As mentioned in a prior blog, we have been putting out a basket of word/picture cards for our children to use when they feel compelled to practice their newly flourishing writing skills.  Now that Purim is approaching, cards with popular Purim topics (gragger, king, queen, mask), have been added to the basket.  The children enjoy “flexing their writing muscles” and are proud of their efforts.

Hebrew with Morah Yafit  this week has been to learn the formation and sound of the letter Tet.  The children cut out and matched the words,  telephone , Tabaat – ring , Talit, to the pictures.  They have also enjoyed doing the yoga poses to match the letter.eb

Now that the letter “Gg” has been learned, we moved on to the letter “Ss”.  This letter is a little more challenging to write, but our children persevered and were pleasantly surprised by their ability to form this letter.  It helped that they started out by using our wooden curves (2 large ones) to form the letter prior to writing it.  It helped them to see and feel that the lower part of the letter faces the opposite direction to the upper part of the letter.  We will continue to use various tactile approaches to solidify their understanding of the shape of this letter.

What a relief to have relatively normal temperatures replace the sub-arctic ones we have been experiencing lately!  We took advantage of the milder weather and went outside to play with the snow drifts.  We took spray bottles of watered-down paint and the children enthusiastically applied color to the snow as far as they could reach.  While some children were painting, others had a wonderful time digging.  It was good to get a breath of air, exercise our large muscles, and let our creative juices flow.

 

What is Purim without a mask?  We wanted all the children to create their own unique masks.  We started out by asking the children what they thought were the reasons masks have been used.  Some of the answers the children gave were:  to make funny faces, so we can hide, to use as a costume, to be a superhero, and to pretend to be someone else.  Then we asked them what kinds of  masks could be created for a costume?  Some of their answers to that question included:  a tiger, a chicken, a dinosaur, a flamingo, unicorns, a queen, and a mermaid. Finally we asked them what they wanted their masks to be.  The masks they chose to make are: Lia – a rainbow; Ella – a pink unicorn; Uriel – a tiger; Emily – a mermaid; Lieba – a blue horse; Lauren – a butterfly; Ezra – a flying lion; and Simon – a cow.  Fortunately we had a variety of mask templates that could be adapted for the different masks that the children wanted to create.  The children traced the mask shape and helped cut it out.  Then they painted it the color of their choice, and lastly, they picked out items (feathers, cloth, shells) to decorate the mask.  They really came out beautifully.

 

These puzzle matching cards provide the children practice with counting, one-to-one correspondence, and learning to recognize the number symbols.

The children took out some of our puppets and acted our their version of the Megillot!