Morah Yafit, introduced the letter Ayin to the children. They cut and glued pictures of the vocabulary words: pencil- eparon; tree- etz; and cloud – anan. Morah Yafit always reviews past vocabulary before moving on to the new letter and new words. The children have retained quite a few vocabulary words and are really doing well with the Hebrew alef-bet.
The children have continued to work on writing the letter “Dd” and understanding the phonetic sound of the letter. We make sure that they are holding their crayons in the correct writing position so that they have the best outcome.
We reminded the children that they may like to write about some of their fantasy games or about the recent holidays. Several of the children chose to write about Israel or about the rain which has been pouring down for the last few days. They drew pictures of their subject matter and then dictated their words.
More work with the phonetics of “Dd”. The children had to identify which animals on the page had a name that started with the initial “Dd” sound. These included: dragon, dolphin, deer, and dinosaur.
Our tiny caterpillars grew larger and fatter, and then hung upside-down in a J shape. They then proceeded to spin a chrysalis around themselves, and finally after almost two weeks, emerged as butterflies. Four butterflies are now living in a soft-sided cage in our classroom. We placed pieces of orange on the bottom of the cage for them to feed upon. It appears that butterflies enjoy eating sweet things. We read several books about caterpillars and butterflies: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle; The Butterfly by Anna Milbourne and Cathy Shimmen; and Becoming Butterflies by Anne Rockwell, which related how a class such as ours, raised and released three butterflies. The children acted out the life cycle of the caterpillar/butterfly. They pretended to be eggs laid upon a leaf, then hatched their way out of those eggs, then formed into a chrysalis, and finally they emerged from their chrysalis and flew away. They greatly enjoyed their enactment and repeated their performance throughout the day.
Building with the blocks is still a favorite activity. A lot of cooperation and teamwork go into the building process. Added to the blocks are the doll/figures. There are many games about families, going to the doctor for broken arms and legs, aliens landing and animals joining the fun, especially cats and ponies.
Counting the Omer has been explained to the children. We copied a chart for each of the children to count the Omer. They color in the number for each day. Here they are coloring in day 24. We also started to teach the children about the Jewish holiday, Lag B’Omer.