Preschool Blog

Science week in the sunflowers (camp)

We started off our science themed week by making edible slime. We took turns measuring and pouring the ingredients into the bowl. Everyone got a turn to squeeze some blue food coloring into the mixture. The children were fascinated to see the mixtures color change. They observed that when you mix dark blue and white together it makes light blue. Using our muscles we took turns mixing the very sticky slime. The best part was tasting it and playing with it.

Using bleeding tissue paper the children created their own versions of a tie dyed tee shirt. Each child arranged the tissue paper on their tee shirts and then sprayed it with water. It was amazing to see the colors come off of the paper and form beautiful art work on their very own tee shirts. The children were so proud to wear them home.

Our science theme continued at water play. The children poured corn starch and squeezed food coloring into water to make oobleck slime. They loved the feeling of squishing their hands into the oobleck slime. They used buckets, cups and watering cans to pour the colored oobleck slime into a barrel of water and watched as the clear water changed colors. Some children said it looked like milk and used their imagination to pretend to sell the “milk”. They laughed as they ran through the sprinklers to wash the oobleck slime off of themselves.

It’s amazing to watch the children’s imagination grow as they play with the animals, little people and the kitchen set. They are so good at including and sharing with their friends. The children also like to cuddle up with teddy bears and relax as the counselors read stories.

The children […]

By |July 12, 2019|

July 4th sprouts camp

We’ve had a great week so far celebrating the 4th of July with water play and beautiful art projects. The children had so much fun using toilet paper rolls made into firecrackers to paint red white and blue.

Today on July 2nd we played outside with the sprinklers and water tables and cooled off In the hot summer sun.ïp

We made beautiful art projects by gluing red white and blue stars to white paper and made handprints with red white and blue paint on the stars to celebrate July 4th, We had so much fun tipping our hands in paint and gluing the stars with glue sticks.

We played with trains and sand and a play kitchen in the exploration room with our friends while we listened to music. It was a great day today had by all!l

We finished off the week of July 4th celebrating Shabbat and had some delicious festive snacks of blueberries, strawberries and marshmallows.

The children had a wonderful time creating July 4th artwork using dot paint and gluing red, white, and blue stars to their pictures. They laughed together and shared all of the paint as they made beautiful pictures for the holiday!

They engaged in active play using cars and scooters in our playroom as they laughed and sang songs and share toys together. We all had a wonderful week at camp and look forward to seeing all of the children next week.i

By |July 5, 2019|

Fourth of July week in the sunflower camp

The sunflowers were all about fourth July this week. We made rice crispy treats to enjoy at our camp wide picnic. We topped it with red white and blue sprinkles to represent the colors of the American flag. We then used our strong muscle to push down our star cookie cutters to shape them. We enjoyed tasting some of it for snack.

Using red, white and blue paint we dipped our Koosh rings in the paint and pressed it down on our Fourth of July caps creating a firecracker image. We then pealed and stuck on American themed stickers. We can’t wait to wear our caps at the camp wide picnic. The children used special shaped paint bushes to create a firecracker master piece that hangs on our art bulletin board in our classroom.

Using the red, white and blue paint the children painted a plate and sprinkled on some red, white and blue stars and transformed it into a Fourth of July tambourine.

The children’s love for art inspired them to make their very own American flag. Using a white paper,red and blue dot dots and some American theme stickers they each created their own artistic version of the flag.

The children’s fine motor skills are excellent they used red,white and blue star beads and strung them on to a keychain all by themselves.

The children really enjoyed playing in the side yard. They used sponges and spray bottles to pretend to clean up the tables and kitchen set from shaving cream. They used the water table and sprinklers to give their trucks a car wash. The children love running through the sprinklers and using buckets and water toys with the water table. Using the buckets and watering […]

By |July 5, 2019|

IT IS BEGINNING TO LOOK LIKE WINTER IN THE SUNFLOWERS

The snow has been falling in the Sunflowers.  After reviewing the four seasons with the children the teachers have been reading books on the topic of winter. One of the books we have read, SNOWY DAYS, is about a  boy who likes the snow.  He makes tracks in the snow by walking with his feet inward and outward,  dragging a stick so it looks like the tracks of a snake that slithered by.  The boy goes on an adventure in the snow.  He loves the snow so much that he decides to place a snowball in his pocket for later when he is at home, only to find out it melted.  The boy was okay with that since he was going to do it all over again the next day.  The children made their own footprints with the help of Mr Potato head’s feet and some toy animals.  They dipped the feet of the toys into shaving cream and then pressed it onto pieces of paper.  The children enjoyed touching and playing with the shaving cream too.

Another way in which it was snowing in the Sunflowers was when the children folded a piece of paper in half and then in half again and showing them how to make snowflakes.  It was great to see how well the children hold and use a pair of scissors. The dexterity that they have in their fingers is magical.  The different designs that came from this exercise were remarkable.  The children also made snowflakes using glue and glitter.  They placed some glue on paper and added the glitter and had a blast shaking the extra glitter off .

