Preschool Blog

WHERE’S SWIMMY? in the Sunflowers

The children love learning our UNDER THE SEA unit.  We are learning all about the different types of fish and plants that live in the ocean.  Reading so many books about the ocean and what lives below has piqued their curiosity, which in turn has had them asking some great questions. Below are three of their favorite books.   They’re constantly asking for us to read these books over and over again, especially SWIMMY by LEO LEONNI.   The children began to add their fish to our Under The Sea mural which is now hanging in our classroom.  Please feel free to come visit and take a look at it.


It’s hard to believe that we are on our ninth letter in the alphabet.  The children love our letter I songs; DO YOU KNOW THE ICE CREAM MAN is a true favorite.   The children crack up that Morah Pam’s son, ILAN, is also in one of the songs. IGUANA’S  from another “I” song led to a mature conversations about reptiles.  It’s incredible how much information these children know.  Lizards, gecko’s, and snakes are just a few of the reptiles mentioned by the children.  Some of the children said they saw all these creatures on their vacations.  During morning play the little plastic dinosaurs reminded some of the kids of little lizards.

Our unit on caterpillar to butterflies is not as quick a metamorphosis as the children had hoped.  Our caterpillars have been in the chrysalis stage.  The children enjoy checking on their progress daily and they have been hoping that the butterflies would appear soon.  Their wish just came true.  Six butterflies came out of their chrysalis’.  […]

By |May 22, 2019|

Butterflies (Toddlers)

We started our week by creating a habitat for our modeling clay caterpillars and butterflies to live on. Using green paint and a leaf sponge we enjoyed pressing it down on our habitat papers. Metamorphosis is the life cycle and the four stages of a butterfly. Our caterpillars in our class are still in its chrysalis state. The children check on them every day.

In preparation for Shavuot, we starting talking about Lag B’Omar. We are focusing on one of the rules in the Torah which is to love your friend. Just like the Torah has rules for the Jewish people we have rules in our classroom. We take turns with toys and help our friends. The children have shown tremendous growth in their sharing and caring capabilities with their friends. Our Kotel wall that we made for Yom Ha’ Atzmaut hangs in our room and is now filled with wonderfully written notes of the kinds things each child did for their friend.

We went to visit the three year old class to see their butterflies. The children were fascinated to see the transformation. We counted ten butterflies in their class. We are waiting patiently for ours to turn into butterflies.

We collected sticks from the playground for our special Lag B’ Omar Bonfire with the Rabbi on Thursday weather permitting. Many children asked safety questions about the Bonfire so we reviewed our fire safety rules.

Thank you to the Goldenthal family for providing us with our healthy snack of kiwis and apples this week.

Morah Blimie and Morah Aimee

By |May 21, 2019|

Welcoming a new friend in the Little Beginners

All the children were so happy to have a new friend join our class this week. Welcome to Daniel Dinur.

We talked about Lag Bamer and roasted marshmallows in our bonfire and then ate them.

Next, we talked about Shavuot and started painting our flowers.

We always leave time for playtime.

Scooter time…

We celebrated Lag Baomer with the Sunflowers class.

The children got to meet the butterflies in their class too.

Have a good Shabbos. See you next Tuesday.

Morah Kerry and Morah Deena

By |May 21, 2019|

Gan Tziporim Say Goodbye to Our Painted Ladies

P is for Panda! And pumpkin, pillow, picture, peanut, and pizza.  There has been practice in writing the upper and lower case “Pp” and working on establishing an understanding of the phonetic sound of the letter.  We don’t know if it’s because of the pizza, but this letter seems to have made an impression.

Hebrew continues with the letter Tzadi.  Morah Yafit has almost completed the entire alef bet and the children will have a lovely book to use as a reference resource at home.  the vocabulary taught for the letter Tzadi were: tzitzit, turtle – tzav, and bird-tzipor.

We hung our completed caterpillars and spring leaves (some with butterfly eggs), onto our classroom tree. We are so happy with the lovely spring effect it brings to our room.  Anything connected with nature and the outdoors is always appreciated by both students and teachers alike!




Gan Tziporim were fortunate to have the opportunity to observe two sets of caterpillars metamorphosize into butterflies.  One set was already set free last week, with the exception of one butterfly that could not seem to leave the cage.  The second set of caterpillars, that were a little behind in maturity, had formed into chrysalises last week.  We noticed that the chrysalises were darkening by the end of the week.  That is a sign that they would soon emerge as butterflies.  When we returned to class on Monday, we had five butterflies fluttering around their cage.  We soon realized that they were ready to be set free.  We took the five butterflies outside, plus the one left-over butterfly, and said goodbye.  The five, in quick succession, took off into the sky.  Our little left-over butterfly settled on one of the flowers […]

By |May 20, 2019|

The Sunflowers know that the ocean is blue

The Sunflowers are loving our unit on UNDER THE SEA.  They literally put their entire bodies into it especially their hands and feet.  Feeling the cold squishy paint between their fingers or toes was so much fun.  The children had a wonderful time. Their facial expressions as they placed their feet into the paint and spread it over the paper was priceless.  They couldn’t believe it was ok to do this.  Clean up was even more fun.  Stepping into a bucket filled with water was cool.  The kids had a blast washing their hands and feet in this bucket.  Morah Pam of course supervised and was quite impressed that we did not make a mess.  Our underwater creatures are coming along.  Starfish, octopus, and jellyfish were so much fun to make.  Each fish was made out of a different material and decorated with a different texture.


Spring is here and the children enjoyed making a flower with tissue paper.  The children could either scrunch up the tissue paper or lay it flat over the flower.  The amount of focus and concentration that the children put into this activity was amazing along with showing great dexterity.

