Monthly Archives: April 30, 2019

Welcome back Butterflies ( Toddlers)

Welcome back to school. We were thrilled to greet the children on Monday. We loved hearing from all of the children what they did over Pesach break.

We started off our week talking about birthdays in honor of the upcoming celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut. Just like Mommies, Daddies and children have birthdays, so does our very special country called Israel. The children loved to listen and look at the pictures of our book about Israel.

As we travel through some cities in Israel our first stop is Yerushalayim. The Kotel is a very special wall that was surrounding the Beit Hamikdash many years ago. The Kotel is now all we have left. It is a place where people daven to Hashem for things that they need, like being healthy. People place special personal prayers/tefillot on notes in between the cracks of the stones. We decided to create our own version of this special wall. Using foam squares, we dipped them into brown paint and created bricks on our paper. When the paint was dry, we worked hard to build our wall. The children will have the opportunity to tell us what they want to daven for and we will write it down and hang it on our very own Kotel.

Using brick blocks during free play, many Kotel walls were built.

We enjoyed special music time with Morah Aimee and our puppets. Singing and dancing with friends is always fun.

Stay tuned for more on Friday.

Morah Blimie and Morah Sherry

By |April 30, 2019|


The children all had a wonderful Pesach vacation.   We all sat around on the carpet and listened as each child had a chance to share their special moments.  Everyone had a turn holding a cylinder block as they told the class their favorite activities they did over Pesach.  When they finished sharing they passed the cylinder to the next friend for them to share.  Mexico (spring break), the zoo, and the park were just a few places the Sunflowers went to over vacation.



After everyone shared their experience, it took no time for the children to reacclimate to the routine in the classroom.  The children had no problem playing on the carpet with the cars and playing a game at the blue table.   Their creative juices were flowing even after all those days off.


Everyone enjoyed celebrating JJ’s birthday in class on Tuesday.   JJ turned four over Pesach so we were happy that we were all able to share in his big day.  The children all enjoyed the yummy fruit salad and books that JJ’s mom read to the class.   The Sunflowers were also excited to be able to meet some of JJ’s relatives especially from Israel.   It was wonderful to meet people who live in Israel as we began talking about YOM HAAZMAUT,  Israel Independence Day.


The children can not get enough information about Israel.   They were introduced to what the map of Israel looks like and where some of the cities are.   They were shown Eilat, where you can swim with the dolphins and scuba dive, and Jerusalem where the KOTEL is, and can not wait to learn where more cities are and what they are known for; in the meantime, parents, you will have […]

By |April 30, 2019|

Gan Tziporim Start to Learn About Israel

With the holiday of Yom Ha’Atzmaut next week, we have started explaining how important Israel is to the Jewish people and how we celebrate being able to live in Israel after having had to leave it for so many years.  We also discussed how each country has a flag and showed them the American flag.  Then we showed them what the Israeli flag looks like.  We told them we will have a little parade next week in honor of the holiday, and they can march with the Israeli flag.  The children were presented with a variety of materials to use to make their own Israeli flags.  They had a choice of the Star of David to place in the middle of the flag and then had many choices of how they would make the two stripes on the top and bottom of the flag.  They chose from scrunched up pieces of blue tissue paper, blue beads, and blue tiles.  They did a fine job gluing their pieces along the lines.

We learned that in the city of Tzfat many people have been inspired by the Torah and the nature that Hashem has created. This special northern city in Israel has an Artist Colony and many people create magnificent pieces of art using all different mediums. Our children also had the opportunity to create free-form art work.  Some chose to draw pictures of the flowers in springtime.  Others created collages using leftover pieces of the fingerpainted Yam Suf. And still others made geometric designs or drawings from their imaginations, such as volcanoes. We are setting up our own Art Gallery and we will spend time reflecting on our masterpieces.

