The Sunflowers enjoyed listening to the book ELMER by David McKee which Caleb brought in to school.

Elmer is an an elephant with rainbow and white squares arranged as a patchwork. He has a cheerful and optimistic personality, and he loves practical jokes.

One day, Elmer decides that he wants to look like all the other elephants, and paints himself grey in order to ‘blend in’. Once painted, they – and the other jungle creatures – no longer recognize him. He returns to the herd and the other elephants stand quietly until Elmer can’t take the quiet anymore and he lifts his trunk and then, at the top of his voice, shouting “boo!” which unknowingly surprises the other elephants. The other elephants immediately realize that the grey elephant must be Elmer and applaud him for his best joke ever. When it begins to rain, the grey paint that Elmer has covered himself with starts to disappear, and Elmer’s “true colors” are revealed, much to the delight of his friends, who preferred his multicolored and fun loving personality. Following their happy reunion, the elephants reassure Elmer that they love him because of his differences, and not in spite of them, and they celebrate by painting themselves in multi-coloured paint (and Elmer paints himself gray), in recognition of Elmer’s unique appearance and personality.

The children enjoyed this story so much that they decided to make their version of ELMER.

The children have been enjoying working on their unit of farm animals. Along with making their farm animals they began to make a scene of a farm which includes a barn, a fence and a tractor. The children thought it was really funny that instead of OLD MACDONALD, their farm scene read OLD MC(FILL IN CHILD’S NAME). They liked seeing their name on the paper.

With Dr. Seuss’s birthday coming up, we have begun to read his books to the children.

All the children had a blast doing the art project Morah Debra surprised them with. Morah Debra layed a mirror down on the table and then set up special water paints, Q-tips, eye droppers, and syringes. Using all these different tools the children were able to explore and express themselves while watching themselves paint. The children did not want to stop. They enjoyed filling the eye droppers and syringes and emptying them on the mirror and watching what formed along with dipping the Q-tips into the paint and dotting the mirror. Morah Debra also sprayed some water on the mirror and showed the children how to blend the water and colors together.

The children were excited to see that it was snowing again outside. We asked the children if they could go outside and build a snowman, “how would you dress the snowman? ” They all said with a big hat, two eyes, a carrot nose, a big red mouth, branches for hands,scarf to keep him warm, and boots so his feet won’t be wet. Knowing that there is not enough snow to actually build a snowman, we built this snowman in our classroom.

With the weather not cooperating and the children not being able to play outside, they have been getting their steps in by being able to run around the social hall kicking and chasing a ball along with riding the little big wheels downstairs in the indoor gym. Watching them strengthen their gross motor skills is wonderful. The children have also been working their fine motor skills by inventing very imaginative artwork as they take the plastic screws from our tool box and place them in peg boards and styrofoam boxes along with using the tools to make and build many unique structures.

Even though this week was short, the children have been extremely busy. It was great to end the week with Shabbat with the Rabbi. Singing and dancing with the Rabbi is the children’s favorite activity to end the week while beginning to get the Shabbat feeling.

Have a Shabbat Shalom.

Morah Pam, Morah Aimee, and Morah Debra