The rain stopped and the children were able to go outside and play.  Running around and playing games with each other was an incredible sight to see.  Their imaginations are never ending.

Wishing everyone a Shabbat Shalom.

Morah Pam and Morah Debra

By |May 17, 2019|

Caterpillars and more in the Butterfly class (Toddlers)

The children are showing such fascination with our caterpillar exploration. They looked at our wall to see the pictures that are hung up of the process of how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly. They then check on our real caterpillars to see if there are any changes. Our classroom caterpillars are currently in the chrysalis state. Using modeling clay the children formed their very own caterpillars by rolling out pieces on the table. Then they took another piece and looked at the picture on the wall to see what the chrysalis state looked like and created their own chrysalis out of modeling clay by bending a snake-like looking creation. Our last step was to create a butterfly using a flat piece of modeling clay. We used our very strong muscles to press down on a butterfly cookie cutter to shape it. Our modeling clay needs time to dry before we finish our masterpiece.


The children even tried to shape their caterpillar into the letter J and held it vertically, just like they observed the real caterpillars doing inside the enclosure.


Happy third birthday to our friend Chana. We gave tzedakah and took turns putting it in her special tzedakah box that she brought from her house. We sang Happy Birthday, ate delicious cupcakes, and gave Chana the special treasure chest that we all decorated for her .

We baked a cake and decorated a special picture frame for Morah Sherry’s Goodbye Party. The whole school joined us in celebrating Morah Sherry becoming a grandmother. Morah Sherry showed us pictures of her granddaughter. All the children took turns hugging her and saying goodbye.

We loved feeling the warm weather while we played on the slides, dug in the […]

By |May 16, 2019|

Gan Tziporim

It is a thrill every year when the little jar of caterpillars are delivered and we can observe them eating (some sort of food at the bottom of the jar) and growing and eating and growing.  And then they move to the lid of the jar and hang down in a “J” shape and are suddenly a chrysalis.  We wait for what seems like forever, but is really about two weeks, with the chrysalis changing from a very light color to a very dark one.  When it darkens like that you know the butterfly will be emerging very soon.  This year, we returned to school after the weekend, and two had already emerged and then a third came out of the chrysalis right in front of us! The fourth came out the next day.  The children were very excited and totally enchanted by this miraculous event.  They were riveted by every movement that the butterflies made.                                                                                                                                                                         We provided several books to explain the butterfly’s life cycle, explain the butterfly’s anatomy, and explore the variety of caterpillars and butterflies that exist.  The children looked through these books after snack and lunch.  The pictures, both photographs and illustrations, were beautiful and informative.  One […]

By |May 15, 2019|

Spring time in the Butterfly class (Toddlers)

Our week began with the exploration of how a caterpillar becomes a butterfly. We even have our very own caterpillars in our classroom so we can watch and see them transform. The children love reading our “Very Hungry Caterpillar” book by Eric Carle. They are busy researching caterpillars and butterflies. They have discovered that a caterpillar first starts out as an egg.  As the ” Very Hungry Caterpillar” book by Eric Carle says, “Pop! Out of the egg came a caterpillar”. Once it’s a caterpillar it forms a chrysalis. Once the caterpillar has completed its metamorphosis, it will nibble its way out to become a beautiful butterfly. The children observe the caterpillars in our clasroom every day to look for changes in its form. Thank you to the Aminof family for donating the book “Thanks from The Very Hungry Caterpillar”.

The children’s interests are so focused on what is happening with our caterpillars. We hung pictures of the stages of the metamorphosis on our wall and they discuss them constantly. They even decided to make their own versions. We began with the egg. The children used modeling clay to form their own eggs. They formed tiny little balls. They are very good at rolling tiny little balls our of clay!! More to come…


During music time the children pretended to lay on the floor like a caterpillar. They rolled up into a ball like a chrysalis and then jumped up and waved their hands and flew like butterflies.

In preparation for our friends Chana’s birthday party, we baked cupcakes and made her a special treasure box with gems that we glued on. We used dot dot markers to create a beautiful birthday crown for her.

Stay tuned to find […]

By |May 14, 2019|

Gan Tziporim

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, […]

By |May 14, 2019|

The butterflies are coming… the butterflies are coming… to the Sunflowers

The Sunflowers could not believe how much the caterpillars changed over the weekend. They went from eating and crawling around to curled up in their chrysalis.  Morah Rachelle came into our classroom and showed us that now that the caterpillars have made their chrysalis it was now time to move them to a bigger habitat to become butterflies. Morah Rachelle took the cap off the container where the caterpillars had been busy eating. The had now planted themselves on the cover to begin their metamorphosis into a butterfly. Next, Morah Rachelle placed the cap onto a special stand which was placed into the butterfly habitat.  Now we have to wait until the chrysalises open and out will come beautiful butterflies. Waiting for the butterflies are slices of oranges for them to eat.   The butterflies will drink the juice from the orange slices.  The children were in awe over seeing all these changes and cannot wait until the butterflies arrive.

The sunflowers began a unit on UNDER THE SEA.  All the children were able to answer the question of WHAT LIES UNDER THE WATER IN THE OCEAN?  There are fish, sharks, dolphins, sand, and rocks just to name a few things.  The children enjoyed making a starfish and octopus and cannot wait to make a jellyfish and so many more fish as we will be making a mural for our UNDER THE SEA unit.  The children sat so nicely as Morah Pam read a few books regarding the ocean. SWIMMY  By Leo Lionni was a favorite. Morah Pam read it three times!  that’s how much we love the story.

Stay tuned for more exciting times in the Sunflowers.

Morah Pam and Morah Debra


By |May 13, 2019|