Morah Yafit, taught the children the Hebrew […]

By |April 30, 2019|

It’s beginning to look like Israel’s bday in the Little Beginners

Welcome back from Pesach and now we moved right into Yom Ha’Atzmut. We started talking about the State of Israel and showed all the children Israel’s flag. We noticed it has the colors of blue and white. We observed it has the shapes of 2 rectangles and 2 triangles that make up a Jewish star.

We then made our own flag. We used 2 blue stripes and 1 blue star, laying them out just like the real flag.

We can’t forget playtime. We sang Israeli songs while we had fun with our friends.

We also made sure to count the Omer.

We decorated visors with stickers and Israeli flags to wear on Yom Ha’Atzmaut.

Have a great weekend! See you on Tuesday.

Morah Kerry and Morah Deena

By |April 30, 2019|

AFIKOMIN AFIKOMIN… where are you? where are you? The Sunflowers want to know.

Pesach is only 3 days away.  The Sunflowers have been so busy getting ready.   They enjoyed a picnic on the carpet to eat the last of the CHAMETZ.   It was so much fun.  After our picnic, the Sunflowers enjoyed a school wide Model Seder.   Everyone was eager to share all the wonderful Pesach facts that they learned.  The 2’s, 3’s, and 4’s gathered around the tables and went through the entire Seder.

Kadeish קדש – recital of Kiddush blessing and drinking of the first cup of wine
Urchatz ורחץ – the washing of the hands
Karpas כרפס – dipping of the karpas in salt water
Yachatz יחץ – breaking the middle matzo; the larger piece becomes the afikoman
Maggid מגיד – retelling the Passover story, including the recital of “the four questions” and drinking of the second cup of wine
Rachtzah רחצה – second washing of the hands
Motzi מוציא, Matzo מצה – blessing before eating matzo
Maror מרור – eating of the maror
Koreich כורך – eating of a sandwich made of matzo and maror
Shulchan oreich שלחן עורך – lit. “set table” – the serving of the holiday meal
Tzafun צפון – eating of the afikoman
Bareich ברך – blessing after the meal and drinking of the third cup of wine
Hallel הלל – recital of the Hallel, traditionally recited on festivals; drinking of the fourth cup of wine
Nirtzah נירצה – say “Next Year in Jerusalem!”


Morah Pam hid the AFIKOMIN. All the children went to look for it and it was Maggie who  found it.

Morah Aimee and Morah Debra were so brave and ate MAROR, real horseradish,  and they LIKED IT!!!  The children opted to eat the romaine lettuce.

The children eating their way through the Seder was the best part.  It was incredible […]

By |April 17, 2019|

Seder Time in the Little Beginners

We started our day hearing the story of Pesach with the 4s class.

We we’re now ready to start our Seder.

We said the bracha over the wine.

We washed our hands with and without brachot.

We dipped and tasted Karpas and maror.

We loved eating the charoset and hard boiled eggs.

Have a Chag Kasher Vasmach!

See you all back on April 30.

Morah Kerry and Morah Deena

By |April 16, 2019|

Pesach Is (Almost) Here! in the Butterflies

Our last few days before the Pesach break have been very  busy.
We finished the pillows we’ll use at the Seder. Stuffing them was a great exercise in eye-hand coordination. We also transformed shopping bags into works of art fitting to hold all of the materials the children will use during Pesach.

We peeled the eggs that all our IBECC friends ate at the model Seder. This fun activity was a wonderful way to practice our fine motor skills.

It was also time to clean our classroom. The emptied sand table made a great “bathtub” in which to wash our favorite playthings.

We sang lots of Pesach songs with Morah Jill and even played “bounce the giant matza ball!”

Once our classroom was clean, it was time to put together our feather, spoon, and candle so we learn how to search for chametz at home. The children took turns sweeping the Corn Chex chametz with a feather onto the spoon.


The highlight of the week was the school-wide model Seder.


