We have been talking about the winter and the weather conditions which occur. We learned about the seasons from the book How do we know it is winter? by Molly Aloian. The book introduced the idea that in the place that we live, there are four times of year where the weather and nature around us changes. The book pointed out that there is a pattern to the seasons since they keep repeating. Uriel made the connection that this is like a pattern you make with colors – red, blue, red, blue. Since winter is the coldest season, we asked the children what kinds of clothes they would need to wear? Lauren and Lieba noted that they wear hats and gloves and scarves and jackets. A part of the book discussed the different ways that animals deal with the cold weather. That led to more discussion and an exploration of animal behavior in the wintertime.
Many library books were brought to school about a vast array of animals – bats, frogs, salamanders, butterflies, and a variety of mammals – squirrels, chipmunks, skunks. The children learned that animals do one of three things – adapt, hibernate or migrate. We watched several videos on this topic on our new IPads including one about frogs. We first read A Frog’s Life Cycle by Mary R. Dunn. It explained how the frog grows and develops and also how it freezes in cold temperatures and thaws when spring arrives. It was fascinating!
The children had a great time building caves and animal dens in which to hibernate They needed to plan, problem and collaborate in order to build their structures. They also enjoyed acting out animals migrating – bats, birds, and butterflies and animals adapting – squirrels carrying food to hide for the winter
Morah Leah who is our substitute while Morah Yafit is in Israel taught the children the Hebrew letter Hey. They learned the words, helicopter (same word in both languages), har – mountain, hipopotam – hippopotamus, and hagah – steering wheel. They also learned Havdalah. They then learned to form the Hey by gluing a “hay-like” material onto a pre-printed Hey.
Practice with the English alphabet occurred using sand or play dough, in which to form the letters. The children expanded this usage by forming their names or other words.
Many fun and creative play activities have resulted from our study of the Parshah Shemot. The children have built Egyptian cities and pyramids using wooden blocks or Magna-tiles. They also reenacted the story of baby Moshe floating down the Nile, using blocks to build the water, and placing a basket with a doll inside it. hey took turns pretending to be Miriam and Paraoh’s daughter. The burning bush was created with Magna-tiles as well.
Morah Fran and Morah Yafit