What a great day we all had at school today. The Sunflowers invited their parent’s in for a Purim carnival and sing-a- long. First we all posed for a class picture. Everyone wore such amazing costumes. We had a unicorn, doctor, princess, and a lot of superheroes. Our Morot themed their costumes. They were “If you give a pig a pancake”, “If you give a cat a cupcake”, and “If you give a mouse a cookie”. At the carnival there were many games to play. Bowling, pin the crown on the queen, find the hamantashen, and a photo booth that made it look like you were a clo wn.Everyone had so much fun.
After playing all the wonderful games we all returned to our classroom for our sing- a- long which included our davening. The ruach in our classroom was amazing. We all love to sing.
After we said goodbye to our mom’s everyone enjoyed some down time to reflect on the morning. It is always wonderful to see the children express themselves through art.
Wishing everyone a Shabbat Shalom.
Morah Pam, Morah Aimee, and Morah Debra
Here are some highlights from today’s Purim celebration. We enjoyed having the parents come and enjoy this experience with us.
Wishing you a joyous and peaceful Shabbat,
Morah Sherry and Morah Blimie
Eggs, flour, sugar, baking powder, vanilla, and more are the ingredients the Sunflowers mixed together to make delicious hamantashen. Taking turns adding and mixing the ingredients together as the children counted to ten in either Hebrew or English, the boys remembered that they needed to count in the ZACHAR (masculine) and the girls remembered that they needed to count in the NEKAYVA (feminine). It was a proud moment as their counting was done with such zest.
After the dough was rolled out the children enjoyed choosing the flavor for their hamantaschen before folding the circle into a triangle. Morah Jill taught the children a song about the shapes a hamantaschen start out as and then become.
HAMANTASHEN (to the tune of Clementine)
HAMANTASHEN, HAMANTASHEN HOW I LOVE TO BAKE THESE COOKIES, FIRST THEY’RE CIRCLES THEN I PINCH THEM. THEN THEY’RE TRIANGLES – LET’S EAT!
Speaking of Morah Jill, the children were so excited to see her. It always feels like a long time since the Sunflowers are able to spend time and sing with her. Being able to sing all our Purim songs and learn even more was so much fun. Morah Jill brought in some of her favorite graggers. It was a great experience for everyone. Hearing all the different sounds, seeing how graggers can come in many shapes and sizes was, as one child said, was “cool.” Ending our time with Morah Jill with the parachute was great. We even shared this experience with the two’s.
The children put forth a lot of hard […]
The children are posing with their unique Purim masks, each one different and from an idea that germinated from each child’s imagination, and then was executed by each child. The picture was taken prior to the class embarking on their mission to distribute their mishloach Manot baskets to a friend’s home for the holiday. The children created their baskets with the purpose of giving them away. This fulfills one of the mitzvot for Purim and is not an easy thing for a four or five year old child to do. They usually want to keep their own creations. But they understood what they were doing and accepted the task gracefully. The children wrote their names on a slip of paper, which was then folded and placed in a basket. Each child picked a paper from the basket and the name on the paper was to be the classmate to whom they would deliver the basket they had created. They were to keep the child’s name a secret so it would also be a surprise. The children enjoyed the element of surprise.
It’s shake your grogger time! The groggers were also individual and playful. A variety of containers were chosen, decorated with colorful papers, and then a picture of the child displaying a funny expression was attached to a styrofoam head, which in turn was attached to the container. These were really charming groggers!
What better time to be singing with Morah Jill than at Purim time! There are so many lively and amusing songs to sing. The children sang the Hebrew song, Leitzan Kitan Sheli (My Little Clown), complete with movements and an “atchoo” (sneeze) inserted at the proper time. They even got to perform it using a cute and festive parachute. They also sang the classic Purim songs: Ani Purim, Chag Purim, and Oh Once There Was a Wicked, Wicked Man. They used musical instruments and their bodies (hand clapping, feet stomping) to simulate groggers and to keep with the rhythm of the music. The children will provide some of the entertainment at our Friday Purim Carnival/Costume party and many of these songs will be sung.