Wishing you a Zissen Pesach – a healthy and happy Pesach filled with family, love, and laughter. We look forward to seeing how much the children have grown and hearing all about their Pesach adventures when we return to school.
Morah Sherry and Morah Blimie

By |April 15, 2019|

Gan Tziporim Sing, Sew, and Set Up their Pesach Seder Table

After having let their creative juices flow, painting free-form designs with liquid watercolors, the children engaged in an activity requiring precise methods to achieve the desired results.  They sewed up the sides of their paintings with a plastic needle and the color yarn of their choice.  This activity required good fine motor skills and the ability to repeatedly place their needles in the proper position.  All of the children were able to accomplish this after a few attempts.  They then were able to create an even more attractive stitch, by reversing the direction of their initial stitches.  The completed project resulted in an attractive Afikomen pouch.  We hope all our families enjoy using it at their Seders.

We had the opportunity to again join, Morah Jill, for a rousing round of Pesach songs.  It was a lively time, with special props and movements.  The children jumped like the frogs in Egypt and we even got to bounce a giant matzah ball on our Yam Suf parachute!

Our Gan Tziporim Beauty Shop!

Some of the children decided to set up a Seder table, complete with tablecloth and table settings and good food to eat.

The children continued to practice the phonetic “Jj” sound with words such as; jar, jaw, and jet.  We also read the book, Jump! The Sound of J, by Cynthia Fitterer Klingel and Robert B. Noyed, which presented a story using the “J” sound in a rhyming format.

Our school-wide Model Seder was a great success!  The children followed the order of the Seder by singing the special song.  They were involved with the Seder from start to finish.  Our class set the table, laying out the plates, napkins, and cutlery.  They participated in all the songs, […]

By |April 15, 2019|


The Butterflies (the Twos) invited The Sunflowers to experience the Exodus from Mitzrayim. By using blue tarps to represent water, the children crossed through the Red Sea as if they were B’nai Yisrael leaving Mitzrayim.  Everyone had a wonderful time.  Playing musical instruments, singing Pesach songs, and just being happy to be free were just a few things the children enjoyed  best.

Everyone one has spring on the mind.  The hint of warmer weather has been a great ray of sunshine for everyone; especially the Sunflowers. The children took out the Play-Dough and were making caterpillars and flower among other fun things.

With four school days left before the Passover holiday, the children continue to review the Passover story, the order of the Seder, and of course, sing all the wonderful Passover songs. We are sure that the children are looking forward to participating in the Seder this year.

Wishing everyone a Shabbat Shalom.

Morah Pam, Morah Aimee, Morah Debra





By |April 12, 2019|

Parsley and Pillow Talk — Gan Parparim (Butterflies)

Now that our parsley plants are now under a hydroponic lamp, we talked about how this lamp acts like the sun to help plants grow. We also noticed that some of the plants are growing more quickly than others.  It was fascinating to observe the children’s reaction.

We have finished our Haggadah covers. The children dot dotted it and glued on four cups of wine and three Matzohs just like we have at our Seder table. They chose from different materials and glued them on the wine cups. They are very beautiful.

On to pillow talk! We talked about whether we use pillows at home, whether they are big or little, and if they are soft. We then discussed how we lean on pillows at the Seder to remind us that we are free to rest, play, and enjoy wonderful dinners with our families. First, the children painted the pillowcases with fabric paint (these pillowcases are washable, although we suggest washing them in like colors on a cold setting.)

The children had many opportunities over the past few weeks to get familiar with the food symbols that are found on a seder plate. After looking at a real Seder plate, they made there own. They chose a color of paper and a doily and had fun sticking sticker pictures of the items on the doily. They have become very adept at using their pincer fingers to peel and stick. We try to use different skills and muscles for each activity. The actions we use are to strengthen muscles to help with writing skills.

The Jewish people are free! Together with the 3s, we re-enacted the crossing of the Red Sea. It’s hard to believe it’s only a week […]

By |April 11, 2019|