing the brachot we say when we light the chanukiyah. Knowing that on the first night we say three brachot and the rest of the nights we say two. Singing Chanukah songs is of course a favorite activity of ours. Throughout the week, the children have been busy preparing some beautiful Chanukah decorations that they are looking forward to sharing with their families. Watching the children work with different ways to decorate their dreidels was remarkable. They used glue in a couple different ways and used the dexterity in their fingers to be able to peel off the back of stickers, and dot paint. When all the decorating was finished the children strung their dreidels together. We were hoping that we would be able to spin our dreidels like the Jewish people did to hide their Torah learning from King Antiyocus, but since we were not able to, we hope you will string it up in your houses.
The children used watercolors to paint a special Chanukah keepsake. They were amazed that when you dipped the brush in the water and then touched the paint what beautiful colors showed up on the paper. Their hand-eye coordination is remarkable and so is the way some of the children held the brush. Looks like when the time comes for them to learn to write their letters, they will be ready.
We can not wait for all the wonderful activities planned for Chanukah. The Olive Press is coming, a Chanukah party with our families, and so much more.
We would like to wish everyone a Shabbat Shalom and a Chag Chanukah Sameach.
Morah Pam, Morah Aimee, and Morah Debra