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In the Sunflowers, they saw the butterflies spread their wings and fly

Both the Sunflowers and the Butterflies (2’s) went outside to the playground to watch the release of the butterflies whose wings were finally strong enough to fly free.  As much as they were flapping their wings in their indoor habitat, they were not so eager to be released into their natural (outside) habitat.  All the children gathered around as Morah Aimee and Morah Debra helped release the butterflies.  They took flowers and placed the butterflies on the flower and then put them on a bush. It took the butterflies a few minutes to acclimate before they felt comfortable and flew away.   The children cheered with glee as the butterflies flew away.

Knowing how dangerous fire can be, the children followed the directions to stay on the steps during the bonfire last week.  The entire school sang songs with the Rabbi as Mr. Seth built our bonfire to celebrate Lag Baomer.  JJ’s mother and brother came to celebrate with us and brought the makings for s’mores.  The Morot took turns roasting the marshmallows.  Everyone enjoyed them as the evidence showed on their hands and faces. Thank you to everyone for helping to make a special celebration.

The children were fortunate to have a second special snack for Lag Baomer. Morah Debra brought in the makings for ANTS ON A LOG. Celery, (Tofutti) cream cheese, and carob chips.  Spreading cream cheese on the celery and adding a few carob chips the children were excited to try this scrumptious snack.  The Morot were happy that most of the children liked the snack.

One of the songs that the Rabbi […]

By |May 30, 2019|

We have butterflies in the Toddler Class

The children were so excited to see and count five butterflies in our class. They even saw one eating from the apple.

The children got to choose from loose parts and material to glue onto their own butterfly picture that will be hung up on our art wall.

In preparation for Shavuot, we talk about the mitzvot/rules that were given to the Jewish people. Last week we focused on being kind and loving your friend, ways we can do that is by taking turns with our toys and playing together.

This week we are focusing on the mitzvah of Shabbat. We read the Shabbat box book to the children. We talked about things we need to do to get ready for Shabbat like cook food, shower, clean up, give tzedakah and light two candles to welcome in Shabbat. We discussed all the things we need for our Shabbat meal like a kiddish cup for grape juice and two challahs. Our end of the year party theme is Shabbat. The children have been working very hard to create their own Shabbat box with Shabbat things inside. They used fabric markers to draw pictures on their challah cover. They picked from different color stickers to put onto their very own kiddush up. They braided two delicious challah rolls for their box, and more to come to fill up their special box. We have been practicing Shabbat songs to sing at our end of the year party, Bim Bom and Shabbat is here are a few.

We look forward to seeing everyone for our end of the year party June 7. Please remember to RSVP.

Shabbat shalom,

Morah Blimie and Morah Aimee

By |May 29, 2019|

Gan Tziporim Roast, Write, and Design

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 […]

By |May 28, 2019|

More Shavuot Preparations in the Little Beginners

The children had lots of fun playing and making a band in our classroom.

The children painted their vases for our Shavuot flowers with beautiful colors.

We baked pizza for a Shavuot treat. First, we flattened the dough.

Then we added the sauce.

Last, the cheese was sprinkled on.

We hope everyone enjoyed eating it at home!!

Have a wonderful Shabbat.

Next week is our last week. We can’t believe it is almost over!! It went so fast!

Morah Kerry and Morah Deena

By |May 28, 2019|

Lag B’Omer in the Butterfly class (Toddlers)

The children collected And counted five sticks to make their very own bon fire. They also glued on red and orange shiny paper for the fire. The Hebrew word for fire is Aish We sang a aish is fire song that taught us fire is hot and we shouldn’t go near it or touch it. Rain/water makes the fire go away so our bon fire was pushed off till Friday.

The school wide bon fire with the Rabbi was an amazing sight to see. We all sang together and got to eat s’mores made by the Morah’s. The marshmallows were so sticky.

With spring in the air and Shavuot on its way we explored in our outdoor classroom this week. We planted with our shovels and spoons. Used our trucks for digging. The children’s imagination grew as they used Wood chips for plates and served mud pies to each other. Balancing was another way to strengthen our muscles.

We have two butterflies in our classroom. The children were fascinated to see the life cycle transform. Our butterflies are still babies and can’t fly yet. Did you know butterflies eat apples and oranges just like people? We will release them on Tuesday when we get back to school. We joined the three year’s old class as they released their beautiful butterflies into the sky. The children squealed with delight and waved goodbye to the butterflies.

defers

Shabbat Shalom,

Morah Blimie and Morah Aimee

By |May 23, 2019|

Gan Tziporim Learn the Lessons of Lag B’Omer

Our new letter of the alphabet, to practice writing, is “Bb”.  A bear puppet introduced the letter and pulled the following items from the surprise letter box: a bottle, a bag, a book, a basket, a broom (not actually in the box), and a boy doll.  And of course the box itself is a “Bb” word.  Then the children formed the upper case “B” with a big wooden line and two small wooden curves.  Before showing the children the proper size curves, I asked them what size it should be.  I pulled out a large wooden curve, and the children knew that when put together with the line, it created the letter “D”.  Then the children practiced writing the letter.

The new Hebrew letter introduced by Morah Yafit is the letter Kuf.  The vocabulary words (and pictures) that were cut out so beautifully by the children and pasted on their sheets of paper were: keshet- rainbow, karnaph – rhino, and kipod- hedgehog.

Some of the wooden pieces of our class “sukkah” were cracked and needed repair.  Our good friend Bob, known to the children as “Builder Bob”, came to our classroom, and with the help of the children, disassembled the sukkah and took it home for repair.  The children are still very much enamored with the process of working with tools.  They are good at following directions and really like feeling useful. They attentively watched what Bob was doing and took it all in. They didn’t even mind leaving their free-play time in order to help with this task.

In honor of Lag B’Omer, we decided to have a mailbox in which to “mail”  the comments, relayed to us by the children, of the helpful and kind […]

By |May 23, 2019|

LIKE THE SONG SAYS “LET’S GET PHYSICAL” IN THE SUNFLOWERS

Morah Debra led a mid-week stretch to get the Sunflowers refocused so they could be prepared to celebrate LAG BAOMER. The children thoroughly enjoyed it.  Some of the children even had their own stretches.

Refreshed the children were so happy to work on getting ready for the BIG bonfire.   The children listened as Morah Pam told the them how Rabbi Akiva learned how to read Hebrew and became a great Rabbi that taught so many students Torah. We celebrate Lag Baomer by gathering around giant bonfires for bbq’s and have fun roasting marshmallows.  Lag Baomer gets its name from it being the 33rd day of the Omer, the counting of weeks between Passover and Shavuot.  In Hebrew the letter lamid is worth 30 and the gimel is worth 3. We put the two letters together to spell the word lag.  The children made their own bonfire using both their hands and feet. The outcome was unbelievable.  Looks like we have a new generation of impressionists.  Such masterpieces.

The weather kept us from being able to have a real bonfire on Lag Baomer but that didn’t stop us from making our own.  We invited the Little Beginners into our classroom and we all sat around a bonfire which was made out of twigs the children collected from outside and some shiny red, yellow, and orange paper. Everyone had a wonderful time.  The children said they felt as if they were indeed at a real bonfire.  The only thing missing were marshmallows.

The children had a wonderful time using many of our sensory stations.   Mushing the play-dough between their fingers is always a cool sensation.  Using the many play-dough tools to imagine and create whatever […]

By |May 22, 2019|

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|