We have been learning all about Israel in preparation for Yom Ha’atzmaut next week. We looked at a big picture of the Kotel and talked about what we noticed in the picture. The wall is very big. There are many big stones and bushes and plants grow between the stones. Some children asked what the people in the picture are doing, and we discussed that the Kotel is a place where people come to daven just like in a shul. People write notes to Hashem and stick them between the stones. They can ask for whatever they need. We each had the chance to share some things we would ask Hashem for at the Kotel, or something we would say thank Hashem for.
After that, the children were very excited to make their own Kotel stones. We used rectangular sponges to stamp the stones and then we added pieces of green paper for the bushe and plants.
We also made a big Israeli flag together. We have a few real flags in our classroom so we saw that the colors are blue and white. We also noticed the special star shape in the center.
We painted a big piece of paper with blue paint to use for the two stripes. We also used blue materials of different textures to collage the Magen David for the middle of the flag. We are going to hang it up next to the real flag we have in our classroom and see if they look alike.
We’re also busy packing for our trip to Israel. We started getting ready by decorating our suitcases with dot paints, stickers, and a picture of ourselves (so we don’t lose track of […]