Another winter favorite is the book THE MITTEN.  It’s about a […]

By |July 2, 2019|

Now We “Know” Our ABC’S

The children are beginning to learn letter recognition for the whole alphabet.  We have begun with the letters “A” and “B”.  They are learning to recognize these letters through visual pictures and songs and having a lot of fun doing it!  We have also introduced the colors RED and BLUE.  You can see what they see by looking at the songs below:

In addition to this, the children are enjoying some fee play.  They have discovered our newly renovated kitchen.  The are already demonstrating their culinary abilities.

And as always, we celebrated Shabbat with our friends.  We enjoy our Shabbat Party with blessings, songs, and challah.

By |July 2, 2019|

A PURIM CELEBRATION IN THE SUNFLOWERS

What a great day we all had at school today.   The Sunflowers invited their mom’s in for a Purim carnival and sing-a- long.  First we all posed for a class picture.  Everyone wore such amazing costumes.  We had a unicorn,doctor, princess, and a lot of super heroes.   Our Morot  themed their costumes.  They were If you give a pig a pancake, If you give a cat a cupckake ,and If you give a mouse a cookie.   At the carnival there were many games to play.  Bowling, pin the crown on the queen,find the hamantashen , and a photo booth that made you a clown.Everyone had so much fun.

 

 

 

 

 

After playing all the wonderful games we all  returned to our classroom for our sing- a- long which included our davening.   The ruach in our classroom was amazing.  We all love to sing.

 

 

 

After we said goodbye to our mom’s eveyone enjoyed some down time to reflect on the morning.  It is always wonderful to see the children express themselves through art.

By |July 2, 2019|

Gan Tziporim

Hebrew with Morah Yafit, the letter Samech – dreidel- sevivon . Book – Seffer. Soap – sabon .

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By |July 2, 2019|

Stop and Go — Gan Parparim (Toddlers)

Our class had wonderful healthy snacks all week thanks to Aryeh and his family. The children loved the grapes, bananas, and strawberries, which the children helped to wash and dry themselves– we are always striving to make them as independent as possible. (And the strawberries fit right into our red theme — see below).

 

Above almost all else, as parents and teachers, our children’s safety is paramount. Which is why for the next week or two we will be focusing on Stop and Go. Stopping before leaving our classroom, going up and down the steps, crossing the parking lot and street. Going when the Morahs say it’s safe to Go.

Some of the children know that when they are in their cars, a red light means stop. To reinforce this knowledge, as well as introduce it to the entire class, we began by identifying everyday items in our classroom that are red: a cup, a block, a red shaker.We even ate red strawberries. During circle time, each child chose a red toy from a red box and together we named the object. As we go through our day, we are pointing out red objects — red balls, red leaves, a red sweater. We also read Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell and Barry Michael Harman.

 

We then introduced red stop signs explained that when they see a red stop sign or a Morah holding up her hand, they need to stop. We even made a “stop lollipop,” as a concrete reminder of when they need to stop whenever we leave the classroom. We also will be hanging red stop signs on the walls of the indoor play area so that all the […]

By |July 2, 2019|

Lots of exploring in the Little Beginners

Hope everyone enjoyed Mother’s Day, With our beautiful garden.

Today we went into the exploration room, and played with the fun things in the room.

We counted the Omer.

Today is a special day, we celebrated Leoras birthday! We decorated her crown and had a party and ate yummy cake.

In preparation for Lag Bamer, we made our own bonfire and the children found twigs and we glued them together and then ripped up red yellow and orange tissue paper for our fire.

Have a great weekend!

Love Morah Deena and Morah Kerry

By |July 2, 2019|

Gan Tziporim Celebrate Shavuot with Israeli Cheese Cake and Fruit Baskets

Our school enjoyed another visit with Rabbi Y;’ this time he brought items having to do with the Torah.  Since Shavuot will be celebrated this weekend, it is an opportune time to be learning about how a Torah is made, what are the materials it is made from, who prints the words in the Torah.  The animal skins, from which parchment is made, was displayed and the children were allowed to touch it as well.  They told me that the skin felt soft.  Rabbi Y explained that special quill pens are used by a scribe to write in the Torah, as well as special ink. Then the children were given a card containing the Hebrew alphabet and their own quills and ink, and they were encouraged to trace over the letters.  They also received a paper with their Hebrew names written on it, and asked to write the letters with their quills.  It’s not easy to write with a feather pen!

The building has been filled with the smell of baking this week.  There is baking for Shavuot and baking for graduation.  Something new for Gan Tziporim is making cookies.  We had a nice sugar cookie recipe and the children got to work pouring in the flour and sugar, cracking and examining the eggs, and adding baking powder, a bit of salt, butter and vanilla.  After getting back the refrigerated dough, the children enjoyed rolling out their pieces and using the aleph bet cookies cutters.  It was good practice for them to identify the Hebrew letters and we’ll have delicious cookies for graduation!

Besides celebrating the receiving of the Torah from Hashem, Shavuot also celebrates the receiving of the “First Fruits”.  It is also known as […]

By |July 2, 2019|