The children have been working on recognizing their own and each other’s last names. This is a fun way to practice letter recognition and also word recognition. We have been spelling out the names during our morning circle meeting time. In order to keep things fresh, we have brought out our magnet letters and the children have started to spell out the names using the letters. We have wipeable word strips and some children spontaneously decided to write the names on the strips. This gives them such a feeling of accomplishment.
Yay! Yummy hamantashen were made today. We reviewed all the ingredients required for the recipe and then the children measured and poured and stirred. They also checked the eggs for blood, as was related to them in this week’s Parsha Tzav. It is great when the things we are learning about correspond to real life. After mixing the ingredients, the children used a rolling pin to roll out the dough […]
Our Purim puppets joined us for circle time and helped us tell the Purim story. The kids loved dressing up in different costumes as well as kings and queen from the Purim story.
One of the four mitzvot we learned about was mishloach manot.
The children really enjoyed choosing from different foam Purim shapes and gluing it with a paintbrush on their mishloach manot boxes.
They loved rolling out the dough for hamantashin. The children asked why we were making circles if hamantashin are triangles. What a great question!! They learned that before you get to pinch the corner to make a triangle you need a circle.
All the children sorted through piles of food and packed their own mishloach manot.
We learned this week that not all paint or glue paint will stick to all plastic bottles.
The children were given a new bottle with colored tape that was pre-cut and stuck to the table. Pulling the tape off the table was a little sticky. Sticking the tape to our grogger was enjoyed by all.
The children were fascinated with filling their groggers. They got to choose from different tiles and oval marbles. The children then tested their groggers to see how loud the noise was. We then practiced shaking them for when they will hear the name Haman.
Dancing and shaking groggers with Morah Jill was so much fun. Joining the three years old class, we held onto the parachute and shook it and sang Purim songs with them.
We were really excited to play outside on the slide and use chalk to color on the floors and trees. Running with our friends outside is a really good way to strengthen our muscles.
Morah Sherry and Morah Blimie
We practiced again making hamantashen out of play dough.
We were clowning around.
We ate snack and sang Purim songs.
We played in the gym with bikes.
We played peek a boo.
We played outside on this beautiful day.
Have a happy Purim!
See you next Tuesday for picture day. Please send the forms back with your child on Tuesday.
Morah Kerry and Morah Deena
Can you believe that Purim is less than a week away? The preparations are ongoing in the Sunflowers classroom. Our graggers are coming along so nicely. The children had a wonderful time filling them with beans and popcorn kernels. The sound of the graggers was approved by the children when they tested them out with a few big shakes. A few finishing touches and they will be perfect. The children can not wait to use them. They know to say BOO and shake their gragger when they hear Haman’s name.
The children can not get enough of the Purim story. Acting out the story with the help of masks has been a favorite thing to do. Everyone took turns being the different characters. We love hearing the children recite the story when acting it out.
The sunflowers had a special guest. Morah Debra’s son Jagger came to visit. The children sat quietly while Jagger read them a book. They also enjoyed when he played with them on the carpet. Everyone had blast with Jagger and can not wait for the next time he can come for a visit.
The children have been enjoying our new reading nook. They have enjoyed having a quiet welcoming place to go to read a book. The two small carpets add a homey comfort to the room.
You can hear the children’s voices throughout the halls of IBECC. Hearing all the Purim songs is a wonderful noise to hear. The children are gearing up for next Friday at 10:15-10:45am when they will be inviting their families for a Purim carnival and sing-a-long. […]
The children continue to enjoy learning about the story of Purim. Our Purim puppets joined us for circle time.
The children are really enjoying singing our Purim songs while using musical instruments. They have gotten really good at making triangles with their fingers and feet for Haman’s hat and Hamantashen.
The children have been giving tzedakah every day. They have also enjoyed pretending to cook and eat a Purim seudah. These are some of the mitzvot we do on Purim.
All aboard the Shushan train!
The children have continued to build Shushan’s palace with different building toys and materials.
We were very happy to play outside this week. The children enjoyed feeling and making foot prints in the snow. Playing in the playground and popping bubbles were really fun.
Morah Sherry and Morah Blimie