The Sunflowers say, “Torah Torah, We Love YOU”

In preparation for the upcoming holiday of Shavuot, Rabbi Rosenblum came for a visit to show the entire school how a Torah is made. You take the hide of a kosher animal and take the fur (hair) off by soaking it in a special solution, and let it dry.  Then this becomes the parchment paper.  It takes 62 pieces to make a Torah.  Next, you take a feather from a kosher animal, along with the special ink to write the Torah.  All the children, especially the Sunflowers, enjoyed being a scribe, just like a sofer, the man who writes the Torah. Dipping the feather into the ink and then coloring the letters, everyone had a blast.  The children were able to touch the hide of the animal and they said it felt very soft. Every child received a piece of parchment with their Hebrew name written on it, just like how the Torah is written.

The children have been very busy preparing for the End of Year Celebration and are excited for their parents to come and sing with them.  They were very happy to hear that at the end of the singalong there will be food.  The children loved rolling the dough between their fingers to make delicious sugar cookies to share with their parents.

The children truly love butterflies.  During our center time, the children enjoyed making a flock of butterflies out of playdough. They all took turns to use the butterfly cookie cutter.  It was wonderful to see everyone take turns.

The Sunflowers always enjoy playing outside.  Their creative minds are always in motion, running, […]

By |June 7, 2019|

Shavuot in the Toddler Class

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 […]

By |June 5, 2019|

Gan Tziporim Celebrate a Birthday and Shavuot

We enjoyed celebrating Lia’s 5th birthday last Friday.  Her mother, Sheara, joined us and we ate the cupcakes that the children helped to make and presented Lia with the treasure box that the children decorated for her.  Lia wore the beautiful crown that she had decorated with many number 5s written all over it and drawings of her entire family.  Sheara read a story to the children about worms, something they all enjoy watching in the playground.  Then the children played the circle game Bluebird Through My Window and the Israeli circle game, Uga, Uga, Uga.  Just one more birthday to celebrate (Emily’s) before we end our school year.



We had our last music class of the year, with Morah Jill, this week.  She introduced songs about caterpillars and butterflies in honor of our butterflies. The children pretended to be butterflies and flew around the gym room while singing their song.  They used gauzy scarves as a prop for wings.  They really enjoyed the expansiveness of the gym to act out the songs.  They also learned a song about the Torah for Shavuot.  It is always a fun time with Morah Jill.

We are following a tradition from Israel for Shavuot.  People in Israel, and many of the children, gather baskets of fruit to deliver to family and friends for the holiday of Shavuot.  We will do that too in Gan Tziporim.  The children will go to our outdoor classroom to gather fruit (which we have placed on stands to resemble a marketplace) to put into a basket that they can take home to share with their families.  It is yet another way we get to teach the moral value of sharing to the children and to […]

By |June 4, 2019|

Our Last Week in The Little Beginners

We are so sad to say goodbye to our friends but we are still having fun till the end.

We baked a cake for Adin’s birthday and decorated his crown.

We counted our Omer, getting closer to Shavuot.

We danced and sang with our Torahs for the holiday of Shavuot.

The weather is so beautiful, we walked outside to the playground.

Today we got to eat our cake we made and sing Happy Birthday to Adin!

We made a birthday parade with our instruments.

Time for playtime!!!

We had a great year and enjoyed your children so much. Thank you also for our gift.

Morah Kerry and Morah Deena

By |June 4, 2019|

The Sunflowers had “One More Day” (of music)

The children were sad when they found out that this would be their last session with Morah Jill for this year. They always  enjoyed spending time with Morah Jill.  The fun songs that she brought to the children each time was wonderful.  The enthusiasm in the children’s eyes each time they heard a new song and used the cool props that Morah Jill always brought was amazing.   The strumming of her guitar and the way the children were taught to move to the music was a wonderful way for children to gain a love and interest in music. With the help of Morah Debra the children gave Morah Jill a special guitar card to thank her for a fun filled year of music.

The Sunflowers are looking forward to celebrating Shavuot.  They have been learning about how Moshe went up to Har  Sinai to speak with Hashem and brought down the Aseret Hadibrot, also known as the Luchot.  The children were busy building their own version of Har Sinai with blocks and other building toys.  They also made their own Luchot.  They were so excited to be able to recognize the letters in the Alpeh-bet as they labeled their Luchot with ink pads and Hebrew stamps.

Stay tuned for more.

Please remember to RSVP for our End of the Year Presentation which will take place Tuesday, June 11th from 9am-10am.

Morah Pam and Morah Debra


By |June 2, 2019|

Gan Tziporim Get Ready to Party!

Simon, Uriel, and Ella build elaborate structures with the wooden blocks and additional materials (tools, cars and trucks, little people).

An opportunity is presented to the children to use other senses, more fine motor, and a different creative outlet, when they are given table toys to play with.  These include peg boards, counting cubes, magnetic sticks and balls, colorful glass stones and bowls, and at times, puzzles and games.  Lauren and Lia used the peg boards, counting fish and counting cubes as a means to “bake” and “decorate” a birthday cake.  Since Lia’s birthday is this Sunday, birthdays were very much on their minds.  They took a lot of time to build on their ideas and to collaborate on the best toys for their purposes.  They even brought over a box that had held ice cream cones to elaborate on their birthday plans.  Lieba incorporated the magnetic sticks and balls to decorate her cake.  Several others mixed the glass stones in bowls to simulate cake batter.

Graduation preparations are seriously underway.  Beautiful and vibrant liquid watercolors will add pizzazz to our mortar board graduation hats. When they are completed they will be something to behold!

What’s a birthday celebration without a cake or in this case, cupcakes.  As is our custom, Lia poured in the ingredients (cake mix, water, oil, and eggs),  and shared the mixing fun.

Another table toy presenting many creative outlets, is playdough.  Not only is it fun to play with but it is calming and therapeutic; a nice way to end the school day.  The children continued their baking obsession and started using cookie cutters and rolling out shapes for cookies.  They proceeded to offer them to their Morot.  It was intriguing to see […]

By |June 2, 2019|

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|