The Lag B’Omer bonfire was delayed but, what an exciting time we all had when it finally happened.  We are grateful to Seth Leeds for preparing such a magnificent fire on such a windy day.  Which is what occurred last Friday.  Rabbi Mischel brought his trusty guitar and we sang around the fire, roasted marshmallows, and made s’mores (such scrumptious treats!) thanks to JJ’s mom Esther.  A perfect way to celebrate Lag B’Omer.  It is celebrations of this kind, that leave an indelible impression on our young students.   They hear the stories and explanations of the holiday, but witnessing such a strong image really cements what they have learned.  They also felt the heat of the fire as they roasted their marshmallows.  When the different senses experience something, it lasts a long time.

A lovely tall building, using a new way to arrange the blocks, was used by our three builders.  Each time they build they are perfecting their structure, enhancing the structure, or creating a new shape or form of the structure.  There is a lot of problem solving going on and a lot of collaborative effort.  We found a little toy firehouse.  Simon has been fascinated by it and has used the blocks to create an extension to it.  Uriel and Ella have become interested as well and have brought their own ideas, including incorporating the tools to give a greater sense of building something.

While the children were looking at books after lunch, they started to play act and build stories off of one another.  It was suggested that they draw pictures of their stories in their journals and then dictate their stories to go along with the pictures.  They did not seem to continue the oral stories (about mermaids), but while they came up with their own individual stories, most contained a common image of a thunderstorm.  It actually was raining outside.

Hebrew with Morah Yafit this week, introduced the letter Resh.  The vocabulary words that accompanied the pictures that the children glued onto their new page included:  rimon – pomegranate; rakevet – train; and regel – foot.