The children measured out ingredients and took turns pouring it into the mixing bowl to make a delicious cake for their end of the year party.
Shavuot is our upcoming chag where HaShem gave the Jewish people a special present- the Torah which is a book of mitzvot/rules. The Jewish people said “Naaseh V’nishma”, we will listen and we will do. Hashem chose a simple plain mountain named Har Sinai on which to give the Torah. After the Torah was given on this humble mountain, Hashem made it possible for the mountain to grow beautiful grass and flowers as an honor. The children started their experience with climbing a mountain outside. They chose to take flowers from the ground and put them on the mountain to make it beautiful just like Har Sinai. Some children drew mountains with chalk.
The children created their own Har Sinai masterpiece. They glued a shiny silver Torah on top of a mountain. They used green string for the grass and flattened mini cupcake holders with glued gems inside for the flowers. They wanted their mountains to look beautiful for the Torah and they sure do! They took turns hugging our stuffed Torah as we sang Torah Tzivah Lanu Moshe.
The children each made a spring flower sensory water bottle. First, we poured water and glue into the bottle. Next, they pushed flower petals into the bottle. finally, they helped to fill it up with green glitter to look like grass. They were fascinated to turn it upside down and watch as the glitter and rose peddles floated.
The Torah factory came to IBECC. We joined the threes and Pre-K classes to learn all about how the Torah is made. We learned that the Torah is written in Hebrew letters called the aleph bet. A pen is not used to write in the Torah. Instead, we use a special quill that is dipped into ink. The special parchment paper that the Torah is written on comes from a kosher animal that has fur. The children each had to feel the piece of fur and then the parchment once the fur was off. We then went back into our class and each child had a turn to dip the feather quill into ink and write on the aleph bet paper. Some children mentioned they don’t know how to write yet or how to color on one letter. They will each bring home their own quill, as well as their aleph bet paper that they wrote on, and a picture of them using the quill.
One of the mitzvot/rules in the Torah states that we do not eat dairy and meat together. We asked the children what foods they think are dairy and what are meat? Foods that are dairy are milk, yogurt, and cream cheese. Some children mentioned cream cheese like in their sandwich for lunch, while others mentioned that they like different toppings and flavors in their yogurts. Meat foods are chicken, chicken soup and hamburgers. Some of the children said they eat chicken soup on Shabbat while others said they don’t like chicken soup.
As our special snack, we were able to eat crackers and cream cheese with a few chocolate chips like the ingredients we used to make our cheesecakes. We made with the children a chalav yisrael no-bake cheesecake. Each child had a turn to use a toy hammer to crush up for the crust the graham crackers that were in a sandwich bag. Smashing those crackers was hard work. It also made loud noises as the children’s crushed them. We measured out all of the dairy ingredients, poured them into the bowl, and helped mix it with a mixer. We layered the graham crackers crumbs into the pan and then poured the cream cheese mixture into it. We topped it off with chocolate chips.
Thank you so much for coming this morning to our End of Year Celebration. It was wonderful sharing this special time with you as a culmination to our wonderful year.
Morah Blimie and Morah Aimee