The Chagim are over and now we are putting our minds and hands to other topics of interest. But something wonderful occurred during Sukkot that we wanted to share with you. We had constructed sukkahs prior to and during the holiday in a variety of ways (pop-up sukkah, wrapping material around trees in the playground, and edible sukkahs for snack). But now we were fortunate to be given the opportunity to actually “build” our very own little sukkah in our classroom! It all began with our broken rocking chairs and the need to “repair” them with our own real and child-sized tools. The children continued hammering and screwing nails into pieces of wood. Morah Fran’s friend, Bob, came to our school with pieces of wood, screws, and fresh cut schach. He helped the children find which pieces of wood belonged together, and provided them with screws and screwdrivers to assemble it. The children helped drape pieces of material for the walls and lay the schach on top. They were so enthusiastic and had the best time!
An interest emerged several weeks ago on the playground. Lia drew an outline of the trunk of a tree with chalk and the whole class participated in filling in the outline with soil (to simulate the bark) and then added fallen leaves for the top of the tree. It was inspiring to see how fully engaged the children were in recreating their image of a tree. We knew we needed to pursue this emergent interest further and saw an opportunity when we began talking about this week’s parashah of Breisheet. As we came to […]